Expat Living (Singapore) - - Home & Property -

us­tine and I sit out­side, sip­ping on tumeric lat­tes made by her helper, Sar­rah, and chat­ting about her Sin­ga­pore jour­ney. While liv­ing in Syd­ney for ten years be­fore mov­ing here in 2011, Jus­tine met Nick at a mu­tual friend’s 30th birth­day party – “As soon as I saw him I thought, ‘I’m go­ing to marry that guy’.”

That was in 2004, and two years later they tied the knot at Jus­tine’s par­ents farm in Pukekohe, New Zealand. Hav­ing gone there to cel­e­brate their en­gage­ment with her near­est and dear­est, they de­cided to get mar­ried there and then! With only two-and-a-half days to ar­range the wed­ding, they man­aged to keep it a se­cret from ev­ery­one.

This sur­prises me a lit­tle, as I know what a per­fec­tion­ist Jus­tine is; how­ever, her job as a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer also means she’s metic­u­lously or­gan­ised and as fast as light­ning when she wants to get some­thing done.

Af­ter Nick ex­pressed an in­ter­est in mov­ing to Sin­ga­pore, his com­pany re­lo­cated him to open an of­fice here in early 2011 (he’s since be­come a part­ner at bank­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices re­cruit­ment firm Sym­me­try). Jus­tine, how­ever, was still more than happy liv­ing and work­ing in Syd­ney, and hung back for three months be­fore join­ing him here. Their first home was a black-and-white apart­ment, close to their cur­rent home.

It wasn’t long be­fore Jus­tine was snapped up by a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany, and what was meant to be a three-month con­tract ended up be­ing a year. Work­ing long hours and dur­ing the week­ends, there was very lit­tle spare time to fo­cus on much else.

Right: The ban­ner on the right was an orig­i­nal bus-stop scroll from Syd­ney, which Jus­tine gave to Nick for their sec­ond wed­ding an­niver­sary. Even the kitchen has been beau­ti­fully styled by Jus­tine.

Left: The bed is from Orig­i­nals, the pink side ta­bles from Ha­cienda Blue. Below: Jus­tine and Nick at their im­promptu wed­ding in Pukekohe. She wore a Zim­mer­man dress (“my grandma thought it was a nightie!”) and used her sis­ter’s veil.

Home Bode #05-10 Tan Boon Liat Build­ing 315 Ou­tram Road 6635 3377 | bode.com.sg Fair­price An­tique #01-10 Tan Boon Liat Build­ing 315 Ou­tram Road 6270 2544 | fair­pricean­tique.com Ha­cienda Blue 9061 9446 | ha­ciend­ablue.com Orig­i­nals #02-03 Sime Darby Cen­tre

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