PROPOSAL IN CHICAGO
In 2016, I quit my job to focus on my food ventures, A Poke Theory and Alter Ego. Before I got into that, I visited Sean for a month in Chicago. He’s an auditor and was posted there for five months. He proposed on my last weekend there. We were walking outside the Adler Planetarium when I saw our initials written on the museum’s steps. Suddenly, two photographers swung their lenses in our direction. My heart skipped a beat as Sean looked at me with a nervous smile and asked me to be his wife. He had arranged for that moment to be captured for our families who couldn’t be there.
1 “The moment that stuck with me the most was when I walked down the aisle arm in arm with my dad,” says Vannessa. 2 She wanted a simple, curve-hugging lace gown that was comfortable enough to dance in. 3 The exchange of vows. 4 Their used air tickets and photos were part of the decor. 5 Vannessa prepared and styled the dessert table, and filled it with the likes of tartlets, dossants (a cross between croissants and doughnuts), cookies, and cakes.
OPPOSITE The couple met on Tinder while Sean, born and raised in Australia, was in Singapore for a visit in 2014. They decided to do longdistance after just 11 days and commuted between Australia and Singapore.