Our winner and finalists share with us their love stories and plans for their big day!
Our winner and finalists share their love stories and plans for their celebration.
We met in the course of work, and things continued from there! He claims we actually met briefly a year prior to our “first” meeting, but I just can’t recall that incident. We have been together for almost two years now.
The right timing
We were both looking to settle down when we met, and the chemistry was right, so one thing led to another.
We aren’t that romantic and won’t go the extra mile to create romantic events; we’re actually contented with just enjoying our moments and experiences together without any fuss. For the wedding, we’ll try to personalise the celebrations as much as possible without incurring unnecessary costs. He’s always reminding me that the most important thing is that the wedding is ours.
Love and laughter
He is very filial and cares deeply for his family as well as mine, which I appreciate and find touching. He cracks me up with his humorous nonsense and is willing to do silly stuff with me, and for me.
Best Valentine’s Day ever!
I was down with chicken pox and was stuck at home on the eve of our first Valentine’s date. On the day itself, he had flowers delivered to my house and bought a takeaway to have dinner at my home with me. He came over every single day for the rest of the week that I was on medical leave to make sure I was well fed and taken care of.
Once, I ordered a few tailored shirts for him and hid it in a bag at his place. After he sent me home, I sent him a video of me revealing where his gift was hidden. It took him by surprise!
A top-of-the-world proposal
We had just finished an exhausting two-hour hike up Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. While we were waiting for our transport for the return journey, he tapped me on the shoulder and brought out the ring. My “yes” was immediate, and I just burst into laughter! I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment. He really succeeded in catching me off guard! Later on, I kept thinking: What if he had lost the ring? It was quite a risk for him to bring the ring along on the trip and hike all around the icy glacier while taking care of clumsy me!
We’re working towards a classy vintage vibe with colours like matte gold, champagne cream and deep lush green for the wedding. Hopefully, the result will be something beautiful and classic, not something seasonal that we will look back on years later and cringe over!
Communication and intimacy
Communication bridges understanding and empathy. There will always be issues, but constant communication provides reassurance. And of course, our intimacy and affection will express how much we mean to each other.
"MARRIAGE MEANS A LIFELONG COMMITMENT AND FAITHFUL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE."
We met through a dating app, Okcupid, and have been together for three years and five months. We started with light conversation online, then decided to meet up for our first date at Hai Di Lao at 313@somerset – not a good idea! The place was very popular then, so we waited from 6pm until 10pm before we finally got our seats. We spent the four-hour wait chatting away. Thankfully, it went quite well.
They’re a pragmatic couple
Before Kaiwen, I dated couple of guys and had bad experiences and serious trust issues with them. So I was a bit sceptical with him initially. But Kaiwen gained my trust over time and really made an effort to make this relationship work. I guess we also met each other at the right time, age, and at a stage when we were both financially stable enough to settle down. It was quite a pragmatic decision!
“I’m in a love-hate relationship with him!”
He nags a lot, more than my mum! But I know it’s for my own good. He’s a workaholic who works seven days a week, but I know he’s working hard for our future. He has a strong sense of responsibility and is someone whom I trust to support me, and build a future together with. There are no boundaries between us – we have seen the best and ugliest sides of each other!
He met up with my dad alone a few days before we were to go on holiday with our families. He asked for my hand in marriage and discussed his planned proposal. He also compiled a video of our friends congratulating us with their best wishes, to be presented at the proposal. Unfortunately, I’m really bad at creating romantic surprises for him. But I’ll still make an effort to plan something for his birthday. I guess being with me every day is already the MOST romantic thing ever?
Food, music and a proposal!
It happened over dinner at a restaurant, during our Bangkok holiday with our families. He made me watch a video while we waited for our food (it was the video he had specially prepared for me) and I noticed he was trying to delay something. I later realised that he’d booked a live band for the proposal, and the band was late! When they finally appeared, he went down on his knees to propose. It was a touching, memorable and funny moment. Thankfully, our families knew about his plan beforehand, so it was not that awkward for everyone!
Pastel, flora and sexy
My colour scheme for the wedding is blushpink nude shades with a rustic floral vibe. We’re having our wedding dinner on a weekend, with a daytime solemnisation ceremony on the day itself – I want to capture that “I’m marrying you today” moment! I like the mermaid lace I tried on from Love Story Wedding Boutique for the #coverbrides contest – the cut, lace details and sheer back with a line of crystal buttons were love at first sight for me. That’s definitely my dream gown!
Trust, communication and respect.
"MARRIAGE MEANS WILLINGNESS TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO ONE ANOTHER WITH LOVE AND SUPPORT."
"I HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PATIENT, KIND AND LOVING TO EACH OTHER."
The first meeting and “proposal”
Geoff and I both studied in Perth, Western Australia, but we never met while we were both still students there. He dropped me a message on Facebook only after he’d graduated, while I was still in my second year. A week later, he flew over – supposedly to see to some matters in Perth – and that was when we first met in person. We hit it off pretty well and kept in contact. Coincidentally, it was seven years ago, on the same date as our upcoming marriage, that Geoff surprised me in Australia with his first “proposal” – he gave me an infinity ring with the words “Now & Forever” engraved on it and asked if I’d let him take care of me. In short, that’s when he asked me to be his girlfriend.
First date, and knowing he was the one
Sorry if this sounds cheesy, but our first date was rather magical. We had a picnic at Kings Park, Western Australia, and Geoff had everything prepared: blanket, old-school instant photos, the works. There were three kids nearby who tried to catch our attention, and we ended up playing with them. I knew that Geoff was the one when I saw how he interacted with them – he was warm, loving and patient.
"TO BE EACH OTHER'S PILLAR OF STRENGTH AND TO LIVE OUT ALL THE IMPORTANT VALUES OUR PARENTS HAVE TAUGHT US."
Three reasons why she loves him
He’s loving and patient, kind and understanding. He’s also very well read. And he makes me laugh.
He’s sooo romantic…
Once, Geoff flew to the Philippines when I was posted there for work to help me settle down. Before he flew back to Singapore, he folded paper hearts and left them around my apartment. He also wrote a note to tell me that I would never be alone and he would be missing me until I was back home. I, on the other hand, am a “hopeless romantic“– “hopeless” being the keyword! Does it count if I dry up all the flowers that Geoff sends me, and repurpose them into flower vases for my work desk?
A Polly Pocket proposal in New York!
Geoff proposed to me in January 2017 in Central Park, New York. We were taking a stroll around the snow-filled park and found a sweet spot to build a snowman. Geoff placed his phone on a tree branch and told me he was going to record a video of us building the snowman. When we were done with the snowman and I was packing up, I turned around to see Geoff on his knees with the most beautiful ring in a wedding-themed Polly Pocket box (Polly Pocket was my favourite childhood toy!) and asking me to marry him. The box was the most precious thing I’d ever seen – the bride had flowers in her hair, there was a three-tier wedding cake next to her, the dashing groom wore a top hat, and it even had a magical “diamond” solitaire with two “sapphire” teardrop gems sitting on a grand organ.
A whimsical wedding inspired by Wes Anderson’s movies
We plan to have a wedding lunch reception with a theme inspired by Wes Anderson’s films – pretty, whimsical, and based on a palette of autumn hues. Autumn was our favourite time of year when we were studying in Australia. More importantly, we plan to include and partner with some truly unique and creative talents for our wedding. Our invites and posters will be illustrated by a budding artist from Very Special Arts, and we designed and painted Geoff’s pocket square and my wedding skirt together with young female artists from Little Arts Academy/ The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. A good friend of ours gifted us the services of Isabelle Lim, a photographer who was born deaf and was profiled in the media as an exceptional talent. I’m also working on creating a special set of jewellery from Eden + Elie, a social enterprise. And we will be donating our wedding flowers to a hospice.
The most important aspects of their relationship?
Trust and forgiveness.
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