On a High Note

Con­scious, mean­ing­ful choices—cou­pled with a few strokes of bril­liance—made for an un­for­get­table union be­tween DAWN WONG AND NEO YAOSHENG

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Dawn Wong and Neo Yaosheng

In one mo­ment, lives can col­lide and change for­ever—only it took more than one mo­ment for Dawn Wong and Neo Yaosheng. In fact, the story of how they fell in love in­volved a few chance en­coun­ters, a handy car, and a mu­tual friend named Stephanie.

The first time Dawn and Yaosheng met was in Mel­bourne, where Dawn and Stephanie were study­ing. Stephanie had ar­ranged for Yaosheng to pick her up one day, and Dawn hitched a ride back to her place in his car.

Fast for­ward to March 2014, Dawn, then work­ing in Hong Kong, flew back to Sin­ga­pore spe­cially to at­tend Stephanie’s birth­day party. Even though Dawn did not get to talk to Yaosheng dur­ing the party, he of­fered to send both her and Stephanie home af­ter. “It was only when we were dat­ing that he told me he had de­lib­er­ately taken the longer route and dropped off Stephanie first so he could get to know me bet­ter,” Dawn gushes.

Af­ter that night, they added each other on Face­book. What fol­lowed was months of spo­radic tex­ting; it was only af­ter Dawn re­turned to Sin­ga­pore in Oc­to­ber 2014 that they got to hang out more and de­cided to make the re­la­tion­ship work—and it cer­tainly did, as Yaosheng popped the ques­tion a year and a half later.

THEME & CON­CEPT

A mem­ber of the Anglo- Chi­nese Ju­nior Col­lege Alumni Choir, Yaosheng has per­formed sev­eral times at The Arts House, so the cou­ple de­cided to ex­change vows at the his­toric site—with the melo­di­ous ac­com­pa­ni­ment of the choir singing in the back­ground dur­ing the cer­e­mony, no less.

Guests then ad­journed to The Blue Room where they were treated to a scrump­tious lunch. The menu was de­signed by the new­ly­weds. “As we had friends and rel­a­tives from over­seas, we wanted them to en­joy lo­cal favourites,” says Dawn. “The menu was also a blend of dishes that Yaosheng and I love, such as bread and but­ter pud­ding, and laksa.”

In keep­ing with the neo-clas­si­cal look and feel of The Arts House, the cou­ple en­gaged home­grown string quar­tet Vetta Quar­tet to play Canon in D as their march-in song. Flower ar­range­ments were kept sim­ple and classy, and blended per­fectly with the wed­ding colour pal­ette of blush pink and gold.

Their ban­quet din­ner later in the evening was held at the Is­land Ball­room at Shangri-La Ho­tel, Sin­ga­pore, cho­sen for its un­par­al­leled op­u­lence and grandeur. “It’s one of the most mag­nif­i­cent ball­rooms I’ve seen, and with elab­o­rate crys­tal chan­de­liers hang­ing from the ceil­ing, there was no need to go over the top with our wed­ding setup,” says Dawn.

While guests tucked into clas­sic Chi­nese dishes amidst the sooth­ing jazz sounds of vo­cal­ists Rob Collins and Mathilda D’Silva along­side a band from High Notes, live event pain­ter Nataliya Tya­glo qui­etly stud­ied the scene be­hind a large can­vas, pick­ing up where she had left off dur­ing the solem­ni­sa­tion and tea cer­e­mony ear­lier. The paint­ing—cre­ated

on a large can­vas on which Nataliya could draw up to 200 peo­ple—was a sur­prise for Yaosheng; months ago, un­be­knownst to him, Dawn had en­gaged Nataliya from San Fran­cisco for her unique live acrylic paint­ing ser­vices to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece that would even­tu­ally be dis­played in their house.

HIGHLIGHTS

There are few oc­ca­sions more apt than dur­ing your own wed­ding waltz to show off your danc­ing chops. For Dawn, who has been danc­ing since the age of three, their wed­ding waltz to Fly Me to the Moon is a mem­ory of a life­time. She re­calls, “As we re­hearsed for our wed­ding waltz, Yaosheng grad­u­ally be­came more in­ter­ested in danc­ing and agreed to take up lessons with me post-wed­ding. It is in­cred­i­bly sweet to have my life part­ner be­come my dance part­ner.”

The live acrylic paint­ing was an­other great high­light for the cou­ple. “Nataliya not only beau­ti­fully cap­tured the ex­pres­sions of key guests on our wed­ding day, but also en­gaged them as she painted in real time.”

Look­ing back, Dawn, has only fond mem­o­ries on her special day. Hav­ing been raised by her grand­mother, she is tremen­dously thank­ful to be have been able to get mar­ried in the lat­ter’s pres­ence.

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