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
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.
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.