tale as old as time

Nik & Shaye

HerWorld Brides LUXE (Singapore) - - Weddings -

Nik Pham and Shaye Chin had a spec­tac­u­lar BeautyandT­heBeast- in­spired wed­ding at JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore South Beach’s daz­zlingly ro­man­tic Grand Ball­room.

“Be­fore I met Nik, I’d never pic­tured my­self get­ting mar­ried. Her pa­tience and love have re­ally touched me.”

I used to own a restau­rant here and would travel to Viet­nam reg­u­larly to source for seafood. Dur­ing one of those trips, I was in­tro­duced to Nik, who is Viet­namese, and was in uni­ver­sity in Ho Chi Minh at the time. We met over a ca­sual din­ner with some lo­cal friends and felt a con­nec­tion in­stantly.

A few months after we started dat­ing, my busi­ness ven­ture failed and I went through the dark­est pe­riod of my life. Nik stood by me without a sin­gle com­plaint. That was when I knew that she was the one for me.

We wanted our wed­ding to be grand yet warm and light-hearted, and to be filled with peo­ple we care about. I made it a point to visit every ta­ble well be­fore the photo-tak­ing ses­sions. It was im­por­tant that our guests felt ap­pre­ci­ated and knew that we felt hon­oured by their pres­ence.

We also had gin and whisky booths with con­nois­seurs man­ning both sta­tions and rec­om­mend­ing unique drinks. I know that Nik and many of our friends love a good cock­tail and I wanted to give them some­thing unique.

So, when I ap­proached Andy Hodg­son from Tan­glin Gin, he gave me the won­der­ful idea of cre­at­ing a gin in­fused with Nik’s favourite fruit − straw­ber­ries.

I en­gaged a de­signer to cre­ate the gin bot­tle la­bel, and worked closely with Tan­glin Gin on re­fin­ing the taste of the straw­berry gin. Ev­ery­thing came to fruition just days be­fore the wed­ding!

For our wed­ding theme, Nik loves Beauty and The Beast, so we went with the iconic colours of blue and gold, and white pha­laenop­sises to cre­ate a wed­ding steeped in el­e­gance and grandeur. Our tire­less wed­ding plan­ner, Ch­eryl Tan of The Wed­ding Con­cep­teur, helped put ev­ery­thing in or­der. We could not have planned this in six months without her.

The first march-in was one of the most mem­o­rable mo­ments. We were try­ing to look grace­ful while drag­ging the long train of Nik’s ball­gown be­hind us. It looked beau­ti­ful in pic­tures, but we kept pray­ing that we’d make it all the way into the ball­room without fall­ing flat on our faces!

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