BIYI & GER­ALD

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With 600 loved ones in at­ten­dance, Biyi Oh, 36, and Ger­ald Seah, 37, held a chic and glam­orous Hal­loween-themed wed­ding party at Flower Field Hall.

AF­TER ALL THESE YEARS Biyi and I were pri­mary school class­mates and fel­low pre­fects. We met again at a pri­mary school class re­union that she or­gan­ised, and we started hang­ing out in a group. Noth­ing hap­pened then, as we both went over­seas for work af­ter that. In 2009, we were back in Sin­ga­pore, and met up again in a group gath­er­ing. This time, sparks flew be­tween us, and we started dat­ing. Biyi adds: “Our re­la­tion­ship didn’t have an easy start. If not for Ger­ald’s per­sis­tence and love, we wouldn’t be where we are to­day. He has been my best sup­porter all these years, and I am very grate­ful to have him by my side.”

FULLER­TON PRO­POSAL Biyi has al­ways ad­mired the ro­man­tic am­bi­ence and ar­chi­tec­ture of The Clif­ford Pier at The Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel, so I de­cided to pro­pose there. My plan was to do it by the pier at sun­set af­ter hav­ing high tea. I de­signed a be­spoke pro­posal ring, pre­pared 99 roses and a video mon­tage, and roped in her fam­ily to help. It rained that day, so I led her to the Al Fresco Bar instead. Ev­ery­thing went well! We even re­ceived ap­plause and con­grat­u­la­tory hand­shakes from the wait staff and cu­ri­ous din­ers.

HAL­LOWEEN WED­DING PARTY Biyi said: “We wanted our wed­ding to be fun, and most importantly, to be us. I ini­tially felt luke­warm about the wed­ding prep, as wed­dings are usu­ally sweet and ro­man­tic af­fairs. But when Ger­ald sug­gested that we could hold a huge Hal­loween party for our ac­tual day, I got very ex­cited about it as Hal­loween is my favourite spe­cial oc­ca­sion. We de­cided on a chic Hal­loween-themed party with a black, white, blood-red, sil­ver and gold pal­ette that was moody and glam­orous.”

PRIDE AND JOY We en­joyed de­sign­ing and plan­ning our wed­ding set-up un­der Flower Field Hall’s mes­meris­ing ceil­ing lights. It was hec­tic and tir­ing, but there was also a great sense of bliss, joy and pride. Even though our wed­ding theme was non-tra­di­tional, we wanted to respect our Chi­nese wed­ding tra­di­tions and pay homage to them. So we had our gate­crash­ing and tea cer­e­monies in the morn­ing be­fore our solem­ni­sa­tion and wed­ding ban­quet.

"I WAS VERY EX­CITED AND THRILLED THAT OUR DAY HAD FI­NALLY AR­RIVED AF­TER SO MANY MONTHS OF PREPA­RA­TION." – Ger­ald

BEST OF ALL The best part of our cel­e­bra­tion def­i­nitely had to be the bal­ance we were able to achieve – the abil­ity to cel­e­brate our union of love in the spe­cial way we wanted, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the bless­ings of both our fam­i­lies. Through plan­ning our wed­ding to­gether, we reached an even deeper un­der­stand­ing of each other.

PLAN­NING TIPS Biyi said: “Plan the wed­ding-prep tar­gets to be achieved each week, and pri­ori­tise your needs and wants. Also, don’t for­get to take care of your­self! I was so im­mersed in the cre­ative vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of our wed­ding that I wasn’t re­ally think­ing of how my skin would look, or if I should watch my weight!”

1 1&4 With their bri­dal party. 2 Items for the hair-comb­ing cer­e­mony sym­bol­is­ing the bride’s and groom’s tran­si­tion into adult­hood. 3 “I was pretty ner­vous be­fore see­ing Biyi, and I wasn’t con­fi­dent about mak­ing it past the gate­crash­ing games! But I had tremen­dous sup­port from my brothers, and even­tu­ally got to re­ceive and kiss my beau­ti­ful bride.”

OP­PO­SITE The cou­ple wore tra­di­tional Chi­nese wed­ding at­tire for their morn­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. 4

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OP­PO­SITE Biyi left her cas­cad­ing bri­dal bou­quet in the cre­ative hands of Flo­ral Magic, and it in­cluded her favourite calla lilies in ma­roon red.

6 6&7 “Each of our guests re­ceived a goodie bag, and at the re­cep­tion area, we pre­pared bar­rels of candies and choco­lates for them to fill the bags with. We also had a tat­too artist who did Hal­loween tat­toos for those who were up for it!”

5 5 The solem­ni­sa­tion set­ting at Water­view Room at Gar­dens by the Bay.

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8 8 Biyi wore a state­ment black evening gown from Michelle Huimin Bri­dal Veil, while Ger­ald car­ried off a dash­ing ma­roon suit from The Men’s Club.

12 12 A toast!

11 11 The cute page­boy wear­ing a suit and bow for the march-in.

9 9 Guests sat down to a black ta­ble set­ting with ac­cents of white, gold and red.

10 10 Black masks added some mas­quer­adein­spired fun to the brides­maids’ look.

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