#COVERBRIDES 2018!

Our win­ner and fi­nal­ists share with us their love sto­ries and plans for their big day!

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Our win­ner and fi­nal­ists share their love sto­ries and plans for their cel­e­bra­tion.

First im­pres­sions

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.

Prag­matic pri­or­i­ties

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.

Surprise!

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!

Vin­tage glam

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."

On­line con­nec­tion

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!

Video ro­mance

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!

Re­la­tion­ship goals

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.

JASLIN YIP, 26, BUSINESS DE­VEL­OP­MENT, AND EU­GENE LOW, 31, FI­NAN­CIAL AD­VISER. JASLIN IS GET­TING MAR­RIED ON DEC 12, 2018

LAU XIN YI, 28, E-COM­MERCE SE­NIOR MAR­KET­ING EX­EC­U­TIVE, EN­GAGED TO YUE KAI­WEN, 30, OPER­A­TIONS MANAGER. XIN YI IS GET­TING MAR­RIED ON NOV 23, 2019

SARAH MD ONG, 29, PUB­LIC AF­FAIRS MANAGER, EN­GAGED TO GEOFFREY CHUA, 34, BANKER. SARAH IS GET­TING MAR­RIED ON OCT 20, 2018

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