JUNE & CHOO KIAT

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June Tan, 28, and Foo Choo Kiat, 30, own­ers of Lola’s Cafe and On The Ta­ble, had two din­ner par­ties. One served an en­tire wed­ding menu of dishes they pre­pared them­selves. All were based on sig­nif­i­cant mem­o­ries.

JUST MEANT TO BE Choo Kiat and I met dur­ing a univer­sity ex­change pro­gramme in Maas­tricht, Nether­lands. We were friends then, but it is still a favourite time in our lives. We went from be­ing just friends to business part­ners and then life part­ners af­ter we started Lola’s Cafe to­gether.

SO ALIGNED We may not have the same work­ing style and de­ci­sion-mak­ing process, but I love that our val­ues, out­look and life goals are so aligned. What I re­ally like about our re­la­tion­ship is that we have learnt to make de­ci­sions in all aspects of our lives to­gether. There’s truly no one else we would rather share this ad­ven­ture with.

TWO CEL­E­BRA­TIONS We had one for our im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­i­lies, as well as em­ploy­ees, and an­other for just friends and im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies. Both were small scale and in­ti­mate, so we could in­ter­act with ev­ery­one.

MOD­ERN CHI­NESE DIN­NER With the first group, we knew they would be hap­pi­est with good Chi­nese food. Em­press proved to be el­e­gant, mod­ern and in­ti­mate. To add a per­sonal touch, we had a friend to sing dur­ing din­ner, and set up an ori­en­tal-themed dessert ta­ble.

FOOD IS LIFE Our other din­ner was at one of our cafes: On The Ta­ble. Food is a big part of our lives, and as we’ve al­ways en­joyed host­ing and cook­ing for friends, we put to­gether our own wed­ding meal based on dishes and cuisines that hold a lot of mem­o­ries and emo­tions for us.

"WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A FAN­TAS­TIC STORY TO TELL OUR KIDS: 'YOUR PAR­ENTS COOKED THEIR OWN WED­DING MEAL'." – June & Choo Kiat

"WE WENT FROM BE­ING JUST FRIENDS TO BUSINESS PART­NERS AND THEN LIFE PART­NERS."

RO­MAN­TIC & RUSTIC We bor­rowed gor­geous long ta­bles, chairs and benches from our reg­u­lar fur­ni­ture ven­dor, Sec­ond Charm. Choo Kiat’s sis­ter Shu Min, who runs Mead­ows & Clouds, did a won­der­ful job of dec­o­rat­ing both venues with flow­ers and fo­liage. I think we suc­cess­fully pulled off the rustic yet ro­man­tic am­bi­ence we were af­ter.

NO RE­GRETS The cel­e­bra­tions were mem­o­rable, and so was the process of pre­par­ing for them. It was tough and stress­ful at times, but the sat­is­fac­tion we got from see­ing our guests en­joy them­selves was price­less.

1 1 Mak­ing it of­fi­cial.

2 2,4&5 The cou­ple made the desserts and drinks for their din­ner at Em­press.

3 “Stress will grow as your wed­ding draws nearer. Be pa­tient and em­pa­thetic, and try not to let too many neg­a­tive emo­tions get in the way,” says June. 3

5 OP­PO­SITE Choo Kiat pro­posed to June on their third an­niver­sary to­gether at Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens.

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6 The wel­come ta­ble for their din­ner at Em­press. 7 Wooden el­e­ments and sim­ple fo­liage ar­range­ments com­ple­mented On The Ta­ble’s rustic and in­dus­trial am­bi­ence. 8 “I wanted some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for my bou­quets, so I kept them sim­ple and el­e­gant.” OP­PO­SITE June tai­lored her low-back wed­ding gown that was light and easy to move in. Choo Kiat went with a navy suit from Edit Suits Co. and a polka-dot tie and socks.

11 11 A toast!

9 9 Shar­ing a happy mo­ment.

OP­PO­SITE “Dur­ing our vow ex­change, all the nit­tygritty pro­cesses of the day fell away. It be­came crys­tal clear in that mo­ment that I was mar­ry­ing the man I would spend an eter­nity with.” 12 12 June baked both her wed­ding cakes. “They were made en­tirely of nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, with colours achieved through fruit ex­tracts.”

10 10 Their menu was a fu­sion of dishes and cuisines they both love.

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