Com­posed Upon a Bridge

The famed West­min­ster Bridge and other London icons played a key role in the love story and nup­tials of fash­ion de­signer MEINAR ROS­ALIA SOF­JAN AND GOR­DON MO

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Meinar Ros­alia Sof­jan and Gor­don Mo

Dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion she had at­tended in 2012, fash­ion de­signer Meinar Ros­alia Sof­jan lost some­thing im­por­tant to her, but as fate would have it, she also found the man who would be­come her life part­ner: Gor­don Mo. Guests at the same party, they were in­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend and were too shy to en­gage in a long con­ver­sa­tion, but when Meinar lost her credit card dur­ing the event, Gor­don went out of his way to help her find it. His en­dear­ing char­ac­ter warmed her heart, kin­dling a four-year re­la­tion­ship.

From Meinar pre­par­ing Gor­don’s lunch­box ev­ery morn­ing to en­cour­age­ment from Gor­don’s army mates to pro­pose to the love of his life, the cou­ple knew they were des­tined to be to­gether from the start. Gor­don popped the ques­tion on the fourth an­niver­sary of their cou­ple­hood over an ex­quis­ite din­ner at Jaan res­tau­rant. While they feasted on gas­tro­nomic de­lights and soaked up mag­nif­i­cent views of the city sky­line, he brought out a flip­book he had hand­made for Meinar. It was filled with il­lus­tra­tions of him pre­sent­ing her with a ring, and on the fi­nal page were the words “Will you marry me?”. “By then, he was on one knee with a di­a­mond ring,” shares Meinar. Gor­don counts it for­tu­itous that he came upon the glis­ten­ing rock weigh­ing 1.66 carats as the num­bers make up Meinar’s birth­date so he thought it would make a very special pro­posal ring.


London, be­ing the city in which Gor­don asked Meinar to be his girl­friend and where many of their most cher­ished courtship mo­ments tran­spired, seemed like an ob­vi­ous source of in­spi­ra­tion for the wed­ding con­cept. Since the event was set for De­cem­ber, a time when tem­per­a­tures drop in the UK, they de­cided to theme their special day “White London”. “This was sym­bolic of both the time of year and the pu­rity of wed­dings,” says Meinar.

The first step to planning their fairy­tale wed­ding was choos­ing a venue. Meinar’s love of his­tor­i­cally-rich build­ings made The Fuller­ton Bay Ho­tel an easy choice for their solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony and din­ner. The cou­ple opted for a six-course fine din­ing Chi­nese menu by the ho­tel’s res­tau­rant, The Clif­ford Pier.

With the venue sorted, the next cru­cial step was to en­gage a wed­ding plan­ner. Our Fairy­tale Wed­ding, which is be­hind many high-pro­file unions, over­looked all the dec­o­ra­tion and art for this cel­e­bra­tion. Three-di­men­sional pa­per-cut art de­pict­ing London’s famed land­marks and icons, such as the London Eye, were dis­played as ta­ble cen­tre­pieces, giv­ing guests lit­tle glimpses into the pair’s love story.

Lend­ing soft­ness to the clean lines of the venue were del­i­cate flo­ral ac­cents. “Calla lilies and tulips are Meinar’s favourite flow­ers,” says Gor­don. So that’s ex­actly what they dressed their wed­ding venue with. The el­e­gant mood was com­ple­mented by live mu­sic from a band by Com­pass En­ter­tain­ment.

The wed­ding favours were an­other nod to all things Bri­tish: Pen­haligon’s per­fumes were pre­sented in cus­tomised acrylic boxes that bore the cou­ple’s ini­tials.


De­part­ing from typ­i­cal in­vi­ta­tion cards, the cou­ple gave their guests a sweet in­tro­duc­tion to the dreamy White London theme and a hint of what to ex­pect at the cel­e­bra­tion with gold-foiled in­vi­ta­tion book­lets. Inside were not just de­tails about the event date, time and venue but also the pair’s favourite quote about love, the din­ner menu, a map and a cus­tomised red packet.

With the bride’s back­ground in fash­ion de­sign, special at­ten­tion was given to the wardrobes of the cou­ple and their en­tourage. While her tea cer­e­mony dress was by her own la­bel, Meinar’s mer­maid-cut wed­ding dress and gold evening dress were the threads of Jakarta-based de­signer Nelly Liu. The groom’s out­fits were by a Sin­ga­pore-based de­signer, paired with Dior Homme shoes and a Hublot time­piece, while the groomsmen sported adorable bou­ton­nières re­sem­bling a badge of hon­our in the Union Jack colours.

Light­hearted yet mean­ing­ful tra­di­tions are al­ways ex­cit­ing. How­ever, rather than loud and hi­lar­i­ous, Meinar found the gate-crash­ing fes­tiv­i­ties touch­ing as her brides­maids tasked Gor­don to write a list of 10 prom­ises to her. Al­co­hol-fu­elled games dur­ing the ban­quet later that day took the ex­cite­ment a notch higher. Cer­tainly, mem­o­ries of the cel­e­bra­tion will be for­ever stitched in time for this pair.

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