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
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.
THEME & CONCEPT
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.