Choy and Mike said their vows at St Augustines Catholic Church, that has stood on top of a hill in Coolangatta since the early 1900’s.
Living in Singapore meant that Choy and Mike needed local support, and appointed Sugar & Spice as their wedding planners in late 2013. We then spent the next 12 months helping to bring Choy’s spectacular vision to life.
In Singapore, weddings are ultra-glam, huge affairs with generally hundreds and hundreds of guests. Choy had a different vision for her big day, a relaxed celebration in a lush location, with a shared feasting menu inspired by Sunday afternoon lunches. In a past life Choy was an MTV VJ (how freaking cool is that. She’s famous!!) so music was important. We tracked down a DJ who provided a circa 1950’s record player, and as guests arrived to Mavis’ Kitchen for the reception, the crackling sound of Billie Holidayechoed through the heat and across the valley. Did I mention it was hot? It was 45 degrees. I’m not sure if it really was a freak heat wave, or the fact that Choy’s family had asked us to put Chillis on kebab sticks in the ground to ward off the rain. I had my doubts…but it worked.
Canapés and cool drinks were served outside while guests sprawled in the sun, on picnic blankets and vintage couches, enjoying the ambience the bride and groom had created for them.
As dusk settled on the mountains, guests were invited to the restaurant, to be seated at long wooden banquet tables, crowded with boxes of brass vases and blue mason jars overflowing with flowers. Hues of pink, apricot, lilac and green added subtle colour to a natural setting, with hessian linen running down the centre of the tables. Individual miniature gold tins were filled with hand poured candles in a delightful summery scent from Lemon Canary. Behind the bridal table, hanging candle holders and suspended roses swayed delicately in the evening breeze. All of the beautiful details worked together in rustic vintage harmony.
Dinner was followed by moving speeches, then dancing in the onsite barn, and lots of surprises! The bride had organised a special surprise for her new husband, The Groom Room. As guests rounded the corner, two beautiful burlesque inspired ladies drew back lush red curtains to reveal a saloon styled cigar and whisky bar. The brides stunning twin sister then revealed a slide show of childhood photos, backed by a song that she had been practicing for 6 MONTHS, and video of friends from around the world who couldn’t attend the wedding, dancing to Pharrell’s HAPPY.
I didn’t want to leave. Seriously. Amazing. Wedding.
We thank Choy & Mike for allowing us to be part of their wedding day, and wish them all the love, joy and peace in the world for the future.
Choy’s Dream Team:
- Wedding Planning and Styling: Sugar & Spice Events
- Venue, Catering, Cake: Mavis’ Kitchen
- Reception Flowers: White Ivy Design
- Bonbonniere: Lemon Canary