We received our wedding photographs from our very clever photographer Sayher Heffernan last week and its been smiles all round in our household since. Our family and friends have all returned to Singapore after a month long holiday, it's back to work and as life resumes as per normal once again. It's so nice to be reminded of our special day through Sayher's photos, cards and gifts that's still arriving! We are truly so blessed and fortunate to have such a wonderful bunch of people in our lives...
I must admit, it was SO hard picking our favourites out of 800+ images. Sayher did an amazing job capturing our day and every single one of his shots were perfect. Thank you so so much Sayher. You are amazing and everyone loved having you around! We would love to share them all, but you might fall asleep so here's some! Be prepared, this post is still super long. Probably the longest ever post I've shared. In my life! (And I have been blogging for 14 years now! Haha)
Seriously, what a magical and truly loved-up day! Darren and I have been talking a lot about the day and sharing our favourite moments with each other. So nice to know I've married such a reflective man. ( Well, I kind of already knew he was one prior to getting hitched. Haha ) There have been days when Darren just looks over at me and tells me 'It was a good day wasn't it? I wish we could do it all again and I won't even change a thing.' I so agree with you Darren!
Throughout the day, there were so many special moments. I remember sitting in the car, with Lydia and my family. We were all so excited heading to the farm. I remember seeing Darren for the first time all dressed up and handsome! Hehe.
Then there was the bit where I walked with my Dad. And in true Dawn -very clumsy - Tan fashion, my veil got caught in the branches and it was a sudden " Ohh Oops! Ahh! " Haha. Funny thing was Darren later told me how he saw it all coming and thought it was hilarious.
I remember sweet little Alby sitting right at the front, on the grass, chewing on a twig during our ceremony. Such a sweet little bubba and he made my heart melt! The special wild flowers Ziggy handpicked for Darren and I. And of course, the 2kgs of confetti! I bought just a bag from the art shop we use at school ( Typical Junior school art teacher supply ) and of course it had to come in a 2 kg bag minimum. So what happened? Confetti explosion! There was confetti EVERYWHERE. It was really funny undressing after the whole wedding. Let's just say we kind of confetti-ed the toilet at The Langham.
Throughout the day, there were so many other meaningful moments too. I could go on and on and on like how there was so much poop out in the fields and it was funny getting photos taken. I ended up with a bit of poop on the hem of my dress! Haha. There was our homemade photo booth, our beautiful cake baked by our dear friend Lynsey, all the touching speeches and of course, those POSSUMS! Yup, they came, they saw and they peed and pooped right above the dinner tables! Imagine guests all screaming and laughing and running to corners of the barn. And people exclaiming "It's raining!" "My foooood!!!!!!" "The cake the cake!!!" "Ahhhhhh!" Yup, exactly what happened! Funny enough, we all loved that it happened (guests included). It made for SO much laughter!
I remember hearing someone shouting "At this rate, Instagram's gonna cramp!" especially since everyone was instagramming our wedding. Too funny! The Piñata was also really funny. The kids all had a go and when it finally broke, chocolates went everywhere and the kids all just quite literally attacked it all. Darren said he heard someone exclaiming how it was like a scene from Les Miserables. All the hungry children fighting for food. Haha. According to our dear friend Martine, her son Barney woke up the next day, his pockets stuffed with chocolates!
Seriously, what a day! We are so grateful for all our friends and family who have helped made everything so special for us. We would especially like to thank the following A-stars whom if not for them, we would probably have to postpone our wedding! Hahaha.
Firstly, thank you so much to the The wonderful Farm Cafe and The Collingwood Children's Farm. Tom, Kitty, Pip and all the staff who helped, you guys are amazing. Kitty you are truly an event organiser genius! You have helped make it all so stress-free. Everything was set up so so beautifully and it made our life so much easier. We didn't even need to say/do much and you guys just went all out and decorated everything so beautifully! The flowers, the tables, bunting, the food. Oh my the food. It was so good! One of our regrets - Not eating more! Haha. To all couples out there planning a wedding, I highly recommend having your wedding at the Farm and using The Farm Cafe for catering! Ace venue, great staff and stunning food. What more can you ask for?! : )
Next up, we would like to thank our wonderful Bridal party - my super sister Zoe Tan, Lynsey, Jie Xin, Yang Yuan, Bingquan, Lydia, Percy, Jinghui, Ian and Martine. Thank you so much for the months of wedding help, all the prep, the advice, the encouragement, running around, assuring and seriously everything. From the super special wedding cake ( Lynsey you are such a baking genius! ), to the measuring of dresses, collection of flowers, videoing, emceeing and bible reading oh and that crazy lemon bunting making… … you guys are truly the best and we are so blessed by each and everyone of you! Thank you Celine and Issac too for all the extra help. And Florence too for all the encouragement from Perth!
Martine, thank you for turning my salami hair into angel hair! HAHA. You definitely have a gift with hair no doubt! And if you ever decided to open a salon/braid bar, do know you already have your first customer here!. Haha.
Also, Jinghui … ... I think you should go into emceeing if you ever decided on a change of profession! Ian can do bible reading and music, you can host. Perfect wedding team!
Thank you too, Melvin for going all out to officiate our wedding. Without you, we would not even be legally Man and Wife!
Thank you to Whitney Deal for making my beautiful wedding dress and for all the hard work sending mock dresses and finally the dress all the way from America to Australia! You have made wedding dress shopping across two completely different time zones so easy. We love my dress so so much and couldn't have dreamt up a more perfect piece!
Thank you too Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette goodness, for specially making us my magical Laurel wedding band. And of course my engagement ring too! I rarely wear rings but the ones you've made us, I will forever wear it with joy! Thank you!
Thank you Fowlers flowers for our pretty flowers too! Again, so so easy to work with and we highly recommend! Lauren and Josephine, the two of you are super : )
Thank you too Penelope Durston for doing such an amazing job with the hemming of the girls' dresses. Seriously, you have such a great big heart and we truly appreciate You! Thank you for going all out, ordering us those special Las Ninas Mexican dresses. The advice you've given, and of course, the hemming!!! We owe you so so much and we are very grateful for it all.
And of course, we would like to thank every single one of our family and friends for sharing our special day with us. To those of you who flew all the way in from Singapore, seriously guys! We were so super happy you guys could come! We know how hard it was booking flights, getting accommodation ( Grand finals week too! ) so we truly want to say a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts. <3
To our Australian friends, work colleagues, buddies… thank you for being there to share our joy too! We really appreciate all the encouragement and help offers throughout our entire planning journey. All chats over breakfast, at work, offering of an extra ride, accommodation, thank you!
To all of you who read my blog, follow my/our adventures, thank you too for always being here. All your good thoughts, kind words and smiles always serve as a reminder to us that people out there appreciate who we are! So thank you : )
And of course, thank you Papa, Mama, Zoe Tan for always being there for me and Darren ;-) I shall not get too mushy here because we are us and we don't do mushy ( Zoe Tan, I can imagine your hair standing already ). And thank you to my new parents Dad, Mum and sister in law/brother in law/family, thank you for welcoming me into your family like you always do.
Last but not the least ( I hope I didn't forget anyone else but if I do I'm sorry! Too long a post! ), thank you God for bringing Darren and I together in the first place. I love you so so much Darren but if it wasn't for Your super ways, we wouldn't even have met! Hehe. Thank you Darren for everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! I have so so much to say to you ( as always ) But I shall tell it all to you in person so you can tell me lame things in return. Haha. "I'll never let you Gyoza" and "Udon know how much you mean to me" … … <3