Rui & Varian

We're starting out the week with these amazing photos from Rui & Varian's wedding. Although we never met her in person, we spent some time getting to know Rui via FaceTime and absolutely love seeing how beautifully she looks in HB6899 for her special day! Her laid back ceremony is quaint and full of love, and we love the way the groom matches the decor! Thank you so much to Xinning from Ivan Tan Photography and many, many congratulations to Rui & Varian!!Saja: What was your favorite part of the day?

The getting ready together in the hotel room - being both cosy and euphoric together – Var putting flowers in my hair, my straightening his bowtie, elbowing each other and chuckling OMG ARE YOU READY?! And sneaking some sushi before we left so we wouldn’t faint during the ceremony.
Saja: How did you meet?

Rui: Varian and I are both alumni of Columbia University in NYC- he graduated from the engineering school in 2001 and I graduated from the college in 2010. Although we first met in 2006 before I left for New York, it was only after I moved back to Singapore in 2010 and he invited me to a Jose James gig at his bar that we started seeing each other seriously.  
Saja: How did he propose?

Rui: He proposed late in the evening at Diner, in Brooklyn. We were on holiday last April, hanging out with old friends in New York. It was just about time for dessert when he left his seat across from me to sit beside me, and he took my hand and played with the ring on my left middle finger. Having had a couple of drinks and fearing he’d drop it in the restaurant, I was like “um give me back my ring!” to which he obliged, and for the next few moments I was wondering why the ring I now had on looked different and didn’t fit on the same finger – then I was like OHHH WOAH wait a minute and it dawned on me that he had just proposed. With his late grandmother’s ring!
Saja: Is there anything you can point out about your pictures that we might not have noticed?

Rui: There was a big delay in the ring exchange! Instead of gently untying the knot holding the wedding bands together, Var somehow turned it into a dead knot instead. So the ceremony was suspended for what felt like an eternity while he unpicked the tangle, with gentle encouragement from the officiant. It was tense but absurdly hilarious at the same time.

Saja: Where did the wedding take place? What made you choose there?

Rui: The civil ceremony took place at Kilo Lounge in Singapore. We loved the laid back vibe and spaciousness of the venue, on the top floor of a converted industrial building outside the city centre, with views of water and lovely leafy trees. Also we just love the food at Kilo restaurant so the sister lounge was a natural choice. Part II of our wedding (the traditional banquet) is happening this October, in a giant tent on the lawn of a hilltop colonial building. 

Saja: Who are the vendors who brought your to special day to life?

Rui: Our photographer is the lovely Xinning from Ivan Tan Photography, wedding bands and engagement ring are from Fairy’s Inc. Heartfelt thanks go to my dearest mom who gamely did all the flowers and my decoration committee of relatives/friends. Make-up was DIY, hair was a combination of help from from Kazuki at Kizuki+LIM and my very own groom. And a huge thank you as well to Yoo herself from Saja, who emergency FaceTimed me to make sure the dress fit as it should!

Saja; Which of the photos is your favorite? Why?

 I like the photos where we are perched on a random steel barrier in front of an overgrown field. I love the greenery and the simplicity of sitting outside together in the breeze, just being happy.
Saja: Anything else you would like to share with us?

I just want to share some great advice that a dear friend gave me: “Everything goes by really, really fast. So don't spend any second being critical or worried about stuff. No one will notice that the tablecloth is crooked. This is one of those moments in life to let yourself just be and enjoy. Every once in a while, take a breath to just step back to watch the room. It will be full of so many of the most important people in your life, and they will have all come out just to share this moment with you. How amazing is that?!! You are loved. Bask in that, and celebrate it with the ones you love.”

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