Wedding stories gone viral in 2013

While conventional weddings still remain the norm, more couples are opting for special ways to celebrate their big day and their actions have not gone unnoticed.

As the end of the year comes around, we round up some of the most unusual stories heard in 2013.

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1. Bride goes traveling in her wedding gown
More than 147 (and counting) photo shoots thus far in 19 different countries all over the world, Jennifer Salvage from the United States proved that a wedding gown does not have to be a white elephant lying in your closet after the big day.

“We love the idea of using up the dress, reliving our wedding over and over again.” The USD$400 wedding dress, in which Jennifer had on while skiing and swimming with dolphins, is documented in her photography project “One Dress One Woman One World”. Recap Jennifer’s adventure here!

2. A Pinterest wedding surprise
The internet has become a daily essential in our lives so why not use it for your wedding? By simply referring to his girlfriend’s Pinterest board, Ryan Leak planned a surprise engagement and wedding in just a day. Recap the story here!

3. A celebrity surprise
You perhaps read here about how Hollywood star Brad Pitt gate-crashed a wedding earlier this year in Buckinghamshire, leaving the couple star-struck. Just recently, Justin Timberlake got in the fun as well by leaving the stage to a male fan who proposed during one of the NSYNC star’s 20/20 Experience World Tour.


4. Couple re-enacts Dirty Dancing for their wedding

This couple stunned not just their guests, but viewers all over the world, when their re-creation of the dance scene from “Dirty Dancing” went viral. Three cheers!


5. Girl on fire, literally

We’re not sure whether the bride in this story, Natasha Samuel, is a fan of the “Hunger Games” series but this is one daring act indeed. For her wedding photos, Natasha had her photographer, Eric Simantov, douse her wedding gown in flammable liquid and set it on fire before he quickly snapped a photo. Natasha later ran into the ocean to extinguish the flames, wow!

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6. T-Rex invades wedding
This Jurassic Park-inspired wedding photo took the internet by storm, and its not difficult to see why. Hailed as the “Best wedding photo ever” by netizens, photographer Quinn Miller, the one who suggested this idea, became an overnight famed photographer after this photo was shared more than 12,000 times on his official Facebook page. Recap the ingenious idea here!

Fashion: Claire Pettibone

“I have a very romantic vision of how fashion can enhance our beauty and indulge our dreams. I invite you to share that dream.”

-Claire Pettibone, on her design philosophy

With the year almost coming to an end, there’s nothing like Claire Pettibone’s Continuing collection that makes us all stoked for the new year, and a new spring season ahead!

Here at Wedding & Travel, we’ve always loved Claire Pettibone’s creations for their bold imagination and whimsical romanticism! Spending her early days living in a 19th century farmhouse in rural New York, Claire Pettibone credits her free-spirited childhood as one of the biggest influences behind her ethereal and enchanted style.

Crafted from fine silk and laces, Claire Pettibone’s designs’ strongest suit will no doubt be the effortless melding of vintage inspirations into modern silhouettes, and the rich infusion of delicate trimmings to enhance the look. For starters, we can’t put into words how much we are in love with the generous floral beading details and exquisite floral embroidery that are featured heavily in this collection! Apart from that, the styling of bold blooms in various spring colours, and coral makeup accented with bold blue tones are also spot on with us!

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A Curious Sight: Vintage Chinese Wedding Car

Vintage cars have been gaining steam as a wedding trend in recent years, but we’re thinking that not many would be in a hurry to use this particular Chinese model in their weddings — the Jinma QJM5022TYN6 Wedding Car.

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With such a tongue twisting model name, the Jinma Wedding Car looks as almost as eccentric as it sounds. From what we’ve read, the Internet has mixed reviews about the car — some think that it is rather charming in a kooky way, while others are not so impressed.

Manufactured by the Jinma Motor Company from the early 1980′s to the late 1990′s, this wedding car was the epitome of Chinese conspicuous spending during that era — couples would hire it as a gimmick of sorts to impress guests during their wedding. It was also a symbol of longing for the western ways — most Chinese wedding cars during this era were modelled after western limousines. As such, it was also not unusual for such wedding cars to be decorated with Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz lookalike ornaments.

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For the Jinma Wedding Car, its design was mirrored after the Great Wall Motors pickup. With the open top, couples could stand behind the front bench and wave to their guests. However, one thing we’ve got to love about vintage cars is the workmanship behind it — the body of each Jinma Wedding Car is made completely from wood by hand. (Later models, unfortunately, became to be made from plastic.)

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While such cars may look out of place in our modern context, it is always interesting to read about things that were in vogue back in the days. With fads and trends being cyclical in nature, who’s to say that they won’t have their heyday again in the future?

Read the full article at Car News China.

2013 best wedding photos

It is the time of the year to look back at the year’s finest and best memories. Today, we scoured online to find some of the best bridal photos that we hope can inspire you for your own.

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On every wedding day, the bride becomes the centre of attraction and rightly so.
(Photo credit: CINEMATICbyDavidM)

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Considering how Singaporeans love fireworks, any couple daring enough to emulate this?
(Photo credit: Nathan Desch Photography)

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Come what may. Not even a bad weather is going to stop you from having a blast at your own big day.
(Photo credit: Unplugged Photography)

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Who says mudbloods (pardon the quote from Harry Potter) can’t have magical weddings? A little help from sparklers and the slowing of the shutter speed will do the trick.
(Photo Credit: Captivating Weddings)

Huffington Post has also come up with a selection of the year’s best 25 wedding photos, click here to view more.

Interview: Green Banana

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A few weeks ago we wrote about the use of fern and moss in one of our wedding inspiration features (read it here if you haven’t!). As promised, we speak to Ivan Lim of Green Banana to find out more about the process and inspiration behind their beautiful terrariums, and more about how you can use these beautiful green pieces to beautify your wedding.

W&T: Could you share with our readers how you came into contact with plants, and what made you start Green Banana?

Ivan (I): Green Banana expresses a passion towards nature and greenery, and an enthusiasm for small unique plants. I’ve always been fond of greens and have been planting since young. Planting is like a personal hobby and a form of alternative calming therapy for me. It was only in 2012 when I decided to take things further.

W&T: What are you inspired by when you create, and what is your approach to curating Green Banana’s terrariums and plants?

I: I get most of my inspiration from nature. It could be a drying twig, a pile of after rain mess in the park, or a picture of a beautiful landscape. I tend to use natural and organic materials in my landscaping style. Earthy and black and white are my favourable tones. The vessels I use for my terrariums are carefully crafted and designed to showcase the different species of cacti, succulents, moss and even air plants that I use.

W&T: For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with terrariums, what are some quick plus points of terrariums?

I: Terrariums are perfect to keep at home or at the office as decorative items as long as they are placed next to a light source. Plants can purify the ambient air, and decrease the absorption of harmful substances from the air.

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W&T: Your terrariums have recently started to make appearances at weddings. Tell us, how did that come about?

I: I started doing weddings as a coincidence — a customer first approached me wanting to use my terrariums as wedding favours. Subsequently, other customers started coming to me with similar ideas. I think the use of terrariums has become a nice trend in western countries whereby wedding planners and stylists like to use succulents in the decorations and flower arrangements. This is an unconventional, unique and out-of-the-box choice for those who prefer something more memorable.

W&T: For interested couples, how can they go about commissioning you for their weddings? How does the process usually work?

I: I prefer to have a one-to-one meeting with the couple and find out their needs. After the meeting, I will propose the type of plants for their wedding, with samples of how they can be set up in different types of glassware. For wedding favours, the price may range from $12-$20 per pax, while table pieces may range from $30-$500 per piece depending on the size of the vessel and the complexity of the design.

W&T: Do you also offer event styling services?

I: I am mainly focusing on making small terrariums for homes at the moment, but I do have clients who engage me to customise larger pieces for retail outlets, hotel lobbies, or events. In my opinion, there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to landscaping. I’m looking forward to experimenting with different sectors!

Couples make bad weather part of their wedding photos

Weather is always a top concern for couples planning on having bridal photography or wedding ceremony outdoors. Especially here in Singapore, when the humid weather or otherwise heavy rain at the end of every year make staying outdoors hardly conducive for anything.

But not all bad weather are bad, it seems. W&T is enthralled by this series of photos, compiled by the Huffington Post, which pictures brave couples making full use of bad weather conditions in their wedding photos. We hope you’ll be inspired too.

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Bridal photos lately usually encompasses a moment when the bride/groom looks at his/her reflection in the mirror. Now, who knows a puddle can do the same too?
(Photo credit: Trevor Dayley Photography, Posted on Reddit by notsurehowtosaythis)

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Muddy waters doesn’t necessarily make for ugly pictures. Look at how this couple reversed that.
(Photo credit: Posted to Reddit by lukevsluke)

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(Photo credit: Michele Beckwith, Posted on Reddit by Eyalush)

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It was raining, but so what?
(Photo credit: Posted on reddit by passalltheworld)

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Our favorite photo of the lot. It is said that the couple braved a blizzard to have this taken and the outcome? Breathtaking.
(Photo credit: Crystal Heis, Posted on Reddit by RideTi)

To view more photos, click here.

An Alternative Fairytale Wedding

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What do you think of when we say, ‘fairytale wedding’? Daring to do something different from the usual Disney princesses are Amanda and Nathan — the couple got married as Shrek and Princess Fiona.

Apart from custom making their costumes, Amanda and Nathan also went the extra mile by painting themselves green from head to toe! When exchange vows, Nathan even cheekily told Amanda, “I do take this orge.” The couple’s guests also came decked out in proper costumes in accordance to the theme. In attendance at the wedding were characters such as Minnie Mouse, Gingerbread Man and Snow White; what a party!

Apart from the dress code, another special and meaningful thing that the couple did at their wedding was to take the opportunity to raise funds for Cancer Research. Having lost seven patients to cancer at work, and having two of their close friends come down with breast cancer, this was something that Amanda and Nathan felt very strongly about. Through their wedding, the couple hoped to tap on the generosity of their guests to raise at least £1000 for the cause.

It appears that the idea for a fairytale wedding had always existed between the couple. “I always said to Mandy that if we ever did get married that I would give her a fairy tale wedding.” Nathan chuckled. Well,  perhaps not quite the one that she was expecting, we say! But then again, Amanda was all for the idea of having them dressing up as Shrek and Princess Fiona. Now, the whole idea of a fairytale wedding has become somewhat of a standing joke between the good-natured pair.

Amanda and Nathan’s story is yet another reminder to us that the best wedding is one that the couple feels strongly about themselves (regardless of the theme, of the cause, in Amanda and Nathan’s case). Instead of trying to live up to expectations that are imposed by others, there is no greater merit than to strive to make your big day a most memorable one by your own terms! What do you think?

Romantic Movies for Christmas

It’s the Christmas holiday season, the streets are too crowded, and Singapore’s recording temperatures in the low 20s — what better reasons do you need to stay home and snuggle up to your loved one with a hot chocolate in hand, and embark on a lovely movie marathon together? To help you out, Wedding & Travel has compiled our very own romantic Christmas selection!

1. Love Actually

Shot in 2003, Love Actually is a classic romantic comedy that features ten interwoven stories set primarily in London. The story begins five weeks before Christmas, and extends all the way to the epilogue, which is set one month later. With an extravagant cast that includes names like Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson, you can be sure that you’ll be getting more than you’ve bargained for with this film.

2. The Holiday

Looking at the stellar line-up which includes rom-com darling Cameron Diaz, award-winning actress Kate Winslet, hearthrob Jude Law and funny-man Jack Black, you can already tell that The Holiday is a winner. In this film, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are two heartbroken women who agree to exchange homes during the holiday season to get away from their sad predicaments. The temporary escape proves to be more than what they originally set out for, as they each meet a local man and experience love again.

3. It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is one of the most-loved classic Christmas movies of all time, and is based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a despondent man who has given up his dreams to help others. As he tries to end his life on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel had no choice but to step in and help him pick himself up. Definitely a heartwarming and inspirational choice for this holiday season.

The Family Stone

The Family Stone is a fun movie for this Christmas season which brings you through the Stone family’s holiday misadventure — the eldest son of the family brings his girlfriend home with the intention of proposing to her with the family heirloom ring, but it turns out that the whole family hates her! The cast which include Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, among others, is brilliant at their respective roles, and great fun to watch. Now, to see them sort out the drama within.

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Congrats! Sammi Cheng, Ayumi Hamasaki and Kelly Rowland says yes

Happy news abound before the end of 2013 and as we heard, three very much-loved female singers will be brides-to-be in the new year ahead.

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After years of are-they-married-or-not speculations, Hong Kong songbird Sammi Cheng finally said yes to long-time beau, singer Andy Hui. The 40-year-old Cantopop queen, who previously confessed of being afraid to get married, seems to have allayed her fears when 44-year-old Hui, with whom she had a 22-year long on-off relationship, proposed during her birthday party this year.

Rumor has it that the couple have had a low-key wedding in Bali, Indonesia on 30-Nov but according to Sammi’s manager who spoke to the media on 24-Dec, the couple are only in Bali to celebrate and will formally register for marriage in Hong Kong next year.

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It was a whirlwind engagement announcement that caught both the media and fans by surprise.

“I got engaged on Dec 12 Los Angeles time. He is just an ordinary graduate school medical student. Please watch over us,” were the words J-Pop Queen Ayumi Hamasaki left on her fan club website earlier this month.

The short message left the media scrambling to find clues which will tell more about Hamasaki’s fiance. Citing news sources, Apple Daily Taiwan said the songstress’ other half, who is not identified, is from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is 10 years her junior. It is said that they met in January and romance bloomed in the spring.

While Hamasaki did not mention a wedding date but media are speculating that she entered the United States recently with a foreign-citizen fiancee visa which stipulates that she must marry her American fiance within 90 days of arrival.

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Earlier last month, one-third of female group Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland, got engaged to her manager, Tim Witherspoon. On ‘The Queen Latifah Show’, the ‘X Factor’ judge revealed that her boyfriend proposed over Skype while she was travelling in Bulgaria. “It was so late and we were both … staring at each other,” she recounted. “It was just that simple to say yes. I was like, ‘I got my best friend to ride through life with.’ He really is my best friend.”

Her wedding is said to be equally unconventional, going by Hollywood norms. Going all the way to keep her wedding small and private, Kelly Rowland told People magazine recently that she would not be inviting any guests to the ceremony.

“I think we just really want it to be us and our pastor. That’s it. I mean, we are the only two that’s going to be in the marriage. You have to pay for food for everyone and I’m not down with that. Everyone is there just to be nosy and see who I’m wearing.” Well said, girl!