Vivian Hsu’s romantic wedding in Bali

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For grooms who are thinking of serenading your wife at the wedding, you can perhaps consider taking a cue from Singapore-based businessman Sean Lee, the beau of Taiwanese actress Vivian Hsu.

After their low-key ROM in Singapore earlier this year, the lovely couple held their first wedding reception at the scenic The Edge Bali Villa on 29-June (Sunday).

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The wedding: True to their preference for a private affair, only about 100 guests, most of whom are close family and friends, were invited for the happy occasion. Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin and Hsu’s former group mate Wang Szu-Han were among the minority from showbiz who were invited. Due to work commitments, Actress Shu Qi will be attending Hsu’s second wedding dinner in Taipei in July.

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The song: The couple performed “Till I Met You”, according to Taiwan media. The song was composed by both Lee and Hsu. The former wrote the music and she penned the lyrics which went: “Till I met you/We Believe/What is destiny.” Hsu was reportedly so moved that she teared several times.

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The gown: Hsu, 39, was decked head to toe in any bride’s most-coveted brand – Vera Wang – with jewellery gifted to her by her in-laws.

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(All pictures credit to Straits Times and MeRadio)

Wedding Inspiration: Jewel Tones

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Jewel tones have steadily made their way into our wardrobe staples and accessories, and it seems that we still can’t get enough. Today, we draw inspiration from these vivid shades and show you how you can incorporate them in your wedding to add that touch of grandeur and opulence to your big day.

Bridal Fashion

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Given their unique shade, and the fact that jewel tones are often used in eye-catching and flashy designs, it can be a difficult task for brides to find their perfect jewel tone wedding dress. (The bride above, however, has done well in finding a dress that places the emphasis on its beautiful emerald details with a simple and flattering cut!)

Do not be disappointed if you do not have much luck in locating the perfect jewel tone dress. After all, you should choose a dress that you can feel beautiful in for your big day, and not compromise and feel uncomfortable for the sake of your theme. The solution is to consider using jewel tones for your bridesmaid dresses — it is almost effortless to find simple and well-cut dresses in these popular shades!

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(All pictures from Pinterest: here, here and here)

Your husband can also join in the fun by working in the jewel tones as accents in his accessories!

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Table Arrangements

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While jewel tones may come across as a tad too heavy for the daytime, they would work like a dream for your banquet at night, especially if you are going for something that is more grand, mysterious, or even exotic. Depending on how you mix the colours, the resulting effect can give off rather different vibes. The first picture above created a mysterious forest theme with its generous use of blues, aquamarines and greens. For the second picture above, the use of warm jewel tones such as reds and oranges helped to bring on a passionate and grown up mood. The third picture balanced the jewel tones against neutrals such as gold and white, instantly creating an upbeat and luxurious setup.

Food

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Wouldn’t it be nice for your guests to see your jewel tone theme reflected on their plates as well? We are in love with this combination of blackberry cocoa sorbet and green tea cookies — classy to look at, and yummy to taste! Work together with your banquet service provider and chef to see if you can come up with any special concoctions for your guests. Consider yam, sweet potato, beetroot, mangosteen, and so on — all of which come in rich hues and suit our tropical palates!

Are wedding bells ringing for Jay Chou?

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Mandopop king Jay Chou once revealed that he would like to get married at the age of 35 and it now seems that this wish of his may come true soon enough.

The superstar told Taiwanese media three days ago that he plans to settle down before he turns 36 in January next year. The lucky bride-to-be is 20-year-old Taiwanese model, Hannah Quinlivan, whom Chou has been dating since 2011.

The couple has recently been spotted going on several high-profile dates, including a trip to a night market in Kaohsiung and another trip to Tamsui in Taipei – a sign that has given rise to speculations that Chou, who has always been tight-lipped about his love life, may finally be settling down soon.

The singer was recently voted as the “Male celebrity that women most want to marry in 2014” conducted by an online poll in Taiwan. On that, Chou had jokingly told the media: “Before you decide to marry me, you have to think carefully. Are you sure? I think I’m not a good man. I’m a filial man but there is a lot of gossip surrounding me.”

However, Chou, who is scheduled to perform at the National Stadium in Singapore on November 8, said that he has yet to pop the question but plans to ask for his girlfriend’s hand “in a romantic and unique fashion.”

Jay, what do you think of our swanky new National Stadium? Have it as your proposal venue during your upcoming concert, maybe?

Beauty: Fall 2014 Makeup Trends

For those of you who are getting married later this year, check out these makeup trends from this year’s fall runways for some inspiration for your wedding look!

Blue Eyes

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Fall season always produces the ‘It’ colour of the year (remember mustard yellow and wine red?), and it seems like this year, it’s gonna be blue. The runways of Kenzo, Temperly London, Christian Dior and so on spotted blue on the eyes as an accent colour, but really, it was Creatures of the Wind’s look, which used blue on the lower rim of the eyes that captured our attention. Cynthia Rowley also deserves a special mention for the innovative use of blue as an eyeliner, which gives this longtime look a new spin.

Cat Eye

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(All pictures from Pop Sugar)

Fans of black eyeliner will have reason to rejoice as the cat eye enjoys a resurgence on this year’s fall runways. From the more retro interpretation at Cushnie et Ochs, to more dramatic versions at Karen Walker and Jean Paul Gaultier, and to a fresh and dewy take over at Roccobarocco, there is surely a style to please every girl. Meow!

The Twiggy Lashes

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Few can forget supermodel Twiggy’s iconic look, which placed emphasis on the lower lashes, creating a ethereal doll-like appearance. If you’ve always wanted to give this look a try, this is the season to do it, as clumped lashes appeared in full force on the runways of Saint Laurent, Marco de Vincenzo, Peter Som and so on. This might also be the only time when clumpy or smudged lashes could be more of a hit than a miss!

Au Naturel

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Brides who go by the motto ‘less is more’ will be delighted that natural nude makeup is still here to stay, as it was spotted across runways of Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, Isabel Marant and more. Given that this is a relatively lighter look and therefore offers less coverage for any blemishes, we suggest that you spend more of your energy on skincare so as to make sure your skin will be in tip top condition when your big day arrives!

Pink Palette

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(All pictures from Pop Sugar)

Last but not least, perhaps the most relevant of this year’s fall makeup trends for our brides would be the pink palette that designers have been using on their runways. Feminine brides can take a leaf from Diane von Fürstenberg’s book and indulge in pastel shades of pink (first picture above). For cool brides, you can still play with this easy-to-wear shade with subtle brushes of pink on the cheeks, and a tinge of pink highlight on the eyes, as seen on Suno’s runway (second picture above). Just pair the look with sleek straight tresses to bring up the cool quotient.

Which of the above trends do you think would work best for your wedding? Let us know!

A proposal video that took 4 years to make

Yes you read the title right. Filmed in 26 countries across the globe, this 6-minute long video took 4 years to film.

And it all started when University of Montana student Jack Hyer went on a first date with Rebecca Strellnauer in 2010 and fell so deeply in love that he vowed one day he would marry her.

According to DailyMail, Hyer, who studied Management Information Systems and International Business, knew he would be traveling a lot for his studies and so he hit upon the idea to lip-synch the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Scottish band The Proclaimers at tourist destinations across Cambodia, Israel, China, Greece, France and Turkey.

It’s not surprising why Hyer’s girlfriend was dumbfounded when she eventually saw the video at their college graduation dinner. So sweet!