The yarns symbolise their long running relationship and they hope to continue ‘spinning yarns’ in their love journey. text SUMMER LEE
Finally, Wedding & Travel’s very own Janelle Lee marries Roy See, her long-time boyfriend of nine years!
It was one of those days when school ended and a wide eyed teenager was sitting in front of her computer, chatting with friends on the now defunct MIRC chat room.
And just as innocently, a random schoolmate joined her chat window and that was how their story started.
Even though it happened nine years ago, Janelle can still recall with fondness that chance encounter with her future husband. “We met through a little window on our school’s MIRC. It was a random click and a random chat and then we realised we were from the same lecture class!”
“We started to describe how we look, where we usually sat in the lecture hall and who we normally hung out with in the polytechnic. We chatted until we both had a brief idea of the other’s identity. It was kind of exciting as the very next day, we started scanning around the lecture hall trying to spot each other. It is hilarious to think back!”
The couple had their first date soon during the mid-autumn festival. As a part of Janelle’s family rules, when a child reaches 16 years of age, he or she will no longer be allowed to take part in the lantern festival with the rest of the family. Abhorred by the ‘ridiculous rule’, Janelle was determined to break the rule soon.
An equally young and reckless Roy began to plot a romantic mid-autumn lantern festival date right away. Janelle was elated as it had been two years since she last carried a lantern.
The day was extra memorable for her as it was also the first time Roy sang her a love song. They started their journey of love from that day onwards which culminated in their wedding nine years later on 17 September 2011.
The couple held two wedding ceremonies to fulfill their own wishes and to accommodate relatives and friends. Having a wedding in Bali has always been Janelle’s wish, but during their wedding preparations, they realised that most of their friends and relatives would not be able to make that trip. Hence, they had a small ceremony in Bali attended only by close friends and family.
A chapel wedding is also part of Janelle’s wedding dreams and they found the perfect glass chapel in Ubud, Bali. Located in the magical rainforest of Ubud with the soft gushing sound of the Oos River below, The Vimala is
the enchanting venue they had hoped for.
As the creative brain behind many of Wedding & Travel’s theme wedding shoots, Janelle had a good idea of how she wanted her own wedding to be. With the help of Butterfly Event Styling Boutique, the reception venue at The Vimala was decorated with wine bottles, vintage books, a vintage rocking chair, pearls, ribbons and pretty little flowers to produce a modern vintage look. To enhance the ambience, the infinity pool was decked with floating candles to provide a romantic touch.
The beautiful setting wowed her guests. And for the first time, Janelle felt her family could finally understand the strong passion she has towards her craft.
For their wedding back in Singapore, the couple chose Suburbia in Sentosa for its rustic setting, ambience and great food. They would like to add a word of thanks here for the excellent service provided by the team who ensured their event was a success.
As Janelle has always liked cotton plants, she asked her florist Boenga to design a theme based on it. “The cotton flowers transformed the place into a magical land and many of our guests took the flowers home as souvenirs!” she exclaimed.
To complement the cotton theme, the couple gave out cotton yarns as wedding favours. The yarns symbolise their long-running relationship and they hope to continue ‘spinning yarns’ in their love journey.
Looking back, the newly-married Janelle says, “Planning a wedding is like having a part-time job. Without my company’s fullest support, we would not be able to pull off such a successful wedding. One advice… know exactly what you want and go for it!”