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Steal the look of… Hannah Quinlivan aka Mrs Jay Chou

On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds this year is model Hannah Quinlivan, who recently tied the knot in a fairy-tale wedding in Yorkshire, northern England, with Mandopop king Jay Chou (If you missed our entry on that, click here!)

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The look: Decked in a white Tudor-inspired dress by Canadian designer Mikael Derderian with a heart-shaped cutout on the back. Quinlivan was also wearing a crown that cost US$1.05 million and a necklace worth around US$10 million during the lavish ceremony.

Make it yours: If pricess-looking gowns with heart cutouts are your cup of tea, here’s our selection of similar designs!

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Hayley Paige

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Pronovias

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Maggie Sottero

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Mori Lee

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Oscar de la Renta

#sg50: A special memento for Singaporean couples who wed in 2015

To celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary, not just babies who are born next year will receive a commemorative gift. Couples who get married in the Singapore Jubilee year will also get a special memento – an SG50 marriage certificate holder.

According to Channel NewsAsia, Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development, said: “We think this represents their wedded bliss as well as the nation’s joy of turning 50. So in a way, 2015 is a wonderful year, not just for the nation, but for Singaporean couples who are starting their married life together.”

The initiative was inspired by members of the public who had suggested commemorating significant family milestones as part of the nation’s 50th birthday. Earlier this month, it was revealed that all Singaporeans born next year will receive a commemorative birth certificate placed in a golden SG50 folder, with several other jubilee gifts such as a special medallion and a diaper bag.

Fashion: Spring 2015 Bridal Trends

For brides who are tying the knot next year, here are three of the hottest Spring 2015 trends you would want to keep your eye on!

Illusion Backs

Baring skin is out, but showing skin is in — illusion backs are all the rage on Spring 2015 runways! This bodes well for brides as well, as you can show off your beautiful back without having to worry about nu-bra problems anymore. Be it chic, clean sheer panels spotted at Amsale, modern motifs embellished on sleek sheer panels at Kenneth Pool, or elaborate handiwork over at Pronovias, there is a style for every bride.

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(From top: Pronovias (Photo from The Beauty Bridal), Kenneth Pool (Photo from Huffington Post) and Amsale (Photo from Pinterest))

Oversized Bows

One of the refreshing trends we love on the Spring 2015 runways is that of the oversized bows. While intricate detailing or embellished looks are often spotted in bridal designs, we love how the idea of an oversized bow instantly adds a touch of playfulness to an otherwise elegant dress. Dresses by Modern Trousseau and Monique Lhuillier take a somewhat more conventional approach by playing up the femininity that the bow brings, but what really awed us was Anna Maier Couture’s lopsided bow — it exudes an effortless throw together vibe but pulls the modern and sleek look together nonetheless.

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(From top: Anna Maier Couture (Photo from Pinterest), Modern Trousseau (Photo from On the Go Bride) and Monique Lhuillier (Photo from Huffington Post))

Unconventional Colours

Let’s face it — there are just that many white, off-white and champagne wedding dresses that we can take. For brides who are looking for something that is more unusual, the Spring 2015 runways have tons to offer in terms of unconventional colours for your wedding gown. The standout collection for us, no doubt, was Monique Lhuillier’s bold play of colours. Apart from the dusty mint piece that perfectly articulates an old world and romantic aesthetic, our favourite was the collection’s show-stopper piece — a dress in a gorgeous shade of hydrangea — that is bound to wow your guests.

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(From top: Monique Lhuillier (Photo from Huffington Post), Monique Lhuillier (Photo from Junebug Weddings))

Steal the look of… Joanne Peh

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Singapore’s most famous newly-weds can’t seem to keep their bliss to themselves! In a column published in Lianhe Zaobao on 22 September, Qi Yuwu muses about being married, and wrote that Joanne Peh was like a “mirror” that shows him all his good and bad. Altogether now, awww!

Well, today, we’re here to share more about what went on behind the scenes of Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu’s super private wedding ceremony at Sentosa, and more importantly, to give you a few tips on how to achieve Joanne Peh’s natural and healthy bride look!

Make-up and Hair

Celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Lee created a “clean and natural look” for Joanne Peh. If you’ve seen photos from the couple’s wedding ceremony, you would have noticed that Joanne Peh definitely looks less made up than most other brides out there! Kenneth Lee said that he wanted something less exaggerated on Joanne Peh, and that was why he laid off the false eyelashes, and instead, just gave her a natural glow for skin, a pink-toned eye shadow, a light eyeliner and mascara for eyes, and a peach-orange lip.

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Joanne Peh’s hair, done up by celebrity hairstylist David Gan, was likewise simple and elegant — it was a chic sleeked back look that complemented her veil. (Psst, we loved how the orchid was subtly worked into Joanne Peh’s hair design — perfect for a uniquely Singapore wedding that took place in front of the Merlion!)

Wedding Gown

Joanne Peh’s wedding gown, designed by local designer Lai Chen, is absolutely clean and minimal in terms of silhouette and design, and features only a low scoop back to show off her toned back. We reckon urban, confident brides would love this wedding style! Here are a couple of beautiful scoop back wedding dresses to give you some inspiration!

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We think that this dainty and delicate low back dress from Elizabeth Fillmore’s Spring 2015 collection will be a hit with every boho bride out there. The thin straps are also one of the most popular trends off the Spring 2015 runways! (Photo from Pinterest)

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This sleek and clean number from Elle Hemingway is the closest in terms of style to Joanne Peh’s look, we think! The row of tiny buttons that runs all the way to the hem are also an interesting touch. (Photo from Pinterest)

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This scoop back dress by Rosa Clara will have you feeling like a gorgeous Grecian goddess in no time! Enough said. (Photo from Pinterest)

Fashion: Frozen-inspired Wedding Dress

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For ladies who are searching for the perfect fairytale wedding, maybe your answer lies in this dress that is inspired by Disney’s Frozen animation movie.

The dress is a collaboration between Disney and designer Alfred Angelo and is slated for a January 2015 release. Modelled after Elsa, Snow Queen of Arendelle, the dress is icy blue and features a sweetheart neckline, dramatic train and delicate beading. From the looks of it, the dress’s extravagant look — it is crafted with layers of satin, tulle, glitter net and organza — will definitely fulfill every girl’s princess dream.

The dress will add to Alfred Angelo’s ongoing collaboration with Disney under the Fairy Tale Bridal collection, which already carries dresses that are inspired by Snow White, Belle, Jasmine and other popular Disney characters. While Disney has yet to reveal the price of the Frozen dress, previous dresses in the collection have ranged from US$699 to US$1,599.

Would you wear this Frozen-inspired dress? If you could choose, which Disney Princess would you like to draw inspiration from for your wedding dress? Let us know!