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Flying Made Epic

Ever since we were introduced to the gorgeous landscape of New Zealand in The Lord of The Rings movies, fans and travelers from around the world have been flocking to Middle-earth in search of the promised land. And what better way to get there then by the airline that knows New Zealand best?

Our team at Wedding & Travel got to experience it first-hand and are thrilled to share their experience.

Like an assurance of good things to come, our first taste of Kiwi hospitality was on board Air New Zealand via its inflight video – The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made. No more shifting your gaze or nodding off to yet another safety video. Instead, be entertained by the cast from the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as they demonstrate the importance of air safety in an epic yet lighthearted way.

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Bound for an epic journey on the official airline of Middle-earth

But what is even more epic is the Skycouch, an innovation exclusive to Air New Zealand. Offered in Economy class only, the Skycouch is a row of three seats with armrests that can be lifted and leg rests that can be stretched out flat to create the closest thing to a bed. The full size of this flexible space is 1.55m in length and 74cm in depth. This means that you and your partner can lay quite comfortably side by side for the nearly 10-hour flight from Singapore to Auckland.

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The only first class experience you can get in the economy section

Not just that, each Skycouch also comes with 2 large pillows, underlay and duvet so you can really get to enjoy the whole experience. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable or we can’t guarantee that you might start providing sound entertainment for the other passengers with your snores. In case you are wondering, yes, you do have to put seatbelts on when you are in lying position, an extension seatbelt will be provided by the crew.

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Savour the freshness of New Zealand with every bite

For couples who wish to fly in comfort without the presence of a third party, you need only top up S$600 per way in order to secure the third seat for the Skycouch.

One of the many advantages of flying with Air New Zealand is the various seat categories you get to choose from. If flying Business isn’t an option, then Premium Economy is your next best bet. At first glance, it looks almost like you are in the Business section. The seats are spacious and in a section of their own, away from the normal economy, and offer 50% more recline.

The extendable foot rest elevates your legs and provides a platform to rest your feet on. Even the armrest is wider than those in the economy section so you and your neighbor can rest your elbow at the same time and still have room to place your drinks. After you have settled comfortably into your seat, it is time to check out the inflight entertainment. With a wider video screen and many up-to-date and classic selections, it’s hard not to let your eyes be glued to the screen.

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Enjoy more leg room and arm space with Premium Economy

And if you should need a snack or a drink, you can select from the screen too, complimentary of course. But unless you have an extremely healthy appetite, there’s hardly a need to as the friendly attendants will be passing out meals and snacks every so often. In Premium Economy, the meals are as good as what they serve in Business class on many airlines. And of course, there will be New Zealand fine wines to accompany your delicious meals.

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Be pampered by the gourmet selections in Premium Economy

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Be pampered by the gourmet selections in Premium Economy

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!

Lifestyle: Butter Studio

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For someone who is just casually passing through Jalan Besar, one might just miss Butter Studio altogether. Located right beside a motorcycle repair shop, and swathed with green from the cafe’s potted plants outside, one will have to pay special attention to its yellow signboard to know that the cafe is located there.

The good thing about Butter Studio though, is its unpretentious surroundings — the shop’s furniture consists of deliberately mismatched tables and chairs and gives off an incredibly casual and homely vibe. Once inside, you can take your pick from the cafe’s wide range of cakes and pastries, which include anything from rainbow cakes to macarons. The cafe is also apparently popular with its own neighbourhood, as we noticed a number of elderly guests who walked in to take away some cakes when we were there.

In a saturated local cafe scene, Butter Studio might not appear to be a stand out pick among the crowd, but we definitely appreciate a pleasant and down-to-earth environment for a good afternoon catch up with friends, or simply, to chill out with our other half. Good news for our Muslim couples too — Butter Studio is a halal cafe.

Butter Studio
147 Jalan Besar Road, Singapore 208865
https://www.facebook.com/butterstudio