Melissa C. Koh

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Our secret pre-wedding shoot revealed


Time has an amazing way of showing us what really matters. As I look back at all the pre-wedding preparations: from gown and shoe fittings, wedding invites, site recces, food tastings, to pre-wedding shoots – what a crazy and incredible experience it has been. There have been countless beautiful memories in this journey that will forever be etched in our hearts. It has been three weeks since we celebrated one of the biggest and happiest milestones of our lives, but it still hasn’t sunk in that I am actually a “Mrs”. It is a wonderful thought that some of the best days are yet to come.

Two weeks prior to our big day, we did a pre-wedding shoot at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore – the location of our wedding dinner banquet – to document our favourite spots in this beautiful hotel as we wanted to remember them for a long time to come. We knew how quickly our wedding night would pass, and it would have been impossible for us to focus on taking photos on the big day itself. I’m so elated that we have this set of photos to keep and share with our family, friends and all of you.

Leading down from the Grand Staircase into Level 1 of the hotel, the Stella Gallery features a cascading water feature. With all the hustle and bustle happening in our lives then, being in the Stella Gallery felt so peaceful and calming. Here, we found a moment to just indulge in each other’s embrace.

Another photo opportunity was in the highly-acclaimed one Michelin star restaurant, Summer Pavilion. As its name suggests, the restaurant embodies the spirit and celebration of the summer season. The restaurant’s design, décor and use of floral motifs in the restaurant’s chinaware exude a “dining in a garden” experience. Chinese plants and trees also serve as inspiration for the names of the restaurant’s private dining rooms – Pine, Elm, Wisteria, Plum and Bamboo. We wanted an oriental look in our pre-wedding shoot as we are after all, Chinese by descent. Summer Pavilion was the perfect backdrop as it embodies a traditional yet contemporary setting.

The main lobby and Grand Staircase was love at first sight for the both of us. James and I absolutely love the large window panels and natural light that floods the lobby. We are always inspired by architecture and constantly take reference from amazing interior designs that we wish to incorporate into our new home. Walking up these stairs bathed in natural light, evoked grandeur and felt like the beginning of our fairytale dream wedding.

Colony is one of our favourite buffet restaurants in Singapore and I have had many great memories dining there on special occasions. The restaurant has gorgeous décor characterised by an eclectic mix of vintage and bespoke furniture featuring tartan and houndstooth prints alongside touches of modernity. The use of old maps, photographs and postcards which adorn the walls and partitions, evoke an elegant British-colonial charm and we could not resist sneaking in a shot here. I’d like to think that our common love for food is etched in the photos captured at Colony.

Finally, The Ritz Suite. Portraying timeless elegance, the presidential suite features a soothing colour palette of celadon, beige and khaki against a mix of light and dark wood. I also learnt that the suite is features bespoke furnishings, custom textiles and museum quality art pieces, including those by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst!

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore was the place we celebrated becoming Mr. and Mrs., and where we began our journey of a lifetime together. I’m still reeling in joy and am so glad we have these photos and raw moments immortalised for us to look back on.

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