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Michael and Cristy, 9 Jul 06, Burkhill Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: La Vie En Rose L-R: Jonathan Lim, Michael, Cristy, Hsin Yeow and Jonathan Ang There is something magical about the song La Vie En Rose. Whenever the band performs it, couples find themselves inexplicably drawn to the dance floor. It happened during Michael and Cristy’s wedding. It was supposed to be their first dance, but as the song went on, they were joined by more and more couples who gently swayed to the alluring melody. And when…

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Simon and Shu Ling, 8 Jul 06, Raffles Hotel Lawn

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Set The Night To Music It was a busy day. After performing for Bill and Joanne at The Legends in the morning, we rushed to the Raffles Hotel to get ready for Simon and Shu’s wedding. The latter presented us with more challenges because the ceremony was held outdoors, at the lawn. Although there was a fan in the gazebo where we were performing, we were soon drenched in sweat. Simon also wanted us to play almost…

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Bill and Joanne, 8 Jul 06, The Legends, Fort Canning Park

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: If We Hold On Together Bill and Joanne are such a sweet couple. When asked whether they had any interesting stories to share during their courtship, Bill replied cheekily, “Joanne is now a rugby supporter and can recognise half the NZ All Black team!” “Well, Bill, you should reciprocate and learn how to croon a Mandarin song for Joanne!”, I said. Bill retorted, “No way, everyone who’s ever heard me sing tells me to shut up!” Haha!…

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Elynn and Jack, 7 Jul 06, Atrium Ballroom, Swissotel The Stamford

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: New York, New York! Sorry, couldn’t get a picture of Jack, who was, erm, occupied.In case you’re wondering, Jack was trying to remove Elynn’s garter with his teeth. An quick Internet search reveals that the tradition of tossing the garter dates back to fourteenth-century France. Medieval French revelers considered pieces of the bride’s attire lucky, and guests would literally rip off pieces of her gown. To defend herself, she began to throw them her garter! In modern…

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Spice Up Your Wedding

This article was first posted in (All the various tips are highlighted in bold for easy reference.) recently wrote an impassioned post on doing away with table-to-table photography. I fully agree with her article, especially her opening sentence, “it’s not what you add to a wedding that makes it meaningful, but what you take out of it to make room for the things that count.” Wise words indeed. For the uninitiated, the conventional wedding programme goes like this: first march-in…

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Adelle and Matthew, 24 Jun 06, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, Plaza Parkroyal

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: (Can’t Live) Without You When I asked Adelle to tell me more about herself, she sent me this cool link. I could not help but tear at the concluding line of the proposal story, “The moment we knew we can’t live without each other, we knew it’s time to venture a new chapter of our lives together.” That’s true love, don’t you agree? Here’s a look at the happy couple! Band: Melissa and Feri For Adelle and…

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Daniel and Cynthia, 24 Jun 06, Crown Hotel, Empress Ballroom

Bevlyn’s thoughts: A Walk To Remember L-R: Bevlyn, Cynthia, Daniel and ZQ If you’re are unfamiliar with the Singaporean-style toasting sessions, they go like this: each toast is marked by an enthusiastic and prolonged cheer of yum seng, a Cantonese phrase meaning “drink plenty”. As the host for Daniel and Cynthia’s wedding, it was my responsibility to encourage all guests to participate in the toasting ceremony, and make as much noise as possible. Quite a few joined in for the…

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Yenny and Cha, 23 Jun 06, Asian Civilisations Museum

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Up Close And Personal Sometimes, couples are unsure of whether they would like to engage a band to perform at one spot throughout the evening, or a group of strollers to sing to every table. One key consideration is the venue. One place where strolling worked particularly well was the Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant at UOB Plaza 1. We had such a great time singing there for Joe’s wedding, because the excellent acoustics meant that we…

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George and Dannica Giang, 20 Jun 06, Sir Stamford Room, Grand Hyatt

Bevlyn’s thoughts: Over The Rainbow It’s almost embarrassing how often I get that lump in my throat whenever I see true love expressed publicly and sincerely. Dannica did it for me, when she proclaimed in her thank-you speech, not once but twice, how blessed she was to have found George, her partner for life. It was George’s idea to engage us, and he chose the songs based on his wife’s favourites. Even though we had to learn quite a few,…

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Sabrina and Shawn, 18 Jun 06, Amara Hotel Poolside

Bevlyn’s thoughts: Mint To Be Funky. Out-of-the-box. Those are the words I would use to describe Sabrina and Shawn’s wedding. Oh, and Rectangular Tables. Round tables, which are a fixture at traditional Chinese dinners, were nowhere to be found at the unconventional wedding celebration. According to Sabrina, those were reserved for her first wedding dinner, on the 17th, which was organised for their family members. Her second, held on the 18th and in the same venue as the first, was…

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Ghim Howe and Vo, 18 Jun 06, Asian Civilisations Museum

ZQ’s thoughts: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You! It’s the night of your wedding, and you’re often so frazzled that hardly anything registers; you feel as if you’re being herded around like sheep, rushed from one place to another. Is this familiar? Thankfully, the above did not apply to Ghim Howe and Vo, who were probably the most charming couple I’d met since I started singing for A Little Dream. They lit up the room with their beautiful smiles and…

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Gary and Rachel, 17 Jun 06, Conrad Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: This Is The (Blue Moon) Day Gary and Rachel, photography by Peter from Daylight PhotosWhat struck me most about Gary and Rachel’s wedding were the little touches they used to make the whole wedding celebration a very personalised one: including a “live” video feed of the couple walking from into the ballroom for their first march-in; a special MTV video montage of the couple’s everyday lives; interview segments which shared how they met and what they like about…

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Charlene and Almas, 11 Jun 06, Four Seasons Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Counting Their Blessings Anyone who still harbours thoughts of accountants as penny-pinching bean counters should flush their misconceptions down the toilet! At the very least, those clichés don’t apply to Charlene and Almas. In fact, they are one of the few who offered to pay us more than what was agreed. Initially, they wanted to engage one singer and two musicians. Then they realised that they had selected a number of duets, so they asked for one…

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Jean and Dave, 6 Jun 06, Amara Hotel

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: You Are My Raincoat Jean engaged our band as a surprise wedding gift for Dave. Which meant that the band members had to sneak into the hotel kitchen and hide while Dave was in the ballroom. Luckily, we had eaten earlier, otherwise, our stomachs would have growled in protest! Dave, looking surprised and happy, when he entered the ballroom with Jean! I couldn’t see whether Dave was surprised when he and Jean marched-in to the live performance…

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Jimmie and Jaslyn, 2 Jun 06, Stamford Ballroom, Swissotel The Stamford

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: A Song For You One of the services we provide is wedding song composition. Bevlyn is an award-winning songwriter, and a pretty darn good lyricist as well. Nothing beats having a song specially written for the couple, we thought. One that tells the story of how the couple got together and fell in love, or describes the love that they share for each other. Jaslyn and JimmieI was pleasantly surprised when Jaslyn’s brother, Xander, called me to…

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Bobby and Adeline, 1 Jun 06, Mandarin Ballroom, Marina Mandarin

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: On Bended Knee One of the cheesiest pickup lines ever is, “Hello, have we met before?” I can just imagine Bobby or Adeline saying that when they met while working together at M1. They had temped at the same restaurant a few years ago, so they must have found each other slightly familiar. Call it fate, serendipity, whatever you will. It brought them back together for a second time, and sparks flew. The rest, as they say,…

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Rayner and Cleo, 20 May 06, Straits Room, Fullerton Hotel

Bevlyn’s thoughts: I Wanna Make It With You Not all wedding banquets are for young couples who have yet to experience married life. Cleo and Rayner have been married for three years, and have a little baby boy called Asher. The beautiful family: Rayner, Cleo and AsherThe wedding was a cosy one, held in the small but elegant Straits Room, Fullerton Hotel. The decor of the room was opulent and grand, truly an ideal place for intimate gatherings. With only…

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Pennie and Derren, 20 May 06, The Arches, Sentosa

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: 月亮代表我的心 Part Deux I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. Remember Jerlyn and Jowie’s wedding? This time, it was Derren’s turn to serenade Pennie with the classic, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart). How should he do it? For maximum effect, I suggested a slight change in the programme. Instead of Derren singing the song while walking (to the stage for the champagne pouring ceremony) with Pennie, he should let Pennie walk in first with his…

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Jerlyn and Jowie, 14 May 06, Padang Ballroom, Swissotel The Stamford

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart) If we were to compile a Billboard chart of most popular wedding songs, 月亮代表我的心 will most certainly be in the Top 3. It’s not hard to see why. It’s familiar to everyone from 8 to 80, and although I’m still not sure what it means to have the capricious moon representing my heart, I can certainly appreciate the chorus, which goes, “Your kiss, so light, has moved me. This love will…

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Vincent and Sin Yee, 7 May 06, Asian Civilisations Museum (River Terrace and River Room)

Bevlyn’s thoughts: For The First Time This wedding marked a couple of firsts for me. It was my first time singing in the River Room at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), and I fell in love with the cosy atmosphere, warm lighting and the ornate ceiling lamps. I highly recommend this venue for couples who need fewer than 20 tables. The acoustics were excellent too. It was also our first experience working with Anna of Spellbound. An experienced wedding planner,…

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