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Hellen and Winston, 20 Jun 2010, Conrad (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Thank you Hellen, for your compliments! Here’s what she wrote at her fantastic blog: http://welovelaughkiss.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/he-says-thank-you-part-1-serene-koong/) “Well, as I return to blogging here, I will like to dedicate my next few posts to the people who made our wedding possible. Some seems to think that the wedding is all about the couple, but forget to appreciate the people who dedicate their lives to making the dreams of couples come true. The first person that I want to thank…

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Gavin and Pui Yee, 19 and 26 Jun 2010, Straits Room (Fullerton) and Suburbia (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: From This Moment Similar to Iris and Teck Chin, who had two wedding parties and engaged us to perform for both, Gavin and Pui Yee put their faith in us for their wedding celebrations on 19 and 26 Jun. I performed with Serene and Matthew on 19 Jun at Straits Room, Fullerton Hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The intimate space meant a smaller guest list, and I had the feeling that Gavin and Pui Yee had a…

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Alan and Julie, 11 Jun 2010, Waterfront Ballroom, Grand Copthorne Waterfront (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: When You Love A Woman First dates can be horrifying. (Sounds like deja vu) That’s why I take my hat off to Alan, who met three women, not just one, on his first date. The ‘target’ was Julie, friend of Meng (colleague) and Vanessa (Meng’s wife). “After much persuasion”, Julie agreed to meet Alan, but brought along Meng and another female friend Alice. Despite the odds, Alan managed to hold his own, and charmed Julie into a…

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Natalie and Kugan, 27 Mar 2010, M Hotel (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Shawa Shawa I couldn’t have summed up the evening more effectively than Ian, who said, “It was an unbelievably fun night for me!” It was for the band too. Natalie and Kugan’s wedding marked many firsts for us. The first Bollywood-themed wedding, for one. And the sight of more than twenty guests forming a Conga line and dancing to this infectious tune: Shawa Shawa! Another memorable moment was Kugan’s elegant speech. He likened marrying Natalie to hitting…

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Casey and Adrian, 20 Mar 2010, Hilton (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: When You Love A Woman Casey and Adrian heard us perform at the Grand Park City Hall’s wedding showcase last May, and engaged us for their wedding soon after. From the start, I could sense the couple’s sincerity, and I really looked forward to their wedding day. Several months later, I was getting ready with Serene and Ein Ein when Adrian came up to me and shyly thanked me for coming. It was our pleasure, really! When…

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Coogan and Emily, 14 Mar 2010, Straits Room, Fullerton (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: Never Knew Love Like This Before When we were preparing for the 1st March-in. James whispered to me that the host looked kinda familiar. I looked toward the stage and realized “Oh! It’s Benedict Goh”. A friend of the groom, he shared with all of us all in the ballroom how the couple met. If I heard right, it was in a pub. I remembered thinking to myself then. Love, it is indeed a little funny thing. You…

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Sean and Jean, 24 Jan 2010, Riverfront Ballroom, Grand Copthorne Waterfront (Wedding Live Band)

Zheng Quan’s thoughts: Love Is A Powerful Spell The story of Sean and Jean proves that love can be quite a powerful spell as it influences and changes a person dramatically. Sean and Jean met at a mutual friend’s gathering at a chalet. At that time, Sean did not leave a very good impression on Jean, who thought he was unfriendly and quite “beng” (hostile looking). However after a few days, they got to know each other better and Sean…

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Martin and Shandy, 23 Jan 2010, Magnolia Ballroom, Grand Hyatt (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: Love Story I have sung at many weddings, but to a receive sincere, heartwarming powerpoint presentation put together by the couple, addressed to the band to introduce themselves is a first. How sweet is that? From the presentation, we got a glimpse of who Martin and Shandy were, and how their love story evolved. This couple first met in 2000 and started going out in 2001. in between, Martin left for studies for two years, and he proposed…

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Carlson and Cabell, 21 Jan 2010, Mandarin Oriental (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: This Is It Carlson and Cabell had a very unique march-in. Five couple friends, ladies all dressed in matching turquoise blue dresses, and the gentlemen, in black suits marched-in slowly, making a lovely entrance for the couple. I thought it was beautiful. Even more so with their choice of the march-in song “Only You” (by Sinead O’Connor), with such breathtakingly beautiful lyrics: My love, Your love Has opened up a world I’ve never known All hope, Was found…

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Jimmy and Xiaoling, 16 Jan 2010, Changi Beach Club (Wedding Live Band)

Matthew’s Thoughts: L-O-V-E Whoever said Singapore is a small country obviously hasn’t attended a wedding at Changi Beach Club. For the 4 or us staying in the west (WEST SIDE ROAR!) it’s a pilgrimage to the east that paid off with a night of funky groovy dance-ish music that the groom Jim specifically requested for! We were given free reign to play whatever we wanted, and that’s really refreshingly fun. Imagine telling the girl at MacDonalds “Yeah just give me…

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Barry and Jeslyn, 10 Jan 2010, Tower Ballroom, Shangri-La (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: Grow Old With You After the 2nd march-in, Barry was asked to complete five sentences (in the dialect Hokkien) starting with “I love you because _______ “. Barry’s answers were: 1. “I love you because you are very pretty.” 2. “I love you because you are very good.” 3. “I love you because you are very adorable.” He ran out of words, and the emcee asked him to complete the last two sentences by sharing with everyone present…

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Kevin and Lixia, 9 Jan 2010, Island Ballroom, Shangri-La (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: 甜蜜蜜 (Sweetness) We often get to hear about how a groom proposed to his bride on their wedding day, but what are the chances of watching a clip of the actual action that took place? Well at the wedding of Kevin and Lixia, guests were treated to a video montage which featured Kevin’s actual proposal to Lixia at East Coast Park. The couple was at the pier when Kevin presented her with flowers, got down on his knees…

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Alan and Eunice, 8 Jan 2010, Marina Mandarin (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Famous Last Words Alan’s a big softie at heart. Before he began his thank-you speech, he said, “Tonight, I’m the one giving the speech, because if Eunice does it, she’ll start crying and the ‘waterfall’ will start.” Two sentences into his speech, Alan, for all his bravado, found himself choked up with emotion and barely able to speak. At times, he had to dab his eyes with a piece of tissue given to him by the hotel…

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Linda and Derrick, 3 Jan 2010, Fullerton (Wedding Live Band)

Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: A Love That Will Last More often than not, live bands come late to the party. For some, we are an afterthought, after couples realise they have some money left after booking wedding venue, photographers, bridal studio, and a whole lot of other vendors.  That’s why we often depend on word-of-mouth (from either friends or wedding vendors) for couples to know about us before their funds are committed elsewhere.  Luckily for us, Linda contacted me soon after receiving a…

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Ashley and Darren, 13 Dec 09, Conrad (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s Thoughts:   Band: Serene and Matthew     Thanks to Ruey Loon of 36 Frames.com for sending us his beautiful photos! Repertoire: You’re the Sunshine of My Life (1st March-in), Kiss Me (1st dish), 南屏晚钟 (Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill), Vincent, Lovin’ You, Always Be My Baby, No Matter What, Heaven, Moon River, Sometimes When We Touch, 稻香 (Fragrant Rice), 每个人都会 (Everyone Knows How To) Everyday I Love You (2nd march-in), Save Me From Myself, 梅兰梅兰我爱你 (Mei Lan Mei…

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Pauline and Alex, 12 Dec 09, Asian Civilisation Museum (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s Thoughts: 朋友 (Friends) Simple yet heartwarmingly beautiful, that’s how I would describe it. I particularly loved the choice of floral centerpieces that the couple chose for their wedding decor, which went so well with the colonial vibe of the building. Alex also delivered a moving speech, thanking his father affectionately, and gave us a glimpse of how important family and friends are to him in his life. It was very nice to see guests clapping and singing along with…

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Aik Hong and Ying Ren, 7 Dec 09, Conrad (Wedding Live Band)

Matthew’s Thoughts: Collide It’s always risky when you have your bestman make a speech at your dinner, because chances are he knows all your deep, dark secrets. Thankfully, both speeches by the bestman as well as the bridesmaids (of honour, of course.) were well received, and tastefully done (I say this because poor [bride] had included in her speech “well, Aik Hong promised he would take very good care of me…..tonight.” and somehow for reasons unbeknown to me the entire…

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Kelvin and Julene, 6 Dec 09, Sentosa Resort & Spa (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s thoughts: Happy Together As their bestman said in his speech, Julene and Kelvin are the only good-looking, non-celebrity Singaporean couple they know, much to the laughter and applause of everyone. Kelvin was charmingly handsome and quiet, Julene was the sweet island girl with one of the loveliest smiles. Together, they looked so good so much so that when Clarence and I were browsing through their wedding photographs, we felt that they looked like models you see in lifestyle campaigns…

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Kenny and Jasmine, 5 Dec 09, Four Seasons (Wedding Live Band)

Serene’s Thoughts: Moon River I met Kenny and Jasmine sometime last year when they wanted to listen to the band. How time flies and I am now singing at their wedding. Early in the evening, Kenny’s buddy gave a speech and described how “destiny” plays such an important part in the lives of Kennyand Jasmine. He recalled the time when he asked Kenny why he decided to leave for Sydney for a couple of years and Kenny replied that he…

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Kia Wee and Kai Wee, 5 Dec 09, Sheraton Towers (Wedding Live Band)

Jerome’s Thoughts: Rainbow Connection It was a pouring afternoon, however it didn’t bring the joyous mood down for both Kia Wee and Kai Wee’s relatives and friends. It was more like a celebration for both of them. I like the couples’ name as they only have a difference in “A” & “I”. It is a fun way of calling them as both their name sound almost alike… I was touched by the performance by their nephew and friends, who formed…

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