Hsin Yeow’s thoughts: Let’s Fall In Love

Tonight, I want everyone to fall in love again; fall in love with your friends, with your family and with one another! – Esther

You seldom hear couples talk about their differences on their wedding day. Yet, Esther and Jeff mentioned several times during their wedding celebrations at the Church and The China Club, that they were “not a perfect couple”. Their candour was refreshing and sincere; it showed to me that Esther and Jeff are not the kind of couple to build their relationship on fairytale promises of happily ever after, rather, their love is based on a rock-solid foundation of trust and acceptance in each other.

It’s no wonder that one of the must-sing songs that evening was Inside Out by Bryan Adams.

I wanna know you – like I know myself
I’m waitin’ for you – there ain’t no one else
talk to me baby – scream and shout
I want to know you – inside out
I wanna dig down deep – I wanna lose some sleep
I wanna scream and shout – I wanna know you inside out
I wanna take my time – I wanna know your mind
ya know there ain’t no doubt – I wanna know you inside out

Their wedding celebration at The China Club is one I’ll remember in years to come. First of all, they chose a beautiful venue. The view from The China Club was literally breathtaking. Although the couple had to be a little bit creative with the seating arrangements and table layout due to the dimensions of the Club, Esther and Jeff got around it by spending more time on their feet and talking to everyone of their invited guests.

Take a look at the ornate decor of the Club. You feel as if you’ve stepped into another world.

Photo by Juliet
Photo by Juliet
Esther, whom I’ve known for some time prior to the wedding, really outdid herself by planning two surprises for Jeff. The first surprise was engaging Bevlyn to sing at the Church reception. The second was more elaborate, and personal.

In spite of having to deal with last-minute crises at work before the wedding, Esther found time to create a video specially for Jeff! She interviewed friends and family, and cajoled them into sharing their first impressions of Jeff. The best part of it was that Esther provided the video soundtrack by singing an unplugged version of Can’t Help Falling In Love! Her voice was gentle and pure, and moved me to tears from her first note to the last.

After the video, I went over to Jeff and whispered, “Hey man, now it’s your turn to surprise her! Why not invite her for a dance?” Jeff nodded, and his eyes gave me a conspiratorial twinkle. When I announced that it was time for the guests to hit the dance floor, Jeff went over to Esther immediately. Esther was clearly not expecting it, and she was thrilled! Buoyed by the mood and music, more couples joined in, until the night ended as every wedding should: with everyone laughing, singing and dancing.

Band: Hsin Yeow, Juliet, Matthew, Brad

Photo by Juliet
L-R: Couple’s friend, Matthew, Juliet, Brad, Esther, Jeff, Hsin Yeow

When I Fall In Love (1st March), Somebody, Two Sleepy People, La Vie En Rose, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Come Away With Me, 月亮代表我的心 (The Moon Represents My Heart), A Love That Will Last, Lonely Afternoon, Misty, Inside Out

Everything, Love Will Keep Us Alive, Mr Bojangles, Chasing Cars, Butterfly Kisses, I Just Called To Say I Love You, That’s What Friends Are For, Something Stupid, Somewhere Out There, Quando Quando Quando, 爱得正好 (The Right Kind Of Love), Sway, Save The Last Dance For Me

Compliments from Esther:

Thank you for the wonderful performance. We had one of the happiest nights of our lives and our guests too. They all raved about the band. Best wishes to the rest of the crew too 🙂

Above two photos by Zenith Stills Photography
Compliments from Jeff:

Really thanks to Hsin Yeow, Juliet, Brad and Matthew, we had the most memorable night of our lives.

Our guests all enjoyed your performance thoroughly and more importantly, so did we with a more relaxed setting, I sure did enjoy the performance more then anything else.

My compliments to the band and also, for your kind words and soulful tunes from your band. It really did made a difference.

You all made what we envisioned a reality. A night for everyone to take home for many years to come. 🙂

– Jeff