The Day I Got Married ♥, Part 2: Wedding Ceremony

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This is part two and the last part of my wedding series featuring my wedding with Ken Soh. If you haven’t, check out part one first where I share pictures of my preparation in the bridal room before my walk down the aisle: The Day I Got Married, Part 1 ♥

Our Childhood & Relationship Montage [Video]

As I was telling reader Calae in part one, one of my goals of this series is to allow all of you to experience my wedding as if you were there with me on my big day. 😀 Really, if we could have our way, we would have loved to invite all of you to our wedding but it obviously wasn’t possible due to logistical constraints and privacy reasons!

So to make my iteration as true to life as possible, I now invite you to watch the video montage below, created by yours truly. 😀 This was the same video we aired to our guests right before my entrance with my dad. It depicts Ken and me individually growing from babies to adults, to getting together, to his proposal, leading to our big day. It took me a full week to make this video, but I was really happy with how it turned out! For those of you with no background of my relationship with Ken, this montage will give a nice quick overview.

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Enjoy. 😀

Our Solemnization [Video]

Once you’re done, now it’s time for my march in and our solemnization — where we exchange our vows and officially become Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

Best watched in High Definition mode, full screen, and with no distractions.

Enjoy… ♥ 🙂

 

(Video edited and made by myself. ♥ 🙂 )

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(IMPORTANT: Watch the videos first before scrolling down! They are the real highlights of the wedding series!)

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Some Pictures from Our Solemnization…

Walk down the aisle

My dad leading me down the aisle 🙂

Audience clapping

Our friends and family welcoming us 🙂 ♥

Walk down the aisle

My dad and I ♥

Walk down the aisle

🙂

Ken smiling

Ken waiting at the end ♥

Bride hand-off

My dad handing me off to Ken ♥

Wedding solemnization

And our solemnization begins ♥

Ken reciting wedding vows

His vows ♥

Exchanging wedding vows

“… I promise to hold your hand and walk together with you till the end of time.”

Celes, long shot

“I promise to cover you with a blanket every night so that you will never be cold.”

Exchange wedding rings

“… As your friend, your soulmate, your lover, and your life partner, I make this vow in everyone’s presence. Today, I marry you.”

Celes reciting wedding vows

My vows ♥

Ken smiling

“When we met 10 years ago, we were mere acquaintances… I never thought in my wildest dreams that you would turn out to be my soulmate.”

Celes reciting wedding vows

“… I promise to always love you and cherish you through thick and thin… for as long as I shall live.”

Exchange wedding rings

“… Today, I give you my hand, my heart and my love. Two hearts as one, two souls as one, and two souls as one. Today, I marry you.”

Kiss forehead

Kiss ♥

Kiss

We’re married!! 🙂

March in with flower petals

Re-entering as Mr. and Mrs. Ken Soh!! 🙂

More Photos…

And some more photos from our personal album… 🙂

Wedding speech

Addressing our audience

Celes and Ken looking out of window

Gazing into our future

Ken and Celes, married

Man and wife 🙂

Celes in bridal veil

To Ken: Before I met you, I didn’t know if there was anyone out there for me

Ken and Celes in bridal veil

After I met you, I realized that soulmates do exist, and you are my twin soul

Celes, unveiled

Thank you for always showering me with unconditional love, kindness, and support

Ken and Celes, in bridal veil

I look forward to spending forever with you 🙂

There are many more photos that I didn’t share here, such as of our beloved guests and the wedding banquet. After all, we have 300-odd photos — and that’s after shortlisting the best shots!

Special Thank Yous ♥

Putting together a wedding, especially one that’s meaningful and exactly the way you want it, isn’t easy. Believe it or not, Ken and I kept talking about cancelling our wedding event (the event with the banquet and guests, not our solemnization) because it was taking SO MUCH time and effort!!! The crazy part about organizing a wedding is that suddenly you get 101 opinions from everyone telling you how things should be done and bizarre situations that show you a different side of humanity. Honestly, we would have been really happy to have a quiet, private ceremony with just Ken, myself, the marriage officiant, and our two necessary witnesses, without any of the frills that come with a wedding event.

However, we pushed through because ultimately, we didn’t want to let our guests down. I was especially touched by my overseas guests — Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and as far as London — who booked their tickets the minute I invited them. And not forgetting some of my precious guests, particularly PE supporters, who contacted me on-and-off checking if I needed any help and selflessly offering their assistance even though I never asked for it. Your kindness and generosity truly touched my heart. 🙂 ♥

In the end, we pushed through — and ultimately we are glad we did, because it has given us the opportunity to share this very special moment of our life with our guests… and now with all of you here at PE. 🙂 To you reading this, thank you for reading our wedding series and watching our wedding videos. 🙂 I’m very glad to share our happiness with you and I’ll continue to share more of myself, in an unadulterated and unfiltered form, in the years ahead.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank…

  • Shangri-La / Cindy Cai. If you are having a Chinese banquet for your wedding, consider Shangri-La. Look for Cindy Cai at Cindy.Cai@shangri-la.com. She’s quite possibly the BEST wedding manager you can ever get ANYWHERE, and I’m not just saying this. Cindy goes OUT of her way to help her clients and meticulously support them in every way — more than what her job requires her to do. Wedding preparation is extremely hectic, and Cindy really made it a less painful process for us. Thank you, Cindy — I hope you get raises year after year for your awesome work!
  • Our photographers. Our wedding photos have been shot by three crews, who are…
    • BlackcurrantWorkz, our official wedding day videographer and photographer. We had various custom requests and they were really accommodating with them! Kenny, the co-founder, is awesome and extremely friendly. 80% of the photos in the wedding series were shot by him (albeit with additional minor edits by myself). Blackcurrant delivers great quality work and offers extremely affordable rates to boot. I highly recommend them for your wedding. If you check them out, tell them Ken and Celes sent you! (No I don’t get a commission, but you may get a good rate! 🙂 )
    • James, our secondary wedding day photographer. James is Ken’s friend and he was responsible behind the filming of our proposal! He took many great shots for us on our wedding day, some of which can be seen in the wedding series. Originally I thought it would be redundant to have a secondary photographer, but after seeing his photos, I really appreciated James being there to take extra photos from alternate angles. Thank you James!
    • Yikeshu. All the shots where my hair is tied up (as opposed to flowing down) are from a different photoshoot by Yikeshu photography. The founder/photographer, Eagles Soo, is a very nice guy with black humor. We found them by chance from a Groupon deal and we are SO glad to have tried them out — we got some timeless shots from our shoot together! The last five photos in this post were by Eagles, and I l-o-v-e how they turned out!
  • Fanny, my make-up artist. If I ever need a make-up artist again, I’ll definitely get her. Fanny is so friendly, down-to-earth, and meticulous in her application. Her rates are extremely good as well. Let me know if you want her contact!
  • Dr. Kwoh Chee Keong, our Justice of Peace / JP. It was a freak accident that we could get a JP as awesome as Dr. Kwoh because we only contacted him last minute due to sudden changes. The only reason why Dr. Kwoh wasn’t booked yet was because he originally blocked May 25 out for personal leave — but he promptly voided that and agreed to officiate our marriage after receiving my request.

    Why is Dr. Kwoh awesome? (1) He answers calls right away; if not returns them the second he can; (2) He’s 100% on the ball. He will actually send you and your partner a Google calendar invite the second you confirm the date/time with him — which JP does that?!?; (3) He’s readily available to discuss solemnization details if you need to; (4) He replies emails like RIGHT AWAY or within 24 hours, and he’s an associate professor so it’s not like he’s not busy; (5) He’s super friendly; he injected a lot of fun energy into our ROM (though this wasn’t important to me); (6) He’s humorous while cutting right to the chase, so there won’t be lengthy speeches at your ROM; and (7) He arrives ahead of time and doesn’t delay your event.

    Forget “celebrity” JPs — Dr. Kwoh is the real deal. No airs, no drama, no sudden MIA treatment. He’s a free thinker too, so perfect for non-religious ROMs. Reach him at ASCKKWOH@ntu.edu.sg / 6790 6057 (his office line). (You can tell him that Ken Soh and Celestine Chua said hi, though I don’t know if he’d remember us since he probably administers many weddings each year!)

I also want to thank all our 100 guests for being present on our big day — thank you for gracing us with your presence. 🙂

Thank you to my overseas guests for flying all the way to Singapore just to attend our wedding ceremony… Sulthana, Rashna, Fenix, Sarah, Rita, Alwin, and Alyssa, you guys are the best. 🙂 Special shoutout to Tatt from Thailand… he had booked his ticket and hotel, but couldn’t come at the last minute due to the 2014 Thai Coup d’état where there was a nationwide curfew. Tatt, thank you for sending us a wedding gift despite not being able to attend — we really appreciate it and have been using the crockery pieces in our household! 🙂

Thank you to my special PE readers and supporters for coming to our big day. 🙂 Thank you to Sam Chong for your BEAUTIFUL one-of-a-kind wedding collage book — it’s very special to us and quite possibly the best gift Ken and I could ever get as a couple! As I mentioned to you the last time, it’s in our living room now along with our wedding photo guestbook as our special keepsake. 🙂 Thank you to Cherene for your beautiful Thomas Sabo wing necklace — I’ve hung it at a special spot on my “PE-dedicated” noticeboard and am waiting for a special occasion to wear this statement piece! 🙂 Thank you to Roxanne, Wanxuan, Alyssa, Sharon, Hilda, Stanley, Eric, Sam, etc. and all of you reading this for your long-time support of my work. Your support means a lot to me and you inspire me to create more great things for all of you. So, thank you. 🙂

New Course: Soulmate Journey, to Attract Your Highest Love!

It has taken me many years of inner work and pursuing my personal “path” for me to realize that soulmates do exist and my soulmate is Ken. I’m launching an all-new Soulmate Journey course soon where I wish to work with those of you serious singles in finding your inner light and attracting your highest love that you deserve. For this course, I’m incorporating my best lessons from my years of coaching and conducting online courses to design a one-of-a-kind course experience so that you can get your maximum breakthroughs and results.

Read more here! Soulmate Journey Course, to Attract Your Highest Love!

Thank you everyone for your well wishes and for reading our wedding series, and I look forward to sharing more of my life with you guys! 🙂

PS: Did you see the secret clip at the end of the wedding video? 🙂 That one caught me by surprise — I only saw it for the first time last week when I was sorting through the raw video files, 9 months after the wedding, LOL!!

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