by LL Tan (Office of Corporate Relations)
The blushing bride could hardly hold back her tears as she said "I do".
Nothing unusual about this scene, except that the vows took place at a unique venue – NUS University Town Residential College. And the solemniser of the student couple was a faculty staff from the University's School of Design and Environment.
The Sky Lounge within the College has undergone a magical transformation for the nuptials, with dreamy sheer organza draping the walls and hanging from the ceiling. A heart-shaped wreath woven with green twines and red roses provided a romantic backdrop to the joyous ceremony.
Bride Tang Tingting, a final-year engineering undergraduate, looked radiant in a frothy short wedding dress. She and groom Liu Qizhi, a graduate science student who stays at the College, said their vows on 17 April at a ceremony solemnised by Associate Professor Yu Shi Ming. The brief but meaningful session conducted in Mandarin was videotaped so their families could share their joy. The couple have known each other since their high school days.
Tingting and Qizhi had initially planned for a simple affair and approached the Office of Housing Services (OHS) to use one of the guest rooms.
The OHS staff felt that such an auspicious occasion should warrant a better place and offered the lounge instead. While Ms Deborah Wong and Soh Yee Vonn dealt with the event organising and coordination, Ms Doris Seah spent days securing wedding accessories and materials to decorate the room. Other colleagues also pitched in to prepare the venue and arrange for refreshment.
Tingting and Qizhi were happily surprised by the nicely done-up room and décor on the special day. "It's beyond our imagination," the groom said, as they were not expecting such an elaborate set-up. Both expressed their deepest gratitude to OHS for going all out to make the celebration so special.
Miko Chang May Lee, the bride's witness who is also a Year 4 engineering student, confessed that she was so overcome by the beautiful ceremony that she shed tears. "It's very touching when they said their vows to each other, and decided to spend the rest of their life together," she said.
Tingting said of the picture-perfect wedding: "We really enjoyed the ceremony and will always remember this precious moment. We also feel very lucky to be NUS students, because we would not be able to have such a perfect solemnisation otherwise."
She added: "Hopefully, our event could encourage more NUS students, staff and alumni to list UTown as an option for witnessing their important moments."