We’ve found a venue!

And so wedding preps have finally begun in earnest – and not quite in the organised fashion we had anticipated.

We had originally planned to have the wedding early next year, but have brought it forward to December 10 so more of our friends here in Melbourne can attend, and because of the venue we will be using.

To be honest, the Stones of the Yarra Valley was the first venue we came across, and we loved it so much, we didn’t really bother looking anywhere else.

This is the sweet little chapel we would love to be wed:

And here’s a sneak peak inside “the barn” where the reception will follow (we’re planning on a luncheon):

As it turns out, settling the venue and paying the deposit was the easy part. But there’s plenty more yet to do as I’ve discovered. I followed Sam’s advice and made us of Martha Stewart’s online planning tools to help me get organised, and it is really good. So ladies, take note.

That’s all from me now, and I promise to post soon about my wedding dress shopping experience and other stressors.



What we’ve been up to

Both Heng Khuen and I have had a rather busy past month with work, friends visiting, and a birthday party, so we’ve done very little by way of wedding preps. But I do want to say a big thank you to all of you who have been sharing your experiences with us, giving us helpful tips and advice on where to look from venues to dresses to photographers and more.

Apart from feeling a little burnt out from work, my mind has also been distracted by other things. Musings about what the new season of life ahead would look like, the role of a woman in marriage, whether my career aspirations would (or be forced to) change when I eventually become a mum, and if I would be able to joyously embrace it.

I’m very blessed to have someone who has cheered me along as wholeheartedly as Heng Khuen has done, since I stepped out in a somewhat brash attempt last September to try and carve out a new frontier not just in new media, but in the international student industry here in Melbourne. I’m still trying to understand why exactly I’m so passionate about my work, and there are moments that I worry I will run out of time to see at least some fruit borne out of my labour of love.

But perhaps I worry about tomorrow too much, forgetting that each day has enough trouble of its own, and that God’s mercies are new every morning.

So on a lighter note… I wanted to share some photos of what we got up to last Saturday. We celebrated Heng Khuen’s “3+1” birthday party at McDonalds, which was such a blast!

The theme was “too school for cool”, and our guests had to come dressed in something reminiscent of their schooling days. We had balloons, party hats and all, and ¬†played good ole games like pass the parcel, sculptorade (like pictionary/charades, only you describe the mystery word by fashioning it with playdough) and a colouring competition. We finished the afternoon with an ice-cream birthday cake, and everyone got to bring home a party bag.

The funniest part I think was seeing the little children walk by the party room and stare wistfully at our balloons and party hats, and wondering why a bunch of grown ups had invaded their space.

On a completely side note, and since we were on the topic of motherhood – I did remark to a friend then that we should hold another dress up party when we are parents. And the theme would be “big kids and little grown-ups”.

But enough of my ramblings, here are the photos, enjoy!

Birthday boy waits for his guests to arrive.

Best friends.





Must eat cake.

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You say to-ma-to, I say to-may-to. I made this spur of the moment response video after the proposal. Shared it on Facebook and was thoroughly chuffed by the slew of comments we received. Among my favourites was a line from C who called it my “comeback video”. Hilarious.

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Will you marry me please?


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