Lost For Words: Bridal Shower


Where do i even begin? This happened exactly two weeks back, yet i still feel like it happened yesterday. Everything is still so vivid in my memories – and i'm pretty sure it'll stay so for a really long time.

Off we went! 
I was blindfolded and was chauffeured by my sister Loveen, accompanied by my other sister Serene, to a mysterious land that was 45 minutes away. Man, being blindfolded in a moving vehicle for 45 minutes is no joke. My head was spinning and i felt like vomiting. Thank God i didn't because if i did i'd be a really smelly bride-to-be.

While i was trying not to puke...
These amazing girls woke up at 7am (or earlier) to setup the place. Words can never fully express my gratitude towards each and every single one of them when i saw these photos. After the surprise, i found out that they actually started planning for this surprise bridal shower 3 weeks ago :') I'm beyond touched. 

The arrival.
After getting lost at the carpark for a good 15 minutes (thanks to Loveen lol), i finally arrived at this mysterious land. I heard birds chirping, and it definitely sounded a lot like nature and i was 100% sure it was outdoors. I didn't try to guess where, but i couldn't wait to take off that blindfold!

As i regained my sight,
I couldn't believe my eyes. I was greeted by an incredibly beautiful picnic setup that was placed right in front of me. I immediately turned around and i saw all the girls, all dressed in white and all of them wore a hairband that read 'best babe' and they put on a 'wifey' hairband on my head. It has gotta be the pinkest and cutest item i ever had on my head!

Absolutely loved these punny balloons! Thank you jie Careen for getting them!

The details.

The very Pinterest-worthy table setup.
Everything was so pretty and too beautiful to be eaten. Couldn't take my eyes off the details!

Presenting my picnic buddies for the day!
We asked a random aunty who so happened to be nearby to help us snap some photos. We gave her instructions to just keep snapping as we looked at each other doing the 'fake laughter' thing which eventually turned out to be a series of genuine laughters when we realised how silly we actually looked. Hahahaha. I must say that the aunty's photography skills are pretty legit!

One of the games we played! Special thanks to Ju Yinn and Sophia for preparing the games. They were so creative and meaningful. Another game was for me to answer a series of questions (which they already got the answers from Sung) to see if our answers matched. It was fun getting to know what my fiancé through those random questions!

Girls: "The bride-to-be must have her milo." They know me too well :')

Endless laughters under the scorching sun,
Getting sun burnt while having fun,
To celebrate two tans becoming one tan.

I can't believe it actually happened. Everything was just perfect. The plan, surprise, food, games, company and more. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Thank you Careen, Serene, Loveen, Stephanie, Sophia, QQ, Kar Mun, Ju Yinn and Addy for showering me with so much love. Thank you for sacrificing your sleep amid all your very hectic schedules just to make sure i have the best time of my life on this special day. Thank you for giving me the best seating spot that protects me from the sun while all of you get tanner by the minute. Thank you for driving around to buy and collect stuff from various places. Thank you for waking up so early on a Saturday - the only day in the week where you can actually sleep in. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

Love all of you!



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The Wedding Card

One of the things i really wanted to do since the start of our wedding prep is to document all the milestones we have and will achieve together, no matter how big or small they may be. And one of the milestones has gotta be our wedding card!

With Pinterest at our fingertips these days, i must say we're really spoilt for choice. There are so many options available and the more you scroll and pin them to your 'wedding ideas' board, the more confused you become. We shortlisted a few photos which we think are simple, nice and timeless and sent them over to our very talented and capable designer friend, Anna. We met up one Sunday afternoon and had a super quick 10minutes meeting with her where we told her roughly how we want the card to look like & etc. It was 10minutes because she got what we were trying to say almost immediately and there was no need for further explanations. 

You can check out her work here: https://www.behance.net/annaleong

We wanted our names 'Sung & Gladys' to be written at the front of the card but we simply couldn't find a suitable calligraphy font online. But i suddenly remembered receiving a beautifully written calligraphy card from Michelle Young at the launch of an event – so i immediately contacted her to ask if she could write our names on a piece of paper and we'll digitalise her writings onto the card. And she said yes! In just a couple of days she sent me multiple drafts for us to choose from. We had a really hard time deciding because all of them looked beautiful in their own way. After much deliberation and trying out different writings on the card, we finally settled with one:

Caligrapher: Michelle Young

And then it was the printing day!

We went to Mummy Design at Sunway (just a store beside and above Vision Art) to get the cards printed. I love it there because the staff will attend to you, and only you, until you're done with your printing. With both of us being the ultimate noobs in design and all things related to Adobe, the staff helped us to edit some last minute minor details here and there, and was very patient in explaining to us on which paper is best, which size is better and etc. We had a really pleasant experience with this printing shop. I hope they remain this way!

We did a test print and here's Sung cutting the card. Hahaha.

And taadaaaaaa! Here's the end result! 

The end result.

We had an explainable moment of joy and relieve when we saw the end result of the card. That joy of seeing what you had in mind becoming reality is simply fulfilling. 

After we got the card printed, we immediately busied ourselves into starting a project called 'hunting-people-down-to-pass-them-the-wedding-card'. I must say it's not an easy task. Until today we still have a remaining of 10% wedding cards that have yet to be passed out because we haven't got the chance to see these people. But it's all good! Things are slowly taking shape!

Next on the schedule: Food tasting. Gonna be yums!

Just in case you wanna check out the works of the talented people who made our wedding card possible, here's how you can find em'. And no, i'm not paid to say any of these. I just believe that good things are meant to be shared :)

Designer: Anna Leong
Caligrapher: Michelle Young (Bakesandinks)
Image captured by: Vincent Cheng Photography

Till the next update! 

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How I Feel As A Bride-To-Be...

...whose wedding is coming up in just one month's time.

Happy because i'm getting married to the man i love.
Sad because i don't wanna move out. I don't wanna start packing even though i should totally start doing that already.
Excited because i'm moving into a new home with my husband, and we get to decorate the house the way we like it to be.
Anxious because time seems to be ticking faster by the day and your mind just can't stop thinking about what you might have missed out.
Nervous because i have absolutely no idea what to expect on that day, and how everything will turn out. I mean, what if i trip and fall on my guests?! What if the food is too nice?! What if my gown is too tight?!
Stressed out because there are so many more details to look into even though you feel like you've already looked into most of them. The list just never ends.
Afraid that we'll forget to invite important people. Hence, the need to look through our guest list again and again. And there's always this fear at the back of my head that we might miss out names and when they come on the wedding day, they don't have an allocated seat because we forgot to include them in the list. That'd be the ultimate nightmare.
Angry because i'm still fat.
Furious because i've never been not-fat.
Pinterest-obsessed because that's where all good ideas (and unrealistic expectations) come from. Yet i can't wait to see how these ideas will turn out on that day!

Last but not least...


Grateful for all the people that God has placed in our lives to journey with us through this season of our lives. Parents, siblings, friends, leaders, members and more. Grateful to have an understanding fiancé who allows me to be anal-retentive about certain design stuff and other minute details that nobody will ever notice but me. Grateful to have God at the centre of our relationship, wedding planning and soon - marriage. 

So just imagine putting all those emotions into a blender and mixing them up together. The result is me. My current state. No complaints. Only prayers of gratefulness and hope. Finding rest, peace, joy and security in Him...and also him :)

Can't wait for the day to come!

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Sunburnt at Melaka

Yeap, that's pretty much what happened at our pre-wedding photoshoot 2 days ago! I woke up at 520am, and Suyen my hair & makeup artist arrived at 530am to get everything going! Man, I've not woken up this early before in my life just to get my makeup and hair done. I must say I really admire Suyen as well as every other makeup artist whose job starts at wee hours in the morning when majority of Earth's humans are in deep sleep.  Yet when you see them, they already have their own makeup on, and they look fresher than anyone else ever would at 530am in the morning. 

If you're looking for a good makeup artist who does hairstyling as well, I'd highly recommend Suyen. She's so punctual, very professional, ever so friendly and most importantly, I love her makeup style! It's elaborate enough to enhance your features and overlook look, yet at the same time it's simple enough to make sure you don't look like a totally different person. For someone who doesn't put on makeup on a daily basis, the last thing I want is to be unrecognizable because of my makeup. I'm so glad I found her to be my makeup artist. She'll be doing my actual day hair and makeup as well :)

So, yes. Back to the shoot! Once my make up was done, we departed from KL around 8am and arrived at Pasir Klebang at 10am.

(Left) Andrew Teo (Right) Vincent Cheng

The weather was perfect. Even though all of us ended up being burned by the sun, we really thank God for the perfect weather for the shoot. It wasn't scorching hot and we didn't even see the sun, actually! It was a sky full of clouds. But we could feel every degree of its heat nonetheless. We shot from 1030am to 130pm. 3 hours of direct contact with sunlight. So just imagine my already tanned skin getting two tones darker. Yeap, that's me now. Hence, the post title. 

The 'desert' place can't be accessed by car, so we had to park by the road side and continue the rest of the journey by foot. It took us about 15-20minutes to get to our desired destination. 

Our amazing photographer, Vincent Cheng!  

My pre-pre-wedding shoot #ootd with flip flops on and the flower bouquet still nicely packed in the paper bag.  

A big shoutout to the guy on the left who so willingly offered himself to assist us with the shoot on a working Monday. He brought his colorful umbrella, bought us breakfast, water and was our official porter throughout the shoot - just helping us with the bags & everything else. How blessed we are to have such a friend like him! If you're reading this, Teo, we want you to know that we really love you and we're so grateful for your time and your love. You're the best photoshoot assistant ever! 



I must admit that when we first got started with the shoot, I was so awkward with my poses - especially when we're told to kiss each other! We've never kissed in public and definitely not with a camera pointing at us! The awkwardness level was extremely high, but after doing it for a few times in a row, you just sorta get a hang of it I guess? I told myself to 'just do it' because the heat on our skin was real and ain't nobody got time for shyness. 

One thing I really loved about Vincent was how he directed us with our poses. He would give very specific instructions without making the poses look too mechanical or 'serious'. That's really an art that he has very well mastered. My favorite instruction from him was "Ok, now laugh uncontrollably!" I would soon burst out in a genuine series of laughter just by thinking how impossible a task it is to laugh uncontrollably outta nowhere. And by doing so, I just proved that this method actually works! Well, at least for me. Hahaha. 



We found this hidden gem somewhere in between the mountains of sand. The reflection on the water is just unbelievable. I can't wait to see the outcome of the photos we took here! 

A sneak peek of the polaroid photos we took throughout the shoot! Loved every single one of them. 

A sneak peek of the polaroid photos we took throughout the shoot! Loved every single one of them. 

My love.  

My love.  

My beloved man. The very person whom I can always lean on (literally and figuratively speaking) no matter what happens. When asked by Teo on a Facebook live interview (lol) on "what (his) plans are for the day", he replied:

"I'm gonna try my best to magnify Gladys, and make her look the best."

Those were the sweetest words. Thank you for always prioritizing me above yourself, and for always making sure that I know how good you think I look. Thank you for going outta the way to make the shoot such a memorable and priceless one.



We shot from 10am to 6pm, with a couple of hours break in between to indulge our dehydrated selves with the famous klebang coconut milkshake, heavenly nasi lemak ayam and chicken rice ball - the must-eats when you're in town. 

And here ends our pre-wedding shoot adventure! We can't wait to see the photos. What's next? It'd be designing our wedding invitations and assembling our bridal party - and of course, saving up for the big day! 

It's been such an enjoyable journey thus far. Of course we have our stressful days, but we're learning to focus on the things that are truly important, that is each other and our marriage ahead :) 



Signing off,

The (very) sunburnt bride-to-be  

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Here we go.

It's been more than 7 months since i said "yes", which means in less than 5 month, we'll be called husband and wife. I wanted to create an avenue for me to pen (or type) down our wedding planning journey and eventually - our marriage, because i know how fast time flies and how forgetful we can be of the moments that come by only once in our lives.

Hence, i've decided to start this new tab on my website! This is purely my journal for our wedding planning adventures, relationship thoughts, and soon-to-be marriage stories and experiences that i hope will be able to help or inspire you in some ways (or at least entertain you if i fail to do the two). The other blog tab will be where i write and blog about everything else other than this :)

So my first update? 


I'm honestly more nervous than i am excited. If you know me you'll know that i'd prefer to be the one who takes the photos rather than the one whose photos are being taken. So yes! Tomorrow will be my first time having an 'official' (lol) photoshoot. Thank God it's a couple shoot, because i'll never be able to do it alone. Acca-awkard ya know.

I'll be waking up at 530am to get my makeup and hair did. So, sleep early tonight i shall.

Will post another update here after the shoot! 


Signing off,
The noob bride-to-be


*Sungladys = Sung + Gladys (in case you're reading it as 'Sun Gladys' lol). Kthxbai.

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