Recommended books for your relationship

My husband and I have recently passed the one year mark of our marriage (woohoo!). I know it’s just the start of a life long commitment but I had always heard that the first year was the toughest. Thankfully we made it through without any major hiccups and it’s been such a blessing having my husband around everyday (and not just for getting rid of insects…)

wedding photos | micheleng.com We’ve definitely had our share of disagreements – especially with the baby’s arrival – but a few books we read before our engagement and wedding really helped adjust our perspectives to make our first year of adjustments much easier.

I’ve been sharing this list with a lot of friends and thought I’d post it here in case anyone else finds it useful. These aren’t in any order of preference as we found each book helpful in its own way…. 

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Our wedding photos

It has been forever since I last posted and I’ll explain why in the next few posts coming up… Thank you for those of you who have messaged me to ask for updates and to check up on me! Your love has been very encouraging the past few months :)

In the meantime, I’d like to share some of our favorite wedding photos taken by our talented (and now friend), Amelia from mela de gypsie in Singapore.

To kick it off, a focus on some of the DIY handmade items I created for the wedding:

paper flower handmade DIY wedding bouquet | micheleng.com … 

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Wedding invites

Slightly overdue, but time to share our wedding invite designs!

While wedding banquet venues in Singapore usually provide free invite templates and printing, we decided we’d prefer a custom look and exchange the hotel’s offer for more bottles of wine. ;)

We used photos from our pre-wedding shoot by our wonderfully talented photographer Andrew Phua to whip together our invite designs. They were then lovingly printed by our friend Corrina from Papypress with a brown kraft backing for a more unique look.

Gold foil hotstamped confetti would have been awesome on the card but wouldn’t have fit into our budget in this case. Nevertheless, we loved how the cards turned out!

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Our pre-wedding shoot

Many pre-wedding shoots have brides decked out in their wedding gowns and romantic poses. While those are beautiful too, Dan and I felt we would have been way too awkward (and sweaty) posing in really formal wear for shots.

Furthermore, we had it such that he would only see me in the gown at the church walking down the altar, so a shoot in the gown would have been a no-go anyway.

We had toyed with the idea of not doing a pre-wedding shoot, but when my friend Rayern showed me Andrew Phua’s portfolio from andrewphuaphotos, we knew we had to have his photos for keeps!

pre-wedding photos by andrew phua | micheleng.com

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Paper flower bouquets

Sometime back, my friend Cherie and I put together some bouquets for the wedding made from artificial flowers. Those were beautiful but my hands were also itching to complete the paper flower set for the wedding (comprising paper flower pew decor, corsages and boutonnières and now bouquets).

So I managed to squeeze in some time to put together a few paper flower bouquets.

Here’s a closer look at some photos I snapped before the wedding:

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A single large paper flower for our darling flower girl Sophie.

paper flower bouquet | micheleng.com

A simple flower bouquet for our sweetheart maid-of-honor Rachelle (she’s the reason we met!).

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