Love Me Tender
Laced with elegance, modern sophistication, tradition and a touch of drama, the wedding of Matthew Song and Alice Oei was an opulent soiree which also demonstrated the tenderness of a father’s love.
When the offspring of one of the region’s wealthiest men gets married, you can expect a lavish affair. The wedding of Alice Oei, the daughter of business tycoon and philanthropist Oei Hong Leong, was also big on details and personal touches. Alice, who works with her family’s Oei Hong Leong Foundation, had been dating Matthew Song, who’s in the banking industry, for some time before the pair tied the knot.
The Theme & Concept
The festivities unfolded with a solemnisation ceremony within the grand walls of the century-old gothic style Wesley Methodist Church, where the couple exchanged vows. Delicate pink and white were dominant colours, seen not only in the floral decorations and hand bouquets, but also in the bridesmaids’ frocks.
The bride was resplendent in a strapless ruched bodice white gown with mermaid tail flourish. A string of delicate pearls around her slender neck and matching earrings, both family heirlooms, lent a touch of grace to her modern outfit. Waiting at the altar as she walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with her proud father was the groom, beaming in his tailor-made suit.
United in the eyes of God, the newlyweds then adjourned to Alice’s family home for a Chinese tea ceremony with close friends and family of the bride. Alice’s doting mother indulged guests with an array of local delicacies and sweet treats before they left to get refreshed and ready for the banquet.
By 7pm, the ballroom of The St Regis Singapore was filled with a well-clad crowd, among them high-ranking ministers, business magnates and top bankers. The deep growl of the groom’s Maserati Gran Turismo in the driveway signalled the newlyweds’ arrival.
The almost 500 guests savoured an eight-course dinner that was personalised to include family favourites such as kurobuta pork and miso cod fish. It was matched with Petrus 1978 red wine, a surprise gift from Alice’s father—1978 being the groom’s vintage.
Reflecting the family’s sophisticated tastes, other excellent tipple that flowed freely that elegant evening included Dom Perignon 1999, Mr Oei’s favourite champagne, as well as Macallan whisky.
The dinner reception was punctuated by eloquent speeches by the couple and their loved ones, and a good dose of live music. Proving that people in the finance industry are a sporting lot, Matthew, with his best mates on backup, got up on stage to sing When You Say Nothing At All. The spontaneous performance impressed the bride and drew a standing ovation from guests.
Alice’s three wardrobe changes added drama to the evening and gave guests reason to ask for yet another photo with the couple. After two flowing white designer gowns, she wowed the room with a gorgeous red confection cinched at the waist with a black ribbon and accented with diamond jewellery.
Ending the evening on a sweet note, Laurent Bernard chocolates were presented as wedding favours. This was in addition to a special limited edition coin set from Singapore Mint to thank guests. “This was another very touching gesture by my father. The coin set commemorated the Year of the Horse, which was very fitting as Chinese New Year was around the corner,” Alice says.