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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


Crystal Phuong & Gregory Ducat: Our intimate wedding in Singapore

Four months have passed since the day we exchanged our vows atop the Grand Park City Hall Hotel in Singapore. Strangely, the memories still feel fresh, as if it all happened just last month. They say time flies when you're having fun, but when you're caught up in the whirlwind of your wedding day, it seems to go at double speed. Unlike many couples who take a year or more to carefully plan their weddings, we managed to pull off our intimate ceremony in Singapore within four months. Another two months afterwards planning for a traditional tea ceremony and reception in Vietnam. How did we manage? Well, that's a story for another time. For now, I'm still lost in the moments from those months ago. I find myself flipping through the photo album—300 pictures capturing smiles, tears, and moments, watching our wedding video, and live streaming to catch the nuances I might have missed during the event.

When I was still navigating my 20s, I had already a vivid picture of my dream wedding. A grand ballroom, an extravagant wedding dress, a sea of guests, dance performances, and an unforgettable party – the classic fairy tale. I even went as far as buying the sparkly Jimmy Choo wedding shoes before finding my Prince Charming. My logic at the time was simple: "It's easier to find the right shoes; finding the right man is a far more complicated task. So, get the shoes first, find Mr. Right later."

Our dream, Gregory's and mine became about celebrating the most important day of our lives with family and close friends. We desired to share our joy with those who had witnessed our journey, supported us through challenges, and contributed to our growth. With our families scattered across Vietnam and Belgium, Gregory in London, and me in Singapore, finding the perfect place to hold our ceremony and register our marriage seemed like a daunting task. Factor in friends from various corners of the globe, and the early stage of planning felt almost like an impossible task. Yet, as the saying goes, if it's meant to be, it will find a way and it will happen.

Our wedding ceremony in Singapore was nothing like what I envisioned in my 20s, but it turned out to be a perfect day for both of us. The breathtaking backdrop of the Singapore skyline, complemented by the warm hues of the sunset, added an extra layer of magic to our special day, making it an unforgettable experience for us and our guests. Our families, flying in from Belgium and Vietnam, stood witness as we said our "I dos," and friends from every corner of the world joined us to celebrate. We've never had so many hugs in one day. It was overwhelming, a day filled with an abundance of love and happiness. A day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. 

We were so lucky that our wedding and our love story were also featured in the most prestigious magazine in Vietnam Harper's Bazaar. Thank you so much to Mrs Venus Tran, Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar Vietnam for the support and love! 

Special thanks to Memoro Bridal- our wedding gown and Regal Brides, our wedding shoes sponsor. We are forever grateful.

Watch our wedding film here! 

Crystal Phuong
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