Designer Feature: Pearlyn Oh

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Designer Feature: Pearlyn Oh

 
 

Stepping into the shoes of the boutique's other designer - Pearlyn Oh. What begun as an internship when she was studying in Temasek Polytechnic's School of Design, has since grown into a career. After graduating, she stayed with the homegrown brand and honed her skills, learning from the likes of her seniors, Amanda & Miah. Today, she not only works with brides on a personal level, but is also managing the company's marketing communications and Amanda Lee's newest baby - Amanda Lee Online. There's more than meets the eye with this go-getter; read on to find out.

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Like most millennials, Pearlyn's choice of career started with a dream that she realised when she was a child.

"I’ve always loved drawing and crafting since young, and somehow found passion in hand-made stuff.  By 14, I already knew that I wanted to pursue fashion, and bridal was a good match of both fashion and craft."

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What started out as plaything has become Pearlyn's bread and butter - and years into designing dresses, Pearlyn has become a go-to for brides looking all things sweet and romantic.

"Brides have been asking me for pastel coloured gowns, or to incorporate some pastel details on a white gown. I guess it works well for me as I like subtle details when it comes to designing."

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The 27-year old is a firm believer of less is more. Finding beauty in the understated is what Pearlyn does best - and with her designs, it's never just about being on trend, but how you make it yours.

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"Honestly, I’ve never been much of a trend-keeper. I believe in individuality and working with your personal style. If you can pull it off with your own styling, it can become your signature."

What most people don't know about Pearlyn though, is that this lady loves injecting a bit of rebellion in her designs.

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"My style...? Contradicting. It can be elegant but quirky, or it can be feminine, but masculine at the same time."

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While it's natural to think that a lady who creates delicate gowns is delicate herself, first impressions aren't always accurate,
and Pearlyn is anything but a damsel in distress.

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For starters, this independent young lady enjoys solace.

"I like to be alone when I’m working on a new design. When I’m working on details for a gown, I like to have Masterchef on loop. But that doesn’t mean I can cook!"

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And when asked who in the team was
'the one you shouldn't mess with'...

"I think that leaves me?"

 

 

All fingers pointed to this feisty lady,
who claims she isn't always as sweet as she looks.

(Well, you have been warned.)

But jokes aside, brides fret not - Pearlyn joins the ranks of Amanda and Miah when it comes to unpretentious craft.

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If it's one memory that's stayed with Pearlyn since joining the boutique, it's got to be this.

 

"Some years back, I had a client who was sick during the wedding preparation. During one of the fittings, she had her bridal make up on, and did her hairdo with the aid of a wig. When she wore the gown, she looked so happy and beautiful that I could literally feel joy piercing through my heart. It was something I will never forget, and a constant reminder that however mundane we designers may feel on some days, what matters most is the ability to bless someone with our gift. I hope she is still well."

 

 

 

Perhaps it's this strong personality of hers that's allowed Pearlyn to juggle not just making gowns, but also manage the marketing of Amanda Lee Weddings, as well as ALO.

 

The newest venture for the company;
ALO is likeminded with ladies who are looking for ready-made glam - all within the comfort of shopping online.

 

 

 

Pearlyn wears a black full lace dress from ALO.

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What's ahead is something that Pearlyn has dreamt about as a child, and is finally about to become reality.
This belle is about to wed her long-time beau in December, and the team at Amanda Lee Weddings cannot be more excited!

 

And to prove just how excited we are, the team is attempting something that we've never done before.
For once, Pearlyn isn't the one making the dresses.

 

 

 

 

Tell us the story behind Amanda and Miah making your gowns in secret!

"Amanda is the one who came out with the idea.
They (Amanda and Miah) have been planning for my wedding for years, constantly coming out with newer (and crazier) ideas along the way. I feel very safe and blessed knowing that I’m in super good hands as I have the best team behind me. I can’t wait to see the gowns on the wedding day itself!"


Now we know what you're thinking.
What about fitting? 

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The team's love for surprises have propelled them to come up with the most "creative" ways to keep Pearlyn's dress a secret, even when she's trying it on. Even we don't know how the gowns look like!

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One of the best things about planning a wedding, is choosing what to wear. We've seen brides laugh and cry during the process, and we understand a bride's choice is the most important. So is Pearlyn nervous about the outcome?

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"Like most young girls, I grew up with a princess fantasy, and I’ve always thought I would wear a ball gown for my wedding. But over the years, it’s really hard to pinpoint one dream gown when I've been constantly surrounded by so many beautiful dress. Whatever it is, I know the dress will definitely make me feel beautiful and I can’t wait to see it!"

 

 

Like a true girl-next-door, Pearlyn is all chill and enjoying the rest of her wedding planning.

"Not having to worry at all about the gowns has gotten a huge load off my wedding planning process, and I can only imagine the stress on my team for my wedding!"

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Well Pearlyn, you're about to become the first bride who surprises herself on her big day.
We know you'll look stunning in whatever Amanda has in store for you!

 

Find out more about Pearlyn and her creations at Amanda Lee Weddings by making an appointment with us.

See you soon!


Full photography and editorial done by Charmian Tan

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Designer Feature: Miah Tay

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Designer Feature: Miah Tay

 
 

Our next designer feature sheds light on Amanda Lee Weddings' Senior Designer, Miah Tay. Known for his artful skill of combining contrasting textures and fabrics to create impressionable pieces, Miah is as quirky a person as his designs. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Miah has become a go-to for brides looking for honest workmanship and one-of-a-kind gowns. But underneath that experience is a guy with a lovable spirit and wild heart - here's what else you should know about Miah.

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Miah's gowns are often described as feminine and sensual. Always pushing boundaries, Miah gives the two descriptives new meaning with his creativity.

 

Brides who have worked with him have come to recognise and love the look of soft, sheer tulle contrasted with eye-catching material.

 

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Fascinated with the intricate and luxurious designs of Haute Couture gowns since young, Miah entered the bridal industry with lofty ambitions to create gowns of such calibre. Over time, he developed a style of his own; reinterpreting what it means for brides to be beautiful in white, but also in the unconventional.

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"Christian Lacroix has always been my inspiration since I saw his work in the magazines during the early 90s. His designs are rich in colors and textures.
I am very amazed with the way he combines different colors, prints and materials
all in one gown."
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It's a daily affair to see Miah assembling different fabrics and materials when working on a new gown. Give Miah a creative challenge in made-to-measure gowns, and he brings his creations to another level with his eye for detail. 

 

 

And sometimes, over classical music and chocolates too.

(But you didn't hear that from us.)

 

 

 

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Once in a while, we get brides who enjoy the option of having two dresses in one, and Miah does it without limiting style or silhouette choices.
An intricately-laced cheongsam A-line gown can transform into a sleek cocktail dress easily with a detachable skirt. 

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Even before knowing his passion for fashion, it's not hard to tell that Miah also believes in dressing for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, every day at Amanda Lee Weddings is a day for this fashionista to walk an imaginary runway - you'll never get bored seeing him don a hundred and one combinations of casual suits and bow ties.

 

 

And only Miah can look fashionable with a needle and thread in one hand, and a wicked sense of humour in the other.

 

 

"How would you describe yourself in three words?"

"Cheerful, Creative, Contradictory.
Chanel has a double C, I have a triple C!"

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Over the years, Miah's designs have added to Amanda Lee Weddings' noteworthy collections.
Known for our seamless craftwork at sculpting the perfect illusion-lace top,
Miah's imaginative ideas of fusion keep our designs fresh for different brides.

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Yet, the adventurous side of him would tell you that one of his crazier ideas have yet to be materialised.

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"Sportswear is something that I’ve always wanted to incorporate into bridal design; using materials such as jersey, ribbing and water-repellent nylon, to create gowns infused with more traditional lace appliqués."
 
 
When we think of sportswear, we think of spandex and dry-fit. Sounds impossible, but we hope one day Miah will show us the vision he sees in a gown like that!
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And as Miah would have it, there's nothing too crazy in fashion, not even the person wearing it... Or is it?

"A person I would love to design a gown for... Kim Kardashian. It will be quite a challenge to make her elegant!"

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But just when you think Miah can't be tamed,
the sweetheart in him shares that he appreciates sincerity
and forming genuine relationships with his brides.

 
 
 
 
 
"I really find enjoyment in designing and working with all my brides.
I recall a couple who was very appreciative of how we customised her off-the-rack gowns specially for her, that they gifted me with a lovely custom-made bow-tie after her photoshoot. They even surprised me with a red packet after the wedding which made me feel very touched!"

Without a doubt, our brides love Miah's jovial spirit and appreciate his trustiness when giving professional opinions.  

 
 
"Be true to yourself, but at the same time keep an open mind to our suggestions. Rest assured that we are sincere in making all our brides look their most beautiful for their big day."
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Find out more about Miah and his creations at Amanda Lee Weddings by making an appointment with us.

See you soon!


Full photography and editorial done by Charmian Tan

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Sophia & Gary

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Sophia & Gary

 
 

We are often presented with one too many options when it comes to planning a wedding, most of which seem to be about riding the latest trend. Here's a couple who created a fairytale wedding with their own devices - Sophia and Gary; who celebrated their romance in a rustic garden-themed wedding at the beautiful Hotel Fort Canning. This is one couple who enjoys getting creative together, and we can't help but feel enamoured by their teamwork and chemistry.

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So. How was the proposal like?

Sophia: We were celebrating our 6th anniversary at the Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill when Gary popped the question!

Gary: I wanted to catch the sunset when I proposed. So halfway through the dinner, I excused myself and told the restaurant manager to pass Sophia a diary that I made specially for her. After she turned her attention to the diary, I armed myself with a guitar and surprised her together with our close group of friends!

 

 

"I was overwhelmed because he actually made an effort to learn how to play a guitar – what’s more, he was actually playing one of my favourite songs that I shared with him during our first few dates." - Sophia
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We chose for our bride a cheongsam-inspired gown, decorated with a sensual illusion-lace top. Sophia stunned in this off-the-rack number that brought out her curves, and its light mermaid silhouette allowed her a comfortable yet elegant fit.

"I’ve always wanted something classic for my wedding gown and it didn’t take me too long to find “The Dress”. I always think it’s important to go with instinct, because after all, every bride knows what really works for her." - Sophia

 

As for our groom, Gary's style was all about the unconventional. We went with a burgundy suit and pant for a sleek look.

 

"I opted for a burgundy red suit because red has always been my favourite colour. Plus, I wanted to break away from the traditional black and blue suits." - Gary

We love dressing a couple because it gives us opportunity to play up individual styles, yet complement them with each other at the same time. Gary's quirky style together with Sophia's regal beauty, was a perfect example of opposites attract - and we loved working to help them shine on their own and as a team.

With a versatile location, Sophia and Gary were able to keep their wedding celebrations cleverly in one place. The couple saw their wedding transform from day to night with help from friends, while keeping true to the theme. 

"For our solemnization, we opted for a simple floral arrangement with copper pipe backdrop. And as we held our banquet inside a marquee, we went along with the same theme featuring vintage props on our guest well-wishes table and reception."

 

It's true when they say couples who plan together, stay together.

 

"Every little detail really added up in our wedding planning journey! We enjoyed every moment, from the sourcing of our vendors to making our own wax seal stamp! It’s fun and rewarding and most importantly, we have learnt how to compromise with each other’s needs."
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Later that evening, Sophia opted for an A-line gown of millennial pink and silver accents, complete with 3D lace and flower appliques.
Perfect to sweep Gary off his feet! 

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"Pearlyn was our designer and she was fantastic! She would give her most earnest opinions on what works well for her bride and groom. We always feel at ease because we know we are in good hands!"

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"Everyone in Amanda Lee Weddings really extended their warm hospitality to Gary and I. I particularly remembered that during one of our fittings, all 3 of them (Amanda, Miah and Pearlyn) worked together to ensure that my evening dress would look well on me. That, to me, was a heartwarming moment and I was truly impressed with the team’s dedication." - Sophia

Blessed marriage, Sophia and Gary!
Thank you for choosing Amanda Lee Weddings.


Sophia's wedding & evening gown / Amanda Lee Weddings

Gary's burgundy suit/  Amanda Lee Weddings

Actual Day Photography / Smittenpixels

Wedding Videography / Ark Moments

Hair and make up artist / Gin Tan from The Makeup PROS

Flowers / Triceratops

Event stylist/ Styled Story

 

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