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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Amanda Lee Weddings x Andaz: Dazzling Sparkle

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Amanda Lee Weddings x Andaz: Dazzling Sparkle

 
 

In collaboration with our friends at Andaz Singapore once again, we had the opportunity of sharing with you another aspect of our craft - beading. It was an afternoon of sweet treats, elegant beadwork and of course, a whole lot of love! If you attended our workshop, we've got a little surprise for you waiting at the end. ;)

As intricate as it is heartfelt, the beading we create on our gowns are as unique as each bride is. Amanda shared a few of the beadwork she designed for her brides over the years, using different beads and on various fabrics. Our favourite part of every workshop is when we get hands-on - this time we got you to design your very own hanger tags, using beads and by personalising your own couple style.

They say all things done with love are the best kind, and we truly are blown away by the effort and love we saw at our workshop! 

From all of us at Amanda Lee Weddings and Andaz Singapore, we hope you enjoyed our little sharing and learnt more about what we do. Specially for our friends who attended this workshop: Enjoy 20% off wedding gowns and 10% off men's suits when you visit us in the month of August!

Ready for your wedding? We'll see you soon!


In collaboration with

Venue & Catering / Andaz Singapore

Photography / MovingStills

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