Behind the scenes at Joanne Peh & Qi Yuwu's hush-hush ceremony

Behind the scenes at Joanne Peh & Qi Yuwu's hush-hush ceremony

The New Paper hunted down the team behind Peh and Qi's "hush-hush" solemnisation ceremony, and asked them to give us a peek into what went on behind the scenes on Tuesday.

Even though the people involved were initially reluctant to talk, they opened up after some persuasion.

Here's the lowdown:


Celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Lee gave Peh a "clean and natural look" for her solemnisation ceremony.

He used a pink-toned eye shadow, a light eyeliner and mascara for her eyes. He placed more focus on her lips by using a bolder peach-orange colour.

Lee said: "I didn't use any falsies (false eyelashes) on her. I wanted a simple and healthy look for her, nothing too exaggerated. She can carry off the look very well, it gives her a radiant glow."

He added: "I only took 45 minutes for her face and used a mixture of Lancome, Dior, Chanel and Laneige for the make-up."

For Qi, Lee used Laneige make-up and only concealed his blemishes to give his face some natural glow.

Peh's hair was put together by celebrity hairstylist David Gan. Explaining Peh's slicked-back hairstyle, Gan said: "Joanne had wanted something simple yet elegant, hence the choice."


Peh's wedding gown is by local fashion designer Lai Chan, who owns an eponymous boutique at Raffles Hotel Arcade. It is ivory white and long-sleeved with a scoop-back design showing off her toned back.


The wedding solemnisation was held at the porte cochere roof terrace of the Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa (above).

The location, which is an open area on the second storey of the heritage wing of the hotel, overlooks the iconic Merlion statue.

Miss Lau Ler Ling, public relations and marketing communications manager of the hotel, said: "This is the first time a couple has chosen that spot to hold a solemnisation ceremony. It is unique."

She added: "The Merlion statue is iconic to Singapore. As Qi Yuwu is from China, he wanted something iconic as Singapore holds a special place in his heart."


The couple chose a garden theme for the ceremony. The set-up included an oval floral arc (above) with fresh green, white, and cream-coloured flowers, including orchids and cymbidiums.


Sources say that Qi proposed to Peh with a diamond ring.

Gan said: "Yiwu's taste is extremely refined and I'm sure it was a beautiful rock, nothing garish."


The guests at the simple dinner reception on Tuesday were served a buffet spread of international cuisine.

This article was first published on Sept 11, 2014.
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