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Wedding Essentials

From cosplay to real-life wedding

Instead of going with the usual white bridal gown and tuxedo, Ms Caroline Chua, 29, and Mr Clive Lee, 33, decided on something different for their wedding.
The Straits Times - August 26, 2012
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From cosplay to real-life wedding -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF CLIVE LEE

Instead of going with the usual white bridal gown and tuxedo, Ms Caroline Chua, 29, and Mr Clive Lee, 33, decided on something different for their wedding. They made their own outfits inspired by manga and anime characters.

Both of them are fans of cosplay and have been dressing up for more than 10 years. In fact, they first met through mutual friends at a cosplay event in 2001.

So it was no surprise that when they decided to get married last year, a cosplay-themed wedding seemed fitting.

They spent about four months making five sets of outfits based on wedding-themed anime characters. This included a blue gown with white trimmings and a wedding veil for the bride, and a matching long-sleeved purplish-red trench coat for the groom based on the characters Sheryl and Alto from the sci-fi space drama anime Macross Frontier.

There was also an elaborate red gown for the bride and matching black suit with red trimmings for the groom based on CC and Lelouch from the anime series Code Geass about a former prince with special powers.

The 10 costumes cost close to $2,000 to make.

The couple even baked a four-layer cake for their wedding with two miniature icing-sugar characters perched on the topmost layer. They were made to look like CC and Lelouch also from the anime series Macross Frontier.

Ms Chua, a physiotherapist, says: "We met through cosplay so it's natural that we wed through cosplay."

Several months before the wedding, the couple flew to Taiwan for their pre-wedding photoshoot, with three cosplay outfits in their suitcases.

On the big day itself, the two of them changed into three outfits during the day when the groom traditionally fetches the bride from her house in the morning and the couple pay their respects to elder family members at a tea ceremony.

In the evening during a wedding banquet and Registry of Marriage ceremony, they paraded two sets of costumes.

But it was not just the bride and groom who had fun dressing up, their guests were encouraged to do so too.

About half of the 24 tables of guests at the wedding banquet held at Changi Village Hotel put on masquerade masks, wigs and fancy garb for the occasion.

Mr Lee, who is a game designer, says: "Even my parents were in costume. They are Chinese opera singers and came in their wayang make-up and outfits. My in-laws came in traditional ethnic costumes."

He adds: "It was a memorable and special occasion as we and our guests could enjoy ourselves instead of being stuck in the usual formalities of a wedding. It also made for better photos."

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