Monday, October 3, 2022

Reagan & Jamie’s Fun Outdoor Wedding at Panamericana

Remember Reagan and Jamie who had to postpone their wedding that was initially set for 9 May 2020? Well, aren’t we glad to see them finally tied the knot on 10 April 2021?

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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh, Panamericana Wedding

Reagan and Jamie recognised how incredibly blessed they have been to just have to postpone their celebration once and to have the tremendous support of their wedding vendors. Still, the pandemic was a big curveball that was thrown their way. It is no wonder their initial reaction when the whole episode began was “fxxk”. Yet, as we all know, the dust settles after a while. Their light-heartedness and positivity in approaching the situation could have been the reasons why they were blessed with so much goodness on their wedding day.

Read on to find out how Reagan and Jamie turned this into their party of a lifetime and hopefully, their positive energy gets rubbed off on you!

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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

FUN Remains Part of the Plan

It felt like we were given a second chance at planning our wedding! Things that seemed important previously now didn’t, so we regrouped and made the wedding more “us”!

Reagan & Jamie
Panamericana wedding
Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh
Panamericana wedding
Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

What Reagan and Jamie have always had in mind was a wedding that spells F-U-N. Originally planned for 300 guests, the pandemic had forced the couple to reduce their guest count to 100. Their initial plan would also have pretty much turned their celebration into a Wedding Carnival of some sort with lawn games, a photobooth, an ice-cream cart and a roving band. However, all these were made impossible due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Working with what they have and were allowed to, they found ways to keep guests entertained and managed to keep “fun” a central element of the wedding.  They also successfully negotiated with their parents and was able to invite a bulk of their closest friends to the celebration.

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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

After the wedding, we keep hearing friends and family telling us how much fun they had and that was truly what we wanted all along. Some even said they enjoyed our wedding more than their own. Haha! #win

Reagan & Jamie

If you’re wondering what you can do to make an “activity-deprived” wedding fun and memorable, here’s what Reagan and Jamie have to say –   

More important than ever, seat allocation is key! We managed to seat similar cliques of people together so there will not be any awkward conversation throughout dinner (the alcohol helped on that as well).

As we didn’t have any video/photo montages, we had a few speeches by our entourage and Jamie’s brother. We felt the speeches allowed guests to know the couple better and the tears started flowing for a few.

Reagan & Jamie

The Wedding Day

Besides pure fun, Reagan and Jamie also basked in constant blessings on the wedding day.  

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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh, Panamericana Wedding

They love the waters, therefore choosing Panamericana, a gorgeous venue with a lawn that overlooks the South China Sea, was a dream come true for them. To highlight the raw beauty of the space, the couple went with low floral arrangements. These also do not obstruct the existing amazing sea view the venue has to offer.

Besides the incredible view, they also had the one and only thing any couple could wish for especially when they’re holding an outdoor wedding –

We were truly blessed with the best weather for an outdoor event (cloudy yet cooling).  We were also surrounded with so much love throughout the day, now I understand why couples want to relive their wedding day over and over again.

Jamie

Some of these memories that Jamie was reliving were the quiet moments she got to fully immerse herself in what was happening and of course to hear the promise of a lifetime being verbalised in front of their nearest and dearest –

One of the most memorable moments took place before we rushed off to Reagan’s parents home, we had some alone time to pray and soak in that this day was actually happening. That short period really helped to ground me for the day.


Another moment was during the exchange of our wedding vows; Reagan is a man of few words so to hear his inner thoughts and feelings voiced out in front of everyone was quite touching

Jamie
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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh
Panamericana wedding
Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

When the Wedding Planner Plans Her Wedding

Jamie happens to be in a unique position as she works as a wedding planner and venue manager. Having worked with many wedding couples herself, her level of dedication towards events of such nature naturally extended to her own wedding…

I think I had a serious case of occupational hazard; I keep thinking of things I could improve on after the wedding and friends say I had moments of planner mode during the wedding, bossing the staff around before the solemnisation. But I truly believe that you need to trust your vendors as at the end of the day, they are professionals of the venue and their craft.

Jamie

We think what makes it amazing though was also the fact that Jamie let different people lead different aspects of the wedding depending on where their strengths lie!

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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh
Panamericana wedding
Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

Both Reagan and I are individuals with strong tastes, so we pretty much split up the workload on what was more important to the other person (e.g. décor for me and playlist for him).  For the traditional part of the wedding, we left it to the parents.

Jamie
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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh
Panamericana wedding
Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh

Beyond just the traditions, Jamie’s father also contributed to the wedding in a rather interesting manner.  

I always thought table florals were a waste so I had my dad make succulent planters for each table and the guests could bring them home! (It was a super big hit!)

Jamie

What often makes a wedding unique are the little touches the couple considered to make the wedding truly theirs. Reagan loves cats which explains the various cat details that runs through the wedding. As for Jamie, she handmade all the little (and big) embroidered hoops that was used to spruce up the wedding décor and even serve as their own ring holder! If you’re keen to get one yourself (check out @hooponlove)

Lessons Learnt

As was mentioned earlier, besides reliving the details of her wedding day again and again, Jamie’s occupation had led her to ponder on the areas she could improve on post-wedding. Here are some things she learnt!

We tried to pack the schedule too tightly and missed the opportunity to have a shoot with our bridal entourage. Our awesome bridesmaids and groomsmen really went all out for us during the wedding so we would definitely love to have a shoot with them in the near future!


We also forgot to ask someone to film our thank you speech!

Jamie
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Photo courtesy of Reagan & Jamie, taken by Samuel Goh, Panamericana Wedding

Thankfully for the couple, memories of the day were captured by their photographer, Samuel Goh. The couple’s advice to anyone planning their wedding now is to…

Do You! Don’t get pressured by external factors for your wedding, because at the end of the day, it is you who will be remembering the day for a long long time.

Reagan & Jamie

It is no wonder the couple consider engaging Samuel the best thing they got for the wedding!

Thank you Jamie and Reagan for sharing your story with us! We wish you a very blissful marriage!

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