No couple ever wants to have things go wrong for their big celebration. The plan is: stick to the plan.
But there are things that can stand in the way of the big plan. Like an earthquake (unlikely this part of the world), hotel double booking (God forbid!) or.... an unexpected addition to the family.
That was the joyful predicament Gan and Amy found themselves in that had them postpone their celebration. Both currently reside in Australia and had picked Langkawi as their destination choice to tie their knot.
But island and wedding can wait, though not a happy kicking baby! So a year and a half after the birth of Lina, the big day finally came.
Both sides of Gan and Amy's families leaned toward tradition, so the couple had to find a good balance between old and modern. At the same time it was important to them that friends and family could mingle in a warm and comfortable environment.
Amy put in a lot of her own love and labour into the wedding, from making all the favours herself and being the one to initiate games during the reception dinner.
As for us, we came in as usual, quietly from the sidelines with our jars of flowers and talent for quick candle lighting, merely to beautiful this pretty little wedding party.
Tip from us, if you are going for a rustic look: Sweet pink roses and eustomas with baby's breath thrown into the mix easily compliments earth tones without being to over bearing.
Jute is also perfect for the rustic theme but be careful about not using too much of this textured material! For Amy and Gan, we used a long runner of jute as well as small logs of wood to give elevation to candles and small jars of flowers.
Here's baby Lina looking resplendent in her own white princess gown. She couldn't bear to be away from her mum, so Amy made sure she was there every step of the way. What a superbride!
Remember the part about balancing tradition and modernity? Here's our little interpretation at the reception table with a bright neon light amongst the candles and flowers.
In our hundreds of weddings experience, we now know what the secret to a perfect wedding is: to have the best people in your world around you, celebrating with you. That, our friends, is something that money can never buy.
Thank you dear Amy and Gan, for the trust of having us play a tiny part of your special day!
And thank you as always to Jon for these breath taking moments.
From time to time, we will choose a colour to feature and showcase some of our past work from that pick. Love it or hate it, our colour pick for today is the glorious pink!
P.S. We hope you won't be getting the pink eye from this post. Hehe.
Next time: blue is the warmest colour! If you would like us to feature a particular colour just to get ideas for your own wedding, just drop us a message here.
The story of Su Mei and Blake will make anyone in LDRs hopeful for the future. When you're in love, no length of time is ever enough time to be together. The two love birds went through time living in different cities across the world, meeting up fleetingly. Sacrifices were made, jobs were quit, and stressful arguments were friends they tried to keep at bay. After a few years, Blake decided to end it all by popping the question.
Of course she said yes.
This sweet couple picked the place where they had their first holiday together as the venue to tie the knot: the magical La Pari Pari boutique hotel. We were inspired to blend the decor into the greenery so as not to intrude, but rather as an extension of an already naturally pretty surrounding.
It was no doubt the magic of the resident garden fairies that held up the good weather until the ceremony was done and dinner well under way.
The whole affair was accented by little personal touches such as the hand written welcome board by one of Su Mei's bridesmaids...
...jasmine leaves from the father of the bride's own garden...
...and very chic customized tiles courtesy of a loving aunt.
Came twilight, the ambience turned beautifully romantic for this intimate little wedding party. Seriously, even we sighed at the perfectness of the evening from the way the sunlight hit just right to Su Mei's own impressive DIY makeup. Yes folks, it is possible to still look resplendent when you do your own wedding make up.
We wish only the utmost of love and light to this down to earth and easy going newlyweds. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!
Love is friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad times.
It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
Clear blue skies were the order of the day on the 24th of February over the majestic grounds of St Regis Langkawi. With guests coming from all over the world - the happy couple themselves currently calling Singapore their homebase - the hot yet breezy Saturday was the perfect weather to celebrate the nuptials of Charlotte and Usman.
It was decided that the ceremony would first take place indoors at the ballroom of the resort (everyone collectively sighed, "Ahhhh aircond!" when they stepped in from the heat!).
We went with a touch of minimalism in place of the traditional flower arch, using instead flower pillars on either side of where the couple would stand to exchange their vows. Pretty eustomas and eucalyptus leaves enhanced the all white chairs running down the aisle.
The wedding party moved down to the lawn for the evening dinner. Again, the good weather was on our side and upheld all throughout the night. Incandescent string bulbs hung over the dinner tables, illuminating the guests with just enough light.
Charlotte and Usman's big day is a great example of how less can sometimes be so much more in an already beautiful setting, especially one like St Regis Resort Langkawi.
Here's to wishing the couple an abundance of love for each other and a bottomless well of patience to last through eternity!
23rd September, 2017 was the day the beach at The Andaman resort was semi taken over by bright pink creatures of the slender kind.
"And here, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of how flamingoes and humans can possibly coexist in a social setting," explained the experienced naturalist
Veen Dee was one of those fun brides who loves doing things a little on the unorthodox side. In this case, the splashes of colour at her white and luscious wedding came in the form of flamingoes: flamingo balloons, little plastic flamingoes, flamingo straws, and her evening dress! Wait till you see it...
The day started out wet. Not fun for wedding decorators. You see, we are committed to transforming your venue to its most beautiful potential. No matter the weather, no matter the conditions, no matter how hungry we are. So on this day, it was definitely a great rush for us to set everything up in that short window of time between rain stopping and the bride's entrance.
But rush we did (thanks very much to wedding guests who were so patient, helpful and accommodating!) and here we have it, the beautiful photos thanks to the talented team at The V.
Veen Dee's bridesmaids looked absolutely resplendent in their matching champagne coloured dresses and Bacchus inspired green crowns.
And then comes Veen Dee herself looking so shy and beautiful as she is walked down the green lined aisle with her father...
One of the best parts of a wedding (amongst like, a million other things) is seeing the adoring look on the groom's face as he sees his love and realising that after this day, she will be the one he will be spending the rest of his life with. Without a doubt, this heart melting picture above perfectly encapsulates the moment with Haan.
A special mention must go to Veen Dee's wedding gown! We thought it was one of the more interesting one we've seen on our beaches; so dreamy, especially with the illusion of feathers on the top part of the bodice.
And as nightfell, it was time for Veen Dee and Haan to make an appearance again, this time together as a husband walking hand in hand with his beautiful wife who just happens to be in a GORGEOUS FLUFFY DRESS!
Now this is an example of how less is sometimes so much more; if you notice, we mostly used leaves, minimal white flowers and candles to enhance the long table. But this alone was perfect in bringing out the little pink details on each table setting.
Low table decor is also the best choice for long tables as you would be facing your guests and wouldn't want much obstruction to your & their view, making conversation and eye contact flow easily throughout the night.
And while bridal bouquets sits high up on the list of important elements for a bride, alas, its short life comes full circle at the end of the night when it is tossed and caught by hopefully, what would be the next happy bride.
Sometimes we get asked this question: You guys are wedding planners and decorators, don't you think you should put on some makeup to look nice while you're working? The answer is, no.
Yes, our work involves melting under the sun a lot of the time but that's not the reason we skip the foundation. We are also constantly rushing, barely having time for toilet breaks but again, that's not why we put the lip gloss away.
No, the real reason is because sometimes we meet a bride and groom who make us cry.
This is Tina with her summerry bouquet of sunflowers, gerberas and pom poms. She and her husband Div make a very handsome couple, we must say. That's his corsage below, flanked by the bestmen's.
They stepped away from the romantic and demure colours, and went for a theme that was burgundy and yellows and royal blue
Their big day was dramatic weatherwise. One moment bright and sunny, and the next grey clouds loomed in a distance accompanied by strong winds by the beach of The Four Seasons.
Tina and Dev's wedding party was small, 16 pax including bride and groom.
Perhaps it was the intimacy of the wedding...
...or the heartfelt words exchanged between bride and groom that was supercharged with emotions mixed with nervousness....
...but oh man, did it make us cry! You'd think that after so many weddings week after week, year after year, we would be stoic and immune to things like "emotions" and "romance". Nope. We still cry at 30% of the weddings we help plan and create. Dev & Tina's fell into this category and we were glad when the ceremony was over as we could quickly wipe our tears (and embarrassment) away!
Phew, now on to the dinner at Upper Serai restaurant.
Tina requested to have little lanterns that guests could write messages on and float into the sea after dinner. In the beginning we balked at the idea, to be honest, as the concern was not to have harmful materials sinking into our sea. But with a little bit of ingenuity and Pinterest, we devised lanterns made out of bamboo mats, rice paper and satay sticks and voila! Biodegradable floating lanterns.
So we hope this explains and excuses out team for not wearing makeup during our weddings.
And to the beautiful couple who soon will be 3, thank you for a sweet and memorable wedding :)
They say that animals have a sixth sense and are a good indication on the weather to come. If you see a heard of cows acting erratically, that could be a sign that they can feel the rumbles of an earthquake in the ground hours before it actually hits. Goats running to the hills might also be a warning that a tsunami is on the way.
We were a little worried when we got to the tastefully designed Bon Ton because it had been raining heavily in the previous evenings. But we decided to trust this sleepy meow we met at the kampung house where an intimate wedding dinner was to be held that night.
Bon Ton and their sister Temple Tree next door, by the way, are excellent venues for a small wedding. The architecture and interior styling of their buildings bring back a sense of nostalgia from the golden days of Malaya.
We made a sweet simple posy for the bride, accompanied by matching boutonnieres for the groom and best men.
The ambience of the surroundings really takes a different light at the start of dusk. The lazy kitty's omen was right: it was definitely going to be a beautiful evening for a cosy soiree.
"Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love." - French proverb
Too much of pink can be dangerous. Pink champagne for example. Pink lipstick. Even Zordon declared as much to Kimberly (Power Ranger fans will get it!).
"Too much pink energy is dangerous!"
So with these ominous warnings, we approached this theme with caution. We did not want to risk this important day by overdoing it, turning a wedding into a teenage girl's dream sweet 16 party.
We picked some pretty pastels to compliment the pink, from the flippy floppies on standby for guests to the flower arrangements. The pink and lilac hydrangeas went beautifully with touches of blues, flanked by soft pink roses and feathery long ferns.
And now, if you're ready, take our hand and let's go on a tour of Elvin and Belinda's gorgeous wedding.
Colourful flippy floppies, white Japanese parasols and bamboo fans for guests to cool down
The pretty arch was flowy like a summer wedding dress itself
Before and at sunset
And after sunset, the guests moved on to L'Orangerie for the wedding dinner.
While waiting for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, friends and family of the couple could leave little love messages for them and drop it into their "wishing well".
The dinner tables were a mix of round and oblong tables, with the main bridal table being a long one so its diners could easily have a good view of the rest of the guests.
The L'Orangerie banquet team did an excellent job as always, setting the table without disturbing the many candles and floral arrangements.
So what do you think? Did we do it right?
Last month, we were tasked with decorating a 1300 pax wedding at a location that is used by sweaty, squeaky athletes on a daily basis, between 5pm-10pm. Where could this possible be? Dewan Ho Peng, or better known as the Ho Peng Badminton Hall.
Yep, that's right.
Our jaws went slack a little at the thought of turning this place that we actually run around in (Thursday evenings, join us!) into an actual wedding dinner venue, but then as always, our motto kicked it - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Well, not officially our motto. But close enough.
Lo and behold, ladies and gentlemen...welcome to the wedding of CY & SS.
We spruced up the otherwise drab and tired entrance with a red carpet, our new romantic white lanterns and an arch of hanging cherry blossoms.
Guests were greeted with a lovely opportunity for selfies and wefies.
If that wasn't enough, we set up a sparkly and glam photobooth backdrop.
We also had a registration table for guests to leave gifts, ang pau or a nice note for the couple.
We created a walkway of cherry blossom arches for the couple's red carpet grand entrance.
We wanted CY & SS to forget that this was a badminton court/chinese hall
This was the main table, surrounded by 4 pillars of flowers.
The cake was too cute, we have to include it in this post!
Kudos to the production team, Low Frequency, who did a great job as usual with the full concert setup complete with LED screens on stage and laser lights.
We didn't get a chance to meet CY & SS during their wedding as it was hard to bulldoze through a horde of 1300 guests, so we hope they loved their big day as much as we did. Congratulations, love birds!
You know how penpals were such a big thing growing up? Those born before the 90's would know this. But for those of you who are unfamiliar with this term 'penpal', it's what school children were encouraged to do pre internet days. You'd open a magazine or newspaper (family section of course) and there'd be a column featuring 'profiles' of other school children, including their addresses. Those who were interested in making a friend from another city/state/country could send letters to these children and thus, become penpals.
Thinking about it now, this would probably not be such a good idea in today's day and age. But that was what it felt like though with Des and Shireen. They first got in touch with Richelle to plan their wedding at the Westin almost a year ago and in the months of communication, both parties struck up a fond friendship. As the actual date approached, the heat turned way up for us to create Shireen's dream Twilight inspired wedding.
For the 3% of you who have not watched Twilight, this was the wedding Bella nervously walked into to officiate her vampire human union with Eddie boy.
We wanted to recreate a similar feel for the couple, at the same time taking into account the challenges of Langkawi's unpredictable October wedding, so it was decided that the theme would be adapted for the ballroom reception. As for the ceremony, the idea was to keep it fresh and elegant with wood logs and sweet hydrangeas. The weather was pretty much wet the days running up to the wedding, so it wasn't a surprise that on the day itself there was rain too (thank you disposable rain ponchos!). Thankfully the rain stopped only half an hour before the ceremony itself, phew!
From working in the rain, to nights that morphed into 6am mornings, the whole process was challenging but as people call it, a real labour of love. We worked really hard to bring Shireen and Des's wedding mood board into life, so please do enjoy these gorgeous shots taken from the wedding day :)
As you can see, it was a little overcast that day but we think that added a nice moody effect to a romantic evening.
Here's a close up of the wedding arch...
We had this custom made for the couple and believe it or not, it actually flew all the way back to Perth with them too.
We'd like to thank the Westin team for allowing us to start 2 days early setting up in the ballroom and also to our own Darling team for the amazing hours and effort put in. Last but not least, to Des and Shireen, for the patience, the Tim Tams and what we hope will be a lasting long distance friendship. Have a blessed and beautiful life, guys!