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!
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Tagging someone in a post about the best coffee places in town is a cute way of flirting. And recording a voice note singing "AAYYAAAAMMMM SOOORREEEEEE" is a great way to say, well, I'm sorry. Of all the bad things that the internet brings (do NOT google Trypophobia, just don't do it!), being able to send an instant message to let someone know you're thinking of them is surely one of its saving graces.
There is one thing that beats sending a Snap or meme or GIF though, and that's flowers. No, not 🌸 , 🌼, or 🌺 . YES, we mean real, fresh, flowery flowers! Even girls (and guys) who claim that sending flowers is a complete waste of time and money will have their granite hearts melt into a cloud of floral fragrance once they've received a bouquet of flowers. And did you also know that certain flowers carry their own symbols and significance?
For instance, carnations are the popular choice on Mother's Day, but! Beware sending them in yellow as they are meant to romantically reject someone. Unless of course, your intention is to actually reject someone. If that's the case then....
...avoid pink carnations as they are the perfect flowers to tell someone you'll never forget them. And if your heart longs for that special someone, send them red carnations.
Roses too have a whole spectrum of meanings to match their colours. They generally stand for love, hence why you can never go wrong with a rose. The question though, is: what kind of love?
For an easy way to remember roses and their significance, here's a little ditty* from the early 1920's English Horticulture Society Almanac:
Go with yellow to keep a friendly fellow,
Or go with orange if your desire's full range!
Nothing says "Thanks you're awesome!" like a peach blossom
Lavender says "I just met her, and already I love her"
Now, remember roses white for your sweet new wife
And for you my love, a pink thing for the joy you bring
Moving on to white lilies. They are a familiar sight at funerals, but these fragrant blossoms also hold a less sombre meaning as the official flowers to mark a 30th anniversary.
Pretty cool fact to surprise your girlfriend with on her 30th birthday, hey?
Now here's a pretty flower that's guranteed to be a stunner: the delicate, bountiful, floral symbol of China - the peony. This sweet little floral delight is a symbol of prosperity and richness so if you want to impress someone on a first date, just forget everything else and go for a bouquet of peonies.
Tiger orchid: Peony! Stop stealing the show!
Peony: Shut up and just compliment me
Ah, we've come to a flower whose family tree (punny, we know) has spread far and wide across the world, making it probably one of the most familiar flowers because everyone knows at least one of its cousins. While orchids can be found almost anywhere, they are anything but boring. Don't believe us? Then take it from this charming young Oxford graduate who spent his gap year hunting down all 52 species in England in one summer. Orchids make the most versatile of gifts and also, they are the official flowers to celebrate a 14th wedding anniversary. If you're looking for an unconventional bouquet to literally wow someone, try going for the elegant and beautiful white phalaenopsis.
Told you these will make anyone go "WOW!"
Don't be shy to ask us for suggestions of flowers to send to someone. Better yet, just pick whatever you like best and send it! You can never go wrong with a bouquet a a gift, and now with our online order form, you can send fresh flowers to anyone on the island. Be it a surprise for a honeymooning couple or a gift for someone you know, just give us the details and we'll take care of the rest.
Credits to The Farmer's Almanac and Teleflora for information on flowers and their meanings.
*We lied. We made that ditty up during lunch and wrote it on the back of a serviette.
KELLY X SALMAN / SEPTEMBER 2017 / MERITUS PELANGI
When Kelly first came to us to decorate her wedding almost a year ago, she and Salman had just gotten hitched officially. We sat down and put together her thoughts and ideas, and the planning began. So you can imagine our joyful surprise when, a few months later, she announced to Richelle (Darling's own wedding planner extraordinaire) that they were expecting!
Flash forwad 6 months, and the lovely couple return to Langkawi for their big day. The island weather put on a superb display for the wedding party with a nice breeze and enough sun to make a thousand brides and their wedding planners happy.
The couple had a cute idea to honour their friends, with a Walk Of Fame greeting guests with poster sized pictures of them as they make their way down to the venue.
Oops, I think you've got the wrong bride, Salman...
Ah, second try's the charm!
Photo booth fun.
We went for loads of white lilies and sweet eustomas on black table cloth for the dinner reception, which looked super elegant both before and after sunset.
Congratulations, K & S!