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!