Friday, January 3, 2014

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After more than five years on Blogger, we have finally moved.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wishing Tree is now on Facebook and Instagram!

Welcome, 2014! And a happy new year to you!

The past year has been an amazing one for all of us at Wishing Tree. We decorated many beautiful weddings and created countless arrangements for our customers. We also made a big move from our spot at Asian Heritage Row in Kuala Lumpur to a brand new location in Sungai Buloh.

For this year, as we've realized that many of our fans, customers and readers really enjoy being on Facebook and Instagram, we decided to give social media a go and have also joined these two social networking sites. So, please check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

If these links do not work, please search for us using the below:

Instagram: @wishingtre3

We would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Petter and Deborah are elegant romantic with a monochromatic palette and a pop of pastel

We have a gorgeous wedding for you, dear readers! Petter and Deborah held a truly memorable wedding in Kuala Lumpur several months ago, and we are honoured to have been a part of their special day.

Many thanks to Alan Yong of The Photoz for the wonderful photos!

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Beautiful family portrait framed with giant flower pom poms floating overhead.
Aren't those giant pom poms dramatic, romantic and elegant at the same time? The venue was the little garden at St Mary's Cathedral, right here in Kuala Lumpur. For their wedding decor, our beautiful bride and her groom searched for inspiration on the Internet (hello Pinterest!) and in many wedding magazines before deciding on what suited them best. We love their choice of the monochromatic palette with just enough colour - light pinks and greens - for a supremely tasteful and stylish theme.

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Gorgeous Deborah with her maid-of-honour and bridesmaids, holding pastel bouquets wrapped in black and white striped ribbon. Monochromatic done right!
Petter and Deborah came to know of us through two of Deborah's family members, whose weddings we had the pleasure and honour of decorating. In Deborah's words, we were a "tried and tested choice" for them! Our couple, however, live in Singapore, so most the planning and coordinating was done with the help of wedding planner Patricia Chan, and through the wonders of modern technology, e-mail and Whatsapp. For the duration of the wedding planning, we only met our bride twice in the nine months!

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We love a bride who has an idea about what she would like for her wedding, and Deborah had a very clear idea about what she wanted. There were some constraints, unfortunately, regarding flowers that weren't in season, suitability and cost, but her ideas worked wonderfully even with the changes. Deborah had a selection of flowers in mind and chose peonies, hydrangeas and eustomas as main flowers for the arrangements.

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Flower arrangements for the pews, bride-and-groom's chairs, and aisle.
Pink, white and green eustomas for the flower arrangements above, accented with green cymbidium orchids, wispy ferns, and bold, striped ribbon.

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A pastel collection wrapped in black and white striped ribbon for the bridesmaids, a pink bouquet wrapped in black ribbon with white polka dots for the younger ladies.
What a lovely idea to give different bouquets to the elder and younger bridesmaids. We like that the ribbon accents also contribute to the bouquets that look so age-appropriate.

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The beautiful bride makes her way down the aisle with her proud and happy mama.
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The wedding ceremony is underway, and later, Petter and Deborah seal the deal before their priest. A glass vase filled with baby's breath provides an air of sweet romance.
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One of Deborah's favourite parts of her wedding was the church garden that was "transformed into a magical place".
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The send-off in a white Porsche convertible to complete the wedding theme.

Thank you once again, Petter and Deborah, for sharing your special day with us and with our readers. We send you our warmest and best wishes for your new journey together.
"We dealt with many suppliers and vendors during the course of our wedding. We have to say that Wishing Tree proved to offer one of the most professional and outstanding services we experienced in KL, beating several international companies we worked with. Their hard work and patience as well as pride in their services really made our wedding day a magical and special one for everyone, with their beautiful flowers and decorations etched in our memories." - Deborah
Photography  Alan Yong, The Photoz
Wedding planning  Patricia Chan, My Wedding Planner

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Styling and photography with 'The Inside Out Workshop by Jenny Sun'

Earlier this year, our dear friend Sherly Aziz of Tie The Knot told us about a new project she was involved with, and asked if we were interested to be a part of her design/styling team. We said yes! Wishing Tree is always up for fun side projects, especially those that require loads of pretty. The Inside Out Workshop by Jenny Sun was a great chance to indulge the other side of business, so to speak, not to mention a great way to mix business with pleasure.

We have many beautiful photos from the workshop, many thanks to Joshua K of Inlight Photos!

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Welcome to 'The Inside Out Workshop by Jenny Sun' in Kuala Lumpur

Jenny Sun is a Sydney-based wedding photographer who travels around the globe wherever her work takes her. Since 2011, Jenny began holding photography workshops - the first of which was in Singapore, and the second in Sydney the year after. 'The Inside Out Workshop by Jenny Sun' in Kuala Lumpur was her third and most recent one, a 3-day intensive practical workshop held on 28-30 June 2013 at Wanaka The Bungalow in Damansara Heights.

Jenny's workshops are for anyone who loves photography and wants to develop their style and business. She covers topics on shooting, lighting, workflow and editing, as well as business and branding - some of the most important lessons on becoming a better photographer and entrepreneur! She keeps her workshops small, at around 20 participants, to ensure sufficient 1-on-1 time. As with her previous workshops, bookings were closed within a week despite a participation fee of RM3,000 per person.

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As a newlywed and with a budding business as a wedding planner and stylist in 2009, Sherly quickly became a fan of Jenny's photography and especially loves the photographer's vintage aesthetic and styling. When her friend and industry colleague, Joshua K from Inlight Photos, mentioned Jenny's plan for a workshop in KL but didn't have time to organize it, Sherly asked if she could have the pleasure of planning it for Jenny. And that's how Wishing Tree became a part of Sherly's "dream team" together with Trulyscrumptious and  weekendiminlove.

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Bathed in glorious sunlight both indoors and outdoors, with a spacious garden, Wanaka The Bungalow was the perfect location for the photographers.

Sherly worked her magic over three months of preparation, her inspiration coming from a "fabulous tree in the garden". The earthy space was a wonderful canvas for a rustic romance theme with shabby chic details. "I wanted the participants to leave with a memorable experience of a fun and pretty 3-day affair by adding little details in personalized stationery and goodie bags, the desserts and the overall atmosphere. After all, they are photographers and would love to capture all the pretty details!"

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What a load of pretty details! The flowers by Wishing Tree, of course. Keeping the colour palette to a minimum with brown, green and white, Sherly was able to play with beautiful pastel colours coming from the flowers, the dessert and some props, creating quite a wonderland for the photographers.

As a stylist, Sherly is a huge fan of props but advises that props are just to enhance your theme. "Don't go overboard and end up cluttering your set up. A few good props make a huge difference; they don't have to be expensive but something that suits your style and venue."

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There is so much inspiration sources out there, say Sherly, which sometimes leads to an overcrowding of ideas on the drawing board. Learning to cut out ideas and shorten your decorations list isn't going to be the easiest thing to do when you're hopped up on design and styling inspiration, so to make your wedding or engagement party stand out, use ideas that are personal to you as a couple and keep editing your inspirations to choose the details that mean the most to you.

We were very fortunate to have great weather during the workshop, seeing how unpredictable our weather has become. The lighting was fabulous and our photographers were happy.

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A section of the outdoor set up in the garden at Wanaka The Bungalow

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The wonderful thing about rustic, vintage, or shabby chic themes is that your vases, ornaments, accessories and props do not have to be expensive, matching, or in perfect condition. It helps to have an eye for details and a touch of creativity, Sherly explains. For the DIY bride, her advice is to start early and look for good bargains at flea markets, arts and crafts fairs, or even at places your travels take you. However, if you are struggling to put your ideas together, an expert will be more than happy to lend a helping hand. But do scout around for vendors who can work within your budget.

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Floral arrangements need not be huge or larger-than-life, as you can see in the photos above. Small arrangements in mismatched glass jars, metal cans, porcelain jugs (you get the idea) can all make a big difference. The trick is to cluster more of them together in larger, more open spaces, or use them individually on smaller props or furniture.

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Displaying your wedding cake or desserts does not always have to be on a table top. See how pretty they look on top of wooden crates? If you're having an outdoor wedding party, get fun and creative! We love that the cakes complement the rustic romance/vintage/shabby chic theme as well as the natural atmosphere of the venue. That's not something we see very often at weddings. Great job, Sherly and the team at Truly Scrumptious!

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We hope that you've been inspired by the gorgeous styling of Sherly and the beautiful photos by Joshua K. We are so happy to have been a part of this event by Jenny Sun!

At the end of the day, says Sherly, styling is all about the "the pretty" and getting an expert stylist will keep you up to date on trends, help create fresh designs, choose colour palettes and provide advice or guidance on venues, tablescapes, customizing your decor from scratch, or sharing info on the best places to source for props and accessories. Happy styling!!

Venue  Wanaka The Bungalow
Stylist  Tie The Knot
Photography  Inlight Photos
Flowers  Wishing Tree
Stationery  weekendiminlove
Dessert  Truly Scrumptious

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