Wednesday, June 30, 2010

To each her own bridal bouquet

Do you remember bridal bouquets of the past? If you can remember that far back, about 10 years and beyond, all we had here were roses or carnations with sprigs of baby's breath or something similar. No one remembered or cared about what brides carried in their nervous hands.

The bridal bouquet does more than give you something to do with your hands; it is the crowning glory for your outfit!

No matter your style, you will always be able to find the flowers, colors and arrangements that best suit your personality and the theme of your wedding. All you need is a little forethought and planning, as your favorite flowers may be seasonal and may not be available for your wedding date.

Here are some of our recent bridal bouquets, which we hope can give you an idea of how different the styles and mood can be, and what kind of bride you would imagine when you see their bouquets :)

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Our bride, Gan Eng, chose to carry a round bouquet (known as "nosegay") of soft pink peonies, pink parrot tulips and pink eustoma - sweet and romantic just like our bride! Peonies are a traditional Chinese symbol of the happy marriage, and tulips represent "the perfect lover".

If you wish to use peonies for your wedding, remember that they are seasonal and available from May to June and October to December. Tulips, on the other hand, are available all year round but they will require advanced reservation.

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Left: Jun Yee's bouquet, Right: Caroline's bouquet

For our bride Jun Yee, who chose a Classic English theme for her wedding, she carried an elegant bouquet of lady pink roses and pink hydrangea with a touch of white eustoma and a modern twist with rust orange calla lilies.

Calla lilies represent a majestic beauty, and its unique shape and color is wonderfully used as part of a monochromatic color palette mixed with other flowers of different shades. The combination of flower types truly tantalizes the eye with its textures while maintaining its sweet, romantic mood with a contemporary touch. All flowers in this bouquet are available throughout the year and easy to obtain.

Caroline chose an all-white theme with a touch of green for her classic European wedding - a theme that is mirrored in her bridal bouquet as well. Comprising white roses, white eustoma and white phalaenopsis, Caroline's quiet elegance and beauty is also represented in her romantic bouquet. The flowers in this bouquet are also available all year round.

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This bouquet is a little bit different, as it represents both the bride and her groom! Our bride Melissa loves the color green, while her groom loves red.... and we are more than happy to create this special bridal bouquet for the wedded couple. For Melissa's bouquet, we used maroon peonies, white rananculus and African green brazelia for a unique twist. Again, peonies are seasonal and are available from May to June and October to December, while the rananculus and African green brazelia and available all year round.

Caring for your bouquet:
To keep your bouquet looking fresh before your big day, place your bouquet in a vase of water and store in a cool place and in an upright position. During the wedding, spraying your bouquet occasionally will help prevent the flowers from wilting in our hot and humid weather!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Real Wedding: Janice and Desmond

Congratulations, Janice and Desmond! Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day and sharing your wedding with us at the Wishing Tree Blog. Big thanks to Jim Liaw Photography for capturing the lovely pictures.

Janice and Desmond's wedding dinner reception at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur was a picture of romantic, lush elegance.... like the equally elegant bride and groom. Janice was clear about the ambiance and colors she had imagined for the perfect evening reception - a romantic autumn filled with rich, deep hues of reds and maroons, a touch of peach and green. Oh, what lush ideas!

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The centerpiece was a sight to behold, especially against a warm, "golden" backdrop that was easily accomplished with fairy lights and white linen. Touches of white from organza ribbons, candles and the elegant wedding cake really brought the whole theme together.

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Janice and Desmond

Deep red, maroon and peach-colored roses were the stars of the centerpiece, but it was the dendrobium orchids and Anne Black orchids that gave it the winning edge - we love how the tiny Anne Black orchids trail down and around the centerpiece and provide so much texture. Plump cymbidium orchids were arranged on the table together with Salix branches, lots of deep maroon rose petals, candles and even more Anne Black orchids... So much gorgeousness and texture all around!!

If you thought you saw peaches in the centerpiece - you were absolutely right! Fresh and sweet-smelling, the peaches are the perfect complement for the color palette and to "lighten" up the autumnal ambiance.

Janice and Desmond
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The entrance to the ballroom was done up a little bit differently, thanks to Janice's creative input. She did not want the usual flower arch for the doorway. So we created a beam made of branches and decorated with Taiwan ivy and Anne Black orchids. We hung white organza panels from the beam and secured them with posies made from deep red and maroon roses and Anne Black orchids, which were also strung up and put on the organza. We loved the rustic mood of this floral entrance. And lining the walkway of the ballroom - lush floral stands, dripping with Taiwan ivy and organza ribbons, crowned with big, beautiful roses and lots of candlelight. It's like a grown-up version of Midsummer Night's Dream, but in the autumn!

So, friends, readers, and brides-to-be - don't be afraid to use just one color for your event, whatever the color may be. Whatever you choose is bound to make a sure statement. Just remember to trust your floral designer to create the best ambiance for you and be open with him or her when it comes to ideas :) 

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