Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Real Wedding: Lauren and Hua Yew

Several years ago, Lauren received her first bouquet of flowers from Hua Yew on Valentine's Day. She loved the bouquet very much. Since that day she had always known that if she got married in Malaysia, the florist where her first bouquet came from would do the flowers for her wedding.

And that is how Wishing Tree became a part of Lauren and Hua Yew's big day.

Congratulations again, Lauren and Hua Yew, on your marriage. We are honoured to have been there at the beginning of your courtship, and all the way to the altar -- what a privilege indeed. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us, and with our readers!

(All photos by Fifoto Photography)

Lauren planned the wedding herself, while living and working in Singapore with Hua Yew. She started planning about a year in advance, and booked Wishing Tree the moment she booked her reception venue at Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel. This is no small feat, for working bride to personally plan two weddings in two different weddings! But of course, Lauren is no ordinary bride.

Our couple wanted an elegant, tasteful wedding with a fresh and natural atmosphere. Green and white were their favorite theme colours. Thanks to Lauren and her vision for their wedding reception, here are more snapshots of their wonderful wedding:

For a pop of texture and glamour, we used diamante accessories to bring more life into the green and white theme. Such a simple yet effective layer, as diamante ornaments are pretty easy to find.

The greens were arranged "organically", with varying sizes, heights, textures, structures and shades...

We hung many green and white paper lanterns on several large, leafless trees throughout the ballroom. They helped to break the visual monotony of green and white flowers with their height and spherical shapes. This is something we like to do when a design theme is focused heavily on a particular colour or one type of flower, etc.

Above is one of general views of the ballroom from the entrance. The central walkway is flanked by tall floral arrangements heavy with lush orchids and flowing ivy.

We at Wishing Tree, are truly honoured to have been a part of your big day. We are very pleased that you, your husband, and your guests have enjoyed the flowers -- nothing makes us happier than to hear that your experience with us has been a positive one. A little note from our bride reads:

"My guests from all walks of life and who attended from all around the world could not stop commenting on how beautiful the flowers were, and how amazing the decor was in the church and in the grand ballroom. Lily totally transformed the ballroom within my budget and I wish I could relive the moment again..."

Thank you once again, Lauren and Hua Yew. Best wishes from all of us, always!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Real Wedding: Mike and Stephenie

Our heartiest congratulations to Mike and Stephenie! Thank you for choosing us to provide the ambience for your big day. We are honored to have been a part of your wedding.

Our bride, a reader of the Wishing Tree Blog, stumbled across the blog some time ago and "instantly knew she would trust Wishing Tree with the decor", Mike tells us. "Looking at previous entries confirmed that Wishing Tree would be able to give us what we were looking for -- elegance and simplicity." We have been decorating weddings for 14 years, yet we still get butterflies in our stomachs when we are entrusted with this responsibility!

This is the first time we are featuring a wedding reception held in Teeq Brasserie at Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur. It is nice to see that increasingly more couples are opting to celebrate their weddings in more "unconventional" venues. Mike and Stephenie did not plan a traditional Chinese wedding, which meant no huge Chinese restaurants and hotel ballrooms. And so they found Teeq -- a chic, rooftop venue, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with amazing views of the city's skyline.

A big "thank you" to the talented Andy Kho, a personal friend of the couple and official photographer for Hello Magazine Malaysia, for the wonderful photos to remember this evening by.

By the way, did we mention that they planned the wedding while pursuing medical careers in the UK? Together with our couple's input and direction and Teeq's in-house manager, Cleopatra Tan, we made sure that Mike and Stephenie could rest assured that their big night would go without a hitch.

Teeq is an architecturally and visually appealing venue, with woody textures and earthy tones. The interior decor, dominated by glass, stripes and deep plum furniture, was perfect for simple and elegant arrangements that were yet stunning enough to hold their own.

There were two types of seating options at Teeq -- at the regular dining tables, and at the semi-circular booth tables. Hence the two types of table arrangements, as seen above and as you will see below.

Large arrangements of fresh, white orchids perched proudly on tall, slender glass vases immediately catch your attention as you enter the dining area. Our bride and groom were clear on what they wanted -- "clean designs and simple colours", and we truly appreciate the Powerpoint slides that Stephenie created to best convey her ideas and direction from such a distance.

We can't say this enough, although we try and prompt brides and grooms as much as possible -- but it is always so important for clients to tell us what they want or what they love, what they don't like, and share their ideas with us, no matter how "crazy" they think the ideas sound. Every input you give us goes onto our inspiration board for your event, and they help us create to your heart's desires. Or at the very least, the closest we can get.

For us, we loved the venue of Mike and Stephenie's wedding reception -- it was a reflection of the couple's tastes and personalities. But most of all, we loved Stephenie's favorite part of the wedding -- getting to know Mike's family members, some of whom had traveled from afar whom she had never met before. "The small and intimate setting meant that guests could mingle easily, and the atmosphere was a much more personal one," says our bride.

Thank you again, dear Mike and Stephenie, for sharing your lovely wedding with us! We wish you all the best in the UK and hope to see you again.

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