Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Real Wedding: Christopher and Alison

Gong Xi Fa Cai, dear readers! We hope you have had a lovely celebration with your loved ones, and enjoyed the long weekend. While the Year of the Snake is upon us in 2013, it is Christopher and Alison's wedding that has brought out the wild side in us!

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Many of us love animal prints -- on our bags, shoes, mobile phone cases, furniture, manicures, fashion accessories, et cetera -- but how many of us are brave enough to use bold animal prints on one of the most important days of our lives? Christopher and Alison definitely are a brave, young couple! And kudos to them for decorating their wedding the way they wanted it. Their wedding reception at Hilton Kuala Lumpur was truly a night to remember, not only for our wonderful couple but also their guests.

While Alison and Christopher planned most of their big day, they had some help from Mun Tzin of Milestones for their reception in Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Many thanks to Edwin Tan for the beautiful photos of this amazing wedding, and of course, to our couple for sharing their most treasured life event with us and our dear readers. We hope that this wedding decor will inspire soon-to-be brides and grooms to go with their hearts desires in terms of colors or patterns without worrying about being "tacky" or being "over the top".

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Alison attended a friend's wedding in 2011 that we decorated; she was suitably impressed and contacted us when it was her turn to tie the knot. Our bride tells us that she has always loved animal prints. While she and her future husband were deciding on a theme, they remembered how they loved the decor in a Roberto Cavalli club in Milan, which became their inspiration for a leopard print-themed evening.

The flower arrangement you see on the bridal table (above) has one of the longest list of blooms we have ever used: rustic green hydrangea, dark purple hydrangea, purple iris, green cymbidium, euphorbia leaves, enchinops, encheberia, green fruitcosa and orchid roots. Wishing Tree provided the gold and black drapes for the walls, and did the tailoring for the leopard print cloth sourced by Alison. To ensure that we didn't go overboard with the leopart print, alternate tables were draped in black table cloths provided by the hotel.

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We decided to use the leopard print only on table cloths and as accents on vases and candle holders. Going overboard on animal prints is a big "don't" when you are going for romantic and elegant! The floral arrangements were all about bright colors, textures and small blooms, which would complement the repetitive pattern of the leopard print. We felt that anything more monotonous or with less texture seemed to defeat the purpose of using leopard prints for the ambience that Alison was trying to create.

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When the ballroom lights went out and the purple-tinged spotlights came on, the effect was marvelous and magical. Alison tells us, after the wedding, that her guests loved the decor and some declared that it was the best wedding they had seen! It really makes our day, week and month to receive feedback like this from our brides -- we thank you so much for letting us be a part of your big day, Alison and Christopher.

We wish you both a wonderful marriage, and thank you for sharing this beautiful evening with us and our readers. Just as Roberto Cavalli's animal print-themed club inspired your wedding decor, we hope that yours will in turn inspire other couples to use these bold designs on their big day!

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