Monday, July 22, 2013

Sean and Fika's "modern vintage" inspiration at Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Congratulations, dear Sean and Fika! We are honoured to have been a part of big day held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us and our readers!

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A bright centerpiece for the bridal table adds much cheer to the ambience.

Over the past few years we have been seeing an increase of wedding receptions being held in nice restaurants, in addition to the norm of having them in hotel ballrooms. Restaurants are perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings if you're not inviting hundreds of guests. We enjoy decorating weddings for both types of venues but there's definitely a little more challenge with restaurants as their identities play a huge role in shaping our design inspiration. Things to take into account are the architecture, interior design, ambience, even its energy.

We can't wait to show you Sean and Fika's beautiful wedding reception in Villa Danieli, photographed by the talents at The Photoz and organized by the wonderful wedding planners, Natasha and Sharon of The Peak Xperience.

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Fika has always loved the rustic feel of old Italian buildings and decor while Sean likes all things vintage, so our couple came up with "modern vintage" for their wedding theme. Neither of them wanted a big, ballroom wedding, and with a guest list of about 120 of their closest family and friends, they wanted a warm, inviting and intimate reception. Villa Danieli at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur couldn't have been a more perfect venue for this wedding, wouldn't you agree?

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Villa Danieli is an award-winning restaurant styled after a trattoria, with a warm, inviting interior. We chose a complementary colour palette of pale yellow, pale pink and white blooms, using Fika's guidelines for "pale versions of bright coloured flowers", which was what we would have also chosen given the rich colours and dark furniture of the venue. The glow of candle light through out the venue made the evening very atmospheric and romantic.

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Going with the rustic ambience of Villa Danieli, we used rectangular, wooden boxes filled with roses, hydrangea and silver leaf for some of the floral arrangements. These were perfect for the long guest tables and dividers in the restaurant, not forgetting, a nice complement to the glass vases for the other floral arrangements.

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The bridal table was cosy and circular, so we created a simple and lush centerpiece consisting of several low arrangements in glass vases, encircled with candles of different shapes and heights.

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Textures abound in this modern vintage wedding reception! From guest tables to decor, tableware to the wedding cake, it was a feast for the senses no matter where you were seated. The beautiful and elegant cake was baked by Man Kwan of Passionate Cakes.

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We love this little alcove in the restaurant, featuring a long table with low pendant lamps and lots of dark wood. Here, we kept the floral decor to a minimum considering the multitude of textures and dark colours, while not blocking the view of guests seated on the inside of the alcove.

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Once again, many thanks to our wonderful couple Sean and Fika. We had a great time decorating your wedding, and we wish you all the best on your new journey in life together. Fika and Sean sent us a message, which we would like to share:
"When we had a first look into the venue, before the reception started, our jaws dropped open! The decor was high above our expectations and truly made our wedding dreams. Our guests were also dazzled by the beauty. Lily and her team understood our vision and made it reality. Thank you so much, Lily and team, for helping make our dream wedding come true; we will remember this evening for years to come."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Julius and Katherine's colourful garden wedding at Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa

Congratulations, Julius and Katherine on your nuptials and for pulling off such a fun daytime wedding ceremony. With the expertise of their wedding planner Natasha from The Peak Xperience and master photographer Jim from JLP, this was surely a wedding to remember.

It's been a while since we decorated a wedding themed after a movie. Like Benjamin and Clarine's wedding, styled after 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Avatar', Henry and Joveyn's 'Avatar' inspired evening and Pink and Ivan's 'Moulin Rouge' vintage boudoir. It is a great way to come up with a wedding theme if the bride and groom to be share favorite movies or shows. Pick one that both of you love, and run with the ideas!

What do you think Julius and Katherine chose for their garden wedding theme?

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A colorful garden wedding in the tropics features balloons and pomanders with yellow daisy, rose spray and white freesia.
The venue of this lovely garden wedding was Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa in Cyberjaya. Their inspiration: the Pixar animated film 'Up'! We love the use of balloons against a lush, green backdrop of Malaysia's tropical outdoors. But be sure to use colours from the same palette as your wedding theme!

An indoors section was set up for guests to register and enjoy some light refreshments while browsing pre-wedding photographs.

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Pink, yellow, orange and purple gerberas for colorful tabletop posies.
We created tabletop posies in the same theme as the garden set up, in light pink, dark pink, purple, yellow and orange gerberas. Table arrangements don't have to be big to make their presence felt, just interesting and unique. A little bit of height makes a big difference if the arrangements are small.

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The bridal bouquet is a bright pop of colour, featuring roses, rose spray and freesia.
Katherine's bright bridal bouquet stayed true to the wedding theme, featuring a pop of colour from the roses, rose spray and freesia. This was actually Katherine's second bouquet as the first one was used in the morning and had withered a little by the time this garden ceremony took place.

Just a little advice to wedding planners, brides, or friends and family responsible for the flowers: do keep our hot and humid weather in mind especially if you are holding your wedding outdoors, or if your wedding day involves a long day of being outdoors. Keep a backup bouquet on hand, or at least be able to hustle one up quickly when a second bouquet is required for later in the day.

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Cherry blossoms frame the entrance to the garden wedding.
Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa provided the cherry blossoms used to decorate the entrance into the garden wedding venue. It looks very pretty, doesn't it?

After the wedding ceremony in the garden, the wedding party moved indoors. Our couple wanted a an elegant and romantic evening for their guests and themselves to enjoy while sitting back and relaxing, so they requested a simple and classic decor with Tiffany Blue and white for the colour theme.

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Bridal table centerpiece, bursting with phalaenopsis, roses and hydrangea.
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The base of the centerpiece arrangement features mirrored boxes, white calla lilies and hydrangea, white candles and silver beaded candle holders.
When the lights were turned down, the ballroom became quite a feast for the senses. There is simply no equal to the warm glow of candle light when it comes to creating romantic ambiences.

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Tall floral arrangements and candles on Tiffany Blue boxes to line the walkway.
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It is in the little details that make a great centerpiece amazing.

Thank you so much, Julius and Katherine for sharing the most important day of your life with us and our readers! May your new life together be filled with much love, wonder and adventure.

A note from Julius and Katherine:
"We were initially very worried about the budget and the distance we had to travel for the meeting with Wishing Tree since we were residing some distance away from the venue. However, Lily and her team were able to accommodate our needs and to provide the best service despite the difficulty in meeting up. Ultimately, the wedding was beautifully designed. We are pleased to have engaged Lily and her team and have no regrets at all. Thank you so much!"

Wedding planner  Natasha Khoo from The PeakXperience
Photography  Jim Liaw from JLP

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