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Fruity Rustic Charm @Food For Thought

Wedding of Apple and Ben, photographed by AndroidsinBoots.

When Apple came to look for me, she had loads of awesome ideas. Things i wished i would have done in my own wedding. She wanted foliages, she wanted soft willowy look and she wanted fruity ( as per her name! ). in short, what she wanted was extremely rustic and if you wanna go full force rustic i assumed the outdoors or somewhere airy. However, her love for pancake also cannot be forgotten. Choosing Food for Thought at the National Museum as her venue, here comes the big challenge.

We will have to find a way to tie in the rustic look with the strong and solemn interior of National Museum of Singapore. And most of the time, floral decor is the best way to go about it. With Apple’s heirloom items and with the excellent photography skills of AndroidsinBoots, and a touch of flowers may i present A&B’s wedding at Food for Thought.

 

Apple specifically asked for an oversized bouquet and as flowy as possible. Using peonies, vintage roses, strawberries, little pineapple pods, spirea and assorted wild mix. I tried my best to create the biggest bouquet of my life.  Dangling the strawberries is freaking hard work. applebouquet.jpg

At their wedding, Apple created their own wedding sign and Apple’s dad created a rack filled with memories for the couples. I simply adorned the frame and sign with fruity garlands.

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Apple also used a vintage sewing machine her grandma gave her as solemnization table. Circling the theme, the couple gave measuring tapes as wedding favors and scoured vintage stores looking for old vintage drawers as their centerpieces. Vintage drawers contained photos of their parents and themselves, old buttons and thread spools with little flowers.

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Her love for pancakes also allowed me to create a self-serve Pancake station for the guests. And most interesting of all, instead of a traditional wedding cake Apple and Ben opted for a pancake stack as her wedding cake. Pouring maple syrup on it to seal the deal instead of cutting. How apt!

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this has more meaning that cake cutting don’t  you think?!

a funny and unforgettable moment happened when the bride and groom told me his prickly pineapple boutonniere struck her when they were about to kiss.

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Apple & Ben are also photographers and they customized their own photo booth, I designed a simple moon shaped arch as backdrop. Here’s me and my sister elf.

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and lastly some kind words from the couple themselves. I couldn’t be happier how it turned out and really glad that the couple loved it.

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“The Strawberries and Baby Pineapples were definitely a conversation starter at our wedding ! Till today our relatives still talked about my husband’s pineapple boutonniere poking me while we kissed ! Everybody definitely had a good laugh about it.My husband friends ( the guys ) definitely loved the pineapples and warned everyone in the group chat to be careful of hugging the groom lest you get poked as well.
The old folks loved the pineapples as it symbolizes ‘Huat’ good fortune and good blessings for our wedding.
At first i was so worried that my handwritten wedding signage wouldn’t fit in yet Fiona decorated it well with apples and matches my name !
Mixed fruit garland beautify the gigantic plain white photo frame that my father hand made.
Our guests were attracted to take photos in front of the lovely floral wreath backdrop by Fiona.
We had a pancake station and we got Fiona to ‘style’ our wedding pancake ! With her straightforward nature and unique taste, i knew i could trust her to surprise me which she certainly did.
Kudos to her for liaising with the restaurant about the pancake sizes and to work with the limited ingredients on hand.
My family and friends couldn’t comprehend my idea of signing our marriage certificate on my grandma heirloom sewing machine, pancake as wedding cake, apples as decorations. I’m so glad that Fiona supported my idea.
Fiona helped me to cope with the stress of planning the wedding with just 2 months to go and juggling with the home renovations.
She is not just as a stylist but also as a friend with good advice on turning my ideas into reality and even better that what I had envisioned!”

Here’s wishing the couple forever love. big Muacks to them! xxx

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later peeps.

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3 things you should stop doing for your wedding!

Instead of talking about what are the trends for 2016, how ’bout a few wedding stylists coming together to tell you what are the trends that have come and gone ( and should not be repeated till probably 10 years later)?

Together with Shuying of MerryLove Weddings and Liyi of Styled Story, the two most prominent props and concept curators in the local wedding industry we have come up with 3 ideas that have been over and done with. Shuying of Merrylove said locals should avoid doing these for 2016 because its has been done to death in Singapore! Read on brides-to-be.

First, i have to put a disclaimer. these ideas have been used by us before too, but seeing so many self DIYs replicas, if its better than usual its fine but if its carelessly curated and items are chugged into a corner just to fill empty spaces. then please stop ruining your own wedding photos.

A pre-wedding styled shoot should be

  • about the couple – like duh? imagine a bride coming to you in her super glam princess gown with those poofy under things and the wedding stylist advised her to take a in-the-forest shoot. Tak match right?
  • about the story behind the couple – like what are the things you enjoy doing together? even a simple answer like “reading” will give a wedding stylist 1001 ideas on how to style your wedding.
  • pleasantly curated to say the least – its about you and your story. why would you put random things in there that doesn’t mean a single thing to you?
  1. Flee when you see the Teepee

Teepee is so so so passé, it has been overdone (in many cases badly). The original idea of Teepee weddings was first sighted in US, the meaning of it is similar to getting married under a chuppah. It was best used for brides who are wild, free and can totally rock a boho look. It definitely was the best boho trend two years ago, like i said TWO years ago.

Here is a photo of the teepee shot done right.

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Styled by Merrylove Weddings. Floral by Floral Magic. Captured by Bobby Kiran Photography.

here’s an alternative, speak to your wedding stylist for similar symbolic backdrops like door frames.

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refurbished vintage doors by MerryLove Weddings. Floral by Fiona Treadwell.

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Floral & Styling by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Androidsinboots.

2. Stacking Wine Crates or whatever boxes for that matter.

Stacking is a great idea, wine crates just because its free and you can pick it up from a wine shop is awesome. But what the hell are you putting in there matters, no?  Putting books i geddit ( everyone read mah ), poms poms i geddit ( its colorful, it adds texture, its pretty ). I see people putting empty jars, bottles with no flowers, a bedside lamp ( ???) , colorful straws (wtf?), rattan balls ( ok unless you are Singapore’s sepak takraw couple?) and nothing in it??

what i am trying to say is, it doesn’t tell anything about you. and if its not pretty, what can be more meaningless? so speak to someone who cares in the first place, anal about putting things in there that means something rather than to fill up spaces and someone aesthetically inclined would help, really.

Styled story uses crates as side accents to these florals but as you can see the ornate gold frame steals the show. and this is how it should be done.

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Styled by Styled Story. Florals by With Every. Captured by Multifolds.

most stylists also used these crates simply to elevate heights, to create layers and basically stacking to create space. but bear in mind, do you even have that much stuff to put in it?

instead of using wine crates, try using these nicely aged ladders, vintage suitcases or even vintage bar cart to elevate height.

 

3 . Dreamcatchers – another boho trend that came and gone with the wind.

I have done it personally. Used it for a couple of weddings then realized it is impractical for outdoor shoot and basically doesn’t tally if theres no bed in the picture. The idea of a dreamcatcher is to sieve out your bad dreams and let the good ones through right? ok, unless you sleep under the tree or at the wedding venue, otherwise then what? right now, dreamcatchers should be pinned under the interiors board for your new up and coming flat. not on your wedding board.

Shamelessly, I have to say we did it right with this pic.

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Styled by Merrylove Wedding. Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell and captured by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels.

In place of Dreamcatchers, I also see the trend of Macramé backdrops. Hence, hand-knotted by myself.

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hand-knotted macramé backdrop and styled by Fiona Treadwell. Captured by Bloc Memoire Photography.

Alright, till the next post!

 

xxx

FT

** thank you SY and Liyi for your inputs and vetting!

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Wild Child Maternity Shoot

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photography by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels Photography

Concept & Styling by Merrylove Weddings

Floral & Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell

Lingerie by Lover

Robe by Olivesuite

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The grand idea came when ( of course ) i got pregnant, my last pregnancy was a breeze and I really thought i had the pregnancy glow the first time. So this time and DEFINITELY my last pregnancy, i really wanted to document it. When i first told the crew i was pregnant, it seemed like a sure thing to do. Shuying and Fiona were super excited and I definitely got hyped. But then, the nausea came, the cramps came, the acne came, the-whatever-you-can-think-of-pregnancy-symptoms all came I kinda was bouncing around the idea again. Shuying was however reassuring as she is, told me this would be my last time…

Shuying of Merrylove took the liberty to conceptualize something that was truly me, a boho-chic wild child moodboard. Xara Lee, my go-to makeup artist would doll me up, while Fiona of Smittenpixels would be the designated photographer. Celeste from Olive Suite to the last minute rescue with the chantily lace robe. Yup an all girls team, but come to think of it, its so ironic. If you are going to be in lacey-see-through-undies. half naked with a big belly and then showing the world your photos, who cares if you have an all girls team or not. but whatever it is, it made me more comfortable as they were people i worked with all the time.

Shuying’s moodboard made my heart flutter, a bed in the lush greenery. my boudoir shoot is in the woods, like where a wild child should be. hence, she and her elves had to drag a bed and lotsa fluffy pillows into the forest. and the typical me would be, if theres a bed there should be dream catchers. so i DiY-ed a few dream catchers and hung it on trees. and so this materialized…

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we shot late in the evening, where the lights are about to dim to create that dreamy feeling. to be honest, i don’t really enjoy taking photos. much less alone. I was really skeptical and feeling the jitters but the girls were reassuring. and i am glad i did it. I felt bad for Fiona though, she had a lot of ideas and poses for me but i shot them down one by one. Eh i don’t wanna show armpits so don’t ask me put my hands up ah, i told her. And because i was never in front of the camera alone before, i never knew how tiring it could be as well. I thought just standing there was easy, by the end of 1.5 hours i was ready to call it quits. But i am glad i managed to squeeze another 15 minutes out of myself… stay tuned to the end.

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I don’t really know what i wanted to do, but i knew for sure what I don’t want to do. I don’t want those typical maternity boudoir shoot wearing white in the bedroom kind of shots. And having a professional stylist as a friend really helps, Shuying knows me well by now i would say and Fiona definitely knows me but is still trying to push my boundaries. youngsters these days! Its a good thing though, I am a huge fangirl fan-mom of her work. simply because her photos always look clean and exude so much class. It couldn’t be anyone else doing my maternity shoot.

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If you haven’t heard, Xara is my go-to makeup artist. I kept wanting to explore other make up artists but just couldn’t let her go. sounds like an obsessive boyfriend i know but its really hard to find someone you are comfortable with and knows all your facial flaws and then transforms you into something graceful and beautiful. if you think how i look is who i am then you are wrong, i don’t act demure at all. all my friends said, i look prettiest if i sit still and i keep my mouth shut. The thing i like about Xara is, how she does my brows and eyes.

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so i was all tired out after this, but there are some more locations that we really want to feature. there are not many places in Singapore left that is not going to be urbanized, as we speak these places are now slowly being demolished. So i persevered for another 15minutes and Fiona managed to get some great shots out of it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, and i dare say we now do it right. so preggers please come forth if you want a conceptualized shoot for yourselves or your family. not only preggers, we are also calling out to all women for boudoir shoots.

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thanks for reading!

and till the next post

tata

fiona t

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Red Hot Wedding @ Marmalade Pantry

huat arhhh!!!! i cannot think of another way to start this blogpost, this was supposed to be a cny post, later postponed to v-day post then now i dunno how long more i can procrastinate to write a blogpost.

It was one of the most fun wedding i had to do, the brief was everything i wanted in a wedding. bride and groom were so easy-going and at the same time detailed, they prepared a presentation of themselves ( their results of their personality test! ), the colors they wanted, and what they envisioned their wedding to be like. and their brief to me was what every wedding stylist and florist would be happy to hear.

spray painted animals ( hippos and t-rex), bride wanted red for everything but rustic and a succulent bar to give the party-goers as take home gift ( double-up as a table menu). PERFECT!

His & Hers Bouquet: Hers was made up of Bright Red Roses, Mimosa, Dyed Eucalyptus, Spray Garden Roses, Gold Wheat. His was made up of Wheat and Spray Garden Roses.

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Solemnization took place in the open field at Marmalade, a simple affair. Decorated with an arch, aisle flowers, candle lit jars and plenty of balloons. Ring pillow has been substituted with a mortar signifying unbreakable bond. Page boy wearing a mini corsage and the flower girl wearing her own floral crown and a pomander by yours truly. Guests later released balloons.

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Just when the guests were checking in, they were greeted by a succulent bar with pretty receptionists. Succulents were re-potted into terracota pots that i dip-dyed in red and gold paints. Some were wrapped in burlap, which is also a part of their wedding theme. But they weren’t just wall flowers, these succulent planters also served as a main course menu as it was a free-seating arrangement.

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@souldeelight was here, i mean in writing. she wrote the initial draft, i simply copied it to the chalkboard.

@souldeelight was here, i mean in writing. she wrote the initial draft, i simply copied it to the chalkboard.

In the diner, the couple wanted a reception space to display the memorabilia they have accumulated over the years, both love photo-takings so they have an old school polaroids and camera. Most importantly, they wanted a wedding cake as well. I was in charge to look and designed the cake, hence i was very excited. it turned out beautifully.

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I really had fun preparing this wedding, spray painting and then sprinkle glitters on these animals to be used as part of table centerpieces. Paper fans and yarn art as backdrop, everything was DIY-ed by myself to help couple add in a personal touch for their wedding.

Thank you A&C for your trust, Sharol from Eternal Emotion for liaising with me. Thank you 50fifty for the great shots, i had too many to choose from. And lastly my elves for that day! Even the staffs from Marmalade were exceptionally helpful!

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and my favorite picture of the bride, groom and entourage

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Venue: Marmalade Pantry

Photography: 50nfifty

Planner: Sharol from Eternal Emotion

Floral and styling : Fiona Treadwell ( @fionatreadwell)

Cake: Strictly pastry

Calligraphy: Souldeelight (@souldeelight)

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Romantic Rustic @ The White Rabbit

N&W are a pair of priceless couple. she looks awesome in her glasses on her wedding day, no one can carry that off except her. he is endearing in nature, sweet and secretly quirky. so they came to me rather last minute, the moment i met them i knew they are going to be so much fun. they handmade concrete planters as take home favors, laser cut wooden name plates as escort cards and we DIY-ed succulent chalk board tins for guests to bring home.

Solemnization was held at The White Rabbit and they wanted something raw, industrial and rustic for the wedding. It was totally my kind of wedding!

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Bride was a petite girl and obviously doesn’t like too much fluff, so i concocted a sturdier bouquet with eucalyptus, kiera david austins, spray roses and of course a huge succulent to flank it. succulent was added to be consistent with the venue decor at the white rabbit. Groom also wears a succulent boutonniere.

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And a floral crown for her to complete the look. she wore it perfectly!

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The white rabbit is such a versatile location, done a couple of weddings there and every couple brings their own vibe to it. This wedding is by far the most whimsical to date. Couple wanted it simple, raw and industrial. They saw the decor at my place and told me this is it, and i was gleaming from ear to ear. Their reception styling was done with stainless steel frames, chalkboard signage, bricks and their handmade planters. Instead of table centerpieces, they opted for DIY upcycled chalkboard tins. I have to give the bride the credit, i told her there is no way i am going to make so many within a short period of time and she volunteered to do it with me. The end result was spectacular, she was way better than me.

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reception styling is becoming a trend, it basically showcase the couple’s journey together. N&W wanted it raw and industrial, so i incorporated steel frame, bricks, tree barks as photo frame, upcyled chalkboard tins and their handmade planters into the area.

In the dining area, I suggested a long floral garland for the main table and 70 over upcycled chalk board tins as individual table pieces. the upcycled chalk board tins doubled up as table numbers as well.

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main table floral garland

chair swag for the couple. simple posy with home-made “bride” and “groom” signs by yours truly.

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These DIY upcycled tins were really fun to make, i first made them for the Wheeler’s Yard wedding and i thought tweaking it to chalkboard tins would suit them perfectly. I taught the bride to make them and she produced tins good enough to sell.

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I thoroughly enjoyed working with these two, and you don’t know how long i have waited for these pictures to be developed. Again, great job to Androidsinboots and thank you N&W for having me on your big day.

and here’s the sweet testimonial the couple has written for me

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Congratulations again! I adore you both to bits and have a blessed ever after.

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later alligator

xxx

FT

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Peach & Mint Wedding @ The Arts House

 

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photo credit goes to Framewerks

Mint & Peach must be the trending theme of 2013/2014 weddings! This dreamy and lively combination were at its best when I did a wedding at the Arts House. Somehow juxtaposing a modern decor in this colonial house seems appropriate, the palettes toned down the solemn of the place and at the same time carrying out the beauty of the interiors. Solemnization took place in the cabinet hall and proceeded to the beautiful blue room for reception.

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the arts house @ 1 parliament road

paper rosettes of all kinds are handmade by yours truly and of course with the help of my little sister! we especially love the paper rosette lined with lace. we also hand perforated scallops trimmings for some of the bigger ones. also using round punch, we did strings of garlands paired with peach and mint ribbons adorning the silhouette trees.

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paper rosettes and poms

 

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garlands and ribbons on silhouette trees

following their theme, the only flower i could think of complimenting the decor would the almighty david austin roses. the queen of all roses, these coral and pink colored blooms are so dreamy and elegant.  from left, birdcage has been wired with fresh roses doubled up as an angpow box. in the middle, a small posy made of pure david austin roses interspersed with silver leaf and scabosia are made to measure for the petite bride. on the right, mason jars are filled with these coral colored roses and hung the aisle.

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david austin roses

Mint and Peach is definitely one of my favorite theme to be doing this year! The permutations are endless, thinking of it burlap and lace would definitely go well with this color theme!

Lastly, thank you S&A for the kind testimonial written for me. It was definitely my honor to be part of your big day, a valuable lesson i learnt from the both of you and your closed ones would be kindness begets kindness. only then you could have these wonderful and valuable friends and families surrounding you. have a happily ever after you two soul mates.

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not forgetting the awesome lensman behind some of these great pictures, thank you Framewerks!

xxx

FT

 

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Wheeler’s Yard

This wedding was so cool I totally envied the bride’s vision.

When L asked to meet me at Wheeler’s Yard I knew its going to be a wedding to look out for. Armed with lifestyle events management skills, she planned her wedding with such vigor and intricacy all little details are being taken of. From locally designed invites, handmade wishing bracelets as wedding favors, chalk-board inspired backdrop as photobooth and an argentinian barbecue crew nothing at the wedding was being short of cool. of course, with greatest pleasure and honor I was the appointed florist.

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L entrusted me with the floral decor for the venue, if you have never been to Wheeler’s Yard do check it out. It was nominated top 12 hip restaurants for singapore weddings on the wedding scoop. She is so cool in a way that she trusted me entirely with my creations, she gave me an idea of what she wanted to decorate for the place and I improvised along the way. L asked for potted plants to decorate the sitting tables to add greenery to it, instead adding sloppy ferns I opted for up cycled tins of succulents. L wanted dreamy and lacey wedding bouquet but due to uncontrollable weather conditions, I had to trade in Queen’s Lace for a chic bouquet of flowers interspersed with herbs.

I am really proud of the up cycled tins of succulents I made. Because of the tight budget the bride allocated me, I managed to gather metal tins ( thanks to all my friends and my son’s milk powder tins! ) sand them down, painted them and hand drawn every single one. The theme was travel and paper plane was one of their wedding icons that I incorporated into my work.

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paper planes are one of the wedding symbols in the traveling theme wedding, i incorporated it along with banners, hearts and bell flowers. i have also stuck in hand typed fun-facts and how-to’s for the guests’ entertainment.

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succulents in upcycled tins and vintage fonts go impeccably together

the up cycled tins were a huge hit that night, guests were able to take it home as favors and just because they are so easy to take care of its perfect for busy bees like us! Below are some images taken at the venue, all photo credit goes to Eric Eng from Penn Studio Photography. Great job! wheelersyard2 wheelerscoll1

Apart from table decor, L wanted a background to frame her pictures. So, I proposed a makeshift arch using silhouette trees and the bride herself folded paper planes as hanging ornaments.

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folded planes on silhouette trees

solemnization took place on this really old school barnyard looking table with highchairs. instead of using fresh flowers, i aligned the succulent look throughout. applying it on the reception table and the solemnization table.

succulent planters and ribbons on barnyard highchairs

succulent planters and ribbons on barnyard highchairs

Lastly, the bridal bouquet was something I was looking forward to make. L initially wanted a full bouquet of Queen’s Lace which I was so excited about. Not many people would be able to pull that look off, but I am so sure she definitely can carry it out. However due to the bloody weather conditions, I couldn’t get my hands on the Lace. Everything that is a she is so unpredictable and not nice, Mother Nature included. So, in the end I opted for a herbal bouquet. Using white eustomas, veronicas, baby pink roses and interspersed with eucalyptus, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary and dill the bouquet smells heavenly!

infused with herbs - photo credit goes to Eric Eng from Penn Studio Photographers

infused with herbs – photo credit goes to Eric Eng from Penn Studio Photographers

The wedding was a really fun one to make, and to be part of it was really my honor. again, there are many people to thank. My little bro was a great flower elf!

Finally, here’s wishing B&L an everlasting happiness. You guys rock!

xxx

FT

 

 

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