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The Wedding Tea Party – Autumn Affair

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I recently hosted a Wedding Tea Party strictly for brides ( not exactly strictly as there was a poor groom-to-be nestled amon

gst the roses ). The aim was to have a cozy afternoon of sipping teas andtalk all about weddings. I previously hosted The Wedding Tribe which was more like a one-stop shop for indie vendors, gathering of 12 different vendors in a venue. This time round, I wanted something more interactive and engaging. Not just for the attendees but also for vendors themselves. We have always been in our own roles, so its good to understand other roles and see how we can complement each other. The highlight was definitely being able to exchange thoughts, hence we incorporated Speakers and dialogue sessions.

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Host & Organizer – Fiona Treadwell
Co-Host – Nilufer Tea

Guest Speakers

Fiona Treadwell for flowers and styling
Wilson from Androidsinboots for Photography and Videography
Cheryl from Wedding Concepteur for Wedding Planning

Sponsors

Kiyone+LIM for manicures
Itto+LIM for hairstyling
XOXO & CO. for Tiffany and chairs
Wedding Knots by Lavish for the scrumptious buffet
thank you for the above vendors and sponsors. the event was fruitful because of everyone’s participation.

MINGLING SESSION & MINI MAKEOVERS

Brides were encouraged to mingle around with the other brides. Indulge with hair blow-outs and quick mani and pedi with Kiyone+Lim and Itto+Lim. Having small bites and discussing dresses over teas. These vendors are also curated for Wedding purposes, Kiyone provides Wedding-centric manis outside of their quirky usual nail arts that are so subtle yet beautiful . Itto+Lim does not only provide your day-to-day hair dream but also does wedding hairdos and makeup. Wedding knots by lavish also provide the yummy treats and other catering services whereas Nilufer Tea is an artisan organic tea house that wishes more brides will opt for beautiful tea favours to present to their guests. One special mention would be XOXO & CO. who provided the beautiful Tiffany and Ghost Chairs, they literally saved the day! I had only assorted 15 chairs and were expecting 25 of you so I had to call her one day before the event! I have worked with XOXO a couple of times and have gathered quite a few good feedbacks from my clients. Having friendors ( friends + vendors ) like this is definitely handy!

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THE REASON BEING ALL BRIDES ONLY

well, boys boys boys. Most of the Singaporean boys are not very helpful when it comes to aesthetics stuff. When you ask them which one is nicer? they can’t even tell the difference. Give them a series of pink, they are going to tell you they look the same. When it comes to flowers, worst! They will ask if its even needed since its going to die in a day. This was why I created TWTP just for brides, girls have so much to talk about and imagine if all the brides are gathered together they can do their research and learn from each others studies, its a win-win situation. I had in mind a community of brides willing to share their experiences and hard ways and that was what happened at TWTP. I saw brides exchanging phone numbers and making friends.

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GUEST SPEAKERS

Speaking out is a good way to let others know me and my style for sure. If you were there, you would have known that I am not someone who mince my words and hold back. But I do exercise thoughts into my somewhat strong vocabulary, what I said had to be CONSTRUCTIVE. Its not meant to be insulting, it might not what brides want to hear but it is better to come from your stylist than a guest on your wedding day. E.g “eh that dress makes her a** looks big.” Don’t you wish someone had told you that? Yup, that is my job. If I have a knack at what I do, I must say my knack is being able to put things visually in my head. What goes with what, what colours compliment each other. And WHAT DOESN’T GO WITH WHAT. This seems to be a bigger problem in our wedding community, all brides want everything pretty but they can’t seem to visualise if all of the pretty items match each other.

TWTP was also all about individuality, straying away from cookie cutter weddings. Vendors alike, we do not want to replicate nor reproduce but we are open to create and innovate. My creations stem from you, I want to do something that suits you. Not just pulling visuals from Pinterest and replicate.

Wilson from AndroidsinBoots spoke at the party as well, he was one of the first indie photographers that did styled shoots and recognised the importance of a good team. With the same mindset that photoshoots should be YOU, he also does short consult with the couples before shooting them. He shared a few tips on how to achieve best photo outcomes and apparently bringing your groom-to-be out of Singapore is a great way. I guess thats when they feel like its a place that no one recognises them so they can relax and pose!

Cheryl from Wedding Concepteur joined in to address a few issues they always encounter and most importantly what is the key difference between a planner and a stylist. A wedding planner is good when you have no clue how to start, she already has a network of contacts and preferred partners. She does your timeline and advise on your budget. There are occasions when I witnessed break downs between couples, this can be avoided if there are proper communications and Cheryl did emphasise ways to avoid that and most importantly pre-empt them. And sometimes, it is just better for an objective point of view.

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Q&A

The panel discussion was the most anticipated but also the most nerve-wrecking! I realised Singaporeans don’t like to ask questions in a group but only face-to-face. Well, we have to change that people! There are really no stupid questions, and you asking questions may benefit other participants or spark off a series of other questions as well. Lucky I did a series of polling on IG story the days before. There were really awesome questions asked, one was “what is the benefit of hiring a stylist vs. DIY-ing?”. Another was: ” if I hire the stylist, will the stylist compromise the bride or is it vice versa?”.

Gather more of your questions cos I think we might want to do more of this!

Meanwhile, here are some more photo Androids took for the day!

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thank you guys for coming and look out for more events coming out!

xx

FT

 

 

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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.

From Apple
“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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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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William from Androids in Boots was part of my wedding more than 2 years ago, and i was more than happy to be part of this cool kid’s intimate affair. As home weddings or solemnization are gaining traction in Singapore, I am totally in for that idea. There is no place more appropriate to say your vows apart from your own home, it renews and exemplifies the true meaning of “building a home” together. Sincerely, wishing both of them a blessed ever-after.

Bride & Groom requested for something simple, Bride specifically asked for hydrangeas and gerberas. Using twigs, hydrangeas, roses and gerberas I lined a simple table centerpiece for the solemnization table.

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Bride holds a bouquet of David Austin roses, spray roses and wild blooms.

 

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Even the Land Rover gets a make-over for the wedding day.

 

 

 

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Land Rover as Wedding Car

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Again wishing them both everlasting joy, laughter and love in the house!

 

xxx

FT

Bridal bouquets, flowers, home weddings, singapore

Wedding in da Androids’ house!

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achievements, Bridal bouquets, flowers, singapore

Thirty

its about time to talk about me. couldn’t be better timing than today. the day i have been dreading for the past 30 years. it happened. I AM OFFICIALLY 30.

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about me – photo credit goes to framewerks

so i have staked my name on my work, but how it all started is always the usual question my clients ask.

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flower head – photo credit goes to framewerks

as you know by now, blogging is not my forte. so i will do a Q&A with myself. most questions are asked by my clients most of the time. and most commonly, this is the first question….

Q: why are u chinese but you have angmoh surname ah? are you singaporean anot?
A: oh, thats because i am married to an angmoh lor. yar, born and bred. the name “fiona lim” is very common so fiona treadwell is chosen just because it has a nice ring to it and our marriage is the reason how it all started…

Q: wah! you married ang moh ar? so did you have 2 weddings?
A: indeed! i had 2 weddings, one in new york and another in singapore! and comparatively i enjoyed the one in new york more simply because it was an intimate garden affair. we had tapas in the garden with a boat filled with fresh seafood, flowers bloomed beautifully in spring and lots of dancing afterwards. fresh flowers for bridal bouquets and the wedding entourage is a must! though it was super pretty, i thought my bouquet was too huge and heavy.

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wedding in new york – butterfly release. photo credit goes to betsi ewing

and i had a typical chinese “yum seng” wedding about a year later. the wedding in singapore was more for my parents, thats what i felt. it was grand, showy but it was no lack of fun. though married and by then i already had a son, my hubby still had to go through gate-crashing with his diverse entourage against an all singaporean “jie meis” ( bridesmaids). we still pull up that wedding video every now and then and have a good laugh. the flowers however, was a pain in the ass to coordinate. when i had the most beautiful flowers in new york for almost one fifth the price i was quoted here, i was in shocked!!!!

so this is how it all started, i always loved flowers. i always loved receiving flowers. and sorry to be a flower-snob i hate receiving roses with baby’s breath, gerberas or worst carnations when i wasn’t even a mum back then. and whoever dated me back then knew i heart callas. not any calla lilies, it have to be from holland and in specific shades. my hubs got yelled at me when he sent me a bouquet of yellow callas with a lot of frills many years ago.

when we came back to singapore ( we were residing in hong kong for some time back then) i couldn’t find a suitable florist who would charge me reasonably for a bouquet of exotic flowers for my sg wedding. because everything is EXOTIC IN SINGAPORE! because we don’t grow any and our neighbors grow chrysanthemums, all flowers are expensive. they are expensive because they have to be air freight and kept in appropriate conditions. the freight charges are why it cost so much! so i took things into my own hands, i made my wedding bouquet, wedding corsages for my entourage by myself. and amidst all the wedding madness, i actually enjoyed it.

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wedding in sg – dress by time taken to make a dress and flower bouquet by myself.

Q: so… this is how it started, how did u learn the trade?
A: i learnt by trial and error, i learnt by reading, i learnt by wikihow, i went to floral classes conducted by local florist, i went to community center every week to join the senior citizens arranging flowers, i went to the countries i visited to talk to like minded people, i went to flower markets around the world to learn about them ( the craziest one is the one in tokyo! ) i learnt by unlearning everything i learnt above and make my own rules as i go along. the technicalities of floristry i retained, but the creative and innovative part i have yet to break out.  As you are reading this, i am most probably in class at the New York Floral School.

while business is a part of my life, it is not the entirety of my life. i have a supportive family with a too-cute son. they are the foundation of it all. i am glad that i can run my business according to my rules and most of the time its no holds barred rules. i love experimenting with new things but i do run my shop with a few mottos in life. as stubborn as it is, this is me.

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the tread wells – photo credit goes to framewerks

1. Everything happens for a reason

All the good, the bad. the mistakes, the rights. all the mishaps and happenings lead up to one moment in life that we will never regret. the one moment that you live for.

2. Take a stand

Take a stand in life. if you don’t make enemies, you don’t know who are your allies. Burn those bridges, because there are places in life that you don’t want to go back to. Or those people across the bridge to ever come back to your life.

3. do unto others as you would have them do unto you 

Quoting the bible even though i am not christian. because i believe the circle of life, karma. Someone said karma has no menu and i believe strongly that what you do comes back at you.

This is what i have accumulated for the past 30 years and it has become an important value in life. Thanks for taking the time out to read this. And to those who wished me happy birthday, thank you 🙂

 

xxx

fi

 

 

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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.

the arts house @ 1 parliament road

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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