flowers, friends, singapore, Uncategorized, Weddings

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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Prelude

i really dislike blogging, i can talk non-stop. so much. even speaking to myself, my 1 and a half year old son and even to my dogs. but i just can’t blog. and i don’t take awesome pictures, so basically the 2 basic ingredients of blogging i don’t fulfill. if i ever have an alter-ego, i will so be called 吐血 tuxue or aka vomit blood.

nevertheless, i will keep doing it. well, the truth is there is so much going on i can blog about. I really had a fulfilled time these 2 months, 8 weddings bouquets i have done and some personal milestones achieved but yet i can’t seem to find enough materials to write one proper post. so here is a mashed up of everything that happened and what’s more to come…

First and foremost, FIONA TREADWELL turned 1! I have many people to thank, my hubby for supporting me relentlessly. he has a day job but work weekends for me. my parents, ever so supportive of what i do and helping me so much with my kid. my siblings, my bro and his gf are full time FT elves and my sister a source of inspiration. most of my crafts are taught by her! and then my friends backing me up all the time, what more can i ask for in life? really. of course, last but not least, my baby! without his existence, i might still be in that big multinational bank typing away things that don’t matter in life. so, i am very very grateful and blessed to be in this delightful industry!

To celebrate this joyous 1st birthday, FIONA TREADWELL is giving away a load of goodies. One winner from Instagram and Facebook each will receive:

1) $200 online floral voucher from www.fionatreadwell.com
2) 1 pack of FT’s confetti
3) A poster size customized calligraphy by Souldeelight
4) A set of 5 pink and grey honeycomb balls from MerryLove: Wedding Things
5) A set of pretty tassel garlands from Red Carousel

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To enter, simply go to my instagram (@fionatreadwell) comment #iamaftfollower and tag 2 friends or Facebook (/fionatreadwell) to share the post and tag 2 friends. contest will end on the 13th of July and winners will be announced on the 14th of July. Only applicants in Singapore need apply! good luck all!

and so, as i was saying how blessed and grateful i am to be in this industry i have to commend my old and new friends that made this journey thus far so enjoyable. my “first” friends were Haolun ( from Framewerks Photography) and Yihui who graciously let me floralize their whole wedding. It was the kickstarter wedding, their wedding doesn’t only meant a lot to them but for me i will always remember. not only did they gave me an opportunity but also a direction and motivation to pursue my dreams. will be forever grateful to both of them.

not long after FT was found, i met the super-mom cum merry-maker genius. founder of Red Carousel, Wynona. The first time i met her, even after i told her i was going in the same direction as what she is doing she still shared trade information with me. She was utterly generous, i really couldn’t believe it. Today, i consider her a mentor, a friend and respected colleague.

and along the way of course, people in the industry always bound to cross paths. Singapore is how tiny?! but it is definitely a series of very fortunate events that i met many more awesome people. Androids in Boots were one of them, they were also the videographer for my Wedding Day, and needles to say their work is impeccable. ( my hubs and I still will pull up the video once in a while to reminisce our big day! ) 2 brothers at the helm, you can expect seamless coordination between the two and be assured nothing goes unnoticed at your wedding. AiB and I have also worked on one styled shoot together and I cannot be any happier how my bouquet turned out, in film nonetheless. More photos to come and then i promise i will do a proper blogpost.

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And I kept making friends, which i thought i was done making friends when i was working in the banking industry. any suspicions, backstabbing and politically incorrect behaviors are non-existent to me. whatever the hell was politically incorrect anyways, at a daily basis i get to be myself. talk the way i want to, dress the way i want to ( even though sometimes my hubs might say its in the incorrect age group. ) and reply my emails the way i want to. this is just simply because, weddings and party making are such joyous occasions and if client likes your style they are likely to follow you. similar to how a girl likes her bags, all made of leather but if you are a Chanel kind of girl or Gucci kind of girl. on the same note, i want to be the Hermes kind of girl in the floristry world.

So just adoration for pretty florals isn’t enough, I was thinking of how i can enclose beautifully written calligraphy to my couples and recipients for my bouquets. Thus entered the most dee-lightful person on earth i met, she reminds me of bubbly champagne and the word ‘delighted’. of course its Dee from Souldeelight, I kept forgetting she’s a lens-woman too but because I am just too captivated by her words. This is an industry whereby all connections you make will be in your favor, she has given me so much assistance and support as a newfound friend so far I am immensely honored. of course, my scratchy chicken feet calligraphy still needs practice, meanwhile Dee is here producing scrolls of beautiful quotes for my lovely couples. We are another dynamic duo that have so much ideas for each other, mostly she has more ideas for me but she is definitely here to stay!

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And a few other newfound friends I found would be the lady boss of MerryLoveWeddings, another wedding specialist! We are again in this same competitive industry but once again she’s the one that understands my predicament, we talked about how our husbands sigh when they see more packages coming in and how its nice to have “colleagues” in this small industry. Another young but totally NOT inexperienced one would be the girl with the same name, Fiona of SmittenPixels. She made me think of what i did when i was young(er) a lot, she’s in her early 20s creating something important and impactful. And as for me…… what past has past, sigh. 20s is almost over! Pffftt Same group i met Pearlyn from Pearlyn Law Makeup, so young so skillful and so mature! They made me laughed a lot during our styled shoot, gave me a lot of hope that Singapore is not churning out unoriginal robots but talented ones and lastly reaffirming me that I am still young!! Here’s the final product of all our laughter and happiness with the humble couple of the day, Brad from Ladyironchef and Melody.

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So while I am still young, even though i started late. its still never too late to learn. I have never talked about how i got into this trade, but its another story for another day. I am a totally hands-on and intuitive person, as much as i agree to life-hacking and making it up as you go, i would still love to go to formal training. but i have to keep telling myself, going to a floral school doesn’t mean i am conforming to the norm but to learn the tricks of this industry. This summer i will be going to the Floral School of New York for some intensive lessons! And honestly I can’t wait! I will take loads of photos and update my progress in New York for my floral adventures!

Meanwhile, I will keep creating weddings and making girls happy!

#ilovemyjob

xxx

FT

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