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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.

fiona t

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Bridal bouquets, DIY, flowers, Marmalade Pantry, rustic, singapore, succulents, Weddings

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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Fullerton Bay Hotel

seems like Fullerton Bay Hotel is my lucky charm. The affinity I have with this place is a bit intimidating. I used to part time at Fullerton as a learning florist and not long after decorated my first wedding (W&D’s) and now have the honor to do another. Same place,  another couple a total different feel.

And this is when I can exactly highlight the importance of floral and deco. The feel this bride gave me was very vibrant, playful and youthful. She wanted a palette of tiffany blue, pink and orangey hues and so here goes…

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photo credit goes to melvin ho photography

the color palette did brighten the place up. her bridal’s bouquet was made with white eustomas, greenish-pink roses, orange and deep orange spray roses not forgetting hyacinths and ranunculus. Hyacinth florets are hand strung into  trails so it looks like flowy ribbons! all these decor paired with crafty DIYs the bride and groom made, the whole place looks like a playground.

Floral bouquet is also paired with matching hairpieces and matching Groom’s Boutonniere.

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Bride had also requested FT signature long lush solemnization piece. Following the same theme, I used mostly the same flowers however adding in green hydrangeas for some soft touches.

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FT signature solemnization piece – vessel is handmade

overall, the florals really did liven up the place. do check out Melvin Ho’s Photography for the overall look. Through these pictures its as if you could hear the laughter of these people.

Here’s more photos of the bridal bouquet. I know i truly love it when I really want it for myself too.

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his and hers

lastly, some photos of the beautiful couple. Thank you for giving me the joy in creating your wedding pieces and the lovely feedback. FT  sincerely wishes you everlasting happiness.

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thank you for your lovely note!

Happy Blessed Wedding!

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photo credit goes to melvin ho

thanks for reading!

xxx

FT

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despite Valentine’s day being over-rated, i still believe every couple should designate a day ( or more) to give flowers and celebrate over wine. not necessarily the feb of 14th though. even as florists, i say that because prices for flowers were insanely inflated ( a stalk of rose went up to $10 wholesale price, and you wonder why you are getting such a small bouquet? ) and i truly am repulsed by the grab-and-go flowers.

and precisely this is the reason why i only do customization of bouquets, many of my bouquets’ recipients were friends or repeat customers. otherwise, new customers are to provide me with a short description of their girls and some even attached photos! I truly enjoy the process as it definitely gives the bouquet i made a story behind it and thus make the recipients a one-of-a-kind girl. while every girl is sashaying down the road with a classic red-roses-baby’s-breath-bouquet or whatever-it-is-with-baby’s-breath, i say that boat has long sailed and now is the time for more wild and fun flowers.

i definitely had fun making all these creations, i start bouquet by bouquet. choosing the flowers, binding them together and then wrap them up one at a time. it is not a mass production but a very much quiet and serene process in my own home ( at the end it was like a mess ). i think about the girls as i made them; “this bouquet will look great along with the new yellow LV bag her boyfriend got her for V-day”, “this looks great with her red lipstick look”, etc. and this is also why i love my job, its personable and it makes everyone happy. what’s best? i get leftover flowers.

here is a short write-up and thoughts I had while making these bouquets.

classic bouquet with a twist : a reform of the red-roses-with-baby’s-breath, i used 3 different colored roses with italian ruscus in a cascading manner

classic bouquet with a twist

classic bouquet with a twist

peek-a-boo garden : an orangey hue bouquet with roses and ranunculus hidden among mini eucalyptus. this girl is a new found friend when i did her wedding last year, i always feel she has the power to turn something vintagey into something modern and thus give her a bouquet that is subtle but strong in colors.

peek-a-boo is not as subtle as you think with this neon wrapper

peek-a-boo is not as subtle as you think with this neon wrapper

hidden amongst the mini eucalyptus are these ranunculus and yellow roses

hidden amongst the mini eucalyptus are these ranunculus and yellow roses

rustic : a bright wintry feeling is what i am trying to convey. this girl always remind me of winter.

antique colored hydrangeas and wintry eucalyptus set the tone

antique colored hydrangeas and wintry eucalyptus set the tone

lilies : boyfriend asked for lilies and i already like the girl. i always think girls who likes lilies are alluring.

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the sweet smell

pure and simple : baby’s breath. they are always used as fillers. but sometimes these underdogs can be the main actor too. how gorgeous is this bouquet!!

no more underdogs

no more underdogs

for sarah : my brother’s girlfriend, a sweet and simple girl. i wanted a red hued bouquet for her and decided shes too young for it. so i did a match of pinkish undertone with green hydrageas

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sweet young thing

neon sputnik sweetheart : this is an interesting bouquet to make, i chose an array of playful colors inspiring the girl who received this bouquet to break out of her shell. and made it as daring and bold as possible by wrapping it with neon colored wrappers.

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everything playful

red lipstick : if you could see the girl’s face, you will be jealous. this pretty girl only deserves a pretty bouquet. she has this classic face which i thought if she ever wore a red lipstick and carry my bouquet, she will be my poster girl.

will you be my poster girl?

will you be my poster girl?

sweetest moments : i made these similar pair of bouquets inspired by the couple themselves. sweet and gentle.

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callas : boyfriend knew exactly what she wanted. and she likes it fuss free. trust me, the bouquet wasn’t easy to made. i had to re-tie again and again.

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languid lines

purple tulips : and thats what she got. tulips are very fragile especially in our weather, the general public likes it enclosed but it is only natural if they bloom. and for those who hasn’t seen tulips full bloom its another kind of prettiness too.

purple adoration

purple adoration

green : what kind of a girl loves green? that was what i was thinking when i made bouquet? does she likes the nature? it was quite uncommon for me to get an all green bouquet so i jumped at the challenge. might have gone a bit overboard and so glad she loves it. it was a concoction of callas, tulips, orchids and the full attendance of eucalyptus family. if u like the herby smell, this bouquet is healing!

a concoction of green

a concoction of green

here are most of the stuff i have done, and again i am truly blessed i have supportive friends and family. the trust these people have given me to create these flowers, i am really beyond grateful.

one last picture to end the post!

its ok to be single! you should be loving it!

its ok to be single! you should be loving it!

Bridal bouquets, DIY, flowers, valentine's day, Weddings

Valentine’s 2014

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