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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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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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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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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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