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5 ways to make your solemnization stand out!

not just using florals. by choosing carefully your props and other accents, you can easily make your solemnization stand out.

so a lot of my brides always ask “is it worth it to spend so much on a 30 minute affair?” first, you shouldn’t spend “so much”, spend what you can. i always advise my bride to be practical, spend on what they afford.

think about it this way, this 30 minutes will be one of the most important 30 minutes in your life. all eyes will be on you and your stage, photographers and your friends will be clicking away. its the time of your life that you wanna encapsulate in that wedding video, on the wedding book. so if you can prepare for this why not?

here are 5 ways to make your solemnization stand out without breaking your bank.

  1. Venue

Choose a venue that is already pretty, no need much to be done for it to look personalized and spectacular.

Alkaff mansion is one such venue that i always love, the gazebo especially. The old floral grills, the scallop tiles and the pillars. i have seen people curtain-ing off the insides for a chapel look which is pretty nice too, but don’t over-do it.

in this case, i prefer an open-air look. using only a floral garland overhanging the main side of the gazebo and creating an aisle using flowers. Take note that, i paired this couple up with bright pink for a pop! PIC-24.jpg

a closer look on the fresh floral garland adorning the gazebo. using 6 different kind of roses, gigantic bright pink roses, spray roses and also David Austin roses. PIC-14.jpg

2. A heirloom or vintage piece as signing table

if your venue doesn’t permit too big of a sit-down crowd, a piece of advice: get a chop-chop-curry-pok JP. You could do a few rows of sit-downs ( for the ah mas, preggers and mom with kids) but the rest could stand up.

Check out Apple & Ben’s wedding where their wedding solemnization “table” was in fact her grandma’s sewing machine. How cool is that?

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3. Backdrop

if you are having your solemnization in the middle of nowhere, fret not! Backdrop is the easiest way to pull people’s attention to the right spot, unless you tell me Mt. Fuji is your backdrop then fine. Otherwise in Singapore, creating a focal point is important otherwise all your friends and families will just be glued to their phones when you are saying your vows.

I have a few of these already-made backdrops for rent, the below macramé was hand-knotted by myself ( read more about it on The Wedding Scoop! ). Send me an email for more backdrops that I have on hand.

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4. a floral arch

the easiest thing for a florist to say is: “ADD MORE FLOWERS! FLOWERS HERE, FLOWERS THERE, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!!!!!” Its easy to say, I will probably die when i’m really doing it. But no, more doesn’t mean good. it looks a bit cliché and trying-too-hard. But just an arch like below is good enough. Framing the picture nicely.

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5. Last but not least : A bevy of pretty bridesmaids.

so if you don’t have the above 4 points, its ok! never mind, jio your chio-est girlfriends. at this point in time, doesn’t matter if you know them or not. I AM KIDDING LAH! But having pretty bridesmaids really do help. they are like the preview of the show, helping the bride calm the guests before she walks in and providing the suspense for the groom!

TIP: i prefer bridesmaids with bouquets, otherwise they don’t know what to do with their hands and then they will start throwing gang signs.

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So, hope you find something useful in this post. till the next post!

xxx

fiona t

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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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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

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Wedding in da Androids’ house!

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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.

folded planes on silhouette trees

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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