Style Shoot - Lucky in Red

As we reach the end of Chinese New Year festivities I wanted to share with you guys a lovely new year theme shoot I did with some amazing vendors. For those of you who don't know Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days of which each day has it's own special meaning and traditions. As a planner with a majority of my couples being of Asian decent I found that many of them are challenged with the task of merging the old with the new. Many follow old wedding traditions to please the families but want to stay modern to all the instagram worthy options they have. 

This is where this shoot comes in. Myself and Janet from Janetmaevents collaborated to freshen up Chinese customs. We created a stunning double happiness backdrop for the tea ceremony with hundreds of origami cranes. This is by far my favourite backdrop ever! Red is the symbol of good fortune and joy and therefore was our main colour of the shoot. We had beautiful flower arrangements from the ladies at Peachwood studios and a too pretty to each sweets table display by Flour and flower cake design. Our lion dancers from Wushu Project made sure to fend off any evil spirits so that everyone would have a happy and prosperious year!

Team of vendors
Venue: Casa Imperial
Creative directors, stylist, planners: A Blush Moment & Janet Ma Events
Hair & Makeup: Blushing Belles
Florals: Peachwood Studio
Stationery: Pink Peony Press
Cake & Desserts: Flour and Flower Cake Design
Suit: Wingmen Suits
Dress: Richmond Hill Bridal
Rentals: FOS Decor
Jewellery: Satine Studio
Lion Dancer: Wushu Project
Videographer: 2 Deer Films

Captured Beautifully by: Eric Cheng Photography

Rachel & David at Estates of Sunnybrook

I still remember the day I picked up my phone from an unfamiliar number. On the other side was a polite gentleman who introduced himself as David. He wanted to ask me a few questions about wedding planning and for my honest opinion if it was possible to plan, design and execute a wedding in 4 months. At that moment, I knew I wanted to help Rachel and David plan the best day of their lives. Four months might be short for the average planning timeline but not impossible. 

Fast forward to August 5th, 2017. Rachel and David exchanged their vows at Rosedale United Church amongst those closes to them. They shared priceless moments with friends and family and even WOWed everyone with a choreographed first dance to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Their intimate reception was held at the Mclean house at the Estates of Sunnybrook with a carefully selected guestlist of 71. The venue was beautifully decorated with fresh blooms and candles which made for their intimate wedding perfect.

Captured by: Alicia Campbell Photography

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Phuong & David at Terrace Banquet Hall

Working with Phuong and David to plan their wedding was a lot of fun as they were possibly the most laid back couple I've had so far. Open to ideas and suggestions made planning a breeze and the fact that Phuong has a very creative sister was a bonus. Everything from the gorgeous paper flower backdrop to the floral centrepieces was all handmade. Definitely any bride that needs some DIY tips should connect with her. 

Phuong and David exchanged personal vows amongst family and friends before heading off for photos. Their reception was filled with games and lots of dancing so if you were at their wedding you would have made sure to bring your favourite pair of dancing shoes. The bridal party finished off the night with a lip sync battle which opened up the dance floor for guests to show off their moves.

Congratulations again Phuong and David Phandanouvong, truly the real dancing King & Queen. 

Captured By: Andes Lo Photography

Kimberley & Stephen at Casa Loma

The moment Kimberley and Stephen told me that they were having their wedding at Casa Loma; I knew it would be a nothing but a real life fairytale. Working with Kim and Stephen was a breeze; they knew exactly what they wanted and what had to be done in order to execute their perfect wedding day. I always tell my couple "help me help you"; the more you tell me about how you envision your special day to be like the more information I have to help you execute. 

Although their wedding day was hit with a lot of rain, that did not affect the couple one bit as they exchanged personal vows inside the glass pavilion in the Casa Loma gardens. The ceremony was followed by a traditional tea ceremony amongst their immediate family and close relatives. Kim and Stephen later changed into their traditional Chinese attire and were welcomed back into the reception lead by lion dancers. Their wedding was a perfect example of the blending of two cultures.

Congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Chatterton, all the best in your new chapter!

Captured by: Beautiful Life Studios