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

Jacqueline & Darryl A Tropical Oasis at Copper Creek Golf Club

To call these two a power couple is truly an understatement. Both Jacqueline and Darryl hold double undergraduate degrees. Jacqueline who now is in law and Darryl who started in biology, both met while they were studying industrial engineering at the University of Toronto. After 10 years together, they finally made it official.

Darryl runs a popular blog called HousePlantJournal where he teaches people how to care for house plants and it only made sense that they incorporated this in to their wedding. My favourite part was when I opened the box of boutonniere to pin on to the groomsmen and Darryl says “I call the Ionantha”. Myself along with the photographers and groomsmen all gave him a blank stare and then he realized we didn’t know which one was which. Who knew there are so many species of air plants!

As part of their ceremony, Jacqueline and Darryl did a unity planting where they both removed a spiderette and re-potted them in a new pot to symbolize the joining of two lives. It was truly a magical moment and one completely unique to them. Their lovely wedding is featured in the current issue of Wedding Bells so be sure to pick up your own copy or read more on Wedding Bells Blog

Captured Beautifully by: Lisa Bang Photo

Stephanie & Roger at The Guild Inn Estates

Efficiency is probably the best word to describe planning Stephanie and Roger’s wedding. From the beginning they knew exactly what they liked and didn’t like, what was important to them and their families, and what bells and whistles they could opt out of.

They geared away from the lavenders and pinks and instead went with a darker palette of burgundy and navy. Despite both of them being dentists and working different schedules, they created a lot of the items for their wedding on their own. They wrote personal vows on clear acrylics sheets, followed with a beautiful acrylic seating chart. Stephanie handmade each place card, all their favour boxes and even a floral collar for their favourite pup Kricket. If you ask me, if she decides not be a dentist one day she could consider something in the wedding industry.

Captured beautifully by: Mango Studios

Susan & James at The Warehouse

Modern, minimalistic and intimate would best describe the wedding of Susan and James. Rather than spending their budget on lavish decor and a traditional sit down dinner, the couple focus on what mattered most to them - good food, good alcohol and most importantly good company. They exchanged vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family followed by a stand up reception with multiple food stations provided by the amazing staff at Food Dudes. Guests had the option of an open east coast oyster bar, dumpling station, grilled cheese, wagyu sliders and lobster roll to name a few.

Lastly, keeping with the casualness of the theme instead of a bouquet toss Susan chose to do a bouquet cutting ceremony instead. Each girl chose a ribbon from her bouquet and James cut each ribbon Susan selected while her eyes were closed. It’s a bit hard to explain but you’ll get what I mean if you scroll through the photos.

Beautifully captured by: Jessilyn from Rhythm Photography

Karine & Vincent at Paradise Banquet Hall

Ever wonder what it's like to plan a wedding for a wedding planner? Well I got this opportunity with Karine and Vincent as Karine is a wedding planner herself in Hong Kong. Working with her was absolutely amazing as she understood the ins and out of wedding planning. Everything was communicated very well and not one detail was missed.

Inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast their decor was not only beautiful but magical as well. It was as if we were dining right inside the story book. My favourite part was when the couple paired the iconic song “Be Our Guest” with dinner service. And with the help of some wedding planning fairies they live happily ever after ;)

Beautifully captured by: Eric K Choi

Cristina & Clarence at Stratus Restaurant

When I first met Cristina I knew there was an instant connection as we both had a love for pretty things. I remember after the initial meeting I knew this wedding was going to be the prettiest. Not only did Cristina know exactly what she wanted, we both had a similar taste in style which made bouncing ideas off each other like second natural. 

Cristina and Clarence wanted an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. The colour scheme they chose was rose gold, navy and blush pink. This romantic combination can be seen throughout the wedding from navy bird cage favours to a blush pink card box. Cristina even handmade all the place cards for each of her guest. All the pretty details came together so beautifully it was definitely a feast for the eyes. 

Beautifully captured by: Jessilyn from Rhythm Photography