Archive for October, 2011

Enchanting Forest Theme (A garden wedding at Lonepine, Penang)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This wedding drew inspiration from “Mori”. “Mori” is a Japanese word and it means forest or wood. There exists also a Japanese sub culture with the name Mori Girls.

Why Mori? I shall start by telling you that, Maya is not a Mori Girl and she did not request for a Mori style theme. What Maya wanted was a fresh and pretty outdoor garden wedding.

Then why Mori? – because I wanted to use the fresh touch of forest, wood and flowers to create an enchanting nature inspired theme.

When Maya and I met, I realized she adores things like twig / branch wreath, twine art decorations and such. In other words, something earth tone, neutral, something from the woods. Ah… from the woods. That’s how the concept Mori came into my mind. Wood. Flowers and wood. Flowers on wood. Flowers with wood. That was my initial concept for Maya.

Here are the “wood” elements (below). All these materials I got/ made below, drew inspiration from the forest and nature:

Anyway, speaking of flowers, Maya sent me a picture of the flower color she preferred. So based on her preference, we used a variety of pink flowers. The flowers I ordered from Bryan (of Ohara) are lovely! Together with the wooden buckets, they looked charming!

The front view of table-of-honor: Mrs Takahashi (Maya’s mum) decided to name the table-of-honor “Tulip”

Side/ alternative views where you can see more of the “wood”/ earth tone details:

The fun little details:

Mrs. Takahashi (Maya’s mother) asked if we could name the guest tables with flower names. I liked her idea very much. So I made these boards with flower names too.

Guests’ tables design:

For guests’ table flowers, pale pastel pink vases were used to give the design a soft and sweet look.

Oh yeah, these are items that Peter and Maya brought back from the UK (they are based there). Don’t you love that little wooden heart shape chalk board?

Maya also asked me to setup a candy corner for her. To keep the kids (of guests) happy!

The wooden Candy Bar sign:

Hope you like this pretty and sweet nature inspired theme. Stay tuned for more wedding ideas!

Keeping It Natural – An outdoor wedding

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


Client Ailin wanted a natural outdoor setting. “Keep the look natural”, she said. And with those words, she left the rest of the theme designing process to me.

As a wedding stylist, this is my experience: 8 out of 10 brides will tell you that they want a natural theme. But everyone has a different definition of “natural”. To some, natural means you use only pastel and soft colors. To others, natural could mean having only flowers as decoration.

I am glad and thankful that I was given the freedom to design my version of “natural”.

This is my idea of what natural is:

To me, natural means something that exists in nature. Things you would naturally see in a garden. Things that Mother Nature provides. It is also things that are soothing to the eye (like the color of the sea), and has calming effect to the mind (like the sky). As simple as that. Hence, I used wooden lanterns, red apples and red flowers for a pop of color. Why not? We need not always keep things in pastel shades. Nature IS colorful.

I am glad this time I get to bring the apples to the outdoor. Last year, I used apples for this wedding.

These wooden lanterns. My precious. My favorite for outdoor setting.

Since this is a wedding, and not just any garden luncheon session, it is good to add a subtle romantic touch to the decoration. Something that is pretty. Since the main elements are wood, flowers and apples, I added on these romantic tulle roses to give the setup a delicate look. I used light grey tulle for the roses. This shade of grey is dreamy and romantic.

I have also added a small touch of red with these tiny red gingham bows. I made them tiny, so that they add just a tad of quirkiness to the theme. That’s all. I didn’t intend to make this theme cutesy girly. I handmade these and put them on top of the apples and the candles. I used these bows to form a connection: to connect the style of the table of honor and the guests tables.

And the guests table:

Guests registration table decoration:

Photo album table decoration:

Once again, the table-of-honor: a broader view.

The handmade items:

These tulle roses are handmade by someone who doesn’t want to be named. She does craft only when she has the time and mood for it. 🙂

Oh, I forgot to mention, the venue of this wedding – Lonepine Hotel, Penang, of course. 🙂

I hope you like this wedding style. How would your nature-inspired wedding look like?

Stay tuned for more upcoming wedding themes!