Soft & Romantic

One of the things that we do when we plan for weddings is to put together a wedding inspiration board. Many brides would agree that the best way to communicate about her vision of her wedding day, from the design of her wedding dress to the colour of the table cloth, is done with pictures from magazines and internet. As we work with bridal clients to uncover their signature style and colour themes, we use wedding inspiration board as one of the best way to manage their expectations and communicate visually by using colour palettes, fabrics, several distinguishing elements and images. As many would argue, describing your visual verbally is very different when interpretated by the wedding planner, and vice versa.

So, to start off the year, I’ve decided that we ought to share our wedding inspiration boards for any up-coming projects in the blog. As Louis Pang once told me, “got to know how to be generous in order to gain more.” *smile*

The images put together are generally pictures and images from vendors, internet or magazines. It’s really a way to kick start the direction of the planning process and tune in to the bridal client’s style.

The bridal client wants a romantic down-to-earth, almost rustic-feel to the wedding with cream, brown and pink as the key colours. This is the first inspiration board prepared for discussion.

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Top L-R: Shangri-la Tanjung Aru’s selection, our own sample décor, Pure Seed

Centre L-R: Beth Helmstetter Events,  Pretty Frosting, random wedding couple’s blog

Bottom L-R: Garden Fairies, Choffles Wedding Cake studio, Brides.com

  

January 19, 2008 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Take Me Higher by Thomas Sabo

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Finally Thomas Sabo has succeeded in cracking NASA’s monopoly. Cute little flying saucers, enchanting rockets and glittering space robots orbited into planet fashion.

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Revealing their Spring/Summer Collection for 2008, the creative direction draws on space adventure, eastern culture, celtic influences and French elegance. 

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 My favourite is the ‘East Meets West’ collection. I love this piece. I’ve been searching for a dragon pendant for a while now but most of those I’ve seen are either too rugged & masculine or too old-fashioned & fengshui-ish looking. This one is a mix of strong elements subdued by soft feminine colours. Very modern and contemporary. An addition to my Wish list. Wonder how much it costs.  

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‘The It-Girl on the Beach’ collection. So chic!

In conjunction with the launch, Thomas Sabo Foundation pledged Euro 10,000 per year for the next five consecutive years towards the education of underprivileged Malaysian children. Thomas Sabo presented a mock cheque of Euro 50,000 to the Kiwanis Club Damansara which also adopts the Kiwanis international credo of ‘Serving the Children of the World’.  

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Didn’t mingle much. Dunno why…just didn’t feel sociable that night.

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With Hung Shen. My face so red here like a tomato.

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With Esther, a crazy new friend I met that night.  

January 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

Wedding Gown Collections by La Chynna Bridal

Today I took a drive to Bandar Kinrara to check out the new collection of wedding gowns as invited by Marcus, one of the owners of La Chynna Bridal.

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For the budget conscious brides, you’d be very pleased to know that these beautiful gowns are sold between RM200 – RM900 each *omg!* with only one piece to each design. The only setback is that if you are thinner or slightly bigger than average mannequin size, then fitting would be a problem. However, they do provide alteration services via their appointed seamstress. Still worthwhile to check it out if you are scouting around for the best values in the market. They also have some pretty nice evening gowns suitable for company annual dinners.

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Behind the scene photo with model Sara Chew.  

Check out their collection here.

January 6, 2008 at 10:40 am 4 comments

Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa Bridal Fair

Come join us this upcoming Sunday at the Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa Bridal Fair between 10am – 4pm for some beautiful wedding inspirations from over 25 exhibitors.  

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We will be giving out cute little pinky polka dot GIFT PACKS, DISCOUNT VOUCHERS for wedding planning services & wedding favours as well as BRIDAL FAIR EXCLUSIVES for our Macau packages.  There are also special offers and door gifts from other exhibitors and lucky draw prizes to be won.

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Gift Pack

For more details, check out Weddings Malaysia. See you there!

October 29, 2007 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Dine like the Locals in Hong Kong

As a follow up to the first post on Hong Kong as a pre-wedding destination for fellow Malaysians, here are some of my personal dining favourites in Hong Kong:-

Thanks to Bjorn who brought us here, I’ve fallen in love with the french toast and bouncy fish balls from this rundown shack located behind a row of stalls selling knick knacks (opposite Delifrance) in Stanley Market. You won’t see any tourists here because it’s really hidden.

 

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I don’t know the name of this particular coffee shop and I don’t have any pictures either. It is located along the road just behind Sheraton Hotel. Bonnie brought us here once. Just f ollow the queue on a mid day for an afternoon tea of “nai cha” (milk tea) and to-die-for egg tarts.

The Szechuan Chilli Chicken at Water Margin Restaurant is delicious! I won’t exactly call it spicy because it is more ‘terror’ than spicy. Once you bite into the chicken, it will leave your lips burning HOT, and you’ll end up ordering more of their specialty tea. Try lemongrass tea. Water Margin is located at Times Square, but I think they have another outlet in SoHo. This restaurant is a bit on the pricy end but worth the dining experience.

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Proceed to Lan Kwai Fong for a night out and mingle with the locals. This pub, the Whiskey Priest, has a cozy, down-to-earth ambience with a wide selection of whiskey and Irish beers. Must try: their traditional Irish stew and Celtic potato skin with smoked bacon. For some savings, go during their Happy Hours between 4 – 9pm (Mon – Sat).

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If not, visit Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui and head on over to Heaven on Earth for a fusion Southeast Asian dinner. Knutsford Terrace is a strip of al fresco restaurants and bars located at the back lane in between two rows of shops. Really hidden and difficult to find if you are not a local. For the map and address, click here. After dinner, check out some of their bars too such as the Carribean-inspired Bahama Mamas. For some savings, check out the offer that’s valid until 31 March 2008. 

I’ve asked a friend, Faye, a super cool party-goer, soon-to-be trophy wife and kick-ass girl friend to recommend some of the good local joints around Hong Kong. Here’s what Faye and friends recommend:-

For people who can’t live without sushi, try Japanese Dining Sun(東京和食) located on the 13th floor of Times Square. Some of her top recommendations are soft shell crab roll, flatfish, sun salad and fresh sour grapefruit.

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For stinky tofu, head over to this shop called 泉昌美食 (no English name) located at 150b, Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (灣仔灣仔道150b) Tel : 25758278 Stinky deep fried tofu ( SUPER crunchy!).

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If you want something really local, you have to venture off Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island to Cheung Chau Island. Head on over to “Home town tea house” (direct translation from Cantonese) located near the beach. They are famous for their ‘Red Bean Cake’. Just look at the red bean paste that is oozing out of the cake. Faye said, “It’s sweet, but not too sweet!!” Red Bean Cake

Faye’s favourite fish balls that are super fresh and tasty! Pronounced as ‘Kam Wing Tai’ @ 106 Sun Hing Street, Cheung Chau Island.

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October 6, 2007 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Groovy Couples, Groovy Dance Moves

Would you like to do something fun and memorable at your wedding? Then take the cues from these groovy couples who made their wedding unique with their signature dance moves. Something that their guests will definitely remember for a long time to come.

For example, breaking out of the ordinary with a surprise breakdance.

Or having the time of your life with a little dirty dancing.

Can’t touch this first dance to Hammer time

More importantly, you’ve got to make the song and the dance uniquely yours. 20 years down the road, you can look back at your wedding video and still have a good laugh about it.

This couple may not make it to the dance championship, but there’s nothing sweeter than a groom who simply let loose (silly or not) and just have the time of his life!

September 28, 2007 at 5:13 am 2 comments

Inspirations from the Emmy Awards

On Monday, I slept at 1 a.m. and woke up at 5 just to make sure I wouldn’t miss the Emmy Awards live on Channel 76, only to find out later that they have repeats all throughout the day. Didn’t want to miss it since I would have to leave for work you see.  

Strapless and mermaid cuts seemed to be the choice for many of the stars that evening, with white, red, black and gold among the favourites. If you need a little omphh for a customised dress for that special occassion, look to the leading red carpet celebs at the Emmy’s for some inspiration. These are my favourite picks, arranged in colour-coordinated sequence.

So Rockin’ in Blue

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America Ferrera in a royal blue Monique L’Huillier gown (sorry for my ignorance, but siapa- leh designer ni?) and Portia Di Rossi who looked so effortlessly elegant in this gown. Not a fan of snakes but the diamante encrusted snake choker – STUNNING!!

Sexy Sirens in Red

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I like the simplicity of these dresses. Ali Larter and Stacy London looked sexy in strapless red but I think the overall look is a little too safe for the Emmy’s.  I also love this plunging neckline cut on Lisa Edelstein.

 

Stunning in Purple

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I love purple. There’s something sooo alluring about this colour. I totally adore Heidi Klum in Dior Couture, she carried off the dress so perfectly well, matching the self-made earrings and the side-swept messy hairdo. I wish I have their kind of height too. Coz when I wear purple with my height and size, I look like a walking brinjal.

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Elegant in Black

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Most people would say black is boring but I do believe it is still the ultimate colour of choice that can never go wrong. These are my top 3 favourite cuts for that evening, although I also like the simple Bottega Veneta strapless dress that Sandra Oh was wearing.

 

Pretty in Pastel and White

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Both Rebecca Romijn and Marcia Cross looked so classic and feminine, almost Greek Goddess-like in these dresses. On the other hand, Rosanna Tavarez and Lisa Rinna looked seductively sexy in white.

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Blinging Loud in Kaufman Franco

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Eva Longoria never fails to deliver at the red carpet, but how many of us mere mortals can carry off this heavily sequined dress. Actually, I was more interested in that nude pair of heels she wore to compliment her gorgeous gold dress. And apparently during a brief interview with Ryan Seacrest at the red carpet, she mentioned that the purse in her hand is actually a hard casing box.

 

Foxy Felicity in Pink

My favourite of them lot that night is Felicity Huffman. For someone her age, she looked absolutely stunning in shocking pink with a plunging neckline and a cut that showed off her amazing bod.

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Didn’t fancy the dress that Debra Messing wore to the Emmy’s but totally dig her gorgeous earrings. I also love Jennifer Love Hewitt’s bed hair and diamond necklace. I like how Marcia Cross matched a bright turqoise gem earrings to her otherwise pale skin and dress.

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If only there is an award for best cleavage …

Best Cleavage

 

 

September 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

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