This might have been long overdue and I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about this before. A while back I was commissioned to put together the floral decor for a wedding with a pink and bling theme. The wedding was at Glen Cove, Long Island and it was a very grand venue. Beautiful outdoors ceremony, nice spacious ballroom, wonderful couple. I was mighty pleased with how everything turned out in the decor department. :) Too bad I didn’t manage to take more pictures; as always on the day of actual wedding, there was a lot of rushing here and there, making sure all the materials were set up on time, final details had to be double-checked, yadee-yada. For a small setup such as Blooms Boutique, I always have to be one-step ahead when it comes to logistics, prep work and timing. No room for fuck-ups, but need to be flexible to allow for last-minute spontaneous decisions.
Concept board for a wedding at Glen Cove, Long Island. This was the blueprint which I started out with and proposed to the bride (based on her wedding dress design, her bridesmaid’s dress color and overall ambiance of the ballroom/venue).
Actual bridal bouquet of specially-imported Japanese Lisianthus dotted with fragrant Stephanotis. The lissies were very exquisite with the loveliest shades of champagne and pink. And those dreamy frills….. *swoons* I got super lucky that my wholesaler told me of them, else I’d never get to use these. They are so rare, I don’t even think I’ll ever get to come across them again.
Crystal tree which everyone loved. It was definitely a showpiece, very extravagant and gor-gor-gorgeoussss. I want one of these displayed in my own home.
Detail of individual crystal strands. They were mad bling! Like the tree was dripping diamonds…. WAH!!!!! *^_^*
Romantic centerpieces with floating candles. Keeping it simple but sweet and classy.
Close-up of centerpiece – Pink Cymbids and Roses.
Place cards and a jar of sand from the Sand Ceremony.
Wedding cake design.
Ceremony aisle was lined with hurricane candles and pink rose petals scattered everywhere.
Getting married ain’t cheap, we all know that. From the venue, to the dress, to hiring professionals (photographer, videographer), to the favors, the decor etc. In Singapore, my observation is that floral decor isn’t normally a separate budget entity and it’s usually already a built-in service provided by the event venue. So how on earth do florists make money here servicing weddings? I think weddings are big productions and flowers are essential to the decor. But I also find that the humid weather isn’t very conducive to many floral varieties; seasonal spring time blooms like sweetpea and narcissus are so delicate they’re unable to stand up to the heat. Gardenias? Stephanotis? FUHGEDDABOUTIT! Guaranteed to wilt by mid-morning. I’ve even heard of orchids wilting before the event is over, and it’s baffling coz you’d think that orchids = tropical = hardy enough for this climate. Nonetheless, I have come across many lovely arrangements using local materials and they are inspiring. Personally I’m not crazy about silk flowers because nothing beats the texture and fragrance of the real thing, but I can understand why silk substitutes are also used here at times. I’d say that most importantly as long as there’s a unifying theme to the wedding, all the decor details will come together very nicely regardless of floral variety or material. :) Therefore, party planning and event styling have worked out better for me so far in SG (and let other people worry about materials and logistics instead). Heh!
To see other wedding floral decor ideas, head on over to Blooms Boutique (which, just so you know, I’m not likely to update for a while).
PS: I wore the Serina dress from Anna Sui’s Gossip Girl-Inspired Target collection to the wedding. I love this dress coz it’s adequately funky, comfortable to wear and pretty “moonberry-ish”. Actually I picked it up only two days before the actual event itself as I was invited to attend as a guest to the wedding. Uhm… yeah, I still generally think I have a wedding attire style crisis. I really dislike having to think so hard to find something to wear for events like this. :|
Peace out. *xoxo*