Wedding Shoot – Tropical Garden

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The inspiration for this shoot came from two areas in my life, the fascination of nature’s offerings and my traveling experiences. I grew up in a humble home built by my grandpa. I spent many morning running around in the home, helping mum with garden and eating lots of home cook food. Returning to Asia after a sabbatical in South America, I came back yearning for all the exotic fruits. When I discovered Bollywood Veggies, it almost felt like my playground from the young.

When putting together a garden shoot, I visited the local fruit stall. The red hue of Lychee and blue Mangosteen tones became the anchor of inspiration. Upon tabletop, a hand-died table runner from northern Thailand, placed with stunning florals by Floral Magic, placed in tree-bark containers, and a array tropical fruits for the guests to enjoy. The day set the tone bringing together a quiet happiness and rejoice in the company of closest friends and family.

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Intentional Intentions

I want to share a poem that has been with me for the last year and carry me though the good times and bad. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the full poem from her book (the unedited version if you have the time). It’s here: The Invitation by Oriah. So beautiful. All of it.

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It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and
if you dare to dream of meeting
your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love, for your dream,
for the adventure of being alive.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own;
if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy
fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without
cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
remember the limitations of being human.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your
own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
yours and mine,
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the
silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me where or what or
with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from
the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like the company
you keep in the empty moments.


– Oriah Mountain Dreamer


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Inspiration Board – Old School Gatherings

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I love it when brides come to us and share inspiration from their lives. A month ago, I had just the kindest client that came over and wish for a wedding that resembles her childhood family gatherings with a touch Peranakan culture and Chinese details.

We put together a inspiration board and got cracking to work. Here’s a little sneak peek of the details for the wedding coming at the end of Dec.

*Did I mentioned that the wedding will serve Indonesian and Thai food. Yums! #pleaseinviteme

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Wedding Inspiration – Far East

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After traveling the rural China for a month, I was in awe, from intricate fabric patterns to it’s nature wonders. I want to express these beauty and culture of my roots. I picked with Qun Kua (裙褂) as the point of inspiration and started the mood board.The vision was to create something simple, elegant and timeless.

*Fact of day, I have learned that it took one year to make a Qun Kua, tradition Chinese dress.

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To want to see more of the styled shoot, head on over to The Wedding Scoop. Photography by Brody Tan, Florals by Floral Magic, Kua by House of Etiquette.