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Colour theme Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Yan & Young by Deneemotion (New York).

Boy do bright colours make me giddy. This week’s real wedding is all about coral and it’s our first ever video feature so I’m uber excited for you to watch it. And as Denis from Deneemotion, the cinematography team behind the heartwarming highlight rightly says, ‘in spite of the weather, the couple and their friends seemed so relaxed and happy’. Now, see for yourselves how Yan and Young are made for each other.



Venue: The Garrison   |   Cinematography: Deneemotion Boutique Wedding Cinema   |   Photographer: Amanda Julca   |   Bride’s Dress: Mikaella Bridal   |    Groom’s Suit: BLACK by Vera Wang   |   Bride’s Headpiece: Twigs & Honey   |   Bride’s Earrings: Marty White Designs   |   Flowers: Violet and Verde   |   Make Up + Hair: Sissi Chan   |   Stationery: Wiregrass Weddings and Leana Designs

Colour theme Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Kate & Alastair by Zosia Zacharia Photography (Hong Kong).

Where do I even start with this colourful wedding that’s artistically captured by Zosia Zacharia Photography? When I first set eyes on the photos from Kate & Alastair’s big day, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the pops of bright pink that emanated throughout; from the bridesmaid’s polkadot dresses, the thoughtful pink lining on Alastair’s suit, the parasols to the bridesmaid’s nails. Even the couple’s parents wore bright colours to match the joyous celebrations. Many of us consider Hong Kong weddings to be made up of dinners in hotels but Kate & Alastair shows us that with a little bit of creativity, you can fill a characteristic restaurant with some personal touches and transform it into a perfect venue to share your love. Just look at the bowls of goldfish as table centrepieces!


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A few words from Kate, the bride:

We decided to get married in Hong Kong – the city that we loved and was our home when we decided to get hitched. Hong Kong is such an exciting place with the never-ending and dazzling lights, the panoramic skyline of the Harbour and the hustle and bustle of the islands waterways. We felt we wanted our friends and families to get a glimpse of our life in Asia and most of all, what city holds so many opportunities for fun!

We had a pre wedding photo shoot at the HK Botanical gardens with our photographer, Zosia Zacharia. This was the perfect way to get to know the person who was going to be with us throughout the day. 

We knew we wanted a traditional ceremony so St. John’s  Cathedral was our obvious choice. Zosia had experience of this venue which was fantastic as she knew how to get that perfect eave shot!

With 40 guests traveling in from overseas, we wanted them to get a good taste for HK/Chinese food, and for our reception venue to reflect the city itself. We researched many venues but decided on Top Deck, Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen. When deciding on flowers, I knew the reception was very colorful and ornate in its oriental art-deco design. I felt flowers didn’t quite blend with the scenery, so we had glass bowls with blades of grass encircled and goldfish swimming around. I had these mounted on circular mirror plates with candles arranged. 

Our ceremony was at 3pm to avoid the heat of the midday. Al started his day with a cut-throat shave at the Mandarin Oriental followed by an Ushers lunch at Alfie’s  in the Princes Building. The ceremony was beautiful – both spectacular and intimate. A good friend kindly played the piano and sung during the signing of the registry ‘True Companion’ by Marc Cohen and ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol. It was a beautiful part of the day.

We met the guests at the Aberdeen marina jetty and followed in our not quite private sampan to Jumbo! The evening drinks on the outside deck flowed into a delicious Chinese banquet including roast suckling pig, soft shell crab and Peking duck. Speeches and dancing followed late into the night along with a cupcake tower. We left our guests to party in LKF only to meet them again bright and early the next day for a day of junking out on the water-the perfect finale to end our wedding celebrations.

I never thought i would get married in Hong Kong…but looking back through our wonderful photos..what an exotic, fun and colorful day it was!


Venue: Top Deck   |   Photographer: Zosia Zacharia Photography |   Bride’s Dress: London Bride Couture   |    Groom’s Suit: William Cheng & Son   |   Bridesmaid’s Dress: L.K. Bennett   |   Flowers: Anglo Chinese   |   Hairdresser: Hipp Fish   |   Invitations: Joy’s Card

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2013 Pantone Colour of the Year: Emerald Green.

It is the sacred stone of the goddess of Venus to bring good luck and love, and the Middleton sisters have worn it so it’s only a matter of time for Pantone to name emerald green as the colour of the year for 2013. Classy and elegant for its associations with the emerald diamond, whilst embracing eco-chic as it’s in the green spectrum, the emerald green is hot on its own or paired with a variety of colours – white, grey, gold or violet. You can even turn those empty Carlsberg or Heineken beer bottles into vases for an even greener wedding. You’ll be the trendiest of them all.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Daily Street Images via Polka Dot Bride, KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Ellen Zilla Photography via The Party Dress, Adorn You – Etsy, Elena Bulay via Oh So Beautiful Paper, The Knot Australia, Tim Coulson Photography, Elie Saab via Million Looks, Belle Blooms – Etsy, Brunch at Saks

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Christmas Cheer: Red + White Striped Wedding.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with only 20 days to go. The tree is up and I’ve had my first Christmas lunch; turkey, Christmas pudding and the lot. If you’re having your wedding during the Christmas season, incorporate some of the festive spirit into your big day. How about some red and white striped fun that everyone, from the young to the old love? And by that, I’m referring to candy canes, not the American flag. Think candy cane wrapped around cranberry scented candles, a hot cocoa bar with candy cane stirrers, red and white striped nails and even a candy cane bouquet. Christmas is for everyone so spread the love.


Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Favors Plus, Drew B Photography via Hostess With the Mostess, Rise and Shine Catering, Ampersand Photography via The Sweetest Occasion, Laurey W. Glenn via Southern Living, Party Papers – Etsy, Lilac and Grey 

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Jenny Cookies, Sweetapolita via Inspired By This, Cake & Allie, Jessica Cakes, Safeway, Annie Eats, Jen Huang Photo via

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Adg La Mode, She Knows, My Wedding, Handmade by Emy – Etsy, Wedding Bells, Amanda Jo Handmade – Etsy

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Oh So Gradient-ful Emmy’s.

The Emmy Awards this year was one bright ombre party. Needless to say, all the actresses looked pretty perfect and added more than a dash of sunlight to the event. Take their cue and create one gradient-ful wedding ranging from canary yellow all the way to lipstick red. It’ll be oh-so-tropical.


Photo credits: Getty Photo via Huffington Post

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Paper Made Invites – Etsy, Michele M Waite Photography via Style Me Pretty, Beast PiecesThat’s My Letter

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Magnifique Boutique, The Gilded Bee, Vallentyne Photography via One Wed

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): My Biggest Day, Meg Ruth Photography via Style Me PrettyNotorious Experiments, Cakes for Wedding

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): KLK Photography via Destination Wedding Mag, Christian Siriano via OmbreFashion or Fiction, Elyssian Beauty

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50 Shades of Purple.

Hong Kong seems to be the capital city of purple. How many of you have attended a wedding that’s featured purple as its colour theme? On its own, purple can be a tad overpowering and dare we say, a little boring. Why not jump on the ombre bandwagon and mix n’ match various shades of purple to give your big day the fresh and elegant look it deserves? Get your bridesmaids to wear different colours in the purple family, paint your invitations in watercolours, contrast the pale hues with a darker shade such as eggplant and serve up ombre cakes to make your wedding stand out from the rest.


Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Julie Hanan Design – Etsy, Three Little Words, Invitations by DawnPaper Freckles

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Luuux, Bella Destinee, Budget Brides Guide

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Glorious Treats, Cakes Decor, Maggie Austin Cake, Miso Bakes via The Cake Blog, Ai Love Baking

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): King Soleil – Etsy, Marchesa via Coolspotters, Jason Q Tran via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Corrine O’Neill – Etsy, Refinery 29

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I went for a dose of retail therapy yesterday (not that I needed it) and bought a metallic skirt from Zara which inspired me to write today’s post. Who doesn’t like a bit of glitz and glam once in a while, especially when it comes to your wedding day? Usually associated with New Year’s celebrations or sci-fi movies, the metallic is back. It’s no longer seen as tacky (unless you go OTT) and can actually add a bit of class to a very special day. Swap your virginal white frock for a glittery number or foilstamp your invitations to give your guests a glimpse of what’s to come. Have fun, you sparkly chick! 


Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Chelsey Boatwright via Grey Likes Weddings, Ryan Ray Photo via 100 Layer Cake, Bella Figura, Ampersand Photography, Lovely Little Parties, Anna Rose Photography via Ruffled Blog, Martha Stewart Weddings, Edyta Szyszlo Photography via Style Me Pretty, The Style Co., Sean Flanigan Photography, Wildflowers Photography

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Fun in the Sun: Mint Green + Yellow Wedding.

As summer is fast approaching (or judging from this oppressive heat and humidity, it has arrived already), I wanted to share with you one of my favourite colour palette that’s ideal for a wedding on a gorgeous summer’s day. The light and airiness of mint green (sometimes known as seafoam) combined with splashes of sunny yellow will make any wedding fresh and cheerful. Although pale palettes can err on the side of a kid’s party, this combo yells fun. Give it a try.

p.s. I’ve just had my nails painted in mint green. Love.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Regas NY via Martha Stewart Weddings, Brea McDonald via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Mike Colon via Wedding Chicks, Jennifer Williams Photography via The Knotty Bride, Simply Bloom Photography via Style Me Pretty, Marta Locklear Photography via Style Me Pretty, Tumblr Wedding Archives, Insight Creative via Polka Dot Bride, Sitting in a Tree via Para ti Novia

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Chinese Wedding: Colours to Avoid.

The Chinese are a superstitious lot. Tell them a particular date or year is auspicious and they’ll flock to the registry office to get hitched. Tell them they’ve got a lucky face and they might just believe you. Likewise, when it comes to choosing a colour for the wedding day, the Chinese are selective. Although most of you readers are non-conformists, it’s good to know which colours to avoid and are considered unfavourable. After all, you don’t want it to ruin the relationship with your parents nor spoil the fun.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Charlotte Geary Photography, Martha Stewart Weddings via Enchanted Wedding Dreams & Affairs, Brinton Studios via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Unlucky colours:
Black – it’s known as a funeral colour worldwide. The Chinese see it as a symbol of misfortunes and sadness.
White – use it sparingly. In the Western world, the colour symbolises purity and is considered the same in Chinese culture yet also associated with funerals. However, wearing a white dress is fine in the modern age, just lay low on the invitations and decor as the older generation are still against the concept of a wholly white wedding. You’d want splashes of colour anyways wouldn’t you?
Dark blue – who would’ve guessed? The traditional Chinese custom has it that when a family member passes away, you wear blue to mark the mourning. 

Having said that, the decision is yours. Unless you really believe in it, don’t let traditions get in the way.

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Cocktail Hour: Signature Drinks.

Where there’s food, there’s drinks. If you want to cut the costs of your bar tab down, serve one or a couple of signature drinks that are either in your wedding colour range or you have a personal connection with. You can even have his and her drinks that reflects your personality or simply a cocktail that you like. It’ll elevate your cocktail hour from booze-fest to sophisto’clock and it means you’ll just have to think about stocking enough liquid for a selected number of drinks as opposed to twenty different concoctions. You’ll also need to think about the little ones and the teetotals, so have one signature drink that’s non-alcoholic. What a great excuse to start mixing your own drinks at home and if anyone asks, tell them it’s ‘research’.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Marni Rothschild Pictures via The Knot, Endless Simmer, Adrienne Page via Southern Living, Floridian Weddings, Rodeo & Co Photography