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Here is a font to help you pull off that Gatsby-themed reception.
andes This gorgeous vintage-style font will look beautiful even without many design elements around it. Especially goodlooking in black, white and gold on cream thick-stock paper. Though available in both cursive and a more basic style, only use the more decorative option when necessary. Not suitable for reading text.
There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great gatsby
abulous touches Photo by All Season â€“ Photo
Gatsby-themed weddings are roaring back into style! Here are your must-haves.
This Page: earrings colette by colette hayman / clutch colette by colette hayman / cake Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes / wedding invitation The Little Paper Pantry / opposite Page: wedding invitation paper tiger press
inspired Nothing shouts glamour like a Gatsby-inspired wedding. Fashion from the Roaring 20â€™s has always been a hit with brides who want to add a touch of class to their nuptials.
Reem Acra / Monique Lhuillier / Temperley London / RAMI KADI
Jenny Packham has the ability to find modern ways of reinterpreting classic styles, keeping them current for brides today. Here, sheâ€™s got everything covered.
Aristocrat Strips of crystals and an eye-catching brooch all help to ensure the bride makes a grand entrance.
Royal allure The delicate metallic and crystal embroidery on sheer fabric create an illusion neckline that is one of the key looks for 2014.
Ethereal Beauty A sumptuous silk dress with crystalencrusted lace sleeves and an embellished waist. Gorgeous!
TrĂ¨s Belle A crystal-embellished gown with tapered bell sleeves provides 360-degree sparkle.
Crystals sewn in
floral motifs with
elegance in this
swirls of crystal
sheer number with
its exquisite jewel-
the dress ensure
shimmers of light at every turn.
Less is more Radiate regal confidence in a sequin-covered gown with an encrusted scoop neckline and an Art Deco-inspired belt.
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Art deco Looks that encapsulate timeless glamour and refinement.
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enchanted atelier by liv hart Inspired by the effortlessly chic bride and memorable vintage accessories with a little bit of the 20â€™s thrown in for good measure. Whether on their own or paired with a veil, these headpieces will definitely turn heads. Wrist-gloves in lace or silk satin are also the way to go, and look at the rhinestone on mesh headband!
Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way every young girl wanted to be looked at.
the great gatsby
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Viktoria Novak Sydney-based milliner Viktoria Novak has us swooning over her bespoke bridal headpieces. These Gatsby-inspired accessories delicately combine the vintage look with a modern direction. Viktoria hand-makes every single headpiece and also creates one-off designs for customers.
Photo by Inlight photos
elEgA ce LYNN & ARNAUD
Photography by Alextan Artworks
vintage chic The full-length fitted sleeves and gorgeous lace made the bride look traditional yet so very chic! Kelly Clarkson actually chose this same Jessamine dress for her walk down the aisle last October.
the CEREMONY Known for its elegance, glamour and rich heritage, Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang is the perfect setting for both indoor and outdoor weddings. As the bride had already planned an Asian dinner reception, the E&O, with its great location and more Western look and feel, was a natural choice for her. To create a bright and elegant ambience for the vows ceremony, the couple used very simple decorations. There were white Chiavari chairs set up in rows for the guests, pretty pink roses scattered along the aisle, and as a main centrepiece, a spectacular white tree.
“The day was really a reunion of friends and family who are scattered far and wide, and it was the moments shared with them that made it really special.”
The Rituals A Western wedding with a dash of Asian tradition can be very memorable and special. The traditional tea ceremony is important for Chinese weddings as it not only honours and respects the parents and in-laws, but also signifies the changed relationship between the couple and their parents because the newlyweds are now considered a daughter and a son to both families. There was also the “picking up of the bride” tradition, or jip san leong as it is called in Cantonese, where the groom and his groomsmen have to conquer various “challenges” before he can claim the hand of his bride. “The tea ceremony was pretty memorable for us, but Arnaud really enjoyed the picking up of the bride the most.”
blue mansion Voted one of the greatest mansions in the world, the Blue Mansion, formally known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, is chockfull of traditional architecture and wonderful craftsmanship that are a wonder to behold. The mansion’s bold blue walls, red decorative lanterns, intricate ironwork, gold gilding and decorative tiles made for a stunning, dramatic backdrop, and with its history and character, was a perfect venue for the dinner reception and its 150 guests. “The Blue Mansion is a unique location; the colours are incredible and it’s got such a story! I loved it in its authentic state, even if it meant there was no air conditioning!”
Photography by Alextan Artworks Videography by Crazy Monkey Studio Ceremony Venue Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang Reception Venue Blue Mansion, Penang Wedding Planning by Touching Hearts Bride’s Gown by Temperley Bridal Bride’s Shoes by Manolo Blahnik Hair and Makeup by Lam Tsoi of Hair Corner HK Wedding Bands by Piaget Groom’s Attire by Dolce & Gabbana Flowers and Décor by Bayu Timor
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Katrina & Isaac
bohem aN rhapsody
Photography by Samuel Goh Photography
Theme and Details
simplicity is key For her bohemian look, Katrina wore long feathered earrings, a pretty veil that was attached to a hippie type headband, a beaded sash, a lovely flowing white skirt and a shortsleeved top. With her hair down, she looked effortlessly beautiful. To finish off her simple yet stunning look, she wore gorgeous, intricately beaded white sandals. Katrina has proven once again that time and the Internet are the modern bride’s best friends during wedding planning. “You can source and get almost anything and everything online.”
rustic goodness For an outdoor wedding, Nosh fit the bill with its sprawling alfresco area that allowed for lots of natural sunlight. What’s more, the venue also had the option of awnings if it rained – no backup plans needed! The decorations followed the bohemian theme closely with whimsical feathered dream catchers, small white birdcages and pretty flowers in long-necked brown and clear bottles. “We wanted a rustic bohemian wedding, and with our choice of wild flowers such as posies, eustomas and dried lotus pods, as well as Nosh’s rustic furniture, it all came together very well.”
“Although we have been planning the wedding for one year, it was still surreal for us.”
The Reception Katrina and Isaacâ€™s love story started when they were just 14 years old. They first met at a bus exchange, but their relationship only got serious many years later when a friend reintroduced Isaac to Katrina. Having known each other for so many years, plus the time they spent planning the wedding, it definitely felt surreal for them to be finally tying the knot. Their wedding was made special by the presence of their friends and family who had seen how their relationship had grown and blossomed over the years. And making it even more meaningful and memorable was the fact that Katrinaâ€™s mum was able to fly in from Perth to celebrate with them.
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Photography by Samuel Goh Photography Venue Nosh, Singapore Bride’s Gown by La Mariee Wedding House Bride’s Shoes by Euniqyou Flowers and Décor by Floral Magic Wedding Cake by Jacqui Co. Cupcakes by Cupcakes with Love Photobooth by Kn0t’ In Pics Entertainment by Jack and Raj Harp Music by Jana Ang
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the CEREMONY A garden solemnisation followed by a cocktail hour and live music played by their friends while the sun set over the gardens. The atmosphere was lovely! â€œI was very touched when my husband surprised me with a song dedication, and performed one of our favourite songs for me.â€?
“We focused on marriage and our love, rather than on the wedding itself, and learned how to set our priorities.”
THEME AND DETAILS
“A garden wedding inspired by our love for nature, Enid Blyton and Lewis Carroll stories, and memories of tea parties with my family in my childhood home’s backyard. We picked warm colours to match the orchids in the garden, with a touch of blue to complement the scheme.”
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Photography and videography by AndroidsinBoots (STILL+MOTION) Venue Singapore Botanic Gardens Bridal Gown by Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal Hair and Makeup by Mawaki Yamamoto Groom’s Attire by Topman and Benjamin Barker Groom’s Shoes by Obermain Groomsmen’s Attire by Benjamin Barker Bridal Car Rental by Kaela Woods Flowers and Décor by Assemble Happinest Wedding Cake by Emicakes
t e r ec Sgarden Cheeky & shea
“I had never been so happy in my entire life. I couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear the entire time.” Photography by Marlon Capuyan Photography
THEME AND DETAILS
rustic eco chic “Coincidentally, our big day fell on Earth Day, hence the rustic concept. The idea was to make the styling non-traditional, and using recycled or eco-friendly materials as much as we could, still make it chic, thus the peach and green colour scheme. “I only gave my bridesmaids the cloth for their dresses and they took care of the rest. It turned out way better than I expected. The groomsmen picked their own outfit since all three of them were living abroad. “We chose the venue because we both love the place and have good memories there, and the garden overlooking the sea was what I’ve always dreamed of. It was just perfect for us!”
the RECEPTION The rustic look was even more prominent at the evening reception. Despite having it in a ballroom, they managed to pull off the theme relatively well. The long tables looked lovely with the white foldable chairs and centrepieces.
Photography by Marlon Capuyan Photography Venue Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan, Cebu Bridal Gown by Harvey Cenit Bride’s Shoes by Michael Kors Hair and Makeup by Vanessa Gamus Markie Bautista Flowers and Décor by Cuckoo Cloud Concepts Wedding Cake by Dely Gerenia
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around the world â€œI love you around the world and back again.â€?
BY munkeat of frame[s]tudio
BY ANDREW YEP PHOTOGRAPHIE
paris BY GALLERIE CK
BY EDWIN TAN PHOTOGRAPHY / ARMADALE WEDDINGS
BR ILLIANT portra i t ideas
ENDL E S S possibilities BY FUNKY DALI
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SIEW LEE & VICTOR
he illustrated graphics on these bridal portraits make them some of the most enjoyable we’ve ever seen. They bring life to the images and narrate a story we wouldn’t have known
otherwise. There are endless possibilities here, and as usual Funky Dali has demonstrated great flair in putting together this video. We’re sold. Who came up with this concept? Victor: We had many friends overseas who couldn’t make it for the wedding and this was something we wanted to share with them – something new and fun. Funky Dali: It was kind of mutual; we felt this was something different that suited their personality. We met up a few times before locking down this concept. The idea of adding illustrations to the photos was suggested by us, but it definitely took both parties to make it happen! How did you achieve this and how long did the process take? Funky Dali: Prior to the start of the shoot, we discussed and mapped out what we wanted to do and where we wanted to shoot. To be honest, it took us around 30 working days or more from the start of discussions to the day we finished shooting everything. The illustrations were done by Jing Kai, and the inspiration for them definitely came from the couple when they shared their likes and dislikes, their randomness, their hopes and dreams. That’s why it is called ‘Siew Lee & Victor, Endless Possibility’. We didn’t really keep track of the time; we worked till we were satisfied. How did you like the result? Victor: I really wanted to wow my guests and the first time I received the finished product and tested it out on the wedding venue’s projector, I was blown away so I expected the same reaction from my friends. ART DIRECTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY FUNKY DALI ILLUSTRATIONS BY JING KAI LOCATION MALAYSIA
LORRA & ELBERT
BLOWING KISSES BY NEZ CRUZ FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
IFs are the next big art form. Of late we have seen quite a few photographers incorporate GIF art into their wedding photos. This short stop-motion video really has a way of
capturing our hearts. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images, this leaves a deeper impression and is perfect for a savethe-date. Lorra and Elbert have always been fascinated by the arts. Both of them are in the design industry and are extremely good illustrators. Their creative bridal portraits are filled with colour and handcrafted props. Do check out the website for more photos, as here weâ€™ll only highlight their GIF art which they did so wonderfully well. Who came up with this concept? The concept was an idea that the couple and I came up with together. It was a DIY and paper-themed
engagement photoshoot. Since they are both into craft, we made it a point to fill their engagement photos with DIY touches. Tell us about the GIF images and how long the process took? Each GIF image is made up of 6-7 sequential shots with props and subject (the couple) placement. The whole process took us a little over 10 minutes. How did the client like the result? They were amazed when I posted the GIFs on my blog and happily shared it on Facebook with their friends.
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Photography by NEZ CRUZ FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY HAIR AND MAKEUP BY SABS HERNANDEZ AND TONY DUSICH LOCATION THE BLUE LEAF EVENTS PAVILIONS, PHILIPPINES
Dude, Where is my car? BY Raymond Phang Photography
sandora & joshua
ingapore-based photography studio Raymond Phang Photography really has a way of interpreting each couple’s story. We have to applaud them for regularly envisioning and
producing work that no one has ever done before. Who came up with this concept? For all our pre-wedding shoots, we require the couple’s biography. From that we will come up with a concept. For this particular shoot, the groom’s fascination for tissue and toilet paper inspired us. He has such a deep knowledge of the
various types of tissue and toilet paper that we were all impressed and we definitely had to do something revolving around that. Also, the couple are really wacky people and love to play harmless little pranks on their friends so we included a “prank” element by toilet papering the bride’s family car in the background. How long did you all take to put this dress together? Just the dress alone took us almost an hour to piece together. Did you encounter any problems during the shoot? Lighting was not an issue because we had our professional Profoto lighting along with our Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites. All these don’t require power outlets, as they are battery operated. Perhaps if the place were cooler the shoot would have been more bearable since parking lots are always stuffy. Also, because we had shot another scene just before, the bride didn’t eat or drink much throughout the day, and by the time we got to this particular scene she was starting to feel exhausted and lightheaded. Thankfully, we managed to grab some shots. How did the client like the result? They absolutely loved it nonetheless, and were laughing non-stop when they came to review the photos.
ART DIRECTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY Raymond Phang Photography Location Singapore
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Cake by Maggie Austin Cake PhotoS by Laura Gordon Photography Gown by Claire Pettibone
white elegance You can never really go wrong with white, can you? When it comes to wedding cake decorations, be it patterns or floral, detail is key. 1 RON BEN-ISRAEL / 2 miss shortcakes / 3 yummy cupcakes and cakes / 4 crummb / 5 miss shortcakes 5
rt Deco This elegant and overthe-top 1920’s look will definitely continue to be
That it often produces some of the most beautiful photos
ever is one reason why we believe
ombi Van It’s the simplest way to show everyone what a cool couple
the both of you are. Someone
hot this year. Now there’s no excuse
the “First Look” will become more
should find a way to combine the
not to dress up!
popular this year. Consult your
Kombi Van with a photobooth.
photographer to make sure the
lack Black might have been taboo before, but combine
it with a touch of gold or silver to please the parents and it’s perfect for young, rebellious brides these days.
alligraphy Nothing is more romantic and personal than invitations
presented in beautiful calligraphy,
lighting for the location is just right.
old We can never get enough of this colour. It doesn’t come
cheap and often requires some effort, but it’s definitely worth it.
ead accessories With more and more brides going for natural-looking
etterpress With a number of small printing houses reviving this
printing method, get ready to see more invitations that we probably can’t bear to throw away.
ismatched bridesmaids’ dresses Whether it’s different shades
of the same colour or a vibrant
makeup and higher necklines
burst of different colours, this really
especially if they’re handwritten!
these days, a headpiece – whether
is the most beautiful way to add
Alternatively, buy a gorgeous font
vintage or elegant – will help you
contrast to your white gown and
achieve the look you desire.
bring a splash of colour to your
estination weddings It may sound like a costly affair but an intimate
nstax and photobooths Living in an age where everything is done instantly
eutral Instead of the usual colour
destination wedding might
and on the go, you can be sure
cost you the same amount as
that Instax, Polaroids, quick-print
a huge wedding in town. Also,
photobooths and the like will be
shades this year. Colours like grey
it’s a great excuse to keep your
and brown, which are perfect for
co-friendly Not only are more and more people taking a stand against
themes, expect to see more
brides opting for mature, neutral
neutralising your colour palette,
are also expected to feature more
The bridal jumpsuit is actually
becoming a thing. It’s hard to
imagine but as you begin to see
shark’s fin soup, bridal couples are
more brides in it, you’ll understand
also moving further out from the
why it’s actually quite brilliant. The
city in their search for a greener
trend that was started by J. Crew is
feel indoors can give brides peace
and more natural wedding
now actually being adapted by lots
of mind. Look for experienced
decorators; you will be impressed.
With our most unpredictable weather, having an outdoor
A to Z
TRENDS for 2014
Photo by Iyao of frame[s]tudio
A list of things to be on the lookout for.
Photo by Dennis yap photography*
ink Romance is in the air! Whether in pastel, blush or fuchsia, pink
is making its comeback.
uality With so many more options on the market these days,
One of the few things a groom
mean a warmer, more intimate
might actually ask for. Let him
rent his vintage car and you’ll have wedding dress.
can actually be a fun experience.
wedding photo, a favourite
Especially great for families and
hort wedding dresses
friends who are overseas.
nostalgic feel in both the couple as rich as ours, the ideas are
Re-enact your parents’
ago eras will surely evoke a
website portals available,
as starting a Facebook page and
story; it’s a great idea that’s lots
Exploring themes from long-
and their guests. And with a culture
movie scene or your own love
With so many free wedding
setting up your own is as easy
childhood picture, a special
smaller weddings, which usually
a great excuse to get that coveted
quality will be a top priority for
intage bridal cars
ero stress More brides are letting go of their inner bridezilla and
leaving things to their wedding
planner. Focus on looking pretty
Lots of hugs and kisses on
and understanding the true
your big day, especially
meaning of your wedding day. Plus
since more people are opting for
don’t forget to enjoy yourself!
They’re still pretty rare but we want to believe that
some early adopters will opt for
short bridal dresses this year. Show off those sexy legs and gorgeous heels!
echnology More than ever before, brides are turning to the Internet to
get things done. Ideas, research, online shopping, bookings… the list goes on. What a great excuse to get a tablet!
nique bouquets When it comes to your bouquet, the possibilities are
endless. Make sure yours shouts your theme loud and clear! WWW.THEWEDDINGNOTEBOOK.COM
youthful e c n a m Ro British bridal label Maria Senvo launches debut collection
Designed especially for all those twentysomething brides out there, the new Fifteen collection by Maria Senvo boasts fluid silhouettes with intricate beaded bodices, elongated lines and pleats, scoop detail backs and razor sharp features.
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“Only great minds can afford a simple style.” STEDHAL
br an ho Going the extra mile
He’s well known for his talent in film photography, but that’s not all there is to Brian of thegaleria – he also handcrafts the photo albums for his clients! Indeed, this young man takes perfection to a whole new level.
Vital Statistics Started
2006 Photography style
Candid and real. Nothing is staged, as photographers are merely observers Average number of weddings a year
About 20-ish weddings Gear
My three trusty 10-year-old EOS 3s, Bessa R3A, LC-A+, Diana F+, Belair X 6-12 Next on the list
Petzval lens – they’re as old school as you can get
Who inspires your photography?
Why do you handcraft your photo
Without a doubt the French
albums? I grew up watching my dad
photographer Henri Cartier-
work in his workshop. He wasn’t an
Bresson and his ‘le moment decisif’
artist of any sort but everything he
(the decisive moment) concept.
did, he did with perfection and with
You are well known for your film photography. How did you master that skill? It’s not much of a secret, really. Study your environment, know your subject, stay sharp, and above all, trust your instincts. These are skills that have been known to photographers for decades. Unfortunately, a lot of it has been lost in this digital age. We’ve lost the anticipation that made photography exciting and fun.
utmost precision. If it wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t good enough. I was never allowed to enter the workshop let alone handle his tools because I was deemed ‘not good or skilled enough’. But one can learn an awful lot simply by just observing. 20 years on, that spirit of wanting things to be the absolute best is still in me. It’s in that spirit that I decided to handcraft my photo albums. Nothing beats making things with your own bare hands and with nothing but love.
What’s one of your favourite photos, and why? Well, one that particularly stands out is the black and white shot I took of my friend Charissa for her prewedding shoot on a nondescript Parisian residential street in 2007. There is an interesting story behind this shot that I love to tell over and over again. It was the first frame of the first roll of Kodak TRI-X film loaded and I was on my maiden trip to Paris. That shot instantly became my most iconic. Some even liken it to the ‘Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville’ (Kiss by the Town Hall) shot taken in 1950 by French photographer Robert Doisneau or the Marilyn Monroe photo taken at the Ambassador Hotel in New York in 1955.
PhotoS by Brian Ho of thegaleria
dating back to 1582 to be the best photographic fine art paper that I’ve ever printed on. The other thing that I’m very particular about is the cover material that I use for my photo albums. I’ve experimented with different materials, but leather has always been the one I love most. I source for the best leather from all over the world by looking at samples from one tannery after another. Leather of the finest quality usually comes in very limited quantities and no two pieces are ever the same. Every album that I make is distinctly different from the others, which is what makes handmade products unique and exclusive. You seem to have great passion Can you explain to us the process and materials that you use? While I don’t think my bookmaking process is any different from that of a skilled bookbinder, there are however two things that I’m very particular about. The first is the paper that I print on. I have a longstanding relationship with the Hahnemühle brand of fine
for your work. How do you sustain this attitude? Love your job. Be very passionate about what you do. Never be afraid to make mistakes. Believe that what you do represents something much bigger than yourself, and above all, never settle for anything other than the very best.
art paper, which I’ve been using to
What’s your motto in life? We don’t
make my prints ever since I started
decide how much time we get in
on the path of handcrafted photo
this life. The only thing we need to
albums. I consider this German-
decide is what to do with the limited
made paper with a reputation
time that has been given to us.
“Be very passionate about what you do. Never be afraid to make mistakes. Believe that what you do represents something much bigger than yourself...”
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