See a video of the shoot here:
The Traditional Chinese New Year Wedding Shoot:
The Modern Chinese New Year Wedding Shoot:
We took the chance to ask Wendy Lee some questions.
WPIC: As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes. So why one about Chinese New Year?
Wendy: Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations. Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked. For this very reason, Carmen and I wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home. These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they really do enhance the dining table tremendously.
WPIC: What was the inspiration for this style shoot?
Wendy: Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, I was ultimately inspired by two of the most popular Chinese porcelain patterns that my grandmother had in my childhood. One design features the traditional rich reds and gold colour palette. It was inspired by the vintage Chinese Mun Shou Longevity porcelain pattern. Red represents happiness and joy. Therefore, red is traditionally used in all Chinese celebrations from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and so forth.
The other design features more of a muted modern palette; using various tones of pinks and blues. The Ching Tung blue and white porcelain pattern was the inspiration and its beauty has also captivated the hearts of those in the West for many generations. The French call it “blanc de Chine” and it’s actually quite on trend again. There are various blue and white porcelain patterns which lend themselves to a Chinoiserie feel in design and decor right now. The various pieces of the floral and decor that you see from this shoot can be easily reinterpreted for a bridal shower, baby shower and/or even a water colour or pastel colour themed wedding.
WPIC: What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?
Wendy: My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients’ cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name “Asian Fusion Weddings”. It brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding. The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.
WPIC: Thank you very much for sharing your team’s editorial shoot with us.
Wendy: Thank you for sharing our images and video. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.
Concept design – Asian Fusion Weddings and Devoted to You
Producer – Wendy Lee, Asian Fusion Weddings
Associate Producer – Carmen Luk, Devoted to You
Photography – Pepper and Light
Cinematography – Summerfield Films
Venue – Estates of Sunnybrook MacLean House
Floral and Decor – The Social Rose
Modern Asian theme sweets table – Truffle Cake and Pastry
Traditional Asian theme sweets table – Le Dolci
Stationery – Maison Maquette
Modern Asian table top rentals – Plate Occasions
Traditional Asian table top rentals – Event Rental Group
Chair rentals – Divine Furniture Rental
Custom Tray of Togetherness – EPD Engineered Plastic Design Inc.
Chinese tableware – private collection