Taking inspiration from the classic blue and white porcelains from the Chinese Tang dynasty, porcelain blue and rose quartz became our theme colour palette. The atmosphere and architectural elements of the Arlington Estate with their white walls, gold hardware and contemporary furnishings was a perfect canvas from which our theme palette sprung to life.
In the traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, the bride and groom perform a Chinese Tea Ceremony to honour the elders. The couple will typically kneel in front of their parents and serve them tea as a way to give thanks, to express gratitude and respect for raising them. The Chinoise Tea Set by The Perfect Table and the custom made kneeling cushions, by Wu La La Weddings & Events, were the perfect prop for this occasion.
The Chinese QiPao is a popular choice of attire during Chinese New Year and special occasions such as weddings. Also commonly known as Cheongsam, a QiPao is a stylish and tight-fitting dress made of delicate satin and detailed with a high-mandarin collar, frog-buttons and side slits. The Heaven Gaia collection by Chinese fashion designer, Xiong Ying, was a match made in heaven for our porcelain blue themed shoot.
The engagement ring and matching earrings, by Cynthia Findlay Antiques, were the perfect hint of blue tying into the blue and white accents of this modern day Chinese wedding. Her hair, styled by Monstylefile, stemmed from the traditional smooth and pulled back up do mixed with a modern fuller bottom. The make-up, by Fiona Man Makeup, exemplified the fusion of Western and Eastern cultures. Inspired by Empresses of Ancient China, the lips were well defined with a warm rose hue and the skin was kept luminous. To enhance the eyes and taking inspiration from Western culture, a soft and smoky eye utilizing bronze and brown shadows was done.
The groom was dressed in a navy blue suit by Wingmen Suits, a deviation from the classic black or grey suit. The custom bow-tie and pocket square, by Tytan Ties, matched those of the bride’s and completed the groom’s outfit.
Our main floral inspiration was an unstructured, organic feel reflective of today’s trends. Leaf & Bloom curated a stunning bouquet and tablescape arrangement using three traditional “lucky” flowers according to the Chinese culture: peonies that symbolize richness and peace; orchids that symbolize fertility; and narcissus that symbolize good fortune.
The beautiful glassware, flatware, and dinnerware, supplied by The Perfect Table, was a Chinoiserie charger beneath ivory and gilded gold chinaware accented with matte gold utensils.
The acrylic welcome sign, tea ceremony sign, and fortune cookie place cards were beautifully hand lettered by Love Lettering.
Finally, this beautiful dessert table, designed and produced by Le Dolci Cakes, consisted of a beautifully hand painted 3-tier cake, two mini cakes, cupcakes, and cookies displayed on vintage table filled with gorgeous brass glass boxes by Cre8ive Studios.
Co-Concept Creator, Co-Producer & Planner: Lisa Wu Wu La La Weddings & Events
Co-Concept Creator, Co-Producer & Photographer: Pep Phaxay Pep Studios
Cinematographer: Marty SDE Weddings
Florist: Jaimie Reeves Leaf & Bloom
Sweet Table Rentals, Copper Pipe, Bar Cart, &
Florentine Tray: Patricia Cre8ive Studios
Sweet Table Desserts: Lisa Le Dolci
Make Up Artist: Fiona Man Fiona Man
Hair Stylist: Monica Le Monstylefile
Bow ties, pocket squares Justin Cheng Tytan Ties
Cufflinks Justin Cheng Diamonboi for Tytan Ties
Socks – Calvin Klein for Hudson’s Bay Company
Belt – Cole Haan for Hudson’s Bay Company
Shoes Designer: Stacey Adams for Wingmen Suits
Groom’s Suit: Arthur Wingmen Suits
Bridal Gown: Daniel Felichia Bridal
**Dress Designer: Luna Novias
Chinese Gown: Alex Foreverlove at Pacific Mall
Cynthia Findlay & Cynthia Findlay Antiques
Ring Box: – The Mrs. Box
Shoes: Designer: Roger Vivier from Holt Renfrew
Table Linens & Napkins: Sylvie Farkas Around the Table
Chinaware, Flatware, Glassware, Candles, Chinoise
Vases & Tea set: Lindsay & Kirsten The Perfect Table
Stationery: Krista Wish Tree Invites
Lettering for Welcome Sign, Tea Ceremony Sign, &
Place Cards Doris Wai Love Lettering
Models: – ICON Models
Female Model: Mindy ICON Models
Male Model: Joey ICON Models
Custom Cushions, Chiffon Runner, Gold Chopticks,
Brass Glass Frames: Lisa Wu Wu La La Weddings & Events