Are you ready for this wedding? Boy, I’ve got a good one today. This wedding is an English Chinese Woodland themed wedding and the bride wore three dresses, a Chinese dress, a traditional white gown and a lovely dress from Coast for the evening reception. I love it. She explains below all the details from her dresses to the incredible hand made woodland themed cakes and more details of the vision for their wedding day. There was so much thought that went into every little detail and this did not go unseen!
Bride: Lillian Ip | Groom: Alan Koon
Dress: I wore three dresses on the day because we did a Chinese/English fusion. So I wore a traditional Chinese dress embroidered with thousands of beads that form patterns of flowers, dragons and phoenixes all over the dress. It was borrowed from a relative- it’s known to be lucky to borrow the gown from a lady who married well. I wore a white wedding dress during the ceremony which was an off-shoulder chapel train dress with amazing lace patterned all over the corset and to the edge of the skirt, exactly as I would have imagined! My bridesmaid helped me order it custom made from China for a great price! The evening dress I bought from Coast, funny story – I was describing exactly what I wanted as I was walking around the stores to my mum “a modest silver, preferably with a shorter front and longer back so it’s sort of like my wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline…” and there it was, hanging on the shelves of Coast waiting for me. It was very comfortable and I danced away all night in that dress!
Suit: Alan was heart set on using MOSS again since they did a great job for his brother’s wedding- they all wore these lovely grey tailcoat suits with a grey waistcoat and green cravats (which matches the bridesmaid’s mint dresses perfectly!), Alan wore a white waistcoat with a white tie just so he looks a little different from the groomsmen.
Cake: I love making cakes and already knew it was one of the things I wanted to DIY at the wedding. Since we were having a woodland wedding, I designed the main cake to look like a tree trunk using Flake chocolate and little flower moulds to decorate, topped off with a model of me and Alan I made out of Fimo Clay. We decided cupcakes were an easy option to transport and share, so we made enough for all our 100 guests with the help of a couple of my bridesmaids, mum and aunts! We made three different flavours: Apple, banana & chocolate and lemon. We made the apple flavour really look like an apple! I work with Clare from POP Bakery quite often and she made these wonderful bunny POPs for us, which we used to decorate the top of the other two flavoured cupcakes along with mushroom POPs I made to match. It was a very long day of baking, but lots of fun!
Stationery: I did all the invitations myself- since I do illustration/graphic design, it only made sense for me to! I designed a gatefold invitation based on a woodland theme and a custom illustration of me and Alan inside. We were very pleased with it and I even made it available to purchase through my online store after: www.thelittlematters.co.uk. For the guest book we decided to use polaroid films and marker pens so people can sign their picture. We put all the polaroids in an album, it’s great having something visual along with the messages.
Wedding Favours: We really wanted something that lasted, but not too cheesy and won’t just sit around people’s homes collecting dust… We decided on succulent plants! It was actually quite hard finding someone who sold them as mini plants in batches, but we found someone on Etsy who was able to provide them. It fitted in with the woodland theme, easy to care for and had life- which we like to think is a new beginning for us. (Just hope the non-gardeners didn’t find it to difficult to plant!) We added a little flag on each of them so they doubled up as table name tags too.
Photographer: We already knew what kind of photographer we wanted- someone with a natural, airy feel to their photos and knew which moments were the ones to catch… We found Gemma Lawrence online and browsing through her gallery she matched exactly that! We had an engagement photoshoot with Gemma prior to the wedding and the results were more than promising, we knew we were in good hands.
Videographer: We initially hired a couple of nightmare videographers who came from Cardiff, who also unreasonably cancelled on us last minute. We were in a real panic at the time but thank goodness we found Ollie from Storybook films who was wonderful to work with, enthusiastic and easy-going. He was great on the day and kept us updated on the shots he’s fitted in- making sure he doesn’t miss anything. We haven’t seen the video yet as he’s still working on it, but his portfolio has impressed us a great deal and we can’t wait till we get our video!
Hair/Make-up: Alan’s cousin got a great hairdresser friend to do my hair for me, who was absolutely amazing. I’m one of those brides who pretty much knew what I wanted and she managed to make exactly what I had in mind. I used hair extensions because I couldn’t grow my hair in time. I used a gold headpiece, fresh flowers, a veil which matched the different outfits I had. My now sister-in-law is also a talented undercover make-up artist, she did three amazing looks to match my outfits throughout the whole wedding and kept it natural as I wished for, she was super!
Jewellery: It’s a Chinese tradition to wear lots of real, pure gold jewellery on the day and I was lucky enough to have many gifted to me on the day from my family and relatives. I wore it throughout the morning, but preferred to keep simple for the rest of the day with a pair of silver stud earrings and just wore my engagement and wedding ring. It was a lot more comfortable to party that way!
Band/DJ: Music was definitely a focal point for us at the wedding, we hired 3 bands to play for us throughout the day. A violin and Cello Duet for the ceremony, a Pianist during the reception/wedding breakfast and a Jazz band in the evening for a lot of dancing! All their performances were spectacular!
Your vision for the day: We definitely wanted it to be a relaxed, fun wedding and tried to have something going on all the time so our guests wouldn’t get bored along the way. Other than live music all the way through, there was canapés and drinks served after the ceremony with our bridal party taking photos for the guests as others were signing the guest book. After the wedding breakfast we had piñata smashing (which doubled up as table numbers during the meal!) which I made with my wonderful mum and bridesmaids. Then the cake cutting and bouquet throwing followed by our long-rehearsed first dance. And to finish off we had a hog roast and fireworks before the end of the party. Apart from the one point where the guests were getting a bit impatient and couldn’t wait to grab the cakes- which was a real laugh at the end!- the day ran very smoothly with the help of my wedding planner, Donna, she did a great job!
Anything you would change: We would have liked to somehow tried to fit in more sleep the night before (if it was at all possible!) We were both so tired from the lack of sleep that week, both from excitement and the amount of things we needed to get done. Though out of no where we did have lots of energy throughout the wedding, we literally collapsed by the end of the night! Though all in all we were very pleased with our wedding and we had a fantastic time! 🙂
What do you think about having a theme for your fusion wedding? This woodland theme is so unique, what would your theme be?4