May 31, 2019

♥ Our Wedding Day ♥

Now it's time to write about our wedding day, it's gonna be a lengthy post with all the photos I'm about to share.
At the end of this post, I'll list down the details of services we got on our wedding day.
We didn't go and compare with other services, we engaged the one we prefer and pricing was within our budget,
then we decided to get their services on our wedding, pretty easy right? Read on!

| M O R N I N G   C E R E M O N Y   &   L U N C H E O N |
We wanted to have morning ceremony, luncheon and dinner on the same day, yeah very rush we knew about it,
so we had everything done on the same venue for morning ceremony and luncheon, which is at E&O Hotel and we nailed it.
Everything went smoothly according to what we had planned, but we didn't stay long for our luncheon;
half way through the lunch, we departed to our dinner place to prepare for the next round.

| W E D D I N G   R E C E P T I O N |
Of so many garden wedding venues that available in Penang island, we decided to have ours at Botanica Mansion.
It is manage by JT group, our buffet dinner was also prepared by them, all of our guests commented that the food was good!
They prepared a room for us, so that we were able to get some rest and make up done before the dinner.
Many couples did their wedding ceremony and reception on the same place, we didn't make it as we were short of time.
Overall, it was a good night but we never expect the weather was killing hot that night.

| M A K E   U P   &   H A I R   D O   A R T I S T |
Every girl wants to look pretty on their wedding day, so looking for a good MUA is very important.
I'm glad that I found Wenxy from Xynderella Makeup Studio, she has a group of students, but I appointed her to be my MUA.
Before my wedding day, she liaised with me on the details: wedding gowns, hair color and preferable styles.
I do not have much request, so I just let her decide everything and she did a good job!
The hairstyle and make up on my wedding day suit me very well, for both morning ceremony and reception time.
She is such a lovely lady and we talked a lot, too bad I don't have a proper photo with her.

| E M C E E |
We did not hire any emcee or 送嫁娘 during morning ceremony, we go through everything ourselves since it was quite simple.
For reception, we thought that emcee is a must to drive the atmosphere else it will be quite boring.
Our emcee during that night was Henrrey Pang, he is another guy that fun to work with, and he did a good job that night too!
We wanted a simple reception flow, he was the one suggested the flow and game; we met him before wedding day to go through everything and brief him on how we first met, he then told the story to our guests before we march in.

| L I V E   B A N D |
A wedding reception is not complete without music, we had Phenomenon Entertainment & Event to do the job.
They have many teams under the company, depending on what style of music you prefer, then they will recommend accordingly.
We feel that jazz music (especially English songs) goes well with garden wedding,
so we chose 3pcs band from Phenomenon Band and the singers are Adam, Suzanne & one of their saxophonist.
Their voice is so good and soothing, towards the end of the dinner, they even sang the song I requested, without extra charges.

| W E D D I N G   D E C O R A T I O N |
When we decided to have garden wedding, we already expected to spare some budget on decoration.
Mr.Ong surveyed some event planners and we decided to get the wedding service or decoration from What A Bash.
If you are lazy to settle everything by your own, they can help you with that, of course with charges,
with our budget, we only get their services on overall decoration, reception & photo corner and infrastructure setup.
The team went through everything with us before the event to make sure the style or design is what we wanted,
we really in love with the decoration that did by What A Bash!

| P H O T O G R A P H Y |
I didn't get bored viewing all the photos that captured by Snap By Three on our wedding day repeatedly.
Our photographers were Junor and Charissa, thanks to both of them that captured so many memorable photos for us.
I really love the color tone of these photos, very warm and 'real' I would say, don't you think so?
What make me loves them more is the way they passed us the photos; they printed some of the photos for us, together with thumb drive (all soft copies) and packaged them in a customized box! I always in love with this kind of pretty thing.

" What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce "
- Karl Lagerfeld -

I think I have everything cover in this post, thanks to all the loves or wishes we get from our family, relatives and friends!
Here is the list of services we got during our wedding day, click the link to view their page or website.

Wedding Ceremony's Venue: Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Wedding Reception's Venue: Botanica Mansion
Wedding Gown & Suit: Winter December Bridal
Make Up & Hair Do Artist: Wenxy Xynderella Makeup Studio
Emcee: Henrrey Pang
Live Band: Phenomenon Entertainment & Event
Wedding Decoration: What A Bash
Photography: Snap By Three

May 24, 2019

♥ Our Wedding Preparation ♥

Hello lovelies!
Our wedding day is over, finally I have time to update my blog again with yummy food but
I was thinking that why not I blog about the dribs and drabs of our wedding preparation and actual day.
For those who are doing their wedding preparation, I think our information can help you a little, as reference.
We didn't do it in traditional Chinese way, we wanted everything to be very simple.
Scroll down to read more!

| P R O P O S A L |
Let’s talk about the proposal first.
We were supposed to have a stay-cation at E&O Hotel to celebrate my birthday (Year 2018), he ended up surprised me with all the proposal decoration in the room - bouquet, Will You Marry Me wording made from flower petals and our photos.
Before I realized what was happening, Mr. Ong knelt to the ground and of course I said YES!
Nothing fancy but I like it this way, I’m impressed that he did everything by himself as he is not a romantic guy after-all.
Too bad the bluetooth speaker went offline before we checked-in, else 'Perfect' will be played when I stepped into the room.

| W E D D I N G   P L A N N I N G |
Since Mr. Ong is the only son, and both of our parents seems to prefer a proper wedding ceremony,
so we agreed to have a very simple one, and we want to make it as what we preferred, follow our way instead of traditional way.
We had almost a year time to plan for our wedding, we were quite relax about everything as we both make a good team in planning, thanks to Mr. Ong as he is the one who did most of the planning, I only assisted from side.
We decided to split our relatives and friends into different groups: luncheon with relatives and dinner with friends.
By doing this, we will be able to entertain both groups, we want to spend time with all the guests who are coming to our event.

| P R E W E D D I N G   P H O T O S H O O T |
Mr. Ong do not have much demand when it comes to pre-wedding photoshoot, so I make the decision solely.
I did not have idea which bridal house to go until I saw a series of photos posted by WINTER DECEMBER in Instagram,
a newly opened bridal house, their photos are so natural and with a little bit of Korean style kind of feeling.
Winter December is located at Bukit Mertajam, not really far from the island,
we went to ask for the price and straight away get their package without comparing with other bridal house.
This is the best decision we have ever made, we are satisfied with the photos, and of course their service is so good!

Side notes for wedding gown fitting:
1. Tell them your ideal gown if you have any, if you don't have, they will recommend some gowns for you
2. Stop trying new gown when you have already found a few that you like, the more you try, the more you will confuse
3. If you have outdoor photo-shooting, try to choose simple gown, easier for you to walk and pose

Here I show some of our pre-wedding photos, we have 3 styles in total, very simple but I love all the photos we took.
Winter December will suggest the background or style according to the gowns that you chose;
for outdoor, you can choose the place you prefer, we chose somewhere else but due to raining season we took it in a farm,
not really a farm, it is just a village few streets away from the bridal house, and the photos turned out very nice!

| I N V I T A T I O N   C A R D |
I decided to deisgn our own wedding invitation card, different design for luncheon and dinner.
 Both cards are not ordinary wedding invitation card, we want something simple with only necessary information written on it.
After design our invitation cards, we send to one of the local shop for printing.
For families and relatives, we wanted to have something red as they are quite particular on this kind of thing.
So this is the final look of the invitation card for families and relatives, one for his side and another one for my side.
The only different is the tea ceremony time and the contact person at the bottom.
As for my friends, since it is a garden wedding dinner, so the design is even simpler and fit the theme.
The card design is simple, but the tracing paper envelope (wrapper) and wax seal did their job to beautify it.
Other than the pre-printed cards, we need to cut the tracing paper according to card's size, fold them,
print the table name and cut them out with another layer of rice paper, tie the string and finished it with wax seal.
Sound tiring, but we got the satisfaction by looking at the outcome.

| W E D D I N G   A C C E S S O R I E S |
Since we planned our wedding ahead and we got lots of time to spend, we decided to buy wedding accessories from TaoBao.
Car ribbons, door gift boxes, wedding red pockets, bridesmaids' outfit, groomsmen's outfit accessories and etc,
we got them all from TaoBao, which we will get to compare the price and different kind of design are available in TaoBao.
We actually used air shipping service as our items are consider light weight, we got our items in 1 week+ time.

I'll share details about wedding day photography, venue, make up artist, and etc in coming post. Stay tuned!