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This is a particularly sweet Valentine’s for us this year.  Our incredibly talented team pulled together an amazing creative Chinese New Year style shoot in less than 2 weeks!!

Not only did we have a phenomenal creative team, we were also shown so much love from a vast array of wedding industry professionals, wedding blogs, wedding planning websites, and so many others from around the world.  We really want to express our love and gratitude to everyone involved.  For those of you who love video, then you’ll love this video created by Summerfield Films.

 

 

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Concept design Asian Fusion Weddings in collaboration with Devoted to You

ProducerAsian Fusion Weddings

Associate ProducerDevoted to You

Photography Pepper and Light

Cinematography Summerfield Films

Floral and DecorThe Social Rose

Modern Asian theme sweets tableTruffle Cake and Pastry

Traditional Asian theme sweets tableLe Dolci

Stationery Maison Maquette

Modern Asian table top rentalsPlate Occasions

Traditional Asian table top rentalsEvent Rental Group

Chair rentalsDivine Furniture Rental

Linens – Around the Table

Custom Tray of TogethernessEPD Engineered Plastic Design Inc.

VenueEstates of Sunnybrook MacLean House

Chinese tableware – Wendy’s private collection

 

Hugs to NICOLE RICHARDs for my glamorous look and helping me be camera ready!!

 

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And to my dearest husband as well as my 3 kids, I never thought this is where our family would be  – but what an incredible journey it has been!!  I love you guys more than I can say.  And honey, look I got to wear my wedding shoes again!

 



Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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It has been a whirlwind of activity since Toronto Star (Canada’s largest nationally circulated newspaper) engaged Wendy in an editorial Chinese New Year style shoot.  In just under 2 weeks, we had to design, plan and execute this richly detailed photo shoot.  We were asked to create two table top designs that were each distinctively unique, but still reminiscent of Asian style and flair.

The second look was created using a more modern muted palette of blue, pink and white.  The inspiration came  from Wendy’s grandmother’s Ching Tung blue and white porcelain pattern.  Its beauty has also captivated the hearts of those in the West for many generations. The French call it “blanc de Chine”. There are various blue and white porcelain patterns which lend themselves to a Chinoiserie feel in design and decor.  This is currently a really hot trend.

With this more modern setting, Wendy collaborated with THE SOCIAL ROSE to create a floral masterpiece in a more garden style.  We think The Social Rose created another phenomenal tabletop centrepiece design!!

Wendy worked really hard to garner as much exposure for the team’s shoot as much as possible.  We are extremely grateful that so many other media outlets loved the team’s work.  Thank you to Toronto Star, Elegant Weddings, EventSouce, OMNI Focus Cantonese, Calgary Bride, Real Wedding Canada, Cultural Wedding Planner, Strictly Weddings, Edbury Collections – UK and Her World Plus – Singapore for featuring our team’s talents.

Here are the gorgeous images from the Chinese New Year’s Shoot as  captured by PEPPER AND LIGHT.  Please give a huge round of applause to our amazing team…

This modern Asian inspired table designed was featured on a rectangle table.  This was deliberately chosen as most Western dining tables and Western restaurants are rectangle tables.  Wendy paired white chairs that have a Zhen vibe but having a modern style.  This design could easily be translated for a bridal shower, a pastel water colour theme wedding or even a baby shower.

 

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The beauty of the blue and white porcelain pattern, is that you can mix and match.  It doesn’t need to be the exact pattern.  In fact, it’s best not to be matching things identically.  The key design element is that the patterns are similar, with the tones and hues of the blues being similar.

 

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As this design was meant to have more of a garden feel, the floral blooms used are hydrangea, roses, garden roses, ranunculus,  and berries.  They flowers were arranged in a more loose and organic feel.

 

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We then also matched charger plates hand crafted from Italy, and a blush pink water goblet to emphasize the tones of blues and pinks.

 

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We also opted for a more modern and sleek white and gold statement flatware.  Again, mixing modern elements with more vintage ones like the china and the glassware.

 

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Again, what a fun modern interpretation of stationery for Chinese New Year.  We love the firecracker that has the lucky money rolled up inside!!

 

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This gigantic Ferrero Rocher chocolate presentation in its own custom lucite is a fabulous parting favour for your guests.

 

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What a fabulous sweets table display!!  Hitting all the colour palette tones of blues, pinks and whites, yet including the symbolism associated with Chinese New Year.

 

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We can just imagine all the guests ooh’s and ah’s  of delight when they see this delicious sweets table after  dinner.

 

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We absolutely adore the Rooster medallions on these cupcakes for Chinese New Year.

 

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The flowers on these cupcakes look to exquisite to eat!!  The macaroons are detailed with the Chinese character “Fook”, which means fortune and good luck.  Things that are wished for in the coming year.

 

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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It has been a whirlwind of activity since Toronto Star (Canada’s largest nationally circulated newspaper) engaged Wendy in an editorial Chinese New Year style shoot.  In just under 2 weeks, we had to design, plan and execute this richly detailed photo shoot.  We were asked to create two table top designs that were each distinctively unique, but still reminiscent of Asian style and flair.  The first look was created using the traditional palette of red and gold.  The inspiration came  from Wendy’s grandmother’s Mun Shou Longevity Chinese porcelain pattern.  With this more traditional setting, Wendy asked The Social Rose to create a floral masterpiece in an Ikebana style.  We think The Social Rose created a phenomenal tabletop centrepiece design!!

Wendy worked really hard to garner as much exposure for the team’s shoot as much as possible.  We are extremely grateful that so many other media outlets loved the team’s work.  Thank you to Toronto Star, Elegant Weddings, EventSouce, OMNI Focus Cantonese, Calgary Bride, Real Wedding Canada, Cultural Wedding Planner, Strictly Weddings, Edbury Collections – UK and Her World Plus – Singapore for featuring our team’s talents.

Here are the gorgeous images from the Chinese New Year’s Shoot as  captured by Pepper and Light.  Please give a huge round of applause to our amazing team…

This traditional Asian inspired table designed was featured on a round table.  This was deliberately chosen as most Chinese families would eat at home or in Chinese restaurants at round tables.  Wendy paired black chairs that have a Zhen vibe but  also had  a mid-century modern style.

 

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The floral arrangements featured deep red roses and cymbidium orchids.  Popular blooms for Chinese weddings as well.

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We showcased gold flatware, gold rimmed stemware and gold bead charger plates to accent the gold floral vases.

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Chinese households used the Mun Shou Chinese porcelain china pattern a lot in the past.  These were from Wendy’s grandmother’s china collection.

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We adore this modern chopstick holder presentation – simply yet striking.  It can be easily incorporated at a Chinese wedding.

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If you are going to be having formal dining celebrations, then it would not be complete without having custom made menus that are wrapped in material that mimic ostrich skin!

 

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We love the 3D laser cut paper rooster that adds the perfect touch to the sweets table, and check out those Fuji Apples!!

 

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Sweets table displaying things that would be symbolic to be eaten over the Chinese New Year 15 day festivities.

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The Tray of Togetherness is another symbolic presentation of meaningful foods to each over Chinese New Year.

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Chinese New Year celebrations would never be complete without the Lucky Red Envelopes!!  Custom made ones are definitely more stylish.

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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Last week, Carmen Luk from Devoted to You and I were invited to Focus Cantonese on Omni TV to speak about home decorating and styling tips for Chinese New Year.   The segment was based on our recent collaborative style shoot featured on Toronto Star on Saturday, January 28th, which was actually Chinese New Year day.

 

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Image courtesy of OMNI Focus Cantonese Anchor Kenneth Li

 

Both table top designs were inspired by vintage Chinese porcelain that my late grandmother owned and we used growing up.  Chinese New Year is all about family, so being able to remember her in such a special way was very meaningful.  The place setting on the left was a more traditional style, with the Mun Shou Longevity porcelain pattern that was once very popular with Chinese families.  As this porcelain pattern is already in the red colour range, it was easy enough to pair it with more Western rental items like the gold beaded charger plate, gold rimmed stemware and gold flatware.  The overall look was further enhanced by a bright red table linen.  Many of these decorative items don’t necessarily have to be purchased; but available for rental purposes.

 

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Image Courtesy of Pepper and Light

On the right, we created a more modern colour palette inspired by the Ching Tung blue and white porcelain china pattern.  The vases were accented by beautiful pink blooms.  The blue and white porcelain pattern tableware is also quite common in Chinese households.  The blue and white chinaware has very on point and trend right.  This look can be reinterpreted for other celebrations such as bridal showers and baby showers.

 

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Image Courtesy of Pepper and Light

 

Many thanks to Nicole Richards for my glamorous look and helping me be camera ready!! Shout out to Secrets Floral Collection for providing the flowers on set.  Tableware by Event Rental Group and Plate Occasions.  Stay tuned for more photos of our photo shoot this week on our blog!

 

For now, here’s the interview in Chinese.  Yes, Carmen’s Cantonese is better than mine.  However, as a “jook sing” (Canadian born Chinese) – my Cantonese is conversational.  I also surprised all my family and friends; especially my dad who never misses seeing Kenneth.  OMNI was the last place that they ever thought that I would appear!!

 



Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner and this year is the Year of the Rooster, which is tenth out of 12 Chinese zodiac signs.  In Chinese culture, the Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, for it wakes people up on time.

This year is already showing some pretty amazing things for us at Asian Fusion Weddings.  We start off the year with a bang!!  We were asked to be featured in the Toronto Star; Canada’s highest circulation newspaper.  They asked our team to showcase table top designs for Chinese New Year.  We were delighted to obliged.  The end result was not just one, but two stunning designs complete with sweets table displays.

The first was dressed up in the traditional Chinese colour palette of red and gold.  These rich and vibrant colours within the Chinese culture represent luck, fortune and prosperity.  The second table was decked out in a more modern Chinoiserie colour palette of blues, pinks and magentas.  Therefore if you don’t prefer the traditional colour scheme, there is another option in terms of decor.  Here are two photographs that depict our inspiration:

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Now before we provide you with a sneak peak of the images from this fabulous editorial shoot, we wanted to also provide 3 dining etiquette advice tips in case you are invited to Chinese home or restaurant for dinner.  Chinese New Year is always marked with multiple feasts hosted by many family and friends.  The celebrations last 2 weeks long and end on the 15th day where there is the Spring Festival.  The occasion is usually marked with a Lantern Festival.

Top 3 Dining Tips

1) Ordering food – Should you be at a restaurant and the option of ordering a dish is extended to you, try and order a dish that is different than all the rest.  Therefore having an assortment of dishes for all the guests to enjoy. To ensure that there is enough food for everyone, the general rule of thumb is to order the number of dishes equivalent to guest count plus one.  The final count of dishes should not be seven, as this number of dishes is reserved for funeral banquet dining.  Try and stay with an even number of dishes as an odd number bad for fortune.  For the authentic Chinese wedding banquet, it’s usually a traditional 10 course meal that closes off with sweet red bean soup and Chinese petite four pastries.

 

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2) Master the art of eating – as in Western culture, you should close your mouth to chew food well before you swallow it.  Try to minimize any noise when chewing food.  Avoid putting too much food into your mouth at a time as it provides the impression that you are impoverished.  Also avoid stretching your neck, open your mouth wide and extend your tongue to catch food you are lifting to your mouth – it’s really bad table manners. 

Should there be parts of the food that are inedible such as bones and such, use chopsticks or a hand to take them out of your mouth.  Then place those items on the side of the plate.  Do not spit them directly onto the plate or on the ground.   If you have sauce or food particles around your mouth, please use a tissue or napkin to wipe it away.  Do refrain from using your tongue and attempting to lick it away.

 

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3) Tea time tea is usually served as soon as you have a seat in a restaurant or at a host/hostess’ home. At a restaurant, the waiter/waitress serves you tea while you read the menu and decide what to order. The tea pot is then left on the table after everyone cups are filled. Guests then serve themselves.

When someone pours tea into your cup, you can tap the table with your pointer and middle finger – two or three times, showing thanks to the pourer for the service and of being enough tea. The pourer will stop pouring when this gesture is seen.  Take care not to overfill the cup with tea or fill it to the brim.  The cup should be about 80% full.

If the teapot is empty, simply leave the lid slightly ajar on the pot.  However, do not place the lid on the table as this is bad form.  The wait staff will understand that this is the signal to refill the teapot.

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Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.



 

 

 

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