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Rumour has it that the prices of roses went up by 60% for this year’s Valentine’s. We are referring to Valentine’s day roses, which means it is 60% on top of the double from regular priced roses bought on February 14th. If your other half has bought you flowers, better give them a gargantuan hug worth 260% as compared to other days.

Still, flowers are a quintessential part for weddings, and today would be a good time to share the beautiful bouquets we have captured. Pricing on gorgeous floras could range between nothing at all from all inclusive bridal packages, to easily a five digit sum that adorns the entire venue. Hand bouquets alone would cost between $200 to $500, and I know of a florist who sold one of his creations at $1200.

If you have the creative streak, you could do what Valerie did and create your own hand bouquet. QED if you have magic fingers, but definitely not QED with my own hands.

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She has since received requests to create wedding details for other people, and you can follow her other creations on her Instagram account: @Primandpastel

Here are some other of our favourite bouquets we captured during the past year, and I hope you’ll find these inspiring for your own flower power. Happy Valentine’s!

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It was an amazing show for those who had attended the our boutique partner’s launch of their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. We had more celebrities that attended the show this year, and many were anticipating Fann Wong’s RSVPed attendance. Unfortunately, she had to cancel her plans because she fell sick that day. Maybe next time we’ll catch her at a better time.

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Here is the link to the Facebook album on snippets of what went on during the show.

For the gowns, it was a gorgeous collection of designs that were truly bold and unique, yet feminine and elegant. Take a look at a few of our  picks:

“The Le Grand Spring/Summer 2014 is inspired by the mythical city of Atlantis. There is a mystique that shroud this city as it sits in its on the ocean floor. Wrapped in a blue abyss, imagine a spring burst of colours as schools of vibrant ocean life swim within its ruins. Imagine also mythical mermaids as they glide within the city walls. These imageries materialised itself in Le Grand’s Atlantis collection, a mix of mermaid silhouettes as light reflect off their scales, and a vision of strength as these creatures remained guardians of Atlantis. This is an artistic rendition of a spring/summer collection, an ethereal femme fatale.”

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“The Z Wedding Spring/Summer 2014 is themed on a garden in full bloom. The strength of a woman is also her femininity. Floral details were spared no expense as this season the collection dresses the bride in her very own Eden. The stature of a grand ball gown is romanticized by the softness of delicate blooms, creating the perfect fairy tale as spring approaches.”

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And here is the link to the other gowns that strutted down the catwalk.

 


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Le Grand and Z Wedding are back with their new Spring Summer 2014 Couture. As per previous runway success, they are holding it at Chijmes again, and we will be providing photography, videography, and PR support. It is happening on 9th January 2014, and Singapore’s very own A-lister Fann Wong has shown interest and agreed to attend the show!

For the fashion savvy who are eager to see what the team has created, do RSVP to the the bridal boutiques to secure your seat.

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The studio is buzzing again with some settings being updated. We’re quite excited to shoot with the new arrivals, but of course our popular “in-demand” environments will be retained.

 

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In the course of our years, we were privileged to have couples from all over Asia who flew down to our Singapore gallery for their pre-wedding shoot. Most had found us through the internet, and for that we never fail to be appreciative of the fact that they placed so much trust in us based on our portfolios. We cannot deny that forum discussions did help as well, our team had put in immense effort to maintain a good track record of service and professionalism. If we don’t put in our 100% for every job, the forums can be an abysmal pit hole of word slinging maliciousness. Truly dangerous grounds where one sided stories manifest itself.

Yet, the exposure and positivity that can be derived from the world wide web would far outweigh risks of on-line slander. It has brought us closer to you! With one image of our lovely bride Marly (and her bear), our Facebook page took a giant leap to over 100,000 likes as of today. From the demographic reports, Jakarta “likes” us the most. Thank you Indonesian fans!

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We’d like to now feature some of our overseas couples:

Huang Seng & Pei Shi, Brunei.

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Dave & Fenny, Indonesia.

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Tze Chuan & Denise, Brunei & Sabah.

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Alex & Jasmine, Vietnam & Korea.

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Thet Thet Mon & Myo Myint Aung, Myanmar.

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We will always remember your visit to our little island city!
 


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The F1 weekend came and went, and what a period it is. Stars, cars, and companies descended onto Singapore to provide concerts, events, and parties on grand scales. The annual Johnnie Walker F1 Circuit Lounge party is one such event. For invited guests only, it was held at the Marina Bay Sands event hall, and it was open bar from 9pm to 3am. Aerial dancers, performers, and DJs entertained the night, including a fashion show by Le Grand.

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The organisers for Johnnie Walker wanted to add something different this year, and they decided to engage Le Grand to create a fashion collection as the highlight of the night. The theme: Gold. Johnnie Walker Gold.

Creative designer Daniel from Le Grand did just that.

“To me, the Johnnie Walker label is about the sensation of excitement, a rich taste, the statement of luxury, and a liberated soul. By combining these four elements, what came to my mind was a combination of the Bird of Paradise and the butterfly. Both creatures are rich in colour, outstanding in appearance, and liberated from having to be conventional. In a sense, each creature has evolved into an art piece. Similarly, Johnnie Walker combines different elements to achieve its status. This is the foundation for Le Grand’s Circuit Lounge Capsule collection, elements of its gold luxury combined to produce pieces of art.”

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View the rest of their collection on their Facebook album linked here.

Our studio had the pleasure of supporting them through photography and videography of the fashion show at the Circuit Lounge party. At the end of the weeks that built up to this night, both teams, Le Grand and Chris Ling Intl, breathed a sigh of relief for a job well done. What a fabulous party indeed.

View the rest of  the images from the party on our Facebook album linked here.
 


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Chris Ling Projects is a division of our studio dedicated to providing community service in whatever ways we can. This session, we have decided to open our studio to school children who are interested in learning studio photography.

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It all started earlier in the year when Chris’ son approached him to ask about studio photography lighting and techniques, and Chris gladly taught him. That was when Chris realised other students in secondary or tertiary school photography clubs would be keen to understand how a full fledged studio worked. Out of which not many of them would have photographer parents. It led to us to offer the schools a pro-bono studio photography course taught by Chris. His reasoning for dedicating his time to students was that if he doesn’t, who would? Turns out he was more then happy to interact with the teens. From young school goers to adult couples, the boss somehow has a knack for making everyone feel comfortable.

Ei Ei was the teacher in charge of the photography club in Dunearn Secondary, she responded to my email and expressed her interest in taking up our offer. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to meet up with her young enthusiasts. I had asked her if the paperwork was difficult to process in getting the club out of the school and into our studio, and she replied that there were indeed quite a number of regulations to meet and forms to fill, but it wasn’t all that bad after one learns the art of templates! Our respect to this diligent teacher who put in the extra time for the kids.

In all, we had a very good session. Ei Ei and another accompanying teacher had a comfortable time, joining in the fun of photography. The students had many questions answered, and they were all excitedly experimenting with our equipment. Lastly, Chris seemed to have a ball of a time interacting with the kids, I could see the joy he had imparting his passion to the next generation. After this session, we hope more schools would take interest in the project. As always feel free to contact us, dear hardworking teachers!

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You can view more images of the Dunearn Secondary School session on our Facebook album, linked here.
 


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Our team received information that we would be supporting our partner bridal boutiques, LeGrand and Z Wedding D’sign, for their first by invite only runway show in Chijmes just two weeks prior to the 2nd August 2013 event. It was such a mad rush, yet the adrenalin and the excitement leading up to an unheralded fashion runway show (by a bridal boutique) was quite a high. What made the LeGrand/Z Wedding Fall/Winter 2013 show different was that it wasn’t a wedding event in a hotel where you have different vendors peddling their wares, it was a classic couture runway show that emphasized on designer bridal wear. Our Chris Ling team was there to provide them manpower, graphics, video, photography, and any other creative ideas they need input on.

 

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Backstage, the gown designers, coordinators, and fitters were fluttering about waiting for showtime. Showtime started later then expected unfortunately, we had to wait for one more VIP to arrive straight from the airport.

 

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Celebrities accepted the invite to the show, and yours truly was in charge of attending to them. Fortunately, the seating arrangements were rather straightforward. They were extremely friendly; with none of the diva dramas or suprise requests people associate celebs with. David Gan was very modest, and he is such a darling. You can’t help but not want to chat with him all night, and now I understand why everyone wants to get to know him. In attendance, (left to right by row) Tracy Lee, Chris Tong, David Gan, Zen Chong, Malaysian supermodel Amber Chia, and reknowned catwalk guru Benjamin Toong.

 

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And what were they feasting their eyes on? True couture creations with bold designs. Designers from both fashion houses took a rather different step from the conventional tule gowns popular in the market. They mixed, matched, layered, and produced gowns more fashionably daring over; a leap over cookie cutter princess gowns. The following are some highlights from Z Wedding:

 

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Daniel Heawen from LeGrand took wedding gowns into a different edge, outer bodices laced into the gowns evoked a structured look. The combination of weaved corsets and delicate fabrics evoked a touch of ferosh to an essentially feminine look:

 

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It was truly an amazing show. For those who attended, thank you for joining us, especially with the one hour wait for the show to start. Like how I feel the team’s effort in supporting LeGrand and Z Wedding was well worth it, I do hope you would feel the wait was too.

Other links:

David Gan’s blog post on Fall/Winter 2013 at Chijmes

Facebook album on event pictures.
 


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It’s another season and we’re revamping some settings in our Singapore studio. We’ll keep you posted once the images are out!

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My husband and I love simplicity. It shows in our design choices and our lifestyles. We also have a penchant to display repressed anger toward bad service. To top it off, when it comes to food his Japanese taste buds are spoilt by the splendor of flavours available in Japan. Our expectations are not high, it is just that we are hard to impress. Yet, the Grand Hyatt Singapore made us very happy people.

Minimalism is often construed as having a white sofa placed in the middle of a white room. That is neither minimalism nor simplicity, it is, instead, just plain boring. There is an art to creating a pleasing space with as little items as possible. Should one want to undertake this endeavor, any design flaws would stick out like wine stains on an ivory wedding dress (touch wood). It was this minimalism that sealed my husband’s decision of having our wedding at the Grand Hyatt. Why would we choose and older hotel? Its exterior is modest, one might say reminiscent of the 1980’s Post Modernism. Inside, Hyatt made an excellent decision of investing in the Super Potato team to revamp their interiors.

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Super Potato Co. is one of the world’s leading interior firm. It is a Japanese firm run by renowned designer Takashi Sugimoto. Their touch turned Grand Hyatt chic, welcoming, and stylish. When the husband stepped into The Gallery (their banquet hall), he was won over. The entire space would solely be ours, including the spacious lounge with its high ceilings. Personally, I prefer high ceilings for the banquet room, but he does not. He finds high ceilings imposing and unfriendly, whilst I find it grand.

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This difference in our perspectives showed that taste is indeed subjective. The decisions you make when choosing your wedding celebration venue would come to light as well. What I strongly recommend though, is for one not to neglect details. The space that Grand Hyatt Singapore provided was bar none. Placement of furnishings, lightings, accent pieces, while leaving other areas  open, provided an extra stretch that seemingly embraced all your guests when they arrive.

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My prerequisite for any hotel is a decently sized bridal suite. Decent translates to large; it is one of my must haves, and they delivered. For most hotels, if you approach your sales coordinator about viewing the rooms first they would be able to accommodate to your request.

Food was excellent. Some dishes were served individually, some were communal. The abalone and sea cucumber in an individual claypot for all guests was their pièce de résistance. I would rather have all dishes plated out to my guests, but I was not charming enough to convince them.

Service staff is another factor not to overlook. Their banquet personnel came from all over the world, and we speculate that it could be exchange programs with all the Hyatts around the globe. Don’t quote us on that though. We had a party of Indian, German, Japanese, and Korean service staff and managers amongst the Singaporean personnels. All of them were extremely professional, and I dare say more so then the banquet staff who served me at a friend’s wedding in a 6 star hotel (I shan’t name and shame).

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Comparatively, there is one other hotel that received raving reviews on food and service. My clients who had their banquet at Capella swear by them. I remembered one groom told me their butler uprooted a small tree because it was blocking their view! I felt sorry for the tree, but at least it was planted somewhere else within the compound.

Now, we come to the price list. Grand Hyatt’s tables are $1388+++ for the year 2013. It’s the median price for hotels their caliber. Other hotels do have lower rates around the $1188/$1288 price range (Corpthone, Fullerton, etc. to name a few), while Capella, like St Regis, is on the higher tier ($1588/$1808). Here’s the full list of wedding venue prices from Singapore Brides.

For our 2012 wedding, the husband and I took up Hyatt’s add on package of pre-banquet  hors d’oeuvre and free flow of alcohol at an extra $400 or so per table. I recalled our total bill, after taxes, was around $1800-$1900. In retrospect, our guests didn’t drink that much and we would have saved tons if we had not went for it, but that extra amount of money relieved us of the tremendous “what if not enough” stress. All we did was sit back, enjoy, and have the ball of our lives with our friends and family. There was so much fun I wish I could bottle it up and give it to North Korea.

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Safe to say, The Grand Hyatt exceeded our high expectations. We are now Hyatt club members, and we plan to stay with them during our future travels.

(All articles written on our blog are not paid spots, and no barter trade of any form was involved. These views are the personal experiences of the writer.)
 


 


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