This luxe stlyed shoot comes to us from Formosa Events, based in Toronto, ON! Here’s Formosa Events to tell us more:
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is an annually celebrated holiday period that lasts for 15 days until the Spring or Lantern Festival. If you are to take a poll of all the various Asian populations of the world and where they have immigrated, about 1/6th of the world’s entire population celebrates this special occasion. Lunar New Year is celebrated by not only the Chinese population, but Vietnamese, Malaysian, and more.
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The overarching vision for the shoot was to weave Eastern and Western design threads together, to form a modern interpretation for the Lunar New Year. We featured high end designer luxury items in juxtaposition to mainstream ones. We highlighted old traditional elements with a fresh modern twist. We showcased custom designed pieces with prefabricated ones. Our two designs are complementary and interconnected. This duality gives reference to the Yin and Yang philosophy. However, they can also stand alone and be appreciated for their own individual merits.
With every editorial style shoot that I have led, there has always been an initial design concept that is then built up; layer by layer. This initial concept serves as the foundation, vision and the focus of the the entire shoot. Early on, the initial colour palette was selected. We drew upon “fresh” green as one of the feature colours. This was partly chosen because Greenery was the Pantone colour for 2017. The other reason for green, is that Jade is a precious prized stone in the Chinese culture. Since the Lunar calendar overlaps the Gregorian calendar, Green was the perfect choice and springboard for the colour palette. The other feature colour was gold. This was often associated with the Lunar New Year as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Showcasing mixed metallic colours are very on point with current wedding design trends.
The pink and purple table top showcases an abundance of pretty florals. Blooms are significant over the Lunar New Year as it represents the start of another life cycle. Usually blooms on trees signify the ability to bear fruit symbolizing abundance for the new year. This table represents a more traditional style of table.
The flatware, China and charger plates were from Bed, Bath and Beyond while the glassware were from Ikea. Again, this table was meant to demonstrate what you can do with your own existing items that you might have received from a bridal shower or as wedding gifts. Decorating does not mean that you necessarily need to rent all your items. You can mix and match what you already own.
Often times, further attention needs to be given to the stationery component to events. For this shoot, an exquisite custom made, multi-layered, laser cut invitation was created. It was then encased in an acrylic box. The level of intricacy would make any invited guest swoon in anticipation of the upcoming event. The initial invitation to any event provides a “sneak peak” or a small window in which guests get a glimpse of what the event will be like. Peering into this magnificent invitation box provides something that is truly representative of the occasion that is going to be celebrated.
Other details for any tabletop includes the place cards, and menu cards. The beautiful octagon laser cut menu details the dining selection, while encircling the lantern place cards on the green and gold table. Each place setting was accentuated with this stylish combination. As an additional decorative element, custom made green chopstick holders housed wooden chopsticks that rested on canine figurines. For the pink and purple table, chopstick slips were made out of elegant paper and individual place cards marked each place setting.
At the conclusion of any dinner service, many guests look forward to a bite of sweets with coffee and tea. These stunning cakes embody various elements of Asian influenced design. From the delicately hand painted chinoiserie scenes of bonsai trees and gazebo, to the gold accents ornaments that were meant to mimic door locks from the ancient palaces. These are a fabulous presentation of a modern Asian inspired cakes. The sweets table also displayed fortune cookies towers instead of macaroons that you would typically find a wedding. Other sweets that were moulded moon cakes were also part of this delightful spread and any guest; young or old would be tempted to taste.
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Creative Director, Green theme Producer and Wedding Planner: Asian Fusion Weddings
Creative Director, Pink theme Producer and Wedding Planner: Formosa Events
Creative Director (Both Shoots) and Photography: Pepper and Light
Cinematography: Images Life Media
Floral and Decor: Jackie O Floral Events Affair
Bonsai Trees: Tropical Expressions
Cake and Sweets Table: Nadia and Co.
Stationery Design and Flat Lay Stylist: Maison Maquette
Backdrop and Table Vinyl: Designer Dance Floor | Exotik Wrapz
Wedding Gowns: Dina Alonzi
Asian Jewellery: H & F Jewellery
Men’s Bowtie and Male Model Stylist: TYTAN Ties
Men’s Ties (Pink theme shoot): Classica
Men’s Shoes (Pink theme shoot): JAY + DEE
Hair Stylist: Medulla & Co.
Make-up Artist: Vinny Artistry & Co.
Canine Couture: El Cachorrocouture
Lion Dancers: Wushu Project
Table top rentals: Chairman Mills
Table and Chair rentals: Detailz Couture
Paper Lanterns: Toronto Paper Lanterns
Female and Male Models: Crystal and Gabriel of Elite Model
Canine Models: Merlin’s Hope Rescue
Venues: Aga Khan Museum and Shangri-La Hotel