Friday, December 26, 2008

Behind The Scene Report

I'm so far behind with my blog postings, so I've decided to pick up and go on posting about right before my brother's wedding 'behind the scenes' right through all the 'DIYs'. Here goes...
It started with this victorian motif.

The dedication card inserted in the invites was a brilliant idea. We were pleasantly surprised that most of the guests actually took the time at home to pen down well wishes and congratulatory messages.

The dedication tree at the reception area. Beautiful messages from friends and families!

The printed cards. We had to sort them out and hand bind each and every one!

Even little Nigel was a big help! Little hands that could do the hardest tasks.

Piles and piles of invites.The punching was the hard part! So, remember - get the industrial printers to do it first! (Duh!)

These buttons are specially made for the door gifts. We decided to on two types of Kaya for the guests to take home.
The only picture of the Kaya bottle that I found on Facebook.

The special butter cake for the bride's family.

Everyone played and important part. Here we are assembling the menu cards! I'm probably trying to convince everybody that it's going to be worth the effort. You'll see.

A family the crafts together - STAYS TOGETHER!! LOL!!!

See what I mean. All 35 tables had their own menu card with a picture of the newly wed. They were all gone right after the dinner, I guess everyone wanted a souvenir!

Even Victoria's grandma put in a lot of effort. She's an amazing lady!

The backdrop design. Quite technical actually, I had all the drawings done on the computer and had the design superimposed to the actual backdrop to make sure everything fits. It's not one of the biggest backdrops we've done, but the most intricate. Challenging but it was fantastic how everyone lend a hand to build this!

It began with a lot of pasting & cutting! I hate this process, it's long, tedious and you definitely cannot do this alone.

Pasting the cut templates onto the styrofoam was a challenge too. So many pieces, so many joints, so little time. What a huge puzzle!

Mom, was there to do a lot of everything. You can always count on my Mom!

The templates all cut and ready for phase 2!

After the cutting comes the painting. Stan was really good at this.

After the paint dries, the glueing begins. I love glitter! (And we buy them by the kilos!)

My sis and her glammed up hands. There were glitter everywhere!

Paint everywhere! And because the paint is water based - it took longer to dry. So imagine my mom's house. It was turned into a warehouse/factory!!

A little piece of the whole tendril. Everything was 12ft high!

Here's my technician/Dad at work. He's in charge of the moving, reaaranging, shipping, transportation and assembly work!!
Pinning the styrofoam pieces to the curtain. It's a secret how we managed to pin this gigantic backdrop to the organza!

This was way past bedtime. We had to be there 3 times too. And my sis and me managed to put up the whole of the right side in one short morning! PHEW!!

The finished backdrop. I can't seem to find a full picture of the backdrop!?

Right after the wedding we went on a family trip to Kuantan. It was more like a foodtourney, we were eating all the way and having a nice well deserved holiday... we were on a honeymoon with the newly wed (Hahaha!).

On the way there we stopped at Bentong for some nice seafood. They have the biggest kangkung's in the world!!!

We drove up to Chukai for some stuffed crab. Here's Nigel (5 minutes away from throwing up! his lunch!) Too much sun and fun!!

Yummy stuffed crab!

Here's Richard trying his hand at making his own breakfast. We stayed at Swiss Garden and the buffet breakfast was not too bad. Rooms were clean and I think everyone enjoyed the spa too.

Nigel at the beach.
Richard having fun with miniature golf. LOL!

The honeymooners in front of a restaurant we had dinner the first night there.

At the beach, 5 minutes before my sis and me sneaked out to the Kuantan mall for some shopping.
When in Kuantan, do stop by at Hai Peng's for coffee and snacks!

The spread was good! Local kuihs and lots of yummy food to go with very very very good coffee.

Our kiwis think so too!

This seems to be our usual table. I think we had everything on the menu. Must try their spicy tuna sandwich, serious kick!

Of course, we had to bring the Brown's to our favourite Satay shop. Queenspark at Peel Road!

Meow & Victoria gave us a treat to a buffet dinner the week after their wedding. Meli & Richard flew home the day after.

One BIG Happy Family! This I think will be the last photo of us all, until we meet again...perhaps in Gold Coast???

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

FREE Christmas Gift Tag!

Hi! It's my birthday today and to make it extra special I've designed a few ornate Christmas tags you can print for that someone special this holiday. Have fun!! You can download the pdf files here. They fit into an A4 sheet of photo or textured paper, cut according to the trim lines and fold into halves and of course you can sew in sequins or buttons and bows! If you're IT savvy, you may even resize it or add the recipient's name on the tags.

Download the multi coloured one here.
Download the blue ones here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Meow Mega Post

This is my brother's wedding photos. He tied the knot last month on the 22nd and these are the long awaited photos. I've omitted quite a lot as some of the photos will be featured in his blog and some will be printed for the members of the family and friends. These are just a few of my favourites, the photos are not quite in sequence but hopefully it'll show you the whole day in snap by snapshots. Of course, there'll be some emphasis on the backdrop, the cake, the menucard and the button corsages we made for this special day. I'll be posting the diy's and the events culminating to this special day. A special thanks to Meli & Richard (for your invaluable help in everything, both of you were supposed to be on a holiday but we worked you to the bone!!!), to my dearest Stan and the ever helpful Nigel (the joy you bring fills the void in our sanity!) and to my parents who tolerated our mess, our nonsense and standing by us in everything we do (or don't do, hahaha!)

The day began with my bro decorating his bridal car. We have to thank Uncle John for lending us his brand new Jag. What a surprise it was! The teddies were from my wedding too.

Yes, that's his official wedding outfit. Don't blink, but those shoes are more expensive that those black designer leather shoes. (Oh, Did I mention my bro is a professional clown?)

Mom checking on his youngest son! She's always amused at what he's up to.

Another one of my brother's expertise is balloon sculpturing. (I'm so proud of him! We're on a DIY team!)

So cute!
The Bridal Entourage. Men in black wigs!

Off he goes to fetch Mrs. Meow!

Meow doing a jigg before entering Vic's house!

The Entourage doing a song and dance.

Nigel amused by the silliness of it all!

We all know that Meow can't sing a tune. Pity the inlaws. LOL!

Vic receiving her balloon bouquet.

A good nose rub to begin a new journey together.

Victoria arriving at mom's place.

Welcome Mrs. Meow!

A moment with the boys minus the wigs.

Mom and dad at the tea ceremony.

Kung-Kung having a sip of sweet tea.

My grandma's turn.
Some of the tea ceremony photos are not ready yet, so in my hand I've only Uncle Anthony and Auntie Chris. Will post them once I have them.

The best lunch idea ever. Mom had our favourite Chee Cheong Fun guy from the morning market to park his truck outside so anyone can just grab something to eat after the tea ceremony.

Anxious groom'smen at the church of St. Peter, Bangsar. What a rush, while this is going on, my husband and me were arranging the cupcake tiers in the restaurant!

The bride preparing to enter with her parents.

Mom and dad walking down the aisle first. You can catch a glimpse of me in a corner.

The ring bearer and flowergirl.

The father of the bride giving the bride away.

Dedicating their vows to each other.

Auntie Chris doing an excellent job with the viewcam. She's such a pro! She should be charging now.

Dancing down the aisle.

The newly wed.
The kissing chipmunks.

One big family!

With my grandparents.

The Ngs, The Tan's, The Newlywedded Tan's and The Brown's.

With Vic's immediate family.

The couple preparing to walk into a hall as the newly wed during the dinner at One Seafood Bangsar.

My cousins and my sis.

My mom waiting for her turn at the pulpit.

Check out the decor. My sis-in law's family is in the wedding decor business, so the decor tonight was fabulous and very very special in everyway.

Holding on to each other.

Yes, that's a good rule to abide in.

Nigel, mustering the courage to say grace for dinner. He was confident and fully composed. He made us all proud.

The receiving ushers. Check out the bouttonaires I made!

Meli and Richard, and Pastor Isaac wer the emcees for the night. The backdrop was our work of art! (Did I tell you that we were quite a backdrop designer as well? LOL!)

My mom giving her speech. She's such an expert at speeches!

Thanks to Yean, they had to do that funny face to ruin this picture!

Yam Seng!
Look at Justin! So handsome man!!

Nice photo of Stan's family!

The ring pillow, professionally photographed.

The menu cards we handmade just the morning before.

The cupcake teir I made with over 300 cupcakes.

This mega tier was sitting on my dining table for a whole two weeks!

Will post the progress of work of all the handmade things we've done for my bro's wedding! Like I said before...Thank you to all those who have helped. It was truly a heartwarming experience.