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"I realised that actually being with you is a lot like going home ... I'm surrounded by this wonderful sense of peace and happiness, because in accepting me you've made me the best version of myself." –Peony

 

Briefly going through my portfolio this morning, I realised that I hadn't yet shared this wedding with you on my blog. I'm not sure how I missed sharing this with you sooner!

Peony and Richard were married in the Maldives in November 2014. Getting to learn about their romance left me misty-eyed and with my own butterflies: from secret office encounters, to realising it might be the real thing, to celebrating their commitment with closest friends and family at beautifully secluded COMO Maalfushi. Their wedding was both stunningly extravagant yet incredibly pure. Their love has this... ineffable energy that seems to gentle the world around them.

So, in early 2015, when I received a message from Lelian (planner extraordinaire and owner of The Wedding Atelier) that their wedding had not only made it into Martha Stewart Weddings upcoming Spring Special 2015 Issue as the publication's first printed Asian destination feature, but had also made the cover! I was ecstatic and lost for words, feeling so proud and fulfilled. I couldn't have been more honoured to have been a part of this special couple's celebration.

A huge thank you to you, Lel! And to Peony and Richard, for your warmth, your trust, and most of all – your love for each other!

All signage created using various mediums. Paints, inks, and chalks on textiles, woods, frames, and papers. Some of my favourite shots below! All photography by KT Merry.

For some teary-eyed, lovey-dovey goodness, hop over to The Lovells' video here.

Wedding Planning & Concept: The Wedding Atelier. Photography: KT Merry. Videography: Lovell Productions. Florals: Dina Touwani of Flora Lines. Venue: COMO Maalfushi.

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The word 'retro' sprang to mind when I first saw these cinematic photographs from Sam's collaborative shoot with Club Monaco this past winter (amongst other talents, Sam is a stylist and social media content creator) – fittingly the same word I would use to describe her low-rise apartment, with its tiled balcony, traditional parquet flooring, and wall-to-wall windows showcasing original zig-zag metal grills. Finding spaces like her's are now all-too-rare in Hong Kong, so I love how she continually uses her own home as the backdrop for many of her styled shoots. Here, she hosts a casual Christmas meal for friends. Trust Sam to be able to make everyday pewter- and silver-ware look cool (and festive) in an off-kilter, L.A.-glamour, neo-midcentury sort of way.

As always – big thanks, Sam! For your boundless, kookie sense of humour and energy, and that sharp, creative eye of yours. x

Casual scripts and printed menus, black on grey cotton paper.

For the full post, visit Sam's blog. For other styling inspiration, pop over to her instagram.

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Phew. Just like that, it's already nearly the end of January 2017. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

This post is coming to you very, very delayed, but I couldn't be more thrilled to share this feature with you from Tuscany, Italy. Every detail about this intimate wedding was thoughtfully, meaningfully, personally chosen by the couple, for them and for their loved ones. There were simply too many beautiful photographs to choose from, so I've tried to keep it to the calligraphy and stationery, plus a few favourites to set the scene. For all others, hop over to the feature on OnceWed. So much gratitude to you, Shirleen and Jason. Thank you for including me in such a special celebration!

Custom script, they had requested something 'very soft, organic, and imperfect'; custom mixed bronze-copper ink on hand-torn cotton papers (papers in ivory and pale grey); illustrated bronze foil and watercolour elements on invitation suite and ceremony program. Silk ribbons, hand-torn by the bride. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Event Design & Styling: Timeless Event Design. Photography: Brushfire Photography. Florist: La Rose Canina. Venue & Catering: Terre Di Nano. All other vendors, visit: OnceWed

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I'm so delighted to be featured in Home Journal once again, this time offering a brief tour my creative (read: messy) working studio here in Fortress Hill.

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As part of their 'Creative Cocoons' feature, I'm honoured to sit alongside three other incredibly hard-working, talented creatives here in HK: Nathalie of Melville Jewellery, who handcrafts fine jewelry using fairtrade and ethically sourced gemstones (and owns and runs a jewelry-making school in Sheung Wan); and, Josh & Caleb of Twins Kitchen, who own and run several F&B outlets around the city and are continually initiating food-related projects as a way to connect and engage with the community more.

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Two versions of the feature are currently available: in print (on shelves now) and online here.

All photographs above are courtesy of Home Journal.
(Photo of magazine spread, my own. Click to enlarge.)

A special thank you Kissa, and to dream duo Ken and Daniel! x

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Earlier this spring, MinaNanaSam, and I teamed up to host a two-part dinner series in Sai Ying Pun's Ping Pong Gintonería to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

We called it, 'A Monkey Feast' – and it felt like just that! It was a buzzing, messy, celebratory gathering of 50 guests each night, seated at two large communal tables, beneath a row of cherry blossom trees and a warm red glow from the neon sign above the bar. 
Family-style plates were shared and served along the middle of each table, dishes packed with vibrant colours and flavours drawing from both Chinese and Korean New Year traditions. Iconic green cha chaan teng chopsticks and vinyl-lace table cloths were paired with elegant Cutipol gold cutlery. Casual red plastic trays offering dried seeds and snacks sat alongside immaculate citrus gin cocktails in tall, blue-stemmed glasses. A handpicked soundtrack inspired by 'In the Mood for Love' set a romantic bygone tone, while avant garde artwork hung on the walls above the clicking and clacking of mahjong tiles as my Po Po and her friends played and chatted happily under the long concrete staircase. This incredible clash of sights, smells, sounds... this bold mash up of old and new – in true Hong Kong spirit!

Enjoy!  (The music will start a few seconds into the video.)

Film by Emma French. x

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'We wanted a real couple as we wanted every single affectionate touch and eye contact of the styled shoot be a genuine experience.'

 

This afternoon, I am so thrilled to share this beautiful sneak peek Magnolia Rouge feature with you, and to stand alongside this incredible line up of creatives in Hong Kong. I will let the photos speak for themselves – but I just want to say a very heartfelt thank you! to the generous team at Ellermann and to the wonderful Jada xx

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Creations for this shoot: soft linen fabric invitation with forest green ink, vellum and black envelopes with gold foil details; black cocktail flags with gold ink; cotton rag escort cards with forest green ink; gold ink on framed mirror. (Click on images below to enlarge.)

Photographer Jada Poon Photography; Florals and Event Design by Ellermann Flower Boutique & Event Atelier; Gowns by Inbal Dror; Suit by The Armoury; Tableware by Lane Crawford; Wedding Cake by Ms B's Cakery; Cocktail bar by The Woods; Hair by Alex Chan; Make-Up by Amy Fung; Venue at Organic Modernism; Furniture by Irocco, Indigo, and Bowerbird; Calligraphy & Stationery by yours truly.

Quote above from Jada. For more photos, hop over to the full feature here.