The first shoot was inspired by Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, and replaces florals with Bonsai trees as a focal element. The second shoot uses a softer color palette of pinks and purples, a nod to the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.
Both editorials feature distinctly different interpretations of modern and traditional cultural elements to commemorate the Year of the Dog with vibrant colors, sophisticated design symmetry and impeccable styling.
Wendy Lee, Lead Planner of Asian Fusion Weddings & Formosa Events, offered some insight into the inspiration for these two exquisite photo editorials as well as advice for couples who may want to plan and design their own event.
As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes. So why one about the Lunar New Year?
Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations. Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked. For this very reason, our team wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home. These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they enhance the dining table tremendously.
What was designed can be featured at various other events such as a wedding, birthday party, anniversary dinner, and more. It isn’t necessarily just for Lunar New Year dinners. This is what makes our table designs fabulous – they are transferable for other occasions.
What was the inspiration for this style shoot?
Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, personally, I was ultimately inspired by two specific things. First, Pantone’s colour of year for 2017; greenery. This was the reason green was selected in the colour palette. Secondly, the question was – would it be possible to have a Chinese inspired shoot without featuring traditional red? I believe our team was successful in demonstrating a modern interpretation of Asian decor and styling when you look at the video and pictures.
The other design feature that our team encapsulated was the Yin and Yang concept. One table featured a bold approach with the use of Bonsai trees. It translated into a more sophisticated masculine feel. The second table denoted a more feminine touch with an abundance of flowers in shades of soft pinks and purples.
What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?
My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients’ cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name “Asian Fusion Weddings”. However, there are also clients that want a very visually detailed rich celebration where the cultural aspects are not the main focus. Hence “Formosa Events”. Formosus in Latin means beautifully formed. Therefore, when couples consult with this company, they desire more visual eye candy at their events.
In either case, it brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding. The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.
Thank you very much for sharing your team’s editorial shoot with us!
Thank you for sharing our images and video. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.
Year of the Dog – Green
Year of the Dog – Pink
Lunar New Year Style Team