A year after Angelina and Tyler’s wedding, we began working with their friends Lisa and Chuk on their stunning wedding stationery. Their wedding took place at the Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto. They chose a stunning palette of Valentino red, antique whites, vibrant and soft shades of pink, and a touch of silver. Their wedding was published in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Wedluxe Magazine.
Lisa and Chuk met as colleagues at a national sales conference in the financial industry, and continued to work on a project together. The pair began soon after as Lisa captured Chuk’s heart with her energetic personality and great taste in life’s finer things — travel, wine, food, fashion and style. Their first attempt at a relationship didn’t last, but they remained as close friends. In the summer of 2011, Chuk invited Lisa to fly from Toronto to Singapore to meet him at the end of one of his business trips. The two then travelled throughout Asia together their love blossomed throughout the trip, as if they were never apart. It only took a few months for Chuk to be sure, as he proposed to Lisa in December in one of their favourite destinations, Okinawa, Japan.
Both originating from Hong Kong, Lisa and Chuk have spent the vast majority in Canada. Culturally hybrid, they wanted their wedding to reflect the same style by combining elements of their Chinese heritage with their current North American lifestyle. They have also travelled together and separately for personal and work purposes, making them global citizens who appreciate the nuances of culture. In addition to heritage, the couple appreciates the culture of fashion — they chose some incredible pieces by Armani, Vera Wang and Cartier for their wedding.
East Meets West in High Style. To tell Lisa and Chuk’s story, we designed a luxurious boxed, letterpress invitation suite that was inspired by several meaningful elements including the structural elements of Lisa’s Vera Wang wedding gown, the Shangri-la’s architectural details, and Chinoiserie. The box was elegant in a deep Valentino red, with a beautiful double happiness debossed in matte silver like a Chinese artist’s stamp. In the lid of the box, a small booklet featured an opening page of Chinese calligraphy and also included tidbits of family history, the couple’s love story, a world map denoting places the couple had travelled to together (and where guests were coming from), and all of the wedding information. The main piece was like a gem that was fully removable from the box. Letterpress printed onto an exquisite 220lb cotton paper in a gentle shade of pink to contrast the red box, the design of clustered gems and wispy greenery had grace and energy. The suite was lovingly hand-crafted, and all of their guests were highly impressed with the quality of artwork and craftsmanship — and this crowd has very good taste. It set the tone for the big day!
The ceremony took place in the Museum Ballroom of the Shangri-la Hotel. Before the official exchange of wedding vows, Lisa and Chuk’s parents were honoured in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. For this special part of the wedding, the couple treated their guests to Spire Fusion, a ground of Chinese-Canadian musicians who play a wonderful series of Western music using Chinese instruments. The Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto created Asian-inspired appetizers for the cocktail hour, which included “Peking Barbecue” Station and a “Singapore Fried Noodle” Station
After the vows, guests moved into the Queen’s Park Ballroom for a stunning reception.
Tamara Mutter-Slagter and Kevin Slagter of FUSCIA DESIGNS created a powerful display of floral and décor in shades of red and vibrant pinks. Their design lit up the entire room with an East-meets-West design with contemporary flair. The dance floor was covered with the intricate hand drawing that we designed for the invitations.
Tables were adorned with our stationery as well: menus, table numbers, and beautiful red packets. The table numbers are particularly noteworthy, because the numbers were spelled out in English and also in full traditional Chinese (not the common short forms).
For their letterpress menus, we also designed a beautiful interpretation of the Pheonix and Dragon, which also made an appearance on the ice sculpture by Ice Culture Inc.
Lisa and Chuk chose a multi-course “Western” plated dinner, followed by a selection of their favourite Asian desserts. There was a special toast made to Chuk’s boss David Goodman who was a guest of honour.
For a sweet ending, Lisa Bugeja of FLOUR CONFECTIONS presented a cake that reflected the couple’s shared love of travel. The bottom layer of the edible sculpture was designed to mimic a vintage crocodile leather suitcase, which carried “edible” Canadian passports, Air Canada boarding passes, and a Cartier ring box. Not only did the cake look incredible, but it was a delicious dessert to end the evening.
Photography: Jackson Huang, IKONICA
Event Planning and Design: Platinum Events Group
Stationery design and production: PALETTERA
Cake: Lisa Bujega
Décor: Fuscia Designs
Make-up: Satine Studio
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Suit: Armani, Holt Renfrew
Ice Scultpure: Ice Culture Inc.
Venue: The Shangri-la Hotel