Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tara and Jeff's Wedding

This past Saturday we had an East meets West wedding where we transformed an authentic Chinese restaurant into an elegant American styled wedding. The bride, who was half Asian wanted to incorporate her roots and serve a traditional 12 course Chinese wedding dinner. The venue was the East Manor of Flushing Queens where we enjoyed a fabulous dinner which enhanced my tasting palate by trying an array of food that included, roasted pig, shark fin soup and the famous Chinese noodles.

I started working with this couple only 4 weeks ago; and with the clock ticking we had many tasks to complete. I had much work to do, from hiring vendors, to creating favors, purchasing yummy sweets for the dessert table and with the couple out of town travelling for most of the month we did the majority of our communicating over email.

As the wedding kicked off guests as well as onlookers were impressed to see how we transformed the room and created a designer space. The wedding ceremony had a jazz pianist and during the reception guests enjoyed classy sounds from a jazz soloist. During dinner the couple played the Wedding Shoe game which gave their guests a little insight to their life. We danced the night away to the sounds of After Hours Entertainment and guests gave into their sweet tooth by enjoying and array of desserts provided by Sugarcoated Inc. and Aunt Butchies of Brooklyn, NY. We added touches of Asian elements to the reception such as creating table names of chinese symbols with their English translation below, red chopsticks for the place setting, double happiness favors with gold almonds, koi fish for added d├ęcor and fortune cookies escort card holders.

I am thrilled with the results of this wedding especially with the many challenges I faced, such as communication barriers, time and location and of course budget. Execution was fantastic and couldn’t have been done with out Studio 4 Event Productions who provided draping and lighting, Marine Park Florist for all the floral arrangements. A big thank you also too Nadia Quinn, photographer, Sugarcoated Inc who created the wedding cake and After Hours Entertainment.

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