Celebrations: Johnsonville: A Fair of the Heart

Real Wedding of Pam Chu and Calvin Wei

    Pamela Mei Yin Chu and Calvin Yin Wei Wong married at Ohariu Farm, Johnsonville, on Friday, November 23, 2012

    The proposal While holidaying in Penang, Malaysia, we decided to go for a stroll on the beach. I was taking photos of Calvin jumping around when he asked if we could ‘be serious for a moment’. He got down on one knee, took out a heart-shaped box and asked me to marry him.

    Country lovin’ Ohariu Farm has a countryside view, which set the rustic vibe. We decorated it with bunting, and filled glass bottles and jars with marigolds, button mums, hydrangeas and sweet pea.
    Film focus While surfing the internet for theming inspiration, we saw a photoshoot reminiscent of the film Water for Elephants. We instantly knew we wanted to blend the film’s 1930s elegance with our fun and colourful personalities – a vintage carnival theme tied the two together well.

    My bridal style My mum had lace detail on her wedding dress which I loved, so I kept this in mind when shopping for my own dress. A friend showed me a photo of the stunning pumps I eventually bought; they were whimsical and feminine, and I loved the metallic heart perched on the toe – it was a quirky touch. In keeping with the Water for Elephants theme, I opted for batwing eye makeup, strong lashes, red lips and pin curls.

    For our guests We attached our programmes to popsicle sticks so guests could use them as a fan to keep cool in the sun. Our thank-you messages were printed on empty brown paper bags that were sealed with a clothes peg; our 88 guests could fill the bags at the candy bar, which held popcorn, candly floss and a range of lolls.

    Personal touches To add a creative touch to the day, we made most of our decorations, floral arrangements, wedding bouquets and buttonholes. My good friend Julia is an avid gardener, so she helped with the flowers, and my cousin designed some stationery. There was also a DIY photobooth with props, and a typewriter for guests to write messages to us. We hooked up our iPod to a jukebox hired from Rock Box Party Hire, and chose music from various eras to keep our guests of all ages happy.

    My advice for brides to be Consider whether your overseas guests are able to find your venue easily. My cousin designed a caricature map which highlighted the out-of-town venue as well as some of Wellington’s main attractions. We included it with the invitation and also laid out roadside directional signs on the day.

    The Details

    Bride’s gown from Hong Kong
    Bride’s shoesVivienne Westwood 
    Groom’s suit Zara 
    Groom’s shirtUniqlo 
    Groom’s bow tieG2000 
    Bridesmaid dressGlassons 
    Groomsmen’s shoesCountry Road 
    CateringOhariu Farm 
    InvitationsTwenty O Four 
    PhotographyCandy Capco Photography 

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