I have literally struggled to keep my chin off the floor whilst putting this together for you lovely lot. This wedding just oozes SO much style & grace! I’m even conscious about using the word oozes as I don’t feel it gives it enough justice.
Louise Blouin Foundation at 3 Olaf Street is literally THE most chic converted warehouse in London’s West End and is home to none other than the Stella McCartney brand. It was the perfect blank canvas for architect Yi-han and oriental arts specialist Emily to host their super super sophisticated day and with the help of The Bijou Bride wedding planner they made their vision into a reality, and oh my what a reality it is!
There is so much to look at and to take it, including the the adorable Bride & Groom who look absolutely gorgeous in their attire and totally smitten with each other. There is also their cleverly crafted wedding rings and wonderfully designed wedding stationery. Is there no end to their talents!
M & J Photography have captured each and every moment and detail to sheer perfection. This is definitely one to be bookmarked so you can enjoy swooning over it time and time again. I know I will be!
Yi-han The Groom: We are an Australian / Chinese couple based in NYC working in the arts. We both come from diverse backgrounds and have lived in quite a few different countries prior to moving and meeting in New York, so finding a city where all our friends and family could attend was one of our biggest challenges! In the end we decided to get married in London as Emily had lived there before and always loved it, and it was easy for family and friends to travel to. It’s close proximity to other holiday destinations in Europe was also a plus for many of our guest flying in.
Emily The Bride: I’ve never had a ‘dream’ wedding dress in mind so really wasn’t sure where to start. A friend told me about this amazing place called Bridal Garden, where all the proceeds from the store go towards a charity that helped underprivileged children, and that really struck a chord with me. Since I was only going to wear the dress only once and I wasn’t really too fussed about the kind of dress I was going to wear, I knew this was the place to get my dress! I found my dress within 15 minutes, and it was from an Australian designer called Henry Roth, so it was fate! The ladies there were so helpful- I highly recommend all brides to try them out!
My veil was from January Storrs whom I found on etsy. It was simple and elegant, just perfect.
The girls wore peach-coloured dresses. I really wanted my Bridesmaids to have dresses they would want to wear again, so after we chose the colour, they went their separate ways and had dresses made in the style they wanted. I felt happier knowing it was something they would be comfortable in and loved.
All our hair and make up artist was done by the lovely Malin Coleman, and she did such a wonderful job, creating a very natural look for all of us, so we still recognized ourselves in the photos!
Our wedding colours were navy, gold and peach, so when I saw the Jimmy Choo shoes, I knew that was the pair for me! They were incredibly comfortable and I was dancing in them all night long. I even managed to put them back on to wear the next day at our afternoon tea!
The Grooms Attire
Yi-han The Groom: I wore a three-piece dark navy suit from Ted Baker. I love stripes so I had a custom hand-made striped light blue and white bow tie from New York based designer Alexander Olch and wore a pair of striped socks from Happy Socks. My dark brown shoes were also from Ted Baker but with navy shoelaces to complement the wedding colour scheme.
The Groomsmen wore indigo colored suits with bow ties, which were both from Zara. As part of their gift, I gave them both polka dot socks from Happy Socks.
Emily & Yi-han: We searched for quite a while to find the perfect venue as we had always envisaged having our wedding in an art gallery or a museum. We were at a complete loss until Alexandra, our wedding planner recommended 3 Olaf Street. It was love at first sight. It was a large, open, contemporary space with beautiful lines, and lots of natural sunlight. The triple height ceiling in the foyer also added a wow factor. We knew with this backdrop we had a lot of potential to personalise our wedding and this was where we wanted to be married.
Emily & Yi-han: Yi-han is an architect and he loves clean, modern, simple lines, whilst Emily works with antiquities and has a love for the more whimsical, so we wanted a mix of contemporary and traditional. Our wedding planner, Alexandra, was such a godsend. She understood our style and executed everything perfectly, creating impromptu decoration using boxes from our Sake bottles as well as scattering some of Emily’s favorite books, magazines and Yi-han’s collection of small sculptures throughout the space. She worked with lighting specialists Cinemettag to create the warm space we wanted with lots of candles and lights, and we also hired giant E&Y letters from Vowed and Amazed as a backdrop for the speeches.
The venue was large but it was where we had the ceremony, reception and dancing. So we came up with the idea of using a wall of hedges to divide the space for a more intimate ceremony. The hedges were then moved to the back wall to open up the space for the reception to expand the space and incorporate a dance floor as well as a lounge area where guests could sit and chat if they wanted a break from dancing.
Yi-han selected all the furniture for the wedding, choosing an antique looking chair with clean lines. We both love coffee, so we also hired a barista from Espresso Room who supplied Monmouth Coffee, our favourite coffee in London, and served lattes and espresso to our guests in classic New York style coffee cups which we sourced from Amazon.com for the added New York touch.
Westwood Design did such an amazing job with our flowers. Emily specifically requested no roses and wanted a more rustic bouquet with seasonal yet unique flowers for herself and her Bridesmaids, and they came up with beautiful arrangements for everyone. The arrangements on each table was the same, organic and unobtrusive, it was gorgeous. We wanted to add a golden touch, so Westwood provided beautiful gold bottles to put various flowers in, and also worked with Kalm Kitchen, our caterers to arrange flowers with the desserts.
Invitation and Styling
This was by far our favourite part of the wedding planning! Both of us felt quite strongly that we wanted to design the invitation together as we wanted it to be very personal. Emily has a deep love for stationery and letter writing, and Yi-han loves graphics. Yi-han had proposed to Emily on the High Line Park in New York, so he sketched the Louise Blouin Foundation building amalgamated with the High Line for the invitation cover. Emily handwrote each envelope and melted gold wax and impressed each envelope with a bronze seal with a logo that Yi-han designed to give it a more vintage look. We also designed the menus and all the signage for the wedding day.
For our table and guest name cards, Yi-han’s cousin Michie, a designer, kindly let us use her Archigrams, a successful kickstarter project featuring a series of iconic modern building by renown architects, as the table number.
Yi-han designed both wedding rings (with Emily’s input of course), so that it would be one of a kind. He 3D modeled the rings and found a jeweller in New York who made them.
For our wedding favour, we stumbled across this beautiful handmade letter opener in one of our favourite stores in New York. It looked more like a sculptural object and work of art than it did a letter opener, and the words for ‘opening a letter’ in Chinese is ‘kai xin’ is also a pun on the word happiness, so we felt this was the perfect gift to give to our friends and family. We tracked down the talented (and nicest) designer Jonathan O’Connor, and asked if he would custom make a batch for our wedding. Thankfully he agreed and we worked with him to incorporate our nickname ‘eMihan’ on the letter opener.
As part of our Chinese culture, we performed a Chinese tea ceremony (prior to the western ceremony), at the Marylebone Hotel, where we were staying, with just the immediate family. This moment was particularly special for us and our families.
For the western ceremony at Louis Blouin Foundation, Emily walked down the aisle to her favourite classical piece by Mozart ‘Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren’ adapted from Yo-yo Ma’s version. Carnaby Strings, our string quartet arranged the piece and played it beautifully.
It was really important to both of us that the ceremony be Christian, so we asked Emily’s Maid of Honor, a devoted Christian, to officiate the ceremony. She wrote a special but short sermon about love, and Emily’s Bridesmaid gave two readings, one a ‘mash-up’ of two different passages from the Bible, Romans 12:1, 9-12; Colossians 3:12-14, and then Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other during the ceremony.
We hired a fantastic speakeasy-style band, with both male and female lead vocals, who played jazz to rock/pop classics with a vintage twist. Our first dance was ‘Can’t Take My Eyes off You’, where we slow danced for about 40 seconds, before we had everyone jump on the dance floor (call us camera shy). The band had everyone dancing all night long, and Emily’s nephew didn’t leave the dance floor once!
We both love food, and we feel so lucky to have been introduced to Kalm Kitchen by Alexandra. A husband and wife team, they created not only the most beautiful dishes, but also incredibly delicious! Our guests still talk about the food, the professional service and the gorgeous presentation! They created the most amazing dessert bar for us and there were such a fun array of desserts, canapé and drinks that many of our guests were like children in a candy store. It was a such a joy working with their entire crew.
Instead of toasting with Champagne, we bought bottles of our favourite sake, Kikusui from the Nigata region of Japan which we had shared with many of our friends at some point in time, so we felt it quite fitting to serve it at our wedding. Our cake was made by Renza at Delicieux Cakes, and we worked with her to design a clean geometric wedding cake with navy stripe details and a gold colored tier filled with our favorite chocolate salted caramel cake. Again, we were so lucky to have found someone who not only baked us a delicious cake, but it looked wonderful too! We ended up eating the leftovers with friends the next night and it was still moist and incredible!
Morgane and Jonny were our photographers for the day, and we cannot say enough nice things about them! We fell in love with their style when we saw pictures of other weddings on their blog, and knew we wanted them to photograph our wedding. We usually hate having our photos taken and feel quite awkward in front of the camera, but Jonny and Morgane were so sweet and lovely, that we felt really comfortable in front of them. They took some breathtaking shots as well as captured all the tiny details of the day without us even realizing they were there most of the time! Every one of our guests loved the photos and they managed to tell the story of our wedding day from beginning to end. It makes us so happy every time we look through the album.
Pick a great photographer! We didn’t have a videographer because we knew we could never watch ourselves on video without cringing, but photographs are a different story. It’s the one thing you have left after all the craziness is over, and you want to be able to relive it whenever you want. We also couldn’t have done it without our amazing wedding planner, Alexandra and all the fantastic vendors she recommended. It was so wonderful being able to work with someone so creative, and with such positive energy. It was difficult for us to manage a wedding from New York, so having Alexandra was absolutely crucial to creating the perfect day. It’s amazing how quickly the day flies by, and before you know it, the months that you spent planning the wedding is over in a blink of an eye! We were so busy on the day that we didn’t even get to properly enjoy everything that we had so carefully selected, so make sure to take some time to enjoy the moment and realize that everyone you love is together with you on this day!
Photography by M & J Photography
- Dress Designer Henry Roth
- Bridal Boutique Bridal Garden
- Tea Ceremony Dress Cynthia Steffe
- Bridal Shoes Jimmy Choo
- Veil January Rose Boutique on Etsy
- Hair & Make-up Malin Coleman
- Bridesmaid Dresses Custom made in Hong Kong and Korea
- Grooms Suit & Shoes Ted Baker
- Grooms Shirt Hackett
- Custom handmade Bow Tie Alexander Olch NY
- Grooms Socks Happy Socks
- Groomsmen Zara
- Wedding Planner The Bijou Bride
- Venue Louise Blouin Foundation at 3 Olaf Street
- Catering Kalm Kitchen
- Cake Delicieux Cakes
- Florist Westwood Design
- Lighting Cinemettag
- Furniture Great Hire
- Green Indoor hedges Event Prop Hire
- Light Up Letters Vowed and Amazed
- Balloons Bon Bon Balloons
- Cart and Barista The Espresso Room
- Coffee Beans Monmouth Coffee
- New York Style coffee paper cups Amazon
- Letter Opener Wedding Favour Jonathan O’Conner
- Table & Guest name cards Archigrams
- String Quartet Carnaby Strings
- Wedding Band The Sweet & Lowdown