These two lovebirds tied the knot at Friends of Burnley Gardens in Australia, and we are totally enraptured by their stunning wedding filled with chinoiserie decor and roses planned by Lily Infusion Weddings & Events. No creative stone was left unturned and our hearts skipped a beat when we saw the ceremony setup for the first time. Lena Lim not only captured every gorgeous detail, but also those tender moments with the couple that you just can’t put into words.
From the photographer, Lena Lim: Joey & Tung’s wedding day was an ode to two different cultures, it was very much a representation of their own heritage, a soulful fusion between the east and the west. The couple called upon the talents of Lily Infusion Weddings & Events to create their vision, who drew upon chinoiserie decor, which are found in both Chinese and Western cultures. The blue and white porcelain formed a unified theme that tied all their hand-crafted wedding elements together. The red and pink florals symbolize joy and good fortune, which also tie in with their Asian heritage and morning tea ceremony, injecting bursts of brilliant color in a subtle way.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
From the bride: My wedding gown was made by an Australian designer – Wedding Societe and was a part of their first collection. I had a criteria in mind when I was choosing a dress; I had to 1. be able to dance in it, 2. Be able to sit comfortably in it and 3. Eat in it! With those things in mind, my bridesmaids and I went shopping!
I went to about 4-5 places until I made an appointment at Raffaele Ciuca who just happened to be showcasing Wedding Societe’s Trunk Show! I tried on my dress and it was absolutely perfect! Elegant, romantic and whimsical with just a bit of sparkle.
Can you describe what type of ceremony you had and how you were able to personalize it?
From the bride: We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Walking down the aisle was amazing. Dad walked with me from the Rose Garden to the top of the aisle, where Mum joined us to walk me down the rest of the way. This was really important to me as both Mum and Dad have played equal parts in raising me to be the person I am.
From the groom: Our outdoor ceremony was better than how I imagined it. The garden was blooming, the circular arch looked amazing and the weather was perfect. My sister, Cathy, and Joey’s close family friend, Julie, were the witnesses when we signed our wedding certificate. Having important people in our lives be involved in the wedding made our day all the more special.
How did you choose your table décor?
From the bride: On the bridal table, we had blue and gold chinoiserie decor plates, with gold cutlery. The table had a gloss-white finish and had our red and pink roses all across it and cascading down the sides. Our cake sat on a mirror-gold table, everything tied into each other so beautifully!
What were your favorite moments from the day?
From the groom: There are so many favorite moments! Seeing Joey walk down the aisle with her parents was my dream realised. Another favorite is when I surprised Joey after our first dance by singing Latch.
Any sentimental personal touches?
From the couple: It was important to us and our parents that we do a traditional Tea Ceremony. In Vietnamese and Chinese culture this combines the celebration of marriage with honoring our families and ancestors. We served tea (or alcohol) to our family members as a sign of respect and each family member had the opportunity to wish us luck and give us advice for a happy, long lasting marriage. We also had the lighting of a big dragon and phoenix candle, which symbolises the fusion of both our families.
We’re all looking for that perfect something blue and if it isn’t obvious already, chinoiserie decor makes for the perfect addition so here are 18 chinoiserie wedding ideas to make it happen!
Photography: Lena Lim
Film Lab: The FIND Lab
Wedding Planner + Stylist: Lily Infusion Weddings & Events
Ceremony Officiant: Matt Finch Celebrant
Make-up Artist: Miss Aimmey Make Up & Hair + De Ross Artistry
Floral Designer: Rosaline Flowers
Event Rental + Decor: Lusso Event Hire, Amica Event Hire + Chandelier Hire
Ice Cream Cart: Bianco Latte
Wedding Dress: Wedding Societe
Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy
Veil: Sheer Perfection Bridal
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Accessories: Ulyana Aster (hair piece) + The Luxe Bride (earrings)
Groom’s Suit: Oscar Hunt
Groomsmen’s Suits: Oxford
Transportation: Triple R Luxury Car Hire + Enrik Limousines
Catering Company: Crystal Palace Catering
Cake: Zephyr and Bloom Cakes
DJ: Peter Tran DJ
Band: San Joseph & Sarah Valentine aka Waves the Duo
MC: Jak Nguyen
Photo Booth: My Studio Booth
Jeweler: Jogia Diamonds
Bubble Tea: Jin Cha
Live Illustrators: Creative Hub – Mads Francis Illustrations and Sarah Darby
Dance Lessons: Zane from Marshere Dance Studios – Chelsea Heights
Wedding Website: Riley & Grey
Videography: Black Pepper Studio