Aft first, the couple wanted a theme suggesting their Chinese heritage and love of travel. But after deciding that trying to include too many destinations would just be confusing, the wedding team settled on a memorable French chateau, then developed the "chinoiserie" theme--a design theme popular in 18th century Europe. Blue--shown here in chair cushions and floral ribbons--suggests both the blue of Chinese porcelain and French blue.
The planning team faced a challenge with the ceremony space--which was a 40-by-20-foot prefunction area plus hallway. To create a starting point and entry to the ceremony, the team adds a dramatic drape.
To create a focal point for the ceremony, the team creates a square pergola structure featuring four white pillars wrapped in a blue and white chinoiserie toile and capped with crown molding. The raised platform allows all 160 guests to view the ceremony.
The ceremony pergola is decorated with Chinese porcelain vases filled with white dendrobiums, roses and hydrangeas.
A closer view of the pergola floral.
A closer view of the pergola vases.
The bridesmaids' bouquets hint at the warmer floral that will appear at the reception dinner.
Underscoring the couple's memorable travels abroad, the escort cards are "luggage tags" presented in vintage suitcases.
The dining tables, noted on these "luggage tag" escort cards, are named after the couple's favorite Chinese and French landmarks.
The dining room leans toward classic French design, with a regal palette of blues and golds.
The Chinese element in the dining room appears in the centerpieces: a mass of flowers clustered around a manzanita branch in a clear cylinder vase, wrapped with a gold Asian fabric belly band.
A closer view of the centerpiece.
A floral detail on chairs.
A dining table named for a favorite French chateau.
The meun card features the wedding's motif, suggested by a piece of Chinese porcelain.
While some tables featured the tall vase, others offered three lower vases of staggered heights brimming with flowers.
The after-dinner party features glamorous sculptured, tufted sofas in front of a glowing bar.
Shanghai porcelain toile pillows decorate sofas at the after-party.
A floral accent at the after-party.
The wedding's signature motif brands the bar.
The French Provincial back bar features 25 blue floral treatments.
A close-up of the back bar floral.
The stunning wedding cake, featuring Chinese motifs.
A close-up of the wedding cake.
The dance floor circles the couple's monogram with the wedding's signature motif.