Real Wedding: Ivette & Roger



Delightful, playful and impeccably styled, the travel-themed wedding of these globetrotting lovebirds has us smitten. Drawing on the destinations they have explored together, with a nod to vintage elegance, their country celebration was a joyful journey around the world.

Date: 22 February 2014

The Couple: Ivette Chiang & Roger Kwok

No. of Guests: 80

First Dance Song: We didn’t have a dance segment.  Went away from tradition there as we didn’t see it fit with the travel/flight theme.

Photography: Byron Loves Fawn
































How did you meet?
|We met at a birthday party of a mutual friend. I asked Ivette for her number to go on a dinner date and things just took off from there.

Tell us about the proposal…
We were lucky enough to be invited by Ivette’s father to go on a trip to Hawaii with his friends in July/August 2013.  Months before we went on the trip, I had already started contacting Harry Winston, which is the brand of Ivette’s dream engagement ring.  It took a few e-mails back and forth before I decided on a beautiful classic HW engagement ring.  As soon as we got to Hawaii I took a sneaky run to the boutique to pick up the ring I had already purchased during a day at the mall.  After that it was basically carrying the ring in its pouch waiting for the right moment to come during the week.  On the night before we left Hawaii, we all had a lovely dinner at a nice restaurant and decided to take a stroll along the beach back to the hotel.  I felt it was the moment and went down on one knee under the stars on the Hawaiian beach to ask whether if she was willing to spend the rest of her life with me.

What did you do for your hens and bucks night?
The girls went for a weekend trip to Noosa. The boys went for a weekend trip down to the Gold Coast.  Beers and casino, then more beers… basically the usual.

Where did you splurge & where did you save on your wedding?
Some of the travel related decorative pieces were hand-made by Ivette and some, like vintage luggage cases and old books, were from a second-hand shop.  We also saved on some of the lucky draw prizes with credit card points, e.g. the Rimowa luggage.

Key styling inspiration

Theme – Travel

Colour Palette – Peach, blush pink, mint and ivory with a touch of purple.

A beautiful vintage inspired wedding with travel elements representing the destinations we have explored together.

A beautiful ceremony set in the country-side with rustic touches. Travel is the underlying theme of the wedding that is represented in the styling. The reception was housed in an open white marquee. A sea of fairy lights were placed above the guests, with shimmering golden candlelight, mouthwatering peach and ivory florals mixed with fresh greenery which were displayed elegantly throughout.

From stylists white+white

Ivette and Roger showcased their love for each other with a gorgeous travel inspired wedding set in the scenic surrounds of Spicer’s Hidden Vale, an hour drive from Brisbane. With a beautiful soft pastel palette of blushing peach, pink and ivory blooms, delicate lace and sprigs of fresh greenery, their romance sparkled in the afternoon light at the stunning ceremony set amongst the estate gardens. Mixing elegance and rustic charm, vintage suitcases and old worldly luggage transported guests to faraway destinations. As twilight arrived, Ivette and Roger celebrated with their guests under a veil of fairy lights in an open marquee setting. Tables were adorned with antique travel items, glowing candlelight and elegant floral arrangements.

Funniest Moment and special memory
With our wedding theme being “travel”, we tried to pack as much travel-related fun into it as possible.  The lovely invitation cards co-designed by Ivette and Little Peach Co. were mock boarding passes.  We got 2 of our best female friends to dress up as flight attendants at the start of the reception to tear off a part of the invitation like they were boarding an aircraft.  The MC, dressed as the captain, then welcomed the guests and briefed them about the emergency exits and toilets as the flight attendants did their thing in the middle like on a real flight. The part torn off the invitation all had a number on the back and it was put into a lucky draw for 5 travel-related presents we prepared for the guests.  In between the courses of the meal and speeches, we would play the chorus of ABBA’s song Money, Money, Money to let them know a prize is about to be drawn.  Every time the MC played that music on the iPod, everyone would cheer and go wild, especially as the prizes got bigger towards the end of the reception.

What did you do for your honeymoon?
Because we have lots of family in Taiwan and Hong Kong, we had to have a wedding reception in each country in May this year.  They were about a month apart from each other so we took 10 days in between to go to London.  We spent the whole time in Britain’s capital city with no solid plans apart from a few restaurant reservations.  That’s the way we like to travel: let the road lead us and enjoy the journey, one city at a time.

Special thanks
A big thank you to Little Peach Co. for the 4-coloured invitation prints, white + white for their hard work putting everything together, Byron Loves Fawn for their beautiful photos and all our friends who helped out with making the night so memorable and run so smoothly.

Ceremony: Spicers Hidden Vale
Reception: Spicers Hidden Vale
Gown: Claire La Faye
Coordinator: Spicers Hidden Vale, Kirsty North
Decorator: white + white Weddings & Events, Danielle White. Décor and Hire Supply: Little Grey Station
Flowers: Green and Bloom, Roberta
Hair: The Powder Room, Paula
Makeup: Bride’s friend, Anna
Cake: Jocelyn’s Provisions
Stationery: Little Peach Co. and Cotton Blossom
Music: Classical/Bassa nova guitarist before and during the wedding ceremony, Bassa nova love songs from iPod during the receptionv
Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn
Celebrant: Jen Belither
Engagement Ring: Harry Winston
Bride's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Groom's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co.

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