INTO THE WOODS: A DEEP FOREST WEDDING STYLED SHOOT AT ANDAZ SINGAPORE
In our latest wedding styled shoot at 665°F Steakhouse, we conjure the rich and mysterious hues of the forest into the heart of the city.
In September, we embarked on yet another inspiring styled shoot with a talented team of creatives from John Lim Photography, Glittering Carousel, PHKA, Florals Actually, GG Fresh Flowers, In The Brick Yard, Paper Pressed, CS21 Design Pte Ltd, Angie Curtains , Lovera Collections and MJ Rental Svc at one of Singapore’s trendiest wedding destinations, Andaz Singapore.
Situated in a brand new two-tower complex called DUO Singapore in Bugis, with a direct access to the Downtown Line and East-West Line, and within walking distance to food and shopping in the area, Andaz Singapore is the first Andaz hotel by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation to open in Southeast Asia, and one of the newest and trendiest hotels for one-of-a-kind weddings in the city.
When we visited Andaz Singapore some time last year, we were awed by its beautiful and warm interiors. Contemporary and cosy with a touch of modern vintage and a fun, local vibe, the hotel’s elegant wood furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning wedding venues meant we had to return for a styled shoot someday. And return we did! While their ballrooms, The Glasshouse and Garden Studio, were absolute beauties, we turned our attention to a more intimate space that was equally as charming for weddings – 665°F Steakhouse on Level 38.
Named after the temperature of the Pira oven and grill which sits in the heart of the show kitchen, 665°F Steakhouse is a cosy dining experience that seats up to 44 guests comfortably, featuring charismatic globe light fixtures, dramatic interiors with dark, masculine furnishings, and a magnificent view of the cityscape through its floor-to-ceiling windows.
To complement the deep hues of walnut, burgundy and copper in the restaurant, our wedding stylist, Glittering Carousel, and their exclusive partner and co-stylist, Bangkok-based design studio PHKA, dreamed up a luscious deep forest vision that included colors such as dark green and mahogany, and fruits such as berries and deep, red apples to create a unique mood and tone for this styled shoot.
“We love incorporating different elements to create surprises, and when we first came across PHKA, we fell in love with their style and designs at first sight,” Shu Min, artisan florist and one half of the talented duo behind Glittering Carousel elaborates. “This styled shoot offered us the perfect opportunity to showcase our exclusive partnership with PHKA and their unique flair in architectural designing in weddings, to show couples how they can incorporate architectural design into their big day for something truly one-of-a-kind.”
“To complement the sleek, modern exteriors and interiors of Andaz Singapore and 665°F Steakhouse, we included repetitive and sleek layers of metal structures that both contrast and accentuate the wild look of the florals Cheryl from Florals Actually put together,” Si Ling, co-founder of Glittering Carousel, explains. “We worked with the good people at CS21 Design Pte Ltd, a decade-old carpentry firm that recently expanded into interior design, to customise the metal structures for the solemnisation area at the picturesque outdoor garden outside the Garden Studio and restaurant’s foyer space.
To complete the vision Glittering Carousel and PHKA had for the solemnisation set-up, the metal structures were set against the iconic, Gothic-looking Parkview Square instead of the sleek, honeycomb exterior of DUO Singapore, and complemented with black Tiffany chairs from MJ Rental Svc. Set upon a luxurious, deep emerald green velvet table linen, specially customised by Angie Curtains, a second generation curtains and blinds company that specialise in producing made-to-measure curtains, pelmets, cushion covers and blinds, was In The Brick Yard’s beautiful three tier wedding cake with modern, abstract splashes and romantic florals.
In the cosy space of 665°F Steakhouse, Si Ling and Shu Min dressed up an intimate sweetheart table in the main dining room of the restaurant. Set along a long, cushioned bench and three beautiful long panel mirrors, artful floral centerpieces, masterfully put together by Cheryl, sit on either ends of the table, accompanied by candles in deep burgundy, specially customised for the shoot.
Deep red apples of various sizes lay charmingly strewn over the table and luxurious velvet table linen, complementing the wild look of the florals while providing an interesting contrast to the sleek, modern tableware from Andaz Singapore and Lovera Collections, and the beautifully contemporary wedding stationery by Paper Pressed.
The restaurant’s private dining room with its gorgeous full length windows, ornate light chandelier and luxurious wood furnishings offered the perfect space for an elegant tablescape. Ideal for an intimate party of 12 guests, the room offers just the right amount of privacy for an intimate celebration. Or, with the charming light chandelier set right above the gorgeous walnut table in the middle of the room, the room is also a splendid accompaniment to a dessert table or wedding cake.
“For this styled shoot, we worked with a mix of first and second generation vendors to create the look that we were after, mainly Angie Curtains, CS21 Design Pte Ltd and GG Fresh Flowers” Shu Min explains. “The flowers Cheryl used were kindly supplied by GG Fresh Flowers, a second generation, premier wholesale distributor of fresh cut flowers with nearly 40 years of experience in supplying a wide variety of fresh blooms all over Singapore.”
“We feel that there is a synergy from incorporating both first and second generation vendors,” Shu Min continues. “Second generation vendors are able to tap on the years of experience from those before them and value-add to the business with their creativity and experimental spirit.”
Last but not least, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to style the spacious foyer outside the restaurant, especially the captivating circular light chandelier right at the doorstep. Perfect as either a reception or photo area, Glittering Carousel and PHKA dreamed up a unique way for couples to showcase their wedding photos. Set under the lights, a second metal structure, charmingly entwined with wild vines and elegant white blooms, provides the perfect frame for a photo gallery.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM OF CREATIVES!
We would like to thank all creatives who collaborated with us on this styled shoot at Andaz Singapore! It was a dream come true to work with you all and we had lots of fun – we hope you did too! Last but not least, thank you Andaz Singapore for inviting and providing us with such a modern and cosy space to work with!
Andaz Singapore is located at 5 Fraser St, Singapore (189354).
Photography: John Lim Photography Venue: 665°F Steakhouse at Andaz Singapore Stylist: Glittering Carousel + PHKA Florist: Florals Actually Flower Supplier: GG Fresh Flowers Wedding Cake: In the Brick Yard Wedding Stationery: Paper Pressed Tiffany Chairs: MJ Rental Svc Table Linen: Angie Curtains Logistics Partner: CS21 Design Pte Ltd Gold Dinnerware and Cutlery Set: Lovera Collections