Ring etiquette

July 15th, 2013 by Georgine

It’s been a long time since our last post as… we are expecting a baby soon! So you can imagine, other things have taken priority for now… Nonetheless a dear friend’s recent engagement has reminded us of a lovely card she sent us when we got engaged ourselves with an insert message:

 Left hand ring looks so right on you

… which prompted us to share with you a few bits on ring etiquette.

A ring symbolises eternity, with no beginning and no end, and signifies never-ending love. A ring is often given at engagement to represent commitment for each other, but how it is worn can be different across the globe.

In Western cultures, e.g. in the UK, USA, Brazil and Australia, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger (the one next to your pinky) of the left hand, while in some Eastern European countries, e.g. Poland and Ukraine, the ring is worn on the same finger but on the right hand. That is why the fourth finger is also called the ‘ring finger’. The fourth finger of the left hand was believed to be connected to the ‘vein of love’, which supposedly ran directly from the left ring finger to the heart, the organ associated with love. This is now considered to be a myth, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt and probably came to existence because the human heart leans slightly to the left. In some Asian and African counties, the engagement ring is worn on the middle finger, which is probably to do with local traditions.

Around the world, rings are exchanged at weddings to symbolise a vow of love for each other. A way not to part from your engagement ring for your special occasion is that, prior to the ceremony, the engagement ring should be moved to the opposite hand to make space for the wedding band.

Depending on traditions and personal preferences, the engagement ring is often worn on top of the wedding band, which should always be worn ‘closest to your heart’. It is important to remember while the engagement ring is typically the ‘bling’, it only signifies the intention of marriage; the wedding band stands for the commitment to marriage itself and is considered to be more significant.

With many congratulations on the engagement to our dear friend and we look forward to celebrating the beginning of your life together!

See this link for reference.

JK ties the knot

January 20th, 2013 by Georgine

June and Kevin (personally abbreviated as JK) got married at the Aberdeen Marina Club (AMC) in Hong Kong on Saturday 22 December 2012. We supported the planning of their big day remotely from London and we thank JK for the opportunity to be part of their celebrations.

The weather could not be better on the day, which began bright and early at June’s home in Clearwater Bay. Kevin and his team arrived promptly and successfully overcame challenges set by the bridal party – this is seen as a traditional way to ‘win over’ the bride. The tea ceremony followed, faciliated by Sabina from Lo Kan Fong Chinese Weddings, whereby June and Kevin presented tea to their elders, who in turn reciprocated them with blessings and gifts.

After lunch, the wedding party arrived at AMC for the afternoon wedding ceremony at the Marina Suite, followed by a drinks reception. A traditional Chinese evening banquet was held in the Grand Ballroom, where after a round of speeches and delicious food, June’s friends from college in Italy presented her with a congratulatory video and Kevin took to stage for a surprise performance on the ukelele. We were all moved by June’s happy tears!

The whole venue was decorated by our recommended partner, Nelson at aziza wedding design, who beautifully put together all floral decorations including pew ends, a matching tabletop for the ceremony, bridal bouquets and the lovely backdrop, under the theme of ‘classic elegance’ in pink, purple and white hues. It was a great collaboration working with our Hong Kong partners, and we look forward to creating more lovely memories in 2013.

Congratulations once again!

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A pair of meaningful couplets for June and Kevin who met in Medical School:

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After the tea ceremony…

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Our specially handcrafted gift from London for JK to commemorate the start of their journey together:

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Pink and purple flowers to complement the overall theme of classic elegance:

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With these lovely chocolate wedding favours by the ‘male’ of honour!

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Backdrop!

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Happy New 2013!

January 6th, 2013 by Georgine

Where should we start? It’s been a week since we are back from the Far East and still trying to get over with jetlag. Amongst the highlights of our long-haul trip were seeing many family and friends again after the longest time away, putting together a wedding for a dear friend (details to follow) and experiencing the fine terroir of Thailand.

We were especially delighted to have met a couple of our trusted partners over the short period of time, as well as fostering a new partnership with Hong Kong Foodie Tours (www.hongkongfoodietours.com), which provide a great way for new visitors and overseas guests to explore the old neighbourhoods of Hong Kong through sampling local delicacies and understand how the city has evolved.

Looking forward to more fun in 2013!

Very Valentino

December 13th, 2012 by Georgine

Did you know… Valentino took to international fame when he was 30 and has been a renowned couture brand for over half a century?

Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House is the latest fashion exhibition in town and it brought to London the best of the best of his collections and tells of a beautiful story how Valentino established his fashion empire, one which represented every fineness, perfection and timeless beauty.

The show featured original event invites by Valentino, letters from admiring peers and photographs of stars and socialites in his pieces and those of Valentino himself over the years. A highlight is walking into a ‘catwalk’ tunnel, where 137 original Valentino pieces are showcased, a down the memory lane experience allowing us to travel back in time and examine the fine dresses and matching outfits at close distance. This included many beautiful evening pieces, well suited for royals including Princess Margaret, socialites such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and famous celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. We also received a virtual tour of Valentino’s online museum available here.

The greatest piece on show was the wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece in 1995, which was produced by 25 seamstresses and took four months to complete.

The exhibition is on till 3 March 2013. For anyone with the slightest interest in fashion or in all things beautiful, it’s a definite must-go!

“Believe in what you do, even if you are not understood.”

“Do not change too much. Evolution not revolution.”

- Valentino Garavani

A paper anniversary

November 18th, 2012 by Georgine

The 19th of November is a date to remember as it was where it all started for us at Bonham Weddings. A year has passed and we look back to reminisce the highlights from the day, captured so beautifully by Terry Focus and his team:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI4aAXh_3kc

Wedding anniversaries are very special occasions to commemorate the celebration of love and union of families. On the eve of our paper anniversary, we have gathered a list of the meaning and floral attribute of each – some are quite peculiar items! Hope you find this useful in planning yours too. Enjoy!

Anniversary Significance (Flower)

1st Paper (Carnations)
2nd Cotton (Cosmos)
3rd Leather (Fuchsias)
4th Linen (Geraniums)
5th Wood( Daisies)
6th Iron (Calla lilies)
7th Wool (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
8th Bronze (Clematis)
9th Pottery (Poppies)
10th Tin (Daffodils)
11th Steel (Morning glory)
12th Silk (Peonies)
13th Lace (Hollyhocks)
14th Ivory (Dahlias)
15th Crystal (Roses)
16th Topaz
17th Amethyst
18th Garnet
19th Aquamarine
20th China (Day lilies)
21st Brass
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Musical instruments
25th Silver (Iris)
26th Original pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids (Orchids)
29th New furniture
30th Pearl (Sweet pea)
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances – vehicles
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral
36th Bone china
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl
39th Lace
40th Ruby (Nasturtiums)
41st Land
42nd Real estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire
46th Poetry
47th Books
48th Optical goods
49th Luxuries
50th Gold (Violets)
55th Emerald
60th Diamond
70th Platinum
75th Diamond

Extracted from www.onlinehampers.com.au/wedding-anniversary.htm 

November dates

November 8th, 2012 by Georgine

Wow. Can you believe it’s nearing the end of 2012 already? All this build up to the Diamond Jubilee, Olympic and Paralympic Games… it’s time we almost call it a year.

November is often a gloomy time with the change of weather, fallen leaves stripping trees barren, but well well well… here are some exciting snippets we have found to inspire you!

 

Autumn foliage

It’s the wonderful season of yellow, orange and red! A couple of floral arrangements here that we have spotted and made, with our wonderful C & J posing for a love shoot on Richmond Green:

  

 

Movember!

Moustache, moustache, everywhere… it cannot be anything else but Movember! Support this great cause for men’s health by growing a moustache this month or even wearing a fake one as part of your celebrations!

(From http://uk.movember.com/about)

 

Guy Fawkes Night – fireworks romance!

Remember, remember, fifth of November

Gun powder, treason and plot…

It’s been nearly half a century since Guy Fawkes was caught in the act prior to burning up the Houses of Parliament (oops!), but we still remember this special time of the year with fireworks and bonfires, especially in England. A ‘guy’ proposed to his girlfriend after a romantic fireworks proposal… as Katy Perry would sing out loud, ’cause baby, you’re a firework…

firework marriage proposal

(From SWNS at www.metro.co.uk)

 

Lest we forget: Eleven Eleven, Remembrance Day

Every year around a fortnight till 11. 11, we donate to the poppy appeal to show our respect to those who have come before us and devoted their lives to world peace. Poppies are unusual flowers to be featured at weddings, but its meaning of hope and dreams adds a special touch to the celebrations, with lasting tribute to our forefathers.

Check out this poppy-inspired board at weloveweddings.wordpress.com/tag/poppies/

Our story

October 20th, 2012 by Georgine

Behind every brand lies a story. Ever wondered why we are called Bonham Weddings?

There is a saying that, home is where the heart is. Very true indeed. Although we are now based in London, my heart still lies very fondly with my (mum’s) Hong Kong home at Bonham Road, where I spent many of my forming years. The road itself was named after the former British governor of Hong Kong, Sir George Bonham, and it reflected Hong Kong’s colonial history; and George obviously, is how I am referred to at times.

Bonham Weddings is a brand we created to celebrate love and fosters the collaboration between London and Hong Kong. We are committed to adding value to your big day, and planning your magical moment every step of the way.

 

Gx

 

Desiderata

October 7th, 2012 by Georgine

Love great quotes! This is our all-time favourite, Desiderata. Always thought-provoking and uplifting. Enjoy!

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

 

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. 

An autumnal wedding

September 16th, 2012 by Georgine

What a Saturday! We celebrated a beautiful day in Surrey yesterday with clear blue skies and a lovely autumnal scent in the air.

 

Carol and Jonathan got married at Foxhills Country Club and we had the pleasure of being part of their big day with a rustic and garden theme. We got flowers from our dedicated local florists and did our own assembly in an assortment of jam jars and other containers. We also used other props to create the overall look and feel which included bird cages, many candles and a rattan basket which housed the wooden pegs as a seating plan.

 

More pictures to come. With many congratulations!

 

G & J xx

 

 

The floral attributes:

The signing table

Bubbles to congratulate the newly-weds!

Seating plan:

And… a small wedding gift from us to commemorate the big day :-)

In thee, I wed

September 7th, 2012 by Georgine

“In thee, I wed.”

We all love shoes, good shoes, don’t we? To choose your perfect pair of wedding shoes, apart from being beautiful to complement your overall bridal elegance, they have to be absolutely comfortable to get you going throughout the day. So make sure you shop around and try them on to find the best fit pair – also to break into them prior to your big day.

I was lucky to have received these beautiful Choos, handmade by the legend himself, as our wedding gift last year. They were made at Choo’s Couture shop in London (which unfortunately is now defunct due to his retirement), and required a number of fittings to make it the perfect pair. I glided around in them with complete ease and absolutely loved how it became part of my wedding dress – both in style and material.

I was reminded to get them autographed before we left and they are now on display at home as a beautiful keepsake of our wedding memorabilia. Thank you, Jimmy for your amazing craftsmanship and Uncle Raymond, for this wonderful gift!