Saturday, September 25, 2010

The wedding of the year in Seychelles

I just arrived at the hotel, checked in, and received a message that the Tatler magazine is out and Eng Hong, our photographer partner has posted our wedding on the blog. Our Seychelles wedding was featured.. and I just can't sleep despite I was very very tired... I logged onto 39east blog and joy filled my soul.. it was an article that was written with exact accuracy to what happened in the wedding. All the hard work from my team, the precised drawings right to the exact measurements of the trellis (400sqm large area to cover), the exact colour coordinations of the lanterns at each row within the huge trellis, the beautiful and intricate floral arrangements done by Harijanto from Boenga, the long hours of coordinations and supervision by my team from the first moment we touched ground to the 4th day when the event took place all paid off... See the link at 39 East images

God, you did it again thru us and for us.. I thank You for the great weather and the perseverance you have instill in me and every one who makes this work... it is another Heaven's Gift from You...I know greater things You will do thru us and for us.. I love you Daddy, the lover of my soul.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My heart may not understand, but God knows what's best for me...

I will be flying off in 6 hours' time.. and yet my mind is fully awake, I just could not sleep.. somehow my mind is back to the active mode again, and I know it is an indication that God is preparing me for something which my mind cannot comprehend... something I require faith to venture into.

These past few months has been a trying time for me... nobody really knows nor understands what went through my heart and mind, but I know I need to press on, and believe all things happened for a purpose beyond my limited human mind.. and I know God is preparing me for something I have yet to understand nor even envision. It is so strange, the verse "Faith is the substance hope for, the evidence not seen", just kept ringing in my spirit.
Just as I am writing my thots in this blog, a small little voice speaks :

- Hann, trust God, He knows what He is doing, the journey ahead may seem uncertain, but it is a sure step to fulfill His promises in you and thru you, and He will fulfill the very dreams you have had for long

- Hann, stop listening to all the lies around you, it's time to shake off those dust and spread your wings and mount up your wings like eagles, it's time to soar above the distractions that try to hold you back..

- Hann, rest in the Lord, the battle belongs to the Lord, what the enemy meant it for evil, He will turn it for good for His name's sake..

Yes Lord, 7 yrs ago, I have the same fear but You have shown yourself faithful these 7 years.. and I know you will perfect what You have begun in us...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Lord knows what we need to carry on....

I have just finished a long call with a client's brother, who was questioning about some final details pricing with us, and I have had just finished a wedding with extensive setup last week, and now in the process of creating another big one I have dreamt about and can't wait to see the final expression for this coming week. And during that conversation, I was discouraged, because it was the same educational journey we need to go through with most clients, the questioning of our works and what it worths. And the past 2 weeks, I have not slept much and my team have not stopped working. Mentally, emotionally and physically I am tired. I don 't blame anyone, I have learnt to accept it is a process we have to do to
justify what we do.

And interestingly, when my soul was disheartened, I received an email from the parents of my couple from last Sat's wedding -Mr Richard Magnus and Mrs Eileen Magnus who surprised me with their thank you notes, and when I read it, my heart was lifted up, the Lord knows what we need to carry on... and I tear as I write this blog, Lord, you are the best hubby I can ever dreamt to have.

"Hi Hannah,

As part of our reflections and thanking God for His blessings on Step/Daniel's wedding we thank the Lord too for you.

We have many expectations. You delivered them all. The spatial ambience was magical, creative and imaginative. The placing of the lights in the Flutes walkway, the careful shadows on the trees as well as on the trellis which was sensitively decorated brought the right sparkle. The symbolic swing, stef's and daniel's theme, hanging naturally from the tree was a masterful touch, a touch that made the leap to genius. The foundational church event, the reception which was the social needed transition between the church event and dinner, and the dinner itself was carried out flawlessly. The solemnisation was well choreographed and executed with the processional. Solemnity was respected as vows were made, and ordinary rings become wedding rings, communion celebrated, exhortations made, blessings released and declarations of a marriage made. The tea ceremony took place meaningfully and sensitively. There was a relaxed mood at the reception. The buzz flowed with champagne. wine and canapes from Flutes. The atmosphere at the dinner was purposefully understated yet dignified and joyous. Nothing ostentatious. The marquee earned its reputation in the midst of the lush greenery. The dinner hall was ambient cool throughout which was a pleasant surprise. The music was of years gone by was discreet. Flutes cuisine was savour extraordinaire. The service was impeccable. The wine flowed to the occasion. The guests enjoyed themselves. There was an overflowing of fellowship and friendship. The dance floor was invitingly adequate and came to life with the evening. The MC was great. The speeches were brief. The tribute demonstrated love. The celebration seemed endless.

It was like a symphony orchestra that came alive in the hands of an expert conductor. It was our blessings that we had you as the conductor. Several of our friends had said it was an exceptional event and many still talked about it.

Well done Hannah. Thank you. You made an extraordinary event memorable and magical."
Richard Magnus

"Hi Hannah, we continue to receive compliments from many of guests about how wonderful Stephanie and Daniel's wedding was and how much they enjoyed themselves. Many called it a wedding with a difference and left with a warm feeling.
The entire setup wowed our guests, and the garden was transformed. Thank you for the lovely touches you put in and pulling in the various vendors to produce such a beautiful setting and atmosphere.
We came to you because of your exacting standards, and you certainly delivered."
Eileen Magnus

Monday, September 13, 2010

Serving the Rich...

Have just completed a wedding with extensive setup, all went really well.. and everyone has fun. When you saw almost more than 100 guests dancing on the dance floor out of 250, you knew you have done the job. Yes, I was very very tired, couldn't wait to go home, it was an outdoor setup of a fully aircon-tentage linked to a fine-dining restaurant, and now we are tearing down all the 7 days hard work in a day.. that's our job, all the hard work for that 1 day finally removed in a day.

This year, we are serving more and more high-end clients, not just in the aspect that they are rich, but they are very influential in the society and the community. I looked back at the journey I have walked through these 7 years, God has been gracious to me and my team. We have gone through intensive and steep learning curve to be where we are today. Serving the rich is not just about knowledge and skill one needs to acquire, it is an attitude of humility and service we learn to cultivate continually within ourselves.

I was teaching one of our youths when he was sharing about his dream. Just like in ancient times, every king has his butler, cup bearer and special crew to take care of his well being. Often we stereotype this group of helpers as mere domestic servants, but in reality, they need to know their field well enough to be able to serve their kings well. Remember Nehemiah in the bible, he was the king's cup bearer. I don't think his role was just checking whether the food and wines were safe for the king's consumption.. he must have been trained to know the different types of wines, the different ingredients within the dishes that would satisfy the king's taste preference. The level of knowledge he had to constantly filled himself with, and the precision he had to be acquired to do his job well to continue to gain the king's trust and attention, that when he eventually asked the king to allow him to return to his homeland the build the broken walls of his nation, the king not only grant his requests, the king gave him resources to do what he desired.

Why would a king be so generous for a mere servant? I believe Nehemiah is beyond just a servant, he was a trusted confidant and friend for his master, and the years of humility and willingness he had demonstrated before the king has enabled the king to trust this man.
That was one thing I am always reminded. I am a wedding consultant, but I am also a butler. When I first came into this industry, I came in with much ideas and creativity, but the first thing I really learnt was to being humble and willing to serve my clients, and today the rich. It is only when you learn how to serve the couple and family, you learn to be connected with them, and that's when their dream becomes your dream and vision for their wedding.

Often this area in my life will be stretched and tested again and again, and during those times, I marvelled at how the Lord has enabled me and team to pass each experience. It was never easy, but the precision and depth He has trained our hands and minds to work amazes me. Lord, teach me always to be humble, to be passionate and never to lose heart to serve the rich.