• Feb
  • 28
  • 2011

event planning // my sister’s married!

I’m excited to introduce to you, my first wedding (as an event planner)!

A few weeks ago, I was literally up every night till 5am! I was busy working on my sisters wedding that I had planned, designed and executed. I spent countless amount of hours on the intricate details of her wedding. She is my only sister. She is very special to me. So it was an outdoor garden setting and the theme was a floral, vintage, DIY recycled wedding.

Event: Fairuz & Omar’s Garden Tea Wedding
Date: 27th February 2011
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Warrenwood Private Estate, VIC
Guests: 40 family and friends

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a sign that informed them where to head next. I wanted to create a journey to acquaint them with the relaxing ‘garden’ atmosphere before heading towards the actual ceremony . Using a blackboard sign coupled with a few “wedding” arrows, a pathway was created to guide them towards the event which was held at the bottom of the garden (guest had to take the stairs downhill). The fresh air, the beautiful flowers, the greenery and the rusticness of the wood; all combined for a unique adventure.

Entrance “welcome” for guests arrival greeting. Bride and groom’s name printed on doily and mounted onto brown paper cardboard. A rustic vintage elegance.

The end of the “journey” but the start of the ceremony. At the bottom of this lovely garden stairs, was where everyone gathered.

Spectacular view of the event before the ceremony (view from high above).

Lovebirds signage made out of wood and painted in white. The sign was placed in front of a birdcage on a little table with other ornaments such as a vintage bell, old books and a cup and saucer….and of course, flowers!

The end of the “journey” but the start of the ceremony. At the bottom of this lovely garden stairs is where everyone meets.

Since the theme was ‘garden’, I wanted to strip all the glamorous lifestyle that is usually associated with weddings and go back to nature. Hence the use of twigs. They were used for guests seating arrangements. Most of the stuff that I used for this wedding are found and recycled objects.

You wouldn’t call it a DIY wedding if the bride didn’t make anything…so these scrumptious and gorgeous cupcakes were made by the bride. Yes, you heard me. She made them. Check out her blog, Made with love and sugar!

This is her wedding floral bouquet. Its a bunch of blue and purple orchids tied around with some natural fibre string on a bed of green ferns. Rustic yet simple.

Bombonniere gifts for the guests. A piece of fruit cake wrapped with brown paper packaging that has 4 languages printed on it and tied with natural fibre string. It signifies the culture of the bride (half Malaysian/Chinese) and the Italian groom.

Italian  – Grazie

English – Thank You

Malay – Terima Kasih

Chinese (cantonese) – Dojeh

It was such a special and unique event; the weather was perfect and it was a dream wedding that the bride & groom will surely treasure forever. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. It was a truly memorable day.

All wedding design/decorations; including table + flower arrangements and event planning: Iva Izman

Photography: Iva Izman

  • Jul
  • 29
  • 2009

tiramisu ‘wedding’ cake

A close family member wedded on the 24th of July2009. So the night before the special day, my sister and I stayed up making these tiramisu shot glasses aka the ‘wedding’ cake. It was topped with an edible  ‘thank you’ chocolate that I purchased from Cake Deco for $2.  Check them out as they are Australia’s largest baking retailer.

Making the chocolate moulds would have to be the trickiest part. That took a few hours alone. I had to pour in the dark chocolate first and refrigerate then pour the white chocolate mixture on top. You need super steady hands or else you won’t be able to read the message. But the end result is so worth the effort put in, especially when the bride-to-be is someone very special to my heart. Try out the recipe below. They really do look impressive and elegant for any kind of event you’re hosting.


Makes: 6 dessert glasses
Prep time: 20mins
Chill time: at least 6 hours


250g Sponge Fingers (Lady Fingers)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder, for dressing

For the cream mixture
1.5 tsp of boiled water mix with 1 tbsp of coffee
3 tbsp caster Sugar
250g mascarpone cheese
250ml thickened cream, whipped

For dipping the biscuits
1.5 tsp of boiled water mix with 1 tbsp of coffee
1 cup Milk


1. To make the mascarpone cream mixture, beat sugar, mascarpone and cream with an electric beater. Once thickened, add the coffee flavouring and give it a final beat to coat evenly.

2. Dip the biscuits into the coffee milk mixture and lay it out on the tray. Put a dollop of cream mixture right into the bottom of each glass, then cut the biscuits so they fit inside. Put a layer of cream ontop and repeat this process 3 times for all 6 glasses.

3. Sieve through the cocoa powder as final dressing. Clean around the rim of the glass, glad wrap it and refrigerate overnight. Best eaten the day after.

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  • Aug
  • 28
  • 2007

wordless wednesday // my engagement flowers

Photography by Joshua Button

Edited by Iva Izman

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