Imagine the work that goes into creating a film set. That is exactly what Bliss Wedding Planners aim to do for the weddings they work on. They create a personalised set, a set on which the lucky couple can act out their ‘in wedded bliss’ fantasies.
But this is not Hollywood — although with some of the glitz and glamour on show you could be fooled into thinking otherwise — this is an East-meets-West styled wedding between two people in Vietnam.
In mid-October our photographer Kyle Phanroy spent a day with Bliss staff as they prepared for a wedding at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon. The set-up started with the stage and main wall installation, before moving to the ceiling to attach the decorative drapes and then back to ground level to do the table set-up.
“There were a lot of things going on at the same time in different portions of the wedding area,” says Kyle. “They built geometric shapes for art installations in the main entrance area, as well as for a hanging installation above the bridal walk portion of the stage. There was a wedding photo viewing area with large glass diamonds filled with flowers, and covering the floor was a pure-white fake lambskin carpet.”
Spray-painted flower bouquets were set up throughout the dining area and around the event area, and with the clock ticking and the main space now laid out, then came the next stage: testing the sound and lighting systems.
“I was constantly walking around, so I missed some stuff,” says Kyle. “Yet it seemed that every time I entered another room, it was constantly evolving. What amazed me was the speed at which things seemed to come together. It was lightning fast.”
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Photos by Kyle Phanroy / October 2015