{ A Mad Tea Party }

Afternoon tea is quite possibly one of my favorite things in the world. Just the thought of colorful pots of tea, dainty cups and saucers, and sweet conversation over cream-covered scones makes me feel relaxed and wonderfully girly (which makes up for all my non-girly times when I’m scorching things in the kitchen and running around the house in sweatpants). A couple weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph the beautiful Alice In Wonderland-themed tea party Joanna Chong of Joanna Events organized for her mother’s birthday. She is just getting into the wedding and event planning industry and wanted some shots of the table settings and guests. I was giddy at the very idea of a tea party, but was SO unprepared for the incredible camera-candy she ended up putting together!

Joanna was still setting up when I arrived and I got to witness all the beautiful items being brought one by one to the table. As each vase of flowers, each platter of pastries, each little teacup was hurried over, my eyes grew bigger and bigger, my squeals of delight louder, and my camera clicks more flurried. I couldn’t believe the colors, the concepts, the creativity!! From the paper lanterns to the tea-party music wafting through the iPod, there was not a single detail overlooked. After witnessing firsthand her event-planning prowess, I can only imagine the amazing work she would do as a wedding coordinator!

The floral arrangements were simply stunning! Sue Cook of SooziCook Events (soozcook@gmail.com) put together each unique collection of bright blooms – they really set the mood for the entire tea party!

There were endless platters of the most delectable treats – mini tea sandwiches, scones, delicate cakes. No one would be leaving this tea party hungry!

And of course - the teas! Joanna had laid out numerous varieties all marked exquisitely with colorful labels.

I instantly fell in love with these hand-crafted blossoms, lovingly planted around the table :)

The guests all wore the most awesome oversized hats…

And a quick photo of Joanna and her mother, the guest of honor!

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21 Responses to “{ A Mad Tea Party }”

  1. Brittany Nicole Says:

    Beautiful! I love all the colors! Yet again Adrienne, incredible photographs!

  2. cindy Says:

    wow…def unprepared for so many vibrant colors. such a fun color palette!

  3. Vivian Tran Says:

    What a fabulous party…great job Adrienne and Joanna!

  4. Dawn Says:

    OMG OMG I am on complete idea overload! It is so adorable, whimsical and sophisticated at the same time. Fantastic job!

  5. connieMchung Says:

    oh wow. awesome detail shots!

  6. Rosanna Says:

    Love the pictures! Loved the party! These pictures will forever be a memory.

  7. Sooz Says:

    WOW! Fantastic photographs! You have a great talent – as does Joanna! Thanks for the shout out! Sue from SooziEvents!

  8. Joan Solitario Says:

    wow! it’s like a rainbow exploded! so colorful! love it!! wish i was invited heheh ;o)

  9. Cindy Says:

    This is so incredibly cute!

  10. amanda doublin Says:

    oh heck yeah! loving this!!! color color color… yum!

  11. sarah Says:

    Hey Adrienne, beautiful use of colour in your tea party.
    Something you don’t see everyday. People usually turn to pastel colours.
    Looked like a fun party.

    I write an event blog in Toronto, could I highlight your bold coloured tea party on my blog?

  12. Cathy Crawley Says:

    Wow, how divine are these! I am salivating, firstly as a photographer and secondly as a lover of sweets! Yummo

  13. AYUMI Says:

    I love love love this post! What a great theme for a party and you got such great shots!

  14. Robynn's Ravings Says:

    Unbelievable! What an exquisite job and a LOT of hard work represented here. I only wish I had been there! You have an incredible eye and gift. Glad your friend sent me over to see. Blessings!

  15. Stephen Grant Says:

    Representing the fellas here — great job! What a feast for the eyes — the images and the display! So much for me eating healthy tonight! Way to go on these photographs, Adrienne!

  16. ohana photographers - david & kimi Says:

    yum num num on these details adrienne!!!

  17. Anna Says:

    AMAZING photos of an AMAZING party! LOVE every aspect of this theme!

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  19. Natalie Says:

    I love this alice in wonderland theme, and the purple color throughout is just right. the tea labels look like they’re from http://www.labelsonthefly.com/
    everything looks so delicate and perfect and right out of the illustration
    Makes me smile :)

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