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Inspired Words – Megan

by | Inspired Words, Weddings

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Ms Chinoiserie
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‘Slowly, but surely’ and ‘little by little’; these are often good thoughts to keep in mind as you start to plan your big day as Megan remembers when looking back on her modern city wedding.

“The start of the planning process can be quite overwhelming; I found it really helpful to sit down and breakup my ‘to-do’ list. I scheduled tasks for each month leading up to the wedding so I wasn’t constantly thinking about every detail. Enjoy being engaged, the planning process and the excitement!”

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Images by Ed Sloane

Veronica and Paul’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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Paul and I met through work and have known each other for over nine years now. Our love grew from friendship, and it wasn’t until five years down the track of working together that we started dating. It was hard to break out of the colleague/friend zone; there was lots of resistance from me! But I am glad that Paul was very persistent and obviously it was totally worth it!

The proposal was one of a surprise! We were on a weekend getaway in Melbourne to see a band. Paul took me to Eureka Sky Deck to watch the sunset before heading out to dinner; as we were looking our over the city skyline, he popped the question! As it was so unexpected – all I could say was “No Way?” several times before I said yes!

Von & Paul. Mick Habgood. Documentary Wedding Photographer Sydne

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Our wedding was held at Clarkes Point Reserve, on a sunny afternoon with beautiful Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. A relaxed and unpretentious gathering of friends and family, our wedding was filled with festivities, DIY elements and a vintage vibe that perfectly depicted our style and personality. From the succulents in my bouquet and Paul’s casual attire to my tea length wedding dress, the music, food and atmosphere, it was just perfect!

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We specifically wanted a Sydney wedding – as it is our home town – but we also wanted to make it easy for our family and friends to join us as it was important that our celebration of love was shared with those closest to us.

We got ready seperately on the day – Paul got ready at a hotel in the city with his groomsmen and I was at our house with my bridesmaids in the morning. It was so surreal that we were all very relaxed – “one of the most relaxed bridal parties ever” said both our makeup artist and photographer! Once the bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done, they even had time to play some cards while waiting for me!

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My dress and headpiece were something that I was really happy with – I loved the 50’s styling! I did feel the pressure to wear a traditional long dress, and some people couldn’t understand why I would want a short one!

After hunting around, I am so glad that I found my Henry Roth dress from Bridal Reflections. I handmade my headpiece to match the style that I was after. I also wore a pearl necklace that was a hand-me down from my grandma who unfortunately is no longer around to witness my wedding day.

There were a few personal details throughout the day that we loved. One of them was having my friends arrange and perform our favourite dance song,“Feel So Close To You” by Calvin Harris, into an acoustic chill out version for me to walk down the aisle to.

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Another was having an old fashion pop-corn machine cart at the ceremony – which totally added the festive atmosphere that we were after. It was such a simple idea but very effective, and our guests totally loved it!

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We decided early on that we wanted something stylish but casual. Paul specifically really wanted a cocktail instead of a sit down reception so that our guests could mingle; we also wanted lots of dancing.

A blank canvas venue with a view was the ideal – and somewhere that wasn’t not licensed so we could bring in our own alcohol and caterer. We took our cultural differences as a catering theme and had two buffet stations; ‘East’ with Asian inspired cuisine such as dumplings and duck pancakes, and ‘West’ which included a ‘Build Your Own Burger Bar’.

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For the reception, we were lucky enough to have a friend who is a stylist who was able to bring in a mix of vintage and industrial furniture to make the blank space just the way we wanted it. To add to the décor of the space, we also spent lots of time preparing our DIY Bar.

In terms of decoration, I have always loved the look of things with a vintage vibe and fairy lights. These elements naturally worked their way into the look and feel of the wedding! We prepared our own cocktail list and signs and we handmade, with the help of an electrician friend, the illuminated ‘BAR’ sign ourselves – a feature we were very proud of!

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The overall wedding experience was stressful at times during the planning, possibly due to the fact that both Paul and I are in the event industry and perhaps because I had placed pressure on myself to create a wedding that everyone would enjoy while pleasing both ourselves and our parents.

But on the day, all those things didn’t matter at all. In saying that, nothing went wrong (or we didn’t notice it anyway!) – we were lucky to have friends and vendors that we could trust!

All in all, we have memories of a perfect day – a day celebrating our love and the start of our lives together. And all these moments were captured by the very talented Mick Habgood, who was able to capture so many of the candid moments between of the two of us and our guests.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Veronica and Paul; your vintage vibe theme certainly suited your fun-loving nature; love the idea of the burger bar!

Bride’s Dress: Henry Roth / Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections / Ceremony Venue: Clarkes Point Reserve / Catering: Three Blind Mice Catering / Cake Baker: Shells Cakes / Draping and Fairy Lights: Fairytale Events / Props and Furniture Hire: Vintage Patina / : Vault Interiors / Photographer: Mick Habgood / Invitations & Stationery: Belinda Xia Illustration / Reception Venue: Hunters Hill Sailing Club

A Glass Of Bubbles With….Dani From DaniMezza

by | A Glass Of Bubbles With..., Weddings

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Bec Lawrence
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Sitting down for a virtual glass of bubbles with Dani was more than a pleasure. You may know Dani as the talented woman behind DaniMezza, a website where you get anything from plus size fashion to home decorating. Dani is also known for her beautifully acquired photographic skills. She sat down with us to reminisce on her special day when she married her best friend Steve.

Tell us about you and your blog?

I’m a Northern Territory girl who moved to Sydney with Steve in 2006. I started my blog as a way to keep in touch with family who were so far away – remember Facebook wasn’t available to the masses back then! My blog evolves as I do as far as content is concerned. I talk about anything and everything but I am passionate about plus size fashion which is why I founded #AussieCurves.  I know bloggers are “meant” to define their niche but I don’t believe it’s true, with me you get all the facets, be they dull or sparkly!

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Tell us about your wedding?

Steve and I married on Saturday the 24th of March 2007 at the Sebel Hawkesbury Resort Chapel which is surrounded by gardenias and roses. I walked down the aisle to “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve and to this day whenever we hear it on the radio in the car we squeeze each other’s hands. We were either crying or laughing during the ceremony, as were our 45 guests; it was wonderful. We lit a candle for Steve’s mother who had passed away and we had poetry read aloud by friends and family. As we had a small number of guests we booked the conference room for our reception which I decorated myself; it was perfectly intimate and saved us a lot of money.

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I wore a Cinderella blue, dupion silk strapless gown with a slight sweetheart neckline and I added a crystal brooch for detail; it was made by Jean Fox Bridal in Parramatta. Steve wore a rented brown suit, as did the groomsmen. The bridesmaids wore cobalt blue cocktail dresses, silver shoes and accessories as well as pretty paper parasols. For the bridal party we had two groomsmen; Steve’s brother and my cousin and for my bridesmaids I had my sister and Steve’s sister. We decided not to have children at the wedding so we didn’t have a flower girl or page boy.

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The food was fantastic, glasses were never empty and we had a black forest cupcake tower as our wedding cake which everyone loved. We hired a singer and a pianist to play during the reception and our first dance was to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. At the gift table I set up a ‘Wishing Tree’ where guests could write wishes for us on little tags and hang them from the branches; it was so sweet and I still have all the tags today.

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What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

Watching my new husband gaze into my eyes as he slipped the ring on my finger and then his honest and humble speech of “our great love” at the reception. I love him even more today, I really did marry my best friend.

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If you could change one thing, what would it be?

Our celebrant came so well regarded but she must have just rolled out of bed the wrong way that day! Amongst other things, she arrived late because she forgot her shoes and had to go back for them, making me late down the aisle and essentially holding up other weddings. Anything that could have gone wrong, did. In the end we said our vows, we cried, we kissed, it was officiated and we left as husband and wife and that’s all that really matters.

Who are your favourite vendors?

 Florist – McGraths Hill Florist

Location – Sebel Hawkesbury Valley

Who was your photographer?

The morning of the wedding I discovered the photographer I booked was no longer coming as he had booked another job and sent his assistant instead. As a photographer myself, having researched for months to find someone who fitted in with our style aesthetic and budget, I was beyond furious. In the end I just had to breathe, enjoy the day and trust her. In the end it worked out ok but I still get a little upset nine years later.

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What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Budgeting for your big day is only hard if you’re not open to compromise or new ideas. Figure out what you both really want from the day (for us it was the location) and then just be flexible and open to unexpected bargain opportunities.

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Images by Catalina 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: It’s so wonderful when two best friends marry – and despite a couple of hiccups along the way, the look of happiness on your faces was captured just perfectly. Pop on over to DanniMezza for fabulous tips and advice on plus size fashion, accessorising and life!

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