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Melissa and Tom’s Fremantle Heritage Wedding

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Melissa Newburn
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Melissa and Tom

Shortly after moving into our first home together, Tom proposed to me on our nine-year anniversary. We decided to tie the knot on our ten-year anniversary and so we started planning right away.

We love Fremantle! It’s where Tom and I started dating when we were 15 and we spent many weekends together there. So choosing Fremantle as our wedding location was an easy decision. Fremantle has beautiful parks, beaches, historical sites, restaurants, bars, parking and plenty of accommodation options! No-one had to travel very far and there was lots of things to do in-between the ceremony and the reception.

Our invitations were letter pressed by Fenton Ink and they turned out beautifully! They’re definitely something we’ll frame and keep forever. This is one of my favourite photos, our wedding invitation…with ‘Something Old’ – my great grandmother’s watch, ‘Something New’ – my Swarovski necklace, ‘Something Borrowed’ – my father’s penny and ‘Something Blue’ – my mother’s sapphire engagement ring.

We sent our invitations out with a sprig of rosemary which tied back with the wreath logo and the floral arrangements I had in mind.

We printed schedules for the maid of honour and best man and name tags for the bridal party’s outfits. The contact numbers in the schedules were very useful when it was raining and the suppliers needed an update.


For the big day we booked two suites at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle so we could get ready. The hotel was very accommodating (pardon the pun!); they provided us with extra amenities for the day and cleaned the rooms so they were ready for us that evening when one of them became our honeymoon suite.

Earlier in the day Tom treated himself to a close shave and ‘manscaping’ at Kennedy’s Barbershop.

We hired three stylists for the day. Cherie Nicole did my hair and make up as well as our mothers’. The bridesmaids’ makeup was by Dewy Beauty and their hair was by Teez Hair.

I invested in my own good quality lipstick so I could touch up during the day.

Our gifts to our mothers and bridesmaids were engraved champagne flutes which we ordered from Personalised Favours.

I also received some thoughtful gifts from my bridesmaids including the original sketch of my wedding skirt and a diamond pendant necklace.

All our floral arrangements were made by Wild Heart Flowers. Penny did an excellent job in interpreting the style I wanted.

My dress was made up of two pieces. My sister, who was living in Jakarta at the time, arranged for the skirt to be locally made by Smaradhana Indonesia; my bodice was purchased separately from Bridal Affair. I decided not to wear any shoes to the ceremony as I am not very confident in heels and you couldn’t see my feet anyway.

Our ceremony was held at Monument Hill and was styled by Heart Strings Hire and Style. Considering it rained all morning they did a great job setting it up in time for the ceremony and I thank them for being so patient on the day! Our ‘flower girl’ was our gorgeous pup. She was transported and looked after by Le Petit Dog.



We arranged smaller chairs for my two younger brothers so they could be in the front row with our parents.

Our celebrant was Heart and Soul Celebrations. Diane was recommended to us by a friend and she gave us some great ideas for the ceremony. Our bridesmaids recited a reading from the book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr Seuss.

During the ceremony Tom and I each gave our mothers a rose corsage that they could pin on their dresses. We wanted to thank them and make sure they shared in a big part of our ceremony.


Our beautiful photographs were taken by Perth Photography. During the recessional, guests tossed rose and lavender potpourri from Atelier Emma Rose which we packaged into bags ourselves.

After the ceremony Tom and his best man shared a drink from their engraved flasks from Personalised Favours which we gave as gifts to our fathers and groomsmen.

Tom and I have a close group of friends and there just happens to be more men, so we did not have an even amount of bridesmaids to groomsmen. We didn’t see this as a big issue and because our friends are such good sports we were able to pair two of the groomsmen to walk back down the aisle together!

We travelled to and from the ceremony by tram with Fremantle Trams. The tram was big enough to fit the entire bridal party and our parents so we could travel together. We stopped for a photo at the St John’s Anglican Church in Fremantle – where my great grandmother was married in 1912. She was 103 on our wedding day and is still with us today.

We decided on a cocktail reception at Moore & Moore Café; we wanted to mingle with our guests straight away and had no need for seating plans! It is a heritage listed building with a lot of character and it didn’t need much decorating at all! We hired some items from Heart Strings and we used the bridesmaids’ bouquets as floral arrangements for the tables; the venue provided jars with candles for free!


I had a dress change so I would be more comfortable. I wore dress and sash from BHLDN, a stole from Sew U Designs and custom-made ‘something blue’ shoes from Shoes of Prey. My clutch is from the op shop.

Our guestbook was a polaroid guestbook from Liu My. Our wonderful bridesmaids whizzed around taking everyone’s photo at the beginning of the night and we used up the remaining film for fun!

I collected photos from the weddings of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents and framed them for display.

Tom and I have never had much of a sweet tooth and we love cheese so we had a cheese wheel tower from Say Cheese Towers instead of cake. We had a cheese knife instead of a cake knife. We took all the leftover cheese home, shared some with our parents and ate the rest ourselves!

Our favours were homemade Anzac biscuits using Tom’s late grandmother’s recipe; we baked and froze them ahead of time. These were put into kraft paper bags for our guests to take home. This was an affordable way to share something special to us and also give our guests a yummy midnight snack!

We organised the speeches and formalities earlier on in the night so we could spend more time dancing with our guests. Clive from Phat Bat Djs did a fantastic job keeping the party going all night.


At the end of the night Tom and I made our grand exit though an arch of our guests and simply walked around the corner to our honeymoon suite.



Everything went perfectly and it was the best night of our lives! Shortly after the wedding we ‘buddy-mooned’ in Koh Samui with our bridal party – a wonderful finish!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Melissa and Tom; your chic vintage theme was so lovely! And the flowers – so pretty!

Photographer: Perth Photography / Invitations & Stationery: Fenton Ink / Getting Ready: Esplanade Hotel / Bridal Party Gifts: Personalised Favours / Bride's Bodice: Bridal Affair / Bride's Skirt: Smaradhana Indonesia / Bride’s Jewellery: Swarovski / Bride's Garter: WG Bride Couture / Bride's Stole: Sew U Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bride's Hair & Makeup Artist: Cherie Nicole / Bridesmaids' Hair Artist: Teez Hair / Bridesmaids' Makeup Artist: Dewy Beauty / Flowers: Wild Heart Flowers / Transport: Fremantle Tram Tours / Ceremony Venue: Monument Hill, Fremantle / Styling & Hire: Heart Strings & Pretty Things / Celebrant: Heart & Soul Celebrations / Pet Sitter: Le Petit Dog / Exit Toss: Atelier Emma Rose / Reception Venue: Moore & Moore / Bride’s Reception Dress & Sash: BHLDN / Bride’s Reception Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Guest Book: Liu My / Cheese Tower: Say Cheese Towers / DJ & MC: Phat Bat DJ's

Inspired Words – Larissa & Rayne

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Ms Chinoiserie
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Planning their wedding together will be a wonderful memory that Larissa and Rayne will always treasure as the couple reminisce about their simple Byron Bay wedding.

“It was just the two of us making all the decisions, which kept it really simple and ensured we had the kind of wedding that we wanted – really relaxed and informal.”

“We also decided to get couple photos done before anything started, so we could be at the venue to greet our guests and spend some time mingling before the ceremony commenced – it was really important to us to make the most of having everyone we loved in the one place to celebrate with us, so we didn’t want to be disappearing for photos once the day kicked off. Having both the ceremony and reception together in the one place meant we had the whole afternoon and evening, uninterrupted, to celebrate with everyone – the day is over too quickly!”

“A wedding is a pretty unique event in that there’s not really any other celebration that gathers everyone together at the same time – so if you can, we recommend keeping the formalities and time away from guests to a minimum so you can celebrate with your loved ones.”

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Images by Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung

Sigrid & Blake’s Elegant Maleny Manor Wedding

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Sigrid Davis
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Our engagement was quite a surprise! Blake told me we were travelling to see our parents one weekend so my bags were packed and ready to go. When we go into the car, Blake put a blindfold on me and drove me to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park. For anyone who knows this location, they know the drive there is very steep and I felt so sick when we had only arrived at the bottom of the mountain! Blake let me take my blindfold off and it was another 20 minute drive up the range.

At this point he said that he had organised a weekend away, which I though was so romantic of him. I didn’t think anything of a proposal at this stage because Blake’s grandparents own one of the tree houses in this retreat so we have been lucky enough to stay here before as guests of the family. On the drive up, Blake took a phone call from someone saying that ‘we were running ten minutes late’ which I thought was weird because it was early in the morning so we couldn’t be running late for check in.

Once we got to the top, Blake pulled into the luxury spa sanctuary that we had never been to before. At this point I thought he was being so thoughtful because I had just come off night duty (I’m a nurse) and he wanted me to relax. We had a couple’s massage inside a beautiful room that overlooked the entire hinterland. After the massage Blake said we are going on a bushwalk. As we started to trek I noticed the name of the bushwalk was called ‘The Wishing Tree’. After we had been walking for approximately 15 minutes, we arrived at this beautiful old overgrown tree whose roots were so large you could stand up in between them.

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Blake asked me to close my eyes and make a wish. At this point, like any girl would, I wished for Blake to propose to me…but he didn’t. I opened my eyes and he placed in my hand a love heart rock that we had found when we were on the school camp together in Year 11 (when we met). Yes, I cried when I saw it! Then we headed back up to the tree house to get dressed for dinner. When we were ready, Blake told me to go into the lounge room and watch a video on the Ipad on the kitchen table. There were tea light candles all over the table and the sun was setting outside. The video started with photos of when we first met all the way up until the day before the proposal. He had chosen our favorite songs as background music. At the end it said..”We have made so many beautiful memories together and I am ready to make a lifetime more… turn around”. And there he was standing in a circle of tea light candles down on one knee. After his beautiful proposal we celebrated with a beautiful dinner at the guesthouse lodge.

And then it was time to start planning our wedding! My dress was from Karen Willis Holmes. It was from her bespoke collection and was called the ‘Lucinda’ gown. My experience at Karen Willis Holmes was perfect. I was made to feel like I was the only one who fitted the dress like a princess. I was obsessed with the exquisite French lace peplum feature just under the bust line. The fabric was heavy and luxurious, but so soft.

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I had always pictured myself in a big puffy princess gown but once I had tried on this dress and realised that shorter people like myself could wear slim fitting dresses, I fell in love! My husband did not expect this at all and was so amazed by the dress. I also wore the single tier, long glimmer circle veil from Karen Willis Holmes.

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My Nana’s brooch which has two pearls and a ruby (my birthstone) was my ‘something old’; my Karen Willis Holmes earrings were ‘something new’ and Mum lent me her Chanel Coco Noir Perfume for ‘something borrowed’. A little blue bow on the back of my gown made up the ‘something blue’.

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My makeup was done by a friend and Elyse Minatel at EH Studios did my hair; they both did such a wonderful job!

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Blake designed my engagement ring through a company called James Allen in America. It was exactly what I had always dreamed of!

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The theme for our wedding was fresh flowers. All I wanted was to be surrounded but the most beautiful fresh flowers and to be able to breathe in that crisp moist smell of the hinterland. Our florist, Mondo Floral Designs, was amazing! I wanted everything to have elegance as well as bringing out the purity of white; I added a pop of colour for freshness. After our wedding, we donated all the flowers to a local nursing home to bring the same amount of joy the flowers gave us on our wedding day.

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Maleny Manor was the perfect venue – it is a pure white cottage building surrounded by vineyards and beautiful blooming foliage. I didn’t have much to do to make things beautiful!

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I had vases of fresh seasonal flowers all carrying through the soft pastel colours. Our cake from Eden Cakes & Cupcakes looked so pretty, and decorated with fresh flowers, it matched back to our theme perfectly!

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Blake and I asked out bridal party to be a part of our wedding in different ways. Blake made small packages of scotch glasses with mini scotch bottles and stone ice cubes, all wrapped in white with a black bow tie; he presented these to his friends as he asked them to be his groomsmen.

I asked all my party seperately also but through individualized little packages that meant something to each of them. For example, my sister Kristy lives in Canada and I made her a video of all her Australian friends and family saying they missed her and couldn’t wait to see her when she came home to Australia for my wedding. At the end of the film, I was holding a big poster asking if she would be my bridesmaid. I sent that in a package with a beautiful handmade card and a letter asking her if she would.

Our bridal party was amazing and so helpful on the day. It honestly makes such a difference if you are surrounded by people who don’t care about themselves but are there to make sure you have the best day possible!

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Our beautiful photographs were taken by Calli B Photography; Calli captured everything we wanted to keep for a lifetime of memories.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Sigrid and Blake; what a beautiful day spent with loved ones; your flower theme suited the picturesque backdrop perfectly!

Bride's Dress and Veil: Karen Willis Holmes / Hairstylist: EH Studios / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Maleny Manor / Flowers & Decor: Mondo Floral Designs / Cake and Favours: Eden Cakes and Cupcakes / Photographer: Calli B Photography / Videographer: BXCSMXTH / Music: Marty Sima / MC: Ethank Clissold / Celebrant: Bill Scurry / Invitations & Stationery: Paperi & Co.
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