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A Glass Of Bubbles With….Martyna From Wholesome Cook

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Bec Lawrence

a glass of bubbles with martyna

If you’re anything like me sometimes you need a little inspiration to get cooking in the kitchen. That’s when the Wholesome Cook is your knight in shining armour ready to spice up your tired meals. Martyna is the lovely lady behind the deliciousness that is the Wholesome Cook. She fills her website with photos and recipes that are bound to make you ask for more! We shared a virtual glass of bubbles with Martyna and chatted about her wedding in Port Douglas.

Tell us about you and your business/blog?

My blog, Wholesome Cook and now The Wholesome Cook cookbook, is where I share recipes for healthy living that are optioned for various intolerances and dietary lifestyles and low in added sugar. While the focus is always on food, I like to intertwine recipes with stories from our kitchen, travels and home.

When I’m not blogging I develop, test, style and shoot recipes for Nourish magazine and a handful of clients. It’s never a boring day at the office, and we definitely do not go hungry.


Tell us about your wedding?

We wanted our wedding day to be fuss-free and very much about celebrating our special day with just a handful of our closest family and friends. It was held in late spring over an extended weekend in Port Douglas in Tropical Far North Queensland. We both love the area and thought it would not only be a lovely backdrop for the nuptials but provide a perfect weekend getaway opportunity for our small wedding party of just 22 guests.

We provided accommodation at the QT Port Douglas for two nights with the option for guests to extend their stay if they so wished. We thought it would be a lovely gesture of thanks for being there for us.


We were married on the morning of the 24th August 2013 at the beautiful St Mary’s By The Sea, which we booked without seeing it! The staff were amazingly helpful and the venue itself picturesque and very much the vintage chic look we were going for with our theme. Our friend, Aaron, who is a minister, oversaw the nuptials. Our wedding bands were by Cerrone – Matt’s ring features our wedding date in Roman numerals on the outside of the band.


My gown was by Allure Bridals, featuring luxurious lace appliqué and a V-shaped neckline and backline with scalloped straps and a crystal encrusted satin band highlighting the empire waistline. It fitted me perfectly from the moment I tried it on, but I did have the train shortened a little. I choose a fascinator instead of a traditional veil, which I purchased along with the vintage-look earrings from Lovisa, leaving extra money in the budget for my shoes – platform sling-backs – and purse from Jimmy Choo.

Matt’s suit was custom-made by Tom James. He wore a black skinny tie with small white polka dots, Louis Vuitton black Champs Elysees cufflinks and a matching tie bar, all set against a crisp white collared shirt. The groomsmen, Simon and Matt’s son Zachary, wore black suits with grey skinny ties with small white polka dots.



The two bridesmaids (our friend Emma and Matt’s daughter Liana) wore dark grey dresses purchased from Vision in White Bridal. Each was different in style which was tailored specifically for their needs. Since Emma was expecting her second child with hubby Simon (yes, Matt’s groomsman) and was heavily pregnant by August, we actually ended up ordering a floor-length dress for her that was altered to knee-length a week or so before the wedding. It worked a treat.

Our flowers, yellow and cream roses and seasonal selections, were by the amazingly talented Floral Edge girls. They ended up delivering an extra corsage to the hotel (I messed up the original order) and provided vintage bottle flower arrangements for the lunch venue as well.

Because our wedding was only small we decided on a late lunch reception at Zinc in Port Douglas, utilising their private dining room next to a lush garden terrace. The room was very private, light and decorated beautifully. We asked the room to be set up in a way that our family and friends could join us at the same table.


We also made sure that the kids’ table had plenty for them to do. There was a polaroid camera with a “treasure hunt” for them to complete, each junior guest got a big party bag full of crafts and little games and we placed a big bowl of yellow, white and grey Lego for them to play with. The kids’ menu was fabulous also!

Virgin mojitos were served to the guests on arrival as a refreshment (it’s our favourite drink) and Danielle made sure that everything ran smoothly so that I could enjoy myself on the day.


Our wedding cake and cupcakes were made by Roberta Dana from Cupcake Cafe. She did a fantastic job accommodating the cakes to our needs as some of them had to be gluten- and dairy-free. I also wanted them to be low sugar. Diana delivered a stunning cake and custom cupcakes which could be enjoyed by all our guests.

An old-world charm vintage Rolls Royce was our mode of transport on the day and it proved to be a one of a kind prop for some of our more romantic photographic shots. I am so glad it was available on our wedding day!

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

There were so many! From arriving at the chapel, having my Mum walk me down the aisle to the sound of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” through to exchanging our vows with the beautiful Port Douglas skyline altar next to us. Not to mention Matt’s heartfelt speech at the reception.

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

I would have loved to have had my Dad there. He couldn’t travel to be there with us due to his age, but we made sure he received a copy of our vows and speeches before the big day and a big photo book with the song lyrics and photos from the day afterwards.

Who are your favourite vendors?

As many brides and grooms planning a destination wedding can attest, picking your vendors long-distance is not the easiest of tasks. However, we were absolutely thrilled with everyone who made our day special and run smoothly.

The beachside location of St Mary’s by The Sea in Port Douglas is very unique. It’s almost like having a beach wedding. The staff there are amazing and very helpful.

Zinc in Port Douglas was a great venue for a pre-arrival cocktail and lunch. The staff were amazingly attentive, especially when it came to catering for those in our group with food allergies.

I also adored the romantic floral creations of the girls at Floral Edge. For anyone looking for an allergy aware special order wedding cake in Far North Queensland, Roberta Dana from the Cupcake Café is the lady to contact.

Cairns Luxury Limousines have the vintage Rolls Royce which is a must for anyone planning a romantic, old-charm wedding.


Who was your photographer?

Our photographers, Corné and Lara Lategan are a Gold Coast husband and wife team whose style of photography I loved from the moment I saw their work. They arrived a day earlier to scope out locations, lighting, sunsets and so on so there was no guesswork of where we needed to be on the day. They made us feel very comfortable and did an amazing job of capturing our special day from dusk till sundown.


What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Plan your wedding together – I tend to get bogged down in detail, whereas Matt is very good at making decisions. If I was ever stuck on an idea or a decision I asked him for help. This way, what could have turned into a two-day process for me, was talked out and resolved on the spot.

Then, on the day, don’t sweat the small stuff even if it might seem big right then and there. While I didn’t get the corsage order right, I mentioned it to the girls and it arrived in time. If it hadn’t, my day would have not been ruined. When we got to the reception venue the cake and our custom cupcakes were running a touch late – we got there early. I asked the venue manager to follow up and left it at that. I didn’t even notice when it was placed on the table, but it arrived in time and I was free to enjoy some of the most memorable moments of the day and our life together.


Images by Corné and Lara Lategan

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thank you Martyna for sharing your special wedding day memories with us; what a beautiful part of the world to be married surrounded by your family and closest friends. With beautiful and emotive photography, pop on over to Wholesome Cook; Martyna’s low sugar recipes with options for various intolerances and diets intertwined with stories from her home, cookbook and allergy-aware product mentions is a great place to spend some time – and to decide what’s for dinner!


Melissa and Tom’s Fremantle Heritage Wedding

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Melissa Newburn

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

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