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Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings



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My husband, Lyndon, (still sounds weird!) and I met overseas in a bar in Canada, when I was new to traveling; finding the love of my life was the last thing on my mind. However, after spending time in different countries – sometimes together, sometimes on our own – I realised we kept coming back to each other and that whilst I hadn’t been looking, I had certainly found the man for me.

When I flew back to Australia, I moved back to his home town of Brisbane. Quite a shock for a beach loving girl who had spent the last six years in Sydney – and the rest is history!

I will never forget the day he proposed. He whisked me away on a secret trip to Hamilton Island. We woke up early and hired a small boat to do some fishing on the open water. We pulled up to a private beach for a swim and there in the ocean he got down on one knee and proposed. I don’t think I even gave him the chance to properly ask the question before yelling, ‘Yes I’ll Marry You!’

We decided on Little Cove in Noosa for our wedding ceremony. We both love the beach and the idea of getting married with the sand between my toes sounded perfect to me. I wanted to have an elegant, classic wedding but with a  touch of  ‘beachy casualness’ to reflect our personalities.

When I woke up on the morning of the wedding the sky was completely black and it was pouring! Luckily it turned into a beautiful sunny day with blue skies; we couldn’t have asked for better –  it was magic! Nick Evans Photography was there to capture every moment; the photographs were so amazing!

The boys wore lovely navy suits and my bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns from Zimmermann. I wore an ivory Delphine Manivet gown from Anna Dafonte which I loved. Both of our mothers looked amazing; my mum was such a superstar on the day and during the lead up to our wedding. She’s my absolute rock!

I loved  spending this time with the girls, but one of my favourite moments had to be when my Dad saw me for the first time. It was so nice to have that special moment with him.

We walked down the aisle barefoot and I asked my brother to play and sing an acoustic version of ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’ which he had composed himself. It is one of Lyndon’s favourite songs  (I love it too!) Lyndon had no idea I had organised this and said it was such a great moment when my brother started to play that song!

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Our ceremony was so lovely, full of  laughs and a few tears. We were able to tailor our ceremony to tell our story which made it even more special, especially the vows we each had written. I couldn’t have been happier when they finally announced us as husband and wife, with the sound of the ocean behind us and our favourite people cheering!

We chose to have our ceremony at Sails Restaurant Noosa, just a short stroll from where our ceremony was held. Our guests arrived to canapés, drinks and a fresh seafood and oyster bar on the grass overlooking the beach, as they listened the beautiful sounds of jazz singer Tamara O’Callaghan and her three-piece band.

I had a real vision for the styling of my wedding and really enjoyed designing it. My colour palette for the day consisted of blush, white, black and navy – with a hint of burgundy for a bit of drama.

The reception was styled with these colours including black and white striped napkins, white candles, beautiful white and blush flowers, including one of my favourites – peonies!

Our guest favours were homemade chilli oil (to spice things up!) We included pictures of our favourite couples in frames for table numbers; the overall look was so lovely, elegant and modern. Coupled with the beautiful jazz music, it was such a lovely atmosphere.

As the night went on there were plenty of laughs, incredible food and some amazing speeches. My speech included telling Lyndon how I felt about him, with a song! I  sang Tina Turner ‘Simply the Best’ which was such a blast!

After Lyndon and I left to a farewell of sparklers and hugs, we walked along the beach back to our accommodation;  one of my favourite memories is when we looked at each other and said, “that was the best day.”  And it was the absolute best day ever.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a happy day Candice and Lyndon! I love the choice of colours for a casual beach wedding – just perfect!


About Candice:  I recently married the man of my dreams and although everyone always tells me life isn’t like the songs or movies, it certainly was for me! A beautiful beach, fantastic party, marrying my Prince Charming in front of the best people I know. And best of all, there was hardly a moment without a laugh or a smile and a whole lot of dancing! My favourite colour is blue, I love good food and wine, keeping fit and am most at ease with the sand between my toes!

Bride’s Dress: Anna Dafonte / Photographer: Nick Evans / Bride’s Jewelry: Shabby Soho / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Ceremony Venue: Little Cove Noosa / Reception Venue: Sails Restaurant Noosa / Flowers & Decor: Mondo Florals / Flowers & Decor: Lovebird Weddings / Reception Music: Tamara O' Callaghan

Amy and Rhett’s Three Day Yallingup Wedding Celebration

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings




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Rhett and I met almost nine years ago. At the time, the Carine Tavern in Perth was the place to be and it was on the dance floor one Friday night in August that we first hit it off!

Seven years later, I was in Melbourne for work and decided to go for an early morning walk (very unlike me!) Standing in the foyer of the hotel was Rhett, he had flown over to surprise me and propose! In true Rhett style he got down on one knee and proposed with a ‘Mr Men’ key-ring so we went shopping for an engagement ring together that afternoon!

When we started planning our wedding we loved the idea of a weekend getaway. We invited 45 of our closest friends and family down to Yallingup in the Margaret River region to celebrate over three days. Guests travelled from Canada, New Zealand and all over Western Australia to be a part of our special day which was an amazing effort!

The boys wore navy suits from Brittons Formal Wear, ties from The Tie Bar and Happy Socks.

I have three younger sisters who I chose to be my bridesmaids – pictured here with our mum (from left Holly, Jenny, Amy, Kate, Elizabeth.)

The girls and I got ready with the help of Elle Lincoln, who did our hair,  and Jasmine Bridal who did the most amazing makeup.

My sister, Kate, made my wedding dress. Of all the things that you worry about when you are planning a wedding, I never once worried about my dress because I knew it would be perfect! She sourced fabric and lace from Melbourne and I bought the belt from Etsy.

The navy bridesmaid dresses were from Thurley.

My flowers were created by our family friend Annie Farrell at Woodside Florist; we caught up once for dinner a few months before the wedding and we discussed that I wanted them to be quite modern with a pop of colour. When they arrived on the day they were so amazing – exactly what I had imagined!

The ceremony at Gunyulgup Galleries was at 4pm – the day had turned out quite windy so everyone was a bit concerned that the wedding arbor may take off during our vows! Luckily it didn’t, but the wind did create a few priceless photos of Dad and me walking the way down the aisle.

Our good friend Kate read ‘I Like You’ by Sandol Stoddard Warburg; it is a children’s book and perfectly sums up our relationship.

Our beautiful photographs were taken by Jodie and Karolina at Merge Photography.

The Studio Bistro was the perfect size venue for our small wedding reception. The food was amazing (as expected!) and the staff were very accommodating.

Our DJ was Mandy Bubb who went above and beyond to make sure all our guests danced non-stop until midnight! Rhett and I went to dance lessons for six weeks before the wedding so our bridal waltz to ‘With You’ by Chris Brown was very entertaining. Thanks to Gianni at The Dance Workshop for all your patience!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Amy and Rhett; I love the story about the surprise ‘Mr Men engagement ring’!

About Amy: As a bride I knew I wanted my wedding to be intimate, modern and relaxed. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create this perfect day, and as a I coordinate events for a living it was always going to be an impossible task! Leading into the day I was quite stressed, and then on the day I was completely calm. The key (apart from the champagne!) was selecting amazing vendors that you can trust, and surrounding yourself with people that truly know you! Rhett and I planned every part of our wedding together which was really important to me. Every decision we made reflected who we were as a couple.

Bride’s Dress: Amy's sister / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thurley / Ceremony Venue: Gunyulgup Galleries / DJ: Mandy Bubb / Dance Instructor: The Dance Workshop / Flowers & Decor: Woodside Florist / Groom’s Attire: Britton's Formal Wear / Hairstylist: Ellie Lincoln / Makeup Artist: Jasmine Bridal / Photographer: Merge Photography / Reception Venue: The Studio Bistro

Wedding Dress Shopping For The Plus Size Bride

by | Wedding Planning, Weddings




Image via Love Found True Bridal Cocktail Dresses

 There are so many options when shopping for plus size wedding dresses – almost too many! I visited nine stores and tried on 30 dresses before finding the right one for me. There are a few things that I found useful along the way which I hope will help you enjoy this special time:

1. Research, Research, Research!

I made the decision early on not to look at websites because they don’t often show ‘real’ plus size brides – so what might look good on screen doesn’t always work in person. You should still do your research though at least to see which boutiques offer plus size gowns.

Things to look for:

  • Sizing – what size do they go up to?
  • Plus size surcharge – some boutiques may not charge for alterations but check with the designer to ensure you keep within your budget and don’t get any nasty surprises!
  • Availability – is the dress you like available locally? Is the sample available? What size is the sample?
  • Timing- how long will it take for my dress to be made ? Don’t forget to allow extra time for alterations.

2. Entourage.

You are the company you keep so when shopping try to limit the amount of friends or family members you take with you. If you have multiple appointments it might be good to coordinate and have your loved ones alternate.

When I was shopping for my gown, I asked my mother to accompany me to every single appointment and then alternated appointments between my three bridesmaids as each one then had an opportunity to attend. Remember each person you have is another idea or opinion you’ll have to deal with and in this situation it can already be very overwhelming!

Make sure the person you bring with you is someone whose opinion you value; as a plus size bride avoid ‘yes’ people because you want someone with you who will be honest about how your cleavage looks or if the dress does not fit properly.

3. Be prepared.

So you’ve made your appointment! Now what? It might be a good idea to invest in a decent strapless bra, a lot of dresses do have inbuilt bras but often don’t provide as much support for larger busts.

Another concern I had was getting dressed and undressed in front of someone I didn’t know.  When trying on all the different wedding dresses, you will probably have a consultant with you in the change room who will help you in and out of all those ruffles! I chose to wear some nude shape wear which gave me some shape and hid anything I wasn’t comfortable showing. The main thing is you need to be comfortable as it will allow you to make the best decision about your dream gown!

4. Size.

Wedding dress sizing is very strange! Forget everything you know about regular clothing sizes –  you’ll find that some dresses run small, some run true and others are just all over the place!

Remember you’re not actually buying the dress you’re trying on so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t zip up! You will need to have a bit of a visual imagination especially since a lot of sample are between a size 10 and a size 16.   I am a size 24 and I was able to comfortably get into a size 18 dress with it being laced up, which was very confidence boosting!

5. Alterations and Budget.

Some designers charge a plus size surcharge so be prepared and know what your final your budget is.  Have an idea of what you’re willing to spend on certain things as you will need to factor in any alteration charges. I was quoted around $300 – $700 from different boutiques – so this is good to keep in mind.

The most important thing when trying on all your dresses is to remember to have fun! Don’t be self-conscious – dance in your dress, swish around and be silly!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Wow – some really sensible advice. Shopping for your dream gown needs to be enjoyable and unforgettable!

About Lana1709: I  am 24 years of age and a bride to be! I have known my fiancé since I was six years of age; our mothers have been good friends since they were in their twenties. We have been together for seven and a half years and we own five Pomeranian dogs. I work in the public sector and he’s a rigger. Our wedding is six weeks away just after our eight year anniversary! I would say I am someone who loves to plan to make plans to plan – I am always throwing parties for friends, organizing parties or planning parties. Lots of fun!!

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