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Inspired Words – Allissa

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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A wedding day with fun, impromptu moments is definitely one to remember and cherish – as Allissa recalls in her vintage winery wedding to Jack!

“Don’t be surprised if not everything goes exactly to plan – in fact, enjoy it! Those stories end up being the ones you look back on and laugh about. For example, our best man wrote his speech in a Facebook message on his phone…. which was fine until he accidentally deleted it half way through reading it out in front of everyone!!

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Images by Trent and Jessie

Tracey and Tom’s Noosa Beachside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Tracey Host

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Tom and I met on a night out on the town. We stayed in contact and started dating about six months after we first met. Our relationship definitely grew as we found out we had more and more in common. We are both very relaxed, love going to the beach and are into our sports. Tom and I had been together for eight and half years when he proposed. We knew that we were going to be together forever and the marriage proposal cemented our relationship.

Tom proposed when he surprised me on Christmas Eve; I really did not expect it. After spending the day at the beach with our dog, Tom took to me to dinner to my favorite restaurant at Southbank. Afterwards we went for a walk at Kangaroo Point cliffs. This is where Tom asked me to marry him. Little did I know that he had seen a jeweller months earlier, designed the ring with them and had asked my Dad for permission!

My bridal party consisted of my older sister, Jo, and two high school friends, Carla and Gillian. It was only natural to choose my sister as maid of honour as we are very close.  To ask the girls I put together a card, reasons why I needed them to share the special day with me, a small bouquet and a candle in a glass jar and gave it to them individually.






The girls’ wore dresses from Jarlo, London. I found them on Pinterest (definitely my ‘go to’ site!) and located them on ASOS. However they were sold out. I contacted Jarlo directly and they arranged a special order for me. I loved the neutral colour (I avoided a colour scheme), and the style suited each of the girls. The low back and high neck also complimented my dress. For a present, I gave each of the girls a Samantha Wills ‘Bardot’ ring which they wore on the day.



Tom included his brother and two friends from high school in the bridal party. In typical male fashion, he asked them at a barbeque!



I thought finding my dress would be a tedious experience. I can be very particular, but it turned out to be very easy – only 45 minutes spent in one bridal boutique! I found it during a visit to Sydney to see one of my bridesmaids. She really wanted to help start the process and on my final day we went to the Dymocks building. We did go into a number of bridal shops and nothing stood out for me.

Then I found it – it was the ‘Sheridan’ dress by Roz La Kelin. While I loved the fit and style, being strapless I wasn’t convinced. After trying on some more dresses to get a feel on how they fitted my body, I tried the Sheridan dress back on. The shop assistant totally took in all the feedback I was giving and showed me a lace jacket that could be attached. As soon as I put it on, my bridesmaid and I started crying. I was exactly what I was after. A classic gown. I also wore my Mum’s veil on the day.





We chose to get married in a church and recited the vows that were recommended to us by the Reverend. We did not sing any hymns but instead included poems that were special to us. I walked down the aisle to ‘Angels’ by The XX and left the church as husband and wife as ‘Banana Pancakes’ by Jack Johnson played.








My florist, Nat at Heavenly Blooms, was the best!  Since I love flowers a lot, it was important that they were everywhere. I decided on having white flowers complimented with greenery. The bouquets and reception flowers were mainly roses and baby’s breath.


We chose Heart and Colour as our photographers; they were so great in helping to organize the day and making us feel relaxed in front of the camera. A friend recommended Lemon Tree Film House for our videographers; we hadn’t budgeted for a video but it something that we will value for the rest of our lives. I knew on the day there would be things that I didn’t see or speeches that I forgot. It is such an amazing way to re-live your special day.







Tom and I held our reception at Bistro C which is on the beach front at Noosa; it already had so much style that I didn’t have to add anything expect the flowers – the amazing hanging installation we had looked wonderful! Our cake was made by Creative Cakes by Venilu.




The speeches very all very heartfelt and touching. Our band, Gee’d Up Music, was also great. We chose music that was a mixture of some of our favourite songs as well as some tunes that we knew would get everyone up and out of their seats. Our first dance was to ‘Higher Love’ by James Vincent McMorrow.




Having a wedding day that would be remembered by our family and friends for years to come inspired me. I want to be able to look back in 20 years and still love the choices that we made. We created the wedding day that we intended to – a classic, fun day that was filled with love.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations to you both Tracey and Tom; you certainly created a beautiful wedding day that will be remembered for years to come!

About Tracey: I am 29, a high school teacher and recently married the man of my dreams! I am passionate about fitness, health, education and sharing of good vibes! The beach is my favourite place to be.

Photographer: Heart and Colour / Bride’s Dress: Roz La Kelin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Reception Venue: Bistro C / Flowers & Decor: Heavenly Blooms / Cake Baker: Creative Cakes by Venilu / Videographer: Lemon Tree Film House / Band: Gee'd Up Music

A Glass Of Bubbles With… Jo From Ivory Tribe

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


Ms Chinoiserie

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Reading the latest post from Ivory Tribe is always a joy; it is a wonderful creative online environment for engaged couples as well as those looking for fresh and inspiring ideas. The photography alone is always so inspiring! Ivory Tribe showcases the who’s who of local Victorian talent, providing some seriously slick ideas to ensure your own wedding is truly unique!

It was so much fun catching up with Jo from Ivory Tribe and enjoying a virtual glass of bubbles as we laughed about the memories from her rustic wedding!

Tell us about you and your business/blog?

I’m married to a gorgeous husband and the mum to a very cheeky two-year old darling. I’ve recently ventured into the blogging world with a wedding blog called Ivory Tribe.  Ivory Tribe is an online haven dedicated to love and our fabulous Tribe, some of the most admired and desired wedding suppliers Victoria has to offer. Having recently launched in March, we are excited about offering brides and grooms some beautiful inspiration as well as education about the planning process with a trusted team of suppliers that can bring their wedding day to life. I am also a wedding celebrant – so I’m pretty lucky to be surrounded by so much love.

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Tell us about your wedding?

I was married in early 2011 at my family’s gorgeous property in Bannockburn. My talented Dad, who was a stonemason, built our bluestone home and it meant a lot to me to be able to be married there.  My husband and I were married on the front door step and then moved to the backyard for the party of a lifetime. My day was a very rustic affair.  Mainly because we are not very creative in my family when it comes to styling, so anything that looked a bit out of place or not quite perfect we were able to say ‘oh it’s a rustic theme’. We feasted on tapas made by my cousins, then paella for main and my Mum made a gorgeous cake for dessert.  The cake sunk in the middle on the day of the wedding, but we couldn’t have cared less because it was made with love and a lot of laughter – a little rustic touch! We hit the dance floor for hours under the stars.

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

Oh goodness, so many funny and magical moments! A very funny moment was when I was trying to make a very grand entrance to my ceremony. I was slightly weepy before the ceremony, feeling a little emotional and overwhelmed about the day.  My Dad and I made our way around the side of the house so the guests to take their first glimpse of me, when a massive gust of wind picked up my veil and it flew right out of my hair and into a lavender bush – and then into our guests! What is a girl to do except double over with laughter – and in all honesty it was the best thing that happened to me. I relaxed instantly and just went back to my normal self.

I loved seeing my husband for the first time too. A moment of pure happiness and bliss.

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

Can I say nothing?  I still love my wedding day, and I think I always will.  It totally encompassed exactly what my husband and I are about.  We are pretty low-key – the only things that were really important to us were having a gathering in a place that we love, with our favourite people, enjoying good food and wine and dancing into the night.  Luckily for us, we got all of that, plus more. That’s not to say that everything was perfect – a lot of things did not go to plan – but who cares when you’re surrounded by the people you love, marrying the love of your life!


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Who were your favourite vendors?

I must make special mention of our celebrant Dallas Verfurth. She was a family friend who created the sweetest ceremony for my husband and me that had our guests laughing and crying at the same time.  At that time I was awaiting my registration to become a celebrant myself, and she further inspired me to ensure that I was able to create for couples exactly what she created for me.

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Who was your photographer?

Lisa Atkinson of Clever Girl Photography. She really put my husband and me at ease throughout the day and captured the candid moments that I really treasure.

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Images by Clever Girl Photography

What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Ensure your veil is securely placed! No in all seriousness, gather a team of expert suppliers around you that will bring your day to life in a seamless and professional manner. Hire people that are the best in their field and just let them work their magic!


Thankyou Jo for sharing the laughter from your rustic and sentimental wedding! I love the story about your veil – and in the end, it set the scene for your fun celebrations! Be sure to visit Ivory Tribe for some equally as fun – and informative – ideas to make your wedding day extra special!

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