Top 3 Things Bridal Couples Should Know....Kevin Lue Photography

Deciding on my top three pieces of advice is tough, but at Kevin Lue Photography, I would say, it’s firstly good to plan but don’t plan too much – especially to the point where you forget to enjoy your own wedding!

Secondly, remember the more you plan, the more things can go wrong and the more you stress. Let it flow and sometimes it’s ok to not get it right.

I know it’s easier said than done but lastly, it’s better to enjoy the moment rather than control the moment. When the wedding is over, you can look back at the photos and reflect. Which links to why it is crucial to choose the right photographer. One you trust and feel comfortable working with and who has the ability to capture moments and little details you were too busy to pay attention to on the day.


Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such important advice about not ‘over planning’ things! Your wedding will be beautiful whatever happens – so just enjoy it!

About Kevin Lue Photography: I’m a Sydney wedding photographer, designer, artist and story teller who likes to challenge myself and tell stories from a different perspective. My motivation in photography is being able to get the audience involved and share the emotions from your special day.

My Favourite Wedding Theme - Maria From Flowerdale Estate

How do you go past big old oak trees, bouquet loving Clydesdales and old wooden arbours beside a lake? At Flowerdale Estate, we love romantic rustic country charm! Everyone just relaxes and enjoys the party! We also love weddings bursting with colour – as well as the beautifully traditional all white. In the country, both themes work and complement each other every time.

Images by Agent 86

Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful setting for one of my favourite themes too – an all white wedding always looks so elegant and graceful.

About Flowerdale Estate: Set amongst a picturesque valley only 80 minutes drive from Melbourne, we specialise in beautiful garden weddings – whether held under a marquee, under the stars, or in our historical homestead. With six acres of sweeping lawns and gardens, our homestead has been extensively refurbished – providing a stunning backdrop for your romantic photographs.

Behind The Door With.....Ashdown And Bee - Polka Dot Bride

One of the first things your guests might see on your big day is a handwritten ‘Welcome’ chalkboard and today I’m meeting a couple who created a business from such a lovely greeting, Melissa and Simon of Ashdown and Bee.

Located in Sydney’s Summer Hill, Ashdown and Bee specialise in full event styling, prop hire and signage. Simon, a qualified sign writer, and Melissa, a stylist, started off collaborating on a few projects together and the business grew from there. “We were both just working away in our respective fields and then we had a few jobs crossover,” says Melissa. “It all worked so well we decided to start the business together in 2012.”

The studio is open by appointment and Melissa tells me they didn’t have to do too much to it to create their dream space. It already had beautiful polished concrete and bright white walls so it was just a matter of creating some custom shelving for props and setting up a workshop for Simon and the space was ready to meet clients in!

I love that clients can chat with Melissa about styling in her office but also sneak a peak at Simon creating custom chalkboards and signage. Melissa says that one of the reasons they chose Summer Hill was because it is nice and close to Sydney’s CBD and many of the wedding venues they work at. “Couples often stop in on their way to a venue appointment,” says Melissa, “and it’s easy for us to pop out to a site inspection or to set up a wedding.”

Ashdown and Bee have an abundant selection of props and styling items including chairs, cutlery, cakestands, tables, vases, wishing-wells and everything in between. Located all in the one place, lots of pieces are either vintage style or one of a kind which is just perfect for adding those special touches to your wedding day. I imagine many couples might just be after one or two things and leave with their entire wedding perfectly styled – with signage to match.

The studio is also the perfect place for sign writing workshops which Simon teaches in the space a few times per year. “It’s very popular with stylists, florists and typographer types, but we have also had lots of brides who wanted to create some beautiful signage for their own big day,” says Melissa.

Images by Scott Surplice , Rosie + Rolf , Milk + Honey and And A Day

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such beautiful styling and bespoke hand-drawn signs; everything has a touch of fun and love!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.