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Vendor’s Favourites – A Tactile Perception

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


A Tactile Perception
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1. Peonies.  Ok, everyone loves peonies but that’s because they are THE BEST! To me they look like gorgeous little fluffy balls of ice-cream. Image by This Day Flowers

2. Covered buttons.  I have a soft spot for covered buttons; I had covered buttons on my own wedding dress and they were stunning. Image by Amanda Kilbourn Photography

3. Yellow.  Yellow is fresh, warm and reminds me of sunshine and nature. It can match so many other colours too and is  a shade that you’ll fall in love with. Image by Sweets For Tilly

4. Giant games and vintage props. The Little Lace Company in Melbourne has a beautiful range of vintage props for hire. Have your guests play giant jenga while you’re having your photos taken! Image via The Little Lace Company

5. Paper.  As someone who loves to create wedding invitations, paper is something I love for weddings. Incorporate it traditionally with place cards and confetti, or try something new like a paper bouquet, paper centrepieces, or paper planes to throw at the bride and groom as they walk back down the aisle! Image by Love Katie and Sarah

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a gorgeous list of favourites – I love yellow too!

About A Tactile Perception: Hi! I’m Natalie.  A Tactile Perception is my brand, and I’d love to tell you what that means. In an increasingly digital world, many of us still enjoy the unique feeling we get when we run our fingers over a beautifully textured piece of paper.  It might be a crinkled page from an old diary, or a hand-written letter from generations past; a cherished object that we can hold in our hands. That tactile perception wins hands down over a swipe of a screen or click of a mouse, any day of the week!

‘Maxima Collection’ by Paspaley

by | Event Reviews, Wisdom


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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but perhaps it is time for pearls to shine, or rather gleam? Australian jeweller Paspaley has long been a leading advocate for this beautiful gemstone. The unveiling of their latest collection of pearl jewellery entitled ‘Maxima’ coincides with the 80th anniversary celebrations for the company.

Catherine Buman

For Maxima, Paspaley designer Catherine Buman shifts the focus to Mother of Pearl. This lustrous nacre is sourced from the Pinctada Maxima oyster, the largest oyster known to create pearls. For this particular collection the Mother of Pearl is then hand-carved into rainbow-hued teardrops and paired with white diamonds, white or yellow gold and, of course, the lusciously glossy South Sea pearls that are Paspaley’s signature.

For those who dare to ditch the diamond solitaire ring, there’s a ‘split’ ring that features two Mother of Pearl drops floating beside the fingers like wings, a ring band with a mother of pearl suspended from it pendant-style so that all facets can be seen and a cocktail ring which showcases Mother of Pearl in-laid and surrounded by 193 diamonds!

Models with Catherine Buman

The Maxima collection is also inspired by water in general, jelly fish and the Kimberley region, the coastline of which is where Paspaley’s divers tend to oysters and eventually harvest their precious pearl bounty. The pieces were unveiled at the recently reinvigorated George Ballroom. Creative director Tony Assness took the design theme into the event space to create a softly-lit ‘desertscape’. Floral artist Saskia Havekes of Grandiflora created over-sized Australian native sculptures from kangaroo paw, eucalyptus and paper daisies that sublimely scented the room.

The menu followed an oceanic vibe with Paspaley pearl meat served with blood orange and lime, and lemon poached lobster sandwiches with salmon roe. A trio of models were adorned in undulating waves of couture tulle in varying shades of desert sand and draped in strand of pearls. They were redolent of regal mermaids emerging from under the sea (that other Maxima, reigning Queen of the Netherlands, would be proud of her sub-marinal counterparts).

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In celebration of Paspaley’s 80th year, the Maxima collection features in a specially commissioned short film that is unlike your standard fashion film. ‘Behind the Lens’ is directed by the Sundance and Cannes award-winning Ariel Kleiman and stars British actress – and surely Sienna Miller or Gwyneth Paltrow’s lovechild – Clara Paget. The evocative Kimberley and the pearl jewels themselves easily share the spotlight.

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Images by Lucas Dawson

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Always a favourite of mine, I love this delicate new collection!

How to Style A Rustic and Relaxed Wedding

by | Styling Wisdom, Wisdom


The Farm Cafe


Image by Kitty Wursthorn

We love rustic styling because it provides endless opportunity to really focus on the things that are meaningful and beautiful, not just the things that are fashionable or trendy. Weddings are an incredibly emotional, personal time, and the styling creates the feel and atmosphere for how it is celebrated.

For decades the traditional ‘white wedding’ was the only option, complete with satin bows on the chairs, crystal chandeliers and every kind of ribbon and frill imaginable – not because that was the best thing to do, but because it was the only way a wedding was done!

Thankfully weddings have loosened up a lot and now more often than not we’ll hear from a couple “we just want it to be relaxed and fun” or “we want to have a big party with our friends and family where we happen to get married”. Opting to go for a ‘rustic’ style wedding is a great way to make this happen. A rustic look is a great to reflect the quirky things you love about each other and a couple of simple DIY projects are a lovely way to get excited about the coming day and connect with friends and family.

Here’s some tips for how to create a beautiful, relaxed rustic style for your wedding.
1) Pick a colour scheme. Once you’ve written the rules, you can break them! An overall colour palette will create a sense of cohesion, and then if you choose to include a splash of different colour here or there it looks intentional and adds vibrancy. Too many competing colours or tones can easily look messy. If you have a bright, bold palette of reds, oranges, blues and yellows, pastels will look out of place.


Image by Kitty Wursthorn

2) Opt for homestyle, simple food. Weddings are often a long day, so they are not the time for tiny plates of tiny food! Hearty, abundant fare that people can shares instantly creates a relaxed, family celebration feel. Nothing brings people together like love and a good meal.


Image by The White Tree

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Image by Kitty Wursthorn

3) Save bottles and jars for flower arrangements. Try to choose mostly plain ones, as they will create a mismatched look, but also look for a variation of heights too! Little clusters of flower arrangements are incredibly effective as too are single flowers in little bottles; coupled with a few fuller arrangements, they look soft romantic and natural.

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Image by Kitty Wursthorn

4) Include lots of flowers!  On window ledges, to the side of doorways, on guest tables, in the bathrooms and everywhere in between!  Flowers make the plainest of spaces look beautiful (and if you have plenty of small vessels this will be a lot easier).

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Images by Kitty Wursthorn

5) Consider the lighting. Soft, warm lighting is the key to a romantic and inviting atmosphere. Candles are incredibly romantic of course, whether in little groups of tea lights or pillar candles down a long table. Festoon lights have a festive feel while being a little more rustic and industrial in style than fairy lights. Lamps can be used to great effect, and firelight, if an open fire is possible, creates a cost warm glow.


Image by Kitty Wursthorn

6) Go natural: raw cotton linens, natural wood, simple native foliage, stripped back metals and distressed surfaces. When paired with a few more luxurious details (full blown summer roses, crystal glassware, letterpress printed menus, French champagne – use your imagination!) it creates a contrast that is both relaxed and special.

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Images by Kitty Wursthorn

7) Don’t be afraid to express your personality. The whole reason we have found a range of venues around Melbourne that suit rustic styling is that we genuinely believe it’s one of the best ways to be able to let the couple’s individuality shine, and that’s what a good wedding is all about. If you share a sweet tooth, why not have a whole selection of cakes for dessert? Or if you fell in love listening to an Abba cover band in a bar, having one play at your wedding  and watching your guests on the dancefloor getting their groove on to ‘Dancing Queen’ will be a great moment.


Image by Timothy Marriage

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Fabulous tips on creating a relaxed rustic style; better start saving those empty jars!

About The Farm Cafe: We’re passionate about creating warm, welcoming and relaxed weddings in Melbourne; we love abundant feasts and gorgeous styling! We believe that sharing a meal is at the centre of every awesome celebration. Our menus are hearty, plentiful and simple, like a home-cooked family feast! We lay out a gorgeous graze table – and all you need to do is enjoy!

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