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Bianca & Richard’s Relaxed Country Barn Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Bianca McKenzie


Bianca & Richard

We wanted a relaxed, casual Victorian country wedding and that’s exactly what we got!

Many of our wedding vendors were on our list before there was even talk of a wedding date. With my own business, miki.o, I had been in the wedding industry, designing stationery, for quite a while so I had met many amazing vendors that simply had to be part of the day. We knew exactly who our celebrant and photographers were going to be so our wedding date had to fit in with their schedule.

At first we had picked a different venue, but when Hazelden Homestead popped up in Richard’s Facebook news feed we instantly knew that we wanted to change it. The venue was close to home and set on a beautiful property with rolling hills in the background. Before we found Hazelden Homestead we had been scouting paddocks for the perfect ceremony backdrop because we wanted to get married under a gum tree.




We opted to get ready in seperate rooms at home and have photos taken before our ceremony. My family had flow in from the Netherlands so it was really nice to get ready and spend time with them before the big moment. It was so special to have my mum and aunt there to help me get ready.

Our ‘reveal’ was outside on our driveway, with each of us standing on a side of the Volkswagen kombi van. Seeing each other for the first time was such a special moment.



Grace, the kombi van was beautifully decorated by Francine from Fisch and Co. The way we found Grace was quite special too.

A few months prior we went to see Ralf, our jeweller, to choose our wedding bands and we somehow ended up talking about cars and Volkswagen in particular. Ralf mentioned that a love for Volkswagen runs in his veins and that he was doing some of them up, one being a kombi.

We asked a bit more and it turned out that the kombi he had just restored was the exact colour of our wedding theme! We had searched for kombis before but without much luck. We’re still amazed that she (Grace) found us!



For our wedding photos we wanted a rustic location and opted for Plenty Gorge park lands in South Morang. There is a beautiful old homestead with a rustic barn that we used as a backdrop for our photos.





My beautiful bouquet was made by Sugabuds, who were so excited about creating something different. I basically gave them free reign, the only pointer being that I wanted a king protea. They did such an amazing job. All the flowers for the event were simply stunning.

Our ceremony and reception were styled by Eliska from Ruffles & Bells who I had met in a business mastermind earlier in the year. As soon as we met I knew that I had to have Eliska style our wedding. She created a mood board for us and then I handed everything over to her. I trusted her completely and she absolutely exceeded my expectations. Everything was styled beautifully!




We were so lucky to work with Marcel from Platform Eight and Stephanie from Total Capture as our photographers. We have been friends with both for years so it was a natural choice for us and since they both do amazing work, we were thrilled to know they wanted to work together to capture our wedding.


After our photos we headed to the venue to take a few more photos and get ready to say I do. Our amazing stylist Eliska had created a beautiful sign for our ceremony and decorated the straw bales just as we had wanted for our wedding. Ralf, from Fisch & Co., drove us down the paddock in the kombi, which was such a great entrance. I walked down the isle to ‘Lullaby’ by the Dixie Chicks, bringing out the country girl in me.

We wrote our own vows, which made everything extra special. I couldn’t keep my eyes completely dry during the ceremony but I see that as a beautiful touch to our wedding.





Richard’s niece and nephew were our ring bearer and flower girl. They made such a cute pair. Miss G, Richard’s niece, had been talking about wearing a princess crown for months. Her lace dress and gold glitter shoes made it even better. Mr H, our ring bearer, looked very sharp too. He was told that he had a very important task and to hold on to the rings until we asked him to bring them forward.






Our reception was in the beautifully renovated barn at Hazelden Homestead and we had invited Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck to cater our reception. The pizzas were absolutely amazing, so good even that there is not one photo to be found; they disappeared so quickly! The pizzas kept flowing and our salad bar was a hit too!

Ruffles and Bells had custom-made a bar which was beautifully decorated. In fact, all of the decorations were amazing and it was such a lovely surprise walking into the barn seeing it so beautifully decorated. I was told not to come into the barn before the reception so seeing it as we walked in was fantastic.





Lemon is Richard’s favourite so what better than lemon meringue cupcakes and a small white chocolate cutting cake! We borrowed the cake stand from friends and Rachel from R&R Sweetie Treats did a fabulous job with the cakes.





We danced their first dance to ‘Flame Trees’ by Jimmy Barnes. It might have been a very unconventional song choice but we both love Jimmy Barnes. Our wedding was exactly what we wanted – a relaxed, laid back country celebration.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Bianca and Richard; arriving in a kombi to your rustic barn wedding looked like so much fun!

About Bianca: In my spare time I love to cook, read, walk, ski and travel. I’m also a little addicted to Facebook and I love milk chocolate with hazelnuts!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hazelden Homestead / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Hairstylist: Flair Lounge Doreen / Makeup Artist: Kate Boyd / Flowers: SugaBuds / Rings: Ralf Fish Jewellery / Groom's & Groomsman's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Groom's Shoes: Julius Marlow / Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells / Ceremony Officiant: Maree Livy / Photographer: Platform Eight / : Total Capture / Invitations & Stationery: miki.o / Catering: Soulkitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck / Cake Baker: R & R Sweetie Treats / Transport: Fisch and Co.

Inspired Words – Megan

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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‘Slowly, but surely’ and ‘little by little’; these are often good thoughts to keep in mind as you start to plan your big day as Megan remembers when looking back on her modern city wedding.

“The start of the planning process can be quite overwhelming; I found it really helpful to sit down and breakup my ‘to-do’ list. I scheduled tasks for each month leading up to the wedding so I wasn’t constantly thinking about every detail. Enjoy being engaged, the planning process and the excitement!”

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Veronica and Paul’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,




Veronica & Paul

Paul and I met through work and have known each other for over nine years now. Our love grew from friendship, and it wasn’t until five years down the track of working together that we started dating. It was hard to break out of the colleague/friend zone; there was lots of resistance from me! But I am glad that Paul was very persistent and obviously it was totally worth it!

The proposal was one of a surprise! We were on a weekend getaway in Melbourne to see a band. Paul took me to Eureka Sky Deck to watch the sunset before heading out to dinner; as we were looking our over the city skyline, he popped the question! As it was so unexpected – all I could say was “No Way?” several times before I said yes!

Von & Paul. Mick Habgood. Documentary Wedding Photographer Sydne


Our wedding was held at Clarkes Point Reserve, on a sunny afternoon with beautiful Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. A relaxed and unpretentious gathering of friends and family, our wedding was filled with festivities, DIY elements and a vintage vibe that perfectly depicted our style and personality. From the succulents in my bouquet and Paul’s casual attire to my tea length wedding dress, the music, food and atmosphere, it was just perfect!



We specifically wanted a Sydney wedding – as it is our home town – but we also wanted to make it easy for our family and friends to join us as it was important that our celebration of love was shared with those closest to us.

We got ready seperately on the day – Paul got ready at a hotel in the city with his groomsmen and I was at our house with my bridesmaids in the morning. It was so surreal that we were all very relaxed – “one of the most relaxed bridal parties ever” said both our makeup artist and photographer! Once the bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done, they even had time to play some cards while waiting for me!





My dress and headpiece were something that I was really happy with – I loved the 50’s styling! I did feel the pressure to wear a traditional long dress, and some people couldn’t understand why I would want a short one!

After hunting around, I am so glad that I found my Henry Roth dress from Bridal Reflections. I handmade my headpiece to match the style that I was after. I also wore a pearl necklace that was a hand-me down from my grandma who unfortunately is no longer around to witness my wedding day.

There were a few personal details throughout the day that we loved. One of them was having my friends arrange and perform our favourite dance song,“Feel So Close To You” by Calvin Harris, into an acoustic chill out version for me to walk down the aisle to.





Another was having an old fashion pop-corn machine cart at the ceremony – which totally added the festive atmosphere that we were after. It was such a simple idea but very effective, and our guests totally loved it!


We decided early on that we wanted something stylish but casual. Paul specifically really wanted a cocktail instead of a sit down reception so that our guests could mingle; we also wanted lots of dancing.

A blank canvas venue with a view was the ideal – and somewhere that wasn’t not licensed so we could bring in our own alcohol and caterer. We took our cultural differences as a catering theme and had two buffet stations; ‘East’ with Asian inspired cuisine such as dumplings and duck pancakes, and ‘West’ which included a ‘Build Your Own Burger Bar’.




For the reception, we were lucky enough to have a friend who is a stylist who was able to bring in a mix of vintage and industrial furniture to make the blank space just the way we wanted it. To add to the décor of the space, we also spent lots of time preparing our DIY Bar.

In terms of decoration, I have always loved the look of things with a vintage vibe and fairy lights. These elements naturally worked their way into the look and feel of the wedding! We prepared our own cocktail list and signs and we handmade, with the help of an electrician friend, the illuminated ‘BAR’ sign ourselves – a feature we were very proud of!



The overall wedding experience was stressful at times during the planning, possibly due to the fact that both Paul and I are in the event industry and perhaps because I had placed pressure on myself to create a wedding that everyone would enjoy while pleasing both ourselves and our parents.

But on the day, all those things didn’t matter at all. In saying that, nothing went wrong (or we didn’t notice it anyway!) – we were lucky to have friends and vendors that we could trust!

All in all, we have memories of a perfect day – a day celebrating our love and the start of our lives together. And all these moments were captured by the very talented Mick Habgood, who was able to capture so many of the candid moments between of the two of us and our guests.







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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Veronica and Paul; your vintage vibe theme certainly suited your fun-loving nature; love the idea of the burger bar!

Bride’s Dress: Henry Roth / Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections / Ceremony Venue: Clarkes Point Reserve / Catering: Three Blind Mice Catering / Cake Baker: Shells Cakes / Draping and Fairy Lights: Fairytale Events / Props and Furniture Hire: Vintage Patina / : Vault Interiors / Photographer: Mick Habgood / Invitations & Stationery: Belinda Xia Illustration / Reception Venue: Hunters Hill Sailing Club
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