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Irish Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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Moira Hughes Couture
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Waking up on a weekend my first thought is always a sigh of relief and a smile that my bride got the weather she was hoping for! Thankfully that happens more now I live in Sydney than designing in London! As a wedding dress designer I can’t help but become entwined in the organising and all the effort that goes into a bride’s wedding day. It is a strange relationship to be such a significant part of the last few days of ‘Miss’ and then our brides disappear into married ‘Mrs’ life.

When my cousin flew around the world with her new fiancee, stopping off in Sydney for a visit, it was like having my sister back! We were always close growing up with our Mums being identical twins. You can imagine the excitement when she revealed her engagement ring after a proposal at the top of Everest!

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After the squealing subsided, she declared I was to be her bridesmaid and asked with anticipation if I would design her gown! A few cocktails, a living room covered in threads and many swatches of silks scattering the floor we had it – the perfect wedding gown!

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Roseanne chose a raw silk for her dress which we gathered into modern box pleats around the waist, falling into a full skirt and long luxurious train. It was important to keep the gown light so she could dance all night and enjoy the night with her 200 guests! With this in mind the dress was designed not to need petticoats or heavy hoops, but just fall and flow where it needed to be. We kept the gown clean and simple with a scooped ‘Audrey Hepburn’ neckline, dipped back and and the most sparkly French belt you have ever seen! The corset was light and sculpted her waist in all the right areas.

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The biggest obstacle was distance – the gown was created in Sydney while the Bride lived in Ireland! Once precise measurements were taken over a Skype call, the rest was smooth sailing. The gown arrived in Ireland with time to spare, hanging patiently in the Wardrobe for 11th October.

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The morning of the wedding was a flurry of hair, make up, lipstick (hidden in the pockets of her wedding gown!) and laughs. The most relaxed bride of all time, she even had time to drop cards on the table of guests with upcoming birthdays!

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Roseanne still gushes about her gown and says they wouldn’t change a thing about the wedding day! She loved the whole experience from the planning stages to the wedding day they are memories of the best day of her life. Congratulations the new Mr and Mrs Freeman!

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Images by Katie Farrell Photography

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful wedding! We loved the images as soon as we saw them! Not to mention a divine wedding gown too Moira!

Moira of Moira Hughes Couture: “You can ask a woman of any age or nationality what her wedding dress looked like and 50 years later she will be able to tell you every detail. That’s why I love bridal, the whole experience. It is so special to be involved in making a woman feel more incredible than she ever thought possible.”

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Party!

by | Inspired Plans, Pre Wedding Parties, Weddings

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weddingdaypa
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Who said only a groom/ bride can propose to their significant other. After being on the receiving end of an amazing proposal that involved and 8 hour journey through Melbourne, a song and an amazing ring, wedding planning has officially begun. Being in the wedding industry, I wanted to give my maids a taste of what to expect on the wedding day. So over the last 2 months with the help of some amazing suppliers, I planned my own will you be my bridesmaid party for my best girlfriends.

I wanted the day to be all things girly but without the pink. The invitations by my amazing designer Adelphi Mou set the mood for a lovely afternoon in a “secret” garden over the hill except the garden was in the middle of South Yarra.

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Once the invites were sent and accepted, it was time to get onto the styling of the day. I wanted my girlfriends to feel special with personalised touches for all of them and Marita from Adelphi Mou created the bridesmaid contracts, place cards, menus, coasters, calendars, invitations & ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ cards.

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I enlisted the help of my close friend and another wedding supplier Shane from Botanics of Melbourne, to create an amazing centrepiece, as well as a floral crown and flower combs for the ladies. Add in amazing catering from Create Catering who welcomed us with signature cocktails and a feast, gorgeous linen from Table Art and completed with the BEST CAKE EVER from Miss Ladybird Cakes, I can honestly say that my proposal couldn’t have gone any better.

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Finally having this it all captured by Kad Photography was the icing on the cake for me. This was such a fun day out to start the wedding journey and I can’t wait till the wedding.

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Ms Gingham says: What a fabulous event!!! Sharon you did an absolutely amazing job and your team hit it out of the ball park! In love with this!

Sharon of Wedding Day PA says: “On the day wedding coordinator. I love all things wedding!”

Photographer: Kad Photography / Invitations & Stationery: Adelphi Mou / Flowers: Botanics Of Melbourne / Catering: Create Catering / Linen Hire: Table Art / Cake Baker: Miss Ladybird Cakes / Planning & Styling : Wedding Day PA

Jay and Jo’s Vintage Wedding Picnic

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Jay and Jo

A year on.

This post has been long in the making. This is a thankful post of that beautiful day of the 2nd of November 2013. This is our way of saying thank you again to the wonderful people who helped us create our dream quirky wedding. Enjoy!

“What is the one thing we’ve got to have at the wedding?” I asked my fiancé.
“A food truck”
*high fives*

That’s how it all started. The ideas flowed. “We’ll have it at a park! There will be picnic rugs and a lemonade stand! Let’s hire a live band too! Can we get Michael Buble to sing??”

Before things got out of hand, we needed a wedding planner who was crazy enough to go along with the plan. Candice from Mackenzi Creations was the girl for the job. Her enthusiasm and passion was what we needed to bring our ideas into fruition and work within our tight budget. This woman was not fazed at all at my long list of wants. All she said was “No worries!” I don’t think she would blink an eye even if I told her I wanted a unicorn.

The one thing that neither of us could say “No worries!” to was… the unpredictable Melbourne weather. It rained the whole week leading up to the wedding day. But our prayers were heard and it was a sunny day with a cool breeze on the 2nd of November of 2013. And so, we got ready for a day of fun.

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The guys always seem to have the goofiest and best photos. These guys were dressed in grey slacks, white shirts and a purple polka bowtie. Jay wore a Hugo Boss suit that he bought in Malaysia.

I found my dress in Adelaide at the Bridal on Pulteney. After trying on about 30 dresses in several different stores, I finally had “The Moment” when I slipped on the A-line lacy, Nicolina “Grace” dress and my maid of honor said, “It’s the one!”. That really is a thing.

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I was surrounded by girlfriends who have flown in from different places. They wore deep purple dresses, paired with black heels and wore dainty headbands. Their hair and makeup were done by good friends (Sue-Lee from RIAH) and my sister in-law, Yen. Girls, thank you for being there for me and for just being my sisters.

Karina from Style by Nature filled the wedding venue with the prettiest garden posies and gave me the lavender bouquet I’ve always wanted. The baby’s breath bouquets matched my bridesmaids dresses perfectly and the lavender boutonnieres for the men were so sweet. Her work was amazing.

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I was determined to be a DIY bride and Candice encouraged my creativity. I had help from my maid of honor, my mother and amazing friends. We made silk fabric flowers to hang on the wedding backdrop, assembled our wedding invitations, vintage shopped for wedding decor, online shopped for wedding props and accessories, made the vintage book wedding ring holder out of an old Webster dictionary, sewed metres and metres of fabric bunting and painted chalkboard signs. Candice waved her magic wand and put the look together. When I walked up the aisle, my heart was bursting with pride and love, seeing all the hard work in personalising the wedding.

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It was a beautiful ceremony. It was everything that we had envisioned. All we wanted was a fun, wedding picnic that everyone could enjoy.

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The moment when I couldn’t get Jay’s ring on.

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You must be wondering if we did find our food truck? Of course! Cornutopia was what we were looking for. Ellie and her team served yummy and fresh Mexican food. Tacos and salsa always make people happy. Jay Sonn was definitely a happy foodie that day.

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Candice whipped up a vintage lemonade stand and had made the coolest drink station.

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What’s a wedding without some cake? Barbara from Sophisticakes had that in the bag. When she asked what sort of desserts we wanted. Jay Sonn loves lemon tarts. So I said, “Anything with lemon, please.” And she made the most scrumptiously delicious lemon wedding cake and made it just like how I sketched it.

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We even had a photobooth set up by EventsFocus who were so accommodating and amazing to work with. They compiled a book with all the pictures taken on that day. It was really special.

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The fun doesn’t even end there. Jay had this brilliant idea of having a live painter from Sydney, Sarah Rowan Dahl to paint a beautiful picture of us during the wedding ceremony. To tie the whole picnic feel together, Jay found a live band, Grupo Bombeiro to play some funky lively tunes while guests frolicked and mingled around with sangrias and lemonade in their hands.

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Our families have been so supportive of our ideas for the wedding and we could not have asked for more. We were so blessed to have family, relatives and dear friends fly in just to surround us with love. Jay and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we love you guys to bits.

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Happy First Anniversary Jay! Love your quirky loving heart. Here’s to many more years of fun days.

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“ When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, “What?!?!” – Phil Dunphy, Modern Family .

All the beautiful pictures taken by the talented Sutejo Tan and Fred Zhang (Thank you for capturing the moments and giving us beautiful pictures to cherish forever).

Wedding Videographer credits go to Preface Films who were a joy to work with.

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful wedding full of fun and laughter! Wishing Jay and Jo a very happy first anniversary with many more to come!

Photographer: Sutejo Tan / Bride’s Dress: Bridal On Pulteney / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Flowers & Decor: Style By Nature / Food Truck: Cornutopia / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Mackenzi Creations / Cake Baker: Sophisticakes / Photobooth: Events Focus / Band: Grupo Bombeiro
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