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Sonia and Marty’s Classic Melbourne Beachside Wedding

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Sonia & Marty

We both knew that the connection was instant from our very first date when I travelled to country Victoria to see him. From there, we commuted back and forth, until realizing that we were meant for each other! Marty made the move down to Melbourne and we moved into our first apartment together.

After Marty proposed the following year, we planned our wedding close to our home that we loved in St Kilda, at the beautiful iconic Little Blue Restaurant at the end of the picturesque St Kilda Pier. We wanted small and intimate, with a setting that would speak for itself – which Little Blue provided in the spring. Little did we know that we would end up postponing our wedding plans until 2015, after I fell pregnant with our son.

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I had a very clear idea of my dress right from the start. I didn’t want big or overdone, that wasn’t me at all. I wanted modern, but classic, romantic even, just like my solitaire diamond from Tiffany & Co., which Marty proposed with.

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I tried on one dress in one store, and knew it was the one. A beautiful, drapey off white silk gown from Carla Zampatti that was just perfect. I then chose my flowers around the Grecian nature of the dress, with neutral tones being the look I wanted. My bouquet was a posy of beautiful roses, laced with olive leaf, silver suede and baby’s breath. To match, my florist Dani, at Da Bloom, made me a delicate floral crown instead of a veil, from olive leaf and baby’s breath.

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We spent the weekend at The Prince Hotel in St Kilda; it is so sentimental to Marty and me and we booked the executive suite so that our whole bridal party could get ready there and we could get some great photos. My twin sisters, who were both pregnant at the time, and my brothers in law made up our small bridal party. Like any modern bride, my bridesmaids wore black dresses with neutral heels.

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Carla from Carla Rae Makeup is an old work friend of mine, and knowing how great she is, I had secured her to do our makeup. Because all of my styling was so simple, we went for a beautiful pop of pink on my lips, whilst my sisters had soft, glowing neutral makeup which Carla was just fantastic with.

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Who do you choose to photograph one of the biggest days of your life? For us, this decision was so easy. Zaharoula at Zedphotography is a family friend and amazing at her job, and had photographed my sister’s wedding, our pregnancy, and our newborn shoots – so our trust in her to capture our day the way I wanted was unmeasurable. With the help of her assistant Mike, we captured the most beautiful candid images, with our son and family around our hotel and South Melbourne.

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She bought out the best in my husband who hates photos and got those shots that you just want to remember forever. We definitely turned some heads as we had some photographs taken at Georgie’s Harvest, one of the market stall holders, with a lot of people stopping to look at us in such an unusual setting. The photo from there is one of my favourites.

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Our intimate ceremony was conducted by the very talented Sally Hughes, whom we just adored. She had been working with us from the year before before we changed the dates, and the ceremony was so perfect! Her words were so engaging and by the time we recited our vows, which we wrote ourselves but didn’t share until the day, there were tears not just from us but from some of the guests too!

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My father walked me down the aisle to a piano version of “A Thousand Years” before giving me away. Sally’s attention to our story, and her telling of it was so memorable, and what she puts in, like speaking to all the guests, seating special guests and talking behind the scenes to our bridal party were just above and beyond our expectations. The best part was when she had already given instructions to the guests to repeat after her in pronouncing us husband and wife. It was such a great touch and got everyone excited and involved in our ceremony before we signed our certificates.

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We then got a great group photo with the water and city skyline as our backdrop out on the pier and went straight into the canapé entrees, out on the decking and inside the venue.

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We didn’t want to go overboard with decorations, as the venue was in such an amazing location – right on the water, that we let it speak for itself. With the help of some white lanterns inside, fairy lights out on the deck, candles everywhere and some beautiful olive and baby’s breath garlands by our florist, it was simple and classic, exactly how I wanted.

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The venue was such a perfect setting for a spring wedding. We had the most perfect sunny day with a gorgeous sunset right on the water with the city in the background. It was very relaxed and romantic. We had an array of delicious canapé entrees and desserts, along with a sit down main meal – so that for most of the night people were free to roam around and mingle with one another. We cut our tiered orange and almond flourless cake, made by the beautiful girls at Cake Ink, to John Legends “All Of Me” played by our  DJ, DJ Kwenda. He was amazing at getting everyone up dancing and having a great time.

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For the final song of the evening he gathered everyone into a circle so that Marty and I could go around and thank everyone individually. We gave our guests beautiful vanilla bean cookie pop favours made by the talented Treats for Evie, before the night came to an end.

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I had never believed it before when people say your wedding day goes so fast, but it certainly did! It was such a memorable whirlwind for us from start to finish!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Sonia and Marty; such a beautiful wedding with so many sentimental touches that were important to you.

Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Brides Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Makeup Artist: Carla Rae Makeup Artist / Grooms Suit: Country Road / Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss / Grooms Rings:: Georg Jensen / Photographer: Zedphotography / Flowers & Decor: Da Bloom / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Little Blue / Ceremony Officiant: Sally Hughes / Cake and Stationery: Cake Ink / Entertainment: IDJS Entertainment / Favors: Treats For Evie

Inspired Words – Eilish

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Starting the planning early and not making rushed decisions really helped Eilish enjoy her day as she remembers her 1920’s inspired romantic wedding.

“We started planning super early in order to not let the experience become stressful or unenjoyable. It was the best decision we made and allowed us to take the time to ensure we had everything just right!”

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Angela and Ponti’s Fairy Tale Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,




Angela & Ponti

I had always dreamed of having a princess fairy tale wedding. Ponti surprised me with just that – it was such a magical wedding. Undeniably the most romantic wedding in 2015 I think!

We both met at work back in 2008. We were sitting right beside each other. He was my fellow engineer and I was just a fresh graduate engineer. It was love at first sight for Ponti. We share a lot of common interests and have been on a lot of adventures together.

Ponti proposed on Australia Day in 2014 under the heart shape fireworks; the song “Love is in the Air” was playing on that time. His proposal was witnessed by thousands of people at Mill Point Park; he knelt down with the engagement ring suddenly and popped the question “Will you marry me?”

My gown from Tuscany Bridal featured Spanish lace and a beautiful scallop back. I wore both a long veil and a short veil…. it was so glamorous!





Our special handmade boxed wedding invitations were from Lela New York.

I remember our wedding day when I hopped into the carriage from Golden Sunset Tours; tears of joy just started rolling down my cheeks knowing the man of my life had made such an effort to make my wish come true. My heart was beating fast and I remember holding my Dad’s and Mom’s hand so tight and can’t wait to see the love of my life. That moment was really breathtaking and unforgettable… it was the best wedding I ever wished for…


Our wedding ceremony was held at the Cottesloe Old Tank Stand; it was such a perfect spot. It overlooks the beautiful blue sky right in front of us and on the left side it overlooks the Indian Ocean with Rottnest Island visible from the horizon. My wedding entrance song was “Marry Me” by Amy Noelck.

We both loved it how our celebrant, Danicia Dutry from Pastel Blues Ceremonies opened our ceremony sharing the thoughts quoted from the famous bear ‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ by AA Milne.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together,

There is something you must always remember,

You’re braver than you believe,

Stronger than you seem,

And smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is,

Even if we’re apart,

I’ll always be with you.”



Our wedding incorporated both Chinese and Western traditions. We held the tea ceremony after the wedding ceremony at the beautiful Cottesloe Rotunda. That moment of kneeling down in front of our parents, sisters and brothers was so special… that joy of gratefulness and love that we have for our Moms and Dads… no one else was happier than them seeing their own children getting married, starting a family and living happily ever after. Friends flew in from all around the world to attend our wedding; the blessings we received were overwhelming.

Later, we strolled around the city whilst DeRay & Simcoe took our wedding photos at the garden where we both sometimes met up for lunch. We went to Hyde Park for a walk and took some photos under the trees. The park was so beautiful during that time, it was coming into Autumn and the colours captured in the photos are just stunning.




Mosmans Restaurant was the perfect place for our reception. Not just because it is our favourite restaurant where we normally went when we were dating but also we love the lush and private surroundings. The restaurant perches over the water on the stunning Swan River in Mosman Bay.



Salli and her angels from Touched by Angels have been working with us since our engagement. Ponti and I were totally in love with the setup they did.


Our wedding cake was handmade by the talented House of Royal Velvet. Anastasia has been working on it since our engagement too. She knows us well and what we wanted;  the result was beyond expectation.


We also incorporated all the stories and everything related to us into our wedding – from gifts right down to the table numbers! Ponti drew our stories –  from how we met right through to the days before the wedding –  into teddy bear sketches which were then included with the table numbers. Handmade windmills were placed with the guest names; they represented the first project that we both worked on together – the Merredin Wind Farm. Handmade key holder frames and double happiness musical boxes were also given to our guests; they were so pretty!


Our guests had so much fun and enjoyed breathtaking views from every window in the restaurant. We had two special performances from our best friends – Dedy and Irfan. Dedy wrote and sang a song especially for us. It was such a magnificent night celebrating our day with all our loved ones.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Angela and Ponti on your fairy tale wedding; such a beautifully romantic day!

Bridal Salon: Tuscany Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. / Makeup Artist: Beauty Contour / Hairstylist: Hair by Ivy / Tiara: Ivory & Co / Ceremony Venue: Cottesloe Old Tank Stand / Ceremony Officiant: Pastel Blues Ceremonies – Danicia Dutry / Groom’s Attire: Daniel Hechter / : Hugo Boss / : Ted Baker / Flower Girl and Page Boy Outfits: Ollie’s Place / Reception Venue: Mosmans Restaurant / Bouquets: Willetton Wedding Flowers / Cake Baker: House of Royal Velvet / Invitations & Stationery: Lela New York / Photographer: DeRay and Simcoe / Videographer: White Box Studio / DJ and MC: Dream Weddings / Limousine: Belle Classic Limousines / Wedding Carriage: Golden Sunset Tours / Stylist: Touched by Angels / Ponti & Angela Love Story Animations: Wow Media
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