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Alissa and George’s Nautical Perth Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings




“Our beautiful wedding day was the culmination of George and me spending eight years in a long distance relationship between Australia and England. Long flights, long periods apart and one special day to celebrate with our family and friends, showing the world that we made it!”

“When we started planning our day, we wanted it to be a real reflection of us. With involvement from family and friends, we did away with some of the traditions and instead focused on lots of personal elements that reflected our story.”




Alissa’s gown was purchased from Hobnob Bridal, whilst her gorgeous flower girl wore a custom made dress purchased from Etsy.



“The highlight of my outfit was the Jimmy Choo heels, given to me as a gift on the morning of our wedding from my husband! He knows me too well!”

After many frustrating weeks trying to find the venue and vendors to create their dream day, Alissa and George enlisted the help of wedding planner, Lara from White Events. “Lara was such a huge help to us throughout our planning process and on the day, helping us find venues, dresses, decorations, furniture hire, everything! She made the day absolutely seamless and took the stress out of it for us and our family; everyone who arrived at the house on the morning of the wedding was surprised at how calm we all were!”






“We had a wonderful family friend Dannielle from Colour Empire Make Up Artistry do our make-up, whilst our wedding planner’s sister, Claire from Beehive Bridal, was responsible for our amazing hair styles. I also had a silk flower head piece handmade and designed by Holly Barker Millinery.



The bridesmaids’ dresses were ordered online through Weddington Way. “I wanted all the girls to have a style of dress that suited them and their personality and it worked out perfectly on the day.”



Alissa and George’s ceremony backdrop was an old wooden mantelpiece decorated with a floral arrangement made by Alissa’s mum and photographs of both of their parents on their wedding days. “It was so special saying our vows with the images of our parents in the background. We also displayed more photographs from our parents’ and families’ weddings on a long table at our reception.”



“We were so lucky to have so many family and friends (and most of our bridal party!) travel from overseas to share the day with us. We held a brunch for all our overseas guests the day after the wedding to say thank you and spend a little more time with them before we left for our honeymoon.”



Celebrating how they met on a Navy/Sea Cadet summer camp in Canada when they were 17 years old, the couple chose a nautical Canadian theme for their wedding.  “We chose a suitably nautical location on the Pier 21 foreshore in North Fremantle for our ceremony, whilst Little Creatures Brewery was the perfect choice for our reception.”


“We decorated the tables with white lanterns and gold and bronze maple leaves. The bridal table was decorated with candles in glass hurricane vases whilst romantic twinkle lights were strung up behind us. Our navy and white striped table runners were handmade by my Mum.”

“All of the tables were named after places that were important to us, such as Plymouth, where we had our first apartment together. The table cards included a story on the back of why that place was important to us.”





The couple’s seating chart was a world map, with each of the table names pinned on it. “We gave our guests ‘Make Your Own S’mores’ favours which celebrated one of our fondest memories from when we met in Canada.”




Alissa and George’s cake was handmade by Alissa’s best friend’s Mum and decorated with individual gold maple leaves.





“One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was booking our photographer, Fiona Vail Photography. Words cannot express what a wonderful addition Fiona was to our day, not only as a photographer but as a lasting friend. She captured amazing, candid memories and subtly blended in so that we (and our guests!) never felt awkward being in front of the camera.”





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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Alissa and George! Your heartfelt wedding included some very special and sentimental touches that were important to you both: I love the maple leaves and the S’Mores!


About Alissa: After a long lead up to our wedding I had a few details planned out in my mind and imagined navy blue, gold, fairy lights and foliage, but mainly I wanted our guests to walk into our wedding and say, ‘This looks like them!’ I wanted to enjoy the planning process and the day so I tried to be a calm bride and not sweat the small stuff!

Photographer: Fiona Vail Photography / Bride’s Dress: Hobnob Bridal / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Events / Cinematographer: White Box Studios / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Hairstylist: Beehive Bridal / Makeup Artist: Colour Empire Make-Up Artistry / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Holly Barker Millinery / Groom’s Attire: Platinum Menswear / Cake Baker: Helen Jones / Rentals: Wedding Day Flair / : Pretty Willow / Ceremony Venue: Pier 21 Foreshore / Reception Venue: Little Creatures Brewery / Invitations & Stationery: Starfish Lane

Katrina and Alex’s Winter Wedding at Sirromet Winery

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings


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Katrina & Alex

“Having been to Sirromet Winery once or twice, it was almost immediately decided that one day Alex and I would come here with our friends and family to be married.”

“Choosing a winter wedding for our celebration, the winery is stunning and bursting with character. There are vineyards, bushlands and lakeside settings, and the whole location gives a sense of romance and whimsy. Having studied architecture, I felt a connection with this space that spoke volumes and created a great atmosphere with little effort. Embracing the feeling of elegant vintage, with our own laid back minimalist approach, we created a relaxed and joyous celebration.”

“We met back in 2001 at a primary school function. Our sisters had just become best friends, and in their words on the wedding day… “Mission: Sisterhood”. It took until 2005 before we got together and another nine years before the mission was complete!”

Alex works in I.T. and created a custom wedding website for their big day, which had all the details of the day and a login for RSVPs; it now showcases the wedding photographs and video from the day.




“We spent the night before the wedding with our bridal party at the gorgeous Mt Cotton Guesthouse. Their new eco-cabins were the perfect setting for us to get ready, with gorgeous bushland backgrounds and modern homely rooms.”






The men in the bridal party wore suits from Roger David, whilst the girls wore bridesmaid dresses by Natasha Millani. “My dress, was hand made by my sister and maid of honour. Together with my mother, we spent hours designing the perfect gown and shopping for the best materials.” Made with French Chantilly lace, the fabric and belt embellishments were purchased from Fabric Collection.






“The bridal procession started with my mother and brother, followed by the bridesmaids, then my father and me. We walked down to Ed Sheerans ‘Kiss Me’ playing softly.”




“Our celebrant Ketrina Coffey was “the best we have seen” according to our guests. Her calm enthusiastic nature made us and our guests feel so comfortable and excited during the ceremony. Ketrina was very clearly spoken and articulate, and with so many  ideas, she was happy for us to change her own thoughts to suit ours. We couldn’t have been happier with her as our celebrant.”



“We chose to have both our Mums sign as our witnesses, as mums sometimes tend to get left out of the ceremony spotlight – and it was nice to get a bit of alone time with them.”





“The most unique part of our wedding was our bridal party arrangement. Alex and I decided early on that all we wanted was to have the people who meant the most to us with us on the day. On my side, we ended up having three bridesmaids – my sister and two best friends –  and one bridesman who is my brother.  Adding to that, we had Alex’s best friend as our groomsman and his two sisters as groomsmaids . It was asymmetric in every way imaginable but we made it work!”

Katrina’s bridal party wore navy whilst Alex’s attendants were dressed in a soft light grey. “We tied it altogether by incorporating matching dress and suit designs; Alex wore dark grey so he would stand out on the day as well.”





“We chose the amazing Breony and Ryan from Alcorn Images to shoot our wedding day. We looked at so many photographers websites and galleries in the process of finding Breony and Ryan. We fell in love with their laid back candid photography style. We aren’t big on posing and felt like they were able to capture such gorgeous moments that can’t be recreated.”







Katrina’s minimalist decorations complimented the modern vintage appeal of the Barrel Hall at Sirromet Winery.



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With a delectable three course meal, great wine and great company, guests danced away into the night…





Katrina and Alex’s cake was from Cat’s Creative Cakes. “Not only did it look beautiful, but it tasted so delicious! We had two tiers; the bottom was blue velvet and the top layer was a delectable carrot cake.”


“Our first dance was to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud'”.




“To really top off our amazing celebration, a feature video of our wedding was created by Alcorn Images to highlight all the most important and beautiful aspects of the day.”

Alex+Katrina_Wedding Video from Alcorn Images on Vimeo.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says : The combination of the grey tones with navy for the bridal party outfits is just gorgeous and timeless, especially when teamed with rich burgundy red. What a beautiful wedding Katrina and Alex!

About Katrina: My husband and I were married last August on our nine year anniversary and we both had the perfect day. My husband studied IT and Graphic Design and was able to make us an amazing website for our wedding that we designed together (complete with personal logins for online RSVP). I studied Design and Architecture which may be why the space I wanted for us to celebrate our wedding emanated its own character. Together with our combined skills we were able to make and design our own printables and decorations for the day.

Photographer: Alcorn Images / Cinematographer: Alcorn Images / Bride's Accomodation: Mt Cotton Guest House / Bride’s Dress: Bride's Sister / Bride's Dress Fabric & Adornments: Fabric Collection / Bridesmaid Dresses: Natasha Millani / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Venue: Sirromet Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Ketrina Coffey / Cake Baker: Cat's Creative Cakes

Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings


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Peggie & Dave

Marrying her best friend Dave on a idyllic Spring afternoon in Brisbane City’s Botanic Gardens, Peggie has such fond memories of when they both met. “It was the day before Valentine’s Day. I had just finished a big day at work when a few ladies and I decided to head out for a drink. After replacing dinner with a few bottles of wine, my boss Beth noticed a bunch of good looking ‘roosters’ on the table next to us and decided to play cupid. She ended up talking to Dave and introduced me. I remember he had a cheeky smile and was very charming.”

Peggie had just accepted a job in Canberra, but the new couple decided to keep dating for the next few months anyway. “I was hopeful that we would keep in touch and secretly hoped he would move to Canberra with me, but it was too early to tell!” After a couple of months into Peggy’s new job and a few trips back and forth from Brisbane, Dave moved to Canberra. “I was the happiest girl on earth. We moved in together and never looked back.”

As a wedding gift, Dave’s parents gave the couple three nights at The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane. “The suite was such a luxury, and was even big enough for me and all the girls to get ready.”



“Paula and Jade from The Powder Room did an amazing job with our hair and make-up, with Peggie remembering, “I couldn’t have been happier. I was meant to do the flower girls’ hair but was still busily writing my speech, so Paula was kind enough to do their hair too which was a huge help to me.”




“I had my heart set on finding a full length lace wedding gown and after an exhaustive search across three states, I fell in love with my dream dress at The Sposa Group in Sydney. The diamante appliqué which I wore at the waist was found on Etsy.



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Peggie also loved the couple’s choice of vintage cars, remembering “they were such a fun ride to our ceremony at the Wedding Lawn at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.”


Dave and his groomsmen enjoyed getting ready at his parents’ house. “Inspired by the Mad Men television programme, the groomsmen’s gift box contained a crystal ‘man glass’ and mini bottles of scotch so they could enjoy a toast before the ceremony, with a cigar for later in the night.”






With the jacaranda trees in full bloom at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Peggie walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s  ‘Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend’. “This was special to us as Dave and I often apart for weeks at a time and the lyrics talk about being ‘lucky to be coming home again’. It’s so true – I still well up when I hear it.”




“Celebrant Clarah Luxford was an invaluable help to us in the lead up to our wedding day. She lent us her book of verses which helped Dave and I write our vows. We would have been lost without it. Clarah also took care of all the legal side of things and gave us plenty of advice on what happens after the wedding day, for example, what I needed to do to change my name.”







“Dave loves delicious cured meats and fine cheese, so we ensured it was in plentiful supply as we celebrated with guests after the ceremony. “We ask Style My Celebration to style the drinks and charcuterie table in the Gardens. I styled the background elements and sourced some of the vessels, but the food styling blew me away.”



“With special meaning, my sister Amanda, who is also a florist, designed the bouquets. I was so thrilled with the modern arrangements of traditional and unusual blooms, including mini pineapples, succulents and Phalaenopsis orchids. My stunning bridal bouquet included Arum lillies, green mini anthuriums, white roses, white snapdragons and freesias.”





Peggie and Dave’s reception was held at the Brisbane City Hall in the deco inspired Brisbane Room. “Whilst our guests enjoyed celebratory drinks and canapes in the courtyard, we excitedly spent some time together looking at how the reception room had come together and laughed about our heartfelt  ceremony. We were so lucky that our bridal party and family all pitched in to help us set up the room the day before, with Kelly from Bella Blooms Floral Designs arranging the huge Monstera leaves while we were all getting ready on the day.”



Peggie was indeed very lucky as her sister also owns and runs Adorn Event Hire, so “it was fun spending time together styling the wedding.” One of my favourite interior design styles is British Colonial, so choosing that as our theme, the reception featured a combination of lush tropical leaves, natural elements and relaxed luxury interiors. “It was just like taking a quick trip to the Bahamas.”




The couple’s theme centered around the bold banana leaf fabric table overlays which Peggie’s Mum made for the wedding. “I also decorated the reception with many eclectic ‘kick knacks’ which I had collected over the years “to give it a layered look.”


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“Following our theme, Baked Cakes and Cupcakery created a wonderful layered cake including a Pina Colada cake with coconut butter creme, lemon cake with vanilla butter creme and chocolate cake with orange butter creme. Decorated with delicate white orchids and green leaves, it was my perfect cake; it was simple yet stunning and the taste was to die for!”


“Following the heartfelt speeches, our guests enjoyed treats from the delicious dessert bar. Every time I look at these photographs, I want to go back there and eat it all again.



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“Our first dance as husband and wife was to Etta James ‘At Last'”.



The image of Peggie with her Dad is one of her favourites.  “We were both in tears dancing together – we were so happy.” Bree and Ryan from Alcorn Images took the photographs of the day. “They really captured the emotion of the night, which we will treasure forever. They were both very cool, calm and collected. You hardly noticed they were there.”



After throwing her bouquet, Peggie changed into an emerald green dress before joining her new husband and guests on the dance floor.




Leaving their magical night of celebrations, the newlyweds received a sparkling send off before they headed back to the hotel.




“As we headed off to Hawaii for our honeymoon, we couldn’t help thinking about our absolutely unforgettable day. Our cheeks were so sore for a few days after from smiling so much. We felt very blessed that we had perfect weather on the day and were surrounded by our beautiful family and friends.”

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Ms Chinoiserie says: I love the way that finding a special piece of fabric can set the theme for your entire wedding – from bridesmaids’ dresses and botanical table runners to bouquets and flowers; even your ‘going away’ dress. Congratulations Peggie and Dave!

About Peggie:
I live in Queanbeyan New South Wales and work in Canberra as a media and communications advisor. I also have a passion for interior design and homewares which I indulge through my online store Luca & Eve. I was a florist for a short time so I’m a little obsessed with all things Botanica. One of my favourite interior design styles is British Colonial so I wanted the wedding to have that look and feel. I love the combination of lush tropical flora, natural elements and relaxed yet luxe interiors; as if you were taking a trip to the Bahamas. I’m still smiling looking back at the photos, it was such a great day! Perfect weather, surrounded by family and friends.

Photographer: Alcorn Images / Cake Baker: Baked Cakes and Cupcakery / Celebrant: Clarah Luxford / Flowers: Adorn Event Hire / Styling and Decor: Adorn Event Hire / Styling and Decor: Luca & Eve / Bride’s Dress: The Sposa Group / Food Styling: Style My Celebration / Ceremony chairs: The Chair Castle / Hair & Make up: The Powder Room / Hotel: The Emporium Hotel / Hire cars: Prestige Vehicle Hire
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