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Chelsea and Pete’s ‘Crazy In Love’ Brisbane Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Chelsea Carey

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All Pete and I wanted for our wedding was a celebration! To make this happen we knew there were a few special ingredients – lots of good food, plenty of drinks, an explosion of colour and of course, Beyonce!

I am not a traditional bride, but I was marrying a more traditional Greek boy – so there was always going to be some compromise! A white dress (and not leopard print!) was the first of many. Luckily, I bought the first one I tried on at Carla Zampatti. Living away from my family, it was all done before I had even had my morning coffee; after a few MMS messages with my Mum, I had a dress.

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Of course the big day didn’t go down without some hiccups… like Pete realising 30 minutes before the car arrived that tying a bow-tie wasn’t as ‘easy’ or as simple as ‘watching a video on You Tube’. They ended up taking it to the streets, walking into various shops and asking if anyone knew how to tie one – and amazingly, a lovely lady did! And then there was the story of the missing white shirt for the Groom – but we won’t go there!

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I wanted my girls to look and feel as beautiful as possible (not hard as they are all stunners!) so I picked all of their dresses for them from interstate – thank goodness for online shopping from ASOS, Bardot and Sheike!

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Our photographer was Simon Peter Taylor who was actually a friend from uni and husband of my good friend so it was great to have him there as a guest and also photographer – it made it so much more comfortable!

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As many of our guests were traveling interstate to celebrate with us at Light Space in Brisbane for our big day, we wanted to make it worth their while.  With all of the planning being done from interstate, there was lots of DIY creating happening at Toowoomba Wedding HQ! All 800 coloured paper tassels, painting, napkin making  – you name it, it was created. As a surprise for Pete’s Mum, we secretly flew up their family Greek priest to perform the ceremony to honour his late Baba and Papou. This did mean however that at least 80% of the guests had no idea what was going on during the ceremony (including me!) but we are assured we are actually married!

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The most emotional part of the day was definitely having Dad walk me up the aisle. The past two years have been difficult with him having under gone countless spinal operations and months in hospital. His only wish was to ‘walk his little girl down the aisle’. Every surgeon, doctor, physio, pharmacist involved knew this had to happen. I know he was in pain, but we made it! Even the walking stick was dressed up when we added a big white bow to it!

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To get the party started, we had cocktail specialists Trolley’d from Sydney dish out three bespoke beverages and roaming canapes.

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Then for a change of pace and a change of shoes… we entered the room which had been ‘flipped’ and turned into a colourful feast for your eyes of vibrant tassles and pinatas! The lighting by Wedding Lighting looked amazing! For main course, it was all about quality and quantity with shared platters of food from Dalton Hospitality. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was and how much there was – big tick!

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Dessert was our favourite – Gelato Messina (Salted Caramel White Chocolate of course!) and trays of handmade glitter jewel chocolates, meringues, marshmallows, shortbread – you name it we had it! And of course – the cake was not a cake. Instead we had Party Pony Designer Pinatas make us a big sparkly, pink heart pinata … it really was a HIT! (get it?!)

Our first dance was to ‘XO” by Beyonce (naturally) and then the spirits were poured and the dance floor and photo booth kicked off. And, in the off chance people were still hungry, we had bowls of bow tie pasta (Pete’s Baba’s recipe) and wood fired pizza on offer. Lucky we did because the party didn’t stop until 4:30am when we finally made our way to the hotel and ordered room service! It was truly the best celebration of our life.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Chelsea and Pete – what a wonderful celebration of love, colour and Beyonce!

Photographer: Simon Peter Taylor / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / : Bardot / : Shieke / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Light Space / Catering: Dalton Hospitality / Dessert: Gelato Messina / Lighting: Wedding Lighting / Cocktails: Trolley'd / Pinata: Party Pony Designer Pinatas

Inspired Words – Amelia

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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Involving her fiance with the planning and having fun along the way made Amelia’s Eclectic Maleny Wedding to Jon even more special; remember, don’t sweat the small stuff!

“Make sure you enjoy the ride and have fun! It will bring you closer to your partner and be willing to listen to his opinions. Some of best parts of the day were some of Jon’s suggestions and it made it unreal.”

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Images by Simon Peter Taylor

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Tamara and Tim’s Bilgola Beach Wedding

by | Inspired Plans, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Tamara Charlton

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Tim and I are high school sweethearts – we have known each other since I first arrived at the school in Year 8. After going to one of his best friend’s parties in Year 11, we decided that we wanted to be together. It wasn’t until Tim decided to spend his life savings to come to my home island – Norfolk Island – to meet all my family and participate in our local traditions that I knew he was a keeper! Fast forward seven years and Tim got down on one knee at Cronulla Beach and asked me the greatest question of my life. To become his wife. On our ninth anniversary, we were married in front of all our family and friends at Bilgola Beach.

After getting super excited about going dress shopping, I rushed into the purchase too quickly and brought the first dress that caught my eye. Although it was a beautiful gown, I had doubts over the next year and a half which made me realise it was not the gown for me! Seven weeks before our wedding, I decided to put my mind at ease and try on some other dresses to compare. And as soon as I stepped into Dressence they found me the most beautiful Provonias gown which I purchased off the rack. This was best decision of my life, especially seeing Tim’s face as I walked down the aisle!



After trying on many different styles of rings, Tim went to Royal Diamonds and designed my ring for me. He definitely knows me so well as it is the most beautiful ring ever. He then designed the wedding band to wrap around the ring, fitting it perfectly.



Tim and his groomsmen wore navy suits with crisp white shirts and red braces to match back to the bridesmaids’ dresses.



Our photographer was Sabino Mena Barreto. He and his team captured amazing photos – and produced our wedding video. They were so down to earth.







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We chose Bilgola Beach out of luck. As I grew up on Norfolk Island and Tim and I now live near the beach there was no doubt in our minds that we would be having a beach wedding, the only problem was where! We wanted to go a bit further away from home so we looked north and south for one to suit our style. My Mum and I had driven past Bilgola Beach turn off on our way home from checking possible reception venues around Palm Beach. My Mum mentioned that we should turn around and go and have a look at the beach we just drove past. I reluctantly agreed (as it was getting late and I wanted to beat peak hour!) but I am forever grateful for her suggestion because as soon as we arrived I knew that was the spot where Tim and I were going to be married!









We asked Circle of Love Weddings to create our ceremony set up for us and I dealt directly with Kim. She brought my vision to life; nothing was ever too hard for her, especially since she had to carry everything onto the beach to set up!





White House Flowers created the all of our amazing bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces and decor. Jessie has the most amazing vision when it comes to creating floral designs to suit your style. I went into Jessie with some basic ideas of what I was thinking I wanted and then decided to leave the rest to her. What she came up with was beyond my expectations. She did so much for us on our day and made everything look amazing!



We created the seating plan ourselves with some old window frames that we found at the markets. After cleaning them up a bit we pegged our guests’ names on to some twine – and when they took their place names away, they replaced it with a polaroid picture and a message on the back which doubled as our guest book. That now hangs on our wall in our house!


Bill from Sweet Connoisseur created our delicious cake for us. He made the most delicious cake and was so generous and kind to work with. I still have people commenting about how yummy the cake was.



We chose Dunes Resturant and Kiosk at Palm Beach for our reception. New owners took over a few weeks before our wedding and they were absolutely amazing. They were on top of everything we had already organised and so keen for anything else we wanted. They even organised for the bridal party to have shots as a toast for one of the speeches. The atmosphere and decor of the whole restaurant suited our style to a tee with its beautiful rustic look and not to mention the delicious food. We had the most amazing end to our perfect day.






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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Tamara and Tim on your romantic beach wedding; the contrast of the red and navy against the pale sand looks so pretty!

About Tamara: I love the beach and watching movies. I grew up on Norfolk Island before starting high school in Brisbane and then moving to Sydney where I met my now husband. We travelled all through Asia and parts of America before buying an apartment across the road from the beach!

Photographer: Sabino Mena Barreto / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Dressence / Bride’s Jewelry: Royal Diamonds / Reception Venue: Dunes Resturant and Kiosk / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Circle of Love Weddings / Flowers & Decor: White House Flowers / Cake Baker: Sweet Connoisseur
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