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Samantha and Michael’s Ballarat Heritage Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings




Samantha and Michael

Michael and I met while studying education at university. We both volunteered to tutor children at a local primary school, and it was love at first sight when I spotted him from across the staff room! I spent several weeks admiring him from afar, before we became ‘Friends’ on Facebook. We started chatting and the rest is history…

We began the ‘marriage talk’ when we moved in together a couple of years later, and once we bought our first home I was ‘patiently’ waiting for the ring! We went to his family’s beach house for a week during the holidays, and Michael was acting a bit strange. We went for rather awkward silent walk, before he said, “Did you know that this was the place when I first knew I loved you?” He then got down on one knee to ask me to marry him!

After a couple of years (20 years says Michael!!!!) of preparing for this day, I was ready to plan our wedding! Michael helped to make all of the big decisions, but he was happy for me to have the day I’d dreamed of.

My mother, bridesmaids and I got ready for the big day at the Creswick Novotel Resort. Kim from Eve Salon and Jo-Ellen Blacklock came out to do our hair and make up. I chose an up style with pin-curls and wore pearls that had been given to me on my 21st birthday.


Originally, I found my dream dress on Pinterest, but was unable to track it down anywhere! A couple of months later I spotted THE dress in the window of Ferrari Formalwear.  I raced in the next day to try it on, and it was perfect! I loved that it wasn’t traditional white, which was a blessing for my fair skin.


Our colour scheme began with the bridal car – my brother Mark’s 1958 FC Holden, which he and my father had lovingly restored for the day. Michael arrived in Mark’s 1977 HZ Panel Van.



I chose my bridesmaids’ dresses at Young Designer’s Gallery – a simple style in a gorgeous bright colour, with matching ties for the boys.


Pam from The Flower Connection was very patient as I had learned all about floral arrangements and she happily turned my ideas into a reality. I chose a mix of native gum and roses to match our Heritage theme.


I love the history of our hometown Ballarat, and wanted our wedding to compliment the surroundings. We chose the Ballarat Mining Exchange for our ceremony; I liked its industrial look and historical significance to the town. It also provided a perfectly blank canvas for us to work with.


I’m a very emotional person, and after a nervous drive into Ballarat, I was surprised that I didn’t cry as I walked down the aisle! I was just incredibly happy and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! My parents both walked me down the aisle and then, using my maiden name, wished me farewell for the last time ..if anything almost started the waterworks, it was that!



Our celebrant Anastasia Meek helped to make the whole process easy, especially the paperwork!


We booked our reception at Jackson’s & Co in Ballarat. Not only is it an amazing venue, but a few years before it had been a night club, where we shared our first kiss.


We chose to do most of the stationery and decor ourselves, and luckily my father is quite handy when it comes to woodwork. We spent many hours searching local shops and websites to find the necessary bits and pieces. We found lovely bentwood chairs for hire from The Little Black Sheep Hire Co, which complimented our style perfectly.




I have always dreamed of having my name on some candy, and there is no better occasion than a wedding! We visited Suga Rock Candy to order our personalised rock candy. All of our guests had a jar to nibble on during the night.


Our wedding cake was made by The Cheesecake Shop and was served for dessert. My father made the wooden cake stand. We had a personalised cake topper but it went missing on the morning of the wedding…nowhere to be found!


Lindy from Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios choreographed our first dance to a sweet little song called ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ by The Maccabees. We were both nervous but the end result was worth it!


Scott from One Point Photography was our first choice for photography. We had admired some of his previous work because of its unique style. We trusted Scott to do what he does best!




After a night of dinner and dancing with Sam from SJH Entertainment, it was time to say goodbye. We were absolutely thrilled that all of our plans had come together perfectly.

Of course, there were a few bumps along the road, but this is to be expected and we were ready to deal with them together. Most importantly, at the end of the day Michael and I were ready to start the rest of our lives together as husband and wife, and I’m so glad we found each other.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love all the sentimental details, especially the ’70s’ Holden cars! Congratulations Samantha and Michael!

About Samantha: I’m a 25 year old teacher from Ballarat, and recently I married the man of my dreams Michael, who is also a teacher. I wanted my wedding to be classic, with a heritage touch to compliment the Ballarat surroundings. My wedding styling began with my brother’s car, an old Holden. I gave him a timeline of a year to have it ready for the wedding – my whole colour scheme revolved around it! It was still in pieces a week before the wedding, but he is a hard worker and had it ready for the big day!

Bride’s Dress: Ferrari Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Young Designer's Gallery / Photographer: One Point Photography / Makeup Artist: Jo-Ellen Blacklock / Hairstylist: Eve Salon / Ceremony Venue: Ballarat Mining Exchange / Ceremony Officiant: Anastasia Meek / Reception Venue: Jackson's & Co / Flowers & Decor: The Flower Connection / Rental Furniture: The Little Black Sheep Hire Co / Favors: Suga Rock Candy / Cake Baker: The Cheesecake Shop / Dance Lessons: Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios / DJ: SJH Entertainment / Hotel: Creswick Novotel Resort

Hana and Yudy’s DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings





Hana and Yudy

Yudy and I met at church in November 2011, and whilst it was definitely not love at first sight, we believe we were supposed to be together. It was my Mum who actually thought we would be a cute couple. So she cooked every single day whilst she was holidaying with me – and continually invited Yudy for lunch! Our feelings towards each other began to grow from friendship towards partnership – and we have become closer every day since then. Huge thanks to my Mum, she is a real life cupid!

We traveled across Victoria – from west to east and from north to south  – to find the perfect winery for our wedding. Finally we found a beautiful Yarra Valley vineyard, The Riverstone Estate which sits on top of a hill.



It was like falling in love at first sight when I saw my lace mermaid gown at Raffaele Ciuca.  I was surprised how beautifully the design suited my petite shape.




My hair and make up, as well as my bridesmaids’, was done by the talented Felicia Sarwono and her team.



The boys, on the other hand, got themselves ready!



The result was just perfect – I loved how the groomsmen and bridesmaids looked!


We decided to have a rustic yet elegant theme for the wedding, with white flowers and fresh green foliage as our floral theme. And I loved the idea of having white dresses for my bridesmaids with white flowers and a bit of a pop of magenta in their bouquets! The colour combination was amazing – full credit goes to the talented Rhiannon from Flower Jar.

Yudy and I had planned our wedding for one year; we had plenty of time to find vendors and worked on every little thing we wanted to have on our wedding day. The day I finished making the rundown list for the wedding, I showed Yudy our Plan A and Plan B in case of rain, as most of our celebrations would take place outside.  Yudy rejected Plan B and believed that we would be blessed with the best weather on the day. So there was no Plan B at all!

One week prior to our wedding, I kept checking the weather and hoping our day would turn out as we wanted it to be. The day before we had our last practice at the venue with our families and it was indeed very windy and cold. I was getting worried!

The weather on our wedding day though was perfect. The afternoon was still and warm, whilst the evening temperature was so pleasant that our guests could still celebrate in our ‘Hangout Area’.





Yudy is a graphic designer, so he created our wedding logo and made himself a lapel pin from it too!  He designed the logo based on Bible verse “and the two will become one flesh”. Our monogram consisted of our first initials, Y and H, which he blended and layered together to form one.


Yudy and his groomsmen’s summery bowties were purchased from Etsy

Yudy also designed and made our wedding invitation and ordered a custom-made wax stamp too!


Our ringer bearer box was a DIY project made from a leather notebook.


The ceremony was held outside, with the beautiful winery as our backdrop.  Our very own pastor Jonathan Pattiasina performed the ceremony, in the presence of 100 of our closest family and friends.

We had a rustic arch decorated with white flowers and foliage to follow our wedding theme.  I changed my mind about the floral decoration a few times and Rhiannon from Flower Jar was very patient; she listed to my dreams and in the end turned them into reality.  I could have not asked for a better florist, seriously!



With the sound of a baby grand piano in the background, Hana and her bridal party walked down the picturesque aisle.



Our DIY  “Mr and Mrs” sign was also created by Yudy.



Instead of having our cocktails inside, we celebrated outside next to our marquee in a space we called ‘The Hangout Area’.



My reception dress was by Rachel Gilbert.


Yudy designed more signage for our reception; we wanted our guests to enjoy every moment and to talk to each other, so we made some rustic signs for them!



As we had quite a few children attending as guests, we came up with the idea to build a ‘bowling alley’ for them using hay bale stacks and pumpkins.


Our guest book was a photo frame with little heart-shaped paper cards for our guests to write messages on.


For our favours, we bought milk bottles from ebay and candle wax from our local candle shop – and we made our own candles! From melting the wax to pouring it into the bottles it was a long process, particularly as we were novices! In the end though, they turned out to be so pretty  – particularly with our rose gold logo on the front!


For our table number holders, we bought inexpensive animal figures from the local ‘$2 shop’ and sprayed them gold to match our colour theme.



Our delicious red velvet cake from Cake D’liciouz was decorated with flowers from Flower Jar.


Our first dance was to ‘Forever Mine’ by Marcia Hines. It is a slow beat love song, but Yudy and I added a few contemporary moves to it!


During our reception, Yudy and I made a quick run outside to capture the last moments of a sunset photoshoot; the result was simply amazing!



I made an important speech as I had an amazing story to share. Yudy has stuttered for 30 years. He is a leader of small church community and finds it difficult to read out loud when he is asked to lead and preach. He has given up a few times because he could not speak well.  Yudy has a dream to be a public speaker one day. I see myself standing next to him when it happens..


Our photographs were taken by the talented Todd Hunter McGawYudy’s standard for photography is pretty high, as he is so into photography himself. We saw Todd’s work and we knew he was the one who was going to capture all our beautiful moments.  And he did!



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a heartfelt wedding Hana and Yudy – I love your inclusion of all the creative, DIY pieces – particularly the ‘bowling alley’ for the kids!

About Hana: Hi! I’m Hana, and I recently married my best friend in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria. Our wedding was a beautiful DIY celebration; my graphic designer husband created our own logo and included the design on pins, stationery, favours – and all of our decorations!

Bride's Ceremony Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride's Reception Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Riverstone Estate / Flowers & Decor: Flower Jar / Hair Stylist and Make Up: Felicia Sarwono / Cake Baker: Cake D'liciouz / Grooms and Groomsmen's Bowtie: Etsy

Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings



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My husband, Lyndon, (still sounds weird!) and I met overseas in a bar in Canada, when I was new to traveling; finding the love of my life was the last thing on my mind. However, after spending time in different countries – sometimes together, sometimes on our own – I realised we kept coming back to each other and that whilst I hadn’t been looking, I had certainly found the man for me.

When I flew back to Australia, I moved back to his home town of Brisbane. Quite a shock for a beach loving girl who had spent the last six years in Sydney – and the rest is history!

I will never forget the day he proposed. He whisked me away on a secret trip to Hamilton Island. We woke up early and hired a small boat to do some fishing on the open water. We pulled up to a private beach for a swim and there in the ocean he got down on one knee and proposed. I don’t think I even gave him the chance to properly ask the question before yelling, ‘Yes I’ll Marry You!’

We decided on Little Cove in Noosa for our wedding ceremony. We both love the beach and the idea of getting married with the sand between my toes sounded perfect to me. I wanted to have an elegant, classic wedding but with a  touch of  ‘beachy casualness’ to reflect our personalities.

When I woke up on the morning of the wedding the sky was completely black and it was pouring! Luckily it turned into a beautiful sunny day with blue skies; we couldn’t have asked for better –  it was magic! Nick Evans Photography was there to capture every moment; the photographs were so amazing!

The boys wore lovely navy suits and my bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns from Zimmermann. I wore an ivory Delphine Manivet gown from Anna Dafonte which I loved. Both of our mothers looked amazing; my mum was such a superstar on the day and during the lead up to our wedding. She’s my absolute rock!

I loved  spending this time with the girls, but one of my favourite moments had to be when my Dad saw me for the first time. It was so nice to have that special moment with him.

We walked down the aisle barefoot and I asked my brother to play and sing an acoustic version of ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’ which he had composed himself. It is one of Lyndon’s favourite songs  (I love it too!) Lyndon had no idea I had organised this and said it was such a great moment when my brother started to play that song!

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Our ceremony was so lovely, full of  laughs and a few tears. We were able to tailor our ceremony to tell our story which made it even more special, especially the vows we each had written. I couldn’t have been happier when they finally announced us as husband and wife, with the sound of the ocean behind us and our favourite people cheering!

We chose to have our ceremony at Sails Restaurant Noosa, just a short stroll from where our ceremony was held. Our guests arrived to canapés, drinks and a fresh seafood and oyster bar on the grass overlooking the beach, as they listened the beautiful sounds of jazz singer Tamara O’Callaghan and her three-piece band.

I had a real vision for the styling of my wedding and really enjoyed designing it. My colour palette for the day consisted of blush, white, black and navy – with a hint of burgundy for a bit of drama.

The reception was styled with these colours including black and white striped napkins, white candles, beautiful white and blush flowers, including one of my favourites – peonies!

Our guest favours were homemade chilli oil (to spice things up!) We included pictures of our favourite couples in frames for table numbers; the overall look was so lovely, elegant and modern. Coupled with the beautiful jazz music, it was such a lovely atmosphere.

As the night went on there were plenty of laughs, incredible food and some amazing speeches. My speech included telling Lyndon how I felt about him, with a song! I  sang Tina Turner ‘Simply the Best’ which was such a blast!

After Lyndon and I left to a farewell of sparklers and hugs, we walked along the beach back to our accommodation;  one of my favourite memories is when we looked at each other and said, “that was the best day.”  And it was the absolute best day ever.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a happy day Candice and Lyndon! I love the choice of colours for a casual beach wedding – just perfect!


About Candice:  I recently married the man of my dreams and although everyone always tells me life isn’t like the songs or movies, it certainly was for me! A beautiful beach, fantastic party, marrying my Prince Charming in front of the best people I know. And best of all, there was hardly a moment without a laugh or a smile and a whole lot of dancing! My favourite colour is blue, I love good food and wine, keeping fit and am most at ease with the sand between my toes!

Bride’s Dress: Anna Dafonte / Photographer: Nick Evans / Bride’s Jewelry: Shabby Soho / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Ceremony Venue: Little Cove Noosa / Reception Venue: Sails Restaurant Noosa / Flowers & Decor: Mondo Florals / Flowers & Decor: Lovebird Weddings / Reception Music: Tamara O' Callaghan
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