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Inspired Words – Edwina

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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With so many choices, planning your perfect wedding can be a little overwhelming – where do I start? What is the right length for the bridesmaids’ dresses? Should I wear a veil or not? What colour should the invitations be? I always dreamed of wearing a dress with a beautiful full skirt, but will it suit me? Whatever your decisions, your choices will be perfect; after all you are marrying the man of your dreams – and nothing could be better than that as Edwina remembers following her Geelong at Home Wedding to Tom.

“There are so many decisions to be made from flowers, dress, invitations, colours etc etc… just go with decisions that are really ‘you’ and that you come to quickly. Then I think you won’t really have regrets looking back. And don’t leave things to the last minute!”

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Images by Leo Farrell Photography

Fanoula and Paul’s Elegant Winter City Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Fanoula Arsenoulis

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Paul and I met five years ago at a bar in Melbourne. Eight months after meeting each other we had planned a holiday to New York, LA and Las Vegas. We had the time of our lives and it was on that trip we knew one day we would marry each other.

Every year after that we travelled overseas together where we spent weeks enjoying food, history and culture. In March 2014 Paul took me out for a surprise dinner to The Atlantic for seafood. I didn’t think too much about it as we always went out for fancy dinners. After an abundance of seafood overlooking the night lights of Melbourne, the waiter came over to our table and said here is your dessert menu. As I opened the “menu” the first page looked like any normal restaurant menu until I flipped the page and saw a caption say “A snapshot of our life together” and photos of Paul and me in it. As I continued to turn page by page there was photos and stories about our life together so far. As I turned to Paul he looked me in the eyes and said “Will you marry me”? with the most exquisite Paul Bram ring I have ever seen. He did such a great job designing the most perfect ring for me. It’s safe to say there was lots of French champagne and lots of cheers as all the staff where in on it.. it was the perfect night!

It took us just over a year to plan our dream wedding. Both Paul and I are Greek so the wedding was never going to be tiny! We decided on a date in June 2015 so we could have a winter wedding and a summer honeymoon in Europe.

I had no idea what style of dress I wanted so I thought I would start trying on a few dresses and see how I felt in the different styles. I heard of the incredible designer Sonia from Cappellazzo Couture and decided to go and have a chat to her; the minute I walked into her studio in Camberwell, we started talking about different styles of wedding dresses and she began to sketch; when she showed me what she had drawn I was amazed. I fell in love with the design from that moment and I couldn’t wait for Sonia to start making my bespoke gown.





I was so excited so we made the appointments for the next six months; we also played around with the design and fabrics and I loved every minute of the process. Sonia used the most stunning imported delicate fabrics from France and Italy for my wedding dress and she made me feel like a princess every time I went in for my next fitting. I remember walking in to meet her for the first time and  I said “I want my future husband to see me walk down the aisle and say WOW”  – and he did! More than that, so did all our guests.


My beautiful make-up was done by Ellie Makeup whilst my hair was styled by Sharah at Harlen Hair Melbourne; they were both so amazing!



Our Greek Orthodox Ceremony was held at St John the Baptist in Lygon Street Carlton. I was a traditional 20 minutes late to the church accompanied by my Maid of Honour and nieces and nephews who stole the show!





After the ceremony and family photographs, Paul and I together with our bridal party headed in the city with our photographer, Dezine by Mauro, for photographs and a sneaky drink at Bond Melbourne before heading to the River Room at Crown to celebrate the night away.





We invited just over 200 guests and the venue was the perfect size. My theme for the reception was elegance; the River Room is already very beautiful with the most stunning views of Melbourne and the Crown Casino flames that light up the city every hour so there wasn’t much I had to do to the room to make it look pretty.



I asked Melbourne stylists Epifani Design and Events to set up a candy station for everyone to enjoy. I wanted our wedding to be fun and I think everyone had a great time filling up their boxes with candy.


The night was more than perfect with dancing and Paul’s speech, which blew everyone away with not a dry eye in the room. As well as my first dance with Paul, I danced the most breathtaking dance with my father and brother to a Greek song called “Our Princess”.



Once the night was over, we jetted off to Europe for a nine week honeymoon which included Dubai, Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Greece, Turkey and London. It was a trip of a lifetime for us both – and a wonderful way to celebrate our dream wedding day.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Fanoula and Paul; your winter wedding celebrations set against the sparkling night sky were perfect!

Bride’s Dress: Cappellazzo Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Engagement Ring: Paul Bram / Photographer: Dezine by Mauro / Makeup Artist: Ellie Makeup / Hairstylist: Sharah - Harlen Hair Melbourne / Flowers & Decor: Bouquet Melbourne / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Reception Venue: River Room at Crown / Candy Station and Photo Station: Epifani Design & Events / LOVE Sign: The Three Piece Suit / Cake Baker: Splendid Servings / Maid of Honour's Dress: Duchess Boutique / Flower Girl and Page Boy Outfits: Princess Boutique / Transport: Always Classic Cars / Videographer: Wedding Movies

The Best of Polka Dot Weddings 2015

by | Blog News, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

From modern chic and timeless glamour to city luxe and beachside fun, this year we have featured your stories, experiences and emotions. As we get set for another year of love and romance in 2016, here’s our list of some of our favourite Polka Dot Weddings from this year!

1.Flower Filled Black Tie Wedding

In a showstopping J’Aton gown, Amy and Andrew’s wedding was stunning from start to finish! 

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2.Adriana and Arden’s Dreamy Sunset Palm Beach Boathouse Wedding

This beach-chic themed wedding took our breath away; every detail was divine!

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3. Joel and Gayle’s Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

With one of our favourite images of the year, this wedding was filled with lots of handmade touches made by Gayle and her friends!

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4. Carly and Mark’s Spring Winery Wedding

Capturing the essence of spring, this wedding was beautifully romantic and soft!

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5. Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

With timeless style and beautiful imagery, this wedding followed a glamorous colour palette of white, pink and navy.

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6. Justina and Wesley’s ‘New York Chic’ Wedding

Justina and Wes’ romantic wedding included many beautiful details to remind the couple of the spectacular city where their engagement started!

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7. Kate and Kent’s Sentimental Log Cabin Ranch Wedding

Holding their celebrations at the bride’s family home, Kate and Kent’s wedding was all about the things that they treasured!

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8. Hana and Yudy’s DIY Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

Overlooking picturesque hills as the sun set, this heartfelt winery wedding included many special, handmade details.

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9. Candice and Lyndon’s Noosa Beach Wedding

Celebrating with the ocean in the background, this couple’s wedding was their best day ever!

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10. Janice and Ban’s Garden Wonderland Wedding

And last but not all least, our final featured wedding of this year was a pastel dream straight from a fairytale!

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