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Branka and Adam’s Perth Waterside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Branka Panici


Branka & Adam

Our love story is by no means perfect. Each chapter of our lives has had its ups and downs but will never conclude without the two of us hand in hand, smiling. It began with a proposal under the stars in Dubai, leading to wedding day that began with rain but ended with a rainbow!




We met by chance at a time in our lives where neither of us were looking for any kind of commitment and when each of us had future travel plans. Adam was setting off to Greece just a few weeks in and I was off to the USA for six weeks not long after. But the love which grew between us almost instantaneously meant that no distance or individual plans could keep us from making a commitment to each other which four years on led to us become husband and wife.




We had an unplugged intimate wedding (well as intimate as an Italian and Serbian couple can have hehehe!) at St Mary’s in Leederville. I must admit I wasn’t fond of the idea of marrying in a church as I am not very religious but looking back on the day and our exchanging of vows was such a sacred moment which was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! I even allowed a tear to drop from my eye.




I wore a Pallas Couture wedding gown. One which I saw in a magazine not long after we got engaged that I lusted over for months on end as my budget was not quite as high as the asking price of the gown. However, after countless disappointing dress try ons and never-ending bridal stores my Dad (bless him) sat me down and said “it’s not often that you get to see your only daughter get married. I want my girl to feel as beautiful as I think she is, no price tag should ever be able to take that away from her.” I will never forget the joy, excitement and appreciation I felt in that moment. Needless to say the dress was a dream come true, pure perfection and one in which I felt like an absolute princess, just like every girl should.



Every one of our suppliers did an incredible job but our photographer Angela Higgins stole our hearts like no other. From the first conversation to the very last, she made us feel comfortable which allowed us to be ourselves and to express the love we share for each other in front of her.





Our reception was held at Acqua Viva. As we wanted an intimate wedding, we felt that there was something about a venue on the water which had a soothing feel to it. The venue held up to 120 people which for us was perfect as we didn’t want to have anywhere near as many (even though we ended up with just under 100 guests) and it meant that the room wouldn’t feel empty. It was everything we wanted and we are so glad that we chose it as the staff and service were impeccable – we had so many positive comments from our guests.






The speech which touched my heart, and I believe it did the same for most of our guests too, was Adam’s. Never had I known him to be able to write anything as beautiful, nor did I ever believe that he could express such kind and loving words for me publicly.




Our wedding day was everything we ever wanted and more! But what no one tells you is that THE BEST part is the ride home where you get to enjoy being in each other’s arms. Whilst no one is watching, you can reminisce about the blissful memories you created and share each and every second worth of detail that you were not together for.

We will forever be each other’s everything.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Branka and Adam; your pretty soft pink and white colour scheme was so perfect for your intimate waterside celebrations!

Bride’s Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride's Hairstylist: Charlotte Pownall / Bride's Makeup: Renata Jovev Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids' Hairstylist: Simone Restifo / Bridesmaids' Makeup: Teya Tomic / Wedding Rings: Cara Jewellers / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Leederville / Reception Venue: Acqua Viva / Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace / Favours and Stationery: Nestle and Porter / Wedding Cake: De La Rosa Cupcakes / Transport: Bellagio Limousines / DJ: Rob Sharp from Simply Entertainment / Videographer: Orriss Films

Inspired Words – Bec

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

First kiss at country wedding

As Bec looks back on her rustic elegance country wedding, she remembers that when she started thinking about her gorgeous theme and what to include, it was important to start early.

“I know it is easier said than done, but get the preparation done early and go with the flow.”

Bride under veil

Bride in Allure bridal gown

Bride and groom at Yandina Station

Bride at queensland country wedding

Bride at Yandina station reception

First dance at counry wedding

Images by Alan Hughes Photography

Toni and Simon’s Spring Harbourside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,




Toni & Simon

Simon and I like to say that we met through a mutual friend, which we did, but it was during the last act of Future Music Festival in 2007. Needless to say, we weren’t looking our best as it had been raining all day, but love still blossomed!

My beautiful gown was from Lisa Gowing and I chose lovely floaty dresses in a light lilac from Bridesmaids Only for my bridesmaids. We all  got ready at The Langham in the Rocks and we noticed quite suddenly at one point that the suite had become rather smoky. Quite a lot of steam was coming out of one of the hair straighteners, so we immediately opened the balcony doors. A few minutes later, two firemen barged in with the duty manager and general manager, to find my bridesmaids and me in our dressing gowns, informing us that the ‘silent’ smoke alarms had gone off and wanted to know what on earth we were getting up to! Needless to say, we spent the rest of our time having our hair styled outside on the balcony.








Our wedding was the happiest day of our lives! The ceremony was behind the Mosman Rowing Club at the Spit West Reserve, Pearl Bay. It was quite private and away from the main road and cars. Carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers in lilacs and soft pinks from Petal and Pod, I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, played by our String Quartet, Jasmine Strings. My Dad turned 90 this year but he was still able to walk me down the aisle. A few years ago I didn’t think that would be possible. Some of our closest friends live overseas, so it was really special that they made the effort and travelled a huge distance to be there for us.






We wanted to add a special touch to our ceremony (other than Boss, the pug; we love pugs!) Simon’s school friend is a minister – we were hoping that he could marry us, but as he hasn’t been ordained, it wasn’t possible. He was still able to lead the ceremony though, and share some stories of Simon and him growing up. Our lovely celebrant Lisa Parker stepped in when it came to the formal proceedings, but it was nice that Paul was able to participate as much as he did in our ceremony.






We chose Milk and Honey Photography to take our pictures. Anni and George were amazing! As soon as we met Anni, we felt at ease and knew that she would make us feel comfortable on what would be the most important day of our lives. Both photographers were in no way intrusive and both captured some really special moments.









The reception was held across the road at Zest At The Spit, which made it nice and easy for our guests. Laura at Zest was also a pleasure to deal with, and the General Manager Sean ensured everything went flawlessly on the night. The magical setting on the water with fairy lights and hundreds of candles was exactly what we were looking for.





Chloe from Luka Candles created our beautiful favours. We picked two fragrances that we liked and Chloe helped us create small candles in glass jars with cork tops for our guests; she produced stickers using our logo for our candles, which Fine Invitations created.


Our wedding cake was made weeks in advance by Simon’s grandma – it’s a famous Russian cake called ‘Mikado’ which takes a number of days to make. Ever since meeting Simon and being welcomed into his family, I hope and wish for Mikado cake every Christmas! It is easily my favourite cake, and unlike any cake I have ever tasted.


Simon prepared a speech in Russian, especially for his Russian relatives. He practiced and perfected it with a friend who also speaks Russian. Tears of happiness were streaming down his family’s faces!

Our first dance was a lot of fun but very nerve-wracking! We had lessons from Ian at Logan Dance Sydney in Randwick, who was wonderful! We danced to ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations. It incorporated some Latin elements and the ‘Cha Cha’. The thought of doing the rotarie chasse/bunny hops in my stiletto heels gave me the shivers! But thankfully we pulled it off. One minute and 45 seconds into the song, ‘My Girl’ faded and transitioned into a famous Russian song, which sent the crowd roaring with our Russian moves! We danced the night away to music from The White Tree – it was a wonderful day!



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Toni and Simon; such a wonderfully happy day that included so many heartfelt sentiments – the Mikado cake looks so delicious!

Bride’s Dress: Lisa Gowing / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Ceremony Officiant: Lisa Parker / Ceremony Venue: Spit West Reserve, Pearl Bay / Favors: Luka Candles / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Pod / Archway at Ceremony: Elements For Hire / Groom’s Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Invitations & Stationery: Fine Invitations / Photographer: Milk and Honey Photography / Reception Venue: Zest At The Spit / Band: The White Tree / Transport: HF Wedding Cars
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