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Cathleen’s Glamorous Engagement Party

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings


The best proposals are the unexpected, super sneaky and so surprised you jump out of your chair kind. My beautiful fiance did just that! We have been together for nearly 4 years and I knew he was the one from the very start. We get asked all the time when will we tie the knot and of course we talk about it all the time. Well, mainly me… I can’t help it when I see beautiful brides every day.

In June this year, he popped the question at the picturesque Yarra Valley. It was the biggest surprise as I had booked the trip not for a romantic getaway but more to relax from the busy weeks I’ve been having. He said the ring was in his pocket the whole day, and he surprised me in the morning at the balcony overlooking the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. I was so in shock, I kept asking if he was serious. And then I saw the ring, OH MY! It was unique, art deco inspired, and it was so me! I was prepared to marry him with a plastic ring if I had to but that just topped it off. Of course I said YES!

Being in the bridal industry, it has its perks. I have so many lovely friends that are super happy to help. In September, we decided to host our engagement party at my yet to open new boutique in Elsternwick. I wanted a fun event with lots of dancing and laughing, and we did just that! Eliska from Ruffles and Bells events planning is a dear friend of mine and she transformed my space into a stylish party central.

The food was home made by my dad and my fiance’s mum and sister. Dessert was by a talented pastry chef who happens to be a good friend too.

I was incredibly lucky to have everyone come and celebrate our engagement. It was the best ever, we both had so much fun! I missed it for weeks after it, I wanted to do it again. Well I guess I’ll just have to wait until the wedding.

Images by Qlix Photography

Dress – Cathleen Jia | Hair- My fiance (he is a talented hair dresser and freelance interior designer, I know I’m very lucky) | Styling- Ruffles and Bells | Flowers- Lulu bird

Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful party! It looks like you all had an absolute ball! Thanks for sharing your story Cathleen!

About Cathleen Jia – Cathleen Jia is a Melbourne bridal designer. Cathleen’s vision and talent has evolved into a luxury bridal brand, specialising in unique made to measure bridal gowns, ready to wear evening dresses and beautifully hand crafted accessories.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

by | Bridal Fashion, Weddings


Carla of Made With Love
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My husband Joshy and I recently did a photoshoot at Boomerang Farm on the Gold Coast in our new Maddy Dress. We became husband and wife at this unique location and wanted to take a trip down memory lane.

Joshy and I met in our first year at University in the library. We were both 17 years old and I thought he was so cute (baby cute, not hot cute haha). He apparently had a crush on me but I just thought he was the funniest guy I had ever met. I remember getting dirty looks from the Uni Students when I could not stop laughing in the library from all his hysterical stories. Joshy was tall, skinny, had a mop of curly hair and had braces at the time, I was way too cool for him!! That is until I met him 4 years ago and how things had changed… Joshy had bulked up, shaved his head and I literally drooled when I saw him at 3 beans in Broadbeach, Gold Coast! The rest is history.

Joshua’s side of the story: “I met Carla at University. We weren’t studying the same course but we had a mutual friend and shared the same study area in the library. I don’t know why I ever took books to study, all I did was try to impress Carla. Once she left for class I would go home straight away.”

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We had only been dating for a few months and he introduced me to his family at Byron Bay for a camping trip. (Yes camping, I nearly made an excuse so I didn’t have to sleep in a tent). We took a walk to the light house and I just remember feeling so comfortable with him and I just knew in my heart that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He has the kindest soul.

Joshua’s side of the story: “We were in Carla’s small flat (it was literally the size of car) and we felt so at ease with each other, so happy and most importantly made each other laugh so much. In that exact moment, I knew I wanted to marry this girl.”

Joshy will often turn off all technology in our house and just take me out on a date. Running your own business consumes you. It’s so refreshing when he takes me away from this for just a couple of hours and it just reminds me why I love him so much. He is the most thoughtful person. He always surprises me. I always try to have the house clean, cook him a meal (I am the worst cook so I am really trying here, Mum even gave me some lessons the other day). Quality time is the big one for us.

Joshua’s side of the story: “Due to my work commitments, I wake up hours before Carla every day except Sunday. I set my alarm 5 minutes early so that I can snuggle with her before I get up. I won’t leave the bed without giving her a kiss. As a couple we have date night every Tuesday. This night is sacred and we never miss it. It’s purely time for Carla and I to spend time with each other without anybody else. Mobile phones are banned from date night! We also show our love through other different ways, such as who turns the light off out in the hallway even though we’re both cosy in bed haha. Quite often I love Carla more when it comes to those things.

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I love Joshy’s smile, his eyes and how he ALWAYS thinks about everyone except himself. I love the way he treats my friends and family. The way my friends love him and just want a ‘Joshy twin’.

Joshua’s side of the story: “Carla has the best laugh in the world. Even if she’s laughing at my expense, if I hear that belly roar laughter she possesses nothing makes me happier. On a more serious note Carla has inspired me recently to work towards my own personal goals. She’s been really supportive of me which is something I really appreciate.”

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Images by Glass Slipper Photography

Ms Gingham says: You make a stunning couple Carla and Joshy! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and story and congratulations on the creation of such a beautiful bridal gown!

About Made With Love Bridal: Made with Love is an online boutique designer and seller of beautiful, affordable wedding dresses. We make dresses to fit you perfectly and deliver world-wide free of charge to your doorstep!

Katherine’s Pink and White Kitchen Tea

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings


Katherine Davis Photography

My mother and I hosted my bridal shower. We choose to hold it 3 weeks before the wedding on the 16th of August because it was also my 25th birthday. I wanted a small party and because I live in a country town (Bendigo) and there weren’t many venues to choose from, I decided to have it at home.

We set up my house with a candy buffet. The buffet I found on the side of the road abandoned! With a sand and a fresh coat of white paint it turned into a beautiful vintage style buffet! I placed my cake in the middle with lolly jars surrounding it. I chose to go with a pink and white kitchen tea theme as they were also the colours of my wedding and to give the girls a little teaser of my wedding!

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My mum had been collecting doilies for months and months to use them at my wedding. One night when she came over to show me her progress of turning them into vintage style banners. We came up with the idea of hanging them from the room. On the day, when putting them up, it really gave a girly vintage theme to my dining room.

The guests arrived just after lunch, got into the bubbles and started off with a game. The game was ‘Guess Katherine’s Age’. I had gathered some photos from my childhood, put them in frames and gave them all a number. Everyone had fun guessing my age and it was a great way to get everyone mingling.

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My mother made slices that are family recipes, we also had cupcakes, meat pies, dim sims and a platter of dips, cheese, cabana etc. I also made my own lemonade, alcoholic and non alcoholic and had champagne as well.

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After a few games, some drinks and nibbles we played a ‘pass the parcel’ game. This is a game played at every party my family hosts, however we put a little spin on it! My party was a quiet afternoon tea so we surprised the guests by putting some naughty x rated things in there to unwrap every time the music stop. It was a real hit! Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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My bridal party was perfect for a low key bride-to-be like me. I wanted to plan the party on a budget (but still have something nice and classy). It was also a great opportunity to get another use out of the candy buffet that I would be using at my wedding.

Images by Katherine Davis

Ms Gingham says: What a treasure you found on the side of the road Katherine! That candy buffet has come up and absolute treat!!

About Katherine: Hi, My names Katherine Davis I am recently married, residing in Bendigo but traveling all across Central Victoria to your wedding. Whether you’re 10 minutes away or 4 hours, I will travel to you!

Cake Baker: Cake Walk / Photographer: Katherine Davis
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