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Sigrid & Blake’s Elegant Maleny Manor Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Sigrid Davis


Sigrid & Blake

Our engagement was quite a surprise! Blake told me we were travelling to see our parents one weekend so my bags were packed and ready to go. When we go into the car, Blake put a blindfold on me and drove me to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park. For anyone who knows this location, they know the drive there is very steep and I felt so sick when we had only arrived at the bottom of the mountain! Blake let me take my blindfold off and it was another 20 minute drive up the range.

At this point he said that he had organised a weekend away, which I though was so romantic of him. I didn’t think anything of a proposal at this stage because Blake’s grandparents own one of the tree houses in this retreat so we have been lucky enough to stay here before as guests of the family. On the drive up, Blake took a phone call from someone saying that ‘we were running ten minutes late’ which I thought was weird because it was early in the morning so we couldn’t be running late for check in.

Once we got to the top, Blake pulled into the luxury spa sanctuary that we had never been to before. At this point I thought he was being so thoughtful because I had just come off night duty (I’m a nurse) and he wanted me to relax. We had a couple’s massage inside a beautiful room that overlooked the entire hinterland. After the massage Blake said we are going on a bushwalk. As we started to trek I noticed the name of the bushwalk was called ‘The Wishing Tree’. After we had been walking for approximately 15 minutes, we arrived at this beautiful old overgrown tree whose roots were so large you could stand up in between them.


Blake asked me to close my eyes and make a wish. At this point, like any girl would, I wished for Blake to propose to me…but he didn’t. I opened my eyes and he placed in my hand a love heart rock that we had found when we were on the school camp together in Year 11 (when we met). Yes, I cried when I saw it! Then we headed back up to the tree house to get dressed for dinner. When we were ready, Blake told me to go into the lounge room and watch a video on the Ipad on the kitchen table. There were tea light candles all over the table and the sun was setting outside. The video started with photos of when we first met all the way up until the day before the proposal. He had chosen our favorite songs as background music. At the end it said..”We have made so many beautiful memories together and I am ready to make a lifetime more… turn around”. And there he was standing in a circle of tea light candles down on one knee. After his beautiful proposal we celebrated with a beautiful dinner at the guesthouse lodge.

And then it was time to start planning our wedding! My dress was from Karen Willis Holmes. It was from her bespoke collection and was called the ‘Lucinda’ gown. My experience at Karen Willis Holmes was perfect. I was made to feel like I was the only one who fitted the dress like a princess. I was obsessed with the exquisite French lace peplum feature just under the bust line. The fabric was heavy and luxurious, but so soft.


I had always pictured myself in a big puffy princess gown but once I had tried on this dress and realised that shorter people like myself could wear slim fitting dresses, I fell in love! My husband did not expect this at all and was so amazed by the dress. I also wore the single tier, long glimmer circle veil from Karen Willis Holmes.


My Nana’s brooch which has two pearls and a ruby (my birthstone) was my ‘something old’; my Karen Willis Holmes earrings were ‘something new’ and Mum lent me her Chanel Coco Noir Perfume for ‘something borrowed’. A little blue bow on the back of my gown made up the ‘something blue’.



My makeup was done by a friend and Elyse Minatel at EH Studios did my hair; they both did such a wonderful job!



Blake designed my engagement ring through a company called James Allen in America. It was exactly what I had always dreamed of!


The theme for our wedding was fresh flowers. All I wanted was to be surrounded but the most beautiful fresh flowers and to be able to breathe in that crisp moist smell of the hinterland. Our florist, Mondo Floral Designs, was amazing! I wanted everything to have elegance as well as bringing out the purity of white; I added a pop of colour for freshness. After our wedding, we donated all the flowers to a local nursing home to bring the same amount of joy the flowers gave us on our wedding day.


Maleny Manor was the perfect venue – it is a pure white cottage building surrounded by vineyards and beautiful blooming foliage. I didn’t have much to do to make things beautiful!






I had vases of fresh seasonal flowers all carrying through the soft pastel colours. Our cake from Eden Cakes & Cupcakes looked so pretty, and decorated with fresh flowers, it matched back to our theme perfectly!





Blake and I asked out bridal party to be a part of our wedding in different ways. Blake made small packages of scotch glasses with mini scotch bottles and stone ice cubes, all wrapped in white with a black bow tie; he presented these to his friends as he asked them to be his groomsmen.

I asked all my party seperately also but through individualized little packages that meant something to each of them. For example, my sister Kristy lives in Canada and I made her a video of all her Australian friends and family saying they missed her and couldn’t wait to see her when she came home to Australia for my wedding. At the end of the film, I was holding a big poster asking if she would be my bridesmaid. I sent that in a package with a beautiful handmade card and a letter asking her if she would.

Our bridal party was amazing and so helpful on the day. It honestly makes such a difference if you are surrounded by people who don’t care about themselves but are there to make sure you have the best day possible!



Our beautiful photographs were taken by Calli B Photography; Calli captured everything we wanted to keep for a lifetime of memories.






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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Sigrid and Blake; what a beautiful day spent with loved ones; your flower theme suited the picturesque backdrop perfectly!

Bride's Dress and Veil: Karen Willis Holmes / Hairstylist: EH Studios / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Maleny Manor / Flowers & Decor: Mondo Floral Designs / Cake and Favours: Eden Cakes and Cupcakes / Photographer: Calli B Photography / Videographer: BXCSMXTH / Music: Marty Sima / MC: Ethank Clissold / Celebrant: Bill Scurry / Invitations & Stationery: Paperi & Co.

Sonia and Marty’s Classic Melbourne Beachside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Sonia Camilleri

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We both knew that the connection was instant from our very first date when I travelled to country Victoria to see him. From there, we commuted back and forth, until realizing that we were meant for each other! Marty made the move down to Melbourne and we moved into our first apartment together.

After Marty proposed the following year, we planned our wedding close to our home that we loved in St Kilda, at the beautiful iconic Little Blue Restaurant at the end of the picturesque St Kilda Pier. We wanted small and intimate, with a setting that would speak for itself – which Little Blue provided in the spring. Little did we know that we would end up postponing our wedding plans until 2015, after I fell pregnant with our son.

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I had a very clear idea of my dress right from the start. I didn’t want big or overdone, that wasn’t me at all. I wanted modern, but classic, romantic even, just like my solitaire diamond from Tiffany & Co., which Marty proposed with.

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I tried on one dress in one store, and knew it was the one. A beautiful, drapey off white silk gown from Carla Zampatti that was just perfect. I then chose my flowers around the Grecian nature of the dress, with neutral tones being the look I wanted. My bouquet was a posy of beautiful roses, laced with olive leaf, silver suede and baby’s breath. To match, my florist Dani, at Da Bloom, made me a delicate floral crown instead of a veil, from olive leaf and baby’s breath.

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We spent the weekend at The Prince Hotel in St Kilda; it is so sentimental to Marty and me and we booked the executive suite so that our whole bridal party could get ready there and we could get some great photos. My twin sisters, who were both pregnant at the time, and my brothers in law made up our small bridal party. Like any modern bride, my bridesmaids wore black dresses with neutral heels.

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Carla from Carla Rae Makeup is an old work friend of mine, and knowing how great she is, I had secured her to do our makeup. Because all of my styling was so simple, we went for a beautiful pop of pink on my lips, whilst my sisters had soft, glowing neutral makeup which Carla was just fantastic with.

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Who do you choose to photograph one of the biggest days of your life? For us, this decision was so easy. Zaharoula at Zedphotography is a family friend and amazing at her job, and had photographed my sister’s wedding, our pregnancy, and our newborn shoots – so our trust in her to capture our day the way I wanted was unmeasurable. With the help of her assistant Mike, we captured the most beautiful candid images, with our son and family around our hotel and South Melbourne.

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She bought out the best in my husband who hates photos and got those shots that you just want to remember forever. We definitely turned some heads as we had some photographs taken at Georgie’s Harvest, one of the market stall holders, with a lot of people stopping to look at us in such an unusual setting. The photo from there is one of my favourites.

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Our intimate ceremony was conducted by the very talented Sally Hughes, whom we just adored. She had been working with us from the year before before we changed the dates, and the ceremony was so perfect! Her words were so engaging and by the time we recited our vows, which we wrote ourselves but didn’t share until the day, there were tears not just from us but from some of the guests too!

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My father walked me down the aisle to a piano version of “A Thousand Years” before giving me away. Sally’s attention to our story, and her telling of it was so memorable, and what she puts in, like speaking to all the guests, seating special guests and talking behind the scenes to our bridal party were just above and beyond our expectations. The best part was when she had already given instructions to the guests to repeat after her in pronouncing us husband and wife. It was such a great touch and got everyone excited and involved in our ceremony before we signed our certificates.

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We then got a great group photo with the water and city skyline as our backdrop out on the pier and went straight into the canapé entrees, out on the decking and inside the venue.

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We didn’t want to go overboard with decorations, as the venue was in such an amazing location – right on the water, that we let it speak for itself. With the help of some white lanterns inside, fairy lights out on the deck, candles everywhere and some beautiful olive and baby’s breath garlands by our florist, it was simple and classic, exactly how I wanted.

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The venue was such a perfect setting for a spring wedding. We had the most perfect sunny day with a gorgeous sunset right on the water with the city in the background. It was very relaxed and romantic. We had an array of delicious canapé entrees and desserts, along with a sit down main meal – so that for most of the night people were free to roam around and mingle with one another. We cut our tiered orange and almond flourless cake, made by the beautiful girls at Cake Ink, to John Legends “All Of Me” played by our  DJ, DJ Kwenda. He was amazing at getting everyone up dancing and having a great time.

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For the final song of the evening he gathered everyone into a circle so that Marty and I could go around and thank everyone individually. We gave our guests beautiful vanilla bean cookie pop favours made by the talented Treats for Evie, before the night came to an end.

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I had never believed it before when people say your wedding day goes so fast, but it certainly did! It was such a memorable whirlwind for us from start to finish!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Sonia and Marty; such a beautiful wedding with so many sentimental touches that were important to you.

Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Brides Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Makeup Artist: Carla Rae Makeup Artist / Grooms Suit: Country Road / Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss / Grooms Rings:: Georg Jensen / Photographer: Zedphotography / Flowers & Decor: Da Bloom / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Little Blue / Ceremony Officiant: Sally Hughes / Cake and Stationery: Cake Ink / Entertainment: IDJS Entertainment / Favors: Treats For Evie

Inspired Words – Eilish

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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Starting the planning early and not making rushed decisions really helped Eilish enjoy her day as she remembers her 1920’s inspired romantic wedding.

“We started planning super early in order to not let the experience become stressful or unenjoyable. It was the best decision we made and allowed us to take the time to ensure we had everything just right!”

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Images by Welsch Photography

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