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Alison and James’ Vintage Flour Factory Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Alison Miller


Alison & James

James and I met as students at the University of Western Australia. We have since moved to Melbourne and have lived here for five years.  In September 2014, for our tenth anniversary, we took a trip to the beautiful One and Only Resort in Hayman Island. We hiked up to the top of the island and James proposed at the look out.

We decided to hold our wedding in Perth, as we have very strong family and friendship ties back there. We saw a few venues but I fell in love with the high, white walls, exposed rafters and historical elements at The Flour Factory.



My gown was a classic ivory crepe sheath from Martina Liana with a very low back, and chapel train. The gown was set off with embellished details including the beaded belt, antique hair piece and old-world jewellery. I didn’t find it until a few months before the wedding; by that time I had already chosen all the other elements, but it suited our wedding perfectly. The final fitting for alterations was the day before I flew from Melbourne to Perth, which cut it very fine, but it fitted like a dream and I felt amazing on the day.





The bridesmaids’ dresses were navy crepe full-length gowns by White by Vera Wang. I loved how elegant and timeless they were, with subtle differences between the two dresses.



We took our photographs before the ceremony around King’s Park and some beautiful buildings, street art and laneways in Perth. I was really happy to do a first look and spend some time with James and our best friends before the ceremony.

Towards the end of the shoot we stumbled upon a tiny underground bar with beautiful black and white photos from the 1940”s and 50’s on the wall. All six of us in the bridal party sat at the bar, had a quick drink and just chatted and laughed. It was such a fun and relaxing way to start our wedding! It just felt like a group of friends having a wonderful time.

James and Alison

James and Alison



James and Alison

James and Alison

James and Alison

I wanted a fun and relaxed country wedding in an urban setting. The wedding theme was rustic, artisanal vintage with a touch of old-world aesthetics. The main colours were navy and white with plenty of greenery, and we opted for a lot of contrasting textures; lush greenery against bare white walls, soft white florals and delicate festoon lighting against the heavy wooden architectural features.

I loved how the festoon lighting cast a really warm glow on everything. We also liked the idea of keeping the ceremony and reception in one location to enhance the flow of the event. Aisle Style set up white wooden benches in the upstairs event space for the ceremony, and then whilst our guests were downstairs for the cocktail hour, they rearranged the room for a cocktail reception.

James and Alison

James and Alison

James and Alison

James and Alison

Ben McCoy from Viva Life Photography was our photographer and we were thrilled with him. He was professional but relaxed, had an amazing eye for detail and made the experience so much fun! He also went out of his way to source incredible locations before the day.







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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Alison and James – what a happy day; I loved your venue and the chic rustic vintage theme!

Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana / Bridesmaid Dresses: White By Vera Wang / Hair and Make-up: Lisa Chester / Wedding Rings: Charles Rose / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Flour Factory / Styling and Flowers: Aisle Style / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Photographer: Viva Photography / Ceremony Officiant: Lucy Brookes Kenworthy / Invitations & Stationery: The Print Fairy

Inspired Words – Erin

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

Bride and groom under Eucalyptus

As Erin looks back on her romantic winery wedding, she remembers how important it was to focus on what she and Manning wanted for their special day.

“The biggest advice I could give when planning for a wedding would be to make sure that as a couple you stay true to who you are. It’s so easy to get caught up in whirlwind of endless possibilities, but if you remember what it is you want to celebrate, and keep the reception a reflection of your personalities, then every decision you make will be the perfect one.”

Bride and groom kissing

Bride in Susan Ogg

Bride with bridesmaids in pale blueBride having hugs psot weddin

Eucalyptus Wedding Bouquet

Melbourne vineyard wedding ceremony

Melissa Cornwall CelebrantMelissa Cornwall Wedding

Susan Ogg bridal Gown

Images by Darin Collison Photography

Alex and Lee’s Fun April Fool’s Day Wedfest!

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,




Alex and Lee

Lee proposed to me on a bridge overlooking a waterfall that leads to a secluded gully filled with platypus in a rainforest in the Atherton Tablelands. Lee chose the idyllic spot because it was the first place I took him when he visited my home. This spot is very meaningful to me –  as it was the place I ‘escaped to’ when I was growing up. I could not think of a more beautiful and perfect place for him to propose.


We celebrated our wedding day by staging “WedFest 2016”, a celebration of our love, in of course our own quirky way. It was held on April Fool’s Day, so of course it was a day full of laughter, love, fun times and a celebration of our togetherness!

I purchased my stunning Pronovias Barcelona dress from Luv Bridal; it was a princess-style design in satin with V-neck bodice which gathered at the bust. It featured a draped sash to the waist. and had a pleated skirt with side pockets. My hair and make up were done by Arvie Salon and my beautiful flowers were designed by Nine Blooms.




We decided on a ‘first look’ prior to our ceremony. We kept it quite private with only our best man and maid of honour in attendance.





We decided to only have a maid of honour and a best man. No bridesmaids or groomsmen. Not only did this keep costs down and reduce the complexity of the proceedings but it also helped us to side step potential issues about who we would have (and not have) chosen to be groomsmen and bridesmaids. The first look also enabled us to have some spectacular photos taken around Lake Eacham – a beautiful part of the Tablelands!






Our ceremony took place at the award winning Mt Quincan Crater Retreat – a romantic rain forest isolation on the slopes of an extinct volcano which boasts magnificent views of the crater and the Atherton Tablelands.




Before our reception at my parents’ house we had some amazing photographs taken by Blue Sky Photography.






My parents’ house is so meaningful to Lee and me and it’s also naturally beautiful being situated in amongst the rainforest.  It also gave us the added bonus of being free to style our reception in our own unique way.  And so, we decided on ‘Wedfest’ – a music festival inspired wedding with a Mexican flavour!





Lee even purchased a pair of bright blue and pink ‘flamingo’ socks for himself and his best man – which matched back to the Flamingo Bar!


The wedding cake was a two-tiered Turkish delight chocolate mud-cake with real Turkish delight pieces added throughout. It also boasted custom made ‘graffiti street art.’ Suffice to say, it, along with rest of our fun wedding day, was a massive hit!!







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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Alex and Lee – your ‘Wedfest’ theme looked like so much fun!

Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Luv Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Arvie Salon / Flowers: Nine Blooms / Ceremony Venue: Mt Quincan Crater Retreat / Reception Venue: Private Property / Photographer: Blue Sky Photography
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