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Inspired Words – Bree

by | Inspired Words, Weddings

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Ms Herringbone
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Have you started to list the priorities or “must-have’s” for your big day? Are food and wine the big winners for you? Or perhaps the music is the clincher? For Bride Bree, she shares her advice on what she wishes she’d chosen for her Relaxed Oceanside Wedding to Paul. Maybe this will ring true with you?

“Take in and enjoy every moment because it goes so quick. Get a cinematographer – I didn’t, however, all I wish is that I could re-live the best day of our lives over again and again”

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Images by Ming Nomchong

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Frances and Aaron’s White and Yellow Winter Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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Aaron and Frances

Aaron and I wanted to hold our wedding date as close to our anniversary date so it wouldn’t be hard for him to remember the date. And who couldn’t remember the first day of winter?

We met whilst working at Burswood Entertainment Complex (now Crown Perth) in the marketing department. I was a Marketing Executive and he was a Graphic Designer. I briefed work into him so technically he worked for me but he didn’t see it that way. As with most relationships we started off as friends but as we grew closer, we found that there were stronger feelings. As Aaron and I are both in the marketing industry and extremely creative a lot of love and thought went into the tiniest details of our wedding. I originally wanted a Vera Wang gown but instead chose to have a dress created and designed for me. That’s when I went to Kevin Raphael at Galleria Couture. From the moment I met him, I knew he was the one to help me. He was honest, straightforward and fabulous. We decided that I would have three looks for the day; one for the ceremony, one for the reception and one for the celebratory part of the evening. I love bows and we made sure they were incorporated into the design. The dress itself is a mermaid style gown with a removable train which made it look like a princess gown but you could still see my figure through the fabric. For the reception, I changed to a black sash and bow to add a touch of me and removed the train for the dance.  Bows were also featured on my bridal shoes which were Alan Pinkus.

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My makeup was done by the amazing Kassy Wong from Creations by Kassy. She and her team also did the makeup and hair for all of my bridesmaids. My hair was constructed by Abby from Toni & Guy Perth Central. Jude McEwen originally was my stylist for the day but she had literally given birth to her first child a week before but Abby was more than capable. I gave all of my bridesmaids and my bridesman a present for all their help leading up to the day as well as all they will need to go through on the day. They each got their favourite perfume or cologne, a knot bracelet with a note saying “thanks for helping us tie the knot” and the girls all got a Hello Kitty bathrobe because I adore Hello Kitty.

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Magic by Design created the bouquets for myself the bridal party as well as the centrepieces for the wedding reception. The flowers I chose were tulips as they are simple and gorgeous.

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Each piece of stationery was personally designed by Aaron James Design and myself and maintained our colour theme of black, white and yellow (my favourite colours) with the style of simple elegance. We had custom stamps made which featured our Shiba Inu, Samurai (Sammi) who also featured in our wedding photos. Aaron designed our letterpress invitations which were printed by Whiteman Park Print Shop. I work extensively in events management so the organisation of this wedding was easy for me. I knew what I wanted and how I wanted it in less than a month and this was all arranged easily.

Aaron’s cuff links for the day were jigsaw pieces as Aaron always said that when he hugged me, we fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Jigsaw pieces were featured subtly throughout our whole wedding. I also bought him a pair of socks so he “didn’t get cold feet”. He wore his Tag Heuer watch that I gave him as an engagement present. The groomsmen all received a Sekonda watch picked by Aaron as well as groomsmen socks and pins which they all wore proudly on the day.

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We arranged our transport for the day through Bellagio Limousines. As we had such a large bridal party, we had two white Chrysler limousines for the bridal party. My father and I rode in a Classic Vintage 1956 Bentley S as I felt he would keep me calm before arriving at the church. And he did.

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We chose to be married at St Michael the Archangel Chapel in West Leederville as it was simply beautiful inside and out. And the light would shine through the windows just right at the time of our wedding which was 1:30pm. I walked down the aisle to Eva Cassidy’s Songbird played by a string quartet supplied by Dolce Ensembles and sung by Sam Nafie. My father was the first man I ever loved and it meant the world to me to have him walk me down the aisle and give me away to the man of my dreams. I was quite nervous walking down but as soon as I saw Aaron I could not stop smiling.

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Our photographers were simply amazing. Stef from Off the Market is one my good friends so he knew my style and also shared my vision of how the day should be photographed. Stef and Jad captured every moment perfectly and even some we don’t remember happening. We were allowed to be who we were and weren’t asked to do awkward poses or anything too rehearsed. Our wedding day was also captured by Michael Jepsen at Inception Video. Our photos were taken at the University of Western Australia because we felt it had the architectural backgrounds we desired as well as the greenery and trees. The yellow balloons were my idea and I feel like they added that something extra to our photos.

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I also could not celebrate my wedding with my beloved dog Samurai (Sammi). I found him a little collar and bow tie online and was very grateful to our friend who was able to pick him up and drop him off for the photos.

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We had a large bridal party, fourteen all up. We love them all.

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Prior to entering the wedding reception, our bridal party heading up to our suite at Crown Perth to relax. Aaron and I held our reception at Astral One in Crown Perth. For us, it was the only place we could celebrate our wedding as it was the place we met. The menu was specifically tailored for us by Executive Sous Chef Sean Marco and it was just amazing. Drinks were flowing all night and the service by the staff at Crown was fantastic. The bridesmaid posies were placed in vases on the bridal table and each centrepiece contained yellow tulips and sliced lemons at the bottom of the vase.

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We asked our guests to “leaf” their fingerprint as a form of guest book although we also had a Vera Wang guestbook if they wanted to leave us a special message.  Cupcake Chic fulfilled my dream for the perfect wedding cake. A jigsaw bride and groom were hand crafted as the cake toppers as well as individual bride and groom cupcakes. The cutting cake had a hint of yellow with the ribbon at the bottom.

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The bonbonnieres were handmade chocolates by Sue Lewis artisan chocolatier. Aaron and I chose our favourite flavours; sea salted caramel and kalamansi lime. The kalaminsi represented by Filipino heritage and well Aaron and I just adore sea salted caramel anything. The bonbonnieres were also used as place cards with each guests name personally written in calligraphy by the bride. We had a photobooth on the night which was kindly given to us as a wedding present by close friend of mine. Kiss Photobooths provided fun moments for our guests and was enjoyed by all. Our speeches were done early in the evening as we wanted to get the formalities out of the way so we could enjoy our night together. We spoke separately with me finishing. We both acknowledged each other’s families and our love for our close friends. I spoke especially about the relationship with my Dad. I was told that we made a lot of people cry that night.

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My father and I danced to Sarah MachLachlan’s rendition of “The Rainbow Connection” for the father daughter dance. It is a song very dear to me and my father and it was quite emotional for me but he constantly made me laugh throughout it. Our first dance was amazing. Aaron and I went to Daele Fraser for lessons and she choreographed a routine especially for us. We danced to Lemar’s rendition of “Let’s Stay Together”.

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And then we danced the night away!

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Photography by Off the Market

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Ms Gingham says: Oh that little pooch has just stolen my heart! Gorgeous images!

Frances says: “I am a perfectionist at heart and extremely organised so the planning and implementation of my wedding day came easy to me. It also helps that my professional work is a marketing and business development consultant whereby 70% of my work is events management.”

Photographer: Off the Market / Bride’s Dress: Galleria Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Makeup Artist: Creations By Kassy / Hairstylist: Toni & Guy Perth Central / Flowers: Magic By Design / Invitations & Stationery: Aaron James Design / Transport: Bellagio Limousines / String Quartet: Dolce Ensembles / Videographer: Inception Video / Cake Baker: Cupcake Chic / Favors: Sue Lewis Chocolate / Photobooth: Kiss Photobooths

A Country Engagement Shoot

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings

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Ms Ella
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Ben and Ella

Four years and 3 kids after starting our romance, my prince proposed! Ben and I met late 2008 through a mutual friend at our local Irish pub. A few months after our ‘friendship’ had more than blossomed; I sent him a text message on Feb 7th 2009 saying “okay, you can be my boyfriend” or something of the sort anyway… in 2012 with two kids and one on the way I didn’t actually expect a proposal any time soon, though as any girl would, I dreamed of one. Christmas Day I opened a beautifully wrapped little present under our tree. In it was a ring to go on my left finger that came with the promise of 2013 being a year “for us”.

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Needless to say I was quite excited for the New Year! At the very start of the year I woke to find our child’s blackboard written all over. Ben had left for work but, not before leaving me a message to say that this proposal was not going to be a quick process. He had planned it all! He had said 2013 would be the year we got engaged.. and he had me thinking he was going to use all the time he had at his disposal. He was going to leave me little clues and puzzles along the way. Ben had never sent me anything in the mail but first there was a love letter in the mail. Next, Ben had filled the roof with hanging bits of card (much like the flying keys scene in Harry Potter) that gave me a website to go to “www.benandella.com” which at the time was set up with a clock ticking over. Just in case I didn’t know how long I had been waiting. I now had this little clock to remind me!

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Over the first couple of months Ben left lots of little love notes and hints to the big day and reminders of our past together. A full list of the surprises are on our couples site mentioned before for those interested! Finally, March hit! Ben needed to get more creative. I awoke to find my son had somehow changed during the night into a new t-shirt. The front read “Daddy told me a secret. shhh! Don’t tell him I told you.” The back read “He has something sparkly for you.” Gee.. I wonder what that could mean! On March 9th 2013 It all finally happened. Ben had me believing we were off for a normal day visiting and shopping. We stopped into Warrandyte (Vic) to take a walk along the Yarra. Warrandyte is a very important place to us. At a certain point Ben ran ahead to “check the traffic” a poor excuse I should have seen straight through.

After a bit of waiting and getting slightly antsy; A friend of Ben’s started to walk towards me holding a CD player. He set it down beside where I was waiting and pressed play. The tears started at that point! The song we had already picked out for our first dance was playing. I looked around and saw Ben walking towards me with a new change of clothes and a massive bouquet of 30 pink roses in all shades. He got down on 1 knee and people stopped walking by to watch the show. I cried, he pretended he wasn’t and I said yes! He even had another friend in the background taking pictures of the moment. It wasn’t until a good 10 minutes later I realised I hadn’t even looked at the ring yet! He had also arranged for both of our parents to be waiting at a point in Warrandyte that is my favourite place on earth. I was so happy to see them and share the moment with them! We all went off to the pub for a huge lunch. We are now planning a beautifully rustic country wedding at Gum Gully Farm in Silvan Vic. Feb 7th we will hopefully be married under a canopy of kiwi vines and have everyone we love there to clap and cheer! Our photographer, Mike Semple, captures the beauty of a moment so perfectly and we cant wait to see what magic he can work on the big day. We really wanted to capture the spirit of our wedding in our country engagement photos and he was just simply spot on.

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful story. I can’t wait to see how the wedding all comes together!

Ella says: I’m a 24 year old mum of 2 beautiful boys. Obviously engaged icon smile A Country Engagement Shoot Dreaming of going to pastry school and running my own little boutique patisserie.

 

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