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Inspired Words – Dee

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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Gorgeous words of wisdom from Bride Dee after her Geelong Waterside Wedding to Sol.  Perfect words to remember when planning your own day, I couldn’t agree with her more!

“My advice is to not to sweat the small stuff. We found ourselves dwelling on small details and had to constantly remind ourselves that all that matters really is getting married to each other. Also being organised is the key – lists, lists and more lists! If you can, have someone ready to take over in the week leading up to the wedding, whether it be a professional planner, mum or best friend. We enjoyed the week before as much as the wedding; everything was taken care of and we were just relaxed and looking forward to our big day.”

Byron Loves Fawn - Wedding Collection - Dee and Sol (392)

Byron Loves Fawn - Wedding Collection - Dee and Sol (395)

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Byron Loves Fawn - Wedding Collection - Dee and Sol (489)

Byron Loves Fawn - Wedding Collection - Dee and Sol (492)

Images by Byron Loves Fawn.

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Carly and Andy’s Fairytale Forest Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Carly Sahyoun

Carly and Andy

Andy and I went through school together and we knew many of the same people but we had never met until 2009 when a mutual friend introduced us. Andy asked me to add him as a friend on Facebook and that night I did… we started chatting and it only got better.

Andy proposed to me at my favourite restaurant – China Doll in Woolloomooloo. We enjoyed dinner and then whilst we were eating dessert, we were also served a fortune cookie which I opened to read “Will you marry me?” I was hysterical !!! I replied “yes”.

I wore a Steven Khalil strapless nude fully embellished crystal gown with detachable sleeves and a heavily embellished veil. My bridesmaids looked so beautiful in dresses by Yulia Mc Couture. Anthony Ellis did my hair whilst Melissa Sassine perfected my make-up.











Andy wore a custom-made Tom Ford black suit.



With 700 guests, Andy and I were married at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Our stunning stationery was produced by Zed and Bee.









Our reception was held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park  My father is the Director of Waterview and this is why we got married there. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Waterview was built for the purpose of having all our family weddings there and this is what made it so special. It made me feel so proud. Our wedding planner and stylist Jason James Design transformed the space into a modern, sophisticated and avant-garde ‘Fairytale Forest’. Our colour choice was black, gold and white – it was very royal, elegant and modern. We wanted our styling to be unique and this is exactly what Jason delivered – he was amazing!



Guests walked into a statement foyer consisting of gold metal stands and gold mirror plinths intertwined with hundreds of white orchids and foliage, surrounded by custom designed gold leaf trimmed candles.


The extravagant reception consisted of an explosion of white orchids, roses, asparagus fern and gigantic hanging one metre leaves with hundreds of candles softly lighting up the room. A 12 metre wide gold mirror wall was custom-built behind the bridal table, which was adorned with white cascading orchids, imported hydrangeas and Columbian roses.





I love and persisted on having masses of cascading greenery, Columbian roses and phalaenopsis orchids in my arrangements and bouquets. I provided my florist, Seed Flora, with a budget and let them work with Jason to bring their magic to life. I really wanted my florals to be a statement and look abundant, breathtaking and unique. Andy and I organized onyx personalised nametags and gold bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne to be placed on each table for all our guests. A flower wrapping station was setup by our florist to wrap up all the flowers for the guests to take home too – with paper which included our monogrammed emblem.




Images x 4 above via Jess Jacob Creative

Our wedding cake was a seven tier cake that was detailed to match the netting in my wedding gown. The background hue was the colour of my tulle and the dotted detailing was the colour of my bridesmaids’ dresses. I provided Sweet Bloom Cakes with a sample of my tulle and bridesmaid dress fabric so that they could match the exact colours. Seed Flora later detailed the cake with phalaenopsis orchids on each layer to complete the design of the cake.



We chose GM Photographics to capture our day; the images are so beautiful!





Our first dance was to ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ by Cold Play. As soon as Andy and I heard this song we knew this would be the song we would dance to at our wedding. We didn’t have a traditional wedding dance – we actually just danced with each other as if we were alone. It was the most beautiful thing in the world!!





Andy and I just had the most perfect day.  I love Andy’s generosity, sense of humour and most of all his big heart. There is never a dull moment with Andy and my best memories in life are of times I have spent with him. I am so proud to be his wife.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Carly and Andy – what a magical ‘Fairytale Forest’ wedding; the flowers alone are amazing! Your choice of gold, black and white is indeed modern elegance!

Photographer: GM Photographics / : Siempre / : Jess Jacob Creative / Bride's Dress and Veil: Steven Khalil / Bridesmaid Shoes: Cosmopolitan Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Yulia Mc Couture / Bridesmaid Accessories: Midas Jewellery / Hairstylist: Anthony Ellis / Makeup Artist: Melissa Sassine / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Cathedral / Reception Venue: Waterview in Bicentennial Park / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Jason James / Flowers & Decor: Seed Flora / Cake Baker: Sweet Bloom Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: Zed and Bee / Videographer: Untitled Film Works / Styling and Decoration: Events by Nadia / Candles and Favours: Loved by Lucy XO

A Glass Of Bubbles With… Nikki from Styling You

by | A Glass Of Bubbles With..., Weddings


Polka Dot Bride

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Nikki Parkinson is the ‘go to girl ‘ for styling!  Her blog, Styling You, helps busy women get out the door each day looking and feeling the best they can. As Nikki says, it’s not about embracing the latest fashion (although this certainly helps!). It’s about really understanding what makes women tick and what drives their personalities so they can dress accordingly – and feel amazing!

I am so excited today to have a glass of bubbles with Nikki and to chat about how she styled her own wedding!
Tell us about you and your business/blog?
I’m a former journalist who said goodbye to media land seven years ago to start a personal styling business … only to find myself back in “new” media land with my blog Styling You that has grown to be my full-time business. Styling You aims to help women find greater personal confidence through unlocking their style. My book, Unlock Your Style , contains all the keys to doing that. On the blog each day we help women with advice around trends to try and beauty products to embrace. We also have a community of women sharing their #everydaystyle outfits as part of an ongoing style Instagram challenge.

Everything we do is aimed at getting women to think about prioritising themselves (something most of us are not good at!) and showing that just a little thought into how your present yourself to the world each day can go a long way to helping you tackle what that day throws at you.

Tell us about your wedding?
We were living on the Sunshine Coast and loved the beach so chose a beachside lunch-time wedding. I’m a big fan of the long lunch and in our heads we thought this might save on the drinks bill. Wrong! It was a beautiful September day in 2004 surrounded by family and friends and filled with laughter and tears. I remember looking around the room at one point and noting just how much fun everyone was having. This was our aim and to this day it’s what I remember the most.

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What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?
Apart from everyone having fun, it was quite an emotional day. It was touch and go there for a few days as to whether my father-in-law would be able to fly home for the wedding, having been in a health emergency in the UK a few weeks before. He did but the enormity of what had happened to him and his survival had us all in tears.

The wedding was also the bringing together of my two children from a previous marriage into our new family. We symbolised that with a sand ceremony, where each of us poured a cup of sand into a glass vase. That vase and sand is still with us and we light a candle in it to mark special occasions.

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Now, possibly the moment to top all moments was after the reception. We’d warned the bar across the road that we’d be heading there ‘en masse’ at 5pm. On arrival, I handed them one of our mixed CDs (pre iTunes playlists!). The first track was Young MC’s ‘Bust a Move’ – and so it became our unofficial bridal waltz!

If you could change one thing, what would it be?
Provide more shade for our guests when they were drinking and celebrating whilst we went to the beach to have photos after the ceremony. It ended up being a very hot day and people got very thirsty very quickly!

Who are your favourite vendors?
Julie Whitehead Cakes was amazing! Julie drove the cake up from Brisbane. We truly had no idea how big it would be. It was massive and full of chocolatey decadence. Such a tasty way to serve dessert at a wedding.

Wendy Makin Bridal Designs. I loved working with Wendy to create a timeless gown that ended up being a combination of two different gowns she had in her collection at the time. I’d still choose something similar today.


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Who was your photographer?
Images by Lou O’Brien. Lou was a photographer at the newspaper we both worked at and we knew she’d be perfect for the job. She was someone we knew could work quickly and capture the candid moments.

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Images via Images by Lou O’Brien

What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?
Think about the overall feeling you want to remember about the day and plan towards creating that feeling. The details are important but what you’ll remember most – ten years on – is just how enjoyable the day was. And on a note about the dress. It’s so important that you understand your personal style and choose a dress or gown to reflect that. Yes, it’s going to be a stunning version of your personal style but it should still be essentially YOU.


Thank you Nikki for sharing your wedding day stories with us: your advice on choosing a gown that is essentially you is so true! For more tips about discovering your own personal style, head to Styling You for fun and inspirational words of wisdom!!

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