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A Glass Of Bubbles With…Phoebe of Little Grey Box

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Ms Chinoiserie

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With amazing images and inspiring stories about travel and adventure, the awarded blog, Little Grey Box, is the go-to site for honest, helpful and relatable travel stories – what a wonderful, fun life discovering the world! In our own Polka Dot Bride way, we too have been on a couple of trips too with Phoebe – from sharing her blissful Byron Bay engagement photos to featuring her bright, Spring Brisbane wedding, it was lovely to be able to sit down with Phoebe again and have a Glass of Bubbles with her whilst she reminisced about her romantic big day!

Tell us about you and your business/blog?

Just over a year ago I quit my office job to take a chance on my dreams. I now work full-time as a travel writer. My husband, Matt, and I run Little Grey Box together and I freelance for a few other publications too. Little Grey Box provides really useful travel information and fun videos for regular people, it’s also a great source of travel inspiration and a good laugh if you enjoy reading my awkward stories. Life should be fun and full of love and that’s what we’re all about.

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Tell us about your Wedding?

Matt and I are both introverts and pretty awkward people so it was important to us our wedding was relaxed and laid back; we wanted people to have fun and not just focus on us all day. I guess we saw it more as us hosting a party for our nearest and dearest and we just happen to be looking pretty great and getting married at the same time! We had about 50 guests which was mostly family and a few of our closest friends. Everyone spent the entire day laughing and smiling. I can’t remember a more fun day, even when we look back at the photos now we end up with sore cheeks from laughing at all the funny things that happened.

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What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

Two of our groomsmen are particularly funny and decided to have a dance contest! One ripped his pants at the back, all the way from knee to butt, and the other dislocated his shoulder. There are several photos from later in the night where you can see them both lurking in the background, one holding his pants and the other holding his shoulder.

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The other memorable moment for me was Matt’s speech. Being an introvert it was really hard for him to get up in front of a room full of people and speak. I was so proud of him for doing it and the speech he wrote was amazing; he really nailed it and it meant the world to me.

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

I would have had a photo booth. We tried to DIY ours and it was a massive failure. Photo booths are so much fun and I really would’ve loved to have those additional candid shots of people being goofy (us included).

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Who are your favourite vendors?

Alannah Pritchard of Alannah Pritchard Make-up and Nails was exceptional; she listened to all of the girls and me carefully and made sure our make-up reflected our personalities. I cannot recommend her enough, she is a real talent and absolutely the most lovely person you could ever hope to meet.

Our venue, Spring Food and Wine in Brisbane, was also wonderful; they took care of everything and made the entire day easy and seamless. A few hiccups happened during the night and I didn’t even know about them until a few days later! Not only that but the service was top notch and the food there is incredibly delicious.

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Who was your photographer?

Kate Parker of Quince & Mulberry Studios was also a favourite vendor of ours. Kate has a way of getting the best out of people naturally, she makes you feel comfortable and relaxed (even if you’re awkward!) We were running seriously late and somehow Kate got all the photos we wanted and made sure we arrived at the venue on time; she’s incredibly professional, lovely and captures those organic moments of love and joy. If you need a photographer, Kate is your girl!

Little Grey Box

What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Keep it simple and make sure your day reflects who you are. I would also recommend only discussing your wedding plans with a few trusted friends; when it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion and it can be a bit overwhelming when everyone you meet shares their two cents worth with you!

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Images via Quince & Mulberry Studios

Thankyou Phoebe for sharing your memories about your romantic marriage to Matt; what a fun day full of love and joy. To be inspired by Phoebe’s other love of travel, don’t miss an update from  Little Grey Box – you’ll be planning your next adventure before you know it!

Jannah & Darryl’s Autumn Maleny Wedding

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Jannah Ellis

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Darryl and I have known each other since our first year of high school. In Year 11, he asked me to our school semi-formal, and on December 20th 2013, he asked me to be his wife. He put so much thought into the proposal – organising our favourite restaurant to cook a dish that was no longer on the menu but that we had enjoyed and eaten many, many times in our first years of dating! He sourced the same wine that we had shared on our first weekend gateway to Mt Tamborine, and popped the question with eight red velvet cupcakes that read, ‘Marry Me?’ There were candles, rose petals and a beautiful bunch of flowers – it was perfect!

I have spent many family holidays at the Sunshine Coast and Darryl and I have also celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries there. Therefore, when we began planning our wedding we knew that’s where it had to be, as it was just such a special place for both of us. When we headed up to the Maleny Manor Wedding Showcase in January last year we had barely begun thinking about the wedding and didn’t really know what to expect. However, as soon as we laid eyes on the gorgeousness that is Maleny Manor we knew this was it. We had only looked at one other venue and we didn’t bother looking at any others; there was just no way anything else could compare. Within a week the wedding was booked!

We both stayed up at Maleny Manor the night before the wedding at beautiful accommodation with views to die for. I was surrounded by my amazing family and beautiful bridesmaids at Blue Summit Cottages.

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Darryl had his boys with him at Halfmoon Hideaway. Our bridal party was made up entirely of school friends and I don’t think we stopped laughing all day.

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My gown was from White Lily Couture – it was so beautiful! Nicole Adams did my hair and I chose Kerrie Brooke Nails & Makeup Artistry for my make-up. My bridesmaids wore gold and cream dresses by Studio Minc.

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We had so much fun planning the wedding together and everything just came so perfectly together on the day. Our colour palette was champagne/gold and peach which was incorporated in many different elements including the exquisite flowers by Mondo Floral Designs.

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On the day of the wedding it began raining just as our guests began to arrive, but just before we walked down the aisle the sun came out – it couldn’t have been more perfect. My very talented brother-in-law played ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds on the guitar as we entered, and my eldest sister, Lara Ockerby, who had just recently been ordained as a celebrant, was waiting with Darryl at the end of the aisle. Having my sister marry us was beyond special, and definitely one of my favourite parts of the day.

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The ceremony feels like such a blur of emotions, but I remember feeling so excited that we were finally here. As we walked out for the first time as Mr and Mrs Ellis we had chosen the song ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. What we didn’t know was that my seven-year old niece had learned the words and my five-year old niece had bought a harmonica and together they joined their Dad on the guitar as a special surprise for us. I can honestly say that it’s one thing from our wedding we will never forget.

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We chose a Sunshine Coast photographer, Matt Rowe Photography, because we wanted someone who was familiar with the area so that the location would be highlighted in the photos. When we met with Matt he was so relaxed, and just spoke so passionately about the area. His photos were amazing, so we locked him in pretty quickly. The property he took us to for our offsite photos was phenomenal. Once again the rain held off and the overcast skies look so beautiful in the photos. Some of my favourite photographs from the day are of the bridal parties’ antics while Darryl and I were off being romantic and gazing into each other’s eyes!

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The reception was so much fun. The speeches had everyone in stitches, and we have so many hilarious photos from our photo booth by In The Booth. We had Scott from DJs In Your House getting everyone moving on the dance floor too! Our cake from Breezy’s Cakes consisted of one beautiful naked cake, and of course dozens and dozens of delicious cupcakes!

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The service at  Maleny Manor was second to none, the staff are absolute professionals who go so far above and beyond to make sure the day is nothing but perfect. After we had finished waving our guests farewell we returned inside to finish our drinks and dessert with our family and bridal party and reflect on our wonderful day!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a wonderfully happy day for you Jannah and Darryl – and how very special to be married by your sister!

Photographer: Matt Rowe Photography / Bride’s Dress: White Lily Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Studio Minc / Makeup Artist: Kerrie Brooks Nails & Make-Up Artistry / Hairstylist: Nicole Adams / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Maleny Manor / Ceremony Officiant: Lara Ockerby / Flowers & Decor: Mondo Floral Designs / Photobooth: In The Booth / DJ: DJs In Your House / Invitations & Stationery: Misiu / Gumboots: Rivers / Cake Baker: Breezy's Cakes

Inspired Words – Leila

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Ms Chinoiserie

Planning and attention to detail added the perfect finishing touches to Leila’s Footscray Autumn Wedding to Matt; such a wonderful day with so many charming memories!

“The whole day worked fantastically and everything came together for a great event. All the hours of planning and creating leading up to the wedding really showed on the day. The feedback we received after the wedding was amazing.”










Images by The White Tree

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