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Inspired Words – Kim

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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Spending “just us” time with your new husband on your wedding day is so special as Kim remembers from her Melbourne industrial wedding.

“The day flies by so quickly; make the most of every moment and take the time to stand with your husband and admire what is happening around you.”

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Images via Jerome Cole

Polly and Jeff’s Scottish Inspired Vintage Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Polly Maeve


Jeff and I met back in 2006, when we were both working together at Coles. After just a short time dating, I knew Jeff was the one for me. He made me so happy and was always so encouraging; he was my perfect match.

The nine years since seem to have flown by, not just surviving, but flourishing, through three years of a long distance relationship when I had to move to Canberra and Darwin for work.

As soon as I was able to get work back in Melbourne, Jeff proposed to me just before a big trip to Europe. He made me promise that I couldn’t start planning until after the trip so we could enjoy our holiday fully, but I did create a sneaky Pinterest page!



I have always had a love of vintage styles and that played a big part in the look and feel of the day. I found a perfect vintage inspired lace dress from Mariana Hardwick with the help of their incredible staff. As Jeff was wearing a traditional red and navy tartan kilt in honour of his late father, this was what we based our wedding colour scheme on.






We chose midnight blue A-line Dessy dresses in different styles for the bridesmaids and matching ties for the groomsmen to go with their charcoal suits. We had vibrant red garden style posies with silver and green foliage by Sugarbee Flowers, as well as thistles to tie them back into the traditional Scottish theme. The girls also had bright red shoes to match their flowers.




With Jeff having a very large family, and both of us having many great friends, it was never going to be a small wedding though we did manage to contain it to 130 of our nearest and dearest. As we had a lot of interstate and a few international guests, it was important for us to keep things simple and have the ceremony and reception plus accommodation all in one venue. After a lot of searching for the perfect place, we found Tatra Receptions and absolutely loved how beautiful it was and that they would take care of so much of the detail.



The ceremony was very relaxed and nontraditional. I walked myself down the aisle to a bagpiper playing some beautiful Scottish tunes. We had a fantastic celebrant in Ally who created a very light hearted and personal ceremony. She even managed to sneak some Harry Potter references in for us!






After the ceremony, Jeff and I walked through a canopy of all our friends and family throwing petals as the bagpiper played. I had made the petal cones out of doilies and personalized stickers and it was so much fun to have everyone shower us with their love in the form of red rose petals!




With our photographer, Anitra Wells, we had photos taken in the beautiful gardens of Tatra. Thankfully the November weather, which had not been kind to us in the lead up to the wedding (it poured the entire 48 hours before the ceremony!), cleared long enough for us for her to take some beautiful photos. You would hardly know it was only 12 degrees at the time (we were all freezing!)





Our reception was full of beautiful food, games, and photobooth fun. As well of course of dancing and memorable speeches. Jeff and I made our entry to ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns and Roses. For our first dance we pranked our guests by starting the dance to a Celine Dion song (not at all our style) but switched it to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and let loose!





For wedding favours Mum, my Aunt and I had potted decorative bowls with succulents from my Aunt’s Garden. We also had beautiful honey pot terrariums as part of the centrepieces made by Little Lands.



We both had such a fun and memorable day, made so special by all our friends and family who helped us celebrate. It turned out exactly how we had imagined and despite the cold and the rain, we had the perfect day.





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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Polly and Jeff; your Scottish theme matched perfectly with your beautiful mountain setting!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tatra Receptions / Bridal Dress, Hairpiece, Veil & Belt: Mariana Hardwick / Bridesmaids' Dresses & Groomsmen's ties: Dessy / Photographer and Videographer: Anitra Wells / Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers / Groom's Kilt & Outfit: House Of Scotland / Bridal and Maid of Honour Makeup: Jade McAndrew / Bridesmaid & Mother of the Bride Makeup: Jaynelle Lording / Bridal & Bridesmaid Hair: Bernice Make Up / Cake Baker: Regnier Cakes / Ceremony Officiant: Melbourne Wedding Celebrant / Rings: Charles Rose / Bride's & Bridesmaids' Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groomsmen's Suits & Shirts: Tarocash / Bridal & Bridesmaids' Earrings: Fletcher and Grace / Bridal & Bridesmaids' Nail Art/Manicures: Janni Banani Nails / Table Centrepieces: Little Lands / Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Lovely Bridal Blooms / Photobooth: Photo Booth King / Lawn Games & Decorations: My Sweet Event

A Glass Of Bubbles With….Martyna From Wholesome Cook

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


Bec Lawrence

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If you’re anything like me sometimes you need a little inspiration to get cooking in the kitchen. That’s when the Wholesome Cook is your knight in shining armour ready to spice up your tired meals. Martyna is the lovely lady behind the deliciousness that is the Wholesome Cook. She fills her website with photos and recipes that are bound to make you ask for more! We shared a virtual glass of bubbles with Martyna and chatted about her wedding in Port Douglas.

Tell us about you and your business/blog?

My blog, Wholesome Cook and now The Wholesome Cook cookbook, is where I share recipes for healthy living that are optioned for various intolerances and dietary lifestyles and low in added sugar. While the focus is always on food, I like to intertwine recipes with stories from our kitchen, travels and home.

When I’m not blogging I develop, test, style and shoot recipes for Nourish magazine and a handful of clients. It’s never a boring day at the office, and we definitely do not go hungry.


Tell us about your wedding?

We wanted our wedding day to be fuss-free and very much about celebrating our special day with just a handful of our closest family and friends. It was held in late spring over an extended weekend in Port Douglas in Tropical Far North Queensland. We both love the area and thought it would not only be a lovely backdrop for the nuptials but provide a perfect weekend getaway opportunity for our small wedding party of just 22 guests.

We provided accommodation at the QT Port Douglas for two nights with the option for guests to extend their stay if they so wished. We thought it would be a lovely gesture of thanks for being there for us.


We were married on the morning of the 24th August 2013 at the beautiful St Mary’s By The Sea, which we booked without seeing it! The staff were amazingly helpful and the venue itself picturesque and very much the vintage chic look we were going for with our theme. Our friend, Aaron, who is a minister, oversaw the nuptials. Our wedding bands were by Cerrone – Matt’s ring features our wedding date in Roman numerals on the outside of the band.


My gown was by Allure Bridals, featuring luxurious lace appliqué and a V-shaped neckline and backline with scalloped straps and a crystal encrusted satin band highlighting the empire waistline. It fitted me perfectly from the moment I tried it on, but I did have the train shortened a little. I choose a fascinator instead of a traditional veil, which I purchased along with the vintage-look earrings from Lovisa, leaving extra money in the budget for my shoes – platform sling-backs – and purse from Jimmy Choo.

Matt’s suit was custom-made by Tom James. He wore a black skinny tie with small white polka dots, Louis Vuitton black Champs Elysees cufflinks and a matching tie bar, all set against a crisp white collared shirt. The groomsmen, Simon and Matt’s son Zachary, wore black suits with grey skinny ties with small white polka dots.



The two bridesmaids (our friend Emma and Matt’s daughter Liana) wore dark grey dresses purchased from Vision in White Bridal. Each was different in style which was tailored specifically for their needs. Since Emma was expecting her second child with hubby Simon (yes, Matt’s groomsman) and was heavily pregnant by August, we actually ended up ordering a floor-length dress for her that was altered to knee-length a week or so before the wedding. It worked a treat.

Our flowers, yellow and cream roses and seasonal selections, were by the amazingly talented Floral Edge girls. They ended up delivering an extra corsage to the hotel (I messed up the original order) and provided vintage bottle flower arrangements for the lunch venue as well.

Because our wedding was only small we decided on a late lunch reception at Zinc in Port Douglas, utilising their private dining room next to a lush garden terrace. The room was very private, light and decorated beautifully. We asked the room to be set up in a way that our family and friends could join us at the same table.


We also made sure that the kids’ table had plenty for them to do. There was a polaroid camera with a “treasure hunt” for them to complete, each junior guest got a big party bag full of crafts and little games and we placed a big bowl of yellow, white and grey Lego for them to play with. The kids’ menu was fabulous also!

Virgin mojitos were served to the guests on arrival as a refreshment (it’s our favourite drink) and Danielle made sure that everything ran smoothly so that I could enjoy myself on the day.


Our wedding cake and cupcakes were made by Roberta Dana from Cupcake Cafe. She did a fantastic job accommodating the cakes to our needs as some of them had to be gluten- and dairy-free. I also wanted them to be low sugar. Diana delivered a stunning cake and custom cupcakes which could be enjoyed by all our guests.

An old-world charm vintage Rolls Royce was our mode of transport on the day and it proved to be a one of a kind prop for some of our more romantic photographic shots. I am so glad it was available on our wedding day!

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

There were so many! From arriving at the chapel, having my Mum walk me down the aisle to the sound of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” through to exchanging our vows with the beautiful Port Douglas skyline altar next to us. Not to mention Matt’s heartfelt speech at the reception.

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

I would have loved to have had my Dad there. He couldn’t travel to be there with us due to his age, but we made sure he received a copy of our vows and speeches before the big day and a big photo book with the song lyrics and photos from the day afterwards.

Who are your favourite vendors?

As many brides and grooms planning a destination wedding can attest, picking your vendors long-distance is not the easiest of tasks. However, we were absolutely thrilled with everyone who made our day special and run smoothly.

The beachside location of St Mary’s by The Sea in Port Douglas is very unique. It’s almost like having a beach wedding. The staff there are amazing and very helpful.

Zinc in Port Douglas was a great venue for a pre-arrival cocktail and lunch. The staff were amazingly attentive, especially when it came to catering for those in our group with food allergies.

I also adored the romantic floral creations of the girls at Floral Edge. For anyone looking for an allergy aware special order wedding cake in Far North Queensland, Roberta Dana from the Cupcake Café is the lady to contact.

Cairns Luxury Limousines have the vintage Rolls Royce which is a must for anyone planning a romantic, old-charm wedding.


Who was your photographer?

Our photographers, Corné and Lara Lategan are a Gold Coast husband and wife team whose style of photography I loved from the moment I saw their work. They arrived a day earlier to scope out locations, lighting, sunsets and so on so there was no guesswork of where we needed to be on the day. They made us feel very comfortable and did an amazing job of capturing our special day from dusk till sundown.


What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Plan your wedding together – I tend to get bogged down in detail, whereas Matt is very good at making decisions. If I was ever stuck on an idea or a decision I asked him for help. This way, what could have turned into a two-day process for me, was talked out and resolved on the spot.

Then, on the day, don’t sweat the small stuff even if it might seem big right then and there. While I didn’t get the corsage order right, I mentioned it to the girls and it arrived in time. If it hadn’t, my day would have not been ruined. When we got to the reception venue the cake and our custom cupcakes were running a touch late – we got there early. I asked the venue manager to follow up and left it at that. I didn’t even notice when it was placed on the table, but it arrived in time and I was free to enjoy some of the most memorable moments of the day and our life together.


Images by Corné and Lara Lategan

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thank you Martyna for sharing your special wedding day memories with us; what a beautiful part of the world to be married surrounded by your family and closest friends. With beautiful and emotive photography, pop on over to Wholesome Cook; Martyna’s low sugar recipes with options for various intolerances and diets intertwined with stories from her home, cookbook and allergy-aware product mentions is a great place to spend some time – and to decide what’s for dinner!


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