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Min & Eric’s Rustic Spring Yarra Valley Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Min Hui Ching


Min & Eric

Eric and I met through a mutual friend. We had dinner and caught a local stage production, ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’. The first date led to many others. We soon discovered that we already met when we were seven years old – at art class at his school! We also have many mutual friends. He even went to school with my cousin and one of my oldest friends ever!



I slept early the night before the wedding and even managed a lie in as I only started hair and makeup at noon. Though I was nervous, I managed to eat a few sushi rolls which helped calm the nerves. Miss Aimmey did an amazing job with the bridal party as well as both moms. We exchanged love notes which were hand-delivered by our bestman Daniel.

My dress was a customized capped sleeve trumpet style dress with a sweetheart neckline and Guipure lace bodice with handsewn crystals and beading by a local Malaysian Designer – Cammi from the Bliss Chamber. The skirt was made out of tulle and satin. The veil was floor length tulle with handsewn corded french lace. My parents helped me put on the veil as well as the diamond earrings and bracelet. We were all in tears when that happened. In fact, Dad was crying more than I did through out the whole ceremony!





The first gift to my parents and in laws were customized hangers with their names and date laser engraved on it.


We decided to get married in October 2015  – in Spring which is our favourite season of the year. Eric and I opted for an intimate ceremony at Stones of the Yarra Valley. We decided not to have a  typical hotel ballroom reception (very common in Malaysia where we live due to the weather and the ability of ballrooms to cater up to 1,000 guests!)

We LOVE the Yarra Valley especially Stones as it is just SO beautiful. The natural light allows for amazing photos.With all the wonderful reviews, we were able to entrust the organizing to them since this was a destination wedding for us. We took the leap of faith and paid the deposit even before viewing the venue.

Many thought that we were mad but it was a risk well paid off! We only flew to Melbourne seven months before to meet with and finalize our vendors.

The day of the wedding was perfect; the weather was an amazing a sunny 28 degrees, and since Melbourne can have four seasons in one day, it was such a blessing.



Eddie from Always Classic Cars picked us up from the city where we were staying in a dark grey 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom named Bella. He put out the red carpet for us to walk on and even served us champange on the way to the Yarra Valley. Many passer bys stopped to look and some even congratulated us. Dad was holding my hand most of the way and it was truly an emotional time for us both.



I started to cry before getting out of the car. My Maid of Honour and best friend Rachel held my veil and wiped the tears before they ran down my cheeks.



Our colour theme was blush and silver. Our flowers were done by the amazing ladies at Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers. My bouquet was made out of David Austen and garden style roses as well as seasonal blooms paired with dusty millers in shades of blush, soft pink , mauve and silver. The stems were bound in ivory and finished with pearl detailing.


My heart was beating so fast and I was weeping before walking down to the aisle to a harp playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful floral arrangement at the altar.

I held on so tight to Dad’s arm and kept smiling as I saw Eric waiting for me. I tried very hard not to cry when Dad gave me away to Eric.






We had our close friend Sarah read a passage from ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams before a worship session led by Pastor Victor. The Senior Leader of our church – Pastor Mark Varughese –  preached a short message before solemnizing our marriage.






After our vows we lit the unity candle and had communion before signing the registry. There was a petal shower when we exited the Chapel.




John Warren of warrenphotography and Michael Dalla Rosa of Allure Productions did a PHENOMENAL job in capturing all the significant moments of that day! In fact, the short clip was awarded a Finalist Certificate at the 2015 AVPA Awards!








At our reception, both our parents, maid of honour, best man and my brothers gave heart warming speeches. After dancing to our band, Orlando Combo, we ended the night with an arch farewell – where all our guests joined hands to send us off. What was most meaningful to Eric and me was we had our closest and dearest family and friends come from near and far to celebrate our special day with us.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful wedding Min and Eric; the Yarra Valley is so pretty in Spring!

Bride’s Dress: The Bliss Chamber / Hair & Make-Up: Miss Aimmey / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Stones Of The Yarra Valley / Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers / Photographer: warrenphotography / Videographer: Allure Productions / Transport: Always Classic Cars / Band: Orlando Combo

Inspired Words – Jane

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

Forest wedding portrait

To keep your stress levels under control, allow yourself as much time as possible to plan your wedding as Jane remembers when looking back on the lead up to her relaxed forest wedding.

“We only decided on a date with three months to plan the wedding, so my advice is not to plan it with such a short amount of time! You’ll stress and have to make more compromises on details!”

“It’s also important to finally take some time out from the planning to unwind and reconnect with your partner; don’t forget they’re the reason your planning a wedding!”

David Segal Celebrant

Newlyweds in forest

Newlyweds in pine forest

Wedding photo by Tilly Clifford

Images by Tilly Clifford

Bianca & Richard’s Relaxed Country Barn Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Bianca McKenzie


Bianca & Richard

We wanted a relaxed, casual Victorian country wedding and that’s exactly what we got!

Many of our wedding vendors were on our list before there was even talk of a wedding date. With my own business, miki.o, I had been in the wedding industry, designing stationery, for quite a while so I had met many amazing vendors that simply had to be part of the day. We knew exactly who our celebrant and photographers were going to be so our wedding date had to fit in with their schedule.

At first we had picked a different venue, but when Hazelden Homestead popped up in Richard’s Facebook news feed we instantly knew that we wanted to change it. The venue was close to home and set on a beautiful property with rolling hills in the background. Before we found Hazelden Homestead we had been scouting paddocks for the perfect ceremony backdrop because we wanted to get married under a gum tree.




We opted to get ready in seperate rooms at home and have photos taken before our ceremony. My family had flow in from the Netherlands so it was really nice to get ready and spend time with them before the big moment. It was so special to have my mum and aunt there to help me get ready.

Our ‘reveal’ was outside on our driveway, with each of us standing on a side of the Volkswagen kombi van. Seeing each other for the first time was such a special moment.



Grace, the kombi van was beautifully decorated by Francine from Fisch and Co. The way we found Grace was quite special too.

A few months prior we went to see Ralf, our jeweller, to choose our wedding bands and we somehow ended up talking about cars and Volkswagen in particular. Ralf mentioned that a love for Volkswagen runs in his veins and that he was doing some of them up, one being a kombi.

We asked a bit more and it turned out that the kombi he had just restored was the exact colour of our wedding theme! We had searched for kombis before but without much luck. We’re still amazed that she (Grace) found us!



For our wedding photos we wanted a rustic location and opted for Plenty Gorge park lands in South Morang. There is a beautiful old homestead with a rustic barn that we used as a backdrop for our photos.





My beautiful bouquet was made by Sugabuds, who were so excited about creating something different. I basically gave them free reign, the only pointer being that I wanted a king protea. They did such an amazing job. All the flowers for the event were simply stunning.

Our ceremony and reception were styled by Eliska from Ruffles & Bells who I had met in a business mastermind earlier in the year. As soon as we met I knew that I had to have Eliska style our wedding. She created a mood board for us and then I handed everything over to her. I trusted her completely and she absolutely exceeded my expectations. Everything was styled beautifully!




We were so lucky to work with Marcel from Platform Eight and Stephanie from Total Capture as our photographers. We have been friends with both for years so it was a natural choice for us and since they both do amazing work, we were thrilled to know they wanted to work together to capture our wedding.


After our photos we headed to the venue to take a few more photos and get ready to say I do. Our amazing stylist Eliska had created a beautiful sign for our ceremony and decorated the straw bales just as we had wanted for our wedding. Ralf, from Fisch & Co., drove us down the paddock in the kombi, which was such a great entrance. I walked down the isle to ‘Lullaby’ by the Dixie Chicks, bringing out the country girl in me.

We wrote our own vows, which made everything extra special. I couldn’t keep my eyes completely dry during the ceremony but I see that as a beautiful touch to our wedding.





Richard’s niece and nephew were our ring bearer and flower girl. They made such a cute pair. Miss G, Richard’s niece, had been talking about wearing a princess crown for months. Her lace dress and gold glitter shoes made it even better. Mr H, our ring bearer, looked very sharp too. He was told that he had a very important task and to hold on to the rings until we asked him to bring them forward.






Our reception was in the beautifully renovated barn at Hazelden Homestead and we had invited Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck to cater our reception. The pizzas were absolutely amazing, so good even that there is not one photo to be found; they disappeared so quickly! The pizzas kept flowing and our salad bar was a hit too!

Ruffles and Bells had custom-made a bar which was beautifully decorated. In fact, all of the decorations were amazing and it was such a lovely surprise walking into the barn seeing it so beautifully decorated. I was told not to come into the barn before the reception so seeing it as we walked in was fantastic.





Lemon is Richard’s favourite so what better than lemon meringue cupcakes and a small white chocolate cutting cake! We borrowed the cake stand from friends and Rachel from R&R Sweetie Treats did a fabulous job with the cakes.





We danced their first dance to ‘Flame Trees’ by Jimmy Barnes. It might have been a very unconventional song choice but we both love Jimmy Barnes. Our wedding was exactly what we wanted – a relaxed, laid back country celebration.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Bianca and Richard; arriving in a kombi to your rustic barn wedding looked like so much fun!

About Bianca: In my spare time I love to cook, read, walk, ski and travel. I’m also a little addicted to Facebook and I love milk chocolate with hazelnuts!


Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hazelden Homestead / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Hairstylist: Flair Lounge Doreen / Makeup Artist: Kate Boyd / Flowers: SugaBuds / Rings: Ralf Fish Jewellery / Groom's & Groomsman's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Groom's Shoes: Julius Marlow / Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells / Ceremony Officiant: Maree Livy / Photographer: Platform Eight / : Total Capture / Invitations & Stationery: miki.o / Catering: Soulkitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck / Wedding Cake: R & R Sweetie Treats / Transport: Fisch and Co.
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