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Elisa & Christopher

 “The theme for my niece Elisa and Christopher’s wedding was romantic vintage garden with rustic accents. Elegance with a touch of vintage and the feel of an indoor garden.”

Creative mood boards were created from Pinterest. “Using elements from many different styles, the perfect pieces were chosen. Many items were DIY. Vintage and rustic pieces were either hired or bought, including a gelato cart.”

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“Sydney designer Celyna Ziolkowski meticulously fashioned Elisa’s gown based on a vision of her dream dress: Ivory French lace, an open back and a soft flowing fishtail. French lace from Elisa’s mother’s wedding gown was also applied onto the bodice (something old) and sentimental. A French lace mantilla veil, also designed by Celyna, softly flowed around the dress.”

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Elisa found the perfect gift for Christopher to complete his wedding day outfit from Politix.

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Elisa and Christopher’s ceremony and reception were held at historic Oatlands House.

“One hundred guests, including family and friends, gathered in the pristine Chateau Gardens. Parasols were handed out as shelter from the hot sun.  Orders of Service, detailed with an “E&C” monogram and printed on Kraft paper, were used as fans whilst newspaper cones were filled with rose petals; DIY bouquets in mason jars were decorated with lace and twine and a vintage table in front of a rustic screen was set up for the signing of the wedding certificate… it was picture perfect.”


“With mellow sounds of a harp playing in the background, the bridesmaids walked out one by one, gorgeous in butter-cream off-the-shoulder Zimmermann dresses. Their pretty bouquets were arrangements of white spray roses, hydrangea, lisianthus and dusty miller.”

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“Elisa was given away by her father. Walking down a sisal runner scattered with rose petals, she joined Christopher at the altar and together they recited the vows which they had written themselves.”

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Tied with personalized ribbon, Elisa’s bouquet was a mixture of hydrangea, spray roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and Hypericum berries.

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“The scent of French pear soy candles from Oleria Emporium filled the Deck Room. Table seating and names were hand-written on an old vintage glass door.”

“The bridal table looked breathtaking – a long rustic table and chairs, in the middle of the room, adorned with a stunning floral and foliage garland on a lace runner. Interspersed between the garlands were floral centrepieces pf lisianthus, miniature roses, chrysanthemums, and tortured willow on a moss and bark base with dodger vine. Votive candles hung from the twigs. Crystal glasses and crystal charger plates completed the elegant setting.”

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With the help of her aunt who helped Elisa plan her big day, special touches made the couple’s reception unique.

The menus were inside custom-made cootie catchers along with Q&As about the bride and groom. On a vintage dresser decorated with candles in mason jars and rustic ornaments, three generations of family wedding photos were displayed, including one of the bride’s brother who passed away in his youth, as well as viewfinders with images of the bride and groom at different ages.

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All made by Elisa’s youngest auntie, delicious desserts, including a birthday cake decorated with orange roses and berries for the bride’s father, were displayed on a shabby-chic table.

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The couple’s wedding cake from Faye Cahill Cake Design sat atop an old cotton reel wrapped in floral wreaths which matched back to the floral garland on the bridal table.

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“An emotional moment for Elisa was when one of her bridesmaids and childhood school friend dedicated a song she had written to her and Christopher.”

For Elisa and Christopher, their day was “just how they imagined – romantic and elegant”, a day they will never forget.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful wedding Elisa and Christopher; with an eye for detail, your reception was styled to perfection!

About Elisa: Rather than choosing a particular wedding theme, we wanted the style of the wedding to reflect each of our personalities. I have always admired a vintage look with just a touch of rustic elements and this was the starting point for planning our wedding. With Christopher being the understated gentleman he is, it was important to create a wedding style that we both felt comfortable with  and that was elegant at the same time.

Photographer: Daniel Griffiths / Videographer: Moving Presentations / Bride's Dress: Celyna Ziolkowski / Bride's Shoes: Shoes Of Prey / Hair Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Groom's Attire: Politix / Hairstylist: Lizzie Liros / Ceremony Venue: Oatlands House / Invitations & Stationery: Steve Fenton / Ceremony Musicians: Belinda Pring / Linens: Ashdown & Bee / Makeup Artist: Jess Chapman / : Faye Cahill / Ceremony Officiant: Robert Lo Surdo / Rental Furniture: Vintage Patina / Wedding Planner: Wisteria Design & Events / Ceremony Musicians: Joelle Moukhaiber

Alissa & George

“Our beautiful wedding day was the culmination of George and me spending eight years in a long distance relationship between Australia and England. Long flights, long periods apart and one special day to celebrate with our family and friends, showing the world that we made it!”

“When we started planning our day, we wanted it to be a real reflection of us. With involvement from family and friends, we did away with some of the traditions and instead focused on lots of personal elements that reflected our story.”




Alissa’s gown was purchased from Hobnob Bridal, whilst her gorgeous flower girl wore a custom made dress purchased from Etsy.



“The highlight of my outfit was the Jimmy Choo heels, given to me as a gift on the morning of our wedding from my husband! He knows me too well!”

After many frustrating weeks trying to find the venue and vendors to create their dream day, Alissa and George enlisted the help of wedding planner, Lara from White Events. “Lara was such a huge help to us throughout our planning process and on the day, helping us find venues, dresses, decorations, furniture hire, everything! She made the day absolutely seamless and took the stress out of it for us and our family; everyone who arrived at the house on the morning of the wedding was surprised at how calm we all were!”


“We had a wonderful family friend Dannielle from Colour Empire Make Up Artistry do our make-up, whilst our wedding planner’s sister, Claire from Beehive Bridal, was responsible for our amazing hair styles. I also had a silk flower head piece handmade and designed by Holly Barker Millinery.



The bridesmaids’ dresses were ordered online through Weddington Way. “I wanted all the girls to have a style of dress that suited them and their personality and it worked out perfectly on the day.”



Alissa and George’s ceremony backdrop was an old wooden mantelpiece decorated with a floral arrangement made by Alissa’s mum and photographs of both of their parents on their wedding days. “It was so special saying our vows with the images of our parents in the background. We also displayed more photographs from our parents’ and families’ weddings on a long table at our reception.”



“We were so lucky to have so many family and friends (and most of our bridal party!) travel from overseas to share the day with us. We held a brunch for all our overseas guests the day after the wedding to say thank you and spend a little more time with them before we left for our honeymoon.”



Celebrating how they met on a Navy/Sea Cadet summer camp in Canada when they were 17 years old, the couple chose a nautical Canadian theme for their wedding.  “We chose a suitably nautical location on the Pier 21 foreshore in North Fremantle for our ceremony, whilst Little Creatures Brewery was the perfect choice for our reception.”


“We decorated the tables with white lanterns and gold and bronze maple leaves. The bridal table was decorated with candles in glass hurricane vases whilst romantic twinkle lights were strung up behind us. Our navy and white striped table runners were handmade by my Mum.”

“All of the tables were named after places that were important to us, such as Plymouth, where we had our first apartment together. The table cards included a story on the back of why that place was important to us.”





The couple’s seating chart was a world map, with each of the table names pinned on it. “We gave our guests ‘Make Your Own S’mores’ favours which celebrated one of our fondest memories from when we met in Canada.”




Alissa and George’s cake was handmade by Alissa’s best friend’s Mum and decorated with individual gold maple leaves.





“One of the best decisions we made for our wedding was booking our photographer, Fiona Vail Photography. Words cannot express what a wonderful addition Fiona was to our day, not only as a photographer but as a lasting friend. She captured amazing, candid memories and subtly blended in so that we (and our guests!) never felt awkward being in front of the camera.”





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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Alissa and George! Your heartfelt wedding included some very special and sentimental touches that were important to you both: I love the maple leaves and the S’Mores!


About Alissa: After a long lead up to our wedding I had a few details planned out in my mind and imagined navy blue, gold, fairy lights and foliage, but mainly I wanted our guests to walk into our wedding and say, ‘This looks like them!’ I wanted to enjoy the planning process and the day so I tried to be a calm bride and not sweat the small stuff!

Photographer: Fiona Vail Photography / Bride's Dress: Hobnob Bridal / Wedding Planner: White Events / Cinematographer: Whitebox Studio / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way & bridemaids Grandmother / Hairstylist: Beehive Bridal / Makeup Artist: Colour Empire Make-Up Artistry / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Holly Barker Millinery / Groom's Attire: Platinum Menswear / : Helen Jones / Rentals: Wedding Day Flair / : Pretty Willow Hire / Ceremony Venue: Pier 21 Foreshore / Reception Venue: Little Creatures Brewery / Invitations & Stationery: Starfish Lane


Photographer: Alcorn Images / Cinematographer: Alcorn Images / Bride's Accomodation: Mt Cotton Guest House / Bride's Dress: Bride's Sister / Bride's Dress Fabric & Adornments: Fabric Collection / Bridesmaid Dresses: Natasha Millani / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Venue: Sirromet / Ceremony Officiant: Ketrina Coffey / : Cat's Creative Cakes