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Behind the Door With…. Triple R Luxury Car Hire

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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There’s something special about family run businesses and this week on “Behind the Door With..” I visited a car hire company that has been running for 35 years! Triple R Luxury Car Hire is run by the Jovanovic family, and I met Alex and his aunty and mother Pia and Manuela at their Brunswick warehouse. Triple R Luxury Car Hire specializes in classic wedding cars, such as Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Jaguars and the team is passionate about bridal parties arriving in style!


When Alex’s father first started the business the cars were stored at the family home before moving to their first warehouse in the late 1980’s. In 1996 they grew out of the space and moved to the huge East Brunswick space that is now the home of Triple R. I’m immediately impressed with the sheer size of the space which houses 33 cars, an onsite mechanics workshop, offices, meeting spaces and even an upstairs space.


The cars are housed in a huge warehouse and there is row after row of sparkling clean classic cars backed by vintage memorabilia on the walls. I can imagine how fantastic it must be for couples to be able to view all the cars in one space and pick out their favourites for the big day. The onsite mechanics must also be a huge bonus and Alex tells me that this is why their cars keep running smoothly and on time! Even though many of the cars are very old, they are kept in pristine condition.


Inside the front of the building are various meeting spaces where the Triple R staff can discuss details with couples and show them the extensive collection of pictures of the cars in wedding locations all over Melbourne. One of Alex’s favourite parts of the space is the collage of Thank You notes and cards from Triple R’s clients over the years. “It’s one thing to have testimonials on your website” he says, “But it’s another to have pictures of real couples and handwritten notes for prospective couples to read”.



Triple R is also home to other creative wedding businesses such as Tania Jovanovic Photography (another family member!). The front desk is decorated with stunning bridal bouquets and arrangements which I quickly learn is the work of Floretta by Grace, who’s florist studio is also on site. Grace is working away on a wedding expo when I visit and I learn her husband Gus is also one of the drivers for Triple R. Alex tells me that lots of couples initially just come in to book cars but end up with a photographer and florist all in one visit!


Triple R have just added two new cars to their fleet, a burgundy and silver 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and a pink 1967 Citroen DS21 which Alex kindly shows me. The Rolls Royce is a classically elegant car that was part of a museum collection from Tasmania and has been painstakingly restored back to its former glory. The Citroen on the other hand is the complete opposite with a playful retro feel that would be perfect for a more rustic vintage inspired wedding.




When you have a family running a business with this much experience you can be sure of repeat business, and Alex tells me they recently had the daughter of one of their past brides hire a car for her own wedding!


Images via Dezine By Mauro Photography and Tania Jovanovic Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With the name synonymous for wedding car hire in Melbourne and after being in the business for 35 years, Triple R Luxury Car Hire have definitely found the recipe for success; I love the new addition of the Citreon – so much fun!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.

What Would They Know? The Lamberty family of Pillingers Hiring Service

by | Styling Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

Pillingers Hiring Service

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you’re having a wedding back in Australia you want every detail to be perfect. And that’s the strength of Pillingers Hiring Service. They can consult with you whether you are overseas or interstate and present detailed diagrams showing how the event will look, so that nothing will be left to chance. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and event industry, Nathalie and the Pillingers team take ‘great pride in organizing the perfect wedding or event and seeing the collation of ideas coming together along with the expertise and creativity of the final masterpiece.’ Just add your personal touches with amazing food, flowers and of course guests and oh, you – the bride and groom!

How did Pillingers Hiring Service start?

After having Action Party Hire which is where it all began, the business grew and took on new dynamics which led my father John to decide to make the business grow and expand in every field and area.

How long has the business been in existence?

Action Party Hire – since 1992. Pillingers has been operational since 1972 and was taken over by my father in 1995. We then merged the two together in about 2002.

Is it family owned?

It is a family owned business.  John Lamberty (my father) started from his own home with a few tables and chairs and incorporated his 4 children; Nathalie, Fabien, Christian and Pascal into the business, each one taking on a different role.

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Where are you based and what areas of Australia do you cover?

Pillingers is based in Prestons, Western Sydney. Based in NSW we service all of the Sydney Metropolitan area plus outer regional areas such as the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Bathurst and Orange.

Please give us a brief overview of the items you hire out?

We specialise in events and festivals, corporate parties, weddings and home socials. We carry an extensive range for weddings including marquee structures, furniture items, catering equipment, bar equipment, dance floors and table appointments such as cutlery, crockery, glassware, kitchen equipment and table centrepieces.  We also carry a range of equipment for conferences, exhibition displays, fundraising, staging, catwalks, carpet, matting and lighting.

You have links to other service providers – what extra services can you help with?

Yes we work closely with a few other providers so that clients need not worry about engaging multiple suppliers. We can provide a full service that includes caterers, portable toilets, generators and event security.

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What is your role in the company?

I have been a wedding coordinator for over 10 years at Pillingers. Recently, due to expansion within the business, I have been working in the accounts and marketing section for the best part of the past 10 years. I love the wedding side of things, so I still use my expertise to oversee our wedding events and offer advice.

Do you have a team of wedding planners who work with you?

All our staff are qualified to coordinate and style your wedding.  We specialize in outdoor  weddings with our marquees, flooring and furniture.  (We don’t arrange flowers or cars however.)

What are the steps you take when planning a wedding with the bridal couple?

We generally like to meet the bride and groom and have a feel for what it is they want to create or a theme they wish to achieve then have a look at the site and assess the area.  We create a quote that we feel is suited to them, working towards their budget and requirements.  We like to draw up a CAD drawing showing our clients where the marquee structure will be situated and give an idea of the set up inside.  This helps the couple to visualize the end product.

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What sorts of wedding décor items can you provide?

The ideas are endless, as long as they have the ideas, we have the imagination to bring it to life.  We bring a space to life with ceiling and wall linings, chandeliers, fairy lights, pre-reception areas, carpet runners, bollards, illuminated bars, fancy chairs, tables, tablecloths, caterer’s quarters and catering equipment, flooring and table centrepieces. The list goes on. We make sure it is a fully functional reception venue under the stars.

The other items you can provide include hard flooring for your marquees, a commercial grade kitchen and more. What else can you provide? 

We supply fully functional catering quarters, pre-dinner cocktail areas, powder rooms, bars of all styles, sound systems, air conditioning, cool rooms, portable toilet blocks and generators. We really do make sure you have a fully-decked out wedding venue no matter where it is you want it!

What are some of the more unusual locations where you have provided your hire service for a wedding?

We specialize in parks and gardens, and we are a preferred supplier to many of Sydney’s beautiful garden venues, so we’ve seen some pretty special places. We’ve also created reception venues in Bowral and the Blue Mountains and of course many beautiful private properties.

Are you able to advise on, and organize permits if needed for public spaces such as parks and gardens?

Yes, some parks and gardens require permits and we need to converse with them to make sure your day goes to plan. Our contacts help to make this a smooth event by meeting with clients and going through all the necessary requirements with both the bride and groom and the event planner.

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Are you able to provide marquees for backyard weddings as well as on country estates? 

Yes, we love doing weddings on private properties. Even if you have a smaller outdoor area with a swimming pool taking up space, we specialise in pool coverings. We have a qualified team who transform your pool into a dance floor or reception area, increasing your marquee space. People won’t even know they’re standing on top of a pool!

How long does set up take?

Set up varies considerably, depending on the detail required on the event.  We like to begin setup early in the week to allow ample time for an unforseen circumstances and extra requirements that may pop up. And of course to leave sufficient time to decorate and bring the interior to life.

Are you able to work with a couple to organize their wedding if they live overseas or interstate? How many days before the wedding should they (ideally) arrive to finalise details with you?

Emails are an amazing thing these days, it allows information and photos to be exchanged from no matter where you are. As long as the couple are comfortable arranging it, it can be done and is entirely up to them as to when they return provided we have all contacts of necessary requirements to allow us to set up the event.

Are you able to provide recommendations for flowers, cake, entertainment, food etc? 

We unfortunately don’t supply flowers, entertainment or food, however we do have some excellent caterers we can recommend in your area.

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What is a favourite part of your job and day?

Lunch, when we can get together and have a chat about the day or jobs coming up etc.

It’s the end of the working week – what does the team do to relax?

LOL WE DON’T !  We are constantly on the go throwing ideas around and getting jobs done. But we do like to try and have a company BBQ once a month and have been asked many a time to attend our functions, which is a lovely tip of the hat from our clients.

Thank you Nathalie for sharing your story. To find out more about Pillingers Hiring Service visit the website.

All images are courtesy of Pillingers Hiring Service.

Make-Up Master Class 1 – Creating a Flawless Make-Up Base with a Subtle Finish

by | Hair and Make-Up Master Class, Wisdom


Ms Chinoiserie


Today I would like to introduce the first of one of our new tutorials – the Hair and Make-Up Master Class. With so many new and different looks and styles coming through from the runway shows and “red carpet extravaganzas”, we thought we’d better talk to the experts to see how you can “get the look” for wedding-day glamour!

For our first Master Class, I chat with the lovely Kate at Quince and Mulberry Studios, who has recently taken some beautiful photographs for leading make-up artist, Alannah Pritchard.

“At Quince and Mulberry Studios, we love working with make up artists – I can’t tell you how many different shades of red lipstick we’ve seen!!! Trending for bridal makeup right now is a fresh natural look with a glowing luminous finish. In this tutorial, Alannah shows you how to achieve gorgeous fresh, glowing and luminous skin, with minimal eye shadow, classic eyeliner and beautiful lashes. This look, paired perfectly with a pretty contrast pop-lip-colour, is so versatile and suitable for all brides to be!”

1. Freshly cleanse and tone skin and apply a makeup primer.


2. Apply a liquid foundation and conceal around the eye area – and any other skin concern areas.


3. Contour with a crème bronzer, highlight the high points of cheeks and apply a light amount of crème blush to the apples of your cheeks.


4. Apply powder foundation through the T-zone which will set all of the crème work.


5. Apply eye-liner.


6. Apply a coat of mascara (waterproof is essential for the big day!)


7. Apply false lashes for gorgeous extra volume.


8. Define and fill through eyebrows.


9. Apply lipstick! And the flawless look is complete!


Thanks Kate for your lovely photographs!  This flawless look is simple to do yourself – even as “going out make-up” – but Alannah’s not far away if you would like a professional finish on your big day!

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Photographer: Quince and Mulberry Studios / Makeup Artist: Alannah Pritchard
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