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What is your favourite wedding theme?

One that captures the couple, that reflects who are they are, what they love. Weddings should be a celebration of the two people getting married from start to finish, not used as opportunity to pack in as many Pinterest inspo options as possible.

What inspires you?

Nature, colours, finishes, textures, fabric, florals, foliages, architecture, interiors, other cultures and traditions, the seasons, and most importantly the couples we work for.

Image by Snippets Photography

What is special about weddings to you?

That two people are so loved up that they want to make it official, to celebrate with the people who matter to them, to party their way into the night declaring with every dance step they’ve found their person and they’re not letting them go. I get choked up at every single one I get the honour to be a part of. Now bring on marriage equality in Australia to make that love fest an option for every single person brave enough to love this hard.

What is your favourite styling trend? 

I could not possibly pick one! But if I had to, it would be the detail and care being put into table styling – from the linens to the cutlery as well as the florals and ambient lighting. It’s been my philosophy from day one, and it’s wonderful to see more couples embracing why it matters.

Image by Snippets Photography

What book are you reading at the moment?

My appointment diary. The days are refusing to get longer and I need them to!

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

Book us! Truly. Life is way too short  – and marriage too special – to lose precious time and sleep fretting over how to be in three places at once on your wedding day. And we know how to stick to a budget as an added bonus.

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What is the one tool of your trade that you can’t live without?

iPhone – it’s impossible to imagine doing this without one. Though we once did!

What are you excited about right now?

Moving! Getting ready to shift into a massive new warehouse with so much space we don’t know how we’ll fill it all. But watch us. We will!

What is a special personal talent you possess? 

Calm under ridiculous pressure, still really, really loving what I do 17 years in, a capacity to find a solution in a single bound, all whilst simultaneously creating a bouquet or suspending florals.

Image by gmphotographics via Modern Bridesmaid Inspiration With Greenery

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?

When home, it’s definitely being ocean side. In the water. On the water. By the water. Long ocean swims leave me feeling ecstatically happy. And wherever Qantas and friends go, I’m there. Have passport, travel a passion. With my husband at my side, travelling is my favourite happy place.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Yes, however did we ever survive without our iPhones! I love your eye for detail in everything you do – your table settings are just glorious!

About Form Over Function: Since 1999, we have been setting new standards in the event hire, design and management industry, driven to offer a genuinely personal service with a sharp and stylish eye for details that matter, using a talented, experienced, professional and dedicated in-house team who love what we do.

Top 3 Things Bridal Couples Should Know....Couture Wedding Planning

When making those important decisions during the planning stage of your wedding, at Couture Wedding Planning, we think there are some really important things for couples to know which will make the journey so much easier! Here are my top tips for things to think about when selecting your venue, gown and photographer.

Tips for selecting your reception venue

·      Make sure you know if there is a minimum spend or minimum number of guests before signing the contract.

·      Always read the entire contract!!!

·      Always have a final meeting with you venue and communicate everything you would like to see happen on your wedding day.

·      Always drop off all your personal items – such as place cards – to the venue during the week before the wedding; make sure that your venue makes a note of everything that has been delivered.

Top 3 Things Bridal Couples Should Know....Fiona From Couture Wedding Planning

Tips for selecting your gown

·      Find out how long will the gown take to make and arrive in store.

·      Find out if there are any progressive payments that need to be made over the wedding planning period.

·      Check if alterations are included or excluded from the price of the dress.

Tips for choosing your photographer 

·      Always meet the photographer you will have on your wedding day – either at the initial meeting or the final meeting.

·      Also check how many hours they are hired for against your wedding day timeline; double check that the time the photographer is due to leave is after the formalities such as speeches, cake cutting and the first dance.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Minimum spends at venues and when to make progressive gown payments are both important things to know; thank you so much for your helpful advice Fiona!

About Couture Wedding Planning: Hi, I’m Fiona from Couture Wedding Planning. Your wedding is an incredible day of love, emotion and above all a celebration for you, your partner and all your guests to enjoy! I’m very passionate about every detail of your magical wedding. It is our mission to mould and shape your vision so that your wedding reflects you as a couple, without the stress of planning it yourself.

Wedding Planner: Couture Wedding Planning / Photographer: GM Photographics / Bride's Dress: Inbal Dror by Helen Rodrigues / Venue: Curzon Hall / Crown: Viktoria Novak / Flowers: John Emmanuel / Decor Hire: Harbourside Decorators / Wedding Cake: Faye Cahill / Chandeliers: Chandeliers To Die For / Linen: Events By Nadia

My Inspiration - Meghan From Good Grace & Humour

I constantly need to explain my crinkled eyebrows to people because my mind is adapting or integrating whatever I’m looking at or thinking about into my work or my life.

I’m inspired by so many damn things! The places I go, the music I hear, the patterns I see, the creative minds I follow… it’s endless. For example, spring was well and truly in the air when I created this floral headpiece – I was channeling blossom, bird nests and those elegant cartwheel hats from the 1900’s.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Your inspiration is just dreamy; I love spring blossoms too – they are so romantic!

About Good Grace and Humour: Hi I’m Meghan! I can spend hours sifting through images, looking for that perfect something. I follow artists to observe colour combinations and can’t get enough wallpaper in my life. I work with beautiful flowers to make beautiful arrangements for beautiful people.

Photographer: Katie Kav Photography / Hair & Make-Up: Green Scarf Girl / Gown: Nicolangela / Styling: Rabbit Hole Designs