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Samantha Wynne 20th Anniversary …. Real Bride, Lana

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chinoiserie


Celebrating her 20th anniversary in 2016 as a couture wedding designer, today we feature another one of Samantha Wynne’s ‘Real Brides’, Lana, from 2012.  Looking back, we can see changes in gown design, colour themes, music, flowers and more.

Name of Bride: Lana Gallagher

Age at time of wedding: 31

Year Married: 2012

Location of Wedding: Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelismos, West Perth and reception at Mosmans Restaurant


Colour Theme: Latte, cream and hyacinth blue



Cake Flavour: Traditional fruit cake with fondant icing and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Party Favours: Miniature bottles of Frangelico and whiskey, with sugared almonds

Food: Canapes followed by three course sit down meal

First Dance Song: ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie

Veil: Samantha Wynne

Shoes: Kate Spade New York

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Watters


Honeymoon: Koh Samui and Singapore

Hairstyle: Vintage style updo

24_1Images by Gareth David Photography

“I was looking for something simple in design, fitted with a sleeve and in guipure lace, a fabric much-loved by my late grandmother”, says Lana. “I think I knew deep down that I would need a made to measure gown. Samantha’s designs are so much more than your typical strapless gowns and ball skirt silhouettes.Samantha has a whole range of designs, knowing that ‘the dress’ can come in so many different styles for different brides. Samantha listened to what I was after and didn’t then try to persuade me to choose an off the rack gown; she drew me a sketch, complete with veil and sourced a number of beautiful lace fabrics; we never looked back.”

“Strapless gowns were very popular when I was getting married, along with mermaid shapes, blush and champagne tones and no veil. If I could get married again, I would ask Samantha to make my dress again – a ‘new original’! Perhaps a calf-length dress in a 1940’s style with cloche hat and gloves to match. Now I’m getting ideas!”


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Vendor’s Favourites – Truffle Pig Catering & Events

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Trufflepig Catering & Events
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1. I am so in love with the gorgeous details Anna Campbell adds to her vintage styled wedding dresses…my current obsession is this ‘Sierra’ dress!  Beautiful! Image via Anna Campbell

2. I stumbled across this image a couple of weeks ago of these gorgeous summer rolls by caterers Pearl Drop London, and can’t stop looking at them – definitely providing inspiration for the Trufflepig menu for this Spring/ Summer! Image via Rose Lloyd

3. We love using Salumi Australia’s handmade artisan products as part of our grazing tables, especially the spicy spreadable salami ‘nduja’ – it’s absolutely delicious! Image via Trufflepig Catering & Events

4. Harrow & Eton make the most amazingly delicious, extraordinary savoury and sweet pies and tarts – so much so we use them for our events at Trufflepig.  I mean who doesn’t love hand made puff pastry?  Respect! Image via Marnie Hawson

5. I love Willow and Fox’s styling! A beautiful mix of vintage and modern design – especially their use of gorgeous cut flowers which add such warmth and colour. Image via The White Tree


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Miss Chinoiserie Says: Oh, I’m in love with all your favourites too – how beautiful are the flowers and those delicious pies – yum!

About Trufflepig Catering & Events: We love delicious flavours and big, rustic platters of food shared amongst friends and family.We love sumptuous, elegant canapes served amidst sparkling conversation and wine. We love imagination and attention to detail too!

Save The Date: Do I Need To Send One?

by | Stationery Wisdom, Wisdom


Lovestruck, Paper Divas


At Lovestruck Invitations, we are asked by so many brides-to-be whether a Save The Date card is required to be sent, so here are our thoughts!

If you are having a destination wedding, absolutely! You want to give your family and friends as much time as possible to plan their attendance. In particular, overseas weddings take a lot of planning so as soon as the date is known and the location, it is wise to pass this information on so guests can look in to their own travel plans.


If you are super excited about your wedding and want to share the excitement, absolutely! Now you know the date, this is the start of the wedding journey and if your budget permits, share the love! Receiving this card lets your family and friends know they have made it on to the invite list!

If your invitations are already ordered and on their way, probably not. The Save The Date card is a placeholder for the invitation to be sent later.

If your wedding is going to take place within a short timeframe, probably not. The invitation itself will be enough in this situation.

If you don’t know your colour theme yet, absolutely! The Save The Date card doesn’t need to match your wedding invitation but make it personal  – include a photo of your engagement ring, a photo of the two of you or just details of the proposal to add a nice touch.

save-the-date-paper-divasImages via Lovestruck Invitations

The Save The Date card is a simple gesture but shares the love and excitement of your impending wedding. Let your family and friends know when the big day is and there’s no time like the present to get started. Congratulations!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a wonderful way to share the excitement about your upcoming marriage; such a lovely card to receive in the post!!

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