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Samantha & Tom’s Captured Memories – The Wedding Fair

by | Cinematography Wisdom, Wisdom


The Wedding Fair
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At The Wedding Fair, we love chocolate labradors! Who doesn’t love a wedding with a chocolate labrador! Everything about Samantha and Tom’s day was fun and full of ease; from the beautiful, genuine love and affection these two have for each other, to the incredible light we were gifted with into the evening. There was such a genuine atmosphere of friendship and connection and we were so happy to be there to tell their story.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The sky at twilight was so beautiful; such a special wedding film!

About The Wedding Fair: We are a group of wedding artists that will get super excited about the story of your day. A wedding is the perfect marriage of style and fun, coupled with a raw sense of history and meaning. Being able to capture and facilitate these moments as they unfold is our passion and our craft! We specialise in creating candid, bespoke wedding films that capture beautiful light, the in-between moments and the small details.

Bridal Fashion Week 2016: Our Top 10 Gowns

by | Event Reviews, Industry News, Top Ten, Wisdom


Ms Filigree

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Image by George Gittany

Bridal Fashion Week was extra special this year with beautiful gowns once again floating down the runway and across our screens. It was such a joy to see the exceptional creativity from both Australian and international designers at the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh.


The event began with a media sneak peek of the gowns that would be on display. The night was a beautiful preview with mingling guests sipping on wine and being treated to a delicious selection of antipasto before the runway show began. With a selection of gowns that were positively to die for, it left the audience eagerly waiting for the complete showcase.

Two days later, media and buyers were able to view the collections whilst the day after, the doors opened for all the brides to be!  With everything from champagne bars to pamper rooms, flower crown workshops and fashion panels, this was an event to please every bride to be and her girl squad!

Bridal Fashion

Bridal Fashion Week is always full of so many stunning gowns so narrowing them down to our Top 10 is no easy feat. The runway featured 21 designers – a mixture of Australian and international brands with each gown meticulously crafted for your special day. Each and every dress was wonderfully unique and choosing our favourites was tricky but we managed to narrow them down!


Catherine R Couture

This lace and satin gown is positively stunning. With a full skirt and embellished organic lace edging, this gown accentuates the figure and is beautifully glamorous!


Lena Kasparian

What a beauty! This ornate strapless gown is ultra feminine and luxurious with sheer skirt detailing for the contemporary bride.


Shabi & Israel Haute Couture

Modern meets old world glamour. This gown is regal with its sheer overlay yet modern with the mermaid silhouette. Perfect for the bride who loves classic meets contemporary.


Image by Ellif the Artist

Holly Rose Couture

Refined elegance has never looked so perfect! This luxurious lace number is sleek, contemporary and the epitome of elegance.

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Image by Briannaleee

Galia Lahav

Cinderella would be shrieking with joy at the sight of this gown! This romantic ball gown with flowing tulle and delicate lace detailing is fit for a princess.


Image by DFD Photography

Shabi & Israel Haute Couture

What a showstopper! This off the shoulder, lace fitted gown features a flowing A-line overlay which will be perfect for your grand entrance.

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Image by George Gittany


A classic number for a winter bride. With striking bishop sleeves and a nipped waist, this elegant style is refined glamour for your special day.

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Image by George Gittany

Corston Couture

This all over lace number with a beautiful train and fitted silhouette is ever so chic for your special day.


Zuhair Murad

Wow – what a statement number! This ornate lace hugs the figure beautifully and is a perfect style for the modern or fashion forward bride.


Inbal Dror

One for the modern-day brides. With a layered tulle ball gown skirt and a plunging lace bodice, you will feel every bit the sophisticated princess in this gown!


All imagery via Ms Filigree unless credited


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a wonderful event showcasing stunning gowns from our favourite Australian and international designers!

Behind The Door With….Robyn Pattison

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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This week for ‘Behind The Door With’ I am thrilled to meet celebrant Robyn Pattison, better known as ‘The Wedding Pixie’! Celebrants are the heart and soul of any wedding and I love how more and more are redefining what a ceremony can be and making each wedding feel different and special. Robyn has been a celebrant for seven and a half years and when I chat with her, she is getting close to officiating her 1000th wedding!

Robyn meets couples in her beautiful home office in West Ryde, New South Wales and tells me it is the only way to meet with everyone during what is often outside of office hours. “The first year I was a celebrant I would visit people in their homes” she tells me. “But once I started doing over one hundred weddings per year that just wasn’t going to work.”



The office has a large desk, comfy couch and a very pretty, fun vibe. Robyn tells me that she spends so much time in there it “better feel like me”! A place for meetings as well as paperwork and writing ceremonies, it’s important clients feel at home and like it as a friendly, happy place. Robyn also loves being close to home and being around her kids and pets.


Of course Robyn has a second office that changes all the time when she is standing up the front of a wedding ceremony with a microphone in her hand. “I could pitch a tent at the Royal Botanic Gardens, I spend so much time there” she jokes. Making everyone feel comfortable is a part of the job, even though I imagine that must be tricky when things like weather come into play. Robyn often has to move guests to the backup plan but says she could conduct a ceremony next to a rubbish bin if she has to!


When I ask about the challenges of her job, Robyn tells me it is these weather and logistical issues that are the trickiest. “I try to get couples to remember that their guests really are their guests from the moment they arrive at the ceremony” she says. “And no, they don’t like being out in the cold and rain, especially if there’s a drier option just nearby.”


Of course then I want to know what Robyn’s favourite type of weddings are and she tells me the best bit is when she changes couples’ minds about what a wedding “should be” to what a wedding “can be”. Robyn also loves to cross cultural and language barriers and bring the different families and friends together. What an awesome job!


Images by We are Origami , Mathew Mead Photography & The Salty Shutter


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Robyn on your wonderfully rewarding and successful career – 1000 weddings is such a well deserved accomplishment!

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.

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