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Five Minutes With….Laima From White Chilli Photography

by | Five Minutes With.., Wisdom


White Chilli Photography
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White Chilli Photography

What is your favourite wedding theme?
There are so many good ones, I just don’t know how to choose my favourite!  I love any theme that is special to the bride and groom; everyone is  different and it makes me smile when couples choose a theme that matches their personalities.  It makes the day so personal and fun.

What inspires you?
People who take risks and chase their dreams.

What is special about weddings to you?
Weddings are my absolute favourite things to photograph.  I just love that I get to spend the day with couples to capture their happiness and love on their special day.  I am always so excited to look through the pics. I don’t think there is anything better.

What is your favourite image of all time?
I honestly don’t have one. I have many favourite images …. my favourites all have special meanings attached to them.



What book are you reading at the moment?
‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’ by Dawn French.  I just love her!

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?
Don’t stress, have as much fun on the day as you can.  It will go by in a flash, so enjoy every minute.


What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without?
Haha! my Camera!!  No real surprises there!

What are you excited about right now?
Wedding season has started and I am so excited to capture so many wonderful memories! It’s the best time of year.



What is a special personal talent you possess?
Ummmmm …. gosh, I am stumped on this one.

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?
My favourite place to escape is anywhere where it is warm and there is a beach. I am based in Melbourne so I love to have a quick get away to Sorrento, however, I try to get to Byron Bay as much as I can.  I always feel so relaxed and happy when I am at the beach.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The beach is a special spot for me too – it’s my place for relaxation!

About White Chilli Photography: Hi, I’m Laima! For me, photographing weddings is about the little moments … and of course the big ones. 
It’s capturing the light of the day, the faces, gestures, those candid smiles … a tear. It might be the detail of a flower, a nervous glance, a footprint or the beading on a dress… nothing beats it!

Vendor’s Favourites – Showtime Events Centre

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Showtime Events Centre
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At Showtime Events Centre, we are just in love with urban chic weddings – particularly how ‘on trend’ concrete styling elements can add that final uber touch!

1. Wedding Photos. Here on South Wharf we have access to some of Melbourne’s best kept secrets when it comes to wedding portraits; this little gem is located just metres from our venue! Image via Duuet Wedding Photography.

2. Table numbers. For the brave brides, how about these awesome concrete slabs? Hopefully, your husband to be has a few lying around the house! Image via Junebug Weddings

3. Linen. Looking for the ultimate way to tie everything together? Don’t forget about your linen choice; our favourite is the ‘Grey Jute’ from our friends at Decor It. Image by Beckon Media

4.Cake. How amazing is this industrial chic concrete cake? This beauty is from one of our all time favourite cake suppliers, Don’t Tell Charles. Image via Don’t Tell Charles.

5. Tables! Lastly, who could forget the most important part, tables! We love these from Dann Event Hire. Image by Sarah Streets Studio


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So chic; love the concrete details – the cake is amazing!

About Showtime Events Centre: Our award winning venue boasts spectacular views of Melbourne’s city skyline and is superbly positioned along the Yarra River on South Wharf. With a vibrant mix of the old and new, our venue has retained heritage features whilst incorporating current and stylish contemporary designs to create a modern, open space with delightful original touches.

Behind The Door With….Inglewood Inn

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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Behind The Door With Inglewood Inn

This week on Behind the Door I’m visiting gorgeous Adelaide and a venue that’s so special they named the whole town after it, Inglewood Inn in Inglewood! A family run business, Inglewood Inn is a historic building that includes a bistro, bar and function space as well as stunning gardens that make it the perfect place for a wedding.

I meet Milly the function coordinator who also happens to be the daughter of the Inglewood Inn owners, so you know you are in good hands. Milly tells me that she puts her heart and soul into every wedding and you can tell she really loves her job.


Ceremonies are usually held in the lush gardens and in front of the clusters of tall elm trees. Milly tells me that guests can enjoy drinks at the ceremony from the built-in bar and that it’s a perfect spot for guests to play lawn games or just relax and enjoy the surrounds. For photos, couples are spoilt with rolling hills, secret gardens and a beautiful stream.



Then it’s upstairs to the function space built right into the hill to enjoy panoramic views across the Adelaide Hills, Para River, Elm Trees and gardens. Milly tells me they designed the space to be beautiful and historic yet modern enough that couples can decorate it however they like.



“What we are really famous for is our food” says Milly. “We source everything as locally as possible and put a lot of care into creating interesting and beautiful menus.” The venue hosts tasting nights twice per year and Milly tells me she loves it when couples get to try something unexpected that you might not usually have at a wedding. “The quail is my favourite” says Milly. “Couples try it and then immediately want it on their wedding menu!” There’s also lots of attention to the drinks list; couples can choose from a range of local wines and beers, some of which come from wineries just down the road.



I ask Milly if she has any funny stories about weddings at Inglewood Inn and she tells me about the time a goat ‘gate-crashed’ a wedding and wanted to eat the bouquets. A bridesmaid had to use hers to lure the goat into a nearby paddock!  Milly tells me that what makes Inglewood Inn so special is the attitude of the couples who choose to get married there. “They are always so relaxed and lovely” says Milly. “It makes it such a pleasure to host their celebrations.”


Images by Inglewood Inn and Acacia Rachel Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With such beautiful gardens and delicious food, weddings at Inglewood Inn are so special and unforgettable!

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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