What is your favourite wedding theme?

For me, I always love all white for weddings. It is simple, understated and elegant. Although, depending on the bride of course, I really like metallic accents such as gold or copper to enhance a wedding.

What inspires you?

Event inspiration for me is through social media a lot. I really enjoy following international event organisers, but even just looking at blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. I know I am not alone in that I could spend hours on the internet! In saying this, a lot of the inspiration when putting weddings together for our clients is always inspired and influenced on a personal level by the couple – from what they enjoy doing together, their holiday destinations  and how they met. I enjoy this because it is nice spending the time to get to know these people, and really find a way to make their wedding personal to them.


What is special about weddings to you?

For me, what is special is creating a wedding that is unique to every bride and groom – and really creating a concept and theme that the couple will love and feel excited about. Weddings can sometimes more effort than worth. For this reason, we love to really get involved and ensure we are not only a hire business, but aim to provide a really enjoyable and fun experience for the couple. There is nothing better than having a client really smile and be excited after hearing what we have presented to them… it is the best part of our day!

What is your favourite image of all time?

This is from an event of ours at a winery in Adelaide, Sunnybrae Estate. It was a beautiful setup with the festoon lighting to light up the evening, whilst still bring intimate and fun. I love this photo, and the event that we created.


What book are you reading at the moment?

My Sister’s Keeper. I am a bit late to reading it, but I am glad I finally am.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

This is hard – I think the best tip, is to do what you want! This is your wedding and there are so many people who will try to influence you and change your mind, but it is important to always remember that this is your day and so your wedding should reflect that!


All images via Modern Party

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

My one tool is probably my emails haha! I couldn’t live without them! It is probably no shock that I work in office with that answer.

What is your resolution for this year?

After a stressful and hard year, I have decided this year will be the year of fun! I am just really trying to make sure to take every day as it comes, and am remembering to enjoy every day and all the little things!

What are you excited about right now?

At the moment, we are waiting for a shipment of five new collections of furniture at work! Excited is an understatement! It is the equivalent of receiving an online purchase, except multiplied by one hundred!!

What is a special personal talent you possess?

My special talent – this is hard! My talent would be being making a really good coffee, I’m known for it in the office!

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

My favourite place is my shack; it is quiet and relaxing. It is in a small town outside of Adelaide, Carrickalinga. I really spending time there.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thanks Chris for chatting with us;  I love all white weddings with a touch of chic metallics too!

About Modern Party: At Modern Party we believe it’s all about you, making our service next to none. We want to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch and are happy to work out a package that best suits you! Our passion for innovative products combined with our desire to stay ahead of the crowd sees us constantly sourcing the latest items from around the globe.


The first Wedding Upmarket for the year was held last month and if you’re planning on getting married soon, you will want to put the next date in your diary right now! If you haven’t heard of this Perth event before, the Wedding Upmarket team are all about showcasing a selection of handpicked local designers for the modern bride.


Most brides know the style of the wedding they want and local designers can help transform all of those online inspiration boards into reality. Designers love the opportunity to showcase their work and talk to brides in a relaxed environment.

This year Wedding Upmarket launched a series of free ‘Wedding Insiders’ sessions which were a hit with Perth’s engaged couples. They were short Q&A sessions featuring Perth’s experts who aim to help brides create a truly bespoke celebration. Wedding Upmarket were so pleased to have Ann Lord, Civil Celebrant hosting their Wedding Insiders sessions in a luxury tent from Empire Events.


The sessions covered insider tips on everything from wedding catering, designing/buying a wedding dress, selecting the right accessories to working with a photographer. Styling your venue, hair and makeup, wedding cakes, tips for the gentlemen in the bridal party, wedding floral design and alternatives to cake were other popular topics.


Some quotes and ‘wise words’ from the ‘Wedding Insiders’ included:

“It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the dress options you have. Do some research, visit no more than two bridal designers in one day and take one or two friends or family members with you that you know will be supportive.” Sandra Searle, Elvi Design

“Unique and beautiful accessories are a wonderful way to incorporate a heirloom piece, whether it be part of Mum’s dress or Grandma’s favourite brooch.” Holly Barker, Holly Barker Millinery


“Guests will always notice that you’ve made the extra effort to consider something beautiful and unique for your linen and glassware.’’ Deborah Pitter, Hire Society

“Rather than finding your dream cake on Pinterest, talk to your cake designer about your dress, flowers, colour scheme and style. You’ll end up with something amazing (and delicious) that is completely individual and reflects you as a couple.’’ Tahnee Upton, Verlena Cakes


Images via Lola Images

Be sure to Save the Date for the next Wedding Upmarket on Saturday 27 August 2016 for your chance to chat with designers about creating a truly bespoke wedding celebration!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful way for brides to chat to some of the most gorgeous vendors in Perth; a wonderful success! Can’t wait for the next one…

About Perth Upmarket: We’ve done all the leg work for you and handpicked Perth’s leading designers – the best of the best – to ensure your wedding is in a league of its own! We are thrilled to present ‘Wedding Upmarket’ which connects brides-to-be with local designers to create truly personalised, custom and handcrafted weddings.


1.Flowers. Fresh blooms are a huge highlight for any wedding, especially as a headpiece, crown or comb. Image via Aisle of Eden

2. Lord Coconut. I adore this Melbourne store supporting local designers with men’s wedding rings and accessories! Image via Lord Coconut

3.Vintage! I love anything vintage…oozes class and beauty! Image via Forever Vintage Shop

4. The Style Co. The complete package – planners, stylists, flowers etc etc! It’s all in the details and having the experts on your team is an effective way to ensure a perfect day! Image via The Style Co


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I am in love with floral crowns too; so pretty and romantic!

About Pookie May Coffee: Hi, I’m Mary from Pookie May Coffee – and I just want to make good coffee!  I found a gorgeous teardrop caravanette and just knew we would make a good team! So, with some TLC and clever compact space conversions, I plan to hit the road and hopefully serve you some coffee on my journey!!