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The Lovers Collective Workshops

by | Industry News, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

Recently I caught up with Erin from The Lovers Collective to hear all about their innovative idea for brides to be. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a great gift for your bestie or are newly engaged yourself, then you’re going to love this!

The Lovers Collective is a fresh and exciting concept of workshops and events with ever-changing, hand-picked guest speakers from many parts of ‘wedding life’ – all with the same goal of providing behind the scenes knowledge to guests. With the ‘best of the best’ including cake designers, photographers, florists, celebrants, planners, graphic designers and everyone in between, information is shared leaving guests bursting with inspiration and knowledge!

Guests can engage directly with their favourite vendors while they share tips on planning all in a gorgeous setting. Each workshop has a unique activity and hands on lesson to get the creative juices flowing and have a little fun.

The workshops are the ultimate investment for the bride looking to take her wedding to the next level, for people interested in moving into the wedding industry, or anyone who just loves a great workshop!

We’re super excited to be back with The Lovers Collective July Workshop to be held at the beautiful High Church, Brisbane, on Sunday 19th July 2015! We’ve made a few little changes including spending more time with guests and a fun cocktail hour after the workshop.

There are some stellar speakers as well!  Joining us will be Carly from CL Weddings & Events talking planning, Shane Shepherd from Shane Shepherd Photography talking (you guessed it) photography and Elise from Elyssium Blooms will be talking flowers. Megan from Hansel&Gretel Cakes will chat about cakes and present the hands on masterclass of cookie decorating, and last but not least… Georgie from Georgeous  is taking the trip up from Melbourne to talk styling (with a quick demonstration).

Guests will receive a gift pack including a succulent from Fair Light Blessed, a concrete candle holder from Melt Creations, prints from With Love, Frank Body Scrub from Envelope Registry, a notepad to jot down points from the speakers from Alex Mae and delicious juice from The Cleanse Kitchen – all packaged in a gorgeous Peachy Flamingo tote. There will also be an awesome door prize of a night’s stay for two at The Point Brisbane with buffet breakfast – valued at $500!”

With so much to see, hear and do, don’t miss The Lovers Collective July Workshop!

Images via  Janneke Storm

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Sounds like a great workshop: ‘the best of the best’ will definitely be there!

Australian Bridal Fashion Week 2015

by | Event Reviews, Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Filigree

The June long weekend gave us yet another reason to celebrate this year. From June 5th to June 7th, Sydney-siders were privy to the first inaugural Australian Bridal Fashion Week and as promised, it was a breathtaking and exquisite event. Held at the historical Sydney Technology Park, guests were treated to couture bridal fashion and style for as far as the eye could see.

To celebrate the launch of the event, bridal bloggers and much of the bridal industry gathered at midday on June 5th for an exclusive runway event that showcased a snapshot of the gowns that were on display across the weekend.

It was a weekend that allowed each and every guest to completely immerse themselves in all the beauty of bridal fashion, with guests also having the opportunity to meet with the designers. Having such a high calibre of designers certainly made this next part a difficult one, but here are our highlights from the weekend!


With so many exquisite gowns showcasing on the runway and throughout the event, we’ve selected our highlights for Sleek, Embellished and Vintage gowns to get you started on choosing your bridal look!

Sleek & Minimal

Looking for a contemporary style that highlights your figure in a luxurious fabric? Minimalistic styles are the ultimate in sophisticated chic and here are our top selects.

Jennifer Regan

With a luxe collection of fitted designs in both full lace and satin, the Jennifer Regan gowns were chic and contemporary for the modern bride.

Jennifer Regan

Lust Have: A sleek silk satin design with low back and lace detail is the perfect combination of minimalistic design and couture detail.

Lilli Marcs

With a beautiful collection of both minimal and embellished styles, it was the minimalistic styles of Lilli Marcs finished with couture detailing that really caught our eye! In luxurious, lustrous fabrics that fall gracefully from the body, these gowns are contemporary yet timeless.

Lilli MarcsImage via Lilli Marcs

Lust Have: The beautiful fitted cowl neck design is just timeless!  With a fitted waist and A-line skirt silhouette, this gown will give you a touch of Hollywood glamour on your special day.


A look that has stood the test of time, a beautifully embellished gown is a timeless style for the contemporary bride.

Anna Campbell

The Queen of decadent embellished gowns, the Anna Campbell creations are something from a fairytale world, fit for a princess. With a silhouette to suit each bride’s style, the ‘Spirit’ collection that was showcased is a romantic’s dream come true. The collection features both full-embellished lace styles as well as chiffon gowns.

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell1

Lust Have: The fitted style that graced the runway at the media launch was flawless! Richly embellished and finished with a delicate chandelier cap sleeve, this statement style is sure to be a favourite with brides everywhere.

Liz Martinez

Flying across the seas to showcase at ABFW, renowned couturier Liz Martinez showcased an exquisite collection of tulle, lace, beading and beauty. Whether it is a more relaxed (yet still artfully detailed) shorter style that you’re looking for, a strapless fitted gown or a plunging v-neck A line gown, this collection is for you.

Liz MartinezImage via Bridal Fashion Week Australia

Lust Have: The contemporary Cinderella gown that opened the media launch with a plunging V neck, cinched waist and A-line skirt was flawlessly embellished and just simply stunning!

Leah Da Gloria

Since launching in 2012, the Leah Da Gloria brand has quickly become a darling within the Australian bridal industry. Infusing her trademark ornate embellishment with luxe sleek gowns, this collection cemented the designer’s place as one of the countries most exquisite couturiers.

Leah Da Gloria

Lust Have: Lace, texture and silk organza – what more could you want! Pictured far left, this fitted gown is structured yet feminine, contemporary yet classic.


Walking into the Nektaria space was like falling down a magically embellished rabbit hole. Featuring figure-skimming gowns with complete lace and embellishment, these gowns are decadent and luxurious for the contemporary bride.


Lust Have: A sheer style with organza sleeves, a regal scalloped neckline and flowing train.

Sant Elia

Unveiling a luxurious couture collection this Bridal Fashion Week, the Sant Elia brand showcased a vintage inspired glamorous selection of bridal and occasion wear gowns. A brand to watch!

Sant EliaImage via Sant Elia

Lust Have: Opt for a royal style with the ‘Valentina’ gown. Artfully embellished in earthly and regal tones, this gown is a beautiful feminine style.

Mariana Hardwick

Grandeur and Couture artfulness is what we have come to expect from the luxurious work of Mariana Hardwick and this collection was even more beautiful than anticipated. Featuring complete lace styles, nude looks and a touch of colour, this collection is unique and simply gorgeous.

Marianna Hardwick

Lust Have: A beautifully white-corded lace overlaying a nude silhouette was a standout piece!


Whether you’re looking for a hint of old world glamour or you’re having a Gatsby themed reception, there is a special Vintage inspired gown to suit each inspiration.

Forever Vintage

What could be more vintage than a brand with the word ‘vintage’ in its name? The Forever Vintage collections are made up of only the finest vintage pieces from the 1940’s through to the 80’s. With Parisian couturiers included in the mix, this is the must see label for those wanting an authentic vintage piece. Opt for a gorgeous ruby or royal toned ball gown style if traditional white isn’t for you.

Forever VintageImage via George Azmy

Lust Have: The beautiful ‘Vene’ gown with a full tulle skirt, belted waist and sheer cap sleeves is a romantic and beautiful style for the traditional bride.

Johanna Johnson

With a hint of 1920’s inspiration, the beautiful Johanna Johnson gowns were contemporary infused with a touch of vintage glamour. With styles featuring drop waists and heavily embellished shift gowns, this collection creates a romantic statement for the modern yet vintage inspired bride.

Johanna Johnson

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Johanna Johnson2

Lust Have: The fully embellished shift style dress was an absolute highlight across the whole event. Styled with a matching headpiece, this look is the ultimate in vintage luxe.

For the Love of Grace

If you’re opting for a vintage inspired bridesmaid look, For the Love of Grace is your ‘go to’ designer. Combing delicate laces with sheer chiffons in earth and romantic tones, these exquisite designs not only make for the perfect bridesmaid gown, they are also a piece that your maids will love for years to come.

For the Love of GraceImage via George Gittany

Lust Have: The whimsical ‘Summer Shadows’ gown in dove grey with a fitted bodice and full sheer skirt will perfectly compliment a romantic bridal look.


Looking to highlight your bridal look with a statement jewellery piece? Whether you’ve chosen a sleek minimalistic gown or a heavily embellished and ornate style, the right accessory will accentuate your look and draw attention to your features.

Stephanie Browne

Renowned in the bridal industry for her 25 years of creating exquisite and ornamental bridal jewellery, Stephanie Browne is a ‘must see’ designer for the vintage inspired bride. Showcasing a lust worthy selection of hair accessories, headpieces, and jewellery, each piece is artfully created for a luxurious and glamorous look.

Stephanie Browne

Lust Have: Looking for a beautiful headpiece? Opt for a classic comb in a stunning embellished style.

Samantha Wills

Being one of Australia’s most sought after jewellery brands, the Samantha Wills bridal collection is a flawless display of trademark luxe aesthetic. With a collection of highly ornate accessories in gold, silver and metal tones, this is a heavenly collection for the boho and vintage inspired bride!

Samantha Wills

Lust Have: We can’t go past the ‘Precious Dreamers’ cuff in silver! An absolute statement piece that you will treasure forever.


Whether they will be hidden under layers of tulle and silk for the most part of the day or on display to complement your cocktail length dress, choosing the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding completes your bridal look Cinderella style.

The White Collection

Entering the event, one of the first displays that guests came across was the fairytale world of The White Collection. With a beautiful gold swing chair and glass tables for display areas, this was one of the standout displays across the event! Featuring both Australian and International designer bridal shoe brands including Badgley Mischka, Charlotte Mills and Jakii, there is a little piece of heaven for everyone.

The White Collection

Lust Have: Harriet Wilde ‘Marina English’ rose peep toes with silver leaf detailing.

Panache Bridal Shoes

An Australian brand of positively divine bridal shoes! Created with only the finest fabrics and Swarovski crystals, Panache Bridal Shoes work closely with Australia’s top designers to ensure your bridal shoes complement all the latest wedding styles and trends.

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 Lust Have: Opt for one of their luxe pale blue styles for your ‘Something Blue’ bridal addition!


With an amazing and unforgettable showcase, that wraps up our top picks from Australian Bridal Fashion Week for 2015.

Thank you to the beautiful team from ABFW, I can’t wait for the 2016 show!

All images unless otherwise credited are via Ms Filagree


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautifully elegant event with Australia’s leading bridal designers – a stunning selection for every bride.

Behind The Door With…Georgeous

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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Welcome to “Behind the Door With…..”! A new fortnightly series where I take you behind the scenes and discover the inspirational work spaces of some my favourite creatives. So much fun!!! Where they work, create, collaborate and what makes it feel like home for them and their business.

This week I had a chat with Aleisha from Georgeous. Georgeous has an outstanding reputation for creating and planning immersive weddings, injecting small surprises and stylish twists that all work together to create unforgettable events.


Georgeous HQ1SarahWood

Georgeous HQ2SarahWood

With a stunning collection of furniture, props and decor items, Georgeous outgrew their St Kilda based offices and have created a new space adjoining their Glen Iris warehouse which they think of as ‘Georgeous HQ’.


Originally a mechanics workshop, the oil covered floors have been replaced with timber and fitted out to incorporate open plan offices, a sunlit meeting space, craft workshop and home of the new hire range, The Georgeous Store.




Located at the end of a little pocket of industrial style spaces in Glen Iris, the Georgeous team are surrounded by friendly neighbours and their go to cafe, Platform Espresso. One of Aleisha’s favourite stories about the street is that it is apparently owned by a dog who was left the estate in an elderly lady’s will!

Timber, vintage pieces and handcrafted elements combine to create a soft, slightly ethereal styled space that is constantly changing and inspiring. Aleisha loves all the living greenery and really misses it when they take the plants out for a sunbake once per month. You can tell straight away that the team here love to create and surround themselves with pieces from some of their favourite designers as well as handcrafted installations made especially for each wedding.



In the middle of the warehouse the car park and loading bay has made packing for events a dream – and it can also be transformed into a party space when required. It’s perfect for a long feasting table and Georgeous have even hired a vintage caravan bar for out the front.  It’s a space that the team hope to utilise for the launch of the Georgeous Classroom,  where Creative Director Georgie will be passing on some of her industry knowledge as well as sharing the Georgeous story with aspiring stylists and creatives.

Georgeous HQ7 Tara Pierce

All images via Sarah Wood Photography and Erin and Tara Photography

When I visited, the Georgeous team were excited to start rearranging the back warehouse to house a showroom for their hire range. I spied mountains of colourful cushions, delicate glass candle holders and one of a kind vintage pieces just waiting for a chance to shine. Aleisha explained that while the The Georgeous Store has a beautiful website where brides can pick and choose hire pieces, this new space will allow them to really have a play and design their own DIY weddings. The whole team is looking forward to helping brides get “a little bit of Georgeous”!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thanks Amelia – what a fabulous new series! The girls from Georgeous are so clever and have such pretty things; love the pink blooms with the rose gold…….can’t wait for your next post!

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. Make Your Day Wedding Styling is my creative outlet and I love nothing more than that ten minutes just before the guests enter the wedding reception, it feels like a special sort of magic!

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