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1. What is your favourite Christmas food?

The tiger prawns that I share with my husband on soft buttered rolls accompanied by a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne on Christmas Eve.

2. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

“Love Actually”of course!

3. Your favourite Christmas drink?

The above mentioned Louis Roederer champagne – our wedding toast champagne!

4. Your favourite Christmas song?

My favourite Christmas song does change according to my mood – at the moment I am loving “White Christmas” especially if it’s Bing Cosby singing.

I also have always had a soft spot for “The Little Drummer Boy” too.

5. Is there something you love to do every Christmas?

Wrapping all the gifts and placing them under the tree is always a delight.

6. How do you Deck the Halls? What is your favourite Christmas decoration?

We have a eight foot lifetime green Christmas tree that my husband and I chose the first Christmas we moved into our home. I dress it every year with soft white fairy lights and collected decorations in shades or white, gold, silver and natural.

I love crystal and glass pieces and am often gifted decorations from friends who find special pieces for me when they travel.

7. Do you have any Christmas family traditions?

We take a family Christmas portrait by the tree every year using our tripod and auto setting on the Nikon.

8. Do you have a favourite shop that you visit at Christmas time?

I love to visit “Papier D’Amour” at Double Bay every Christmas as Phoebe really packs the store with wonderful decorations, gifts and wrapping!

9. Do you bake at Christmas time? If yes, what are your favourite things to bake? Would you share the recipe?

Last year my boys helped me bake Gingerbread cookies made with gorgeous Williams Sonoma copper snowflake cookie cutters . I am sure we will do so again this year. Delicious!

10. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year Christmas will be spent at our home by the pool floating on my giant pink flamingo and enjoying lunch with my extended family.

11.Where does Santa leave presents in your house?

Last year I ordered my sons handmade beautiful individually made Santa sacks with gold stamped designed on calico (Etsy) that they leave at the foot of their bed for Santa presents.

All other gifts can be found wrapped under our Christmas tree.

12. What do you leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve?

We leave Santa a glass of good Scotch and a fruit mince pie and of course carrots for the Reindeer.

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Miss Mooi

Sometimes it can get overwhelming when looking at blogs, wedding magazines, Instagram and Pinterest when planning your wedding. Of the many things that catch your eye, what should you include, what should you leave out? This is where the services of a stylist who can design, plan and set everything up just as you envisaged it, is so invaluable. Some people just have a talent for pulling the various elements you’re considering into a cohesive and elegant setting and Miss Mooi is one of them. Stacey knows just what to add (and subtract!) to perfect the ‘picture’ and ‘feel’ of the design, to ensure that your wedding day decor looks finessed and polished. And you can relax, knowing that your wedding will look just as you imagined it – only so much better!

Why did you start Miss Mooi?

Qualified in Interior Design, I have always had a passion for beautiful yet clever design. Funnily enough though, I kind of fell into Human Resources and then when planning my own wedding, I discovered just how much I missed designing and being creative. So upon my return from Europe, Miss Mooi was born and now offers a range of services from on the day styling set up, full concept and design and planning. We also have a small boutique hire range that has been doing quite well.

Imaginative business name – can you please explain its origins?

Absolutely! My now husband has called me his Miss Mooi (pronounced Moy and meaning ‘beautiful’ in his native Dutch) from the moment we met. It is such a nod to who we are so it made perfect sense to name our business that. After all, that is what we specialize in. We love to translate our couples own love stories through the use of tangible and unforgettable details. My husband is also a huge part of the business due to his furniture making talents.

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Image by Milk Photography. Flowers by Floretta

What special qualities and talents do you bring to styling and planning a wedding?

I am quietly laughing, as this forces me to admit that I am slightly OCD and detail obsessed. Happily though, it is this obsession that is an asset to me in creating unique and beautiful weddings. Getting the detail just right is very important to me and as a stylist, exercising restraint is as equally important to avoid a look that is ‘over-styled’. Having been the corporate gal, I have extensive project management and spread-sheeting experience which is super handy when planning events for our couples.

What do your styling and event planning services include?

Our ‘On the Day Styling Set Up’ package is perfect for the bride who has a flair for styling, has sourced all of her styling elements and just needs a pair of expert hands on the day to ensure it is set up and styled to perfection. Our full concept and design package is just that. We will be there every step of the way for the design from concept creation, to sourcing those special pieces through to flawless execution of all styling elements on the day. For couples wanting full planning, this is the ultimate package and will see that we look after everything from day one. We will be your own personal wedding experts and ensure your planning is stress free and enjoyable, just as it should be.

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Image by Gus Reyes Photography. Timber trestles and chairs from Dress My Wedding Flowers by Floretta

Do you feel you have a signature style and design philosophy?

With a passion for interiors, I adore how a home can truly represent a person’s style and personality through the use of eclectic well thought out pieces. I see that coming through in my style and love the mix of organic and luxe pieces for a sophisticated look.

How do you ensure that the couple’s personality shines through in your styling?

It is so important that we get to know our couples. And I don’t mean just in the ‘we-are-about-to-get-married’ sense either. During our concept discovery phase, we spend time with our couples to really understand what makes them ‘them’. We explore what inspires our couples both inside and outside the world of weddings so we can help them focus on what is truly important to them for their must-haves on the day. This could be impeccable food, that incredible location, a favourite colour (neon pink perhaps?) or a blend of family traditions. This allows us to come up with descriptive ‘mood’ words that will encapsulate the over-all look and feel for the wedding which then of course underpins the creation of the concept.

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Image by Oy Photography. Flowers by Floretta

Do you have a network of suppliers you can recommend to the bridal couple?

We have an extensive supplier network including some of Melbourne and Regional Victoria’s most talented wedding professionals to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for our couples.

What are some styling suggestions that deliver big impact for small dollars?

The way you can do this varies for each couple. I am working with a gorgeous couple on a marquee wedding and suggested we introduce matt black crockery in place of white. It goes perfectly with their concept and will create maximum impact for little ‘extra’ cost. I am always looking for ways to get the most value out of our couple’s styling budget.

Where do you find your passion and aesthetics for styling and organizing beautiful weddings? 

I find inspiration everywhere but mostly I feel inspired by nature, architecture and gorgeous interiors, food and diverse cultures. I feel so blessed to live in Melbourne for this. I also feel incredibly inspired by my couples and knowing that I am able to help create a day that is special and unique to them is such a big part of why I do what I do.

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Image by Gus Reyes Photography. Flowers by Floretta

Miss Mooi also offers hire pieces – What sorts of items can be hired from you?

Our hire collection starts with smaller styling pieces such as vintage brass candle holders, French baskets, crates, chandeliers, signage and festoon lights right through to larger pieces such as bar service furniture, French linen seating, bench seats, vintage chairs and ceremony packages. We will be making a few changes over the coming months to ensure our range aligns perfectly with our organic, luxe and sophisticated design aesthetic which is pretty exciting.

Do you offer hiring packages? 

We offer bespoke ceremony packages that are a little unique and totally gorgeous. The packages include the ceremony arch, 30 chairs for your guests, a signing table and two chairs and include delivery, set up and pack-down. We also have a range of seating from bench seats, to French bistro chairs to white or timber mismatched vintage chairs which can be interchanged depending on what our couples like. There are also add on options such as a large jute rug or aisle runner and custom signage. We have two new packages launching by the end of the year to provide more options for our couples as well.

What are the requirements as far as delivery, setup and pack down?

Delivery, set up and pack down differs for each couple based on their requirements and as such we customize each quote. Generally if a couple wants extensive set up on the day I tend to point them to our on the day styling set up package. If it less involved though, we quote separately within their hire quote.

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Image by Milk Photography. Flowers by Floretta

How do you both decide what furniture or props to make – is the decision based on demand, or on a new idea that would be exciting to introduce?

As we are striving for a unique aesthetic, it definitely needs to be something we love first up. Then if we think there is demand, we go for it and hope that we got it right and our couples love it too.

A perfect place to visit for a short break is….

Definitely Daylesford for its close proximity to Melbourne and the great selection of boutique accommodation, vintage shopping, gorgeous spa treatments and to-die-for local produce inspired dining.

Our favourite coffee spot is…

Being a breakfast kind of gal, my favourite breakfast come coffee spot is The Corner Store in Yarraville. Delicious food, great coffee and at times it is challenging to get a table but the wait is definitely worth it.

Thank you Stacey for sharing your story. With Miss Mooi’s styling talents and her hire items, your wedding can’t help but look gorgeous! To find out more about Miss Mooi visit the website.

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Finding beautiful and stylish children’s outfits for a wedding does not have to be difficult! At Little Ladies and Gents, we think it’s all about finding an outfit that will suit your child’s individual style whilst also complementing the theme of the wedding – whether it be with a colour or to follow a formal or vintage theme. Above all make sure you choose something that your little one will feel comfortable in – think soft cottons and flowy dresses – not something which will make them feel restricted or uncomfortable. Below are few tips on how to select the perfect wedding outfit for your little lady or little gent:

Children’s sizes often match their age. An average six-year-old will wear a size six, however when buying a suit for a boy it might be a good idea to go up a size.  Not only will they be more likely to get more wear from it, but it will also allow the child to feel less restricted in a piece of clothing they don’t often wear.

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Think about the theme or venue of the wedding. For beach weddings, it’s perfectly acceptable to dress boys in smart shorts and a cotton shirt, whilst girls love a lightweight flowy dress.

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If you’re having kids from different age groups as part of the bridal party and want them to all dress the same, it’s important to choose an outfit that will suit and allow for these different ages. A little tutu ensemble may look adorable on a two-year old but is way too babyish for a ten-year old.

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Summer and winter outfits can be interchanged quite easily. Throw on a cute cardie and some opaque tights with a girly dress to take the outfit from warm to cooler temperatures. For boys, a smart suit is always a great option – suit jackets can be left off just showing the waistcoat underneath during the warmer weather.

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Above all, make sure the children still dress like kids rather than mini adults. Their outfit should not only be stylish but playful and this can be easily achieved with cute accessories such as suspenders, bowties and caps for little boys or floral crowns and pretty sandals for little girls.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such great advice on choosing the right outfit for our little ladies and gents; playful and stylish is at the top of the list!

About Little Ladies and Gents: Hi, I’m Beatrice from Little Ladies and Gents; we specialise in wedding, formal and special occasion wear for boys and girls. Our collection, capturing the spirit, innocence and joyful essence of childhood, also delivers on both style and quality, making our unique range the perfect fit for any little lady or gent!