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When one of the most exciting couturiers of our time announced the launch of ready to wear collection, shrieks of joy erupted from brides to be all over the world (or at the very least from me!)

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Recently, Galia Lahav through Eternal Bridal, unveiled their Ready to Wear Collection GALA at Doltone House. With a champagne welcome overlooking our beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge, guests were waiting with a sense of excited urgency for the showcase to begin.

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Entering the venue and walking through a magnificent floral arch by Fleur Events the tone was immediately set for a lavish and romantic collection. On the second floor, standing amongst a floral wonderland, the collection was displayed in a model installation that was simply magical. With a vibrant red floral wall and hanging floral decorations, as well as hay bales and timber crates, this beautiful installation was understated luxury.

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Images x 2 above by Ms Filigree

The eight models moved elegantly throughout the installation while the guests had the opportunity to view the intricate details of every gown.

With romantic shades of white, ivory and subtle nude, the collection is a combination of soft flowing A-line tulle silhouettes and dramatic fitted figure hugging gowns. All the designs beautifully harmonise into a striking fusion of modern, sophisticated style and romantic elegance.

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Wearing statement crowns by the acclaimed Viktoria Novak, each model sparkled in a highly embellished gown that artfully reflected the ornate essence of the Galia Lahav brand. Whether you’re a romantic bride looking for a flowing style or your style is more sleek and fashion forward, you’re sure to fall in love with the beautiful gowns from Gala.

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Throughout the launch evening, guests were also able to instantly receive any images they posted to Instagram with the hash tag #galaaus through the Instagram Printer from Social Cube.

This was an added element of fun as we were able to take our snaps home; it also made for a strong launch on Instagram with everyone flocking to post and hashtag to see their pics printed. This is a great idea for your special day if you’re happy for your guests to Social Share – all the more photos for you to see of your special day!

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Images x 2 above by Social Cube

All imagery unless otherwise stated is by Inlighten Photography.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such stunning designs; what a beautifully luxurious new collection!

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It’s so fantastic to see the creative spaces behind some of Australia’s best wedding vendors and this week I am excited to look behind the door of White Events in Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia.  Recently named as one of Australia’s top wedding stylists, I was sure this would be one beautiful space!

White Events have been operating since 2005 and with over 17 years experience in event management, owner Lara White sure knows her stuff. Specialising in the planning and production of weddings and events, Lara and her team create drool worthy weddings with an eye for detail and beautiful touches to create just the right look and feel.

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As with any growing small business, White Events has had a few different homes over the years. It started with just Lara in her own home and grew to an office and studio in Subiaco and now a beautiful office space that is shared with Paper Fusion,  a boutique paper store. Lara tells me that she is thrilled with the location in Mount Hawthorn, a beautiful older suburb enjoying a bit of a trendy resurgence of late. “It’s perfect for us” says Lara, “It’s got this fantastic laid back, modern yet classic vibe”.

As you approach the store there are beautiful big bay windows which give a glimpse into the world of beautiful paper products inside. I imagine sharing with Paper Fusion must come in very handy as well as providing constant inspiration; so pretty!

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Just a few steps up on the next level of the store is the home of White Events. A beautiful crisp white office with an etched wood grey sign and funky industrial drop pendant lighting. There’s always an abundant arrangement of foliage, copper accessories, wedding photos and thankyou cards on display. I love that the space is quiet and a little private but still has the buzz from the store.

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Lara tells me that there is a great cafe next door where the team love to get coffee from and that the paper store always has new things to admire when they need a quick break.

Lara is also really excited about some new plans for sharing the space with other creatives in the future. The plan is to open a brand new co-working space, which will be available for hire by the hour, day or more permanently on the upper level at Paper Fusion where White Events is located. I love the idea of bringing clients to such a charming space – and I can imagine lots of clients will end up using a couple of these creative businesses!

Images by Lola ImagesJemma Keech Photography and Aesthete Collective

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a pretty and creative space; very chic!

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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Beautiful stationery sets the tone for what is ahead, and your wedding stationery is no exception. From the whimsical to the feminine, to the fun and the elegant, Peppermint Press has a wide variety of styles, colours and designs to choose from. Carla believes that beautiful stationery should be available to everyone regardless of budget, so you can choose from ready made print-your-own-files to fancy foil or letterpress stationery. Nothing beats a beautiful invitation in the mail, so create anticipation of your celebration with an invitation that reflects who you are.

What made you decide to open a stationery business? Have you always been a creative person?

Yes! I live and breathe art and creativity! I studied Visual Communication at University and went on to work in home & fashion magazines for 8 years before moving to the advertising industry. I love beautiful typography & have a fairly feminine design aesthetic, so invitation design really suits my design style.

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How long have you been in business? What do you love about it?

I started Peppermint Press in 2011. The year before my first baby was born. I love that I can work from home with such flexible hours. Perfect for a mumma.

Where do you find inspiration for your new designs?

I’m addicted to Instragram at the moment. I was probably a bit late to the party but am always on there lately. I feel inspired by many international creatives, not only in the graphic design field but in interiors, photography, fine art & events. I love to see what’s trending in all areas of design.

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What do you decide on first when considering a new design?

I love to keep up with current trends but also try to keep a classic beauty to my work. Designs that won’t date quickly & those with elegant typography are a favourite, not only of mine but my customers too.

How important is paper, the font you will be using and the paper colour in your designs?

These things set the tone for the wedding. They are hugely important and give the guests their first hint of what’s to come for the big day. That’s what is so exciting about wedding stationery! It’s the first peek into what is to come at the wedding ahead.

Do you have a favourite font, or a font that is requested often?

Modern, flowing calligraphic fonts are super popular right now. I really love this style of calligraphy. I have so many favourites on my computer though, I am a font addict. My accountant keeps asking why I spend so much money on fonts. Whoops!

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How do you help a couple decide on a design for their stationery suite? What is the design process you go through?

I like to see a brides’ moodboards, clippings, swatches of fabric if a colour for the bridesmaids is chosen, flowers if relevant. Also knowing the venue can help. Is it in a chic city restaurant or on a rambling country farm? I try to immerse myself in all of these things to get a feel for exactly what the bride and groom are after.

How long does it take from initial enquiry to delivery for a custom designed suite?

About 6 weeks, or a little longer for special finishes such as foils or for letterpress printing.

When ordering from your standard range, how much customization do you offer?

It’s very easy for me to change fonts and colours of my standard range. And the wording on the invites changes too, whether it be quite formal or fun and casual.

What are you seeing as trends in stationery colour and design for 2016/2017?

Foiling is very popular. I’m receiving so many enquiries about golds and coppers in particular. Watercolour washes are a strong trend and I think the Pantone Colours of the year (Blush pink and Serenity blue) will begin to appear in more wedding stationery as the year progresses.

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Do you see elements being used in stationery that relate to trends in homewares and fashion?

Yes, definitely. For example geometric patterns and copper tones seen in interiors are often requested by brides. Particularly when they are tying their wedding styling theme together (copper invites, copper geometic candle holders on the tables at the reception, stationery to match, which may also reflect the modern interior of the venue.)

What printing options do you offer bridal couples?

Digital (flat) printing is my most common method of printing as it is cost-effective, however I am having more and more requests for letterpress, foils, and white ink on kraft card.

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Would you offer us some ideas to customize the envelopes we send with our stationery suite?

Envelope liners will pretty up the insides of the envelopes and provide an unexpected surprise when the guests open their invites. I’ve recently begun to offer glitter envelope liners which add some real ‘wow factor’ particularly if the invite itself is classic and understated.

Do you have a favourite place to visit – either local, or overseas?

I’m a nature girl. Give me sunshine and the sea, wherever it may be, and I’ll be happy.

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A favourite café or restaurant?

Eating out is a passion. How do I narrow it down to one restaurant?!

When you’re not working what do you like to do to relax?

I love my job and am slightly addicted to working. Catching up with girlfriends over coffee really helps me to unwind. Spending time outdoors with my children too, picnics in pretty places are a favourite pastime for my little family.

Thank you Carla for sharing your story. With such beautiful stationery to choose from, the problem will be – which one? To find out more about Peppermint Press visit the website.

Headshot and all images courtesy of Carla at Peppermint Press.