Five Minutes With…Fiona From Couture Wedding Planning

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Fiona of Couture Wedding Planning
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What is your favourite wedding theme?

I love to create luxe and glamorous weddings for my couples with crystal elements and I love to add interest to the tablescapes by adding different layers by starting with luxury linens, followed by charger plates and decorative glassware. I then add candle light and finally the stunning floral centrepiece.

I like to submerge myself in each of my couples’ wedding style and love to explore everything to do with their theme and then present ideas and mood boards to them for them to preview and get their thoughts.  Each wedding theme is completely different as each couple is different and this is want makes what I do so exciting.

We recently did a wedding with a lilac colour scheme based on the belt from the bride’s Vera Wang gown with a custom-made lilac canopy and rose petal aisle.

a. Lilac wedding

Image by Inlighten Photography

We also did a beautiful wedding with a white and blush floral scheme with gold elements and candelabras.

b. White and blush - GM photographics

Image by gm photographics

Another favourite was a stunning wedding with a gold and cream colour theme with a draped ceremony canopy with full floral header. The reception included gold Channel chairs and gold foiled menus and stunning floral centrepieces.

c. Cream and Gold - GM photographics

Image by gm photographics

What inspires you?

My couples inspire me! They all come to me with their ideas and I love working with them to bring their dreams to life and introduce them to new ideas that may have not thought about (or even knew about).

I also get inspired by fashion and interior design magazines as well store installations – sometimes you get inspired by the most curious things.

What is special about weddings to you?

The couples – it really is amazing how these two people have decided to declare their love for each other in front of all their family and friends. There is this incredible energy at each wedding which I just love being around. Each couple is just so interesting to me and I love to find out what makes them happy and what inspires them and how they interact with each other. Many of my couples now are dear friends of mine well after the wedding planning has finished.

What do you love about wedding planning?

I love the relationships you make with both your couples and also your incredibly talented suppliers. It is so wonderful to work on each wedding and then watch it unfold on the day. Elements that you have been planning and thinking about for months on end are finally real and even more amazing than you imagined. It is so incredible to think that you have helped each couple with one of the most important days of their life and made their wedding planning journey an exciting and stress free one.

What is your three favourite images of all time?

Below is one of my favourite images of all time – I just love the connection the bride and groom have in this photo as well as the perfect sunset and landscape .

1st favourite - cavanagh photography

Image by Cavanagh Photography

I also love this photo of the orchid centrepiece  – the way the glass balls are  suspended creates a stunning frame for this shot and I just adore the uniqueness of the centrepiece with the bamboo and orchid elements.

2nd favourite GM photographics

Image by gm photographics

My third favourite photo is of this ceremony canopy – I just adore the florals and draping in contrast to the landscape and how that little red velvet bag just add a little bit of luxury to the photo.

3rd Favourite - GM photographics

Image by gm photographics

What book are you reading at the moment?

I am not really a book girl – the only time I really get to read is on Holiday. I am more a movie girl and have recently fell in love with the Dress Maker with Kate Winslet and Adored the Martian with Matt Damien.

What are your top tips for brides and grooms?

Always read the contract

Always do a menu tasting

Always do a floral mock-up

Always do a final meeting with you venue, florist and photographer

What are the tools of your trade that you can’t live without?

Postit notes, Excel software and Pinterest

What is your resolution for this year?

To update our website  – which went live in March!

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What are you excited about right now?

For the second year in a row, we were very excited to be recently awarded the ABIA’s Designer of Dreams National Bridal Award for Independent Wedding Consultant of the Year 2016 .

What is a special personal talent you possess?

I wish I had an amazing hidden talent like opera singing or drawing or dancing but sadly not.

I have always pride myself on my ability to buy people gifts – I feel like this is a hidden talent! I like to get to know people and find out what they love and what makes them tick and then go onto find them the perfect present!!

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

My husband Mark and I love to escape to Bali even if it is just for a few days so you can sleep in, spend the entire day by the pool, eat at amazing restaurant and enjoy some great shopping. We love to stay in the Kayana in Seminyak which is the perfect location for restaurants and shopping. Normally all our other travels during the year to Europe and the USA are normally jammed packed with touristy things and catching up with family and friends so Bali truly give us that time to relax and unwind.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So lovely to chat with you Fiona; congratulations on your recent award – your weddings are beautiful, creative and unique!

About Couture Wedding Planning: Hi, I’m Fiona from Couture Wedding Planning. Your wedding is an incredible day of love, emotion and above all a celebration for you, your partner and all your guests to enjoy! I’m very passionate about every detail of your magical wedding. It is our mission to mould and shape your vision so that your wedding reflects you as a couple, without the stress of planning it yourself.


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