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Jade and Tristan

Tristan and I went to high school together and started dating in Year 12 so you could say we are high school sweethearts. We were together for eight and a half years before we got married. One night at home Tristan asked me to sit down on the couch next to him. Unknown to me, I sat on the cushion that he had hidden the ring box behind! After some cushion re-arranging, I was surprised to find him getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. He proposed with a beautiful stone and I was able to design my own ring from there.

We held our wedding celebrations at Marybrooke Manor. It is an old hotel so our guests were able to stay the night at the venue and didn’t have to worry about getting home. Tristan, myself and our bridal party were also able to stay at the hotel the night before our big day. It was great to be able to wake up and already be at the venue. It was a little awkward with breakfast though… we had to organise a roster so that the girls and boys ate separately to avoid Tristan and I bumping into each other too early.

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Tristan’s jacket and tie were from Ted Baker; his smart shoes were Laurence Crockett.

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My beautiful dress and veil were from Brides on Collins and I wore a hair comb and cuff from Anna Campbell.

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With our photographer, Tigs Macallan, Tristan and I had a ‘first look’ before our ceremony. We wanted to share our nerves privately so we could have a more relaxed and fun ceremony. We also felt that by having a ‘first look’ and arranging to have our photographs taken before hand, we would feel less rushed and have more time to take in the whole day.

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All of the advice given to us from friends and family before our wedding was exactly the same. Everybody said that it will go so quickly so don’t forget to stop and spend some time together so you don’t miss it. Looking back on the day now, we feel like we were able to enjoy every part of it.

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My two bridesmaids wore dresses from Review and our beautiful capelets I ordered from Crochet Butterfly.

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Marybrooke Manor provided the most beautiful backdrop for our wedding photographs.

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Something very funny happened to me on our wedding day. Immediately before our ceremony and straight after Tristan and I had just been wandering through the forest to have our wedding photos taken, I noticed that one of the cheeks on my bottom was stinging (I couldn’t believe it – and didn’t know why!!!!) – so much so that I asked one of my bridesmaids to have a look! She screamed in horror and pinched me, flicking something onto the carpet. She then proceeded to step on this thing on the carpet several times with her high heel while squealing. It was absolutely hilarious!! Of everyone that had been in the forest having their photograph taken, I was the lucky one who managed to get a leech on my bottom! At least it’s a funny story for our grandchildren…..

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I walked down the aisle to ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

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A really important part of the ceremony for me was asking my mum and Tristan’s mum to read a poem together. They were both really nervous about reading in front of our guests but agreed to do it anyway. They read an adaptation of an ‘Irish Blessing’ and each read alternating verses. I really wanted to include our Mums in the ceremony and it was a really special part of the day.

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With our celebrant Angela Cameron, we included a wine box time capsule as part of our ceremony. In the lead up to our wedding, Tristan and I wrote letters to each other; during the ceremony we locked the unread letters inside the wine box with a nice bottle of wine (of course!). We plan to open the box, read the letters and drink the wine on our five-year wedding anniversary.

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Guests enjoyed lawn games, canapés and a drink from the lemonade bar after the ceremony. We received lots of great comments about the games that we set-up, including croquet, ring toss, giant jenga and noughts and crosses.

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During the reception we had photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days on display.

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The beautiful flowers from Sugar Bee Flowers were also a favourite part of the day. Not only did they look stunning but they smelt amazing too! Youki did such an incredible job and went above and beyond for us.

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I designed and made a lot of the table decorations myself. I wanted to bring the whimsical Sherbrooke Forest that surrounds the venue, inside the reception room. Every table number was different because I couldn’t choose just one style!

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Tristan works as a carpenter so it was nice to include some timber touches in the ceremony decorations. He handmade the wood log tea light candle holders and the timber tree slabs. The bridal party sat at Table 7 because that’s Tristan’s and my favourite number.

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The Baker Boys Band were fantastic and we received lots of great comments from our guests about them. Tristan and I spent a lot of time before the wedding going out to band showcases to find one that suited us best. It was so much fun!  Nick was so helpful in the lead up to our day. The band looked after our ceremony music as well as the music for our pre-dinner canapés in the garden and the reception. They also took care of all MC responsibilities for us which was great… it was the most perfect day!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful wedding Jade and Tristan; the DIY details are so lovely, especially the table centrepieces!

About Jade: Hi, my name is Jade. I’m 27-years-old and I work at Channel 7 Melbourne as a scheduler. No, I don’t do anything glamorous like work in the News room, haha. I’m actually a fully qualified Registered Nurse but after getting my degree last year I decided to go back to my previous job which was working for Seven…. I’m newly married to my (now) husband, Tristan. We had a long engagement that lasted for two and a half years so I spent a lot of time planning our wedding; it was a perfect day!

Photographer: Tigs Macallan / Videographer: Lovely Day Films / Bride's Dress and Veil: Bella Donna by Wendy Makin / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Hair Comb and Cuff: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Capelets: Crochet Butterfly / Hair and Make-Up: Beauty Within Makeovers / Groom's Suit Jacket and Tie: Ted Baker / Groom's Shoes: Laurence Crockett / Groomsmen Attire: Brooksfield / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Marybrook Manor / Ceremony Officiant: Angela Cameron / Flowers & Decor: Sugar Bee Flowers / Wedding Cake: Amaesing Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: La D'vine / Band: The Baker Boys

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Kat and Courtney

Courtney and I were married on 28 February 2015, at his family home, The Red House, in Yallingup, Western Australia. It was really important that our wedding was in a place that was meaningful to us. We have celebrated many Christmases and holidays at The Red House, and we feel very connected to the place.

From the start, we really wanted our wedding day to feel fun and relaxed and to be a reflection of us as a couple. Our whimsical stationery with a sweet cat and owl illustration was designed by Mitchell & Dent.

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My hair was done by Lisa McIver whilst Sophie Farrar and Jessica Bridge did my make up; I was so happy with the result!

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I wore a custom-made wedding dress by Elvi Design, silk flower crown by Olive Farm Designs and Hobbs Shoes.

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Courtney wore a Country Road suit and tie and shoes from Hype DC.

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We decided pretty early that we wanted to share the experience with our friends. Our bridal party, which we called our ‘bridal crew’, totalled seventeen people! We booked two houses for everyone to stay in, and it turned out (by pure coincidence) that these two houses were right next door to The Red House! In the days leading up to and after the wedding, we had around thirty people staying close by. I know it sounds crazy, and it is definitely not for everyone, but this made it so special for us. It was one of the best things we did for our wedding.

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The home provided us with a lot of inspiration and it allowed us to create the wedding of our dreams. The colour palette we selected was green turquoise, watermelon and grey. These colours were the base palette for the bridal party, the invitation, the blooms, some styling items and the dessert table. We felt these colours had a sweet, fun and playful feel whilst also complementing the colours of The Red House.

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The Red House was already so beautifully furnished so any additional details we selected were neutral, with a rustic feel, allowing the style of the house to shine through. We loved the look of bunting, so this was a feature when we were deciding on the set up. Bunting looks beautiful by day and can be transformed by strings of lights at night.

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Stunning bush land surrounded us and we wanted blooms that would complement this. So naturally we selected mostly native plants and flowers as well as King Proteas (because I absolutely love them!) We had been given many different jars in all shapes and sizes and we used these as vases.

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Our ceremony took place on the western side of the backyard, surrounded by trees and bushland. During the ceremony, the sun was at a beautiful spot behind us. My Dad and I as well as my eight ‘bridesmates’, two flower girls and our dog Maddie walked down the aisle to the Crystal Fighter’s song ‘At Home, which was remixed by one of our friends especially for the wedding day. It was a very moving moment for everyone and there were many happy tears.

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Emma Dickson conducted the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows, which was very special. They meant a lot to us. Our wonderful friend Amaya delivered a beautiful reading which she wrote herself, based on song lyrics from some of our favourite artists. Neither of us had heard it before the day, which made it even more special and exciting!

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We decided to ask our mothers to witness our marriage. It was a great way to honour and acknowledge the important role that they both play in our lives on the day.

As The Red House is located in the South West of Western Australia it has a wonderful holiday destination feel. We were lucky enough to have our wedding on a long weekend, which meant our guests were able to extend their stay. It is such a pretty part of the world and of course provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding photos, taken by Gordon Becker Photography.

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We also made and set up many of the elements ourselves, including the bunting, the flowers and styling, the dressing of the trees (which were draped in white fabric), the ceremony area including a candelabra covered in blooms, the photo booth and the dessert table (with some help from Heavenly High Tea – thank you Peta!)

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Courtney’s dad and uncle even built a new area of decking before the wedding day, which became the stage for our speeches. We were so lucky to have so many creative and capable family and friends helping us with our wedding. The best thing about having the wedding at The Red House was that we were able to bring in many things that would not have been possible at a wedding venue, including a caravan for the photo booth backdrop!

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We were also able to celebrate well into the night, which was a huge bonus – we didn’t want it to end! We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. Both of us have never felt so much joy ever before in our lives.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Kat and Courtney; what a fun wedding! Love the caravan backdrop for the photobooth!

About Kat: Hi, I’m Kat! I am a newlywed from Perth, Western Australia. We were married on 28 February 2015 at my husband’s family home in Yallingup (down south Western Australia). It was the best day and I am so pleased I have been able to share it with you!

Photographer: Gordon Becker / Videographer: Wedding Video Masters / Bride's Dress: Elvi Design / Silk Flower Crown: Olive Farm Designs / Bride's Shoes: Hobbs Shoes / Hairstylist: Lisa McIver / Makeup Artist: Sophie Farrar and Jessica Bridge / Groom's Attire: Country Road / Ceremony Officiant: Emma Dickson / Flowers & Decor: Yelverton Protea Farm / : Zest Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Mitchell & Dent / Wedding Cake: Heavenly High Tea / Catering: Supper Rd.

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Toni and Tom

My lovely fiancé Tom proposed to me in November 2014 and I instantly began making and creating for our wedding. However a few months into 2015, when someone asked me whether we were having an engagement party, I knew it was time to stop and put my energy into the planning of another wonderful event!

We had a simple garden engagement party at my parents’ Brisbane house that was made all the more special with just a few DIY touches and a dress code of bow ties and fascinators.

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My parents have a very long driveway and I wanted guests to feel completely immersed in our theme straight away, so we spent hours spraying these gorgeous butterflies and stapling them to the fence.

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I also made a DIY photo booth with a gorgeous tissue paper flower backdrop. Guests enjoyed being able to jump behind the big frame and take pictures with their friends.

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The entire garden was filled with little DIY decorations aimed at improving the atmosphere of the event. The biggest project was the 70 origami cranes I folded. On the morning of the event my Maid Of Honour and her husband  threaded each one onto the branches of a tree.

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My favourite DIY item however was the colourful woollen pom poms that my girlfriends and I made when camping one night. The colourful balls dotted the clear sky, and the moment they were put up it was clear we had thrown something spectacular together.

We also ensured our guests couldn’t possibly get bored by having heaps of games and activities to keep them entertained whilst they sipped on their bubbly and shared in our merriment. We had croquet, boules, jenga (which my amazing brother measured and cut two days earlier), table tennis and a big group game.

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To end the day my fiancé’s father threw some dry ice into our swimming pool and amazing smoke billowed off the surface, making for some spectacular pictures.

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Tom and I had the most perfect day; thanks to my lovely family for hosting, as well as every single one of our wonderful guests who made our day special. We can’t wait for our wedding day in August!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a bright and happy engagement party; love all the DIY details, especially the paper butterflies and the origami cranes!

About Toni: I am an English teacher with a love for writing. I am a DIY bride and my friends keep telling me that I am the calmest bride around. I recently found out my wedding venue had been double booked with a music festival. Instead of turning into a half-dinosaur creature, I now have some great live music that will play while our bridal party photos are taken. I refuse to let anything ruin our perfect day!