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Mother of the Bride Attire from Living Silk

I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of helping my mother find THE perfect dress for my sister’s upcoming wedding and, let me tell you, loves… it hasn’t been easy.  Which is why I plan on sending her to Living Silk the second I am done telling you how very, very awesome they are.  I’m talking hand-crafted bespoke attire in rich silk fabric that will wow every last one of your guests.

It goes without saying, your mother is the second most important lady at your wedding.  Which is why she needs to feel just as beautiful as you do.  Enter Living Silk, a family business based in Brisbane and Melbourne that cares about your big day (and your mom!) just as much as you.  Think individually and delicately created gowns and dresses crafted by skilled couturiers with only the finest in silk fabrics. Your mom is sure to shine in any one of their amazing styles, from their sassy skirts to their regal jackets.  And don’t even get me started on the amazing color choices – your mother won’t be blending in sporting bright turquoise or vibrant amethyst.  And isn’t that the way it should be?

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Call your mother ASAP and schedule your next girls’ day at Living Silk or head to their website, where you can take advantage of FREE worldwide shipping.  Trust me, you’ll be so very, very thankful you did.

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Vintage Flair Wedding in Melbourne

Stealing a quiet moment after the ceremony is pretty darn romantic and these newlyweds are just the proof. Relishing their new titles with a Flowermee bouquet and a farmers market coffee break, Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne was behind the lens to capture each sweet moment. Reunited with their guests the party that ensued at Hare & Grace is evident with every joyful image in the gallery here.

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From The Bride…When I first ventured out to look for my dress I tried the usual trek down High St in Melbourne and couldn’t find anything that suited me – it just kept looking like I was wearing a fancy dress costume. My mom and I decided that I should have something made for me instead. I’d seen Kyha’s work on a friend’s dress, so I headed in there and met with her. We were both equally excited about the concept, so I knew I’d found the right person.

The dress was all about the details – I loved the natural fibers – silk, tulle and organza, the layers of tulle and pistachio lining, which were accentuated by the mullet hemline, the pistachio buttons on the side, the pockets (also pistachio-lined) were probably my very favorite bit of all because they’re practically a prerequisite for all of my dresses (though I never did end up putting anything into them except my hands, because I decided it wasn’t the day for live-tweeting).

Getting into the dress on the day was hilarious. Kyha had told me it was going to be tough, but those buttons were seriously challenging. My mom helped me out and we had a good laugh about it. Because it was a short dress, it meant I never had to worry about hitching it up or sitting down. The seats of our “wedding car” were pretty poky, so luckily I didn’t have too much fabric to deal with.

We wanted to keep the headwear simple and elegant. I always knew I wanted to have some sort of veil – because how often do you get to wear one of those!

My jewelry was basically made up of the same pieces I’d wear day to day + a killer pair of mm mom’s diamond earrings from New York. A rose and white gold bangle from local Milawa artist DBAN that Nick had bought me after a weekend trip there – and kept for my first birthday that we were together (we’d only been dating a couple of months, and when I said it was too extravagant a gift, he’d said it was “an investment piece”).My engagement ring, which was designed and made by Kozminsky jewelers, based around my grandmother’s color changing sapphire. The Tiffany Metro wedding band – which I absolutely loved because it’s subtle and simple and makes sense on my slightly chubby child-like fingers. I loved that I hadn’t changed my jewelry style for the day. I wanted to just look like me – and I love that each of the pieces helped add to our story. My engagement ring is probably the most sentimental piece.

It’s wedding season in my friendship group at the moment, and I didn’t want to burden my friends with yet more bridesmaid responsibilities, so instead I had a group of some of my closest girl friends come and get ready with me in the suite beforehand, but they could wear and do whatever they wanted. They’re each so different and unique, and I think giving them carte blanch meant that their individual personalities could shine through.

I left so much of my wedding planning to the last few months, and at one point thought maybe it’d be better to get a planner to do it. Thankfully, we stuck to our guns and just did it all ourselves – we enlisted people who were amazing at what they do and told them to just do what they thought would work, and it seemed to come together fairly well, really. My friend Dominique is a TV producer, and she took over planning/coordination duties on the day. She made sure everyone was where they needed to be and that everything ran smoothly – it worked perfectly.

Our friend Charl is an incredibly talented designer, so he worked on our invites from a “brand” perspective. We told him we wanted food themed invites, on tea-towels as we wanted an invite that could be reused and not thrown in the bin. Being a friend, he knew we loved word-play and puns, so he integrated that in as well.

We spent the same amount on the tea towel and printing as we would’ve on fancy paper and letterpress, but it means our loved ones can make use of them to this day.

We wanted the wedding itself to be super stress-free, so menus were just the usual Hare & Grace ones, and name cards didn’t exist because we left people to sit where they wanted on long barn tables. We loved that this meant we could eliminate the headaches of table arrangement and people could make new friends on the day. In fact, some of the people who sat together on the day have become lifelong friends since.

Kathryn has a unique whimsical eye, and I told her to just choose the flowers that looked good on the day. We integrated edible micro-herb pots into the arrangements, so that the whole feel was very “urban food forest”.

Hare & Grace has an amazing ceiling installation by Joost Bakker that worked back in perfectly with the flowers hat Kathryn created. Everything felt very natural and organic – people just assumed that the ceiling installation was part of our wedding design.

We wanted our ceremony to be in the same place as the reception so that guests didn’t have to be shuffled around.

I love that we got married in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Being entirely disorganized, I left trying to find a chuppah (canopy) to the last month, and they were all hire out. However, the symbolism of a chuppah is anything that could be stood under or a canopy. Nick’s dad came to the rescue, building us a frame using recycled wood, and then we draped that with an old curtain from my parents’ place. It actually turned out being far more symbolic this way, with both families literally coming together to help create our first “home”.

We love Ray’s food, and the venue is so quintessentially Melbourne, with its bluestone bricks, surrounded by high-rises. We also love the interior installation by Joost Bakker. Ray designed a menu that reflected my Eastern European heritage, serving canapés like cauliflower blini with local Yarra Valley caviar. Jess (the venue manager) and Ray helped make our event incredible. I wanted to leave the food up to the chef instead of micromanaging.

Nick and I love Tad’s chocolates, and so I asked him if he had ever made wedding cakes. He hadn’t, but was willing to make ours his first. We sat down and looked at images and brainstormed until we came up with a concept – again, keeping that playful food theme. Our cake’s flavor was tempered dark chocolate cabbage leaves with gluten free chocolate almond cake, cherry coulis (my BFF Julia Taylor made the coulis the day before) and fresh cherries. I absolutely adored the cabbage leaves – the cake looked more like a sculpture than something edible!

I grabbed dad for a spontaneous “father-daughter” dance during one of the DJ’s Boney-M offerings, and we tore up the dance-floor with Georgian dance moves, and the rest of the family, including Nick joined in, complete with kicks and cossacks. Nick and I decided we weren’t going to have a “first dance” – instead, we wanted to sneak onto the dance floor and party with everyone else. We went to some intensive classes with Arsen Kishishnian, because Nick’s a perfectionist and didn’t want to hit the dance floor unless we had some serious technique. Our “bridal waltz” though, was very special – it was “Stay Close To Me” by The Impressions – because it’s from the album we used to play when we first started dating and cooked dinner together.

I absolutely LOVED working with Adrian. He found ways to capture true and authentic moments in a beautiful way. He sees the beauty in simplicity and knows how to make anyone comfortable in front of a camera. We wanted to feel like we were having all of our loved ones over for a dinner party and oh – we got married too! Our style was effortless and modern romantic, I suppose.

Photography: Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne | Videography: Purple Ribbon Weddings | Floral Design: Flowermee | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal | Cake: Cioccolato Lombardo | Stationery: For The Love And Money | Reception Venue: Hare & Grace | Groom's Attire: Harrolds Melbourne | Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne | Entertianment: DJ Baitzy | Veil: Kyha By One Day Bridal

Industrial Dessert Parlor Inspiration

I’m a firm believer in everyday indulgence and this industrial inspiration raises the (dessert) bar. The stylings of Dessert Parlour captured by Neiyo elevate a sweet tooth into an art form and have me dreaming about nibbling on some of Saras Cakes And Cookies and those raw Pana Chocolate morsels. There are more goodies to relish from the entire sweet experience here.

From NeiyoI was extremely stoked when Dessert Parlour approached me for this shoot as she specialises in desserts and I am a lover of sweets and desserts! We chose Donkey Wheel House as the venue for this styled industrial shoot as it is a new venue located in the city, it is almost like a cellar door being hidden in the basement of a skyscraper and its vibe is exactly what we were looking for.

The inspiration for the shoot was to highlight the raw elements in the venue (like wood, metal and concrete). There is so much beauty in exposed brick walls which was essentially the backdrop for both the dessert table and table setting.

The dessert table was all about decadence. The marquee lights brought the fun into a gorgeous spread of sweets like marshmallows, alfajores, chocolate bars, cake pops and chocolate cake. Foliage was the main floral for this look so a foliage installation acted as decor and escort cards display as well.

The table setting is a perfect setup for an intimate affair. Using wine barrels as table bases and beautifully arranged contrasts of stone plates, crystal cut glasses and a wooden floral centerpiece, it’s the perfect setup for an intimate affair right in the heart of the CBD.

Photography: Neiyo | Styling: Ruffles And Belles | Flowers: Le & Fothergill | Stationery: Type Styled | Baking: Saras Cakes And Cookies | Dessert Styling & Baking: Dessert Parlour | Lighting Hire: Letter Lights | New Venue: Donkey Wheel House | Raw Chocolates: Pana Chocolate

Rustic Wedding Inspiration Awash with Sunshine

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect white dress or wedding day details that are packed with chic, there’s plenty take aways from this shoot. It’s a dream collaboration between Le & FothergillThe Dessert Parlour, Ruffles & Bells and Qlix Photography By Jay Cao. They were inspired by Australian sunshine, film photography and the prettiest Anna Campbell gowns. See the result right here!

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From Qlix Photography By Jay Cao… The shoot began in the morning of a sunny Autumn’s day with our model Esma Voloder, highlighting the features of one of Australia’s top wedding dress designer Anna Campbell’s stunning collection along the parklands of Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook Melbourne. The location show cased native Australian coastline where the foliage is never too far from the sandy beach. We shot 4 of Anna Campbell’s dresses to showcase their impeccable style and detail accentuated by the Australian sun.

After capturing the details of the dresses, the team then went onto setup a styled setting for our rustic theme. The styled setting contained rustic furniture, flowers, desserts and stationery.

Le and Fothergill provided the flowers, The Dessert Parlour provided the desserts, naked cakes and lovely jars of fruits, while Ruffles and Co provided the props and crockery for the setting all of which adds to the rustic theme with hues of pastel yellow and purple.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Event Styling: Le & Fothergill | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Stationery: Paper Style & Co | Desserts: The Dessert Parlour | Hair And Makeup Artistry: KV Makeup Artistry | Model: Esma Voloder | Wedding & Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells - Wedding & Event Styling

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