Nov 14, 2013
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Nov 04, 2013
I call Tammy 'my gorgeous girl' because that is just what she is. There's just something beautiful about her bubbly and down-to-earth disposition that didn't go astray as she set on the path of creating the wedding of her dreams. You know you've got something going when our meetings felt more like catchups between girlfriends over lattes as we swooned over her carefully curated Pinterest boards.
An acutely visual and creative person herself, Tammy had some amazing ideas for the big day, and her main man Tim, whom she met at work, was more than happy for us to look after all the styling aspects. I met Tim for the very first time on their wedding day and bore witness to the adoration they have for each other. In the presence of friends and family gathered at the Werribee Mansion's formal gardens, Tim could barely contain his emotions as Tammy made her way down the aisle. At the end of the day, this really is what it's all about.
Tammy tapped into just about everything that represented One Wedding Wish. Naturally beautiful styling is our distinct hallmark, and as always, Werribee Mansion never fails to come to the party with its picturesque surrounds and an astute customer service team who bend over backwards to make it all happen.
Tammy's wedding style wishlist included earthy tones, rustic yet timeless elements. The sanctity of the occasion was no doubt the priority, but just as important for the couple was room for a bit of fun. The Welcome Sign is a classic example of the couple's light-heartedness. There is an underlying sense of the past, present and future in the design of areas such as the welcome table, the centrepieces, and the cosy outdoor 'entertainer's space' at the back of the Pavilion. We awashed the long dining tables with mismatched clear and blue recycled jars as well as brown apothecary bottles housing blooms in neutral tones.
How often have you seen placecards discarded as soon as guests find their seats? Well, not here! Placecards doubled as little message cards guests could use to leave messages for the couple. They are then dropped into numbered jars (used as table numbers!) and kept away, only to be opened and read on the wedding anniversary year that corresponds with the table number. Something special for Mr and Mrs Meilak to look forward to over the next couple of years!
The One Wedding Wish team had a blast bringing this gorgeous wedding to life, but it is, and always has been, the couples themselves that make it all worthwhile. Thank you Tammy and Tim for believing in us, and letting us share the One Wedding Wish experience with you. I wish you both the happiest days ahead. xoxo Joanie
In the words of Mr and Mrs Tammy and Tim Meilak ~
I'm not even sure where to start, I had been looking at your blog for months waiting to book my reception venue so I could finally call and see if you could style our wedding. I was absolutely gutted when I found out that you wouldn't be available to do my wedding. I lived vicariously though my work mate Nicole Broom whose wedding you were styling in December, asking her how your meetings were, what you both had planned, etc. Can you imagine my delight when a few months later you called me saying you could style my wedding afterall!!!! There was jumping on chairs in the office (I think everyone thought I won the lotto!), calls made immediately to husband-to-be, family and friends ~ I couldn't contain my excitement!!! Joanie, from the minute we spoke I felt we clicked, you didn't treat me as other suppliers would as a client. You treated me as a friend, a bride, a VIP!
What makes you so special is not only the fact you're extremely talented but also that you look at styling as a experience. Everything we created had a bigger meaning and really captured Tim and myself. I loved how you weren't scared to push the boundaries, how you wanted to do something no one had seen before. Our catchups were my favourite part of the whole wedding planning experience they always when way longer than we estimated because we were having too much fun.
Joanie, thank you doesn't feel like enough. You blew me away on the wedding day, I was so excited to see it all come together. I can't recommend you highly enough. Thank you so much for sharing such a special experience with us and creating such a beautiful memory for Tim, myself and our guests. We had so many people comment saying it was the best wedding they have ever seen (I bet you hear that a lot but it's true).
Love always Tammy and Tim Meilak
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Jun 30, 2013
There's something a little magical about Quat Quatta. It's as if Melbourne as you know it melts away the moment you turn into the driveway off the avenue. As I walk through the dense and towering evergreen hedges, I imagine being Alice and wonder ~ how did these get so big, or...was it something in that 'Drink Me' potion? I have visited on quiet weekdays when you can perch yourself on the bench under the arbour, and have a few unaccounted minutes all to yourself in the enclosed surrounds of the beautiful stone courtyard. Occasionally I may have to apologise for the intrusion upon a particular orange tabby cat enjoying a session of sun-basking on the tiles, but his look up/eye off/back to sleep gesture suggests we're all good to share the ample open space.:)
The magic continues inside the beautifully restored Victorian-style white mansion. It is always exciting and sheer pleasure to return to Quat Quatta for a wedding, not just because every corner and facet of Quat Quatta is stunning, but because the professional team who run the place are just the warmest and most wonderful bunch. A very big hug and thank you to Jennifer and John for being so amazing to work with, and supporting Christine and Leon on their most special day.
I met Christine and Leon for the first time just under four months before their wedding day. I was introduced to Christine's sister Helen at a party, and naturally we were talking weddings when she mentioned that her sister may be looking for someone to style her wedding in November. Christine got in touch soon after, and the rest, as they say, was history!
Over many previous months, Christine had kept, wait for it, a 38-page scrapbook of all the visually delectable details she adored. This girl knew just what she wanted! Before long, we honed in on a central theme of country rustic charm woven with modern and elegant touches to harmonise with their chosen venue. Peonies were well and truly in season too, so we ensured there was every opportunity to use them everywhere in the wedding! As soon as we locked down the budget, we got straight to work!
What we love here at One Wedding Wish is to work with nature ~ this includes making the best of seasonal colours and blooms, setting the mood in natural lighting wherever possible, and respecting the authencity of the surroundings we work in. A late afternoon ceremony in Quat Quatta's courtyard affords a fantastic blend of shade for guests, and sunlight over the ceremony arbour. With this in mind, our team installed a gorgeous canopy of fresh flowers in hanging glass to reflect the natural light pouring into this central point of attention. Combined with a provincial signing table, comfy Chiavari (Tiffany) chairs, each embellished with a burlap sash, and luscious peonies lining the aisle, you can see how amazing the results were!
Christine and Leon wanted something sweet and edible for their guests to take home. One Wedding Wish took care of everything, from the sourcing of two delicious, locally produced gourmet spreads ~ one marmalade and the other a strawberry jam ~ down to the finer finishings including handcut gingham cloth lid wraps, label design and adorable name tags. It was just the right splash of fun and colour the tables needed, not to mention some wise last words on each jar that read: "Love will be there through thick and thin no matter the jam you're in!"
Dining tables were adorned with fresh peonies, roses, chincherinchees and fluffy snaps in assorted recycled jars. For the couple's love of travel and adventure, we made some adorable table numbers to match the postcard style guest seating chart.
I must admit when Christine and Leon asked for a dessert table and gave us virtually free reign on the final look and feel, it felt like we'd been handed a golden ticket.
The creative freedom gratefully granted by our couple allowed us to keep the design fluid and organic right to the end, and it wasn't until the afternoon, as I was putting the dessert table together, that I knew how it would finish. Pre-planning has its place of course, but styling in this way is exhilirating!
Just four days after the wedding, Christine and Leon wrote this lovely email to us ~
Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job styling our wedding. We were so happy with how beautiful the venue looked, including the most beautifully decorated courtyard and arbour, which set such a gorgeous backdrop for our ceremony and photos, a very beautifully decorated reception with jars of flowers and themed menus and table numbers, and also a gorgeous and very engaging Drawing Room complete with an impressive candy bar (which was a smashing hit with the guests!). It was all very beautiful and we loved it. We received a lot of compliments from our guests on the styling too. Also wanted to let you know we really appreciate all the detail, behind the scenes and hours of work you and your team put in, including how you went the extra mile with incorporating some last minute additions. Our wedding was a success and you played a major role in that success, so a big thank you to you!
Christine and Leon, thank you for being such a terrific couple to work with, and for entrusting One Wedding Wish with your special day. May many more adventures await you both!
A really big Thank You to the One Wedding Wish ladies ~ Sarah, Olivia, Charmaine and Agnes ~ for their outstanding work and amazing support as always ~ Joanie loves you guys!
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Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
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Feb 18, 2013
Last Saturday, unlike many Saturdays in Summer when we load up the van ready to hit the road for another wedding, I reserved the morning especially to have a chat on stage with Brodie Harper at the Glen, and present my component of the Stylist Challenge I had been getting ready for over the past couple of weeks.
Style Challenge: The 'Short and Petite' Bride
Finding the perfect wedding dress and bridal accessories is empowering. A bride who exudes confidence and grace smiles her best smile, carries herself effortlessly, and let's be honest, she's bound to have more fun on her wedding day!
The 'short and petite' (S+P) bride has a world of options when it comes to choosing her wedding dress, but she shouldn't forget a few golden rules before she embarks on the potentially dizzying quest of uniting with the dress she's destined for.
I look back on the S+P brides I've had the pleasure of working with in the past, and it is eminently inspiring to see how they got their looks just right by keeping these objectives in mind ~ add height, accentuate curves, highlight your best assets, and balance your overall figure. I couldn't wait to put a complete look together and test out these principles!
On the Day
If there's one person who can draw an instant crowd around her by just being on stage, it's Brodie Harper as host of the day's challenge. It was also fabulous to meet Rebecca from Easy Weddings and Helena from Polka Dot Bride, who were presenting two very different looks for the tall and slim, and fuller and curvy brides respectively.
The look I settled upon is interwoven with vintage qualities, a style that is as enduring as the sentiment it holds for the happily ever after marriage.
From Mariana Hardwick's flagship store in Brunswick, I fell in love with the Botanique wedding gown almost immediately, but isn't it always the case, when you know you've found THE ONE, but your eyes still stray across the room, and your hands drawn like magnets to touch other equally stunning gowns (Mariana Hardwick makes this extremely easy to do!), if nothing but just to satisfy deep down in your gut that the decision was made at first sight? Brides who've found their dress in this way will have no trouble relating to this. Besides, THE ONE keeps whispering your name at a level audible only to you.
The Botanique is designed with antique Botanical lace laid over a Laurent base. A close-up of the sweetheart neckline shows a heavily beaded flower trim embellished with Swarovski crystals that continue all the way around to the back neckline. The S+P bride will appreciate the attention this brings to the top half of her body, and the streamlined mermaid cut offers the appearance of a lengthened silhouette. The time-honoured method of draping around the waist brings out the contours for enhanced shape. One of my favourite detailing really has to be the scalloped lace hemline ~ so luxurious!
Accessorising the S+P 'Vintage' Bride
Siobhan befitted the vision in my mind with her youthful, dewy complexion, neutral make up paired with engaging eyes and her mousey brown hair finished in a semi-loose low messy bun. In deciding what to place in her hair, I wanted a special piece that looked like it might have passed down in the family, perhaps from nan to mum and now to you. This precluded classically bright and blingy pieces that would look too new. I found just what I was looking for at Equip ~ a rose-gold coloured hairpin called Gatsby, with delicate jewels set in swirls and flowers. A big shout out to Anita, the lovely store manager at Equip The Glen for her friendliness and for letting me bouncing ideas off her!
In the absence of a necklace to draw more attention to the intricately beaded neckline trim, I focused on earrings that would further reinforce the vintage look. Interesting, the doubts I had for the first pair of crystal earrings I locked in started to gnaw at me after I found the hairpin. Feeling a little disheartened, I headed to Le Cadeau to browse their Pandora collection, and there it was, like butter to bread, the earrings that would tie in with the hairpin! How stunning is this two-toned pair, set with mixed stones and a freshwater pearl drop?
As a wedding stylist, I'm always looking for opportunities to personalise and create something that's as individual as the bride herself, and so another crucial piece was picked up from the Pandora Charm collection. Brides are ever looking for creative ways to involve the closest members of their family, to honour them in some way on the wedding day. Items such as photographs at the reception, carrying portrait lockets, or a brooch pinned to the bouquet are just a few examples.
The concept of personalising your bracelet with charms got me thinking about how a bride could harmonise the sentiment of family with the jewellery she wears. She might like to ask her parents, or grandparents or siblings to pick a charm of their choice (it might even be a gift in lieu of a wedding present) so she can wear them all on her wedding day. What could be more special than to adorn a symbol of the people who mean the most to you, and have them love and support you in this way? Alternatively, the charms may be chosen by both the bride and groom's parents, symbolising the coming together of two families on this day.
The piece that I selected on this occasion is a two-toned flower and lace charm on a multiple chain bracelet. As chunky or multi-layering of bracelets are likely to eat up the S+P bride's dainty wrists, this bracelet fits the bill nicely. Notice how it subtly picks up the large flower detailing from the dress. :)
If there is one unsung hero in the accessories category, it would be the bride's clutch, filled with emergency and rescue items such as tissues, lippy, mirror and a smartphone for Instagramming your 'Just Married' photo! Siobhan carried an elegant Swarovski crystal-clad clutch from Oroton's Opera Crystals Collection.
Finally, any S+P bride would appreciate the few extra inches afforded by a comfortable pair of high heels. If she plans to be walking all day, best look for a pair that has a slight platform for added height with comfort. And don't forget the sole inserts! Siobhan wore Nine West's Rocha Suede in taupe.
I thought Rebecca and Helena both did an amazing job styling their brides. I'm saying yes, yes and YES to their choice of wedding dresses ~ intuitive and very flattering to each figure, with gorgeous accessories to boot. Well done, ladies!
I wanted to wrap this blog up by sharing my experience at the Mariana Hardwick store with our readers.
In these very competitive and globalised times in the wedding industry, dresses are increasingly coming from faceless and nameless sources, thanks to the advent of internet shopping. Don't get me wrong, I am huge fan of internet shopping, and have seen for myself many dresses worn beautifully that were procured in this way. However, having received a tour of the in-house couture work room, I believe we Australian brides are lucky to have designers such as Mariana Hardwick who, after 30 years, continue to fight for quality in gown construction, continue to deliver the full sensory experience to their brides from the personalised attention, to the elegant fitting rooms, to saying why not to the popping of champagne when a bride is moved to celebrate. The heritage of Australian-Made wedding dresses, always has been, and still is, preserved by a dedicated team of talented women, many of whom have worked with Ms Hardwick for more than 20 years.
If you have any any thoughts or tips to share about Short and Petite brides or other body shapes, please share them with me in the Comments!
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Feb 13, 2013
Just a few more sleeps to go before One Wedding Wish gets on stage with Easy Weddings and Polka Dot Bride for a bridal styling challenge at the Glen, hosted by the gorgeous Brodie Harper!
I can't wait to share the absolutely delightful (and insightful) experience I had browsing through an array of amazing wedding gowns at the Mariana Hardwick flagship store, and of course selecting THE ONE that I'm showcasing this Saturday along with accessories sourced entirely from The Glen. It's not everyday that one gets to see the creative engines of Mariana Hardwick's in-house couture work room and watch the magic of her designs come to life. I leave you now with this image to capture your imagination.
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