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!
To see another one of our favourites at Quat Quatta, click here.
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Bomboniere, Centrepieces, Cupcakes, Dessert Table, Christine and Leon, Floral Styling, Garden Ceremony, Garden Weddings, Macarons, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Planner, Wedding Refreshments, Wedding Style Profiles, Quat Quatta, garden ceremony, garden weddings
Jun 17, 2012
It's always exciting when we showcase a brand new Wedding Style Profile, but this time I've also relished the process.
You might or might not notice straight away, but I learned something new to help me blog more efficiently from now on. I decided to teach myself some neat tricks using Photoshop to drag n' drop images into photo collage templates. Settling with seven collage templates in the configurations I use the most, I can now spend more time fussing over my favourite pictures to share rather than extra unnecessary time laying out each collage from scratch. I wish I had done or known this sooner!
That aside, recollecting the day that was Sze and Andy's wedding day and the months that lead us there is the part that I enjoy most.
When I meet a couple for the very first time, I'm always hoping more than just to get along, but to make a connection. This is exactly how it fell into place with Sze and Andy. It was a relationship that was energetic and inspiring - the kind that spawns beautiful ideas, and a notion beyond simply a promise but a personal wish to see two wonderful, down-to-Earth people fulfill their dreams of a perfect wedding day.
The ceremony was held by the Lakeside of Werribee Mansion & Spa at Werribee Park. What I love about this area is the privacy it affords to both the ceremony itself, and the bride's first grand appearance without being seen by guests (and her husband to be!), thanks to the surrounding dense bushes and trees. Sze, her dad and bridesmaids get the VIP treatment, arriving at the site by bridal buggy ~ perfect for a few minutes of quiet reflection before Sze walks down the aisle!
For this absolutely stunning backdrop, we commissioned the construction and design of a natural birch bridal arch, complete with hanging blooms in teardrop glass balls, soft flowing drapes and gorgeous arrangements of flowers that match both the aisles and the provincial-style signing table. We cannot thank Nat, Cobi and the team at Flowers of Canterbury, our talented partner in floral design, for their amazing work. As you can tell, we were blessed with great weather - testament, as Sze and Andy tell me, of their daily prayers!
Sze arrived in a breathtaking strapless wedding gown, embellished with an sequined belt, delicate lace and romantic layers of frill, lace and ruffles to the train. What a sight!
Guests were greeted with a Welcome Sign on the way to the Lakeside. It was handwritten with the same fonttype used on Sze and Andy's letterpress wedding stationery collection, and took more than 1.5 hours to complete! That little smudge was someone checking to see if it really was written in chalk or just a print. I guess they got their answer! :)
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the Library where we had set up exclusively to indulge them while the bridal party headed off to location photography. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Kristen Cook for the first time as well and love her work too! I cannot wait to see the photos!
While weddings are for a day, the memories of the day can last a little longer. In this case, we designed a Fingerprint Tree on canvas for our couple where guests can ink their fingerprints and 'leaf' their mark on the canvas. After a process of lamination, Sze and Andy can display this Fingerprint Tree in their new home as a momento of their special day. As a little surprise gift, we presented the couple with this exceptionally sweet jumbo cupcake for them to enjoy at home, if not on their wedding night!
Sze and Andy are exceptional hosts and we were inspired to create a Secret Garden-themed dessert table with plenty of delectable bite-sized treats! You'll notice gorgeous elements at play including moss bunnies, mushroom cake pops in garden pails and baby carrot cupcakes marked by pink fondant rabbits!
Before the wedding, Sze told us that her ultimate chocolate obsession is Ganache's Caramelised chocolate coated almonds. She even bought me some to try and now I'm completely hooked! So prior to the wedding, i made a beeline to South Yarra to get some, and made sure there was a platter of these yummy choc almonds for their guests, which we displayed in mini cupcake wrappers (not pictured, but we promise it didn't last very long!)
For the thirsty, we had fresh homestyle lemonade in milk bottles, each on an ornate cake stand, with personalised 'Drink To...' tags!
We also designed a Writing Desk where guests can write little notes for the couple. A vintage typewriter sets the mood, we even had each notecard bearing a letterpress vintage typewriter! Sealed with a kiss, guests drop their notecards into a gorgeous wrought iron birdcage on a stand.
Gavin took the above image entirely in natural light streaming from the stained glass windows, creating this amazing effect!
As guests were enjoying the Library, One Wedding Wish headed back to the Pavilion to lay down the final touches.
Sze and Andy gave each guest a succulent as bomboniere and no effort was spared in the design and preparation this gorgeous gift. Succulents are enduring, and bear the symbolism of hope, family and new beginnings. Each succulent individually chosen. Each pot brush-finished with antique white to create a rustic yet clean finish, then wrapped in either grey for the gentlemen, or pink polkadots for the ladies. Each name and 'care' pick, individually cut and hand-assembled, were designed to suit this uber-fresh and fun theme we were creating in the Pavilion.
We had so much fun creating these table numbers which weren't table numbers at all! I particularly loved watching guests in amusement of their table allocations, asking each other, 'Hey, where are you? I'm on the Tomato Soup/Teapot table...!'
Our succulent pots in perfect lines along the table, arrangements of tulips, hyacinths, roses and lisianthus bring the sentiment of a flower garden onto the tables.
Overlooking the Polo Lawn, we set up a Welcome Table in preparation for pre-dinner canapes and drinks and embellished the garden tables with pretty cushions and pots of flowers.
Before I go on, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the second-to-none, professional team at Mansion Hotel & Spa, particularly Chloe, Saurabh and staff working that evening for their incredible support and commitment to the highest standards of service. I say again and again, we cannot do what we do without them. Thank you!
A good photobooth meant bellyaches of laughter at the wedding! In The Booth joined us that evening, and One Wedding Wish made sure there were plenty of props for crazy getups behind the velvet curtain. We also spent a bit of time purchasing materials at the craft store and handmaking those hats!
The Pavilion embraced the night as flickering candles created a warm and elegant ambience.
Being at a wedding from start to finish presents a special opportunity to get to know Sze and Andy a little better, and what they mean to the people who care most about them. Sze and Andy's fathers gave heartfelt speeches reflecting sheer pride in this day for their children. The family table was by far the rowdiest when it comes to cheering for the bride and groom! It was a real treat for an observer like myself!
When Paper Cranes and One Wedding Wish come together, it's magic! It was a pleasure to have Paper Cranes on board once again - the boys ~ Santo, Ferry and Dave are such a great team to work with! I have lost count of how many times i've watched this Same Day Edit but the day was captured beautifully, with a certain tear in my eye the first time.
The words read by Sze in Andy's letter to her say it perfectly - "Anniversaries shouldn't mean that much. The fact that you get to spend each day with the one you love is more important than how long you have been together already." With this, I'd like to say...
Sze and Andy, though our work is now done and your journey with us have concluded, yours is only just beginning ~ the building of a life-long partnership and growing in love. Thank you for your friendship, trust and inspiration. I wish you both blessed days ahead and many amazing adventures! Joanie xox
A really big thank you to an amazing One Wedding Wish team - Sarah, Olivia, Gavin and Avita for keeping cool, calm and creative on a challenging day.
You can see also this wedding in a Wedding Style Video on our Gallery Page! Or, just click here to watch!
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
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Tags: Bomboniere, Cake Pops, Candy Buffet, Centrepieces, Chalkboard Frames, Kristen Cook, Cupcakes, Cushions, Drinks Station, Milk Bottles, Sze Er and Andy, Floral Styling, Flowers of Canterbury, Garden Ceremony, Garden Weddings, Glass Balls, Lemonade, Leonda, Letterpress Stationery, Macarons, Mansion Hotel, Melbourne Wedding Planner Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Paper Cranes Productions, Paper Straws, Real Weddings, Snowberries, Succulents, Suitcases, Unique Wedding Ideas, In The Booth, Wedding Planner, Wedding Refreshments, Wedding Style Profiles, Welcome Table Werribee Park, birdcages, garden ceremony, garden weddings, Werribee Park, vintage
May 01, 2012
Montsalvat in Eltham needs no introduction. Art-inspired architecture peering over rolling hills, weather-aged sculptures stand timeless, ducks and peacocks going about their business are just some of the treasures that make Montsalvat such a pleasure to visit, and make for a particularly unique setting for a wedding.
I was delighted to be asked to assist Lauren and Shaun with one of two weddings - how lucky they are to celebrate twice, the first in an intimate family setting, and the other a vibrant Indian soirée involving 400 of their nearest and dearest!
As our Melbourne girl was now based in Canberra, we communicated largely over email and then met at Monsalvat a few weeks before the wedding. A gorgeous colour palette was set from the outset, and as usual, I love plenty of colour and vibrance!
Now this has got to be one of the most stylish bride's arrival I've ever seen. With dad behind the wheel of a classic, sleek (and very expensive!) collectible Austin Healey, who's to know whether the car was chosen to perfectly matched the bridesmaids' absolutely stunning dresses, or whether the classic was inspiration for the dresses' beautiful blue hue! Either way, what an enviable arrival!
At the entrance to the Chapel, fresh rose petals in paper doilies cones are standing by to be tossed over the newlyweds at the recessional!
As the bridal party headed off to location photos with their photographer, Glenn of Alba Photography, guests took the uphill path back towards the restaurant courtyard where sweet treats awaited them - gourmet truffles in six assorted flavours and macarons, as well as a juice station kept guests filled and hydrated for an hour before pre-dinner canapes. Bright paper lanterns lit up as the sun began to set and the party goes indoors.
Our gorgeous bride and bridesmaids carried stunning blooms created by our partner in floral design, Flowers of Canterbury ~ such a talented team with an amazing eye for colour and combinations.
For the tables, Lauren and Shaun decided on moss pots filled with the season's most vibrant colours lent by roses (our favourite being the very luscious Lavender Lace!), lisianthus, dahlia and green trick. One Wedding Wish created these table arrangements which also featured birch candle holders and lace-trimmed votive candle holders. For the bridal table, we wanted something quite unique and befitting the gorgeous natural surrounds of Montsalvat. The bird's nest with blue robin eggs was made to look like a discovery, nestled quietly amongst a bed of wild grass and flowers.
Our warmest congratulations to our beautiful couple Lauren and Shaun! We hope both your celebrations leave you with the most amazing memories as you begin this long and fulfilling journey together! Happy days ahead. Lots of love, Joanie and the team at One Wedding Wish xox
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Montsalvat, Church Ceremonies, Alba Photography, Paper Lanterns, Chocolate Truffles, Macarons, Bird's Nests, Moss Pots, Lavender Lace, Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles
Apr 08, 2012
After many 'sneak previews' this season alone, I'm so pleased to finally share Hannah and Chris' Wedding Style Profile with everyone!
When i met Hannah for the very first time, she was just a newbie in Melbourne. As we got chatting (over a pizza, no less!), I learned of the adventurous spirit Chris and herself both shared, having worked and lived in a few cities across Australia in a span of just a few years. Home is wherever they are together. Where there is a park, they'll be lacing up their walking shoes. Where a bike trail, they'll be riding. Quiet comfort in each other's presence is good all the same. It was therefore befitting that they had picked Provincial Events' Wattle Park Chalet to host their intimate wedding celebration - a heritage-listed building steeped in history located amongst acres of surrounding parkland.
With Hannah and Chris travelling on multiple interstate trips leading right to the week of the Wedding Day, we communicated mostly via email and phone, exchanging ideas and inspirational images for the number of key areas One Wedding Wish was pleased to take care of. Hannah and Chris' love for all things natural, earthy and provincial set the scene for us to design something that truly reflected their special relationship.
For the entrance, we created a simple but stylish Welcome Table featuring one of our signature Wishing Trees in their gorgeous colours of lilac, purple and peach. We also placed a large white wooden birdcage for cards embellished with flowers which doubled as a display for guest seating.
The ceremony was held in the venue's private garden offering panoramic views of Wattle Park. Vibrant blooms in glass jars decorated the aisle chairs. Guests were invited to a Drinks & Treats Station designed specifically to Hannah and Chris' unique theme. Our most favourite piece has to be the vintage blue bicycle parked by the table, looking as if it has just returned from a flower-picking trip to the meadows, and on the way back, picked up some long French baguette sticks too! We couldn't resist surprising our couple with a personalised bicycle plate to keep as a momento after the wedding.
One of the treats Hannah particularly asked for were cookies. Cookie jars seemed the most obvious choice, but we decided to take it a step further by packing two cafe-style chocolate chip cookies in frosted 'envelope' bags finished with grosgrain ribbon and a fun sticker that read "I'm COOKIE for you" - all neatly displayed in an open picnic basket.
No Treat Station is complete without colour-coordinated macarons! How about lavender-infused and passionfruit-choc ones?
Hannah struck a stunning figure in her wedding gown when she arrived. Isn't she just gorgeous!? Hannah and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of David Austin roses, lisianthus and orchids, designed by our preferred partner in floral design, Flowers of Canterbury (thank you Nat and Cobi!). A very special thank you also to Sarah and Olivia for their special touch to making everything gorgeous!
Hannah and Chris, I wish you both many more adventures ahead! Lots of love, Joanie xoxo
Image by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Wattle Park, Wattle Park Chalet, Provincial Events, Chalkboard Frames, Dessert Table, Bomboniere, Cookies, Parisian Theme, Vintage Bicycle, Baguette, Field Picked Flowers, Lavender, Peach, Coffee Pots, Hannah and Chris, Wishing Tags, Wishing Tree, Birdcage, Drinks Station, Macarons, Garden Ceremony, Couch Media, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles
Mar 14, 2012
Autumn is officially upon us, but Summer was determined to stay just a little longer on Marylyn and Edison's wedding day. Blessed with an afternoon of friendly clouds over Werribee Mansion's formal Parterre garden blooming in its full glory, Marylyn and Edison exchanged vows before their closest family and friends. One Wedding Wish is honoured to work alongside a great team of suppliers including Chateau Photography and Preface Films to make this special day a reality, and unanimously, we agree that Marylyn and Edison are simply the loveliest of couples!
Marilyn with her singular weakness for le petit macaron, asked for a display of these little treats in as many flavours as we could fit on the table. We were glad to oblige!
Over in the Pavilion, a fusion of East and West can be observed via the elegant culture-inspired undertones and casual styling to reflect the relaxed afternoon celebration. A big thank you to our partner in floral design, Flowers of Canterbury for the pretty centrepieces and bouquets.
Marylyn's truly gorgeous four-tier wedding cake from French Lettuce made an elegant statement. Outside on the lawn, garden bench settings invited guests to take their time and bask in the sun. The couple gave each guest colourful Japanese tea tins filled with herbal and fruit-infused tea leaves.
With Ed traveling internationally weeks at a time and Marilyn's new job and workload, we are humbled that they chose us to help them put together this small, but truly heartfelt family-orientated wedding affair. We wish Marylyn and Edison fabulous days ahead!
Tags: Mansion Hotel, Werribee Park, Marylyn and Edison, Tea, Tea Tins, Cushions, Lemonade, Paper Straws, Bomboniere, Drinks Station, Macarons, Garden Ceremony, Parterre, Chateau Photography, Preface Films, Flowers of Canterbury, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles
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