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!
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 14, 2012
We feel so privileged to have been asked to style Olivia and Justin's wedding at Bella Vedere, Coldstream. A wonderfully intimate affair embraced by family and friends from near and as far as the UK, a fine feast prepared by the renowned Executive Chef Gary Cooper, it was as perfect a celebration as Olivia and Justin envisioned it to be. Let this Wedding Style Profile take you on a romantic journey of this genuinely beautiful and warm-hearted couple.
Coming to Bella Vedere feels like coming home. Its backyard vegetable garden is one you wish your veggie patch at home could be, if only you put in as much love and attention as the chefs do. From the ground straight onto your plate, it's no wonder food at Bella Vedere is amplified of sweetness and flavour. Love its rustic surrounds and message of sustainability and harmony with nature.
Olivia and Justin's pretty vanilla cupcake tower came from The Cupcake Queens. We finished it beautifully with delicate pale pink roses and a topper of fresh flowers. I particularly love the hand-written menus signed off by the chef himself - a nice touch.
In the name of unique wedding experiences, I can't think of a sweeter bridal entrance than one that takes a bride and her father through a path of herbs and vegetables, under a makeshift archway of creeping foliage before appearing in the centre of the garden, amongst zucchinis and pumpkins, where her groom and cherished friends and family patiently await. Olivia looked picture perfect, her best accessory being the amazing smile she carried with her through the day.
My stowaway little red coffee pot makes another cameo appearance - it somehow always finds its way into our decor list, for a pop of colour if nothing else.
Olivia and Justin shared their story with me of a special connection when they first met in London many years ago, perhaps even before they knew it themselves. However much time may have passed, it was obvious Justin wasn't going to let this gorgeous lady out of his sight! Love grew and brought them to Australia, and a commitment forever forged when they welcomed Oscar into their world - a darling little boy who lights up any room and anyone he sets his sparkling blue eyes upon!
Our brief from the outset was to work with the venue - to enchance rather than to change - something we always aim for. Olivia loves birdcages, so on a backdrop of creepers, we extended the rusticity of the deck with hanging wrought iron birdcages filled with fresh garden roses and moss.
For guest tables, One Wedding Wish displayed lace-wrapped jars of fresh flowers featuring roses, snowberries, lisianthus and dahlia and lace-wrapped tealights finished with string. The bridal table featured leatherbound books, birch candle holders and a white coffee pot with pretty pastel blooms.
A very special thank you to Sarah and Olivia for all your efforts, and to Nat and Cobi at Flowers of Canterbury for the bride's bouquet.
It was truly a pleasure for myself and the One Wedding Wish team to help bring Olivia and Justin's wedding dreams to life. To be there with our couples to celebrate the beginning of the next exciting phase in their lives is something special for us. Thank you Olivia and Justin. Wish you both and Oscar beautiful days ahead. xox, Joanie
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Bella Vedere, Olivia and Justin, Yarra Valley wedding, Gary Cooper, birdcages, vineyards, vintage, garden ceremony, garden weddings, Birch Log Candle Holders, Bird's Nest, Birdcage, Birdnests, Bomboniere, Centrepieces, Chalkboard Frames, Coffee Pots, Cupcakes, English Garden, Field Picked Flowers, Floral Styling, Glass Balls, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Robin Eggs, Warren Photography, Snowberries, Wedding Style Profiles, Wishing Well
May 05, 2012
Werribee Mansion is our second home, and we're so lucky to get to work here nearly all through the year. Yenni and Brian's were a late-Autumn wedding at the Mansion, at a time when leaves began to crisp and transform into all hues of yellow and red. Our couple were truly intuitive of the season they had chosen to marry in and brought into their colour palette ~ peach, blush cream and licorice-charcoal to acknowledge the season's natural colours and to add warmth.
An early sunset and later reception start time were no matter as we added an abundance of candles and lighting absolutely everywhere, from the ramp, all around the deck, to the tables inside the room.
Leading to the reception, the path guests took were lined with candle lantern bags, each spelling out the words 'Welcome to the Wedding of Yenni and Brian', and we promised our couple a spectacular entry into the Pavilion featuring tall willow branches, fairylights and candle glassballs! The effect was amazing as you could see the beacon of light from as far as the Hotel!
Upon entry, guests were greeted by an Autumn-themed Welcome Table, featuring a large central birdcage as a Wishing Well, crisp red Autumn leaves and pinecones on a turf runner, flowers and other intuitive embellishments.
Guest tables featured a trio of pillar candles in hurricane vases, and a trio cube glass vases featuring roses, orchids and privet berry, surrounded by tealights. Yenni and Brian gave each guest a gorgeous soy wax candle. Keeping it in the family, Yenni's very talented sister made their beautiful wedding cake!
A huge thank you to our fab partner in floral design - Flowers of Canterbury for the gorgeous bouquets, and the champion ladies on our team - Sarah, Olivia and Charmaine for all their behind-the-scenes efforts!
Perhaps it was a combination of great communication and a connection to their style, but Yenni and Brian's Wedding Style Proposal was approved on the night of the presentation which was awesome!
Yenni and Brian were just so wonderful as a couple and to work with, making us all the more determined not to let the short window of setup and threat of rain stop us from transforming their venue into stylish, warm and welcoming spaces for their special celebration. Despite their very hectic schedules, our newlywed doctors wrote to us barely a week after the wedding with this lovely testimonial. While we are well-aware of the gravity of our responsibility to each and every wedding, we have never been told that what we do is a 'gift' - we are truly touched and humbled by these words and it gives me so much pleasure to share it here ~ xoxo to them both!
We would like to thank you very very much for helping make our wedding day so special and memorable. The styling that you and your team did was truly amazing! No words are adequate to express how thankful we are and how much it means to us.
The memory of our wedding day for the rest of our lives will be a very very happy one. Thank you for being so thoughtful through every step of your planning. Thank you for doing such wonderful work even with the time constraint! The ramp, candle-lit paths and welcome table received so much compliments!
We loved the lovely ambience you created with the decorations in and around the Pavilion. You even had such a thoughtful wet-weather back up plan! I couldn't have asked for anything more on our wedding day - thank you again One Wedding Wish for your wonderful gift to us! All the best and we will certainly spread the good words to our friends and family!
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