wedding season 2014/2015 begins!

Well I can hardly believe that the wedding season is here again!  It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were breathing a sigh of relief with the last season coming to an end.

We will be kicking off next weekend with a gorgeous vintage/industrial themed wedding by the river – please cross your fingers for perfect weather!!

Other things on the cards for this season include two Bluewater Grill weddings, one with a classic rustic theme and the other a vintage carnival theme, a country wedding in beautiful Dwellingup, an elegant 40th anniversary celebration at Sandalford Winery, an industrial warehouse reception and several beautiful backyard affairs.  Yes it’s going to be another gorgeous season and we can’t wait!

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Image by Nectarine Photography

first comes love 2014

This Sunday we’ll be at the Oxford Hotel in Leederville for the First Comes Love Bridal Fair 2014.

First Comes Love was kind of where it all started for Flights of Fancy a few years ago – it was the first bridal fair at which we exhibited and it was the incredible response we received at the fair that really kick-started our business.  We always love the clients we end up booking through this fair – they are so fun and creative!

If you are a bride or groom looking for vendors who offer quality, personalised attention and creativity then First Comes Love is the fair for you.  Even if you aren’t planning a wedding it’s worth coming along to have a look as all the exhibitors always makes such an effort and, well, who doesn’t enjoy looking at pretty things??  It will run from 12 noon til 5pm upstairs at the Oxford.  You can find out more here.

We will be inside the main hall with our set up which will include some gorgeous work by Hello Love and Bohemian Bloom Designs.  Also make sure you pop out onto the balcony to say hi to the lovely Carly from CJ Williams Photography whose stall we will be helping to style.  We look forward to meeting you!

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featured wedding: violet & jason

Violet and Jason are such a sweet couple.  I knew from the start that their wedding was going to be what a wedding should be – all about them.  AND the dress.  I’d heard lots about this dress, and had even seen a rough photo taken on someone’s phone, but I didn’t get the full impact of it until I saw Violet get out of the car on the day of the wedding.  Designed by Jaime Lee Major, it was AMAZING.

Violet had a very clear vision of what she wanted and we worked with her to bring that vision to life.  She was the perfect client and made my job easy, preparing her own floor plan and own inspiration board!  I loved working with these two and am so glad they chose Still Love to capture their special day as I think you will agree they have done such a wonderful job.

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Images by Still Love Photography

Styling by Flights of Fancy by Kristy / Blooms by Flowertalk / Prop hire by Pretty WillowHire Society & Charming Chairs/ Dress by Jaime Lee Major 

 

 

 

 

could you be “the one”???

As much as I would love to (and often try to), I can’t do everything!  I have been realising this more and more lately and so I’ve made the decision to hire someone.  It’s a big step – up until now it’s just been me and my husband building the business and it’s always hard to let someone in, but we know if we find the right person it will be a really positive step for the business.

We are looking for a very special person – someone with creativity, an eye for design/styling, attention to detail, enthusiasm for the wedding/event industry and a positive attitude. Experience is not necessary, although if you have had hospitality or administrative experience this will be very useful. Most importantly we are after someone with an excellent work ethic. Events are not as glamorous as they might look, and we want someone who, like us, is happy to get their hands dirty to turn our clients’ flights of fancy to reality!

At this stage work will be intermittent – you may be required for anywhere between 2 – 4 weekends during the months of October to April, and on an ad hoc basis over the remaining months of the year for winter events, bridal fairs and styled shoots. There will be physical work involved, such as moving furniture and boxes, and event days can be very long and tiring. There may be some administrative work required from time to time such as preparing quotes, answering emails, liaising with vendors and meeting with clients. We are looking for someone who will take a genuine interest in the business and potentially take on a bigger role further down the track.

We are willing to consider anyone as long as they have the right attitude – whether you are a student, someone with a full time job looking to pursue a passion for events, or maybe a stay-at-home mum wanting some casual work, if this position excites you we want to hear from you! Even if you can’t be available all the time we’d still love to hear from you as we may consider taking on more than one person. Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out the reasons why you believe you are the right person for this position to hi@flightsoffancybykristy.com.au by no later than 5pm on 12 September 2014 with the subject “Job application”. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Image by CJ Williams Photography

 

 

wedding upmarket this saturday!

This Saturday we will be at Wedding Upmarket at UWA together with Pretty Willow and a group of other talented local vendors to bring you our “Modern Woodland” styled space.

I love wedding fairs as they give you the opportunity to do something a bit different to what you normally do and show brides and grooms some fresh ideas that you hope they may want to incorporate into their weddings.

We will also have an area set up for The Wedding Lab where you can get more information on our upcoming workshop and go into the draw to win a full day ticket!

A few weeks ago we did a mini shoot with Pretty Willow, Zahara Flowers, Hello Love Designs and CJ Williams Photography for the Wedding Upmarket guide, so here is a little bit of a sneak peek of what you will see on the day (although it will be much bigger and better!)…

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 Images by CJ Williams Photography

 

the wedding lab

Today we have something very exciting to announce…!

In conjunction with Emma Miller (hand-lettering artist & graphic designer, and owner of Pigeon Pie Design), we are launching The Wedding Lab, a workshop aimed at DIY brides/grooms to be, set to take place on Sunday 31 August 2014.

Emma and I have been planning the workshop for some time now after a conversation we had about how so many couples these days were really keen on rolling up their sleeves and taking on wedding-related projects themselves but sometimes didn’t know where to start or became quickly overwhelmed by all the options.  We wanted to create an educational experience that would provide these sorts of couples with the skills to be able to style their own wedding day in a cohesive way.

Combining my styling and planning experience and Emma’s design experience, we’ve created a program which will give participants lots of practical information as well as guidance in hands-on activities including creating an inspiration board and outline of a styling brief, and designing their own stationery.  Our intention is for people to walk away from the workshop equipped with new skills, increased knowledge and the confidence to be able to DIY their wedding, or parts of it, in a way that is manageable and fun.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to check out the wares and sample the food of some amazing local vendors.  We’ll be announcing our partners and telling you a bit about them on The Wedding Lab blog over the next weeks so stay tuned to the website for more information and make sure you sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss anything!

If you have any questions or are a vendor who would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Image by CJ Williams Photography

 

 

our weekend away

We just spent a blissful few days down south to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  I love travelling down south in the winter – it’s quieter, more relaxed and there is nothing better than finding somewhere warm and enjoying a glass of red wine.

We stayed at Windmills Break which is one of our favourite places to stay.  There are only 13 rooms and the resort is set on 10 acres of beautiful bushland.  You can hire the whole place out for weddings and other private functions and it is such a gorgeous property, we seriously considered this at the time we were planning our wedding and part of me always wishes we had done it whenever I go back there.

We’ve been lucky to stay in stay at some really nice places down south over the years, but Windmills Break has always stood out for me because of the little touches – the greeting when you arrive which is always friendly and includes them escorting you to your room, the complimentary newspaper slipped underneath your door every morning together with a print out of the weather forecast, the breakfast which is made to order and so much nicer than the usual hotel buffet, the complimentary port and chocolates which you can enjoy in front of the roaring fire, and the way they always offer you a late check out if it’s not too busy without you having to ask for one.

With a pool, heated spa, tennis courts, bar, restaurant, DVD library and walking/jogging trails there really is so much to do that you could quite happily spend your days at the resort.  But it is also in a great location so you can easily explore the surrounding restaurants, wineries, galleries and of course the amazing scenery along the coast.

During our time away we visited many of our old favourites, including the Studio Bistro, The Berry Farm, Providore, Vasse Virgin and Yallingup Galleries, but we also discovered a couple of new places including Dunsborough restaurant Piari & Co which was really lovely.  It’s in a bit of a strange location, surrounded by health practitioners, but it was cosy, warm and the food was so good!  Beef carpaccio is one of my favourite dishes and they did an amazing version.  I followed this with confit duck, another old favourite of mine.  The hubby had a steak which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by the crunchiest onion rings and a salad with the yummiest dressing.  Dessert was a creamy rich crème brulee.  They also scored extra points for making the best Aperol Spritz I’ve had in WA.  [On our first night in Venice during our trip last year we wandered down to a local restaurant and were waiting in the bar area for a table to become available when we noticed everyone (including men) drinking this fluorescent looking drink in a wine glass.  Wanting to have the authentic local experience we asked for "what they're having" which turned out to be an aperitif made of Aperol, prosecco, soda and orange.  It became our regular pre-dinner drink and anytime I see it on a menu now I am compelled to order it, notwithstanding that it costs four times the amount it did in Venice!]

So most of our weekend was spent eating and drinking, as is normally the case when we are down south.  But we also did a bit of exploring and the hubby took some great photos.  Here are just a few – the first is on the beautiful walking trail at Windmills Break and the others are at a beach near Eagle Bay where we had our engagement session a few years ago.  Now I’m just trying to figure out when we can find a weekend when we are both free to sneak away again…

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