patricia & gerry: 40th wedding anniversary celebration

My parents-in-law celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in November and asked me to help to organise and style a lunch at Sandalford Estate Winery for their family and close friends.

My mother-in-law told me she trusted me and wanted me to do “whatever I wanted” – a stylist’s dream come true!!!  But with that came pressure… What if I got it all wrong and they didn’t like what I’d done???  I wanted it to be so special for them as they have done so much for my husband and me over the years.  I have to admit that out of all the events I’ve styled this was one of the most nerve-wracking!

In the end we settled on a vintage theme with a touch of elegance, featuring soft pinks, gold and cut glass.  I worked with the incredible Katie Cooper Floral Design who was as amazing as always and was totally keen and excited when I contacted her a couple of weeks before to tell her I thought we needed some foliage garlands!  Her Handpicked Harvest supplied the gorgeous furniture, including a cabinet which my husband and I had used at our wedding in 2011.  We used it to display the desserts on our beautiful white ceramic and pink glass pedestals.  On the other side of the room we set up a photo table which also acted as a backdrop for the speeches.

Children have become an important part of my parents-in-law’s lives with my sister-in-law’s two little ones and many of my husband’s cousins with children too.  So we set up a little kids’ area in one corner with small chairs and tables, bean bags and lots of fun activities (thanks to my sister-in-law who knows what kids like much better than I do!).

It turned out to be a really lovely and fun day.  My own family were guests too so it was nice for them to be able to see my work too, and I finally got the dance with my Dad that I’d missed out on at our wedding!

Congratulations Trish and Gerry and thank you – not only for trusting me to style your celebration but also for being the loving, generous and kind parents-in-law that you are!  I am very lucky to have been welcomed so warmly as part of your family from the day I first met you.

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featured wedding: lauren & aidan

There is nothing quite like a backyard wedding.  Especially when it’s actually at the home of the bride and groom.  What is nicer than being surrounded by your family and friends and celebrating your relationship and future at the house you’ve made a home?

Lauren and Aidan’s backyard is not your typical backyard either.  They live in the middle of beautiful bushland, surrounded by native flora and fauna.  This made for one very unique reception venue.

The ceremony was held at one of my favourite locations, Kalamunda History Village, which meant guests enjoyed a lovely winding drive through the bush to get from the ceremony to the reception.  The lovely Ann Lord conducted the ceremony.

With lighting by Micktric Events, florals by Signature Floral Design, furniture from Pretty Willow and Hire Society and a marquee and dance floor from Swan Marquees, we kept the styling simple to create the feeling of a relaxed backyard do.

What I loved most about this wedding was just how relaxed and casual Lauren and Aidan were, both leading up to and on the wedding day.  As you can see from the gorgeous images by Carley for Anna Rose Photography, they had a heap of fun, and isn’t that what it’s all about??

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Knapp and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!


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Images by Anna Rose Photography

bridesmaids’ dresses

With the end of season sales it’s a great time to be shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses!  You might have noticed lately a lot of gorgeous summery lace dresses popping up.  Lace is such a great look – it can work just as well for a formal, traditional wedding as for an informal, rustic wedding.  Here we’ve put together a few of our favourites for your bridesmaids.

Affordable bridesmaids dresses

Top row left to right – Alannah Hill “Damned if You Don’t” dress; Review “Lotus” dress; Forever New “Kylie” dress; Forever New”Poppy” dress.  Bottom row left to right – Forever New “Zara” dress; Review “Aurelia” dress; Review “Majestic” dress; Alannah Hill “Crazy in Love” dress.

merry christmas!

K+D_009Flights of Fancy would like to wish all our followers, clients (past and present), vendors we’ve worked with, family and friends a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015!  Thank you all so much for all your support during the year – we have loved getting to meet and work with so many fabulous people.

2014 has passed in a blur for us – we were kept very busy with some gorgeous events, we worked on some really fun styled shoots, we exhibited at Wedding Upmarket and First Comes Love, and we welcomed a new member to our team, the lovely Sophie!

There will be some more exciting changes to come in the new year and we can’t wait to share the next chapter with you all!

Image by Jonathan Wherrett


where to find your last minute gifts

I love Christmas time.  I love the fact that everyone seems more cheerful and relaxed around this time of year, I love that I have more time to spend with my family and friends, I love the catch ups with people I haven’t seen for too long, I love all the food and wine, and I admit it, sometimes I even enjoy a bit of Christmas music.  But the thing that I possibly love most about Christmas (I won’t lie) is buying people presents.  I am not bothered about receiving them, but I love buying them – putting thought into what to get for whom, wrapping them up perfectly and finding that person the perfect card!

This year I haven’t been as organised as I’d like with my Christmas shopping – I’ll be finishing it off in the next couple of days.  If you are like me and still have a few last minute gifts to tick off your list, I would strongly suggest avoiding the crowds and at the same time supporting local industry by trying some of my favourite places to shop:

  • Many 6160 in Fremantle – A large space (in the former Myer building) featuring individual vendors including Pigeon Hole, Clean Slate (the most gorgeous skin care, soaps, candles etc), and a couple of vintage shops.
  • Angove Street Collective in North Perth – A collective of small retailers selling products from homewares to jewellery to clothing and even flowers.  And they even have a little café in case you need to recharge before continuing on your shopping expedition.
  • Urban Depot in Leederville – They’ve brought in lots of pretty and quirky gifts in time for Christmas as well as their usual range.
  • Morrison in Fremantle – Although known for their clothing, Morrison also stocks some beautiful homewares, bags and jewellery.
  • Mr Sparrow Shop in Subiaco – Filled with homewares, jewellery and various other bits and pieces, you will find something for everyone here.
  • Studio Bomba Shop – Lots of very cool and quirky gifts to be found here, plus a great little coffee shop.
  • The Re Store in Leederville – The best place to shop to put together a yummy gourmet hamper for the foodie in your life.
  • And for the book lovers, try New Edition in Fremantle, Oxford Street Books in Leederville, or Planet Books in Mt Lawley.

Good luck!!!

40th anniversary celebration at sandalford estate

Here at Flights of Fancy we love weddings – obviously!  But we also love being involved in other types of celebrations, and we were very lucky to be asked to style Patricia and Gerry’s 40th wedding anniversary in November at Sandalford Estate Winery.

Patricia and Gerry celebrated with close to 50 of their closest friends and family with pre-lunch drinks in the courtyard followed by a lunch in the Durack Room.  We set up two long dining tables with lace table overlays, cut glass vases and votives and beautiful blooms by Katie Cooper in soft blush colours.  A dessert buffet and tea and coffee station were placed at one end of the room, and a photo table at the other end, featuring furniture and vintage crockery by Her Handpicked Harvest, props by Flights of Fancy and blooms by Katie Cooper Floral Design.  The set up also featured a kids’ area in one corner to keep the little ones entertained throughout the afternoon.

It’s lovely to see a couple reach such a significant milestone and even lovelier to see them wanting to celebrate it in such style!  Congratulations to Patricia and Gerry and thank you for allowing us to be involved in this beautiful celebration!


bride + backyard + bushland = beautiful

This past weekend we styled a beautiful backyard wedding in Mount Helena.  The hills area of Perth holds a special place in my heart as I went to school in Glen Forrest and many of my friends lived in the area.  It was funny driving down all the roads I used to drive down when I first got my licence and remembering all the things I used to get up to with my friends (nothing too extreme, I was always a goody two shoes).

Anyway, Lauren and Aidan’s “backyard” was essentially a forest!  Five acres of beautiful bushland.  They wanted to keep it relaxed and simple, and most importantly they wanted there to be plenty of seating for their guests’ comfort (I just love a considerate bride and groom, don’t you!).  We used wooden benches and wicker lounges combined with wine barrel bar tables (all from Hire Society) and vintage feature pieces from Pretty Willow.  The florals by Signature Floral Design were perfect for the rustic setting.  And the lighting by Micktric Events just finished it all off.  People don’t tend to give it a lot of thought but lighting is so important in creating atmosphere, especially for a backyard or outdoor wedding.  Michael selected a few tall trees around the property to uplight as well as using fairylights underneath the verandahs and festoon lights inside the marquee and it looked absolutely spectacular once the sun went down.

We must also give a special shout out to the newest member of our team, Sophie, who styled the ceremony at Kalamunda History Village.  Sophie comes to us with a background in hospitality, events and childcare – and she grew up on a farm so we know she isn’t afraid of hard work!  She will be giving us a hand on some of our larger weddings and we are delighted to have her on board.  We will make sure we get a photo of her next time we’re at a set up so we can introduce her properly!

Here is a little sneak peek of Lauren and Aidan’s big day.  We are looking forward to seeing the professional images shot by Carley for Anna Rose.