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.
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.
Flights 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
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.
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!
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.