we survived march!

Well, March is pretty much over and I am happy to report that we survived!  (Only just!)  We still have a few more weddings and other things planned for April before we head off on a little break overseas which we’re definitely looking forward to.

I know that the blog has been a bit quiet lately and I’m hoping to rectify that now that the busiest month of our wedding season is over and share with you some of the amazing weddings we’ve been so lucky to work on over the past wedding season.  We also have some new team members to introduce you to who have really been stepping up and keeping me sane over the past few months!

For now, here is a snap I took at a wedding we styled this past weekend at Donnelly River Village.  We used hay bales for seating and the kangaroos clearly enjoyed snacking on them – luckily they waited until after the ceremony!

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tickle the imagination magazine

Locally produced magazine, Tickle the Imagination, is always full of beautiful images, lots of party and crafting ideas and information about talented local vendors.

This month we are so honoured to have the “Eco Elegance” shoot we styled last year at Raw Kitchen in Fremantle featured in the magazine.  This was a collaboration with some of our favourite people including iZO Photography, Pretty Willow, IVY, Olive Farm Designs, The Articulate, Tux & Tutu, Theodorus Makeup, Hera Studio, Patricia Fernandes and Cherry Pies Cakes.

Also featured in this edition is an article with our top tips for taking an idea and transforming it into a beautiful event!

You can order a copy online here (either a digital or print copy), or find it at Angove Street Collective, Mr Sparrow Shop or a variety of other Australia-wide stockists listed here.

Here’s a little preview of the Eco Elegance shoot – we’ll share more soon!

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Image by iZO Photography

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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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!!!