eco elegance at raw kitchen

You may recall that last May we exhibited at Wedding Upmarket and collaborated with some wonderful vendors to bring to life a coastal themed styled space.

As we’d all worked so hard on putting it together, a few of us decided to develop what we’d done for Upmarket into a styled shoot which is featured in the current edition of Tickle the Imagination, a fantastic Perth-based magazine.

We wanted to demonstrate that you don’t have to compromise on style or elegance to have an eco-friendly wedding.  When we think eco-friendly we normally picture a vintage or bohemian style wedding – we wanted to do something that didn’t obviously look eco-friendly.

We used repurposed or locally made/sourced products as much as possible as well as featuring hired gowns.  The venue was Raw Kitchen in Fremantle which uses local, organic and ethical produce wherever possible and has a menu is designed to minimise food miles, unnecessary transport and storage.

Here is the full list of vendors involved:

Photography – iZO Photography /Styling – Flights of Fancy by Kristy / Fashion styling and hairpieces – Olive Farm Designs / Prop hire – Pretty Willow / Florals – Ivy / Makeup – Theodorus Makeup / Hair styling – Hera Studio by Jessica Juanita / Gowns – Tux & Tutu / Stationery – The Articulate / Ceramics – Patricia Fernandes / Cake – Cherry Pies Cakes / Venue – Raw Kitchen

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featured wedding: sam and paul

I think Sam was the most organised bride I’ve ever dealt with.  She would come to each meeting we had with her folder, neatly divided into categories, filled with inspiration as well as the more mundane parts of organising a wedding such as contracts and invoices.  She was an absolute delight to work with and her organisation definitely paid off.  This wedding was one gorgeous event that went off without a hitch.  Even the weather played nice and the showers that were forecast for the day stayed away.

The reception was held in the backyard of the groom’s uncle and it truly was the perfect venue for a wedding with carefully manicured gardens, plenty of room and a grand staircase which made for stunning photographs.

The best thing about this day was that it was filled with emotion and happiness that can clearly be seen in the eyes of the bride, groom and their loved ones in these images by Teneil Kable.  Congratulations Sam and Paul – I know that this is the beginning of a wonderful marriage as you are so perfect together!

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Images by Teneil Kable / Styling by Flights of Fancy by Kristy / Lighting by Micktric Events / Prop hire by Pretty Willow and Hire Society

wedding skirts

I think wearing a skirt for your wedding day rather than a dress is such a great idea.  It makes it so much easier to find something that fits you perfectly and expresses your personality and style, whether that be traditional, ultra modern or something in between.  Plus the likelihood of you being able to wear at least part of your wedding outfit again is much higher – you could easily dress down your skirt by pairing it with a more casual top or wear your top with pants.

Bhldn currently has a gorgeous range of bridal skirts in all sorts of styles which can be paired with their singlets, corsets and toppers (essentially cover-ups to be worn over a singlet).  You can check them out here.  So pretty – makes me want to get married again! *sigh*

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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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Images by Anna Rose Photography