Category Archives: my wedding

wedding dresses – the shortlist

I have hunted high and low through this sleepy city for my dream dress, and I have to say that it feels like I have been to every bridal store in Perth (gotta be close to it 😛 )

Out of all of them, I liked Tuscany Bridal’s large and diverse range. They stock the largest range of Pronovias dresses in Perth which was right up my alley as the slim yet figure-hugging Spanish designs are quite to my liking.

I also enjoyed Bride Selection (sister store to Dion for Brides, who in my experience had more A-line and princess dresses). As you can see, I’m after a slim dress (don’t want melt under the Thailand sun and pretty sure Mister wouldn’t be too pleased exchanging vows with a puddle of sweat). Bride Selection have quite a few beach-style dresses by Maggie Sottero (love her designs to bits). Samantha Wynne really impressed me with their service – they fit only one bride at a time (and gorgeous gowns to boot!)  – can make scheduling a booking a little tricky in peak times though.

Legends in Joondalup and the Gown Gallery in Midland deserve special mention for their extensive range and affordable prices, however I didn’t find anything to my taste.

Poor form awards go to Zanzis (rejecting customers based on base-line budget: how about at least trying to make me fall in love with a piece first), Brides by Design (leaving me to attend to another customer mid-way through my fitting does not entice me to actually buy a gown from you) and Hob Nob (if a sales lady is free and clearly doing nothing at the front counter, then she should help a returning customer quickly try on a gown again, rather than turn her away)… /rant!

So here is the shortlist:

wedding dress shortlist
1. Pronovias – Francoli (Tuscany Bridal);
2. Maggie Sottero – Geneva (Bride Selection);
3. Elizabeth de Varga – Alana (Spurling);
4. San Patrick – Eboli (Mon Belle);
5. Pronovias – Reims (Samantha Wynne)


wedding dress shopping

Wedding dress shoppingI went wedding dress shopping for the first time today! Yikes, I was excited!

I was joined by my mum, mum-in-law-to-be, one of my bridesmaids and a dear friend.

After trying on 30 or so dresses, I found one that I really liked 🙂 What I’m going for is an ivory/champagne A-line dress that is either soft and flowing or figure hugging and silky (but not heavy). The one that I liked is soft and flowing and actually a dusty pink with champagne layers, so pretty. I just need to find that perfect silky number and I might be able to form a decision!

I think we’re nearing the end of the season so it sounds like there are new dresses on their way, which is pretty exciting.

Fun day! Can’t wait to do it all again in two weeks time…

wedding photographer mission complete!

Hooray!I am wrapped to say that I have found our wedding photographer(s).

I was getting a bit worried to be honest. After a bit of searching I just wasn’t sure that I’d find someone who had the right creative flair and was located close to or within Thailand.

And it wasn’t until I actually did a search using the new Google Blog Search that I came across these guys.
(It’s amazing what you can find using the blog search rather than Google search!)

The business is called Eden Images, formed by two photographers who specialise in destination weddings – specifically Asia. Hooray! Their photos are breathtaking,  so I am very happy to have found them.

They’re also shooting a wedding on Koh Samui in March, so I’ll be super keen to see how those shots turn out.


bridesmaid gift

I’ve never been a bridesmaid in my life, but I know that I’d like to give my bridesmaids a little gift to say thank you for all their help and support.

What I have in mind is an antique locket with a handwritten note inside.

Something along the lines of this… but maybe an oval or heart shape rather and definitely sterling silver to suit their personal taste.



wedding, wedding, wedding!

I’ve been a bit absent of late and this is because I’ve been preoccupied with another website – our wedding website.

I am feeling a great sense of relief now though, as it’s all complete and the wedding invitations have found their merry way to the hands of our guests. It’s lovely when you get a phone call or a message to say they’ve arrived and that others think they are beautiful 🙂 A snapshot is below.

Wedding invitation

Wedding website

There’s soooo many wedding website options out there, it gets a bit eckkk, confusing.

I signed up to a few of the free wedding websites available and after sifting through a number of them, I eventually tried out ewedding and onewed. I abandoned the ewedding site quite quickly as I found the design to be too bland and really lacking vibrance and modern fonts. Onewed was much better in terms of website design options, and what I found to be quite cool was the collaboration with invitiation designers. So if you purchased an invite from say Wedding Paper Divas, you could create a website that matched it visually. Cool.

I created a few pages, but before too long, I became frustrated in not being able to have full control over the content management system. If you’re not as anal as me, then you’d probably quite enjoy onewed as it’s a great site for overall wedding planning too with a swag of useful tools, including an online rsvp system.

In the pursuit of my perfect wedding website, I decided to take the idea of matching our invitations and website and use WordPress as the platform. I’m fairly comfortable with html and graphic design and it’s something that I actually really enjoy so this task was more pleasure than pain – albeit very time consuming though! I also liked the idea of using a blog so that people could leave comments to ask questions, or just say hi 🙂

The final result was a custom domain name and our own unique website for just $20. It took a bit of time to find a blog theme that could look more like a static website though, as the emphasis was going to be on pages rather than posts. In the end, I decided on the ‘Coraline’ theme and created one post to feature as the ‘homepage’ if you will. Just an image and some left and right text widgets, very simple. The pages (which are in the top navigation) do the rest of the talking.

Happy days!

waiting for the postman

It’s always when you’re really eager to receive a parcel that it seems to take forever to reach you.

I’m starting to think the postman decided to hand deliver our wedding invitations from the USA, via boat and then coach, or something as it’s taking the longest time…

In the meantime, I thought I’d admire someone else’s pretty parcels (via Oh, hello friend).

Pretty parcel 1

Pretty parcel 2

Receiving a parcel as pretty as this is almost as good as what’s inside!

I shall wait for mine.

It will be worth the wait, I know 🙂

wedding veils

I haven’t been dress shopping yet, but I have ideas. And lately I’ve been thinking about the type of veil I’d like to wear.

There was a time when I dismissed the thought of even wearing a veil. But I’ve changed my mind. I think it adds a special touch and it’s the only time I’ll be able to wear a veil, so I’m gonna rock it.

This is the style I’m daydreamin’ about. Short (but long enough to cover my lips), elegant and with a flower embellishment.

Flower veil by Jennifer Behr

Tule Veil by Sara Gabriel

Flower veil by DavieandChiyo

Flower veil by

1. Jennifer Behr 2. Sara Gabriel 3. DavieandChiyo 4.

Etsy is a treasure trove of beautiful veils too. There’s loads on there and you’ll find some of the shops will make to order.

a beach wedding invitation

Eeeeeep! I’m so excited that our wedding invitations are about to be printed!

They have been designed by the very talented (and super helpful + lovely) lady named Bree at Sanskripts. Her designs are very funky and unique!

Despite having my little heart set on letterpress invites, I decided that I couldn’t justify spending $600+ for a 1 colour job and $1000+ for 2 colours *sniff sniff*.  The package I have through Bree is half the price and includes everything – invite, rsvp and wedding details card all packaged in a pocketfold – complete with matching thank you card and fantastic service! Her beautiful designs and paper made the decision to forgo letterpress fairly painless:)

This is the basic design that we have gone with.

Beach wedding invitation

I tell you what, I searched and searched and searched for the ideal beach wedding invite. I really liked the motif on this one because to me, it represents a pretty bunch of ocean spray. We’ve changed the colour of the motif to turquoise and made some tweaks to the font style and  colour to suit our wedding. The pocketfold will be lavender to match the wedding palette.

I’d like to add my own personal touch to the invites by sealing the pocketfold with some pretty ribbon, adorned with a starfish charm perhaps. I actually handmade all of our engagement invitations and it me  f.o.r.e.v.e.r! (but hey, I was determined and they turned out looking pretty professional so I’m told!) but this time I’m after something with much more impact.

In my hunt for some invitation specialists that are affordable (without compromising on real artistic flair), I found Love at First Invite to be pretty slick and you can also find some fabulous work showcased on Etsy – just search for wedding invitations.

If I Aint Got You

The song “If I Aint Got You” by Alicia Keys has always been special to me. I get a little teary when I sing the  lyrics and imagine us slow dancing to it at our wedding.

Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power, yeah
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what’s within
And I’ve been there before
But that life’s a bore
So full of the superficial

Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you, Yeah

Some people search for a fountain
That promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that’s the only way to prove you love them
Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share
With no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you, you, you
Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you, yeah

If I ain’t got you with me baby
So nothing in this whole wide world don’t mean a thing
If I ain’t got you with me baby

Wedding Colours

I thought I had my colour combo clear in my mind.
Aqua – White – Yellow.

But then I saw this and it became clear as mud!

Wedding colour palette inspiration via Coco Kelley BlogspotAqua is definitely on the colour list but now that I’ve seen it teamed so well with emerald and a splash of purple and white, I’m having second thoughts on my original (and let’s face it, cliche) beach wedding palette.

I can picture the emerald green really coming alive on our tropical island through clever use of lush, green palm leaves and you can imagine the amazing contrast against white and purple flowers and the turquoise sea…

So to help make it clearer in my mind I put together my own inspiration board.

I like the way the colours give great depth and interest to the overall theme… striking yet playful. *sigh* I wish I could afford those gorgeous earrings!

Aqua, Emerald, Purple Wedding Inspiration Board

Left-right. Dress by Johanna Johnson. Veil headpiece via Green Wedding Shoes. Earrings from Drinks flags and Ring topiary via Martha Stewart Weddings. Floral arch via Weddings in Thailand. Table setting via Karen Wise. Chair flower via Weddings in Thailand. Purple aisle via Coco Kelley. Love parasol via Pearl Events. Wedding arch via Dreamstime. Aqua dress via Forever Unique. Bouquet via Weddings in Thailand.