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What a fabulous event Perth Wedding Upmarket was on Saturday 6th April. Save the date cards went out and by the amount of brides to be among others, the event was a huge success. Thank you organiser, Justine!
It was lovely to see a few familiar faces and meet a few more. A few weeks ago I was asked to take part on a collaborative shoot with some fabulous Perth wedding vendors and to add to the excitement, a small preview was printed in the Wedding Upmarket magazine which was handed out to hundreds of people.
This beautiful handbag sized magazine was a little black book of wedding loveliness, a brides bible from which she could plan her whole wedding right down to the last tea light.
Not only did we take center page, but No.9 featured on page 4 (below) with ‘Olivia’
Page 10 with ‘Rita’
and page 22 with our opulent and beloved ‘Tuscany’
We arrived at 8am along with our roaming model, Monique and while she was having hair and make up done, we set out our stand.
Monique (below) looked nothing short of stunning in our gold slipper satin, bias cut gown. The lace bridal cap from Olive Farm complimented the gown and the look was discreetly accesorized with a glass goblet provided by Wedding Day Flair
Photographer Jason Tey captured these images beautifully
And along with the three other roaming models (below) worked so hard for us at the event.
I loved the table design (below) Maeline of Wedding Day Flair did for her display. Opulent yet intimate. Images by Jason Tey
And Olivia at Olive Farm Designs (below) wowed potential clients with her floral creations and headpieces.
Of course, e mails are coming in along with more exciting collaboration shoots. I think its going to be a busy year!
With special thanks to Twigged Flowers by Tali who gave me a wonderful bouquet of stocks. My favourite flower.
The next Wedding Upmarket is scheduled for August 24th and entry is free. Will you be saving the date?
Magazine Tickle The Imagination
To view the whole Wedding Upmarket guide by Tickle the imagination, click here
The excitement of the year 12 ball probably began around six months ago for our year 12 students. The venue has changed over the years however, from the school hall to the Hyatt Regency and the borrowed frock has become a designer gown worth anything up to $1,500 and this year No.9 designed three very special couture gowns specifically for three very special high school students of Duncraig Senior High School.
With the hype of over excessive spending including substituting the parents saloon car to stretch limos and party buses, I feel the ball is a worthy event because in many cases it teaches young ladies important social etiquette skills. The high school ball will probably be the most formal event these teenagers will do before they get married. Why shouldn’t these young ladies feel like a celebrity for a day and experience the glitz and glamour of their own Red Carpet event? Does over indulgence on the school ball lead to unrealistic expectations in later life? I think not. When you have a parent practically hurl herself at you because she is so overcome with emotion in seeing her already beautiful daughter look just breathtaking (as I do my own) makes my job worth while. For a young lady to feel nothing short of glamorous is a gift in itself.
Our couture gowns ranged from deep purple silk Georgette and lace, white chiffon and satin and black taffeta and organza. Here’s a few images of the pre ball gathering at the Botanical gardens Joondalup. We are also delighted these young ladies will be donning their gowns again in a few weeks for our photo shoot.
Deep purple silk Georgette with hand dyed lace. White chiffon and satin with diamante art deco style motif trim.
Black taffeta fishtail gown with organza overskirt to soften the snug look of the fishtail beneath. Hand dyed lace again softened the look to compliment the skin tone.
Our beautiful students below with their fellow students. Those smiles just say it all!