Go wild

Wildest Weddings-98 Wildest Weddings-11 Wildest Weddings-45 Wildest Weddings-107 Wildest Weddings-91 Wildest Weddings-105 Wildest Weddings-55Wildest Weddings-29 Wildest Weddings-18Wildest Weddings-109Wildest Weddings-3Wildest Weddings-106Wildest Weddings-43Wildest Weddings-84Wildest Weddings-95Wildest Weddings-92 Wildest Weddings-63 Wildest Weddings-85Wildest Weddings-81Wildest Weddings-70Wildest Weddings-47 Wildest Weddings-97A little while ago, a good friend of mine who I’ve only met in recent years came over for dinner. She looked for some time at one of our wedding photos on the wall and finally said, “Who’s that?”. I hadn’t quite realised just how much we’ve changed over the last (almost) six years! Our faces haven’t changed that dramatically, but we’re certainly more sure of ourselves, more secure in each other, and of course our style has evolved too. Those old wedding photos still reflect a time that is deeply special to us, but I’ve often said that if we got married today, we’d do things very differently.

Enter Rhianna. We spied the backs of each others’ heads across a crowded room (how romantic) at a Kinfolk dinner and reconnected when Rhi asked us if we’d mind featuring in a photo shoot for her upcoming wedding collective, Wildest Weddings. Would I mind?! As if!

With Rhi’s masterful eye and her insanely talented team this photo shoot was an absolute dream to be a part of. Honestly, after seeing this result and also having the delightful experience of working with such lovely and relaxed but perfectionistic people I would let these guys plan my wedding any day. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not the kind of person to usually just go with the flow, particularly when aesthetics are involved! I am generally very particular with stuff that goes on my face and have slight trust issues (due to many mishaps, usually involving crazy eyebrows and failed curls) to the point of having had my hair and makeup for special occasions done by the same two people for many years!

Wildest Weddings are a collective of artists who aim to make your wedding planning a breeze and the momentous day itself so preciously styled and captured that you will never forget it. And neither will any of your guests, I guarantee it. They’ve got all the bases covered and offer the services of a photographer, stylist, floral artist, makeup and hair stylist, cake maker (by golly, that cake was good), and musicians! You can enlist as many of their services as you wish and they even offer complete pop up wedding styling, all you have to do is turn up on the day. Their ultimate aim is to take the busyness and stress out of wedding planning, all in one amazing yet affordable package.

Ladies and gents, get in line quicksticks! These guys are going to be high in demand…

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Wildest Weddings / wildestweddings@gmail.com

Photos by Rhianna May Photography

Dress by Little Gracie

Bowties by Gentleman & Scholar

Cockade

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I like the feathers, I said. Oh, you mean the cockade? said he.

A fancy word for a fanciful embellishment.

Cockade, says I?

I like it.

Home life

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motif-2An orange couch.

An orange cardigan.

An orange cat armrest.

What more do I need this day.

Meet Rhianna May – photographer

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So this is Rhianna. She just turned twenty one this year (I know right, shut UP!) and is already inspiring us with her spirit of open-hearted adventure, exceptional eye for photography, and shrewd business mind. What a package! What also amazes me is just how comfortable and self-assured she is in her own skin despite being professedly socially awkward – I don’t believe it for one bit! 🙂

After finishing school (not that long ago – hah!) and unsure of what to do with the big bright future in front of her, Rhi enrolled in Arts at the University of Western Australia, majoring in International Relations and Italian Studies. Her course has meandered a little thereafter, and her experiences have included a lot of travel, living in Milan for six months, and working as a legal secretary. If you ask me though, the most interesting and well-rounded people are those who do meander, each new experience lived in and savoured, perpetually adding to their sense and knowledge of self.

Now Rhianna’s first love is, in fact, writing. Her blog, The Wildest Of Dreams, was birthed whilst slightly tipsy on a vodka and orange that was admittedly mostly vodka. After some time, however, an aunt and particular harsh critic proclaimed that although the blog was lovely it really needed pictures. Rhi started off by snapping piccies with her iPhone but it wasn’t until she unearthed her mum’s old film camera (a beautiful Pentax K1000) that her true love affair with photography began.

Rhi’s blog is written with such frankness that you feel like she’s writing a letter to a very close friend. She openly muses about topics that excite her, frequently features mini projects (such as Coffee of Perth), and once in a while there’s a heartfelt ramble about life and her current challenges. These are the posts I like best. I highly recommend hopping over and following too.

Check out Rhi’s sweet photography work below. Her latest endeavour (to be featured here soon!) is one that I am wholeheartedly certain will be a runaway success. Without sharing too many spoilers before our next post, Rhi and a bunch of unimaginably talented young creatives is bringing something new and, if you ask me, downright perfect to the “wedding world”. More about this anon…

Rhianna May / The Wildest of Dreamsrhianna@wildestjournal.com / Instagram @rhiannamay_

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Cupping with Mano a Mano

manoamano-3manoamano-8manoamano-2manoamano-5 manoamano-4 manoamano-7Join Seb from Mano a Mano for a morning session of cupping, a simple and almost ritualistic way of tasting and enjoying coffee. Seb is intensely knowledgeable and passionate about the origins of all the beans he sources, right down to the very names of the farmers that grow and harvest them.

Each cup of beans is ground, smelled, brewed, and smelled again. And finally you get to taste. The beans are sourced from all over the world, including Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia, and all have deliciously individual characteristics, aromas and taste.

Mano a Mano means “hand to hand”. It reminds me of all the human steps that are required to ultimately bring me my perfect cuppa. Planted, picked (as bright red cherries!), dried, exported, tasted, roasted, ground.

Brewed.

Mano a Mano public cuppings are held on Saturday mornings at Gordon St Garage and are FREE (Seriously! What can you get for free these days!?!).

Get your tickets here. Order beans online here.

 

The Hidden Sound

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A ticket to an unknown destination, a bunch of clues, an abandoned warehouse.

A deer with a flower wreath around its neck.

And then Kate Miller Heidke.

The Hidden Sound / jarradseng@gmail.com / Instagram @thehiddensound

An afternoon with Michelle Lau

bloggingworkshop-2 bloggingworkshop-13 bloggingworkshop-1bloggingworkshop-7 bloggingworkshop-8bloggingworkshop-6bloggingworkshop-1-4 bloggingworkshop-3 bloggingworkshop-4 bloggingworkshop-11Blogging is a truly rewarding creative experience that often draws on both imagery and text to draw in readers, and can reach and be read by people all over the world. It is unique in that it is an outlet for personal expression and blog topics can range from food to fashion to politics to religion to deeply personal stories, there are few limits. As you can tell, we really dig it.

Last Saturday, Perth-based blogging maven, Michelle Lau, ran a small-group workshop during which she shared her experience and expertise in The Art of Blogging. Michelle hails from much-loved lifestyle blog, A Minute Away From Snowing. She also has the coveted job of blogging for vogue.com.au and is the social media curator for The King Street Precinct. In terms of mastery of the blogosphere and social media clout, I’m pretty sure Michelle’s your gal.

The workshop was held in the uber-hip uber-delicious Raw Kitchen in Fremantle and was organised by none other than the dynamic stylist, Stacey Clark, as part of The Creatives initiative which she is spearheading. The Creatives is a network for people in the creative industry in Perth and so far a number of wildly successful workshops such as hand lettering and leatherwork have been run in various roaming locations around the city. There is promise of seasonal dinners as well, and I personally can’t wait for these!

We had the honour and pleasure of attending as the day’s photographers and to take portraits of the workshop’s participants for use on their own blogs! Everyone was so willing and brought their own personalities to the shoot, it was such an enjoyable experience for the two of us. We’ve not had many chances to take portraits of people other than ourselves and having the chance to play with different lighting, different backdrops and different faces was a true pleasure.

To find out more about Michelle’s upcoming workshops and for other workshop inquiries by The Creatives go here or contact Stacey at stacey@staceyclarkstylist.com.

Baby it’s cold outside

cranmore-outfit-2cranmore-outfit-1cranmore-outfit-8cranmore-outfit-9cranmore-outfit-6cranmore-outfit-5Wearing – Ryder dress, thrifted coat, Pigeonhole scarf, Muji tights, Madewell boots (similar), Elk earrings, Naomi Murrell rose gold and resin ring, Alister Yiap hexagon gem ring

Chilly mornings call for big ol’ coats and chunky scarves wrapped a minimum of three times round one’s neck.

I’m contemplating making one of these but might just be a lazybones and buy one instead.

I wish I could be as cool as her.

Cranmore Home Winter Workshop

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We set off up the road, admiring the sunrise through the foggy hills until we reached Cranmore Home, the picturesquely sprawling family homestead of Tracy Lefroy, the host and mastermind behind the Winter Workshop. After some time meeting, mingling, and obligatory caffeination, the workshops were underway! The workshops on offer were:

Ink Drawing
Laura Wortlock of Once Was Lost Studio

Textile Block Printing
Emma Grace Hawtrey of Woodpiles & Wishbones

Home Apothecary
Katrina Snowden of Peaches & Clean

Reclaimed Timber
Spencer and Marie-Clare of Maeker Studio

Floral Art
Rebecca Const of Fox and Rabbit

Tin Flower Making
Natalie Tonkin of Natalie Tonkin Design

Styling and Composition
Meghan Plowman

The workshops gave each of us the opportunity to learn from a local expert and were highly participative! During Rebecca’s floral art class, we traipsed around Tracy’s vast property foraging (read: pillaging) for beautiful foliage and wildflowers, incorporating them into our very own floral masterpiece which we got to take home. Mine is still going strong! All this physical and brain activity was sustained by a regular flow of hot drinks and a sumptuous long (loooooong) table lunch set under the branches of some pepper berry trees and catered for by the culinarily-gifted Jodie Fairclough from To The Woods Cafe and Ferngrove Wines.

What an undeniable success the entire day was! We joked over lunch that it really should be a two day long Cranmore Winter Camp, but we weren’t really joking…I really didn’t want the day to end. We brought home my very own portfolio of ink drawings and a personally arranged vase of some of my favourite flowers, a new Tasmanian oak laboriously shaped, sanded and waxed by Jinn, and a screen-printed tea towel that he literally made with his own blood and sweat (left index finger vs lino cutter). But more than that, we came away having had the chance to meet and connect with a bunch of really great folk who have a heart for championing the local artisan and a huge appreciation of how much work goes into what they do.

A bucketload of congratulations and kudos to the big-hearted and broad-smiled Tracy Lefroy, and of course her indefatigable behind-the-scenes designer, Rebecca Walsh Johnson (edited!). And for all the endless Instagrammable moments, massive applause goes to Meghan Plowman and Bec Tougas for impeccably styling the event. Shout out to Maya from House Nerd – so good to meet you!

Tracy Lefroy / Cranmore Home / Online store / tracylefroy@cranmore.com.au

They are a-falling

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motifWelcome winter!

Make way for crisp nights that make the tip of your nose cold.

The crunch of dry leaves underfoot.

Snuggling under the doona on a rainy Saturday morning not to resurface for many a deliciously warm moment.

An open fire.

An excuse to wear a ridiculous beanie with an even more ridiculously large pompom.

Wrapping cold fingers around a massive mug of my finest English Breakfast tea.

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