CLARE JOHANSEN is the owner and curator of FIRST COMES LOVE – an independent and privately-run event.

“My love affair for all things matrimonial started when curating my own big day. Instead of the mainstream, I was drawn to creative, sassy, independent retailers (much like yourselves!). I got wed on a fort in the middle of the English Channel, it certainly wasn’t an ordinary wedding. I sought the help of the creative community to ensure the day was filled to the brim with quirky touches and a retro feel. After walking the aisle less travelled myself, I wish there had been an equivalent to First Comes Love in the UK. I spent many hours, days and weeks hand picking every fine detail of my wedding, avoiding the standard wedding fairs and instead, engaging with talented folk hidden away from the conventional eye.

I love Perth and I’m super-excited about the creative folks here, who can find it difficult to find an audience in their own town. First Comes Love is all about ganging up and showing WA the goodness right here at home.”

First Comes Love (and then comes marriage) is a boutique fair for people planning pledges with parties – chock full of sweetness and sass, inspiration and independent retailers. We celebrate creativity and pooh-pooh carbon-copy weddings, catering for those who prefer to walk the aisle less travelled.