Rock your frock: The Pencil

Flattering will get you everywhere (see what we did there?!). Flattering the natural shapely shape of your body, that is. By finding the party frock that best suits your figure, you’ll feel in fine form. 

Dress your beautiful body in ways that highlight the features you’re damn chuffed with and downplay the disappointing (shhhh! if you don’t mention them out loud, they don’t exist!). You’ll feel confident being the centre of attention.

So grab yourself a tape measure, take a long hard look in the mirror, and give some thought to what shape you are. Then the fun part – finding the frock to rock it!

This is the second in our series of blog posts about the best gowns for your body shape, featuring custom-designed and ready-to-wear gowns from our fave First Comes Love peeps (they’re all available here in WA – how great is that?!).

Let’s look at what works best for you pencil-thin gals. You may not be big-bosomed or buxom but my-oh-my, are we ever envious of your lovely long lines and sleek silhouette.

And if you missed the first post in the series, go peek at what works best for The Pear body shape.

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1. & 2. The Half by On A Whim
3. to 6. Rue De Seine gowns, available at Through the White Door
7. & 8. Charlie Brear gowns, available at Through the White Door
9. & 10. Maria Senvo gowns, available at Through the White Door
11. Julia by Truvelle, available at Through the White Door
12. & 13. Custom designs by Elvi Design
14. to 16. Custom designs by Cleo Borrello
17. to 21. Custom designs by Loui Col Designs
22. & 23. Custom designs by Chein Noir Dezines
24. Custom designs by Peppermint Milk
Illustrations: Angela Mitchell from Mitchell & Dent

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  1. Thanks for the feature! We’re developing more styles to suit all different body shapes soon.

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Then comes marriage: Purdie & Antony

Perfect weather and paper pinwheels. Plaits and pincurls. Big checks and little Lego-men. Foam fingers and balloon animals. What kind of wonderful is this, Purdie and Antony?!

Purdie described the day as “Perfect in every sense, it was everything we dreamed of and totally us.” Oh, how we love the TOTALLY US weddings! We love the paper pinwheels Purdie’s Mum must have spent eleventy-gazillion years making to be held aloft by guests during the “I do-s”.

We love Purdie’s ‘something old’, gifted to her the week of the wedding by her aunt. It was her beloved Granny’s engagement ring, which she wore that day and every day since. Antony’s Granny provided the ‘something borrowed’ with a vintage Glomesh evening purse. We’re also smitten by the personalised Lego-man buttonholes of the groom and groomsmen – each designed to reflect their professions. Geologist Antony’s came complete with pickaxe and hard hat!

We thank Purdie and Antony for sharing their one-of-a-kind day with us. And their clever shutterbug Janine Kaye Photography. We are now also convinced that EVERY sassy shindig would benefit by balloon animal artistry by Aaron Smyth. Wouldn’t you agree?!

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| Venue: Little Creatures Deck in Fremantle, Western Australia | Photography: Janine Kaye Photography | Celebrant: Danicia Quinlan from Pastel Blues Ceremonies | Ceremony styling and hire items: Little Love Story  | Wearables: Purdie wore gown by Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, shoes by The Bridal Room, veil and jewellery by Kezani. Antony wore suit and bowtie by Hugo Boss, buttonhole by Lego. Rings by Sinclairs. The bridesmaids wore gowns by Dion for Brides. The groomsmen wore their own suits and buttonholes by Lego. | Hair: Faye Clark | Makeup: Jessica Ferrelli | Blooms: Lauren Butterworth | Stationery: Megan Hammond (the maid of honour) | Entertainment: DJ by Dream Wedding Entertainment. Photo booth by In The Picture. Balloon artistry by Aaron Smyth.

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Then comes marriage: Cinta & Phil

We’re just a little bit in love with Cinta and Phil ourselves! These kids put aside the frou frou and the fussiness and even “the first look must happen at the altar” nonsense, so often present at carbon-copy weddings. As Cinta explained, “We wanted a modern and simple evening, and so we removed a lot of the formalities that we weren’t completely comfortable with.” 

What they did instead, was focus on togetherness and top-drawer shindig-throwing! Each spent time with their favourite folks whilst dressing, but the whole bridal party came together for final preparations. Cinta and Phil were able to take a quiet moment to ready themselves for their big day. A session with their photographer Fiona Hoy and a relaxed picnic in the park also meant that there would be no distractions from the ‘I do-s’ and the merry-making to come.

They chose to celebrate with both the ceremony and a cocktail-style reception hosted at the one venue – Luxe Bar’s bamBOO. From the moment Cinta walked down the amphitheatre’s aisle to Sigur Ros’ Hoppipolla to the laughter shared with their civil celebrant Shannon Fleming to cutting a rug under the stars and finally cutting a cheese stack in place of a wedding cake – this couple were able to simply revel in the joy of their commitment made before their nearest and dearest. Like they say, “Love is simple. You fall and that’s it.” 

And we suspect that the images that Cinta and Phil have kindly shared with us, will make you fall in love with them too…

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| Venue: Luxe Bar’s bamBOO in Highgate, Western Australia | Eats and drinks: Heyder & Shears | Photographer: Fiona Hoy Photography | Celebrant: Shannon Fleming – Civil Celebrant | Styling and blooms: Flower Nation | Wearables: Cinta wore gown by Carla Zampatti, headpiece by Jardin, shoes by Nine West and jewellery by Samantha Wills. Hair by Elicia Rudd and makeup by Jessica Ferelli. Bridesmaids wore gowns by Asos and shoes by Siren. Rings by Ian Sharp Jewellery. | Stationery: Minted | Entertainment: Western Sounds.

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Then comes marriage: Stacey & Hayden

Hayden and Stacey met in high school. When Hayden decided to pop the question to his sweetheart, he wanted his proposal to sweep her off her feet. He planned a secret getaway to their favourite place and once below the towering trees of the Boranup Forest near Margaret River, he asked her to be his wife.

And so, it seemed only natural that they say their “I do-s” in the exact same spot. A bus chauffeured guests to their special spot in the forest, where the deal was sealed. A reception was held in nearby Cowaramup, overlooking the ocean as the sun set on their first day together as mister and missus.

A twilight bar beside a giant tipi, vintage-styled games galore and a gelato cart of goodness, live music and illuminated letters of love, whiskey and cigars, a tall tower of cheeses and twinkly lights under which friends and family danced the night away.

Thanks Stacey and Hayden for sharing your special place with us all. And thanks too Kirsty Russell who snapped the happy.

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Exhibitor callout

We’re so excited! Sunday the 4th of October 2015. Mosman Park Memorial Hall. And we’re calling out for clever creative people and companies to be a part of our fifth annual fair. Would you like to come join?

What is First Comes Love (and then comes marriage)? It is a sweet and sassy fair that likes to shine a light on the event and wedding wonderfulness that is right here in Western Australia. Right under our noses. We are far from a big brash bridal expo, being a more boutique offering. We’re not really into satin chair covers, stretch Hummers or boobie cakes for bucks nights (OK, maybe that last one does sound like fun, but only with butterscotch frosting).

We applaud folks offering a little something different, something creative and something authentic in the world of pledges and parties. Sound like you? Exhibitor information can be found below (takes a moment to load) and you can register online by clicking here.

And if you’d like to know what sort of people you might rub shoulders with at First Comes Love, thank the delightful Aimee (corporate lawyer turned photographer!) of Aimee Jones Photography for this tiny little snippet of goodness from our last fair at The Oxford Hotel in Leederville. You might also like to look at this blog post from the St George’s Fair.

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