A Vintage-Themed Wedding With the Bride in a Gold and Green Sequined Gown

You know your wedding is in good hands when your mum is an experienced wedding floral stylist. Florist Jappalin of FlowerTalk helped her son Brendan and daughter-in-law Mariana plan and style their vintage-inspired nuptials, where the bride dazzled in a gold and green sequined gown befitting the theme. Singapore-based photographers Samuel Goh Photography and Ksana captured every sweet detail of this intimate celebration held at the groom’s family home in the Perth countryside.

How did you meet?
“I met Brendan almost 8 years ago in July 2017 through friends during a car cruise in Perth.” ~ Mariana

What was the proposal like?
“Brendan proposed to me on a holiday with my family. We were in Algarve, Portugal. Brendan had already asked my parents’ permission during the holiday prior to the proposal and he had it all planned. It was sunset and I was getting ready to go out for dinner. Brendan kept asking me to go up to the rooftop to watch the sunset and have a glass of port wine and he was quite persistent. The moment I went up he poured me a glass of wine, setting up a very romantic scene. Not long after, he turned to me, took something out of his pocket and knelt down to ask me to marry him. I, of course, poured happy tears and was too surprised to give him an answer. It was definitely the highlight of the trip.”  ~ Mariana

Please tell us more about your wedding!

“Through my mother-in-law, Jappalin, we were introduced and able to secure Samuel Goh and his fiancée Ting, both exceptional photographers. They suited our wedding theme and style.” ~ Mariana

Wedding dress
“My dress was long, elegant and fitted, with green and gold sequins. I always knew I wanted a vintage-inspired dress in this style.

The dress was first spotted by my mother-in-law at David Jones. When I first saw the dress I thought it was beautiful and very unique, however I didn’t expect to fit in the dress as it is very detailed and fitted. We tried a couple more that night but we all agreed that this was the best-fitting out of all of them and that it perfectly complemented the vintage theme and venue.

A former gown designer was working at David Jones at the time and fortunately enough she also knew my mother-in-law, so she was able to provide professional advice on the types of dresses to suit my body shape and skin colour. I was very pleased to have this dress as I had lots of compliments from it!” ~ Mariana

The ceremony
“The most memorable moment of the entire ceremony was when we said our ‘I dos’, and the moment when we walked down the aisle was just incredible!” ~ Mariana

The venue
“The new property of my in-laws was five acres of land, and we thought it would be a great location to celebrate with the family.

Our Perth wedding was a small and intimate family affair of 24 as we were planning a wedding part 2 in Macau, China, at the Four Seasons Hotel in late November 2015. That is why I did not wear a traditional white wedding gown as I was keeping that for my Macau wedding.” ~ Mariana

Flowers and decor
“Brendan’s mum Jappalin Manning is the owner and founder of FlowerTalk. Jappalin’s guidance and many years of wedding industry experience was very helpful in the planning of our wedding. We held our wedding ceremony and luncheon reception at the family home. My bouquet was created using green goddess roses, white ranunculus and gysophillia. The flower crown was made of olive foliage and white Geraldton wax (history note: this particular type of Geraldton wax was cultivated by Brendan’s aunt Linda Manning, and is named Manning-White). Brendan’s boutonniere is also made of Manning-White, succulent and gysophillia.

The ceremony arch was draped with bridal creeper foliage, gum foliage and jasmine vine. Ann Lord, the marriage celebrant, married us under this arch with beautiful calligraphy by Judith from Calligraphy - Beautiful Writing.

Our luncheon reception was held in the shed with long banquet-style wooden tables and 24 family-inherited wooden chairs with table centerpieces in the colour themes of white and green using peppercorn foliage, gum, white roses, green goddess roses, white ranunculus, gysophillia, gum foliage and the Manning-White Geraldton wax.

We also had lots of candles in crystal holders and halogen lamps hanging above with bridal creeper foliage.” ~ Mariana

Food, cake and dessert
“It was a sit-down lunch and we had catered Japanese bento boxes, sushi, sashimi, dumplings, chicken karage tempura prawn cutlets and pork roll from a Japanese restaurant.

Our cake was a honey cake made with fresh honey, from a shop at the Freemantle Market, and it perfectly matched the theme and the decorations.

We also had mini cupcakes, macaroons and special cookies with our names embossed on them by Jo Hameister from The Cake & I.” ~ Mariana

Do you have any other special stories to share?
“At the end of the wedding, the guests were standing along the driveway while Brendan and I rode through on his bike with a “Just Married” sign at the back, with empty tins rattling behind as our guests blew whistles and popped streamers.” ~ Mariana

Congratulations on your marriage, Brendan and Mariana! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!


Vendor Information
Number of Guests: 24
Venue: Groom’s family home in Banjup, Western Australia
Photography: Samuel Goh Photography and Ting, Ksana
Wedding Dress: Phase Eight, David Jones
Veil: Denise McChonnochie Veil Maker
Bride’s Shoes: Betts Shoes
Groom’s Outfit: Politix
Jewellery: JDS Jewellery Design (wedding rings)
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Forde Hair & Makeup
Flowers and Styling: FlowerTalk
Stationery/Paper Goods: Etsy
Calligraphy: Calligraphy - Beautiful Writing
Catering: Julian (0411867936)
Cake: The Honeycake and The Cake and I (cupcake and cookies)
Celebrant: Ann Lord
Furniture: Bryan Was Here Furniture
Vintage Caravan: Velvet Betty