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Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Nov 5, 2022

Bernadette and Phil Church & Hilton Wedding

What an “Epic Day” we had with Bernadette and Phil as they finally became newlyweds! The Bride’s mother, Mary, was their wedding planner who made sure everything was picture perfect! Their day included lots of travel from the Church, to sentimental locations for portraits and onto the Parmelia Hilton for a huge celebration in the Argyle Ballroom that ran well into the wee hours of the morning.

Surrounded by the love of family and friends who travelled far and wide to be there they made a spectacular entrance to indoor fireworks by Ash from Northern Lights, had taken dance lessons to put on a floor show (also with fireworks) and then there was the bride’s fantasy custom cake like I have never seen before! This couple tell me they like to enjoy life on a grand scale and their wedding celebration was very much in keeping with that! We wish them every happiness together.

Lots of Love Karen & Vince x

THE DRESS The Bride’s shimmering princess gown and the Bridesmaid’s elegant dark green dresses were a combined effort between Dion For Brides and Pearls Bridal. The theme for the wedding was pink and green and the Bride chose a stunning pair of bridal shoes from Bellini at Karrinyup

HAIR Amy Holmes from Kobecut was their stylist ensuring they were calm, confident and look stunning! A tiara and fingertip veil completed the Bride’s look.

MAKEUP Sasha Schmidt was the make-up artist for all the girls and they looked radiant and it withstood some emotional tears throughout the day - great job!

THE FLOWERS The bouquets and buttonholes were all roses, red for the bridal couple, and pink for their attendants and were provided through Penny Dormer of Amano Florals and Gifts, they looked gorgeous! The Bride chose to throw her bouquet for the single ladies at the end of the evening and one happy winner was very excited! I guess the pressure is really on now for her other half to pop the question!

The couples RINGS were from Greenwood Jewellers

The Grooms SUIT Penguins Formal Wear and his SHOES were from Betts

HOW THEY MET Their four year romance began with a 1st date at the Camfield after meeting online. Bernadette had recently won a footy contest to attend all of the AFL Grand Finals at the end of 2017 and with her supporting Geelong and Phil the Dockers, there was plenty to “kick off” this love story!

FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE They told us they like to do things bold, large and on a grand scale. They took a “Love Boat” Princess Cruise together and bought each other “Stanley” bears - which were included in their wedding day. Phil proposed on 6PR complete in a Captain Stubing outfit - which he also wore for their first dance floorshow at their wedding reception. This couple enjoy adventures and love their lifestyle.


It was a total surprise to Bernadette when she got a very public proposal on 6PR with Phil dressed as a ship’s Captain from the Love Boat. Phil told us that he was so nervous, not just because she might say no, but also that she might say yes - changing his life forever and making all his dreams come true!

CAR Terry and Sue from Thirties Limousines supplied the immaculate transport for the day in a 1930 Ford Model A 11 Seater Limousine. It was so glamorous and having twin doors that open in the middle made it easily accessible for getting in and out with a wedding dress - and also so much easier to shoot internal photographs. Their chauffeur for the day was Malcom, and he was so accommodating not just to the couple and bridal party, looking after their every need, but also to us for the photography and videography - always double checking if we needed a door open or closed, the car moved forwards or backwards and let us hop inside to get better shots! Impeccable service and style!

CELEBRANT The Catholic Parish Priest, Father Daniel Chama, conducted the service including the candle lighting ceremony and whilst proceedings were reverent he still managed to illicit a laugh or two from the crowd. The Order of Service booklets, church flowers and pew decorations were all organise by the Bride’s Mum.

THE CEREMONY VENUE St Gerard Majella Catholic Church - Mirrabooka was chosen for their marriage ceremony, due to the family connections to the parish being both meaningful and sentimental.

THE RECEPTION VENUE They chose the Argyle Ballroom for their reception at the Parmelia Hilton Perth and it looked magical, styled by Flamingo Surprise, decked out with white chair covers, an illuminated dance floor and even a king and queen throne at the bridal table. The Hilton wedding coordinator, Martina Ceccolini, and her hardworking crew (Luwarna, Herbert, Kirsty, Tahlia, Reyhan, Evelyn, Raphael, Taleah, Adam, Julia, Wesley, and Peiy) ensured guests were well tended throughout the night. Martina also met with us for our scoping out prior to the big day and gave us a great tour though the Hilton and what it had to offer couples.

CAKE What can I say - I have never seen a cake like this before. The Bride told me she had dreamed of it since she was a little girl, and with the help of Lyn from My Delicious Cakes that dream became a reality, with staircases, a carriage and of course the bride and groom at the top.

MC One of their relatives, Shane McMullan, did a great job of being their MC for the night.

MUSIC Dale Ingvarson of DJ Dale had the music pumping all night and after the formalities were over, the dance floor was always full!

MY FAVOURITE DETAILS I thought it was so cute that they include things that were part of their love story, like the “Stanley” bears, photos at the Camfield and Optus Stadium, Up There Cazaly as an entrance song, The Love Boat as a first dance and that the cake was totally unique and designed by the Bride to fulfil her childhood dreams. They certainly had their wedding, their way!


Photographer/Videographer West Coast Weddings

Wedding Planner Mary Smith (Brides Mum)

Celebrant Father Daniel Chama

Reception Venue & Catering Parmelia Hilton Perth

Hair Kobecut Makeup Sasha Schmidt (0405 652 297)

Indoor Fireworks Northern Lights

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