Post Emporium is the store in Perth where Aurelio Costarella's gowns and designs are sold.
It's an amazing little store in North Perth, full of curios, buzzing atmosphere and amazing fashion.
What really sold me on this place was Costarella's designs (obviously) and Ali and Vanessa.
Ali and Vanessa are the two ladies working in the store, I think I knew I would be buying a gown from there before I knew which one it was. Ali and Vanessa are That Good. The first time I visited I had tried on the Chrysalis gown in ivory and Ali had served me. The second time I visited, Ali wasn't there, but Vanessa soon 1. Called me by name and 2. Recited what I had tried on previously within a couple of minutes conversation.
They also were patient with me while I tried on gown after gown, looked at a custom option and then finally found the dress I would end up wearing (Vanessa's suggestion).
If anyone in Perth could have snobby and awful assistants that you so often find in the Perth Bridal Scene (PBS), then surely Post would have that right. Instead you find the opposite, ladies who know their fashion, celebrate different shapes and styles and work with you to find something that will make you happy.
If you're sick of the PBS then pay a visit to Post, if only to regain your sanity so you can once again face the PBS with renewed confidence that eventually, yes, you will find something to wear to your wedding.
We chopped and changed our venue so many times it was ridiculous.
We were going to have an outdoor wedding in April, then a marquee wedding in July, then a church wedding with a cocktail reception, then a cocktail reception with a marquee, then we finally decided to look at function centres with restaurants. Then we looked at the Boatshed on South Perth Foreshore, Matilda Bay Restaurant and Aqua Viva in Nedlands. Then we looked at The Old Brewery and booked it.
Emily (the Wedding Coordinator at TOB) is a friend from primary school, so that was a nice surprise - sometimes it's weird seeing people from long ago, but Emily was so professional, very good at her job and always ready to listen to our ideas. No matter how much we got confused or mixed up, Emily was there to clarify, keep us calm and on schedule.
We loved all the staff at TOB, on our wedding day the waiter for our table was one of the best we've ever had in terms of attentive service (and for a wedding completely out of sight!). The Chef passed on his congratulations, which was really nice. All the other waiters and kitchen staff were amazing, the food was hot, on time and really well presented. It was so delicious that we would eat those meals again just for fun. Omg, that Snapper (with Saffron Mash & preserved lemon salsa) to die for.
Anyway, I'll stop drooling.
I loved the service at the Old Brewery. Again, I think we were a little hesitant at first because it was more expensive than other options we looked at, but I think in the end you get what you pay for. The Old Brewery is booked years in advance with a wedding every weekend (in Spring and Summer) and it shows. Emily knows how to work with brides and grooms. She knows all the little details and she is so ready to sit down and talk about your vision for the day and how they can make that happen.
Emily and The Old Brewery were so great, I'm so glad we got married there!
Tasj has a great portfolio. I remember leaving our initial meeting and after searching through dozens of photographers, having a couple of meetings and seeing other photographer's work Zac very eloquently said, "her photos crap all over the others!"
She is charming and lovely and kind and extremely professional. Her work is amazing and there is obvious talent and training behind it but you can't help but feel like Tasj is still in love with love and I think that is what makes her so good to be around on your wedding day. She is celebrating with you.
She was never pushy, she never got frustrated, as patient as a saint when my family were having photos with us and EVERY. SINGLE. MALE. wanted to keep their sunglasses on.
We also loved having Teneil around (Tasj's assistant) I think they have a weird ESP thing going on because they work so well together and make a seamless team.
So if you're on the fence about booking a photographer, don't think about it anymore. It's worth paying a talented professional to have wonderfully beautiful amazing photos and Tasj, my darlings, delivers just that.
I had very good looking bridesmaids friends! Chantelle and Sarah looked absolutely stunning and even though the hairdo was painful (blow-dried, round brushed and back combed - eep!), I think it might have been worth it!
On Tuesday we had a "Just Married" session with Tasj - originally it was meant to be an engagement shoot, but on the day it was storming and dark like nothing else, so we postponed until after the wedding.
This is the result.
We themed the photoshoot around the early days of our relationship. Our first conversations were about Zac's guitar and his Mad Skillz. He fell in love forever when he found out I could bake.