This is a wedding blog.
(It really is).
But this post is about the most magical children’s shop you will ever enter. Ever.
It’s so magical that all who go there want the world to know. So they find themselves trying to convince their business partners that – “We should do a post about the magical CHILDREN’S SHOP on the WEDDING BLOG!! Maybe if we just post it from the perspective of “Hey! Some of the people whose weddings we shot now have babies! They need to know about the magical children’s shop!!!”
So with Katie’s permission (“Hmm, yeah, I guess it could work, Sarah…just really stress the bit about all the babies that our couples are having…”) here is a small peek into Epoche, Kallista.
Epoche has been in operation for around eight years, but recently extended from a tiny hidden shop at the back of some other shops, to connect up to the main street. Since then, the heart and soul behind the magic (a most amazing lady called Mirakye) has seen more and more people discover her amazing space. I popped in on its first day open after the renovations and it was there amongst the gasps and awe from all the customers that I asked if I could blog about the shop through Love Katie and Sarah. Mirakye kindly agreed and I am so happy to be finally sharing these images (they were taken back at Christmas…might explain how nutty wedding season has been!).
A warning, though…Epoche is basically Enid Blyton land. All who enter magically ovulate upon arrival, and upon leaving, they find themselves buying pairs of strawberry shoes for their future children – “Just in case when I eventually have kids they’ve sold out…”
Love Sarah xo
I have a soft spot for Macedon. My dad has lived up there for the past 10 years and whenever the noise in Melbourne gets a little too much, I pack my toothbrush and my pillow and shuttle off to dad’s place for a massive glass of wine (the kind where dad fills it all the way to the top) and a chance to just sit and listen to the cockatoos in the cyprus trees.
Loving a good small world story, when I met Lisa + Hugh they mentioned his family’s property in Macedon was to be the location for their upcoming wedding. And as it turned out, that property was next to my dad’s. Brilliant.
What followed was a stunning day that felt seamless. Everything happened when it was supposed to. It was a party, but at the same time, it seemed almost peaceful. The dresses, the colours, the ceremony, the flowers, the portraits, the dancing, the speeches. Perhaps it was just a dose of some good country air but all of it was glorious and it was indeed a day where I was reminded of how much I love doing what I do.
Love Katie xo
Winnie + Marcus were married at Heide in a wedding ceremony and reception that felt different to anything we have ever done. To quote Marcus – “Every time we thought about things you might do in a traditional wedding, we decided to go in the complete opposite direction.”
And it not only worked, but pretty much blew our minds.
From the ‘dripping’ effect of the incredible flowers by Flower Temple, and styling elements from Dot Dot Dash, to the hand dipped black feathers that hung from the roof over the dance floor. From their incredibly put together outfits to the barely lit first dance, piece by piece this wedding came together in the most unexpected of ways. But at the heart of everything, was the incredible concept of ‘home’.
“…When I sit at work, which is in a highrise building in the city, there is a particular time of afternoon where the sun hits the building opposite me, and it looks as though it’s suspended in space and time. I can see other people working, and I wonder if they can see me. I watch them, I think about them, their lives, and what it’s like when they leave that office building. Who do they go home to after that long stressful day at the office? All I know is that no matter what happens in life, whether it be in that building, or away from that building, I am always ok, because Winnie is my home”.
Love Katie + Sarah xo