Mali Brae, Moss Vale – Michelle & Mark



Ohhh this wedding!! One of my faves so far.

The bride (an exceptionally busy surgeon) and her lovely hubby enlisted our services to, in their words, create the look that was swirling around in their heads & dreams but that they had no idea how to realise.

As these guys hail from Sydney & held their wedding at Mali Brae farm in Moss Vale they wanted their day to have a number of elements to it to make the most of their guests joining them from various parts of Australia & the world. Luckily it was a beautiful day as we had many outdoor elements (albeit with lovely back-up indoor options) starting with Michelle & Mark’s low key outdoor ceremony. After the “I do’s” their guests enjoyed a high tea afternoon picnic under giant gum trees with picnic rugs, hay bale lounges and cocktails served in mis-matched china tea cups lovingly collected by the bride & her family for many months.

















And then it was dinner time!

From the very beginning our bride Michelle wanted an alfresco dinner under the stars with festoons overhead but due to many & varied reasons we had to have the dinner inside the lovely old barn. But then….2 days before the wedding….the owner of Mali Brae gave us the go ahead to have the dinner outside. Well we actioned all stations and made it happen – and I am SO glad we did. What a result.

The pictures say it all really. My favourite is the last shot of the bride taking a quiet moment with one of her girls whilst most of her guests were inside having a boogie.

Love it.









We returned the next day to pack up and give the bride all the flowers to use at her ‘recovery brunch’ and she told me that a one of her guests said “they felt like they were in a bridal magazine”. What a compliment.

We also received a very lovely bottle of champas & a beautiful thank you note…

Dear Ashley,

We are so glad we met you. You have been absolutely wonderful & delightful and we are sure that without your help we would not have been able to pull off a wedding like this. You have been amazing at all the right times, noticing all of the small details that have added up to make this day possible. You have worked in difficult circumstances with our work schedules, changes to seating plans & a complete change for the dinner and taken it all in your stride (with two little ladies to look after at home no less!).

You have been incredible and we have been so lucky to have you on our side.

Lots of love Michelle + Mark



We’d love to help you with your wedding – get in touch today for availability & a quote.



Kirkbride, Sydney College of the Arts – Andrea & James


Andrea, or the anti-bride as I affectionately called her, and James came to us with their idea of having a casual picnic wedding with lots of games, amazing finger food & fabulous drinks. Andrea was not into anything too ‘bridal’ and initially wasn’t even going to have a bouquet or any flowers at all…but…we managed to talk her around.

From the semi-circular ceremony seating (no aisle), private signing of the registry (in a room away from all their guests), pink wedding dress (bright pink!), and no wedding cake (her husband surprised her with a cheese tower) – this was a wedding unlike most others and it was awesome!

We set-up a couple of picnic areas with large, low tables so guests had a firm surface to put down their drinks & food whilst reclining on the mountain of cushions we supplied. A couple of alfresco lounge areas were installed under the shade of the trees, and a special guest book signing table complete with typewriter for date night suggestions & words of wisdom for the newlyweds.

Picnics aren’t complete without lawn games and we had a lovely assortment laid out from giant Jenga & Connect 4, to badminton (with custom ribbon net), croquet, and ring toss (of course!).

Check out all the pix below along with a lovely thank you note from the newlyweds.










Drinks were poured by the amazing team from That Vintage Caravan – definitely the coolest mobile bar I’ve seen.

All edibles were handled by Art Kitchen – not only delicious, but their food styling is great too.

We want to say thank you from the bottom of our our hearts for what you created on our wedding day… made a blissful setting that wowed our guests and truly enticed the romantic and relaxed atmosphere that followed – exactly what we hoped for.
From the moment you responded to my initial query I knew I could trust you to create our signature scene, and you so did!
So thank you, thank you, thank you.
Andrea and James

Get in touch to discuss your ceremony & wedding reception.

Moby Dicks, Whale Beach – Greta & Ben


When Greta got in touch & asked if we could set-up & style her ceremony at Moby Dicks in Whale Beach – we couldn’t wait. Having heard so much about this fabulous venue but never having been there we had everything crossed for perfect, sparkling weather – which it was. Yay! The styling of this place is divine – in fact, I kind of wish it was my house. Anyway – back to the wedding ceremony…. the courtyard at Moby’s is by no means large but we managed to squeeze in our big old rustic porch post arbour with our antique lace drape and positioned it under their white bunting & hanging crab pot lights (how I love these!). It looked stunning especially after the talented Mikarla Bauer adorned it with her flower & foliage creations. We also set-up a few chairs for family near the arbour & then all the other guests were seated & standing on the deck overlooking the courtyard (& in the shade which was a bonus on this rather hot day).

Stunning day, beautiful location, and glowing bride. Perfection!















Contact us today about your ceremony set-up & styling.






Watsons Bay Weddings

Beautiful Watsons Bay has become quite the wedding hotspot over the last few years.

First Dunbar House underwent a complete, & might I say absolutely beautiful, transformation with elegant decor, exceptional service, and lovely views. You can even have a spot of afternoon tea here on the front porch – definitely worth checking out.

Then the old Watto Bay Hotel was bought by some clever people who upped the ante to create the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and wow! What a bloody good idea that was. The old beer garden is now known as the beach club, & is gold on a hot day for drinks & some yummy food.  But if it’s a wedding you’re after – the Top Deck & Sunset Room are seriously good options. With unobstructed views of the harbour & city skyline, and nautical styling with a sophisticated Hamptons aesthetic – it is perfect for weddings. Not to mention their cleverly thought-out wedding menus with ‘experience station’ options to boot. Perhaps a Prosecco & some fresh prawns to mull it over?

There’s also the Gap Bluff Centre which was quite a popular wedding venue but I believe is currently undergoing renovations, and of course Doyles on The Beach who offer private dining rooms perfect for a smaller wedding. For a more casual affair there’s also the Vaucluse Yacht Club and the Vaucluse Amateur 12 foot Sailing Club – both little gems especially for a cocktail style wedding.

SO many wedding reception options in Watsons Bay, and don’t even get me started on outdoor ceremony locations….but ok let’s talk Robertson Park. How I love thee with your magnificent fig trees and green green grass.

We’re lucky enough to look after all the ceremonies in the park booked through Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and have a range of lovely (council friendly) options to make each ceremony unique to that couple.

The lovely Ella & Ted were married on a stunning day with lots of beautiful little touches like white quartz stones, hanging aisle arrangements and a welcome chalkboard with a gorgeous floral arrangement.









Chloe & Sam arranged a beautiful ceremony including a drinks table and their cake table so they could enjoy a cupcake and glass of bubbles with their guests immediately after their ceremony – such a fab idea! Then they ran away to have some photos whilst their guests continued to enjoy their drinks. Perfect. We also set-up a lovely little rug area at the front of the ceremony for all the kids to sit on with a mountain of cushions – an iPad helped to keep them quiet before the cupcakes were served. 🙂

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For the lovely Geraldine & Scott we put up our three ladder ceremony arch with white tulle billowing in the breeze, along with our rustic timber signing table & antique balloon back chairs. Their guests were seated on matching timber folding chairs with white satin ribbons tied to the chair backs, & white quartz stones lining the aisle. Simply stunning – just like the bride.





Contact us today about setting-up & styling your wedding ceremony – we’d love to be part of your day.




Vintage style wedding dresses – Moira Hughes

When Moira Hughes rang me out of the blue to see if I might be interested in styling & providing props for the shoot of her launch collection of couture bridal gowns – it didn’t take me long to decide. She loves my vintage rustic aesthetic, the shoot was in The Rocks, & the photographers were the legendary Sarah & Stevie from Mint Photography. I knew it was going to be pretty cool. Then the gowns arrived overflowing with layers of tulle, raw silk & Parisian lace. Breathtakingly beautiful vintage style wedding dresses. I was loving it.


From the buttons to the corsetry to the sashes – each detail is lovingly attended to & designed to flatter. Moira has even created matching shrugs that cleverly pair with her stylish gowns. What a beautiful way to change your look from ceremony to reception.


Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day…

This first one below features the ‘Rose’ gown plus a few crates, boxes, suitcases & trunks from our hire collection. I think this would make a great ‘photo booth’ set actually – chuck in a few fun props & there’s hours of hilarious photos on that couch.


The tunnel at The Argyle in The Rocks made for a stunning backdrop for the ‘Ellie’ gown – pictured here on a classic peacock chair with a whole heap of candles twinkling in the background. It took me ages to light them all – not to mention I nearly fainted blowing them all out. Ha! Candles en masse at a wedding (or any event really) is such a great look  – especially down a long table, lining a walkway, or filling a mantle or windowsill to overflowing.


Next up is the ‘Gabriella’ gown with shrug – what a flattering line this raw silk dress creates. Peaking out in the background are a few more bits & pieces from our collection – I just love vintage pianola scrolls. There’s something so romantic, & yet spooky, about a piano that can play itself. There’s got to be some ghostly things wondering around The Rocks surely… I asked if the guys at The Argyle had ever seen anything other wordly after hours – disappointingly they said no, except for the odd patron who has had a few too many & is perhaps a little out of this world. Not a chain rattler in site though.


Another gorgeous location just up the road from The Argyle are the famous Argyle stairs. These are the oldest surviving stairs in The Rocks & possibly Australia. Truly antique. And such a beautiful location to capture the ‘Eden’ gown.


And I have saved my favourite image for last….ohhh where do I start…the patina on that wall, the time worn sandstone blocks, the chippy wood door, the brick arch above – not to mention the Chloe gown with veil & striking red peony bouquet. Perfection.


Yep – it was a very cool shoot, and I was so thrilled to be involved & with such a fab team of people too. Check out all of Moira’s gowns at her website or visit her gorgeous new boutique in Paddington. Nearly wish I could get married again just so I could wear one of her gowns.


Gowns by Moira Hughes

Photos by Mint Photography

Styling & props by Ashley Diamond (that’s me) from A Little Character

Flowers from Petal & Sprout

Make-up by Liv Lundelius

Hair styling by Annie Johnson

Models – Jordan Murr, Renata Zareba, & Mike Neckoski

Locations – The Argyle & Sake in The Rocks / The Argyle stairs / Nurses Walk


Vintage Rustic Candy Bar – Girlfriend Model Search 2013

Mmmmm who doesn’t love a candy bar overflowing with delicious treats. I certainly never say no to a sweet or three – especially if they’re of the homemade variety. Did someone say brownies? Yes please!

We recently hired out our delightful chippy-legged kitchen table & rustic window frame chalkboard to the lovely ladies at Girlfriend Magazine. They have been on the hunt for this year’s Girlfriend model and wanted to create a gorgeous candy bar for all the girls to enjoy at their winner announcement. The event was held at The Hudson in Cockle Bar – what a venue! With banks of button back leather seating and rustic touches it’s the perfect place to sit overlooking the waters of Darling Harbour with a glass of vino.

Congrats to Olivia who won the 2013 Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search! Exciting times ahead. Check out more photos from the Girlfriend model winner announcement here. 

vintage rustic candy bar Girlfriend model search


vintage rustic candy bar Girlfriend model search

Are you looking for a vintage lolly bar for your wedding or maybe for a work event or function?

We have some lovely table options as well as different styles for how we can dress the table to display all the yummy things.

Send us an e-mail & let’s talk dessert.

Vintage wedding ideas – Rustic Bar

vintage wedding ideas

Is there anything worse than a ‘dry’ wedding? Possibly not, but a wedding where it takes forever to get a drink from the bar… UGH!
Solution – put in a ‘help yourself bar’ (or bars) along with your regular bar. Stock it with beers, champas, wine & let guests top themselves up when they want.

A Little Character has a gorgeous range of furniture for hire to help with your vintage wedding ideas. What about some rustic & vintage tins, tubs & crates to make your ‘help yourself bar’….? We have loads of lovely items that can tie in with whatever style you choose for your wedding. Check out our full collection here

vintage wedding ideas

vintage wedding ideas



Styling & furniture by A Little Character

Ferns & flowers from Petal & Sprout

Photos by Tais Froggatt & Craig Strydom



Rusted metal suitcase

Enamel topped kitchen table

Galvanised tin tub

Rustic metal hat tin

Vintage planter box with love heart design

Antique window frame chalkboard



We have a stunning old copper boiler that would look fab filled with ice & drinks, and that planter box featured above also works well as a drinks holder! 


Vintage wedding idea – chalkboards!

Chalkboards chalkboards chalkboards – what a great vintage wedding idea, endless possibilities! 
Write lovey dovey quotes on them, use them as a welcome sign for your guests….


…put your cocktail list, menu or seating plan on an oversized one such as this old window frame repurposed into a  fabulous chalkboard…. 


 …use one to point the way to the ladies room, or put one out for the kids at your wedding to draw cute messages for the newly married couple. 


All these chalkboards are available to hire from A Little Character – we also have contacts for some very talented chalkboard artists!

Contact us today & let’s talk about your vintage wedding ideas & what character pieces we can add to your wedding.



Styling & furniture by A Little Character

Photos by Tais Froggatt



Antique window frame chalkboard – med & large

Gilt frame chalkboard

Wedding decorations – Vintage Rustic hire

In an ideal world we only get married once – or maybe twice (for my grandma it was 5 times) – whatever it is, your wedding should reflect you & your future husband or wife’s personality. Fabulous wedding decorations can really assist in creating a wedding that truly reflects your style & personalities. 

Are you total music heads? What about adding a stunning old (working) gramophone to your cake, signing or welcome tables? 

Wedding decorations

Or perhaps you are having a religious ceremony outside of a church & want some antique pews for your outdoor ceremony to evoke that church feel? 

Wedding decorations

Maybe you’re an artist….and wouldn’t it be perfect to have some vintage easels & paint dripped ladders as part of your wedding decorations? 

Here’s our table top painters easel displaying the cheese menu… Love it. 

Wedding decorations


Sometimes all it takes is a few little touches to evoke the rustic / vintage / country / or even industrial style you dream of for your wedding. 

A Little Character has loads of great pieces to bring out the character of you & your husband/wife for your wedding day. 

Contact us & let’s talk about what we could do for your wedding decorations. 



Styling & furniture by A Little Character

Flowers from Claire at Petal & Sprout

Photos by Tais Froggatt 



Antique gramophone

Singer sewing machine drawer tower

Antique white church pew

Vintage table top painter’s easel



Vintage wedding dress at ‘Old & Gold Festival’ – Brunswick Heads, NSW


We love to fossick around a good garage sale, salvaging the unique and interesting to add ambience and style to your vintage wedding or special rustic event.  How much more do we love a quaint seaside town that once a year hosts a giant garage sale across the entire village?  Be still my beating bargain hunting heart! Brunswick Heads in northern NSW (about 15 minutes north of Byron Bay) is worth a detour off the Pacific Highway if you enjoy vintage charm & hunting for a vintage wedding dress.  A few blocks either way of its gloriously original Art Deco pub you’ll find 12 second hand shops from the exquisitely curated and upmarket (The Fabulous Mrs Fox and Vintage Interior Pieces) down to relatively unplundered Vinnies and Red Cross stores. Worth a visit any day of the week, Brunswick Heads is a little slice of heaven the weekend of the Old & Gold Festival

The fabulous mrs fox

The Fabulous Mrs Fox

A little like Sydney’s Garage Sale Trail, the beauty of Bruns’ Old & Gold is that this ‘All Town’ garage sale has 83 households holding garage sales all within walking distance of each other, alongside a large indoor collectibles fair in The Memorial Hall, a clothes and bric-a-brac fair in the school grounds, and a book fair in the Library.

ye olde church fair

The grey skies and rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the punters, while the townspeople shrugged and said ‘it always rains on Old & Gold.’

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Raining cats and dogs…

 While we’re all for a no-expense-spared wedding with all the frills, a thrifty bride-to-be could find herself a stunning bridal dress for next to nothing here (more to spend on the reception!)

We came across several actual vintage wedding dresses, mostly over the top frou frou confections, but one dress was genuinely classy – we could imagine a super model making a chic statement in this little number. 

 vintage wedding dress

The pic doesn’t do justice to the exquisite lacework and line of this mint condition 1960s vintage wedding dress, a steal at $20.

 And how about this for the honeymoon?  A symphony of synthetic in this negligee set, be careful with that post coital ciggy honey…


wedding negligee Also mint condition, also $20.  There’s the vintage wedding dress and wedding night sorted with change from a fifty. 

antique car

All it needs is “Just Married” sprayed on the back window, and few tin cans tied to the back bumper…

Old & Gold would also be an excellent hunting ground for those looking for a wedding gift with a difference too, a good proportion of items on sale probably were exactly that decades ago.

bric a brac

Multiply this by a thousand, and you have the Old & Gold Festival.

 While A Little Character specializes in hiring out distinctive vintage & rustic pieces of furniture for weddings & events, we also have a soft spot for the kind of fancywork a bride of yesteryear would have laboured over for her glory box; linen embroidered doilies and napkins, lacework tablecloths, crochet blankets.  Favourite find of the day was a hand-stitched pansy doily worked in satin stitch, beautiful colours and needlework still vibrant many decades on. The price for this sweet piece?  One dollar!  If you like to pick up something old for very little gold, Old & Gold is the festival for you.


Detail of the pretty pansies on a hand stitched doily, mirrored on the other end.


This simple Art Deco plate (another Old & Gold $1.00 find) works nicely with the needlework flowers; we’re picturing it piled high with sweet treats on one of A Little Character’s tables…  yum! 




Words & photos by the wonderful Julie Bennett 

Rustic Vintage Wedding Arbour – Sydney

STYLE: Rustic  Nautical Vintage Wedding by Sydney Harbour in an old sailing club

A beautiful wedding on a sparkling Easter Saturday at the Vaucluse Amateur 12 Foot Sailing Club in Sydney. It was the perfect venue for a harbour side wedding on such a gorgeous day.


The ceremony was held under some weathered old porch posts repurposed into a beautifully rustic wedding arbour, with an antique lace curtain draped over the top – the shadow patterns it cast on the groom’s back were divine. 


The arbour’s support feet were covered in soft moss, & large sprays of romantic baby’s breath were attached to the front beam.

Two beautiful white concrete urns (props from The Great Gatsby) were placed either side of the arbour with some greenery in them, and a red Persian hall runner marked the aisle for this vintage styled wedding.

There is something so romantic about a ceremony under a wedding arbour, especially a grand old one such as this. For a country setting it could be draped with heavy fabric & adorned with flowers, or put it on the beach & hang billowing sheer curtains to float in the breeze. So many options. 



Styling & furniture – A Little Character

Flowers from Claire at Petal & Sprout

Photos by Tais Froggatt & Craig Strydom



Wedding arbour with antique lace drape

2 white concrete urns

Red Persian aisle runner – 3m long

Wood signing table

2 antique balloon back chairs – green velour 


Wedding flowers – Baby’s Breath

Aaahh – beautiful baby’s breath. People have been saying it for a little while now but it’s definitely making a comeback – these wedding flowers are not to be ignored. They’re romantic, versatile, a little bit of it goes a long way, and you really do get a lot of little bits for your dollar. When I had my vintage styled Sydney wedding I told my fabulous florist Claire (from Petal & Sprout) that I wanted everything baby’s breath. She talked me down off that ledge but she certainly managed a number of gorgeous creations using baby’s breath….

I’m quite partial to using things ‘en masse’…and baby’s breath is no exception. It works so breathtakingly well when used on its own in large quantities, just look at these stunning bridesmaids bouquets that Claire made… (would also make a fabulous bridal bouquet)!


 Sprays of baby’s breath across the top of a wedding arbour (or anywhere really…) is so romantic. I love the way Claire made it fuller in the middle.

Wedding flower perfection.


Bunches of baby’s breath in jars lining the aisle or around your venue continues the romance…



Old concrete urns or rustic wooden boxes also look stunning filled with baby’s breath. 



And just when you’re loving it ‘en masse’, baby’s breath surprises you with another elegant side when used as delicate single stems.

My clever Claire also tucked some baby’s breath INSIDE a little bottle with a stopper. So delicate, & such an intimate detail. This is why I love her work. 


Delicate baby’s breath hair wreaths crown these precious little girls. Children are just so gorgeous, the only adornments they should have are of the natural kind I think…


So there you have it – baby’s breath…tiny, milky white, delicate flowers. Stunning in their own right & not just a ‘filler’ flower anymore.



Vintage wedding – glass bottles, old jars & crystal cut decanters

Vintage glass bottles & jars hanging from twine, old jam jars filled with flowers, crystal cut decanters, & oversized hand blown vintage glass bottles. We LOVE all of them. We used these antique decanters below to hold a lychee puree (for lychee bellinis) at a vintage wedding – it looked gorgeous on the bar top & much nicer than using just any bottle.

Vintage wedding

How amazing does our oversized jar look with moss & white roses arranged INSIDE it? Loving our antique trunk & silver serving tray they’re sitting on too. 

Vintage wedding

These white water lilies look stunning as single blooms in simple glass jars & a vintage milk bottle, set a top our elegantly rusted iron side table. Divine. 

Vintage wedding

Ohh the simple beauty of vintage glass bottles & jars hanging from twine with flowers & candles in them. Elegance plus! 

This idea also works beautifully to divide a space…

Vintage wedding

Our oversized vintage bottles are fabulous for decorating a bar area at this vintage wedding (see below sitting under the table on the floor). Here we have a huge old glass bottle, an old ceramic water holder & a cane wrapped ceramic flagon (love that word). Forget shabby – this is rustic chic! 

Vintage wedding



Furniture & Styling from A Little Character collection

All these beautiful flowers were from the wonderful Claire at Petal & Sprout

Photos by Tais Froggatt & Craig Strydom



Assortment of jars, bottles & vases 

Antique trunks

Rusted iron side table

Children’s rusted wheelbarrow

Wooden crates

Chippy white table


Pink Ribbon Cocktail Afternoon with some vintage touches


We all know someone who has breast cancer, has had breast cancer or knows someone who does and for me, it was my mum. She is one breast down, but thankfully 10 years in remission and loving life. I had a lump last year which scared the life out of me – turns out it was just a milk filled cyst (I was breastfeeding at the time) but it shocked me how quickly you can turn from healthy to possibly not. My father in law is in love with a gorgeous woman who is battling ovarian cancer right now, and I was pleased to see that the Pink Ribbon fundraising efforts now also encompass not just breast but also gynaecological cancers as well. So seeing as I love to host little events for my friends & family, it seemed fitting to use up the left over vodka from my wedding & host a Pink Ribbon Cocktail Afternoon with my best friend Amy to raise some much needed funds to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation on their quest for zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.


We were lucky enough to receive some generous donations for our afternoon including some specially made pink lamingtons from La Bretagne Patisserie in Rose Bay, bottles of pink champagne from Corkscrew Cellars also in Rose Bay, and a very generous meat & cheese platter from my favourite Italians at Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria. These guys also catered my wedding – it was truly delicious & you should check them out if you like cured meats & delicious cheeses. Speak to the gorgeous Stefano & tell him I sent you.


Even the doughnut powerhouse, Krispy Kreme, gave us some buy one get one free vouchers – there was not one glazed morsel left at the end of the day (much to my husband’s disappointment). Those things are dangerously delicious.


Of course I took the opportunity to style our Pink Ribbon party with a few pieces from the collection including our lovely old chesterfield lounge with some pink cushions, some vintage mis-matched timber chairs, and rusted iron side table with some pretty flowers donated by my mother-in-law.


And any opportunity to use our 3.5m long banquet table is fine by me…couldn’t even get all of it in the photo. Haha!


We were hoping to raise about $500 but through the generosity of all our favourite people we ended up with close to $1000 – amazing! If you would like to donate just head on over to the National Breast Cancer Foundation & click on the pink donate button or better yet, have your own Pink Ribbon Fundraiser next year.

I think we might do it again next year too – plus I love pink, especially pink ribbons.

 All of the items mentioned above & more are available to hire – check out The Collection page for more pictures or get in touch & let’s have a chat about your upcoming event.