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Whimsical Country Wedding in Australia

There are so many fun elements woven into this country wedding. It’s whimsy done in the brightest, happiest way with details and blooms by Love Clarence who happens to meld flower crowns and VW buses like nobody’s business. And then there’s Jonathan Ong’s imagery which might leave you with a serious case of “the perfect first kiss” envy. Find color with a side of happy right here in the gallery.

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From The Bride…Travis and I were pretty relaxed about the way our day would be. Through everyday conversations, excited dinners and countless wines we found that the most important aspects for us would be that our day was fun/relaxed, down-to-earth and most importantly a truly genuine representation of our love for each other.

We always knew that living in Sydney but having our wedding in Melbourne would pose certain challenges for us, the biggest being that I wanted to be fully involved in the decision making process and also have many little DIY/personal touches throughout the entire day – thank goodness we have the most amazing support network of family and friends which helped add these beautiful genuine and personal aspects to make our day so perfect for us.

Zonzo made for the most incredible location – A stunning autumn winery backdrop for our outdoor ceremony. Exposed brick, polished concrete floors and high ceilings with timber and long cafeteria style tables made for an absolutely perfect reception.

Dusty baby blue simple bridesmaids, extremely dark navy blue groomsman, all over lace dress for myself, dark green foliage, bright blue and brown small bottles, fairy light canopies and pops of pink, yellow and orange were the feel of the day. Our beautiful timber arbour was filled with dark green foliage with bursts of bright colors with a gorgeous deer skull/antlers with flowers and foliage all entwined throughout. Travis and I hand wrote our own vows and surprised each other on the day.We plan to take our favorite part from each others vows and have the words engraved inside our wedding bands.We had a heshen/lace runner with brown bottles lining the aisle and the green vineyard backdrop completed the look.

My dress was a backless,high neck,entirely lace, capped sleeves Johanna Johnson (Rosa) dress.The first dress in the first shop I had tried on, it was beyond perfect. I wore a babies breath flower crown for the ceremony and a larger brighter, bolder flower crown for the reception (my party crown!)

Travis wore a check blue and white Paul Smith dinner jacket which complimented the yellow/pink button holes so perfectly – just divine!

My mum sourced us a Volkswagen Beetle as the wedding car and this meant so much to us. Travis’s first car was an old Volkswagen beetle which he called Tallulah, he picked me up for our very first date in that car and this was always our form of transport in the very early stages of our relationship. We adored that car and the many memories we have with it, even when we did run out of fuel on numerous occasions due the fuel gauge not working properly!

My grandmother, the wonderful green thumb she is, made us our bonbonnieres. She spent the six months before potting mini succulents into tiny terracotta pots which she had grown in her garden 12 months before, she tied all the twine bows by hand and cared for them in the lead up to our day.

Travis and I don’t really enjoy cake, the only cake we really love is carrot cake! My mother in law made us our carrot cake wedding cake. Needless to say my father in law (as the taste tester) enjoyed the 12 month lead up to our day with the many trials of carrot cake he was able to devour!

My sister in law Hollie and Jen my mother in law crafted our icosahedron curtain for our tripod “photo booth” back drop. They spent hours cutting, gluing and folding and thank goodness because end result was spectacular.

Our stylist/florist Bobilee from Love Clarence was a mind reader. She knew exactly what I wanted and completed the aesthetics of our day! Our dance floor was covered by a fairy light canopy which was covered in green foalage, large “T & K” light letters lit up the reception area, below another beautiful skull/antler combo. The tables were lined with bright blue jars, pops of pink, orange and yellow flowers and the pretty tiny name tag succulents. We also had a “posie wrapping station” where guests can grab flowers from the around the reception, wrap them up and take them home at the end of the night.

Guests ate antipasto, pizza, traditional roast and the carrot cake throughout the night. The dance floor was constantly busy and filled with people dancing along to Travis’s very talented school friends (Michaela Marshall) band, including Travis’s famous bum dance. Another school friend of Trav’s surprised us and sang a couple of songs which was just so lovely also.

Overall, our day went by so incredibly quickly. It was better then we could of ever imagined. Along with our guests we just had so much fun, and I’m so pleased as this was our goal. More then anything else, our day was filled with love, that totally down-to-earth, real love – the kind of love that I still haven’t been able to wipe off my face.

Photography: Jonathan Ong | Wedding Dress: Rosa Gown By Johanna Johson | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New | Catering: Zonzo | Hair: Heidi Irene (Heidi Pinney) | Ceremony & Reception: Zonzo, Train Trak Winery, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia | Flower Crowns: Love Clarence, Flowers And Fancy Goods | Groom: Paul Smith | Photobooth: Jonathan Ong | Styling + Flowers: Love Clarence, Flowers And Fancy Goods

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Elegant + Modern California Ranch Wedding

When I see the words “ranch wedding” there’s a certain image that comes to mind. And while we love our rustic weddings dearly, this bride did it on her own terms…without a mason jar or speck of burlap in sight. She opted for modern black and white stripes with pops of gold, and along with the help of Vanessa NoelSweet Memories and Anna Delores embodies what the SMP wedding is all about.

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From Vanessa Noel Events… Ariana and Taylor’s wedding was one filled with tribute–to their families, their heritages, and to their faith. Ariana’s father, like so many in California’s Central Valley, is a farmer. Ariana grew up on a dairy in the middle of hundreds of acres of almond trees so it only made sense that she and Taylor would get married in her hometown church with a reception on a ranch. But Ariana didn’t want the details that we’ve come to expect from a ranch wedding–no burlap, lace or chippy paint here. Ariana wanted a classic, elegant style that she knew she’d love for years to come.

We put together a palette of black and white, with lots of gold touches and beautiful, lush greenery to bring in the perfect nod to Taylor’s Irish roots and the March wedding date. Crisp black and white stripes brought sophistication to the decor while flowing garlands added soft romance and just the right touch of “country.”

Specialty linens, all-white lounge furniture, and an escort card display of mirrors brought glamor to the rustic venue. The tulips in the centerpieces, the stroopwafel (wafer cookie) favors, and the horse and buggy were all tributes to Ariana’s Dutch heritage. In fact, Ariana’s parents rode on the very same horse and buggy (owned by a local Dutch family) when they were married over 20 years ago!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Agape Films | Styling: Vanessa Noel Events | Florist: Sweet Memories | Cake: Goodies Cookies | Ceremony: Tulare Community Church | Reception: Koetsier Ranch | Hair Stylist: Kaitlynd Griffin | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events | Draping: KSB Company | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Randi June Style | Photography - Assistance: Emily Kappen

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Classic Spring St. Louis Wedding

You know those photographers who just always get it right? Well, Clary Pfeiffer is one of them. She takes an editorial approach to just about anything she captures, and when a stunning St. Louis affair is at her fingertips, you know she’ll deliver. BIG time. Head to the gallery for a first-hand peek and don’t miss the film from Sweet Tea Media.

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From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyToday I’m submitting a wedding from St. Louis. There are a lot of classically gorgeous details in the brides dress and the grooms black tux. My favorite moments of the day was photographing the couples ceremony which looks like an old romantic European church and the couple dancing out on roof during sunset under twinkle lights. I’ve attached the information below along with more details from the bride and groom.

From the Bride and Groom… We met through mutual high school friends four years ago when we were in college at different universities. We both grew up in St. Louis, and were in the same extended social circle during high school, although we had only met each other in passing. Our mutual friends introduced us when we were both home for the holidays and we hit it off. As the first few dates came and went, we both found ourselves asking the same question: Where have you been all this time?

Oddly enough, our relationship was fostered over long distance in the first two years. It goes without saying that it was difficult, and being away from our families only made it more so. Fortunately, we each were given opportunities to return to our hometown. We knew we wanted to continue our lives with all of our family and friends surrounding us, so we jumped at the chance.

Returning home truly cemented our relationship. Marriage was always in the back of both of our minds, but this made both of us certain that we wanted to be together forever. Just over a year after returning to St. Louis, we got engaged at a rooftop restaurant. Rustic string lights illuminated the border; the Arch was in the distant background; both of our families were hiding inside; it was perfect.

We envisioned a warm, elegant, classic wedding. We are so grateful for the unbelievable efforts of all our vendors, the incredible planning help from both of our mothers, and the outpouring of love from our families and friends that made our wedding perfect in every way. We had so much fun creating personalized touches throughout the day including the St. Louis themed welcome boxes that greeted each traveler at the hotel, the homemade chocolates that served as favors and place cards for our guests, the family wedding photos displayed in the cocktail space, and pictures of the bride and groom that adorned each table.

And it wasn’t just the wedding day that was so spectacular. The entire weekend was filled with friends and family; laughs and love. Our weekend began with a fabulous rehearsal dinner in the same building where we got engaged, and ended with farewell brunch and a family outing at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the day after the wedding. From start to finish, every moment of every event was wonderful. And we had the perfect person with us to capture it all.

We are so happy we chose Clary Pfeiffer – we fell in love with the beautiful work she does. Clary has a way of making everyone feel relaxed and natural. She perfectly depicted the details of our day along with all the love that we have for each other. Furthermore, she captured many of the details that we missed, and did so in a way that allowed us to relive the day. Her ability to capture a moment, whether staged or spontaneous, was truly amazing.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Floral Design: Twisted Willow | Ceremony Venue: The Shrine Of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Chase Park Plaza Starlight Roof | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company