Vintage-Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot by Emma Sharkey Photography
May 28, 2012
South Australia

We love a healthy dose of inspiration to start our week off right!  This group of talented South Australia vendors have put together a gorgeous, vintage-inspired shoot filled with perfect, pastel goodies.  They've taken us from the ceremony to the dessert table with the sweetest of details and beyond beautiful florals that are all sure to get your creative juices flowing!  Emma Sharkey Photography captured each flirty, feminine moment so make sure you check them all out in the full gallery!

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From Emma Sharkey Photography... Not so long ago, towards the end of winter I was fortunate enough to work with some inspiring South Australian wedding professionals. As our off season was drawing near, our creative minds had begun working overtime, and we were itching to get our hands back into the swing of all things wedding and gorgeousness. The modern wedding is taking on a whole different styling form with personal tastes making couples want to really reflect their love and values within their wedding styling and themes. We believe that a truly wonderful wedding is about creating and nurturing something bespoke and beautiful, just like the relationship itself, and that bigger doesn’t always mean better.

South Australia is traditionally known as the "City of Churches" and plays host to many a classic white wedding. But this wasn’t to be your normal indie vintage wedding, it was to be feminine and where possible, items used in the shoot were genuinely vintage. This shoot was designed to showcase the creative mindset of each participant and was created to encourage brides and grooms to make their wedding unique and representative of the things that they love, the things that make them a couple and to truly think outside the traditional “city of churches” square.

Kiera from Rapture Events and Designs and Christine from Blooming Bridal created a ceremony area just outside the alfresco dining area behind the cellar door at Coriole Vineyard. This picturesque venue is situated in South Australia’s beautiful McLaren Vale region, and you couldn’t ask for a more glorious location for a wedding. Freshly picked soft pink rose petals were used to create a beautiful swirled rose petal aisle which was framed by white ornate aisle stands, filled with baby’s breath and finished with soft chiffon strands. A chiffon arbour was the focal point of the ceremony set up, which was finished with an impressive crystal chandelier. An antique hall stand was given a fresh lease on life with a sand down and fresh coat of white paint to create a one of kind signing table which was decorated with a single white milk glass vase of soft pinks and apricot seasonal blooms.

Assorted milk vases filled with soft pink, apricot and white hellebores, David Austin roses and ranunculus adorned the reception table and complimented antique meakin rosa plates perfectly. Second hand chairs were sanded and repainted and the same chiffon fabric from the ceremony area was used to create an opulent, delicate table runner. A white angel wing antique dresser, tucked perfectly under a second crystal chandelier, for me was the ultimate swoon worthy dessert buffet. Glass cloches and cake stands were piled high with macaroons, meringues, mini banana caramel tarts and many other delicious handmade treats including small vintage jam jars of homemade trifle (a great Australian Classic).

Of late, we have seen a huge trend for photographic art to be manipulated to take on a “vintage/retro” feel but I wanted these images to be clean, vibrant and light. For me, wedding photography is about the “chemistry and connection” of the couple and I truly wanted that “lovey happiness haze” that oozes from people on their wedding day to be there and most importantly be real. Mark and Paige were our happy-in-love couple and were incredible to work with. They were complete naturals in front of the camera and Paige truly embraced the 1950’s woman — she was sensational to work with.

Photography: Emma Sharkey Photography / Location: Coriole Vineyard in McLaren Vale, South Australia / Styling: Rapture Events & Design / Floral Design: Blooming Bridal / Stationery: The Paper Café / Macaroons: Macaroons by Lauren / Outfits + Bride's Accessories: The Vintage Bride Boutique / Hair + Makeup: Gemma Vendetta / Men's Accessories: Honey Hive Emporium