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Sydney Centennial Parklands Engagement Session

What would be our perfect day? We imagine it might look something like this Centennial Park engagement session. From a dreamy picnic styled in shades of porcelain and blue to romantic strolls in the woods and picturesque bike rides, We Are Origami captured it all in the most perfect light right here!

From We Are OrigamiJaw-dropping is undeniably the best way we can describe this gorgeous session with Dorothy and Clifford.

Inspired by the stunning colours and vibe of the Greek Islands, this styled shoot had exquisite details, including a table dripping with soft white peony flowers, a stunning antipasto selection and incredible light.

With playful and affectionate undertones so evident in the moments captured, Dorothy and Clifford had a 7 and a half year long friendship before they came to us to shoot their engagement. We hope you enjoy it!

Photography: We Are Origami | Styling: Carina Brezeanu Stylist | Beige Maxi Dress: H&M | Blue Lace Dress: Forever New | Centennial Park Sydney: Centennial Park Sydney | Cream Dress With Sequins: Yeojin Bae | Hair & Make Up: Pretty Creations – Bridal Makeup And Hair

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Elegant Pastel Summer Lakeside Wedding in Wanaka

When you say “I Do” in the gorgeous lakeside forests of Wanaka Station Park, immense natural beauty of your surroundings means there’s no need for over-the-top decor. This couple did just that, hosting an intimate affair, decked out with soft pastel florals from Wanaka Wedding Flowers (and some seriously cheeky dining chairs!), all captured through the lens of Alpine Image Co. in the gallery here!

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From Wanaka Wedding FlowersHelen and Adam chose Wanaka for their wedding on 31 January because it was close to their Dunedin home and because it had family connections. Helen said, “It was a special day with wonderful friends and family there to celebrate together.”

Helen chose shades of pink and a hint of blue for her bouquets. We used some roses from Colombia called “Quicksand” with some “Sarah Bernhardt” peonies, a few pale blue agapanthus and some pink gypsophila in the mix. I loved working with Helen — she was a delight and made my job so easy! I wish her and Adam all the best!

Photography: Alpine Image Co | Floral Design: Wanaka Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Je Taime | Catering: Double Thyme | Groom's Attire: Sergios | Celebrant: Jools MacKnight | Wedding Venue: Wanaka Station Park | Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller

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7 Things We Love About Aussie Weddings

Known for their laid-back lifestyle, Aussies really know how to celebrate a wedding! We could learn a thing or two from our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite wedding details for that down under charm. Discover 7 things we love about an Australian wedding in the slideshow below!

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Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding with Rustic Touches

This romantic Australian affair is proof that you don’t need to be outdoors to have a garden wedding. And with special touches like lace from the Bride’s mother’s wedding dress sewed into her custom Celyna Ziolkowski gown, DIY florals and playful cootie-catcher menus, this beautiful day was truly one-of-a-kind. See all the gorgeous images from Daniel Griffiths here.

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From the Bride… The theme of our wedding was romantic vintage garden with rustic accents. My auntie assisted with creating mood boards inspired from Pinterest and Style Me Pretty. With a fusion of different styles and elements we came up with the perfect pieces to create the wedding which Chris and I dreamed of – elegant with a touch of vintage and the feel of an indoor garden. Many items were DIY. Vintage and rustic pieces were hired or bought, including a hired gelato cart.

Our ceremony and reception were held at historic Oatlands House. Close family and friends gathered and mingled in the pristine gardens holding parasols to shelter from the hot sun… the Orders of Service were in the shape of Kraft paper fans; newspaper cones filled with rose petals; DIY bouquets in mason jars decorated with lace and twine; a vintage table in front of a rustic screen set up for the signing of the wedding certificate… it was picture perfect.

One by one, my bridesmaids slowly walked out – as if in rhythm with the soft sounds of a harp in the background – gorgeous in buttercream off-the-shoulder Zimmerman dresses, holding bouquets of white spray roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus and dusty miller. The groom and groomsmen looked stylish in their navy suits.

Keeping to tradition, my father gave me away. Walking down a long aisle runner scattered with rose petals, I joined my soon-to-be-husband. Under the canopy we declared to each other the vows we wrote.

Based on a vision of my dream dress, Sydney designer Celyna Ziolkowski meticulously fashioned my gown: Ivory French lace, an open back and a soft flowing fishtail. French lace from my mother’s wedding gown was also appliqued onto the bodice (something old) and sentimental. Also designed by Celyna was my French lace mantilla veil, which softly flowed around my dress. My bouquet was a mixture of hydrangeas, spray roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and hypericum berries.

The Deck Room was filled with the scent of French pear from soy candles from Oleria Emporium. Table seating and names were hand-written on an old vintage glass door. The names were written as they were known to Chris and I. Our guests thought this was endearing.

The bridal table was placed in the middle of the room. It looked breathtaking. A long rustic table and chairs, bejeweled with a stunning floral and foliage garland on a lace runner spilling over both sides. Interspersed between the garlands were floral centerpieces: lisianthus, miniature roses, chrysanthemums, and tortured willow on a moss and bark base with dodger vine. Votive candles hung off the twigs. Crystal glasses and crystal charger plates completed the elegant setting.

It was the special touches that made our wedding unique… the menus were inside custom-made cootie catchers along with Q&As about the bride and groom; on a vintage dresser were three generations of family wedding photos, including one of the bride’s brother who passed away in his youth; viewfinders with images of the bride and groom at different ages; candles in mason jars and rustic ornament decorations. In a corner of the room with a peacock chair, white wicker chairs, an old plant stand with ornate candelabra, guests wrote advice on wooden love hearts.

Delectable home-made desserts were displayed on a vintage table. A naked cake adorned with orange roses and berries was baked for my father, who also celebrated his birthday – all made by my youngest auntie. The wedding cake sat atop an old cotton reel wrapped in floral wreaths mirroring the floral garland on the bridal table.

An emotional moment for me was when one of my bridesmaids and childhood school friend dedicated a song she had written for Chris and I.

Our day was “just how we imagined – romantic and elegant,” a day we will never forget.

Photography: Daniel Griffiths | Videography: Moving Presentations | Floral Design: D.I.Y. | Wedding Dress: Celyna Ziolkowski | Cake: Faye Cahill | Bride's Shoes: Shoes Of Prey | Jewelry: GS Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Catering: Oatlands House | Makeup: Jess Chapman | Hair: Lizzie Liros | Ceremony Music: Belinda Ping | Transportation: Abbotsbury Wedding Cars | Venue: Oatlands House | Advice Box & Wishing Well: Braggingbags | Bride's Headpiece: Johanna Johnson | Ceremony Programs: Fossil Letterpress | Escort Cards: Katskrafts | Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Politix | Photo Booth: Platinum Photo Booth | Rentals: Vintage Patina | Rentals: Decorative Events | Rentals: Timbermill | Signage: Ashdown & Bee

Rustic Autumn Park Wedding in Perth

With rich autumnal hues and charming rustic details, the romance of these sweet Hyde Park “I Do’s” can only be rivaled by the Bride and Groom’s OMG-worthy engagement story, involving love rekindled after 5 years apart, a Spanish holiday, and a wishing well (seriously!). This gorgeous gallery from I Heart Weddings is not one to miss, especially if you’re keen on a very dapper Groom in a well-cut suit!

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From I Heart Weddings… A relaxed autumn park wedding with vintage and natural details and one very dapper groom! Tegan and Simon spent five years apart (her in Perth, him in London) and then decided to meet up in Spain for a holiday to just to see if the flame was still burning between them. Then they were engaged within a week! Simon proposed on a trek. When they stopped next to a wishing well Simon told Tegan to look right down to the bottom of the wishing well and when she turned around he was on one knee.

Simon’s two best friends decided to fly to Perth all the way from London to surprise him the day before the wedding. The look on his face when they surprised him was priceless! He was so happy to have them there and so they became his additional best men.

Tegan always wanted to get married in a park, with as much greenery around her as possible, and the sun on her face! Just like a picnic on a sunny day, but fancier. The wedding was a casual feel, a little bit vintage and rustic in style. They wanted everyone to just have a good time, feel really relaxed and just have fun! The ceremony set up in Hyde Park on a beautiful autumn day. It could not turned out better weather for a park wedding. It was like a fairytale! Tegan says.

From The Bride… My husband spent “hours” making the boxes for our cupcakes to go in, and trying the string and label around them, he was so proud of himself (that was literally his whole contribution the wedding).

My dress was from Bohemian Brides, an online boutique in Queensland. I found them online, chose my design, sent them my measurements and they made it to fit me perfectly. It’s a little bit scary ordering your dress online, but I could not have been happier with the finished product!

I had seen my photographers work on a friends wedding, and knew (before I was even in a relationship) that I wanted her for my wedding. The other vendors were found on Facebook, Instagram and by googling.

Walking around Hyde Park after the ceremony when we could calm down and take a deep breath and just enjoy the day and cozy up to each other for photo’s, was hands down my favorite part of the day. And then arriving at our reception and knowing that the rest of the night was all about having fun and dancing!

It was very important for us to have a Christian wedding. Being married now means getting to wake up every day next to your best friend, and knowing that what you have is for life. Knowing that we’ll never go a day without love and laughter. We’re so excited for the journey ahead!

The song I walked down the aisle to kept starting again intermittently throughout our ceremony to the point where it became a laughing matter for all. We just laughed along, it made it all fun.

Keep it simple! Go with your gut instinct and try and make your day a reflection of your relationship. Also, TRUST your vendors to just do their thing. If you give them too much direction you stifle their creativity. They’re in that business because they know what they’re doing, and when you let them do it freely they do it SO well, and you end up with incredible results! And don’t sweat the small stuff. Just have fun!

All my vendors were incredible! They were relaxed, which made me feel relaxed, and they did their jobs perfectly whilst having fun! I couldn’t have been happier with who we chose to be a part of our special day.

Photography: I Heart Weddings | Florist: Ruby Three Creative | Wedding Dress: Bohemian Brides | Stationery: Bdesignpaper | Reception Venue: The Terrace Hotel | Shoes : Rachel Simpson | Bridesmaids Dresses: Review | Hair & Makeup: Lush Hair And Makeup | Ceremony Park: Hyde Park | Decor: The Dreamer & Collector | Suit: Mango