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Elegant Spring Wedding in New South Wales

I’m continually amazed by the creativity demonstrated by engaged couples when creating their dream weddings. But this one, with the floral arbour and distressed doors at the entrance of the church, left me awestruck. Dominique Cherry captured every stunning detail in this gallery and if you think that’s gorgeous, don’t miss out on the video by Mad Rose Films for even more pretty treats.


From The Bride… Ben and I had been dating for almost 4 years when one of the most magical days of my life occurred. I was a cheerleader for an NRL team on the Gold Coast and Ben decided (being an avid Rugby League player himself) that the footy field was the perfect place and opportunity to propose. After liaising with our coach, he organised to run onto the field prior to kickoff (whilst we were mid-routine), got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him in front of a crowd of 15,786! Of course, I said “Yes!”

We decided to marry in a church in the lazy town of Murwillumbah where I grew up. The morning of the wedding dawned bright and clesar. It was one of those magical ‘not a cloud in the sky’ days and we could see for miles from the sub-penthouse apartment in Coolangatta where we chose to prepare for the day. The boys shared the same view from a different apartment just five blocks away. The girls received hand-made bracelets and earrings as gifts, as well as luxurious blush pink silk gowns from Homebodii. The boys were given Calvin Klein undergarments, cuff-links and belts to complete their attire.

We wanted a modern, elegant wedding which incorporated both the coastal aspects of Coolangatta, where Ben grew up and where we chose to get ready, and the country charm of Murwillumbah, only a 20 minute drive away. Deciding on a colour palette was easy, blends of ivory, pastel pinks and silvery greys. We had photographs at the old rail road tracks in Murwillumbah and made it to Coolangatta in time for the breathtaking sunset. Our Beagles Bonnie and Clyde even snuck in for a quick family portrait.

We spent a lot of time in the lead up, creating an enormous 10 foot backdrop with soft chiffon drapes to decorate the front of the church. This, combined with rows of hanging candle-filled glass baubles and tulle entwined with fairy lights to line the aisle, created a magical and amazing enchanting atmosphere. Ben, being a carpenter, built a gorgeous flower covered arbour under which we stood to say our vows. The doors we found locally, stripped back and re-painted to give a fresh look while also tying them in to the decor at the church. The arbour and doors were adorned with stunning floral arrangements and greenery created by Flowers by Julia Rose.

My ivory, Maggie Sottero gown took five months of searching to find (after falling in and out of love with a Kleinfield dress in New York!) After trying on an endless number of gowns, I eventually flew to Sydney for the weekend with my Mum and Maid of Honour and we found THE ONE! I wanted to make it even more personal and add something special, so I decided to hand-bead the bodice, adding some lace from my Mum’s wedding dress as my ‘something old’. I designed and ordered my shoes to match perfectly from Shoes of Prey. The Bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan floor length dresses. I gave our florist Julia a fabric swatch of the dresses and asked for ‘a clean, classic and elegant style with highlights of dusty miller framing’ for the bouquets.

The centre pieces for our reception (styled by Rebecca from I do Perfection Weddings) comprised of tall, glass vases filled with living green moss, dodda vine, fairy lights and tortured willow. Glass baubles filled with candles hung from the willow. They set the mood for an evening filled with romance. Our guests received jars of rock candy with a thank you note. Each piece of candy had our names inscribed in the middle.

Our wedding waltz started off to Andy Grammar’s ‘I Choose You’…. This was interrupted by Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove is in the Heart.’ That’s when Ben and I broke out into a rehearsed dance which ended in an impressive flip and lift! That got everyone onto the dance floor, where they stayed as we continued to celebrate our magical day.

I think my favourite images are those of us dancing. I’m so glad we chose Dominique from DEC Creatives Photography. Thanks to her talent, we will always have amazing photographs to share with our family, friends and children – amazing photos of the most magical day of our lives.

Photography: Dominique Cherry | Videographer: Mad Rose Films | Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Vickery | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sweet Melissa's Cakes | Shoes: Shoes Of Prey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair: Amy Louise Hair | Groom's Attire: Formal Wear Express | Makeup: The Makeup Bar By Mia Connor | Musician: Graham Hobson | Photographer Assistant: Kelly Piez | Transport: Limousines In Paradise | Wedding Reception: Twin Towns

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Modern Elegance in Australia at Simmer On The Bay

Plain and simple, this wedding is gorgeous. The kind of gorgeous that sticks with you for awhile, and leaves your head full of wonderful day dreams.  With its elegant yet fun vibe, the most fabulous pops of yellow, and stunning blooms from Naomi Jones Flower Studio it’s easy to see why we are so in love. Thankfully Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne captured every beautiful moment in way that will truly make your day, and you can see just what I mean right here.


From The Bride…I’ve always been a fan of Johanna Johnson’s designs! Her timelessly elegant designs marry both simplicity and grace, and it’s her attention to the small details in her designs that truly make each piece so special. That’s why the first appointment I booked when I got engaged was at Johanna Johnson’s flagship store in Paddington!

As soon as I tried The Everley, I knew it was the one that I wanted to marry my husband in – it was effortlessly elegant with its delicate beaded straps and low back detail and most importantly, fit me beautifully, like it was designed just for me!

The dress fits me beautifully. I never felt more beautiful or more feminine then when I wore The Everley.

My engagement ring – Ever since Breakfast at Tiffanys, I always dreamed of a tiffany proposal. I mentioned this to Chris once and whilst he laughed at me at the time, he must have remembered because he proposed exactly as I always dreamed.

I chose the colour scheme of ivory, yellow, navy blue and green. Given we were having a garden wedding, I wanted the bridesmaids to wear a colour that really popped and I was lucky enough to notice a yellow lace dress in the window at Review. The girls loved it so the rest they say is history!

I chose P Johnson, Carmina and Vanda Fine Clothing because of their obvious passion for their craft – Their attention to every small detail for their suits, shoes and ties are unparalleled in the market.

As Suitshop is a part of the P Johnson business, their passion for stylish suits is still there, albeit, slightly more affordable. It was a no-brainer for our groomsmen.

We loved Little Peach’s accordian style invitation – so we asked them to help us design something truly unique for us, incorporating our wedding colours of blue and yellow as well as penguins.

Sandy Horton, the owner of Naomi Jones, is truly special. She took in the small details that we wanted and then translated these to the floral arrangements for the bridal party and the decorations at Simmer on the Bay. For Sandy, nothing was too hard!

We wanted a garden wedding and Vaucluse House was the perfect location for this. The gardens are beautiful all year round and perfect for that intimate wedding ceremony we were looking for.

We really wanted a venue that represented the two of us. Simmer on the Bay provided us with a blank canvas on which we could design our dream reception setting. With its high ceilings, beautiful timber finishings and stunning Sydney harbour views, we fell in love with the venue the first time we visited it.

Our cake was modern with beautiful flower detail. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the wedding cake we wanted. Also Patricia’s cakes taste divine – hazelnut with mocha truffle creme YUMMMMMY!

My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Chris waiting for me at the end! His reaction was truly amazing. I’m extremely glad that I could share the moment with our loved ones and friends.

Chris said his favorite part of the day was seeing Minji for the first time as she walked down the aisle. It was that moment where I finally sank in that “I am getting married… to this amazing woman”.

The speeches were our favorite part of the reception! We were truly humbled by the beautiful words everyone said regarding us. There were tears, laughter and beautiful stories!

Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne is an artist. He’s calm, friendly and the consummate professional. Adrian put us at ease and always worked with us rather than directing us to pose! His photos show his artistry and we’re truly blessed that he was there to capture each and every special moment of our wedding day.

Our atmosphere was us. Relaxed, fun and all about the small details.

Photography: Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne | Floral Design: Naomi Jones Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes | Invitations: Little Peach Co | Reception Venue: Simmer On The Bay | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | DJ: Above & Beyond DJs | Groom's Attire: P Johnson | Groom's Shoes: Carmina | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitshop | Ties: Vanda Fine Clothing | Celebrant: Melissa Soncini | Wedding Venue: Vaucluse House

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Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower

When you use words like “pastel chic” to describe your bridal shower, you better bet it has SMP written all over it. With beautiful blooms by the Pattersons and vintage crockery from The High Tea & Party Specialists, every detail is darling, I mean just look at that Candy Star Cake! Adding to the guest list was Nerida McMurray, who captured every excited moment celebrating the bride-to-be.


From The Bride…My Kitchen Tea was a fun Sunday afternoon ‘high tea’ shared with the wonderful ladies of my family and friends. Pretty pastel chic was the look of the day – There was hanging paper garlands, fresh flowers and beautiful vintage crockery with polkadot teapots filled with all kinds of tea. We snacked on scones, finger sandwiches and a mountain of desserts lovingly made by my Mother and Mother in-law to be. Sophisticated yet spectacular, I had such a lovely afternoon celebrating my upcoming nuptials with champagne flowing, playing games and sharing family recipes and marriage advice!

A very good friend of mine organised and styled the beautiful day, with the help of my gorgeous bridesmaids who made it such a memorable day.

Photography: Nerida McMurray | Flowers: Pattersons | Cakes: Candy Star Cakes | Furniture: Walkers Party Hire | Peacock Chair: Decorative Events | Venue: Private Residence | Vintage Crockery: The High Tea & Party Specialists