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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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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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Summer
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Rustic

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

15 Gorgeous Golden Hour Photos

There’s this magical moment that happens twice a day—right after dawn and right before sunset—known as Golden Hour, and I can guarantee that any photo taken during that magical time is going to be absolutely gorgeous. Glowy, warm and universally flattering, Golden Hour photos are the ones you’ll want to frame. So, take a peek at the beauties below and email this link to your photographer ASAP.

Gorgeous Golden Hour Photos
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Gorgeous Golden Hour Photos
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Quick Tip: The Faux Glow, Perfected

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Even if you consider yourself to be a self-tanning aficionado, doing a trial run at least a week in advance of your Big Day is an absolute must. Before the main event, make sure your entire body has been thoroughly exfoliated, and that any necessary hair removal has taken place at least 12 hours prior, before applying self-tanner, and you’re practically guaranteed a gorgeous, even glow!

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography

Coastal DIY Wedding in New South Wales

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a family to throw a great wedding. And this Australian affair is definitely a great wedding. From the Bride’s stunning Karen Willis Holmes lace-bodice gown to the ceremony arbor constructed by the Groom and flowers arranged by the Bride’s mother and sisters, this wedding is full of love and lovely details, all captured by At Dusk Photography. See it all here.

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
Beach
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…Our color palate was neutral, incorporating blue and grey tones. We tried to encapsulate a relaxed but elegant vintage feel while taking advantage of the beautiful coast line and surrounding ourselves with a mix of white florals and Australian native flowers.

Ben made our bamboo arbor that we we married beneath. He also made the chalk boards that greeted our guests. Ben also made the photography peg board that our friends and family took happy snaps and pegged them on to twine for us. We also did our own florals. My mother and two sisters went to the Sydney flower markets the day before the wedding at 3am to choose the florals and we spent much of the day before the wedding putting together all of the flowers for the day.

We also put together our own sweets table for the day, which formed part of our favors for our guests. We put together seed bags so that our guests could watch our love grow and hand made place settings from chocolate and lavender.

Photography: At Dusk Photography | Floral Design: DIY (Bride And Mother Of The Bride) | Wedding Dress : Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: All Things Sweet By Carissa | Hair & Makeup: The Bridal Hair Co | Celebrant: Claire Belford | Venue: Moby Dicks

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