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Bohemian Southern Highlands Wedding at Biota Dining

Boho with the prettiest touches of whimsy, this wedding captured by Phillipa C. Photography at Biota Dining is the perfect way to celebrate this couple’s epic love story. A high school crush turned forever love, and we get to soak in every sweet moment of their nuptials right here.

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From the Bride…It was way back in 1996 where we both performed in the closing ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics. Both in high school I always had a crush on Chris even in his vintage Hawaiian shirts and chesty bonds singlets. Fast track to 2009 and thanks to the wonders of Facebook we were reunited.

Chris was living in Toronto,Canada, cooking and I was traveling to LA once a week as a flight attendant. This began our nine months of non-stop Skype and text messaging across the continent. I’ll never forget the day that Chris called me in LA and told me he was moving back to Australia. That was Christmas of 2009 and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Our wedding took place in Bowral in the southern highlands of NSW. With Chris being a chef, great food was high on the list of priorities! Biota was just perfect! All the food and wine are sourced locally with some even being grown on the premises. It was important for Chris and I to involve everyone as much as possible.

My mum made my dress, Chris’ mum made the jam for the favours. His sister in law Kirsten made some of the desserts (best cheesecake ever)! We were married by our friend from Canada, Brett. My brother Danny sang as I walked down the aisle. Our friend Nick was our Dj for the evening and our friend Phillipa flew over from Canada to photograph the wedding. It was a magical day filled with friends, family and a lot of love!

Photography: Phillipa C. Photography | Flowers: The Sisters | Stationery: Olive & Ruby | Brides Shoes: Peeptoe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New | Mens Shoes: Zu | Suits: Zara | Hair & Make Up: Ethix. Yvette | Venue: Biota Dining

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Romantic Garden Wedding at the James Terrara House

This entire wedding – from beginning to end – is gorgeous. But I could not tear myself away from the crazy bananas gorgeousness of the floral table and the reception space. So forgive the sheer volume of photos devoted to flowers and make sure to spend some time poring over all of the other details that At Dusk Photography captured so beautifully.

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From the bride…James and I first met when we were 12 years old at a local tennis camp. At the end of the week James asked for my phone number, which I wrote on a Cornetto wrapper. For years I wondered why he never called me and I later found out it was because his mother, Ann, had thought the ice cream wrapper was rubbish and had thrown it away! We bumped into each other at a friends’ 16th birthday and instantly recognized each other. A little while after that we started dating and have been together ever since!

I wanted the our bridesmaids to feel unique and like themselves so we all went to Bridesmaids only together and they chose the style and color of dress that made them feel the most beautiful. I wanted subtle tones to blend in with the green grass and country feel.

It was pouring with rain for the majority of the day, especially while we were getting ready. We weren’t fazed though, we quite like rain! It stopped in time for the ceremony, which we had moved to an undercover location at the entrance to the house just in case. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the wet weather option was more beautiful than we could have imagined! The rain stopped for the photographs around the property and started again when we were safe and sound under cover for the reception. Perfect!

My sister got her wedding gown from Karen Willis Holmes and it was just perfect! I always knew I’d look for my dress there as they have such a variety of dresses. I had seen Karen Willis Holmes gowns in countless magazines and actually cut out the gown that I ended up choosing when I first got engaged and stuck it in my inspiration book without realizing it was the same one! My accessories were James’ late Nanna’s antique watch, my late Nan’s eternity ring, my mother’s diamond earrings, a Karen Willis Holmes veil and my mother’s veil was used to tie around each of our veils.

The music was a jazz band called The Escalators. They were recommended to us by Terrara House. The band played Jazz and covers and created an excellent vibe – everyone was up and dancing all night.

Our photographer, Chris Prestige from At Dusk Photography was a relaxed and easy going photographer, who made us feel really comfortable.

Photography: At Dusk Photography | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Florist: Terrara House Estate | Cake: Faye Cahill | Ceremony Venue: Terrara House Estate | Reception Venue: Terrara House Estate | Shoes: Panache | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids Only | Brides Headpiece : Karen Willis Holmes | Celebrant : Cari Worstencroft | Groomsmen Attire: Oxford | Music: The Escalators

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Cliffside Whale Beach Wedding

So, this stunning bride and groom live in Las Vegas (as do I) and gathered their closest friends and family for a breathtaking cliffside wedding in Australia.  Hmm… I think they might be on to something.  Because if there’s one way I would want to say “I do,” it’s perched atop this awe-inspiring paradise with an amazing team of vendors at my side.  (Hint, hint, honey.)  See it all captured by Brian Saculles right here.

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From the Bride… I knew I wanted an intimate destination wedding and I have family in Australia, so it seemed ideal to have it there. I absolutely fell in love with the idea of having an outdoor cliffside wedding after finding Jonah’s online. I wanted modern, I wanted vintage, I wanted natural. It was painful planning with vendors from the opposite side of the world especially since our daytime is their nighttime, but it all worked out. I got exactly what I wanted… an absolutely stunning wedding day I will never forget!

From Brian Saculles… It was a beautiful fall day in the northern beaches of Australia, March 29, 2013. The soft diffuse light made for the perfect situation to shoot film. The bride and groom got ready at a three story bed and breakfast with a oriental inspired garden in the back and breathtaking views of the pacific ocean in front. Liz slipped into her modern vintage Alfred Angelo dress adorned with crystal beading, pearls, lace and satin flowers; an opening in back as the center piece of the design. The Twigs and Honey handmade headpiece was a stunning accent. We then drove to Jonah’s by the Beach and proceeded to the cliffside area for a non denomination ceremony.

Liz had a cascading bouquet of mixed colored orchids with white roses and succulent plants as she walked down the isle with her father in arm, her eyes fixated on the love of her life. It was definitely a “wow” moment as I and the small group of family and close friends watched Liz and Josh tie the knot overlooking the Australian beaches and blue waters.

During the formal pictures, my eye was drawn to the bright colored Samoan dresses worn by Liz’s family which displayed their strong sense of heritage. After picture taking retreated to the Jonah’s restaurant for our meals.  The food was a work of art itself and the dessert tasting table was literally eye candy. The table pieces were made of driftwood with more orchids, succulent plants and splashes of peat moss to streamline the floral concept by CocCo floral designs. Another floral piece resting upon a small column was a small mountain of peat moss with natural wood branches extending upwards towards the sky with purple orchids coming from the top of the mound and green orchids tumbling off to the side. I couldn’t resist more pictures of the gorgeous couple on the restaurant terrace overlooking the picturesque Whale Beach while guests indulged in the sweets.

Succeeding the dancing, a few speeches and some cake cutting we all strolled to a nearby park where Liz wanted to send off some chinese lanterns to seal the occasion right before dusk. Drawing much of her inspiration from Pinterest, and choosing her “Down Unda” vendors merely from reviews and the internet, I think Liz did an amazing job planning this destination wedding from Las Vegas. Her vision come to reality was purely magical and it was an honor to capture it.

Photography: Brian Saculles | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Floral Design: CoCo Designs Floral Art | Wedding Cake: Once Upon A Cake | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna Chen | Accommodations: Newport Beach Bed And Breakfast, NSW | Bridesmaid Shoes: Antonio Melani | Hair Adornment: Twigs And Honey | Wedding Venue & Restaurant: Jonah's By The Beach

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