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Romantic Sydney Wedding

You know what I love about high school sweeties tying the knot?  They are just so darn cute.  The kind of cute that comes with growing up together, and celebrating that years-long commitment in a fab shindig with all of your friends and family.  Case in point?  This adorable duo, who, with the help of Planned For Perfection, threw one crazy gorgeous party.  See it all captured by Rachael Muller in the full gallery.


From Planned For Perfection… Childhood sweethearts Susie and Jonno’s wedding was always going to be a wonderful day full of love and laughter – a long awaited celebration with their family and friends from church, high school and university, all of whom were so excited to see their relationship flourish from a high school romance to Mr. and Mrs. over the last seven years.

Susie and her bridesmaids left from Susannah’s mothers house in Five Dock, with the girls watching the brides favourite childhood movie, Disney’s Aladdin, taking it in turns to have their hair and makeup done, whilst Jonno and his groomsmen got ready at the family home in Gordon.

The wedding ceremony took place at St. Matthews Anglican Church in West Pymble, where the couple had met years earlier and had worshipped for many years. An afternoon tea in the church rooms followed the service, before the bridal party drove to Lane Cove National Park for some fun photographs.

The couple chose the trendy Sydney dance lounge, a rustic harbour side location in Walsh Bay for their wedding reception, arriving in style in Susie’s father’s Cobra with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge the perfect backdrop for some beautiful wedding photographs. They loved its location right in the heart of Sydney, with its cosy, cool and relaxed atmosphere being perfect for their cocktail-style reception, enabling them to mingle with everyone they loved!

There was a constant flow of chilled Champagne and wine from Susannah’s father’s Hunter Valley Vineyard, a choice of trendy cocktails as well as a selection of delicious finger food, served in bento boxes and on slate platters, including Fresh king prawns served with a dill and lime aioli, Rice paper rolls with Asian greens and sweet chilli dipping sauce, soy and wasabi, Salt and pepper squid with lemon and aioli, Lamb skewers with tahini and yoghurt dressing, Vietnamese rare beef salad with crisp Asian vegetables with sweet chilli and lime dressing, Pad Thai noodle with chicken, rice noodles, Asian greens and coriander.

The bridal party climbed the staircase in the middle of the old warehouse, giving speeches to the guests below and where Susie threw her bouquet to the single ladies below. Cutting of the wedding cake and first dance were followed by a night of partying before the guests lined up to make a sparkler arch which the happy couple ran through en-route to the Five star Pier One hotel in Central Sydney before jetting off to an idyllic two weeks on a pacific island.

Photography: Rachael Muller | Floral Design: Alanna Rogers | Wedding Dress: Lilli Marc's | Invitations: Confetti Fair | Bridesmaids Dresses: Her Pony | Brides Shoes : Vitulli Moda | Church: St Matthews Anglican Church | Destination Wedding Planner : Planned For Perfection | Groom Wear : The Gentlemens Club | Hair & Make Up : Liv Lundelius | Lodging: Pier One Sydney | Wedding Reception : Sydney Dance Lounge | Wedding Stationery : Claire Cassey

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Peony Inspired Wedding Shoot + Film

Fun Fact: peonies can bloom for 100+ years! Its one of the heartiest (and prettiest) perennials around which is why we think this shoot from Styled by Linda is especially apropos for the upcoming wedding season. And we’re just as crazy about the bold blooms as we are about the stunning Anna Campbell gowns. Thankfully Le Motion Wedding Films and Silk Truffle Photography were there to lend their lenses for the day.

From Styled by LindaThis styled shoot was inspired by the bold and vibrant colors of peonies. Sydney is blessed with an abundance of this gorgeous bloom, what’s not to love about peonies! We wanted to capture its beauty together with equally gorgeous gowns, headpieces, veils and accessories.

The peony is one of the most popular flowers chosen by brides for their wedding. We often see the lighter and softer colors in bouquets and flower arrangements however for this shoot we wanted to inject a bit of color by using bright and bold colored flowers. We wanted to inspire brides to be more adventurous and daring with their choices of color their wedding. We wanted to create that feeling of warmth, romance and elegance that all brides want on their wedding day.

We had such a great team of collaborators who put in so much hard work on a very hot December day in Sydney. It was over 40 degrees and everyone worked tirelessly to bring everything together.

Photography: Silk Truffle Photography | Videography: Le Motion Wedding Films | Florist: Sweet Bride | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Wedding Cake Art | Stationery: Suely Lu Design | Hair: Charles & Ann | Car: A1 Limousines | Crockery & Silverware: The Vintage Kitchen | Headpiece, Veil & Accessories: Three Sunbeams | Jewlery: Samantha Wills | Makeup: Make Me Over Katie | Model: Cam Tu Nguyen | Model: Caitlin Alderson | Pinatas: Party Pony Designer Pinatas | Stylist: Styled By Linda | Wedding Venue: Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands

Surprise Proposal Shoot and Film

While this is just as beautiful as the inspiration shoots we post, this, my friends, is an actual proposal. The groom-to-be enlisted the help of Amy Magnisalis from Simply Photography to set up a photo shoot then ask the couple to “model” for it. I don’t want to ruin it, but you HAVE to watch the film from Inkster Productions at the end. It’s so cute! And for more images find the full gallery here

From Simply Photography I am very very excited to show you the best surprise proposal shoot ever! I received an inbox from Josh the week before asking if I would photograph a proposal shoot. So after and day of creative planning and a few phone calls I got creative.
I phoned Kim asking if she could model for a shoot and she happily agreed. Josh had arranged some of Kim’s favourite Cup Cakes from “my cupcakes” which said “Will you marry me” which we exchanged earlier in the day whilst gorgeous Kim was getting hair and makeup done by the talented Kilyne Le of Dazzling Makeup. Then off we went to set up, with loads of gorgeous flowers and three amazing setups, A vintage dining set full of flowers with a vintage candelabra, A park bench setup with flowers, suitcases, a tea set and an umbrella, and a romantic picnic setup with cushions, blanket, flowers and red wine in real vintage wine glasses that my great grandmother owned.

Josh proposed on the picnic set (set with flowers, baskets and red wine) where he gave Kim the box of cupcakes to open. For a second Kim thought it was “a cute idea” for the shoot until she realized and then Josh popped the question. Of course Kim said YES!!!

Josh contacted me through Facebook as he knew Kim loved my work. He ask for my assistance as he wanted to propose to Kim. He told me she loved the Tree Farm at Richmond where I’ve shot a few wedding. So after a few phone calls I got creative and so did Donna from Unique Floral and together we created the most sweet romantic settings within the trees. The plan was for me to call Kim and ask her to model for a shoot BUT the catch was we needed a couple, and Kim always wanted to do a shoot with me and said “don’t worry I’ll make him do it”. But prior to the shoot was Kim’s birthday and Kim was expecting Josh to take her away for the weekend before the shoot on Monday. But Josh said no as he couldn’t be bothered…. This was to plan the surprise! Kim got cranky and took off without him which was great for Josh! Let the planning begin!

Kim came back in a good mood in hope that Josh wouldn’t complain about the shoot. I arranged for the Makeup artist to go to kims house to do her up. Then they arrived and Kim had no idea. When the light was right on the gorgeous picnic setting Josh handed Kim the Box of cupcakes. I instructed her to take the box and untie the ribbon, Then the magic happened and tears of joy flowed from Kim’s eyes. After the shoot Josh had arranged a night in a five star hotel for the two of them for the night.

From the Bride… Wow! I’m so happy to be able to share this with my family and friends…. The best day of my life so far! I’m so lucky to have such an amazing man and beautiful friends. Amy Magnisalis, Matthew Inkster, Donna Pellew, Glen Pellew words cannot express how much I love what you have done for us both! Thank you again guys. I love you fiancé Josh Cottees xxxxx

Photography: Simply Photography | Videographer: Inkster Productions | Floral Design: Unique Floral | Hair & Makeup: Dazzling Makeup