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Simple + Sweet New South Wales Wedding

Laid back elegance is totally this couple’s thing.  Well, that and throwing one seriously pretty + fun party. Because this, my friends, is a day that is the epitome of all things casual elegance with a big ol’ side of awesome thrown in for good measure.  I’m talking perfectly imperfect florals from Peking Spring, a sweet Poachers Pantry setting and some gorgeous images from Tea Lily Photography.  See them here.

From the Bride… It was important for us to start married life the way we wanted to live it; walking in sunshine, surrounded by friends and family and living off local produce. So we took inspiration from our goals in life to shape our summer wedding, choosing a venue with its own vineyard and smokehouse, and rustic charm.

Like our relationship, everything about our wedding fell easily into place… even when things didn’t go to plan, it just felt right! We wanted everything to feel natural and sincere, so it was important to us to have a flexible schedule, and no wedding rehearsal (which may have shown when I accidentally kissed my now hubby ‘hello’ BEFORE saying our vows!).

Our photographer Joel was so unobtrusive during our wedding that we almost forgot he was there. Every moment he was photographing us was the perfect opportunity to slip into each other’s arms and enjoy the romance of it all. This made for a relaxing wedding day as well as some genuine, private moments in the photos Joel captured.

Photography: Tea Lily Photography | Florist: Peking Spring | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Spurling | Hair: Franco | Band: Mark Rice & Kate Taylor | Makeup: Andrew James | Venue: Poachers Pantry

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Intimate Beach Wedding

My happy place?  A wedding chock-full of beautiful details and a laid-back elegance that simply screams pretty.  But when you add in a toes-in-the-sand ceremony on a drizzly + oh-so-romantic beach, a bride and groom who simply can’t stop smiling and a world of lovely captured expertly by Daniele Del Castillo, it’s an entirely new level of glee.  Get your smile on right here in the full gallery.


From the Bride… We got married on April 12, 2014 on the sands of Pearl Beach, NSW followed by dinner reception at the restaurant Pearls on the Beach which is located right on the beach. We were a little worried about the weather, so we had a wet weather backup booked, which was the local community hall down the road from the beach. It did rain on the day, but luckily it held out during the ceremony so we were about to get married on the beach as planned.

We used to take day trips around the Central Coast, which is where Sam spent much of his childhood. Pearl Beach was one of my favourite places we visited. It’s so unique and secluded and has the most beautiful and quiet beach. A very romantic and magical place untouched by tourists. 

We had a very small wedding of 45 people with our families and closest friends, which was great because we really got to spend quality time with all of our guests which was important to us.  Everything was planned in under three months and we had lots of help on the day from our friends and family. Everything was done the way we wanted it to be and was full of love on the day.

I made the aisle runner myself by purchasing a long piece of hessian fabric and scattering shells along the edge. I also found these great starfish placecards online, which was a fun project to assemble. We had drinks in between the ceremony and reception at the local community hall and our friends helped decorate this venue and set up a lolly bar.

Photography: Daniele Del Castillo | Floral Design: Gai Hyde | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Outlet | Wedding Cake: Project Cake | Ceremony Venue: Pearl Beach | Reception Venue: Pearls On The Beach | Officiant: Judy Frewen

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Saturdays are amazing, but add in a fabulous meet and greet with the uber-talented LB Photography and it’s an entirely new level of weekend fun.  Because when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous images, no one can stun you (+ leave you speechless) quite like Luke when he’s behind the lens.  It’s a portfolio of breathtaking beauty and you should definitely spend your day getting to know him.

From LB Photography… As the founder, principal photographer and creative director of LB Photography, Luke’s success is based on his ability to listen to his client’s wishes and design a wedding plan that reflects their individual style and personality. Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Luke makes it his business to capture the unique story of each couple, and he has been doing so for more than 12 years both in Australia and around the world. Luke’s professional approach goes far beyond his photography – it’s reflected in every aspect of the business, from meeting the couple face-to-face to providing a unique online experience after the wedding.