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Rustic Wedding Inspiration Awash with Sunshine

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect white dress or wedding day details that are packed with chic, there’s plenty take aways from this shoot. It’s a dream collaboration between Le & FothergillThe Dessert Parlour, Ruffles & Bells and Qlix Photography By Jay Cao. They were inspired by Australian sunshine, film photography and the prettiest Anna Campbell gowns. See the result right here!

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From Qlix Photography By Jay Cao… The shoot began in the morning of a sunny Autumn’s day with our model Esma Voloder, highlighting the features of one of Australia’s top wedding dress designer Anna Campbell’s stunning collection along the parklands of Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook Melbourne. The location show cased native Australian coastline where the foliage is never too far from the sandy beach. We shot 4 of Anna Campbell’s dresses to showcase their impeccable style and detail accentuated by the Australian sun.

After capturing the details of the dresses, the team then went onto setup a styled setting for our rustic theme. The styled setting contained rustic furniture, flowers, desserts and stationery.

Le and Fothergill provided the flowers, The Dessert Parlour provided the desserts, naked cakes and lovely jars of fruits, while Ruffles and Co provided the props and crockery for the setting all of which adds to the rustic theme with hues of pastel yellow and purple.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Event Styling: Le & Fothergill | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Stationery: Paper Style & Co | Desserts: The Dessert Parlour | Hair And Makeup Artistry: KV Makeup Artistry | Model: Esma Voloder | Wedding & Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells - Wedding & Event Styling

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Sunset Sydney Engagement Session

Engagement shoots are ALL about the love, but if we’re being totally honest…a little added bloomage doesn’t hurt one bit. Exhibit A? This gorgeous duo who took to the open fields of Australia with jaw-dropping florals from Chanele RoseAmy Chan beautified the bride, Styled By Linda guided the shoot, and Jenny Sun Photography made each and every moment sparkle in the gallery. Enjoy!

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From The Bride…Ken and I had known each other for many years, having met back when he was a helpful senior in Uni. Through chance and circumstance, our friendship brought us closer together until we decided to take our relationship to the next level.

That was 2 years ago.

Now that the wedding is only months away, I look back at the moments that defined our romance with unbridled fondness. Having a great friend for a lover is having your cake and eating it too. There is intimacy with trust. There is passion with joy. There is solace with adversity. I wanted it to last forever.

Which is why I said “YES!!” when he asked. It started with a romantic candlelight dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in town, followed by a gentle stroll by the moonlit foreshore. As we approached a secluded bench overlooking the harbour, he sat me down and disappeared momentarily, only to return with a bouquet of beautiful red roses. Within them was a surprise; a ring box! Filled with anticipation I flipped it open, only to find to my complete dismay that it was empty!!

I must have looked ridiculous when I turned to face him, a mixture of frustration and disappointment. Of course, there he was on one knee with a cheeky smile on his face, producing the ring from his pocket. He always loved to keep me guessing although this time I could’ve done without the suspense!

We spent the week leading up to our engagement shoot concerned as the gloomy (and occasionally somewhat rainy) weather threatened to interfere. Thankfully the sun was shining through practically the entirety of the session, leaving us with a truly magnificent backdrop. We were also fortunate enough to have met with the most amazing wedding vendors — Jenny Sun Photography, Amy Chan Hair & Make up Artistry, Chanele Rose Flowers and Styled by Linda, who had all combined to make the day not only possible but incredibly special. We definitely had a memorable time out in the sun!

Photography: Jenny Sun Photography | Styling: Styled By Linda | Floral Design: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Attire: Emporio Armani | Hair & Make Up: Amy Chan Hair & Make Up Artistry

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Elegant Backyard Wedding in Australia

Moet & Chandon, garden roses and an elegant backyard… if I could hand-pick elements for a wedding re-do, these would all be a part of the mix. Captured by Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography, this day is a collection of gorgeous images,  an intimate gathering of loved ones and a Bride who literally outfitted the entire wedding party with the help of her mom. See the images here!

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From Bentinmarcs Fine Art PhotographySarah & Tristan had the sweetest intimate wedding held in their backyard with the closet friends and family members. To make the wedding even more amazing was the fact that Sarah and her Mum Kathy from The Ivory Gown made all the dresses, suits and Sarah’s beautiful wedding gown. I truly felt that I was part of the family, never feeling more welcomed at a wedding I even had my own table setting amongst the 18 guests.

From The Bride…I was never one of those girls who had her wedding dress planned in detail from a young age, which might be surprising considering I work with bridal gowns every day. I knew I wanted to include elements reminiscent of the glamour of the “Old Hollywood’ era, but largely let the design evolve as it was being made. I used all silk fabrics with the most beautiful, delicately beaded and sequinned lace and played around with the detail on the bodice until it looked just right. I had intended to sew silk covered buttons down the back of the dress, but I adored the way the lace looked without them, which meant I had to think of a new way to finish the back. The best and most seamless way was to be stitched into the dress! Although this might sound stressful to some, it actually felt really calming to have my mother slowly and carefully place the last stitches on the lace moments before the wedding. Having the opportunity to create my wedding dress with my mother was truly something special, and funnily enough one of the greatest fans of my dress became my dog, a 50kg Maremma, who sat right next to me on my silk train at every opportunity she could get!

Photography: Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Sarah Craker | Wedding Dress: The Ivory Gown | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Craker | Grooms Suit: The Ivory Gown | Venue: Private Residence | Film Lab: Raw Digital & Film Lab

Country DIY Victoria Wedding

I can say with 100% certainty, I’m a whole lot happier having seen this sweet Victoria wedding. Photographed by Louise Buma with a charming film from Joy Churchill, it’s a down home DIY affair done right. So if minty green details, big yellow balloons, and a honey-hued Volkswagen are your thing (be still my vintage loving heart), make sure to browse through the rest of this sweet soiree right here.

From the Bride…. Pete and I met in high school and started dating in our final school years. He was different to other boys- smart, down to earth and an all round-romantic! We went separate ways at university only to realise, we were meant to be. Time apart saw us both mature and realise what we wanted in life and that was each other.

Pete proposed in the pouring rain in the Italian town of Assisi. We were near the end of a month long trip and I was getting slightly exhausted of sight-seeing. He insisted that we take a walk through the towns park, which was situated on a hill over-looking the Umbrian Hills. Reluctantly, I slowly walked behind him taking photos under my umbrella. While snapping away on my camera, the next thing Pete was down on one knee, asking me to spend the rest of his life with him. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only did he have a ring, he had carried it with him for the entire trip! We took the train back to Rome that night and celebrated over Pasta, Tiramasu and Champagne!

We planned our wedding for exactly a year later on January 11th 2014 in Maffra, the town where Pete grew up and where his family still reside. It was important to both of us to be married in a church and a place that had special meaning. Pete and I both grew up in Catholic families and I’ve always dreamed of being married in an old church in a small country town. From the very beginning of the wedding planning, I was certain that I wanted to DIY as much possible for our wedding day. We wanted the day to reflect us and who we were as a couple. As an art teacher, I love getting creative and Pete was happy that we would be saving on costs by doing everything ourselves.

The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church on the same street that Pete’s parents live. My father passed away three years ago, so my brother took the reins of walking me half way up the aisle where my mum took over and walked me the rest of the way to Pete. It was truly special. Following, we had our reception of 85 guests at Duart Homestead. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés outside Duart under the Moreton Bay Fig tree while the bridal party had photos. The night consisted of delicious vegetarian food (both Pete and I are vegetarian), speeches, great music, dancing, laughs in the photo-booth we created and even a surprise ukulele performance by Pete and his family. Guests were given homemade jam (made by Pete!) and honey jars from a locally sourced bee keeper. All the decorations which included 80 metres of hand-sewn bunting, were created and put together with the help of my mum, family and wonderful bridal party while the florist created exactly what I had envisioned of something unique while still reflecting a “country-rustic” theme.

My dress was an ivory lace trumpet gown with capped sleeves and a key-hole back accompanied by a simple drop veil, fresh-flowers pinned through my hair and blue shoes. I struggled choosing one single colour for the bridesmaids to wear so went for my three favourite colours instead while keeping the same style. Pete managed to find some Vegan leather shoes which he was most adamant about wearing and he and the groomsmen pulled off the mint-green bow ties oh so sweetly!

Louise, Lisa and Joy captured our day wonderfully! They were such a joy to work with and we had a lot of fun with them during the photos after the ceremony.

We were truly blessed with the help we had from family and friends putting the day together. Everything was better than imagined and I wouldn’t change anything… if anything, I’d do the whole day all over again!

Photography: Louise Buma | Videography: Joy Churchill | Floral Design: Katie Boyle | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Ceremony Venue: St Marys Church | Reception Venue: Duart Homestead | Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy, Mondora | Make Up: Julianne Bremner | Hair: Julianne Bremner | Groom's Attire: Prinzi Collections | Photography - Assistance: Lisa Hayman | Transport: Hire A Kombi

Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding at Sarabah Estate Vineyard

I think about 99.9% of the weddings I see give me the travel bug… this Queensland countryside affair is no exception. Fortunately for us, this couple took full advantage of the stunning backdrop and were also kind enough to share their beautiful day with all of us. It’s the kind of effortless elegance we crave and we’re lucky The Arched Window Photography was there to capture every moment.

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From The Bride…Mick and I met through a mutual friend at two separate sporting events – the cricket and the rugby. After having a good chat at the cricket (during a rain delay), neither of us didn’t think much more of it. By chance we saw each other at a Reds v Western force game, had another couple of drinks and a chat, after which he asked me out.

About three weeks in I knew he was the one. Having both been married before, and neither of us overly backward in coming forward, we were pretty upfront about who we were and what we were after in a partner. By chance, our needs/wants/goals etc were very similar and in most instances the same.

Proposal was very low key. We were at the farm for the weekend and upon waking up one morning, he asked me to marry him. No fireworks, not string quartet etc, but that wouldn’t have been very Mick. We had talked about it previously, but neither had a real need to get married initially. We were with each other because that’s where we wanted to be – we didn’t need to be married, but after a while we both wanted to.

What I love most about Mick is that he is who he is. There is no pretence with him, and as such he has a confidence without being arrogant. He is as honest and loyal as the day is long, and is the most genuine person I know. Mick loves the confidence that I give him.

Being able to share that experience with our family and close friends was the best part of our day. We didn’t have a huge wedding but those that were there were the ones that will be in our lives in the future.

My advice to other brides is it will all be fine… We had our reception in an open air marquee. Despite rain in the lead up week and ominous clouds on the day ( which looked great in the photos ) there was not a drop of rain on the day. The roof stayed off the marquee and the night was lovely. I did have moments of terror however.

That you can always aim for the wedding, that isn’t a wedding, but you will most likely end up with a wedding….

I tried to be as simple and what I thought was as elegant as possible. We did a country wedding, but we didn’t want too casual. Sarabah Estate was a big help in that regard, and we tried to keep it less formal by using local flower pods etc to decorate the tables alongside candles and flowers. Everything was shares of white, highlighted with waxy green leaves and Crow’s Ash pods.

Mick is from Canungra and it was important for him to have a wedding at home. We didn’t even consider having it anywhere else – it just felt right. It also meant that we could use our property for the photos which made it special for us.

A short honeymoon straight after the wedding – we kept it simple and went to Noosa. A very low key week – lots of good food, wine, trips to the beach and surrounds, and sleep-ins. We were shattered after the wedding and it was great to just relax after it all…. We may head overseas next year.

Photography: The Arched Window Photography | Florist: Friday Flowers | Wedding Dress: Julie Tengdahl Bridal Couture | Wedding Cake: Judy C Cakes | Stationary: Urban Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Reception Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: The Powder Room | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Celebrant: Tarnya Bennett | Hair Dresser: Luke Reynolds Hair Dressing | Jewelery: Canturi And Paula Hall Designs

DIY Wedding at Coriole Vineyard

Is there anything sweeter than high school sweethearts? There’s definitely an added layer of charm when the wedding is for a twosome that has been together since their teens. Keeping with the cuteness, this couple involved family + friends in their Coriole Vineyard affair, with DIYs at every turn – invitations, florals, even the cake! Ooh and ahh over it all in the gallery by Lux Photography AND video by Taste Media!



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From the Bride…Matt and I are high school sweethearts. I met him when I was 15, through my sister’s church. We dated for 6 and a half years before getting engaged and 9 months later married. We couldn’t imagine life with anyone else.

Even before we were engaged we both knew we wanted an outsdie wedding. When one of the bridesmaids showed us a paddock of forrest owned by her friends, that was surrounded by Kuitpo Forest and filled with pine trees and the reminence of old gum trees, we knew we had found the most magical ceremony location. And all for free as a favour! The girls got ready at one of the bridesmaid’s family dairy farms, surrounded by Australian bush. (The video shows just how beautiful it really was.) Although at times a logistical nightmare, the forest created the most peaceful yet powerful setting and was a dream come true to get married under a big old tree. Decorated simply with hay bails, tree stumps and a rainbow of flowers, it had a real authentic feel. The air was filled with sweet acoustic tunes from five of our very talented musician friends, and an unexpected gathering of butterflies! We had a simple, mouthwatering afternoon tea, featuring homemade lemonade and an array of our families signature sweets.

My flowers were massive and contained so many colours and types, including gum leaves. I wore a custom dress from an Etsy seller and a flower crown at the reception. I tried to keep my look as natural as possible whilst still feeling like a princess. I bought SO many things online and it was a massive risk but great sites like Etsy are full of inspiration and just to good to say no to! I bought personalised hankys for both our parents, that my dad absolutely adores and shows off to everyone. One of my favourite gifts was a handmade garter made by my grandmother. She used my other grandmas lace, who passed away a couple years ago, its small details like this that made our day so special and personalised. As the bridesmaids were all different heights and shapes they all wore different styles of dresses with the same material, making them feel comfortable and flattering their shape. The colour palette of Seafoam green and coral swept through our wedding from the bridesmaids dresses to the bunting and even the beer labels. To keep the individualised styling going the boys all wore the same suits but different brown shoes, it looked so good and saved them some money if they had a pair already!

From here miracles kept happening. We found and fell in love with a cute winery in McLaren Vale, Coriole Vineyards. It has the most beautiful garden and fitted perfectly with our rustic, vintage, outdoor theme. And it just so happened that my brother knew the owner! We had a cocktail wedding with 130 guests and a lot of food! Because we all know some cocktails don’t have enough!

I am a crafty, homemade person so I always knew I would have a lot of DIY features at our wedding. It was really important to us to involve our friends and family as much as possible through various ways. We really wanted to support friends and family and their talents and as a result almost everything was done by someone we know or 1 degree of seperation. Our invitations, flowers, cars, cake, makeup, photographer, even the micro-brewed beer! This made everything so much more meaningful and cost effective.

If I could give any brides a piece of advice it would be to involve your friends and family as much as possible, use their skills, support their business and keep your day personalised, it will make the most amazing community feel. It allows you to show those closest to you how much you love them. It was a beautiful wedding full of colour and hessian. From decorating jars, choreographing a surprise bridal party dance for our guests, to painting wooden signs or making our cake topper out of polaroid photos of us, our wedding reflected our fun, adventurous & spontaneous personalities in every way. This even went right back to our engagement invites, which were hand stamped. We had homemade jam, 5 types of custom beer with custom labels and custom stubby holders, a photo booth, an ice cream cart, a Bible guest book, and the cutest page boy and flower girl you ever did see. Our guests caught this joyful bug, sending us off through a tunnel of sparklers before forcing an encore out of our amazing jazz band.

Photography: Lux Photography | Videography: Henry Smith- Tatse Media | Floral Design: Flowers With Heart | Cake: Monique Hocking | Invitations: Sam Jusaitis | Ceremony Venue: Kuitpo Forest | Reception Venue: Coriole Vineyard | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz Rags | Catering: Helen McNicol Catering | Make Up: Katie Dawson From Perle Jewellery & Makeup | Hair: Melissa Farrelly | Groomsmen's Attire: Van Heusen | Bride Dress: Misdress | Headpiece: Etsy- BloomDesignStudio | Ice Cream Cart: Ever Cream | Photobooth: Classic Booths