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Romantic, Bohemian Inspiration Shoot at Mount Brown

From the first image captured by Sarah Tonkin to the very last, this gallery will have you oohing and ahhing until you can’t ooh and ahh anymore. Because the pretty sitting in this shoot is next level gorgeous. The florals from Alice And Rose, the styling by Heart Strings And Pretty Things, the steal-worthy cake from Sugar Plum Sweets - it’s all perfection, and there is even more waiting for you here.

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From Sarah Tonkin PhotographyThe inspiration for the shoot was Mount brown and the amazing vista that overlooks York from the top of the rocks. We wanted to showcase this so we decided that our bride and groom should exchange their vows under a floral arbor which framed the view.

The colour palate was soft greens and pastels with a pop of bright pink-coloured florals. Our bride was dressed in lace but it had a contemporary twist and our groom was dressed in a classic tailored suit. Laurelville Manor also provided so many options for locations from the beautiful stain-glassed windows, chandeliers and bougainvilleas- it’s easy to see why it’s a much-loved wedding venue.

Photography: Sarah Tonkin Photography | Flowers: Alice And Rose | Wedding Gown: Nicholas @ Sarah Fox And Co | Cake: Sugar Plum Sweets | Hair And Make-up: Birdsnest Bridal | Hire And Style: Heart Strings And Pretty Things | Paper Goods: Paper Fusion | Venue: Laurelville Manor

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Modern Wedding in Mclaren Vale at The Elbow Room

Bri Hammond never fails to fill our screens with pretty, and she’s done it again with this stunning soiree at The Elbow Room. Beautifully designed by Courtney Rae, this gallery is filled to the brim with steal-worthy style you’ll want to file away for sure (that dessert table is beyond), and you can see every sweet moment here.

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From The Bride…I first met Tim about 8 years ago at a friend’s party. We didn’t exchange numbers, but had no idea that fate would keep randomly throwing us together until we became good friends. We were friends for about 3 years before we started dating. It all just happed naturally. After dating for a while, we just knew that we want to spend time together forever, and we decided to tie the knot.

As my family is still back in Korea, we had to plan one wedding in Korea and another one in Adelaide. Not all of our friends could fly over to Korea for the formal “white wedding” in Korea, so we wanted to make the Adelaide wedding a GIANTIC PARTY with our friends and family in Australia. We both knew straight away that we wanted the Adelaide wedding to be relaxed, casual, and in the outdoors to complement the formal and structured wedding in Korea.

I must admit that I was a pretty lazy bride. I had never thought much about my “dream wedding”. The Korean one was easy because I didn’t have to plan much at all (thanks to my parents, best friend, and a dedicated wedding planner in Korea) and the wedding day was just perfect. I couldn’t pick anything that I would have done differently.

For the Adelaide celebration, though, we knew what we had in mind for a great Australian party. We wanted to do some things ourselves and leave the rest to the professionals. As Tim is a multi-talented IT guy who does web design on the side, we decided to create our own invitation. I had the idea of making a “secret code” invitation which required special glasses, and Tim had the idea of a website which tells our story and has an online RSVP. We ended up combining the two ideas, so Tim set to work on designing the invitation (www.timothyandlauren.com/the-invitation) which unlocked the secret code used for full reception details on our website: www.timothyandlauren.com. Everyone thought it was a funky and unique touch to our wedding.

Since we couldn’t decide on a wedding playlist, we included in the RSVP an option for our guests to select tracks to play at our wedding. This became the background music, and added a personal touch for each guest. We had an “all requests are played” policy, which made it a real mixed bag! We had selections ranging from Bruno Mars to Slayer, and everything in between, which made the night unpredictable and fun.

Good food and good wine for our guests was very important to us as well, and after visiting a lot of different venues, we made the decision to hold the celebration at the Elbow Room in McLaren Vale. It was perfect venue for us; they do amazing food, they are flexible with our drinks menu choices, and they had lush green lawn available for us to use. They also had amazing fusion dishes combining Korean elements like Kim Chi with Australian meats and produce, which was very appropriate.

After we decided on the venue, I contacted Courtney Rae for styling the party/wedding. I originally contacted different stylists but decided to work with Courtney and it was one of best choices we made for our wedding. Courtney and I had a couple of meetings to discuss the concept for the celebration – relaxed, natural, and casual but still chic. We also wanted the lighting over the lawn to create the ambience we wanted. Courtney took everything I wanted in the wedding on-board and did great job with planning and carrying out the big day. I still remember when we were approaching the venue on the day, I could see the set-up from far away, and I could not stop saying “WOW”! All our guests were so impressed with the styling too. (I am getting goose bumps writing this thinking about the day)

We were also so lucky to have Bri Hammond as our photographer. Our brief required someone who could “capture the moment”, which meant taking in all the details of the styling and the food, while catching people candidly and naturally. Bri did an amazing job and exceeded our expectations in every way.

Tim is a bit of a sweet tooth and we wanted to provide a dessert and lolly buffet on the night. Guests could take lollies in a bag to take home as their bonbonniere. Although The Elbow Room has great desserts, my previous workplace is like my second family (The Grain and Bean in West Lakes, a specialty coffee and bakery house) and it was so special that they were able to provide amazing fresh baked goods like mini Kitchener buns as dessert on the night.

All of our guests enjoyed the night thoroughly with the loving ambiance, but most importantly, Tim and I had the best night of our lives. It was just perfect and beautiful. Tim and I are so glad that fate kept bringing us together and found love in each other, and also thankful for everyone who helped us celebrate our special day. We are very grateful and feel blessed for everyone and everything in our lives together.

Photography: Bri Hammond Photography | Floral Design: Blooming Bridal | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti | Reception Venue: The Elbow Room | Lighting: Venue Productions | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Desserts: The Grain & Bean | Event Design & Styling: Courtney Rae | Event Design & Styling: Courtney Rae | Head Piece: Melinda Rose Design

Rustic + Soft Southern Highlands Wedding

In my humble opinion, flowers can make or break a wedding. They can elevate a perfectly beautiful soiree to cover-of-a-magazine perfection. Today’s Southern Highlands wedding is one of those weddings. It’s stunning, thanks in large to the floral design from Justine Rose, and you can feel the love and laughter in Studio Something’s images. In short? Perfect.


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From The Bride…On the morning of our wedding, we woke to a cloudless sky, a warm breeze and an ethereal, hazy-mauve sky from the severe bushfires nearby. We had hired a stunning 8-bedroom property called Belmore for our family, bridal party and two gorgeous dogs to stay for the entire weekend. This was one of the best things we did, as it made the wedding excitement last for much longer than just the one day, and the homestead was such a great, big, light-filled space for everyone to get ready in. It looked incredible in our photos too, with its sprawling acreage, lavender gardens in full bloom, eclectic furnishings and Moroccan-style doors and wall insets.

My dress was by Rebecca Childs, owner of local bridal boutique Beska. The ball gown was made from soft blush-pink silk dupion with intricate ruffled flowers on the skirt and an off-shoulder wrap. After the ceremony we removed the wrap to reveal a sweetheart neckline, lined with a tiny bit of feminine lace. I also wore my Mum’s jewellery and three-tiered veil, which was finished with a hairpiece, specially made to incorporate my Great-Grandmother’s brooch.

We travelled from Belmore to our ceremony in beautiful old Jags owned by Vic’s old school mate, Kevin. Our ceremony was held on the old sandstone lookout in the rambling gardens of Hillview Governor’s House, a heritage-listed property that was once the country retreat for the NSW governors.

Vic and I both wanted a formal, traditional wedding, but we wanted to do things in a new way that people might not have seen before. We wanted the ceremony be soft, whimsical and just really beautiful and relaxing for our guests. I had literally bombarded Justine – our florist and stylist – with hundreds of ideas and images from Pinterest, mags and blogs – and she took all of my crazy ideas and translated them perfectly into the most beautiful setting.

We were absolutely blown away by her work – the flower garlands and ribbons in the big tree, the incredible rustic arch erupting with flowers, the ‘his and hers’ loveseat, mismatched chairs and the old dresser for the drink stand. The dresser held our programs, which we had made ourselves, and Vic’s own delicious Vodka-citrus punch. We also had ciders, mini-bubbles and water on ice as it was such a hot day, as well as gorgeous hand-woven picnic blankets we’d bought in South America for guests to relax on – a nod to Vic’s Chilean heritage.

We fell in love with the restaurant at Centennial Vineyards as soon as we walked in – warm and rustic, with big fireplaces, worn timber floors, long wooden tables and a vaulted timber ceiling with thick beams and magnificent chandeliers.

We wanted a Latin ‘fiesta’ feel for the reception, something loud and full of colour, and a bit bolder than what we had for the ceremony. Justine’s styling and flowers just looked amazing in that setting. The tables were lined with burlap runners and neon confetti, mismatched jars, pops of timber, incredible flowers and the most gorgeous mini pineapples. Most amazing of all though was THAT SIGN! It was the brainchild of myself and Justine – she sat down with me and said, ‘It would be cool to hang something from that beam, like a flower chandelier,’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve seen the perfect thing on Pinterest – it’s like a swing, but with flowers and a sign, which could say Kaitlyn & Victor’. Justine took care of the swing and the flowers, and while we had originally wanted to jigsaw out the sign ourselves, we ended up ordering a laser cut version from WoodenYouLoveItAus on Etsy, which we painted ourselves – at 11pm the night before the wedding!

All of the styling went so perfectly with our handmade menus, place cards and favours. Our favours were test tubes filled with ‘Buddha Tears’, balls of Jasmine tea that slowly unfurl in hot water. Vic and I are both tea-drinking nerds at heart, so we felt that our favours were the perfect gift.

Fitting in with the winery location, I really wanted a wine barrel to use as our wishing well, and we eventually found a worn old mini-barrel in an antique emporium in Bowral. Vic had to create a custom lid for it and stain it to match the existing timber.

When they’re not holding functions, Centennial Vineyards is a outstanding restaurant, so the food and wine was always going to be sensational – head chef Robin Murray helped us put together an incredible menu of wedding classics that would appeal to everyone – chicken, beef, chocolate mousse and crème brulee – but with very modern, gastronomic twists to make each course something really special.

Our beautiful cake was made by Selina Johnson, a friend of my maid of honour, and decorated by Justine. The cake was an absolute work of art – another of our most appreciated parts of the day. It was three tiers, each a different flavour: the bottom was chocolate mud with chocolate ganash, red velvet with cream cheese in the middle and vanilla with vanilla cream on top.

I know that not every wedding day runs as smoothly and as perfectly as you might like, but thanks to my awesome bridesmaids and our incredible vendors, I truly had the most beautiful, dream-like day. Every time we look back over our stunning photos, Vic and I know that our day just wouldn’t have been what it was without our photographers Studio Something, Justine and team, Bec from Beska and so many others. If I could have my wedding day a thousand times over, I would choose to work with them every single time.

Photography: Studio Something | Wedding Dress: Beska | Cake: SJ Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: Hillview Governor's House | Reception Venue: Centennial Vineyards Restaurant & Winery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Hair And Makeup: Liv Lundelius | DJ: XYDJ | Groom's Attire: Tarocash | Floral Design & Styling: Justine Rose | Garter: JLWeddings | Jeweller: Noah Gattea | Ringbox: MWBStudios | Second Photographer: Minh Vu Photography | Sign - Wooden Lettering: WoodenYouLoveItAus | Stop Motion Videos: Studio Something | Transport: A-Z Events

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