I’m so in love with this adorable couple and their drop dead gorgeous e-session. Captured by the insanely talented Stewart Leishman Photography, these are some of the prettiest we’ve seen and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss a single image. And you don’t have to. Because the gallery is full of images worthy of anyone’s walls, and you can see it all right here.
From Stewart Leishman Photography… Here we have Jason and Audrey’s engagement photos. We did this session around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Their wedding day is going to be amazing, packed full of all prettiness.
Photography: Stewart Leishman Photography (Available Internationally) / Location: Melbourne, Victoria
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We’ve got Peach & Tree to thank for this sweet dream of a wedding. It’s rustic, organic and oh-so beautiful. When planning their wedding this adorable couple didn’t want anything ordinary and I’d say that they got exactly what they wanted: a totally unique and visually exciting day all DIYed with tons of love with the help of family and friends. And that’s what it’s all about. See it all right here.
From the Bride… Everything that kind of shouted “stereotypical wedding” freaked us out; we knew we didn’t want to go with the traditional bells and whistles but wanted something different and true to who we are. I had initially found Upper River Hall online when we first started searching for venues but it seemed too easy — surely, you were supposed to spend ages looking for your venue! Eventually Toby and I hopped in the car and drove down for a look. It was perfect, quiet, peaceful and rustic. There was an old wooden suspension bridge right nearby that would be perfect for photos and just up the road a winery where the lovely couple were more than happy to supply our drinks and let us take photos with the stunning escarpment backdrop. Our photographer Jes was so laid back and easy to work with – she takes the most stunning shots. Nothing over the top or forced. Having her there made it easy, and I knew she would get brilliant results.
Our ceremony was performed by George Morrison, who has been a friend of my mum and dad for years – he actually christened me when I was 7 as well. It was so lovely to have someone we knew performing the ceremony. We wrote our own vows and had my brother read out a native American Indian blessing and Toby’s sisters read “As long as your eyes are blue” by Australian poet Banjo Paterson. My dress is from the 1950′s from an Etsy shop. Buying it online and getting it shipped from San Francisco was a gamble, but for $350 I was willing to take the risk. Luckily, it only needed a few alterations to get it perfect. Shoes, on the other hand, drove me nuts! I ended up buying thee different pairs because I didn’t know what I wanted. I love the ones I settled on though. They were comfy and cute. My earrings are from an op-shop, and my watch was from an antique store. I kept my engagement ring as my wedding ring – I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and love my ring so much it was enough. My mum also gave me my great-grandmother’s engagement ring on the day, which I now wear on my right hand. My brooch bouquet is made by Design me Vintage. I really love it and the fact that it will be something to keep forever. The rest of our flowers were from Woolworths and a florist in Nowra – we just ordered a couple of bunches and put them in the glass bottles (collected by mum) ourselves.
All the decorating was handmade by us, family and friends. We arrived a few days before the big day to set up and decorate – it had been raining a lot in March, and there was a big patch of dirt where the “aisle” was going to go, so we had to change our plans – I ended up walking over the suspension bridge as my aisle and round to Toby under two big pine trees with our colorful backdrop strung between them; it actually turned out better than our initial plan. For food we had lamb and chicken on a spit served on share platters with accompanying salads and sauces. All the cutlery/plates were eco-friendly recyclable bamboo, and the food was all organic, locally-sourced and provided by The Red Kitchen, who I have to say were so brilliant – they were working in a little kitchenette with very basic equipment and the canapés and dinner they turned out was five-star.
Wedding Photography: Peach & Tree / Wedding Venue: Upper River Hall in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales / Floral Design: DIY / Catering + Bar Service: The Red Kitchen / Brooch Bouquet + Bride’s Father’s Boutonniere: Design Me Vintage / Wedding Dress Vintage via Timless Vintage Vixen (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: lazybones / Groom’s Shoes: Onitsuka Tiger / Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres: FlowerBlue / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Tutu Du Monde /
It’s inspiration shoots like this one from Insight Creative + Carbine Avenue that get our heads spinning with ideas about how to up the ante in the word of wedding design. With a handful of crazy-talented vendors on board, this “make believe wedding” was put-together to showcase the best of the best for Townsville brides. Get ready to fill up your wedding ideas binder in the full gallery!
From Insight Creative + Carbine Avenue… Organized and curated by Carbine Avenue and Insight Creative, this third Make Believe Wedding was held to showcase the “best of the best” available for weddings locally. Our desire has always been to show Townsville brides something unique and to inspire them to do something different and truly personal on their wedding day. This latest MBW involved 17 wedding suppliers who combined their thoughts, ideas and expertise to produce and record a magnificent day of wedding wonder. We played the entire day out as you would a real wedding — hair, makeup, gowns, suits, shoes, flowers, officiant, catering, wine, cakes and desserts, plus an entire day of shooting.
And this year we up’d the ante and added the first-ever Make Believe Wedding Event — at 6 p.m., we threw open the doors of the historic Queens Hotel and invited the public to come and enjoy what we had created. Plus, we added champagne, canapés, live music and even more styled tables and floral inspiration for brides-to-be.
Photography: Insight Creative / Location: Townsville, Queensland / Styling: Carbine Avenue / Floral Design: Townsville Flower Market / Officiant: Stephen Tasselli / Cinematography: Insight Creative / Catering: Roux Blond / Cakes + Desserts: Paper and String + Sweeter Than Sugar / Stationery: Me Mo Stationery / Wedding Favors: Cafe Bambini / Photo Booth: In The Booth / Bridal Dance: Dancensations / Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Katelyn Aslett / Jewelry: Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers / Hair: Tiki On Ackers / Makeup: Boheme Beauty & Body / Men’s Suits: Ralph