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Romantic Autumn Wedding

It’s official: these two are seriously adorable.  The kind of adorable that warms your heart and leaves you smiling for the entire afternoon.  Mix that with a breathtaking autumn wedding featuring beautiful details styled to perfection by Touched by Angels and it’s almost too good to be true.  See every stunning image captured by DeRay & Simcoe right here.


From the Bride… We first met at my office almost three years ago. I had just come back from post-graduate study in London and Matthew had just moved to Jakarta for work. I showed him around Jakarta, introduced him to my family and friends and took him to the hospital (several times) for his upset tummy. In short, it was love at first sight and we are very lucky to have found each other at the right time.

Despite living and working in Jakarta, we decided to have our wedding in Perth (Matthew’s hometown). We are so grateful that our wedding preparation was very smooth. I bought the first wedding dress that I tried on and Matthew’s mum and sister helped us find all the right vendors that created our dream wedding. My parents were very supportive of our decisions and enjoyed seeing all the Indonesian decorations, gifts, sweets and photobooth props that we incorporated into our wedding.

The main motif for our wedding was a traditional Javanese ‘loro blonyo’ statue. ‘Loro blonyo’ roughly translates into ‘The Inseperable Couple’. This statue is still common in many family homes in Indonesia and it represents prosperity, happy marriage and fertility. We incorporated this motif into our invitations, menus, cufflink gifts and even our dance floor.

Our wedding day was warm and happy and filled with laughter. We had over 100 guests from Indonesia who took time off work and traveled a long way to be there. No words can describe how much it meant to us to share our day with our closest family and friends.

People ask me what we would do differently for our wedding day. My answer is nothing – our wedding day was perfect in its own way and we are blessed to have and to hold each other.

From DeRay & Simcoe… The couple decided to hold their wedding back in Matthew’s hometown but Tia had never actually been to a western style wedding while she was planning her own! She spent hours scouring blogs such as Style Me Pretty to find inspiration for her own wedding. They wanted the day to be the coming together of the two different cultures and feature lots of Indonesian design details as well as a traditional Catholic ceremony.

They chose Aquinas College chapel as the ceremony venue as it had sentimental value to Matthew’s family. His father was the principal there when Matthew was a boy so he grew up on the school grounds. The distinctive red brick buildings were a beautiful backdrop for the autumn leaves.

The State Reception Centre in King’s Park was the natural choice for their reception, situated high up in the gum tree canopy with it’s iconic views overlooking the city skyline.

They kept the strong family theme by selecting Matthew’s sister Amanda for the bridesmaid and Tia’s brother Danny as the best man.

Tia’s exquisite lace dress and mantilla veil suited her petite frame perfectly, and Jimmy Choos completed the look. Matthew brought a few quirky touches to the wedding such as his handmade wooden bowtie sourced on a trip to visit his brother in New York.

They had many guests travel to attend the wedding from Indonesia and hired a wedding planner from The Original Wedding Company just to help coordinate them. This ensured the overseas guests had a wonderful time without having to worry about travel on the wedding day etc.

Matthew and Tia were so in love and it was such a pleasure to be part of this unique wedding. They put a lot of care and consideration into making sure their diverse range of guests had a wonderful time on the day.

Photography: DeRay & Simcoe | Floral Design: Djumik's Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Biyan | Ceremony Venue: Aquinas Chapel | Reception Venue: State Reception Centre | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Collezione | Priest: Father Ian Esmond | Cars: Back In Black London Cabs | Ceremony Trio: Dolce Ensembles | Cufflinks: French Cuffed | Hair & Makeup Artist: Jessica Ferrelli | Overseas Guest Coordination: Original Wedding Company | Reception Styling: Touched By Angels | Video: Inception | Wooden Bow Tie: Two Guys Bow Ties

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Rustic Meets Romantic Queensland Wedding

This wedding makes me happy.  Maybe that has a little something to do with the totally in love twosome, or the fab team of vendors (think The Belle And The BeauTwig And Blossom and Casey Jane Photography), or the laid-back meets seriously romantic vibe.  My guess?  It’s a sweet combination of all of the above.  Get your smile on right here.   

And a heartwarming film from Alexei Malko Films… you’re welcome. 


From the Bride… Kane and I first met through mutual friends starting with a trip to the beach over seven years ago. We instantly hit it off and it wasn’t long before we were living together. I think we have a really strong relationship due to the time we spent with each other leading up to the proposal and marriage. I feel this has us in good stead for the rest of our long lives together.

Kane and I were holidaying in Vietnam in July and August 2012 and Kane got down on one knee on the top deck of a traditional south east asian junk boat on a beautiful day in the middle of Halong Bay. It was a great choice of location and it made me feel really special. It was also very brave of Kane to carry around an expensive piece of jewellery throughout Northern Vietnam!

Kane and I were both in love with the rustic/country look rather than the traditional fairytale wedding theme. This suits our personalities best because we are a bit of a unique or quirky couple that love to have fun and not get too caried away in what other people think about us, or what other people think we should do for our wedding.

We are very much about doing things ourselves or relying on friends or family to assist in certain areas such as my best friend Dana doing our hair and Kane’s mother baking the wedding cake and entire desert bar. I feel this adds a very special touch to the day in that we are surrounded by our friends and family who all added their certain unique touches.

Upon visiting Yandina Station it was immediately apparent that we had no choice but to get married there. It was the perfect location for us because it was close to our families, on the Sunshine Coast and also provided the backdrop we were looking for.

Casey (photographer) was just as excited about it as we were because she had heard of the little known venue and how beautiful it was, yet hadn’t snagged a client utilising the venue. There are just an abundance of breathtaking locations for beautiful photographs that we really were spoilt for choice. I think this really flowed through into the photography beautifully.

Our photography, ceremony, reception and accommodation were all held on site at Yandina Station. This was purposely selected as such to ensure that the day was low stress, low level logistics and comfortable for everyone. The venue had it all and did not require anything to be done offsite. We both placed an extremely high level of importance on spending quality time with our family guests and this was enhanced by not having to travel anywhere for accommodation, photography or the ceremony.

We decided to spend an hour or two prior to the ceremony to shoot some photos together and with the bridal party. This meant that we would see each other prior to the aisle however we planned our own special moment together which Casey captured beautifully. I sewed Kane a blindfold which he wore standing at the end of a gravel road while I walked towards him and slowly removed it. It was a really special time for us as we had both put so much time and effort into the day so it was special to spend some time together by ourselves to really soak in the moment.

I was told by a work colleague to take a look at Casey Jane’s work because she thought that I would like her work. Well that definitely was an understatement, I was amazed at Casey’s unique ability and flair to take beautiful photos and really highlight the best of each and every person/thing she photographs. Casey and her partner Alexie were both extremely professional and we both felt extremely confident in their ability to capture our day perfectly. We have not stopped hearing from all our friends and family about how well the day went and how great the photos were.

Our theme was more or less an outdoor, spring, country and rustic style theme. It reflected us as a couple really well due our easy going partnership and our particular likeness for having fun, spending time with family and friends and getting lost in the moment and not wasting a single second. Our inspiration was definitely self made, we reviewed lots of different weddings that had been published online and selected the best and most suitable parts to include in our own special day. I think the reason why we were so happy with the day and why it was so well received by our guests was because we put a lot of planning and organisation into it personally, yet also outsourced certain tasks such as flowers, styling, photography etc. to qualified professionals. Getting this mix right is definitely the recipe for a fun filled and low stress day.

Yandina Station influenced our decisions due to the fact it was outside and really embraced nature and the outdoors. The colour selection was really important because of the colours on show from the venue. From the silver aged timber, red rusty wrought iron, greenery and blue skies and waterholes we had to be very particular with the selected palette. I think we managed to pull it off really well due to my ivory dress, flower crown (which Kane loved!), white and simple mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the groomsman’s taupe suits. It really allowed Casey to highlight the colour on display around us and really enhance the images.

Kane wears suits to work for his job as a Financial Adviser so he could use his existing knowledge to put together an outfit. This also meant that he was quite interested in wearing something he wouldn’t ordinarily wear to work such as the traditional black, grey or blue. This worked out well because the taupe suits fit this category whilst also suiting the venue and wedding theme nicely. Kane wore a beautifully hand sewn seersucker tie and polka dot pocket square in grey and white that was purchased off Etsy and had a buttonhole of succulents, billy buttons and freesias.

My rings are from Tiffany and Kane’s ring was custom designed by a local jeweler. The bridesmaids dresses were selected by themselves from various retailers however they all had to be white and incorporate some lace detail. I thought this was a great idea as it made them all feel pretty and confident in what they were wearing and it really showed in their demeanor on the day.

Three adjectives that best describe our wedding day are rustic, country & fun.

From Casey Jane PhotographyThis wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph. The soft color palette and handmade details complimented the environment and my shooting style perfectly. I choose to shoot film to create pretty pastel tones and a light airy feel. While the guests played lawn games and sipped cocktails I spent time with Kirsty and Kane taking there images on the surrounding property. They were the sweetest couple and so easy to work with, it was clear to see they were madly in love.

Photography: Casey Jane Photography | Videographer: Alexei Malko Films | Florist: Twig And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Babushka Ballerina | Caterer: Yandina Station | Entertainment: Golden Child | Groom's Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Celebrant: Creating Magical Moments-Vikki Speller | Couches: Simply Style Co. | Groomsmen Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Stylists: Polkadot Events | Wedding Venue: Yandina Station

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Rustic Country Farm Wedding in Western Australia

Can I let you in on a little secret? I’ve been waiting for this wedding. You see, from the moment the oh-so talented Ben Yew sent over this couples’ engagement session I just knew their big day would be one for the books. Well, once you take a look at the gorgeous images below, you’ll know that is just the case. Charming with that rustic flair that makes our heart all warm inside, this gallery was definitely worth the wait. See even more here.


From Ben Yew Photography…Kale & Sam are such cool and awesome couple, from their engagement session, which is also featured in Style Me Pretty earlier, to their wedding. I really love old barns and vintage details and they have it all!

This wedding is very interesting because they had a special guest, a skeleton called Malcolm. The family farm looks amazing and the ceremony location in an old barn blends so well in the country settings.

From The Bride…A humorous suggestion by my now mother in law would seal this venue selection. Over the course of the 4 years with my partner and visiting his family farm I had never entered the old packing shed on the 40 acre property. After a quick 5 minute walk down into the gully, Kale, my MIL and I entered the building and we instantly knew it would be a unique place to get married with a vintage and rustic charm. It looked nothing like it did on the day, and many special people made the magic happen and our dreams come to life.

We changed our venue 3 times leading up to the wedding. Originally we loved the idea of having an outside wedding, under the stars, and I was obsessed about having it on a farm, I think I even joked to have it all at my in laws farm, but I found a local hall that changed my mind. I was never 100% certain however and my then fiancé admitted he didn’t like the venue, so we changed to a local winery that had a very rustic touch. After paying a deposit and being 3 months out from our wedding, the owner called me up to say she was having reservations and was closing down the winery, so I quickly opted out of that. In the end we did a full 360 degrees and ended up having the entire wedding on my in laws farm, which meant we saved money on expenses such as venire hire and alcohol prices.

Even before getting engaged I had always loved the idea of a vintage/rustic wedding. There is something heart warming about vintage things, something that modern decorations can’t bring. They all hold stories, they all have memories, they all have character and I thought having a wedding full of vintage pieces would be a good conversation starter for our guests. I started collecting items 18 months before the wedding and I was fortunately given a lot of items by family and friends.

Kale proposed to me on our then boat after 4 years of dating. We were on the Murray River near the family holiday house. He suggested going to dinner by boat and I had not the slightest clue what was about to happen. After about 5 minutes he pulled the beautiful pearl and diamond ring from his pocket. I was so astonished all I could say was “oh no, oh no, oh no”, before quickly saying yes! After a near crash incident shortly after, it made for a very memorable night.

Photography: Ben Yew Photography + Film | Videography: Ben Yew Photography + Film | Floral Design: Flowerhouse | Wedding Gown: Hobnob Bridal | Rings: Linneys | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | Catering: Bridgetown Pottery | Groom's Shoes: Squire | Bridal Headpiece: Etsy | Bridal Shoes: Betts | Groomsmen Attire: Roger David | Lolly Buffet: Ooh La Lollipop | Stylist/Coordinator: Avril Chantelle | Venue: Family Farm

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