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Vintage Chic Outdoor Wedding

From incorporating their dog as the ring bearer, to donning rain boots, to ending the evening with a literal cheese cake, this outback affair has all the great makings for a personal and unique affair. With Matt Rowe Photography behind the lens, every image snapped up in the gallery is sure to leaving you wanting more, and it’s all right here!


From the dashing Groom… When I was waiting there with 90 odd people staring at me. It was no surprise the bride was late. But when I first saw her it hit me and I fought hard to hold back the tears.

What the most special parts of the day were… It was all perfect! If I had to pick one moment I would have to say when I saw Emilie walking down the aisle with her dad. The last song at the reception was also pretty cool. ‘throw your arms around me’ where the entire crowd circled up and literally threw their arms around each other!

From the beautiful Bride… I was surprisingly calm the day of the wedding until I decided to read through my vows while the girls were getting ready…….it hit me hard at this point and I was an emotional mess from then until I made my way down the aisle. Luckily I was able to pull myself together when I saw Ben.

It was important to me that absolutely every detail of our wedding represented Ben and I. I love vintage stuff so we went for the vintage/rustic theme which also suited our venue; however, we added little details to make it our own. Our wedding cake looked like a wedding cake but was actually wheels of cheese, we had our enormous dog in the ceremony (he carried the rings) along with our enormous bridal party, we had flip flops available at the dance floor for the ladies to kick off their heels, we wore gum boots for our photos (thanks to our amazing photographers), our ceremony was short, sweet and very funny with lots of laughter…….I could go on forever. It was also very important to us that our wedding was relaxed and informal. We had many guests traveling from Victoria so having our wedding at a venue where all of our guests could stay together and make a weekend out of it was perfect. The wedding day went so fast that I am now so grateful that I had the whole weekend with everyone otherwise I would have barely got to spend any time with them! I wouldn’t change a thing!

Another part of the day that really stands out to me was an awesome idea from our photographers (Matt and Amanda Rowe). Just before we were about to leave for the ceremony, Matt organized for my dad to come into the room without seeing me. Once he was ready I stood behind my dad so we were back to back. On the count of three dad and I turned around to see each other for the first time. Not only did Matt and Amanda get some amazing photos of that very moment that I will cherish forever but it was also such an emotional and incredibly special moment for my dad and I…….. this is why I was 20 minutes late for the ceremony (thanks for mentioning that Ben) but it was most definitely worth it!

I had been dreading the ceremony leading up to the wedding but to my surprise this was my most favorite part of the day! The look on Ben’s face as I walked down the aisle was incredibly special.

From Matt Rowe PhotographyBen and Emilie’s beautiful Noosa North Shore wedding was a dream. A classic Vintage theme combined with a whole lot of humor, a massive bridal party added some hilarity to the day and their giant fur-baby/ ring bearer just kept us smiling. We loved the dreamy fields and the spectacular sunset and felt blessed to have spent the day with a couple so full of love and light-heartedness.

Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Event Stylist: Style Le Isle | Floral Design: Buderim Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lucy And Loo | Officiant: Sally Williams Wyn | Wedding Venue: Noosa North Shore Retreat | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David | Makeup & Hair: Emily Glassons | Photography - Assistance: Sage And Thyme

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Classic Sydney Wedding

Classic beauties like this are the reason I love weddings, from the elegant color palette to the sprinkling of baby’s breath to the stunning bride in lace.  Add in a breathtaking harbor backdrop, gorgeous images from Tim Pascoe and a seriously cute love story and it’s worthy of your entire Thursday.  Click here for more, then stay tuned for a sweet film from Papercranes Productions below.  


From the Bride… Bryan and I met about seven years ago; we instantly clicked and became good friends. Regular coffees, lunches and casual drinks soon turned into romantic dinner dates. On a particularly balmy night in March 2013, after dinner at the Australian Hotel where we had our first date, we took a stroll on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bryan got down on one knee and proposed. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and was on a high for the next few days! We decided not long after that we should have our wedding at Pier One Sydney Harbour as it was a central location for many of our overseas and interstate guests. It also overlooked the Harbour Bridge where Bryan proposed and was a special place for the both of us.

Admittedly, I am somewhat of a control freak while Bryan is generally more of a laid-back and easy-going person. We gave ourselves 15 months to plan the wedding, lots of time to book suppliers and plenty of notice for our out of town guests. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as a few months after Bryan asked for a transfer to the London office of his firm, and we would be moving a mere two months after the wedding! As you can imagine, the months that followed were hectic, stressful and sometimes testing for the both of us. I was lucky, however, to have a groom who took an active interest in the planning process. Every single detail in this wedding was planned by the both of us without the help of a wedding planner as we wanted this to truly be a product of our teamwork.

The wedding was an intimate black-tie event with a palette of ivory, gold and green. We wanted it to be traditional and classic and to have a luxe feel at the same time. We chose to have our wedding in winter as Sydney tends to be quite hot and humid in the summer and spring and we didn’t want any of our guests feeling uncomfortable in the heat. Our ceremony was held on a wharf right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the reception right next to it. We were in luck as Vivid (annual city light festival) coincided with our big day, so as an added bonus the guests could not only enjoy the view of Sydney Harbour during the ceremony, but at night they were treated to seeing ships and ferries all lit up with multi-coloured lights as the boats floated by the reception room (with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour) all night!

I went dress-shopping almost immediately after getting engaged and while many dresses were lovely, none of them really felt bridal enough for me. I decided to get a couture dress from Steven Khalil and as many brides will tell you-Steven Khalil can do no wrong. Steven created a beaded French lace mermaid number for me with a scalloped back an applique veil and a long train. Not only was he an amazing designer, he was an absolute darling to work with. I looked forward to each and every bridal fitting I had and although the finished product was everything I ever dreamed of, I was sad our fittings had come to an end.

For my dress change, I wore a Lanvin-inspired dress in emerald green which was custom made by Oanh Ma Couture to allow me to dance through the night. My wedding jewellery was kept simple to complement an elaborate dress. I wore tear-shaped diamond earrings to match my pear-shaped engagement ring and a diamond tennis bracelet on loan from my mother as something borrowed. I carried a simple bouquet of cream roses while my bridesmaids and flower girl had baby’s breath bouquets.

To keep within our wedding theme, I wore gold sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes. Our wedding cake was a three tier gold leaf cake which had a cascading rose design made by Faye Cahill. We also had our wedding date carved in roman numerals at the back of the cake to make it extra special.

Our wedding cars were vintage, from the 1920s. Bryan fell in love with them instantly and insisted on having them as soon as he saw them. One of them was actually used in the Great Gatsby movie. My only regret was not having enough time or pictures taken with the cars as it started raining after our ceremony and we had to head back to the hotel for the rest of our photos.

Despite the inclement weather, our photographer Tim Pascoe managed to create some stunning shots of us and our bridal party. I had seen Tim’s work on many other weddings and knew straight away that I wanted him to be our wedding photographer. Many of our most beautiful pictures from the day were captured indoors. I am usually awkward in front of the camera but Tim made me feel so comfortable and natural that I forgot about being self-conscious. He was also a great help in coordinating our big bridal party. The same goes for our videographers, Papercranes Productions, who worked seamlessly behind the scenes, capturing those intimate and candid moments on film without anyone noticing they were there. Their camera angels, editing and choice of music for our wedding film was first class.

The décor at the reception was kept fairly simple as we did not want to compete with the stunning backdrop of harbour lights. I chose baby’s breath for the centre pieces and crystal glassware which went very well with the whole theme. Instead of using table numbers we printed photos of ourselves starting from 1983-the year in which both of us were born. This was our little DIY project and we thoroughly enjoyed compiling and comparing baby photos, we thought this would add a bit of frivolity and fun to an otherwise formal event. We chose to have a pianist instead of a band as we only had 100 guests and wanted to keep it quite intimate. As a treat to our guests we hired an Instagram printer for the night and encouraged everyone to use the hastag #bandcwed. The result was beautiful candid photos of our guests and bridal party-something that cannot always be captured by professional photography.

Our first dance song was L-O-V-E by Michael Buble. Bryan and I attending dance lessons to perfect our first dance as neither of us were naturals on the dance floor. I remember feeling incredibly nervous before the first dance but as soon as the music started we forgot about being self conscious and just had fun. We incorporated hora dancing into the night as Bryan is Jewish and we wanted add some cultural elements to the wedding. We needed to find a pianist who could be very versatile with our choice of music. Scot Finnie was simply amazing! He single-handedly managed to churn out all our tunes as well as keep all our guests entertained without stopping for a single break. We owe much of the success of the night to Scot.

After all the hard work, preparation and stresses leading up to the wedding day, it was all worth it to share the celebration with our friends and family! My advice to all brides out there is to trust your vendors and enjoy the day as it passes too quickly. I would give anything to experience this special day again.

Photography: Tim Pascoe | Videography: Papercranes Productions | Event Design: Decorative Events And Exhibitions | Wedding Dress: Steven Khalil | Wedding Cake: Faye Cahill | Ceremony Venue: Pier One Sydney Harbour | Reception Venue: Pier One Sydney Harbour | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Potion | Makeup: Susie Ayoub Makeup | Hair: Peta Winter Bridal Hair | Groom's Attire: Roy's Master Tailoring | Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David | Celebrant: Rochelle Haley | Evening Dress: Oanh Ma Evening Couture | Flower Girl's Dress: Anna Campbell | Getting Ready: Intercontinental Sydney | Instagram Printer: Social Playground | Master Of Ceremonies: Robert Galati | Music: Scot Finnie | Wedding Cars: Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles | Wedding Jewelery: Affinity Diamonds

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Rustic, Elegant Wedding at Old Broadwater Farm

This beautiful wedding at Old Broadwater Farm has so much heart I can hardly contain my happiness. You can honestly feel the love coming through the screen thanks to the gorgeous images from Emma Pointon, and there is nothing better than that. There was so much love poured into each and every detail, and you can see what I mean right here.


From The Bride…Mihai and I have been together for just over 5 years. He works as a Maintenance Foreman and I am a Clinical Nurse. He proposed on the 11th October 2013 by planning a surprise helicopter flight over the beautiful coast of the wonderful city we call home. It was simply perfect.

Planning our wedding was the most fun. We loved the lead up to our day and were so excited to have our family and friends come together to celebrate with us. We would do it all again in a heartbeat as it truly was the most amazing day of our lives.

Old Broadwater Farm was the first (and only) venue we looked at. I had been doing some online searching for possible venues and came across Old Broadwater Farm (OBF). The farm was located in Busselton which is a town Mihai and I visit frequently. Deciding to go and check it out in person provided us with the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway. At the farm we met with Anna and we were just blown away with how beautiful the venue was. We knew in an instance that this is where we would get married and locked in the date of the 1st November 2014 with Anna. The style that we wanted for our wedding was ‘elegant and pretty’. Selecting Old Broadwater Farm as our venue allowed us to bring this vision to life.

After selecting our location our next priority was organising our photographer. I already had my heart set on Emma Pointon being the photographer at our wedding. I had admired her work for a number of years. Luckily for us, Emma was available and we were so excited that she would be the photographer at our wedding and create everlasting memories for us.

Holding our reception at OBF meant that we could bring in our own caterers and were able to supply our own beverages on the day. We worked with Cape Cellars in providing the beverages. They helped us with total quantities and what we would should serve to our 72 guests. They dropped off and set everything up for us on the day as well as supplying all our ice requirements. We also had the option of returning anything that we had purchased, that was not opened, after our wedding and being refunded for those items – this was fabulous!!! Goanna Gallery were our caterers. Mihai and I love going out for dinner and it was important to us that there would be plenty of gorgeous food available to our guests. Goanna Gallery served the most delicious canapés at our pre-reception and then served the most amazing dinner. Many of our guests had second servings and still rave about the food from the day. Goanna Gallery were so wonderful and professional to work with in the lead up to the wedding and the food was just stunning on the day, we could not have asked for more from them.

I am an avid baker and come from a family of avid bakers. I therefore made the decision to make our wedding cake. We ended up deciding to serve three individual cakes as part of a dessert bar that guests could help themselves to after dinner or choose to take some items home for a ‘midnight’ snack!!! The dessert bar included treats made by myself, Mihai and my mum. We made caramel slice, brandy slice, melting moments, fruitcake and individual lemon cheesecake and cookies and cream cheesecake. The three wedding cakes were chocolate mud, raspberry and hazelnut and a traditional fruitcake that was made by my mum. The fruitcake was the cake that Mihai and I cut and we have kept this cake to celebrate on our 1st anniversary. Mihai and I made sure we stole a little dessert for ourselves for breakfast the following day!!!

Our celebrant was the beautiful Di Moore who we also found online. Di spent the time to really get to know Mihai and I and put together the most beautiful ceremony. It was important to include our family and friends in our ceremony. Both sets of our parents jointly provided their blessing for our marriage and we also had two readings. One was performed by my mum and the other by a very close friend of both of ours. One of our favourite parts of the day was walking back down the aisle as husband and wife and being showered in rose petals by our guests. Mihai and I stole a small moment together before heading back to be congratulated by our family and friends.

We only had a small bridal party. My maid-of-honour was my sister and Mihai’s best man was one of his (our) best mates. Mihai and his best man both wore Hugo Boss on the day. My maid-of-honour wore a beautiful pale pink, Grecian style dress that was purchased and made locally. My sister was engaged shortly after Mihai and I were. This was perfect timing as we were able to go wedding dress shopping together with our mum. We ended up both purchasing our wedding dresses on the same day. I purchased my dress from Raffinato Bridal and absolutely loved it, I never wanted to take it off at the end of the day. It was ivory with beautiful lace and beading details. It had a full skirt and long train. I selected a chapel length, single tier veil that blended in with the skirt of my dress.

Mihai and I were very hands on with the styling of our wedding. We designed and printed all the stationery (invitations, menus and programs), sewed our own bunting, prepared the bomboniere (boxes of M&M’s, because both our names begin with ‘M’), prepared home-made punch for our guests and Mihai also made the sign that was displayed at the entry of our venue. We met with Bree Shine a few times in the lead up to our wedding. Bree set everything up for us on the day (with the exception of the flowers) and realised our vision for everything, we had planned, to perfection.

Sorella Flower Merchants (a sister team) provided all the floral arrangements for the day. I just love flowers and there were no shortage of blooms on the day!!! They decorated the aisle with petals and bunches of flowers in mason jars that hung from the chairs the guests sat in. There were bunches of flowers that lined the two long tables that our guests were seated at for the reception. The made the bouquets my sister and I carried along with a head piece that I wore during the reception. They added the special touch of setting up a flower wrapping table at our reception so at the end of the evening our guests could pick a bunch of flowers from the table, wrap them in brown paper and twine and take the flowers home with them.

A close friend was our MC for the night and my old boss allowed us the use of his car for the day and drove me with my dad and sister to the ceremony. A friend of my brother looked after the music at our ceremony and then played live acoustic guitar at our pre-reception which our guests thoroughly enjoyed. After speeches and cutting the cake our DJ provided the music so we could dance the night away.

Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. All our suppliers were so simply wonderful to deal with and were so professional at what they do. We enjoyed the whole lead up to the day and would do anything to be able to re-live the day in full if we could. It was the most stunning day filled with so much love and happiness, truly the most perfect start to spending the rest of our lives together!!!

Photography: Emma Pointon | Styling: Bree Shine | Floral Design: Sorella Flower Merchant | Wedding Dress: Raffinato Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Old Broadwater Farm | Reception Venue: Old Broadwater Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Studio Collections | Catering: Goanna Gallery | Makeup: Brooke Carter | Hair: Raezors Hair Studio | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Celebrant: Diane Moore | Beverages: Cape Cellars | Bride And Groom Wedding Bands: Thomas Meihofer Jewelery Design | Bride's Dress Alterations: Leisa's Dressmaking | Clutch: Ellen Vintage Boutique | Dessert Table: Bride & Mother-of-the-Bride | Gift Registry: Wedding List Co | Guest Signing: Yum Yum Emporium | Hangers: Heavenly Hangers | Invitations & Stationery: Bride | Music: Tom Day | Nails: Tip To Toe - House Of Polish | Wedding Cakes: Bride

Floral Heart Inspiration

Every Valentine’s Day deserves a little extra dose of pretty, so today we are upping the ante with a gorgeous floral heart inspiration shoot from Hunter Valley.  Crafted by a fabulous team of vendors, including Rachel Gilbert, Hochzeitswahn and Patricia Hau Photography, it’s lush blooms meets pretty, pretty accessories meets one seriously stunning setting.  Soak it all in right here in the full gallery.


From Patricia Hau Photography… For my German blog Hochzeitswahn, we created a giant flower heart inspiration which we like to share with you, too. We hope you like it and think it is such a cute inspiration for Valentine’s day.

Photography: Patricia Hau Photography | Wedding Dress: Rachel Gilbert | Shoes: Melissa | Concept & Decoration: Hochzeitswahn | Hairpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Location: Tocal Homestead | Model: Vanessa

The Luna Park Weddings Showcase

Here’s a well-known secret: I love bridal shows.  Give me a day chock-full of wedding lovely, and I am sooo there.  And when that bridal show happens to be the oh-so-spectacular Luna Park Weddings Showcase, well… it’s an entirely new level of excitement.  Because this is an event that pairs truly timeless venues with a whole lot of inspiration and, honestly, it couldn’t be more awesome.

So, here’s why the Luna Park Weddings Showcase is so amazing: not only is it your chance to experience the sophisticated and unique venue options at Luna Park Weddings (and they are fabulous), you’ll also get to mix and mingle with a hand-picked selection of talented vendors that know a thing or two about throwing a gorgeous wedding.  That means expert advice on everything from flowers to design to cake (yummy) to entertainment.  It’s a one-stop-shop of wedding inspiration to really get your planning on the right track… and all under one roof!

The Luna Park Weddings Showcase is happening this Sunday, February 15th.  Click here for more information and to register for this FREE event.  Believe me, you don’t want to miss a second.


Romantic Summer Beach Session

Summer may be in the distance, but Marion Heurteboust has provided the perfect evening escape complete with sandy toes and sweet kisses. An iridescent walk along the beach, this stunning stroll was complete with an On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora bouquet and a furry friend. Every image in the gallery is gorgeous, and don’t miss the adorable Super 8 from BubbleRock!

From Marion Heurteboust… Summer days in Tauranga, New Zealand are so gorgeous! We were inspired by the coast, the sand, the wind… The shoot was meant to be simple, effortless and beautiful.

To keep it all film, Steph & Robin from Bubblerock came along and shot a video of the shoot on Super 8! Such a treat!!!

Shaye from On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora did the beautiful flowers, the dress is from Rue de Seine and let’s not forget Claire and Alex whom were very patient and adorable!

Photography: Marion Heurteboust | Videography: BubbleRock | Floral Design: On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora | Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine | Couple: Claire & Alex (dog: Opie)

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