It rained before this couple’s ceremony at Maleny Manor, but what the bride remembers most about the shower is how much more beautiful it left the land. Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions Photography took snaps of the saturated scenes during this lovely lace, silk, pearl, and pinwheel filled fete. There is plenty more ogle-worthy man-made minutia between the Mondo Floral Designs arrangements, Etsy elements, and the vintage Love Bird Weddings furniture perched on the post-storm sunlit plains. See all that and more in the the full gallery!

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From the Bride… The style that best described our wedding would be vintage elegance and French Provincial, but at the end, the main inspirations came from the material substrates involved: linen cloth, pearls, lace and silk in soft vintage tones. We wanted the wedding to have the feel of a dinner party with our favourite people and favourite elements, rather than a conventional wedding: good food and good music were priorities to us. Some personal details in our wedding included: (1) we had some pinwheels made for the children, consisting of vintage-inspired floral paper and put together with pearl pins; (2) our guest book consisted of little heart-shaped tags that hung off cherry blossom branches, with each tag asking one of five specific questions that the guest could respond to (“Love is…”; “Reflections of our special day…”; “Hints for a happy home…” etc); (3) there were cards on each table made from vintage-inspired floral paper, with love poems on one side that were of personal significance (bride loves poetry); (4) instead of the bridal waltz, we had the band help us with a surprise for each other: the bride sang “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, and the groom requested a rendition of “One” by U2 (with a saxophone solo) for the bride. 

It was raining at the venue approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony was to start, but this quickly cleared and the sun appeared, which actually brought out the beauty of the hinterland surroundings and was captured beautifully by our photographer. We wrote our vows to each other, so when these were uttered, we both felt deeply emotional during the ceremony. I had both my parents “give me away” to the groom, as I felt that they both had that right. Our little page boy (bride’s nephew) had been in hospital the week prior to the wedding, but he was granted a small amount of leave so he could be a part of our special day. Our little champion performed his duties beautifully, and his bravery made our day even more emotional. Just having the children around, seeing them play with the pin wheels and laughing and giggling, made it so much better. And lastly, having our parents sit with us at the bridal table was an appropriate way of honoring them, showing how much they mean to us and how they have shaped us into the people we are today. The speeches were beautiful and touching, with lots of tears and laughter in between.

Don’t rush the wedding planning process, and be as organised as you can be. The more organised you are, the more care you can take with your decisions and enjoy the process rather than getting stressed out. You can think about your tastes and styles more than you’ve been able to do before. It’s a real journey of self-discovery, i.e. discovering together what you like and don’t like. Personalise it as much as you can, rather than holding a template wedding, as this will make it mean more to you as a couple, and the guests feel like they are sharing special moments with you. Also, have a little restraint, sometimes simple is beautiful! To help you picture cohesiveness in your styling decisions, I found putting everything (cutouts, materials, etc.) on a canvasboard to be very useful. Also, when I was getting a little overwhelmed with all the decisions, someone reminded me, “Remember what the day is all about: sharing and celebrating the love you have for each other.”

Wedding Photography: Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions Photography / Wedding Venue: Maleny Manor in Maleny, Queensland / Bouquets: Roslyn Sheen of Pink Blossom Tree (A Friend of the Bride) / Ceremony + Reception Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs / Celebrant: Pastor Mike Brownhill / Wedding Stationery: Bespoke Letterpress Boutique / Furniture: Love Bird Weddings / Doilies: DIY by the Groom’s Mother / Other Decor: Etsy / Music: Radio 16 String Quartet + Radio Club Band / Transportation: Kenz Classic / Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson / Jewelry: Bodman Jewellery Design / Shoes: Designed by the Bride + Created by Mallouk / Hair: Latonas / Makeup: Abigael Johnston of Latonas / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Honeymoon: Indonesia

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