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Whimsical Wedding at Penny’s Hill Winery

I didn’t think children at weddings could get any sweeter until I saw these adorable little ones with the most beautiful flower crowns. Combined with the bride’s bouquet and I’m weak at the knees. The Bloomroom outdid themselves for this wedding, and Life In Still Photography captured every moment. Pull up that Pinterest; you’re about to be bombarded with beauty.

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From The Bride… Daniel and I had been planning this day for over a year. The hallway in our house is long and blank and was the perfect place to hang three big sheets of butcher’s paper, displaying our budget. There was no hiding, it was always in our face, reminding us of what we wanted our day to be.

We wanted our guests know what Daniel and I are all about. Which is a relaxed vibe, great food, a love of indie/ folk music, the family we cherish and the friends we love.

To help keep cost low I designed our invitations and other stationery, which has led me to start my own business. Also my mum and I DIY a lot of the decorations, such as the table runner, drink dispensers and chalkboard arrow signs.

Daniel and I were so lucky to have such amazing floral arrangements, which, by the way, are all artificial. My mum owns her own business specialising in making artificial flowers look fresh. I would never have been able to have some of the flowers I desired for my bouquet if I had chosen fresh.

We had met some really cool people along the planning journey. One being our photographer, Bree, from Life In Still Photography. She is amazing, such a wealth of knowledge. Just before our wedding, Bree became unwell and was unable to shoot our day. However she organised for her very experienced assistant to photograph our wedding instead. This was one of those situations that could have been scary, but we trusted Bree and her team delivered. We have beautiful images to show our friends, family and one day, our children.

Photography: Life In Still Photography | Wedding Dress: Caleche Bridal House | Cake: Frangipani Cakes | Stationery: Little Indie Stationery | Hair: Abache | Band: The Escapades | Groom's Attire: Joseph Uzumcu | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph Uzumcu | Bridesmaids' Dresses & Flower Girls Dresses: The Ivory Gown | Floral & Event Design: The Bloomroom | Makeup: Kara Fantasia | Photography - Assistance: Dan Wooldridge | Venue: Penny's Hill Winery

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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

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Elegant Backyard Wedding in Australia

Moet & Chandon, garden roses and an elegant backyard… if I could hand-pick elements for a wedding re-do, these would all be a part of the mix. Captured by Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography, this day is a collection of gorgeous images,  an intimate gathering of loved ones and a Bride who literally outfitted the entire wedding party with the help of her mom. See the images here!

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From Bentinmarcs Fine Art PhotographySarah & Tristan had the sweetest intimate wedding held in their backyard with the closet friends and family members. To make the wedding even more amazing was the fact that Sarah and her Mum Kathy from The Ivory Gown made all the dresses, suits and Sarah’s beautiful wedding gown. I truly felt that I was part of the family, never feeling more welcomed at a wedding I even had my own table setting amongst the 18 guests.

From The Bride…I was never one of those girls who had her wedding dress planned in detail from a young age, which might be surprising considering I work with bridal gowns every day. I knew I wanted to include elements reminiscent of the glamour of the “Old Hollywood’ era, but largely let the design evolve as it was being made. I used all silk fabrics with the most beautiful, delicately beaded and sequinned lace and played around with the detail on the bodice until it looked just right. I had intended to sew silk covered buttons down the back of the dress, but I adored the way the lace looked without them, which meant I had to think of a new way to finish the back. The best and most seamless way was to be stitched into the dress! Although this might sound stressful to some, it actually felt really calming to have my mother slowly and carefully place the last stitches on the lace moments before the wedding. Having the opportunity to create my wedding dress with my mother was truly something special, and funnily enough one of the greatest fans of my dress became my dog, a 50kg Maremma, who sat right next to me on my silk train at every opportunity she could get!

Photography: Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Sarah Craker | Wedding Dress: The Ivory Gown | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Craker | Grooms Suit: The Ivory Gown | Film Lab: Raw Digital & Film Lab | Venue: Private Residence