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Quick Tip: The Faux Glow, Perfected


Even if you consider yourself to be a self-tanning aficionado, doing a trial run at least a week in advance of your Big Day is an absolute must. Before the main event, make sure your entire body has been thoroughly exfoliated, and that any necessary hair removal has taken place at least 12 hours prior, before applying self-tanner, and you’re practically guaranteed a gorgeous, even glow!

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Saturdays are amazing, but add in a fabulous meet and greet with the uber-talented LB Photography and it’s an entirely new level of weekend fun.  Because when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous images, no one can stun you (+ leave you speechless) quite like Luke when he’s behind the lens.  It’s a portfolio of breathtaking beauty and you should definitely spend your day getting to know him.

From LB Photography… As the founder, principal photographer and creative director of LB Photography, Luke’s success is based on his ability to listen to his client’s wishes and design a wedding plan that reflects their individual style and personality. Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Luke makes it his business to capture the unique story of each couple, and he has been doing so for more than 12 years both in Australia and around the world. Luke’s professional approach goes far beyond his photography – it’s reflected in every aspect of the business, from meeting the couple face-to-face to providing a unique online experience after the wedding.

Tasmania Wedding at the Highfield House

Falling head over heels for this gorgeous Highfield House affair is sort of a no-brainer.  I mean, not only is this a day that is drop-dead gorgeous in every which way, it’s one of those magical weddings where every last moment is filled with sooo much romance, it’s almost too awesome for words.  Oh, and the gallery captured by KS Photography?  Soooo pretty.  Click here for more.


From KS Photography… We hadn’t met Jess and Ben until the day before their wedding, but the moment we did, it was as though we’d all known each other for years. This lovely couple flew over with from a little town called Eugowra, NSW, bringing with them family and friends from far and wide.

They’d loved the idea of escaping their heat for a milder Tassie summer, and with Ben’s last name being Stanley, there was no better place for them to marry, really. However, Tassie, true to form decided to lapse back into full winter with gale force winds, and torrential rain the week of their wedding. Jess and Ben stayed totally happy and positive though, not minding in the slightest that they needed to change their plans from an outdoor wedding into the beautiful stone church at Highfield House, and by some miracle, the sky cleared the day of the wedding and we got beautiful sunshine to enjoy the day with, although they had to bravely contend with roaring winds, just the same.

The bride wore a beautiful, long, vintage inspired dress of chiffon, while the bridesmaids wore mismatched vintage inspired short dresses in similar tones. The groom and groomsmen were looking cute in their RM Williams shirts (they are all country boys after all) and bow ties.

Instead of having an official first dance, the couple chose to be announced to some upbeat music and dancing which was an absolute blast. No traditional fruit cake for this couple, the cake made of cheese! And they painstakingly arranged the the beautiful decorations and stunning flowers themselves.

All around it was a wonderful day fill with love and laughter, just like every wedding day should be!

From the Bride… We got engaged on Christmas morning 2012. I woke up ridiculously early to hear Ben stirring his coffee, and thought that it was weird he was up so early. He came in looking very nervous and asked if i would like my Christmas present. I wanted to give his to him first. I don’t think he was to impressed with the alarm clock he got. He then proceeded to hand me a book titled “Jess and Ben” which he had made. It was filled with pictures from the last seven years. Then as I got to the last page it said, “Will you marry me???” He then pulled out the most beautiful vintage ring from under the bed. It was all so romantic, even with me in my pjs, and him in his undies!

Our wedding in a sentence… It was the best day of our lives, fun, lively, abundance of food and wine and the people we most love by our sides.

Kat and Steve, (KS Photography) were do we start! We couldn’t of chosen any better. Not only are the photos beautiful, but so are those two! After emailing probably close to 10 photographers Kat and Steve were the ones that stuck out! They were so organised, at the same time relaxed. There was no stress invloved. We only wanted to have a small amount of time for bridal party photos. They took all that on board and what they achieved is amazing! They were so discreet but managed to capture everything we hoped for. They both work  so well together, it just felt like old friends taking our pictures. Kat has kept us in the loop regarding the photos and were they are up to. And putting a few up on their Facebook page so we could share with our friends and family. We had so many positive comments about them! We really just couldn’t of chosen better!

We chose the Smithton Lions club for the bar, they were fantastic. Organized and so tidy! Just lovely lovely people.

The band was a crowd pleaser ” The baker boys band” They had everyone up from the 1st till the last song. Would thoroughly recommend!

Olive Tree Catering, beautiful, filling food. No one went hungry and it was exactly what we wanted.

Tessa Lee provided the chapel music and when everyone was having canapes. Such a beautiful Voice. So nice to hear in the background.

We did all the flower decorations ourselves, as well as the bridesmaids, my mum and I making our bouquets the night before the wedding. The cheese cake boards were cut by my brother, and oiled and sanded by Ben. We put the cheese cake together the morning of the wedding. We made the signs ourselves, and as well as the name tags for the tables. The guest book we made, and also we had a “time capsuale’ which we asked our friends and family to write us a letter which we plan to read in 10 years time, with a bottle of red which we put together in an old drawer.

If I could tell other brides anything, it would be: It’s your day, do what you feel is right. Be prepared to break traditions and have people question it. But stick to your guns!

Always have a back up plan for weather. Its unpredictable, but don’t let it stress you out! If you have a plan B ready there should be no stress.

Try and spend as much time as possible with your guests, with photos include them. They have made the effort to be there. Its not just about your bridal party.

And most of all, enjoy your day. Don’t let the little things get to you. Just relax, let people look after you for the day! And just have fun!

Photography: KS Photography | Flowers: Circular Head Florist | Wedding Dress: Anaessia Gowns | Rings: Robbs Jewlers, Forbes | Catering: Olive Tree Catering | Make Up: Becs Beauty | Hair: Smithton Haircare | Suits: Rodger David | Venue: Highfield House | Bar: Smithton Lions Club | Cake Supplies: Ashgrove Cheese | Reception Music: Baker Boy Band

Tasmania Wedding from Boots Photography

After spending waayy to much time in this gallery of gorgeous images, I just want to reach through the screen and hug Boots Photography and Blossom & Twine. And then I want to reach through the screen and squeeze this gorgeous couple. Because between the stunning images from Boots Photography , the AMAZING florals from Blossom & Twine and this stylish couple, I’ve basically melted into a pile of wedding-loving mush. It’s image after image of all of my wedding weaknesses, and I couldn’t love it more. See it all here


From Boots Photography…This was very much a family affair. Kate’s family originally are from Launceston but everyone but Kate has moved to Brisbane which is where she met Nick, so every one travelled down from Brisbane for the wedding, along with some of the wedding vendors like myself. Kate’s sister Tegan is a wedding florist in Brisbane with the very cute name Blossom & Twine so she organised the flowers and styling/decorating of the reception with the help of Kate and the other bridesmaids and family, so the day before it was all hands on deck at Quamby to setup the reception room. The room was decorated with moss, candles, hessian chair ties, flowers, jars of chutney with personalised guest name tags, typewriter, crates with flowers (daisies, babies breath), glow sticks for dancing later that evening etc. Kate’s friend and bridesmaid also sang during the ceremony accompanied by her sister’s husband on guitar. Also another friend is a wedding videographer and he filmed the wedding.  Kate is a school teacher and her class came to the ceremony and waved ribbons on sticks as they walked out of the chapel as husband and wife, something that was really important to Kate. Kate wore a beautiful Justin Alexander gown with a ruffled collar and big skirt and one of the biggest bouquets Ive ever seen. This wedding was pretty but the love between this couple is obvious from the moment I met them two days before the wedding. They are completely smitten with each other. Then mixed with the beautiful country surroundings of Quamby Estate plus an olive/white Kombi, its just a very very cute wedding that was heaps of fun.

Photographer: Boots Photography | Floral Design: Blossom & Twine | Ceremony: St Johns Anglican Church, Launceston Tasmania | Reception Venue: Quamby Estate | Reception Props: Event Avenue | Cinematography: Stephen Limkin | Stationery: Snap Brendale | Balloons: Hullaballoo | Cake: Tamara Hammond (friend) | DJ: Abes Audio | Hair: Amy Lees | Makeup: Natalie Stone, A Beam of Beauty on High | Wedding Dress: Watters Bridal | Dress Alterations + Veil + Steaming: Heidi Sands (friend) | Sash: Justin Alexander | Shoes: Novo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Review

Tasmania Wedding by Melissa Tuck Photography

Sugar sweet and simply brimming with lovely, this darling Tasmania affair is the definition of a fabulous Australian soiree… AND the perfect start to our work week.  Yep, the magical combination of vibrant St. Patty’s Day hues, beautiful blooms by Susie Forbes-Smith and the charming laid back meets elegant vibe will have you swooning for all eternity (trust me)… and those gorgeous images by Melissa Tuck Photography?!?  Seriously divine.  Click here for more.

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From the Bride… Because we had so many guests traveling from interstate and around the world, we wanted our wedding to be a big catch-up for everyone rather than a formal gathering. We wanted our guests who had all travelled so far to have a huge celebration. Any inspiration came from browsing wedding photographer blogs (and blogs like SMP!). Because we didn’t have a sit-down meal, we decided the guests might need a bit of “entertainment,” so we decided to have Mad Libs (which was binding as our guest book) and a Polaroid photo booth. As there wasn’t a lot of structure to the day/evening, our flowers also reflected this. Our florist specialises in having large bunches of eclectic flowers with scattered candles. We also were married on St. Patrick’s Day (because of the groom’s heritage), so we had a slight Celtic/Irish theme. Florals were all white/ivory with a lot of green foliage to bring out that theme.

Wedding Photography: Melissa Tuck Photography / Ceremony: Cascade Brewery Co. in South Hobart, Tasmania / Reception + Catering: MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart, Tasmania / Floral Design: Susie Forbes-Smith / Wedding Cake: Jean Pascal Patisserie / Ceremony Music: Neil Levis / Band: Westworld / Programs: DIY / Wedding Dress: Baccini & Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Panache Bridal Shoes / Hair: Insygnia Hair & Beauty / Makeup: Sharkra Medispa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Review / Men’s Attire: Zenetti