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Tasmania Wedding by Murphy Photography

I get no greater joy than seeing the smiling faces of the couples we feature day after day.  There is nothing better than having the chance to showcase a wedding that is bursting with love and merriment.  When I first laid eyes on this country beauty by Murphy Photography my heart filled with glee.  Beyond the charming DIY details, which, of course, we adore, there is so much delight between the bride, groom and all their friends and family.  It is definitely sending us off into the weekend on the highest of notes. Click here to see it all!

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From Melanie of Murphy PhotographyThere’s nothing more Australian than good beer, a country setting, pretty late afternoon light and a relaxed atmosphere – and Will and Kalie combined all of these elements into their dream wedding at Van Dieman Brewing in Evandale, Tasmania — a working farm and brewery — which is also their business. In fact, the aisle Kalie walked down was created from vintage beer bottles tied to wooden stakes with twine with hand-picked flowers put in the tops of the bottles. They were married in the late afternoon light surrounded by family, friends and their little man, 1-year-old Ned, under a huge century-old English oak tree on their beautiful property. They had scattered the ceremony site with hay bales covered in a sorbet yellow cloth, vintage vases, hand-picked flowers, croquet and boules games, and a photo booth. Of course, freshly brewed beer was on hand for wedding guests as they mingled under the oak tree. Many of the details were DIY which had been inspired by wedding blogs that Kalie said she trawled in the lead-up to their big day.

From the bride… It took me a little while to get into the “wedding spirit,” as we had initially planned on a very simple and small overseas wedding. Once we had worked out that actually we wanted to say our vows surrounded by all of our friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere everything started rolling. We decided to get married under a huge old English oak tree on our farm where our business – Van Dieman Brewing – is also located. We loved the symbolism of the oak tree and the fact that we could get married where we one day plan to build our home. I knew from day one that I wanted to create a “room” under the oak tree on the lawn with lots of hay bales. However I didn’t want it to feel like a barndance.  We found some nice yellow sorbet-coloured material and that became the colour theme.

One of our more last minute DIY projects was the flowers in beer bottles wrapped in string on wooden droppers that lined the aisles. I couldn’t find anywhere that hired string lighting, so we bought it all ourselves, along with a zillion light globes. It was another thing that I just had to have, and to be honest it really set the night. After the ceremony, we rearranged all of the aisle seating to be in little clusters all around the “room”. We had a range of little wooden coffee tables that were placed with them. For drinks, we didn’t just want the standard beer, wine and soft drink. Of course, we have a brewery, so beer was a given!  We had beautiful wine from a fantastic winery just down the road, and we served Pimm’s and lemonade to start with. We had also made a  huge batch of non-alcoholic rhubarb champagne ourselves, which went down very well to start with and even better later on when it was mixed with vodka.

Wedding Photography: Murphy Photography / Wedding Venue: Van Dieman Brewing in Evandale, Tasmania, Australia / Flowers: Mother of the Groom / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster “Sweet Pea” via Studio White / Shoes: Zu / Hair: Julia Ralph of Newstead Hair / Makeup: Brianna Schipper of Designer Bride / Celebrant: Katie Stackhouse / Catering: John Mann of Mannic Consulting (0419 876 141) / Transportation: A Friend / Cake: Celebration Cakes by Belinda Pearton

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The Islington Hotel Wedding by Jonathan Wherrett

I can’t believe another pretty week has come and gone here at SMP Australia! Before we send you off into the weekend, we had to share with you this beyond gorgeous fete by Jonathan Wherrett.  We’re talking lush florals, gorgeous attire, a romantic carousel ride and lots of vintage touches. Yup, I think it’s safe to say that we’re totally head over heels for this elegant down under soiree. Click here for even more.

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From the Bride…Michael and I met 3 and half years ago while we were both working at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. From the beginning we knew that we had found “the one.” We quickly became inseparable and our life together very quickly kicked off. Our friends and family have laughed that our life seems to be one major event after the other. Within several years we had gotten a dog, travelled the world multiple times, purchased a house, had a baby and became engaged, but I guess when you know you’re onto a good thing why wait?!

When Michael and I got engaged at the Islington Hotel in Hobart we knew right away that it is where we would be married. The hotel was perfectly “us” and more importantly it offered us everything we wanted for our wedding. It was small, it was in an amazing location and it was all ours for the entire day and night of our wedding. We knew very early on that we wanted our wedding to be small and intimate so that we were able to fully enjoy the company of our closest friends and family who were all making the trip to Hobart to be with us.

Michael and I share a great love of all things food so it goes without saying that one of the most important parts of our wedding day would be the food. We worked with the chef to create our dream menu, something which we would dream of finding in a restaurant, we worked with the sommelier to match wines to each of the courses and we also created custom “His” & “Hers” cocktails to enjoy with canapés in the afternoon. For our wedding favors we made chocolate and caramel fudge, peanut brittle and chocolate freckles which we packaged up in little midnight snack packs. As an ode to food we also spent months collecting vintage forks which we bent by hand to use as our place card holders.

We were so blessed to have our wonderful friend Jeremy with us who worked tirelessly the entire day to ensure that everything was perfect. Unfortunately when the flowers arrived it was apparent that the florist and I were on different wave lengths but rather than letting me know about this Jeremy took control of the situation and took 30 sad little arrangements and created 10 amazing ones. He also did all the amazing styling for our tables which included vintage books, hessian table runners and my great grandmothers vintage silverware.

Our day went off without a hitch and I can honestly say it was exactly what I had always dreamed off. We managed to hire the most incredibly talented people to work with on the day but none more so than our amazing photographer Jonathan Wherrett who not only captured our day so perfectly but managed to fit into a close knit group of friends and family as though we had known him forever. Having Jonathan capture our wedding day was the best decision Michael and I made and we’re reminded of this every time we look at our amazing photos.

Wedding Photography: Jonathan Wherrett / Floral Design: Jeremy vander Norde, Friend / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Islington Hotel / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Eve / Celebrant: Jill Harper / Music: Adelante / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana / Earrings: Ben Amun / Groom’s Suit: P Johnson Tailors / Groom’s Shoes: Loake via Beggar Man Theif / Rings: Jose Fernandez

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