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Country Victorian Winery Wedding

This Austrailian affair was the kind that just overflows with love. Where every detail has a meaning and where thought was just poured into every moment of the day. It’s the kind of wedding we adore here at SMP, and thanks to Lisa Hayman’s beautiful images, we can get lost in all the magic of the day here.


From The Bride…Adam proposed during a long weekend away that he planned in the Yarra Valley, VIC in March 2014. It was a beautiful weekend where we stayed at the historic homestead, Chateau Yering. We started the day off with a hot air balloon ride, followed by a wine tour where we drank wine and ate cheese all day. We enjoyed relaxing at Chateau Yering homestead, and this is where Adam popped the question overlooking the amazing vineyards.

From Lisa Hayman (with information provided by Aimee)…Aimee and Adam were wed on April 18, 2015 amongst the golden vines at Avon Ridge Winery in the outskirts of the small country Victorian town of Maffra. Inspired by the Magnolia leaf, Aimee tied elements of the gold leaf, blush pink, charcoal, Doddavine and craft paper to create her theme and vision for the day. Both Aimee and Adam wanted to create an elegant, romantic and slightly rustic feel to the day. Avon Ridge Winery provided the perfect platform for Aimee and Adam’s creative vision – the venue is intimate, relaxed and is framed by rolling hills and lengthy grapevines.

Whilst both Aimee and Adam’s families live interstate, family still remained a central focus of the wedding preparations and wedding day. Both families worked on many DIY projects for the wedding. Aimee created all the table centre pieces – collecting jars, and wrapping fresh doddavine around the jar then letting it naturally dry over the months leading up to the wedding. In addition, she created the beautiful tulle backdrop for the photo booth they set up for guests on the verandah during the reception. Sister-of-the-Bride, Annelise, designed and painted the fingerprint tree the couple used as their guest book. Mother-of-the-Bride Cherie made all the beautiful blackboards & signage for the event. In a very special family tradition, both the mother-of-the-bride and mother-in-law made their family tradition fruit cake as the wedding cake – contributing a tier each. The father-of-the-bride owns a Café and blends his own teas in the New England area. He created special tea blend favours for Aimee’s brother’s wedding. She wanted to follow the tradition and her father made Aimee and Adam their own special wedding blend and they gave it to their guests. On the wishing well table they displayed generation family wedding photos from both sides. This was a talking point and was very special for both Aimee and Adam.

Aimee wore a stunning, figure hugging ivory Carla Zampatti gown. Aimee’s sisters and Mother flew down to Melbourne in the months leading up to the wedding for a girls week away. After trying on a number of detailed potential bridal dresses that just didn’t feel right, on the last day Aimee and the girls went to David Jones in the Melbourne CBD where she showed them a particular Carla Zampatti dress she had been eyeing off. All three of them forced Aimee to try the dress on and it was love at first sight!

The wedding day ran like clockwork (aside from a little mishap with a missing pair of groomsman pants!). Rain was threatening to come down all morning but we didn’t get a drop of it until the moment Aimee and Adam were pronounced husband and wife – it was a pretty epic declaration of marriage from the Heavens! The hugs and congratulatory handshakes were cut short as the couple sought shelter under the veranda of the winery restaurant. Thankfully it only rained for 5 minutes then the rest of the afternoon was spent basked in beautiful autumnal sun as we took bridal party portraits in the winery grounds. For both Aimee and Adam, one of the highlights of the wedding day was spending time with loved ones and seeing the joy and happiness on their faces throughout the day.

Photography: Lisa Hayman Photography | Floral Design: Arrangements With Flair | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti | Cake: Fruit Cake Made By Both Families (generation Recipe And Tradition) | Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus | Rings: Larsons | Bridesmaids' Dresses: May, Etsy | Catering: Avon Ridge Vineyard | Makeup: Make Up By Ellie | Hair: Espada Hair | Band: Trouser Trout | Favors: Daily Ritual Tea (Made By Father Of The Bride) | Groom's Attire: Peter Jackson | Celebrant: Minister Grant Ramsey, New England | Venue: Avon Ridge Vineyard | After Dinner Mints: Haighs Chocolates | Bridal Party Wedding Favors: "Pussy" And "Arse" Soap From Viva La Body, Darwin, NT | Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Impressionism Shop, Etsy | Cake Icing: Angie's Cakes | Cake Topper: Arrangements With Flair | Earrings: Endora Jewellery, Etsy | Garter: Honey Birdette | Groom's Shirt: Ted Baker | Groom's Tie: T.M Lewin | Lingerie: Oroton | Page Boys': Mali Mis | Signage: Annelise Patch | Stationery Design: Cherie Patch | Stationery Printing: Vistaprint | Veil: DeLoop, Etsy | Wedding Accomodation And Boys Getting Ready Location: Bon Accord B&B, Sale, VIC | Wrist Fine Jewellery: Cherie Patch (Mother Of The Bride)

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Since it’s now officially spring Down Under (yay!), that means it’s officially time to celebrate the season — and what sings of spring more than beautiful blooms? Get inspired and excited for the season ahead by taking a peek at these breathtaking floral moments from some of our favorite weddings across Australia.

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10 Pretty Things We Love About: Kylee Yee
She’s only been in the wedding photography biz for two years, but Kylee Yee is already making waves around the world with her beautiful, heartfelt images. Photographing celebrations in her native Melbourne and beyond, Kylee herself is just as much of a joy as her work, so it was obvious we had to get the scoop and share why we love her with you!

How did you get into wedding photography?

I always had a passion for photography on a personal level, but helped shoot a friends wedding as a favor and received extremely positive feedback. I realised that photography fulfilled that need and I embarked on the path of ‘do what you love’. I decided to take some time off work to indulge myself in the industry to ensure that it was really what I wanted to do. I haven’t looked back since!

What’s your personal motto, or a phrase that inspires you creatively?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt

Can you describe your aesthetic in three words?

Fresh, heartfelt, fine art.

What are three things you can’t live without?

Family, coffee, my boyfriend (not necessarily in that order haha).

Where do you find inspiration?

Travel, nature, and music.

What’s your favorite social media platform?

 Instagram – it’s so easy to get lost in all the visual pretty!

What is a photography detail that often gets overlooked (especially for destination weddings!), that you wish got more attention in the planning process?

 Often what the bride/bridemaids and groom/groomsmen are wearing when they are getting ready, as well as the environment they are getting ready in gets overlooked.  This can make a huge difference for the aesthetic of the getting ready images.

What do you think is the most important question a client can ask, when deciding who to hire for their wedding’s photographer?

 What is your photography style? There are many different styles of photography out there and you need to make sure that you are both on the same page.  This way, you already trust that they will capture your day in a manner and style in which you want your important memories captured.

What’s been your proudest professional accomplishment as a wedding photographer?

 Being featured on Style Me Pretty for the first time was a pretty big deal!  As well as being asked to be part of their LBB.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time with my loved ones, travel, run, and snowboard.

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I’m of the mindset that sunshine should be a daily supplement, and this lovely from the lens of In Photography By Michelle Pragt is a ray of golden light. Capturing the essence of the season, it’s an inspiration that serves up gorgeous scenes paired with style. Transitioning from daylight to dust, it’s a reminder to soak up every second because it’s everything but everlasting. See it all in The Vault!

From In Photography By Michelle PragtOur inspiration came from the call of the ocean and the vastness of the empty beach in winter’s twilight days.

Our bride’s gown with delicate lace sleeves contrasts beautifully with the rugged coastline, and the beaded headpiece echoes the treasures of the sea. A relaxed elegance in the styling.

Our groom in 2 piece jacket and pants has comfortable easy style. The flowers are similarly free-flowing picking up the colors of the environment, whilst the cake and stationary evoke the motion of the sea.

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