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Casual Melbourne Engagement Session

When it comes to love stories, I’m a sucker for them all. Serious, silly, romantic – you name it. But the ones that REALLY get me are the stories like this Melbourne couple who found each other when they very least expected it. Woodnote Photography captured their love behind the lens, and you can see the full shebang in the gallery right here.

From the Bride-to-be…  A year and a bit ago, I went to one of Adrian’s band’s gigs with my friend Teagan. After he played he approached me and we chatted for a while. He went home, added me on Facebook [as you do] and built up the courage to ask me out. I said no.

I wasn’t really ready to commit to anything, so he then took the expectation out of it and offered to take me out to dinner sometime just as friends. I took him up on that offer. After a few dates and trying to find a decent reason to not date this beautiful man, I decided to drop my guard and ask him to be my boyfriend. 9 months later, he proposed on my 27th birthday whilst we were holidaying in beautiful Santorini, Greece.

Photographers: Caroline + Jayden Of Woodnote Photography

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Traditional Melbourne Wedding

This wedding is heavenly.  It’s soft and romantic, classic and sophisticated and filled with soooo many lush florals from Hello Blossoms, it will literally take your breath away (seriously).  Add in a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning and an entire gallery of gorgeous images from Alison Mayfield Photography Studio and I’m calling this the perfect Wednesday.  See it all right here.

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From Alison Mayfield Photography Studio… A beautiful wedding of a gorgeous dentist duo, Tiffany and Edward. The wedding day ticked all the boxes. From gorgeous details, stunning romantic gown and a surprise song from the groom at the reception. The bridal party did a surprise flash mob-style dance for the guests and the party was full of fun and festivities finished off with a stunning sparkler exit.

Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio | Videographer: Wheelhouse Studios | Flowers: Hello Blossoms | Cake: Cake Inc | Stationery: Heather Hawk | Bridesmaids Dresses: Truese | Entertainment: White Tree Band | Bride's Dress: Mathieu Salem | Ceremony/Reception: Carousel, Albert Park, Melbourne | Styling/Planning: Weddings Of Desire

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Traditional Melbourne Wedding

This bride’s dress is stunning.  Like, seriously stunning.  A custom gown from One Day Bridal with a beautiful lace back and one of the prettiest silhouettes I have ever seen.  It’s the perfect compliment to a gorgeous bride AND her amazing wedding.  One that is overflowing with beautiful florals from In Full Bloom and one breathtaking moment after another captured by Jerome Cole Photography.  See it all here.

From the Bride… To kick off the start of our fairytale engagement, Nicholas proposed to me in a small country town in the West of France in 2012 in front of a 17th century Château which he had booked out for the night. To say I was on cloud nine is putting it lightly! This was the perfect start to our month-long road trip around Europe where Nick continued to surprise me with hiring out castles which we got to stay in, I felt like a modern day princess!

We were living in New York at the time, so as soon as we returned home I was straight in to it covering the majority of bridal shops Manhattan had to offer. Living overseas, we were so tempted to have a destination wedding however since we are both such from large families, it was never to be!

Once we returned back to Melbourne we were straight in to the planning! We had no idea where to start, so thought the best way to get in to it would be to visit the next bridal expo where we came across our venue and straight away we knew it was what we were after! I can happily say all the planning and preparing was pretty easy – I had tremendous help from my Mum, especially with the floral design side of things and Nick was a fantastic help and really involved, too which was nice.

From beginning to end it was an absolute dream. The ceremony was held at St Peter and Paul in South Melbourne where I walked down the aisle to a vocalist singing “I won’t give up” By Jason Mraz, this was something I kept a surprise from Nick and it worked out beautifully.

The reception then followed at Showtime Events in South Wharf which is an old industrial shed turned in to an event centre along the rivers edge, the space was really great to work with as it is so open and versatile, the rustic bar to the side of the room was the perfect unique touch.

We really wanted to have the centrepieces to be classic, yet modern, which is why we chose white hydrangeas in tall and round vases on alternating tables with little posies of hydrangeas, and tea lights scattered around. For the favors we had half bottles of Mount Mary Quintet (a famous Australian wine), which is from my Aunt and Uncles vineyard in the Yarra Valley – a very special treat for our guests! My Mum and I did a little DIY job and put them in organza bags tied with hand written name tags on each bottle.

Nick is a major sweet tooth so not including a candy bar was out of the question for him. This is something I left up to Nick – he organized it all and the end result looked fantastic!

I worked with One Day Bridal on the creation of my wedding gown, it was a little nerve racking at times creating something from scratch but I could not have been happier with the outcome. The team at One Day Bridal were incredible to work with. I didn’t really know what I wanted at first but after a few meetings with Kyha we decided that strapless, low back and French lace was the way to go! I wanted my bridesmaids in neutral tones to match my ivory gown and some length on the dresses to tie in with our black tie dress code. We had the groomsmen in classic black with black bow ties and Nick, his brother who was his best man and father wore white bow ties. Everyone looked fantastic!

I regularly find myself looking back over the amazing professional photos Jerome took and find myself daydreaming about our special day, it really was a fairy tale. To have such beautiful photos to look back on in many years to come is priceless.

My favourite moment of the day was holding hands with my new husband and looking around at all our friends and family genuinely enjoying what we had spent so long planning for, there was a lot of love in that room that night, a feeling I have never experienced before and one I will never forget.

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography | Videography: Julian Lucas | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal | Floral Design: In Full Bloom | Cake: Ab Fab Cakes | Invitations: Fi Fy Fo Fum | Ceremony Venue: St Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Showtime Events Centre | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann | Make Up: Kim Travares | Hair: Koca Lane | Band: Popcorn | Favours (bon Boniere): Mount Mary Vineyard | Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal | Music During Ceremony: Cassie Crawford | Transport: CBD Limousines