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Al Fresco Xanadu Winery Wedding

Al fresco affairs will always be a favorite of mine, but they get even better when the wedding is so sweet you can almost feel the love through the computer screen. This is just such a day. Beautifully captured by Sarah Tonkin, this Xanadu Winery is overflowing with all the little things we adore about weddings, and you can catch it all in the VAULT.

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From The Bride…Damien and I had been together for nearly 9 years by the time he (finally!) proposed in Lisbon, Portugal. We knew we wanted our wedding to feel intimate in a beautiful vineyard setting and as soon as we walked into Xanadu Winery we knew we had found our venue. We were married by Donna McClelland who helped us create a ceremony that was very special and meaningful to us. After our ceremony our guests enjoyed drinks and canapes under the festoon lights in the courtyard while we went off for our photos. We then joined everyone for a drink in the courtyard before moving into the restaurant, which was set up with long tables, for dinner and speeches. We had perfect weather throughout the whole day, and by the time we got down to Redgate Beach for our location shots after our ceremony it was starting to get a bit overcast which made for some great lighting for our photos. It was also a special time for us to spend together just the two of us. By the time our reception had finished it was softly sprinkling and it was so romantic running through the rain under the festoon lighting to leave!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and a bit carried away with ideas especially looking at Pinterest and Instagram, but in the end we had to make sure our ideas were realistic to our budget and prioritize what was important to us. We didn’t really have a ‘theme’ but wanted a modern romantic feel which matched our colour scheme of navy and light blues, soft whites and bright pinks. Our florist Amy from Alice & Rose absolutely nailed my vision for our wedding. My bouquet was filled with a mix of soft and bright pinks including David Austin roses and peonies. I couldn’t stop admiring them all throughout the day. Amy also created the floral arbour for our ceremony in the same tones. The flowers really dictated what colour bridesmaids dresses we went with.

The lovely girls at On A Whim were so helpful in creating a custom dress for my bridesmaids that they felt comfortable in and can wear again. The flowers really popped against the light blue dresses and my bridesmaids looked beautiful! I knew exactly what I wanted for my dress, which made it hard dress shopping as I couldn’t find anything that was perfect. In the end I got it made by Donna Tobin Couture who was able to design my dream dress. My headpiece and veil were hand made by Holly Barker Millinery, who was able to create a piece using the same lace as my dress, and really understood my style of ‘delicate and pretty’.

Our letterpress invitations were designed by Andrea at Deciduous Press. She was incredibly helpful and we were so happy with how they turned out. Our graphic designer friend Vanessa Del Castillo Merino designed the rest of our stationery such as menus, place cards, and extra signage to match our invitations and colour scheme.

Our cake was made by Hannah from Bake The Cake. Cake tasting was one of the most fun parts of wedding planning and Hannah did such a fabulous job with our cake and cupcakes. We hired out the whole of Gilgara Retreat for our families and bridal party to stay in. The girls got ready in the main house and the boys got ready in the garden suites, each area with its own character and personality. It made for great photos and we loved having everyone staying together.

Our photographer Sarah Tonkin and our videographer Matthew Bettinaglio were incredible! We are so in love with our photos and can’t wait to see our video from Matthew! We have a 2 minute trailer video we got not long after our wedding and it was so great to re-live the wedding and see things that we might not have noticed on the day. The whole day was absolutely magical but there were a couple of moments that really stood out to us. The first was at our ceremony, standing hand in hand in front of all of our loved ones declaring our love and commitment for each other and not able to wipe the smiles off our faces. The second was towards the end of our reception on the dance floor, our DJ played Damien’s favourite song Wonderwall by Oasis and everyone gathered in a large circle around us, arm in arm with each other swaying and singing to us in the middle while we danced and sung to each other. Looking around all we could see were big smiles from everyone and we felt so much love from everyone. Whilst weddings do cost a fortune, we had a lot of people travel from around the world and Australia to come to our wedding and for us, having everyone there together was absolutely priceless.

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Photography: Sarah Tonkin | Cinematography: Direct Films | Styling: Aisle Style | Floral Design: Alice And Rose | Wedding Dress: Donna Tobin | Cake: Bake The Cake Margaret River | Invitations: Deciduous Press | Rings: Solid Gold | Bridesmaids' Dresses: On A Whim | Makeup: Hayley Wilson Creative | Hair: Tegan Walker | DJ: DJ Damo | Groom's Attire: Politix | Celebrant: Donna McClelland | Transportation: Vintage Cars Margaret River | Venue: Xanadu Winery | Chalkboard: Turtle & The Pelican | Getting Ready Venue: Gilgara Retreat | Signage + Stationery: Vanessa Del Castillo | Veil + Hair Accessories: Holly Barker Millinery

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Rustic Chic + Elegant Vineyard Wedding

What to know a little secret? We here at SMP headquarters love ourselves a good pun, and the recently trending cheesecake? Well, it’s kind of amazing. As is this undeniably beauty of a celebration that has us begging Katie Grant for more! Because not only are we now daydreaming of punny cheesecakes, but thanks to this elegant vineyard affair we’ll spending the rest of the evening perusing The Vault!

From Katie GrantNina and Chris planned a very elegant and timeless celebration that would transport their guests from the warm coasts of Western Australia to the heart of Tuscany. Keeping the palette simple with classic whites and olive greens, this wedding screams elegance and grandeur.

Marrying in a beautiful ceremony on a heritage site down south that Chris’s family is tied to (his great, great, great grandmother was the original owner of Ellensbrook house), the two tied the knot in front of friends and family. A gorgeous vintage car transported them to the lush vineyards of local Vasse Felix, a highly revered vineyard in Margaret River. It’s famous tree lined drive was the perfect entrance for the guests and bride & groom alike.

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Photography: Katie Grant | Floral Design: Chic Rustique | Wedding Dress: Moira Hughes | Ceremony Venue: Ellensbrook House | Reception Venue: Vasse Felix | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann

Rustic Western Australia Wedding

Take a breathtaking Australian backdrop, vibrant red hues and two high school sweeties with a love of all things rustic and the results are this: a seriously stunning at-home affair with a never-ending list of gorgeous details all captured in beautiful images by Ben Yew.  Think lush florals from Florist Gump, lawn games and dancing under the stars.  See it all in THE VAULT right here.


From Ben Yew Photography… Chandelle first found me from one of the bridal magazine and and loved the way I capture candid moments with natural lights. She was planning an outdoor farm wedding at Joel’s sister farm in Capel, Western Australia with a river running through the 100 acre block with 750 orange trees and to make things better, there is the food truck, tractor, chickens, outdoor fire place, relaxed and casual reception area, scavenger hunt and so many other amazing things that would make her wedding amazing, it was a definite YES from me.

From the Bride… The story of Joel and I began in early high school where Joel was in the year above me. We used to walk home the same way from school, however Joel is very shy so it wasn’t until I managed to get his instant messenger address from a friend that we started walking together. This began a two year friendship where both of us had feelings for each other, but we were both too shy/awkward to act on them. Instead, we both relayed our feelings to our friends until they eventually got fed up and told us about the others affections. Armed with this knowledge, I plucked up the courage to kiss Joel for the first time after he walked me home from a party. After eight wonderful years together Joel surprised me with a marriage proposal while we were on holiday in France visiting a beautiful hilltop village called Bonnieux. We are now married and enjoying every moment of this next chapter of our lives together.

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Photography: Ben Yew Photography | Floral Design: Florist Gump | Wedding Dress: Tuscany Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Airflex | Catering: Braised Bros | DJ: DJ Swami Adama | Celebrant: Maureen Nicholson | Venue: At Home | Groom's + Groomsmen Attire: Marchesi

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