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Rustic Chic Australian Shoot at Gurragawee

Consuming prettiness is part of the job description at SMP, and today I am thanking my lucky stars that my job is to simply eat up every single gorgeous detail of this stunning shoot designed by Victoria Cameron and captured by Feather + Stone. Honestly, there are no words. The dress from MXM Couture? To die. The florals from The French Petal? Ridiculous. Honestly, everything in this gallery is beyond, and you can see it all here.

From Victoria CameronThe wonderfully talented Seth and Tenielle from Feather + Stone held their first photography Field Day (a condensed version of their popular Field Trips) in early October and I was lucky enough to be invited to coordinate and design the day.

With the private estate Gurragawee as the backdrop the opportunities were endless. Inspired by neutral tones and muted silks, a restrained elegance paired with refined French Provincial touches was adopted for the styling.

Timber French bistro chairs tied with loosely structured floral arrangements lined the aisle with the ceremony arbor adorned in flowing neutral fabric and a muted green foliage chandelier (how amazing is this?!) providing the perfect backdrop.

Move on to the reception and you have beautiful buttoned lounges and ottomans positioned to the side of the gorgeous table setting. Using a base of luxurious brown sugar silk, unstructured floral arrangements and brass candle holders lined the table. Layered off-white base plates held what has to be my personal favourite styling element…the oatmeal linen napkins loosely bundled and holding the stunning calligraphy place cards (though I do also love the sweet escort card display).

With the beautiful bride wearing a couture MXM gown (it was seriously breathtaking!) and the groom in a classic Wil Valor suit it was a memorable and enjoyable day for all involved.

Photography: Feather + Stone | Flowers: The French Petal | Wedding Dress: MXM Couture | Stationery: Cotton Blossom | Suits: Wil Valor | Design and Coordination: Victoria Cameron | Engagement Dress: The Babushka Ballerina | Furniture and Props: Little Gray Station | Hair and Makeup + Hair Accessories: Ava Belle | Private Estate: Gurragawee

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Byron Beach Cafe Wedding

With temperatures hovering just around freezing and snowflakes threatening to fall at any minute (yes, even in Las Vegas), this gorgeous Byron Bay affair is a welcome addition to my Tuesday evening.  Because not only is it chock-full of sun-filled (+ beautiful) images captured by Nick Evans, it’s one of those joyous occasions you just can’t get enough of.  Think smiling faces and hugs for everyone.  Don’t waste another minute and get your pretty on right here.


From Nick Evans Photography… Bridget and Adam chose Byron as the base for their wedding – a location close to their hearts, one where Bridget had spent many a family holiday growing up. Byron Bay is one of those places that always seems to turn on some magic. The stunning scenery, a calm peaceful oceanside setting and some amazing weather all combine into something special.

A morning ceremony (11am) at the stunning Fig Tree at Byron located on top of a hill overlooking Byron Bay with views to the lighthouse, was followed by a lunch time reception at the Byron Beach Cafe with 60 of their closest family and friends. After some heartfelt speeches we took a quick stroll down to the beach to catch some photos with an amazing sunset.

From the Bride… We got engaged in September 2012 and had been planning on getting married in May 2014. In February this year, we just decided that that was too far away and we really wanted to get married sooner. May is one of the most beautiful months in Byron Bay, so we thought why not get married this May, which was in 3 months’ time. We chose the 17th as we wanted a Friday wedding and a Friday wedding meant that we could enjoy the whole weekend with our family and friends.

My parents have a holiday home in Byron Bay that we always holiday at and it is a very special place for us. We wanted to have a destination wedding with lots of events planned over the weekend where both of our families could really get to know each other and Byron Bay was the perfect spot.

We had a morning Ceremony at The Fig Tree Restaurant in Ewingsdale NSW followed by a lunch at The Byron Beach Café and then we had an after party at my parent’s holiday home in Lawson Street, Byron Bay.

I wanted an all-white wedding with a touch of Navy! I love an elegant and simple style and wanted to have simplistic decorations to heighten the appeal of our surroundings.  The weather was incredible, we could not have asked for a more beautiful day. We had an outdoor wedding so it was a bit of a risk with the horrible weather that we had been having recently but we truly were blessed that day.

Photographer: Nick Evans Photography | Videographer: Mirrow Films | Florist: Flowers On The Run (Byron Bay) | Cake: Cakes A Louisa | Ceremony Location: The Fig Tree Restaurant | Reception Venue: The Byron Beach Cafe | Brides Shoes: Nine West | Wedding Bands: Engagement Rings Direct | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alexis Dawn | Makeup: Lily Fontana | Hair: Alex Ouston | Bonbonieres: Byron Bay Coffee Company | Brides Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Bridesmaids Necklaces: Mimco | Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Institchu | Music: Josh Boots

Byron Bay Inspiration Shoot from white+white weddings and events

This shoot is the definition of lovely. Styled and planned in a way that is sure to make you swoon by white+white weddings and events and captured in a way that definitely will by Ale and Kim Photography, it’s image after image of pure pretty. Inspiration doesn’t get better than this, lovelies, and you can see the whole shebang right here.

From Lisa Smith of white+white weddings and events…When I moved to Australia, I was blown away by the ache I sometimes felt at missing Europe. A couple of months before it was on my doorstep and now it took 24 hours and an increase in my credit card limit to get back to a sultry late summer evening eating al fresco in the Sicilian hills. It’s not such a bad exchange however. Australia has so many incredibly beautiful spots that can easily hint at a stunning Italian hideaway. Coorabella in Byron Bay is one such private residence that ticks every box and then some. Steeped in spectacular European decor from it’s Italian/Australian owners, the property radiates an exotic taste of Italy like no other. Religious relics are arranged in front of a stag head mural with a dozen mini disco balls hanging from the living room ceiling, out of place yet in their perfect place too. Antique Italian laces drape over wooden tables made for social dining and red roses sit amongst european porcelain heaving with freshly baked rosemary bread and olive oil dressings. The concept for the shoot was to absorb the elements of this stunning property and create a Sicilian soiree that wouldn’t look out of place in Palermo. With dresses from George Wu and The Babushka Ballerina, the girls wore their hair big and bouncy, just like a young Sophia Loren, courtesy of Julie Corbett. A seductive flick at the eyes and flawless faces from Alex Ouston gave the models a seamless finish. Wil Valor, an Australian based tailor made sure the men were suited and booted as if they had just walked off the Tom Ford Milan catwalk. Beautifully rustic florals from Stem Designs and furniture with clean simple lines from Little Grey Station added an Italian pizazz so delicate, that it didn’t detract from the feast provided by Your Gourmet, which had us all mouthwatering from the very beginning. Captured by the very talented Ale and Kimmi, the food was plated onto beautiful duck egg blue wedgewood plates from Magnolia Interiors with cut crystal glass wear and vintage silver cutlery adding a special touch. The most important aspect is that I wanted to bring the moorish influence so often seen in Europe, especially throughout Italy and Spain, into the concept too. It’s an influence that is dear to my heart with stunning mosaic tiling hinting at an exotic bygone era. It was the mesmerising swimming pool that set the tone perfectly for our soiree setting and as the sun dipped over the lush Byron hinterland, I couldn’t have been any closer to Europe if I had tried.

Photography: Ale and Kim Photography | Film: Wedding Films by Samantha Fletcher | Florals: Stem Design | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Catering: Your Gourmet | Make Up: Alex Ouston | Hair: Julie Corbett Hair | Entertainment: Miss Renee Simone | Grooms Attire: Wil Valor | Wedding Venue: Coorabella | Bridal Wear: George Wu | Bridal Wear: The Babushka Ballerina | Decor: Little Gray Station | Decor: Magnolia Interiors | Model: Division Model Management | Styling and Coordination: white+white weddings and events

Byron Bay Wedding Inspiration from Life in Bloom Photography + Sunshine & Confetti

If I could crawl into this gorgeous Byron Bay shoot and live forever amongst its prettiness, I totally would. And, given the opportunity, I would bet every last penny I had that each and every one of you would do the exact same thing.  Because this isn’t just an inspiration shoot from some of Australia’s finest vendors (I’m looking at you Sunshine & ConfettiGrace Loves Lace and Life in Bloom Photography), it’s a lesson in sweet al fresco awesomeness with more beauty than you can even begin to imagine. (Seriously.)  See it all in the full gallery.


From Sunshine & ConfettiWe love this sweet and romantic styled shoot set at Coorabella, a stunning farm in the Byron Bay area. We feel it will inspire all the non-traditional brides out there who would love an outdoor wedding to take advantage of the beautiful scenery that Australia has to offer, and still want all the pretty details and styling as well. The stunning Grace Loves Lace gown fits perfectly with the spectacular surroundings of the property. The ceremony under the big tree, together with glowing sunlight and romantic flower garlands, is simply beautiful.

Photography: Life in Bloom Photography | Floral Design: White Ivy Designs | Event Design + Planning + Stationery: Sunshine & Confetti | Event Venue: Coorabella, Byron Bay, Australia | Models: Emily + Sebastian of Division Model Management | Cake: Brown Betty’s Bakery | Hair + Makeup: Kate Caddle Makeup Hair Beauty | Rentals: The One Day House | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Groom’s Attire: Wil Valor

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Byron Bay Wedding from Scout and Charm + Bush Turkey Studios

Before I even start to gush about all the lovely in this wedding styled to perfection by Scout and Charm and captured by Bush Turkey Studios, I am going to tell you that setting aside some time today to soak up all the inspiration in this gallery is a must. Because it’s all simply too pretty to pass up. It’s detail after detail of pure prettiness, and it’s all waiting for you right here.


From Scout and Charm… Jodie and Ian contacted us as they were currently living and working in London and had decided to return home to Australia to exchange their vows. They had chosen the magnificent and highly recommended venue “Verandahs” which is a private estate located in Coorabell, just outside of the infamous Byron Bay. Verandahs just oozes opulence and its manicured lawns made the perfect backdrop for the English garden theme that we were trying to achieve.

This was such a beautiful wedding to be apart of and the attention to detail was next to none. Everywhere you turned their was gorgeous features and detail! From the “Happy Tears” hankies at the entrance to the ceremony, to the personalised tags hanging from the parasols purchased to shade guests. There was even a vintage garden swing, adorned with a “Just Married” sign, the perfect prop for the bride and grooms photos.

Their ceremony styling was made up of a free standing lace curtain frame which was draped in garlands of babies breath and peach coloured roses. The aisle made up of mis-matched wrought iron chairs each with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers tied to them.

On the lawns were gorgeous wrought iron tables and chairs for guests to sit amongst as they drank, dined and danced under the stars. A special mention has to be made about the dessert bar which was literally to die for! With a hanging chandelier from the tree above it was overflowing with deliciousness! The ladies from Scout and Charm styled the desserts using vintage plate ware and lots of gorgeous blooms! Guests were even given a hand stamped teaspoon with “xoxo” on it as a gift from the bride and groom. We hope you enjoy these amazing pictures captured by the talented Agi from Bush Turkey Photography as much as we did.

Wedding Photography: Agi from Bush Turkey Studios | Wedding Venue: Verandahs in Coorabell, New South Wales, Australia | Officiant: Michelle Shannon | Event Planning + Styling: Scout and Charm | Floral Design: Toogood Flower Studio | Catering: Eat Drink | Desserts: The Cake That Ate Paris  + The Little Cupcake and Cookie Shop | Lighting + Sound Design: Pip from Byron Audio | Prop Hire: Scout and Charm | Wrought Iron Furniture: Epic Empire | Vintage Crockery: Fancy Tea | Vintage Dance Floor: Moments in Vintage

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Byron Bay Wedding at Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms from Jess Marks

Twine and burlap – two seriously sweet (+ uber-gorgeous) touches that have the power to make any wedding sing.  Case in point?  This beyond breathtaking Byron Bay affair, which is not only boasting some of the loveliest twine and burlap-infused details you will ever lay your eyes upon (here’s looking at you, darling centerpieces), but a downright stunning location and a rustic meets whimsical vibe that is all sorts of amazing.  The ever-fabulous Jess Marks snapped up all every magical moment and it’s making for a full gallery of pretty.  Join me there for more.

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From Jess MarksLauren and Matt had a gorgeous wedding in one of our favorite places — the Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia. Fig Tree Restaurant played host for the day with the bride and groom both getting ready in the guest houses, the ceremony next to the amazing fig tree looking over Byron Bay, and then the reception was of course held in Fig Tree Restaurant itself. There were lots of lovely touches, from the natural arbor for them to get married under to canapes by the pool for the guests while the bride and groom were doing photos. The reception was beautifully decorated with flowers and lots of earthy touches. 

Lauren and Matt couldn’t speak highly enough of the venue, saying, “Amazing venue in a beautiful location. High-quality, restaurant-style food with a huge range of menu options to choose from. The staff were AMAZING and took care of all the little things. They went above and beyond to ensure everyone was looked after and happy. Nothing was too much trouble. The restaurant was BYO, which was a major advantage! Cocktails by the pool and lawn games topped it off too.”

Add in Lauren’s absolutely amazing dress and a special “horn” performance by her dad and brother, and it really was a beautiful day.

Wedding Photography: Jess Marks / Wedding Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms in Ewingsdale, New South Wales / Floral Design: Flowers on the Run / Officiant: Michelle Shannon / Wedding Cake: Welsh Lady / Wedding Dress: Brides of Armadale / Makeup: Julie Corbet