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Modern Elegance in Australia at Simmer On The Bay

Plain and simple, this wedding is gorgeous. The kind of gorgeous that sticks with you for awhile, and leaves your head full of wonderful day dreams.  With its elegant yet fun vibe, the most fabulous pops of yellow, and stunning blooms from Naomi Jones Flower Studio it’s easy to see why we are so in love. Thankfully Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne captured every beautiful moment in way that will truly make your day, and you can see just what I mean right here.

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From The Bride…I’ve always been a fan of Johanna Johnson’s designs! Her timelessly elegant designs marry both simplicity and grace, and it’s her attention to the small details in her designs that truly make each piece so special. That’s why the first appointment I booked when I got engaged was at Johanna Johnson’s flagship store in Paddington!

As soon as I tried The Everley, I knew it was the one that I wanted to marry my husband in – it was effortlessly elegant with its delicate beaded straps and low back detail and most importantly, fit me beautifully, like it was designed just for me!

The dress fits me beautifully. I never felt more beautiful or more feminine then when I wore The Everley.

My engagement ring – Ever since Breakfast at Tiffanys, I always dreamed of a tiffany proposal. I mentioned this to Chris once and whilst he laughed at me at the time, he must have remembered because he proposed exactly as I always dreamed.

I chose the colour scheme of ivory, yellow, navy blue and green. Given we were having a garden wedding, I wanted the bridesmaids to wear a colour that really popped and I was lucky enough to notice a yellow lace dress in the window at Review. The girls loved it so the rest they say is history!

I chose P Johnson, Carmina and Vanda Fine Clothing because of their obvious passion for their craft – Their attention to every small detail for their suits, shoes and ties are unparalleled in the market.

As Suitshop is a part of the P Johnson business, their passion for stylish suits is still there, albeit, slightly more affordable. It was a no-brainer for our groomsmen.

We loved Little Peach’s accordian style invitation – so we asked them to help us design something truly unique for us, incorporating our wedding colours of blue and yellow as well as penguins.

Sandy Horton, the owner of Naomi Jones, is truly special. She took in the small details that we wanted and then translated these to the floral arrangements for the bridal party and the decorations at Simmer on the Bay. For Sandy, nothing was too hard!

We wanted a garden wedding and Vaucluse House was the perfect location for this. The gardens are beautiful all year round and perfect for that intimate wedding ceremony we were looking for.

We really wanted a venue that represented the two of us. Simmer on the Bay provided us with a blank canvas on which we could design our dream reception setting. With its high ceilings, beautiful timber finishings and stunning Sydney harbour views, we fell in love with the venue the first time we visited it.

Our cake was modern with beautiful flower detail. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the wedding cake we wanted. Also Patricia’s cakes taste divine – hazelnut with mocha truffle creme YUMMMMMY!

My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Chris waiting for me at the end! His reaction was truly amazing. I’m extremely glad that I could share the moment with our loved ones and friends.

Chris said his favorite part of the day was seeing Minji for the first time as she walked down the aisle. It was that moment where I finally sank in that “I am getting married… to this amazing woman”.

The speeches were our favorite part of the reception! We were truly humbled by the beautiful words everyone said regarding us. There were tears, laughter and beautiful stories!

Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne is an artist. He’s calm, friendly and the consummate professional. Adrian put us at ease and always worked with us rather than directing us to pose! His photos show his artistry and we’re truly blessed that he was there to capture each and every special moment of our wedding day.

Our atmosphere was us. Relaxed, fun and all about the small details.

Photography: Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne | Floral Design: Naomi Jones Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes | Invitations: Little Peach Co | Reception Venue: Simmer On The Bay | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | DJ: Above & Beyond DJs | Ties: Vanda Fine Clothing | Groom's Attire: P Johnson | Groom's Shoes: Carmina | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitshop | Celebrant: Melissa Soncini | Wedding Venue: Vaucluse House

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Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower

When you use words like “pastel chic” to describe your bridal shower, you better bet it has SMP written all over it. With beautiful blooms by the Pattersons and vintage crockery from The High Tea & Party Specialists, every detail is darling, I mean just look at that Candy Star Cake! Adding to the guest list was Nerida McMurray, who captured every excited moment celebrating the bride-to-be.

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From The Bride…My Kitchen Tea was a fun Sunday afternoon ‘high tea’ shared with the wonderful ladies of my family and friends. Pretty pastel chic was the look of the day – There was hanging paper garlands, fresh flowers and beautiful vintage crockery with polkadot teapots filled with all kinds of tea. We snacked on scones, finger sandwiches and a mountain of desserts lovingly made by my Mother and Mother in-law to be. Sophisticated yet spectacular, I had such a lovely afternoon celebrating my upcoming nuptials with champagne flowing, playing games and sharing family recipes and marriage advice!

A very good friend of mine organised and styled the beautiful day, with the help of my gorgeous bridesmaids who made it such a memorable day.

Photography: Nerida McMurray | Flowers: Pattersons | Cakes: Candy Star Cakes | Venue: Private Residence | Furniture: Walkers Party Hire | Peacock Chair: Decorative Events | Vintage Crockery: The High Tea & Party Specialists

Vintage Chic Spring Wedding in Byron Bay

Toasting to your new nuptials at a picnic with your bridal party sounds like the best celebration ever. This couple discovered the perfect way to kick back and get some fabulous photos at the same time with their post-vows sips and snacks, and I have a feeling a lot of us will be recreating this exact thing. Bush Turkey Studios was there to snap up the fun, and let’s dive into all the pretty right here.

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From Little Gray Station… When Alyce and Kyle contacted us to style their wedding we couldn’t wait to begin. Alyce had a beautiful, dreamy concept in mind for her wedding: romantic, modern-day vintage with soft colours and lots of attention to detail. The couple chose the gorgeous Byron venue “Verandahs” for their day, a private estate that fit Alyce’s vision of a contemporary country wedding perfectly. Sprawling manicured lawns and a forest of tall trees made the perfect blank canvas on which to build this picturesque celebration.

The ceremony itself was held in a small clearing, surrounded by greenery. Soft white flowers tied to string and draped from a tree created a simple, elegant backdrop that complemented the setting to perfection. The ceremony styling included a rustic wooden butlers tray that held handmade rose cones and floral ceremony programs, and the aisle was framed with hanging jars of small posies. The ceremony flowed seamlessly into canapé hour. A drink station was set up on the verandah, overlooking the property as the guests partook in lawn games and enjoyed the exquisite food by private caterer David Forster. Meanwhile, a picnic styled photo shoot was arranged for the bridal party, a playful and casual theme that reflected the occasion.

A clear marquee on the lawn created the reception. We had so much fun styling this – so many creative little details that combined to make something wonderfully effective. Luggage tags with bronzed keys were strung across a pair of vintage doors to create the seating chart at the entrance of the marquee. A rustic white table held a working typewriter where guests were able to type a message to the newlyweds. The table setting was elegant-meets-rustic with a country feel. Vintage books were used for a sense of height, and small posies of flowers and tea lights made the setting soft and romantic. The place cards were simple envelopes with button detailing, with a sweet thank-you message inside from the happy couple. Sprigs of rosemary completed the look and the marquee truly smelt amazing!

The wedding was full of personal little touches that just made the day so special. The miniature jars of pickles and lemon butter were made from a recipe passed down from Alyce’s nanna, for guests to take home and enjoy. Alyce’s nanna had also given each of her granddaughters a teacup when they were young, and these delicate little teacups were displayed on a small tea station – such a beautiful touch to the day. In our opinion it is these personal touches that make a wedding memorable and so full of love. The day was coordinated by the incredible Jane Magnus and captured by the very talented Bush Turkey Photography – we hope you love the photos as much as we do.

Photography: Bush Turkey Studios | Floral Design: The Garden Florist | Cake: Sweet Obsessions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Truese | Makeup Artist: April Harvie | Entertainment: North Coast Events | Celebrant: Samantha Miller | Wedding Venue: Verandahs Byron Bay | Brides Dress: Jennifer Reagan | Grooms & Groomsmen Suits: Roger David | Marquee Hire: Byron Bay Party Hire | Planning: Jane Magnus | Styling And Hire: Little Gray Station | Wedding Car: Xcede Transport

Modern Lego Birthday Party

If you’ve ever spent time with a boy – ages 3 to 10 or so – you know that Legos are kind of everything. I’ve spent hours in that damn store with my son who inspects each piece like he were about to go into major surgery. So when I show him this little lego inspired party – crafted by One Lovely Day with sweets by Sweet Bloom Cakes – I know exactly what he’s going to say. “Mom, when is MY birthday.”

We had an amazing day celebrating the 5th birthday of our sweet little boy Aniken. Aniken is absolutely obsessed with Lego and when i told him that he will be having a Lego themed party, he was over the moon.

My dear friend Dewi from Sweet Bloom Cakes made the delicious lego head birthday cake. Sweet treats included, macarons, lego cookies, pyramid chocolates, lego cupcakes, handmade chocolates and a selection of yummy candy. I purchased these cute black and mint garbage bins and filled them up with lollies. I designed the white lego inspired backdrop and kept is very simple as i wanted all of these other elements of the table to pop. The colour palette was black and white with touches of yellow and blue.

Last but not least, i was glad that Aniken had an amazing time with his friends and family and i enjoyed watching him play soccer, running and dodge ball games.

Event Styling: One Lovely Day | Cake And Sweets: Sweet Bloom Cakes

Rustic + Soft Southern Highlands Wedding

In my humble opinion, flowers can make or break a wedding. They can elevate a perfectly beautiful soiree to cover-of-a-magazine perfection. Today’s Southern Highlands wedding is one of those weddings. It’s stunning, thanks in large to the floral design from Justine Rose, and you can feel the love and laughter in Studio Something’s images. In short? Perfect.


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Spring
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From The Bride…On the morning of our wedding, we woke to a cloudless sky, a warm breeze and an ethereal, hazy-mauve sky from the severe bushfires nearby. We had hired a stunning 8-bedroom property called Belmore for our family, bridal party and two gorgeous dogs to stay for the entire weekend. This was one of the best things we did, as it made the wedding excitement last for much longer than just the one day, and the homestead was such a great, big, light-filled space for everyone to get ready in. It looked incredible in our photos too, with its sprawling acreage, lavender gardens in full bloom, eclectic furnishings and Moroccan-style doors and wall insets.

My dress was by Rebecca Childs, owner of local bridal boutique Beska. The ball gown was made from soft blush-pink silk dupion with intricate ruffled flowers on the skirt and an off-shoulder wrap. After the ceremony we removed the wrap to reveal a sweetheart neckline, lined with a tiny bit of feminine lace. I also wore my Mum’s jewellery and three-tiered veil, which was finished with a hairpiece, specially made to incorporate my Great-Grandmother’s brooch.

We travelled from Belmore to our ceremony in beautiful old Jags owned by Vic’s old school mate, Kevin. Our ceremony was held on the old sandstone lookout in the rambling gardens of Hillview Governor’s House, a heritage-listed property that was once the country retreat for the NSW governors.

Vic and I both wanted a formal, traditional wedding, but we wanted to do things in a new way that people might not have seen before. We wanted the ceremony be soft, whimsical and just really beautiful and relaxing for our guests. I had literally bombarded Justine – our florist and stylist – with hundreds of ideas and images from Pinterest, mags and blogs – and she took all of my crazy ideas and translated them perfectly into the most beautiful setting.

We were absolutely blown away by her work – the flower garlands and ribbons in the big tree, the incredible rustic arch erupting with flowers, the ‘his and hers’ loveseat, mismatched chairs and the old dresser for the drink stand. The dresser held our programs, which we had made ourselves, and Vic’s own delicious Vodka-citrus punch. We also had ciders, mini-bubbles and water on ice as it was such a hot day, as well as gorgeous hand-woven picnic blankets we’d bought in South America for guests to relax on – a nod to Vic’s Chilean heritage.

We fell in love with the restaurant at Centennial Vineyards as soon as we walked in – warm and rustic, with big fireplaces, worn timber floors, long wooden tables and a vaulted timber ceiling with thick beams and magnificent chandeliers.

We wanted a Latin ‘fiesta’ feel for the reception, something loud and full of colour, and a bit bolder than what we had for the ceremony. Justine’s styling and flowers just looked amazing in that setting. The tables were lined with burlap runners and neon confetti, mismatched jars, pops of timber, incredible flowers and the most gorgeous mini pineapples. Most amazing of all though was THAT SIGN! It was the brainchild of myself and Justine – she sat down with me and said, ‘It would be cool to hang something from that beam, like a flower chandelier,’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve seen the perfect thing on Pinterest – it’s like a swing, but with flowers and a sign, which could say Kaitlyn & Victor’. Justine took care of the swing and the flowers, and while we had originally wanted to jigsaw out the sign ourselves, we ended up ordering a laser cut version from WoodenYouLoveItAus on Etsy, which we painted ourselves – at 11pm the night before the wedding!

All of the styling went so perfectly with our handmade menus, place cards and favours. Our favours were test tubes filled with ‘Buddha Tears’, balls of Jasmine tea that slowly unfurl in hot water. Vic and I are both tea-drinking nerds at heart, so we felt that our favours were the perfect gift.

Fitting in with the winery location, I really wanted a wine barrel to use as our wishing well, and we eventually found a worn old mini-barrel in an antique emporium in Bowral. Vic had to create a custom lid for it and stain it to match the existing timber.

When they’re not holding functions, Centennial Vineyards is a outstanding restaurant, so the food and wine was always going to be sensational – head chef Robin Murray helped us put together an incredible menu of wedding classics that would appeal to everyone – chicken, beef, chocolate mousse and crème brulee – but with very modern, gastronomic twists to make each course something really special.

Our beautiful cake was made by Selina Johnson, a friend of my maid of honour, and decorated by Justine. The cake was an absolute work of art – another of our most appreciated parts of the day. It was three tiers, each a different flavour: the bottom was chocolate mud with chocolate ganash, red velvet with cream cheese in the middle and vanilla with vanilla cream on top.

I know that not every wedding day runs as smoothly and as perfectly as you might like, but thanks to my awesome bridesmaids and our incredible vendors, I truly had the most beautiful, dream-like day. Every time we look back over our stunning photos, Vic and I know that our day just wouldn’t have been what it was without our photographers Studio Something, Justine and team, Bec from Beska and so many others. If I could have my wedding day a thousand times over, I would choose to work with them every single time.

Photography: Studio Something | Wedding Dress: Beska | Cake: SJ Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: Hillview Governor's House | Reception Venue: Centennial Vineyards Restaurant & Winery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Hair And Makeup: Liv Lundelius | DJ: XYDJ | Groom's Attire: Tarocash | Floral Design & Styling: Justine Rose | Garter: JLWeddings | Jeweller: Noah Gattea | Ringbox: MWBStudios | Second Photographer: Minh Vu Photography | Sign - Wooden Lettering: WoodenYouLoveItAus | Stop Motion Videos: Studio Something | Transport: A-Z Events

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Sunset Sydney Engagement Session

Engagement shoots are ALL about the love, but if we’re being totally honest…a little added bloomage doesn’t hurt one bit. Exhibit A? This gorgeous duo who took to the open fields of Australia with jaw-dropping florals from Chanele RoseAmy Chan beautified the bride, Styled By Linda guided the shoot, and Jenny Sun Photography made each and every moment sparkle in the gallery. Enjoy!

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Summer
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From The Bride…Ken and I had known each other for many years, having met back when he was a helpful senior in Uni. Through chance and circumstance, our friendship brought us closer together until we decided to take our relationship to the next level.

That was 2 years ago.

Now that the wedding is only months away, I look back at the moments that defined our romance with unbridled fondness. Having a great friend for a lover is having your cake and eating it too. There is intimacy with trust. There is passion with joy. There is solace with adversity. I wanted it to last forever.

Which is why I said “YES!!” when he asked. It started with a romantic candlelight dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in town, followed by a gentle stroll by the moonlit foreshore. As we approached a secluded bench overlooking the harbour, he sat me down and disappeared momentarily, only to return with a bouquet of beautiful red roses. Within them was a surprise; a ring box! Filled with anticipation I flipped it open, only to find to my complete dismay that it was empty!!

I must have looked ridiculous when I turned to face him, a mixture of frustration and disappointment. Of course, there he was on one knee with a cheeky smile on his face, producing the ring from his pocket. He always loved to keep me guessing although this time I could’ve done without the suspense!

We spent the week leading up to our engagement shoot concerned as the gloomy (and occasionally somewhat rainy) weather threatened to interfere. Thankfully the sun was shining through practically the entirety of the session, leaving us with a truly magnificent backdrop. We were also fortunate enough to have met with the most amazing wedding vendors — Jenny Sun Photography, Amy Chan Hair & Make up Artistry, Chanele Rose Flowers and Styled by Linda, who had all combined to make the day not only possible but incredibly special. We definitely had a memorable time out in the sun!

Photography: Jenny Sun Photography | Styling: Styled By Linda | Floral Design: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Attire: Emporio Armani | Hair & Make Up: Amy Chan Hair & Make Up Artistry

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