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Modern Yellow Infused Wedding at Bondi Beach

Black and yellow have been done but never in a way so fresh and modern and all with a cool beachside vibe. Leave it to Australia and more specifically Bondi Beach, to turn these colors into fun, whimsical beauty along with a hand by Maggie May Flowers and Jane Allen Photography. And we haven’t even mentioned the dress. Oh that dress by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. See it all right here.

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From The Bride…We met through work in 2004. We only worked together for a couple of years, but despite parting ways professionally we remained friends for years after. Our paths continued to cross and we would often go running together. Trent asked me on dates lots of times over the years but I kept turning him down! 6 years later after running the City 2 Surf, we ran into each other at the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi where we were celebrating our efforts with our friends. After all those years of saying no to Trent’s date invitations it was his impressive dance moves that afternoon that finally swayed me. One kiss later and I was hooked!

Trent proposed to me on the hill at Mark’s Park overlooking Bondi Beach. It is only a couple of 100 metres from where we live and you can see that spot from where we got married at Bondi Icebergs. He proposed to me on our morning run. I had no idea and just couldn’t believe it. It was the most perfect day apart from me missing out on doing my set of ‘burpees’ which were apparently interfering with Trent’s proposal plan.

Our location was Bondi Icebergs (pool deck for the ceremony and a cocktail reception in the Bondi Icebergs club). It was an easy choice for us. We absolutely love Bondi. As a couple it’s been a really big part of our lives, and our home together. The venue is simply beautiful. Given we live 200 meters away another big tick was not having to go anywhere on our big day! We spend many weekends at Icebergs swimming and enjoying the sunshine! It’s one of our favourite places. The venue and location are so beautiful I was conscious of not over styling. We wanted the beautiful white rock and ocean to shine. We chose a white colour palette with lots of different textures. Natural fibers like wood and un-coated card were featured throughout along with daisies as the main floral element.

The accent color was a little yellow taken from the Daisies which decorated both the ceremony and reception and a hint of black. My favourite decoration was the incredible Daisy Chain garland that’s swung between the flagpoles on the pool deck. I did all the styling myself and was lucky to find a wonderful group of vendors to help my vision come to life. Massive thank you goes to our florist, Jenni from Maggie May Flowers in Bondi who went way over my expectations in everything she created.

I got a lot of inspiration from home wear designers Blacklist Studio and Pony Rider and our flower girl’s dress which I found at a Zimmerman warehouse clearance for $15. The flower girl dress was the very first item I bought for the wedding and still one of my favourite pieces. My Mum made a beautiful flag with a love heart to hang from the reception ceiling. My Bridesmaid Dhiarne made our incredible wedding cake and cupcakes and I made jams as gifts for our guests. I purchased some personalized magnets from Etsy as well. Our flower girl Eden wore a daisy chain circlet on her head and carried a basket with daisy heads which she sprinkled as she walked. She wore a gorgeous white crochet floor length dress from Zimmerman Kids. I stumbled across both bridesmaid dresses. It was really important that both girls felt absolutely gorgeous in their outfits. I was keen for them to wear different dresses that worked together in the overall theme. It wasn’t until the day of the wedding that I saw their dresses together and couldn’t have been happier. Dhiarne’s dress was spotted in a store window in Bondi and Meg’s on the website BHLDN. Meg’s dress originally was lost in the post as we bought it online but lucky for us it showed up a few months later! Trent really wanted to get ‘dressed-up’ for our special day so we put all the boys in dinner suits. Trent wore a bow-tie and his brothers were straight black ties. All the suits were really easy to find and reasonably priced which definitely helped the overall budget. I saw my amazing dress in Cosmo Wedding and HAD to try it on. I knew it was the one before I even went into the Paddington store. It was absolutely perfect for my style and the wedding we had in mind. I looked through lots and lots of wedding magazines and blogs and had struggled to see anything I liked till I saw my KWH dress. Lucky for me the Paddington Store is just down the road from my work and I could try it on in my lunch break. I bought it the next day! The back of the dress was absolutely stunning. Just so unique and beautiful. I loved the sequin bodice and shape of the neckline and cap sleeves. The skirt was so flowy and light I knew it would be perfect with the ocean breeze. I wore a beautiful headpiece from Bo and Luca. My Mother-in-law bought me the most beautiful diamond studded star shaped stud earrings from a boutique in Paddington which I adore. My bridesmaids wore their own shoes and jewelry.

We love Jane and her brother James who photographed our day! Jane answered our brief to capture ‘the whole event not just us’ perfectly. We only spent 30minutes on bridal party photographs which was great as we wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests and enjoying the moment. We aren’t into posed/styled photographs and Jane new exactly how to make that work. I can’t recommend Jane highly enough. Everyone just had so much fun. The dance floor was especially busy all night! I just loved our photographers Jane and James who not only captured everyone’s smiling faces but got right into the spirit by dancing along with our guests and especially my step Dad John. We’re still getting comments from our guests about how much they loved Jane and James! Jenni from Maggie May Flowers is an absolute genius! She made everything on the day (and before) perfect. Jenni listened to everything I asked for and came up with an amazing floral design that was perfectly ‘un-structured’ exactly as I wanted.

Erica came up with the most beautiful ceremony. She opened with a wonderful speech about us which she developed after speaking with Trent and I separately as well as 5 or 6 of our closest friends and family. Erica also suggested our Mum’s doing a speech during the ceremony rather than readings which was a great way for them to be involved. Their brief was to say anything they wanted! Trent’s mum read a beautiful poem which is dear to her heart and my Mum read a piece I had to write about myself to get into uni – that was very un-expected and gave all our guests a good laugh. I’ve never seen so much laughing in a wedding ceremony! I liked that I a lot. Melissa was such a lovely person. Her styling skills are so wonderful. I only had my hair trial one week prior to the wedding as I was too busy with work to fit it in before then. I never worried for one second! She listened to everything I asked for and I felt like my hair was perfect. Megan was incredible and made everyone feel so beautiful! She nailed our natural look. Doing the make-up for 5 girls who rarely wear foundation could have been tricky but she made us all feel and look stunning.

Photography: Jane Allen Photography | Floral Design: Maggie May Flowers Bondi | Wedding Dress: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES | Invitations: Minted | Hair Stylist: Melissa Cauchi | Grooms Attire: Uber Stone | Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David | Venue: Bondi Icebergs | Bridesmaid Dress (long Sleeve): Samvara | Bridesmaid Dress (no Sleeve): BHLDN | Ceremony Bamboo Flags: Spoonful Designs | Flower Girl: Zimmerman Kids | Hairpiece: Bo & Luca | Make-up Artist: Make-up By Megan | Music: DJ Solutions | Reception Decor: Confetti Systems’

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Byron Bay Cliff Top Wedding

Swapping vows on a gorgeous cliff top with your loved ones circled close is probably as good as it gets. And lucky for us, SMPers, we’re getting an up-close peek at just that thanks to Ming Nomchong. She documented what might be the most perfect ceremony we’ve ever come across, and in case you want more it’s all waiting right here.

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Fall
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Beach
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Rustic

From The Bride…Being Byron Bay locals, we truly know the beauty of our surroundings as well as the talented people that fills it’s boarders. We hand choose everyone local and avoided everything wedding. The locations were a huge factor and very risky. We actually had to sneak 75 guest along a 15 minute track, knowing that we could be turned around at any moment because our site was totally illegal…. we didn’t get turned around :) The ceremony was held on a cliff edge at Broken Head, the same location where Toby proposed.

While we were signing our paper work, we asked all of our guest to form a huge circle. The celebrant introduced us as Mr. & Mrs. Webber as we entered the middle of the circle. We then threw our hands up and yelled… GROUP HUG! The song.. “We are family” started playing and we just had a huge dancing hug on the cliff. MAGIC!

For the reception, we used incredible, jaw-dropping Tipi’s from Byron Bay Tipis as our reception venue rather then hiring a tradition marquee. The tipis overlooked a spectacular cliff wall which turned into the backdrop of an incredible light show, which carried our guest through ever changing visual affects as well as featuring a slide show of black and white photos of Toby and I throughout our lives. The cliff walls where surrounded by water, filled with lily pads and purple lotus flowers. It truly took your breath away.

We filled the tipi’s with a romantic lighting, classic soft French furniture and clashed it with an enchanted rustic lushness of nature. We didn’t follow any rules and took huge risk along the way. Staying true to ourselves in everything we did.

We did not want to do the traditional favors. We wanted to give our guest an experience as well as showing them the reasons why we call Byron Bay home. We surprised everyone with a fire show which we became apart of at the end and included our own heart on fire!

Rather then your traditional videographer, we hired a helicam, which really captured the moment in all it’s magnificent beauty from high above.

Food was also a huge factor of the night. I wanted it to be interactive, local and amazingly delicious. We chose our favorite vendors from our local farmers market. We started the reception off with huge rustic cheese boards from Bangalow Cheese Co. Followed by the sushi bar from Doma Sushi Café. Truly the best sushi in Australia and I had to have them! Then came delicious wood fire pizza from Crabbes Creek. They also provided local fresh salads and organic BBQ beef filets with mushroom sauce.

Our honeymoon was overlooking our reception site and just 1 minutes away from our home. Why would we want to go any where else.

Photography: Ming Nomchong | Wedding Planner: Clare Disko | Floral Design: Bower Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Sweet Obsessions | Ceremony Venue: Broken Head Cliff | Shoes: Forever Soles | Hair: Bangalow Hair Room | DJ: DJ Beaver | Celebrant: Marg Walgers | Busker Used For Music Pre Ceremony: Lucy | Filmmaker & Editor: Sail Me To The Moon | Fire Dancers: Utopian Fire | Furniture Hire: The One Day House | Heli-Cam: Craig Parry | Honeymoon Suite: La Vista | Lighting & Sound: North Coast Events | Location- Ceremony: Broken Head Cliff Top | Location- Reception: Island Quarry- Best Kept Byron Bay Secret | Nails: Willow Byron Bay | Stylist: Natalie Holt | Sushi Bar: Doma Cafe- Federal | Tipi Hire: SamiKata Tipi Events | Wood Oven Pizza: Crabbes Creek Wood Fire Pizza

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Country Garden Wedding in Byron Bay

Nothing quite beats the charm and romantic feel of a garden wedding. There’s just something about saying “I Do” amongst the beauty of nature, you know? This wedding day is set against the greenery of Byron Bay with lawn games a plenty and a wedding that mirrors a really gorgeous dinner party but kicked up a few stunning notches by The French Petal. Sift through image after pretty image by Guy Evans Photography in the full gallery.

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Fall
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Garden

From the Bride… While we didn’t have a set theme for the day it was important to us to capture a mood that was rustic and simple but also fitted with the country garden setting. The colours were fresh and garden-like to match this with a heavy focus on white with soft pinks, purples, apricots and a dark plum to bring it all together. We wanted it to feel simple and natural as the venue and Byron Bay are so beautiful in their own right, it was about fitting into the atmosphere of the area and letting the fun happen. Adding to a beautiful day were the incredible staff at Fig Tree who were so kind, friendly and accommodating.

The wedding day featured unique details including:
– A Floral chandelier hanging above the head table
– Post and pre-ceremony pool-side cocktail party featuring record player and vinyl that guests could select themselves
– Lawn games including; Crochet and lawn bowls for after the ceremony
– A local violin/guitar duet which provided music for the ceremony
– A midnight sparkler send-off at the end of the reception
– The most beautiful three tier chocolate mud, lemon and coconut wedding cake elegantly decorated with roses

Photography: Guy Evans Photography | Floral Design: The French Petal | Dress: Rose & Delilah By Jessica Fontaine | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Hair & Makeup: Ava Belle | Groom's Attire: Country Road | Celebrant: Michelle Shannon | Bride's Rings: Maytal Hannah | Bridesmaids Dress: Tome | Bridesmaids' Dress: Asos | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms | Groom's Ring: Blue Nile | Music: Byron Strings | Transport: Ballina Byron Mini Bus Hire | Venue & Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant & Rooms

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Beach Bridal Shoot

So, your favorite pet happens to be a majestic horse that looks mighty fine in a gorgeous floral wreath.  It also happens to be a horse that you weren’t able to include in your Big Day.  Fear not, loves, because there is always the post-wedding bridal shoot option to make sure all is right in the world.  Think stunning images from Raconteur Photography all set against a breathtaking beach.  See it all here.

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Spring
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From Raconteur Photography… Luke and Carly were married just over a year ago in a beautiful ceremony at Melany on the Sunshine Coast. Unfortunately Carly couldn’t include her big baby Bacardi in the ceremony or the wedding photos. I new Carly loved her horse and when I saw she instagrammed some photos of her riding on the beach, I immediately wanted to do a styled shoot with her in her wedding dress on the beach with her horse. Carly was all for it as she never got photos of that on her wedding day, but her mother wasn’t after spending an excess of six hours hand cleaning her dress after the wedding. I think her words were “I will kill you .”  I contacted Lee of House of Serendipity Gowns Gold Coast to see if she could help and she was more than happy as she had some beautiful gowns that she wanted to showcase.

I also contacted Charlotte of Skeleton Leaf on the Gold Coast to see if she would like to do something for the horse and Carly, she had wanted to do a floral reef for a horse for a while and came up with the amazing piece. We wanted to keep the shoot simple and not overdone to reflect the beautiful location and the people within the images. Hair and make up was beautifully done by Elle of Glamamour Make Up by Elle. 

The weather on the day was not supposed to be good with storms predicted, but we traveled down to Cabarita Beach to the Pony Club across the road where we met with everyone to get ready.  Being an actual couple and not models was great for me, as I could interact with them and get the chemistry they have to flow. A storm did eventually roll through as we packed up and dashed for our cars it hammered down. I hope you love the images as much as Carly did and all of us making them.

Photography: Raconteur Photography | Floral Design: Skeleton Leaf | Wedding Dress: House Of Serendipity Gowns | Location: Cabarita Beach

SMP Australia Welcomes Our Advertisers!

We all know that wedding planning isn’t always easy, but thanks to Hyatt Australia, choosing a venue just became the most stress-free part of your big day.  Think glamorous, five-star amenities, top-notch service and breathtaking settings, all wrapped up in five (!) stunning locales across Australia.  It’s basically a bride and groom’s dream come true, lovelies.  Check them out below for even more info…

From Hyatt Australia… At Hyatt we are as excited about weddings are you are. That’s why we strive to deliver consistent 5 star service allowing you to concentrate on the most important thing – enjoying special moments with your loved ones. Experience the magic of your wedding day with spectacular photographic backdrops in locations across Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

Hyatt offers some of the most romantic and unique wedding settings in Australia. Create everlasting memories within Park Hyatt Melbourne’s elegant garden, with manicured hedges and topiary trees. Capture picturesque photographs with the sweeping marble staircase or the nearby Fitzroy Gardens as stunning backdrops. Park Hyatt Sydney delivers a contemporary luxury wedding venue with unrivalled waterfront harbour views amongst iconic locations as The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. While the Gallery at Park Hyatt Sydney caters for up to 120 wedding guests, the luxurious Guest House offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House for up to 70 guests, with an exclusive presentation kitchen coupled with a private outdoor terrace on Sydney’s breathtaking waterfront. Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel with its leafy garden is the perfect wedding reception venue for an outdoor ceremony. Their classically designed function rooms can cater for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests or gala luxury wedding events for up to 300 guests in the Federation room with a high ceiling and dominant ceiling light fittings.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne provides the perfect glamorous city venue for your wedding reception, catering for intimate weddings with 50 guests to gala events of up to 730 guests. Be enchanted with memories and photographs from within the undercover courtyard of the residence or the impressive Savoy and Mayfair gala ballrooms.

Hyatt Regency Perth overlooks the picturesque Swan River and presents the perfect photography backdrop with their unique sandstone water fountain and impressive glass dome ceiling within its magnificent Conservatory lobby. With superb ballrooms and a range of stylish function rooms, Hyatt Regency Perth can cater to great range of needs and budgets, to suit any bridal couple.

With a variety of impressive event spaces for intimate to large weddings, the personal approach from all of Hyatt’s wedding specialists across Australia will provide you with confidence and comfort that every aspect of your wedding will be planned as you have dreamed, providing you and your guests with an experience to delight.

For more information visit Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel, Grand Hyatt Melbourne and Hyatt Regency Perth, or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  And don’t miss the newly launched Hyatt Weddings digital magazine, free to download for both iPads and Android tablets and the perfect planning source for modern brides and grooms, featuring bridal tips and secrets from leading industry experts such as Anna Campbell and Hardy Brothers Jewellers.

Photography: Steve YoungDavid MitchenerVito FisicchiaGeoff Lung

Classic 1920′s Inspired Australian Wedding at the Simmer On The Bay

There is a lot to love about this sweet soiree captured by Tealily Photography. And I mean A LOT. Beautifully decorated with flowers from Plumbago and furniture by Decorative Events And Exhibitions and ‘LOVE’ lights by EventHaus, this 1920′s inspired fête is inspiration overload in the best possible way, and you can get inspired right here.

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Summer
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Romantic

From Tealily PhotographyChloe and Nathan had an amazing wedding and despite the summer heat, they had a day to remember surrounded by their families and closest friends. They chose vendors that helped them create a classic wedding with a twist of the 1920′s – a pastel palette with splashes of gold. To top off the fun, Chloe and Nathan had a photo booth set up with a custom golden backdrop.

Photography: Tealily Photography | Event Design: Decorative Events And Exhibitions | Event Styling: EventHaus | Floral Design: Plumbago | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Project Cake | Ceremony Venue: Pier One | Reception Venue: Simmer On The Bay | Make-up: Makeup Mode | Hair Stylist: Leearna Zammit