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Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

This is the sort of wedding you fall in love with instantly, because it’s just so pretty.  Think a beautiful garden ceremony meets lush blooms from Peonies Floral Designs meets a whole lot of mesmerizing moments captured by Tea Lily Photography.  In other words?  It’s beyond romantic and beyond amazing. See every last beautiful moment right here in the full gallery.


From the Bride… Rustic and elegant. Soft and pretty. White and nude neutrals to let the natural surroundings shine. Small and intimate with people who have been there for us and have had a big impact on our lives. To ensure that everyone we had there felt valued as they are our dearest and nearest.

Gifts for family and friends-

* Groom’s best mates were given pocket squares with their initials on them.
* Groom, groom’s mother and bride’s father were given embroidered handkerchiefs with personalised notes.
* Bride’s sisters were given “giving keys”. These keys are manufactured by homeless people who are looking to transition out of homelessness. They are employed to create keys with words of encouragement stamped into them. The philosophy behind the giving key is that the recipient of the key is only the owner of it for a period of time until they find someone to give the key away to who needs the message more than they do. Sisters were given ‘embrace’ and ‘courage’.
* No bridesmaids or groomsmen – everyone was too important to only choose a select group.

Note: To our creators and capture-ers – Our day was joyous, seamless and easy, not only from the love and friendship from our dearest and nearest, but also from the amazing people who helped to create and capture this special time in our life making this day possible. Leading up to our wedding, we would often receive comments about how calm we were planning this day, but the credit really goes to you all who were so wonderful to work with that we never had to worry. Each and every one of you are truly talented and brilliant and you always made us feel comfortable to enjoy the planning process and, of course, our day. I believe that you all share the same passion – to be the best at what you do – and that is what has made our day absolutely magical. We can’t thank you enough.

Photography: Tea Lily Photography | Florist: Peonies Floral Designs | Wedding Gown: Sottero & Midgley | Ceremony: Peppers Convent | DJ: XYDJ | Celebrant: Melissa Soncini | Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany And Co. | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Giving Keys: Giving Keys | Groom’s Suits: Mr Mister | Handkerchiefs: Etsy | Hangers: Heavenly Hangers | Herbies Spices: Herbies Spices | Invites: Deciduous Press | Makeup: Sally Studio | Music: Dylan Wright | Reception & Ceremony: Roberts | Video: Paper Cranes | Wedding Rings: Fairfax & Roberts

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Elegant Hunter Valley Wedding at Peppers Creek

You are going to need to sit down for this beauty, trust me. Because just when you think it can’t get any prettier, it does. And then some. Captured beautifully by Studio Impressions Photography, this wedding is the definition of jaw-droppingly gorgeous. With gorgeous florals from Peonies Floral Designer and styling by Decorating Dreams, this gallery couldn’t be prettier if it tried. See more here.


From Studio Impressions Photography …Madeline and Matt were going for an ‘Elegant Vineyard Chic’ feel to the wedding and drew inspiration from a number of places, such as old Parisian manuscripts for the programs to the names of Lake Como towns (where we got engaged!) for our table names.
The bride designed and produced the programs, menus and bombonieres.

From the Bride…The girls and I stayed at a property onsite so there was never a feeling of rushing at all the whole day which made for a relaxed and enjoyable experience. I was given away by my mother who was a picture of perfection (and had intentionally coordinated her outfit to match my sash!) and we walked down the aisle to the string trio’s version of a “Thousand Years”. Exchanging vows in front of our nearest and dearest in the gorgeous sandstone Peppers Creek Chapel was literally everything I hoped for. A special touch for me, was a photo of my late father that was placed in a silver heart locket and attached to my bouquet – giving me the much needed feeling that he was still able to walk me down the aisle. They arrived to a string trio which really set the mood for the ceremony. Matt had put together “Our Story” that was printed and distributed as part of the program, in order to give guests something to read as they patiently waited.

We walked out of the chapel, showered in rose petals thrown by our guests to the tune of Natalie Cole’s Everlasting Love before being whisked away to our location shoot by our fabulous photographer, Marcus Bell. Marcus had found some really stunning places hidden within the Hunter and took vineyard wedding photography to a whole other level, taking advantage of the awesome dusk light. From the first meeting he was warm and easygoing and precisely who we wanted to cover our special day. He covered my requests for formal family portraits, as well as the amazing landscape shots, and then all the candids in between! I couldn’t even spot him during the reception, yet the shots he captured were just truly breathtaking.

During cocktail hour, the guests were kept busy with canapés, drinks, the photobooth and assorted lawn games before being ushered into the enchanting Peppers Creek Barrel Room for the reception. The Peonies team did an amazing job of bringing to realization the couple’s vision with elegant mercury glass vases, romantic ivory flowers and the warmth of candlelight.

Midway through the mains, we played a twist on the Shoe Game and instead had given out to each guest 2 paddles, one with the Bride’s face on it and one with the Groom’s face on it. The awesome MC then asked everyone (including us!) a series of questions and everyone held up the paddle of who they thought best answered the question. Needless to say I believe most of the crowd got the answer wrong to “Who is the better driver”!? Haven’t laughed that hard in ages (and made for some hilarious candid shots!).” Each of the 240 game paddles were painstakingly made by the couple leading up to the wedding.

Our first dance came up which was something both of us were extremely nervous about. We are probably the world’s most uncoordinated couple, so we decided to start dance lessons 4 months prior to the wedding in order to give us both some much needed confidence. As if a dance wasn’t challenging enough, I had a moment of aberration and thought it would be a good idea to copy a routine from So You Think You Can Dance which involved the Viennese Waltz?! And although we missed a step or two (we were told no one noticed!), to have us overcome our shortcomings and have a go at this together was something I think all couples should do. There’s a feeling of accomplishment when you learn something together, invest time to get it right together, and sets a perfect example to dance through the rest of your lives together.

Music was very important to us, so after the first dance our awesome band Brown Sugar took over and really got the dance floor pumping. Our cake was a 3-layered masterpiece by I Do Wedding Cakes, consisting of a Caramel Drop, Red Velvet and Cherry Ripe layers.

The night ended with a sparkler sendoff by the guests and the groom’s MG getting a makeover from his groomsmen. The guests were driven home by various shuttles in order to ensure they could have a good night and not worry about driving afterwards and had personalized M&Ms (for Madeline & Matt) as bombonieres if they wanted another sweet bite for the ride home. The kids received activity packs at the reception (packaged in the same champagne ribbon as the bombonieres!)

Madeline’s advice for a smooth wedding day:

1. Book your vendors ASAP – all the small details can come after, but to avoid disappointment hit all the big points of reception and ceremony venues, photographer and band first.

2. If it can be done BEFORE the actual day – DO IT. Leave the day of the wedding for the essentials – eat, hair & makeup, eat, and get dressed (did I mention eat?). The Morning Of is not the time to start steaming outfits or making bombonieres.

3. Confirm orders with vendors a month before, and then a week before. Trust me. (Better to be annoying, than be left with no chairs at the reception!)

4. Finally, if you can’t change it, don’t stress it – there’s no point getting worked up over something that cannot be changed. So identify the issue, find a substitution/resolution and move on.

Photography: Studio Impressions Photography | Styling: Peonies Floral Designer | Styling: Decorating Dreams | Flowers: Peonies Floral Designer | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Peppers Creek | Reception Venue: Peppers Creek | Shoes: Miu Miu | Groom's Attire: Joe Black | Jewellery: Chanel | Jewellery: Tiffany & Co | Reception Caterer: Wine Country Catering

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Intimate Byron Bay Wedding

Beautiful days like this are exactly the reason I love my job so very, very much.  The stunning simplicity paired with some of the finest vendors in the business (think Julie CorbetPassion@flowers Byron Bay and Michelle Shannon) seriously takes your breath away, and the gorgeous gallery captured by Byron Loves Fawn is almost too much to handle.  Thank you, lovely bride and groom.  You’re awesome.  See it all here.


From the Bride… A month after having our baby, we decided to book our first family holiday to our most favorite place in the world, Byron Bay.

Somehow, sometime, we decided it just felt right to get married whilst we were there… We originally planned to elope, but then decided that we wanted to have our closest family there, too. Byron Bay is such a special place, when you get there you just feel so happy, like all your troubles are left behind.

The day before the wedding it was pouring rain – but thankfully, as we woke on the morning of the wedding, the sun came out and it was perfect!

We chose to get married under a beautiful purple flowering tree at Ewingsdale Hall. Eli, who is a builder by trade, built the archway himself out of a 100-year-old door frame, which was really special. The whole family got involved and helped us to decorate and set up the ceremony. Eli’s mum spent weeks before the wedding helping us by hand-making little
decorations and details that made the day special.

Eight years and one month after the first day we became a couple (exactly), at 11am on a Friday morning, we stood in front of 20 people, and our eight little nieces and nephews, and we finally became husband and wife.

“May this ring always belong to the hand of the one I love. This hand holds my heart forever.”

After the ceremony and photos we all went out to lunch at Byron Beach Cafe, which has an amazing view of the beach and super tasty food. The day was one of the most special days of our lives.

At the end of the day we all went down to Clarkes Beach and had a swim in the ocean. It was a perfect Byron Bay day. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. We felt euphoric!  “I promise to love you forever. I promise you this from my heart, for all the days of my life.”

Our Celebrant was Michelle Shannon.  Michelle was the most lovely celebrant. Both of us instantly felt so comfortable and happy with her from the moment we first met her. She took away any stress and instead made us feel so excited.  I asked around the different vendors we chose in Byron Bay for a celebrant they recommended and most said her. I am so glad I went with the recommendations as I  could not have imagined having anyone else!  Her passion and love for her job really shine through. All our family kept saying how lovely she was and how comfortable they felt with her. It is so important to chose the right celebrant, and we would highly recommend her to anyone.

Our photography team was Byron Loves Fawn.  Brett and Kristie are a husband and wife photography team that shoot with real film. They were so lovely and after a few minutes we felt like we were old friends. I love their style of photography, so whimsical, beautiful and artistic.

I wanted to go with simple flowers that looked like they had just been picked from a garden. Passionate flowers were really helpful and friendly. I ended up going with easter daisies and baby’s breath for the bouquets and white tea roses and baby’s breath for the hair circlets. When the flowers arrived in the morning they were perfect and I knew then
the day was going to be awesome.

I am so glad I went with Julie Corbet for makeup and hair. It is one very important thing for a bride and you put a lot of trust into the artist doing it, that they will do a good job. I couldn’t have been happier, she was so natural, friendly and down to earth. She said she would just try to accentuate what I had instead of making me look like someone else, which was exactly what I wanted as I don’t usually wear heavy makeup. I loved the way my hair and makeup turned out for the day. She was great, I highly recommend her!

Photography: Byron Loves Fawn | Flowers: Passion@flowers Byron Bay | Ceremony: Ewingsdale Hall | Reception: Byron Beach Cafe | Celebrant: Michelle Shannon | Makeup And Hair: Julie Corbet

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