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Intimate Summer Wedding

If you’re wondering what happens when a sweeter than sweet duo ties the knot in a romantic meets intimate summer affair in Australia, well, this is IT, lovelies.  Think colorful blooms from Florals By Silva, a stunning Karen Willis Holmes gown and a happily ever after captured in beautiful images by Gold Hat Photography.  Fall in love with every breathtaking moment right here in THE VAULT.


From Gold Hat Photography… I started my day with Justin, two Patricks and one very docile Jasper the Pomeranian in Cremorne to cover the preparations. Perhaps due to his past duties in the RAF, Justin seems to be very neat and tidy – it’s rare to find the groom’s details so neatly arranged, and bed sheets folded with hospital corners! No wonder Jasper’s so well behaved.

Next stop was the 1888 Hotel in Pyrmont to join Jess, her mum, a gang of super cute flower girls and bridesmaid Jasmina. Father of the bride Andrew and I were clearly outnumbered.

The beauty of a Grounds of Alexandria wedding is that both the ceremony and reception can be held in the same awesome space. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a tasty Grounds smorgasbord of treats, some hilarious speeches, and Justin and Jess’s first dance as a married couple under the twinkling atrium. Oh, and Andrew’s crazy dancing…

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Photography: Mark Condon | Floral Design: Grounds Florals by Silva | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: The Grounds Of Alexandria | Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes | Rings: Hardy Brothers | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Alexandra | Band: Duke | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Celebrant: Kathryn Breusch | Hotel: 1888 | Venue: The Grounds Of Alexandria

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Quick Tip: Modern Messy Half-Down ‘Do

Whether it’s from a casual waterside wedding, or a blacktie ballroom affair, the contrast of a slightly messy ‘do atop an ethereal gown gets me every time. My latest favorite variation — spotted in The Vault and in the Intimate Summer Sunstone Villa Wedding — is a modern twist on a classic: a half-up, half-down ‘do, with a mini-bun up top that’s easy, chic, and effortlessly cool.


Photography: Luna de Mare | Full Feature: Intimate Summer Sunstone Villa Wedding

Romantic + Elegant Garden Wedding Inspiration

This gallery is much more than a space filled with pretty pictures. It’s a mosaic of stunning moments from We Are Origami that will inspire ANY (and every) Bride! From a manicured garden graced with handfuls of bold vintage pieces, to the pairing of  timeless white blooms, there are so many goodies to share, and we invite you to find your favorite moment in THE VAULT!

From We Are OrigamiThis editorial styled by Carina Brezeanu was inspired by the beautiful gardens at Merribee House. We wanted to really focus on the stunning location and the amazing Steven Khalil gowns. These aren’t just pretty pictures – they are a mosaic of stunning moments and details that will inspire ANY bride!

The styling is minimal, using only a handful of bold vintage pieces to suit the country charm of Merribee, with gorgeous blooms in white, ivory and pale pink complementing the manicured gardens. Samantha Wills jewellery balanced each gown perfectly, while it was also kept simple and minimal to accentuate the beauty of each individual piece.

The gorgeous cake by Faye Cahill is a three tier citrus and white chocolate cake, iced in pearlised champagne fondant . The cake features custom lace made with edible lace, beading and piping as well as fondant ruffles and a gumpaste ruffled flower ball tinted champagne and cream. The bottom tier is made in the “petal” shape which gives a soft and sculpted silhouette.

The makeup and hair by Emma McGill was simple yet sultry with soft defining aspects to enhance our stunning models features, mainly focusing on the eyes with soft contouring/highlighting of the cheekbones. We focused on warm tones with a gold/peach undertone. The hair was styled in a soft, yet very elegant low bun which works for all hair lengths, whilst adding some texture and height throughout the top section, and can be let down later in the night to give the look yet another beautiful aspect.

Photography: We Are Origami | Cake: Faye Cahill | Makeup + Hair: Emma McGill | Venue: Meribee House | Bridal + Hair Accessories: Samantha Wills | Creative Direction + Styling + Floral Design: Carina Brezeanu | Furniture + Props: Vintage Patina | Gowns: Steven Khalil | Model: Natalie Bee