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DIY Wedding in Sydney Harbor

My favorite part of these weddings are the back-stories. Like this pair who, in a very poignant move, decided to marry in the same church as the Bride’s parents and even snapped a photo in the place her father proposed to her mother. Take all that sentimental weight, add your closest friends and family and you have yourself one heartfelt affair. Just take a look at Matthew Land’s photos of the day!

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From Matthew Land StudiosA beautiful, family-centered wedding at a historic church above Sydney Harbor. Family set up the tent, prepared the church, performed live music and the ceremony while friends stepped in helping with flowers (Merrymount, credited for flowers is a bridesmaid), center pieces and hair & makeup. Nicky and Mike were married at the same beautiful church as her parents were and even took photos at Camp Cove Beach where her father had proposed. As a Seattle wedding photographer, flying to Sydney to escape our winter for a few weeks in their summer was perfect. Nicky and Mike are the perfect couple and I think these photos reflect a little bit of that. Their wedding was perfect even with the unforeseen hiccup when the limo carrying the bridal party through the Sydney Harbor Tunnel got a flat a half hour before the reception — underground!

Photography: Matthew Land Studios | Floral Design: Merrymount | Cakes: Petal And Pie | St Michael's Anglican Church, Vaucluse: Church

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Beautiful New South Wales Beach Wedding

Crazy cool weddings like this just have a way of making you happy.  Maybe it’s the laid-back vibe, the backyard party with yumminess from Eat Drink Catering or the stunning beach ceremony, but whatever the reason (my guess is all of the above), it’s the kind of day that puts a smile on your face that just won’t wipe away.  See every casually elegant moment captured by Florido Weddings in the full gallery.

From Florido Weddings… Lisa and Scott had a daytime wedding and reception in a private house which backs onto bushland in the scrub of Broken Head in Byron Bay.

From The Bride… As a background, Scott and I met at the Randwick races autumn carnival lawn party in 2007. Since moving to Brisbane, we have enjoyed many a weekend on the north coast of NSW visiting my family and enjoying and exploring hidden beaches and natural areas. Broken Head and Barefoots allowed us to enjoy a relaxed day away from the crowds in our favorite region.

Photography: Florido Weddings | Flowers: Lavish Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Catering: Eat Drink Catering | Hair And Make Up: Ava Belle | Suit: Wil Valor | Venue: Private Residence

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Rustic Barn Wedding at the Sydney Polo Club

There’s beauty in simplicity, and this relaxed and rustic barn wedding is absolutely brimming with it. Thanks to a little help from the bride’s friends like the florist at A Mother’s Niche Styling, Makeup By Kaylee, and a gorgeous cake from Just Cake It, the whole event filled every rustic desire and then some. Make sure to take a look at the gallery of loveliness from Dan Au Photography for more inspiration.


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From the Bride… The most important theme we wanted to follow on our wedding day, was us! Cain and I never wanted a traditional wedding; we tried to make the day reflect us as a couple, the things we love and the people that surround us as much as we could. We wanted a relaxed, country feel with some simple beauty and lots of fun!

When we first looked at The Sydney Polo Club, we fell in love with the Sunnybrook Barn. Such a picturesque, rustic, country feel about the entire property and it truly was the perfect choice for our wedding.

Our hair was so beautifully styled by a friend and hairdresser, Lauren Pareezer who did all the bridesmaids, flowergirls and mother of the bride on her own! And the make-up was attended to by another beautiful friend and make-up artist Kaylee from Make-Up By Kaylee. I wanted a natural look for both myself and the bridesmaids and Kaylee did such a wonderful job.

Another good friend and colleague, Jess from A Mother’s Niche, put all our bouquets together and they were the most stunning bouquets I’ve ever seen! Jess also took care of all the styling for both the ceremony and the reception…it was all perfect! The chandelier hanging in the tree, the handmade arbor, the vintage lounge and chairs; it all set a perfect scene.

The bridesmaids, flower girls and pageboy walked down the aisle to ‘make the most’ by Troy Cassar-Daley; one of our favorite country singers. This was also special to us as Cain proposed to this song playing in the Aussie outback. Our guests sat on hay bails instead of the traditional white chairs to keep with the country theme.

Cain and I wrote our own vows and chose not to share them with each other until we said them during the ceremony. This was such a surreal and magical moment in time. Emotional is an understatement and from what I’m told many of our guests were reaching for their tissues too.

Our photos were taken on the grounds of The Sydney Polo Club, with Dan and Ed from Dan Au Photography. Dan let us run free — literally! We ran across fields, jumped in the air and laughed and joked with our bridal party. Dan and Ed made us feel comfortable and they really captured the emotion and fun that we experienced throughout the day.

Our first dance as husband and wife we danced to ‘hey pretty girl’ by Kip Moore. The song is filled with so many words that we relate to our life and our unique love story.

With hair disheveled and no make-up left from all the dancing, Cain and I left and stayed at the Sebel Resort and Spa Windsor. Truly the most wonderful day of our lives!

Photography: Dan Au Photography | Wedding Cake: DeCake | Ceremony Venue: Sydney Polo Club | Make Up: Makeup By Kaylee | Hair: Laureen Pareezer Dukes | Celebrant: Angela Blatmann | Bridal Accessories: Smik Clothing | Bridal Gown: Demetrios | Flowers & Styling: A Mother's Niche Styling