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Peony Inspired Wedding Shoot + Film

Fun Fact: peonies can bloom for 100+ years! Its one of the heartiest (and prettiest) perennials around which is why we think this shoot from Styled by Linda is especially apropos for the upcoming wedding season. And we’re just as crazy about the bold blooms as we are about the stunning Anna Campbell gowns. Thankfully Le Motion Wedding Films and Silk Truffle Photography were there to lend their lenses for the day.

From Styled by LindaThis styled shoot was inspired by the bold and vibrant colors of peonies. Sydney is blessed with an abundance of this gorgeous bloom, what’s not to love about peonies! We wanted to capture its beauty together with equally gorgeous gowns, headpieces, veils and accessories.

The peony is one of the most popular flowers chosen by brides for their wedding. We often see the lighter and softer colors in bouquets and flower arrangements however for this shoot we wanted to inject a bit of color by using bright and bold colored flowers. We wanted to inspire brides to be more adventurous and daring with their choices of color their wedding. We wanted to create that feeling of warmth, romance and elegance that all brides want on their wedding day.

We had such a great team of collaborators who put in so much hard work on a very hot December day in Sydney. It was over 40 degrees and everyone worked tirelessly to bring everything together.

Photography: Silk Truffle Photography | Videography: Le Motion Wedding Films | Florist: Sweet Bride | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Wedding Cake Art | Stationery: Suely Lu Design | Makeup: Make Me Over Katie | Hair: Charles & Ann | Wedding Venue: Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands | Car: A1 Limousines | Crockery & Silverware: The Vintage Kitchen | Headpiece, Veil & Accessories: Three Sunbeams | Jewlery: Samantha Wills | Model: Cam Tu Nguyen | Model: Caitlin Alderson | Pinatas: Party Pony Designer Pinatas | Stylist: Styled By Linda

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Relaxed Summer Wedding in Sydney

There’s nothing more divine than being young and in love. Which is why we’re wistfully charmed by Hannah and Dane’s relaxed summer wedding. These pictures from Mark and Kara Photography are just the tip of the iceberg too (you can find the whole gallery here). The cavernous church, beautiful bouquets, the quaint Q Station reception hall, and a whole throng of elated family and friends – this wedding has it all!


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From Mark and Kara Photography…Hannah & Dane first met 10 years ago at Christian holiday camp for teens in Canberra in 2004, “we continued to meet each year at the camp and developed a strong friendship on the phone and through MSN – the good old days” says Hannah. “We began a long distance relationship between Canberra and Sydney in 2006, much to the shock of our parents. We would regularly talk on the phone and catch Murrays Buses between NSW and the ACT every month or so, and when we finished high school, Dane moved to Sydney so that we could live near each other”.

Hannah and Dane, both school teachers, continued to date through university, and now at the ages of 23 and 21, have already known each other for a decade. “We’ve known each other for half our lives, growing up together has seen us share many milestones.”

Dane proposed to his childhood sweetheart at sunrise in September 2012, at a lookout on Sydney’s middle harbour. ‘We were looking across the water from the Spit Bride to Manly Beach walk, I really couldn’t understand why we were awake so early until he finally pulled out a ring!”

Hannah and Dane married as soon as their university exams were finalized, keen to start the next chapter of their lives together. They wed at Petersham Baptist Church on December 7 2013, with a ceremony and afternoon tea for 250 guests. This was followed by a reception for 150 guests at Q Station in Manly. “We had drinks and canapes on the wharf followed by dinner, dancing and speeches in the heritage ballroom.” Guests were given homemade rocky road as a bomboniere, wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string. “It was the same secret recipe that I used to win Dane’s heart in the early days” says Hannah. “We wanted our wedding to be earthy, rustic and natural, so we went for creams, greens and native flowers to tie in with the rustic setting of the Q Station.”

Hannah wore a simple and classic ivory satin gown, deciding to not wear a veil and stay true to their dream of a relaxed wedding day. “I didn’t want a veil or anything over the top, I just wanted Dane to see me as myself.”

The couple spent their honeymoon travelling through the North Island of New Zealand in a camper van called Jane, for nine adventure filled nights!

Photography: Mark And Kara Photography | Wedding Gown: Jennifer Regan | Ceremony Venue: Petersham Baptist Church | Reception: Q Station

Palm Beach Waterfront Wedding

It’s crazy to think that this gorgeous day was planned in just three short months, but let me tell you, loves: when you pair up a fabulous team of vendors with a bride and groom as awesome as these two, anything is possible.  Think a breathtaking waterfront ceremony meets hundreds of happy faces meets all kind of amazing moments captured by David Campbell Imagery.  See them all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Kenny and I have been together seven years, but marriage still wasn’t high on our radar… at least I thought it wasn’t, until Kenny proposed during a trip to Switzerland last year.

Due to family circumstances we decided to have our wedding as soon as possible and to keep it local.

Scrapping our original plan to get married in Italy, I started calling venues and luckily The Boathouse Palm Beach had an opening, on Valentine’s Day no less!

For two people who had never envisaged their wedding day we knew we had quite a feat in front of us throwing a wedding together in three months! So the theme pretty much chose itself – simple and elegant. One thing I knew I did want was a bouquet featuring roses as homage to my Grandma, which Wedding Flowers By Renee put together along with simple baby’s breath for my bridesmaids.

The day started early with Zada Hair in charge of hair and makeup, making the girls look even more beautiful than they already are. We had a short, simple ceremony with Jessie Cacchillo, styled by The Wedding PA and Waves & Weddings for 85 guests on the Northern Beaches.

Our wedding photographer friend couldn’t take the photos as he was in our wedding party, so he put us onto Dave from David Campbell Imagery who was a joy to work with and did a fantastic. He also has an amazingly fast turnaround time!

The Boathouse looked stunning when we got to the reception and far exceeded any expectations we had. I didn’t have a chance to eat much on the night but I am so glad I had a piece of our wedding cake created by Cakes Plus as its one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. And it held of raining long enough for everyone to dance the night away!

So much love went into this wedding and we can’t thank our friends and family enough for all the help and time they gave in putting it together.

Photography: David Campbell Imagery | Videography: Hummingbird Wedding Films | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Renee | Cake: Cakes Plus | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: The Boat House Palm Beach | Hair & Makeup: Zada Hair | Marriage Celebrant: Jessie Cacchillo | Wedding Stylist: The Wedding PA And Waves & Weddings

Romantic Summer Wedding at Gunners Barracks

With bright, spring days finally in our midsts, it only seemed fitting to bring this minty blue wedding to the pages of SMP. Both streamlined and stylish, it’s a lesson in the beauty of simplicity and thanks to Weddings By Morris we get to swoon Every. Last. Bit. Get started here.


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From the Bride… What a dreamy day we had! It was a sunny Friday afternoon on the beautiful Sydney Harbour in the stunning Mosman where we celebrated our wedding day with our closest family and friends. The theme was a very romantic styled wedding and with travel involved. Most guests flew in from overseas. Our save the dates were made as a luggage tag letter pressed in mint green, the invitations a passport, with a poem of our love story inside.

The theme colours were beautiful ivory’s, rich creams and blush pinks. The Bridesmaids were in a soft pastel mint, my favourite colour. Soft chignon styled hair for the bridesmaids while mine was soft and wavy. Stunning bouquets made up of Peonies and David Austin Roses. Finer details, Groom and Groomsmen had vintage cufflinks made up of maps from where they were born and one of Sydney to celebrate the occasion. Mint green belgium chocolate and peanut butter and cream salted caramel favours for our guests, handmade and put into boxes and hand tied with hand written name tags.

Photography: Weddings By Morris | Videographer: Ivan Stepanov | Floral Design: Deborah Leah | Wedding Cake: Planet Cake | Brides Shoes: Sachi | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New | Celebrant: Martin Moroney | Venue: Gunners Barracks | Bonbonniere: Mak Mak | Brides Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Invitation Concept & Design: Rich Robson | Invitation Printing & Letterpress: Retro Press | Makeup And Hair Styling: Make-up Mode | Save The Date Printing & Letterpress: The Collector's Room | Venue Styling: Romeo's Chair | Wedding Cars: Roll Up In A Rolls

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Sydney Wedding Film

I wish I knew these two sweeties.  Heck, I wish I knew the entire Paper Cranes Productions crew.  Because this is a group of talented people who really, really, really seem like the life of every party.  I’m talking a bride and groom who are too cute for words and a band of coworkers who captured every moment of their day in a same day edit film that will take your breath away. Do it now – press play.

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From Paper Cranes Productions… Oh man, what a day.

Ferry and Renny have known each other for quite some time now, and we’ve really seen both of them grow so much together.

I feel there’s something poetic and beautiful about being able to give back to one of your mentors, who’ve taught you so much about your craft.  Ferry has really helped spark my passion for filmmaking and has taught me so much about lighting, composition and anticipation.  It was such a privilege to be able to use everything I’ve learnt, to capture HIS wedding together with Dustin, Chris and Vedro alongside the awesome Pudi and Andrew with Cinematic Portraiture.  It’s always challenging filming a wedding of a wedding videographer AND photographer (haha), and Ferry is both! This time the entire Paper Cranes team all helped to bring what they had to the table, to film and photograph the day. We were all so busy we didn’t even use the Photobooth at the reception. How ironic!

There were so many teary and emotional moments making it a big challenge to film through our watery eyes. Must’ve been the pollen blowing in from the grass outside. No, really.  The morning prayer between Ferry and Renny, where Ferry led the prayer really set the mood for the day, and shows just how far he’s grown in the time I’ve known him. I loved being able to see him through the reflection, whilst filming Ren’s reaction.

It was Dustin’s idea to get Ferry to film his own bride, during our location shoot and it was such a cool way to break the fourth wall whilst showing both of Fer’s loves at once. Ren, and film.

Chris did an insanely good job on the edit, got through the pressure, the rush, editing in the car and using Premiere for the first time in an SDE. It’s always a pleasure working altogether and being able to see everyone’s effort onscreen within a few hours, Chris, you worked hard, you deserve a shoulder massage. From Dustin.

This is only the beginning for your married adventures together, Congratulations again Ferry + Ren, on behalf of the entire Paper Cranes Team, we love you and wish you all the best.

Fer, you’re right in front of me as I’m typing this. Haha.

Florist: Butterfly Philosophy | Reception Venue: Athol Hall | Bridesmaids Dresses: Hellopupu | DJ: DJ Xcentrik | Brides Dress: Inezia Chrizita | Church Ceremony: Hillsong Chapel | Decor: The Cheong Sisters | Film And Photo: Paper Cranes Productions | Men's Tailor: Instichu | Photo Booth: Strip Of A Lifetime | Wedding Car: Kombi Style

Romantic Sydney Wedding at Hazelhurst Art Gallery

If this wedding were any more perfect, I am not even sure I could handle it.  Because this is the type of wedding where romance and whimsical details join forces with an adorable bride and groom to create all sorts of magic: from the beautiful blooms from InBud to that stunning Collette Dinnigan gown to the gallery of love-filled moments captured by David Robertson.  Join me there for more.

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From the Bride… Standing before our loved ones declaring our commitment and love for one another was pure JOY!  As Christ is the centre of our relationship, we wanted the focus to be on Him and for God to be honoured on our day. We were married where we met, a church that used to be a toyota factory, so we had so much fun styling it with family and friends the day before. I didn’t have a set theme, but I decided “summer garden party” with white, blush and mint tones to be the best way to sum it up!

Daniel proposed at the airport whilst I was in airline uniform in June 2012, and we were married in February 2013.

The dress, oh my, the dress. I was thrilled it was created by an Australian designer and as soon as I tried it on I met my mother’s eyes and we both knew! Collette Dinnigan’s staff were so lovely and even let me run around their boutique and jump on their lounge in excitement wearing my beautiful princess gown “pearls and palms.”

Before we got engaged I would stand outside my florist and gaze at her sweet creations. Emma was so willing and beautiful in character and created the most beautiful bouquet! I asked for a surprise, listing my favourite flower, and on the day a gorgeous bouquet complementing my gown perfectly, arrived. The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages, and carried parasols from pink frosting and clutches by Mimco.

It really was a community feel with so many of our friends sharing their talents and time. A friend provided the cars, another made our yummy cake, which was white chocolate raspberry with roses by T2. One of my favourite moments was seeing my youth group girls lead worship and music at the ceremony, they were so talented! My brothers also played in the band. A dear friend whom I’d travelled to India on a missions trip is a wedding singer, and she performed “Sailboats” by Brooke Fraser as I walked down the aisle. The worship was led by another missionary Jen with an incredible voice. I held hands with my dad during “amazing grace”. Both my parents walked me down the aisle as Dan’s parents stood with him. Our pastor Luke Harris led an incredible service. I invited my dearest friends to sign the register and read from Ephesians. We danced out to “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cupcakes and sipped on drinks with pretty straws.  (I love the small, pretty details!) Some of the jars/vases were from empty soda bottles off the plane, which I collected with permission during my work as a flight attendant. You could hear me clinking through the terminal! They were wrapped with doilies and twine. With our bridal party, we enjoyed coffee from our favourite espresso bar Bianco Nero in Gymea, before making our way to an open field for some intimate and beautiful photos by our now life long friend and photographer David Robertson! He was warm and unintrusive, and made us feel relaxed!

We held a Chinese tea ceremony to honour Dan’s heritage, although he was born in England his parents are from Malaysia and Vietnam, and it was important to us that we honour them this way.

My gorgeous friend Jacqui made our yummy cake, and guests enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere at our cocktail reception at an art gallery. The Candy bar was very popular, as was our Photo Booth, using the bench and backdrop from our register signing table at the ceremony!

My hair and makeup artists were relaxed, professional and lovely. My wonderful cousin Shirley spent hours altering my dress, making my veil and headpiece, and I can’t thank her enough. My shoes I found for nine dollars on sale, pale pink heels from Payless! so pretty.

We honeymooned in Fiji for a week. If I could offer one piece of advice, i remember the day as “good blur”. Take some time to spend alone with your hubby, even a five minute walk on the day. I treasure those moments…

Photography: David Robertson | Floral Design: InBud | Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Cake: Jacqui Soliman | Cupcakes: Bethany Thompson | Reception Venue: Hazelhurst Art Gallery | Shoes: Payless | Rings: Michael Hill | Bridesmaids Dresses: WISH From Myer | Makeup: Sophia Lee | Hair: Joel Phillips | Groom's Attire: Fancini | Celebrant: Pastor Luke Harris | Bridesmaids Accessories: Mimco | Candy Bar: Candy Bar Sydney | Coffee: Bianco Nero Gymea | Decoration: Etsy | Decoration: Cakes, Covers And Candlesticks | Decoration: Just Jars | Decoration: Distraction Gymea | Props: Party Goodies | Singer: Catherine Alexander | Sparklers: Wedding Sparklers | Veil And Headband: Shirley White