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Proof a Winery Wedding Doesn’t Have to Be Rustic

Winery weddings tend incorporate rustic touches, so this modern take on a winery wedding is a breath of fresh air. From the reclaimed wood chevron ceremony backdrop (that we want to display as a work of art in our homes) to the clean, simple reception décor to the gorgeous Beacon Lane stationery, this day is as pretty as they come. See it all from Tim Coulson in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Andrew and I met working at the casino in Sydney. Andrew worked in IT and I was his boss’ assistant. When we first started dating, we kept things quiet to try and keep the office gossip to a minimum. When things were going nowhere fast, I decided to go and do some traveling…and as fate would have it after 6 months, I was contacted by the casino and asked to come back to work on a project. I moved back to Sydney and we picked up where we left off. Within our first year we’d done passed all the major tests for a new relationship – moving in together, moving interstate, changing jobs. It was all so natural and right – we both knew we’d found the one.

Andrew proposed while we were visiting family in Cairns and I had no idea it was coming. We’d spoken about it previously but I didn’t expect it right at that moment! Andrew kept asking me to go for walks on the beach while we were there and I kept inviting the whole family along. Eventually, we went out to breakfast together and we were standing on Trinity Beach on a beautiful morning. I was taking a photo and turned back around to find Andrew on one knee – I thought he’d fallen over! We were both so excited we couldn’t eat breakfast and remained giddy for the rest of the week.

Both of our families know how to throw a good party and we wanted to capture that for our day. We wanted it to feel like a relaxed, family gathering at home. We both love food and wine, so that was always going to be a focus for our day.

We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same place as we wanted to keep the party flowing while we had photos. Terindah Estate has beautiful views overlooking the You Yangs and back towards Melbourne, as well as amazing vines and access to the waterfront. The venue ticked all of our boxes – coastal, country and winery.

We decided on a small guest list as we wanted an intimate wedding that focused on the people who mean the most to us. We wanted to be able to get around and speak to all of our guests while still being able to enjoy the day. Andrew and I both had an amazing day and felt so relaxed.

In terms of styling, we wanted to focus on the backdrop for the ceremony. We had wine barrels for all the important things like programs, but the rest was simple. Terindah Estate provided the chairs, which suited our overall style perfectly.

We wanted our guests to be relaxed, so they were offered a drink on arrival before the ceremony.

When I arrived on the day, it was raining and we almost had to move the ceremony to the balcony, which would mean no backdrop at all. Thankfully Andrew made the call to stay where we were, and just as I got out of the car it stopped raining. I’m so thankful we didn’t have to move it!

My Dad and I got so excited walking down to the ceremony that we went the wrong way and missed the aisle! After some whispered comments from the bridal party, we got back on track and made it down the right way (after some giggles!)

For the reception, we really wanted the room to speak for itself at Terindah Estate. We chose the restaurant section as it had such a fantastic feel to it – rustic and full of character.

We opted to have bare tables with a scattering of table arrangements and table numbers from Better Off Wed. We had menus, place cards and a seating plan printed by Beacon Lane and I spent the days before the wedding folding napkins and tying them up with the place cards.

I found a vintage key cabinet on eBay and as I’ve always collected old keys but didn’t know what to do with them, we decided they would be our guestbook. We asked our guests to leave their key to a happy marriage on a tag attached to a key and plan to hang the cabinet in our home. We loved reading the keys when we got back from our honeymoon.

The food at Terindah Estate blew us away. We worked with them to have an Oyster Bar for our guests while we went to go have our photos taken…which unfortunately meant we missed out on it! We wanted to make sure there was plenty of food, so we opted for canapés and a shared menu. We wanted to create a family feast type vibe. It was so special to share our first meal together as husband and wife with our friends and family, just as we would at our own table.

I came up with lots of different ideas for favours – but none that Andrew liked! He wanted something that was going to be useful, and so when I talked about hangover kits it was a winner. I spent hours making them, from carving the stamp for the bags myself to putting them all together. It was worth it in the end, and I absolutely loved how they looked. They ended up being a lifesaver for more than a couple of our guests (including us!)

We put together welcome bags for our guests with local olive oil, sourdough and homemade dukkah, which were a big hit both before and after the wedding.

I wore three rings from family members on my bouquet. I had my great grandmother’s wedding ring, my aunt’s engagement ring and Andrew’s grandmother’s engagement ring. I also had a penny from my best friend that she wore on her wedding day, which was given to her by her grandmother. I loved being surrounded by such precious treasures.

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Photography: Tim Coulson | Styling: Kindred Styling | Floral Design: Moss Industry Florist | Cake: Lauren | Bride's Shoes: Billy Ella | Bridesmaid's Shoes: Joanne Mercer | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Nine West | Rings: Parker Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | Catering: Terindah Estate | Hair + Makeup: Blondie Hair & Cosmetica | Band: Matt Baird | Favors: Kindred Styling | Groom's Attire: Rhodes And Beckett | Celebrant: Jess Hills | Venue: Terindah Estate | Bridal Party Cards: Dear Little Darling | Bride + Groom's Son Attire: Bebe By Minihaha | Bride's Clutch: Navesdesign On Etsy | Bride's Earrings: Samantha Willis | Bride's Hair Comb: Jeanette Maree | Bridesmaid Gifts: Kate Spade | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Ceremony Backdrop: Dress My Wedding | Copper Baskets: Robert Gordon | Custom Hangers: Mishmashoflove On Etsy | Custom ‘Vows’ Books: Noteworthydesignsco On Etsy | Gift From Bride To Groom: Drink Glasses From Royal Doulton | Gift From Bride To Groom On Wedding Day: Bottle Of Balvenie Aged Whisky | Gift From Groom To Bride: Kate Spade | Groom's Shirt + Belt: Hardy Amies | Groom's Shoes: Sachi | Groom's Tie + Pocketsquare: Mrs Bow Tie | Groomsman Gifts: Happy Socks | Groomsman Gifts: Prospector And Co Tester Vial Shaving Kit | Groomsman Gifts: Izola | Invitations + Stationery: Beacon Lane | Signage: TheBridesCollection On Etsy | Wedding Dress + Veil: Karen Willis Holmes

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A Hilltop Wedding Planned in Just 10 Weeks

Nikki and Aran are Beyoncé and Jay Z crazy in love. How do I know? After getting engaged on Christmas day, the two were bursting with so much love that they decided they wanted to be married as soon as possible. Ten weeks later, and in front of 65 of their closest friends and family, the duo became husband and wife at this romantic hilltop wedding. Experience all the love, thanks to Bayly & Moore, in The Vault!

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From Wonder EventsNikki & Aran are two people crazy in love. They got engaged on Christmas Day and were SO bursting with wanting to get married that they pulled out all the stops and 10 weeks later were standing on top of a hill, on beautiful Waiheke Island celebrating their wedding with all of their loved ones. Just to add to dramatic effect there was even a wild little storm that happened perfectly on cue when all the guests were tucked up inside the marquee enjoying their meals.

We opted for a simple neutral colour palette of whites and greens down two long tables. Guest numbers were around 65 people so naturally this created an intimate setting. A light wood runner anchored the florals in a slightly more contemporary way that worked in well with the rustic Tuscan setting. Menus were printed on crisp white linen napkins which sat atop glass beaded chargers complemented by crystal glassware and rose gold cutlery. A large polystyrene N&A stood tall on the dancefloor with soft fabric draping and fairy lights a focal point of the ceiling.

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Photography: Bayly & Moore | Floral Design: Kelly Karam | Venue: Lavender Hill | Event Planning + Styling: Erin Lovich | Furniture Hire: Arkade | Lighting + Drapery: La Lumiere

After Months of Gardening + TLC, This At-Home Wedding Was a Dream Come True

Time to break out the bubbly, because this classic garden inspired affair is worth toasting to. For not only did this darling duo utilize the SAME local designer (unbeknownst to them) for their wedding day looks, but they also managed to keep said fact a secret until the day of. I mean – talk about styled soulmates! With Maria Lamb Photography behind the lens snapping up every moment of sentiment this is one gallery that we’re going to cherish for years to come. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Our wedding was a dream. It was such an amazing feeling seeing everything come together exactly as we’d envisioned. Starting from scratch, hours of hard work and planning were put in – months of gardening, late nights assembling invitations, planning the menu, writing vows, choosing the music and countless other projects done by Egan, Amelia and their family and friends.

The ceremony was perfectly imperfect, laughter and tears all the way through and a surprise live performance of our favorite song organized by the Maid of Honor.

The reception was held at Amelia’s family home where she grew up, a dream her mother always had of a family wedding at the property. The skies opened up just as we all sat down to eat, but that didn’t stop us having our first dance in the rain, barefoot and carefree, and much to our surprise, all of our guests joining in too! We have never experienced such joy and elation as we did in that moment. It’s hard to describe how much love and emotion was felt on the day by everyone but it was something truly special that will never be forgotten. The guests stayed over in tipi’s spotted amongst the trees and the celebrations continued over the weekend with a bbq the following day before the couple disappeared off to Bali for ten days of absolute bliss.

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Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Cinematography: Pilot Films | Floral Design: Leaf & Honey | Engagement Ring: Naveya And Sloane | Rings: Petra Bettjeman | Catering: Appresso | Makeup: Kate Solley | Hair: Natalie Dent | Groomsmen Attire: Barkers | Venue: At Home | Earrings: Thomas Sabo | Film Processing: Photovision | Marquee: RAJ Tent Club NZ | Outdoor Lighting: Maree And Co | Rentals: Boutique Barn | Tipis: Taylor & Bell