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Romantic Queensland Estate Wedding

With adorable touches like the reception tables named for the Groom’s nicknames for his beautiful Bride, the gorgeous twinkling clear reception tent, and glam elements like the Bride’s sequined Karen Willis Holmes dress, this romantic estate wedding is pretty much my ultimate dream. I can’t get enough of every Lucas and Co.-captured dreamy detail in the gallery here, and neither will you!

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From Karen Willis HolmesDespite starting her day with a long run with her bridesmaids, Amy partied on till after 3am on the night of her wedding.

The day was all about family—Amy and Josh’s own, and the new one they were creating together. held at Josh’s family property, the day was filled with special custom touches like tables named after Josh’s nicknames for Amy, and the MC, who prepared a race call as part of his speech where all the horses’ names made reference to events in Josh and Amy’s relationship.

And while the day—and the ceremony in particular was emotional, Amy didn’t cry, because she was too happy and excited, of course!

Photography: Lucas And Co | Floral Design: Mother-In-Law | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Stationery: Bride | Hair & Makeup: Mia Saunders | Venue: Private Residence

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Casual, Rustic Western Australia Farm Wedding

For a bride that crafted so many of her own wedding details, she summed the day up with remarkable clarity…”You are the only person that will notice if the shoes don’t match the belts perfectly, or the font on your place cards isn’t quite right.” That should be a contract that we all sign before we dive into DIY. Because this wedding, photographed by Nicolle Versteeg Photography, is proof that no matter how it comes together, if you choose a beautiful spot, a groom you love and a family to give you hugs, the wedding will indeed be perfect. More here!

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From Nicolle Versteeg PhotographyKarlee and Dylan’s wedding was a little rustic, with vintage and home-made touches set against the charming grounds of the Old Broadwater Farm in Busselton, WA. From a photographers point of view, this wedding was bliss. Karlee and Dylan are cute, easy to photograph and lovely to spend time with. The venue they choose has an assortment of photo options, all in walking distance. They also pretty much stole my heart by having their chocolate border collie Maton attended the wedding!

From the Bride… Dylan and I met through mutual friends in 2008. Dylan proposed in 2014 on my birthday. He surprised me with a weekend away at Bunker Bay.

I knew I wanted a vintage-inspired dress and I love lace. For Dylan, we wanted simple and smart. A crisp white shirt and navy pants, with suspenders for that cute, vintage touch.

We kept the decorations for the ceremony fairly simple. The farm is beautiful enough on it’s own. For the decorations we had White paper lanterns hanging in the poplar tree, White Gladiator chairs, White rustic signing table and chairs. Rose petals down the aisle and hanging vases on end chairs.

Home-made dream catchers made from our Nanna’s crochet doilies, hanging in the trees. Cute old school bunting (from Bree at OBF) . Long tables for reception. Burlap table runners and small jars and vases of flowers on the tables. Vintage Edison light globes hanging behind the bridal table. White vintage photo frames with black and white photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Homemade cake by mum, Red Velvet Layer Cake

We had our dog, Maton walk down the aisle with our junior bridesmaids. We bought him a cute navy polka dot bow tie to match the groom from Etsy. He does everything we do, so we knew he had to be a part of our big day. We also bought each other a gift to open on the morning of our wedding. I got Dylan a dress watch with a leather band and had it engraved. Dylan got me a beautiful pair of diamond studs.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. You are the only person that will notice if the shoes don’t match the belts perfectly, or the font on your place cards isn’t quite right. Breathe, and enjoy every single second of your special day – it goes way too fast. It’s not often you will get all of the special people in your life in the same room, and they are there celebrating with you and you can really feel the love. It is true what the say, your wedding day is the best day of your life!

Photography: Nicolle Versteeg Photography | Floral Design: Blooming Good Times | Wedding Dress: Bunburry Bridal | Stationery : Express Print Bunbury | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Catering: Supper Rd | Makeup : All About Face | Hair: Howshique | Groom's Attire: Roger David | Groom's Shoes: Julius Marlow | Celebrant : Elizabeth Clark | Venue: Old Broadwater Farm | Groom's Watch : Citizen | Music : DJ Saramony

Rustic Melbourne Wedding at Wattle Park Chalet

I’m pretty sure I could live and die in the flowers behind this gorgeous wedding. They are perfect. Utterly perfect. And the adorable story, the stunning backdrop, the great music choices and the totally smitten couple just make it all the sweeter. With images from Oy Photography, this is one of those wedding that will have you smiling from beginning to end. Full gallery here!

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From the Bride…
How We Met: Aaron’s sister works with a mutual friend of mine, and they decided to play matchmaking! It all came about as I was complaining to this friend I couldn’t find anyone who suited to me, which later came up in conversation with Aaron’s sister, when they had a light bulb moment to set us up. A blind date was arranged and the rest is history!

The Proposal: We had planned a weekend in the Dandenong Ranges to celebrate our one-year anniversary. We had promised no gifts, but I couldn’t help myself! As we strolled through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, I presented Aaron with a journal titled “Our Year” – filled with our top songs for the year, each song containing an entry that I wrote as to why each song meant something to us, along with the playlist that I had organized on his phone for us to listen to that weekend. After reading through the journal, we were about to head back for a coffee when Aaron quite casually said, “I was going to ask you later…but…” there was a pause for about 10 seconds, he got quite nervous and serious and I just froze, everything seemed so still and crazy at the same time. I had a massive lump in my throat. He just remained silent. ‘Well what, what is it you wanted to ask?!’ I managed to get out. The silence was killing me. ‘Well I was going to ask if you’d marry me’. I burst into tears and eventually I managed to nod a few times, before continuing the water works. It was the happiest moment of my life. Aaron told me he actually planned to propose that evening, he had nice wine and food organized at our cottage, but he just thought this was a good moment. Very Aaron. Very calm and collected and casual. The rest of the day was an absolute blur. I don’t think I came back down to earth until a few weeks later!

Our Inspiration: Our theme was rustic/earthy/provincial. The rustic, earthy element reflects our love of nature and the desire for our wedding to be a laid back, yet celebratory affair. We spend a lot of time bush walking, and I am also a keen gardener, so that earthy feel very much represents who we are. The provincial element comes through as a reflection of our wedding venue, Wattle Park Chalet, the oldest operating wedding venue in Melbourne. The chalet is a beautiful, grand hall and we wanted to let it speak for itself, and honor the surrounding garden and parkland. Our ceremony was held in the chalet’s garden, filled with roses, overlooking a backdrop of gumtrees, the combination of elegance and rustic bushland was the perfect setting for us to marry.

Our Flowers: I feel our wedding theme was ultimately captured through the stunning work of our florist, Mary, founder of Flower Bird. The flowers spoke of our love of native bush, reflected the surrounds of Wattle Park and managed to work in cohesion with the color palette of the bridal party. The bouquets were a mix of native and European flowers, each with a mighty king protea, my favorite flower. Mary went to great lengths to source these king proteas, they were scarce due to the time of the year. Proteas were plotted around the chalet, and it was just such a lovely surprise. She completely surpassed my expectations. She even incorporated succulents tastefully throughout the floral decoration to tie in with our bonbonnieres, which were individual succulents in biodegradable pots for each guest to take home and plant. The floral design pulled every idea and element of our wedding together. The flowers were the medium of all that we could ever wish our wedding to be.

Our Cake: Our cake was a three tier flourless chocolate cake, a crowd favorite. Mary, did a wonderful job decorating the cake with a mix of succulents, roses and natives, tying in with the bouquets and other floral decorations at the venue. The cake was placed on a huge elm log board, sourced by my horticulturalist friend, which in the future we will use as the ultimate cheese board!

Our Music: Both being music lovers, we wanted to make all music very personal. Aaron’s talented cousin played acoustic guitar throughout the ceremony, which sounded beautiful. Aaron and I then created playlists for each stage of the occasion, from the prelude, canapés, background music during meals and dancing. For the prelude and canapés we chose music from a range of our favorite artists including Paul Kelly, The Beatles, The Waifs, Cat Power and Ben Harper. We wanted a mix of our favorite songs. Dinner music mainly consisted of classic soul songs from Otis Redding, Al Green, Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield. The partying mix was a compilation of new and old hits, the classic songs that get everyone up and dancing! Our first dance was to ‘Take Me Out of This World’, by Jordie Lane, one of my favorite musicians. Our bridal entry was to the Game of Thrones theme song! It’s our favorite show and Aaron insisted we do it, so I just went along with it! The music made the whole event, we wanted a relaxed affair and for everyone to kick up their heels and have a good time. We wanted the way we felt on our wedding day be an extension to the guests, ecstatic, incredibly grateful and ultimately filled with love.

Our Ceremony: A memorable moment of the day for me occurred during the ceremony, hearing the celebrant speak of our story. She did a wonderful job of compiling information from both of us, and listening to how our wedding day came to be was like fast-forwarding the past nearly two years since we had met, and have it sped up to this moment in time. It was surreal and amazing to have all these memories wash over me of significant times we had spent, and then be standing in a wedding dress, with all our family and friends, about to marry. It was a surreal moment, I had to stop and think, wow, this is really happening!

Photography: Oy Photography | Floral Design: Flower Bird | Wedding Dress: Zimmermann | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Hair & Makeup: Runway Hair & Beauty Studio | Venue: Wattle Park Chalet | Photography - Assistance: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo

Whimsical Pastel Queensland Wedding

With a fabulously fresh mint color palette and whimsical details abound, this pretty pastel wedding capture by Matt Rowe Photography is overflowing with sweet little moments that will surely inspire. Every image is a true testament of this couples love for each other, and you can get wrapped up in all the sweetness here.

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From Matt Rowe PhotographyWe just knew there was something special about these two. Such elegance and fun wrapped up into a moment in time resounds very clearly and their wedding will remain a favourite of ours. From the real tears of the ‘first look’ between Elissa and her Dad, the genuine and beautiful vows to the hilarity and fun of their chosen besties (bridal party) we had a ball. We’d like to thank Mark for allowing us to shove a pug in front of his face and call it art. Seriously though, those moments in between – when the bridal gown is on, when the groom waits for his bride and when she is ready to walk down the aisle and the anticipation and sincerity become near tangible – these create the foundations of the wedding day that, for us, define each couple.

From the Bride… We met in high school at Brisbane State High (we were in the same Grade 9 form class) and started dating in grade 11. We were best friends before we got together, and that friendship has been at the core of our relationship all the way through; we genuinely love each other’s company and make a great team. There’s not a lot that we don’t know about each other, having been together since our teens we’ve experienced so many things together, grown up together, gone through highs and lows of life together and love each other more than words can say.

He proposed the night of our farewell party, before we left for 18 months in Europe and the UK. We went for a low key dinner date beforehand in Brisbane’s Southbank and then went for a walk. When we reached the spot where Mark had asked me to be his girlfriend 9 years earlier, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife

We loved the way Matt captures couples and the scenery in a magical and artistic way; his images stood out clearly from every other photographer we looked at. We were so thrilled with our shots and everyone has commented that they can feel the love between us.

Photography: Matt Rowe Phtotography | Floral Design: Willow Bud | Wedding Dress: White Lily Coture | Makeup: Tasleema Nigh | Hair: Sass And Niki Hair Design | Groom's Attire: Strictly Formal | Venue: Flaxton Gardens

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Rustic & Elegant Australian Wedding

When you have a beautiful backdrop like Flaxton Gardens in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland it’s impossible not to embrace its beauty as a part of your special day. This couple did just that with a rustic style wedding which included simple 3-tiered cake wrapped in burlap & wildflower centerpiece. You can see every moment of pretty captured by Jennifer Oliphant here!

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From Jennifer OliphantEmily and Daniel’s elegant and rustic wedding was held at the beautiful Flaxton Gardens in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on a rainy day. The stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland was a top priority for Emily and Daniel when choosing a location for their wedding. The gorgeous scenery there makes for a truly beautiful backdrop, not only for a wedding but for the location photography as well.

The bride and groom met at a very young age but did not start dating until after high school. After six years together Daniel proposed at the top of Mount Edward, somewhere that was very special to them since they went there on one of their first dates. This January will mark eight years together for this gorgeous couple.

Emily and Daniel’s reception in the Barrel Room at Flaxton Gardens was peppered with lots of lovingly created DIY bits and pieces. Daniel made the vases that held the flowers for the name place cards, his mother made the lovely table runners that covered the tables, and Emily crafted the beautiful place cards and thank you notes with the help of Daniel’s cousin and the lace and twine candle holders with her friends. These tiny details really made the reception unique and looked just gorgeous.

There was so much fun and laughter throughout the day; the bond between the bridal party and Emily and Daniel was evident and helped make the day truly special for them. The staff at Flaxton Gardens did an amazing job for their wedding, ensuring the day was relaxed and stress free, which I know was an important element for Emily and Daniel.

Photography: Jennifer Oliphant | Floral Design: Willow Bud | Wedding Dress: Jordanna Regan Couture | Cake: Ideas In Icing | Ceremony: Flaxton Gardens | Reception Venue: Flaxton Gardens | Makeup: Powder Me Makeup Studio | Hair: Ally Hodgson | Groom's Suit: R.M. Williams | Celebrant: Darienne Davis

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Rustic Sunshine Coast Wedding at Kenilworth Homestead

After losing touch after high school and reuniting five years later, this gorgeous couple’s love story got its happily ever after as the two pledged their love under the purple canopy of a beautiful jacaranda tree. With Calli B Photography behind the lens, all the rustic details—from the wood pews to the burlap accents—from this wedding are picture-perfect. 

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From Calli B Photography… Rachel and Warwick’s love story was a long time in the making. After meeting at high school they lost touch for five years, but the couple reconnected at the age of 21 and have been together ever since. Rural Queensland’s unspoiled beauty perfectly matched their desire for a rustic themed wedding, and they chose to get married at Kenilworth Homestead, located in the Mary Valley region of the Sunshine Coast. Knowing exactly how she wanted her special day to look, Rachel opted for rustic styling elements and a stunning floral design created by local Sunshine Coast florist, Willow Bud. Beautiful glass bubbles filled with candles and lush flowers were hung from the roof of the homestead, while vintage furniture laden with bonbonniere complemented the venue’s rustic feel. Kenilworth Homestead’s huge jacaranda tree provided an ideal ceremony location, and Rachel and Warwick said their vows beneath a riot of purple flowers, surrounded by family and friends. “Walking down the aisle and seeing Warwick tear up and listening to our vows…these memories will be clear in my mind for the rest of my life,” said Rachel. “The whole day was perfect. I married my best friend and not one thing went wrong.” While the couple had their official photos taken in the property’s picturesque surroundings, guests entertained themselves with outdoor games and snacked on the delicious assortment of candy. The reception’s table setting featured soft white linen, swatches of lace and vases filled with delicate blooms. A single-tier white wedding cake finished off the look seamlessly. Just when Rachel and Warwick thought they couldn’t get any happier, prior to jetting off on their Hawaiian honeymoon, the couple found out they were expecting twins.

Photography: Calli B Photography | Flowers: Willow Bud | Cakes: Sweetness Contained | Bridal Gown: Hills In Hollywood | Ceremony & Reception: Kenilworth Homestead | Marriage Celebrant: Bill Scurry

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