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Rustic + Soft Southern Highlands Wedding

In my humble opinion, flowers can make or break a wedding. They can elevate a perfectly beautiful soiree to cover-of-a-magazine perfection. Today’s Southern Highlands wedding is one of those weddings. It’s stunning, thanks in large to the floral design from Justine Rose, and you can feel the love and laughter in Studio Something’s images. In short? Perfect.


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From The Bride…On the morning of our wedding, we woke to a cloudless sky, a warm breeze and an ethereal, hazy-mauve sky from the severe bushfires nearby. We had hired a stunning 8-bedroom property called Belmore for our family, bridal party and two gorgeous dogs to stay for the entire weekend. This was one of the best things we did, as it made the wedding excitement last for much longer than just the one day, and the homestead was such a great, big, light-filled space for everyone to get ready in. It looked incredible in our photos too, with its sprawling acreage, lavender gardens in full bloom, eclectic furnishings and Moroccan-style doors and wall insets.

My dress was by Rebecca Childs, owner of local bridal boutique Beska. The ball gown was made from soft blush-pink silk dupion with intricate ruffled flowers on the skirt and an off-shoulder wrap. After the ceremony we removed the wrap to reveal a sweetheart neckline, lined with a tiny bit of feminine lace. I also wore my Mum’s jewellery and three-tiered veil, which was finished with a hairpiece, specially made to incorporate my Great-Grandmother’s brooch.

We travelled from Belmore to our ceremony in beautiful old Jags owned by Vic’s old school mate, Kevin. Our ceremony was held on the old sandstone lookout in the rambling gardens of Hillview Governor’s House, a heritage-listed property that was once the country retreat for the NSW governors.

Vic and I both wanted a formal, traditional wedding, but we wanted to do things in a new way that people might not have seen before. We wanted the ceremony be soft, whimsical and just really beautiful and relaxing for our guests. I had literally bombarded Justine – our florist and stylist – with hundreds of ideas and images from Pinterest, mags and blogs – and she took all of my crazy ideas and translated them perfectly into the most beautiful setting.

We were absolutely blown away by her work – the flower garlands and ribbons in the big tree, the incredible rustic arch erupting with flowers, the ‘his and hers’ loveseat, mismatched chairs and the old dresser for the drink stand. The dresser held our programs, which we had made ourselves, and Vic’s own delicious Vodka-citrus punch. We also had ciders, mini-bubbles and water on ice as it was such a hot day, as well as gorgeous hand-woven picnic blankets we’d bought in South America for guests to relax on – a nod to Vic’s Chilean heritage.

We fell in love with the restaurant at Centennial Vineyards as soon as we walked in – warm and rustic, with big fireplaces, worn timber floors, long wooden tables and a vaulted timber ceiling with thick beams and magnificent chandeliers.

We wanted a Latin ‘fiesta’ feel for the reception, something loud and full of colour, and a bit bolder than what we had for the ceremony. Justine’s styling and flowers just looked amazing in that setting. The tables were lined with burlap runners and neon confetti, mismatched jars, pops of timber, incredible flowers and the most gorgeous mini pineapples. Most amazing of all though was THAT SIGN! It was the brainchild of myself and Justine – she sat down with me and said, ‘It would be cool to hang something from that beam, like a flower chandelier,’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve seen the perfect thing on Pinterest – it’s like a swing, but with flowers and a sign, which could say Kaitlyn & Victor’. Justine took care of the swing and the flowers, and while we had originally wanted to jigsaw out the sign ourselves, we ended up ordering a laser cut version from WoodenYouLoveItAus on Etsy, which we painted ourselves – at 11pm the night before the wedding!

All of the styling went so perfectly with our handmade menus, place cards and favours. Our favours were test tubes filled with ‘Buddha Tears’, balls of Jasmine tea that slowly unfurl in hot water. Vic and I are both tea-drinking nerds at heart, so we felt that our favours were the perfect gift.

Fitting in with the winery location, I really wanted a wine barrel to use as our wishing well, and we eventually found a worn old mini-barrel in an antique emporium in Bowral. Vic had to create a custom lid for it and stain it to match the existing timber.

When they’re not holding functions, Centennial Vineyards is a outstanding restaurant, so the food and wine was always going to be sensational – head chef Robin Murray helped us put together an incredible menu of wedding classics that would appeal to everyone – chicken, beef, chocolate mousse and crème brulee – but with very modern, gastronomic twists to make each course something really special.

Our beautiful cake was made by Selina Johnson, a friend of my maid of honour, and decorated by Justine. The cake was an absolute work of art – another of our most appreciated parts of the day. It was three tiers, each a different flavour: the bottom was chocolate mud with chocolate ganash, red velvet with cream cheese in the middle and vanilla with vanilla cream on top.

I know that not every wedding day runs as smoothly and as perfectly as you might like, but thanks to my awesome bridesmaids and our incredible vendors, I truly had the most beautiful, dream-like day. Every time we look back over our stunning photos, Vic and I know that our day just wouldn’t have been what it was without our photographers Studio Something, Justine and team, Bec from Beska and so many others. If I could have my wedding day a thousand times over, I would choose to work with them every single time.

Photography: Studio Something | Wedding Dress: Beska | Cake: SJ Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: Hillview Governor's House | Reception Venue: Centennial Vineyards Restaurant & Winery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever New | Hair And Makeup: Liv Lundelius | DJ: XYDJ | Groom's Attire: Tarocash | Floral Design & Styling: Justine Rose | Garter: JLWeddings | Jeweller: Noah Gattea | Ringbox: MWBStudios | Second Photographer: Minh Vu Photography | Sign - Wooden Lettering: WoodenYouLoveItAus | Stop Motion Videos: Studio Something | Transport: A-Z Events

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Modern, Elegant Australian Beach Wedding

This Bride’s smile won my heart. It says a thousand words. That wide grin shows just how thrilled she is to marry the man of her dreams. So although all the details sitting in this gorgeous gallery by Thomas Gallane are just as perfect they it get (hello stunning florals from Mondo Floral Designs), it’s the couples’ happiness that truly stands out - and how can you not love that. See even more here.

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From the Bride….Amy is originally from a small coastal town in South Africa and Jamie is from an even smaller town in country Queensland, Australia. The stunning coastal retreat of Noosa is our favourite getaway and, one rainy afternoon, Jamie suggested we go for a walk. He proposed on a bended knee in a hidden grove just behind the beach. We decided to return to Noosa, with friends and family travelling from afar including South Africa, Vegas, Mongolia & London, to celebrate our wedding.

We wanted a modern, elegant wedding but were conscious of taking advantage of the relaxed, beach setting of the penthouse apartment overlooking Noosa where we had the ceremony and modern restaurant on the water’s edge which was the reception venue. We decided to use neutral whites and creams with a splash of turquoise (colour). Turquoise burst through in handmade Zulu love letter bookmarks which were favours for the girls. Jamie and my mother made a hot chilli relish, presented in small silver and glass jars which were favours for the boys.

My mother and I designed our letterpress stationary with help from one of my bridesmaids. The invitation set was grey and turquoise and included reply postcards and a hand drawn map of the wedding locations. Our menus included food selections plus a personalised note to each of our 110 guests. For tables names, we wrapped paper around candles with each one printed with a number and related story that’s special to us.

My ivory gown was custom made for me in full Italian lace. I wore Kate Spade shoes, my mother in law’s Cathedral length veil and my grandmother’s diamond ring. A turquoise Michael Kors clutch was my ‘something blue’.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were nude with muted silver sequins. They finished the look with pearl earrings, a gift from me, and nude shoes and clutches. Jamie’s nieces were our flowergirls and wore ivory embroidered dresses.

Jamie wore a Canali navy suit with Hugo boss white shirt, gray tie and black shoes. The groomsmen also wore dark navy suites with crisp white shirts.

Splashes of rain meant we couldn’t use our intended ceremony venue, the spot just off Noosa beach where Jamie had proposed. Instead, we got married on a large balcony of a penthouse apartment overlooking the beach. My father walked me down the aisle to ‘You Feel Like Home to Me’ and a dear friend wrote a personalised reading. Guests enjoyed champagne and Antipodes water before walking down to the beachside restaurant.

Bouquets were filled with white double tulips and lisianthus, hydrangea with green tips and gardenia blooms. The flowergirls carried bright blue hydrangeas. Buttonholes were double tulips and the reception tables were filled with white lisianthus, hydrangeas and dis-buds.

The food at our reception was definitely a highlight for our guests. Cocktails, drinks and canapés were served, after which guests had a choice of 3 entrees and 3 mains. The selections included Mooloolaba prawns, crab crusted Baramundi and sticky pork belly.

A dessert table was set up so that our guests could maximise their time on the dance floor. Jamie’s grandmother made her famous traditional fruit cake as our wedding cake, which was complimented by dessert selections including mini blueberry frangipani tarts, cupcakes and a selection of cheeses.

A friend, dressed in a full Scottish kilt, played the bagpipes while we cut the cake. After that, we did an upbeat first dance to Michael Franti’s Say Hey. Everybody hit the dance floor, which stayed packed all night. At the end of the night all of our guests headed outside to the boardwalk between the beach and the venue, and formed a farewell line. We ran down the boardwalk saying goodbye to our guests with sparklers glittering and throwing light onto the sea. This beautiful image is one I’ll always remember.

Photography: Thomas Gallane | STYLING: First Class Functions | Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs | Wedding Gown: Paddington Brides | Stationary: Deciduous Press | Ceremony Location: Laguna Penthouse | Reception Venue: Bistro C | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Robert White | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Seduce | Make Up: Natalie Hunter | Hair: Kate Clark | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Austen Brothers | Celebrant: Stephanie Neal | First Night: Starlight Suite, Netanya | Gift Registry: Peters Of Kensington | Music: Mr Bojangles

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Rustic Wedding Inspiration Awash with Sunshine

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect white dress or wedding day details that are packed with chic, there’s plenty take aways from this shoot. It’s a dream collaboration between Le & FothergillThe Dessert Parlour, Ruffles & Bells and Qlix Photography By Jay Cao. They were inspired by Australian sunshine, film photography and the prettiest Anna Campbell gowns. See the result right here!

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From Qlix Photography By Jay Cao… The shoot began in the morning of a sunny Autumn’s day with our model Esma Voloder, highlighting the features of one of Australia’s top wedding dress designer Anna Campbell’s stunning collection along the parklands of Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook Melbourne. The location show cased native Australian coastline where the foliage is never too far from the sandy beach. We shot 4 of Anna Campbell’s dresses to showcase their impeccable style and detail accentuated by the Australian sun.

After capturing the details of the dresses, the team then went onto setup a styled setting for our rustic theme. The styled setting contained rustic furniture, flowers, desserts and stationery.

Le and Fothergill provided the flowers, The Dessert Parlour provided the desserts, naked cakes and lovely jars of fruits, while Ruffles and Co provided the props and crockery for the setting all of which adds to the rustic theme with hues of pastel yellow and purple.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Event Styling: Le & Fothergill | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Stationery: Paper Style & Co | Desserts: The Dessert Parlour | Hair And Makeup Artistry: KV Makeup Artistry | Model: Esma Voloder | Wedding & Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells - Wedding & Event Styling

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