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Brisbane Whimsical Wedding

The quickest way to my heart is with a wedding just like this. I’m talking pink, sparkle, style – the works. And with gorgeous snaps from Stewart Ross, there’s no question this beauty will go down as an SMP fave. Have a look here for even more.

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From the Bride… After 6 years together (Yes, high school sweethearts!) Matt proposed on a Christmas trip to New York. Having a White Christmas was exciting enough let alone coming home with a fiancé! Straight away we knew the feel that we wanted – a big party! We wanted something bright, fun and relaxed and we were incredibly lucky to find a perfect collection of vendors to help us achieve that vision! Matt was amazing during the whole planning process and it really was the perfect representation of us and our relationship.

Not only does our anniversary fall in September but the weather in Brisbane also puts on a pretty amazing show heading into Spring so it was the perfect time for a wedding! We’ve spent many a Saturday at New Farm Park and the Powerhouse markets so it was really a natural choice for us. We were looking for something unique and character filled and the restored Rooftop Terrace with it’s graffiti covered walls and deck overlooking the river were everything we were looking for. It’s so beautiful and iconic.

Charlie and Mike from Stylised did a great job with both the ceremony and reception styling and the flowers were absolutely to die for! Charlie, being a florist by trade, absolutely nailed the brief and we had so many comments on how beautiful they were! While we didn’t have a specific ‘theme’ in mind we were after a relaxed, bright and romantic feel that would contrast beautifully with the rough, graffiti covered walls of the Powerhouse. When I walked into the reception room my heart just filled with joy! It can be a little nerve racking to leave something like your wedding styling up to someone else with no idea how it will turn out until the day, particularly when you’ve got such a specific vision in mind, but we couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I’m generally not good at making decision when I have a lot of options so picking my dress was something I really struggled with. It’s not that I couldn’t find anything beautiful, it was that I found too many beautiful dresses! I had an idea of what I wanted in mind but struggled to find anything quite right in my budget and was originally looking at having it made until a fateful Facebook post from Babushka Ballerina. It was literally the exact dress I had been describing to dressmakers. I went in the next day on my lunch break and bought it! In and out in an hour and fantastically within budget! Louise and Sierra from were more than happy to alter the dress accordingly, adding more tulle into the skirt and especially making the bodice for my measurements. Every time I tried the dress on at fittings it brought tears to my eyes!

Matt and I made the decision to write our own ceremony and vows early on as we weren’t after anything too long or formal. My mother read ‘Love is A Temporary Madness’ from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and in a break from tradition and as a way to include my Step-Father in the day we had him sign our certificate as my witness. He’s a man of few words and doesn’t really like over the top displays of affection so this was a nice way for him to still be a part of the day without having to make a speech. Matt’s mum is very much the same and wasn’t comfortable doing a reading but stepped in to sign the registry which was added a beautiful touch from his family.

On the day everyone kept commenting on how well I had it together and how calm I was. I guess the combination of marrying my best friend of 8 years and having total faith in our team helped keep any niggling at bay! It wasn’t until I saw myself in my dress that I lost it. It’s quite surreal to realise that the day you’ve been planning for the last 18 months is finally here and you’re a bride! I also broke down as I walked down the aisle – I was so excited to see Matt that it all kind of just exploded! I don’t think I’ve ever felt as much love and emotion in my life as I did walking down that aisle. Matt is very relaxed by nature so he was totally calm and happy as per usual!

From the start Matt and I had a list of the things that were most important to during the planning: food, photography and music and we got everything we dreamed of! Zen Catering were flexible, accommodating and delivered everything perfectly. People were coming up to us all night commenting on how good the food was and the service was impeccable. I still dream about those Espresso Eclairs 3 months later!

Matt is a big music buff and given that my dad is a drummer musically is literally in my family! Aaron from Cut a Rug was more than happy to meet up with us several times in the months leading up to wedding and really understood that we didn’t want any elevator music during dinner and wanted everyone on the dance floor later. He nailed it. We even managed to sneak in the Hangover version of Candy Shop which amused us greatly!

Stew from Stewart Ross Photography was everything we could’ve hoped for. We felt really strongly about having a lot of candid photos, not just of us, but of our guests and he well and truly delivered! He did such a beautiful job and was so sneaky we didn’t even realise he caught half of the moments he did – the sign of a good wedding photographer I’d say! As part of our package we also had an ‘open air’ photo booth set up for guests with hilarious results! Stew was calming and supportive and even helped me with figuring out how to put my shoes on amongst the mass of tulle and with the pinning of the buttonholes. He captured every element of the day perfectly.

We did a few things DIY including our wishing well which was a globe we altered. We bought a globe with a detachable base, disassembled it and spray painted the base and then reassembled it and cut a gap across the top for cards to fit in. As we were jetting off to Mexico and NYC 2 days after the wedding we thought a globe was rather appropriate! My mum was also a great help when it came to the styling and favours. She tirelessly painted all of the gold bottles for the centrepieces as well as helping me to bake over 300 Gingerbread cookies for our thank you gifts. She’s an amazing cook and our family gingerbread recipe is rather famous amongst our friends and family so it seemed like a nice way to put a personal touch on the night. My Aunty is also famed for her cake making skills and given our love of her mud cake there was really only one direction we were going to go in with the cake! I sourced the cake toppers off Etsy and sent her a few Pinterest inspiration pics but pretty much left her to her own devices and she pulled it off amazingly as usual! We made sure to mention incredible skills on our menus which I also sourced from Etsy!

Obviously, we hit the inevitable speed bumps. Early on in the day there was a chance of rain but Matt and I stood firm on our decision to hold it in the park and it all worked out for the best. Our driver stood on my veil as I walked down the steps ready to walk down the aisle and before we found our eventual celebrant we were cancelled on 3 times (yep, you read that right – Olivia was our 4th celebrant!) but from the very start of planning I maintained that as long as I came out of it married to my best friend then it was all worth it and i genuinely think this helped get me through the whole planning process.

Photography: Stewart Ross | Styling: Stylised: The Event Specialists | Wedding Dress: The Babushka Ballerina | Invitations: Wolley | Ceremony Venue: New Farm Park | Reception Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse | Rings: Diamonds International | Bridesmaids Dresses: Gowns Of Elegance | Catering: Zen Catering | Hair & Makeup: Twidale | DJ: Cut A Rug | Grooms Attire: Vinspi | Bride's Earrings: Samantha Wills | Groomsmen\'s Attire: Vinspi | Menus: Howl Creative

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French Provincial Inspiration from White + White Weddings and Feather and Stone

I swear to you, I thought this was a shoot. I had to check the submission over and over, because I just couldn’t believe this piece of perfection was indeed, real. Oh, but it is. It’s as real and as beautiful as they come, and thanks to Feather and Stone Photography we get to devour all the goodness styled to perfection by white+white weddings and events. From the gorgeous florals by Imbue Weddings to the gorgeous couple, and everything in between – this gallery is the place to be today. See why here.

From white + white The brief was to create an elegant, garden style wedding with vintage and provincial elements.  The ceremony was classically styled with romantic refinement and the reception space was designed to be a magical soiree set amongst the garden terrace of a French villa in the south of France during summer.   The colour palette included Lavender, Wedgwood Blue and soft pastel Apricots.

Photography: Feather and Stone Photography  | Ceremony Venue: Botanical Gardens Brisbane | Reception Venue: Moda Restaurant  | Styling: white+white weddings and events  | Theming: The One Day House | Floral Design: Imbue Weddings | Stationery : Invitation Station 

Classic Brisbane Wedding from Clare Sophia Photography

I’ve never had the opportunity to meet these two Brisbane cuties (sadly), but I can tell you one thing for certain: they are one seriously fun duo.  I know this for a fact, because I have spent the last hour gazing at their drop-dead gorgeous wedding and when I tell you it’s one joyous moment after another, it’s an understatement of epic proportions.  From the bride’s pre-wedding portraits with her beautiful pup to the bridal party’s shenanigans (they know how to take a fun-filled picture) to the dance party reception, it’s the kind of wedding you just can’t stop talking about.  (And you won’t.)  See it all captured by Clare Sophia right here.

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From the Bride… When we started planning the wedding we decided that we didn’t want to be tied down to a particular theme.  Instead we decided just to choose elements that we liked.  Fortunately when everything came together on the day it looked amazing.  I guess we stuck to a similar colour palate for the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers, but we didn’t incorporate it into the stationery like many other weddings.

I love doing anything crafty, so I relished the opportunity to create our wedding invitations, place cards + holders, menus, booklets and thank you cards.  We also made the most of the talents of our friends and family.  For the ceremony my cousin sang and we had a friend who is a guitarist accompany him.  Another cousin of mine, who created hats and fascinators for some family members for our garden themed engagement party brunch, made my veil and the hairpiece for the reception.

The morning of the wedding Steve and I were the opposite of what would usually be expected of the bride and groom.  I was calm while us girls were being fussed over with hair and makeup, while Steve had a hectic morning which put him a bit on edge for the ceremony.  The boys stayed in a hotel in the city and Steve, who is usually very organized, had to drive to a friend’s place to borrow their iron for his wedding shirt.  Us girls were lucky enough to have my mum and stepdad rushing around doing any worrying for us.  Mum even managed to pack a delicious picnic basket for us to enjoy while we were out having photos.  We would also have loved to involve our dog Bluey in the ceremony, but as we couldn’t I insisted on photos with him in my dress before we left home.  

It was wonderful having many of my students at the ceremony and hearing their excitement when they first saw me.  The whole atmosphere was so magical.  My heart was pounding with anticipation knowing I was walking down the aisle to meet my love at the end, so that we could start the rest of our lives together.  When we proceeded out of the church together all of the children had gathered to blow bubbles and congratulate us.  They were absolutely in awe and followed us around like we were celebrities!

We had so much fun with all of our family and friends at the reception.  In the week of the wedding we had finally decided to name our tables by each of the years we had been together.  We had the perfect number of tables, one for each of our seven years together.  As well as the year number on the table we had a photo from that year and a little description of some important events from that year.  We found it to be a great idea to encourage mingling as most of the guests visited other tables to see the picture and read the description.  They also enjoyed seeing their own weddings and important events mentioned.  The whole day really encapsulated everything that makes us happy. 

Wedding Photography: Clare Sophia Photography | Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas Church in  St Lucia, Australia | Reception Venue: Hotel Urban Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia | Floral Design: Albert’s Flowers | Reception Floral Design: Romantica Floral Design | Reception Decor: the Bride | Wedding Cake: Deliberately Delicious | Guitarist: Yusuke Akai | DJ: GMSolution | Fingerprint Tree: Karen from Spotted Nest |  Wedding Stationery + Invitations: the Bride | Wedding Dress: Brides Desire | Bride’s Veil + Hairpiece: Carla from 3aletter | Bride’s Shoes: Nat Sui | Rings: John from Hofstays House of Diamonds | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Glenda Hutchinson via Sew Formal | Groom’s Attire: Country Road | Groom’s Shirt + Tie: Herringbone | Groomsmen’s Attire: Rhodes and Beckett | Hair: Michelle, friend | Makeup: Vana from The Brow Bar

French Inspired Shoot from Sarzy O Photography

I’m the type of person who is on a constant mission to be inspired. Whether it’s pouring over the SMP archives or late night pinterest quests for the perfect who-knows-what, inspiration is something I seriously can’t live without. So when a photo shoot like this one from Sarzy O PhotographyBella Bloom Floral Design, The Flour Girl and Celebration Design Studio lands in my lap – full of swoon-worthy details, I feel like I’ve hit the inspiration jackpot. And really, I have, because this gallery? It’ll have my brain dreaming for days. See it all here.

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From Sarzy O PhotographyI have a love affair with beautiful wedding styles!  I had a vision of a beautiful soft mint green and emerald shabby chic French inspired wedding and wanted to show brides what some of Brisbane’s best vendors could do.  So it occurred to me that the amazing Begitta fashion designer was working on a new range of wedding dresses and they would be coming out this year —  be a perfect time to get together. Begitta’s style is dreamy, romantic and almost other worldly — perfect for what I had in mind!

I had worked with some amazingly talented people within the industry and thought we could combine Begitta’s work with some of them. So I got to putting a team together.The ladies’ attire, wedding gown, bridesmaids dress and headpieces were all created by Begitta! Then the Wil Valor suite tied the entire look together.

Jo (Celebration Design Studio) and Kelly (Bella Bloom Floral Design) collaborated on the styling of the setting of the wedding, as well as their individual areas of stationery and florals. From dining tables to drinks they ensured the setting was as pretty as a picture. Sherie (The Flour Girl) decided on a soft mint to tie in beautifully with the chosen colour palette. wanted to add subtle gold and bronze tones to the cake to add a touch of decadence whilst keeping overall style very feminine and pretty. Kylie from Kylie’s Professional is an amazing talent, and dedicated to making brides look the best on their day. She and her team created the perfect look for our bride and her girls with both hair and makeup.

Wedding Photography Sarzy O Photography | Location: Brisbane, Australia | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Design | Wedding Cake: The Flour Girl | Wedding Stationery: Celebration Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Begitta |Groom’s Attire: Wil Valor | Hair + Makeup: Kylie’s Profesional

Brisbane Wedding from Simon Peter Taylor Photography

There are few things in this pretty world of weddings that I love more than a classic + modern affair. And when the soiree has a gorgeous navy, fuchsia and gold palette, sweet details made by the bride + her family and the loveliest florals from Green and Bloom, I simply can’t contain my adoration. Top it off with perfect photos by Simon Peter Taylor Photography and I can promise you, my dears, you’ll be spending some serious time in the full gallery!

From the Bride… Our theme was modern and classic. Navy chevron with fuschia, blush and metallic gold. “The Churchie Chapel” is the chapel at the school John attended. He and most of his friends went to Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School) so it was special for him to get married at the school that he, his brother, friends and also father attended.  I always thought I’d be super nervous and cry walking down the aisle but on the day I was excited, calm and we both just couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces. It was a really awesome experience!

We chose modern music for the ceremony and John and I picked songs that meant something to us. We had 2 readings – from 1 Corinthians which was read at John’s sister’s wedding and “The Art of Marriage” which was read at my sisters wedding. The words of the “The Art of Marriage” really resonated with John and I and my friend even had the reading framed for us – I like to think we will read them now and then through the years.

We cut our cake immediately following the ceremony so as to maximize dancing and fun times later during the reception. We also had San Pellegrino water and sodas for refreshments. A formal “cake cutting” wasn’t important to us so doing it this way gave us a chance to have a drink and chat with guests before moving off to have photos.  The reception was at my dream venue, GoMA – an awesome covered deck at the top of the gallery with panoramic views of the river and city. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés downstairs under the huge fig tree before making their way up to the rooftop terrace. 

My Mum went above and beyond with helping to organize the wedding . On the night she just blew me away with all the extra special touches she had secretly arranged like  personalized napkins at the cake cutting,  a display of photos of John and I in the corridor,  extra signs and flowers everywhere  a “gift” to John – “Blasters”! John used to work in the Cayman Islands where he and his mates had a signature drink they named a “Blaster” – Captain Morgan rum with half ginger ale and half coke. Since moving back to Brisbane, Blasters have now become a bit of an institution for a lot of his mates and it was fun that Mum organized for the waiters to bring around trays of Blasters for everyone to enjoy. 

Instead of plated dessert we decided to serve Drumsticks. I am an ice cream addict and it only seemed natural to serve ice cream for dessert!  Florist was AMAZING. I almost cried when I turned up the reception because everything looked EXACTLY as I’d imagined, even better. I sourced the chevron napkins from overseas, which arrived just in time for the wedding. The table numbers were wooden numbers again sourced from overseas to which I painstakingly applied gold leaf to each table number for a metallic finish.

Wedding Photography: Simon Peter Taylor Photography / Ceremony Venue: Anglican Church Grammar School Chapel in Brisbane, Australia / Reception Venue: The Gallery of Modern Art, Rooftop Terrace in South Brisbane, Australia / Floral + Event Styling: Green & Bloom / Caterer: Zen Catering / Wedding Cake: Boutique Bites / Music: DJ Brad / Hotel: The Stamford Plaza / Honeymoon: Fiji Resort & Spa by Hilton + Lomani Island Resort / Wedding Stationery: Alannah Rose Stationery / Wedding Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride’s Earrings: Mimco / Engagement Ring: Blue Nile / Wedding Rings: Stones / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Twobirds Bridesmaids / Groom’s Attire: Stuart Suit Specialist

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Brisbane Wedding from Studio Impressions Photography

I’ve been unable to take my eyes away from these stunning shots by Studio Impressions Photography since they landed in my inbox. The artful, soulful images are simply gorgeous-as is the rest of this cultural Brisbane soiree! Held at the Hilton Brisbane Hotel and styled by The Little White Wedding Company, this pretty little number will have you in a wedding-daze all morning long. See the rest right here.

From Studio Impressions PhotographyIvy and Ju wanted a modern, elegant wedding. Their reception styling was so beautiful that even they were surprised at how gorgeous it all looked together. Family and friends traveled from China and Korea to be at their wedding, so their wedding included many Korean and Chinese ceremonies and traditions.

Wedding Photography: Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions Photography / Ceremony: Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Queensland / Reception: Hilton Brisbane Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland / Wedding Planning + Styling: The Little White Wedding Company / Floral Design: Always Fabulous Flowers / Decorations + Rentals: Styled Events / Wedding Cake: Sweetums Designer Cakes / Wedding Stationery: Invitation Station / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Gucci / Hair: Kentaro of Glams Hair Lounge / Groom’s Attire: Dior Homme

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