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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.


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 | 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 | Styling : Stylised: The Event Specialists

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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.


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