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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

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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.


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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