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Floral Inspired Bridal Luncheon

I’m what you would call a bridal shower junkie; invite me and I’ll be there with bells on, more than ready to toast you and yours.  So give me a floral-inspired bridal shower shoot, complete with gold-dusted macarons, and I’m all sorts of happy.  Especially when its a perfectly crafted day of pretty from the likes of Victoria CameronAlways Fabulous Flowers and Studio Impressions.  Click here for more.

From Victoria Cameron… I teamed up with a great team of vendors including Studio Impressions, Styled Events and Always Fabulous Flowers to create this floral-inspired bridal luncheon.

We wanted to create something that celebrated the events that lead up to the wedding day and with that in mind chose a stylish lunch setting for a bridal tea or luncheon.

From the beginning it was to designed for the bride who loves all things sweet and pink so we chose a soft champagne underlay for the tablecloths and paired this with a sheer damask overlay. We then flooded the tables with small floral arrangements in a collection of vintage crystal vases and added a beautiful finishing touch with place cards and gold-dusted macarons for every guest.

Photography: Studio Impressions | Florist: Always Fabulous Flowers | Stationery: Cara Marie Designs | Desserts: Cakes By Judy C | Heritage Listed: Brisbane Polo Club | Planning + Design: Victoria Cameron | Rentals: Styled Events

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Organic Country Elegance Style Shoot

I kind of feel like Calli B Photography and Three Stone Gold Weddings & Events created this shoot just for me, because honestly, it’s my dream. With an organic yet elegant feel, they whipped up a table worthy of the most important guests. From the beautiful hand scripted napkins to the amazing florals from Bella Bloom Floral Design, this gallery is nothing short of perfect.

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Elegant

From Calli B PhotographyFor this organic country elegance shoot, Mikaela from Three Stone Gold Weddings & Events wanted to draw inspiration from the amazing greenery and views of the venue, by combining a neutral colour palette of white and soft dove grey with natural light timbers. The dove grey colour became the forefront of the inspiration, as it created such an earthy and romantic country feel.

With regards to the table setting, Mikaela wanted to keep it simple, drawing the eye to a few key elements. Printed linen napkins combined with bouquet garni created the perfect organic setting, keeping it effortlessly modern but still timeless.

The cake was decorated with different shades of icing, using the dove grey colour palette as inspiration, and a wreath of greenery was added to keep its design consistent with the organic country theme. White candles and delicate flowers were placed on a table cloth of soft grey linen, while opulent glass wear and cheese platters further added to the rustic appeal of the table setting.

Mismatched timber chairs and vintage-style cutlery complemented each other seamlessly, and a glass flagon filled with bright orange juice provided a pop of colour. Napkins with ‘Bon Appetite’ scrawled across them in cursive font brought a touch of charisma to the table setting, nestled against bunches of greenery tied with white ribbons.

Incorporating fresh white, green and grey hued florals to tone in with the stunning Maleny background, as well as Three Stone Gold weddings styling Bella Bloom Floral Designs selected a combination of Succulents, Dusty Miller foliage, Carnations and Chrysanthemums to create a glamorous rustic table centre-piece enhanced with touches of Queens Anne’s Lace, Hyacinths, Andromeda Flower and Arabs Eye to add extra texture and interest.

For the ladder feature, Bella Bloom Floral Designs used Easter Daisy and Wax flower to add a touch of ‘’pretty’’ to the tin pales. -“We love lush, organic bouquets at Bella Bloom Floral Designs, so for the Bride we created a free-form bouquet with lots of fresh foliage like gum and leather fern, as well as pretty delicate flowers like the Hyacinths and Queen Anne’s Lace. We bound the bouquet with long linen stripped ribbon for an extra touch of decadence.”

The rolling green hills of the Maleny countryside provided the perfect backdrop for such a lavish wedding design.

Photography: Calli B Photography | Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Design | Gown: Queenie Australia | Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry | Venue: Maleny Tropical Retreat | Decor: Hodgepodge Hire | Stylist: Three Stone Gold Weddings & Events

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Rustic Meets Romantic Queensland Wedding

This wedding makes me happy.  Maybe that has a little something to do with the totally in love twosome, or the fab team of vendors (think The Belle And The BeauTwig And Blossom and Casey Jane Photography), or the laid-back meets seriously romantic vibe.  My guess?  It’s a sweet combination of all of the above.  Get your smile on right here.   

And a heartwarming film from Alexei Malko Films… you’re welcome. 

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Spring
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Rustic

From the Bride… Kane and I first met through mutual friends starting with a trip to the beach over seven years ago. We instantly hit it off and it wasn’t long before we were living together. I think we have a really strong relationship due to the time we spent with each other leading up to the proposal and marriage. I feel this has us in good stead for the rest of our long lives together.

Kane and I were holidaying in Vietnam in July and August 2012 and Kane got down on one knee on the top deck of a traditional south east asian junk boat on a beautiful day in the middle of Halong Bay. It was a great choice of location and it made me feel really special. It was also very brave of Kane to carry around an expensive piece of jewellery throughout Northern Vietnam!

Kane and I were both in love with the rustic/country look rather than the traditional fairytale wedding theme. This suits our personalities best because we are a bit of a unique or quirky couple that love to have fun and not get too caried away in what other people think about us, or what other people think we should do for our wedding.

We are very much about doing things ourselves or relying on friends or family to assist in certain areas such as my best friend Dana doing our hair and Kane’s mother baking the wedding cake and entire desert bar. I feel this adds a very special touch to the day in that we are surrounded by our friends and family who all added their certain unique touches.

Upon visiting Yandina Station it was immediately apparent that we had no choice but to get married there. It was the perfect location for us because it was close to our families, on the Sunshine Coast and also provided the backdrop we were looking for.

Casey (photographer) was just as excited about it as we were because she had heard of the little known venue and how beautiful it was, yet hadn’t snagged a client utilising the venue. There are just an abundance of breathtaking locations for beautiful photographs that we really were spoilt for choice. I think this really flowed through into the photography beautifully.

Our photography, ceremony, reception and accommodation were all held on site at Yandina Station. This was purposely selected as such to ensure that the day was low stress, low level logistics and comfortable for everyone. The venue had it all and did not require anything to be done offsite. We both placed an extremely high level of importance on spending quality time with our family guests and this was enhanced by not having to travel anywhere for accommodation, photography or the ceremony.

We decided to spend an hour or two prior to the ceremony to shoot some photos together and with the bridal party. This meant that we would see each other prior to the aisle however we planned our own special moment together which Casey captured beautifully. I sewed Kane a blindfold which he wore standing at the end of a gravel road while I walked towards him and slowly removed it. It was a really special time for us as we had both put so much time and effort into the day so it was special to spend some time together by ourselves to really soak in the moment.

I was told by a work colleague to take a look at Casey Jane’s work because she thought that I would like her work. Well that definitely was an understatement, I was amazed at Casey’s unique ability and flair to take beautiful photos and really highlight the best of each and every person/thing she photographs. Casey and her partner Alexie were both extremely professional and we both felt extremely confident in their ability to capture our day perfectly. We have not stopped hearing from all our friends and family about how well the day went and how great the photos were.

Our theme was more or less an outdoor, spring, country and rustic style theme. It reflected us as a couple really well due our easy going partnership and our particular likeness for having fun, spending time with family and friends and getting lost in the moment and not wasting a single second. Our inspiration was definitely self made, we reviewed lots of different weddings that had been published online and selected the best and most suitable parts to include in our own special day. I think the reason why we were so happy with the day and why it was so well received by our guests was because we put a lot of planning and organisation into it personally, yet also outsourced certain tasks such as flowers, styling, photography etc. to qualified professionals. Getting this mix right is definitely the recipe for a fun filled and low stress day.

Yandina Station influenced our decisions due to the fact it was outside and really embraced nature and the outdoors. The colour selection was really important because of the colours on show from the venue. From the silver aged timber, red rusty wrought iron, greenery and blue skies and waterholes we had to be very particular with the selected palette. I think we managed to pull it off really well due to my ivory dress, flower crown (which Kane loved!), white and simple mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the groomsman’s taupe suits. It really allowed Casey to highlight the colour on display around us and really enhance the images.

Kane wears suits to work for his job as a Financial Adviser so he could use his existing knowledge to put together an outfit. This also meant that he was quite interested in wearing something he wouldn’t ordinarily wear to work such as the traditional black, grey or blue. This worked out well because the taupe suits fit this category whilst also suiting the venue and wedding theme nicely. Kane wore a beautifully hand sewn seersucker tie and polka dot pocket square in grey and white that was purchased off Etsy and had a buttonhole of succulents, billy buttons and freesias.

My rings are from Tiffany and Kane’s ring was custom designed by a local jeweler. The bridesmaids dresses were selected by themselves from various retailers however they all had to be white and incorporate some lace detail. I thought this was a great idea as it made them all feel pretty and confident in what they were wearing and it really showed in their demeanor on the day.

Three adjectives that best describe our wedding day are rustic, country & fun.

From Casey Jane PhotographyThis wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph. The soft color palette and handmade details complimented the environment and my shooting style perfectly. I choose to shoot film to create pretty pastel tones and a light airy feel. While the guests played lawn games and sipped cocktails I spent time with Kirsty and Kane taking there images on the surrounding property. They were the sweetest couple and so easy to work with, it was clear to see they were madly in love.

Photography: Casey Jane Photography | Videographer: Alexei Malko Films | Florist: Twig And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Babushka Ballerina | Caterer: Yandina Station | Entertainment: Golden Child | Groom's Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Celebrant: Creating Magical Moments-Vikki Speller | Wedding Venue: Yandina Station | Couches: Simply Style Co. | Groomsmen Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Stylists: Polkadot Events

Vintage Elopement in the Hinterland’s of Australia’s Gold Coast

Intimate, heartfelt, and overflowing with love, this Australian elopement beautifully captured by Sophie Baker Photography is what my wedding blogging dreams are made of. My love started with the Bride’s gorgeous Graces Loves Lace gown and then just seemed to grow with each and every gorgeous image, making me head over heels for this love-filled gallery

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Winter
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Church
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Elegant

From Sophie Baker PhotographyKarla & Dave have the most authentic, deeply-rooted love for each other. They eloped in the morning beneath a chandelier-draped tree in the hinterland’s of Australia’s Gold Coast with 5 of their nearest and dearest friends. It was the most relaxed, genuine, heartfelt experience I (the photographer) have ever been involved in, and I walked away having gained two great friends in Karla & Dave. We met back up after their ceremony near sunset to continue their portraits. Karla’s ring is a smaller replica of Princess Kate’s.

Photography: Sophie Baker Photography | Wedding Dress: Graces Loves Lace | Ceremony Venue: The Old Church | Furniture Setting: A Little Vintage Bliss

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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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Summer
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Eatery
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Elegant

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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Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding at Sarabah Estate Vineyard

I think about 99.9% of the weddings I see give me the travel bug… this Queensland countryside affair is no exception. Fortunately for us, this couple took full advantage of the stunning backdrop and were also kind enough to share their beautiful day with all of us. It’s the kind of effortless elegance we crave and we’re lucky The Arched Window Photography was there to capture every moment.

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Fall
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Vineyard
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Elegant

From The Bride…Mick and I met through a mutual friend at two separate sporting events – the cricket and the rugby. After having a good chat at the cricket (during a rain delay), neither of us didn’t think much more of it. By chance we saw each other at a Reds v Western force game, had another couple of drinks and a chat, after which he asked me out.

About three weeks in I knew he was the one. Having both been married before, and neither of us overly backward in coming forward, we were pretty upfront about who we were and what we were after in a partner. By chance, our needs/wants/goals etc were very similar and in most instances the same.

Proposal was very low key. We were at the farm for the weekend and upon waking up one morning, he asked me to marry him. No fireworks, not string quartet etc, but that wouldn’t have been very Mick. We had talked about it previously, but neither had a real need to get married initially. We were with each other because that’s where we wanted to be – we didn’t need to be married, but after a while we both wanted to.

What I love most about Mick is that he is who he is. There is no pretence with him, and as such he has a confidence without being arrogant. He is as honest and loyal as the day is long, and is the most genuine person I know. Mick loves the confidence that I give him.

Being able to share that experience with our family and close friends was the best part of our day. We didn’t have a huge wedding but those that were there were the ones that will be in our lives in the future.

My advice to other brides is it will all be fine… We had our reception in an open air marquee. Despite rain in the lead up week and ominous clouds on the day ( which looked great in the photos ) there was not a drop of rain on the day. The roof stayed off the marquee and the night was lovely. I did have moments of terror however.

That you can always aim for the wedding, that isn’t a wedding, but you will most likely end up with a wedding….

I tried to be as simple and what I thought was as elegant as possible. We did a country wedding, but we didn’t want too casual. Sarabah Estate was a big help in that regard, and we tried to keep it less formal by using local flower pods etc to decorate the tables alongside candles and flowers. Everything was shares of white, highlighted with waxy green leaves and Crow’s Ash pods.

Mick is from Canungra and it was important for him to have a wedding at home. We didn’t even consider having it anywhere else – it just felt right. It also meant that we could use our property for the photos which made it special for us.

A short honeymoon straight after the wedding – we kept it simple and went to Noosa. A very low key week – lots of good food, wine, trips to the beach and surrounds, and sleep-ins. We were shattered after the wedding and it was great to just relax after it all…. We may head overseas next year.

Photography: The Arched Window Photography | Florist: Friday Flowers | Wedding Dress: Julie Tengdahl Bridal Couture | Wedding Cake: Judy C Cakes | Stationary: Urban Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Reception Venue: Sarabah Estate Vineyard | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: The Powder Room | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Celebrant: Tarnya Bennett | Hair Dresser: Luke Reynolds Hair Dressing | Jewelery: Canturi And Paula Hall Designs