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Quick Tip: The Faux Glow, Perfected

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Even if you consider yourself to be a self-tanning aficionado, doing a trial run at least a week in advance of your Big Day is an absolute must. Before the main event, make sure your entire body has been thoroughly exfoliated, and that any necessary hair removal has taken place at least 12 hours prior, before applying self-tanner, and you’re practically guaranteed a gorgeous, even glow!

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography

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Romantic Australian Golf Club Wedding

Despite the sweltering 106 degree day, this darling duo managed to wed outdoors surrounded by cool style and endless love. From the sparkling water toasts, to their choreographed dance, every detail Nicholas Purcell Studio captured is stylish as a sweet summer day, and it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From Nicholas Purcell Studio106 degrees doesn’t generally bode well for an outdoor wedding but Paloma & Deke bought 200 bottles of sparkling water for their guests. They also stuck “D&P” stickers onto each bottle. Little surprises like this were a hallmark of Paloma and Deke’s wonderful day.

Paloma’s Spanish family are a big part of her life. Paloma’s sister make the wonderful cake and bomboniere. Her father, a renowned surgeon, surprised toasted the couple by drinking from a traditional Spanish bota bag.

The surprise of the day was when Paloma and Deke first dance. It was a wonderful, choreographed dance that they had worked for months with a dance instructor to perfect.

Photography: Nicholas Purcell Studio | Flowers: Adelaide Flower House | Wedding Dress: Corston Couture | Ceremony Venue: Kooyonga Golf Club | Reception Venue: Kooyonga Golf Club | Makeup Artist: Mary Daly | Cars: Holdfast Bay Limos | Video: Adam Dormond

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Romantic Adelaide Summer Wedding

Tucked away in southern Australia, this intimate wedding is simplicity at its finest. With bouquets from floral designer Sylvie , the bride stunned in a simple white gown from Cpop accented with a colorful bouquet. The couple took photos behind the gorgeous green backdrop of a vineyard and their love, captured by Lucy Jane Photography is undeniable. You can see all the romantic details here!

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From The Bride… Our story is the age old tale of high school sweethearts. Sam and I met in a high school musical and he swept me off my feet with his jokes and laughter. Six years later we were engaged (all our friends saw it coming) and by the seventh it was wedding time. Growing up in the Adelaide Hills, naturally it was where we wanted to be married – close to home in a place that was important to us. Choosing a ceremony location was simple as the church we attend has a beautiful old traditional chapel, and it is attached to the primary school I went to! Our idea for the wedding was always traditional – but we didn’t want it to feel too black & white. We went with a simple and classic style, with the addition of things like colorful flowers to contrast with the simplicity of the ivory dresses and I let the girls choose their own shoes. For the men, they wore handmade brown shoes from Ethiopia and self-tied bow ties. Although we had an idea of what we wanted it to look like, we were never fussy and just let things happen.

Because we were still students, we needed to be a little thrifty in some areas and we knew if we were going to pay money we wanted to let people we knew share their skills with us. We made sure to use resources like free printables from the internet (table numbers were easy this way) and Grandma who was willing to make some jam for the bonbonnieres. Our florist was my best friend who was learning floristry, and it was the perfect opportunity to show off her skills. We went to the flower market together to choose the flowers (so much fun!) and then she arranged all of the bouquets and buttonholes. Our cake was made by another friend’s mum who has a high tea business. For the ceremony we had a string quartet that was organized by a friend of ours, and another school friend’s husband played in the jazz band for the reception. We had a photo booth at the reception for guests to take picture in front of, and it was painted by two of my bridesmaids who are fantastic artists. 

Photography: Lucy Jane Photography | Floral Design: Sylvie | Cake: Julie Young | Ceremony Venue: St. Michaels Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Mt. Lofty House | Bride's Shoes: Pumps by Robert Robert | Rings: McIntosh Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: For Her And For Him | Makeup: Katie Dawson From Perle Jewellery & Makeup | Groomsmen's Attire: Peter Shearer | Bride's Dress: Cpop | Bride's Earrings: Lovisa | Groomsmen's Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitations & Programs: John Juco

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Whimsical Wedding at Penny’s Hill Winery

I didn’t think children at weddings could get any sweeter until I saw these adorable little ones with the most beautiful flower crowns. Combined with the bride’s bouquet and I’m weak at the knees. The Bloomroom outdid themselves for this wedding, and Life In Still Photography captured every moment. Pull up that Pinterest; you’re about to be bombarded with beauty.

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From The Bride… Daniel and I had been planning this day for over a year. The hallway in our house is long and blank and was the perfect place to hang three big sheets of butcher’s paper, displaying our budget. There was no hiding, it was always in our face, reminding us of what we wanted our day to be.

We wanted our guests know what Daniel and I are all about. Which is a relaxed vibe, great food, a love of indie/ folk music, the family we cherish and the friends we love.

To help keep cost low I designed our invitations and other stationery, which has led me to start my own business. Also my mum and I DIY a lot of the decorations, such as the table runner, drink dispensers and chalkboard arrow signs.

Daniel and I were so lucky to have such amazing floral arrangements, which, by the way, are all artificial. My mum owns her own business specialising in making artificial flowers look fresh. I would never have been able to have some of the flowers I desired for my bouquet if I had chosen fresh.

We had met some really cool people along the planning journey. One being our photographer, Bree, from Life In Still Photography. She is amazing, such a wealth of knowledge. Just before our wedding, Bree became unwell and was unable to shoot our day. However she organised for her very experienced assistant to photograph our wedding instead. This was one of those situations that could have been scary, but we trusted Bree and her team delivered. We have beautiful images to show our friends, family and one day, our children.

Photography: Life In Still Photography | Wedding Dress: Caleche Bridal House | Cake: Frangipani Cakes | Stationery: Little Indie Stationery | Makeup: Kara Fantasia | Hair: Abache | Band: The Escapades | Groom's Attire: Joseph Uzumcu | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph Uzumcu | Venue: Penny's Hill Winery | Bridesmaids' Dresses & Flower Girls Dresses: The Ivory Gown | Floral & Event Design: The Bloomroom | Photography - Assistance: Dan Wooldridge

Modern Wedding in Mclaren Vale at The Elbow Room

Bri Hammond never fails to fill our screens with pretty, and she’s done it again with this stunning soiree at The Elbow Room. Beautifully designed by Courtney Rae, this gallery is filled to the brim with steal-worthy style you’ll want to file away for sure (that dessert table is beyond), and you can see every sweet moment here.

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From The Bride…I first met Tim about 8 years ago at a friend’s party. We didn’t exchange numbers, but had no idea that fate would keep randomly throwing us together until we became good friends. We were friends for about 3 years before we started dating. It all just happed naturally. After dating for a while, we just knew that we want to spend time together forever, and we decided to tie the knot.

As my family is still back in Korea, we had to plan one wedding in Korea and another one in Adelaide. Not all of our friends could fly over to Korea for the formal “white wedding” in Korea, so we wanted to make the Adelaide wedding a GIANTIC PARTY with our friends and family in Australia. We both knew straight away that we wanted the Adelaide wedding to be relaxed, casual, and in the outdoors to complement the formal and structured wedding in Korea.

I must admit that I was a pretty lazy bride. I had never thought much about my “dream wedding”. The Korean one was easy because I didn’t have to plan much at all (thanks to my parents, best friend, and a dedicated wedding planner in Korea) and the wedding day was just perfect. I couldn’t pick anything that I would have done differently.

For the Adelaide celebration, though, we knew what we had in mind for a great Australian party. We wanted to do some things ourselves and leave the rest to the professionals. As Tim is a multi-talented IT guy who does web design on the side, we decided to create our own invitation. I had the idea of making a “secret code” invitation which required special glasses, and Tim had the idea of a website which tells our story and has an online RSVP. We ended up combining the two ideas, so Tim set to work on designing the invitation (www.timothyandlauren.com/the-invitation) which unlocked the secret code used for full reception details on our website: www.timothyandlauren.com. Everyone thought it was a funky and unique touch to our wedding.

Since we couldn’t decide on a wedding playlist, we included in the RSVP an option for our guests to select tracks to play at our wedding. This became the background music, and added a personal touch for each guest. We had an “all requests are played” policy, which made it a real mixed bag! We had selections ranging from Bruno Mars to Slayer, and everything in between, which made the night unpredictable and fun.

Good food and good wine for our guests was very important to us as well, and after visiting a lot of different venues, we made the decision to hold the celebration at the Elbow Room in McLaren Vale. It was perfect venue for us; they do amazing food, they are flexible with our drinks menu choices, and they had lush green lawn available for us to use. They also had amazing fusion dishes combining Korean elements like Kim Chi with Australian meats and produce, which was very appropriate.

After we decided on the venue, I contacted Courtney Rae for styling the party/wedding. I originally contacted different stylists but decided to work with Courtney and it was one of best choices we made for our wedding. Courtney and I had a couple of meetings to discuss the concept for the celebration – relaxed, natural, and casual but still chic. We also wanted the lighting over the lawn to create the ambience we wanted. Courtney took everything I wanted in the wedding on-board and did great job with planning and carrying out the big day. I still remember when we were approaching the venue on the day, I could see the set-up from far away, and I could not stop saying “WOW”! All our guests were so impressed with the styling too. (I am getting goose bumps writing this thinking about the day)

We were also so lucky to have Bri Hammond as our photographer. Our brief required someone who could “capture the moment”, which meant taking in all the details of the styling and the food, while catching people candidly and naturally. Bri did an amazing job and exceeded our expectations in every way.

Tim is a bit of a sweet tooth and we wanted to provide a dessert and lolly buffet on the night. Guests could take lollies in a bag to take home as their bonbonniere. Although The Elbow Room has great desserts, my previous workplace is like my second family (The Grain and Bean in West Lakes, a specialty coffee and bakery house) and it was so special that they were able to provide amazing fresh baked goods like mini Kitchener buns as dessert on the night.

All of our guests enjoyed the night thoroughly with the loving ambiance, but most importantly, Tim and I had the best night of our lives. It was just perfect and beautiful. Tim and I are so glad that fate kept bringing us together and found love in each other, and also thankful for everyone who helped us celebrate our special day. We are very grateful and feel blessed for everyone and everything in our lives together.

Photography: Bri Hammond Photography | Floral Design: Blooming Bridal | Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti | Reception Venue: The Elbow Room | Lighting: Venue Productions | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Desserts: The Grain & Bean | Event Design & Styling: Courtney Rae | Event Design & Styling: Courtney Rae | Head Piece: Melinda Rose Design

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