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Elegant Backyard Wedding in Australia

Moet & Chandon, garden roses and an elegant backyard… if I could hand-pick elements for a wedding re-do, these would all be a part of the mix. Captured by Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography, this day is a collection of gorgeous images,  an intimate gathering of loved ones and a Bride who literally outfitted the entire wedding party with the help of her mom. See the images here!


From Bentinmarcs Fine Art PhotographySarah & Tristan had the sweetest intimate wedding held in their backyard with the closet friends and family members. To make the wedding even more amazing was the fact that Sarah and her Mum Kathy from The Ivory Gown made all the dresses, suits and Sarah’s beautiful wedding gown. I truly felt that I was part of the family, never feeling more welcomed at a wedding I even had my own table setting amongst the 18 guests.

From The Bride…I was never one of those girls who had her wedding dress planned in detail from a young age, which might be surprising considering I work with bridal gowns every day. I knew I wanted to include elements reminiscent of the glamour of the “Old Hollywood’ era, but largely let the design evolve as it was being made. I used all silk fabrics with the most beautiful, delicately beaded and sequinned lace and played around with the detail on the bodice until it looked just right. I had intended to sew silk covered buttons down the back of the dress, but I adored the way the lace looked without them, which meant I had to think of a new way to finish the back. The best and most seamless way was to be stitched into the dress! Although this might sound stressful to some, it actually felt really calming to have my mother slowly and carefully place the last stitches on the lace moments before the wedding. Having the opportunity to create my wedding dress with my mother was truly something special, and funnily enough one of the greatest fans of my dress became my dog, a 50kg Maremma, who sat right next to me on my silk train at every opportunity she could get!

Photography: Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Sarah Craker | Wedding Dress: The Ivory Gown | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Craker | Grooms Suit: The Ivory Gown | Venue: Private Residence | Film Lab: Raw Digital & Film Lab

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Saturdays are amazing, but add in a fabulous meet and greet with the uber-talented LB Photography and it’s an entirely new level of weekend fun.  Because when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous images, no one can stun you (+ leave you speechless) quite like Luke when he’s behind the lens.  It’s a portfolio of breathtaking beauty and you should definitely spend your day getting to know him.

From LB Photography… As the founder, principal photographer and creative director of LB Photography, Luke’s success is based on his ability to listen to his client’s wishes and design a wedding plan that reflects their individual style and personality. Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Luke makes it his business to capture the unique story of each couple, and he has been doing so for more than 12 years both in Australia and around the world. Luke’s professional approach goes far beyond his photography – it’s reflected in every aspect of the business, from meeting the couple face-to-face to providing a unique online experience after the wedding.

Romantic Farm Wedding

This wedding is what I would call overflowing with pretty.  But beyond all of the gorgeous details (and, believe me, there are a lot of them) is a day that is allll about the happy.  From the (obviously awesome) friends and family laughing the day away to a bride and groom who are literally beaming with joy, it’s a true blue love fest from start to finish. See every gleeful moment captured by Luke Simon right here.


From the Bride… It may be hard to believe, but our plan for the wedding day started out as a throwing a simple but big party to celebrate with all our our wonderful family and friends.  Angus would joke along the way that all we needed was a bowl of chips, beers and some good South Australian red for later in the night to keep most of our guests happy!

Somehow the ‘simple wedding’ part got lost along the way, but we would not change it for the world. What we ended up with was the most incredible day put together by some amazing suppliers, but mostly by some serious imagination and hard yakka from our family and friends. We simply had the best day.

Having just relocated to Sydney at the time, we were very reliant on family and friends to help turn a paddock on the family farm into a wedding venue, which was no small feat, but the challenge made the day all the more rewarding.

Sharing good local food and wine are incredibly important to us both and we chose to serve all courses as share platters to give the sense of being at a big family dinner at the farm. The fare that was served up by Stuart Oldfield and his team from Handmade Catering (from a very makeshift paddock kitchen) was simply incredible and the food was paired perfectly with beautiful SA wines made by my uncle, Tim Gramp Wines.

There are far too many special moments to mention but here are a few: having the aptly named ‘The Bridal Express’, my grandfather’s cherished and beautifully restored 1934 Diamond T bus, as wedding party transport (the only hiccup was it getting stuck it first gear but made for some entertaining photos of the groomsmen pushing it out of a tight spot) and Angus’ Granny doing a special reading, the same reading she read at Angus’ parents’ wedding.

Not even the unseasonably cold weather could dampen the party spirit evidenced by the prowess on the d-floor until the early hours of the morning.

The photos really do speak for themselves, an incredible day captured by the most incredible (and the coolest to boot) photographer, Luke Simon. We only wish we could do it all again!

Photography: Luke Simon Photography | Floral Design: The Tenth Meadow | Wedding Dress: Alexis George | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Campbell | Catering: Handmade Catering | Lighting: Lush Lighting | Groom's Attire: P Johnson Tailors | Venue: Family Farm | Bride's Makeup: Sarah Cracker Weddings | Groom's Bowtie: Le Noeud Papillon | Letterpress Stationery: The Distillery | Rentals: Renniks Hire (Marquee) | Table Linen And Chairs: Chair Covers Overall

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Rustic Winery Wedding

Here’s a bride and groom that really know how to throw a wedding.  They choose an amazing locale (the breathtaking Glen Ewin Wine Estate), invite all of their nearest and dearest and team up with a talented team of vendors (think In The BoothFlowers On Your Mind and WesBeelders Photography) to bring their dreams to complete and total reality.  Seriously lovely.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… I loved every moment of our wedding day. Glen Ewin Estate made us feel so comfortable in the lead up to the day, we really felt like they had everything under control, which was reflected by the relaxed, warm and fun atmosphere of the day. Our celebrant created a truly unique and personal ceremony for us which was greatly praised by all our family and friends. With every step of our wedding preparation we felt incredibly taken care of by all our amazing and experienced vendors. Together they made for an easy and wonderful wedding full of incredible memories. I cannot praise Bridal on Pulteney enough for their service on helping me choose a dress that was right for me and within my budget. Our photographer, Wes Beelders, offers an engagement photo shoot prior to the wedding, and this allowed us to get comfortable with him and being in front of the camera. I believe this was an amazing service by him as we were able to see his product before our big day, and feel truly at ease on the day that all our precious moments would be captured perfectly. Our friends and family were able to capture their own fun wedding moments with InTheBooth’s photobooth – the only booth vendor that has 15 second videos! My husband and I cried with laughter when we watched all the videos after the wedding. The day went perfectly, which I attribute greatly to several aspects: the skill of our vendors putting us at ease, and the love my husband and I have for each other, surrounded by all the people that love us in return.

Photography: WesBeelders Photography | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Shoes: Nine West | Celebrant: Emily Davis | Boquets: Flowers On Your Mind | Car Hire: Private | Cup Cake: Sweet Treats Cakes | Finger Print Tree: Little Loupe | Photobooth: In The Booth | Rose Petals: Ruston's Roses | Wine Estate: Glen Ewin Wine Estate

Adelaide Hills Engagement Session

What do you get when you combine a stunning (and I mean stunning) bouquet from Poppies Flowers with one seriously sweet duo frolicking along the Adelaide Hills countryside?  The world’s most adorable engagement session.  One that is filled with poppies, peonies and roses… and smiles for miles and miles.  See every heartwarming moment captured by Carla Micucci right here.

From Carla Micucci Photography… Phylia and Jin are just the cutest! For their engagement session we ventured into the gorgeous Adelaide Hills to the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. The autumn colours were amazing in April and we were lucky to score an overcast afternoon with the most perfect light! We chatted and laughed and discussed all things wedding! I am so looking forward to their wedding at the end of the year!

Poppies Flowers supplied Phylia with a gorgeous posy filled with David Austin roses and Poppies.

Photography: Carla Micucci Photography | Flowers: Poppies Flowers | Venue: Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Parisian Charm in South Australia

Scrolling through Life In Still Photography pictures, you’d never guess this couple put their wedding together in just 8 short weeks. With the help of friends and vendors like The Wedding & Flower Room and Say Cheese! Cakes, they were able to tie the knot before the groom’s father passed away and still have the wedding of their dreams. For more images from this beautiful celebration of life catch the full gallery here.

From The Bride…Our love story starts off in Paris on Valentine’s Day. To celebrate nearly six years together Luke had organized a surprise date night for us. We left our hotel room and hopped in a taxi, destination: “The Eiffel Tower please”. As we were early for our “reservation” Luke and I took a stroll to take in the beauty of Paris by night. After taking a few happy snaps Luke got down on one knee in front of La Tour Eiffel, with my dream ring, and made the kind of fairy-tale proposal that only happens in movies. After a surprise five course dinner on a boat on the river Seine we headed back to our hotel room heads giddy from too much champagne. We called our family to let them know the good news and before heading to bed I asked Luke if he wanted a quick wedding so that his dad could be there. His dad was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer that was, despite treatment, aggressive and spreading throughout his body. Luke said “I’d like my dad to be there”. So it was decided that we would speed up the process in the hope that he would be there for our wedding day. With the help of my amazing bridesmaids and the internet I booked the photographer, venue, florist, cake, hair stylist and make-up artist from our little hotel room in Paris. Luke got his suit from Hugo Boss on the Champs Elysees and all that was left to oraganize upon our return home was the bridesmaids dresses, my dress and all things DIY.

8 short weeks after Luke proposed on Valentine’s our Wedding day had arrived. Luke’s proposal and our France holiday had influenced the inspiration for our big day. “Paris Charm” was expressed in details like the vintage books, the Chanel No. 5 bottle bought from a street market in Paris and the Bridesmaids gifts that included a mini bottle of French champagne, chocolate and a little bit of Paris in the form of a miniature Eiffel Tower. My 3 bridesmaids and I stayed in a hotel with matching robes and slippers. We started the day with a rustic muesli breakfast, French Champagne and mason jar cocktails. Getting ready at the hotel was so much fun. I had my hen’s night the night before the wedding so Marie, our make-up artist, had her work cut out for her that morning! She is so talented! We all looked and felt beautiful! And our hair stylist, Toiya, was just as important as the French Champagne was on the day: She was Bright and bubbly and the detail to our hair styles was beyond perfection! Highlights would definitely have to include receiving my nan’s royal albert tea set as a wedding gift (she received these as a wedding present also and handed them down to me), giving my beautiful bridesmaids their gifts, our balloon fight and a surprise wedding present that arrived for me at the hotel room. The present ended up being a boom box which inspired my decision to dance down the aisle. As my grand-pa would not be able to make it for the wedding day I brought this bottle of gold ink to the hotel so as to have something that reminds me of him in our wedding album.

Our venue, Utopia @ Waterfall Gully, was Picturesque and was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception. We had 80 guests at out garden ceremony and the pom-poms that decorated the ceremony area were DIY. My bridesmaids and I danced down the “aisle” to Tom Jones “She’s a lady” blaring from the boombox carried by my dad. Luke, his groomsmen and all the guests were in fits of laughter and it was a fun way to greet my future husband. Luke’s dad also made it for the ceremony but sadly passed away 2 weeks after the wedding. We feel truly blessed that he was able to come and despite not being able to stay long due to illness he really did have a wonderful time.

We had our location photos by the waterfall surrounded by the beautiful warm shades of autumn. I had so much fun with Bree, our photographer, and she was like my fourth bridesmaid on the day and adapted to every situation. For example one of my bridesmaids fell over at the waterfall and dirtied her dress before we had any photos taken; we therefore had to strategically place her in photos to hide the evidence of her fall. Just from looking at Bree’s photos it’s obvious that this was her calling; that she was meant to capture beautiful moments to last forever. When I received my wedding photos they literally took my breath away and I have nothing but praise for my absurdly talented photographer!

Our stone cottage reception was relaxed with groovy dancing and photobooth fun. The room was adorned with fairy lights and chandeliers and our centrepieces for the wine barrels were DIY coffee jars covered in burlap, lace and twine filled with flowers and a mini blackboard. Our wedding cake was 4 tiers of heaven! It tasted delicious and the freshest ingredients were used! The top tier was meant to be frozen and eaten on our one year anniversary but it was so good that it only lasted until our one month anniversary! We did our own photoboard with pictures of Luke and I over the past six years and also did our own DIY photobooth.

The whole day could not have come together in such a short amount of time were it not for the help of my bridesmaids and vendors. Words will never be enough to thank everyone that helped make our fairy-tale wedding possible. So I would like to take this opportunity to say “Merci Beaucoup” to those who went above and beyond.

Photography: Life In Still Photography | Floral Design: The Wedding & Flower Room | Wedding Dress: Only You By Jean Fox | Cake: Say Cheese! Cakes | Bridesmaid's Dresses: George (Evening Collection) | Make-up: Marie Fiorita | Hair: Style U - Professional Hair Stylist | Ceremony And Reception: Utopia @ Waterfall Gully