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Modern DIY Wedding in Melbourne

After 10 years together, this darling duo gathered their worlds for one classically elegant celebration. From the confetti covered picnic to the  Graceful Flowers centerpieces honoring of the Bride’s late grandmother, every detail Daniella Melfi delivered in this gallery is filled with love and laughter, and you can see it all here and more from Luxe Film House below!


From the beautiful Bride… Living in Sydney and getting married in Melbourne was a breeze as we had a clear idea of what we wanted (being together for 10 years gave us a lot of thinking time) and promised we would never loose sight of what the big day was all about.

Encore was the first venue we set our eyes on. We only visited 2 other venues on that day but knew nothing was going to compare to the class and sophistication that Encore oozed. We immediately fell in love with it and knew it was the perfect place to bring our Melbourne and Sydney worlds together. We looked no further and locked in 16th Nov 2014.. I moved very quickly after the date was set and got in contact with Daniella Melfi, a girl I used to go to high school with. I had been watching her establish herself into an amazing photographer over the years and knew she would be a huge asset to our wedding day and us. I knew very well I was looking too eager contacting her and paying a deposit in August 2013 for a wedding in November 2014 but I couldn’t bare the thought of not having her. She assured me I was doing the right thing and advised me to secure as much as I could then to avoid the disappointment later!! That advise was by far the best I received. By confirming suppliers early on I was able tick all of the boxes leading up to the wedding which left me with a lot of time to focus on little things closer to the date.

After locking in Daniella, I called my sister’s best friend Nikki Feeney. A person and career I had also kept a close eye on. Nikki runs her own videography company and I was adamant on supporting her and her work. I have known her for many years and was confident she would capture the day for us and would provide footage that we will someday show our children and grandchildren. When we got the highlight video back I was blown away, she exceeded our expectations and in the end gave us a gift we will cherish forever. Both Daniella and Nikki worked wonderfully together from the get go and most of the time we didn’t know they were around. They were professional and discrete but most of all invested and we had the security of knowing they had our best interests at heart.

Mason Jars were a must on my list as they are both elegant and classic. I found A Vintage Affair on a wedding website who have an abundance of stock to hire out for all occasions. Kathryn, the owner was outstanding and showered me with her wealth of knowledge and confidence in styling. She was a pleasure to deal with and a true beauty in the wedding industry.

Family and friends are those who Brad and I hold most dear. Those who have taught us and helped shape who we are today… I will forever consider myself lucky for the women in my life who are so talented and were able to contribute to our wedding day with their bare hands.

My sister who is an artist did our website, stationery & bonbonierre. I have always been obsessed with fortune cookies and was so excited when I found a company who allow personalized messages in their fortune cookies. We bought little brown paper bags for the cookies to sit in. My sister created a design for the bags with each guests name printed on them. They doubled up as a Place Card and Bonbonierre. It reduced clutter on the table as we had shared entrée and was a great way to thank our guests.

My mum, a bridal florist, along with her colleagues who we call our ‘flower angels’ worked tirelessly the night before the wedding to construct our bouquets, centerpieces, flowers for the church and my biggest request: the overhead arrangement that sat perfectly and proudly above our circular bridal table.

My auntie is a hairdresser and without hesitation agreed to do everyone’s hair.My cousin made our delicious cake, which was served as a roaming canapé for desert.My grandmother’s best friend made my dress. She has been a dressmaker for as long as she can remember and created a dress I will never forget.

Another special woman in my life was my Nana who sadly is no longer with us. I wanted to pay tribute to her so I called on my Uncle to help. I asked him to trek the farm she was raised on for a tree that had fallen. He found a few then cut the trunks into discs that would become the base of our centerpieces.

I quickly learnt that weddings give you so many opportunities to showcase who you are as a couple and where you have come from. I put a lot of thought into the day and, to think that I was pouring sentimental value into as much as I possibly could, confirmed we were destined to have the best day of our lives.

Highlights of the day that stand out and I know I will always reflect on are when we exchanged our vows. I don’t think I have ever been more open or believed in a promise as much in my life. It was an honest moment shared with our loved ones and a feeling that is indescribable. Another would be the look on all of our guests’ faces when we surprised them with a flash mob performance. The delight, shock and excitement was priceless. Seeing my grandparents in the photo booth with silly faces and wigs on was also a delight to see!

Last but certainly not least would be when we threw confetti at the picnic we had arranged at a nearby park after the ceremony. In my mind it was going to be fabulous part of the day being surrounded by friends, having a drink and a second to relax before the more serious events took place. What I got was so much more. That moment we counted down together then released the confetti was powerful and created true happiness.

Photography: Daniella Melfi | Videography: Luxe Film House | Floral Design: Graceful Flowers | Wedding Dress: Made By Family Friend | Cake: Caked On Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Encore St Kilda Beach | Shoes: Tony Bianco | Jewelry: Mimco | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Thurley | Make Up: Zara Jones | Groom's Attire: George And King | Groomsmen's Attire: Oxford Ties | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cars: Silver Service Limousines | Mason Jars: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Photo Booth: Smile O Matic

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Romantic Berry Infused Wedding Inspiration

The perfect blend of seasonal hues, this berry infused inspiration is one for the books. Not only does it include one stunning floral crown, but it also features long rustic tables silhouetted by romantic hedges. One look at the gallery Qlix Photography by Jay Cao captured, and you too will be swept off your feet. See it all, right here!


From Miss Mooi… The inspiration behind this shoot came from the many stunning vivid pink and berry colored flowers of the season.  We wanted to showcase the full tonal color value of Australia’s wonderful summer berries almost mimicking an abundance of luxurious berries on a platter, tantalizing your senses. This was easily achieved with the talented Grace from Floretta who provided the stunning florals, which really set the tone for the entire shoot.  Echoing the colors of seasonal summer berries, Grace created whimsical and decadent florals with a classic undertone, created onsite early that morning and inspired by the magnificent estate they were created in. The abundant arrangements overflowed with luscious blooms which included delicate apricot David Austin roses, scented berry colored garden and cluster roses, heavenly berry colored Dahlias topped off by super pretty Gloriosa lily’s. Having such a talented artist on the team, gave me every confidence to base my design decisions around the beautiful floral design that Grace would bring to the shoot.

When selecting the venue, the summer berry concept was taken quite literally and we wanted a country property where berries would definitely feature in the house garden. A property where the glimpse of berries and the gorgeous array of color they offer are an easy organic simpatico, just meant to be. Coombe – The Melba Estate was the perfect venue with seven acres of exquisite gardens established in the early 1800’s, with cypress walled beauty surrounding an Italian garden, an established vegetable garden and orchard, a perennial garden of explosive colour and the most enchanting and majestic 170 year old English Oak, all adding a certain elegance and whimsy to the shoot.

We were spoilt for choice and decided on four equally beautiful areas of the garden to feature our gorgeous country wedding table, a whimsical floral adorned swing, a beautifully soft and romantic boudoir session for our bride and of course, the ceremony. The ceremony was set up in a beautiful walled garden directly behind the cellar door and is perfectly located for your introduction to Coombe. Our boudoir session took place in the top garden which had the most alluring sun light filtering through the sprinkling of trees. Close by, we utilized the sprawling branches of the gorgeous old tree to hang our hand-made swing for some stunning shots in the shade of the tree; a beautiful ceremony location for the outdoor bride. It was so easy to dream of a balmy summer’s evening spent dining on one long communal table with simple rustic Italian share platters set up between the row of tall conifers leading up to the pool and precisely where we sat up. All so wonderfully country and it was such a pleasure to work in such a stunning location.

Our boudoir session took place in the top garden by the old homestead under the majestic old oak tree. We felt this would be such a wonderful present for your future husband. Deliberately, we sourced delicate, soft and romantic pieces that felt at one with the soft light and beautiful trees in the immediate area where we were shooting. The hooded robe from Sapphire Bliss looked amazing over a soft off white French underwear set. We later added a floral crown to this combination to add another element of whimsical floral splendor.

Bonita Couture, a local designer in Brunswick, designs and crafts beautiful couture gowns and allowed us to dress our beautiful bride in their stunning Emma gown. A gown as equally beautiful as our Emma, the bride, was a true vision of elegance and whimsy with the soft skin tone blush colouring, the gorgeous intricately beaded French lace corset and a lovely full skirt of layers of soft Italian blush and ivory tulle. We paired the gown with a simple matching finger-tip veil, such a dreamy combination. The way the sun bounced off and the dress and veil at different angles was truly beautiful and so lovely to work with.

May of May VL Hair & Makeup created a truly stunning look for model Emma. Makeup was kept fairly natural with a luminous and glamorous feel with gorgeous smokey eyes and soft lips. Two looks were decided for Emma’s hair; gorgeous soft cascading curls for the boudoir shoot and then an equally beautiful half up braid that added an element of fun and whimsy to the shoot.

Collaborating with Dress my Wedding and Complete Function Hire meant we were able introduce the elegant provincial pieces that transformed the shoot from just some pretty florals into effortlessly country chic complimenting the venue perfectly. Natasha from Dress My Weddings has a wonderful range of provincial furniture including the cross back chairs that were added to the wonderfully big 10 seater country table supplied by Complete Function Hire. The combination of the two with our stunning floral table garland set up between the row of conifers was truly sensational and a match made in heaven.

Gorgeous gold and brass highlights were chosen to compliment the beautiful vivid pink and berry tones. With a small boutique (and growing quickly!) furniture and prop hire range, I was able to add some really pretty vintage brass candle holders to the table to match all the gorgeousness that Gold Hire added in their stunning gold cutlery. These gold tones gave the table an air of stately elegance, mimicking the property around us. Beautiful rustic hand lettered menus and table number we supplied by Sharon Chen of Miss Envylope. Sharon mixes her own ink and sourced beautiful soft white textured paper for her elegant penmanship featured in the entire shoot.

For the ceremony, Dress my Wedding also supplied rustic bench seats that complimented our gorgeous organic floral arch in rustic urns superbly. Keeping within the abundant floral theme, the floral arch was central to the design of this simple but stunning ceremony set up.

The sensational cake designed and supplied by Kathleen, the owner of Treats by Evie, was designed to be simple but elegant yet still reflecting the gorgeousness of the location we were shooting in. Importantly, we felt the cake needed a rustic element and Kathleen did this by introducing raw organic chocolate ganache that not only looked stunning, it also smelt divine. With two tiers of this chocolate goodness, and a bottom tier of ruffled and textured icing, Grace added her floral flair to complete the elegant and whimsical creation.

To bring all our vision together is the talented Jay Cao from Qlix Photography whom coordinate the use of natural light throughout the entire shoot. His style of soft, natural and light-filled images complimented tremendously with the color palette of this photo shoot.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Floral Design: Floretta | Wedding Dress: Bonita Couture | Wedding Cake: Treats For Evie | Stationery: Miss Envylope | Wedding Venue: Coombe Melba Estate | Bridal Lingerie: IM Lingerie | Bride: Emma Nicholson | Ceremony Benches & Crossback Chairs: Dress My Wedding | Gold Cutlery: Gold Wedding Hire | Groom: Eric Boesten | Hoodie Lingerie: Sapphire Bliss | Make Up Artistry And Hair: May VL Makeup | Stylist & Wedding Planner: Miss Mooi | Table: Complete Function Hire

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Effortless Australian Multicultural Wedding

If you’re looking to get married in the middle of winter (here in the States), then look no further than this charming southeast Australian town. The gorgeous scenery proved the ultimate backdrop for this picture-perfect wedding. With unique bouquets from Sugar Bee Flowers and the gorgeous Tatra Receptions as the location, this wedding oozes cool and effortlessness. You can see all the little details & more here!


From the Bride… The first time Boris and I crossed paths was when we were around 5, it’s not often that you see an African-Asian family in a Latino church. I can’t recall it but he remembers it quite clearly, not knowing that we’d cross paths 13 years later down the track. We were friends for a while then dated for 5 years. Then in October 2014, Boris went on his surprise mission to Japan for “The Proposal”. It seemed as if everything just fell in place for him, he was telling me how while he was on the plane, he literally had a thought come to mind, where he was thinking to himself that it would be funny if he had a camera crew to film the proposal. This is where I believe God had a sense of humour, just when he got out of the terminal he was approached by a Japanese reality TV show “You Wa Nani Shini Nippon e?” that follows the various journey of foreigners visiting Japan. He didn’t propose there and then when I saw him (thank goodness cos I was in my PJs) but 10 days after the surprised visit he proposed at the Kinkakuji (Golden temple) on our trip to Kyoto. By this time the crew was in on it.

We started planning for the wedding a year in advance and decided to get married in the first week of January 2015, in the Dandenong Mountains at Tatra Receptions. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of getting married there, the green surrounding and the beautiful gardens gives one a sense of being in the C.S Lewis’ Land of Narnia.

We wanted a vintage feel to the wedding with a summery look, hence the mint green theme. Searching for my dress had become an arduous task, for months and months I was looking for ‘The One’, and finally I fell in love with this simple yet elegant, silk gown by Johanna Johnson, it was completely different to what I was looking for, but it caught my eye and when I tried it on I was 100% sold. Eventually everything that I had in my minds eye was becoming a reality. The flowers by Sugar Bee Flowers were absolutely gorgeous giving a soft look, I wanted the protea as something a bit different.

Since I come from two different backgrounds, I asked my dad to wear the traditional Ghanian kente cloth and my mother an Irotomesode kimono. My dad’s friend in Ghana had my kente made for me, I just loved the vibrant colours and the significance of the meaning of the various colours where blue denotes- peace, harmony, love; yellow- preciousness, wealth, fertility; maroon- healing and green- spiritual growth and renewal.

The day before the wedding, us girls decided to stay at the absolutely gorgeous Beechmont Gardens Retreat, where the gardens are absolutely enchanting, we also took some wedding photos there in the 1929 Hudson.

The ceremony took place at the Tatra chapel, it looked more like a cathedral in the rain forest, the scenery absolutely enthralling with the green foliage. Gave us a sense of being in the Garden of Eden.

Both of us wanted something a little different for our first dance so we decided to break some moves on the dance floor, 1920′s Charleston style, to Blu Lu Barker’s “A little Bird”, all that two and a half months of practice at the 1929 studio in Brunswick payed off, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Since Boris is Chilean we decided to have the Chilean Mil-hoja cake (thousand layers cake) made of pastry layered with caramel, custard, sponge and strawberry cream to give a little Latino flavour. The cake is so yummy, we decided to give it as a bonbonniere for our guests.

Looking back on the journey from meeting each other to now, we really saw God’s hand in leading us. The day of the wedding was perfect, the weather was an amazing a sunny 25 degrees, and since Melbourne can have 4 seasons in one day it was such a blessing.

As most married couples say, the day went so fast that we would want to re-live it many times. I guess the only way we can do that would be by going through Oy’s breathtaking shots and re-living the moment in the follow up wedding episode of “You wa Nani Shini Nippon e?

Photography: Oy Photography | Floral Design: Sugar Bee Flowers | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson The Magnolia | Wedding Cake: Marcianos Cakes | Reception Venue: Tatra Receptions | Bow Tie: Mrs Bow Tie | Groom's Suit: JCrew | Boutonniere: Pomp and Plumage | Bridal Accessories: Bridal Accessories - Sunset Cocktail Comb Kelly Spence (LONDON) | Bridal Shoes: Tony Bianco | Bride's Belt: My Little Bride | Bridesmaid belts: Forever New | Flower girl dress: Posh Peanut Kids | Garter: Woomee Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen's Shirt: Oscar Hunt | Groom and Groomsmen's Shoes: Batsanis | Hair Styling: Bride's Mother | Photobooth: Boothalicious | Photography - Assistance: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo | Ring bearer bow tie and suspenders: The Littlest Gentlemen | Ring bearer hat: Jets and Lilys | Wedding Cake Topper: Fairy Folk Wedding | Wedding Car: Sherbrooke Hire Vintage Cars

Whimsical Garden Wedding

This, loves, is how you do a wedding.  You hold an amazingly gorgeous ceremony in a garden (complete with stunning floral arch from Bunched Together), rock the prettiest of gowns from Anaessia and cap it all off with a colorful reception that is the one seriously fun party with friends and family.  Oh, and you most definitely hire Jonathan Ong to capture all of the pretty.  Click here for the full gallery.

Garden Venue

From the Jonathan Ong… Kim is a wedding photographer herself ( so it was an honour (and also slightly stressful for me!) for her to ask me to photograph her wedding. Apparently, the number one question she was asked was “who’s going to photograph your wedding?”

Their wedding was in spring in Melbourne and held at Abbotsford Convent. They had a lovely garden ceremony and the rain held off ’till after the ceremony which was such a blessing! Their reception was laced with greenery and a giant LOVE sign. Every part of their wedding was considered from a photographer’s point of view (especially in regards to light) which made it real easy for me, plus the fact that they are just the loveliest people so it was great to photograph them.  One of my favourite weddings of all time.

From the Bride… Our ceremony was held in the Gardens at Abbotsford Convent. Nick and I love the outdoors and aren’t huge fans of dark churches and also wanted our ceremony to be close to our reception. So that was our reason for choosing the gardens. Plus the fact that with the backdrop of the convent and flora, it is beautiful!

We decided to write our own vows independently and our minister, Roger, made sure the word count was close and that they were similar. I’m so pleased we decided to write our own vows. They were so personal to us and really struck a chord on the day. There were a lot of tears!

The only decorations that we decided to lash out on was the floral arch for our ceremony. I’m a huge fan of colour, so that was pretty much my only request to the florist, was to make something nice, colourful and pretty!

We decided on Bursaria and the Abbotsford Convent, as I had heard that the food was excellent there! Nick and I like to think we are foodies, so the tasting was a lot of fun for us! The service was excellent, too and our experience with our wedding coordinator, Shelley, was a breeze! She was fantastic, made us feel comfortable and at ease knowing she was there to boss everybody around!

All of the decorations on the roof of the convent were designed and executed by our very talented florists Bunched Together! My only request to them was lots of colour and flowers to fill the tables! They also provided the favours (succulents), and did a wrapping station at the end of the night which meant all of the guests could take a bouquet home and the flowers didn’t go in the bin!

We didn’t do a lot of traditional wedding things during the reception. We only did a few short speeches and then a daggy first dance! Our cake was a macaroon cake so we didn’t bother cutting it!

The typography on the signage was created by my friends at Big Picture Stuff! They are amazingly talented twins who crafted all of our signage.

Nick is a record collector and we decided to bring a few along to get people to sign them so we could store them away in our collection!

Photography: Jonathan Ong | Videography: Humdrum Films | Florist: Bunched Together | Wedding Dress: Anaessia | Cake: Churchill Creations | Stationery: Sam Koh | Stationery: Bianca Cash | Reception Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Brides Shoes: Gorman | Rings: Brent Dakis | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Catering: Bursaria | Hair & Makeup: Lady Day Make Up & Hair | Groom's Shoes: Vanishing Elephant | Suits: Briggins | Bowties: Knot Now Bowties | Bride's Flats: Hobes | Typography: Big Picture Stuff

Modern Elegant Melbourne Wedding

I sure do hope the peplum trend continues because after seeing this bride’s amazingly chic dress, I’ve become quite a fan. She rocked the style and her whole wedding day for that matter, from adorable photos with her groom to a sweet reception with epic views of Melbourne as a backdrop. Dani Burley and BLVD Media caught it all on camera and there are plenty more smiles where they came from.


From The Bride… My high school sweetheart John and I married on the 22 March, 2014 after 13 years together on a glorious autumn day.

Being from two large Asian families, our wedding was set to be a big affair. Our guest list estimate was 250-300 guests and being in Melbourne, there is a limited number of venues that can hold a large number of guests. As such our venue hunt was not too strenuous. After viewing about three venues including the International in Brighton and Leonda by the Yarra, we settled with Carousel – Albert Park. The thing that won me over was the gorgeous large deck overlooking the lake and I’d heard the food there was good. 

Wedding dress shopping was one of the first things to knock off the list.After going to about 5 stores I thought I had decided on my dress until I thought I’d just better check out Karen Willis. I was set on getting a lace style dress however that is not what I ended up with! As soon as I put on the peplum style heavy twill dress with not an inch of lace on it, I knew it was the one!

After many a evening trolling through inspirational pictures from Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I decided I wanted the bridesmaids to have pale pink dresses and hold white bouquets whilst my bouquet was to be a mix of white and a matching pink to their dresses. I also wanted the bridesmaids to have slightly different dresses but in the same fabric.

The mens attire was to compliment this colour scheme and the blue was really on trend and matched so perfectly well with the shade of pink. The suits paired together with white shirts, white pocket squares to match, and to fit in with the current trend we had the boys wear suspenders which I absolutely love on guys. And to finish off the outfit black gloss cufflinks and a black burberry tie whist John wore a black and white polka dot tie to contrast.

I settled with Flower Jar as they have a great reputation and have worked at Carousel many a time. I had them create a beautiful floral chandelier to hang over the middle of the dance floor, together with providing the large venue entrance piece and the centre pieces for each table which consisted of mismatched jars scattered across a long white framed mirror set in the middle of the table filled with beautiful pink, white, magenta and lilac blooms and tealight candles. They also decorated the white ceremony canopy set upon the deck overlooking the Albert Park lake, with an abundance of pink and white roses and green foliage.

As I splurged on flowers for my wedding and the fact that I was going to have 280 guests, I decided to DIY a number of things in order to not go over budget. These included the stationery and place card settings, some extra floral pieces at the entrance of the venue, the mini herb pot bonbonnieres and the guest signing poster to name a few.

The day wedding day arrived and it started off with some cultural traditions including gate crashing games in which the groom and groomsmen must pass some challenging (embarrassing and hilarious) tests set by the bridesmaids before they are allowed to receive the bride. This was then followed by a tea ceremony with our extended family.

The bridal party then escaped for a photo and video session at Melbourne Uni, an industrial style red brick laneway in the city and finally on the rooftop of crown and at our wedding suite. These few hours were really fun and I definitely think it had a lot to do with not only our best friends but also our amazing and so talented videographer and photographer.

After all this, we still had not had the main event! So after a quick rest and makeup touch up we headed to Carousel where the main ceremony and reception would take place.

The evening was filled with really good food, bottomless wine glasses, so much joy, fun and laughter, photoboothing and eating ice cream from the ice cream bar, good music, dancing and even using the roving MC mics for karaoke till we were told not to!

It is true what they say – your wedding day is really the best day of your life! 

Photography: Dani Burley | Videographer: BLVD Media | Event Design: Bride | Floral Design: Flower Jar | Wedding Gown: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Cuppy & Cake | Stationery: Bride | Ceremony Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Reception Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Makeup: S.A.S.S.Y Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Jon De Guzman | Celebrant: Paul O'Donohue | Car: Krystal Limousines | Ice Cream Machine: Snowflow | Photobooth: Photorazzi

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