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