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Intimate Rooftop Wedding

This is one of those weddings where every last moment is so very, very awesome, you’re not even sure how to explain just how amazing it is.  You know the one - it’s the perfect mix of seriously stylish + elegant with a bride and groom who really know how to throw a fabulous party.  Add to that a gallery full of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from Aparat photography and, well… happy Tuesday, indeed.

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From Aparat Photography… Bec and David’s wedding at a rooftop bar in Melbourne’s CBD, was an intimate affair of around 60 guests. Under a high ceiling with sweeping views of the city seen through the tall glass walls, a single long table was adorned with flowers and candles running down the middle.

An emotional ceremony was held, before everyone sat down to a cozy dinner and later danced the night away as the sun set behind the city’s skyscrapers. There was no cake or bridal waltz and Bec was walked down the aisle by her best friend. This was not about following any strict traditions, but more about being surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Bec and Dave are a couple with so much soul and energy and we were caught up in their day and found ourselves so overjoyed to see them marry. Two very kind-hearted and welcoming people who instantly put anyone they meet at ease (Bec embraced us so warmly when we first met). This was as genuine a marriage as you could get and this is what makes our job so wonderful, documenting these stories.

Photography: Aparat Photography | Videography: Zephyr Productions | Floral Design: Des Willis - Flowers Vasette | Wedding Gown: Rachel Gilbert | Rings: Pilkington Jewellers | Groom's Attire: Pierucci | Groom's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Alto Event Space | Groom's Tie: Declic | Make Up And Hair: Luna - Miss Fox

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Style Me Pretty Australia Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount & Giveaway!

If you are looking to add a little style to your wedding day wardrobe (and, really, who isn’t?), then today is your lucky day.  Meet the amazing Hannmaid, lovelies… a collection of seriously cool designs (think handmade cufflinks, silk pocket squares, awesome slap bands and MORE) that showcase all of the things you love and can’t get enough of, from bicycling to sailing…

From HannmaidHere at Hannmaid, we offer a thoughtful collection of handmade pieces that are designed to groom your style. Our unique handmade cufflinks and digitally printed silk pocket squares are a subtle way to bring your wedding suit to life.

Wear your passion on your sleeve! Our machine woven mini bicycles, sailing boats, tennis racquets, cricket bats, horses, footballs, rowing boats, triathletes, kayaks, hot air balloons, dogs, flamingos are the perfect way to customise and groom your style.  Hannmaid also creates a selection of silk pocket squares which are designed to be worn in tandem with our range of bike or horse cufflinks.

The Hannmaid bicycle slapband designs are another great addition to a bicycle friendly wedding.

Based in Melbourne, we can meet locally to chat about custom options for your special day.

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Free Giveaway!  One lucky SMP reader will win a Hannmaid Package of their choice to the value of $200!  Simply leave a comment below telling us what your favourite Hannmaid cufflink design is and why.  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, July 5, 2014.  For terms and conditions, click here.

“Big Ol’ Party” Wedding Film in Melbourne

It’s refreshing to see people who have their priorities in order. For Shelley and Roy, priority #1: fun! Their summer wedding was full of bright flowers (from Botanics of Melbourne) laughter, dancing, more laughter, and of course, more dancing. For a peek at the festivities sit back and enjoy the video from Purple Ribbon Weddings below. There are also some charming images from Beck Rocchi Photography here.


From The Bride…Roy and I were in Israel visiting his family and he planned for us to go to Tel Aviv for the day with some of his family members. After a day of shopping, exploring and eating his family went back home and it was just the two of us. We had some time to kill before dinner with friends and we decided to go for a walk. Not coping with the heat, I suggested sitting at the nearest bar/café which had a view of the beach and cold drinks. We sat down to a beer and French fries and started chatting about the holiday so far. He asked if I was enjoying myself to which I replied, “I couldn’t be any happier, I am having the most amazing time.” He asked if I was sure, to which I replied ‘of course I am!

Roy’s face changed to an awkward, nervous smile to which he then pulled a ring out of his pocket and said.. “Well Shelley, will you be mine forever?” and showed me the ring. I burst into tears and kissed him over and over before saying yes. It was perfect, not elaborate, not cheesy, yet totally perfect. Not planned (he was going to propose when we got back to Australia but had purchased the ring that day after ordering it months prior), so perfect with the sun setting over the ocean in front of us, a beautiful breeze that had broken the heat and beer and chips!

There really wasn’t a theme to the wedding but I guess you could say the theme was simplicity & just a big old party. We really wanted to create a wedding that was fun for us as much as it would be for the guests and reflecting us as a couple. Working in the wedding industry myself, I had worked out exactly what was the most difficult parts of a wedding and what stressed people out the most and then eliminated those factors. I wanted to really enjoy the process, get excited and enjoy being engaged rather than plan elaborate styling adventures and difficult running sheets which were down to the minute. The priority was the experience itself. As we had minimal traditions and festivities through the night I wanted to make sure the ceremony was an amazing start to the night, which it was. We had Jon Von Goes marry us and considering how many celebrants I have seen over the years I couldn’t be happier to have Jon there! He suited us perfectly and let us be ourselves and enjoy the ceremony as opposed to being nervous and looking awkward!

Photography: Beck Rocchi Photography | Flowers: Botanics Of Melbourne | Reception Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Catering: Bursaria Fine Foods | Wedding Video: Purple Ribbon Weddings

SMP Australia Welcomes Advertisers + Special Offer!

I might be a little biased from my own big day, but I think ultra-romantic hotel wedding are basically the best thing ever. And thanks to our new friends at Park Hyatt Melbourne, Australian brides have a picture-perfect venue to host those nuptials. It’s everything the city glam bride could dream, and of you can read on for more info plus one very special offer!

From Park Hyatt MelbourneA luxurious Art Deco inspired hotel located in the historic and leafy end of Melbourne’s city. This impeccable destination for a glamorous city wedding is exactly what brides are searching for with everything essential encompassed in one stunning location. From a chic high tea bridal shower and blissful spa treatments to preen and polish before the big day and all the way through to the day itself. An elegant garden at the centre of the hotel provides a beautiful backdrop for a ceremony amongst manicured hedges and topiary trees- ideal for cocktails and canapés. For photographs, the sweeping marble staircase and the nearby Fitzroy Gardens offer a myriad of visions to capture. Impressive event spaces for intimate to large weddings are teamed with creatively designed menus and personalised service. Guests have the option to keep the party going with drinks in the relaxed, richly toned circular bar, radii and the day will be complete with lavish overnight accommodation in Melbourne’s largest guest rooms. For more information, please contact our dedicated wedding coordinator on +61 3 9224 1250 or weddings.park {at}

Calling all Melbourne brides-to-be! Would you like to enjoy a complimentary High Tea for you and a friend on us AND get a private tour of Melbourne’s most luxurious five star hotel? We’re extending an invite to the first 1o brides who contact us at +61 3 9224 1250 or weddings.park {at} Please inform us upon booking that you found us through SMP.

*Please note, this offer is for High Tea only and its availability is subject to change without notice at the discretion of Park Hyatt Melbourne. Flights and/or accommodation are not included. Offer only valid to couples who have not yet booked their wedding reception venue. 

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Melbourne Wedding Film

I’m a go go go kind of a girl, but when I took a look at this gorgeous wedding film from Purple Ribbon Weddings I couldn’t help but to stop for a moment and take it all in. Because this wedding? It’s stunning, and the cinematography is worth some serious time this today. So do yourself a favor and hit play, it’s time well spent, trust me.

From the Bride…What was your overall theme and inspiration for your wedding? As it was a Friday wedding we wanted to make sure people came with the frame of mind to party… not still in work mode. We felt that if people came straight from work in the same suit and tie that they wouldn’t be in the right mindset, but we didn’t was to make it Black Tie as it’s too uptight for us and a lot of our friends don’t have dinner suits. So we made the dress code “bow-ties and belles” and told the boys to wear a bow-tie, have fun with it, do patterns, colours, whatever you like as long as it’s not what you wore to work. The girls just had to look pretty which was easy. It really worked! Everyone looked great and had an amazing time! As for everything else – we just wanted simple, classic styling, with a little bit of romance and quirk.

Tell us a little bit more about your day in detail. The day started off with me at my Mum’s house in Toorak and Trent at his parent’s home in Williamstown. The girls and I got our hair and make-up done there before popping in the limo and arriving at the church. My girlfriend, Felicity, walked our beautiful Chow Chow, Porter, down the aisle to lead the proceedings. We had a friend of a friend Chloe Kaul, sing Bon Iver “Wash” to piano as we all waked down.

My sister has three boys, Benjamin, Elijah (twins) and Remy, who were the naughty page boys. My Dad’s partner’s grand-daughter Lily was the beautiful flower girl. I was cool as a cucumber… until it was my turn to walk and everyone was staring at me! Once I got to Trent I was fine though.
After we were married, Trent’s youngest brother Joel got up and sang “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with Chloe as we left the church.

We had photos at the Williamstown Botanic Gardens and then went off to the reception at Alto, GPO. We had an amazing dinner, the food was awesome and the speeches were both funny and touching. After speeches and dinner the real fun began and we all danced our socks off. Nick Rutherford, the DJ, was fantastic. At about 11pm a fire alarm sounded and we all had to evacuate! It was all fine though, I got a photo in a fireman’s lift and 20 minutes late we were all back up there dancing the night away! Alto extended the night until 1:30am and it was all very memorable! When the night came to an end T and I whisked ourselves off to our hotel room a the Hilton on South Wharf, with a late check out.

Photography: Paul McGinty | Event Planning: Tori Allen Events | Floral Design: Tori Allen Events | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Harward | Reception: Alto Event Space | DJ: Nick Rutherford | Grooms Attire: Carl Nave | Wedding Video: Purple Ribbon Weddings

Classic Elegance in Melbourne with Fresh Spring Touches

I don’t know that I’ve ever come across a beach wedding I don’t absolutely love. But a beach wedding in Australia is a whole different beautiful ballgame. It’s classic populated with fresh Spring touches and a Bride and Groom who just so happen to be drop dead gorgeous AND head over heels. Lucky ducks. See all the beauty captured by Jerome Cole Photography right here.

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In our eyes, our wedding was perfect. We were surrounded by our family and friends, we were blessed with a beautiful day and all the planning and help we received ensured that everything went off without a hitch. Our guests had a wonderful time and felt very looked after. It was elegant, classic and fresh. The theming flowed through all aspects of the day and our suppliers went above and beyond for us. All day we felt incredibly thankful to everyone that contributed and lucky to have found each other.

We spent just over a year and 3 months planning our wedding. We were married on a gorgeous sunny April day (April 6 2013), which was the week after Easter. Our ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hampton, which is the church in which I was Christened, where my parents were married and also where my grandparents were married (both my mother’s parents and my father’s parents). A number of other family members were also married there, which added to the significance of choosing this as our wedding venue.

I spent the morning of our wedding day getting ready at my mum and stepdad’s house with my bridesmaids and we had a few visitors pop in and out to be part of the excitement. Our hair and make-up artists came to the house which meant we could just have a lovely, relaxing morning getting ready without rushing around. My hairdresser was very patient with me in the lead up to the wedding and we had lots of fun doing trials and trying to get my veil to hold! She did a lovely curled up-do on the day, held with a Mimco comb that my mum gave me. My make-up artist was also wonderful, so relaxed and easy to work with and her work was really natural.

My younger brother and sister picked up the buttonholes (simple white spray roses, jip and some greenery) from Mordialloc Florist and dropped them at Scott’s parents house, where he was getting ready with his groomsmen. My brother brought back a CD which Scott had put together (with his sister’s help) of love songs. Each day for 10 days in the lead up to the wedding Scott had sent me the lyrics to a love song, and on the wedding morning I got to listen to them all as I was getting ready which was a lovely surprise.

Once we were almost ready, our photographer arrived to capture the final touches. My dress was Lisa Gowing’s Tallulah, which was ivory liquid silk overlaid with beaded French Chantilly lace. It had a hand draped cross-over bodice with scalloped lace cap sleeves and a slim skirt with a scalloped lace edged sweeping train. I had a veil which had the same beaded lace edging and fell to about knee length. My shoes were from the Diana Ferrari bridal range – satin with some simple diamante detail and not too high (very comfortable!). I carried a gold glomesh purse that belonged to my grandmother on my dad’s side, who is no longer with us. My bouquet was made up of white flowers (spray roses, tulips, jip, lisianthus, tuberoses etc) with a touch of green. My bridesmaids bouquets were smaller but similar in look. Megan from Mordialloc Florist even wrapped my bouquet with some of the spare lace from my dress to tie it all in.

Our reception was held at Encore St Kilda Beach and the venue, service and food very perfect. We chose it as it was on the beach and had beautiful floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water, it was modern and there was a huge dance floor. Our guests arrived for canapés at 6.30pm and a 2 piece band entertained them in the outside area of the venue while we finished our photos on the beach. The sunset was absolutely stunning that day, so we were really lucky.

The night was everything we had hoped for – the food was delicious, the speeches were wonderful and the band was fantastic. The band played a number of sets building from the two piece acoustic to a 9-piece band for later on in the evening and we were able to select all of the songs from a large list. The dance floor was filled with guests whenever the band was playing which was great to see. Scott and I had our first dance to Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E, having had a few lesson’s to learn the foxtrot in the lead up to the wedding. We danced to a CD version to ensure the timing was right, and then the band kicked in straight away with the same song when the guests were invited to join in.

My grandma and grandpa gave us our wedding cake which Janelle (the other half of Cake Ink) created. It was a beautiful 4 tiered wedding cake. Janelle and Samone worked together to replicate the chantilly lace detail of my dress onto the cake, using a scanned picture of my lace to create a template for the icing and piping. The cake was a chocolate and white chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache. The result was visually stunning and tasted delicious! My mum and stepfather gave us a beautiful Vera Wang cake knife and server as a wedding present .The cake boxes we purchased online and they were sealed with monogrammed stickers that Samone from Cake Ink created to tie in with our stationery.

Scott and I escaped to the beach with our Matron of Honor, Best Man and photographer close to the end of the night to take some sparkler and night shots which was a laugh and lots of fun – they turned out really well too! Our photographer Jerome photographed my Matron of Honor’s wedding in Lorne and was wonderful, so our choice was easy. Jerome was very professional but relaxed at the same time, which put our whole bridal party at ease, meaning our photos were very natural. Jerome seemed to capture moments without us even noticing he was there.

We organized a getaway car to whisk us off into the night as husband and wife.
The next day, our families came together at my mum and stepdad’s house to reminisce. The backyard was filled with the flowers from the reception and everyone left with their arms full of flowers to take to their homes.

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography | Flowers: Mordialloc Florist | Wedding Dress: Lisa Gowing | Cake: Cake Ink | Invitations: Cake Ink | Church: Holy Trinity, Hampton, Melbourne, Australia | Reception: Encore | Shoes: Diana Ferrari | Jewelry: Myer | Rings: Ralf Fisch Fine Jewellery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Review | Make up: Jacinta D’Angelo | Hair: Sandi from Art Hair Studios | Cars: Triple R Luxury Car Hire