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Rustic Wedding Inspiration Awash with Sunshine

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect white dress or wedding day details that are packed with chic, there’s plenty take aways from this shoot. It’s a dream collaboration between Le & FothergillThe Dessert Parlour, Ruffles & Bells and Qlix Photography By Jay Cao. They were inspired by Australian sunshine, film photography and the prettiest Anna Campbell gowns. See the result right here!


From Qlix Photography By Jay Cao… The shoot began in the morning of a sunny Autumn’s day with our model Esma Voloder, highlighting the features of one of Australia’s top wedding dress designer Anna Campbell’s stunning collection along the parklands of Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook Melbourne. The location show cased native Australian coastline where the foliage is never too far from the sandy beach. We shot 4 of Anna Campbell’s dresses to showcase their impeccable style and detail accentuated by the Australian sun.

After capturing the details of the dresses, the team then went onto setup a styled setting for our rustic theme. The styled setting contained rustic furniture, flowers, desserts and stationery.

Le and Fothergill provided the flowers, The Dessert Parlour provided the desserts, naked cakes and lovely jars of fruits, while Ruffles and Co provided the props and crockery for the setting all of which adds to the rustic theme with hues of pastel yellow and purple.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Event Styling: Le & Fothergill | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Stationery: Paper Style & Co | Desserts: The Dessert Parlour | Hair And Makeup Artistry: KV Makeup Artistry | Model: Esma Voloder | Wedding & Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells - Wedding & Event Styling

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SMP Australia Welcomes Our Advertisers!

We all know that wedding planning isn’t always easy, but thanks to Hyatt Australia, choosing a venue just became the most stress-free part of your big day.  Think glamorous, five-star amenities, top-notch service and breathtaking settings, all wrapped up in five (!) stunning locales across Australia.  It’s basically a bride and groom’s dream come true, lovelies.  Check them out below for even more info…

From Hyatt Australia… At Hyatt we are as excited about weddings are you are. That’s why we strive to deliver consistent 5 star service allowing you to concentrate on the most important thing – enjoying special moments with your loved ones. Experience the magic of your wedding day with spectacular photographic backdrops in locations across Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

Hyatt offers some of the most romantic and unique wedding settings in Australia. Create everlasting memories within Park Hyatt Melbourne’s elegant garden, with manicured hedges and topiary trees. Capture picturesque photographs with the sweeping marble staircase or the nearby Fitzroy Gardens as stunning backdrops. Park Hyatt Sydney delivers a contemporary luxury wedding venue with unrivalled waterfront harbour views amongst iconic locations as The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. While the Gallery at Park Hyatt Sydney caters for up to 120 wedding guests, the luxurious Guest House offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House for up to 70 guests, with an exclusive presentation kitchen coupled with a private outdoor terrace on Sydney’s breathtaking waterfront. Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel with its leafy garden is the perfect wedding reception venue for an outdoor ceremony. Their classically designed function rooms can cater for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests or gala luxury wedding events for up to 300 guests in the Federation room with a high ceiling and dominant ceiling light fittings.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne provides the perfect glamorous city venue for your wedding reception, catering for intimate weddings with 50 guests to gala events of up to 730 guests. Be enchanted with memories and photographs from within the undercover courtyard of the residence or the impressive Savoy and Mayfair gala ballrooms.

Hyatt Regency Perth overlooks the picturesque Swan River and presents the perfect photography backdrop with their unique sandstone water fountain and impressive glass dome ceiling within its magnificent Conservatory lobby. With superb ballrooms and a range of stylish function rooms, Hyatt Regency Perth can cater to great range of needs and budgets, to suit any bridal couple.

With a variety of impressive event spaces for intimate to large weddings, the personal approach from all of Hyatt’s wedding specialists across Australia will provide you with confidence and comfort that every aspect of your wedding will be planned as you have dreamed, providing you and your guests with an experience to delight.

For more information visit Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel, Grand Hyatt Melbourne and Hyatt Regency Perth, or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  And don’t miss the newly launched Hyatt Weddings digital magazine, free to download for both iPads and Android tablets and the perfect planning source for modern brides and grooms, featuring bridal tips and secrets from leading industry experts such as Anna Campbell and Hardy Brothers Jewellers.

Photography: Steve YoungDavid MitchenerVito FisicchiaGeoff Lung

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

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.

Discount! Hannmaid is offering a $200 credit to all couples that are interested in the slap bands as bomboniere for July/August purchases. Please email Hannah at 

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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