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Non-Traditional Melbourne Winery Wedding

For this sweet Melbourne couple, planning a wedding came down to hosting a relaxed summer party where formalities were best left at the door. Instead, they opted for moments of meaning – like their two-year-old  son Blax walking Mommy down the aisle, and had Milk Photography on hand to capture every bit. It’s everything we looove about a free-spirited affair and there’s lots more waiting right here.

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From the Bride… We picked a January day in Melbourne for our Wedding Date, thinking (& hoping) that this would be the best month to avoid the rain in the unpredictable Melbourne Summer….instead we prayed for it to cool down – and it did (phew!) We married at Willow Creek Winery – the day that the record making Melbourne heat wave subsided – it was a perfect Mild 23 degree day on Saturday 18th January 2014..

We have two children, Blax 2.5year & Zella 12 weeks – YES 12 weeks old! The night Pre Wedding Zella Stayed with Me (Mummy) & Blax stayed with his Dad. The “boys” & Beaus family prepared for the big day at our Family Home & Bride & Bridesmaids along with my Mum & a long time family friend stayed at a Stunning Vinyard Cottage at a Private Winery just 2km from our Wedding Venue called Tussie Mussie – its was simply stunning, the excitement began!!

Our wedding was very relaxed – it had to be with kids involved – and we loved it that way! Blax walked me down the isle & talked about his new shoes the whole way! Our children may not have truly understood the importance of the day nor remember it – so we gifted them each a “message in a bottle” through the ceremony for them to open and read when they are older & can understand just how special sharing the day was with them & how important they are to us!

We held our wedding at Willow Creek because it was a mix of all the elements we could possibly wish for on our Special Day all in the one venue! Our ceremony was held in a gorgeous garden, under a Tree enabling a perfect backdrop of hanging jars & blooms, framed with two wine barrels stacked with layers of an array of flowers in mixed height vases. With a historic homestead in close proximity where our duo could sing our wedding aisle song live on the veranda, plus a rose bush & box hedge lined aisle – we instantly fell in love with this romantic spot for our ceremony!

Our Guests then moved into the Cellar Door & Bistro area – Entering through a stunning Contemporary architecturally designed building past a glass fronted Barrel Room where guests could sneak a glimpse of the amazing Reception Area they would later enter, onto a deck that overlooks the Winery was a striking place to enjoy Canapes & drinks. While listening to a live Duo singing Jazz Music there were rustic bar tables set up on the deck with a stunning Rustic Floral feature in the centre for guests to admire & relax.

Whilst guests were enjoying their Pre Dinner Refreshments, Beau & I were able to sneak into the Barell Room & take photos of just the two of us before guests entered – it was breathtaking when you entered the room alone, quiet enough with just the two of us that you could take in every single detail – it was more amazing than we had ever imagined. Just so you know this room comes empty! No furniture or even lighting! This was another element of Willow Creek that we loved, you could totally make this room a reflection of us! We wanted the room the be really warm & moody – so the only lighting was a huge selection of candles & votives on the tables along with the hanging & waterfall festoon lighting! Every thing in the room has been bought in & styled impeccably by Weddings Of Desire, even down to the gorgeous natural linen tablecloths & guests mini succulent favours!

All the formalities were over & done quickly so we could dance the night away! The day was filled with so much love and laughter & we are thrilled this represents through our photographs of the day.

Photography: Milk Photography | Styling: Weddings Of Desire | Flowers: Hello Blossoms | Bridesmaids Shoes: Tony Bianco | Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann | Bridal Gown: Jane Hill | Bridal Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride Headpiece: Viktoria Novak | Cake & Stationary: Cake Ink | Ceremony Winery & Barrell Room: Willow Creek Winery | Cottage Pre Wedding: Tussie Mussie Private Vinyard | Furniture & Lighting: Pepper Sprout Hire | Groomsmen Attire: Cailbre | Groomsmen Shoes: Aquilla

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Classically Romantic Overnewton Castle Wedding

An utterly romantic bit from the handsome groom’s speech… “Being with someone doesn’t have to be hard, and that if you find the right person, every day can actually be happy, and as beautiful as you want it to be.” If that doesn’t sweep you off your feet (how could it not?), Duüet Photography has filled our galleries with classic romance at it’s best!


From the beautiful Bride… My husband Addam and I met in unconventional circumstances. He was living in Hawaii and I was living in Melbourne. We both wrote for an American film blog, and because of the 23 hour time difference, got to talking and eventually infatuation took hold and we simply had to meet. That was 4 years ago. Addam proposed to me at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida in 2011. It took awhile for me to get started on the wedding plans, but being a 19th century literature major, I knew that I wanted my wedding to be classically romantic.

The very first thing I did was buy my dress. I took my Mum dress hunting in Melbourne and within 4 hours I was twirling in front of a Raffaele Ciucca mirror in my gorgeous Allura Bridal gown. My dream ballgown had lace on the bodice, a heart-shaped neckline, exquisitely delicate rhinestone beading across the waistline and more lace trimming on the bottom to finish it off. The cherry on top was the soft tulle veil that my Mum handmade herself. My bridesmaids wore pink floor-length gowns from Danielas. They weren’t traditional bridesmaid dresses. A glittery silver and pink under-layer, topped with pink tulle that finished in the back with a short train helped to solidify my vision of a soft, understated and romantic wedding. My Mum’s stunning mother of the bride outfit also came from Danielas!

Addam, who flew into Melbourne with his Mom and daughter only two days before the wedding, wore a suit from Roger David purchased the day before the wedding. We definitely had some important last minute things to accomplish when the groom arrives so close to the wedding! The second most important thing to me was choosing the right photographer. I was in love with a particular style of photography that is difficult to find in Australia. When I saw Duüet Photography featured at a bridal expo I knew the soft hues and natural shots were the exact thing I was looking for. Pat, an incredibly talented man, was the glue that held all the details and plans I had made for the wedding together.

I made the rather shocking decision to hold our ceremony in a garden rather than a church. Shocking because my family are Catholics and I hadn’t ever attended an outdoor wedding before. I wanted to make the most of the natural elements and fell in love with the idea of having sunlight and trees as our backdrop. We decided on Overnewton Castle for its lush green grass, white gazebo, and indoor chapel for a rainy day back up. I explained my vision to my florist in Werribee, and with their help came up with the idea for simple but beautiful bunches of gyp bouquets for my bridesmaids and a teardrop bouquet of singapore orchids, the same bouquet that my Mum had for her wedding 25 years ago, for myself.

In true DIY fashion, my mother sewed 24 baby pink sashes to give the garden chairs a little more colour. I created a monogram for our wedding day, and used it as a theme to link all of my stationary together: the ceremony booklets, the favour inserts and the seating charts for the reception, all of which I made myself. Etsy store Sixpence Press had table numbers to match my monogram perfectly, as did CDK Designs who provided me with my place cards. The horseshoe wreath symbolised good luck and was tied to a memory of me giving Addam a real horseshoe with his name chiseled into it. I wish I had thought of it when we made our invitations! (Yes, my Mum and I made those too.)

All of the details came together beautifully, but of course on the day of the wedding their importance faded from my mind, and the only thing I could think about was seeing Addam waiting for me at the end of the isle. When my Dad walked me down the red carpet, and Addam’s face became more clear with every step, I saw the tears in his eyes, and the nerves, fear and stress that had consumed me over the past few months melted away. We exchanged vows, kisses and made it all legit, and finally the formalities were over and we able to enjoy the rest of our day together. We were able to combine a civil ceremony with some religious elements to make our religious and secular guests happy. Our celebrant conducted the legalities of the marriage and my family priest Fr Jude, did a reading and a blessing. My mother in law also read our favourite poem, Bright Star by John Keats.

To take advantage of the beautiful weather, we escorted our bridal party to Coburg Lake for photos in a 1959 Austin Princess, the same car that the Beatles used for their 1964 Melbourne tour! Our reception was held at Butleigh Wootton, a classy 19th century mansion that continued the theme of a 19th century romance. Their food choices were modern Australian, something I was worried my Italian family would dislike, but there’s a lesson in trying to predict what your guests will hate and love, because mine absolutely raved about the day from beginning to end. They served pork belly, pasta, chicken and beef, and for dessert we had a decadent macaron that oozed with strawberry cream and nutella.

The incredible wedding cake was made entirely by my Mum. From the carefully crafted handmade roses on the top to the delicious mouthwatering chocolate and white chocolate mud cake on the inside. She is so talented! Our guests packed the dance floor and much credit should be given to our DJ, James Cottingham, who kept my 80 year old grandparents on their feet! A special mention must also go to my bridesmaid and cousin Ellise Kibel who, with the voice of an angel, serenaded us with Alicia Keys’ song, “If I ain’t got you.”

As a surprise to my grandparents who were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary just a few days after our wedding, I presented them with congratulatory messages from the Prime Minister of Australia, the Queen of England and Australia’s Governor-General. It was perfect to be able to celebrate their achievement on the night that Addam and I started our married life together.

But the best moment during the reception was when my new husband made his speech. He told everybody how that unlike popular opinion, being with someone doesn’t have to be hard, and that if you find the right person every day can actually be happy, and as beautiful as you want it to be. I could literally write a thesis length overview of my wedding but sometimes words are not enough to describe the perfection of the day. The day goes by so fast it’s like a blur but the pictures will remind you of how special every moment was, and how planning every little detail, even the tedious ones, pays off.

Photography: Duüet Photography | Videography: French Lace Studio | Flowers: Werribee Station Place Florist | Wedding Dress: Raffaele Ciucca | Ceremony Venue: Overnewton Castle | Reception Venue: Butleigh Wootton | Shoes: Wittner | Bridesmaid Dresses: Danielas | Hair & Makeup: Marissa Portelli | DJ: Art Of Excellence | Suits: Roger David | Celebrant: Glyn Ellis | Bride's Rings: Gordon's Jewelers | Bridesmaid Jewellery: Charming Charlie | Car: Abbey Road Classic Car Hire | Dress Hanger: BrideHangers | Earrings: Lovisa | Favours: Cherish | Flower Girl Dresses: Princess Boutique | Groom's Ring: Spexton | Place Cards: CDK Designs | Table Numbers: Sixpence Press

Casual Melbourne Engagement Session

When it comes to love stories, I’m a sucker for them all. Serious, silly, romantic – you name it. But the ones that REALLY get me are the stories like this Melbourne couple who found each other when they very least expected it. Woodnote Photography captured their love behind the lens, and you can see the full shebang in the gallery right here.

From the Bride-to-be…  A year and a bit ago, I went to one of Adrian’s band’s gigs with my friend Teagan. After he played he approached me and we chatted for a while. He went home, added me on Facebook [as you do] and built up the courage to ask me out. I said no.

I wasn’t really ready to commit to anything, so he then took the expectation out of it and offered to take me out to dinner sometime just as friends. I took him up on that offer. After a few dates and trying to find a decent reason to not date this beautiful man, I decided to drop my guard and ask him to be my boyfriend. 9 months later, he proposed on my 27th birthday whilst we were holidaying in beautiful Santorini, Greece.

Photographers: Caroline + Jayden Of Woodnote Photography

Traditional Melbourne Wedding

This wedding is heavenly.  It’s soft and romantic, classic and sophisticated and filled with soooo many lush florals from Hello Blossoms, it will literally take your breath away (seriously).  Add in a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning and an entire gallery of gorgeous images from Alison Mayfield Photography Studio and I’m calling this the perfect Wednesday.  See it all right here.

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From Alison Mayfield Photography Studio… A beautiful wedding of a gorgeous dentist duo, Tiffany and Edward. The wedding day ticked all the boxes. From gorgeous details, stunning romantic gown and a surprise song from the groom at the reception. The bridal party did a surprise flash mob-style dance for the guests and the party was full of fun and festivities finished off with a stunning sparkler exit.

Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio | Videographer: Wheelhouse Studios | Flowers: Hello Blossoms | Cake: Cake Inc | Stationery: Heather Hawk | Bridesmaids Dresses: Truese | Entertainment: White Tree Band | Bride's Dress: Mathieu Salem | Ceremony/Reception: Carousel, Albert Park, Melbourne | Styling/Planning: Weddings Of Desire

Traditional Melbourne Wedding

This bride’s dress is stunning.  Like, seriously stunning.  A custom gown from One Day Bridal with a beautiful lace back and one of the prettiest silhouettes I have ever seen.  It’s the perfect compliment to a gorgeous bride AND her amazing wedding.  One that is overflowing with beautiful florals from In Full Bloom and one breathtaking moment after another captured by Jerome Cole Photography.  See it all here.

From the Bride… To kick off the start of our fairytale engagement, Nicholas proposed to me in a small country town in the West of France in 2012 in front of a 17th century Château which he had booked out for the night. To say I was on cloud nine is putting it lightly! This was the perfect start to our month-long road trip around Europe where Nick continued to surprise me with hiring out castles which we got to stay in, I felt like a modern day princess!

We were living in New York at the time, so as soon as we returned home I was straight in to it covering the majority of bridal shops Manhattan had to offer. Living overseas, we were so tempted to have a destination wedding however since we are both such from large families, it was never to be!

Once we returned back to Melbourne we were straight in to the planning! We had no idea where to start, so thought the best way to get in to it would be to visit the next bridal expo where we came across our venue and straight away we knew it was what we were after! I can happily say all the planning and preparing was pretty easy – I had tremendous help from my Mum, especially with the floral design side of things and Nick was a fantastic help and really involved, too which was nice.

From beginning to end it was an absolute dream. The ceremony was held at St Peter and Paul in South Melbourne where I walked down the aisle to a vocalist singing “I won’t give up” By Jason Mraz, this was something I kept a surprise from Nick and it worked out beautifully.

The reception then followed at Showtime Events in South Wharf which is an old industrial shed turned in to an event centre along the rivers edge, the space was really great to work with as it is so open and versatile, the rustic bar to the side of the room was the perfect unique touch.

We really wanted to have the centrepieces to be classic, yet modern, which is why we chose white hydrangeas in tall and round vases on alternating tables with little posies of hydrangeas, and tea lights scattered around. For the favors we had half bottles of Mount Mary Quintet (a famous Australian wine), which is from my Aunt and Uncles vineyard in the Yarra Valley – a very special treat for our guests! My Mum and I did a little DIY job and put them in organza bags tied with hand written name tags on each bottle.

Nick is a major sweet tooth so not including a candy bar was out of the question for him. This is something I left up to Nick – he organized it all and the end result looked fantastic!

I worked with One Day Bridal on the creation of my wedding gown, it was a little nerve racking at times creating something from scratch but I could not have been happier with the outcome. The team at One Day Bridal were incredible to work with. I didn’t really know what I wanted at first but after a few meetings with Kyha we decided that strapless, low back and French lace was the way to go! I wanted my bridesmaids in neutral tones to match my ivory gown and some length on the dresses to tie in with our black tie dress code. We had the groomsmen in classic black with black bow ties and Nick, his brother who was his best man and father wore white bow ties. Everyone looked fantastic!

I regularly find myself looking back over the amazing professional photos Jerome took and find myself daydreaming about our special day, it really was a fairy tale. To have such beautiful photos to look back on in many years to come is priceless.

My favourite moment of the day was holding hands with my new husband and looking around at all our friends and family genuinely enjoying what we had spent so long planning for, there was a lot of love in that room that night, a feeling I have never experienced before and one I will never forget.

Photography: Jerome Cole Photography | Videography: Julian Lucas | Floral Design: In Full Bloom | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal | Cake: Ab Fab Cakes | Invitations: Fi Fy Fo Fum | Ceremony Venue: St Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Showtime Events Centre | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann | Make Up: Kim Travares | Hair: Koca Lane | Band: Popcorn | Favours (bon Boniere): Mount Mary Vineyard | Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal | Music During Ceremony: Cassie Crawford | Transport: CBD Limousines

Colorful Melbourne Wedding at the Boyd Baker House

This bride is my new hero.  Because not only did she rock a stunning navy blue gown on her wedding day (it’s gorgeous), together with her dapper groom, she threw one seriously amazing party.  An al fresco paradise meets all kinds of colorful details kind of party that has completely blown us away.  See it all captured by Love Katie + Sarah in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We always knew that our wedding wouldn’t be traditional – at one point during the planning process, my Maid of Honour suggested that the theme of the whole event was ‘non-bridal’, as this is the instruction we kept giving to all of our suppliers!

We wanted our wedding to feel welcoming and informal, an atmosphere which matched our venue, the very 1960′s, very Australian Boyd Baker House. To this end, we chose to have a barbeque, rather than a formal three-course dinner; we let people choose their own seats; our decorations and flowers had an undone, natural look and we ensured that the main room was kept vacant to become a sizeable dance floor once the formalities (such as they were) had concluded.

We’re not exactly savvy when it comes to ‘DIY’ but with the help of our families, friends and an indefatigable bridal party, we ended up doing several things ourselves. My bridesmaids and I made all the streamer arrangements that hung from the giant balloons. My husband and I assembled and tied the bonbonniere bags, and wrote out individual swing tags for them. The bridal party spent the night before the wedding smacking pomegranates with wooden spoons to make the base for the cocktails we served.

On the day, we fluffed up and hung paper pom-poms (some were more lopsided than others), and set up the flowers, the chairs and the ceremony space ourselves. Two of our friends are artists, and made ‘rock sculptures’ along the aisle from rocks they found near the ceremony space, and another friend arrived with a plastic bag crammed full of rose petals that she’d pilfered from her neighbours’ gardens – we didn’t know about them until they were being thrown on us, which was a lovely surprise!

Looking back, we’re so glad we did a lot of the work ourselves – people loved helping out and getting involved. We’re also so glad we did things in a way that was a little different from the ‘traditional’ white-dress-beef-or-chicken wedding – it’s such a cliche, but the day really felt like an authentic reflection of us as a couple, and the community that’s grown around us over the past ten years.

Photography: Love Katie + Sarah | Flowers: Canary Jane | Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Cake: Sweetpea Darling Heart | Invitations: Ello There | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Stellini | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J .Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | Catering: Hudson's Famous | Groom's Attire: P. Johnson | Venue: Boyd Baker House | Groomsmen Attire: The Suit Shop | Make Up Artist: I Put A Spell On You