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Whimsical Summer Wedding in Victoria

I was pretty much sold on this wedding when I heard that guests tossed gold glitter on the happy couple as they walked the aisle. Then I saw the heart balloons. And floral crowns and bracelets. And a reception with a florist stand for guests to bring goodies home. Thank goodness Milk Photography captured every moment because this gallery will be getting lots of Pinterest usage; I, for one, will be here all evening.

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From The Bride… Our wedding ceremony was in my parents backyard which was filled with lots of DYI decorations. Our aim was to make the day feel like a festival. The backyard was covered in jars of white daisys and my friend made 1000 paper cranes to put around the garden to represent prosperity. The furniture set-up for the ceremony was mostly from our home, others we had found at opshops and painted white. Gary made an archway which we hung wooden gold bunting flags from and got married in front of. A friend played live music and everyone enjoyed cocktails along with our favourite little bags of lollies and chips for snacks. The aisle was a white material covered in gold glitter. Our guests threw glitter instead of confetti.

Before the ceremony we had a first look at the beach in front of my house where we spend a lot of our time. It was amazing to have a private moment and to watch Gary shed a tear! We had most of our photos taken in front of a beach house where we had spent so many summers.

Gary and his groomsmen wore blue chinos and a shirt with brown thongs. It was a boiling hot summer day and he wanted to make sure he was comfortable and wore something that represented his personality.

After the ceremony all guests were taken by bus to Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond. The Brewery was the perfect blank canvas to decorate and continue with our festival style. It was decorated with a rustic theme in mind, with a splash of gold. The food was set up like market stalls. Five different food stations, with all of Gary and my favourite foods. There was also a flower stand, which at the end of the night, guests could take home. We had a market hall setting set-up in between the food stations and festoon lights to brighten the area. In front of the bar we had a gold love heart representing the dance floor and a DJ playing.

Photography: Milk Photography | Styling: Weddings Of Desire | Floral Design: Hello Blossoms | Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone | Wedding Invitations: Amanda Day Rose | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Catering: Fred And Ginger | Venue: Mountain Goat Brewery

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Stealing a quiet moment after the ceremony is pretty darn romantic and these newlyweds are just the proof. Relishing their new titles with a Flowermee bouquet and a farmers market coffee break, Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne was behind the lens to capture each sweet moment. Reunited with their guests the party that ensued at Hare & Grace is evident with every joyful image in the gallery here.

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From The Bride…When I first ventured out to look for my dress I tried the usual trek down High St in Melbourne and couldn’t find anything that suited me – it just kept looking like I was wearing a fancy dress costume. My mom and I decided that I should have something made for me instead. I’d seen Kyha’s work on a friend’s dress, so I headed in there and met with her. We were both equally excited about the concept, so I knew I’d found the right person.

The dress was all about the details – I loved the natural fibers – silk, tulle and organza, the layers of tulle and pistachio lining, which were accentuated by the mullet hemline, the pistachio buttons on the side, the pockets (also pistachio-lined) were probably my very favorite bit of all because they’re practically a prerequisite for all of my dresses (though I never did end up putting anything into them except my hands, because I decided it wasn’t the day for live-tweeting).

Getting into the dress on the day was hilarious. Kyha had told me it was going to be tough, but those buttons were seriously challenging. My mom helped me out and we had a good laugh about it. Because it was a short dress, it meant I never had to worry about hitching it up or sitting down. The seats of our “wedding car” were pretty poky, so luckily I didn’t have too much fabric to deal with.

We wanted to keep the headwear simple and elegant. I always knew I wanted to have some sort of veil – because how often do you get to wear one of those!

My jewelry was basically made up of the same pieces I’d wear day to day + a killer pair of mm mom’s diamond earrings from New York. A rose and white gold bangle from local Milawa artist DBAN that Nick had bought me after a weekend trip there – and kept for my first birthday that we were together (we’d only been dating a couple of months, and when I said it was too extravagant a gift, he’d said it was “an investment piece”).My engagement ring, which was designed and made by Kozminsky jewelers, based around my grandmother’s color changing sapphire. The Tiffany Metro wedding band – which I absolutely loved because it’s subtle and simple and makes sense on my slightly chubby child-like fingers. I loved that I hadn’t changed my jewelry style for the day. I wanted to just look like me – and I love that each of the pieces helped add to our story. My engagement ring is probably the most sentimental piece.

It’s wedding season in my friendship group at the moment, and I didn’t want to burden my friends with yet more bridesmaid responsibilities, so instead I had a group of some of my closest girl friends come and get ready with me in the suite beforehand, but they could wear and do whatever they wanted. They’re each so different and unique, and I think giving them carte blanch meant that their individual personalities could shine through.

I left so much of my wedding planning to the last few months, and at one point thought maybe it’d be better to get a planner to do it. Thankfully, we stuck to our guns and just did it all ourselves – we enlisted people who were amazing at what they do and told them to just do what they thought would work, and it seemed to come together fairly well, really. My friend Dominique is a TV producer, and she took over planning/coordination duties on the day. She made sure everyone was where they needed to be and that everything ran smoothly – it worked perfectly.

Our friend Charl is an incredibly talented designer, so he worked on our invites from a “brand” perspective. We told him we wanted food themed invites, on tea-towels as we wanted an invite that could be reused and not thrown in the bin. Being a friend, he knew we loved word-play and puns, so he integrated that in as well.

We spent the same amount on the tea towel and printing as we would’ve on fancy paper and letterpress, but it means our loved ones can make use of them to this day.

We wanted the wedding itself to be super stress-free, so menus were just the usual Hare & Grace ones, and name cards didn’t exist because we left people to sit where they wanted on long barn tables. We loved that this meant we could eliminate the headaches of table arrangement and people could make new friends on the day. In fact, some of the people who sat together on the day have become lifelong friends since.

Kathryn has a unique whimsical eye, and I told her to just choose the flowers that looked good on the day. We integrated edible micro-herb pots into the arrangements, so that the whole feel was very “urban food forest”.

Hare & Grace has an amazing ceiling installation by Joost Bakker that worked back in perfectly with the flowers hat Kathryn created. Everything felt very natural and organic – people just assumed that the ceiling installation was part of our wedding design.

We wanted our ceremony to be in the same place as the reception so that guests didn’t have to be shuffled around.

I love that we got married in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Being entirely disorganized, I left trying to find a chuppah (canopy) to the last month, and they were all hire out. However, the symbolism of a chuppah is anything that could be stood under or a canopy. Nick’s dad came to the rescue, building us a frame using recycled wood, and then we draped that with an old curtain from my parents’ place. It actually turned out being far more symbolic this way, with both families literally coming together to help create our first “home”.

We love Ray’s food, and the venue is so quintessentially Melbourne, with its bluestone bricks, surrounded by high-rises. We also love the interior installation by Joost Bakker. Ray designed a menu that reflected my Eastern European heritage, serving canapés like cauliflower blini with local Yarra Valley caviar. Jess (the venue manager) and Ray helped make our event incredible. I wanted to leave the food up to the chef instead of micromanaging.

Nick and I love Tad’s chocolates, and so I asked him if he had ever made wedding cakes. He hadn’t, but was willing to make ours his first. We sat down and looked at images and brainstormed until we came up with a concept – again, keeping that playful food theme. Our cake’s flavor was tempered dark chocolate cabbage leaves with gluten free chocolate almond cake, cherry coulis (my BFF Julia Taylor made the coulis the day before) and fresh cherries. I absolutely adored the cabbage leaves – the cake looked more like a sculpture than something edible!

I grabbed dad for a spontaneous “father-daughter” dance during one of the DJ’s Boney-M offerings, and we tore up the dance-floor with Georgian dance moves, and the rest of the family, including Nick joined in, complete with kicks and cossacks. Nick and I decided we weren’t going to have a “first dance” – instead, we wanted to sneak onto the dance floor and party with everyone else. We went to some intensive classes with Arsen Kishishnian, because Nick’s a perfectionist and didn’t want to hit the dance floor unless we had some serious technique. Our “bridal waltz” though, was very special – it was “Stay Close To Me” by The Impressions – because it’s from the album we used to play when we first started dating and cooked dinner together.

I absolutely LOVED working with Adrian. He found ways to capture true and authentic moments in a beautiful way. He sees the beauty in simplicity and knows how to make anyone comfortable in front of a camera. We wanted to feel like we were having all of our loved ones over for a dinner party and oh – we got married too! Our style was effortless and modern romantic, I suppose.

Photography: Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne | Videography: Purple Ribbon Weddings | Floral Design: Flowermee | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal | Cake: Cioccolato Lombardo | Stationery: For The Love And Money | Reception Venue: Hare & Grace | Groom's Attire: Harrolds Melbourne | Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne | Entertianment: DJ Baitzy | Veil: Kyha By One Day Bridal

By the Seashore Wedding Inspiration

Capturing the ethereal beauty of the sea and its raw, natural charm Stewart Leishman worked up inspiration that’ll leave you speechless. With floral arrangements by Poppy Culture this quiet seaside shoot, stripped down to the bare elements, is perfect for its natural, wildly beautiful setting. Take in the full spectrum of the Morning Star Estate in the full gallery here.

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From Makeup By Sophie KnoxWith the inspiration of wild, rugged & whimsical some local talent from the Mornington Peninsula got their creative hats on, and magic happened.

The location Morning Star Estate, has a lot of history behind it, adding to the mood and feel of the shoot. Sophie Knox the hair and makeup artist wanted to achieve a soft and glowing makeup. To complement the costal tones. Lauren from Poppy Culture put together a wild, natural collection of trailing textures in soft coastal tones. Photographer Stewart Leishman shot the day in film, and the results are beatiful.

Photography: Stewart Leishman Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Culture | Wedding Dress: Intique & Co | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Sophie Knox | Wedding Venue: Morning Star Estate | Models: Brazen Models

Industrial Dessert Parlor Inspiration

I’m a firm believer in everyday indulgence and this industrial inspiration raises the (dessert) bar. The stylings of Dessert Parlour captured by Neiyo elevate a sweet tooth into an art form and have me dreaming about nibbling on some of Saras Cakes And Cookies and those raw Pana Chocolate morsels. There are more goodies to relish from the entire sweet experience here.

From NeiyoI was extremely stoked when Dessert Parlour approached me for this shoot as she specialises in desserts and I am a lover of sweets and desserts! We chose Donkey Wheel House as the venue for this styled industrial shoot as it is a new venue located in the city, it is almost like a cellar door being hidden in the basement of a skyscraper and its vibe is exactly what we were looking for.

The inspiration for the shoot was to highlight the raw elements in the venue (like wood, metal and concrete). There is so much beauty in exposed brick walls which was essentially the backdrop for both the dessert table and table setting.

The dessert table was all about decadence. The marquee lights brought the fun into a gorgeous spread of sweets like marshmallows, alfajores, chocolate bars, cake pops and chocolate cake. Foliage was the main floral for this look so a foliage installation acted as decor and escort cards display as well.

The table setting is a perfect setup for an intimate affair. Using wine barrels as table bases and beautifully arranged contrasts of stone plates, crystal cut glasses and a wooden floral centerpiece, it’s the perfect setup for an intimate affair right in the heart of the CBD.

Photography: Neiyo | Styling: Ruffles And Belles | Flowers: Le & Fothergill | Stationery: Type Styled | Baking: Saras Cakes And Cookies | Dessert Styling & Baking: Dessert Parlour | Lighting Hire: Letter Lights | New Venue: Donkey Wheel House | Raw Chocolates: Pana Chocolate

Rainy Autumn Wedding In Australia

If rain on your wedding day really does bring good luck, then this charming couple are set for life. Tigs Macallan Photography made magic with the stormy skies, and you can soak up every moment here. Don’t miss out on the beautiful video by Mat Sliwinski at the end; I guarantee you’ll be falling in love with this couple as you watch it all unfold. I know I sure did.

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From Tigs Macallen PhotographyGosh did it rain on Kat and Hamish’s wedding day. The heavens opened in joy and showered them with a strong and lavish amounts of approval. It made the day very adventurous and created a beautiful story. If the old saying is true about rain on your wedding day, then Kat and Hamish will have very good luck! The dark clouds and the freshness of the colours after the rain were so vivid. What lovely memories were made:)

From The Bride…Everybody wishes for a bright, sunny wedding day and we were no different! But the sky’s opened and drenched us in rain, yet in hindsight, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. The stormy grey skies created a magical landscape and made for a very memorable day!

It was important to us that our guests could relax and really have a good time. We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same venue and Aghadoe Estate, just out of Daylesford, was perfect. It is a beautifully restored homestead with stunning gardens, and as soon as we saw it we knew it would capture the rustic, elegant feel we were looking for.

We hired the property for the weekend so the bridal party could spend the night and we were able to have our guests back for a breakfast bbq the next day. The Novotel Creswick is just down the road and we organised a bus to get our guests to and from the venue.

My dress was from Mariana Hardwick. I was never set on a white dress and after seeing a beautiful metallic lace that was used in their Hardwick line I asked if a dress could be designed based around that. I loved the antique look of the gown and was so thrilled to have a style that was all my own!

To complement the antique feel of my dress I chose Samantha Wills deco style earrings and kept my flowers classic, with a cascading bouquet of white peonies, passionflower and green foliage. Petra from Pomp & Splendour did such a fabulous job. The bridesmaids wore elegant blue silk dresses that matched perfectly with boys navy suits and my oyster coloured dress.

One of the best things about the wedding preparations was visiting the flower markets at the crack of dawn the day before. My Mum and I had a ball filling our cart with stunning flowers in pastel shades and spent the day arranging flowers for the ceremony and reception, as well as the bridesmaids bouquets. It was a lot of work but definitely worth it.

During the ceremony rain began to pour down and we had to relocate to under the verandah halfway through our vows! The rain cleared just as we went to take our photos but I had to don a pair of bright red gumboots to make my way though the mud. It definitely wasn’t planned but Tigs and Matt made it such a fun shoot and we are so thrilled to have these special memories captured in such beautiful images.

It’s true what everyone says, the day absolutely flies, and we wish we could do it all again (rain included!) to spend another night tearing up the dance floor with all our friends and family.

Photography: Tigs Macallan Photography | Videographer: Mat Sliwinski | Wedding Dress: Mariana Hardwick | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Brides Shoes: Diana Ferrari | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rodeo Show | Catering: Going Gourmet | Grooms Attire: SI By Studio Italia | Grooms Shoes: Aquila | Celebrant: Robyn Hirst | Bride's Accessories: Samantha Wills | Brides Bouquet: Pomp & Splendour | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Aghadoe Estate | Make Up Artist: Laura Gilham | Marquee Hire: Ballarat Party Hire | Wedding Band: The White Tree

Romantic Waterfront Australia Wedding at Campbell Point House

I’ve been starring at these images from The White Tree for quite some time, and yet still can’t find words that will do them justice. This is a wedding that is truly beautiful in every sense of the word – from the gorgeous styling to the totally in love high school sweethearts saying I do – every moment captured is as stunning as it is sweet, and you can see even more here.

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Summer
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Elegant

From The Bride… My now husband and I met as High school sweethearts and we have been together for 11 years. Nick organised a surprise trip to Sydney where he planned a sea plane to fly us to an Island for a romantic picnic on the beach where he proposed.

The wedding was at Campbell Point House. We loved the romance of the venue and the fact that our family could stay at the venue with us during the weekend, having everyone with you makes it even more special. It was also the location as it was halfway between our old home where we grew up in Country Victoria before we moved to Melbourne together at the age of 18.

The theme was inspired by the location, the venue and a romantic look and feel. It was all whites and soft pinks, all neutral colors. Everything on the day had some handmade elements to it, from the homemade jam, to the wedding cake, to the hand made menus and name tags. My Mother made the cake, which was a white chocolate mud cake, my 77 year old Grandmother made homemade jams for the bombonieres.

The weather was clear but windy, however as we sat down for dinner which was set up outside on the grass the gods were smiling as the sun came out for a brief moment before we all headed back inside the house to continue the night with cocktails and dancing.

I had seen Karen Willis Holmes gowns featured on wedding blogs, which I was looking at while preparing for our wedding, I went to some other stores to try dresses on, but nothing I tried made me feel like it was the one. Then we went to the Karen Willis Holmes Armadale store and this dress was perfect. I said I would buy it before I even saw myself in the mirror, as it just felt perfect, I had to have it! The detail, the design…I didn’t want to take it off!

All bridesmaids dresses were different selected by the bridesmaids themselves, from Review, Rodeo Show and some online stores.

Photography: The White Tree | Videographer: The White Tree | Wedding Dress: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES | Invitations: The Print Fairy | Ceremony Venue: Campbell Point House | Reception Venue: Campbell Point House | Make Up: Blush Makeup Artistry | Music: The White Tree

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