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Effortless Australian Multicultural Wedding

If you’re looking to get married in the middle of winter (here in the States), then look no further than this charming southeast Australian town. The gorgeous scenery proved the ultimate backdrop for this picture-perfect wedding. With unique bouquets from Sugar Bee Flowers and the gorgeous Tatra Receptions as the location, this wedding oozes cool and effortlessness. You can see all the little details & more here!

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From the Bride… The first time Boris and I crossed paths was when we were around 5, it’s not often that you see an African-Asian family in a Latino church. I can’t recall it but he remembers it quite clearly, not knowing that we’d cross paths 13 years later down the track. We were friends for a while then dated for 5 years. Then in October 2014, Boris went on his surprise mission to Japan for “The Proposal”. It seemed as if everything just fell in place for him, he was telling me how while he was on the plane, he literally had a thought come to mind, where he was thinking to himself that it would be funny if he had a camera crew to film the proposal. This is where I believe God had a sense of humour, just when he got out of the terminal he was approached by a Japanese reality TV show “You Wa Nani Shini Nippon e?” that follows the various journey of foreigners visiting Japan. He didn’t propose there and then when I saw him (thank goodness cos I was in my PJs) but 10 days after the surprised visit he proposed at the Kinkakuji (Golden temple) on our trip to Kyoto. By this time the crew was in on it.

We started planning for the wedding a year in advance and decided to get married in the first week of January 2015, in the Dandenong Mountains at Tatra Receptions. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of getting married there, the green surrounding and the beautiful gardens gives one a sense of being in the C.S Lewis’ Land of Narnia.

We wanted a vintage feel to the wedding with a summery look, hence the mint green theme. Searching for my dress had become an arduous task, for months and months I was looking for ‘The One’, and finally I fell in love with this simple yet elegant, silk gown by Johanna Johnson, it was completely different to what I was looking for, but it caught my eye and when I tried it on I was 100% sold. Eventually everything that I had in my minds eye was becoming a reality. The flowers by Sugar Bee Flowers were absolutely gorgeous giving a soft look, I wanted the protea as something a bit different.

Since I come from two different backgrounds, I asked my dad to wear the traditional Ghanian kente cloth and my mother an Irotomesode kimono. My dad’s friend in Ghana had my kente made for me, I just loved the vibrant colours and the significance of the meaning of the various colours where blue denotes- peace, harmony, love; yellow- preciousness, wealth, fertility; maroon- healing and green- spiritual growth and renewal.

The day before the wedding, us girls decided to stay at the absolutely gorgeous Beechmont Gardens Retreat, where the gardens are absolutely enchanting, we also took some wedding photos there in the 1929 Hudson.

The ceremony took place at the Tatra chapel, it looked more like a cathedral in the rain forest, the scenery absolutely enthralling with the green foliage. Gave us a sense of being in the Garden of Eden.

Both of us wanted something a little different for our first dance so we decided to break some moves on the dance floor, 1920′s Charleston style, to Blu Lu Barker’s “A little Bird”, all that two and a half months of practice at the 1929 studio in Brunswick payed off, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Since Boris is Chilean we decided to have the Chilean Mil-hoja cake (thousand layers cake) made of pastry layered with caramel, custard, sponge and strawberry cream to give a little Latino flavour. The cake is so yummy, we decided to give it as a bonbonniere for our guests.

Looking back on the journey from meeting each other to now, we really saw God’s hand in leading us. The day of the wedding was perfect, the weather was an amazing a sunny 25 degrees, and since Melbourne can have 4 seasons in one day it was such a blessing.

As most married couples say, the day went so fast that we would want to re-live it many times. I guess the only way we can do that would be by going through Oy’s breathtaking shots and re-living the moment in the follow up wedding episode of “You wa Nani Shini Nippon e?

Photography: Oy Photography | Floral Design: Sugar Bee Flowers | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson The Magnolia | Wedding Cake: Marcianos Cakes | Reception Venue: Tatra Receptions | Bow Tie: Mrs Bow Tie | Groom's Suit: JCrew | Boutonniere: Pomp and Plumage | Bridal Accessories: Bridal Accessories - Sunset Cocktail Comb Kelly Spence (LONDON) | Bridal Shoes: Tony Bianco | Bride's Belt: My Little Bride | Bridesmaid belts: Forever New | Flower girl dress: Posh Peanut Kids | Garter: Woomee Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen's Shirt: Oscar Hunt | Groom and Groomsmen's Shoes: Batsanis | Hair Styling: Bride's Mother | Photobooth: Boothalicious | Photography - Assistance: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo | Ring bearer bow tie and suspenders: The Littlest Gentlemen | Ring bearer hat: Jets and Lilys | Wedding Cake Topper: Fairy Folk Wedding | Wedding Car: Sherbrooke Hire Vintage Cars

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Whimsical Garden Wedding

This, loves, is how you do a wedding.  You hold an amazingly gorgeous ceremony in a garden (complete with stunning floral arch from Bunched Together), rock the prettiest of gowns from Anaessia and cap it all off with a colorful reception that is the one seriously fun party with friends and family.  Oh, and you most definitely hire Jonathan Ong to capture all of the pretty.  Click here for the full gallery.

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From the Jonathan Ong… Kim is a wedding photographer herself (www.hellokimbo.com) so it was an honour (and also slightly stressful for me!) for her to ask me to photograph her wedding. Apparently, the number one question she was asked was “who’s going to photograph your wedding?”

Their wedding was in spring in Melbourne and held at Abbotsford Convent. They had a lovely garden ceremony and the rain held off ’till after the ceremony which was such a blessing! Their reception was laced with greenery and a giant LOVE sign. Every part of their wedding was considered from a photographer’s point of view (especially in regards to light) which made it real easy for me, plus the fact that they are just the loveliest people so it was great to photograph them.  One of my favourite weddings of all time.

From the Bride… Our ceremony was held in the Gardens at Abbotsford Convent. Nick and I love the outdoors and aren’t huge fans of dark churches and also wanted our ceremony to be close to our reception. So that was our reason for choosing the gardens. Plus the fact that with the backdrop of the convent and flora, it is beautiful!

We decided to write our own vows independently and our minister, Roger, made sure the word count was close and that they were similar. I’m so pleased we decided to write our own vows. They were so personal to us and really struck a chord on the day. There were a lot of tears!

The only decorations that we decided to lash out on was the floral arch for our ceremony. I’m a huge fan of colour, so that was pretty much my only request to the florist, was to make something nice, colourful and pretty!

We decided on Bursaria and the Abbotsford Convent, as I had heard that the food was excellent there! Nick and I like to think we are foodies, so the tasting was a lot of fun for us! The service was excellent, too and our experience with our wedding coordinator, Shelley, was a breeze! She was fantastic, made us feel comfortable and at ease knowing she was there to boss everybody around!

All of the decorations on the roof of the convent were designed and executed by our very talented florists Bunched Together! My only request to them was lots of colour and flowers to fill the tables! They also provided the favours (succulents), and did a wrapping station at the end of the night which meant all of the guests could take a bouquet home and the flowers didn’t go in the bin!

We didn’t do a lot of traditional wedding things during the reception. We only did a few short speeches and then a daggy first dance! Our cake was a macaroon cake so we didn’t bother cutting it!

The typography on the signage was created by my friends at Big Picture Stuff! They are amazingly talented twins who crafted all of our signage.

Nick is a record collector and we decided to bring a few along to get people to sign them so we could store them away in our collection!

Photography: Jonathan Ong | Videography: Humdrum Films | Florist: Bunched Together | Wedding Dress: Anaessia | Cake: Churchill Creations | Stationery: Sam Koh | Stationery: Bianca Cash | Reception Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Brides Shoes: Gorman | Rings: Brent Dakis | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Catering: Bursaria | Hair & Makeup: Lady Day Make Up & Hair | Groom's Shoes: Vanishing Elephant | Suits: Briggins | Bowties: Knot Now Bowties | Bride's Flats: Hobes | Typography: Big Picture Stuff

Modern Elegant Melbourne Wedding

I sure do hope the peplum trend continues because after seeing this bride’s amazingly chic dress, I’ve become quite a fan. She rocked the style and her whole wedding day for that matter, from adorable photos with her groom to a sweet reception with epic views of Melbourne as a backdrop. Dani Burley and BLVD Media caught it all on camera and there are plenty more smiles where they came from.

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From The Bride… My high school sweetheart John and I married on the 22 March, 2014 after 13 years together on a glorious autumn day.

Being from two large Asian families, our wedding was set to be a big affair. Our guest list estimate was 250-300 guests and being in Melbourne, there is a limited number of venues that can hold a large number of guests. As such our venue hunt was not too strenuous. After viewing about three venues including the International in Brighton and Leonda by the Yarra, we settled with Carousel – Albert Park. The thing that won me over was the gorgeous large deck overlooking the lake and I’d heard the food there was good. 

Wedding dress shopping was one of the first things to knock off the list.After going to about 5 stores I thought I had decided on my dress until I thought I’d just better check out Karen Willis. I was set on getting a lace style dress however that is not what I ended up with! As soon as I put on the peplum style heavy twill dress with not an inch of lace on it, I knew it was the one!

After many a evening trolling through inspirational pictures from Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I decided I wanted the bridesmaids to have pale pink dresses and hold white bouquets whilst my bouquet was to be a mix of white and a matching pink to their dresses. I also wanted the bridesmaids to have slightly different dresses but in the same fabric.

The mens attire was to compliment this colour scheme and the blue was really on trend and matched so perfectly well with the shade of pink. The suits paired together with white shirts, white pocket squares to match, and to fit in with the current trend we had the boys wear suspenders which I absolutely love on guys. And to finish off the outfit black gloss cufflinks and a black burberry tie whist John wore a black and white polka dot tie to contrast.

I settled with Flower Jar as they have a great reputation and have worked at Carousel many a time. I had them create a beautiful floral chandelier to hang over the middle of the dance floor, together with providing the large venue entrance piece and the centre pieces for each table which consisted of mismatched jars scattered across a long white framed mirror set in the middle of the table filled with beautiful pink, white, magenta and lilac blooms and tealight candles. They also decorated the white ceremony canopy set upon the deck overlooking the Albert Park lake, with an abundance of pink and white roses and green foliage.

As I splurged on flowers for my wedding and the fact that I was going to have 280 guests, I decided to DIY a number of things in order to not go over budget. These included the stationery and place card settings, some extra floral pieces at the entrance of the venue, the mini herb pot bonbonnieres and the guest signing poster to name a few.

The day wedding day arrived and it started off with some cultural traditions including gate crashing games in which the groom and groomsmen must pass some challenging (embarrassing and hilarious) tests set by the bridesmaids before they are allowed to receive the bride. This was then followed by a tea ceremony with our extended family.

The bridal party then escaped for a photo and video session at Melbourne Uni, an industrial style red brick laneway in the city and finally on the rooftop of crown and at our wedding suite. These few hours were really fun and I definitely think it had a lot to do with not only our best friends but also our amazing and so talented videographer and photographer.

After all this, we still had not had the main event! So after a quick rest and makeup touch up we headed to Carousel where the main ceremony and reception would take place.

The evening was filled with really good food, bottomless wine glasses, so much joy, fun and laughter, photoboothing and eating ice cream from the ice cream bar, good music, dancing and even using the roving MC mics for karaoke till we were told not to!

It is true what they say – your wedding day is really the best day of your life! 

Photography: Dani Burley | Videographer: BLVD Media | Event Design: Bride | Floral Design: Flower Jar | Wedding Gown: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Cuppy & Cake | Stationery: Bride | Ceremony Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Reception Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Makeup: S.A.S.S.Y Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Jon De Guzman | Celebrant: Paul O'Donohue | Car: Krystal Limousines | Ice Cream Machine: Snowflow | Photobooth: Photorazzi

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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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Vintage Flair Wedding in Melbourne

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