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Yarra Valley Wedding at Yering Station from Kate Robinson Photography

Oh Kate Robinson Photography, you sure to know how to start a week off with the prettiest of bangs. Case and point? This Yarra Valley beauty. Which is simply the perfect recipe for a day spent swooning. Elegant, yet personal and filled with the prettiest of details, it’s all around perfection if you ask me. But you don’t have to take my word for it, one look at this gallery and you’ll be singing the same song. See it all here.


From the Bride… Our wedding, styled by ourselves, centred around country elegance.  We wanted to create a relaxed vibe with a relaxed colour palette of ivory, baby pink and splashes of raspberry.  Touches included mis-matched white ceremony chairs, flowers hanging from trees, hessian aisle runners and table runners, an old window pane that doubled as a seating chart, an old school suitcase that doubled as a wishing well, lanterns lining the entrance to the venue and the sitting area outside.

As Shane is from South Africa and I am from Australia, we also incorporated touches that paid homage to our origins, such as kangaroos and springboks on the wedding stationery and placecards, and native flowers in the bouquets and table settings. We tried to make the wedding personal to us.  Our seating plan had tables named according to times in our life that were important to us: The Cherry Bar (where we met), Ascot Vale (where we first lived together), Young Street (where we got engaged) and Hawthorn (the football club that is the second greatest love in our lives).  The table names were photos of us holding signs taken by Kate Robinson.  We also had three wedding cakes of different flavours: Shane’s favourite (white chocolate chip), my favourite (orange poppy) and “the one” which was the main cake (red velvet).  Our entrance to the reception contained photos of us growing up and our parents’ weddings.

My bouquet had my late grandmother’s sapphire brooch pinned on it.  This was my something blue.  And I carried my other late grandmother’s lace handkerchief borrowed from my mum and worn by other granddaughters in my family on their wedding day.  This was my something old and something borrowed. We wrote our own vows.  Readings were a declaration of love by Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother, s8 ep6) and Dr Seuss’s, ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’.  We love Barney so much he had to be part of our special day! Our families and friends surprised us with a slideshow of Shane and I growing up and our time together.  Easily one of the highlights of the night! Guest transportation was provided, picking guests up from their accommodation and dropping their wobbly boots home.  This was our gift to our guests.  We surprised our guests by getting on the bus with them on the way home and the festivities kicked on at our place. It was quite an experience organising a Melbourne wedding from Sydney!

Wedding Photography: Kate Robinson Photography | Wedding Venue: Yering Station in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia | Event Planning + Design: the Bride | Floral Design: Flowers of Yarra Glenn | Wedding Cake: The Cake Company | Band: Melbourne Hit Parade| Wedding Invitations: Ruby & Willow | Wedding Dress, Veil + Silk Flowers: Lisa Gowing | Bride’s Shoes: Lisa Choi | Bride’s Jewelry: Les Nereides  + Tessarella House | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alanna HillAnna Campbel + Custom designed jumpsuit by the Bride | Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: Country Road | Hair: Hair by Deanne

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Stones of the Yarra Valley Wedding from fotoJOJO

Happy  Friday, lovelies! I’m about to send you into your weekend with a huge does of pretty from fotoJOJO and this Stones of the Yarra Valley wedding. After the bride + groom visited the Victoria vineyard, everything else began to fall into place for their big day-from the bride’s custom Wendy Makin dress to the gorgeous cake made of cheeses by aDixions. There is so much more to feast your eyes on in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… When Nobuto proposed to me on Boxing Day last year, choosing a venue or a date was the last thing on my mind, especially as he had to return to Japan the very next day on my birthday! But after having lunch with my family at Chandon, my sister suggested that we visit Stones of the Yarra Valley (her pre-chosen venue). The moment that I walked in, I knew that it was perfect for us. Simple, beautiful and in the middle of a vineyard! Nobuto put all of his trust into me when we booked Stones on our six-year dating anniversary, and he only saw it two months before the wedding. Luckily, he loved it too!

We are both passionate about wine, and there was never a question that we would get married in a winery setting or that the theme would be wine-related. Our stationery set was hand-written in the style of Vouette et Sorbee, “Saignee de Sorbee,” a bottle of champagne that both love. The flowers reflected subtle wines colors in a spring theme. I gave Rita of Blooming Brides some ideas but trusted her to create her own special magic, which she did. Nobuto and I both love cheese, so we decided to go with an actual cheese cake. Vicki from aDixions sourced cheese from France and Spain, and created a work of art. When I saw it for the first time, I couldn’t believe how perfect it was for the setting. Nobuto and I wanted a photographer who was able to capture the day in a natural, candid way without too much unnatural posing. Jo Cush did that for us perfectly. She was so amazingly easy to get along with, and I felt that we had known each other for years! Finally, my dress was designed by Wendy Makin. I was lucky enough to meet with her in Melbourne during my visit, and she created the perfect dress for me in two months! I cannot recommend her or the team highly enough, and their dedication and friendly personalities are second to none. It was quite difficult to plan a wedding from overseas, and in the case of the officiant, florist, hairdresser, makeup artist and cake designer, they were the first and last people I looked at. I was able to go back to Australia for a very busy two weeks in August and meet with everyone, and I was happy with my decisions.

The actual day was wonderful. I was so blessed and honored to see all of the people that I love in the same room, sharing the special day with us. I was so grateful that not only did I get to marry my perfect man, but also that everyone I care about was able to come and celebrate. Especially as I don’t get to see everyone that often because we live in Japan. I know that my grandmas were also there celebrating in spirit, and I pinned two of their brooches to my bouquet as a reminder of their love. One of the highlights was feeling the emotions and love in the room, especially when my dad conducted his speech in Japanese and Nobuto’s dad performed his in English. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of tears. It was a rainy, windy and cold day, but that didn’t stop all of the guests from enjoying themselves and having a great time. We arranged for instant photos to be taken instead of a guest book, and the guests had fun doing this! In terms of DIY, I created orders of service for everyone and including fun facts about us and the schedule of the day.  I also created the place card holders from all of the bottles of wine that Nobuto and have enjoyed over the years. And of course, arranging all of the favors. It does go by in a flash like everyone says, but I wouldn’t take a second of it back.

Wedding Photography: Jo Cush of fotoJOJO / Reception: Stones of the Yarra Valley in Coldstream, Victoria / Floral Design: Blooming Brides / Officiant: Ann Flockhart / Wedding Cheese Cake: aDixions / Wedding Invitations: Little Flamingo / DJ: Full Dress / Bus: McKenzie’s Transport / Wine Favors: Ocean Eight / Wedding Dress: Wendy Makin / Hair: Christie Buswell (A Friend) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Swish / Rings: Tiffany & Co.

Dandenongs Pre-Wedding Photo Session from Erin King Photographer

There are lots of things I adore about this pre-wedding shoot, but I have to say, this couple’s outfit choices are absolutely to die for!  The colors, the bride’s gorgeous dresses, the groom’s bright patterned button downs — These two are waaaay ahead on the fashion curve, and it’s not too surprising since they co-run a Kenzo store. I wish I could take a couple styling lessons from them! And the shoot is romantic, playful and fashionable – just like the couple. Many thanks to Erin King Photographer for capturing the magic right here in the full gallery of photos!

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 From the Bride-to-Be… We have been dating for 11.5 years now, and we met each other during our high school time in Singapore. When my best friend starting dating Hengky’s cousin, we both accompanied them on their first date. From there, we kept in touch and our feelings grew. Then we continued our journey together attending Monash University in Melbourne. After graduation, we continued to work together in Jakarta, running the Kenzo store. After many ups and downs, we got engaged on July 29, 2012.

From Erin King PhotographerShierla & Hengky contacted me from Indonesia, where they are currently based, to arrange an Indonesian-styled traditional pre-wedding photography session in Melbourne. They both studied in Melbourne prior to moving to Jakata, Indonesia, where they now work and run the Kenzo clothing store. This lucky couple gets to travel to Paris fashion week to buy the new season’s ranges for the store each year! They are both very fashion-forward and put a lot of effort into their styling and props to match the theme of each outfit. They specifically wanted the photos in Melbourne to show lovely lush green natural and pretty settings — in contrast to the smog-covered, busy city they live in. Shierla knew she wanted to get out of the city and have their photos in a scenic location. After throwing around suggestions of Yarra Valley, Mornington and the Dandenongs, I suggested we settle on the Dandenongs, which offer so many beautiful garden and natural forest type settings.

With Shierla being quite shy and reserved, it was important to her to be able to relax and enjoy their photography session so their moments together could be captured in natural way. She wanted their photos to show that they are having fun and enjoying the session in a colorful, intimate and romantic way. Shierla and Hengky get married in Bali in March next year, which is going to be a grand-scale event with over 1,000 guests.

Photography: Erin King Photographer / Venues: Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda, Victoria + The National Rhododendron Gardens in Dandenongs, Victoria / Wedding Dress: Sally Koeswanto in Indonesia / Bride’s Lace Umbrella: Uluwatu in Bali / Hair Pieces: Mignonne HandmadeEvita Peroni / Head Band: Alannah Hill / Butterfly Hair Clip: H&M / Flowers: David Jones / Makeup: Vivi Octaviani / Couple’s Casual Attire: Kenzo (Owned by the Bride & Groom)

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