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Elegant Spring Perth Wedding

My love of pink peonies knows no bounds and when I found this bride felt the same, I sort of felt like kindred spirits. She, along with her charming groom, crafted a day filled with personality, elegance and ease…not to mention killer floral moments by Rebecca Grace. The amazing Mustard Seed Photography captured the pretty and this little taste is only the beginning.


From The Bride… We both had strong ideas about what we wanted for our wedding and we were lucky that our strong ideas complimented each other. Everything we loved about each other and our relationship was reflected in the planning and the end, our wedding day. Jason works in IT, he is organised, focussed and is great at breaking down tasks. I work in health, and am mostly organised and focussed. My fiancé worked hard to keep me on track during this time. He turned our wedding into a work project, creating a card wall, each card with a task and associated contact details.

To combine our love for food and the desire for dinner with a view led us to the idea of a Chinese banquet style reception dinner, but with a relaxed, outdoor feel. Heyder & Shears allowed us to design our own 8 course menu and our event manager Zac was with us every step of the way from suggesting wines to sourcing everything we needed to make our guests feel comfortable. Our marquee had clear walls so our guests could take in the river views from the banks of Matilda Bay Reserve. Once it was dark, the city lit up, creating a lovely romantic feel.

I am so lucky to have had such an involved groom. When Jason saw I really wanted letterpress invitations, he designed exactly what I wanted, including a image of the stuffed toy dog he gave me in the early stages of our relationship with a bouquet of peonies (my favourite flower). The picture of the cute dog would feature on our save the date cards, seating chart and the stickers on our favours. Jason designed our guest book, a coffee table book of our engagement photos. We named tables after restaurants or places where we had shared delicious food, and we framed our menus to give them pride of place at the centre of the tables. We spent weekends filling jars with local raw honey, tying place cards which double as thank you cards on the back.

SMP was my go to blog on all things wedding related. I spent countless hours admiring beautifully weddings while gathering ideas to make our day unique.

We could not have asked for better vendors and our amazing family and friends who travelled from across Australia and Asia to help us celebrate our special day. I would not change a thing, even the rain! Our day was perfect, because of all the wonderful people in our lives who love us so very much.

Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Floral Design: Natural Art By Rebecca Grace | Wedding Dress: Ae'lkemi | Wedding Cake: Rochelle Adonis Cakes & Confections | Ceremony Venue: Marlee Pavilion, Kings Park | Reception Venue: Matilda Bay Reserve | Rings: Solid Gold Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ae'lkemi | Catering: Heyder And Shears | DJ: Western Sounds | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Celebrant: Graham Lambert | Bridal Dressing Gowns: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridal Hair: Sharyn Perejuan @ Headroom Hair Studio | Bridal Makeup: Francesca Poggi | Bride's Garter: Olive Farm Designs | Bride's Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Reception Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Bride's Reception Shoes: Oroton | Bride's Wedding Shoes: Valentino | Ceremony Hire: Bride + Groom Store | Dance Lessons: Gilkisons Dance Studio | Groom's Bowtie: Sheridan Man Made | Groom's Cake: Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop | Invitation Printing: Whiteman Park Print Shop | Photo Booth: Two And A Half Photographers | Reception Chairs: Bride + Groom Store | Reception Marquee: Pedersens Hire | Restroom Hire: VIP Restrooms | Stationery Printing: Moo | Transport: Absolutely Fabulous Wedding Cars | Wedding Photos: University Of Western Australia | Wine: Lamont's Wine Store

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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

Beautiful Country Wedding

There’s a very special place in my heart that I reserve for Australian weddings.  It’s a place that celebrates all things rustic with a dash of whimsy + elegance thrown in for seriously good measure.  Think crazy cool outdoor ceremonies followed up by awesome barn parties with mason jars, lawn games and cute pups in attendance.  Feast your eyes on all of the beauty captured by I Heart Weddings right here.


From I Heart Weddings… Autumn is a magical time of year in South West Australia. Sure the days get a little shorter and the nights are chillier but we have an abundance of big, beautiful, blue skies which are perfect for a country wedding.

Fred and Marisa met at a Christmas party where they were plus ones for mutual friends. Fred’s first words to Marisa were “I like your fringe” (bangs for our friends in the States) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fred and Marisa were wed at heritage-listed Alverstoke Homestead just out of Marisa’s hometown of Bunbury. “In the early stages of wedding planning, my parents casually mentioned that some friends of theirs have a lovely farm property with a barn called Alverstoke. Barn… did someone just say barn? It was our ultimate wedding venue, an old timber barn, but they are a rare commodity to find in Australia let alone as a wedding venue,” says Marisa. “We soon discovered that there was more to the property than just a barn. Alverstoke has a magical sense of place that is so encapsulating. We instantly fell in love with the property’s charm and beauty; the many rustic farm buildings immersed within a beautiful agricultural setting really appealed to us as a complete wedding venue. It provided the perfect setting for a relaxed outdoor ceremony under a big ‘knarly’ tree. The beautiful lawns and gardens were ideal for afternoon drinks and lawn games after the ceremony (or in our case a spontanuous ‘Aussies versus Poms’ cricket match!). And that old barn certainly didn’t disappoint either; we loved the idea of having an intimate dinner party for the evening reception and the barn was a fabulous backdrop for our vision, as well as satisfying my architectural side.”

When asked to try and pinpoint her favorite part of the day (a very hard task) Marisa says that she would re-live the ceremony over and over again.

“I know it sounds corny but holding my future hubby’s hands (very tightly mind you!) and exchanging vows in front of our nearest and dearest is probably my most precious moment. I was so incredibly happy, and it was such a fun and relaxed ceremony. I think it helped that a lot of our guests had taken advantage of the Pimm’s Bar beforehand so everyone was as happy as me! Not to mention our dog Marmalade, who was our ring bearer, ‘woofing’ at very opportunistic moments throughout our ceremony… priceless!”

From the Bride… Fred spent a lot of his younger years snowboarding the Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Contrary to my knowledge, he had once said to his best mate that if he ever found the right girl to marry he would propose on the summit of Aiguille Du Midi, one of the mountains. In the European summer of 2012 we arranged a touring holiday of France, and he insisted on staying in Chamonix, the village in the valley of the Mont Blanc. He insists he hadn’t planned to propose that trip, and only bought a proposal ring the day before off a French jeweller who insisted he should take me out for dinner and ply me with Champagne instead of taking me up to the top of a mountain! Lucky Fred stuck to his original plan… well sort of! Chamonix, even though its famous for being a ski resort, is tremendously busy in the summer time and the viewing platform at the summit was already packed with tourists at 9am. So he changed tactics and proposed about halfway down the mountain on a secluded rocky outcrop… it ended up being the perfect setting. And for the record, we did have some celebratory champagnes!

Photography: I Heart Weddings | Floral Design: Scentimental Flowers | Wedding Dress: Wendy Makin | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Wedding Bands: Peppermint Grove Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | Make-up: Gemma Collins - Make-up Artist | Hair: Meagan Bennett - Dalliance Hair Affair | Groom's Attire: Myer | Celebrant: Josephine Arnold Wedding Celebrant | "Cheese" Cake: Re Store Leederville | Music: Les Trois Amies | Pearl Pendant: Willie Creek Pearls | Venue: Alverstoke