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Elegant Spring Wedding in New South Wales

I’m continually amazed by the creativity demonstrated by engaged couples when creating their dream weddings. But this one, with the floral arbour and distressed doors at the entrance of the church, left me awestruck. Dominique Cherry captured every stunning detail in this gallery and if you think that’s gorgeous, don’t miss out on the video by Mad Rose Films for even more pretty treats.


From The Bride… Ben and I had been dating for almost 4 years when one of the most magical days of my life occurred. I was a cheerleader for an NRL team on the Gold Coast and Ben decided (being an avid Rugby League player himself) that the footy field was the perfect place and opportunity to propose. After liaising with our coach, he organised to run onto the field prior to kickoff (whilst we were mid-routine), got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him in front of a crowd of 15,786! Of course, I said “Yes!”

We decided to marry in a church in the lazy town of Murwillumbah where I grew up. The morning of the wedding dawned bright and clesar. It was one of those magical ‘not a cloud in the sky’ days and we could see for miles from the sub-penthouse apartment in Coolangatta where we chose to prepare for the day. The boys shared the same view from a different apartment just five blocks away. The girls received hand-made bracelets and earrings as gifts, as well as luxurious blush pink silk gowns from Homebodii. The boys were given Calvin Klein undergarments, cuff-links and belts to complete their attire.

We wanted a modern, elegant wedding which incorporated both the coastal aspects of Coolangatta, where Ben grew up and where we chose to get ready, and the country charm of Murwillumbah, only a 20 minute drive away. Deciding on a colour palette was easy, blends of ivory, pastel pinks and silvery greys. We had photographs at the old rail road tracks in Murwillumbah and made it to Coolangatta in time for the breathtaking sunset. Our Beagles Bonnie and Clyde even snuck in for a quick family portrait.

We spent a lot of time in the lead up, creating an enormous 10 foot backdrop with soft chiffon drapes to decorate the front of the church. This, combined with rows of hanging candle-filled glass baubles and tulle entwined with fairy lights to line the aisle, created a magical and amazing enchanting atmosphere. Ben, being a carpenter, built a gorgeous flower covered arbour under which we stood to say our vows. The doors we found locally, stripped back and re-painted to give a fresh look while also tying them in to the decor at the church. The arbour and doors were adorned with stunning floral arrangements and greenery created by Flowers by Julia Rose.

My ivory, Maggie Sottero gown took five months of searching to find (after falling in and out of love with a Kleinfield dress in New York!) After trying on an endless number of gowns, I eventually flew to Sydney for the weekend with my Mum and Maid of Honour and we found THE ONE! I wanted to make it even more personal and add something special, so I decided to hand-bead the bodice, adding some lace from my Mum’s wedding dress as my ‘something old’. I designed and ordered my shoes to match perfectly from Shoes of Prey. The Bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan floor length dresses. I gave our florist Julia a fabric swatch of the dresses and asked for ‘a clean, classic and elegant style with highlights of dusty miller framing’ for the bouquets.

The centre pieces for our reception (styled by Rebecca from I do Perfection Weddings) comprised of tall, glass vases filled with living green moss, dodda vine, fairy lights and tortured willow. Glass baubles filled with candles hung from the willow. They set the mood for an evening filled with romance. Our guests received jars of rock candy with a thank you note. Each piece of candy had our names inscribed in the middle.

Our wedding waltz started off to Andy Grammar’s ‘I Choose You’…. This was interrupted by Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove is in the Heart.’ That’s when Ben and I broke out into a rehearsed dance which ended in an impressive flip and lift! That got everyone onto the dance floor, where they stayed as we continued to celebrate our magical day.

I think my favourite images are those of us dancing. I’m so glad we chose Dominique from DEC Creatives Photography. Thanks to her talent, we will always have amazing photographs to share with our family, friends and children – amazing photos of the most magical day of our lives.

Photography: Dominique Cherry | Videographer: Mad Rose Films | Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Vickery | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sweet Melissa's Cakes | Shoes: Shoes Of Prey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair: Amy Louise Hair | Groom's Attire: Formal Wear Express | Makeup: The Makeup Bar By Mia Connor | Musician: Graham Hobson | Photographer Assistant: Kelly Piez | Transport: Limousines In Paradise | Wedding Reception: Twin Towns

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Romantic Autumn Wedding

It’s official: these two are seriously adorable.  The kind of adorable that warms your heart and leaves you smiling for the entire afternoon.  Mix that with a breathtaking autumn wedding featuring beautiful details styled to perfection by Touched by Angels and it’s almost too good to be true.  See every stunning image captured by DeRay & Simcoe right here.


From the Bride… We first met at my office almost three years ago. I had just come back from post-graduate study in London and Matthew had just moved to Jakarta for work. I showed him around Jakarta, introduced him to my family and friends and took him to the hospital (several times) for his upset tummy. In short, it was love at first sight and we are very lucky to have found each other at the right time.

Despite living and working in Jakarta, we decided to have our wedding in Perth (Matthew’s hometown). We are so grateful that our wedding preparation was very smooth. I bought the first wedding dress that I tried on and Matthew’s mum and sister helped us find all the right vendors that created our dream wedding. My parents were very supportive of our decisions and enjoyed seeing all the Indonesian decorations, gifts, sweets and photobooth props that we incorporated into our wedding.

The main motif for our wedding was a traditional Javanese ‘loro blonyo’ statue. ‘Loro blonyo’ roughly translates into ‘The Inseperable Couple’. This statue is still common in many family homes in Indonesia and it represents prosperity, happy marriage and fertility. We incorporated this motif into our invitations, menus, cufflink gifts and even our dance floor.

Our wedding day was warm and happy and filled with laughter. We had over 100 guests from Indonesia who took time off work and traveled a long way to be there. No words can describe how much it meant to us to share our day with our closest family and friends.

People ask me what we would do differently for our wedding day. My answer is nothing – our wedding day was perfect in its own way and we are blessed to have and to hold each other.

From DeRay & Simcoe… The couple decided to hold their wedding back in Matthew’s hometown but Tia had never actually been to a western style wedding while she was planning her own! She spent hours scouring blogs such as Style Me Pretty to find inspiration for her own wedding. They wanted the day to be the coming together of the two different cultures and feature lots of Indonesian design details as well as a traditional Catholic ceremony.

They chose Aquinas College chapel as the ceremony venue as it had sentimental value to Matthew’s family. His father was the principal there when Matthew was a boy so he grew up on the school grounds. The distinctive red brick buildings were a beautiful backdrop for the autumn leaves.

The State Reception Centre in King’s Park was the natural choice for their reception, situated high up in the gum tree canopy with it’s iconic views overlooking the city skyline.

They kept the strong family theme by selecting Matthew’s sister Amanda for the bridesmaid and Tia’s brother Danny as the best man.

Tia’s exquisite lace dress and mantilla veil suited her petite frame perfectly, and Jimmy Choos completed the look. Matthew brought a few quirky touches to the wedding such as his handmade wooden bowtie sourced on a trip to visit his brother in New York.

They had many guests travel to attend the wedding from Indonesia and hired a wedding planner from The Original Wedding Company just to help coordinate them. This ensured the overseas guests had a wonderful time without having to worry about travel on the wedding day etc.

Matthew and Tia were so in love and it was such a pleasure to be part of this unique wedding. They put a lot of care and consideration into making sure their diverse range of guests had a wonderful time on the day.

Photography: DeRay & Simcoe | Floral Design: Djumik's Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Biyan | Ceremony Venue: Aquinas Chapel | Reception Venue: State Reception Centre | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Collezione | Cars: Back In Black London Cabs | Ceremony Trio: Dolce Ensembles | Cufflinks : French Cuffed | Hair & Makeup Artist : Jessica Ferrelli | Overseas Guest Coordination: Original Wedding Company | Priest : Father Ian Esmond | Reception Styling: Touched By Angels | Video : Inception | Wooden Bow Tie: Two Guys Bow Ties

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Rustic Meets Romantic Queensland Wedding

This wedding makes me happy.  Maybe that has a little something to do with the totally in love twosome, or the fab team of vendors (think The Belle And The BeauTwig And Blossom and Casey Jane Photography), or the laid-back meets seriously romantic vibe.  My guess?  It’s a sweet combination of all of the above.  Get your smile on right here.   

And a heartwarming film from Casey Jane Photography… you’re welcome. 


From the Bride… Kane and I first met through mutual friends starting with a trip to the beach over seven years ago. We instantly hit it off and it wasn’t long before we were living together. I think we have a really strong relationship due to the time we spent with each other leading up to the proposal and marriage. I feel this has us in good stead for the rest of our long lives together.

Kane and I were holidaying in Vietnam in July and August 2012 and Kane got down on one knee on the top deck of a traditional south east asian junk boat on a beautiful day in the middle of Halong Bay. It was a great choice of location and it made me feel really special. It was also very brave of Kane to carry around an expensive piece of jewellery throughout Northern Vietnam!

Kane and I were both in love with the rustic/country look rather than the traditional fairytale wedding theme. This suits our personalities best because we are a bit of a unique or quirky couple that love to have fun and not get too caried away in what other people think about us, or what other people think we should do for our wedding.

We are very much about doing things ourselves or relying on friends or family to assist in certain areas such as my best friend Dana doing our hair and Kane’s mother baking the wedding cake and entire desert bar. I feel this adds a very special touch to the day in that we are surrounded by our friends and family who all added their certain unique touches.

Upon visiting Yandina Station it was immediately apparent that we had no choice but to get married there. It was the perfect location for us because it was close to our families, on the Sunshine Coast and also provided the backdrop we were looking for.

Casey (photographer) was just as excited about it as we were because she had heard of the little known venue and how beautiful it was, yet hadn’t snagged a client utilising the venue. There are just an abundance of breathtaking locations for beautiful photographs that we really were spoilt for choice. I think this really flowed through into the photography beautifully.

Our photography, ceremony, reception and accommodation were all held on site at Yandina Station. This was purposely selected as such to ensure that the day was low stress, low level logistics and comfortable for everyone. The venue had it all and did not require anything to be done offsite. We both placed an extremely high level of importance on spending quality time with our family guests and this was enhanced by not having to travel anywhere for accommodation, photography or the ceremony.

We decided to spend an hour or two prior to the ceremony to shoot some photos together and with the bridal party. This meant that we would see each other prior to the aisle however we planned our own special moment together which Casey captured beautifully. I sewed Kane a blindfold which he wore standing at the end of a gravel road while I walked towards him and slowly removed it. It was a really special time for us as we had both put so much time and effort into the day so it was special to spend some time together by ourselves to really soak in the moment.

I was told by a work colleague to take a look at Casey Jane’s work because she thought that I would like her work. Well that definitely was an understatement, I was amazed at Casey’s unique ability and flair to take beautiful photos and really highlight the best of each and every person/thing she photographs. Casey and her partner Alexie were both extremely professional and we both felt extremely confident in their ability to capture our day perfectly. We have not stopped hearing from all our friends and family about how well the day went and how great the photos were.

Our theme was more or less an outdoor, spring, country and rustic style theme. It reflected us as a couple really well due our easy going partnership and our particular likeness for having fun, spending time with family and friends and getting lost in the moment and not wasting a single second. Our inspiration was definitely self made, we reviewed lots of different weddings that had been published online and selected the best and most suitable parts to include in our own special day. I think the reason why we were so happy with the day and why it was so well received by our guests was because we put a lot of planning and organisation into it personally, yet also outsourced certain tasks such as flowers, styling, photography etc. to qualified professionals. Getting this mix right is definitely the recipe for a fun filled and low stress day.

Yandina Station influenced our decisions due to the fact it was outside and really embraced nature and the outdoors. The colour selection was really important because of the colours on show from the venue. From the silver aged timber, red rusty wrought iron, greenery and blue skies and waterholes we had to be very particular with the selected palette. I think we managed to pull it off really well due to my ivory dress, flower crown (which Kane loved!), white and simple mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the groomsman’s taupe suits. It really allowed Casey to highlight the colour on display around us and really enhance the images.

Kane wears suits to work for his job as a Financial Adviser so he could use his existing knowledge to put together an outfit. This also meant that he was quite interested in wearing something he wouldn’t ordinarily wear to work such as the traditional black, grey or blue. This worked out well because the taupe suits fit this category whilst also suiting the venue and wedding theme nicely. Kane wore a beautifully hand sewn seersucker tie and polka dot pocket square in grey and white that was purchased off Etsy and had a buttonhole of succulents, billy buttons and freesias.

My rings are from Tiffany and Kane’s ring was custom designed by a local jeweler. The bridesmaids dresses were selected by themselves from various retailers however they all had to be white and incorporate some lace detail. I thought this was a great idea as it made them all feel pretty and confident in what they were wearing and it really showed in their demeanor on the day.

Three adjectives that best describe our wedding day are rustic, country & fun.

From Casey Jane PhotographyThis wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph. The soft color palette and handmade details complimented the environment and my shooting style perfectly. I choose to shoot film to create pretty pastel tones and a light airy feel. While the guests played lawn games and sipped cocktails I spent time with Kirsty and Kane taking there images on the surrounding property. They were the sweetest couple and so easy to work with, it was clear to see they were madly in love.

Photography: Casey Jane Photography | Videographer: Casey Jane (Alexie) | Florist: Twig And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Babushka Ballerina | Caterer: Yandina Station | Entertainment: Golden Child | Groom's Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Celebrant: Creating Magical Moments-Vikki Speller | Couches : Simply Style Co. | Groomsmen Attire: The Belle And The Beau | Stylists : Polkadot Events | Wedding Venue: Yandina Station

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