Villa Botanica is this lovely little seaside gem in Queensland where saying “I do” is straight from a movie romantic. So pair that always-amazing locale with a bride and groom who are the epitome of perfection and, well… it’s a wedding that is most definitely worthy of an entire day of gallery gazing. Think pretty pink hues, lush florals from Flower Hut and all kinds of crazy gorgeousness styled by I Do Events Whitsundays. Don’t miss a moment captured by Lisa Michele Burns in the full gallery.
From the Bride… I wanted a unique venue and I wanted our guests to be able to enjoy themselves & relax. Having a destination wedding was perfect for this vision, as all of our friends and family took time off work to be there for our special day. I wanted blue sky and a tropical backdrop for our photos and Villa Botanica was the perfect venue. As soon as I found it online, no other venue could compare.
I wanted our decor to be simple, elegant, and subtly matching with the bridesmaid dresses. I wanted everything to match but in a very subtle way. The bridesmaid dresses were a dusty pink, so I incorporated this colour in the table decorations and stationery, but without overpowering the room with too much pink.
As our reception came to an end, we released a lantern into the sky. It was such a beautiful moment watching the lantern float into the starry night. We just watched the lantern in silence and it was a beautiful moment for us both to take the day in.
Photographer: Lisa Michele Burns | Flowers: Flower Hut | Wedding Cake: Sweet Ideas | Ceremony Venue: Villa Botanica | Reception Venue: Villa Botanica | Styling: I Do Events Whitsundays
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This shoot is the definition of lovely. Styled and planned in a way that is sure to make you swoon by white+white weddings and events and captured in a way that definitely will by Ale and Kim Photography, it’s image after image of pure pretty. Inspiration doesn’t get better than this, lovelies, and you can see the whole shebang right here.
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From Lisa Smith of white+white weddings and events…When I moved to Australia, I was blown away by the ache I sometimes felt at missing Europe. A couple of months before it was on my doorstep and now it took 24 hours and an increase in my credit card limit to get back to a sultry late summer evening eating al fresco in the Sicilian hills. It’s not such a bad exchange however. Australia has so many incredibly beautiful spots that can easily hint at a stunning Italian hideaway. Coorabella in Byron Bay is one such private residence that ticks every box and then some. Steeped in spectacular European decor from it’s Italian/Australian owners, the property radiates an exotic taste of Italy like no other. Religious relics are arranged in front of a stag head mural with a dozen mini disco balls hanging from the living room ceiling, out of place yet in their perfect place too. Antique Italian laces drape over wooden tables made for social dining and red roses sit amongst european porcelain heaving with freshly baked rosemary bread and olive oil dressings. The concept for the shoot was to absorb the elements of this stunning property and create a Sicilian soiree that wouldn’t look out of place in Palermo. With dresses from George Wu and The Babushka Ballerina, the girls wore their hair big and bouncy, just like a young Sophia Loren, courtesy of Julie Corbett. A seductive flick at the eyes and flawless faces from Alex Ouston gave the models a seamless finish. Wil Valor, an Australian based tailor made sure the men were suited and booted as if they had just walked off the Tom Ford Milan catwalk. Beautifully rustic florals from Stem Designs and furniture with clean simple lines from Little Grey Station added an Italian pizazz so delicate, that it didn’t detract from the feast provided by Your Gourmet, which had us all mouthwatering from the very beginning. Captured by the very talented Ale and Kimmi, the food was plated onto beautiful duck egg blue wedgewood plates from Magnolia Interiors with cut crystal glass wear and vintage silver cutlery adding a special touch. The most important aspect is that I wanted to bring the moorish influence so often seen in Europe, especially throughout Italy and Spain, into the concept too. It’s an influence that is dear to my heart with stunning mosaic tiling hinting at an exotic bygone era. It was the mesmerising swimming pool that set the tone perfectly for our soiree setting and as the sun dipped over the lush Byron hinterland, I couldn’t have been any closer to Europe if I had tried.
Photography: Ale and Kim Photography | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Catering: Your Gourmet | Make Up: Alex Ouston | Hair: Julie Corbett Hair | Entertainment: Miss Renee Simone | Grooms Attire: Wil Valor | Bridal Wear: George Wu | Bridal Wear: The Babushka Ballerina | Decor: Magnolia Interiors | Decor: Little Gray Station | Film: Wedding Films by Samantha Fletcher | Florals: Stem Design | Model: Division Model Management | Styling and Coordination: white+white weddings and events | Wedding Venue: Coorabella
I could watch wedding films all day long. It’s true. They never fail to stop me in my tracks, but this one from I Heart Productions really stood out to me. It’s beautiful in every sense of the word, and one that totally made me shed a tear or two. The couples’ words to each other tugged at each every one of my heart strings, so I highly recommend setting aside some time to hit play below…
From I Heart Productions…This really was one of those magical fairy tale type weddings. Set over 2 days at the beautiful Bendooley Estate in Berrima NSW.
Anurag and Phillipa live in London and flew over 2 weeks before the wedding for the celebration of their love. Guests joined them from all corners of the world to see Bendooley Estate come to life with all the colours and traditions of an Indian and Australian wedding.
This wedding really made us realise how much of an insight we get into our couples lives, from the thoughts that run through their heads the night before, the warm relationships they share with their families, the nerves, the excitement and the joy of catching up with old friends. This is a story of family, friendship and love. We honestly feel so privileged to have been a part of it.
Photography: Hilary Cam Photography | Cinematography: I Heart Productions | DJ: XYDJ | Wedding Venue: Bendooley Estate