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Modern Yellow Infused Wedding at Bondi Beach

Black and yellow have been done but never in a way so fresh and modern and all with a cool beachside vibe. Leave it to Australia and more specifically Bondi Beach, to turn these colors into fun, whimsical beauty along with a hand by Maggie May Flowers and Jane Allen Photography. And we haven’t even mentioned the dress. Oh that dress by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. See it all right here.

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Spring
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Beach
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Elegant

From The Bride…We met through work in 2004. We only worked together for a couple of years, but despite parting ways professionally we remained friends for years after. Our paths continued to cross and we would often go running together. Trent asked me on dates lots of times over the years but I kept turning him down! 6 years later after running the City 2 Surf, we ran into each other at the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi where we were celebrating our efforts with our friends. After all those years of saying no to Trent’s date invitations it was his impressive dance moves that afternoon that finally swayed me. One kiss later and I was hooked!

Trent proposed to me on the hill at Mark’s Park overlooking Bondi Beach. It is only a couple of 100 metres from where we live and you can see that spot from where we got married at Bondi Icebergs. He proposed to me on our morning run. I had no idea and just couldn’t believe it. It was the most perfect day apart from me missing out on doing my set of ‘burpees’ which were apparently interfering with Trent’s proposal plan.

Our location was Bondi Icebergs (pool deck for the ceremony and a cocktail reception in the Bondi Icebergs club). It was an easy choice for us. We absolutely love Bondi. As a couple it’s been a really big part of our lives, and our home together. The venue is simply beautiful. Given we live 200 meters away another big tick was not having to go anywhere on our big day! We spend many weekends at Icebergs swimming and enjoying the sunshine! It’s one of our favourite places. The venue and location are so beautiful I was conscious of not over styling. We wanted the beautiful white rock and ocean to shine. We chose a white colour palette with lots of different textures. Natural fibers like wood and un-coated card were featured throughout along with daisies as the main floral element.

The accent color was a little yellow taken from the Daisies which decorated both the ceremony and reception and a hint of black. My favourite decoration was the incredible Daisy Chain garland that’s swung between the flagpoles on the pool deck. I did all the styling myself and was lucky to find a wonderful group of vendors to help my vision come to life. Massive thank you goes to our florist, Jenni from Maggie May Flowers in Bondi who went way over my expectations in everything she created.

I got a lot of inspiration from home wear designers Blacklist Studio and Pony Rider and our flower girl’s dress which I found at a Zimmerman warehouse clearance for $15. The flower girl dress was the very first item I bought for the wedding and still one of my favourite pieces. My Mum made a beautiful flag with a love heart to hang from the reception ceiling. My Bridesmaid Dhiarne made our incredible wedding cake and cupcakes and I made jams as gifts for our guests. I purchased some personalized magnets from Etsy as well. Our flower girl Eden wore a daisy chain circlet on her head and carried a basket with daisy heads which she sprinkled as she walked. She wore a gorgeous white crochet floor length dress from Zimmerman Kids. I stumbled across both bridesmaid dresses. It was really important that both girls felt absolutely gorgeous in their outfits. I was keen for them to wear different dresses that worked together in the overall theme. It wasn’t until the day of the wedding that I saw their dresses together and couldn’t have been happier. Dhiarne’s dress was spotted in a store window in Bondi and Meg’s on the website BHLDN. Meg’s dress originally was lost in the post as we bought it online but lucky for us it showed up a few months later! Trent really wanted to get ‘dressed-up’ for our special day so we put all the boys in dinner suits. Trent wore a bow-tie and his brothers were straight black ties. All the suits were really easy to find and reasonably priced which definitely helped the overall budget. I saw my amazing dress in Cosmo Wedding and HAD to try it on. I knew it was the one before I even went into the Paddington store. It was absolutely perfect for my style and the wedding we had in mind. I looked through lots and lots of wedding magazines and blogs and had struggled to see anything I liked till I saw my KWH dress. Lucky for me the Paddington Store is just down the road from my work and I could try it on in my lunch break. I bought it the next day! The back of the dress was absolutely stunning. Just so unique and beautiful. I loved the sequin bodice and shape of the neckline and cap sleeves. The skirt was so flowy and light I knew it would be perfect with the ocean breeze. I wore a beautiful headpiece from Bo and Luca. My Mother-in-law bought me the most beautiful diamond studded star shaped stud earrings from a boutique in Paddington which I adore. My bridesmaids wore their own shoes and jewelry.

We love Jane and her brother James who photographed our day! Jane answered our brief to capture ‘the whole event not just us’ perfectly. We only spent 30minutes on bridal party photographs which was great as we wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests and enjoying the moment. We aren’t into posed/styled photographs and Jane new exactly how to make that work. I can’t recommend Jane highly enough. Everyone just had so much fun. The dance floor was especially busy all night! I just loved our photographers Jane and James who not only captured everyone’s smiling faces but got right into the spirit by dancing along with our guests and especially my step Dad John. We’re still getting comments from our guests about how much they loved Jane and James! Jenni from Maggie May Flowers is an absolute genius! She made everything on the day (and before) perfect. Jenni listened to everything I asked for and came up with an amazing floral design that was perfectly ‘un-structured’ exactly as I wanted.

Erica came up with the most beautiful ceremony. She opened with a wonderful speech about us which she developed after speaking with Trent and I separately as well as 5 or 6 of our closest friends and family. Erica also suggested our Mum’s doing a speech during the ceremony rather than readings which was a great way for them to be involved. Their brief was to say anything they wanted! Trent’s mum read a beautiful poem which is dear to her heart and my Mum read a piece I had to write about myself to get into uni – that was very un-expected and gave all our guests a good laugh. I’ve never seen so much laughing in a wedding ceremony! I liked that I a lot. Melissa was such a lovely person. Her styling skills are so wonderful. I only had my hair trial one week prior to the wedding as I was too busy with work to fit it in before then. I never worried for one second! She listened to everything I asked for and I felt like my hair was perfect. Megan was incredible and made everyone feel so beautiful! She nailed our natural look. Doing the make-up for 5 girls who rarely wear foundation could have been tricky but she made us all feel and look stunning.

Photography: Jane Allen Photography | Floral Design: Maggie May Flowers Bondi | Wedding Dress: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES | Invitations: Minted | Hair Stylist: Melissa Cauchi | Grooms Attire: Uber Stone | Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David | Bridesmaid Dress (long Sleeve): Samvara | Bridesmaid Dress (no Sleeve): BHLDN | Ceremony Bamboo Flags : Spoonful Designs | Flower Girl : Zimmerman Kids | Hairpiece : Bo & Luca | Make-up Artist : Make-up By Megan | Music: DJ Solutions | Reception Decor : Confetti Systems’ | Venue: Bondi Icebergs

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Vineyard Wedding in Yallingup

Throwing your reception at Widow’s Estate Winery in Yallingup is one sure way to guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable, not to mention stunning, event. And, teaming with LiFe Photography? Now that’s a killer combination we can get used to. Head on over to the gallery to see why we’re swooning.

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Summer
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Rustic

From The Bride…Deciding on the kind of wedding one wants is not an easy feat. We had been to many weddings in the past, and had a better sense of what we didn’t want, rather than what we wanted. Over the course of 18months our wedding started to take shape. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding under the stars strings of lights. We knew we didn’t want people to be stuck at the same table all night, instead preferring people the option to stand and mingle. We knew we didn’t want the traditional dressed bridal table, instead wanting something much more informal, such as couches. We wanted good music- and we wanted lots of dancing. We also didn’t want the formalities of speeches to drag for most of the night, instead opting for all speeches, cake cutting and first dance to be completed by early in the night, to allow guests as well as the bridal party a chance to relax.

We spent weeks searching for the perfect venue which would allow our wedding vision to take shape. When we stumbled upon Window’s Estate Yallingup, we knew we had found the perfect venue. Although not a overly lavish venue, it just felt right. In an area such as the Margaret River Wine Region, it is difficult to escape the larger vineyards where you are simply just another number. Window’s Estate is a small, family run vineyard. With my husband and his family being apple growers, the concept of a small, family run vineyard was perfect. They were great to deal with and allowed us so much freedom to do whatever our hearts desired. After deciding on a reception venue, we needed to select an appropriate place for our ceremony. With our families preferring a church service, we decided on the beautiful rammed earth St Thomas More Catholic Church in Margaret River.

Before searching for my dress, I really had no idea what I was looking for. The dress I eventually chose turned out to be the second dress I tried on. It was simple, timeless and perfect. The couture gown was made exclusively by Pallas Couture in Perth. They are amazing!

The bouquets, button holes and reception flowers were beautifully created by Kat at Poppy + Rose. They feature pale pink and white blooms, including peonies, white hydrangea and David Austin Roses. The church flowers were beautiful and crafted by my Aunt Margaret – as a gift to us.

We walked down the aisle to January Wedding by the Avett Brothers and signed our wedding certificate and left the church to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.

Photographs were taken by Maz Pederson of Life Photography at the absolutely beautiful Boranup forest, surrounded by tall karri Tree’s as well as in the vines and paddocks at Window’s Estate.

Guests danced the night away to a range of hits from both the past and present. A fantastic night was had by all!

Photography: LiFe Photography | Floral Design: Poppy + Rose | Wedding Dress: Pallas Couture | Cake: Bake The Cake | Invitations: Nevertheless Designs | Ceremony Venue: St Thomas More Catholic Church Margaret River | Reception Venue: Window's Estate Winery Yallingup | Catering: Cilantro Catering | DJ: DJ Damo | Bride's Jewelry : Samantha Wills | Bridesmaid Dress: Forherandforhim | Bridesmaid Dress: Jigsaw | Bridesmaid Dress: Ted Baker | Bridesmaid Jewlery : Peter Lang | Groom's Suit : Parker And Co | Guest Transportion: The Chauffeur Bus | Hair : I Do Hair | Transportation: Twilight Limousines

Byron Bay Cliff Top Wedding

Swapping vows on a gorgeous cliff top with your loved ones circled close is probably as good as it gets. And lucky for us, SMPers, we’re getting an up-close peek at just that thanks to Ming Nomchong. She documented what might be the most perfect ceremony we’ve ever come across, and in case you want more it’s all waiting right here.

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Seasons
Fall
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Beach
Styles
Rustic

From The Bride…Being Byron Bay locals, we truly know the beauty of our surroundings as well as the talented people that fills it’s boarders. We hand choose everyone local and avoided everything wedding. The locations were a huge factor and very risky. We actually had to sneak 75 guest along a 15 minute track, knowing that we could be turned around at any moment because our site was totally illegal…. we didn’t get turned around :) The ceremony was held on a cliff edge at Broken Head, the same location where Toby proposed.

While we were signing our paper work, we asked all of our guest to form a huge circle. The celebrant introduced us as Mr. & Mrs. Webber as we entered the middle of the circle. We then threw our hands up and yelled… GROUP HUG! The song.. “We are family” started playing and we just had a huge dancing hug on the cliff. MAGIC!

For the reception, we used incredible, jaw-dropping Tipi’s from Byron Bay Tipis as our reception venue rather then hiring a tradition marquee. The tipis overlooked a spectacular cliff wall which turned into the backdrop of an incredible light show, which carried our guest through ever changing visual affects as well as featuring a slide show of black and white photos of Toby and I throughout our lives. The cliff walls where surrounded by water, filled with lily pads and purple lotus flowers. It truly took your breath away.

We filled the tipi’s with a romantic lighting, classic soft French furniture and clashed it with an enchanted rustic lushness of nature. We didn’t follow any rules and took huge risk along the way. Staying true to ourselves in everything we did.

We did not want to do the traditional favors. We wanted to give our guest an experience as well as showing them the reasons why we call Byron Bay home. We surprised everyone with a fire show which we became apart of at the end and included our own heart on fire!

Rather then your traditional videographer, we hired a helicam, which really captured the moment in all it’s magnificent beauty from high above.

Food was also a huge factor of the night. I wanted it to be interactive, local and amazingly delicious. We chose our favorite vendors from our local farmers market. We started the reception off with huge rustic cheese boards from Bangalow Cheese Co. Followed by the sushi bar from Doma Sushi Café. Truly the best sushi in Australia and I had to have them! Then came delicious wood fire pizza from Crabbes Creek. They also provided local fresh salads and organic BBQ beef filets with mushroom sauce.

Our honeymoon was overlooking our reception site and just 1 minutes away from our home. Why would we want to go any where else.

Photography: Ming Nomchong | Wedding Planner: Clare Disko | Floral Design: Bower Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Sweet Obsessions | Ceremony Venue: Broken Head Cliff | Shoes: Forever Soles | Hair: Bangalow Hair Room | DJ: DJ Beaver | Celebrant: Marg Walgers | Busker Used For Music Pre Ceremony: Lucy | Filmmaker & Editor : Sail Me To The Moon | Fire Dancers: Utopian Fire | Furniture Hire: The One Day House | Heli-Cam: Craig Parry | Honeymoon Suite: La Vista | Lighting & Sound: North Coast Events | Location- Ceremony: Broken Head Cliff Top | Location- Reception : Island Quarry- Best Kept Byron Bay Secret | Nails: Willow Byron Bay | Stylist: Natalie Holt | Sushi Bar: Doma Cafe- Federal | Tipi Hire: SamiKata Tipi Events | Wood Oven Pizza: Crabbes Creek Wood Fire Pizza