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Romantic Summer Beach Session

Summer may be in the distance, but Marion Heurteboust has provided the perfect evening escape complete with sandy toes and sweet kisses. An iridescent walk along the beach, this stunning stroll was complete with an On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora bouquet and a furry friend. Every image in the gallery is gorgeous, and don’t miss the adorable Super 8 from BubbleRock!

From Marion Heurteboust… Summer days in Tauranga, New Zealand are so gorgeous! We were inspired by the coast, the sand, the wind… The shoot was meant to be simple, effortless and beautiful.

To keep it all film, Steph & Robin from Bubblerock came along and shot a video of the shoot on Super 8! Such a treat!!!

Shaye from On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora did the beautiful flowers, the dress is from Rue de Seine and let’s not forget Claire and Alex whom were very patient and adorable!

Photography: Marion Heurteboust | Videography: BubbleRock | Floral Design: On My Hand Props, Styling & Flora | Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine | Couple: Claire & Alex (dog: Opie)

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Seaside Chic Wedding Inspiration at Watsons Bay

Seaside chic styling is basically my heaven. I drool over it without a bit of embarrassment, so this shoot from Love Note Photography is basically my dream come true. With beautiful styling and floral design from  Oak & Linden, every image in this gallery is my kind of perfection. See it all here.


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From Love Note PhotographyToday I am submitting something very exciting and close to my heart. Myself and some other wedding professionals who are massive fans of your blog decided to put together a wedding day that (hopefully) you would love. Sydney has so many beautiful, talented wedding vendors that don’t always get to be shown off around the world. It’s a great place to come for a destination wedding and honeymoon combined. We also see a lot of brides doing the same thing over and over so we wanted to show them what new ideas we could bring together to create the kind of weddings they see on SMP in their own town.

Our concept was to work with vendors who we really love and that work hard and are friendly people in the industry. We wanted the day to be a meeting of great people. We decided to run the day as if it was a real wedding with all stages. So much effort and time went into making it perfect; I spent many days shooting over again with the stylist to ensure the little details she created were covered and shown in their best light. The day of the wedding was beautiful, even though it was a winters day in Sydney the sun shone and the sky was beautiful and blue. We ended with a beautiful sunset on the beach and the models cut loose and started dancing around enjoying themselves, finishing the day with a sparkler exit! (Check out the video to see how cute this part was!)

Watsons Bay is an amazing venue in Sydney, an iconic place that has been renovated beautifully and the sun literally sets over the city skyline. An incredibly amazing place to hold a wedding!

Photography: Lisa Pires - Love Note Photography | Floral Design: Oak & Linden | Wedding Dress: Roz La Kelin | Cake: The Sweet Spot Patisserie | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia For David Jones | Bridesmaid's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman For David Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jadore | Hair Stylist: Fabulous Hair Up | Groomsmen's Attire: ZZena, Joe Black, Thomas Pink & Hardy Amies For David Jones | Art Director: Deahne Copeland | Artists Illustration (Gift To Bride & Groom): Aaron Favaloro | Bridesmaids Jewelery: Samantha Wills | Cocktail Board: The Print Fairy | Engagement Ring, Bride's Necklace And Grooms Cufflinks: Paspaley Pearls | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Green Cocktail Drinks Table: Contents Party And Home | Groom Suit + Shirt, Vest: Montagio | Headpieces: Viktoria Novak | Invitations & Stationery: The Print Fairy | Make Up Artist: Make Up Mode | Models: Wink Models | Second Shooter: Made Of Light Photography | Shoes Groom: Aquila | Stylist: Oak & Linden | Video: I Make Films | Wedding Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Romantic Clifftop Engagement Session

I’m not one to use to use the term “wildly romantic” very often, but describe this enchanting engagement session any other way and you’d be lying.  Because this is the type e-shoot that takes one of the world’s most stunning twosomes (seriously) and pairs them with breathtaking scenery and the uber talents of White Ash Photography.  See every beautiful moment right here.

From White Ash Photography… Colette and Jonathan are a lovely couple with an edgy sense of style. The clifftop for this engagement session was the perfect location to host their wild and romantic affair. Colette’s lovely 3 carat raw black diamond ring set the tone for the styling; and her George dress was the right choice, especially considering it was such a windy afternoon.

We wanted a lovely polished look for this session, because their engagement party turned into a surprise wedding for their guests! This afternoon of just the two of them was how they wanted to capture their love for one another, so at the engagement party/wedding, they could relax with their family and friends. A perfect idea for such a beautiful, spontaneous couple!

Photography: White Ash Photography | Dress: George | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Traditional Church Wedding by Goliath Productions

Without fail, this Goliath Productions has brought me to happy tears. With two stunning features below, the only thing more beautiful than the breathtaking views of the Maleny countryside is the love these two Aussies have for one another. With touches of daisies and darling glances, this sweet couple significantly wed at the White Wedding Church and it’s truly a sight to see. More below!


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From Goliath Productions… Laura and Braedon’s elegant Maleny wedding was every bit as fun as they are! They chose to marry in the timeless “little white wedding church” which boasts breathtaking views of the Maleny countryside and complemented Laura’s graceful style completely. It definitely set the scene for their classic styling and Laura’s incredible gown; however, this was far from your regular wedding. Laura and Braedon’s bright and lively personalities meant that the celebration was a complete representation of who they are as a couple. What more could you want?

Photography: Dave & BJ From Iconic Imagery | Videography: Goliath Productions | Floral Design: Wallflower | Church: White Wedding Church

Cerulean & Blue Suede Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by a few of her favorite things – Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, one cerulean Crayola, and jamming out to Elvis - Southern Belle Styling & Events crafted this precious piece of pretty. Thoughtful touches of blue velvet, edible gold, and a floral chandelier set the tone, whilst The Lauren & Delwyn Project snapped up all the pretty details for us to dream about for days.


From Southern Belle Styling & EventsSometimes inspiration can be hard to come by, or with Pinterest only a click away, you have way too many ideas floating around. I always tell my brides to go around their house, pick 3 to 5 items that they really love and sit down with a cup of coffee to figure out why these pieces are so great. When Abbeville Estate approached me about doing a styled shoot, I knew I wanted to try and incorporate all of the gorgeous spaces they have on site. They seriously have it all—a traditional New Zealand villa that has been restored to perfection, a quaint church with stunning stained glass windows and a rustic barn and wool shed that exude charm.

I took my own advice and over a cup of coffee found myself staring at a box of crayons, a copy of the Great Gatsby and jamming out to Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes. As a child, I loved the cerulean blue crayon in the Crayloa box and used this vibrant shade of blue as the inspiration for the shoot. Paired with a navy velvet ribbon (thank you Elvis), gold accents and the extravagance of the Great Gatsby—without being over the top Art Deco—each of the areas began to take shape in my mind.

One of the most important styling aspects of your wedding is choosing your photographer. After the last glass of champagne has been drunk and the flowers have wilted, your photos are what will stand the test of time. It’s so important to choose a photographer who you’ll have fun with—you’ll be spending most of your wedding day with them—and who’s photographic style can capture the essence of your dream wedding. We were so lucky to have the amazingly talented Lauren + Delwyn Project on board to document all of the fun with their unique perspective and knack for capturing not only the “money shots” but the atmosphere and love you feel during a wedding.

The dining room at Abbeville Estate is immaculate. I wanted to use the ghost chairs that they have on site, but wanted to do something to dress them up a bit. Seeing that ghost chairs are styled off of a traditional upholstered chair, I reintroduced the aspect of upholstery by creating these gorgeous hand dyed inserts on a woven paper. The floral chandelier, velvety ribbon and candlelight softened the look to make it extra romantic. Our model donned a stunning blue gown by Alma Wong…check out the detailing on the bodice…so beautiful! When we were looking for gowns to showcase in our shoot, I couldn’t get past the fresh perspective of Auckland based Alma Wong. All of her designs marry elegance with whimsy in just the right proportions. With our groom’s suit, we wanted the pop of cerulean blue, but wanted to keep it in a context that wouldn’t frighten your average groom. By pairing the bright patterned tie and pocket square with a traditional three piece suite, we were able to achieve that balance.

I love setting up a food bar at a wedding as a fun way to get the guests interacting and experiencing something new. For this shoot, we opted for a whiskey tasting bar. The guests would be able to sip on three types of whiskey and the classic whisky cocktail, a manhattan—check out that edible, gold glitter rim! To anchor our space and inject a little personality of our inspiration couple, we embellished our gilded gold mirror with whimsical song lyrics.

This outfit change had to be my favorite, another creation by Alma Wong, the floral embellishments on the gown and stunning blush cape reek of personality and elegance. I fell in love with the wine coloured, velvet suit jacket the minute I stepped into Suits on Broadway. Although I love menswear, I was slightly apprehensive of how to pull it all together. David and his team explained the fundamentals, giving me the confidence to play around and have fun with the pieces until we created the perfect look for each vignette in our shoot.

Wedding cakes are somewhat overlooked in New Zealand, but I wanted to show off the incredible talent of one of our bakeries, Sweet Bites Cakes. With simple styling, we let the cakes speak for themselves. The hand painting and jewelled accents are beautiful, but for me, the simplicity of the buttercream cake with gold leafed macaroons and organic florals stole the show.

Nothing combines the unexpected better than an outdoor seating area. Of all the one’s I’ve styled, this has to be my favorite! Using the deep cerulean and teal rug to define the space, the loveseat made the perfect spot for a sunset kiss. Our handcrafted marquee sign added a romantic glow that showed off the beautiful hair and makeup created by Elise Wilson. I’ve worked with many makeup artists, but Elise’s skills are unsurpassed in creating multiple breathtaking looks in such a short amount of time—she made our model glow!

Photography: The Lauren & Delwyn Project | Flowers: Southern Belle Styling & Events | Wedding Dress: Alma J Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Bites Cakes | Rings: Nasr Brother’s Jewelers | Hair & Makeup: Elise Wilson | Men's Attire: Suits On Broadway | Custom Props & Signage: Southern Belle Styling & Events | Event Design, Styling & Coordination: Southern Belle Styling & Events | Macarons: Ma Cherie | Model: Jess Manson | Model: Michael Indrisie | Rentals: Southern Belle Styling & Events | Venue: Abbeville Estate

Modern Elegant Melbourne Wedding

I sure do hope the peplum trend continues because after seeing this bride’s amazingly chic dress, I’ve become quite a fan. She rocked the style and her whole wedding day for that matter, from adorable photos with her groom to a sweet reception with epic views of Melbourne as a backdrop. Dani Burley and BLVD Media caught it all on camera and there are plenty more smiles where they came from.

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From The Bride… My high school sweetheart John and I married on the 22 March, 2014 after 13 years together on a glorious autumn day.

Being from two large Asian families, our wedding was set to be a big affair. Our guest list estimate was 250-300 guests and being in Melbourne, there is a limited number of venues that can hold a large number of guests. As such our venue hunt was not too strenuous. After viewing about three venues including the International in Brighton and Leonda by the Yarra, we settled with Carousel – Albert Park. The thing that won me over was the gorgeous large deck overlooking the lake and I’d heard the food there was good. 

Wedding dress shopping was one of the first things to knock off the list.After going to about 5 stores I thought I had decided on my dress until I thought I’d just better check out Karen Willis. I was set on getting a lace style dress however that is not what I ended up with! As soon as I put on the peplum style heavy twill dress with not an inch of lace on it, I knew it was the one!

After many a evening trolling through inspirational pictures from Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I decided I wanted the bridesmaids to have pale pink dresses and hold white bouquets whilst my bouquet was to be a mix of white and a matching pink to their dresses. I also wanted the bridesmaids to have slightly different dresses but in the same fabric.

The mens attire was to compliment this colour scheme and the blue was really on trend and matched so perfectly well with the shade of pink. The suits paired together with white shirts, white pocket squares to match, and to fit in with the current trend we had the boys wear suspenders which I absolutely love on guys. And to finish off the outfit black gloss cufflinks and a black burberry tie whist John wore a black and white polka dot tie to contrast.

I settled with Flower Jar as they have a great reputation and have worked at Carousel many a time. I had them create a beautiful floral chandelier to hang over the middle of the dance floor, together with providing the large venue entrance piece and the centre pieces for each table which consisted of mismatched jars scattered across a long white framed mirror set in the middle of the table filled with beautiful pink, white, magenta and lilac blooms and tealight candles. They also decorated the white ceremony canopy set upon the deck overlooking the Albert Park lake, with an abundance of pink and white roses and green foliage.

As I splurged on flowers for my wedding and the fact that I was going to have 280 guests, I decided to DIY a number of things in order to not go over budget. These included the stationery and place card settings, some extra floral pieces at the entrance of the venue, the mini herb pot bonbonnieres and the guest signing poster to name a few.

The day wedding day arrived and it started off with some cultural traditions including gate crashing games in which the groom and groomsmen must pass some challenging (embarrassing and hilarious) tests set by the bridesmaids before they are allowed to receive the bride. This was then followed by a tea ceremony with our extended family.

The bridal party then escaped for a photo and video session at Melbourne Uni, an industrial style red brick laneway in the city and finally on the rooftop of crown and at our wedding suite. These few hours were really fun and I definitely think it had a lot to do with not only our best friends but also our amazing and so talented videographer and photographer.

After all this, we still had not had the main event! So after a quick rest and makeup touch up we headed to Carousel where the main ceremony and reception would take place.

The evening was filled with really good food, bottomless wine glasses, so much joy, fun and laughter, photoboothing and eating ice cream from the ice cream bar, good music, dancing and even using the roving MC mics for karaoke till we were told not to!

It is true what they say – your wedding day is really the best day of your life! 

Photography: Dani Burley | Videographer: BLVD Media | Event Design: Bride | Floral Design: Flower Jar | Wedding Gown: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Cuppy & Cake | Stationery: Bride | Ceremony Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Reception Venue: Carousel - Albert Park | Makeup: S.A.S.S.Y Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Jon De Guzman | Celebrant: Paul O'Donohue | Car: Krystal Limousines | Ice Cream Machine: Snowflow | Photobooth: Photorazzi

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