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Bea and Sam’s Urban Industrial Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bride and groom at modern wedding
Bea & Sam

What happens when two architects with a laser engraving business (TheMakeLab) tie the knot? An incredible urban industrial wedding that’s what! Bea and Sam’s day was filled with just about as much personality as they could cram in. From the ceremony backdrop – built by the groom himself, to the laser cut details that filled every corner. But while the aesthetics shine, the couple and their own story did even more. Jonathan Ong was there to make sure it was captured in all its modern glory.

The newlyweds tell their story. “We knew of each other as fellow students in the same cohort while in university but never really connected on a personal level. Strange how things worked out, but in the year in between our undergrad and postgrad, a couple of friends and ourselves took on a business venture providing design and laser cutting services. While we were keeping ourselves busy growing the business, we became oblivious to our growing fondness for each other. Business hours soon turned into date hours, which then evolved into date years, and now we find ourselves Married! (*gasp) “Gloria Wong Wedding Makeup

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Bea chose a strapless ball gown from Raffaele Cuica, remembering “I was never one to dream about my ultimate wedding dress. Thankfully, the lovely ladies at Raffaele Ciuca, which was the first store I stepped into, had a good eye for these things. She picked out a dress for me, I put it on, and in that moment it dawned on me that I was getting married! I tried on several more in the coming weeks but none of them really took my breath away as much the first one did. Funnily though, it is exactly the style both my partner and myself never thought I’d go for.”

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Cargo Hall  played host to both the ceremony and reception for Bea and Sam. The newlyweds remarking, “We had both our ceremony and reception at Cargo Hall located along the river in South Wharf. The venue itself was a re-purposed shipping warehouse that featured its original steel roof structure spanning across the entire hall. It was still in construction when we first went down to view the venue but we were both drawn to the character of the place and best of all the proximity and views of the city.

Urban: Check! Industrial: Check! The size of the hall was perfect for the number of guests we were intending to have, car-parking was easy at the DFO shopping centre, public transport a short walk away, and best of all, the proximity to Hilton where we stayed the night before and after the wedding.”

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Kicking off the laser cut decor, as a nod to the couple’s business TheMakeLab, were the welcome sign and programs, Bea and Sam telling “We wanted the ceremony to be FUN! We enjoyed planning the wedding and wanted to make the event just as enjoyable for our guests. We also wanted to take our wedding as an opportunity to push our creative boundaries in laser cutting and promote the vast possibilities of laser cut wedding items. Anticipating a fashionably late arrival of the bride, we designed the wedding program on foldable cardboard gems that kept the guests entertained. Guests were then welcomed to fill the gems with lollies and bikkies from our refreshment bar while waiting for the ceremony to begin.”

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Bea tells, “The venue itself was lined with bentwood chairs, a 20m long turf aisle, flowers in metal buckets, and featured some made by the groom, 2m high free-standing timber frames dressed in foliage as a backdrop at the altar.”

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The bride’s mother made the flowergirl dresses and bridesmaids’ dresses using the salmon pink colour that was woven throughout the wedding.

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Of her walk down the aisle, Bea remembers, “I chose Love is waiting – Brooke Fraser because this was the song that kept me going while I was waiting for him to ask me out in the early days of our relationship.”

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Bea remembers, “It was so funny when the bridesmaids were all in tears throughout the ceremony and then realising that NO one remembered the tissues! Thankfully one groomsman had one piece of tissue and that was shared amongst the six bridesmaids AND myself!”

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Pastor Neil Smith officiated the ceremony, Bea noting, “Being Christians ourselves, we were keen on keeping the traditions of a Christian wedding. We sang, we prayed, we took in the moment as our pastor preached a short sermon, but most important of all, we made our personal vows to each other. Then we were laughing, we were crying, and before we knew it, the moment had come. We were officially Mr & Mrs.”

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Lovers of design, the couple decided with their photographer to take their photographs in the car park of Weylandts Furniture Shop in Abbotsford. Of their photographer, the newlyweds remark, “Jono Ong was an easy choice for us as we had always admired his artistic style and trusted in his creative capabilities. He was also a friend to us which completely took the awkwardness out of the picture.”

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Meanwhile back at Cargo Hall,  The Details Co and her team worked to flip the room into a sparkling reception space. Long tables ran the entire length of the room and festoon lighting twinkled overhead. On the tables sat plenty of candlelight and greenery with hand painted cement bricks adding to the industrial feel of the styling, along with plenty of laser cut wooden details of course!

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The couple used their company TheMakeLab  to make most of the decor, explaining, “We took our wedding as a big creative project to push the limits of laser cut wedding stationary. We had at the end of it created our own save the dates, invites, bonbonnieres, table numbers, menus, wedding program, photo booth props, signage and customised a whole bunch of other things.” Guests received fragrance diffusers with personalised laser engraved lids, and a note “May your life leave a fragrance that lingers for generations.”

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The colour of salmon pink was injected through the decor, Bea noting, “As we are both architects who have spent most of our time in cities, we felt it an understatement that our wedding was to take on this theme of urban industrial with a splash of grey and salmon pink that represented the colours of the business that brought us together.”

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Of the first dance. Bea explains, “Once again, we wanted our dance to be FUN! We chose to dance to Etta James’ hit song At Last and worked with a friend who helped choreographed a simple fun piece for us. We were, at the time, slightly over ambitious and were looking up So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars for ideas. It was a lot of fun practicing, realising our Actual capabilities, and simply just putting ourselves out there. In saying that though, it was cause for a lot of unnecessary nerves that evening but we were in such a joyous mood we totally enjoyed the moment. Some guests were holding up their table numbers as scores when we took our last bow.”

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“We wanted the wedding to really represent us in as many ways as possible. One special detail would have to be the flash dance at the end of the night. We had selected a Kinect dance routine from Youtube and to our guests surprise played it while everyone was busy dancing on the dance floor. Then we all broke out in unison mimicking the routine for the full length of the song and was truly such an awesome time of spontaneous choreography.”

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Adrian Yap with Sean Jesudasen created an incredible, emotional film of the day.

Congratulations on your marriage Bea and Sam! Thank you sharing your day with us! Thank you to Jonathan Ong  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Cinematographer: Adrian Yap with Sean Jesudasen / Stylist: The Details Co / Bride’s Dress: Raffaele Cuica / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride's Mother / Flowergirl Dresses: Bride's Mother / Groom’s Attire: J Crew / Makeup Artist: Gloria Wong / Hairstylist: Tina Reverie / Flowers: Sophia Kueh / Venue: Cargo Hall / Ceremony Backdrop: Made by groom / Ceremony Officiant: Ps Neil Smith / All things laser cut (save the dates, invites, bonbonnieres, table numbers, menus, wedding program, photobooth props and signage)): TheMakeLab / Cake: Brunetti
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Sam & Michael’s Beautiful Classic Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sam & Michael

 This beautiful classic Brisbane wedding is a beautiful way to spend a day. The couple wanted timeless elements to their day, but added touches of difference with beautiful bouquets of herbs and greenery, personal touches like family photos and their favourite readings. I love when a couple stays true to who they are on their day. All beautifully captured by Just For Love Photography.

Oh how they met, Sam remembers, “We are true high school sweethearts, having been together for almost ten years, we know each other back to front. Neither of us can actually remember our first date, being that we were so young, but we admit that it probably had to do with a movie, some ice-cream and lots of giggling… from me of course!”

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Pepper and Archie created a simply elegant stationery suite to kick off the festivities.

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Stem Designs created the floral arrangements for the day, using plenty of greenery (including herbs) and white flowers to create trailing arrangements.

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Sam chose an elegant gown from Wendy Makin Bridal, noting, “I chose a beautiful classic long sleeve lace dress designed and made by the talented Wendy Makin. I wanted the dress to be a timeless classic and Wendy didn’t disappoint, making the process such an enjoyable experience!” Sam’s bridesmaids wore sage green gowns by Sheike.

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Our Lady of Victories in Bowen Hills

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There ceremony was held at Our Lady of Victories, Sam noting, “We were married in Our Lady of Victories, Bowen Hills and wanted to have a traditional church ceremony that felt warm and welcoming to our guests.”

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Groom in MJ Bale charcoal suit

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Our Lady of Victories Wedding Ceremony

Sam remembers, “We had one reading, a reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians as it has always been one of our favourite wedding readings!”

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“We received a phone call on the morning of the wedding to let us know that the Priest that we had done the rehearsal with the previous night had been in an accident while he was riding his motorcycle. He had ended up with a broken leg and was still in hospital, with only hours until our ceremony. Luckily the church had found us a replacement, funnily enough, the new Priest was a little hard to understand being that the church is also a Polish Pastoral Centre. Looking back on it the entire turn of events, we cannot help but laugh!”

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Just For Love Photography

Of their photographer, Sam remarks, “Our photographer Kylie from Just for Love Photography is amazing! We can’t say enough good things about her! She is professional, super talented and just an all round lovely person, who goes above and beyond for her clients. We are so glad we found her!”

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Sam tells, “We had our bridal party portraits taken around the stunning Kangaroo Point Cliffs and even some up on the iconic Brisbane Storey Bridge at dusk. It was such perfect Brisbane weather too!”

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Sam and Michael chose The Landing at Dockside for their reception. She tells, “I was the luckiest bride with a handful of wonderful vendors! A few standouts are, Just for Love Photography, Stem Design, Wendy Makin, Pepper & Archie, and The Foundation. My favourite part of wedding planning was meeting all the lovely people in the industry who love what they do!”

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Family photos decorated a corner of the reception, including, of course, a photo of the newlyweds in their high school years.

homemade Mango Chutney wedding favor

Guests each received a special handmade favor, the bride remarking, “A special detail that we wanted to include in the wedding was home made mango chutney as bomboniere. The 13 litres of chutney was made by the bride’s mother with mangoes from the my parent’s cattle property in north Queensland.”

Head table with greenery garland

Of their day’s style, Sam says, “We wanted it to be classic yet relaxed. This was achieved by white, gold & green in the colour scheme, whilst still allowing some elements to be more relaxed, like the unstructured nature of the bouquets.”

Wedding Speech at The Landing Dockside

Bridal table with greenery

Bridesmaid in Sage dress

Speeches at The Landing Dockside

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Of the first dance, Sam remembers, “Our first dance was to “Space They Cannot Touch” by Kate Miller-Heidke. It is a song we have both loved for many years and will now cherish forever.”

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Bridbane dance floor

Congratulations Sam and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Just For Love Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Just For Love Photography / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Hairstylist: Linda Watt / Makeup Artist: The Foundation / Flowers & Decor: Stem Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Pepper and Archie / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Victories / Reception Venue: The Landing at Dockside / Band: Chris Hutchison Music / Cake Baker: Hansel & Gretel Cakes

Five Gift Registries That Allow You To Register For Whatever You Like

by | Bride, Wedding Gifts


Continuing on with our gift registry roundups, today we’re rounding up five gift registries that allow you to register for whatever you like. If you’re a couple with a taste that doesn’t fit into an online store kind of box, or you’re looking to add items from many places to one registry for guests then this roundup is for you!

1. The Gift Aisle

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The Gift Aisle is an Australia (hooray) online gift registry which allows you to add items from anywhere – online stores and bricks and mortar stores. Sign up to get your own custom URL which you pass on to your guests, select your theme and customise it. Then, get uploading! To add an item to your registry, just upload a photo, fill out the description and you’re good to go. The Gift Aisle either allows guests to purchase the items directly or holds the contributions for you (allowing you to withdraw it) so that once the wedding is complete, you can buy those registry items.

What I Love:

I love that The Gift Aisle is an Australian based business with a team always available to help you out! Guests can also choose to buy the entire gift or just make a contribution.

2. Thankful Registry

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Thankful Registry is all about creating a registry that truly reflects you. The website allows you to add products from online stores that you love. A click on the gift idea, redirects guests to the product’s website, marking the item off your registry and providing your guest with your mailing address. You can also add items like honeymoon suggestions or house fund contributions.

What I Love:

The design – upload a photo of you and your beloved and it looks sleek, chic and well designed. Thankful also has a bookmarklet functionality, so when you’re cruising your favourite sites you can add items to your registry with a click of a button.

3. Envelope Registry

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Another Australian (hooray!) Envelope Registry revolves around the concept that asking guests for money can be awkward, so the website works off the idea that guests are gifting you moments. For instance, wish for a cooking class and guests can buy a meal, or two or three. Wish for fancy coffee and guests can contribute one cup or 100. The system has over 200 ideas for you to choose from. The funds are then collected by Envelope Registry who deposit them to you upon conclusion of your wedding.

What I Love:

With bonus points for being Australian, Envelope Registry also has a chic design which makes each registry look like a custom built website. I love that it allows guests to use your registry as a virtual guestbook and pulls in your wedding images via a hashtag for extra fun!

4. Not Another Toaster


Not another toast gift registry

Australian based Not Another Toaster does what it says on the tin! By allowing you to upload photos and descriptions of the products you love, guests are able to “buy” the items off the registry. Choose whatever products you like- from online and offline stores. The choice is yours! Not Another Toaster collects this lump sum for you and deposits it into your bank account soon after the wedding.

What I Love:

The live feed of recent purchases is slightly addictive to watch, but I also love that guests can buy via the website, fax or over the phone (because not everyone likes shopping online!).

5. Simple Registry

Simple Registry

Simple Registry allows you to simply create a registry that suits your needs. Add items from anywhere, split items into multiple contributions, create your custom URL and share away! Once the wedding is over, the money guests have given for gifts will be transferred to you (via Paypal for Australians). It really is that easy!

What I Love:

Simple Registry has a nifty mobile app that allows you to take photos of items and add them to your registry when you’re out and about. The added bonus of a bookmarklet means you can add directly from your browser too. Guests can even suggest gifts to add!

Paolo Sebastian The Nightingale Spring Summer 2015/16 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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“The Nightingale sings a song so sweet and true, pale moonlight draped upon her shoulders.”

Inspired by the enchanting nightingale, comes the Spring Summer 2015/16 collection from Australian designer Paolo Sebastian. The vintage charm of the collection holds true with the modern, dramatic fusion the designer is known for.

Shades of pewter, peony and copper enhance gowns with sheer detailing, layers of tulle, ornate embroideries, ombre and fringe detail and dramatic, regal capes. The gowns are whimsical. feminine and unique in their splendor. Designer Paul Vasileff hand sketched each of the embroideries himself, pushing himself to create a collection that showed fine craftsmanship and the most beautiful of couture elements. The designer inspired by “Folktales of the graceful nightingale whose song enchants all that hear it”.

Paolo Sebastian gowns are available from their Adelaide studio or stockists in New York and Singapore.

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