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Vintage Blue China Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Terri Hanlon Photography

I’m not sure about you, but these vintage blue and white plates hold so many memories for me and I love that this shoot is packed full of Vintage Blue China wedding ideas. I love the heritage homestead that is the background of this shoot, the richly toned blue paired back with simple pale pink, coral blooms and a garden picked feel. The layers of this inspiration shoot work so well together.

Today’s dream team of Terri Hanlon Photography, stylist & florist Green and Bloom, stationer Elly Hartley Designs, cake designer Gillian Bell Cake, gown designer When Freddie Met Lily hair and makeup artist Ashley Rose and prop hire business Prop It Pretty.

Shoot coordinator, Roberta of Green and Bloom explains the inspiration behind the shoot. “The styled shoot was inspired by a bygone era of opulence and glamour, featuring blue and white china, vintage crystal, pin tuck white linen, complemented with gorgeous garden styled blooms, romantic gowns, locally sourced organic desserts, set on a heritage protected property with the ‘Manson’ as the backdrop. The colours were keep soft and feminine, to ensure the blue and white china created a feature in the table setting.”

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Terri Hanlon Photography

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“Fresh, romantic, garden styled blooms were a feature element in the shoot with the model wearing a full head halo for one of the looks.”

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“The gowns were provided by When Freddie Met Lily, and created the perfect mix of vintage elegance through the Phoenix, Angle and Alexandra gown. The designs comprise of extraordinary French patterned lace, lavish full lace trains, beautiful bead work, lace sleeves, tulle skirts, encapsulating vintage perfection through modern designs.”

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Terri Hanlon Photography

Terri Hanlon Photography

“The setting for the shoot was a gorgeous heritage listed property in Marburg, known as ‘Woodlands of Marburg’ and displays the grandeur of a bygone era. Nestled on 250 acres of lush green gardens and rolling hills, Woodlands of Marburg was built in 1890, the picturesque Mansion is surrounded by beautiful Jacaranda trees and Bunya pines and history embedded in the heritage listed Mansion, Grotto, Vineyard, sweeping lawns, Sandstone Cellar. Andrew, the property’s pet Peacock also made an appearance for the shoot, walking past the styled tables more than once checking out what all the commotion was about.”

Terri Hanlon Photography

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Terri Hanlon Photography

Elly Hartley Designs created stationery to match the theme. “The colour palette for the stationery was soft, feminine and beautiful, featuring a vintage inspired floral pattern for all pieces created by Elly Hartley Designs. The navy tied in and complemented the blue and white china in the table setting. The stationery was printed on uncoated stock which created a beautiful, natural feeling and texture for the stationery items.”

Terri Hanlon Photography

Terri Hanlon Photography

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Terri Hanlon Photography

“The cake created by Gillian Bell Cake was soft and moist, melting in the mouth. The wedding cake was a vintage design featuring a two tier Elderflower scented butter cake simply finished with a dusting of icing sugar and elderflowers in a two tier bunt design. Ingredients are organic, locally sourced, with the Elderflower that garnished the top of the cake being grown in Gillian’s very own garden.”

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Roberta of florist Green and Bloom tells, “The flower style was beautiful soft and graceful blooms that included: David Austin Roses, Peonies, Delphinium, Lisianthus, Queen Anne’s Lace, Borage, and Hydrangea, reminiscent of a vintage English Garden.  Green and Bloom created all the flowers for the day, and featured flowers in the table setting in various different crystal vases, from bud sizes to large footed bowls.”

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Terri Hanlon Photography

“To complement the styling for the shoot and the model, the makeup was kept very natural, soft and glowy, keeping an emphasis the model’s porcelain tone skin looking flawless and effortless. Two different hair styles were created to complement the gowns with the first hair look aimed to keep the hair very soft and natural complemented with a fresh floral halo. The second hair look was ethereal with an old world feel with lots of texture and height. Ashley Rose created the looks to perfection.”

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Photographer: Terri Hanlon Photography / Other: Green and Bloom / Invitations & Stationery: Elly Hartley Designs / Cake Baker: Gillian Bell Cake / Other: When Freddie Met Lily / Other: Ashley Rose / Other: Prop It Pretty / Other: Woodlands of Marburg
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Tonia and Shane’s Modern Australian Bushland Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Tonia & Shane

When you plan a wedding from halfway across the world in your home country, it’s a special way of doing things – you’re coming home. Tonia and Shane, who live in Switzerland,  honoured their homeland with a beautiful modern Australian bush wedding. They embraced the bushland surroundings, spreading the rusty red natural blooms throughout their day and creating a relaxed but very family centric feeling to their day.  Bailie Photography was there to capture it all.

On how they met, Tonia tells “We met at a memorable party held by our good friend and best man, Mark, in Sydney (1998) while I was traveling with my sister Sandra.”

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Tonia remembers, “I loved the beautifully calm moments before the ceremony getting ready with Isabelle & Sandra (my bridesmaids) and the flowergirls, Maite and Julia when Christabel Draffin and Jayde Turner Ledwidge did our make-up and hair. Both Christabel and Jayde are really amazing.”

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Tonia wore a Flora by Lusan Mandongus  gown noting, “I am also immensely grateful for the advice of Olga and Léa of Belle En Blanc which helped me find the dress in the one and only wedding shop that I found the courage to visit. They also told us where to find bridesmaid dresses and the suit for Shane! That was great and saved so much time.”

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The wedding was held at Lilyvale, Royal National Park. Tonia remembering, “We decided to celebrate our wedding in Australia, to have both our families together in a place that we love: the Australian bush of the Royal National Park surrounded by native flowers. We also wanted a ceremony with time to breathe and to eat well and dance! Since we live overseas in Switzerland (we are a Swiss-Australian couple) and do not see our Australian friends and family often, and we wanted to be sure that we could share a beautiful day together. To have the time to dance or chat until we were tired and even to see our friends the next morning for a barbecue brunch. We were hoping for a wedding that was relaxed but still meaningful and beautiful.”

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Tonia walked down the aisle to Rameau Dardanus: Overture to Act 1; Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris. The couple’s love of fine music continued during the ceremony with Händel Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin In the Fields; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Guitar Music by Brazilian Guitarrist José Barrense Dias: Vuco Vuco and Niteroi. Mendelssohn Wedding March, Ernest Ansermet, L’Orchestra De La Suisse Romande all being played during the ceremony.

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Zoe Van Akker performed the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We are thankful to our celebrant Zoe who listened to us and helped us share our story with a beautiful ceremony that included my favourite composer Bach and the time to listen to the birdsong of the bush.”

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Of their photographer, Tonia says, “Bailie is lovely and makes you feel instantly comfortable. We really liked the natural shots he took during the ceremony and party.”

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“It was fantastic to have our one week old niece Charlotte be there together with Shane’s 97 year old Nana! This was really special for us.”

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Sharon’s Superb Slices created the wedding cake, Tonia telling, “We are so happy that Sharon, our sister in law’s sister helped us with the absolutely delicious wedding cake. Everyone loved it!”

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Form Over Function  planned, styled and executed the day (including creating the stationery and floral arrangements!). Tonia remembers “Honestly with the help of Alicia of Form Over Function  and our dear friends and family, the day surprised us in the most amazing way. Alicia was crucial to this by going with us through all the cliffs of the wedding preparation when you are on different continents and time zones, by knowing exactly what we meant and working so hard and efficiently that it totally exceeded our expectation on the day. This is one of the best choices we made – to work with Alicia and I can only recommend it! Whichever wedding you imagine, Alicia will help you make it happen! I cried when I saw my flowers: they were more beautiful than what I could have imagined.

The decoration was stunning, the food by R & R Catering just magnificent (we still rave about the duck confit) and we looooved Philip, our fantastic DJ (of Sydney Wedding DJs )!! He really played great stuff! We danced and just enjoyed the party!!”

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“So while the day went so quickly, we were so alive, so present, that it stays with us still. But first and foremost we feel blessed to have had this day in the presence of our loved ones: our friends and family who put in an immense effort to travel to be with us which touched us deeply. I hope that this blog might also let friends and family participate, who were with us in thought on the day, but on the other side of the planet.”

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Tonia tells, “We are not so much into DIY when it comes to details and arriving from overseas just before the wedding did not make this any easier. Thanks to my brother Simon, and his partner, Monica who crafted a fabulous cookbook with recipes supplied by each of our guests! No better souvenir as we love good food!”

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For their first dance, Tonia recalls, “We chose Could Die For You by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. We both love rock and this ballad captured a lot of our feelings for each other, while it was also possible for us to dance to without looking too silly. Here an excerpt of the lyrics: “Something inside the cards – I know is right – Don’t want to live – Somebody else’s life – This is what I want to be.”” Sydney Wedding DJs kept the dancing going all night long.

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Congratulations on your marriage Tonia and Shane! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Bailie Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Bailie Photography / Other: Form Over Function / Bride’s Dress: Flora by Lusan Mandongus / Bride’s Shoes: Elce, Geneva / Bride’s Jewelry: (Rings) Uwe Middel / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Belle En Blanc / Groom’s Attire: Canali / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling / Bridesmaid Dresses: NAF NAF / Other: Max Mara / Bridesmaid Shoes: Elce, Geneva / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Rings) Uwe Middel / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Necklace) Susanna Kuschek / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Necklace) Swatch Bijoux / Other: Twigs and Blossoms / Hairstylist: Jayde Turner Ledwidge / Makeup Artist: Christabel Draffin / Flowers & Decor: Form Over Function / Invitations & Stationery: Form Over Function / Other: Lilyvale, Royal National Park, Sydney / Ceremony Officiant: Zoe Van Akker (retired) / Catering: R & R Catering / Favors: Form Over Function / DJ: Sydney Wedding DJs / Cake Baker: Sharon's Superb Slices / Other: Wolfgang Middel

Susan and Jason’s Industrial Cocktail Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Susan & Jason

Susan and Jason approached their industrial cocktail style wedding day differently. They hired an apartment on Cockatoo Island and together they got ready, taking photographs on Cockatoo Island’s industrial style backdrop before heading across Sydney Harbour on a water taxi to greet their guests for an intimate and elegant wedding. I Love Wednesdays  was there to photograph their day as it unfolded.

Susan recalls the tale of how she and Jason met. “Jason & I met through my dear friend Jaye. Initially, Jaye was introduced to Jason for a blind date. There were no sparks for them, but they remained friends. One night, Jason invited Jaye to a karaoke he has organised and said she was welcome to bring friends. Jaye brought me. And the rest is history.”

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Susan chose a lace dress by Lover with silver shoes from Alan Pinkus AP Too collection.. The groom wore a suit by Uber Stone.

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Susan remembers on of her favourite moments of the day. “The morning of our big day. A fleet of vintage fighter planes flew over the Harbour bridge and then directly over our heads, whilst we were having breakfast on the deck of Cockatoo Island apartment.”

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Of their photographer, Susan tells, “We love our photographer Len. Her smiles and calming voice made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She made us laugh which really calmed out nerves.”

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The floral arrangements were created by Jason’s cousin Xavier Ho.

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After photographs, the couple returned to their apartment where the bride added a tulle over-skirt to her look, made by her dear friend, before hopping on a water taxi on their way to their wedding ceremony.

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The couple chose Cafe Morso as their wedding venue, Susan noting, “The ceremony & wedding was held at Cafe Morso. We fell in love with the place immediately over a casual Sunday brunch. The location was secluded and by the waters. The venue itself was charming & cosy. Food is exceptional.”

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“Our wedding aisle song was “Walk into this room” by Neneh Cherry and Ed Kowalczyk. Jason is a huge LIVE fan and we both really love this song. We feel it symbolizes our next chapter.”

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Robyn Pattison performed the marriage ceremony. Susan describing the day as “A super fun cocktail party with tranquil water views & delicious food.”

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The bride created a few handmade touches – a silk organza cone backdrop for the ceremony, lace bunting for the venue and cake and a thumb print guest book for guests to leave their mark. Jason made a Polaroid pin-up board from a discarded chalkboard he found on the side of the road. As their wedding cake, the couple chose a ricotta cake by Pasticceria Tamborrino.

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Congratulations Susan and Jason! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to I Love Wednesdays for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: I Love Wednesdays / Bride’s Dress: Lover / Other: Made by dear friends Caroline Ohn & Eva Choy / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus AP Too collection / Bride’s Jewelry: (Bracelet) Georg Jensen / Groom’s Attire: Uber Stone / Groomsmen Attire: Uber Stone / Bridesmaid Dresses: Fleur Wood / Bridesmaid Shoes: Hush Puppies / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Other: The bride / Other: Jason's cousin - the very talented Xavier Ho / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Other: Cafe Morso / Ceremony Officiant: Robyn Pattison / Favors: Sweet Spot Patisserie / Other: Ricotta cake by Pasticceria Tamborrino / Other: Percy Marks

Emily and Ben’s Autumn Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Emily & Ben

I love a good restaurant and I love Autumn so when this gorgeous Autumn restaurant wedding jumped into our inbox I was all over it! I love the gorgeous wedding of Emily and Ben – they added personal touches, they laughed, they danced and they even caught a fly away veil.  Emily & Ben chose Its Beautiful Here to capture their memories.

Emily and Ben tell the story of how they came to be. “Both having grown up in Melbourne, we met living in a share house in London. It took 6 months for Ben to make a move at a party and we feel like it’s been a party ever since. After a few more months in London we headed home to Melbourne and Ben proposed four years later.”

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Emily and her bridal party made the bouquets of tulips, using blooms from Tyabb Rose Farm . The bride remembering, “I was keen to reflect my Dutch roots with tulips in the bouquets and as my something blue, my cousin from the Netherlands bought little blue clogs to hang with my bouquet.”

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Emily wore a gown made by dressmaker Barbara Collinson while her bridesmaids wore lace dresses from Asos.

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As a special gift for his wife to be, Ben commissioned a watercolour map of all the places they visited together when they first met in London.

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The groom chose a suit from Country Road.

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Emily and Ben chose St Dominic’s Church, Camberwell, Emily’s family church for their ceremony.

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Of her walk down the aisle, Emily tells, “I surprised Ben walking down the aisle to an acoustic version of Paris by Friendly Fires, sung live in the church by a close friend of my sister. Friendly Fires was one of the first bands Ben and I saw together in London.”

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Many of the couple’s cousins performed readings during the ceremony – including a special prayer for Ben’s beloved Brisbane Lions.

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“Em’s brother had his own surprise in store when he set off firecrackers to mark the occasion as we left the church.”

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Emily tells, “A friend suggested our photographers, Its Beautiful Here, and after meeting the girls at a pub and talking about everything except wedding photos, we knew it would be a pretty good fit. Scout and Kat felt like friends along for the ride over the day. We don’t recall ever really posing for pics and felt like we went about our own fun day while they captured it all. We absolutely love the photos they took – a few traditional shots, many relaxed pics of us and friends laughing, action shots jumping in the air, sneaky pics when no one was looking and pics of our guests enjoying themselves that we may have otherwise missed. They make us smile every time we see them. If only we could do it again!”

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Emily and Ben remember, “After the ceremony the bridal party celebrated with bubbles and beers at The Olsen Hotel while we waited out the rain. After the rain cleared, we headed for photos at the Botanical Gardens – and we still think of the yellow tree as we go past now.”

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Emily tells, “I feel like we laughed all day – even in the church where family read both traditional and personal readings. The best thing was seeing a smiling face everywhere we looked.”

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“When taking photos in the factories the wind caught hold of Em’s veil lifting it four stories in the air. We all thought it was destined for the roof until a game of groomsmen markers up brought it safely back to earth.”

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Emily and Ben chose Church St Enoteca, Richmond for their reception.”

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For handmade details, Emily and Ben remark, “We kept it simple but were lucky to have some creative friends who designed the invites and created the fairy light PARTY sign.”

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Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne created a stacked tower of cheese as the couple’s “wedding cake” while  Emerald Hill Nursery and Florist, South Melbourne created bright floral arrangements for the reception tables.

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Emily and Ben remember, “We were so lucky to have so many of our favourite people in the same room with us, with guest’s traveling from interstate and internationally to share the day. Overall, we aimed to keep it to a simple theme of fun and dancing. This seemed to work as the dance floor had started before dinner was served and was full all night!” The couple chose Rutherford Entertainment for assured dance floor filling!

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“Music has been a big part of our lives so all the tables were named after our favourite bands – and our DJ played something from each one of them.”

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Of their first dance, Emily and Ben remember, “The first dance was dips, twists, spins and high fives to a mix of There is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths), with a short slip into No Sex for Ben (The Rapture), followed by Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris and Florence & the Machine) to get the dance floor started.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Its Beautiful Here for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Its Beautiful Here / Bride’s Dress: Dressmaker, Barbara Collinson / Bride’s Jewelry: Family jewels on loan / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Hairstylist: Browns Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Nicola Komada / Other: Tyabb Rose Farm / Other: Emerald Hill Nursery and Florist, South Melbourne Market / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by a close friend / Ceremony Venue: St Dominic’s Church, Camberwell / Ceremony Musicians: Danni Smarrelli / Reception Venue: Church St Enoteca, Richmond / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Other: Emerald Hill Deli, South Melbourne Market / Other: Not Another Toaster
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