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Sarah & Logan’s Rustic Glam Graciosa Byron Bay Wedding

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

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Sarah & Logan

A certain beachside town holds a lot of love for a lot of people. Beautiful beaches, amazing food and an amazing holiday atmosphere mean that most of us hold this little village in our hearts. Sarah and Logan chose Byron Bay for their rustic glam Graciosa Byron Bay Wedding – citing the beautiful venue with it’s rolling hills as ” luxurious with a relaxed and rustic feel”. The couple chose The Follans to capture their day.

The couple has one of those serendipitous stories that led them together, even though they grew up almost next door. Sarah remembers “We met through a mutual friend and one of my bridesmaids (Kelly), little did we know that we actually shared several friends and friendship circles. Further, it turned out we grew up only a little over a kilometre apart.”

Sarah chose a lace gown from Heirloom Bridal, telling “It was a slim line, simple, low back with beautiful lace. I searched everywhere and tried on a million dresses but couldn’t find the one I pictured. I eventually printed out some photos and met Kate who is the sweetest person. Kate is truly talented and she brought my dream wedding dress to life.”

Sarah and Logan chose Graciosa Byron Bay for their wedding, Sarah remembering “Graciosa Byron Bay is gracefully set on a high hill overlooking rolling green fields and Bangalow town, the farmhouse and 79-acre property is grand, luxurious with a relaxed and rustic feel. What made us fall in love with the venue was the giant natural bamboo archway that felt like an outdoor cathedral, the minute we walked under it, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. And to top it off there was rustic barn as a blank canvas to create the reception of my dreams.”


Sarah walked down the aisle to Teneriffe Sea by Ed Sheeran, sung acoustically by Adam Harpaz.

Nathan Crouch  officiated the ceremony, of which Sarah tells “We wanted the ceremony to be relaxed but have traditional elements. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other, it was very emotional and Andrew our photographer captured it all on camera particularly Logan wiping tears from his eyes!”

Of their photographer, Sarah remarks “Andrew from ‘The Follans’ was our photographer. What an amazing person and photographer! He was professional and organised in the lead up to the wedding and on the day. Logan and I both don’t like having our picture taken at the best of times let alone 1000 on your wedding day. Andrews relaxed approach made us feel comfortable in front of the camera creating beautiful photos that will last a lifetime. I have already recommended him to friends!”

Sarah and Logan hired plenty of talent for their day – Byron Bay Weddings planned the day, The French Petal created the floral arrangements, The Wedding Shed  provided the rentals and Fig Tree Catering created the sit down feast. Sarah remembers “Estelle from The French Petal did all of the floral design for the day- WOW WOW WOW she is one talented sweet lady, the hanging greenery and garlands of flowers in our reception was truly breathtaking. Byron Bay Weddings helped us plan and prepare for our big day. Emily the wedding coordinator in the lead up to the day and Dave the coordinator on the day did an incredible job. The day ran seamlessly with everything falling into place, there really wasn’t one hiccup, I couldn’t speak higher of them both as people and the professionalism of Byron Bay Weddings.”

Sarah made sure to pay homage to the special people in her life unable to be present. “I created a ‘wish you were here’ table with pictures of grandparents and loved ones who couldn’t be with us on the day. I also wore my late Grandmother’s engagement ring around my bouquet so she could be close to me on the day. The ring was Sapphire and diamond which was meant as my something old, borrowed & blue!”

Guest took home mini jars of honey from Kelly Beans Bomboniere. Sarah telling “We had  LOTS of details – the wedding really was a year in the making, I bought bits and pieces from $2 stores, online, Ebay, Etsy. I bought and hired decorations for the table settings, reception, gift table and lounge area.”

The couple chose Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance, the bride explaining”The song always reminded us of each other when we heard it playing, we went to the Ed Sheeran concert and danced to this song in the rain.”

Sarah and Logan chose Outerpath Films, the gorgeous outdoor celebration captured magically.

Congratulations on wedded bliss Sarah and Logan! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to The Follans for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: The Follans / Cinematographer: Outerpath Films / Wedding Planner: Byron Bay Weddings / Bride's Dress: Heirloom Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Carvela / Bride's Jewellery: Swarovski / Groom's Attire: Joe Black / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Joe Black / Groomsmen Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Coastal Brides / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Borgo / Flowers: The French Petal / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Connection / Venue: Graciosa Byron Bay / Hire Items: The Wedding Shed / Ceremony Officiant: Nathan Crouch / Ceremony Musicians: Adam Harpaz / Favors: Kelly Beans Bomboniere / Catering: Fig Tree Catering / Cake: Marie Luxenford / Wedding Ring: The Diamond Centre / Wedding Ring: Toren Brothers
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Micy & Jay’s Decadent Bram Leigh Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Micy & Jay

Micy and Jay’s decadent Bram Leigh wedding was inspired by their combined love of vintage, glamorous eras gone by. They wanted their day to be full of love, happiness and, most importantly, their families. The couple officially wed two weeks prior to their actual wedding day in Jay’s parents’ backyard. His father was unwell and they wanted to share this particular moment with him in an intimate, special way. They chose Georgia Verrells to capture their wedding day, in all its glory.

Micy says of how they met, “When I was in year nine, I had moved from the Western suburbs to Caulfield and attended Glen Eira College where I walked into the same class as Jay. Funnily enough, just a couple of years ago his friend at the time wrote to me asking me if I knew the story of how Jay turned to him that day and said “I’m going to marry her one day” when I had walked into his classroom. We became friends, and then started seeing each other when we were 18.”

Jay chose a navy blue suit from Bossini for his wedding day attire, and for his groomsmen. He wanted that old school glam look for his day, complete with a dapper black bow-tie.

“My dress was covered in pearls,” says the bride. “I chose it because I love the glitz and glam of the 20’s through to the 50’s. I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to be covered in sequins, so I decided I would wear pearls. My close friend, Kate Peta, helped me with makeup for the bridesmaids, and  Kaysi Rawiri from Makeupkays, Jay’s cousin, flew over from New Zealand to attend our wedding and did the hair for myself and for my bridesmaids.”

The couple held their wedding at the glorious Bram Leigh Receptions in Melbourne, and the bride and her bridal party arrived at the chapel in an entourage of glamorous vintage cars. “Always Classic Cars supplied the 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom 5,” explains the bride. “One of our good friends, Dennis Yates, supplied the 1953 Bentley R Type and we also used Jay’s 1969 Mercedes 280SE.” The bridal party’s opulent bouquets were created by Dahlia Fandango, and complimented the blush pink tone of the bridesmaids. 

The bride walked down the aisle to a cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Juliana Chahayed to her waiting groom. “We wanted our ceremony to remind us why we love each other, and how important it is to acknowledge the work we put in and the components that make a healthy relationship work,” Micy explains. “We have two children together, and we are more in love than we have ever been. Dawn Nance, our celebrant, had us to write five things that we love about each other a few months before the wedding without the other knowing. She then read them out at the ceremony, which was so beautiful to hear.”

One of their readings was, “Marriage is… Marriage is a dynamic process of discovery. Marriage is a journey, not an arrival. In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person. Marriage is starting to love over and over again. Marriage is a life’s work. Marriage is an art and like any creative process it requires active thought and effort. We have to learn how to share on many different levels. We need to practice talking from the heart and understanding attitudes as well as words. Giving generously and receiving graciously are talents that are available to anyone, but all these skills need to be developed if the marriage picture that we paint is to be anything approaching the masterpiece intended…”

Of their photographer, Georgia Verrells, Micy says, “I love the story telling feel she captures. She was so relaxed and accomodating. There were a lot in my bridal party, and she didn’t stress or fuss one bit. She was so lovely, and made the experience wonderful.”

The bride says their stylist, Belle from The Fourth Estate, was just amazing! “She took care of the venue and everything was just perfect! She was so lovely, and also styled the small ceremony we held two weeks earlier in Jay’s parents’ backyard.”

A special moment for the couple was when Jay’s uncle and aunt, along with the Hakka group, performed The Kappa Hakka and other traditional songs, which they said was just breathtaking, and so meaningful to both of them.

“Our first dance song, which was a cover of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”, was sung by our cousin Kobe White,” Micy remembers. “Kobe sang this song that we dedicated to my father in law. It was so beautiful and heartfelt. Also, our 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son danced together to this song with us. Our kids getting up and dancing with us was an absolute highlight, forever embedded in my heart.”

Congratulations Micy and Jay! Thank you to Georgia Verrells and the lovely couple for sharing their beautiful day with us!

Photographer: Georgia Verrells / Second Shooter: Daniel Jorgensen / Videographer: William Aung / Styling: Belle at The Fourth Estate / Bride's Dress: Unknown / Bride and Bridesmaid Shoes: Lipstik Shoes / Bride and Bridesmaid Jewellery: Colette Hayman / Hairstylist: Makeupkays / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Micy / Makeup Artist: Kate Peta HMUA / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bossini / Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Payless Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Inc / Flowers: Dahlia Fandango / Venue: Bram Leigh Receptions / Ceremony Officiant: Dawn Nance / Ceremony Musicians: Kobe White / Ceremony Musicians: Tayla Bennett-Hullin Music / Reception Music: Peniti Benz / Cake: Just One Bite / Photo Booth: Dreamy Photo Booth / Rings: Bevilles / Transport: Always Classic Cars

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

by | Bride, Flowers, Wedding Inspiration

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Every year, the colour authority Pantone releases their colour of the year and every year it gives brand new ideas and fun colour combinations to play with. I have to say, this year’s choice of “greenery” may just be one of my favourites!

I love greenery, especially when it comes to weddings, something about the natural tone becomes almost a neutral, and looks beautiful paired with almost any colour. Garlands of foliage and herbs en masse are some of my favourite ways to decorate a wedding. Today I’m sharing seven fun colour combinations with greenery – all embracing it in it’s many shades.

Copper & Greenery

Photo by Amy MacKay via Peach & Copper Wedding Ideas

Metallics make greenery take on a touch of glam. So on trend is the shimmering shades of copper (beautifully combined with peach in the above photo), but I also adore the warmth of gold or modern feel of silver. Definitely fun for a wedding with a bit if sparkle!

Blush & Greenery

Photo by Louisa Bailey via Pip & Brendan’s Stones of the Yarra Valley Autumn wedding

Beautiful blush is always a favourite and the beautiful feminine shade gives such a softness to greenery when combined. I love blush with greenery in Spring or warmer weather where it gives a look that is all about the warmth of the season.

Red & Greenery

Photo by Jessica Prince Photography via Alana & James’ Italian Style Abbotsford Convent Wedding

For something superbly bold, why not consider red with greenery? Deep raspberry tones, beautiful marsala or bright cherry reds all work beautifully with greenery. The key to giving it more of a loose, organic look and take away the structure is to work with different blooms and different shades of the dominant colour. Think dahlias with roses and greenery of different textures.

Citrus & Greenery

Photo by Mavis Jean Photography via  Amanda & Adam’s Tasmanian Winter Wedding

Citrus is such a fresh pairing with greenery. I love the brightest of oranges for something bold or more mellow mango shades. This is one of those colour combinations that translates to all seasons – the fresh pops of colour together lending an unexpected, fun aspect.

White & Greenery

Photo by Kait Photography via Ebony & Heath’s Elegant Australian Country Wedding

White with greenery has to be the most classic of combinations and is a beautiful way to add flowers to greenery without losing the beautiful natural vibe that greenery adds. I love beautiful, unusual shapes like dahlias and poppies – but classic shapes like roses give greenery a more traditional feel.

Taupe & Greenery

Photo by Bobby & Tide via Sweet Lorde Industrial Spring Bridal Inspiration

The earthy tone of taupe seems to suit greenery beautifully and plays back to an all neutral colour scheme. I love the simple, organic combination this brings to life – one that suits a beautiful modern occasion.

Black & Greenery

Photo by Sorrento Weddings via Black & White Ocean Bridal Ideas

I love classic black with greenery. The soft, natural beauty of Mother Nature softens dramatic black, while allowing the black to remain a statement. I love this colour combination for black tie weddings or evening celebrations.

Jessica & Benjamin’s Relaxed Queensland Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jessica & Benjamin

The rolling green hills of the Australian countryside is something that even gets the most urbanised heart beating a little faster and this relaxed Queensland farm wedding from the lovely Adriana Watson certainly had us dreaming of sunsets and long country walks. Jessica and Benjamin met through mutual friends at high school and spent many a wonderful year together before the scene was set for their wedding at Ben’s family farm.

Jessica chose a beaded gown designed by Anna Campbell , noting “My dress was by Anna Campbell – I picked it because it just felt like me. I liked that it was soft falling, had an elegant vintage, bohemian feel and was SUPER comfortable to wear. It took only 30 minutes of wedding dress shopping to decide on my dress! My veil was my great grandmother’s which she wore for her wedding in 1927, so it was very special to be able to wear it. I kept my jewellery simple as the dress had a fair amount of embellishment – stud earrings that matched the bridesmaids, and my late grandmother’s pearls around my wrist – she was very special, and it meant a lot to have a part of her with me.”

Jessica and Ben married at Ben’s family farm, explaining “We chose Ben’s parent’s property because it felt meaningful to get married at a place that we call home and is special to us. It is also a beautiful location with views of the Glasshouse Mountains, Moreton Bay and the Mt Mee area. We had our ceremony and reception in the same place. Having our wedding at home helped to make everything feel really comfortable, relaxed and intimate. We were able to personalise everything to reflect ‘us’ which we loved. Having our wedding at home also meant we had more freedom in what we did, how the day ran, and meant we didn’t have time restrictions on when the night finished.”

Jessica walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea.

David Ayling officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted our ceremony to be meaningful but also light-hearted. We wrote our own vows so they were unique to each other which was pretty special, and made sure to include a good mix of humour and seriousness.”

“All our vendors were wonderful! They were all so easy to work with and provided amazing work. I would highly recommend them all! We received SO MANY compliments on our beautiful photos, stunning floral arrangements, the spectacular marquee, the most divine food, and our extremely talented and wonderful musician!”

Of their photographer, Jessica tells “Our photographer was Adriana Watson… she is amazing!! Adriana is a very calm and warm person who made both Ben and I feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Her work is very natural and real which we loved, and she captured our wedding beautifully just as it was. ”

“Our essentials for guests – good people, good food and drinks (and plenty of both), and a good dance floor/music. At the end of the day, most guests don’t remember the fine little details or how elaborate certain things are – but they will remember how much they enjoyed themselves! If guests are hungry, thirsty or unable to relax and have fun – that will be the main thing they remember! For us – we also wanted the above!”

The wedding was packed full of handmade touches, Jessica noting “We arranged and styled the ceremony and reception ourselves the day before our wedding. We used simple things like a wooden crate for the wishing well, my Dad made our arbour for the ceremony, and we added little personal touches including a photo book I made with photos from every guest’s own wedding. The photo book was lots of fun for everyone to look through and reminisce… or have a laugh!”

Of their first dance, the bride remembers “Our first dance was to La Vie en Rose. We just liked how simple the song was and the meaning is very sweet. La Vie en Rose means ‘Life in pink’ and is about being in love and seeing everything as rosy and cheerful.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Adriana Watson for sharing today’s beautiful wedding with us!

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Photographer: Adriana Watson / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridal Salon: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride's Shoes: Nude Footwear / Bride's Jewellery: Pandora / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom's Tie/Bowtie: Myer / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman / Groomsmen Tie/Bowtie: Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pandora / Hairstylist: Sara Fox / Makeup Artist: Boudoir Blush / Flowers: Willow Bud Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Sunshine and Confetti / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: David Ayling / Ceremony Musicians: Nick Koschel / Marquee: Events In Tents / Hire Items: Events In Tents / Band: Nick Koschel / Favors: Soupcan / Favors: Cake n Candy / Catering: Safe Hands Catering / Cake: Tome / Wedding Ring: Angus and Coote