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Kiara & Taner
I fall in love again with weddings each and every time we feature an engagement session and this one? Kiara & Taner’s Romantic Dandenong Ranges Engagement Photos has a lot of my favourite things. A love story of course, but with the backdrop of Autumn in the mountains and it’s fiery, rich colours. A table laden with flowers that looks so beautiful you could think it was a painting, calligraphy that acts as a finishing touch. Each and every piece of this engagement shoot has been styled beautifully to encapsulate the bride’s dream of “Enchanted beginnings”.
Qlix Photography teamed up with stylist and planner Miss Mooi at the beautiful Duneira to shoot the engagement photos of Kiara and Tanner. Stylist Stacey noting “Kiara being the hopeless romantic that she is totally believes in her happy ever after and has fortunately found that fairy tale kind of love with Taner. Kiara wanted to celebrate the magic of their love in a dreamy location similar to what you might find in your favourite fairy tale. It definitely called for an enchanting garden, a gorgeous royal tablescape and an abundance of pretty flowers with dreamy candles.
Kiara and Taner’s love blossomed on their many dates in the beautiful and picturesque gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, strolling the winding pathways leisurely while on romantic picnics. It was important that the location of the shoot capture the essence of their blossoming love story. Duneira was truly a perfect choice to capture the magic of their love and the beginning of their happily ever after.”
Of how they met, Kiara tells, “We met at work during our university internship three and a half years ago where we became friends. Taner proposed on our two year anniversary under the starry night sky.”
On what she loves about Taner, Kiara tells, “I love his charisma, charm, confidence and caring nature.”
Poppy Culture created the floral arrangements for the day. Greenery was accentuated with blooms in Autumn hues of peaches, apricots and coral reds.
On what he loves about Kiara, Taner remarks, “I love her comfort, her warmth, her smile and her eyes.”
Script Merchant Calligraphy cast magic script talent to create a backdrop filled with romance.
Ashleigh & Saurav
Oh the romance is palpable in the elegant country wedding of Ashleigh and Saurav. Choosing a country venue that they loved, the couple went forth with planning making sure to include elements from both of their respective cultures (Indian and American). They chose to infuse a sense of the rustic into their desire for a modern wedding style. Emma Holcroft from The Giddy Up Camera Club (along with second shooter Meg) were there to capture the beautiful day.
On how they met, the newlyweds tell. “We met when we were at Uni. I (Ashleigh) use to work in a blockbuster video where Saurav use to get his DVDs from. We were both attracted to each other but it took Saurav a while to ask me out for a date and here we are 9 years later happily married and starting a new chapter of our life together.”
Of her Wendy Makin wedding gown, Ashleigh tells, “It was a beautiful Wendy Makin gown, chosen for its simple yet elegant and timeless look. All of my bridesmaids and Mother visited a number of bridal stores with me before we found the right dress. We had such wonderful service at Wendy Makin from the first visit until the last fitting.”
The couple settled on country venue Yandina Statio for their wedding, remembering, “We visited a number of venues before selecting Yandina Station. After taking a tour of the property we knew that we wanted to be married under the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It had character, was open and natural and didn’t feel staged.”
Ashleigh walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”.
Jay Flood of Noosa Style Ceremonies officiated the ceremony, Ashleigh remembering, “Our ceremony took place in the afternoon and we wanted it to be light, fun and relaxed. The most important thing to us was that we were surrounded by our family and friends sharing one of the most important moments of our lives.”
Ashleigh’s bridesmaids wore purple gowns from BHLDN while the groom and groomsmen had their suits tailor made in India.
Of their photographers, Ashleigh remembers, “Emma and Meg were amazing. They captured our day and so many candid moments without us even noticing.”
Brisbane Market Flowers created bright and bold floral arrangements for the wedding, Ashleigh telling, “It was important to bring aspects of both cultures together. We had an assortment of vibrant floral arrangements for the tables to incorporate the lively colours of Indian culture. The dessert table was filled with an assortment of pies and baked goods to bring in the American feel to our wedding.”
The wedding favors doubled as place cards and were made by family, and placed into paper bags with coloured buttons.
“The food and level of service of staff that Yandina Station provided was absolutely superb. We had so many compliments from our guests.”
Of their first dance, Ashleigh remembers, “We danced to Ben Folds Five ‘The Luckiest’.”
“The dance floor was pumping with a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood music which we all enjoyed.”
Congratulations on your marriage Ashleigh & Saurav ! Thank you so much for sharing your stories and a big thank you to The Giddy Up Camera Club for sharing today’s wedding with us!
Hello midway point of the year! How did we arrive here? I can’t even believe it! With a halfway point comes thoughts of how the rest of the year will plan out. So many weddings coming up! So many celebrations!
Let’s take a minute to catch up on the week that was, after all we can’t go forward without acknowledging the present!
Caramel. chocolate and walnut? The Grain Bar’s Walnut Derby is the perfect cocktail for your Winter weekend!
Our favourite Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings for lovers of all things chic and, well, pear!
What does one wear to a wedding that needs a great look that isn’t too formal? Check out Stewart’s groom style!
Matt Rowe Photography shares his favourite wedding vendors!
Pack up your tropical honeymoon essentials!
Heart Pie Pops! The most delicious treat for your belly tonight, or for your wedding guests at midnight.
Heading to the UK for your honeymoon? You have to visit London’s Uber Chic Ham Yard Hotel
Want a crisp clean font for your wedding stationery? Meet Brenta in this week’s Tuesday Type.
We love an amazing wedding cake an thoroughly enjoyed our chat with Lynette Mary of Cakes2Kreate
Triple R Luxury Car Hire are adding a bevvy of beautiful vintage cars to their fleet! First up is a one of a kind Burgundy and Silver 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith (This car was part of a museum collection from Tasmania and has been painstakingly restored back to its former glory). Classic not for you? The peachy pink tones of the 1967 Citroen DS21 (above) are perfect for a couple with a sense of bohemian wedding style who still love their cars (this car starred in “The Goddess of 67″ with Rose Byrne). Visit the website to inspect for yourself!
Summerfields Country House are holding an open day this Sunday, 5th of July. There will be lots of lovely wedding vendors there to show off the venue and what they do, prizes, champagne and special offers for those who book their wedding on the day! Check out their Facebook page for more.
Sarah Janks is holding a sample sale from August 7th-August 9th 2015. Select samples will be heavily reduced and it’s a great time to pick up a beautiful gown! Make your appointment by calling (02) 9969 9269
South Australian venue Inglewood Inn are holding a taste night on the 9th of July for couples to come along and taste their wedding menus! Couples will be able to enjoy a three course degustation menu (redeemable from a wedding booking) and a lovely, romantic night! Check the website for more details.
Frasers Restaurant Group in WA are holding another Wedding Lounge event, this time at BWG’s Bluewater Room. Kick off the night with an educational seminar from one of the group’s wedding coordinators before asking all your burning questions in smaller interactive vendor sessions. Try food and wine from the new function menus, win prizes and have a great night out! To book, visit this website.
For our film of the week, we love this one from High Tea Films captured in Port Stephens. It’s such a fun and colourful day with so much love (I love the dancing down the aisle!)