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Nicole and Josh’s Golden Hour Jewish Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,

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Nicole & John

There is a beautiful sense about Nicole and John’s golden hour Jewish wedding in Western Australia. Not only do I love golden hour for it’s beautiful, glowing light, but it also has a sense of magic. A sense of the day being done and a celebration of what is ahead. They chose Tanya Voltchanskaya to capture their day.

“We have known each other since we were 15. As we got older, we grew closer. At some point something shifted and there was a spark. There was much debate as to whether it was worth risking our friendship. We knew it wouldn’t be the same if things didn’t work out and we shared all the same friends. Once we got together we knew it was right & we haven’t looked back.”

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Nicole chose a wedding gown from Fara Couture, noting, “I was never a bride who dreamed of their wedding day. Josh & I knew from day dot that we would always end up married, we just didn’t view our relationship as a marathon. One week after we got engaged I was searching the internet for bridal stores in Perth. I was instantly drawn to the dresses and photography on Fara’s website and called to make an appointment for that day. I went in not knowing exactly what I was looking for however knew numerous things I didn’t want!

As I went through my list with Fara she sketched away, intermittently hopping up to show me a fabric or style or cut from her couture gowns. After a 30 minute appointment, she turned the sketchpad around and showed me the perfect dress. Deposit down, dress tick.”

Fara Couture lace wedding dress

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Flowergirl with olive leaf crown

Vintage white wedding car

The bridal party traveled in cars from Bellagio Limousines.

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The couple chose Bluewater Grill for their ceremony and reception noting, “We selected the venue due to the beautiful panoramic view of Perth’s Swan River. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the same place. The ceremony took place on the grassed area in front of Blue Water Grill in Applecross and the reception was held under the stars at the restaurant.”

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Nicole notes, “This golden hour ceremony had a quiet, traditional first meeting with close family and friends before the formal ceremony commenced. It was a traditional Jewish ceremony by the riverside in Applecross, with the beautiful golden hour sunlight streaming in, surrounded by family and laughter.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to a traditional song sung by a male acapella choir.

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While Twigged created most of the floral arrangements for the day, but the couple did a lot of the reception direction themselves with the jars each from a collection of Nicole’s friends, the table runners sewn by Nicole’s mum and candle holders inherited from a family member’s wedding.

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Nicole notes, “The most important thing for us was that we finally got married and were able to share it with our friends and family. Good food and wine and a beautiful view always helps!”

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The dancing kicked off straight away, the bride noting, “There was no first dance, however the moment we arrived at reception the crowd and live band burst into traditional song and dance and brought the party to life.” Nicole’s brothers were a part of the band playing double bass and piano.”

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In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, The Re Store created a cake of cheese wheels.

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The bride surprised her groom by singing to him instead of giving a verbal speech.

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Congratulations on your marriage Nicole and Josh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Tanya Voltchanskaya for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Tanya Voltchanskaya / Assistant Photographer: Joel Crane / Bride’s Dress: Fara Couture / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings from Tayha Designs / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Esteban's in Whatley / Makeup Artist: Yvette Gray / Flowers: Twigged / Venue: Bluewater Grill / Ceremony Officiant: Rabbi Freilich / Cheese Cake: The Re Store / Transport: Bellagio Limousines / Wedding Rings: Jewell-Mend 08) 9381 9164
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Soft & Romantic Country House Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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There is nothing more gorgeous come Spring than a wedding filled with beautiful trailing flower arrangements and beautiful colours. Today’s inspiration shoot – a soft and romantic country house wedding inspiration combines the best of both peach and pinks with beautiful flowers, stunning tablescapes and a beautiful country house venue to inspire you for your own big day.

An amazing team of Qlix Photography, Blooming Love EventsBryony CarterBasia Puchalski Floral DesignPoppy JeanSweet BakesLemontree CalligraphyAnna CampbellStephanie Lingoh and May VL Makeup took to the stunning Summerfields Countryhouse & Estate to create a shoot inspired by the grand country mansion.

Stylist Blooming Love Events tells, “When I first set foot in Summerfields, it was love at first sight. The grand country mansion surrounded by rolling pastures, lush garden, and an ornamental lake, had me envisioning a romantic, elegant yet relaxed and informal outdoor wedding. The rose arbour area that I picked as the shoot location had been a popular ceremony spot at Summerfields, but when I was standing under the arbour looking at the serene, picturesque lake view in front of me, I said to myself ‘it could be an amazing alfresco dining spot too!’

Going for something small-scale but packed with beautiful details, I decided to have a dining table adorned by flowing floral centrepiece, blush silk runner, gold candlesticks; and a flower clad vintage dresser to display not one but a trio of mini cakes. Keeping with the vision to create an atmosphere that is soft, romantic and classically beautiful, I chose a light and airy colour palette of pale peach, blush pink and cream.”

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Photographer: Qlix Photography / Concept & Styling: Blooming Love Events / Venue: Summerfields Countryhouse & Estate / Model: Bryony Carter / Flowers: Basia Puchalski Floral Design / Furniture & Prop Hire: Poppy Jean / Prop Hire: Blooming Love Events / Cakes: Sweet Bakes / Calligraphy: Lemontree Calligraphy / Gowns: Anna Campbell / Hairstylist: Stephanie Lingoh / Hairstylist: May VL Makeup

Megha and Adam’s Waterside Indian Australian Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,

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Michelle Kiddie Photography

Megha & Adam

Megha and Adam were very conscious of including both of their cultural heritages as they planned their waterside Australian Indian wedding. It turned into a three day celebration of colour and culture with 170 guests, a Hindu ceremony (complete with preceding Mendhi and Vidhi ceremonies) a western civil ceremony and plenty of in between moments that last forever. They chose Michelle Kiddie Photography to capture it all.

On how they met, the newlyweds tell. “As so many other couples we know, we met in the small outback mining town of Mount Isa. We met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party – as Adam recounted later in his reception speech, he impressed Megha with his mad barbecuing skills! On paper we seem to be the most unlikely couple – the outdoorsy NRL-loving QLD fella with the bookish AFL-loving WA girl, but we quickly found we actually had many common interests and our relationship developed from there. Adam proposed on a warm November evening at the Granites watching a classic Mount Isa sunset. Megha was completely surprised as she thought Adam was getting cheese out of the esky, not a ring he’d designed himself! She took some time to stop crying but then of course said yes.”

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The day started for the bride with mendhi (henna) and vidhi ceremonies.

Bride being carried with haldi paste

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Megha’s mother purchased saris for her and her bridesmaids while in India. She tells, “I chose to wear a sari for the wedding ceremony, it just felt more like ‘me’. But I didn’t have enough time to go to India to choose one myself. Mum stepped in and offered to get one for me, along with the bridesmaid saris. I issued many strict instructions, and of course mum ignored most of them. She came back with a sari that was completely different to what I had expected and – I loved it!

I loved the print of the gold on white and the rich note the maroon added. I loved the thickness and luxury of the fabric. And mostly, I loved that my mum had chosen this sari just for me because she thought it would make me feel and look beautiful. I changed into a lighter outfit for the reception, a skirt and top that I would feel more comfortable in for dancing up a storm. Mum also chose this and it was pretty special –a gorgeous colour combination of navy blue and pink (tying in with my bridesmaids and Adam and his groomsmen) and with intricate gold embroidery.”

Wedding ceremony at Old Mandurah Yacht Club

The wedding ceremony was held at Old Mandurah Yacht Club – also the site of Megha’s 21st ten years ago!

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Megha and Adam note, “We didn’t want to adopt too many DIY projects as we were organising the wedding from the other side of the country. The biggest one we took on was doing all the flowers ourselves. I felt so lucky to have supportive family members and friends who were keen to help and saw this as part of the fun and not a chore.

We had a great time sitting on mum and dad’s lounge room floor chatting away surrounded by newspapers, leaves and beautiful blooms. My bridesmaids made their own bouquets, my aunt made the rose garlands for the Hindu ceremony, I made the corsages, my sister and cousin created the flower curtain backdrop and a whole pile of aunts did the reception table flowers on the morning of the wedding.

A few days before the wedding my parents’ neighbour was pruning her rose garden and generously collected up all the flowers for the guests to use as a petal toss after the ceremony. The red rose petals looked and smelt amazing and were such a colourful addition to our processional. In the week before the wedding my cousin and I also made the fabric strip backdrop for the cake table.”

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Bride being carried down the aisle at Indian wedding

Megha was carried down the aisle to the 1952 classic ‘You Belong to Me’. She notes, “Our incredibly talented guitarist Trevor Jalla did a beautiful cover reminiscent of Jason Wade. We chose this song thinking of all the amazing things we’ve seen travelling, but that nothing beats the feeling of coming home to each other.”

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Mother of bride with groom at Indian Wedding

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Bride and groom at Indian Wedding

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The couple wanted their ceremony to be a blend of both cultures, noting, “We wanted our wedding to include both a Hindu ceremony and a civil ceremony, and a seamless transition from one to the other (no costume changes or venue changes etc.). Our fantastic priest and civil celebrant (Sylvia Gomersall) were fully supportive of our vision, encouraging us to make the ceremonies relevant to our relationship. We provided explanations of the Hindu ceremony for our guests in the wedding program, so they could understand the meaning behind each ritual and why we had included it. We chose to read the traditional vows in the civil ceremony, as they best reflected the commitment we were making to each other forever.”

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Megha and Adam note, “All our vendors truly were fantastic. They quickly answered our random questions during the wedding planning process, helped line up other vendors and all seemed genuinely interested in making our celebration exactly how we wanted it. This included helping us create the perfect ceremony program, learning a special song for Megha to walk down the aisle to, tracking down our favourite Prosecco for the sparkling toasts, and then helping us remember all the love and joy with sensitive, beautiful photography and cinematography.”

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The newlyweds tell, “Most of the day seems a blur but there are certain moments that stick in our minds. Megha’s dad’s face when he first saw her in her sari. Both our mums in tears as we walked back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs. Eating rainbow paddlepops with friends we’d had for years and feeling nostalgic while ice cream ran down people’s arms.

Having a quiet moment just the two of us under the historic Old Mandurah Bridge, singing our first dance song to each other, while our photographer and cinematographer faded into the background. Clambering over rocks in the rain for photos with our wonderful bridal party – including a 7 month pregnant maid of honour – and actually laughing about it.

Adam’s dad, who is normally a man of very few words, making an incredibly heartfelt and moving speech sharing his love for Adam and welcoming Megha into the Jensen family. And finally, leaving the reception and realising we hadn’t organised a way to get to our hotel for the night – so we climbed into the back of our friend’s rental car amongst the baby car seat and they dropped us off!”

Groom with groomsmen

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Bride and groom

Of their photographer, the bride and groom note “Our photographer Michelle worked so hard all weekend to catch the special moments that we didn’t even know were happening at the time – not only is her photography aesthetically gorgeous but her background as a journalist really shone through as well in our photos.”

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Bride in sari with groom in suitMichelle Kiddie Wedding Photography

Wedding photo display

Buses then took the guests to the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club for drinks and canapés overlooking the marina. The bride and groom note, “The rain held off for long enough before everyone moved indoors for the sit down reception. In the weeks before our wedding my maid of honour got in touch with family and friends that had rsvp’d that they wouldn’t be able to come. She asked them to send her a photo of themselves with a message for the newlyweds – Jane printed these out and they were strung up at the ceremony and reception so we could see the people we loved who were there in spirit if not in person.”

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Red rose and candle wedding centrepieces

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Wedding entrance at Indian Wedding

Megha and Adam describe the wedding as, “Colourful, chaotic love! We knew from the start we wanted to join both our backgrounds in the celebrations. We also wanted to take advantage of the traditional three-day Indian wedding format to have multiple opportunities to catch up with family and friends – and not trying to cram in chats with 170 people just at the reception.”

Dance between newlyweds at Australian Indian Wedding

Megha remembers, “Our first dance was to the immortal ballad ‘All I want is you’ by U2. A song we knew practically off by heart, and when dancing at the reception could pretend we were slow dancing in our kitchen together while cooking dinner. We had no choreographed moves, just a gentle sway going on – until my dad decided that was enough and cut in to steal me from Adam. We were stoked to see this then become a free for all on the dancefloor.”

First dance at Australian Indian weddingFather duaghter dance

 

Dancing at Australian Indian wedding

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Bride dancing at Indian Wedding

Matthew Bettinaglio of Direct Films captured this moving wedding film of the day – that processional!

Congratulations on your marriage Megha and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Michelle Kiddie Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Michelle Kiddie Photography / Cinematographer: Matthew Bettinaglio of Direct Films / Bride's Saris: Purchased by bride's mother in India / Bride’s Jewelry: All loaned with love from her mum and grandmother. / Bride’s Jewelry: (Brooch) Family heirloom borrowed from Adam's Mother / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom’s Attire: Harry Henry Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Harry Henry Menswear / Bridesmaid's Saris: Purchased by bride's mother in India / Flowers: Everbloom Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Vidhi Cards / Ceremony Venue: Old Mandurah Yacht Club / Ceremony Officiant: Sylvia Gomersall / Ceremony & Reception Music: Trevor Jalla / Reception Venue: Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club / Reception Hire Items: Foreva Flowers / Cake Baker: Fiona’s Fancies / Transport: A Old Limo / Wedding Rings: 1791 Diamonds

Heidi Gibson Vintage Inspired Jewels

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It seems a bit like the kind of day where sparkly objects are just the ticket and these creations from jewellery designer Heidi Gibson are enough to take your breath away. After studying as an artist, Heidi lost her engagement ring in a house fire. She set about creating her dream ring (the Gatsby Ring) and had so many compliments, she started selling the ring online. Heidi Gibson Designs was born.

With a love of vintage inspired, well crafted jewellery that has a contemporary and timeless feel, Heidi’s sparkling creations are beautifully modern with art deco flair. Centre stones are surrounded by sparkling halos and a border of surrounding diamonds, each is carefully considered to ensure it’s balance, each piece handmade to perfection.

The rings are customsied to order – using your choice of stone (white diamonds, white sapphires, black diamonds and moissanite and morganite all feature), metal (rose, yellow and white gold) and size. There’s even a beautiful range of wedding rings to choose from (and Heidi can even reset your existing stone). With a sense that Heidi injects as much of her passion as she does her talent into each piece, it’s only a matter of time before I hit “order” on one of these beauties.

Heidi Gibson pieces are available via the website and ship worldwide.

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