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Nicole & Matt’s Outdoor Romantic Winery Wedding

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

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Nicole & Matt

There is so much magic when it comes to fairy tales and this outdoor romantic winery wedding, which was, as the bride describes, as “an enchanting romantic fairytales” brings together all of those fairy tale elements – sweeping staircases, beautiful gowns and sparkling lights into one very magic day. Captured beautifully by Freedom Garvey-Warr I can’t wait to show you how it unfolded.

The bride chose a classic strapless lace gown by Donna Tobin Couture, remarking  “I loved the whole experience of choosing a dress especially going from shop to shop with my mum and bridesmaids trying on many different dresses to find the perfect one. We had narrowed it down to 3 stunning dresses from Donna Tobin and when making that difficult decision I always had in the back of my head that Matt prefers simplicity and I love romance and details. We ended up mixing Donna’s designs to get exactly that. The dress was a unique lace with a very simple, free falling style with a long train.”

Nicole and Matt met for their photos at La Forêt Enchantée. “Standing on this beautiful romantic staircase surrounded by gardens the first time we saw each other on our wedding day; hardly even noticed the photographers at the time yet the images captured the unforgettable moment.”

 

“Xanadu is a beautiful rustic building and in its centre an enclosed courtyard which was perfect for our ideal twilight reception, outdoor and sheltered from the winds,” says Nicole of their wedding venue Xanadu Wines. Adding “It’s so calm and peaceful at Xanadu, you can stay there for hours relaxing, drinking wine, sharing plates and not notice the time go by.”

Adrian Wilson played the bride down the aisle, Nicole remembers “My father walked me down the aisle to Adrian Wilson’s cover of Tenerife Sea (Ed Sheeran).”

“We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and have a part in our ceremony. We had a special Rose Ceremony for our mothers and the joining of our families at the beginning and most of our bridal party had something to say in either the ceremony or reception. A special part was having our musician, Adrian Wilson play live acoustic music during the ceremony with covers of songs that had special meaning to us. We were lucky to have such an amazing singer and the live music really created the romantic and magical atmosphere that was special to us; including walking back down the aisle to Taylor Swift’s Love Story.”

Of their photographer, the bride notes “Freedom was amazing! She was so down to earth and made us both feel very comfortable (even Matt who hates posing for photos). She captured the night for what it was, absolutely magical! She goes above and beyond her role as photographer, and guided us through the day with surety and kindness, looking after us every minute and making sure we took moments to ourselves. Freedom also helped us so much with the planning of the day, she really knows weddings and we are thankful we took on all her advice, particularly her idea for the First Look, which ended up being one of the highlights of the day!”

“We hired Villa Kula as our wedding stylist. They traveled from Perth with a truck load of furniture and details to decorate the venue and ensured that we got the exact wedding event that we had ever dreamed.” says Nicole who worked with Villa Kula to design the romantic vibe of the day. She tells “They were a huge help in making sure the set up was successful and organized all the other vendors so that everything came together smoothly and with the best results. Such a professional and creative team, we would recommend them to anyone looking to have an event.”

“Having our family and friends take time out of their busy lives to travel down to Margaret River with us for the whole long weekend to help us celebrate really made it so much more special to us. The whole weekend could not have worked out any better!”

Nicole notes “My favourite detail of the day was fairy lights covering trees and creating the ceiling of the outdoor reception which had the most beautiful effect at twilight and after dark. It created this magical and enchanted atmosphere like you were transported to another world.”

Nicole remembers “Matt is a man of few words but his Groom speech surprised everyone with words so heartfelt he had all our guests in tears.”

It was all about a classic favourite for the first dance, “Our first dance was inspired by the final dance from Dirty Dancing, ‘Time of your life’. As one of my all time favourite movies and being a dance teacher myself, we thought it would be a great surprise to have a fun dance with the bridal party.” remarks Nicole. “We recreated some of the iconic moments and then added our own swing to it with bridal party joining in. It was loads of fun and was a highlight of the night; the sneaking around practicing the secret dance with the Bridal party before and during the big day created wonderful memories in itself.”

Congratulations Nicole and Matt! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day! Thank you also to Freedom Garvey-Warr  for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Freedom Garvey-Warr / Cinematographer: Black Sheep Studios / Wedding Planner: Villa Kula / Styling: Villa Kula / Bride's Dress: Donna Tobin Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sass and Bide / Hair & Makeup Artist: Beautique Love / Flowers: Chic Rustique / Invitations & Stationery: Fenton Ink / Invitations & Stationery: Annie P Paperie / Venue: Xanadu Wines / Ceremony Musicians: Adrian Wilson / Wedding Cake: Edible Art / DJ: DJ Vincent / Transport: Classic Jaguar Limousines / Photo Location: La Forêt Enchantée
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Posey & Marc’s Colourful City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Posey & Marc

When Marc and Posey started planning their wedding, they thought of where they loved to spend their time. With many happy memories of their first dates, drinks, and dinners – the city of Melbourne was their natural choice, their colourful city wedding full of urban vibes with whimsical touches, all captured by Crystal LinterWeddings.

The newlyweds met quite unexpectedly, though not without coercion. Posey retelling “Marc was a School Teacher then and I was a nanny picking kids up from school. The kids had to introduce me to their favourite teacher “Mr B”. We talked for 2 seconds and I didn’t think about him again. Marc bugged the parents for my number for eight months then finally he came in for a haircut where I was doing my apprenticeship and then we went on our first date.”

“I knew for a year that I wanted One Day Bridal to do my dress and knew exactly what type of dress I wanted, but thought I better look around before I went in to see the girls. I had heaps of appointments made and kept canceling them, finally Mum and I went to one and I hated it so much I almost cried. The next day I went to One Day and Mum and I just felt so comfortable and welcome and that was it. We loved the rest of our experience doing the fittings” remarks Posey who chose One Day Bridal to create her wedding gown.

She adds “They were some of the nicest moments I shared with mum throughout the wedding. Because you could see my shoes I wanted plain and simple so I went with the Christian Louboutin but of course, they weren’t the most comfortable and I knew I would be in them for a long time so I also had my back up Kate Spade Glitter runners. I put them on at 9.00pm I was more excited with my runners than my heels.”

The bride’s cousin was chosen to walk her down the aisle.

“I had my childhood minister marry us from church which was special. We had my close family friends do a simple reading from the children’s book Winnie the Pooh.”

With their love for the city, rooftop Alto@GPO was the most wonderful fit for Marc and Posey who tell “We love the city it and it was where we had our first date and where we choose to go for drinks and dinner whenever we have the chance. We wanted a roof top venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception, nothing too old or too modern. I wanted to be able to add whatever I wanted to the space to make it feel like us. We saw the GPO building; Alto Events space and we fell in love. It was the only place we looked at.”

Of their photographer, Posey notes “Crystal is a friend of mine from school and I had seen her work from other friend’s weddings and I just love her work. I had seen her at weddings also and she has a great relaxed energy and a way of making you forget she is even there. She totally fitted in with everything we wanted, including only giving her 10 minutes for formal photos. I think photographers are one of the more important suppliers you choose as you spend so much time with them on the day, it’s important they listen to what you want and fit in with that. She did just that!”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Oscar Hunt, while the bridesmaids wore white dresses from Alannah Hill & Vintage Rose, Posey noting “I had 2 bridesmaids who couldn’t have completely different body shapes. We found Eliza’s dress at Alannah Hill, it was the only dress we tried on and it was perfect for her. Cat lives in London so it was a bit harder and we decided to get hers made. We had it made at Vintage Rose in Brighton.”

Pash Flowers created bright and beautiful floral arrangements that transformed the modern space into something bright and colourful. Posey remembers “3000 roses were used to create a bright, full and colourful floral setting running the entire length of the two long rectangular guest tables and the filling the ceremony and bar areas with colour. My bouquet was white Amy Lou roses whilst the bridesmaids carried hot pink rose bouquets carrying through the bright floral theme. Suspended from the ceiling we created a 6 meter-hanging garland of foliage including Spruce, Hydrangea Foliage, Trailing Ivy, Green Beech and Privet between the two guest tables which hung low over the tables.”

Posey notes “I wanted lots of fresh colour, I wanted a clean modern look with a timeless edge.”

The wedding wishing well was a very special part of the bride’s life. She explains  “I used my childhood dollhouse as our wishing well which was super cute and we had lots of comments on it.”

Congratulations on your marriage Posey and Marc! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Crystal Linter Weddings for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Crystal Linter Weddings / Bride's Dress: One Day Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groomsmen Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Browns Bows / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage Rose / Makeup Artist: Jade Kisnorbo / Hairstylist: Harpo Hair / Flowers: Pash Flowers / Venue: Alto@GPO

Erin & Sam’s Soft & Rustic Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Erin & Sam

Oh, how I love a love story that is as beautiful and natural as Erin & Sam’s. A day that culminated in a celebration that showcased the best of the Australian countryside in a beautiful soft & rustic country wedding, a day that was all about the special magic these two share. It was all captured beautifully by Quince & Mulberry Studios.

It was at work that these two found each other, telling us their story today. “We met while working together at Blockbuster Kenmore 6 years before we were married. Erin was dating someone else at the time… 2 years after we met Sam FINALLY asked Erin out.”

“I  must mention the Ink Refinery. Amy was an absolute legend. She and I worked closely together to design a gorgeous invitation suite that married up with our theme and atmosphere. She suggested this stunning recycled handmade paper that just made our invitations,” tells Erin of the beautiful stationery suite designed by The Ink Refinery.

 

“I had followed Jennifer on Instagram for a while before becoming engaged. She had designed dresses for girls I had worked with and I just simply LOVED her work. It wasn’t until I was engaged that I really started looking at them. I had my heart set on the Anja gown from day one. There is just something so stunning about it. So simple but so beautiful,” remarks Erin of her beautiful Jennifer Gifford Designs lace gown which featured three quarter lace sleeves. She adds “I went to try it on, with the mindset of “don’t get your hopes up, items of the rack never fit you so it’s OK if this one doesn’t” mainly to stop any disappointment I would have had had it not fit, suited etc. BUT it was amazing and I cried my eyes out. It was and still is so perfect. Jenny was also just an absolute gem to work with. She made the process so easy.”

“We find it hard to label the style/theme of our wedding. We really wanted to compliment the venue. To feel one with nature and surrounds, and to really appreciate the beauty that is Brookfield.” says the bride of their wedding venue Brookfield Hall. Remarking  “Brookfield is an area very dear to our hearts. We both grew up attending the Brookfield Show and living very close. The botanical theme influenced the atmosphere of the evening and helped to make it a natural and relaxed environment that let us celebrate our love, family, and friends.”

Erin and Sam enlisted the team at Main Event Weddings to not only plan and style their day but also create the floral arrangements – their work giving the day a distinctly soft, rustic country vibe. “The florals… OH, MY GOODNESS. Main Event DELIVERED with the florals. Our brief was “natives with hints of jewel toned ruby and burgundies”. We wanted both flowers that would compliment the outfits our bridal party was wearing and lots of greenery to compliment the venue and theme.” says Erin.

 

The processional song was a tough choice for Erin and Sam, who explain “We chose “EmmyLou” by Vance Joy – this song was originally our first dance song. The first music gig we ever went to together was a $10 per ticket gig to see Vance Joy in the Valley. He and his band mates managed to smash our friend’s phone screen (he was fangirling and they dropped his phone mid photo) then play one of the most amazing sets we’ve ever seen. Emmy Lou has been our song since, and we always knew it would play a big part on our wedding day. First, Sam was walked down the aisle by two of his three sisters (the third was a bridesmaid). Sam is incredibly close with his sisters and we wanted them involved in our day. My dad walked me, Erin, down the aisle. My parents can be very traditional and having just my dad walk me down the aisle was an obvious choice. He was proud as punch and I’ll never forget that moment.”

Johanna Murray of Vogue Vows officiated the ceremony, kicking it off with a very special reading for the couple, who remember “We did not include any formal readings by guests at the ceremony. We did, however, ask Johanna (celebrant) to deliver the opening monologue of the film Love Actually. One of the first traditions we ever created was to watch both Love Actually and Elf in the days leading up to Christmas. It continues to be a tradition, if we’re honest we watch it every couple months when we’re feeling nostalgic or can’t decide what else to watch. So, it was important to us to include this opening monologue… Because love, actually, is all around.”

“There is one photo that we both agree is one of our favourites. There is a moment just after the ceremony finishes and we’re in the middle of being ambushed by congratulating family and friends. In this photo, we’ve managed to find a ‘moment in the madness’ where we’re just going “WOW, we just did that”.”

“We tried our best to include our family in our bridal party. Our Maid of Honour and Best Man are our closest friends – Sophie and James are actually engaged now!! The rest of the bridal party included Erin’s siblings (two sisters and one brother), Sam’s brother-in-law and cousin.”

Of their photographer, Erin gushes ” Kate… I honestly don’t know where to begin because I am speechless when it comes to her. Kate was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. I remember I called her one day to enquire about prices, availability etc… we spent 5 minutes talking wedding and then about 40 minutes just talking. She is so wise and calm, so happy and funny and just so lovely. She and I bonded over the fact that Sam should wear a bowtie for the day and that we should adopt a cat (we have adopted a fur-child since the wedding – thanks, Kate!!). Because of her, we have the most beautiful images of our wedding, and I’m sure a life long friend.”

As self-confessed green thumbs, the newlyweds gifted their guests packets of seeds as wedding favors.

The newlyweds chose to pay homage to their love of live concerts with their first dance, remarking “Our first dance was to ‘Leef’ by Ball Park Music. This is a band who we’ve seen live a number of times and really love. At the time it was quite a new song but instantly struck a chord with us as it is such a beautiful love song.”

Erin tells “There are so many details that I could mention as my favourite, but I think I have to say our outdoor dance floor would be my favourite from the day. There was just so much joy in one place.”

The newlyweds chose Lemon Tree Film House to capture the magic of their day on film. Every minute is pretty much filled with the warmest of fuzzies (including that beginning vow, sob!)!

Congratulations on spending the rest of your lives together Erin and Sam! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. Thank you also to the lovely Kate of Quince & Mulberry Studios. for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Quince & Mulberry Studios / Cinematographer: Lemon Tree Film House / Wedding Planner: Main Event Weddings / Styling: Main Event Weddings / Bride's Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs / Groom's Attire: Country Road / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Tie & Bowties: OTAA / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Beauty Case / Invitations & Stationery: The Ink Refinery / Flowers: Main Event Weddings / Venue: Brookfield Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Vogue Vows - Johanna Murray / Rental Furniture: Hodgepodge Hire / Rental Furniture: Brandition / Lighting: Brandition / Wedding Cake: Plum Tucker / Catering: Wine and Dine'm / Band: PC & The Biffs / Transport: Tic Tac Tours

Talyse & Brad’s Romantic Casuarina Wedding With Hydrangeas

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

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Talyse & Brad

When a wedding is filled with the most incredible hydrangeas like this romantic Casuarina wedding, we’re always going to be immediately smitten. After all, there is something rather magical about that soft blue flower when it comes out to play, at the most beautiful of weddings like this one captured by Figtree Pictures.

“I am a very indecisive person and was struggling with whether I liked the dress right up to the week before,” remarks Talyse who chose Paddington Weddings to create her beautiful lace wedding gown. She adds “Other bridal shops we went to were not helpful and quite rude. At Paddington Weddings, they take care of you when making the dress and make sure you are happy during the whole process. It is great going in at multiple different times and seeing the process of the dress made. I felt very comfortable in my dress and was very happy at the end of the day.”

Each of Talyse’s bridesmaid’s wore a pale blue skirt from Studio 46 that tied together the soft blue colour tones of the day.

 

The floral arrangements centred around lush hydrangeas, “I’ve  got a lovely friend who started up a flowers business and is doing amazing work to create the floral arrangements for the day” Talyse remarks, having booked Floral & Mineral
 for the day. Adding “She did an amazing job creating an original free bouquet using calming blues, pinks, and whites. I’m not good at decisions so just showed her multiple photos of what I liked and she created a masterpiece which I loved.”

Osteria played host to the wedding, Talyse explaining “It felt the most ‘me’ out of the ones we searched for and also the most affordable. It had a place for the ceremony and reception which we particularly liked and also a backup option in case it rained”. She adds “The staff who helped us organise our day were extremely friendly and supportive with whatever questions I threw at them.”

The bride’s father made the ceremony backdrop for the big day. The bride remembering ” I showed him a photo from Pinterest that I liked and he said ‘I could probably make that’. So he did and it looked amazing.”

The bride chose Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea for her walk down the aisle, sung by the groom’s sister.

The groom’s Pa officiated the ceremony, Talyse noting “I didn’t want it to go long. Just short and sweet and to show how much we love each other. We tried to have all our loved ones involved in some point.”

“We had about 15 family members up the front singing ‘Feliz Navidad’ but changing the lyrics to “Talyse marry Brad” (inside joke from the Stanton family – sister thought the lyrics said that one Christmas and it stuck). For the weeks after and even months now I still get people texting me saying that they get “Talyse marry Brad” stuck in their heads for a long time.”

  

Of their photographers for the day, the bride remembers “Figtree was great to have. We had two photographers which also seemed to have fun at our wedding. The photographer who was with the boys seemed to have a ball always laughing at the silly things the boys would do. Kristy was able to capture all the great shots and make us unphotogenic people look good.”

“As everyone says it was the best day of my life. I loved having a huge bridal party that all got along and had fun and did a hilarious dance with us. I loved the speeches and songs people had written.”

Talyse remembers “Our first dance was a little bit different. We chose Justin Timberlake’s  “Can’t stop the feeling”. It started off with just us dancing and then our bridal party of 12 joined us in synchronized moves and also had a battle between the boys and girls. The boys did, unfortunately, win the battle when they ripped their shirts off and buttons went flying and the crowd went wild.”

The couple chose Jason Till to craft a film of their day, capturing the humour and special moments as they unfolded – including that fun first dance!

Congratulations on your marriage Talyse & Brad! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Figtree Pictures for sharing today’s beautiful celebration with us!

Photographer: Figtree Pictures / Cinematographer: Jason Till / Bride's Dress: Paddington Weddings / Bride's Shoes: Wanted / Groom's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Bridesmaids Skirts: Space 46 Boutique / Getting Ready Robes: Cotton On / Hairstylist: Embellish / Makeup Artist: Dayna Petrie / Flowers: Floral & Mineral
 / Venue: Osteria / Ceremony Officiant: Harley Stanton