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Lizzie & Luke’s Classic Bathers Pavilion Wedding

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


Bride in Elizabeth Todd

Lizzie & Luke

Living in London, Lizzie and Luke wanted to celebrate their classic Bathers Pavilion wedding in a familiar place. They chose Luke’s childhood church, a reception venue at a restaurant in a spot filled with happy memories for the bride and most importantly, they chose to include as many of their family and friends as they possibly could. Even choosing Paul McMillan of Illustro Photography , a family friend, to take photos of the wedding day.

Lizzie tells the story of how they met. “We met at university – we were both studying law and lived in residential colleges next door to one another. We were in Cadequés in Spain for a long weekend from London after I had just finished a set of exams. We went on a long walk to a beautiful secluded lighthouse, and Luke got down on one knee and proposed.”

Bridesmaids helping bride

Father of bride walking up the stairs

Elizabeth Todd Wedding Dress

Living in London, Lizzie chose Elizabeth Todd to make her dress, remarking, “The dress I chose was the very first dress I tried on. Having tried on lots of dresses all around London, I couldn’t stop thinking about the first one! Elizabeth Todd make all their dresses in their studio below the store in Marylebone.

The dress I originally tried on was a sample, but I was able to work with the designer, Sophie (daughter of Elizabeth Todd) to create my perfect dress. Sophie started by making a calico template of the corset, and built the dress from there. It was such an amazing experience, and Sophie made it really relaxing and fun. My dress was very simple but classic. I absolutely loved wearing it!”

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Candles and rose petals at church

St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point

Lizzie and Luke chose St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point for their ceremony, noting, “Luke and I decided to have the ceremony close to his family home, at a place that was meaningful to him, and to have the reception somewhere near my family home at a place which was special to me. St Marks at Darling Point is Luke’s family church. He and his siblings were christened there, and went to pre-school there.”

Doorway at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point

Jim Finn & Elly Cullington

Lizzie remembers, “I walked down the aisle to Songbird, by Fleetwood Mac. My brother is a musician (in the band Art vs Science) so he did all the music for our ceremony along with Sydney singer, Elly Cullington.”

Bride walking down the aisle with father

Father and bride hugging before cewremony

Sydney Church wedding ceremony

Sydney Church Wedding Location

“Family and friends are really important to both of us, and we both come from very big, warm families, so we really wanted to include as many of our family and friends as we could in the ceremony. This was particularly important to us because we live in London, so don’t get to see a lot of our family these days.

We had five bridesmaids and five groomsmen, and Luke’s two sisters walked his little nephew (the ring bearer) down the aisle. My brother did all the music, and our siblings (8 of them between our two families) all sang a hymn together. My great aunt, Luke’s sister, one of Luke’s best friends from London, and two of my best friends did readings.

We really did find as many roles as we could for people! We took a long time choosing the readings, as we really wanted them to mean something to us and be relevant to our lives and our relationship. We had two Bible readings (required by the church) and two non-religious readings. They were: – Ecclesiastes: 4:9-12 – 1 Peter 3: 8-11 – Apache Wedding Blessing by E Arnold; Union by Robert Fulghum.”

Wedding at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point

First kiss at church wedding

Recessional at Sydney church wedding

Rose petal exit at Sydney church wedding

Rose petal toss at Sydney church wedding

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Illustro Photography

Of their photographer, Lizzie remarks, “The photographer was Paul McMillan of Illustro Photography. Paul has known my family since I was in primary school, so it was really lovely to have him taking our photos. Paul takes beautiful natural and candid photos, and has a way of blending into the background so that you hardly realise he’s there! He captured the feeling of the day so well – every time I look at the photos I feel like I am there again! We are so happy with how the photos turned out.”

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Wedding portrait at Balmoral

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Newlyweds at Balmoral

Bridesmaids in review lace dresses

The Bathers’ Pavilion Wedding Reception

Lizzie and Luke chose Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral for their reception, telling, “Rob Davis, the events manager at The Bathers Pavilion was brilliant. I was in London until a week before the wedding, so most of the organising was done by email. Rob responded to emails really quickly, and nothing was too difficult for him. His first response was always to say yes, and then figure out how to make it happen! He made everything feel so easy and simple, though I know it wasn’t on his side! Rob and his staff also made everything go seamlessly on the night. And the food was really amazing.”

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Candle place settings at wedding

Guests received miniature bottles of limoncello, says Lizzie, “We did our own wedding favors which doubled as place cards. My sister bought 50ml glass bottles with little cork stoppers on Ebay and we filled them with limoncello. We then bought little brown cardboard tags and string from Ebay and wrote our guests’ names on each one. We tied the tags around the neck of the bottles with brown string and they were our name tags. The best man asked everyone to toast with them at the end of his speech.”

Bride entering reception with groom

The John Field Band

Father of the bride

Bride hugging guest

Laughing during wedding speeches

Lizzie tells, “The speeches were really important to us, so we had a lot of them! We had speeches from Luke’s mum, my dad, my maid of honour (my big sister) and Luke’s best man (his best mate). Luke and I also spoke. We also chose two of our best and funniest friends to be joint MCs.

The speeches all went down really well – particularly those of the best man and maid of honour, who are both incredible public speakers and managed to achieve the perfect combination of funny, thoughtful, and (importantly) appropriate in their speeches!”

Bride and groom laughing at speeches

Cutting wedding cake

Sydney Wedding First Dance

Lizzie remembers, “We were both really excited about doing a proper first dance, but we didn’t want it to be too corny or slow. We chose “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. We went to a few swing dancing lessons to prepare for it and learned a basic routine. We had so much fun doing the classes and learned how to dance in a couple for the first time since high school!”

Bride dancing with wheelchair guest

Dance floor at wedding

Bride and groom on chairs

Bride during tunnel exit

One last special touch of the day? Hugh Joyner put together this film (complete with drone footage by the bride’s brother) of the festivities.

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Congratulations on your marriage Lizzie and Luke! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Paul McMillan of Illustro Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Paul McMillan, Illustro Photography / Cinematographer: Hugh Joyner / Drone Footage: Bride's brother Jim Finn / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Todd / Bride’s Shoes: Charlotte sandals from Rainbow Club / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Groom's Shoes: Church Footwear / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pearl drop earrings from Glitzy Secrets / Hairstylist: Amelia Axton / Makeup Artist: Amelia Axton / Invitations & Stationery: John Lewis, London / Ceremony Venue: St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point / Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Paul Chew, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point / Ceremony Musicians: Jim Finn & Elly Cullington / Reception Venue: Bathers’ Pavilion, Balmoral / Chair Hire: Chairs Covers & Candelabras / Band: The John Field Band / Cake Baker: Simple Ingredients / Engagement Ring: J Farren-Price (using family diamonds) / Wedding Rings: Raphael London / Transport: Cloud 9 Wedding Cars / Wedding Registry: John Lewis, London
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For The Love Of Grace “The Barefoot Dancer” Bridesmaids Collection

by | Bride, Bridesmaids


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With deep tones of marsala, plum and damson, the brand new capsule collection From The Love Of Grace “The Barefoot Dancer”, with all the essence of their previous collections, “The Barefoot Dancer” is free spirited and dreamy, a relaxed collection of styles that suit the bohemian spirited bride and bridesmaid.

The collection  is full of French Lace (with a little stretch for comfort) pieces designed to mix and match. Cropped lace camisoles, long lace skirts, tshirt style overlays with open backs, off the shoulder tops and dresses, each a hint at the beauty of the 2016 collection expected early next year.

For The Love of Grace is available to buy via the website or the For The Love Of Grace Gold Coast boutique.

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Gowns: For The Love Of Grace / Photographer: Kane Skennar / Hair & Makeup Artist: Luciana Rose / Model: Annalise Mclachlan of Chic Management

Lilli & Michael’s Intimate City Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings


Bride and groom against textured wall

Lilli & Michael

A Tuesday intimate city garden wedding is something a little different than your standard Saturday affair. After meeting and bonding at work, Lilli and Michael wanted to celebrate their marriage with their favourite people in a relaxed setting that was all about their guests. They chose Elleni Toumpas to capture their day.

Brides dressing hanging in blacony

Wedding ONSET Studio Hair Makeup

Bride and groom getting ready on wedding day

Groom helkping bride get ready

Bride and groom toasting on wedding day

White boutonerrie on grey suitNeomi Allen Couture lace drewss

Of her gown, which was made by Neomi Allen Couture, Lilli tells ,”I wanted something modern, western and elegant but with a whisper of The East. Neomi Allen Couture has brought it to life and her creation was gracefully modern, effortlessly elegant and the perfect harmony of East and West. What stood out to me were the details, the tiny flowers, sewn by hand, with love in every stitch, the pearls, the lace, the collar, all amazing.” The groom wore a pale blue Dom Bagnato suit with shoes by Alexander McQueen.

Bride wearing Neomi Allen Couture

Bride in Neomi Allen CoutureLace applique qedding gown

Bride and groom walking to wedding

Urban wedding photo

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Elleni Toumpas

Newlyweds urban wedding photo

Of their photographer, Lilli tells, “She was professional, talented and easy going. She was more like my best friend than the photographer.”

Melbourne city wedding photo

Bride walking on St Kilda Rd

Gemini Melbourne Acoustic Duo

Guests at Melbourne Wedding

Wedding arbour with candle balls

Lilli and Michael chose The Willows for their wedding, marrying in the courtyard before a celebration in the conservatory.

Ring bearers at Melbourne wedding

Wedding Ceremony at The Willows

Lilli walked down the aisle to a jazz vocal version (performed by Gemini Melbourne Acoustic Duo) to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”.

Bride meeting groom at The Willows

Bride in neck high wedding gown

Melbourne garden ceremony venue

Margaret Collier officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “The ceremony was held in the courtyard of The Willows, under a garden arch decorated with hanging glass orbs with tealights. We wanted to created a ceremony which is intimate, relaxed and uniquely us. We did not included any reading, but Michael (the groom) had written a short story about how we met.”

Wedding ceremony Margaret Collier

The Willows wedding ceremony venue

Wedding ceremony at The Willows St Kilda Rd

First kiss at Melbourne wedding

Newlyweds in Melbourne

Bride hugging guest

Guest hugging groom

Bride with guests

The Willows Marquee Reception

Guests gathered inside the Conservatory for the reception. The couple, not wanting a lot of tradition skipped things like the first dance and instead had things they loved – a photo booth, a champagne tower and a cake and sweet buffet.

Golden chivari chairs at weddingLong tables at weddin with black linen

Gold wedding cake with sweetsGold leaf macarons at wedding

Regnier Cakes created the grand table of golden sweet treats including a two tier golden wedding cake.

Gold cake pops at weddingSwirled chocolate macarons

Gold wedding vake

Gold wedding cake with white flowersChocolate ice cream cones at wedding

Melbourne acoustic wedding duo

Bride with guest in black dress

Wedding reception moments

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Pouring champagne tower

Champagne Tower

The floral arrangements and styling for the day was by Victoria Whitelaw, Lilli noting, “She helped me with a lot of styling of the wedding. I enjoyed the whole process. It was wonderful to see your dream wedding turning into reality.”

Wedding at The Willows

Cake table at The Willows

Wedding speeches

Wedding speeches at The Willows

The Willows wedding speeches

Appluse during speeches

Dancing happy bride

Congratulations on your marriage Lilli and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Elleni Toumpas for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Elleni Toumpas / Bride’s Dress: Neomi Allen Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: The Ashoka® Diamond / Bride’s Jewelry: William Goldberg / Groom’s Attire: Dom Bagnato / Groom's Shoes: Alexander McQueen / Hairstylist: ONSET Studio Hair Makeup / Makeup Artist: ONSET Studio Hair Makeup / Styling & Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw / Invitations & Stationery: Giant Invitations / Venue: The Willows / Rental Furniture: Place Settings / Ceremony Officiant: Margaret Collier / Ceremony Musicians: Blue Avenue Entertainment/Gemini Melbourne Acoustic Duo / Reception Hire Items: Victoria Whitelaw / Band: Blue Avenue Entertainment/Gemini Melbourne Acoustic Duo / Cake Baker: Regnier Cakes / Dessert Table: Regnier Cakes / Engagement Ring: Canturi / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co

Gwendolynne Architecture of Couture Spring Summer 2016 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Pantomime Photography

When wedding dress designs are inspired by architecture, you know they’re going to be incredible and that’s exactly where designer Gwendolynne was led for her Architecture of Couture Spring Summer 2016  Collection.

Gwendolynne has always been known for stunning art deco styles with incredible beading and “Architecture of Couture” brings to life influences from the beginning of the twentieth century, while keeping in mind wearability and the style of the modern bride.

Beautiful windows inspire intricate bead work in angular shapes, the silhouettes of historic doors are translated into embellished patterns and the decorative elements of metal work echo into back detailing and bead work.

As always, the fabrics echo the attention to detail. Stunning luxurious satins, chiffons and crepe de chine help the intricate details shine on sleek fitted gowns which are desgined to be comfortable and help their wearer move with ease.

Gwendolynne gowns are available from stockists around the world.

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