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by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Fork and Spoon PD via Carly and Mark’s Spring Winery Wedding

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!

Over on Polka Dot Weddings, there is a lot to love in this Spring Winery Wedding

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

News Roundup 3 July 2015

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

Love a bit of DIY? Melbourne’s Laneway Learning are holding two wedding ready classes! Book now to learn Making Boutonnieres or take their Silk Floral Crowns class!

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!)

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Kath & Glen’s Industrial Outdoor Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


noosa forest wedding

Kath & Glen

I’m not sure what I love most about today’s wedding, because I think this industrial outdoor wedding is pretty awesome in all ways. From the glowing green backdrop of the ceremony site to the New York rooftop feeling of the reception. The endless little touches like herbs in the floral arrangements as a nod to the groom’s love of cooking just round out what was a pretty magical wedding day. Kath and Glen chose Artography to photograph their celebrations.

Kath tells their story. “Glen and I met at a dinner event during the Noosa Long Weekend Festival – there were probably about 120 people at the event on mixed tables of 10 – Glen took his mum to the event and I went with one of my chef friends. People could sit anywhere they liked – his mum spied some spare seats on our table and came over – she left a seat beside me and Glen had to choose if he sat next to me or on the other side of his mum – he sat next to me and we immediately found out we had so much in common and I knew I wanted to see him again.

It was his 30th birthday and I surprised him with a flight to Sydney and a 10 course degustation dinner at Australia #1 restaurant at the time, Momofuku Seiobo, he was so excited. Around the 7th course, he got down on one knee and asked me if I would do him the honour and spend the rest of my life with him as his wife. Turns out all our family and friends knew about both my surprise for him and his surprise for me.”

mother and father of bride

bride getting ready

The bride wore a gown from Elizabeth Da Varga and paired it with a hairpiece made by her groom’s mother. “Finding the perfect dress was a good experience for me. I have always loved Elizabeth De Varga. My gown was off the rack and an absolutely lucky find. The quality is amazing. You can tell each dress is made with love and attention to detail. It was the first dress I tried on. I tried many more on after that but just could not stop thinking about it – that is how I knew it was the one.”

bridesmaid in purple and navy

bride with flowergirlsherb wedding bouquet

Willow Bud Flowers styled the herb filled floral arrangements, Kath telling, “Our bouquets and button holes were designed by our florist and filled with herbs to symbolize Glen’s love for being in the kitchen.”

groom laughing

“Family is super important to us – my nan was one of our flower girls. We actually did a gift exchange to our parents. We wanted to publicly thank them for their support and for making us the people we are today. We found little items that had special meaning to us and each of them.”

noosa park wedding ceremony

bride walking down the aisle

Kath and Glen chose Tewantin RSL Park for their wedding ceremony. Kath walking down the aisle to a special song chosen by Glen – Forever by Ben Harper.

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emotional groom

Noosa wedding ceremony

noosa vows

Penelope Watson officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Penny was amazing right through; from the moment we met we both knew she was perfect. She listened to what we wanted and more importantly listened to what we didn’t want and designed the perfect ceremony that was just so “us”.”

noosa park wedding

The bride’s niece shared a reading “When the one whose hand you’re holding, is the one who holds your heart 

When the one whose eyes you gaze into 
 gives your hopes and dreams their start.

When the one you think of first and last,
 is the one who holds you tight.

And the things you plan together, 
 Make the whole world seem just right,

When the one whom you believe in 
puts their faith and trust in you,
 you’ve found the one and only love,
 You’ll share your whole life through.”

Tewantin RSL Park Wedding

noosa wedding ceremony in park

noosa newlyweds

“I love that Glen wanted to be involved in planning every part of our wedding. He very much valued that weddings are a celebration to begin a marriage and are as much about the groom as they are about the bride. He is romantic – I really love the sweet little things he does like if we are going out for breakfast and I forget my sunglasses he will insist I wear his. He is very supportive of our dreams and always knows how to cheer me up.”

bridal party against chalk board

market wedding

“We had two special locations for our photos – just around the corner is a fantastic market. After emailing the owner they allowed us to pop in for 15 minutes to get a few shots. Glen and I shared many a date at Clandestino Roasters Belmondos and we have always loved the décor in there with the old plane suspended from the ceiling ,we knew it would work in well with our style and we had the perfect photographer to capture it.”

market wedding photograph

bride and groom in market

bride with lace cap sleeves

noosa photo location

noosa bride and bridesmaids

noosa groom and groomsmen

artography wedding photo

Of their photographer, Kath notes, “We booked Artography the day after we got engaged. We knew they would be perfect for our style and we were right, we had to have them.”


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happy noosa wedding

noosa wedding sunset photo

A Noosa bridge stood in for the Brooklyn Bridge, Kath telling, “The next scene was down by the Noosa River on a bridge – the shot turned our perfectly and will now replace our Brooklyn Bridge print on our wall at home.”



Green Cathedral Design Gallery  was chosen for the reception, the bride remarking, “We would have loved to have been on a rooftop in NY city but we wanted all our family and friends to be there so running off to the ‘big apple’ to get married was not an option. Noosa is our home and our best friends own an amazing design Gallery in the Industrial estate so they let us use their space to create our dream wedding. We had the cocktail hour upstairs in their furniture gallery and then moved everyone down stairs on sunset to the “street alley”.”

noosa gallery wedding

noosa industrial wedding venue

red velvet naked wedding cake

Maison De Provence created a semi naked wedding cake.

graffiti wedding location

The couple embraced the industrial rooftop feel of their day, telling, “Glen’s brother designed a street art graffiti piece to go behind our bridal table and we hired an outdoor projector to project images of a NY city skyline onto a big wall – I absolutely loved it!”

fairylight wedding decor

green and white flowers in gold cases

bistro light wedding decor

noosa industrial wedding entrance

noosa outdooor wedding venue

Kath notes, “Our guest book idea is pretty special to us – we both enjoy cooking together and Glen being a chef has a massive cook book selection that he absolutely loves. We requested all of our family and friends to RSVP with a their favourite recipe so that we could collate them all into a beautiful recipe book to cherish for years to come. We got all sorts of recipes a couple of “secret” recipes from grandparents, some of our childhood favourites like nan’s special rissoles and some cheeky recipes like one that was ripped straight off the back of a packet mix mac and cheese. The plan is to cook one recipe each anniversary together and remember our special day.”

noosa outdoor wedding

spray painting at wedding

Guests were invited to do their own graffiti “We also set up a little graffiti canvas guest book with stencils for our guest to use.”

outdoor industrial wedding reception

For the first dance, Kathryn remembers, “We had Michael Buble’ version of “Feeling Good” We wanted a song that we knew we would hear in times to come and make us remember our day.”

sorbet surprise at wedding

True to his love of food, Glen served up mezze plates for the guests and surprised his new wife with a special treat! Kath explains “Glen had a surprise for me just after entrée – he and his best man (who is also a chef) made some sorbet this was presented to all guests with dry ice… spilling out over the glass – it was amazing and looked fantastic.”

sorbet surprise

industrial wedding reception speeches

Congratulations Kath and Glen! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Thank you also to Artography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Artography / Cinematographer: Sunshine Coast Videoography / On The Day Wedding Coordinator: Gallery Weddings & Events / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Da Varga / Bride’s Shoes: Myer / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Suits Direct / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lucy and Loo / Hairstylist: Rolling Scissors Mobile Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Danielle Rusko Makeup Artist / Flowers: Willow Bud Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Tewantin RSL Park / Chair Hire: CL Wedding and Events / Ceremony Officiant: Penelope Watson / Reception Venue: Green Cathedral Design Gallery / Chair Hire: CL Wedding and Events / DJ: Cut A Rug DJ / Catering: Groom and First Class Functions / Cake Baker: Maison De Provence / Wedding Rings: Maleny Jewellers

Winter Wedding Bouquets

by | Bride, Flowers


Winter is such a beautiful time of year for flowers, and yet it doesn’t get a lot of love. I asked some of our favourite wedding florists for their favourite Winter wedding bouquets and the roundup is a feast for the eyes.

Stunning anemones, gladioli, tulips, orchids, poppies, ranunculi, helleborus, hyacinths, chrysanthenum and so many more. Winter and the colder months can really lead you to the most beautiful floral arrangements for your wedding.

Winter wedding bouquet slideshow

Mexican Fiesta Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


fiesta inspired bride

Isn’t there an incredible sense of celebration with the bright bold colours of this Mexican fiesta wedding inspiration shoot? A talented team headed to Cactus Country cactus farm to create a shoot packed full of wedding ideas, Photographer Neiyo noting, “The inspiration behind this shoot is our love for the unconventional wedding with a Mexican fiesta twist.”

Neiyo teamed up with stylist Winne Q, gown designer Karen Willis Holmes, floral designer Rutherglen Florist, makeup artist Emily Wodonga Beauty Room, hair stylist Lia from Boudoir Hair, stationer Santiago Sunbird, model Sarah Mcleod Nibbs and Complete Function Hire to create a Mexican fiesta inspired ceremony and reception setup and take advantage of the golden light that hit the cactus farm at sunset.

hot pink and orange wedding bouquetkaren willis holmes bride dress

Neiyo notes, “There were lots of reds, fuchsias, orange and yellow with succulents and cacti popping in between which set a bright and still romantic tone to the shoot.”

bride in karen willis holmesfishtail braid wedding hair

cactus wedding ideasred and pink flower garland

mexican fiesta bridal inspiration

bright flower garlands

“An abundance of colourful floral garlands mixed with ribbon was created as a bright ceremony backdrop which carried through to a table setting nestled within a cove of cacti!”

mexican fiesta bridemexican inspired wedding arbour

bride with brigh garlands

bride in mexican inspired wedding

“The beautiful location was set just outside Shepparton at Cactus Country which was the perfect backdrop for any wedding. With a vast range of beautiful cacti small and large it was a beautiful contrast to the femininity of the gowns provided by Karen Willis Holmes.”

bride in cactus garden

bride with hair out

cactus bridal ideas

Cactus Country

cactus garden wedding ideaclose up of karen willis holmes

ssol beer with cactuscactus with pink flowers

watercolour painted wedding stationery

Santiago Sunbird created a watercolour stationery suite that tied in with the beautiful colours of the flowers and decor.

watercolour wedding menubright dahlias wedding decor

colourful mexico inspired wedding

Rutherglen Florist set up beautiful, bright floral arrangements, Neiyo remarking “Casually set up on a crate table were colourful blooms of Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, and craspedias, skull vases and gorgeous mini plants from the cactus farm.”

mexican fiesta inspired decorcactus weddng decor

mexican inspired tablescape

fish painted water jugbright dahlias wedding

fiesta inspired wedding decor

mexico inspired wedding decormexican inspired wedding stationery

skull with flowers

karen willis holmes wedding dress

mexican bridal inspiration

mexican wedding inspiration shoot

“When the sun set that day the golden light set an amazing warmth to the photos that we couldn’t get enough of.”

neiyo photographyprincess cut engagement ring

shepparton cactus garden

cactus garden wedding idea

Photographer Neiyo notes, “My style of shooting is very much slightly overexposed and natural light. I like the soft brightness romantic feel when it comes to creating images. We waited until the sun set for the golden light to create that amazing warmth to the photos and that beautiful backlight to Sarah’s hair that we couldn’t get enough of.”

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Photographer: Neiyo / Styling: Winne Q / Venue: Cactus Country / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Flowers: Rutherglen Florist / Hairstylist: Lia from Boudoir Hair / Makeup Artist: Emily Wodonga Beauty Room / Invitations & Stationery: Santiago Sunbird / Props: Complete Function Hire / Props: Winne Q / Model: Sarah Mcleod Nibbs
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