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Sarah and Jason’s Gold Coast Winter Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Groom in navy wedding suit

Sarah & Jason

The golden light in today’s Gold Coast Winter wedding makes the setting almost surreal, together with the sweetest little white wedding chapel, it sets the scene for a Winter wedding day that is such a beautiful story to tell. Figtree Pictures captured the photos of the day.

Sarah tells their story. “We first met late in 2010. I own a coffee shop close to where Jason had just moved to. He would drop in and get a coffee once a day. For me, it was love at first sight, I thought “Wow I haven’t seen him around before or I would of remembered him!”. for Jason I think he was just focused on his coffee order and me getting it right. It wasn’t a straight forward order!.

Jason was a little blind for two years, as I tried and tried to drop subtle hints to see if he was available and if he was interested. He gave me nothing. This went on for two years. Two years of getting the wrong coffee order and still coming back.  I was really going to give up.

Then one day the penny dropped for Jason, we started chatting more and more. He was at the café more and more. Then we went out. The first date we were both ridiculously nervous. Apparently his car was still moving when I jumped out. Though the second date was a lot more relaxed. From those dates we have never looked back. I’m so lucky.”

Silver wedding shoes

Bride getting readyBride having makeup done

Sarah and her bridesmaid wore gowns from Zimmermann. Sarah carried a bouquet of pink peonies created by Fleurus who styled the floral arrangements for the day.

Zimmermann Bridal GownBride with pink peony bouquetWhite chapel in braside

Sarah and Jason chose Braeside Chapel for their wedding, noting, “Braeside is at Merrimac on the Gold Coast. The venue is run by Judy and John. They are the most helpful people ever. No job was too big or to small they were more than accommodating. We got married in their beautiful little chapel. Then did some cocktails and canapés in their garden. We had our reception in their fixed marquee which is fully enclosed and has stunning lighting.”

Groom with navy polka dot bow tie

Processional at Braeside Chapel

Sarah chose the traditional bridal chorus for her walk down the aisle.

Braeside Chapel Wedding

Celebrant Helen Murray officiated the ceremony.

White wedding chapel

Lighting unity candle

Gold COast Wedding



Guests at braseide Chapel

Intimate bridal aprty

Pattern navy bow ties

Gold coast bride in long sleeve gown

Textured long sleeve wedding gownBride with bridesmaid in blush

Pink peonies boqueuts

Bride in long sleeve wedding dressBride in long sleeve bridal gown

Gold Coast winter wedding

Gold coast country weddingBlack and White Figtree Pictures

Of their photographer, Sarah tells, “Kristy from Figtree Pictures was so easy to work with. We wanted photos that didn’t feel staged.”

Figtree PicturesFigtree Pictures Wedding Photo

Bride in long sleeve gown with groom in velvetGolden hour wedding photo

Wine barrel wedding decorCandle on winde barrel

Wooden box wedding centrepieces

Of their reception, Sarah remarks, “Being in the middle of winter we made it intimate and warm.  We wanted lots of flowers, greenery and lace. Lots of candles to make it cosy.”

Green garland wedding decor

The couple hired their furniture and props from The Collector & Co, Sarah noting, “Once we saw their warehouse, we couldn’t stop!”

Bride and groom chair signs

Mismatched wooden chairs at wedding reception

Candelabra at weddinNaked wedding cake with coral flowers

Rebellyous Cake Co created a three tier naked wedding cake.

Special chairs for bride and groom

Handwritten placecard

Olive and co caravan bar

Vintage caravan Olive & Co pulled into the marquee for the night to serve up the drinks.

Vintage door reception entranceBride and groom entering through door

Wedding marquee with chandeliers

Groomsmen wedding speech

Bride laughing

Sarah notes, “Jason and I wanted to take the day in as much as we could. We made sure we sat at our head table together and watch it unfold.”

Happy wedding speech

Clapping weddiing guest

Cutting wedding cake

first dance in Australia

For their first dance, Sarah and Jason chose Etta James “At Last”. Sarah remembers “It felt like no-one else was in the room”.

Wedding first dance

Dancefloor at wedding

Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Jason! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Figtree Pictures for sharing this gorgeous day!

Photographer: Figtree Pictures / Bride’s Dress: Zimmermann / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bride’s Jewelry: Chanel / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groom’s Attire: (Jacket) Oxford / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: (Jacket) Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Allure Hair & Makeup / Flowers: Fleurus / Venue: Braeside Chapel / Ceremony Officiant: Helen Murray / Ceremony Musicians: Naomi Terashima Harpist / Styling & Hire: The Collector & Co / Caravan Bar: Olive & Co / Cake Baker: Rebellyous Cake Co
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Koren Harvey from Koh Phangan Island Luxury

We always, always adore real honeymoon stories and we always love when Koren Harvey takes a trip, because we feel like we’re almost right there in her stories. Which with a busy week almost over, seems like just the place to go. But this weekend? it’s a busy one! it is after all Fathers Day and I know a lot of wonderful dads who deserve a bit of love. What are you planning this weekend?



So what exactly do you need to figure out when hiring a marquee for a wedding? We chat to the experts to find out.

Join us for a wedding reminisce and a A Glass Of Bubbles With… Nikki from Styling You

Plenty of dapper groom style in the new Godwin Charli Spring Summer 2015/2016 Collection

Rounding up our favourite Bridal Capes

Love vintage cars? Let’s go Behind the Door With…. Triple R Luxury Car Hire

Orchid lover? You’ll love Carly and Andy’s Fairytale Forest Wedding

Love this old fashioned, handwritten style font – Lamar Pen

How does a photographer find inspiration? Magnolia Photography shares their inspiration!

Looking forward to trying Grain Bar’s Walk Of Fame for tonight’s Cocktail Friday!

Take a piece of this Koh Phangan Island Luxury

How to make the most of flowers at your wedding with A Floral Affair

Escape away for a Dreamy Daylesford Honeymoon

Meeting the talent behind dreamcatchers Gypsy Luxe Huntress

The beauty of the Galia Lahav – Les Reves Bohemian Collection

News Roundup 4th September 2015

Want to hire your wedding decor? My Wedding Decor, have a huge range of centrepieces, lanterns and lighting, signs, and table numbers in their brand new hire store! Hire items for three to seven days and get creative!

Savvy Brides will be hosting an Erin Clare Couture trunk show in Sydney on the 19th and 20th of September. The trunk show celebrates Erin Clare’s brand new collection! Book your tickets here!

Linda Gorringe Couture has a brand new name! Meet Wishbone & Ivy! After 23 years in the block arcade, Wishbone & Ivy will be moving to a brand new store at 148 Greville St, Prahran. Along with the new name comes a brand new look and new collection. We can’t wait to see!

reading and loving


Farmers Market Wedding Inspiration

Elizabeth Gilbert on showing up and it’s secret to success

Six ways to make your wedding charitable

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Inspiration

An Enchanting Elopement in Venice from Archetype Photography

Our gorgeous wedding film of the week comes to us from Bright Day Films. It seems there’s rain in the family for these two – not only did the groom’s parents have a rainy wedding day, but so did his brother! But it was there and it was torrential, and then the sun came out. Proof, I suppose that rain on your wedding day is only good luck!

Warehouse Wedding Venues In Melbourne

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Wedding Venues


It’s been a few years since I created a list of Industrial Style Melbourne Wedding Venues and there have been so many amazing spaces come and go over the past few years, I knew it was time for an update. This time though, it’s more of a list of warehouse wedding venues in Melbourne.

I love spaces like this – they have such an amazing blank canvas feeling about them. Fill them with colourful blooms, plentiful decor, or not much at all (actually imagine them filled with masses of candlelight? How beautiful would that look?). Most of all, I love that these spaces can be whatever you want them to be.

Did I leave off a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

L1 Studios

Photography studio wedding venue

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD,  L1 Studios comprises two photography studios with beautiful wooden floors and white walls. Complete with a private rooftop area, L1 Studios has that perfect inner city blank canvas vibe that can be transformed to any style.

Two Ton Maxtwo-ton-max-industrial-wedding-venue

Two Ton Max is fast getting a name for being a fantastic option for an industrial, warehouse style wedding and it isn’t hard to see why. Those tall walls, industrial style beams, polished cement floors and a brilliant configuration for a wedding! It’s North Melbourne position is a handy one and if you get creative, the venue can serve as both a ceremony and reception space for 200 seated guest or up to 350 for cocktails.

Laurens Hall

Laurens Hall

If white walls, 20 foot high ceilings, cement floors and exposed beams don’t tick the warehouse wedding venue boxes, I don’t know what will! Laurens Hall, originally an old printing works, now houses a furniture warehouse and makes for a beautiful industrial style wedding space. The main space has a good capacity, but added spaces like a dance floor and bridal suite can be accommodated.

Showtime Event Centre

Warehouse event venue

Now let’s talk real warehouses, because Showtime Event Centre meets that criteria! Located on South Wharf this large-scale warehouse is an old converted cargo shed. It holds anywhere form 250 to 500 guests and has a high pitched roof with black exposed steel beams, wooden and tile floors and plenty of flexibility to light, decorate and design the wedding you want.

Fortyfive Downstairs


I have always loved the feeling of Fortyfive Downstairs. A working arts space, which holds everything from theatre performances to exhibitions year round, it also happens to be a space for the most beautiful weddings. The New York loft style windows are one of my favourite features, combined with well loved wooden floors and high exposed beams. The biggest room – the theatre can hold up to 150 guests while the upstairs gallery can look gorgeous for wedding ceremonies.

The Substation


Photo by Blumenthal Photography  via Claudine and Arjuna’s Autumn Substation Wedding

An oldie, but a goodie! The Substation is the ultimate in industrial, warehouse style wedding venues. From it’s enormous arch windows, polished wooden floors and exposed brick – the 14 different spaces (the most popular being the main performance hall) allow for guests to move seamlessly from ceremony to reception, cocktails to dancing, lunch to after party! The performance hall can hold 80- 200 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 300 for a cocktail function.

524 Flinders

524 Flinders Industrial Wedding Venue

If you want a warehouse, industrial style wedding with a modern feel, then 524 Flinders is the space for you. That pure white ceiling, exposed beams and walls set the scene, together with 330 square metres of polished concrete floors. Perfect for cocktail style functions, the inner city site gives  it an ultra cool vibe.

Higher Ground

High Ground Melbourne CBD

This venue on our list isn’t quite open yet (but a sneaky peek at our friend’s Ed Dixon Food Designs website shows they’re taking bookings) but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Higher Ground which will be launching as a café in October 2015, ticks all the warehouse style boxes, but with a touch of intimacy. Pitched ceilings, cement floors and supporting beams and brick walls bring to life this multi-level space in the heart of the city on the corner of Little Collins St and Spencer St.

Studio 109

Studio 109 Wedding Venue

One of Melbourne’s newer warehouse spaces, Studio 109 is 600sqm with a mezzanine level. Polished concrete floors, exposed beams and brick give the industrial, warehouse feel of the building life while an on-deck team who can help with everything from setup to lighting, can bring your warehouse wedding to life.  The venue can accommodate 200 guests for dinner or 400 for a cocktail style function.

Studio Raw Materials

studio raw materials

Footscray based Studio Raw Materials is all about the warehouse feel with cement floors, exposed ceilings and brick walls. This space not only holds cooking schools and photography sessions, but also weddings! With a capacity of 120 guests, the onsite caterers are well renowned for amazing food too, so you can tick that box!


Krimper Wedding

Look this space is so cool you might have trouble finding it, down its hidden alleyway. Krimper is a warehouse come restaurant and café which features high ceilings, concrete floors, exposed beams and the most beautiful heavy wooden doors. It’s like a little hidden secret complete with capacity for 200 guests cocktail style or 100 for a sit down celebration.

Thousand Pound Bend


Photo by LJM Photography

Wanting an inner city space with a warehouse vibe? Meet Thousand Pound Bend. Right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the gallery space has beaten cement walls, a cement floor and exposed beams. The capacity of this space is fabulous too- able to hold 450 guests for a cocktail function or 250 for a sit down celebration.

For those wanting a ceremony space, The Church Of Bang Bang Boogaloo is right next door in all its industrial glory!

Scienceworks Pumping Station Boiler House


Photo by Motta Weddings via Amy & Heath’s Modern Science Museum Wedding

For a venue that will take your breath away, you need to visit Scienceworks Pumping Station Boiler House. Not only is it a working science museum (pre dinner drinks among the exhibits anyone?) but the pumping station itself is an amazing space for an industrial style occasion. Think exposed brick walls, cement floors and the focal feature of two fully restored boilers. The space, which is right near the Scienceworks courtyard (perfect for a wedding ceremony) can hold 220 banquet style or 450 cocktail. Also on site is The Engine Room, which houses four original steam pumps. This space  can hold 100 guests for sit down or 200 guests for cocktail occasions.

Smart Artz Gallery


If you love the warehouse style venue, but want something with a twist, how about combining it with an art gallery? That’s exactly what Smart Artz Gallery is all about! An art gallery in a warehouse style space, it’s just the ticket for a warehouse style wedding with a little something extra. The space can hold 180 guests and has their own in house catering (plus fun added extras like a grand piano!)



What if your favourite cafe had just the feel you wanted for your wedding? Meet Hobba, not only can you get a fine cup of coffee there, but you can also hold your wedding there! Brick walls, sleek floors and exposed ceilings lend to the warehouse feel while the cafe’s renowned delicious food will keep your guests talking. The venue specialises in cocktail events (with a capacity of 120) an has a flexibility throughout the space to create a space for the event you want.

Alto Event Space


Photo by Jeremy Beasley from Em and Max’s Modern City Wedding

If you want to combine a rooftop with a warehouse style space, then the very modern and recently refurbished Alto Event Space is definitely leaning towards the modern edge of industrial. The space has a capacity of 400 and is located right on top of GPO. With the rooftop style deck (perfect for ceremonies or pre dinner drinks), it adds a city slicker feel to the otherwise industrial space- complete with floor to ceiling windows, polished concrete floors and steel beams.

Mountain Goat Brewery 


Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw  from Anna and Brendan’s Fun Art Gallery Wedding

Mountain Goat Brewery does what it says on the tin – they brew delicious beer! What they also do is hold amazing weddings in their warehouse (right next to the beer boxes!). The space is as warehouse as it can get. Cement floors, sky high ceilings and exposed steel all make this space perfectly suited to warehouse style weddings. You can enjoy their in-house beer and pizza for your function or use one of their suggested caterers.

Ellis Street Studio

Modern warehouse wedding

Ellis Street Studio is a chic modern, warehouse style venue. White walls, gleaming white floors and an exposed beam pitched black roof make this venue, just off Chapel Street one to be remembered. This blank canvas style space can hold 150 guests for a cocktail style function or 100 guests for a sit down celebration.



Photo by Jerome Cole via Kim and Kristian’s Melbourne Industrial Wedding

Trunk has an interesting warehouse feel. It’s been many things in it’s history but today serves as a restaurant and cafe. The venue has retained many of it’s historic elements and creates the space around them – exposed pipes and ceilings are painted in green, the polished cement floor serves as a feature of the heritage building. Located right in the CBD, the space can hold 115 guests seated or 200 for a cocktail function.

Melbourne’s Living Museum Of The West


Melbourne’s Living Museum Of The West is a historic blue stone building with a warehouse style feel. Polished concrete floors, white walls and exposed ceilings lend themselves to a blank canvas style wedding with enough tables and seating for 100 guests included in the hire price.

Rokeby Studios

Rokeby Studios

Photography studio Rokeby Studios is located in Collingwood and is the most beautiful, modern, warehouse style space for a wedding. Beautiful wooden beams, brick walls, cement floors and of course, being a photography studio- amazing light! The blank canvas spaces can set you up to create whatever you like – however you like – all while retaining that gorgeous warehouse feel.

Nicole and Josh’s Golden Hour Jewish Wedding

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


Western Australian wedding

Nicole & Josh

There is a beautiful sense about Nicole and Josh’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.”

Jimmy Choo Gold Wedding Shoes

Peach rose bouquet with white

Yvette Gray Makeup

Bride in Fara CoutureLace wedding dress by Fara Couture

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

Bride leaving for ceremony

Flowergirl with olive leaf crown

Vintage white wedding car

The bridal party traveled in cars from Bellagio Limousines.

Bride in wedding car

Flowergirl look at bride

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.”

Parents of groom

Jewiish wedding beginning

Jewish wedding prayer

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.”

Bride seeing groom for the first time

Jewish wedding ceremony proceedings

Bride with flowergirl at Jewish wedding

Jewish wedding accessories

Jewish wedding ceremony singing

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

Flowergirl and page boy walking down aisle

Bride walking down aisle with aprents

Jewish wedding newlyweds

Groom watching processional

Groom drinking wine during wedding ceremony

Jewish Wedding ceremony in Perth

Briden under veil in Jewish ceremony

Jewish wedding ceremony

Smashing of the glass

Perth wedding

Western australia wedding

Bride with long elegant train

Rose with cinnamon stick wedding decor

Green and white wedding flowers

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.

White flowers and greenery at wedding

Blue Water Grill Applecross Wedding Reception

Blue Water Grill Wedding

Perth wedding guests

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!”

Blue Water Grill Wedding Reception

Perth wedding reception

Jewish chair lifting

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.”

Bride on chair at jewish wedding

Jewish wedding dancing

Jewish wedding festivities

Parents giving wedding speech

Groom laughing at perth wedding

Laughing bride

Guests at Perth wedding

Guest reacting to funny wedding speech

Hilarious wedding speech

Cheese wedding cake

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

Bride aqnd groom giving speeches

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

Bride and groom fist pumping

Perth wedding dancing

Bride at jewish wedding reception

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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