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Sophie and Sam’s Modern St Kilda Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Sophie and Sam

When I first saw this wedding pop up on Instagram last year through Louisa Bailey I think I lost my breath. A bride in a tangerine gown? As someone who is so utterly traditional in a sense, I am always beyond excited when brides express their different personalities and wear a beautiful, coloured gown.

Sophie and Sam chose a modern feel for their wedding day – from the garden ceremony, the tangerine gown to a St Kilda Stokehouse reception and an outfit change into silver sequins. They did it their way and it was awesome. On how they met, Sophie tells, “We met in rehab (a great joke but also true!) We are both (working) in health and Sam fell head over heels for Soph over a rehab meeting at St Vincents Hospital.”

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Sophie and Sam met before the ceremony for photographs. Of their photographer Louisa, Sophie says, “Louisa was the epitome of professionalism, artistic flair, with down to earth approach, warmth and the ability to make you feel at ease the moment you meet her. She became more a part of the wedding rather than an external aspect.”

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Sophie’s tangerine wedding gown was purchased at Carla Zampatti.

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Sophie and Sam held their ceremony at a private home, Sophie walking down the aisle to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” performed by Ruby Strings.

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Melanie Lunny performed the ceremony, the newlyweds noting, “Our celebrant Mel Lunny really made our ceremony feel earthy and warm and represented our story, and the precious people in our lives.”

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Sophie remembers, “Sam’s mother organised the garden, champagne & catering at her house for the reception which was full of bright orange, pink and red hues (tulips & roses) and managed to have our cake (a croquembouche from The French Lettuce) draped with bright rose petals also.”

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“Our wedding was so special because it reflected us as a couple, there was plenty of humour in our ceremony/vows and a change of outfits for the evening to reflect our sense of fun together and that we were in full celebration mode- we matched our outfits and had great fun with it!”

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The reception was held at Stokehouse, the couple telling, “Stokehouse was classy, efficient and very friendly. Our favourite part though were the flowers which were created by Nic at Camberwell Florist, who added all personal touches and mixed vintage with bright spring collections and made the journey such a memorable adventure! Thanks Nic- we love you!”

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The couple both changed outfits for the reception, Sam to a grey suit and Sophie to a silver sequin Carla Zampatti frock.

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Sophie and Sam tell, “The part of the day for both of us were the speeches, there were poems and funny tales and heartfelt, emotional moments.”

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Of their first dance, Sophie tells “We did a rumba dance to our favourite song by Ron Sexsmith, and played/sung live by Sam’s brother Tom on guitar- just perfect.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Sophie and Sam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey for sharing today’s beautiful images with us!

Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Bride’s Dress: (Orange) Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Dress: (Silver) Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride's own / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Makeup Artist: Lisa G Make Up / Hairstylist: Nathaniel- Hawthorn, Francappelli / Flowers & Decor: Camberwell Market Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Classy Paperie / Ceremony Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Melanie Lunny / Ceremony Musicians: Ruby Strings / Cake Baker: The French Lettuce / Reception Venue: Stokehouse / DJ: Groom's brother Tom / Wedding Rings: Charles Rose
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Paper Flower Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, DIY, Wedding Inspiration

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Floral backdrop created by Hartmann Studios photo by Therese Jacinto via Craft & Couture

Paper flowers are such an incredible way to decorate your wedding and the picture above, which has been one of my favourites for a long time shows just how breathtaking they can look.

From chic candle lit backdrops in one hue, to bright and bold posies, arches and table centrepieces. Small scale, to giant and overwhelming – the intricacy and delicacy is entirely customisable to your own wedding and its style. I love that one simple thing that we use every day can be turned into something stunningly beautiful.

Far from being a DIY only option, there are plenty of artisans creating incredible paper flower features that you can purchase for your own wedding.

My favourite flower ideas?

For your personal look…

  • Wear paper flowers in your hair
  • Carry a bouquet of paper blooms.
  • Carry one large paper flower instead of many small ones
  • Create paper flower boutonnieres and corsages

For your ceremony…

  • Create a floral arch or hang masses of paper flowers to frame your ceremony spot
  • Tie paper flowers to each chair or church pew
  • Create a paper flower chandelier to hang over your heads as you say your vows
  • Welcome guests with a paper flower arch way
  • Have flower girls carry large paper blooms

For the reception…

  • Welcome guests with a floral arch over your reception entrance
  • Sprinkle paper flowers over your tables or throughout your centrepieces
  • Dot giant paper flowers throughout the gardens for cocktail hour
  • Create a paper flower wall (like the one above) as the focal point for your bridal table
  • Gift each guest a paper flower to add a little wedding colour to each fancy frock
  • Adorn your cake with paper blooms
  • Hang garlands of paper blooms over the tables
  • Create large flower heads and place down the tables as a floral table runner
  • Adorn the back of the newlywed’s chairs with paper flower garlands

Need more ideas? Check out some of my favourite photos of paper flowers below!

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1. Paper wedding bouquet by The Crimson Poppy 2. Paper flower arch photo by Rylee Hitchner via Green Wedding Shoes3. Paper flower backdrop by Lovelyfest Events 4. Paper wedding bouquet photo by Swoon Over It Photography via Inspired By This 5. Giant crepe paper rose via Studio DIY 6. Photo by  Maria Farrelly via Cwtch The Bride 7. Giant paper flowers photo by Brooke Courtney Photography via DIY Bride 8. Photo by Clayton Austin via Ruffled 9. Photo by Ashley Rose via Hostess With The Mostess 10. Paper flower wall by Balushka Paper Floral Artistry, photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography via Ruffled 11. Giant flower tutorial from Ruche at Design*Sponge

9 Metallic Necklaces For Wedding Day Style

by | Accessories, Bride, Jewellery

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For me, bridal accessories are becoming more modern, more statement and that added flair that can really make your wedding day look your own.

So with that being said, today’s roundup is all about metallic wedding necklaces. From big and bold, to finer chains. In rose golds, silvers and yellow gold, to ones with added colour.

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1. “Reptile Chain” necklace from Witchery

2. “Notorious” necklace in jet and yellow gold from Mimco

3. Necklace from Elk Accessories

4. “Let  Them Eat Cake” neck piece from Chelsea De Luca

5.  Necklace from Witchery

6. “Hitch” signet necklace in gunmetal from Mimco

7. “Universal” signet necklace in rose gold from Mimco

8. “Country Club” necklace in gold and blue from Mimco

9. “Well Connected” necklace in gold finish from Rocket & Tess

Briana and Jono’s Deux Belettes Wedding

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

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Briana and Jono

Briana and Jono chose to have just their closest family an friends attend their wedding at stunning Byron Bay venue Deux Belettes Guesthouse. This allowed them to speak to each and every guest and spend plenty of time together. The day unfolded with rainy moments, a first look and an impromptu acoustic singalong to the Grease soundtrack, ending with the bride and groom diving into the guesthouse pool. A wedding so fun and unexpected doesn’t come around very often, Van Middleton capturing all the spontaneous moments!

Briana tells the tale of how they came to be. “We had met one another a couple of times through mutual friends. However, it wasn’t until we both found ourselves out one night with these same friends (who were all behaving a little suspicious) that we began to suspect a set-up. Turns out they were onto something!”

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Abbey Fancourt created the couple’s whimsical stationery and also created chalkboard signs.

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Bride Briana chose a Rachel Gilbert gown with shoes from Witchery and jewels by Samantha Wills.

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Briana and Jono met before the ceremony for photographs, Briana remembering, “Jono and I really wanted to see one another prior to the ceremony, so we had a ‘first look’ with our photographer. It was really magical to see each other for the first time with no one else around…. It definitely didn’t take away from the sentiment or excitement of walking down the aisle towards Jono! In fact it made the whole experience even better because we both felt so calm after seeing one another and were able to absorb everything that was happening during the ceremony.”

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On their decision to marry at Deux Belettes Guesthouse, Briana tells, “We had our ceremony and reception at Deux Belettes. It was an ideal location to hold the whole day; there are so many unique areas to have each aspect of the wedding, which has a major impact when ‘revealing’ new areas of the venue to the guests. The whole place has such a lovely vibe and was a beautiful backdrop for the photos as well! Minimal travel also made it easier for our guests (we chartered a bus there and back) and allowed us to spend the maximum time possible with them.”

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Briana walked down the aisle with her parents to a piece she had chosen long ago. She tells, “I chose a classical music piece called ‘Dear Frankie: Opening Title’ by Alex Heffes. I first heard this piece when watching the movie ‘Dear Frankie’ at 16 years old and decided that I would walk down the aisle to it one day!”

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The couple were married by Irena Kirpichnikova.

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The couple married under a beautiful floral arch created by White Ivy Design. Briana remarks, “Our florist, Janine, from White Ivy Design was amazing… I had been really excited to see how the flowers would turn out as they were a big feature of the day…However when I saw them in real life I was totally overwhelmed. Everything Janine does is incredible! She constructed a floral chandelier and ceremony arch for us on site as well as putting together the flowers for our tables. The flowers she used for the decorations and our bouquets were divine! She is a seriously talented lady (and an absolute pleasure to deal with).”

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Of their photographer, Briana tells, “We discovered Van Middleton Photography through a recommendation from a friend. The moment we looked through his work on his blog we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. When we traveled to the Gold Coast to meet Van and discovered how amazing and easygoing he was it reinforced our feelings that he was the man for the job. Van was an absolute dream to work with on the day. He was innovative in his ideas and subtle in his approach; I don’t remember noticing him too much throughout the day, but Van sure didn’t miss a single special moment. He went to great lengths to ensure his photos told a candid, honest story of our wedding day and was totally on board with our crazy ideas-like jumping on the pool at the end of the night! Plus he was really quick to get the photos back to us, which is always a bonus!!”

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On their decision for an intimate wedding, Briana notes, “Having a small number of guests meant that we were able to have a meaningful conversation with every single person at the wedding. It also meant that Jono and I were able to spend HEAPS of time enjoying the day together, instead of being apart mingling all night!”

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White bunny rabbits featured throughout the decor, paying homage to Briana’s childhood, she explains, “As a child I used to be called ‘bunny’ by my parents, and I’ve always thought of white rabbits as being quite lucky. Leading up to the wedding we curated a collection of white bunnies, which were featured amongst the table decorations and scattered around the venue.”

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Guests dined at one long table. “We all ate dinner at one large rectangular table. Because our families and friends mostly know one another it kind of felt like Christmas! It was noisy and full of laughter and people swapping seats all night, but it created such a lovely atmosphere.”

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Most of the decor was organised by Briana and Jono with Nicole Randall working on the day to ensure everything was set up and ran smoothly – also creating a sweet station for guest favors. Briana remembers, “We spent about 12 months slowly collecting an assortment of glass jars for the flowers and making decorations. We had a lot of help from the bridesmaids and my mum to make bunting, signs, chalk boards and tassel garlands. We also drove four carloads of furniture and decorations for the venue (Thank goodness for parents!), which our wedding co-ordinators set up and styled, alongside all of our hired furniture.

Due to the nature of the wedding venue we were in control of organising the caterers/menu/drinks, furniture hire, decorations, music etc. Because of this we were able to have a day that was completely suited to us. It was hard work (especially without a wedding planner), and I was lucky I had 12 months to get things organised, but it was definitely worth it. Our day was filled with nothing more than the people and things that we love.”

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“One of the greatest moments of the day, and something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life happened during dinner. The musician was playing an acoustic version of ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from Grease and the WHOLE table erupted into a spontaneous sing along. You can’t plan that kind of thing…It was incredible!”

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For their first dance, Briana says, “Jono chose the first dance song which was “Let’s Stay Together’ by Rev Al Green, played acoustically by our musician (Chris Byrne). Having live music added a lot to the atmosphere of the day… Our musician, Chris, is a really genuine and talented guy. Prior to the wedding he arranged for my dad to get up and play a few songs with him during the reception, which was really special”

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Congratulations on your marriage Briana and Jono! Thank you for sharing your story with us and thank you to Van Middleton for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Van Middleton / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: (On the day) Nicole Randall / Hire: Byron Bay Wedding Hire / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Witchery / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS / Hairstylist: leesha Darke, A Fashionable Hair Life / Makeup Artist: Melanie Jane Make-up Artist / Flowers & Decor: White Ivy Design / Invitations & Stationery: Abbey Fancourt / Sign Writing: Abbey Fancourt / Venue: Deux Belettes Guesthouse / Ceremony Officiant: Irena Kirpichnikova / Ceremony and Reception Music: Chris Byrne / Favors: Lolly Bar set up by stylists / Catering: Hungry Like The Wolf / Wedding Rings: Percy Marks / Transport: G & N Bus Services
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