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Jane & Tim’s Relaxed Forest Wedding

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


Forest wedding portrait

Jane & Tim

Jane and Tim chose dusk for their relaxed forest wedding, They led their guests deep into the heart of the forest, where there was silence and just their little group as they spoke their vows. It was very much in line with how they wanted their day to unfold – a sense of chilling out, a nod to their love of nature and anticipation of the moments to come. They chose Tilly Clifford to capture their day.

Tim tells their story. “Jane and I both lived in the same places while we were growing up, but we only found out of our relative distance to one another after we first met. She had just gotten a job at a games store in the main street of Katoomba, a small town in the Blue Mountains. I met her there and was immediately drawn to her, for she was nothing like anyone I’d ever met before or since. Only after talking together did we discover just how close we’d come to each other before now.

We went to neighbouring schools, lived in streets on the opposite end of the same village, even passed right by one another by foot one day. We were like moths circling a flame, always flying around one another but never quite meeting in the middle. I think it was the happiest bit of serendipity I’ve ever had in my life. A couple of years later and here we are, newlyweds.”

Guests at Penrose Forest

It was dusk as the ceremony began at Penrose State Forest. Jane noting, “The ceremony was held in Penrose State Forest, it’s a logging pine forest criss-crossed with dirt roads between Sydney and Goulburn, we found a clearing within the trees that was perfect our wedding. We then spoke with the forestry corporation to make sure the area wouldn’t be logged before or on the day.”

Groom in Forest Wedding

Processional at forest wedding

Jane remembers, “I walked through the forest to ‘Arorua’s Theme’ from the Child of Light soundtrack. I loved having my dad walk me through the forest, knowing how much that moment meant to him and how proud he was.”

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Penrose state forest wedding

David Segal officiated the ceremony which followed the intimate feeling the couple wanted. Jane tells, “We had a Hand-fasting as part of our ceremony as a tribute to our ancestry and to express our love and commitment. We wanted to have a very natural fluid style to the ceremony, as we both didn’t feel that a traditional wedding was for us. It was to be intimate and fun, hidden away from the humdrum of everyday life. Being held deep within the forest there was only the sound of bird song and the wind through the trees, it added an almost magic element to the moment.”

Penrose Forest Ceremony

Tim adds, “The other thing I cannot forget is how as we clasped our hands together for the hand fasting, I could feel her shaking. She was still smiling, she was excited. Everything we’d worked for was coming to a head and you could see it, and also feel it.”

David Segal Celebrant

Jane remembers, “I was so overwhelmed during the ceremony that I didn’t hear the celebrant ask a question during the hand-fasting, I suddenly realised and said “sorry, could you repeat that” and everyone erupted in laughter. Both Tilly our photographer and David our celebrant did an amazing job with making our wedding memorable and a dream plan. The whole process of planning was fun and stressful but writing up our ceremony was my favourite part of the process, being able to take that time to focus on why I love my husband and how I wanted to express my feelings on the day was really nice.”

Forest wedding ceremony backdrop

Tim admits, “I got lost driving to the ceremony, to my own wedding. It was a nightmare! Luckily we weren’t the only ones and I managed to get my bearings and lead myself and the Best Man, along with a car load of our friends to the right spot. Though of course, only after I’d had that sinking feeling.”

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Happy guests at forest wedding

Tim remembers, “For me, one of the greatest things was having my parents there. It doesn’t sound like much but when your family is mostly estranged from one another and with a lot of animosity, it’s heartening to see them put it all aside for you. It shows that there are more important things than their problems with each other.”

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Happy guets at forest wedding

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Jane chose a Zuhair Murad gown from  My Theresa as her wedding dress. Her bridesmaid wore a black dress from The G Store . Jane remembers, “I wore a Zuhair Murad evening gown from the 2015 Resort collection. It is a white cotton and silk gown with plunging neckline and floor-sweeping silhouette. I had been searching for a dress that I felt was worthy of such an occasion, when I come across the dress it just stuck with me.

I bought it online which was terrifying, as I hadn’t been able to try it on. When it arrived and I put it on for the first time I felt so happy with my choice. It is the most comfortable dress I’ve worn and I wasn’t weighed down by metres of fabric on the warm night.”

Bridal party in forest wedding

Amy's flower shop bouquets

Amy’s Flower Shop created simple floral arrangements for the day, tying in the beauty of the forest.

Zuhair Murad Wedding DressWalker Slater Waistcoat

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Black and White forest wedding photo

Of their photographer, Jane tells, “We asked Tilly Clifford to be our photographer, after we found her online and fell in love with her style and work. We had never had photos taken before and Tilly made us feel really comfortable and relaxed through the whole process. Tilly has a fantastic eye, finding those little details within each moment. She is very professional and is easy to open up to. I can’t speak highly enough about the photos we have and the work she did for us, Tilly is a great photographer and a genuinely lovely person.”

Newlyweds in forest

Tilly Clifford Wedding Photographer

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Bride and groom walking in forest

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Candlelit pine forest wedding

Reception celebrations were held at the bride’s parent’s home. Jane remembering, “The wedding was designed with simple, clean details. Bare tables set with white napkins and antique cutlery, mismatched chairs and geometric terrariums potted with baby ferns. The focus was on the ones we love and for us all to just relax and enjoy ourselves. The menu was a fusion of light summer food from Greece and Thailand, with ciders and beers and great music throughout.”

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Jane tells, “Our wedding was styled around our love of nature and the geometry of the universe, we even picked the date because it is Pi in the American format (3.14.15), we wanted to keep it simple so we would have a relaxed wedding, keeping focus on what was important to us on the day.”

Outdoor wedding reception

The couple chose not to have a first dance, instead providing plenty of music for a chilled out evening.

Strawberry and chocolate wedding cake

Speeches at forest wedding

Cakr cutting at forest wedding

Congratulations Jane and Tim! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Tilly Clifford for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Tilly Clifford / Bride’s Dress: Zuhair Murad / Bridal Salon: My Theresa / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride’s Jewelry: Necklace - Michael Hill / Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings - Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Waistcoat - Walker Slater / Groom’s Attire: Trousers - Tarocash / Groom’s Attire: Tie - Saba / Groom’s Attire: Shoes - Mathers / Groomsmen Attire: Tie - Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: The G Store / Bridesmaid Accessories: Necklace - Michael Hill / Bridesmaid Accessories: Earrings - Lovisa / Hairstylist: Headlines / Flowers: Amy's Flower Shop / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Penrose State Forest / Ceremony Officiant: David Segal / Reception Venue: Bride's Parent's Home / Catering: Friend / Cake Baker: Michel's Patisserie / Wedding Ring (Groom): Michael Hill / Wedding Ring (Bride): Tula Jewelry
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Autumn Bride Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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There is a special magic to Autumn- when else do you get backdrops so fiery red? So rich and full of colour? This Autumn bride ideas shoot captures all that I love about Autumn colours.

Photographer Louisa Jones Photography teamed up with Moss Industry Weddings and Events Tracey Clarke Hair & Makeup, Debra Fisher Couture (0417 300 596), Lainie Brookman Couture and models Carmen Vitnell Amanda Judson & Kerrie Byrne to capture, in Louisa’s words “The decadent and rich colours of Autumn. Every year I see the gloriously warm hues of autumn crying out to be used in a luxurious wedding theme, so finally I gathered some exceptional vendors together to take advantage of the beautiful and bountiful colours and fruits of the season. My wish is to inspire bridal couples to consider the splendour of autumn as an appealing alternative to spring or summer weddings.”

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Moss Industry Weddings and Events  created the Autumn inspired floral arrangements, photographer Louisa noting, “We used deliciously bold colours in the flowers with a refreshing take on reds. Gorgeous roses, poppies and berries were among the flowers in the beautiful head pieces. With the other headpiece, we used the tendrils from the vibrant Virginia creeper which also inspires and features in the background of some of the images.”

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Hair and makeup artist Tracey of Tracey Clarke Hair & Makeup tells, “For the hair and make-up brief, I took the inspiration from the wonderful autumn foliage and flowers, using coppers, shimmery golds and warm browns. I used a deep berry red lip colour which is so on trend at the moment, to complement the stunning floral head garland used for the shoot.”

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Debra Fisher Couture (0417 300 596 ) created the sleeveless full dress and one shoulder dress while Lainie Brookman Couture created the ballerina style and long sleeve lace gowns. Louisa telling, “Soft lace, chiffon, and satin in soft ivory tones with a few warmer hues were used in the elegant dresses; from classic and dramatic styles to whimsical and dainty. All of these are one of a kind styles; made to measure.”

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Louisa remembers, “A beautiful arbour made from a rustic old ladder, vintage packing boxes, almost bare trees and the Virginia creeper covering an old dairy with falling light set off the scene. Fairy lights were used for a subtle enhancement.”

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Louisa notes, “All my wonderful vendors have boutique businesses in and around the Geelong Region; the dresses are from two different local Geelong couture dressmakers; the hair and makeup artist and florist are also local vendors. The styling was my concept: rich autumn colours, fairy lights and apples. I directed the make-up artist and florist with colours and hairstyles. The site was my parents-in-laws’ farm in Gnarwarre near Geelong, Victoria.”

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Photographer: Louisa Jones Photography / Floral Styling: Moss Industry Weddings and Events / Hair & Makeup Artist: Tracey Clarke Hair & Makeup / Bride’s Dress: Debra Fisher Couture 0417 300 596 / Bride’s Dress: Lainie Brookman Couture / Models: Carmen Vitnell / Models: Amanda Judson / Models: Kerrie Byrne

Modern Bridal Cuffs

by | Bride, Jewellery


When it comes to bridal jewellery, I love that no matter your personality, there’s a beautiful option out there for you. These modern bridal cuffs aren’t from bridal designers – quite the opposite in fact. But each could accompany a sleek, bias cut gown or give a bold twist to a more traditional ball gown.

I love the idea of bringing your favourite gemstone, or favourite metal into your wedding day style. Today I’m rounding up eight of my favourites, but I’m interested – would you wear a cuff on your day? What would you choose?

Modern Bridal Cuffs


1. Au Revoir Les Filles Dawn Cuff in Gold 2. Chelsea de Luca Heart of Gold Cuff in Rose Gold 3. ManiaMania Luminary Bangle  Silver Plated with Phantom Quartz 4. Witchery Perforated Cuff 5. Pamela Love Mini Pentagram Cuff from Shopbop 6. Asha Capote Cuff in Malachite from Charm & Chain 7. Samantha Wills Precious Dreamers Cuff in gold. 8. Alexis Bittar Crystal Cuff Bracelet from Shopbop

Laura and Rowan’s All White Waterside Wedding

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


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Laura & Rowan

There is a chic sense of the beautiful in today’s all white waterside wedding. From the bride’s stunning beautiful gown, to the peaceful and beautiful church ceremony. The celebratory boat ride and the flowers, oh, the incredible flowers at the reception! This wedding comes our way from gm photographics.

It seems Laura and Rowan were always meant to be. On how they met, Laura tells, “Our parents have always known each other, and our dad’s went to school together back 50 years ago in Sicily.”

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Laura and her bridesmaids wore gowns from D’Amico Couture.

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Bridal gown with slleeves

Groomsmen in Oxford Suits

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Rowan and Laura chose St Peter Chanel, Hunters Hill for their marriage ceremony. Laura telling, “We were drawn to the church as it is amazing both inside and outside”.

Groom in St Peter Chanel, Hunters Hill

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Laura chose Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the processional.

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Bridal party by gm photographics

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Laura and Rowan chose Catalina Restaurant for their reception, noting, “We love Catalina for their location, service and quality of food!”

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Faye Cahill Cake Design created the wedding cake. It was, of course, all white and topped with a beautiful white sugar flower.

White wedding centrepieces

The all white floral arrangements on the day were styled by Vesna Grasso Floral Designer.

Sunset at Catalina

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Guests received mini candles from Glasshouse Candles which Laura decorated herself.

Candles and flowers

Bride and groom arrival to cataline

The bridal party arrived by boat to the reception, Laura noting, “Rowan and I where the only two that were supposed to be on the boat but at the last minute we got a bigger boat and the bridal party joined us!”. The trip turned out to be one of her favourite parts of the day.

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Of their first dance, Laura remembers, “We danced to A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins. Ever since we first heard the song together we fell in love with it.”

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Bride and groom in farewell car

The final flourish in this gorgeous wedding is the beautiful film captured by Soda Films.

Congratulations Laura and Rowan! What a beautiful day you had! Thank you to gm photographics for sharing this wedding with us!

Photographer: gm photographics / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Bride’s Dress: D'Amico Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Jewelry: Cerrone / Bride’s Jewelry: Stephanie Browne / Groom’s Attire: Armani / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: D'Amico Couture / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Bridesmaid Accessories: Gregorys Jewellers / Hairstylist: Juliana Marcs / Makeup Artist: Lily Boz Make Up / Flowers & Decor: Vesna Grasso Floral Designer / Invitations & Stationery: Luxe Design / Ceremony Venue: St Peter Chanel, Hunters Hill / Ceremony Officiant: Father Keys / Reception Venue: Catalina Restaurant / DJ: DJ Mel C / Favors: Glasshouse Candles / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill Cake Design / Wedding Rings: Cerrone / Transport: Roll Up In A Rolls
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