Warm, glowing candlelight and beautiful wedding gowns was all today’s talented team needed to create a romantic white on white bridal inspiration shoot.
Photographer Lisa Thompson teamed up with bridal gown designer Louise Alvarez Couture, florist Maria Lush, makeup artist Cathy Tolpigin and hairstylist Kristine Bisson with delightful jewels from Victoria Buckley and masses of glowing candles from Oleria Emporium to create a shoot Lisa describes as one that “encompasses femininity, elegance and minimalism. These beautiful inspiration images utilise natural window light and the warm glow of candlelight to create a feeling of sensuality and softness. Beautiful white and cream elements, textures and layers feature throughout the shoot creating a feeling of light, warmth and harmony”.
The team worked in a blank canvas space of white walls and floors, with delicate crystal cut candle holders, and candlesticks of all shapes and sizes. Romantic gowns paired with beautiful white flowers, hair and makeup that is feminine, yet organic all creating a look that is simple and stunning in its beauty.
Delicate gowns form Louise Alvarez with details of applique flowers, delicate tulle skirts and ivory corded lace utterly romantic and the stars of the show.
With a white on white colour palette, Maria Lush used boldly shaped blooms incorporating Delphinium flowers, peonies, buddleia and blushing bride.
Keeping the look romantic, makeup artist Cathy Tolpigin worked to create a soft bronze smokey eye with gentle pink lips and cheeks – plenty of highlighter catching the candle glow. Hairstylist Kristine Bisson created a soft braided up-do which worked to the textural, organic feel of the shoot.
When we come across a couple who have smiles that are so infectious it brightens our week, well we know it’s always a story we have to share. Ria and Billy chose a rustic barn backdrop for their wedding day, with photographer Tom Rawlins making the most of the backdrop for their wedding day photographs.
The bride chose a beautiful Theia Couture gown from The Bridal Atelier. She tells “All I knew from the very beginning of finding the dress was I wanted something I would feel comfortable, and of course beautiful, all day and night. On the hanger, the dress did not look like much but lucky for me my best friend insisted I try it on. I got that feeling everyone says you get when you find ‘the one’. What I ended up choosing was not something I thought I would wear however I absolutely love my wedding dress and felt amazing in it all day & night.
I had a great experience finding the dress with my maid of honour, mum and mother in law. I liked that The Bridal Atelier has a range of designers and styles of dresses to choose from. The girls are extremely lovely and helpful and made the whole process seamless.”
Ria and Billy chose The Barn Wallington at the venue for their wedding, using Bel Co Events for all of their styling and hire. They remark “We wanted a venue that we could have a casual, fun cocktail party with all the people we love – and that it certainly was. The rustic feel of The Barn worked perfectly to incorporate a modern, art deco feel that we were after. We gave our wedding stylist, Annabel from Bel Co Events, a brief and budget and she ran with it – creating a styling concept beyond anything we could’ve imagined.”
Ria chose “Latch” by Sam Smith for her walk down the aisle.
Ria and Billy chose Jo Betz to officiate their ceremony, noting “Our ceremony ended up being one of the many highlights of our wedding – it was perfect! We wanted our ceremony to be happy, fun, filled with lots of love, laughter, happy tears and be an honest reflection of us. Our celebrant, Jo Betz, told our love story perfectly and gave our wedding guests all the emotions we were after. You couldn’t wipe the smile off our faces.”
Of their photographer, Ria tells “We wanted someone that was fun, would create a comfortable, cruisey vibe and we felt totally comfortable with. A few close friends had Tommy as their wedding photographer so we knew he was the man to capture our day.”
“When we were getting photos Billy picked me up and carried me in his arms along the boardwalk. Tom was snapping away and the bridal party yelled out how cute it looked. We got to the end of the boardwalk and Billy didn’t see the gap to step over onto the pathway, one of his legs fell straight through!! He fell forward yet somehow managed to place me down ‘gracefully’, just missing a big piece of duck poo. I came out with not a mark on my dress and Billy with a tear in the knee on his custom made pants. It was a typical Billy and Ria moment that had the entire bridal party, videographer and photographer in stiches.”
Ria tells “Our first dance was also our entrance song – Latch by Discloser. We’re not the slow dance type. Entering into our reception dancing like no one’s watching is more our style.”
Guests enjoyed a feast catered by Steampocket, Ria explaining “Food was such an important part of our wedding, with my side of the family being Italian, and Steampocket did not disappoint. All our guests commented on our food and there was more than enough for everyone. Espresso Martini’s later in the night was a huge hit!”
Congratulations on your marriage Ria and Billy! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tom Rawlins for sharing today’s celebration with us!
For lovers of Sunshine inspired designs, the brand new Tutu Du Monde Desert Daze collection is filled to the brim with designs that bring a little sparkle to the littlest ones in your life.
Inspired by all things Palm Springs, the new designs is filled with sorbet shades with the carefree spirit of California and a few nods to the region’s love of mid-century design. The brand’s much loved tiered tulle dresses and skirts coming to life in soft pinks, pretty mints and blues adding a touch of gorgeous colour.
Beautiful capelets of feathers, sequins and tulle give an added sense of fun and the introduction of the “paradise” print, something new to consider for laid back wedding days in the sun.
Of course, it isn’t all so serious- gold sequin palm trees and pineapples, silver stars, glittering shorts with ruffles and glittering bows all add a sense of whimsy to the gorgeous collection of pieces for the sweetest flower girl to walk down the aisle.
Bright colour always makes me happy, so when there are bright colour and a wedding in one, well how can I can anything less than ecstatic? I fell for the beautiful bright flowers in Lauren and Sam’s wedding, just one part of a day that seemed to be carefully thought out and executed to match the bride and groom’s laid back personalities (complete with food trucks!) and captured beautifully by Madeleine Chiller.
They newlyweds tell their story. “We met at the Kinglake Football Netball Club, Sam always states for him it was love at first sight, Lauren always needed convincing.”
Lauren’s sister designed the modern stationery for the day, kicking off the handmade elements.
The bride chose a beautiful gown from Mariana Hardwick , telling “It was a simple but elegant dress with a low exposed back. The beautiful girls at Marianna Hardwick made it so easy to find my dress, such a easy process! All done in a day!”
The couple chose a family property for the wedding, noting “We used Lauren’s parents’ property in Kinglake which is set in beautiful bushland and overlooks a large free water dam. Kinglake is a special place for the both of us, also Sam recently finished building Lauren’s parents’ place there.”
Lauren walked down the aisle to “Say My Name” by Florence & The Machine.
Father Peter officiated the ceremony, Lauren noting “We just wanted to be simple, it was performed by a priest but in a very relaxed fashion, allow us to live together to a happy old age and let marriage be held in honour by all. Our readings were based on building marriage on great foundations of love and respect also what an honour it is marry your soul mate.”
Of their photographer, Lauren raves “Where do I begin to thank Maddie, we meet in high school and had always got along. I followed her work on Facebook and her blogs over the years in awe of her creative ability and stunning photos. I had used Maddie previously for some family photos, and I knew when Sam and I were getting married there was no one else I would turn to and trust. I was over the moon when she was free on our date.
We met over the months leading up to our day, her advice was fantastic. She gave ideas and made sure I didn’t forget anything, it felt like she knew everything I wanted from the word go. On the day she was simply amazing besides her amazing photography she was like a second bridesmaid for me.”
Gillian Pollard styled the bright and beautiful floral arrangements for the day, Lauren explaining “My florist Gillian Pollard was outstanding. I had no idea what I wanted when it came to flowers or visualising the space. After my first meeting with Gill, I fell in love with her ideas and just let her use her creativity so I actually had no idea which flowers I was having, but I was absolutely blown away by what she was able to pull together! The guests still comment on how beautiful our flowers were! All the vendors that we used were so amazing and easy to deal with! Which made everything run smoothly!”
“My mum made all the cushions that we had on the planks of wood, most we wrapped in calico around the planks. Sam built our arch. My sister helped with making the signs around the marquee and for the wedding.”
Wanting to make most of the country, guests dined from food trucks in a beautiful clear marquee. Culinary delights including offerings fromBeatbox Burgers, All Ablaze Pizza , Rhodes Greek Tavern andCrepes for Change. Lauren tells “Food was a big thing, We wanted great food, didn’t want anyone to be hungry and wanted to people to choose what they wanted. Rhodes Greek Tavern is our favourite restaurant and they were more than willing to help us cater which was fantastic.”
Of the first dance, Lauren remembers “We danced to Have I told You Lately by Van Morrison, for me it was always a song that highlights love between each other, Sam just went along with it!”
Congratulations on your marriage Lauren and Sam! Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us. Thank you also to Madeleine Chiller for sharing today’s beautiful celebration with us!