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Toni & Chris’ Hinterland Country Hall Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Toni & Chris

Toni and Chris held their hinterland country hall wedding in the mountains of the Gold Coast. They wed in the gardens of the community run hall, before guests dined inside the hall under a foliage wrapped chandelier the couple made themselves. The spirits were high – the couple designing their day so everyone could feel as connected as possible.  Lucas & Co were there to capture the day.

Toni remembers how they came to be. “We met at a music festival when our eyes clicked in a drinks line. We spent the day and night together before heading out for dinner after the festival.”

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Toni wore the ‘Bridgette’ by Pia Gladys Perry gown from Bohemian Brides, explaining, “I chose a simple dress because I wanted to have a special headpiece, which I chose from Bo & Luca (Luna headpiece).  It wasn’t what I had pictured before I went looking but the dress suited me and I knew I would be able to boogie in it!

Kate from the boutique made the experience really lovely and was incredibly accommodating. I added some handmade elements to the dress including a simple belt my mother in law helped me make, beading across the drop back and my something old. A friend had found antique ribbon embroidered with my initials in a store many years ago. I had the ribbon sewn to the inside hemline of the dress (thanks again to my mother in law). ”

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Toni and Chris were married at Mt Nimmel Hall, Toni noting, “From the get go we wanted a small hall in the country that we could make our own and decorate just how we wanted. When we came across Mt Nimmel Hall we couldn’t believe how perfectly it suited us. It is run by volunteers in the local community.”  Toni and Chris made the welcome sign, amongst other things (friends and family photoboard, drinks menu, order of events sign, menu, chandeliers, bench for ladies toiletries, toilet signs (man punching bear and 50s housewife), wedding favours, name tags, table numbers, speech stand and bunting).

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Of her walk down the aisle, Toni remembers, “I’ve always loved the song from the opening credits in ‘Juno’, ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. I had a fear that I was going to sob (read ugly crying) the whole way down the aisle and therefore wanted a happy song. My plan failed though. Our wonderful singer Tommy Sheehan, a local Gold Coast artist, made the song his own and had slowed it down to a beautifully romantic piece. Choking up ensued.”

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Enchanted Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Lindsay Carroll  officiated the ceremony, Toni telling, “Our number one goal was to have a ceremony that made everyone feel connected. We wanted it to be personal and heartfelt. Our celebrant Lindsay had some lovely ideas to make our guests feel included. Lindsay entwined personal stories and information we had shared with her within her dialogue and this coupled with having written our own vows ensured it felt very much our day. We had two readings; ‘On Your Wedding Day’ Poem by Unknown and ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’ by Louis de Bernieres.”

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Of their photographers, Toni remembers, “Sarah and Jason from Lucas & Co were lovely to work with. They were unobtrusive and were very quick to get a shot and move on to the next. We didn’t feel staged or unnatural at all. We loved that they were up for a bit of a bush bash so we could get down to a stream in the state forest to capture some amazing shots. Also, Sarah has great shoes!”

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Toni recalls, “I loved going to take photos and having some quiet moments with my new husband and some fun with our wedding party. We stopped at an open field by the side of the road opposite a large barn. Shortly after, a band started jamming in the barn so we had a dance in the field. I still regret not going over and asking them to come and play the reception!”

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The newlyweds and their guests started the evening off with speeches at dusk.

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The reception was held inside the Mt Nimmel Hall which was decorated with a rustic style chandelier made by the couple, Toni remembering, “We collected driftwood which Chris used to create two rectangular frames. We wrapped them with fairy lights and hung foliage from them, before hanging them from the roof over the tables.”

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Homemade muesli was gifted to guests as a wedding favor.

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The newlyweds made sure to hire a team who could support them on their day.  The Events Lounge coordinated everything on the day while Lovestruck Weddings styled the wedding. Toni notes “Rachael from The Events Lounge who provided an on the day wedding co-ordination for us was extremely easy to work with and her professionalism was superb.”

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Toni notes, “I really enjoyed making our name cards which included an individualized greeting or message to our guests.”

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For their first dance, Toni and Chris chose Ottis Redding “How Strong My Love Is”.

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Congratulations Toni and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucas & Co  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lucas & Co / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: (On The Day) The Events Lounge / Styling: Lovestruck Weddings / Bride’s Dress: ‘Bridgette’ by Pia Gladys Perry / Bridal Salon: Bohemian Brides / Bride’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bo & Luca (Luna headpiece) / Groom’s Attire: Politix / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Hairstylist: Foxs Lane Stying / Makeup Artist: Avia Beauty / Flowers: Enchanted Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Mt Nimmel Hall / Ceremony Hire Items: Lovestruck Weddings / Ceremony Officiant: Lindsay Carroll / Ceremony Musicians: Tommy Sheehan / Reception Hire Items: Lovestruck Weddings / LOVE Sign: Retro in the Rough / Catering: Canadian Kitchen Catering / Photobooth: The Photobooth Collective / Wedding Ring (Groom): Michael Hill / Wedding Ring (Bride): Paradise’s Facet 58 Jewellers
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Megan and Sam’s Modern City Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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What happens when a couple wins a Polka Dot Bride competition? They end up with a modern city wedding that has the most incredible atmosphere with sweet delicious touches, an Eton mess bar, cascading florals, a wedding arch covered in trailing greenery and the most beautiful lighting. I am so excited to see the end result of this giveaway! Megan and Sam chose Ed Sloane to capture their day with additional styling photos captured by Agent 86 Photography.

Megan tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met through friends in 2007. It all began late one night at a bar in the city then went on another date a week or two later and have been together ever since.”

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The groom chose a tuxedo from Oscar Hunt.

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Megan wore a custom gown from One Day Bridal “It was a fitted sequin full length gown, with a plunging sweet heart neckline. The bust featured invisible mesh fabric layered with beaded lace detail. When I started researching dress options, I turned to red carpet photos and fashion magazines for inspiration, as I felt I wanted more of a stylish gown rather than a traditional bridal look. During my research and shopping, I never really found the perfect dress, but there were many elements of dresses that I liked.

I was constantly drawn to sequins and loved the idea of an interesting neckline. Working with One Day Bridal I was able combine the design of two different dresses and add the beaded lace detailing, it was exactly what I had envisioned.” Her bridesmaids wore black sequin gowns by Langhem Australia from Swish Clothing.

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The beautiful floral arrangements on the day were created by Flower Jar.

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Megan and Sam chose Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria for their ceremony, noting, “We loved the a grand, heritage space in Melbourne’s CBD.” Megan walked down the aisle to “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap, played live by Tom Carty.Wedding Ceremony MelbourneVic Library wedding ceremony

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“My great uncle was our priest; it was very special to have him marry us. We were able to involve family and friends in the ceremony, including Sam’s brother who played the guitar alongside Tom Carty during the signing of the registry.”

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Of their photographer, Megan tells, “We chose the talented Ed Sloane to capture their day. Ed is a freelance photographer from the Surf Coast of Victoria whose style is a mixture of action and art. Ed focuses on the surf and the ocean (but also captures the occasional incredible wedding).”

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The couple chose the clean, industrial space of  Two Ton Max for their wedding reception.

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Stylist Jane Lovejoy of Oh Perfect Day notes, “The day featured glam gold accents, luxurious marble, pops of bright ‘radiant orchid’ blooms and abundant, organic foliage. Modern and industrial met art deco in a wedding full of colour, contrast and personality. From a gold ceremony arch swathed in greenery to to brass candlesticks peeping through lush blooms, the wedding was filled with details and touches that reflected the couple’s unique sense of style. Style elements included a dance floor surrounded by festoon lighting, hanging gold planters dripping with foliage, custom chalkboard art and Edison globes enclosed in gold cages strung up above the venue’s impressive marble bar.”

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“We didn’t have a wedding cake. Instead we served dessert via a ‘DIY’ Eaton Mess Bar. Our guests were able to help themselves to a choice of different fruits and toppings, in addition to the traditional meringue and cream. This dessert is a favourite amongst my extended family and the DIY element was a hit!”

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“All were fantastic; we loved working with all our vendors. I really enjoyed all of the planning process, from working with our stylist, the dress making process, to choosing our menu and music. What I enjoyed the most was meeting and working with a number of small local businesses. The passion and talent of our suppliers was so impressive, all went above and beyond to help make our day special, and that made the process so enjoyable.” Guests enjoyed a cocktail celebration with food by Hudsons Famous.

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In lieu of traditional favors, the couple decided to make a donation. Megan remembers, “Instead of bonbonnieres we made a donation to Ronald McDonald House on behalf of our guests. This was in honour of Sam’s cousin and close friend who lost his life to Leukaemia at a young age.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Megan and Sam! Thank you for sharing the story of your day with us! Thank you also to Oh Perfect Day, Ed Sloane and Agent 86 Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Ed Sloane / Photographer (Styling Elements): Agent 86 Photography / Styling & Hire: Oh Perfect Day / Bride’s Dress: One Day Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Bracelet – Family heirloom / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Batsanis / Groomsmen Attire: New Era’s Fashion / Bridesmaid Dresses: Langham Australia from Swish Clothing / Bridesmaid Accessories: Bracelets - Custom / Bridesmaid Accessories: Earrings - Mimco / Hairstylist: True Colours Hair / Makeup Artist: Melonie Santos / Invitations & Stationery: Family friend / Flowers: Flower Jar / Ceremony Venue: Queens Hall, State Library of Victoria / Ceremony Musicians: Tom Carty / Ceremony Arch Hire: Flower Jar / Lantern Hire: Oh Perfect Day / Reception Venue: Two Ton Max / Rental Furniture: Dann Event Hire / Lighting & Rigging: Technical Events / Favors: Donation to Ronald McDonald House / Reception Musicians: Tom Carty / Catering: Hudsons Famous / Wedding Rings: Melbourne Diamond Importers

Jane & Tim’s Relaxed Forest Wedding

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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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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.”

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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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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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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.”

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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.”

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Tilly Clifford Wedding Photographer

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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

Autumn Bride Ideas

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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
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