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Modern Bushland Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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There is nothing quite like the backdrop of the Australian bush of a wedding, and today’s modern bush land wedding inspiration shoot combines the gorgeous bushland backdrop, with wedding inspiration that is simple, but incredibly beautiful.

Photographer Alana Taylor Photography team with with hairstylist Blair Pinchman from Adagé Hair and Body, makeup artist Stephanie Pase from The Lipstick Bandit, florist Leah Mitchell Floral Design along with models Reece Conley and Stephanie Morrison , a beautiful gown by Karen Willis Holmes from Ivory & Lace Boutique, cowboy boots from Ariat Boots and a stunning venue – Weddings in the Wilde at Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre to create a shoot that had a rustic yet elegant and relaxed style that really played off its surroundings.

Photographer Alana notes, “The inspiration behind the shoot was the venue. It is set in such beautiful surroundings, in the highlands, and has so much charm. The warm ambiance of the bush chapel made me swoon the first time I was there, and still does. It’s the most perfect location for a cosy gathering of friends and family. We wanted to keep the shoot simple, about the couple and their relationship rather then all the bells and whistles, which after all is what a wedding is about. We had the Bride with two different outfits, a more formal outfit for the ceremony and a more relaxed outfit for the reception to really convey the style for the shoot.”

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Ashtyn and Patrick’s Fun Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bride and groom at backyard wedding

Ashtyn & Patrick

A fun garden wedding never goes astray and today’s backyard celebration is full of fun moments, happy moments and love filled moments. So it ticks all the Polka Dot boxes! The two handmade, or worked with family and friends to create most of the elements of their day- from origami flowers guests pinned to their dresses and suits as they arrived, to the wedding arch they married under. Each little detail was carefully thought out. Ashtyn and Patrick chose We Are Alchemy to capture their wedding day.

Of how they became engaged, Ashtyn tells, “We had been together for almost 10 years when Pat proposed. We met at high school when Pat was the new kid at school and have been together ever since! We chose the ring together and then Pat proposed a few months later one Saturday afternoon on a favourite walk of ours … without the ring! I got the ring the next day when we got back home. It was great! It was a whole weekend event.”

Pat adds, “Ash and I got together in high school. In early 2014 I proposed to her at one of our favourite bush walks/look outs down on the Great Ocean Road. Her extended family was staying down there with us at the time so it was great to be able to share the special moment with them too.”

Bride putting on dressBride in hallway

Ashtyn chose a gown by Grace Loves Lace, she remembers “My dress was the Loren Chiffon from Grace Loves Lace (swoon!). I was totally open to buying a second hand dress (as long as it met my criteria of being ‘backyard’ appropriate and comfortable to eat and dance in!!)  Next thing I know, less than a month after our engagement, this baby popped up on ebay!

I bought it so quickly that I realised only a few minutes later I didn’t even ask the girl I was buying it from how tall she was! Thankfully she was the same height as me, meant to be! I altered the straps slightly from the way I bought it and I was done, easy! It was such an exciting experience from start to finish. And, man! That dress was so comfortable!”

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First look at wedding

The couple chose to meet before the ceremony to maximise the time with their guests.

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Bride and groom

Groom kissing bride

Bride and groom before ceremony

The couple chose the backyard of Ashtyn’s parent’s home for their wedding day. The bride noting, “We were incredibly lucky to have our entire wedding at my parent’s house! From the minute we were wedding planning we knew our dream venue. Thankfully they said yes! It was so much fun preparing everything as a family and oh-so-special on the day to be celebrating with our nearest and dearest in our childhood backyard!”

Pat adds, “From the start we were set on getting married at Ash’s parent’s place. There is a lot of history there for all of us and we wanted that to be part of the day. I suppose we were extra lucky in that not only is their home such a beautiful property, but Mark and Linley put in a huge amount of time and effort getting the grounds and house in top shape for the ceremony and reception.”

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Hay vbale wedding

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Of their photographer, Ashtyn and Patrick remark, “We loved her from the moment we first met. She made us feel so comfortable and was always listening to our crazy plans. Her work is just beautiful and well beyond what we ever expected. She is just lovely, as are her photos!”

Newlyweds at backyard wedding

Rustic eremony decor

Blow up swans

Seriousness did not come into play for Ashtyn and Patrick – an inflatable swan and flamingo even had a veil and bow tie made for them to get into the spirit, Ashtyn telling, “I totally fell in love with the giant inflatable birds we made into a bride and groom! They managed to stay upright the whole night too, bonus!”

Floral print wedding invitation

Paper flowers for guests

Ashtyn tells, “I love a good ‘crafternoon’! I felt like every moment of planning, collecting and making everything for all of our projects was a treat! We made all the bunting ourselves (with the great expertise of my mum), the cushion covers on the hay bales, the origami flowers, the twine covered jars and the arch for the ceremony. We also put together our own save the dates and invites. ”

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Scrabble wedding place cards

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Ashtyn walked down the aisle with her father to Cat Power’s Sea Of Love.

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Ashtyn remarks, “We wanted a vibe that was fun, happy and ‘us’. We didn’t stick to many traditions. We stayed together the night before, worked to set everything up together on the day, had photos together before the ceremony and just stayed at our own house that night. We aimed to do as much as possible ourselves and involve friends and family, I think it made for a very love-filled atmosphere.

We also made the decision not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen which was a bit different. We instead chose to allocate roles to special people throughout the day (like Ash’s sister and Pat’s brother being witnesses at the ceremony) hoping this would create a relaxed atmosphere because no one had set ‘jobs’ to do! It’s not for everyone, but we loved it for the very relaxed style of wedding we had.”

Mark Pobjoy Celebrant

The arch the couple married under used to be part of the swing-set Ashtyn and her sisters grew up playing on, the groom loved the sentiment. Not only that, but the spot was the exactly the same one as where Ash’s parent’s married thirty years earlier.

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Guests enjoyed a feast from Luckman Catering and Kegs on Legs. Ash noting, “Every single vendor we were involved with was brilliant, we were absolutely blown away! We particularly bonded with our photographer Peta from We Are Alchemy, she really went above and beyond as did my sister’s two friends who shot our wedding film! It was their first wedding film, amazing! We were also really happy with the service provided by Kegs on Legs. The beer and cider were great and bar staff for very friendly and professional.”

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For their first dance, Ashytn and Patrick chose Otis Redding ‘That’s how strong my love is”. There was no garter toss, instead the groom threw a football! Ash adds, “I loved dancing with Pat at the reception. I had a moment when we were dancing together under the sparkling lights surrounded by all our friends and family and I looked at him and thought I can’t believe I am looking at my ‘husband’ and we have achieved everything we dreamed of for our day.”

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Congratulations Ashtyn and Patrick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to We Are Alchemy for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: We Are Alchemy / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Alterations: Debbie from De'cre Dressmaking, Ivanhoe / Bride’s Shoes: River Island sandals via ASOS / Bride’s Jewelry: Rutherford / Groom’s Attire: (Jacket) Calibre / Groom’s Attire: (Shirt & Pants) Country Road / Hairstylist: Eko Hair Designs (Marie) / Makeup Artist: Ricci-Jean Makeup Artist / Flowers: Montflora Florist / Flower filled wooden crates: Family friends nursery 'Yardbirds' / Stationery Design: Lady B Paperie on Etsy / Stationery Printing: Printbound / Stickers: Gilberts Tree On Etsy / Stickers: Fiendish Paper Thingy / Envelopes: Alpha By O / Venue: Private Property / Catering: Luckman Catering / Kegs of beer & bar setup: Kegs on Legs, Melbourne / Cake Baker: Family friend / Favors: (Seeds) Diggers Magazine / Favors: (Envelopes) The Crooked Twig on Etsy / Origami Flowers: Made by groom / Marquee, lighting, bar tables & market umbrellas: Hart's Marquee Hire / Vintage table and bench seat (for ceremony): The Establishment Studios / Hay bales: Friend / Ceremony Officiant: Mark Pobjoy / Ceremony Musicians: Friend / Solar lanterns: Ikea / Blackboards, lightbox, wooden rabbits, small moss rabbit, scrabble letters: Typo / Inflatable Flamingo: Family Love Tree / Inflatable Swan: Giant Swan / Photobooth: In the Booth / Wedding Rings: Arman Jewellery / Engagement Ring: David East Jeweller

Vintage Inspired Flowergirl Dresses From Little Minna

by | Bride, Children


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It can be quite the challenge finding the sweetest, appropriate dresses for your littlest bridal party members, but the vintage inspired flower girl dresses from Little Minna may just fit the bill.

A favourite of mine, the Zadie dress, is hand dyed in the Minna London studio and embellished with hand dyed silk flowers and antique market findings. The longer length “Kriistina” dress, is made with Scottish Lace and is finished off with 100% organic cotton lining. The details allow the delicacy of vintage without the worry of little adventures causing them to tear.

Like big sister brand Minna (featured here) Little Minna is all about vintage inspired dresses and that old world feeling carries right through to the line for flower girls. Inspired by designer Minna’s Finnish childhood, the thirteen piece collection features dresses which are loosely fitted (read comfortable!) and embellished with silk and lace details – much of it vintage to make sure each piece is truly unique.

Little Minna pieces are available to buy on the Minna website and ship worldwide.

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Brea & Jay’s Elegant Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Clyde Park Winery newlyweds

Brea & Jay

 There is nothing like an elegant winery wedding to get the wedding inspiration and warm fuzzies moving on a Wednesday, and Brea and Jay’s wedding is so packed with amazing views, smile inducing moments and gorgeous details that you’ll want to grab a cup of tea and settle in! The couple chose Michael Renga  to capture their wedding photographs!

Brea tells the story of how they came to be.  “Our first kiss was at a bar after a big day at the races. We parted ways without exchange of numbers or details and had no contact. Almost 3 months later we once again randomly ‘met’ on a night out in Lorne. A place where we had both spent many summers with friends at the beach side town. We did not recognize each other or remember our past meeting three months earlier. It was our good friends who were with us on both occasions who put the pieces together and filled us in on how fate had brought us together a second time and from that day we have been inseparable.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore French Navy suits from Eddy Elias with floral print bowties by Mrs Bow Tie.

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The bride made her own hair piece for the day, explaining, “I had in mind exactly what I wanted to wear in my hair but I couldn’t find it anywhere so I bought a cream headband from Lovisa and I took the hair piece off the headband and added a clip to the back. I then added pearls to the design to tie in with my jewellery.”

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The bride chose a lace wedding dress by  Maggie Sottero from Raffaele Ciuca. She tells, “It was a dreamy lace and tulle slim line gown with V-neckline and cap-sleeves features a separate light gold slip gown of Vogue Satin to be worn below. The alluring open back is finished with a covered button. I chose this dress because I felt really comfortable in it. I could easily move and I thought it really suited the winery atmosphere in which I was getting married. This was my dream dress. I was so happy when I tried it on and it suited my figure.” Her bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses from Nicolangela.

Clyde Park Vineyard View

The couple chose Clyde Park Vineyard for their wedding, marrying on the terrace overlooking the rolling hillside.

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Groom watching his bride walk down the aisle

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Brea chose Blower’s Daughter- Damien Rice for her walk down the aisle.

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Wedding ceremony at vineyard

Marie McKee Marriage Celebrant

Marie McKee officiated the ceremony, Brea explaining, “Our ceremony was very casual and a real celebration of our relationship with our closest family and friends. We had both our mothers sign our wedding certificate. This was something that was very special to us so they could be part of our day. We had a reading called ‘The One’.

When the one whose hand you’re holding

Is the one who holds your heart

When the one whose eyes you gaze into gives your hopes and dreams their start,

When the one you think of first and last is the one who holds you tight,

and the things you plan together make the whole world seem just right,

when the one whom you believe in puts their faith and trust in you,

You’ve found the one and only love You’ll share your whole life through.”

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Clyde Park Vineyard wedding ceremony

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First kiss at Clyde Park Winery

Fist pump post ceremony

Newlyweds at Winery

Pale pink Nicolangela bridesmaid dresses

Groomsmen in french navy suits

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Clyde Park Vineyard wedding Photo

Of their photographer, Brea remarks, “Michael had a huge vision of the perfect shots. He worked quickly and diligently to ensure we got the best photos in the perfect light. Michael has a keen eye for the perfect backdrop and angle, and it was completely worth trekking hills and tackling prickles to get so many fantastic photos. We received our photos so soon after the wedding and the day was just captured perfectly, enjoying happy memories and capturing the raw emotion of our special day.”

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Winery Wedding

Newlyweds at Clyde Park

Vineyard wedding photo

Bright floral centrepiece

“After canapes and drinks on the terrace, the reception was then held inside the shed with wine barrels lining the entire walls. There were festoon lights hung from the ceiling and outside as well. The guests sat at large tables of 30 for their seated main meal. We had a dessert bar later that night where guests could help themselves to as many delicious treats as they wanted.”

Wedding cake with lots of bright flowers

Dancing wedding reception entrance

“We really wanted to set the feel of our reception from the beginning of the night. We wanted all of our guests to feel relaxed and ready to celebrate with us. Our MC welcomed the bridal party with a humorous introduction tailored to each couple as they danced their way into reception to a range of upbeat songs.”

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Fun bridal party entrance

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Laughing bridesmaids

Clyde Park Vineyard wedding reception

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Laughing Bride at Clyde Park

Wedding speeches at Clyde Park

Bride during wedding speeches

Of the first dance, which was to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Brea remembers, “Jay and I secretively practiced our first dance routine in the lead up to our wedding. Our moves took all of our guests by surprise and is a moment we will both cherish forever.”

Bride and groom at night under festoon lighting

Newlyweds at night

Not only did the newlyweds have a wonderful set of photos captured from their day, but they also hired Love Soldier Weddings to capture their wedding film. Not only does it capture all the emotion of the day, but also the incredible location.

Congratulations on your marriage Brea and Jay! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Michael Renga for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Michael Renga / Cinematographer: Love Soldier Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Samantha Wills / Bride’s Jewelry: (Bracelet) Duffs Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: Eddy Elias / Groom's Shoes: The Iconic / Groomsmen Attire: Eddy Elias / : The Iconic / Groom & Groomsmen's Bowties: Mrs Bow Tie / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicolangela / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Hairstylist: Tasha Baulch / Hairstylist: Leanne Tigchelaar / Makeup Artist: Amanda Martin / Flowers & Decor: Smellies / Invitations & Stationery: Mrs LA. / Venue: Clyde Park Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Marie McKee / Ceremony Musicians: Left of Centre (Two Piece Acoustic) / Reception Band: Left of Centre (Three Piece Band) / Favors: Soupcan / Cake Baker: Clyde Park Vineyard / Photobooth: Zuster Photobooth and Events
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