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Gemma & Tom’s Chic Country Orchard Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings,

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Gemma & Tom

Gemma and Tom’s chic country orchard wedding was held at Collins Bros Orchard and featured a handmade bridal arch, three wedding cakes and a ceremony amongst the apple trees – we love every single moment! Aimee Claire Weddings captured the beauty of this Western Australian wedding.

The groom chose an MJ Bale suit for their use of 100% Australian merino wool, with Gemma explaining, ”Tom wanted to stand out from the groomsman who wore black, so he chose a navy suit, white shirt and light pink tie.”

The bride was looking for a classic gown and says that Alvin at Ae’lkemi created exactly what she wanted. ”The whole process from design through to fittings was seamless, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!”

Wanting to find a location that was more than just a venue, Gemma and Tom chose a spectacular spot that held sentimental value to themselves and their family. ”We were married at Collins Bros Orchards which is a fourth generation apple orchard owned by Tom, his brothers and his Dad. The farm was established in 1906 by Tom’s Great Grandfather.” Of the rustic handmade archway built by Tom and his groomsmen, Gemma explains Paula McKennay Freelance Florist was able to make use of Tom’s Mum’s country flower garden, foraging for foliage and blooms to decorate the wooden structure.

Michelle Cooke was the officiant for Gemma and Tom’s wedding.”We wanted the ceremony to be relaxed and not too serious! We didn’t have any specific readings but we did write our own vows.” The bride walked down the apple orchard aisle to ‘Wings’ by Birdy.

Gemma and Tom were wanting a relaxed day and were thrilled with how Aimee Claire Weddings captured it, remarking, ”Aimee was amazing. Tom and I aren’t really people that want to jump in front of a camera but she made us feel relaxed and at ease. I recommend her constantly to newlyweds!”

Continuing to make the most of their stunning country views and family owned orchard, Gemma says, ”We had the ceremony amongst the apple trees and then the reception in a marquee overlooking the farm.”

Having a wedding planner in your immediate family is a sure fire way to guarantee chic and lush reception decor, and Gemma’s sister, Lauren, came up trumps! ”Lauren at The Style Est. and I did all the setting up on the day, along with the lighting and table settings.”

The bride was thrilled with Pip from Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant and happily shares,”The food was amazing and guests are still raving about it! I don’t know how she managed to cook delicious food for 120 people in the middle of a paddock with virtually no facilities!”

Displaying not one but three delicious wedding cakes from Cherish the Cake showed that Gemma and Tom were serious about food being a priority! ”One of our weddings cakes was Limoncello flavour and we also had a Hugo (Italian aperitif) as the welcome drink to the reception.”

And having tossed up whether to book a venue or to hold their reception on the country farm, Gemma and Tom were glad they persevered. ”We had a cocktail entrée so that people could mingle then a sit down dinner and wedding cake for dessert. We didn’t do your traditional bridal table as we wanted to be amongst the party! We had our table amongst everyone else’s and we also had the bridal parties partners sit with us as they are as much a part of our lives!”

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding Gemma and Tom! Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your celebration! And thank you to Aimee Claire Weddings for sharing this stunning day!

Photographer: Aimee Claire Weddings / Bride's Dress: Ae'lkemi / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various, Manning Cartel / Bridesmaid Accessories: Witchery / Hairstylist: Luxe Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Olivia Giancono / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Wedding Ring: Hardy Brothers / Wedding Cake: Cherish the Cake / Flowers: Paula McKennay Freelance Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Wedding Planner: The Style Est. / Ceremony Officiant: Michelle Cooke / Favors: Black Pantry / Venue: Collins Bros Orchard, Pemberton WA / Styling: The Style Est. / Catering: Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant / Marquee: Bridgetown Party Hire / DJ: DJ Vel / Rental Furniture: Bridgetown Party Hire / Linens: Bridgetown Party Hire / Aisle Runner Hire: Zest Group WA / Cutlery, Plates & Chair Hire: Wonderland Tents & Events / Rental Furniture: The Zest Group WA
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Allie & Nathan’s Romantic Casuarina Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Allie & Nathan

Beautiful golden sunsets, fairy lights and love stories sound like the most beautiful way to spend a day and this romantic Casuarina wedding from Love from Luff captured the most perfect blend of beautiful details and modern touches.

Allie starts us off with the tale of how the couple came to be. “We went to high school together, although, we didn’t make us official until we finished year 12 in September 2008.”

The groom wore a suit from Oxford, finishing his look off with an emerald green knitted tie.

The bride wore a stunning long sleeve gown by George Elsissa , she remarks “This is quite the story. I originally purchased a dress from a designer, and soon after the company was placed into liquidation, which meant I was not guaranteed to receive my dress or money back. I was contacted by a  TV show who set me up with my angel, George Elsissa. It was quite the ordeal, but once I met with George, it was a perfect fairytale dress journey, as it should be!”

Allie and Nathan chose the beautiful Osteria for their wedding. “We were set on having a venue where we could have both our ceremony and reception. Osteria was perfect for this! It also gave us the option to be married indoors, in a venue that wasn’t a chapel, which gave us a blank canvas that we could style as we wanted to. Lots of green and florals were incorporated to give the whole room a botanical feel.”

“I loved walking down the aisle with my dad – I am his first daughter. And he was one proud papa!. I walked down the aisle to Auld Lang Syne. This has always been a feel good song for me. The meaning is loosely ‘time gone by’. Nathan and I had been together 8 years before we married. This song represented the new stage of our lives. It was quite unique but my beautiful musician Sarah prepared a sample for me before the big day and after I heard that, there was no going back.”

Candice Wilson officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted everyone to feel comfortable, so we opted to have the ceremony indoors, as it was the middle of winter (we needn’t worry about the cold as it was a picture perfect day), and provide a seat for each guest. We are both very relaxed people, which is why we wanted a relaxed feel which our setup and vows reflected. Our celebrant Candice Wilson was also one of our favourites! She was always so natural and brought a beautiful calm vibe to our ceremony. Her words during the ceremony summed us up perfectly. She understood us and she understands big love!”

“I was lucky enough to have all four of my grandparents attend. Collectively having been married for almost 100 years.”

 

Allie and Nathan chose The Events Lounge  to plan and style their day, remembering “Our wedding planner, Rachael, made the planning process so seamless, given we moved interstate halfway through the planning, it wouldn’t have happened without her. The day couldn’t have run any smoother. I have my beautiful wedding planner to thank for this I’m sure. The weather was absolutely perfect, a perfect mix between winter and summer! The day was a fairytale, in every sense. I cannot think of one single detail I would change.”

Sweet handmade touches were dotted throughout the day, Allie remarking “Our save the dates were made by my Dad, he put a whole lot of love (and a little blood, sweat and tears) into these and they are something we will cherish forever. We wanted to include Nathan’s mum incredible rocky road! It’s always waiting for us at home. I think our guests enjoyed this as it was all gone by the time I managed to get to it!”

Of their first dance, Allie remembers “It is funny because Nathan and I and a few of our friends decided to do ballroom dancing in 2008. Nathan and I were partnered together and this is where our feelings for one another truly blossomed. He danced so well that the teacher asked him to take up competition dancing! He would learn both the men’s and ladies dance routine because I never picked it up quite as quickly as him. Our first dance was to “You make it real” by James Morrison. “When your head is strong, but your heart is weak” Nathan has been my strength ever since he would learn both our roles at Ballroom dancing. It is a perfect song for us.”

Congratulations on your marriage Allie and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Love from Luff for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Love from Luff / Wedding Planner: The Events Lounge / Styling: The Events Lounge / Bride's Dress: George Elsissa / Bride's Shoes: The Mode Collective / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: Oxford / Groom's Shoes: Hudson Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Made with Love / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Fox Lane Styling / Makeup Artist: Luxe Beauty Co / Flowers: Elyssium Blooms / Invitations & Stationery: Father of the Bride / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Invitations & Stationery: Sunshine and Confetti / Venue: Osteria / Ceremony Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Candice Wilson / Ceremony Musicians: Sarah Archer / Reception Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire / Reception Hire Items: The Borrowed Nursery / Reception Hire Items: What She Said Co. / Reception Hire Items: Au Faix / Reception Hire Items: Lovestruck Hire / DJ: Joel Randall DJ / Wedding Cake: Rebellyous Cake Company / Photo Booth: What She Said Co. / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill / Gift Registry: Myer

Urban Black & White Bridal Inspiration

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,

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The stunning bold tones of this urban black and white wedding inspiration shoot against the urban backdrop of Brisbane give so much inspiration for using the dramatic tones at your own industrial celebration, but they also reflect the team’s own inspired message.

Hair and makeup artist Brenna Drury who teamed up with photographer Lovers of Moments , floral designer Flower Heart Designs and gown designer Be Yvaine was inspired after her own recent trip to the USA, where she was when the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando unfolded.  She notes “I felt particularly alone. I was in complete disbelief that something so devastating could happen in the country I’m so proud to call home. All I wanted was to be there, helping out in any way I could”.

With bold black and white gowns, modern blooms and a sense of contemporary styling, the shoot highlighted the symmetry that can come together from difference, just as the team dreamed. Brenna adding “I wanted to use this photo shoot to represent the LGBT community of Brisbane and their fight for marriage equality, worldwide pride, femmes, love, and the victims of Pulse, who had their lives stolen from them doing what made them happy. The opportunity to collaborate with such a talented crew of woman on the other side of the world was an extremely empowering experience.”

For the bride’s hair and makeup styling, Brenna tells “With the beautiful design and styling in the back of Franky’s dress I chose a sleek, low, centred bun with volume and some texture. For makeup, I decided to accentuate her beautiful brown eyes with black smoky eyes. I added light contouring, soft blush, and finished with a nude gloss. Inspired by the flowy tulle on Tyla’s dress and her pretty, long hair, I chose to go with uniformed, side-swept waves, allowing the wind mess them up a bit. Since she has light eyes like myself, I used one of my favourite techniques to make them pop by adding contrast with a heavy, black, winged liner, and lashes for days. Generally, Tyla wears minimal makeup so I kept the shadow under her eyes soft, blushed her cheeks, and applied a tinted lip balm.”

The team worked with Tyla and Franky, who were willing models. Be Yvaine creating non-traditional gowns in black and white that were feminine, but modern- designed to beautifully compliment each other. The designer noting “I aimed to change the traditional rules of dress design from just cleavage or just legs as focal points of the gown. I achieved this by creating one high neck full-length gown which would then be complemented by the counter dress being the v-neck gown with the white tulle over the short black dress. This concept, although out of the traditional rules, allows balance, form, and contemporary style aesthetics. These gowns were designed with the photo shoot in mind; just like the topical relationship of same-sex couples my dresses aim to evoke conversation and show that no matter how different your ideas, beliefs or designs maybe if you bring balance, harmony and passion anything is possible.”

 

 

Photographer: Lovers of Moments / Hairstylist: Brenna Drury / Makeup Artist: Brenna Drury / Flowers: Flower Heart Designs / Gowns: Be Yvaine

Phoebe & Nick’s Romantic Canberra Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Phoebe & Nick

With the dreamiest of pale blue ballgowns, the romantic Canberra wedding of Phoebe and Nick is enough to have you dreaming in colour. Best Day Ever Photography  captured the magic of Phoebe and Nick’s beautiful day that was held at the very same spot the bride and room ignited their love story.

On how they met, the story unfolds a little like this. “We first met in high school but got together at university (Nick seduced Phoebe while he was wearing a red velvet toga during the annual O-Week toga party in her first year).”

The bride chose a beautiful blue ballgown from Emily Riggs Bridal, telling “I tried on a bunch of dresses and ended up settling on the first one I saw – it was love at first sight. My shoes were custom designed by one of my bridesmaids from Shoes of Prey.”

The couple met before the ceremony for photographs, the bride reminiscing “Jacques and Vicki of Best Day Ever are good friends of ours, which was really special and they made the photography so relaxed and easy. They work so well together, each photographing from different angles and capturing different things that really complement each other’s shots. They photograph using both film and digital, which means we ended up with some really unique, beautiful photos, too.”

 

The couple chose Liam McAuliffe to officiate their day, Phoebe telling “Our very good friend officiated and put a lot of effort into speaking from the heart about the seriousness and beauty of marriage. It was an unseasonably cold day, but fortunately, we were married inside next to a roaring fire and grand candelabras.

We had one reading, “I carry your heart with me” by E Cummings which was read by one of the Bridesmaids (Belinda Miller) and a song “Sweet Thing” by Vance Joy which was sung by my sister (who was the Maid of Honour) and accompanied on the guitar by her partner. As a special surprise, my sister had arranged for the string quartet to start playing the harmony for the final verses – it was magical! We wrote our own vows (complete with quotes from our favourite TV shows and books) and ended with a confetti toss.”

Shampagne Wedding Planning  planned the wedding with the couple, Phoebe noting “Everything was perfect. Our photos are beautiful, our wedding planner was beyond organised, the hair stylist, makeup artist and florist all did wonders especially considering how vague I was on details.”

Phoebe and Nick chose University House for their wedding, noting “We decided on the Great Hall at University House. We just love the venue – particularly the gardens on the grounds, the fairy lights, long tables and Leonard French painting. The venue was extra special because it was also at ANU where we first fell in love.”

Reception celebrations continued at University House , long tables set for a night of revelry.

The newlyweds donated funds to the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby as guest favours, Phoebe explaining “In lieu of wedding favours we also made a donation to the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (something that is important to both of us). Each guest was given a card that said “In lieu of wedding favours we have made a donation to the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby – everyone deserves the right to tie the knot”.”

“The groom’s mother planted, grew and arranged all of the table flowers. We loved  having so much of the day shaped by our friends and family – the flowers grown and arranged by the mother of the groom, a good friend marrying us, our friends photographing us, it was all delightful.”

The bride remembers “It was so special for me having my sister perform during the ceremony and give a very moving speech (about how she is the couple’s third wheel) was very special – especially when she turned up in the bridal suite later that night after the reception had finished for a cup of tea!”

Congratulations on your marriage Phoebe and Nick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Best Day Ever Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Best Day Ever Photography / Wedding Planner: Shampagne Wedding Planning / Bride's Dress: Emily Riggs Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Hairstylist: Jess Brown / Makeup Artist: Kate Farmer / Bridal Party Flowers: Flowers from the Garden / Flowers: Barb Preston (Mother Of The Groom) / Invitations & Stationery: Shampagne Wedding Planning / Ceremony Venue: University House / Ceremony Officiant: Liam McAuliffe / Ceremony Musicians: Sweethearts Music / Reception Venue: University House / Band: Baker Boys Band / Favors: Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby / Cheese Cake: Deli Planet / Wedding Ring: Amazon / Wedding Ring: Etsy