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Kahlia & Elliott’s Relaxed Matilda Bay Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Kahlia & Elliott

Relaxed engagement photos make me so happy and when coupled with a beautiful setting, like Western Australia’s Matilda Bay I am even happier. Captured by Louise Fowler-Tutt, Kahlia & Elliott hate having their photos taken and just wanted a day together to relax and enjoy. I think they did it rather marvellously don’t you?

Kahlia tells the tale of how the couple met. “We met in January of 2012 before the Australia Day celebrations in Perth City. We exchanged numbers and after this Elliott sent me some flowers for Valentine’s day and we caught up for a bite to eat .. the rest is history!”

Kahlia tells “I love that Elliot has the ability to take a photo pulling faces that only a mother should love, but, oddly enough these are my favourite photos of him (I have an album of them all stored on my phone!). When he knows I am cranky at him, he knows that all he needs to do is send me some twisted face shot and the mood is instantly lifted.”

On what he loves about his future wife, Elliott remarks “One of my favourite things about Kahlia …Kahlia has a unique ability to make things happen in all aspects of lives, which allows us to enjoy many adventurers and our busy lifestyle. She is my calming influence.”

The groom to be devised his proposal plan while Kahlia was travelling, she explains. “I was away for a Europe / USA holiday with one of my long-time girlfriends when Elliott decided he would pop the question. It wasn’t the best-kept secret because he kept asking what type of diamond cuts I liked while I was travelling. When I returned, he had booked a weekend getaway together, which I later found out was the weekend he intended to pop the question. Elliott evidently couldn’t wait that long and asked me the weekend before our trip in the kitchen. This was definitely a blessing because Elliott’s not so short “shortcut” to our getaway made for some tension on the first night!”

Kahlia tells “In six years together, our lives definitely haven’t been short of funny stories. With everything from one day receiving a call along the lines of “umm, your dog is on my roof” to … being stuck in a walk in robe for 3 hours until Elliott was forced to punch a hole in the roof and climb through the darkness looking for the manhole… we never have a dull day!”

Photographer: Louise Fowler-Tutt
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Katherine & Shoumendu’s Classic Fitzroy Gardens Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Katherine & Shoumendu

There was not much fuss when Katherine & Shoumendu tied the knot in a classic Fitzroy gardens wedding with Twentyone Photos behind the camera. There was a beautiful dress, a gorgeous garden setting and a group of loved ones. The couple wanted to get rid of the trimmings, the bits and pieces and host an elegant, simple day that was about what mattered most. And isn’t the end result beautiful?

Katherine chose an elegant ballgown by Pronovias from Eternal Weddings, noting “I chose the Tami dress from the Pronovias range, with a few adjustments made to the back. It had the bateau neckline, fitted bodice, and simple finish that I was looking for, plus it had practical pockets. My mum, grandma, sister, niece and nephew came along to the fittings and it was great to share the process with them and get their advice. It was actually the first dress I tried on so the decision was made on the first day we started looking!”

The couple chose Pine Walk in the Fitzroy Gardens  for their ceremony

The couple chose Pine Walk in the Fitzroy Gardens for their ceremony, the bride walking down the aisle on the arms of both her parents to  Alison Moyet’s “For You Only”.

Benny Roff officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We wanted our ceremony to be relaxed, entertaining and inclusive, and our celebrant Benny Roff turned out to be the perfect choice to achieve that. Shui’s friend Hannah sang two songs as we signed the register.We had our celebrant include a disclaimer when reading the marriage act that made clear that we strongly believe in marriage equality, and believe that all couples should have the right to marry regardless of their sexuality or gender.”

The groom adds “I loved that we wrote our own vows separately, and didn’t hear the others until the wedding day. It was very special to hear each other’s word of commitment on the day in front of our friends and family.”

“It isn’t often in life that we can get so many people together, and it was overwhelming and wonderful to have so many people there to celebrate our wedding.”

Botanicals On Barkly styled the floral arrangements for the dayI “The flowers were from Botanicals on Barkly (highly recommended!). I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted when I walked in, but Adrienne was so helpful throughout the whole process and created stunning bouquets and table arrangements. She was relaxed and organised and a pleasure to work with.”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds note “We hired Tuan Nguyen from Twentyone Photos, who I first came across when he photographed my friend’s wedding a couple of years ago. We like the natural, bright style of his photos, and his ability to quietly capture all the moments of the day.”

The groom tells “It was very special to propose to Katherine using her Grandmother, Val’s engagement ring. We are both very close to grandma and it added an extra layer of meaning to the proceeding to have her ring on Katherine’s finger”

A quick walk from the ceremony, The Pavillion, Fitzroy Gardens played host to the reception festivities. The newlyweds noting “We loved the beautiful garden setting and the fact it was so central and easy for our guests to get to.”

Katherine tells ” The only things we DIY’d were our wedding vows, but my sister Jo was a powerhouse. She hand-drew our invitations and table numbers, cultivated and potted the succulents we gave as wedding favours, baked the wedding cake and designed the wedding arch for our ceremony, all whilst looking after her two children who were 2 and 1 at the time! We also had some help from my cousins on the day, who helped to set up the ceremony site and the drinks bar between the ceremony and reception. My friend Shane made our wedding website.”

The first dance was choreographed by First Dance Melbourne, Katherine noting “We chose ‘In the still of the night’ by Boyz II Men because we wanted a good mix of romantic and cheesy. We took a few dancing lessons in the lead-up, which turned out to be one of the most fun aspects of planning the wedding.”

The most favourite photo of the newlyweds is the very last shot, the groom explains “At the end of the night we walked to our hotel and as we left the reception our photographer captured this picture. It was our first moment together as a married couple after the excitement of the ceremony and reception and it feels happy and peaceful.”

A big congratulations on your marriage Katherine & Shoumendu! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to  Twentyone Photos for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Twentyone Photos / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Eternal Weddings / Groom's Attire: Institchu / Flowers: Botanicals On Barkly / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Benny Roff / Venue: The Pavillion, Fitzroy Gardens / DJ: Bruce Harrison Events / Dance Lessons: First Dance Melbourne / Wedding Ring: Robert Parker

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Ali Bailey introducing The Altar Electric

Happy Friday Dotties! I am one, am already over the warmer weather. This week has hit hard with the sunshine and although lunch and dinner under the open sky are a lot better for my soul, the blistering heat is not so fun. I think we all need to grab a float and head to the nearest pool for a virtual pool party. What do you think?

It has been a jam-packed week as we start to prepare for Christmas, so let’s get into rounding it up!


Red to blue to black and brown- how does one choose their wedding suit colours? Mr Houndstooth finds out!

Wanting something different? Why not create your own Wedfest? 

This simple tree cake topper tutorial is so different and rather sweet!

Dreaming of cocktails by the sea as we explore Beqa Island in Fiji on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Emma’s post-wedding wisdom on Polka Dot Weddings

Chatting wedding ceremonies with Melbourne marriage celebrant Melissa Polimeni.

Black tie groom style with Sam

Want to say I Do without the fuss? Meet walk-in wedding chapel The Altar Electric.

Sit down dinner not your thing? We talk with the pros on how to pull off the ultimate cocktail-style wedding.

We sit down for a glass of bubbles as we pour over the photos of Jerri Jones’ wedding.

We’re celebrating World Champagne Day with this classic champagne cocktail.

Join us for a stunning elopement by a waterfall in Bali with Laura and Justin.

Our film of the week transports us to the tropical paradise of Fiji. Zoom Fiji captured the wedding of Anthony & Roxana who held a luxe wedding at The Intercontinental Resort. The dancing, the bride’s veil, the setting- it’s so much to love in one film!

Modern Wedding Inspiration With Sleek Details

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Styling,


Its all about modern lines and crisp shapes with today’s modern wedding inspiration with sleek details.

Against the neutral modern space of the private dining room at Lucky Penny, model  Edith Kenny-Smith donned chic gowns from Karen Willis Holmes and made the most of the setting filled with vintage furniture and rugs from  Good Day Rentals which added a little whimsy style to the shoot.

The Gathering Florist created beautiful bouquets of marsala and rose coloured flowers, and stepped outside of the box with a sheaf of pampas grass adding something unexpected to the look.

Modern stationery with metallic golden detailing designed by Kate Robertson for Paperlust adorned the tablescape, filled with metallic flatware and decorated with blush, peach and raisin flowers in clear glass vessels, adding something rather romantic.

And of course, there was cake – Cherrytree Bakehouse creating a tall masterpiece of white chocolate and raspberry that when adorned with fresh flowers, became the star of the show.

All of this, of course, was captured beautifully by Fern and Stone Photography who also captured a behind the scenes film of the day and noted “I wanted to join forces with Melbourne’s best wedding vendors and showcase our awesome work. I wanted to experiment with winter blooms and vintage wares, with the flowers to be wild and whimsical to contrast with the sleek styling.”


Photographer: Fern and Stone Photography / Cinematographer: Louise Mullins / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Flowers: The Gathering Florist / Rental Furniture: Good Day Rentals / Wedding Cake: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Invitations & Stationery: Kate Robertson for Paperlust / Venue: Lucky Penny / Model: Edith Kenny-Smith