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Fiona & Russell’s Trigg Beach Sunset Engagement

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Fiona & Russell

I think the beach on colder, stormy days is quite possibly one of my favourite dramatic backdrops. Seas in all different shades of green blue and grey, skies of gold and orange and sands that glisten and gleam. Fiona and Russell chose this very backdrop for their engagement shoot with Tyler Brown. The beautiful Western Australian Trigg Beach setting the scene.

Fiona tells “We met through a mutual friend. Russell moved down to the country where I lived and moved in with his cousin who was my best friend. Russell then came down to visit his friend and met me and that was it!”

Fiona tells the story of how her husband to be popped the question. “After 11 years of dating Russell finally decided to make the move! He arranged a surprise ‘birthday’ trip for me to Portugal (we live in London at the moment) and arranged for us to stay in a palace with beautiful gardens. He waited until the day we were leaving as it was pouring with rain to take me out into the gardens and get down on one knee to propose. I promptly pulled him up worrying about his knee getting wet!”

“I love the beach and living in London we don’t get to see much of it and our wedding was on a farm so we thought it would be great to get some beach shots too and they worked out amazingly.”

“Tyler was the most incredible photographer, he made us feel comfortable, happy and made it all very easy. Everyone at our wedding commented on how great he was. It was even sad to see him go at the end of the night at the wedding as he was so easy and fun to get on with.

Not only this his photos are incredible, so many people have commented on them and so far I have only had a sample of a few! People have said that they look like they have come from a magazine.”

Photographer: Tyler Brown
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Siouxie and Ben’s Port Douglas Garden Wedding

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Siouxie & Ben

It wouldn’t be a tropical location without rain, and while the gorgeous misty clouds may not have been what Siouxie & Ben dreamt of for their Port Douglas garden wedding, I have to say that the magic Mother Nature showed up with may have just added something extra beautiful to this tropical inspired wedding day. Siouxie and Ben chose The Picture Box Photography to capture their beautiful day.

Siouxie tells the story of how the pair came to be – and got engaged! “Ben and I met through a mutual friend. Ben proposed on top of the Pyramid in Cairns. It is quite a climb to the top and I wasn’t the best hiking companion that day. I was feeling under the weather and struggled most of the way often stopping to complain how hard it was. Unbeknownst to me, Ben was keen to get to the top so he could propose – I was totally surprised. We were the only people at the top at that stage so we got to enjoy the moment with an amazing view all to ourselves. It was a special feeling knowing that it was just us two and it was like we had this little secret that we shared. Little did Ben know, I had my own surprise for him. I had planned a surprise 30th birthday for him that night – we had all our friends and family there and many travelled to be part of the celebrations. So, we got to announce our engagement only a few hours after! We were lucky enough to celebrate with our nearest and dearest family and friends that very night.”

The groom chose a navy blue suit from Roger David. The groomsmen wore the same attire, without the jacket for a fresh and young look.

The bride chose a strapless lace gown from Allure Bridal . She tells “I wanted to have quite a traditional dress and fell in love with the lace detailing instantly. I had tried on so many styles that I thought would be perfect however, I ended up choosing something completely different to what I had originally pictured. I had the best experience finding my dress. My bridesmaids and I had planned a girls’ trip to Melbourne and they insisted I book into a few bridal shops to try on some dresses. We found ‘the one’ on the last day of our trip. Eight months later, my mum and I flew down to Melbourne to pick the dress up. It was the best excuse to have another trip and it was great that my mum could share the experience with me.”

Siouxie and Ben chose resort Niramaya Villas and Resort  for their wedding day, noting “We wanted an open outdoors wedding, taking full advantage of the paradise we live in, with lots of lush greenery and a real tropics vibe and Niramay Resort was perfectly fit. Along with our bridal party, we both prepared for our day in separate large open bungalow style apartments, rooms were divided simply by small pathways and tropical plants, no walls, allowing us to take in the surroundings all morning.

Our ceremony was held in a private garden on the resort grounds with a rainforest backdrop. As the ceremony was about to commence, in true Far North Queensland style is started to rain, we didn’t allow it to dampen our day and continued on with our outdoor wedding, it couldn’t have been any more perfect for us. I really liked the contrast of the grey skies and the abundant greenery that surrounded our venue. It made it feel very intimate and cosy.”

The newlyweds had friends make the cakes and chose Two Sisters Events & Styling  to assist in styling their tropical glam day, the bride telling “Jess and Krystal from Two Sisters Events and Styling were a stand out for me. They did all of the flowers and styled other parts of the wedding including a candy buffet and table decorations. They are fantastic to work with and they are super creative and had fantastic ideas. They were up for any ideas I had and just made it all work. These girls are exceptional at what they do.”

Siouxie chose a much-loved song for the processional “I walked down the aisle to the Boyce Avenue cover of Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. I remember instantly falling in love with this song years ago. There is just something about it that is really special. I would never have considered it as a wedding song until I heard the cover and I knew instantly the pared back, the acoustic cover was perfect.”

Karen Fry officiated the ceremony, Siouxie noting “Ben and I wanted our ceremony to be simple and short but full of love! We tried to include our family as much as we could. As Ben’s two sisters were my bridesmaids we decided to have my three brothers included in the ceremony in different ways. One of our good friends did a reading called ‘these hands’. It was a beautiful reading that suited our ceremony perfectly. It was special to have so many people part of our ceremony.”

Of their photographer, the bride tells “Our photographer was Talia from The Picture Box. I always knew I would have her as my wedding photographer I have always loved her style. Her photos are natural and organic and they really capture the beauty of nature. I love the lush tropical surroundings of Port Douglas and that’s one of the reasons I had my wedding there, so it was important for me to have a photographer that would be able to capture that. I was blown away by the end result. She really captured the feel of our day perfectly.”

Siouxie reminisces “Although I thought I would be disappointed if it were to rain on my wedding day, I actually handled it a lot better than what I thought. Despite a small emotional moment, I was actually just ready to see Ben and marry him. I think it is so easy to get caught up in what your day is going to look like that you forget that it’s actually just about the two of you sharing a special day with close family and friends. Once I refocused on what our day was about and what was actually important to me, the rain didn’t bother me!”

Reception celebrations soon got underway and as the night crept in, the dancing began, Siouxie remembering “I asked one of my bridesmaids to come up with a simple choreography for our first dance and I even let her choose a song to suit it! Neither Ben or I are too fussed on dancing so we were happy to hand over the reins for this part. We encouraged our bridal party to join us as soon as they wanted. The song was Ben Howard – Only Love.”

Congratulations on your marriage Siouxie and Ben! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us and thank you to The Picture Box Photography for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: The Picture Box Photography / Cinematographer: Threadless Films / Styling: Two Sisters Events & Styling / Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Myer / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groom's Shoes: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Esther Boutique / Bridesmaid Shoes: Myer / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Mel Preltzer / Makeup Artist: Sandra Gallo / Flowers: Two Sisters Events & Styling / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Venue: Niramaya Villas and Resort / Hire Items: Event Core / Ceremony Officiant: Karen Fry / Music: DJ Millennium / Favors: Two Sisters Events & Styling / Wedding Cake: Family Friend / Photo Booth: Peppermint Lane / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Huda Salman Photography via Margie and Alex’s Fairytale Forest Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! What a funny few weeks it has been with random days off here, there and everywhere. I have not been able to get a handle on what day is what and am feeling a little happy to have a full week coming up next week! Meanwhile have you been following our coverage of Fashion Week? We’re in Barcelona for Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. Be sure to catch up on our  Instagram and Facebook to catch our adventures!

Meanwhile back in Australia, we have plenty of incredible wedding inspiration posts for you!

First looks are a favourite of ours, so we loved reminiscing with Sam through his Inspired Memories

Such a fun idea- DIY Children’s Wedding Entertainment Kit Tutorial

Top tips for booking your food truck catering with Adrian From Fat Cats Van

So dreamy! Private Picnics On Private Beaches

My Inspiration with Angie From Angie Roe Photography

Whip up this Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate

Black tie glamour with Adrian‘s Groom Style

Jerusa and Nicholas’ Captured Memories – Marry Me Movies

Festival Vibe – Where To Celebrate Your Love In April

Simple inspired wedding wisdom from Daina

What Would They Know? Paul Haymes of Baker Boys Band – we get the lowdown on this fab band

Magic moments in Margie and Alex’s Fairytale Forest Wedding

Dapper on trend looks from Premium By Jack & Jones Autumn Winter 2017

Behind The Door With….Timbermill – beautiful timber furniture for your wedding designed and built in Sydney

Our film of the week is from the crew at Lite Box Films. Emily and Joseph planned a wedding that was a beautiful modern celebration in a stunning antique store in Brisbane. The day was all about the little moments captured so beautifully on film.

Kate & Brad’s Romantic Balgownie Estate Vineyard Wedding

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Kate & Brad

Kate and Brad knew they wanted their romantic Balgownie Estate Vineyard wedding to be filled with love, and the evidence is clear! Set amongst the vineyards of the Yarra Valley they wed in style, surrounded by dear friends and family who had flown in from England. We love every detail of this gorgeous wedding day, with Cassie from Blossom Daisy Creative on hand to capture every moment.

The bride and groom met on a night out in Chapel Street, with Kate sharing, ”Brad offered to drive my friend and I home which was thoughtful, however it didn’t go to plan and the car broke down, leaving us to get a taxi home.” Proof that true love can be found even when things go a little differently than expected!

The bride had been searching for quite some time before finding her dream gown, remembering, ”I had began feeling it was a chore to spend Saturdays going to bridal appointments. When I found my dress and decided it was the one I was told the dress was called ‘Frankie’, which is my cats name – it was meant to be!” Kate skyped with her Mother in England while at the appointment with Made With Love Bridal from Bluebell Bridal, and says they were both thrilled with her choice.

Wanting a simple and short ceremony, the bride and groom added personal touches to their vows, with Kate sharing, ”We wanted the ceremony to be filled with love! Brad’s vows were not traditional at all and made everyone laugh. He included nicknames for me like ‘possum’ and ‘banana’, mine were more old fashioned. It was nice to keep them secret and hear them on the day.” The bride walked down the aisle to Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow.

With Brad often wearing suits to work, it was simple to choose a well cut outfit, with Kate telling, ”The process was fairly easy for Brad! He went for an MJ Bale dark charcoal suit that was perfect with the navy Shona Joy bridesmaid dresses. The groomsmen had plain navy ties and Brad had a navy tie with white polka dots.”

The newly married couple were thrilled with Cassie from Blossom Daisy Creative, with Kate telling, ”She is amazing! I could not recommend her enough. She made me feel so comfortable and didn’t ask us to do any weird awkward poses, that’s not her style. It was completely relaxed and she captured the love so well without forcing anything. The photos speak for themselves!”

Gorgeous flowers from Ruby Soho Flowers impressed even the groom, with Kate sharing, ”My florist was amazing! The DJ and saxophonist were awesome as well! I think it’s so important to use local vendors that you know through friends.” The delicious cake was handmade by Cherry Tree Bakehouse.

The venue provided a gorgeous backdrop for the newlywed bride and groom, and Kate shares, ”We chose Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa as we loved the idea of having the day and evening spent at one location. We also needed lots of accommodation as I had family members coming from England, with many staying the night.”

Kate and Brad decided to get some help to ensure their first dance was memorable, with the bride remembering, ”We had been going to dance lessons at The Secret Garden of Dance in Camberwell and our teacher was great. We’re both not very good dancers (although we always have a boogy), so we thought we better get some help. It was a full routine to Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur and everyone loved it!”

A huge congratulations to our stunning bride and groom on their wedding, and thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration with us! Thank you also to Blossom Daisy Creative for allowing us to be a part of Kate and Brad’s wedding day!

Photographer: Blossom Daisy Creative / Bride's Dress: Made With Love Bridal from Bluebell Bridal / Bride's Shoes: The Iconic / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Hairstylist: Tiarne Klimisch / Makeup Artist: Adele Sarah Beauty / Flowers: Ruby Soho Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: St Gertrude Letterpress / Ceremony Venue: Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa / Ceremony Officiant: Natalie Drum Celebrant / Reception Venue: Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Favors: Handmade jam and relish / Wedding Cake: Cherry Tree Bakehouse / Wedding Ring: Holloway Diamonds