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Cherlyn & Seng

Sometimes, one needs just a beautiful set of photos and an incredible love story to get back to the very core of what a wedding is all about. These beautiful great Ocean Road honeymoon photos, captured by Caroline Sada captured newlyweds Cherlyn and Seng in their beautiful post-wedded bliss state.

The happy couple met in college, but their love story started out with the most wonderful of friendships. Seng remarking “We were classmates during the first three months in Junior College and used to hang out with a common group of friends before I left for another school. Despite this, we kept in constant contact throughout our schooling life and became good friends. We were each other’s childhood sweethearts.”

On what he loves about his wife, Seng remarks “Her strong, determined character and her willingness to be with me wherever I go. The way her hands fit into mine feels like we were made to be together.”

On what she adores about her husband, Cherlyn tells “His patience and understanding nature, accepting me for my flaws. His humour and ability to sustain long engaging conversations during our many road trips together whereby I rarely need to turn the radio on.”

Seng proposed to Cherlyn with the most wonderful of surprises, he recounts the story. “After 9 years of dating (including 4 years of long distance relationship), I decided that an overseas proposal would be the way to go. Hence I travelled to Ireland on the pretext of attending Cherlyn’s graduation ceremony and popped the question to her on the balcony of a restaurant overlooking the sea. Needless to day, Cherlyn was utterly surprised by my move. She was so stunned that it seemed like it took an eternity for her to say yes.”

Seng notes “We really liked the way Caroline Sada, our photographer, captured the emotion in her close up shots as well as her focus on other areas and not just the faces. She has a unique eye for capturing the moment. Also, the desaturated colours of the photos caught our attention as it was pretty different from the usual photos of other photographers. We heard Great Ocean Road was a romantic and beautiful place. Consequently, we wanted to have our pictures taken in the setting of this natural landscape.”

Photographer: Caroline Sada
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Gabrielle & Jordan

Jordan and Gabrielle wanted an outdoor, garden wedding for their big day, with a festival theme encompassing a relaxed, fun atmosphere. “We decided on a Sunday, because when we first started dating, we worked different hours and days and we would always keep Sunday as “our” day,” explains the bride. “So we thought, what better day to get married then our day!” The pair chose Tin Drum to capture the magic of their sweet Alowyn Gardens celebration.

Gabrielle remembers how she and her husband came to be. “Jordan and I met at nightclub!” she laughs. “I was out celebrating a friend’s birthday, and Jordan got dragged out with his friends. We started dancing, and shared a kiss before Jordan left. A couple of hours later, we both left different clubs at the same time, and met again in the taxi line. I shared my pizza with him, and he gave me cuddles. The rest is history!”

The bride describes her Gowns Glamorous dress as simple, with ivory lace and an A-line silhouette. “I went by myself to the shop, not expecting anything after an unsuccessful day of dress shopping earlier in the week. I went in, tried on the dress and instantly knew that it was my dress.”

The groom’s attire was from Ted Baker. He wore a matching navy blue vest and pants, with a white shirt and brown belt and shoes. “His vest had a silk purple backing to it, which suited him down to a tee,” tells the bride.

“Jordan and I were really on keen on doing a ‘first look’, which turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the day. Jordan stood waiting in the French Gardens, and our photographer and videographer captured me walking up behind him and tapping him on the shoulder. The moment when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time was so beautiful and emotional. We didn’t say anything at the start and both just started crying tears of joy! It was so nice to have that time together, before all the craziness of the day started. It also took removed all the nerves for walking down the aisle, which allowed me to soak in every second of it.”

The couple were married at the whimsically lovely Alowyn Gardens, and Gabrielle walked down the aisle to “All of Me” by John Legend. “We wanted to have a really relaxed and fun ceremony. We held the ceremony under the beautiful vine archway, which was exceptional. All that was added where white wooden chairs for the guests and some flowers down the aisle,” she explains. “Because we did a first look and Jordan and I had already seen each other and taken some photos, I was just so excited to walk down the aisle. I had no nerves, just pure happiness and excitement. We didn’t want the ceremony to be too long – we told our celebrant, Anthony Cribbes, so keep it short and sweet, so we chose not to have any readings. Anthony re-told our story in a funny yet beautiful way for our guests, and Jordan and I wrote and read our own vows. One thing I really loved was that our celebrant did waited to sign the papers until after he had announced us and we walked backed down the aisle. This kept the momentum going during the ceremony and we both really loved it.”

Gabrielle and Jordan chose Tin Drum to capture their stunning day, who not only took the photos on the day, but also filmed their wedding video. “They were absolutely exceptional!” gushes the bride. “We wanted someone who took more “candid, in the moment” shots, while still getting some classic, posed shots. And boy did they deliver! They were such a joy to work with, they knew exactly what they were doing, and were very professional and managed to capture our day so perfectly!”

Pig in Mud Styling made and organised all of the decorations and styling on the day, the bride telling that not only were they utterly professional, but that they knew exactly how to bring her vision to light for her perfect day. They helped with the making of the invitations, as well as creating the signage and blackboards for the afternoon reception in the gardens. The flowers and decadent cake were created by Carly Newstead.

The pair held an afternoon reception in the Alowyn Gardens, which was then followed by dancing the night away at Coldstream Brewery. “Our goal was to find a venue that allowed us to have food trucks, and somewhere we could also take all of our photos,” says Gabrielle. “And we found just that! We held the first part of our reception in the courtyard at the gardens, and didn’t add much – just some fairy lights and flowers. This is where we cut the cake, had our first dance and Jordan said a quick speech thanking people. And of course, our food trucks! Iv’s Burritos were amazing, and the guys were so friendly and quick with getting the food out. The same can be said for the pizza and ice-cream cart through Pizza Wagon. Both vendors were easy to work with, highly organised and made our day easy and fun. All our vendors were incredible!”

The couple danced to “Carry On” by F.U.N for their first dance in the garden’s courtyard, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. “We had practised it so many times in our kitchen, we thought we had it down pat…. except that we hadn’t practised with me wearing my wedding dress! We had a few wobbly moments, but in the end it was still perfect,” laughs the bride of this sweet moment.

Congratulations to Gabrielle and Jordan on their lovely garden wedding, and thank you to the couple and Tin Drum for sharing their day with us!

Photographer: Tin Drum / Cinematographer: Tin Drum / Planner & Stylist & Hire Items: Pig in Mud Styling / Bride's Dress: Gowns Glamorous / Bride's Shoes: Novo / Bride's Jewellery: Lovisa / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cheryl Newstead / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Gemma Boutros / Flowers & Cake: Carly Newstead / Invitations & Stationery: DIY / Ceremony & Afternoon Reception Venue: Alowyn Gardens / Hire Items: Alowyn Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Anthony Cribbes / Ceremony Musicians: Jack Weisler and Rachel / Reception Venue: Coldstream Brewery / Catering: Iv's Burritos / Pizza Wagon & Ice-cream Van: Pizza Wagon / Rings: Michael Hill

Photo by Carly Tia Photography via Fi and Guy’s Romantic Travel Inspired Hinterland Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! It’s a little bittersweet around these parts as we farewell one of our own for a few months due to her impending baby arrival. We are so thrilled one of our favourite patterned writers has volunteered to join us for the next few months to help out. We are so excited for all the changes that are happening around these parts. But boy, does it make the weekend worth it!

So before we kick off for another weekend of adventures, let’s round up the fabulous week that was in wedding inspiration!

Surf, sun and sea with these Amazing Wedding Locations In The Whitsundays

We spend Five Minutes with Alicia from Form Over Function

Top 3 Things Bridal Couples Should Know by Couture Wedding Planning

Loving the beautiful story behind Kylie and Liam’s Bohemian Country Wedding

What Would They Know? Nolwenn Foligne of Lure – Abell Point Marina

We love when a bride shares her Inspired Words

So thirsty for Peter Rowland Catering’s Coconut Mojito

Such a gorgeous Romantic Travel Inspired Hinterland Wedding

Loved reading Shane‘s Inspired Memories

How fun is this Confetti Lollipop Favour Recipe?

Five Reasons Why You Need A Wedding Planner For Your Destination Wedding

My Inspiration – Meghan From Good Grace & Humour

Chic groom style with Josh

Want a little bit of sparkle for your day? The crew at Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings are celebrating their 25th anniversary celebration and their new fabulous jewellery supplier Stephanie Browne with a fun Instagram competition to win a gorgeous pair of Stephanie Browne “Bow Peep” earrings! All you need to do is follow Paddington Weddings and Stephanie Browne on Instagram and then tag two friends in this post! See their post here for full terms and conditions.

Our film of the week comes from the crew at Iconic Pictures. Andrew and Gosia chose the Yarra Valley for their big day, a day that was full of classic glamour with emotion, laughter and a story that was so very special.