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Lill & Jamie’s Carefree Registry Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Lill & James

I am a big fan of doing things your way and Lill and James lived that all the way with their wedding celebrations. They started off with a private ceremony at the registry office, before they took their favourite family and friends to a gorgeous town hall for a huge party the next day. They did it their way and it was amazing in every sense of the word. Chasing Brightness Photography captured their reception celebrations.

The newlyweds kick us off with the story of how they met. “We were both working at a fish and chip shop. We’d known each for about a year when the workplace rumors started to fly. We had a lot a common interests, so it wasn’t long before we started dating.”

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Piccolo Pear created the beautiful floral arrangements for the day.

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The couple chose to hire a big house for their wedding festivities, staying the weekend with their bridal parties to make a weekend long celebration.

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The couple kicked off their wedding the day by marrying at the Chippendale Registry Office before they note, “The Chippendale registry would give you the impression you’re waiting to get married at the RTA. Although they try to make your wedding ceremony as intimate as possible, we saw it as the fulfillment of our legal obligations as a married people. Unromantic, we know, but we were saving the intimacy for the reception.

The registry at Chippendale allows up to 20 guests during the ceremony. Those present knew that Lill and I wanted a no fuss ceremony that wouldn’t drag on. It was nice having our intimate group of family and friends so close to us during the ceremony, literally.”

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The bride chose a dress by Kira Pizzingrilli, noting, “I knew I wanted to keep true to my own style and wearing a traditional gown would not have been the right fit. I chose a simple cropped lace blouse with a matching pencil skirt, formal enough for the day but nothing too fancy. A friend from school recently start her own label and was able bringing my idea to life with ease. After two fittings it was ready to go. I matched it with a pair of Senso heels that I had been lusting over for months.”

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Of their photographer, the newlyweds note, “Linda was amazing! We had met her a few times before and her husband has been tattooing Lill and her sister for a few years now. Neither of us like getting our photo taken but Linda managed to make it a relaxed experience. Then at the ceremony she stealth-fully moved around the room, catching candid moments.”

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The newlyweds celebrated their marriage with a reception at Glebe Town Hall. They tel,l “Glebe Town Hall is an amazing venue. The inside is just as impressive as the outside. Dealing with the staff from Sydney City Council was never a hassle, and we found that out of all the council venues visited, Glebe Town Hall was the best suited for a large wedding.”

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“We did nearly everything ourselves. Food, drinks, flowers, decorations, stationery, furniture. It meant earlier starts, extra stress, more driving around, and being late to the ceremony and reception. We were very lucky to be surrounded by very talented and willing friends and family that we could use for different jobs, and it saved us a lot of money.”

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Mezzapica Cakes created a two tier naked wedding cake for the couple and topped it with fresh berries.

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“Lill and I decided early on to kick it old school and have a gift registry. We set up an Instagram account and began traveling around to local homewares shops and browsing online, listing things we liked. We posted photos and links to where they could be found and item’s prices. My sister was put in charge of gift coordination to avoid any double ups. It felt like Christmas.”

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Like the rest of the wedding, the first dance was a casual affair, the newlyweds remembering, “‘Try a little tenderness’, by Otis Redding. This was probably the first aspect of the wedding we had planned. The song lends so well to a first dance with its slow introduction, building up into a full blown dance floor filler. Our first dance was definitely unrehearsed. It’s difficult to stare into someone’s eyes lovingly while trying not to step on their feet.”

Congratulations Lill and Jamie! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us! Thank you also to Chasing Brightness Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Chasing Brightness Photography / Bride’s Dress: Kira Pizzingrilli / Bride’s Shoes: Senso / Groom’s Attire: Pierre Cardin / Groom’s Shoes: ASOS / Hairstylist: Alexis Hairstylist / Makeup Artist: Daniella Galla / Flowers: Piccolo Pear / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Chippendale Registry Office / Reception Venue: Glebe Town Hall / Rental Furniture: Crab Apple Vintage / Favors: Lill's Aunty and Uncle's Honey / Catering: Mr Crackles / Catering: Bodyfuel Terrigal / Cake Baker: Mezzapica Cakes / Wedding Ring: Blackheath Jewelry / Wedding Ring: Hoodooloulou / Wedding Ring: Grew & Co / Transport: Uber

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Holly Prins  via Emma and David’s Bohemian Chic Country Wedding

I am this excited that it’s Friday! The patterned people are coming over today for a little bit of recipe development for a new feature we’re working on and I am more than excited to hang out with some of my favourite people. What are you up to this weekend Dotties?

Let’s get stuck into rounding up the massive week that was!


So much love for the joy in this Bohemian Chic Country Wedding

Our favourite Beautiful Bridal Veils

Escape To The Bahamas – what bliss for your honeymoon

Jess shares her post wedding wisdom in Inspired Words

A Day In The Life – Preparing A Vegan Menu Milly of Inglewood Inn gives us all the lowdown of designing this new menu

Serge Olivieri of DJ:Plus! Entertainment joins us for What Would They Know? with great advice on choosing your wedding music and entertainment

Behind The Door With….By Josephine

Really want to try this Cocktail Friday – Flying Fish’s Carp Diem

Villiame shares his handsome Groom Style

Really need to try this Mini Honey and Vanilla Donuts Recipe – yum!

A Glass Of Whisky With….Will From William Patino Photography

How To Have A Wedding With A Difference with Ms Chevron

Love the whimsical and fun feel of Minnie font

News Roundup 29th APril

Couture Wedding Planning are celebrating their brand new website by taking $1000 off both their Haute Couture and Demi Couture Wedding Planning packages and $500 of their Couture Coordination Packages – check their website. To redeem the offer,  you must complete all the following steps: 1. Like @CoutureWeddingPlanning on Instagram, 2. Hashtag #coutureweddingsnewwebsiteoffer 3. Repost this image on your Instagram 4. Email the screenshot of your repost and you name, mobile number and wedding date  so they can check their availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Love a historic venue? Get along to Como House’s wedding showcase on Saturday 30th April from 11am. Guests will enjoy a range of amazing displays from wedding vendors, food from The Stables Of Como and  Check out the website for more information.

I was so delighted to be asked to be a part of the Secret Blogger’s Business magazine! Check out edition two here to read my interview on life as a wedding blogger!

Lorne Hotel are hosting a competition to win an amazing dream coastal wedding! Enter your details to go into the draw to win a food and beverage package (valued at $4999) plus a complimentary overnight stay in the hotel’s bridal suite and a bottle of sparkling wine! Head to their website for details.

Our film of the week comes from Burgess Video. The gorgeous city wedding of Courtney & Chris is filled with so much joy, friendship and romance. You can tell these two are well loved, it seeps into every second of their film!

Prue & Mat’s Outdoor Trentham Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I am positively enchanted by the outdoor Trentham wedding of Prue and Mat – the flowers! The romance! The sneaky cigar moment! All set in a gorgeous, sweet country homestead in the beautiful Trentham and captured by Bobby Clark from Bobby & Tide.

Prue tells their story. “We met at Mount Hotham Ski Resort in North East Victoria about 9 years ago. We were both working our first ski season; Mat on Hotel Reception and Prue in Guest services. We joined the same darts team (a social staff competition on the mountain) and were best mates. The snow left a little to be desired that season so many hours were spent at the pub practicing our darts skills! Mat headed to Japan for a few years after the season and Prue went backpacking around South America so it wasn’t until about 3 years later when Mat returned from Japan that we got together.”

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The bride chose Ellen Stanistreet of Lissom Yarn to make her gown, remarking, “My dress is a bespoke design from close friend and designer Ellen Stanistreet of Lissom Yarn. Ellen designed some initial sketches based on elements of different dresses which I liked. I always loved the idea of incorporating a two piece or the look of this so that’s how we landed at the gorgeous lace cropped top overlay with scooping back. The lace is cotton guipure, sourced from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne. I wanted something elegant and fitting with our country wedding theme whilst maintaining some modern design elements.”

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Prue and Mat held their wedding at The Estate Trentham, noting, “The Estate Trentham is in the gorgeous little country property with a small Barn event space attached in the town of Trentham (about an hour North West of Melbourne). It has recently been renovated and styled by Melbourne interior designer and owner Lynda Gardener of Gardener and Marks and is available for small events and gatherings. We were lucky enough to be the first wedding at the venue!”

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The styling and floral arrangements on the day were crafted by Flos Botanical. “The styling and sheer volume of the flowers and foliage installation in the barn ceiling was incredible – thanks to the very talented Vivien Hollingsworth of Flos Botanical. We helped Vivien forage for the foliage in the bush around Trentham the day before the wedding!”

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“We chose ‘I’ll be around’ by Yo La Tengo to walk down the aisle (or garden path) to. The music started playing and Prue’s bridesmaid Georgie had already started to walk around the garden path when Prue realised the wrong song was playing. So she walked in to ‘Victor Jara’s Hands’ by Calexico instead – a little random but hey we were still married at the end of it all!”

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Alison Saunders officiated the ceremony, Prue remembering, “We wanted it to be relaxed, a little bit funny and a true reflection of us as a couple. Our dog Otto kicked off the ceremony walking in with Georgie (Prue’s sister) – a very handsome groomsdog with fresh floral collar to match the wedding party. Prue decided she wanted to walk in with both of her parents on her arm too. We only had one reading: a snippet from Dr Seuss, The Places You’ll Go and wrote our own vows. We decided we wanted to ask two very important people in our lives to witness our marriage certificate so Frank (Mat’s grandpa) and Pam (Prue’s grandma) happily obliged.”

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“We styled the garden space with some throw rugs and homemade cushions which Prue’s family friend Jan made and purchased some white beach chairs, plus borrowed a few pieces of vintage furniture to create some lounge spaces near the croquet which we set up on the front lawn. Our best man James curated some playlists with our favourite tunes to play in the afternoon before the DJ set. We also made our own candles and vases for the tables from a collection of glasses and jars. The rum and cigar bar which we setup was a special touch as we used crystal decanters from Prue’s grandmother. Prue proposed to Mat with cigars and rum after returning from a trip in Cuba so it was only fitting to have the same rum and cigars for our guests to enjoy at the wedding.”

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“Our wedding wouldn’t have happened without the help of our very talented and creative friends and family. Prue’s sister hand painted and designed the wedding invitations which were a set of three postcards, we then used her artwork to design signage for the bar, menu, welcome sign, rum & cigar bar and dessert table.”

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The couple rented out the house for the entire weekend and loved it. They note, “We enjoyed staying at the beautiful venue. It was so relaxed being able to have a couple of days at the venue staying on the property before the wedding and we had a recovery brunch on the Sunday where the drinks continued to flow. Making a whole weekend of it was great!”

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Pot & Pan Culinary Tailoring  catered a gourmet feast for the reception. “We wanted to setup a beautiful buffet in the barn space where guests could help themselves and eat when it suited. It worked so well without allocated seats as people got to know each other better and just found a place to sit in the gardens where we had two long rows of tables set up under festoon lights. The food was also delicious and all of our guests were raving about it.”

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The finishing touch? A dessert buffet made by the newlywed’s family and friends. Prue remembers, “We have a lot of bakers in the family and opted for a dessert station where everyone could contribute by baking some tasty treats so we had Grandma Betty’s famous caramel slice, Deb’s chocolate pavlovas, Jan’s lemon tart, Georgie’s chocolate stout cake, Lizzy’s cookies and Nai’s chocolate brownies. We designed tent cards with everyone’s names next to each of their desserts as we thought this is a nice way to acknowledge and thank our bakers.”

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Prue remembers, “Mat and I snuck off to the front yard for 10 minutes to enjoy a quiet rum and cigar together (which seemed fitting with our engagement story) and grabbed Bobby to capture the moment. I love those shots.”

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And then? They danced the night away, or rather, soul trained it away! “We didn’t choose to do a traditional first dance, we wanted to mix it up a little and do a Soul Train instead! The guests loved it and we kicked off the soul train dancing to Aretha Franklin, Signed Sealed Delivered.”

Congratulations on your marriage Prue and Mat! Thank you for sharing the details of your day with us! Thank you also to Bobby Clark from Bobby & Tide for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Bobby Clark from Bobby & Tide / Styling: Flos Botanical / Bride’s Dress: Ellen Stanistreet of Lissom Yarn / Bride’s Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Emporio Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Kuwaii / Bridesmaid Shoes: Mollini / Makeup Artist: Pippa Wise from The Makeup Chair / Hairstylist: Shella Martin (Salon XVI) / Flowers: Flos Botanical / Invitations & Stationery: Georgina McKenzie / Venue: The Estate Trentham / Ceremony Officiant: Alison Saunders / Reception Hire Items: Pot & Pan Culinary Tailoring / Bar: Booze Bins / Rental Furniture: Harry the Hirer / DJ: DJ Manchild / Catering: Pot & Pan Culinary Tailoring / Cake Baker: Georgina McKenzie / Wedding Rings: Gray Reid Gallery / Transport: Organ's Coaches / Wedding Registry: David Jones
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