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Prue & Mat’s Outdoor Trentham Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Prue & Mat

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

Beautiful Blue Bridal Ocean Portraits

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Styling


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These beautiful blue bridal ocean portraits caught our eye recently with their stunning ethereal feel. That stunning blue and silver gown and that bouquet work so beautifully with their surroundings.

Our dream team of photographer Little Black Bow Photography, florist Miss Adams Florist, gown designer Tarese Klemens, makeup artist Steff Matheson and model Kerrie Anne Peterson teamed up to create a shoot that was inspired by a poem by Tyler Kent White.

“I will always love you,
like the ocean love the shoreline;
in gentle waves
in violent waves
in rising tides
from sinking moons,
I will always love you”

The ocean set the scene for a gown and bouquet with bohemian, dreamy styling, the dramatic oceanside setting playing up the romance and beauty of the details.

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Photographer: Little Black Bow Photography / Flowers: Miss Adams Florist / Bride’s Dress: Tarese Klemens / Makeup Artist: Steff Matheson / Model: Kerrie Anne Peterson

Ashleigh & Jarrad’s Elegant Surprise Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I love the element of surprise in so many modern day weddings and Ashleigh and Jarrad certainly encapsulated it all with their elegant surprise wedding. The couple invited guests to their combined engagement party and 30th birthday and surprised their guests by getting married. They worked with Georgia Wiggs to photograph their day.

On their time together, Ashleigh remembers “We met about 15+ years ago though a friend. We complement each-other and are also best friends. ”

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The couple got ready together, Ashleigh remarking “It was amazing, stress free, and I enjoyed getting ready with my fiance prior and returning home with my husband. All the local hire and catering were amazing! ”

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Asheligh chose a gown from Little Blue Bridal noting “It was amazing and a great experience to share with my Mum, Mother In-law and Nan. I found the dress on my first day shopping, and loved it more and more of the 5+ times I visited it. The owner of Little Blue Bridal in Frankston was amazing, she fitted out the entire family on both side.

Everyone asked whom made my dress thinking it was custom made, but no it was off the rack. To be honest, the pictures don’t do the dress justice, with the lovely detail of the pearls and detail. I’m have simple classic style, and this wasn’t a dress I thought was me,but when I put it on, it was all I wanted, and showed off the areas I’d been working on! It was such a light dress I was so comfortable all day. Can’t thank little blue bridal enough. ”

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The groom walked down the aisle to Rocket by Little Red. The bride telling “Our house had been worked on hard for the last 8+ months, completing our renovations, and our lovely Garden design (our compromise to having a lovely wedding at home was getting our garden designed ). The talented Colin Hyett and team did an amazing job.. It was a family affair the prep 3 days before, which I really liked. No stress just fun creating this special day and all my design coming together. ”

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Ashleigh walked down the aisle with her two fathers to “Magic” by Coldplay.

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Ashleigh chose Kerr Wedding Events  to help on the day, noting “I also hired a wedding co-ordinatior for the day so family didn’t do anything, but enjoy the day Kerr Wedding Events were great. So accommodating. ”

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Georgia Wiggs  captured the photographs of the day, Ashleigh remarks “I’m a designer, and like to show people my thoughts via a creative method of mood boards, so I created one for catering, theme and photographer, so everyone knew my thoughts and look to help create the vision. The main special thing we included was our great photographer – Georgia Wiggs. That girl is amazing. ”

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Franklin Coffee and Fired Up Pizza catered the wedding, the bride remembering “We had fun with Fired Up Pizza, whom all commented how amazing their antipasto was and the pizza…whom can go wrong with all you can eat pizza! Franklin Coffee/Bar looked great and staff were lovely. All vendors were amazing and all helped create this day what I wanted and we so pleasant to deal with. ”

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Ashleigh tells “I did a lot of dessert table elements, signs, table cloths, as I wanted it just right, I was very resourceful and had fun creating elements with my mum. ”

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Congratulations Ashleigh and Jarrad! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Georgia Wiggs for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Georgia Wiggs / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kerr Wedding Events / Bride’s Dress: Little Blue Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Man to Man / Groom’s Shoes: Target / Hairstylist: Rachael Nicholas / Makeup Artist: Rachael Nicholas / Flowers: Colin Hyett / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Libby Briggs / Catering: Franklin Coffee / Catering: Fired Up Pizza / Cake Baker: Hortons / Wedding Rings: Etsy
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