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When we think of the sea, pastels and airy tones come to mind, but today’s moody seaside wedding inspiration takes those pastels and turns them on their head. Deep slate blues, beautiful marsala all combine with glimmering golds and soft peaches to the most beautiful wedding inspiration for couples wanting something a little deeper for their wedding day colour palette.

Lina of Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling  who styled the shoot and also created the stunning floral arrangements, tells “We were originally inspired by the natural elements of the sandstone walls and jade blue tones of the ocean and wanted to combine these earthy elements into the styling of our setting. Fresh scallop shells were used together with clay pots filled with lush blooms and luminous infused natural lighting.”

Drawing from nature the team curated a setting of natural elements. Scallop shells sat atop concrete tables, rustic wooden doors juxtaposed with sparkling gold taper candles to create a sense of warmth and intimacy.

The shoot was a huge collaborative effort between Lina and photographer Silk Truffle Photography , cinematographer In a Maze Films , hair and makeup artist Gemma Nichols with our model Madeline Sarah in beautiful bridal pieces from The Barefaced Bride, Candice Lee and Roman & French – with props from Pretty Pedestals and Designs By Wayne . The team, who had to move their shoot from the beach thanks to Mother Nature’s rainy weather, created a beautiful romantic setting that made that stormy seaside setting I love so much, come to life.

The finishing touch? A beautiful film captured by the team at In a Maze Films

Photographer: Silk Truffle Photography / Styling: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Flowers: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Cinematographer: In a Maze Films / Hairstylist: Gemma Nichols / Makeup Artist: Gemma Nichols / Bride's Dress: The Barefaced Bride / Bride's Dress: Candice Lee / Hairpieces: Roman & French / Jewellery: Roman & French / Props: Pretty Pedestals / Timber Doors & LOVE Sign: Designs By Wayne / Model: Madeline Sarah
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Margie & Alex

It was raining all morning on the 8th of December 2016; it drowned out the sound of the morning birds and covered the leaves of the surrounding trees of Poet’s Lane, Sherbooke.

The rained trickled down the pavement and glazed the grass, it was hours before the wedding. The roads were troublesome and our vendors were delayed in their travels. Getting closer to midday, our photographers arrived and the bridesmaids scurried in excitement. My five gorgeous bridesmaids, dressed all in jewel embellished ‘A-line’ lilac gowns, helped me get ready into my own embellished mocha sweetheart neckline wedding dress. It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on my beautiful Fairytales Bridal wedding dress with its unique colour and a touch of vintage design.

My rose gold Nine West heels inspired the hints of different golds that went into decorating our forest themed wedding. To add to the theme of forest and nature, my bouquet was vibrant, natural and wild. It was supplied by Humble Bundle Melbourne, as were the flowergirls’ baby’s breath crowns. My delicate headpiece by Roman & French was a highlight to put on.

As I was nervously getting ready, I wondered what my handsome groom was thinking and what he was doing. I heard that he had been ready for hours and was having a photoshoot of his own with his handsome groomsmen in the rain. My husband’s theme for his groomsmen was sleek and timeless; this style also resonated and carried through to the designs of our wedding bands.

On this beautiful rainy day, we had our very first look in the open court of Poet’s Lane. I walked nervously towards my soon to be husband, his back facing me and tapped him on the shoulder.

Our photographers, with the support of the beautiful mother of the bride, moved on to the forest next door and truly immersed ourselves in the timeless natural beauty of the surroundings. Huda Salman Photography, had already been on a forest themed journey with us, taking our romantic Redwood Forest engagement photoshoot and here we were again, on our wedding day with them.

The Dandenong Ranges are sentimental to my husband and me; it is where Alex first proposed and where I first looked into his eyes; today, I was looking at them again but he was two hours away from being my husband.

As the ceremony was drawing nearer, the rain stopped and we returned to Poet’s Lane and there my husband and I parted for a brief moment until we were to meet again at the altar. Our vows were a labour of love – we both spent so much time, love and emotion writing them.

There was excitement in the air, as I waited with my bridesmaids in our room and our wedding coordinator, Lauren, gave us the signal that it was time to go. I nervously stood last in the line of my beautiful bridesmaids, ready to enter the chapel. The day before my husband and I were on our knees, adorning the aisle with vibrant and colourful petals. I held on to my father and the music played, the instrumental version from ‘La Vita e’ Bella’.

Our seamless wedding was perfected and choreographed by one of the best wedding celebrants Victoria has to offer and we were honoured to see Yvonne Wood‘s creativity and coordination at work. Our wedding included cultural traditions – we had a lasso ceremony to forever bind our love and “the warming of the rings”, warmed by both our mothers.

Our wedding was loving, emotional and inclusive. We could not have asked for a greater celebrant to bring our ideas and dreams to life and also loved that respected us as individuals and as a couple. Her flair for timing and the poetic resonance in her voice touched all of our guests and there was not a dry eye in the chapel.

My brother and husband’s best friend were our witnesses and just like that, after pouring our heart before the whole world, we were married and beaming with joy!

The cocktail hour had a phenomenal taste for every palate with colourful cocktails, champagne and wine. We danced to our favourite song, “Gravity” by Coldplay and danced the night away. We had an epic send off and thus concluded the happiest day of our lives.

Our wedding cake was true to our quirky personalities, we both loved dinosaurs as children and wanted to add some our sense of humour to our wedding cake, so we had dinosaurs on top of our wedding cake and asked the band to play the instrumental version of the ‘Jurrasic Park’ theme song. My Latin American culture means the world to my family and me and we were honoured to have one of Melbourne’s best Mariachi bands to bring on the tunes!

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Margie and Alex; your forest wedding was enchantingly beautiful!

Bride's Dress: Fairytales Bridal / Hairpiece: Roman & French / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Jess Mobile Hair / Makeup Artist: Carla Rocuzzo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Rings: Massucchelli's / Ceremony Officiant: Yvonne Wood / Venue: Poet's Lane / Flowers and Decorations: Humble Bundle Melbourne / Photographer: Huda Salman Photography / Groom's Hair: Manhor Melbourne / Band: Voces Torogoz

Zoe & Andrew

If there was a wedding that was filled to the brim with tradition, music and love then Zoe & Andrew’s modern Jewish vineyard wedding would be it! Captured by Daniel Brannan, Zoe and Andrew wanted to honour their Jewish heritage by putting their own spin on the day. From the gorgeous green vineyard setting, the epic dance festival that took place outside to the handmade chuppah, it all fell into place to create this  beautiful day.

Zoe tells the tale of how she and Andrew came to fall in love. “Andrew, otherwise known as Woolf, and I met in London. We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party.”

The bride chose a Valentino gown from Le Louvre “It was a Valentino dress. I knew I didn’t want a bridal dress. I wanted a piece that was well made, from good fabrics. I would have chosen something that wasn’t white if I thought it was beautiful. The dress I chose was from Le Louvre. The Valentino just felt so beautiful – the fabric was soft, the lines were structural but the overall look simple, it felt feminine but not dainty. It reminded me of a time passed, a sort of Katherine Hepburn look. There were probably many different types of dresses I could have gotten married in, but I really loved how I felt wearing that lovely piece.”

The couple chose vineyard venue Stones of the Yarra Valley  for their wedding, explaining “Originally, we wanted to get married at my Zoe’s cousin’s farm. But it just wasn’t feasible. We wanted to get married somewhere that felt meaningful and beautiful. A venue that didn’t feel like a venue but had the experience and resources to make the organising process easy. The Stones of the Yarra Valley gave us the best of both worlds. We loved the green of the outside and the light of the inside. ‘The Stones’ were truly phenomenal in the lead-up and during the wedding. They were warm, personable, professional and understanding.”

Zoe remembers “We walked ‘down the aisle’ to After the Goldrush by Neil Young (two of our friends, Jarrod Lewis and Hayley Lewkowicz, played the guitar and sang this very meaningful song).”

“We wanted a traditional Jewish chuppah ceremony, which imbued our egalitarian values. We both feel very connected to our Jewish heritage and liked the idea that our chuppah will be one of many in the history of time. We didn’t want to ‘perform’ our chuppah, so we asked everyone to stand in a close circle around us. We wanted our families to be a big part of the ceremony so our siblings held the chuppah, we asked grandparents, cousins and friends to say parts of the ceremony alongside the rabbi. I wore a veil and ring from my great great grandmother who wore these in the 1800’s. We also drank from a wine cup of the same period.”

Even the chuppah held special significance for the couple, who tell “The chuppah itself was made by Zoe’s cousin Amichai Lankri from Mandrake Workshop  from wood collected at a farm belonging to other cousins of Zoe’s. This farm holds great importance for us as we spend many happy times there. Woolf and Zoe draped themselves in a traditional ‘talit’ from Andrew’s family. The chuppah felt meaningful, sewn together by tradition, history, family, friends and who we are.”

Of their photographers, Zoe remarks “Daniel Brannan was our photographer. He and his assistant Chris were exceptional. The process before the wedding was easy – Dan was so lovely, professional and warm. And on the day they were both just amazing. They understood who we were and what type of vibe we wanted. We felt comforted in their presence and never overwhelmed. And we think the photos are truly incredible. His shots are natural, real and beautiful. Dan managed to capture all of the special moments and no image seems overly manicured. We have had friends say that they wish they could get married again so that they could have photos like ours. Dan, you are a legend.”

The couple worked hard to hire a team of vendors they trusted, the bride noting “We loved sharing the day with our much loved and amazingly talented cousin Amichai Lankri from Mandrake Workshop  who put together our beautiful chuppah, our genius photographer Daniel Brannan, our insanely beautiful florist Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker and our awesome band the Jonathan Skovron Band. Ami, Dan, Gina and Jonathan are all truly talented people full of warmth and wonder. They were all truly outstanding at what they do. (The band interwove some of Woolf’s favourite 80’s British songs into our favourite folksy tunes – genius!) Monica Gingold and her team were also the perfect make-up and hair artist group. Monica was so calm on the day. (And she let me keep the natural look that I wanted. I was the second bride she had ever met who didn’t want false eyelashes!)”

Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker  created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride remembering “The reception was a feast with long tables and shared plates. We had lots of dancing to lots of old, soulful music and sparklers to end the night. We wanted nature to fill the room so the amazing florist Gina found the perfect way to arrange natives and other textured floral arrangements within the space. The gorgeous hanging installation was an art piece!!!! It is also why we chose to make our name placements out of gumnut branches.”

Zoe and Andrew kicked off the celebration with traditional Jewish dancing, the bride remembering “The Jewish dancing was outside. It felt like we were in an older time, dancing with our community, amidst the setting of my Australian childhood.”

“We tried to keep the evening very simple – us, our people, our music, our feast, our late night full of joy.”

Congratulations on your marriage Zoe and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Daniel Brannan for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Daniel Brannan / Cinematographer: Eli Lerner / Bride's Dress: Valentino / Bridal Salon: Le Louvre / Bride's Shoes: Scanlan and Theodore / Hairstylist: Monica Gingold / Makeup Artist: Monica Gingold / Flowers: Georgie Boy by Gina Lasker / Chuppah: Mandrake Workshop / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Musicians: Jarrod Lewis / Musicians: Hayley Lewkowicz / Band: The Jonathan Skovron Band