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Ally & Steve’s Graceful Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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There were not many more words appropriate for Ally and Steve’s graceful Melbourne wedding than elegant and sophisticated, and for a couple who wanted a modern day of urban simplicity well I think they nailed it. Ally and Steve worked with Clarisse Photography to capture their wedding.

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Ally chose a strapless gown by Karen Willis Holmes, noting, “I saw a photo of a girl in the Prea gown and I was hooked from the moment I saw it. It was the only gown for me. It matched my theme and style. Simple, modern and sleek. The Prea gown, from the Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke Collection, features a bustier bra cup bodice with top stitching detail and panelled fishtail skirt. I loved EVERYTHING about the gown. It’s timeless and beautiful.”

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Ally and Steve were married at St Ignatius, Richmond. Ally explaining, “We live close by to the church, St Ignatius. I’ve walked passed it a thousand times but had never been inside. When we decided on a church wedding I popped my head to have a look one afternoon and my jaw dropped to the ground. The inside was amazing, dramatic, romantic and had the longest aisle ever! My mum has always told me to the longer the aisle the better!”

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Ally walked down the aisle to Joshua Kadison’s “Beautiful In My Eyes”.

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“I wanted the ceremony to be pretty traditional but still relaxed. I tried to involve as many loved ones as I could. My mother in law, Aunty and sister in law all did readings. Steve’s parents walked down the aisle first, followed by my mum who had my two brothers by her side, the bridesmaids and myself and my dad. We walked out of the church to Florence + The Machine, You’ve Got The Love.”

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“I’m from Sydney, Steve’s from Melbourne and yet we met in Canada. We had a really close circle of friends in Canada who came over for our wedding. Being from different States it’s a rare occasion that our families or friends are ever together. Having both our families, friends and our special Canadian family all in the same room together was definitely the highlight!”

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Of their photographer, Ally notes, “Our photographer was amazing! We first met with Mark from Clarisse Photography for a consultation in a cafe in Richmond, he was super friendly and knowledgeable. We decided to book him for our big day about 5 minutes into the consultation. On the day he worked for over 13 hrs and his smile was ear to ear the whole time! We love our wedding album!”

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Ally and Steve chose  The Terrace at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne for their reception, Ally noting, “The Terrace in the Royal Botanic Gardens is such a beautiful venue! Cocktails and canapes on the patio overlooking the lake with the city skyline as the backdrop. It’s a huge open venue but still feels very private and intimate! The weather on the day was a little overcast, but pretty much perfect! No rain, no wind. The night was warm enough for everyone to stay outside.”

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“We made honey jars as the bonbonniere. Pouring super sticky honey into 140 tiny glass jars was tricky! Finished off with a customised sticker. I did a DIY photo booth and had a life-size Instagram frame for guest to pose for photos.” Burnt Butter Cakes  created a decadent wedding cake and customised biscuits.

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For their first dance, Ally and Steve chose “Latch” by Sam Smith.

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Ice cream cart Bianco Latte surprised guests as they left the reception, Ally remembering, “I was all about the little details and special touches. We gave gifts to our parents during the speeches to say thank you. We had a gelato cart arrive for dessert and we had McDonalds deliver 100 cheeseburgers at the end of the night for guests to eat as they headed home.”

Congratulations Ally and Steve. Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Clarisse Photography and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s celebration!

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Photographer: Clarisse Photography / Cinematographer: Video Boutique / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Bossini Menswear / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Bossini Menswear / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Florsheim Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Hairstylist: Zoe Karlis / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Rhilee / Flowers: Flowers by M.E.L / Invitations & Stationery: Jenn Shenn / Ceremony Venue: St Ignatius, Richmond / Reception Venue: The Terrace at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne / Reception Music: James Leroy / Cake Baker: Burnt Butter Cakes / Biscuits: Burnt Butter Cakes / Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte

Sophie & Joel’s Clark Island Picnic Wedding

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

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When long Summer days roll around, picnics are always the first thing on my mind, so I love the idea of Sophie and Joel’s Clark island picnic wedding – an idea they kept completely secret from their guests! Sophie and Joel chose Sarkodie Photography to capture their wedding day.

Sophie tells the story of how she and Joel came to be. “We’ve worked at the same company for several years. We became ever closer as friends, but just “as friends”. Eventually, we decided to go on a cycling holiday through Myanmar together. After days of riding through gorgeous countrysides and magical little village sunsets, Soph’s stoic resistance to anything romantic finally cracked, and we never looked back.”

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Sophie wore a lace gown by Ginger & Smart . She tells, “My dress was designed by Jess Dudgeon from Ginger & Smart, a good friend of ours. There were several sessions looking at materials, and a few fittings. Jess, being, of course, one of our wedding guests, was helpful with the dress and my hair and makeup right through until the end of the day.”

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Sophie and Joel chose St Mary Magdalene, Rose Bay for their ceremony, the newlyweds remarking, “Our ceremony was held in a beautiful Catholic church in Double Bay. The lush interior of the church, complete with tall ceilings, timber panels and stained glass windows, created a sense of occasion and dignity. We wanted the ceremony to reflect the gravity of what we were doing – promising to spend the rest of our lives together! We used traditional vows and chose some of the less-religious readings in the Bible that we, as two agnostics from Catholic families, felt we could relate to.”

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Sophie walked down the aisle to Elgar’s Lux Aeterna (Nimrod).

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Guests were surprised with a reception on Clark Island National Park . Sophie telling, “I was reading a book on the history of Sydney Harbour, and in it was a mention and photo of Shark Island. The idea of holding the reception on an untouched island in Sydney Harbour in the summertime was too perfect to ignore. We checked out Shark and had started working through ideas when we were given the idea of looking at Clark Island, only a few hundred metres west. The moment we walked onto the jetty at Clark, we knew where our wedding would be. We made a big effort to keep the island venue a secret from our guests, who knew only which church to go to. Our priest, bless him, then just gave away the big secret during his homily… he’d forgotten to keep mum.”

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Feather and Bone and Pop Up Picnics catered the outdoor picnic. “Our catering was brilliantly handled – including the challenging logistics of an event on a national park that also happens to be a small island. One of the bridesmaids baked a Wall-E theme cake which was much loved by the happy couple.

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“We wanted a quiet, pastoral picnic. The island was perfectly peaceful; before the speeches and music, the only sounds were gentle waves, a family of ducks, and sailing boats passing by.”

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“Perfect weather, hilarious and poignant speeches, a family of ducks waddling among the guests…”

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“Joel’s grandfather supplied the homemade Sicilian wine. The bonbonniere (coated almonds and a little model bicycle) was prepared by Joel’s parents. The first dance music was performed by Michael Ross, another good friend.”

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Of their first dance, the newlyweds recall, “Our friend Michael Ross sang for us; his own take, just piano and voice, of a neo-R&B classic from Miguel called “Adorn”.”

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Congratulations Sophie and Joel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Sarkodie Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us.

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Photographer: Sarkodie Photography / Bride’s Dress: Ginger & Smart / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker / Makeup Artist: Sophia Vandoros / Invitations & Stationery: Groom's Father / Ceremony Venue: St Mary Magdalene, Rose Bay / Venue: Clark Island National Park / Catering: Feather and Bone / Catering: Pop Up Picnic / Cake Baker: Catherine Jugmans / Transport: H20 Water Taxis

French Ballet Wedding Inspiration

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I was always a ballerina at heart. A little pink leotard and tutu kept permanently in my closet from the time I could dance on my feet. So this beautiful French ballet inspiration photoshoot is right up my ballet loving alley.

Captured by Samantha Ong Photography, styled and planned by Tiaanii Events with beautiful florals by Rose & Sage Floral Design and hair and makeup artist Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair .

Samantha explains the concept which was designed to inspire romantic elopements in intimate settings. “We based our vision around the idea of a French ballerina who wanted something romantic and elegant but also something natural and effortless to really put the importance on natural beauty.”

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Rose & Sage Floral Design worked with overflowing florals in soft pinks, apricots and whites to give a dreamy, ethereal feel.

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Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair styled the model’s makeup. “We kept her look effortless with her hair and makeup. We wanted it to be very simple and classic, to accentuate her features but also showing her natural beauty as she was, with a pop of gloss on her lips for the French romance.”

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“A rustic building with lots of greenery and florals again represented natural beauty and the European romantic look. In all, we kept the shoot simple because we although we see lots of lush and over the top weddings, we wanted to also show one that was low-key, intimate and more than anything beautifully effortless.”

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Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Tiaanii Events / Florals: Rose & Sage Floral Design / Hairstylist: Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair / Makeup Artist: Kristine Huang Make-Up & Hair
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