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Elle & Patrick’s Vintage Inspired Flower Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Elle & Patrick

I love the sweet vintage feeling to Elle and Patrick’s vintage inspired flower filled wedding. From the bride choosing to wear her mother’s wedding gown to the sweet heartfelt touches Elle and Patrick made sure to include to make their day feel like their own. They chose Cloud Catcher Studio to capture their day.

Elle kicks off their day with the story of how she met Patrick. “Patrick and I met through my older sister’s friends of friends. It took five times before I remembered Patrick’s name. Patrick also made a point of talking to me at social events. Clearly I was in my own little world. When he finally asked me on a date I said no! I wasn’t really interested, which I feel really bad about now. Then 6 months later we ran into each other again and surprisingly the offer to take me out was still standing. I finally said yes and the rest was history!”

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The bride wore her mother’s own wedding gown, telling, “Initially I dreaded the thought of going out to buy a wedding dress. I came home from work one day and said to Mum “I think I have an idea about the dress I would like to wear”. Mum replied jokingly “You could wear mine”. I said to her “That was exactly what I was thinking!”.

Fortunately for me, immediately after Mum’s wedding day my Grandmother had the dress dry-cleaned and boxed so the condition was virtually brand new even after all those years. I tried it on to see if I could fit into it since Mum was pretty slim back in 1981. It fitted perfectly!! Mum was really happy and started to get a little teary. What I loved so much about the dress was that I felt so comfortable wearing it. It just seemed really natural and I felt so very special and honoured that I could wear the same wedding gown that my own mother had worn 34 years ago.”

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Elle’s bridesmaids wore floral print gowns from Alannah Hill and carried floral arrangements by Primula Floral Styling.

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Elle and Patrick chose St. Patrick’s Church  for their ceremony.

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The couple chose a very simple ceremony with two readings.

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Of their photographers, the bride remarks, “Alyce and Colette are very professional at what they do but never make you feel uncomfortable. I couldn’t recommend them enough. Having brilliant photographers is so important because they (the photos) are the lasting memories of your day.”

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Reception celebrations took place at Lightspace Brisbane. Elle notes,  “LightSpace was a great venue because it’s a blank canvas so you can style it any way you like. We wanted to be close to the church so travel time was only minutes away and most of our guests party hard after weddings so there were bars and club close by.”

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Patrick and Elle chose a song they loved by City & Colour for their first dance.

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Congratulations Elle and Patrick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Cloud Catcher Studio for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Cloud Catcher Studio / Bride’s Dress: Mothers' wedding dress / Bride’s Shoes: Guess / Groom’s Attire: M.J. Bale / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Shirts: M.J. Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Hairstylist: Unsurpassable / Makeup Artist: Unsurpassable / Flowers: Primula Floral Styling / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Church / Ceremony Officiant: Fr. Leonard Uzuegbu / Reception Venue: Lightspace Brisbane / Music: Hailey Calvert / Band: Justin Bliss and Chris Palmer / Favors: Sunflower Seeds / Cake Baker: Vanilla Pod

Eve & James’ Wolgan Valley Resort Elopement

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


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Eve & James

Eve and James couldn’t decide on their guest list and instead, they made the ultimate decision – an elopement with only their baby boy present. Their beautiful, intimate celebration captured in all of its glory by Fiona + Bobby.

Eve tells the story of how they met. “We met through mutual friends and kept running in to each other at dinner parties and nights out. We clicked quite quickly and would find ourselves sitting and talking all night, ignoring everyone else! Eventually, we made it out on a date and haven’t been apart since.”

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Eve chose a simple dress from We Are Kindred , remarking, “It is the Luella dress by Australian designers, We Are Kindred. I wanted something simple, non-traditional and with a modern, yet vintage feel to it (if that makes sense). I also needed something that would keep me a little warmer than your typical bridal gown in the cool August weather.”

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Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley Resort  was chosen as the venue, Eve noting, “The ceremony was held in the grounds of the 1832 Homestead at Wolgan Valley Resort. We later had a private dinner in our villa.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to “Just the sound of our baby son giggling and gurgling.”

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Kris Rose officiated the ceremony, Eve remembering, “Our celebrant spoke a little about how me met, our love of travel and the arrival of our little boy. But other than that, it was short and sweet.”

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The most special part was that it was just the two of us with our son. We are close to our families and friends but did not want a traditional wedding and found it impossible to exclude anyone from a potential guest list. We decided it was all guests or no guests and ultimately went with the latter.”

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“It was at an incredible location with staff that went out of their way to make the day special.”

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Of their photographers, Eve remembers, “They were amazing. Attentive, caring and a couple who take so much pride in their work. They stayed well after their booked time (without us asking) to make sure they got the best shots. The results speak for themselves.”

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Congratulations Eve and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Fiona + Bobby for sharing today’s special occasion.

Photographer: Fiona + Bobby / Bride’s Dress: We Are Kindred / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Anthony Squires / Groom’s Shoes: Lloyd / Hairstylist: Weddings by Tania / Makeup Artist: Weddings by Tania / Flowers: Bouquets by Design / Venue: Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Kris Rose / Wedding Rings: Hardy Brothers

Piri & Michael’s Modern Waterside Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Piri & Michael

Piri and Michael chose an effortless chic vibe for their modern waterside wedding. They said their vows by the water, before celebrating with guests at a feast inside the surf club. Most important though, were the special touches they included to make their day so very much theirs. They chose Leo Farrell along with The White Tree to capture the fun of their day.

To kick us off, Piri tells the story of how they met. “One of my best friend’s good friends was being treated by a hot occupational therapist (Michael) for an injury she sustained at work as a paramedic. He told her that he was going to the Future Music Festival that weekend, as were we, so she told us to look out for him.

When he has stubble he has a circular white patch of growth on his right cheek. We both thought it would be highly unlikely to bump into him in a crowd of so many, but we promised we would look out for the white face patch guy. And, low and behold, we did bump into him! At the end of the day he asked for my phone number, which he promptly lost (or had too many drinks to put it in his phone properly). Luckily though, he was seeing our friend again for treatment. He asked her for my number and after several phone conversations, about one month later we had our first date!”

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Piri chose a gown by Mariana Hardwick , noting, “My dress was from Mariana Hardwick and I absolutely loved it! It was the right mix of both beautiful and sexy, making me feel incredible with it on. It had a strapless bodice with a boned corset to mid thigh and buttons up the back. The lace on it was very intricate and I got it modified to include some beading over the cups and sides to give it a bit of sparkle. The full thick skirt had several layers of differing lengths of silk organza and tulle.

It was the first dress that I tried on that I actually loved the look, feel and fit. Not only was it the right style for my body shape, but the girls at the Brunswick store from the moment I walked in made me feel like an absolute princess! The whole team are so incredibly professional and their passion for perfection meant that I knew I was in good hands. The end result was that I am so sad that I won’t ever get to wear the dress again!”

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Piri and Michael chose Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club  for their wedding.

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Piri walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

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Felicity Kerr officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We chose our celebrant Felicity Kerr because we knew she would be able to create the intimate/personal vibe we wanted to experience with our closest family and friends. We didn’t want so much the traditional ceremony, and we wanted them to be in the moment as much as we were.

Before the ceremony started Felicity asked everyone to put away their phones/cameras to help this and Felicity did a great job engaging everyone by sharing a story of how Michael and I met each other, what we have achieved together so far, how we feel about each other and about our hopes and dreams for the future to come.”

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“We had two separate readings – one by two of our closest friends and also my grandma – we let them select them and they were a poem by Wilferd A Peterson titled ‘The art of marriage’ and from the Bible – John Chapter 2 verses 1 to 11 ‘The Wedding at Cana’ respectively.”

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Of their photographer, Piri tells, “Our photographer was Leo Farrell. He is not only an incredibly gifted photographer but such a lovely person to work with. We loved his candid style, and from the moment we met him he made us feel at ease. He is incredibly professional and has a knack for capturing the moment. We absolutely loved all the photos he took.”

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“Michael and I are crazy animal people. We have three pets – two dogs and a cat that we treat like children. It wasn’t appropriate that they be in the wedding physically so we wanted to make sure their presence was known and acknowledged. This was perhaps taken to extreme because not only were they featured on a giant flag on the flag pole during the ceremony, but they were also on each of the tables instead of numbers, and also embroidered onto the bonbonniere napkins at each place setting as well as on hats at the recovery the next day.”

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“My mum is an absolute creative genius and she helped us so much in putting all the details together for the wedding. She was pretty much our wedding planner! For the place settings we had little puzzle pieces that said our guests’ names, and then there were instructions for them to write a little message to us on the back of them and then stick them on a board that makes up a giant circle so that we have a memento to keep afterwards. We made little cones that had our two dogs and cat dressed up in tuxedos and wedding dress for the flower petals, and each of the three long tables were assigned to one of each of our pets, so we had their pictures in colour on some cardboard so guests knew where to sit.”

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Guests enjoyed a feast prepared by Sorrento Catering , Piri noting, “I must also say that the food was exceptional. We wanted a sit down two course dinner but with share plates and a grazing style, then roving desserts. We also had several dietary requirements to meet! Barry from the Sorrento Catering Company did a brilliant job and absolutely nailed the brief. Our guests still talk about the food! The hot chips for the bus ride home also helped to dampen some hangovers the next day (slightly).”

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Piri and Michael hired a photo booth from In The Booth to help guests have a little fun on the night.

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“For our first dance we chose Roachford – ‘Only to be with you’. This is a special song to us not only for the lyrics but because it was a song we listened to on repeat for the first year of our relationship. We did dance lessons for a good six weeks or so beforehand and learnt a routine. I would highly recommend it because there were many laughs had between us when we were learning! I must admit it though despite our endless practices, we managed to stuff up on the night, but we still had a great time!”

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Rutherford Entertainment DJ’d away the night, Piri telling, “Our DJ, Cam from Rutherford Entertainment had everyone up on the dance floor – young to old! Our favourite part of wedding planning was having everything fall into place, and learning a dance routine together! ”

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Piri and Michael chose The White Tree  to capture a film of their wedding day celebrations. Piri tells, “We used The White Tree, and were absolutely ecstatic with the result. It really helps to take you back to the day, and to witness all those special moments shared with family and friends, and to hear the beautiful speeches again.”

Congratulations on your marriage Piri and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Leo Farrell for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Leo Farrell / Cinematographer: The White Tree / Bride’s Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride’s Jewellery: James Thredgold Jeweller / Groom’s Attire: P.Johnson Tailors / Groom’s Shoes: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Country Road / Bridesmaid Dresses: Willow / Bridesmaid Shoes: Seed / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Studio 2 / Makeup Artist: Studio 2 / Flowers: Hello Blossoms / Invitations & Stationery: Simplethings Press / Venue: Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club / Ceremony Hire Items: Peninsula Party Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Felicity Kerr / Reception Hire Items: Peninsula Party Hire / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Embroidered Napkins: Leaf / Catering: Sorrento Catering / Cake Baker: Friend / Photo Booth: In The Booth / Wedding Rings: James Thredgold Jeweller / Transport: Peninsula Kombi Bus
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