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Romantic Spring Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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How inspired I am by loose, brightly coloured floral arrangements at the moment? This beautiful Queensland shoot is full of romantic Spring wedding ideas. The palette of pink – from soft peachy pink, to fairy floss pink and the brightest of magenta teamed with fresh crisp white linens and plenty of greenery. To me this is the essence of Spring, embracing the fresh colours and flowers that it brings, the loose, trailing arrangements utterly romantic.

Jennifer Oliphant Photographer teamed up with Made To Match Events and took over The Old Dairy, a beautiful spot in Maleny on the Gold Coast hinterland- surrounded by the rolling green hills it was the most beautiful backdrop for the shoot.

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Willow Bud created the floral arrangements in hues of apricot, pinks and peach The chair garlands, made of greenery added a loose, romantic feel.

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Ideas In Icing created a pink ombre wedding cake that picked up the romantic pink hues of the fresh blooms.

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Hair By Nicola and Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty styled the bride’s look, who wore a gown from Eve Boutique.

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Photographer: Jennifer Oliphant Photographer / Stylist: Made To Match Events / Flowers: Willow Bud / Hairstylist: Hair By Nicola / Makeup Artist: Gorgeous Makeup & Beauty / Bride’s Dress: Eve Boutique / Cake Baker: Ideas In Icing / Transport: Champers Rolls Royce

Nicole and Nick’s Relaxed Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Nicole & Nick

Combine a country town, a beautiful garden and the love story of Nicole and Nick and their wedding becomes a story I need to tell. Photography by Sarah J captured their engagement photos (which we featured last year relaxed country engagement photos) and today we conclude their fairtytale with their relaxed garden wedding.

Nicole tells the story of how they came to be. “We were introduced to each other by a friend not long after Nick had moved to town. At first we just got along really well and eventually became best friends. We never expected to start dating but after a while we started to fall for each other and decided to get together. We didn’t really have a “honeymoon” phase since we knew each other so well but we loved it because the relationship was so strong from the start.”

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Nicole chose a scoop neck wedding gown designed by Grace Loves Lace.

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Nicole and Nick chose Castlemaine Botanic Gardens  for their marriage ceremony. Nicole remembering, “The botanical gardens was where Nick proposed so it was a special place for us. We decided we wanted to be married by the water, under the shade of the oak trees, so we knew straight away that the wedding would be in Castlemaine.”

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Nicole tells, “A close friend of ours sang ‘The Blowers Daughter’, by Damien Rice for the walk down the aisle.”

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Simon Williams, Connect Church Bendigo performed the ceremony and also being Nick’s cousin, was one of the more special parts of the day.

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Zooper Dooper ice blocks were in large supply post ceremony. Nicole remarking, “It was an extremely hot day (44 degrees) so we went to a lot of effort to help keep everybody cool. At the ceremony we had paper fans and zooper doopers as well as plenty of water on ice, and at the reception we had large industrial fans which spritzed out a cool mist to keep everyone refreshed. We also made our own batch of sangria which was cheap to make, but looked and tasted amazing! ”

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The groom and groomsmen combated the severe heat by using a very unusual method, Sarah, the photographer dishing the dirt. “The boys kept the sweat patches at bay by using women’s liners stuck the the inside of their shirts, something I have never seen at a wedding before which made for some funny photos and plenty of LOLs even now. The best part is it worked incredibly well and no one knew their hilarious little secret.”

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Of their photographer, Nicole notes, “We wanted a photographer who could capture the day as naturally as possible while showing off our style, which is why we chose Sarah. She made it all extra special by giving us plenty of tips for the day, keeping us calm and having fun with us.”

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Buda, Historic Home and Garden hosted the couple’s reception, the bride and groom noting, “Buda Historic Home & Garden was close by and we set up our reception in the private garden.”

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Nicole tells, “We were doing the wedding on a budget so we did quite a bit of DIY. We did bunting, chalkboard signs to label food and drinks and a painted banner above the door to welcome everyone in. My favourite DIY was putting stamped name tags onto mason jars for all the guests to drink from, which they could take home at the end of the night.”

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Lady Sultan, one of the couple’s favourite local Turkish takeaways catered the reception.

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Nicole loved, “Taking a small amount of time out together during the reception, while Sarah took photos of us as the sun set. It was really nice to just be alone for a few minutes considering we were so busy being with all of our guests all day long.”

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Nicole describes the day as, “Ridiculously hot, crazy fun, celebrating our special day with all of the people we love.”

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Nicole tells, “We didn’t have a first dance. The idea of everyone watching us dance slowly together actually freaked us out! It just wasn’t us. We had a DJ though, and did a lot of dancing with all of our guests which was heaps of fun.”

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Congratulations Nicole and Nick! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us! Thank you also to Photography by Sarah J for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Photography by Sarah J / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Makeup Artist: Mae Taylor / Hairstylist: Mae Taylor / Makeup Artist: (Bridesmaids) Stef Edwards / Hairstylist: (Bridesmaids) Honeyeater & DIY / Bride’s Shoes: I Love Billy / Bride’s Jewelry: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Jack London (pants) / Groom’s Attire: Spencer Project (shirt) / Groom’s Attire: OTAA (bowtie) / Flowers: Amy Sim / Catering: Lady Sultan / Cupcakes: Oh Happy Day / Wedding Rings: Stearns Showcase Jewellers / Transport: Symes Motors / Lights: Betta Party Hire / Ceremony Venue: Castlemaine Botanic Gardens / Reception Venue: Buda, Historic Home and Garden / Ceremony Officiant: Simon Williams, Connect Church Bendigo

What’s In A Veil – Mantilla Veils

by | Accessories, Bride


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Photo from Olive Farm Designs Handmade Bridal Accessories Mantilla veil by Olive Farm Handmade Bridal Accessories

When dreaming over a recent photograph of a beautiful veil, it did occur to me that I haven’t been writing much in my “What’s In a Veil?” series I started some time ago (Check out the previous posts What’s In A Veil – Birdcage Veils, What’s In A Veil – Juliet Cap Veil and What’s In A Veil – Drop Veils) and well, I want to change that! So today, let’s dive deep and explore the beauty of the mantilla veil!

The mantilla veil hails from 17th century Spain, where it was often worn upon the introduction of beautiful Spanish laces in the 16th century, in black, with a traditional crown like, semi-circular comb (called a Peineta often made out of tortoiseshell) . They’re also said to have originated from Muslim women who immigrated to Spain who needed to cover their face when attending church services – the heat made them switch from heavier fabrics to more breathable laces. By the nineteenth century, Queen Isabel II loved the mantilla veil, encouraging the people of Spain to wear it regularly before her death  when it became more of a special occasion item reserved for wearing to church during religious holidays.

The mantilla veil is defined by its wide lace edging and circular or triangle shape that almost hugs the body. Modern day, the veil is worn attached by a discreet comb or pins and in some ways is similar to a Drop Veil in that it looks like it is simply dropped onto the head. No shorter than fingertip length, the veil almost cascades down the bride’s body like a wrap (though can be tied in a loose knot at the back for a different take). Lovers of the mantilla have also interpreted it in their own way – placing it at the crown or lower back of the head for a different look.

Mantilla veils command lower hairstyles – a high ponytail or slicked back bun won’t work for this veil – instead think softer lower styles. Wearing your hair completely down, or in a style at the base of your head allows the veil to drape and fall as intended.

For me, the mantilla veil is the epitome of mysterious, demure romance. The lace itself is such a beautiful statement and the way it curves itself to its wearer’s features is truly beautiful.

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1. Photo by Aljosa Videtic via Intimate Weddings 2. Esma Spotted Mantilla Wedding Veil by Percy Handmade 3. Photo by Beata English Photography  from Gemma and Scott’s Canberra Garden Wedding 4. Photo by Michelle Boyd via Magnolia Rouge 5. Photo by Valentina Glidden Photography via Ruffled 6. Photo by Erich McVey via Style Me Pretty 7. Photo by Ryan Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty 8. Photo by Karen Gilvear Photography from Alexandra and Tom’s Romantic Palm Beach Wedding 9. Photo by Ellie Asher Photography via Bridal Musings 10. Photo by Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty


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