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Sophie & Symon’s Relaxed Beach Glamour Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Sophie & Symon

When it comes to a beach side wedding full of elegance, then I think Sophie and Symon’s relaxed beach glamour wedding certainly ticks the boxes for a celebration that turned out to be nothing short of stunning. The couple chose Noosa for their wedding, working with photographer Ivy Road Photography to capture their day.

Symon fills us in on the story of he and Sophie met. “I first noticed Sophie the day she arrived for her job interview at the Advertising agency I worked for, she had my eye from that moment! On Sophie’s first day at the agency, she ‘found’ herself in the lift with me and we discussed the forthcoming Staff Christmas party in Hamilton Island. I encouraged her to consider staying on for a few extra days with me and some of their other employees. Perhaps coincidentally, we were seated next to each other on the plane to Hamilton Island, where we found we had much in common. Our bond began in Hamilton island. I arranged a surprise getaway weekend, in late 2014, back to Hamilton Island. I woke Sophie at 5 a.m., with “pack a bag…we’re going on an adventure!” Once we settled in the resort, I proposed we share the rest of their lives together.”

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Sophie chose a ball gown from Raffaele Ciuca, Symon noting, “It was big…mermaid like! Soph wanted fabulous, figure hugging and heaps of personality.”

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Sophie and Symon chose Noosa for their wedding, holding their wedding ceremony at Maison La Plage. Symon telling, “We wanted a destination wedding, somewhere both families had to travel and spend extended time with everyone. Noosa was the obvious pick based on family time there for Soph. I am from Canberra and Soph’s from Melbourne. We love the beach and relaxing so knew that Noosa would be the great choice.”

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Sophie walked down the aisle to Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow.

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Jackie Gray  officiated the ceremony, the groom remembering,  “We wanted it to be very personal. We spent time writing our own ceremony and vows. Our good friend, James Jordan, sang Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran and both our mothers signed the registry. Our siblings were all in the bridal party and our niece and nephews were pageboys and flower girl.”

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Of their photographer, Symon notes, “Shelley (Ivy Road Photography) was a stand out. She has a eye for natural light and her photography treatment matches the setting of Noosa. She captured the moments that matter, nothing was forced. The location allowed for the green of the lush coastal trees and the blue and whites of the beach. Later at the venue the sun set perfectly in the Noosa hinterland for photos on the jetty. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

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While the newlyweds had their photos taken, guests enjoyed a champagne cruise before picking the bridal party up and dropping everybody at the reception venue – Ricky’s Noosa.

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“We loved the happiness everyone had for us. Creating the best memories with our favourite people in the world. Buying our home a week before the wedding. Sharing beautiful Noosa with everyone. The start of our next adventure together.”

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Emily Jabour and Made To Match Events planned and styled the wedding, the stationery designed by the groom himself.

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Tome created a decadent wedding cake for the newlyweds.

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Of the first dance, Symon remembers, “We chose Van Morrison “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” for the first part before breaking out to Whitney Houston “How Will I Know”. So much fun!!”

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Congratulations Sophie and Symon! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Ivy Road Photography for sharing today’s celebration!





Photographer: Ivy Road Photography / Cinematographer: Chas Mackinnon / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Emily Jabour / Wedding Stylist: Made To Match Events / Bride’s Dress: Raffaele Cicua / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Wietzmann / Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski / Groom’s Attire: Briggins / Groom’s Shoes: Briggins / Groomsmen Attire: Briggins / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Briggins / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Beauty On The Move / Makeup Artist: Beauty On The Move / Flowers: Orange Blossom / Invitations & Stationery: Synergy Print / Invitations & Stationery: Kikki K / Ceremony Venue: Maison La Plage / Ceremony Hire Items: Noosa Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Jackie Gray / Ceremony Musicians: James Vincent McMorrow / Reception Venue: Ricky's Noosa / Reception Music: Simon Watson / Cake Baker: Tome / Wedding Rings: Michael Albrecht / Transport: Noosa Car Hire / Wedding Registry: Envelope Registry / Boat Cruises: Catalina Cruises

Fifteen Gorgeous Flowergirl Styling Ideas

by | Bride, Children


Sweet flowergirl ideas

I love the innocence and joy of the littlest bridal party members on a wedding day. The ones with stars in their eyes as they dress, the ones who watch you with awe as you walk down the aisle, the ones who see a wedding as something so full of utter magic. Today I am rounding up fifteen gorgeous flower girl styling ideas to inspire your little ones for your special day. Click on through to see it!

Veronica and Paul’s Vintage Vibe Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



Veronica & Paul

Paul and I met through work and have known each other for over nine years now. Our love grew from friendship, and it wasn’t until five years down the track of working together that we started dating. It was hard to break out of the colleague/friend zone; there was lots of resistance from me! But I am glad that Paul was very persistent and obviously it was totally worth it!

The proposal was one of a surprise! We were on a weekend getaway in Melbourne to see a band. Paul took me to Eureka Sky Deck to watch the sunset before heading out to dinner; as we were looking our over the city skyline, he popped the question! As it was so unexpected – all I could say was “No Way?” several times before I said yes!

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Our wedding was held at Clarkes Point Reserve, on a sunny afternoon with beautiful Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. A relaxed and unpretentious gathering of friends and family, our wedding was filled with festivities, DIY elements and a vintage vibe that perfectly depicted our style and personality. From the succulents in my bouquet and Paul’s casual attire to my tea length wedding dress, the music, food and atmosphere, it was just perfect!



We specifically wanted a Sydney wedding – as it is our home town – but we also wanted to make it easy for our family and friends to join us as it was important that our celebration of love was shared with those closest to us.

We got ready seperately on the day – Paul got ready at a hotel in the city with his groomsmen and I was at our house with my bridesmaids in the morning. It was so surreal that we were all very relaxed – “one of the most relaxed bridal parties ever” said both our makeup artist and photographer! Once the bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done, they even had time to play some cards while waiting for me!





My dress and headpiece were something that I was really happy with – I loved the 50’s styling! I did feel the pressure to wear a traditional long dress, and some people couldn’t understand why I would want a short one!

After hunting around, I am so glad that I found my Henry Roth dress from Bridal Reflections. I handmade my headpiece to match the style that I was after. I also wore a pearl necklace that was a hand-me down from my grandma who unfortunately is no longer around to witness my wedding day.

There were a few personal details throughout the day that we loved. One of them was having my friends arrange and perform our favourite dance song,“Feel So Close To You” by Calvin Harris, into an acoustic chill out version for me to walk down the aisle to.





Another was having an old fashion pop-corn machine cart at the ceremony – which totally added the festive atmosphere that we were after. It was such a simple idea but very effective, and our guests totally loved it!


We decided early on that we wanted something stylish but casual. Paul specifically really wanted a cocktail instead of a sit down reception so that our guests could mingle; we also wanted lots of dancing.

A blank canvas venue with a view was the ideal – and somewhere that wasn’t not licensed so we could bring in our own alcohol and caterer. We took our cultural differences as a catering theme and had two buffet stations; ‘East’ with Asian inspired cuisine such as dumplings and duck pancakes, and ‘West’ which included a ‘Build Your Own Burger Bar’.




For the reception, we were lucky enough to have a friend who is a stylist who was able to bring in a mix of vintage and industrial furniture to make the blank space just the way we wanted it. To add to the décor of the space, we also spent lots of time preparing our DIY Bar.

In terms of decoration, I have always loved the look of things with a vintage vibe and fairy lights. These elements naturally worked their way into the look and feel of the wedding! We prepared our own cocktail list and signs and we handmade, with the help of an electrician friend, the illuminated ‘BAR’ sign ourselves – a feature we were very proud of!



The overall wedding experience was stressful at times during the planning, possibly due to the fact that both Paul and I are in the event industry and perhaps because I had placed pressure on myself to create a wedding that everyone would enjoy while pleasing both ourselves and our parents.

But on the day, all those things didn’t matter at all. In saying that, nothing went wrong (or we didn’t notice it anyway!) – we were lucky to have friends and vendors that we could trust!

All in all, we have memories of a perfect day – a day celebrating our love and the start of our lives together. And all these moments were captured by the very talented Mick Habgood, who was able to capture so many of the candid moments between of the two of us and our guests.







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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Veronica and Paul; your vintage vibe theme certainly suited your fun-loving nature; love the idea of the burger bar!

Bride’s Dress: Henry Roth / Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections / Ceremony Venue: Clarkes Point Reserve / Catering: Three Blind Mice Catering / Cake Baker: Shells Cakes / Draping and Fairy Lights: Fairytale Events / Props and Furniture Hire: Vintage Patina / : Vault Interiors / Photographer: Mick Habgood / Invitations & Stationery: Belinda Xia Illustration / Reception Venue: Hunters Hill Sailing Club
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