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Lucy & Adam’s Yarra Valley Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Lucy & Adam

Oh the Yarra Valley is such a beautiful part of the world and Lucy and Adam’s Yarra Valley garden wedding does nothing to dispel my idea of this gorgeous winery region. The couple chose Theodore Halacas – Loco Photography to capture their day.

Lucy tells their story. “Adam and I met one night when we were out, through a mutual friend. However, I don’t recall this first meeting, I might have had a few too many wines! But I apparently made an impression and weeks later, he started working at La Porchetta (where I was working at the time) and the rest is history. Adam was the pizza maker and I was the waitress, a real Hollywood love story!”

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The groom chose a suit from Oscar Hunt, his groomsmen dressed in Roger David.

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Lucy chose an Anna Campbell gown, her bridesmaids in dresses from  Alannah Hill  and For Him and For Her .

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Lucy and Adam chose Alowyn Gardens for their reception, Lucy telling, “Our ceremony was held at Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen. We stumbled upon it when looking around the area for our reception venue. They had it set up for another wedding when we popped in to have a look and it was a jaw dropping moment, we fell in love with it. The Wisteria archway is unbelievably beautiful and is the perfect spot for a summer wedding as it provided lots of shade for us and our guests.”

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For the processional, Lucy remembers, “Our friend Brent Monaghan played ‘How long will I love you’ on his guitar, by Jon Boden Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman (from the movie About Time).”

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Lucy describes the wedding as, “A true representation of our relationship, fun & relaxed”.

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The ceremony was performed by Andrew Redman , Lucy remarking, “Andrew Redman was our marriage celebrant and he was better than we could ever had imagined. Andrew tailored a ceremony that was uniquely us, and told our story better than we could. We had so many compliments on the ceremony and Andrew, one of my friends called him the ‘Hugh Jackman of celebrants!”

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One special guest made an important appearance, Lucy explains, “Everybody who knows us knows that we don’t go anywhere without our fur baby Mitch. So of course he had to be there when his Mum and Dad got married. Mitch is an overly excited, unpredictably gorgeous spoodle and his job on the day was to be handsome. He had his chevron print bow tie from Etsy on and stole the show. He barked when the guests laughed and clapped and sat quietly next to Adam’s sister the rest of the ceremony. He was also very impressed with our vows, gnawing on his foot with approval.”

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Of their photographers, Lucy notes, “Theo from Loco Photography, what an absolute professional. He went out of his way to make everyone feel comfortable and relaxed on the day. He was a perfect gentleman throughout the day but was firm when he needed to be, especially when getting the groomsmen in line. We can’t speak highly enough about him and Danielle, the proof is in the pudding, we love our photos!”

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Lucy notes, “I made our seating plan, menu board & wedding program sign on chalkboard and old window frames. Adam also got crafty and created our photobooth from an old door, it was so much fun on the night. My brother made the bar that served the drinks at the garden after the ceremony. All our guests had refreshing cold beer and cider from the tapped kegs which was a blessing on the hot 30 degree day.”

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Lucy and Adam chose Zonzo at The Train Trak Winery for their reception, remarking, “Our reception was held at Zonzo @ the Train Trak Winery. It was our dream venue, from the amazing views, long bench style tables to the incredible food. We had so many compliments on the food and we are so happy to have been able to share this fantastic restaurant with all of our friends and family. Brianna & the Zonzo team go out of their way to make the wedding experience a special one.”

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One of the handmade touches was sweet potted succulents arranged by the bride who recalls, “Our succulent bonbonnieres doubled up as the place cards were another craft project I did with the help of my friends and they were a hit. Everyone took them home and they are thriving, even going global with my cousin taking his to Switzerland with him. I tried to do as much myself as I could, it was all a part of the wedding fun. My bridesmaids and I got together and did all of our invites, which were put together with the help of the lovely ladies at Santiago Sunbird who have a great inexpensive way of creating personal, beautiful invites which you can print yourself.”

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Of their first dance, Lucy remembers, “We decided not to have dancing lessons, but with only a week before the wedding and no dance planned, we jumped on Youtube and looked up ‘Wedding dance tutorial’. We made up our own dance to Queen’s ‘You’re my best friend’, complete with a lift and a dip! It was so much fun practicing in our tiny lounge, and it went off without a hitch!”

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“Our favourite part of the reception was when Theo (our photographer) took us on a little walk during the reception just before sunset. We were down the bottom of the hill next to the Train Trak vineyards. For 5 minutes of our busy amazing day, it was just Adam and I and it was perfect. We got to look up toward Zonzo’s where all our friends and family were laughing and having fun. It was wonderful! And we got some beautiful photos too.”

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Congratulations Lucy and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Theodore Halacas – Loco Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Theodore Halacas - Loco Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Windsor Smith / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: For Him and For Her / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Shoes: Myer / Hair & Makeup Artist: Lisa Liesmann - The Wedding Stylist / Invitations & Stationery: Santiago Sunbird / Flowers & Decor: Lisa Liesmann - The Wedding Stylist / Ceremony Venue: Alowyn Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Redman / Ceremony Musicians: Brent Monaghan / Reception Venue: Zonzo at The Train Trak Winery / Styling: Zonzo & The Wedding Stylist / Cheese Cake: Zonzo at The Train Trak Winery / DJ: Discosource DJ's / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Transport: Vintage Fun Car Hire

Georgie & Dan’s Cosy Black Tie Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Georgie & Dan

One could be forgiven for thinking Georgie and Dan married in the country but no, their cosy black tie wedding took place right in the middle of Melbourne.  The couple chose The White Tree to capture what they describe as “the most exciting and most romantic day of our lives”.

Georgie explains the story behind the couple’s nuptials. “We first met working at our local Coles way back when we were 16 and 17 years old – Dan recalls that I was the only checkout chick that wore a skirt (!) and anytime they would make a call over the PA for help, he would rush to get to my checkout first! He has been cheeky since day one. While there was a flirty spark between us from the get-go, I had a boyfriend when we met, and it didn’t take long before Dan also had a girlfriend.

Dan became my ‘best guy friend’. Fast forward about five years from the Coles checkout days. I was living in America working as an au pair, Dan was in Melbourne and for the first time in our friendship, we were both single. We’d kept in touch while I’d been away, but all of a sudden, the Facebook messages became more frequent, and when I would see his name pop up online, it was more exciting than it had ever been before.

From across the Pacific, something between us had shifted. I arrived home the day before my 23rd birthday and he was knocking at my parents’ door that same night. The next day, he took me out for breakfast in South Melbourne – he now says that’s the moment he knew he loved me. Birthday drinks followed, the bubbles flowed and it wasn’t long before my best friend became something more. The rest is history, as they say.”

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The groom chose a navy suit by Calibre with his groomsmen wearing Peter Jackson

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Georgie notes, “We both spent the day getting ready at our parents’ homes, something I’d always wanted to do. Putting my wedding dress on in the home I’d grown up in gave me such a sense of comfort and nostalgia – something calm and familiar among the chaos.”

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Georgie chose a gown from Karen Willis Holmes and designed her own wedding shoes through Shoes of Prey. She wore her mother’s pearl drop earrings, which her sister had worn on her own wedding day.

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“Another special detail of our day was becoming a part of one of the traditions of my husband’s family – my now mother-in-law gave me a tiny blue ribbon to pin onto the inside of my dress for my ‘something blue’. The ribbon was sewn into Dan’s Nanny’s wedding dress, his mother’s wedding dress and now mine. I hope to be able to continue this family tradition and give it to my daughter or daughter-in-law in years to come. ”

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Georgie and Dan chose The Boulevard, Kew for their wedding celebrations, Georgie noting ” As neither of our families have any religious affiliations, we opted to have our ceremony and reception in the one venue, which was The Boulevard in Kew. Not having a change in place made it logistically easy for us, and for our guests. My mum actually suggested the venue to us, as she had been to an event there, and as soon as we saw it, we fell in love (clichéd, but true!). As soon as we turned off the main road, it felt as if we were in the country, surrounded by a thousand shades of green, with the lights of the city glittering in the distance.”

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Georgie walked down the aisle to “‘Home’ by Phillip Phillips. An upbeat and happy song with lyrics that really resonated with my husband and I. Having both my Mum and Dad walk me down the aisle was never even a decision for me, it just seemed the obvious choice. Even though your wedding day is mostly about you and your person making it official, it’s also such a big day for your entire family. I felt so incredibly grateful to have my family by my side.”

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“The interior space at The Boulevard was modern and simple, ready to be molded into whatever theme we opted for. A standout feature was the open fireplace, and as we were planning a winter wedding, my romantic visions of guests gathered around a toasty fireplace sealed the deal. We decided from the outset to have our ceremony indoors, so the weather became one less thing to worry about. There was an ideal space to hold the ceremony, with lots of natural light and a beautiful view behind us.”

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Shannon McGregor from Cloud 9 Celebrations performed the ceremony, Georgie and Dan noting “We LOVE Shan! We knew she was perfect from the moment we met her and she created the most beautiful, personal and unique ceremony for us. Our guests had so many kind things to say about our ceremony, that it was unlike any other ceremony they had seen before and just seemed so ‘us’. Shannon guided us towards some beautiful readings and answered our many questions with patience and kindness. For something I’d never given much thought to (i.e. who our celebrant would be), I was amazed by how much it meant to us that she was just so great. Shan was a joy to work with.”

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“Our celebrant, Shannon, suggested the loveliest and most personal idea for a reading. We asked our favourite husband and wife teams for a few words of advice, which was then read out by my aunty as a part of the ceremony. This included words from my Pop, both sets of parents, my sister and her husband, and my aunty and uncle. It was such a memorable part of the whole day.”

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North St Botanical created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting, “Our florist, Emily from North St Botanical, was an absolute dream to work with. We were keen to support a local business, and from the moment we walked in, we knew North St would be perfect. Emily, the business owner, is an amazingly talented flower artist and so incredibly fun and easy to work with. She knew exactly how to create what I wanted, before I even knew what I wanted! I still buy flowers from North St regularly.”

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“There was a stunning range of potential locations for our photos literally a stones throw from The Boulevard, which was so convenient. We didn’t want to have to travel anywhere for our ‘location shoot’ as we wanted to start celebrating with our guests as soon as possible. We spent about 30-45 rather chilly minutes making the most of the natural setting, and the photos were even more beautiful than we ever envisaged.”

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Of their photographer, Georgie notes, “The White Tree were responsible for both our photos and our music. They are a very talented bunch of creative types based in Melbourne, consisting of like-minded photographers as well as a range of musicians from which we could choose, to create our ideal band. We knew as soon as we came across their website that they would capture our day perfectly – their style is natural, spontaneous and unobtrusive. We loved the combination of black and white and colour, and the natural, almost film-like quality of the images. On the day, they were a dream to work with, very relaxed and fun.

We had a photographer with both Dan and I for the ‘getting ready’ shots (which are some of my favourites), and they both documented the ceremony and setup shots, then we just had Nick for the rest of the evening. He was everywhere, capturing everything, without ever being noticed by anyone. When he wasn’t taking photos, he was backing his camera up to his laptop, ensuring that nothing would be lost. Funnily enough, in the age of digital photography and unreliable files, this gave me such peace of mind.”

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“In terms of decor, we wanted to keep it very minimal and elegant. We had tea light candles along all the windowsills around the edge of the room, as well as on the tables. We had long tables with small clusters of flowers in various clear glass vases. We kept the arrangements low, so no conversations across the table were obstructed, and quite small, so that there was room on the tables for the all important food platters! It was beautiful, practical and cost-effective.”

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Of dinner, Georgie remarks, “We both wanted to steer clear of the often unsatisfactory ‘alternate drop’ system, that can result in guests being unhappy with their meal, so we were pleased to be able to choose a banquet style menu. This meant we had three different main meals presented beautifully on large platters that were placed in the middle of the long tables, so guests were able to try a bit of everything, and have the exact quantity they wanted – much less food wasted as well. The food was excellent, and we had a lot of lovely feedback from guests describing it as better than most ‘wedding food’ they’d experienced. Dan also loved the fact there was a fully stocked bar, so everyone could order their drink of choice, even if it wasn’t part of the beverage package. The whiskey began to flow later in the night! ”

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“Our patchwork wedding quilt is one of our most treasured keepsakes. My Mum is a very talented patchworker, and she came across an idea on Pinterest to create a personalised wedding quilt, where guests can sign a blank square of fabric, that would then be used to create a quilt. It now lives on our couch, and we love reading the messages people wrote as it keeps us warm. The fact that Mum made it makes it even more precious.”

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Miss Ladybird Cakes  created a three-tier naked cake, Georgie noting, “Our beautiful ‘naked’ cake, which was utterly delicious AND beautiful to look at, lovingly made by Miss Ladybird Cakes, a Melbourne based cake artist.”

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The White Tree performed great tunes for an amazing dance floor.

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Of their first dance, Georgie remembers, “We took dancing lessons for about 8 weeks before the wedding – this was so much more fun than either of us anticipated! A really lovely thing to do together that’s a break from everyday work/wedding planning stress. We did our first dance to a little-known song called ‘Wrap your arms around me’ by Gareth Dunlop. I stumbled across it watching a very corny chick flick one day, and really liked the idea of having a relatively unknown song that was just ‘ours’. It’s got a folky/acoustic feel to it, which suited us much more than a super slow song. The dance was so much fun on the night, and even finished with a big lift at the end – my very own Dirty Dancing moment! Such a special memory from the night.”

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The bride and groom took five minutes to share a piece of cake, Georgie remembering, “I loved spending 5 minutes alone with my new husband outside on the deck, under the fairy lights, sharing a piece of our delicious cake. In the whirlwind of the day and night, it’s easy to not see your most favourite person much at all! This was an excellent piece of advice I received prior to the day, and I’m so glad I grabbed him by the hand and had those precious few minutes. It is one of my clearest and most special memories from the entire day.”

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Congratulations Georgie and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day stories with us! Thank you also to The White Tree for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: The White Tree / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Bride's Mother / Mohair Shawl: KnitwearFactory / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Stephanie Browne / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Hairstylist: Paige at So Haircutters / Makeup Artist: Family Friend / Flowers: North St Botanical / Invitations & Stationery: Chapel Press / Venue: The Boulevard, Kew / Ceremony Officiant: Shannon McGregor from Cloud 9 Celebrations / Band: The White Tree / Cake Baker: Miss Ladybird Cakes / Cake Topper: atCompanyB / Dance Lessons: Y Dance School

Five Ways To Include Cheese In Your Wedding

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Photo by David & Leah Moore Photography from Bonnie & Luke’s Vintage Style Queensland Wedding

I appreciate a good dessert, I will devour a delicious piece of cake but it is no secret to those in my life that my heart lies with cheese. So today I’m diving into different and delicious ways fellow cheese lovers can include cheese in your wedding. From a cheese wedding cake, to cheese desserts and stolen moments.

Swap the traditional sweet cake for a cheese wheel stack

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Photo by Infinity Photography from Kylie and Chris

One idea I truly love for the cheese lovers is to serve up wheels of cheese instead of (or as well as!) a traditional cake. So many amazing cheese shops specialise in creating delicious combinations of cheese now and they’re a great alternative if you’re not a sweet tooth. The added bonus? With their round shape, they look as much of a centrepiece as a traditional cake style wedding dessert.

Serve up a cheese laden grazing table

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Photo by Lisa Diederich Photography from Wedding Food Ideas – The Grazing Table

Imagine your guests arriving at the reception, or taking a glass of champagne post ceremony and being greeted by a spectacular grazing table. Laden with cheese (of course!) charcuterie, olives, crackers, fruits and dips. A beautiful way to let guests choose what they love to eat and to create a focal point.

We have plenty of tips and tricks on a delicious grazing table in our post Wedding Food Ideas – The Grazing Table for you to use!

Include a cheese course

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Photo by Its Beautiful Here from Mikala and James’ Country Winery Wedding

True cheese lovers will love to add a course to their wedding day. One of my favourite weddings served up individual plates of the bride and groom’s favourite cheeses with fresh pear (and a good and solid red!). As the cheese pieces were just a taste, and a delicious one at that there was still plenty of room for dessert (and a palate cleanser in between!)

Enjoy wine & cheese as newlyweds

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Photo by Samm Blake from Emma and Andy’s Relaxed Western Australia Wedding

Every body tells you to take your partner by the hand and make sure you soak it all in. On your wedding day, being present is a really hard thing to do but this idea might just solve the problem. One of Mr Polka and my favourite things to do is dig out the wine and cheese for a quiet moment at the end of the week – it’s always a mini celebration!

Work with your caterer or a friend to escape, just the two of you for a little wine and cheese picnic. Pick your favourite cheese,a mini bottle of bubbles (or a big one!) a rug and a quiet spot, soak it in and enjoy your delicious treats while taking time out.

Place cheese boards on each table

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 Photo by Blue Robin Wedding Photography via Sarah and Grant’s Brittania Park Wedding Festival

I love that part of a dinner party when you arrive and there’s cheese and delicious food on a table, and one of my favourite wedding touches is having your guests arrive at their table to cheese and fresh bread. What a way for them to take the edge off their hungry bellies and become a conversation starter for those that don’t know each other well.

If you think my cheese loving heart stops at five ideas, it goes on:

– Serve up cheese fondue in the centre of each table

– Keep your guests full with cheese toasties at midnight

– Gift guests cheese boards as wedding favors

– Name each table after a favourite cheese

 

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