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Eloise & Eric’s Gold Urban Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Eloise & Eric

I love the glam feel of Eloise and Eric’s gold urban wedding. Eloise’s stunning gold gown, which glimmers in the light adds just a little something extra special to what was already a beautiful day. Eloise and Eric worked with photographer Long Way Home Photography to capture their day.

Eloise tells the story of how she and Eric came to be. “We met through mutual friends at a party at the ripe old age of 15! We didn’t start dating straight away but it wasn’t too long after that we officially became a couple. 11 years later, we’re still going strong!”

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Eloise chose a  Jenny Packham gown from  Le Louvre telling, “I wore a gold beaded Jenny Packham dress that I purchased at Le Louvre in South Yarra. I had been looking for a dress for a long time and tried on too many dresses to count, but none of the traditional white dresses I tried on felt right. I wanted something that didn’t necessarily scream ‘bridal’ but that still reflected the special occasion.

When I had finally narrowed it down to my last two, I randomly spotted the gold beaded dress hanging on a rack at Le Louvre and asked to try it on. Once I had it on, there were no tears or cries of joy, just a deep sense of happiness knowing that I had finally found the one! It was unique, glamorous, and chic and reflected my personal style, but still had the ‘wow’ factor to ensure I stood out from the crowd! The dress was covered in gold and white sequins and beading, and featured an embellished gold neckline that made me feel like an Egyptian princess. The dress was complimented with a beautiful bespoke gold veil that was sourced from France by the lovely ladies at Le Louvre.”

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The couple chose Newman Chapel College, University of Melbourne for their wedding ceremony, noting, “Our ceremony was held at Newman Chapel College at the University of Melbourne. As soon as we visited this church we knew it was the one for us; the long aisle added a bit of fanfare to the occasion, and the Gothic features of the church set it apart from a lot of others. There was also large windows behind the alter and we were lucky enough that the sun came out just as the marriage was being pronounced, which flooded the church with a beautiful golden light.”

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The bride chose a traditional organ piece for her walk down the aisle. “Both my parents walked me down the aisle. As an only child I have a very close relationship to both my parents, and it meant a lot to me to have them both by my side.”

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“We wanted our ceremony to have a simple, inclusive, spiritual feel. We had the groom’s high school religious education teacher and Catholic priest perform the mass and he was very laid back which helped put people at ease. We included a lot of readings about love and family, and had our siblings and cousins do the readings.”

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“The most memorable story has to be the first kiss. Once the priest pronounced us husband and wife, instead of turning to me to have our first kiss, Eric turned to the crowd seated in the Church with a huge smile on his face and started fist pumping! I had to remind him that we were meant to kiss!”

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Of their photographer, the bride remarks, “We were lucky enough to have Steph from Long Way Home as our photographer. We fell in love with Steph when we stumbled across her website and knew she was the one for us when we first spoke to her over Skype. Steph’s photos have a beautiful look and feel to them that’s both whimsical and elegant at the same time which was exactly the style we were looking for. We wanted photos that had a relaxed feel and weren’t too posed that captured our laid back natures and that’s exactly what we got!

The fact that Steph is so friendly and kind was also really important to us given how much time we would be spending together! Not only did she take amazing photos, but she was an extremely grounding, positive and relaxing influence on the day and heaps of people commented that they didn’t even notice she was taking photos!”

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RACV City Club hosted the inner city reception. “Our reception was held at the RACV City Club. We needed a reception that would fit all 220 of our guests but didn’t want the atmosphere to get lost in a big, cold space. The large windows on either side of the room which looked over the city created a warmth to the room and was a big talking point!”

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Guests were greeted with tins of Wedgwood tea at their place settings. “We are both massive fans when it comes to tea, so we chose to have little tins of Wedgwood tea for our guest favors! Not only did the guest favors really reflect us as a couple, but they looked great on the table which was a huge bonus! The guest favors alternated between Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and English Breakfast.”

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Of their first dance, Eloise remembers, “Our first dance was ‘You give me something’ by Jamiroquai! Although we both have different taste in music, we both love Jamiroquai and he was one of the first concerts we went to together, so his music has a lot of meaning to us. We were lucky enough to have received dance lessons for our engagement by our best man and had great fun putting together the first dance!

We don’t take ourselves too seriously and love to have a laugh, and we created an atmosphere that reflected us as a couple. For example, our first dance was to a Jamiroquai song, we boogied to Greek and Indian music, and we even walked out during our entrance song to Black and White by Michael Jackson – hopefully people got the reference!”

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Dancing was one of the highlights of the night. The bride remembers, “I’m half Greek-Cypriot and the Groom’s background is Indian and we really wanted to have that reflected on our big day, so we made sure to incorporate Indian and Greek music at our reception! And they went off! There were hankies flying everywhere and one of our best memories is looking out at the crowd during the ‘Zorba’ and seeing the dance floor jam packed full of people as far as our eyes could see! It was really special having everyone up and enjoying the dance together.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Eloise and Eric! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Long Way Home Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Long Way Home Photography / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridal Salon: Le Louvre / Bride’s Shoes: Ferragamo Vara / Bride’s Jewelry: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Herringbone / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Witchery / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne / Ceremony Venue: Newman Chapel College, University of Melbourne / Reception Venue: RACV City Club / Band: Top Dog Entertainment / Favors: Wedgwood / Cake Baker: Groom's Mother / Cake Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne / Photo Booth: Jimbo's Amazing Photo Booth / Wedding Rings: Arnold jewelery / Transport: Exotic Limo

29 Fabulous Copper Wedding Details

by | Bride, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

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I do love copper and rose gold and it seems this is the season for it to dominate weddings! This gorgeous metal works so well with both warm and cool tones adding a little touch of modern glamour to a celebration. Today I am rounding up 29 of my favourite gorgeous copper wedding details. Click on through to see them!

Copper Wedding Details

Paula and Aaron’s Romantic Parisian Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings,

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I am from Melbourne, Australia. I run my own digital marketing agency and also mentor female entrepreneurs. Since my wedding in Paris I am part of the lovely team at Parisian Inspired Wedding.

Aaron proposed on Valentine’s Day and I had no idea it was coming. He took me out to see a movie on the day but kept telling me he had a special surprise for me later on. Still no idea…..

When we got home we popped open some of my favourite French champagne and I cheekily asked if I would get my surprise and was a little shocked when he snapped ‘no!’ Little did I know he was starting to get a little nervous….

Later in the night he asked me to close my eyes and I could hear him rummaging in another room for something… I was imagining all the gifts it could be… perhaps a dress from my favourite boutique in Melbourne??? I was speechless when I opened my eyes to see him on his knee with a ring… seriously, speechless. I couldn’t answer through my tears for several minutes!! A moment in my life I will never forget!

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After we got engaged, we quickly got swept up in all that goes with planning a wedding. Before we knew it, the whole day had exploded into this huge elaborate affair and we both found ourselves asking: is this what we want?

Aaron and I are all about the experience and we wanted a day that we could truly and deeply experience. Something that was about us and our very immediate family.

We chose to have an engagement in Melbourne, that was really a surprise wedding to include more extended friends and family – and then we had our symbolic ceremony in Paris. We chose to just do legal vows in Melbourne. We swapped our personal vows on the day and they went into a little suitcase, which travelled with us to Paris to continue our vows there.

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We chose Paris because I am in love with the city. I have travelled there many times and have such fond memories. I feel very at home there and wanted my family to share my love for the city with us on one of the biggest days of our lives. Getting to wander around after the ceremony capturing our wedding photos was amazing – there was no pressure of having to get to a reception or keep to a particular schedule. The day was perfection. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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Camille at Parisian Inspired Wedding made sure that the day was easy and elegant for all involved. From ensuring I had the nicest freshest gluten free bread for my breakfast to ensuring the restaurant was perfect for all our family at the end of the day. I wouldn’t change a thing…. I’d just like to do it again!!

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Dealing with vendors in France can be tricky if you are not from there or don’t speak French. Before I found Parisian Inspired Wedding, I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to pull the day off as I had no idea how to organise anything or how to contact the ‘right’ people. Camille made the whole experience effortless!

Walking through Palais Royal with my father and seeing Aaron and then all my closest family is one of the happiest memories I have so far in life! I remember stopping to take it in straight after the ceremony and thinking – “this is a perfect moment in life, a perfect day.” The weather was perfect, the location was perfect and the desserts and champagne we had straight after getting married were even more perfect!

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Images by Divajo Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Paula and Aaron – such a beautiful wedding in one of the most romantic cities in the world!

Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Groom’s Attire: Asos / Wedding Planner: Parisian Inspired Wedding / Ceremony Venue: Jardins du Palais Royal / Photographer: Divajo Photography
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