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Jess & Dan’s Sydney Restaurant Wedding

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


Balmoral Wedding

Jess & Dan

Jess and Dan were keen on having a relaxed wedding day – from their beach side ceremony to their Sydney restaurant wedding venue. Each element was considered so that it was reflective of their own relaxed lives, the way they love to live and their life together. They invited Fable & Fuss along to capture their day.

Jess tells their story. “We met by chance at the Sydney Opera Bar and ended up having a really fun night out together. Music is a really big part of our lives (we went to see Groove Armada on our first date) we incorporated some of our favourite lyrics into our wedding decorations and stationery.”

Braces and brown tie

Dan chose a purple mod suit from Ben Sherman with a patterned shirt, braces and skinny tie. His groomsmen wore their own suits.

Groom looking over Sydney

Bride in veil writing speech

Lily from Toni&Guy and Hayley Dutton styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, Jess remembering, “Our hair was done by Lily from Toni & Guy. I had soft curls and a half up style, the bridesmaids all had their hair up and chose their own style on the day. Our makeup was done by Hayley Dutton who does absolutely stunning makeup. Hayley was a pleasure to have with us on the day getting ready and I loved the looks she created for myself, the bridesmaids and my lovely mum.”

Bride in veil with champagne

Bride in lace dress with peach bridesmaids

“The theme of the wedding evolved into a beautiful colour palette of bright pinks, apricot, greens and purple. I chose a vintage inspired lace dress and wore the same veil that both my sister and sister in law wore on their wedding days. I had matching silk shoes made from Shoes of Prey that had had glitter gold heels with a blue lining for ‘something blue’. ” The bridesmaids wore apricot gowns from Sheike.

Bride in lace dress with white peeptoes

Nelder Jones created Jess’ bridal gown using French lace, she tells, “I had my dress made at Nelder Jones. The ladies there are just lovely and made the dress experience such a fun one! My dress was adapted from one of the samples I had tried on and was made from french lace and silk. I changed the neckline after one of the fittings and they happily did this for me.”

Locket pinned to wedding bouquet

“I had a gold locket with photos of my Grandma, Grandad and Nanny who have passed. They were really special to me so it was a lovely way to have them with me on the day.”

Nelder Jones Wedding Dress

Balmoral Beach Wedding

Jess and Dan chose Balmoral Beach for their wedding Jess remembering, “We were married under a tree at the south end of Balmoral Beach on the shoreline in Sydney. We were really lucky that it was a sunny day as we didn’t have a backup plan!!”

We Kissed Like We Invented It Sign

The couple’s love of music was infused throughout their wedding day, Jess telling, “We both designed our wedding stationery (I’m a graphic designer which helped!) and developed the theme together. We are really into our music so we used lyrics from our favourite songs on our invitations, decorations and place cards. The main lyrics that we used was by The National – ‘I dreamed about you 29 years before I saw you’. Instead of having flowers on the altar chairs we made heart cutouts which had the lyrics in them.”

Black and white photo of Sydney wedding

For the processional, Jess remembers, “We had an acoustic band from Baker Boys Band play Stevie Wonder ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.”

Sydney wedding

Hot pink and orange wedding

Sydney wedding guests

Sydney wedding ceremony

Balmoral Beach first kiss

Orange gingham table cloth

“My mum helped me make some picnic style table cloths for our signing and drinks table at the ceremony.”

Balmoral Beach Wedding Ceremony

Groom hugging parents

Newlyweds at Sydney Wedding

Bridesmaids in sweet apricot dresses

Jess found the bridesmaid gowns at Sheike, telling, “The bridesmaids wore a stunning apricot floor length dress and a soft gold floral necklace”.

Sydney waterside wedding ceremony

Bride in Lace dress

Wedding in Balmoral

You are the sunshine of my life sign

Sydney garden wedding

Wedding Photo in Balmoral

“One of the best parts of the day was when Dan and I went and had some photos taken just by ourselves. It was such a magic time where we got to step back from the day and take it all in. Suellen (our photographer) got us to do some photos on a round about which was fun (and the images were phenomenal!) Some of our guests walking past were wondering what we were up to!! ”

Sydney wedding photo

Waterside wedding in Balmoral

Balmoral Wedding Photo

Of their photographer, Jess remarks, “We wanted some candid photographs of the day and we didn’t want to spend half the day doing staged poses, we just wanted to be ourselves and have an amazing, relaxed time! We saw some of Suellen’s work on a website, after which we arranged to meet her while she was visiting Sydney in a pub.

We got along really well with her and loved her journalist approach to capturing a wedding day. When we received our wedding images from her we were so happy with them, she really captured so many of the emotions of the day, we felt like we were re-living the day when we saw them!! My advice would be to find a photographer who you trust and let them do what they do best and capture the day.”

Sydney beach wedding venue

Sydney newlyweds


Sydney relaxed wedding

Fable and fuss photography

Sydney beach wedding

Beach wedding with apricot bridesmaid dresses

Water wedding in Balmoral

Sydney wedding portrait

Sydney Waterside Wedding Venue

Apricot roses in weddng

Sydney Restaurant wedding reception

Jess and Dan chose The Public Dining Room, Balmoral for their reception celebrations, Jess remembering, “The reception at the Public Dining Room was just a couple of minutes walk up the road. We got a really good vibe when we visited this venue, it’s relaxed (like us) with an amazing view of the water. Dan’s family came out from the UK so we really wanted to show off one of our favourite places in Sydney. We decided to do five long tables and sit in the middle amongst our family and friends instead of having a traditional bridal table, this made the night feel like an intimate dinner party.”

Sydney restaurant wedding

The Public Dining Room Wedding

Public Dining Room Wedding Reception

Sydney bride and groom at restaurant

Bride in lace dress by Nelder Jones

Good Sydney wedding speeches

Sydney Wedding Speeches

Sydney Restaurant Wedding Photos

Green and white wedding cake

Guests received cupcakes as wedding favors created by Sparkle Cupcakery who also made the wedding cake. The finishing touch was a silhouette cut out cake topper made by Dan.

Cake cutting in Sydney

Sydney wedding dancing

The first dance was a highlight of the night, Jess recalling “The song we chose for our first dance was ‘Sundress’ by Ben Kweller. We didn’t practice we just improvised and had a lot of fun.”

Restaurant wedding

Fun wedding dance in Sydney

Relaxed sydney wedding

Dancing at Sydney wedding

Restaurant wedding dancing

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Dan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Fable & Fuss for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Fable & Fuss / Bride’s Dress: Nelder Jones / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Attire: (Shoes) Ben Sherman / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever New / Hairstylist: Lily from Toni&Guy / Makeup Artist: Hayley Dutton / Flowers: Summers Floral / Invitations & Stationery: The bride - Jess Blackwood / Ceremony Venue: Balmoral Beach / Ceremony Musicians: Baker Boys Band / Reception Venue: The Public Dining Room, Balmoral / Favors: Mini cupcakes from Sparkle Cupcakery / Cake Baker: Sparkle Cupcakery / Cake Topper: The groom

Jackie & Mark’s Classic White Carousel Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Albert Park Wedding

Jackie & Mark

The chic, all white elegance of Jackie and Mark’s wedding is enough to take your breath away. But if that alone does not, there is a beautiful story of two people very much in love that at the core of the day, lays a foundation for what was an incredible celebration. Bek Smith Photography was there to photograph their day.

Of how they met, Jackie tells. “Mark and I have now been together for five years. We met at Boutique in Prahran. As my friend and I were enjoying a glass of wine, Mark sat next to me and I felt an instant connection. His smile and warmth drew me closer and closer to him. From that moment on, I knew our love story began.”

Daniel Hechter Emporium

Jackie notes, “Our bridal party was our family. It consisted of our brothers, sisters, niece and nephews! They are the closet people in our lives who we love and cherish very much!”

Daniel Hechter Emporium wedding suits

vintage fiat wedding car

Jackie remembers, “We chose old school Fiats for our bridal party and a Maserati for the bridal car. We wanted to keep the Italian theme and have cars that are unique and different! The Fiats got so much attention throughout the day.”

Craig Braybrook CoutureTed Baker wedding shoes

Jackie tells, “We knew we wanted a white wedding! We believe a white wedding is timeless and very romantic. We wanted to create a warmth and classic feeling for our guests with a touch of elegance. Every little detail was thought about and planned from the bow on the wedding dress to the bow on our wedding cake.”

bride and bridesmaid

bride putting on wedding dress

groom in hawthorn church

Jackie and Mark chose St Anthony’s Church. Hawthorn for their ceremony.

bride outside churchbridesmaids at church

groom in black and white

bride walking down the aislechurch wedding processional

Jackie tells, “My favourite memory from our wedding day would definitely have to be walking down the aisle. Throughout the day I wasn’t nervous at all. I was extremely calm. This surprised me as I thought that I would be nervous or anxious. Then all of a sudden when we got to the church and I began walking down the aisle it all hit me! This feeling came over me that I can’t describe but I’m sure many brides would’ve experienced. It’s the feeling that you know this is it. You’re getting married!

I walked down the aisle to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri and the one thing I will always remember for the rest of my life will be the look on Mark’s face when he saw me for the first time, standing there in my wedding dress with the veil over my face. It’s a look that I had never seen before and one I will never forget.”

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Wedding At St Anthony's Church Hawthornflowergirl at church wedding

blessing at church wedding

St Anthony's Church Hawthorn Wedding CeremonySt Anthony's Church Hawthorn Ceremony

melbourne wedding recessional

melbourne church wedding recessional

wedding cheer

newlyweds in fiat

Fiat Wedding Cars MelbourneSt Kilda pier bridal party

newlyweds in st kilda

bride on st kilda pier

Jackie wore a lace gown by designer Craig Braybrook Couture. She remembers, “I always knew that I wanted a classic wedding dress so I went to the king of couture, Craig Braybrook. We had meetings upon meetings to discuss the exact dress I wanted including the details and style. We decided on a sweetheart neckline and a beautiful corseted top.

The bodice had this beautiful boning detail throughout and it was decorated with different pieces of fine lace and 3D flowers made from lace as well. The 3D flowers were designed all the way through the skirt and train. This was done to give the dress some depth and character. It was then complete with the cutest bow ever around my waist! With the veil, I’ve always wanted a long cathedral veil. I was really blown away by how beautiful my dress turned out. Craig was amazing and so easy to work with, and I’m so glad that I chose him to create my dress.”

bride and bridesmaids on pierCraig braybrook Couture bride

groom and groomsmen on pier

Bride with bridesmaids in white lace

Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress

St Kilda wedding photo

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Daniel Hechter while the bridesmaids wore lace dresses from Lover.

St Kilda Pier Wedding Photos

white lace lover dressesbek smith photography

Wedding Photo Bek SmithWedding Photo by Bek Smith

Of their photographer, Jackie tells, “We chose photographer Bek Smith to capture our special moments of the day. Bek is very creative, artistic and passionate about her work, and we cannot recommend her highly enough. Mark and I wanted our Wedding photos to look natural but artistic at the same time. Bek’s work resembles this style and we have been blown away by what she’s produced. Bek also ensured that the day ran smoothly by providing instructions when necessary. We were all very relaxed knowing that she was in control. Mark and I are so happy that we forever have beautiful, quality photos of our special day.”

Bride at Carousel

Newlyweds at Carousel

Greenery at CarouselBouquets of Ascha Jolie

The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie created white floral arrangements for the day with plenty of greenery, Jackie telling, “We draped the ceiling of the venue with green foliage, white flowers and tea light candles to create that romantic and elegant feeling. The same look was created at the entrance of the venue to provide consistency. We love flowers! Especially white flowers! Candles and white flowers were also presented on the tables and decking area!

Different white flowers at wedding

wedding at carousel

Jackie and Mark chose Carousel for their wedding reception, noting, “Carousel is simply amazing! It is everything we dream of and more! It has an incredible deck that looks out to the lake and has the most incredible views of the city. Our guests had so much fun that night with lots of laughter and dancing. Our venue started at 6:30pm. Our guests firstly enjoyed canapés and drinks on the deck. This was a beautiful environment for our guests to socialize when they arrived and enjoy the view of the city and lake.”

Four tier white wedding cakesucculent wedding favor

“Mark and I both love nature. We instantly knew that we wanted to give a plant, herb or succulents to our guests. We finally choose the succulents as we believed they fit perfectly with our theme and will last a while with good care. We love how we placed lace around the frosted jar to tie in with our wedding.” A four tier wedding cake was created by Cakes of Distinction.

Wedding menus

white flower centrepieces

Wedding entrance at Carousel

Carousel wedding dancing

Dancing at Melbourne Wedding

melbourne wedding reception venue

Melbourne wedding venue

Of their first dance, Jackie and Mark chose “‘If this is it’ by Newton Faulkner. We wanted to choose a wedding song that touched our hearts and was meaningful.”

first dnace at melbourne wedding

A finishing touch on this beautiful wedding is the beautiful film captured by Purple Ribbon Weddings of the day.

Congratulations Jackie and Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Bek Smith Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Bek Smith Photography / Cinematographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Craig Braybrook Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lover / Bridesmaid Shoes: Steve Madden / Bridesmaid Accessories: Imposters / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Daniel Hechter / Groomsmen Attire: Daniel Hechter / Flowergirls & Pageboy Attire: Takis & Kathy’s Children’s and Christening Wear (03) 9481 6859 / Flowergirls & Pageboy Attire: Jacardi / Hairstylist: Carmen Vitale 0412 460 680 / Makeup Artist: Amy Harrison / Invitations & Stationery: Grafico / Ceremony Venue: St Anthony's Church. Hawthorn / Flowers & Decor: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Reception Venue: Carousel / Cake Baker: Cakes of Distinction / Band: Midnight Blue / Wedding Rings: Diamond Line Jewellery

Megan and Adam’s Colourful Rustic Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bride in Anna Campell Emily

Megan & Adam

Megan and Adam wanted a colourful rustic farm wedding for the start to their marriage. A day that they wanted to be relaxed, something that fit their personalities and something that was a lot of fun! They chose Matt Rowe Photography to capture the moments of their day.

As for how they met, their story goes a little like this. “These love birds were first introduced by a school friend of the bride – not in person, but set up by swapped numbers. Hitting it off straight away we arranged a Blind Date, not meeting before or even seeing a photo of one another (pre-social media)! You could call us high school sweethearts – Meegs still in Yr12 and Adz just finishing school. Meegs bravely arrived at their movie date on her own. Adz turned up armed with a wingman, Kernal (also our Wedding MC!), ‘just in case’.. The date went great. Meegs went back to Adam’s mate Ryley’s place (also Best Man!) and met all of his friends & their girlfriends. That cold May night, 7 years ago, is where it all began.”

groom in blue shirt and waistcoast

groom in grey waistcoatbride putting on dress

Megan wore an Anna Campbell wedding dress from The Babushka Ballerina telling, “My wedding dress is the ‘Emily’ gown by Anna Campbell, Australian Bridal Designer. When ordering my dress and asking if I was able to add a separate skirt to this already stunning gown, I was told that ‘The Babushka Ballerina’ would need to speak to Anna Campbell herself to approve of the change. They came back to me with approval, explaining that this had never been asked for before – this would be a one of a kind gown! I know that every Bride loves their own wedding dress but I absolutely adored the soft, floating feel that the brocade skirt gave my dress! It was perfect and exactly what I wanted!”

bride with father

willow bud flowers bouquets

ceremony aisle decoration


processional at yandina stationGroom at Yandina station

“I walked down the aisle to ‘Safe and Sound’ by Taylor Swift. I don’t remember how I first came across this song, but know that I still absolutely love it and played it on repeat for a good few months leading up to the day. I’d pace out the steps in my head between the ribbon curtain of my dad’s and my bridal entrance to the moment I stood in front of my fiancé for the last time – soon to be husband. Just before Dad and I first appeared through the ribbon curtain, he told me “you look beautiful, sweetie”. I definitely shed a little tear and quickly tried to recover!

From there, walking down the aisle was surprisingly easy and calming! To be honest I didn’t really notice everyone there or how everything was set up – I just fixated on my man and was over the moon to finally be walking towards him!”

groom watching bride

Wedding ceremony at Yandina Station

Megan and Adam chose Yandina Station  for their wedding venue, noting, “We wanted something that none of our married friends had done before. Something unique that fitted our personalities. Yandina Station is a beautifully restored working cattle station, perfectly manicured to hold weddings every week of the year! Our ceremony was held in the shade of the giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree, followed by cocktail style canapés and refreshments while the bridal party cruised around taking photos.”

Cassandra Neilson Wedding ceremony

Ceremony at Yandina Station

Cassandra Neilson Coastline Celebrant officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “One special detail was to have our good friend, Cass Neilson (Cassandra Neilson Coastline Celebrant), as our Celebrant for the ceremony as well as a guest for the rest of the wedding! It was incredibly special to have our ceremony so personal, knowing exactly what to expect. With such a giant heart and so much love to give, Cass is one of the most beautiful people we have ever had in our lives.”

Cassandra Neilson Coastline Celebrant

groomsme and ring bearer

Cassandra Neilson Celebrant

red pink and peach bouquets

Willow Bud Flowers created the amazing floral arrangements for the day, Megan remembering, “Another supplier that made our day perfect, not just on the day but throughout planning, was Sandi from Willow Bud, delivering two of my favourite features of the day: 1) My amazingly beautiful bridal bouquet. It was so fragrant, with bright and punchy crimson colours – exactly how I had wanted it to be, yet so soft and romantic at the same time. It included pink pepper berry, grandiflora cluster lace red roses, free spirit columbian rose, snap dragons, wattle, tea tree foliage, David Austin roses and hanging amaranths!”

newlyweds at yandina

Recessional at Yandina Station

“I got to wear my mum’s veil that she too wore on her wedding day. Although it didn’t get to stay on very long! After the ceremony, my new mother-in-law accidently stood on my dress at the exact same time my new father-in-law gave me a hug, pulling out my veil. Too much of a drama to try and fix it back into my hair – it stayed out for the rest of the night.”

bridesmaid sin navy with pink and red bouquets

bride with bridesmaids in navy gowns

“Our wedding day was overwhelmingly perfect! It was incredibly beautiful to have all of our closest family and friends with us to witness our wedding, the happiest day of our lives so far, proudly planned from top to toe by the bride and her minions. From our hand-picked suppliers helping to set the scene with a relaxed, rustic charm, to the amazing food, to the picturesque landscape and our smoking hot bridal party, we could not have asked for a better wedding day!”

Queensland country wedding

bride with bridesmaids in navy

Oversize Love Letters

Newlyweds at Queensland Country Wedding

Of their photographer, Megan remarks, “When choosing a photographer to shoot our big day, it was incredibly important to us to find a photographer with their own artistic flare. We really loved the relaxed, candid shots we first saw by Matt Rowe Photography. Their beautiful images were not too formal and posed but just a lot of fun and an amazing use of light! As I started speaking to suppliers throughout the wedding planning process, I’d always ask opinions of photographers they’d worked alongside and they’ve all raved about how easy going and fun both Matt and Amanda Rowe are to work with. The beautiful shots they create simply speak for themselves! Once we met Matt and Amanda, it was easy to make the decision to lock them in!

On the day, we could not have asked for better weather! It was a warm, breezy Autumn day, with just the right amount of sunlight and cloud cover to capture those perfect, romantic, whimsical photographs. We had total trust in our photographers and they did not disappoint!!”

Wedding photo locations at Yandina Station

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queensland station wedding

Matt Row PhotographySunset photos at Yandina Staion

Yandina Station Photos

Yandina Station Wedding Dairy

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Yandina Station Fairy Lights

Reception celebrations began in the dairy barn at Yandina Station. “Once the sun began to set, guests were seated inside the Dairy Barn for the night’s festivities. The beautiful, old timber dairy was decorated in fresh flowers and fairy lights, giving the night that extra special twinkle. Not only was there a beautiful view of the rolling hills during the daylight, but also at night time with the reflection of the full moon shining down on the dam and the cattle.”

Yandina Station Floral Decor

“I DIY’d all the stationery to do with our wedding. From the invitations including Invite, RSVP, Travel and Accommodation info, to the seating chart and table numbers on the day, as well as ‘thank you’s’ post wedding – I loved them all! The seating chart was a team effort between Adz and I, Amie and Gareth (Bridesmaid/Adam’s sister and brother in law), supervised by our niece and nephew (flower girl and page boy), to thread, hold and stable gun the twine to the timber frame I found in an op-shop.”

Willow Heart With FlowersWhite wedidng cake with pink flowers

Willow Bud Flowers  created special floral touches at the reception, including a twisted willow heart. Megan explains, “Sandi’s heart wreath made of twisted willow, decorated in fresh flowers and hung among a wall of twinkling fairy lights was awe inspiring to look at! Simply stunning!”

Yandina Station At Night

reception entrance yandina station

“Our bridal entrance was pretty exciting for us both! For me (Meegs) the formalities were almost over and I was ready to relax and enjoy the beautiful reception we’d been planning for all those months leading up! For Adz, he was happy the photos were almost over and could just about relax, have a few drinks and catch up with all our friends and family.”

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Cheers at Yandina Station

Laughign Speech at Yandina Station

Wedding Toast at Yandina Station

Yandina Station Speech

farm wedding queenslandFirst dance at Yandina Station

Of their first dance, Megan remembers, “Our first dance was beautiful in photos and on camera – but so incredibly awkward to Adz and I on the night!! Adam hates toe tapping in a bar let alone slow dancing, centre of attention, in front of all 60 odd guests! To us, it felt hilariously awkward. Adz did so well to go with the flow the entire day and night, even managing to spin me around during our first dance, serenaded by our live singer ‘Carl Wockner’ to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend!”

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Yandina Station Dance Floor

Congratulation Megan and Adam! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Matt Rowe Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Matt Rowe Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridal Salon: The Babushka Ballerina / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair / Makeup Artist: Bonnie Tadeucci MUA / Flowers & Decor: Willow Bud Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by the bride / Venue: Yandina Station / Ceremony Officiant: Cassandra Neilson Coastline Celebrant / Event Hire: Splash Events / LOVE Letter Hire: A Little Vintage Bliss / Reception Musicians: Carl Wockner
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