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Brooke & Paul’s Formal Black Tie Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Brooke & Paul

I love this twist on an engagement shoot – a tuxedo and black bow tie, a floor length black sequin evening gown. These formal black tie engagement photos are such a contrast to usual photos which are quite casual and really, why not take the chance to get dressed up if that’s what you love to do? The couple chose gm photographics to capture their photos.

Brooke and Paul tell the tale of how they met. “We attended the same primary school and high school however we were not in the same year. We both knew of each other however conversations lining up for lunch in the school canteen were as far as our contact went! Although living in the same suburb we had not interacted for close to 10 years until we bumped into each other in Las Vegas in December 2009. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!”

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The proposal was utterly romantic, the couple telling, “Paul surprised Brooke and proposed after a beautiful breakfast on a romantic getaway to The Hunter Valley on the 9th August 2013. We stayed at the gorgeous, secluded ‘Cedars’ at Mount View, in the luxurious, modern villa ‘The Edge’ and spent the whole day at the Hunter Valley Gardens after the proposal.”

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“We were both pretty set on not having a “typical” couple photo shoot and wanted to go for something classy, modern and quite formal – hence the suit, bowtie and Grammy-style gown.”

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On what she loves about her (now) husband, Brooke remarks, “I love that Paul is the type of man that puts others before himself, a quality that is very rare in a man. He always finishes things he starts, he has such great work ethic and I love that he wears sexy glasses for his office job.”

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They tell, “Brooke is a dance instructor and runs her own studio, Paul was adamant that he did not want her to choreograph their wedding dance. So Brooke happily took Paul’s advice and they just went with what they felt on the night. Best wedding dance ever – we had so much fun as there was no pressure to remember the steps.”

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On what he loves about Brooke, Paul tells, “I love Brooke’s passion and enthusiasm in every aspect of her life, especially her dancing. She is so committed to giving her all in every project she takes on and even choreographs dances whilst driving, so talented!”

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Photographer: gm photographics

Angie & Wes’ Athol Hall White Wedding

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


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Angie & Wes

When a storm takes your wedding inside and what was dreamt to be a sunny day turns into bucketing rain, one has no choice but to smile and go with the flow and in the end Angie and Wes did just that. Their Athol Hall white wedding turning into an indoor affair with the moodiness of a stormy harbour set as a backdrop for their day captured by SugarLove Weddings.

Of how they met, Angie tells, “We met through mutual friends after both moving to Sydney seven years ago.”

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Angie chose a strapless gown by Reem Acra, her bridesmaids in white dresses from Zimmermann. Angie explains, ” My favourite colour is white so from the start I knew I wanted an all white wedding which reflects the styling of the marquee, flowers and bridesmaids.”

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Last minute thunderstorms meant an indoor ceremony, Angie remarking, “We got married in the rustic style hall on the grounds at Athol Hall. A storm came rolling in just before and during the ceremony which meant we couldn’t have the ceremony outdoors in the garden however the thunder and rain on the tin roof made the mood romantic and having all our guests inside the hall provided an intimate feel that we loved.”

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A friend created the stationery in tones of navy blue and white.

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White Rabbit Projects planned the wedding with decor elements by Perfect Pieces and masses of white blooms styled by Wilder. Angie notes, “I was very lucky as my mother in law has a beautiful French Provincial homewares business Perfect Pieces so we were able to source our vases, candles and most of the styling pieces from there.”

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Simmone Logue created a two tier wedding cake decorated with white peonies.

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Angie tells, “Our wedding was all white with a festive vibe where wanted all our friends and family to have a fun and memorable time.”

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Angie remembers, “We didn’t get the glorious sunny day that every bride dreams of however at the end of the day our stormy wedding day was a fun filled celebration and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

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For their first dance, Angie tells, “Wes picked his favourite song called ‘let the little girl dance’. ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Angie and Wes! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Rabbit Projects / Styling/Hire: Perfect Pieces / Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra / Bride’s Shoes: Oscar De La Renta / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Accessories: Rose Street Trading Co / Hairstylist: Renee Wanna / Makeup Artist: Renee Wanna / Flowers: Wilder / Invitations & Stationery: Friend - Karina Merriman / Venue: Athol Hall / Cake Baker: Simmone Logue

Adriana and Arden’s Dreamy Sunset Palm Beach Boathouse Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



Arden & Adriana

From the moment we had our first date at Max Brenner I knew Arden was the one. So did my mum. My parents were quite shocked when Arden asked for their approval, but in their words “we knew it would happen one day, just not this soon.” I am so glad we got married young.

The ten months leading up to the big day were a roller coaster. We both had crazy schedules mixed with work, finishing studies, planning our honeymoon and trying to find a place to live. But we did it. And it all was worth it on the 11th October 2014 when we got married on a perfect spring day at St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble.

Choosing my dress may have been one of the most stressful parts of our wedding day. I knew exactly what I wanted but I could not find it anywhere. I had looked at various stores and it was only Marry Me Bridal Mosman that had the lace dress I was looking for. My beautiful Pronovias dress was almost perfect! The girls in the store helped me alter it exactly the way I wanted and thus came my dream dress – low back, lace detailing on shoulder and chest, sweetheart sillouhette and medium trail.


Our wedding day was peaceful. Not many brides can say that. Aside from waking up at 5:50am with a couple of butterflies, I can honestly say out of the 10 months spent planning our wedding, the wedding day itself was one of the most peaceful. I spoke to my husband (fiancé then) in the morning of our wedding day. The excitement in his voice made me feel so excited. He said our word of the day would be fun. And fun it was. A dream day I could never imagine being so perfect.



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The church we chose was St Swithuns Anglican Church at Pymble. We fell in love with the sandstone and the classic feel it had which perfectly suited our wedding. Decorative Events helped put together the finishing touches at the church including lace bunting, draping, a white carpeted rose petal aisle and signage. The weight of the world fell off our shoulders as we were pronounced husband and wife and danced down the aisle to Charlie Brown by Coldplay.



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Our photographer Chris Prestidge from At Dusk was actually a close friend of Arden’s – they used to work together. Being close with your photographer definitely helps ease any nerves or awkwardness, and after our engagement shoot, we felt so comfortable with Chris! He had a team of two other girls, Hannah and Anya, that were absolutely incredible. They clicked away and caught every precious moment of our day. I love looking back on all the memories. We also had a videographer and are awaiting to see the footage from that day!








Our reception at the Boathouse Palm Beach can only be described as dreamy. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The beautiful wharf at the venue allowed the guests to enjoy the sunset and sip champagne on the outdoor deck whilst listening to acoustic music. The Boathouse served all sorts of delightful foods and guests were free to move about the venue, with various lounges set up. Guests took hand made favours home in the form of lace wrapped succulents alongside Lindt chocolates.

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We had a polaroid photo booth, dance floor, ice cream cart and the best of company. We exited with a sparkler tunnel and surprised our guests with driveway fireworks. It was a day that we couldn’t have planned better.


Images by At Dusk Photography

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful word you used to describe your wedding Adriana… dreamy!! It looked absolutely dreamy and divine. Congratulations!

Adriana says: “We got married on the 11 October 2014 at the Boathouse Palm Beach. It was a memorable day spent with loved ones and we loved every moment of it! Our wedding was beach chic themed.”

Photographer: At Dusk Photography / Reception Venue: Boathouse Palm Beach / Flowers & Decor: Wild Lotus Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Cake Baker: All Things Sweet by Carissa / Invitations & Stationery: Little Paper Lane
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