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Rachel & Barry’s Relaxed Baxter Barn Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Rachel & Barry

Rachel and Barry accidentally chose a searing 42-degree day for their relaxed Baxter Barn wedding. The couple wanted their wedding to have a vibe that would allow guests to celebrate, dance the night away and have the focus be on them as much as it was on the newlyweds. They chose Jerome Cole to capture their day.

Rachel fills us in on how the two came to be. “We met in idyllic paradise on Orpheus, a luxury tropical island set amidst the magical waters of the Greater Barrier Reef. Alas, we were there for work not leisure, but also happened to find love.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore beautiful aubergine suits from Calibre. The suits were the groom’s favourite colour and tied themselves in with the bridesmaid’s aubergine skirts.

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Rachels mother made not only her wedding dress but also the bridesmaid gowns! She explains, “My Mum, a talented seamstress in her spare time, designed and made my bridal gown. The French lace was Valentino and was accented with leaf-shaped fine metallic thread work. The lace was purchased from ‘Stitches to Style’ in Armadale but there was only 2m of lace left on the roll so there was no room for error (or a wedding cake tasting blowout). Hours of workmanship went into making the gown, and every stitch was made with love! My ‘something borrowed’ was an heirloom veil worn by my Nanna at her 1953 wedding.”

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Rachel and Barry chose Baxter Barn for their wedding, noting “Both the ceremony and reception were held at Baxter Barn, on the Mornington Peninsula. The ceremony took place in a stunning rose garden, with the backdrop of heritage-listed Sages Cottage. Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the rustic barn and alfresco courtyard where the celebrations kicked on until midnight.”

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Rachel was played down the aisle by Barry on the ukelele with Rachel’s sister singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

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Cassandra Duncan officiated the ceremony. Rachel explaining “From the off-set, we wanted our ceremony to be short, uncomplicated and family-centred. Our Celebrant, Cassandra Duncan, is a good friend of ours and this made for a very personal, warm and humorous ceremony. She so effortlessly told the story of how we met and what we love about one another (without the cheesiness). To our surprise, the celebrant also sourced some funny quotes from our bridal party which she read out during the ceremony!”

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“Just as we said ‘I do’ there was a crack of thunder and the heavens opened up on our bridal party and guests. Everyone ran for cover in fits of laughter. Unbeknown to Baz and I, apparently a theatrical lighting show took place above our heads during the entire ceremony. Apparently ‘a wet knot is more difficult to untie’ and is believed to foretell a strong marriage.”

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Of their photographer, Rachel notes “We commissioned Jerome Cole to be our wedding photographer. He’s insanely talented, has an infectious personality and is very dedicated to his craft! He captured the ‘real’ moments of our wedding; from the raw emotion to the downright silly. It’s not easy to maintain such energy and enthusiasm on a 42-degree day that ends in a freak thunderstorm, but the end result is a work of art!”

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Barry made the wedding favours himself, Rachel telling, “A couple of days before the wedding Barry, a professional Chef, made batches of his much-loved lemon curd and famed summer stone fruit jam as wedding favours. I then hand-decorated the 120 jars by tying ‘With Love’ swing tags around each as a small memento for our guests. The morning after the wedding, the bridal party spread the left-over favours across fresh croissants, accompanied by much-needed coffee!”

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Rachel and Barry worked with Going Gourmet to create a BBQ style cocktail menu for the reception, the bride remembering,  “Going Gourmet had a reputation for good food (which they delivered on the day, and them some)! Before committing to a menu, Going Gourmet offers a complimentary tasting evening where you get to taste a selection of their dishes. We opted for the ‘Cocktail Menu’ for our 100 guests which included an hour of cool canapés, an hour of hot canapés, an ‘off the BBQ’ round, followed by desserts. Deciding against a sit-down meal led to a more social atmosphere and many guests remarked that it was the most delicious food they’d ever eaten at a wedding! ”

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Congratulations Rachel and Barry! Thank you for sharing with us the stories of your day! Thank you also to Jerome Cole for sharing today’s celebration!






Photographer: Jerome Cole / Bride’s Dress: Bride's Mother / Bride’s Jewelry: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Groom’s Shoes: Asos / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride's Mother / Bridesmaid Accessories: Glisten Gems / Hairstylist: Sue Barnes / Makeup Artist: Sue Barnes / Flowers: Naughty Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Venue: Baxter Barn / Ceremony Officiant: Cassandra Duncan / Reception Hire Items: My Sweet Event / Band: The Bombastics / Favors: Groom / Catering: Going Gourmet / Cheese Cake: Calendar Cheese Company / Transport: Mornington Peninsula Limos

Modern Romantic Bridal Ideas

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


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Today’s inspiration shoot of modern romantic bridal ideas has me enchanted. Fresh floral arrangements of greenery, garlands that are almost organic in the way they adorn the sweet white chapel. A soft bridal look – lace long sleeves, a flowing skirt and relaxed, yet beautifully executed makeup creating an almost ethereal but oh so very modern look to inspire your own big day.

Choosing the beautiful Summergrove Estate
 as their background,  Casuarina Weddings
 and Creative Weddings teamed up with  photographer Ivy Road Photography and a team of Figtree Weddings , The Palace & CoHampton Event Hire
, The Beauty Lineup, Floral & Mineral
, The Babushka Ballerina, Forever Soles
 and Shannon Taylor to create a romantically elegant shoot that drew from its beautiful hinterland surroundings.

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Floral & Mineral
 created the almost organic feel greenery and white floral arrangements, The garlands providing the most beautiful touch to the grand wooden doors of the chapel.

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The styling called for a glowing, relaxed makeup look styled by Seventy Seven Hair and The Beauty Lineup.

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With delicate lace long sleeves, the bride wore a scalloped edge lace crop top and flowing skirt from The Babushka Ballerina. Her barefoot ensemble adorned with pieces from Forever Soles

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The grand final touch for the shoot? A film showcasing the stunning venue captured by Figtree Weddings.










Photographer: Ivy Road Photography / Concept: Casuarina Weddings
 / Shoot Coordinator: Creative Weddings / Cinematographer: Figtree Weddings / Hire Items: The Palace & Co / Hire Items: Hampton Event Hire
 / Hairstylist: Seventy Seven Hair / Makeup Artist: The Beauty Lineup / Flowers: Floral & Mineral
 / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride's Shoes: Forever Soles
 / Model: Shannon Taylor / Venue: Summergrove Estate

Toni and Simon’s Spring Harbourside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



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Simon and I like to say that we met through a mutual friend, which we did, but it was during the last act of Future Music Festival in 2007. Needless to say, we weren’t looking our best as it had been raining all day, but love still blossomed!

My beautiful gown was from Lisa Gowing and I chose lovely floaty dresses in a light lilac from Bridesmaids Only for my bridesmaids. We all  got ready at The Langham in the Rocks and we noticed quite suddenly at one point that the suite had become rather smoky. Quite a lot of steam was coming out of one of the hair straighteners, so we immediately opened the balcony doors. A few minutes later, two firemen barged in with the duty manager and general manager, to find my bridesmaids and me in our dressing gowns, informing us that the ‘silent’ smoke alarms had gone off and wanted to know what on earth we were getting up to! Needless to say, we spent the rest of our time having our hair styled outside on the balcony.








Our wedding was the happiest day of our lives! The ceremony was behind the Mosman Rowing Club at the Spit West Reserve, Pearl Bay. It was quite private and away from the main road and cars. Carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers in lilacs and soft pinks from Petal and Pod, I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, played by our String Quartet, Jasmine Strings. My Dad turned 90 this year but he was still able to walk me down the aisle. A few years ago I didn’t think that would be possible. Some of our closest friends live overseas, so it was really special that they made the effort and travelled a huge distance to be there for us.






We wanted to add a special touch to our ceremony (other than Boss, the pug; we love pugs!) Simon’s school friend is a minister – we were hoping that he could marry us, but as he hasn’t been ordained, it wasn’t possible. He was still able to lead the ceremony though, and share some stories of Simon and him growing up. Our lovely celebrant Lisa Parker stepped in when it came to the formal proceedings, but it was nice that Paul was able to participate as much as he did in our ceremony.






We chose Milk and Honey Photography to take our pictures. Anni and George were amazing! As soon as we met Anni, we felt at ease and knew that she would make us feel comfortable on what would be the most important day of our lives. Both photographers were in no way intrusive and both captured some really special moments.









The reception was held across the road at Zest At The Spit, which made it nice and easy for our guests. Laura at Zest was also a pleasure to deal with, and the General Manager Sean ensured everything went flawlessly on the night. The magical setting on the water with fairy lights and hundreds of candles was exactly what we were looking for.





Chloe from Luka Candles created our beautiful favours. We picked two fragrances that we liked and Chloe helped us create small candles in glass jars with cork tops for our guests; she produced stickers using our logo for our candles, which Fine Invitations created.


Our wedding cake was made weeks in advance by Simon’s grandma – it’s a famous Russian cake called ‘Mikado’ which takes a number of days to make. Ever since meeting Simon and being welcomed into his family, I hope and wish for Mikado cake every Christmas! It is easily my favourite cake, and unlike any cake I have ever tasted.


Simon prepared a speech in Russian, especially for his Russian relatives. He practiced and perfected it with a friend who also speaks Russian. Tears of happiness were streaming down his family’s faces!

Our first dance was a lot of fun but very nerve-wracking! We had lessons from Ian at Logan Dance Sydney in Randwick, who was wonderful! We danced to ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations. It incorporated some Latin elements and the ‘Cha Cha’. The thought of doing the rotarie chasse/bunny hops in my stiletto heels gave me the shivers! But thankfully we pulled it off. One minute and 45 seconds into the song, ‘My Girl’ faded and transitioned into a famous Russian song, which sent the crowd roaring with our Russian moves! We danced the night away to music from The White Tree – it was a wonderful day!



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Toni and Simon; such a wonderfully happy day that included so many heartfelt sentiments – the Mikado cake looks so delicious!

Bride’s Dress: Lisa Gowing / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Ceremony Officiant: Lisa Parker / Ceremony Venue: Spit West Reserve, Pearl Bay / Favors: Luka Candles / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Pod / Archway at Ceremony: Elements For Hire / Groom’s Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Invitations & Stationery: Fine Invitations / Photographer: Milk and Honey Photography / Reception Venue: Zest At The Spit / Band: The White Tree / Transport: HF Wedding Cars
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