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Jacinta & John’s Elegant Geelong Pier Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jacinta & John

Perhaps it is the soft afternoon light, so wonderfully captured for their portraits, or it might be the bride’s decadent gown that creates an almost otherworldly feel to this ethereal seaside wedding. Jacinta and John wanted a rustic, beach inspired theme, with a classy and fun vibe that all their guests could enjoy. The couple chose Daniel Brannan to photograph their elegant Geelong pier wedding.

Of how they met, Jacinta tells, “John and I met through mutual friends. We were friends for a few months before we started dating.”

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Hugo Boss Suit

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The bride chose a dress by Deborah Selleck, who she notes was amazing to work with. “I always wanted a mermaid style dress however I originally wanted strapless. After a few meetings/ dress fittings with Deborah we were able to create the perfect dress with a high neck and low back, which I loved. My dress was made from a bone coloured silk and French lace beading. I also wore an Anna Campbell head piece instead of a veil.”

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Both the ceremony and reception were held at The Pier, Geelong. Jacinta tells, “We wanted our ceremony to be very personal and something we would always cherish. The ceremony was out on the terrace which sits out over the water, with glass roof and windows for walls. We were fortunate enough to have a sunny early spring day so we had the windows open which gave it an outdoor feel.”

The bride walked down the aisle to an acoustic band playing “This Year’s Love” by David Grey, and Jacinta remembers, “We also had one of our best friends marry us which made it all the more special. He did an amazing job, and made it a very personal but relaxed ceremony.”

The Pier Geelong Wedding Ceremony

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“We had the majority of our wedding photos taken at Corio Villa, an old house made from wrought iron sitting on an estate at the top of the large hill neighbouring the botanical garden in Geelong. I have loved this house since I was a child and spent many afternoons with John trying to figure out if and how we could get our photos taken at the house. After chasing up many dead ends, we ended up doing it the old fashioned way and knocked on the front door. Turns out the owners had always admired the house and were very proud of it, so were only to willing to help us out! We were thrilled and the photos were definitely worth it.”

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Of their photographer, the bride says, “Dan was amazing. We were referred to him through a family friend and he made the whole process so much fun; even though we did book him almost 2 years in advance! He was always happy to come and meet us at home or out for coffee and scouted out the area before the day so knew exactly what he was doing.”

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The Pier Geelong Wedding

Melbourne Classic Cars Wedding Transport

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The reception was held in an adjoining room that was sectioned off during the ceremony, allowing there to be two distinct, individual areas within the single space. Of their reception decor, Jacinta says, “We sourced and organised most of the decorations ourselves, however we had the great staff at the Pier arrange them on the day/night. Erin, our event coordinator from The Pier, was a cracker. She made life very easy and made the whole process, particularly in the final few months, actually a lot of fun.”

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Cake Art Yarraville Wedding Cake

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The couple had a gelato van for dessert, remembering, “The guys at Bianco Latte polished off the day with some delicious gelato while wearing period attire which actually went with the theme of the wedding beautifully!”

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Congratulations Jacinta and John, and thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Daniel Brannan for sharing today’s stunning wedding!

Photographer: Daniel Brannan / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Erin Oliver / Bride’s Dress: Deborah Selleck / Bride’s Jewelry: Thomas Jewellers Melbourne / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker / Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Classic / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Elizabeth Dalinkiewicz / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: The Aviary Hair Boutique / Makeup Artist: Corrie Luck Makeup Artist / Ceremony Venue: The Pier, Geelong / Ceremony Musicians: Susie and Nathan / Reception Venue: The Pier, Geelong / Reception Musicians: Susie and Nathan / Cake Baker: Christina Blaby for Cake Art Yarraville / Wedding Rings: Peter Arnold for Arnold Jewellers / Transport: Melbourne Classic Cars / Photography Venue: Corio Villa / Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte

Sonia and Marty’s Classic Melbourne Beachside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


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Sonia & Marty

We both knew that the connection was instant from our very first date when I travelled to country Victoria to see him. From there, we commuted back and forth, until realizing that we were meant for each other! Marty made the move down to Melbourne and we moved into our first apartment together.

After Marty proposed the following year, we planned our wedding close to our home that we loved in St Kilda, at the beautiful iconic Little Blue Restaurant at the end of the picturesque St Kilda Pier. We wanted small and intimate, with a setting that would speak for itself – which Little Blue provided in the spring. Little did we know that we would end up postponing our wedding plans until 2015, after I fell pregnant with our son.

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I had a very clear idea of my dress right from the start. I didn’t want big or overdone, that wasn’t me at all. I wanted modern, but classic, romantic even, just like my solitaire diamond from Tiffany & Co., which Marty proposed with.

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I tried on one dress in one store, and knew it was the one. A beautiful, drapey off white silk gown from Carla Zampatti that was just perfect. I then chose my flowers around the Grecian nature of the dress, with neutral tones being the look I wanted. My bouquet was a posy of beautiful roses, laced with olive leaf, silver suede and baby’s breath. To match, my florist Dani, at Da Bloom, made me a delicate floral crown instead of a veil, from olive leaf and baby’s breath.

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We spent the weekend at The Prince Hotel in St Kilda; it is so sentimental to Marty and me and we booked the executive suite so that our whole bridal party could get ready there and we could get some great photos. My twin sisters, who were both pregnant at the time, and my brothers in law made up our small bridal party. Like any modern bride, my bridesmaids wore black dresses with neutral heels.

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Carla from Carla Rae Makeup is an old work friend of mine, and knowing how great she is, I had secured her to do our makeup. Because all of my styling was so simple, we went for a beautiful pop of pink on my lips, whilst my sisters had soft, glowing neutral makeup which Carla was just fantastic with.

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Who do you choose to photograph one of the biggest days of your life? For us, this decision was so easy. Zaharoula at Zedphotography is a family friend and amazing at her job, and had photographed my sister’s wedding, our pregnancy, and our newborn shoots – so our trust in her to capture our day the way I wanted was unmeasurable. With the help of her assistant Mike, we captured the most beautiful candid images, with our son and family around our hotel and South Melbourne.

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She bought out the best in my husband who hates photos and got those shots that you just want to remember forever. We definitely turned some heads as we had some photographs taken at Georgie’s Harvest, one of the market stall holders, with a lot of people stopping to look at us in such an unusual setting. The photo from there is one of my favourites.

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Our intimate ceremony was conducted by the very talented Sally Hughes, whom we just adored. She had been working with us from the year before before we changed the dates, and the ceremony was so perfect! Her words were so engaging and by the time we recited our vows, which we wrote ourselves but didn’t share until the day, there were tears not just from us but from some of the guests too!

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My father walked me down the aisle to a piano version of “A Thousand Years” before giving me away. Sally’s attention to our story, and her telling of it was so memorable, and what she puts in, like speaking to all the guests, seating special guests and talking behind the scenes to our bridal party were just above and beyond our expectations. The best part was when she had already given instructions to the guests to repeat after her in pronouncing us husband and wife. It was such a great touch and got everyone excited and involved in our ceremony before we signed our certificates.

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We then got a great group photo with the water and city skyline as our backdrop out on the pier and went straight into the canapé entrees, out on the decking and inside the venue.

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We didn’t want to go overboard with decorations, as the venue was in such an amazing location – right on the water, that we let it speak for itself. With the help of some white lanterns inside, fairy lights out on the deck, candles everywhere and some beautiful olive and baby’s breath garlands by our florist, it was simple and classic, exactly how I wanted.

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The venue was such a perfect setting for a spring wedding. We had the most perfect sunny day with a gorgeous sunset right on the water with the city in the background. It was very relaxed and romantic. We had an array of delicious canapé entrees and desserts, along with a sit down main meal – so that for most of the night people were free to roam around and mingle with one another. We cut our tiered orange and almond flourless cake, made by the beautiful girls at Cake Ink, to John Legends “All Of Me” played by our  DJ, DJ Kwenda. He was amazing at getting everyone up dancing and having a great time.

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For the final song of the evening he gathered everyone into a circle so that Marty and I could go around and thank everyone individually. We gave our guests beautiful vanilla bean cookie pop favours made by the talented Treats for Evie, before the night came to an end.

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I had never believed it before when people say your wedding day goes so fast, but it certainly did! It was such a memorable whirlwind for us from start to finish!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Sonia and Marty; such a beautiful wedding with so many sentimental touches that were important to you.

Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Brides Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Makeup Artist: Carla Rae Makeup Artist / Grooms Suit: Country Road / Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss / Grooms Rings:: Georg Jensen / Photographer: Zedphotography / Flowers & Decor: Da Bloom / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Little Blue / Ceremony Officiant: Sally Hughes / Cake and Stationery: Cake Ink / Entertainment: IDJS Entertainment / Favors: Treats For Evie

Flower Filled Bridesmaid Party

by | Bride, Bridesmaids, Inspiration Shoot,


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I love the idea of a good bridesmaid party, in fact some of my favourite times with my favourite people have been over champagne, cake and flowers so today’s flower filled bridesmaid party is right up my alley!

The second in a series of inspiration shoots that are all about inspiring and spoiling the bridesmaids just as much as the newlyweds, the team were inspired to create a surprise flower crown workshop for the bride’s best friends. Champagne cocktails and a decedent array of beautiful desserts followed, rounding out the afternoon of sweet fun.

At the beautiful Montville Lake Terrace, photographer & cinematographer Just For Love Photography teamed up with planner and stylist Coco & Confetti,  florist Flour & Bloom, stationer The Ink Refinery,
 with props from  Kolo The Wanderlust Effect, silk runner and napkins from Feathers & Stone, silk robes from  Ivy & Matilda, and decadent desserts and cakes by  One Last Bite and Hansel & Gretel Specialty Cakes.

Emma from Coco & Confetti shares the story that set the scene for the shoot. “On a misty Saturday in February, an excited bride-to-be invited her best girlfriends to a stunning location in Sunshine Coast hinterland to be showered with love, desserts & blooms! Her agenda: to ask her bestie’s to be her bridesmaids! The girls arrived and were surprised by a flower crown workshop with an overflowing “bloom bar” (using lisianthus, carnations, hydrangeas, roses, lavender, baby’s breathe & eucalypt).”

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Carefully wrapped, with accompanying gold stationery, each “bridesmaid to be” would be greeted with a silk floral robe from Ivy & Matilda with a card inviting them to be a bridesmaid.

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Guests were surprised with the beautiful “Bloom Bar” created by Flour & Bloom.

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A drinks cart packed with champagne, raspberry liqueur and rose petal filled icecubes set the scene for cocktails.

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A party is not a party without dessert so One Last Bite and Hansel & Gretel Specialty Cakes created an amazing dessert table of macarons, mini cupcakes, sugar stars, lamington cake, naked butter cake, grapes, berries & figs, Eton Mess, raspberry and lemon mouses, chocolate gems, Turkish delight, nougat and chocolate bark.

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Kylie of Just For Love Photography  also crafted up this sweet video of the celebration.

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Photographer & Cinematographer: ​Just For Love Photography / Planner & Stylist​: Coco & Confetti / Florals & Flower Crown Workshop: Flour & Bloom / Invitations & Stationery: The Ink Refinery / Props: Kolo The Wanderlust Effect / Silk Runners & Napkins: ​Feathers & Stone / Silk Robes: Ivy & Matilda / Desserts & Cakes: One Last Bite / Desserts & Cakes: Hansel & Gretel Specialty Cakes / Venue: Montville Lake Terrace / Models: Eloise, Kate, Julia, Rebecca, Sarah, Megan, Nicole & Chrisney
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