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Jorja and James’ Bowral Garden Wedding

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

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Jorja and James

Jorja and James were set on a garden party feel for their wedding. They tried venue after venue, but none would allow them to have their reception outside in case of rain. Finally, they remembered how much James loved his parent’s home in Bowral and soon it was set in stone – this would be their wedding venue. They married on the verandah and dined under the stars, dodging a few wayward storms! Their day was beautifully captured, underneath the trees by Gemma Clarke Photography .

Jorja tells the story of how they came to be. “I worked at McDonalds and James worked at the pub across the road. He used to come in for coffee each time and we got to know each other. We had a few mutual friends and ended up seeing each other at friend’s birthdays. One thing led to the other and I eventually forced him into asking me out!”

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The flowers were a DIY project, Jorja noting, “We did all our own flowers by heading to the flower markets the day before. I really wanted a ‘picked a bunch of flowers from the garden’ look.”

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The bride wore a strapless Collette Dinnigan gown and the bridesmaids wore dresses from  One Teaspoon, Sabo Skirt & Asos. All of the girls wore shoes from Minty Meets Munt. Jorja explaining, “The bridesmaid dresses were all sourced online and chosen by themselves, I wanted something they loved and would wear again. They didn’t see each other’s dresses until the day! The flower girls’ dresses I picked up from a market stall for $30!”

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Jorja and James married in Bowral at James’ parents home. Jorja tells, “We were set on having the wedding in a garden outside. Unfortunately, not a lot of venues would allow us to have it outside in case of rain. James loves his parent’s property so it seemed fitting to ask his parents if we could have it there!” The groom and groomsmen wore different outfits from Roger David, tying together grey and yellow accents.

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The ceremony was decorated simply with the trees providing most of the decoration. Jorja says, “My bridesmaids and I spent hours making tissue paper pom poms, bunting and wrapping twine around glass jars to hang from the trees for tea lights.”

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Jorja walked down the aisle to ‘Follow the Sun’ by Xavier Rudd.

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The ceremony spot was decorated with family photos, Jorja remembering, “One of our most favourite touches was having our families’ wedding photos hanging behind us during the ceremony, it was like everyone who couldn’t be there was with us in spirit.”

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Of their photographer, Jorja says, “Gemma is lovely, funny and quirky but most of all she is PASSIONATE and this is so evident in her photographs. From the first email that Gemma sent me I knew I had chosen the right photographer for James and I. On the day, Gemma and her assistant (her oh so lovely father) were absolutely brilliant to work with, they made the entire bridal party feel comfortable and never made us do those horrid posed photos! Gemma completed captured the style of relaxed photography I had always wanted. My guests and bridal party did not stop raving about Gemma, her ability to blend into the crowd, to chat amongst the guests, to capture those candid moments. I would highly recommend Gemma to anyone!”

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Guests dined at a long table underneath the trees, Jorja telling, ‘When James and I started planning our wedding the first words that came to our mind were relaxed, loved and family. We knew instantly we wanted it to feel like a laid back garden party. This is where the idea of having it at home and the long table with platters of food came from. We envisioned sitting down with our family for a Sunday roast. Pinterest was a huge help, I was constantly finding our ideas and then working our how to add our own touches.”  M&B Catering ensured guests dined in luxury.

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The couple did away with sweet cake, instead choosing a savoury alternative! Jorja explains, “We made our own Cheese Wheel Cake – and by making, I mean buying the blocks and stacking them on top of each other!” Guests also enjoyed a dessert table – chocolate mousse, shortbread, meringues, trifle and little cakes made by the groom’s mother.

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“We requested people to put the songs that would get them dancing, in the RSVP, and compiled a song list to suit our guests and hooked our iPod up to a sound system. I also collected jars to hang in the trees for lighting. I was never keen on having a DJ for fear they were going to bust out ‘Love Shack’ so we asked all our guests to write a song that they would dance to on their RSVP and then we compiled all the songs to make a guest list and put it on our iPod. When I think back on the day, it was everything I had dreamt of, and had turned out so wonderfully.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jorja and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Gemma Clarke Photography  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Gemma Clarke Photography / Bride’s Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes: Minty Meets Munt / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: One Teaspoon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sabo Skirt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Bridesmaid Shoes: Minty Meets Munt / Hairstylist: Sensoria Hair / Makeup Artist: The brides sister (Kelly Smith) / Flowers: Bought at the flower markets and arranged by the Groom’s mother, Anne / Invitations & Stationery: Love Vs Design / Venue: Groom’s Parents private property in Bowral / Ceremony Officiant: Samantha Lysaught - Life Celebrations by Samantha / Catering: M&B Catering / Cheese Cake: Groom's Mother

Sophie and Sam’s Modern St Kilda Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Sophie and Sam

When I first saw this wedding pop up on Instagram last year through Louisa Bailey I think I lost my breath. A bride in a tangerine gown? As someone who is so utterly traditional in a sense, I am always beyond excited when brides express their different personalities and wear a beautiful, coloured gown.

Sophie and Sam chose a modern feel for their wedding day – from the garden ceremony, the tangerine gown to a St Kilda Stokehouse reception and an outfit change into silver sequins. They did it their way and it was awesome. On how they met, Sophie tells, “We met in rehab (a great joke but also true!) We are both (working) in health and Sam fell head over heels for Soph over a rehab meeting at St Vincents Hospital.”

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Sophie and Sam met before the ceremony for photographs. Of their photographer Louisa, Sophie says, “Louisa was the epitome of professionalism, artistic flair, with down to earth approach, warmth and the ability to make you feel at ease the moment you meet her. She became more a part of the wedding rather than an external aspect.”

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Sophie’s tangerine wedding gown was purchased at Carla Zampatti.

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Sophie and Sam held their ceremony at a private home, Sophie walking down the aisle to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” performed by Ruby Strings.

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Melanie Lunny performed the ceremony, the newlyweds noting, “Our celebrant Mel Lunny really made our ceremony feel earthy and warm and represented our story, and the precious people in our lives.”

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Sophie remembers, “Sam’s mother organised the garden, champagne & catering at her house for the reception which was full of bright orange, pink and red hues (tulips & roses) and managed to have our cake (a croquembouche from The French Lettuce) draped with bright rose petals also.”

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“Our wedding was so special because it reflected us as a couple, there was plenty of humour in our ceremony/vows and a change of outfits for the evening to reflect our sense of fun together and that we were in full celebration mode- we matched our outfits and had great fun with it!”

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The reception was held at Stokehouse, the couple telling, “Stokehouse was classy, efficient and very friendly. Our favourite part though were the flowers which were created by Nic at Camberwell Florist, who added all personal touches and mixed vintage with bright spring collections and made the journey such a memorable adventure! Thanks Nic- we love you!”

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The couple both changed outfits for the reception, Sam to a grey suit and Sophie to a silver sequin Carla Zampatti frock.

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Sophie and Sam tell, “The part of the day for both of us were the speeches, there were poems and funny tales and heartfelt, emotional moments.”

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Of their first dance, Sophie tells “We did a rumba dance to our favourite song by Ron Sexsmith, and played/sung live by Sam’s brother Tom on guitar- just perfect.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Sophie and Sam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Louisa Bailey for sharing today’s beautiful images with us!

Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Bride’s Dress: (Orange) Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Dress: (Silver) Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Jewelry: Bride's own / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Makeup Artist: Lisa G Make Up / Hairstylist: Nathaniel- Hawthorn, Francappelli / Flowers & Decor: Camberwell Market Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Classy Paperie / Ceremony Venue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Melanie Lunny / Ceremony Musicians: Ruby Strings / Cake Baker: The French Lettuce / Reception Venue: Stokehouse / DJ: Groom's brother Tom / Wedding Rings: Charles Rose

Paper Flower Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, DIY, Wedding Inspiration

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Floral backdrop created by Hartmann Studios photo by Therese Jacinto via Craft & Couture

Paper flowers are such an incredible way to decorate your wedding and the picture above, which has been one of my favourites for a long time shows just how breathtaking they can look.

From chic candle lit backdrops in one hue, to bright and bold posies, arches and table centrepieces. Small scale, to giant and overwhelming – the intricacy and delicacy is entirely customisable to your own wedding and its style. I love that one simple thing that we use every day can be turned into something stunningly beautiful.

Far from being a DIY only option, there are plenty of artisans creating incredible paper flower features that you can purchase for your own wedding.

My favourite flower ideas?

For your personal look…

  • Wear paper flowers in your hair
  • Carry a bouquet of paper blooms.
  • Carry one large paper flower instead of many small ones
  • Create paper flower boutonnieres and corsages

For your ceremony…

  • Create a floral arch or hang masses of paper flowers to frame your ceremony spot
  • Tie paper flowers to each chair or church pew
  • Create a paper flower chandelier to hang over your heads as you say your vows
  • Welcome guests with a paper flower arch way
  • Have flower girls carry large paper blooms

For the reception…

  • Welcome guests with a floral arch over your reception entrance
  • Sprinkle paper flowers over your tables or throughout your centrepieces
  • Dot giant paper flowers throughout the gardens for cocktail hour
  • Create a paper flower wall (like the one above) as the focal point for your bridal table
  • Gift each guest a paper flower to add a little wedding colour to each fancy frock
  • Adorn your cake with paper blooms
  • Hang garlands of paper blooms over the tables
  • Create large flower heads and place down the tables as a floral table runner
  • Adorn the back of the newlywed’s chairs with paper flower garlands

Need more ideas? Check out some of my favourite photos of paper flowers below!

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1. Paper wedding bouquet by The Crimson Poppy 2. Paper flower arch photo by Rylee Hitchner via Green Wedding Shoes3. Paper flower backdrop by Lovelyfest Events 4. Paper wedding bouquet photo by Swoon Over It Photography via Inspired By This 5. Giant crepe paper rose via Studio DIY 6. Photo by  Maria Farrelly via Cwtch The Bride 7. Giant paper flowers photo by Brooke Courtney Photography via DIY Bride 8. Photo by Clayton Austin via Ruffled 9. Photo by Ashley Rose via Hostess With The Mostess 10. Paper flower wall by Balushka Paper Floral Artistry, photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography via Ruffled 11. Giant flower tutorial from Ruche at Design*Sponge

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