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Kate and Simon’s Darwin Beach Wedding

by | Australia - Northern Territory, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kate & Simon

Kate and Simon’s incredible Darwin beach wedding has a sense of peace about it. The couple wed on the beach, taking in the watercolour sunset before celebrating with their guests under garlands of lit paper lanterns. Magical, beautiful and a beautiful way to spend a Darwin day.

Kate tells their story. “We were both living in London at the time and met through mutual friends whilst out at bar/club. It was actually the farewell party for my girlfriends and I as we were about to travel around Europe for three months – four girls and tent and a Belingo! (think Postman Pat van-type vehicle – very trendy) When we can back from our European adventures Simon just happened to be at our welcome home party too!…the rest is history.”

The soft, beautiful photography was captured by Hannah Millerick.

Kate chose a gown by Anna Schimmel. She notes, “My bridal gown was a bit of an investment but I really loved it and I was thrilled with the way it turned out – it really did feel like me.”

Kate and Simon chose Casuarina Beach and the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club for their wedding venues, explaining, “We got married on Casuarina Beach which is just across the road from where we live. It’s a really special beach for us and has the most wonderful sunsets which Darwin is famous for. The ceremony was on the beach and the reception was just behind the ceremony on the lawns of the Darwin Surf Lifesaving Club. The building itself is a little quirky but the location was perfect. We had all the tables and chairs set up on the lawns under white paper lanterns – it looked pretty magical.”

“We made a wooden sign-post directing people towards the ceremony, reception and dancing locations – more for fun than anything else. Because the ceremony was on the beach we wanted guests to have the option to go barefoot so we made a make-shift shoe rack from a wonderful piece of driftwood which Simon had found and driven back to Darwin especially.”

“My bridesmaids are three gorgeous girls who I love dearly and it meant a lot to have them, and my lovely Mum, with me.”

Kate remembers, “The bridal party walked down to “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz.”

“Having family and friends with us was incredibly special; to be surrounded by so many people who love you was very touching.”

Of their photographer, Kate remarks, “Hannah was fantastic to work with. We’d had to get to know each other a bit over email and phone calls because we were living in different locations and she only arrived in Darwin the day before the wedding. I’m not really comfortable having my photo taken but Hannah was such a pro and made the day fun and relaxed. She really did get some fantastic shots and I love her style. ”

“Simon is a big fisherman and we managed to get hold of some large white paper mache fish which we put battery tea light candles inside so they lit up at night – it looked wonderful and just like a small school of fish swimming across the horizon.”

Of their first dance, Kate notes, “To tell you the truth we weren’t actually going to have a first dance but we did end up getting up and having the first dance – I couldn’t even tell you what the song was, it didn’t really matter we still had fun.”

Congratulations Kate and Simon on your marriage! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you Hannah Millerick for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Hannah Millerick / Bride’s Dress: Anna Schimmel / Bride’s Shoes: Me and My Llama / Groomsmen Attire: Anna Schimmel / Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Price / Hairstylist: Stone Island Hairdressers / Makeup Artist: Elise / Flowers & Decor: Rose Mad / Venue: Casuarina Beach / Darwin Surf Life Saving Club / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy Kirke (08) 8927 5720 / Reception Musician: Max Fredericks / Catering: Event Solutions / Cake Baker: Kurts Cakes (08) 8941 5033 / Rental Furniture: All About Party Hire

One Day Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


The stunning gowns from designer One Day Bridal are enough to take your breath away and her latest collection shot by an equally fabulous team (including photography and film by Nick Reive of The White Tree,  stylist Lana Wilkinson, event stylist Georgie Kay of Simply Georgeous Occasions, hairstylist Angie Dimitriou of Boda Haircutters), makeup artist Emma Jane and florist Georgia of Hello Blossoms) showed off the collection with all the style and chic styling it deserves.

Kyha Simpson, founded behind Melbourne based One Day Bridal began as Kyha struggled to find a wedding gown that was modern, elegant and fit her own vision for her wedding day.  Each gown is made to measure, worked to fit the wearer to perfection using modern laces, embellishments and fabrics that are beautiful. Each gown designed with decadence, elegant and a chic modern bride in mind.

Bridal Gowns: One Day Bridal / Photography and Film: Nick Reive (The White Tree) / Stylist: Lana Wilkinson / Room Stylist: Georgie Kay (Simply Georgeous Occasions) / Hairstylist: Angie Dimitriou (Boda Haircutters) / Makeup Artist: Emma Jane / Flowers: Georgia (Hello Blossoms)

Gemma & Oscar’s Flower Filled Hunter Valley Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Oscar and Gemma

Oscar and I met through work functions – back in the days when we were both interior designers. However, it wasn’t until we met through mutual friends that “things” started to get romantic – well what can you expect really – it was Mardi Gras!! It was only a short 3 months before I moved in with Oscar and then a year before Oscar proposed – I guess there’s no need to muck around when you know you’ve found the right one! We just had so much fun together and it was clear that wasn’t going to stop anytime soon.

We faffed around for ages with wedding plans, but when we saw Wandin Valley Winery in the Hunter – we knew we’d found the right place. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly – nothing was too much trouble. It was refreshing after talking with so many wedding venues – we had started feeling like one of those old time punch cards – clock in – clock out. Not allowed in before 5 – must be out by 1o…. Next bride in… out… It was nice to finally bond a little with a venue and really start to get excited about our wedding day.


We bought a shop… A florist… A very busy florist…. Lotus Botanica, right in the heart of Sydney’s financial district – LESS than TWO MONTHS BEFORE OUR WEDDING. And all our wedding plans went out the window.

Needless to say things were a little hectic.

Luckily I had been a bit organised before and booked our photographer, make-up artist, bought the dress and booked our celebrant. But as the wedding got closer I had everyone chasing me for final bits of info. It was mayhem!! And the hardest part – I just couldn’t decide on which flowers to have in my bouquet! I wanted them all! And then the ones that I did pick, weren’t available one the day… There one week – and then gone – vanished till next season! Sometimes that’s the way it goes… even for a florist on her wedding day!

Eventually it all came together and we had the most wonderful time. We booked accommodation at  Tonic in the Hunter Valley so that all the bridal party and family could be together and get ready together. It was so picturesque! And very close to the venue. I had all the bridesmaids up until 2:45am the night before setting up and prepping flowers, I had the groomsmen stamping names onto place cards, and my Dad hadn’t even started his speech.

We woke up on the day of the wedding and it was raining… Grey and overcast. And there went our beautiful outdoor ceremony. Garlands to drape over the tree – no longer required.

Still, there was lots to do and we spent the morning ferrying flowers to the reception, getting hair and make up done and eventually we were ready. Champagnes in hand!

Luckily Wandin Valley has a truly stunning barrel room with a candelabra that drops through the floor from the Cellar Door above. It was gorgeous! Mum and Dad walked me down the isle to “I say a little prayer” sung by Diana King (My Best Friend’s Wedding Soundtrack). It was surreal. I just wanted to remember every second!!

My friend Issy from Bella Weddings was our celebrant and she talked us through our vows – it was so special. We had given a lot of thought to what we wanted to say and in the end it was perfect! Except for the part where Oscar said “I do” before he was supposed to… And when I put his ring on the wrong finger. No wonder I had trouble getting it on!

Our guests mingled and made their way to the reception venue through all the grapevines on the estate, whilst we had our photos taken. Elisse Hassey from Lisse Photography did a truly stunning job. Our photos were beautiful. Apparently grey skies provide the best light for photography, so I guess there was a silver lining there. The only thing was that by the time we reached the venue, my Carla Zampatti dress was filthy from trailing through all the mud. Oh well – saved us having a trash the dress party!

The reception was FUN! The speeches – short, snappy, funny… and from my Dad, beautiful and meaningful. The sit down dinner was gorgeous – our food was delicious and the wine, plentiful.

We decided to create a cheese tower for our wedding cake and I loved it. We organised it through Formaggi Ocello in Sydney’s Surry Hills and had been to a cheese tasting to pick each layer out – so much fun and sooo tasty!

Our band “The Revel” run by the very talented Chloe West had our guests dancing till they couldn’t stand. They were awesome! And a huge part of our planning went into getting the right band. We couldn’t have everyone traipsing up to our Hunter Valley wedding without putting on a great party!

All in all, we had an amazing time and it will be a day that we will remember forever!

Images by Lisse Photography

Ms Gingham says: What a truly divine celebration. Love, laughter and amazing flowers!!!

About Gemma from Lotus Botanica: “Hi! I was an interior designer and am now a florist! I recently bought a florist shop in Sydney City and then was married two months later! It was a big year. We had a such an amazing day!”

Venue: Wandin Valley Winery Hunter Valley NSW / Accomodation: Tonic Hotel / Ceremony Officiant: Bella Weddings / Photographer: Lisse Photography / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Band: The Revel / Flowers & Decor: Lotus Botanica
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