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A Trip Down Memory Lane

by | Bridal Fashion, Weddings

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carla of Made With Love
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My husband Joshy and I recently did a photoshoot at Boomerang Farm on the Gold Coast in our new Maddy Dress. We became husband and wife at this unique location and wanted to take a trip down memory lane.

Joshy and I met in our first year at University in the library. We were both 17 years old and I thought he was so cute (baby cute, not hot cute haha). He apparently had a crush on me but I just thought he was the funniest guy I had ever met. I remember getting dirty looks from the Uni Students when I could not stop laughing in the library from all his hysterical stories. Joshy was tall, skinny, had a mop of curly hair and had braces at the time, I was way too cool for him!! That is until I met him 4 years ago and how things had changed… Joshy had bulked up, shaved his head and I literally drooled when I saw him at 3 beans in Broadbeach, Gold Coast! The rest is history.

Joshua’s side of the story: “I met Carla at University. We weren’t studying the same course but we had a mutual friend and shared the same study area in the library. I don’t know why I ever took books to study, all I did was try to impress Carla. Once she left for class I would go home straight away.”

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We had only been dating for a few months and he introduced me to his family at Byron Bay for a camping trip. (Yes camping, I nearly made an excuse so I didn’t have to sleep in a tent). We took a walk to the light house and I just remember feeling so comfortable with him and I just knew in my heart that he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He has the kindest soul.

Joshua’s side of the story: “We were in Carla’s small flat (it was literally the size of car) and we felt so at ease with each other, so happy and most importantly made each other laugh so much. In that exact moment, I knew I wanted to marry this girl.”

Joshy will often turn off all technology in our house and just take me out on a date. Running your own business consumes you. It’s so refreshing when he takes me away from this for just a couple of hours and it just reminds me why I love him so much. He is the most thoughtful person. He always surprises me. I always try to have the house clean, cook him a meal (I am the worst cook so I am really trying here, Mum even gave me some lessons the other day). Quality time is the big one for us.

Joshua’s side of the story: “Due to my work commitments, I wake up hours before Carla every day except Sunday. I set my alarm 5 minutes early so that I can snuggle with her before I get up. I won’t leave the bed without giving her a kiss. As a couple we have date night every Tuesday. This night is sacred and we never miss it. It’s purely time for Carla and I to spend time with each other without anybody else. Mobile phones are banned from date night! We also show our love through other different ways, such as who turns the light off out in the hallway even though we’re both cosy in bed haha. Quite often I love Carla more when it comes to those things.

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I love Joshy’s smile, his eyes and how he ALWAYS thinks about everyone except himself. I love the way he treats my friends and family. The way my friends love him and just want a ‘Joshy twin’.

Joshua’s side of the story: “Carla has the best laugh in the world. Even if she’s laughing at my expense, if I hear that belly roar laughter she possesses nothing makes me happier. On a more serious note Carla has inspired me recently to work towards my own personal goals. She’s been really supportive of me which is something I really appreciate.”

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Images by Glass Slipper Photography

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Ms Gingham says: You make a stunning couple Carla and Joshy! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and story and congratulations on the creation of such a beautiful bridal gown!

About Made With Love Bridal: Made with Love is an online boutique designer and seller of beautiful, affordable wedding dresses. We make dresses to fit you perfectly and deliver world-wide free of charge to your doorstep!

Katherine’s Pink and White Kitchen Tea

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katherine Davis Photography
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My mother and I hosted my bridal shower. We choose to hold it 3 weeks before the wedding on the 16th of August because it was also my 25th birthday. I wanted a small party and because I live in a country town (Bendigo) and there weren’t many venues to choose from, I decided to have it at home.

We set up my house with a candy buffet. The buffet I found on the side of the road abandoned! With a sand and a fresh coat of white paint it turned into a beautiful vintage style buffet! I placed my cake in the middle with lolly jars surrounding it. I chose to go with a pink and white kitchen tea theme as they were also the colours of my wedding and to give the girls a little teaser of my wedding!

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My mum had been collecting doilies for months and months to use them at my wedding. One night when she came over to show me her progress of turning them into vintage style banners. We came up with the idea of hanging them from the room. On the day, when putting them up, it really gave a girly vintage theme to my dining room.

The guests arrived just after lunch, got into the bubbles and started off with a game. The game was ‘Guess Katherine’s Age’. I had gathered some photos from my childhood, put them in frames and gave them all a number. Everyone had fun guessing my age and it was a great way to get everyone mingling.

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My mother made slices that are family recipes, we also had cupcakes, meat pies, dim sims and a platter of dips, cheese, cabana etc. I also made my own lemonade, alcoholic and non alcoholic and had champagne as well.

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After a few games, some drinks and nibbles we played a ‘pass the parcel’ game. This is a game played at every party my family hosts, however we put a little spin on it! My party was a quiet afternoon tea so we surprised the guests by putting some naughty x rated things in there to unwrap every time the music stop. It was a real hit! Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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My bridal party was perfect for a low key bride-to-be like me. I wanted to plan the party on a budget (but still have something nice and classy). It was also a great opportunity to get another use out of the candy buffet that I would be using at my wedding.

Images by Katherine Davis

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Ms Gingham says: What a treasure you found on the side of the road Katherine! That candy buffet has come up and absolute treat!!

About Katherine: Hi, My names Katherine Davis I am recently married, residing in Bendigo but traveling all across Central Victoria to your wedding. Whether you’re 10 minutes away or 4 hours, I will travel to you!

Cake Baker: Cake Walk / Photographer: Katherine Davis

Mick & Jus’s Cable Beach Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JEdwards89
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Mick and Justine

Mick and I met when we were 17 at our local pub (underage… sorry mum), at a Grinspoon Concert. Growing up in a small coastal town meant we were bound to run into each other and we started dating shortly after. Unfortunately I had planned to move to Perth in the new year and in 4 short months, would be leaving Mick. He had his apprenticeship to complete but we gave long distance a shot and thankfully it worked.

Our relationship grew stronger and stronger once I moved back home for him. We decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime and travel Australia in a camper trailer. It took us 9 months and 26,000kms to get around, and while we were half way around we got the opportunity of a lifetime.

Mick & I were asked to manage a business for 2 years, this helped our relationship and we got to know each other in a different way. This opportunity also paved the way for us to build our beautiful home and to plan our Broome Wedding.

We always wanted a tropical wedding and Broome ticked all the boxes! Warm, tropical, close to home. We got into contact with Yarni from Broome Weddings and she arranged everything! Having not seen the venues, any of the suppliers or tasted the catering, we went ahead and booked! All we wanted from our wedding was for our loved ones to be all together in one spot.

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McAlpine House was recommended to us by Yarni and it was perfect. We booked out the entire resort for our families and held the reception there to party into the night.

We also got ready there in the morning before the wedding. My dress was a slim line flowing design called Della by Tuscany Bridal, Leederville. It was a cafe latte colour covered with ivory lace and a statement sash belt. My bridesmaids wore the reversible dress in Royal Blue by Canadian website Henkaa.

 

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My bouquet was made up of pastel roses which had to be air freighted from Perth due to the heat and availability of flowers in Broome, the bridemaids held bouquets of baby breath.

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The bridemaids and bridal hair were done by Indulgent Hair Studios senior hair designer Madison Giles who was also an honoured guest of the wedding. Makeup was by Kerri Roberts from Broome. Our ceremony was on the Lily Pond Lawn of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, it was a hot 36 degree day but the shade and atmosphere of the lawn cooled it beautifully.

The Groom and Groomsmen wore Shoreditch Suits which vests and a white shirt. The Groomsmen had matching Royal blue ties to compliment the bridesmaids and Mick wore an ivory tie to match my gown.

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My father walked me down the aisle to Ed Sheerans – Tenerife Sea. It was the perfect song to set the romantic mood. We had rose petals lining the aisles and a sweet sign to inform guests to pick a seat, not a side.

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Our celebrant was Elisabeth Lucke, she was wonderful and helped share our love story with our guests.

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We had 50 guests join us on the Lily Pond Lawn and had Coronas and Champagne served immediately after the ceremony.

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We took the opportunity with our photographer to take a huge group photo, which was heaps of fun! Hot and steamy, we were all ready for a beverage at that stage.

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Our photographer Yane had shot several weddings at grounds of the Cable Beach Club Resort and knew what striking effects we could use to our advantage.

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Mick and I were so glad to have an hour to spend together as husband and wife before the reception.

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My beautiful bridesmaids kept the entertainment flowing with their posing and fun energy.

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We couldn’t have gotten married in Broome without photos from the famous Cable Beach. With the sun setting, the beautiful landscape spoke for itself.

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My Veil was custom made by Maree Robertson Seamstress and perfectly complimented my ivory gown.

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While we were having photos we arranged for a double deck bus tour to show our guests the sights of Broome. Our reception venue, McAlpine House, was decorated with fairy lights with large white lanterns hanging from the surrounding greenery. Marisa at Broome Party Hire took care of all our hiring needs and our dessert buffet was created by Brenda French whom  Broome Weddings had recommended. The balmy night was perfect for an outdoor reception.

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My talented mother in law designed and created matching invitations, table menus and name cards. Our custom thank you sign was from Etsy.

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Thanks to Lukie from Notch8 entertainment, we danced the night away under the stars..

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Big thank you to everyone who helped us make our wedding more than we could have ever imagined.

Images by Yane Sotiroski Photography

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Ms Gingham says: Cable Beach is such an iconic location and makes for amazing photos too. Congratulation Jus and Mick!

Justine says: “I am 24years old, working as an office manager for a construction company. Just finished building our first home, have a little furbaby cocker-spaniel. I enjoy keeping fit, keeping busy with study or decorating my new home. I have a small family with just mum, dad and my sister. My husband’s family is a bit bigger with cousins, aunties/uncles etc. He is from a farming background but is a tradie diesel mechanic that is trying his hand at driving trucks. We enjoy camping and fishing, holidaying. Have been overseas a few times together. We live a fairly quiet life living in Esperance, a small coastal town with only 16,000 people. We are a motivated and driven couple that strive to set goals and achieve them.”

Photographer: Yane Sotiroski / Ceremony & Reception Venue: McAlpine House / Bride’s Dress: Tuscany Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Henkaa / Groom’s Attire: Shoreditch
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