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Tennis Themed Engagement Party

by | Weddings



One fine Sunday in September, Mitchell and Ashlee celebrated their engagement with a tennis themed party under clear blue skies. Mitchell and Ashlee had met in high school whilst playing tennis at a school sports day. After becoming close friends, they joined a tennis competition together and became doubles partners. After five years of dating and competition tennis together, Mitchell proposed to Ashlee at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko. They both adore outdoor sports such as tennis, hiking, and mountaineering, and thought that a tennis themed engagement party would be the perfect way to celebrate how they first met and their love for the outdoors.



At Ken Rosewall Tennis Centre, the club house was decorated with handmade hessian bunting, home grown plants with pinwheels, black and white pegged photos, mason drinking jars, blue paper chains, and fairy lights.

The centre piece was an amazing dessert table, stocked with tennis ball macaroons, cake pops, blue and white coconut ice, and a three tiered berry chocolate cake topped with vintage scrabble tile decorations.








Outside the clubhouse, canape food coordinated by Flamingo Follies Weddings and Floristry  was served to the guests. The menu including melon and prosciutto balls, salmon bread cases, turkey and mint meatballs, and Swiss cheese and strawberry bites.







Tennis racquets and balls were out ready to play, and nearly all guests took to the courts for a match.






 Other games were also enjoyed off the court, including Foosball and Finska.




For a late lunch, the fathers of the bride and groom cooked up a BBQ for the 80 guests. Beautiful lamb kebabs, spiced chicken skewers, and sausages were on the menu to enjoy with a collection of freshly made salads and breads.


Whilst the food was being cooked, Mitchell and Ashlee grabbed fifteen precious minutes to sneak away and enjoy some time with their photographer, Jade Flores . Ashlee and Mitchell remember this as one of their favourite moments of the day, smiling and laughing and spending some precious one-on-one time together both on and off the tennis court.








 The bridesmaids and groomsmen were coordinated in their outfits. The bridesmaids wore a shade of blue dress and a blue flower garland, whilst the bride wore a 1940s swing dress in white and a matching white flower garland in her hair.




 The groomsmen also wore shirts in a shade of blue.




 At 3:30pm, the bride and groom and their guests enjoyed their delicious BBQ lunch by tea light wooden candles handmade by the groom.





 After lunch, guests dug into the dessert table. The three tiered cake was freshly baked and created by the bride’s mother the morning of the party. The flavours included red velvet, lemon, and vanilla bean.




 The day concluded with dancing and singing on the lawn and games of tennis until late in the evening.


Images by Jade Flores Photography

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Ms Stripey says: What a gorgeous way to spend a sunny afternoon – a tennis engagement party! It looks like so much fun – and that cake looks like the perfect ending to the meal.

Ashlee says: Firstly, I am an outdoor junkie! I love nature, trekking, travel, outdoor sports, growing my own vegetables, and all things in between! I enjoy hiking the mountains of the globe, of which I have already climbed the Japanese Alps, the Himalayas, the Mt Cook range in New Zealand, and am planning a trip to the Patagonia Alps in November this year. I am not afraid to get amongst it, where on my recent hike to Everest Base Camp, I didn’t shower for 2 weeks and left my makeup bag at home.
Secondly, and quite contrastingly, I am a girlie girl! When I am not trekking and exploring, I am dressing up in my vintage dresses, my heels, and going out dancing with my best friends. I love looking professional to attend the University of Sydney where I work and am completing my PhD in psychology, and I love to come home and bake sweet treats and scrapbook whilst drinking a delicious tea.

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Flamingo Follies Weddings and Floristry / Photographer: Jade Flores Photography

Adriana and Arden’s Dreamy Sunset Palm Beach Boathouse Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,




Arden & Adriana

From the moment we had our first date at Max Brenner I knew Arden was the one. So did my mum. My parents were quite shocked when Arden asked for their approval, but in their words “we knew it would happen one day, just not this soon.” I am so glad we got married young.

The ten months leading up to the big day were a roller coaster. We both had crazy schedules mixed with work, finishing studies, planning our honeymoon and trying to find a place to live. But we did it. And it all was worth it on the 11th October 2014 when we got married on a perfect spring day at St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble.

Choosing my dress may have been one of the most stressful parts of our wedding day. I knew exactly what I wanted but I could not find it anywhere. I had looked at various stores and it was only Marry Me Bridal Mosman that had the lace dress I was looking for. My beautiful Pronovias dress was almost perfect! The girls in the store helped me alter it exactly the way I wanted and thus came my dream dress – low back, lace detailing on shoulder and chest, sweetheart sillouhette and medium trail.


Our wedding day was peaceful. Not many brides can say that. Aside from waking up at 5:50am with a couple of butterflies, I can honestly say out of the 10 months spent planning our wedding, the wedding day itself was one of the most peaceful. I spoke to my husband (fiancé then) in the morning of our wedding day. The excitement in his voice made me feel so excited. He said our word of the day would be fun. And fun it was. A dream day I could never imagine being so perfect.



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The church we chose was St Swithuns Anglican Church at Pymble. We fell in love with the sandstone and the classic feel it had which perfectly suited our wedding. Decorative Events helped put together the finishing touches at the church including lace bunting, draping, a white carpeted rose petal aisle and signage. The weight of the world fell off our shoulders as we were pronounced husband and wife and danced down the aisle to Charlie Brown by Coldplay.



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Our photographer Chris Prestidge from At Dusk was actually a close friend of Arden’s – they used to work together. Being close with your photographer definitely helps ease any nerves or awkwardness, and after our engagement shoot, we felt so comfortable with Chris! He had a team of two other girls, Hannah and Anya, that were absolutely incredible. They clicked away and caught every precious moment of our day. I love looking back on all the memories. We also had a videographer and are awaiting to see the footage from that day!








Our reception at the Boathouse Palm Beach can only be described as dreamy. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The beautiful wharf at the venue allowed the guests to enjoy the sunset and sip champagne on the outdoor deck whilst listening to acoustic music. The Boathouse served all sorts of delightful foods and guests were free to move about the venue, with various lounges set up. Guests took hand made favours home in the form of lace wrapped succulents alongside Lindt chocolates.

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We had a polaroid photo booth, dance floor, ice cream cart and the best of company. We exited with a sparkler tunnel and surprised our guests with driveway fireworks. It was a day that we couldn’t have planned better.


Images by At Dusk Photography

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful word you used to describe your wedding Adriana… dreamy!! It looked absolutely dreamy and divine. Congratulations!

Adriana says: “We got married on the 11 October 2014 at the Boathouse Palm Beach. It was a memorable day spent with loved ones and we loved every moment of it! Our wedding was beach chic themed.”

Photographer: At Dusk Photography / Reception Venue: Boathouse Palm Beach / Flowers & Decor: Wild Lotus Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Cake Baker: All Things Sweet by Carissa / Invitations & Stationery: Little Paper Lane

Flower Filled Black Tie Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings


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Andrew and Amy

He proposed with a surprise weekend away for the October long weekend (My Birthday weekend) to Port Douglas – organised a private table at Nautilus Restaurant and gave me my birthday present when we sat for dinner and it was a large box. Unwrapped the box, and it was full of tissue paper which when I got to the bottom of it there was the ring box. I thought it was a pair of earrings for my birthday. I placed the box on the table and he bent down on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was amazing! Breathtaking! He had flown to Brisbane the week prior to ask my father in person for my hand in marriage.

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I walked down the aisle to Trumpet Tune and Ayre Henry Purcell (placed by the strings and organist).

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The wedding was everything I could have imagined and more. Exceeded all expectations! I want to do it all again!

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Simon Gorges was the main photographer from gm photographics – in total there were 4 photographers including the videographer. They were great – they didn’t get in the way and captured the moments in a natural way without looking staged.

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I loved the the floral arrangement above the bridal table.

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The whole thing was pretty much a surprise for Andrew – we walked into the reception and said WOW… I know what you have been doing over the past 6 months! So much effort! He couldn’t believe it.

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The wedding was very much my personal style.

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I loved the band at the reception – the entire wedding was up dancing on the dance floor before entrees were even served.

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Our first dance was to Elton John ‘Your Song’ – Traditional Wedding Waltz.

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Ms Gingham says: Stunning from start to finish!

Photographer: GM Photographics / Styling & Design: Sticks & Wicks Floral Design / Bride’s Dress: J’Aton Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Sergio Rossi / Bride’s Jewelry: Dan Mor Diamonds / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formalwear / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Alan White / Makeup Artist: Kelly Stratton / Makeup Artist: Desiree Wise / Flowers & Decor: Sticks & Wicks Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: De La Mod / Ceremony Venue: Kincoppal - Rose Bay School Chapel / Ceremony Officiant: Father Peter Clifford / Ceremony Musicians: Anne Fahy / Reception Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art (Harbourside Room) Top floor / Band: John Field Band / Catering: Fresh Catering / Candy Buffett: The Candy Buffett Company / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill Cake Design / Wedding Rings: Canturi / Transport: HF Wedding & Hire Cars
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