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Amanda and Johnny’s Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings


Amanda Barbera

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Johnny and I had been great friends for about six years, and we tried dating on and off (we had four first dates!) before finally conquering the ‘just friends’ barrier. We were always very close as friends; I think subconsciously we didn’t want to risk mucking that up unless we were sure it could potentially be forever! Taking the plunge was the best thing we’ve done!

We had a similar vision for our ‘Big Day’ from the start. We wanted to celebrate the day with our incredible friends and family – the vibe would be lively, elegant, relaxed and above all – fun! We kept things simple and classic and a little but rustic, incorporating personal touches along the way.

The “beauty team”, Aleisha Johnson who did our make up and hairstylist Erin Frances were fabulous; they had worked together many times before which made for such a friendly and relaxed buzz.





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I wore the beautiful ‘Taylor’ gown from Karen Willis Holmes and felt incredibly elegant in it. I loved the small sequins – it had such a beautiful shape which was so feminine but also quite modern. I also wore a cathedral veil for a traditional feel. I really enjoyed the process of shopping for my dress and tried on a number of gowns. Karen Willis Holmes was by far the best to deal with, and I fell in love with her ‘Taylor’ design as soon as I saw it.




Not wanting to be overly formal and wanting to match the location, we went for suits over tuxedos. Johnny had bespoke suits made for himself and his groomsmen. They were dark blue with a feint pattern and we dressed them up with a polka dot bow tie. Blue is always timeless and is a bit less formal than black.





Our venue, Circa 1876, created an ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere with loads of character –  it barely needed any embellishment. Guests entered through the original cottage, and step into an old-fashioned ‘Harry Potter’ world of large cobblestones, a vintage whisky room, and a glamorous Tattinger lounge. A covered atrium led to the dining room, which has an impressive high-pitched roof with wooden beams, French wrought iron details, intricate chandeliers and a luxe marble bar.





We had practically locked in another venue, but visited Circa 1876 as part of our venue ‘due diligence’ – and fell in love with it! It is charming and rustic and so full of character. We were married in the ‘Mop Aisle’ outside and then had 112 guests for a beautiful reception and lots of dancing.



I walked down the aisle to Birdy’s ‘Wings’ sung by our amazing acoustic guitarist, Jake Folbigg. It was beautiful.










We arranged all of the flowers entirely ourselves  – the bouquets, boutonnieres, table flowers, even the urn for the ceremony! My Mum, Dad and I had several reconnaissance trips to the Sydney Flower Markets in the lead up to the wedding; our last visit was at 5am two days prior to the wedding to purchase everything! Family were all involved in the styling and assembling – this was a huge job, but looking back, spending this time with family was an absolute highlight for me.



Small particular details were very important to us, like my bouquet brooches with photos of my parents and grandparents (whose marriages I admire) and our parents being involved in the ring warming part of the ceremony. My ‘something blue’ was sewn into the under layer of my dress by my Mum … I guess we wanted to keep it all very personal and meaningful to us.



We also made sure we had plenty of time to get ready with our bridesmaids and groomsmen – the lead up on the morning of the wedding was so special, being surrounded by our closest friends and family.











Our photographer, Sarah Christensen, was utterly fabulous; she was so committed to getting great shots and was incredibly easy-going. We couldn’t have asked for more!












We decorated the tables for dinner with simple candles and garden flowers in eclectic mason jars and hessian runners  – beyond that, the space showed itself off.





We danced to ‘Bonfire Hearts’ by James Blunt. We’ve always loved the words to the song, and took a few lessons before so we had a few moves… not sure if we really stuck to them on the night though!



The planning and lead up to our wedding was amazing; it was busy but incredibly fun and was our real little ‘project’ together. Sharing our celebration and happiness with all of our favourite people was so special. Having family and friends travel from all over the world to be there was a highlight as were the beautiful, heartfelt speeches and our fantastic MC (Johnny’s brother, Brett) Having the day unfold just as we had hoped was such a dream!






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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Amanda and Johnny: what a fun, glamorous wedding with a few special and sentimental touches; the bouquet brooches are so lovely!

About Amanda: Hi, my name is Amanda and I’m a 31 year old aviation lawyer who loves being surrounded by family and friends, the “Bondi bubble” where we live, spin classes and soft sand running. We’re about to pack our bags for London, so I’m now excited for our new chapter together and swapping out the beach for lots of European holidays!

Photographer: Sarah Christensen / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Circa 1876 / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Arynvere Bride Veil Couture & Accessories / Hairstylist: Erin Frances / Makeup Artist: Aleisha Johnson / Flowers: Sydney Flower Markets / Videography: Kiss and Tell / Ceremony Officiant: Reverand Peter Little / Wedding Bands: Max Diamonds / Ceremony Musicians: Jake Folbigg

Jade and Tristan’s Romantic Country Manor Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings



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Tristan and I went to high school together and started dating in Year 12 so you could say we are high school sweethearts. We were together for eight and a half years before we got married. One night at home Tristan asked me to sit down on the couch next to him. Unknown to me, I sat on the cushion that he had hidden the ring box behind! After some cushion re-arranging, I was surprised to find him getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. He proposed with a beautiful stone and I was able to design my own ring from there.

We held our wedding celebrations at Marybrooke Manor. It is an old hotel so our guests were able to stay the night at the venue and didn’t have to worry about getting home. Tristan, myself and our bridal party were also able to stay at the hotel the night before our big day. It was great to be able to wake up and already be at the venue. It was a little awkward with breakfast though… we had to organise a roster so that the girls and boys ate separately to avoid Tristan and I bumping into each other too early.


Tristan’s jacket and tie were from Ted Baker; his smart shoes were Laurence Crockett.



My beautiful dress and veil were from Brides on Collins and I wore a hair comb and cuff from Anna Campbell.




With our photographer, Tigs Macallan, Tristan and I had a ‘first look’ before our ceremony. We wanted to share our nerves privately so we could have a more relaxed and fun ceremony. We also felt that by having a ‘first look’ and arranging to have our photographs taken before hand, we would feel less rushed and have more time to take in the whole day.






All of the advice given to us from friends and family before our wedding was exactly the same. Everybody said that it will go so quickly so don’t forget to stop and spend some time together so you don’t miss it. Looking back on the day now, we feel like we were able to enjoy every part of it.





My two bridesmaids wore dresses from Review and our beautiful capelets I ordered from Crochet Butterfly.


Marybrooke Manor provided the most beautiful backdrop for our wedding photographs.







Something very funny happened to me on our wedding day. Immediately before our ceremony and straight after Tristan and I had just been wandering through the forest to have our wedding photos taken, I noticed that one of the cheeks on my bottom was stinging (I couldn’t believe it – and didn’t know why!!!!) – so much so that I asked one of my bridesmaids to have a look! She screamed in horror and pinched me, flicking something onto the carpet. She then proceeded to step on this thing on the carpet several times with her high heel while squealing. It was absolutely hilarious!! Of everyone that had been in the forest having their photograph taken, I was the lucky one who managed to get a leech on my bottom! At least it’s a funny story for our grandchildren…..




I walked down the aisle to ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.






A really important part of the ceremony for me was asking my mum and Tristan’s mum to read a poem together. They were both really nervous about reading in front of our guests but agreed to do it anyway. They read an adaptation of an ‘Irish Blessing’ and each read alternating verses. I really wanted to include our Mums in the ceremony and it was a really special part of the day.


With our celebrant Angela Cameron, we included a wine box time capsule as part of our ceremony. In the lead up to our wedding, Tristan and I wrote letters to each other; during the ceremony we locked the unread letters inside the wine box with a nice bottle of wine (of course!). We plan to open the box, read the letters and drink the wine on our five-year wedding anniversary.




Guests enjoyed lawn games, canapés and a drink from the lemonade bar after the ceremony. We received lots of great comments about the games that we set-up, including croquet, ring toss, giant jenga and noughts and crosses.




During the reception we had photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days on display.


The beautiful flowers from Sugar Bee Flowers were also a favourite part of the day. Not only did they look stunning but they smelt amazing too! Youki did such an incredible job and went above and beyond for us.



I designed and made a lot of the table decorations myself. I wanted to bring the whimsical Sherbrooke Forest that surrounds the venue, inside the reception room. Every table number was different because I couldn’t choose just one style!





Tristan works as a carpenter so it was nice to include some timber touches in the ceremony decorations. He handmade the wood log tea light candle holders and the timber tree slabs. The bridal party sat at Table 7 because that’s Tristan’s and my favourite number.



The Baker Boys Band were fantastic and we received lots of great comments from our guests about them. Tristan and I spent a lot of time before the wedding going out to band showcases to find one that suited us best. It was so much fun!  Nick was so helpful in the lead up to our day. The band looked after our ceremony music as well as the music for our pre-dinner canapés in the garden and the reception. They also took care of all MC responsibilities for us which was great… it was the most perfect day!






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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful wedding Jade and Tristan; the DIY details are so lovely, especially the table centrepieces!

About Jade: Hi, my name is Jade. I’m 27-years-old and I work at Channel 7 Melbourne as a scheduler. No, I don’t do anything glamorous like work in the News room, haha. I’m actually a fully qualified Registered Nurse but after getting my degree last year I decided to go back to my previous job which was working for Seven…. I’m newly married to my (now) husband, Tristan. We had a long engagement that lasted for two and a half years so I spent a lot of time planning our wedding; it was a perfect day!

Photographer: Tigs Macallan Photography / Videographer: Lovely Day Films / Bride's Dress and Veil: Brides on Collins / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Hair Comb and Cuff: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Capelets: Crochet Butterfly / Hair and Make-Up: Beauty Within Makeovers / Groom's Suit Jacket and Tie: Ted Baker / Groom's Shoes: Laurence Crockett / Groomsmen Attire: Brooksfield / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Marybrook Manor / Ceremony Officiant: Angela Cameron / Flowers & Decor: Sugar Bee Flowers / Cake Baker: Amaesing Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: La D'vine / Band: Baker Boys Band

Kat and Courtney’s Whimsical Yallingup Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings


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Courtney and I were married on 28 February 2015, at his family home, The Red House, in Yallingup, Western Australia. It was really important that our wedding was in a place that was meaningful to us. We have celebrated many Christmases and holidays at The Red House, and we feel very connected to the place.

From the start, we really wanted our wedding day to feel fun and relaxed and to be a reflection of us as a couple. Our whimsical stationery with a sweet cat and owl illustration was designed by Mitchell & Dent.

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My hair was done by Lisa McIver whilst Sophie Farrar and Jessica Bridge did my make up; I was so happy with the result!

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I wore a custom-made wedding dress by Elvi Design, silk flower crown by Olive Farm Designs and Hobbs Shoes.

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Courtney wore a Country Road suit and tie and shoes from Hype DC.

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We decided pretty early that we wanted to share the experience with our friends. Our bridal party, which we called our ‘bridal crew’, totalled seventeen people! We booked two houses for everyone to stay in, and it turned out (by pure coincidence) that these two houses were right next door to The Red House! In the days leading up to and after the wedding, we had around thirty people staying close by. I know it sounds crazy, and it is definitely not for everyone, but this made it so special for us. It was one of the best things we did for our wedding.

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The home provided us with a lot of inspiration and it allowed us to create the wedding of our dreams. The colour palette we selected was green turquoise, watermelon and grey. These colours were the base palette for the bridal party, the invitation, the blooms, some styling items and the dessert table. We felt these colours had a sweet, fun and playful feel whilst also complementing the colours of The Red House.

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The Red House was already so beautifully furnished so any additional details we selected were neutral, with a rustic feel, allowing the style of the house to shine through. We loved the look of bunting, so this was a feature when we were deciding on the set up. Bunting looks beautiful by day and can be transformed by strings of lights at night.

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Stunning bush land surrounded us and we wanted blooms that would complement this. So naturally we selected mostly native plants and flowers as well as King Proteas (because I absolutely love them!) We had been given many different jars in all shapes and sizes and we used these as vases.

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Our ceremony took place on the western side of the backyard, surrounded by trees and bushland. During the ceremony, the sun was at a beautiful spot behind us. My Dad and I as well as my eight ‘bridesmates’, two flower girls and our dog Maddie walked down the aisle to the Crystal Fighter’s song ‘At Home, which was remixed by one of our friends especially for the wedding day. It was a very moving moment for everyone and there were many happy tears.

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Emma Dickson conducted the ceremony. We both wrote our own vows, which was very special. They meant a lot to us. Our wonderful friend Amaya delivered a beautiful reading which she wrote herself, based on song lyrics from some of our favourite artists. Neither of us had heard it before the day, which made it even more special and exciting!

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We decided to ask our mothers to witness our marriage. It was a great way to honour and acknowledge the important role that they both play in our lives on the day.

As The Red House is located in the South West of Western Australia it has a wonderful holiday destination feel. We were lucky enough to have our wedding on a long weekend, which meant our guests were able to extend their stay. It is such a pretty part of the world and of course provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding photos, taken by Gordon Becker Photography.

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We also made and set up many of the elements ourselves, including the bunting, the flowers and styling, the dressing of the trees (which were draped in white fabric), the ceremony area including a candelabra covered in blooms, the photo booth and the dessert table (with some help from Heavenly High Tea – thank you Peta!)

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Courtney’s dad and uncle even built a new area of decking before the wedding day, which became the stage for our speeches. We were so lucky to have so many creative and capable family and friends helping us with our wedding. The best thing about having the wedding at The Red House was that we were able to bring in many things that would not have been possible at a wedding venue, including a caravan for the photo booth backdrop!

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We were also able to celebrate well into the night, which was a huge bonus – we didn’t want it to end! We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. Both of us have never felt so much joy ever before in our lives.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Kat and Courtney; what a fun wedding! Love the caravan backdrop for the photobooth!

About Kat: Hi, I’m Kat! I am a newlywed from Perth, Western Australia. We were married on 28 February 2015 at my husband’s family home in Yallingup (down south Western Australia). It was the best day and I am so pleased I have been able to share it with you!

Photographer: Gordon Becker Photography / Videographer: Wedding Video Masters / Bride’s Dress: Elvi Design / Silk Flower Crown: Olive Farm Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Hobbs Shoes / Hairstylist: Lisa McIver / Makeup Artist: Sophie Farrar and Jessica Bridge / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Ceremony Officiant: Emma Dickson / Flowers & Decor: Yelverton Protea Farm / : Zest Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Mitchell and Dent / Cake Baker: Heavenly High Tea / Catering: Supper Rd.
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