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Joel and Gayle’s Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



Gayle and Bowl (Joel)

My husband and I are Adelaide ex-pats, and since moving to Melbourne 5 years ago a bunch of friends have also moved over! So with our social circle and family members divided over the two cities we were all so excited to have everyone in one place for a long weekend of celebrations over the Australia Day weekend!

We had around 60 guests, about half of whom joined us the night before for a lovely private banquet dinner at Mankoushe (our favourite local eatery). Then the day after the wedding we hosted an Australia Day BBQ with our own “hottest 100 of all time” which our friends voted for and one friend of ours collated and created a count down of songs for the day. It was great to maximise the catch up time with close friends and family members who live interstate or overseas from each other!

We had been together for over 9 years when Bowl (Joel) finally popped the question in Central Park, NYC! So we just wanted our wedding to be a big celebration about us without being too traditional. We wanted it to be personalised to us but it was also really important to us that our nearest and dearest were all going to have a good time.

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Over the whole day and lead up there were a lot of personal touches: We had two of our besties who MC’d the night, one of my best friends shared the role of being our celebrant for the day, which was so special! A friend of ours fancied up his kombi van and drove myself and the ladies to the venue. I had a bunch of friends putting flowers in vases and sand and candles in jars the day before while I was making the bouquets and my soon to be sister-in-law was making the boutonnieres. A photographer friend of ours took photos of us getting ready on the day. Bowl and the best man set up the ceremony decor on the day, and I had a couple of nights with bridesmaids making the jam jar favours and all the black board signage… a lot of team work and help from loved ones really made it all special for us.

Our wedding style was a little on the vintage and rustic side, so when we discovered that The Fairfield Boathouse was available we couldn’t have been happier! We wanted it to be all in one location so that after the ceremony the guests could get straight into mingling and enjoying a drink and a nibble while listening to the french band, La Mauvaise Reputation, we had hired for cocktail hour.
With the beautiful landscape that The Fairfield Boathouse is set in we were able to take a variety of photos during cocktail hour. It was so fun going off in the boats with the bridal party for photos too. With Bowl and I in our boat, champagne in hand and hearing the french tunes floating across the river from the boathouse – it was really nice to have that undisturbed moment and to be able to look out at all our family and friends on the green!

It wouldn’t have been our wedding without dancing and a band to get everyone on their feet. We wanted something fun and different so we booked Babaganoush, a gypsy balkan style band, who were perfect! From the time they started people were on their feet.

One of the highlights of the day for me was when Bowl’s speech surprisingly turned into “You’re just to good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you…” while he put the accordion on and a few friends joined him on guitar, bass and percussion and then the whole room joined in on the chorus “I love you baby, and if it’s quite alright I need you baby…” and so on. Surprises are awesome. He did good!

We were super organised in the lead up to the day, so in the moment we didn’t have to stress and we could actually enjoy ourselves! It’s been over a year already but I going over the photos and writing this all has taken me straight back – so many memories I will treasure for the rest of my life!

Images by Stewart Leishman

Ms Gingham says: Congratulations Gayle and Joel! Your wedding looks pretty as a picture!

Gayle says: “As a bride I was super organised and planned as much as I could in the lead up, so that over the whole weekend I could just relax, enjoy myself and be in the moment!”

Photography : Stewart Leishman / Before wedding images : Kristoffer Paulsen / Bridal party, ceremony and reception flowers and decor : In Bloom / Bridesmaid’s Hair and Bride’s Make Up: Jessica Woods Hair and Make Up / Bridesmaid dresses: Hot Couture / Celebrant: Julie Byrne

Sam and Lisa’s Summer Engagement Session

by | Weddings



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Sam and Lisa

Being Summer, the season of love, special memories and a touch of the sporadic, Sam and I decided it was the perfect time to have an engagement session! Since we live in the NSW New England Region (aka, the country or ‘regional centre’), and we are getting married in the country, we decided to have our engagement photos in a coastal region, celebrating Summer and all its magic!

Our photographer Matt, from Feather & Birch Wedding Co. captured our stunning engagement photos. We chose Matt, who will also be our wedding photographer, not only for his talent for taking gorgeous wedding photos but also his laid-back nature and sense of fun, which helped us relax for our shoot.

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Sam and I met at a party with mutual friends.  After getting to know each other a little through events organised through friends, we went on a few dates together.  I traveled to New Zealand for a pre arranged holiday after 3-4 weeks of dating and in a case of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’, when I returned we both knew we were in love and it was right!

We were in Cairns enjoying a holiday when Sam decided to propose!  We had spent the day on a cruise exploring the Great Barrier Reef.  We had dinner in a lovely local pub, and afterwards, Sam suggested a walk by the Boulevard.  I thought that a proposal might be imminent due to Sam stopping every 30 seconds to hug and ‘admire the view’ but then kept walking again once anyone drew near or walked past!  Sam finally found a beautiful spot to propose by the water, and got down on one knee to ask the question.  After enjoying the moment together, we celebrated with a glass of champagne and called family to tell the wonderful news.

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Biggest learning’s from wedding planning:  We are currently in the throws of wedding planning, as our wedding is about 2 months away.  Our advice for newly engaged couples:

  1. Everybody says it but you have to make your own decisions, and not worry about what other people think.  I consistently need to remind myself of this fact like everyday!
  2. Just relax and enjoy the planning process.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is the commitment we are making to each other, so all the little things seem to fall into place when you focus on that.

Images by Feather & Birch Wedding Co

Ms Gingham says: A lovely story! Congratulations Sam and Lisa!

About Lisa: I am a city girl turned country dweller! Since finishing studying my Masters degree last year, I am in dire need of a hobby, however wedding planning seems to be taking most of my time at the moment. I am looking into learning french and ballet classes – how exciting! Other activities I currently enjoy are reading books, cooking, keeping active, fishing, gardening and enjoying good food and wine with friends!

Scott & Carissa – The Big Proposal

by | Inspired Engagements, Weddings




Scott and Carissa

One Monday 24th November 2014, my now fiancé Scott awoke me at 6am sitting on the edge of our bed playing me a love song, “I Love Loving You” by Savannah Packard. To my surprise, Scott was not wearing his usual work uniform and instead leaned in to give me a kiss and whispered to me that “today is the day”. Sitting on the bedside table was a printed itinerary and a single pink peony in a vase (my favourite flower of all time), and hanging in front of our bedroom window was a brand new watermelon maxi dress that Scott had purchased me.

My day was filled with appointments that Scott had made and prepaid for me. First I was off to the salon, where I had my hair done, as well as a manicure and pedicure. During my time at the salon, Scott had organised for a local cafe to deliver me a large skim milk cappuccino (my choice of coffee!) for morning tea and then a hot lunch. Following my salon appointment, I was to have my make up done at Napoleon Perdis.




As per the itinerary I was provided with, I returned home to dress and at precisely 3pm a white Bentley arrived out front to collect me and drive me into the city to the Park Hyatt, Sydney. Upon arrival, I saw Scott, standing in the middle of Hicksons Road Reserve next to the Park Hyatt, at the end of an aisle made of white rose petals. The minute I stepped out of the car, the rain came pouring down, but neither of us cared one bit. I walked up the end of the aisle of rose petals to my love, and it was there, in the pouring rain, that on bended knee, Scott asked me to marry him. “YES” was of course my answer without hesitation. Scott presented me with a 1.5 carat emerald cut diamond ring, a ring that he had designed and made by a local jeweller.







If all of this wasn’t enough, following all of this, Scott pointed towards the Park Hyatt and to my surprise there was a photographer and a videographer to capture the whole thing. But not any old photographer, Scott had organised with my all time favourite wedding photographer, James Day of Daylight Photography to photograph every moment… and his work speaks for itself. These are just some of the images that James captured on the day, as well as a link the video from the amazing videographer, Max of Big Day Of.





After taking an hour to have some posed shots, Scott and I said our goodbyes to both James and Max, and returned to our suite at the Park Hyatt which we were to spend the evening. Upon entering the room, my eye caught a large black box sitting on the crisp white linens on the bed and instantly I knew, Scott had purchased me a brand new Chanel Bag and Chanel Wallet, a gift that I have longed to own for many years.



The rest of our evening was filled with champagne, a three course meal that Scott had arranged with the Head Chef of The Dining Room in our suite and phone calls of celebration to all of our loved ones.

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Film by Big Day Of

Images by Daylight Photography

Ms Gingham says: WOW!!! Talk about being absolutely, totally and utterly spoiled! You are one lucky girl Carissa! Congratulations to Scott for organising such an amazing day!

About Scott and Carissa: Scott & I have been dating since July 2011 and live together in our home in Glenmore Park, NSW. Scott is a Cabinet Maker for his parents company R&D Kitchens, and I am the owner and sole operator of a wedding cake business All Things Sweet by Carissa. Scott and I met through Scott’s sister and brother in law, who I went to High School with. Our wedding is planned for 25th November 2016 at the beautiful Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay. Of course, James and Max will be our photographer and videographer for the big day.

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