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A Country Engagement Shoot

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ms Ella
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Ben and Ella

Four years and 3 kids after starting our romance, my prince proposed! Ben and I met late 2008 through a mutual friend at our local Irish pub. A few months after our ‘friendship’ had more than blossomed; I sent him a text message on Feb 7th 2009 saying “okay, you can be my boyfriend” or something of the sort anyway… in 2012 with two kids and one on the way I didn’t actually expect a proposal any time soon, though as any girl would, I dreamed of one. Christmas Day I opened a beautifully wrapped little present under our tree. In it was a ring to go on my left finger that came with the promise of 2013 being a year “for us”.

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Needless to say I was quite excited for the New Year! At the very start of the year I woke to find our child’s blackboard written all over. Ben had left for work but, not before leaving me a message to say that this proposal was not going to be a quick process. He had planned it all! He had said 2013 would be the year we got engaged.. and he had me thinking he was going to use all the time he had at his disposal. He was going to leave me little clues and puzzles along the way. Ben had never sent me anything in the mail but first there was a love letter in the mail. Next, Ben had filled the roof with hanging bits of card (much like the flying keys scene in Harry Potter) that gave me a website to go to “www.benandella.com” which at the time was set up with a clock ticking over. Just in case I didn’t know how long I had been waiting. I now had this little clock to remind me!

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Over the first couple of months Ben left lots of little love notes and hints to the big day and reminders of our past together. A full list of the surprises are on our couples site mentioned before for those interested! Finally, March hit! Ben needed to get more creative. I awoke to find my son had somehow changed during the night into a new t-shirt. The front read “Daddy told me a secret. shhh! Don’t tell him I told you.” The back read “He has something sparkly for you.” Gee.. I wonder what that could mean! On March 9th 2013 It all finally happened. Ben had me believing we were off for a normal day visiting and shopping. We stopped into Warrandyte (Vic) to take a walk along the Yarra. Warrandyte is a very important place to us. At a certain point Ben ran ahead to “check the traffic” a poor excuse I should have seen straight through.

After a bit of waiting and getting slightly antsy; A friend of Ben’s started to walk towards me holding a CD player. He set it down beside where I was waiting and pressed play. The tears started at that point! The song we had already picked out for our first dance was playing. I looked around and saw Ben walking towards me with a new change of clothes and a massive bouquet of 30 pink roses in all shades. He got down on 1 knee and people stopped walking by to watch the show. I cried, he pretended he wasn’t and I said yes! He even had another friend in the background taking pictures of the moment. It wasn’t until a good 10 minutes later I realised I hadn’t even looked at the ring yet! He had also arranged for both of our parents to be waiting at a point in Warrandyte that is my favourite place on earth. I was so happy to see them and share the moment with them! We all went off to the pub for a huge lunch. We are now planning a beautifully rustic country wedding at Gum Gully Farm in Silvan Vic. Feb 7th we will hopefully be married under a canopy of kiwi vines and have everyone we love there to clap and cheer! Our photographer, Mike Semple, captures the beauty of a moment so perfectly and we cant wait to see what magic he can work on the big day. We really wanted to capture the spirit of our wedding in our country engagement photos and he was just simply spot on.

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Images by Mike Semple

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful story. I can’t wait to see how the wedding all comes together!

Ella says: I’m a 24 year old mum of 2 beautiful boys. Obviously engaged icon smile A Country Engagement Shoot Dreaming of going to pastry school and running my own little boutique patisserie.

 

Inspired Words – Anthea

by | Inspired Words, Weddings

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Ms Herringbone
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Pulling off a surprise wedding is no easy feat. but Bride Anthea managed to do just this, and keep to a gorgeous theme (polka dots – we love it!). Here are her words of advice!

“..At the beginning you have so many ideas and ways you see your wedding, but I think it’s really helpful choosing a main theme so it gives you something to focus on and not get too overwhelmed by the whole experience. ”

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Images by Simon L King.

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Andrew & Caitlin’s Rustic Wedding In Tasmania

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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caitlinlgriffin
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Caitlin and Andrew

Andrew and I were married on Saturday the 26th of April 2014. It was the greatest moment of our love story which started I guess at my 21st birthday party 2 years before. Andrew and I had been friends during college and while we drifted apart for 3 years it was obvious to friends and family when we were reunited that something special was about to happen!

Our day began with the stormiest of weather but halfway through getting ready the clouds dissipated, the rain stopped and the sun came out, our day couldn’t have been more perfect!

My dream gown was found by owner of Little White Bridal Boutique and personal friend Robyn Greenwood, she rang me up one morning to announce she had found “THE DRESS” a Justin Alexander – Sweetheart gown with a button-down lace back and a illusion neckline, I also wore the Whiskey and Lace Samantha Wills cuff and my handmade Radiant Cut engagement ring which Andrew had designed with the help of my best friend.

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My grandmother, mother, bridesmaid, maid and matron of honor and myself got ready at Peppers Resort at the Seaport precinct in Launceston and it was such a fantastic setting for all the fun, tears and laughter a group of girls can have. My makeup artist Kat Flesfader and hairdresser Rachel Segda both came to the hotel to help us get ready along with our videographer Georgia Segda and photographer Yvonne Segda to capture all the moments along the way!

My gorgeous girls were dressed in custom 50′s styled black cocktail dresses designed by myself and made by the talented Jacqui Johncock, and each wore a gold cuff (each maid a different gold) that I had gifted with that morning along with custom made robes!

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In keeping with the rustic wedding theme we decided on a mixture of fresh and paper flowers which were created by Sharee Brown and Tamar Valley Roses and the outcome was pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

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We exchanged handmade rings by Claudia Jewelers in Hobart, Andrews a two toned white gold and platinum band and mine and channel set band of princess and baguette diamonds!

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For the reception Tamar Valley Roses also provided us with posies of Lysianthus and Babies Breath for our centerpieces my bridesmaids and I created! Jemma at Tamar Valley Cakes made our 4 tier marbled chocolate wedding cake which also had a tier of orange and almond cake for our gluten free family and friends to which we have the top tier saved away for our first anniversary! Our cake was set atop the most fantastic cake display I have ever seen which was custom made for us by Gabbi and the team at Event Avenue. They also strung the fairy lights and festoon lights and decorated the Brickendon Estate Barn where we held our reception catering for 100 people, the end result was absolutely magical. When I first saw the inside of the Barn I was speechless, it was everything and more then I had imagined and dreamed of!

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We were incredibly lucky to have the AMAZING Reuben Koops (a personal friend) entertain our guests at our reception and then danced the night away to a custom playlist of songs requested by our guests via RSVP! Our guests were also entertained in the form of a photobooth at our reception which also served as our guest book!

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At the end of the day Andrew and I were incredibly blessed by the love and generosity shown by our family and friends, it was truly one of the happiest days of our lives and the perfect start to our forever!

Images by Yvonne Segda

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Ms Gingham says: What a gorgeous bouquet! I love the little paper flower boutonnieres also. Gorgeous!

Caitlin says: My name is Caitlin and I am 22 years old, a chef and recently married to the most amazing man I have ever encountered! I live in Tasmania with my husband and our two dogs and we are renovating our home before we start the next chapter of our lives together!

Photographer: Yvonne Segda / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jacqui Johncock / Bridal Salon: Peppers Resort Launceston / Makeup Artist: Kat Flesfader / Hairstylist: Rachel Segda / Bride’s Dress: Robyn Greenwood / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Florist: Tamar Valley Roses / Cake Baker: Tamar Valley Cakes / Reception Decor: Event Avenue / Reception Venue: Brickendon Estate Barn / Reception Musician: Reuben Koops
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