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Inspired Words – Victoria

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Ms Herringbone
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Sometimes, things don’t go to plan. And sometimes, these things are what make a wedding day memorable for all the good reasons. Bride Victoria gives some fantastic advice about how to deal with the little surprises that may come your way after her gorgeous Australian Beach Wedding to Alex.

“Have fun!! That was our main aim. We laughed all the way through the weekend… when the page boys ran away during the ceremony, when Alex messed up his vows and when my dad inadvertently insulated every Australian in the room trying to be funny! We just laughed. Its an incredibly important time but we started off married life laughing, hopefully it will stay that way.”

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Images by Anna Turner

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Red and Pink Wedding By The Water

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willoweventsandstyling
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Matt and Kirsty

As the owner and creator of Willow Events & Styling, my boutique planning and styling business, I was very certain of the overall feel I wanted to create for myself and Matt at our wedding. I am all about walking to the beat of your own drum, using your heart to guide your choices and being brave enough to be unique. I have always wanted to wear red and I found the perfect dress from Wheels & Dollbaby. Those closest to me know that if I can buy it in pink – I will. I also love clashing colours – thus the decision to style a red and pink wedding.

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My bridesmaids were given a colour palette of paint samples and told to go and be themselves. Ironically, 3 out of 4 of them choose Review dresses. My girls with shorter dresses opted for red shoes and lips which blended perfectly with my dress. My maids all choose their own hair and makeup styles – we are all individual, with different skin tones, face and body shapes so why all be uniform? They all looked beautiful and most importantly – like themselves. One of my treasured bridesmaids gave birth to her first child via c-section 7 days before the wedding so I was so blessed to have her well enough to join us for the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers I hunted vintage Oroton mesh clutches for my girls to carry, which was also my gift to them. The uber talented Liv from Olive Farm Designs created a one off handmade silk flower head piece for me. I gave her an inspiration page of colours and styles and she created exactly what I wanted. I wanted to carry something different to the standard bouquet so I asked all the ladies attending our wedding to bequeath me a brooch and I made my own bouquet. I was incredibly touched by the thought and love behind each brooch.

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We choose the 8th February, 2014 as it was a year to the day that Matt proposed. Trigg Beach was the location of the engagement so we chose the grass overlooking Trigg for the ceremony and the reception was held in the Trigg SLSC. It was possibly the windiest day Perth has ever seen but we persevered!

My children, Noah & Holly walked me down to aisle and gave me away – insert tissues! And my niece was my ring bearer. I lieu of a ring pillow I found the perfect red Christmas decoration flower and sewed a ribbon onto it to hold the rings.

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Matt and I wrote the entire ceremony ourselves {apart from the legal jargon!} and our vows were a surprise to each other on the day. We are huge animal lovers and Matt surprised me by hiring a dog walker to bring our 3 x 4 legged children to witness the ceremony – very special. I hired props from Pretty Willow Prop Hire and asked Kristy to set it all up for me – she was fantastic! We were married under vintage French white doors, standing on a 70 year old Turkish Kilim rug. Our guests were seated on vintage white mismatched chairs and I made heart stakes to flank the aisle. My styling was soft, romantic and vintage, with blooms from Sweet Pea Florist decorating the reception.

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Our photographer, Dave Biesse from Dave & Charlotte Photography followed my instructions perfectly. We wanted journalistic photography, barely any set shots, just capturing the moment.

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I made chatterboxes for our guests to entertain themselves and in lieu of a guest book we had a vintage pink typewriter. As music lovers we had live music for the ceremony and Mint Jazz Band for the first 1.5 hours of the reception. Our DJ – Michael from Western Sounds Music was sensational and kept people on the dance floor.

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Quality food was important to us and our close friends from Herb Faust Food created some delicious mere morsels for canapés and our guests all had their own serve of fish and chips. We followed this up by a sensational soft set chocolate dessert – and, no cake!

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Such an amazing day – can I do it again?!

Images by Dave & Charlotte Photography

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Ms Gingham says: I absolutely adore the use of red in this wedding, what a stunning gown! Congratulations Kirsty!

Kirsty says: “I’m first and foremost a Mummy to two incredible children, Noah {10} & Holly {7}. Recently married to my absolute soul mate – insert butterflies icon smile Red and Pink Wedding By The Water A huge animal lover & have 3 four legged children, Honey, Winter & Sam”

Photographer: Dave & Charlotte Photography / Bride’s Dress: Wheels and Dollbaby / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Olive Farm Designs / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trigg SLSC / Prop Hire: Pretty Willow Prop Hir / Florist: Sweet Pea Florist / Catering: Herb Faust Food

Sharne and Arron’s Vintage DIY Canberra Wedding

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Sharne Kinleyside
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Sharne and Arron

 I am in the Royal Australian Air Force and Arron is in the Army. We met in a mess in Melbourne during a Defence sporting tournament in 2011. Because of our careers in the Defence Force, we have been posted to different parts of Australia, and have spent much time travelling interstate, making our long distance relationship work. The bonus is we’ve had lots of adventures together in  Darwin, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Arron proposed in June 2013, on a chilly morning in a hot air balloon above Canberra. I actually wanted to elope but Arron had his heart set on a wedding, a day for both our families to come together from Queensland and Victoria and celebrate together. As I was living in Canberra at the time, we decided to hold our ceremony on the iconic Aspen Island on Lake Burley Griffin.

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Both being in the Military and having met in a mess, we thought it fitting that we had our wedding reception at Duntroon House (Royal Military College Officer’s Mess).

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It was actually on Polka Dot Bride that I spotted a bride wearing an Anna Campbell design that I fell in love with. I loved the uniqueness of her designs and I couldn’t picture myself in a big meringue dress. So I met my parents in Melbourne and we went to the Anna Campbell boutique in Armadale. I chose the Gladiator Gown with the Charlotte cuff and tulle headpiece.  It was a tough decision with so many beautiful gowns in the Ivory collection to choose from, my Dad was actually the one who helped me make the final decision!

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On my bouquet I attached my ‘something old ‘: my great Aunt Pearl’s engagement ring; something new was the gold cross I bought for my grandmother who couldn’t make it on the day (I later gave it to her); something borrowed was a ring of my mum’s, and my something blue was my shoes. Sharne Arron Married 0118 550x366 Sharne and Arrons Vintage DIY Canberra Wedding

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My four bridesmaids were happy to choose their own full-length dress in black , each being happy they would be able to wear it again. I bought  vintage bows from Etsy for their hair, to tie in with the boy’s bow ties. I made all our bouquets as well as all the boutonnieres.

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Arron and I decided to exchange gifts on the day. I gave my husband a watch he’d been eyeing off (and dropping hints about) for a very long time and he gave me a much longed for Kitchenaid.

My bridesmaids down the aisle to ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Pulitzer and my Dad and I walked down to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. We wanted the tone to be upbeat and cheery as I didn’t want any tears.

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We had an Army Chaplain officiate the ceremony on Aspen Island on the iconic Lake Burley Griffin. Following the ceremony, we put a ‘love lock’ on the bridge and threw the keys into the Lake. A nice little way to mark the beginning of our marriage.

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Our niece and nephew were our flower girl, ring bearer. Our flower girl did an incredible job, despite the shoes I bought being a little too big and falling off slightly during her walk up the aisle, she really soldiered on!

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Run Around DJs provided music for the evening and we also had my great friend Sara (and a talented musician) sing while guests enjoyed croquet and canapés while we were having photos taken.

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The incredible David and Shobana from ‘The Robertson’s captured our special day. They were the first vendor I booked for the wedding and we are so pleased with the photos they took, especially as we were getting ready because they tell the story of the day. We were after a really natural, candid style with no cheesy staged shots. It almost felt like they weren’t even there and they weren’t intrusive or bossy like some wedding photographers can be!

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I spent much of the 10 months leading up to the wedding DIYing everything. From the invitations, programs, menus to the bouquets, card box and of course,  the polaroid photo booth. My talented mother made the metres and metres of white bunting. Many guests pitched in with the collecting of over 200 jars for the table styling. If I never have to peel off another label from a jar, I will be a happy lady!

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We spent the day before decorating the venue and doing the flowers, many of the roses came from one of my bridesmaid’s gardens! Arron and I aren’t really cake people so for dessert we designed our own ice cream flavour with the help of a local based gourmet ice cream company, Frugii  – we combined Arron’s favourite, chocolate and mine, peanut butter. Guests had fun with our Sundae Bar and enjoyed a selection of different toppings and 3 choices of ice cream including salted butter caramel. As Arron and I aren’t really ‘cake people’, but we do love our cheese, so we chose to create a Cheese tower wedding cake. I sourced the cheeses and assembled the cake with the help of my bridesmaids. I also created the cake topper. We cut the cake with a sword, in keeping with military tradition. However we didn’t foresee how difficult the bottom layer would be to cut!

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All our family and friends had to travel interstate for the wedding and we can’t thank everyone enough. It was a really happy and joyous day filled with lots of laughter and shenanigans. We spent our wedding night at the QT in Canberra and then dashed off to New York for 10 days. Part 2 of our honeymoon will be a quick trip to Fiji at the end of the year.

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Images by The Robertons

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