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Grace and Ben’s Rustic Lavandula Farm Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Grace Jennings-Edquist


Grace and Ben

Ben and I met while we were both living in The Netherlands, and immediately realised we’d grown up just ten minutes away from each other back in Melbourne! We had parallel lives back home, with Ben even applying for a job at the place where my Dad was working! We were just friends overseas, but eventually got together after moving back to Australia.

Our wedding was held at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm  which is a really pretty lavender farm in Daylesford. It is a relaxed, pretty property with lots of flower gardens, alpacas, emus and geese wandering around. It also has lots of rustic stone buildings, fields of lavender and (sometimes) a lake.

It usually only hosts small weddings, but my family had been visiting for decades and Carol at Lavandula was kind enough to let us organise our 150-person wedding there from scratch – which involved setting up a marquee and bringing in caterers, props and even toilets. We both have a family connection to the property. My family used to spend weekends at Daylesford and visit Lavandula all the time when I was growing up. Coincidentally, Ben’s Swiss Italian ancestors settled in that area generations ago – and there’s even a nearby road named after the family. Given that history, a Swiss Italian farm made perfect sense as our venue.



For our wedding, I wore a mermaid-style lace and tulle dress by Pronovias that I altered to have the straps removed. For drinking and dancing later, I changed into a floatier number which I had ordered online. It had little flowers on the shoulders and around the waist, a low back and sheer tulle straps. I loved my veil too which was from Vera Wang.




Ben wore a Liberty print floral tie, a crisp white shirt and a tailored blue suit with a floral pocket square. The groom and groomsmen all had different buttonholes – they were all a little quirky and incorporated local eucalyptus, roses and lots of rustic touches.




After arriving in a friend’s vintage Jaguar, I walked down the aisle to “Only Love” by Ben Howard.







Ben and I wrote our own vows, veering away from anything religious or super-traditional to reflect our own attitudes to marriage. To get around the traditional “man and woman” wording of the ceremony, we showed our support for marriage equality by having our celebrant, Tracey Patterson, add a sentence acknowledging that we believe all love is equal and should be recognised as such.

We each had a sister read during the ceremony, including an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit. We wanted to avoid the traditional wedding focus on men carrying out most of the symbolic stuff (like speeches and walking down the aisle), so we incorporated a ‘rose ritual’ into our ceremony, to honour and thank our Mums.



We asked Abigail Varney, a Melbourne-based creative portrait and editorial photographer, to take our photographs. Her work can be seen in leading local and international magazines and online (and currently is in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra!)

We were after wedding photography that avoided the overly posed, predictable shots, and we were really happy with the results; they are dreamy, a little documentary-style, and they perfectly captured the autumn colours and beautiful dusky lighting of the day.









We did as much DIY as much as we could. The whole wedding was a blank canvas; we just hired a field at the lavender farm, so we had to either make everything ourselves or bring it in! Ben made the floral arbour for the ceremony from gumtrees he’d cut down from my Dad’s property. We rolled together old newspapers to make the confetti cones, then we cut up five or six types of fabric to make the napkins.

I designed the invitations, the order of service and the wedding favours, which were mix CDs in little homemade paper cases, tied with twine and sprigs of lavender. They had guest names on them, so they doubled as place names too.



Gary from Spade to Blade Catering created a menu tailored to our budget and the feel of the wedding. Then he made the whole process feel easy, even though he and his team had to work from a small catering tent in the middle of a lavender field. What a legend!




My brother-in-law Pete made the chocolate cake with his family and topped it with rose petals. We also hired in a gelato van from Bianco Latte for dessert, which the guests bonded over. It fed into the European feel of the venue, and we had fun getting behind the cart and helping to serve our guests at one point.





Our first dance was to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. My two sisters surprised us all with a rap to the tune of ‘Ice, Ice baby.’ It was word-perfect, and they got the whole crowd involved. My mother-in-law also surprised us with a great poem she’d written; in fact, all the speeches were heartfelt and beautifully worded; that was one of the best parts of the night.





At the end of the night, we were supposed to head back to our nearby honeymoon suite. But we ended up jumping on the shuttle bus to the local pub to join our guests for an after party. Still with my veil on, I was dancing with the locals into the early hours of the next morning. It was a fabulous celebration!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful wedding Grace and Ben; such a dreamy night under the stars; just magical!

Photographer: Abigail Varney / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Shoegasm / Bridesmaid Dresses: Princess Highway / Hair and Make-Up: Samantha Coles / Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Tracey Patterson / Catering: Spade to Blade / Rentals: My Sweet Event Hire / Flowers & Decor: Flowers in a Vase / Gelato Van: Bianco Latte / Band: Baker Boys Band

Inspired Words – Allissa

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


Ms Chinoiserie

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A wedding day with fun, impromptu moments is definitely one to remember and cherish – as Allissa recalls in her vintage winery wedding to Jack!

“Don’t be surprised if not everything goes exactly to plan – in fact, enjoy it! Those stories end up being the ones you look back on and laugh about. For example, our best man wrote his speech in a Facebook message on his phone…. which was fine until he accidentally deleted it half way through reading it out in front of everyone!!

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Images by Trent and Jessie

Tracey and Tom’s Noosa Beachside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Tracey Host

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Tom and I met on a night out on the town. We stayed in contact and started dating about six months after we first met. Our relationship definitely grew as we found out we had more and more in common. We are both very relaxed, love going to the beach and are into our sports. Tom and I had been together for eight and half years when he proposed. We knew that we were going to be together forever and the marriage proposal cemented our relationship.

Tom proposed when he surprised me on Christmas Eve; I really did not expect it. After spending the day at the beach with our dog, Tom took to me to dinner to my favorite restaurant at Southbank. Afterwards we went for a walk at Kangaroo Point cliffs. This is where Tom asked me to marry him. Little did I know that he had seen a jeweller months earlier, designed the ring with them and had asked my Dad for permission!

My bridal party consisted of my older sister, Jo, and two high school friends, Carla and Gillian. It was only natural to choose my sister as maid of honour as we are very close.  To ask the girls I put together a card, reasons why I needed them to share the special day with me, a small bouquet and a candle in a glass jar and gave it to them individually.






The girls’ wore dresses from Jarlo, London. I found them on Pinterest (definitely my ‘go to’ site!) and located them on ASOS. However they were sold out. I contacted Jarlo directly and they arranged a special order for me. I loved the neutral colour (I avoided a colour scheme), and the style suited each of the girls. The low back and high neck also complimented my dress. For a present, I gave each of the girls a Samantha Wills ‘Bardot’ ring which they wore on the day.



Tom included his brother and two friends from high school in the bridal party. In typical male fashion, he asked them at a barbeque!



I thought finding my dress would be a tedious experience. I can be very particular, but it turned out to be very easy – only 45 minutes spent in one bridal boutique! I found it during a visit to Sydney to see one of my bridesmaids. She really wanted to help start the process and on my final day we went to the Dymocks building. We did go into a number of bridal shops and nothing stood out for me.

Then I found it – it was the ‘Sheridan’ dress by Roz La Kelin. While I loved the fit and style, being strapless I wasn’t convinced. After trying on some more dresses to get a feel on how they fitted my body, I tried the Sheridan dress back on. The shop assistant totally took in all the feedback I was giving and showed me a lace jacket that could be attached. As soon as I put it on, my bridesmaid and I started crying. I was exactly what I was after. A classic gown. I also wore my Mum’s veil on the day.





We chose to get married in a church and recited the vows that were recommended to us by the Reverend. We did not sing any hymns but instead included poems that were special to us. I walked down the aisle to ‘Angels’ by The XX and left the church as husband and wife as ‘Banana Pancakes’ by Jack Johnson played.








My florist, Nat at Heavenly Blooms, was the best!  Since I love flowers a lot, it was important that they were everywhere. I decided on having white flowers complimented with greenery. The bouquets and reception flowers were mainly roses and baby’s breath.


We chose Heart and Colour as our photographers; they were so great in helping to organize the day and making us feel relaxed in front of the camera. A friend recommended Lemon Tree Film House for our videographers; we hadn’t budgeted for a video but it something that we will value for the rest of our lives. I knew on the day there would be things that I didn’t see or speeches that I forgot. It is such an amazing way to re-live your special day.







Tom and I held our reception at Bistro C which is on the beach front at Noosa; it already had so much style that I didn’t have to add anything expect the flowers – the amazing hanging installation we had looked wonderful! Our cake was made by Creative Cakes by Venilu.




The speeches very all very heartfelt and touching. Our band, Gee’d Up Music, was also great. We chose music that was a mixture of some of our favourite songs as well as some tunes that we knew would get everyone up and out of their seats. Our first dance was to ‘Higher Love’ by James Vincent McMorrow.




Having a wedding day that would be remembered by our family and friends for years to come inspired me. I want to be able to look back in 20 years and still love the choices that we made. We created the wedding day that we intended to – a classic, fun day that was filled with love.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations to you both Tracey and Tom; you certainly created a beautiful wedding day that will be remembered for years to come!

About Tracey: I am 29, a high school teacher and recently married the man of my dreams! I am passionate about fitness, health, education and sharing of good vibes! The beach is my favourite place to be.

Photographer: Heart and Colour / Bride’s Dress: Roz La Kelin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Reception Venue: Bistro C / Flowers & Decor: Heavenly Blooms / Cake Baker: Creative Cakes by Venilu / Videographer: Lemon Tree Film House / Band: Gee'd Up Music
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