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Megan and Liam’s Vintage Country Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Megan Clements

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It was our love of horses that brought us together. I decided to attend to my horse riding club after a year-long break to have some show jumping lessons. Liam just happened to be the show jumping instructor that day; we instantly connected and the rest as they say is history.

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My cousin from Damian Wheeler Design created our beautiful equestrian themed stationery. The paper had a lovely textured feel and the envelopes were hand-made with real flower petals and embedded leaves.


We live in central Victoria and wanted a venue close to home, something that captured the beauty of the country side. When we first saw Mingela Homestead we fell in love; it was just perfect and was the first and only venue we looked at. Mingela is a private 1000 acre working farm with a beautiful homestead, polo field and stables. Liam & I, with the help of family and a few friends, styled the venue ourselves.

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Liam’s dog Buzz loves attention, so we couldn’t leave him out of our celebrations. He dressed up in a doggy suit and posed for photos while Liam and his groomsmen were getting ready.

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I had so much fun getting ready with my Mum and bridesmaids. Mum gave me the most amazing gift photographs of my grandparents and a copy of their marriage certificate. My grandparents were happily married for over 50 years!

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My hairdresser, Michael Lee, was so amazing! When we arrived at his salon in the morning he had a beautiful spread of pastries, muffins and coffee for us. He interpreted what I wanted for everyone’s hair perfectly; we all felt so relaxed and pampered when we left.

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My dress was by Maggie Sottero. I loved the soft lace detailing on the bodice and the skirt and the belt added a touch of sparkle. My bridesmaids wore a blush pink dresses from Forever New.

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Liam’s favourite song is ‘The Sound of Silence’ so I walked down the aisle to an instrumental piano version. We chose to include a ‘love lock’ ritual as part of our ceremony. The locks represent our love for one another; closing the lock together on the tree of life locks our love in forever. There is no key for the locks and once they are closed they can never be re-opened. We now have a beautiful piece of art to hang on our wall.

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Our celebrant Catherine Shelley was incredible. She created a beautiful personalised ceremony and really went above and beyond making sure everything was just perfect before the ceremony started. We had so many compliments on how perfectly Catherine officiated the ceremony.

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My cousins from Cara Loren Photography captured our day perfectly; they made the photography so much fun and we spent so much time laughing. The images are so amazing – we love them!

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We were so incredibly lucky to have two of our horses with us on the day. Michelle the property manager looked after them for us and had them beautifully presented for our photos.

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When planning our wedding, we wanted the day to truly represent us and all the things in our lives that we love. To personalise our vintage country theme we decided to hand make and DIY as many things as we could; the list was long but it was well worth the effort!

We made the bench seats for the ceremony, the arch we were married under, our photo booth wall, the swing seat, all the wooden directional signs, the bar and bar tables, the table seating plan, the planter boxes for the marquee entrance, the life size jenga, the ring book and the confetti cones! We also up-cycled our signing table and chairs, the outdoor powder room dresser and the table for our photo booth props.

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We created an outdoor powder room for our guests with a few essentials so there was a place to freshen up throughout the day.

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Our caterers Wood & Spoon were fantastic; they took care of decorating the tables for us and the food was amazing! So many of our guests were raving about it..

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We gave our guests mini lucky horseshoes to celebrate our love of horses.

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We wanted our first dance to be to our song ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted. I couldn’t find a nice slow version so I ended up recording my own cover. Our first dance was one of my favourite moments of our day. We left it up to our band Ticket to Vegas to decide which songs to play; they had everyone up on the dance floor. They were so easy going and we loved they way they interacted with our guests and created such a fun and energetic atmosphere.

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Our videographers from Love Journal Photography did an amazing job – they were so easy to work with and spent a great deal of time before our day giving us hints and tips. Deciding to have a videographer was one of the best things we did; when ever we watch our video we feel like we are back there, reliving our wonderful day!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What  a beautiful day Megan and Liam; your wonderful eye for styling and detail added to your vintage country theme perfectly!

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Satero / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Makeup Artist: Rachel De Zylva / Hairstylist: Michael Lee / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mingela Homestead / Invitations & Stationery: Damian Wheeler / Ceremony Officiant: Catherine Shelley / Rings: Anthony's Manufacturing Jewellers / Photographer: Cara Loren Photography / Videography: Love Journal Photography / Rentals: A Moment In Time - Wedding & Event Hire / Transport: Taylors Lakes Mustangs / Catering: Wood And Spoon / Cake Baker: Caks Cakes / Band: Ticket To Vegas / Marquee: Kyneton Hire

Inspired Words – Kim

by | Inspired Words, Weddings


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Spending “just us” time with your new husband on your wedding day is so special as Kim remembers from her Melbourne industrial wedding.

“The day flies by so quickly; make the most of every moment and take the time to stand with your husband and admire what is happening around you.”

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Images via Jerome Cole

Polly and Jeff’s Scottish Inspired Vintage Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Polly Maeve


Jeff and I met back in 2006, when we were both working together at Coles. After just a short time dating, I knew Jeff was the one for me. He made me so happy and was always so encouraging; he was my perfect match.

The nine years since seem to have flown by, not just surviving, but flourishing, through three years of a long distance relationship when I had to move to Canberra and Darwin for work.

As soon as I was able to get work back in Melbourne, Jeff proposed to me just before a big trip to Europe. He made me promise that I couldn’t start planning until after the trip so we could enjoy our holiday fully, but I did create a sneaky Pinterest page!



I have always had a love of vintage styles and that played a big part in the look and feel of the day. I found a perfect vintage inspired lace dress from Mariana Hardwick with the help of their incredible staff. As Jeff was wearing a traditional red and navy tartan kilt in honour of his late father, this was what we based our wedding colour scheme on.






We chose midnight blue A-line Dessy dresses in different styles for the bridesmaids and matching ties for the groomsmen to go with their charcoal suits. We had vibrant red garden style posies with silver and green foliage by Sugarbee Flowers, as well as thistles to tie them back into the traditional Scottish theme. The girls also had bright red shoes to match their flowers.




With Jeff having a very large family, and both of us having many great friends, it was never going to be a small wedding though we did manage to contain it to 130 of our nearest and dearest. As we had a lot of interstate and a few international guests, it was important for us to keep things simple and have the ceremony and reception plus accommodation all in one venue. After a lot of searching for the perfect place, we found Tatra Receptions and absolutely loved how beautiful it was and that they would take care of so much of the detail.



The ceremony was very relaxed and nontraditional. I walked myself down the aisle to a bagpiper playing some beautiful Scottish tunes. We had a fantastic celebrant in Ally who created a very light hearted and personal ceremony. She even managed to sneak some Harry Potter references in for us!






After the ceremony, Jeff and I walked through a canopy of all our friends and family throwing petals as the bagpiper played. I had made the petal cones out of doilies and personalized stickers and it was so much fun to have everyone shower us with their love in the form of red rose petals!




With our photographer, Anitra Wells, we had photos taken in the beautiful gardens of Tatra. Thankfully the November weather, which had not been kind to us in the lead up to the wedding (it poured the entire 48 hours before the ceremony!), cleared long enough for us for her to take some beautiful photos. You would hardly know it was only 12 degrees at the time (we were all freezing!)





Our reception was full of beautiful food, games, and photobooth fun. As well of course of dancing and memorable speeches. Jeff and I made our entry to ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns and Roses. For our first dance we pranked our guests by starting the dance to a Celine Dion song (not at all our style) but switched it to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and let loose!





For wedding favours Mum, my Aunt and I had potted decorative bowls with succulents from my Aunt’s Garden. We also had beautiful honey pot terrariums as part of the centrepieces made by Little Lands.



We both had such a fun and memorable day, made so special by all our friends and family who helped us celebrate. It turned out exactly how we had imagined and despite the cold and the rain, we had the perfect day.





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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Polly and Jeff; your Scottish theme matched perfectly with your beautiful mountain setting!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tatra Receptions / Bridal Dress, Hairpiece, Veil & Belt: Mariana Hardwick / Bridesmaids' Dresses & Groomsmen's ties: Dessy / Photographer and Videographer: Anitra Wells / Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers / Groom's Kilt & Outfit: House Of Scotland / Bridal and Maid of Honour Makeup: Jade McAndrew / Bridesmaid & Mother of the Bride Makeup: Jaynelle Lording / Bridal & Bridesmaid Hair: Bernice Make Up / Cake Baker: Regnier Cakes / Ceremony Officiant: Melbourne Wedding Celebrant / Rings: Charles Rose / Bride's & Bridesmaids' Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groomsmen's Suits & Shirts: Tarocash / Bridal & Bridesmaids' Earrings: Fletcher and Grace / Bridal & Bridesmaids' Nail Art/Manicures: Janni Banani Nails / Table Centrepieces: Little Lands / Wedding Day Emergency Kit: Lovely Bridal Blooms / Photobooth: Photo Booth King / Lawn Games & Decorations: My Sweet Event
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