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Mick & Jus’s Cable Beach Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



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Mick and Justine

Mick and I met when we were 17 at our local pub (underage… sorry mum), at a Grinspoon Concert. Growing up in a small coastal town meant we were bound to run into each other and we started dating shortly after. Unfortunately I had planned to move to Perth in the new year and in 4 short months, would be leaving Mick. He had his apprenticeship to complete but we gave long distance a shot and thankfully it worked.

Our relationship grew stronger and stronger once I moved back home for him. We decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime and travel Australia in a camper trailer. It took us 9 months and 26,000kms to get around, and while we were half way around we got the opportunity of a lifetime.

Mick & I were asked to manage a business for 2 years, this helped our relationship and we got to know each other in a different way. This opportunity also paved the way for us to build our beautiful home and to plan our Broome Wedding.

We always wanted a tropical wedding and Broome ticked all the boxes! Warm, tropical, close to home. We got into contact with Yarni from Broome Weddings and she arranged everything! Having not seen the venues, any of the suppliers or tasted the catering, we went ahead and booked! All we wanted from our wedding was for our loved ones to be all together in one spot.

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McAlpine House was recommended to us by Yarni and it was perfect. We booked out the entire resort for our families and held the reception there to party into the night.

We also got ready there in the morning before the wedding. My dress was a slim line flowing design called Della by Tuscany Bridal, Leederville. It was a cafe latte colour covered with ivory lace and a statement sash belt. My bridesmaids wore the reversible dress in Royal Blue by Canadian website Henkaa.


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My bouquet was made up of pastel roses which had to be air freighted from Perth due to the heat and availability of flowers in Broome, the bridemaids held bouquets of baby breath.

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The bridemaids and bridal hair were done by Indulgent Hair Studios senior hair designer Madison Giles who was also an honoured guest of the wedding. Makeup was by Kerri Roberts from Broome. Our ceremony was on the Lily Pond Lawn of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, it was a hot 36 degree day but the shade and atmosphere of the lawn cooled it beautifully.

The Groom and Groomsmen wore Shoreditch Suits which vests and a white shirt. The Groomsmen had matching Royal blue ties to compliment the bridesmaids and Mick wore an ivory tie to match my gown.

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My father walked me down the aisle to Ed Sheerans – Tenerife Sea. It was the perfect song to set the romantic mood. We had rose petals lining the aisles and a sweet sign to inform guests to pick a seat, not a side.

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Our celebrant was Elisabeth Lucke, she was wonderful and helped share our love story with our guests.

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We had 50 guests join us on the Lily Pond Lawn and had Coronas and Champagne served immediately after the ceremony.

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We took the opportunity with our photographer to take a huge group photo, which was heaps of fun! Hot and steamy, we were all ready for a beverage at that stage.

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Our photographer Yane had shot several weddings at grounds of the Cable Beach Club Resort and knew what striking effects we could use to our advantage.

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Mick and I were so glad to have an hour to spend together as husband and wife before the reception.

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My beautiful bridesmaids kept the entertainment flowing with their posing and fun energy.

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We couldn’t have gotten married in Broome without photos from the famous Cable Beach. With the sun setting, the beautiful landscape spoke for itself.

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My Veil was custom made by Maree Robertson Seamstress and perfectly complimented my ivory gown.

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While we were having photos we arranged for a double deck bus tour to show our guests the sights of Broome. Our reception venue, McAlpine House, was decorated with fairy lights with large white lanterns hanging from the surrounding greenery. Marisa at Broome Party Hire took care of all our hiring needs and our dessert buffet was created by Brenda French whom  Broome Weddings had recommended. The balmy night was perfect for an outdoor reception.

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My talented mother in law designed and created matching invitations, table menus and name cards. Our custom thank you sign was from Etsy.

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Thanks to Lukie from Notch8 entertainment, we danced the night away under the stars..

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Big thank you to everyone who helped us make our wedding more than we could have ever imagined.

Images by Yane Sotiroski Photography

Ms Gingham says: Cable Beach is such an iconic location and makes for amazing photos too. Congratulation Jus and Mick!

Justine says: “I am 24years old, working as an office manager for a construction company. Just finished building our first home, have a little furbaby cocker-spaniel. I enjoy keeping fit, keeping busy with study or decorating my new home. I have a small family with just mum, dad and my sister. My husband’s family is a bit bigger with cousins, aunties/uncles etc. He is from a farming background but is a tradie diesel mechanic that is trying his hand at driving trucks. We enjoy camping and fishing, holidaying. Have been overseas a few times together. We live a fairly quiet life living in Esperance, a small coastal town with only 16,000 people. We are a motivated and driven couple that strive to set goals and achieve them.”

Photographer: Yane Sotiroski / Ceremony & Reception Venue: McAlpine House / Bride’s Dress: Tuscany Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Henkaa / Groom’s Attire: Shoreditch

Lauren and Jared’s Engagement Shoot In Canberra

by | Engagement Shoots, Weddings




Jared and I met in 2009 at a church camp, when I was 15, and he was 19. It was then that I decided that he was super mega cute. Nine months later we were dating. He made it official while we were watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy which was pretty cute and nerdy. Four and a half years after we started dating, after many hints and rings circled in catalogs,  we went on a Contiki tour around Europe that finished in Paris. At midnight in Paris at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, Jared dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so beautiful and amazing. The answer may have been a little muffled (lots of tears!), but it was a definite yes. We’ve spent the last year and a half planning, and looking forward to, our wedding. Jared’s now an economist, and I’m in my final year of studying nursing.






My favourite thing about Jared is the fact that he’s so calm and relaxed all the time; nothing ever bothers him. He is strong and reliable, and he gives the best hugs, that make me feel safe and loved, and that he’s always going to be there for me. He is the most amazing man I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait to be his wife!

Jared says: “Lauren is incredibly talented, strong, and the absolute perfect hugging height.  She is always so willing to give up her time to help other people with their everyday lives. I love her amazing personality and I know that she will be a loving, supporting, and caring wife, and great mother in the future.”






I went to school with our photographer, Rachel, from Dandelion Kisses. When I first saw some of her school photography projects, I knew that I wanted her to be my wedding photographer. Her work was amazing then, and it’s gotten even better over time. I absolutely adore our engagement shoot. She is so easy going and she is super fun to be around.

Our engagement shoot was shot in a little known Canberra parkland. It’s a gorgeous spot with a variety of settings, and amazing autumn colours.





Photography by Dandelion Kisses

Ms Gingham says: What a sweet couple. We wish you all the best on your wedding journey Lauren!

Lauren says: I’m Lauren, 20 years old, live in Canberra, Australia, nursing student expecting to graduate at the end up 2015, marrying a very handsome economist, been together for 5 years, can’t wait to have babies, got all my wedding ideas from Polka Dot Bride and Pinterest!

David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



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David and Emily

David and I first met through a mutual friend in 2005, but it would be almost five more years before we would start dating! We ended up working together a little after we met, but I left soon after to travel overseas. We stayed in touch over the next few years, but somehow never saw each other in person. He would arrive at a party not long after I had left, or I’d drop into a bar and he would already be in a cab to the other side of the city. This went on until 2009 when that same mutual friend organised a dinner with the three of us, and we hit it off almost immediately. We were together not long after that. A year after we got together we moved to New York City, and were married at the end of 2013.

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Wearing a slightly unexpected colour was really special for me. I didn’t intend to be a “different” bride, but the surprise on everyone’s faces when I emerged in a grey dress was really exciting and a great talking point.

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We live in New York but wanted to get married back home in Australia. The wedding was held in Berrima, NSW, in the Southern Highlands. We have always loved the highlands and were so excited to spend a weekend away with all our family and friends. We travelled from New York to get married, and friends from all around the world came to be with us. This never ceases to amaze us when we think about how lucky we are to have such great friends and family.

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Bendooley Estate was the last venue I visited on a whirlwind trip back to Australia, and even though the barn was in full renovation mode and they hadn’t hosted any weddings yet, we booked it on the spot. It’s hard to find words to describe just how gorgeous this venue is; with its rolling vineyards, rose garden, and original homestead. The estate is also home to the Berkelouw Book Barn, a stunning and unique bookstore offering thousands of new, rare, and antique books (with a fantastic restaurant, to boot). It was perfect.

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I walked down the aisle to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales. One of our favourite songs of all time.

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I highly recommend Written By Hand for signage. She was outstanding.

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We chose a book theme for our wedding and had a talented illustrator friend create a book logo for us. This logo appeared throughout the wedding—on the invitation, the website, the place cards and the ceremony signage. It was a lovely, subtle touch of continuity and tied in perfectly with the book barn reception venue.

It’s no secret amongst my friends that I am a huge polka dot lover! As a special surprise, David emailed every male guest ahead of the wedding and asked them to wear polka dot socks on the day. It was such a lovely touch to see literally every guy proudly displaying his socks just for me.

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David’s sister  styles weddings in her spare time and we couldn’t have pulled it all off without her. Although Sally lives in London, she made the seating and place cards herself, sourced all the signage, found our florist, and worked tirelessly on all the fine details. My Mum is also a very talented quilter, and she made all of the bunting by hand. She sourced fabrics in our wedding colors of dusty pink, grey, cream and green, and hand-made every last piece.

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Our photographer, Michelle Johnson, is an old friend and colleague – we worked together at Marie Claire many years ago. Michelle’s romantic, vintage photography style is absolutely beautiful. She has shot a number of friends’ weddings over the years and I always knew in my heart we would have her shoot ours too. Michelle is always cool, calm and collected, and you barely notice she’s there on the day.

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The venue was breathtaking. Paul and Katja are the most amazing hosts and I wish I could get married at Bendooley every year. It’s so beautiful!

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My advice to brides – Enjoy the day, (eat breakfast!) and take a moment to step away and take in the celebration as a newly married couple. This was very special advice that was given to us, and I’m so very thankful. The moment was something very special and helps stamp the memory in our minds.

Our wedding was an absolutely unforgettable day filled with love, laughter, and more feels than we ever thought possible

Images by Michelle Fiona Photography

Ms Gingham says: The perfect combination of rustic surrounds, gorgeous glamour gowns and an abundance of love. Beautiful.

Emily says: I’m an Australian digital marketer based in New York City, and I love polka dots more than life itself.

Photographer: Michelle Fiona Photography / Wedding Stylist: Sally Morrison / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Johanna Johnson / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Hair & Makeup Artist: Oralie Maylin / Flowers: Poho Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Wicked Bride / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bendooley Estate / DJ: DJ La Fitz
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