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Peggie and Dave’s Botanical Brisbane Wedding

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Peggie & Dave

Marrying her best friend Dave on a idyllic Spring afternoon in Brisbane City’s Botanic Gardens, Peggie has such fond memories of when they both met. “It was the day before Valentine’s Day. I had just finished a big day at work when a few ladies and I decided to head out for a drink. After replacing dinner with a few bottles of wine, my boss Beth noticed a bunch of good looking ‘roosters’ on the table next to us and decided to play cupid. She ended up talking to Dave and introduced me. I remember he had a cheeky smile and was very charming.”

Peggie had just accepted a job in Canberra, but the new couple decided to keep dating for the next few months anyway. “I was hopeful that we would keep in touch and secretly hoped he would move to Canberra with me, but it was too early to tell!” After a couple of months into Peggy’s new job and a few trips back and forth from Brisbane, Dave moved to Canberra. “I was the happiest girl on earth. We moved in together and never looked back.”

As a wedding gift, Dave’s parents gave the couple three nights at The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane. “The suite was such a luxury, and was even big enough for me and all the girls to get ready.”



“Paula and Jade from The Powder Room did an amazing job with our hair and make-up, with Peggie remembering, “I couldn’t have been happier. I was meant to do the flower girls’ hair but was still busily writing my speech, so Paula was kind enough to do their hair too which was a huge help to me.”




“I had my heart set on finding a full length lace wedding gown and after an exhaustive search across three states, I fell in love with my dream dress at The Sposa Group in Sydney. The diamante appliqué which I wore at the waist was found on Etsy.



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Peggie also loved the couple’s choice of vintage cars, remembering “they were such a fun ride to our ceremony at the Wedding Lawn at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.”


Dave and his groomsmen enjoyed getting ready at his parents’ house. “Inspired by the Mad Men television programme, the groomsmen’s gift box contained a crystal ‘man glass’ and mini bottles of scotch so they could enjoy a toast before the ceremony, with a cigar for later in the night.”






With the jacaranda trees in full bloom at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Peggie walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s  ‘Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend’. “This was special to us as Dave and I often apart for weeks at a time and the lyrics talk about being ‘lucky to be coming home again’. It’s so true – I still well up when I hear it.”




“Celebrant Clarah Luxford was an invaluable help to us in the lead up to our wedding day. She lent us her book of verses which helped Dave and I write our vows. We would have been lost without it. Clarah also took care of all the legal side of things and gave us plenty of advice on what happens after the wedding day, for example, what I needed to do to change my name.”







“Dave loves delicious cured meats and fine cheese, so we ensured it was in plentiful supply as we celebrated with guests after the ceremony. “We ask Style My Celebration to style the drinks and charcuterie table in the Gardens. I styled the background elements and sourced some of the vessels, but the food styling blew me away.”



“With special meaning, my sister Amanda, who is also a florist, designed the bouquets. I was so thrilled with the modern arrangements of traditional and unusual blooms, including mini pineapples, succulents and Phalaenopsis orchids. My stunning bridal bouquet included Arum lillies, green mini anthuriums, white roses, white snapdragons and freesias.”





Peggie and Dave’s reception was held at the Brisbane City Hall in the deco inspired Brisbane Room. “Whilst our guests enjoyed celebratory drinks and canapes in the courtyard, we excitedly spent some time together looking at how the reception room had come together and laughed about our heartfelt  ceremony. We were so lucky that our bridal party and family all pitched in to help us set up the room the day before, with Kelly from Bella Blooms Floral Designs arranging the huge Monstera leaves while we were all getting ready on the day.”



Peggie was indeed very lucky as her sister also owns and runs Adorn Event Hire, so “it was fun spending time together styling the wedding.” One of my favourite interior design styles is British Colonial, so choosing that as our theme, the reception featured a combination of lush tropical leaves, natural elements and relaxed luxury interiors. “It was just like taking a quick trip to the Bahamas.”




The couple’s theme centered around the bold banana leaf fabric table overlays which Peggie’s Mum made for the wedding. “I also decorated the reception with many eclectic ‘kick knacks’ which I had collected over the years “to give it a layered look.”


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“Following our theme, Baked Cakes and Cupcakery created a wonderful layered cake including a Pina Colada cake with coconut butter creme, lemon cake with vanilla butter creme and chocolate cake with orange butter creme. Decorated with delicate white orchids and green leaves, it was my perfect cake; it was simple yet stunning and the taste was to die for!”


“Following the heartfelt speeches, our guests enjoyed treats from the delicious dessert bar. Every time I look at these photographs, I want to go back there and eat it all again.



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“Our first dance as husband and wife was to Etta James ‘At Last'”.



The image of Peggie with her Dad is one of her favourites.  “We were both in tears dancing together – we were so happy.” Bree and Ryan from Alcorn Images took the photographs of the day. “They really captured the emotion of the night, which we will treasure forever. They were both very cool, calm and collected. You hardly noticed they were there.”



After throwing her bouquet, Peggie changed into an emerald green dress before joining her new husband and guests on the dance floor.




Leaving their magical night of celebrations, the newlyweds received a sparkling send off before they headed back to the hotel.




“As we headed off to Hawaii for our honeymoon, we couldn’t help thinking about our absolutely unforgettable day. Our cheeks were so sore for a few days after from smiling so much. We felt very blessed that we had perfect weather on the day and were surrounded by our beautiful family and friends.”

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Ms Chinoiserie says: I love the way that finding a special piece of fabric can set the theme for your entire wedding – from bridesmaids’ dresses and botanical table runners to bouquets and flowers; even your ‘going away’ dress. Congratulations Peggie and Dave!

About Peggie:
I live in Queanbeyan New South Wales and work in Canberra as a media and communications advisor. I also have a passion for interior design and homewares which I indulge through my online store Luca & Eve. I was a florist for a short time so I’m a little obsessed with all things Botanica. One of my favourite interior design styles is British Colonial so I wanted the wedding to have that look and feel. I love the combination of lush tropical flora, natural elements and relaxed yet luxe interiors; as if you were taking a trip to the Bahamas. I’m still smiling looking back at the photos, it was such a great day! Perfect weather, surrounded by family and friends.

Photographer: Alcorn Images / Cake Baker: Baked Cakes and Cupcakery / Celebrant: Clarah Luxford / Flowers: Adorn Event Hire / Styling and Decor: Adorn Event Hire / Styling and Decor: Luca & Eve / Bride’s Dress: The Sposa Group / Food Styling: Style My Celebration / Ceremony chairs: The Chair Castle / Hair & Make up: The Powder Room / Hotel: The Emporium Hotel / Hire cars: Prestige Vehicle Hire

Nicola and Leigh’s New Orleans Inspired Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings



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My husband, Leigh created a website (viewable here) to display our wedding style and our beautiful photos. He aimed to not only share it with the world but to enable our kids in the future to browse through and see the images taken on one of the happiest days of our life.

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Our dream was to run away and get married in a place that had captured our hearts, the magical New Orleans. The only problem was we desperately wanted our friends and family to share our special day with us…. our solution, bring New Orleans to Sydney and celebrate in true New Orleanian fashion, with great food, great music and a lot of dancing. The style was influenced by our love for old books, Jazz, simplicity and echoed a New Orleanian, French atmosphere. Our efficient and friendly Wedding Planner Jason Kates from Love2Love was responsible for such a beautiful set up.

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The Bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns from Bridesmaids Only in different shades of slate blue and champagne to add to our vintage vibe and our Groomsmen looked dapper in charcoal grey suits.

I wore an ivory gown with lace and a low cut back from Bridesmaids Only and held a beautiful bouquet of natural stemmed posy of white and ivory David Austin roses, white freesias, cream Geralton wax and foliage by Jodie McGregor Flowers.

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Our hair was styled by the Mel Kilic from Partner’s Hair in Glebe and our make up artist, Christina Cleary did such a brilliant job with our make up.

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The Groom, Leigh wore a tailored dark charcoal grey suit with braces and his favourite fedora hat, bought while we were on vacation in New Orleans.

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We decided Lion Gate Lodge in the Botanical Gardens, Sydney would be perfect for our special day, not only was it where we first met, but we couldn’t think of a more beautiful location in our amazing city.

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My parents walked me down the aisle to La Vie En Rose, our favourite song and the one he used to propose to me with. It was played and sung beautifully by Dane Laboyrie, accompanied by a soft acoustic guitar.

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My Aunt, Joy Bowen was our marriage celebrant and helped Leigh and I design a ceremony that reflected our personalities perfectly, with cheeky lines, laughs, tears and ended by Leigh breaking a glass in Jewish tradition.

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It was the hottest day on record, the sun was bright and the air was humid. New Orleans had most definitely come to Sydney that day and the home made iced tea flowed as guests stretched out on the lush grass, listening to our band play songs by Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole.

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The food was made to tailor our needs and reflect our style. The incredible team at One Pot Catering treated our guests to Cajun delights such as home made Po-Boys, prawn gumbo, and pecan pies. When I closed my eyes that day, held my husband’s hand and took in the atmosphere, I could swear I was standing in the French Quarter.

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We had our wedding cake made by Flour and Stone in Woolloomooloo and it exceeded our expectations. We had a 16-inch triple layer rustic vanilla sponge with mascarpone cream and berry compote. I wanted our wedding cake to feel as close to one of my late Grandmother’s home made sponge cakes as possible.


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Our first dance was to a song Leigh chose personally. We danced to a beautifully sung version of Nat King Cole’s “I Love you (Sentimental Reasons)”, Leigh singing along with every word and just smiling at me. That had to be one of the highlights of my day. Although all eyes were on us, dancing under our cotton ball lights, we felt as though we were the only two people there, sharing such an intimate moment and getting lost in each other’s smiles.

It was a day I will remember for the rest of my life, a day that we can describe to our kids with that same look in our eyes. I don’t believe I have ever felt so happy and my life has never felt so complete.

I wanted to share our beautiful day, our spectacular experiences and our happiness with the world.

Images by Kevin Cheung and Berry Mak

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Ms Stripey says: What a gorgeous heartfelt wedding day. It just goes to show that it’s the personal touches that make your wedding unique and memorable! Congratulations Nicola and Leigh!

Photographer: Kevin Cheung / Photographer: Berry Mak / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Jason Kates from Love2Love / Makeup Artist: Christina Cleary / Hairstylist: Partners Hair / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Flowers: Jodie McGregor Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Lions Gate Lodge, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Joy Bowen / Ceremony Musicians: Dane Laboyrie / Catering: One Pot Catering / Cake Baker: Flour And Stone

Long Distance Love Story

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Shane and Nat

You could say we are high school sweet hearts but technically we aren’t. Whilst we went to high school together it wasn’t until the year after we graduated that we really took notice of each other. After spending time together we wondered why we hadn’t got to know each other sooner! I then moved away from our country town of Mount Gambier to Adelaide to go to university and then began our 7 year long distance relationship. After many long phone calls, endless text messages and weekend visits Shane surprised me with a beautiful ring he designed, over looking the Sydney Harbour on a weekend away, there was only one word to say….yes!













We decided to get married in Penola and the surrounding Coonawarra wine region. It was an area that was close to where we grew up and allowed us to have a traditional church wedding and a rustic style reception in a woolshed amongst the vineyards.









Bouquets and buttonholes were made by a family friend.





The day was amazing. The favourite moments for Shane and I was our first kiss as husband and wife and the time we spent together having our photos taken between the ceremony and reception. Having that time together, just the two of us (our amazing photographer was great at letting us enjoy the moment) to take it all in and spend quiet moments together is such a special memory.






I have always loved the coziness of an old shed with wine barrels and autumn colours in vineyards and Katnook Estate gave us a beautiful location for photos as well as a rustic wool-shed, win-win! Having grown up on a farm, that rustic feel also reflected my upbringing and the farmers enjoyed admiring the old wool press at the reception, reminiscing on the old days!



I’ve always been crafty and was excited at the opportunity to get stuck into some wedding projects. I really wanted the wedding to have lots of personal touches that told our story. My mum baked Shane’s favourite chocolate chip biscuits (that won him over with my mum), and each guest got a small jar with biscuits in it with a hand made tag that I kept to the style and colour theme.


I bought photo frames for our table numbers. Instead of using numbers we decided to have table ‘years’ with a different year of our relationship and a memory specific to that year to make it more personal. Mum and I went op shopping to find green glass vases of all different shapes and sizes for table centrepieces. My lovely mum then grew baby’s breath and dried it, which we put in the vases for that rustic feel, so cheap and effective!



For our save the dates and engagement party I made invites using a thumb print heart theme to make it personal and incorporated our own fingerprints. We decided to keep that theme throughout our wedding stationery and used hearts as a general theme throughout the reception.





Nat made the cake topper herself.





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Having our gorgeous grandmas take the stage on the dance floor was a very fun moment that had everyone laughing and joining in.





 Images by Amy Agnew Photography

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Ms Stripey says: I just love how this wedding suited the woolshed in the vineyards with its rustic touches and Nat’s inspirational DIY projects. Congratulations Shane and Nat on a beautiful day!

Natalie says: I’m a 26 year old country girl turned city chick (well still country at heart really) who made the move to the Adelaide to go to University. I’m a speech pathologist who married my much smarter than average tradie and am the wife of a FIFO worker. You could say we are high school sweet hearts but technically we aren’t. Whilst we went to high school together it wasn’t until the year after we finished that we really took notice of each other! I then moved away from our country town of Mount Gambier to Adelaide and then began our 7 year long distance relationship! Coming up to our first wedding anniversary in May made me think that I would love to show brides that whilst it might be hard work at times being in a long distance relationship, it can be done. It’s so worth it and I hope my post may help a few brides who may be finding it hard organising their weddings with their partners far way :)

Reception Venue: Katnook Estate / Photographer: Amy Agnew Photography / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Percy Handmade / Makeup Artist: Vanity Makeup Bar & Body Lounge / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cue / Groom’s Attire: Peter Shearer
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