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A Stunning Hunter Valley Vineyard Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,


Tegan Tyrrell, Tegan Asha


Chris and Tegan

I am one of the luckiest ladies around. I married my love on his family property at Tyrrell’s Vineyards in Pokolbin, in the Hunter Valley in November 2013. We planned to marry with the Brokenback Ranges in the background, but the rain Gods had a different plan… torrential rain didn’t dampen our moods though, and we got married on the dance floor in the barrel shed where our reception was all set up, hugged by wine barrels. You know what they say, “you can’t untie a wet knot!”

I have my own bridal label Tegan Asha, and wore my own design. My gown featured European metallic lace, and I wore Jimmy Choos to match. I wore a jewelled hair slide and my mum’s veil that she wore 32 years earlier. A friend of mine, Pru Moore, did our make up including my mum and nanna. She excelled!










I dressed my bridesmaids in Tegan Asha and they were stunning in their pale yellow silk chiffon gowns with jewel belt. We had a black tie dress code, and all the men looked fabulous in their tuxedos. Our flower girls were gorgeous in silver dresses that I found on Etsy. I am also a graphic designer and our stationery was all designed with our soft grey and pale yellow colour scheme. I loved the idea of our menus doubling as place cards, and then our bridal party and special people involved went on the back. This simplified the stationery as we didn’t require Order of Services.









Teagan and Chris Photos by Photography On Hermitage_0018



We also placed different questions on each table, so that our guests could write funny, thoughtful, sentimental answers that we can look back on over the years, rather than a standard guest book. It made it extremely personal and Chris and I had a wonderful time reading them at the end of the night, barefoot in our wedding outfits with a glass of French champagne eating macarons!



Muse Dining catered, and we drank Tyrrell’s of course! Chris selected the wines from his favourite vintages and I absolutely fell in love with the images of the boys just before the ceremony, in the lab and the old winery. It’s an incredible honour to marry into such a wonderful family, iconic in Australian wine history.


My extraordinarily talented mum made our wedding cake, she has her own small business decorating cakes for all occasions called Create Cake By Sharon Brideson. It was beyond our expectations and tasted amazing too. Our wonderful florist, Yeng Tan, placed fresh flowers that matched our bouquets. My maid of honour’s mum decorated the space for our wedding and it was absolutely stunning. Words cannot describe the pride and beauty we felt when we saw the room, it was so classically romantic and colourful, and reflected our style beautifully.


It truly was a magical day and we thank everyone involved for making it so special and memorable. Can we do it all over again?

Images by Photography on Hermitage

Ms Gingham says: Imagine being able to design and make your own wedding gown. Tegan you were absolutely stunning. Congratulations.

Tegan says: I am a graphic designer turned bridal gown designer with my own label, based in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. My husband is a fifth generation winemaker and the family owned winery, Tyrrell’s Vineyards, and we were married on the property last November.

Photographer: Photography on Hermitage / Bride’s Dress: Tegan Asha / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Tegan Asha / Catering: Muse Dining / Venue: Tyrrell's Vineyards / Cake Baker: Create Cake By Sharon Brideson / Florist: Yeng Tan

Ask Ms Polka – Bridesmaid Dress Shops In Melbourne

by | Ask Ms Polka Dot, Weddings


Polka Dot Bride


Dear Ms Polka Dot,

I need advice!   My maid of honour is coming over from New Zealand and she and my other bridesmaid and I are heading out bridesmaid shopping.  The problem is I’m struggling to find a place to go!  Our budget is $2-300 for floor-length navy dresses, and I would prefer going to one place with a wide variety rather than having to go from one place to another, as we have limited time.  I’ve been scouring the internet to find “the place” and have ended up completely uninspired.  I’m looking for something a little-bit-vintage, little-bit-classic, with straps or sleeves … the only stores I’m finding are so “bridesmaidy” whereas I want something a bit more special.  I feel I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist!

Hello dear Dottie!

Here’s my suggestion for bridesmaid shopping in Melbourne with wide variety!

Green With Envy



Anna Campbell

Made Of Honour



Baccini & Hill

Swish Clothing



Afternoon Engagement Shoot In Homebush

by | Engagement Shoots, Engagements, Weddings


Kye Schippell

Brendon and Kye

Brendon and I met over three years ago at the house I shared with my sister and her partner, we were having a house warming bbq and Brendon played football with my brother in law. We hit it off straight away and spent the whole day with only each other. We exchanged numbers and went on a date the very next day and have been inseparable ever since.

Brendon Proposed November 2012 at the lake where we spent our first date. It was beautiful and casual, he was so nervous and his lip was trembling before he could even pop the question. Of course I said yes.

We shot the engagement shoot in Homebush – a location that I had seen Nina use before. These are really the only pictures that Brendon and I have together and we are absolutely in love with them. Nina was an absolute delight and after this shoot we felt like old friends. We wanted something casual and fun and we just let Nina do her thing, she gave us plenty of direction but left it natural. I cant recommend her more highly.

Images by Nina Claire Photography

Ms Gingham says: Divine. Beautiful images. I would be so happy to have these as the first images of my life with my new husband!

Kye says: “My name is Kye Schippell, one of three girls and the last to be married. I am a dental sales rep by trade but my dream job would be working on weddings, I have been obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. I come from simple beginnings and have managed to create a comfortable life with the man of my dreams.”

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