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Cassie and Trent’s Classic 1950s Engagement Shoot

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cassie1805
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Trent and Cassie

Trent and I had been together for almost five and a half years when he proposed in Rome on Christmas Day in 2011.

Of course everyone but me saw it coming. In fact, prior to our winter in Europe I had a thousand and one family members and friends tell me I was going to return with a diamond on my finger, I always laughed it off. It was the shock of my life when Trent got down on bended knee on the chilly Christmas Day morning in our hotel room in Rome.

Planning the wedding will remain one of my favourite and most treasured moments with Trent, through all of the laughter, arguments, stress and meetings with vendors and suppliers we grew more in love – something I didn’t think was possible.

One of the best parts or planning the wedding was our engagement shoot with our photographer Sheila Higgins. We wanted the shoot to be something fun and true to us, so Sheila recommended heading out to a little country town in the Scenic Rim called Harrisville. Not only was it a great afternoon filled with love and laughter, it just so happened to be a bonus that we were able to borrow Trent’s uncle’s vintage Mercedes for the shoot, it definitely made the long drive out to Harrisville a lot more fun with the wind in our hair.

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To keep my hair intact for the windy drive, I used a vintage scarf that used to be my nan’s. It turned out to be the perfect accessory to my outfit and set the theme for our classic 1950s engagement shoot.

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Trent bought the black leather cap in a vintage store in Paris after he had tried on thousands of beanies, and it made for the perfect driving hat.

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Images by Sheila Higgins

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Ms Gingham says: I just love this engagement shoot. The thing that I find so great is that the photographer has managed to capture so many varied shots that the Cassie and Trent will enjoy for many years. Such a great effort!

Cassie says: I’m a 24 year old bride-to-be working in the PR industry in Brisbane.

Angie & Joel’s Wedding At Bells Killcare

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings

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Angie
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Joel and Angie

We met at our friends’ wedding 6 years ago. Angie was a bridesmaid, and Joel was mates with the groom. The groom’s mum set us up! We chose to have our wedding at Bells Killcare on the Central Coast. We wanted our wedding to be all about beautiful food and wine; we had eaten at the restaurant before and the food is incredible, and we love the Hamptons-style look of the venue. We didn’t want to get married in a church, so the stunning landscaped gardens were perfect for our ceremony.

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I bought my very simple, classic Lisa Ho dress when I first got engaged. I loved it, I never wanted a really “bridie” dress. Three days before the wedding, my mum was looking in Marry Me in Mosman for a shrug for me….I met her there and saw a dress hanging out on its own. I instantly fell in love with it, and it fit perfectly! It was like it was made for me. I went from not wanting anything too bridie to having this amazing over the top bridal gown! I still loved the Lisa Ho, and I changed in to that during the reception.

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I am a control freak and wanted to do everything myself. I planned all the styling and hired everything on my own, but my mum was worried how it would all come together on the day. She convinced me to get a stylist, and she found Anna Dawson from Luxe Events. She was amazing and took all the stress off me on the day. I have no idea what we would have done if she wasn’t there on the day. You just can’t do it all yourself!

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You are never going to please everyone, so just do what you want to do! Give kids a specific job so they feel important and take pride in it. We also used presents as ‘bribes’ for good behaviour! That, and a free trip to the lolly bar after the ceremony worked brilliantly.

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The pageboys, flowergirls and bridesmaids walked down the aisle to First Day of my Life (Bright Eyes), I walked down the aisle to Annie’s Song by John Denver.

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Kym Campbell was a singer from Manly who I found on the net. She was absolutely amazing. She learned about 8 songs that we loved, and was so accommodating and talented. I always wanted acoustic music at the ceremony, and she was perfect, such an amazing voice.

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We have 9 nieces and nephews between us – all aged between 2 and 8 years old! We wanted them to be a big part of our day, so we asked them all to be flowergirls and pageboys. We got their outfits from J Crew in America, they all looked so adorable. They each had special jobs – tossing petals, blowing bubbles, carrying rings etc – and they all took it very seriously and were so cute.

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Our photographer was our dear friend who generously offered to do our photography as our wedding gift. We are so lucky! He brought his assistant along too for the whole day and night, and he was also a guest at the wedding. They set up an amazing outdoor “photobooth” in the courtyard with a separate camera, which was a big hit with our guests.

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For favors, guests received mini bottles of limoncello with name tags. I bought some colourful “love” prints from Etsy, and framed them all in big white frames to hang around the conservatory where we had our reception. I found these cute questionnaires on Etsy instead of a guestbook which I printed on recycled card – guests filled out answers to funny questions about us, and had the chance to offer us advice for a long happy marriage.

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I never really wanted to do a traditional first dance, its just not us. We changed our song about 5 times, did dance lessons, and then a few days before decided to scrap it all and go with our very first choice, Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. We just winged it for a minute and then made our bridal party and guests get on the dance floor with us.

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Ms Gingham says: Oh how sweet that Mum played such an important role here! I love, love this wedding!

Photographer: Friend / Cinematographer: White Designs / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Marry Me Mosman / Reception Dress: Lisa Ho / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: Saba / Groomsmen Attire: Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rachael Gilbert / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Ashley Sanders / Makeup Artist: Victoria Baron / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Pod / Rental Furniture: The Hire End / Styling: Luxe Events / Invitations & Stationery: Simple Things Press / Venue: Bells at Killcare / Ceremony Officiant: Sonia Hartmann / Ceremony Musicians: Kym Campbell / Band: The White Tree / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill

A Glass of Bubbles With… Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella!

by | A Glass Of Bubbles With..., Weddings

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Ms Herringbone
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We are SO excited to be joined by a blogging superstar today, and to be talking about her very own gorgeous wedding day! The blog Not Quite Nigella is a regular in the day of thousands of Australian and international foodsters, and the lady behind this scrumptious site is Lorraine Elliott, a cake and food enthusiast who believes that cakes belong in an art gallery!

Lorraine also recently had her equally delectable book, Not Quite Nigella, published by Penguin, in which she shares recipes and an insight into blogging for a living, and the difficulties and joys associated with it. A very busy lady!

We sat down and shared a (virtual) glass of bubbles with Lorraine as she shared her memories and advice from her beautiful wedding.

Tell us about your Wedding!

It was held in Sydney on March 4th 2006. We had our ceremony at Christ Church in Lavender Bay which was a beautiful setting that we fell in love with straight away. We ended up getting our photos taken there because our wedding was the last one that Saturday at 4:30pm. I wore a Collette Dinnigan ivory gown and Manolo Blahnik heels. My husband wore a black suit and a cheeky grin! Our reception was at the Gold Room at L’Aqua which was perfect for our needs as it was a relatively small wedding of 65 guests. Our flowers were by Sweet Violets at Mosman, the red velvet cake was by Be Enchanted Cakes and the photographer was Vincent Lai. I had two bridesmaids: my sister and a friend while hubby had his brother as his best man (who made a brilliant speech on the night). It was a perfectly wonderful evening!

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What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

There were so many that it’s hard to narrow it down but I think forgetting my underwear at home while dressing at the hotel was memorable-but not in a good way!

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

Apart from remembering underwear? icon wink A Glass of Bubbles With... Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella! Hmmm perhaps hiring a videographer to video the wedding. We asked family to do it and for some reason my brother in law pointed the camera to the ceiling after I walked into the church and we didn’t get any of the ceremony icon sad A Glass of Bubbles With... Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella!

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Who are your favourite vendors?

I really liked the Dockside Group – they really seemed to understand weddings and the pressures involved. Our stay at the Park Hyatt was also wonderful. In fact most of the vendors were fantastic and I would go with them again.

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What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Be organised!  A friend sent me a spreadsheet that allowed me to keep a track of everything and that helped enormously.

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What a gorgeous wedding for a gorgeous couple – we’ve had such fun peeking into Lorraine’s album! If you’d like to follow her fabulous food journey, or pick up a copy of her book, head to her blog, Not Quite Nigella or the Penguin website!

Photography by Vincent Lai

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