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Julia & Marc’s Pink & Navy Sorrento Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Julia & Marc

This simple, modern navy and pink Sorrento wedding is elegant in its subtle details and moments. A beautiful golf course sets the scene for a day of romance, of fun, of friendship and most of all, of celebration! Julia and Marc chose Goldsmith & Co to capture their wedding day.

Julia tells the tale of how they came to be. “It was a bit of a ‘sliding doors’ kind of situation. We probably should have met much earlier than we actually did. Especially because we went to the same high school. (Being 2 years apart meant that we were in two different buildings). The fact that we grew up in the same suburb, only one, albeit big, block apart means that surely we must have had some close calls, right!?

Eventually we both worked a summer job in retail – then ran into each other out a few times. The real romance happened one summer night at the Sorrento Hotel, a pub we both went to over summer each year. Me and my bestie where blown away when all of a sudden, an extra chair appeared at our dinner table and Marc sat himself down. He certainly has the gift of the gab! From there not a day went past where I didn’t hear from him, and now we are married (insert love hearts).”

Julie wore a gown by Lover White Magick, noting, “I always loved the White Magick range, wanted to wear an Australian designer and have a touch of girliness, lace softness and simplicity. It was the first dress actually tried, very decisive. I also didn’t want to go through fittings so I was always going to go with something off the shelf.”

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Briggins.

Julia and Marc held their wedding at Sorrento Golf Club, explaining, “As we properly met and fell in love down in Sorrento, Victoria, we wanted to get married down there. Marc’s family also have a connection to the area, with his parents and uncle and aunt living down there now. We spend our summers holidaying down there so it was just a natural choice for us, plus if we had it in Melbourne were we live, it would feel like any other wedding.”

Julia walked down the aisle to “A vocal slow version of Rhianna ‘Diamonds’.”

Matt Finch officiated the ceremony, the bride commenting, “It was a perfect 20 minutes (ish). It was light, not overly serious, filled with laughs, love and effortless style. No readings, we wanted a short celebration of us two, letting people know about us, how we met and what we love about each other and love about our families and friends, just reiterating how lucky we are and how much we love life together.

The ceremony was non-religious and making a point that ANYONE should be able to get married – anyone in love, not just a man and woman. In the celebrant’s speech we included stories and comments about all our closest friends who have been there with us over the years. As only children we also included a flower thank you moment to our mothers who both secretly loved the lime light.”

“A highlight was the Sorrento Golf Club, they just looked after us, we had champagne waiting on the bridal party everywhere we went, they were so flexible with every detail, food choices, beverage packages, where and how we wanted everything set up. They allowed us to use the grounds for photos after the ceremony and supplied us with golf buggies – some GREAT footage was taken on those buggies! They really shared in the joy of the day and I will forever be grateful to Richard at the Club.”

Of their photographer, Julia notes, “Jane Goldsmith just got me. From our first meeting over a Pinot she knew what I wanted and there was no ‘generic’ on the day. Goldsmith and Co captured everything naturally and lightly, the photos show how much fun everyone had and how full of love the room was.”

Harriet Howe Events styled the wedding, but not without much input from the bride who remarks, “I loved planning it all, I like to organise, I love a party. I know what I want always, so it was a breeze. Working with the florist was a highlight, both creative and rewarding.”

“We chose not to do a first dance; the reception was all about having fun with our friends and taking the focus off us after the ceremony, to just enjoy being around our friends. The speeches from both fathers and the best man, a lot of our guests continue to comment on how good, sentimental and hilarious the speeches were.”

Congratulations on your marriage Julia and Marc! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Goldsmith & Co / Cinematographer: C2 Films / Styling & Hire: Harriet Howe Events / Bride’s Dress: Lover White Magick / Bride’s Shoes: Ballin / Bride’s Jewelry: Canturi / Groom’s Suit: Briggins / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Briggins / Bridesmaid Dresses: Stone Cold Fox / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Sallie Ellison / Makeup Artist: Naomi Paris / Flowers: Poppy Culture / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Venue: Sorrento Golf Club / Ceremony Officiant: Matt Finch / Ceremony Musicians: Jessica Lee / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Cheese Wheel Cake: Harriet Howe Events / Wedding Rings: Canturi
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by Krista Fox Photography  via Gillian & Brad’s Hawaiian Destination Wedding

What a weekend we have ahead Dotties – parties, celebrations and a wee bit of jet setting. Autumn you are turning out to be lovely (if a little bonkers, like all good months!).

What are you up to this weekend Dotties? Shall we wrap up the week that was?


Moments of sweetness with the Rachele font

What Would They Know? Jenn Veza of The Original Wedding Company

Alten shares his Winter Groom Style

We go Behind The Door With….Green And Bloom

So much heart in Kelly & Chris’ Rustic Vintage Wedding

Which vendors do Brisbane City Celebrants love? We find out in Vendor’s Favourites

Nothing like a twist on a favourite – meet Boodle’s Gin Salted Negroni

Love the bright colours in this Hawaiian Destination Wedding

Layering Tips for Cooler Weather from Institchu Style

Rounding up our favourite Floral Hair Vines

So much sweetness in Emily & Dan’s Engagement Party Surprise Wedding

Bree shares her post wedding Inspired Words

Congratulations! A night of champagne at Helen Rodrigues 15th Anniversary Celebrations

news Roundup 15th April 2016

Yay – we are so excited to announce the winner of our Win Three Suits For The Groom & Groomsmen From Man To Man competition! Congratulations Matthew Lander! I will be in touch very soon! Stay tuned for more fabulous competitions!

The Perth Wedding Upmarket is almost here! on Saturday, 30th of April head on over to the The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft and peruse the beautiful wares of wedding vendors. They’ll be selling beautiful gowns, handcrafted jewels, stationery, accessories and so much more!  Find more information here.

Looking for a lovely night out? Head on down to The Brides Market twilight wedding festival in Brisbane on the 22nd of May to enjoy live music, delicious treats and amazing wedding vendors and we have a very special offer! Use the code TBM451 on checkout to receive two tickets for the price of one!

Our film of the week comes from C2 Films who captured the wedding of Angus and Atwa which was breathtakingly beautiful- not only that but breathtakingly emotional.

Georgia & James’ Intimate Queenstown Lake Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


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Georgia & James

Georgia and James’ intimate Queenstown lake wedding might just be the most beautiful way to marry. Your favourite people, plenty of champagne and that view – how could it be anything less than amazing? The couple chose a popular spot they had loved in wedding photos and decided to say their vows right there beside the lake. I am sure you will agree it was pure magic. Dawn Thomson Photography was there to capture it all.

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Orange Blossom Designs created the most beautiful bouquet while Truly Scrumptious Cakes created a decadent wedding cake. Georgia notes, “Steph from Orange Blossom Designs, being that we were from Auckland,  went out of her way to help us, from delivery on the day all the way from Glenorchy.”

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Nicola Dawson created Georgia’s wedding gown. “I saw an amazing dress featured in a magazine from a designer and wedding in Christchurch. I found my dressmaker who has an endless supply of amazing hand made work and knew she was the one to make my dream dress, Nicola Dawson Designs.”

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“The most memorable moment for me (I know I won’t ever forget), was when I was in the car on the way to the ceremony with my mum and bridesmaid Lauren. We drove along a windy gravel road and you go over a small hill before you can see the ceremony spot. As we came over the hill and I could see James and our family and friends. I got such a overwhelming feeling and that’s when everything kind of finally hit me. I’d been extremely calm through the day and coming up to the day, but when I saw everyone there you get so emotional – it’s special.”

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The couple chose Moke Lake, Queenstown for their wedding, explaining, “We saw this location used by many photographers for their after ceremony shoots, and we loved it so much we decided this was where we wanted to have our actual ceremony and all our photos. The light that hits in the afternoon is absolutely breath taking surrounded by mountains all around you on the lake front. There was even a little bit on snow left on the tips of the mountains – couldn’t have found a better spot.”

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Monica Sharpe officiated the ceremony, of which the bride remembers, “I wanted it to be very intimate and romantic, quite casual. We are a close knit group of family and friends and that’s exactly how it was.”

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Of their photographer, Georgia remarks, “She was amazing, she helped in every aspect, even before I had met her. She helped guide me and gave me suggestions on other vendors and answered so many questions for me. She went out of her way to scout the best locations for the ceremony and the photos.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Georgia and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Dawn Thomson Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Dawn Thomson Photography / Bride’s Dress: Nicola Dawson / Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski / Bride’s Jewelry: Lovisa / Groom’s Attire: Munns / Groom’s Shoes: Pulp from Hannahs / Groomsmen Attire: Hallenstines / Hairstylist: Hush Spa / Makeup Artist: Hush Spa / Flowers: Orange Blossom Designs / Ceremony Venue: Moke Lake, Queenstown / Ceremony Hire Items: Hirepool / Ceremony Officiant: Monica Sharpe / Catering: Blue Kanu / Cake Baker: Truly Scrumptious Cakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill

Alex & Andrew’s Relaxed Gold Coast Hinterland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alex & Andrew

The stunning Gold Coast hinterland sets the scene for today’s mountain top wedding of Alex and Andrew captured by Adam Ward Photography. Those views are enough to make anyone run for the hills!

Alex starts off with the story of how she and Andrew met, even though they were living as almost neighbours! “Unfortunately it isn’t a romantic one. We were both at separate parties on the Gold Coast and after quite a few drinks, stumbled across each other at a bar. I approached Andrew after noticing his (not so) killer dance moves and later discovered that we lived only a suburb apart and both frequented the same gym. It is likely our paths crossed many times prior to us actually meeting.”

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Alex had her gown made by a friend, she notes, “I couldn’t quite find what I was after in stores but had a clear vision in mind, so I opted to go with a private dress maker (a family friend). Even when I was younger I always imagined a simple, ivory lace gown – nothing puffy or extravagant as that has never been my style. My gown was french ivory lace, halter neck with a low back and small train. As the back was really the feature, I chose a birdcage veil which I sourced online.”

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“We really wanted our guests to be relaxed and able to enjoy the surroundings. They were greeted with champagne (or beer), offered blankets and given a little time to take in the music and admire the view.”

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The Paper Flowers played the bride down the aisle, she remembers, “We chose an instrumental version of Romeo & Juliette by Dire Straits. Our duet played it live.”

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Alex and Andrew chose mountain top venue O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat, explaining, “The ceremony was held at Moonlight Crag – an intimate, three tiered deck which extended off the side of a cliff and offered uninterrupted views of the valley and mountain ranges. The trek to get there was a little hairy and our guests were transported via 4WD buses, but all insisted that the view was worth the bumpy ride. Lots of greenery, fresh air and blue skies made for the perfect ceremony.   When Andrew and I walked out onto the deck at Moonlight Crag, we were speechless. We looked at each other and just knew that this was the spot.”

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Pastor Jake Smith officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “Having attended A LOT of weddings over the past couple of years, we knew we didn’t want a long ceremony but it definitely had to be personalised. A close friend gave a reading by Albert Einstein. Our dogs name is Einstein so not only did the script resonate with us, but it was our own quirky way of including him in the Ceremony. We wrote our own vows (which included a couple of jokes), laughed, cried and genuinely enjoyed every moment of it.”

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“The best part though, was when Jake pronounced us husband and wife, and used my MAIDEN name. He quickly corrected himself but as you’ll see by the photos, everyone erupted in laughter!”

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“As the photo locations were all over the place, Andrew and I went in a private Car while our bridal party followed in a van. Unfortunately the windy roads didn’t agree with my Matron of Honour who had to stop several times. She still thinks the photos were worth it though.”

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Of their photographer, Alex notes, “Adam Ward was amazing – neither Andrew or I wanted super “Posey” photos. Having worked with Adam for our engagement shoot, we knew his style and knew that he would capture the moments, which is exactly what he did. To be honest, we don’t remember him even being at the ceremony or reception – he just did his thing. Our photos tell a story and we can’t thank him enough for that.”

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The couple chose Ivy & Bleu for their styling, the bride tells, “The reception was held at the Lost World Day Spa which faced west and offered the most magical sunset. The venue provided inside and outside space – a large deck with gas heaters and bar tables leading to a grassy area with fire pits and all surrounded but fairy lights. Inside was cozy and had a separate section for our photobooth, family table and punch bar. We didn’t want people to feel confined to their seats so we made sure there were multiple spaces to mingle.”

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The bride’s love of popcorn was bought to life at the reception, she explains, “As a long time lover of popcorn, I decided to include a popcorn buffet which included caramel, coconut butter, strawberries and cream, Mexican and plain flavoured popcorn. It was a hit with guests!”

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“The staff at O’Reillys went above and beyond with regards to every aspect of the day. The correspondence, the menu tasting, accommodation, support on the day and general running of the event – nothing was ever a hassle and they all seemed genuinely excited to help. I would recommend the event team at O’Reillys to anyone!”

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Of their first dance, Alex remembers, “We chose a slow acoustic version of “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” originally by Julia Stone. Once again, this was played live by our duet, The Paper Flowers. Most of our song selections were older songs as we both seem to connect with them more. The dance floor was adorned with helium balloons and whilst the strings did get in the way a little bit we think it made for some awesome pictures.”

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“At the end of the night, every guest was given a floating lantern to release – they were a beautiful end to the evening (even though some didn’t quite take off).”

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Thank you for sharing your story with us Alex and Andrew! Congratulations! Thank you also to Adam Ward Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Adam Ward Photography / Styling: Ivy & Bleu / Bride’s Dress: Custom Made by a friend / Bride’s Shoes: Nina Vinnie / Bride’s Jewelry: Michael Hill / Groom’s Suit: Michael Innis Menswear / Groom’s Shoes: Michael Innis Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Michael Innis Menswear / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Michael Innis Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her For Him / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nina Vinnie / Bridesmaid Accessories: Michael Hill / Hairstylist: KR Bridal Hair / Makeup Artist: Liz Lange / Flowers: Florabunda / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Venue: O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Jake Smith / Ceremony Hire Items: Ivy & Bleu / Ceremony Musicians: The Paper Flowers / Reception Hire Items: Ivy & Bleu / Band: The Paper Flowers / Favors: Custom Favours / Cake Baker: Quattro Sorelle Of Ivy & Bleu / Photo Booth: The Photopod / Wedding Rings: Bakker Diamonds
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