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Australian Glamping Wedding Inspiration

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In a world full of external influences, it is beautiful to see an incredible inspiration shoot based on the stunning backdrop of Australian bushland. Today’s shoot was inspired by the concept of Australian glamping wedding inspiration. A concept for a modern couple with an adventurous side and an intimate guest list, the team of very talented wedding vendors created a shoot that didn’t just work with the Australian bushland backdrop, it captured it into a wedding that could be nature inspired and relaxed while being absolutely beautiful.

The shoot, taking place at the foot in the beautiful Darling Downs at Spicers Canopy brought together a team of  Studio Sixty Photography, Green and Bloom,Prop It Pretty, Rebecca Anthony Hair and Makeup, Floralovely, When Freddie Met Lily and models Kelly Mansfield and Broeden Moppas.

The concept of having your guests stay on site is completely possible at eco-friendly Spicers Canopy. The resort is far from your usual, with guests sleeping in tents, but the little luxuries are still there. Beautiful toiletries, comfy king beds with luxury linens, deck chairs and even electric lamps! Guests can stay together, explore together and roast marshmallows on the bonfire together before joining in the celebrations of a wedding.

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Hair & makeup artist Rebecca Anthony Hair and Makeup created two looks for the shoot using  all Australian made, natural eco products.

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Roberta of Green and Bloom  not only styled the shoot but also create the floral arrangements using Australian grown, locally sourced flowers, even including some from her own garden! Lush roses, amaranthus, berries, nuts and pods in shades of red, pink and plum were all combined with beautiful greenery to give a bit of glam to the Australian look.

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Oh that tablescape! Green and Bloom and Prop It Pretty pulled together a table of raw linen in a dark grey,with rusted charger plates to contrast against garlands of greenery, red, pink and white flowers and glass crystal candlesticks with white taper candles.

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Floralovely created a gorgeous stationery suite in tones of gold and white. A recycled kraft paper enveloped addressed in beautifully calligraphy using white ink while the stationery itself was written in gold ink on handmade paper (laden with petals and seeds). The finishing touch to tie into the Australian setting was gum leaf place cards written on in gold ink.

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When Freddie Met Lily supplied the three gorgeous gowns and tuxedo for the shoot, with Studio Sixty Photography making the most of the incredible backdrops and shooting in a style that picked up the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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Spicers Canopy is a little different to a traditional resort. Guests sleep in designer tents complete with polished floorboards, luxury linen, beside tables (complete with lamps!) and comfy armchairs (as well as private decks with deck chairs). Talk about taking your guests glamping in style!

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When Freddie Met Lily also supplied a black tuxedo and bow tie for the “groom” who added a selection of mismatched buttonholes by Green and Bloom in deep, rich tones and finished off with velvet ribbons.

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The last look took a stunning poppy red lace gown from When Freddie Met Lily  with a pink and red fresh floral crown by Green and Bloom using a mix of in-season beauties like Peonies, Roses, Lisianthus, Orchids, and Amaranthus.

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Photographer: Studio Sixty Photography / Florist and Stylist: Green and Bloom / Décor and Prop Hire: Prop It Pretty / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rebecca Anthony Hair and Makeup / Invitations & Stationery: Floralovely / Gowns & Suit: When Freddie Met Lily / Model: Kelly Mansfield / Model: Broeden Moppas / Venue: Spicers Canopy
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Larissa and Rayne’s Simple Byron Bay Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Larissa & Rayne

I love tradition and I love ritual, but I am also a big fan of a wedding where you ditch the things that don’t feel right and embrace what you love. Which is exactly what Larissa and Rayne chose to do for their simple Byron Bay wedding. No aisle, no first dance  but a big focus on celebration with those that they love the most. Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung was there to capture it all.

Rayne tells the story of how he proposed. “Half way through our eight-month overseas trip, we found ourselves in Casco Veijo – an old picturesque part of town in Panama City. It was Valentines Day, we had just had an amazing dinner at The American Trade Hotel, and the mood was right. A man in a white tuxedo was playing a grand white piano in the background, which set the tone for what I was about to do next. When I dropped to one knee it somewhat caught us both off-guard, but we both knew it was meant to be. Larissa agreed to the proposal on the condition that I swiftly return from the ground.”

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Larissa accessorised her Carla Zampatti gown with jewels from Samantha Wills, remembering, “The dress was a simple, white crêpe dress from Carla Zampatti – I lucked upon it as soon as I started dress shopping. It wasn’t what I had originally thought I’d choose, however once I tried it on, I just loved its simplicity and elegance, and it was incredibly comfortable.”

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Larissa & Rayne chose to meet before the ceremony for photographs.

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Of their photographer, Larissa and Rayne note,  “Our photographer, Wendy Chung, understood exactly what we were looking for and produced a spectacular spread of photos beautifully capturing the day. Having chosen to get our couple photos done before guests arrived for the ceremony, Wendy only had a small window of time once we were dressed and ready to go to work her magic with us, and managed to whiz us around to a number of locations and get so many fantastic shots whilst making two very camera shy and awkward people feel completely relaxed and have fun!”

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Larissa and Rayne chose Secret Garden, Byron Bay for their wedding, telling, “The ceremony and reception were both at the same venue – Secret Garden. We loved it as soon as we saw it – it had a great indoor space that spilled out into a garden that felt like someone’s back yard – casual, beautiful trees planted in a way that created various nooks and experiences in the backyard, and some really funky features – an old, painted bus; an old timber row boat that acted as a drinks cooler; old bird cages…if felt really fun and informal.”

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The ceremony space had one decoration- a “flower ball” made by the couple.

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The ceremony had no processional and was kept completely casual, the couple noting, “Our ceremony was pretty informal and brief – we’d made a decision to keep to short and sweet to devote as much time as possible to our guests, many of whom had traveled a fair distance to be there to celebrate with us. Our ceremony took place in a corner of the garden under a tree, and everyone gathered around us – neither of us are all that comfortable in the spotlight, so keeping it casual and relaxed meant that both of us didn’t too nervous with all the eyes on us and could relax and enjoy the moment.”

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Kerry Nijam officiated the proceedings, Larissa and Rayne remembering, “We kind of goofed up the ceremony: we hadn’t done a rehearsal, as we had thought if would all be pretty straight forward – after all, we had kept the ceremony short and sweet. However we were both clueless about the sequence of proceedings: Rayne had my ring on my finger well before he was supposed to, which set me off giggling until the end of the ceremony; I struggled to get Rayne’s ring on his finger; and at the end the clasp on the back of my dress broke as I was given a great big hug and the back of my dress flew open.

But our celebrant was such a champ and helped us fumble through it – the three of us were standing up there in front of everyone giggling most of the way through!”

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The newlyweds note, “The thing we valued the most about our wedding day was having our loved ones there to celebrate with, and keeping the formalities to a minimum so that we could just relax and enjoy hanging out with our friends and family.”

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The couple added sweet botanical touches to the reception. “We made succulent centre pieces potted in concrete pots we made, as well as candles and the concrete pots they sat in; we also made our invitations and the seating charts.”

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“We just wanted to keep everything simple – raw timber tables, succulent centre pieces in concrete pots, candles in concrete pots. The garden and indoor spaces themselves are fantastic so we really didn’t need to do anything to dress it up. We wanted to keep the table settings as paired back as possible and felt the raw timber tables and concrete planted greenery complimented the venue really well.”

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Olive & Luca were a dream vendor on the day. “Olive and Luca handled all the food and drinks on the day, and Jo acted as a wedding planner, organising all the other vendors and setup and some of the finer details. All the food was incredible, as were their staff, and Jo did a such a great job of making the lead up fun and stress free, and pulling off a seamless party on the day. Both Rayne and I could completely relax and enjoy ourselves knowing our photography, food and drink and running of the day were in the very capable hands of these two.”

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“The speeches blew our minds – everyone had the most incredibly kind and thoughtful words, brought back beautiful memories of growing up together. It just made us both feel so incredibly special and blessed to have such beautiful souls in our lives.”

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There was no first dance, but you can bet there was a dance floor! Larissa noting, “We loved seeing so many friends and family, even the most unlikely, letting loose on the dance floor – which couldn’t have happened without Andrew’s (of  Quintrixx Productions) impeccable music selection!”

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Congratulations Larissa and Rayne! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Luminarie Photography by Wendy Chung / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Jo Matricardi of Olive & Luca / Styling: Olive & Luca / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Country Road / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Trenery / Groomsmen Attire: Trenery / Bridesmaid Dresses: Isla by Talulah / Hairstylist: Luciana Rose / Makeup Artist: Luciana Rose / Flowers: Passionate Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Secret Garden, Byron Bay / Ceremony Officiant: Kerry Nijam / Musicians: Andrew Lynch of Quintrixx Productions / Catering: Olive & Luca / Cake Baker: Olive & Luca / Wedding Rings: Montash Jewellery

Unique Engagement Rings From Zoe & Morgan

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There is nothing I love more than a beautifully unique engagement ring and the new bridal collection from New Zealand jewelers Zoe & Morgan. Each piece has an art deco feeling to it. Carefully considered diamonds bound by squares are set to represent life’s journey, each point representing a point on a compass, octagonal wedding bands reflecting totality and eternity. The brand teamed up with Bayley & Moore and added a beautiful gown Rue de Seine to capture their collection against the rugged New Zealand landscape.

In what could only be described as Tetris with diamonds, the jewellery house has designed a range of rings that fit perfectly together. The “Freya” ring, a brilliant cut solitaire with square frame sits perfectly within the “Deco” wedding bands, two bands which echo the triangular points and are designed with pavé set diamonds. “Aretha” a unique diamond engagement ring with octagonal angled band which features a pavé set octagon around a brilliant cut central diamond is designed to fit perfectly with the pavé set “Vanita” wedding band.

Mixing metals and gems is encouraged at Zoe and Morgan. Each ring combination looking just as beautiful in yellow gold as they do with a mix of white and yellow, or an addition of black diamonds. The settings as customisable as a couple’s personalities, the combinations each working together to create a piece that is not only vintage inspired, but very much of the modern age. If the existing pieces aren’t quite right, they’ll work with you on something bespoke to make sure your piece is that of your dreams.

The Zoe & Morgan wedding collection is available from their London and New Zealand stores but is available bespoke worldwide via weddings@zoeandmorgan.com.

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Photographer (Campaign Shots): Bayley & Moore / Bride's Gown (Campaign Shots): Rue de Seine / Jewels: Zoe & Morgan

Kendall and Zach’s Beautiful Barn Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Laki Sideris Photography

Kendall & Zach

I get so darn excited seeing a wedding after we’ve featured their engagement photos and Kendall and Zach’s beautiful barn wedding follows their equally as beautiful romantic golden sunset engagement photos. They chose a wedding which reflected their lifestyle – casual, fun and colourful. The apple orchard setting the most beautiful scene for the ceremony, a reception following in the barn afterwards and plenty of beautiful moments in between. Laki Sideris captured all the moments in stills today for us to share.

As for how they met, Kendall tells the story. “We had mutual friends throughout high school before becoming closer in our final year.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Country Road and Topman.

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Kendall remembers, “We stayed in a house and two villas on the one block in Daylesford that allowed us to sleep 16 together for the weekend. It was so special spending not just the day but the weekend with both of our families and best friends.”

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Trish Sousa styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, Kendall remarking, “Trish was great to work with, she is so easy to get along with and of course she made me and my girls absolutely beautiful on the day!”

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Kendall wore a Watters gown with mint Just Because ‘Jaipur’ shoes, and a floral crown from The Wolf Cub. She tells, “I purchased my dress from Brides of Manuka after lusting over it on the Watters website and trying on a sample 10 sizes too big in Brisbane. It was the only dress that I genuinely didn’t stop thinking about. I had my wonderful alterations lady add the little cap sleeves to make it even more one of a kind.”

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Pepper Sprout Hire assisted with styling and setup on the wedding day, the paper flowers and bunting made by the bride’s mum.

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Kendall and Zach chose Providence Gully for their wedding, noting, “We fell in love with Providence Gully the moment we set foot in it over a year before our wedding. It included everything we wanted in our venue and Clare was the most amazing vendor to work with. Nothing was too much or too difficult for her to do. This was so helpful especially as we were planning from interstate. We wanted a venue that gave us absolute freedom to do what we wanted and have everything exactly as we planned. We didn’t want to be boxed into anything that didn’t match who we are and Providence Gully allowed us to create the perfect day.” The flower backdrop was made by the couple with  silk flowers and fishing line.

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Kendall walked down the aisle to, “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You cover by Ingrid Michaelson. It was one of the last decisions we made.”

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Charis White officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Our celebrant Charis White was also amazing. She explained the process so easily and created the perfect ceremony that reflected us as a couple. We’d been together quite a while, since we were in high school, and this was our day just to show to everyone how much we love each other.”

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“We both wanted to make sure our immediate family all had a special role on the day. Our mums were our witnesses, our dad’s did the speeches, our siblings were in the bridal party or did our readings and Kendall’s oldest sister made the cake. Our nephew was our ring bearer and I (Kendall) wore my Grandma’s watch and has chosen to wear my Nanna’s wedding ring as my wedding ring.”

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“When we left Daylesford it was windy and overcast but by the time we got to Providence Gully, the clouds had cleared to a perfect blue sky, sun shining in through the beautiful gum trees. We chose to have the ceremony nestled in an apple orchard and it turned out to be spectacular.”

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“The setting for the ceremony came together perfectly. We’d spent ages the day before trying to work out the perfect spot and it just worked beautifully on the day. The backdrop, placement of the seating and the light of the sun all made the ceremony incredible. We wanted everyone to know that we love each other and have the best time together!”

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In lieu of a traditional floral bouquet Kendall’s mother made a bouquet of paper flowers tied with colourful ribbons.

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Guests enjoyed garden games and refreshments after the ceremony, Kendall telling, “We wanted the day to reflect who we are – casual, relaxed, fun and care-free. We didn’t want to have anything formal as that’s not who we are. The whole idea was to just get married and have a party with the ones we love. It went as we had hoped with everyone mingling around enjoying themselves, not feeling like they had to stay in their designated seat.”

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“We were fortunate that everything went smoothly in the lead up. The only hitch being the boutonnieres for the Groom and Groomsmen got stuck in customs and never arrived. No dramas however, as the great crew at Wombat Hill Nursery and Florist custom made some for us overnight!”

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Of their photographer, Kendall remarks, “Our photographer Laki Sideris is especially talented. With photography being one of the only tangible parts of the day, it was so important to us to have beautiful photographs and Laki definitely went above and beyond. He was with us from so early in the morning and stayed till late at night and captured seemingly every moment of the day, not just of us but of so many of our guests also. Every image says so much, we’ll never tire of looking through them.”

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Kendall’s sister made an ombre toned wedding cake for the newlyweds.

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Pizza Be With You served up tasty pizzas for the reception dinner.

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The formalities were long over, no planned first dance. Kendall remembers “We didn’t have a first dance! But we did have a bit of a slow dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud”. Laki captured the moment beautifully without the embarrassment of everyone watching us! ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Kendall and Zach! Thank you for allowing us to share the story of your day. Thank you also to Laki Sideris for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Laki Sideris / Cinematographer: Drink The Dawn / Bride’s Dress: Watters / Bridal Salon: Brides of Manuka / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: The Wolf Cub / Bride’s Shoes: Just Because ‘Jaipur’ / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Groomsmen Attire: Topman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hair & Makeup Artist: Trish Sousa / Flowers: Paper flowers handmade by bride's mother / Flowers (Boutonnieres): Wombat Hill Nursery and Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Ready Maker Design / Venue: Providence Gully / Ceremony Officiant: Charis White / Reception Decor & Styling: Pepper Sprout Hire / Catering: Pizza Be With You / Cake Baker: Made by bride’s sister / Wedding Ring (Groom): Jewellery Studio, Warringah Mall / Engagement Ring: Moissanite Co / Wedding Ring (Bride): Her Grandmother's Ring
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