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Linda and Pete’s Relaxed Evening Wedding

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


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Linda and Pete

To me there is something utterly magical about night time and weddings, so when Linda and Pete’s wedding came along – a relaxed evening celebration I knew I was in for something special! Fairy lights, candles and a dance floor in socks – sounds like just the kind of wedding you want to crash! Luckily Mark at Gold Hat Photography was there to capture it all!

The newlyweds tell, “We met when we were 13 on a mutual friend’s front lawn. Pete had been chasing Linda since then but we only got together when they were 21.”

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Pete wore a very special tie, the newlyweds explaining, “The crest on Pete’s tie is his family crest. It was specially made by his friends at Assembly Label.

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Linda chose a gown by Stone Cold Fox and paired it with metallic heels from Acne Studios. Her bridesmaid wore a soft lilac gown from Shieke.

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Maggie May Flowers created bouquets of poppies for the bride and her bridesmaid.

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Linda and Pete chose popular cafe The Grounds of Alexandria  for their wedding, noting, “We only looked at two reception venues. The first one was an instant ‘no’. The Grounds was an instant ‘YES’. We had the ceremony there too. We loved that everything was included in the price, including a ridiculous amount of fairy lights, hanging baskets with flowers and candles. Pete is an Horticulturalist – so for him it was always about plants. The Grounds ticked that. Linda has her own business, Lunch Lady Lou and is all about good food. The Grounds ticked that box too. Mixed with some cocktails, that’s all we ever wanted for our day.”

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The cafe provided a “cake of cheeses” in lieu of traditional wedding cake. Guests received vegetable and herb pots made by the groom as wedding favors.

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Linda walked down the aisle to “Stumblin’ In by Chris Norman and Suzie Quattro.”

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Linda and Pete describe their wedding as “Minimal formalities, maximum fun!”

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Of their photographer, Linda and Pete tell, “Mark was wonderful. He is so relaxed and calm, when we met him for the first time we knew he’d deliver the goods. We are terrible at posing for photos so his brief was to capture the best candid moments of us looking amazing, without us knowing.. He was early (!) on the day and practically invisible but captured everything. Mark’s  partner had gone into labour. He was amazing and gave us his full attention throughout the night, and his partner had a healthy baby boy the following day so he didn’t miss it!”

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Linda and Pete note, “It was as relaxed as a wedding could be. No seating arrangements, huge buffet style dinner, lots of cocktails which resulted in lots of dancing.”

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“Linda’s Gran (83) made a surprise speech that brought the house down! ”

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Of their first dance, Linda and Pete tell, “It was to You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry. (Pulp Fiction inspired) Shoes off. Pete’s red socks making an appearance. No rehearsals required, we dance in the kitchen every night.”

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And after the last glass of champagne had been drunk, the couple jetted off on a trip of a lifetime, remarking, “Our honeymoon was booked through GG Inspired, a luxury travel advisor based in Sydney. She is amazing.”

Congratulations on your marriage Linda and Pete! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Mark at Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Mark at Gold Hat Photography / Bride’s Dress: Stone Cold Fox / Bride’s Shoes: Acne Studios / Bride’s Jewelry: Georg Jensen / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker Jacket, Rodd and Gunn Pants / Groomsmen Attire: Assembly Label / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shieke / Bridesmaid Accessories: Georg Jensen / Hairstylist: Rae Boriboun / Flowers & Decor: Maggie May Flowers / Venue: The Grounds of Alexandria / Ceremony Officiant: Janet Schirmer / DJ: Sam the DJ / Favors: Gardens By Day / Cake Baker: The Grounds of Alexandria / Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen / Wedding Rings: Elin Hammarstrom / Travel Agent: GG Inspired
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Whimsical Pastel Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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What I love most about inspiration shoots is well, the inspiration! Something that might not not normally be considered at a wedding can go to the extreme and come out with such magical result. This shoot, “Pastel Dreams” for me, inspires a wedding with beautiful pastel shades – sweet pistachio, baby blue, petal pink and pale yellow details in a garden under dappled shade For you? It might be something different like a fun bridesmaid’s luncheon or kitchen tea. Whatever it is, let the dreamy details take you on a journey of imagination!

Tamar, the photographer behind the shoot from Bless Photography tells, “This shoot is the product of a handful of Sydney based creatives who had a vision to create something beautifully dreamy, bridal and unique. During the pre-visualisation stage, a comment was made that the girls would look like mermaids in the garden. With the pastel shades in their makeup and hair, and the glamorous and glitzy apparel and accessories, I think we very much achieved this. There is something so very delicate, ethereal and whimsy about this piece.”

Tamara joined with makeup artist  Sabrina Melei from Makeup & Hair Boudoir, hair stylist Helen Momeni from Makeup & Hair Boudoir, cake designer Confetti & Crumbs, floral designer a mothers niche, furniture and prop company  The Vintage Patina and models Melanie J Bowers, Natasha Tupas, Anastasia Cowan and Sarah Peddie-Mcguirk to create this shoot.

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The models wore hairpieces and jewels from Bespoke by Renee, robes from Homebodii and lingerie from Papinelle.

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Tamar tells, “Fairy floss was the inspiration for this gorgeous shoot. Yes, something as beautifully simple as fairy floss. A day dream of delicate and soft pastel hues, cotton candy atop delectable cakes, the prettiest pastel make up and whimsical pastel hair, soft and luxe fabrics of satin and lace, bubbly and light pink champagne, dreamy hanging florals, a lush garden and a swing to breathe in the sunshine. And, so “Pastel Dreams” was born.”

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“A sun drenched afternoon soiree was designed that featured a bride and her bridesmaids getting ready for her special day. Sitting in a garden filled with pastel furniture, beautiful blooms and hanging lamp shades. Make up in the prettiest pastels, and hair with flower crowns and a beautiful bridal adornments. The girls wore gorgeous soft lace and satin lingerie and robes.

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Tamar tells, “The shoot was styled to reflect a whimsical afternoon of champagne and cake. A way to celebrate the special friendship with your besties and thank them for being a part of your special day. We wanted the shoot to be dream-like in the floaty, delicate fabrics of their robes to the pastel colours and softness reflected in the blooms, hair, makeup, adornments and furnishing. Capturing this soiree in the garden in the later golden hours and shooting with open apertures, assisted to create that ethereal, dreaminess that we were wanting to achieve.”

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The Little Paper Pantry created “Be My Bridesmaid?” stationery to match the pastel theme. Tamar remarking, “Yummy cakes, macarons, candy and of course a glass of bubbly to celebrate! When a bride chooses her bridal party, she chooses her besties. The girls who she wants to share her day with and spoil them to thank them for being a special part of her life. The stationery featured “thank you for being my bridesmaid” cards and menus. A whimsical afternoon of pastel delights and special time to celebrate with your besties.”

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It’s A Cake Thing by Jhoanee created candy coloured macarons.

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Photographer: Bless Photography / Makeup Artist: Sabrina Melei from Makeup & Hair Boudoir / Hairstylist: Helen Momeni from Makeup & Hair Boudoir / Cakes & Styling: Confetti & Crumbs / Floral Design & Styling: a mothers niche / Hairpieces & Jewellery: Bespoke by Renee / Robes: Homebodii / Lingerie: Papinelle / Macarons: It’s A Cake Thing by Jhoanee / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Paper Pantry / Furniture & Props: The Vintage Patina / Models: Melanie J Bowers, Natasha Tupas, Anastasia Cowan and Sarah Peddie-Mcguirk

Rachel and Simon’s Chic Air Hangar Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Can you get any cooler than to have a chic air hangar wedding? Certainly not in my part of the world! Rachel and Simon chose the aircraft hangar at Jimbour House, a place Rachel had often visited as a child. With the beautiful homestead, the incredible views of the Australian landscape and plenty of country charm, it’s a wedding you (and I) won’t soon forget! Todd Hunter Mcgaw was there to capture every moment under that incredible tin roof!

Rachel tells the tale of how they met. “We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Our eyes locked across the room, and when Simon came and spoke to me, I became completely tongue tied – so much so, that I left the party early feeling completely flustered! As I was leaving the party, I knew he was the man I was going to marry (even though I didn’t leave him my number!). Simon sent a really lovely text message the next day, and the rest is history. We actually had our first text messages sent to each other as readings in our ceremony.”

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The country touches were spread throughout the day, including in the floral arrangements by The Butterfly Lounge. Rachel remarks, “Having grown up in the country, I have always felt that pull towards the outback, and I wanted to capture that in the wedding. I had gumnuts and spinning gum in my bouquet (alongside my favourite flower – peonies).”

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Rachel chose a strapless lace gown designed by Paul Hunt.

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Rachael walked down the aisle to ‘Sunday Kind of Love’ by Etta James.

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Rachel and Simon chose Jimbour House  for their wedding, marrying in the gardens. Rachel remembers “I grew up in Dalby, a town close to Jimbour. I often visited Jimbour House as a kid, and we always took visitors there if they were passing through town, as it’s a true hidden treasure. I always knew it would be perfect for a wedding, so it was a no-brainer when we started planning our wedding. The private garden was absolutely beautiful for the ceremony.

There are so many spots around the homestead itself for photos, I think we almost didn’t get every possible photo option we could have as we ran out of time! It has a lot of character and was very meaningful for me to be able to invite my friends to the town I grew up for such a momentous occasion. The reception was in an aircraft hangar – the tin roof and view out on to the Australian outback was exactly what I was looking for to capture that Australiana look that is so iconic and uniquely beautiful. The acoustics in the hangar were also great for a band!”

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Mandeep Sandhu of Gum Leaf Weddings, Toowoomba performed the ceremony. Rachel remembers “We wrote our own vows, and we personalised our readings using some of our first text messages to each other. We really wanted to invite our guests in to our private life together, and to see how we feel about each other. We spent quite a bit of time crafting the ceremony, and I think it really set the tone for the day. It was personal, and there were plenty of laughs as well as really touching moments.”

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Of their photographer, Rachel and Simon note, “Todd and Alyda McGaw were fantastic. We hardly knew they were there during the day, but they managed to capture moments that took our breath away. They had done amazing photos at a few other friends’ weddings, so we actually based our wedding date around their availability, we wanted them so much! We were thrilled with the photos and had such fun having photos taken by them.

They made posing for photos fun, and it was a really relaxed afternoon. We didn’t want stiff, overly posed shots – we wanted our photos to be natural and to depict the moments as they actually happened and to reflect who we are on any other day than our wedding day. They were perfect.”

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Rachel notes, “We kept the styling to a minimum. We gave the garden and the country vista its own voice. Most of our guests are city dwellers, so they loved it.”

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After drinks on the lawn, guests entered the old aircraft hangar for dinner, Rachel remembering, “The reception was in an old aircraft hangar. We were able to open the doors out on to the airstrip and this fantastic landscape. There was an electrical storm in the distance during the speeches, so guests were able to see a spectacular light show as well, which everyone was raving about!”

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Simon, a graphic designer created all of the stationery for the wedding – from invitations to save the dates, place cards and everything in between. He even created chalk board signage for the reception. As for other handmade touches, Rachel remarks, “My mum made the wedding cake and the flower girl dress which was very special to me. I have always loved mum’s fruit cake, so it was great to have it featured on our wedding day! Neither of us are very crafty, and we work such long hours that it wasn’t practical to make much. We also wanted the venue to speak for itself – it is so beautiful in its own right that we didn’t feel we needed to add to it.”

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Rachel remembers, “We set the tables the day before with the help of our bridal party. We put sprigs of rosemary in the cutlery settings as the garden was so full of it and it smelt great. Simon designed personalised golf balls which we gave to male guests (females received jars of marmalade. I had hoped to make the marmalade, but I ran out of time. I got marmalades from this fantastic girl we met on a trip to Tasmania at the Salamanca markets- Amanda Jamm Handmade Jams & Jellies).”

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Dinner was a buffet affair catered by Pips n Cherries. Rachel telling, “Our caterer did a great job of styling the buffet. Pips n Cherries created a buffet that had a lot of style, and which was in keeping with our Australiana theme. As a country girl, I love my butter – Pips n Cherries created 3 flavours of butter at our request (rosemary; chilli, coriander and lime; and horseradish and chives).”

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Swing Central kept the guests dancing most of the night – with brilliant aircraft hangar only acoustics!

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Of their first dance, right in front of the doorway of the hangar, Rachel remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ by Ray Charles. It’s a beautiful song and a favourite of ours. It was a great moment to take stock of the day and absorb the fact that we’d just gotten married! We were having the most wonderful day, and the first dance gave us an opportunity to savour all that happened, and to have that intimate moment where you know that all the moments to follow will be together as a married couple.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Rachel and Simon! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Todd Hunter Mcgaw for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Todd Hunter Mcgaw / Styling & Hire: Pips n Cherries / Bride’s Dress: Paul Hunt / Bride’s Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Langfords Jewellers, Brisbane / Groom’s Attire: T.M. Lewin / Groomsmen Attire: T.M. Lewin / Groom & Groomsmen's Bow Tie & Pocket Squares: Ben Sherman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Accessories: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Twidale / Makeup Artist: Twidale / Flowers & Decor: The Butterfly Lounge / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by groom / Venue: Jimbour House / Ceremony Officiant: Mandeep Sandhu of Gum Leaf Weddings, Toowoomba / Band: Swing Central / Favors: Marmalades from Amanda Jamm Handmade Jams & Jellies, Tasmania; Personalised golf balls designed by Groom / Catering: Pips n Cherries / Cake Baker: Made by Bride's mother / Wedding Rings: Langford's Jewellers / Gift Registry: Peters Of Kensington / Gift Registry: David Jones

Lee and Josh’s Modern Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Lee & Josh

Lee and Josh’s modern Brisbane wedding has such a fresh, warm feeling to it one might swear it was held in Summer, but no this August wedding managed to evoke all the sherbet and citrus colours of Summer along with picture perfect weather and an equally beautiful celebration full of macarons cheese and of course kisses!  Kelly Adams Photographer was there to capture it all!

Lee remembers the story of how they came to be. “We don’t have an overly special story  -we met through mutual friends in Tassie and Josh asked me out on a dinner date and our relationship blossomed from there. We have been together for six years and going out for dinner is still one of our favourite things to do.”

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Lee chose a gown by Anna Campbell and accessorised it with her grandmother’s bracelets.

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Lee and Josh met before the ceremony for a first look and photographs, Lee remembering, “Seeing each other and doing our bridal portraits before the ceremony was so much fun.”

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Of their photographer, Lee says, “Kelly Adams our photographer is a truly beautiful person with an amazing talent. Kelly was the first photographer I saw and after we met her we knew she would be perfect. Kelly has the most amazing nature and made us feel so comfortable on our wedding day I am still pinching myself about how lucky we are to have found her and to have so many amazing pictures to choose from blew us away.”

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Lee and Josh chose Victoria Park Golf Course for their wedding, Lee telling, “Victoria Park Golf Course was the perfect venue we loved having three different venues in one. We got married in the Garden Marquee, then we had cocktails, cheese and macaroons in the retro Orchard Marquee and then our sit down reception was in the Grand Ballroom with the beautiful big chandeliers. The food was also amazing! ”

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Lee walked down the aisle to John Legend – All of Me. The bride remembering, “We had a couple of hiccups on the day, our ceremony song didn’t work five minutes before I had to walk down the aisle but luckily my bridesmaid had downloaded it on her phone!!”

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Lee tells, “We did all of our own styling and DIY, Josh made our wedding arch and we brought all of our decorations, we wanted it to be really romantic all white with lots of flowers and candles.”

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Guests enjoyed cheese and macarons from Marche De Macarons with cocktails post ceremony.

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For dinner, guests moved into the grand ballroom decorated with white blooms and sparkling chandeliers. Lee’s mum made white crochet bunting which decorated the bridal table.

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Lee remembers, “Our first dance was to Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love with you. We both have a love for Elvis and this song was perfect for our first dance. We danced together for the first 30 seconds and we then invited our family and friends on the dance floor with us, Josh was a bit shy and we really wanted to share our first dance with our family and friends too.”

Congratulations on your marriage Lee & Josh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Kelly Adams Photographer for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Kelly Adams Photographer / Cinematographer: Charlie Wilson / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: Vizzari / Groomsmen Attire: Vizzari / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Brown / Bridesmaid Shoes: Peeptoe Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Ben O'Brien / Makeup Artist: Mia Connor / Flowers & Decor: Flower Lovers / Invitations & Stationery: Kate Jury / Venue: Victoria Park Golf Course / Ceremony Officiant: Noelene Owen 0412 255 568 / Macarons: Marche De Macarons / Cake Baker: Lauren Bromfield (Cousin) / Wedding Rings: Crown Diamond jewellers
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