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Katie & Tim’s Rustic Backyard Wedding

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


James Goff Wedding Photography

Katie & Tim

Katie and Tim wanted a day that involved their community, so from the flowers, to the food, their community pitched in and helped – even helping them source 150 wooden chairs for the reception! Combined with the fresh tones of yellow, the rustic backyard wedding turned into something very sweet. Katie and Tim chose James Goff Photography to capture their day.

The newlyweds met in high school, Katie remembering, “Tim and I met our first week of year 7 because we were in the same class. Our first words weren’t until year 8 maths class when we were seated next to each other. After three attempts of asking me out I finally said yes in year 12! Many people said having a boyfriend in year 12 would be a distraction but not for me! Tim was supportive and helpful and we worked together so well! Five years later here we are married, who would have guessed!”

Daisy wedding bouquets

The bride and her friends headed to the flower markets to create the wedding arrangements – bouquets of yellow and white daisies.

Yellow wedding shoes

Bride walking down stairs

Bride with father

Bride and bridesmaid selfie

Jean Fox Only You Ella dress was chosen by the bride for her wedding gown, she tells, “When people asked me what my dress was like I descried it as simple but elegant. Shopping for a dress was fun as I got to try on many different styles, some I knew were not my style but I tried them anyway! I knew I wanted a lace dress with straps and a low back and it only took a few different places to find it with the help of my mother and sister. Jean Fox Parramatta is where my dress was from and when I called my mother in law to be to tell her, she told me it was the same place she got her dress 25 years ago! How special!” Katie’s bridesmaids wore yellow dresses by Warehouse from ASOS.

Bride with daisy wedding bouquetChalkboard wedding decor

Wedding sign for ceremony seating

Handmade wedding cross

Katie and Tim chose Galston Community Hall for their ceremony, remarking, “The architecture of the hall was so beautiful that we only needed to hang a few flowers around and a tie a few hessian bows on the chairs to add to the feel.” The couple added a wooden cross, potted plants and homegrown wheat grass boxes.

Potted plants at wedding ceremony

Groom and groomsmen

Flowergirl with daisiesKatie&Tim_JamesGoffPhotography-31

Of the processional, Katie remembers, “We chose a cover of Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow. This beautiful song represented the deep love we have for each other as well as the higher love we both have for our saviour Jesus Christ.”

Bride wlaking down the aisle

Bride walking up the stairs

Dave Taylor Pastor

Wedding ceremony at country hall

Dave Taylor officiated the ceremony, Katie remembering, “As Christians we wanted our ceremony to be centred around God. We recognise him as the creator and sustainer of marriage and wanted it to be clear to everyone who came along that this is what we believe. We chose to sing two songs and requested that they be ‘sung loudly’ which sounded so beautiful! The readings came from Genesis, the beginning of the bible where God tells us about how he created us and Ephesians in the new testament of the bible where God tells us how he designed marriage to be. We had a couple very special to us pray for us and commit our marriage to God and our pastor at church give an address on marriage and some advice for us as newly weds. It was a God glorifying ceremony!”

Christian ceremony in country hall

Flowergirl during ceremony

Galston Community Hall Wedding


Afternoon tea post wedding

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea, speeches and wedding cake in the gardens of the hall, all catered by friends and family. Katie remarking, “Our wedding was a DIY backyard wedding with a rustic feel. Many many people worked together and there was a definite feeling of community and teamwork in every aspect.”

Wedding cake with puple and white flowers

Post ceremony speeches

Cutting wedding cake

Dip kiss at wedding

Wedding in Australian foest

Black and white forest wedding photo

James Goff Wedding Photographer

Newlyweds in Australian forest

James Goff Photography

Bride in forestGroom in Oxford Suit

Of their photographer, Katie tells, “James has a relaxed photo-journalistic feel. He tries to focus on emotion and feelings rather than posed shots. He went out of his way to contact a mate in Sydney who had pontoon lighting, picked them up, came to my families’ home and set them up for us so that he had good lighting for the photos! He also visited prior to the wedding and trekked it through the bush to find a good location for our wedding photos! Champ! And we loved our engagement and wedding photos.”

Newlyweds in Forest

Groom with groomsmen

Bridesmaids in yellow dresses

Bridal aprty in Australian bush

Australian bushland wedding

James Goff black and white wedding photo

Groom admiring brides wedding ring

Outdoor wedding reception

The reception festivities were held in the front yard of Katie’s family home. She tells, “It was very special having the wedding at my family home. In the months leading up to the wedding we fixed up the gardens, dad mowed every weekend and we designed, re-designed and planned how we wanted it to look. My brother made the coolest bar I’ve ever seen and my other brother made a wooden stage for his band to play on. Friends and family helped us collect 150 wooden chairs and various rustic decorations to set up around the place. We could do what we wanted with the space and it was so much fun!”

Embroidered napking at wedding

ire and wood wedding table numbers

Wedding coat rack

Garden party wedding reception

Garden wedding entrance

Wedding band

A stage was built of pallets so that the music was loud and free flowing.

Dreamcacther wedding decor

Katie remembers, “We made sure we included our family and friends in our special day. From being a part of the bridal party to signing the registry, MC-ing, saying grace, playing in the band and doing a speech to building, designing, creating and gardening they were there in everything. Two families working together becoming great friends!” Three huge dreamcatchers made by the newlyweds hung as decoration.

Wedding reception with string lighting

Backayrd wedding reception

Wedding toasts

Outdoor wedding speeches

Wedding speeches

Outdoor wedding ideas

Newlyweds at wedding reception

Icecream cart

Late into the evening, Gelato Cart arrived to serve up ice cold gelato to the wedding guests.

Dancing at outdoor wedding

Of their first dance, Katie remembers, “We did our first dance to an old song by Ben E. King called Stand by Me. We wanted it to be a bit fun and not too slow to dance to but also have meaningful lyrics. My aunty had it as her first dance song and we thought it would be special to have the same song. We didn’t do a choreographed dance as we wanted people to join in and this made it more fun!”

Outdoor wedding dance

Congratulations on your marriage Katie and Tim! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to James Goff Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: James Goff Photography / Bride’s Dress: Jean Fox Only You Ella dress / Bride’s Shoes: Miss Shop / Groom’s Attire: Oxford / Groom's Shoes: JJ Alfredo from The Iconic / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Warehouse from ASOS / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever 21 / Hairstylist: Fiona Sparks (friend) / Makeup Artist: Sarah Wilkes (friend) / Flowers: Hannah Tompkins (family friend) / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by Steph Corish (Tim’s sister) printed by Alex Power of Terrace Press / Ceremony Venue: Galston Community Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Dave Taylor (pastor) / Ceremony Musicians: Friends from Sovereign Grace Church / Afternoon Tea Catering: Family & Friends / Cake Baker: Karin Kirchberger (friend), / Reception Venue: Family Home / Crockery Hire: Unique Party Hire Castle Hill / Lighting & Sound: Turramurra Music / Band: Tim Teylan & Band (friend) / Catering: Salads by Susan Doran (Family) / Catering: Spit roast by Dural Butchers / Gelato Cart: Gelato Cart / Wedding Rings: Ron Crisp Jewellers / Transport: David Tompkins, Ryde Toyota (Friend) / Wedding Registry: Website designed by Harry Day (Katie’s brother)
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Jess & Jan’s Romantic Beachside Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Newlywed Beach wedding photo

Jess & Jan

There is something truly beautiful about Jess and Jan’s romantic beach side wedding. The couple hired a house on the weekend and spent most of their wedding barefoot in the sand. They said their vows under an arbour made out of driftwood just before the ceremony, they danced in the sand with their favourite people under fairy lights as the stars shone and they chose White Images to capture it all.

Jess tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met at the hospital where I work. I’m an ED Nurse and Jan’s a Paramedic. Jan proposed on my 30th birthday, which also happened to be the day we moved into the house that we had built together. He proposed using my nan’s ring as it would be a while until we could get the engagement and wedding rings from South Africa. They arrived the day before the wedding!”

Peach and pink rose bouquetWhite boutonnierie

Flowers by Serena created beautiful floral arrangements for the day in tones of white, blush pink and sweet apricot.

Bride putting gown on

Bride putting dress on

Jess wore a wedding gown from Wedding Dress Wonderland, telling, “I got my dress from ‘Wedding Dress Wonderland’ located on the Gold Coast. When looking for a dress I knew I wanted something different… I was lucky enough to find exactly what I wanted on the first day of looking! They had just designed and made the dress and no one had yet purchased one. My measurements were taken and my dress arrived shortly after – it was perfect! Although it wasn’t a “beachy” design to match the wedding, I loved how comfortable and simple it was and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Bride on wedding dress wonderland dressBride with loose braid

bride with father

Bride in v neck wedding dressWhite bouquet with peach and pink roses

Beach wedding setup

The wedding was planned together with Stradbroke Island Events which was held on the beach in front of Beach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island.

Beach wedding drinks station

Groom at beach wedding

Stradbroke Wedding ceremony location

Jess walked down the aisle to Ben Harper – Forever.

Stradbroke Ceremony

Beach ceremony on Stradbroke Island

Jess remembers, “My friends made our arbour about an hour before the ceremony out of driftwood on the beach – I absolutely loved it!”

Amity Point Wedding

Beach Willo’s Wedding

Sheryl Gotje officiated the ceremony.

Sheryl Gotje Celebrant

Sheryl Gotje Wedding

Kissing at  Stradbroke Island WeddingBeach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island

Sandy beahc weddng photo

Bride with long sleeve gown at beach

“The day was amazing. I was a little nervous as I had no back up plan. If it rained – we were all going to get drenched! We have a similar outlook on life… Life is too short! We want to spend the rest of our lives being happy, healthy and exploring new and wonderful things.”

Bride with long train at beach

Black and white newlywed photo

Stradbroke Island Wedding Photo by White ImagesWhite Images Chloe

Wedding photo by Chloe of White Images

Stradbroke Island Newlyweds

Of their photographer, Jess remembers, “She was amazing! We are so happy with our photos and she was fantastic to work with. We wanted the photos to be quite natural and they are just that.”

Stradbroke Island Wedding Venue

Beach bride with long sleeve gown

Wedding Photo White ImagesBride in gown by Wedding Gown Wonderland

Flowers by serena

Beach wedding photo

Bride and groom on beachSunset beach wedding photo

Beautiful beach wedding photo

Queensland beach wedding photo

Pink rose centrepieceBeach wedding decor

Jess tells, “All I wanted was fairy lights, candles and flowers. We had all that and it was absolutely perfect.”

Beach wedding outside venue

Prawns at beach wedding

A friend catered the wedding, which was held on the sand, Jess noting, “The food, wine and cocktails… We were so lucky to be able to choose every single thing we wanted for the wedding. Everyone was so full from all the amazing food! We also had a variety of delicious cocktails to drink made by the bar staff. Having the flexibility to do what we wanted with the food and drinks made everything wonderfully economical.”

Fairy lights at wedding

Beach Outdoor wedding Australia

Guests danced the night away on the sand to Shag Rock.

Stradbroke Island Beach Wedding reception

Stradbroke Island reception venue

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jan! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to White Images for sharing this wedding with us!

Photographer: White Images / Cinematographer: NSI Productions / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stradbroke Island Events / Bride’s Dress: Wedding Dress Wonderland / Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother's Earrings / Groom’s Attire: Made in Vietnam / Hairstylist: Jo (Friend) / Makeup Artist: Hannah / Flowers: Flowers by Serena / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Venue: Beach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island / Ceremony Officiant: Sheryl Gotje / Band: Shag Rock / Favors: Stubby Holders From Soup Can / Catering: Mariah (Friend)

Southern Romance Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Wedding chairs

I love the simplicity of white at a wedding. Something about that crisp simplicity lends itself to elegance and charm.

Today’s styled shoot is packed full of southern romance wedding inspiration. Simple white is paired with taupe striped linens, shades of brown are added in wood tones and stationery and together it all makes for a sophisticated, beautiful wedding colour palette.

Today’s shoot, a collaboration between Byron Loves Fawn and The One Day House takes place at the beautiful Cedar Creek Hall. The garden ceremony scene is set underneath a majestic tree, the reception under the sky. Flowers are plentiful, style even more so.

White and green wedding floral arrnagement

Cedar Creek LodgeGate Wedding Ceremony Backdrop

White floral arrangement at outdoor ceremonyVintage wooden ceremony chairs  White vase with white flowers at wedding

Wedding ceremony under tree Vintage Chair With Cushion For WeddingWhite wedding floral arrangement

The One Day House Wedding HireVintage tablecloth at wedding ceremony

rusted gate ceremony backdropWhite with green wedding ceremony flowers

Vintage gate Wedding Ceremony decor

White wedding tablescape ideas

All white wedding tablescape

white wedding flower arrangementWhite wedding table

White wedding table ideasDark wooden table with white for wedding

Kraft placecard with white ink

Floral placecard detailsWhite wedding table with greenery

Wooden table with white for wedding

White calligraphy thank you tags

Kraft and white wedding stationery

Kraft wedding invitation with white inkWhite ink wedding invitations

Wedding menu with white calligraphy

White calligraphy wedding envelope

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Styling, furniture hire, stationery & floral arrangements: The One Day House / Venue: Cedar Creek Hall

Naomi & Ben’s Botanical Inspired Wedding

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


Sydney bushland wedding

Naomi & Ben

Naomi and Ben chose a hot Summer’s day for their botanical inspired wedding. They wed at a lookout overlooking the ocean before celebrating with their favourite people at a restaurant in Akuna Bay. They wanted their wedding day to be inspired by nature and in places that they both loved together. Lucy Leonardi was there to capture the memories.

Naomi tells of their journey. “We had actually known each other since high school, but weren’t really friends. about 10 years after school, we re-met at the local pub through a mutual friend.”

Alexander McQueen WeddingGroom in leopard print shoes

Ben chose an Alexander McQueen suit with leopard print shoes by Burberry.

Lace Anaessia Dress

The bride wore a short dress by Anaessia. She remarks “Chosen for it’s uniqueness, it was a shorter style dress with a floral embroidered slip – perfect for hot summer wedding!”

Bow on Anaessia GownGreen wedding shoesBride in Anaessia DressBride in short Anaessia Dress

Chiho Kobayashi Flowers created the floral arrangements, or rather greenery arrangements! Naomi telling, “The bouquet and button holes were all different shades of green, and there was actually no flowers any where in the wedding dressings. She is super talented, all I told her is that I want a green bouquet with various foliage and she did her magic!”

Bridesmaids in magenta dresses

Ford XY Falcon GT Wedding Car

West Head LookoutBridesmaid in printed dress

Naomi and Ben chose West Head Lookout for their ceremony, a place where they were surrounded by the bush and where Ben had done a lot of rock climbing over the years.

Bride walking down aisle with parents

Naomi walked down the aisle with her parents to “Audrey” by Dave Brubeck.

West Head Lookout Marriage Ceremony

Nitza Lowenstein officiated the ceremony, the bride telling, “We had a Jewish ceremony, under a Chuppah made by my mother. It was a fairly casual and natural ceremony, that reflected the environment it was held in. There were lots of laughs.”

Bride with loose curly updoSydney lookout West Head Lookout Wedding


Nitza Lowenstein Sydney Celebrant

Nitza Lowenstein Celebrant


Sydney marriage ceremony

West Head Lookout Wedding Ceremony

Sydney wedding first kiss

Sydney Lookout Wedding

Wedding at West Head Lookout

Bride and bridesmaids at lookout

Newlyweds at Akuna BayNewlyweds at West Head Lookoit


Lucy Leonardi Photography

Sydney newlyweds

Sydney bushland wedding photos

Sydney bushland bride and groomLucy Leonardi

Of their photographer, Naomi remarks, “Lucy is not only a close friend but an outstanding photographer. She made sure everyone felt comfortable, relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. We love every shot she has captured for us and will treasure them forever.”

Sydney headland wedding photo

Sydney bride and groom

Foliage wedding bouquetBride with curly hairstyle

Bride and groom at West head Lookout

Akuna BayHerb wedding centrepieces

Naomi and Ben held their wedding at Cielo Akuna Bay, a place they had often been fishing together, and continued the botanical style to their decor, remembering, “The table dressings were edible plants – which doubled as favors. We also used Astro Turf as the aisle for the ceremony to stay inline with the botanical theme.”

Spring garden wedding centrepieceCheese wedding cake wih dried figs

Cheese board at weddingPotted plant wedding decor

Instead of a traditional sweet cake, Naomi and Ben chose a cheese wheel cake, which they cut with a Samurai sword.

CHampagne Sabre

Almond brittle wedding favorsPlacecards with green detail

As wedding favors, the groom’s mother made home made dark chocolate almond brittle.

Hora at Australian wedding

Hora at Cielo Wedding Venue

The wedding was a beautiful acknowledgement of the bride and groom’s cultures, Naomi noting, “Being a “half” Jewish wedding, we opened with a traditional Hora.”

Jewish Hora

Photo of hora

Cutting cake with champagne sabreWedding at Cielo

Dancing at Australian wedding

Of their first dance Naomi remembers, “We chose “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry Inspired by John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.”

First dance at Australian wedding

Newlyweds dancing

SYdney hora

Opening champagne with a sabre

One of the favourite memories of the night was the gift from the groom’s brother – a champagne sabre!

Sydney wedding band

Naomi remembers, “At the end of the night, the band invited the groom and some musical friends to come and play a song on stage – which ended up being “little wing” by Jimmi Hendrix.”

Congratulations Naomi and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucy Leonardi  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Lucy Leonardi / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Rabbit Projects / Bride’s Dress: Anaessia / Groom’s Attire: Alexander McQueen / Groom's Shoes: Burberry / Flowers: Chiho Kobayashi Flowers / Ceremony Venue: West Head Lookout / Ceremony Officiant: Nitza Lowenstein / Chuppah: Made by bride's mother / Reception Venue: Cielo Akuna Bay / Band: Sydney Wedding Band
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