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Jade & Stefan’s Fun Science Museum Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Jade & Stefan

What could be more fun than dancing the night away at a science museum? That’s exactly what Jade and Stefan did at their fun science museum wedding. They held pre dinner drinks in Scienceworks pumping station before wining and dining their guests in the boiler room. If that isn’t reason enough to love today’s wedding, I don’t know what is! We Are Alchemy were there to capture it all.

Jade tells the story of how she met Stefan. “We met at a mutual friend’s party on the Gold Coast. We had an instant connection but Stefan lived in Melbourne and I lived on the Gold Coast so we stayed friends for a few months before we pursued anything more.”

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The bride wore a silver lace gown by George Gross & Harry Who (now closed). Her bridesmaids in steel blue dresses custom made by a friend.

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Jade and Stefan were married at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Spotswood.

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Of their photographers, Jade tells, “We had two photographers. A male and female. They were great. We had them all morning, afternoon and night. Really professional but fun.”

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Jade describes the wedding as “Industrial 1920’s gothic inspired.”

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Scienceworks was chosen for the reception, Jade explaining, “Our reception was at the ScienceWorks Museum. Pre-drinks and canapes was located in the engine room and the main reception was in the Boiler House, both within the Pumping Station section.”

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Guests received favors of vanilla roobios tea from Mcivers Tea. The bride and groom made each table centrepiece themselves.

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Sweet by Nature made a two tier chocolate wedding cake.

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For their first dance, the bride changed into a mini dress with silver glitter sneakers, remembering, “Stefan and I did a fun choreographed dance. We went to dance lessons and made up a dance to Treasure by Bruno Mars.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jade and Stefan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to We Are Alchemy and Scienceworks for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: We Are Alchemy / Bride’s Dress: George Gross and Harry Who (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Jeffery Campbell Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: All handmade by Stefan's family / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by a family friend / Bridesmaid Shoes: Famous Footwear / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Trish from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry / Makeup Artist: Lisa from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Turkan from Cakes and Vases / Invitations & Stationery: Friend / Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Spotswood / Ceremony Officiant: Ian Cowling / Reception Venue: Scienceworks / Favors: Mcivers Tea / Catering: White Card Caterers / Cake Baker: Sweet by Nature
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Wild Love Bohemian Bridal Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


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What a stunning editorial I have for you today from a dream team of  35mm Wedding Photography,  Sugar Bee Flowers , Janice Wu Hair and Makeup and model Nathalie Darcas. The shoot, titled “Wild Love” was inspired by the bohemian beauty of the quote ‘She dances to the songs in her head and speaks with the rhythm in her heart’.

With a back drop of the Australian bush, bridal designers showed off their incredible gowns. Sheer lace dresses and a ballgown with a billowing tiered skirt by Karen Willis Holmes were paired with a bralette from Gooseberry Intimates, a sleek backless number from Katie May worn with tumbling, bohemian style curl, a simple bouquet and metallic temporary flash tattoos creates an eclectic look. Two gowns from Pamela Usanto - one with a beautiful free flowing tulle ballerina skirt and one with a lace peplum style bodice were paired with beaded, sparkling hairpieces from Anna Campbell .

Our bride dances amongst the trees, her feet bare, her hair flowing behind her and the blooms almost as if they have been freshly picked from the garden. She twirls, her gown following her free spirited movements.

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Photographer: 35mm Wedding Photography / Flowers: Sugar Bee Flowers / Hair & Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Model: Nathalie Darcas / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Gowns: Pamela Usanto / Gowns: Katie May / Hairpieces: Anna Campbell / Bralette: Gooseberry Intimates

Vintage Blue China Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Terri Hanlon Photography

I’m not sure about you, but these vintage blue and white plates hold so many memories for me and I love that this shoot is packed full of Vintage Blue China wedding ideas. I love the heritage homestead that is the background of this shoot, the richly toned blue paired back with simple pale pink, coral blooms and a garden picked feel. The layers of this inspiration shoot work so well together.

Today’s dream team of Terri Hanlon Photography, stylist & florist Green and Bloom, stationer Elly Hartley Designs, cake designer Gillian Bell Cake, gown designer When Freddie Met Lily hair and makeup artist Ashley Rose and prop hire business Prop It Pretty.

Roberta of Green and Bloom explains the inspiration behind the shoot. “The styled shoot was inspired by a bygone era of opulence and glamour, featuring blue and white china, vintage crystal, pin tuck white linen, complemented with gorgeous garden styled blooms, romantic gowns, locally sourced organic desserts, set on a heritage protected property with the ‘Manson’ as the backdrop. The colours were keep soft and feminine, to ensure the blue and white china created a feature in the table setting.

The flowers, styling, planning and co-ordination of the shoot was undertaken by Green and Bloom, with the beautiful natural photography captured on the day by Terri Hanlon Photography who captured the photo shoot’s story through her soft, feminine, and natural photography style.”

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“Fresh, romantic, garden styled blooms were a feature element in the shoot with the model wearing a full head halo for one of the looks.”

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“The gowns were provided by When Freddie Met Lily, and created the perfect mix of vintage elegance through the Phoenix, Angle and Alexandra gown. The designs comprise of extraordinary French patterned lace, lavish full lace trains, beautiful bead work, lace sleeves, tulle skirts, encapsulating vintage perfection through modern designs.”

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“The setting for the shoot was a gorgeous heritage listed property in Marburg, known as ‘Woodlands of Marburg’ and displays the grandeur of a bygone era. Nestled on 250 acres of lush green gardens and rolling hills, Woodlands of Marburg was built in 1890, the picturesque Mansion is surrounded by beautiful Jacaranda trees and Bunya pines and history embedded in the heritage listed Mansion, Grotto, Vineyard, sweeping lawns, Sandstone Cellar. Andrew, the property’s pet Peacock also made an appearance for the shoot, walking past the styled tables more than once checking out what all the commotion was about.”

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Elly Hartley Designs created stationery to match the theme. “The colour palette for the stationery was soft, feminine and beautiful, featuring a vintage inspired floral pattern for all pieces created by Elly Hartley Designs. The navy tied in and complemented the blue and white china in the table setting. The stationery was printed on uncoated stock which created a beautiful, natural feeling and texture for the stationery items.”

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“The cake created by Gillian Bell Cake was soft and moist, melting in the mouth. The wedding cake was a vintage design featuring a two tier Elderflower scented butter cake simply finished with a dusting of icing sugar and elderflowers in a two tier bunt design. Ingredients are organic, locally sourced, with the Elderflower that garnished the top of the cake being grown in Gillian’s very own garden.”

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Roberta of florist Green and Bloom tells, “The flower style was beautiful soft and graceful blooms that included: David Austin Roses, Peonies, Delphinium, Lisianthus, Queen Anne’s Lace, Borage, and Hydrangea, reminiscent of a vintage English Garden.  Green and Bloom created all the flowers for the day, and featured flowers in the table setting in various different crystal vases, from bud sizes to large footed bowls.”

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Terri Hanlon Photography

“To complement the styling for the shoot and the model, the makeup was kept very natural, soft and glowy, keeping an emphasis the model’s porcelain tone skin looking flawless and effortless. Two different hair styles were created to complement the gowns with the first hair look aimed to keep the hair very soft and natural complemented with a fresh floral halo. The second hair look was ethereal with an old world feel with lots of texture and height. Ashley Rose created the looks to perfection.”

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Photographer: Terri Hanlon Photography / Flowers, Planning and Styling: Green and Bloom / Invitations & Stationery: Elly Hartley Designs / Cake Baker: Gillian Bell Cake / Gowns: When Freddie Met Lily / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ashley Rose / Furniture, Décor, and Linen Hire: Prop It Pretty / Venue: Woodlands of Marburg

Tonia and Shane’s Modern Australian Bushland Wedding

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


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Tonia & Shane

When you plan a wedding from halfway across the world in your home country, it’s a special way of doing things – you’re coming home. Tonia and Shane, who live in Switzerland,  honoured their homeland with a beautiful modern Australian bush wedding. They embraced the bushland surroundings, spreading the rusty red natural blooms throughout their day and creating a relaxed but very family centric feeling to their day.  Bailie Photography was there to capture it all.

On how they met, Tonia tells “We met at a memorable party held by our good friend and best man, Mark, in Sydney (1998) while I was traveling with my sister Sandra.”

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Tonia remembers, “I loved the beautifully calm moments before the ceremony getting ready with Isabelle & Sandra (my bridesmaids) and the flowergirls, Maite and Julia when Christabel Draffin and Jayde Turner Ledwidge did our make-up and hair. Both Christabel and Jayde are really amazing.”

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Tonia wore a Flora by Lusan Mandongus  gown noting, “I am also immensely grateful for the advice of Olga and Léa of Belle En Blanc which helped me find the dress in the one and only wedding shop that I found the courage to visit. They also told us where to find bridesmaid dresses and the suit for Shane! That was great and saved so much time.”

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The wedding was held at Lilyvale, Royal National Park. Tonia remembering, “We decided to celebrate our wedding in Australia, to have both our families together in a place that we love: the Australian bush of the Royal National Park surrounded by native flowers. We also wanted a ceremony with time to breathe and to eat well and dance! Since we live overseas in Switzerland (we are a Swiss-Australian couple) and do not see our Australian friends and family often, and we wanted to be sure that we could share a beautiful day together. To have the time to dance or chat until we were tired and even to see our friends the next morning for a barbecue brunch. We were hoping for a wedding that was relaxed but still meaningful and beautiful.”

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Tonia walked down the aisle to Rameau Dardanus: Overture to Act 1; Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris. The couple’s love of fine music continued during the ceremony with Händel Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin In the Fields; J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Guitar Music by Brazilian Guitarrist José Barrense Dias: Vuco Vuco and Niteroi. Mendelssohn Wedding March, Ernest Ansermet, L’Orchestra De La Suisse Romande all being played during the ceremony.

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Zoe Van Akker performed the ceremony, the bride remembering, “We are thankful to our celebrant Zoe who listened to us and helped us share our story with a beautiful ceremony that included my favourite composer Bach and the time to listen to the birdsong of the bush.”

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Of their photographer, Tonia says, “Bailie is lovely and makes you feel instantly comfortable. We really liked the natural shots he took during the ceremony and party.”

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“It was fantastic to have our one week old niece Charlotte be there together with Shane’s 97 year old Nana! This was really special for us.”

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Sharon’s Superb Slices created the wedding cake, Tonia telling, “We are so happy that Sharon, our sister in law’s sister helped us with the absolutely delicious wedding cake. Everyone loved it!”

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Form Over Function  planned, styled and executed the day (including creating the stationery and floral arrangements!). Tonia remembers “Honestly with the help of Alicia of Form Over Function  and our dear friends and family, the day surprised us in the most amazing way. Alicia was crucial to this by going with us through all the cliffs of the wedding preparation when you are on different continents and time zones, by knowing exactly what we meant and working so hard and efficiently that it totally exceeded our expectation on the day. This is one of the best choices we made – to work with Alicia and I can only recommend it! Whichever wedding you imagine, Alicia will help you make it happen! I cried when I saw my flowers: they were more beautiful than what I could have imagined.

The decoration was stunning, the food by R & R Catering just magnificent (we still rave about the duck confit) and we looooved Philip, our fantastic DJ (of Sydney Wedding DJs )!! He really played great stuff! We danced and just enjoyed the party!!”

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“So while the day went so quickly, we were so alive, so present, that it stays with us still. But first and foremost we feel blessed to have had this day in the presence of our loved ones: our friends and family who put in an immense effort to travel to be with us which touched us deeply. I hope that this blog might also let friends and family participate, who were with us in thought on the day, but on the other side of the planet.”

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Tonia tells, “We are not so much into DIY when it comes to details and arriving from overseas just before the wedding did not make this any easier. Thanks to my brother Simon, and his partner, Monica who crafted a fabulous cookbook with recipes supplied by each of our guests! No better souvenir as we love good food!”

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For their first dance, Tonia recalls, “We chose Could Die For You by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. We both love rock and this ballad captured a lot of our feelings for each other, while it was also possible for us to dance to without looking too silly. Here an excerpt of the lyrics: “Something inside the cards – I know is right – Don’t want to live – Somebody else’s life – This is what I want to be.”” Sydney Wedding DJs kept the dancing going all night long.

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Congratulations on your marriage Tonia and Shane! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Bailie Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Bailie Photography / Wedding Planner & Stylist: Form Over Function / Bride’s Dress: Flora by Lusan Mandongus / Bride’s Shoes: Elce, Geneva / Bride’s Jewelry: (Rings) Uwe Middel / Bride’s Jewelry: (Earrings) Belle En Blanc / Groom’s Attire: Canali / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling / Bridesmaid Dresses: NAF NAF / Bridesmaid Scarves: Max Mara / Bridesmaid Shoes: Elce, Geneva / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Rings) Uwe Middel / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Necklace) Susanna Kuschek / Bridesmaid Accessories: (Necklace) Swatch Bijoux / Flowergirl Dresses: Twigs and Blossoms / Hairstylist: Jayde Turner Ledwidge / Makeup Artist: Christabel Draffin / Flowers & Decor: Form Over Function / Invitations & Stationery: Form Over Function / Venue: Lilyvale, Royal National Park, Sydney / Ceremony Officiant: Zoe Van Akker (retired) / Catering: R & R Catering / Favors: Form Over Function / DJ: Sydney Wedding DJs / Cake Baker: Sharon's Superb Slices / Wedding Rings: Wolfgang Middel
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