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Grace & Victor’s Coastal Vintage Flower Filled Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Grace & Victor

I absolutely love the sweet retro vibe of Grace and Victor’s coastal vintage flower filled wedding. Although their original ceremony was moved due to torrential rain, somehow the gorgeous atrium served as such a beautiful and perfect space for their wedding vows. Add to that masses of beautiful blooms and well, you have the perfect way to kick off the day! Grace and Victor chose Julia Archibald to capture their day.

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Grace and Victor chose Vue Grand, Queenscliff.  “We were married in the conservatory at the Vue Grand. It was actually our back up plan, but due to torrential rain, we moved into the space. It actually turned out really well and looked beautiful, our florist Flower Bird was able to adapt to this and created a beautiful garland which hung from the doorway, which became our backdrop for our ceremony.”

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Grace’s bridesmaid wore a patterned dress from Gorman.

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Grace walked down the aisle to “Bloom” by The Paper Kites.

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Jennifer Greenham officiated the ceremony, Grace remarking, “Our ceremony was beautiful, it was very intimate, we decided to write our own vows and keep them secret from one another, during the wedding ceremony we were able to surprise each other, and we felt that this made it even more meaningful.”

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Grace wore the Violet Dress by Rue De Seine , noting “My dress was designed by Rue De Seine, it was the perfect dress for our wedding, it was light, delicate and vintage in style. I bought it from The Bridal Atelier in Armadale, as soon as I saw the Violet dress, I knew that it was the one. Amy who works at the Bridal Atelier was very helpful through out the whole process.”

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Of their photographer, Grace remarks, “Our photographer was Julia Archibald. We first met Julia in Northcote, we took a real liking to her, she was really sweet and seemed incredibly passionate about her career, we both felt that we would feel comfortable with her on our wedding day, and on the day she was absolutely fantastic!”

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The reception continued inside the hotel, the bride telling, “Apart from the florals, we managed to DIY our entire wedding. With the assistance of family and friends, we were able to gather lots of vintage vases, lace doilies and tablecloths all from second hand stores. Victor, who is a graphic designer managed to design all of our stationery, including invitations, menus and our signage. On the day, we decorated the room using pink and lace tablecloths, giant balloons and tassels which were made the night before by family and friends.”

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Flower Bird styled the floral arrangements for the day, Grace explaining, “We wanted flowers to play a major role in our wedding decor, on the day, there were so many flowers everywhere, all our guests raved how magical the room looked. Mary and Sunday from Flower Bird did an amazing job, they were able to recreate the look that we had both envisioned!”

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There wasn’t just one cake, there were multiple treats, thanks to Sticky Fingers and Beatrix Bakes. Grace explains, “We were really impressed by our cakes made by Sticky Fingers Bakery and Beatrix Bakes, we decided to have a cake table which looked and tasted incredible! ”

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Congratulations on your marriage Grace and Victor! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Flower Bird and  Julia Archibald for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Julia Archibald / Bride’s Dress: Violet Dress by Rue De Seine / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier / Bride’s Shoes: Funkis / Bride’s Jewelry: Daisy by Georg Jensen / Groom’s Attire: Country Road / Groom’s Shoes: Red Wing Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Gorman / Bridesmaid Accessories: Georg Jensen / Hairstylist: That Blonde Chick / Makeup Artist: Megan Ritchie / Flowers: Flower Bird / Invitations & Stationery: Victor Rodriguez / Venue: Vue Grand, Queenscliff / Ceremony Officiant: Jennifer Greenham / Band: Orlando Combo / Favors: Candles by Frankie Gusti / Cake Baker: Sticky Fingers / Cake Baker: Beatrix Bakes / Wedding Rings: Kim VIctoria Jewels
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Daniella & Adrian’s Classic Newport Substation Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Daniella & Adrian

There is a sense of old world glamour on Daniella and Adrian’s wedding day. Traditions, like wrapping the bride and groom in streamers as they dance their first dance was only one of the beautiful family traditions and moments they included in their stunning classic Newport Substation wedding. The couple chose Aparat Photography to capture their day.

Daniella tells, “We met in 2006 on the island of Paros in Greece. I was on a 5 month backpacking trip with my two friends and Adrian (who happened to be my girlfriend’s brother) decided to meet us for a month of the journey and we hit it off.”

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Daniella, owner of For Me By Dee, did much of the design for the wedding herself, starting with the invitations. Daniella also created the menus, seating chart, place cards, notepads for the guests to write in and thank you tags which adorned the favors.

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Jane Hill created the bride’s dress. She tells, “I wore a Jane Hill custom made gown which I absolutely loved. I wanted to feel comfortable, classic and warm on the day. My gown was made from Italian lace featuring long sleeves and a split down the front allowing me to walk freely and dance the night away!”

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Adrian wore a navy woolen suit from Oscar Hunt.

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Ange Radatti created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting, “Our florist was absolutely amazing. Ange and I had worked together a few years ago and when I had asked her if she would create our floral arrangements for our wedding day she was thrilled. I left her with such an open brief, it needed to be bright fun and creative and that it most definitely was. Ange created the most unique bouquet I had ever seen. I was so proud to hold it! She also created corsages and buttonholes to compliment. They were like a piece of art!”

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Daniella walked down the aisle with her father to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

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The couple chose St Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamstown  for their ceremony, noting, “We wanted a warm intimate ceremony, and that it was. One of the reasons we chose St Mary’s was for its size. It provided a space where we could have an intimate ceremony and really feel engaged with our guests.”

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The Substation was chosen by Daniella and Adrian for the reception, the bride noting, “The Substation is a renovated power station with red brick exterior and interior. Inside features floor to ceiling windows with red velvet curtains creating quite an impact for guests on arrival and a unique backdrop for photos.”

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Of their photographers, Daniella tells, “I had met Jakob and Zosia whilst they were shooting my friends wedding and immediately fell in love with their style. Not only did they capture amazing moments on the day, they went about their photography in the most relaxed way. They are the most down to earth, likeable brother/sister duo you will meet and filled to the brim with talent!

We felt so confident and comfortable with Aparat on the day, we honestly felt as though we had invited 2 old friends to our wedding who just happened to take amazing photos. They blended in throughout the day and captured the most intimate moments without being directly in our faces. When we received our photos we kept saying “I don’t remember them being there for that moment.” We are so very happy with what they have captured for us and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours which we are sure will be filled with success.”

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Daniella tells, “Festoon lighting was a must for ambiance and warmth. Flowers both on the tables, bouquets and button holes were brightly coloured adding a fun and creative factor. Our favors were glass test tubes filled with organic loose leaf tea from Organics for Lily put together by Adrian’s mother.”

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The groom’s mother sprayed the newlyweds chairs a shimmering gold

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Fred & Ginger Catering catered a sit down feast for the wedding.

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Of the first dance, Daniella remembers, “Our first dance was to the song ‘Magic’ by Cold Play. Both Adrian and I love Cold Play and the lyrics to this song really resonated with us, we also thought the beat/bass would sound amazing at our venue. The video clip to this song and its magic show theme complimented the look we had at The Substation which was a nice touch.”

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“During our first dance we had our family wrap us in brightly coloured streamers (a family tradition going back over 30 years).”

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Daniella and Adrian chose The Baker Boys to keep the party atmosphere.

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“Our last song of the night was ‘lovers in the air’ a song which Daniella and Adrian had shared their first dance to when they met in 2009. We were both carried out to that song surrounded by all of our guests. The guests were each handed confetti poppers and we were showered in confetti whilst we were lifted in the air! ”

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In case that wasn’t enough beauty for your day, I’m very excited to be able to share the finishing touch, Danielle and Adrian’s wedding film captured by Purple Ribbon Weddings.

Congratulations Daniella and Adrian! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Aparat Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Aparat Photography / Cinematographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Jane Hill / Bride’s Jewelry: Jane Hill / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Oscar Hunt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Hairstylist: Teresa / Makeup Artist: Cosmetique Makeup / Flowers: Ange Radatti / Invitations & Stationery: Daniella Lo Presti (Bride) For Me By Dee / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Catholic Church, Williamstown / Ceremony Officiant: Father Gregg / Ceremony Musicians: The Baker Boys / Reception Venue: The Substation / Reception Hire Items: Fred & Ginger Catering / Band: The Baker Boys / Favors: Organics for Lily / Catering: Fred & Ginger Catering / Cake Baker: Bills Farm / Transport: Classic & Prestige Car Hire / Wedding Registry: My Registry

Industrial Warehouse Wedding Ideas

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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With a blank warehouse as their venue, today’s shoot is all about industrial warehouse wedding ideas. The dark steel grey of metal walls, exposed cement floors and coloured steel beams all create an unexpected space for what could be a magical wedding.

Photographer  Anna Turner teamed up with stylist: Sourced By Sam, hair stylist Kelly Hopkins of Zada Hair, makeup artist Joanne Bentley, model Ruth Frost and added gorgeous wedding gowns by Karen Willis Holmes, jewels by Natalie Marie Jewellery and chairs from YES Event Solutions to show how to turn an industrial blank canvas into a space o for a wedding celebration.

Of the inspiration behind the shoot, stylist Sam says, “In a word – contrasts! Beauty & femininity in a raw & industrious space. Pretty pink blooms among the cold, grey concrete. We created one bridal look to be traditional & elegant whilst the other rather risqué. ”

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Photographer: Anna Turner / Stylist & Flowers: Sourced By Sam / Hairstylist: Kelly Hopkins of Zada Hair / Makeup Artist: Joanne Bentley / Model: Ruth Frost / Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes / Rings: Natalie Marie Jewellery / Chair Hire: YES Event Solutions / Venue: Private Warehouse, Southern Highlands

Ten Stunning Black Wedding Dresses

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


There is something about black wedding dresses that I just love. Perhaps its the dramatic statement they make, or perhaps it’s my own secret desire to wear one and look amazing it just as the brides in this roundup of ten stunning black wedding dresses have.

Whatever the case may be, let your mind wander to wearing something other than white on your wedding day. Click on through to see ten stunning black wedding dresses.

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