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Romantic Australian Country Wedding Ideas

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Dreaming of a charming rustic Australian wedding today’s styled shoot was centred around three key words of ” elegance, rustic charm and romanticism”. Bright tones of cherry red and indigo blue worked with classic naturals to enhance stunning Australian landscape tones of gold and green.

The team consisting of photographer Samantha Heather Photography , hairstylist: Elana Imogene Hair & Make Up , makeup artist Elana Imogene Hair & Make Up, floral designer  Bloodwood Botanica and models Emma Birdsall and Bec Williams with gowns from Dress for a Night worked at the rustic venue of Camden Town Farm.

Photographer Samantha shares “We envisioned a romantic story of two friends getting married in their small Australian country town. We wanted to symbolise a unity between two girls, both with a love for grace, beauty and their natural earth around them. A combination of earthy tones but bold beauty as these two simple country girls broke the norm and shone like the sun through the Australian fields.”

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Jacqui & Nick’s Classic Luminare Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jacqui & Nick

The beautiful rooftop scene of Jacqui and Nick’s classic Luminare wedding is only the start of what makes this a wedding to remember. The golden sunset, the heartfelt traditions, the amazing blooms and the so very fun food ideas that became not just a feature but a theme of the big day, this day is sure to take our idea of what a classic celebration may be and turn it on its head! Jacqui and Nick chose Daniella Melfi to capture  their gorgeous day.

With food a big love of both the bride and groom, it makes sense that even the way they met centred around their passion, the bride telling “Nick and I were brought together by our mutual love of food and sharing it with our loved ones. Our first few dates involved a “cook-off” of desserts (Nick even bought a KitchenAid for the occasion!) and picnics in the park. It was important to us to give the wedding our own touch, and we could think of nothing better but to have a food theme running through the occasion.”

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The foodie touches started at the beginning with chocolate invitations designed by Santiago Sunbird. The bride telling “We commissioned a chocolate label from Santiago Sunbird and stuck them onto Lindt chocolate blocks. Each guest was given a chocolate block with all the details of our wedding. Being thin blocks, we were even able to mail these overseas, even as far as to London and New York! It was great fun doing this together and we managed not to eat too many blocks before the invitations were mailed out.”

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The bride wore a gown by Noel Chu Atelier, remarking “I ended up wearing four different dresses on the day, all of which were so comfortable to wear – particularly given all the eating that was going on! The dress I got married in was tailored in Hong Kong by Noel Chu Atelier. In a four-hour session, Noel painstakingly positioned each piece of lace on my illusion neckline until I was happy. Noel works with lots of Australian brides and I would highly recommend her.”

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The couple chose Luminare  for their wedding using Victoria Whitelaw as their floral designer. “We fell in love with Luminare at first sight. We loved the urban vibe and the amazing views over the city. The refurbishment of the venue just before the wedding was serendipitous and was completely the aesthetic we (particularly me!) had envisaged for our wedding. Our floral arrangements by Victoria Whitelaw fit in perfectly with the new gold accents and marble finishing. The Big Group were a dream to work with and were receptive to all of our ideas – and we had a lot.”

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The bride had multiple gown changes, including a red lace dress from Lover the Label. She remembers “I also wanted some Australian designers to feature, and I wore a red Lover the Label dress for the tea ceremony and a Zimmermann dress to party the night away.”

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“It was important for us to have a relaxed and seamless day. The Big Group were able to organise for all the wedding events to happen at Luminare. We had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to reflect our heritage on the City Deck of Luminare. We switched to the Sky Deck for a Catholic ceremony afterwards, led by Nick’s previous headmaster. We were also able to have Nick’s talented brother on guitar!”

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Even the guestbook was inspired by a love of food! “Our guestbook was the Rockpool Bar & Grill cookbook by Neil Perry, and guests were invited to write us messages next to recipes they loved. We even got Neil Perry to write us a wedding message! Next to the guestbook was our dessert buffet, which had our favourite treats. We also baked our own bonbonnieres – guests were treated with mini breakfast loaves of banana bread (my mum’s recipe) or orange poppy seed cake (Nick’s grandma’s recipe).”

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“Our wedding cake was made by Cake Blooms, a business owned by one of my bridesmaids. The three tier cake featured handmade sugar flowers in ice cream cones. Along with cake and ice cream, we also had mini burgers and donuts served as midnight snacks to keep our guests going late into the night.”

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The couple named each table after one of their favourite restaurants.

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Of their photographer, the bride remembers “Daniella was amazing throughout the whole wedding process (right from our pre-wedding shoot through to the very last bite of gelato)! She made us feel comfortable in front of the lens and was really flexible about whatever we wanted on the day.”

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Guests were spoilt with sweet treats – including homemade cookies. The bride shares “Instead of a first dance, we decided to have a “first bake”. Cooking together is what we love to do, so we pre-baked cookies which were warmed up to serve to our guests as the first thing we wanted to share with them as a married couple.”

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The final sweet treat was a favourite of the groom. “Nick’s favourite dessert is ice cream, so we arranged for our favourite flavours of Gelato Messina to be served at our wedding.”

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Jacqui and Nick worked with cinematographers Moon & Back to film their day, noting “Our first meeting with them was on the rooftop of their office over drinks. We instantly felt at ease and confident with them as our videographers, especially because they had shot at our venue a couple of times before (and with Daniella)!”

Congratulations Jacqui and Nick! Thank you for sharing the story of your day! Thank you also to Daniella Melfi for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Daniella Melfi / Cinematographer: Moon & Back / Bride’s Dress: Noel Chu Atelier / Bride's Tea Ceremony Dress: Lover the Label / Bride's Reception Dress: Zimmermann / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Jewellery: Cartier / Groom’s Attire: P. Johnson Tailors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Miss Aimmey / Makeup Artist: Miss Aimmey / Floral: Victoria Whitelaw / Invitations & Stationery: Santiago Sunbird / Venue: Luminare / DJ: DJ Phonic / Cake: Cake Blooms

Kellie & Phil’s Whimsical Sydney Garden Wedding

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

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I love the surprises at Kellie and Phil’s whimsical Sydney garden wedding. The gorgeous garden ceremony the sparkling lights of the reception – the little touches of Alice in Wonderland and the Secret Garden that gave a little touch of magic to an already beautiful day. Kellie and Phil chose I Love Wednesdays to capture their wedding.

Kellie starts us off with the story of how the newlyweds came to meet. “We met through mutual school friends and were friends for a few years before getting together. We have so much in common, every day is special and fun. Phil proposed to Kellie in beautiful Switzerland which they hope to go back to one day!”

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Kellie wore a gorgeous gown by Karen Willis Holmes, remembering, “I went dress shopping on my own and it was one of the first I saw. Then I bought my friend Jessie along, as soon as she saw me in the dress she cried and we knew I didn’t need to look any more! Love it because it is conservative but still slinky and sexy. I felt covered and comfortable.. and the sequence made it fun! Easy to dance in and it didn’t crease.”

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Kellie and Phil chose The Palm House, The Royal Botanic Gardens for their ceremony, noting, “The Palm House in The Royal Botanic Gardens is a stunning clean slate to create a beautiful earthy whimsical setting for the ceremony.”

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Oh Flora styled the beautiful floral arrangements for the day, the bride explaining, “I loved working with Tanya from Oh Flora Flowers, she is very enthusiastic and has some great ideas. Tanya’s work is beautiful and I even had a floral crown made by her for my hen’s party where she ran a kokadama workshop for my family and girlfriends.”

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Kellie walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of The Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”.

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Jessie Cacchillo officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking, “With celebrant Jessie Cacchillo at the reigns, our ceremony had a fun and casual feel. Our readings were The Velveteen Rabbit and Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.”

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“We had three bridesmaids and one best man, but told the rest of our closest friends the colour theme so they all came along for the ride in our ‘fun bus’.”

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Of their photographer, Kellie tells, “Our photographer Len was just amazing, she was there for every moment and a bit like having an extra bridesmaid! Everyone loved her and she was very good at giving direction. Also Len was amazing leading up to the wedding with questions I had on anything and everything.”

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The newlyweds and bridal party travelled in The Fun Bus & Herby The Beetle, the bride telling, “We loved riding in our own car because it was the only time we really got to spend solo together.”

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The newlyweds chose The Grounds of Alexandria  for their reception, remarking, “The Grounds of Alexandria is the most magical setting for any event. The fairy lights strung around the garden, the long barn tables, the black and white dance-floor, the amazing grazing menus and fun barn bar..its just the best venue in Sydney.”

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Guests took home succulents planted in tea cups, the bride explaining, “I collected teapots for the table centrepieces and vases; and also collected teacups for the wedding favors. We grew little plants in the teacups for guests to take home. It was quite a bit of work! Not sure I would do that again.”

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Of the first dance, the newlyweds tell “We chose INXS, Never Tear Us Apart. Then Kellie had a dance with her dad to ‘My Girl’. We had ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ as our cake cutting song. Our first dance with everyone else was 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins which was a concert that Phil and I saw together when we started dating.. always has been a special song for us.”

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Congratulations Kellie and Phil! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Love Wednesdays for sending this wedding our way.

Photographer: I Love Wednesdays / Cinematographer: Geoff Zhang / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Hairstylist: Melissa Cauchi / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Megan / Floral: Oh Flora / Ceremony Venue: The Palm House, The Royal Botanic Gardens / Rentals: Ashdown & Bee / Ceremony Officiant: Jessie Cacchillo / Ceremony Musicians: Phil Stormer / Reception Venue: The Grounds of Alexandria / Cake: The Grounds of Alexandria / Photo Booth: Social Playground / Wedding Rings: Plaza Diamond Wentworthville / Transport: The Fun Bus & Herby The Beetle

Twenty Pretty Pastel Bouquets

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I do love a pretty pastel wedding bouquet. There is something so wildly romantic about a flower with just a soft, hint of colour and our roundup of twenty pretty pastel bouquets covers everything from the softest blue, to the sweetest pink and most gorgeous of peaches. Click on through to see it!

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