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Ten Garden Wedding Venues In New South Wales

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues

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With Spring comes beautiful garden weddings, with warm Sunshine and freshly opened blooms there is no better place to wed.

From coastal estates, inner city, manicured gardens, English style country manors – the choices are wide and varied for a garden wedding in New South Wales! Here’s just some of my favourites (Also check out our Ten Garden Wedding Venues In Victoria).

Bells At Killcare

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If you’re looking for a garden wedding venue up the coast then Bells At Killcare might be just the ticket. It’s only 1.5 hours north of Sydney, has accommodation, spa and restaurant on site and beautiful manicured gardens for your ceremony.

Chinese Gardens Of Friendship

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One of my favourite places to head to when in Sydney, the Chinese Gardens Of Friendship is an inner city oasis which has such beautiful backdrops for a wedding (and they can even serve celebratory bubbles). The various pavilions and spaces can accommodate 120 guests for a wedding ceremony and The Blue Room can hold guests for a small daytime reception.

Poachers Pantry

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Photo by from Michelle and Piero’s Vintage Country Wedding by Thorson Photography 

Couples near Canberra can enjoy the beauty of Poachers Pantry for their wedding day. The all in one venue allows couples to marry in the stunning country gardens (look at that incredible Golden Elm tree) and celebrate in the onsite cafe or marquee. The food at Poachers is often raved about so really, every box is ticked.

Lions Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens 

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Photo by Uber Photography from Nicky and Van’s Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding

I love using the Royal Botanic Gardens of any city for a wedding. They are such hidden gems and often have the most beautifully maintained gardens. Lions Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney provides a stunning garden wedding setting plus the adjoining lodge can be used as a reception space. There are so many stunning spots within the gardens, each with their own character and feeling (like the rose garden used at Renee and Mark’s  simply elegant wedding).

Jonahs Whale Beach

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If you can’t decide between a garden setting and an incredible view, then I think Jonahs Whale Beach has both covered. Marrying in the beautiful coastal garden overlooking the ocean and cliffs is rather magical and Jonahs offers a beautiful ceremony location but also a decadent menu with all the trimmings for your guests to enjoy for the celebrations.

Summerlees Country House

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From the get go Summerlees Country House is easy to fall in love with – tree lined pathways always win my heart and this venue has plenty of them.  There’s eight acres of stunning gardens on this 70 acre property which also houses guest accommodation and various buildings including the reception ballroom with outdoor courtyard.

Vaucluse House

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Photo by At Dusk Photography from Corinne and Stuart’s Elegant Vaucluse House Wedding

Closer to the city is Vaucluse House. This 19th century mansion overlooks Sydney Harbour has stunning gardens which can hold from 20-120 for a garden ceremony.  The adjoining tearooms make for a wonderful reception venue. Couples can marry in the “Lone Pine Lawn” on which of course, sits the property’s lone pine.

Secret Garden Byron Bay

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Let’s be honest, gardens around Byron Bay is pretty much worthy of it’s own post, but I had to sneak this one into this list! Secret Garden Byron Bay takes a tropical style garden, complete with palms and turns it into a wedding ready venue. In the heart of Byron Bay, this beautifully kept garden keeps palm trees, a mango tree, African Boab trees and even cactus plants amongst it’s collection. The onsite pavilion seats 120 guests or you can enjoy the 1700sqm of landscaped gardens.

Montrose Berry Farm

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Photo by John Benavente from Louise & Adam’s Beautiful Highlands Wedding

Montrose Berry Farm is one of those venues that has it all. Romantic gardens, beautiful cottage accommodation, a stunning barn for the post ceremony celebrations, berry vines (fancy berry picking as a guest activity?) and plenty of flexibility to really make the venue your own (including the ability to dine with your guests under the stars.)

Clark Island

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A garden wedding in the middle of the harbour? Meet Clark Island! Literally overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge this boat only accessible island makes such a fun wedding venue. Have your guests arrive by ferry before marrying with the city or the bridge as your backdrop. There’s a maximum capacity of 150 and various ceremony spots with different outlooks for you and your guests to enjoy.

 

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Modern Ethereal Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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I love the vibe of today’s wedding inspiration shoot – modern ethereal. The backdrop with it’s slightly industrial feel, the stunning dream like wedding gown, the trailing florals and the touches of gold (even the whimsical polka dots).

Grace of Floretta teamed up with stylist Amelia of Make Your Day Wedding Styling and photographer Gus Reyes Photography to create a shoot that as Amelia says, “had a bit of a Brunswick vibe as most of our businesses are located in Brunswick, we are so lucky to have such a talented group of wedding vendors in the area.”

The team, which included hair and makeup artist Sara Jade Beauty & Hairdressing, wedding stationer Grace Designs, wedding transport specialists Triple R Luxury Car Hire, bridal designer Bonita Bridal Couture  and models from Talent on Demand was inspired by the venue – The Honey Bar. The team were inspired by bumblebees and settled on a colour palette of black, white and gold with plenty of greenery.

The industrial feeling of The Honey Bar, with it’s polished concrete floors, graffiti style wall art and contrasting black and white stripe features set the scene overlooking South Melbourne through grand picture windows.

Florist Grace of Floretta who also moonlights as a stationer under Grace Designs created textured floral arrangements using creams, whites and textural greens. The shimmery champagne toned gown, on loan from Bonita Bridal Couture gives the look a whimsical romance – the hand beading adding an extra dimension.

The finishing touch? A delicious  old school Bombe Alaska from Gelato Messina.  Scorched Italian meringue covered a layer of chocolate fondant gelato, raspberry sorbet and a centre of flourless chocolate cake.

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Grace notes, “Gus from Gus Reyes Photography likes to play story teller with his images and brought to life the delight and wonder of a wedding into this shoot. With a focus on photo journalism Gus is particularly skilled in helping his couples feel not only relaxed but confident and it is reflected in his the resulting photos.”

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“The black and white striped wall at Honey Bar created the perfect backdrop to the bridal table which was styled with bold black and white striped place mats. Make Your Day Wedding Styling used vintage gold rimmed plates and moody blank candles to add glamour while a sprinkling of giant gold confetti kept things fresh and fun.  Make Your Day used vintage gold rimmed plates and moody blank candles to add glamour while a sprinkling of giant gold confetti kept things fresh and fun.”

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“The car provided by Triple R Luxury Car Hire was a 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and was the perfect combination of vintage glamour and classic style.”

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Floretta created two stunning wedding bouquets in palettes of creams and whites and textured greens. An ethereal circular chandelier of green foliage hung from the ceiling and the space was adorned with tall and lush botanical arrangements.  The table flowers featured anemones, frilly peony tulips, blushing bride and glossy black privet berries.

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Photographer: Gus Reyes Photography / Venue Styling & Concept Design: Make Your Day Wedding Styling / Fashion Styling, Art Direction, Wedding Stationery: Grace Designs / Floral Design: Floretta / Bride’s Dress: Bonita Bridal Couture / Cars: Triple R Luxury Car Hire / Models: Talent on Demand / Groom's Attire: Joe Billings Custom / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sara Jade Beauty & Hairdressing / Cake: Gelato Messina / Venue: The Honey Bar

Lauren and Brad’s Country Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Lauren & Brad

The sweet, relaxed nature of Lauren and Brad’s country winery wedding is utterly beautiful. From the country scenery, to the beautiful garden and winery that set the mood for the day. Lauren and Brad set out to have an elegant outdoor wedding amongst the vines followed by a classic reception that felt like nothing but a party and I think they nailed it! Jason Vandermeer was there to capture the day.

Lauren tells the story of how she and Brad came to be. “Brad and I met at work at the photocopier! We were friends for a while before we started dating. After living together for a year we decided to move to London, and spent two and a half years working and traveling, having the time of our lives. Just before we returned to Australia, Brad proposed in the Cotswolds in England while we were enjoying a bottle of wine by the river. It was perfect!”

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The wedding date was a special one, Lauren remembering, “We chose 5 April as it is the same date Brad’s parents and grandparents, and my great grandparents married.”

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Lauren chose a gown from Maria Gonzales. Her bridesmaids wore gowns from Zimmermann.

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Foxglove Botanicals created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Glen Erin in Lancefield was chosen for Lauren and Brad’s wedding. Lauren remarking “Both our ceremony and reception were at Glen Erin in Lancefield. We had a classic outdoor ceremony in front of the vines on a beautiful sunny autumn day. Our guests had drinks and canapés outside and the reception was indoors, overlooking the vines. We had so many beautiful photos at Glen Erin amongst the vines and around Lancefield. Kim and the team at Glen Erin made the planning so much fun, and went above and beyond to give us a perfect day.”

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Both sets of grandparents walked down the aisle before Lauren.

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Lauren remembers, “I walked down the aisle with my Dad to Ellie Goulding’s ‘How long will I love you’. It was such a nervous and exciting experience!”

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Of their photographer, Lauren tells, “Jason’s photography is absolutely amazing. We were so excited to see the final photos, and they were even more amazing than we could imagine. As Jason’s style is relaxed and natural, he made the whole day so easy. His photos captured all the moments, and tell a beautiful story of our special day.”

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There was a major surprise for the groom! Lauren tells, “Brad loves kombi vans so I decided to surprise him with a kombi van to drive him and his groomsmen from Bendigo where his parents live, to the wedding. He was completely surprised and loved the trip. We also used the kombi van to drive us and our bridal party around Lancefield for photos which was a lot of fun.”

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Celebrations continued back at Glen Erin.

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Lauren tells, “Brad is the creative one in our relationship so he had many DIY tasks. He designed and printed our wedding invitations and kept the same theme for our place cards and bomboniere. He used corks as the place card holders, and printed our own wine labels for miniature bottles of wine and jelly beans as bomboniere. He also made the banner for our wishing well.” Eat Freely created a three tier wedding cake.

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Lauren and Brad entered the reception dancing to Party Rock Anthem.

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The first dance was a special, choreographed number! Lauren remembers, “As Dirty Dancing is my favourite movie of all time, we had our first dance to Time of My Life. We had several dance lessons with Julie from The Wedding Dance Company. Although we couldn’t quite do the mambo like Johnny and Baby, we had a lot of fun and surprised our guests with our routine!”

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The White Tree performed all night, leading to some very happy, dancing guests!

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Congratulations Lauren and Brad! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Jason Vandermeer for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Jason Vandermeer / Cinematographer: Wedding Movies / Bride’s Dress: Maria Gonzales / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Spurling / Groomsmen Attire: Spurling / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Blooms Beauty / Makeup Artist: Blooms Beauty / Flowers & Decor: Foxglove Botanicals / Venue: Glen Erin Lancefield / Ceremony Officiant: Jennifer Georgiadis / Band: The White Tree / Cake Baker: Eat Freely / Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co / Wedding Rings: Charles Rose Jewellers / Transport: Kombi van from Braden Leiner / Dance Lessons: The Wedding Dance Company

Green Wedding Bouquets

by | Bride, Flowers

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Bouquet by Gypsy Flora with photo by Madhouse Imaging

Rosemary, olive branches, parleys, jasmine leaves, succulents – there are so many incredible textures (and scents!) in greenery. Why, you don’t even have to consider flowers at all! I have fallen head over heels for bouquets using greenery as their focus. So much texture, so much amazing smell and a subtle feeling of getting back to nature.

There is something about natural greens that is almost a neutral – the bouquets of green go with every colour of the rainbow and have every hue you could imagine.  If you’re not into flowers but still love that beauty of carrying something from nature than maybe a bouquet of greenery is for you.

Love warmer weather? What about olive branches? Fancy yourself a gardener with a love of cooking? Why not a bouquet of pure herbs? There are so many beautiful natural elements we have yet to really consider in wedding arrangements and greenery gives a softer, yet somehow modern look to a wedding.

To inspire you, I asked florists to send me their beautiful green bouquets and their work shows just how versatile greenery in a bouquet can be. From trailing, to tightly bound posies. Additions of a few pink or white blooms, or none at all. Herbs and sweet smelling leaves to succulents. wedding bouquets of greenery Green Wedding Bouquets

Bouquet one by Flos Florum, Bouquet two by Blooming Brides with photo by Luma Photography, Bouquet three and four by Green & Bloom with photos by Natalie McComas Photography, Bouquet five by Gypsy Flora with photo by John Benavente, Bouquet six by Pomp & Splendour with photo by Samara Clifford, Bouquet seven by Amos & Smyth, Bouquet eight by Blooming Brides, Bouquet nine by Flos Florum.

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Bouquet one by Prunella with photo by Darin Collison Photography, Bouquet two by Gypsy Flora with photo by John Benavente, Bouquet three by Always Fabulous Flowers with styling by Victoria Cameron and photo by Marcus from Studio Impressions, Bouquet four by Floretta with photo by Gus Reyes Photography, Bouquet five by Blooming Brides with photo by Luma Photography, Bouquet six by Flos Florum

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