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Modern Wedding Inspiration With Sleek Details

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Its all about modern lines and crisp shapes with today’s modern wedding inspiration with sleek details.

Against the neutral modern space of the private dining room at Lucky Penny, model  Edith Kenny-Smith donned chic gowns from Karen Willis Holmes and made the most of the setting filled with vintage furniture and rugs from  Good Day Rentals which added a little whimsy style to the shoot.

The Gathering Florist created beautiful bouquets of marsala and rose coloured flowers, and stepped outside of the box with a sheaf of pampas grass adding something unexpected to the look.

Modern stationery with metallic golden detailing designed by Kate Robertson for Paperlust adorned the tablescape, filled with metallic flatware and decorated with blush, peach and raisin flowers in clear glass vessels, adding something rather romantic.

And of course, there was cake – Cherrytree Bakehouse creating a tall masterpiece of white chocolate and raspberry that when adorned with fresh flowers, became the star of the show.

All of this, of course, was captured beautifully by Fern and Stone Photography who also captured a behind the scenes film of the day and noted “I wanted to join forces with Melbourne’s best wedding vendors and showcase our awesome work. I wanted to experiment with winter blooms and vintage wares, with the flowers to be wild and whimsical to contrast with the sleek styling.”

 

Photographer: Fern and Stone Photography / Cinematographer: Louise Mullins / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Flowers: The Gathering Florist / Rental Furniture: Good Day Rentals / Wedding Cake: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Invitations & Stationery: Kate Robertson for Paperlust / Venue: Lucky Penny / Model: Edith Kenny-Smith
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Teegan and Mahatia’s Colourful Garden Party Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings, LGBTQ Weddings,

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Teegan and Mahatia

I wish I could express to you simply and eloquently why I love Teegan and Mahatia’s wedding so much, but instead, I can’t so I am going to let them do it for us. The sun shone brightly as these two tied the knot, in a stunning colourful garden party wedding that was about much more than wedding vows. their beautiful day was a public declaration of not just their relationship but an acknowledgement of the need for acceptance and equality for marriage.

With Christian Marc Photography behind the lens to capture it all, the newlyweds finished their story to us with these words “We know that marriage doesn’t change any aspect of our relationship, but it would still be really nice if the Government allowed us to be legally married and have equal rights to our heterosexual counterparts. So for us, marriage means equality and acceptance.”

 

Be Always Blooming Studio created the bright and beautiful floral arrangements- including floral crowns for the brides. Teegan noting “Our florist was incredible – we just wanted pops of colour flowing throughout the theme of our wedding day. I chose to have a flower crown and Mahatia ended up surprising me with a flower hair piece in her hair too! Tara was nothing but prompt and amazing to communicate with. It never went more than a day before she replied to my millions of questions and I never felt like we were on different wavelengths about the vision that I had. But what really struck me was when I asked her whether we would be able to borrow her awesome pink vintage car for the wedding and she happily agreed and also said that she herself would drive us (after setting up all morning at the venue).”

The brides met before the ceremony for a first look, Teegan explaining “When we had our very first discussions and started planning our wedding, we had I suppose, all of the traditional visions in our head….a sit down meal, a serious ceremony, high heels etc etc. Mahatia’s sister, who is an amazing advice giver and who always thinks outside of the box, told us to forget about any other wedding we had ever been to and forget about what “usually” happens at a wedding; and make our wedding truly OURS and a reflection of us and what is important to us.”

Teegan and Mahatia both wore gowns designed by Grace Loves Lace. Teegan explaining “Just like everything else with our wedding, I kept this process very simplified. I had found my Grace Loves Lace dress while looking online when we were overseas. Mahatia knew that she wanted a dress from Grace Loves Lace too. We flew to QLD with our sisters just for one night so that we could go to the QLD showroom and try dresses on. I knew that the Vida dress was the one for me, I had known since I saw it online so I only tried that one dress on. My instinct paid off with the Vida, because I absolutely loved it.”

Mahatia’s gown was also as equally easy to find, Teegan continuing “Mahatia tried on a few dresses, but none of them was really jumping out at us. Then we noticed some dresses on a rack that had a really unique lace. We were told that those dresses were from the BLANC range which had only just been released the night before. She tried on the Cedar and it was that definite “uh huh” moment when you know that dress is the one for you. The unique tribal lace matched Mahatia’s tattoos and edgy style perfectly; and the added bonus was that when we tried them on together, they looked beautiful and complimented each other perfectly.”

Teegan walked down the aisle with her parents, while Mahatia walked down the aisle with her mum – both brides choosing Joshua Radin’s “Today” as the processional.

Marry Me Dee officiated the ceremony, which began with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, Teegan explaining “One of the things that we decided was important to include was Mahatia’s cultural heritage. Mahatia is Aboriginal, which is a very spiritual culture. We included an acknowledgement of the land and an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony, which was performed by Mahatia’s mum. An Aboriginal Smoking ceremony is a cleansing process, whereby the elder calls upon the spirits of the land to cleanse our souls through the smoke so that we are pure at the time of making this life-altering commitment to one another.”

Of their photographer, Teegan remarks “When we first met with Christian I instantly became aware that he was a very emotionally intelligent person. He is great at reading people in situations, which means that he can really make you feel at ease and comfortable in situations that would usually be a bit awkward. But on top of that, he is probably the most genuine and caring person I’ve ever met.

He offered us one of his connection sessions, which took place a couple of months before our wedding. The connection session was amazing and Christian’s style of making his subjects feel at ease is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed before. Having this connection session was invaluable to us because it meant that we knew what to expect on the day of our wedding and that we were already comfortable with Christian and his photography style. We were so relaxed on the day that we were able to truly open ourselves up and connect with one another, despite him and his camera being present. We are so grateful for that connection session because it means that the photographic memories of our day will truly capture those raw emotions, rather than a stiff, posed portrait that has no feelings.”

The decor was very simple on the day, bright flowers, wooden pallets turned into a timeline and menus crafted by Teegan herself, fun signage, blankets and haybales keeping the vibe simple and cheerful. Teegan says “We both agree that there were a few individual details that came together on the day to create our favourite. These were the pallet tables, the flowers and the cheers sign on the bar. We feel like those three details brought all of the spaces from the day together as one whole space. We just loved how well everything we had planned out for so long, all came together and flowed so perfectly throughout the spaces.

Mahatia and Teegan chose the country venue of Baxter Barn for their wedding date, noting “While we were overseas, we got stuck in typhoon weather; which meant that we had lots of time to talk about wedding ideas and make a great Pinterest board! Baxter Barn was the first venue that Mahatia showed me.  The main thing that was important to us was a great outdoor venue with lawn space. We went and saw Baxter Barn when we got back to Australia and we booked it then and there. It was the first and last venue we looked at or considered.”

Guests celebrated with a cocktail reception as the sun went down, Teegan noting “The thing that I am really glad we did was to have the wedding that WE wanted. When planning a wedding so many people try to have input in the day, particularly family members. We had some people who weren’t very keen on the idea of a cocktail wedding and there were a few other aspects that people had input on too; but we stuck to the vision that WE had for the day to be what we wanted it to be and I am so glad that we did that and didn’t do things just for the sake of keeping other people happy, because it was absolutely perfect and all of the feedback we got from the guests was the same too – even about the cocktail food.”

“It is SO hard to only choose one favourite moment! I think my favourite part of the day was the feeling of the day. Everyone had said to me beforehand that it would be the best day of my life. I really didn’t believe them though. I feared it would all go by too quickly and that it would sort of be like when somebody else makes you a sandwich and it’s delicious but then when you make it yourself it’s never as good because you know what went into the process of making it.

I could not have been more wrong! The feeling of complete and utter love that was bursting from every seam of Baxter Barn on our wedding day was truly indescribable. Every single one of our guests had beaming smiles on their faces. Their words to us when congratulating us were so heartfelt, which was amazing because these positive affirmations aren’t things that are often said on a day to basis. I remember just looking around and being SO filled with happiness that all of these people were here with us, celebrating our love and they were having such a fun time.”

There was no first dance, the newlyweds deciding to join the dance floor whenever it took their fancy on the night.

Big congratulations to Teegan and Mahatia for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you to Christian Marc Photography for sharing the beautiful images!

Photographer: Christian Marc Photography / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Hair & Makeup Artist: Sophie Knox Makeup Artist / Flowers: Be Always Blooming Studio / Venue: Baxter Barn / Ceremony Officiant: Marry Me Dee / Cake Topper & Signage: Hexi / Band: Hurricane Duo / Ceremony Musicians: Andy Forster

Astrid & Benn’s Fun Urban Cafe Wedding With Bright Details

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Astrid & Benn

If one could describe the perfect city Summer day, then I think this celebration is it. An urban cafe with bright details it was all about the relaxed vibes, the feeling of catching up casually friends,  enjoying the gorgeous shade of the city gardens, and incredible surprises (I love what they announced right after their first kiss!). Jessica Mason Photography was there to capture it all in vivid colour.

Astrid tells us the story of how these two came to be. “We met on a dance floor during a night out after too many drinks! Not a really romantic, fairytale story but it worked out well for us.”

Astrid and Benn said their vows in Victoria Gardens, Prahran, Astrid telling “We wanted an outdoor garden ceremony and this was the perfect spot. The gardens were walking distance from the reception venue also.”

The bride walked down the aisle to “Higher Love” played on guitar by Benn’s guitar teacher.

Wendy McRae officiated the ceremony, Astrid remembering “Our ceremony was relaxed and intimate. We had the most fantastic celebrant (Wendy McRae) who helped us to customise every part of the ceremony to really feel like ‘us’. We had one reading – Blessing of the Hands.”

But as the couple kissed and turned back to their guests, there was one very special announcement they wanted to make. Astrid remembers “The most special part of the ceremony was that we announced to everyone at the end of the service that we were expecting a baby.”

Of their photographer, Astrid notes “We love Jess’s style and her way of capturing natural, genuine moments rather than staged shots. She captured so many special, candid moments on the day and we were not aware of the camera being there for most of the day.”

Bright and beautiful were the bouquets styled by Georgie Boy Flowers. “We were spoiled with the most gorgeous colourful flowers from Georgie Boy (florist). I simply requested lots of bright, vibrant colours and the florist did the rest. They did an amazing job!” says the bride.

The bride chose a lace gown by Lover noting “I love their whole range, but this dress really suited the relaxed, boho feel we were aiming for with our wedding.” The groom donned shorts from Saba, after a funny story, a favourite of the couple, tells of the groom showing up to a friend’s wedding in shorts on a 40-degree day. 

“We were happy that we did everything our way on the day, and the wedding really felt like a reflection of us.” says Astrid.

The guests celebrated with a cocktail reception at Hobba Cafe. Astrid says “We chose Hobba because it suited the relaxed feel we were after for the reception. It is a lovely industrial looking space with exposed brick walls and steel beams. The building is a converted car workshop/garage. The staff were fantastic and so accommodating.”

Congratulations on your marriage (and impending arrival!) Astrid and Benn! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Jessica Mason Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous day!

Photographer: Jessica Mason Photography / Bride's Dress: Lover / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Hair & Makeup Artist: Nicole Groch / Flowers: Georgie Boy Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Victoria Gardens Prahran / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy McRae / Reception Venue: Hobba Cafe / Wedding Cake: Cupcake Occasion / Wedding Ring: Abbie Seymour

Amy & Travis’ Romantic Mount Helena Backyard Wedding

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Amy & Travis

Honestly, if Spring brings one thing to life we love – it’s garden weddings! The romance of pretty pastels, beautiful blooms and the dappled shade of the trees is not lost on me and the romantic Mount Helena backyard wedding captured beautifully by Amy Skinner Photography.

The story of how these two came to be unfolded at work. Travis remembering “The very moment I laid eyes on Amy, I knew I was going to marry her”, with Amy telling “I remember seeing him walk through the room, his smile lit up my world – at that one moment, I remember feeling everything was going in slow motion”.
Travis finally asking for Amy’s number – the couple’s first date was meeting all of Amy’s immediate family, with her Mum’s famous lasagna!

The couple had chosen another venue before cancelling it for a backyard wedding, Amy explaining “In our minds, the venue was simple – all we wanted was beautiful green grass, with trees and an area for a big white marquee. We had originally booked a vineyard, but as time got closer, we had been to Amy’s Uncle’s property in Mt. Helena and decided to change venue. We fell in love with this place. It was exactly what we had been looking for. Open space, lots of greenery, beautiful wisteria vines, a lake and baby ducklings and chicks to top it off!”

Amy walked down the aisle with her father to Train’s “Marry Me”. Upon her arm were two horseshoes – also carried by her mum and aunties on their own wedding days.

Wendy Clark performed the ceremony, Amy remembering “The ceremony was beautiful – hearing each other’s vows was simply breathtaking. It was a very emotional experience.”

 

Of their photography, Amy tells “Amy Skinner is simply amazing! We had so much fun on our bridal shoot. Amy made everyone feel so relaxed. It was fun, easy going and thoroughly enjoyable! The photo shoot at the Wild Goose Cafe was one of the highlights of our day. Lots of laughs and sneaky kisses were had by the Bride and Groom!”

 Lace Petals & Hearts styled the bouquets and styled the celebration, Amy explaining “The flowers were simply amazing! I always had an image in my head of what I wanted, but could never find the perfect match on Pinterest! My sister, Hannah, found Lace, Petals and Hearts online. The very first time we met with Jess, we just knew she was the lady to style our wedding & create the most beautiful bouquets! They were picture perfect – everything I had dreamed of!”

Most of the wedding decor was handmade by the couple, Amy remarking  “I can recall many nights where my lovely Bridesmaids, Mum & Aunties came around for a girl’s night to decorate jars with lace, hessian and ribbon. Mum made beautifully handcrafted dream-catchers. Rustic wooden signs were made from scratch and painted. Old, rustic wheelbarrows were collected, as a feature to keep all drinks on the day icy cold. All furniture was sourced ourselves.”

The newlyweds chose Dirty Dancing’s “Time Of My Life” for their first dance, choreographed through many nights spent on Youtube!

Swift Hound Films captured this beautiful day that I think so wonderfully tells the story in motion.

Congratulations on your marriage Amy and Travis! Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Amy Skinner Photography for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Amy Skinner Photography / Cinematographer: Swift Hound Films / Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli / Bridal Salon: The Gown Gallery / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides Selection / Makeup Artist: A Brush With Colour / Hairstylist: The One Hair & Body / Flowers: Lace Petals & Hearts / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy Clark / Venue: Private Property / Transport: Stylish Kombi Tours