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Kayla and James’ Classic Urban Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Kayla & James

Kayla and James decided on a classic urban wedding for the start of their marriage. They kicked it all off with a traditional, beautiful church ceremony before going completely urban with a reception at the bare space of industrial space Lightspace. They chose Simon Peter Taylor to be there to capture it all.

James and I met through friends in late 2007 and finally had our first date in June 2008. “As we got to know each other more we realised we had been at many of the same parties, concerts, places – destined to meet!”

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The couple made sure to add plenty of sentimental touches into their wedding, the bride recalling, “I wore my Mum’s wedding veil (my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in February the same year). Unfortunately my Uncle Rob passed away in May so I organised a small keyring with his photo on one side and a photo of my maternal grandparents on their wedding day (who have also passed) on the other side. This was a nice addition to my bouquet and very special.”

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“As a wedding gift, my beautiful friend and co-worker Abbie Williamson did all the make-up for the bridesmaids, mum and I. She was absolutely wonderful and made us all feel so comfortable and beautiful! The make-up was perfect! Jodi Martin- Bye Bye Birdie Hair & Makeup is a brilliant stylist and as I was quite indecisive throughout the wedding process, Jodi ensured I still felt and looked like me – she is totally amazing and a lot of fun, she made the pre-wedding process a breeze!”

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Kayla tells, “I actually misplaced my earrings the day before so decided that night to shorten (with the help of my dad) my favourite chandelier drop earrings I had purchased in a little boutique in New York which became my “something old”. I also wore a pearl and diamond ring given to me by my parents a few years ago and a small love heart ring from Catbird Brooklyn which is a friendship ring between myself and two of my bridesmaids.”

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The ceremony was held at All Hallows Chapel, the bride explaining, “We got married at All Hallow’s Chapel where I attended school. I absolutely love this chapel and there is something so peaceful and angelic about the space. Since I was 13, I always imagined myself walking down the aisle there. I was so happy when James had as much appreciation for the chapel as I did!”

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Kayla walked down the aisle to “Yiruma- River Flows in You, this would have to be one of my favourite songs – it is so delicate, calming and romantic – the perfect touch to start our day.”

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“Our family were all involved in the service, our siblings read and nephews and nieces made up our flower girls and page boy. They totally stole the show!”

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The groom and groomsmen wore custom made suits from The Black Label while the bridesmaids wore sequin floor length gowns from White RunwayI actually changed my mind on the bridesmaid dresses 3 weeks before the wedding (talk about last minute) and so happy I did, the girls looked stunning and shone bright in photos! They were the perfect touch.”

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Of their photographer, Kayla tells, “Simon was amazing, we actually didn’t realise he was there most of the time which is what we wanted. His images are fun and warming, you can remember and feel every moment that he captures – we loved this! When we received the photo’s we were blown away, they are absolutely divine! Having an engagement shoot really helped as a “practice run” before the big day as well as giving us great photos!”

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The couple chose white+white weddings and events to design and manage their wedding, noting “They were AMAZING!”.

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Kayla and James chose Lightspace  for their reception, the bride telling, “We decided to have the reception at Lightspace – it had everything we were looking for; something different that you could really make your own by picking every aspect from food and alcohol to lighting and chairs. It allowed us to really express ourselves. The styling was fabulous and we were so happy with all the detailing, so much thought goes in to every item and it was nice to see and hear about our guests enjoying it all too!”

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Kayla tells, “The seating plan was printed and stuck on to a gorgeous gold mirror my mum and I found at an antique store in Paddington. The table numbers were bought online through Etsy and then spray painted white, our wedding planner also helped us tie a thick black ribbon around each napkin which was the perfect touch to each place setting. We also had hand painted gold glitter votives which sparkled all night with tea lights.”

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Kayla remembers, “Our wedding was the most romantic and glamorous day surrounded by our favourite loves: beautiful family and friends, special Brisbane locations, sentimental music, delicious food and wine, love, laughter and fun!”

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For their first dance, Kayla remembers, “James and I had been tossing up between two old favourites; My Stunning Mystery Companion by Jackson Browne or Crazy Love by Van Morrison. We decided last minute to have Crazy Love and then on the night Browne’s song started playing- meant to be! We saw Jackson Browne live when we first started dating and his acoustic music is a Sunday afternoon favourite of ours accompanied by long conversations and numerous glasses of Pinot!”

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The floral arrangements on the day were styled by The Butterfly Lounge  who also fulfilled another of the brides wishes. Kayla tells, “As we were leaving for our honeymoon a few days later (which was a a complete surprise organised by James and I did not know until I arrived at the international airport), I couldn’t bare to think all the amazing flowers from the Butterfly Lounge would go to waste. Susie is just incredible with creating an ambiance with flowers – she completely nailed what we had dreamt about! At the end of the night we set up a “Flower Station” so when guests left, the W&W team helped us to bunch flowers together in butchers paper and twine to thank them for attending and sharing in our special day. It was a beautiful touch and allowed the wedding memories to last a few more days in their homes!”

Congratulations Kayla and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Simon Peter Taylor and white+white weddings and events for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Simon Peter Taylor / Other: Josh Richards / Other: white+white weddings and events / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Bridesmaid Accessories: Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: The Black Label (Custom made) / Groomsmen Attire: The Black Label (Custom made) / Hairstylist: Jodi Martin- Bye Bye Birdie Hair & Makeup / Makeup Artist: Abbie Williamson / Other: The Butterfly Lounge / Invitations & Stationery: Devereux Creative / Ceremony Venue: All Hallows Chapel / Reception Venue: Lightspace / Rental Furniture: Epic Empire / Lighting: AV Ideas / Linens: Covered / Catering: Zen Catering / Cake Baker: A Little Cake Place (Friend) / Band: Lure from Rush Entertainment / Favors: hocolate Classic Brownies from Dello Mano, Fortitude Valley / Other: A Classic Benz / Other: Lannah Dunn / Other: Phenix Jewellery Brisbane
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Colourful Tablescape Inspiration From Bonnie & Neil

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Styling


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When I first saw these bright and colourful images from much loved home-wares designer Bonnie & Neil I fell in love. The beautiful bold colours, the floral garlands, the sherbet coloured chairs, the mismatched plates. The entire setting can be so easily replicated for a wedding – bold bright, abstract patterns and colours with plenty of bloom filled touches!

The shoot, which showcases the brand new Bonnie & Neil South Pacific Collection captured by Armelle Habib and styled by Heather Nette King perfectly blends rich turquoise with cranberry,  soft sherbet pink with green, blue and yellow and watermelon pinks with hues of Summer. The styling never looking tizzy or over the top, grounded by the natural linen tones of the raw materials.

Designers Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie are continually inspired by their backgrounds in floristry, art, textiles, furniture and set design creating everything from unique screen printed linen cushions, wall tiles, to ceramics and bedding. My favourites? The tablecloths and runners (such a fun and bright addition to the tables at your reception!).

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Modern Bridal Hairpieces & Jewels From Teeki + The Adorn Collective

by | Accessories, Bride, Jewellery


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Sparkling crystals, glittering sequins and  Teeki + The Adorn Collective have combined forces to create a beautiful range of bridal jewellery pieces that suit brides, bridesmaids and even work as accessories for mothers of the bride or groom! You know Teeki for her incredible range of handmade bridal hairpieces and we’ve come to know and love The Adorn Collective for their bold, fashion inspired jewels so when these two forces combined, it was always going to be special!

With five key versatile pieces, the bridal collection features three necklaces, a pair of statement earrings and a bracelet – each can be worn together in a stacked dramatic, glittering look or alone for something more subtle.

From “Eva” a glittering crystal pendant with art deco style emerald cut crystals, to “Christy” a bracelet of daisy style crystal gemstones, “Helena” a tiered necklace with bold crystals and “Naomi” a modern take on crystal teardrop earrings.  Teeki even created more bohemian inspired hair chains to matched the jewelled looks.

To show off the collection in typical Teeki free spirit glory, the team rounded up beautiful gowns from Karen Willis Holmes, beautiful floral arrangements from Clementine Posy and hair and makeup by Deelush Hair and Lianne Claire then enlisted Scott Surplice Photography to capture it all. Those aubergine toned bouquets and berry lips are a stunning combination with the incredible sparkle of this collaboration!

The Teeki + The Adorn Collective is available online now!

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Other: Teeki / Other: Karen Willis Holmes / Other: Clementine Posy / Photographer: Scott Surplice Photography / Hairstylist: Deelush Hair / Other: Lianne Claire / Other: Teeki + The Adorn Collective

Dee & Rafal’s Colourful Indian Polish Wedding

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


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Dee & Rafal certainly embraced their own respective cultures with their two day wedding festival! They kicked off with a traditional Hindu ceremony and followed the next day with a Polish Catholic ceremony – ending it all with an epic party. Each part of their culture and family represented in the smallest but most significant of ways. Elleni Toumpas Photography was there to capture it all.

Dee tells the story of how they met. “We met at the Year 12 formal, we always had a couple of classes together however became good friends towards the end of VCE ”

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The bridal party wore custom outfits for the Hindu ceremony, the bride telling, “We wore gorgeous hand design Mehendi Colourful outfits – all custom orders and not overly traditional, we went with a more modern touch for the Indian outfits.”

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Celebrations spanned two days, with the traditional Hindu wedding taking place at Arthur Wren Hall. Dee noting, “The community hall to enabled us to be able to complete the specifics of a Hindu ceremony.”

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Dee describes the day as, “Timeless elegance with modern cultural twists – “interracial” was the word of the day.”

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Dee explains, “Flowers represent positive blessings, the small fire represents the removal of bad energy and the white lines we stand in represent seven promises taken in front of witnesses.”

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Of their photographer, Dee notes, “Elleni Toumpas was always our choice from the moment we met over coffee; she had the same vision and sense of humour that we shared. Her style of photography depicts the exact mood of both days.”

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The night ended with plenty of dancing!

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For the Catholic wedding, Dee chose a gown by Baccini & Hill. Hair and makeup artists Janice Wu and Andrea Michich styled the hair and makeup looks.

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The groom and groomsmen met the bride and bridesmaids at the bride’s parent’s home for a first look.

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Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough was chosen for the Catholic ceremony, a church which had connections to the groom’s family. For the Catholic ceremony processional, Dee chose “Ave Maria which was sung by the angelic voice of the nun from the church.”

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In Polish tradition, the newlyweds were showered with coins and petals.

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“NGV for our photo shoot was idyllic for us as it has an industrial and iconic look followed by the sheds at Docklands which is a favourite area of ours.”

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The weddings culminated in a gorgeous reception at Sketch complete with gold, white and black chevron cake by Cherrytree Bakehouse. Dee noting, “The cake was fun and modern with yummy flavours like Salted Caramel.”

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The bride handmade the favors for both weddings – a mix of Polish pickles and Bhuja mix!

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Of their first dance, Dee tells, “The hardest decision was ‘what were we going to dance to’ something which wasn’t too slow, too fast and too cliché – we chose Quando Quando Quando by Michael Buble and Nelly Furtado as a modern version of a romantic song.”

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“Speeches were kept minimal and light so there was more time to get on the dance floor. The sunset, indoor lighting and dancing was exactly how we wanted our night to finish – the dance floor kept breaking apart!”

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Congratulations Dee & Rafal! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Elleni Toumpas Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Elleni Toumpas Photography / Cinematographer: Brown Shoes Productions / Bride’s Dress: (Catholic Wedding) Baccini & Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groom’s Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Groomsmen Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Bridesmaid Dresses: (Catholic Wedding) White Runway / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Hairstylist: Andrea Michich / Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Andrea Michich / Flowers: Ivy and Eve Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Paperwhites Press / Ceremony Venue: (Hindu Ceremony) Arthur Wren Hall / Ceremony Venue: (Catholic Ceremony) Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough / Styling: (Hindu Wedding) The Centre Piece Co / Styling : (Catholic Wedding) Ivy & Eve Flowers / Musician: (Hindu Wedding) DJ Ajay / Reception Venue: Sketch / Band: Press Play / Favors: Handmade by bride / Cake Baker: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Custom Made
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