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Kimberley & Nick’s Sweet At Home Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements

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Kimberley & Nick

I love nothing more than being at home with Mr Polka, champagne and an amazing cheese board so you can imagine my delight seeing the at home engagement of Kimberley and Nick captured by Quince and Mulberry Studios. They remark, “We wanted something with our cat Leo, who we can’t get enough of. We love our new home and local suburb so we wanted to bring our own surroundings to life with us, where we live and breath our relationship everyday.”

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On how they met, Kimberley tells, “I met Nick almost 9 years ago when I was living in Melbourne. We met each other at a bar one Friday night drinks. A friend of mine pointed him out and that was it, I had to talk to him. We danced, but never swapped numbers so we almost didn’t see each other again. One Friday about a month later I was at the same bar and we bumped into each other again, and we went on our first date 2 days later.”

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The proposal was all about adventures, the bride to be remembering, “We have lived in Melbourne, London and now Brisbane together. Moving your life and only having each other to rely on teaches you so much about your relationship. After years of waiting, maybe a little bit of nagging, Nick proposed on the 2nd May 2015 with a surprise adventure quoting an article I had sent him to read earlier that week ‘happiness is found in experiences not things’.

“We are going on an experience” he said one morning – “you better get ready”. He surprised me horse riding in the Tambourine Mountains, and had prepared a home cooked three course meal with a bottle of 2007 French Champagne which was the same year we meet. He proposed over desert – creme brulee.”

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“I love Nick’s loyalty and discipline, it’s like nothing I have ever seen before, it inspires me. We are very different though, and we know together our synergies are the perfect balance, we have the same values too. I have always said, I could look at Nick forever.”

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Tiffany & David’s Relaxed Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Tiffany and David chose a beautiful feeling for their relaxed Brisbane wedding day. It was simple, it was sweet, but most of all it was true to their spirits. Tiffany crafted her own dress (and her bridesmaid’s gowns) herself and they celebrated with their guests over amazing food and wine. They worked with photographer Graham Murray Photography and planner  white + white weddings & events to pull together their day.

Tiffany and David share the story on how they met. “We used to catch the same train to school every morning, by chance. We slowly began to awkwardly talk to each other on a daily basis. That was exactly ten years ago, and we’ve been together ever since.”

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Tiffany made her wedding dress herself (and her bridesmaid’s dresses!), telling, “I actually made it myself out of ten metres of ivory silk dupion and six months of hard labour. It’s a simple sleeveless dress with a princess seamed bodice and a-line skirt with a 1.5m train. I make clothes for a hobby but said I would never be insane enough to make my own wedding dress. Then I started to shop for the style of dress I wanted (a really simple dress!) and I had trouble finding the style I wanted locally and I felt the ones I did find were too expensive. So I eventually decided to make it myself.”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Tiffany remembers, “We purchased the sheet music for a modern rearrangement of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. It was graciously played by the groom’s sister on the piano.”

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The couple chose Brisbane Grammar School – The Great Hall for their ceremony, noting, “We chose the hall to honour that we met during high school.”

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Lorraine Wright officiated the ceremony, Tiffany remarks, “We wanted the ceremony to be very personalised, but also short and sweet. We had several readings, taken from books and poems we both love. These included quotes from Haruki Murakami’s ‘Kafka On the Shore’, Markus Zusak’s ‘The Messenger’, David Guterson’s ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’, and Nick Harkaway’s ‘The Gone Away World’.”

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Of their photographer, Tiffany remarks, “Graham was really incredible, friendly and, most importantly, accommodating. He made sure the day was about us and always ran on our schedule. We also opted to hire Graham’s sidekick Andre, who was equally amazing. We cannot recommend Graham enough as a photographer – he was there when you needed him, but the rest of the time, he was mingling in the background, taking fantastic candid photos.”

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Tiffany and David chose The Queensland Museum – Collector’s Cafe for their reception celebrations choosing a woodland vibe.

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white + wedding weddings & events assisted Tiffany and David in planning their day, Tiffany explaining, “I have to admit my favourite part of wedding planning was not needing to do any of it at all. I’m not a real weddings sort of person so when I sat down and tried to plan it I became really overwhelmed. Even though getting a planner was a bit pricey, I didn’t regret it at all because I never had to deal with any of the logistics, and I was able to just show up and enjoy the day. All that I had to do was tell them my vision of what I wanted the wedding to look like, then they saw it through. Not only that, every time a guest or supplier threw a curve ball, they would take it in stride and sort out a solution.” In lieu of a wedding cake, a tower of red and blue macarons was created by Passion Tree Velvet. The groom’s mother created the guest favors.

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“Our wedding was casual, cozy, and a little big magical. We really just wanted it to be a reflection of who we were as a couple.”

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“I find a lot of brides forget it’s a day for two people, so I made sure it was definitely a collaborative effort from both of us. Other than that, every step of the planning was made to ensure that our friends and family would be enjoying themselves too. It’s impossible to have a good day if the people you love aren’t enjoying themselves either.”

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Of their first dance, Tiffany remembers, “We were not going to have a first dance at all, but on the day we were kind of forced into it! We ended up dancing awkwardly to ‘I Would Do Anything For You’ by Foster the People.”

Congratulations on your marriage Tiffany and David! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Graham Murray Photography and white + wedding weddings & events for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Graham Murray Photography / Wedding Planner & Stylist: white and wedding weddings & events / Bride’s Dress: Bride / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: SIBO Designs / Groom’s Attire: Institchu / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Institchu / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaid Accessories: Berricle / Flowers: Bouquet Boutique / Ceremony Venue: Brisbane Grammar School - The Great Hall / Ceremony Officiant: Lorraine Wright / Reception Venue: The Queensland Museum - Collector’s Cafe / Favors: Groom's Mother / Macaron Tower: Passion Tree Velvet

Friday Roundup

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Photo by Calli B Photography via Sigrid & Blake’s Elegant Maleny Manor Wedding

Did you breathe a sigh of relief this week Dotties? I feel a little more productive this week than normal, and believe it or not, still learning a lot about a better way to do things. The next few weeks are filled with celebrations and I am looking forward to toasting with champagne and eating cake. What are you up to?

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The photography in our chat with Matthew Evans of Matthew Evans Photography might just take your breath away

Rounding up our favourite handmade items in The Colour of Autumn

Eilish shares her post wedding Inspired Words

Some of our favourite celebrants are sharing their Favourite Bali Wedding Chapels

One for the groom – New Men’s Fragrances – Winter 2016

A fresh take on brush script with Beaujolais font

Love your music? Here’s the top tips on Picking The Right Live Band For Your Wedding

Beautiful touches in this Classic Melbourne Beachside Wedding

Luke shares his post wedding Inspired Memories

I am so making this Mini Fork Pom Pom Tutorial

Dreaming of sunshine? A Tropical Postcard Wedding At the InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa

A Few Rules To Help Match Your Shirt, Tie & Pocket Square

We sit down for 5 Minutes With…Fiona From Couture Wedding Planning

What a name for a cocktail! Looking forward to trying Flying Fish’s Nemesis

Ah this Elegant Maleny Manor Wedding is so gorgeous!

News roundup 20th may 2016

Couture Wedding Planning are celebrating their brand new website by taking $1000 off both their Haute Couture and Demi Couture Wedding Planning packages and $500 of their Couture Coordination Packages – check their website. To redeem the offer,  you must complete all the following steps: 1. Like @CoutureWeddingPlanning on Instagram, 2. Hashtag #coutureweddingsnewwebsiteoffer 3. Repost this image on your Instagram 4. Email info@coutureweddingplanning.com.au the screenshot of your repost and your name, mobile number and wedding date  so they can check their availability. Terms and conditions apply.

SugarLove Weddings are offering two very special offers! All new bookings during the month of May will receive a complementary engagement shoot valued at $1000 and if the time has come to get your album completed, or you’d like to add on to your package, they’re offering a 25% discount off any album purchase for two weeks!

Sydney wedding planners Pink Caviar Events have excitedly just moved to their brand new Sydney CBD office! Offering a range of services including planning, styling and coordinating your big day, Pink Caviar Events’ new location makes it even easier for you to drop by their office for a spot of planning! Photo above by Silk Truffle

Love reality TV? Find My Wedding Dress is casting for their brand new Australian TV show! Having trouble finding your wedding dress and want expert advice plus a little time in the spotlight? Head to the website to apply!

Our film of the week comes from Nathan Kaso Weddings. Abby and Leroy’s amazing Bay of Plenty New Zealand wedding was not spoiled by rain, in fact the rain only added to the utterly romantic feel of the day.

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