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Bright & Modern Pantone Inspired Bridal Shower

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The gorgeous styling of today’s bright & modern Pantone inspired bridal shower is an absolute feast for the eyes. From the gorgeous pink chairs, the incredible balloon garland, the floral necklaces, the floral wall, the pink painted macarons and ice cream cone cupcakes – the sweet details are never ending and the most beautiful inspiration for your own bridal shower luncheon.

Coordinated and styled by Jayne of Opulenticity Party & Event Styling, the shoot was inspired by the Pantone colours of Pink Yarrow & Pale Dogwood. Paired with stunning greenery and foliage in the raw, industrial setting of an old factory, the shoot took on a moody, modern vibe,  She tells “Whilst I love the trend of what is currently in the wedding scene, I wanted to return to a little more traditional but still the modern outlook.”

An amazing team pulled this shoot – Jayne of Opulenticity Party & Event Styling working with Lifa Wall Photography at the gorgeous The Old Pickle Factory. The team worked with furniture from M Events Hire  Higher EventsThe Vintage Table and A La TableNiknaks Sweetest TreatsBelladonnas Sweet Treats and Sugar & Salt Cookies created the decadent delightful cakes and desserts that adorned the table, Squiddlyink created the tropical inspired stationery suite, while  Jane & Jones Flower Co, Bloss & Co and Favor Lane Party Boutique styled the lush florals and decor elements. The fun balloon garland, that acted as a gorgeous modern backdrop was created by  The Little Balloonery.

Our bride and her friends (Sonia Decan, Ashleigh O’reilly, Danielle Klimczak and Timeea Tus dressed in blush, pink, magenta and mint green gowns from Nora & Elle with their hair and makeup by Johanna Session Stylist and Kathryn Osmetti Makeup Artist.

Photographer: Lifa Wall Photography / Styling: Opulenticity Party & Event Styling / Venue: The Old Pickle Factory / Rental Furniture: M Events Hire / Rental Furniture: Higher Events / Rental Furniture: The Vintage Table / Rental Furniture: A La Table / Other: The Little Balloonery / Catering: Niknaks Sweetest Treats / Catering: Belladonnas Sweet Treats / Catering: Sugar & Salt Cookies / Invitations & Stationery: Squiddlyink / Flowers & Decor: Favor Lane Party Boutique / Flowers: Jane & Jones Flower Co / Flowers & Decor: Bloss & Co / Hairstylist: Johanna Session Stylist / Makeup Artist: Kathryn Osmetti Makeup Artist / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nora & Elle / Model: Sonia Decan / Model: Ashleigh O’reilly / Model: Danielle Klimczak / Other: Timeea Tus
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Friday Roundup

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Image by I Love Wednesdays via Kellie & Phil’s Whimsical Sydney Garden Wedding

It has been such a lovely week of my favourite kind of weather – crisp Autumn days with golden leaves and grey miserable days that are perfect for big cups of tea, good tunes and weddings! What have you been up to this week? We have been filling the blogs with plenty of gorgeous weddings to inspire you, so let’s round it up!

Talking wedding films in What Would They Know? Alex Li and Marco Ang of Memento Films

Lizzie shares wedding wisdom in Inspired Words

Choosing The Car Of Your Dreams!

My Inspiration – Victoria From The Gathering Florist

Incredible Infinity Pools Around The World

My Most Important Tool Of The Trade – Kit From Kit Haselden Photography

Loving Jaeden’s smart country Groom Style

Diary of a Three Day Romantic Trip To Paris

In Love With My Flowers – Emily

Whip up our delicious Russian Raspberry Mule

6 Things To Consider When Selecting Your Invitations

So delicious! Belgian White Chocolate Rocky Road Recipe

Top 10 Tips For An Effortless Outdoor Wedding

Want to marry by the water? Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel have a brilliant Winter wedding special for couples holding their wedding in June – August 2017. On top of premium upgrades on food and beverages, and complimentary boutique accommodation couples can select an additional add-on of either a complimentary wedding ceremony package, or photo booth, or floral package, or a complimentary glass of champagne. T+C’s apply- check it out here!

The Farm Yarra Valley are hosting a wedding open day on Friday 9th of June with their favourite vendors! Enjoy the open day with a glass of wine from their on-site cellar door as you enjoy the venue and meet their wedding pros! Find out more on their website here.

Maria Elena is hosting a sample sale! The designer’s beautifully jewelled hairpieces and accessories are up to 50% off! With visit the website to shop!

 

Our film of the week was shot and produced by the team at Tin Drum. With a stunning country location, the wedding of Jordy & Jake was filled with the most hilarious version of a music video clip that is pretty much guaranteed to make you smile. Here’s a couple that is all about the fun and not taking themselves too seriously – and that we love!

Pronovias Grants Your Wedding Day Wishes

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Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week had haute couture backstage moments, a smorgasbord of dreamy gowns and free flowing flutes of Cava. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more magical; along came Pronovias’ wedding dresses to prove us wrong.

As is tradition for Fashion Weeks around the globe, BBFW 2017 saved its best (and biggest) show until last. The internationally renowned label made fairy tales come to life with its new Atelier 2018 Collection entitled ‘Wish’. The show was set within the cavernous Great Hall of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Art Museum of Catalonia) itself nestled inside the rather magnificent National Palace.

Here, Pronovias created a reflective, mirrored boulevard on which to showcase its wedding gowns. This mise en scène was lined with larger-than-life, ornate street lamps. A fully functioning wishing well complete with merrily flowing streams of water took up pride of place at centre stage. A full house of 2000 guests watched as a quartet of Victoria’s Secret Angels Romee Strijd, Martha Hunt, Cindy Bruna and Bregje Heinen transformed from angels into – if we’re in keeping with the ‘Wish’ theme – our fairy godmothers for the evening.

Yet it was up to Pronovias themselves to grant brides’ wishes of finding their perfect wedding dress. Here’s how the label’s creative director Hervé Moreau is doing just that this wedding season. Heavily reminiscent of the streams of water that arch from a fountain, were glittering strands of white gemstones that Pronovias has looping and leaping from the signature dresses of the ‘Wish’ collection. The finale dress, in particular, was entirely covered with these crystallised ribbons, which created an effect of rivulets of water dripping from the body after an impromptu dip (in Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuïc perhaps?)

The popular mermaid silhouette, accented by deep-diving necklines, held strong in keeping with the aquatic theme. Shirred crepe and light-as-air organza provided fluidity of movement to hemlines as brides walked down the aisle. And, just like The Little Mermaid’s Ariel, a selection of Pronovias’ ‘Wish’ gowns can also undertake a transformation via detachable cape veils and skirts.

So save your pennies from the wishing well. Pronovias will grant your wishes instead.

Photography by Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week.

Ms Fleur De Lys travelled to Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week courtesy of Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week Week and Pronovias.

Kristen & Eric ‘s Surprise Botanical Gardens Wedding

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Kristen & Eric

Surprising family and friends with a wedding before the planned celebration? This surprise botanical gardens wedding from Caroline Chandler seems like the most beautiful way to spend a sunny Wednesday! Wanting a dear friend to marry them on their “planned” wedding day, they chose a casual pre-wedding picnic turned wedding, to cross off all the legal requirements for their ceremony and in turn, celebrated with two fun weddings in one week!

But before we get into how it all went down, Kristen shares how she and Eric met. “We met on day five of a school camp – I was the teacher and Eric the coordinator, getting married in the Royal Botanic Gardens and later the bush in Marysville was a very natural choice.”

Family gathered for a picnic, with Eric’s family having arrived from Canada to meet each other’s families for the first time. Kristen remembering “We picked a tree in the Botanic Gardens and lined this up in advance with our photographer, Caroline Chandler, and our celebrant, Georgia Mills. We had our families meet us there under the guise of a ‘let’s introduce all of our siblings before the actual wedding on Saturday’s picnic and then at 11 am we asked everyone to sit down on picnic blankets. We said, ‘we wanted you all to meet before we got married – so now that you’ve all met, we can get married!’ This was quite hilarious because we figured that would get things started – except no one got it. They just said, ‘Great! Looking forward to Saturday!’ Super awkward beginning!”

“We had a few readings between the two ceremonies – ‘Oh! The places you’ll go’ by Dr Seuss, and an old children’s book about friendship that I love called ‘I Like You.’ Eric and I actually did that reading because we couldn’t ask the family to do it, being a surprise. My brother and his partner were the only ones in on the surprise, and they read us Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Pathways’.”

Georgia Mills officiated the Wednesday wedding, Kristen explaining “Georgia Mills was a wonderful celebrant – she really made an effort to personalise the ceremony for us. She had us tell her things that we love about each other via email and she read them out in front of everyone (cue tears, lots of tears). We wrote our own vows and I’m so glad we did. We avoided reading sample vows online, too, in the hope that they would come out more heartfelt. Something I learned that no one has ever told me was how crazy fun saying your vows are. I figured I’d be a wuss (I was) but lots of laugh-crying happens and they’re actually super good fun. (We clearly enjoyed it because we did it all again with our friends on Saturday!). It’s probably because your favourite person in the world says all these nice things about you and you realise you get to keep doing that for a very long time.”

 

Of their photographer, Kristen tells “Caroline was incredible! She is so down-to-earth and calm, which is exactly what you want on such a busy day. Her style is clean, sharp images and they are very natural, avoiding that bridal stylised look. She does her best work when left to snap candid, natural moments throughout the day and not focusing on the classic posey-bridal shots that we didn’t want. She’s a total ninja – I’ve been to weddings where the photographer is bossing everyone around, but Caroline moved quietly and captured every moment subtly.

We were so thrilled with her photos and how fast she was in getting them all edited and back to us. We were so lucky having her to capture our big day(s)!”

At a scout camp in Macedon, Saturday’s wedding began.

For the wedding say, Kristen chose a Laure de Sagazan dress, telling “On the Wednesday wedding in the Botanic Gardens, I wore a hand-me-down dress from a girlfriend and a fake flower crown I found on Etsy. Since it was a surprise wedding, I had to save my actual wedding dress that I bought in France from Laure de Sagazan for the big post-elopement party on Saturday, or it would have immediately given it away to everyone! That was hard as I was completely in love with it, but it was so much fun dancing in it on Saturday. I found dress shopping in Melbourne quite demoralising – everything’s so expensive and overly bridal, which wasn’t what I wanted. I ended up Googling French search terms describing exactly what I wanted – knee-length, cap sleeves, silk and broderie Anglaise – and stumbled upon Laure de Sagazan’s magnificent dresses. I already had a trip planned so adding in a visit to her Atelier was so much fun.”

Van Wyk Flowers created the floral arrangements “We couldn’t have any flowers on Wednesday or it would have been a dead giveaway. But in the spirit of the village throwing the party which we really aimed for on Saturday, the mother of one of my students, Peggy of Van Wyk Flowers, did a beautiful job of our native bouquets and flower crown with queen proteas and silver dollar gum leaves for the Saturday.”

Kristen and Eric chose a good friend to perform their Saturday wedding ceremony.

Guests each partook in a special ceremony, the bride remembering “We borrowed a tradition from Eric’s sister, having the whole community bind their wrists with yarn and say a vow together to help support us in our marriage. They then left them tied for the duration of the camping weekend, although Eric and I are seeing if we can keep ours on until our first anniversary!”

“Being cheese fiends, I was adamant about having wheels of cheese cake with amazing cheeses making up the towers – I even refused to delegate its construction so at 7 pm on a Saturday night, Eric and I slipped away to put it all together without getting any of it on my dress! Nailed it. We bought our cheese from Bruny Island Cheese Co, Prom Country and our friend at Alexandrina Cheese Co made us an epic wheel of cheddar.”

There was plenty, and by that I mean plenty of dancing thanks to The Scrims. Kristen remarking “At midnight, my Nan was still toe-tapping with her cuppa in hand to their gypsy versions of everything from P.I.M.P. to Disney classics. That says a lot about their ability to keep the entire party on the dance floor for several hours.”

“When the clock hit midnight, our face-painting friend Steph cracked out the glitter and painted all the faces of the remaining dance floor bandits. We couldn’t get it all off for weeks, so it was a constant reminder of how much fun that dance floor was!”

Congratulations Kristen and Eric! Thank you for sharing your Two weddings with us! Thank you also to Caroline Chandler  for sharing today’s celebrations!

Photographer: Caroline Chandler / Bride's Dress: Laure de Sagazan / Ceremony Officiant: Georgia Mills / Flowers: Van Wyk Flowers / Other: Royal Botanic Gardens / Signage: All By Hand + Co / Band: The Scrims / Wedding Ring: Krista McRae - E.g.etal / Wedding Ring: Uniform Black