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Sami & Rehan’s Elegant Mildura Wedding

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Sami & Rehan

Picture this: it’s a beautiful Summer’s day and you have just married the love of your life. The sun is shining down as you mosey down a stunning river in a historic paddle steamer with your favourite people. Today’s elegant Mildura wedding, captured by Lucinda May Photography made the most of the beautiful Mildura landscape as a love story unfolded.

The bride chose a pale blue gown by Maggie Sottero. Telling, “My gown was a silver dress with ivory lace over the top, it looked like a dusty blue and had amazing detail on the dress and the train. I loved picking out my wedding dress with my bridesmaids, mother, grandmother and auntie.”

 

The couple chose Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mildura for their ceremony, the bride walking down the aisle to “At The Beginning” by Anastasia, a nod to the bride’s love of Disney movies.

 

Of their ceremony, Sami remembers “Our Ceremony was in the Catholic church and we wanted to be family oriented and feel loving as well as fun. Throughout the church booklet, we included a number of Dr Seuss quotes following through the theme from our wedding invitations.

Our favourite was “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. – Dr Seuss.”

The couple chose a paddle steamer to take guests to the reception, Sami explaining “A very special part of our wedding was the paddle steamer cruise to the reception. We wanted to ensure the river was included in our day as we grew up on the river.”

 
 

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Our photographer was Lucinda May Photography and she did an amazing job to capture the special moments our day. We love all our photos.”

 

A country reception was held at Jimba Estate, Sami noting “We chose the paddle steamer and Jimba Estate as we grew up on the Murray River and it was always my dream to get married on the river. We wanted an outside reception with a beautiful view and chose the marquee with a deck to ensure we were covered in case of any weather changes and had the correct lighting for dinner and dancing.”

Inspired by the groom’s love of succulents, The Wooden Door  styled the floral arrangements and reception to be full of lush foliage and Australian natives.

 

“All of the photos were amazing. If I had to pick one favourite, I would choose one where we were laughing and quite casual as the sun set in the sunset photo.”

 

Of their first dance, the bride remembers “Our first dance was simple and we chose our favourite song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world’ by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.”

Congratulations on your marriage Sami and Rehan! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Lucinda May Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Lucinda May Photography / Styling: The Wooden Door / Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Abbey Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Liza Emmanuel Boutique / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Glamour Room / Hairstylist: Salon One5nine / Makeup Artist: Cherie Quinlivan / Makeup Artist: Louise Quinlivan / Flowers: The Wooden Door / Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mildura / Ceremony Officiant: Fr James / Reception Venue: Jimba Estate / Rentals: Select Events / Band: Funkenflurter / Catering: The Wooden Door / Wedding Cake: Rosanna Daniele Scullino / Transport: Mildura Paddle Steamers / Wedding Ring: Pure Envy
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Natasha & Ramon’s Lush Industrial Vintage Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Natasha & Ramon

Discovering the perfect venue led to this lush industrial vintage wedding being styled to perfection! Overflowing with gorgeous greens and filled with beautiful blooms, this wedding day is one to remember! Peppermint Photography captured the day.

Having met whilst working together at 1889 Enoteca, a restaurant in Woolloongabba in Brisbane, the couple decided to plan their wedding to be uniquely theirs. We love every moment!

Natasha tells of finding her dress, saying, ”I fell in love with a gown by Self Portrait. I saw a picture of it online and knew it was exactly what I wanted. I was hunting it down but it kept disappearing or getting really expensive! I had almost given up when a friend told me it was being sold on Facebook, brand new and for an amazing price. I took a punt, bought it and it fit perfectly! I had been to look at some bridal boutiques and tried on some beautiful dresses, but they were never what I wanted, so it was pretty amazing that it all worked out!” The groom wore a suit by The Cloakroom and shoes by Aquila.

Recalling their favourite moment of the day, the bride shares, ”It was seeing each other for the first time during our first look. It was great to do the first look before the ceremony, and really nice to have that moment to ourselves.”

The bride recalls finding their perfect venue, saying, ”Vieille Branche – The Old Branch was the first and only venue we looked at. I found some pictures on Instagram and couldn’t believe that the venue was in Brisbane! We went to check it out and within 5 minutes we knew that it was perfect for us.”

And in choosing vendors for the day, Natasha shares, ”We chose people who had worked in the space before – it’s quite unusual and we wanted those who were familiar with it. We picked Chris from Wild At Heart for our flowers. She made the most amazing arbor! We then picked Elizabeth Crossley for hair and makeup because Amanda from Peppermint Photography works with her often. Amanda, Chris and Elizabeth are now a little dream team that have been doing heaps of weddings together. They were amazing!”

Making the day their own, Natasha tells, ”We’re glad that we did the things we wanted. We didn’t feel that we had to do certain things just because it was a wedding tradition. We didn’t want a cake, instead we had a huge bottle of Champagne to share with everyone! And we didn’t want heaps of speeches, we created a wedding that was just ‘us’.”

The bride was walked down the aisle by her mum and dad to ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez, and the newlyweds left the room to ‘Elephant Gun’ by Beirut.

Surrounded by the lush decor and their friends and family, the bride and groom were thrilled with everyone who worked on their wedding. When asked for a favourite vendor, Natasha says, ”All of them! We couldn’t pick a favourite, they all nailed it. But definitely an incredible job by Josh Lopez – Executive Chef at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and his team. The food they created for us was unreal.”

The bride and groom danced their first dance as a married couple to ‘This Must Be The Place’ by Talking Heads, saying, ”It was magic!”

Congratulations to our beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day, and thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Peppermint Photography for your gorgeous photographs!

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Bride's Dress: Self Portrait / Groom's Attire: Pistols At Dawn / Groom's Attire: The Cloakroom / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Crossley / Flowers: Wild At Heart / Ceremony Officiant: James McLauchlan / Ceremony Venue: Vieille Branche - The Old Branch / Reception Venue: Vieille Branche - The Old Branch / Catering: Josh Lopez - Executive Chef at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

20 Glittering Gold Wedding Shoes

by | Bride, Shoes

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I love the idea of sparkling shoes on your wedding day and inspired by this morning’s beautiful bride, I am rounding up 20 glittering gold wedding shoes.

From crystal studded, to metallic leather, to glitter encrusted, from flat sandals to sky high heels – there is something inspirational here for anyone hoping to walk down the aisle with a little twinkle!

Michael Michael Kors Simone Glitter High Heel Sandals from BloomingdalesBHLDN Cristal Wedges. ASOS Peru Pointed High Heels, Jimmy Choo Romy 85 glitter pumps from MyTheresa. Chelsea Crew Fine Dining Metallic Heel from Modcloth, Klub Niko Marcela Laser Cutout Sandal from NordstromAsos Priya Heels, Nude Footwear Dakota heel from The IconicOscar de la Renta Ambria Embroidered Metallic Peep Toe Sandals from Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade Charm Peeptoes, Asos Hideaway Heeled Sandals, Novo Shoes Prestin Heels, BHLDN Shimmer Flats, Megan Hess x Shoes Of Prey Gold Sparkle Heel from David Jones, Sophia Webster Chiara Mid-Heel Wing Embroidered Metallic Leather Sandals from Saks Fifth AvenueBHLDN Brinley Heels, Emmy London Madeleine Heels, Marc Jacobs Emilie Strap sandals from MyTheresa

Rachel & James’ Handmade Country House Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Rachel & James

It is weddings like the handmade country house wedding of Rachel and James that make me excited for long Summer days. Captured by Tony Evans Photography, the day was filled with sunsets, drinks in the garden, laughter and homemade cake. The bride remarking “We wanted our wedding to be country house rustic with lots of friends helping out, with fun games, excellent music and good times.”

The bride wore a gorgeous gown from Bronx and Banco that featured a soft high low hemline. She paired it with gold sandals.

The bride and groom travelled to their ceremony in a blue ute, remembering “One of our venue hosts, Al, was kind enough to drive us down from the house to the dam where our ceremony took place in his old blue ute. We sat on the tray on a hay bale, with Tony clinging on to the side madly snapping pictures as we bumped through the paddock. Our favourite photo was from a little way back from the ute as Rachel jumped off the tray and onto the ground, heels and all.”

The couple arrived at the ceremony together and then walked down the aisle with their parents, Rachel explaining “We both walked down the aisle with our parents either side of us (so it was a pretty wide aisle). We chose Sally Seltmann’s ‘Harmony to my Heartbeat’, which we love a lot and has a lot more vibe to it than lots of the beautiful but softer and more sobering stuff we’ve heard at other weddings.”

Rose Girdwood officiated the ceremony, Rachel remembering “We asked a very close friend of both of us to officiate at our wedding, and she put together a really beautiful ceremony that was actually quite a surprise to us in many ways. She spoke beautifully about us and our relationship and she gave the ceremony a really personal feel, which was particularly important to us.”

The groom surprised the bride with a serenade. “My favourite detail of the day was when James sang a song he had composed for me during the ceremony. There were plenty of tears all around, covering the bridal party, parents and some guests too.”

The newlyweds note, of their bridal party “We both chose to have our siblings as our best ‘people’, with two sisters on the groom’s side and two sisters and a brother on the bride’s. It was a really special thing to have all of our siblings involved, as we’re really close. We still got to have our best mates in the ceremony, giving a series of amazing readings.”

The private property, that featured an 1860s bluestone house in Tylden, allowed the newlyweds to celebrate with their guests in an outdoor picnic style reception, enjoying decadent dinners by Verde Providore.

The floral arrangements were styled by friends, the bride remembering “Some friends of ours who have a particular eye for this sort of thing volunteered to put flowers together for us, which even involved an insanely early morning trip to the flower market. Their choices were really personal and appropriate. Not TOO much, and lots of natives.”

Family and friends baked their famous cakes for dessert.

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Tony Evans is a friend of ours and, having seen a lot of his work over the years, he was by far the number one pick to take photos of us. He’s just so great to get along with, very easy to talk to and to be around, and it helps that he takes pictures that are stunning.”

But the serenade at the ceremony was not the only surprise of the day, Rachel telling “It was a surprise and James figured it was the only surprise of the day. But then, after the speeches, Beyonce’s ‘Love on Top’ boomed from the speakers and Rachel and her closest friends were suddenly engulfing James in a flashmob dance routine. It was…unforgettable. And amazing.”

Congratulations on your marriage Rachel and James1 Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tony Evans Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous wedding!

Photographer: Tony Evans Photography / Bride's Dress: Bronx and Banco / Groom's Attire: Anthony Squires / Flowers: Family & Friends / Ceremony Officiant: Rose Girdwood / Venue: Private Home / Catering: Verde Providore