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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Carribbean Honeymoon

Photo from Justina and Wesley’s Caribbean Honeymoon

That picture above ultimately doesn’t look real does it? It is though, and the honeymoon stories that goes along with it is so deliciously wonderful I urge you to grab a cup of tea and go and read it. Especially if Winter has you in the blues!

Did you check out the Polka Dot blogs this week? So many stories we told and amazing vendors we met! Let’s round it up!


Love the idea of a beautifully made tie or bowtie? We chatted to Emily Revell of Huxby Haberdashery

Too much to love in this Magical Forest Wedding

For the whimsical nature lovers, our favourite Butterfly Hairpieces

What goes into a spectacular wedding? The Inspiration Behind A Floral Wonderland

The Latest Gift Ideas for Groomsmen

We go behind the door with Canary Jane’s Flowers

Swish Bridal Design shares her favourite wedding vendors!

Surprise! Read all about Toni and Tom’s Sunrise Proposal

Simple and elegant- Tuesday type introduces us to Sant’Elia Script

A honeymoon that will have you dreaming of long Summer days and Aqua waters- Justina and Wesley’s Caribbean Honeymoon

Grange Cleveland Winery share their recipe for the ultimate Orange Yoghurt Panna Cotta

Whats the perfect Friday cocktail? Meet the Night Cap

Love the chic design of Akira? Then get along to their first bridal event! Not only will Akira himself be there, but so will limited and exclusive pieces from his bridal archive to buy, and current collection gowns at heavily reduced prices. The event will be held at the Akira Woollahra Boutique, Sydney, on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August. To book your place, email

My Wedding Decor are in competition mode and you could win your favourite item from their site! Head to their website to enter.

Queenslanders! Let me introduce you to a brand new wedding event. white+white Field Days is a four day event full of wedding inspiration, workshops, displays, and wedding fun! Designed as a wedding fairground, attendees can wander through the event for makeup tips, expert tips and tricks, glasses of bubbles and sweet treats, floral sensations and even meeting fashion designers like George Wu. The new concept will get your senses buzzing as you experience all it has to offer. For the full schedule, visit the website.

The White Tree are hosting an epic Queensland wedding giveaway with over $10,000 in prizes to celebrate their launch night at the Brooklyn Standard. Head to their Facebook page for further details.

Beecroft florist La Vie En Rose are holding a Christmas in July workshop on Monday 27th of July 5.30pm-8pm. Get along to learn how to make Christmas wreaths, table centrepieces and Christmas garlands all while enjoying great company and delicious food and drink!  To book your place, call (02) 9875 4000

Sunday October 25th will Sydney wedding festival Love On The Lawn take place again! Held at Hunter Valley Hope Estate, the event showcases live entertainment, beautiful gowns, wine and food tastings and a real festival experience! Book your tickets here.

Photographers listen up! The mEYE World Photographic Competition is open! Supporting the Macular Disease Foundation Australia in raising awareness of macular disease, the competition asks entrants to submit a photo with the theme “See My World” for the chance to win great prizes including a Nikon D610, a Nikon 28-300mm lens, a One year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud and much more! Check out the website to enter.

Beautiful Taradale wedding venue Churchill are hosting a Winter feast! On Saturday, 15th of August the event venue will open it’s doors for a sumptuous Winter feast with beautiful styling and amazing florals.  Visit the website to book your ticket.

Our film of the week this week comes from wedding cinematographers Soda Films. Beautifully shot, the film of Sarah & Ben tells the wonderful story of their wedding day. From the emotion of the ceremony, to the celebration and dancing of the reception!

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Bree and Andrew’s Spring Garden Estate Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Wedding Jacaranda Tree

Bree & Andrew

If there is one element that enchants me in  today’s Spring garden estate wedding, the blossoming jacaranda tree is it. What an incredible backdrop it sets for Bree and Andrew’s Spring celebration. A day that was filled with as much warmth and beauty as that tree, and captured by Blue Robin Wedding Photography.

The newlyweds tell their story. “We are both doctors and met on a busy night shift while Andrew was running a rather chaotic (as usual) emergency department at Nambour Hospital. Bree was the visiting surgical registrar and couldn’t quite understand why, despite all that was going on, Andrew was asking her questions unrelated to work…after a long while she cottoned on – she was being chatted up.”

Groom with pale blue tie

Andrew chose a navy Gibson suit with powder blue tie.

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The stationery was a wonderful part of the day, guests receiving, “Beautiful letterpress stationery from Deciduous Press in Tasmania with custom blended ink to match the jacaranda blooms and customised wedding Whileaway Guides enticing our overseas guests to the Sunshine Coast. The girls at Deciduous Press and Whileaway Guides were wonderful to work with, nothing was too much trouble and we were absolutely delighted with our stationery.”

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Bree remembers, “My earrings were a wedding day gift from Andrew, and matched perfectly with my mum’s delicate diamond bracelet. I loved practicing the “hand over” with my dad…he is quite the emotional chap.”

Bride in Paul Huntbride with father peeking

Paul Hunt designed Bree’s wedding gown, Andrew remarking, “When we first started talking about our wedding, I (Andrew) sketched out what I imagined Bree would wear on the day. It was a simple yet elegant design limited by my artistic talent! That is where my input ended and Bree’s wedding dress designer Paul Hunt took over! (I have to take some credit!). Paul had a studio on James Street in Brisbane which Bree would drive past as a teenager and admire the window displays from afar! She convinced me that a custom made dress would be perfect and the only way to go. It turned out to be beyond amazing.”

Bree continues, “I knew I wanted lace, and I wanted a dress that fitted me properly. Paul designed a beautiful couture gown of French corded Chantilly lace and silk organza with a hand embroidered neckline, and the process of building the dress from calico was wonderful. And the final product was just stunning – perfectly formed and completely me! And not too far from the original ‘guess’ that Andrew had submitted!”

Bridesmaids in navy lace dresses

Bride wearing Paul HuntPeach Rose Bouquet

Mondo Floral Designs created the beautiful floral arrangements for the day, Bree remembering, “The beautiful Terrianne from Mondo Floral Designs created my delicious bouquet and the stunning florals throughout the day. When I first met Terrianne, I knew that our flowers would be lovely but on the day they were even more beautiful and fragrant then I could have ever imagined.”

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Ceremony At Spicers

Bree and Andrew chose Spicers Clovelly Estate for their wedding, telling, “Spicers Clovelly Estate is a stunning boutique lodge nestled in the hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We (actually Bree) had planned our wedding well in advance to coincide with the jacaranda trees blooming and a burst of warm weather a couple of weeks before the big day set the trees flowering. It turned out to be a perfect spring day and we were surrounded by a cacophony of trees in bloom, silky oaks, jasmine, gardenias and the deep purple of the jacarandas.

We were treated to an amazing five course degustation menu for our reception, dining on the library deck beneath the stars and lanterns. The food was truly delicious and the wine perfect to match. The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. And 26 of our close family and friends were able to stay on site in the luxurious guest rooms, which was lovely.”

Spicers Clovelly Estate Ceremony

bride walking down the aisle

For the processional, Andrew tells, “Bree chose “The End” by Speedstar (no pun was intended!). A beautiful waltz with lovely lyrics she first heard as a 19yr old….”

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wedding vows at spicers

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Letterpress ceremony program

Queensland Jacaranda Weddingweding ceremony reading

“Our readings were an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit, I carry your heart with me (by e.e.cummings) and Dedication (by Eithne Strong).”

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Libby Urbahn officiated the ceremony, Andrew noting, “Our celebrant, has known Bree for many years having worked as a medical education and support officer at Nambour Hospital when Bree was a Junior Doctor. Libby was the surrogate mother for many of the the Sunshine Coast’s medical students and newly qualified doctors and since becoming a celebrant has married many of them over the years! In fact we had two other couples whom Libby had married at our wedding. Libby has a very quiet and traditional manner, and our ceremony was full of meaning and was very personal.”

First kiss at clovelly estate weddingLibby Urbahn Celebrant

Queensland Spring wedding ceremonyWedding fruit punch

Bride in Lace Wedding DressWedding ceremony drinks

The bridesmaids arranged post ceremony punch for guests to enjoy. “Our punch and sparkling water table complete with stripey straws was perfect for pre-hydration on a hot Queensland spring day.”

Bride and bridesmaid

groom in gibson suit with pale blue tie

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Blue Robin Photography Wedding Photography

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Of their photographer, Bree tells, “Andrew was quite firm on the type of photography with minimal time spent way from the party without too much posing or stylised shots. Michael from Blue Robin photography fitted the bill and was amazing. His clean classic style without pretense worked perfectly and he captured some beautiful moments without us even noticing he was there.”

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Bridesmaid in Navy lace dressbride with navy bridesmaids

groom with friends

Spicers Clovelly Estate Weddingspicers clovelly marquee

paper tag seating chart

There were a few fun DIY touches, the newlyweds remembering, “Bree’s Dad (an engineer by profession) lovingly built a (solid and indestructible) stringed wooden frame to display our delicate tags for the seating arrangement! We had ordered customized brown kraft tags from Easy for the frame and the place settings, all painstakingly labelled and tied by hand by the bridesmaids. Andrew put his artistic side to work making blackboards for the welcome sign, drinks and petits fours table! And the mums were put to work well in advance, collecting hundreds of jars for candle holders, and for the bridesmaid’s punch table, which was complete with tubs of mini-San Pellegrino sparkling waters and stripes straws.”

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Spicers Clovelly Estate At Dusk

Spicers Clovelly Estatebridesmaid with navy lace dress

Spicers Clovelly Estate Verandah Reception

wedding marquee at cplvelly estate

“Our band (Radio Club Band) were incredible! They played some lovely acoustic tunes over dinner, and then kept the dance floor pumping all evening, we were so happy!”

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tartes au citron

Ma Boulange Cafe Coolum provided plenty of sweet treats, the bride and groom remarking, “We opted for macarons (in pale blue, lavender and peach) and miniature tartes au citron (Andrew’s favourite dessert) in place of a wedding cake – and they were delicious! We are very grateful the lovely events coordinator at Clovelly hid some away for us in our suite or we would have missed out, they disappeared so quickly!”

dancing at clovelly

Andrew remembers, “We had both agreed in advance that there was not going to be a first dance (I can’t dance and Bree hates the spotlight)…however as I was inviting everyone to head up to the dance floor I noticed that the Ipod was resting on my favourite song. So with reckless abandon I seized the opportunity and as the first few notes echoed through the room, the crowd began to join in with an impromptu and heart felt rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total eclipse of the heart.” Forever’s going to start tonight… ”

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dance floor at clovelly

Andrew tells “Our evening ended with a slightly raucous sing along session with close friends and family by a roaring fire in the library…the fact that I (Andrew) can’t play the piano or that it was 25 degrees outside didn’t diminish the perfection of the send off!”

Congratulations Bree and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Blue Robin Wedding Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Blue Robin Wedding Photography / Bride’s Dress: Paul Hunt / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Diamonds International / Groom’s Attire: Gibson / Groomsmen Attire: Gibson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs / Stationery: Whileaway Guides / Invitations: Deciduous Press / Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Libby Urbahn / Band: Radio Club Band / Favors: (Petit Fours) Ma Boulange Cafe Coolum / Wedding Rings: Diamonds International / Wedding Registry: David Jones

HB SHE Celebration Dresses

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


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Picture this, your wedding day is around the corner and you can’t wait to celebrate. But before the day comes there’s more celebrations to be had – engagement parties, hens parties, bridal showers, kitchen teas. Meet HB SHE Celebration Dresses!

From the designers of the getting ready robes we all knew and love at Homebodii, comes a range of dresses designed for the special celebrations around the wedding day. Feminine, girly dresses keeping in line with the Homebodii vision and apart from being perfectly beautiful for pre-wedding celebrations, they work wonderfully for bridesmaids and every day special occasions.

Floral laces in hues of ivory, black, duck egg blue, nude and blush. A line skirts, pencil skirts, long sleeves, scalloped hemlines and sweet water colour floral prints.  The collection has something to suit everyone – lengths varying from above the knee to the more demure full length options. My favourite (pictured above) ‘Adela’ features a leather look floral lace and a line skirt – I can imagine a bride to be wearing this to her bridal shower, fresh flowers in her hair and glowing!

HB SHE Celebration Dresses are available to pre-order via the website with delivery in early August.


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Jess & Dan’s Sydney Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Balmoral Wedding

Jess & Dan

Jess and Dan were keen on having a relaxed wedding day – from their beach side ceremony to their Sydney restaurant wedding venue. Each element was considered so that it was reflective of their own relaxed lives, the way they love to live and their life together. They invited Fable & Fuss along to capture their day.

Jess tells their story. “We met by chance at the Sydney Opera Bar and ended up having a really fun night out together. Music is a really big part of our lives (we went to see Groove Armada on our first date) we incorporated some of our favourite lyrics into our wedding decorations and stationery.”

Braces and brown tie

Dan chose a purple mod suit from Ben Sherman with a patterned shirt, braces and skinny tie. His groomsmen wore their own suits.

Groom looking over Sydney

Bride in veil writing speech

Lily from Toni&Guy and Hayley Dutton styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup, Jess remembering, “Our hair was done by Lily from Toni & Guy. I had soft curls and a half up style, the bridesmaids all had their hair up and chose their own style on the day. Our makeup was done by Hayley Dutton who does absolutely stunning makeup. Hayley was a pleasure to have with us on the day getting ready and I loved the looks she created for myself, the bridesmaids and my lovely mum.”

Bride in veil with champagne

Bride in lace dress with peach bridesmaids

“The theme of the wedding evolved into a beautiful colour palette of bright pinks, apricot, greens and purple. I chose a vintage inspired lace dress and wore the same veil that both my sister and sister in law wore on their wedding days. I had matching silk shoes made from Shoes of Prey that had had glitter gold heels with a blue lining for ‘something blue’. ” The bridesmaids wore apricot gowns from Sheike.

Bride in lace dress with white peeptoes

Nelder Jones created Jess’ bridal gown using French lace, she tells, “I had my dress made at Nelder Jones. The ladies there are just lovely and made the dress experience such a fun one! My dress was adapted from one of the samples I had tried on and was made from french lace and silk. I changed the neckline after one of the fittings and they happily did this for me.”

Locket pinned to wedding bouquet

“I had a gold locket with photos of my Grandma, Grandad and Nanny who have passed. They were really special to me so it was a lovely way to have them with me on the day.”

Nelder Jones Wedding Dress

Balmoral Beach Wedding

Jess and Dan chose Balmoral Beach for their wedding Jess remembering, “We were married under a tree at the south end of Balmoral Beach on the shoreline in Sydney. We were really lucky that it was a sunny day as we didn’t have a backup plan!!”

We Kissed Like We Invented It Sign

The couple’s love of music was infused throughout their wedding day, Jess telling, “We both designed our wedding stationery (I’m a graphic designer which helped!) and developed the theme together. We are really into our music so we used lyrics from our favourite songs on our invitations, decorations and place cards. The main lyrics that we used was by The National – ‘I dreamed about you 29 years before I saw you’. Instead of having flowers on the altar chairs we made heart cutouts which had the lyrics in them.”

Black and white photo of Sydney wedding

For the processional, Jess remembers, “We had an acoustic band from Baker Boys Band play Stevie Wonder ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.”

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Balmoral Beach first kiss

Orange gingham table cloth

“My mum helped me make some picnic style table cloths for our signing and drinks table at the ceremony.”

Balmoral Beach Wedding Ceremony

Groom hugging parents

Newlyweds at Sydney Wedding

Bridesmaids in sweet apricot dresses

Jess found the bridesmaid gowns at Sheike, telling, “The bridesmaids wore a stunning apricot floor length dress and a soft gold floral necklace”.

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Bride in Lace dress

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You are the sunshine of my life sign

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Wedding Photo in Balmoral

“One of the best parts of the day was when Dan and I went and had some photos taken just by ourselves. It was such a magic time where we got to step back from the day and take it all in. Suellen (our photographer) got us to do some photos on a round about which was fun (and the images were phenomenal!) Some of our guests walking past were wondering what we were up to!! ”

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Waterside wedding in Balmoral

Balmoral Wedding Photo

Of their photographer, Jess remarks, “We wanted some candid photographs of the day and we didn’t want to spend half the day doing staged poses, we just wanted to be ourselves and have an amazing, relaxed time! We saw some of Suellen’s work on a website, after which we arranged to meet her while she was visiting Sydney in a pub.

We got along really well with her and loved her journalist approach to capturing a wedding day. When we received our wedding images from her we were so happy with them, she really captured so many of the emotions of the day, we felt like we were re-living the day when we saw them!! My advice would be to find a photographer who you trust and let them do what they do best and capture the day.”

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Sydney Restaurant wedding reception

Jess and Dan chose The Public Dining Room, Balmoral for their reception celebrations, Jess remembering, “The reception at the Public Dining Room was just a couple of minutes walk up the road. We got a really good vibe when we visited this venue, it’s relaxed (like us) with an amazing view of the water. Dan’s family came out from the UK so we really wanted to show off one of our favourite places in Sydney. We decided to do five long tables and sit in the middle amongst our family and friends instead of having a traditional bridal table, this made the night feel like an intimate dinner party.”

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The Public Dining Room Wedding

Public Dining Room Wedding Reception

Sydney bride and groom at restaurant

Bride in lace dress by Nelder Jones

Good Sydney wedding speeches

Sydney Wedding Speeches

Sydney Restaurant Wedding Photos

Green and white wedding cake

Guests received cupcakes as wedding favors created by Sparkle Cupcakery who also made the wedding cake. The finishing touch was a silhouette cut out cake topper made by Dan.

Cake cutting in Sydney

Sydney wedding dancing

The first dance was a highlight of the night, Jess recalling “The song we chose for our first dance was ‘Sundress’ by Ben Kweller. We didn’t practice we just improvised and had a lot of fun.”

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Fun wedding dance in Sydney

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Dancing at Sydney wedding

Restaurant wedding dancing

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Dan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Fable & Fuss for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Fable & Fuss / Bride’s Dress: Nelder Jones / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Groom’s Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom’s Attire: (Shoes) Ben Sherman / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever New / Hairstylist: Lily from Toni&Guy / Makeup Artist: Hayley Dutton / Flowers: Summers Floral / Invitations & Stationery: The bride - Jess Blackwood / Ceremony Venue: Balmoral Beach / Ceremony Musicians: Baker Boys Band / Reception Venue: The Public Dining Room, Balmoral / Favors: Mini cupcakes from Sparkle Cupcakery / Cake Baker: Sparkle Cupcakery / Cake Topper: The groom
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