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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 & David

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

by | Blog News, Bride

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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.

Katie & Corey’s Minimalist Luxe South Australian Wedding

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

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Katie & Corey

Katie and Corey wanted a minimalist luxe wedding – Katie wanted the emphasis placed on beautiful flowers with a feeling of warmth, and their decision let the venue and their own story take centre stage as captured so beautifully by photographer Whitewall Photography.

Katie tells the story of how she met Corey. “Corey and I met through his sister Hayley. Hayley and I had one of those instant friendships where we knew we would be friends from the minute we met. It was after finishing a shift together at Peter Alexander, where we both worked at the time, that I first met Corey when he came to pick Hayley up. It was an instant attraction and only a few weeks later after our work Christmas party, Hayley played Cupid and set us up.”

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Katie chose a gown from designer Johanna Johnson , noting, “Deciding on my dress was the first big decision I made – and the easiest one. I had loved Johanna Johnson’s dresses for years and knew that I wanted a less traditional slim line silk wedding dress. Three days after Corey proposed before we left Sydney to return home, I ended up in Paddington and managed to find a moment to sneakily try on a few of her gorgeous gowns. The Hendricks dress was the third dress I tried on and I thought I was onto a winner. Four months later, I made the trip back to Sydney with my mum and bridesmaids and made it official.” Katie’s bridesmaids wore midnight blue gowns from J’adore.

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Katie and Corey chose Kingsford Homestead for their wedding, remarking, “Our wedding was held on the most beautiful property, forty five minutes outside of Adelaide. It is a gorgeous homestead circa 1856 that has been recently renovated. The homestead is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful gardens – we knew it was the perfect spot from the moment we arrived. But what most attracted us to the venue was the fact that it came with accommodation onsite for our bridal party. For us that allowed us to turn our wedding into a true event and the weekend we spent with our best friends is something we will cherish forever. It was also magical having the entire homestead to ourselves the day after our wedding, including a degustation dinner in the original homestead cellars.”

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Katie chose “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding for her walk down the aisle.

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“The sun came out just as we said our vows – it felt like the universe was giving us its blessing.”

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Paul Rouse officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering, “For us the ceremony needed to embody us as a couple and what marriage meant to us. For us the day was to cement something that had existed between us for a very long time – this innate knowledge that we would spend the rest of our days together, having a lot of fun as we went. It was this concept of fun that shone through the readings – Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss and I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. Corey and I wrote our own vows and these were woven in with the more traditional wedding affirmations.”

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“Scout from Whitewall Photography was our go to photographer from the moment we started planning the wedding. My husband, a photographer himself, loved the candid nature of Scout’s work and the way he captures his subjects. What was fabulous was that Scout captured moments that we had completely forgot existed as he seamlessly blended into the fabric of our day. He was so easy and familiar with the entire bridal party and it felt like having a friend behind the lens.”

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Katie notes, “I’ve always thought it was a bit of a cliche when you hear people say that their wedding day was the best day of their life but I didn’t realise the truth in the statement until I had slipped on my wedding dress and was about to walk down the aisle towards Corey. Our wedding day was filled with so much fun, laughter and genuine love, not only for each other but the people around us. Corey and I had decided that the most important thing for us was that our wedding was a party and it will be a party we will remember forever.”

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Events and Co  styled the floral arrangements for the day, the guests dining at long tables under a clear marquee. Katie remarks, “I love flowers and foliage and I knew that this was what I wanted as the primary styling for the event. I wanted a clean, modern feel with a variety of white flowers and big green foliage. Large arrangements were evident either side of the aisle, on the lounge bars and a long floral installation was a feature piece above the long tables and dancefloor.

Glossy magnolia leaves were offset by white orchids, hydrangeas, lisianthus, tulips, snap dragons and hyacinths. This neutral palate was then complemented by copper vessels to add a feeling of luxe and warmth to the event. To make the most of the view and star filled sky we had a clear marquee and this was filled with fairy lights to create atmosphere.”

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The modern feel of the styling was topped off with stationery designed by Jasmine Dowling.

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“Inside the venue I wanted it to be very unfussy and for the minimalist design features to speak for themselves – this is why I choose uncovered wooden tables offset with white bentwoods. Outside of the marquee I created a lounge area, where guests could access a separate bar and sit around small tables and couches. This allowed people to make the most of the space and to easily move between the dancefloor and chill out space.”

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Of their first dance, Katie remembers, “We chose Fever by Peggy Lee. Not only was it a song about a love that burns bright but it had a great tempo and allowed us to have a lot of fun for our first dance as a married couple.”

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“For us music was so important to creating the right atmosphere and this started from the minute I walked down the aisle. Delia Obst provided the most fabulous acoustic accompaniment during and after the ceremony and our DJ, Nick Marwe, had our guests on the dancefloor with just the right mix of old favourites and new hits.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Katie and Corey! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Whitewall Photography for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Whitewall Photography / Bride’s Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany and Co / Bride’s Jewelry: Nicholas Pike / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Groom’s Shoes: Wolf Kanat / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Peter Shearer / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Wolf Kanat / Bridesmaid Dresses: J'adore / Bridesmaid Shoes: Witchery / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Claire Aristides / Hairstylist: Sarah Craker Weddings / Makeup Artist: Alisha Papaemanouil / Flowers: Events and Co / Invitations & Stationery: Jasmine Dowling / Venue: Kingsford Homestead / Ceremony Hire Items: Sash Events / Ceremony Officiant: Paul Rouse / Ceremony Musicians: Delia Obst / Reception Hire Items: Sash Events / Reception Hire Items: Austin Bloom / DJ: DJ Nick Marwe / Favors: Love.Inc / Catering: Handmade Catering / Cake Baker: La Madeleine / Wedding Rings: Bell and Brunt / Wedding Rings: Furrer Jacot / Wedding Registry: Platinum Travel
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