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Colourful Tablescape Inspiration From Bonnie & Neil

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Reception, Styling


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When I first saw these bright and colourful images from much loved home-wares designer Bonnie & Neil I fell in love. The beautiful bold colours, the floral garlands, the sherbet coloured chairs, the mismatched plates. The entire setting can be so easily replicated for a wedding – bold bright, abstract patterns and colours with plenty of bloom filled touches!

The shoot, which showcases the brand new Bonnie & Neil South Pacific Collection captured by Armelle Habib and styled by Heather Nette King perfectly blends rich turquoise with cranberry,  soft sherbet pink with green, blue and yellow and watermelon pinks with hues of Summer. The styling never looking tizzy or over the top, grounded by the natural linen tones of the raw materials.

Designers Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie are continually inspired by their backgrounds in floristry, art, textiles, furniture and set design creating everything from unique screen printed linen cushions, wall tiles, to ceramics and bedding. My favourites? The tablecloths and runners (such a fun and bright addition to the tables at your reception!).

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Modern Bridal Hairpieces & Jewels From Teeki + The Adorn Collective

by | Accessories, Bride, Jewellery


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Sparkling crystals, glittering sequins and  Teeki + The Adorn Collective have combined forces to create a beautiful range of bridal jewellery pieces that suit brides, bridesmaids and even work as accessories for mothers of the bride or groom! You know Teeki for her incredible range of handmade bridal hairpieces and we’ve come to know and love The Adorn Collective for their bold, fashion inspired jewels so when these two forces combined, it was always going to be special!

With five key versatile pieces, the bridal collection features three necklaces, a pair of statement earrings and a bracelet – each can be worn together in a stacked dramatic, glittering look or alone for something more subtle.

From “Eva” a glittering crystal pendant with art deco style emerald cut crystals, to “Christy” a bracelet of daisy style crystal gemstones, “Helena” a tiered necklace with bold crystals and “Naomi” a modern take on crystal teardrop earrings.  Teeki even created more bohemian inspired hair chains to matched the jewelled looks.

To show off the collection in typical Teeki free spirit glory, the team rounded up beautiful gowns from Karen Willis Holmes, beautiful floral arrangements from Clementine Posy and hair and makeup by Deelush Hair and Lianne Claire then enlisted Scott Surplice Photography to capture it all. Those aubergine toned bouquets and berry lips are a stunning combination with the incredible sparkle of this collaboration!

The Teeki + The Adorn Collective is available online now!

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Other: Teeki / Other: Karen Willis Holmes / Other: Clementine Posy / Photographer: Scott Surplice Photography / Hairstylist: Deelush Hair / Other: Lianne Claire / Other: Teeki + The Adorn Collective

Dee & Rafal’s Colourful Indian Polish Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,


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Dee & Rafal

Dee & Rafal certainly embraced their own respective cultures with their two day wedding festival! They kicked off with a traditional Hindu ceremony and followed the next day with a Polish Catholic ceremony – ending it all with an epic party. Each part of their culture and family represented in the smallest but most significant of ways. Elleni Toumpas Photography was there to capture it all.

Dee tells the story of how they met. “We met at the Year 12 formal, we always had a couple of classes together however became good friends towards the end of VCE ”

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The bridal party wore custom outfits for the Hindu ceremony, the bride telling, “We wore gorgeous hand design Mehendi Colourful outfits – all custom orders and not overly traditional, we went with a more modern touch for the Indian outfits.”

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Celebrations spanned two days, with the traditional Hindu wedding taking place at Arthur Wren Hall. Dee noting, “The community hall to enabled us to be able to complete the specifics of a Hindu ceremony.”

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Dee describes the day as, “Timeless elegance with modern cultural twists – “interracial” was the word of the day.”

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Dee explains, “Flowers represent positive blessings, the small fire represents the removal of bad energy and the white lines we stand in represent seven promises taken in front of witnesses.”

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Of their photographer, Dee notes, “Elleni Toumpas was always our choice from the moment we met over coffee; she had the same vision and sense of humour that we shared. Her style of photography depicts the exact mood of both days.”

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The night ended with plenty of dancing!

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For the Catholic wedding, Dee chose a gown by Baccini & Hill. Hair and makeup artists Janice Wu and Andrea Michich styled the hair and makeup looks.

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The groom and groomsmen met the bride and bridesmaids at the bride’s parent’s home for a first look.

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Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough was chosen for the Catholic ceremony, a church which had connections to the groom’s family. For the Catholic ceremony processional, Dee chose “Ave Maria which was sung by the angelic voice of the nun from the church.”

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In Polish tradition, the newlyweds were showered with coins and petals.

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“NGV for our photo shoot was idyllic for us as it has an industrial and iconic look followed by the sheds at Docklands which is a favourite area of ours.”

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The weddings culminated in a gorgeous reception at Sketch complete with gold, white and black chevron cake by Cherrytree Bakehouse. Dee noting, “The cake was fun and modern with yummy flavours like Salted Caramel.”

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The bride handmade the favors for both weddings – a mix of Polish pickles and Bhuja mix!

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Of their first dance, Dee tells, “The hardest decision was ‘what were we going to dance to’ something which wasn’t too slow, too fast and too cliché – we chose Quando Quando Quando by Michael Buble and Nelly Furtado as a modern version of a romantic song.”

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“Speeches were kept minimal and light so there was more time to get on the dance floor. The sunset, indoor lighting and dancing was exactly how we wanted our night to finish – the dance floor kept breaking apart!”

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Congratulations Dee & Rafal! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Elleni Toumpas Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Elleni Toumpas Photography / Cinematographer: Brown Shoes Productions / Bride’s Dress: (Catholic Wedding) Baccini & Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groom’s Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Groomsmen Attire: (Catholic Wedding) Custom Made / Bridesmaid Dresses: (Catholic Wedding) White Runway / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Janice Wu / Hairstylist: Andrea Michich / Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Makeup Artist: Andrea Michich / Flowers: Ivy and Eve Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Paperwhites Press / Ceremony Venue: (Hindu Ceremony) Arthur Wren Hall / Ceremony Venue: (Catholic Ceremony) Polish Catholic Church, Keysborough / Styling: (Hindu Wedding) The Centre Piece Co / Styling : (Catholic Wedding) Ivy & Eve Flowers / Musician: (Hindu Wedding) DJ Ajay / Reception Venue: Sketch / Band: Press Play / Favors: Handmade by bride / Cake Baker: Cherrytree Bakehouse / Wedding Rings: Custom Made

Nicola and George’s Classic White Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Nicola & George

Nicola and George chose a classic white wedding to celebrate their special day. With the groom’s family being used to traditional Greek orthodox ceremonies, the couple mixed it up with a civil ceremony overlooking Albert Park lake. They chose Glass Slipper Photographer to capture their day.

Nicola tells the story of how she and George came to be. “We met through mutual friends 8 years ago, we had a bit of a rocky start but something kept bringing us back together. We’re best friends and have really grown up together.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits by Joe Black.

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Nicola chose a lace gown by Connie Simonetti.

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Nicola and George chose Albert Park’s Carousel for their wedding, explaining, “Our ceremony was just the stand out of the day, George is Greek and his family had mainly attended Orthodox Church weddings, as Nikki and her family had mainly attended Catholic Church weddings. The wedding on the deck at Carousel, overlooking the Lake was just beautiful and the lovely atmosphere Andrew Redman our celebrant created really set the scene.”

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Nicola’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle to  Des’ree – I’m kissing you. While the bride walked to bagpipes playing Flower of Scotland.

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Nicola recalls, “The ceremony celebrated our life together so far and our hope for the future, it was perfect.”

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Of their photographers, Nicola tells, “Steve + Keshia at Glass Slipper Photography were relaxed and creative throughout the whole day. It was great having them there from the beginning of prep to the very end.”

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Where The Grass Is Green  styled the reception, Nicola remembers, “Classic white, with mirrors, candles and fairy lights hanging over the dance floor and draped on balcony. The flowers were mainly white chrysanthemums, with white carnations and roses on the bridal table also. The room was set around a huge 16 seat, square bridal table in the centre of the room which was filled with many different levels of flowers and candles.”

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“Nikki is from Scotland originally and her family and some friends flew in for the wedding, making it so much more special.”

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“Marriage was important to us as it’s a promise to be there for one another, no matter what.”

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For their bridal waltz, Nicola and George chose “Barry White –  Can’t get enough of your love.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Nicola and George! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Glass Slipper Photographer for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Glass Slipper Photographer / Cinematographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Connie Simonetti / Hairstylist: Uva Salon Prahran / Makeup Artist: Chantelle Baker / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Joe Black / Page Boy (Kilt): House Of Scotland / Venue: Carousel / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Redman / Styling & Hire: Where The Grass Is Green / Wedding Rings: Anton Jewellery
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