Maria & Frazer’s Champagne & Marble Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Maria & Frazer

When it came to planning their wedding, Maria and Frazer opted for a day that was a “fun and inclusive wedding with a modern feel”. Their champagne and marble Melbourne wedding ticked all the boxes for a day that was personal and reflective of exactly who the newlyweds are. They chose Gold & Grit to capture the magic of their day.

The couple met one Melbourne night, at a bar where Frazer worked. The bride remembering “We met one night while Frazer was managing a bar in Melbourne. We felt like we had an instant connection as if we had known each other for years. No numbers were exchanged that night but we both knew that we would see each other again. It was a couple of weeks later that we met again at the bar and we enjoyed each other’s company so much that it wasn’t long before we met up outside of the bar to attend a local artist’s exhibition at a gallery together. We shared a kiss later on that night and the rest is history.”


Mariana Hardwick made the bride’s elegant long sleeve gown. She tells “I knew I wanted a standout dress & also something quite unique with long sleeves & some form of detail. The overall experience was so lovely, I went with my Mum, Josie, to Mariana Hardwick.

I grew up in the northern suburbs and I live close by so I’ve always gazed at the window displays. It felt very natural to go there for my first experience as a bride to be. I was actually quite decisive with my dress choice & I had a wonderful bridal stylist, Linda. She calmed my nerves and made me feel totally comfortable and at ease with the experience. The ‘Ingrid’ gown was a dress like nothing else I had ever seen before. It was ticked all the boxes. I went back two weeks later with one of my bridesmaids; Stacey & she immediately loved it. I knew it was time to lock it in!”

The bride paid special attention to her heritage, explaining “My Maltese culture is very important to me and I wanted to somehow incorporate some aspects of this. I chose to wear some Maltese jewellery for the day. My Mum’s beautiful square citrine gold earrings, which matches my citrine engagement ring perfectly, a ring and a bracelet I got in Malta when I was there on a very special holiday with my Frazer and my parents a few years earlier. I also felt a need to wear a garter even though we didn’t want to do a garter toss.”

Maria & Frazer held their ceremony at Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, noting “We have always loved the Botanic Gardens so for us it was an easy decision to get married there. We actually visited the gardens on the same day exactly one year before our ceremony to get an idea of what it might feel like and how the weather might be on the day.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love”.

A four-legged friend made a special appearance. “Our cute little dog Lenny was a very special part of our day. He means the world to us to it was really important that he was there with us. He also provided great entertainment for our photographer and our guests!”

Kate Morgan officiated the ceremony, Maria remarking “We wanted to have a very relaxed and unstructured feel, reflective of us as a couple. Where everyone could feel very comfortable & truly enjoy the beautiful setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Our guests also had the pleasurable view of Melbourne’s skyline behind the bridal party. We felt that our music choices for the ceremony also ensured that there weren’t any structured or traditional aspects, as we wanted songs that had sweet, fun & uplifting elements to them. We chose our Celebrant Kate Morgan because she is very kind and down to earth. She did a fantastic job and really contributed to the atmosphere that we wanted to create.”

“For our bridal party we had three people on each side. Frazer’s best man was his brother Kelvin and the other groomsmen were close friends from growing up in New Zealand. My maid of honour was Tara and bridesmaids were Carla & Stacey. We all went to the same high school. Tara and I properly connected and became close friends after working together years later.”

Of their photographer, Maria tells “Our Photographer Stina from Gold and Grit was actually the best! She captured every moment of the day so beautifully and you can truly feel the true raw emotion from the day when you look at the photos. The scenery in all of the photos was so incredible too.”

Guests congregated at the glam Showtime Events Centre to kick off the evening’s festivities. Maria noting “Our favourite part of the wedding planning would have to be our dealings with our reception venue, Showtime Events Centre. They made everything so easy and ensured that the reception would be absolutely seamless, so our regular meetings were actually very fun and made us truly feel excited as well as at ease with our upcoming wedding.”

The champagne and gold styling theme included a marble wedding cake by Don’t Tell Charles and sweet heart shaped cookie favors by  Sweet Bakes. The bride explaining ” We also wanted the wedding to feel like it was personalised and reflective of our style and taste and that our guests would see that represented throughout the entire day and night, right through to the music played, table settings & wedding favours. Our main colours that were seen throughout the day were gold and marble along with white and greenery coming through in the flowers. All of our stationery and invitations followed the theme.”

The reception was filled with tall arrangements by Bouquet Melbourne. “We loved the combination of white and greenery. The colours complimented the day perfectly. For the bride & bridesmaids bouquets I wanted nice full bunch with nice wild look about them.

At the reception, we had tall gold table toppers with lush foliage, including white lisianthus, white snaps and accent blooms. We also hired gold chair sashes which complimented the theme of the wedding and the room so well!”


For their first dance, the couple chose “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

Maria and Frazer enlisted pros for their night, with Mercury DJ Hire making sure the dance floor was always full (even for the littlest guest) and Simon MC running the show. Maria remarking “Initially we didn’t understand the importance of an MC and were going to have a family member do the MC job for the night. After meeting with our DJ, Daniel Mercury, he suggested looking into a professional MC. We set up a meeting with “Simon MC” and we never looked back. He is absolutely amazing at what he does. He’s so professional and personable and played a big part in making everything run so smoothly”.

Congratulations on your marriage Maria and Frazer! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us and thank you to Gold & Grit for today’s stunning photographs!

Photographer: Gold & Grit / Bride's Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride's Shoes: Zomp / Groom's Attire: Daniel Hechter / Groom's Shoes: Winsdor Smith / Getting Ready Robes: Missguided / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Rubi Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Daniel Hechter / Groomsmen Shoes: Windsor Smith / Makeup Artist: Gemma Bird / Hairstylist: Laydee Luck Hairdressing / Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne / Invitations & Stationery: Life Is Peachy / Ceremony Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Morgan / Styling: The Wedding Zone / Reception Venue: Showtime Events Centre / Guestbook: Kate Spade / DJ: Mercury DJ Hire / MC: Simon MC / Catering: Blakes Feast / Wedding Cake: Don't Tell Charles / Favors: Sweet Bakes / Wedding Ring: Windfall Jewellery
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Sami & Rehan’s Elegant Mildura Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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

Natasha & Ramon’s Lush Industrial Vintage Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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


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