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Flowers by Clementine Posy  Photo by We Are Origami Photography via Rowena and John’s Sydney Summer Wedding

What a week it has been! I know I say that every week but this week, with a combination of the cold and an entire set of changes (including a full computer server, whoops!) throwing us a curve ball, I am a little worse for wear. Some of us, however, have emerged from sunshine-filled countries and landed back on home soil – and for that I am truly thankful!

What else am I thankful for? Another week jam-packed full of gorgeous wedding inspiration! Let’s dive into our roundup!

Gorgeous memories from Daniella

Make the most of Winter fruits with our  Whatta Great Pear cocktail

So much romance in Rowena and John’s Sydney Summer Wedding

Five Professional Tips For Choosing Your Bridal Hairpiece

Festival Vibe – Where To Celebrate Your Love in July

Loving Jed’s garden restaurant wedding Groom Style

My Favourite Wedding Theme – Sharon From Grange Cleveland Winery And Bellinzona

Drooling over this recipe for Metropolis Events Winter Trifle Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

What Would They Know? Basia Puchalski of Basia Puchalski Floral Design

How absolutely gorgeous is this Flower Petal Bundle Dyed Fabric Tutorial?

Showtime Events share wedding Tips From the Movies

So sweet! Glen shares his Inspired Memories

We’re headed to Maleny today with this beautiful wedding film captured by Tatjana Hamilton Wedding Films. Kristy and Nicholas chose the beautiful mountain backdrop for their Autumnal wedding with a stunning candlelight reception that was pure magic.

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Alexandra & Matthew’s Elegant White & Gold Sydney Wedding

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Alexandra & Matthew

The glamour started from the get go at Alexandra and Matthew’s elegant white and gold Sydney wedding. The bride’s beautiful custom-made gown with sweeping train, the glittering gold wedding cake, the greenery and lush floral arrangements which spilled over in all their glory and the heartfelt stories that added a beautiful layer of personality to the day.

Captured by gm photographics, this is the story of Alexandra and Matthew, which starts in high school. Says the bride “we met in high school in July of year 12, we went to a party and met by coincidence. We both weren’t meant to attend this party (Matthew was sick and I didn’t particularly know anyone that well attending except for one or two friends) but something told us both we should. From then on, we have seen each other at least twice a week until now.”

The bride added a few sentimental pieces to her look for the day, explaining “I wore my mum’s diamond earrings which were my “something borrowed” and “something old” but I did organise a photograph of my late father to be put in a charm which was attached to my bouquet. It was like my dad was with me the whole day. I also had a blue evil eye pinned to my dress (on the inside) which was my “something blue” and my dress and shoes were the “something new”.”

“The bride wore a custom-made gown by Leah Da Gloria. She remarks “I always admired Leah Da Gloria from even before I was engaged, due to her detail and precision, so always knew I would probably end up with her. I went to see her last because I knew my mind was made up that she was the only one that could make my vision come to light and nothing else compared. The experience with Leah was so magical. I didn’t have to explain too much of what I wanted. I showed her a few photos and she instantly understood. She quickly sketched a drawing and I almost cried. Leah stated she usually charges people for their first consultation but she felt such a connection with me and knew I wouldn’t go elsewhere so she said she wouldn’t charge me. Every fitting I was always left speechless because Leah did everything I wanted. Even my mother who is so hard to please was left in tears after every visit.”

The couple chose Our Lady Greek Orthodox Church in Redfern for their traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. The bride remembering “we chose the Cathedral of the Annunciation of our Lady Greek Orthodox church because my parents were married in this church and I was also christened here.  Matthew didn’t mind where he got married and since I am more religious, he let me choose the church. I was lucky because this particular church is not your typical Greek Orthodox church. It was an old Anglican Church so had all the amazing stain glass windows and sandstone arches as well as having the typical icons and beautiful Byzantine chanters found in all Greek churches which make this church so unique and regal among the other Greek churches. We had the best of both worlds.”

“My brother, Chris, and mum, Juliet, walked me down the aisle as my dad is no longer with us. I walked in to beautiful Byzantine chants by the church clergy. It was magical.”

Of the ceremony, Alexandra remembers “the priest was so lovely and assisted us along the way which made us feel very comfortable. I was so nervous walking down the aisle that I tried not to cry. I was shaking so much by the time I reached the alter and my flowers were shaking too. My maid of honour had to compose me by holding my hand. We loved how it was so traditional, but we asked for everything to be in half Greek, half English as Matthew is Italian and we wanted it to be fair for all our guests to understand. Our best man who has never attended a Greek wedding before had to do the rings and stefana. He was so nervous but did it well with the help of the priest. Once it was all over we could all finally relax and enjoy the day.”

“It went so perfectly and smoothly, the whole day was amazing and the band really got everyone excited and moving on the dance floor. I still have people telling me it was the best wedding they have been to due to the “kefi” which in Greek means atmosphere. It really makes me grateful that all my hard work planning it myself was worth it. Being two years engaged while studying law full-time and working two jobs took its toll on me but allowed me to plan exactly what we wanted.”

Of their photographers, the bride tells “the photographers were amazing. From the get-go, they made us feel so comfortable and happy, we didn’t feel like we were getting photographed. They were so professional in every way and captured everything perfectly. I even had my uncle who went up to my cousin (his daughter) who is also engaged and told her to get the same photographers because he thought they were amazing. And he is a man of few words which showed they made an impression on everyone, not just us and the bridal party.”

The evening celebrations kicked off at Sergeants Mess, the bride remarking “Matthew did not want to have a venue which shared our night with other weddings (meaning he wanted a venue which only had one room exclusive to us). We went to many venues but nothing felt right. We were then asked to attend a bridal showcase at Sergeants Mess in Mosman by my mum’s friend who was a wedding planner. When we attended, we instantly fell in love. The venue was ticked all our boxes as well as being modern, had high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and a jaw-dropping view. We knew this would be perfect. And it was.”

Dina Elkheir created the lush floral arrangements, Alexandra telling “We wanted just white flowers with a lot of greenery. We wanted to match the elegance of the venue with not too many different colours. The florist I went with went above and beyond. She added her special touch everywhere with extra flowers and candles more than what I initially asked for. She blew me away with her styling. Couldn’t thank her enough.”

In lieu of favours, the newlyweds made a donation to The Heart Foundation . The bride noting “our favours were in memory of my dad who passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 2010 when I was 20 years old. I printed cards with a little message outlining this and paired it with sugared almonds in a clear perspex box and white ribbon.”

“I wanted to be very comfortable, fluid and effortless. I told the boys to keep the speeches short and sweet. It was a perfect summer night and they opened all the doors at Sergeant’s Mess so it was beautiful to see the view and just dance the night away with the amazing band.”

Of the first dance, the bride reminisces “I chose “You are so beautiful to me” by Ray Charles which was one of my late father’s favourite songs. I couldn’t contain my tears through the song because I wished he was there with us so it was quite emotional. Matthew held me very tight and kept kissing me. He also pretended to know the words which he had no idea what they were which made me laugh. It was perfect. The second song was “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers where the rest of the bridal party could join us. We also had “Can’t help falling in love with you” by Elvis where we invited everyone else on the dance floor.”

Alexandra and Matthew chose Soda Films to capture this beautiful film of their day.

Congratulations on your marriage Alexandra and Matthew! Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely day with us! Thank you also to gm photographics for today’s photographs!

Photographer: gm photographics / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Bride's Dress: Leah Da Gloria / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom's Attire: Tom Ford / Groomsmen Shoes: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicholas / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wanted / Bridesmaid Accessories: Stones of Atlantis / Hairstylist: Natalie Ann / Makeup Artist: Melissa Sassine / Flowers: Dina Elkheir / Invitations & Stationery: Lauren Skorsis / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Greek Orthodox Church, Redfern / Ceremony Officiant: Very Reverent Kyrillos Zizis / Reception Venue: Sergeants' Mess / Rentals: Decorative Events / Rentals: Harbourside Decorators / DJ: DJ Mel Como / Band: Saxy DJ Band / Favors: Heart Foundation / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bee Cakes / Transport: Broadway Limousines / Photo Booth: The Booth Fairy

Madi & Tyler’s Romantic Country Wedding In Terara

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Madi & Tyler

Madi and Tyler were always best friends in high school, though their love didn’t start to blossom until they were a little older and wiser. It was a blissfully warm February day when they tied the knot in a romantic country wedding in Terara. With good food and good friends, they turned that high school friendship into a life long romance.

Sarah Kennedy Photography was there to capture their day in all its beauty.

Madi chose a lace gown by Briony Leigh Bridal, she notes “my dress was beautiful and exactly my style. It was super comfortable but elegant and classy.”

Madi and Tyler chose the beautiful The Driftwood Shed for their day, noting “we chose The Driftwood Shed because it has a super relaxed but elegant vibe to it and we loved that it was DIY so we could put our own twist on it. The owner of the venue, Karen is also amazing and couldn’t do enough to help us.”

“Our musician, Brock Lette was so outstanding. Everyone couldn’t give him enough compliments and he suited our day perfectly.”

The day was filled with family, Madi telling “My 23-year-old brother was our ring bearer. It was really important to me for him to be included in our wedding as he has been such a big part of my life and it was really lovely for him to be a part of the day. He also helped me the day before setting everything up, including making the flowers for the tables and did all the last minute decorating. Absolute champion!”

Of her walk down the aisle, the bride tells “I chose ‘Can’t help falling in love’ by Elvis Presley. It was my mum and dad’s wedding song and they are the perfect example of what a marriage should be. My mum and dad both walked me down the aisle.”

Renee Milthorpe officiated the ceremony, Madi recalling “The ceremony was everything we imagined it would be. Walking down the aisle to see Tyler’s face made everything worth it. My mum did a beautiful reading that made everyone cry!”

Lily Ever After created classic pink and white arrangements for the day, the bride remarking “I chose a variety of white and pink flowers. They were so beautiful and our florist did an amazing job!”

The bridesmaids were Amber and Lauren, both Madi’s friends since school. “They are both super supportive awesome friends and I couldn’t have picked two better girls to have by my side. The groomsmen were Ajay; Tyler’s best friend since kindergarten! Also, a super supportive and amazing friend to us both and the other was Tyler’s younger brother, Jake.”

“There is a close-up photograph of Tyler’s hand on my face and we are both looking into each other’s eyes. It’s my favourite because I remember how in love I felt in that moment (and still do!).”

Of their photographer, Madi tells “Sarah is nothing short of a superhero! Totally amazing in everything she does and never fails to make you laugh! Every single photo we got back was a ‘holy wow’ moment. She’s the best!”

Of their first dance, the bride recalls “We chose ‘Feels like home’ by Edwina Hayes. We chose it because the lyrics are exactly how our relationship feels to us.”

Special heirlooms were dotted throughout the day. “My mother in law gave me a horse shoe that she was given at her wedding as a good luck charm which we had on our signing table at the ceremony. We also used my mum and dad’s cake knife that they used at their wedding 23 years ago to cut their cake.”

Congratulations on your marriage Madi and Tyler! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Sarah Kennedy Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Sarah Kennedy Photography / Cinematographer: Yesterday Videography / Bride's Dress: Briony Leigh Bridal / Groom's Attire: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Bridesmaid Dresses: PS Frocks / Hairstylist: Jenna's Hair Secret / Makeup Artist: Natalie Gauci Makeup / Flowers: Lily Ever After / Venue: The Driftwood Shed / Ceremony Officiant: Renee Milthorpe / Catering: Rabbit and Co / Musicians: Brock Lette

Britt & Dave’s Beautifully Fun Fremantle Wedding

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Britt & Dave

This beautifully fun Fremantle wedding came together with the help of many friends and family, whether it was organising the cake, flowers, food or transport! We love every sunny moment (and that gorgeous gown!) of this relaxed celebration! Shoshana Kruger Photography was on hand to capture the day.

Britt remembers some debate about how the couple first met, saying, ”We met after church in a cafe in Leederville. I personally thought Dave was a bit rude because he seemed disinterested in chatting at all. Dave reckons I bombarded him, asking if he would be my chemistry tutor (I am certain this was not the case).”

The bride styled her own stunning outfit, telling, ”I wore a plain white silk gown from Tuscany Bridal that was mermaid style on the bottom. I found some feathers in a shop just after we got engaged, so was looking for a plain dress to match – this definitely made dress hunting easier as it narrowed my choice! I accessorised with vintage style jewellery and one of my mum’s rings.” Britt had her three sisters and her best friend who had flown in from Phoenix as her bridesmaids, all wearing Coco and Lola dresses. The groom wore a woolen tuxedo in black with a silk lapel and bow tie.

With a recommendation from a friend, the couple chose Shoshana Kruger Photography to take their wedding snaps, and couldn’t have been happier! Britt shares, ”Shoshana made us feel very relaxed from the start and was open to ideas we had. Most helpfully she was happy to direct us and tell us what did and didn’t work. We love the photos she has given us! They really capture us and our friends and family so well, she has done an amazing job.” The flowers on the day were arranged by a close friend, with the bride telling, ”Rachel is a creative genius with a knack for craftiness. She arranged all our flowers and they were just beautiful! We wanted natives in dark reds and with lots of native greenery. I loved how wild they looked, each bouquet was slightly different.”

Spending a long time deciding on the tune, Britt says, ”My dad walked me down the aisle to ‘To Build A Home’ by the Cinematic Orchestra. It had such a beautiful, rich sound and it fit with our ceremony, even though we hadn’t really heard it before. We had the choir my mum was part of sing two hymns in the service and the song we walked out to (‘All You Need Is Love’ by the Beatles). That was really important to us because my mum passed away about two years ago. We wanted to have her as part of our day without it being too sad a thing for all those affected. It was bittersweet but very beautiful. The choir was my favourite detail, and the priest who conducted our service. He created such a special moment for us, and was just great at helping us focus on each other and the commitment we were making. He explained the meaning before the various wedding rituals, so that everyone there could be part of it.”

Little Creatures Brewery was the perfect choice for the bride and groom, with Britt sharing, ”We chose the venue because it had a relaxed, fun, festive vibe, plus it was where we had our first date. It was the first menu we saw where there was lots of food we really wanted to eat, and we liked that they did sharing plates for dinner. The staff also did everything – set up, pack down and styling, which was really appealing. They were so easy to work with, and did a great job on the night!” Having the ceremony and reception in similar locations was also important for the couple, ensuring guests didn’t have to travel far.”

Being a little uncomfortable on the dance floor didn’t stop the couple from having a brilliant time, with Britt sharing, ”Our first dance was to ‘Still Together’ by Mac Demarco. He is Dave’s favourite artist and it’s just a beautiful song. Admittedly our first dance felt a little awkward because we didn’t practice but it was still great fun!” And the groom tells of his favourite moment of the evening, when the guests were surprised by the Junkadelic Brass Band, saying, ”They got the party started and they were so fun to dance to!”

A huge congratulations to our lovely bride and groom on your wedding day, thank you for sharing it with us! And thank you also to Shoshana Kruger Photography for your stunning photographs!

Photographer: Shoshana Kruger Photography / Bride's Dress: Tuscany Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Nude Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coco and Lola / Groom's Attire: Tony Barlow / Hairstylist: The Pretty Parlour / Makeup Artist: Milla Makeup / Flowers: A family friend / Wedding Cake: A family friend / Ceremony Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church, Beaconsfield / Reception Venue: Little Creatures Brewery / Audio Visual: Little Sister Films / Band: Junkadelic Brass Band