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Melanie & Sean’s Intimate Vieille Branche Wedding

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Melanie & Sean

If gorgeous French antique stores are your thing, then you may just fall head over heels for this beautifully intimate Vieille Branche wedding. The beautiful store, full of French antiques and art was love at first sight for the bride and groom who chose Aaron Shum Photography  to capture their day.

As for how they met, the couple tells their story like this. “Sean and Melanie met at a point in their lives where they both thought they had decided on the road they were taking. In a theme that would seem recurrent in their relationship, the plans they made mattered for nothing. God or the Universe had other plans for them.

They were introduced by a mutual friend, Kirsten, who was one of Melanie’s two bridesmaids. And as they got to know each other they discovered there were many more, friend, family and place connections.

In the way of things today, Melanie and Sean got to know each other through texting, phone calls and a little bit of Facebook stalking. Melanie made such an impression on Sean, that he bought her a large bunch of flowers before they had even met and left them on her back deck. Sean surely must have been smitten, because, in a move that is highly unlike him, he hired a sporty car for their first date (to see Prince in concert) because he didn’t think his work van would cut the mustard with this girl.”

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The bride worked with My Patterns Shop and Design  to make her wedding gown, remembering “Whilst out dress shopping, I was chatting with my mother in law to be on the phone, who just happened to mention that she had meters of Silk Dupion that had been sitting in her cupboard for years and if I wanted to use it, she would be delighted to give it to me.

I took the material to a local Russian dressmaker, Inessa from My Patterns Shop & Design, who has been making wedding dresses for years. Inessa exclaimed that the material I had was amazing and that it would save me a small fortune. How could I not use it? I based my wedding top and skirt on a combination of 1950’s Dior dress and a 2015 Delphine Manivet gown.

The two dresses reminded me so much of my late Grandmother’s ballroom dresses that she used to take so much pride in making. I felt by having a top and skirt it would help put my own stamp on it. I loved the experience of designing my own dress and working closely with the dressmaker. I’ll miss my Thursday fittings with Inessa.”

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Melanie and Sean chose Vieille Branche as their wedding venue, noting, “To ensure the day was relaxed we chose to only have one venue. We fell in love with Vieille Branche from the moment we stepped into this beautiful space. It reminded both Sean and I of Kalk Bay, a little fishing village in Cape Town, where I am from. The warehouse is filled with the most beautiful pieces of art and French antiques which the owners JC and Jen source themselves from France. The venue provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning wedding that no amount of styling could achieve.”

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The bride chose “Lover of the Light” by Mumford and Son’s performed live by Jayden and Akshay of Golden Oak for her walk down the aisle.

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Intimate Vieille Branche Wedding - Polka Dot Bride

“We wanted a ceremony that was inclusive and intimate. Instead of having a pre-made bouquet, I assembled my bouquet upon arrival. The Bouquet was assembled by collecting a flower from each of our female guests, thus allowing me to have a lovely private moment with each wonderful woman present. As I entered the venue I was met by my Mother in Law, who handed me a King Protea, South Africa’s National flower, a nod to my heritage.

Once I had collected all my flowers, I walked up the aisle with all my favourite women walking behind me (my backup). When I reached Sean, he tied my flowers together with ribbon, making my bouquet and signifying the act of “Tying the knot”.”

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Caitlin Healy officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking, “Sean and I wrote our own vows. My 12-year-old son, James who was also Sean’s best man read the “Apache Wedding Blessing” and a beautiful friend from interstate, Danielle, read “Love” by Kahlil Gibran. My oldest friend and Bridesmaid, Shirlee gave me away as my father could not be there (her speech was heartwarming and hilarious.)”

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“Sean made a backdrop of hanging ropes that were tied into knots, yet again signifying the act of “tying the knot”. I made blue dipped dyed serviettes to match our antique cake plates that were secretly bought in Katoomba by Sean’s mum and then posted to us.”

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“We decided on an intimate wedding so that we could spend quality time with all our guests. We also decided on a small wedding so that we could indulge in good food and wine. I wanted to ensure that no-one went home hungry and that the day wasn’t just another wedding but an experience that people would remember favourably. In keeping with the relaxed Sunday session feel we opted for cocktail catering which meant we could keep circulating and chatting.”

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“What made it perfect was having our closest friends there. One of my bridesmaids, my oldest and closest friend flew in from London. Others flew in from interstate. It was a day filled with good vibes and good friends. Our two-year-old twin boys even sat quietly throughout the whole ceremony. Our invitations and styling on the day were done by a good friend. The flowers were done by Sean’s mum and the live music was provided by two very cool dudes who we just happened to know. It all felt very personal and our “Sunday Session” vibe was achieved.”

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Of their photographer, Melanie tells, “Aaron Shum just gets it. He loves what he does and that shows. Not only are we so happy with our photographs but we couldn’t have asked for a better person to have around on our special day. Aaron is genuine, kind and talented.”

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“To merge our two backgrounds we had both Banksia and Proteas in our floral arrangements and we had African bead and wire animals on the tables which were purchased on our last visit to Cape Town from local street artists.”

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Cake Kiosk and Black Pearl Epicure created cakes for the celebration, the bride explaining, “We decided to have two cakes, one sweet and one savoury to ensure everyone’s tastes were met. The cheese for the cheese wheel cake was sourced from Black Pearl Epicure in New Farm. Both cakes were a huge hit as was the fantastic catering. Jade from Cake Kiosk makes the most scrumptious cakes, we couldn’t decide on one flavour so we had three different flavours and types of cake.”

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“All our vendors were great, from hair and make-up to the extra help we received from JC of Vieille Branche, to our gorgeous, calm and helpful celebrant Caitlin Healy, to Aaron Shum spending extra time taking photographs, to Lea McGinnis being my right-hand woman on the day, doing all the coordinating and setting up, to Andrew of Standing Room Only providing gorgeous food, fantastic staff and helping out with the cakes and to our most brilliant musicians who provided the soundtrack to our day (and who bought us Jaegerbombs at the after gathering with their earnings). I loved every bit of planning our wedding. There is so much talent out there. I just loved discovering it all.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Melanie and Sean! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Aaron Shum Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Aaron Shum Photography / Wedding Planner: Lea McGinnis / Bride’s Dress: My Patterns Shop and Design / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Bride’s Jewellery: Adorne / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker / Groom’s Attire: David Jones / Groom’s Shoes: Cutler & Co / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Groomsmen’s Shoes: H&M / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Shoes: Littlewoods / Bridesmaid Accessories: Adorne / Hairstylist: Rita's Hair and Make up / Makeup Artist: Rita's Hair and Make up / Flowers: My Flower Lady / Invitations & Stationery: Lea McGinnis / Paper Supplier: Monograms Fine Papers / Venue: Vieille Branche / Ceremony Officiant: Caitlin Healy / Ceremony Musicians: Golden Oak / Favors: Dan Murphys / Favors: Target / Catering: Standing Room Only / Cake: Cake Kiosk / Cheese & Condiments: Black Pearl Epicure / Wedding Rings: McKim's Jewellery Design / Transport: Brisbane Limo Hire
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15 Gorgeous Wedding Lounge Areas

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I love a gorgeous space to relax at a wedding. A space to curl up with a drink and have a good chat, a space to take time out from dancing your heart out. Today I am rounding up 15 gorgeous wedding lounge areas to inspire your own quiet, cosy space at your wedding. Click on through to see the inspiration!

Michelle & Mick’s Relaxed Flinders Waterside Wedding

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Michelle & Mick

With their family in the forefront of their minds, Michelle and Mick chose a relaxed Flinders waterside wedding for their nuptials with photographer Nick Skinner Photography. The seaside yacht club setting the scene for a day that was full of humour – the perfect match for their love story!

Kicking us off, Michelle tells, “We met as surfing instructors when we were 20. We thought that in our own minds (of each other) we were dreaming. I thought he was so good looking, funny and exciting but would never go for a girl like me and he was thinking the exact thing. Until we grew up a little 5 years later sparks flew and it was instant attraction and love.”

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The bride chose a gown from Grace Loves Lace , noting, “I chose the “Valentina”gown. I fell in love with its relaxed look. The beautiful front split with lace detailing and open keyhole back. It was light and playful with a splash of sexy. I wore Dear Milu aloha mermaid tanned ankle boots with the dress. I am a surfer usually permanently salty and sandy. The dress made me feel so beautiful but still being me.”

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Michelle and Mick chose Flinders Yacht Club for their wedding, the bride telling, “Flinders Yacht Club is located to the South of Flinders pier. It’s nestled away from the public in serene surroundings of the bush and right on the beach overlooking Western Port Bay. It has all the facilities you need for a cocktail or seated reception and all the vendors love to work there. To be able to take your shoes off and feel the sand beneath your feet and then onto a huge grassed area to play lawn games and then onto the deck that overlooks the ocean to dance the night away.”

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The bride walked down the aisle to “Miles Away” by Years Around The Sun.

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Nathan Russo officiated the ceremony, Michelle remembering, “We are both very extrovert people however when it comes to reading out in public we go silent so we decided to choose some vows our celebrant Nathan Russo had chosen. I wanted the ceremony to be relaxed and fun and not put anyone to sleep. It was perfect. I was so nervous and excited. To walk down and see our friends and family and then to look up and see my hubby holding our beautiful daughter Frankie and at his feet our pup Skip. We were all together and it was a tear jerker to see Frankie run into his arms.”

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“Mick was so nervous he called me by my middle name everyone had a giggle which made him relax and so he was in his element. When it came to my turn I deliberately called him by a different name which he and the wedding guests found very funny, when we were then moving on with the ceremony the celebrant called us by the names we had called out so lots of laughs and relaxed vibes from everyone.”

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The bride styled the floral arrangements herself, telling, “I went to Siiclunas in Sorrento and chose what I wanted and then packed up the car and sorted them out into jars and vases. I made my own bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets also groomsman buttonholes and cake flowers. It was so nice to be able to do it and we did it all the day before the wedding with my bridesmaids with a glass of wine and lots of love and laughter.”

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Of their photographer, Michelle gushes, “I chose Nick Skinner Photography for our wedding as he has a great attention to detail and being able to tell a story with his photos. His professionalism and the quality of the final product was outstanding. He was so easy to work with and made myself and Mick very confident with what he was doing. I have had so many people asking for his business card as they fell in love with the photos as much as we did.”

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Moreish Catering Mornington  served up a feast for the guests, Michelle noting, “Moreish Catering created absolutely mouth watering food. It is prepared and cooked right in front of you. The service was spot on with servicing everyone with tasty canapés and platters. They also helped with the bar. Their professionalism was outstanding.”

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“I styled the venue, ceremony, flowers, some decorations.  I set up the wedding on Friday and put up the arbour on Saturday which I styled with gum tree branches, flowers and a beautiful macrame hanging a girlfriend made for me. I used cushions and throws to add to boho theme and dream catchers.”

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Of their first dance, Michelle recalls, “We decided to start off with a Ben Harper nice slow waltz for about 15 seconds only to suddenly whip into a song called “Choo Choo Mumma” which is a high energy blues rock and roll song where we busted out an unchoreographed swing dance. The crowd was pumped and joined in. The dance floor was on from the moment our band started and finished – they were amazing!!!!! ”

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Crossroad Junction  were a highlight of the evening, say the bride, “The band got so much amazing feedback from everyone at the wedding.  I met the lead singer on Facebook via mutual friends and others who had recommended him. They sang a variety of songs which kept the wedding guests on the dance floor from the moment they started to the moment they finished. It was refreshing not to have the same old wedding songs you here at every other wedding.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Mick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nick Skinner Photography for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Nick Skinner Photography / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Dear Milu / Bride’s Jewellery: Peter Mcbride / Groom’s Attire: Target / Groom’s Attire: Lee / Groom’s Shoes: Reef / Groomsmen Attire: Target / Groomsmen Attire: Lee / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Reef / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dotti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Dotti / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Megan Sutherland / Hairstylist: Bessie Seal Hair & Makeup / Makeup Artist: Lauren Eden / Flowers: Siclunas Sorrento / Invitations & Stationery: Kristy Oates Graphic Design / Venue: Flinders Yacht Club / Rentals: Peninsula Party Hire / Rentals: The Collection / Ceremony Officiant: Nathan Russo / Ceremony Musicians: Crossroad Junction / Catering: Moreish Mornington / Cake: Amini Kitchen / Band: Crossroad Junction / Photo Booth: The Collection / Wedding Rings: Peter Mcbride / Wedding Rings: Chloe Mccoll Jewerelly / Transport: Kombi Love / Wedding Registry: Envelope Registry

Chosen By One Day Designer Collection

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With a talent for creating glamorous fashion-forward wedding gowns, it was only a matter of time before the design team at One Day Bridal turned their talents to formalwear and Chosen By One Day heralds the launch of the bridal designer’s brand new diffusion line.

All about the “chosen” muse, the new collection, of thirty different pieces including skirts, bodices and gowns are filled with luxe fabrics – silk, embroidered tulles, delicate pearl lace – even the bold addition of metallic leathers. This is the collection for those that want something a little bolder, a little more modern and definitely a collection for lovers of luxury.

Designed to be most divine in quality, the gowns take four months to produce – but can each be ordered through the website. The pieces being as at home walking down the aisle as at a ball, or celebration.

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Gowns: Chosen By One Day / Photographer: Mauro Palmieri / Makeup Artist: Jade Kisnorbo / Hairstylist: Lauren Mackellar / Model: Kawani Prenter / Model Agency: IMG Models
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