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Vintage Rowboat Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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Something a little different for you today with this vintage rowboat wedding inspiration shoot from Adriana Watson Photography. A rowboat, the central focus for the shoot is dripping with beautiful foliage and blooms. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour with an Australian twist, the team behind the shoot chose red lips and a vintage style hairstyle for the bride, with the groom in a classic charming beige suit to give an elegant vintage look with an Australian vibe.

Styled by Axdrew Creative  with floral design by Styling Hue Floral Creative, the bride wore a lace illusion neckline gown from Judy Copley Bridal  and a beige, very Notebook-esque styled look from Suits Direct for our groom. The rowboat and venue? Sunshine Coast favourite The Lakehouse.

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Photographer: Adriana Watson Photography / Bride’s Dress: Judy Copley Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Suits Direct / Styling: Axdrew Creative / Flowers: Styling Hue Floral Creative / Rowboat: The Lakehouse, Sunshine Coast / Hair & Makeup Artist: Katlyn Otto
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Anna and Brendan’s Fun Art Gallery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Anna & Brendan

I love the feeling of Anna and Brendan’s fun art gallery wedding. These two didn’t take themselves too seriously (their must see first dance is complete evidence of that!) choosing a beautiful art gallery for their ceremony before heading to a Richmond brewery to celebrate with their favourite people. Todd Hunter McGaw was there to capture it all.

Brendan tells, “We met at the Randwick races. There’s no special story except for the 2am souvlaki in Kings Cross.”

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Brendan chose a suit from Zegna, the groomsmen dressed in their own suits.

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Anna wore a lace gown by Luci Di Bella.

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Anna’s bridesmaids wore different navy blue dresses.

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Sophie Gannon Gallery  was chosen by the couple for their ceremony, Brendan telling, “The art gallery is a bright, compact space with a ready-made aisle. The gallery staff arranged for artwork to be hung that suited our taste and we had drinks on arrival to combat the heat.”

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Anna walked down the aisle to “Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles. Two members of the bridal party – Tilly Anderson (saxophone) and best man Nick Gill (guitar) accompanied Mim Zaetta-Thomas and her band.

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Deborah Cannon performed the ceremony.

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Of their photographers, Anna and Brendan note, “We have a mild couple crush on Todd and Alyda. They were the most laid back guests at our wedding, with the most responsibility… apart from us.”

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Emma and Brendan chose Mountain Goat Brewery  for their wedding reception, remarking, “The brewery is a cavernous brick warehouse, which needed little decoration on account of its character. When dusk descended, the fairy lights brought the place to life.”

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The couple chose a unique place card idea, the groom remembering, “We used photos rather than name cards to identify people’s seats on the tables. We compiled the photos over a few weeks in the lead up to the wedding, using our collection and occasionally dipping into Facebook to fill some gaps. The photos brought back some memories and the guests seemed to love it. For a couple sorely lacking decorative creativity, we were pretty proud of that.”

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Panache created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Guests enjoyed a meal served family style catered by Fred and Ginger. Brendan noting,  “Emma from Fred and Ginger did a fantastic job with the food. They were the stand-out vendor, along with Todd and Alyda, and the two venues.”

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For their first dance, Anna and Brenda did a choreographed number to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” explaining, “We choreographed some ridiculous moves to Bonnie Tyler’s, Total Eclipse of the Heart. The photos probably do it more justice than words. Todd and Alyda were pretty stoked with a couple of their shots (as were we). To be honest, the whole dance was a bit of a piss-take; the drag at the end being the best illustration.”

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The dance floor was a highlight of the night, and the groom’s favourite story? “The sight of 50 people on their haunches during Daft Punk’s One More Time, waiting to jump up in the air when bridge ended.”

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Congratulations Anna and Brendan! Thank you for taking the time to tell your story! Thank you also to Todd Hunter McGaw  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw / Bride’s Dress: Luci Di Bella / Groom’s Attire: Zegna / Groomsmen Attire: Their choice / Bridesmaid Dresses: Their choice / Makeup Artist: Kate Fletcher / Flowers: Panache / Ceremony Venue: Sophie Gannon Gallery / Ceremony Musicians: Tilly Anderson (saxophone) Nick Gill (guitar), Mim Zaetta-Thomas & band / Ceremony Officiant: Deborah Cannon / Reception Venue: Mountain Goat Brewery / Catering: Fred and Ginger

Liz and John’s Stylish Outdoor Wedding

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


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Oh how romantic it is to dine under the stars – which is exactly how Liz and John celebrated their stylish outdoor wedding. They married in Liz’s childhood home neighbour’ s backyard, a place where Liz spent much of her childhood – before moving to her childhood home’s backyard for a sit down reception. As the sun set the lights came on, the dancing started and Nicolle Versteeg Photography captured it all.

Liz tells their story of how thy came to be. “We met in a very unexciting way – at a bar at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday! The relationship progressed as is the usual way these days – Facebook friend request, a few private messages back and forth, first date (a huge success) and so on… ”

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Liz chose a gown from Anna Campbell with shoes by Tony Bianco.

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The groom chose a suit from MJ Bale.

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Liz’s bridesmaids wore gowns in different shades of grey from Jenny Yoo.

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Liz walked down the aisle to Ellie Goulding “How Long Will I Love You?”.

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Liz tells, “The ceremony was held at my parent’s next door neighbour’s garden. They have hosted a few weddings there previously and I knew it would be perfect. It is a beautiful garden and our next door neighbours are very close friends of ours. I have so many memories of parties, childhood concerts, afternoon teas etc in that garden.”

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“Our celebrant, Cameron Eglington, was fantastic – he was so flexible, easy going and ran the whole ceremony like such a professional.”

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“Our pugalier Rex was our ring bearer and we absolutely adore him and were so glad he was part of the ceremony – we let him out from the backyard studio when the celebrant announced it was time to exchange the rings and luckily for us, when we called his name, he ran straight towards us (there is a picture of him in the ceremony photos) with the rings tied around his neck!”

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“Our good friend Sue Gawned coordinated the flowers for us and the bridesmaids, mother of the bride, mother of the groom helped the day before. They turned out beautifully!”

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Of their photographer, Liz tells, “Nicolle Versteeg was our photographer. We chose her after she photographed our friend’s wedding and did a fabulous job. We loved how relaxed and natural her style was and how she was familiar with Fremantle and all it had to offer. Nicolle was a ‘calming influence’ on the day and the bridal party had a fantastic time shooting at a few locations around Freo and East Freo. She was an absolute delight to deal with from start to finish and made us feel so comfortable on the day.”

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“The most memorable moments of the day for us were the bridal party photos where we were able to relax and be silly with our closest friends (and recover from feeling so nervous at the ceremony). We had our photos taken at the Roundhouse in Fremantle and George Street in East Fremantle. We particularly love the photos taken in front of the mural on the corner of George and Hubble Streets, in East Fremantle.”

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Reception celebrations were held in Liz’s parents backyard. The Event Mill pulled together the look with furniture from Hire Society. Liz noting, “A special mention to our friend Jesse Wilson from The Event Mill who organised the chairs, staging, lighting and dance floor for us.”

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“John did all the signage, wedding invites, menus etc with the help of a couple of colleagues at work (he works in advertising). Many elements were DIY on the day – the drinks station, welcome tables, chalkboards and cake table.”

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Guests enjoyed a feast by Beaumonde Catering, the newlyweds noting, “We have to make special mention to Beaumonde catering who did the most fantastic job. The food was incredible as was the service. We received many compliments on the catering from guests.”

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“All the speeches were fantastic and were another favourite moment – our dads spoke, as did both my sisters and John’s best friend, Baz. The speeches were so funny and heartfelt and were the perfect addition to the night.”

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Bride Liz remembers, “John was keen to do a first dance but I was reluctant. I had seen a few first dances that were quite awkward and we decided that we wouldn’t have one. I actually regret not doing one now. On the night it didn’t matter and once the band started people did not get off the dance floor all night.”

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“My parents surprised us with two oversized vertical garden letters (J & L) that they attached to the wooden framework of the patio. We were very impressed!”

Congratulations on your marriage Liz and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nicolle Versteeg Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Nicolle Versteeg Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Hairstylist: Claire McDonald-Harrison / Makeup Artist: Gail Wilton / Flowers: Sue Gawned (family friend) / Invitations & Stationery: DIY / Venue: Private Garden / Ceremony Officiant: Cameron Eglington / Styling/Hire: Hire Society / Styling/Hire: The Event Mill / Band: Bumpy Johnson Band / Favors: Groom's mother / Catering: Beaumonde Catering / Wedding Rings: Top Image Jewellery / Transport: Gateway Limousines / Wedding Registry: Wedding Gifts Direct

Miranda and Shota’s Colourful Japanese Australian Wedding

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


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Miranda & Shota

I love nothing more than seeing a wedding where two cultures not only meld together but truly create a day that is as unique and as beautiful as the couple marrying. Miranda and Shota’s wedding day was a mix of Australian, Scottish and Japanese culture. The couple deciding to get rid of what they didn’t want (like a first dance!) and include things they loved (like an Australian Women’s Weekly cake table!) The result? A beautiful day that was very “Miranda And Shota”. The couple chose Solas Photography to capture their day.

Miranda tells the tale of how they came to be. “Shota was 8 months into a road-trip around Japan. When the snow started falling in Hokkaido and he couldn’t camp outside anymore, he took a job as a chef in a ski resort. I was working in that resort. One of the people he met along the way on his trip who also ended up taking a job as refuge from the snow became Shota’s Best Man.”

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The Distillery  created the unique wedding invitations that set the scene for the day.

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The groom and groomsmen wore traditional Japanese Hakama.

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Miranda wore a custom made gown with a Japanese touch, explaining ” My dress was made from vintage kimono silk (something old)”. She added blue shoes from Shoes Of Prey.

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The couple chose a first look before the ceremony, Miranda telling, “Before the ceremony we got photos taken at Mt Lofty house where the girls got ready and at the Mt Lofty Train Station where I used to play as a kid.”

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Of their photographers, Miranda exclaims, “They were incredible! I couldn’t have asked for more. James was such wonderful fun on the day. It stormed all morning and we got terrific shots in the pouring rain. He kept the mood up and kept reminding us that it was our day and we could do whatever we wanted. At the ceremony and reception I didn’t even notice him being there, yet he got all these great shots. He even sent us the ‘best of’ shots the very next day!”

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The couple chose Miranda’s mother’s garden for their wedding, Miranda noting, “The ceremony and reception was at my parent’s house in Crafers in the Adelaide Hills. It’s the home I grew-up in and the garden which is my Mother’s pride and joy.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Miranda chose, ” ‘The Entrance’ from Madame Butterfly (sung by our talented opera singer friend and accompanied by her concert pianist husband) – handy friends.”

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The ceremony had a different twist, “As we are not religious, rather than a bible reading, two friends did a reading of the best love inspired movie quotes of all time (you had me at hello, I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy…etc).”

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“It was so personal. Just a really intimate celebration of our relationship with our closest friends and family. We all went on an emotional roller coaster together, from not a dry eye in the house during some speeches to standing ovations and roaring laughter in others.”

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“After we were pronounced man and wife, our dog ran to greet us with a ‘just married’ sign on her tail.”

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A Japanese touch was the 1000 paper cranes that hung from trees to decorate the ceremony area. The bride tells, “My bridesmaids made 1000 paper cranes for luck and hung them all over the garden.”

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“My Mother sewed all the napkins and table runners out of kimono silk. She also added kimono silk to all the bridesmaid’s dresses. My Grandfather wrote all the calligraphy signage.”

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The wedding dessert was a table of cakes baked by guests, the bride remembering, “Guests made all the cakes (they re-created our favorite cakes from the past, like my 9th birthday Women’s Weekly swimming pool cake and my parent’s giant lamington wedding cake etc). The absolutely stunning flowers which were a combination of Japanese and Australian blooms, picked in the Adelaide Hills, were created by  The Tenth Meadow .”

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As with the rest of the day, family and friends went out of their way to make sure both cultures were present on the day, Miranda telling, “The best man learned English just to make his speech. My mum learned Japanese to make hers. As a surprise, a friend organised a traditional Japanese drummer and pan-flute player to play a traditional Scottish song (as a nod to both of our heritages).”

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Miranda notes, “We didn’t do a first dace. I’ve never seen one that hasn’t looked awkward and uncomfortable so we scrapped it. We broke all the rules really and just did things that we wanted to do, and didn’t do the things we didn’t want to.”

The finishing touch of the wedding day was a film by Daniel Hamilton, Adelaide Wedding Videos.

Congratulations on your marriage Miranda and Shota! Thank you for sharing your day with us, thank you also to Solas Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Solas Photography / Cinematographer: Daniel Hamilton, Adelaide Wedding Videos / Bride’s Dress: Custom / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes Of Prey / Bride’s Jewelry: Mondial / Groom’s Attire: Japanese Hakama (hired) / Groomsmen Attire: Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender and custom made / Hairstylist: Halee Trenwith 0410 676 783 / Makeup Artist: Halee Trenwith 0410 676 783 / Flowers: The Tenth Meadow / Invitations & Stationery: The Distillery / Venue: Bride's Parent's Home / Ceremony Officiant: Nicky Solomon (friend) / Ceremony Musicians: Rosemary and Malcolm Ross - Opera (friends) and Greg Myers - Jazz (friend) / Marquee Hire: White Marquee / Catering: Rosa Matto / Cake Baker: Guests / Wedding Rings: Mondial / Wedding Registry: Peters of Kensington
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