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Amber & Nicola’s Modern Maroochydore Waterside Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Same Sex Weddings,

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Amber & Nicola

Amber and Nicola chose a bold and vibrant blue and royal purple colour scheme for their modern Maroochydore waterside wedding. Held right on the water, the couple wanted a relaxed day that was all about family and friends. They chose Quince and Mulberry Studios  to capture their wedding.

Amber spills the beans on how she and Nicola came to be. “We met on an online dating site (Compatible Partners). I was just about to leave the site when Nicola signed up. Our first date was at The Three Monkeys in West End. Nicola left her wallet in the car and went back to get it. I thought she wasn’t coming back but luckily she did! Nicola gave me her jacket at the end of the night to make sure I would have to see her again.”

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Nicola worked with Jordanna Regan Couture  to design her wedding suit, she tells, “I chose to get my outfit handmade by a designer because I found it difficult to find a feminine wedding suit. I researched online and met with a few designers before deciding on Jordanna Regan. Jordanna made the whole process very comfortable and was happy to give guidance where I needed it. My outfit was exactly what I wanted and the result was stunning. My mum helped to hand-select the lace on my shirt to match Amber’s dress and the whole time I had no idea what Amber was wearing!”

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Amber wore a strapless a-line gown by Paddington Weddings Bertossi Brides. She remarks, “The girls at Bertossi Brides, Anne and Gill, made us feel at home when we walked into their little bridal house. Anne hand selects her lace from Italy and designs and makes all of her dresses on site which my mum and I loved.

When I walked into the store, my eyes immediately found the beautiful Elouise gown. My mum and I knew that it was THE dress because it was the only dress that made my mum teary when I put it on. By the week before the wedding, my dress fit me perfectly. The lace was so light and flowy and the little belt sparkled. With my blue lacey shoes – designed by my mum and my matching earrings and bracelet I was ready to go. Anne and Gill made finding the perfect dress a lovely journey for my mum and I to share together.”

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Madame Bloom  created the floral arrangements for the day, Amber tells, “Our florist, Shannon Pluis – Madame Bloom, put in so much time and effort meeting with us and helping select the perfect flowers for us. Our flowers were amazing and everything we could have hoped for on our special day. Our bouquets were exquisite and evidently made with love. My favourite thing was my flower crown, it was absolutely stunning and made me feel like such a beautiful bride. I heard my little cousin saying to her mum ‘look mummy it’s a queen, isn’t she pretty’!”

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Amber and Nicola created two aisles so they could walk down the aisle at the same time. They chose ‘River Flows In You’ (Bella’s lullaby from Twilight) by Yiruma.

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Amber and Nicola were married at Ebb Waterfront . “We chose Ebb Waterfront for the ceremony and reception and cannot express how accommodating, professional and lovely they were. They were more than happy to work with us when we told them we wanted to have two aisles, which was very important to us. The setup of the restaurant, the food and the service on the night was nothing short of amazing. They pulled the whole day together and it was seamless. The best thing was how laid back and relaxed they were, which is exactly what two brides need when planning a wedding! Our favourite thing about the venue was the colour of the chairs and the view of the water.”

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Married by Jen officiated the ceremony, the brides remembering, “When we met with our celebrant we discussed our desire for the ceremony to be about our relationship and our love and commitment to each other. Our celebrant, Jen Arhanic, spent many hours getting to really know us as individuals and as a couple. She portrayed our story beautifully, with a little-added humour, which was perfect. My (Amber) brother, Levi, read a lovely piece of writing that he chose himself. Every guest commented on how personal the ceremony was and asked how the celebrant knew us so well!”

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Of their photographer, Amber remarks,  “Our beautiful photographer, Kate Taylor from Quince and Mulberry Studio, was nothing short of amazing! She captured all the right moments, the laughter, the tears, the glances between brides and the whole family and friend dynamic. She met with us numerous times before the wedding and even visited our venue up the coast. Kate is bubbly, fun, calm and generous. She arrived hours early on our wedding day and did not leave until she was sure she had taken all the photos we were after. We would highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for a professional photographer.”

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“All morning it rained and rained and rained and we were nervous that we would have to move inside the restaurant which was going to make having two aisles very complicated. A couple of hours before the ceremony, the rain started to clear and the sun was shining behind the clouds and the view was spectacular for the ceremony and photos.”

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“We did a lot of DIY! For the tables, everyone pitched in to make paper flowers, decorate the jars and make the hessian table runners. The wooden Arbor and bunting were hand made as well. We also made our own invitations, favours, candles and pot plants and designed and printed our own menus and table seating board. We could not have done it without our family and friends to help us!”

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All Strung Up  created a special piece of art for guests to leave their mark, the brides remember, “We had a beautiful piece of artwork made from ‘All Strung Up’. It was a tree made of string art on a piece of wood. Our guests signed their names on little leaves and put them into a box so we could stick them on the tree later. We are going to hang this artwork in our house to remind us of our fabulous day. All Strung Up is very talented and was happy to spend time with us designing exactly what we wanted.”

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“Two of our closest and talented friends sang and played the guitar for our first dance. We chose ‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran. It was magical.”

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Congratulations Amber and Nicola! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Thank you also to Quince and Mulberry Studios  for sharing this fun celebration!

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Photographer: Quince and Mulberry Studios / Bride’s Dress: Paddington Weddings Bertossi Brides / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Bride’s Jewelry: Paddington Weddings Bertossi Brides / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Bride's Suit: Jordanna Regan Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Ebay / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Connor / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo / Bridesmaid Accessories: Allure Style / Hairstylist: OnTrend Beauty / Makeup Artist: OnTrend Beauty / Flowers: Madame Bloom / Venue: Ebb Waterfront / Ceremony Officiant: Married by Jen / Reception Hire Items: Waterfront Event Design / Wedding Guest Memorabilia: All Strung Up / Cake Baker: Amber's Step Mum, Rochelle Ellis / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Filgree Engraving: Duncan Vickers
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Sahra & Luke’s Romantic Vintage Adelaide Hills Wedding

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

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Sahra & Luke

Sahra and Luke’s romantic vintage Adelaide Hills makes the most of the sweet little wedding venue, the gorgeous backdrops Mother Nature puts on and a beautiful love story that unfolded throughout it all. The couple chose Love Fool Photography  to capture the beautiful wedding in the South Australian countryside.

Sahra fills us in on how they met. “Luke was from Adelaide but his career took him to Perth where he met Sahra in a bar…Luke smiled at Sahra from across the room (but not in a creepy serial killer kinda way) and she smiled back. Luke asked to hold Sah’s hand…she said yes and they never let go.”

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The bride chose Rapsimo for her gown, remarking, “My dress was custom made by the lovely and very talented Ann at Rapsimo in Adelaide, SA. I wanted a romantic style dress to suit an outdoor wedding and got inspiration for various designs on Pinterest. I wore a gorgeous pair of Italian lace heels which also came from Rapsimo. Ann stocks an exclusive range of Italian designer wedding shoes. For jewellery, I wore a pair of beautiful drop pearl earrings from Paspali Pearls which were lent to me by my mother-in-law. They belonged to her late sister and were also worn by Luke’s sister Alice on her wedding day.”

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Sweet Adelaide Hills wedding venue The White House  hosted their celebration. Sahra remembering, “It took us quite a while to choose our venue, we knew we wanted something a little different, something personal and intimate with a rustic feel. We looked at many wineries across SA but found most were too commercialised or some even a little too rustic. We wanted all the trimmings of a traditional wedding but with our own personal touch. The White House was our last stop and as soon as we stepped foot on the gorgeous 1858 property we knew instantly it was the spot for us! The owners Sophie and Sid are perfectionists at what they do, they really listened to the style and ideas of what we wanted for our wedding and did everything they could and more to deliver, and they did.”

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Alice Haddy  sang the bride down the aisle, “I walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz ‘I Won’t Give Up’. We knew it was the song the first time we heard it. We loved the acoustic intro which was perfect to walk down the aisle to and the words are just beautiful as well.”

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Cecilia White officiated the ceremony, Sahra remarking, “Our ceremony was held under a beautiful big pear tree in the garden. Dream-catchers, lace bunting and hanging jars with flowers made the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. We wanted our ceremony to be relatively short to keep our guests engaged but emotional. We had an ‘unplugged’ ceremony so that all our guests could really be ‘in the moment’ with us. My brother and Luke’s sister both did readings which were very special.”

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Of their photographer, Sahra notes, “The amazing and very talented Maddie from Love Fool Photography captured our day just perfectly. We looked at many photographers but Maddie’s photos stood out from all the rest!”

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“All our stationery was made by a close family friend. She did everything from the Wedding invitations, seating plan, menus, Photo Booth props and even made our pretty little dream catchers! I decorated glass jars with lace and hand made coconut and lime soy candles as a wedding favour for the girls. I also decorated wooden picture frames with flowers for the photo booth and these were hung from the pear tree.”

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Of the first dance, the bride remembers “Our first dance song was ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson. This was a song we always danced to around our living room when we first met and has always been the ‘motto’ of our relationship. It’s also a fun, slightly more upbeat song.”

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“The fact that EVERY guest chose to stay overnight in Hahndorf made it special as it really gave the wedding a ‘holiday’ vibe. Sharing breakfast the next morning with all our guests and hearing them talk about what a lovely wedding it was and the memories they had of the day was really special.”

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Sahra and Luke thank you for taking the time to share your stories! Thank you also to Love Fool Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

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Photographer: Love Fool Photography / Cinematographer: The Smile Factory Film / Bride’s Dress: Rapsimo / Bride’s Shoes: Rapsimo / Bride’s Jewelry: Paspaley Pearls / Groom’s Attire: Patrick&Co / Groom’s Shoes: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Made in Bangkok, Thailand / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Connor / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Accessories: Miss Martini / Hairstylist: Crystal Terrue - La Pictura / Makeup Artist: Lauren Parkinson, Studio 15 / Flowers: Illume Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: The White House / Ceremony Officiant: Cecilia White / Ceremony Musicians: Alice Haddy / Reception Hire Items: Little Vintage Hire & Sales / Reception Hire Items: Old Refinery / DJ: DJ Driller / Cake Baker: Caitlyn's Cakes / Wedding Rings: Gerrard McCabe

10 Fun Cultural Wedding Favor Ideas

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Cultural Wedding Favor ideas

One of the things I love about weddings and wedding favors is how personal they can be. Today I’m rounding up 10 fun cultural wedding favor ideas that couples chose to represent their culture on their wedding days. Whether it was something from their family heritage, or something that represented the culture of the destination in which they wed – each idea was personal and beautifully created. Click on through to see the roundup!

Bess & Will’s Modern Garden Party Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Bess & Will

I love so much about Bess & Will’s modern garden party wedding. From the bagpiper that led the guests from ceremony to reception, the let your hair down first dance, espresso martinis served in coffee cups, it was a night to remember captured by Aparat.

Bess and Will met at university at a student camp – their story beginning way back when evolving into this gorgeous wedding day in Melbourne.

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Bess chose a wedding gown designed by Carla Zampatti . She tells “I wore a Carla Zampatti dress (bought from David Jones and tailored by Brides of Brighton). I really loved it. It was absolutely trashed by the end of the night (too much air guitar on the dance floor – plus one of my friends spilled a full glass of red wine down the front of it towards the end, which I found hilarious). It all came out with a good dry clean!”

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Bess walked down the aisle to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five. The couple chose to marry in Bess’ childhood park.

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Allys Andrews who happens to be the bride’s mother officiated the ceremony, Of their ceremony, Bess remembers, “We wanted a nice simple ceremony conducted by my mum. Our readings were ‘Travelling’ by William Wordsworth and ‘I do not love you…’ by Pablo Naruda (actually about being in love with someone, despite the title). Poems we have both loved for a long time.”

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Following the ceremony, Ian (Will’s dad) led the procession of guests up the hill to Bess’s parents’ place, where the cocktail reception was held in the backyard.

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One man band Uptown Brown set the scene for an evening of fun and music.

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Of their photographer, Bess tells, “Aparat were fantastic. We met Jakub and Zosia a few months out from the wedding and straightaway felt very comfortable they understood what we wanted. We’ve both been to weddings where the bride and groom are commandeered by the photographer for long periods of time, but we wanted a more low impact approach. I remember seeing only glimpses of Jakub and Zosia on the night, but they were there, moving through the crowd capturing hundreds of beautiful, natural moments of us and our guests. We ended up with the most amazing photos without ever being taken away from the party.”

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Blakes Feast catered the cocktail style affair, Bess remembering, “Blake’s Feast were amazing. There were a few hiccups from our end (like running out of beer at about 9pm) but they smoothed them over without a word. They even held umbrellas over our guests as they walked from the marquee to the deck in the rain. Plus the food was incredible! We couldn’t recommend them highly enough, for the food and professionalism.”

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“We had to have the obligatory Melbourne wedding espresso martinis. We served ours in coffee cups. We also had other homemade cocktails that Will and our friend Kee from the Keg King brewed up in our garage in the week before the wedding.”

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Of their first dance, Bess tells, “We danced to Love is in the Air from Strictly Ballroom (John Paul Young). It was one of the best moments of the wedding – when everyone joined us on the dance floor with maracas and feather boas.”

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“it was the best day we’ve had. It started at 4pm and finished at about 5am, we had everyone we loved there and we’d go back and do it over again as many times as we could in exactly the same way. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Congratulations Bess and Will! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to photographer Aparat for sharing this gorgeous celebration!

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Photographer: Aparat / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Groom’s Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Groom’s Shoes: Crockett & Jones / Groomsmen Attire: Country Road / Hairstylist: Zebu Hair / Makeup Artist: Rebecca Brown / Flowers: Lucy Hill / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Officiant: Allys Andrews / Reception Venue: Private Property / Musician: Uptown Brown / DJ: Rutherford Entertainment / Catering: Blakes Feast / Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen / Wedding Registry: Wedding List Co
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