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Snapshot Sunday – Special Congratulations

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays



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Hannah & Nick’s Sweet Curtis Falls Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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Hannah & Nick

I kind of fell in love with Hannah and Nick through their engagement photos captured by Sophie Baker Photography . Sweet moments captured, simple love stories and a such a relaxed shoot, just as we are feeling. Hannah telling “We first met over 10 years ago, when we were teenage dirt bags. Nick was a good mate of my older brother and we became close friends when they moved into a house together. It wasn’t until after 6 years of friendship that we realised why we were jealous when we were dating other people… Much to my brother’s surprise, we started dating and quickly fell in love, moving into our own place 6 months later.”

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Sweet Curtis Falls Engagement Photos | Photo by

Sweet Curtis Falls Engagement Photos | Photo by

On what she loves about Nick, Hannah tells “What I love most about Nick is that he well and truly knew how mad I was before we were a couple… and he still went for it! Every day I look forward to waking up next to Nick, and when he looks at me I know that everything is going to be ok and that he will always be there. I love that we can tell each other exactly what we think and be completely honest with each other.”

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Sophie Baker Photography©Sophie Baker Photography©

“We fell in love with Tamborine Mountain after staying up there, and behind the wedding venue we booked was Curtis Falls Rainforest Walk. I knew that’s where I wanted to be for the shoot. I am a proud Plant Lady and I love how beautiful and green it is in there. And the ferns! The beautiful ferns! Oh and how we were pretending to be in Jurassic Park the whole time was fun.”

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©Sophie Baker Photography©

“We have laughed everyday together, so kinda hard to pin point one story. They’ve all blended into a continuous funny story really. The only break in the story was one night in New Orleans 2014 because neither of us have any memory of it! All we got out of it was Hannah’s broken glasses and a very unproductive day following…it will forever be a mystery.”

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Sophie Baker Photography©Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

The proposal was a complete surprise, Hannah telling “Nick booked a weekend away for our “birthdays” as they are only 2 weeks apart (what a clever ruse). We got to our beautiful retreat at Mt Tamborine and it was amazing! We quickly settled in to that place (well Nick seemed a little edgy) then headed to dinner, returning after with 2 bottles of wine down, and some extra liquid courage Nick needed. We walked into our room which had been dressed in rose petals, candles and a freshly drawn bubble bath! And the first thing I said was “Jeez, someone’s put rose petals everywhere!!!” then it clicked when I turned around to see Nick on one knee and tears in his eyes. YES! Is all I said.”

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

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Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©

Sophie Baker Photography©


Jess & Sam’s Pretty Gum Gully Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Jess & Sam

There is little that pulls my heartstrings more than seeing a couple so emotional and happy about making this incredible commitment to each other. And, as you will see, Jess and Sam had a hard time containing these emotions during their ceremony and reception, and the result is just the loveliest thing. The couple chose a rustic, relaxed country feel for their wedding, and White Rabbit Productions were there to capture all the love and emotion of their pretty Gum Gully Farm wedding.

The couple reminisce about how they came to be. “Jess was living in Kyabram at the time and Sam was living in Chirnside Park. We met at a mutual friend’s New Years Eve party, and we began chatting about a few common interests we shared, namely music. Sam had just left to head into town, when he heard a voice from back up the street saying, “Where are you going?!” Needless to say, he didn’t make it into town! A month later, Jess’ friend talked her into applying for a teaching position in Monbulk (where the friend was living). Jess didn’t realise at the time that Monbulk was only 30 minutes from where Sam lived. She got the job, and the rest is history!”







Jess wore the Peter Trends  “Dominica” gown, purchased from L’Amour Bridal Boutique. “It was a lace wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, pearl detail and scalloped edging, and I paired it wit a lace bolero,” the bride explains, saying she chose it due to its vintage feel. “My mum joked that the train even looked like it was made out of doilies! The owner of L’Amour was so helpful, and very particular with the way the dress fitted, even making last minute changes at my final dress fitting. She is clearly brilliant at what she does!”

Kelly Utting, who is a parent from Jess’ school, did the makeup on the day, and the bridal party hair was created by Styled by Nicole Whitty.







The groom’s and groomsmen’s wore dark navy suits from Giotto, with matching vests from Briggins, and brown leather lace-up Florsheim shoes. The ties were navy Ben Sherman. “I chose this look to match the vintage feel of the venue, and both Jess and I both really liked the look of it,” Sam tells.







The venue for both the ceremony and the reception was Gum Gully Farm in Victoria. The ceremony was held in their purpose built chapel,  and the bride walked down the aisle to “Wonderful You” by Bob Evans, escorted by her father. Jess and Sam tell, “We wanted a simple, relaxed ceremony that represented us.”




















“Our amazing photos were taken by Joel and Chloe from White Rabbit Productions. They understood the relaxed style we were after, and were able to capture the day beautifully.”









“Where do we start!” the couple laugh about the extent of DIY that went into creating their day. “Jess designed and co-ordinated the DIY for the wedding, including the invitations, she hand-made and painted table numbers, signage and photo booth, including props. Jess spent months collecting vessels from op shops and cleaning jars for the flowers, and also collecting doilies for the table runners (Sam never wants to see another doily again!) and some of them were actually made by a friend. There was so much work involved, that even on the night before the wedding we still had hundreds of doilies arranged on our floor, ready for Jess to hand stitch together. A huge amount of people pitched in to help. One of the groomsmen’s dad specially brewed three varieties of craft beer for the occasion. Jess’ mum and a friend’s mum baked all the sweets on the dessert table, and Jess’ work colleague created the wedding cake. Parents from Jess’ school arranged all of the bouquets and floral arrangements. Jess’ mum also made the bunting and the favours –  relish using Jess’ gran’s recipe.”














Their first dance was to “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins. “We chose the song because we both loved it, and particularly the sentiment of it!”




Congratulations Jess and Sam! Thank you both, and to White Rabbit Productions, for sharing your day with us!

Photographer: White Rabbit Productions / Bridal Salon: L'Amour Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Dress: Peter Trends Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Peep Toe / Groom’s Attire: Giotto / Vests: Briggins / Ties: Ben Sherman / Groom's Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Giotto / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS / Hairstylist: Styled by Nicole Whitty / Makeup Artist: Kelly Utting at Embellish Makeovers / Flowers: Karen Sydney / Invitations & Stationery: DIY / Venue: Gum Gully Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Julia's Celebrancy Services / Favors: DIY / Catering: Yarra Valley Catering / Cake: Friend / Rings: Diamondline Jewellery

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Photo by  Katie Donnelly via Anh and Jack’s Romantic Paris Engagement Photographs

Phew Dotties! We only have a few weeks to go until the patterned people close up shop for the year. So we’re busy prepping posts (because we’ll be publishing each and every day!) and getting in a few planning meetings here there and everywhere too! How are you?

We are certainly not slowing down on the specialty blogs, so let’s round up the week that was!


Loved getting to know Madeleine Chiller of Madeleine Chiller Photography

Rounding up our favourite Kimonos for Weddings

Tim looks dapper in this edition of Groom Style

Love when the professionals share their wisdom! Top Tips For Capturing Perfect Wedding Day Details

Sparkle all day! Top Tips On Choosing Your Perfect Bridal Accessories

Phil shares his fun wedding day memories in Inspired Memories

Beautiful Modern Desert Wedding Inspiration In Dubai

Top Five Action-Packed Buck’s Activities

So much romance in Anh and Jack’s Romantic Paris Engagement Photographs!

Honeymoon with the wild animals with our roundup of Romantic Safari Honeymoons

Off to England! Honeymoons A-Z: York

Fun and sparkle with the brush lettered feel of the Modern Love font

Bride Kate shares her Inspired Words

We go Behind The Door With…..Dan Brannan Photography

Our film of the week comes from the crew at Iconic Pictures. Deborah and Sher’s wedding day will never be forgotten. The bride walked down the aisle to cheers, after the groom, who was meant to arrive via helicopter, had to abandon his plans due to the crazy rain storms of the day. But as we know – love always does find a way and it certainly did in this beautiful wedding story.


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