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Justine and Charlie’s Casual Backyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Justine & Charlie

Laid back, backyard, bare feet – these are all words that come to mind when describing the wedding of Justine and Charlie. The newlyweds wanted to keep things relaxed – they wed in Justine’s parent’s backyard, Justine went barefoot and guests sat in the sunshine. As the party started they enjoyed food and drinks in the same position, watching speeches with the deck as the stage. No fuss, no stress just a love story and a wedding all captured by Chris Allsop Photography

Justine tells the story of how they came to be. “We met on a cattle station in outback Queensland. Charlie was employed as the station hand and I moved from Melbourne to become a governess (home tutor). We shared accommodation on the property and lived and worked together. It certainly wasn’t a typical romance as it took us a long while to even consider dating.”

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Justine and the bridesmaid’s did their own hair and makeup. Justine chose a dress from Ferrari Formal and had the veil specially made using French Chantilly lace from The House of Franke Stuart.

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Nikolina’s created the floral arrangements for the day, including providing flowers to decorate the ceremony and reception space.

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Having the wedding at home meant everything could be in one place. Justine telling, “The ceremony took place in the garden and this was followed by an informal (almost picnic) reception. People just moved around the garden as they pleased (dragging their chairs around with them).  We used old cream cans to hold some of the flowers and this tied in nicely with our family history of dairy farming.” Guests were bussed to the wedding location.

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“It was really special for us to be able to celebrate our wedding at home. This was what really set the tone and feel of the day. I was able to walk from my bedroom, along the verandah and down the aisle! My parents prepared the gardens and lawn for some time prior and everything just looked great on the day – we even had roses flowering!”

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casual country wedding019 Justine and Charlies Casual Backyard Wedding

Justine walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of John Mayer’s ‘Say’.

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“My only sister was my only bridesmaid and both my parents walked me down the aisle. My best friends were involved in the ceremony. A blessing was sung for us by our minister – this was a tear-jerker for some.”

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“Family and friends traveled from QLD and afar to join us on the day – a fair effort, particularly for Charlie’s Nan, who drove down from Brisbane. Charlie’s Nan was also a witness for us and signed the register, which we’re so thankful for, because she has since passed away.”

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Guests signed Jenga blocks as the couple’s guest book.  Lunch was portable allowing guests to mingle, Justine telling, “KOOK’s Catering provided gourmet mini-meals, served in mini noodle boxes so people could carry them around the garden (lamb cutlets with cous cous, fish and chips, moroccan salad… etc. AMAZING!).”

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Plenty of the wedding was DIY! Justine remarking “We prepared and arranged flower arrangements around the house and garden. We just collected a lot of jars and strung them around the place with a variety of coloured blooms sourced from a local florist. We also did the set-up and pack-up of chairs and umbrellas as these were hired and delivered prior to the event. The other thing that we DIY’d (is that a term?) was our own make-up. For the rest, we let others worry about the details! ”

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“I was a bare-foot bride – I didn’t wear any shoes at all for the day. We had photos taken at a neighbour’s farm across the road from my parent’s place – this meant driving our Landcruiser (from my time in outback QLD) and hanging off the sides as a travel option. We traipsed through paddocks and dodged cow pats to have photos taken.”

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casual country wedding049 Justine and Charlies Casual Backyard Wedding

Of their photographer,  Justine tells, “Our photographer, Chris, was the perfect choice for the day. I actually knew Chris from high-school days and reconnected with him to photograph our wedding. He was there from beginning to end with a smile and a relaxed attitude. He blended in with family and friends and captured some really special moments of the day. He had the perfect blend of professionalism and fun that made it so easy for us to actually enjoy having our photos taken. The results speak for themselves – we can’t stop smiling when we look through the photos.”

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Justine remembers “We were able to enjoy the whole day at home- even finishing the day with family, sharing left-overs for dinner.”
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Congratulations Justine and Charlie! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Chris Allsop Photography for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Chris Allsop Photography / Bride’s Dress: Ferrari Formal / Bride's Dress (Alterations): Snjezana Alterations & Dressmaking / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: The House of Franke Stuart / Flowers: Nikolina's / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Crosby DeKretser / Band: Beggs2differ / Catering: KOOK's Catering / Wedding Registry: TEAR Australia
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Corrine Smith Design Hairpieces – The Enchanted Collection

by | Accessories, Bride

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I first stumbled across couture bridal accessory designer Corrine Smith in 2012 (see my original post here). The Scottish designer produced designs that were dreamy, ethereal and versatile enough to suit a bride on the beach as much as a bride walking down a church aisle.

Her 2014 collection, entitled “The Enchanted Collection” is all about what designer Corrine loves, drawing inspiration from the 1970s bohemian styling. Intricate beading featuring pearls, crystals and diamantes are a focus along with beautiful fabrics creating a range of styles and looks that are romantic and free-spirited. Beautiful on their own with flowing hair or equally as stunning with an up do the pieces are enough on their own or complimenting the addition of a bridal veil.

Each piece is hand crafted with a coordinating range of bracelets, earrings, shoe clips, pendants and cuffs all available to complete your look.

Corrine Smith pieces are available to purchase via the website and ship to Australia.

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bohemian hair accessories043 Corrine Smith Design Hairpieces The Enchanted Collection

Vintage Jewels From Brilliant Earth

by | Bride, Eco Friendly Weddings, Jewellery

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I think there is a magic that comes with vintage jewels. The stories they hold, the romances, the love that they have seen, it’s all just a little bit special. Jeweler Brilliant Earth has created a curated vintage collection of the most beautiful of vintage pieces with celebrity stylist and fashion industry veteran Michelle McCool and the offerings have me wanting more fingers and more reasons to buy jewels.

Brilliant Earth has always been known for their ethically sourced jewels, working hard to select suppliers that adhere to only the strictest of labor and environmental standards. The company donates 5% of all profits to communities that have been harmed by the diamond industry.

While their modern jewellery selection is large (and even allows you to design your own engagement ring), their vintage collection has over 700 individual pieces. Each is one of a kind – from the art deco era rings with French cut sapphires, the Edwardian ring with a stunning deep red garnet cabochon, the sixties style with a bezel set emerald to the Victoria era rings with turquoise cabochons and diamonds. My personal favourites? Anything with a turquoise cabochon – what a bright jewel to wear on your hands! Though the Elspeth ring above (from the Retro) era, is such a piece of art in itself with it’s five gold leaves each adorned with a brilliant cut diamond.

Michelle McCool worked with Brilliant Earth to select just a few of her favourites in a curated collection. With a background in fashion, Michelle’s selections are just as beautiful today and as fashionable as they were at the time of their creations.

Brilliant Earth has a full range available online- including specifications and ships to Australia.

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Esther and Omar’s Spring Winery Wedding

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Esther & Omar

Esther and Omar’s wedding day is just the kind of celebration that encapsulates a Spring winery wedding. The soft pastel colours, the lush green vineyards and the story of a new stage in their love story. They chose Joseph Koprek and Humdrum Films to document their Yarra Valley wedding day.

As for how they met, well it was all about coffee! Esther tells their story. “Well I guess you could say that we meet through Omar’s love of coffee. I worked at a cafe where he often came for his strong latte fix! So we’d known each other in that way for years but our first date changed everything. It’s funny that a lot of couples we know met through the same cafe – something in the coffee and the water perhaps!”

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Esther chose a strapless wedding gown from Brides of Armadale, a family member making the unique bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Esther and Omar chose Yarra Valley venue Stones Of The Yarra Valley for their wedding, Esther noting, “We couldn’t fault Stones of the Yarra Valley. Planning is made so easy when dealing with professionals and furthermore, when you just stop and soak the place in, you realise you really can’t go wrong in such a beautiful setting. We felt that it was ideal that the whole wedding day was at the one location not just for our guests, but for us too.”

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spring winery wedding022 Esther and Omars Spring Winery Wedding

Esther walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. She recalls “Nothing has been more breathe taking for us (Omar and I) than the walk down the aisle. I was feeling the nerves as I got out of the car and especially when standing just outside the closed doors to the chapel. I remembered Melissa (our celebrant) saying during rehearsal that if I needed to steady myself, just connect with Omar’s eyes and I’ll be fine. So I did – and it totally didn’t work, all the emotions had hit him too. There was a lot of ‘happy crying’ and we wouldn’t change a thing.”

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There was a very special groomsmen, Esther explaining, “Jagger (our dog) was the special detail to our wedding, wearing his pin-striped tailor made bow tie (by Omar’s cousin who also designed the bridesmaids skirts). He was right next to Omar and the groomsmen and luckily, was very well behaved.”

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Esther and Omar were married by Melissa Fahey of Mine Forever . Esther remembers “Melissa our celebrant is such a beautiful person, she was amazing on the day.”

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Of their photographer, Esther tells, “Genius. Without imposing on our wedding day, he has captured so many memories we will enjoy forever. We used his work of us walking the streets of Melbourne to create a guest book for the wedding, it worked so well to capture the kind words of our guests in a way that looks perfect on the coffee table.”

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Blooming Brides created the Spring inspired floral arrangements for the day.

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There were DIY details aplenty made by the bride and her bridesmaids, Esther remembers. “With the help of my maid of honour especially, we really tapped into our creative talent! We made the doggy bag (male) and polishing glove (female) bonbonnieres, potted herbs for each guest to plant at home, wooden sign posts, framed flag seating arrangement, table numbers, wedding invites… ”

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Of their first dance, Esther remembers, “Dancing isn’t really our strong suit. Omar can dance but doesn’t enjoy it and I enjoy it but I’m terrible. Our first dance was about enjoying some time together to a song we both love – and now whenever we hear it, there’s something extra special about it.” Who cares whether you can dance when a fab wedding band like the couple hired, The White Tree,  will make everyone dance like nobody’s watching?

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The boys from Humdrum Films captured Esther & Omar’s day in motion and captured plenty of memories, Esther remarking, “Humdrum Films really took our breathe away with their work. Jared and Jacob spoilt us with their easy going personalities and a video that really takes us back to the days – smiles, tears, the ‘shakes’, the romance, ALL of it.”

A big thank you to Esther and Omar for sharing their wedding story with us today and also to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Joseph Koprek / Cinematographer: Humdrum Films / Bride’s Dress: Brides of Armadale / Bride’s Jewelry: Etsy / Groom’s Attire: MenzClub / Groomsmen Attire: MenzClub / Bridesmaid Dresses: Designed and made by a family member / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo Shoes / Hairstylist: Pollyanna Bernhardt Make-up and Hair / Makeup Artist: Pollyanna Bernhardt Make-up and Hair / Flowers & Decor: Blooming Brides / Venue: Stones Of The Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Melissa Fahey- Mine Forever / Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Place / Band: The White Tree / Cake Baker: Krysten at Cakes Amour / Wedding Rings: Fedele Jewelworks / Transport: Triple R Luxury Car Hire
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