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CRISTAHLEA Modern Bridal Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Tulle and lace not your thing? Fluffy skirts making you feel somewhat uncomfortable? Today’s designer CRISTAHLEA might be just up your ally!

CRISTAHLEA is the brain child of sisters Christiana and Katya Lea Livaditis who started their own label in 2009. Christiana, after studying design at university, trained in haute couture. Katya, who studied fashion photography, came together with Christiana to launch a label that was defined as “refined elegance, fusing modern silhouettes with traditional Haute Couture methods.”

The pieces are simple, bias cut floor length gowns that drape like liquid silk, v neck gowns with simple shapes and the sheerest of sleeves,  textured jackets and avant garde style collars. The garments in tones of ivory, rich golds and rose.

Each piece is handmade in Melbourne by the duo who use the finest French & Italian fabrics and of course – their haute couture training. A range of accessories – crystal studded belts, crystal fringed bracelets and pearl waist belts are all designed to complement the labels existing pieces.




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Jayne and Daniel’s Eclectic At Home Wedding

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


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Jayne & Daniel

I love the vibe of Jayne and Daniel’s wedding day. They decided there is no place like home and celebrated their marriage with a twinkling reception at their home along with their three children and plenty of their favourite people. But first? A church ceremony and plenty of fun at a relaxing afternoon tea. Bless Photography was there to capture it all.

The newlyweds tell their story. “We met under a street light one night, down by the side of the Nepean River and I knew that Daniel was perfect for me. It was wonderful on the day of our wedding to have our photo’s taken in nearly the same spot. Jayne and Daniel met when she already had two boys of her own. As their relationship grew stronger, Daniel became a wonderful parent and role model for her young boys. In 2011 they became engaged and were planning their wedding when they were surprised with the information that they were expecting their first child together, a baby girl. Sadly, Jayne’s father grew ill during this time so they decided to put their wedding on hold throughout his sickness and until after the birth of their baby. A few years later and they were able to have all three of their children involved in their wedding day!”

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The day was loosely centred around a “there’s no place like home” Wizard of Oz theme kicking off with the magical wedding invitations by Eyes On Solutions.

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Jayne and Daniel chose St Lukes Anglican Church at The Oaks  for their ceremony, noting, “We were married in the very cute (and old!) St Lukes church out at The Oaks, surrounded by our family and friends. We held an afternoon tea on the church grounds and set up assorted garden games to entertain our guests.”

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Jayne tells,  “The wedding programs were printed by a friend and then Daniel’s mother and his God Mother rolled vintage inspired handkerchiefs around the program tying them with string and a tag for happy tears!” Ashdown & Bee  created chalk board signs to guide guests.

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Jayne walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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“You can see the nod to Oz in my ruby red shoes, our choice of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as the song for the procession in the church and our invitations as dreams really do come true.”

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Guests enjoyed pink lemonade and cupcakes (made by a friend) on the church lawns along with garden games and live music from Shane Edmunds.

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Of their photographer, Jayne tells, “Tamar from Bless Photography was so easy and accommodating. Tamar was always available to answer our calls or messages and met with us before the day to make sure she had an understanding of what we wanted on our day. On our wedding day Tamar made it so easy. We have had friends that have complained about having the photos done on their wedding but for us at one point we said how easy and how much fun we were having just kissing and hugging and looking at each other. The time spent with Tamar was like it was just Daniel and I and no one else in the world.”

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Jayne tells, “When Daniel and I returned from our photo’s our photographer asked us to give her a few minutes before we entered our house. So we drove around the block and parked the car. Exhausted we both reclined our seats and closed our eyes. These few moments together resting and rejoicing in our day were simply lovely.”

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Festivities continued at the couple’s home, the bride remembering, “Then as we went to have our photographs our guests came back to our place to start a night of festivities – enjoying live music, canapés and being surprised by our black cab Photo Booth!! Our love for our family and home inspired our decision to host the reception at our place.”

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“With the inclusion of pre-loved furniture, Daniel sanded, painted and stained chairs, tables and planks of timber. With Jayne’s design eye, these were re-purposed to furnish and decorate their home and the marquee in their backyard. Jayne personalized some second hand, glass top nestling tables by slipping old family photographs, postcards and their wedding invitation underneath the glass.”

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“We wanted to really enhance our home’s already modern, country feel by continuing to add pieces that meant something to us – like the vintage milk canisters that my father, who worked for Dairy Farmers for 40 years (Jayne’s Father had passed away before the wedding due to cancer) had saved from his warehouse and given to me. And old photo’s of our parent’s and grandparent’s weddings. A re-purposed frame was made into a notice board for guests to pin vintage posts cards on that included their best wishes to the bride and groom.”

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Of their wedding style, Jayne tells, “Rustic vintage with a nod to the Wizard of Oz – “There’s really no place like home when it comes to a wedding!” ” All Things Sweet by Carissa created a two tier naked cake with a wooden topper by Grain & Co. Guests received boxed Lemon & Yoghurt Loaves by Vanilla B Baking as their favors.

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Of their first dance, Jayne remembers, “We chose You’re Everything by Michael Buble. We chose this song as we had always danced to it when ever we heard it at home or even once in a supermarket! We love the words of the song and it was a dream to dance under the stars, in our back yard on the night of our wedding.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jayne & Daniel! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Bless Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Bless Photography / Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Outlet / Bride's Feather Cape: Alannah Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Clarks / Bride’s Jewelry: (Bracelet) Fossil / Bride’s Jewelry: (Dog tag) Seven Blueberries / Groom’s Attire: His Own / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Shoes: Clarks / Bridesmaid Accessories: Fossil / Hairstylist: Fiona Barton from Hair Link / Makeup Artist: Make Me Up By Yolani / Flowers: Florabomb / Invitations & Stationery: Eyes On Solutions / Ceremony Venue: St Lukes Anglican Church at The Oaks / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Paul Davey / Ceremony Musicians: Shane Edmunds / Reception Venue: Bride & Groom's Home / Band: Shane Edmunds / Favors: Boxed Lemon & Yoghurt Loaves by Vanilla B Baking / Catering: PB Catering / Custom Chalkboard Signs: Ashdown & Bee / Cake Baker: All Things Sweet by Carissa / Cake Topper: Grain & Co / Croquembouche: Adriano Zumbo Patisserie / Wedding Cookies: Sandy’s Cake Creations / Wedding Rings: York Jewellers / Wooden Ring Box: Oxfam / Transport: Black Cab Culture / Photobooth: Black Cab Culture

Alexia and Marc’s Glam Restaurant Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Alexia & Marc

This glam restaurant wedding from Jessie Dains Photography will make you want to go to you wardrobe and find an outfit fit for attendance. From the beautiful garden ceremony where the couple were literally surrounded by their family and friends, to the chic restaurant reception filled with blooms, coloured glass and candlelight. I’ll don my heels and see you there!

Alexia tells the story of how they came to be. “We met at my work one day when Marc came in as a customer. We got chatting and after some friendly Facebooking Marc asked me on a date. I said no of course. (Treat ‘em mean keep ‘em keen right girls?!). However after I kept running into Marc over the next month, I thought fate was telling me something, so I contacted him and asked him out! ”

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Alexia chose a gown by The Babushka Ballerina and added a lace trimmed veil designed by Anna Campbell. Her bridesmaids wore dark grey gowns from White Runway.

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits by Calibre.

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Alexia and Marc chose The Landing at Dockside Kangaroo Point for their marriage ceremony, the bride noting, “We toyed up with the idea of a night time ceremony, but lighting and time for photos made us shelve it. We also wanted to give everyone a chance to let their hair down and have the next day off, but didn’t want to be slapped with Saturday night venue hire fees. So we looked for a Sunday that had a public holiday on the Monday, and hoorah, an Easter Sunday wedding was born!

We wanted an outdoor ceremony however struggled to find a spot. We played with a million ideas (rocks out to sea for instance) however it just clicked one day that we walk our dogs on the most precious piece of lawn at Kangaroo Point every day. Why not get married there?”

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Black and white graphic touches set the modern, glamorous style of the day. Alexia telling, “We made fans which doubled as sun visors and a who’s who of the bridal party.”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Alexia remembers, “I chose The Piano Guys amazing cover of ‘A Thousand Years’. Once we were announced man and wife our very favourite (and very 80’s) song ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon blasted out for our recessional.”

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Of their photographer, Alexia says, “A friend of ours suggested Josh at Jessie Dains. He had shared a creative open office with Josh and after one look at their online portfolio we knew they were who we wanted to capture the day. We wanted a mix of fashion and industrial, nothing too posy and a location that was raw. Josh and Shan met the brief perfectly. They made everyone feel relaxed, and when we showed them the location we were after for our shoot, I don’t know who was more excited, us or them!”

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Alexia and Marc chose Peasant Restaurant for their reception, decorating tables with simple white blooms, coloured glassware and plenty of candle light. Alexia telling, “The reception was a friend of the groom’s. Our biggest fear was round tables of 10 and satin chair sashes. We love entertaining at home so wanted it to feel like we were just shouting everyone to dinner, so we started looking at restaurants. Marc suggested The Barracks in Paddington and after one glance at the courtyard of Peasant; we knew we had found it. The space is amazing with such minimal styling needed.”

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As favoors, Alexia tells “We burnt a CD of all the songs we used at the wedding and reception and gave those as gifts.”

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Guitarist Elias Haralampou performed during the wedding, the bride noting, “We loved the idea of live music but didn’t want an overpowering band. We had seen Spanish guitarist Elias play at the markets so we got in touch with him and he was brilliant. We’re still friends now and he even went and visited by brother at his home in Greece on a recent trip!”

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“We sanded back some old window frames and created a great Polaroid guest book with some string and pegs. These were also fun projects we did together and gave Marc a chance to be involved.”

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One of the bride’s favourite moments was her speech on the night, she tells, “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a blubbering mess when it comes to speaking nice words. I wanted to make a speech however knew I’d just be a mess, so I thought I’d add some humour. Instead of the sentimental piece everyone was expecting from me, I wrote and sang a song about how I thought Marc was gay when we met. It brought the house down and made Marc’s night.”

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The night had only just begun when the newlyweds floored everyone with their first dance, the bride recounting, “We didn’t want to do a traditional waltz after a cake cutting (we didn’t even have a cake, we’re salty snack kind of folks) but wanted to do something fun. We watched some YouTube and put together a swing routine in our hallway at home. It had lifts and splits and the works. We made our entrance to our reception to a big band number and blew everyone away. We kept it a secret from everybody!”

Congratulations on your marriage Alexia and Marc. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us. Thank you also to Jessie Dains Photography for sharing today’s lovely images!

Photographer: Jessie Dains Photography / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Jewelry: Anna Campbell / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Bow Ties & Ties: Calibre / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Flowers: Brisbane Market Flowers in Rocklea / Ceremony Venue: The Landing at Dockside Kangaroo Point / Ceremony Officiant: Jake Smith / Reception Venue: Peasant Restaurant, Paddington / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by bride / Guitarist: Elias Haralampou / Wedding Rings: Wholesaler Christine Organ 0408 828 345

Stunning Suspended Floral Installation Ideas

by | Bride, Flowers


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Floral installation by Green & Bloom via Green & Bloom Blog, Photo by Feather & Stone

Why not turn your flower decor at your wedding literally upside down and have a look at these stunning suspended floral installation ideas? I love the idea of taking blooms off the table and creating beautiful installations of foliage and flowers hanging above your guests.

Cascading floral chandeliers that look like they are floating in air, loosely strung blooming garlands, flowers that hang upside down, and flowers packed so tightly it literally looks as if the ceiling is made of colour.  Each idea creates a haven, a special space for your occasion. Not only are these floral inspirations simply stunning statements, but they are also open to so many styles of interpretation – you could even ditch table flowers completely to have guests cast their eyes upwards to your floral creations.

Whether you simply tie the ends of your blooms and hang them down, or go for something more laden with blooms, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite suspended floral installation ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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 Photo one by Lilli Waters, styling by Georgeous, flowers by Cecilia Fox, Photo two by John Warren Photography, flowers by Flowerjar, Photo three by Studio Sixty, flowers by Green & Bloom via Green & Bloom blog., Photo four florals by Floretta

Photo five by Jemma Keech, flowers by Poppys Flowers via Samantha and Blake’s Modern Wedding By The River, Photo six florals by Floretta, Photo seven by Joseph Koprek flowers & styling by The Style Co

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Photo one by Brooke Holm, flowers by Katie Marx via The Design Files, Photo two florals by Victoria Whitelaw, Photo three florals by Pomp & Splendour Photo four by Tim Coulson, flowers by Elyssium Blooms via Green Wedding Shoes Photo five by Natasja Kremers Photography, styling by Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings, flowers by Zinnia Floral Designs from Emma and Mathew’s Sophisticated Country Wedding, Photo six flowers by Janes & Jones Floral Co, Photo seven by Fran Parker, styling by Georgeous, flowers by Cecilia Fox

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