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Penny and Dan’s Rainy Vintage Inspired Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Penny & Dan

Rain and beach weddings aren’t something that usually makes for a successful combination. It rained on Penny & Dan’s wedding day. Drizzled, poured and bucketed down. But the ceremony went ahead right beside the beach, the dancing went well into the night on the soaking wet dance floor and as Penny says, “We love the idea that you can’t untie a wet knot!” Rain wasn’t going to dampen the beauty of this wedding!

Penny tells the story of how they came to be. “We met when I was in high school because Dan is my sister’s husband’s best friend. We became really good friends and I asked him to do my Debutant Ball with me. Everyone always wished that we were together and thought that we would be the perfect couple. We continued to be friends for years until one day Dan decided to travel overseas. He went to Canada and I missed him terribly. We spoke over the phone for a few weeks until I decided that I just had to go and be with him. So I booked my flight, organised my visa, and within two weeks I was off! We had the most amazing time in Canada, fell in love with the snow and each other. We fell pregnant when we were in Canada and now have our beautiful Daughter Gracie-lee who is our entire world!”

Photographs today are by Pomegranate Photography who despite the pouring, drenching rain captured beautiful wedding images.

For the wedding day, Penny wore a gown from Lovita Bridal Couture. The bridesmaids wore floral gowns. Penny explains, “My Nan individually handmade all the bridesmaids’ dresses that the bridesmaids designed themselves, they were all really unique in their own special way.”

Caloundra Florist created the floral arrangements, Penny says “They went above and beyond with my flowers. I was speechless when I saw my flowers they were absolutely incredible. I also had floral halos for my Junior Bridesmaid and Flower Girl and they were beautiful.”

There were many forms of fun transport for the wedding day. Penny recalls “We had Kombi vans for our cars, Dan and the groomsman rode in to the ceremony on old school bikes, and we had acoustic singers and guitarists at the ceremony and reception. The photographer was amazing and captured all of the special moments and details of our wedding. You just have to look at our photos to know how happy, easygoing, loving and emotional our wedding was.”

Circle of Love Weddings styled the wedding ceremony which was held beside Shelley Beach in Caloundra. Penny remembers, “Kristen was there every time I needed her for anything – she was absolutely incredible. She made our ceremony look so stunning I couldn’t believe it. It was more beautiful than I ever imagined. She also helped with a few personal touches I wanted to include which were our the letters of our first names hanging from the arch, the rice paper balls, a few name tags for the family sitting in the front row, pink fans for my mother, grandmothers and mother in law and a drink stand with water, beer and wine.”

Penny recalls, “We walked down the aisle to ‘Forever’ by Ben Harper.”

The ceremony, although wet, was the highlight of the day for Penny and Dan. Penny remembers, “It was so special to us to be able to share our wedding day with our beautiful daughter, when she handed the rings to us (it) was truly amazing. It meant so much to share our special day with all of our closest family and friends. (One of Dan’s best friends flew in from Canada to be there).”

Of their photographer, Penny recalls, “The photographer was Nicky from Pomegranate Photography. She and her assistant Sarah were absolutely incredible. They listened and understood exactly what we wanted and we could not be happier with our photos. We feel that they reflect us and every moment was captured in a natural way. Nothing was staged and it felt completely comfortable. We were left to just be ourselves. We couldn’t speak more highly of them.”

The rain may have come bucketing down, but it didn’t dampen the spirits or the memories of the wedding. Penny remarks, “Although it rained all day we didn’t let it bother us and we made the most of it. At the end of the night we all ended up dancing in the rain under the stars and lantern lighting. It was beautiful and such a special memory. We looked at the rain as good luck, we love the idea that you can’t untie a wet knot!”

Penny and Dan held their reception in Maleny at Vue de Lumieres. Penny recalls “The reception was at Vue de Lumieres, Maleny. This was a beautiful location with a stunning view of the mountains. We had a marquee reception. It was set among beautiful manicured gardens with a stunning French provincial style house set at the back of the property where I stayed with my bridesmaids the night before and Dan and I stayed there the night of the wedding.”

Much of the decor was created by Penny, Dan and their family and friends. Penny explains, “We did a lot of DIY because it was a marquee wedding a lot of the finer details of decor was up to us. I really enjoyed that part of it. We did our own centrepieces, napkin holders, name cards, provided all of our own candles, vases, flowers, lighting, seating chart, bunting flags, message tree, wishing well.”

The groom had one last trick up his sleeve, Penny recalls. “Dan also surprised me with a slideshow on a projector with photos of our lives together with all of our favorite music. It was so emotional and I don’t think there was a dry eye.”

The pouring rain led to guests dancing under the  rainy sky. Penny remembers “Our first dance was to Everlong by the Foo Fighters (acoustic version). This song was special to us as it had always been “our song”.”

Congratulations Penny & Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Pomegranate Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Pomegranate Photography / Ceremony Styling: Circle of Love Weddings / Ceremony Styling: Shelley Beach, Caloundra / Ceremony Officiant: Michele Collins / Reception Venue: Vue De Lumieres / Bride's Dress: Lovita Bridal Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade / Flowers & Decor: Caloundra Florist
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Kirra & Matt’s Bohemian Country Wedding

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

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Kirra & Matt

This bohemian beauty, held in the Gold Coast hinterland has such a relaxed, beautiful feel to it. From the view from the ceremony location, to the unexpected surprises – Kirra and Matt’s story is definitely worth a cup of tea and a tim tam!

Kirra tells how they met. “Friends introduced us thinking we were perfect for one another. Matt’s friends referred to me as the female equivalent of Matt. We had a 2 year courtship which involved a lot of eating (both being food lovers) camping (both loving the out doors) and socializing with our huge group of friends.

Matt proposed on a camping trip to Moreton Bay Island at a romantic location by an appropriate name – Honeymoon Bay. Our Engagement was celebrated at home with 50+ guests. Polka dots, Pimms punch and mini hot dogs set the vintage theme and guests enjoyed a home made media board for happy snaps.”

Bayleigh Vedelago Photography captured today’s images in a fun, whimsical way. She captured the relaxed emotion of the day in every photograph.

White Ivy Design created the floral arrangements for the day. Kirra carried the antique pony shoe in her bouquet that her grandmother had on her wedding day.

Kirra wore a gown that was bought as a factory sample from Luv Bridal. She paired it with a headband she found on Etsy.

Kirra & Matt held their wedding at Matt’s family property.  Located in Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The ceremony was held on a grassy clearing with ocean views from Brisbane to Byron Bay.

Kirra recalls, “I walked down the aisle to DJ Sammy slow remix – Heaven. We signed the register to seeker lover keeper – light all my lights and released doves to Florence and the machine – you’ve got the love.” The arch that the couple wed under was hand painted by them both with a garden bed built at the base allowing vines to grow up and over the altar for years to come.

Broadwings released doves with the couple at the end of the ceremony.

Kirra describes the wedding as, “Vintage, bohemian, country gathering amongst the olive trees where we made a life long commitment and danced the night away in a barn.”

Kirra’s bridesmaids wore gowns in shades of pink from Tawny Holt on Etsy.

Of their photographer, Kirra says, “Bayleigh was referred to me by another photographer after I posted on Facebook my vision for our wedding photography – fresh, quirky and vintage. I instantly loved samples Bayleigh showed me. We met, we clicked and she completely got all my ideas and shared in my excitement. On the day, she brought her professionalism, creativity, attention to detail and great personality which blended perfectly into every special moment. The results are images we will treasure forever which truly represent who we are as a couple. She and Jodie did a fantastic job.”

The reception was held in the converted stables on the property. Kirra explains “We had a cigar and whiskey lounge set up to add a masculine touch. ”

As favors, guests received “Lolly bags with vintage heart conversation lollies with hand written notes attached with wooden pegs”. Each place card has hand stamped by the couple.

The wedding was catered by Red Lantern Catering. Kirra recalls, ” We dined on organic local food served on mismatched vintage glass plates (shared platter style). ”

Of their first dance, Kirra remarks, ” Matt tried backing out of the dance, but after he removed my garter to hot chocolate ‘ you sexy thing’ the DJ played our dance song: Hungry Eyes (Dirty Dancing) so we danced after all – one of our favourite moments! ”

There was one last moment of the night, Kirra recalls, “Matt’s parents surprised us with an amazing fire works display. It was a surreal moment seeing the sky light up over our beautiful country setting in our honour. Our guests are still talking about it!”

Congratulations Kirra and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us. Thank  you also to Bayleigh Vedelago Photography  for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: Bayleigh Vedelago Photography / Bride's Dress: Factory sample from Luv Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bride's Jewellery: Nannas diamond and blue topaz antique ring / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Etsy / Groom's Attire: Custom made / Groomsmen Attire: Custom made / Bridesmaid Dresses: Tawny Holt on Etsy / Hairstylist: Josie – Styla Designs / Makeup Artist: Tiarna Leeson / Flowers & Decor: White Ivy Designs / Furniture Hire: Epic Empire Furniture / Invitations & Stationery: Sarbe Design / Venue: Groom's Family Home / Catering: Leesa Trigger – Red Lantern Catering / Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes By Lisa / Doves: Broadwings

Snow White Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration

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This beautiful inspiration shoot inspired by Snow White is truly like something out of a fairy tale. The crisp red apples, the deep dark woods and the incredible floral arrangements bring this shoot to life with an elegant, mystical take on Snow White (oh and that display of cakes? Let’s just say, it’s making me drool ever so slightly!)

Photographer Neiyo Sun joined with a group of Melbourne wedding professionals, including art director Fiona Brown and stylists Little Sooti and Leo & Bella to pull the shoot together.

Neiyo explains, “The theme Snow-White has been playing on my mind for a while and then the two Snow White movies came out this year which gave me even more inspiration for the shoot. When I think of Snow White I think of innocence, beauty, sweetness, apples, red, white, dark hair, softness, woods, forests, lanterns, mirrors and thus these became the essence and elements of this shoot.”

Model Jess Powrie wore a gown designed by Anna Campbell with makeup by Miss Aimmey.

Neiyo explains, “After watching Snow White and the huntsman, it gave me a clearer idea of the kind of shoot I was looking for with the messy tangled hair in the woods, yet keeping in balance with Snow White’s beauty, sweetness and innocence. Red and white and mocca are the main colours of the shoot so all the details and settings were bases on this colour scheme such as the cakes were white and we added red details such as red macaroons, red apples and DIY apple candles. I even dyed the model’s hair myself and turned her from a blonde to a brunette with a red tinge. ”

Ham & Pea created the storybook stationery.

Cake Face created a table full of incredible multi tiered cakes.

Neiyo explains, “Id like to describe my photographic style as natural, simple, beautiful and unique. I use nature as much as possible, working mainly outdoors with the simplicity of natural light. This shoot was done at the golden hour just before sunset time to give the images are warm glow. The forest, woods add the rusty, wilderness feel to this shoot. I love capturing real emotions such as joy by getting that beautiful smile/laugh of my subject which my sweet model made very easy. I did minimal retouching to keep the style natural. My specialty are close ups since I believe every bride is beautiful and so I always include some soft close ups. Finally I love the pretty details of the wedding day so I included food , stationery, accessories to bring the shoot alive. ”

Photographer: Neiyo Sun / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Makeup Artist: Miss Aimmey / Art Director: Fiona Brown / Stylists: Little Sooti / Stylists: Leo & Bella / Flowers: Flower Jar / Cakes: Cake Face / Invitations & Stationery: Ham & Pea / Model: Jess Powrie / Assistant: Jeff Chen

Karen Willis Holmes 2013 Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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Karen Willis Holmes never fails to delight with her incredible photo shoots and when she sent over her 2012 collection I was delighted with how beautiful each and every shot was. The latest collection sees the introduction of lace illusion style necklines, sleeves, lace edged ballgowns and softly draped ruffles. The picture above (Rachel) is my favourite, with it’s delicacy and elegant lace back.

Karen never strays from classic elegance with her designs and each gown is as beautiful as the next. The detailing, cut and fabric is never over the top, it’s just elegantly beautiful.

This photo shoot also shows a sneak peek into the new Bride by Karen Willis Holmes collection, which will be available at Karen Willis Holmes boutiques, through their website and selected boutiques around the world. The demi couture collection is in stores now, while Bride By Karen Willis Holmes will be available from January 2013.

Demi Couture Collection –  Rachel

Demi Couture Collection – Matilda

Demi Couture Collection – Illusion

Demi Couture Collection – Jillian

Bride By Karen Willis Holmes – Ella

A very exciting development for the Karen Willis Holmes brand is this new collection –  Bride By Karen Willis Holmes. Floaty, soft and utterly feminine, but with the same classic edge that Karen is known for,  these gowns show off the body but with an understated elegance.

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Jasmine

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Adrianne

Bride by Karen Willis Holmes – Anastasia

Images via Karen Willis Holmes