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Bree and Kris’ Misty Queensland Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Bree & Kris

When a rainy day comes along, weddings are pushed inside, alternative plans are made and dreams are slightly altered. Today’s wedding though, didn’t change any plans, just added a few umbrellas.. and what a story they will have to tell of the day the magical mist started off their marriage together!

Bree tells the story of how she met Kris. “He spotted me out one night and in his usual charming, cheeky way, chatted me up. Not only was he handsome, he was a real character who made me laugh. I had such a good time with him whenever we went out.”

Photographs today are by Stephen Henry. I love, love how Stephen took advantage of the conditions and captured the magic of the weather, the unexpected glances and the elegance of Bree and Kris’ wedding style. Matt Barwick Films captured the wedding day video.

Bree and Kris held their ceremony and reception at Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville. Bree recalls “It started as a beautiful autumn day with the sun’s rays warming to the occasion, but by afternoon a mist of rain had arrived to create the most romantic and elegant wedding scene.”

Bree’s mother (Sue Spires from Suzina Melina) styled the bride and her bridesmaids’ hair. Bree says “As well as doing all the hair, mum made a lot of the decorations, the bridesmaids’ hairpieces and fur wraps, our wishing well, table bows and posies, petal cones and decorative art.”

The bouquets of creamy white blooms were created by Wedding Flowers in Maleny.

Kris wore a suit from Ello Moda and his groomsmen wore suits from GM Formal Hire.

Bree wore a strapless ballgown by Hilde Heim, shoes by Alan Pinkus and accessorised with family jewels. “My earrings were a wedding present from mum and for good luck I wore her wedding band and my sister’s wedding bracelet.” Her bridesmaids wore black dresses from Review.

Of their photographer, Bree says, “Stephen was amongst us all, instantly capturing all the moments and special memories of the day. I have hundreds of great shots of family, friends and my beaming husband and I. The autumn colours, beautiful venue and bridal party fitted together like a perfect match.”

Bree walked down the aisle to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison. She says “Kris and I both love old classics.”

At the beginning of the ceremony it was overcast and raining but as we were reciting our vows, the rain stopped and a ray of sunshine came down through the clouds right behind Kris and I. Everyone said after the ceremony how beautiful it was.

Guests were entertained with tunes from Rush Entertainment.

There were plenty of little helpful touches from family and friends. Bree explains, “My sister Naomi, her friend and I designed and made the invitations and one of my work colleagues (Seven Sweets by Karina Charles) made my beautiful three tier wedding cake.”

Bree remarks “The speeches were incredibly special. There were lots of laughs, tears and funny jokes that made everyone comment on how good they were. My family and friends mean a lot to me and I am very proud and grateful for that. My Dad was so, so proud.”

Surprise entertainment including Kris’ father! Bree explains “Kris’s dad played his old piano accordion, practising for days on end honing his skills. He hadn’t played since he was in a band 25 years ago so it was a real treat. It was a hoot with lots of clapping, dancing and cheering.”

One of Bree’s favourite memories of the day was “Having all our loved ones together in the one place. It had been such a long time since I had seen some people and a couple of Kris’s old family friends from Sydney had come up which really brought our two families together.”

For their first dance, Bree says, “We wanted to do something fun, different and unexpected so we had professional dance lessons and learnt the swing to ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Frank Sinatra. Kris didn’t know I was wearing a full skirt so on the night he had fun trying to dodge my dress. It was so much fun and everyone was so impressed.”

Congratulations on your new life together Bree and Kris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Stephen Henry for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Stephen Henry / Cinematographer: Matt Barkwick Films / Bride’s Dress: Hilde Heim / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Flowers: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville. / Groom’s Attire: Elio Moda / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Cake: Seven Sweets by Karina Charles / Groomsmen\\\'s Attire: GM Formal Hire / Hair: Suzina Melina
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St Gertrude Letterpress Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Brand new Melbourne based letterpress wedding stationer St Gertrude Design & Letterpress has popped onto the scene with a wave of beautiful wedding invitations. Amy Mitchell, the talent behind St Gertrude has been designing stationery for two years but decided to take the plunge and launch the brand with a beautiful new website this week.

I love Amy’s creative flair and sense of witty humor that has been infused into her designs. From sweet letterpress “entry” tickets for a wedding to a champagne label style birthday invitation. Amy creates custom suites to suit the style, theme and colours of the occasion and can create every part of your suite- from the save the date to the thank you card.

January 2012 will bring the launch of St Gertrude’s Pret A Porter collection, allowing time poor couples to select invitations quickly and easily without the design time.

Sally Anne and Barry’s “Retro Elegance” Suite

Kathryn and Carlo’s “China Blue” Suite

Sally And Ryan’s “A Balinese Adventure” Suite

Miriam and Marcel’s “A Chuppah In The Desert” Suite

Sarsha and Alex’s “Vows Under The Oak Tree” Suite

Photos by Structured Pieces for St Gertrude Design & Letterpress

Catherine and James’ Laid Back Country Wedding Film

by | Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


As mentioned earlier in Catherine and James’ laid back country wedding that we featured earlier today, Josh Lamont shot the couple’s wedding video and I’m delighted to share the sneak peek of it with you this afternoon.

Cinematographer: Josh Lamont

Catherine and James’ Laidback Country Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Catherine & James

A lovely wedding in the country for you today – a backyard wedding if you will with plenty of country trimmings and a lot of country style. The couple met at Christian Youth leadership conference in Sydney.

James a wedding photographer (at James Day) met Catherine as he gave her directions to the conference when he was late. They connected on Facebook and soon met up at another event that Catherine had organised. One thing led to another and James proposed in the couple’s favourite chocolate shop using a trail of chocolate letters spelling out ‘Marry me?’ to Catherine, where he was on bended knee asking for her hand in marriage.

Photographs are by Matt of Matt & Katie and are a little different to his usual style. Matt says ” I shot this wedding with an almost 100% documentary approach.  Apart from the 6 individual shots of the bridal party members there are no other posed or staged photos.” Josh Lamont shot the wedding day film.

The theme for the day centred around something incredibly delicious. Catherine recalls, “With James being a wedding photographer, we had some different ideas about what we wanted our wedding to be like.  We wanted fairy floss, slushie machines and copious amounts of chocolate. We’re both chocaholics, and as James proposed in a chocolate shop it was only natural that we’d have plenty of chocolate there! All the chocolate at our wedding was provided by Ninas Chocolates (the shop that James proposed in)”

James & Catherine were married just outside of Armidale in country NSW on James’ mother and step father’s property. Catherine says “It was wonderful to get married outside surrounded by open fields and so relaxing compared to the city.  We had planned to get married in Sydney (where we now live) but when we took a trip to Armidale to visit James’ family we noticed how relaxed we were in this environment and how it would be a perfect place to be married.”

Guests received a sweet treat upon arrival. Catherine explains, “To keep with the chocolate theme, we bought the rolo rolls and wrapped our order of service around them and placed them on everyone’s seats.”

Catherine walked down the aisle to Shawn McDonald “Captivated” sung by Toni Jordan

Bouquets of orange and yellow blooms were created by Rosemerin.

Catherine recalls “Our church minister Andrew Clausen married us. He is as goofy as they come, and even wore a big white wig for some of the day. It was wonderful to declare our love for each other and promise to keep God as the centre of our marriage in front of all our family.”

Toni Jordan kept guests entertained as they enjoyed canapes, a BBQ, sweet treats and drinks after the ceremony.

James and Catherine had an official wedding photographer and a few “unofficials” too.  Of Matt’s work, Catherine says “Matt (of Matt & Katie) was one of the photographers and captured the day in a way that can only be explained as “what it felt like”. There were no posed images of us whatsoever and we just let the day unfold as it happened.”

Catherine says, “All in all we had exactly the type of wedding we wanted, relaxed, lots of fun, and very us. Guests also had a great time. I wouldn’t have wanted my wedding day any other way.”

Catherine’s bridesmaids wore gowns by dressmaker Janice Gorrell. Deidre Tully styled the girls hair. The groom and groomsmen wore Lee jeans, Ben Sherman shirts and Jack London vests. James wore a vest made by Kelly Jackson.

One of the special details of the day was a wisdom tree. Catherine recalls “We had tags hanging down from one of the archways so that the guests could write their marriage advice down for us to look through.”

Catherine recalls, “My Mum did all of the table decorations herself. She cut off bamboo fencing and used that as the table runners, and used native Australian flowers and paper daises to create the centre pieces. We also got the initial of everyone’s first name made out of chocolate. This doubled as place setting and wedding favours.”

The marquee was a last minute addition. Catherine explains, “As our wedding was on a farm we had to bring everything in and organize what we wanted for our wedding. We were originally going to have everyone eating outside but as rain threatened in the week before we got married we opted to get a marquee which worked out wonderfully.”

For the reception, Catherine changed into a second gown from Bowerbird in Cronulla.

Catherine remarks “It was important for James for his father (who passed away) to be remembered. During James’ speech he handed out chocolate cups filled with Port (his dad’s favourite) to some of the guests that he would have loved to have met his dad.”

The couple had a cupcake wedding cake from Moxon’s Bakery and a buffet full of sweet treats for guests.

A photobooth with props was a fun part of the day. Catherine recalls, “Another fun thing that we had at our wedding was a photo booth, where guests chose items from a fancy dress pile. We got hilarious photos and they had lots of fun doing this. We then got some of the photos printed out and hung on the side of the marquee. Guests were then asked to stick their photo from the photo booth into the guest book and write us a message next to it. I loved this as it makes our guest book so much fun to look through and provides a visual and written memory of the feeling of that day.”

Of their first dance, Catherine says “The first dance was to a Stan Walker song, we had Toni Jordan play it live.  The dance floor was the flood lit tennis court. We left the lights off until we started our dance and we shared a simple dance that we learnt from a dance instructor.”

The newlyweds left their wedding celebrations on a tractor. Catherine says “It was lots of fun!”

Congratulations Catherine & James and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt & Katie for sharing the photographs with us today!

Photographer: Matt & Katie / Cinematographer: Josh Lamont / Bride’s Dress: Bowerbird / Jewelry: Swarovski / Bridesmaid Dresses: Janice Gorrell Dressmaker / Groom’s Attire: Kelly Jackson / Cake: Moxon's Bakery / Flowers: Rosemerin / Music: Toni Jordan
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