Michelle and Dave’s Australian Barn Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Michelle & Dave

Michelle and Dave’s barn wedding in Queensland was such a beautiful occasion. It’s so fun looking, it’s definitely the kind of wedding I want to pop some cowboy boots on just so I can dance all night!

Michelle tells of how they came to be. “We met as kids working in the same takeaway shop; we started dating two years later, when we were seventeen. Not the most romantic story going, but it has been terribly lovely to ‘grow up’ together and to so completely share our lives.”

David Ferguson Photography really sets the mood for today’s wedding with classic, but beautifully fun captures!

The day kicked off with, “My very dear friend, Nicole, and her stationery business, Bootiful Creations, helped us with our invitations (on elephant dung paper, no less!), and they were just perfect! Annette Cacciola did our hair and makeup, and she was a dream. So relaxed (no small feat, with 8 people to tend to!) and very, very talented.”

Michelle chose a gown from Darb Bridal Couture . Family played an important part on the wedding day, Michelle remarks, “It was lovely to have photos of our families’ wedding days, from our grandparents to my sister, on display, especially as none of our grandparents could be there on the day. It was nice to include them in some small way. I also had my very dear baby brother as a bridesmaid, which he got no end of grief for. But it was very important to me to have him by my side.”

Michelle and Dave chose St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Kenilworth  for their ceremony. Michelle explains,We were married in a lovely old weatherboard church in the small country town of Kenilworth. There were no pews (or chairs of any kind, for that matter!), which came as a surprise on the day, but, happily, this ended up creating a very warm, intimate atmosphere.”

For the processional, Michelle remembers, “Two members of my husband’s band (LittleLam) performed an instrumental, stylised version of Paul Kelly’s “If I Could Start Today Again”… The lyrics are terribly unsuited to a wedding, utterly un-romantic, but the melody is beautiful and has always sounded somehow nostalgic to me… And we are big Paul Kelly fans!”

Michelle recalls “One of my favourite moments was having our mothers act as ‘ringbearers’. They presented the rings to us (my mum gave me my husband’s, and vice versa) at that part of the ceremony, and it was very special to have them both part of such a moment.”

Of their photographer, Michelle says, “We met David Ferguson when he came to our place to discuss the wedding… After he and my husband talked AFL, beer and Denmark for about half an hour, I knew we’d found our photographer. We were looking for someone we would be comfortable with, someone easy-going who wouldn’t force us into ridiculous poses, and someone who would capture the moments that we’d want to remember forever. David was above and beyond everything we could have hoped for; so many people commented that he was just like any of our guests: celebrating our marriage and sharing in our happiness. I will never tire of looking at our photos. I only need to glance through them, and I remember every moment, every emotion, in finest detail. Everything I felt is captured on film. David is one of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I can never thank him enough for preserving our wedding so perfectly.”

Michelle remarks, “I loved our wedding because it was US… Every decision, every detail, we made together. Except for the dress, of course, but that goes without saying. In every other aspect, we were a team, and that makes me very proud. We loved every second of our wedding, because we had created it ourselves, together. Now we can stand back and say, “Hey, look what we did!” Such a great feeling. I guess this is not particular to our wedding, but it’s one of the most overwhelming feelings I remember from the day: How wonderful it is that all the people you love in the world, all your dearest friends and family, come from near and far to stand together in one room to celebrate your love! What a marvellous thing! And also, of course, it was very special indeed to marry the very best man there ever was. ”

Michelle and Dave held their reception at Kenilworth Homestead . Michelle remarks “We actually found the Homestead on Polka Dot Bride, in a blog about barns. We’d seen it done a lot in the States and we loved the idea…. With a bit of help from Polka Dot Bride, we found Kenilworth Homestead and loved it immediately. Consisting of a lovely old cottage, dorm accommodation for 150 people, 4 private spa rooms, a full industrial kitchen, and a 100-year-old heritage listed barn; the Homestead sits in the Mary Valley in one of the most glorious parts of Australia. Just magic. The hire of the venue included accommodation, so we were able to invite all our guests to spend the night, resulting in a whole weekend of celebrating, not just one ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ night.”

“Our venue was truly very, very special to us: unique and stunning. I remember looking around as we were having drinks on the lawn in front of the barn after we had our photos done, and being absolutely gobsmacked by how beautiful it all was in the fading afternoon light. I was also truly amazed by how willing all our friends and family were to chip in and help us. As we were DIY-ing basically everything, we spent many a Sunday in working bee mode, and everyone, wonderfully, delighted in taking part. The morning after the wedding, we provided breakfast for our guests, and we woke to find our families running about in the kitchen; frying, toasting, boiling away for 120 people. It was awfully humbling. It was very special to have my big sister there. She lives in Dublin, and although we spent a year with her there in 2010, I don’t get to see her all that often. Although I know she would never have missed it in a million years, I still feel it’s worth a mention, because I loved, loved, LOVED having her home.”

The guest book was a personal, special, touch “Our guest book is now one of my most prized possessions: We made a photo book with photos we’d taken over our eleven and a half years together, but rather than using pictures of just the two of us, we included photos of us and all our guests over the years we’ve been together. It was a lovely way of showing each guest how special they’ve been in our lives, and also kind of a celebration of the shared life we’ve had since we were seventeen.”

Blooms of Noosa created the floral arrangements using a palette of green and white.

For favors, Michelle remembers “Our wedding favours were biscuits that the two of us and my mother-in-law had baked, and we labelled them using our guests’ nicknames, even the very obscure ones, such as Matt the Eel and Ducka-ducka-ducka-duck (long story!). Everyone got a kick out of that, and it was nice to show each guest that they were individually special to us. We also made up bags of favours for all our guests’ children (who we unfortunately weren’t able to invite), which I think people appreciated.”

The suppliers the couple chose made the evening a breeze Michelle remarks “Our caterers, Capelli Foods, were wonderful; nothing was too much trouble. Caroline is a dream, and I think she was even more concerned than me that the day should run smoothly! The staff were all brilliant, and spent every quiet moment at the bar dancing along with us! I’m fairly certain our band, Benjam, made the night; they were just unreal. Such great, down-to-earth people, for whom, again, nothing is too much trouble. We saw them at a friend’s wedding years ago and said there and then we would have to have them… And they were even better than we remembered!”

For their first dance, Michelle recalls “Well! One of my favourite ever songs is “Home”, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. My husband and his band recorded a softer, sparser version as a surprise for our first dance. Oh, there were tears!”

There was one final surprise for guests! Michelle remembers “Our very good mate (and one of the groomsmen) owns a gourmet pie shop (Piefection), and he very kindly provided his delicious pies as a midnight snack… Complete with a “pie do” tag!”

Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Dave! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to David Ferguson Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: David Ferguson Photography / Bride's Dress: Darb Bridal Couture / Groom's Attire: Wil Valor / Hair & Makeup Artist: Annette Cacciola / Flowers & Decor: Blooms Of Noosa / Invitations & Stationery: Bootiful Creations / Ceremony Venue: St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Kenilworth / Ceremony Officiant: Fr. Stan Griffith / Reception Venue: Kenilworth Homestead / Band: Benjam / Catering: Capelli Foods / Transport: Platinum Limousines
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Lucy and James’ Sydney Garden Wedding

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


Lucy and James

 I’m gaining even more of an appreciation of backyard weddings lately and is it just me or are we seeing more and more couples choosing to have everything at one venue? I love how Lucy and James celebrated their wedding day- a beautiful home on Sydney’s waterside played host to a splendid celebration of love, happiness and plenty of dancing (and cake, again never forget the cake!)

Photography today is by The Follans who have a fun, but classic way of capturing weddings, Such beautiful shots!

Lucy chosen a gown from Norwegian designer Leila Hafzi. She says, “Lara uses eco and ethical production methods”. Kate Lee styled Lucy and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Lucy and James met before the ceremony for a first look. Of their photographers, Lucy says, “Andrew and Sarah were fantastic. They suggested doing the ‘first look’ photographs before the wedding, which worked really well. Seeing James before the wedding was really nice and eased some of the nerves. It was fun to do the bridal party pics before the wedding too. I think it made everyone even more excited. All the photographs they took really capture the experiences of the day. ”

Lucy’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Ginger & Smart while James wore a Ted Baker suit.

The flowers were purchased from sourced from Hills Flower Market and arranged by friends and family.

The wedding  celebration was held at a private Sydney residence on the water.

For decor, Lucy remembers ” We wanted to have a ‘handmade’ feel with the wedding theme and decorations. So, we made all the decorations, including tissue paper tassels that were installed in the garden marquee. Making these by hand was really time consuming and I dare not estimate the amount of hours spent. Thankfully we organised a few ‘workshops’ where friends and family came to help. I chose tones that worked in with the bridal party colours, dark blue, teal, peach, silver and light blue. I think we made around four hundred or so. ”

Lucy’s teal suede shoes were by Prada.

The floral arrangements were handmade by the couple and their family and friends. Lucy remembers, ” We wanted the flowers to look like they’d been freshly picked from the garden so we chose a variety of flowers in a broad colour palette for a bit of diversity and arranged them ourselves. I asked people to collect different sized glass jars for the flowers. We assembled a couple of hundred small bottles, wrapped brown kitchen twine around them and strung them up in the trees around the garden. The bride and bridesmaids all made their own bouquets and boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen. ”

Lucy walked down the aisle to “Elephant Gun by Beirut (played on guitar by brother-in-law). ”

Lucy says “Our celebrant, Jessie Cacchillo was fantastic. ”

Lucy says ” Our wedding was relaxed and casual with a few traditions thrown in.”

Chris Thé of Black Star Pastry made the simple and delicious wedding cake. The wedding was catered by John & Peter.

Lucy says “”We didn’t have an official first dance, but we did dance up a storm.”

Congratulations Lucy and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day story with us! Thank you to The Follans for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: The Follans / Venue: Private Sydney Residence / Bride's Dress: Leila Hafzi / Bride's Shoes: Prada / Bride's Jewellery: Victoria and Albert Antiques Sydney / Hair & Makeup Artist: Kate Lee / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ginger & Smart / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Flowers & Decor: Terry Hills Flower Market / Wedding Cake: Chris Thé, Black Star Pastry / Catering: John & Peter / Band/DJ: Jeremy Kirschner / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by the bride and printed at Watermarx Graphics / Ceremony Officiant: Jessie Cacchillo

Mint & Gold Gala Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I do love gold at a wedding, it’s such a gorgeous statement but appears almost as a neutral paired with the fresh mint green. Today’s wedding is fun and modern with a Spring twist.

I love the idea of using such soft colours like this outdoors and having festoon lighting pick up the glints of gold as the sun sets. Plus a bride in mint green? Who can resist!

Mint gown by Karen Caldwell, Bouquet photo by Our Labor of Love , bowls from Anthropologie, Chair photo by Rebecca Wedding Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Letters photo by Angi Welsch via 100 Layer Cake, cupcakes by Call Me Cupcake via Somewhere Splendid, reception photo by Simply Bloom Photography via Style Me Pretty, ‘Hamilton’ invitation from Dauphine Press

Zed & Bee Wedding Stationery Collection

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Modern Geometric Invitation

I can’t quite believe it’s been two years since the launch of Sydney stationery company Zed & Bee! The dynamic duo have been on on many adventures in the past two years and it’s exciting today to be able to showcase their brand new collection!

Zed & Bee launched as a completely bespoke invitation business – each invitation was designed and made for the occasion. Two years on, their much awaited collection has launched! Allowing a lower price point, the invitations allow for anyone to order them, have the minor tweaks made (choosing colours and wording) and have a beautiful custom stationery suite for any occasion. I love the modern aesthetic of Zed & Bee and the styling of their stationery when photographed is incredible.

So whether you’re wanting something bespoke, or just want to customise an existing collection invitation, the launch of the Zed & Bee collection has you covered.

Cotswolds Country Manor Invitation

NYE Confetti Invitation

Vintage Champagne Label Invitation

Contemporary Patterned Foil Invitation

Plantable Seeded Paper Invitation

Whimsical Floral Letterpress Invitation

Gluttonous Illustration Invitation

Elegant Patterned Folio Invitation

1920s French High Tea Invitation

NZ Foodies Beach Club Invitation

Minimalist Byron Bay Invitation

Hunter Valley Botanical Invitation

Photos by Zed & Bee