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Ju Lee and Marcus

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Ju Lee and Marcus

A simply lovely wedding from the talented Adrian Tuazon today! It’s beautifully simple but has a sense of beautiful glamour! The Melbourne wedding took place Heritage Oak tree at the Abbotsford Convent, followed by the reception at Matteo’s.

Ju Lee tells the story of how she met Marcus. “We met about 12 years ago back in Malaysia at a school event. We came to Melbourne to study and after we graduated, we decided to stay here together. In 2008, I went to Dublin for 6 months by myself, for work. Marcus came to visit me in Dublin for a month. We travelled Europe together and he proposed in Venice.”


Ju Lee says little pooch Emmett made a statement at the rehearsal. “During rehearsal, the 5-year-old kid let go (of the lead) of the dog. So we had a dog running away from the oak tree, the kid running the complete opposite direction and the mother of the kid chasing both her son and my dog. However on the wedding day itself, both (the kid and the dog) were so well behaved, I was pleasantly surprised!”



Ju Lee wore a strapless ivory silk duchess satin gown. Inspired by a Jlm Couture gown, it was made by Marcus’s mother in Malaysia who also made Ju Lee’s red Thai silk and lace cheongsam for the tea ceremony and the bridesmaids gowns. Ju lee wore shoes from Gina and jewelery from her parents. Marcus and the groomsmen wore suits from Satch. The floral arrangements were by Floral Event.



Ju Lee says “The hanging glass balls that were tied to the Heritage Oak tree were purchased online. I bought fresh hydrangeas myself from Victoria Market the day before the wedding. A close friend helped put the flowers in the glass balls, and some friends helped tie the glass balls on the branches of the oak tree. I also bought fresh lisianthus from the market and these were tied to the foldable chairs at the ceremony with ribbons.

We made the programs for the ceremony ourselves, with the help from our closest friends, my maid of honour and Marcus’ best man. We bought the paper from Kami in Fitzroy.” The rest of the stationery was done in black and white letterpress by Vince Printers and featured an oak tree as a nod to the ceremony location.



Ju Lee says “My dog made a special guest appearance, starting off the processional along with Marcus’ 5-year-old nephew. Followed by the flower girl, my bridesmaid and my maid of honour. They all walked in to ‘Ave Maria’ by Beyonce. I walked down the aisle to ‘I love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy. An instrumental song that I have always loved.

With the recessional, we picked ‘Love Today’ by Mika.”








A traditional tea ceremony with family members followed the wedding ceremony and photos.






Leftover paper from the handmade ceremony programs was turned into placecards for guests and hung on a wooden tree (as a nod to the oak tree ceremony location) from Hart & Heim. Ju Lee and Marcus named each table in relation to something to do with Venice- where Marcus proposed Amongst the table names were “Gelati”, “Grand Canal” and “San Marco”. For favors, Ju Lee says “I purchased 3D holographic glasses from 3DGlassesOnline which were given to our guests as wedding bombonnieres. When you put them on, look at any points of light to see little hearts!”



The wedding cake consisted of red velvet and black and white cupcakes made by Sugardeaux Cupcakes. One of Ju Lee’s favourite moments was the speeches “Speeches – from my father, maid of honour, best man and my brother (who also helped emcee at the reception). I loved all their speeches! My father mentioned that we had a lengthy trial period (12 years of dating) before tying the knot. The Best Man ended his speech with a special toast – a very loud ‘Yum seng’ which is tradition for every Chinese Malaysian wedding”


Of their first dance, Ju Lee says “I’ve known Marcus for over 12 years now and he never dances. So when it came to our first dance, I suggested dance lessons. He was not very keen at all, but finally he gave in. It was also the first time we learnt something together as a couple and it was a lot of fun. We had private lessons by Robbie from Dance Dynamics in Malvern. The first part of the dance was a rumba, we danced to ‘Lovin’ You’ (a version by the Bossa Project). The second part of the dance, we did a samba to Joss Stone’s ‘Super Duper Love’. On the wedding day itself, we were very nervous. But the dance turned out perfect and I am so proud of Marcus. He was so relieved after the dance!”

Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us Ju Lee and Marcus! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Adrian of by Adrian Tuazon Photography for sending over today’s photographs!

Photos by Adrian Tuazon Photography

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Lauren and Dave – The Celebration

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


Tumbling Waters Retreat looks like such a gorgeous venue for a wedding- those views? I’m all for beautiful views!







Lauren says “For the bonbonnieres, we purchased 10 cases of clean skin red wine from our favourite winery. We then got wine bottle stickers printed up with a caricature of us, along with the poem above, and stuck these labels on the wine bottles, placing each bottle in a take home bottle bag. To be opened and drunk by the guests on our first year anniversary!”

Dave’s best man put together a poem about the couple’s first meeting

At the races they met, their eyes fixed to a stare
Dave admired her dress, and her long flowing hair
‘Step to her’ he thought, the game had begun
What’s next for these two? They were both up for fun

His expectations were high, was she up to the task?
Could she handle the man, was it too much to ask?
A man’s never complete, without the right girl
Could she be the one, would she rock his world?

‘How are you?’ he said, with a smile and a grin
‘I’m great’ she replied, ‘have you had a win?’
His heart in his hand, he replied ‘just a few,
But my day’s now complete, because I’ve met you’

To those here today, we know how it ends
More than just lovers, Dave & Loz are best friends
Giving hope to us all, flying high like a dove
Congratulations Dave and Lauren, on finding true love”


A cupcake wedding cake was decorated with butterflies and flowers by We Take The Cake. Music was provided by the Mikey & Lucas duo Lauren and Dave performed a special first dance. Lauren says “We had 10 weeks of dancing lessons with Serghei Bolgarschii, one of the dance partners on Dancing With The Stars. He choreographed a wonderfully beautiful and simple bridal waltz which we performed to Van Morrison’s Someone Like You. The dancing lessons brought us much closer together as the last 10 weeks of our engagement went by. Both of us not professional dancers, we pulled it off on the night without a hitch and our guests seemed overwhelmed with surprise and delight!”

Thank you Lauren and Dave for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you to Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photos with us!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography.

Lauren and Dave

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


Lauren and Dave

I love the soft glamorous touches in today’s wedding of Lauren and Dave – a sparkly dress, a stormy sky. Beautiful moments captured! I think we can get so swept up in the angst of rain on the wedding day, but today’s celebration shows just how spectacular a rainy day can be!

Lauren and Dave married at The Tumbling Waters Retreat. Lauren says “Dave and I stumbled upon The Tumbling Waters Retreat one weekend when we were heading to the South Coast for a romantic weekend away. Hidden away in the Stanwell National Park, on a cliff top perching over the edge of a natural mineral waterfall, you’ll find the Tumbling Waters Retreat. A romantic hide away boasting majestic views down to the beach and out to sea, with beautifully manicured gardens surround. A modern building made of sandstone and glass, housing equally modern and tasteful furnishings. Bride, groom and guests can all be accommodated on site for the day and night of festivities, making this little secret haven not only a beautiful and romantic place for a unique wedding location but also very convenient. And did I mention the food? The on site chef is top notch – I think he/she is ex-Sydney al a carte restaurant – and they will cater your event with a large array of different meals to choose from so you can mix and match what works for your day.”

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography




Lauren wore a gown from Maggie Sotterro. She wore Alan Pinkus shoes. Lauren’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Myer . The girls carried creamy white bouquets from Flowers Of Helensburgh. Of her dress, Lauren says “I looooove my dress, I can’t keep it in a box for the next 50 years, but I don’t know what else to do with it now, that dress is meant to be worn!”




Milk & Honey Photography used two photographers. Lauren says “They were wonderful, there were 2 photographers, one with a b&w camera and one with colour. You didn’t even notice they were there most of the time! When they did want us to stage some great photos they’re directions were clear, and never once did we feel uncomfortable. The outcome was fantastic, we have the most beautiful photos that will help us remember equally how beautiful the day was, for a lifetime.”


Due to threatening rain clouds, the ceremony was taken inside – leading to a cosy and intimate ceremony! Celebrant Faye Redgrave performed the ceremony with vows written by Lauren and Dave.

Check back this afternoon for the gorgeous stormy sky wedding photos of Lauren & Dave.

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography

Little Bow Tie

by | Accessories, Bride, Grooms


I wondered last week why Australians don’t seem to really “do” bow ties at weddings (except for black tie). Are we too laid back? Is it because it’s so often a “Southern USA” thing? I love the look of  a sweet bow tie, it’s such a fun, quirky touch to add to your wedding day outfit. I remember when I was growing up my father had a red bow tie with tiny silver polka dots (oh gosh, seems the love of polka dots was present even then!) that I just loved and always liked to look at when he got dressed up to go to a ball.

I love these Etsy offerings from seller Xoelle.





Bowties from Xoelle.

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