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Libby and Scott’s Sweet Southern Highlands Wedding

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


Libby & Scott

Today’s wedding is simply stunning. It’s not through grand floral arrangements, or incredible decor. It is instead through faces, heartfelt moments, emotion and grace. Sometimes, we need a wedding like today’s to ground us. Put our feet on the ground and get to the core of what it really is all about.

Libby tells the story of their relationship. “Our story is an interesting one. In many ways you could say we are similar to ‘high-school sweethearts’, however some things are a bit different. Scott was the spunky leader at the local youth group, which I started going to in year 7. I was instantly smitten, but he was a few years older than me and I was far too shy to act on it – plus Scott would have never even considered dating one of the girls he was leading! I slowly gave up on the idea after a while, but just after I’d finished high school Scott pulled me aside one day to say that he liked me – I was not expecting it in the slightest!

After 2 years of dating, Scott proposed in an extravagant way – taking me to a lookout in our hometown, with a beautiful view of the Australian bush and The Hawkesbury River. He had woken up at 3am to set up balloons on the water to spell out ‘marry me’ – to which I obviously said yes! He’s a web designer, so he also set up a custom Google home-page replica for me on my laptop to celebrate! Very nerdy, but very cute!”

Photos today are by Jeremy Beasley who has captured this wedding in such a stunning way. Lumps in my throat and plenty of happy sighs occurred as I poured over the images and let today’s story unfold. The beautiful captures tell the story in a very real way.

Scott and his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David.

Libby wore a Wendy Makin gown and paired it with shoes from Tony Bianco. She added a bracelet from Oroton and hairpiece from Love.Honor.Upcycle.

The couple made the wedding as eco friendly as possible. Libby explains “Scott and I are fairly conscious people when it comes to the environmental and social ethics behind the purchases we make. While it was not easy to incorporate this across every choice we made, there were some successes. The bridesmaid dresses were from Cue, who are certified with Ethical Clothing Australia, guaranteeing that the majority of their stock has been ethically produced within Australia. We also chose recycled paper for the stationary, used World Vision gift cards as favors and our rings were made with recycled metals and an ethically mined diamond. I also wore a re-purposed vintage brooch as a hair clip that I purchased through Etsy.”

Libby says “The whole day was so special – we couldn’t have asked for things to have gone better, (even when they didn’t go to our original plan!). Preparing with the girls was a lot of fun and truly a highlight as our hair and make-up teams were lovely people. As the photos show there was a moment of tears as we were praying together before the ceremony – it just hit me that I was about to marry the boy I fell in love with so many years ago and I felt so lucky to have had my childhood dream come true. It sounds silly in some ways but I still can hardly believe my luck to be married to such a wonderful man!” Megan Pine from Visionary Hair  styled the girls hair while Ethix styled the makeup.

Libby and Scott held their ceremony and reception at Peppers Manor House. Libby explains, “We decided to have the whole day in the one venue for a few reasons. It was extremely convenient, the Peppers Manor House was absolutely beautiful and suited the plans we had, and it also helped save money by not needing to hire cars. We initially had planned to get married in one of the beautiful gardens but the weather was not quite good enough so we moved inside to the Great Hall. We were initially concerned that this may have been a bit to small to fit all of our guests but we found the ceremony actually became very intimate and had a wonderful sense of closeness. It was also great fun to enter via the beautiful staircase! The staff were really lovely and were also really happy to help us be creative and make the day our own.”

The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to ‘The Book of Love’ by Peter Gabriele. Libby remarks ” I still can’t listen to it without getting so emotional!.”

Libby says “Our ceremony had a beautiful intimate feel. Many of our guests still say it was one of the most wonderful wedding ceremonies to be a part of. It truly is a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by loved ones as you marry the person you love!”

Scott’s mother played a special role in the ceremony. Libby explains “Scott’s mum is a professional singer and has a beautiful and powerful voice. She sang two songs for us, one of which was Amazing Grace sung entirely A Capella as a worship song with the guests. It was a powerful and very spiritual moment. The staff at the venue told us later they stopped everything when the song began and listened because it was so moving.” The couple were married by the minister from their home church Bil Ghali.

Libby notes “As we grew up together, many of our mentors through our teen years knew us both separately and were overjoyed to see us get married. In particular, our old youth pastor and his wife, Tim and Donna, spoke words of blessing right after our vows. It was really quite a special moment for us and we really treasured it.”

Libby says “What we wanted was a very intimate day which was fun and relaxed, and celebrated our faith and our joy.”

Immediately following the reception, Libby and Scott held an afternoon tea. Libby says “I was so glad that by the end of the ceremony the weather held off enough to still have our lawn games! The food was lovely and it was important to us to still have a lot of time with all of our guests who came down from Sydney for the ceremony but were not staying on for the reception. I clearly had a lot of fun trying (but failing) to play Croquet!

Libby says “We did what felt like a lot of DIY! We designed all of our stationary which was a bit trying at times but did save us a lot, as well as most of the decorations such as the aisle ribbons. I loved our games instructions cards and the swing tag seating arrangements that we designed – especially with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ playing croquet!”

The Potager created the beautiful floral arrangements.

Of their photographer, Libby says “We both agree that our best decision for the wedding was choosing Jeremy Beasley to be our photographer. We struggled to find someone with such a short engagement but we are now so glad because it forced us to look outside Sydney. I was so excited to see Jeremy’s photojournalist style and could barely bring myself to read his reply to my enquiry as I was so nervous he’d say he was already booked! I was so relieved when he said he was available to be our photographer!

Not only was he very professional and clearly very talented at capturing the stories of the day, but he is incredibly friendly and lovely, and was such a joy to have with us through the course of such a special day. I think it’s really important to like the person as well as their work, because they spend so much intimate time with you on this important day. We loved having Jeremy there and looking back he really became a special part of the day too. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience of working with him from start to finish.”

Libby and Scott made the seat cards themselves. Libby says ” We wanted our whole wedding to feel intimate and full of love, and that continued into the reception. All of our guests sat at one long U shaped table, which we loved. ”

Their wedding date coincided with another special date Libby explains “Our wedding date was actually the 21st Birthday of one of my beautiful bridesmaids, Jess. She is a great friend and was really happy for us to choose this date as it was  the only one that worked for our venue. She kept saying, “This year my birthday is  the following day!” but to make sure we kept her day special too, I had the venue decorate her place at the table – she was really touched and loved the small surprise of it.”

The cake was made by Gumnut Patisserie. Libby and Scott decided against a first dance at their lunch time reception and mingled with guests instead.

Congratulations Libby and Scott! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Jeremy Beasley  for today’s beautiful images!

Photographer: Jeremy Beasley / Chair Hire: Weddings With Love / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s Jewellery: Oroton / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Love.Honor.Upcycle / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cue / Hairstylist: Megan Pine from Visionary Hair / Makeup Artist: Ethix / Flowers & Decor: The Potager / Venue: Peppers Manor House / Ceremony Officiant: Bil Ghali / Wedding Cake: Gumnut Patisserie / Wedding Rings: Ethical Jewellery
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Ten Garden Wedding Venues In Victoria

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Wedding Venues


After my “Ten Secret Gardens In The Southern Highlands” post, I’ve had numerous requests for a Victoria special! From country estates, to country gardens, here’s a run down of some of my favourite Victorian garden wedding venues.

Summerfields Country House

Summerfields Country House is located on the Mornington Peninsula and has a gorgeous Cape Cod style to it. The venue features features six accommodation suites, rolling hills and lush gardens all in one secluded venue.

Werribee Park Mansion

Located just outside of Melbourne, Werribee Park Mansion is a stunning property that has over 10 acres of gardens (so plenty of places to tie the knot, including the gorgeous rose garden). There are 91 guest rooms onsite, a day spa and Joseph’s Restaurant- an award winning facility, and three inside function areas. All of which compliment the property which can cater to up 100+ guests.

Campaspe House

Photo from Elise and Brody’s Intimate Country Wedding by Red Telegram

Campaspe House is located on 32 acres of gorgeous gardens just near Woodend. The venue can cater from 10-100 guests and includes a gorgeous array of garden settings for your ceremony. The venue features on site accommodation and a focus on regional produce and wines.

Lake House

Oh this venue is so decadent I could hardly leave it off the list! Daylesford’s Lake House is famous for it’s delicious food and the weddings it holds are just as beautiful! With a variety of menus tailored to your wedding day, on site accommodation, day spa and a divine lake backdrop, this might be the choice that makes me the hungriest for a fine dinner!

Stonelea Country Estate

Stonelea Country Estate, located in Alexandra is an idyllic location for a country garden wedding. The venue offers a huge array of facilities – from cottages to verandah rooms for your guests to stay in, to a golf course, restaurant and day spa. There’s plenty of space for guests to mingle between events with the property containing a billiards table, lawn games, library, tennis courts and a pool. For your wedding, the venue can be catered to your own personal tastes by onsite chefs.

Woodman Estate

At the height of luxury, there is Woodman Estate. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, Woodman Estate is set on a shimmering lake, with plenty of spaces for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception, they even allow marquee receptions. Guests have the option of a huge range of onsite accommodation – from chalets overlooking the water to more basic garden rooms. Of course the venue includes a spa retreat!

Chateau Yering

Chateau Yering, a classic Yarra Valley wedding venue, is stunning. This historic homestead sits on heritage listed gardens which are the most beautiful backdrop for a garden ceremony. There are three rooms available for receptions, including the Oak Room (which can seat 140) and Eleonore’s Restaurant all of which have decadent dishes coming out under the watchful eye of award winning head chef Matthew Macartney. The estate sits on 250 acres and features 32 guest suites on site, as well as being right next to Yering Station’s cellar door!

Alowyn Gardens

Photo from Julie and Matt’s Beautiful Garden Wedding by Jonathan Ong

Located in the Yarra Valley, Alowyn Gardens is filled with green covered arches and tangled webs of luscious plants. Perfect for a secret garden style wedding, Alowyn features a 100 metre rose and wisteria covered arbor and four acres of gardens divided into six distinct areas. Alowyn Gardens has an onsite nursery and a courtyard which can hold 10-100 guests.


Lindenwarrah at Milawa

Lindenwarrah at Milawa located in a boutique country house hotel set on 8 acres of beautiful gardens. Lindenwarrah at Milawa can hold 120 guests for a sit down reception. The venue includes 40 king rooms to accommodate guests, an onsite restaurant and facilities such as an outdoor heated pool, spa centre and private lounges.

Looking for a metro Melbourne garden venue? Try Wattle Park Chalet, Quat Quatta, Rippon Lea, Como Historic House, Butleigh Wootten, Rupertswood Mansion, The Gables, Montsalvat, The Abbotsford Convent, Treacy Centre to name a few!

Letitia and Joss’ Elegant Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Letitia and Joss

Letitia and Joss styled there wedding around a beautiful song ” Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Not only was the song chosen for their first dance, but the meaning of the words wove themselves throughout the day. If that’s not enough to make you settle in as we tell their story, perhaps Letitia’s fire engine red hair and stunning wedding gown may be? Or the children who were so evidently important and included in every part of the day?

Letitia and Joss met 8.5 years ago at high school and have been together ever since. Letitia recalls,  “Home is whenever I’m with you” was the theme to our wedding as Joss proposed at the Trevi Fountain in Rome with a ring with the symbol of a home on it. He said “You are my home and I want to grow old with you.” He played this song nearly every day for a month before the proposal.

Photographs today are by Tim Harris Photography, I love the fun Tim had with the couple to take these images.

Letitia wore a beautiful gown from Paul Hunt with Zomp shoes. She carried a long bouquet of white blooms including tulips by Julie Vine.

While her bridesmaids wore charcoal floor length gowns from Christina Kim.

Letitia and Joss were married at St Ignatius Church, Toowong.

Letitia walked down the aisle to Sally Seltman “Heart that’s pounding”.

Letitia remarks “It was the happiest day of our lives. Every extra effort that was made to make the day more meaningful and symbolic for the both of us was worth it.”

Of their photographer, Letitia says “Tim Harris made our day so special. He is a very humble, kind and extremely talented man who gave us everything we asked for on our special day. As you spend lots of time with your photographer on the big day it is very important that you get along with him and feel comfortable. We will always be grateful for his great contributions towards our special day. We recommend his services strongly to everyone who inquires and complements his great work.”

The couple hire vintage cars from Tic Tac Tours as their transportation for the day.

Letitia and Joss held their reception at Moda Events. Letitia recalls “Moda Event at Portside was recommended by Rush Entertainment to us. We were extremely happy with the night. The food, service and room were divine. Both Monica and Michael from Moda were very accommodating and did everything they could to make the night very special.”

The “Home is whenever I’m with you” theme was carried through the wedding. The bridal table was  named “Home” and guests tables were named after significant addresses for the couple. Guests received chalkboard name tag favors in various shapes- including a house. Helen O’Loan created the invitations and stationery.

The delicious white chocolate wedding cake was made by Cake That.

Rush Entertainment not only provided the music for the event, but the couple also used their event coordination services to help plan their wedding.

The couple’s first dance? To “Home” of course! They chose the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros version.

Congratulations Letitia and Joss! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tim Harris Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Tim Harris Photography / Bride’s Dress: Paul Hunt / Bride’s Shoes: Zomp / Cake Baker: Cake That! / Venue: Moda Portside Events / Music: Rush Entertainment / Wedding Planner: Rush Entertainment / Bridesmaid Dresses: Christina Kim / Invitations & Stationery: Helen O'Loan / Flowers & Decor: Julie Vine / Ceremony Venue: St Ignatius, Toowong / Transport: Tic Tac Tours / Rings: Ari Athens

Maeve and Stefan’s Geelong Vineyard Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Maeve and Stefan

The simply beautiful Geelong wedding of Maeve and Stefan is one for the history books, or rather the Polka Dot Bride pages. How simply sweet and filled with delicious little touches plenty of cosiness and a couple who did things their way.

Maeve tells the story of their relationship. “It was meant to be. Stef was out with mutual friends celebrating a uni ball. The academic in him meant that he usually would be the designated driver and home before midnight but that night was different. I finished work at 11pm and as I drove home through town I decided I wanted to have a dance. I called my friend who was about to go out and catch up with some uni friends, one of which was Stef. We were in the same year at high school, I went to the local Girls’ school, he to the Boys’, but until that night we had never met.  Stef does remember seeing me most days on the school bus as I walked to school. Once we hit the dance floor, Stef says that he couldn’t take his eyes off me but was too afraid to make any rash moves as he feared coming across as sleazy. There were a few looks and smiles exchanged that night. He was apparently taken by me, because he managed to convince my friend to give him my number, to my displeasure at the time. I received a friendly message the next morning, a short message that Stef says took him most of the day to write. After a month of trying to organise a date, we finally went out, and after that night there was no doubt that there was something special there. Then it just snow-balled!”

Making their polka dot debut are photographers Ginger and Mint Photography ! I love the sweetness in Ginger & Mint’s captures from the day, from the sweet handmade details to the glee on the guests faces!

Maeve and Stef handmade their invitations. Maeve recalls, “The handmade paper was from Spotlight and was the first thing I decided on so everything else was chosen based on the look of the invitation paper. We used brown gift tags to write the guest’s names and hand stamped every letter! This takes a lot of time, but it gave a feel to it that you can’t recreate any other way, like an old typewriter! ”

Purple, mauve and white floral arrangements were styled by Georgie Stanton with the girls’ hair and makeup by Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie.

Maeve recalls one of the funnier stories of the day. She says “At 4pm my hair was still in rollers as the hairdresser schedule was out and meanwhile my mum is apologising to the photographer for us being slow, but Verity kept saying it’s fine!! (she didn’t tell us that her husband was out buying a new camera as his stopped working!) Meanwhile Stef’s  groomsman tells him at 3:45pm that he forgot the one thing he had to bring; shoes! He had to make a dash back home to pick them up, while Stef and his best man made their way to the wedding. It must all have been meant to be, because from the moment we arrived everything ran smoothly and it wasn’t until next day that I heard all the stuff that was going on in the background.”

Maeve wore a gown from Amaline Vitale she found on Love Me Twice, Her bridesmaids wore purple gowns from Priscilla Of Boston. The girls all wore shoes from Forever New.

Stefan and his groomsmen wore black tie. They chose suits from Roger David and had them tailored by Godwin Charli (who also provided the ties, belts and shirts).

Maeve arrived in a friend’s car. She remarks “We would also like to thank our friend Dave who kindly let us use his car, a sky blue classic FJ Holden. He was such a calming presence as we were madly getting ready!”

The ceremony was held in the gardens at Truffleduck Fyansford . Maeve made the decorations herself, She explains “I wanted something in the trees to walk through and I got this idea from the interior decorations of the ‘Goose’ store in East Geelong. I loved them and wanted to buy them but they weren’t for sale so I made my own!”

Maeve and Stefan made heartfelt music choices for their ceremony. Maeve explains “I walked down the aisle to ‘All My Days’ by Alexi Murdoch. We can’t get passed the first guitar intro anymore without crying! It’s a very beautiful song. Stef saw me as just as the last verse started …..

“Now I see clearly

It’s you I’m looking for

All of my days

So I’ll Smile

I know I’ll feel this loneliness no more

All of my days

For I look around me

And its seems you found me

And it’s coming into sight

As the days keep turning into night. “”

Maeve recalls “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to stop the tears during the ceremony but once I saw Stef’s eyes all full of tears and his bottom lip trembling with a big smile on his face I thought “what a dag, look at him all emotional, this is meant to be a celebration!”

The couple made a special note of passed loved ones, Maeve says “With the passing of my grandmother only two months earlier, we wanted to have part of our ceremony to honour where we came from and what has made us who we are. We got photos of our grandparents on their wedding day and our mothers put flowers in a vase as part of the wedding ceremony to remember their part of our lives.”

Of their ceremony, Maeve says, “We blew some minds with our ‘non-traditional’ ceremony. This was the first non-church wedding in Stef’s extended family. We really wanted our ceremony to reflect us and thanks to our celebrant and officiator working well together, we got exactly that. We included a warming of the rings ritual, honouring of our grandparents, writings from both Stef and I describing the things that we love about each other. We picked reading that made us laugh and cry, and then we asked our friends and family members to read them out. We have received so many complements about how warm, special and personal the ceremony was, with the love that we have for each other shining through in every word, reading and song” Maeve and Stefan hired Annette Clark and Michael Nolan to perform the ceremony.

The couple chose an intimate guest list. Maeve explains “Our self-imposed guest list rules meant that everybody who made the final cut was there to celebrate us, and we felt surrounded by love and warmth all day and all night.”

The couple had their photographs taken at a local vineyard. Maeve explains ” We were very lucky to be able to use a local vineyard- Barwon Ridge Vineyard, as the location for our wedding photos- amazing location and amazing wine! ”

Of their photographers, Maeve says “My cousin (Claire Gleeson) had recommended them to us as she worked in the same building as Verity and told me to look at her website. When I had a look I knew she was ‘the one’ as she had been the photographer of a wedding in Barwon Heads that I was loved the look of. I couldn’t believe that she had taken the photo of the one dress that had stuck in my mind, it was meant to be!!

Verity and her husband are AMAZING!! Their vibe is great and being a married couple, they worked really well together and got 360 degree views of everything. They are sooo professional, excitable and are true artists. They really understood the look and feel we were after and were very flexible and went with the flow. They made us look and feel amazing! We love them.”

The reception continued on at Truffleduck Fyansford . The cupcake wedding cake was lovingly made by Stefan’s mother.

The male and female guests each received a handmade favor. Maeve recalls “Bonbonniere for girls: Stef and I slaved away for a few days making the Tomato Chutney for our guests. Our fingers were stained and wrinkled for days!

Bonbonniere for guys: I made the scrabble cufflinks for the guys as it was a cheap but personal gift that was fun! It was a bit hard sourcing some of the letters from ebay and etsy, but we got lots of lovely comments about them, which made it totally worth it!”

Maeve says “The name cards were handmade and every letter was hand stamped!! We went a bit crazy by the end”

Maeve and Stefan hired a live band for their wedding reception – Test Pilot Molly and chose a song that reflected their relationship for their first dance. Maeve explains “We danced to “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 because its light, fun and we like to sleep in 🙂 It is a song that has been a constant throughout our relationship, and the dance was completely un-choreographed. It was amazing that I didn’t trip on my dress with the amount of spins and twirls Stef sent me on!!”

Congratulations Maeve and Stefan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Ginger and Mint Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Ginger and Mint Photography / Cinematographer: Lachlan McMurtie / Bride’s Dress: Amaline Vitalie / Bridal Salon: Love Me Twice / Bride’s Shoes: Forever New / Bride’s Jewellery: Forever New / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groom’s Attire: Godwin Charli / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie / Flowers: Georgie Stanton / Ceremony Venue: Truffleduck Fyansford / Reception Venue: Truffleduck Fyansford / Ceremony Officiant: Annette Clarke / Ceremony Officiant: Michael Nolan / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Band: Test Pilot Molly
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