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Marlinna and Josh’s Multicultural Sydney Wedding

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


Marlinna and Josh

One of the things I love most about weddings, is when cultures meet and merge and melt together. Marlinna and Josh are both Latter Day Saints and Marlinna’s background is Cambodian. Both cultural elements played a big role in their beautiful wedding day.

Marlinna recalls how she met Josh. “It’s quite a funny story really. We are both members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints also known as Mormon’s. At that time we were apart of the Young single adult (YSA) program. Apparently Joshua and I have met a few times but didn’t really take notice of each other, until a LDS musical fireside where us members of the church get together as a congregation in a chapel to listen to a musical scriptural presentation. I was in Liverpool stake and was apart of this musical fireside. We were rehearsing for our musical fireside and choir. At every practice I would see Joshua there watching his cousin Andrew practice with us.

While taking time out from practicing my best friend notice him sitting at back, she turns around and whispers to me “ don’t you think he’s hot? Like different but hot?” I said “ umm yeah I guess so” I didn’t care to pay any attention. One night we had practice, Joshua didn’t turn up and that’s when I realised I was missing his presence and agreed that he was hot. After that, we would see each other at YSA dances and activities, started talking and texting each other and a couple of months later it was official.”

Photos today are by Alma Photography. I love the fun, relaxed nature of the photographs this afternoon.

For the ceremony, Marlinna wore a gown made by Josh’s mother (Sherri Simon) who also made the bridesmaid’s gowns. Sotheary Nget styled the girl’s hair while  Jenny Truong from Canvas Book styled the makeup.

Marlinna and Josh were married at The Church Of Latter Day Saints Sydney Temple in Carlingford by Adrian Hoesli. Marlinna says ” I was in tears at my ceremony in the LDS Sydney temple it was the most beautiful place to have started my day!”


Of their photographer, Marlinna explains “Alma photography is fabulous at what they do. I knew about them from an event we were both at in 2010. Since then I’ve had friends who were getting married referring me to them, I’ve never looked back they were a tremendous choice.”

 The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Indochino Italy.

Lusila Macgregor from Flowers By Arrangement styled the bouquets.

The day turned out to be a scorcher with tempratures breaking 48 degrees. Marlinna recalls “It was the best most, happiest, unforgettable HOT day of my life. I believe that day was the hottest day since years. Started at 35 degrees and by midday it reached to 48 degrees. It felt like we were standing in a sauna and just couldn’t escape the heat no matter where we stood. We kept our bodies hydrated with water and loads of slurpees’.  We had the best bridal party who just ignored the heat and just had fun. It was definitely a day to remember.”

Marlinna sums up the day as “A very hot, hyperactive, magical and colourful day.”

Marlinna and Josh held their reception at Golden Star Palace at the Sunnybrook Hotel. Marlinna remarks “We ended with a lot of dancing and food at the Chinese Golden Palace.”

The couple dressed in traditional Cambodian costume for a traditional Cambodian ceremony.

When asked about her favourite parts of the day, Marlinna remarks “My husband of course, my family, our bridal party, family and friends having fun on the dance floor and dancing with my husband.”

The reception venue provided the cake, catering and transport.

For reception entertainment, Marlinna explains “My father hired a Cambodian band from Cambodia and famous Cambodian singers”.

For their first dance, Marlinna recalls ” It was very overwhelming, I’m quite a shy person and don’t really like being in the spotlight. Unfortunately I didn’t know what the song was because tt was sung in Cambodian, all I know is that it was about never-ending love.”

Marlinna says “I totally think the photos taken by Alma Photography illustrates the day of my wedding very very well. Colourful, original, funky happiness and FUN!”

Thank you Marlinna & Josh for sharing your wedding day with us and also to Alma Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Alma Photography / Bride’s Dress: Handmade / Bride’s Shoes: London Rebel / Groom’s Attire: Indochino Italy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade / Bridesmaid Shoes: London Rebel / Hairstylist: Sotheary Nget / Makeup Artist: Jenny Truong from Canvas Book / Flowers & Decor: Lusila Macgregor from Flowers By Arrangement / Reception Venue: Chinese Golden Palace Sunny Brook
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Sally and Dan’s Colourful Fremantle Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sally and Dan

When a wedding comes along where the bride and groom have been so true to themselves, so in the moment, with photos of laughter, moments of clarity and balloon animal artists, well I know it’s going to be one you will love. Sally and Dan married in an intimate ceremony in Fremantle. Sally wore a dress printed with brightly coloured flowers and the most spectacular hairpiece and the couple decided to celebrate their wedding day their way.

Sally recalls how she met her beloved. “Dan and I met through mutual friends at a bar just over three years ago and it certainly wasn’t love at first sight. I seem to remember thinking to myself “Who’s the old, bald guy standing next to Joel?” The timing wasn’t ideal and everything started off (and remained) very relaxed. Both of us are incredibly laid back and unromantic. I don’t think we went on an official date until about a month into our relationship. But who says everything has to be poetry and candlelit dinners? Why can’t it be NBA and Indian takeout on the couch?”

The couple chose Snappatronik Photography to capture their wedding day and specifically asked for more photos of their guests and moments, than of details. I love how in tune this is with what Sally and Dan wanted for their day.

The groom wore a suit from Matinique and shoes from Ted Baker. The couple chose not to have a bridal party. Sally explains, “Although we didn’t have an official bridal party, we asked close friends to be with us on the day to help calm the nerves when we were getting ready. Dan spent the morning at the beach with his family and later shared a few drinks with his mates at the pub before suiting up for some photos.”

Sally wore a gorgeous multi coloured  floor length gown from Bernice Sara , shoes from Vivianne Westwood for Melissa and jewels from Etsy seller OOAKjewelz . She recalls “My headpiece was made by an amazing local milliner, Kate Bell of Blake And Bell I wanted a statement piece that was going to compliment my dress without making it look like a costume. I also didn’t want to be too “bridal”. I think Kate nailed it!”

Sally’s hair was styled by Hair By Amanda and her makeup by Thiana Sperry. The floral arrangements were by Lime Flowers.

Sally got ready with her best girlfriends. She explains, “I spent the day with two girlfriends in an apartment near our venue. We wandered the streets of Fremantle running last minute errands, gave ourselves manicures and had our hair and makeup done. Once we were ready we walked with my parents and the photographer to the venue, stopping for photos on the way and dodging guests who were also making their way to the gallery.”

Sally and Dan were married at Moore & Moore Cafe in Fremantle. Sally explains “We wanted to have our ceremony and reception all in one venue to keep things easy and relaxed. Our ceremony was in the courtyard at Moore & Moore followed by canapés and (many) drinks in the main gallery. Moore & Moore was perfect for us. It’s an amazing space and their staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect.”

Music was chosen carefully. Sally says “I walked down the aisle to ‘Light and Day’ by The Polyphonic Spree. ‘Beginner’s Luck’ by The Eels was played when we signed the registry and we exited to ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen.”

Sally recalls “Our ceremony was fun and relaxed. Dan’s quick wit ensured there were a few laughs and the courtyard setting was beautiful AND comfortable.”  The couple were married by Kathryn Sturrock.

Sally describes her favourite part of the day as “Having our families and closest friends all in the one place helping us celebrate.”

The couple chose the 20th of November as their wedding day for a very special reason. Sally explains ” The date was significant to us as not only did Dan’s parents marry on the same date some years earlier, but his grandparents (Oma & Opa) also married on that same date (even earlier!). Three generations now share the same name and wedding anniversary. “

Sally remarks “We had the wedding we wanted. We didn’t bother with the traditions that weren’t important to us.”

Of their photographer, Sally remarks “My close friend Seshanka (Shanks) moved to Melbourne from Perth about four years ago. He suggested (or insisted) he shoot our wedding. I was a little apprehensive as I wanted him to enjoy our wedding and not have to work all night. We came to a compromise – he would shoot until he got sick of it. We were all happy! We specified early on that we didn’t want photos of people missing their heads or inanimate objects. We were more interested in capturing candid photos throughout the day and have minimal “posed” shots. We broke away from the venue for about 15 minutes between the ceremony and reception for a location shoot”

The reception was decorated simply and beautifully with Sally’s handmade touches, She recalls “I collected antique bottles and vases which were used by our florist along with old cider and beer bottles. I collected some antique cake stands for our dessert buffet. I made some first aid kits (bandaids, Panadol, Quick Eze, mints, hand cream) and had them in the bathrooms.  I also invested in about 40 pairs of thongs for the ladies (and some gents) who were struggling with sore feet. This was much appreciated by many and I would strongly recommend it for anyone having a cocktail reception!”

The reception had one final extra special touch, a balloon animal artist! Sally says “After seeing Aaron Smyth creating the most incredible balloon animals at Little Creatures one Sunday morning we agreed that we wanted to have him at our wedding. He was fantastic keeping our guests intrigued and entertained with his creations.”

Finally Sally says “We didn’t have a first dance. But that’s not to say there was no dancing!”

Congratulations Sally and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Snappatronik Photography allowing us to share today’s photographs!

Photographer: Snappatronik Photography / Bride’s Dress: Bernice Sara / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa / Bride’s Jewellery: OOAKjewelz / Groom’s Attire: Matinique / Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker / Hairstylist: Amanda Martyn – Hair By Amanda / Makeup Artist: Thiana Sperry / Flowers & Decor: Lime Flowers / Venue: Moore & Moore Cafe / Celebrant: Kathryn Sturrock / Wedding Cake: Sherbet Bake Shop / Wedding Rings: Blue Nile / Bride's Hairpiece: Blake & Bell / Balloon Animal Arist: Aaron Smyth

Liz and Joel’s Fun Backyard Wedding

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


Liz and Joel

I think couples are never going to stop inspiring me – which is pretty lucky because the first real wedding we’re showcasing for 2012 is jam packed full of inspiration. So inspirational that even the tall wire clad walls of the reception suddenly became beautiful and fun. Today’s backyard wedding is so full of colour and life- it’s the perfect way to kick off the new year!

Photos today are by You Can’t Be Serious who just know how to have fun and capture it in every single photograph- they can’t help but make you smile!

Liz wore a vintage gown with Miu Miu heels, earrings from Mimco and her grandmother’s enamel blue bangle. Her bridesmaids wore jewel toned gowns in blue, green and red from Asos with bold necklaces Liz made herself.

Liz describes the wedding day as “A handmade colour explosion”

The groom and groomsmen wore Ralph Lauren.

Liz and Joel were married under the fig tree in Liz’s parents garden in Byron Bay. Liz says “I’m so happy with our decision to have the wedding my parents back yard, I grew up in this backyard and it was so special have all our friends and family come  to visit and celebrate.”

Liz walked down the aisle to ‘North’ by Phoenix.

Harriet Fesq styled the beautiful floral arrangements.

Liz remarks ” I think one of the most special things about the wedding was the week  before, having our close friends and families help to prepare the backyard and decorate….so many hearts, I was worried I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew after the first afternoon of wool wrapping but with everyone’s help it looked amazing!”

Of their photographer, Liz says “The photos speak for themselves…. They are amazing, I really love how they capture the day so perfectly, very relaxed and colourful.”

Elizabeth worked with graphic designer Tess McCabe to design the stationery.

For their first dance, Liz and Joel chose ‘I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire’ by The Inkspots.

Guests were spoiled with food from EatDrink Catering.

Congratulations Liz and Joel! Thank you for sharing your colourful wedding day with us! Thank you also to You Can’t Be Serious for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: You Can't Be Serious / Stylist & Hire: sabel Gutierrez style consultant / Bride’s Dress: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Jewellery: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Bridesmaid Accessories: Made by the bride / Flowers & Decor: Harriet Fesq / Invitations & Stationery: Tess McCabe / Catering: EatDrink Catering

Pink Peonies Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Flowers, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and it appears, many others feel the same. There is something so whimsical and intoxicating about this sweet smelling, fluffy beautiful bloom and kicking off our wedding inspiration for the year is this beautiful pink peonies wedding inspiration shoot.

Juli of One Sweet Girl dreamed up this concept and worked with Virginia of The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and Steve of Steve Koukoulas Photography to create a pink peony wonderland.

Juli tells of her inspiration behind the shoot. “This was a dessert table I created to celebrate the Peony – I have had the general concept for this table held in my imagination for the longest time – so long in fact that I can’t remember when the minds-eye vision of what I wanted to create first appeared, but it stayed there, never wavering, just waiting patiently for the timing and creative minds to be right in order for it to genesis.”

“Peonies thrill me.  They are all at once delicate and literally petal-soft to touch, and so inspiring in terms of their colour palette.  The way that Mother Nature perfectly ‘paint splatters’ deep pink onto the petals of paler blooms in a way that I can only ever dream of achieving; their amazing scent – and that these flowers are so inspiring that some brides schedule their weddings just to  ensure that they can have peonies in their bouquets.  There could be no other flower to inspire such a table as this {even though you could easily recreate this with other flowers and colours}”

“I adore peonies as much as I adore pink, and these two things are a perfect marriage with my own signature vintage style – creating the desserts for this table was not so much as question of “where to start”, but more so “where to stop”.  Working with my very talented and great friends Virginia of The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie, and Steve of Steve Koukoulas Photography, we stepped into my imagination and brought my vision “into the light”.””

“I was really blessed to work with Virginia on this table – as soon as I mentioned cascading peonies, I needed to say no more – she knew exactly where I was going in my imagination, and hers was equally fast in catching up!  We arrived at the location ( a local park literally 5 minutes walk from my home) before 6am to set-up to be ready to shoot at 7am to get the best morning light, and Steve the photographer literally took one look and started shooting – it was a real meeting of 3 creatives who each saw exactly the same minds-eye vision.  Steve captured the very essence of what I wanted – style and grace and pretty and pink and peonies – simultaneously.  I am beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Steve as well as Virginia on this project.”


“With regards to the table, it came to me direct from my imagination.  Which I know sounds really odd, but once I closed my eyes and saw the cascading flowers, I knew exactly how I wanted the cake to look – it had to be ruffled, and those ruffles had to be petals, and there had to be lots of them, just like peony petals!  From there, the ombre effect was a natural progression {as well as being the latest style craze} – and the result is, I think, resoundingly unique.  I loved every minute of creating this table – from the concept to the creation of the desserts, to the shoot-day execution… that was a thrilling moment – seeing it, in the flesh, exactly as my imagination had seen it.”

“Desserts include a 3 tier ombre effect ruffle cake (bottom tier is a double-barrel), matching cupcakes with ruffled blooms, raspberry flavoured gourmet marshmallows, coconut ice, peony-inspired vanilla bean sugar cookies, rosewater meringues with edible sparkle dust, and cake pops.”

Dessert Table: One Sweet Girl / Styling: One Sweet Girl / Flowers & Decor: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Photographer: Steve Koukoulas Photography
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