Lucy and Andrew’s Romantic Estate Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lucy and Andrew

The classic beauty of today’s wedding is such a delight. While the rain poured down, it made for nothing less than a beautiful wedding day for Lucy & Andrew held at Summerfields Country House & Estate in Victoria.

Lucy tells the romantic story of how she and Andrew came to be. “It was love at first sight she said, simple as that. It doesn’t happen to many people especially on a blind date, but it must have been fate for Andrew and Lucy.

Lucy’s sister and Andrew’s best friend had played matchmaker, and so it was that Andrew arranged to meet her at Grossi Florentinos on Bourke Street. Lucy said she would be the girl holding the pink phone. Taken by surprise at their mutual admiration of each other, fate had other plans. Lucy was just seven weeks away from starting her new job as an air-hostess with Emirates, which meant the dating game was not so straight forward.

For the next year, Lucy and Andrew would catch up once a month and also during her leave. Lucy would fly into Melbourne and they would spend 24 hours together before she would fly out again. They even met up for romantic trips around the globe whenever possible. When Lucy couldn’t see Andrew, she wrote him letters which were postmarked from all the over the world. However after some time away she eventually decided she missed him enough to return home and become a teacher.

It was on one of their weekends away in the Yarra Valley that Andrew proposed to Lucy. She was oblivious to his intent as they visited different wineries, went trout fishing and finally ended up at Woodlands Retreat ,where they shared a bottle of red as he cooked their catch for dinner.

It was after dinner that Andrew casually passed Lucy a beautiful book. Each page was filled with memories of their life together since that first date. The pages were adorned with photos taken together and every letter Lucy had ever written to Andrew. Finally she reached the last page and there written on a post-it note were the words, “Will you marry me?”.

He bought a beautiful ring – and, as fate would have it, the ring was from the same jeweller that Lucy’s father had bought an engagement ring for her mother many years earlier.”

Lucy and Andrew’s wedding day was captured by Kirralee Ashworth. I love Kirralee’s classic captures. no pretenses, just honest.


Mary Schibeci styled the girl’s hair while Jaci Rowland of Aquila Beauty Spot styled the girl’s makeup. The couple’s nieces- Lucy’s niece Ella from Sweden (age 5) and Andrew’s niece Grace (age 2) were the couple’s flower girls.

Lucy made the stationery, but that wasn’t the only element of the day that was handmade. Lucy explains, “All invitations, save the dates, thank you cards, table place cards, cupcake petal baskets and menus were made by me. Andrew’s father’s partner Heather was responsible for the wedding reception decorations (which we set up ourselves), My Aunt Julie made all bouquets, flower girls head pieces, flower buckets for the aisle and my mother Wendy hand painted the welcome sign. ”

Lucy wore a stunning gown with bow detail from Baccini and Hill. She paired it with shoes from Alan Pinkus and vintage jewels. Lucy explains “A meaningful present from Andrew, a small airplane pendant, was pinned into the lining of  my dress as I have worn it every day since receiving it. Alongside it was a bluebird from my grandmother given to me at birth. I also wore my Aunty’s wedding headpiece and veil. I wore her mother’s bracelet (which my father gave my mother on their first date) as something borrowed. And a sentimental watch – a gift from my father.”

Lucy’s bridesmaids wore white gowns from  Pilgrim with shoes from Tony Bianco and jewels from Diva.

Lucy and Andrew held their wedding celebrations at Summerfields Country House & Estate. Lucy remarks “Summerfields country estate was a gorgeous location which summed up our ideals in life – beautifully relaxed, with precise attention to detail. ”

Lucy’s bouquet was created by her aunt. Lucy explains “Julie, my aunty, arranged the bouquet – a beautiful blend of David Austin roses and wild flowers picked right from my grandfather’s garden. The creamy hues mixed with the pale orange and deep green accents seemed to make the collection of blooms subtly glow when held against the ivory fabric of the dress.”

Andrew and his groomsmen wore suits from Formal Red Suit Hire.

The ceremony was moved inside due to the rain, but it certainly didn’t dampen the beauty of the ceremony. Raleigh Williams and Owen Downie played (and sang) Sara Bareilles’s “One Sweet Love” as Lucy walked down the aisle with her parents. Lucy recalls “As they have stood by me my whole life, so too they stood beside me on my wedding day. It was very special to have both my mother Wendy and my father John, walk me down the aisle.”

Lucy and Andrew were married by Simone Cresp.

Lucy says “Our wedding enveloped everything we believe in, love and aspire to.  We were able to look around and see all our friends who we adore, our family who have always supported us, our grandparents who we aspire to be like and the children who are our future.”

Lucy says “It poured with horizontal rain, but even as my dress became wet with mud, we could not have been happier. I married the man I love, my best friend and my future.”

A classic, three tier wedding cake was created by House of Elegant Cakes.

Heather McQuade from Chair Covers Over All provided the rentals and helped the couple pulled their reception look together.

The speeches were incredibly special. Lucy remarks “My brother made the long flight from Sweden to be our MC, my sister and best friend was beside me all day. Andrew had his brothers, father and made a moving speech stating “Unfortunately my mother Lorraine never got the chance to meet Lucy, but every time I talked about her, she knew I was in love”.

The first dance was a giggly moment. Lucy recalls “After 6 weeks of wedding dance lessons at Aurthur Murray dance studio we thought we were very prepared. We had a perfectly choreographed dance to our favorite song ‘ you make it real – James Morrison’ sung by Raleigh and the Bombastics…we stepped onto the dance floor and that’s when the nerves kicked in…we only just made it through our first dance…..collapsing into fits of giggles at the end!”

Raleigh Williams and the Bombastics provided the festive music for the reception. Lucy remarks “Raleigh – the wedding singer – was a school friend. Many years ago I announced that she must sing at my wedding – thank god she did!! She was brilliant!”

Congratulations Lucy and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth for sharing today’s imagery!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / Bride’s Dress: Baccini and Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom’s Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Rentals: Chair Covers Over All / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pilgrim / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Diva / Hairstylist: Mary Schibeci / Makeup Artist: Jaci Rowland – Aquila Beauty Spot / Venue: Summerfields Country House and Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Simone Cresp / Band: Raleigh Williams and the Bombastics / Wedding Cake: House of Elegant Cakes
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Germaine & Jonathan’s Colourful Sydney Wedding

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


Germaine & Jonathan

If you love a wedding with lots of colour than do I just have the prettiest one for you! Pouring over Germaine & Jonathan’s wedding reminds me of walking into an ice-cream store- there’s beautiful shades of lemon, lime, raspberry and watermelon all making for such a splendid combination across the industrial grey of the bleary Sydney day.

Germaine tells the tale of her and Jonathan. “I guess how we met will sound pretty ordinary to many; we met in class at UNSW.  But it was how we connected that was special to us. It just felt right and we felt that we connected with one another.  We make one another feel special, and we honor each other.  Good times or bad, we help one another feel confident and get by good times and bad.”

Infinity Photography captured the images for Germaine and Jonathan and aren’t the colours so splendidly vibrant? It seems like the choice of having a colourful wedding injected life and fun into every other aspect of the day! MMG Videography captured a film of the day for the couple.

Germaine chose a gown from Skarr Sydney  for her wedding day. She recalls “Rheola was the kindest person she was so lovely and supportive. It felt like she found the best dress for me.  Her flexibility was amazing! I could do my final fitting on the very last day before!” Germaine paired her gown with hot pink heels she found in a Parisian boutique and pearl jewellery from her godmother.

Butterfly Philosophy created bouquets in bright citrus hues to compliment the bride’s pink, watermelon and lemon gowns which they found online. Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry styled the girls hair & makeup for the day.

Germaine walked down the aisle to “Canon in D with 3 piece strings band! Quite typical but it really sets the mood. I couldn’t stop smiling – thought I’d cry but it was more funny than anything.” The couple were married at Mary Mackillop Memorial Chapel.

The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Hugo Boss.

Of their photographer, Germaine says “The photographer was amazing, I did not even realise she was around and she made our wedding shots feel effortless! The one thing I dread was taking many ‘posy’ like photos, but she had captured those moments without even me being conscious of it! Infinity has created a memory for my wedding.”


Germaine and Jonathan held their reception at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant. Germaine says “Locations are always difficult, you never get what you want, but Botanic Gardens felt right. We had looked for many venues creating the day time natural country feel – but in the city and convenient. The ‘white’ theme with a green background suited our colours! The smell of natural plants is what we truly enjoy.” Germaine and Jonathan served a special lychee martini to their guests called ” The Germaine&Jon Drink”.

A friend of Germaine’s designed the stationery which Germaine had printed in Malaysia.

Butterfly Philosophy also decorated the reception space with fresh, colourful blooms. Germaine says “Elaine was amazing! After describing what I was looking for just once, she understood what I wanted and what I was looking for. She had given me my dream wedding! To me, the decoration and flowers were really important (probably rated the most important factors to my wedding) as it set the ‘feel’ and ‘theme’ of the location and Elaine had definitely created a memorable event for my husband and I.” Striped tablecloths, pom poms and jelly beans accompanied the flowers and set the scene for a fun event.

Germaine and Jonathan gifted their guests a sweet treat. Germaine recalls, ” We gave hand made biscuits in brown paper bags with ‘love’ stamped to it. We wanted to share the love with our guests and as many of my guests know that I love baking.”

In lieu of a wedding cake, Germaine and Jonathan filled a dessert table with their favourite sweet treats from Adriano Zumbo and Sweet Infinity. Germaine explains ” Although we didn’t try it, the Zumbo macaroons and Sweet Infinity desserts definitely left a memory for our guests!”

The MC invited Germaine and Jonathan to play a fun game that got everybody laughing.

Congratulations Germaine and Jonathan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Infinity Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Infinity Photography / Cinematography: MMG Videography / Flowers & Decor: Butterfly Philosophy / Bride’s Dress: Skarr Sydney / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hair & Makeup Artist: Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry / Ceremony Venue: Mary Mackillop Memorial Chapel / Reception Venue: Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Nikki and Matt’s Stylish Adelaide Wedding

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


Nikki & Matt

What an elegant South Australian wedding I have for you this morning! Our groom looked dapper in white tie and the bride looked stunning in her sweetheart strapless gown when they wed at this beautiful mid twentieth century homestead.

Melbourne photographer Lucy Spartalis flew to Adelaide to capture the wedding and managed to capture the regal feeling of the day and what a day it was!

Nikki wore a gown from Liza Emanuele with Lisa Ho shoes. She made the bouquets with her bridesmaids using flowers from Norwood Flower Market.

Matt dressed up in  white tie. Nikki explains, “The dress code was cocktail / lounge but the groomsmen were dressed formally in black tie with the groom in white tie.” Matt wore a suit from Dresses and Drawers with shoes from Loake Elland Black . His groomsmen wore suits scoured from op shops and Ferrari Formal Wear.

Nikki and Matt met for photographs before the ceremony. Nikki says “I loved spending time with our bridesmaids and groomsmen as we prepared for the day ahead.”

The bridesmaids wore customised gowns from Liza Emanuele , jewels from Bowerhaus with shoes from Wittner.

Nikki and Matt were married by Dorinda Hafner. Nikki remarks “Dorinda Hafner was not only a celebrant, but a performer and was a highlight for the day. We felt privileged to have a community leader consummate our marriage in such an energetic and original manner.”

Nikki describes the wedding as “A celebration of our love with family and friends whom we love dearly.”

The couple did away many traditional wedding elements, including the cake! Nikki explains “Rather than have a traditional wedding cake we had 400 Loukoumades (from Greek Pastries) on silver platters”. The couple held their reception in a marquee on Carrick Hill gardens.

Music was important to Nikki and Matt- Nikki is a salsa teacher! The couple hired DJs  Pony Uptown and Hands Solo to play the tunes. For their first dance, Nikki recalls “I convinced the groom to take lessons. We wanted to have fun and get the party started with some lively Latin music ‘La Vida Es Un Carnaval’ by Celia Cruz.”

Congratulations Nikki and Matt! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lucy Spartalis for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Lucy Spartalis / Bride’s Dress: Liza Emanuelle / Bride’s Shoes: Lisa Ho / Groom’s Attire: Dresses and Drawers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Liza Emanuelle / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Accessories: Bauerhaus / Loose flowers: Norwood Flower Market / Venue: Carrick Hill / Ceremony Officiant: Dorinda Hafner / Ceremony Musicians: Bonobo and Sigur Ros / DJ: Pony Uptown and Hands Solo / Wedding Cake: Greek Pastries

Pretty Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


When writing up today’s gorgeous inspiration shoot, I really couldn’t call it anything but pretty wedding inspiration. It’s feminine, sweet, classic- but it’s also attainable and something you can implement into your own wedding day. Purple hydrangeas as gorgeous aren’t they? And that’s just look one!

Today’s inspiration shoot was a collaboration between Angela Higgins and makeup artist Rhianne Totton to show off Rhianne’s makeup styling. but it turned into a pretty beautiful inspiration shoot with some of Perth’s finest!

Rhianne explains “I knew I wanted to work on a collaborative photo shoot to showcase my new makeup business and I knew that the only way to do this properly was to work with some of Perth’s best in the bridal industry. The brief was simple. We wanted a soft, floral and romantic feel that would appeal to a wide range of brides. The styling came together after we saw the stationery designed by Jennifer Birkhead. Natalie from Zinnia Floral Design was absolutely amazing styling around the stationery with a stunning variety of mauve and pink blooms housed in beautiful white glass hobnail vases.”

Angela says “Its always a pleasure to be included in a style shoot that showcases all the talent that Perth has to offer. When Rhianne contacted me to be a part of the shoot, the concept was to create a couple of different bridal looks that were very attainable but also to give them the inspiration to think a little more outside the box when it came to their makeup and hair along and to think about how it ties into their attire and décor. Rhianne did a wonderful job in creating two very different looks that were complimented by the florals, stationery, exquisite gowns from Loui Col’s latest designs and of course the very exclusive Lake Karrinyup Country Club.”

The team were joined by beautiful Loui Col gowns and Wild Sugar Rose along with models Priscilla-Anne Forder , Hayden Forder & Toni McDonald.

The second look “lace and peach” centered around a simple peach bouquet and the most beautiful lace wedding gown.

Photographer: Angela Higgins Photography / Hiar & Makeup Artist: Rhianne Totton Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col Designs / Flowers & Decor: Zinnia Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: Jennifer Birkhead Design / Venue: Lake Karrinyup Country Club / Wedding Cake: Wild Sugar Rose / Purple & fuschia bride model: Priscilla-Anne Forder / Groom model: Hayden Forder / Lace & peach bride model: Toni McDonald / Suits & Jewellery: Makeup Artists own