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Ria and Craig

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


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Ria & Craig

I have the most delicious nautical inspired wedding for you today and the best bit is it’s 100% Australian! Ria and Craig celebrated their marriage in Sydney and filled their wedding day with love and laughter.

Here’s Ria’s story on how she and Craig met.

Craig and I met at Uni, my best friend was dating his best friend, they were both in our bridal parties but have married other people. I met him right at the end of his Uni degree so thought that it would be a really short-term thing – instead it turned out to be the relationship of my life! We were married on the 10th of the 10th (October) to celebrate 10 years together. Craig proposed to me on his farm in Far North Queensland – he made me walk up this giant hill in about 35 degree (I was swearing and sweating profusely!) and when we got to the top he just kept hanging around (cue more sweating and swearing on my part) and then heaven knows why after I had been so horrible, he asked me to marry him.

And then here comes the funny part – we decided not to tell anyone – not even our parents! We came back to Sydney booked in the venue and photographer (this took us about 4 months!) and then send all the guests an email with a Save the Date attachment. It was hilarious! Oh we did ring our parents the night before and tell them!”

As the former real wedding editor for Cosmopolitan Bride, Ria knew exactly who she would use for her wedding photos and so today’s wedding was captured by Craven Images.

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Ria and her bridesmaids wore gowns from Vera Wang.

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Starting a stationery company with her friend called Three Peas meant Ria created all of the wedding day stationery herself. In memory of her grandparents who are no longer here, Ria attached photos of them to her bouquet. Ria also wore her mother’s sapphire and diamond ring made in Sri Lanka when Ria was born as her “Something Blue”. She also carried a lace handkerchief made by her great-grandmother.

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Pod Flowers created the flower arrangements for the wedding day.

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As they wanted a dusk ceremony, Ria & Craig had a “first look” so they could have their formal photographs with enough light.

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Each bridesmaid wore a brooch and earrings from Stephanie Browne. Ria also wore Stephanie Browne jewels.

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After their photos, the bridal party headed to the MCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art) for the wedding!

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Check back soon for the beautiful indoor ceremony of Ria & Craig and their stunning reception!

Photos by Craven Images

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Glynt Manor

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Wedding Venues


Please note this venue has now closed

I’ve always loved the idea of a French inspired manor as the backdrop for a wedding. This is one I stumbled upon a while ago and have had saved ever since!

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Located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Glynt Manor was built in 1917 by Victoria’s first permanent white settlers and has since become a luxury boutique hotel which provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. The gardens are beautiful for a wedding ceremony- inspired by France and England, the gardens cover 2.5 acres of the beautiful Mount Martha region.

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Lila and Demetri reopened the hotel in 2008 as Glynt Manor and have filled the stately mansion with beautiful antiques, providing a secret getaway with fine cuisine for their guests.

For intimate weddings, the grand dining room can seat 14 guests, but there is also room on the property for a marquee reception. Hosts Lila and Demetri can help you with every aspect to make your wedding celebration beautiful.

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The accommodation (there are six rooms located in the manor) is luxurious and couples have the option to sneak of to the grand tower suite (featuring a glass roof and spa) after a night of celebrating with their guests.

Visit the Glynt Manor website for more.

Photos by Glynt Manor.

Leona Edmiston Bridal

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids


The work of Australian designer Leona Edmiston is something I’ve fallen in love with of late. There’s something feminine but easy about her designs and her jersey frocks are so easy to throw on and look put together in.

So to discover there are options for the bride and her bridal party made me excited. It never occurred to me that the classic jersey frocks could double as an easy, wearable option for bridesmaids, but there are also fun prints and even Little Leona designs great for flower girls.

Most of Leona Edmiston‘s range is available through her stores or her online boutique (which ships worldwide!)

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Bonnie, Elizabeth

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Bella PO, Bella PD

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Hazel, Cleo, Crinkle

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Britney Brocade

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Pixie (a limited number of Pixie frocks are also available with a fuller skirt and tulle underneath)

Some fun catwalk shots…

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Photos from Leona Edmiston.

Snapshot Sunday – A Moment In Prayer

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


This photo captivated me this week. It’s of Penelope and her bridesmaids before her wedding and was shot by Meg Baisden Photography (see more here)

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Photo by Meg Baisden Photography

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