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Jessie and Jon

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jessie and Jon

I have the sweetest wedding for you today- Jessie and Jon were high school sweethearts and together, they married in a country style ceremony on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Jessie and Jon loved planning the wedding day themselves. “Planning the wedding ourselves meant we had more input into the wedding, more flexibility in terms of cost and gave us a creative outlet! We both wanted our wedding to be something ‘a little bit different’. It was special (and also a lot of fun) planning our vintage, country?style wedding.”

Photos today are by Samantha of Shuttersnap Photography who has captured the celebration so beautifully! Samantha’s shots are so clear and vibrant, they compliment Jessie and Jon’s wedding perfectly!

Jessie designed her own gown and had it made by Silver Sixpence and carried a bouquet by Karinya Florist. Her hair and makeup was styled by Shannon Niven.

Jessie and Jon chose to meet each other before the ceremony.

A family friend drove the couple to their ceremony in his vintage T Model Ford. Jessie says “We’d had a lot of rain in the week leading up to the wedding so we were worried about weather on the big day. Even while we were getting ready, there was steady drizzle. Miraculously, the rain stopped for a few minutes when we got out of the car together and walked into the barn for the ceremony. And again for the photographs, we had a few hours of clear weather before it really set in during the reception. Despite meticulous planning, you can’t do much about the weather – but sometimes everything just happens right!”

Jessie and Jon were married at the Kenilworth Homestead. Jessie says “The Kenilworth Homestead is a 50 hectare property located on the banks of the Mary River in Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast hinterland.

We hired the homestead for the weekend and had the reception in the heritage barn and the reception in the new hall. The homestead package includes dormitory-style accommodation for over 100 people, a small cottage and four spa rooms, so most of our guests stayed the night.” The couple arranged the ceremony decorations themselves using white bows along the pews and white paper lanterns.

Jessie and Jon walked down the aisle together to a selection of string music played by family friends. The couple were married by Irene McLeod.

The ceremony was decorated with olive green table runners and masses of fresh, loose blooms from Bundaberg Roses. Jessie and Jon not only made the stationery, but also made the table settings and favors.

Bonnie’s Cakes & Kandies made the wedding cake while Jessie decorated it herself.

Being surrounded by family and friends was one of Jessie’s special memories. Enjoying the company of our beautiful families and friends. We spent several days at the Kenilworth Homestead before the wedding with family, which was a fantastic opportunity to relax and spend some time together. We are fortunate to have many generous people who contributed time and skills to helping us put it all together.

We danced to ‘Crazy Love’ by Harry Manx. Because we were so busy in the lead-up to the wedding, we almost completely forgot to practice the dance, but we ended up cruising through it!”

Thank you to Jessie and Jon for sharing their special day with us! Congratulations! Thank you also to Shuttersnap Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Shuttersnap Photography.

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Creative Cookies

by | Bride, Cakes, Favors and Decor


I love these sweet as can be biscuits from Sweet Cupcakes and Treats. Edible favors are always a winner in my book- guests can nibble on them and you don’t have to worry that your well thought out favor might end up in a cupboard somewhere.

These designs are part of Sweet’s new custom cookie collection- so you can choose a sweet little shape that means something to you both (plus they come in yummy flavors like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Sable and Spicy Gingerbread)!

Photos by Sweet Cupcakes And Treats

Winter Wedding Gowns

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Angelina gown from Basilica

I’m going to admit that Autumn (fall) & winter are my favourite wedding seasons. There’s a lot to be said for the magic of mulled wine and open fires while saying your vows and snowflakes (being in Australia let’s put an “I Wish “onto that statement) as you take to the floor for your bridal waltz.

Unfortunately though, finding winter style wedding gowns is not an easy thing- designers favor strapless, skin exposing gowns which might not work if you’re the cold blooded type (like me) on your wedding day. So today, upon reader request, I’m  taking a look at some winter wedding gown inspiration and ways you can warm up your bridal ensemble on your wedding day!

One of the first Australian designers that always pops into my head when thinking of warm gowns is Basilica– long, elegant coats which can be taken off for dancing or kept on as an integral part of the gown make a stunning statement.

Jasmine Gown from Basilica, Sabrina Gown by Basilica

Designers favor illusion necklines, matching bolero jackets, statement beaded cover ups and bold placement of fabrics to cover up and keep you warm.

Monica gown by Badgley Mischka Bride, Gown by Pronuptia Paris. Photos & gowns from Basilica

Oscar De La Renta Gown, Jenny Packham Gown, photo from Pronovias via Brides

Gown by Jim Hjelm, Gown by Monique Lhuillier. Photos from Brides

I love this gown bride Angela designed for her own wedding day (see more here)..

Photo by DA Yates Photography

If you still want to wear a summer style wedding gown. add your own cover up to match your own style- my absolute favourite is the knitted cardigan! You can find sweet ones with bows and covered buttons in stores like Alannah Hill & Review. Keep it fitted and cropped to show off the detail on your gown while keeping you toasty warm.

Photo from Party Perfect via Bridal Survival, Photo by Shannon Nicole Smith via Ruffled

Photo by Braedon Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Photos via Fashion Bride

Photo by Keefer Photography via Once Wed

Or how about a decadent bridal bolero or capelet in stunning silks and vivid hues?

Boleros by Bonzie on Etsy

Boleros by Mary And Angelika on Etsy

Perhaps the vintage look of feathers are more your style?

Photo of Christina from cevd by Parker J Photo

There are plenty of other cover up options too- faux fur or vintage fur stoles and pashminas come to mind! How did you keep warm (or plan to) at your winter wedding?

Australian Wedding Country Tea Inspired Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Good morning Tuesday! Let’s kick today off with a scrumptious Australia afternoon tea wedding shoot in a field!

There’s nothing quite like the golden waves in Australian fields and today’s team got together to create something really special! Bailie of Bailie Photography invited Alicia of Form Over Function to help his vision dancing in his head of “afternoon tea in a field”.

Form over Function styled the shoot and provided the flowers, furniture, chandelier and decor. Dresses by Pretty In White, makeup by Amy Chan and models Kaitlin Hawkins and Melissa Hanes.

Alicia told the story behind the shoot. “Shot in undulating fields in Sydney (yes, hard to believe but they exist!), I liked the idea of it looking like part of formal dining room of yesteryear magically appearing in parts, almost as if the girls were waiting for the butler to enter and serve them tea at any momednt from left of frame.

The palette was set – pinks, lemons, whites and green – but in the end the pinks, greens and whites on offer were so gorgeous, they won and lemon was left for another day (or rather to the wattle seen in bloom in some of the shots).

The other thing I like about this shoot, is that it could easily translate into real styling for a real wedding. I’m a firm believer in photo shoots being fantastical, but for brides looking for inspiration, it’s also great to be able to look at an image and say: “I want that! I can have that!”.

We’ve used this sideboards to hold arrangements of flowers just like this to create pretty along a bare wall of a venue, or flanking either side of an entry to create a sense of what lies beyond the doors. Only last week we hung nine chandeliers within a marquee to create night time magic, and the cut glass vases and bowls in our range can add a touch of vintage yesterday to any table for a lot less than brides to be might think.”

Alicia, who is a lover of blooms styled the bouquets “I designed one bouquet using a tumble of exquisite pale pink and white cymbidium orchids; the other was a field fresh posy of ranunculus, flowering vibernum, hellebore and blushing bride.

One of the best parts of styling the shoot for me was the total freedom of going to the flower markets that morning and choosing the very best of what was on the floor, rather than arriving with a prescribed must have list, which mother nature does not always deliver on.”

Alicia says “I used one of the beautiful antique timber sideboards from our hire range to set the scene, hung a crystal chandelier in the trees to add a touch of whimsy, and lay out a collection of dusty pink and pale yellow 1950s tea cups, saucers, teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug, vintage glass dessert coupes and glass spoons, an antique silver cake stand bearing macarons, and a collection of cut glass vases and bowls from our hire range – one filled with pink ranunculus, another with palest pink tulips, another with the beautiful Australian native, blushing bride, and a large tumbling arrangement of hellebore and lupins, both old fashioned cottage garden flowers.

A vintage cane and leather picnic basket was placed alongside the sideboard as a play on the inside/outside nature of the shoot, and lovely wicker arm chairs, also from our hire range, completed the lazy afternoon picture.”

Photos by Bailie Photography

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