Tracey and Ben’s Equestrian Style Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Tracey & Ben

Tracey and Ben had an incredible kind of proposal. The kind that takes place during Australia’s biggest horse racing carnival, the kind that occurs with a never been done before film broadcast across the track at Flemington? That leads to a wedding filled with the bride’s beloved horse and a horseshoe shaped engagement ring?

Why not let the newlyweds tell the story! “Who would have thought that winning a credit to buy a cheap racehorse at a charity ball auction would have had such long-term ramifications? Who would have thought that giving away some wine as a door prize at a horse trainer’s open day on a Sunday before the biggest week in Australian Racing would lead to this outcome?

A snippet of the couples story as told on their wedding day “After a kiss on the balcony (to celebrate a win at Cup Day!) They agreed to meet again in four days time at Stakes Day, for their first, official, date. At the end of their first date, sitting on a bench in the old Members Grandstand overlooking the post Melbourne Cup Carnival grounds, Ben asked Tracey to be his girlfriend.And Tracey said yes. And so it began.

Although the seed was planted during their UK trip, towards the end of 2010 Ben starting seriously thinking that Tracey was the girl that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.  By September he was certain. He was to ask Tracey Karen Doolan to be his wife. He hatched a plan to propose to Tracey on their anniversary, Stakes Day 2010. Never one to be conventional, or take the easy road to reach his destination, Ben had the overzealous idea of proposing to Tracey via the 300mtr screen at Flemington at the end of the day.Why not he thought, no one else had done it before….

From this point a series of undercover activities transpired in the lead up to the asking of the big question. Saturday 6th November 2010 arrived, and everything was in place. The video was produced, the time was set for the AV crew to go live, and he had received sign off for his proposal through the ranks of the Victoria Racing Club. BTW: he was correct, no-one had proposed to their partner on a screen at Flemington before, but in typical Robertson fashion he had got it over the line again…

After a fantastic day at the races, Ben had Tracey back on the balcony of the old Members Grandstand. At six pm, Ben’s proposal video appeared. Tracey didn’t quite know what the make of it at first, but soon got the general jist… The video finished, and Ben dropped to his knee and asked Tracey to marry him. And Tracey said yes. And the crowd of VRC staff and friends that had gathered on the balconies on the Committee Room and International Lounge to watch the proposal unfold let out an almighty cheer!”

Photographs are by Goldsmith & Co  who are true to their vintage photography stye. Every shot looks like it’s from eras gone by.

Tracey and Ben held their wedding on their own farm outside of Melbourne.

Tracey says “The arbour, bridal table and entrance directional signage were made from timbers reclaimed from the old veranda. Ben’s mother hand-made the 175mtrs of bunting. Ben’s father built the signing table. I handmade the name cards, place cards and various other signage. The styling across the ceremony & reception incorporated foliage, flowers and veggies, hay bales & sleepers, baby native gums, plus whatever else we thought would work from the garden, house & property.”

The flower girls arrived on Shetland ponies led by Tracey’s bridesmaids who wore 1950s frocks from Review.

Tracey remembers “I rode in on my beautiful horse Thorpedo to ‘Jessica’s Theme’ from the Man from Snowy River – a dream of mine!!!”

The floral arrangements were styled by iBloom Events Australia. Tracey recalls “Melinda and Sarah used leaves and foliage from our farm, collected with love by Ben’s Mum, Maxine.”

Guests took home little gum trees- a nod to the gum tree that Tracey & Ben planted during their wedding ceremony.

In lieu of cakes, guests feasted on Tiramisu cups made by Guy Grossi from Grossi Florentino.  Tracey’s sister Melissa Grossi was her Matron of Honour.

For their first dance, Tracey recalls “We danced to ‘At Last’ – Etta James. We learnt some moves from a great friend, Lys Baker who is a professional Salsa Dancer who made sure on the night we had heaps of fun!!”

Congratulations Tracey and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Goldsmith & Co for sharing today’s images

Photographer: Goldsmith & Co / Cinematographer: Costello Video – Greg Hill / Styling: Belinda Paulino from Solution Red / Styling: Design & Deliver / Bride's Dress: Pip Byrne Bespoke – 0421861986 / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Pip Byrne Bespoke – 0421861986 / Bride's Shoes: Piotr Antoni / Bride's Jewellery: Rutherford Pearls / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nina Shoes / Hairstylist: Urban Escape / Makeup Artist: Mark Djilas / Flowers & Decor: iBloom Events Australia / Invitations & Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors / Invitations & Stationery: Tucci Brown / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Guy Gurney / Favors: Landcare / Catering: Urban Entertaining / Wedding Cake: Tiramisu cups made by Guy Grossi from Grossi Florentino / Wedding Rings: Hiroshi Kurokawa / Wedding Regsitry: Not Another Toaster
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Marrianne and Brett’s Melbourne Rooftop Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Marrianne and Brett

What an intimate, beautiful celebration I have to share with you today. Our couple already have a family, they have a long history together and yet their rooftop Melbourne wedding is as beautiful and as precious as a wedding of two people starting out together. I love the idea of the ceremony melting into the celebration, surrounded by food wine and plenty of good friends.

Photographs today are by Suellen Lee Photography who has captured such candid moments. It’s like we’re part of the celebration instead of seeing photographs.

Brett’s smart purple and taupe outfit came from Ted Baker.

Marrianne wore a gown from Stellini with shoes from Wittner. Her earrings were a gift sent from her mother in Spain.  Of her gown, Marrianne says ” It had a beautiful button and plait detail at the neck and fell down in pleats.  The dress was tied at the waist with a satin bow finished with a vintage diamante brooch.”

Marrianne and Brett got ready together at the Park Hyatt. Of their photographer, Marrianne says “We wanted a set of photographs that told the story of the whole day, including the  the moments we missed – and that is exactly what Suellen gave us.  She captured the individual personalities of each and every one of guests and the mood of the day perfectly.  Everyone who has seen our photos has said they are the most innovative and artistic, yet intimate wedding photos they have ever seen. Suellen’s eye for details and composition ensures everyone of her photos is a work of art in its own right. Some of our favourite shots are in the room at the Park Hyatt while we were getting ready.  You can see the excitement and happiness, and also maybe a few nerves as well!”

The couple walked to their wedding, Marrianne recalls “We stayed at the Park Hyatt for three nights.  We got ready together and walked through Melbourne to the venue on a perfect Autumn morning.  Our photographer, Suellen came with us.”

Marrianne and Brett chose the rooftop venue of Siglo  for their wedding celebration. Marrianne explains “All three floors of the venue, The European, The Melbourne Supper Club and Siglo are regular haunts of ours.  Brett took me for dinner at The European on one of our very first dates.  So when he proposed there was not another place we could possibly consider for our big day. We wanted a venue that would provide us with food and wine of exceptional quality. Our guests were enchanted by the beautiful location, the amazing views and the attentive and professional staff.”

The couple chose a wedding dessert from Dolce Fantasia. Marrianne recalls “A Croquembouche filled with vanilla cream and decorated with sugar strands and small flowers.  This was served as dessert.  Due to its delicate nature and the sugar strands it had to be made and assembled on the morning of the wedding.  This meant a very nervous wedding guest was given the job of delivering it to the venue.”

Marrianne had a wrist corsage made of White Tulips and Hydrangea leaves  by Flower Temple. She explains “I wanted to keep my flowers with me, not leave a bouquet on a table somewhere, so decided on a simple and delicate wrist corsage.”

Marrianne remembers “We didn’t have an aisle (entrance) we arrived together, at the same time as our guests.  Our ceremony was half way through the day, the party was well under way before we said “I Do”!! A very dear friend Bill, did help me through the nerves of walking to stand with my husband-to-be to say our vows though.”

The ceremony was performed by Bernard Morey. Marrianne explains “We wanted a short simple ceremony, and Bernard gave us exactly what we asked for.”

Marrianne loved, “Proclaiming our love for each other in front of our children, family and friends.  The perfect weather and venue. Waking up together on the morning of our wedding and getting ready together. All in all it was a wonderful way to start our married life and we wouldn’t change a thing looking back.”

Marrianne says, “We wanted the day to feel like a garden party with a wedding thrown in for good measure.  That is exactly what we got. The venue, with its relaxed feel and beautiful views of the Treasury Building and beyond as well as the stunning weather on the day meant we had a day full of memories we will always treasure. Suellen’s photos capture this.”

Marrianne describes the day as ” Intimate, understated yet spectacular and completely perfect.” The couple’s children all wore outfits from Zara.

“We worked together on the details to the finest degree.  It was important to us that both of our personalities shone through, even if this meant that we did not end up with what many would describe as a ‘traditional wedding’.”

Guests enjoyed canapes and fine wine as they celebrated catered by The European Restaurant. Marrianne explains, “Jess Lazarro, Events and Marketing at the European was wonderful.  She listened to everything we wanted.  She took time to taste and suggest food and wine to us.  Brett’s back ground is in wine so he knew exactly what would be right, but it didn’t stop us having a few very enjoyable tasting sessions beforehand!”

Congratulations Marrianne and Brett! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Suellen Lee Photography for today’s photographs!

Bride's Dress: Stellini / Bride's Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Son's Attire: Zara / Daughter's Attire: Zara / Hair & Makeup Artist: Carly Tucker / Flowers: Flower Temple / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by couple, printed by Zazzle / Venue: Siglo / Ceremony Officiant: Katherine Kulman / Catering: Siglo / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster / Cake Baker: Dolce Fantasia

Luxe Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


This stunning cake table was the first thing that drew me to this inspiration shoot captured by Hannah Lundberg Photography and conceived by Chanele Rose Flowers . I have a certain love for metallic and the decadent style of this shoot, along with the cakes which are nothing short of works of art came together to create a beautiful piece of wedding inspiration.

Lina of  Chanele Rose Flowers explains “I was initially inspired by a gorgeous table “ Coco Chanel” inspired  table setting created by the amazing Karen Tran Florals in the U.S!  I have named my little girl “Chanele” so I was immediately excited to see this one and totally in love and mesmerised by the gorgeous setting.

It got me thinking how “luxe” styling does not necessarily need to be over the top huge floral arrangements with masses of extravagant bling – which can look over the top  and tacky.  I wanted to show how a gorgeous luxe table setting can be created with lower line florals done a little more tastefully and simpler..  I think we all need to remind ourselves at times that “ Less is More! “

The moral of the story is a Luxe setting does not necessarily need to blow the budget! I was lucky enough to team up with some of my favourite Sydney wedding vendors to create this gorgeous luxe inspired wedding theme with all the trimmings that will make anyone stop dead in their tracks to admire.”

Photographer: Hannah Lundberg Photography / Concept, Styling and Floral Design: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling / Bridal Gowns: Vellos Bridal / Venue: Collobee Centre / Hairstylist: Peta Winter Bridal Hair / Hair Accessories: Viktoria Novak Designs- / Make up (Rena & Andrijana): Bella For Make Up / Make up (Amber): Helen Sotis Hair & Makeup / Cakes 1,2 & 4: Blissfully Sweet / Cake 3: Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: Little Paper Pantry / Cookie Favors: Sweet Couture / Table Crockery & Cutlery: The Vintage Kitchen / Chandelier & Props: Bellezza Interiors / Models: Rena Kahale, Andrijana Cica, Amber Bernauer

Kate & Scott’s Ruby Red Outdoor Wedding

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


Kate & Scott

The wedding of Kate and Scott is filled with passion. Rich ruby red is accented with black and white and gosh is there love, so much love. I am so delighted to share this beautiful wedding held at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops with you today.

Kate tells their story. “We met in early 2006 at the insistence of our dear friend (and subsequent maid of honour), Ali Payne, who tried her hardest to conceal the very obvious ploy to set up her two single mates.

Our first year was completely manic – we were madly in love but had to separate when I decided not to cancel my post-university gap year to Canada and left Scott waiting patiently behind! Despite our own doubts about what would happen to our relationship, thankfully being on the other side of the world wasn’t much of a deterrent.

Since then, we’ve had an amazing journey together.  At our own admission we aren’t the world’s most romantic couple but we always have so much fun.

We said to each other very early on that we were partners in crime – we’re best mates, completely smitten and the happiest place for us to be is with each other.”

Photographs today are by John Benavente who adds a certain kind of passion of his own to his photographs. Beautiful pieces of art with so much feeling to them.

Kate and Scott chose a rich colour palette for their day, Kate explaining, “While many cultures vary their symbolism of the colour red, for me it means love. Not to mention Scott has always been very forthcoming with compliments whenever I wear red, in particular, red lipstick! I wanted to see the very same expression on his face walking down the aisle that I see when I wear red, so using it so liberally throughout our wedding was a very easy decision.  In the end I think the contrast of the ivory, black and red colour scheme turned out beautifully on the day and in our photos.” The flowers were styled by Always Flowers Kiama.

Kate and Scott hired wedding stylist She Designs Events to help pull together the day. Kate admits “I’m really, truly lacking the creativity gene.  When we first became engaged, my mum bought me two issues of a wedding magazine where I sourced about 95% of my ideas.  The rest really happened by good luck paired with an open mind.  My criteria was simple, if the vendor had a good website that showcased their work, and they were nice to me, they were in.  At the eleventh hour, I met with Sheree of She Designs in Wollongong, who put the finishing touches to the day and without sounding too corny, really transformed our wedding into something truly special.”

Of their decision to marry at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Kate remarks “We decided to get married and have the reception at the same venue so our guests didn’t have to fill the time in between, and could enjoy the spectacular view.  Scott grew up in the area and the venue overlooked the beach where he first learned to surf.  As a child, my family would meet for picnics on the very same beach.  Now that we live nearby, we really wanted to incorporate the venue with a place very close to our hearts.”

Kate walked down the aisle to Lior’s ‘This Old Love’. She remembers “It’s a beautiful tune with a very appropriate chorus of growing old together.  Scott and I somehow always knew we wanted this to be played at our wedding. For anyone wanting to use this song, proceed with caution! We were both on the verge of tears.”

Kate wore a gown from Ella Bridal with Badgely Mischka shoes and jewels by Tejani. Kate’s bridesmaids wore floor length black gowns by After Six from Exclusively Bridesmaids. Scott wore a Hugo Boss suit while his groomsmen wore suits from Zenetti.

Of their photographer Kate says “Upon my maid of honour’s very wise recommendation, we chose John Benavente.  We really connected with his style of capturing real and often hidden moments.  Given how unobtrusive he was, the shots he took are nothing short of amazing.”

The photographs were beautiful, Kate says “The highlight however, was just how ‘rustic’ the location was.  I walked over a cattle grid that completely wrecked my shoes, the sticks on the ground tore the tulle of my dress and goodness knows just how many species of animal ‘leavings’ were on my train! Scott and I both found these incidents hilarious; however the best was yet to come.  At the end of our shoot, a few very sweet and curious llamas, cows and ponies joined in to wish us well! These unexpected surprises have given us rather entertaining memories to say the least.”

The couple chose a tiered white chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream icing which was baked by  Allison Aylward of The Sweetest Things, and decorated by Always Flowers. As wedding favors, Kate and Scott gave Orange Blossom plantings wrapped in ivory hessian with a ‘Love Grows’ label fastened with ivory ribbon from Flourish Bomboniere,

For their first dance, Kate recalls “We danced to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’.  I’ve always thought the words were both romantic and fun, without the ‘ick’ factor of a lot of traditional love songs.  We practiced our waltz for a good six weeks, only to have the DJ forget that we wanted to waltz for the entire song. He invited our wedding party onto the dance floor after about 45 seconds…oops! Nevertheless, we both believe in happy accidents so we soldiered on with our dance that ended with a very ‘Hollywood’ kiss. I think we could waltz to Frankie in our sleep from here on in!”

Congratulations Kate & Scott! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to John Benavente  for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: John Benavente Photography / Styling: She Designs / Bride's Dress: Ella Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Bride's Jewellery: Tejani / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Zenetti / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six from Exclusively Bridesmaids / Bridesmaid Accessories: Tejani / Hair & Makeup Artist: Abbey Love / Flowers: Always Flowers Kiama / Invitations & Stationery: Pretty Inviting / Venue: Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops / Ceremony Officiant: Lucy Patruno / MC: Rob Kennedy, RobRock Productions / Wedding Cake: The Sweetest Things / Wedding Registry: Wedding List Co / Photo Booth: Love and Laugh Photobooths