Justine and Cameron’s Relaxed Balmoral Wedding

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


Justine & Cameron

Intimacy is sometimes the most beautiful thing- especially at a wedding. Today’s celebration is an intimate waterside wedding in Sydney’s Balmoral. Our couple, Justine & Cameron met while working together and did away with many wedding traditions (including the first dance) in order to have a relaxed, quiet and beautiful celebration with their loved ones.

Photos today are by the Nerida McMurray Photography team and are classic, simple and no fuss- rather like the wedding really!

The classic black and white wedding invitations were designed and made by Le Bon Bon.

Justine wore a strapless lace gown from Brides Of Beecroft and had a friend style her bouquet.

The couple chose iconic Sydney venue Bathers Pavilion for their wedding ceremony and reception. Justine remarks “Bathers is great – no need to do anything.  They are so professional, so the afternoon and evening flowed beautifully.  We got married on the balcony and had dinner there also, so guests didn’t have to go anywhere.”

Synergy Duo played the music for the event, including Justine’s choice of processional- Angus and Julia Stone’s “The Wedding Song.”

Justine describes the wedding as “Small and casual, without all the bells and whistles”.

Justine’s bridesmaid wore a black lace gown from Review. Cameron wore a Hugo Boss suit.

Justine describes their photographer as, “Fabulous – we wanted relaxed, non-posing photos and Karina did this for us.  We actually forgot she was there most of the time.  We also asked for photos to take maximum 45 minutes so we could get back to guests and she helped us to achieve that.”

The reception at Bathers was simply decorated with small pieces of white and pink blooms.

The littlest guests were gifted small glass jars filled with jellybeans and tied with polka dot ribbon and entertained with wedding themed sticker books.

Congratulations Justine and Cameron! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to the Nerida McMurray Photography team for sharing their wedding!

Photographer: Nerida McMurray Photography / Bride's Dress: Brides of Beecroft / Flowers: Friend of the bride / Venue: Bathers Pavilion / Band: Synergy Duo / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Invitations & Stationery: Le Bon Bon
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Fluffy Pink Gala

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I loved this dusty rose gown and nude headpiece from Ruche and it inspired me to create a fluffy pink wedding celebration. Texture is always a winner with me, but there’s touches of cherry red and pale blues to stop the pink from being too feminine and girly (though there is no denying this is one very feminine inspiration board!).

Something Borrowed headband from Ruche, Heart place card from Martha Stewart Weddings,  table photo Mark Brooke via Style Me Pretty, Invitation by Alia Designs via Maharani Weddings, Bride photo by  James Christianson Photography  via Style Me Pretty, Flower photo by Caroline Ghetes Photography via Ruffled, rose & ginger cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings,


The Surprise Proposal of Bekk & Josh

by | Bride, Engagements


I have such a beautiful engagement for you today and the best part is? It’s a surprise! Bekk and Josh were modelling for a inspiration shoot when there was a rather lovely surprise! Forget the blue box, I think this red box has a soft spot in my heart!

Madeleine of Etta Photography explains “These two were part of a styled fashion collaboration shoot between four north Brisbane suppliers (Etta Photography  Rebecca Williams  Emma Hemsley Hairdressing  & Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry ) and this was the last scene in it.  Unbeknownst to her he was going to propose and in so doing have it captured forever (and we were all in on it!). How many girls get to have their hair & makeup done beautifully, get to wear cool clothes and feel gorgeous in a photo shoot when they get proposed to?!”

Madeleine of Etta Photography says, “You will see the first shots where she is holding the red box (just with paper hearts in it) – then she goes back into the field, HE then gets the box (slips in the ring) and then after a few of those shots SHE holds it again BUT she is none the wiser what is in there now until he gets on one knee and opens it again..! She was like…what the…..!? ”

Keep your eyes on Josh…


Photographer: Etta Photography / Fashion Stylist: Rebecca Williams / Prop Stylist: Juliette Hooper / Hairstylist: Emma Hemsley Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry / Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Grace Designs / Chair: Peak Crossing Antiques

Emily and Michael’s Handmade Beachside Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emily and Michael

A festive wedding in a local surf club couldn’t be more Australian really could it? While Emily and Michael didn’t celebrate at Summer Bay, they did take their wedding day and turn it into a beautiful, colourful fiesta in Lorne!

Emily recalls how she and Michael met. “Michael and I met at the pub in Lorne on separate weekends away with friends. Michael proposed to me on one knee at Lorne and so naturally we vowed their lives to one another in our favourite beach town Lorne, Victoria.”

Photographs today are by Jerome Cole Photography. I love Jerome’s mix of art and photo journalistic moments. The images are fun, but also capture that unexpected sensitivity of a wedding day.

Emily wore a strapless gown by Roz la Kelin with silver Joanne Mercer shoes. Her jewels were from Diva and she added her great grandmother’s pearl ring.

Emily’s three bridesmaids wore teal coloured gowns from Nicolangela. They added Diva accessories and Tony Bianco shoes. Smellies Flowers created the floral arrangements including Emily’s white orchid bouquet and her bridesmaid’s purple orchid posies.

One of Emily’s favourite memories was “Approaching the church, stepping out of the car with my bridesmaids greeted by our gorgeous smiling little flower girls. They did a superb job getting down the aisle, but their excitement helped cool the nerves. ” Emily’s flower girls wore dresses sewn by Michael’s mother with additional fabric from Nicolangela to match the teal of the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Michael and his groomsmen wore suits hire from David Marcs Suit Hire.

Emily recalls, “I loved having my Grandpa walk me down the isle, proud as punch with my Dad watching over us at Lorne, his final resting place.” Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

Emily and Michael were married at All Saints Anglican Church in Lorne. Emily says “All Saints’ Anglican Church is a beautiful timber church in the heart of Lorne nested in a rich coastal garden only metres from the beach (and just next door to the pub for our guests between ceremony and reception). Exposed timber interior with high church ceiling captured our traditional ceremony.”

One of Emily’s favourite parts of the day was just with the bridal party. Emily explains “We had a picnic by the beach: While getting photos we set up a picnic for our bridal party with champagne, cheese platter and sandwiches.”

Of their photographer, Emily says “Jerome Cole is a modest professional photographer recommended to us by other photographers. He was a fly on the wall for our guests and bridal party yet managed to get every special moment of our day in an artistic, relaxed and candid fashion. His preparedness and creative suggestions for all locations and  conditions (and we had them all) definitely helped our day run seamlessly. A pleasure to work with and easily contactable, we look forward to having him capture the next momentous occasion in a new life as husband and wife. Thanks Jerome.”

Emily and Michale finished off their photos and made their grand entrance by walking along the foreshore to the Lorne Surf Live Saving Club where their guests were waiting for them. Emily explains “Lorne Surf Life Saving Club can be summed up by its scenery across the water as far as the eye can see. But inside, the echo of a surf club room features a surf row boat with oars and reel, fills the space into a comfortable and casual space. Friendly and supportive function staff, Bron & Paul ensured a fun and relaxed environment to celebrate as newlyweds with family & friends. Delicious stand up cocktail meal ended up on the balcony for most of the evening, closing the menu with plates of Spanish churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce.”

To decorate the club, Emily and Michael handmade strings of coloured bunting using fabric from Spotlight and hot gluing it. The couple also made hessian table runners and together with bridesmaids arranged market flowers in glass jars (collected by Emily’s mother’s tennis ladies!).

Emily and Michael made their own votive candles using wax from the Australian Wax Co. which they poured into jam jars tied with paper raffia.

Instead of wedding cake, Emily & Michael set up a sweets table. They purchased large jars bought from the market filled with lollies and had a feature fish bowl filled with multi-colour macarons made by Macarons by Josephine.

To decorate the lolly table, a pail filled with sand and handmade paper pinwheels added a fun and decorative touch. The couple kicked off the event with wedding invitations from Letter Bird Lane.

The wedding was catered by Thirteen Hats Specialist Catering with Surf Coast Party Hire providing the dance floor, linen & chairs for the event. Emily says “Our wedding was a romantic, happy and casual beach side wedding. ”

Emily and Michael danced to Lay Lady Lay – Gemma Hayes & Magnet. Emily recalls “A few waltz dance lessons at Alegria Dance Centre ensured one foot in front of the other for these two first time routine dancers. Even glitches in the track couldn’t wipe the smiles from the happy couple. It all happened so quickly, yet we managed to impress our friends and family who were not expecting anything of a sort!

I loved finishing our ‘first dance’ and taking a deep breath with my new husband on the dancefloor, my only tears for the day!”

Emily and Michael hired a five piece band (Cool Change from Haze Music) to get guests dancing. Emily recalls “Cool Change band held a dance off to the Twist, had the entire congregation on the dance floor for the party.”

The long walk home remains a special memory for the bride,. She remembers “After saying goodbye to all our family and friends at the reception, walking with my brand new husband back to our accommodation barefoot along beach, laughing and re-capping our amazing day.”

Congratulations Emily and Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jerome Cole Photography for sharing the photographs!

Photographer: Jerome Cole Photography / Bride's Dress: Roz la Kelin / Bride's Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicolangela / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Diva / Groom's Attire: David Marcs Suit Hire / Groomsmen Attire: David Marcs Suit Hire / Macarons: Macarons by Josephine / Catering: Thirteen Hats Specialist Catering / Flowers & Decor: Smellies Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Letter Bird Lane / Ceremony Venue: All Saints' Anglican Church, Lorne / Reception Venue: Lorne Surf Life Saving Club / Rentals: Surf Coast Party Hire / Band: Cool Change - Haze Music