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Louise and Ross

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Louise and Ross

It’s always such an honour to showcase a brand new wedding photographer’s work. Today’s wedding is the first wedding shot by photographer Louisa Bailey(who is a brilliant commercial photographer). A beautiful, Australian country wedding of Louise and Ross that took place at Boyd Baker House, just outside Melbourne, Victoria.

Eight years and 5 months ago Ross was camping with some friends at Wilson’s Prom. Early in the afternoon on the penultimate day of their week long camping trip, Louise arrived with a group of mates for a one-night stay. Fortunately for Ross, Louise was booked in to the campsite opposite his. Ross and Louise were instantly drawn to each other and to make a long story short, it wasn’t long before the two were inseparable.

Louisa says “Ross and Louise’s personalities are quite similar, especially both being quite laid-back. They really wanted their wedding day to reflect this and the Boyd Baker House was the perfect venue. The Boyd Baker House is an iconic and modern piece of architecture fitted out with stunning Scandinavian furniture, which appealed especially to Louise as she has a design background. The opened room layouts allowed for guests to relax and enjoy the day without feeling like they were stuck on one table. Later into the night, these very spaces transformed into a fun dance floor! The venue was also very accommodating as it was hired out for the whole weekend, which allowed family and close friends to stay and celebrate well into the night.”

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As a graphic designer, (Louise Jones Design) Louise was able to do a lot of DIY for the wedding. She designed the invites, the table settings, programs and bonbonnieres. Louise chose a gown by Australian designer Yeojin Bae and accessorised with a Ward & Wylie feather hairpiece and shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa. She wore a drop pendant and earrings from Dinosaur Designs. Her styled hair and makeup look was created by Hayley Mac.

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Beautiful Australian native bouquets were designed by Glasshaus Nursery and featured a King Protea, echoing the strong lines of Louise’s gown. Louise’s sister wore a red dress, cinched at the waist with a belt- both by Gorman.

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Louise walked down the aisle to “Everlong” by The Foo Fighters.

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Check back this afternoon for more of Louise and Ross’ Australian country wedding!

Photos by Louisa Bailey.

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Morgan and Ryan – The Celebration

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,

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I love the elegant, almost nautical touches Morgan and Ryan included in their wedding day. It’s so obvious they put a lot of thought into how they wanted their wedding to be, what they wanted for each aspect.

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Morgan says “In keeping with making every aspect of our day ‘us’, we wanted to make the photoshoot very Auckland.  It was an amazingly sunny and still day, which was lucky because the entire bridal party crossed the harbour from Devonport to the Viaduct Harbour by speedboat.  For me, this was the most hilariously fun moment of the day.  My new husband, our best friends, and a boat out on the harbour.

We had our photos at Imperial Bar in the Viaduct Harbour.   Ryan took me out for dinner in the Viaduct on one of our very first Auckland dates in early 2006, and we had a drink at Imperial after dinner.  At the time Ryan commented how amazing the leather armchairs, big fireplace and large oak tables were – and how it’d be a stunning place for wedding photos. Of course I had to take him back there on our wedding day!

We arrived at The Wharf by speedboat – having zipped across the harbour and under the harbour bridge.   Our driver was hilarious and got into the excited energetic mood of the day and took us for a ‘blatt’ up to Chelsea Sugar works and back!  Amazing.”

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Prior to the reception and as a nod to Ryan’s heritage, the couple named their cocktail hour “Australia Hour”.

Morgan says “It was important for us to recognise Ryan’s Australian heritage.  We decided to do it during the canapés hour whilst we were having our photos.  It also provided a fabulous opportunity for some tongue in cheek jokes, starting with our directions in the order of service. We compiled a playlist of the best known and most fun Australian hits, including Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and the hilarious Rolf Harris. We decorated the room with a large white wooden letters that spelled Australia, and collections of gumnuts and golden wattle in small square white ceramic vases.  Sourcing these was quite difficult, but looked absolutely perfect (and we’re sure it made our 57 Australian guests feel at home!).

Ryan’s family have lived on their property in McLaren Vale just outside of Adelaide for seven generations and Ryan’s family heritage is very important to him.  The grapes on their land are used to make a Sparkling Shiraz, a delicious chilled sparkling red wine that is a family favourite and consumed in large quantities at all special occasions! We brought 3 cases over for Australian Hour, as we wanted to introduce our NZ guests to our favourite wine – and also have some on our wedding day. We also served Crown Lager – a very Australian beer.”

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Morgan and Ryan put considerable thought into their reception held at The Wharf. “We named our tables after places in NZ and Australia that are important to us.  We made white wooden letters that spelled out each name, and surrounded them with white pillar candles (wrapped in wedding ribbon) and antique silver candlesticks that we had collected throughout the year from antique shops in Adelaide and all around the North Island.

The top table was called The Edwards (again, in white wooden letters) and we had a small white ceramic vase with poppies in it on either side, decorated with the wedding ribbon.  These flowers were also hard to find, but there was nothing more perfect to represent the union of NZ and Australia and to commemorate our grandparents.”

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The chocolate wedding cake was created by Rocket Kitchen. Morgan says “In lieu of bonbonniere we made a donation to Medicans Sans Frontiere on behalf of each guest.   We both really love how MSF actively pursues equal health opportunities for people in the third world.

It was really important to us to acknowledge the important people in our lives and share what makes them so special to us.  We gave each guest a booklet with information about the places that the tables were named after, and a small blurb about each person at each table.  They were a huge success – my Maid of Honour’s mother told me how she’d spotted that the woman sitting next to her was a chef, and so asked her for a new and exciting recipe she could make for her dinner party the next night!”

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Ryan says “We thought it was a novel idea to incorporate a photobooth into Australian Hour.  Morgan’s stepdad Barry made us a large white photoframe for guests to stand behind, and our very close friend Ricky (a professional photographer) took photos of guests.  The resulting photos are both hilarious and gorgeous. We’ve mailed them out as our thank you cards, and also have made a magazine style photo guestbook for our coffee table.”

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The special touches were endless! Morgan says “In the girls bathroom we had a ‘Touch Up Station’ complete with GHD Hair Straightener, sewing kit, hairspray and bobby pins, plasters, blister block, insect repellant, mints, makeup removal pads, mascara, lip gloss and many more items essential to women in need!

We had three children at our reception: My brothers and sisters.  They absolutely mean the world to me, and I realised early on that they would find the duration of the reception a bit overwhelming.   After a bit of brainstorming I came up with the idea of personalised activity sheets for each of them, with a photo treasure hunt (and disposable camera) the same on each.  I tailored them to each of their ages; my 8 year old sister had join the dots and my 14 year old brother had logic puzzles (among other things).  They were so much fun to make, and the kids loved them.”

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Ryan says “One of the many things Morg and I have in common is our passion to learn new things.  We are constantly challenging each other with new ideas and so when I suggested we have lessons and make our dance extra special there was no turning back!

We had a series of lessons in Adelaide, and whilst at the start there was a lot of spaghetti arms and encroaching on each others’ dance space, we pulled “the” Dirty Dancing Dance off (almost) perfectly.  We even did the lift!

With Morgan organising such an amazing day whilst completing med school, it was important for me to assist where possible and add some personal touch to the day. Among other things I was in charge of transport from the wharf to our accommodation. With the day planned down to the last perfect detail, I knew that vacating the venue as man and wife was just as important as our arrival so I arranged a chauffeur driven BMW 7 series to collect us (with a waiting bottle of sparkling Shiraz) and drive us to the amazing accommodation, Level 23 of the stunning Sentinel apartments in Takapuna. It was important for me to arrange the accommodation on the North Shore as it is Morgan’s home, and I wanted to share our first night in the place that she is hugely passionate about. The accommodation was simply amazing, and it provided the perfect setting to chill out together, enjoy just one more wine and reflect on such an amazing day whilst taking in the panoramic view.”

My favourite part of Morgan and Ryan’s celebration? In lieu of a honeymoon, the couple took a “mateymoon”.

Morgan explains “We had such an amazing time on our wedding day that we weren’t ready for it to be over.  We were blessed to have a lot of guests from Morg’s Medical School in Brisbane fly over, as well as Ryan’s groomsmen and their partners and it seemed such a shame for them to fly home without spending more time with them.

Morg’s Maid of Honour Sophie helped us to organise what was known originally as ‘Tumeke’ and then became known throughout the Coromandel as ‘The Mateymoon’ after Sophie’s boyfriend Andy, a Coromandel FM DJ, announced our arrival on air.  It was eerie how many of the vendors of each day’s activities had heard of us on the radio!

We had 35 people in total, and hired three beachfront bach’s in Tairua.  Each day we partook in some of the amazing things on offer in the Coromandel, and each night one of the houses would host dinner and the ensuing festivities.  We went kayaking to Cathedral Cove, rode horses in Whitianga, played golf in Pauanui and lawn bowls in Tairua, went fishing off the Alderman Islands, collected pipi’s in Tairua estuary and relaxed in pools we made at Hot Water beach and a day spa in Whitianga, all over the course of 7 days.  We had Mexican, Indian, Thai, ‘Australian BBQ’, freshly caught fish and many other beautiful meals, and a fireworks display on the first night!  It was the perfect ending to what was the most amazing day of both our lives, and incredibly special to have all of our best friends in the same place for the first time, and even more special to have them all in the Coromandel together”

Thank you Morgan an Ryan for sharing your thought out, beautiful wedding celebration with us today! Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you also to Lauren Indrisie Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Lauren Indrisie Photography

Morgan and Ryan

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,

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Do you remember our runner up Morgan in our Rock Your Frock with Henry Roth competition? (See her board here and our winner announcement here). Well while Morgan came second, she was still lovely enough to share her gorgeous wedding day with us!

Morgan and Ryan shared the most beautiful details with us, so I want to let them tell their story. First up, it’s Ryan!. “We were engaged on October 2 2008, Morgan’s 25th birthday.  We were in a long distance relationship at the time and Ryan surprised Morgan by flying from his home in Adelaide to Brisbane where she was studying Medicine, and proposing on top of Brisbane’s Storey Bridge.   There were a few tears and a lot of smiles and the answer was a resounding ‘yes’.

We decided right away to get married in New Zealand and after months of searching decided to host our ceremony at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Devonport and reception at The Wharf in Northcote Point – both on Auckland’s North Shore.   We chose Devonport because it was where Morgan was born, and Holy Trinity Church because Morgan’s paternal grandparents attended there, and as they are no longer with us it was important to commemorate them in a special way.

We wanted our day to be about the union of the two of us, and the creation of our new family, and as part of that – a reflection of who we are and the people and places that had made us into the people we are – the two people who chose to spend the rest of their lives together.   From the outset, planning the wedding became an exciting challenge of incorporating special elements of our lives into each aspect of the day.  We never imagined just how special it would be.

We chose early on to use Navy ribbon tied in bows as a continued theme, representing the union of Ryan and Morgan, The Edwards’ and The Kelly’s and New Zealand and Australia.  In the end it became very ubiquitous – from the boys’ buttonholes to candle centrepieces and flower arrangements and giant navy and white striped table runners on the top table!”

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Ryan and his groomsmen wore morning suits with cravats. Morgan is a big Pride and Prejudice fan, so Ryan and his mother made cravats to surprise her on the day.

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Morgan says “We both love stationery and this was a hugely important element to us. My bridesmaid Natalie is a graphic designer and so we worked with her to design something classic but with a modern edge.  We decided early on to use a black and white sketch outline of the map of NZ and Australia as the ‘logo’ of our wedding, and our fonts perfectly represented the old and the new (Scriptina and Mrs Eaves, respectively).

Our invites were held together by adhesive labels bearing our NZ/Australia Map emblem, and each piece of stationery not only bore the emblem but was also tied with our signature navy+white wedding ribbon.” A Paloma’s Nest ring bowl held the rings and was stamped with the lyrics of Ryan’s favourite song “Everlong” by The Foo Fighters – along with the wedding date: “The only thing I’ll ever ask of you 27.11.09“. The flowers (tied with navy and white stripe ribbon) were designed by Pick Me Florist. Morgan wore “Something Blue” Manolo Blahnik heels to keep with her blue theme.

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Morgan’s dress was created by Emily Percy.  The mermaid style gown had four navy bows down the back, inspired by a vintage Chanel design. Morgan asked each of her bridesmaids to wear a floor length navy gown.

Morgan says “The jewellery we all wore was incredibly special for me.   Both of my grandmothers have passed away and I miss them dearly, and decided early on that I wanted to wear a piece of jewellery from each of them.  Fortunately for me they were both very elegant women! I chose Sapphire costume jewellery earrings from my maternal grandma ‘Mumsmum’ (which were screw-on, ouch!) and I wore my paternal grandma ‘Gramzils’ rosary beads tied around my wrist as a bracelet.

My 5 bridesmaids are my 5 best childhood friends, all from Auckland.  I had them made pearl necklaces by a seller on Etsy called Cleobelle.  To commemorate both of my grandfathers, as well as Ryan’s Grandfather and Gran, and to remind everyone of the loyal and fighting spirit that unites NZ and Australia, I had Nikki at Cleobelle put ANZAC poppies on each of the necklaces.  Ryan’s Gran was the only grandparent at the ceremony, and it was such a special moment to look over at her and see tears in her eyes as she read about the significance of the necklaces.”

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Morgan and Ryan wed in Holy Trinity Anglican Church in, Devonport, Auckland. Morgan says “My biggest surprise for Ryan on the day was having two of our best friends perform his favourite song Everlong as our processional song.  It was the first detail I decided on and I have no idea how I kept it a secret for 14 months.  The second I heard Andy strum the first note, my heart just melted. I was an absolute mess from then on in.

I was walked down the aisle by both of my Dads – stepdad Barry and my Dad Dennis.  The two of them are great friends, and it was special to acknowledge the incredible significant role they have both played in my life.  I drove to the Church with Dad, and Barry got me out of the car.  I am very blessed to have two such amazing men in my life.

It was very important for us to acknowledge our mothers.  My Mum Coraleen, stepmum Donna, and Ryan’s mum Joylene were walked down the aisle by their sons to ‘Pokarekare Ana’ by Margaret Urlich.  Mum and I chose the song as it has very special meaning for us, and we listened to it a lot before the big day – to reduce the chance that we’d cry when we heard it (completely futile of course).”

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Check back this afternoon for Morgan and Ryan’s stunning Auckland harbour side wedding photos!

Photos by Lauren Indrisie Photography

Amanda Garrett

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride

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Sydney designer Amanda Garrett opened her first boutique in Sydney a little over 13 years ago. Over the years, I have been enamored with her beautiful designs. Simple silhouettes with a rock edge. There’s something a little offbeat about Amanda’s gowns, a little edgy.

Her gowns have a sophistication about them, but also have a vibrant personality. Hand appliqued flowers and softly flowing fabrics make the gowns a beautiful choice for a seaside wedding or perhaps paired with dramatic makeup and a blusher or flyaway veil for an urban style!

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Photos by Anna Pogosovva from Amanda Garrett

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