Erin & Michael’s Elegant Maleny Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Erin & Michael

I never get tired of the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains and Erin  & Michael’s elegant wedding celebration highlighted the beauty of their surroundings matched only by how special their wedding day was.

Erin tells their story. “We met at high school. And first got together at the end of year 12.  We went our separate ways a number of times but always came back together. It took 12 years to finally tie the knot.”

Photographs today are by Luke Going Photography. Luke’s taken really interesting captures of Erin & Michael’s day- different perspectives, unusual moments and beautiful imagery.

Michael wore a suit from Myer with shoes he found in an op shop. His groomsmen borrowed their suits.

The bouquets and floral arrangements were styled by Wedding Flowers in Maleny.

Erin wore a strapless gown Made by Helen K- Designs of Distinction Sunshine Coast. She added Diva Peeptoes in Fuschia from Betts and Swarovski jewels. Her bridesmaids wore dresses from Review with tulle added underneath and shoes from Wittner . The girls did their own makeup and had their hair styled by Taleah from Bianca’s Hair Studio Caloundra( 07) 5491 1599.)

The wedding was held Weddings at Tiffany’s in Maleny Erin recalls “The groom arrived early for the ceremony at 3pm, but him and his mates had forgotten to have lunch. Weddings at Tiffany’s were kind enough to make him a roast beef sandwich so he didn’t pass out during the ceremony.”

Erin walked down the aisle by herself to “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar.

Erin and Michael were married by Elaine Hick ((07) 5476 3197 ) and wrote the entire ceremony themselves.

Erin describes the wedding as “A stylish, but relaxed celebration. with beautiful people in an exquisite setting.”

Of their photographer, Erin remarks, “Friendly, easy going, unique, dedicated, unobtrusive. The photos were truly amazing and better than anything we could have hoped for. The album we received really does tell a story and captures some special moments, personality and emotions. I have had a chance to go through them a few times now with different friends and family and I notice something different each time. I am pretty sure I will look back in 5, 10, 15 years etc. and remember it as clearly as I do now because of the way Luke put it together. Michael was never very keen to have a professional ‘photo session’ posing for photos whilst the rest of the reception started drinking and partying. Afterwards he said that it was much more fun and less formal than he imagined. We feel privileged that Luke has put so much time and effort into making our album and photo collection. “

The invitations and stationery were made by Erin’s mother using Cristina Re paper.

Congratulations Erin & Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Luke Going Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

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Jen Huang Workshop – Australian Waterside Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


I was so excited in January when the incredibly talented Jen Huang asked me to collaborate with her on a workshop she was holding in Western Australia’s Bunker Bay. We ran a competition for one couple to win a customised inspiration board (see it here) translated into a real life shoot with some of Perth’s most talented wedding vendors. Under the coordination of the brilliant Cathrin of CD Weddings, my custom inspiration board was turned into something incredibly beautiful.

Jen was kind enough to give away this beautifully styled shoot to the lucky couple. Sian & Ross were dreaming of an elegant waterside wedding and together we created an inspiration board for their wedding. Our talented team (coordinated by the lovely Cathrin of CD Weddings) created a beautiful inspiration shoot styled from the board.

The styled shoot and our winning couple Sian and Ross were photographed by Jen and the workshop attendees in between lessons and classes from Jen. The shoot was inspired by my board – a relaxed waterside wedding paying homage to the couple’s love of elegant beauty, Ross’ rowing background, their black and white colour scheme and their dream of a cheese table at their wedding.

A big thank you to the fantastic vendors involved – Cathrin of CD Weddings, Bunkers Beach House, Dizzy Wizzy DesignZinnia Floral Design, Samantha Wynne Design , Creations by Kassy,  Bride + Groom Store & Hire Society.

PS. Jen Huang is headed back to Australia in August – to Sydney (and rumour has it, there might be another collaboration in the works!) find out more here.

Photographer: Jen Huang Photography / Shoot Stylist & Cooridnator: CD Weddings / Venue: Bunkers Beach House / Invitations & Stationery: Dizzy Wizzy Design / Flowers & Decor: Zinnia Floral Design / Bride's Dress: Samantha Wynne Design / Hair & Maleup: Creations by Kassy / Rental Furniture: Bride + Groom Store / Linen: Hire Society

Tobey and Tony’s Intimate Perth Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Tobey and Tony

Today’s wedding is simple in it’s beauty. There are beautiful, simple white flowers, a sweet little chapel and a reception at the bride’s parents’ home. This wedding is pure elegance.

Tobey explains the funny way in which she and Tony met. “Tony and I met at a quit smoking seminar! As part of the seminar we were asked to keep in touch as a way of supporting each other. We talked for hours on the phone and one day realised we lived just around the corner from one another! There was electricity between us from the start and he proposed within 3 months. And yes… we did quit smoking.”

Photographs today are by Angela Higgins who captures a graceful beauty in her photographs.

The event started with white lace invitations from Felicitations. Tobey remembers, “I really loved the invitations we had made. I bought the lace for the front and they perfectly suited the theme and feeling that I wanted to convey about the wedding.”

Tobey chose the “Tobey” gown from Pronovias that sound found at Tuscany Bridal. Tobey remarks “Tuscany Bridal was great, a good range of styles and prices. Maria made it easy and fun and my sister and I had a great time choosing my dress.” Nikki Burnell (0421197556 ) styled the bride’s makeup.

One of Tobey’s favourite moments was at the beginning of the day. “I loved having my sister helping me put my dress on was nice because it was just her and me and Angela and it was nice to have that special time with just us.” Tobey wore shoes from Georgies Bridal Shoes and antique jewels. “My hair clip and bracelet were from an antique set of beaded pearls given by my mother since she is an antique jewellery dealer.”

The wedding was held at a beautiful little chapel known as Woodloes Homestead Chapel, “The Church with the Chimney” (08 9451 853) in Cannington. Tobey explains ” It was originally built in 1890 and used as a congregational church but is now non denominational and volunteers from the Canning Historical Society maintain it.” Tobey and Tony handmade the tulle pew bows themselves and bought rose petals and cones for confetti from Simply Rose Petals.

Tobey walked down the aisle to the classic Canon In D. She explains “Ever since my sister got married 10 years ago I have always wanted to get married to Canon in D by Pachelbel. It is just so beautiful I couldn’t go past it. Following I wanted something lighthearted and happy and my dad put together a selection of Mozart which was perfect.”

The first kiss? Utterly romantic. Tobey remarks “The actual wedding kiss was special to me because it was one of the few things which wasn’t planned and Tony took my face in his hands and gave me a kiss with a lot of feeling which I loved.”

The floral arrangements for the day were styled by Natural Art Flowers by Rebecca Grace.

Of their photographer Angela, Tobey says, “I can’t say enough about our photographer, Angela Higgins. She added a kindness and certain kind of magic to our whole wedding. We got to know Angela because we chose to have an engagement photo session done so that we could have some natural photos of us as well as the wedding photos. We were so glad we did because it really helped us to feel comfortable with our photographer and with being in front of the camera. And it was fun!”

Tobey says “I enjoyed the time we spent after the wedding when we went to the park and had some photos taken. It was nice to have a break and have some time alone with each other before the reception.”

After photographs, the couple and their family & friends celebrated at Tobey’s parents’ home. Tobey explains “The reception was held at my parents house which is also a building with history. It was built in the early 1900’s and originated as a maternity hospital. The reception was held in what we call the ‘Big Room’ which is a beautiful, light room where the newborn babies were placed after being born.”

Tobey was inspired by a ruffle cake she’d found online and had it made by Cupid’s Delight. Tobey recalls, “Cupids Delight did a great job on our cake. We dealt with the owner Julia and she was enthusiastic and helpful with ordering our cake.” For the dinner, the couple hired a private chef (Ryan John Private Chef) and waiters to serve their guests an amazing feast. Tobey says, “I loved our private chef Ryan John. Couldn’t have asked for better food and he gave great advice with a menu plan and also helped with bringing some extra catering supplies for us. The food was excellent and the chef came to the house to cook it. All the staff were lovely, particularly the waiter Nathaniel.”

As a fun touch, Tobey and Tony hired a magician! Tobey explains “We hired a magician named Al Kazam to entertain the guests while we had our photo session. His website said he can entertain children as well as adults and wow that was definitely true! He was so much fun for the kids and also hilarious for the adults. They were raving about him all day and he was definitely a highlight of the wedding.”

Guests were seated at one long table adorned with white flowers, white paper butterflies and personal favors from the bride. Tobey says “I spent a lot of time buying personal bomboniere for each of my guests. It was a lot of effort choosing a present to suit each individuals’ personality but it is something I was able to do since had a limited number of guests. I wanted each guest to feel special and also to say thank you for sharing our day.”

Tobey made sure to take time to soak it in.    “I really enjoyed sitting at the reception table and being able to look around and enjoy all the hard work I had put in come to life. Everyone was having fun, the food was great, the room looked great and I was proud and happy that my vision was now a reality”.

Congratulations on your marriage Tobey and Tony! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Angela Higgins for sharing today’s imagery!

Photographer: Angela Higgins Photography / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Tuscany Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Georgies Bridal Shoes / Flowers & Decor: Natural Art Flowers by Rebecca Grace / Ceremony Venue: Woodloes Homestead Chapel “The Church with the Chimney" (08) 9451 8538. / Groom's Attire: Tony Barlow Formal hire / Reception Venue: Bride's Parent's Home / Invitations & Stationery: Felicitations / Wedding Cake: Cupids Delight / Bride's Jewellery: Artisan Antiques 08 9474 3183 / Transport: Gently Bently Chauffear Cars / Magician: Al Kazam / Rose Petals: Simply Rose Petals / Makeup Artist: Nikki Burnell (0421197556 ) / Catering: Ryan John Private Chef

Master/Slave Dream Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Australian bridal designers Master/Slave are nothing if not daring. Their latest collection “Dream” is all about elegant, beautiful draping. The dresses are cut on the bias,  echoing the work of Parisian couturier Vionnet in 1920s.

Featuring the softest chiffon, Master/Slave have created sensual yet dramatic wedding gowns. The “Dream” collection is more traditional than previous collections (which feature the signature Master/Slave flowers, ruffles and intense detail), but still hold the drama, the passion that the Master/Slave team produces.

Master/Slave not only creates bridal gowns (both couture and made to measure)- they also work with the entire bridal party, from the groom, to the bridesmaids and mother of the bride to create a cohesive style across your wedding.

Photos from Master/Slave Weddings