Celeste and Alten’s Australian Winter Wedding

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


Celeste and Alten

I once read a photographer saying they hated winter weddings and it should be illegal to marry in Winter. After witnessing today’s celebration, I am really not sure why! Beautiful stark landscapes, hot water bottles, knitted gloves and boots, really what could be more cosy for a celebration of love?

Celeste tells the story of their love. “It was love at first sight. We saw each other across a crowded room and he immediately came over to talk to me. I was in my first year at university and he was in his fourth.  Six years later we met at the end of the aisle and exchanged our vows on a perfect winter’s day.”

Photos today are by Solas Wedding Photography who have captured the bitter winter cold so beautifully in these photos- every single one feels warm and snuggly!

Celeste and Alten held their wedding at Summerlees Estate, Sutton Forrest. Celeste remarks “Summerlees is absolutely breathtaking. It is the perfect balance between rustic and elegant, and unique amongst wedding venues. There are 8 acres of age-old gardens to use for your ceremony. We were lucky to have a perfect, sunny winter’s day and chose to have our ceremony in front of white, rustic farm gates flanked by homemade bunting.”

The stationery was a collaborative effort with The Distillery , Celeste explains, “I designed all the stationery and had some printed with The Distillery in Sydney, and the rest were printed on my printer at home.  Then we assembled them into special packages for each guest.”

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

Celeste remarks, “The outfits for the bridesmaids and groomsmen were assembled over a period of 6 months. They needed to be warm and happy and a traditional bridesmaid gown wasn’t going to do the trick. Gloves, scarves, coats and boots, (in blush and neutral tones for the girls and grey and tan for the boys) were essential.”

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

Celeste chose a gown from Aire Barcelona.

Petal & Pod styled the bridal party flowers.

Celeste remembers, “Since it was a winter wedding, we had white blankets on the chairs at the ceremony on which we stitched labels with the words “Live, Love, Laugh” and “Just Married”. We made the bunting at the ceremony (all 20 meters of it) from scraps of fabric I’ve collected over the years as well as some new fabric I bought just for the day.”

For the processional, Celeste chose something classic. She recalls “After the surprise of being driven up to the aisle in a powder blue mustang, I walked down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. I loved the contrast between the tradition and formality of the wedding march and the unruly beauty of the setting.”

Celeste notes, “It was a day full of whimsy, dancing and laughter, and then they lived happily ever after. ”

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

Winter weddings need warmth and this one had my favourite kind – hot water bottles! Celeste remembers “We wouldn’t have survived without “his” and “hers” hot water bottles, which were stashed behind some bushes before the ceremony and carried us through the photo shoot. Jodi get’s a special thanks for these!”


Celeste and AltenCeleste and Alten

“Megan and James from Solas Photography were amazing, not only did they brave the cold (and possible frostbite) as we ran around the garden for the photo shoot after the ceremony, but James took our last photo (a long-exposure with sparklers) at midnight.”

Celeste and Alten
Celeste and Alten

The reception continued inside the ballroom at Summerlees. Celeste explains, “The ballroom is covered in ivy and painted all white with chandeliers, wooden floors and a fireplace.  The setting is straight out of a fairy tale.  Patty, the owner, has filled it with beautiful antiques and vintage finds and is happy for you to use these at your wedding. “

“The reception flowers were arranged in a collection of old bottles and jars on each table. We went to the flower markets at 6am on the Friday before the wedding to buy mixed native flowers, poppies, sweet peas, blushing brides, brown Juliette roses, pink and white roses, baby’s breath, miller’s foliage, black berries, and anemones. Then we spent the afternoon arranging them into the bottles with the help of the bridesmaids and best man. I also made the “just married” bunting on the head table using burlap and white paint.”

For their first dance, Celeste remembers “We danced to Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E. and didn’t miss a single step (or trip and fall over).”

Congratulations Celeste and Alten! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Solas Wedding Photograph for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Solas Wedding Photography / Bride's Dress: AIRE Barcelona / Bride's Shoes: Alannah Hill / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Groomsmen Attire: Rodd ‘n Gunn / Makeup & Hair Stylist: Ethix / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Pod / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by the bride, printed by The Distillery / Ceremony Venue: The gardens at Summerlees Estate, Sutton Forrest / Reception Venue: The gardens at Summerlees Estate, Sutton Forrest / Ceremony Musicians: High flute ‘n Strings / Band: Ella's Holiday / Catering: PB Catering / Wedding Cake: Faye Cahill
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Alana and Brett’s Glam Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Alana & Brett

 There’s something cosy about sweet weddings in the one place. It’s like inviting guests to your (fabulous) home (which just happens to have enough seating for all your guests, and a professional chef to boot). That’s exactly how the wedding of Alana and Brett feels – like were crashing an intimate dinner party, a private celebration for two people who happen to be celebrating their marriage. How very special and how very Melbourne.

Alana tells of how they met. “We met 3 years ago at a mutual friend’s wedding in Amritsar, India, even though we were unknowingly living 2km apart from each other in Melbourne!  ”

Photography today is by Lakshal Perera  who captures such beautiful, fresh, candid moments.

The wedding invitations echoed the artwork at the ceremony venue.

The wedding car was very special. Alana remembers, “My Dad restored his 1949 Riley Roadster for the wedding. There were only 500 of these cars ever made, and he bought and rebuilt one when he was a teenager, but it had not been on the road for 25 years, so it was pretty special to have it for the wedding.”

Alana wore a tea length gown from a Melbourne designer.

Alana carried a bouquet of double tulips from Tribal Rose.

Of their photographer, Alana remarks, “I met Lakshal at my cousin’s wedding and realised how easy he was to work with. Then when we saw my cousin’s wedding photos we booked Lakshal immediately. He is extremely relaxed and calm, working in with whatever was happening on the day. And obviously, he is an utterly brilliant photographer, capturing the whole day a truly unique way.”

Alana and Brett chose the one venue for all of their wedding celebrations and that venue was the very hip, very cool Church Street Enoteca. Alana recalls “We decided to have the whole wedding at the one venue. We selected Church Street Enoteca because the food is outstanding, and the building is charming. We really wanted the meal to be a feature of the event, and so having great food was extremely important. Enoteca is an art-deco style building, which we also love.”

For the processional, Alana remembers, “The band played a version of the Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner on the piano. We wanted something simple and classic. We had a band play the ceremony music and the reception music. They were brilliant! They are called Tim Mitchell and the Tone Tone Semi Tones.”

Alana notes, “My Nanna is almost 91, and I am very close with her, so I am thrilled that she was able to share the event with me.”

Guests received personal touches – paper cranes and hand potted succulents. Alana explains “I tried to personalise the wedding in as many ways as I could. For example, I made origami peacocks to attach to the table name cards, we collected 100 teacups from op shops around Melbourne and potted succulents for guests to take home, my mum made the cake, and my brother is a very good artist, and made the invitations…”

Alana says “I like to think that we hosted an elegant dinner party for all our friends and family.”

One of Alana’s memories was the mingling of families. Alana recalls “I suppose that watching my husband’s big South African family, and my big Italian family meeting for the first time and getting along so well and dancing together was also a pretty special sight.”

Congratulations Alana and Brett! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lakshal Perera for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lakshal Perera / Hairstylist: Rachel De Zylva from Rokk Ebony / Flowers & Decor: Tribal Rose / Venue: Church Street, Enoteca / Ceremony Officiant: Bride's brother, Nathan Russo / Ceremony Musicians: Tim Mitchell & the Tone Tone Semi Tones / Band: Tim Mitchell & the Tone Tone Semi Tones / Cake Baker: Brides Mother

Emma and Marc’s Heartfelt Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emma and Marc

I need to be upfront today. I don’t know how to write about today’s wedding, I don’t know how to put into words how much it touched me, how much I felt the story needed to be told.

Emma and Marc originally planned to elope. They’d planned their elopement for a long time and planned to surprise everyone with a big party upon their return. As stories often go, the unexpected happened and Marc’s mother was told cancer had taken over her body and she only had a short time left (two weeks)- her greatest wish was to see her son Marc marry Emma. In four days, the couple came together with their loved ones and planned a beautiful wedding day, which Marc’s mother was there to witness. Just a week later, Marc’s mother passed away. Four months later, the couple traveled to Venice for their elopement.

Emma tells the story of how she and Marc met. “We worked at the same shopping centre for many years and would always give each other a smile or a “hi” when walking past each other’s shops but never spoke, Marc was friends with Emma’s boss and told her he thought I was “cute”. My boss told him he “didn’t stand a chance” until a few weeks later he asked me out on a date. ”

Photographs today are by Cookoo Design & Photography who has graceful , intuitive, beautiful photographs of the day.

It poured all day long and both the bride and groom were late! Emma recalls “Marc didn’t realize the time on the day and ran late to the ceremony because he was playing golf with his brother in law. When my dad went to pick me up on the day, our British Bulldog knew something was happening and tried to jump in the mustang in the pouring rain. I had to chase her back inside in the pouring rain and therefore also ran 25 minutes late (and wet ) to the wedding.”

Emma recalls “Everything was DIY. Every family member who attended was given a task. A cake was baked, curtains were sewn, each balloon blown and strung, home made punch from mum. The whole day seemed so special because our family had all contributed something to make it feel so precious.”

One of Emma’s favourite moments was her dad driving her to the ceremony. She remarks, “I loved my dad driving me to the ceremony in his vintage mustang (he swore he would never drive it in the rain ;)”

Emma wore a beautiful blue and silver gown fromEileen Kirby. The flowers were by Joyce Campbell at Hawthorne Garage.

Emma and Marc were married at Emma’s Aunty’s home. Emma explains, “As Sandra was too unwell to travel far we decided to use my auntie’s patio.They have an amazing Queenslander at Norman Park. Curtains were hung, beautiful snap dragons  were placed every where, balloons lined the roof and with fairy lights draped all over the room it made it feel like a fairyland.”

Emma walked down the aisle to “Say What You Need To Say” by John Mayer.

Emma and Marc were married by Andrea Cowley 0407 417 924. Emma notes ” I loved that our amazing marriage celebrate went above and beyond to make sure our service would be legal with only 4 days notice.”

Emma says “It was so special having Marc’s mum Sandra being there and looking so beautiful on the day and having her sign our marriage certificate.”

Of their photographer, Emma says “We only had 4 days to arrange everything, and I knew the exact photographer who would be able to capture the spirit of our wedding. Vanessa has a real talent for being able to catch you in the moment, and the photos always portray the exact emotions of the day without all the typical wedding poses.”

Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Marc, I wish you all the happiness in the world! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Thank you to Cookoo Design & Photography for sharing the photographs with us.

Here’s their slideshow of their day

Photographer: Cookoo Design & Photography / Cinematographer: Cookoo Design & Photography / Wedding Planner: Erin Herold / Bride's Dress: Eileen Kirby / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bride's Jewellery: Paula Hall Designs / Makeup Artist: Yve Makeup 0414399612 / Flowers & Decor: Joyce Campbell at Hawthorne Garage / Veue: Private Home / Ceremony Officiant: Andrea Cowley 0407 417 924 / Catering: Mahlzeit Catering / Wedding Cake: Sarah Dalton

Corrine Smith Design Couture Bridal Accessories

by | Accessories, Bridal Fashion, Bride


The beautiful designs of Scottish designer Corinne Smith are softly, romantic with a modern twist. This collection, called “Essence” draws inspiration from the intricate detailing and flourishing foliage of botanicals (with pieces named “Wysteria” “Honeyblossom” and “Ginger”). The collection features a range of headbands echoing the twisting vines, hair combs, vines and pins.

Swarovski crystals are wrapped with seed pearls, freshwater pearls are arranged beside delicate diamante leaves, pearl edged Swarovski crystal clusters drape softly and and woven crystal and pearl leaves all make up what has turned out to be a beautiful collection of bridal hairpieces.

Each piece is available to be shipped internationally and the best news?  Corinne Smith Design are looking for Australian stockists!

Images by Corinne Smith