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Sparkly Silver and Blue Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


It’s not Christmas without the sparkle of Silver! I love silver with a cool blue, not only for winter weddings but also for Spring or Summer celebrations. This board is extra sparkly, because if a wedding isn’t a time to sparkle- when is?

Silver & blue table decorations from Better Homes & Gardens, silver bridesmaid gown from BHLDN, silver table-setting via Martha Stewart Weddings, silver brooch bouquet by Do Bouquets, cupcakes by Cottons & Crumbs, silver wedding invitation from GFSmith, shoes photo by Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink, Ballroom photo from Hassas Photography,  tux photo by Lori Paladino via Grey Likes Weddings


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Janet and Darrell’s Whimsical Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Janet and Darrell

With such a festive feel in the air, I couldn’t resist sharing this absolute beauty of an engagement shoot which is nothing but fun! Bear heads? Inflatable letters? Oh let’s go have some fun!

This shoot comes today by Hailey of You Can’t Be Serious Photography. Hailey has a vivid imagination (remember Julie and Pedzi’s engagement shoot?) and she says “The shoot was an idea I had brewing for ages and was just waiting for a cool couple to come along and snap it up! I sent them three different concepts and then they chose their favourite one. I even had in mind what they should wear!! hahah! Red dress blue suit! Janet and Darrell  had so much faith in me as the heads and outfits would have cost quite a bit of MONEY!!  I would love to do more of these creative concept type shoots… not sure if you can mention that but just putting it out there all the same! ”

The rest of the story? I’m leaving this one to Janet!

“Some people say that “love is always found in the most unlikely of places” or “you don’t find love but love finds you”.  For us, our first chance acquaintance was in the year 1999 at a combined year 10 high school maths camp.  Through sharing simultaneous solutions and comparing parabolic functions, our  sine and cos waves aligned and the rest is history!”

“I’m an Art Director and Darrell  is a Lawyer based in Brisbane and we both wanted their engagement photos to be something different.  We wanted their photos to be fun and creative and to capture the love and joy that we  both share in each other’s company.  We also wanted their engagement photos to show our personalities, be whimsical and also nothing too serious.”

“We came across Hailey Bartholomew from You Can’t Be Serious and instantly fell in love with her beautiful images.  Her artistic talent, sense of humour and her ability to really capture the warmth in people’s emotions made choosing Hailey virtually a non-decision!”.”

“Hailey and the Darrell and I-to-be threw around some crazy ideas for their engagement shoot but ultimately, the idea of having a Bear and Panda costume dressed in a twirly red dress and a sharp blue suit was way too cute to refuse.  The Bear and Panda suits also featured at our  recent engagement party with guests also having the chance to pose with them on for photos!”

“We couldn’t be more happy with their engagement shoot. It was such a fun day and the photos really showed that!.  These photos truly captured our imagination and who we are as a couple and have created some wonderful memories that we will share with friends and family forever.”

Photographer: You Can't Be Serious

A Contrast Of Greens Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I think green is one of my favourite colours. Not only is it a signature Christmas colour, but with the multitude of shades- from warms to cools, the beautiful freshness of the colour is always beautiful at weddings! Using lots of different shades together can create such a fun and stylish look.

Tree photo from Homelife via This Is Glamorous, bouquet photo by K. Holly Photography via Snippet & Ink, green apples from Pottery Barn, stationery by Mintwich Design photo by Dave and Sandy via Inspired By This, Moscow Mule from Tyler Florence, wedding photo by Leo Patrone, via Snippet & Ink, bridesmaids photo by Heather P. Moore via Inspired By This,  shoes by Dally Street Images via Polka Dot Weddings, cake by Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding

Katie and Stephen’s Vivid Harbourside Wedding

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


Katie & Stephen

I really think bold colours are so beautiful at weddings- they evoke this feeling of celebration, that a party is set to happen! Katie and Stephen married their Sydney Harbour wedding with the most beautiful shade of orange and their wedding day turned out to be an incredible celebration of love and life.

Katie tells their love story. “Stephen and I caught a glimpse of one and other in our large Industrial building in London’s West Kensington. 300 people thick, we barely saw or knew of each other until one late Friday evening in March 2008, when we clocked each other about to board the same District line tube on the Earls Court platform. Stephen made his way down the platform, boarded the same carriage, sat opposite me and there marked the beginning of what would become a lifelong romance. There were challenges, Stephen’s working holiday visa was to expire 6 months after we met (September 08), and he was forced to return to South Africa. Long distance love prevailed however and Stephen acquired a new visa enabling him to return to London (June 09) 9 months later.

On September 30, 2010 Stephen serenaded me at a restaurant in Notting Hill with a self written song of which he adapted the lyrics to ask me to marry him and so the proposal was official. To ensure the International nature of the relationship continued, we decided to get married in Sydney, Australia – my home town and the date was set; April 27, 2011.”

Photos today are by Bradley Patrick of SugarLove Weddings. I love the soft dreaminess Bradley has captured  combined with the fun of the bold colours. Oh what a beautiful day! The wedding day film was shot by MTW Production.

Katie and Stephen married at Bradley’s Head overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “Bradley’s Head was the ceremony venue. It was chosen for its location and thus appeal to International guests and because Stephen and I had a picnic there during Stephen’s first visit to Australia a year prior, so it was sentimental to us. My now husband Stephen who is never early was almost two hours early for the ceremony, pacing in the rain under an umbrella.”

Katie wore a David Fielden gown she bought in the UK paired with Jimmy Choo shoes.

The floral arrangements were styled by Brides in Bloom. The bridesmaids wore vivid orange gowns by Butter By Nadia from Bridesmaids Only.

What a beautiful day Mr Weather Man put on the for couple! Katie recalls “The day started out windswept and unsettled (any bride’s nightmare), but for the crucial hour that we stood at the makeshift alter, time stood still, the sun shone and a rainbow punctuated our I Do’s.”

There was a special performance at the ceremony. Katie recalls “My Mum, her two brothers and her three friends sang the ‘The Marriage’ by Eric Whitacre live at the ceremony which had most in tears.”


As the ceremony ended,  a magical ray of light appeared in the sky. Katie explains “The rainbow was exquisite, it was a true gift from God, no-one could have paid for such a perfect end to a magical ceremony.”

Of their photographer, Katie says “Bradley was a true professional. His style was unobtrusive and he captured all of the moments in a truly insightful and observed manner. He was a pleasure to work with and made all feel comfortable on the day.”

The groom wore a suit from Marks & Spencer.

Quayside Charters ferried the bridal party around the harbour on a speedboat.

Katie recalls “The sun shone for 3 hours – from the moment I stepped out of the car at the ceremony until the moment I arrived by boat at Watson’s Bay wharf. The lighting and landscape of the sky enabled some of the best photos imaginable.”

Katie and Stephen celebrated with guests at Dunbar House, Katie remarks “Dunbar House was one of the few venues that catered for numbers under 100, had been newly renovated and had breathtaking views over the heads of the Harbour. The combination of venues on both the northern and eastern sides of the Harbour gave a true overview of the wonderment that is Sydney.”

Katie played wedding planner, sourcing all suppliers, meeting with them over Christmas 2010 when I was on holiday in Sydney, Australia and coordinated all elements to come together for the day.

Good friend of the couple, Stephanie Maynard created a three tier orange and white wedding cake.

One of Katie’s favourite memories was “The groom’s speech at the reception had most in tears with his rendition of John Denver’s ‘Annie’s Song’ set to a slideshow of our shared moments together.”

Leo Burnett London created the stationery for Katie & Stephen.

Katie says “Following one dance lesson days before we flew out to Australia, we learnt to do the crab, the waltz, and a dip or two, so we attempted to playout those steps on the evening to Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Way You Look Tonight’”. Impression DJs kept the guests on the dance floor.

Congratulations Katie and Stephen! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Thank you also to SugarLove Weddings for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Cinematographer: MTW Production / Bride’s Dress: David Fielden / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Flowers: Brides In Bloom / Reception Venue: Dunbar House / Music: Impression DJs / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Marks & Spencer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Butter by Nadia from Bridesmaids Only / Stationery: Leo Burnett London / Transport: Quayside Charters
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