Lauren and Henry’s Australian Country Wedding

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


Lauren & Henry

You know the wedding photos where you want to jump into the picture and pull up a chair? Perhaps sit down and grab a bite to eat, fill your glass and toast the couple and watch on as they perform their first dance? This is one of them. A beautiful, relaxed wedding with such a sense of fun and elegance. I’m almost not sure what I like more – the bride’s fun and flirty dress, the stunning chandeliers hung from the rafters of the woolshed or Henry’s laughing face. Lauren and Henry married on Henry’s family’s property just outside of Canberra near Lake George and turned their celebration into a family affair.

Lauren tells the story of their relationship. “We met through mutual friends at a birthday party 7 and a half years ago where it was love it first sight for both of us. After only 5 months together Lauren moved to Japan with her work for almost a year. It was difficult for them to be apart but Henry called her every day and it was this separation that really cemented their relationship.”

Photos today are by David Robertson Photography. I love David’s fun, whimsical captures. They make the most of the fun of the wedding day without missing any of the crucial details, moments or atmosphere.

Lauren wore a tea length fifties style gown by Justin Alexander from Annabelle’s Bridal Studio. She paired it with shoes from Panache Bridal. She added earrings from De Vine Goddess, a Swarovski bracelet and a hairpiece from Tina Jeffrey Australia.

Lauren’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Lisa Ho. Lauren remarks “My sister was my maid of honour and I couldn’t have been more happy for her to share in all of the joy with Henry and I. She put in so much time and effort for months to help us with all of the planning. She was amazing.”

The ceremony was in the garden of the property’s homestead. Lauren explains “Henry’s mother worked tirelessly for months preparing the garden by weeding, planting, watering and mowing 5 acres of garden. We borrowed church pews from a small local church to use as seating for the ceremony to and complement our church service.”

Lauren walked down the aisle to David Grey’s “You’re The One I Love” sung by Mary Quinlan accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Lauren says “We wanted music to play an integral part of our day. Right before the ceremony it started to rain. But right as I turned up the weather cleared and stayed beautiful for the rest of the day. We were blessed that we could have our ceremony outside in the garden as we had planned”. Lyn’s Floral Studio created Lauren and the bridal party’s floral arrangements.

Lauren added sentimental touches to her wedding day look. She explains “I wanted to allow family who were sick or had passed away to still be remembered on the day. I wore my Nan’s brooch on my bouquet, Henry’s grandmother’s brooch on my dress and my grandparent’s chandelier hung in the woolshed.”

Lauren remarks “Walking down the aisle and seeing Henry’s face is something I will never forget. We were both quite emotional. We held hands tightly throughout the entire ceremony.”

Lauren notes “Having the wedding at the place where Henry grew up and where we both live makes it all so much more personal and meaningful. It is also nice to know that your wedding is completely one of a kind. We chose places for our photos that have meaning for us, and now when we look at them forevermore, we will be reminded of the best day of our lives.”

Of their photographer, Lauren says “Our photographer David was very relaxed and professional. He completely suited the style we wanted to achieve. He had a clear creative vision that matched our own ideas seamlessly, and then surpassed all expectations.”

The couple held their reception in the property’s 100 year old woolshed. To add to their rustic chic vibe, they introduced plenty of chandeliers. Lauren explains “We came up with the theme of the chandeliers early on. This was inspired by a chandelier I was given from my grandparents’ home when they both had passed away that was now hanging in our house.

We used the chandelier theme in our invitations, and used chandeliers inside the shed. We had six in total- my grand parent’s chandelier, two that we bought (the outdoor chandelier was purchased from Village Antiques Bungendore) and three others that we hired which hung above our dance floor. The lighting created a great ambiance. We also bought a wrought iron chandelier to hang outside the reception.”

Parts of the woolshed were even used to serve guests, just another few handmade touches prepared by the couple and their family! “We cut, routed and sanded left over hardwood floor boards to use as antipasto platters on all of our reception tables. We collected and cleaned vintage silver cutlery that we bought in antique and recycling stores.We made all of our own invitations, place cards and order of service from scratch (using supplies from Pulp Creative Paper).”

Preparing the woolshed for a wedding wasn’t an easy task admits Lauren. “The preparations started at least 6 months ago on the woolshed with the help of family and friends and numerous working bees. We did everything from replacing countless rotten floorboards, rotten posts, some of the outside walls and parts of the roof. We always tried to replace everything with recycled materials to keep the integrity and rustic nature of the shed. We even pulled down an internal wall in the shed and laid a floating floor over the sheep grating to make a dance floor.”

The couple even handmade favours. “For our favours we had jam jars as we wanted to carry through the country theme. Henry made the jar labels and his mother made homemade marmalade. We searched through old buildings on the farm and found old glass jars which we cleaned out and used as candle holders.”

The cake was made by Cakes By Casey, a white chocolate masterpiece. Lauren explains “Flowers for the table were bought from a wholesale supplier (Capital Flowers Plus). All of the flower arrangements around the reception were made by Henry’s mother and a friend from flowers and foliage from her garden. We used old stock water troughs from the farm as flower boxes and planted flowers months in advance to add lots of soft colour.” The couple hired their chair covers, sashes and indoor chandeliers from Reardon’s Hire Temora and plates & glasses from Goulburn Party Hire.

The couple made sure to leave a lasting mark on the restored woolshed. Lauren recalls “Instead of a signing book, Henry’s dad made a huge message board which hung in the reception. All of our guests left messages for us which will hang in the wool shed for ever.”

Lauren and Henry made sure to look after their guests “We also organised accommodation on our property and a neighbouring farm for over 70 people. This meant paying lots of attention to unused shearing huts which had to be cleaned out, broken windows replaced, doors painted, stairs made, and enough beds found. This process started almost a year ago.”

One of Lauren’s favourite parts of the day occurred during the reception. She explains “The speeches were entertaining, humorous, emotional and deeply personal. Good speeches can really enhance a wedding reception and give such an insight about the connection with friends and family. We had so much feedback about how much everyone loved the speeches.”

Lauren and Henry chose a song for their first dance that allowed them to drink in the moment. Lauren explains “Our first dance was to Coldplay’s “Fix You”. It has been “our song” for years. We decided on a slow waltz for our dance so we could really take in the emotion and enormity of the moment.”

Lauren says “We also hired a band to play at our reception to help with the party mood and to get everyone up and dancing.”  Something Like This kept guests on the dance floor to the early hours.

Congratulations Lauren and Henry! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to David Robertson Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images!

Photographer: David Robertson Photography / Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander from Annabelle’s Bridal Studio / Bride’s Shoes: Panache Bridal Sydney / Flowers & Decor: Lyn’s Floral Studio / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Musicians: Mary Quinlan / Reception Music: Something Like This / Groom’s Attire: SI BY Studio Italia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Ho / Invitations & Stationery: Pulp Creative Paper / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Casey / Outdoor CHandelier: Village Antiques Bungendore / Rentals: Reardon’s Hire Temora / Rentals: Goulburn Party Hire / Reception Flowers: Capital Flowers Plus
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Kate and Reuben’s Backyard Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kate & Reuben

There’s nothing quite like a backyard wedding. Walking out of a house that is filled with memories, down the aisle to marry your lover. Kate & Reuben married in a beautiful, intimate wedding in Reuben’s parents garden in Macleod, a suburb of Melbourne and celebrated by dancing on the lawn under the open skies. Not only did Kate and Reuben come together for the day, but so did their family and friends- many contributing their talents and time and effort into creating a beautiful wedding day for Kate & Reuben.

Photographs today are by Sayher Heffernan. Sayher has such a gentle beauty to his images and has captured the intimacy and delight of Kate & Reuben’s wedding day so sweetly.

The couple and their families decorated the wedding themselves. Kate explains ” We made fabric flower garlands for inside the house, and used colourful yarn from the Australian Tapestry Workshop (they have over 300 colours!) to hang the garlands and fence off some areas of the garden.

Brightly coloured flowers (from Reuben’s mother’s garden and Fowlers Flowers ) were grouped in bottles. Kate explains ” We collected bottles and jars for the flowers over a couple of months – we had some good finds of Mason and Fowlers jars at second hand stores, but most of the small hanging bottles are juice bottles from the Mediterranean Wholesalers on Sydney Road, Brunswick. ” Milly Sleeping designed the couple’s stationery.

Family and friends being involved was a major part of Reuben and Kate’s wedding day. Kate recalls “We love that so many of our friends and family contributed to the day. A friend designed our invitation, we had a sewing bee to make the fabric flower garlands, Reuben’s brother made the cake, Reuben’s sister did Kate’s hair and a whole lot of other people contributed in so many ways leading up to the wedding.” Will Costello styled Kate’s makeup.

Kate wore a gown she purchased off the rack. She accessorised with jewels created by Yuko Fujita at Pieces of Eight Gallery. Kate walked down the aisle with Reuben to “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields.

Kate and Reuben married in Reuben’s parent’s garden. Kate explains “The whole thing took place took place in Reuben’s parents’ garden because it’s such a beautiful setting, and we wanted somewhere that felt personal. And it’s such an amazing garden! We were very happy to get married amongst the flowers and veggies, and with the chooks down the back. ” The couple were married by Gina Andrews.

The couple chose wedding rings from an artisan gallery. Kate explains “The three rings (engagement and two wedding bands) are by Suzi Zutic at Pieces of Eight Gallery

Of their photographer, Kate remarks “Sayher was brilliant. We met him at a friends’ wedding earlier this year and loved his photos. And he’s a really nice guy – just the kind of person you want to have around at a wedding!”

The wedding cake was made by Reuben’s brother, a former chef.

food&desire catered the wedding with sweets from Balhas Pastry and extra cakes made by Reuben’s mum and grandmother.

Congratulations Kate & Reuben! Thank you for sharing your wedding! Thank you also to Sayher Heffernan for sharing today’s wedding photographs!

Photographer: Sayher Heffernan / Bride’s Dress: Off The Rack / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Jewellery: by Yuko Fujita at Pieces of Eight Gallery / Makeup Artist: Will Costello / Flowers & Decor: Fowler’s Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Milly Sleeping / Catering: food&desire / Wedding Cake: Balhas Pastry / Ceremony Officiant: Gina Andrews / Wedding Rings: Suzi Zutic at Pieces of Eight Gallery

Melissa and Marc’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding Movie

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Wedding Films


I loved sharing Melissa and Marc’s wedding with you earlier today and I’m even more thrilled to share their gorgeous wedding movie with you from One Day In Mind. I love how the movie moves from anticipation, emotion to just a great celebration!

Melissa and Marc’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Melissa and Marc

Whenever I start to write up a wedding, I always read it like a book. I open the photos, I read the stories, the memories the moments and let it come together. Today’s wedding was so powerful to read and then I saw the photos – there was intense emotion. Laughter, tears and a sense that this day was momentous for Melissa and Marc – not just for the fact that they chose each other, they chose to say their vows. But as a day it seemed to open the doors and have the universe say “See! This is what love is! this is how amazing it can be!” and with that, I bring you the elegant, emotional wedding of Melissa and Marc.

Melissa tells the story of how she met Marc. “We met through a mobile phone shop, where I worked part time while studying.  Marc had an import business and supplied the store with his mobile phones, though he found himself making excuses that required him to attend the store far more often than necessary.  After six months of shop courtship, we finally started dating in December 2003, and within a couple of weeks Marc found himself joining my family for a memorable Christmas. I was a little worried what Marc might make of my family singing and dancing the night away, but the warm welcome he received ensured he came back time and again, and they have been together ever since!”

Photographs today are by Adam Finch of Studio Impressions who in the typical Studio Impressions style has captured elegant, stunning imagery that is simply beautiful. Melissa and Marc had their wedding filmed by One Day In Mind.

Melissa chose a stunning lace gown by MXM Couture and paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes. Her bridesmaids wore pale pink and black Alannah Hill gowns with matching pink shoes. The Powder Room styled the girls hair & makeup for the day.

The flowers for the day were styled by Green & Bloom. Melissa’s bouquet featured shades of white, cream and pink.

Putting their own touch on the day, Melissa and March met before the ceremony. Melissa explains “We decided to have a “first look” before the ceremony with just our bridal party and our close family. It made the moment of seeing each other for the first time so much more intimate and emotional “. Marc and his groomsmen wore suits from Precision Tailors.

“Marc waited for me at the bottom of the stairs at Customs House as I ‘snuck’ down behind him. I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around and we saw each other for the first time. I will never forget the look of admiration on Marc’s face as he saw me for the first time.”

Melissa recalls “My bridesmaids had teased me in the lead up to the wedding about becoming a bridezilla on the day, as throughout the planning process I had been quite relaxed and comfortable with our fabulous wedding planner’s assistance. However on the day, I was completely calm and not nervous at all! On the other hand, Marc was apparently very worried about me as he also thought I might be a nervous wreck. It wasn’t until I saw Marc waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs that I felt butterflies in my stomach. When we finally saw each other for the first time, we hugged, and I felt Marc breath a sigh of relief that I was okay.”


Of their photographer, Melissa says “Adam Finch was our photographer from Studio Impressions. Photography was one of the first things we booked…even before we found our location! It was a priority for us to have someone amazing, as the photos are what capture those special moments forever. We had always loved Studio Impressions’ style of photography and when we met Adam, we were really impressed with his work. We met with other photographers before we made our final decision, but kept comparing them to Adam so we knew we had found our match.”

Melissa and Marc held their wedding at Queensland Rugby Club overlooking the Brisbane river. Melissa remarks “Our whole wedding was held at the QLD Rugby Club – the ceremony was outside on the Tempo Terrace and the reception was inside in the Tempo Restaurant. The view was just breathtaking and luckily the rain held off so that we could marry on the open air terraced area. The food was amazing and the staff made us feel like royalty, pulling out my chair whenever they saw me get up and always making sure we had everything we needed.”

Melissa and Marc enlisted Victoria from The Little White Wedding Company to plan their wedding. Melissa notes “Our wedding planner Victoria Cameron from the Little White Wedding Company was incredible and without her, our dream wedding would never have happened. She understood our style and went above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of our wedding was perfect.” The terrace was set with black Tiffany chairs and masses of candles.

My favourite part of the wedding of Melissa and Marc is this moment and Melissa loves it too. ” I remember walking down the aisle – as my dad has passed away when I was 19. I decided it wouldn’t be right to replace him with someone to give me away. Instead, I walked in on my own and waited at the end of the aisle for Marc to come and greet me. Then we walked up the aisle together. It was a very emotional moment and was something different we hadn’t seen done before.”

16 Strings entertained guests and played as Melissa and Marc walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D. Melissa explains “I have a soft spot for music with strings, so a string quartet was a must for our ceremony. I have always wanted to walk down the isle to Canon in D as it is a gorgeous piece that gives me goosebumps.”

Melissa also loved the couple’s chosen wedding vows. She explains “We loved writing our own vows as it reminded us of why we wanted to get married and what we were willing to promise each other.”



The first look meant Melissa and Marc could celebrate with guests straight away. Melissa notes “I loved the fact we had our ceremony and then the reception straight afterwards meant that our guests didn’t have to wait around for us to get photos. We could relax and join in with them celebrating.”

A stunning black and white three tier wedding cake was created by Sweetums while Urban Weddings created the stationery for the wedding.

Melissa remarks ” Our wedding was unique, intimate and everything we dreamed it would be. ”

The first dance was played by Atmosphere DJs who kept guests dancing all night long. Melissa recalls”We wanted to make our first dance special, so we invested in some dance lessons with Gemma Davies who was recommended by our wedding planner. Gemma was amazing and helped us choreograph a dance to one of our favourite Ben Harper songs – Gold to Me. We got almost to the end of our dance and Marc said “I can’t believe I haven’t stepped on your dress!” and with the next step, he accidentally did. We quickly recovered with a dip and the crowd was none the wiser.”

Congratulations on your marriage Melissa and Marc! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Adam Finch of Studio Impressions for today’s images!

Photographer: Adam Finch, Studio Impressions / Cinematographer: One Day In Mind / Bride’s Dress: MXM Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Planner: The Little White Wedding Company / Flowers & Decor: Green & Bloom / Groom’s Attire: Precision Tailors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Venue: Tempo Terrace, QLD Rugby Club / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / DJ: Atmosphere DJ’s / Invitations & Stationery: Urban Weddings / Wedding Cake: Sweetums / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Dance Lessons: Gemma Davies