Claire and Stewart’s Elegant Tasmanian Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Claire and Stewart

Tasmania never fails to make me take a deep breath- the landscape is beyond stunning and the weddings that come out of the Southern state? Beautiful, relaxed and an understated elegance. Such is the elegant Tasmanian wedding of Claire and Stewart, I know you’ll agree!

Stewart tells the story of how and Claire came to be. “12 ½ years ago at university, the future bride tried out her pick-up moves on her future husband at a local bar to limited success. We are married now, so it must have worked. (written by the groom, of course!).”

The wedding photographs of Claire & Stewart are by Jonathan Wherrett who has a magical way of creating the most elegant photographs that capture the beauty of the couple, but also of the amazing Tasmanian landscape.

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Claire remarks “People often ask us why we chose Stanley to get married. With many accusing us of seeking payback for all the weddings we have had to travel to over the years, and consequently choosing a venue everyone had to travel to. However the actual reasons were because primarily, we wanted to use a venue with character, as we both love the history and diversity of Tasmania’s buildings. Secondly, we wanted a venue where we could take our own alcohol, as with the groom being a winemaker, we were quite particular about what wines we wanted. The benefit of the location, was that it was turned into a destination wedding, with everyone utilising the amazing B&B’s in Stanley and being able to see a wonderful part of Tasmania.”

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Stewart wore a suit from Godwin Charli and a tie from M.J Bale with shoes from Galizio Torresi . Each groomsmen was asked to wear  their own suits in a charcoal/blue/gray .

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Claire chose an incredible beaded gown from Gwendolynne with a custom dyed hair piece from Richard Nylon . Claire wore jeweled earrings from Samantha Wills, a Lovisa cuff and shoes from Inniu. She carried a bouquet by Beautiful Bloomin’ Florist .

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Claire and Stewart married at Highfield House. Claire explains “Highfield House’s tiny non-denominational stone chapel was used for the 3.30pm ceremony and the grounds were used for the cocktail hour. The old stone and timber threshing barn was ‘glamified’ by family and friends the days prior and used for the reception. The nearby stables were used by the caterers.”

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The bride’s mother and father walked Claire down the aisle to ‘Love Letter’ by Nick Cave. Claire remarks “Weeks before the wedding, I thought I would be nervous, however when the day came I was completely relaxed and really enjoyed the morning with my family. I didn’t think I would be able to look at Stew when it came time to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I walked into the chapel my eyes searched out his and they didn’t look away the entire ceremony. As soon as I got to Stew I had to give him a smooch.”tasmanian barn wedding

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Claire recalls “The ceremony was my favourite part as we wrote our own vows and made sure they were intimate and heartfelt but had a few jokes thrown in for good measure. We had a lot of comments about our ceremony.”wedding first kiss

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The couple held an “Afternoon session” after the ceremony. Musicians Jacob Boot & Laura Mead entertained guests as they enjoyed celebratory drinks (homemade lemonade and punch made by Claire’s mother) and chatter on fabric covered hay bales.

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Each bridesmaid chose their own dress. Claire explains “my sisters (Emma and Beck) wore Alannah Hill and my Matron of Honour (Lucy) wore Michelle Kim. Each Bridesmaid wore an Alannah Hill belt to coordinate.”

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Of their photographer, Claire says “Jonathan Wherrett was fantastic, and just so easy to have around. He managed to capture the ‘story’ of our day. We actually changed our wedding date to accommodate Jonathan being able to take our photos.”

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The majority of the wedding decor was handmade. A family friend made hessian table runners, the bride made embroidery fabric hoops, the flowers were a collaboration of family and friends, including Beautiful Bloomin’ Florist and placed in vintage glass jars sourced by the couple. The bride’s sister made the bunting.

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Claire says “For table seating, we used photos of the guests, with their seat numbers on the back. The guests had to find their photographs (which were hanging from string weighted by sinkers, and attached with wooden pegs) to determine their seating location for the wedding.”

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The favors were “Assorted Jams (Greengage, Blackberry, Raspberry, Brambleberry, Whiskey Marmalade, Plum, Apricot) made by my mother, in a mix-match of jars covered with calico and tied with an assortment of coloured wool. The name tags were handwritten by Stewart and contained a sprig of rosemary.” All stationery was painted and printed by the groom.

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The wedding was catered by Olive Tree Catering  and Claire and Stewart decided on not one but three wedding cakes made by Claire’s brother in law (of Andy’s Bakery) and decorated by friends. The cakes were decadent flavours – Chocolate brownie, Orange Cake with Coconut & Lime and Chocolate, Raspberry & Grand Marnier cake.

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The lighting was arranged by the couple. From the festoon lights to the candle lanterns! Claire explains “The candle lanterns made from as assortment of large (and different) jam jars, tied with wire to make handles. They were then filled with sand and a candle was placed in each jar. They were then placed around the dance floor. For the festoon lights we bought coloured party lights and searched high and low for 60 plain old fashioned festoon lights. We had to replace each light and strung them up in the main reception area.”

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The first dance was performed by DJ Dane Hunnerup who also looked after the ceremony music. Claire remembers “Our first dance was to Lanie Lane’s ‘Bang Bang’. It was unrehearsed, upbeat and fun!”

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Claire says “I  remember people saying before the wedding, to try and take time out to enjoy the day because it goes by so quickly. I remember taking that in and stopping and looking around at everyone who was there….. either having a laugh, on the dance floor or outside by the fire pit, and thinking how lucky we were to have these people in our lives and to be able to celebrate with us.”

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Congratulations Claire and Stewart! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Bride's Dress: Gwendolynne / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon / Bride's Shoes: INNIU shoes / Flowers & Decor: Collaboration of family and friends, including Beautiful Bloomin' Florist / Venue: Highfield House / Afternoon Session Music: Jacob Boot & Laura Mead / DJ: Dane Hunnerup / Groom's Attire: Godwin Charli / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: M.J Bale / Wedding Cake: Andy's Bakery / Catering: Olive Tree Catering
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Justine and Cameron’s Relaxed Balmoral Wedding

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


Justine & Cameron

Intimacy is sometimes the most beautiful thing- especially at a wedding. Today’s celebration is an intimate waterside wedding in Sydney’s Balmoral. Our couple, Justine & Cameron met while working together and did away with many wedding traditions (including the first dance) in order to have a relaxed, quiet and beautiful celebration with their loved ones.

Photos today are by the Nerida McMurray Photography team and are classic, simple and no fuss- rather like the wedding really!

The classic black and white wedding invitations were designed and made by Le Bon Bon.

Justine wore a strapless lace gown from Brides Of Beecroft and had a friend style her bouquet.

The couple chose iconic Sydney venue Bathers Pavilion for their wedding ceremony and reception. Justine remarks “Bathers is great – no need to do anything.  They are so professional, so the afternoon and evening flowed beautifully.  We got married on the balcony and had dinner there also, so guests didn’t have to go anywhere.”

Synergy Duo played the music for the event, including Justine’s choice of processional- Angus and Julia Stone’s “The Wedding Song.”

Justine describes the wedding as “Small and casual, without all the bells and whistles”.

Justine’s bridesmaid wore a black lace gown from Review. Cameron wore a Hugo Boss suit.

Justine describes their photographer as, “Fabulous – we wanted relaxed, non-posing photos and Karina did this for us.  We actually forgot she was there most of the time.  We also asked for photos to take maximum 45 minutes so we could get back to guests and she helped us to achieve that.”

The reception at Bathers was simply decorated with small pieces of white and pink blooms.

The littlest guests were gifted small glass jars filled with jellybeans and tied with polka dot ribbon and entertained with wedding themed sticker books.

Congratulations Justine and Cameron! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to the Nerida McMurray Photography team for sharing their wedding!

Photographer: Nerida McMurray Photography / Bride's Dress: Brides of Beecroft / Flowers: Friend of the bride / Venue: Bathers Pavilion / Band: Synergy Duo / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Invitations & Stationery: Le Bon Bon

Fluffy Pink Gala

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I loved this dusty rose gown and nude headpiece from Ruche and it inspired me to create a fluffy pink wedding celebration. Texture is always a winner with me, but there’s touches of cherry red and pale blues to stop the pink from being too feminine and girly (though there is no denying this is one very feminine inspiration board!).

Something Borrowed headband from Ruche, Heart place card from Martha Stewart Weddings,  table photo Mark Brooke via Style Me Pretty, Invitation by Alia Designs via Maharani Weddings, Bride photo by  James Christianson Photography  via Style Me Pretty, Flower photo by Caroline Ghetes Photography via Ruffled, rose & ginger cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings,


The Surprise Proposal of Bekk & Josh

by | Bride, Engagements


I have such a beautiful engagement for you today and the best part is? It’s a surprise! Bekk and Josh were modelling for a inspiration shoot when there was a rather lovely surprise! Forget the blue box, I think this red box has a soft spot in my heart!

Madeleine of Etta Photography explains “These two were part of a styled fashion collaboration shoot between four north Brisbane suppliers (Etta Photography  Rebecca Williams  Emma Hemsley Hairdressing  & Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry ) and this was the last scene in it.  Unbeknownst to her he was going to propose and in so doing have it captured forever (and we were all in on it!). How many girls get to have their hair & makeup done beautifully, get to wear cool clothes and feel gorgeous in a photo shoot when they get proposed to?!”

Madeleine of Etta Photography says, “You will see the first shots where she is holding the red box (just with paper hearts in it) – then she goes back into the field, HE then gets the box (slips in the ring) and then after a few of those shots SHE holds it again BUT she is none the wiser what is in there now until he gets on one knee and opens it again..! She was like…what the…..!? ”

Keep your eyes on Josh…


Photographer: Etta Photography / Fashion Stylist: Rebecca Williams / Prop Stylist: Juliette Hooper / Hairstylist: Emma Hemsley Hairdressing / Makeup Artist: Rachael from RAW Makeup Artistry / Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Grace Designs / Chair: Peak Crossing Antiques