Ashlie and Chris’ Vintage Beach Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Ashlie & Chris

Ashlie & Chris celebrated their wedding on Rainbow Beach with such a pretty vintage infusion. Buttons featured throughout the day from Ashlie’s wedding bouquet to the wedding cake and added a little piece of whimsy charm.

Ashlie tells their story. “We met at the Magic Millions race day in 2009, spent the day together, then went our separate ways.  6 months later, we had a chance encounter through a mutual friend and we have been together since.”

The photo today are by Rebecca Robson at B.WED Wedding Photography who shot her first wedding, with Ashlie and Chris in such a romantic way!

Ashlie wore a gown from Brides by Mancini paired with Tony Bianco heels. She recalls “!  It was so stunning but so comfortable; everything I was looking for in a dress.”

The wedding ceremony was held at Laurie Hanson Park, Rainbow Beach. Ashlie explains, “The wedding venues hold a sentimental significance for the my family, being the destination of every Christmas Day since I was four years old.  The ceremony was set up in the park overlooking the beach before heading to the nearby Inskip Point for photos.”

Ashlie and Chris chose a Friday for their wedding. Ashlie remembers, “Being a Friday wedding, just two days after Anzac Day, most guests arrived at Rainbow on the Wednesday and stayed through the weekend, making it a five day celebration.  We both moved away from Brisbane a few years back so this was a fantastic opportunity for us to catch-up and celebrate with friends we hadn’t seen in years in some cases.”

Of their photographer, Ashlie says, “The photographer, Bec, was amazing.  She has captured the day in some magic shots exactly in the style we were after.”

The celebrations continued at Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club. Ashlie says “The reception at the bowls club was made special by the amazing staff who created an incredibly intimate atmosphere in their huge function room and were only too happy to cater for bare-foot bowls for guests between the ceremony and reception. “

Ashlie says “We decorated the tables entirely with items we already owned; tea cups, Grandma’s crystal, antique cameras, etc.”

For their first dance, Ashlie recalls, “We danced to Keith Urban’s ‘Making Memories of Us’, then got everyone up on the dance floor with Beyonce’s Love on Top.”

Congratulations Ashlie and Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Rebecca Robson at B.WED Wedding Photography  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: B.WED Wedding Photography / Bride's Dress: Brides by Mancini / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Dresses: Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee / Hairstylist: Doreen Wallace of Wallace Hairdressing / Invitations & Stationery: Stationery Online / Ceremony Venue: Laurie Hanson Park, Rainbow Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Liz Pforr / Reception Venue: Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation Club / Wedding Cake: Groom's Mother
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Melinda and Shaun’s Autumn Winery Wedding

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


Melinda and Shaun

There is something about Autumn weddings with their beautiful colours that gets me every time. Add that to a beautiful winery setting which is so beautiful in Autumn and you have a beautiful day!

Melinda and Shaun explain how they met.We met 7 years ago at a music gig that Shaun was playing at, 2 weeks before Shaun was due to leave for 8 months of overseas duties for the Royal Australian Navy. We kept in touch and got to know each other via emails, letters and postcards. Upon his return 8 months later we were inseparable.”

Milk and Honey Photography captured the photos with all the warmth and love shown with the couple’s happiness.

Melinda wore a gown from Sottero and Midgely while her bridesmaids wore sage green gowns made by Nicole Michelle Couture. The bouquets were styled by Nats Flowerlicious. Melinda explains ” We specifically chose the bouquets to be bright and colourful, which are a standout in our photos.”

There was one little funny hiccup on the day, Melinda explains. “An hour before the ceremony, a huge storm hit the Hunter Valley and we lost power to all rooms in the accommodation where the guests and bridal party were getting ready. This resulted some imaginative solutions for people getting ready, and the groomsmen were stuck with half ironed shirts. Female guests were also using the wild winds to blow-dry their hair so they could get to the chapel on time. Thankfully the storm blew over and we had gorgeous weather for the both the ceremony and the photo shoot.”

Melinda and Shaun held their ceremony at Peppers Creek Chapel.

One of Shaun’s favourite memories was, “The look on both of our faces when we saw each other for the first time as Mel was about to walk down the aisle.”

Melinda describes the day as,  “A big fun party! Our wedding day was a relaxing day full of fun, friends and a lot of laughter and joy, exactly what we had hoped for.”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds recall, “Mel’s older sister used Milk and Honey for her wedding in 2005, and we had always admired their wedding photos and album.  When we met with Milk and Honey we knew they would be just as spectacular for our wedding. Our photos tell our story, and really reflect the fun we had on the day. We literally had half the usual time for our official shoot due to the way the venue was run, and Matt and Laura directed us really well and made sure we were happy and had the photos we wanted every step of the way. Despite the lack of time, we have ended up with such gorgeous images to keep forever.”

The reception continued in Peppers Creek Barrel Room.

For favors, Melinda explains ” I made these with my mum. Mum baked over 600 biscuits from a favourite and traditional family recipe from the 1940’s. We then put a portion of biscuits into a white paper bag with the story of how the recipe has come to fame in our family over the generations.”


The cake was made by a friend, Melinda explains, “Our cake was a surprise, in her previous careers, Mel and Jen worked together as chefs, and Jen offered to make our wedding cake.  Exactly what the cake was going to be was kept a secret from us and we had no idea what it would be like. As the photos show it was beautiful (and delicious!)”

For the first dance, the couple recall “This to Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a very optimistic and fun version. This was a special moment for us as this song was performed by our groomsmen Carl Riseley and Ashley Lewis, whom Shaun grew up playing and performing music with.”

Congratulations on your marriage Melina and Shaun! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Milk and Honey Photography for today’s photographs!

Photographer: Milk & Honey Photography / Styling & Hire: Decorating Dreams, Hunter Valley / Bride's Dress: Sottero and Midgely - Adorae Satin Gown / Groom's Attire: Adelaide Bridal Centre / Groomsmen Attire: Adelaide Bridal Centre / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicole Michelle Couture / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Hair & Makeup Artist: Hair By Emma / Flowers & Decor: Nats Flowerlicious / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by the Bride and Groom with products from Amazing Paper / Ceremony Venue: Peppers Creek Chapel, Pokolbin Hunter Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Victoria Langham / Reception Venue: Peppers Creek Chapel, Pokolbin Hunter Valley / Band: Kaleidoscope 02 9365 606 / Catering: Casuarina Catering / Wedding Cake: Jennifer Spencer (Family Friend) / Transport: Princess Classic Cars

Jessica and Joel’s Rustic Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Jessica & Joel

I love the colourful, festive nature of today’s rustic wedding! The couple DIY’d their own decor, collecting vintage crystal glassware, making decorations and making the space their own, turning it into a beautiful wedding day.

The couple held their wedding day at Kenilworth Homestead in the heart of the Mary Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

The photos of the wedding were taken by Elleni Toumpas  who captured the lightness, fun and festival feeling to the wedding through her photographs.

Jessica chose the Melanie dress by Ann Bertossi from Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings. Joel wore clothes he already owned, by added a vest from RetroStar Vintage Clothing.

The bridesmaids wore gowns they already owned.

Jessica remembers “As I started walking towards the ceremony I caught a glimpse of Joel waiting for me and I started crying and walking too fast. Having my mum and dad there by my side, making sure I didn’t sprint towards him, and supporting me right until the end was really special. ”

Of their photographer, Jessica says,  “The wonderful Elleni! Found her through a Google search and am so glad we did. We clicked with her from the get go and her relaxed and professional approach was perfect on the day. She seemed to always be in the right place at the right time without it ever seeming forced our taking away from the natural pace of things. The photos we have received back have literally taken our breath away – she is amazingly talented and was able to really capture the essence of the day. ”

Jessica remarks “The best (and if I’m honest: the scariest) part about the wedding planning process was the DIY projects. We wanted to make sure the whole day was very personal and true to who we are; and having a DIY wedding let us stretch our creative flair, was friendly on the budget, and lets our nearest and dearest get involved….whether they liked it or not!

I loved shopping in fabric stores and sewing with my mum. I’ve always watched mum sew, and have loved looking through the fabric she’s collected over the years, but it now feels like something we can share and rummaging through op shops for bits and bobs with my now husband Joel. There is something very soothing about spending a lazy Sunday poking through old books and dusty bric a brac – it was a great antidote to the sometimes stressful wedding planning process.”

Tables were decorated with vintage crystal wear old tea pots and vintage crockery. Jessica recalls “Travels with my Aunt” run out of the Paddington Antique Centre in Brisbane and were able to source nearly all the vintage finery that we could not make ourselves.  This included plates for all guests, vintage crystal glasses (wedding favours), the lawn games, and many of the items used to set the mood.  They are also associated with “Aladdins Antique Fairs” which operate a few times a year where we were able to source a few more items.  We could not have done it without them.”

Jessica remarks “Sitting in the barn next to each-other and with all our guests laughing and having a great time, we both felt proud and immensely happy on how it’d all come together. I’m starting to tear up just thinking about it now!”

An Oreo cupcake wedding cake tower (or three!) was made by My Little Cupcake Empire. The couple made S’Mores packages for guests to enjoy as the dancing started. Jessica explains “The S’Mores were such a hit. We packaged up marshmallows, freddos and some biscuits with a skewer so people could roast them together on the fire. Everyone seemed to love it. Standing around the barn fire with our friends and family eating our wedding dessert, was a lot of fun.”

Jessica remembers “We didn’t have an official first dance, but there was a moment, later in the night when everyone was up on the dancefloor or around the bar, and I saw Joel on the outside of the barn looking in and soaking it all up. I went and joined him and we danced out there by ourselves, swaying to the music while we listened to the sounds of the party inside the barn. It was a really special moment, one that I’ll never forget.”

Congratulations Jessica and Joel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Elleni Toumpas  for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Elleni Toumpas / Bride's Dress: Paddington Weddings / Groom's Vest: RetroStar Vintage Clothing / Hairstylist: Mel from Velvet on Montville / Makeup Artist: Phoebe Woods / Flowers & Decor: Pink and Purple Petals / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Kenilworth Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Kari Celebrant / Ceremony Musicians: Offenbach Strings / Band: Band BluesCorp / Catering: Culinart Catering / Wedding Cake: My Little Cupcake Empire / Vintage Accessories: Travels With My Aunt / Vintage Hire & Accessories: Aladdins Antique Fairs

Heidi and Adam’s Elegant Northern Beaches Wedding

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 Heidi and Adam

I love heading up to the beaches in Sydney, Manly Beach is always a favourite and the meandering drive up the coast always sends my mind wandering. Today’s celebration starts in Manly and moves to Palm Beach soaking in the full magic of the area.

Heidi tells their story. “I noticed Adam at a seminar, and boldly asked him out by email.  He responded with a single red rose delivered to me saying ‘yes.’”

Photographs today are by Deus Photography who has captured such beautiful photographs of Heidi and Adam’s wedding day.

The wedding had a soft colour scheme with the bridesmaids wearing baby pink gowns by Zimmerman and the groom wearing a cream Versace suit with groomsmen in grey Oxford suits.

Heidi wore a Pronovias gown and carried a bouquet of white blooms.

Heidi and Adam were married at Ceretti Chapel Manly.

Heidi remembers, “The car ride with my dad to church was very special – being able to thank him for everything he has done for me, being an amazing father, and his help with the wedding. Knowing my dad was so proud and happy for me marrying Adam.    We were both getting teary whilst waiting out the front of the church and hearing the entrance music.”

Heidi’s sister not only helped plan and style the wedding but helped Heidi create much of the paper treats for the wedding. Heidi remembers “We made name tags, invites, seating plans and decorations – all done by my maid of honour / interior designer sister.   It meant a lot to be surrounded by personal touches throughout the day.

I loved my sister being with me through all the planning, and then knowing she was there with me for the whole day – getting ready, at the altar, every part of it.  Also knowing I could totally trust her judgement with things like flower arrangements and jewellery and the small touches as I was living in Darwin and trying to organise the wedding in Sydney!”

Heidi walked down the aisle to “Now We Are Free” by Hans Zimmer from the Gladiator soundtrack.

Heidi loved the ceremony. She remarks “The beautiful ceremony at Ceretti Chapel – our priest helped make it a very spiritual, symbolic and meaningful ceremony where Adam and I could connect and become present to our commitment.”

When there is a wedding one needs cake! Heidi remembers “Immediately following church we moved next door to rooms in the International College of Management venue for cutting of cake and prosecco!  This meant we could socialise some more with guests, and that guests got to actually enjoy and eat our beautiful cake.  This part of the wedding was meant to be in the Gardens outdoors however the heavy morning rain meant a move indoors.   We didn’t mind though as the room had a beautiful large balcony overlooking Manly Beach and northern beaches.”

Of their photographers, Heidi says “They came recommended by a friend and were very professional and non-invasive which I really appreciated. We absolutely love our wedding images, they really captured all the beautiful moments across the day.”

Heidi and Adam held their reception at Barrenjoey House, Palm Beach, Heidi recalls “We couldn’t think of a better place for our reception, in the relaxed town of Palm Beach, where we could see the sunset over the water from our tables.  The food is always lovely and the restaurant has a rustic, intimate feel to it.   The accommodation right upstairs was an added bonus for our guests’ convenience.”

For their first dance, Heidi recalls “Our first dance was to Franki Valli and the Four Seasons “I Love You Baby”… sung by my beautiful and talented cousin Amber Lawrence which made it really special.”

Congratulations Heidi and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Deus Photography for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Deus Photography / Cinematographer: Dreamworks / Wedding Planner: Sister Of The Bride Amy Wenden / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Groom's Attire: Versace / Groomsmen Attire: Oxford / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hair & Makeup Artist: Suzanne Riordan / Invitations & Stationery: Amy Wenden / Ceremony Venue: Ceretti Chapel Manly / Ceremony Officiant: Father Kevin John Tuitu'tu / Reception Venue: Barrenjoey House / Band: Grover