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Jess & Jan’s Romantic Beachside Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Newlywed Beach wedding photo

Jess & Jan

There is something truly beautiful about Jess and Jan’s romantic beach side wedding. The couple hired a house on the weekend and spent most of their wedding barefoot in the sand. They said their vows under an arbour made out of driftwood just before the ceremony, they danced in the sand with their favourite people under fairy lights as the stars shone and they chose White Images to capture it all.

Jess tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met at the hospital where I work. I’m an ED Nurse and Jan’s a Paramedic. Jan proposed on my 30th birthday, which also happened to be the day we moved into the house that we had built together. He proposed using my nan’s ring as it would be a while until we could get the engagement and wedding rings from South Africa. They arrived the day before the wedding!”

Peach and pink rose bouquetWhite boutonnierie

Flowers by Serena created beautiful floral arrangements for the day in tones of white, blush pink and sweet apricot.

Bride putting gown on

Bride putting dress on

Jess wore a wedding gown from Wedding Dress Wonderland, telling, “I got my dress from ‘Wedding Dress Wonderland’ located on the Gold Coast. When looking for a dress I knew I wanted something different… I was lucky enough to find exactly what I wanted on the first day of looking! They had just designed and made the dress and no one had yet purchased one. My measurements were taken and my dress arrived shortly after – it was perfect! Although it wasn’t a “beachy” design to match the wedding, I loved how comfortable and simple it was and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Bride on wedding dress wonderland dressBride with loose braid

bride with father

Bride in v neck wedding dressWhite bouquet with peach and pink roses

Beach wedding setup

The wedding was planned together with Stradbroke Island Events which was held on the beach in front of Beach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island.

Beach wedding drinks station

Groom at beach wedding

Stradbroke Wedding ceremony location

Jess walked down the aisle to Ben Harper – Forever.

Stradbroke Ceremony

Beach ceremony on Stradbroke Island

Jess remembers, “My friends made our arbour about an hour before the ceremony out of driftwood on the beach – I absolutely loved it!”

Amity Point Wedding

Beach Willo’s Wedding

Sheryl Gotje officiated the ceremony.

Sheryl Gotje Celebrant

Sheryl Gotje Wedding

Kissing at  Stradbroke Island WeddingBeach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island

Sandy beahc weddng photo

Bride with long sleeve gown at beach

“The day was amazing. I was a little nervous as I had no back up plan. If it rained – we were all going to get drenched! We have a similar outlook on life… Life is too short! We want to spend the rest of our lives being happy, healthy and exploring new and wonderful things.”

Bride with long train at beach

Black and white newlywed photo

Stradbroke Island Wedding Photo by White ImagesWhite Images Chloe

Wedding photo by Chloe of White Images

Stradbroke Island Newlyweds

Of their photographer, Jess remembers, “She was amazing! We are so happy with our photos and she was fantastic to work with. We wanted the photos to be quite natural and they are just that.”

Stradbroke Island Wedding Venue

Beach bride with long sleeve gown

Wedding Photo White ImagesBride in gown by Wedding Gown Wonderland

Flowers by serena

Beach wedding photo

Bride and groom on beachSunset beach wedding photo

Beautiful beach wedding photo

Queensland beach wedding photo

Pink rose centrepieceBeach wedding decor

Jess tells, “All I wanted was fairy lights, candles and flowers. We had all that and it was absolutely perfect.”

Beach wedding outside venue

Prawns at beach wedding

A friend catered the wedding, which was held on the sand, Jess noting, “The food, wine and cocktails… We were so lucky to be able to choose every single thing we wanted for the wedding. Everyone was so full from all the amazing food! We also had a variety of delicious cocktails to drink made by the bar staff. Having the flexibility to do what we wanted with the food and drinks made everything wonderfully economical.”

Fairy lights at wedding

Beach Outdoor wedding Australia

Guests danced the night away on the sand to Shag Rock.

Stradbroke Island Beach Wedding reception

Stradbroke Island reception venue

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jan! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to White Images for sharing this wedding with us!

Photographer: White Images / Cinematographer: NSI Productions / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stradbroke Island Events / Bride’s Dress: Wedding Dress Wonderland / Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother's Earrings / Groom’s Attire: Made in Vietnam / Hairstylist: Jo (Friend) / Makeup Artist: Hannah / Flowers: Flowers by Serena / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Venue: Beach Willo’s, Amity Point Stradbroke Island / Ceremony Officiant: Sheryl Gotje / Band: Shag Rock / Favors: Stubby Holders From Soup Can / Catering: Mariah (Friend)
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Southern Romance Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Wedding chairs

I love the simplicity of white at a wedding. Something about that crisp simplicity lends itself to elegance and charm.

Today’s styled shoot is packed full of southern romance wedding inspiration. Simple white is paired with taupe striped linens, shades of brown are added in wood tones and stationery and together it all makes for a sophisticated, beautiful wedding colour palette.

Today’s shoot, a collaboration between Byron Loves Fawn and The One Day House takes place at the beautiful Cedar Creek Hall. The garden ceremony scene is set underneath a majestic tree, the reception under the sky. Flowers are plentiful, style even more so.

White and green wedding floral arrnagement

Cedar Creek LodgeGate Wedding Ceremony Backdrop

White floral arrangement at outdoor ceremonyVintage wooden ceremony chairs  White vase with white flowers at wedding

Wedding ceremony under tree Vintage Chair With Cushion For WeddingWhite wedding floral arrangement

The One Day House Wedding HireVintage tablecloth at wedding ceremony

rusted gate ceremony backdropWhite with green wedding ceremony flowers

Vintage gate Wedding Ceremony decor

White wedding tablescape ideas

All white wedding tablescape

white wedding flower arrangementWhite wedding table

White wedding table ideasDark wooden table with white for wedding

Kraft placecard with white ink

Floral placecard detailsWhite wedding table with greenery

Wooden table with white for wedding

White calligraphy thank you tags

Kraft and white wedding stationery

Kraft wedding invitation with white inkWhite ink wedding invitations

Wedding menu with white calligraphy

White calligraphy wedding envelope

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Styling, furniture hire, stationery & floral arrangements: The One Day House / Venue: Cedar Creek Hall

Naomi & Ben’s Botanical Inspired Wedding

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


Sydney bushland wedding

Naomi & Ben

Naomi and Ben chose a hot Summer’s day for their botanical inspired wedding. They wed at a lookout overlooking the ocean before celebrating with their favourite people at a restaurant in Akuna Bay. They wanted their wedding day to be inspired by nature and in places that they both loved together. Lucy Leonardi was there to capture the memories.

Naomi tells of their journey. “We had actually known each other since high school, but weren’t really friends. about 10 years after school, we re-met at the local pub through a mutual friend.”

Alexander McQueen WeddingGroom in leopard print shoes

Ben chose an Alexander McQueen suit with leopard print shoes by Burberry.

Lace Anaessia Dress

The bride wore a short dress by Anaessia. She remarks “Chosen for it’s uniqueness, it was a shorter style dress with a floral embroidered slip – perfect for hot summer wedding!”

Bow on Anaessia GownGreen wedding shoesBride in Anaessia DressBride in short Anaessia Dress

Chiho Kobayashi Flowers created the floral arrangements, or rather greenery arrangements! Naomi telling, “The bouquet and button holes were all different shades of green, and there was actually no flowers any where in the wedding dressings. She is super talented, all I told her is that I want a green bouquet with various foliage and she did her magic!”

Bridesmaids in magenta dresses

Ford XY Falcon GT Wedding Car

West Head LookoutBridesmaid in printed dress

Naomi and Ben chose West Head Lookout for their ceremony, a place where they were surrounded by the bush and where Ben had done a lot of rock climbing over the years.

Bride walking down aisle with parents

Naomi walked down the aisle with her parents to “Audrey” by Dave Brubeck.

West Head Lookout Marriage Ceremony

Nitza Lowenstein officiated the ceremony, the bride telling, “We had a Jewish ceremony, under a Chuppah made by my mother. It was a fairly casual and natural ceremony, that reflected the environment it was held in. There were lots of laughs.”

Bride with loose curly updoSydney lookout West Head Lookout Wedding


Nitza Lowenstein Sydney Celebrant

Nitza Lowenstein Celebrant


Sydney marriage ceremony

West Head Lookout Wedding Ceremony

Sydney wedding first kiss

Sydney Lookout Wedding

Wedding at West Head Lookout

Bride and bridesmaids at lookout

Newlyweds at Akuna BayNewlyweds at West Head Lookoit


Lucy Leonardi Photography

Sydney newlyweds

Sydney bushland wedding photos

Sydney bushland bride and groomLucy Leonardi

Of their photographer, Naomi remarks, “Lucy is not only a close friend but an outstanding photographer. She made sure everyone felt comfortable, relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. We love every shot she has captured for us and will treasure them forever.”

Sydney headland wedding photo

Sydney bride and groom

Foliage wedding bouquetBride with curly hairstyle

Bride and groom at West head Lookout

Akuna BayHerb wedding centrepieces

Naomi and Ben held their wedding at Cielo Akuna Bay, a place they had often been fishing together, and continued the botanical style to their decor, remembering, “The table dressings were edible plants – which doubled as favors. We also used Astro Turf as the aisle for the ceremony to stay inline with the botanical theme.”

Spring garden wedding centrepieceCheese wedding cake wih dried figs

Cheese board at weddingPotted plant wedding decor

Instead of a traditional sweet cake, Naomi and Ben chose a cheese wheel cake, which they cut with a Samurai sword.

CHampagne Sabre

Almond brittle wedding favorsPlacecards with green detail

As wedding favors, the groom’s mother made home made dark chocolate almond brittle.

Hora at Australian wedding

Hora at Cielo Wedding Venue

The wedding was a beautiful acknowledgement of the bride and groom’s cultures, Naomi noting, “Being a “half” Jewish wedding, we opened with a traditional Hora.”

Jewish Hora

Photo of hora

Cutting cake with champagne sabreWedding at Cielo

Dancing at Australian wedding

Of their first dance Naomi remembers, “We chose “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry Inspired by John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.”

First dance at Australian wedding

Newlyweds dancing

SYdney hora

Opening champagne with a sabre

One of the favourite memories of the night was the gift from the groom’s brother – a champagne sabre!

Sydney wedding band

Naomi remembers, “At the end of the night, the band invited the groom and some musical friends to come and play a song on stage – which ended up being “little wing” by Jimmi Hendrix.”

Congratulations Naomi and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucy Leonardi  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Lucy Leonardi / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Rabbit Projects / Bride’s Dress: Anaessia / Groom’s Attire: Alexander McQueen / Groom's Shoes: Burberry / Flowers: Chiho Kobayashi Flowers / Ceremony Venue: West Head Lookout / Ceremony Officiant: Nitza Lowenstein / Chuppah: Made by bride's mother / Reception Venue: Cielo Akuna Bay / Band: Sydney Wedding Band

Fiona & Martin’s Colourful Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Objektiv Photography Wedding Photography

Fiona & Martin

As a flower lover, I am kind of head over heels for Fiona’s incredible trailing bouquet. But then there was more – a cheese table, hand dyed napkins in brilliantly beautiful colours, a flower girl who might have stolen my heart and the most important thing- a love story that is strong, beautiful and so beautifully told through photographs by Objektiv Photography.

Fiona tells their story of how they came to be. “My housemate had offered Martin a place to stay when he first moved to Perth. When he arrived, my housemate was away on business so I picked Martin up from the airport first thing in the morning without knowing him at all. We were friends for a while before we took the plunge to something more.”

Groom putting on waistcoat

Groom with groomsmen in waistcoats

Blush bridesmaid gowns

Fiona’s bridesmaids wore custom made nude pink gowns with sequinned panels by Chakaleyla.

Bride getting readyButtoning brides dress

Bride with flowers in her hairBride in gown with sparkling waist band

Fiona chose her wedding gown by Hob Nob Bridal, telling, “My dress was simple and classical. The moment I put it on I just felt happy and like I thought how a bride would feel. I love the clean cut lines and the embellishment around the waist – and most of all I felt comfortable, I was able to move around with ease.”

Bride walking down stairs

Bride with eucalypt leaves louquetBride with flower hair style

Botanica Naturalis created beautiful floral arrangements for the day, Fiona telling, “Our flowers were amazing. Anna from Botanica Naturalis was involved early in the piece and took all my crazy ideas and made them a reality. The aisle was a carpet of crunchy leaves with a hanging arbour at the end, the flowers in my hair were something out of a fairy tale and the bouquets were full of beautiful colours and sparkle, framed by native greenery.”

Bride walking to wedding

Winery wedding venue

Fiona and Martin married at Brookside Vineyard, Fiona remarks, “We chose to have the ceremony and reception all at the vineyard as we didn’t want parts of the day cut out with traveling from one spot to the other, plus the venue was perfect for both. Brookside Vineyard is a small boutique winery with a gorgeous outlook, amazing wine and a fantastic restaurant – The Vineyard Kitchen. The converted wine making shed was perfect for an intimate reception. After eating there one Sunday afternoon we knew this was the spot we’d get married – if only for the food and wine alone!”


Flowergirl walking down the aisle

Of her walk down the aisle, Fiona remembers, “We had a jazz duo (Rick Webster and Allira Wilson) sing and play “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis. The words said it simply and Allira’s vocals added to the beauty of the moment. They played later into the day as well – beautiful music!”

Bride walking down the aisle

Wedding vows at Brookside Vineyard

Bridesmaids at Brookside Vineyard

Suzy Thom Marriage Ceremony

Suzy Thom officiated the ceremony, Fiona remembering, “Our ceremony was beautiful, such joy! We both surprised each other with the honesty and love in our vows and we laughed and cried and smiled till our cheeks hurt the whole way through. Our celebrant, Suzy Thom, made sure we crafted the whole thing to feel just like us. We didn’t want it to feel orchestrated or formal and it wasn’t. It was just warm and insanely happy!”

Suzy Thom Wedding Celebrant

Wedding Ceemony at Brookside Vineyard

Mismmatched chairs at wedding ceremony

Fiona recalls, “One of my bridesmaids collected old wooden chairs off the side of verge collections for the ceremony – amazing dedication to her role!”

Western Australian vineyard wedding

Rose petal exit for newlyweds

Winery hugs and kisses post wedding

Post ceremony elebrations

Cheese table at Brookside Vineyard

Post ceremony, guests celebrated with drinks and cheese – Fiona telling, “My love of cheese came to the day as well. Elizabeth from The Little Deli, Guildford catered five specially selected cheeses with all the extras to go with them for the drinks between the ceremony and the reception, which the guests are still raving about! Mladen our photographer had a hard time keeping me for photos afterwards as I knew I was missing out on them!”

Bridal party with Kombi van

Brookside Vineyard Wedding

Brookside Vineyard Wedding photo

Of their photographer, Fiona tells, “Objektiv Wedding Photography is a Perth based boutique studio, comprising a husband (photographer) and wife (editor + designer) team. Mladen from Objektiv Photography – what a professional. We are both not the most comfortable in front of the camera but he made sure he got what he needed from us and we were so grateful when we saw the photos. He caught the day perfectly.”

Objektiv Photography

Bride and groom at Brookside VineyardNewly married couple at Brookside Vineyard

Newlyweds in Autumn vineyard

Bride with bridesmaids in sequin gowns

There were so many parts of the day Fiona treasures. “Hand picked flowers arriving from Martin on the morning of the wedding, Dad walking me down the aisle, seeing each other for the first time, laughing in the vines with our groomsmen and bridesmaids, our cheeky little flower girl, the amazing speeches from our loved ones. It was such a happy happy day and we fully experienced these moments with each other.”

Brookside Vineyard Groomsmen

Greenery garland at wedding reception

The magic floral arrangements by Botanica Naturalis continued to the reception inside The Vineyard Kitchen, Fiona remembering, “Anna hung a 4m swing of flowers over the wedding table that made all my dreams come true. Place cards were eucalyptus leaves with names written in gold. She added amazing touches everywhere you looked – even on the cake! The great thing was they didn’t go to waste, we stripped the place bare at the end of the night and sent our guests home with them.”

Hanging garland of greenerry at wedding

Wedding seating chart idea

Naked weddinf cake with australian nativesHand dyed hot pink wedding napkin

A three-tier naked wedding cake was a special gift to the couple. “My maid of honour was a complete angel and made our wedding cake, which was so tasty and looked awesome.”

Hand dyed yellow wedding napkin

Fiona wanted the reception to be light and bright, so she dyed each napkin herself, telling, “I felt like a crazy person, ombre dipping napkins all the colours of the rainbow the week before the wedding, but they looked amazing! All the different colours lining the tables, quite a few of the guests nabbed a bunch to take home”

Hand dyed blue wedding napkinWedding table with colourd napkins

Brookside Vineyard Wedding Reception

Wedding tablescape with coloured napkins

Brookside Vineyard Reception

Speeches at Perrth Wedding

Fiona notes, “The wedding was small, just 60 guests, and we wanted it to feel warm and intimate, when we said our vows we wanted it to be with the people who knew us and loved us the most. There wasn’t a theme as such, but it was colourful and full of delicious things to eat and drink, with touches of the beautiful WA bush that we love. We wanted it to feel like a relaxed happy gathering of all the people we loved, a celebration of the things in life we enjoy, and we think we achieved that.”

Vineyard reception venue

Brookside Vineyard Bride with bridesmaid

Brookside Vineyard Reception Moments

Brookside Vineyard Wedding Newlyweds

Of their first dance, Fiona remembers, “This was funny. We danced to Ben Fold’s “The Luckiest”, however the music malfunctioned and it just kept getting louder and louder…everyone was laughing, especially at our MC who emerged from the music controls looking incredibly flustered after she got it under control!”

Brookside Vineyard First kiss

Congratulations Fiona and Martin! Thank you for sharing the beautiful moments of your day with us! Thank you also to Objektiv Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Objektiv Photography / Bride’s Dress: Hob Nob Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Georgies Bridal Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Hob Nob Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Ferrari Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Ferrari Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Chakaleyla (custom made) / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Hairstylist: Katie Quinzi / Makeup Artist: Jill Chambers (The Makeup Factory) / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Press / Venue: Brookside Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Suzy Thom / Ceremony Musicians: Rick Webster and Allira Wilson / Catering: The Little Deli, Guildford / Wedding Rings: Mazzucchellis / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill / Transport: Vintage Kombis
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