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Amanda & Lee’s Modern Country industrial Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Amanda & Lee

Amanda and Lee’s wedding day can be described as nothing but a modern country industrial wedding. Glittering black gowns, amazing trailing bouquets of white blooms, gold sparkle and beautiful photographs by It’s Beautiful Here.

Amanda tells the tale of how they met. “We were 18 and 21 when we met through friends and though Lee was actually already taken – our chemistry was undeniable and it led to a strong friendship and a deep first love which we never recovered from”

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Amanda wore a gown from Lurelly, telling, “I chose a very simple dress that I brought online, I struggled to find an understated gown at any boutiques that I really felt reflected my style.” Her bridesmaids wore black dresses from Manning Cartell and Bariano.

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Amanda and Lee met before the ceremony, the bride recalling, “We did a first look with our bridal party and the girls from It’s Beautiful Here choose such perfect locations.

We initially wanted to do a first look for the convenience of having bridal party photos done prior to the event but what we didn’t expect was how special of a moment it really was and one that we shared only with our close friends. I’m so happy we choose to do this as we were free to kiss, laugh and cry together before the formalities.”

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Casablanca Wedding Flowers styled the incredible floral arrangements for the day.

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Of their photographers, Amanda says, “I can not rave enough about Kat and Scout! They were fun to have included in our day while also they’re unobtrusive style enabled us to be natural and just enjoy the day which gave us stunning photographs of special moments shared rather than forced or posed images. They are so talented.”

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Amanda and Lee were married at Red Hill Epicurean. Amanda remembering, “The Red Hill Epicurean was our perfect venue, inside it is really beautiful with an atrium roof, 3 huge open fireplaces and trendy décor – not to mention that superb food! The people at the Epicurean did a wonderful job catering to a completely vegan wedding! What really made it special for us was the neon duck at the end of the aisle, a quirky touch that gave our ceremony a casual edgy atmosphere which was exactly what we were after!”

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Amanda added a veil over her gold garland by Jennifer Behr for the ceremony.

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The couple chose Sylvan Esso – Coffee  for the processional.

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Mrs Jones Wedding Celebrant officiated the ceremony, Amanda telling, “Our ceremony was my favourite part of the wedding and I love the song we played for the processional as it really reflected our off-beat personalities. Our ceremony had a very casual playful feeling which is exactly the type of people we are as a couple.

Our wonderful celebrant gave us the perfect unique ceremony we wanted, she gave a beautiful romantic reading about the golden record which was so special to have included. Our best friend and maid of honor, Sarah, did a reading of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres which perfectly describes love and was a highlight.”

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Blissful Cakes created the vegan wedding cake which worked back with the style of occasion, of which Amanda says, “I think the theme if there was one could be described as a black and gold industrial chic. The venue really lent it’s charm and I only wanted to compliment the setting and the open fireplaces with some black candles that gave a beautiful intimate atmosphere. ”

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Amanda remembers, “Our first dance was to our song Something About Us – Daft Punk.”

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Congratulations Amanda and Lee! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to It’s Beautiful Here for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: It's Beautiful Here / Bride’s Dress: Lurelly / Bride’s Jewelry: Gold Garland - Jennifer Behr / Groom’s Attire: Woodstock Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Woodstock Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Manning Cartell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Hairstylist: Elegant You / Makeup Artist: Lauren O'Sullivan / Flowers: Casablanca Wedding Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Venue: Red Hill Epicurean / Ceremony Officiant: Nicola - Mrs Jones Wedding Celebrant / Cake Baker: Blissful Cakes / Wedding Rings: Blue Nile
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What Wedding Bloggers Love About Australian Weddings

by | Blog News, Bride, Wedding Inspiration


I love Australian weddings. I love the spirit, the passion and the love that we evoke into each and every celebration. But on this Australia Day, I thought it would be fun to ask some of my wedding blogger friends what they adore about Australian celebrations.

With bloggers from all over the world – South Africa, the UK, the USA, and our close friends New Zealand, and even some Australians in the mix (including the patterned people!), I thought there was no better way to give a nod to the beauty of Australian celebrations.

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Photo by Lara Hotz via Chic Vintage Brides

“There are so many things I love about Australian weddings it is hard to know where to even begin. Apart from the Proteas, which Gaby rightly bagged before I could, there’s the crazily creative ceremony spaces…”

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Photo by Pixie Rouge Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

“…there’s the fact that you genuinely get the sense that each one is just the most awesome celebration, filled with fun, laughter and love;”

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Photo by Lara Hotz via Chic Vintage Brides

“…and that they absolutely reflect the love and the style of the happy couple…”

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Photo by John Benavente via Chic Vintage Brides

“…There’s the inimitable Aussie photography (in a world awash with Fine Art I love seeing the deep, rich colours they capture)…”

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Photo by Lara Hotz via Chic Vintage Brides

“…and last but not least the brides are always so super stylish!” Amy Elsworth of Chic Vintage Brides”

“The dessert creatives! I swear, every time I come across an absolutely gorgeous cake or dessert on Instagram, it’s by an Australian company.” Brittny Drye of Love Inc


Photo by Love, Katie and Sarah via Katrina and Luca’s Modern Spring Garden Wedding

“Australian brides have their own style of chic; relaxed, understated but definitely on trend. Combined with unique locations and suppliers, an Australian wedding is a dream made in heaven!” Ms Chinoiserie of Polka Dot Bride


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“I love how Australians seem to always have their weddings on their own terms, that and of course the laid-back style I see so often coming from down under!” Sara Burnett of Burnetts Boards


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“The thing that really makes my heart flutter when I scroll through all our weddings is how true Australian couples are to themselves when it comes to creating their wedding day. You can see the personalities of each one in each wedding, and it’s incredibly sentimental and unique. Australian weddings also tend to have a distinctively warm, relaxed vibe about them, which is so perfectly captured by our array of terrific photographers!” Ms Rose of Polka Dot Bride


Photo by Emily Stone Fine Art Portraiture via The Wedding Playbook

“There are three things I love about Aussie weddings – the relaxed vibe, stunning landscapes and sense of community that comes about from the wedding planning.

This gorgeous New South Wales wedding ticks all the boxes – a timber arbour handcrafted by the groom and his dad, sweet favours made by loved ones, the most incredible pine forest backdrop, a beautiful gown from local designer Grace Loves Lace, and floral arrangements featuring native gum leaves and Geraldton wax. When everyone pitches in their talents, and you stay true to what means the most to you and your partner, magic happens!” Danielle Van Geest of The Wedding Playbook

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“I love that elegantly cool vibe Australian weddings always seem to have” Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride

“Proteas! (You can have ’em for Australia Day at least) Seriously though, I do love how inventive your florists are in using native Australian flora in new and beautiful combinations – it’s very inspiring!” Gaby Frescura of Southbound Bride

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Photo by Karen Buckle via The Wedding Bazaar

“I love that Australian weddings march to the beat of their own drum!! Designers are not afraid to explore boundaries and push limits compared to their American and European counterparts in my opinion.

Geographically speaking you’re a bit more isolated as a country and I think that means you really think up your own concepts as opposed to being inspired by others too much.” Helen Louise Howells of The Wedding Bazaar


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“I love that you can create any style of wedding you like amongst an array of backdrops whether it be beach, country barn, city chic, tropics. Our beautiful country has it, all teamed with world class vendors!” Ms Liberty of Polka Dot Bride

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Photo by Aparat Photography via Want That Wedding

“Australian weddings always feel so heartfelt to me, they have a real sense of being a true family celebration. Of course the beautiful diversity of Australia, the talented photographers and fashion forward brides make Aussie weddings total eye candy too.” Sonia Collett of Want That Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Photo by Dave Houldershaw Photography via Pretty Pear Bride

“I absolutely love how hard Australians love! There is always so much love in their weddings from the love showed by the couple, to the bridal party to the love from the guests. It’s incredible.” Shafonne Myers of Pretty Pear Bride

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Photo by Lara Hotz via Smashing The Glass

There is always a huge emphasis on style and fun in every Australian wedding I’ve featured and I love how Aussie couples always make sure that their guests have such a darn good time !…”

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Photo by Lara Hotz via Smashing The Glass

“…This too is one of my all time fave weddings EVER blogged because I LOVE bright colour! The creativity in this one is off the scale. And again it’s all about fun fun fun.” Karen Cinnamon of Smashing The Glass


Photo by Todd Hunter Mcgaw via Rachel and Simon’s Chic Air Hangar Wedding

“I love seeing the different styles of weddings in Australia. As our country is so vast, we have everything from weddings in the outback to weddings in the city, from upmarket city buildings to community halls in the country, aircraft hangars and the desert landscape and everything in-between – each with their own personality and magic.” Ms Stripey of Polka Dot Bride

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Photo by Samuel Goh Photography via The Wedding Scoop

“What strikes me most about Australia and Aussie weddings is the cosmopolitan nature of its cities (such an incredible melting pot of different cultures!) and the beautiful balance so many of them strike between modernity and maintaining tradition.” Leana Doray of The Wedding Scoop

Sara & Shane’s Fun Perth Garden Wedding

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


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I love the quirky feel to Sara and Shane’s fun Perth garden wedding. Sara’s vintage inspired wedding dress, with its ruffle skirt set the scene for a day about family, friends and plenty of love and laughter. They chose Fiona Hoy Photography to photograph their day.

Sara tells the story of how she met Shane. “We have known each other for over 15 years – we went to the same high school. Our last names were close alphabetically and we were often placed together in class (until teachers realised how disastrous that was). We started our friendship by flicking pens at each other and then started to date in Year 11. We’ve been together ever since.”

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Sara chose Ae’lkemi to make her dress, explaining, “I was looking for something short and fun. When I had what I wanted in mind I just went straight to Alvin at Ae’lkemi and the experience couldn’t have been better. I told him I wanted to have a vintage style but everyone to know that I was ready to party. He worked completely within my budget and made sure that the dress would suit my body style. I couldn’t recommend him enough.”

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Bird on The Wall (Melissa O’Driscoll)  styled the bride’s hair and makeup, Sara noting, “Melissa was an absolute gem. She did a wonderful job, made the experience fun and came all the way from Northam at a ridiculous time of the morning, for me.”

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The couple chose Mabel Talbot Park for their ceremony, noting, “Choosing the garden was a bit tricky so many places we looked at were closed for maintenance! We ended up looking for green spots on Google Maps and driving out to see if they would suit. When we found Mabel Talbot we knew it was perfect (there were cygnets in the pond, it was idyllic plus).”

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Shane met Sara at the top of the aisle and the two walked together to Elbow – One Day Like This.

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Luke Firth officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “We wanted a really relaxed, yet romantic wedding ceremony – Luke our celebrant created that atmosphere perfectly. There were lots of jokes and two readings: “He’s Not Perfect” A Quote from Bob Marley and a shortened version of the lyrics to our favourite song “Islands” by The xx.”

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Of their photographer, Sara remarks, “Fiona Hoy was our photographer and needless to say she was amazing. She listened to everything that we wanted (bright vibrant colours!) and was great to hang out with on the day. She never barked orders at us so we felt really relaxed on the day. She has the patience of a saint and managed to rope both our families together to get those dreaded family photos. The photos we received are perfect, we love them so much it’s hard to choose which ones to print!”

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State of Arts Events styled the wedding, including the vintage inspired floral arrangements.

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For their lunch time reception, the couple chose 1907 Restaurant.“The place for the reception was a bit easier we have always loved 1907 and it suited the event perfectly – held 65 people and there was a cocktail bar downstairs for when the party kicked on and all the people we couldn’t invite to the reception could come after work to have a drink with us. Harold and the team were amazing, catered to our every need and put up with our rowdy family and friends.”

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“Our favourite part of the planning was the dinner trial, of course! It was just Shane and I, food was AMAZING and Harold from 1907 took care of us like we were royalty. Get to 1907 for dinner if you ever get the chance, it is one of Perth’s best restaurants.”

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There were sweet family touches throughout the day, Sara noting, “We used my Nonna’s sugo jars as vases at the reception. Mum and I made all the invites, menus and the boxes for the macaron bomboniere. We love our limoncello (family dinners always end with a bottle being passed up and down the table and everyone having a glass). 1907 were kind enough to let us bring our own and we made sure that our wedding was the same.”

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“The day was better than we ever imagined and it suited Shane and I to a ‘T’. It started at 10am, then a boozy lunch at 12, drinks at 4. Then the party descended on our place and kicked on until 1am with a pizza run ordered in the evening. Everyone put so much money in I think the pizza delivery kid ended up getting a $200 tip! It was so much fun, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

Congratulations Sara and Shane! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you to Fiona Hoy Photography  for sending this gorgeous day our way.

Photographer: Fiona Hoy Photography / Wedding Stylist: State of Arts Events / Bride’s Dress: Ae'lkemi / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Great Grandmother's / Groom’s Attire: Myer / Hairstylist: Bird on The Wall (Melissa O'Driscoll) / Makeup Artist: Bird on The Wall (Melissa O'Driscoll) / Flowers: State of Arts Events / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Mabel Talbot Park / Ceremony Officiant: Luke Firth / Ceremony Hire Items: Pretty Willow Hire / Reception Venue: 1907 Restaurant / Favors: Le Petit Macaron / Wedding Rings: Egoli Jewelers / Wedding Registry: Myer

Classic Romance Bridal Inspiration

by | Bride


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This classic romance bridal inspiration shoot is just the ticket for the bride who loves the gorgeous romance of a beautiful veil, a beautifully embellished lace gown and the shapes that have walked down the aisle over and over again.

Peter De Petra Couture‘s gowns really shine in this beautiful shoot at historic manor backdrop of The Willows. The team working to create a shoot to inspire the bride who loves a soft, romantic and feminine look with a beautifully crafted gown.

Arched windows, cement statues and grand glass windows set the scene for a classic romance celebration. Strapless gowns with beaded sparkling bodices, mermaid silhouettes, dreamy veils,  crystal detailing and elegant wrist length sleeves all tie together to embody the classic romance feel.

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Photographer: Stephanie Thy / Bridal Gowns: Peter De Petra Couture / Makeup Artist: Maria Irving / Hairstylist: Karly Drever / Model: Alexandra White / Venue: The Willows
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