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Spring Wedding Cakes

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With Spring blooming all around us I sent the call out to our favourite cake artists – what does a Spring wedding cake look like to you? Naked cakes filled with butter cream and topped with fresh blooms, watercolour painted cakes, softly coloured sugar flowers, bright poppies – all showed up in our curation of amazing Spring wedding cakes that I am so delighted (and so very hungry for) to share today!

I love that Spring opens up so many opportunities for colour – the cake above by Cake Ink is a shining example. A simple two tier design, the top covered in metallic gold, the bottom with a beautiful floral print. Three blooms, reflecting the floral print are created from sugar and take centre stage, The gold cake stand? It adds the extra wow factor (I love a good cake stand!)

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Cake One by The Cake & I is a winner, simply cream with fresh, poppies trailing down the side.

Cake Two by Deliciously Decadent Cake Design This is a fun, Spring variation on a naked cake. The Gypsophila puffing out like clouds between each tier.

Cake Three by Kiss My Cakes (Photo by Megan Alridge). Lustre always makes a cake really shine and this one with it’s delicate lace detailing makes a pretty statement. Topped with peony roses and sugar berries for special Spring touches.

Cake Four by Sharon Wee Creations. Simple white with lustre and just a few sugar flowers in hues of pink make this cake a sweet Spring design.

Cake Five by Little Malvern Cake Co. I love that the two floral print tiers alternate with a plain tier on this cake. The flowers that adorn it, reflecting the floral pattern is just Spring in a cake!

Cake Six by Paper & Poppies. A simple single tier cake with fresh blooms is just the ticket for a Spring wedding.

Cake Seven by The Cake & I I love the single tier pale pink of this cake and the fresh poppies that adorn it would make it a beautiful choice for a garden wedding.

Cake Eight by All Things Sweet By Carissa. Butter cream with simple white blooms is always a favourite of mine and the cascading effect really brings this one into the Spring season.

Cake Nine by All Things Sweet By Carissa showcases a delicious naked cake variety with wooden laser cut cake topper. Fresh raspberries in the filling topped with fresh flowers make this cake so fresh and Spring like.

Cake Ten by Cake Ink is a classic with a modern twist – white and gold always look great together but the addition of blooms that almost reflect the golden hues make it a fresh, floral take.

Cake eleven by Sweet Bakes uses one of my favourite Spring hues – mint green! The top silver tier cascades down to meet the green and the cake is adorned with white and pink blooms.

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Cake One by Miss Ladybird Cakes. Three tiers in different textures – metallic, lace and vertical ruffle plus a touch of Spring with pink  blooms lift this cake into warmer weather.

Cake Two by Sharon Wee Creations. I love rough iced cakes, they make me want to dive right in and eat them. This simple three tier cake has been iced in white and decorated with flowers surrounding the base. Simple and Spring.

Cake Three by Sharon Wee Creations. I love the simple texture on this single tier cake and the pink sugar peonies are Spring and oh so pretty.

Cake Four by The Dainty Baker. How gorgeous are the orchids on this stunning cake? Thinly iced to give just the hint of a naked feel with plenty of fresh strawberries. Just the ticket for a warmer day.

Cake Five by Paper & Poppies. Cake tables are still a favourite and the peachy combined with white, yellow and mint are the most beautiful Spring hues.

Cake Six by The Cake & I. The simplicity of this cake wins me over. Three elegant, white tiers with fresh, colourful Spring poppies.

Cake Seven by Simple Ingredients. A sift mint green cake with blooms in shades of pink and  yellow cascading down the side is just the ticket for a garden celebration.

Cake Eight by Sweet Milton Cakes. Not only do I love the modern shape of this cake but the bright poppies make it such an incredible statement and just wonderful for a Spring wedding table.

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Cake One by Baked Cakes & Cupcakery (Photos by Studio 4 Photography) is a beautiful take on Spring with it’s soft grey and pretty peach tones. Sugar flowers top it right off.

Cake Two by Miss Ladybird Cakes. I love the touch of gold on this cake – it’s just enough without dominating the otherwise traditional wedding cake. Fresh flowers and a laser cut cake topper add a touch of Spring and a touch of the personal.

Cake Three by by Regnier Cakes. For something rustic, this cake is a nice way to incorporate hessian while still being Spring like. The lace and plethora of fresh blooms make it really shine.

Cake Four by Sweet Bakes One of the more unique Spring cakes don’t you think? I love this bearded man cake! It has a sense of humour and incorporates blooms in a fun way.

Cake Five by Sharon Wee Creations. Dark Spring blooms combined with a bottom, wood inspired tier are a nice nod to the natural Spring elements on this cake.

Cake Six by Simmone Logue. A delicious naked cake is always a fun choice for Spring and the fresh flowers that finish this cake off are a beautiful option for Spring.

Cake Seven by by Sweet Bakes. Watercolours and the soft hues that come with them make this cake a beautiful Spring wedding cake option. I love the two sweet sugar flowers tied on with white string.

Cake Eight by Deliciously Decadent Cake Design. I love the Easter egg soft pastel sugar flowers cascading down this all white cake. It’s Spring in the traditional sense!

Cake Nine by Regnier Cakes. A naked cake filled to the brim and with plenty of fresh flowers always makes a Spring statement.

Cake Ten by by Sweet Milton Cakes. I love the texture in the icing on this cake and the fresh blooms added make it a simple but Spring worthy cake.

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Cake One by Cherrytree Bakehouse. Almost naked, but not quite! This thinly iced cake is topped with florals and greenery in a loose arrangement – fresh, carefree and just right for warm weddings.

Cake Two by Cherrytree Bakehouse. The texture of this icing, combined with the fresh flowers give it such a relaxed, feel that I think this one might be just right for a warm, garden wedding with dappled shade!

Cake Three by Sweet Milton Cakes. Pink blooms and loose trailing vines bring this cake back to nature and back to Spring!

Cake Four by All Things Sweet By Carissa. Naked cakes are so yummy and look so fresh when it comes to weddings in warmer weather. Fresh blooms decorate this one and add a touch of Spring fun.

Cake Five by Sweet Bakes. Three mini naked cakes are topped with fresh blooms in the brightest of shades. I love this alternative to one big cake!

Cake Six by Little Malvern Cake Co. This white and soft pink cake uses a different texture on each layer. From softly painted polka dots, to a ripped paper effect and a plain tier topped by two simple sugar flowers. Simple. sweet and very Spring.

Cake Seven by Sweet By Nature. Pink is such a lovely colour for Spring and this take on a cupcake wedding cake is a little more chic. Shards of white and pink chocolate cover smaller cakes and are topped by a pale pink cutting cake. The flowers, in shades of pink and white are nestled within each layer.

Cake Eight by Cherrytree Bakehouse. I love the texture and fresh blooms on this cake. Fresh blooms are the easiest way to bring Spring to your cake and the sweet crystal drops on the white cake stand add a little twinkle.

 

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Jess and Jarrod’s Relaxed Poolside Wedding

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Jess & Jarrod

Jess and Jarrod decided on a relaxed poolside wedding for their marriage celebrations. They spent a week with their wedding guests basking in the newlywed glow and they chose Glass Slipper Photography to capture it all.

You know those stories of people who spent most of their lives near each other but don’t meet until they’re on the other side of the world? I love those and Jess and Jarrod have one of their very own! Jess tells, “We lived in the same small suburb all of our lives, and knew of each other through mutual friends, but had never actually met. Until we first met at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday. A few days later I went overseas, and the whole time we were texting each other. The night I returned to Australia we met up, and the rest is history!”

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Jess chose a strapless gown designed by Mariana Hardwick.

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Jess remembers, “The day before the wedding I had come down with a throat infection, and had absolutely no voice!! I had to visit the local GP who prescribed some antibiotics and luckily some of my voice returned in time for the wedding!”

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Jess and Jarrod chose Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove for their wedding, noting, “We had flown from Melbourne up to Palm Cove three days earlier to have time to settle in & relax prior to the big day. The weather was perfect and it was amazing to be on holiday with all of our family and all of our friends. I spent the night before staying in my parent’s apartment, got ready there with all of my bridesmaids on the day. Jarrod stayed in our apartment & got ready with his groomsmen & parents. We had our hair & make-up done and spent the morning relaxing. The ceremony was perfect and we went to have photos done on the ground of the resort, and then out onto the beach in Palm Cove. We returned to have the reception poolside, and then moved into the function room for the dancing.”

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Jess walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”.

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Jess and Jarrod chose Joanne Male to perform their ceremony, remembering, “Our celebrant Joanne Male was lovely and spoke the most beautiful words throughout the ceremony.”

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Of their photographers, Jess tells, “Steven & Keshia were absolutely amazing. Jarrod & Steven grew up together so it was great to have people we already knew. They were so easy to work with and made the day so much more special. They have the most amazing chemistry and produced the most beautiful photos. I loved how the two of them were taking photos at the same time, but captured the moment in different perspectives.”

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Pink Moss created the floral arrangements using simple centrepieces of baby’s breath and plenty of candlelight. Cakes Annietime created a three tier wedding cake iced in white.

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Of their first dance, Jess remembers “We danced to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. It was just the two of us, no fancy dancing, just simply us.” Cairns Wedding Music provided the music for the ceremony and reception.

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Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jarrod! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Glass Slipper Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Glass Slipper Photography / Cinematographer: Steven Beck Media / Bride’s Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Groom’s Attire: Andre J Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Andre J Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dressale / Hairstylist: Blush Hair & Make Up / Makeup Artist: Blush Hair & Make Up / Flowers & Decor: Pink Moss / Venue: Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove / Ceremony Officiant: Joanne Male / Musicians: Cairns Wedding Music / Cake Baker: Cakes Annietime / Wedding Rings: Salera's

Top Tips For Wedding Manicures

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If there’s one thing that’s almost a pre wedding ritual it’s the wedding manicure. There’s that special feeling a few days before your wedding day of getting your nails done with your girlfriends at a salon or pulling out your favourite polishes and doing them at home!

Since a good old manicure is an easy way to make oneself feel pampered at home, I thought I’d dive in with some of my favourite products and steps to getting a picture perfect manicure at home. I’m no expert – I’ve often sat for ages perfecting my nails only to smudge them and get frustrated, and take it all off. But there are so many great products out there designed to make it easier and nothing quite feels as good as mastering a manicure that looks amazing!

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I learned the hard way that I can’t just dive into polishing my nails. I actually have to have a step by step process if I want it to last! So I kick off with a cuticle treatment applying a rich oil to massage and soften them (if my cuticles look particularly dry I do this every night before bed). I love Plunkett Pharmaceuticals VitaE Pure Vitamin E Oil which has a mix of natural vitamin E and rosehip oil (which really works for any body part, not just cuticles!)  and then pushing back the cuticles gently with an orange stick.

If I need to remove any nail polish I actually do that first and I’m loving the ease of these new nail polish remover tubs like  the L’Oreal Paris La Manicure Flash Remover. Instead of getting a cotton pad and soaking it, you literally pop your finger in the tub and the remover soaked sponge removes all polish traces! Following up with a nail brush (this Manicure Wooden Nail Brush does the trick) gets all the grit from underneath your nails and gives them a good clean. (Particularly good if you work a lot with your hands!)

For me, the next step is to buff and file. For filing I use a normal emery board (like these Manicare Emery Boards) to get the shape right (for me it’s a soft round shape) and smooth tips, and then I go in with a buffer (this one is Manicare Maxi-buff) . Half of one side is designed to buff away ridges and stains, the other half smooths out our nails when you buff back and forward and the full grey over-side is the final step – the shine buff! The first time I ever used one of these I was honestly a little gobsmacked at what a difference it made to my nails!

Then it’s onto strengthening and treatments. I pretty much ruined my nails the last time I did a nail polish review for Polka Dot Bride, so much taking off and putting on of polish! So I’m conscious of always trying to give my nails a strength boost. The Sally Hansen Nail Rehab gives a sheer pink colour to your nails while building up your nail strength with jasmine, rose and Vitamin E moisturising extracts. For this one you apply 1-2 coats alone or under your base coat. I actually love this one on it’s own, it’s your nails – but better!

L’Oreal Paris La Manicure Serum Miracle 7-in-1 can be applied before polish or as a daily treatment. It’s a serum packed with Argan Oil, Vitamin E and recovering agents to help your nails in seven ways: it is anti-break, anti-split, anti-chip, anti-ridges, anti-yellowing, stimulates nail growth and nourishes nails. If growth is your issue, try Loreal Paris La Manicure Grow Beautiful! It’s a clear base coat which main purpose is to give your nails the nourishment they need to grow strong.

Then it’s on to base coats – The Revitanail Whitening Glow acts almost as a foundation for your polish giving both the base coast protection and brightener. It helps smooth out any ridges and helps repair any brittleness. For something basic, the Manicare Base Coat plus Strengthener gives your nails protection from colour while helping to make your nails strong. This is also the L’Oreal Paris La Manicure Diamond Force selling point- a diamond strength formula while doing duty as a base coat. For something all in one,  L’Oreal Paris La Manicure Base & Top Coat 2-in1 Protect acts as a base coast and a top coat for your manicure.

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Choosing your polish colour is the fun part! So let’s get down to this colourful business! Don’t forget to start off with a base coat – I have so many to recommend, but the one I photographed is Manicare Base Coat Plus Strengthener because it gives your nails protection while also working to strengthen them.

I think a soft pale pink has to be the most popular option for brides. My favourite is OPI Bubble Bath or OPI Hopelessly In Love while Rimmel 60 Second Polish in Lose Your Lingerie gives you an opaque pale pink finish with a little shimmer. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Colour Fairy Tale Ivory is a soft champagne pink shimmer. I love this for a bit of sparkle while still keeping to a natural tone. For a natural pink with a little pizazz OPI Altar Ego is a sheer pink with an opal finish that I love.

Steering away from more traditional nude pinks is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Colour Blushing Bride - it’s deep peach shimmer polish that has almost a metallic effect when built up.  OPI Pinking of You is one to try if you want a more blush, vivid pink colour without being too Barbie-esque and Rimmel 60 Second Polish White Hot Love is perfect for a modern opaque white.

I really do love colour on a bride’s nails and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Colour Honeymoon Red is a brilliant cherry red that adds a sense of drama and romance (especially when paired with red lips). I also love deep burgundys, metallic gold and even warm peach tones.

Top it all off with Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Top Coat (which does double duty as a base coat). Claiming to give ten days of wear with diamond partials (sparkly!) it adds extra shine and protection to ensure your wedding manicure stays in place.

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As much as I wish polish was the finishing touch, because I’m impatient, to make your manicure last and you feet and hands look nourished and like you haven’t just been tied to a glue gun for the past five weeks, there’s a few more steps to go!

Investing in a decent hand cream is something I’ve only discovered the value of while my poor hands weathered winter. My absolute favourite is Soap & Glory Hand Food. I’m a big fan of this brand in general – I love the smell, it’s not greasy at all and it moisturises so darn well that I don’t have to re apply it five times a day. I’ve even gifted it to Mother Polka who is a hand cream lover and now it’s her staple too (big praise right there).

Not forgetting your feet, especially if you’re wearing open shoes or heading to the beach for your honeymoon is Dermal Therapy Heel Balm Platinum.  If you have cracked heels this is a lifesaver but it’s also good for general moisturising. You apply this highly concentrated, highly emollient, non greasy  balm once or twice daily to moisturise  and protect your feet.

Now if you’re like me and somehow can’t actually wait the ten minutes it takes to get your nail polish to dry, quick dry drops are your friend! Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops are applied with a few drops 60 seconds after you apply your top coat which then dries your polish in under two minutes. It also contains nourishing oils of Vitamin E and jojoba formula for cuticle treatment. While Revitanail Instant Dry Drops allow you to add two drops to wet nails to protect them against bumps, nicks and smudges.

When it comes to taking it all off you can’t go past basic cotton pads (my favourite are the Swisspers Make Up Pads because they don’t disintegrate like tissues) and a basic remover (like Manicare Nail Polish Remover In Extra Gentle which is acetone free). However I love the Manicare Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads - especially if you’re taking an extended honeymoon because they’re a lot easier to travel with than a bottle of highly flammable liquid! The round plastic case holds 32 pads pre-soaked with remover.

What products do you love for at home manicures? What tips and tricks did I miss? Comment below!

Samantha and Chris’ Intimate Country Wedding

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

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Samantha & Chris

I’m not sure a day could get any better than sharing such a heartfelt and intimate wedding day such as the intimate country wedding of Samantha and Chris. Ruby Yeo was there to capture it all in every teeny moment and every wonderful memory.

Samantha tells the story of how she met Chris. “We met via an online dating site, like many couples these days do! I had a private profile, and after a few weeks of checking potential suitors off against my long list of “must haves”, I eventually shortlisted three – Chris being one of them. After a few emails worth of witty banter with Chris, I was smitten, and by the second date we had both agreed to close down our profiles. The rest, as they say, is history!”

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Samantha and Chris chose the beautiful Tannamurra Homestead for their wedding! They note, “It’s a privately owned, Tuscan-inspired villa in the Perth Hills. As Chris’s family were visiting from Canada, we needed a venue which could not only accommodate them for a week, but also one that showcased everything our beautiful city / country has to offer! The venue suited our requirements to a tee – from the perfectly manicured gardens, to the amazing views, to the friendly local wildlife.”

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The couple decided on a first look, with a surprise guest! Samantha explains, “Ruby and I colluded for months to create a “first look” with a difference! We wanted something fun (hence the silly glasses), and to build suspense (hence sending Lachy out in my place initially). Unfortunately Lachlan is not the best at being sneaky, thus I suspect the element of surprise was lost on Chris!”

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Of her walk down the aisle, Samantha remembers, “I chose ‘Give Me Your Forever’ by Ben Harper. The lyrics really resonated with both of us, and we just knew that our musician, Trevor Jalla, would do an amazing job of it. Every time we’ve been to one of his gigs since, he’s either played this or our impromptu first dance song for us – it’s such a kind gesture and, as you can imagine, evokes some pretty happy memories for us.”

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Travis Rickson performed the ceremony, Samantha noting, ” Whilst it is an important part of every ceremony to make promises to one’s spouse, Chris and I had another very important person to make promises to. After first reciting our vows to each other, we then took turns reciting each line of our “vows” to Lachy. It was a very touching part of the ceremony (not just for us, but for our parents also), and one that I hope we will all hold each other to.”

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The littlest family member received a very special surprise. “To commemorate the occasion, our wedding celebrant presented Lachlan with his very own star (strategically selected from the constellation Phoenix), which we had named officially through the Sydney Observatory as “Lach’s Star”. Lachy was absolutely gobsmacked to receive such a special gift, and Ruby captured the moment perfectly.”

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The decor was largely handmade by the bride and her family, who notes, “Many of the larger scene setters we had earmarked on an earlier stay at Tannamurra (the house is full of rustic European antiques), however we supplemented with additional pieces from Hire Society. For the smaller more decorative details, we DIY-ed pretty much everything! I was working full-time in the lead up to the wedding (as well as planning a two week travel itinerary either side of it!), which meant that many Sunday afternoons were spent with either my Mum or bridesmaid Louise making backdrops, sewing picnic blankets and pillows, and cutting doilies to size for jars, milk bottles or garlands. We also created a bohemian inspired tent (so that we had somewhere cozy to retreat to throughout the day), and even “the boys” assisted by constructing the ceremony arch and signage. In addition, Louise had recently DIY-ed a number of decorations for her sister’s similarly themed wedding, so these came in handy as the deadline rapidly approached!”

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Samantha remarks, “We loved the post-ceremony picnic and chilling on the lawn, sipping Dom Perignon and listening to our favourite tunes.”

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The couple snuck off and enjoyed a bottle of wine together post ceremony.

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The couple had two first dances, explaining, “We had always agreed upon using “our song” (‘You Make It Real’ by James Morrison) for our first dance, so I sourced a beautiful acoustic version (strings and all!) which for some reason decided not to stream quite so beautifully on the night. I tried desperately to get lost in the moment, but the crackling and popping kind of ruined it for everyone else! Fortunately Trevor Jalla had treated us earlier in the day to an impromptu first dance (‘Everything’ by our favourite Canadian crooner, Michael Buble), so Ruby was able to catch some gorgeous moments from that – including my new husband taking a moment to play air guitar toward the end of the song. Each time I look back at our photos, these particular images make me smile the widest, so we’re definitely indebted to Trevor and Ruby for the memories they inadvertently helped to create!”

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As an ode to the processional, Samantha notes “I also wrapped each letter of the song title in yarn and we hung it in the void between two hedges at our ceremony spot. It (and the amazing view of the Perth city skyline behind it) provided a stunning backdrop for several of our favourite photos.”

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Of their photographer,  Samantha remarks, “After weeks of researching and comparing around 30 Perth-based photographers, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the beautiful photo-journalistic approach of Ruby Yeo. I had seen her work previously on Polka Dot Bride, and the way she captured the relaxed vibe of one particular celebration (Lisa & Phil’s rustic picnic wedding) had me convinced that there was no other photographer for us. Despite the fact that Ruby is only in Perth for three months of the year, she somehow managed to squeeze us into her busy schedule. We are so grateful for the beautiful memories that Ruby has helped to create and capture, and the ease with which we were able to share her work via social media and across the globe.”

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Ryan John Private Chef catered the reception dinner, Samantha remembering, “For the reception, we employed a private chef to prepare our favourite foods for the first two courses, pairing each of the four meal options with two different wine options. We closed the evening with a dessert buffet, which featured petit fours by Ryan John, a wedding cake made lovingly by Louise (Cakes By Louise), and a tiered cheese “cake” with the necessary accompaniments.”

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The wedding had a grand total of thirteen guests! Samantha explaining, “We only had our nearest and dearest present (13 in total), including four guests from Canada and two from Queensland. Chris and I are both fairly low-key people, however as we still quite enjoy the finer things in life, we could think of no better solution than to host a refined dinner party exclusively for the enjoyment of our favourite people. The atmosphere couldn’t have been more relaxed, and we never experienced the post-wedding guilt that many other newlyweds do of not having spent quality time with each and every guest.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Samantha & Chris! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Ruby Yeo for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Ruby Yeo / Second Photographer: Artur Sienicki / Styling/Hire: Hire Society / Makeup Artist: Kiss & Makeup 0433 495 161 / Hairstylist: Kiss & Makeup 0433 495 161 / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Tannamurra Homestead / Ceremony Officiant: Travis Rickson / Musician: Trevor Jalla / Catering: Ryan John Private Chef / Cake Baker: Cakes By Louise / Wedding Ring: (Bride) Mazuchellis / Wedding Ring: (Groom) Michael Hill
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