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Bridget & Matt’s Modern Red Hill Epicurean Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Bridget & Matt

With a love of food, a sense of the now and a day of fun ahead, Bridget and Matt’s Modern Red Hill Epicurean wedding was all about created a relaxed informal celebration for their family and friends. They chose Perla Photography to capture their day.

Bridget tells the story of the proposal. “We went on a romantic weekend away between Christmas and New Years. Matt popped the question just before heading out for dinner much to my surprise after making a comment earlier in the day about marriage, and Matt gave nothing away.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore suits with coloured bow ties from Formal Red Suit Hire.

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Bridget chose a gown from Baccini & Hill, noting, “It was the first place that we visited and the second dress I tried on and I was in love. I had always wanted to have lace in my dress and this one featured it beautifully and was elegant and classic at the same time.”

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Bliss Flower Design created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Bridget and Matt chose Red Hill Epicurean for their wedding, noting, “We needed a venue that could comfortably accommodate our numbers and provide warmth for an end of May wedding. We also didn’t want a typical wedding venue and wanted something different.We walked into The Epicurean and feel in love with the space.”

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Bridget walked down the aisle with her brother and father to “Somewhere over the rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

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Wendy O’Brien officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “We wanted a relaxed warm ceremony. It was held in the barrel room at the Epicurean in Red Hill. It made for a very intimate affair with ~180 people cosied into one room. The room had neon light in the shape of a duck which was the backdrop for the ceremony and wine barrels running down either side of the walls. It definitely suited the relaxed feeling we were going for and was a bit different.”

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Bridget remembers, “I forgot I was meant to say “I do” during the first part of the vows and there was what felt like a long pause before being prompted to answer. Nerve wracking for Matt.”

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Of their photographer, Bridget remembers, “Our photographer was Laura Perego of Perla Photography. It felt like she was a part of our wedding party there to celebrate our wedding with us. She managed to capture just the kinds of moments we were after. She guided us through the whole process whilst making it feel natural and fun. We were so lucky to have such a calming influence by our sides.”

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Bridget tells, “We were very lucky to have our families and friends involved in the special details on the day. My grandmother did the table flower arrangements, my best friend made our wedding cake, Matt’s brother MC’d, our celebrant was a good family friend, my mum and Matt’s dad signed the register and both mothers did readings during the ceremony.”

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The bride remembers, “We started our own tradition by having our first dance (“You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker) to the same song that my parents had for their first dance.”

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The Baker Boys kicked off a long night of dancing.

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Congratulations Bridget and Matt! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Perla Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Perla Photography / Bride’s Dress: Baccini & Hill / Bride’s Shoes: Joanne Mercer / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co / Groom’s Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Makeup Artist: Makeup With Me / Hairstylist: High on Hair / Flowers & Decor: Bliss Flower Design / Invitations & Stationery: The Parchment Place / Printer: Eduardo Azagra / Venue: Red Hill Epicurean / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy O’Brien / Band: The Baker Boys / Wedding Rings: Torres Jewel Co / Transport: Peninsula Private Car Service
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Terri & Bryan’s Perth City Farm Wedding

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


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Terri & Bryan

There is a lot to love about a wedding like Terri and Bryan’s Perth city farm wedding. the photos, of course, are stunning but then there is their approach to the day. The way that they planned their schedule to suit the feeling they wanted to create – something relaxed, informal and one giant party. They chose Emma Pointon Photography to capture their wedding day.

Terri tells the tale of how they came to be. “We originally met and dated in high school (high school sweethearts) but went our separate ways in our early twenties. We’ve always kept in touch with the same group of friends and knew what the other was up to, but it wasn’t until Bryan returned from Afghanistan in 2009 that we properly reconnected. From there we just knew.”

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“My dress was by a Canadian designer, Truvelle, purchased from Through the White Door in North Fremantle. I wanted something different, and something comfortable. I cannot recommend the ladies at TTWD enough – they were fabulous and after a day of shopping at ‘traditional’ bridal stores (and having to put up with the ‘you’ve left it a bit late’ comments re looking for a wedding dress 3 months out from our wedding day, even in the quiet season) their willingness to help and ability to make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in the door was a complete breath of fresh air. They are fabulous! They also stock beautiful dresses you won’t find anywhere else.”

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“We wanted a relaxed and informal wedding – one big party. To achieve this we had ‘first look’ photos before the ceremony, so we could roll straight in to the reception after the ceremony. It was nice to have that moment just between Bryan and I earlier in the day.

We had pre ceremony photos at The Flour Factory in the city – this was our back up plan for photos in case the weather was terrible, given the wedding was in the middle of winter. However, Mother Nature was extremely kind to us and it was a perfect sunny day! This meant we were also able to head outdoors for photos in Wolfe Lane and the surrounding areas.”

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Terri adds “We also didn’t have a formal bridal party, but had close friends with us for the pre wedding photos. It was a great start to the day and was a lot of fun, and I think this is clearly reflected in our photos, and also made us extremely comfortable for the ceremony, which was filled with love and laughter.”

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Of their photographer, Terri notes, “Emma is fantastic! I’ve admired her photography for such a long time, but I’ve never been someone that dreams of their wedding day (I always thought we’d elope), so had never really thought that I would ever end up looking for a wedding photographer, so it was pretty exciting to have her on board for our special day.”

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Much of the wedding was a family effort, including the baking, Terri explains, “Mal (Bryan’s mum) also made the wedding cake. The favors were also a family effort, I wanted fig jam as our favours as it is a family recipe on my mum’s side and something that could be part of our special day, as my grandparents on both sides have passed away (Bryan is still lucky enough to have 3 of 4 of his grandparents and they were all able to attend our wedding). Winter isn’t fig season, so we had to raid the family stashes (a family recipe and like gold – it’s hard to get a hold of if stocks are limited!) and convince them it was worth sharing!”

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Terri and Bryan chose Perth City Farm as their wedding venue, remarking, “We held the ceremony and reception at Perth City Farm – having both the ceremony and the reception at the same place helped us maintain the low key, ‘party’ vibe we were after.

We wanted it to be a relaxed, fun and informal wedding – just one big party and a stress free day we could truly enjoy with our favourite people. Style / theme wise, I wanted something that was a little alternative, or at least individual. No more vintage! Once we found the venue, style was easy – my vision was greenery, greenery and more greenery with copper and white pops, pulled together with a little boho flair.”

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Terri notes, “I DIYed as much as I could! We made all the chalkboards and I did the chalkboard designs myself. Bryan and one of his best mates, Aaron, made all the couches and tables. My mum put together the cushion covers for the throw cushions. My brother found an old bike on Gumtree that was perfect for our ‘present and card bike’ – we sprayed the bike and found a basket, my dad made the wooden box for the back.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Terri remembers, “I absolutely adore Clare Bowditch and her song ‘My Love Walks With You’ was the perfect choice.”

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Nola Walter officiated the ceremony, Terri explaining, “We wanted something simple, honest and fun. Our celebrant, Nola, was absolutely fabulous and was the perfect choice for us. We didn’t want a lot of readings, but if we did, we wanted to have a reading that suited us as a couple. A very good friend of ours, Parko, delivered a Bob Marley quote as the reading during the ceremony. We didn’t realise he’d chosen to make it a comedy routine, but it fit the ceremony perfectly.”

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Linda McCorquodale styled the greenery and floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting “All of our vendors were fantastic – nothing was too much trouble and everything came together really easily, however, my favourite was my florist, Linda. Linda is actually a girlfriend’s mum who just loves flowers and pretty things in general – we had an absolutely fabulous time talking styling, greenery and sticks. That is the one thing I miss about wedding planning! She is a beautiful person and extremely talented – without her the wedding wouldn’t have been what it was.”

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Terri and Bryan hired Portobello Road Events & Hire Society for furniture for their celebration, the bride adding, “A lot of the other furniture, bits and pieces and greenery were from my aunty’s home and surrounding gardens in Dunsborough – an expedition for Linda (florist), my mother and Bryan’s mother to explore the gardens, grounds and home with my aunty, finding their wedding inspiration and getting creative.

It was a day thoroughly enjoyed by all! We went hunting for wedding sticks for more of Linda’s creations at my parent’s holiday house in Augusta and traveled the 3 hour journey back with long sticks tied to the top of the 4WD. I’m sure people wondered what the hell we were doing, but the ‘wedding stick’ used for the ceremony back drop was one of my most favourite pieces from the day!”

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Of their first dance, Terri remembers, “We chose ‘Walking After You’ by Foo Fighters. We have both loved Foo Fighters since we were teenagers and the song has the perfect tempo and lyrics.”
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Terri remembers, “We certainly got the party atmosphere we were looking for! The dance floor opened at around 8:30pm and was full from start to finish – a 4 hour dance-a-thon for some, everyone had a fantastic time… and things may have a got a little crazy with some VERY interesting dance moves and song requests, but it was fantastic fun!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Terri and Bryan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Emma Pointon Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Emma Pointon Photography / Styling: Hannah Bevan / Bride’s Dress: Through the White Door / Bride’s Shoes: Sachi / Bride’s Jewelry: Great Grandmother's earrings / Bride’s Jewelry: Pink Lou Lou bracelet / Groom’s Attire: Bell & Barnett / Groom's Shirt: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Their Own / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pink Lou Lou / Hairstylist: Andrea from HAM Creative / Hairstylist: Rachael Fisher Hair Stylist / Makeup Artist: Romena Manning, Shannon Leslie / Flowers: Linda McCorquodale / Invitations & Stationery: Paperless Post (Save the Dates) / Invitations & Stationery: How Lovely Paper on Etsy (Invites) / Venue: Perth City Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Nola Walter / Ceremony Musicians: Craig Martin (friend of family) / Reception Hire Items: Portobello Road Events / Reception Hire Items: Hire Society / Reception Musician: Craig Martin (friend of family) / Favors: A combined family effort - my aunts for the jam, my cousin (Tammy Scott) for the bottling, and us for the decorations / Catering: By Word of Mouth Catering / Alcohol & Glass Hire: Dalkeith Liquor Barons / Cake Baker: Marilyn Carr (groom's mother) / Photo Booth: The Camera Booth / Wedding Rings: Anthony Colin The Jeweller (08) 9218 8537 / Transport: Family's 1964 EH Holden Premier sedan named 'Harry', and Uber

Stunning Floral Ceremony Arches

by | Bride, Ceremony, Flowers


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Photo by Corey Sleap/Katie Hillary, flowers by Flourish Beechworth via Sarah & Josh’s Chic Country Wedding

A stunning floral ceremony arch can make such a beautiful addition to your wedding ceremony decor. What is often a blank space can turn into a focal point, a centre stage for your vows and is only limited by your imagination.

Whether a traditional arch shape is your thing with a wooden structure draped with florals, a backdrop arch covered entirely in greenery and blooms, backdrops of flower strings and streamers blowing gently in the breeze, or a completely modern arch decorated in greenery, each provide a focal point for your ceremony, drawing the eye to the stars of the show and giving a frame to the most important part of the day.

Whether masses of flowers, or just a few simple buds are what you dream of, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite stunning floral ceremony arches to inspire you.

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Photo one by Nic Duncan, flowers by Lindy from Lush Floral Designs via Anna and Darren’s Colourful Western Australian Wedding, Photo two by Joseph Koprek, flowers by The Style Co via Stephanie and Gonzalo’s Bright Winery Wedding, Photo three by Casey J Photography, flowers by Ginger Lily & Rose via Ashleigh & Nick’s Country Marsala Inspired Wedding, Photo four by Merge Photography flowers by Woodside Florist via Amy and Rhett’s Three Day Yallingup Wedding Celebration, Photo five by Earthbound Images, flowers by Floral Army via Rustic Winter Orchard Wedding Inspiration, Photo six by Ed Sloane, flowers by Flower Jar via Megan and Sam’s Modern City Wedding, Photo seven by Darin Collison Photography, flowers by Bobilee Shahine via Erin and Manning’s Romantic Winery Wedding, Photo eight by It’s Beautiful Here, flowers by Bunched Together via Megan & Josh’s Flower Filled Winery Wedding, Photo nine by Adriana Watson Photography, flowers by Ginger Lily Rose via Bohemian Country Wedding Ideas, Photo ten by Neiyo, flowers by Rutherglen Florist,via Mexican Fiesta Wedding Inspiration

Sharni & James Classic Customs House Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I do love a classic style wedding day and when Sharni and James chose a classic Customs House wedding for their big day, the traditional beauty of it all came together for such a sense of occasion. Studio Sixty Photography was there to capture their day.

Sharni and James, who met online via RSVP wanted a day that was, “Elegant, classic and fun!”. white + white weddings and events  planned and executed the day, the bride remarking, “Danielle and her team from White + White wedding planning were exceptional – she really did make the entire process seamless and smooth.”

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The couple chose The Little Peach Co to design classic letterpress wedding invitations with metallic gold ink.

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James wore his own Hugo Boss suit.

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The Powder Room styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup for the day.

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Sharni found her gown at White Lily Couture , noting, “It was a fairly classic fitted style, with a slight fishtail line at the bottom in an off white ivory. It was actually the first dress I tried on, it fit perfectly, which was a relief, as I didn’t have enough time to have something made. It was a surreal feeling and I’m so glad I shared it with my Mum – I think it was a pretty big moment for her – we both just kept smiling and laughing, it was a great experience!”

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Sharni and James chose Latrobe Chapel for their wedding day, loving the pretty feel to the church.

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Sharni walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

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“We chose a more relaxed and fun ceremony, we wanted it to be fairly light-hearted and representative of us – there were even a few jokes about the fact that we met online, in there.”

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Of their photographer, Sharni remembers, “Jason is amazingly talented and an all round great guy – we really didn’t want staged or contrived photo scenes and Jason was able to make us feel super relaxed in order to capture some wonderfully candid moments that we will treasure forever.”

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Sharni and James chose Customs House  for their reception, Bouquet Boutique creating tall classic arrangements in green and white.

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Cakes Actually created somewhat of a surprise cake for the newlyweds, James explains. “I really wanted a hotdog stand, which proved to be a hit by the end of the night! Probably my favourite though was the cake, it was a three tiered cake, mostly in traditional white with the the back quarter done in Batman – during the cake cutting we did the big reveal and everyone got a good laugh out of it.”

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G&M Djs was not only the DJ. but also the MC for the night, the newlyweds remembering, “The whole night we had family and friends asking us how long we’d known Glen, they couldn’t believe he was a professional MC, he made it so personal and did an excellent job of relaying our stories.”

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Of their first dance, Sharni remembers, “James actually suggested the Qantas ad song “Feels Like Home To Me”. It fit perfectly because when he proposed on his grandparent’s farm he spoke about how whenever he thought of home, he thought of the farm and now whenever he thinks of home he thinks of me – and we needed something slow enough that we could do our awkward shuffle to.”

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Congratulations Sharni and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography and white + white weddings and events for sharing the day with us!

Photographer: Studio Sixty Photography / Wedding Planner/Designer: white + white weddings and events / Bride’s Dress: White Lily Couture / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: The Powder Room / Makeup Artist: The Powder Room / Flowers: Bouquet Boutique / Invitations & Stationery: The Little Peach Co / Ceremony Venue: Latrobe Chapel / Ceremony Musicians: 16 Strings / Reception Venue: Customs House / Rental Furniture: Amini Concepts / DJ: G&M Djs / Reception Musician: Rod the Flamenco Guitarist / Cake Baker: Cakes Actually / Photo Booth: The Photobooth Guys / Wedding Rings: Canturi / Transport: Limoso
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