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Jonika & Fintan’s Classic Farm Wedding

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

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Jonika & Fintan

I love the charm of Jonika and Fintan’s classic farm wedding. From choosing a spot where the bride spent hours playing as a child, to arrive to their reception on a tractor. It was all beautifully captured by Mad Love Nation.

Jonika kicks us off with the story of how she and Fintan came to be. “We met initially at Medical School. We used to both study at the library and would regularly say ‘hi’ while there. After initially getting together at Fintan’s 30th birthday bash, fate would have it that we were given job placements in Broome starting at the same time in 2012. It was here the romance blossomed and the rest is history I guess.”

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Jonika chose a gown by Loui Col Designs, she tells, “After a hideous first experience trying to find a dress in a bridal gown boutique, I decided to have my dress made. I was referred to Katie Colgan who managed to create my beautiful dress from a few vague ideas I had. I was keen on having colour in my dress so she managed to find a local artist who’s specialty was painting florals. The whole process was so much fun. There was no stress or worry and I would always really look forward to my next fitting as the dress came together. Katie always took the time to listen to what I wanted, while also adding her own stylish touch which ultimately produced a beautiful end result!”

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“As we are living in Broome at the moment, it was nice to bring a bit of home to the wedding. I was lucky enough to wear some Broome, South Sea pearl earrings with my dress. Another special detail was being able to include my dad’s epaulettes (wrapped around my bouquet) which he wore as a pilot before he passed away when I was young. It was a nice way to have him there with me on the day.”

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“The whole day truly seemed perfect. We had the weather-gods on our side with a sun filled spring day and it felt like everything ran seamlessly (thanks to many helpers!). It went SO well that the morning of preparations with hair, make-up, dresses, photos and cars all ran perfectly on time which meant that I surprised everyone when I rocked up to the ceremony 10 minutes early. This meant doing a few ‘bog-laps’ of the venue so I could arrive exactly on time. I never knew being on-time as a bride was such a rare event!”

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For her walk down the aisle, Sarah Gamble performed, the bride telling, “We had two very talented friends who played an acoustic version of Annie’s Song by John Denver.”

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Jonika and Fintan chose Harvey Dam Amphitheatre  for their ceremony, officiated by Andrew Baker noting, “Our ceremony was held at the outdoor amphitheatre at the Harvey Dam, set below the Dam wall. When my Nan and Ard were alive they would take me and my sister, Abby to the Dam for picnics. So in a way having it there was a way of including them in the day. It was also an opportunity to share the sights of Harvey with our guests!

We both were very keen to give the ceremony a feeling of light-heartedness and fun. Thanks to our superb celebrant, Andy who made this happen! He managed to incorporate the most important elements of our relationship and personalities into the ceremony which made it truly unique to us. It was a fairly traditional ceremony with 2 readings, one read by Fintan’s brother and the other read by Jonika’s brother in-law: – “People are like cities”: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith – Adapted lyrics from Bob Marley’s “He’s not Perfect”.”

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“While having photos in a paddock between the ceremony and reception, an impromptu serenade broke out from the groomsman, singing “this kiss” by Faith Hill (which somehow became the anthem of the wedding, originating from the bucks weekend). This will forever stick in my memory. Thanks to the boys for providing constant laughs and entertainment on the day.”

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Of their photographer, Jonika tells, “Pia from Mad Love Nation was an absolute treasure throughout the whole planning process and on the big day! I was lucky that I already knew her as a friend and was well aware of her talents! I love her style of photography which is warm, fun yet creative and stylish. It seem to fit us perfectly. Pia provided a variety of options for our wedding photos, she listened to exactly what we wanted, was relaxed and professional throughout the whole process and on the day of the wedding she was flexible and very accommodating. Best of all she gave us some beautiful pictures and memories that we will treasure forever! Cannot recommend her more highly.”

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“The town of Harvey is where my Mum grew up. My Aunty and Uncle’s farm seemed like a perfect fit for our wedding when we were deciding on venues. It was a place where I spent a lot of time growing up, and I have many special memories of times spent there over the years. As a kid I would get up early to milk the cows and do farm work with with my Uncle Graham and as I grew up I would relish spending time with my Aunty Jayne drinking cups of tea in my pyjama’s in their beautiful home. Fintan has loved his recent times at the farm too. His first visit was made special when he was presented with a pair of Rossi boots for farming activities by Uncle Graham. By having it at the farm, it gave the day a very special and warm feel as I was able to involve my family in the planning and set-up while sharing a special place with the rest of our family and friends.”

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The bridal party took some very special transport to the reception. “Arriving to the reception on a hay cart being pulled my Uncle’s vintage red Farmall Tractor was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day. Uncle Graham proudly donned his Akubra hat with his suit to drive us in to the homestead where we met our guests for some canapés and drinks.”

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“I think we were really lucky to have a great bunch of vendors that we either knew personally or who came highly recommended from friends that had used them before. Having this connection with all of them made things really easy in regards to communication and organisation. We always felt supported and confident that they all were going to make our day special. Thank you in particular to Pia (Mad Love Nation) our photographer, Andy (One Great Life) our celebrant, Rhonda our florist, Lou and Kieren (A Thyme and Place) our caterers who as fate would have it lived on the next door property to the farm, and Katie (LouiCol designs) who created my beautiful dress.”

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“My favourite DIY for the wedding was the small jars of home made relish given to our guests to take home. My Aunty Jayne put in a huge effort making 130 jars from a treasured family recipe. They doubled as guest place cards on the tables! We used nicknames of our guests on each jar for a more personalised/fun feel to the evening.”

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“Dancing is definitely not our strong point, but we had a special little slow dance to Josh Pyke’s “Sew my name” (A favourite artist and song of ours).”

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Congratulations Jonika and Fintan!Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Mad Love Nation for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Mad Love Nation / Bride’s Dress: Loui Col Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Zu Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: Australian South Sea Pearls / Bride’s Jewelry: Kailis Jewellery Broome / Groom’s Attire: Australian Formal Wear / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Groomsmen Attire: Australian Formal Wear / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: The Glitter Company / Hairstylist: Savvy Bridal / Makeup Artist: Savvy Bridal / Flowers: Rhonda Birch / Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle / Invitations & Stationery: Kikki K / Invitations & Stationery: Typo / Ceremony Venue: Harvey Dam Amphitheatre / Ceremony Officiant: Andrew Baker / Ceremony Musicians: Sarah Gamble / Reception Venue: Private Property / Marquee, Tables, Chairs, Sound system, Lighting: South West Event Hire / Amenties Hire: Coates Hire / Catering: A Thyme and Place / Cake Baker: Cake Works Bunbury / Props: Typo / Wedding Rings: Solid Gold Diamonds / Wedding Rings: Thomas Meihorf
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Michelle & Eden’s Rustic Collingwood Children’s Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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I love that the threat of rain didn’t dampen the emotion and spirit of Michelle’s wedding day. The sunshine came out just as the couple prepared to say their vows, and the sunset? It was pure magic. All captured beautifully by Ed Sloane.

Michelle kicks us off with the tale of how they met. “Growing up I worked at a pie shop in Toowoon Bay. Eden and his friends would frequent the pie shop after surfing. It was a bit of a tradition for them. Surf in the morning on the weekends and come past to get a pie and a chocolate milk. Soon enough Eden would stay in the bakery well after I’d served him and his friends had left to sit in the gutter out the front to eat their breakfast. Serving him pies turned into giving him my phone number which turned into hanging out more and more and well…10 years later, now we are married!”

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Michelle tells, “My bridesmaids and I all made our bouquets on the day of the wedding. None of us had any real experience but it turned out to be a fun, relaxing activity to do.”

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Michelle chose a Rue De Seine  gown, noting, “I chose the Rue De Seine Sophia gown and the Grace blouse. I wasn’t planning on wearing this style of dress but after I tried it on I fell in love with it. I purchased my dress from the Bridal Atelier in Melbourne. Amy, the stylist, was a great help. She made me feel comfortable, relaxed and was very helpful with suggestions and ideas. The bridesmaids chose their own ivory lace dresses. I wanted them to choose something that they felt comfortable in.”

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Michelle and Eden chose The Collingwood Children’s Farm for their wedding, noting We wanted to keep the theme of the wedding in line with our venue, so we went with a natural, rustic theme. We complimented the venue with Australian native flowers and foliage. We didn’t use a lot of decorations as we wanted the natural beauty of the Farm and it’s surroundings to be the focus.”

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Looseleaf styled a wreath of native flowers to act as the ceremony backdrop.

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The bride chose an acoustic version (perform by Ben Williams) of INXS “Flame Trees” for her walk down the aisle.

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Jon Von Goes officiated the ceremony. Michelle adding, “We were extremely happy with our vendors. They all exceeded our expectations. However, the wedding would not have been such an amazing day if it wasn’t for a select few; The Farm’s wedding planner, Vanessa Pidwell. She took care of everything and made sure it was all perfect. It was all organised through emails as we were living in France. She was very friendly and professional. Jon Von Goes was our celebrant and a crowd favourite. He had everyone in tears and stitches. His service set the tone for the rest of the wedding. DJ Eddy is a great friend of ours and an incredible DJ. He kept the party going all night and the dance floor was always full.”

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Of their photographer, Michelle remembers, “The photographer we chose for the day was the amazing Ed Sloane. Ed is a friends of Eden’s who met working together in the surf industry. Ed’s primary work was once in surfing but his portfolio is now so much more. We were blown away by the results and could not have wished for better. He produced the most amazing images of our day, capturing memories that will last forever. He comes very highly recommended.”

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Guests celebrated long after dark under tipis from TipiKata. The stunning wedding set up, catering and all round planning of Michelle and Eden’s dreamy wedding was by fabulously put together by Vanessa from The Farm Cafe

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“It was raining for the ceremony and it didn’t look like it was going to ease up but against all reports and all odds the clouds cleared, the rain stopped and the sun came out for a magical afternoon.”

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Sweet Milton created a naked wedding cake for the couple. Special tributes were made to extended family, “We had a table that had photographs of all our family members wedding photos. We also had a candle burning next to those who had passed. It was quite emotional but also a great way to include our lost loved ones in our wedding. Instead of wedding favours, we had made a donation to Alzheimer’s Australia. This disease has deeply affected both sides of our families so it really meant something to the both of us.”

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“Unplanned, we had moved to France 6 months before our wedding for work. Most of it (the wedding) was planned over emails and from abroad. Our wedding was more than a wedding, it was a coming home party.”

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Of their first dance, the couple wanted something different, Michelle explains, “Our wedding was not traditional in anyway, and our first dance was no exception. Instead of dancing together for the first time, I danced with my dad and Eden danced with his mum. The song we chose was “Stand By Me” the Otis Redding version.”

Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Eden! Thank you for sharing your day with us, thank you also to Ed Sloane for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Ed Sloane / Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier / Hairstylist: Zoe O'Meara / Makeup Artist: Zoe O'Meara / Flowers: Looseleaf / Venue: The Collingwood Children's Farm / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: The Farm Cafe / Ceremony Officiant: Jon Von Goes / Ceremony Musicians: Benny Williams / Catering: The Farm Cafe / Tipis: TipiKata / Favors: Donation To Alzheimer's Australia / Cake Baker: Sweet Milton / DJ: DJ Eddy / Wedding Ring: Antique / Wedding Ring: Etiquette Silver / Transport: Triple R Luxury Car Hire

Claire & Steve’s Elegant Byron Bay Wedding

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

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Claire & Steve

The elegance of Claire and Steve’s Byron Bay wedding is such a stunning contrast to the relaxed vibe of this buzzing seaside town. I love that they stayed true to their own personal style and took Van Middleton along for the ride.

The bride and groom remember the story of how they met. “Steve and Claire met in a bar. It’s not a particularly special story or a particularly special bar, in fact one of the worst we’ve been to! Neither of us have ever gone back. However it’s particularly rare to meet someone you never knew before in a bar and marry them years later. Be kind to a stranger.”

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The bridesmaids chose outfits from Minty Meets Munt while Claire chose a gown from The Babushka Ballerina, telling, “My dress was classic with a contemporary edge. I wanted something that suited my figure and I was comfortable in, without sacrificing the look. I loved the lace bodice and the lightness of the layers of tulle to the skirt. I never thought I’d go for what I chose so just goes to show try on everything!”

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Claire and Steve were married at Beach Byron Bay.  The bride explaining  “We had our ceremony in a marquee directly in front of the Byron Beach Cafe in the parkland and our reception at Byron Beach Cafe. It was exactly the relaxed feel we were after and took into consideration if the weather turned.”

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The Honey Trees played a cover of “Moon River” as the bride walked down the aisle.

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Skai Daly officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Our ceremony was very honest, simple and authentic. We chose Skai, a local from Byron to do our ceremony. She was fantastic and we felt her presence the whole way through. We didn’t complicate things and chose music that was special to us rather than a lot of readings.”

 

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Guests enjoyed post ceremony music with Kyle Lionhart and cocktails.  “It was really easy for guests to wander over and have cocktails in the courtyard listening to Kyle Lionhart playing live before going in for dinner. We can’t recommend Beach Byron Bay enough. They were extremely professional and took everything off our hands on the day.”

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Of their photographer, Claire remarks, “Van Middleton is an amazing photographer. A very zen personality that blends into the background but knows when to jump in and get involved. He had an amazing eye on the day for people’s reactions without everything looking staged. He also took advantage of the weather conditions using the light to his advantage. The photos weren’t over directed and allowed us to feel natural.”

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“It really was the best day of our lives. We had many people tell us it was their favourite wedding. I guess that’s what they all say, but looking around everyone was having so much fun.”

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Of their decor, which included floral arrangements form Poppy and Fern, Claire remarks, “We wanted it to feel personal and approachable. We used an arbor with wild flowers to stand under for the ceremony, it was important for us to add something special to the space. We used large glowing lanterns in the trees and over the dining space to add some drama in the evening. Bold flowers scattered throughout the space in gold vases amongst votives with candles in them.”

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Of the first dance, Claire remembers “We chose the song You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers. It was a special song to Steve and his sister, who passed away not long before our wedding.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Claire and Steve! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Van Middleton for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Van Middleton / Bride’s Dress: The Babushka Ballerina / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Samantha Wills / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Minty Meets Munt / Hairstylist: Alex Ouston / Flowers: Poppy and Fern / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Venue: Beach Byron Bay / Ceremony Hire Items: Byron Bay Party Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Skai Daly / Ceremony Musicians: The Honey Trees / Sound: Byron Audio / Reception Musician: Kyle Lionhart / DJ: DJ Grace and Beau / Favors: Mayfields Relish, Byron Bay / Wedding Rings: Dustins / Transport: Mirror Image Weddings / Wedding Registry: From the Owl

20 Chic Wedding Hairstyles With Flowers

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I love the addition of fresh flowers to a hairstyle and today’s roundup of chic wedding hairstyles with flowers is sure to inspire you. Whether you want a sweet arrangement of tiny blooms, or something bold, bright and beautiful – we have it all! Click on through to see our picks!

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