Olivia and Tim’s Relaxed Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Olivia and Tim

What happens when a florist ties the knot? A bouquet full of limes and broccoli that’s what! Olivia and Tim had such a gorgeous wedding in Noosa that I know you’ll enjoy their beautiful day as much as I did!

Olivia recalls how she met Tim. “Tim and I met in high school. One outing with our mutual school friends, I was agreeing to ‘go out with’ one of Tim’s friends, not caring too much about it, and Tim ‘agreed’ to help me so he got my phone number and rang me every night since then. It’s funny looking at teenagers now and dismissing their relationships so easily, I knew at 14 I had met the person I wanted to be with forever!”

Alana Aston Photography captured today’s wedding- there is such a light and bright feel to these photos, they perfectly capture the relaxed, beachside feel of this Noosa wedding.

Olivia tells “We got married at Noosa Woods Park, Hastings St, Noosa, at the Sunshine Coast. For a small fee to the council and a little reminder phone call to mow the spot it was great. A little sunny but our ceremony was short. ”

Olivia recalls “Catherine from Richies Bakery in Noosa took care of our cake at the last minute. We saw her a few days before the wedding. (I was a slack Bride). Catherine made it just as we wanted. ” The couple cut their wedding cake after the ceremony.

Not only did Olivia’s mother walk her down the aisle, but she also sewed Olivia and her bridesmaid’s gowns! Olivia recalls “My mother made my dress, the trouble with having an amazing seamstress at your disposal is that you can have your pick of all the dresses in the universe! I found a picture of mine after perusing a million online.  I chose this one as it was perfect to have it transform into a reception dress. My mother is amazing and I had the utmost faith she would make it perfectly and she did!”

For the music, Olivia says, “Tim and I take care to make things that extra special and we decided that I would choose what I walked down the aisle to and he would choose our first dance song. I chose Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ for the flower girls, bridesmaids and my mother to walk to and Colby Collait and Jason Maraz’s song ‘Lucky’. Tim walked up the aisle to meet me and we walked to the music together.”

The couple were very sure to plan the wedding together. Olivia recalls “Tim and I planned most of it. At one point when I was making decisions he said to me in fun, ‘Honey, stop stifling my fairytale wedding.’ He was very involved which made it all the more special. My cousins and Tim’s sister and of course my mum were a huge help too.The local Community Centre manager at Leichhardt here in Ipswich, Phil, took care of the official proceedings for our marriage. He was fun and has a great aura.”

Olivia, a florist at Olive Blooms created a bouquet of not just flowers, but vegetables and fruit too! “It was important for me to do something different, hence the limes and broccoli, this was because I ended up being restricted in my colour choices because of my bridesmaids’ material, but I would not have it any other way. We also featured the flowers at the reception by each table being a flower instead of a number. So if you were at the roses table your centrepiece was all roses, we had 8 different varieties for 8 different types.”

The bridesmaids wore floor length gowns made by Olivia’s mother. Olivia remarks “I only knew I wanted a print, I left it up to girls to decide on the rest and my mother made these gowns from material that I picked and purchased on a random outing one day. I fell in love with the richness of the colours, turquoise, gold, cream, grey, it was gorgeous and it turned out so well.” For their hair and makeup, Olivia recalls “My hairdresser was Amanda  (0404 790 439) and she cuts and colours my hair for me and offered to come up. I also helped her out with her wedding flowers so she was an easy pick. Her phone number is 0404 790 439, she is based in Ipswich but also travels. She did an amazing job, it was perfect! My make-up artist was Tyneale. She also did the girls and mums and Tim’s sister. She is based in Ipswich, but travels for a small fee. I loved my makeup and it lasted all day and night through sweat and tears… lots of tears haha.”

Olivia added something extra special to her wedding day look. “I wore the turquoise necklace that Tim had purchased for me from Mexico when we were in high-school. He was always dirty that I hadn’t worn it to our formal, so I think I’ve redeemed myself now. It was special and fitted our theme beautifully.”

Of their photographer, Olivia says “As soon as I saw her work I was in love, one of her photographs was more spectacular than a thousand of a lot of other photographers out there. And it came true for us, only better, because we love them all! Along with this, she took the stress out of ensuring that we were getting certain poses etc because we had faith that Alana was an artist, most of our favourites are ones that we didn’t even know she was taking a shot! ”

The reception was held at River Deck Restaurant. Olivia explains “We chose the Riverdeck because it is where Tim proposed to me, as well as wanting to have our wedding at the Sunshine coast so we could holiday with family from overseas the week prior. Tim  agreed with a coastal wedding on one condition, no one had to touch sand… which is why we chose the park, we had our guests sail the Noosa river while we took photographs after the ceremony. They had cake, drank and watched the sunset before being dropped back to the park or ferried to the reception venue.”

The first dance was a surprise, Olivia explains “I had a few ideas but he really surprised me with picking ‘Falling Slowly’ from the movie Once. We both loved the music from the film and he had me in tears as soon as it started to play. ”

Congratulations Olivia and Tim! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thanks to Alana Aston Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Alana Aston Photography / Makeup Artist: Tyneale Makeup Artist / Hairstylist: Amanda 0404 790 439 / Bride's Dress: Brides Mother / Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides Mother / Flowers & Decor: Olive Blooms / Ceremony Venue: Noosa Woods Park / Reception Venue: River Deck Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Richies Bakery
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Jennifer and Cameron’s Gorgeous Winery Wedding

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


Jennifer & Cameron

A wedding in the vineyard always calls for romance. I’m never quite sure why I love winery weddings as much as I do, but the atmosphere of romance never fails to leave me. Especially when such beautiful weddings like Jen and Cam’s hop across my desk!

Jen explains how she & Cam met. “Funnily enough we met back in 1998 at a nightclub and dated for a little while. Then a series of events made our paths cross again eight years later. Fate definitely stepped in and we’ve been making each other laugh ever since!”

Photography today is by The Follans. Clean, classic captures with a lot of personality!

Jennifer recalls “Our florist – Stacey Harrison of Wedding Flowers By Stacy who did such an amazing job with our flowers. I was fairly vague in that I just gave her a mood board of flowers that I liked. I didn’t specify any flowers, just a loose theme of romantic, rustic country. I was blown away with how perfect they all were. I think they really made the venue come to life.”

Jennifer’s makeup was styled by Tracey Dixon with hair by Milton Hair Design (02) 4455 1875  Jennifer remarks, “I turned up on the morning of the wedding an absolute nervous wreck. Of course in hindsight it was absolutely ridiculous but I had spent the night before the wedding vomiting through nerves! But the very lovely women at the hairdressers somehow made me breathe normally and calmed me down.”

Jennifer chose a strapless, sweetheart neckline gown from Karen Willis Holmes with Gary Castles Sydney and a vintage diamond solitaire pendant. She remembers “I loved the first moment my 2 year old niece saw me in my wedding dress and pointed up to me and said “princess, princess” and asked me to “spin around like a princess”.”

The couple chose the South Coast for their wedding. “We decided we wanted to get married out of Sydney and down on the South Coast. We have spent many holidays down that way, swimming, camping and riding our bikes so we wanted to find a venue and a town that allowed us to have a weekend down there with all of our friends and family.

We stayed at Bannisters in Mollymook for a couple of days prior to the wedding and afterwards. It’s such a nice spot and was a great place to get ready before the wedding.

The venue for the service and the reception was Cupitts Winery in Milton. It’s a stunning location set looking over the rolling hills of the Budawang Ranges. We knew the moment we arrived to look at it that we had to have our wedding there.”

Jennifer handmade many of the decorations for the wedding, including a look back at their history together. She explains, “I printed on cardboard a load of photos of Cam and I at various ages and our family wedding photos and hung them up with string and wooden pegs.”

As to why they chose Cupitts, Jen says, “As we weren’t getting married in a church we wanted to get married somewhere that has a bit of history and that we knew would be standing for many years to come. The premises of Cupitts is an old buttery and creamery, that has been lovingly restored, it has an old world feel and feels like it belongs in the surroundings.”

For her walk down the aisle, Jen recalls “We had a local musician Roddy Reason playing his acoustic guitar and singing Jack Johnsons ‘Angel’.”

The wedding had some very special guests, Jen explains “My elderly grandparents flew over from the UK to be at the wedding and signed our marriage certificate as our witnesses. It was the first wedding of any of their grandchildren and it meant so much for me to have them here for it.”

There was, however, one unexpected visitor. “Everything went exactly as planned! I think the crazy amount of planning we had put in and all the little details that I spent months agonizing over actually paid off. The only thing we didn’t expect was the thunder & lightning show we got as we were saying our vows! It was very dramatic and made it even more memorable.”

Of their photographers, Jen remarks, “From the first conversation I had with Andrew who was completely relaxed on the phone, to meeting up with both of them. They just seems to ‘get us’, they  weren’t pushy or over the top. We wanted an extremely relaxed wedding, and it was important to us that our photographers aligned with that vibe.

Because of my career, I knew I had potential to be a pretty horrendous client as I had a pretty clear idea about pretty much everything about the wedding. I had mood boards for every single detail – I’m a bit of a perfectionist. But The Follans have always been so patient with me, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the photos. They have captured every moment so perfectly.”

Jen’s handmade touches continued to the ceremony with her handmade photobooth, tissue paper pom poms, invitations & stationery- even down to draping the marquee! Jen’s old high school teacher made the couple’s beautifully decorated wedding cake. Jen recalls “She was so worried about getting it to be exactly what I wanted, I think she was worried I had really high expectations. It was absolutely beautiful and exactly as I had pictured.”

Jennifer loved, “Watching all of our guests dancing all day and night! Music was such an important part in planning our wedding and more than anything we wanted to throw a big, fun party. Celebrating with all of our friends and family. It was exactly as we had envisaged, the best party we have been to!” The Baker Boys provided the music for the reception.

There were plenty more musical moments that Jen loved too. She explains, “We asked a dear friend of ours to sing ‘When I see you smile’ by Bic Runga at the reception. It was a very beautiful and personal moment.We weren’t particularly keen on a ‘first dance’ but we had a favourite song, which our brilliant band learned – Ray LaMontagne’s ‘You’re the best thing’. I think we only had about 2 seconds to ourselves on the dance floor before all of our guests were dancing along with us – it was perfect.”

Congratulations Jennifer & Cameron! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to The Follans for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: The Follans / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Shoes: Gary Castles / Groom's Attire: Ted Baker / Makeup Artist: Tracey Dixon / Hairstylist: Milton Hair Design (02) 4455 1875 / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Flowers By Stacy / Wedding Cake: Glenda Borg / Ceremony Musicians: Roddy Reason / Invitations & Stationery: The Bride / Band: The Baker Boys / Venue: Cupitts Winery, Milton

Candice and Jonathan’s Relaxed Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Candice & Jonathan

The Mornington Peninsula is one of my favourite Australian wine regions- from the deep rolling hills, the amazing produce and spectacular backdrops it’s simply a beautiful place for a winery wedding. Candice and Jonathan’s wedding day was simply elegant and a great showcase of the region and it’s beauty.

Candice remembers how she and Jonathan met. “We were graduate nurses together, you notice the male nurses as there’s not many of them! I never EVER thought I would date another nurse, but it turned out that we had so much in common and so much fun together that I could not let him go!”

Photographs today are by Stewart Leishman. Stewart’s elegant, beautiful captures are purely beautiful.

Candice’s friendsKhia Humbles & Shannon Gibson styled her and her bridesmaid’s makeup for the wedding day.

Candice and her bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Anna Campbell.

Candice and Jonathan chose the Mornington Peninsula for their wedding with their ceremony at Dalywaters Rose Farm. Candice explains “The Mornington Peninsula was a special place to us before the wedding, but now it really holds a special place in our hearts. We had some much fun touring around the Mornington Peninsula wineries choosing the perfect one for us. After spending the winter in the UK, Dalywaters Rose Farm was our reminder of the beautiful English gardens. It’s such a romantic location for a ceremony and we could not speak more highly of owners Anne and Daryl, what a lovely couple and what a spectacular garden!”

A family friend played the ceremony music. Candice recalls “We had a family friend play Train’s ‘Marry Me’, just him and his guitar, stunning! Even more beautiful, he wrote us a song for the signing, titled ‘For the rest of our lives’, what a dream!”

The celebrant the couple chose played a big part in the couple’s wedding plans. Candice remarks “Di Klienert, our celebrant is the most delightful person you could wish to officiate your wedding. A true gem, Di doubled as a wedding planner, giving us many recommendations. She made us feel at ease and shared many words of wisdom that we will always remember.”

Candice & Jonathan hired a car from Fleetwood Chauffeured Limousines (03 9764 2276) for their transport. Candice remarks “The car we used had a special story. It was a rust bucket found in a graveyard of derelict cars in country Victoria. When the history of the car was traced through the Armstrong Siddeley car club, it was discovered that is had been used by Prince Phillip when he opened the Olympic games in 1956. He also rode in the car in 1963 when he came with Queen Elizabeth on a visit to Melbourne. We didn’t need to look at any other cars!”

Candice describes the wedding as “An absolute dream, it exceeded all our expectations!”

Of their photographer, Candice says “Stewart, he’s the best! Luckily we heard about him through a friend of a friend. He was the first photographer we met and we knew we didn’t need to meet anyone else. We felt comfortable from the moment we met him, and as a result our photos are relaxed and natural. He’s an amazing artist!”

The gorgeous bouquets were styled by Flowers by Entwine ((03) 9489 8651).

Stillwater at Crittenden was the chosen location for the reception festivities. The guests received lemon butter made by Candice’s mother as wedding favors.

Although there was plenty of handmade elements, Candice’s family helped her make wise DIY choices to ensure she was relaxed in the lead up to the wedding day, Candice explains ” I love DIY, so everything I could DIY I did! Invitations, favours, centrepieces and guest book. I had to be realistic and hand the cupcakes over to my Aunty! They were just delicious! I was also banned from making the bouquets, but found Lisa at the Local Shop in Northcote (my favourite little shop Flowers by Entwine ((03) 9489 8651).), she did such an amazing job.”

The guests made the day special for the couple. Candice remarks “We had guests travel from interstate and overseas to attend our wedding. It was the first time our families had all been together in the same room, luckily everyone liked each other! A truly memorable and special day for us!”

The first dance started off a little slowly. Candice remembers “It was awkward, Jono hates dancing and almost refused but was persuaded at the last moment by the band! No planned routine, just us sharing a candid moment together, lovely in the end!”

The Peter Miller Band kept the festive atmosphere of the reception going all night long. Candice remarks “Once the band started playing there was not a single person left seated! It was amazing! We felt like everyone was really ready to party and make sure we had the best night ever!”

 Congratulations Candice and Jonathan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Stewart Leishman for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride's Jewellery: Chapel Street Bazaar / Groom's Attire: Prinzi Collections / Groomsmen Attire: Prinzi Collections / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Accessories: Swarovski / Hairstylist: Khia Humbles (friend of bride) / Makeup Artist: Shannon Gibson (friend of bride) / Flowers & Decor: Flowers by Entwine (03) 9489 8651 / Invitations & Stationery: Designed by friend of the bride, Made by bride and groom / Ceremony Venue: Dalywaters Rose Farm / Reception Venue: Stillwater at Crittenden / Ceremony Officiant: Di Klienert / Band: Peter Miller Band / Wedding Cake: Bride's Aunty / Transport: Fleetwood Limousines (03) 9764 2276 / Wedding Rings: Jane Bowden

Ten Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Wedding gown by J’Aton Couture Photo by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions from Athena and Dariusz’s Sophisticated Brisbane Wedding

Following on from my last wedding planning list, I thought today I’d write one for dress shopping. It’s such a big, overwhelming task that I would love to hear your own tips you’ve figured out!

1. Keep an open mind

This is always said, but its one of my top pieces of advice I have heard again and again from brides is that you should try on gowns you never thought you’d pick. Lusting after that strapless ruffly number? How about trying on the v-neck slinky gown? Sometimes our perceptions and knowledge of what we wear every day can get lost when we go bridal shopping. Love V necks and constantly wear them? Experiment with a V neck gown. Trust your designer or consultant if they suggest styles out of your ordinary. Go to the bridal salon with an open mind as you may just be surprised at what you fall in love with!

2. Break out the good stuff

If you’re a little nervous about getting half naked in front of a shop assistant, it’s going to happen at your bridal fitting because you’ll definitely need help getting your head through the many layers, zipping up the back and adjusting the gown. So here’s an obvious but probably forgotten tip – wear your best underwear! It helps if it’s nude or white coloured too so you can’t see it through the dresses. If you’re looking at trying on strapless gowns, it might pay to invest in a decent strapless bra as not all gowns have support built in. If you’re really worried, perhaps wear a slip.

3. Style it up

While full hair & makeup is not the most practical for wedding dress shopping, styling your hair in the basic style you’d like to wear and making up your face can go a long way to how you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror. If you’re planning on wearing your hair up and having a formal wedding, it pays to spend some time styling your hair into an up style and putting on a little makeup so you can get a better feel of how you might look when everything comes together.

Gown by Connie Simonetti. Photo by Deus Photography from Belinda and Christian’s Elegant Beach Wedding

4. Elevate yourself

If you think you’ll wear heels on your wedding day, bring a comfy pair along. They don’t have to be your wedding day shoes, but if you’re like me, you walk differently, hold yourself differently in heels and it makes a difference to how you look and feel in your gown. The same goes if you want to wear flats on your wedding day!

5. Give it time

The timing of your dress shopping is a pretty important point! It needs to happen after you’ve figured out the style, dress budget and timing of your wedding (because shopping for a ballgown and then deciding you’d rather marry in Thailand in a light chiffon number can be a costly change!) but you also need to give enough time for the bridal salon to make your gown or order it. Then there’s fittings! The earlier you can start, the better! Most couture bridal salons need at least five months notice, some salons ordering in gowns need at least eight. I promise that’s the only “timeline” I’ll include in this post!

6. Downsize the entourage

You know that saying’ too many cooks’? It applies to dress shopping too! Dress salons are often pretty small when there are numerous brides inside and a plethora of opinions can sometimes make your very solid decision turn into a completely confused one. Stick to a max of two or three people that you really trust the opinion of and consider inviting loved ones for fittings or different dress shopping excursion. You don’t actually have to buy a dress on your first shopping trip, or your second, or even your third. You can buy your dream dress in your own time.

7. Fill your belly

Are you one of those people who forgets to eat and then feels all funny and realises it’s because you’re actually really hungry? (Or is that just me!) Eating a decent breakfast the morning of your bridal gown trek is vital. This also goes for lunch- make sure you stop and take a break if your mind is filled with layers of white silk, a coffee and a few carbs can help clear your mind!

Gown by Johanna Johnson Photo by Pobke Photography from Emelia and Anthony’s Coastal Glamour Wedding

8. Designer date

If you’re buying a made to measure gown or one off the rack, keep your eye on their websites for designer days. Often bridal gown designers will travel the country visiting salons that stock their gowns. You’ll not only get personal attention from the salon, but the designer will be there for an extra special experience in choosing your gown and there may even be a plethora of special offers for you to choose from!

9. Leave the camera at home

The bridal gown market is a tough one and with online sales and copyright, most salons nowadays don’t allow photographs to be taken in store.  It’s best to leave the camera at home, or at least ask before you snap away at pictures of yourself in the gown. The last thing you want is to start the experience with your bridal gown shopping, by offending the bridal shop owner.

10. Celebrate

You know I’m a big believer in celebrating, so make sure you buy a bottle of bubbles, or go out for a glass after you have made that final decision. Buying your wedding dress is special. Finding the right one deserves celebrating!