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Peach & Forest Green Party

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With warmer weather here my mind is drifting towards warmer toned colours and I just love this combination of peach toned hues with a deeper, darker green.

I was initially inspired by the lush bouquet that features the soft, sage green with peach blooms and anemones. This palette is so easy to replicate especially at a garden wedding when green is everywhere. Add touches of peach through your gown, the feature flowers and stationery.

Peach and Apricot Party Peach & Forest Green Party

Cake photo by Lora Grady Photography via Ruffled, Dress by Sareh Nouri, Invitation suite by Sideshow Press, Escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridesmaid photo by Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet photo by Irina Klimova Photography via Burnetts Boards, Table setting photo by Vicki Grafton Photography via Brides, Shoe photo by Jillian Mitchell via Style Me Pretty, Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt

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Danica and Ben’s Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Danica & Ben

I’m no psychic, but I think you might love this surprise Mexican party from Glen and Fiona Photographers just as much as I do! The newlyweds invited their favourite people to a “surprise” 21st birthday party for Danica. The guests waited, dressed in their Mexican attire (plenty of sombreros and coloured ponchos!) to surprise the birthday girl who entered in a wedding gown!

The couple hit it off straight away when they met two and half years ago, Danica remembering, “Ben was my mum’s personal trainer. We spoke on Facebook every now and then, but my mum and another of his clients/mum’s friend didn’t want us to meet because they knew we would hit it off… We met at Mum’s birthday dinner, I strategically had him sit next to me while eating dinner then spent the whole night attached at the hip, talking like we’d known each other for years. At the end of the night as I was leaving, he ‘smoothly’ said “You should text me!”, I fell for it and said “But I don’t have your number…” Then he put his number in my phone and waited not so patiently for an hour or so for me to send the first message. That was 2 and a half years ago and we’ve be speaking every day since. ”

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Danica remembers the surprise moment. “Everyone that attended thought they were surprising me for my 21st birthday. They waited in a room of the house to yell SURPRISE, but I surprised them by walking in wearing a white dress.”

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Danica’s little sister was the flower girl. Her brother walked her down the aisle to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.

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Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant  performed the ceremony.   On a chair in the front row sat a photo of Danica’s father who passed away three weeks before the wedding.

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Danica added a photo of her late father to her bouquet which was created by C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers.

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The marquee was decorated with Mexican style birthday decorations! Guests enjoyed a feast catered by SafeHands Caterers.

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Buttercups Cupcakes created a two tier cake with colourful decorations and plenty of cupcakes for guests to enjoy.

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Danica remembers, “I loved the speeches from my mum, Ben’s parents and younger sister, and Ben were ridiculously entertaining and touching. Lovely moments shared.”

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Of their photographers, Danica remembers, “Our photographers, Glen & Fiona, were amazing. We knew they were the perfect fit when we spent a couple hours in our first meeting, talking about Star Wars, Mexican food and falling in love with our Surprise-Birthday-Wedding ideas. On the day, they made us feel comfortable standing in front of the camera, capturing Ben and I exactly how we are, no fake cheesy grins or structured poses. Just capturing the moment with a very laid back approach that we both appreciate.

With my birthday being the day of the wedding, Glen somehow managed to sneak off during the night to get one of the photos we had just taken printed and put in a frame to give to me. They stopped at nothing to make sure that we got all that we wanted from the day. Towards the end of the night, Fiona followed Ben around for half an hour or so getting “Selfies” with everyone. They both went above and beyond to make our day absolutely amazing! ”

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Of their first dance, Danica remembers, “We danced to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & The Pacemakers. This song is the club song for Liverpool Football Club, Ben’s favourite team. We went to Melbourne last year to watch them play when they came over and we heard nearly 96,000 fans sing the song with the team and we knew that it had to be a part of our wedding. We just stepped around the dance floor because we’re not very good!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Danica and Ben! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Glen and Fiona Photographers for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Glen & Fiona from 'Glen and Fiona Photographers' / Bride’s Dress: Swish Clothing / Bride’s Jewelry: Secrets Jewellers Noosaville / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: Beauty on the Move / Makeup Artist: Beauty on the Move / Flowers: C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant / Catering: SafeHands Caterers / Cake Baker: Buttercups Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers / Rental Furniture & Marquee: Noosa Party Hire

Sarah and Grant’s Brittania Park Wedding Festival

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Sarah & Grant

Sarah and Grant hired out Britannia Park for their self titled “wedding festival.” They married under trees, danced on the grass and dined out of picnic baskets with their favourite people. They even ended the night with a silent disco to accommodate noise curfews. Could there be a party amongst the trees that looks more beautiful? Blue Robin Wedding Photography  was there to capture it all.

Sarah tells the story of how they came to be. “Grant and I had been good friends for a couple of years prior to us getting together. There was definitely some chemistry between us (even though we had travelled around the USA together pretending otherwise), however we had both been in relationships with other people for much of that time. One day we were both simultaneously single. Grant was sick, sent out a group SMS asking if anyone wanted to watch videos with him and I was the only one that replied. I basically went over to his house for a movie marathon and never left.”

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Sarah and grant chose Britannia Park, Yarra Junction (03) 5967 1331 for their wedding venue, noting, “As we were looking to have a weekend wedding festival rather than just celebrating on a single day we needed somewhere that could sleep a large proportion of our guests. Britannia Park was the only venue we ended up visiting but it turned out to be perfect. During the week it holds camps for Guide Victoria members so there were enough cabin beds to sleep 80 guests. It was also surrounded by Australian forests which both Grant and I loved as we had spent many weekends hiking in the bush. The parks grounds were picturesque with rolling green lawns and it had the sweetest little stage set in front of the most magnificent old tree on which to get married. We really felt that we got very lucky with Britannia Park.”

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Flowers by Dolly created the floral arrangements for the day, Sarah remarking, “Kirsty the florist from ‘Flowers by Dolly’ created the most beautiful bouquets and floral wreath for the wedding. I asked for textured pretties and that is exactly what she delivered. She was such a dream to work with and truly listened to what I was hoping for. At my request Kirsty even brought her sausage dog, Dolly, with her so I could get my ‘dog fix’ on my wedding day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

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Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘Baby’ by Devendra Banhart.

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore their own navy knee length gowns. Sarah wore a gown from Lisa Ho she found at Still White.

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Of their photographer, Sarah remarks, “Michael (Blue Robin Wedding Photography) has been a friend of both of ours for a couple of years now. Grant met him through a mutual climbing friend and we have seen his work on many occasions. It was really lovely to have him as our photographer as there was no uncomfortableness with him. We could just be ourselves as we completely trusted him to represent us and our loved ones on the day. He was never intrusive with his work which was such a credit to him. In fact apart from the bridal party photos I can hardy remember Michael taking photos. The hundreds of photos he presented to us afterwards, however, suggested otherwise. I look back at our wedding photos and I truly believe they capture the happiness and festivity of the whole day – they really make me want to experience it all other again.”

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The bouquet toss was rather intense, Sarah telling, “Before Grant would propose he stipulated that I had to catch three bouquets at three consecutive weddings (only half jokingly). As Grant’s dad (a maths teacher) informed me, I had a one in eight thousand chance of achieving this. Being ever so slightly competitive I achieved this within the year. As an acknowledgement to all the faces I had elbowed and all girls I had to trample we really wanted the bouquet throwing to really be an event at the wedding. We came across a trebuchet on the internet and thought it would be perfect for our wedding. As it’s not something you can just order online we put my dad to the task of building it. After a false start his bouquet trebuchet perfectly flung the bouquet into the waiting group of ladies at the other end of the field. It was definitely a highlight of the day.”

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Of the DIY elements of the day, Sarah notes, “Oh my goodness, we went a little DIY crazy for the wedding. We purchased all the picnic baskets, glasses, table numbers, cheese board and knives from op-shops and decorated them ourselves. All the bunting was either made by the Britannia Park Manager or myself. There were many, many hours spent slaving behind the sewing machine. A friend of ours (who has amazingly green thumbs) spent months growing all of the succulent plants that decorated the stage, tables and picnic rugs on the day.

We also had the help of all our friends on the morning of the wedding in setting up and to decorate the whole park including the hall where we had the silent disco. For our deserts we didn’t order a traditional wedding cake. Instead we asked some of our guests if they wouldn’t mind bring a treat to share. We ended up with a desert table that would have rivaled the deliciousness of any French patisserie – it was truly mind blowing the effort everyone made.” Yarra Valley Catering served up the food for the wedding day.

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Of their first dance, which was a surprise. Sarah tells, “We really hadn’t planned on having a first dance as it just hadn’t been high on our to-do-list for the wedding and I also thought the idea was a little too traditional for my liking. However, unbeknownst to us a dear friend of ours had written us the most personal love song which she performed with a group of our most musically talented friends on the day. It was such an incredibly special moment that we ended up getting up and having our first dance to the song as husband and wife. To top it off our friends later went on to record the song at our friend’s music studio and had it pressed onto vinyl for us as a wedding gift.”

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The night didn’t stop there, Sarah noting, “As there was a noise curfew imposed by the local council we hired a silent disco for all of the guests that didn’t wish to finish partying after the band had ended. With 80 headsets and two channels of 80’s and 90’s classics everyone danced the night away in a silent room.”

Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Grant! Thank you for sharing you day with us! Thank you also to Blue Robin Wedding Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Blue Robin Wedding Photography / Bride’s Dress: Lisa Ho / Bridal Salon: Still White / Groom’s Attire: Travellers Apparel / Groomsmen Attire: Various - their own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various - their own / Makeup Artist: Liz Haggith / Flowers: Flowers by Dolly / Invitations & Stationery: Rojo Robin / Venue: Britannia Park, Yarra Junction (03) 5967 1331 / Ceremony Officiant: Peter Ferguson (the Groom's uncle) / Band: The Pearly Shells / Catering: Yarra Valley Catering / Wedding Rings: Vick Nackashian Fine Jewellery

Modern Autumnal Wedding Ideas

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Interpretation of one space in many ways is one of my favourite things. You might remember we recently shared Relaxed Summer Wedding Ideas  a few months ago. Well today we’re back at the same venue – Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel again with the same photographer, Milque Photography & Films but a completely different look thanks to stylist Claire Delmar.

Using her own props and a deep indigo and navy with silver colour palette, Claire turned the space into something completely different and it’s just brimming with modern Autumnal wedding ideas.

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Autumnal tones of eggplant and browns are added to the sideboard with fresh bread and plums placed upon wooden boards. Beurré Bosc pears sit in black net baskets and piles of luscious grapes are piled upon silver stands.

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Vessels in different shapes and textures hold foliage and blooms in tones of white and green. I love the beautiful textures chosen – ferns, olive branches and hydrangeas all feature heavily throughout the shoot.

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I think the element I love most in this setup are the indigo and charcoal toned table linens. The darker blues add such a modern look to this setup when paired with the dark edged stationery, the berries and the silver flatware.

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Berries are one of my favourite additions when it comes to texture with wedding floral arrangements and berries work wonderfully in Autumn especially in complementing indigo hues.

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Navy blue plates are combined with clear and green glassware. White and navy carved candles with a botanical print table runner finish off the look.

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The finishing touch on the mantle – mercury silver frames left empty with silver cups. Greenery spills from a nearby silver vessel next to a carved navy candle. The combination of elements, texture and colour lift this styling to something modern and sophisticated.

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