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Liz and John’s Stylish Outdoor Wedding

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


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Liz & John

Oh how romantic it is to dine under the stars – which is exactly how Liz and John celebrated their stylish outdoor wedding. They married in Liz’s childhood home neighbour’ s backyard, a place where Liz spent much of her childhood – before moving to her childhood home’s backyard for a sit down reception. As the sun set the lights came on, the dancing started and Nicolle Versteeg Photography captured it all.

Liz tells their story of how thy came to be. “We met in a very unexciting way – at a bar at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday! The relationship progressed as is the usual way these days – Facebook friend request, a few private messages back and forth, first date (a huge success) and so on… ”

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Liz chose a gown from Anna Campbell with shoes by Tony Bianco.

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The groom chose a suit from MJ Bale.

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Liz’s bridesmaids wore gowns in different shades of grey from Jenny Yoo.

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Liz walked down the aisle to Ellie Goulding “How Long Will I Love You?”.

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Liz tells, “The ceremony was held at my parent’s next door neighbour’s garden. They have hosted a few weddings there previously and I knew it would be perfect. It is a beautiful garden and our next door neighbours are very close friends of ours. I have so many memories of parties, childhood concerts, afternoon teas etc in that garden.”

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“Our celebrant, Cameron Eglington, was fantastic – he was so flexible, easy going and ran the whole ceremony like such a professional.”

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“Our pugalier Rex was our ring bearer and we absolutely adore him and were so glad he was part of the ceremony – we let him out from the backyard studio when the celebrant announced it was time to exchange the rings and luckily for us, when we called his name, he ran straight towards us (there is a picture of him in the ceremony photos) with the rings tied around his neck!”

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“Our good friend Sue Gawned coordinated the flowers for us and the bridesmaids, mother of the bride, mother of the groom helped the day before. They turned out beautifully!”

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Of their photographer, Liz tells, “Nicolle Versteeg was our photographer. We chose her after she photographed our friend’s wedding and did a fabulous job. We loved how relaxed and natural her style was and how she was familiar with Fremantle and all it had to offer. Nicolle was a ‘calming influence’ on the day and the bridal party had a fantastic time shooting at a few locations around Freo and East Freo. She was an absolute delight to deal with from start to finish and made us feel so comfortable on the day.”

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“The most memorable moments of the day for us were the bridal party photos where we were able to relax and be silly with our closest friends (and recover from feeling so nervous at the ceremony). We had our photos taken at the Roundhouse in Fremantle and George Street in East Fremantle. We particularly love the photos taken in front of the mural on the corner of George and Hubble Streets, in East Fremantle.”

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Reception celebrations were held in Liz’s parents backyard. The Event Mill pulled together the look with furniture from Hire Society. Liz noting, “A special mention to our friend Jesse Wilson from The Event Mill who organised the chairs, staging, lighting and dance floor for us.”

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“John did all the signage, wedding invites, menus etc with the help of a couple of colleagues at work (he works in advertising). Many elements were DIY on the day – the drinks station, welcome tables, chalkboards and cake table.”

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Guests enjoyed a feast by Beaumonde Catering, the newlyweds noting, “We have to make special mention to Beaumonde catering who did the most fantastic job. The food was incredible as was the service. We received many compliments on the catering from guests.”

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“All the speeches were fantastic and were another favourite moment – our dads spoke, as did both my sisters and John’s best friend, Baz. The speeches were so funny and heartfelt and were the perfect addition to the night.”

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Bride Liz remembers, “John was keen to do a first dance but I was reluctant. I had seen a few first dances that were quite awkward and we decided that we wouldn’t have one. I actually regret not doing one now. On the night it didn’t matter and once the band started people did not get off the dance floor all night.”

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“My parents surprised us with two oversized vertical garden letters (J & L) that they attached to the wooden framework of the patio. We were very impressed!”

Congratulations on your marriage Liz and John! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nicolle Versteeg Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Nicolle Versteeg Photography / Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell / Bride’s Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Hairstylist: Claire McDonald-Harrison / Makeup Artist: Gail Wilton / Flowers: Sue Gawned (family friend) / Invitations & Stationery: DIY / Venue: Private Garden / Ceremony Officiant: Cameron Eglington / Styling/Hire: Hire Society / Styling/Hire: The Event Mill / Band: Bumpy Johnson Band / Favors: Groom's mother / Catering: Beaumonde Catering / Wedding Rings: Top Image Jewellery / Transport: Gateway Limousines / Wedding Registry: Wedding Gifts Direct
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Miranda and Shota’s Colourful Japanese Australian Wedding

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


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Miranda & Shota

I love nothing more than seeing a wedding where two cultures not only meld together but truly create a day that is as unique and as beautiful as the couple marrying. Miranda and Shota’s wedding day was a mix of Australian, Scottish and Japanese culture. The couple deciding to get rid of what they didn’t want (like a first dance!) and include things they loved (like an Australian Women’s Weekly cake table!) The result? A beautiful day that was very “Miranda And Shota”. The couple chose Solas Photography to capture their day.

Miranda tells the tale of how they came to be. “Shota was 8 months into a road-trip around Japan. When the snow started falling in Hokkaido and he couldn’t camp outside anymore, he took a job as a chef in a ski resort. I was working in that resort. One of the people he met along the way on his trip who also ended up taking a job as refuge from the snow became Shota’s Best Man.”

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The Distillery  created the unique wedding invitations that set the scene for the day.

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The groom and groomsmen wore traditional Japanese Hakama.

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Miranda wore a custom made gown with a Japanese touch, explaining ” My dress was made from vintage kimono silk (something old)”. She added blue shoes from Shoes Of Prey.

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The couple chose a first look before the ceremony, Miranda telling, “Before the ceremony we got photos taken at Mt Lofty house where the girls got ready and at the Mt Lofty Train Station where I used to play as a kid.”

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Of their photographers, Miranda exclaims, “They were incredible! I couldn’t have asked for more. James was such wonderful fun on the day. It stormed all morning and we got terrific shots in the pouring rain. He kept the mood up and kept reminding us that it was our day and we could do whatever we wanted. At the ceremony and reception I didn’t even notice him being there, yet he got all these great shots. He even sent us the ‘best of’ shots the very next day!”

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The couple chose Miranda’s mother’s garden for their wedding, Miranda noting, “The ceremony and reception was at my parent’s house in Crafers in the Adelaide Hills. It’s the home I grew-up in and the garden which is my Mother’s pride and joy.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Miranda chose, ” ‘The Entrance’ from Madame Butterfly (sung by our talented opera singer friend and accompanied by her concert pianist husband) – handy friends.”

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The ceremony had a different twist, “As we are not religious, rather than a bible reading, two friends did a reading of the best love inspired movie quotes of all time (you had me at hello, I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy…etc).”

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“It was so personal. Just a really intimate celebration of our relationship with our closest friends and family. We all went on an emotional roller coaster together, from not a dry eye in the house during some speeches to standing ovations and roaring laughter in others.”

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“After we were pronounced man and wife, our dog ran to greet us with a ‘just married’ sign on her tail.”

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A Japanese touch was the 1000 paper cranes that hung from trees to decorate the ceremony area. The bride tells, “My bridesmaids made 1000 paper cranes for luck and hung them all over the garden.”

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“My Mother sewed all the napkins and table runners out of kimono silk. She also added kimono silk to all the bridesmaid’s dresses. My Grandfather wrote all the calligraphy signage.”

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The wedding dessert was a table of cakes baked by guests, the bride remembering, “Guests made all the cakes (they re-created our favorite cakes from the past, like my 9th birthday Women’s Weekly swimming pool cake and my parent’s giant lamington wedding cake etc). The absolutely stunning flowers which were a combination of Japanese and Australian blooms, picked in the Adelaide Hills, were created by  The Tenth Meadow .”

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As with the rest of the day, family and friends went out of their way to make sure both cultures were present on the day, Miranda telling, “The best man learned English just to make his speech. My mum learned Japanese to make hers. As a surprise, a friend organised a traditional Japanese drummer and pan-flute player to play a traditional Scottish song (as a nod to both of our heritages).”

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Miranda notes, “We didn’t do a first dace. I’ve never seen one that hasn’t looked awkward and uncomfortable so we scrapped it. We broke all the rules really and just did things that we wanted to do, and didn’t do the things we didn’t want to.”

The finishing touch of the wedding day was a film by Daniel Hamilton, Adelaide Wedding Videos.

Congratulations on your marriage Miranda and Shota! Thank you for sharing your day with us, thank you also to Solas Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Solas Photography / Cinematographer: Daniel Hamilton, Adelaide Wedding Videos / Bride’s Dress: Custom / Bride’s Shoes: Shoes Of Prey / Bride’s Jewelry: Mondial / Groom’s Attire: Japanese Hakama (hired) / Groomsmen Attire: Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender and custom made / Hairstylist: Halee Trenwith 0410 676 783 / Makeup Artist: Halee Trenwith 0410 676 783 / Flowers: The Tenth Meadow / Invitations & Stationery: The Distillery / Venue: Bride's Parent's Home / Ceremony Officiant: Nicky Solomon (friend) / Ceremony Musicians: Rosemary and Malcolm Ross - Opera (friends) and Greg Myers - Jazz (friend) / Marquee Hire: White Marquee / Catering: Rosa Matto / Cake Baker: Guests / Wedding Rings: Mondial / Wedding Registry: Peters of Kensington

Bohemian Botanical Wedding Bash

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that I recently headed along to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. I’d seen pictures before but seeing the floral sculptures and masterpieces in real life for a flower lover like me was quite simply inspirational.

One of my favourite pieces was created by Verity Tatau (in the top left of my inspiration board below) and inspired this bohemian botanical wedding bash inspiration board. I love the bohemian feeling of it – the soft toned greenery encircling the thin, delicate gold wire. I’d love to see this as a backdrop or feature piece in a bohemian style wedding. This board focuses heavily on greenery, the couple in their relaxed but chic outfits marrying in front of the botanically laden dream catcher.

For the reception, a garland of succulents and leaves and tall gold candlesticks centres the tables, which of course are outside under the stars. After dinner, guests take to the dance floor, or relax on the vintage style lounge furniture before enjoying the cheese stack cake with fresh fruits.

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Dream catcher photo by Ms Polka Dot, created by Verity Tatau, Hairpiece by Bride La Boheme photo by Laura Marii Photography via Bridal Musings,  gold candlestick photo by Kurt Boomer Photography via Style Me Pretty,  green table-scape via Ruffled Blog,  tables photo by Logan Cole via Green Wedding Shoes, Cheese cake image by Paula O’Hara via Ruffled Blog, couple photo by Lara Hotz from Stanya & Lenny’s Bohemian Forest Wedding, brown chair photo by Taylor Lord via Magnolia Rouge, invitation by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Annalouise & Adam’s Weekend Homestead Wedding

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Annalouise & Adam

I love the idea of a wedding that spans the entire weekend. Annalouise and Adam chose a weekend homestead wedding for their big day. They started with a Friday night cocktail party, serving up Adam’s favourite gin & tonics, raspberry spritzers and Tasmanian Sparkling wine and continued with a Saturday afternoon garden party, the wedding ceremony, intimate sit down reception and ending with a winery tour around Tasmania’s gorgeous Tamar Valley before guests made their way home. They chose Lisa Pearl Photography to photograph their special day.

On how they met, Annalouise tells, “We met through a charity where I (Annalouise) worked and where Adam volunteered to raise money. I knew someone so committed to helping others in need was someone I wanted to be around. We decided on our first official date that we were going to get married and live happily ever after. We were right.”

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Annalouise tells, “We wanted an adult version of Alice in Wonderland’s tea party. We started the weekend with a welcome cocktail party on the Friday night. Glorious canapés were served with Gin & Tonic’s (Adam’s drink of choice), Blackberry spritzers and Joseph Chromy Sparking for the Tamar Valley. We wanted everyone to get to know one another (if they had not already met, we had both interstate and international guests) before Saturday so we would keep the feel very relaxed.”

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The couple chose Red Feather Inn  for their weekend of fun, explaining, “We spend so much time in Tasmania (it’s our favorite place in the world) that we knew that’s where we wanted to be married. We had stayed at the Red Feather Inn once before could not think of a more perfect venue for our big weekend. It is the most gorgeous French Provincial style old homestead just outside Launceston. With a barn, stables, formal and informal gardens we knew we could pull something really special off here. Lydia who owns the the Inn said to me “what ever you want to do, we can do it. The place is yours for the weekend, go wild”. She is my kind of lady!

There was also the major bonus of having most of our guests stay on site in the main house and the adjoining cottages (Murphetts Cottage and The Watch House). As we only had a 28 person wedding this was perfect. Everything everyone needed was right there.”

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EmilyRose Hair & Beauty styled the bride’s and female guests’ hair and makeup, the bride noting, “They traveled to me and looked after all the female guests as well as making me feel my most beautiful.”

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The bride tells, “We decided that as everyone was on site, we would host an afternoon tea party, with games such as badminton, boules, croquet etc set up, to entertain everyone on Saturday afternoon pre our wedding ceremony. Adam was meant to be hosting as I was getting ready, however I didn’t want to miss all the fun so surprised everyone by attending in what turned out to be the first of my three dresses (by Justin Alexander ) on the day. I only stayed for an hour and then went back inside to finish getting ready and change.”

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Annalouise chose a gown by La Sposa for the marriage ceremony, remembering, “At 4pm I was itching to go, I could hardly wait to get down the aisle. Adam and I decided on no bridesmaids or groomsmen etc so Adam got ready with his dad and his dad’s long term partner and I was assisted by my friend come wedding coordinator for the weekend, Shafei.”

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Annalouise walked down the aisle to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”. She notes, “My mum and dad both walked me down the aisle.”

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“It was a glorious sunny day in Launceston, perfect weather actually, and we had provided hand made paper fans for the female guests, they looked gorgeous on the white chairs under the amazing tree we were married under.”

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The couple’s own take on a traditional hand fasting ceremony was one of their favourite parts of the day. Annalouise explains, “Our ceremony was conducted by a Brisbane based very good friend of ours (Nonie Alyling) and it was everything we wanted it to be. Adam and I both come from Celtic backgrounds (I was born in Northern Ireland and Adam’s father is Scottish) so we wanted to incorporate that into our day. We decided on our version of a Celtic hand binding ceremony, however rather than the celebrant saying the blessing we had prepared a card with a wish and a coloured ribbon for each of our guests and asked them to bless us. We ended up with the most incredible coloured knot of love. We have kept this and are having it framed.”

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“After the ceremony we had cocktails and canapes in the garden with our loved ones before heading off for our photographs.”

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Of their photographer, Annalouise says, “I had worked with Lisa for a few years at the Charity I mentioned above and always stayed in touch. After she left to pursue her dream of photography I followed her work and when Adam and I got engaged in March 2014 I contacted her immediately. Her style is incredible and her personality just shines through in everything she does. We wanted a relaxed, non-wedding style of photo and she nailed it.”

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Cachet Florist created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride remarking, “I wasn’t sure I wanted to carry flowers but in the end they were divine.”

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Guests headed inside the Inn for a decadent dinner, the bride telling, “We returned to be ushered into our reception to the tune of “You are the sunshine of my life” by Stevie Wonder. Anyone who knows me that I have called Adam my sunshine since we met. He is exactly that.”

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After dinner, the bride had one more gown change – this time into a mushroom pink gown by Elie Saab. She remembers, “I gave a welcome speech as soon as we were seated and then ducked off under the ruse of using the facilities to change into my Reception dress. It was quite a surprise for everyone.”

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“We didn’t have a first dance or any dance for that matter. We wanted our wedding to be all about the food and drink. Tasmania has the most incredible produce and we wanted that to shine, so we had a 5 hour, 5 course, with matched wine degustation dinner  (catered by Red Feather Inn) party. NO dancing, no huge cake (just individual ones) and no speeches other than Adam and I.”

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“The only pre weekend items we outsourced were our invitations. With a three day, destination wedding there was a lot to go into these so we used Pure Invites. Arlene was incredible. I created all the guest bags which included a bottle of Joseph Chromy wine, some starbursts, mints, chips, water, lemonade, Panadol, tissues and a copy of the weekend itinerary. I also sourced and individually wrapped each guest gift, the vintage books we used as props and hand cut all the coloured ribbons for the hand binding ceremony.” The male guests each received a pair of The Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland cufflinks , the female guests a copy of The Adventures Of Alice In Wonderland as well as the glass cloche dessert was served in as their wedding favors.

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“We had decided very early on we wanted an “un-plugged wedding” We wanted everyone to be fully present with us for the weekend and experience the love not through a camera lenses or phone so we banned both. We did realise however that everyone loves a selfie so set up a selfie corner in the garden, complete with vintage frame and vintage inspired disposable cameras. They were a huge hit and provided us some hilarious candid shots of the following few hours.”

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The icing on the cake (literally) were sweet pink cakes created by Tamar Valley Cake Studio , Annalouise telling, “Five  hours later, stuffed after a magnificent degustation we brought out the individual wedding cakes along with individual bottles of Pepik Sparking Rose. Each of these had an eat me and drink me tag, just like in Alice in Wonderland.”

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“Adam was offered a job in the Middle East and we spent 6 moths of our 8 month engagement living on opposite sides of the world. We were only reunited 5 days before our wedding, so just being together was wonderful.”

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“We ended the night with lots of crazy selfies and a final farewell to Happy by Pharrell Williams. The next morning we greeted our guests in the Red Feather Cooking School for a recovery breakfast before bussing everyone for a full day Tamar Valley winery tour. I think we all needed more Tassie wine.”

Congratulations Annalouise and Adam! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Lisa Pearl Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Lisa Pearl Photography / Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander / Bride’s Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Dress: Elie Saab / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Attire: Montagio Tailoring Sydney / Hairstylist: EmilyRose Hair & Beauty / Makeup Artist: EmilyRose Hair & Beauty / Venue: Red Feather Inn / Flowers: Cachet Florist / Invitations: Pure Invites / Ceremony Officiant: Nonie Alyling / Cake Baker: Tamar Valley Cake Studio / Wedding & Engagement Ring (Bride): Designed by Adam, made by Euromounts
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