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15 Magic Modern Solitaire Engagement Rings

by | Bride, Jewellery

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There is never any doubt, the traditional brilliant cut solitaire diamond engagement ring is probably the most loved style and setting for a big pop of the question, but for The Proposal Issue. we wanted to explore something a little different.

While a classic claw set diamond holds its beauty in tradition a single gemstone can be surprisingly tailored to your own personal style, Whether you setting changes to a bezel, the cut changes, you use your favourite coloured stone, the ring itself to a textured finish or you add little adornments like the tiniest of diamonds- we’re pretty sure you’ll find something for you in this beautiful roundup.

Oh and we threw a couple of halo surrounded solitaires into the mix as well- because we couldn’t resist!

 

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Jodie & Tim’s Romantic Margaret River Garden Wedding

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

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Jodie & Tim

I always more than a little smitten with a reception under an open sky and today, Jodie and Tim are sharing their romantic Margaret River garden wedding in all of its glory with us,

Captured beautifully by Ashleigh Sky Photography,  the beautiful Gilgara Retreat with it’s sprawling green lawns, bush backdrop and weeping willows set the scene for a day that was about being together in the most wonderful of ways.

For Jodie and Tim, it seems to was always meant to be, The pair meeting at just 15, at a  costume party, their love story culminating in a sweet proposal with the couple’s four-legged friend- Molly. Jodie shares “We love sneaking away for a few days, especially down south as it has always been our happy place. For our ten year anniversary, we packed up the car and Molly the dog and stayed in a cottage on a Hops Farm in Margaret River (Hops Farm for Tim – the beer lover). All day I had been pestering Tim to let me give him his anniversary gift; a set of engraved cufflinks. He kept putting it off, but finally caved and confessed that he had forgotten to wrap my present so I’d just have to close my eyes instead. When I opened my eyes Tim was down on one knee with a big cheesy grin on his face and Molly by his side. I don’t think I actually said Yes for a good 10 minutes, but I’m sure the girly squealing and tears gave me away, it was perfect.”

Although initially overwhelmed by dress hunting, Jodie found her gown at Bridal By Aubrey Rose. She shares  “Despite my many Pinterest boards, I really didn’t have a clue what kind of dress I saw myself wearing! Luckily my mum and 2 younger sisters know me better than I know myself and we locked in a dress in the second shop we visited. The lovely ladies at Bridal By Aubrey Rose were so attentive and invested in finding me the one. The lace detail and high neckline made the dress feel elegant but not overly formal – suiting our outdoor venue perfectly.”

Jodie walked down the aisle on the arm of her father to Angus & Julia Stone’s “Mango Tree”. She explains “Although Tim and I are big fans of them, we just really loved the lyrics to this song.”

The beautiful Gilgara Retreat set the scene for both the ceremony and the reception. Jodie sharing “Even before we were engaged we had always imagined having a wedding ‘weekend’ as opposed to one or two venues on the day. This was mainly because we had guests travelling from Scotland and England and we hoped to create a mini-getaway for everyone involved. The South West has always been special to us so when we met with Angus at Gilgara Retreat in Margaret River it was a no-brainer, it was the perfect venue for us. Our bridal party and close family members stayed with us at the venue Friday through till Sunday afternoon. It gave us all the opportunity to hang out under the stars the night before, play cricket, have breakfast together the morning of the big day and also gave us a chance to set up the lighting and large pieces of furniture prior to the craziness of the wedding day. We especially loved that our dog Molly could be there too, despite her many attempts to escape and chase the local kangaroos!”

Lee Hall officiated proceedings, Jodie telling “Our ceremony was fairly short and sweet; just the way we were hoping it would be. We stood under a large weeping willow tree at the bottom of the grounds Our dog Molly stood very proud with the Groomsmen in her floral collar until things got too exciting and she watched on with the guests in the front row. Our celebrant Lee Hall recounted the story of how Tim and I had met and the journey we had been on since we were both teenagers before asking us to say our vows. Lee made the ceremony light-hearted, but romantic in its own way. Following the ceremony, the bar opened, canapes were served to our guest’s lawn games were out and an acoustic singer played until the reception began.”

Sweet natives and plenty of foliage were dotted throughout the floral arrangements, styled by Flowers For Mrs Harris  Jodie shares “My bouquet consisted of a natural stem, hand tied, relaxed, messy, posy style using greenery, proteas, eucalyptus and pops of colour. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were the same, but slightly smaller in size. Late into the wedding planning, I decided to add a half-crown of flowers that resembled my bouquet that was woven into a small plait in my hair. Each bridesmaid also had a small wired spay of greenery and flowers woven into their hair. The groom and groomsmen had a floral buttonhole with small pops of colour complimenting the brides and bridesmaid’s bouquets.”

“I felt like the luckiest bride in the world with our bridal party! It was incredibly special to have both of my sisters and my best friends stand by us on our special day. My sister Emma was my maid of honour and my bridesmaids were my sister Chloe, and best friends Harriet and Kiralee.”

When asked of her favourite part of wedding planning, Jodie tells “The excuse to have endless girly nights with your bridesmaids drinking red wine and ‘wedding planning’. It’s a given!”

Of their photographer, Jodie says ” Tim and I can both be so awkward in front of a camera; we’re not used to it! Ash made us both so relaxed and managed to capture the special moments in the most beautiful natural light. Her style is exactly what we were hoping for and to this day we still have people asking who our photographer was!”

Guests enjoyed a stunning reception, including a decadent cheese tower cake. Jodie explains During the planning process we were able to include things that were really ‘us’ – like a cheese tower for dessert and share plates and tapas instead of a set meal. It might not have stood out to others but it meant something to us.”

Guests dined on a feast catered by Food By The Chef at long tables under the sky Jodie tells “Tim and I both love wooden accents so we tried to include carved or personalised wooden details where we could. I found a cute ring box on Etsy, used a wooden box that we had been gifted at our engagement party as our ‘cards box’, and a lovely client encouraged us to borrow the carved table numbers that her husband made for their wedding – they were a great feature on our long tables.”

Jodie and Tim hired Blush & Bloom to make sure their day ran smoothly. The bride telling “If your venue doesn’t supply a wedding planner or stylist, seriously consider hiring one if your budget allows. The amount of pressure Domaney took off myself, Tim and our family on the day and also leading up to was invaluable!”

After dinner, the newlyweds took to the dance floor, Jodie remembering “We were nervous about this as neither of us can dance to save ourselves! We chose the song Green Eyes by Coldplay as it had been a favourite of ours ever since we seen the band live a few years prior.”

The Wedding Tape worked with Jodie & Tim to create a magic film of the day unfolding.


A big congratulations to your both Jodie and Tim! Thank you for sharing your day of beauty with us! Thank you also to Ashleigh Sky Photography for today’s stunning imagery!

Photographer: Ashleigh Sky Photography / Cinematographer: The Wedding Tape / Wedding Planner: Blush & Bloom / Bride's Dress: Bridal By Aubrey Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Makeup Artist: Makeup By Melanie / Hairstylist: Jasmine Hair and MUA / Flowers: Flowers For Mrs Harris / Venue: Gilgara Retreat / Ceremony Officiant: Lee Hall / Wedding Cake: Fondant Features / Band: Brayden Sibbald / DJ: South Sound Events / Catering: Food By The Chef

Claire & Carl’s Sunflower Filled Woodland Proposal

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Claire & Carl

Ever had a photoshoot that completely took you by surprise? What about one with sunflowers, a forest and a beautiful yellow diamond ring? Let me share, I’m setting the scene for an absolutely gorgeous proposal today, the story of Claire & Carl who met seven years ago while at university. What started out as a kick off to Carl’s birthday weekend, with a couple of photos, turned into a handmade (by Carl himself!) arbour, decorated with bright yellow sunflowers and the most blissful beginning to a magical weekend. We’re beyond thankful Emma Nayler was there so we can share all the stunning photos with you!

On what she loves about her future husband, Claire shares “I love the incredible amount of respect he has for everyone he meets. He is the most genuine person I’ve ever met and would do anything for anyone.
We’ve built our lives around our love of family, friends, food and trying to add a bit of fun and silliness into every day. (We’re planning for our wedding day to reflect those four important F’s too!)”

The magic moment took place in front of a sunflower covered. arbour, built by Carl, the groom to be popping the question with a yellow diamond ring created by The Diamond Jewellery Studio

On what he loves about Claire, Carl tells “I love her family values, her intelligence and her free-spirited fun nature.”

And of course, the couple’s favourite people were there to help them celebrate!

 

Photographer: Emma Nayler / Engagement Ring: The Diamond Jewellery Studio

Hayley & Cameron’s Relaxed & Rustic Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Hayley & Cameron

Set in a gorgeous garden, this relaxed and rustic wedding centred completely around the couple and their love for one another! Celebrating with close family and friends, the bride and groom chose native flowers and DIY touches to adorn their day. Laura Slade Photography captured every beautiful moment.

Hayley and Cameron met at a social gathering through mutual friends, and continued spending time together following the party. The bride shares, ”After years together Cameron proposed on my birthday and for the next 12 months we planned our special day. The wedding planning experience was so much fun! I had such supportive people around me that helped me personalise everything make it individual and special.”

Wanting her bridesmaids to be comfortable was of utmost importance to Hayley. With navy in mind, the bridal party found sequinned dresses from Review.  The bride tells, ”I had picked out my wedding dress online within a month from Luv Bridal. I didn’t want to try it on straight away in case I found something else I liked more, so we spent a few weekends trying different dresses from different stores until I just had to go and try on the one I originally found. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one I wanted. Getting hair and makeup done with Rachel and Natasha from Allure Bridal Stylists was so relaxing and easy going on the morning of the wedding. Natasha created the exact style that I wanted and Rachel made the makeup perfect for all us girls. They were so fun and relaxed it removed all the nerves and created a fun and exciting morning.” The groom and groomsmen wore outfits from Myer.

Walking down the aisle to ‘Falling In Love With You’ by Elvis Presley, the bride and her father walked towards an arbour decorated with native blooms. The bride recalls of the ceremony, ”Having Cameron’s sister sing with his two cousins created a special memory, as well as his other sister reading a poem in the ceremony. We surprised both our mothers by acknowledging them during the ceremony and inviting them to sign our marriage certificate as the witnesses for our day. We wanted to do something special for our mothers, as they have done so much for us throughout our lives.”

Continuing the rustic theme of the wedding, florist Woods & Bloom used a mix of native and luxe blooms on the day. The flowers were put together in hues of burgundy, dusty pink, nude, blush and ivory, with soft grey green and khaki foliage. Hayley shares, ”The flowers used were a variety of locally grown roses and cymbidium orchids, with Australian natives such as banksia, strawflower, tea tree and pink protea for added textural interest. They were the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen! Catherine first met with us when we had absolutely no idea what flowers we wanted. She asked us what our budget was, showed us a combination of previous floral arrangements she had done. We showed Catherine what colours and styles we were using for the wedding and allowed her to use her creativity to make our flowers and they were nothing short of amazing! Such a lovely, incredibly talented florist with such a huge love and passion for flowers!”

Capturing the day amongst the gardens was Laura Slade Photography. Hayley and Cameron were thrilled with their work, telling, ”The most important aspect of our wedding was the photography. We looked into so many photographers, trying to find someone that had a style of photography that matched the theme of the wedding and us personally. We were both so lucky to have all our grandparents together so wanted a photographer that could capture these special moments that we can cherish forever. Laura was incredible, she made the photos feel so relaxed and just took time to allow us to enjoy the moment and take in everything that was going on. While we had time to do this, she was taking sneaky photos that really captured the moment and our life together. The photos came out amazing, I am so proud to be able to show them to any and everyone and there are always positive comments on how amazing the photos are! She was friendly, down to earth and understanding. Honestly, couldn’t recommend her enough.”

Choosing a wedding venue that would be relaxed and rustic, Hayley and Cameron knew they had found the one when they arrived at Flaxton Gardens. They remember, ”We went to four wedding venues prior to Flaxton Gardens. As soon as we pulled up in the car park we knew that was where we wanted to get married. We were able to style our ceremony with very simple ceremony décor because the venue itself was so beautiful. My sister surprised us with a personalised timber sign for the ceremony that added a bit of a personal touch. We added floral arrangements to the arbour as another feature. Everything else was just kept simple to accentuate the simplicity and beauty of the venue. The reception was styled with flowers, wine barrels, lanterns and candles to create an elegant, rustic effect. I created the invitations, menus, seating chart, and wedding run sheet for guests. My grandfather created a large timber LOVE sign for the ceremony and a timber frame for our seating chart.”

Thank you to our stunning bride and groom for sharing your wedding day with us, and congratulations! Thank you also to Laura Slade Photography for your beautiful images.

Photographer: Laura Slade Photography / Bride's Dress: Luv Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Myer / Hair & Makeup Artist: Allure Bridal Stylists / Flowers: Woods & Bloom / Ceremony Venue: Flaxton Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Coralie Blake / Reception Venue: Flaxton Gardens / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Zoe