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Beck & James’ Fun & Whimsical Brisbane Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Beck & James

For me, the wedding that connects instantly are the ones where it is SO truly personal that you really couldn’t place any other couple in the picture. From the blush pink wedding gown, the statement spectacles, the epic dessert table, – it all showed off the personalities of Beck and James and it did so succinctly, beautifully and filled with whimsy and you don’t even need to scroll far to see how absolutely joy filled it made it, not just them, but every single person around them.

With  Cloud Catcher Studio behind the camera, it was an exciting new beginning for the couple who met while working together. “I had excitedly just started a new job with Boeing and it was in a different environment to what I was used to, ” explains Beck “I had worked at Airports before but I’d never worked alongside the Military so it was an exciting new challenge. On my first day, I was introduced to James and we became fast friends! Things developed pretty quickly after that and we were a couple about 8 weeks later.”

James popped the big question on a beachside weekend away. Beck kicks it all off with the story. “We had gone away for the weekend to Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast. My spidey senses were telling me that it was probably going to happen this weekend but I just didn’t know when or how. (James didn’t know when or how either, haha!). We had gone out to dinner and it just so happened there was a full moon that night and it was just this dazzling white disco ball hanging above the ocean and it was spectacular! We were on the beach and I was busy trying to take a picture of it and I turned around to see what James was doing and he was down on one knee with the ring box open and this perfect ring was just dazzling in the moonlight. It was just such a pretty moment.”

On her ears, as her something borrowed, Beck wore her mother’s diamond earrings, adding a penny from her mother’s coin collection as her “sixpence”, a blue hidden piece of jewellery and an old lace handkerchief.

Beck wore blush! Her beautiful ballgown was created by The GC Bridal Lounge. She tells “I had never really had any idea of my heart set on any particular style or dress so I went into the experience with a completely open mind. The only thing I ‘knew’ I didn’t want was a strapless dress. I had been to a couple of stores before I visited the GC Bridal Lounge on the Gold Coast. I was at my second appointment there and I had decided that I wanted to combine three dresses together and was going to have a dress made. I was standing there when I spotted a blush pink strapless ball gown on a mannequin. I turned to Kate and casually asked when that gorgeous pink gown came in and Kate replied: “YOU should try it on!” So, I immediately popped on the pink gown and I just never wanted to take it off. It was unlike any dress I had seen and it was just so so pretty! It has a subtle blush pink hue, patterned sequins all over the skirt, patterned lace on the bottom of the skirt, and it had a lace-up corset on the back of the dress.”

Beck and James chose a garden ceremony to tie the knot at the beautiful Roma Street Parklands. Beck explains “We wanted to be outside in the sunshine and I’ve always been quite partial to garden weddings. I just love walking around and being in a beautifully manicured garden so Roma Street Parkland was perfect for the ceremony.”

Shares Beck “My father accompanied me down the aisle and we sashayed down the aisle to Post Modern Jukebox’s New Orleans Jazz Style cover version of Sweet Child of Mine. I chose this song and band because Guns N Roses is James’s favourite band and Post Modern Jukebox is mine. Plus PMJ cover of this song is just awesome!”

Officiated by Alicia Zeller, the ceremony went way too fast for Beck, who tells “We each wrote our own short vows. When it was James turn to say his – I lost it again and the giggles became belly laughs because I quickly realised his vows were a bastardization of the lyrics to Wonderwall. (Wonderwall is one of James’s favourite songs so I was in no way surprised he did this. Hahaha!). And then boom! Just as soon as I arrived – the Celebrant announced it was time for the kiss and I exclaimed “ALREADY!!!!????” Cue laughter from everyone and we kissed and that was it! Married!”

Beck chose her two best friends as her bridesmaids, while James was accompanied by his stepson.

The bride to be had a very special way of choosing her wedding photographers. She shares “Cloudcatcher Studios are the bombdiggity! We had Alyce and her sister Alex on our day and at our follow up portrait shoot and they are so much fun! Never a dull moment with them and they are hilarious! Their enquiry page is the best – I knew they were the photographers for us when their inquiry page asks only 1 question: Tupac or Biggie Smalls?
I asked 1 question back: Metallica or Pearl Jam – our relationship was cemented over these important life-altering questions. Their awesome fun personalities aside – they were 100% professional, efficient, attentive and genuine in every way and you would be lucky to have them supporting and documenting you and your loved ones on your day!”

Kate Dawes Flower Design  styled the floral details of the day, Beck sharing “Everyone we hired had an important role to play on the day and we have made friends with nearly all of them. Everyone worked so hard to provide and pull off for us the perfect day we wanted and it all went to plan swimmingly. We have zero complaints from our suppliers – only love and praise! (And google and Facebook recommendations! hahaha)”

Tells Beck “We wouldn’t change anything about the day and we would do it every day for the rest of our lives if we could – the whole day was perfect for us and I can’t think or narrow down any detail that was our favourite. We loved it all.”

And then it was off to the pub to celebrate! Or rather, The Transcontinental Hotel. Beck tells “We chose the Transcontinental Hotel as our reception venue for a number of reasons. Initially, we wanted to inquire there because of its close proximity to our ceremony location but as soon as we got there and met Ashley we knew this was our venue. No question or request was too silly or small and Ash and Jordi made our wedding reception experience for us and our guests so special. The Trans is the oldest pub in Brisbane and the dedicated venue space has been restored beautifully, with exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, massive oak bar and a typical Queenslander terraced balcony.  The food and the service was beyond exceptional. Our guests had only compliments to the chef and to the service staff. Our glasses were never empty! I seemed to have my own personal server who was on top of my top ups all night! It was the best!”

A stunning gate took centre stage at the reception, Beck tells “There was only 1 thing that we supplied to the floral stylist that was DIY. A couple of years ago we picked up an old wrought iron church window shaped church notice sign frame from a junk shop in Mullumbimby (this is where James grew up). My father is an electrical engineer and he is super clever with lighting. Growing up I always had crazy lighting systems in my bedroom with remote controls and things. (I digress). So when I saw this window frame I thought – ‘this would look amazing with strip backlighting installed on the back and then mounted to a wall somewhere in the house…’
And this idea quickly evolved into – ‘wouldn’t this look amazing mounted to the wall behind our reception table filled with and surrounded by flowers…?’ and voila – so it was done and it looked spectacular. Incredibly unique and the lighting coming through the frame with the flowers all over the wall – it just looked like something you’d imagine seeing in a fairy tale. Kate added some extra fairy lights and it was so ethereal.”

The newlyweds left it to Kate Dawes Flower Design to whip up stunning arrangements of bright pink flowers with plenty of greenery. The bride remembers “The flowers! My heroes! Apart from wanting everyone to have a good time – and from us being the stars of our day – I wanted Flowers to be the unsung hero! And I budgeted quite a bit for it. The flowers were the most expensive part of the day. I just wanted flowers everywhere – in my hair, in the bridesmaid’s hair, on the arbour, on all the tables, on the bar, and all over the wall behind the reception table. I just wanted to be wowed when I walked in and Kate Dawes and her flower fairies didn’t disappoint. The room looked and smelt divine and I just cried it was so so beautiful. The colour palette for all the florals were all shades of pink and burgundy. I love natives so proteas and gum leaves featured heavily with lots of roses, peppercorn berry, carnations, snapdragons, peonies and scabiosa. It was beautiful!”

Guests were gifted handcrafted wooden spoons, tied with tags which complemented the Lindqvist Ink crafted invitations. Beck explaining “Our invitations were a unique set by Danielle from Lindqvisk Ink. It was a set she had designed for her own engagement party but I fell in love with it when I saw it because she has drawn her 2 cats on the invitation –  she adapted the other cat to look like our second cat and we also wanted to include our dog who has recently passed away at the time and she was more than happy to oblige.”

Beck and James wanted more than just cake they wanted an entire table of desserts! So they enlisted Hansel & Gretel Cakes to help, telling “I had seen Pinterest and Instagram images of tables beautifully laid out with loads and loads of different desserts and we really like the idea for a number of reasons. Megan from Hansel & Gretel Cakes was a dream to work with – she got our vibe straight away and we had a lot of fun working out the dessert and cake details with her. We bonded over our love of cheese and we are tight friends to this day! Our table created this visually beautiful scene that just made you want to look, touch, feel and talk about it. You just wanted to try a piece of everything and it was so drool worthy! Everything was thoughtfully and carefully created and decorated and of course, it was delicious! It was so popular we had only a small box of leftovers! ”

The bride’s love of jazz influenced the first dance, choosing a Frank Sinatra tune. “We chose Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight” because I just looooooove Jazz and swing music and I love this song. The only thing I’ve always wanted at my wedding growing up was a proper wedding dance that didn’t look like 2 penguins shuffling around. So even though James has zero dancing experience he happily agreed to get dancing lessons with me because he knew how much I really wanted to do that. We hired Rebecca from Orchard’s Dancing School to choreograph a really fun swing routine for us and it had dips, turns and lifts – she did an awesome job! We had so much fun with it. James was completely out of his comfort zone but he tried and practised really hard and I was so proud of him. We performed it perfectly on the day which was amazing because my dress was just all skirt and super heavy and it made the lifts that little bit harder – but we nailed it! If we had been holding a mic – we would have dropped it!”

A big congratulations to you both Beck & James! Thank you for sharing your magic day with us! Thank you also to Cloud Catcher Studio for today’s stunning imagery.

Photographer: Cloud Catcher Studio / Bride's Dress: The GC Bridal Lounge / Bride's Jewellery: Jimena Alejandra / Bride's Jewellery: Secrets Shhh / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Makeup Artist: Dominica H&MU / Hairstylist: Blush & Bangs Beauty / Invitations & Stationery: Lindqvist Ink / Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design / Ceremony Venue: Roma Street Parklands / Ceremony Officiant: Alicia Zeller / Reception Venue: The Transcontinental Hotel / Rental Furniture: Arctic Fox Hire / Wedding Cake: Hansel & Gretel Cakes / DJ: Cut A Rug DJ / Dance Lessons: Orchards Dance Studio / Transport: Roaring Twenties Vintage Car Hire / Wedding Ring: K R Jewellers
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Georgie & Tim’s Rustic Waldara Farm Wedding

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


Georgie & Tim

After meeting at a college dress up party, it was a rainy summer’s day that set the scene for Georgia and Tim’s rustic wedding. Filled with handmade details, the day unfolded in a way that, despite the rain, was beautiful. Georgie & Tim and so evidently represented not only their love for one another, but they’re treasuring of their very favourite people. We’re so thrilled Joel of Ava Me Photography was there to capture it all!

It was on holiday that Tim popped the age-old question, Georgie remembering “Tim and I had been living in London and had resigned from our jobs and went travelling for a few months before returning to Australia. It was Tim’s birthday and we hiked up to the incredible Trolltunga in Norway. We had birthday celebrations for Tim and then hiked a little further on where we were alone and he dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him.”

The day was filled with handmade touches, the bride and her family styling the floral arrangements, wedding decor and signage together for the day.

Georgie created her own custom look for the day, pairing a lace ivory  Wendy Makin top she found at Marry Me Bridal with a crepe silk skirt designed by  Rachel Gilbert from David Jones.

Georgia walked down the aisle to Jack Dawson singing a version of Vance Joy’s “Georgia”.

Georgia and Tim chose Waldara Farm for their wedding the venue providing a woodshed for their intimate, rustic wedding ceremony, which took place under a wooden arch built by Tim himself.

Georgia & Tim were married by Jenny McCarron, Georgie sharing “Our ceremony was our favourite part of the day. It is the most special moment seeing each other and standing together at the altar and seeing our closest family and friends. Tim’s sister read ‘The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss and my brother read “He’s not perfect’ by Bob Marley. During our signing our great friends Rosie and Jack sang ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ by Elton John and we walked out to ‘How Long Will I Love You’ Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney and Ben Coleman.”

Of her favourite photo of the day, Georgie tells “I love the photo of us walking away from the house chatting and laughing.”

Of their photographer, Georgie notes “Joel Mailo was brilliant. Professional and relaxed. His photos were wonderful.”

The newlyweds hosted their guests in the onsite barn, guests seated at five long tables.

Rain did certainly not dampen these speeches!

The handmade touches even extended to the wedding cake, the rose topped beauty made by a friend of the couple.

The newlyweds debuted on the dance floor to “Hooked On a  Feeling” by Blue Swede performed by their live band, Pocket Dogs.

A big congratulations Georgia & Tim! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Ava Me Photography for sharing today’s beautiful wedding!

Photographer: Ava Me Photography / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bride's Skirt: Rachel Gilbert / Bridal Salon: Marry Me Bridal / Bridal Salon: David Jones / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Hank In Chief / Makeup Artist: Lauren Anderson / Hairstylist: Michelle Duncan of HairX / Flowers: Flemington Flower Market / Venue: Waldara Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Jenny McCarron / Ceremony Musicians: Jack Dawson / Catering: Red Pepper Catering / Wedding Cake: Alanna Edwards / Band: Pocket Dogs

Sarah & Ben’s Fun & Relaxed Vintage Wedding

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


Sarah & Ben

Making their day fun and relaxed, Sarah and Ben threw their vintage wedding with heart and style! Effervescent and full of emotion, from the pineapple touches to the sweetest surprise beverage, we wish we had been there to join the celebrations!  Simone Addison Photography captured every moment.

Having met on Tinder and with their first date involving rugby (and a team loss!), the groom knew he wanted to propose, but hadn’t found the right moment. Ben tells, ”One night, I started having an allergic reaction, Sarah was freaking out and all I could do was watch and feel like this woman would do anything to help me. So when she wasn’t looking I nabbed one of the plastic dress rings, and waited for the reaction to calm down. When we returned to watching our movie, I got down onto one knee. Sarah thought I was still delirious so she asked “Ummm are you ok?”, then she replied with a yes!”

Not keen on the idea of wedding dress shopping, Sarah put it off for a rainy day. She shares, ”A week later, I found a garden party dress I loved online at Chi Chi Clothing, and bought it for $85! Overall, I felt overwhelmed in big, goofy gowns and felt like it wasn’t very ‘me’. The online experience was much easier. It arrived a week later, I tried it on, it fit perfectly, and I loved it! Ben was talked into changing the suit colour, wearing a bowtie, and wearing suspenders (partially) against his will. He’s stubborn, but loves that I had my decisions in picking what he wore. The pineapple socks were all his idea, though. Had to have something pineapple-ey!”

Choosing to get ready together, the bride and groom also chose to walk down the aisle together. They tell, ”We had planned the wedding together, gotten ready together, and wanted to highlight our support for each other. We walked down the aisle to ‘Il Mondo’ by Jimmy Fontana.” The bride remembers, ”Ben started off the wedding by getting me a surprise cup of coffee (I can’t live without my coffee), and we made sure we had plenty of jokes and fun references built into the ceremony. Our celebrant was beyond fantastic. We kept it short, sweet, funny, and made sure that it was as much about us celebrating the people around us, as we were celebrating each other.”

Feeling anything too traditional was not their style, the bride and groom made their relaxed day especially meaningful by including moments and people they cherish. Ben tells, ”We had our pink rings, and Sarah and her sister had their remembrances to their Mum. We planned the whole event together, and it felt like something we both wanted. Everyone loved the wedding, as we organised it to be partly a celebration of our love for them too.” Thrilled with their chosen vendors, the bride and groom share about Simone Addison Photography and Dilhari from Kiss Me You Fool Marriage Celebrant, saying, ”They were on our level right from the start, and we can honestly say that our day would have sucked without them. They made our wedding as much as either of us.”

Finding the parkland for their photos a simple ten minute stroll away from The Guildford Hotel, the newlyweds were even treated with a beautiful sunset! They tell of Simone Addison Photography, ”Right from the first meeting we had she was amazing. Totally prepared, she made us feel completely at ease, and she worked tirelessly and so discreetly. We told her from the first meeting that she was the professional and she should boss us around if needs be to get good photos, and she made sure that we were bossed around – but in the nicest way! We cannot sing her praises enough, and she was totally a huge part of what made our day fun.”

With a vintage feel to the day and fun to be had in celebrating, The Guildford Hotel was absolutely perfect for Sarah and Ben. They tell, ”We picked them solely because they had cheeseburger spring rolls. They were so helpful and great, and their wines were fantastic, and they had all the space we needed, and the place had a great feel. But the cheeseburger spring rolls were at least 85% of the reason why.” Choosing mainly foliage with few flowers, Beans & Bunches decorated the venue with a large arbour. Sarah shares, ”We wanted lots of green at the wedding as neither of us are big on flowers everywhere. We had a few native flowers in the bouquets but the majority of the flowers were greenery that mixed really well with the venue’s rustic style.”

The groom was adamant that his bride received a coffee during the ceremony, and that was just the beginning of many beautiful and heartfelt moments throughout the day. Sarah tells, ”He’s sure he freaked out the event co-ordinator with his enthusiasm. We both made sure we included the cheeseburger spring rolls, as well as the beer on tap (it’s Ben’s and his dad’s favourite). Myself and my sister also had bracelets that included the ashes of and mementos to our Mum. We also had pink silicone rings as our wedding bands, the proceeds of the sale of which went to the McGrath Foundation.”

Getting crafty, the bride and groom did some DIY to make The Guildford Hotel their own. They remember, ”We DIYed a lot, including picture boards, timetables, wedding advice cards, a few lighting decorations, and the entirety of the music playlists for ceremony, pre-reception drinks, and reception party times. We had our first dance to ‘Most Beautiful Girl In The Room’ by Flight of the Concords, because we don’t take much seriously and we wanted everyone to laugh and not notice our terrible, terrible dancing. It worked apparently.”

Congratulations to our beautiful bride and groom on becoming newlyweds, and thank you so much for sharing your magnificent day. Thank you also to Simone Addison Photography for your beautiful photos.

Photographer: Simone Addison Photography / Bride's Dress: Chi Chi Clothing / Bridesmaid Dresses: Chi Chi Clothing / Groom's Attire: Ferrari Formal / Makeup Artist: Daniella Piscopo Makeup Artist / Hairstylist: Gamine Dynasty / Flowers: Beans & Bunches / Ceremony Venue: The Guildford Hotel / Ceremony Officiant: Kiss Me You Fool Marriage Celebrant / Reception Venue: The Guildford Hotel / Wedding Cake: Baked 180

Sally Rose White Label “Wilda” Jewellery Collection

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Jewellery,


Sally Rose White Label always brings us back to a sense of the vintage, of the old world and this art nouveau inspiration sets the scene for a beautiful new collection, entitled “Wilda”.

Inspired by her Indian & European heritage, and the immense love of film she shared with her parents, the designer’s work is always inspired by times gone by, each piece telling its own story.

Captured by Peppermint Photography, Sally led a team of floral designer Hello Blossoms, makeup artist Make up by Anna Paterson, hair stylist Serena HairSweets for Tilly and Betty May Vintage. Sally brought her new collection to life.

Pieces from Cathleen Jia,  Sweets for Tilly and Love Carli to set the scene as models Alize Lily Mounter and: Cleve Hughes celebrated their “marriage” on majestic clifftops with the most golden of light.

In her words, Sally shares, of her muse “She believed she belonged to the sea. Their love was untamed, unwavering. The glow of the earth embraced them, wrapping them in an orb of pure loving light.”

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Jewellery: Sally Rose White Label / Styling: Sally Rose White Label / Bride's Dress: Cathleen Jia / Flowers: Hello Blossoms / Hairstylist: Serena Hair / Makeup Artist: Make up by Anna Paterson / Tablescape: Betty May Vintage / Wedding Cake: Sweets for Tilly / Invitations & Stationery: Love Carli / Model: Alize Lily Mounter / Model: Cleve Hughes