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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Danae Herrmann Photography via Talia & Hartley’s Colourful Phuket Destination Wedding

We made it to Friday Dotties! I think I can even see Autumn tones on the horizon and that is something could not be more excited about. We are coming close to the end of The Engagement Issue and we’ve had so much fun learning about everything that happens after the big question is popped.

Beautiful wedding styling with The Wedding & Event Creators

Honeymoon Like A Local: Sally Bloomfield takes us to Bali

How to match your engagement ring to your wedding band

Design pros D’Italia share their picks for the 2019 bridal gown trends

Rob’s desert elopement groom style

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Aria shared her lilac infused wedding day

Meeting the brand new Small Talks Event Space

Rounding up the best handmade wedding decor in Etsy Roundup

A little colourful glam in this destination Phuket beach wedding

Make magic with Monsieur Cocktail’s Golden Hour Cocktail

Ben’s summer country wedding memories

Something a little mellow from the team at Evoke Entertainment today with this gorgeous rendition of the old favourite “Show Me Heaven”.

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Kelsie & Chris’ Gorgeous Country Wedding in Eleebana

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


Kelsie & Chris

I have to tell you when it comes to the wedding of Kelsie & Chris I am smitten. I am smitten because they married at a place filled with memories, I am smitten because they ditched the traditions that meant nothing to them (see ya first dance!) I am smitten because they made sure to include those that that did (hello heartfelt ceremony). These two so honestly did it their way – from greeting each other as they walked down the aisle, to creating a space that was truly theirs. We’re pretty darn thrilled that Alex Jack Photography was along for the ride so we can share it all with you today!

It was over pizza that these two came to be, they share their story to start us off. “We met as younger versions of ourselves with no idea what it would grow into, we met at our first job, which was at our local pizza takeaway shop!”

The bride found her beautiful lace gown at Newcastle Bridal House. She tells “The dress was lace with an open back and small trail. The lace had roses and leaves in the pattern and tapered out towards the bottom. To be honest I had no idea what I was after and when I tried the dress on I knew it was the one.”

Family was important to these two, the bride adding a special piece of jewellery to her look, explaining  “I wore an opal ring, which is a family heirloom. The opal was farmed by my late Pop and handmade by my Pop for my Nan. The ring was given to me on my 21st birthday and is a very special heirloom.”

The groom and groomsmen wore simple, black suits by Rundle Tailoring.

Chris’ family farm set the scene for the day, Kelsie sharing “We chose a relaxed familiar backyard setting, in Chris’ parent’s backyard where over years passed we spent many days with our friends playing backyard cricket and celebrating different occasions.”

Kelsie and Chris met at the top of the aisle and walked down together, they explain “We walked down the aisle together to City and Colour, “We found each other in the dark”. We believe this song reflected how when we met each other we really had no idea what it would grow into, and when we met we had no idea how much we really needed each other.”

Kelsie and Chris wanted a no-fuss ceremony. “We wanted the ceremony to feel intimate, personal and be an opportunity to celebrate our love with our nearest and dearest. It was important that the ceremony included what we love most about each other. Our celebrant was a close friend who was able to personalise the ceremony. We wrote our own vows as a surprise for each other. We did not do any readings.”

A bright orange kombi was one of the newlywed’s favourite parts of the day, Kelsie explaining “using Kelsie’s best friend’s kombi as the bridal car. We didn’t stray far from the venue, having pictures taken in the street and surrounding properties, however having the car to get from Chris and Kelsie’s house where the bridesmaids and Kelsie got ready, to the wedding venue, was very special.”

September being Spring was one of the reasons Kelsie and Chris chose their wedding date. The couple choosing flowers from Kemps Creek Flowers which they arranged themselves the night before the wedding. Kelsie telling “We both love flowers so choosing flowers was one of the easiest yet most difficult tasks. We chose to go with a simple colour palette, with blushing hues. Chris loves proteas, so they were a must. The other flowers were based on what was in season, and were either foraged or purchased from the local flower man.”

Of their chosen photographer, the bride raves “Alex Jack was absolutely amazing. It’s hard to put words to just how great she was. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and it didn’t feel like she was there. Alex made sure she captured every moment. She was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.”

The reception was filled with handmade details, crafted by the happy couple. Kelsie shares “We DIY’d heaps! All of the furniture, rugs, drinks trolleys, buckets for flowers, signs and lighting was DIY. We did a grazing board, which was handmade (we made for our engagement party and has been used at countless events between). We bought LOVE letters that a friend made for her wedding, and they were a hit! The lace behind where we were married was hung ourselves between the trees and we personally re-upholstered the chairs for our signing table. Our dear friend Sheree helped pull everything together on the day and ensure things ran smoothly.”

With the wedding being at home, Kelsie and Chris had to do absolutely everything themselves, which led to a few fun events on the day. Explains Kelsie “Chris had a total debacle in setting up the festoons, the only lighting we had arranged, with the majority snapping while being installed. Chris made a dash for Bunnings and threw up some fairy lights, which took ages, but we both think turned out better than the festoons anyhow.”

“We feel blessed with how wonderful all of our vendors were and it would be hard to choose a standout” tells Kelsie. “Alex was truly amazing, and she went over and above. Our favourite part of wedding planning was being able to plan a day that’s exactly how you’ve dreamt of and that reflects you as a couple and as individuals.”

“It was exactly how we’d planned, dreamt of and hoped for. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

There was no first dance for these newlyweds but there was dancing! Kelsie remembers “We didn’t do a first dance! Our final dance of the night was John Farnham, “You’re the Voice” and all our guests circled us while we danced together. It was totally unplanned and a huge highlight of the night.”

Little Ruby Visual created this stunner of a film of the day which captured all the country beauty.

A big congratulations Kelsie and Chris! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you to Alex Jack Photography for sharing today’s beautiful wedding!

Photographer: Alex Jack Photography / Cinematographer: Little Ruby Visual / Bridal Salon: Newcastle Bridal House / Bride's Jewellery: Glam Couture / Bride's Shoes: The Iconic / Bridesmaid Dresses: Esther Boutique / Bridesmaid Shoes: The Iconic / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever New / Bridesmaid Accessories: Colette by Colette Hayman / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Rundle Tailoring / Getting Ready Robes: Cotton On / Hairstylist: Matte Blakk Hair / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Lee Makeup / Invitations & Stationery: Wedivite / Flower Stock: Kemps Creek Flowers / Venue: Private property / Ceremony Musicians: Nathan LoMonaco / Ceremony Officiant: A friend / Marquee: The Party Hire Company / Catering: Red Belly Gourmet / Beverages: The Travelling Bar / DJ: Mane Events / Band: Nathan LoMonaco / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Alicia Jayne / Engagement Ring: Whitakers / Wedding Ring: Whitakers

Emily & James’ Low-Key Tasmanian Elopement

by | Australia - Tasmania, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emily & James

Elopements are something we can’t get enough of around here. A tiny guest list, a private cocktail session and a stroll through town seem like just the most blissful way to celebrate for two that just don’t want any fuss. For Emily and James, they chose just seven guests to witness their “I Do’s” (the bride donning an amazing Carla Zampatti polka dot jumpsuit!) at the ocean view home of their celebrant before they ended their winter wedding day alone, cocktails in hand, relaxing. Just as they wanted.

Luckily they did invite one outsider, photographer Jon Gazzignato joining the couple to preserve their beautiful memories.

It seems the most beautiful next step for these two, who met at work and became engaged shortly after another wedding of magnitude! Emily tells their story, “James proposed on a Monday night (the Monday after the royal wedding – Megan and Harry). I think he got all romantic after me making him watch it on Saturday night. I was at work Monday night and I got a call asking when I would be home, we didn’t have plans so I was in the office trying to get on top of things. When I arrived home, the house was spotless, candles lit, dinner cooked – which was usual behaviour so I asked straight away about what was going on. He then poured me a glass of wine which I was annoyed about cause we had just committed to trying to cut back on drinking and not drinking at all during the week. He told me to relax and that he needed to speak to me about something – at this point, I knew something was up. He then started talking about how much he loved me and how important I was and it was at this point I knew exactly was happening. To cut a long story short, I said yes, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at home and spent the rest of the night calling close friends and family sharing the news. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, as I would have hated for him to have made a big deal.”

Although they initially had a garden wedding in mind, the weather had other plans. Emily explains “We wanted to get married in a garden somewhere but given the weather in July in Tasmania, not being predictable and very cold we decided to do it at our celebrant’s house. She had kindly offered when we first spoke with her and decided to take away any of the weather worries from the day and get married in her lounge room it was the safe option. She had a beautiful house in Sandy Bay that overlooked the ocean.”

“I arrived at the celebrant’s house first with my Mum, Grandmother and sister in law,” says Emily, “I think I was the first bride ever to arrive before the groom. Given we were in a house there was no ‘aisle’.”

Emily and James chose officiant Maura Kerr to conduct their ceremony. “Given we choose to do something very small, we asked our witnesses to do a reading. My sister in law chose and surprised us with a beautiful reading” remembers the bride.

“For us, it was more about not including things. At any point we didn’t want anything that was going to be stressful, we wanted the day to be relaxed and simply enjoy the moment,” explains Emily.

One special detail of the day was the floral details, created by Botanical Hobart. But even those were of minimal fuss says Emily. “To be honest, I had a cloud of pictures I liked from Pinterest and shared them with the florist and let her take control. I met her the day before and she spoke me through what she was thinking and on the day when she delivered them they were better than I could have imagined.”

Of their photographer Jon, Emily raves “Jon was fantastic. I told him we didn’t want a fuss and wanted some photos that captured the day that we could share with others. He really took control and took us to some beautiful places to get some photos as neither James or I knew where to go in Tasmania.”

Emily donned polka dots, choosing a black Carla Zampatti jumpsuit. She tells “I didn’t wear a dress, I wore a playsuit. We eloped and had seven people there in total (including us) I wanted to wear something I was comfortable in and found this playsuit and fell in love with it. Given we weren’t having a traditional wedding I didn’t care about it not being white.”

Emily finished her wedding day look with a leather jacket a last minute decision! “I had purchased a green fur jacket to wear with my jump-suit (to inject some colour into my outfit) however, as I was getting my hair done and my hairdresser (Amanda) told me how she’d done a wedding where the bride wore a leather jacket with her outfit. At first, I was a little sceptical but then tried it on with my outfit and ended up wearing it.”


Despite the rain, the photographs are treasured by the bride, who recounts one of the rain-soaked shots at the bottom of Kelly’s Stairs as her favourite. “We had just spent two hours having photos in torrential winds and rain. So when we saw the photo it was a complete surprise that it was both of our favourite photos.”

The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials with cocktails, before a dinner at Landscape restaurant. The relaxed feel of the day was important to Emily, who explains “I didn’t want any stress so would find one vendor person at a time and went into it with not much expectation. To me, the wedding was about James so I didn’t get too worried about the planning – if it happened it happened and if it didn’t it didn’t matter.”

Congratulations Emily and James! Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of your day with us. Thank you also to Jon Gazzignato for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Jon Gazzignato / Bride's Jumpsuit: Carla Zampatti / Groom's Attire: TM Lewin / Makeup Artist: Liv Rodgers / Hairstylist: Amanda Joy / Flowers: Botanical Hobart / Ceremony Officiant: Maura Kerr

Wild And Weathered – Sustainable Country Wedding Inspiration

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


In a country of drought and flooding rains, the team behind today’s editorial embraced the struggle.

Instead of creating a styled shoot that was all about the new and different, was instead brought to life with sustainability in mind.

Stylist Cara of  St. Aisle, who dreamed up the concept wanted to honour Mother Nature and worked with the team to only use pieces the team already had and make sustainable decisions. The beautifully intricate stationery, for instance, by  Studio B Couture was made of recycled paper, while floral designer  Peridot Pretty purchased only a few fresh blooms, the rest of the floral details sourced from local parks or wholesale bins.

Even the decor was sustainably sourced, Cara scouring antique and second-hand stores for the pieces, staying true to her vow to buy nothing new for the shoot.

The weathered, beaten beauty exactly what Cara was so inspired by, as she tells “Wild and Weathered was inspired by a recent trip I did to rural Queensland where I saw first hand, the dry and severe state our farming communities are in. It inspired me to challenge myself and other vendors to create a sustainable and eco-friendly styled shoot that was mostly inspired by the old derelict cattle sheds you see when driving out to the countryside. ”

And the result? Not only honours Mother Nature without adding to the cycle of endless waste but honours the colours and tones and beauty of the dry Australian landscape.

A beautiful tree, which lost its life many moons ago, but has been saved by its owners for its beauty, set the backdrop for the shoot which took place at Flinders Peak Winery. An old arched window taking centre stage as the ceremony backdrop adorned with dry foliage, flowers and rusted vessels.
Our bride and groom (Tahlia Winter and Trezor Kabamba, dressed in pieces from When Freddie Met Lilly with Tahlia donning added sparkle from  Little White Couture and Fairina Cheng Jewellery
. The bride to be’s look finished with hair and makeup by  Blush’d Brides.

Keira McCall and White Lace Films were behind the camera capturing both stills and motion as the day unfolded, a beautiful wedding cake in soft tones, by Magnolia Cake Boutique topped with gum nuts and seed pods the crowning glory.

Wild And Weathered Styled Photoshoot

from White Lace Films on Vimeo.


Photographer: Keira McCall / Cinematographer: White Lace Films / Styling: St. Aisle / Bride's Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly / Groom's Attire: When Freddie Met Lilly / Bride's Jewellery: Little White Couture / Wedding Ring: Fairina Cheng Jewellery / Flowers: Peridot Pretty / Wedding Cake: Magnolia Cake Boutique / Invitations & Stationery: Studio B Couture / Venue: Flinders Peak Winery / Hair & Makeup Artist: Blush'd Brides / Model: Tahlia Winter / Model: Trezor Kabamba