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Fiona & Nick’s Romantic Glasshouse Mountains Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Fiona and Nick

I happen to think, that the moments when the sun sets and when it rises are the purest of the day. The start of a day, the farewell, there is an element wiping the slate clean, the way the world bathes in golden light, that makes for something truly amazing. When Fiona and Nick joined photography duo Daisy & The Duke for their romantic Glasshouse Mountains engagement shoot at sunset, well, you guessed it – magic resulted!

The group hiked up Mount Ngungun; the summit, with its spectacular heights giving a backdrop quite unlike any other – and with the couple choosing to marry in nearby Maleny, it was certainly sentimental!

Fiona and Nick fill us in on their story. “We met through a mutual friend who had been trying to set us up for years but the timing had never been right. Finally, we were both single at the same time so we finally got that date, and the rest is history!”

Fiona was a little cranky when Nick proposed, but the story was made all the better for it, the pair recall. “We were in Italy for a holiday and happened to be in Amalfi on the day Nick decided to propose. We had arranged to do a day trip to Capri which Nick assumed would be ripe with proposal locations. It was, but it would not go as Nick planned. Throughout the day, every time we found somewhere romantic, Fi kept unknowingly walking away or would take way too long taking photos and by the time the camera was put away, the area would be full of a fresh group of tourists. This happened four times so Nick eventually gave up. Once back in Amalfi that afternoon, Fi fell asleep (too many Capri spritzes) and Nick’s proposal dream was slipping away. So Nick woke up a cranky Fi and dragged her out to watch the sunset. Having seen it the last three afternoons, Fi was less than impressed with this interruption to her afternoon nap. Nick walked ahead up a set of stairs which Fi begrudgingly walked as slowly as possible, only to get to the top and see Nick on one knee. Fi promptly burst into tears, repeating ‘really?!’ several times hysterically and then forgot to actually say yes.”

On what they love about one another, the happy couple explain, “we make each other laugh; the most important thing! We are always trying to surprise each other with romantic gestures (no matter how small) and we’ve always got each other’s backs. We make a good team!” 

And after the sun went down, the smoke machine came out for something completely different.

Photographer: Daisy & The Duke
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Madison and Alister’s Rustic Clare Valley Farm Wedding

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


Madison and Alister

If there ever was a time I wished my family owned a winery, it was upon seeing the rustic Clare Valley farm wedding of Madison and Alister captured by Kate Pardey Photography.

With Alister’s family the owners of Pikes Wines, it made sense that the couple made the most of the farm and the vines as a backdrop for their special day. Madison and Alister actually opted to make the most of both their families’ properties. An outdoor ceremony was held at the bride’s family home, before celebrations began at a clear marquee at the groom’s family vineyard with plenty of photos across the rolling fields. If that isn’t enough to make you sell up and buy a farm in the country, I don’t know what is!

The newlyweds met at university, Madison recalling, “we became friends from day one. Our friendship blossomed over the next few years and then we started dating and fell in love. Ali is my best friend and we always know how to make each other laugh.”

The bride, a makeup artist (Madison Claire Makeup,) styled her own makeup for the day, telling, “it was a great excuse to buy some new foundation and lipstick! Haha! I also had time to do my sister’s makeup and my mum’s makeup which was really special.”

The bride worked with Rosie of Alpha Beta Gamma to create her gown, remarking, “I tried on a few “bridal” dresses and I just didn’t feel like myself. Rosie had actually made two dresses for me before (including my year 12 formal dress and my 21st dress). I remember walking into Rosie’s shop and seeing this beautiful cream cropped top. I tried it on out of interest and I fell in love with the cut and the fabric. It just so happened that Rosie had enough of the fabric to make my dress, or a top and skirt. I asked Rosie to incorporate pockets into my skirt and I also wanted a more casual, loose-fitting top to wear at the reception, so we chose a lovely silk fabric to match the skirt. Rosie did an amazing job with my wedding dress and I felt gorgeous and more importantly, comfortable!”

Madison and Alister held the ceremony at Madison’s family home. The bride explaining, “my parents live about five minutes from our house and they have the most picturesque garden. I was able to get ready in the morning with my family and then just walked out of the house when I was ready, so it was an easy choice to have our ceremony there.”

Madison remembers “I walked down the aisle to “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. I was very determined to have an upbeat song to groove to. My Dad bopped with me down the aisle and it was a perfect entrance for us both.”

Anne Bastian officiated the ceremony, Madison notes “our ceremony was very relaxed. We didn’t announce my arrival, I just kind of appeared and people had to create a path! There were lots of laughs and an overall relaxed vibe in the crowd. We didn’t want it to be too long, but we chose to write our own vows, which gave a nice personal touch to the ceremony.”

The couple opted for no bridal party, explaining, “we actually decided not to have a bridal party to keep the day super relaxed. We still involved friends and family with readings and speeches, and we actually found that not having a bridal party helped us share these jobs around more. Not having a bridal party also allowed us a good amount of alone time with our photographer, Kate Pardey, between the ceremony and reception. It was great to have this time with Ali and I think it helped slow down the day and let us take in the moment.”

Natives were on the bride’s mind when she chose to work with Daisy Lane Flowers, “I came across Daisy Lane Flowers in Balaklava and fell in love with Tess’ rustic style of flowers. I absolutely love natives and bright colour and Tess used the most amazing array of flowers to create the bright and happy bouquet of my dreams.”


Of their photographer, Madison remarks, “Kate Pardey was our photographer for the day and I honestly cannot praise her enough. She has a fantastic style where she captures the moments throughout the day, as opposed to too many posed shots. She made us feel really comfortable and it was like having a good friend hanging with us taking snaps. Thanks Kate, you legend!”

Pikes Wines hosted the reception, says the bride, “Ali’s family have a winery, Pikes Wines, which is also only five minutes from our house. They also have an amazing garden and we had a clear marquee set up on the lawn. We were very lucky to have two beautiful venues that we also have a family connection to and this made our wedding venues really special.”

The bride styled the table decor herself, noting, “I borrowed the hessian runners from my sister’s wedding and foraged for the baby blue gum the day before the wedding. Clare is abundant with this foliage and I love natives, so it was an easy option.”

Hand Made Catering cooked up a storm for the celebration. Madison telling, “our caterer and event planners, Hand Made Catering, was the stand-out vendor on our wedding day. Chef Stuart Oldfield is seriously talented at what he does and we received so many compliments from our guests about his food. In addition to the food, they are also amazing wedding planners and took care of all of our equipment hire, set up, service and pack up. Their service is impeccable! I remember getting ushered to the bus at the end of the night and I hadn’t managed to get to our leg ham and cheese platter (I know – yum!) when Nicole (Event Manager) came out of nowhere with a bread roll full of ham, cheese and chutney. It was like she read my mind!”

“We loved having all of our family and friends in the one place at the one time. We have been living in the Clare Valley for over three years now and have lots of family and friends that live interstate and overseas, so it was just really special to have everyone there to celebrate our wedding day.”

Madison notes, “seeing everything come together after months of planning is very rewarding. Everything turned out just as we had hoped and I think that came down to our organisational skills and being relaxed about any changes on the day.”

The newlyweds kicked off an evening of dancing, Madison remembering “our first dance was to “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jackie Wilson. We wanted something a bit more upbeat! We didn’t get around to having any dancing lessons and it was a bit easier to dance to than a slow song.”

Congratulations on your marriage Madison and Alister. Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Kate Pardey Photography for sharing today’s beautiful photographs.

Photographer: Kate Pardey Photography / Bride's Dress: Alpha Beta Gamma / Bride's Jewellery: Pike Jewellers / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Hairstylist: Clare's Cutting Edge / Makeup Artist: Madison Claire Makeup / Flowers: Daisy Lane Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Private Property / Reception Venue: Pikes Wines / Ceremony Officiant: Anne Bastian / Catering: Hand Made Catering

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



Oh, what a momentous week it has been in Australia. A week where saying yes to same-sex marriage, to marriage equality came to fruition. We know there is still so much to go, and so much healing to be done, but this win and the positivity that surrounded it was truly heartening and a brilliant triumph.

We are so thrilled for the good that is to come, and while we have been celebrating, we have also been working on plenty of beautiful wedding inspiration, so let’s get into rounding it up!

Planning a food truck wedding? Meet Hernan on Senor BBQ and his amazing Argentinan BBQ food truck!

Kelly & Brett share their post-wedding wisdom on Polka Dot Weddings

Believe in superstition? Mr Houndstooth explores how to get lucky on your wedding day

Dreaming of an Australian honeymoon? We share some of our top picks!

Whip up this rhubarb and strawberry bellini on your wedding morning!

The wedding film of Yen & Thomas from Marry Me Movies is so gorgeous!

Love this idea for a romantic (and healthy!) date night

Exploring the creative power of flowers

Amelia shares the story behind her beautiful wedding gown

You will want to recreate Theo’s urban groom style

Loving this floral infused bath salt favour tutorial over on Polka Dot Made

Talking about the not so fun but important stuff in how to manage your finances as a couple.

Scott shares his favourite wedding day memories


Our dance tune of the week comes from the groovy crew at Funkified Entertainment “Finally” from their band “The Usual Suspects”. It seems like a very appropriate song for this week!

Colourful & Floral-Filled Forest Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


The forest is always full of enchantment. Australian gum trees, with their deep and moody greens, gives this colourful and floral-filled forest wedding inspiration shoot the most stunning of settings in which to unfold.

With beautiful, bright orange and pink roses, wax flowers, sea holly, yellow wattle, smoke bush and gum leaves, today’s shoot gives a bright twist on spring wedding inspiration.

The talent of JCRC Events + Styling works her magic on styling and florals creating not just a bouquet but a flower crown, floral shoulder garland and the most unexpected but fabulous floral woven beard accessory for groom Shelby.

With Tahnee Jade Photography capturing it all, the team discovered a forest near Warragul. Here, the depths of green grounded by black burnt tones provided a contrasting backdrop for plenty of bright colour. In front of a bohemian-inspired macrame backdrop, the couple say their vows.

Tahnee explains, “the inspiration was born from a man and his beard, the perfect canvas for a colourful creation of fresh, spring florals. Our groom Shelby Grainger (dressed in navy by Calibre), instantly bringing a ‘Ned Kelly-esque’ aesthetic alive. Without a doubt, an Australian gum forest was the perfect backdrop to realise our vision.”

The bride, model Nashya Hearsum, wore a delicate, boho-inspired gown with beautiful back detail from Amante Bridal with a floral crown and naturally-styled makeup with bright coral lips by Peninsula MakeUp Artists complement her floral shoulder garland.

And, of course, what is a forest wedding without a little whimsy? Sketch & Etch created a sweet, engraved, hanging, wooden swing with a stunning floral garland as the finishing touch.

Photographer: Tahnee Jade Photography / Styling: JCRC Events + Styling / Flowers: JCRC Events + Styling / Bride's Dress: Amante Bridal / Groom's Attire: Calibre / Hair & Makeup Artist: Peninsula MakeUp Artists / Model: Nashya Hearsum / Model: Shelby Grainger / Wooden Swing: Sketch & Etch