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Tayla & James’s Lower Hunter Valley Country Wedding

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

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Tayla & James

With many gorgeous handmade details and heartfelt moments, this lower Hunter Valley country wedding is a dream! Set in the beautiful grounds of Walka Water Works, not even a cold and grey day could dampen the joy that came as Tayla and James were pronounced husband and wife. Ava Me Photography captured the day.

The bride and groom met on Tinder in 2013 and had their first date in Newcastle. Although Tayla was late, James waited, and with a coffee, ice cream and a walk along Nobbys Beach, it all fell into place. Tayla shares of the proposal, ”James and I would usually picnic in our favourite spot at Walka Water Works. On a Sunday we went down for a picnic and took blankets, pillows and a cheese platter. After lunch we began packing up, I had been bitten by 20 green ants and was ready to go home. As I turned around to grab the blanket James was down on one knee with a cheesy grin and asked me to marry him!”

Finding a wedding dress for their country and rustic theme was made easier with some company. The bride shares, ”Eight months before the wedding I went wedding dress shopping with my mum and sister. I fell in love with this two piece dress that was modern and not the usual, traditional frock. Two weeks before the wedding I tried my dress on again and absolutely hated the fitted body skirt. My amazing sister got twelve metres of tulle and wrapped it around my waist. She sewed my new skirt which I absolutely loved, I felt like a princess spinning around in it all day.” The groomsmen wore braces and bow ties while the groom wore a navy jacket, to compliment the bridesmaids’ plum gowns from Lulu’s. Tayla was thrilled with KK.hair and Bess Prischl Makeup and says, ”They created a positive, fun environment of getting ready and our hair and make stayed perfect all night and day. Fantastic team who worked effortlessly together.” 

James created a gorgeous arbour for the ceremony, Tayla telling,”We wanted something different at our ceremony. I saw a triangle arbour on Pinterest which I fell in love with. So James made the arbour and I attached native flowers to match our bouquets. It made for an amazing backdrop for photos on the day.” The rustic wedding ceremony took place on the grounds of Walka Water Works. The bride shares, ”We wanted a laid back, relaxed and fun ceremony that reflected our personalities. We wanted to share memories and stories from our relationship that were special and hilarious. Our ceremony was quite short, but we made sure we included our own vows to each other. My mother walked me down the aisle to Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’.”

Sourcing the flowers from Newcastle Flower Markets, the bride made the beautiful native bouquets herself. She tells, ”James’s favourite flowers are natives. We chose bright, vibrant flowers to match the bridesmaids dresses and I made all the bouquets myself.” Tayla also created special moments on the day with a gift for James, sharing, ”James’s granddad passed away a couple of years ago. I made a brooch with his photo and arranged for his mother and grandmother to give it to James when he was getting ready on the day. I also walked down the aisle to his granddad’s favourite song.”

The Lower Hunter Valley provided a stunning backdrop for the newlyweds and they found the perfect photographer, Ava Me Photography, to capture the day. They tell, ”Joel is an amazing, incredible, brilliant photographer! I can not recommend or thank him enough for his photos. Being very unphotogenic we didn’t want staged, posed photographs. Instead Joel captured moments and memories of our day which we will cherish forever. He was so fun and happy which created natural reactions of laughing and smiling. He effortlessly moved around the venue unseen or heard and captured the most amazing photos.”

Some advice Tayla and James took to heart became a favourite moment of the day. The bride tells, ”We were given advice to take a minute to spend with each other to soak up the moment. After James and I had finished getting our photos we had twenty minutes to relax and enjoy the time together. We huddled together in the cold on a bench seat and told each other about our night before and morning of. We laughed and shared stories of things that went wrong and couldn’t believe it was miserable weather. It was nice just to spend that moment together as husband and wife before we celebrated with our friends and family.”

The location of their wedding day already held sentimental value for the bride and groom, proving an easy choice. They share, ”We knew from the start we wanted to be married in our favourite spot at Walka Water Works. We were able to have the ceremony and reception in one place, it was so easy for our guests to start the party straight away.” The couple made the place their own too, purchasing hay bales and blankets for the ceremony seating, which was then moved to the reception. Tayla recalls, ”We DIY-ed as much as we could to save money and put our own personality into our day. We made the arbor, table decorations, seating frame and easel and bar decorations.”

After cutting the multi-layered chocolate wedding cake, the newly pronounced husband and wife had their first dance in a very romantic setting. Tayla tells, ”We danced to Van Morrison’s ‘Crazy Love’. The song reflected our relationship perfectly. We danced on a raised stage in darkness except for the thousands of fairy lights and candles reflecting around the room.”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Ava Me Photography for sharing your photographs.

Photographer: Ava Me Photography / Bride's Dress: Alfred Angelo / Bride's Dress: Altered by Jess Lassam / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu's / Groom's Attire: Connor / Makeup Artist: Bess Prischl / Hairstylist: Kath McMahon / Flowers: Newcastle Flower Markets / Ceremony Venue: Walka Water Works / Ceremony Officiant: Melodie Johnston / Reception Venue: Walka Water Works / Wedding Cake: Nicole McMahon
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Sweet Narnia Inspired Flowergirl Inspiration

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“Girls aren’t very good at keeping maps in their brains,” said Edmund, “That’s because we’ve got something in them,” replied Lucy.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia.

In Narnia, there is magic. There are stories of whimsy, of the unimaginable, of make-believe come true.

It was this that inspired the team behind today’s editorial to let their minds create a Narnian wonderland. The sweetest of sailboats delivered our littlies to a secret land where beautiful blooms, sweet treats and four-legged friends all come to play. Our sweet girls Raffaela, Lara, Liliana and Emilia wore Samantha Wynne Design dresses with butterfly details and soft tones of blue, pink and cream. The cute details beautifully add just the right amount of whimsy. They were dolled up with The Pretty Parlour, wearing Kenzani hairpieces and jewels and danced the day away with live music from Madeleine Antoine and McKenzie Richardson of the West Australian Opera Company Philharmonic Orchestra.

Led by Samantha Wynne Design, at the beautiful Brookleigh EstateShenae Rose Stills + Motion and Reilly Stewart Photography set about capturing the childlike wonder of the setting.

A tablescape by Side Serve Perth was topped with fresh flowers by Michelle Mok who also did the fabulous styling for the shoot, a gorgeous array of cakes and treats by Cake Love Perth and detailed stationery pieces from Jess Is Jam.

Samantha tells, “The inspiration behind the shoot for me, was the discovery of these gorgeous fabrics, my love of all things pretty, mysterious stories and for young girls having aspirations and not being afraid to go and explore them!”

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Reilly Stewart Photography captured this enchanting film of the day unfolding

Photographer: Shenae Rose Stills + Motion / Cinematographer: Reilly Stewart Photography / Creative Direction & Styling: Samantha Wynne Design / Dresses: Samantha Wynne Design / Cakes & Sweets: Cake Love Perth / Florals & Styling: Michelle Mok / Jewellery: Kenzani / Hairpieces: Kenzani / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Pretty Parlour / Tablescape: Side Serve Perth / Calligraphy: Jess Is Jam / Invitations & Stationery: Jess Is Jam / Violinists & Guest Artists : Madeleine Antoine / Violinists & Guest Artists : McKenzie Richardson / Venue: Brookleigh Estate / Pony: Brookleigh Estate

Botanical Winter Elopement Inspiration

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Winter is not often the setting for details and wonders inspired by flowers, but the dream team behind today’s botanical winter elopement inspiration concept brought flowers to life in a shoot that honoured all there is to love about the winter season.

Set against a stormy forest backdrop at the Sunshine Coast’s Homegrown, our team, led by Cat of Woods & Bloom (assisted by Genevieve Rattle) wanted to create a warm, intimate vibe to reflect this unloved season.

Cat tells, “The original plan was to shoot in a nearby field of wild grass which looks especially beautiful when sunlit with golden light. However, a storm moved through and we had to adapt and found a tree-lined country lane. This change felt very much in the spirit of an elopement. It’s so small and intimate a wedding, that with a loved-up couple it’s a lot easier to embrace a spontaneous relocation!”

With a bouquet of dried blooms (including the lush dried hydrangea) and foliage styled by Cat, the botanical elements were carried through each moment of the day. The handcrafted and hand-calligraphied stationery by Lindqvist Ink set the scene and the vegan wedding cake (with its decadent caramel sauce drizzle) was encircled with organic blooms, sat next to bloom-topped, caramel-centred sugar cookies by SweetP Cakes and Cookies.

“Botanical details, such the rawness of the dried flowers we used, combined well with the earthy colours in the couple’s outfits,” tells Cat. “The warmth of the baked goods with organic blooms baked-in and even the paper with dried blooms surrounding the calligraphy all contributed to creating beautiful imagery to inspire couples that would like to elope.”

Our bride and groom (Yani Rae Cormick and Matt Allman) have been together for seven years as cherished high school sweethearts. They were suitably relaxed in their attire styled by Kimber Creative, wearing pieces from EtsyAsos, Lovisa, General Pants Co and Roger David (with hair by House of Hair) as they set about celebrating their “marriage”. The finishing touch? A decadent, beautiful ring from Mclean + Co placed atop an emerald green velvet ring box from Amonie.

Photographer: Anita Elliston Photography / Styling: Woods & Bloom / Flowers: Woods & Bloom / Styling Assistant: Genevieve Rattle / Venue: Homegrown / Wedding Cake: SweetP Cakes and Cookies / Cookies: SweetP Cakes and Cookies / Invitations & Stationery: Lindqvist Ink / Ring Box: Amonie / Fashion Stylist: Kimber Creative / Bride's Dress: Etsy / Bride's Hat: Asos / Bride's Jewellery: Lovisa / Engagement Ring: Mclean + Co / Groom's Attire: General Pants Co / Groom's Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: House of Hair / Makeup Artist: Yani Rae Cormick / Model: Yani Rae Cormick / Model: Matt Allman

Sarah & Dale’s Snow-Filled Winter Wedding in Thredbo

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Sarah & Dale

As a self-confessed winter lover, I am honestly not sure I have seen more of a celebration of this season than today’s snow-filled wedding: from the ceremony against the bright white snow to mountaintop photos, to snow boots and snow fights. Feather and Finch Photography was behind the camera, capturing our cold weather-loving couple as they made the most of the snow!

“It was a Monday morning on a long weekend,” tells the bride as she kicks off her story with the tale of the proposal. “I was getting ready for work and Dale called me to come to look at our little Maltese dog, Jaffa. I insisted that he was sleeping and to leave him alone when Dale called him into the room and told me to look at his collar, where Dale had put the ring. I asked if he was serious, and when he said ‘yes’ I said ‘yes’ straight away. It was a beautiful way to make an ordinary day extraordinary.”

The groom and groomsmen were dressed by MJ Bale.

The bride worked with designer The GC Bridal Lounge to create her winter wedding gown. She tells, “I designed my dress with the help of Kate Gubanyi at The GC Bridal Lounge. I knew I needed something versatile for the day, so she designed a simple sweetheart strapless dress and a separate long-sleeved jacket to go over it with some beautiful winter’s beading.”

It was in the grounds of Thredbo, on the Thredbo River, where these two chose to say their vows against the snow. Sarah explains, “Nicole at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel was absolutely outstanding. We organised everything from a distance with neither of us actually ever having been to Thredbo, and Nicole was a wealth of knowledge and help. She made the whole day run like a dream. She walked the whole of Thredbo with me to pick a spot for the ceremony (and some secret spots for me to take Dale and Ryan for photos on the day) and made the whole thing as stress-free as possible.”

The bride chose an instrumental version of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” to play as she walked down the aisle with her parents.

“The most important inclusion we had was getting special permission for our little Maltese Jaffa to come into the national park for the day as ring bearer – because of his involvement in the engagement – but it was made all the more special due to him, unfortunately, passing early in 2018. It gave us some beautiful memories of him that we got to share on such a big day.”

Antoinette Braeder officiated proceedings and included a very special guest in the day. Sarah remembers, “We kept the ceremony short, made sure to respect the traditional owners with an acknowledgement to country, had little Jaffa (our dog) allowed into the national park to be the ring bearer and wrote our own vows. We chose piano instrumental versions of all our favourite songs to add a fun twist to the music and had both our mums as witnesses for the signing of marriage documents.”

“Thredbo had received an uncharacteristic 50cm of snow the few days before and it was a sunny, crisp day without a cloud in the sky and the day was absolutely beautiful. It was a small ceremony, we only had 40 of our closest friends and family, and Antoinette (our celebrant) helped us to customise the ceremony to include everything we felt important.”

“We had an entire bus full of strangers up on the mountain cheering when we kissed during the ceremony.”

One of Sarah’s favourite memories was, “Running around like mad trying to get all our photos at the top of Kosciusko before the lifts closed.”

 CH Floral Designs created the lush floral arrangements for the day. Sarah says, “I went for red and burgundy blooms for my own flowers and white and burgundy for the bridesmaids, just to get some nice contrast. Chellie from CH Floral in Jindabyne worked to include some native and seasonal flowers, knowing flowers in winter can be somewhat of a challenge.”

Of their chosen photographer, Sarah remarks, “You cannot find a more talented, relaxed, friendly and professional photographer than Ryan from Feather and Finch Photography. Ryan met with us multiple times and took a genuine interest in getting to know us. This made all the difference in how he captured us on the day. Ryan planned every detail down to the smallest detail, but was flexible in his approach and always open to ideas. Ryan made us comfortable, he made us laugh and he left a lasting impression not only with Dale and me but also with our family and friends.”

Sarah and Dale celebrated with their guests at the cozy Thredbo Alpine Hotel’s Cascades Restaurant. Sarah notes “We had the beautiful lounge bar at the Thredbo Alpine as a backup option in the case of rain, hail, snow or blizzard for our ceremony. We did still use the Lounge Bar for canapés and drinks before the reception, with its beautiful open fireplace and ski field views to warm everyone up. The reception was held at Cascades Restaurant, where the staff and food were absolutely beautiful.”

Of their first dance, Sarah remembers, “Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’ was our first dance, we had no dance lessons but just chose to enjoy being able to hold each other, be silly and just have fun on the night.”

Congratulations Sarah and Dale! Thank you for sharing your stunning winter day with us.

Thank you also to Feather and Finch Photography for today’s magic photos.

Photographer: Feather and Finch Photography / Bride's Dress: The GC Bridal Lounge / Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her and For Him / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Hairstylist: Cody Burton / Flowers: CH Floral Designs / Venue: Thredbo Alpine Hotel / Ceremony Officiant: Antoinette Braeder / Dessert Table: Serendipity Design Corner / Wedding Cake: Whisk and Cocoa / Band: Jae Haydon