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Botanical Winter Elopement Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding 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
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Sarah & Dale’s Snow-Filled Winter Wedding in Thredbo

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

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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

Whimsical Florals & Fashion Wedding Editorial

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While ever we are in the depths of winter, an unexpected little touch of spring adds a sense of the new and a sense of the beautiful. With Leah S Designs bringing to life a collection filled with colour, we could not think of a better way to get us through the winter season.

Leah teamed up with photographer LX Creations, model Eve Bell, hair stylist Melbourne Glamour Brides, makeup artist Melissa Meyers Makeup Artistry and jeweller Hello Lovers Australia at the beautiful rolling hills of the Yarra Valley’s Immerse Winery

It was there that Blossom Florista created a majestic arch of paper flowers in shades of blush, while Fir Floral Design created contrasting sweet posies and a fresh flower crown.

The new pieces from Leah S Designs are beautiful for warmer weather weddings with hues of blush and ivory, and the details speak for themselves with sheer backs, soft overlays and graduated embroidery.

With ten years of experience in all things weddings, Leah and her team have come to understand their clients. They work to create beautiful gowns in every size – including up to size 24 – believing it is never just about the dress, but about the entire experience itself.

The beautiful gowns are available from Leah S Designs.

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Photographer: LX Creations / Gowns: Leah S Designs / Jewellery: Hello Lovers Australia / Hairstylist: Melbourne Glamour Brides / Makeup Artist: Melissa Meyers Makeup Artistry / Paper Floral Arch: Blossom Florista / Flowers: Fir Floral Design / Model: Eve Bell / Venue: Immerse Winery

Vendor of the Week – Lindenwarrah of Milawa

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Happy happy Monday Dotties!

If you’re one of us who hates the cold, I suggest you check out our new Honeymoons Directory for places and people who will help you with your destination wedding. Also, check out the Polka Dot Directory where we have vendors who’ll willingly travel to warmer climates! We have Destination Wedding Venues in Asia, we have Destination Wedding Venues in Australia, and we have Destination Wedding Planners to assist you. In the  Polka Dot Directory have Bridal Gowns and Bridal Gown Services – we even have Wedding Planners and Transport! Great vendors everywhere!

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Photo one by Blissful Love Photography Photo three by John Mitchell

With the beautiful backdrop of Victoria’s High Country, Lindenwarrah of Milawa is the perfect venue for a wedding set in amongst vineyards and the distant mountains. With your wedding ceremony in manicured gardens (or inside if it’s cold) and your reception featuring artisan produce from the King Valley and Milawa gourmet regions, Lindenwarrah is perfect for a wedding where the ambience is key. Recognised as one of Australia’s best regional hotels by Luxury Travel Magazine, Lindenwarrah at Milawa also offers 40 elegantly designed guest rooms for your wedding guests to rest their weary heads after a wedding celebration to remember.

We asked Maria of Lindenwarrah at Milawa five questions in five minutes:

What is your reward after a big working day?

A big day at work calls for a big glass of wine or two…

Favourite weekend getaway?

Definitely anywhere near the beach, it’s so calming.

What is your most prized possession?

My three boys! Love every minute with them, watching them grow and seeing them become handsome, caring young men.

Favourite restaurant?

Has to be Restaurant Merlot at Lindenwarrah of course. Aaron our chef is super talented. We use an abundance of fresh local produce from the Milawa Gourmet region including the wonderful Milawa cheese.

What do you most enjoy about being in the wedding industry?

Helping couples create the wedding day of their dreams, watching them smile as it all comes together. You also meet so many wonderful people in this industry, many of whom you remain friends with long after their wedding day.

 

Visit  Lindenwarrah at Milawa’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Lindenwarrah at Milawa is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.