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Decadent & Dramatic Moody Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


If wearing black on your wedding day has never crossed your mind, then the mystic beauty of today’s decadent & dramatic moody wedding inspiration shoot may just change your mind.

Planned and conceived by stationer Studio B Couture, the team behind today’s shoot, which included photographer Jason Le Photography, floral designer Sassafras Flower Design, cake designer Linet’s Beautiful Cakes, hairstylist Mane Hair Boutique and makeup artist Sally Kuter Makeup Artist .

Set against the historic, dramatic backdrop of MontsalvatGood Day Rentals brought in beautiful vintage furniture, which set the scene for models  Stephen Ellul and Emily Atherton (dressed in a Bella E La Bestia ) black ballgown to take the stage.

Lorelie, of Studio B, tells how Jessica of Sassafras Flower Design, “concentrated on the licorice tones and picked out velvety brown and gorgeous sour greens and highlighted them with vintage cream, sage and pops of burnt apricot and marsala to capture the essence of our moody brief.”

The floral backdrop, sat against the venue’s stain glass windows, featuring mixed foliage, apricot ranunculus, garden roses and orchids combined with ferns and hellebore leaves. The grand cake by Linet’s Beautiful Cakes rounded out the dramatic styling, a white canvas adorned with gold and edible lace adding a sense of opulence.

Lorelie says of the team’s inspiration “Becoming moody was about showing the beauty of the shadows, and highlighting the need to have alternative options considered as beautiful. It was about showcasing this beauty in unusual ways and celebrating the darkness and moodiness, becoming moody did not steal the light but unveiled the beauty of the darkness.

The vision was to create a modern version of an indulgent medieval feast with exotic sweet treats, indulgent abundant fruits and tumbling bowls overflowing with delicate florals. The scene was set outdoors under a plethora of flowering wisteria. we used mix matched platters and stoneware combining collections from several of our vendors to create a luxurious rich moody feel. The stationery was custom designed and drew on the abundance of roses in the shoot to create a delicate floral design that combined both the menu and place card into one hand cut creation.”

Photographer: Jason Le Photography / Shoot Director: Studio B Couture / Invitations & Stationery: Studio B Couture / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Sassafras Flower Design / Flowers: Sassafras Flower Design / Wedding Cake: Linet's Beautiful Cakes / Hairstylist: Mane Hair Boutique / Makeup Artist: Sally Kuter Makeup Artist / Rental Furniture: Good Day Rentals / Model: Stephen Ellul / Model: Emily Atherton / Bride's Dress: Bella E La Bestia / Groom's Attire: Tarocash / Venue: Montsalvat / Assistance: Elysia Schultz
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Love + Water Photography via  What Would They Know? Shawn and Adam Ravazzano of Love + Water Photography

If there is a dreamy sunset that is what dreams are made of, the one above must be it. Could you imagine anything better than a glass of wine, sand between your toes and the gentle sound of the sea?

Sounds a lot like blissful a weekend to me, which means it must be to kick off Friday Roundup so we can get away to that scene!

Gorgeous Alice shares her wedding wisdom in inspired words

A Hygge honeymoon in Copenhagen

Loving this easy tutorial for a torn fabric garland

Dreaming of a hammock over the sea? We go inside the photo with the resort that holds the key!

How to cut through the opinions and find your perfect wedding suit

Makeup artist Amy Chan shares how social media has made an amazing difference to her business

Loving Mark’s inspired wedding day memories

Bursaria Fine Foods dish the dish on the top wedding food trends you need to know!

Yum yum! Bar Carolina serve up a easy-to-make-at-home Carolina Muse cocktail recipe this week!

The watercolour style of Love & Water Photography is a must see!

A relaxed but stylish look for a garden wedding with Alex’s groom style


We’re ending off the week with this film of Cameron & Prue captured by the team at Marry Me Movies. The duo, who wed in Bowral, had the most beautiful Winter wedding-cozy fires roaring heartfelt, joy-filled words and plenty of magic moments. Grab a cup of tea and relax with this one!

Tutu du Monde ‘A Parisian Affair’ SS18 Collection

by | Bride, Children


When it comes to being a little girl, sometimes tutus and sparkles and feathers and sequins are just the ticket and it’s something much-loved brand Tutu Du Monde do so very well.

For your littlest bridal party member, their newest collection “A Parisian Affair” is filled with sorbet colours – aquas, greens, pinks, purples and yellows to echo the tones, smells and life of beautiful seasonal flowers.

The collection was inspired by the lush beauty of French flower market Le Marché aux Fleurs, each piece reflective through delicate flower appliques, fresh floral prints and beaded blooms.

The designs are typical of Tutu Du Monde’s romantic styling. Sweetly ruffled skirts of tulle, sparkling beaded bows, sparkling shorts, hair pieces and capes – all adorned and full of sweet whimsy.

The mix and match pieces allow you to create a variety of looks for your little ones – pairing sweet singlets with tutus, capes over dresses, hairpieces with skirts – all while honouring their own personality. The collection even caters to the babies “Bebe” featuring tiny versions of signature Tutu De Monde favourites, giving a little something special to even the littlest of spirits.

The “Parisian  Affair” collection is available via the  Tutu Du Monde website or selected stockists.

Photographer: Hayley Sparks Photography / Dresses & Accessories: Tutu Du Monde

Tischa & Brennan’s Intimate Casual Country Wedding

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


Tischa & Brennan

We have a crush on this intimate casual country wedding, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Natural, beautifully styled and with a focus on the beauty of the ceremony, we adore it all! Bronnie Joel captured the day.

Having been introduced by a dear friend, Tischa says, ”Brennan went above and beyond to make me feel so special and our love certainly grew from there.” There’s no doubt our love birds are meant to be, and the proposal story will have romantic hearts fluttering! The bride tells, ”Brennan surprised me with a trip to Phillip Island for a few nights of summer fun. On the afternoon of my birthday I was taken to the beach. Brennan and I began to walk down the beach, and he asked if I could see anything. I hadn’t put my glasses on, so was blind as a bat. We got to a picnic rug set up with my favourite picnic foods and bouquets of my favourite flowers, sat down to start eating and Brennan took my hand and we went for a walk towards the water. I turned around to see what he was doing and he was down on one knee with a BEAUTIFUL ring in his hand! He nervously told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life loving me, and tearfully I said a huge YES! We had a beautiful afternoon at the beach, lots of FaceTime calls back home, went to a beautiful dinner, and danced into the evening back at the holiday house. A very memorable birthday, celebrated with our best friends, I couldn’t have asked for anything more exciting!”

Keeping in line with her personal style, the bride shares, ”I am pretty minimal when it comes to clothing. I had always dreamed of a long sleeve lace gown, and decided on the exact opposite. I ordered the dress online and had it tailored to fit me a little better. I thought to myself that it was so simple I would never regret the decision. I felt incredibly beautiful in that dress (even though it nearly didn’t fit with the surprise of our pregnancy)! The bride was walked down the aisle by her father and brother to ‘Magic’ by Coldplay, a favourite of Brennan’s. Tischa says, ”I wanted to surprise him with the song choice, I only finalised my decision the night before.”
From the start, the couple knew the ceremony was important to them. The bride shares, ”We really wanted an intimate, personal ceremony and that is exactly what we had. It was casual with a few laughs, our little dog Benny had a large part to play, bearing our rings and walking down the aisle with our flower girl. Brennan’s Grandma shared a reading from the Bible which was a very special part of our ceremony. We wrote our vows to one another, it was a very special feeling hearing the beautiful words Brennan had prepared. There was so much love in the room, it was really unforgettable for us! During the ceremony our rings were passed throughout the guests to each hold and give a silent blessing on, we really cherish that. Jane Field was the officiant.
With such stunning photographs, the bride and groom were over the moon with Bronnie Joel. Tischa remembers, ”What a blessing she was! The photography was one of the things I was most nervous about as I am not a huge fan of having photos taken, but she made us all feel so incredibly comfortable and natural! I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, kind and detailed photographer. We love her work and couldn’t wish for anything more! Her attention to detail was unbelievable, everyone who was there continues to talk about how wonderful she was. Bronnie made me feel very beautiful and truly captured our love, and the love we have for everyone who was there.”
With a casual and natural theme to the styling, Tischa and her mum worked on the flowers. She says,”My amazing mum is a very talented florist! We went to choose the flowers the week of the wedding, and she put together the arbour for the ceremony while we were there the day before for the rehearsal. She then made all of our bouquets on my Grandma’s veranda as we got ready the afternoon before the wedding. We chose a lot of native foliage and eucalyptus, to really keep things simple and timeless. They looked stunning and I couldn’t be more thankful to my mum for doing such an amazing job!” A very special touch on the day was a bouquet detail, with the bride sharing, ”I had my late Grandad’s wedding ring tied to my bouquet to make sure he was there on the day. I really knew he would have loved that detail and have been incredibly proud.”
Choosing the venue was simple, with Old Thomson Brook Church being close to the town Tischa’s Grandma lived in. She shares, ”We had always wanted ceremony and reception at the same venue, to make sure things were easy. The old Church is being restored, and the surrounding bush and paddocks are really beautiful. There was a holiday house that the groomsmen had stayed in the night before, that provided the perfect ‘party’ venue for the night of the wedding. We had a very informal first dance back at the house that night, to ‘Angel’ by Shaggy. Brennan is a huge 90’s R’n’B fan and it was an absolute blast, very fun!” Of her favourite detail of the day the bride tells, ”It was seeing how happy Brennan was. We were surrounded by the most amazing families and friends we could ask for. We had a very difficult two years leading up to the wedding with fertility and pregnancy loss, and finding out we were pregnant a few weeks before the big day, it was an amazing detail to share with those who we love the most.”
With such beautiful details throughout the day, Tischa says, ”We mostly DIY’d everything! Crafty mum was the hero of the day, we DIY’d the grazing lunch, the flowers, I hand made my veil.” The couple had catering from The Barking Cow and hired goods from Ferguson Valley Events. Telling of more favourite aspects of their wedding day, the bride says, ”Sharing all of those special decisions with my mum and my beautiful bridesmaids! Everything fell perfectly into place, even though mum and the girls were slightly worried at times that I was under organised. Planning was a breeze with those amazing women by my side. The amount of love floating around in the church during the ceremony was the best feeling and one we will never forget, and being pregnant. This pregnancy has been so incredibly special to us and we feel incredibly blessed to share our special day with our little bub growing happily, bumping along for the ride!”
A huge thank you to our stunning bride and groom for sharing your day, and congratulations on your wedding (and wee baby too!)! Thank you also to Bronnie Joel for your beautiful photos.

Photographer: Bronnie Joel / Bride's Dress: Elle Zeitoune / Ceremony Officiant: Jane Field / Ceremony Venue: Old Thomson Brook Church / Reception Venue: Old Thomson Brook Church / Ceremony Decor: Ferguson Valley Events / Catering: The Barking Cow