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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Adriana Watson Photography via Sarah & Richard’s Beautiful Oahu Destination Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! We are so jam-packed at the moment as we get ready to spread our little wings. We’re closing for a break from the 8th of December and we are planning so much content before we go that we are a bit of a flurry! We have had so much gorgeousness on the blogs this week – Christmas biscuit recipes, gorgeous real weddings, destination celebrations and plenty of inspiration. Let’s round it up!

Loving the beautiful work of wedding photographer Amy Skinner

Bridie’s sage wedding planning advice over on Polka Dot Weddings

Not a fan of the sun? Check out these romantic honeymoon destinations for chasing the cold

Dapper monochromatic styling for the groom

Spice up your Friday with this spiced gimlet recipe from Rockpool Events

Five fun ways to find your seat

A wedding venue with a difference – behind the scenes with Craft & Co

A cake that’s healthy? Sign us up! Sharing Lola Berry’s Parsnip Cake

Josh shares his favourite wedding memories

We are so whipping up these gingerbread love hearts – love this idea for December wedding favours!

The most romantic fairytale wedding of Chris & Libbi

Loving Justin’s groom style

Designer Lisa Gowing shares 20 years of wedding gowns with 20 questions.

We’re dancing out this week thanks to the crew at Press Club Band and their rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel”. This song is one of my favourites and just the ticket for a wedding to get everyone dancing!

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Boho Country Wedding Style

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


We’re kicking off our shoes today for something a little bohemian with this boho country wedding style shoot of inspiration! There is no fuss, just stunning blooms, a love story unfolding; the simplicity of it all makes for something beautiful.

The dream team was led by photographer Lucie Zeka who added gown designer Wear Your Love, makeup artist MBK Makeup and floral designer Carly Rose Weddings & Events to the dream team. An easy lace gown (complete with barefoot jewels by Sapphire&Grace), a grand peacock chair (from Fairy Godmother Events) and a lush bouquet of white, deep pink and cherry red all set the scene in Sydney’s Centennial Park for a shoot that was about winter light. Says Luci, “I wanted to show how beautiful light can be during a winter and also to showcase all the amazing suppliers I worked with.”

Kacey’s Cakehouse created a semi-nude cake, topped with bright cherry red and hot pink flowers, the sweetest little addition, which was matched by modern stationery in black and white by Little Hoot Hoot finishing off the look, while model Nana Gabbana wandered barefoot with her boyfriend as our bride and groom.


Photographer: Lucie Zeka / Bride's Dress: Wear Your Love / Makeup Artist: MBK Makeup / Flowers: Carly Rose Weddings & Events / Wedding Cake: Kacey's Cakehouse / Bride's Jewellery: Sapphire&Grace / Invitations & Stationery: Little Hoot Hoot / Decor: Copper Beech / Rental Furniture: Fairy Godmother Events / Model: Nana Gabbana

Kate & Nigel’s Palm Cove Elopement

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Kate & Nigel

When a wedding combines palm trees and puppy dogs can it really be anything less than amazing? Kate and Nigel took their wedding to the beach, wanting something that had minimal fuss yet still allowed their closest loved ones to attend – including four-legged friend Lucy! They chose Peppermint Photography to be there to capture the day as it unfolded.

The newlyweds tell us the tale of how they came to be. “We met online. We started chatting and quickly realised that our values and dreams and goals were very closely aligned. Kate lived in Melbourne, Nigel lived in Adelaide so, after travelling back and forth from Melbourne to Adelaide and Adelaide to Melbourne pretty much every weekend, we decided that it would be best for Kate to give up her life and job in Melbourne and make the move to Adelaide to be with Nigel.”       

The couple worked with  South Pacific Bridal to plan their day, explaining, “We searched for a wedding planner for Cairns and South Pacific Bridal came up, they were extremely fun and professional from the very first time of contact and well worth the money we paid for them to do all the organising. They were super communicative, fun, friendly and very professional and I felt it was very good value for money considering they were organising everything and we didn’t need to worry about a thing! Was a breeze really. “

Kate and Nigel chose Alamanda Palm Cove for their ceremony, explaining “My sister recommended the venue for the ceremony and the reception. We wanted to elope as we wanted minimal fuss for our wedding, but didn’t want to go overseas so decided to make it in far north QLD. Kate’s sister lives in Cairns and she suggested Palm Cove. It was the best decision. Still not too far for immediate family to travel to from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.”

The bride remembers “We loved having Lucy (our dog) at our ceremony and seeing how deliciously cute she was in her snazzy little harness and gorgeous floral dog collar. She won the hearts of all the guests as our junior bridesmaid walked her down the aisle.”

Of her wedding gown, designed by Jack Sullivan, the bride remembers, “It took me a very long time to find my dress as we were pushed for time with such a short engagement and I was “just” pregnant so needed to find a dress that catered for a growing bust and tummy. It was fairly stressful but once I found the dress, I went back to it three times before I decided.”

  Of their photographer, the bride tells, “We found our photographer by serendipity actually! Our jeweller recommended ‘Peppermint Photography’ as he got married in Palm Cove also. So I googled it but couldn’t find in Cairns…only one in Brisbane. I actually fell in love with her photography style immediately, so it was a very fortunate finding! Amanda was just so lovely also and we connected really well with her over the phone. We are delighted with the photographs that she took.”

The bride has one special addition – a brand new baby bump!

The newlyweds celebrated with their intimate group of guests at Nu Nu Restaurant, dancing on the sand to George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun”.

Congratulations on your marriage Kate and Nigel! Thank you for sharing it with us today and thank you to Peppermint Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Wedding Planner: South Pacific Bridal / Bride's Dress: Jack Sullivan / Bridal Salon: Bridal on Pulteney / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Crossley / Groom's Attire: Tailors of Distinction / Flowers: Flowers N Lace / Ceremony Venue: Alamanda Palm Cove / Ceremony Officiant: Lifetime of Love / Reception Venue: Nu Nu Restaurant / Dessert Table: Passion for Cakes

Monica & Samuel’s Elegant Autumnal Gallery Wedding In Canberra

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Monica and Samuel

There is a very special glow that comes with autumnal weddings and Monica and Samuel’s Autumn Gallery wedding in Canberra made the most of it – right down to the golden ribbon that bound the bride’s bouquet.

All Grown Up Weddings was in charge of capturing this special day. Samuel fills us in with the story of how they met, “We both attended the same school for year 11 and 12 and met in year 12 when I got up the courage to ask Monica on a date while in the school canteen.
The proposal was an intricately planned affair that involved help from a number of my friends. I took her out to a very nice restaurant at Blackwattle Bay. Monica had just graduated from her university degree, so this was a perfect alibi to take her out for a nice meal and celebration. I told the restaurant what my intentions were and we sat at the best table with water views over the city. During dinner, my friends were setting up a surprise at one of the jetties nearby and, after dinner, I suggested a romantic late night stroll and we “stumbled” upon the setup. There was a table for two with champagne and flowers, and candles leading up to it, and as we sat down one of my friends, who studies classical guitar, sat by the side of the water and played some background music. I had a small gift for each year that we had been together, then for the last gift, I bent down to propose. After a few tears, Monica said ‘yes'”.

The bride chose an elegant ballgown for the day noting, “I chose my dress with my mother and two of my best friends. My sister was Skyped in while I was in the store wearing the dress, as she was living in Spain, so I could get her seal of approval before I made the final decision. It was my first day of trying on dresses and once I put it on I knew I didn’t need to look any further.”

Monica and Samuel chose a traditional church ceremony at Holy Trinity Church, Curtin, the couple explaining, “Holy Trinity Church is where Monica’s parents were married with the ceremony conducted by Monica’s great uncle who was also the priest that conducted her parent’s marriage. So it had a lot of tradition and meaning.”

There were two processionals, honouring tradition. “In line with Swiss tradition, Samuel walked down the aisle with his mother, and this was done to ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’, by U2. Then for the main event, Monica followed with her father to an acoustic string version of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri”.

“We wanted our ceremony to be a testament to our love for each other, the strong tradition Monica’s family had with the church building and of our faith and loved ones. We hoped to find the mix between the seriousness of the commitment we were making but also to include our personalities. It was also really important to us that the ceremony itself incorporated our loved ones as much as possible. Music was so important to us, we had songs throughout the ceremony. The musicians we had are all great friends of ours and it was so special to have all our guests singing along – it also gave us a chance to soak up the moment.
We also decided to write our own vows, which included promises to each other in both French and English. Samuel’s first language is French and some guests didn’t speak any English so it was a special way to incorporate everyone in what was the most important moment of the day.”

“My wedding band was custom made by Grew & Co,” tells Monica, “I had a family heirloom ring from 1851 from my father’s side re-designed to have it embossed with a pattern that appears on my maternal grandmother’s engagement ring. The parts of the ring that were shaved off were melted down and used towards making Samuel’s wedding band. It was really special designing the ring, incorporating elements from both sides of my family and also knowing that our rings are linked.”

The flowers were beautifully reflective of autumn and styled by Laurel & Grace. Monica tells, “both of us love autumn in Canberra and we wanted those colours to be reflected in the flowers. We also wanted the flowers to reflect the soft, relaxed, romantic feel of the wedding. Samuel is from Switzerland and we had lots of international guests. So we asked our wonderful florist to include Australian natives to show off Australia’s stunning and unusual flora. Lauren from Laurel and Lace was able to perfectly create rambling, romantic floral installations and bouquets that perfectly combined autumn and Australian natives”.

Of their photographers, the newlyweds gush, “the two photographers we had were amazing! We could not have been happier. They took all the snaps that were required, were always at the right place at the right time and all in an inconspicuous way. They were also simply a pleasure to be around and produced excellent results too”.

Monica and Samuel dined with their guests at a sit-down reception at the National Portrait Gallery. “We chose the National Portrait Gallery because the space itself is so impressive. We also wanted a venue that was very “Canberra” for all those guests who had travelled.”

There were so many touches from family and friends at the reception. Monica and Samuel explaining, “Monica’s amazing mother and family friends did the floral garlands on the guests’ tables. While her father worked his magic creating a wall of soft twinkling lights.
We also had a family friend who owns bees provide little honey jars for all our guests – a little something from Australia. While Samuel’s family brought over chocolate from the factory near his grandparent’s house in Switzerland. It was nice to give our guests a little something from both cultures.”

Cultural traditions and sentimental touches were carefully chosen for the event. “We wanted to include some Swiss traditions, so at the reception, we played a game with all the guests. Everyone had to stand up and guess true or false to a number of questions about us. The last ones standing received a kiss on the cheek from both the bride and groom,” tell Samuel and Monica, adding, “our first date was sharing a smoothie together, so as part of the cocktail hour we had ‘love smoothies’ served for our guests”.

“We also were pulled away by our wonderful photographer Andrea who saw this great spotlight outside of the reception, she asked us to practice our wedding dance while she took photos. It was so special to be outside away from the craziness and have a moment to dance together and have a moment that was just for us”.

Monica tells, “everything went so smoothly we have no stories of disaster. Everything was just so easy and relaxed. However, Samuel did surprise me by me with a barbershop rendition of ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ with the help of his college friends that blew everyone away.”

The first dance was oh so romantic, the bride remembering, “our first dance was quite relaxed, we had one lesson to learn a very rudimentary waltz, and we danced to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’. There were numerous twirls, dips and kisses involved, to the crowd (and groom’s) great delight. This is a beautiful song that we felt perfectly exemplified the feelings we had about getting married to each other”.

The Baker Boys kicked off the dance floor and remain one of the groom’s favourite memories of the planning. He notes, “I loved checking out the Baker Boys band at a pub in Bondi; was tonnes of fun. They really delivered a fantastic show at our reception. Otherwise, the food tasting at the National Portrait Gallery was great. I felt very important as they pampered us with all forms of culinary treats”.

Congratulations on tying the knot Monica and Samuel! Thank you for sharing your very special day with us. Thank you also to All Grown Up Weddings for sharing today’s celebration with us.

Photographer: All Grown Up Weddings / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom's Attire: Studio Italia / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Ron Bennett / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Hairstylist: Stephen Lloyd / Flowers: Laurel & Grace / Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church Curtin / Ceremony Officiant: Father Tinkler / Reception Venue: National Portrait Gallery / Band: The Baker Boys / Wedding Cake: Cake of your Dreams / Wedding Ring: Grew & Co / Wedding Registry: David Jones / Wedding Registry: Peter's of Kensington