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Mia & Zac’s Classic Elegance Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Mia & Zac

The Melbourne cityscape was the most stunning backdrop for Mia and Zak’s classic elegance Melbourne wedding. The pair, who met taking language classes in high school (the groom to be even enrolled for an extra year just to spend time with the bride!) wanted a traditional day filled with contemporary elements, and throughout it all, respected and wove their Turkish heritage throughout the day.

With Neptunes Wedding behind the camera, the couple went from dancing in the street, to a garden ceremony, urban city photos and a jam-packed, lively reception.

It was a day filled with magic – much like the day when Zak popped the question, Mia remembering “Zac surprised me by preparing a day full of events surrounded by my closest friends. Beginning with a surprise nail salon visit, followed by picking and purchasing a dress for the evening with, more friends waiting in the change rooms to surprise me. This was followed by a picturesque lunch at the Yarra Valley where I was surprised again as Zac flew in my friend from an interstate. We then were taken to Mornington Peninsula and surprised with a glamping tent to be dolled up and told to walk down to the beach where Zac was waiting with candles lit up around him. It was an amazing day filled with endless surprises and friends! (he recorded the entire thing!).”

The groom worked with Tailors Mark to create a custom tuxedo – including the wedding date stitched to the jacket’s inner pocket.

To pay homage to the couple’s background, the day kicked off with dancing, Mia explaining “In accordance with tradition, drummers attended Zac’s house where they danced with family members. They then attended my house where Zac arrived with his entourage to pick me up. Here, he saw me for the first time and we continued to dance outside further.”

The bride found her strapless wedding gown, with a sweetheart neckline at Raffaele Ciuca, telling “I was so overwhelmed at the beginning and really struggled with the process. I didn’t really know what I was looking for and I had saved lots of different styles on my phone. I visited many bridal boutiques and even flew to Sydney to find the perfect dress. I met with several designers and even chose the fabric. However not knowing what the gown was going to look like gave me anxiety and I chose to pick a dress that was already made. I eventually purchased a dress, however, four months before the wedding I decided it was not the dress for me and went shopping again and ordered a completely different dress. What I eventually realised is that, there isn’t only one perfect dress out there. There are many amazing dresses to choose from and being the indecisive person that I am I just could not pick one. I also believe there is a lot of pressure on brides to look the best they’ve ever been which can be very stressful. I eventually picked a dress I was comfortable in and something that wouldn’t look outdated in pictures 30 years later.”

Mia and Zac chose  Fitzroy Gardens for their ceremony, the couple walking down the aisle to a friend playing the Qanun. Mia remarking “The ceremony was our favourite part of the day. We had 250 people invited to the wedding however restricted the ceremony to 50 of our closest family and friends. We wanted this to be a very intimate occasion. We loved the idea of a beautiful garden ceremony during spring. The weather was beautiful and the music really set the tone for a intimate and relaxing gathering. We wanted the ceremony to be a time where we could mingle with our loved ones and take photos before the rush of the reception.”

 Grown Florist created floral arrangements in shades of green and white for the day, says Mia “Grown Florist is my number one destination for flowers. They have a beautiful range of flowers and I always knew that I wanted my flowers from Grown. I wasn’t really caught up on any particular flowers. All I wanted was a simple bouquet with a range of seasonal white flowers in an open loose garden style. I also wanted a long ribbon to be tied to the bouquet because it gave the flowers a beautiful look.
Some of the florals included were white roses, magnolia, white Dahlia and white blushing bride.”

Of their photographer, Mia tells “We knew in the first 5 minutes of speaking with Elle (Neptunes Wedding) that she is the person who will be capturing our day. She is so lovely to work with and she really takes charge of the day. This is exactly what you need during such a chaotic occasion. She kept her focus on us the whole time and captured truly magical and candid photos. She was more like a friend on the day which really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We definitely recommend Bohemian Prints we had such a positive experience and our photos are truly beautiful.”

Mia and Zac chose Lakeside Banquet and Convention Centre for their reception, explaining “We had visited several venues however Lakeside catered for everything we were looking for. Considering they have had so much experience with Turkish weddings we felt comfortable enough to trust them on our special night. The food was a very important component for us and Lakeside provided a vast selection of foods which were equally delicious.”

Of their first dance, Mia remembers “There were many songs to choose from however Ed Sheeran – Perfect was newly released and the moment I heard it, I just knew that was going to be the song for our first dance. The lyrics really described our love and who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran at a wedding?”

Guests took home mini jars of Nutella, adorned with tags created by the newlyweds.

Mia and Zac enlisted Focus Film to capture their day on film. The film capturing every moment (including that dancing!) as the day unfolded.

Congratulations Mia and Zac! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Elle from Neptunes Wedding for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Neptunes Wedding / Cinematographer: Focus Film / Bride's Dress: Raffaele Ciuca / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dollhouse Bridesmaids / Groom's Attire: Tailors Mark / Makeup Artist: Yeliz Azman Kurul / Hairstylist: Hair By Neveen / Flowers: Grown Florist / Invitations & Stationery: The Right Invite / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Ceremony Decor: Weddings Of Distinction / Reception Venue: Lakeside Banquet and Convention Centre / Wedding Cake: Priscilla's Cakes / Rentals: Abracadabra Events
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by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by  Terralogical via Roxanne & Luke’s Black Tie Bali Wedding At Pandawa Cliff Estate

Another week is over Dotties and another week packed to the brim with gorgeous black tie wedding inspiration for The Black Tie Issue!. We have absolutely loved diving into everything black tie- from tropical black tie to urban black tie, to industrial- who knew there were so many ways to spin it? Let’s get you all caught up on the black-tie beauties!



Whats in a suit? We chat to the boys at tailor Wolf Kanat

Steph shares her wedding advice after her own wedding day

Tommy Collins share their top picks for black tie wedding venues

Could we love this black-tie Bali wedding any more?

How to plan a black tie wedding

Rounding up handmade Etsy black tie wedding accessories

Logan’s smart black tie wedding look 

The best wedding cakes for a black tie event

We’ve been sharing black tie movies every Monday night over on our Instagram account from Love Storm Films and today? We want to share the full version of one of our favourites! The beautiful country garden setting the most beautiful backdrop for a wedding full of relaxed black tie glamour.

Maddie & Bryce’s Relaxed Wandoan Country Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings


 Maddie & Bryce

When Maddie and Bryce, after a chance meeting at the Romance Races, and a surprise Carnarvon Gorge proposal, set about planning their wedding, they wanted a day that was, in their words “a little bit hippie, relaxed, unique, very us” and so, honouring their sentimental selves, they took to the brides parent’s farm, outside of Toowoomba, enlisted photographer  Emma Nayler  and planned up a storm for a beautifully relaxed, Wandoan country wedding. The result? Something beautiful, something personal and something that is the most wodnerful tale to share!

The couple became engaged on a rain-filled weekend away, Maddie remembering “We visited the Carnarvon Gorge for a long weekend in June 2016, it rained the entire weekend, so Bryce proposed on the verandah of our ‘glamping tent’ rather than in the gorge as he had planned!

The bride wore aGrace Loves Lace gown, telling “I wore the Verdelle 2.0 gown I had been eyeing off their dresses for a long time, their styles were gorgeous, and very much my style. Months later I couldn’t get the dress out of my head, so purchased it online two months before our wedding!  the team at GLL were fantastic! Very easy to communicate with, especially ordering online!” the bride added her grandmother’s earrings, worn on her own wedding day, to complete the look.

Maddie tells “I walked down the aisle to ‘Never let me go’ by Florence & The Machine, a song that played the night we met, and when we got engaged. My mum and dad walked me down the aisle”

The couple were married by Carol Vincent, Maddie remembering “Our ceremony was short and sweet. We were both very anxious about saying vows in front of so many people! Carol our wedding celebrant was fantastic and helped keep the mood calm and relaxed. We didn’t have a ring ceremony.”

Toowoomba Flower Market styled the blooms “I wanted flowers that were rich in colour, plus gum leaves! Toowoomba flower market filled my request perfectly. I also had beautiful macrame wraps around the bouquets, made by Jeanette at Tie the Knots Macrame” tells the bride.

Of their photographer, Maddie remarks ” I had followed Emma on social media for a few years, and she was the first thing I booked for our wedding, I didn’t want to miss out! Emma was so easy-going and easy to get along with. We felt very comfortable with her, we connected over our mutual love of dogs. She made two awkward people not look awkward in our photos!”

Guests celebrated with a farm reception, complete with a tipi from Gold Coast Tipis The bride explaining “Everybody was wonderful. Gold Coast Tipis were so easy to work with, and we are so glad they were able to travel all of the ways out to Wandoan for our special day. Also our caterers, they provided food that everybody enjoyed!”

The bride and her mother decorated the wedding, noting “e did most things ourselves! However, we kept it simple. My good friend drank lots of Kombucha, so I collected a lot of her bottles, plus we used bottles from my late great-grandmother’s bottle collection. We filled these with flowers on the day of the wedding! My uncle is very creative, so he created our signs for us. My Grandmother and Bryce’s grandmother made our favourite desserts. Most of the decorations were either from our home or my mum’s home

We didn’t have a traditional sit-down wedding. We kept things very casual! Between my mum and myself, we rustled up Cane lounges and chairs etc. for seating, plus hay bails. A lot of my decorations were from Loot Homewares in Roma, I used lots of cushions and crystals from our home as decorations. We worked hard on making the day as casual and relaxed as possible! I was also adamant about creating our day ourselves, so I think it ended up being very true to us. ”

The evening began with a first dance (or say, as the bride remembers) to The Lumineer’s “Ho Hey” under the country sky.

Congratulations Maddie & Bryce! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to  Emma Nayler for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Emma Nayler / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid Accessories: Spell and the Gypsy Collective / Bridesmaid Dresses: Mombassa Rose Boutique / Bridesmaid Accessories: Violet Gray Design / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Hannas Toowoomba / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Jumble Culture by Tilly Fluf / Flowers: Toowoomba Flower Market / Makeup Artist: Heidi Hays / Hairstylist: Nikohl Porter / Ceremony Officiant: Carol Vincent / Venue: Private property / Marquee: Gold Coast Tipis / Macrame Decor: Tie the Knots Macrame / Catering: Cafe 54 / Band: Nash Music / Wedding Cake: Baked on Campbell

Wedding Dress Code Guide For A Black Tie Wedding

by | Bride


We’re diving into everything black tie wedding on The Black Tie Issue and today, we want to explore that rather tricky subject for the guests – what exactly does one even wear to a black tie wedding?

Black tie dress code can be so very intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! The basic guideline is all about dressing up and adding plenty of formality to your look. That means ditching the sneakers, drop the hemlines, and add plenty of sparkling gorgeous accessories.

Today, we’re sharing four dress code guides (and one for the guys!) that take completely different pieces and style them up for a black-tie celebration.

Keepsake Hide & Seek Gown from BNKR Mimco Nouveau Drop Earrings via David Jones Sergio Rossi Godiva Sling Pumps from Shopbop CLARE V. Bow-embellished glittered suede clutch from Net A Porter


First up, the classic black tie wedding style. Think of this one as a foundational look that ticks all the boxes. A long beautiful evening-length gown from a stunning fabric, evening-ready earrings and elegant heels.  This is a combination where you can’t go wrong!

Copper Street CS CURVY Drape Dress from The Iconic. Jessica Knot Tassel Earrings from Forever New,
Lipsy Rosegold Metallic Clutch from ASOS Livina Heels From Tony Bianco


Let the record show, the cocktail length dresses are completely okay for a black tie wedding! A big question, especially if you feel like a floor length gown is never going to be worn again. The trick is to choose a gown made from a more evening ready fabric, like silk or crepe, in a darker tone (black, navy, metallics and jewel tones) with a length below the knee, and dressy accessories (think large jewels, metallic clutches and sparkling wraps)

Dressing up your makeup and hairstyle can also help make your cocktail gown a little more black-tie appropriate.

Jarlo Oversize ERuffle Front Maxi Dress from Asos, MNG Buffalo Earrings from The Iconic, Black Pouch from The Daily Edited, Carey Shoes in Black from Tony Bianco,

Think black tie is all about dark tones? While some couples opt for a darker colour palette, beautiful colour can look amazing at a black tie wedding!

Think stunning mustard, elegant emerald and in this example – tangerine! When colour is this bold, it’s fun to go for a floor-length hemline to keep the look formal and consider metallic accessories (or bold black) for a little-added drama.

CEM Jumpsuit from Free People ,Elizabeth Cole Odessia Earrings from Shopbop,  Olga Berg Askos Crystal Tassle Pod from The Iconic,  Leah heel Sandal from Saba

Dresses not your thing? Never fear – pants are completely appropriate for a black tie wedding! As is the general theme for any black tie look, just make sure it’s dressed up! Think evening fabrics in beautiful cuts – a stunning jumpsuit, a beautiful pantsuit. Again, formal accessories with bold, metallic details and evening makeup can really transform the look to black tie wedding ready.

Midnight Navy Velvet Jacket from Oscar Hunt, Royale Black Tuxedo jacket from MJ Bale, Rystar Dinner Jacket from Wolf Kanat, Windslow Dinner Suit from Institchu 

In case you thought we forgot the males (check out Polka Dot Groom for plenty more)

While the general thought can dictate that a tuxedo with silk or stain lapel is the only appropriate attire for a black tie wedding, the truth is, plenty of couples are understanding that not everyone is willing to go to this length – so based on your knowledge and understanding of how strict the couple is with their dress code, a tailored black dinner suit with bow tie, and white shirt can also make the grade.

If you want to opt out of colour, then consider a rich fabric, like velvet for a decadent touch.