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Broden & Lachlan’s Sweet Country Farm Engagement

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Broden & Lachlan

When Broden and Lachlan. were thinking about a location for their  sweet country farm engagement session with photographer Caroline Sada Photography, it seemed completely natural to choose the place where the bride had not only spent most of her childhood but had also been the spot where Lachlan asked for her hand in marriage. “The farm is something so special not only to myself but to Lachlan. The property was first purchased by my grandparents and is now run by my father. I spent all my life on this farm and was constantly out riding my horses, motorbikes or just exploring it. I loved being out there.

During the 1970-80s the property was a well-known amusement park/weekend hot spot for the public. The property had lakes for skiing, horse rides, a zoo, mini golf course, go-karts, paddle boats cabins and lodges for guests to stay (which was run by my grandparents).” The beautiful rolling hills, now the location for a new kind of happy memory as we share in their own love story. Broden noting ” As we knew it would be hard for us to return here to get photos on our wedding day we decided to get some of our engagement photos on the property. Some of our best times are spent there so the property is really important to us.”

On their love for each other, Broden remarks “We are both lighthearted and laid back people which allows us to work together in sync. We share the same lifetime goals, dreams and interests such as sport and family. We don’t take ourselves or each other too seriously and have shared many laughs together.”

It seems the pairing of these two, was always meant to be, their paths crossing many times during their lives. Broden explains “Our paths had crossed indirectly multiple times before actually meeting. Locky had won a medal which is in the name of my late uncle who passed away during a football game 5 or so years before we met. Our mothers both attended the same the same primary school and my father by chance found and rescued Locky’s father from a car accident years before we were both born!

But we finally met when we were both playing for Ballan football netball club. Locky was new to the club and had returned from South Australia to play and after both becoming recently single, Lachlan had asked some of the footballers to try and set us up. We went to the same birthday party where some of my football mates introduced us, Which in the end worked really well and we were soon inseparable!”

On what he loves about Broden, Lachlan tells “She is comfortable in any situation – and drinks beers and hangs around with my mates. Broden, is a beautiful person inside and out – and I will be proud to call her my wife.”

“We become engaged on ANZAC Day 2017,” tells Broden. “He knew where he wanted to propose to me, however, he was waiting for an opportunity for us to go there without it being suspicious. When I first met Lachlan, being a country girl I took him to my family farm which is over 1500 acres and has beautiful lakes, hills and bushland. I drove him to the very back of the farm on top of a hill and told him this was my favorite place in the world. Four years later, Lock had remembered that and wanted to propose to me on top of the hill, He went up to my dads a few days before and asked him for permission to marry me, which dad very happily said yes. Then on the day, he took me up to the top of the hill to look for foxes however he had turned around with our dog Bella in his hands wearing a little bow tie, and a ring on her paw he got down on one knee and proposed!”

“Locky is genuine and passionate and gives everything 110 percent,” tells Broden, on what she loves about Lachlan. “I knew from the moment I met him that he would be someone I could trust and rely on. Locky can do anything – he has his head screwed on the right way – and he knows where he is going in life.  And he makes me laugh – really laugh.”

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Mia & Zac’s Classic Elegance Melbourne Wedding

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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

Friday Roundup

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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

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 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 bride’s 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 wonderful 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 a Grace 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 way 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 “We 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 sway, 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