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Luxe Garden Wedding Inspiration in Margaret River

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,

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There is a place for minimalism, for restrained curated, weddings, but sometimes? You’ve just got to go glam!

It’s exactly that, that today’s editorial set out to do. Set in a beautiful country winery, the team took a space that is typically thought of for rustic, country weddings into something truly decadent, something lush and something unforgettable.

Choosing the beautiful venue Mr Barval, our dream team, led by the amazing Miriam Avery packed the space full of sparkle, choosing decadent crystal chandeliers, alongside lush garlands of greenery from Cape Events to adorn the clear marquee space.

Long, wooden rectangular tables were set with contrasting blue crockery and glassware, bone cutlery and gold charger plates from Turquoise Table. Clear glass candelabras added luxe detail the table amongst fresh, lush arrangements of pink and red blooms with plenty of fresh greenery. Each golden chair adorned with its own fresh flowers., And when you go glam, the cake has to follow, so Edible Art skillfully created a seven-tier masterpiece in gold and white, topped with ivy and fresh flowers. And of course, the flowers were everywhere – greenery garlands draped beautifully from the marquee and the ceremony arbour, the head table covered in its own beautiful floral wall. And of course, each table was also adorned.

Miriam telling of the concept “Romantic and opulent in the big outdoors. Bold but bright colours with crystal and gold influences. We wanted to portray that you can have luxury in the Australian bush. We wanted to convey the lush setting surrounded by gum trees proving that you can never have enough flowers. ”

Photographer: John Rice / Styling: Miriam Avery / Flowers & Decor: Miriam Avery / Venue: Mr Barval / Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware: Turquoise Table / Wedding Cake: Edible Art / Marquee: Cape Events / Lighting: Cape Events
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Emily & Evan’s Elegant Murray River Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride,

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Emily & Evan

Married on a crisp Autumn day at a winery overlooking the Murray River, Emily and Evan celebrated their elegant wedding with their nearest and dearest. Peach and burgundy dahlias and orchids set off the bridesmaids rose pink gowns, while the bride wore a custom made gown with stunning bell sleeves. Georgie James Photography captured the day.

Both bride and groom grew up in the same small country town, only meeting when they were grown up. Emily shares of the proposal, ”It was the morning of the Berrigan Cup. While I was getting ready, Evan was sitting outside in the sun with our two pet dogs. I went outside to see what he was doing, sat down with him and noticed he was shaking. I assumed it was the result of too many beers the night before but then he proposed! We had a great day celebrating with family and friends at the races.”

Emily’s elegant wedding dress was custom made by Jessica Lauren. She shares, ”I went to her with an image in my mind of what I wanted and she created the most magical dress. I love everything about it. The fabric, an embossed jersey knit was different but subtly beautiful. Working with Jessica was just the most stress free and relaxing experience. Being a new mum (and still breastfeeding) it was so great to feel beautiful and comfortable in my dress.” The bride wore her grandmother’s antique ring, while the bride and groom’s daughter wore a dress in the same fabric as the brides. The groom wore a black suit, ivory shirt, black vest and black bow tie by Mentha’s.

The entire bridal party enjoyed a first look in front of the lush blooms put together by Wren Floralista. Emily remembers, ”The flowers. Wow! Karen is an absolute gem and was a hidden talent in the region. The florals suited our style perfectly, with the dark and deep autumnal tones and a burst of burnt orange and pinks. We couldn’t have been any more impressed or in love with how the florals and arrangements turned out and we can honestly say our day would not have been the same without her amazing works of art.”

Including their daughter was a must on the day, as well as keeping the ceremony meaningful but informal. The newlyweds share, ”Our celebrant was Abi Archer and she was perfect for us. Light hearted but also heartfelt. We didn’t have any readings but both of us personalised our vows. Our baby girl was seven and a half months old at our wedding and it was very important to us that she be included in our day. After exchanging our rings, we gave to her a rose gold bracelet with her name engraved on it. I wanted my Mum and daughter, Hazel to be involved as well so they were also walked up the aisle by my Uncle Jim, who lived with us growing up.” The bride walked down the aisle with her father to ‘All My Life’ by Thirsty Merc.

St Leonards Vineyard was the venue for both ceremony and reception, providing a beautiful backdrop for the day. Emily tells, ”It was the first venue we looked at and despite visiting other venues, we just knew it was the one. The beautiful location on the Murray River, the gorgeous building set within the lawn and surrounded by vineyards, we just knew this was the place we could celebrate with family and friends whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. With no set theme, we wanted the atmosphere to be totally relaxed and easy going. The style for the day was classic with deep autumnal tones and a subtle burst of colour.”

On hand to capture the day was Georgie James Photography. The bride and groom share, ”Could we have picked a more bubbly, kind or dedicated person to work with? No. She was amazing, professional and I love every single photo she captured.” Emily also worked hard to add a personal touch to the styling of the day, with hand lettered marble coasters used as place cards and gifts for the guests.

Flowers and fairy lights hung from the beams and created a warm and inviting atmosphere for the newlywed’s reception. They remember, ”Our first dance was to ‘Never Let You Go’ by Evermore. Evermore is one band that Evan and I both liked when we were younger and the song felt right for us. Our favourite detail would have to have been the stunning flowers and our drinks and canapes out on the lawn overlooking the river prior to the reception.”

Congratulations to our bride and groom on your gorgeous wedding, and thank you so much for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Georgie James Photography for sharing your beautiful images.

Photographer: Georgie James Photography / Bride's Dress: Jessica Lauren / Bride's Jewellery: Noonans Showcase Jewellers / Bride's Shoes: Mode Collective / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Bridesmaid Shoes: Steve Madden / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mentha's / Makeup Artist: Jessica Schifferle / Hairstylist: Brittany Loechel / Flowers: Wren Floralista / Ceremony Venue: St Leonards Vineyard / Ceremony Officiant: Abi Archer / Reception Venue: St Leonards Vineyard / Wedding Cake: Zest Studio / Signage: Fox and Hart / Invitations & Stationery: D&D Letterpress / Band: Lark Music / Getting Ready Robes: Homebodii / Rental Furniture: Rustic Amour / Photo Booth: Rustic Amour

Suzanne Harward – The Futurist Collection

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Star crossed lovers rejoice because Suzanne Harward’s brand new “Futurist” collection embodies all the magic and sparkle of space, the endless wonder of galaxies and all that’s in between.

Capturing the campaign with photographer Christian Oth in exactly the avant-garde style the designer identifies with, the brand continually showcases immaculate, intricate detail, and stunning fabrics all crafted with meticulous construction. “The Futurist” features 3D laser cut fabrics, tulles laden with embroidery, modern leatherette and even embossed feather details in shades of beautiful blush alongside traditional wedding white.

“Inspiring and enigmatic, she emerges from the present transcending the status quo. Prepare for liftoff, The Futurist has arrived” tells designer Suzanne Harward of the musings behind the collection. Appropriate too are the gowns names – “Intergalactic”, “Stardust” and “Prophecy” just some of the choices, while our hearts are set on the blush, asymmetrical texture of “Nova”.

“The Futurist” is available via the designer’s online store or at their Collingwood studio.

Photographer: Christian Oth / Gowns: Suzanne Harward

Vendor of the Week – Twenty One Photography

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Happy Monday Dotties! .How are you loving all the bouquet beauty this month? it’s so nice to be surrounded by flowers each and every day!
We’re so ready for another week of all things weddings and we can’t wait to kick it off! First off though? Taking a peek at our amazing vendors! Our Polka Dot Directory if full of great vendors to help you plan your wedding! We have Transport, we have Menswear, we have Cakes and Jewellers – we even have Styling & Hire and Catering! Our vendors are keen to help you on your wedding day.

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

With a style that Tuan of Twenty One Photography describes as ‘natural and relaxed’, the images of your wedding are indeed that – relaxed and above all, happy. There is something special about capturing the feeling of love that radiates during a wedding day, and for Tuan this is the essence of the beauty of the day. Since 2011 when he shot his first wedding, he has pursued this passion of professional photography, so you can rest easy that your wedding images will be ones to treasure for a lifetime.

We asked Tuan at Twenty one Photography five questions in five minutes:

What’s the most important piece of advice you can give for engaged couples?
Always make time for each other and keep the romance alive. This is also true even after you’re officially married. Remember, the relationship does not stop when you engaged or married to each other.

Tell us about a hidden talent you have?
I can make other people laugh any time. In another life, I might be a comedian.

As a vendor, what excites you about the wedding day?
As a wedding photographer, what excites me the most about the wedding day is the privilege to witness & photograph all these beautiful moments unfolding right in front of me in a way that nobody else sees it. Its an amazing feeling knowing that I’ll be able to capture something so important & priceless for someone that they will cherish for many years to come.

What are you known for?
Taking life less serious at times. Enjoy life and always up for a unplanned adventure.

If you could choose a song to play for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Growing up in the 80s, I was fortunate enough to listen to all the greatest musicians of our time, such as Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Richard Marx, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Metallica etc…The list goes on. And I still listen to them to these days. If I had to choose one song to play for the rest of my life, it would be Cherish from Kool & The Gang. This song brings so much fond memory from childhood.

 

Visit  Twenty One Photography’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. Twenty One Photography is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.