Kristie & Nathan

Kristie and Nathan put together a gorgeous black tie winery wedding for their family and friends, and we can’t wait for you to see it in full! Black, white and blush was the palette, with romantic flowers and the sweetest flower girl to walk the aisle! Bohemian Prints captured their day.

The bride and groom met at work, although neither initiated anything even though there was a spark. Kristie remembers, ”A couple of years later Nathan sent me a message on Facebook as he’d seen I’d wished a mutual friend happy birthday. The following day we had our first date, and from there we were pretty much inseparable.” A very sweet proposal followed, Kristie sharing, ”At the time Nathan proposed we had a 1 year old so we didn’t often get time to ourselves. He proposed at home, which was perfect and lovely and suited us both so well as we’re fairly private. I couldn’t stop crying!”

Modern and elegant, both the bride and groom wore clean lines. The bride shares, ”After visiting lots of Melbourne designers our last stop of the day was Cappellazzo Couture, and Sonia made the decision easy for me. I showed her some pictures of dresses I’d liked that she had designed and she draped fabric across me, whipped up a sketch and was able to interpret everything I wanted and also design something that suited my body shape and that I felt comfortable in.” The groom wore a tuxedo from Calibre, the bridesmaids wearing gowns from Misha Collection.

The ceremony was held in the sun dappled gardens of Polperro. Kristie tells, ”We didn’t have a reading as we wanted to keep things fairly short and simple. The song we walked down the aisle to was really emotive and set the tone. The focus was on the heartfelt vows that we had written and our amazing celebrant Di Klienert who I couldn’t recommend highly enough did the best job. She helped with so many details in the planning process that we would have never thought of.” The bride walked down the aisle to a string version of Elvis’ song ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.

A simple colour palette kept the details modern and classic. Kristie shares, ”I loved planning every detail, and flowers were included in that! I wanted to keep the palette neutral but vary it from just white and green so added in nude and blush tones. I wanted the flowers to make a statement but also not take away from the picturesque setting. I made a whole powerpoint of inspiration for Poppy Culture haha! They were great about it and really put together my vision. Probably the most special thing was having our daughter in the wedding! She was so cute and we got some very special pictures with her when we walked back down the aisle as a married couple.”

Photographer, Elle, from Bohemian Prints captured the winery wedding at dusk. The bride says, ”Elle was amazing. She went over and above in every way and our so much love and effort into editing our pictures and worked so hard on the day. My hairdresser Julia, from Hair by Julia Cochrane, was phenomenal. And also our celebrant Di Klienert who I mentioned earlier. She did multiple run throughs with us and checked in regularly to make sure we were on track.”

Knowing that they wanted a modern, black tie event with loads of great food, wine and dancing, Kristie and Nathan hit the jackpot with Polperro. They tell, ”We really wanted ceremony and reception at the same place and the Mornington Peninsula is special to is as we have family there and have spent a lot of time there. A winery was always a great choice and after visiting many Polperro was the number one pick for us. We loved the setting, the restaurant and the food. It was all so beautiful we knew immediately that was where we wanted to get married.”

Choosing some wonderfully classic music, the couples first dance was to Roy Orbison’s ‘You Got It’. Kristie remembers, ”The songs had a lot of meaning and reminded us of our grandparents who are no longer around. Seeing each other for the first time was pretty special, and then once all of the formalities were over we both truly had the best night celebrating with everyone. It was so fun and we wished the night could have lasted longer!”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your stunning day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Bohemian Prints for sharing your beautiful imagery!


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Maddy & Alex

Describing their wedding day as “a love party celebrating equality” today’s celebration is a beautiful one. Not only because it is a celebration of Maddy & Alex and all of their favourite people bearing witness to that, but because it is a celebration of the acceptance that they now feel together in not just their life, but the world.

We’re a more than a little thrilled, in that respect that they chose Natalie Davies Photography because we cannot wait to share every beautiful moment, at the modern warehouse venue of 40rd Event Warehouse with you.

These two hit it off from the moment they met! Sharing “We met online on a dating app, messaged for several weeks before we had the courage to first meet. Our first date went for six hours, going to different bars and restaurants around Melbourne city.”

Alex and Maddy got their hands dirty with wedding DIY, making their own wedding invitations and the signage for the occasion.

I know you’re dying to know about Maddy’s stunning navy and white wedding gown, Maddy explains how her gown came to be, telling  “I elected to design my own dress with the help of a close family friend who owns a fabric shop in Port Melbourne. I found a photo of a dress that I loved online and we used it to inspire my dress design using fabric from the dress my mother wore at her wedding.”

The brides opted out of having bridesmaids, remarking “While we could have chosen many special people to stand with us, for us the most important thing was that we stood there together.”

Alex found her gown at Designer Bridal House. “I had always envisioned wearing something lacy, flowing and with a boho vibe” she tells. “I too found a picture online that inspired my trips to several bridal shops around Melbourne before I found two dresses I loved at Designer Bridal House. The lovely ladies there agreed to combine the two dresses into my very own unique dress!”


Alex and Maddy chose the modern space of 40rd Event Warehouse for their wedding. “We knew we wanted a warehouse as our venue and initially looked for many weeks in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. But, given we live in the Southeast when we first looked at 40rd we were sold!”

The beautiful blooms on the day were styled by the couple’s friend Amelia Stephens, the brides sharing  “We were lucky that our friend Amelia Stephens and her Mum (Monica Stephens) agreed to help us with our flowers. The brief was – colourful and fun. We chose and bought all our flowers from the South Melbourne market. Amelia also made Alex’s beautiful hairpiece and the buttonholes and corsages for our parents.”

The brides chose to walk down the aisle at the same time, to “Bloom” by The Paper Kites. It remains one of their favourite memories “Hands down our favourite detail of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. We chose to have two aisles (one each) and walked down with our parents. Neither of us knew what the other was wearing, so it was a pretty special moment when we saw each other where the two aisles met.”

Given the significance of being legally able to tie the knot, the ceremony was the most important part of the day for Alex and Maddy, and they gave it the attention it deserved, choosing Celebrant Kate to perform the official details. They tell  “Our day was about having a ‘love party’. Given it was the first year of marriage equality, we really wanted to emphasize this. We feel that our celebrant Kate Mac articulated this so well in our ceremony we have included it for you to read: ‘On our wedding day we wanted to share ‘the overwhelming immense feeling of acceptance, validation and recognition that our love and the life we have together is equal to and the same as anyone else’s love’.”

Alex and Maddy chose a photographer who Alex had known for years, the couple telling “Alex had known our photographer, Natalie Davies for a long time as she photographed both of Alex’ older sisters’ weddings. She was the obvious choice to capture our special day. She made us feel comfortable, was so professional and knew exactly what moments to capture.”

And then? It was time to celebrate! Guests and the newlyweds together for a cocktail celebration catered by Fourside Events Design & Catering.

And because we can’t just get enough of these two, we’re thrilled to share their wedding film captured by Salt and Pepper Weddings.


A big beautiful congratulations to you both Alex and Maddy! What a joy it is to share your beautiful wedding today. Thank you also to Natalie Davies Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images.

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Honest truth? I cannot pick a favourite when it comes to the new “Sunset In Rose” collection from wedding gown designers Watters. And with fifteen beautiful gowns, that are as dreamy, ad as on point as one would expect from a label that has stood the test of time, I know you’ll understand why.

“Sunset In Rose” was inspired by the soft pinky hued light of sunset. The beauty evoked through dreamy, feminine designs that play off clean lines, raw edges and beautiful sophistication. Also drawing style elements from lingerie, lace is sheer, layered and positioned on each gown to be utterly feminine, scalloped edges are left untouched, bows are added and necklines dropped – it’s all a little bit sensual while playing off the chic, elegant style.

My picks, “Frederique” features a three quarter length sleeve floral lace bodice, coupled with a gorgeous floaty tulle skirt, while the above-pictured gown “Jourdan”, with its illusion overlay, allows the lace to be considered for a gown’s embellishment in an entirely new way. Oh and there is something in store for the bride to be who is lace averse too. “Kitt” a chic unadorned satin gown with a scoop neckline, that lets the beautiful fabric do all the talking. There’s also the modern, “Hunter” with her high neck and gorgeous cowl back detail.

And the best part? Like all Watters gowns, gowns are available in a range of colour combinations (pick your lining, pick your lace shade!) and go up to a US size 24.

Watters is available at stockists around Australia – including our much loved Moonstruck Bride. “Sunset In Rose” launches US Spring 2020.


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