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When we spied this take on an Australian Christmas, we couldn’t resist the need to share it with you. There is something special about Australian Christmas decor that is different to the rest of the world, the colours are more muted, the textures and fabrics more natural. the play of our Summer, that hardy blooms. The combination? Something that is uniquely Australian and truly beautiful.

The team, with Sophie Timothy Photography behind the camera, stylist Jessica of Eclectic Creative worked her magic to create her vision, a Christmas table that was simple, effortless and paired back.

The linens were topped with beautiful crockery, each guest welcomed to their seat with a personalised gum leaf, hand-lettered by Pepper Eve Calligraphy with festive inspired cookies by  Sweet Mickie. Australian summer blooms – wax flowers, flannel flowers and eucalyptus sat in different sized vessels, beautifully styled by Kim of Make It Beautiful to be the star of the show.

Jessica added treat lights and sweet kraft paper packets (tied up with string of course) to finish the look.

“With an abundance of summer sun and the unique native flora and greenery we have on offer, I was inspired to create a textured and natural festive Australiana tablescape to inspire others” she says. “The key is laid back and effortless styling using a neutral overall palette with an eclectic mix of natural pottery and ceramics.”

Photographer: Sophie Timothy Photography / Concept: Eclectic Creative / Styling: Eclectic Creative / Flowers: Make It Beautiful / Calligraphy: Pepper Eve Calligraphy / Cookies: Sweet Mickie
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Evgeniy and Eugenia

It’s always said that a Bali sunset is the stuff of pure magic, and so for Evgeniy and Eugenia a marriage ceremony at sunset was their idea of bliss.

Evgeniy and Eugenia, who are from Russia, decided to elope with their closest friends to their favourite place in the world. Photographed beautifully by Oleg Breslavtsev, the duo enlisted Alice of WedBali to execute their vision, a day that was full of romance with golden sunsets, champagne and beautiful blooms.

It turns out that meeting her husband, was somewhat an act of synchronicity for the bride, Eugenia telling the story  “Once, while I was studying in school, I thought – “That would be cool to marry a guy with the name Evgeniy!” But I had not so many boys with this name in my life, and when I grew up I realized that it was unlikely. When I came to work in a new position, I met a very charming young man, whose name was Evgeniy. And no, my first thought was not “I will marry him”. We started to communicate actively and became good friends. And even then, I didn’t consider him as a potential groom. His crazy stories of life brought me into shock. And it seemed that I either live boring, or Eugeniy went to the roof. Further, by the will of fate, but most likely by the will of the corporate event, we have established a relationship that later grew into our family life.” The groom to be surprised his bride with a ring in a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg.

 

The bride chose a beautiful gown with floral detailing by Rara Avis. She tells “I didn’t want the normal standard, full skirts, trillion tulle corset. It had to be something weightless that would reflect my character, originality and of course, which perfectly fit into the atmosphere of Bali. I started looking. To be honest, I visited only one salon, where everything annoyed me, from ridiculous banal dresses to obsessive sellers. My mood slipped to the bottom of the ocean. And behold, the glory of Instagram, I came across a Rara Avis! What they are doing is incomparable! We went to the salon in Moscow, and my fiancé was with me.  I was in puppy ecstasy, there’s no other way to say it. 15 minutes and my choice was obvious. I fell in love at first sight. It was my dress, the one!”

The couple took photos before the ceremony on the beach, Eugenia telling “Oleg is a very easy going, light person. Very polite and pleasant to talk to. I do not like staged shots, and most of all worried about it. But how deeply I was wrong. We constantly laughed, chatted, and Oleg at this time was close and managed to capture the most vivid, real emotions. I can say with confidence that he is crazy about his work. It’s his life! And when we got the first photos, two days later, we jumped like two idiots for joy!”

The groom dressed in Massimo Dutti, Eugenia explaining “My fiancé is the fashionista, you know! He refers to fashion and style seriously) Better than some girls. But I would lie if we say that it is impossible to long pick up his image. With the colour scheme, we decided in advance, but to find summer things at the beginning of winter (in Moscow), it was not easy. That was the only difficulty. The image we picked up the same way, based on the atmosphere of the island, it had to be the freedom of the ocean. He chose a weightless white shirt, soft blue pants and bare feet on the sand.”

The couple married on a clifftop in Candi Dasa, the setting styled and planned by WedBali. The bride tells “We have already been to Bali, traveled a lot on the bike, almost traveled the entire island. Therefore, the location suggested by Alice, we knew about. We thought it was corny. But the ceremony on the cliff – high above, the waves below will break on the shore, around us the unique nature of the island and all this beauty at sunset… We could not miss it.”

Soft pinks, purples, and blues set the scene. “The colour scheme, as with our wedding images, everything had to be very gentle, weightless. Of course, we started with my dress. At our meeting with Alice, we paid special attention to this. She listened carefully, but did more than we expected!”

Of their ceremony, the bride tells “We loved the incredible beauty of the sunset, our closest friends nearby, unreal design, which was permeated by the ocean breeze. This is what we dreamed of.”

Tells Eugenia, of their ceremony setup “It was magical. Doubting the work of Alice would be silly, so we were not particularly worried. But what we saw was above all our wishes! The design was so gentle and weightless, the combination of colours, nature around, everything was perfect! And with the onset of sunset, everything began to play with other colours… Hundreds of small lights, candles, lanterns. It was like we were in a magical world.…”

The bridesmaids had their gowns custom made in Russia, the soft pastel hues playing into the golden sunset.

Together, the newlyweds, with their bridal party, celebrated the nuptials with champagne overlooking the sea. The bride remembering “The favourite photo, is where my already husband, opens the bottle of champagne! As Alice said – “Evgeniy, open it like in the Formula 1″.”

A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to  Oleg Breslavtsev and WedBali for sharing today’s beautiful celebration.

Photographer: Oleg Breslavtsev / Wedding Planner: WedBali / Bride's Dress: Rara Avis / Groom's Attire: Massimo Dutti / Hair & Makeup Artist: Valeriya Kudryashova / Flowers: WedBali / Venue: Candi Dasa

Rustic and modern styling aren’t two styles that often marry at weddings, but today’s editorial certainly makes us question why.

From the stunning country landscape to the muted, elegant colour palette of black, grey and gold. The team worked to capture our real-life newlyweds Reuben & Charmaine, in a setting where Australian country beauty took on its own sense of the moment glamour.

Led by Margaret Albia, photographed by Cyron and Carmina of Captured Frames and styled by Jenna from The Soiree Project, the team took to the beautiful country venue of Ottimo House. “Every detail no matter how small or subtle, ultimately played a pivotal role in bringing our theme to life” tells the team.

Our bride (Charmaine Malillin) was made up by Margaret Albia and hairstylist Honeycombed and dressed in stunning pieces from Alca Line Bride and Lavender & Lilac. Her groom Reuben Keelty in a chic black Peter Jackson suit.  “To perfectly encapsulate the essence of the style shoot were the models of the day Reuben & Charmaine — being real-life newlyweds, their natural chemistry shone through” tell our photographers. “Despite the cold winter’s morning, you could genuinely feel their raw and authentic love for each other.”

And it was the blooms that really set the vision in motion, Blue Flowers creating a stunning set of statement floral arrangements with white orchids, dried palms and cotton flowers that not only worked in the country setting but also for the indoor ceremony, with its bold circular backdrop, neon light and white cane furniture pieces – all put together with pieces from The CollectiveSigned By Row  and Be Bold By Haylo. The dried, organic bloom styling continuing to the reception, for a  muted colour palette of black, grey and white the reception tablescape styled by Simply Seated. Bold touches of iron candelabras and acrylic juxtaposed with organically styled blooms.

Adrian and Cyron tell of the inspiration “A style best described as “modern rustic”, the shoot is a celebration of authentic long-lasting love. We aimed to create a style that would have widespread appeal – combining natural & rustic elements with minimal, contemporary touches to create a look that was both glamorous yet pared back, and on-trend yet timeless at the same time. The shoot was a collaboration of like-minded wedding vendors, all with a common vision, each honing in on their talents to create a uniquely styled shoot.”

Photographer: Captured Frames / Styling: The Soiree Project / Gowns: Alca Line Bride / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Lavender & Lilac / Groom's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Makeup Artist: Margaret Albia / Hairstylist: Honeycombed / Flowers: Blue Flowers / Prop Hire: The Collective / Signage: Signed By Row / Invitations & Stationery: Be Bold By Haylo / Table Setting: Simply Seated / Venue: Ottimo House / Model: Charmaine Malillin / Model: Reuben Keelty