Miranda & Michael

Every time I see photos of an elopement, I think I’d love to elope, but then I think of how I would miss my very favourite people. So today’s elopement is completely up my alley. Miranda and Michael included just their children, and their partners on the guest list. Even their wedding vendors (including Neiyo Sun) were family friends. And this ease?? It led to spontaneous moments, uncontrollable laughter (that one’s the kids!) and a day that was not about anything more than being together. And that? That has to be the best kind of story to tell. And for these two, who cancelled their first wedding due to helping their children pay for their own big days, it was so very well deserved.

It’s been a long time coming for these two who first met as family friends more than twenty-six years ago. Miranda and Michael tell “We were family friends 26 years ago; our sons are only 4 days apart in age & were playmates. We all lost touch, & both couples separated. Years later Miranda found Michael’s ex-wife via Facebook, & got back in touch with Michael. He’d been like my brother, so when he mentioned in passing how difficult it was to have a relationship when he travelled interstate from Canberra to Melbourne every second weekend to see his kids, I thought about setting him up with my sister or a friend of mine. When I had to look at him like a dateable guy to market him to my sis or pal, I realised how amazing he is, & my heart literally lurched at the thought of him dating someone else !!!”

Miranda and Michael made sure to include special moments in their day, noting “Michael’s wedding ring is made of an American silver dollar from the year he was born. My daughter in law, Belle Hunt, an artist, did our invitations.”

Although not her original plan, Miranda worked with Holly Butler to alter her second-hand gown. “I’ve been married before but not had a wedding dress. They’re not really my style, but I saw a secondhand dress I absolutely loved online at Still White. I didn’t think it would fit me, so I gave up on it. An extremely talented family friend, Holly Butler, designed a beautiful dress for me, but my Rescue Dog, Tink, hurt her leg & looked as though she would need surgery worth several thousand dollars, so I had to cancel my dress. Four of our kids lent me the money to buy the beautiful secondhand dress, Holly altered it to fit me, & it turned out to be absolute perfection. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect gown.”

Miranda spent the morning get ready with the girls and enlisted some help (very last minute!) in the form of hair stylist Foxy Vixen and makeup artist Stephanie Maree Muscat. “I loved Foxy Vixen for stress-free hair, done on the morning of our wedding day, plus months of work to rescue my hair, which was blue only 12 months before! I love Stephanie for agreeing 24 hours prior to do my makeup when I realised I couldn’t do it myself because I never wear makeup!”

The bride’s bouquet was a lucky last minute find! Miranda telling “I suddenly realised I didn’t have any flowers when we were only 20 mins away from the church, so we stopped in Woodend & ran into a lovely fresh grocer’s store. They had a bunch of pink roses exactly the same shade as my shoes! The lady behind the counter asked if we were staying in the area for the weekend – we whispered to her that we were in the middle of eloping; we were just about to go to the church, get changed & get married! She got very excited & told us she & her husband had eloped about 20 years before !”

Miranda and Michael chose the sweet The Little Church At Spring Hill for their ceremony, explaining “As soon as we saw The Little Church at Spring Hill online we fell in love with it! We drove up to see it from the outside twice before booking it. Nicky, who owns it, was absolutely fantastic.”

Miranda walked by herself down the aisle to Mark Knopfler’s “Going Home” explaining “It’s a beautiful piece of music I have always loved, & being with Michael feels like coming home.”

It was really important to Miranda and Michael that their day was filled with people who loved them, their children and their partners the only guests. “My son, Michael’s son, Michael’s two daughters, & everyone’s partners were our guests AND bridal party” tells Miranda. “The only other people there were our gorgeous friend, Jennifer Kent, who married us, & our photographer, Neiyo, who is also a family friend. Jennifer has known Michael for about 30 years & me for about 25 years, so it was extra special to have her marry us.”

The couple chose Jennifer Kent to officiate their intimate ceremony, “We wanted it to be simple, fun, heartfelt, & very personal” tells Miranda. “We included a Celtic hand fastening ceremony, an Apache reading, & a Ring Warming/Ring Blessing where all our kids & their partners held both our wedding rings & spoke over them before we put them on each other. We also included the word “Shenanigans” a lot, because that is one of our favourite things, & our wedding was a reflection of that.”

And even with its intimacy, this ceremony was not serious! Miranda remembers “When our gorgeous celebrant, Jennifer Kent, said “What is love?” with great seriousness in the middle of our very heartfelt ceremony, & half our kids collapsed with the giggles because they heard “Baby don’t hurt me” in their heads, & couldn’t stop laughing. They apologised afterwards.”

Of their chosen photographer Neiyo, Miranda shares “Neiyo is a family friend; she had also done photography for my son & his wife’s wedding. She was fantastic – wonderful preparation; meeting with us twice before & once after. She was very organised, endlessly enthusiastic, creative, calm & cheerful. Neither of us is keen on photos of ourselves, but we adored Neiyo’s photos from the moment we saw them!”

The newlyweds adjourned with their family for dinner at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Miranda explaining “We went for dinner at 3 different places to try & choose where to have our ‘family dinner’ (aka top-secret wedding reception). The third was the clear winner; The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham. Amusingly, we were halfway back to Melbourne from the trial dinner before realising that between finishing dinner, complimenting the chef, & talking to the manager to book the ‘family dinner for 10 people’ for 2 weeks later, we had forgotten to pay! We were horrified, & pulled over on the highway to call them & pay via credit card. Two weeks later we all swanned in for dinner in our wedding clothes, & they remembered us & were astonished it was our wedding !”

And the celebrations continued! “After our wedding dinner, we spent the weekend in Daylesford with all of the kids; just a big, fun, silly weekend. We watched movies (Princess Bride is a long term family favourite) & played board games, ate way too much junk food, & the boys drank Michael’s expensive whisky!” How’s that for bliss?

Oh, a big cheers to you Miranda and Michael! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Neiyo Sun for today’s stunning photography!

Photographer: Neiyo Sun / Bride's Dress: Still White / Bride's Dress: Holly Butler / Groom's Attire: Ferrari Formal / Hairstylist: Foxy Vixen / Makeup Artist: Stephanie Maree Muscat / Invitations & Stationery: Belle Hunt / Ceremony Venue: The Little Church At Spring Hill / Ceremony Officiant: Jennifer Kent / Reception Venue: Cosmopolitan Hotel / Catering: Bec Pobjie
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We love how talented wedding vendors are making use of flowers lately, amazing garlands, trailing centrepieces, hanging masterpieces. And so, when today’s team landed this editorial in our inbox, we were all over it. It’s so packed with fresh flowers, you can practically smell them! What better way to celebrate the week of Valentines Day than with flowers after all?

With  Judy Nunez Photography, a team led by planner and designer Oh! Such Style was inspired to create a flower-filled wedding day look with an industrial, organic edge.

The raw setting of  The Sapphire Room – Ponsonby Central provided the backdrop, models Katie Atiknson and Ethan Coleman our bride and groom, dressed in a glam, Hera Couture blush ballgown, and smart black tuxedo from Ellen Tailors. The look finished for Katie, with romantic, natural hair and makeup by Eleanor Dorn Make Up.

But it was the table setting that really stopped the show. A beautiful rectangular table dressed with a lush floral garland of apricot, blush and lilac blooms by  Twig and Twine Floral Artistry, who also created a complementary asymmetrical floral backdrop. The table, from  Arcade topped with grey linens and matching napkins by Tble. Linen.

Danielle of Oh! Such Style sharing of the look “Our goal was to achieve an organic, romantic feel within an industrial space. We decided to seek a change from rustic exposed brick and festoon lights – not that we don’t love them! We sought to create a scene that was heavy with romance and elegance without being too formal.”

Each place setting, of clean-lined white crockery and simple glassware, was jewelled with rose gold flatware and understated, chic paper place cards designed by Just My Type. The chic, floral touches extending to a beautiful white tiered cake by Bake-a-Boo topped with just white flowers for it’s own statement look.

Danielle adding “This was a great challenge to achieve a balance of industrial, romantic and organic, without losing the special formality of a wedding and special occasion. The luxe details like the over-the-top florals achieved a dramatic statement and really pulled the whole look together.”

Photographer: Judy Nunez Photography / Planning & Design: Oh! Such Style / Flowers: Twig and Twine Floral Artistry / Wedding Cake: Bake-a-Boo / Invitations & Stationery: Just My Type / Linens: Tble. Linen / Rental Furniture: Arkade / Bride's Dress: Hera Couture / Groom's Attire: Ellen Tailors / Hair & Makeup Artist: Eleanor Dorn Make Up / Venue: The Sapphire Room – Ponsonby Central / Model: Katie Atiknson / Model: Ethan Coleman

Talia & Peter

Country vibes are some of our very favourites. There is nothing like the crisp country air and rolling hills to set the scene for something a little special. For Talia and Peter, the day was true to who they were. Their rock and roll loving personalities allowing them to don a dapper black and white suit, a leather jacket and take to the dance floor to INXS. And it’s this difference, this that is “them” that always makes us love to tell your tales.

Alex Stevens captured every moment, for the pair who met on a few fun nights out, becoming inseperable before Peter popped the question on a romantic trip to Byron Bay.

The groom dressed in black and white pieces “The perfect statement piece for Peter’s personality” notes Talia.

Talia was lucky enough that her mother made her wedding gown! She explains “My dress was based on a well-loved, classic style made by my mum who specialises in couture, perfect for this occasion. As soon as I tried it on, I knew she knew it was perfect.”

“We chose the Farm Yarra Valley for our wedding” tells Talia. “It had the perfect relaxed vibe we wanted, the atmosphere was great, and rain, hail or shine we knew it would be perfect.”

Forget-Me-Not-Floret styled simple and beautiful floral details for the day, the bride sharing “The flowers consisted of a lot of greenery and white flowers, with my bouquet picking up some of the burgundy feature colour.”

The bride walked down the aisle, on the arm of her father, to the Foo Fighter’s “Everlong”.

The couple wanted a relaxed ceremony, choosing Chris Johnson to make it official. “Our ceremony remained very simple, and was just what we were after, our music choices reflected our relationship and our celebrant made sure the moment was perfect.”

The newlyweds enjoyed the sunshine as they had their photos taken, noting of their photographer “Alex was so friendly and fun to have alongside for the day, she stayed stealth while ensuring to catch the event perfectly. Her communication was great, and nothing was too much trouble.”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor to INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”. Talia remembering “The song is a classic love song true to our music taste and love story.”

A big congratulations to you both Talia and Peter! Thank you for allowing us to share the stories of your day! Thank you also to Alex Stevens for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Alex Stevens / Bride's Dress: Custom Made by The Bride's Mother / Bride's Jacket: Wheels and Doll Baby / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom Made by The Bride's Mother / Flowers: Forget-Me-Not-Floret / Venue: The Farm Yarra Valley / Ceremony Officiant: Chris Johnson / Wedding Cake: Renate Elise Designer Cakes