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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
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Kate & Jeremy

If there is one thing The Summer Issue has shown, it’s just how amazing a venue can be. From outback estates to churches and beaches and today? A sugar cane farm! Could a wedding be any more Northern Queensland?

Matthew Evans was behind the camera capturing every moment (and that gorgeous golden sunset) and the gorgeous Kate and Jeremy greeted their guests with a garden ceremony, before they celebrated in the old sugar shed, complete with an epic, memorable sing-along.

It was the most beautiful new beginning for the couple who met through a mutual friend and were led from the moment they met, at least in Kate’s eyes! Kate thought Jeremy was the most handsome man she had ever laid eyes on. Jeremy? He doesn’t remember this at all and needed another meeting thanks to a cunning friend to cement it in! The rest was history! Until Jeremy popped the question!

Kate tells their story “We had just arrived on Stradbroke Island with our two dogs for a three-week long holiday. Having just returned from our first beach walk of the holiday, I was on the couch with a book in my lap, a beer in one hand and the other in a chip packet. Jeremy walked into the room, knelt down behind the couch and said ‘now we are finally on holiday, will you marry me?’. In a slight state of shock,I  removed my hand from the chip packet, wiped off the salt before answering yes.”

Ella Rosa designed the bride’s classic lace gown. Kate tells “I went dress shopping on my own as I was on holiday and it was a tad spontaneous. I knew I wanted something that was fitted around the hips and butt because Jeremy is a butt man. It was the 3rd dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. The style was exactly what I was looking for, the illusion back added a beautiful point of interest and my butt looked amazing in it. Shopping on my own was actually a really refreshing experience. I just focused on me and what would look great on me and fit with our venue.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea”.

Kate and Jeremy found Laloli Gardens for their wedding online, Kate remembers “We found Laloli Gardens as a suggestion on a Cairns Wedding Buy Swap and Sell page. Laloli Gardens is a private property located in Little Mulgrave in Far North Queensland. The owners, Gary and Jeneve, enjoyed holding family weddings on the property so much they decided to let it out to couples in the dry season. The property contains stunning gardens, an expansive lawn and an old shed that has been converted into a reception hall. The moment we walked onto the property we knew we had stumbled upon something special. We held our ceremony under the Arbour and then moved out to the Western Lawn where our guests enjoyed Bocchi and cricket before heading into the Sugar Shed for the reception.”

The couple chose Darlene Woodward as their celebrant, noting “I started crying the moment the song started playing but as soon as we started walking, a calmness just seemed to take over. Jeremy was very nervous. We were both shaking throughout but held hands and kept eye contact the whole time. There were a couple of moments of laughter that cut through the nerves. We were about halfway through the ceremony and I noticed a thread on the side of Jeremy’s head and I knew it would annoy me so removed it to the amusement of those gathered. Also, Jeremy tried to put the wedding ring on my right hand and I had to subtly tell him it was the wrong hand and present my left hand.”

Kate found her bouquet at La Plume De Fleur. She notes “I decided very early on I wanted silk flowers so I didn’t have to worry about what was in season and could keep them forever. I really wanted proteas and Australian native flowers. I found La Plume De Fleur on Etsy and she had exactly what I was looking for.”

 

“My favourite part was seeing it all come together” reminisces Kate. “You have ideas in your head about that it’s going to look like but you don’t know if it will actually all work. We had so many hands on deck the day before that set up was done in 45 minutes (and that was with the groomsman buggering off to explore the venue). We furnished our lawn party with bean bags and cousins and high bars made from cable runners. We had backyard cricket and Bocchi for our guests to play (we joined in the cricket). We had custom stubby and wine glass coolers to keep the drinks cold and hands warm.”

The bride added something very special to her attire for the day. She explains “I wore a rose gold and garnet brooch that has been worn by at least 4 generations of women on my mother’s side on their wedding days. It was such a pleasure to wear and got so many comments on how beautiful it is and how special having such a tradition is.”

 

Of their photographer, Kate tells “I had seen Matthew Evan’s work around town. There was something about his photos that I was really drawn to. Matthew is very popular and I would have changed our wedding date if he had not been available. He was incredibly professional and never felt in the way. I look at some photos and I think ‘where was he to get that photo’. He made us feel at ease especially because having photos taken is not up there on our list of things we like to do.”

 

Guests gathered for a dinner reception in the on site sugar shed. Tells Kate “The owners of Laloli Garden were really fantastic. They were so involved, offered to help where they could and made us really feel like we were at home. We invited them to celebrate with us at the reception and their dog Belle wondered around during the festivities which we loved because we were unable to bring our own fur babies (they would not have been well behaved).”

Kate styled much of the decor herself but it’s the centrepieces that were her favourite. She tells “I have to admit I was proud of the centrepieces. I wanted simple so as not to draw away from the beauty of the venue. I came across the idea of books (Jeremy loves to read) and teacups (I love tea). I spent many months searching charity shops for hardback books and teacups. We placed the teacups on the books and filled them with flowers. They were a hit. One table had an old Guinness Book of Records from the ’90s which they got out and were reading crazy things, some guests even took some home with them much to our delight.”

“The speeches were definitely a highlight” tells Kate. “The father of the bride had been keeping a story under wraps for 9 years just to share on my wedding day, the father of the groom really sold what a great man his son has grown to be, the best man gave a very heartwarming speech about their childhood together and the maid of honour cried the whole way through hers.”

Tells the bride “Jeremy is not much of dancer so we did not have a formal first dance. Once the formalities were over we opened the dance floor with ‘Moves like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 which filled the dance floor instantly.”

 

The dance floor? One of the newlyweds favourite parts of the day thanks to a little tune! Kate explains “Had we had the best sing-a-long you could ever dream of. Jeremy and his buddies love a good metal song (not that you can sing along to those) but put on Tenacious D’s tribute and you cannot keep them quiet. A group of grown men and women singing at the top of their lungs (not well) really was a very special moment, and the photos are hilarious.”

A big congratulations to Kate and Jeremy! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Matthew Evans for today’s beautiful images.

Photographer: Matthew Evans / Bride's Dress: Ella Rosa / Bridesmaid Dresses: JJShouse / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Hair & Makeup Artist: Bella Hair by Monica / Flowers: La Plume De Fleur / Venue: Laloli Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Darlene Woodward / Wedding Cake: Sara Winn-Jones / DJ: Millennium Weddings

Courtney & James

You know how much we love stories around these parts, and what could be better than telling the story of a sweet couple’s engagement AND wedding? It’s the best of both worlds! Courtney and James so generously shared their engagement with us, and today? It’s the culmination of it all in their lovely Wonganella winery wedding. And indeed, if there ever was a wedding that was “lovely” it is this one. A dessert table piled with treats and baked by friends and family, a gorgeous relaxed ceremony that included a reading from the bride’s grandparents 50th wedding anniversary and a couple who are madly in love and the photos by Muse Photography to prove it. We can’t wait for this one to unfold!

The pair met while working as teenagers at a local supermarket, the groom to be (as we told in their engagement story!) surprising the bride on a trip to Thailand to propose. Courtney tells  “On our first day we went and booked a day trip to go and visit some of the neighbouring islands and go snorkelling. James was adamant about going to one particular island – he kept saying how good the snorkelling was there. I was packing our bag to take and realised James had put a jumper in the bag, I thought to myself ‘what an idiot, he won’t need a jumper it is 100degrees outside’ and I threw the jumper on the floor and keep packing, then I went to have a shower. 

 

While I was in the bathroom James saw the jumper and had to sneakily put it back as that was where he had the ring hidden. 



 The first island was the one James was adamant about going to. He had been acting really weird on the boat ride there and then when we got to the island he wanted to sit so far from everyone, I thought something was wrong with him. We went for a quick swim then went back and sat on the sand admiring the view. 
James started to act really serious and saying things like ‘you know I love you’. I was confused and thought he was playing around (because he is never serious!! 
I jumped up and said ‘come on stop being silly we have come here to go snorkelling on this beautiful island lets go’ then I went off snorkelling. While I was in the water though I did think that maybe he was actually being serious and thought I might have ruined everything.
James then made me wait all day until the last island (which I think was better than the first anyway) where he got down on one knee in the shallow water and asked me to marry him!
”

Courtney found her beautiful lace gown by Made With Love while shopping at Lily Grace Bridal.”I loved the brand and had many screenshots of their dresses when I went to try on dresses ‘Sasha’ was the first dress I tried on & fell in love! After each dress I tried on I kept putting her back on and loving it more.”

The bride and groom chose navy suits for the groomsmen by Connor, the bride spotting a pale blue jacket on Pinterest, an idea the groom loved.

The bride walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up On You” a nod to the couple’s time spent long distance.

Courtney and James chose Montage Ceremonies to officiate the ceremony, noting “We really wanted a relaxed feel to the ceremony, nothing too over the top – that just isn’t us!
It was short, sweet and perfect! I loved walking down the aisle, I was so relaxed as soon as I saw James. We had a reading by one of our very close friends – the reading was from my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary.”

Courtney and James chose Wonganella Estate Winery for their wedding, explaining “We found Wonganella while we were actually looking for an engagement party venue. We fell in love with the boutique winery and thought it was too beautiful to use for the engagement party and booked it there and then for the wedding!
It had just been brought by new owners and they made us feel like family from the start, they were so easy to work with!

The winery was perfect for us as we could get have the ceremony and reception all at the one place and it was only 15 minutes from home!”

Soft pink. bouquets were styled by White Roses Styling. Courtney tells “Sophia and White Roses Styling were amazing! All I told them was I liked native flowers and really wanted proteas. What arrived the morning of the wedding was perfect!! Much better than I could have chosen myself! I loved that they were messy, and each bouquet was slightly different!”

Of their photographer, Courtney raves “WOW WOW WOW!!! Teresa was the perfect person to tell our story! She was so easy to work with and made us feel so comfortable. Nothing was too hard for her and her knowledge was amazing! we were so lucky to find her, our photos are perfect – she captured every part of the day.
We will be forever thankful for the memories she has captured and will definitely love her to capture all our future memories!”

Courtney, her mother, mother in law and sisters packed up jars of honey to gift each guest as wedding favours. The sweet treats a compliment to the decadent dessert bar put together by family and friends. “I loved our reception styling, with the native flowers down the tables, moody candlelight and the lounges for guests to mingle on and relax” tells Courtney.

“I couldn’t pick just one – everything was perfect! I loved our reception styling, with the native flowers down the tables, moody candlelight and the lounges for guests to mingle on and relax” shares Courtney.

“We danced to ‘Quite like you’ by the script – James chose it & it was perfect!” tells Courtney of their first dance.

A big congratulations to you both Courtney & James! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us (and your engagement story!) thank you also to the team at Muse Photography for sharing today’s beautiful wedding!

Photographer: Muse Photography / Styling: White Roses Styling / Bride's Dress: Made With Love / Bridal Salon: Lily Grace Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Makeup Artist: Make-up by Bonnie Lee / Flowers: Sophia Wilde / Venue: Wonganella Estate Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Montage Ceremonies / Ceremony Musicians: Howard Shearman / Catering: Hot Rock Catering / Wedding Cake: I-Do Wedding Cakes / Band: Master Blaster