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We would be nowhere without the expert knowledge and wisdom of suppliers, vendors and anyone else who knows the wedding industry back to front! We LOVE that they share their wisdom with us and help to sort through the noise that comes with an overload of info! Today, for our final round up of 2019, we are celebrating wisdom and re-sharing some of the amazing posts we’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Hold on to your veils and take note – these ones are not to be missed – even second time around!!!

Image via SH Jewellery

THE 5 MUST-HAVE INCLUSIONS WHEN BUYING AN ENGAGEMENT RING IN 2019

It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of buying an engagement ring – the bright lights, velvet displays and shiny diamonds dancing to a loop of Debussy wedding classics. The immaculately manicured and sweetly perfumed sales assistant obviously knows what she’s talking about, right?

Assuming she does, it still pays to have a personal checklist of what’s important to you when making one of life’s most precious investments… So you don’t end up making impulse decisions with your Bling Goggles on.

ALL THE TRENDS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR BRIDAL WEAR IN 2020

Barcelona Bridal Week was a buzz of activity as international designers and buyers alike converged on the cobblestoned streets of Spain to bring all the beauty of new-season 2020 bridal wear to the world. While we saw current hot looks such as off-the-shoulder, statement lace and mixed-medium lace continue to light up the catwalk, we also witnessed the emergence of a whole new crop of upcoming trends we can’t wait to get our hands on.  Here we’ll take you through the most drool-worthy looks we’re sure to see popping up in the hottest weddings of 2020.

Image via Designer: Elizabeth Kennedy

2019 AUTUMN/WINTER MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/GROOM TRENDS

If you’re a mother and you’re struggling to find that perfect dress for your child’s wedding day then you’re not alone!! We understand how difficult it can be to find a pre-made gown that suits your style, shape and desired colour. It’s important to understand that your child’s wedding day is just as special and meaningful to you, as it is to them.

Photo by Sean Fennessey

WHAT WOULD THEY KNOW? NADA GLUMICIC OF GLASSHAUS INSIDE AND GLASSHAUS OUTSIDE

For plant and nature lovers, there are few places where more magic is captured than a nursery. And lucky for us, we have two right here in inner city Melbourne that provide the most stunning backdrop for wedding and events. Glasshaus Inside and Glasshaus Outside in Richmond marry the beauty of nature, with industrial, city vibes as spaces that not only house a working nursery, but also turns on its party mode for those tying the knot. Surrounded by greenery that spills over, twines around and creates a living picture creates spaces that are lush and yet peaceful at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds and today, we sit down with Nada to learn all about these hidden gems.

Image via Miss Ladybird Cakes

HOW TO DECORATE A WEDDING CAKE WITH FLOWERS

One of my absolute favourite things to do (aside from make cakes) is to work with flowers! For bouquet month, I thought I would explain a little bit about how we prep the flowers for the cakes, because let’s be honest, some of these cakes pretty much have an entire bouquet on top of them!

Photography by Cassandra Ladru Photography

WHY HOLDING YOUR RECEPTION AND CEREMONY ON DIFFERENT DAYS COULD BE THE BEST THING EVER!

“Our wedding was everything we ever dreamed of, however planning it was hard and we didn’t get to our final decisions very easily. We wish we had the foresight of knowing the great possibilities of splitting up our reception and ceremony before we were ‘in the thick of it all’ so here is our story.”

Image by I Got You Babe Weddings

HOW TO PLAN YOUR ULTIMATE BRIDAL BOUQUET

So you’re getting married. Congrats! Hands up if you’ve got approximately 5000 screen shots on your phone, dozens of “saved” posts on the gram and a Pinterest board that goes for days? Don’t worry, friends. You’re not alone! But what happens now? Or more importantly, where on earth do you start when it comes to planning your bridal bouquet?

Image via Studio Hudson

HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR GUESTS IN YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

When I work with couples, one of the first questions I ask is “how do you want your guests to feel during the ceremony?”. This helps me to understand the kind of ceremony the couple want to have, the vibe, and then I can help guide and make some suggestions as we design the ceremony together.

My ceremonies tend to lean towards fun and laughter with a pinch of romance. I am also a big believer in making sure your guests are present and engaged in the ceremony. Not just bystanders.

Image via Nina Hamilton Photography

GREEN & GORGEOUS – OUR FAVOURITE ECO FRIENDLY WEDDING IDEAS

It is often assumed that an eco-friendly wedding entails a compromise in style, yet it’s actually the opposite! Eco-ethically focussed suppliers are usually small businesses, creating by hand and with love, or with materials that aren’t available on a larger scale.

Farmer-Florists may grow heirloom flowers that aren’t ordinarily available. A sustainable dress designer might work with unique vintage fabrics, silks and laces. Ethical jewellers will create bespoke pieces by hand, and can even recreate old family jewellery into a new, one of a kind piece.

Image By The White Tree

BOUQUETS: THE LOWDOWN

We all imagine ourselves carrying one down the aisle on the most special day of our lives, but what does it actually take to make a bouquet? How much should you spend? How do you find the florist that’s the peony to your bouquet (i.e your perfect floral match), to help you bring your floral dreams to life?

From watching the sun rise over the sweeping grapevines at Ironbark Hill, to taking their first stroll into the sunset as a married couple — Tiana and Lachlan’s wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect.

Wed in an intimate ceremony overlooking the beautiful Hunter Valley, the couple locked eyes and hands while promising to love each other unconditionally. Signed with their signatures, symbolised by their rings. Continuing the celebrations with their nearest and dearest, the two danced the night away until the (neon) lights came on.

Lovereel’s videography team was there to capture all the hugs and all the kisses, the smiles and silent whispers. The first day of a new chapter, and a memory to keep forever.

Ms Tweed Loves: The sophisticated florals and the stunning colour combinations of crimson and blush. Beautiful!

About Lovereel: With various wedding film options to choose from and all the raw footage at your fingertips, Lovereel offer an affordable yet highly professional wedding videography experience.

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If you’re after a beautiful rustic venue with a strong sense of place, Lancemore Macedon Ranges will definitely capture your attention. Located in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges and just over an hour from Melbourne CBD, this venue was purpose built for private events. It also boasts luxurious guest rooms and has recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The landscape if sits on is a hero in itself, with rolling hills, a vineyard, a dam and even mobs on kangaroos hopping on by. Today we chat to Charlotte Post, Lancemore Macedon Ranges’ wedding coordinator, about all their wedding options, their delicious menu, and what sets them apart from other regional wedding venues.

When you drive into Lancemore Macedon Ranges, what are the first three words that pop into your head?
Elegant, Picturesque, Charming.

Why is Lancemore Macedon Ranges the ideal destination for rustic, country weddings?
From the moment you pull into the long driveway flanked by gumtrees, you’ll be greeted by curious cows, a flock of sheep, and kangaroos skipping across a landscape that speaks for itself.  Our modern and newly refurbished interiors are seamlessly designed to complement the 274 acres of idyllic Australian countryside that surrounds, with sky high ceilings, exposed beams and floor to ceiling windows that create a chic, country feel.

How many weddings do you host a year?
20 to 25 weddings per year.

Images: Gabbie Hine Photography

What ceremony locations do you offer? Do you have an indoor option?
Lancemore Macedon Ranges’ expansive gardens, vineyard and acres of quintessential Australian landscape offer breathtaking ceremony locations.

Couples have the option of exchanging vows under the old elm tree overlooking the dam and vineyards beyond, or atop the hill at the famous Ned Kelly Lookout which offers 360-degree views of the rolling hills that surround. For couples who prefer a more intimate setting, our Croquet Lawn (or Secret Garden as it’s lovingly known) is surrounded by conifers to create a truly magical private garden space.

Indoor options with views out to the landscape beyond are certainly available in case of inclement weather.

What are your favourite places on the property for wedding photos?
The Lookout – the views of the region are truly incredible and really capture the magic between couples. There is also nothing like the romance of a picture amongst the vines.

Images: Kara Rosenlund

What’s your reception space like?
Our Dining Room is a light filled and open space, featuring floor to ceiling windows allowing for uninterrupted views of the vineyard and dam.  The ability to flow onto the expansive deck, with its sparkling infinity pool and fire pits that dot the hill beyond adds a truly romantic and intimate feel to the evening’s festivities.  Seating up to 200 guests with a dancefloor, the space looks incredible with very little styling, while remaining neutral should you wish to add your personal touch or theme to the room.

How can couples personalise the space?
It can be personalised from the smallest details such as menus and place cards, to glorious hanging floral arrangements.  We can liaise with you or your styling company to make your dream wedding come to life.

What’s been the most memorable wedding held there?
Memorable weddings at Lancemore Macedon Ranges have all included truly personal touches specific to the bride and groom. We have seen surprise arrivals via helicopter for the bridal party, ice cream carts serving the couple’s favourite flavours to long, languid post wedding recovery brunches the following day.

Images: Gabbie Hine Photography

How would you describe the menu?
It’s best described by our Executive Chef, who says, “My goal is to cook with the freshest, seasonal produce, sourcing from local and regional producers, helping to showcase what the Macedon Ranges has to offer. We will be offering rustic, full flavoured, comfort food with a balance of seasonal style and finesse.” In my opinion, it’s just delicious!

Do you source produce locally?
Yes, wherever possible.

What’s your favourite dish?
Our Shared Feast for sure – such an amazing combination of flavours and what better way to celebrate than by sharing with those you love.

Images: Kara Rosenlund

Does your team offer planning and styling services?
We can connect you with an array of accredited suppliers.

Do you work with specific suppliers and/or can couples use their own?
Couples can certainly work with their own suppliers and we work with them to ensure that everything is perfect on the day

What accommodation is offered to brides and grooms? Do they get a complimentary night free?
We offer our charming cottage complimentary to couples for the evening of their wedding.

Images: Kara Rosenlund

What other facilities do you have that can be enjoyed by bridal couples and their guests?
We have numerous facilities on-site for the couple and guests to enjoy – an infinity pool, walking tracks, wine tastings, billiards, table tennis, trout fishing, tennis courts, volleyball and croquet.

What sets Lancemore Macedon Ranges apart from other regional wedding venues?
We only celebrate one wedding per day, so couples have their pick of ceremony location, photo locations and reception options. Couples also have the opportunity for to extend their wedding day into an entire weekend, hosting family and friends the night before or the day after, or both!

To ease your mind on one of the most important days of your life, Lancemore Macedon Ranges is backed by 33 years of hospitality experience.

What do you love most about your job?
Definitely helping put together such an important and memorable day. It is such a special thing, and nothing beats the smiles of the couple on their wedding day. Knowing that your beautiful property and the experience we offer are a part of creating those smiles – it’s so rewarding.

Images: Kara Rosenlund

Thank you Charlotte for sharing with us just how special Lancemore Macedon Ranges is! The hospitality you and your team provide your bridal couples in second to none. To find out more about this stunning venue, head on over to the Lancemore Macedon Ranges website, or check them out on the Polka Dot Directory.

Image in banner: Kara Rosenlund