Tracy & Richard’s Lush Scandi Garden Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings, New Zealand,


Tracy & Richard

This lush Scandi garden wedding took our breath away! With the bride a florist, guests were guaranteed a gorgeous setting, made even better with delicious food and loads of DIY details. Dawn Thomson snapped this beautiful day.

Florally, the groom made an excellent choice in proposal location! Tracy shares, ”Richard proposed in Spring at a surprise picnic he had set up under a field of pink blossom trees in Canberra.” It sounds absolutely beautiful to us!

The bride wore the ‘Mabel’ two-piece gown by Karen Willis Holmes from their Wild Hearts collection. She tells, ”I had a list of dresses to try the day of my trial, and although the Mabel dress wasn’t my first choice, it turned out to be what I was looking for. I loved the two piece design plus the classic clean lined cut, a combination of modern and classic fused together. On the day everyone said the dress was ‘very me’, which is how you want to be on your wedding day!” The bridesmaids wore tops from Forever New and maxi tulle skirts from Needle & Thread.

Creating a their perfect wedding day, the bride and groom chose The Orchard Garden, New Zealand as their venue. Tracy tells, ”Our venue is best described as a secret garden surrounded by lush foliage and a stunning wild garden of flowers. I am a florist so I always knew I wanted to get married in a garden surrounded by nature. Our wedding theme was a mix of Scandi, classic, modern and rustic and our colours were white, black and tan.” We simply adore this combination! Tracy also shares of her favourite part of the day, saying, ”It was the ceremony in the garden. From when I was walking the down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Richard beaming at me, to saying our vows in front of all our friends, It was a very special half an hour!”

Thrilled with the blooms on the big day, Tracy shares, ”Our wedding flowers were stunning! Andrea Crawford Flowers did an amazing job. I loved images on Pinterest of large rustic and modern white bridal bouquets, and Andrea created this for me with a combination of white blooms and olive. I also love scent so Andrea added some springs of Jasmine to my bouquet as well – it smelt like heaven! These same blooms were used in the five bridesmaids flower crowns, and the men had minimalistic olive buttonholes. Andrea also made some huge olive garlands which we had at the ceremony to line the altar, around the signage ladders and around the wine barrels. My favourite, however, was a giant olive wreath which we had hanging on a wine barrel at the ceremony, and hung on the wall in the reception.”

With an eye for detail and a crafty knack, Tracy worked hard on a lot of DIY details for their wedding. From working on the invitations and their styling to white confetti cones filled with petals at the ceremony, every aspect of the wedding was detailed beautifully. The bride tells, ”We made up white popcorn boxes with the program for the day attached, as well as round aluminum tins filled with peppermints for all guests on arrival. The favours were wooden Swedish butter knives that we used as the place-cards.  We tied tags with names on them with a piece of tan leather.” Rosemary plants in kraft pots and individually wrapped chocolate chip cookies were gorgeous touches throughout the night which the guests also enjoyed. The bride and groom wanted a venue and day that represented them as a couple, choosing good food and beautiful details to focus on. Tracy shares, ”I am a florist so I knew I wanted to splurge on the flowers! However this meant skipping things like having wedding cars.”

Overflowing with blooms, the reception tied in beautifully. Tracy tells, ”All the table and other flowers at the reception were done by Wendy who runs The Orchard Garden, New Zealand. She created Scandi yet minimal looking displays on the long tables, with olive foliage and Queen Annes Lace in bottles juxtaposed between long stem candles. Our cake was made by Cakes By Kim. I wanted something simple and minimal, so Kim made a two tier round naked cake. It was vanilla flavoured with thin white icing, and it was stunning and perfect! It was presented on a wooden cake plate on top of a wine barrel with an olive garland around it.”

Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom, and congratulations on your wedding day! And an extra special thank you to Dawn Thomson for sharing your beautiful images!

Photographer: Dawn Thomson / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Needle & Thread / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bride's Shoes: Innovare / Bridesmaid Shoes: Zara / Groom's Attire: Hallensteins / Hairstylist: Beautiful Bridal Hair / Makeup Artist: J.E.T Makeup Artist / Flowers: Andrea Crawford Flowers / Ceremony Venue: The Orchard Garden, New Zealand / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Kim / Reception Venue: The Orchard Garden, New Zealand / Linens: Pacific Linen / Rental Furniture: One Fine Day Wedding Planner / Engagement Ring: Cartier
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Emma & James’ Mornington Peninsula Farm Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Emma and James

Mother Nature set the timeline for Emma and James’ day, the bucketing rain, not dampening the spirits  – the handmade, farm celebration already filled to the brim with joy.  From the tractor rides the guests took to the ceremony (complete with handmade Star Wars cushions for comfort – just the start of the handmade treats) to the whiskey bar they enjoyed as evening fell. The rain added yet another story to the most magic of country weddings, the colours as vibrant as the newlyweds themselves.

Captured beautifully by Georgia Wiggs the day unfolded. James proposed over a roast dinner. “James proposed at our apartment in Abbotsford, following a home cooked meal by James (Roast Duck) with matched wine. Hugo our beautiful fun loving puppy was there. This is something simple that we both love – good food and wine in our apartment with our puppy. Emma had NO idea and her dad didn’t believe her when she called him. Emma’s dad was in Box Hill hospital receiving Chemotherapy – we snuck in at 10 pm (after visiting hours) with the help of a lovely nurse to show off the tanzanite ring James had made for Emma.”

The bride chose Grace Loves Lace‘s “Kiki” gown, noting “It was simple, elegant, minimalistic, figure silhouette, comfortable!! Long sleeves, high neck, no train. I knew exactly what I wanted and after spending one day at bridal stores around Melbourne knew I wasn’t going to find it there. One look at the website and I came across “it” – the one! GLL was fantastic throughout the whole process. I  ordered it online, anxiously awaited its delivery and had it confirmed it was the one as soon as I tried it on!”

Peppercorn Floral Design created the bright and beautiful bouquets, the bride explaining “We left the flowers in the very capable and amazing hands of our florist Lynne Thompson of Peppercorn Floral Designs. We showed her our outfits, the theme of our wedding and colours we like and she created a masterpiece! We were absolutely blown away by our flowers – it complemented our wedding perfectly.”

The couple’s four-legged friend, Hugo, played a shining role in the day.

Tells the bride “We married at James’ parents beautiful farm property in Mt Eliza. We both love the property and enjoy working on the property so knew this is where we wanted to celebrate our wedding and share our special day with everyone. We had the freedom to make the day “ours”, including tractor rides from the parking paddock to the pre-ceremony drinks. We also had plenty of space for those who travelled far to stay – camping in a paddock.”

Of her walk down the aisle, the bride explains “We wanted something upbeat to reflect how excited we were to be getting married and set the fun atmosphere we were going for – ‘I love you always forever’, by Betty Who. My dad walked me down the aisle.”

Helen Peters officiated the ceremony, which had a lot of special timing as it unfolded. Emma and James explaining “Originally our ceremony was meant to commence at 4 pm. Our invite had please arrive at 3:30 pm, with the idea of having drinks and cheese platters prior to the ceremony. However, the weather had other ideas! Emma and the bridal party were oblivious to the large front rapidly approaching; all they could see was blue sky and sunshine out their window/end of the house! Luckily all the guests were on time (enjoying champagne, beers and cheese platters in the sunshine) and the bride was ready, and we made the quick decision to “go now or never” and kicked the ceremony off at 3:35 pm. The celebrant made a few modifications and the ceremony finished just as the heavens opened up!

Some guests claim the first lightning strike appeared right behind us as we had our first kiss! We managed to get a quick group shot with everyone holding umbrellas and ducking/covering from the rain – priceless then everyone rushed back inside for cover. All we could think of was – we made it! And it was exhilarating! We love excitement and living in the moment so this was just us. The signing took place inside. We are just so happy that we were able to have the ceremony outside as the bride, groom and groom’s parents had put so much time and effort into making the property look immaculate over the past year.”

Emma tells “We had one reading – James’ sister Emma wrote a poem about the bride and groom (she is very talented at writing poems!). It was perfect – the right mix of humour and heartfelt rhymes. This is how we wanted our ceremony – light-hearted, funny, happy, us.

We wrote our own vows together – it was an alternating rhyming poem that also had the right mix of humour and heart felt rhymes, and of course, mentioned our puppy, Hugo. We also wanted to involve the bridal party more and got them to do the askings, which they wrote their own questions for –Eg. “Emma, do you promise to support James through life; through the good times when Hawthorn is winning, and through the bad times when Hawthorn is losing, no matter how grumpy he gets?” and “James do you promise to continue to express your love with the “little things” like waking up early to make Emma coffee and breakfast before work each morning?“ 
It worked so well and all in the nick of time!”

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Georgia is a long-term family friend of the groom’s family. Her parents attended the wedding as guests. She did a fantastic job of capturing the day, from the breakfast right through until the late night dancing.” 

Emma notes “Our favourite photos were taken post-ceremony under the rainbow – James and I looking at each other with excitement, thinking “We did this! We’ve pulled it off! We’re married!” The smiles show just how happy we are.”

The day was absolutely filled with handmade elements, Emma explaining “As many personalised DIY aspects that we could. Everything that we loved, hoping people would love it too! Eg. Plenty of food – cheeseboards on arrival, Flying Calamari Food truck, meats and sides for mains with DIY sliders and bars, gelato truck, and Whiskey Bar with all Japanese whiskey stemming back from our time together in Japan.” James made the wedding cakes – whiskey and white chocolate and whiskey and dark chocolate layered cakes with salted caramel and salted dulce de leche ganache alternating with chocolate ganache, decorated with candied pecans.”

Guests took home handmade cheeseboards, Emma noting “Our favours, wooden cheeseboards were used as placemats on the night. Hours and hours and hours of sawing, sanding, branding (with a personalised electric brander), and oiling. Wood was either Melaleuca or oak from trees cut down on the family property.” The couple added handmade touches to everything – the homemade ceremony backdrop, the hessian table runners, fun stickers, candle holders and signage, The groom even made the wooden dance floor (along with his brother and father!)

Emma notes “We loved the compulsory wine & cheese board that came with every planning session and the endless hours spent outdoors working on DIY projects that really made our day unique.” Guests enjoyed a feast catered by Flying Calamari Brothers Cam Milan and a dessert of ice cream with ice cream cart Bianco Latte. Emma tells “The Flying Calamari Brothers were amazing! everyone is still raving about how good their calamari was!! Not only was it a big hit, but also they were amazing at catering for all the food intolerances.”


Emma describes the dance floor as “The most awkward part of the night haha!!! Maybe we should have put a little bit of pre-thought into it, instead of spending all out time on our crazy DIY projects! After about 30secs we’d both run out of dance moves and we’re keen for others to join us on the D-floor to take the limelight off us! Except it took what felt like a minute for guests to cotton on to the fact that our hysterical waving meant come & join us! They got there before the end of the song and everyone had a great boogie!”

A big congratulations to you both Emma and James! Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us! Thank you also to Georgia Wiggs for sharing today’s beautiful photographs.

Photographer: Georgia Wiggs / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Groom's Attire: Jack London / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Scotch & Soda / Groom's Shoes: The Iconic / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Hairstylist: Laura Ellen / Makeup Artist: All U Beauty / Flowers: Peppercorn Floral Design / Ceremony Officiant: Helen Peters / Venue: Private property / Catering: Flying Calamari Brothers / Catering: Cam Milan / Catering: Bianco Latte / Marquee: Coulson’s Party Hire / Rental Furniture: Harts Party Hire / Fridge Rental: Penguin Cool Room Hire / Generator Hire: Briggs & Stratton / Portaloo Hire: Rent-a-bathroom

Naomi & Todd’s Modern Mulwala Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Naomi & Todd

For all of Australia’s grand farms and sprawling cities, it is the country towns that seem to draw the most hidden character and the beautiful setting of Mulawa, with all of its sweet charm, was the most beautiful backdrop for today’s modern Mulawa wedding. The couple, chose a beautiful Golf Course as the setting – marrying beside the wetlands, the water sparkling as their backdrop, before making the most of the lush green lawns as the rest of the day unfolded. Says the bride “The vibe as above was relaxed, spacious, bushland by the water. We are always outdoors adventuring on our time off and Todd has grown up on the rivers and we love the country setting so that’s what we needed to find. I knew we would want these backdrops for the photos as well.” The couple chose Jackson Grant to pick up his camera for the day the images capturing the smallest of details to the biggest of moments.

Naomi fills us in on how these two came to be engaged. “We had just attended a 1st birthday party for one of our friend’s son and thought we would take the dogs for a walk in the afternoon. We always go down to Port Albert (coastline) along the foreshore. Todd said to me I should drive (10min trip & I was confused as I’m not usually the driver!) as he needed to send some text messages. I did not think anything of it (now I know he had the ring in his left pocket so didn’t want me to see it).

As we were walking the dogs we sat on a bench seat overlooking the ocean with the dogs panting at our feet and out came a ring box. As a girl who loves jewellery I knew what it was straight away and before Todd could get the words out I said ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’. As they say, the rest is history.”

The couple worked hard to keep their wedding local, says the bride. “I wanted to keep all my vendors local and used Facebook as the first point of call to review peoples’ work and see their reviews. I knew which kind of vendors I wanted so was very specific in who I picked. I also wanted vendors with a good vibe, who I could see were very passionate about what they do and would fit in well with our relaxed day. It was coincidental but my makeup artist was a childhood family friend of the Groom, my
photographer was in the same grade and went to school with my brother in law and my florist was my matron of honour’s florist for her wedding two years ago. Definitely kept it in the family some would say!”

The bride wore a beautiful Sottero and Midgley gown from Raffaele Ciuca, telling “My dress was called ‘Wyatt’ designed by Maggie Sottero (for Sotterro & Midgely). I’ve always loved Maggie’s classical, romantic designs. I booked an appointment with my Mum & Mother in law only and had a feeling that would be the only appointment I would need. I went in so excited, my consultant Francesca picked a couple of dresses and saw me looking at one and asked me to bring that in too (even though I wasn’t sure it would suit me!). She chose the order I tried the dresses on and left the one I had chosen as number three. I put it on and felt amazing and knew it was the one!”


The couple chose Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort for their day, noting “The venue we chose for the day allowed us to have the ceremony, photos and reception all in one place but each part of the wedding day had a different feel. We were able to have our ceremony in the bushland/by the water, photos with the bushland in the background, canapes overlooking the golf course on a beautiful summer’s night and reception in a well lit up room with windows surrounding the outside overlooking the golf course but plenty of space inside and out in the courtyard for guests to spread out and mingle. We were also the first wedding to be married in the new lagoon setting that the venue is now offering so that is pretty special. The photos speak for themselves – it is a breathtaking area! We also loved how we could have a bit of fun during the photos with the bridal party with the golf buggies. It broke up the formal parts of the day quite well and we were all giggling with laughter!”

The bride chose to walk down the aisle by herself to Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”. She explains “I walked down on my own which is untraditional but from a young age I said to myself when I get married I want to walk down on my own (as I’m an only child and have been very independent in life). I stared right into my now husband’s eyes the whole way down. It was very special. My mum gave me away once I got to the end of the aisle.”

Simon Goss officiated the lakeside ceremony, the bride recounting “The ceremony was relaxed with a traditional and nontraditional feel. I walked down on my own and we also wrote our own vows. We had no readings but our celebrant put a lot of personal touches to our ceremony that made everyone laugh. We had our mums as witnesses which was very special. We got married by the water and in the bushland which is where we spend a lot of our time so this was important to us. We wanted our ceremony to be unique, funny, romantic and relaxed and pulled that off great. A lot of the guests commented on how different it was but how sweet it was.”

Naomi notes “I am also glad we wrote our own vows and didn’t share them until the day to each other. Todd is the writer and the best with words in the relationship but I shocked him on the day with my vows which were very special. We wouldn’t change anything about the day – the planning we did really help us pull off what we wanted.”

Naomi tells “We enjoyed how we could get straight in the golf buggies afterwards to have photos around the golf course. We raced each other, had food and drinks and chatted away while we got around and had photos. Our photographer really embraced this and it shows in the photos.”

The couple chose photographer Jackson Grant to capture their day, remarking “We knew Jackson as Todd’s brother’s schoolmate and I had followed his work for a few years. He really captures peoples’ emotions and his photography is candid and not staged which I really liked. In every photo, he does you can really feel what was going on in that moment. He also does not get in your face and just gets his job done. He is a brilliant wedding photographer for those reasons.”

The Rutherglen Wedding Company styled the beautiful floral details for the day, Naomi noting “I had natives – my florist Katie was so good to work with. I showed her the wine coloured dresses and what colour flowers I wanted and she came up with the design. It was stunning and stood out really well in all the photos.”

Guests gathered inside for a sit-down dinner by the golf course. Naomi noting “Alicia Leeburn of Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort deserves a special shout-out. Anything we wanted on the day she went ahead and organised. If I asked for something she made it happen. Her level of communication was second to none and she was so caring towards all the guests and worked so hard all day to make sure everyone was having a great time. Without her, we couldn’t have pulled it off!”

The reception was not just for speeches, but a little fun as well says the bride. “A memory I will never
forget is the games we played during the reception – bride or groom Q&A,  using a plush footy as the garter and kicking it (we changed up the garter toss!). We loved changing things up! Also, the groom being put on his friend’s shoulders after the garter toss on the dancefloor was funny until on his way down he nearly broke a bone!”

James’ Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” was chosen for the first dance, the bride noting “We did not want to sway from side to side like most couples do for their first dance – we wanted to give our guests something special. Todd choreographed the dance himself and we practised leading up to the wedding. It went off perfectly and in the last 30 seconds of the song our bridal party came onto the dance floor and boogied with us – it was great fun. The first dance was something I will never forget (also for the reason I have two left feet and didn’t stuff up so I was stoked with that).”

A big beautiful congratulations on your marriage Naomi and Todd! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Jackson Grant for sharing today’s imagery!

Photographer: Jackson Grant / Bride's Dress: Sottero and Midgley / Bridal Salon: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride's Jewellery: Michael Hill / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Spurr / Groom's Attire: Connor / Groom's Shoes: Connor / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Flowers: The Rutherglen Wedding Company / Invitations & Stationery: Amy Hay / Calligraphy: Amy Hay / Hairstylist: Sabastian Blac / Makeup Artist: MUMU Makeup Artistry / Venue: Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Simon Goss / Ceremony Arbour: Events Matter / Wedding Cake: Danni Blick Cakes / Cake Topper: SpecialDesignForYou / Guestbook: Bark & Bite / MC: Simon Goss / DJ: Party Oz Entertainment / Lighting: Party Oz Entertainment / Engagement Ring: Michael Hill / Wedding Ring: Michael Hill

BERTA Seville Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


If there was ever a collection that allowed us to be lost in its exquisite beauty, then the Berta Seville Collection is it.

For the Fall Winter 2018 season, the Israeli designer has again turned to her famous silhouettes with stunning detailing and beautiful fabrication lending themselves to the collection’s theme of sparkle and shine.

Inspired by the raw materials used, Berta added touches of romance to the alluring designs. Soft, floating feather details, low cut necklines, billowing sleeves, stunning long skirts of tulle, hand placed embroidery all glimmering in the Spanish sun as our muse dances to a backdrop of Flamenco dancers and live musicians.

The very essence of couture design at its core, the Seville collection stays true to the high quality, handcrafted workmanship that has led so many to fall in love with the brand.

Berta gowns are available in Australia at Raffaele Ciuca and Brides by Francesca.

Photographer: Dudi Hasson / Gowns: Berta / Jewellery: Cassouto / Hairstylist: Liraz Agam / Makeup Artist: Asaf Babo