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Tahvia & Mat’s Romantic, Moody Red And Pink Wedding

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Tahvia & Mat

Valentines Day has to be one of our favourite days around these parts because being fans of love? Telling love stories and celebrating romantic days always makes us more than a little excited.

For today’s gorgeous wedding feature, we couldn’t think of a better couple to share than the gorgeous Tahvia and Mat captured by the talented Jessica Josie. Not only did the happy couple fill their day with Valentines worthy tones of bright beautiful pink and delicious red, but they also have their own unique tale of romance to share, a tale that is not just about their love, but about their love for their family and friends. It kicks off with a classic church ceremony and moves to an amazing ceremony with their favourite people. We’re so glad we get to tell their story!

And on the day of love, we need an equally romantic story of how Mat popped the question to Tahvia after the two met through Tahvia’s dear friend, and Mat’s sister Natalie. “We had a weekend planned in Margaret River to relax after I completed my exams and Mat had decided he would propose there because I wouldn’t be expecting it. He used the times I was studying to visit the jewellers with his sister to design a ring for me and since I had been studying at the office on weekends I never knew!
On the first morning in Margaret River, we went to the farmers market to pick up some fresh bread, fruit, yoghurt and coffee and brought it back to our cute little Airbnb to enjoy. After breakfast, he gave me a little jewellery pouch that he’d pulled from his pocket and told me to open it. I had no idea what it was for and thought he’d got me a little gift for finishing exams and when I opened it he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised and obviously said yes!”

Setting the scene for the black-tie celebration, the groom and his groomsmen donned dapper black MJ Bale tuxedos.

Tahvia dressed in an elegant Karen Willis Holmes gown with deep v neckline and back she tells “It took me a while to find a wedding dress that I liked on me. I found it quite overwhelming at first and I tried on so many dresses! When I visited Karen Willis Holmes in Perth, Ash was so helpful. She really understood what I was after and genuinely wanted to help me find something that I would fall in love with. She actually picked out the Shelly/Samantha gown that I wore! I hadn’t even chosen it to try on. The gown was just so me – I was after a dress that wasn’t too lacey and a bit more modern. It was just perfect.”

Tahvia and Mat chose St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco for their traditional church ceremony, noting  “We used to walk past St Josephs Church on our way to Subiaco Oval to watch the Eagles games and had always liked it. We both wanted a church wedding and St Josephs is gorgeous so it was a no-brainer for us.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.

Tahvia and Mat made sure to include as many of their family and friends as possible throughout their day, starting with the ceremony “We chose a couple of readings that our parents had at their own weddings and a few others that resonated with us. We asked a few members of our families to say these so everyone could be involved and we also asked other members of the family to hand out booklets and show people to their seats. It was not only about our love and marriage but it was also about our families coming together.”

 

The bride adored “The whole thing! I loved planning our wedding and I really enjoyed speaking with all the vendors, getting different ideas for everyone and seeing it all come together. I have so much respect for all of the wedding vendors who give so much of their time to ensuring every couple’s wedding day is as perfect as they imagined.”

Of their photographer, the bride raves “Jess was amazing! We could completely relax around her, she was heaps of fun and she even busted out some moves on the dancefloor while taking photos. Everyone commented on the high quality of her photos and how she blended in so well throughout the day.”

Deep and beautiful floral details in tones of pink and were carefully styled by Sir Botanical. The bride explaining “We wanted a dark and moody vibe with the flowers; deep reds and greens softened with some lighter florals. I loved the look of pampas and hanging amaranthus so asked the girls at SIR Botanical if they could include either one of those and they more than delivered including them in every aspect of the flowers.”

Guests gathered at The Flour Factory for a sit-down celebration, the blank space exactly what the newlyweds dreamt of for their day. “We chose the Flour Factory because of the food and the blank canvas that the room offered. It was important to us that our reception was centrally located, had great food and a good atmosphere.

Kahla was such a breeze to deal with and everything ran so smoothly on the night. The venue looked incredible, she made sure that all our external vendors set up where we wanted them to and she organised the finishing touches on our tables. I had so many questions throughout the booking process and she was always more than happy to help. The service from all the venue staff on the night was top class too, and the food was amazing!”

Guests sat at long tables, Tahvia and Mat doing away with a head table. The bride remarking “We had three long tables and we sat amongst our friends on one of those instead of having a bridal table. We also fit both of our families all on one table in the centre which was quite special for both the families to come together as one.”

Speeches that had everyone in fits of laughter and warmed with heartfelt moments were the icing on the cake for Tahvia, who was especially touched by the presence of family and friends. “The number one thing that made our wedding special to us was the people. Everyone close to us was there and we couldn’t have imagined it without them all.
We had family and friends who flew in from across the world to be there. My grandparents flew from America, as did a friend of mine. We had family come from Canberra and more friends fly in from Brisbane. It meant a lot to us that they came to celebrate with us.”

In lieu of the cutting of the cake, the newlyweds kicked off the party with a champagne tower set by Euphoric Events. “I didn’t want to do a cake but still wanted something that Mat and I could do together that had a similar symbolic meaning” explains Tahvia. “It had some wow-factor and fun to it as well that I loved and it gave us the opportunity to cheers a drink with our guests as we passed out the glasses.”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor to Striking Matches “When The Right One Comes Along” tells the bride “I had been watching the Nashville TV series and heard it on there. When we were searching for wedding songs I suggested it to Mat and he loved it. We really connected with the lyrics so it was perfect.”

A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Jessica Josie for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Jessica Josie / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: One Fell Swoop / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coco and Lola / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Hair & Makeup Artist: Elicia Rudd / Flowers: Sir Botanical / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Ceremony Venue: St Joseph's Church, Subiaco / Ceremony Officiant: Father Joseph Laundy / Reception Venue: The Flour Factory / Champagne Tower: Euphoric Events / Rental Furniture: Owl and Bear / DJ: Complete DJ / Wedding Ring: Stelios Jewellers
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Paige & Chris’ Country Tipi Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Paige & Chris

When we get a story landing on our desks where the bride kicks off the tale with “It was important that our day was exactly about who we were,” we know it’s going to be completely up our alley. And for Paige and Chris, the country setting of their day, their boho inspired touches, the rolling green hills and their four-legged friend Maddi acting as ring bearer, was the culmination of not just months of planning, but a love story that began back in 2012. Paige heading out for drinks with her sister, where she met her future husband.

The two from that moment on were inseparable and today, coupled with beautiful images by Lucy Sheedy Photography we get to share their beautiful, personal wedding day.

But first? Let’s ask Paige to share exactly how Chris popped the big question. “Chris had told me his grandparents were travelling up from Geraldton to spend the day with us. Chris had organised for us to have lunch together and then after decided it would be nice to spend the afternoon on the Rockingham foreshore having some drinks. It was such a beautiful day, therefore, the beach and restaurants were full of people. After we had arrived we walked along the foreshore and stopped to decide where to go to first. As we were discussing where to go I had noticed Chris’s pop was filming us and at that moment I thought it was strange but didn’t think too much into it. Soon after Chris’s nan came up to me and told me to look up into the sky. It was then I saw a little plane and behind it was a banner which said: “ Will you be my Mrs Agnew”? At that moment I thought to myself this couldn’t be me as I looked around to see if anyone else was getting engaged! It wasn’t until I saw Chris down on one knee with a ring and say “Let’s do this babe” I knew that it was us. There were people screaming and cheering us all over the beach, it was a pretty amazing moment and one I will never forget.”

Paige wore a lace gown designed by Grace Loves Lace. She remembers “I was visiting QLD for a short time from WA and while I was there it felt like the perfect opportunity to go wedding dress looking! I still remember the first time I saw the Alexandra dress online, I knew it was a dress I had to try on, it was beautiful and it was the style of dress that I had been searching for. They say you just know it’s the right dress when you first put it on, I knew straight away that the Alexandra dress was the one I wanted to wear on my wedding day, paired with the beautiful chiffon Gabriela veil.”

After much searching, Paige and Chris decided to get married on the bride’s family farm. The most beautiful country setting, tells Paige. “Chris and I had looked at a beautiful venue in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast but decided to keep looking at other options and not decide on the first place we saw. We knew we wanted our wedding to be on a property so that’s exactly what we were looking for. My parents lived on a property at Blenheim in the Lockyer Valley, QLD. It was somewhere we could see ourselves getting married, it was exactly what we wanted. We decided that this was where we wanted to be married. Our decision to get married on my parent’s property was simply because it was a sentimental, special place that Chris and I both loved.”

The bride walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of Sam Smith’s “Latch”.

The ring bearer was one very special guest – the newlywed’s furry friend, Maddi. Paige explains “Chris and I decided that wherever we were going to get married it was so important to the both of us that we had our little dog Maddi with us on our day. So the week before the wedding we flew her over to QLD from WA. Our little Maddi was a part of our ceremony, she brought to us on her flower collar our wedding bands. It was the most heartwarming moment, a memory that we will forever cherish. She totally stole the show and everyone else’s hearts as well.”

“The ceremony would have to be my favourite part of the day” shares Paige. “It just all came together so beautifully. The arbour, the stools that my dad had made, our lovely little signing table and chairs, the festoon lights strung above us and the most picturesque view over the mountains was perfect. It was simple and turned out even better than what we had imagined it to be.”

The Little Flower Stall created lush, boho-inspired bouquets, in Paige’s words “I chose to only use flowers in our bouquets. They were made up with native flowers including the beautiful king protea and different foliage. Our incredible arbour was made up with many different types of foliage, this was also used as our centre runners for our tables. I wanted everything to be wild, big and unstructured.”

Of their photographer, Paige can’t speak highly enough of Lucy Sheedy, telling “We met Lucy in person 3 months before our wedding for our engagement session and we knew then we couldn’t have chosen a better person best suited to us! Everything about the way Lucy worked was so natural and she made us all feel so comfortable and at ease on our day! We both feel so lucky to have met Lucy and to have had her capture our special day.”

Having the wedding at home led to much preparation for the bride’s family, who worked hard to make sure everything was as wonderful as it could be. The bride remembering “The property has been a massive DIY project as 18 years ago mum and dad bought an old school building which was my old classroom from Laidley North School and moved it to Blenheim. Dad has worked on it since then building the verandah, pergola area, shed and cubby house where the boys got dressed. The arbour where we got married has been in place 17 years waiting for a permanent fence to connect to it however it hadn’t been finished so it was perfect as the temporary fence was pulled out to an uninterrupted beautiful view of the rolling hills and mountains. Recently dad had painted the house and added a new roof and not to mention the sloping ground at the front of the house in which we brought truckloads of soil in to be levelled to create the perfect flat site for the tipis. Dad also built our ceremony stools out of an old water bed frame and rustic bar from old fence palings. Family and friends were still working the morning of the wedding to ensure that our day was magical.”

The wedding style was boho and rustic, but most importantly, it was about family. Paige explains “From the beginning, we had always known exactly what we wanted our wedding day to be. We wanted a relaxed bohemian style celebration with our closest friends and family members. It was important to us that our wedding was exactly about who we were. We chose our wedding to be a celebration of our love and future together with those who were closest to us. It was a fun-filled, romantic, intimate day.”

Guests took home traditional sugared almonds wedding favours, Paige explaining “Chris has an Italian background so we really wanted to incorporate that a little into our day. We chose to give our guests the traditional sugar-coated almond bonbonniere as the sugar-coated almonds were originated in Italy. Five sugar coated almonds are traditionally given to guests representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.”

Paige and Chris danced their first dance together as a married couple to the acoustic version of Lauv’s “I Like Me Better”.

A big congratulations to you both Paige and Chris! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Lucy Sheedy Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images.

Photographer: Lucy Sheedy Photography / Cinematographer: Kate Lund / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Jewellery: Reliquia Jewellery / Bridesmaid Dresses: Blak Bridesmaids / Groom's Attire: YD / Groom's Attire: Connor / Groom's Shoes: Betts / Makeup Artist: Kimberley Morris / Hairstylist: Kate Taylor / Flowers: The Little Flower Stall / Venue: Private property / Ceremony Officiant: Benjamin Breitenstein / Wedding Cake: Sweet Valley Bakery

Miranda & Michael’s Intimate Elopement At The Little Church at Springhill

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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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

A Modern & Industrial Flower Filled Wedding Editorial

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, New Zealand,

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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