Katie & Lloyd’s Sweet Intimate Wedding At Stanley Park

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Katie & Lloyd

When Katie and Lloyd decided upon a sweet intimate wedding at Stanley Park, they kept their guest list small – only thirty guests joined them to celebrate their big day. The couple, who were engaged while living in New York, wanted to celebrate making it official with a day that was intimate and relaxed, so they cut the guest list, added a dessert table and hired Ava Me Photography to beautifully capture every little moment.

The couple met at a share house and bonded because of a very tasty drink (which also made an appearance at the wedding!) Katie explains  “Lloyd and I had a mutual friend, whose birthday party was hosted at Lloyd’s share-house. Lloyd and his housemate had formulated a very tasty beverage, which I drank in abundance not realising just how much alcohol had gone into it. The ‘gunch’ (goon-punch) took its toll on me, and, without going into too much detail, I was not very well! Lloyd was very kind in looking after me, and I had no choice but to go on a date with him later that week to apologise!”

Katie and Lloyd chose the beautiful  historic homestead,  Stanley Park for their wedding, explaining “The venue was an 1800’s homestead on 28 acres. My grandparents knew the previous owners of Stanley Park and had spent a lot of time there over the years, making it a special venue for our ceremony and reception. We had the ceremony in the sunroom, which overlooked the cove and our reception was in a marquee on the grounds.”

The bride wore a strapless lace Demetrios gown from Shazzam, telling“I thought that I would have to search high and low for the right wedding dress; as luck would have it, this wasn’t the case! I found my dress in the window of the second store I looked in! I fell in love with the colouring of the dress – ivory and gold – and the intricate beading. As soon as I tried it on, I knew I wouldn’t have to look any further.”


The bride’s grandfather walked her down the aisle to a song chosen by the couple – “Boxes” by The Goo Goo Dolls.

Emma Wood officiated the wedding ceremony, Katie remembering “Lloyd and I opted for a non-traditional, relaxed ceremony and chose to write our own vows. It was short and simple, with lots of laughter (and some tears!).”

Katie tells of the couple’s photographer “Our photographer, Joel, from Ava Me Photography was just incredible. I remember looking at Joel’s website for the first time and knowing that he would be the perfect photographer our wedding. His photos are so natural and manage to capture the emotion. Joel is not only an amazing photographer but also an incredible person. We loved Joel’s company on the day; his relaxed and down to earth nature had us and the guests feeling at ease – it was just like having another friend at the wedding!”

A fun cocktail hour outside was complete with giant Jenga – handmade by the groom!

Many of the details – including the wedding favours, were handmade. The bride remarking “Most of our wedding was DIY, as we were trying to stay within a budget! Mum and I spent a lot of time researching ideas online and were able to buy most of the materials we needed online too.”

Fennel & Co catered a beautiful feast for the guests, which they celebrated in a clear marquee, The bride remarking “Our caterers, Fennel and Co, were just wonderful. Having a small, informal wedding, we chose a banquet dinner. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious – so much so that guests were raving about how good it was for weeks after the wedding! The staff were incredible and went above and beyond for us, helping out however they could; nothing was a hassle for them and they made the day so much easier.”

For their first dance, the couple danced to the same song the day began with, Katie explaining “We also had our first dance to ‘Boxes’ by the Goo Goo Dolls. Halfway through the song, we had all our family and friends join us on the dance floor, which was a very special moment.”

A big congratulations to Katie and Lloyd on making it official! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Tank you also to Ava Me Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Ava Me Studios / Bride's Dress: Demetrios / Bridal Salon: Shazzam / Bride's Shoes: Temt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jadore / Groom's Attire: Rundle Tailoring / Hair & Makeup Artist: Totally Fab / Flowers: Belflora / Venue: Stanley Park / Ceremony Officiant: Emma Wood / Catering: Fennel & Co / Wedding Cake: Designer Delights / Dessert Table: Fennel & Co
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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Stephanie Simone Photography via Luke & Annalisa’s Happy Hunter Valley Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! The mornings are getting darker, the air a little cooler and my favourite season are starting to shift, I cannot wait! We have a bunch of fun preparation to do this weekend to get ready for all of our April fun (I can’t wait to share) so we’ll be bunkering down inside to get to those tasks. What are you up to?

Dance to the beat- Chris of Evoke Entertainment talks to us about wedding music

Ashlee shares her words of wisdom post wedding

Loving this tutorial for copper place cards

Booking a NYC honeymoon? Check out these unique NYC date ideas

The pursuit of the non-traditional groom suit

Behind the door with Sacred Wilde

Top 10 tips for honeymooning in the Maldives

Classic black tie groom style with Scott

Such a gorgeously happy Hunter Valley wedding!

Delish! Love this Hibiscus Gin Sour from The Gathering Events

Sharing Jono’s wedding day memories

Wedding venue The Shearing Shed is giving one lucky couple an amazing chance! They’re giving away a wedding package valued at $15,000. Simply book your wedding for 2019, to go into the draw – you can spend your winnings on anything at the venue – from venue hire, good packages, beverage packages and styling! Winners will be announced on New Years Day 2019 so get booking via their website!

Amazing men tailors Insitchu have launched a brand new showroom on Clarence Street in Sydney! The showroom, located at Shop 2, Ground Floor 152-156 Clarence St allows grooms to be to a space to try on suits with an expert tailor, sip a little whisky and get amazing service! Check out their other locations and range on their website.

Perth brides to be! Grace Loves Lace are bringing their concierge service to Perth! The styling sessions give you the opportunity for a private session to try on five gowns with three guests and plenty fo sparkling wine! Book your appointment via the website.

In London or Paris? Wedding photographer Neiyo is coming your way this (Northern Hemisphere) Summer  and would love to shoot gorgeous couples on her travels! Looking for beautiful engagement or proposal photos? She’ll be in London from July 25th-31st and Paris from August 1st-6th 2018. Pop over to her website to contact her if gorgeous images in beautiful locations are your dream!

Our video of the week is this fantastic live tune from wedding band Orlando Combo. Jazz is one of my favourite genres for a wedding and this medley- what a choice for dinner music (and a little jazz club vibe!)


Sunset Field Wedding Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


If there is a time of day, aside from of course sunrise that is the most beautiful – it is the golden hour. The balmy, honey-soaked light cast by the setting sun is pure magic and made for the most beautiful time to capture today’s sunset field wedding inspiration.

With textural, wild details and modern styling, photographer Jay tells “For the style of the shoot we wanted to capture the warmth of the sun’s rays in the summer breeze and the essence of the changing seasons. This shoot was inspired by the golden glow of sunset and the undeniable beauty each ray brings to the world.”

Led by the creative vision of Shannon Hope Make Up Artist, the team, with photographer Jay Brosnan Photography, cinematographer White Lace Films (who shared two gorgeous films with us) and floral designer Bloodwood Botanica, created a look that was all about glowing skin, wild, beautiful, field picked florals and modern details. The wedding cake created by Wild Child Cakes contrasted the effect of concrete with sparkling gold leaf.

Bride Zoe Brauman wore bronze and golden toned makeup, with elegant smokey eyes by Shannon Hope Make Up Artist and a softly swept up-do, with loose waves for the second look by Luxe Salon By Rebecca. She dressed in beautiful gowns from Jordanna Regan Couture that captured the essence of the styling with fringe detailing and modern lace fabrics, her look finished with bold oversize earrings, and hairpieces by Stephanie Browne.


Photographer: Jay Brosnan Photography / Cinematographer: White Lace Films / Shoot Director: Shannon Hope Make Up Artist / Bride's Dress: Jordanna Regan Couture / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Makeup Artist: Shannon Hope Make Up Artist / Hairstylist: Luxe Salon By Rebecca / Flowers: Bloodwood Botanica / Wedding Cake: Wild Child Cakes / Model: Zoe Brauman

Camilla & Charl’s Country Outback Elopement

by | Australia - Northern Territory, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Camilla & Charl

Fall in love with this country outback elopement like we have! Breathtaking scenery adds to this stunning wedding where the bride and groom did things their way, complete with champagne, pearls and wedding boots! Ben Adams captured the day beautifully.

Camilla and Charl met at a Buddhist meditation group, knowing each other several years before they began dating. The bride shares, ‘We hadn’t really spoken much to each other – as you can imagine!” On the day of Charl’s proposal, she tells, ”During the morning we went to the city together to pick up my engagement ring, then headed to Apple Tree Bay in Bobbin Head. We chose this location as we have a lot of great memories of spending time with family and each other there. After setting up a picnic table, Charl took me to one side and did his proposal speech. Even although I knew it was coming, it was still really special and emotional!”

Combining the outback and a stunning dress beautifully, Camilla worked with Brides Of Sydney. She says, ”It was so much fun designing my dress! I wanted to wear boots so that I could be comfortable, but also walk in sand – so it really started with the boots! The high-low style was therefore the natural choice, as it is super easy to walk around in and generally no fuss. I also wanted long sleeves as I thought May could be a little chilly (and I know this sounds bad, but I didn’t want to deal with tan lines!). I went for 3 fittings and it was done! The seamstress, Clarissa, was amazing and made the dress exactly how I wanted it!” The groom wore a dark blue suit with a slight pattern to it. The bride and groom both remember the trials of travelling with bridal wear, saying, ”Charl will always laugh when he remembers my face at the airport when they shoved my dress through the security scanners – horrified!”
Choosing the right venue meant a lot to the couple, with the bride sharing, ”For a long time we had wanted to visit the red centre. Uluru and Kata Tjuta in particular, as it is just such a beautiful part of this spectacular country. There is something so humbling and profoundly human about being under a huge sky in the vast openness of the desert. So when we decided to elope, this venue made perfect sense!” Arriving together, the couple walked up the sand dune hand in hand to the ceremony location. Writing their own ceremony was a special part of the day, and the couple were thrilled with their celebrant, Meredith Campbell. The bride shares, ”The feeling was really just about wanting to make a deep and genuine commitment to each other. The poem we read was, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other” by William Stafford. It holds a lot of meaning for us and is about being kind to each other and taking responsibility for your own state of mind.” The newlyweds celebrated with champagne after the ceremony, the perfect toast!
Strong believers in choosing the wedding day that you want, the bride and groom were utterly thrilled with how their day turned out. The bride shares of her favourite moments, including, ”The fact that it was just the two of us – elopement meant no stress or expectations – and it felt very connected because of this. The location, the Australian outback is just so stunning, being able to write our own ceremony, that the day was relaxed, and that we were together the entire day from start to finish – it’s rare in today’s life – and it was really special to do the entire day together.”
With every vendor doing their job exceptionally well, Camilla and Charl were over the moon with the entire day, from start to finish. They discovered Ben Adams’s blog and were very glad to have done so, saying, ”We didn’t want overly posed photos and we wanted someone to really capture the emotion and sentiment of the day. Ben is totally exceptional at this and he very much did it with our elopement!” The bride also shared of her bouquet from Wildfire Blooms, ”I wanted wildflowers and the florist in Alice did an amazing job – the bouquet was just stunning.”
Coordinating the day was wedding planner Michelle from Yulara Resort, making the day easy and stress free for the bride and groom.  The finishing touches on the day were full of heart too, as the bride tells, ”The story behind my necklace is pretty cool. My Mom had it redesigned for me and used the first strand of pearls my Dad (who sadly has passed away) gave her as well as some glass beads that belonged to my Great Grandmother – so these are at least 100 years old – which is amazing. I love this necklace.”

Congratulations to our gorgeous bride and groom on your beautiful elopement! And a special thank you to Ben Adams for sharing your stunning snaps!

Photographer: Ben Adams / Bride's Dress: Brides Of Sydney / Bride's Accessories: Ada Collection / Bride's Shoes: Roc Boots / Ceremony Officiant: Meredith Campbell / Ceremony Venue: Uluru / Engagement Ring: Anania Jewellers / Flowers: Wildfire Blooms / Hairstylist: Yulara Hair and Beauty Salon / Wedding Planner: Yulara Resort