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Moody Valentine’s Day Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,

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We are revelling in tones of blush and red today with this moody Valentines Day Inspiration shoot that inspired a deeper, more dramatic take on the traditional Valentines red, white and pink vibes.

With photographer Zeus Productions behind the camera, and Killa Kreative on film, stylist Lana of Honey Lane pulled together a dream team at the industrial, clean slate space of The Commune. With two distinct looks in mind, floral designer  Sweet Pea and Honey Bee created lush long floral garlands that draped down long tables, (surrounded by brass and velvet chairs from Harry the Hirer and Decorative Events) that combined roses and orchids in shades of pinks, peach and purple. The tablescapes were dotted with interesting crockery and brass candlesticks, accenting the brass flatware from  Pretty Pedestals and pretty linens from  Opulent Events and modern white acrylic place cards by Bark & Bite and alternative to usual paper treats.

A bright, jewel-toned cake by Quincy Lane glimmered on a golden cake stand, decadent details of a floral adorned marble bar and simple, floral backdrop for the ceremony tying the looks together.

Our models, Ksenia A &  Levi Neufeld were styled with hair and makeup by Ash Quinn and dressed in a gown by Moira Hughes Bridal Couture and suiting from Wil Valor. Touches of velvet and soft tulle adding to the modern vibes.

Stylist Lana telling of the inspiration “For this shoot, we wanted to create a luxe and modern vibe which was rich in colour, whilst also having a sense of romance through the laying of textures and materials.

The choice of venue was very important to us as we wanted to juxtapose the beautify of the shoot against a raw and industrial backdrop to give the shoot interest and add a sense of drama.”

 

Photographer: Zeus Productions / Creative Direction: Honey Lane / Creative Producer: Mel Joy / Cinematographer: Killa Kreative / Flowers: Sweet Pea and Honey Bee / Hair & Makeup Artist: Ash Quinn / Wedding Cake: Quincy Lane / Model: Levi Neufeld / Model: Ksenia A / Venue: The Commune / Bride's Dress: Moira Hughes Bridal Couture / Groom's Attire: Wil Valor / Tableware Hire: Pretty Pedestals / Rental Furniture: Harry the Hirer / Rental Furniture: Decorative Events / Linens: Opulent Events / Placecards: Bark & Bite
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25 Fun Feel Good Valentines Day Ideas

by | Bride, Gift Guide, Love Sessions, Pre Wedding Parties

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Photo by Quince & Mulberry Studios via Alison & Jason’s Romantic At Home Engagement Photos

On the eve of Valentines’ Day, we thought what better way to round up 25 fun feel good Valentines Day ideas to inspire your own fun celebration? There is not a red rose in sight on the list- it’s full of fun ideas that are easy to execute, sometimes a little silly and very heartfelt.

  1. Cut your morning toast into a heart shape
  2. Whip up your beloved’s favourite cocktail for after five drinks
  3. Run a  hot bath, add bubbles!
  4. Hide handwritten love notes all over the house
  5. Fill your favourite room in the house with balloons in shades of pink and red
  6. Bake a heart shaped cake (fill with jam and cream of course!)
  7. Make an old-fashioned mixtape (Spotify playlist?) of your favourite songs
  8. Surprise your beloved with their favourite chocolate bar
  9. Eat dinner on a picnic rug on the floor. Be sure to add candles.
  10. Turn your living room into a dance floor. Turn off the lights and turn on the music- daggy dance the night away!
  11. Make strawberry milkshakes and top them up with at least three scoops of ice cream. Adorn with red sprinkles.
  12. Pick a bunch of blooms from your own garden and pop them in a vase
  13. Hire your favourite movie and pack in all the snacks- popcorn, icy cold slushies and choc tops for an at-home movie night.
  14. Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast and load them with strawberry sauce
  15. Write a love letter, on paper, with a pen.
  16. Find your blankets and pillows and stargaze
  17. Find a beach for a hot serving of fish and chips on the sand
  18. Eat ice cream cones while wandering in your favourite park
  19. Eat dinner by candlelight
  20. Plan an at-home spa night, complete with cucumber slice eye masks
  21. Cut your lunchtime sandwiches into love hearts
  22. Head to the beach and build the biggest sandcastle you can master together
  23. Print out your favourite photos together and string them up around your house
  24. Build a pillow fort on your living room floor and watch the silliest, corniest movie you can find
  25. Find a bubble wand and bubble mix and book yourself solid for an hour blowing bubbles.

What about you? What feel-good ideas do you have for Valentines Day?

Helen & Jason’s Romantic Summer Sydney Wedding

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

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Helen & Jason

There are so many magic moments in Helen and Jason’s romantic Sydney summer wedding that I can’t wait to share with you. That stunning Sydney golden light, the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, the beautiful garden setting where the vows were said and, of course, the elegant reception. Each part of the day was beautifully thought out and of course, beautifully captured by Tealily Photography. I can’t wait to share it with you today!

The couple met at university, the bride reminisces, “Jason and I met at university through mutual friends. After meeting we realised we were studying the same course so we started to attend classes together and became really good friends. I later discovered Jason had fallen in love with me. It took over a year before we started dating.”

 

The day kicked off with a traditional round of games for the groom to win over his bride before guests gathered for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

The bride wore a ballgown by Monique Lhuillier, telling, “My dress was a silk tulle gown with chantilly lace appliques, a V-neck bodice and delicate spaghetti straps. I chose this dress because I wanted a ballgown that is not too traditional and also a bit romantic and ethereal.”

The couple chose Lions Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens for their garden ceremony, the bride walking down the aisle with her mother to Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’.

Helen and Jason chose Robyn Pattison to officiate proceedings, Helen remarks, “We wanted it to be fun and relaxing and not too formal. It was one of the reasons we chose our celebrant Robyn Pattison. After getting to know us and our stories she wove them together beautifully on the day with a lovely sense of humour. She even spoke a little bit of Chinese for our non-English speaking guests! Even just her presence kept us calm and always made us feel like everything is under control.”

Helen and Jason chose Tealily Photography to capture their day, noting, “We chose Tealily because of their simple and honest style of photography. We love that Trish is always seeking to capture the tiny details and sweet moments in between!”

Guests gathered at Sergeants’ Mess for an evening of celebration. “We had a large guests list (240 guests) so our options were already quite limited. We chose Sergeants’ Mess because of their reputable quality of service and food. We loved that it is a bit secluded and showed off Sydney’s amazing harbour views,” says the bride. She adds, “I designed and created the wedding invitations and stationery such as the welcome sign, seating charts, menu cards and place cards. I also made a children’s colouring books filled with cartoon pictures of Jason and me in wedding shenanigans!”

Ashdown & Bee worked to style both the ceremony and reception along with beautiful florals by Francis Floristry. Helen notes, “Annie from Francis Floristry was amazing! Not only did she stick to the brief but she went over and beyond what we asked for. Our brief was ‘pastel pink, peonies, dahlias, phalaenopsis orchids and lots of foliage’.”

For the first dance, the newlyweds chose a new take on an old favourite, explaining, “We chose a jazz acoustic version of Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ sung by Norah Jones for our first dance. We took dance lessons in preparation for the wedding day but moreso because it was a great opportunity to do something together we’ve never done before. Looking back, it’s one of our favourite moments of the night.”

This beautiful film by Paper Cranes captures the spirit of the day. That joy when it begins? It’s so evident how it was the theme all the way through (even the parts that may have had me in tears!)

Congratulations on tying the knot Helen and Jason! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to  Tealily Photography for sharing today’s stunning photographs.

Photographer: Tealily Photography / Cinematographer: Paper Cranes / Styling: Ashdown & Bee / Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Portmans / Bridesmaid Accessories: Sarah & Sebastian / Getting Ready Robes: Homebodii / Groom's Attire: Institchu / Groom's Shoes: Paul Smith / Groomsmen Attire: Jack London / Hair & Makeup Artist: Michelle Cox / Flowers: Francis Floristry / Ribbon: The Coterie / Ceremony Venue: Lions Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Robyn Pattison / Ceremony Musicians: Diamond Strings / Catering: Miss Chu / Rental Furniture: Ashdown & Bee / Reception Venue: Sergeants' Mess / Wedding Cake: Cakes 2 Cupcakes / Cake Topper: Etsy / Favors: Laduree / Guestbook: Tiffany & Co / DJ: Impression DJs / Photo Booth: Photo Corner / Dance Lessons: Wedding Dance Lessons Sydney / Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co / Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co / Transport: Wedding Cars Direct

Anthea Crawford Mother Of The Bride & Groom Collections

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride, Bridesmaids, Mothers

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Anthea Crawford has long been a well-loved fixture in the Australian fashion industry and one of those names that are known for beautiful design.

With her elegant sense of style, proudly made in Melbourne (let’s be honest, a rarity these days!) for more than 40 years, we’re delighted to share one of the brand’s recent collection that is beautifully suited to mums, bridesmaids and any discerning wedding guest.

With Bianca Virtue behind the camera, The White Files styled three modern looks in beautiful shades of blue that captured the essence of spring and summer in this limited edition bridal capsule collection.

Chic in white, the diamond sequin lace gown is one of my favourites for an understated bridal gown; the long lace gown overlaid with beautiful silk chiffon. The elegant navy dresses are among other favourites, deftly crafted to fit their wearer, while tailored in beautiful lace.

The Anthea Crawford limited edition collection is available online or instore.

Photographer: Bianca Virtue / Dresses: Anthea Crawford / Styling: The White Files / Makeup Artist: Jessica Schifferle / Hairstylist: Simone at Hidden Halo / Flowers: Babylon Flowers / Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Model: Lidija Julija / Model: Jessie Hultgren