Jess and Simon’s Sweet Adelaide Hills Wedding

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


Jess and Simon

Country South Australia sets the scene for Jess and Simon’s rustic inspired wedding. The bouquets look like they’ve been picked from the garden, the couple’s son plays an integral role in the ceremony and the love story takes it’s next steps.

Jess tells the beginning. “Simon and I first met when we were 5 years old when our mums used to get our families together for play-date. We reconnected again 20 years later when I started going to the same church as he was.”

Photos are by Memory Bank Photography who have captured such a beautiful, elegant feeling for the wedding day.

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Jess’ sister in law did the makeup, Jess remembering, “She did eight people’s makeup and her own in a just few hours! She was a absolute trooper! “

Each of Jess’ bridesmaids wore a different white gown. Jess explains “I wanted the girls to have dresses that reflected their own style and personalities so each of the dresses were from a different place. I found my flowergirl’s dress and shawl online from Tutu du Monde, and the girls dresses were from Willow, Carla Zampatti, Wild Child Style Lab at Norwood, Myer and one of the girls already had a dress she preferred to wear”. Jess wore a gown fromJenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre.

St John’s Anglican Church Norton Summit was chosen for the marriage ceremony. Jess remarks “We had the ceremony at St Johns Anglican Church in Norton Summit. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony in doors and I had a very specific picture in my mind of what kind of church I wanted. Simon is an avid cyclist and spotted the darling little building on one of his rides. As soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it would be perfect!”

Jess remembers, “As I was walking up the stairs to enter the church I brushed my bouquet against my chest and covered myself in bright yellow pollen. It was just as one of my sisters was walking in (Sandy took a beautiful shot of her looking back at me contemplating whether to keep walking or come back and help me!) I freaked out and there was a little bit of chaos as I was frantically trying to brush it off at the same time my dad was trying to get me though the doors of the church! ”

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Jess loved, “Being able to have our son participate during the ceremony. Having all dearest our friends with us though the entire day. And the moments we got to spend with Simon’s dad who passed away a few weeks after the wedding.”

Of their photographer, Jess says “Sandy from Memory Bank Photography was amazing to work with, it was like she was an extended member of the family.”

Poppies Flowers created the stunning floral arrangements.

Jess and Simon celebrated with guests at The Edinburgh Hotel.

How Sweet It Is created the wedding cake decorated with fresh blooms.

Congratulations on your life together Jess and Simon! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Memory Bank Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Memory Bank Photography / Bridal Salon: Jenny and Gerry's Bridal Centre / Bride's Jewellery: Bride's Grandmother / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Peter Shearer / Pageboy Suit: Bardot / Flowergirl's Attire: Tutu Du Monde / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Mel & Chloe from The Basin / Makeup Artist: Bride's Sister In Law / Flowers & Decor: Poppies Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Akimbo / Ceremony Venue: St John's Anglican Church Norton Summit / Reception Venue: The Edinburgh Hotel / Wedding Cake: How Sweet It Is / Wedding Ring: Gerard McCabe
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Louise and Lee’s Sydney Waterside Wedding

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


Louise and Lee

A wedding making the most of Sydney Harbour always tickles my fancy- so many beautiful backdrops for such special days and Louise and Lee made sure to include as much of the harbour as possible in their beautiful waterside celebration.

Louise kicks off with the story of how she and Lee met. “Lee and I first met at a Sydney AFL game, which we went to with my old housemate, who Lee went to University with. I should note that we are all from England so we didn’t really get the game! I then started working at the same company as Lee and as I knew him we got chatting at a work function – Oktoberfest, at The Lowenbrau in The Rocks. A few steins, a few dates and 4.5 years later, we were married!!”

Louise carried a bouquet of berry colour hyacinths, blue green hydrangeas, large purple vanda orchids and green midori antheriums created by Floral Craftsman – Matt Bisaro. Louise chose an elegant gown from Rhonda Hemmingway Couture.

Louise and Lee were married at Clarkes Point Reserve, and Louise chose ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay for her walk down the aisle.

Louise recalls, “The posies on the chairs down the aisle, the arrangements on the table and the little watering can favours all had herbs in them – rosemary, parsley and mint. Every time someone brushed past them they gave off the most wonderful aroma.”

Of their venue choices, Louise remembers “We first went to The Deckhouse for a wine club function. When Lee proposed and we thought about receptions venues, it was first in our thoughts – such a wonderful view back down the harbour plus the food and the staff were fantastic. When we went to see if they could fit us in, they mentioned Clarkes Point Reserve as a regular spot for weddings, again because of the lovely view and its setting in the harbour. They also mentioned Rosman ferries as a ferry between venues or simply a cruise up and down the harbour. We were sold! What better way to show Sydney off to our overseas guests.”

Of their photographers, Louise says, “Milk & Honey were just perfect at capturing relaxed, candid moments of our special day.”

Louise says “We had planned for the rain, we had planned for the cold – we had not planned for a 25 degree day in the middle of May and keeping people cool! It did make for the most amazing sunset on the ferry trip and woodland photos though. It had rained so much before that everything was lush and green.”

Guests enjoyed a pre dinner cruise on Rosman Ferries.


Louise and Lee celebrated with their guests at The Deckhouse, Woolwich.

For their first dance, Louise recalls, “I didn’t know what the first dance would be to – no one knew, only Lee. It was ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison. My Mum had not cried until this point – the tears came rolling down!”

Congratulations on your marriage Louise and Lee, and thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you to Milk & Honey Photography for sharing the images.

Photographer: Milk & Honey Photography / Bride's Dress: Rhomnda Hemmingway Couture / Bride's Shoes: Peeptoe / Bride's Shoes: Panache Bridal / Flowers & Decor: Floral Craftsman – Matt Bisaro / Ceremony Venue: Clarkes Point Reserve / Transport: Rosman Ferries / Reception Venue: Deckhouse Woolwich / Band: Black Express / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Invitations & Stationery: Inviting Invitations / Wedding Cake: Simmone Logue

Georgina and Ashley’s Relaxed Bellarine Peninsula Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Georgina and Ashley

Georgina and Ashley chose the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula for their relaxed seaside wedding. You clearly can’t wipe the infectious smile from Georgina’s face which only adds to how much I love beautiful stories like todays.

Georgina kicks off their story. “We met at work; I actually inducted Ash into the business and we were friends straight away. He says that he thought I was gorgeous from the get go and I thought he was just a lovely man. We became great friends through work although we were living in different states. About 6 months later he moved into a different part of the business, and asked me out on a Sunday afternoon date. It was a surprise and all I was told was to wear runners – I told him if we were going rock climbing this would not be going anywhere fast!! He totally swept me off my feet and had hired a yacht and captain to sail us around the bay from the docklands, and we had a picnic of rose, pate and baguettes! It was afterwards at a cafe that was playing jazz music, as we had hot chocolate and read the paper, I thought ‘Wow, if we could still be doing this in 50 years, I’d be the happiest girl on earth!’”

Jerome Cole captured today’s images. I love that in every shot, the joy is shining straight through. That’s what I love about wedding photographs!

Georgina wore a Augusta Jones with a belt by Wendy Makin purchased from Brides On Collins.

Georgina walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary’ by Jeremiah Clarke, played by 5 brass players from Whitehorse Brass (a band which my dad plays with).”

Georgina and Ashley chose St. George the Martyr for their ceremony. Georgina explaining, “St George the Martyr is one of the older churches in Victoria built in 1863-64 of locally quarried limestone making it a beautiful lemon colour. Father Peter Martin was wonderful and understood our modern relationship. Since becoming engaged we moved from Sydney, to Melbourne and then to Hong Kong, but were able to discuss the ceremony via Skype.”


Georgina loved, “Having Tim and Rich as my ‘bridesmen’ with the beautiful ‘real’ bridesmaid to guide them through it! It meant a lot having them all standing next to me.”

Of their photographer, Georgina remarks, “Jerome Cole was our photographer and he was just incredible! We couldn’t have wished for anyone better to be a part of our day. We both loved his relaxed approach to photography and the way he captured the heart of the day and produced it in pictures. Jerome knew that the boys were a little camera shy so arrived a bit early to share a beer with them and get to know everyone a little better. This resulted in the most perfect photos – just how any girl wishes to look on her wedding day!”

At The Heads in Barwon Heads was chosen for the reception. Georgina remarking “‘At the Heads’ was our dream venue – its exposed beams brought a romance to the glass room, yet being surrounded by the sand and ocean immediately made us feel relaxed and happy. “

Georgina’s mum planned the wedding right down to the decor. Georgina explaining, “All the flowers, lighting and ceiling arrangements were made by my amazing mum! She was outside the day before creating the incredible ceiling piece with branches, lights, spray paint and fencing wire. Mum and I did the table settings together via Skype, but she had all the ideas! She was just incredible and it wouldn’t have been my perfect day without her. I really didn’t want a lot of flowers throughout the day so I used candlelight and branches to give structure. The colours were based on the seaside location with any flowers being pale and the colour of the sand being brought in through the branches at the reception, the beading on my dress and the bridesmaids dresses. I brought the branch theme into the church with two 10ft silver birch trees framing the alter.”

The reception kicked off with a fun start! Georgina notes “My godfather was our MC and he had secretly given all the men at the wedding a key. After we arrived he said that he felt he needed to protect Ash so could all the men in the room that had keys to my apartment please come forward and return them…and all the men stood up and filed past us with these keys! It was hilarious!”

As for their first dance? Georgina tells, “Well, I kind of hijacked it! All the songs that mean a lot to us are really slow and mushy, and the thought of dancing (badly) in front of everyone to those made us shudder! We picked Billy Joel’s ‘Don’t go changing’, but at the last minute I changed it to L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole, and as I didn’t make a speech, I stood up and dedicated the song to Ash and how he makes me feel. It was wonderful – he had no idea, and about 10 seconds into our dance the bridal party hit the dance floor and it didn’t stop all night!”

The Baker Boys kept the guests dancing all night, Georgina remembers “The Baker Boys were our fantastic band for the night. I told them that my family were very serious about their dancing and they took that and ran with it. The dance floor was packed until they kicked us out!”

Congratulations on your marriage Georgina and Ashley! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Jerome Cole for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Jerome Cole Photography / Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones / Bride's Belt: Wendy Makin / Bridal Salon: Bella Donna by Wendy Makin / Bride's Shoes: The Red Spot / Groom's Attire: Armani / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Moss & Spy / Flowers: Camberwell Market Florists / Invitations & Stationery: Papermarc / Ceremony Venue: St. George the Martyr / Reception Venue: At The Heads / Ceremony Musicians: Members of The Whitehorse City Band / Band: The Baker Boys

Raspberry And Lime Urban Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


I’ve had this vividly coloured Lilly Pulitzer print from Fall 2012 sitting on my desktop for months and today I’m finally turning it into a raspberry and lime wedding inspiration board.  I love the idea of using such vivid colours in such a blank. urban setting like the one pictured below. Using different touches like unusual blooms, terrarium centrepieces and buckets of raspberries make it cosy and fun without being too stark.

Urban settings like the one below with it’s white walls, exposed beams and cement walls can be anything you want them to be. I love the idea of stringing bare light bulbs and added plain glass votives everywhere to soften the space.

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Lilly Pulitzer Wild Confetti , Terrarium photo by Oh Darling! Photography via Brooklyn Bride, Couple kissing in front of bridge photo by Meredith Heuer Photography via Snippet & Ink,  Raspberries photo via Intimate Weddings, green wedding shoes photo by Leigh Miller via Green Wedding Shoes, boutonniere photo by Brett Heidebrecht via Snippet & Ink green wedding invitation from Love Jenna Calligraphy, photo reception venue photo from Two Ton Max