I’ve been on a Mexico kick lately. From the barrage of fresh Mexican restaurants popping up around me to my sudden craving for anything hot and spicy, so when this gorgeous vintage Mexican inspired shoot hit my inbox as the debut collaboration between photographer Lisa Diederich Photography and stylist Alice Richards is such a gorgeous take on Mexico. With the soft peaches and pinks, creams and whites it has all the flavour of Mexico with a wedding ready colour palette!
idoityourself created this Mexican inspired stationery with soft pastel colours.
Lisa says “We both wanted to play with the idea of a vintage Mexican wedding, but Alice’s inspiration was a softer, more romantic version of the typical fiesta. Rather than using the usual bold colours, swinging piñatas and prickly cacti, we opted for a soft colour palette, white papel picado bunting and fresh succulents.”
Kate and Trent’s Melbourne garden wedding is such a beautiful ode to warmer weather. Kate describes the day as, “A day that was full of love, fun, laughter, dancing and a very happy and relaxed bride and groom.”
Photography today is by Niki Photography who captured the soft romance of the romantic garden celebration beautifully.
For her walk down the aisle, Kate remembers “My sister’s best friend and her husband are both wonderful musicians, so we asked them to perform acoustic music at our ceremony. I walked down the aisle to “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy. ” The couple chose Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy for their ceremony.
Kate chose a Anna Campbell wedding gown for herself and her flowergirl and her bridesmaid wore a gown from Zimmermann while Trent’s grey suit was from Politix.
Kate remarks, “Our wedding day was very special to us. We had just spent four months apart, as I had moved to Dubai. We wanted an adventure after we were married, and to experience life overseas, so we made the decision that we would move. As we weren’t sure what the allowances were for unmarried couples living together, we thought it was safer for me to go on my own initially. The four months apart was definitely difficult, but as soon as I came home six days before the wedding, everything was forgotten and we were extremely excited!”
Kate says, “One of our favourite details of the wedding was our gelati van! We decided against serving champagne and cocktails directly after the ceremony and decided to serve ice-cream instead! We are massive fans of ice-cream, so it was extremely fitting! Our guests loved it, as they were able to eat ice-cream and listen to beautiful music while we got some photos taken in the park close-by. We also had a ring-warming ceremony where we passed our wedding bands around our guests for them to bless, pray over or send positive thoughts to. We loved the thought that all of our loved ones would touch our rings and put all of their love into our relationship.”
Of their photographer, Kate says, “Nicky was A-mazing! We couldn’t have asked for a more creative and beautiful photographer who fit in exactly with our style, and our personalities!”
Kate notes ” I also half-made my shoes. I really couldn’t find anything that I wanted to suit my flowy, vintage style that I was going for. I found a pair of sandals and took out the material that was threaded through them and replaced them with the same material as my dress, and I loved the outcome! ”
DIY elements included signs, table decor, and the lolly table. Kate recalls, “There were some DIY projects that I did both before I moved to Dubai, and when I got home. My very talented brother-in-law is a graphic designer so he put together our designs our invitations. My Mum and I made hand-stamped labels and tied all the different parts of the invitations up with baker’s twine. I borrowed an assortment of bottles and jars from my best friend and placed white Singapore orchids in them for the table decorations. I also found a gorgeous vintage children’s book with a character called Lappy Lou, so each page of the book was placed in a white frame for table decoration also. We made some signs for the different elements in our reception, like our lolly table and photo booth. I hand stamped red letters onto vintage book pages. I also stamped ‘How sweet it is to be loved by you’ on brown paper bags for our lolly bags. The signs for the lolly table were all vintage prints that I bought off Etsy. I then labelled them with the lolly name and displayed them on little clips. Over the 15 months before our wedding, we collected glass containers to use for our lolly table. We chose all of our favourite lollies for our guests and the lolly table was definitely the highlight of the night for many! I also made labels for our beautiful cakes.”
Kate remembers, “Our first dance was to La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong. We actually didn’t want to have a first dance on our own, as I tend to hate being watched and being the centre of attention. But we had a crack and it was a special moment. Then everyone else joined us and was invited to join us and we were then surrounded by our loved ones! ”
Congratulations Kate and Trent! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Niki Photography for sharing today’s images!
Sarah and Graham planned their wedding in just twelve weeks. Their gorgeous Maleny celebration has such a modern romance feel to it- from Sarah’s bold and stunning necklace to the romantic white blooms she carried.
Sarah and Graham tell their story, also told on a chalkboard at their wedding reception. “Our love story: 26/1/99 – He saw her… 2/10/2004 – He kissed her… 7/10/2004 – They fell in love… 23/4/2011 – He popped the question… 23/4/2011 – She said yes! 3/6/2012 – The wedding!”
Gorgeous photography today from Naomi V Photography that captures the beautiful dreaminess of Maleny!
Sarah describes the wedding as, “A day that we planned frantically for in 12 weeks, a day that far exceeded our expectations, a day that we made a lifelong commitment in the company of our treasured loved ones.”
The Little White Wedding Church, Maleny was chosen as the ceremony venue. Sarah explains “Both Graham and I always wanted a traditional wedding in a church setting. I’ve always had my heart set on this church (having grown up in Maleny) such a traditional, elegant and romantic setting featuring white décor with beautiful chandeliers. The church has fruit trees in the grounds overlooking picturesque farmland.”
Sarah walked down the aisle to Sand II: Systems Officer. She says “Instrumental music with no lyrics featuring piano, drums and a base guitar. I was completely overwhelmed with emotion the moment I saw Graham; I remember thinking don’t cry Sarah… turns out they were tears of joy!”
Of their photographer, Sarah says, “Naomi was fabulous. She truly captured our special moments and we forgot she was taking pictures at times. It was perfect because we were left to enjoy our day with our loved ones while she captured stunning candid pictures.”
“Graham and I were married on the Maleny Show weekend. It was this weekend; 8 years ago that Graham took me on our first date to the Maleny Show. It poured rain the evening before and the morning of our wedding. Finally after lots of prayers to my Grandma the sun peaked thru and the afternoon remained dry for our special day. Graham and I had such fun with our bridal party, between the burn out Graham’s brother did as we drove away from the Church (leaving a huge cloud of smoke), being chased by owners of a private property after stopping to take wedding photos and the groomsmen leaving for the reception forgetting to hand the driver the keys to our wedding car, leaving the Bride and Groom stranded during their location photos!”
Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny was chosen for the reception celebrations. Sarah remarks “Spicers Tamarind was spectacular; situated next to Gardners Falls in a beautiful rainforest on a 18 acre property. Graham and I felt the property had a intimate, private, natural, relaxed, earthy and peaceful feel. It was a true escape for both Graham and I and close friends and family who choose to also stay on the property the night of our wedding.”
DIY projects included much of the reception decor. Sarah explains, “Many a night was spent trolling the internet for inspiration. DIY decorations included mason jars wrapped in lace with candles & finished with a touch of natural twine. The backdrop featured behind the bride and groom table was made from many a hand punched paper circle & sewn together to be attached to branches. Mr & Mrs signage made from paper and twine. Hessian wrapped succulents. A love story chalkboard which featured our key dates as a couple i.e. when we first met etc. Natural twine on the name cards which were attached to our menus. Colours we used were greys, creams, latte, peach which looked stunning with the greens. Willow on the tables. White flowers in tiny glass bottles.”
Cake Designs made a simple but beautiful two tier wedding cake.
For their first dance, Sarah recalls “We danced to Penelope: Pinback. After weeks of dancing practice when we heard our first dance song we were so rapped up in the moment, we completely forgot the steps! Graham and I have enjoyed many occasions together listening to this song, it brings us true happiness.”
One of Sarah’s most touching memories, “My Dad walking me down the aisle and later dancing with me to ‘My Brown Eye Girl’ by Van Morrision (Dad has since passed away from Melonoma Cancer).”
Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Graham! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Naomi V Photography for sharing today’s images.
Multiculturalism is what Australia really is all about and something I enjoy most about sharing weddings is learning about new cultural traditions and seeing them play out. Irina and Ben married with a Russian Orthodox ceremony in Brisbane and not only is the cultural significance so beautiful, but the love story that goes along with it? A wonderful story to share.
Irina and Ben share how they came to be. “On the 8th of August 2010, Ben (from Australia) met his future bride Irina (from Russia) at the Orthodox International Youth Fellowship in a small township outside the city of Kursk, Russia. Ben was flying out 48 hours later but the spark was unmistakable – he promised to return to Irina in January, 2011 but that turned out to be a lie: he couldn’t wait that long so he returned to her in November of 2010 for three weeks. Then in February of 2011 she flew out to visit him in Australia for two and a half weeks. A few days before she was to head back home, Ben told Irina he loved her and a few days later he decided to propose to her at a friends’ engagement party on a farm out near Stanthorpe. Some children ran past the table the couple was having dinner at and Irina turned to the groom and said, “I want children too.” Ben replied, “Well, being good Orthodox Christians, we must be married first” There was a pause … then Ben added, “So … do you wanna?”. Irina replied, “shouldn’t you be on one knee when you propose?” Ben said, “Ok, let’s walk back to our tent, away from the party, and I’ll ask you again on one knee.” They walked back to their tent, he asked on one knee, and she agreed … pending blessings from their spiritual father the priest and their parents. Later that year in July 2011, the bride and groom had the ‘betrothal’ ceremony in Kursk, Russia with close to 100 youth in attendance as part of proceedings at the then 4th annual Orthodox International Youth Fellowship.”
Photographs today are by Mary-Jane Photography & Design who stepped in at the last minute when the couple’s photographer got stuck overseas! Mary-Jane has such a sense of fun and rich beauty to her imagery.
Irina says, “The ceremony was at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Woolloongabba, the very first Russian Orthodox Church to exist in Australia (it was built in the mid 1920’s). The reception was at the Queensland Russian Community Centre, also located in Woolloongabba. It celebrated its 40th birthday this year.”
“A Russian Orthodox wedding service doesn’t have the typical ‘walking down the aisle’ scenario. But during the course of the ceremony, a close friend and amazing tenor sang a rendition of The Lord’s Prayer with the church choir singing in the background for musical support.”
Photographer Mary-Jane was a last minute addition for the couple after their photographer got stuck overseas. Irina explains, “Mary-Jane was a true blessing and a Godsend a mere three days before the wedding when we discovered our photographer was stuck in Germany. Words cannot describe, so we recommend you see the proof in the photos ”
Mary-Jane says, “I’ve honestly never seen someone more sincerely in love with their future wife, than Ben was with Irina – just from being around them, you could tell this couple would be the type of couple that would be celebrating their 50 year wedding anniversary one day (& I’d love to photograph that too!). It was also beautiful & admirable to see that whenever Ben looked at Irina, you could so clearly imagine what he was thinking – that she was the absolute & most beautiful woman he had ever set eyes upon! And I loved how someone like Irina can brighten up pretty much every situation – she has an appetite for laughter & happiness through & through – they’re going to have an amazing marriage together! ”
Congratulations Irina and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Mary-Jane Photography & Design for sharing today’s photographs!