Kate and Trent’s Melbourne Garden Wedding

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Kate and Trent

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!”

Sinikka Floral Design created the floral arrangements for the day while  Rebecca Paris of The Girl In The Green Scarf styled the bride and bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

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! ”

One Sweet Girl created three beautiful cakes for the dessert table. The couple chose The Woolshed, Docklands for their reception.

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!

Photographer: Niki Photography / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bride's Shoes: Dorothy Perkins / Wedding Cake: One Sweet Girl / Hair & Makeup Artist: Rebecca Paris The Girl In The Green Scarf / Photo Booth: In The Booth / Flowers & Decor: Sinikka Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: Dorothy Perkins / Ceremony Officiant: Barry Masenhelder / Reception Venue: The Woolshed, Docklands / Band: Gary Eastwood / Groom's Attire: Politix / Invitations & Stationery: Lollipop Island / Flowergirl's Attire: Anna Campbell / Invitations & Stationery: Paul Burnett
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Sarah and Graham’s Modern Romance Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sarah and Graham

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.”

Sarah chose a gown from Allure Bridal with jewels from Peter Lang. Sculptured Leaf created the bouquets.

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.

Photographer: Naomi V Photography / Cinematographer: Jasper and Ruby Visions / Wedding Planner: Heidi Triggs - THE BESTIE & Michelle Jarrett – Spicers Tamarind Retreat / Styling: Heidi Triggs of Keepin it Pretty / Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Urban Soul / Bride's Jewellery: Peter Lang / Groom's Attire: Kenji, Myer / Groomsmen Attire: Kenji, Myer / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos / Bridesmaid Shoes: Rubi / Bridesmaid Accessories: Adorne / Flowergirl Dresses & Accessories: Tutu Du Monde / Hairstylist: Leah Dixon / Makeup Artist: Georgia Stimson / Flowers & Decor: Liz Smith: Sculptured Leaf / Invitations & Stationery: Little Paper Pantry / Ceremony Venue: The Little White Wedding Church, Maleny / Ceremony Officiant: Ian Stevenson / Reception Venue: Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny / DJ: Jack Sprat / Wedding Cake: Cake Designs

Irina and Ben’s Russian Orthodox Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,


Irina and Ben

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! ”

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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!

Photographer: Mary-Jane Photography & Design / Flowers & Decor: Brizzy's Flowers / Ceremony Venue: St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Woolloongabba, QLD / Reception Venue: Queensland Russian Community Centre

Melissa and Aaron’s Surprise Retro Vow Renewal

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings


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Melissa & Aaron

What could be better than a surprise renewal of vows at a beautifully styled wedding inspiration shoot? Today’s couple Melissa and Aaron were originally asked to be models for the retro inspired wedding shoot, little did they know the team of wedding professionals had a surprise for them!

Deborah of Boots Photography tells the story of how the surprise ceremony came to be. “I was teaming up with a few wedding vendors for a styled photoshoot with the plan to use a pretend bride and groom. Only the next day a celebrant I’ve worked with brought this story of a couple she had married a year prior. The couple had a terrible experience with their photographer and still don’t have any images.” Today’s team included The Rose Room, Blossom & Twine , Brisbane City Celebrants, Brisbane Wedding Decorators  and  Atomic Martini Vintage .

Deborah says, “We then heard the entire story of the couple … the bride also had an accident on her cruise honeymoon and as a consequence was in pain and didn’t enjoy the honeymoon, to return to Brisbane to have to have an operation. Also prior to the wedding the bride was a size 26/28 and had a scare by the doctor to say if she didn’t lose weight it could be fatal. Through surgery and dieting the bride managed to lose weight before her wedding and married at a size 18. A huge weight loss that she should have been proud of, but she loved Vintage/Retro but because of her size felt limited in her dress options and only tried on two dresses so she didn’t have the wedding she truly dreamed off … and realised there wasn’t a more deserving couple to be involved in the shoot. We then approached the couple to be our ‘bride and groom in our ‘photoshoot’ which we told them was a portfolio shoot to promote vintage/country weddings, which it did actually begin as, but in the planning process we came up with the idea to do a surprise vow renewal on the day. And surprise surprise we all managed to keep it a surprise right up till we told the couple seconds before it happened. Lucky for us too that we found at that the bride Melissa loved vintage/retro and that is what she dreamt she could have had for her wedding.

So when the celebrant told me and one of the other vendors of this story, we both jumped up and said they can be our pretend bride and groom. Well over the course of planning after hearing the sad story, we decided to surprise them on the day with a surprise vow renewal ceremony. And happily we all managed to keep it a secret and even on the day the couple had no idea what we had planned, right until we were doing a supposed shot of the wedding aisle and wanted a photo of them, “surprise” !!”

“I will never forget how excited Melissa was from the time we told her about the shoot and secretly knowing we had even more of a surprise for her and Aaron on the day. The location for the shoot was on a property in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) on public holiday Monday 1 October. The day came and the weather was predicting storms but as a lot of time and money was invested in the shoot (and an excited couple we didn’t want to disappoint) the plan was to still go ahead. Throughout the day we battled intermittent showers but there was enough clear sky and flat overcast light which I as the photographer was mighty pleased about. From day dot we had always planned to do the reception table setups on the dirt road at the bottom of the property which is a public road but there are only 2/3 neighbours that would access it so we thought we’d be pretty right as it was a public holiday … they often have the neighbour’s cows wandering on to the property and I was hoping they’d wander up the day of the shoot but sadly they didn’t, but we did have to move the table setting of the dirt road a few times for the garbage truck (what council workers work on a public holiday), a Blue Care worker visiting an elderly neighbour and a couple of neighbours … all of whom I’m sure wondered why we had a beautiful table setting on the dirt road.”

“Melissa & Aaron arrived with their three kids and Melissa’s mum to supervise and were unsuspecting of our planned surprise vow renewal. Melissa went straight into hair and makeup while we did part of the portfolio shoot, then we added them in our our mock bride and groom. It was time to do some portfolio shots of the ceremony aisle and alter and they were still unsuspecting. Ciara from Brisbane City Celebrants suddenly came down the yard all dressed up and compliments were made and then Ciara announced we are doing a vow renewal. Ciara even had Melissa & Aaron’s 3 daughters participating in the vow renewal by asking them ‘do they give permission’ and also had them kiss their parents rings as a blessing.”

Deborah remembers, “During the vow renewal, the celebrant asked if their three children agreed and had them come up and kiss their wedding rings.”

“Following the vow renewal, Jamie Galloway who is a chef and had catered for the day (and also the property resident) had made some beautiful treats for us all to have a small reception, but unfortunately due to the intermittent rain we had to do that part of the shoot earlier and I took the couple straight off for the couple’s location shoot. There were so many great spots on the property to photograph them in and we had such a blast. I can’t say how excited it is to be apart of giving such a lovely and deserving couple a happy wedding experience.”

Photographer: Boots Photography / Vintage China & Event Styling: The Rose Room / Flowers: Blossom & Twine / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Wedding Aisle Styling: Brisbane Wedding Decorators / Attire: Atomic Martini Vintage / Hair & Makeup: Guilia & Tim