Jaci and Ben’s Backyard Garden Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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I love the fresh fun of a backyard wedding and the romance of marrying in a garden you’ve spent so much time in. The garden you’ve kicked a football in, watched the sun set with a gin & tonic in hand and now, celebrate your marriage in. The only problem is, I don’t think I’d ever be able to move! Jaci and Ben married at their home on the Gold Coast and the glittering candlelight, masses of white blooms and sentimental touches only added to the magic of their love story.

Jaci tells of how they met. “We met through mutual friends while we were studying at university. We were celebrating a friend’s 20th birthday at a popular Gold Coast club and Ben was the only guy on the dance floor surrounded by girls – all of the other boys were too cool to dance and were standing around holding onto their stubbies. I knew that I had to meet this guy … so I did … and the rest is history.”

Photos today are by Bek Grace Photography. I love Bek’s graceful way of capturing images.

Jaci chose a gown from Luv Bridal with shoes from Badgley Mischka. Her rose bouquet was created by Divine Wedding Flowers.

Jaci walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am. Jaci explains, “We were married on the property Ben (the groom) grew up on and the reception was held in a marquee we set up in our backyard (also located on the same property).”

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Jaci describes the wedding day as, “Everything we could have hoped for – relaxed, fun, and one giant celebration.”

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Of their photographer, Jaci remarks, “Bek was absolutely amazing throughout the lead up to and on our wedding day. We did an engagement shoot prior to the wedding so that we could get to know each other and she was warm, friendly, fun and relaxed. She was totally happy to go along with whatever we were doing on the day and she totally fitted into the whole feeling of our wedding. She captured all of our ‘special’ moments perfectly and others that we were too busy to notice. She did an amazing job!”

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Jaci says, “Having the wedding at our home I did a lot of the wedding set up myself. The DIY included all of the set up, chalk board signage, post-ceremony drinks and “we tied the knot” jars, table settings, place settings, centrepieces, lolly bar, all of the wedding favours, arrangement of the reception and venue flowers.”

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Jaci tells, “We had my mother-in-law make our wedding cake and she used the groom’s grandmother’s cake tin to make the top tier. We also did a lot of things that were a little unconventional – we used large stones instead of a guestbook for guests to leave a message on and we used hay bales instead of chairs for our ceremony seating. We also dedicated the first hour on the dance floor to the songs we used to hear in the club where we first met – The Rose and Crown, Gold Coast. It brought back a lot of memories for our friends and, of course, us.”

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As favors, guests received handmade hot chocolate on a stick placed in a sweet striped mug,

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For their first dance, Jaci remembers, “We danced to Grover Washington’s “Just the Two of Us”. We wanted a fun song that wasn’t too serious but still had a ‘first dance’ feel to it. It suited us perfectly and it allowed us to pull out our unconventional ‘first dance’ moves.”

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 Congratulations on your marriage Jaci and Ben! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Bek Grace Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Bek Grace Photography / Bride's Dress: Luv Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom's Attire: Shoreditch London / Groomsmen Attire: Shoreditch London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Hairstylist: Nichola and Jonathon Hand 420 616 659 / Makeup Artist: Amy McKinstry Beauty Expressed / Flowers: Divine Wedding Flowers / Ceremony Officiant: Sid Rogers / Catering: Spits and Pieces Catering / Wedding Rings: CTJ Jewellers / Photobooth Hire: In The Booth
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Whimsical Wedding Decor From The Shoppe By Madeline Trait

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Reception


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I stumbled across these gorgeous, whimsical creations from San Francisco designer Madeline Trait this week (you can find more of Madeline’s incredible floral design, event design and art on her website) in her Etsy foray The Shoppe by Madeline Trait. I love the modern whimsy in her creations. So beautiful hand cut from wood, metal and paper creating such a fun way to decorate your wedding.

Madeline has a background in interior design and architecture and is a self taught florist, bringing a sense of thoughtful detail to her wedding decor collection. Most of her current designs are cut from wood veneer which can be left plain of painted by you.I love the thought of the shadows these might cast with candlelight! What I really love is that Madeline’s collection is always evolving and changing, so her pieces really are limited and there’s always something new and beautiful.

If you like a dash of colour- there’s beautifully painted versions of the cake toppers.

And shiny metal “Happily Ever After” cut outs. I love this one for an industrial chic celebration.

Oh and on a side note, I would love to see a wedding where guests wear paper crowns as spectacular as this.

Images by The Shoppe by Madeline Trait.

Carley and Joe’s Romantic Maleny Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Carley & Joe

Carley and Joe had such a romantic Maleny wedding. It has a dreamy sense to it. The white blossoms, the sparkling chandeliers and the intensity of emotion that comes with a wedding day. Carley and Joe chose a beautiful Maleny venue for their wedding day and celebrated with their favourite people in a beautiful wedding. It’s always fun to see a wedding after we’ve seen the couple glow in their engagement photographs like Carley and Joe!)

Photographs are by Luke Going Photography who has an intensity and beauty to his captures. I’m looking forward to seeing where Luke goes with his photography!

Carley chose a Fiorenza gown paired with Wittner shoes and jewels from Hollywood Style.

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Carley and Joe chose Weddings at Tiffanys as their wedding venue. Carley explains “Weddings at Tiffany’s is a stunning venue in Maleny with spectacular views of the sunshine coast hinterland. We had an intimate ceremony in their charming white chapel. Our reception was in a beautiful Queenslander that opens on to a large deck for guests to take advantage of the views. We had a wonderful experience working with Kelly and the entire Tiffany’s team. They are warm, helpful and professional. Nothing was too much trouble!”

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Carley loved, “Having our family involved, my Brother walked me down the aisle, my Sister was my maid of honour, Joe’s Brothers were groomsmen and our Aunty and Uncles do ceremony readings.”

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Wedding Flowers in Maleny created the floral arrangements.

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For her walk down the aisle, Carley chose, “‘Stuck on you’ by Meiko. We walked out of the chapel to ‘All I want is you’ by Barry Louis Polisar. Walking down the aisle I couldn’t hear anything or see anyone but Joe. The feeling / experience is beyond words (I have goosebumps thinking about it!)!!”

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Father John Grace married Carley and Joe, Carley explaining, “The priest that married Joe’s parents and baptised Joe, and married us.”

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Of their photographer, Carley says, “Luke is a very talented and creative photographer that is an absolute pleasure to work with! He has a real passion for photography and his own authentic style (which we love). Luke is a lovely, genuine and stress-free person – just who you want around on your wedding day. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of him!”

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 Carley recalls “I made all the stationery and bonbonnieres. It was hard work but it was rewarding as I felt involved in bringing our vision to life. I’m told the bonbonnieres were a great ice breaker! They had a photo of each guest and were on tables as guests entered the reception.”

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There were plenty of sentimental touches at the wedding – something of great importance to Carley and Joe. Carley explains, “Joe’s Nan made our wedding cake – the chocolate recipe is an institution in the Griffin family! Tiffany’s recreated the entree I enjoyed in Prague when Joe proposed. All these sentimental touches were very special to Joe and I and really added to our day! We wanted a fun, casual elegance for our wedding day. We used lots of white flower varieties in eclectic glass bottles with soft lighting to create a fresh, textured and romantic atmosphere. Table cards, place cards and bonbonniere’s were all hand made. On the deck we had white leather sofas and ottomans with mirrored glass tables for guests to chill out. We had a fantastic band which was one of our favourite details because it created the fun party atmosphere we wanted.”

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Of their first dance, Carley says “It was so much fun! The band (Five Letter Word) played ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ by Frank Sinatra. We started with a slow waltz to an acoustic version and then about half way through the rest of the band joined in and that’s when we really got our groove on. It was very organic and spontaneous since we hadn’t practiced at all and we had the best time!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Carley and Joe! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Luke Going Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Luke Going Photography / Bride's Dress: Fiorenza / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Bride's Jewellery: Hollywood Style / Groom's Attire: Gibson / Hairstylist: Sue Kieseker / Makeup Artist: Annie Busby / Flowers: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Invitations & Stationery: Bride / Rental Furniture: Epic Empire Furniture / Venue: Weddings at Tiffany's, Maleny / Ceremony Officiant: Father John Grace / Band: Five Letter Word / Favors: Bride / Wedding Cake: Groom's Grandmother

Katie and Namha’s Eco Inspired Sanctuary Cove Wedding

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Katie & Namha

I have to admit, it was the incredible wooden touches of today’s wedding that first drew me in and then I saw the bride’s magnolia leaf bouquet and was hooked. You see those little things that really change a wedding from stock standard into yours.

Katie tells how they met. “The bride and maid of honour are cousins who are very close like best friends/ sisters. When they were younger, they always dreamed about marrying brothers and it would mean they would really be sisters. They did end up meeting brothers with completely different personalities. Her cousin fell in love with the older brother ( the best man of the wedding) and they married 2 yrs ago. The bride fell in love with the younger brother.”

Photographs today are by Stylin Images who have lent such a dreamy, romantic sunny feeling to today’s images.

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The day kicked off with wooden stationery from Sara Sofia Couture.

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Katie chose a strapless ballgown from Pronovias .

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Katie and Namha married at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove. Katie explains “It took us a while to find a venue that suited us. But we fell in love with Hyatt’s Chapel. As I took my very first steps into the Chapel, an emotional wave came over me and I knew this was where I’ll be exchanging my vowels. The Garden Lounge was perfect for our intimate wedding. The most important thing was that it wasn’t just a room, it had warmth and ambiance. It also had it’s own verandah wrapping around the room overlooking greenery. The staff were great & the food were divine. The venue complimented our style and and I knew it was going to be beautiful through rain or shine. Luckily for us it was the perfect sunny day in Spring.”

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Katie says “It was just the most amazing day & night. Such an emotional day. I cried when we were getting ready and cried before I walked into the chapel – I had to delay my entrance until I got it together.”

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Katie walked down the aisle to Dream by Priscilla Ahn.

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Of their photographers, Katie says “Trang & Kostas from Stylin Images are the sweetest, most talented and funny pair! They were lovely and professional and understood our vision. They captured all our special moments and were able to creatively highlight our natural and fun personality. The emotions of the day & night absolutely overflows through their photos. Stylin Images are simply divine to work with – highly recommend.”

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The wooden touches continued into the reception, Katie remembers “Our theme was very eco inspired – Our wedding invitations (love love love) were part wood and also matched our menus which were held up by a huge wooden peg. I adored the wood tree slice we used for our cake stand, and our floral filled-willow centre pieces. We had vines running across the bridal table and gorgeous branches in the shape of a heart hanging behind the bridal table. But my favourite would have to be the personalised scrabble tiles, which were used as a bomboniere/place card. They looked so cute with our ‘Thank you for being Awesome’ gift tags.” The cake was made by Cakes by Simone.

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Guests even received a midnight treat. Katie says “We weaved personal handcrafted details into the night and made it uniquely ours. We made our own table seating plan – which had photos of all our guests. As a midnight snack treat, we stamped brown bags with our initials, filled them with cookies and closed them with a petite wooden peg that had each guest name handwritten on them. We love all things handmade which made our wedding more personal and meaningful. We also made our wedding guest book by having photos of all our friends in there so they can be reminded of not only our journey but also of their journey with us.”

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Katie recalls “he reception was filled with laughter and tears. Our friends’ speeches were funny & heartfelt. We had a song written and sung to us by our bestie and a surprise slide show from our Best man & MOH. The Best Man’s speech made us all laugh in tears and the MOH’s speech was so touching that there were no dry eyes in the room. Everyone kept the dancefloor busy – breakdancing, attempts of breakdancing, singing, dance moves I’ve never seen before and by the end of the night some shirts were off. Our friends were definitely the life of the party! The night was just filled with so much love and every time i think back it brings a smile to my face…”

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For their reception., Katie changed into a Rachel Gilbert gown and took to the dance floor with her husband for their first dance. She recalls “We wanted something easy lighthearted and fun to suit our personality so we chose to do a Ceroc styled dance.”

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Katie says “Our small intimate wedding – Shared with just a handful of best friends. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Congratulations Katie and Namha! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Stylin Images.

Photographer: Stylin Images / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bride's Reception Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bride's Jewellery: Tiffany & Co / Groom's Attire: Godwin Charli / Groomsmen Attire: Godwin Charli / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Hairstylist: Capelli By Kerry / Invitations & Stationery: Sara Sofia Couture / Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Sanctuary Cove - The Chapel / Reception Venue: Hyatt Sanctuary Cove - The Chapel / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Simone / Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co