Nicky and John’s Beautiful Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Nicky & John

Today’s wedding has a different kind of twist – not only is this the version captured by the second shooter of the day, but it was also a nighttime celebration. The result? Beautiful, moody imagery that has a sense of raw beauty to it. Such a beautiful way to end off the day!

Bride Nicky tells of how she and John came to be. “We met at Silk Road after the races one year, for once the girl went over to the boy and bought him a drink! Something a little bit different to what normally happens.. one drink turned into many and the rest was history! ”

Oli Sansom shot the photographs today (he worked with Tamara Erbacher who was the main photographer at today’s wedding). I really love the mood of Oli’s captures- they’re fly on the wall with this intensity to them.

Nicky loved “Having my husband’s kids involved in the day and celebrating with us.”

Nicky wore a gown from Eternal Weddings while her bridesmaid wore a black dress from Swish Clothing.

Nicky and John had a different kind of timeline for the day. Nicky explains, “We had a different format then the standard wedding timeline, we got married at 7pm and decided to see each other before the ceremony and get photos with each other and have a drink to calm our nerves. It was lovely to have that time together before hand to spend time with my family and then go and get married and celebrate straight after instead of having to leave guests and go and get photos and come back. ”

Of their photographers, Nicky says, “On the day we had 2 fantastic photographer, Oli and Tamara. They had a very lovely nature to them and were so helpful and were willing to make anything to make our day as smooth as possible. They were in the background and watching the day unfold and capturing all the special moments for us. ”

Nicky and John held their wedding at The Beach Hotel, Albert Park.

Nicky walked down the aisle to “Glasglow Love theme by Craig Armstrong, which was the song from the movie Love Actually.”

One story from the day was a lucky one. “Yes! The one major story which is very funny now, and I do not know any other person that this has happened to but during the ceremony we had tealight candles all around the fireplace where we had the ceremony. During the ceremony I moved my dress around and it clipped a tealight candle! So I luckily didn’t go up in flames but I had a nice black burn mark on the side of my dress.. but now it makes a funny story!”

Nicky remarks “I purchased a lot of my items from Etsy, I purchased all our table centrepieces and went in the day before the wedding and set everything up. ”

For their first dance, Nicky remembers, “We danced to the classic first dance song Etta James – At Last. It was just nice to share a special moment with each other since most of the night is spent mingling with guests. But we laughed a lot as we didn’t practice our first dance as must as we should have! ”

Congratulations on your marriage Nicky and John! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Oli Sansom for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Oli Sansom / Bride's Dress: Eternal Weddings / Bride's Dress: Langham Australia from Swish Clothing / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss / Venue: The Beach Hotel, Albert Park / Hairstylist: Lovolola Hair Stylist / Makeup Artist: Makeup Madam Makeup / Ceremony Officiant: John McCullough / Band: Patty Bourke / Flowers & Decor: Flowers of Canterbury
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Caitlin and Jack’s Chic Flaxton Gardens Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Caitlin and Jack

I love the modern, fresh feel of Caitlin and Jack’s wedding celebration. There’s a beautiful feeling to it and it’s just right for a beautiful sunny Wednesday!

Caitlin and Jack are high school sweethearts who chose a warm September day to marry on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Shellbells Photography captured today’s photographs in a fresh and stunning way!

For her wedding gown, Caitlin chose a modern Carla Zampatti gown.

Caitlin and Jack met for photos before the ceremony. Of their photographer, Caitlin says, “The photographer was fun, relaxed and took very natural photos which captured the vibe of our wedding perfectly. ”

The wedding was held at Flaxton Gardens.

Caitlin walked down the aisle to ‘Love, love, love’ by Avalanche City.

Wedding Flowers of Maleny created simple and beautiful floral arrangements.

Caitlin describes the day as, “Close friends and families, great food and wine, and lots of dancing.”

The reception was held inside the restaurant. “Flaxton Gardens was a gorgeous setting. They had a smaller restaurant venue which was the perfect size for our wedding an created a very intimate feel. We bought vintage glass bottles for the table decorations and bought simple flowers to put in them. I also got my friend who is a graphic designer to design the invitations.”

For their first dance, Caitlin recalls, “We danced to a song called ‘You are the best thing’ by Rae Lamontagne.”

Congratulations on your marriage Caitlin and Jack! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Shellbells Photography for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Shellbells Photography / Bride's Dress: Carla Zampatti / Hairstylist: Rolling Scissors / Makeup Artist: KJ Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Flowers in Maleny / Hairstylist: Designed by my best friend / Venue: Flaxton Gardens / Wedding Cake: Montmartre Patisserie 07 5596 2350

Summerblossom “Dreamcatcher” Bridal Hair Accessories

by | Accessories, Bride


This gorgeous collection of hair accessories from Summerblossom captured my thoughts recently. Not strictly bridal, the latest collection “Dreamcatcher” has that relaxed styling that could be added to a relaxed, beautiful gown, a bridesmaid look or the parties in between.

The limited edition Dreamcatcher collection includes gorgeous chain hairpieces, organza flowers, decorated combs, brooches and floral crowns all reflective all the dreamy, free spirited inspiration behind the collection.

Designer Rochelle says, “This original collection is dedicated to the dreamers, the doers, the thinkers, the spirited, the kind, the original and the honest. For those who long to feel the wind in their hair and the earth under their bare feet. For those who look to the sky and aren’t afraid to dream their own dreams. For those who love honestly with an open heart, because they know no other way!”

The pieces are all handmade in Australia by Rochelle, who can custom work pieces to suit your own personal colour preference and Summerblossom will ship internationally.

Photos by Luisa Brimble

Ciara and Drew’s Retro Polka Dot Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


 Ciara & Drew

Today’s wedding is so completely fun. Retro inspired, filled with polka dots- what’s not to love? The sweet handmade details and vintage twists make today’s wedding all the better to kick off a Tuesday!’

Photos today are by Debs Ivelja Photography

Ciara carried a purple and red felt flower bouquet created by muscariwhitesflorist on Etsy.

Rebecca Price from Weddingesque was hired to coordinate and plan the wedding, Ciara recalls, “The lovely Rebecca Price from Weddingesque helped me build an amazing amount of special detail into our day. We specifically set out to have a vintage retro feel to the whole day. When I saw red and white polka dots one day I knew it was going to be central in creating a retro style but more importantly a relaxed, fun feel to the bridal party. Luckily my handsome groom agreed to come along on the polka dot ride and we used it in all of our special details from the dresses, cake, to the invites and decorations.”

For her wedding gown, Ciara chose the Isadora Ann’ by Maggie Sottero. Ciara’s bridesmaid and Drew’s groom’s women wore polka dot frocks from Vivien of Holloway .

Ciara and Drew were married at Brisbane’sSt Stephen’s Chapel. Ciara explains, “St Stephen’s Chapel was chosen because it as a exquisite chapel that holds a lot of significance for me. This is one of my favourite churches in Brisbane because of its history and because I have attended many services there. We agreed on this chapel because its small size also helped create a feeling of intimacy amongst the small gathering of family and friends.

For her walk down the aisle Ciara remarks, “It wasn’t important what was playing. Both of us have talked many times since about the fact that it was the one part of the day where everything slowed down and we couldn’t see anything but each other. I knew as I walked down the aisle to join my husband to be that there were so many people I loved there, but I did not see anything but him.”

Ciara remembers, “Not being able to stop looking at each other during the ceremony, it was the most joyful time in my life.”

Of the day, Ciara says “It was a more beautiful and joyful that we ever imagined!”

Of their photographer, Ciara says, “Our photographer was the beautiful Debs Ivelja who not only put up with our endless questions before we booked her but also made the whole process easy and enjoyable. Debs has a soft nature that puts everyone at ease straight away. Just like her style of photography she is not intrusive or pushy but gently organises everything to the advantage of everyone. Debs was an absolute joy to work with.”

Ciara and Drew celebrated with guests at Fix Restaurant and Bar . Ciara remembers “Fix Restaurant was chosen because of its warmth and cosiness. It helped continue the feeling of intimacy and of course the food was to die for!”

There were plenty of handmade details to tie everything together and help guests get into the spirit of the day. Ciara recalls, “I wanted our guests to feel like they were in the middle of our celebration and not observing from the outside on the day. As a result I made felt rose brooches for every guest. These tied into the handmade flowers that Paula and Peter my generous in-laws made for our tables and the flowers the girls in the bridal party carried.

We also made cootie catchers or chatterboxes instead of ceremony programs. We simply wanted to acknowledge our families, our loved ones who could not be present and allow all our guests to pay attention during the ceremony.”

Guests received miniature gumball machines from Pink Frosting which were filled with gumballs.

For their first dance, Ciara says, “As a surprise for our guests who know our inability to dance we went a learnt something special. We took lessons and danced a jive to ‘The boy does nothing’ by Alesha Dixon. It was cheeky, fun and a great way to celebrate our new status as a married couple.”

Congratulations on your marriage Ciara and Drew! Thank you to Debs Ivelja Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Debs Ivelja Photography / Wedding Planner: Rebecca Price from ‘Weddingesque' / Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride's Jewellery: Annie K / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: DemureAllure on Etsy / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: cassandralynnebridal on Ebay / Groom's Attire: GM Formal Hire / Groomswomen Attire: Vivien of Holloway / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vivien of Holloway / Bridesamid Dress Retailer: Christine Botomsky / Bridesmaid Accessories: gogo21 on Ebay / Hairstylist: Amanda Appleby Hair / Makeup Artist: Claire Leonard ‘Black Dove Beauty' / Felt Bouquets: muscariwhitesflorist on Etsy / Invitations & Stationery: Paul Shakhovskoy / Ceremony Venue: St Stephen's Chapel, Elizabeth St Brisbane / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Morgan Batt / Ceremony Musicians: Emmanuel Worship / Favors: Pink Frosting / Wedding Cake: The Lemony Cupcake / Reception Venue: Fix Restaurant and Bar