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
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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

Gorgeous Gowns “Just Us Two” From Intique & Co

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


This absolutely gorgeous inspiration shoot was put together by the girls at wedding boutique Intique & Co to capture their beautiful range of gowns and accessories. The shoot shows off gorgeous gowns from Monique Lhuillier and Claire Pettibone as well as subtly beautiful styling and romance which was captured by Trish from Tealily Photography in that dreamy way I love so much about Trish’s work.

Natalie tells of the concept behind the shoot. “Although I have a love of big weddings, there is nothing quite like an intimate elopement. Just the bride and groom, a secluded spot with beautiful decor and an amazing photographer to capture it all. The shoot named “Me and You just us 2″  was loosely based on a 1970s style elopement and was designed to depict that no matter the size of a wedding,  true love conquers all.”

Set design, Styling & Flowers: Intique & Co / Cinematographer: Ebony Cameron / Hair & Makeup Artist: Leah Sguazzato / Dresses: Intique & Co / Shoes: Intique & Co / Accessories: Intique & Co / Vintage Mustang: Tim Cherry / Models: Haylee & Luke