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Melbourne Town Hall Wedding

Modern Weddings

Photos by:

Louisa Bailey

Whenever Louisa Bailey and Cecilia Fox combine forces for a wedding, we know we’re in for a treat. Erin and Chris’ wedding was personal, intimate, filled with gorgeous flowers, and bucked tradition in the best ways possible. Can you believe how gorgeous these poppy bouquets are?

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From the bride, Erin: It was really important to Chris and I to make the day really inclusive for everybody that was there. It was for this reason we didn’t want to have a big guest list or formal bridal party and do a lot of the more “traditional” things that can sometimes make a wedding feel more like a performance than a celebration. We wanted our ceremony to just flow into the rest of our day and immediately be celebrating with all of our friends straight after rather than leaving to do photos. We wanted the whole day to feel intimate and let our guests know how important they all were to us.

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Chris and I got married on our anniversary, which made it a winter wedding. As it was towards the end of winter we tried to incorporate a concept of “winter coming into spring,” with colourful spring blooms and fresh fruit popping against the cozy wintery feel of Hare & Grace. Melanie from Cecilia Fox was amazing and I really let her do her thing, she is so talented and I was astonished at how beautiful everything was on the day. Chris and I wanted a really cozy, intimate venue and the quality of food and drinks were paramount! As soon as we found Hare & Grace we knew it was perfect. Jess and her team were so helpful in making sure everything was just right and were happy to accommodate any requests we had. We had rave reviews on the food – and rightly so!

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

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wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

The best moment for me was when Chris and I got our first look together in the Botanic Gardens. After a bit of a stressful morning apart, the relief we both felt once we saw each other was enormous. It felt like “Oh, now you’re here I can handle everything, we can handle everything together.” Having the time together before the I Do’s was amazing, everybody should do it. In lieu of Bonbonierres (which can often be something the guests will throw out not long after), Chris and I made a donation to the Cancer Council who kindly provided us with daffodil pins for all our guests. We pinned them to the name cards on the tables. It was nice to know that we had helped a charity very close to our hearts and also special to us personally as our relationship started at a Cancer Council fundraiser event!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I really wanted to savour the experience of the day and have the focus be on our guests. I committed to not doing any DIY (except the name cards!) as I had learnt from our engagement party that it is quite stressful. We made sure to select vendors who we totally trusted, with a body of work we loved and just let them do what they do best. I think some of the best advice we were given is to take some time with each other, really appreciate what you are doing. Even if it’s for 30 seconds and it’s just the two of you sitting in silence – take those moments whenever you can. The day goes by so fast and at the end of it, the whole thing is simply about the two of you saying “we are going to be together forever.” Nothing else matters more than that.

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Wedding Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia / Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Event Planning, Styling, and Floral Design: Cecilia Fox / Ceremony Venue: Melbourne Town Hall / Reception Venue and Caterer: Hare & Grace / Wedding Dress: Lisa Ho / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair: Wendy Bunnett /hair / Makeup: Ashleigh Gaitz / Bridesmaid Dress: Carla Zampatti / Suits: Rhodes & Beckett / Groom’s Shoes: Loake Shoemakers / Cheese Cake: Calendar Cheese Co / Band: The White Tree Band / Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne / Stationery: Puddleduck Paper Co

Elegant South Melbourne Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Stewart Leishman

Going through the images and film from today’s wedding (sent over by the fantastic Stewart Leishman), I haven’t seen a single frame where the groom isn’t grinning from ear to ear. But I’m sure that’s to be expected when you have a couple who’s as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! Let’s dive right into this one – you won’t be able to stop staring at the bride’s wedding gown, which was made by the groom’s very own sister.

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From the bride, Giuliana: We had a wonderful wedding day and enjoyed every moment. It was a really nice feeling watching it all come together and witnessing how happy all our guests were. It was also a privilege to share our special day with 190 of our closest family and friends. More than half of our guests traveled from interstate to be with us and for that we will be eternally grateful.

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From the photographer, Stewart: Robert and Giuliana met 6.5 years ago on NYE. Giuliana was in Melbourne on a holiday with a group of girlfriends and met Rob at a NYE party. There was an instant spark as she entered the venue and their eyes met. She took the lead and said “you look like my friend Alex”, to which Rob responded “who’s Alex?” That pickup line was a sure conversation starter and they talked and talked until the sun came up! Four months later after hours and hours of phone time, and only two interstate visits, Giuliana took a leap of faith and moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to live with Rob, and here they are today!

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Don’t miss the wedding film from C2 Video:

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Flowers: Sarah at Mr Lincoln, Fitzroy / Venue: Luminare / Wedding Dress: Melissa Carchedi (groom’s sister) / Wedding Shoes: Chanel / Earrings: Bounkit / Belt: Witchery / Hairpiece: Richard Nylon, Fitzroy / Groom’s Attire: Harrolds suit, Givenchy shirt, Tom Ford bow tie, Yves Saint Laurent shoes / Engagement Ring: keshett / Wedding Bands: Jasmine Fraser / Wedding Cake: Jessicakes / DJ: Adrian Portia of Pure Entertainment / MC: Nick Du Bois / Favors: Apricot jam with sugared almonds made by bride’s mum / Stationery: Jillian Burns / Videographer: C2 Video

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Melbourne Rustic Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Louisa Bailey

Dream rustic wedding, this is. Rosie and Craig’s Melbourne rustic wedding shot by Louisa Bailey is everything we love most about rustic fetes, and although they couldn’t share their pretty faces, they wanted to make sure the vendors they chose got the shout they deserve. Event stylists The Style Co. was sure to made the field setting stand out, with minimalistic decor and an infinity family table for guests to dine on.

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From Marie of The Style Co.:A lot of our events involve pretty intense setting up, it’s all part and parcel of designing and building something from the ground up…

But when you have plenty of creative freedom, a love for the bride and groom, a blank canvas (literally!) and three days in 45 degree heat… you know the result has to be pretty special! Our couple came to us 3 weeks before Christmas, 6 weeks before their wedding date. They had originally wanted to get married in their large front garden on the family’s private property. With so many obstructions (trees, pipes, fencing, etc), Sarah and I advised against it. It’s true what they say, when one door closes, another one swings wide open and smacks you in the face! We looked over to an overgrown field across the way and it hit us – That was it! We walked into the grassy field completely unprepared for the occasional spider, snake or goat! (things we do!) but we were determined to show them how amazing it could be. Sarah and I talked and walked them through the picture in our heads, their ceremony location, then a winding path would be carved out lead guests to pre-dinner refreshments – sangria and summer canapes, then another path to the ‘dining area’ with one long table for the feasting, dance floor and lounge area/cinema (offering 3 types of popcorn) – all perfectly lit with strung lights. A pop-up restaurant, designed and made just for them, in the middle of a field. They loved it!! So now it was up to us to build it. Armed with lights, flowers, furniture, ladders, our trusty tool box, tubs of sun cream and an eager crew, we brought the idea to life. Our camera shy couple don’t make an appearance, but this video (thanks to Humdrum Films) is a behind the scenes look into our set up of their magical day.

Location: South Melbourne / Photography: Louisa Bailey / Event Design, Styling and Stationery: The Style Co. / Video: Humdrum Films / Flowers: Flower Jar for The Style Co. / Catering: Neilsons, Traralgon

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Erin Pelicano, ltd

Erin Pelicano designs simple, elegant and timeless artisan jewelry meant to be cherished and worn for years. Each piece is individually handcrafted with love and artistry in sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil and genuine stones. These meaningful pieces allow you to keep your dreams, inspirations and feelings close to your heart or share them as memorable gifts with special significance. Treasured by all generations, these delicate creations can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry.

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Grey and Pink Valentine’s Day Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Vitalic Photo

Give me some light pink, grey, and pops of metallic and I’m going to be a happy girl. When you throw the aesthetics of Vitalic Photo and Cute & Co. and a ethereal gown by Ivy & Aster into the mix, I know it’s going to be complete infatuation. If this doesn’t get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what will!

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From the photographer, Vitalic Photo: When planning this editorial shoot in our minds we envisioned three words — clean, sparkly and sweet. We’ve been loving the mercury glass details popping up and thought the sparkle of the sequin overlay in a light lofty setting was a little different than the norm. We wanted to keep the florals neutral and sweet and incorporated a bit of modern with the cakes and invitations. Our bride wore one of the most lovely gowns from Ivy & Aster — we adored the oversized bow and sweetheart top.


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Wedding Location: Melbourne, FL / Photographer: Vitalic Photo / Event Styling: Cute & Co. and Vitalic Photo / Wedding Flowers: Pink Pelican Florist / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster / Hair: Lindsay Naffziger / Makeup: Molly Sagan (mollysagan @ gmail.com) / Wedding Cake and Cookies: MariaVCreative / Table Numbers: Gauge NYC / Wedding Invitations, Favor Boxes, Metal Heart Mobile: Vitalic Photo / Chairs: Ballard / Sequin Overlay: Fabric Empire / Dinnerware: Pottery Barn / Flatware: Martha Stewart / Stemware: Pier1 / Hurricanes & Votives: Target / Mercury Glass Containers: TJ Maxx

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Art Deco-Meets-Handmade-Fete Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Adrian Tuazon

Last year, we shared Ali and Jake’s engagement session and today I get to share their wedding! I love seeing how couples’ styles translate into their weddings, and you will love theirs. Adrian Tuazon was once again at task capturing these gorgeous images:

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Art deco inspired wedding

From the bride, Ali (who is also a children’s clothing designer): Our wedding was Art Deco Elegance meets Town Hall fete with a bit of rustic woodland thrown in :) There were lots of vintage silver and gold with touches of olive green and peach. I collected all of the antique silverware for the centerpieces as well as making pretty much everything else. Hand screenprinted napkins with handmade paper flags for the guests. Hand painted signs and tablecloths. Mismatched vintage plates in gold and silver. Homemade bunting and chair wreaths.


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Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

I really wanted to get married in a little old church, and Mentone Uniting Church was just darling. We are both Christians so getting married in a church was a must. It had a beautiful small congregation who were so accommodating to our day and the presence of the space was just perfect. It was quiet and rustic, without being too big or too small.


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Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Oakleigh Town Hall has a perfect mix of old art deco style that has been refurbished for more modern uses. Verdant green doors and hardwood polished floors gave it an old style country hall feel and the exterior is just amazing with the carved mechanics institute signage. It had a great stage for the band and a great kitchen for the catering. Doing the wedding on a budget meant that city owned halls were just the perfect price for us also.


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Art deco inspired wedding

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose a style and stick with it :) Don’t be afraid to try an expensive idea DIY but leave plenty of time for mistakes.


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Art deco inspired wedding

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
Recessional: “Gobbledygook,” Sigur Ross
First Dance: “Have Love, Will Travel,” Richard Berry (The Sonics version)

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Adrian Tuazon / Ceremony Venue: Mentone Uniting Church / Reception Venue: Oakleigh Town Hall / Caterer: MoreISH Catering Solutions / Florist: Flos Florum in Malvern did the reception flowers. Flower Girls in Mornington did the bouquets / Groom’s suit: Suits from Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids dresses from Anthropologie, Modcloth and eBay / Birdcage Veil: Etsy / Wedding Cake: made by brdie’s mother with custom Totoro cake figures by The Petite Geek / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji purchased off eBay (for just $300!) / Bride and bridesmaids makeup: Jessica Whitelock / Shoes: Seychelles, I Do Shoes / Hair: Telisha Delaney at Di Valore Salon / DJ: Benny and the Pheromones, groom’s funk and soul cover band / Wedding invitations: made by the bride Paper Squad for the card stock and had them printed by Curry Printing in Mornington / Videographer: Video shot by friend Harley Hamer, edited by groom Jacob

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Industrial Glam Melbourne Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Louisa Bailey

I could easily build an entire feature around Catherine and Julian’s reception tables — they’re just that incredible — but the beauty in this wedding from Louisa Bailey doesn’t stop there. It continues with Catherine’s incredible gown and accessories from Johanna Johnson, Julian’s participation in the reception music, and the lush floral arrangements from Cecilia Fox. I promise you’re going to fall in love!

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From the bride, Catherine: We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with a mix of glamour and elegance. There was no theme as such but when making decisions in regard to the type of wedding we wanted, we focused on things important to us such a wonderful food and great music. We both love to dance so it was critical everyone was up on the dance floor early in the evening!


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When it came to the actual décor and colour theme, we had had a fabulous florist in Cecilia Fox who used white creams and green winter blooms with accents of rich burgundy and violet. Julian’s Dad made the square wooden boxes used for our centerpieces which were filled and overflowing with winter blooms and foliage and berries.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Ensure you take the time to choose a wedding photographer that you connect with and who has shot previous weddings that make you smile!


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Wedding Music:
Julian’s Dad played a selection of bluegrass songs on Mandolin during the welcoming and ceremony. As for the first dance, one of my friends choreographed a routine that we attempted to perform to Icehouse’s Electric Blue. Julian plays saxophone, so halfway through the dance jumped up on stage and played the sax solo!

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Pre-ceremony Venue: Chrysalis Gallery / Wedding Venue: The Substation / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Karen Burton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicolangela / Groom’s Suit: Harrolds Melbourne / Wedding Caterer: Artistic Catering / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Rose / Wedding Music: The Harpoons / DJ: Rainbow Connection / Wedding Invitations: printed by Taylor’d Press

Intimate South Yarra Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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Intimate, small, perfect — this wedding from Ben Adams is all of the above. Erica and Zac joined the world of newlyweds with a sophisticated French provincial style, opting for personal interaction and authenticity over grandeur. I’m wild about the result, and especially Erica’s silver one-shouldered wedding gown!

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From the bride, Erica: The style we envisioned was French provincial, but with our own simple touch. Light blues and greys, simple, elegant with a bit of cute romantic feel to the wedding.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose a few key things that are important to you and get the best you can in that area! Then you can simplify the things that aren’t as meaningful/important. Also take the time to find the right dress!!


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Heart of Life,” John Mayer
Certificate Signing: “Fly Me To the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
Recessional: “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Ben Adams / Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Millswyn / Wedding Planning and Design: Bride / Wedding Flowers: Domain Flowers / Wedding Dress: George Gross / Wedding Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Makeup: Mary of Sue Barnes Studio / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Officiant: Rebecca Morrison

Melbourne Wedding at the Prince

Garden Weddings

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I’m all kinds of excited to share today’s wedding with you all! The phenomenally talented Washington-based Sergio Mottola traveled all the way over to Melbourne, Australia to capture the day of Gloria and Tom at The Prince Deck planned by Simply Georgeous Events. All I can say is this: if you think you know hotel weddings, prepare to have your socks completely blown off.

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From the bride, Gloria: We wanted something intimate, relaxed, fun and not at all fussy. A little bit rustic and very Melbourne. This made Circa the perfect space for our wedding and having it happen at dusk meant that we would be bathed in twilight as we walked down the aisle on the deck. We definitely didn’t want it to be a typical Chinese-style banquet wedding. We pictured about 90 of our closest friends and families coming together and having an amazing time – with great music, great food. It was as much about them as it was about us.


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We initially wanted to have the whole thing outdoors on a farm property with a marquee/barn for the reception. However, logistically and budget-wise, it just wasn’t going to happen. So we kept the same rustic, farm-style feel of it, cleaned it up a little and brought it all inside. The deck was perfect because it still allowed us to be in an open space with all that beautiful twilight.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding – do what feels right. For us, it was having our lovely friends at Georgeous do it all for us and they did an amazing job. We wanted to take the stress of planning away from our friends and just be able to throw a solid party. As for the lead up to the day, I think it’s important to be in the moment and enjoy the process together with your partner.


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Wedding Music:
Seating: “Married Life” from the Up soundtrack
Bridal Party Processional: “Please Let Me Get What I Want,” Vitamin String Quartet
Bridal Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Signing: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Here & Now,” Luther Vandross
First Dance: “The Weakness In Me,” Joan Armatrading / “Let It Be Me,” Ray LaMontagne [all other couples on the floor :)]

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Sergio Mottola / Ceremony Venue: The Prince Deck / Reception Venue and Catering: Circa, The Prince / Event Design: Simply Georgeous Events / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox via Georgeous / Weddign Dress: Lisa Ho / Veil and Headpiece: Twigs and Honey / Wedding Shoes: Something Old, Something Nude from Tony Bianco / Wedding Cake: Burch & Purchese / Wedding Invitations: Nineteen Design Studio

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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Gold Yarra Valley Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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All it took was one glimpse at bride Eileen’s wedding gown before we became fully obsessed with this wedding — a non-traditional gold sequin number designed by none other than Eileen herself! Photographers Love Katie + Sarah knocked every detail of this wedding out of the park.

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Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Love Katie + Sarah / Wedding Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Wedding Dress: Designed by bride / Bride’s Hair: Hairdresser for Sportsgirl

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When newlyweds Rob and Kim were dating, they visited the Fairfield Boathouse in Melbourne and immediately knew that’s where they wanted to marry. Taking a great deal of inspiration from their invitation suite from Rifle Paper Co., the couple and their friends planned an amazing day that was as much a treat for the guests as it was for Rob and Kim themselves. Our thanks goes out to the incredible Jonathan Ong for sending these images our way!


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Rob & Kim

From the bride, Kim: The style we envisioned for our wedding was vintage autumn picnic with a touch of boathouse dapper: Autumnal, eclectic, vintage, boating, whimsical, handmade, textured, fabric, florals, rifle paper co.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Contrary to popular opinion, a wedding should be all about the guests! Focus on how you can make the day as special for them as it will be for you. If your friends and family are having a blast, you can be guaranteed that you will be too!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lover’s Prayer,” Gillian Welch
Recessional: “Love Train,” The O’Jays

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Fairfield Boathouse / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Wedding Decor: Bride and friends / Wedding Flowers: Nadia’s Studio Flowers / Wedding Dress: Mariana Hardwick “Carmina” / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson “Carmen” / Hair and Makeup: Y Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Made by bride’s mother / Wedding Music: Baker Boys Band / Wedding Cake: The Workers Food Room / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!

Stéphanie

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Boyd Baker House Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Oh Australia, you never fail to amaze us with your stunning weddings and scenery. Photographer Lakshal Perera was called upon to photograph the nuptials of Rachel and Karl. Filled to the brim with heartfelt touches and handmade details, their wedding is one sweet fete image after image. Rachel, the bride, memorized a speech in Italian to speak to Karl’s large family at the reception, and her mom grew 120 seedlings to give as wedding favors. The groom Karl, among other things, designed his own and his groomsmen’s jackets. Take it all in below:

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From the bride, Rachel: We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are and what were about. We wanted it to be relaxed so our guests could enjoy themselves yet be significant and meaningful. We are both relaxed, earthy, down to earth people and we wanted that to shine through. The aim was to make it as sustainable as possible. Starting with the food we opted for a local and seasonal menu, local wines and beers, our friends home-brewed cider was served, cakes were made locally from local ingredients and local Victorian cheeses were enjoyed.


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There was never a set theme. The location and our tastes set the mood. Our wedding was very hands on. We had lots of help from our family. Without them it would not have been possible. We played wedding planner ourselves by organising catering, bands, photographers, we made the invites, booklets and menu cards, arranged the table and decorative flowers, brainstormed and set up all the decorations, brought in dining chairs our families had dined on since we were small, collected glass and crystal vases and candle sticks, sewed hessian bags for the plants to go in for the guests gifts and the lace for the table settings. With our families we spent the day before setting up the ceremony area, arranging flowers and setting up decorations and lighting.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make it your own! What better way to showcase yourselves than at your wedding. Then just relax and enjoy it all.

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From the photographer, Lakshal: I don’t know where to start with Rachel and Karl. These two people are honestly two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met (and I can see why they are the way they are). Their families are both exceptionally wonderful, they took me in and treated me like I was one of their own. I was instantly welcome and able to be involved in everything. I arrived to Boyd Baker House a day early to the hustle and bustle of the entire family getting together and setting things up which is just the way I think things ought to be. In my mind, the history of weddings are not necessarily about finding a nice venue and serving tasty food, it was about bringing families, and to a larger extent, the community together. For me, this was the ultimate in personalised weddings; nothing generic, nothing stock, nothing without meaning. Rachel’s mum had grown nearly 120 plants from seedlings which were gifts for the guests. The suits the boys were wearing were custom made with Karl’s own breastplate design. Rachel learned and wrote a speech in Italian to speak to Karl and his very large Italian family. The drinks available included Apple Cider made by Callum using the apples grown on Karl’s uncle’s family orchard. Like I said, this was something that was very special to everyone involved. The connectedness that a wedding like this can bring, in my eyes, is the exact meaning of what a wedding should be about. I was invited to this day as a photographer, but I was part of it, I was involved and it was a wonderful experience.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Lady Sunshine,” Angus Stone
Recessional: “Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
First Dance: “Mango Tree,” Angus and Julia Stone

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Boyd Baker House / Wedding Photographer: Lakshal Perera / Wedding Flowers: Katie Marks Flowers / Wedding Dress: Vintage 1920s gown from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Wedding Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair and Makeup: Dante’ Amato / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Life With Bird / Wedding Musicians: The Bakery Boys / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Designed by bride and groom

Whimsical Melbourne Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Hannah and Mark wanted a classic wedding with a touch of whimsy, which happens to be one of our favorite kinds of weddings. They brought on the expertise of photographer Louisa Bailey to capture all the details of their day, from the sweet pops of Hannah’s red heels to the Polaroid name cards. We’re also wild about the bride’s super-fluffy white peony bouquet!


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From the bride, Hannah: Our vision was classically beautiful with a whimsical touch – we wanted the day to be fun and slightly quirky. I found inspirations from other weddings featured on the likes of Ruffled, etc and “made it my own” by adding my personal touches.


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From the moment we stepped into Quat Quatta, we knew the Victorian mansion was ‘the’ one! We loved the high ceilings and original features – it’s classic and requires minimalist decoration.


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Our DIY projects included:

1. Mark made ‘Mark <3 Han's Wedding' signage for our garden ceremony 2. Placecards - Paris monument photos was purchased from a stationery store called Typo and printed out the guest names 3. Guest book tree - took photos of guests using Fuji Instax camera and got them to write a little message and peg it onto the sticks/branches we had set up in a big vase. Also displayed old wedding photos of both our parents.


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: Dean Martin, “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You”

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Quat Quatta / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Wedding Flowers: Balwyn Events / Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Wedding Shoes: ZARA / Makeup: Sandra Le from Mecca Cosmetica / Hair: Kate Guy from HBK Hairdressing Boutique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom’s Suit, Shirt, and Bow Tie: Calibre / Wedding Music: Boutique Band / Wedding Caterer: Quat Quatta / Wedding Invitations: Bespoke Letterpress / Transportation: JC Jags

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Eco-Friendly Melbourne Wedding

DIY Weddings

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We love a couple who doesn’t shy away from DIY projects in the name of keeping things budget-friendly and as green as possible. Mel and Forrester are definitely one of those couples. When Mel saw a flower curtain at BHLDN, she didn’t think twice about tackling the task of making her own DIY lily backdrop. She also challenged herself to pass on all used items from her wedding day to soon-to-be-wed couples, much like other brides over at our wedding classifieds! All photos by Dekuji Photography.


Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

From the bride, Mel: We’ve been frantically saving money to buy a house and also to travel, so the very first rule we set for the wedding was to keep it under $10,000. The 2nd rule was that everything had to be handcrafted, vintage, second hand or recycled. And the 3rd was that all of the food and flowers and materials for handcrafted goods had to be locally sourced. We came in under budget by almost $1000 and the very last rule for the wedding was that we had to pass on absolutely everything we used to other brides and grooms to use for their special day! All we have kept is my dress and antique jewellery and Forrester kept his outfit. So we’ve had complete strangers popping over to our house for weeks and taking bits and pieces to use in their own weddings!


Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

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Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

My girlfriends and I spent 6 months collecting jars to use as vases, scouring thrift stores for doilies, furniture, scrap fabric… I found my dress online from Etsy. It’s vintage, from the 1970’s, and I just adore it.


Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

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Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

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Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

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Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

We made paper pom poms, floral bunting from recycled wallpaper, we found some great old yellow wooden chairs for the ceremony and we made all the place cards, menus and decorations ourselves.


Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

We bought our own flowers from a flower market and made all the bunches for the tables and we made my bouquet. Forrester’s friend who introduced us to each other wrote and played a beautiful song for us at the ceremony.


Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Mel & Forrester's Recycled Locally Sourced Wedding!

Wedding Music:
Processional: “To Sheila,” Smashing Pumpkins
Signing of the Marriage Certificate: “Tender,” Blur
Our first dance was supposed to be to Led Zeppelin’s “All of my Love” but we were having such a great time at the reception that we totally forgot about our first dance!


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Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Wedding Venue: The Water Rat / Wedding Photographer: Justin Hill of Dekuji Photography / Decor: Bride and friends / Makeup: Justine O / Wedding Flowers: South Melbourne Flower Market / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Jewelry: All vintage / Wedding Cakes: Zouki / Paper Goods: Made by bride / DIY Resources: Paperpoint South Melbourne / Celebrant: Julia Doeven

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Modern French Chic Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a major crush on bride Karen’s wedding dress. Louisa Bailey did an amazing job of capturing the rock ‘n’ roll vibe behind this modern Melbourne wedding affair, don’t you think? Head on over to the gallery for more goodness!

Louisa Bailey did an amazing job of capturing the rock ‘n’ roll vibe behind this modern Melbourne wedding affair, don’t you think? Head on over to the

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Karen and Stephen's Aussie rock n roll wedding

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From the bride, Karen: The style of our wedding was modern french chic – as our venue had just been through a makeover, it was fitting to make the style sleek french style, lots of chrome, shiny surfaces whilst still maintaining a ‘high tea’ feel to the room.

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Karen and Stephen's Aussie rock n roll wedding

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Our ceremony was completely composed by us and reflected our sense of humor, whilst maintaining a level of seriousness. There were a lot of laughs throughout and 3 surprise readings from 3 special women close to us. At the end of the day, we wanted our guests to enjoy the big party we put on without having to travel between ceremony and reception. We served champagne for guests whilst the ceremony took place and had an open bar all night.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Find wedding vendors that you really click with, who share your vision. Our vendors were amazing and really wanted to get involved with our special day as it was a bit different to most weddings. It is important that if you are going for something a bit different and not traditional that your vendors understand and share the vision. Trust that they will make your day amazing.

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We wanted lots of different areas for our guests to be involved in, from our high tea station with personalized tea bags, to the typewriter desk, to the huge desert buffet, the cupcake tower and the separate lolly buffet. The dessert and lolly buffets were a great icebreaker for our guests.

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Louisa Bailey did an amazing job of capturing the rock ‘n’ roll vibe behind this modern Melbourne wedding affair, don’t you think? Head on over to the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
Processional: “My One Desire,” The Stray Cats
Recessional: “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
First Dance: A swing dance routine to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia)

Wedding Venue: Mon Bijou / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Event Designer: Alecia of Boutique Affairs / Vintage Rentals: Vintage Affair / Stationery: Emma Smith / Wedding Flowers: Virginia from The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Wedding Dress: Anaessia / Bride’s Brooches: The Cat’s Meow / Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Earrings and Belt: Alannah Hill / Hair and Make Up: Sue Barnes / Bridesmaid’s Bustier: Wheels and Dollbaby / Bridesmaid’s skirt: Ouma / Groom’s Suit and Bow Tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shirt: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterers: Mon Bijou / Wedding Cake: Designer Cakes by Effie / Transportation: Five Star Chauffeur Pty/Ltd

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Melbourne Mid-Century Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Shainne and Tina’s mid-century inspired wedding shot by Stewart Leishman is the cure for a case of the Mondays. Tina designed and created her own wedding dress pattern inspired by the 1950s. Shainne, the groom, is also right on par in the style department. They used their venue, the Boyd Baker House near Melbourne, as their inspiration for their wedding vision. I will let Tina take it from here:

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From Tina: We envisaged a small, casual wedding inspired by the natural surroundings, architecture and mid century style of our venue, the Boyd Baker House.

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The architecture and bush setting of the venue are so beautiful and the interior has been so carefully decorated in mid-century style that we felt we didn’t want to detract from this and so kept the decoration to minimum. Having said that however we did take great care in putting together the table settings and made sure all details fit carefully with the vintage style of the surrounds. We collected vintage tablecloths, retro plates, swan and crystal vases and cute bride and groom ornaments to decorate each table. We also collected picture frames into which we added photos of some of our favourite couples; George and Mildred, Morrissey and Marr, Serge Gainsbourgh and Jane Birkin, Edie Segwick and Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina amongst others. We really wanted to have a special photo booth and so came up with the idea of the Paper Moon which Shainne’s sister organized to have made for us.
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Boyd Baker House mid century wedding Melbourne

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Boyd Baker House mid century wedding Melbourne

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
A wedding is such a collaborative event, and you will need to have like minded people on board to make it all happen. We were lucky enough to have surrounded ourselves with wonderful people who shared our vision for the day.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: Clare de Lune, Debussy
Signing of the Register: Come On Let’s Go, Broadcast
Recessional: Come Together, Primal Scream
First Dance: Moon River, Morrissey

Wedding Vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Ceremony and reception venue: Boyd Baker House, outside of Melbourne / Florist: In Full Bloom in South Melbourne created the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and corsages for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom. The other floral arrangements were DIY / Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: the bride designed, made the pattern and fit the toiles for my wedding dress. The actual gown was then made by a private dressmaker. I had the shoes covered and made the little bows to go on the front / Hair and make up: Candice de Ville / Groom’s suit: suit and shirt from Jack London, shoes Giorgio Armani, vintage knitted tie / Caterer: Hudsons Famous / Wedding Cake: One Sweet Girl / Wedding invitations: designed, printed, sewed and tied their own wedding invitations together

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Event Studio

Event Studio is a wedding floral design and decorating firm that offers beautiful and unique designs for your special day! We are over-the-moon excited to play with lush gorgeous flowers everyday, treating each wedding as the only one. We join each couple in their excitement and work to make your day the most beautiful day of your life!

We offer a full inventory that we include in your design agreement. In addition, we offer custom made signs and unique decorator items!

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Retro Handmade Melbourne Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Brace yourself for this beyond-words-gorgeous wedding shot by Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. Pour over this sweet Melbourne wedding right here in the gallery!

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From the bride, Sarah: The style and feel we were aiming for was fun, inclusive, relaxed, vintage, with loads of DIY details and surprises! We wanted every choice to truly represent every aspect of our partnership over the past 4 years. Things like our love of cups of tea or background in performing were all included somewhere along the line.

As Justin and I met on the set of a TV show, got engaged in a theatre, and are forever producing shows, we wanted our wedding to be like the biggest production of our lives, yet to still feel simple and from the heart. We chose a celebrant who is also on radio in Melbourne and who we knew would have a natural performers vibe, The Golden Tappers kicked off proceedings and made everyone’s hearts burst with joy at the reception (they’re an all-women tap dance troupe aged over 60 and tap dance like nobody’s business!), and a friend choreographed a flashmob wedding dance which roughly half our guests were secretly asked to participate in. Honestly, seeing the shocked look on partners and family members faces as their loved ones took to the floor and did the dance was PRICELESS. It was a performer’s dream wedding. A good friend of ours joked afterwards “There were so many personal touches, I felt violated!” which was awesome to hear.

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Early on, we came up with the dress code “Snazzy Picnic” which basically became the theme of the entire wedding (think Enid Blyton children’s book illustrations meets The Great Gatsby meets the 1950’s). We had a loose colour scheme of peach and navy, but found it easier to stick to the theme rather than colour scheme.

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My dress was modelled off a 2009 Giambattista Valli gown that was no longer available despite my best eBay-scouring efforts. Luckily I found the incredible Alice from Alice Haute Couture who literally gasped when I showed her a photo of the dress because “brides never ask me to make these kinds of dresses anymore!”. She was so excited by the design and made the dress from scratch based off a few photographs. The fabric is ivory woollen silk from Valentino, which the fabulous Ruth at La Modiste found for me in Milan!

Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. vintage teacup babys breath wedding

The whole wedding was DIY. Justin and I were engaged for 16 months, and literally worked for every one of those months to bring it all together. We got married at the very end of the Australian Winter and worried that guests would freeze in our outdoor ceremony, so the first thing we set about doing was collecting 150 (yup, 150!!!) vintage tea sets so every guest could have a warm drink after the ceremony which then doubled as their take home gift. We collected for months, and then finally drove for three days through three states and visited every thrift shop in every town to get our numbers.

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My mum, dad and 83 year old grandmother together made 150 of the most amazing bags for guests to safely transport their tea sets home at the end of the night. Justin and I along with a graphic designer friend made teabags with a pretend tea company name and the slogan “The Perfect Blend Since 2007” which guests loved. The tea component was by far the biggest DIY project we undertook.

Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. tea wedding theme
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The day before the wedding, family and friends banded together and made a mix of 15 AMAZING cakes. Instead of having one wedding cake, we thought it would be way funner if every table had their own. That way when we did the cake cutting, all our guests could cut with us! Justin made the cake stands, and when it was time to cut the cake, 150 knives were handed out and away we went. It was truly awesome with guests table hopping to sample all of the amazing cakes!

Another friend drew our portraits and we made button badges for all our guests. Then there were the groomsmen boutonnieres, flower girl dresses, photo booth, chapel doors, chalkboards…all DIY!

Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. bride groom buttons wedding ideas

For our ceremony we wanted something with a rustic vibe, that was in Melbourne and with catering on site. A tall order! After months of searching, someone suggested Collingwood Children’s Farm, and from the second we saw it and met Farmer Andrew (who was so excited about us potentially getting married there) we were sold. It’s like a hidden oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. The baby animals are all born in early August and were the perfect icebreaker for guests. It’s right in the heart of the city, just minutes away from our reception venue, is a working farm (meaning there’s animals everywhere and a sheep could easily just wander into your wedding ceremony!) and a friend runs the farm cafe which serve the most delicious, fresh, organic produce. Nothing was a problem and Tom Hay at the farm cafe and Farmer Andrew were a dream team to work with.

Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. wedding medal bridal party
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Jonathan Ong. Sarah and Justin were married at a farm in Melbourne filled with heartfelt and handmade details for their guests. Each guest was given a tea cup at the ceremony with their name and on their seat at the reception was a matching tea plate. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Surround yourself with friends and family who have a “Yes we can!” attitude. Positivity is everything.

If you’re going down the DIY path, people will tell you you’re mad, and you will question your own sanity at various points along the way. Stick with it! Enlist helpers who have strengths in different areas. We were initially adamant not to bother anyone with our preparations, and to just buy anything we couldn’t do ourselves, but then we had people like the mum of our flower girls who is a Home Ec teacher and amazing sewer who really wanted to make her girls their dresses, or another friend who the second we got engaged emailed to say “Who’s doing your AV, because I want to do it!”. You really need to accept the amazing help on offer, and realise that people don’t want to do it for any reason other than because they’re so happy for you and want to put their skills to a great cause! It adds the most personal touch to your day.

Wedding Songs:

They both chose songs for their walk in and march out songs without telling each other and they ended up being the exact same song!

Processional: This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies
Ceremony:Sleepyhead by Chris Pickering performed by Lauren and Keren from Pleasing Anna
Recessional: This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies
First Dance: Be My Baby by the Ronettes

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Victoria, Australia):

Ceremony Location: Collingwood Children’s Farm / Reception Venue: The Regal Ballroom / Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Event designer: Georgie Kay and Erin Lilja from Georgeous Events / Florist: Melanie Stapleton from Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress: Alice Haute Couture / Blusher Veil: Etsy seller Portobello / Wedding Shoes:’Darla’ from Kate Spade / Gloves: BHLDN / Bracelet: J. Crew / Vintage Sarah Coventry Earrings from Etsy / Custom wedding rings from Chris Parry / Hair by Marie Uva & Giovanni Tedesco at Rokk Ebony South Melbourne / Makeup: Rosemary Walsh / Bridesmaid Dresses: Stop Staring Raileen dresses in navy / Groom’s suit: J. Crew vest, bow tie by xoelle on etsy, Eugenia Kim hat from The Hat Mansion, shirt by French Connection. Groomsmen wore shirts by French Connection, vests by Charles Tyrwhitt, and jeans from Carhartt / Celebrant: Jon Von Goes / DJ: Brendan and Liam at DJ Masters and friends Lauren Glezer and Keren Leizerovitz from Melbourne band Pleasing Anna sang at their ceremony, and Andy McLelland of Mr Mc Clelland’s Finishing School DJ’d their reception / Caterer: Tom Hay at The Farm Cafe did their devonshire tea and catering by The Regal Ballroom / Wedding Dessert: DIY Ice cream Sundae Buffet styled by Georgeous / Wedding invitations: bride’s cousin Caitlin Gahan designed the invitations (caitlingahan@hotmail.com), and the bride and groom designed their brown paper bag envelopes / Videographer: Sarah Walker from Sarah Walker Photography / Transportation: 1938 Diamond T Bus from Vintage Fun Hire Cars

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Handcrafted Australian Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When we received this wedding from Jonathan Ong, we went positively batty with joy. There’s so much to this wedding that makes us giddy: the bride’s short pastel yellow dress, those totally fun wedding favors, and a venue filled to the brim with vintage items from the 1950s. The bride handcrafted the majority of the wedding herself, resulting in a completely intimate backyard vibe we can’t seem to get enough of!

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Wedding vendors (Melbourne, Australia):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Boyd Baker House / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Ong

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[seven-degrees]

A new angle on the art of entertaining. [seven-degrees] is an award-winning & full-service events venue. At [seven-degrees] we provide a range of services which are layered together to create a complete wedding experience. Our property, winner of the Architecture Guild Award, is a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor gallery noted for its modern design and elegant feel. Our [seven-degrees] Coordination team will assist you in implementing your unique vision for the space. We understand the intricacies of planning a distinct ceremony and reception and take pleasure in working with couples throughout each stage of the process. You’ll enjoy customizing your menu with our Executive Chef and meet with our Wedding Coordinators and Design Team to make choices regarding design and décor (including presentation, technology, lighting and floral arrangement).

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Melbourne Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions

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This Melbourne engagement session shot by Adrian Tuazon is not just delightful, it’s also from a reader! Cat and TJ put on their vintage frocks and walked around Mornington Peninsula where rain and overcast only added to the sweet moodiness of their photos.

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More DIY to come! Check back soon for more DIY entries…

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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