25 June 2016
THE COUPLE: Lucy + Nick
PALETTE: Soft pinks and greens based on our love for Australian natives.
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION: The ceremony and reception were held in Nick’s brother’s backyard. We wanted our declaration of love to be in a place where guests could feel comfortable and at home. My sister’s partner made our ceremony arch from scratch. We hired guest chairs and borrowed quirky decor extras, including our ‘bathtub esky’ to hold the refreshments.
It was amazing to surprise our loved ones as guests were originally invited to what they thought was our ‘engagement party’. We even had decoy outfits that we wore as people were arriving and then about thirty minutes into the celebration my father announced that it was actually our wedding! We all went inside to change and my brother, brother-in-law and father set up the chairs and our arch whilst our florist put together the finishing touches. Nick and I had our ‘first look’ in the house before we both walked down the aisle with our parents.
THE DÉCOR: Gorgeous Australian native blooms were placed in jars and scattered across the tables alongside assorted tea light candles. Pillows and blankets were spread across the lawn for a relaxed, picnic feel where guests could mingle. Other styling elements such as the old dresser, tables, weathered ‘gifts + cards’ suitcase and doily tablecloths were all sourced from family members. Having pieces from family, friends and the church made everyone feel a part of the day.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were looking for contemporary, Australian and unique photography. Nick has been friends with Christopher for a while and he truly is the best!
wedding photography by christopher morrison
21 May 2016
THE COUPLE: Alannah + Anthony
PALETTE: Our inspiration came from nature, incorporating green and white. At last minute I decided to add grey as a feature colour. My favourite flower has always been the pink protea which is why I carried this through the whole wedding in various sizes.
THE DRESS: I searched for a timeless and unique gown that fit my body perfectly. I loved the simple drop of my dress and how it hugged my hips without being too revealing. The lace motifs on the train were exquisite and made me feel like a fairy. The gown is French chantilly lace with a V-neck, thin straps and a low back.
THE CEREMONY: I grew up in Houghton only a few streets away from Glen Ewin Estate and had family who had worked at the property when it was once a jam factory. It was always a special place for me and was on the top of the wedding venue list!
In keeping with the rustic elegance theme, my father and I designed a flower arch made from birch wood to be the main feature for the ceremony. Our florist hung vines and proteas on the arch, which looked amazing! We also placed flower jars atop tree stumps at the beginning of the aisle.
THE DÉCOR: We loved the rustic charm of the Pulpshed and wanted to keep it as simple as possible. My mother and I handmade the grey table runners which looked amazing with the vines and jars of flowers scattered along them. I made over one hundred candles of varying sizes and placed them in op-shop glasses to go along the tables. They were all salted caramel scented which filled the room with a scrumptious smell! We added a hanging ladder as the main display over the bridal table, and used a salvaged green door as our seating plan. Anthony and I placed two disposable cameras on each table for guests to use on the night. The photos are hilarious! We had our banquet menu printed on white card and placed on brown clipboards for guests to read, whilst each place setting included vintage silver cutlery to fit in with the theme.
THE FLOWERS: The bride and bridesmaid bouquets consisted of proteas, David Austin roses, peonies, blue gum, pink peppercorns and greenery. The flower girls also wore gypsophila flower crowns. The table flowers were a mixture of scattered vines and bundles of white and pink flowers, whilst the hanging installation included vines, blue gums and proteas.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Rustic, candid and relaxed! We wanted to have a lot of fun and not be too stiff or posed in photos. When I met Andrea I loved her work because it captured the pure joy of weddings. I was really impressed with Andrea’s leadership and knowledge on the day. She gave great direction to everyone in photos and really put us at ease.
14 May 2016
THE COUPLE: Erin + Andy
PALETTE: We chose yellows, greens and occasional reds through the florals using natives sourced by our florist and good friend. Gingham prints and picnic checks in red and white graced the tables and our reupholstered chairs for the signing table showed off a beautiful blue and white.
THE DRESS: I was after a dress that was practical and slim fitting , allowing me to sit on the picnic rugs with friends and also pair with sneakers at some point in the day. It was a short, lace design with a high neckline.
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION: We are both naturalists who love bushwalking, gardening, native plants and camping. There is a nearby forest just a short walk from Long Gully which Andy and I both independently loved before we even met, and often enjoy walks there. We also grew up loving picnics with our families in the National Park so we thought it would be the perfect location to begin a family tradition. For the ceremony we had a two hundred and fifty metre long rope to line the aisle. It was set out and tied by my cousin, who was a navy seal in the US Navy. Flowers were also placed at the end of the white folded chairs. We repaired an old singer sewing machine table to sign the register on and reupholstered a number of stools with gingham prints to place around the table.
THE DÉCOR: Keeping with the outdoor picnic theme, we hired long trestle tables and umbrellas, as well as picnic blankets, pillows and long deck chairs in a red and white or blue and white stripe. Bunting was hung between the umbrellas, with wine barrels scattered for people to stand around. It was the perfect space for the children, who had their own small tables and woodland toys and masks to play with. Guests were able to engage in a game of cricket, totem tennis or throw a Frisbee.
THE FLOWERS: Our flowers were all natives, in keeping with our love of nature. The blooms were a mixture of yellow and red with green foliage, and were placed on the tables in glass jars and across wooden crates.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Evan Bailey was brilliant and captured the relaxed, outdoor and intimate atmosphere perfectly. The photos of Andy and I in the forest with the bridal party are particularly special whilst the snaps of the tug of war really showcased the fun-filled day.
wedding photos by evan bailey photography
30 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Kelly + Patrick
PALETTE: Blush and navy. Patrick really wanted a navy suit and I loved the colour of the bridesmaid dresses!
THE DRESS: My gown featured ivory embroidered tulle, including roses spun with metallic thread. The bodice encompassed a sweetheart neckline, satin underlay with sheer lace outer layer, embroidered roses around the boat neckline, sheer lace cap sleeves and pearl buttons lining the back. The dress cinched in at the waist, wrapped with a satin ribbon belt that tied into a classic bow and flowed onto a soft draped A-line skirt.
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION: We chose Longview Vineyard because of its truly stunning surroundings, including beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, old gum trees and superb gardens. We met the cellar door staff on our first visit and they made planning and holding the wedding such a breeze. They are willing to go the extra mile for you, have a wealth of experience in hosting weddings and most importantly they’re friendly, easy going and fun to work with.
THE DÉCOR: For ceremony decor we utilised our own white double doors and picket fence and decorated them with two beautiful, natural and overgrown foliage garlands consisting of berries and blooms. For aisle pews, flowers were arranged in antique jars and decorated with burlap and lace. Fresh rose petals in mixed pale tones were also lightly scattered down the aisle. We designed and made a lot of the aspects of the day ourselves, including the drinks and food menus and chalk boards. My mother’s wedding dress was on display (I wanted to wear it, however it was way too small for me!). We also placed framed pictures of family members from their own wedding days across a nearby table, which we felt was a reminder of where we have both come from and honoured the special place that family has in our hearts.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet was so beautiful and feminine, possessing a fresh ‘garden picked’ feel. It incorporated David Austin roses, O’Hara roses, coral charm peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, scabiosa, lisianthus and berries, in tones of blush pink, ivory, white, peach, blonde, dusty green and pops of coral. Olive, ivy berry, silver dollar and lambs ear were used as foliage fillers. Long flowing antique lace and hand dyed French silk bound the stems. Tied to my bouquet were my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding rings, which was a way for me to have lost loved ones a part of the special day.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelsey photographed our friend’s wedding and we had an absolute ball with her on their special day. We also loved Kelsey’s finished products and that was all we needed to confirm that the bright, bubbly and supremely happy Kelsey would be the one to catch all the memories from our day. She was able to make us feel at ease, had fantastic ideas and was a smiling, friendly face on the other side of the camera. She is truly fabulous!
19 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Timothy + Kristen
PALETTE: Black, white, silver and gold. We wanted a mix of masculinity and elegance.
THE SUITS: Our suits were tailor made. I wore a black dinner suit with a full satin lapel, white shirt, bowtie and Prada shoes. Timothy wore a black herringbone suit with satin trim, white shirt, black satin tie and Christian Louboutin shoes.
THE CEREMONY: Our garden ceremony was detached, private and lush yet perfectly central in location. The set up of the beautiful park was everything we wanted. We chose Americana chairs and a black aisle runner. Timothy's father built the gazebo frame we were married under.
THE RECEPTION: We were the first same sex couple to have a wedding at our reception venue and the team went above and beyond to surpass any expectations. They allowed us to bring the lush greenery into their centre and transform the premises into an indoor garden.
THE DÉCOR: Tiziana and Adriana from the Bizzarro team were amazing. Open-air structures were built over sixteen tables and covered with fresh peppercorn branches to give the guest seating an intimate, outdoor gazebo feel. The remaining tables were decorated with custom-built trees to continue the 'indoor garden' theme. Each table was covered with floating candles placed in silver, gold and clear votives. We scattered candles across our table, which was also backed by box brush screening, man made trees and our signature 'TK' logo in the centre.
THE FLOWERS: Timothy, the groomsmen and myself wore black and white poppy boutonnieres. The girls held a single white peony bouquet and our parents wore phalaenopsis orchid boutonnieres and custom corsages.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were flicking through an issue of Brides of Adelaide Magazine and came across B Captured by Ky Luu's advertisement. After seeing his incredible work, Timothy and I both agreed that he was it. We left Ky in complete artistic control and just followed his direction. We trusted his opinion and it truly worked in our favour. Our photos are a true testament as to how talented Ky is. He captured the most intimate and precious moments of the day whilst making us feel comfortable and relaxed, no matter what the setting. His dedication to his job is second to none.
16 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Vanessa + Nick
PALETTE: White and silver for a fresh, sophisticated and elegant setting.
THE DRESS: I was lucky enough to wear two gorgeous gowns for my wedding, which were equally elegant and timeless. The ceremony gown was a very classic, off the shoulder style made from an ivory Mikado silk with a long train and button detail. The reception dress was a strapless, sequined design with a layered 'mermaid' silhouette at the bottom.
THE CEREMONY: We both instantly fell in love with our venue, booking it within a week of our engagement! The location's outside area was perfect for the ceremony given we wanted to be outdoors, and the reception space was the ideal blank canvas for decorative touches that would make it our own. We married beneath a gorgeous lined marquee with an extra large gold crystal chandelier suspended above us. The aisle had two heavy set runs of white freeze dried rose petals to line the length of the chair rows and create an illusion of a lawn carpet.Studio Botanic also arranged two large vases of white chrysanthemums, white tulips, and white roses on white plinths, carpeted with blooms.
THE DÉCOR: For the bridal table we chose an exquisite row of rectangular vases with white pillar candles and rock salts sitting back-to-back down the entire length of the table, with space left in between to hold the bouquets. An amazing and full carpet of chrysanthemums in two large varieties, double tulips and white roses held in mirrored, rectangular vases sat down the entire length of the guest tables. Between each vase was a smaller glass vase with a bed of white rock salts and white pillar candles. We also had overhead floral arrangements, including clusters of rounded 'chandelier shaped structures' made entirely of flowers and greenery and held up by an ivy trail. The chains holding up the surrounding chandeliers were also wrapped in ivy.
THE FLOWERS: I carried a simple and elegant bouquet of white roses bound with fabric from my gown and finished with a row of pearl pins to match the back of my dress.
PHOTOGRAPHER: After meeting with James and seeing what a fun, relaxed and happy person he is, we didn't look any further. We really wanted a photographer that took natural looking photos, and also had an eye for stunning backgrounds and settings.
5 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Rachael + Donato
PALETTE: We went for neutral tones, with the bridesmaids and decor in hues of creams and whites while the boys wore deep navy suits with a black lapel, white shirt, black silk ties and black shoes.
We had the first really warm day in September, so for an outdoor ceremony, it was absolutely perfect. The day went off without a hitch, bar the standard downside of the day passing by way too quick. Hair and makeup in the morning was great, everyone was so relaxed, chilled and just excited for the day. But all of a sudden, the cars pulled up out the front and it was ‘go’ time!
It was really special to have both parents walk me down the aisle, with my dad proudly finishing the final handover to Donato waiting. The ceremony was beautiful, serious at moments but also incorporated a lot of fun, laughs and of course love. I truly felt our two families coming together, with my brothers and Donato’s niece and nephew all reading passages.
The reception space exceeded my expectations. Everything from the centrepieces and table décor, to the fairy light canopy and the cake, was simply perfect. Our centrepieces were a mixture of high and low table arrangements with gypsophila and white bud roses while the cake was 4 tiers white chocolate mud cake and latte sponge. We offered our guests pre dinner canapés on the terrace of the Hickenbotham Hall, followed by antipasto, choice of entrée which was char-grilled prawns or ravioli. Mains were choice of beef fillet with polenta or chicken with a speck fritter, sides of steamed vegetables and a garden salad. Dessert was individual citrus tarts served with wedding cake, followed by chocolates, coffee and tea. So there was certainly an abundance of food!
Entertainment was provided by a 3 piece band who kept our guests entertained all night. They set the scene beautifully for Donato and my first dance, which we shared in spotlight to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. I also shared a special moment with my Mum, when I surprised organised our song to play. My mum is one of the most important people in the world to me, more my best friend and the one I can turn to whenever for anything. So I wanted to make sure we had a moment together to let her know all that. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house though, when it came to the Father-Daughter dance. Unbeknown to Dad, I had organised the song for us to share to be one with emotional meaning- Anthony Callea’s version of The Prayer was one of his late father, my late Grandfathers favourite songs. And dad not knowing this, only added to the sentimental value the song already had. But then the most special moment of the entire day happened. For the last part of the song, Dad called Donato out onto the dance floor and gave me to him. It was so special as I had no idea. I am not typically an emotional person, but this really got me. We really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, filled with all our family friends and more love than we could ever ask for.
My husband and I dedicated the success of our special day to our loved ones missing, but smiling down from heaven
27 January 2016
THE COUPLE: Kate + Arron
PALETTE: Arron and I chose rainbow hues for the reception, the bridal table was green and the guest tables were all different colours.
THE DRESS: My gown was inspired by the waves of the sea with alternating folds of silk, pleated chiffon in a full skirt and a small train that bustled up for the evening. It had thin straps, a polka-dot lace bodice and traditional lace upper with buttons on the back, the gown was light and wonderful and I felt amazing in it.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony location was very significant; it was close to what Arron referred to as the ‘magic rock’ at Sellicks Beach. We practically live on this beach, fishing, swimming and spending time with family and friends. It is absolutely stunning. Arron and I had an arch made out of driftwood and hired wooden ‘cinema’ benches for seating. Lining the aisles were old shipping ropes and ‘knobby club rush’, a native coastal plant, which is prevalent in Yorke Peninsula where we met.
THE DÉCOR: The table decorations were all items from our home, the beach shack and the homes of our families. They consisted of old books, bottles, jars, painted bones, potion bottles, shells, matchboxes and succulents from our garden placed in goblets. Each table was assigned a colour of the rainbow, and only items of that colour were placed there, alongside flowers and floating candles. I hand painted seating cards to correspond with the correct table colour and personalised thank you note on the reverse side. We also included fork and spoon napkin rings stamped with ‘spoon me’, ‘fork you’ or ‘eat’. The ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ sign was carved out of cuttlefish that Arron and I collected at Yorke Peninsula. We also hired a clear marquee, lawn games, Daytona arcade games and outdoor furniture.
THE FLOWERS: I was after something very natural. I loved greenery and bright colours and simply left the rest up to my florist. We followed a colour guide for each reception table and I provided a colour palette for each of the bridesmaids’ half crowns. We were originally planning to have large gumleaf garland decorating the ceremony arch, however the arbour looked so beautiful on its own that we draped the piece over the signing table.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were seeking something different. Ky is incredible, his style of photography and amazing eye for detail was just what we were after, Ky was very professional and went above and beyond.
20 January 2016
THE COUPLE: Kylie + Justin
PALETTE: our colour palette was blue, white and pink. I chose the colour and style of the bridesmaid dresses early, which were larkspur and an ivory colour. Justin and I then matched colours that complemented the dresses including navy suits and light pastel coloured flowers of white, light pinks and dusty miller to blend in the larkspur.
THE DRESS: I was looking for something with lace and detail over the shoulders; something different from the strapless look. It was a fitted dress covering my shoulders with beautiful, elegant ivory lace and a champagne undertone.
THE CEREMONY: Justin and I wanted a traditional ceremony and once we drove past this church we instantly fell in love with it. It was beautiful and had spectacular surrounding gardens, which were perfect to capture the photographs for the day.
THE RECEPTION: we wanted somewhere easily accessible for our guests to attend and return home from, so the city was a perfect location. We visited the Mortlock Library and both fell in love with the idea if having our reception there, nothing could compare after this! The atmosphere created from the old books on the mezzanine level cannot be described in words; it is mesmerising and calm to say the least. We had one long table with all our guests, including the bridal party, which gave it an inviting feel.
THE DÉCOR: our stylist from Bizzarro created spectacular table settings. We had one long table with all our guests, including the bridal party, which gave it an inviting feel. Out table set up had a continuous flow by using paper runners from one end to the other with an arrangement of candles, books and flowers. Justin and I both love coffee and thought it would be nice to have a barista whip up coffee for guests.
THE FLOWERS: I chose arrangement of white roses, blush roses, dusty miller and freesias. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar to mine with gypsophila instead of the freesias and the flower girl held a bouquet of gypsophilia.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Justin and I chose Mark from Bentinmarcs Photography and absolutely loved him. We immediately felt relaxed and comfortable from our first consultation and thereafter. Mark was funny, made us laugh and took beautiful photographs, capturing our special moments during the day.
6 January 2016
THE COUPLE: Paige + Jake
PALETTE: Our colour palette was extremely bold, consisting of mainly orange, pink and yellow. Cameron and I are both very creative and wanted a distinctive element to our wedding. We are also quite outdoorsy, so we introduced earthy tones into the pops of colour.
THE DRESS: My gown was designed and built fro scratch. I was looking for something that suited my personality and was distinct from the traditional bridal gowns. I wanted a backless sequined, 'figure hugging' style with am air of sophistication. My train was hand sewn ruffled lace fabric.
THE CEREMONY: Over two years ago we ventured to the Adelaide Hills for a day trip to the wineries. As soon as we drove into the venue, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. That overwhelming feeling of 'this is it'. Our ceremony décor was quite refined, as we wanted our family and friends to admire the natural beauty of the location. We chose white Americana chairs for guest seating and a wine barrel for our celebrant to utilise. Cameron and I also had an entertaining 'open photo booth' for guests to enjoy once the ceremony was over. It was a mini Jeep Wrangler with a personalised stamp of our names, wedding date and 'Just Married' printed on the side.
THE DÉCOR: All our decor was supplied by Olive You Occasions, including personalised items such as milk bottles, 'C & P' letters on our table, wine barrel toppers with our wedding logo, two little orange tea light hippos, humorous books about love and friendship and an eclectic hand painted wooden family. There were also orange espresso cups which were used as tea light holders, wooden photo frames, yellow and orange vases and jugs, a 'mini Jeep Wrangler open photo booth', giant pink balloons with ribbon, white ornament birds and a white 'LOVE' sign. All of our signs and stationery such as menu, program, 'thankyou' and instagram signs and unique table seating chart were designed and printed by Olive You Occasions.
THE FLOWERS: Flower arrangements were a distinct feature of our wedding, there were colourful displays placed in milk bottles and vases at the reception, and a breathtaking hanging floral swing suspended from the ceiling above guest seating.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Cameron and I chose Jade Norwood as our photographer. We were looking for a fun, personal and natural photography resulting in images that reflected our relationship and personalities. Cameron and I had our engagement shoot with Jade, which was very relaxed, and the photos turned out incredible.
30 December 2015
THE COUPLE: CATERINA + CORY
THE GUESTS: 110
PALETTE: White, gold, black and coral.
THE DRESS: My gorgeous gown was designed and created by Liz from Eliza French. I really trusted Liz’s vision and expertise and she guided me through the entire process. We worked together to produce something truly special and I was extremely happy with the final result. My gown was a white silk organza design with a French lace and nude underlay.
THE CEREMONY: We loved the idea of walking from the ceremony to the reception with our guests. After discovering our reception venue, we looked at the surrounding parklands. Cory and I chose a beautiful grassed area with an iconic Adelaide backdrop to highlight our love of the city. The location offered a pleasant walk along the River Torrens with views of the Adelaide Convention Centre, Festival Theatre, and new Torrens footbridge.
THE RECEPTION: Cory and I chose Glen Ewin Estate for their outstanding food, perfect city centre location and unique ambiance and atmosphere, mingling with other guests while the bridal party went for photos.
THE DECOR: We chose gorgeous Moroccan lanterns that perched above the bridal table. Our florist pieced together a breathtaking floral arrangement to complement the incredible lighting display. The feature completely took my breath away. The number of stems and the density of the flowers were above and beyond what I had expected. We also scattered Moroccan-inspired vessels and candle holders with bunches of flowers to complete the look.
THE FLOWERS: The floral arrangements consisted of David Austin roses, dahlias and blackberries.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Cory and I were looking for a good balance between candid and posed shots. We chose Kim from Panache Photography for his bubbly and enthusiastic nature. Kim was super efficient, lots of fun and had a great eye for detail. It was clear Kim was very experienced and provided exceptional ideas and guidance for photos, locations and timelines.
16 December 2015
THE COUPLE: PAIGE + JAKE
PALETTE: We combined our love of rural, modern, boho, classic and romantic. Everyone who attended our wedding could see Jake and I in every detail! Jake and I chose white and gold with a pop of colour through the bridesmaid bouquets and greenery. We wanted to keep it tasteful, timeless and true to us.
THE DRESS: I loved my gown! It had the ‘boho’ feel I was looking for, whilst also being fitted and flowy at the same time. I really wanted a beautiful silhouette, which was romantic and whimsical with a sexy side to it.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony location has always been our ‘go-to’ place for when we need some ‘us’ time. Every year we stay there at least once and we would always look out onto their beautiful garden and think what a gorgeous place that would be to get married!
THE RECEPTION: The Port Lincoln Hotel was definitely an all in one venue. Our guests were able to enjoy a drink while waiting for the reception to commence, and they were also able to book accommodation for the night. It was a spacious venue with a beautiful view! Jake and I wanted to keep it casual yet also traditional. We wanted a sense of calm throughout the day whilst keeping guests entertained and able to let their hair down at night! When guests arrived they were treated to canapés in the entrance foyer, before being welcomed into the ballroom. The bridal table was placed in the middle of the room with four long tables either side; this suited our relaxed vibe and allowed us to feel close to our guests who were coming to congratulate us!
THE DECOR: Each reception table had a gold sequined runner with five floral arrangements and tea lights in little glass vases down the centre. The candy buffet was the bomboniere for our guests so at each place setting we placed candy bags with paper doilies, a golden peg and our guests’ names printed on the front. Jake and I used white Chiavari chairs, with a beautiful white silky organza woven through the bridal party chairs to ensure our table stood out. We also used white bench ottomans, lounges and glossy side tables. The amazing hanging floral arrangement above the bridal table was created by my mother and was definitely my favourite element of the reception decor.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet consisted of all white peony roses, cluster roses, white spray roses, carnations and tulips. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were filled with beautiful coral tones from stem roses, stem cluster roses, billy button, tulips and asparagus fern greenery. All white disbud chrysanthemum, with green foliage of asparagus fern and ivy berry floral arrangements were placed at the reception.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jake and I chose Jade after seeing her work and also after having our engagement shoot with her. We had so much fun, felt so comfortable and we shared the same vision as her. Jake and I wanted to keep our photos as natural as possible and did not want to look posed. We also wanted to capture the fun we were having with our bridal party along with the love that we share.
9 December 2015
THE COUPLE: Kristine + Leeham
PALETTE: The girls wore varying shades of red and pink in their lipstick and carried bright colours through their bouquets.
THE DRESS: My dress was custom made. After trying on so many dresses I realised I wanted something that I could look back on and love! Most importantly I wanted to feel comfortable and beautiful in my dress. My gown was low back with a fitted bust and a unique lace over the bodice. The gown flowed out at the waist, just below a beautiful belt. It was designed perfectly and the staff really catered to everything I wanted. I also had a two meter detachable train. It was great having the option to take it off so I could dance and move around freely without holding onto it all night!
THE CEREMONY: I always dreamed of a wedding in a beautiful old church. This was something I had my heart set on from when Leeham proposed. It was really amazing seeing the church doors open and Leeham standing at the alter, and saying our vows to each other in front of all our family and friends. The church was absolutely lovely and had such a nice warm feeling. They were also very accommodating to our choice of music and flowers.
THE RECEPTION: We heard amazing reviews of the venue. Leeham and I looked at a few different function rooms, however this venue really catered to anything and everything we wanted, making the entire process so easy. Once we went through all the special features the reception could offer us we both knew we wanted to have our reception there.
THE DECOR: We placed flowers down the aisle and tulle hanging from row to row with additional flowers on a pedestal. The fresh flowers added so much colour, life and a hint of the outdoors to the church ceremony. The ceremony venue was located on amazing grounds to capture some great photos! The centrepieces for the tables were flowers. We had a cone vase with a slightly unstructured large ball of flowers on top. This consisted of cream vendella roses, white ecuador roses, white lisianthus and a touch of greenery. The vase was placed on a mirrored base surrounded by three crystal tea lights. We had chandeliers and a backdrop for the bridal table, as well as Rococo white chairs. We included up lighting, fireworks and dry ice.
THE FLOWERS: The bouquets consisted of soft pink roses, with a darker pink rose and white lisianthus, cream vendella rose, green lisianthus, a small touch of the black privet berry and gum leaf.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We wanted traditional elegance with a modern feel. We were seeking some timelessly romantic photos, but at the same time wanted a few fun group shots as well. We heard really good reviews about the work of Photos Xposed Photography and when we went to meet them we got along so well. Leeham and I loved their professionalism and their willingness to take on our ideas.
2 December 2015
THE COUPLE: Rechelle + Michael
PALETTE: Pale pinks, soft pastels with other neutral shades.
THE DRESS: Originally I wanted a simple lace design, however I ended up choosing a fitted strapless full lace ‘mermaid’ style gown. This style suited my body perfectly. I also added sheer straps and had the dress lowered at the back..
THE CEREMONY: As soon as we walked through the venue we fell in love. There were peacocks and chickens wandering, butterflies in the garden and an abundance of gorgeous flowers. It was naturally beautiful with a very relaxed feel. After the ceremony we treated guests to drinks and canapés on the grassed area where there were lawn games, a swing, tables, lounge chairs, a wheelbarrow filled with water bottles, a guest book table with an old typewriter and an array of flower-filled jars.
THE RECEPTION: Michael and I were looking for something unique. The location had a beautiful French provincial style barn with grand mirrors wrapping around the interior walls. It was beautifully rustic and alternative which we loved. We also wanted our ceremony and reception in the one location.
THE DÉCOR: Our seating chart was a large vintage glass window and we also offered an assortment of ‘flip flops’ for those ladies who wanted to kick off their heels and a basket of blankets for anyone who was feeling the weather. We chose a long table setting with white linen, silver glassware, white plates and gold Chiavari chairs for our reception. The candles were rustic gold and crystal in all different sizes and were beautifully scattered down the table. Accompanying greenery mingled through the centre of the table and surrounded the candles, including olive tree branches and varying shades of pale pink and cream roses.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet was an unstructured design with a mixture of pastels and bright-coloured blooms. The flowers included pink lisianthus, David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses and greenery bound with ivory ribbon. Rose petals were scattered down the aisle and similar florals were used to decorate the tables, outdoor swing, as well as my hair accessory. Michael’s buttonhole was made up of silver suede, greenery and freesia.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were looking for attention to detail with beautiful light imagery that could really capture the moment. We chose Kelsey from Elevation Photography. I received Kelsey’s details through a friend’s recommendation. As soon as we met, we just ‘clicked’, almost as though we had known each other for years. I looked through her photographs and absolutely loved them. I would highly recommend her; she made the day so enjoyable and Michael and I were very relaxed.
25 November 2015
THE COUPLE: Rebecca + Brett
THE PALETTE: We chose a beach theme because we both love the sea and sand. It is also very relaxing and calming. We ultimately wanted a wedding that included our closest family and friends, featuring stunning flowers, great music and brilliant food and wine.
THE DRESS: I was looking for an elegant, fitted gown with intricate beading and lace. I opted for an off white bodice with lace and beading over the top. I designed my gown and it was a very special experience. I am so in love with my dress. It was a one shouldered fitted gown featuring French lace and beading. Layers of tulle were placed towards the bottom of the gown to give a softened look, which perfectly complemented the beach theme.
THE CEREMONY: It was a beautiful spot looking out to the water. We wanted our guests to be able to see the water behind us during the ceremony. We also live locally and it is a special location for us
THE RECEPTION: We were looking for a modern location overlooking the beach, and of course fantastic food and a great wine list. We had dined there before and the food was amazing. We were able to utilise the balcony area for canapés and drinks after the wedding ceremony, and also design a beautiful three-course meal to our liking.
THE DÉCOR: The table centrepieces were a very unique design featuring orchids in a long husk, to complement the long tables. My ceremony had a bamboo backdrop with orchids and tulle attached, which was later placed as a backdrop to the bridal table.
THE FLOWERS: My bridal bouquet consisted of large white phalaenopsis and Singapore orchids in a cascading waterfall design. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were the same as mine but smaller in size.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were looking for modern, fresh photography. Daniel Kalisz is a very close friend of ours and a brilliant photographer. He also previously photographed our baby daughter for us.
11 November 2015
COUPLE: Lanie + James
PALETTE: Cream, ivory and apricot.
THE DRESS: I wanted to look back at photos of my wedding dress in twenty years and still think it was the loveliest dress I had ever seen. I opted for something simple and elegant with bohemian elements to it. The dress was Thai double ply silk with a full skirt and vintage French Chantilly lace covering the bust, with spaghetti straps joining at the back for a very simple look.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony decor consisted of a few rows of Chiavari chairs with rose petals down the aisle and little bunches of gypsophila hanging from the aisle chairs. The aisle led down to an archway we had made especially for the occasion, consisting of two beautiful old doors connected at the top with reclaimed wood, decorated again with bunches of gypsophila. The rose petals were from my mother’s own garden! As my father walked me down the aisle, James’ father also played the guitar. Both my mother and James’ mother read aloud readings we had chosen. We made sure our family were very involved in the ceremony!
THE RECEPTION: Longview Vineyard was the first reception venue we looked at and we fell in love with it straight away! It was beautiful, rustic and felt very warm and inviting to us. The view from the venue was absolutely breathtaking and being that little way out from the city gave us a feeling of intimacy and seclusion from the rest of the world for the day. The staff at Longview were the most helpful people we had ever encountered which also assisted with the decision.
THE DÉCOR: James and I chose a very simple centrepiece consisting of a glass vase filled with bunches of gypsophila. I made our table numbers myself from reclaimed wood. The venue provided and set up fairy lights around the wooden posts in the room and I created ‘chandeliers’ by wiring jars with candles in them and hanging them from a ring over each table. Our florist was lovely enough to decorate these chandeliers with more gypsophila and hung them from the ceiling for me. The whole venue covered with candles and fairy lights was magical!
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet consisted of white roses, carnations and lisianthus and the rest of the wedding was decorated in bunches of gypsophila.
PHOTOGRAPHER: James and I had Kelsey Marshall from Elevation Photography and we could not have been happier with her! With so many wedding photographers to choose from in Adelaide we were a little overwhelmed with the decision but in the end we chose Kelsey because not only did she have an array of different photos in her portfolio but she was a genuinely warm person to deal with and made us feel as though she was just as excited as we were for our wedding! We wanted our photos to be candid and really capture the day itself.
4 November 2015
THE COUPLE: Lauren + Jason
PALETTE: We chose a rustic vibe with neutral and pastel colours, which tied in with the venue.
THE DRESS: I wanted a timeless gown that would complement my curvy figure. I loved the work of many recognised Israeli designers, and gained a lot of inspiration from them. Their designs are very glamorous and feminine. My gown was a backless, white satin with a lace bodice and delicate beading. I also incorporated detachable sleeves, as I could not decide whether I wanted them or not. I wore the sleeves for the ceremony and removed them for the reception.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony was set up on the lawn with white Americana chairs and two large white umbrellas to shade from the sun. Wine barrels held two large flower arrangements and were placed at the beginning of the aisle. There was another large table arrangement set up near the celebrant. I created little cones, filled them with petals and sat them in a rustic crate for guests to toss. There was also lawn games set up for guests to play before and after the ceremony.
THE RECEPTION: We decided on a cocktail celebration, as we didn’t want the day to feel too formal. We enjoyed spending time mingling with our family and friends.
THE DÉCOR: As our reception was cocktail style, we used wine barrels as tables and scattered bar stools around them. Each of the barrels had tea light candles in mason jars with flowers alongside. The vintage furniture was set up in clusters around the barrel hall. We had fairy lights cascading from the roof and a number of up-lights that lit up the barrels and surrounding walls. There was a beautiful flower feature in an old rustic wheelbarrow, which looked amazing. We also used hay bails for additional seating.
THE FLOWERS: I had a gorgeous trailing bouquet with a generous selection of seasonal flowers, leaves and tendrils in a softly cascading shape. It was an unstructured design, and asymmetrical for a relaxed feminine feel. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made from gypsophila.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason and I were looking for lovely natural photography, which perfectly portrayed the day with all its love and emotions. We loved all of the photos Andrea captured.
28 October 2015
THE COUPLE: Trista + Cameron
PALETTE: We wanted the day to be enjoyable, relaxed and ‘us’. Cameron and I wanted a fairly simple wedding with a few ‘DIY’ touches. With a love of vintage and rustic styling we used hessian, string, and brown paper and fairly neutral colours, with some blush and pastel tones. This theme allowed us to include some personal touches, get crafty and have a day that reflected us.
THE DRESS: After visiting multiple bridal stores and trying on a variety of wedding gowns I knew they weren’t ‘me’. At first I was not entirely sure what I was after, I wasn’t a girl who grew up with a ‘dream dress’ idea, however there were particular dresses that stood out to me straight away. I decided I wanted something lacy with a vintage feel that was simple in shape yet had some detail. When looking at gowns I always found myself looking at the back. I also wanted something that I could be comfortable in all day. My gown was a ‘v-neck’ bust with scallop edging and pretty lace straps that also ran down the back forming a ‘v-shape’. There was also a beautiful hand beaded embellished band under the bust that wrapped around to form a bow at the back. The entire dress had intricate hand beaded work. My something blue was a ring with a blue stone, belonging to my late grandmother, which I tied to the inside of my dress.
THE CEREMONY: As I grew up in South Australia and my entire family are still living there, Cameron and I made regular trips down to visit. We knew for some time South Australia would be where we would tie the knot. After our engagement, we looked into Adelaide wedding venues, in particular looking for a location where we could potentially plan the wedding ourselves. Once we came across this beautiful provincial homestead and viewed photos of previous weddings there, we instantly fell in love. It was from that moment we knew it was the place for us! The venue is absolutely breathtaking and located in such a beautiful part of South Australia. We had quite a simple ceremony, which we actually wrote ourselves, including our vows. It was really special listening to the vows, which reflected our appreciation of one another, our commitment to our future together and our selfless love.
THE RECEPTION: The reception was nestled amongst the beautiful French homestead on a tennis court and by a pool creating a perfect blank canvas for us to do as we wished. We were able to arrange everything just as we wanted. Having the wedding in one location allowed family and friends to go straight from the ceremony to the reception and enjoy the afternoon eating, drinking, dancing, playing lawn games and mingling with other guests while the bridal party went for photos.
THE DÉCOR: I sewed hessian square mats, which were placed in the middle of the tables and topped with recycled jars and ‘freshly picked’ flower arrangements. On each guests’ plate there was a homemade thank you message from the bride and groom on brown card. We displayed vintage books, along with photos of our grandparents who have gone before us, recognising that they will be forever present in our hearts. I also made the ‘key to your seat’ with guests’ names and table numbers and the ‘advice for the bride and groom’ slips. We hired other decor items including lounges, wine barrels for tables, suitcases, books, a ladder, wooden crates, watering cans, and chalk boards. We had games on the lawn, drinks in wine barrels and an acoustic guitarist followed later by his band members. For us it was about creating a fun vibe and an enjoyable laid back celebration. The photo booth was a vintage lounge with vintage suitcases beside it, where guests took photographs with a Polaroid camera. They could take a photo home with them and also add one to our own personal collection.
THE FLOWERS: A mixture of white flowers with a few blush tones. The bouquets were white chrysanthemums and blush roses wrapped with twine. On the tables there were mixed flowers with additional colour including lavender, baby’s breath, dahlias and green foliage.
PHOTOGRAPHER: The moment I saw Tamika’s photos I just fell in love with her style. I also saw photos she had taken at our wedding venue, which definitely helped us make our decision! Her photos are natural and capture all the special moments. Tamika’s personality makes for a relaxed feel in front of the camera. She knows her job well and has a natural approach, which made us very at ease.
wedding photos by tamika lee photography
14 October 2015
THE COUPLE: Georgia + Harry
PALETTE: White. I chose all white decor because it is simple and elegant.
THE DRESS: Anne from Rapsimo made my dress and she did an amazing job! I didn’t want the night to be over because I wanted to keep wearing my dress. I was looking for something unique, which I had not seen before. My gown was a two-piece design, with a full skirt and train. It was gathered on the side with pockets. The top was sweet heart-shape with dainty spaghetti straps and covered with lace, pearls and beading.
THE RECEPTION: We loved the reception venue for its amazing food and ‘sunken’ dance floor. The coordinators were lovely to work with, very professional and organised. We also had a very large guests list so we needed to ensure our chosen venue could accommodate this.
THE DÉCOR: For the ceremony we displayed two large gypsophila arrangements on pedestals in tall clear vases filled with water. On each pew there was a bow tied up with satin ribbon and bunches of gypsophila. Harry and I handed out little bottles of bubbles and bags filled with white roses and rice for our ceremony exit. For our bridal table, we scattered gypsophila filled vases and crystal tea light candles across mirrored bases. On guest tables there were alternate centrepieces of gypsophila with crystal tea lights and crystal candelabras. Place cards were at each table setting with pearl stickers above and below guest names.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet consisted of white roses whilst my bridesmaids carried gypsophila posies.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Harry and I wanted all natural photos with greenery backdrops. We chose Photos Xposed as our photographer. We loved Vinny and Lori and clicked with them so well from our first consultation. We knew they would make the day relaxing and enjoyable with their incredible sense of humour.
7 October 2015
COUPLE: Natalie + Jace
PALETTE: Our wedding palette was neutral, as I wanted our decor and dresses to be simple and rustic. I also wanted to choose colours that I would look back on down the track and still love.
THE DRESS: I wanted my dress to be one of a kind and a little different with a romantic feel. I worked with George from Alexis George to come up with my perfect, one of a kind dress. The gown was made with rare vintage ivory glass beaded French lace with hand cut applique and a soft mesh ‘mermaid’ skirt. I loved it!
THE CEREMONY: Jace and I wanted an outdoor ceremony so we chose a beautiful lawn area overlooking vineyards. We had a wedding arch made by our good friend, and decorated it with tulle and gypsophila. We also had buckets filled with gypsophila lining the aisle.
THE RECEPTION: Jace and I wanted our wedding to extend over three days so we could spend quality time with all our family and friends. We chose this location as we could hire the entire venue for the weekend, allowing us to also spend the Sunday reminiscing with guests and anyone else who wanted to pop by. We loved the property as it had so many gorgeous elements including the vineyard, the pool with fairy lights above, and the estate itself. The venue provided the rustic relaxed vibe that we were looking for.
THE DÉCOR: At the reception we had three long tables, and down the middle were rustic vintage flower jars with a combination of gypsophila, white and cream lisianthus, white, cream and light pink cluster roses and green ivy foliage. There were also a lot of candles placed down the center of the tables. Jace and I opted for shared platters for entree and main so we ensured there was enough space on the tables for the platters. We also purchased wooden signs, bunting and a fingerprint tree, and hired wine barrels and easels. A friend of mine made the mirrored seating plan, place cards and cupcake sign.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We wanted natural shots that enhanced the rustic feel of the wedding and showed off all the beautiful locations around the venue. Jace and I wanted the photos to portray our love and the love we have for all our family and friends. We looked at the photos Jade had shot in the past and we loved her pictures. After meeting Jade we knew she was the one for us. Her bubbly and relaxed personality was a perfect fit for the wedding style we wanted. On the day she was so quick to get all the shots we wanted which meant we were able to go back to the party quickly. Whilst being very inconspicuous throughout the day, Jade’s personality added to our day and we loved working with her!
30 September 2015
THE COUPLE: Billie + Aaron
PALETTE: I fell in love with the beautiful warm gold, orange, pinks, reds and yellows in the bridesmaid’s dresses. The shades felt fitting for a spring wedding, and complemented my vibrantly coloured wedding dress.
THE DRESS: My gown was a gorgeous two-piece custom design, made from hand dyed French guipure lace over an ivory coloured silk. The dress consisted of a full high-wasted skirt with pockets and a waterfall hemline, and a cropped top with an open back. I wanted a wedding gown that was different and true to me. The idea of a green dress occurred to me one day and I could not get it out of my head.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony was in McLaren Vale. The location consisted of beautiful gardens and lush paddock surroundings. We were treated to incredible views of the natural scrub and native bush land, which made the moment feel very intimate and secluded. Aaron and I also loved the little winding dirt road leading to the property. The outside ceremony and garden setting perfectly reflected the love Aaron and I share for the great outdoors.
THE RECEPTION: A pretty outdoor spot to scatter tables and picnic rugs and hang festoon lighting. The art gallery was perfect for dancing, and the beautiful verandas offered an ideal mingling area for guests. The venue also had accommodation, where I stayed with my bridesmaids the night before the wedding. The location was nice and close to our ceremony venue too!
THE DÉCOR: Our ceremony was kept quite simple, to honour the beautiful gardens and scenic surroundings. Aaron and I decided on white Americana chairs for guests seating. We incorporated blackboard signage and hanging paper lanterns and scattered jars of fresh bright blooms. Beautiful dried petals were also available for guests to toss at the conclusion of the ceremony. At the reception, the decorations included paper lanterns of various colours and sizes to suit our colour palette. Aaron and I also displayed jars of fresh flowers to decorate the tables. We had hoped to have a lovely outdoor area for guests to eat and dance; however the weather had other ideas. This would have included a beautiful black leather lounge and other furniture from Vintage Scene Hire and scattered picnic rugs and cushions for guests to sit and mingle.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kim from Panache Photography was the first photographer Aaron and I met with and we decided then and there that he was perfect! We were very impressed with his work. Kim was so warm and friendly and genuinely wanted to get to know us. We were looking for outstanding quality photography. Aaron and I also wanted photos that captured all of the important moments, the finer details, the emotions and the fun in a natural candid style. Aaron and I absolutely loved the final result and could not be happier with how all of the photos turned out. Kim was also very happy to take some snaps with our beloved dog, Mack.
wedding photos by panache photography
23 September 2015
THE COUPLE: Kahlia + Nicholas
PALETTE: All white, off whites, crystal and mirrors
THE DRESS: I knew since I was a little girl I wanted a princess gown. I envisioned A LOT of tulle like a big fluffy cloud with an intricate bodice which would stand out over everything. This is exactly what was created for me. The bottom half of my gown was made with layers and layers of soft tulle, it puffed out from the tougher tulle underneath which was made into a netting style so I could achieve the full effect. The top half of the gown was put together with mesh material and covered with beaded lace consisting of pearls and pearlescent beads. The back of the dress was pulled together by a series of silk buttons.
THE CEREMONY: For the ceremony, we chose a church with the most stunning interior, it was so colourful and busy and full of gold tones. We did not add too much decor, only two extra urns with white roses placed on either side of Nicholas and I.
THE RECEPTION: From our first meeting, Larry at Festival Functions made us feel so confident and excited. The venue originally caught my eye due to the beautiful menu. From there it ticked every single one of our boxes for our dream glamour wedding. For the reception we organised two fire stick performers to perform a fire show while our guests indulged in their main meals. It was a lot of fun! They danced to recent pop music and kept us all entertained with amazing tricks. Not something we had ever come across at a Greek Cypriot style wedding. Our guests seemed thoroughly entertained and took plenty of pictures. Also, a Greek Cypriot tradition is to pin money on us during the reception.
THE DÉCOR: In addition to the large chandelier that hangs at the Festival Function centre, we also had three clusters of chandeliers hanging down over our bridal table. We hung white draping and blue and purple coloured LED lighting around the room. Our bridal party table was lined with square glass vases full of different types of white blooms. Our table centrepieces were grand crystal candelabras that held bunches of white blossoms in the middle. Nicholas and I had the urns we used for our church moved to the reception to stand on either side of the bridal party table. We also had a photo booth.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet was a big ball of white peonies with very minimal amount of silver leaf underneath, and wrapped in a white satin ribbon.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicholas and I were looking for photos we had not seen before; we were hoping to find someone different. We were seeking intimate photos and someone who would portray that. We chose Belle Photo. When we first met Luigi, he made us laugh and explained things in thorough detail to us.
9 September 2015
THE COUPLE: Teghan + Aaron
PALETTE: Peach and teal hues with a subtle mix of pastel shades. The palette was fun, light and summer inspired. Aaron and I wanted a casual wedding, with a very relaxed persona.
THE DRESS: I wanted something flowy, unique and a little out of the ordinary. My gown was ivory silk chiffon with a very low back, small train, semi sheer tulle straps and gorgeous hand-made flowers.
THE CEREMONY: Aaron and I reside in Darwin so we flew down to Adelaide to view local venues. This was the first venue we looked at and we both absolutely loved the feel and overall vibe of the place. Aaron and I booked the entire venue for the weekend. We loved that our close family and friends were able to stay on-site in one of the twelve beach huts. Our wedding was transformed into an incredible weekend celebration.
THE RECEPTION: Aaron and I chose the same location for our ceremony and reception. The decor of the restaurant perfectly complemented the relaxed ambiance we were after. The food was fantastic and our drinks package allowed for all premium wines and beer. Aaron and I partook in our first dance almost immediately upon entering the reception, allowing us to enjoy the rest of the night with our guests.
THE DECOR: For our ceremony we hired Americana chairs and umbrellas from the venue. Aaron and I also included a garden bar, a personalised welcome sign, fingerprint station, and an alter of draped ribbons and lace. For our reception tablescape, we chose an assortment of clear and blue mason jars filled with flowers and scattered an abundance of candles. The menus doubled as the guests’ place cards and were displayed on individual clipboards. Our table numbers were white wooden freestanding numbers and we also suspended a flower- covered ladder above the bar. Aaron and I decided to have a children’s table with crayons, activity books and disposable cameras. A cigar bar was set up in a room off to the side, which our guests absolutely loved.
THE FLOWERS: My oversized bouquet was made up of roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace and snapdragon. My bridesmaids carried a similar arrangement. The assorted table vessels featured a similar combination, containing mainly wild flowers.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron and I wanted very natural, fun and candid photography. After spending time looking through photographers we discovered Fiona Thurlings, who came highly recommended from a friend. We instantly loved her style and knew she would capture the day perfectly.
2 September 2015
THE COUPLE: Alicia + Luke
THE STYLE: Luke and I chose a vintage country themed wedding. Both living outside the major city and loving anything with a vintage retro feel, our guests continually told us it reflected our style.
THE DRESS: I was looking for a knee length vintage feel, something different but still traditional white. Apart from those requirements I was open to just about anything, knowing that something would eventually jump out at me. My gown was everything I wanted; knee length, round neck, capped sleeves and made completely out of sequins!
THE CEREMONY:A friend of my mother’s dropped in conversation that his daughter married on a block of land he owned out the back of Normanville and he kindly offered it to Luke and I. Driving out to such a beautiful country side, and pulling into this stunning vacant block surrounded by forestry was just magical. We did not look at any other venues after seeing it. There were numerous non-traditional aspects to our wedding. Luke and I decided not to have a wedding party for starters. Also, Luke and I met at the venue before the guests arrived and I did not walk down an aisle, instead we walked together to the spot we chose to read our vows. I think it’s important to do what you and your partner wish to do, if you want something non traditional then do it! Especially if it means you’ll be happier and more comfortable.
THE RECEPTION:Luke and I could not decide on a reception venue, taking into consideration we wanted this wedding to be relaxing, we decided to have everything in the one place.
THE DECOR: Most of our decor was collected over time from op shops and antique stores. We found some amazing pieces like crates, tables, vases, and a ten pin bowling set. Luke and I also had a vintage gumball machine filled with lollies, which was a hit with the kids! With such incredible scenery around us, we seemed to utilise it without knowing. Luke and I married in front of a big stump with beautiful ivy growing over it, which my sister-in-law decorated with vases filled with flowers. We scattered wine barrels from local wineries throughout the block for guests’ convenience. We also had parasols and fans for guests, and hired a marvellous castle shaped marquee.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet had a mixture of lisianthus, roses, everlasting daisies, gypsophila, and different foliage and ferns.
PHOTOGRAPHER: When Luke and I went to meet Karalee she was so down to earth and had a genuine understanding of what we were after in a photographer. On the day she was just magnificent and I feel she really made our wedding special. When we received our photos back they were exactly what we had wished for and more! Luke and I were after someone who understood the kind of people we were, someone who could work well with us to achieve the result we wanted. We were not after glitzy and glamorous, just natural and real.
photographs by angelsmith photography
26 August 2015
THE COUPLE: Ida + Michael
PALETTE: Ivory, green and lavender.
STYLE: Rustic elegance would be the best way to describe our theme. There was an abundance of fairy lights and large white lanterns at the reception. We wanted to create a relaxed and happy feel as if you were at a carnival. We both love the Adelaide Fringe Festival so we coordinated our wedding date to coincide with the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
THE DRESS: For my dress, I was looking for something very unique. Originally I envisioned a big ‘princess’ dress. The result was the complete opposite. My gown was a beautiful figure-hugging design with a long fishtail train. My favourite element was the sheer lace panels down both sides and the intricate lace detail.
THE CEREMONY: Our ceremony was very intimate, reflecting our personalities and relationship perfectly. Michael and I had a beautiful outdoor service amid breathtaking gardens and olive plantations. We built and painted rustic white decorative doors which lined the entrance to the aisle and perched as the alter backdrop. Our florist incorporated amazing floral styling. It was very light with a relaxed ambiance as a singer performed and an old vintage beverage van served refreshments to guests. Michael’s father sadly passed away two years ago, so to honour his memory over fifty white balloons were released during the ceremony while ‘Hallelujah’ played.
THE RECEPTION: The National Wine Centre was a perfect location, offering a great space to add your personal style and decorations. We wanted to create a romantic setting with a touch of rustic. The backdrop of the Wine Centre overlooks stunning vineyards and there is a beautiful patio area on offer, which worked well for our dessert cart and photo booth.
THE DECOR: Michael and I chose three alternating centrepieces. This included rustic vases with blooms, birdcages with floral arrangements, and white rustic candelabras. Tea light candles were also scattered across all tables. Napkins were individually tied with twine and guests’ names were presented on small hanging chalkboards. A purple misty flower was placed atop each napkin.
THE FLOWERS: The Bizzarro team were amazing and created exceptional floral displays. My bouquet was an all white floral arrangement, whilst the bridesmaids’ consisted of white flowers with sprigs of light lavender placed sporadically throughout. All the bouquets incorporated touches of raffia.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were looking for honest and candid photography. Christopher Morrison was amazing. He captured some incredible shots when we didn’t even notice he was there. Christopher came highly recommended and made us feel very comfortable all day. He fit in really well with our bridal party.
19 August 2015
THE COUPLE: Tess + Tom
PALETTE: Plenty of white with soft grey and natural timber accents.
STYLE: Rustic French country, which reflects our taste and style. Tom and I wanted an intimate but relaxed day that our guests could enjoy as much as we did.
THE DRESS: My gown was made from raw Eastern silk in ivory, with simple shoestring straps, low back and pieces of antique lace from my mother’s wedding dress. I was looking for simplicity, and pockets!
THE CEREMONY: Tom and I chose this venue because it complemented the rustic French country feel we were after.
THE RECEPTION: The feel and setting of the venue provided everything we wanted. It also meant we were able to have the ceremony and reception in the same place.
THE DECOR: Our table decorations were simple bunches of gypsophila in mason jars, along with rustic metal tins of fresh lemons and vintage glass and rope candle jars. My mother supplied a large rustic wooden airplane propeller that sat as the centerpiece on the bridal table, to reflect our song “Big Jet Plane.” My father made the photo booth, chalkboards and easel from old weathered wooden palettes. Tom and I also placed a large collage of our parents and grandparents wedding photos in vintage frames and scattered them beside the wedding cake.
FLOWERS: All flowers were gypsophila at the ceremony and reception, including the bridesmaid’s bouquets. I also had a gypsophila flower crown made. My bouquet was freeze-dried French lavender. I still have my bouquet to this day, stored under a glass cloche.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom and I loved the work of Kelsey from Elevation Photography. As Kelsey said herself, ‘we were looking for a friend with a great camera.’
12 August 2015
THE COUPLE: Jen + Matt
PALETTE: Shades of indigo and blues mixed with neutral and metallic finishes made for a whimsy delight with finishing touches of raspberry and violet.
STYLE: Grecian and a 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. A beautiful mix of styles that reflected who they both are as people. A relaxed vibe and easy structure with an outdoor component in a garden or winery for the ceremony.
THE DRESS: I was looking for a gown that when worn I would be able to catch and cuddle my son, something I could dance on a table in and a gown to ensure I still felt like myself, but a more ‘fabulous’ self. It featured three parts, inclusive of a silk dress underneath a beautiful lace kimono for the ceremony. When I met with the inspiring Alli Lynch at Betrothed she constructed a sheer kimono from a divine piece of French lace and attached it to the silk underlay. I wore a bespoke vintage gown for the reception, pieced together meticulously from vintage fabrics.
THE CEREMONY: The grounds are incredible; stepping into this property is like being transported to Tuscany. The walled garden was our ceremony location and we chose it simply because it was gorgeous and we felt it to be the right place for us. We hired the onsite accommodation for the weekend, so the groomsmen, bridesmaids and ourselves could get ready there and quite literally walk out of our door and arrive at the ceremony.
THE RECEPTION: Many of our guests traveled a long way to be with us that weekend so we wanted the day to be as easy as possible for them and felt we would achieve this by cutting out travel to and from the ceremony and reception. The venue’s ‘Orangerie’ is ideal for intimate gatherings and sits right next to the walled garden where we were married. Our guests could arrive and relax while our photographer worked his magic, which kept the flow of the day very organic.
DECOR: We hired a Persian rug and borrowed several others to create a layered area below the gorgeous arch at our ceremony. We also scattered crates and floor cushions covered in indigo fabrics to create a ‘chill out zone’ for guests before and after the ceremony. An assortment of little bottles served as vases and I purchased a collection of hand-dyed silk ribbons, to which I attached decorative tassels, for our hand-binding ceremony. We hired fairy lights, a lovely mixture of copper vessels, ‘L-O-V-E’ marquee lights and peacock wicker chairs for Matt and myself. The bridal table runner was a beautiful piece of vintage Indonesian indigo-dyed fabric.
FLOWERS: I chose a gorgeous bohemian inspired raspberry rose bouquet wrapped in twine. The same flowers were also included in the bridesmaid’s flower crowns, the little flower girl’s crown and the groom and groomsmen’s buttonholes. Matt and I put all the other arrangements together. I walked around the scrub at my mother and father’s home and collected olive branches and other greenery to use. We utilised the venue’s vegetable patch for the feature arrangements on the bar, including incredible artichoke flowers that worked their way seamlessly into the day. A few bunches of feature flowers such as peonies and gypsophila were incorporated into cake, aisle and table decorations and bridesmaid bouquets.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark at Bentinmarcs Photography was exactly what we were looking for. He worked so hard on the day and took both film and digital shots. Mark is such a heartfelt and observant guy that he was able to capture the special little moments and offered the candid style of photography I love the most. His work gave us a collection of memories that tell the true story of the day and really show the emotion we all felt. I am so grateful to him for that.
2 November 2014
Such a beautiful relationship between lace in these wedding gowns. These dresses were worn by Kate Twigley during her wedding this week. Which is your favourite?
16 April 2014
Today’s real wedding is sure to knock your socks off, with splashes of red and French inspiration sprinkled throughout this GORGEOUS couple’s very special day! Jock proposed to lovely Amelia on a weekend trip together in the Barossa Valley. Being lovers of good food and wine, the pair adore the Barossa Valley and had planned a weekend away as an escape from busy work and study commitments. “We were on our way to lunch when we stopped off at a cellar door to buy a bottle of our favourite red – Elderton Shiraz. I was taking some photos of the vines and when I turned around and Jock was on one knee holding a gorgeous diamond ring!” remembers Amelia, “It was such a special moment, just Jock and I in the middle of the vines surrounded by stunning autumn leaves. We had a wonderful weekend in the Barossa celebrating our engagement.”
Amelia and Jock chose a stunning French vintage theme with a splash of red! “We both love France and have enjoyed travelling there. I am particularly obsessed with all things French, including the food, wine, language and fashion and found this a natural inspiration point when planning our wedding. I also love vintage fashion and styling and love that vintage treasures embody their own stories and history.” Together they collected old photos, vintage suitcases, and fifty antique teacups for their tea and coffee table. Red was the main colour, softened with tones of white, cream and natural brown. Splashes of crimson appeared across the various elements in the wedding including the invitations, bouquets, table settings, bridesmaid dresses and of course Amelia's red hair!
The lovebirds knew they wanted to have their reception at a winery. Over their years living in Adelaide they loved visiting wineries for special occasions and long lunches and the moment they visited Longview Vineyard for the first time, they instantly fell in love with the venue. “When looking for a reception venue, we wanted somewhere that had good food, wine, and a wonderful atmosphere. Longview had all these elements, as well as breathtaking views and fantastic staff!” At the reception venue, Amelia and Jock displayed old photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days. “It was beautiful to have this family history part of our wedding, particularly because most of our grandparents could not be there on the day.”
Amelia was positively stunning on her big day in a v-neck trumpet-style dress covered with imported ivory lace, including a fine belt with a bow at the back. She also wore a long detachable tulle train for the ceremony and a headpiece was made from the lace from the dress, dotted with crystals and pearls, with netting attached. “My shoes were from Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes and my wedding bouquet included red tones with touches of cream, white and pink. Our flowers included David Austin roses, dahlias, freesias, lisianthus, rose hips, snow berries, lambs ear and ivy berry foliage. Our flowers were wrapped in natural hessian with antique lace-small bows!”
Adelaide wedding photographers Mink Studio flawlessly captured every special moment. “We were looking for natural, non-staged wedding photography that captured the special moments and essence of the day. We chose Mink Studio because of their documentary style photography and we were so happy with our photos. We really can relive our wedding day through our photos and Angie and her team were fantastic to work with.”
2 April 2014
When a wedding as delightfully unique as this one comes along, we just have to share it with you! Filled to the brim with vibrant red details, this retro wedding glows with Claire and Anthony’s (or Clanthony, as they have dubbed themselves) personalities. “It was also important for us to include our friends and family in the wedding as much as possible”, says Claire “since we have lived in so many different places around the world many of our friends and family travelled to our wedding. It was really special for us to see them all there to celebrate with us...the most special moments came during our speeches where we both sang to each other, which took both of us by surprise, as we were not expecting each other to sing.”
Claire and Anthony wanted their wedding to reflect their fun, creative and silly personalities and love of vintage clothing and collectables – to create a casual, fun and funny atmosphere and for people to have a great time, consume delicious food and wine and to sing, dance and play. A café referred to them in conversation one day turned out to be the perfect venue! "We held our wedding in a quaint cafe located in a Victorian Terrace house and furnished with eclectic vintage decor. A delightful courtyard out the back and original artworks adorning the walls matched our style and personality! We wrote our own vows and included lots of singing throughout the ceremony and reception. We also asked our celebrant to voice our support for marriage equality during the ceremony. We even live streamed the ceremony, speeches and dancing for our family and friends interstate and overseas who could not make it!”
Claire always knew that she wanted to wear a vintage gown - nothing that looked too much like a wedding dress. Her first dress was a light pink, satin vintage 1940s ball-gown and before the first dance she changed into a handmade short flowered cocktail dress. The bride accessorised with vintage costume jewellery, gorgeous red shoes and her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses sourced from different places. The wedding car was an extraordinary choice - Anthony's fave car, which was a cream and red Mini Cooper! The pair also made their own jams and chutneys as bomboniere and tied luggage tags around them with their 'Clanthony' monogram on one side and 'thank you' stamped on the other.
Kate from Kate Pardey Photography was on hand to capture every special moment. "We were looking for candid, quirky and relaxed photography and we have known and loved Kate for many years" explains Claire and Anthony. "We love her style of photography and her quirky personality. She was so helpful throughout the process and a big part of our planning and our day."
It was the little touches that were really special to Claire and Anthony, such as the handmade flowers, the Clanthony monogram that adorned the invitations, cake, and wedding favours; their homemade chutneys and jams; the amazing swing-gypsy band; the menu that was chosen to reflect their tastes and personalities and the games room filled with all of their favourite games from their childhoods including Hungry Hungry Hippo, Operation, Jenga, and Pick Up Sticks and, because it was Easter, they had an Easter Egg hunt!
wedding photography kate pardey photography
11 December 2013
When it comes to gorgeous, feminine, dreamy weddings - this one takes the cake! Featuring a STUNNING bride, attention to the smallest of details and a charming colour palette, you're going to love this Adelaide real wedding! A spontaneous trip to Thailand for her birthday was only the beginning of the surprises Gian had in store for Natalie. On the last night of their romantic getaway, the couple walked along the beach after a beautiful dinner. When they arrived back at their resort, Natalie opened the door to find their room covered with red roses and candles. She was speechless as Gian bent down on one knee and asked her to marry him. What had began as a friendship was now a lifelong commitment…
Natalie and Gian love all the décor associated with vintage glamour and used soft colours, such as white, cream and soft pink, to make their theme come alive. They decorated their ceremony with a white aisle runner lined with tall silver stands that had arrangements of beautiful flowers from Flowers By Rita on top and a candle in the centre. They also had two stunning large flower arrangements in vintage white urns at the front of the church and hired white 1950’s Mark V Jaguars from Jaguars With Grace.
Natalie chose to her exquisite gown made, as she wanted it to be glamorous and exclusive. She describes her experience; “From the moment we met the designer listened to everything I was looking for and spent hours designing a gown that was everything I could have dreamed of. The final gown had a sweetheart neckline with a tight fitting bodice, which featured beautiful embellished lace and hand beaded crystals. The bottom of the dress was made up of over one hundred metres of silk organza, which was soft and flowing.” Gian’s groomsmen looked handsome and formal in suits from Ignition For Men.
Natalie and her bridesmaids held beautiful David Austin roses and peony bouquets by Flowers By Rita. The centrepieces at the reception were elegant silver candlesticks with large flowing arrangements on top, also from Flowers By Rita, surrounded by candles to give a beautiful romantic feel to the evening. Rita also wired flowers along the balcony at the reception centre, which looked stunning. Natalie and Gian hired beautiful French antique styled furniture from LB Events and created relaxing lounge areas for their guests to sit and mingle on away from their tables. LB Events also created lovely soft pink lighting throughout the reception to give the room a warm and dreamy feeling.
The couple chose Darren from Impressions Photography Studio to capture their big day. “We wanted photos that were natural and not too staged. We chose Darren because of his great reputation in the industry and we were so happy he was available to shoot our day. He captured all of the beautiful details and was great at coordinating everything so the day ran smoothly”, said Natalie. They were equally impressed with their fantastic videographers I Do Cinema; “Our videographers did a fantastic job and we loved the ‘Same Day Edit’ video, which was played at the reception showing all of the highlights throughout the day. It was so special being able to look back on the day only hours later.
15 November 2013
Rachael and Michael met in high school at the tender age of fourteen! Their high-school romance began after six months of ‘love letters’ – Michael was a very persistent young man and did not give up until Rachael agreed to give him a chance and become his girlfriend! Lucky that she did…the pair have been inseparable ever since!
Together, Rachel and Michael created a traditional and intimate wedding using white with a bit of greenery and silver. Arriving in style, they hired three white Chevrolet Impalas from Chevrolet Impalas of Adelaide. They decorated their church pews with fresh flowers and organza bows and a wedding singer sang Ave Maria as Rachael made her way down the aisle. “The best part of the day”, says Rachael “was marrying my best friend and my soul mate. The whole day from start to finish was more than we could have ever wished for. Sharing our day with all the people we love meant a lot to us.”
Rachael’s exquisite Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal dress fit her like a glove. “I was looking for something dreamy and elegant that complemented my frame. My gown was soft lace and tulle with work from the bodice growing down godets of skirt. The long line bodice featured a sweetheart neckline. The beautiful lace featured textures of tiny petals throughout.” Rachael’s accessories were a gift from her mother and for her something old she wore her nanna’s ring, which was passed down and is very special to her.
Fabulous Functions did an amazing job of the flowers on the day, creating a selection of roses and lisianthus. The beautiful reception, held at the Hilton Adelaide, was decorated with tall cylinder vases in the centre of each table that were filled with white delphiniums and surrounded by romantic tea-light candles. Guests were treated to a gorgeous three-tier chocolate and raspberry wedding cake by Sugar & Spice Cakes and the lovely wedding invitations were printed by Invitations For All Occasions and handmade by Rachael and her mother.
Carla from Carla Micucci Photography did the most incredible job of capturing Rachael and Michael’s special day. “We were looking for natural shots, photos that would tell a story and leave us with all the beautiful memories from the day. That is exactly what we received!” said the couple. “We knew straight away when we met her and looked through her images that we wanted her to photograph our day. She made us feel at ease and is truly a beautiful person to deal with, nothing was too much trouble for her. She takes such pride in her work and we are truly blessed to have all of these beautiful images to keep and look back on.”
6 November 2013
John and Christina met before they began Year Twelve, however it was not until Valentine’s Day years later, when Christina finished her uni degree, that John popped the question. “…We ended up at the Oak’s Plaza Pier and we checked into a room. We were putting our belongings down when John asked me to sit down. He presented me with a card and I began reading. As I read John began to play my favourite Beyonce song ‘Smash Into You’. I continued reading and was overjoyed with the memories and special moments from our relationship. Next the card read ‘John asked her how she thought the décor was’ – he then asked me to which I responded ‘very nice’, which was also written in the card. I continued to read and saw the line ‘John asked her to marry him and she said…” As I looked up he was bent on one knee with a red rose in his mouth. He then asked, “Will you marry me?” By this time I was crying in shock but of course I said yes!”
The classic colour palette was white and ivory with beautiful silver and oyster accents. The couple wanted to be able to look back on their wedding album and be happy with their choices fifty years from now, which is why they opted for white elegance and glamour. At the ceremony, the pair decorated with six white pedestals with cylindrical vases of carnation balls with hanging crystals that were evenly spaced along either side of the aisle. Leading up to the altar were four mirrored pedestals with cylindrical vases and large arrangements of gypsophila. Large white latex balloons lined the stairs leading into the chapel.
Christina shone and sparkled in a stunning Paolo Sebastian gown. “I was looking for a one off couture gown with the princess effect! You only get to wear a wedding gown once in your lifetime so it needed to have the WOW factor”, she explained. “After describing my vision, it was an amazing experience to work with Paolo Sebastian throughout the design process right up until he dressed me on the morning of my special day”. The magnificent gown featured seven layers in the skirt and included one hundred metres of the softest delicate imported French silk organza with a striking two-metre train. The bodice featured bold arrays of beaded Swarovski silver crystal lace.
Christina and John chose to hold their reception at Sfera’s Park Suites & Convention Centre, as they wanted a venue with a modern feel and they felt that the Starlight Grand Ballroom gave them just that. The reception was decorated with carnation ball floral arrangements in cylindrical vases with hanging crystals on round mirrors accompanied by hundreds of candles in various sized crystal and glass tea-light holders. Adelaide Flower House did a gorgeous job with the flowers, including Christina’s round posy bouquet of white peonies en masse with dusty miller.
A Swarvoski crystal theme continued throughout the wedding, including in the stationery from Invitations For All Occasions. “I enjoy doing craft and DIY and therefore began making invitation boxes, church booklets, menus and napkin holders which doubled as place cards. By the end we had embellished over ten-thousand individual Swarovski flat-back crystals onto our stationery!”
Luigi from Belle Photo was on hand to photograph the day; “we were after a contemporary yet artistic style of shooting and after meeting with Luigi we knew he could achieve this for us. Belle Photo have a passion for storytelling images and this was very important for us. Luigi also did my parents’ wedding photography so that was very special!” explains Christina. I Do Cinema immortalised the day in film. The couple chose the ‘Same Day Edit’, which they say featured stunning cinematic highlights.
wedding photography belle photo / wedding dress + bridesmaid dresses paolo sebastian / wedding flowers adelaide flower house / groom + groomsmen's suits gerry's suit hire / invitations and stationery invitations for all occasions / reception venue sfera's park suites + convention centre / wedding video i do cinema
29 October 2013
Anthony had booked in lunch at a winery for himself and Zoe on a Sunday afternoon, the day after his sister’s birthday drinks the previous night. Needless to say, Zoe was in a self-confessed grumpy mood (thanks to a hangover!) and did not feel like going anywhere, but Anthony insisted that the pair were going out for lunch and that she better get in the car! “During lunch he was acting a little strange”, recalls Zoe, “he would not take off his jacket and would not let me give him a hug – little did I know that the ring box was in the jacket of his pocket! After lunch Anthony suggested that we get a drink and sit on a grassed area before we headed home…instead of sitting down Anthony half-sat, half-kneeled and proposed to me. The first thing I said was ‘are you serious!?’ I was so surprised but of course I said yes and I just loved the ring he had made for me.”
Zoe and Anthony wanted to keep their wedding simple and elegant, they were after something a little different and to have a great reception with their guests. They exchanged vows in the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library Of South Australia, as Zoe loves to read and loves the location. Tiziana and Adriana from Bizzarro Events Management did an amazing job decorating the front of the chamber with candles and beautiful arrangements of red roses, lilies and orchids. They pair then moved the celebrations onto the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo for their reception venue, as they loved the layout of the venue and the food is ‘amazing’.
Zoe’s beautiful ivory silk tulle gown with black lace
detail was designed and made by Paolo Sebastian, complemented perfectly
with a pair of crystal shoes from Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes and red
flowers in her elegant up ‘do. Her gorgeous makeup was flawlessly
applied by Kara Fantasia. The bride arrived in a London Cab, while the
rest of the bridal party arrived in two Jaguar MK2’s from Jag It In
At the reception, beautiful centrepiece arrangements by Bizzarro of red roses, lilies and orchids sat on the tables and tealights, bud light balls and fairy lights were used for lighting. Guests enjoyed a black wedding cake from How Sweet It Is with white stencil work. The couple chose two scrumptious flavours – red velvet and white chocolate baileys. Yum! Shona Henderson captured the special day and the pair reported that they could not be happier with the photos she took.
16 October 2013
We looooove a beach wedding, and Sammi and Sitar’s Kangaroo Island celebration is something else! The couple met as registered nurses in the Paediatric Emergency Department of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. For Sammi it was love at first sight – as soon as she met Sitar she told her parents he was the man she was going to marry! Despite their discussions regarding their strong desire for adventure and worldly travel, it was not until the Christmas party that same year that things fired up! Their romance led to a proposal on a secluded beach on Kangaroo Island, where they later held their gorgeous wedding.
The couple created a relaxed, memorable 1940s vintage wedding held at Castle Beach, Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island. “We just love Vivonne Bay, as it is such a beautiful and peaceful place where you can just sit and let your mind run free. The colours are also wonderful, the sea is a brilliant blue,” said the couple. Before the processional song was played at the ceremony the pair played a very heavy metal ‘screaming’ song, which left people stunned and certainly grabbed their attention! Sitar’s dad, Roni, made an amazing wooden ‘Sitar + Sammi’ sign and a wood arbour, which they stood under.
Sammi looked gorgeous in a vintage style gown. “I knew I was after something simple, yet stunning but it was not until I tried on the dress that I knew it was the one! It had a real vintage feel about it…and then came the idea for the vintage theme wedding. My gown was long and ivory with a lace fishtail. It was embellished with a vintage-style lace with a delicate sparkle and had a keyhole back” describes Sammi. Her stunning ivory peep-toe diamante heels were from Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes.
Sammi and Sitar organised all of the decorations themselves with help from family and friends. At the reception they had thin lace strips hanging from branches and solar lights throughout the trees. A pathway was lined with tea-light candles in jars of various sizes and the outside tables had hessian runners on them, rainwater cans with native flowers, lanterns and tea-light candles. Each table centrepiece consisted of a white photo frame with a love quote, poem or song lyric, a turquoise vase with a flower, a white candlestick with a purple candle and a small tea-light candleholder. It was all finished off with walnut stained paper doilies of various designs and shapes.
Impressions Photography Studio travelled to Kangaroo Island to capture the magnificent day. “We were after photography that was candid and vintage with a relaxed beach feel. We wanted to capture the magic of Kangaroo Island and the colours of beautiful Vivonne Bay. Our photographer was amazing – so professional! We are just so happy with our photos, as they captured all the special moments and colours, not to mention a vintage feel. We chose our photographer as I had hear of and seen their work in Brides Of Adelaide Magazine and was very impressed!” says Sammi.
1 October 2013
James and Alanna's romance began one Thursday night at the Havelock Hotel, where they bonded instantly over the two-for-one drinks! A few years later, after an uneventful Valentine’s Day at work, Alanna picked up takeaway on the way home, thinking that was the extent of the couple’s celebrations. After dinner, while Alanna was briefly out of the living room, James set a romantic tone with candles and rose petals from his mother’s garden. He called for Alanna to come watch a movie and as she walked into the room she saw him, on bended knee, with a beautiful diamond in his hand. “He asked, “Will you marry me?”’ recalls Alanna, “I could not believe it! It took me a little while to realise what was happening but of course I said YES!”
The couple were married in a classic and elegant wedding of a beautiful ivory, white and silver palette. The ceremony, held at Alanna’s family parish, was decorated with spectacular arrangements created by her mother with flowers from the flower markets. Together they hung white bow sashes with bunches of gypsophila from the pews and decorated the altar with unity candles. The summer-time reception overlooked a gorgeous beach view and glowed with a romantic sunset.
Alanna was every inch the radiant bride in an incredible Alexis George gown. “I wanted to choose a wedding dress that I felt would be timeless. I was looking for something that was elegant with a little embellishment, soft and flowing.” The final creation was a strapless, crossover finely tucked bodice with a full gathered skirt over layers of tulle. The fabric was the very finest weight Italian silk and she also wore a stunning handmade beaded belt at the waist and had a silk bow designed for the back. Alanna’s sparkling jewellery was from Miss Martini and she wore her father’s wedding ring, who sadly passed away six years ago, as her something old and borrowed. Her something blue was the wedding garter her mother wore on her wedding day. James and his groomsmen were handsome in suits from Gerry’s Suit Hire.
The lovely table centrepieces included little budlights in the gysophilia balls on top of the tall vases, which created an extra shimmer of lights throughout the room. Alanna carried a bouquet consisting of ivory bud roses, including David Austin roses, surrounded by soft grey lamb’s ear. The bridesmaids held gypsophilia and lisianthus, also surrounded by soft grey lamb’s ear. The incredible wedding cake was a special gift to the newlyweds, made by James’ mother. Guests were able to take home their sparkling place cards, which were diamante frames, and little sprigs of lavender.
Glenn Hawke Photography was on hand to capture every special moment. “We were looking for natural and timeless wedding photography and we loved his style. We found photos online and he was very approachable and had a great choice of packages.” said the couple.
24 September 2013
Zena says everything about high-school sweetheart Christopher’s proposal was perfect. Christopher booked Zena into a relaxing day spa as a birthday present, where she spent five hours being pampered. As it was her birthday, Zena did not suspect anything and just Christopher was being extra romantic! He then picked up his unsuspecting bride-to-be and drove her home. “Once we arrived I noticed a thick trail of rose petals on the driveway leading to the house. I followed the trails into our bedroom where he had displayed rose petals in a heart shape on our bed with a letter in the middle…when I looked up I saw Christopher on one knee holding a ring” recalls Zena.
The couple’s big day was inspired by Hollywood glamour, with a stunning palette of white with a hint of black and red. They wanted the reception to reflect a red carpet black tie event, to be elegant but also fun and casual. A beautiful garden ceremony was held under the elms at Carrick Hill, followed by a church ceremony, as Zena has always wanted to be married under the elms and Christopher wanted to honour his faith. This was a wonderful idea that allowed them to experience the best of both worlds; a church wedding and a garden wedding.
Zena looked like an exquisite doll in a beautiful fishtail style gown from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal with a sweetheart neckline and lace and jewel detail, before changing into something simple and sexy for the reception. The second dress was an A-line style gown with a sweetheart neckline, a small amount of jewel detail and a split on one side. In order to stick to the theme of having ‘two different things’ on one day, Christopher also changed into a dashing tuxedo for the reception.
The Hollywood inspired reception was held at the National Wine Centre, where Lush Lighting beautifully decorated the room with eight chandeliers with up-lights against the walls. Beautiful chiffon draped from the ceiling around the entrance and Fabulous Functions created table centrepieces with a round mirror, six different sized vases and a variety of white flowers surrounded by tea lights. Simple white photo frames were used as place cards that also doubled as a sweet bomboniere gift.
Pear Walk Studios captured the day beautifully. “We wanted photos that were soft and romantic. I have worked with Jules before and I love her energy and thought that she would be perfect to help us feel comfortable and enjoy the experience” says Zena.
18 September 2013
Beautiful brides, can we have a moment of your undivided attention? We are so excited by this little (enormous) piece of news that we just can’t keep it in any longer! Our close friend and very talented photographer Ky Luu has won the….drum roll please…national Photographer Of The Year 2013 award at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). For those of you who are unaware, this is kind of a big deal; the crème de la crop of the Australian photography world and a prestigious accolade to be bestowed upon the infallibly endearing, and often cheeky, Ky.
Be enchanted by a recent wedding shoot by Ky and see for yourself why his works of art have earned him the title as Australia’s favourite wedding photographer…
Eelin and Ken first met in high school, a time when “Ken had curly hair and I had dorky plastic glasses”, describes Eelin. “We started becoming very good friends when Ken mistakenly called my house asking for my friend.” From then onwards, they spent lots of time talking on the phone and when Ken started to drive, they would spend many nights in deep and meaningful conversations into the early hours of the morning by the River Torrens. The pair did not start dating until university, and years later Ken proposed to Eelin in a spectacular way most girls dream about – on top of the Eiffel Tower on bended knee.
Eelin and Ken, owners of Eggless café in Adelaide, share a love for all things vintage, old, quirky and retro, which they often collect. A vintage theme describes who they are – relaxed, fun and sometimes a little quirky. Their incredible wedding had a beautiful vintage-retro garden theme during their ‘daytime ceremony’ and reception at the park and a vintage Chinese theme for their night time dinner reception in their own backyard.
Eelin had three wedding dresses! The first wedding dress, which she wore for the morning tea ceremony and pre-wedding photo shoot, was a vintage lace gown. “I wanted a vintage lace gown (from The Vintage Bride) that looked feminine and flirty with simple elegance but was also light and easy to move around in. It was a wedding dress from the seventies, which was refurbished and modernised…” The wedding gown the beautiful bride wore for the ceremony was a beautiful dress from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal; a lace and beaded sweetheart bodice with a skirt and train dotted with small diamantes. The evening dress was a traditional Chinese cheongsam, which she had tailor made in Kunming, China, a few years ago. Ken and his groomsmen wore suits from Joseph Uzumcu.
The ceremony, held at Adelaide Botanic Park, was perfect as the couple wanted a space where their guests could picnic, run around with their kids or dogs, play some games or just chill. Instead of waiting at the altar like a traditional bride and groom, both Ken and Eelin were given away by their parents. “A live jazz band played our ceremony music and Ken and I walked down the aisle towards each other to the live vocals of the song “At Last” by Etta James. That was very special…” says Eeelin.
Their reception was held in the backyard of their own home, which they chose as it was their first home together. “We wanted a very intimated and casual gathering of family and our closest friends, kind of like a big family gathering. We wanted an outdoor night reception and to do our own thing without many restrictions…” The catering on their wedding day was nothing short of phenomenal; “We had a Chinese buffet lunch with noodle boxes as well as Peking duck wraps and potato spun prawns as canapés. We made our own Eggless desserts for the dessert buffet and had flavoured sodas especially made for our wedding. At night we had traditional ‘cook your own’ Chinese steamboats, a buffet of our favourite foods from various restaurants, cooking from family members and friends, macarons from our friend Kazu and of course more of our own desserts for another dessert buffet!”
Ky captured the wedding day in the most extraordinary way. “We wanted someone a little different, arty and fun but who would also capture the moments, emotions and atmosphere well. We chose Ky because his photography is simply beautiful, emotive, creative and fun. He is a talented photographer and he understood what we liked and knows us well. We had our pre-wedding photo shoot in The Garden of Unearthly Delights during the Fringe, various locations on North Terrace and in our café. On our wedding day we had photos taken at Botanic Park and around the Brompton/Bowden industrial zone”, the couple told us.
3 September 2013
Allison had been eagerly waiting for Tyson to propose for quite a while, she just wasn't expecting it in front of their friends during a visit to Adelaide from Perth! Tyson asked Allison to marry him during dinner with an intimate group of friends, and although Alison was taken by surprise, she was so pleased that they could celebrate with their family and friends.
The couple decided on an outdoor reception in the incredible courtyard of Louis Bond, a stress-free and relaxed evening that they will never forget. Allison's unique attire was simply breathtaking; a v-neck Lisa Ho gown with a gold belt to taper the waist. Tyson suited up in a navy suit, which complemented Allison's gold accessories beautifully.
To complement their relaxed outdoor cocktail wedding, Allison and Tyson decided the theme would be whatever the boys at Louis Bond came up with! Their glam-inspired, baroque furniture from LB Events created a provincial feel, which oozed glamour, romance, class and fun. They created lounge areas with white chaises and ottomons. Numerous tea-light candles in hurricane vases and vintage birdcages set a beautiful elegant unique scene when the sun went down. Tyson and Allison also had assorted antique jars and bottles filled with white and green seasonal flowers scattered on the cocktail tables.
Allison's bouquets were a natural garden picked style with seventy percent fresh green and thirty percent ivory, which included flowers such as molucca balms, peonies, chincherinchees and green hydrangeas. For the church and the reception, they had large mass of all green and white hydrangeas and lush green citrus foliage to base. Pete Thornton from What Pete Shot did a spectacular job of capturing the couple's special day. "We were blown away by Pete's photography and the fact that he can create so many styles and looks. We are having difficulty choosing what goes into our album, as there as so many beautiful ones!"
27 August 2013
Nick and Connie were set-up together by Connie’s cousin…from across the globe! Coincidentally, the pair’s families come from the same town in Greece, although they had never met. It wasn’t until Connie’s cousin in Greece, who was a good friend of Nick, decided to play international matchmaker from abroad that they got to know each other and realised they had an instant attraction. On Christmas Eve 2010 Nick proposed…and as they say, the rest is history!
Nick and Connie’s vision for their special day was ‘traditional meets modern’, they wanted to incorporate their traditional Greek background but also hold a wedding that was unique, modern and classy. The result was a stunning reception literally built by the pair themselves – a stunning marquee with clear walls so the guests could see the breathtaking views of Lobethal. The couple created an elegant ambiance using three two-tier crystal chandeliers boarded by white draped hoops. When turned on, the lights gave off a soft blush hue that tied in beautifully with the colour scheme.
The reception tables held sixty-four large glass fish bowls filled with a variety of flowers, including lisianthus, hydrangeas, roses, David Austin roses, tree lily of the valley and other stunning seasonal flowers. Guests were able to take these flower arrangements home as a gift. Accompanying the flower centrepieces were two hundred tea light candles in mini fish bowl glass holders. Table numbers were printed to match invitations and were displayed in white vintage style photo frames.
The epitome of an elegant bride, Connie looked breathtakingly beautiful in a custom-made gown of magnolia coloured silk. The dress featured vintage lace, which was slightly beaded, and a single shoulder strap. The feminine, figure-hugging gown finished in a fishtail bottom, while her veil was ivory with scalloped edging and light beading. Connie also wore her mother’s vintage ‘Princess Diana’ style sapphire ring as her something blue. Being able to wear this ring on her wedding day was very special to Connie, as she inherited it when her mother passed away twenty years ago. Nick and his groomsmen looked classy in elegant suits from Joseph Uzumcu.
Ky from B Captured by Ky Luu captured Nick and Connie’s special day. “Ky’s photos are artistic and something we had never seen before…Ky and his team are professionals of the highest order and made being photographed easy and enjoyable. Looking at the photos, you would never be able to tell they were taken in the city – they have an industrial look to them thanks to Ky’s artistic flair”, said Connie. Gorgeous memories were also captured amongst the vineyards at Lobethal.
21 August 2013
Katie has never quite forgiven Dave for proposing to her whilst she was in tracksuit pants...the comfy attire aside, Dave popped the question in a unique and special way. The pair were leaving to drive to the snow for a family trip one morning when Dave told Katie to sleep in while he went to her father’s house to help out with a few things. He left the house in jeans and a jumper, but when Katie arrived at her parents’ house he was in a suit, holding a microphone and surrounded by balloons. He then began to sing “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head” by Dean Martin, before proposing on one knee. Their families were hiding inside and once Katie had said yes, they came out and everyone sat down to a champagne and seafood breakfast…beautiful!
Katie and Dave chose a country outdoor theme, as they wanted a relaxed outdoor wedding with lots of natural colour and beauty. Dave did most of the planning and design, which was special as their whole day was a reflection of the hard work and style of Dave. The couple say the most special thing about their day was having such a relaxed and happy vibe in such beautiful surroundings.
Katie wore a classic floor-length strapless gown from Jenny and Gerry’s Bridal. The beautiful dress featured a tight bodice, a soft, flowing skirt, low-cut back and a champagne coloured belt with small diamante detail on the front. “It was an elegant gown”, says Katie “which held beauty in the simplicity.” The headpiece was also from Jenny and Gerry’s Bridal, the beautiful multi-coloured bridesmaid dresses from Glamour Room and Dave and his groomsmen stood dapper in suits from Gerry’s Suit Hire.
Throughout the wedding, Katie and Dave has three separate areas set up with three different bands that people progressed to throughout the evening so that there was never a dull moment. The first area was on the lawns before and after the ceremony, where people sat around on hay bales and drank champagne, Pims and gin and tonic while listening to a roaming Mariachi band. They then moved to the a chaff shed, where they had speeches under the lanterns and finally a three-piece rock band closed the evening when everyone was truly ready to party.
Katie and Dave chose a selection of rustic blooms aligned with their wedding colours of watermelon, fuchsia and lemon. Flowers such as tulips, Queen Anne’s lace, coral charm peonies and David Austin roses in jars or wrapped in natural Hessian and twine. Impressions Photography Studios did a magnificent job of capturing Katie and Dave’s memorable day. “We chose Impressions Photography Studios because we already knew the high-quality of their work as they did my sister’s wedding. They are friendly, professional and exceptionally creative” said Katie.
13 August 2013
Carla and Warwick’s country vintage charm wedding theme was inspired by visiting many old and beautiful towns throughout Europe and England, complemented beautifully by the picturesque Longview Vineyards. Carla describes, “Longview has a charming beauty and lovely rustic palette, which was exactly what we were looking for.” The pair, who met in Sydney, say that they thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and that there were so many memorable moments that they will always cherish.
Carla and Warwick hired Americana chairs and apothecary beverage servers from Sash Events to decorate the ceremony and purchased traditional ‘quattro stagioni’ preserving jars, which they hung from the aisle chairs with string and filled with white hydrangeas. Carla’s mother’s rustic chairs were placed at the signing table and fit in wonderfully with the country theme.
Carla wore a stunning off-white mermaid style gown with a cathedral train. The creation had a strapless sweetheart neckline with a soft tulle criss-cross overlay. The rest of the dress was lace, and perfectly fitted to the knee before flaring out to the floor. Her wedding earrings were a lovely gift from Warwick, which he made by their jeweller to match Carla’s rings. The bride’s bouquet brooch was ‘something borrowed’ from her nanna, her mother-in-law gave her a beautiful lace handkerchief, which is a family heirloom that has been passed down to all the women in the family since the 1920s and she found her hairpiece at Vintage Market on Grote Street.
The newlyweds held their reception at Longview because it had the right blend of style, size and a great reputation for its food and wine. The table centrepieces were low-height flowers placed in a collection of lovely vintage vases. Their table names identified their favourite travel destinations, which the couple handmade and stamped with fun travel stamps.
Guest were treated to a beautiful and personal two-tier wedding cake with fresh flowers between each layer. The bottom was Carla’s grandmother’s fruitcake recipe and the top was a gluten-free chocolate mud cake with raspberry. The bomboniere was a practical gift; Carla’s grandmother and mother made delicious apricot jam that was put in cute little jars.
22 July 2013
It may have taken Nicolas twelve years to propose to Lucy, but the wait was well worth it. Although his plan to propose in Hong Kong was ruined by an unexpected illness, a surprise picnic at Brighton Beach with French Champagne and oysters certainly sufficed. The couple created a unique wedding day with the striking impact of a dramatic colour palette. Rich blues, blacks and reds created a wonderland against the naturally serene environment of K1 Winery by Geoff Hardy.
The couple fell in love with K1 Winery, which is opposite Kuitpo Forest and has a stunning reception room set on a lake with a Scandinavian log cabin or chalet kind of feel to it. This inspired their ‘wedding a forest’ theme and they knew immediately they needed to get married in the ‘stunning and sophisticated’ venue, all captured by Diana Melfi's beautiful photography.
Lucy looked captivatingly interesting in a midnight blue Issa gown from Harrods in London. The fabric is a signature thick silk jersey, with a gather at the waist and cut away detailing. The pair had an underlying 1960s theme and Lucy says the cut of the gown is quite evocative of some of her mother’s 1960s dresses. “The gown is very simple and elegant so I was able to make it my own through signature accessories. I was looking for chic, not too over the top, elegant and something that made the most of my curvaceous figure”, said Lucy of her amazing gown. The royal blue colour contrasted amazingly with her fiery orange hair and porcelain complexion.
Lucy’s accessories all reflected her unique and elegant taste, the brooch at the centre of her gown was borrowed from her mother’s friend Anne, who collects vintage fashion. The pretty brooch in her hair was borrowed from her bridesmaid and sister-in-law Natalie. Her favourite accessory (and ours!!) were her absolutely incredible ink blue satin Miu Miu platforms with eye-catching rhinestone heels. Her bridesmaids were understated and elegant in a simple dress of their choice.
The reception, also at K1 Winery, was a beautiful affair. “It was amazing because we were able to have the older guests at tables inside and the younger guests undercover on a dance floor that was outdoors with café blinds surrounding”, says Lucy. The area was decorated with fairy-lights and flags, and Nicolas’ parents cut logs from their farm for the couple, who laden each table with stunning log rounds, floral arrangements and vintage bell jars with candles. The Adelaide Flower House arranged exquisite peonies and musk roses. Lucy told us, “Connie did the most amazing job”…we can tell!
15 July 2013
It took Nicholas three proposals before Cara finally said yes – each time she thought he was joking! Finally, he proposed when the couple were entertaining a group of friends, presenting Cara with a ring in front of everybody! Nicholas and Cara did not have a distinct theme in mind when they set about planning their wedding, however, it was all brought together with beautiful vintage elements. They wanted their day to be a simple, fun and relaxed party for their guests and themselves – something they definitely achieved!
Cara made her own centrepieces for the reception filled with various shells and candles, inspired by the newlywed’s love for the beach. Guests were treated to a simple and tasty croquembouche in place of your traditional wedding cake and took home compilation CDs as personalised bomboniere. “We loved every moment” reflects Cara, “from saying our vows to dancing the night away with family and friends…Nick and I like to do things our way without following trends or traditions. We didn’t set out to make the wedding anything else but what we love and enjoy.
Willunga Hill provided the gorgeous backdrop for the wedding, which fused nature with bold man-made features of rustic tin. In order to let the beautiful surroundings speak for themselves, the ceremony was decorated merely with a scattering of rose petals. The warm sun and greenery of the trees provided a natural glow to the happy atmosphere.
Immortalised in the wedding album are the huge smiles on Nicholas and Cara’s faces, evident in almost all of the photos…photographer Kerin Burford did a fabulous job of capturing incredibly happy, natural and comfortable shots. It seems not a grin was missed on film.
Aside from marrying Nicholas, Cara’s beautiful dress was another reason for her to smile. The simple, tasteful and unique 1940’s-esque creation suited her relaxed style and she looked the picture of effortless elegance. Her diamante encrusted shoes were from Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes, who Cara says were ‘so helpful and even arranged the bridesmaids’ shoes to be dyed so I did not have to worry’. Her Aunty Teresa made their beautiful crystal bracelets and as for the bridesmaid outfits - Cara’s mum and Aunty Teresa made those too! The dresses were made from a vintage Vogue pattern Cara found from America in a deep maroon fabric, a colour perfectly suited to the rustic styling.
Cara and her bridesmaids carried large bouquets of native flowers in the same, rich colours as the bridesmaid dresses. Gorgeous, heavy and stunning, the flowers were anything but your typical bridal bouquet! ‘Anything but typical’ could be a makeshift theme for the couple’s wedding, which included many points of difference. Nicholas wore a vintage suit and suspenders in a warm brown, an unusual colour choice that perfectly complemented his sun-bleached hair and smiling brown eyes.
3 July 2013
On Domenica’s 22nd birthday, Mark organised a day to truly remember! The day began with lunch at a winery, before exploring the Barossa’s best wineries. Mark chose an old table setting overlooking Charles Cimicky Winery, where he proposed on bended knee and asked Domenica to make him the proudest man in the world by spending the rest of her life with him. Their ten year journey together had finally lead the couple to their happy ever after.
The inspiration behind Domenica and Mark’s wedding came from some of Domenica’s favourite designers, such as David Tutera and the geniuses behind L’Atelier Rouge. The pair managed to create an atmosphere that showcased their personalities by embellishing their surroundings in a way that showcased their style. The reception décor included antique whitewash urns filled with gorgeous blooms and surrounded by soft tulle, tea-light candles and rose petals. We think they looked beautifully romantic and elegant.
Domenica sparkled in two gowns handcrafted by Paul from Paolo Sebastian. This concept stemmed from a tradition that was present at the time Domenica’s parents were married. For the ceremony, Domenica wore a vintage lace and silk tulle ball gown and then changed for the reception into a low-back flowing tulle gown with lace detailing. Domenica says “I never had a picture of what my ideal wedding gown would look like, so it was a pleasure working with Paul from the beginning of the design process to the very morning that he dressed me for my extraordinary day.”
Paolo Sebastian also created the beautiful bridesmaids’ dresses. Each dress was unique in design, specifically tailored for each girl using ice purple silk jersey featuring the bridal lace. Paul was able to design unique and stunning creations that were tailored to suit and accentuate each individual figure. Domenica’s bridal bouquet included David Austin roses, lisianthus and cream sovereign roses with sprays of burgundy berries finished with dusty miller.
The gentlemen arrived at the ceremony in a red 66 Super Sport Convertible Chevrolet Impala and the ladies arrive in luscious, white hardtops – all from Chevrolet Impalas of Adelaide. Darren from Impressions Photography Studio captured the entire day through his lens. The couple said, “We chose Darren because he is an amazing photographer who effortlessly captures memories that last a lifetime. He is a remarkable, fun-loving personality who dedicates himself to individual requests and desires. Darren truly surpassed our expectations, particularly during our night shots, and he clearly illustrated his talents and aptitude!”
24 June 2013
The night that Kate met Tom certainly left a lasting impression on her – she went to bed thinking that she had met the man she was going to marry. This thought was confirmed when Tom organised a surprise weekend away for Kate, where she was whisked away to an apartment on the Glenelg shore. “As the sun was setting over the water Tom proposed. In my heart I already felt like Tom and I had chosen each other for life, but I was so happy knowing that we would walk down the aisle together and celebrate our love with our friends and family” said Kate.
Kate’s style is understated elegance and this resonated throughout the wedding styling. A black, white and nude palette was complemented with flowers in shades of pinks and greens. The couple both love the beauty and nature of the Adelaide Hills and found a perfect small church built in the 1800s for their ceremony. No extra décor was required as the gorgeous light shining through the stained glass windows was more than enough.
Kate looked elegant and beautiful in a gown from Betrothed. “Alli, the dressmaker, is so talented and lovely. I had such fun visiting her and she made me feel comfortable. I had confidence in her ability from our first meeting and overall she made the experience so relaxing and enjoyable and that was ultimately important to me – not to mention the outrageously beautiful gown she produced!” Kate’s stunning strapless ivory dress was made of silk dupioni and featured a French lace bodice, fishtail, long veil and shoulder wrap for the reception. Classic. Her Stephanie Browne Charleston earrings were purchased from Miss Martini.
The reception was a warm and intimate dinner of fine dining and great wine. The beautiful flowers were the centre of attention, and the style embedded at the venue together with the flowers was truly breathtaking. Each guest was asked to request a favourite song to be played at the reception. All of the guests’ choices, along with Kate and Tom’s wedding song, were burnt on a disc and given as a special and personal bomboniere.
Allison Hernach from Allison Hernach Photography captured Kate and Tom’s special day. The pair spoke highly of the photographer, “We were impressed with Allison’s award-winning work after browsing her website but most importantly we really like Allison as a person. She is so easy to get along with and it was a pleasure to share our day with her. We looked for classic beautiful images that would capture the people and the joy of a wedding”. It appears that Allison did just that.
17 June 2013
It was badminton that brought Rain and Mike together! They both played the sport for many years, though it wasn’t until they were teamed up for a game together one night that they came to know each other. A friendship blossomed, which then turned into a relationship. On their anniversary, Mike proposed to Rain over dinner. She remembers, “I looked at him, there he was with a beautiful ring in his hand, sparkles in his eyes and said, “Will you marry me, please?” I started crying, a lot of things flashed in my mind, every happy moment we had spent together…as well as a conversation happening in my head…”Look at him, he’s the most gorgeous man in your life, you are crazy if you say no…Oh my god, everyone is going to be so jealous…” then I realised he was still waiting, he was just kind of frozen… “Yes, I’d love to.”
Rain and Mike incorporated badminton elements into their wedding, throwing back to their first encounter. “The moment I walked into the ceremony and saw Mike waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Even though there were a hundred pairs of eyes staring at me, I felt time just stopped and I couldn’t see anything else except him, the man I love the most.”
A reception at the National Wine Centre of Australia followed, as the couple were looking for somewhere in the city with great menu options. They loved the Wine Centre package as they had really nice wine selections and they loved the barrel feature wall and high ceiling. The private bar, dance floor and space to fit their photobooth made it the perfect location for Rain and Mike’s celebration.
Rain was a picture in a beautiful sparkly gown from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre. She was after something elegant and a gown that did not make her look as tiny as she actually is. The strappy bodice showed off Rain’s polished shoulders, and the full tulle skirt made her look like a true princess. Her face glowed with perfection thanks to makeup done by Kara Fantasia. Mike didn’t look so bad himself in a fitted suit and his groomsmen scrubbed up in suits from Gerry’s Suit Hire.
The decorations at the reception looked immaculate amongst the gorgeous interior of the Wine Centre. The stunning centrepieces were tall glass vases with rose balls on top, pearls on the bottom and crystal flowers hung in the middle with three diamond candle holders on a round mirror and rose petals scattered on the tables. Guests took home bride and groom salt and pepper shakers and champagne timers as bomboniere. The entire day was captured by Shona at Shona Henderson Photography, who produced the beautiful soft-tone photos.
11 June 2013
Underneath the beauty of the Botanic Gardens' canopy, Angelo proposed to Nadia…with a pair of Bulgari earrings! Despite the absence of a ring, Nadia was so overwhelmed with joy and tears that she forgot to say yes! Of course she eventually did and later the pair went and picked out her ring together and began planning their rustic Tuscan / European wedding. “Our wedding highlighted parts of our culture and heritage that we love."
The couple were married in a church with beautiful grounds and a real rustic look and feel to the building. Perfect for their European inspired ceremony! Nadia says that the most special and memorable moment of their day was seeing each other for the first time at the church and being able to say their vows to each other in front of all their family and friends. “It felt a little strange not having spoken to him since the night before and I could not wait to see him. He looked so handsome and I could not stop smiling!”
Nadia’s beautiful gown was created by Suzana Lucci, which meant that she was able to make all of the decisions and be there for every step of the process. The final result was an A-line/empire line and had 1950's elements to the style and cut. The bottom of the dress was silk tulle and the top was a beaded material with lovely pearls and silver features. Talented Suzana cut out each patch of beading and then sewed them all back together to make the top of the dress beaded throughout. Angelo’s three-piece suit was made by Joseph Uzumcu, as was the best man’s.
Guests then moved on to a winery, where the rustic theme continued. Adelaide Flower House provided low-line jars filled with varieties of green and white flowers and tea-candles with jar lids at their base. Log slices varied the heights of the jars and complemented the theme. Adelaide Flower House created a mixture of green and white floral arrangements. “We spoke to Connie on a number of occasions and she understood what we were after from the start, all we had to do was describe the theme and the look that we wanted” says Nadia. Her stunning bouquet had elements of all of the flowers used during the day as well as roses. Her maid of honour had a larger corsage instead of a bouquet.
The wedding cake was far from traditional! The couple loves continental vanilla slice and so they ordered a very large one! It was decorated with a ribbon and cake topper in the shape of a banner that read ‘Mr and Mrs’. They also had a mini continental vanilla slice for everyone on the night as part of the dessert buffet. Pete Thornton from Eventimaging captured the entire day. The couple couldn’t speak highly enough of their photographer; “We chose Pete because his photos reflect everything we were looking for. Pete shoots natural beauty in an artistic way and he has the ability to capture great moments…he was not only our photographer but also someone we trusted with advice and knowledge. He is down to Earth, kind and took the time to research and look at photo locations with us prior to the day.”
3 June 2013
Believe it or not this traditional Indian wedding (a combination of both Sikh and Hindu) and its explosion of magnificent colour was celebrated right here in Adelaide! Vikas and Kushpal are both dentists who did an amazing job of bringing the beauty of India to the streets of Adelaide with a stunning array of vibrant hues, gorgeous fabrics and cultural elements. We hope you enjoy exploring their wedding day as much as we did, it truly is a delight to look at!
The couple and their family and friends worked hard to make sure the day happened right, as Kushpal explains, “Being an Indian wedding, it’s unusual for the bride to have much say in what goes on – the parents usually run the show. I’m lucky that my parents are fairly easy-going and everything was my decision…luckily all of my family and friends pulled together to make it all happen.” They had not one, but two religious ceremonies, as Kushpal is Sikh and Vikas is Hindu.
Kushpal and Vikas both looked striking on their wedding day. Kushpal had to fly to Singapore to find her traditional attire! She wore a silwar kameeze in red and gold for the Sikh ceremony and a red and gold sari in silk for the Hindu wedding. The material was weaved with lovely motifs and was about seven metres long! The most important accessory that she wore was her mother’s absolutely gorgeous multi-layered gold necklace and earring set. Kushpal says that her mother also wore it on her wedding day and ever since she was a child she has loved it. She has been known to periodically say that the only thing she wanted from her parents for her wedding was that set so that she could wear it on her special day and her wish was granted when her parents gave it to her as a wedding gift.
We are told that the reception was a lot of fun and that Kushpal and Vikas both had an amazing time. The space was decorated with pink lilies in arrangements with tropical green leaves, gold runners and sashes. Sugar and Spice Cakes created a beautiful four-tier chocolate cake with designs based on murals of the Taj Majal and each guest was able to take a piece home as bomboniere.
Panache Photography captured the love and vibrancy of the day. “We chose Kim from Panache Photography because of his photographic style. He somehow manages to capture important moments whilst making it look like a masterpiece that should be hung in the Louvre!” raved the couple. Photography locations were all over Adelaide! They started at the Masonic Lodge on the first day of the wedding celebrations, to Kushpal’s sister’s house on the second day, the Gurudwara Sahib, Ganesh Mander, Botanical Gardens and the house they hired for the wedding preparations on the third and finally the reception venue on the fourth!
28 May 2013
A long way from the humble streets of Adelaide, Kristin and Simon’s romance was ignited on Hollywood Boulevard when they were both living in LA! The night they met Simon went back to Kristin’s house and they talked for hours…and from that point on she says he was very persistent (although he might say otherwise!). His determination was rewarded when the pair tied the knot in an amazingly unique ceremony back in SA last year. Their vibrant wedding was infused with a Halloween vibe - bright pumpkins and a palette of purple and burnt oranges.
In homage to their American romance, the couple’s wedding was one hundred percent US and straight from their hearts. They thought it would be great to do an autumn theme because in America that time of year is ‘just so beautiful’. They also thought it would be unique, as in Australia spring starts in October, however in America that is when autumn starts – there were faux autumn leaves and pumpkins everywhere!
Their scenic ceremony location was directly in front of their reception marquee on Simon’s sister Emily and brother-in-law Jason’s land at Eudunda. “We were looking for a beautiful location that had not been used before and something with a view to die for when Jason took us to a spot he knew of. The kangaroos bounced away as we drove up to the spot and so Simon and I declared, ‘this is it!’ Who says you can’t infuse a little Australia into an American wedding? Their reception was in a marquee on the same property, allowing them to party into the night without restrictions!
Kristin wore a beautiful strapless ivory and champagne corset gown with lace and sequins from Jenny & Jerry's Bridal House. "It was so beautiful and everything I wanted in a gown; it was vintage and the colour of it was just stunning" she gushed. In true tradition, she added something blue and special underneath her gown, which was the names of all her loved ones who had passed away. A lovely and personal touch. The tradition ended there - Kristin wore custom Converse sneakers instead of heels with "Mrs Kuehl" embroidered on them...very cool!
The individual ceremony decor was provided by Budget Party Hire, including the marquee, aisle runner, chairs, tables and linen - they had everything Simon and Kristin needed! Simon expertly built the doors and wooden arch, painted custom jars and filled them with candle lights and decorated with pumpkins and faux autumn leaves! The autumn / halloween theme was evident throughout the styling. Kristin had a lovely autumn coloured bouquet in a beautiful oranges and browns, berries, vines and pretty lace wrapped around the base holding it all together. She added a heart shaped photo of her uncle, father and herself when she was younger for sentimental value. Ky Luu from B Captured created lasting memories with his incredible unique photography; the couple definitely have a wedding album unlike any other!
13 May 2013
Serafina and Ben met twenty years ago in high school - he was her year twelve sports captain when she was only in year ten! She would often make up stories as to why she couldn't swim in the swimming carnival or participate in athletics, not knowing that years later they would meet again and marry!
Serafina defined their wedding as classic, with timeless elegance. "I want to look back at my wedding in fifty years and still love the style" she explained. The church was a beautiful space with a modern feel, and actually the place where the couple used to go for school masses all those years ago! The space looked exquisite decorated with Million Star's baby's breath pew pomanders, a rose petal aisle and extra-large balls of Million Stars baby's breath in huge stone urns on the alter itself.
The reception was equally as beautiful, with sweet touches of baby's breath and romantic candlelight. The reception venue itself had a distinct style that the couple did not want to detract from. Exquisite food, exceptional wine and service were foremost when selecting their reception - factors we're sure the lucky guests appreciated! It was Ben who took control of this part of the wedding and Serafina credits the phenomenal wine and menu choices to him.
We can not get enough of Serafina's absolutely stunning gown from Alexis George. She worked closely with Pat Georgiou to create the beautiful lace gown, made up of hundreds of tiny three-dimensional flowers hand-stitched over a fitted bodice of sheer tulle. "It was a very individualised experience", says Serafina "...the Alexis George team were fantastic. I knew from the start I wanted my dress to be made there." It honestly is one of the most breath-taking dresses we have seen. She complemented it with our favourite flowers too - an extra large posy of big bloom white peonies.
At the reception, aside from amazing food and wine, guests were treated to a delicious four-teired white chocolate cake covered in Million Stars baby's breath. Bomboniere was a touching gesture; small-mirrored jewellery boxes containing a thank-you note with a donation the couple made to the Cancer Council on behalf of each guest. This had a personal meaning to Ben's family.
1 May 2013
When Chris randomly rang Vanessa one Thursday afternoon and asked her to meet him at home for ‘something important’, she had an inkling that he might propose. As she drove into the driveway, her suspicions were confirmed when Chris came outside with a beautiful bunch of flowers with a pink and purple plastic butterfly ring, accompanied by the words ‘So, will you marry me?’ Vanessa said yes, of course, and they pair began planning their vintage 1950’s wedding.
The fun colours of their funky wedding were inspired by the beautiful print on their flower girl dresses. Vanessa spotted them when wandering through Myer one day, they stood out instantly and she fell in love with the cute design. She did not purchase them immediately and when she went back a few weeks later they will still there so she bought them on the spot; a lovely mixture of greens, oranges and pink with flowers and butterflies on them.
Guests sat on white Americana chairs with little white chairs on the end chair of each row. There were pretty white daisies in each vase with orange and green ribbon tied around the top. Each guest was given a pot of bubbles attached with a thank you tag, which was printed to match the flower girl dresses.
Vanessa was searching for a gown that was different, flattering and that would suit her shape. She loves the dress styles of the 1950’s and decided to get a dress made from that era. The end result was a beautiful tea-length ivory gown with a delicate lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves made from the save lace. She wore a green peridot ring that belonged to her great-grandmother, an heirloom very dear to her heart. In fact, Vanessa had her engagement ring made at Adorn Jewels to match this ring, with diamonds and of course a green peridot stone.
Vanessa’s matron of honour wore a short 1950’s style dress in burnt orange from the glamour room and held a bouquet to match Vanessa’s, made of white roses with magnolia leaf foliage. Chris and his groomsmen wore fitted black suits from Peter Shearer and personalised cufflinks made from old typewriter keys with their initials.
Vanessa and Chris did a darling job with their reception decorations, they went op-shopping with their friend Daniel to collect mis-matching vases for the tables and at the same time Vanessa’s mother was on the look-out as well. They also collected old-fashioned glass light shades and china teacups and saucers, which they put tea light candles in. On the tables that were scattered around the room they placed a doily with various flowers and vases. It was all very personal and heartfelt. The day before the wedding, Vanessa went to the Central Market with her matron of honour and collected lots of flowers in various colours including orange, white and pink. They had large banners made to hang around the room in the same pattern as the flower girls dresses.
The lucky guests got to enjoy a ton of retro candy as their bomboniere – including Pop Rocks, Killer Pythons, Hubba Bubba, Nerds, liquorice and Fizzers! They were all devoured before the couple even entered the room. Pete from WHAT PETE SHOT captured the wonderful day – chosen by Vanessa and Chris because ‘his portfolio is amazing because he takes great pride in taking wonderful photographs that can be remembered for years to come.’
26 April 2013
Jase and Monique’s pretty vintage wedding incorporated soft whimsical elements and a distinct playful edge, inspired by their playful personalities. Held outdoors at The Rose Lawns East, Veale Gardens on South Terrace, the wedding was illuminated with bright sunshine and October blooms. Beautiful Monique looked every bit the radiant bride in an amazing San
Patrick dress from Bridal on Pulteney. A stunning beaded corset and a
full tulle skirt and train made the lovely creation, complemented by a
full cathedral veil – worn under strict instruction from Jase! In
Monique’s hair was an amazing headpiece from Miss Martini.
On the morning of the wedding, thoughtful Jase organised for Monique’s sister to present her with an anklet with a locket of her Nan’s ashes, which she also wore on the day. A beautiful gesture that kept Monique’s Nan with her throughout her big day. Monique’s mother also gave her a blue garter from her wedding day to wear, which she had sewn a diamond heart pendant to – covering every aspect of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!
Not to be outdone, Jase entered Peter Shearer Formal Hire and within half an hour had sorted his suit, shirt, bow tie, shoes and belt! Monique did try to make suggestions – none of which he listened to! Although, she does admit he has ‘more fashion sense’ than she does. We think he a mighty fine job!
Aisle Style provided Jase and Monique with beautiful ceremony décor that consisted of chairs, umbrellas, a signing table and welcoming easel, creating a homely and bright space beneath the treetops. Staying true to the whimsical style of ‘DIY’, Jase and Monique handed out personalised bubbles, mints, tissues and water bottles, as well as handmade paddle fans that read ‘hand in hand, heart in heart, together we grown old’. This sentiment was used throughout the wedding stationery and was part of the special vows the couple wrote for each other.
Monique’s bridesmaids were totally cute and feminine in navy blue tutus; not your average bridesmaid dress but we love it! They each wore a pair of pale blue peep-toes and held a single pink peony – oh so whimsically fresh.
Helen Roberts Photography captured every special moment and provided staged photos that reflected the vintage theme to their wedding. “…She was so easy-going and knew her job extremely well” reflected Monique, “…she had some amazing photography ideas and was very eager to capture our day the way we wanted.” The photo locations included a side street of Hindley Street and a beautiful house they hired in Hyde Park to stay in over the weekend. Family photos were taken in Veale Gardens after the ceremony, before the bridal party had photos taken at the Adelaide University, Plantation Drive and behind the State Library. Empire Video Productions did the wonderful videography for the day.
The pretty blue hues were continued throughout the décor in the form of
vintage blue vases filled with pink and cream peonies, stationery,
tealight candles and flowers made of tissue paper placed in glass jars.
Guests were invited to enjoy a two-tier chocolate mud cake with ivory
ruffled icing – topped with a metal love heart.
24 April 2013
Kayla puts her chance meeting with her future husband, Joe, down to ‘fate’. “He was from London and he and some friends were travelling the world. They ended up in Adelaide by accident and funnily enough, I was waiting for him.” Two years after their worlds were brought together, Joe proposed to Kayla over an intimate candlelit dinner – on bended knee, of course!
Everything about their wedding eye-catching, from the breath-taking surroundings at Waterfall Gully to the striking bride herself, all infused with a touch of old Hollywood glamour. Kayla and Joe wanted to transport guests back to the 1950’s era for the night, inspired by the very cool vintage swagger.
The handsome couple embodied the theme well, their cool outfits the epitome of vintage swagger. Joe stood tall in a black tux, suspenders and framed glasses by Gerry’s Suit Hire, his hair pushed back in a retro style. His sultry bride’s bright blue eyes stood out against her jet-black hair, which was voluminous and accessorised with an extravagant headpiece from Miss Martini. Her fitted silk dress was from Brides By The Park; a simple gown with a slight fish tail, low back and Hollywood train. It sparkled with the perfect amount of crystal embellishment and lace embroidery.
Infallibly classic and elegant, Kayla’s bridesmaids wore different styles of black dresses in different materials. The simpleness of their dresses ensured the beautiful pink and red rose bouquets were a pop of stand-out colour. The groomsmen were cool and traditional in black suits, also from Gerry’s Suit Hire.
The reception, held at Utopia @ Waterfall Gully, continued the 1950’s inspired celebrations. Utopia supplied the decorations and centrepieces, which featured mirrors with tea-lights on them and four-foot high white ostrich feathers on white stands. They also scattered diamond chips on black and white damask table runners. Utopia also designed the bright cupcake tower, decorated with red icing hearts.
Guests were treated to live swing songs and bomboniere designed by Kayla’s mum. They were mini bottles of white wine decorated with feathers and around the neck of each bottle she hung red shiny chocolate hearts in white organza bags with black velvet swirls. Wine and chocolate - you can’t go wrong in our eyes!
Wendy Broekx captured the wedding around Waterfall Gully with a mixture of some old Hollywood vintage shots, natural shots and magazine shots. The overall result, as you can tell, is just as perfect…although it’s not difficult to capture amazing photos when the couple look like Hollywood movie stars themselves!
17 April 2013
Jessica and Ben would regularly bump into each other down the supermarket aisles when they were both working as supermarket representatives. The pair got to know each other and before they knew it, they were walking down a different type of aisle!
A picture of perfection, Jessica wore a stunning Alexis George gown – the only dress that she tried on! With George’s help, they made some minor adjustments and additions to make the gown ideal and unique for Jessica. The final result was a beautiful bright white dress with a natural metallic shine made of French silk. It featured a sharp bust design with a large bow on the back of the dress filled with tulle and a detachable extension, which could be removed for the bridal waltz. Her pretty veil was a petal shape, short in the front and long in the back. Not to be outdone, the groom and his groomsmen were handsome in suits from Joseph Uzumcu.
A traditional and elegant theme infused with many unique modern aspects ensured Jessica and Ben’s wedding had a very individualised touch. Adelaide Flower House supplied large black vases filled with lovely arrangements of white flowers and greenery to decorate the church ceremony with. The pews were dressed with classic organza sashes and decorated with miniature bunches of white flowers that were later used to decorate the bridal party’s table at the reception; a gorgeous mixture of white carnations, peonies, hydrangeas, roses, gardenias, freesias and dahlias.
A breath-taking reception held overlooking the Adelaide River Torrens and the sparkling city lights made it a magical venue at night-time with quality food and service. The newlyweds scattered small tea-light candles on the tables amongst small arrangements of white flowers in small vintage crystal vases provided by the Adelaide Flower House. The chairs were elegantly covered in white with a white organza sash bow from Chaircovers Over All. Beautiful!
The wedding cake was almost too immaculate looking to eat – but too delicious not to! A three-tier cake consisting of a chocolate mud cake with dark coverture chocolate ganache, a white chocolate cake with white coverture chocolate ganache and fruit cake with marzipan layer and fondant on top. Guests were also treated to sweet bomboniere gifts; diamante bracelets for the ladies, cufflinks for the men and a large lollypop for children.
Children were seated on a separate table filled with butcher’s paper, crayons and games including Connect Four and Uno to keep them entertained throughout the night! This was a wonderful idea as it enabled the parents to enjoy their night too.
Jessica and Ben chose Photos Xposed as their photographer as they were looking for natural photos that captured the elegant surroundings. We think they did a pretty amazing job!
9 April 2013
A simple mistake ended up defining the future for Ana and Joshua, who met when they both misread their university timetables and ended up in the wrong class. The pair laughed off their embarrassment before getting a coffee at the café to get to know each other. Years later, Josh asked the big question during a fairy-tale proposal in New York that would exceed any little girl’s dream.
A whimsical wedding captured the essence of the Adelaide Hills for Ana and Joshua, who wanted their guests to feel like they were being transported somewhere special. When the couple saw the Longview Winery for the first time they had already put down a deposit on another wedding venue, but they completely fell in love and just had to change. Its rustic qualities, inspiring scenery and beautifully intimate feel made the Longview Winery the perfect place to host Ana and Joshua’s big day.
Together, Ana and Joshua built a tree made from real branches and foliage in the middle of their reception. In order to make guests feel as though they were somewhere truly serene and special they decorated the tree with fairy lights, birdcages and vintage lampshades and dotted gorgeous little animal statues around the reception for an enchanted forest feel. Special centrepieces consisting of twisted mallee wood, little nests with birds, vases, freesias, bark and tea-lights provided a whimsical ambiance to the styling.
Ana looked naturally radiant in a fishtail gown from Rapsimo. Beautiful imported Italian lace decorated the bodice and sweetheart neckline and Rapsimo ensured they completed the styling with a stunning pair of sling back heels. The vibrant pink bridesmaid dresses were from Bridal on Pulteney and Joshua and his groomsmen looked very handsome in Joseph Uzumcu suits. Bouquets of mostly native flowers highlighted beauty of the Adelaide Hills, including molucca balm pods, lilies, orchids, dodda vine, parrot tulips, mini gym and freesias.
Guests were treated to a raspberry cream sponge cake decorated with little birds and vine ornaments and Ana and Joshua organised for a tree to be planted on behalf of every guest through Trees of Life as bomboniere.
3 April 2013
It was farm life that brought Locky and Carissa together; she was visiting Australia for six months to work on the Silos and Locky was a farmer. Carissa extended her stay for a year to be with Locky before moving to Australia permanently. It was just before harvest when the pair went for a drive out to one of Locky’s blocks to ‘check the crop’ and as they were doing so he got down on one knee and asked Carissa to marry him!
A mixture of bush and vintage was the theme for the beautiful country wedding, which was held at their ‘back block’ forty kilometres west of Ceduna. Earthy tones made up the colour palette, as the couple wanted the entire day to feel in sync with the paddock. Many personal rustic elements fused the indoors with the county surroundings. Weathered pieces of wood were made into signs that read ‘I Do’ and ‘Newly Weds’ and empty jars made for simple candle holders.
As the couple chose to have a cocktail wedding, they incorporated wine barrels into the décor so that people were able to set down their drinks and food. The barrels featured different vases filled with bark and twigs to keep the theme consistent and the tea-light candles for a little extra romantic lighting. Four gorgeous wicker balls hung from the center of the roof with lights in them, as did long strips of fabric to make the room feel cosy. The end result was a truly wonderful and personal environment for the guest to enjoy.
The understated fashion reflected the relaxed, country vibe of the day. The groom and his groomsmen wore their Peter Shearer shirts untucked and opted to leave their ties at home. Carissa looked beautiful in a casual version of vintage glamour, with a simple silhouette and silk material. The true beauty of her gown was in the stunning beading; sparkling cap sleeves and a low back adorned with unique detailing.
Their country wedding album was captured in a variety of locations on their farms. They had photos taken in paddocks with a vintage couch, in shearing sheds and amongst a fallen down farmhouse. A wedding that would make any Australian bumpkin proud.
26 March 2013
Little to their knowledge, Michael and Chantelle first met in hospital just after being born! Michael was born two days before Chantelle in the same hospital and their mother’s hospital rooms were practically right next to each other. It wasn’t until they were fourteen and Michael cheekily pinched Chantelle’s bottom in the canteen line at school did their relationship begin. Seven years later, Michael proposed to Chantelle on her 21st birthday and the couple began preparing their elegant wedding.
Despite the beautiful scenery and dreamy decorations, all eyes were on Chantelle’s amazing Alexis George gown. The bodice was made with just three layers of sheer tulle and beading all over the torso area leading down her back. A detachable skirt was made from just a few layers of tulle with the same beautiful beading around the waistband. Connected to the bodice was a very cute bubble skirt, which was pinched up in different places to give a ‘flower’ effect all over. Absolutely stunning.
The fact that Chantelle and Michael held their wedding on the weekend of one of the biggest flash floods ever in Mildura didn’t dampen their day. Their stylish reception venue looked magical decorated with white curtains, fairy lights and centrepieces of tall thin vases filled with Singapore Orchids.
Lillies and champagne pink Singapore orchids decorated all of Chantelle’s bouquets and flower arrangements, sweetly complementing the white and pink full-length bridesmaid dresses. Each girl also wore a single lily in their side-swept curls. We must mention the beautiful cake - an eight-tiered cake design shaped in a love heart and decorated with edible bows.
The weather was wet and overcast however Photos Xposed capture the most wonderful photos, ensuring not a single moment was missed. They were ‘a lot of fun’ to work with, says Chantelle.
18 March 2013
As the sun set over Oia in Santorini, Greece, Stephen proposed on bended knee to his high school sweetheart, Carly, presenting her with his great grandmother’s ring. A fairy-tale proposal set the scene for a fairy-tale wedding infused with beautiful classic elements of rustic romance.
The couple wanted somewhere they could have a casual ceremony that could also host some lawn games and refreshments to allow guests to relax prior to the reception. As a result, a gorgeous estate hosted their out-of-city wedding.
The bride wore a strapless Martina Liana gown with a subtle sweetheart neckline covered in silk organza sourced from Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal. The stunning dress that seemed to fit Carly like a glove was waisted with a beautiful French tulle and diamante belt. The skirt was made of hundreds of hanky-shaped French tulle pieces. The outfit was complemented by dazzling accessories from Miss Martini and the most important accessory of all – a ring created by EverettBrookes with the same diamond that was in Stephen’s great grandmother’s ring. Finally, Carly wore a striking pair of bright blue heels from Ivory Soul Bridal shoes with “I do” written beautifully in diamantes on the back.
Carly describes the moment her eyes met Stephen’s for the first time at the ceremony as the ‘best part’ of the day; "…we have been dating for eleven years but there is nothing like the feeling of seeing your beloved for the first time on your wedding day. Your tummy becomes tight and it feels like a family of butterflies have taken up home in your chest!" After the relaxed garden ceremony, guests were invited to a beautiful reception area decorated with large glass cylindrical vases with white willow inside. Hanging from the willow were class candle balls and ribboned carnations.
Stephen is the chef and owner of Adelaide business How Sweet It Is and so he made the cake as a surprise for Carly; a beautiful six double tier display cake. He creatively used their invitation paper, purchased from Giftables, as a template and hand piped the same detail on two of the tiers. The creation was decorated with crosshatching, pearls, brooches, flowers and draping – Carly’s dream cake!
1 March 2013
After a night out ‘stuffing themselves silly’ at a Thai restaurant, Michael proposed to Deb with a ring he made himself. Inside the stainless steel thumb ring was engraved ‘I love you eMBee, will you marry me?’ An amazing wedding followed, filled with a lot of nerves, a few tears, all smiles and a high five at the end!
When choosing her gown, Deb’s main priority was comfort – she wanted something different and easy to wear so she didn’t have to hold her stomach in and could easily sit down! The final product was a beautiful and breezy cotton and silk blend with shibori (Japanese twisted flowers) and tulle straps. She looked very much the radiant bride with a natural glow and a dazzling wide smile.
The wedding reception, held under magical strings of fairy lights on a tennis court, was relaxed and fun for all the couple’s friends and family. Deb collected vases from op shops and kept beer bottles, which were decorated with twine and filled with flowers by friends. Her mum made all the table runners from different materials, altogether creating a warm mismatched décor. The tennis court was set up with a ‘chill out’ area with rugs, sun chairs, ottomans, coffee tables and umbrellas. A dance floor was placed next to the trestle table dining area and bar, accompanied by ‘the most amazing’ little band. Guests enjoyed hor’deourves with drinks after the ceremony and later a shared platter dinner before a petit fours dessert of brownies, macaroons and lemon tarts.
Deb and Michael loved the style of photography Pete, from What Pete Shot, produced. “He is a lovely, easy-going guy who made us feel really comfortable for the photos’. The end result were gorgeous photos, capturing every special and candid moment of the day, to last a lifetime.
wedding photography what pete shot
22 February 2013
Whilst holidaying in Sydney, Casey hid a sparkling diamond ring in a decadent chocolate and strawberry dessert for his bride-to-be Belinda. The couple were enjoying a candlelit dinner at one of Australia’s most luxurious hotels when Belinda found the ring and said yes, overlooking an amazing view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Sixteen months later, Belinda and Casey shared their joy and celebration with 115 special guests in the beautiful valley township of Clarendon.
Belinda was a breath-taking bride in a gorgeous white strapless gown with a small train and beaded detailing, her hair pulled back in a shiny blonde up ‘do by Ninettes Hair City and her immaculate makeup radiating with a natural glow. A simple white bouquet of roses was all she needed to finish her look as a timeless and dazzling bride.
The couple chose to get married at Silvestri’s of Clarendon as they found the venue beautiful every time they drove through the hills to visit Casey’s parents. Captured by the sophisticated elegance, they also had their elegant wedding photos around the stylish location, thanks to the wonderful work of Panache Photography. After arriving in stylish white Jaguars, the couple said their vows beneath a white umbrella, surrounded by towering trees and the exquisite beauty of the Silvestri’s grounds.
Later, guests enjoyed a traditional reception, where the stand out was a five-tier marble cake with off white layers and fresh flowers. Ensuring that none of the special memories or details were missed, I Do Cinema captured the entire day on video for the wonderful bride and groom.
13 February 2013
An eclectic twist to the traditional ceremony and reception was centre stage at the wedding of Susie and Steve. A mutual love of all things musical united the couple, who also have a shared penchant for dressing up in costume and wearing copious amounts of eyeliner. It was a few years later when Steve and Susie decided to get hitched in true theatrical style; a fabulous one of a kind Moulin Rouge meets the Garden of Unearthly Delights, meets Narnia celebration.
Fabric, music, nature, family and friends featured predominantly throughout the ‘wedding weekend’, held at The Woodhouse. Susie and Steve were attracted to the sheer natural beauty of the venue and exchanged vows under a huge tree by the creek on the grass. A vibrant carnival followed, complete with a jumping castle, puppet show, giant board games and an evening reception. Guests were invited to stay between one and three nights for the magical celebrations, as Susie and Steve wanted to have time to spend with family and friends to chat, laugh, sing and dance.
During the reception Susie and Steve incorporated the Celtic tradition of the Cloutie Tree where prayers and wishes are written on a strip of ribbon or cloth and tied to the tree where wind and elements weather the ribbon and take the prayers and wishes to the gods of the realm. Later at the reception a vivid red glow created by Lush Lighting illuminated the grand tent, creating a dramatic carnival feel and birdcages entwined with fairy lights hung from the sheer black drapery.
A very special bomboniere of native Australian seeds was given to guests in combination with a donation to Carbon Neutral, Susie and Steve hoped that guests would plant the seeds and help make the environment better for everyone. The couple chose Panache Photography for Kim’s ‘unique ability to capture the moment which everyone misses at a wedding and his photos are all individual works of finely crafted art.’, say Susie and Steve.
4 February 2013
Sarah could never have guessed that a hens night out would lead her down the wedding aisle herself; it was at the casino whilst celebrating her friend’s marriage where she met her future hubby Adrian. Three years after their meeting, Adrian proposed at Mount Lofty with a ring he had designed himself. Their elegant wedding was infused with classic old Hollywood glamour and the Adelaide Town Hall auditorium provided a stunning venue for a beautiful wedding reception. A romantically neutral colour palette ensured the large crystal candelabra centrepieces surrounded by floral wreaths shone and dazzled.
Sarah and her bridesmaids’ stunning water wave hairstyles were created by Ninettes Hair City and were dressed in champagne coloured satin and tulle dresses with Swarovski crystal appliques - the girls truly were the epitome of Hollywood glamour. Sarah stole the show in an antique style gown decorated with French lace and glamorous beaded details that, like her art deco accessories from Miss Martini, captured the light perfectly. We couldn’t help but fall in love with her incredible oval bridal bouquet that featured white peonies, skimmia, dusty miller and opulent crystals.
No detail was performed without the utmost style and care, their tasteful letter press invitations and menus seamlessly matched the royal champagne and white lace that decorated the four-tier traditional fruitcake. Guests were treated to a bomboniere gift of crystal perfume bottles and a seven-piece band with a brass section and a grand piano at the reception. Even the flower arrangements were a flawless combination of white and pink peonies, champagne David Austin roses, hydrangea and skimmia.
Melissa from Gloss Photography captured wonderful candid photos of the day at the University of Adelaide Cloisters, the Botanic Hotel, East End lane ways and Cocolat on Rundle Street. What wonderfully beautiful memories of a beautiful wedding...
31 January 2013
Enjoying a holiday in Europe, Nayia and Gianni watched the sun set as they ate a delicious dinner in a beautiful hotel on a cliff in Santorini. What more could one possibly ask for? …a diamond perhaps? A gorgeous diamond ring is exactly what was to surprise Nayia when Gianni proposed shortly after dessert had been served. Eighteen months later the couple were married in a wedding described by Nayia as ‘grand’ – and it certainly was, gold trimming and opulent details decorated their luxurious big day.
Naiya’s makeup was flawlessly applied by Colour Cosmetica and she wore a beautiful lace and tulle dress with a touch of diamante adornments from Jenny and Jerry’s Bridal House in a style that showed off her stunning figure. She was accompanied by her bridesmaids who wore long sequined gowns with soft tulle skirts and stunning jewellery from Miss Martini; the entire bridal party was the picture of sophisticated perfection. As for the shoes…of course no grand wedding is complete without a towering pair of Jimmy Choo pumps.
The reception that followed at Sfera’s Starlight Grand Ballroom, shone and sparkled in rich gold and crisp white fabrics. Table arrangements of David Austin roses and gold willow adorned with fairy lights and crystals were placed under hanging chandeliers. The newly-weds cut a beautiful three tier vanilla and chocolate cake and guests took home custom made jewellery boxes with ivory lining as a bomboniere gift.
The classic and elegant photos by Impressions Photography Studio were taken at the Art Gallery, the Adelaide University, the Hotel Richmond and the General Post Office. Exquisite and timeless.
24 January 2013
After three happy years and a son together, Nick proposed to Amber in a way that would satisfy every little girl’s dream. He led his unsuspecting fiancé-to-be to the jewellery store Bell and Brunt and, whilst surrounded by sparkling diamonds, he simply told her to ‘pick one’. Of course, she did and the pair were married in a quirky and intimate 50’s styled wedding – episodes of Mad Men contributed to their little obsession with all aspects of the era!
The Old Methodist Meeting Hall’s vintage church feel was perfect for their ceremony, which was followed by a reception held at the gorgeous Belair Park Country Club. Black chandeliers lit with tea-light candles from Sash Events were the elegant table centrepieces and dramatic black sashes were tied on the chairs. Lucky guests were able to enjoy a two-tier hexagon and circle fudge cake decorated with fresh flowers by Sugar and Spice Cakes along with cute Hershey’s Kisses bomboniere gifts. Who can say no to a sweet chocolate treat?
Amber’s gown was short, romantic and looked unique teamed with a black sash and shoes that matched the black and white décor. A white fascinator and bright red lips brought the vintage styling together beautifully. All the bridesmaids held green bouquets and Amber herself held a green and blue bouquet with green berzilla berries, daisy chrysanthemums, molucca balm, lisianthus, blue sea holly, anemones, hyacinths and roses with citrus foliage.
The creative photography, taken at the Old Methodist Meeting Hall, the Royal Oak Hotel and Belair National Park, captured Amber and Nick’s unique details perfectly. Mink Studio caught the pair on the Belair National Park tennis court having fun with antique tennis rackets and posing with the bridal party in a variety of quirky, colourful and interesting locations.
12 January 2013
It was love at first sight when Kate met Mark a week before she was due to travel and move to England. She spent a lot of time overseas searching for phones and Internet cafes just to contact him and eventually, after speaking every day whilst she was in Europe, Kate decided she had to come back home to Australia to be with him. Following her return to Adelaide, Kate and Mark enjoyed dinner at the same Italian restaurant in Glenelg where they had their first date, before taking a stroll along the scenic beach. It was there that Mark bent down on one knee and proposed to Kate, cheered on by nearby beachgoers.
A quirky vintage setting was the backdrop for Kate and Mark’s wedding, playful decor was infused with vibrant pops of pink, purple and blue. Kate, a lover of antique shops and recycling, collected treasures like bottles, teacups, old cameras, lace and plates. She gathered all of these pieces and more and created a comfortable and beautiful mismatched space.
The wedding ceremony, held in beautiful gardens at Hazelwood Park, was decorated with aisle runners, lanterns and birdcages hanging from the stunning trees. Pastel pinwheels were dotted throughout the surrounding gardens and the couple were announced husband and wife under a draped bamboo canopy.
Carefree Kate breezed through her day barefoot on the grass as she drank pink lemonade from candy-striped straws and listened to jazz with family and friends. “The fresh air kissed our skin and the night just journeyed into a mix of blissful pleasures. There was no structure, no big entrances, just my husband, friends, family, delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere!” said the striking auburn-haired bride, “There was nothing forced and this was exactly how we wanted it.”
The pair looked relaxed as they cut their mint coloured cake, complete with bright pinwheels on top. Kate wore a stunning dress that featured a bodice made of dupion silk with heavy lace and a row of bow ties down the center, admitting that she almost got lost in her big tulle skirt! Mark looked equally radiant in a coloured shirt and a stunning bow tie sourced from a small Italian silk store.A florist by trade, Kate created the wonderful hydrangea bouquets and wedding flowers herself. Kate and Mark certainly achieved an inspirational and unique wedding captured through wonderful photos to be treasured forever by Helen Roberts Photography.
wedding photography: helen roberts photography
9 January 2013
James and Carlene decided to do things a little differently when they held their wedding on New Years Eve. Surrounded by picturesque green scenery, the pair and their family and friends celebrated fresh beginnings; of the new year and of James and Carlene’s life together.
A romance that began on an off-site management course led James to propose to Carlene during a weekend away over champagne, dinner and chocolates. A beautiful baby blue and white wedding followed, inspired by the vintage art deco era. Guests received intricate laser cut invitations designed by Carlene’s friend Lisa Hall, which set the standard for the level of detail their guests could expect to see on the day. They were not disappointed; a hundred vintage crystal vases of white roses and lisianthums decorated the reception amongst antique silver vases of large white ostrich feathers. Stunningly vintage!
James and Carlene arranged for a second photographer to take photos of the guests while they were getting their photos taken, a cute and quirky idea that the guests could have fun with as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the garden. “…Seeing those photos a week after the wedding was a great way to see what mischief and fun our friends and family got up to while we were getting the more ‘serious’ photos taken” said Carlene. Later, guests were treated to a chocolate mud cake, a coconut cake with custard crème and a meringue frosting whiskey cake all made by the mother of the groom, “we couldn’t decide on just one flavour!” they explained. The cakes were served on gorgeous crystal stands and topped with fresh flowers. Sounds delicious to us!
Carlene looked radiant in an elegant vintage gown from Bridal on Pulteney and pretty shoes by Ivory Soul Bridal Shoes and her bridesmaids were sweet in soft pastel blue dresses, all complemented by bouquets of fresh David Austin roses, lisianthums and baby white feathers. James' groomsmen wore suits from Peter Shearer Menswear and were cheeky in matching white and blue striped socks! The transport was stylish too; a silver Rolls Royce and a silver Daimler escorted the bridal party. Mink Studio’s soft style of photography captured the day perfectly.
8 January 2013
“If we were to describe it properly, our wedding would read Marie Antoinette meets Mad Hatter,” say Cain and Markus of their extravagantly glamorous ‘wonderland-esque’ wedding. The pair met when Cain attended Markus’ first solo art exhibition titled ‘ A Crazy Life’. Cain previewed the artwork and was immediately inspired to contact Markus in hope of collaborating on works to hang in Cain’s salon Tempest Hair. Upon meeting they quickly realised they had a lot in common and soon enough the couple were inseparable.
Their glam garden party theme was infused with their signature black and white style recognisable throughout their extensive Louis Bond brand, continued the aesthetic through their celebration. There was a bold use of black and white stripes, from the invites to the draping and furniture, table runners and wall panels. Dramatic pink lighting illuminated the grand theatre and a heavy use of faux foliage and grass added an artificial green. Overall the space had an adult spin on a wonderland colour scheme. Pre dinner drinks and canapés were in the indoor faux garden followed by a ‘tea party vibe’ dinner service on long tables.
Their wedding can only be described as a truly artistic creation. Held at the Queen’s Theatre, decayed grandeur and rustic charm provided a perfect canvas for glam fixtures, fittings and furniture. A royal feast was replicated and both Cain and Markus, who describe themselves as dreamers, created a night of fantasy and fairy-tale.
Their four tiered chocolate and vanilla marble cake was a talking point of their wedding and highlighted the wonderland element. Covered in black and white fondant, each tier had either stripes or harlequin print and it was adorned by a black fondant top hat with white bunnies.
Cain and Markus’ suits were an interesting stand out. Purchased from SABA and Jack London, they were then torn apart and put back together again, adorned with bespoke bling and embellishments. They are both romantic people and creative perfectionists, which ensured that their special day and night was a visual and emotional feast for them as well as their guests. Pete from WHAT PETE SHOT captured the most candid moments and playfully to provide an unreal fantasy element. Stunning!
5 January 2013
Rock and roll glamour was the theme for Molly and Sam’s old school wedding. The pair met through mutual friends in the Adelaide punk scene, not knowing that later Sam would propose on Molly’s twenty-first birthday in front of all her family and friends. Molly contributes the best part of her wedding day to walking down the aisle with Sam and entering the reception with everyone cheering, the air filled with love and happiness.
Molly and Sam admit having a ‘slight obsession’ with the 1940s to 1960s and these eras were the inspiration for their big day, which also included a trip to the skate park for Sam. Their reception was illuminated with tea light candles and Molly looked radiant in a tea length lace ivory dress made in the late 1950’s with a boat neck and cap sleeves. Her dress was vintage, feminine and youthful and her bridesmaids were classic in pinup style bridesmaids dresses. Molly's beautiful bouquet featured soft roses, succulents and lamb's ear and Sam and his groomsmen looked effortlessly cool in suspenders and navy blue Vans as they skated the half-pipe on their boards.
Helen Roberts Photography expertly captured the day, which included the girls arriving in 1951 custom Ford Single Spinner and the boys in a 1952 custom Chevy. The vintage theme truly resonated throughout the entire day and the couple stayed true to themselves, taking fabulously funny photos in the photo booth room and going through the McDonalds drive through at five AM in a taxi with two friends and the wedding cake on Molly's lap! Great memories that they will never forget.
wedding photography: helen roberts photography
3 January 2013
It was Adriana’s love for perfume that brought her and her husband, Andrew, together. Her obsession was ‘Flower Bomb’ by Victor and Rolf and as Andrew owned The Perfume Parlour, she sought his help in sourcing the fragrance. From there, their friendship and love blossomed. It was in Sydney where Andrew proposed, treating Adriana to a spa experience before taking her out for a beautiful dinner on Darling Harbour. After, they walked to the top of the Opera House stairs and whilst embracing the spectacular view, Andrew kneeled on one knee and presented Adriana with the ultimate engagement ring.
Their day was a special one filled with many cultural and non-cultural elements, a highlight being the moment when the doors opened at the cathedral and Andrew and Adriana locked eyes for the first time on their special day. The theme was vintage and rustic, reflected in the stunning decorations. Long stemmed tuber roses and a variety of large antique crystal vases filled with hydrangeas, gladiolas and roses decorated the ceremony and wedding reception. The vintage theme was carried out throughout the entire venue, from the antique crystal whisky bottles on silver trays to the vintage photo-booth and photo table displaying black and white photos of their parent’s and grandparent’s wedding days displayed on old books collected from antique bookstores.
Adriana was a vision dressed in a Red Pearl Couture gown that highlighted her gorgeous figure. Guipure lace draped naturally and effortlessly and beautiful lace straps decorated her shoulders and back.
Guests were treated to mini Versace and Hugo Boss fragrance bottles as bomboniere, a tribute to the couple’s first meeting and danced to live music on the night. All the special details were captured by Shona Henderson Photography, leaving Adriana and Andrew with timeless memories of their truly magical day.
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