REAL WEDDING - RACHAEL + DONATO

5 April 2016

THE COUPLE: Rachael + Donato

GUESTS: 200

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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My husband and I dedicated the success of our special day to our loved ones missing, but smiling down from heaven

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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

24 February 2016

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When it comes to wedding selections, it’s fair enough to say that there are some major make-or-break decisions involved. Before you and hubby-to-be sign across the dotted line and put down a deposit, there are some important questions that you may want to ask your wedding photographer…

1. How would you describe your wedding photography style?

Before you choose your wedding day photographer, make sure their style matches your desired look. A photographer that shoots candid, more traditional images probably wouldn’t suit a couple that were after artistic, photo journalistic styled images. Have a glance through their previous work and chat with them about what you were after to ensure you are the perfect fit for each other.

2. Have you ever photographed a wedding at [insert venue]?

If not, then perhaps a tour of the venue would be beneficial for your photographer so that they can get a feel for the space and figure out their best angles, hidden locations and spots to capture the perfect moments.

3. Do you have a list of shots?

If your photographer has complied a list of poses they would like to shoot you and hubby-to-be in, kindly ask for a copy to ensure that you are happy with the direction and feel.

4. How many hours will you be shooting? Is there an extra cost for extended hours?

Want to capture those memorable snaps of you and your bridesmaids getting 'wedding day ready'? Or perhaps it is vital to have the rocking late night dance floor on film? Discuss with your photographer what you would like captured on the day to come up with a reasonable shooting time line that fits within your budget. Your photographer will present a range of package options and even customise a package to suit you.

5. How many photographers are included?

With a second photographer at your wedding day, special moments can be captured from multiple locations and angles. You’ll have two different views and perspectives of everything that happens – more photos, more fun, more love! This is also a great idea when the bride may be getting ready in one hotel room and the groom is at another location… on the other side of town!

6. How many edited photos are included?

Discuss with your photographer how many images you would like to keep/purchase.

7. How long until they are ready?

It is important for you to confirm a timeframe of how long it will take the photographer to get your images back to you – especially if you need them for something special, like a Real Wedding submission to Brides of Adelaide.

8. How are the images provided?

Your options are endless - USB’s, disc, photo album, drop box etc.… Photographers offer incredible packages with some gorgeous keepsake pieces.

9. What happens in an emergency?

It is crucial you confirm with your photographer what steps will be taken if they were to fall violently ill or were unable to make the wedding. Is there a back-up photographer available?

10. How much?

Always work within your budget but remember, these photos are forever. They are a beautiful memento that you will look back on for years to come. Take your time, do your research, meet with your favourites and ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable with your chosen photographer/s. Trust us, this is one aspect of your wedding planning that is worth the extra time and spend!



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REAL WEDDING - RECEHELLE + MICHAEL

2 December 2015

THE COUPLE: Rechelle + Michael

GUESTS: 140

PALETTE: Pale pinks, soft pastels with other neutral shades.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - ALICIA + LUKE

2 September 2015

THE COUPLE: Alicia + Luke

GUESTS:65

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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THE FLOWERS: My bouquet had a mixture of lisianthus, roses, everlasting daisies, gypsophila, and different foliage and ferns.

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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.

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MUST HAVE WEDDING DAY PHOTOS

21 July 2015

Pictures speak a thousand words. We all know how important your wedding day photos are; you’re going to treasure them for years to come. We have compiled a selection of must have wedding photos to inspire your wedding day Kodak moments.

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TAMIKA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

18 June 2014

What better way to kick off Wednesday morning than with a serious swoon sesh over this bride's amaaaazing bridal style! Captured by Adelaide's oh-so talented Tamika Lee Photography, we're so in love with that INCREDIBLE wedding dress! The unique detailing on the shoulder straps is complemented with stunning natural makeup and an elegant up-do...and don't even get us started on those gorgeous bridesmaid dresses! Love what you see (we do!)? See more of Tamika Lee Photography here...

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WEDDING PHOTO OP - BRIDESMAIDS

4 February 2014

We love this seriously cute photo opportunity! Each bridesmaid has written down how they met the bride on a chalkboard - it's a fabulous way to reminisce and to see how far your friendship has come! Imagine looking back on the memories in 30 years from now! Not an idea just for the bridesmaid, groomsmen or even guests can play too...

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REAL WEDDING - SEB + LISA

19 November 2013

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This incredible, vibrant and fun-filled wedding by Photos Xposed remains one of our absolute favourites. Gorgeous Lisa is the epitome of a radiant bride and her infectious smile and energy is captured perfectly in the wonderful photos. Seb and Lisa’s ‘tropical beach island’ wedding at West Beach showed the pair’s love for the beach and remote locations in an elegant, yet relaxed way. They say they really wanted everyone to have a fantastic time and as the photos show…they made it happen! Join us as we take a peak into Seb and Lisa's wedding album...

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As the beaming sun smiled down on Lisa and Seb during their beach ceremony, umbrellas and a four-post canopy with draping shaded guests. A guitarist played and palm leaves and rose petals created an aisle for Lisa, who looked beautiful in a simple strapless gown from Rapsimo. “I loved my dress when I first saw it but thought it may have been too much for me” says Lisa, “when I tried it on I just knew it was right! It was a flare strapless gown in a feminine and romantic fit with a lace bodice and a frilled neckline continuing down the centre front with a georgette layered skirt.”

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The incredible beach-themed wedding décor was created with a lot of helping hands! Lisa’s mother spent many hours sourcing white lanterns, old bottles and glass plates! They found lanterns, bottles, and plates in op shops. Their florist sat white lanterns on a green palm leaf and surrounded them with the old bottles with different white flowers in them, the small glass plates and a tea-light candle. Seb purchased wood from a salvage yard that he driftwood stained and Lisa painted beach names that had an interesting story onto them. “The effect was intended to feel as if guests were on a tropical island”, explained Lisa.

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Guests were treated to a rather sweet wedding favour. “Seb and I love fresh local produce and honey is a favourite in our house. We sourced beekeepers, who sold us honey by the kilogram and it was put in jars we supplied to them. Going for the honey tasting was great fun. The honey was a quality gift that was also very affordable. We know honey was the spread of choice after our wedding!”

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Photos Xposed Photography was on hand to capture these incredible photos! “We needed our photographer to be easy-going and relaxed so that they could take amazing, natural photos with little fuss and posing. Photos Xposed Photography were friendly, accommodating and worked within the brief of what we wanted. They captured those moments we did not pose for and it is those shots we now dearly treasure”.

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REAL WEDDING - RACHAEL & MICHAEL

15 November 2013

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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REAL WEDDING - CHRISTINA + JOHN

6 November 2013

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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INSTAGRAM YOUR WEDDING

30 October 2013

The Instagram craze has taken over as one of the most popular social networking platforms! We personally love it (check us out at @boamagazine!)...and it is actually a fab idea for weddings. Create a unique hashtag your guests can use, such as #laurenandjameswedding, to tag their pics at your wedding with. This way you won't miss any of the candid moments and will get to see pics you otherwise may never had known existed!

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REAL WEDDING - ZOE + ANTHONY

29 October 2013

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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.”

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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’.

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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 Style.

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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.

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SPARKLING EXIT

18 October 2013

A sparkler send-off is a fun way to make an extraordinary exit! Provide your guests with sparklers to light and wave as you and your hubby say goodbye and exit for a honeymoon of marital bliss. They will make for a magical atmosphere and incredible photos!

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WEDDING DAY FUR-BABIES

17 October 2013

Often our pets are like our own little fur-babies, they're part of our lives and sometimes we spend so much time with our adorable little friends! If your fur-babies are like members of your family, why not include them in your wedding photography? It will be so sweet to share your special day with your four-legged besties...

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REAL WEDDING - SITAR + SAMMI

16 October 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - ALANNA + JAMES

1 October 2013

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - ZENA + CHRISTOPHER

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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B CAPTURED BY KY LUU - APPA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2013

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…

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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NICHOLAS AND CARA REAL WEDDING

15 July 2013

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - DOMENICA AND MARK

3 July 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!”

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ELEGANCE IN THE ADELAIDE HILLS - TOM AND KATE

24 June 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - Rain & Mike

17 June 2013

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - Nadia and Angelo

11 June 2013

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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."

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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REAL WEDDING - KUSHPAL AND VIKAS

3 June 2013

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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REAL WEDDING - KRISTIN & SIMON

28 May 2013

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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.

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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!

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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!


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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!

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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!

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REAL WEDDING - SERAFINA & BENJAMIN

13 May 2013

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - VANESSA AND CHRIS

1 May 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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REAL WEDDING - JASE AND MONIQUE

26 April 2013

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - KAYLA AND JOSEPH

24 April 2013

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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REAL WEDDING - JESSICA AND BEN REAL WEDDING

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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REAL WEDDING - ANA AND JOSHUA

9 April 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - LACHLAN AND CARISSA

3 April 2013

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CHANTELLE & MICHAEL - REAL WEDDING

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

21 March 2013

Create beautiful memories prior to your wedding with family and friends in a creative and simply stunning engagement session. Relax in front of the camera and capture gorgeous images that reflect the love you and your partner share and the start of your romantic journey. Combining decor elements that will set the styling theme of your wedding, engagement sessions will create timeless keepsakes, favours or stationery in the lead up to your special day. A fun, enjoyable and artistic event, your engagement session is the perfect time to build a personal relationship with your photographer before your wedding day whilst capturing the celebration of the special proposal forever. 

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Melanie and Jordan's enchanting engagement soiree is a spectacular feast for the eyes with an array of lavish locations and backdrops in the Barossa Valley. Dainty details and pastel colours create the antique image of a whimsical love affair, dotted with handmade pieces, delicate florals and rustic wood. The couple, with Bree from Life In Still Photography, created a romantic visual story, with the soft hues of the colour palette gently introduced to each mismatched decoration. Handmade pinwheels, boutonniere, pink peonies and a lace tee pee provide a playful and soft ambiance to the chic styling.

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Photographer Bree says that there are so many reasons why she recommends couples have an engagement shoot prior to their wedding day, “It is important to establish a relationship with your photographer, not only with meetings but by also having the opportunity to be in front of the camera prior to the wedding day so that you have an understanding and a better expectation of how things may be on the big day.” Once you receive your final images, you will be able to review your favourite style, look or pose in preparation for your wedding photos. Whether your images are are set amidst a beautiful run-down abandoned stone cottage or next to a lone pine tree, the natural, relaxed feel of the photos will be a reflection of the comfortable and personal relationship you will build with your photographer throughout your engagement session. 

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By creating these inspired images, you can expand your wedding portfolio and use the images for you wedding stationery, favours, guest signing book, ‘save the date’, or ‘thank you’ cards. "This time in a couple's life is all about celebration" explains Bree, "the decision to marry a life partner is a huge milestone in anyone's life and it's the perfect time to celebrate the love and connection they have for one another. There are an unlimited amount of locations to have an engagement session and sometimes it can also incorporate a place that has a special meaning to the couple. I encourage my couples to be creative, but more importantly have lots of fun."

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REAL WEDDING - CARLY & STEPHEN

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.

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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.
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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.
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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!

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DEB AND MICHAEL - REAL WEDDING

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PROPS TO YOU

27 February 2013

Fun and quirky props can take your wedding photos from ordinary to extra-ordinary and are a cute way to add personality to your wedding album. Whether you want to tell a story or just show off your quirky side, there are a huge variety of props to spice up your pictures with romance and playfulness.

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A great way to throw your unique characters into the photos is to pick something special to you; a drink that you shared on your first date, where you first cast eyes on each other at a game of badmington, vases similar to the ones on the table where the proposal took place or cheeky personalised signs.

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Props are a wonderful way to create a mood or a theme, thinking outside the box can help bring to life a fantasy world on your wedding day. Vintage cameras, old suitcases and antique elements can transport you back in time. Be creative and you’ll forever be looking back with smiles.

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SIMPLE ELEGANCE - BELINDA & CASEY

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A MAGNIFICENT MOULIN ROUGE CELEBRATION- SUSIE & STEVE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STYLE ME HOLLYWOOD - SARAH & ADRIAN

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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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A GRAND AFFAIR - NAYIA & GIANNI

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.

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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.

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REAL WEDDING - AMBER & NICK

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.

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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.

Adelaide Wedding Photographers  Real Weddings  Vintage Weddings 

reception venue: belair park country club / wedding photography: mink studio / wedding cake: sugar and spice cakes / jewellery bell & brunt / lighting & decorations sash events

PASTEL PINWHEELS - KATE & MARK

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Adelaide Wedding Photographers  Real Weddings 

wedding photography: helen roberts photography

VINTAGE ART DECO DELIGHT - CARLENE & JAMES

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.

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Adelaide Wedding Photographers  Real Weddings  Vintage Weddings 

photography: mink studio / dress from bridal on pulteney / bridal shoes ivory soul bridal shoes / makeup kara fantasia / groomsmen suits peter shearer menswear

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