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A Fun Fair & Carnival Themed Wedding: Julie & Jaques

I’ve known about Julie & Jaques’ wedding for a long time because the bride’s sister and maid of honour is one of my best friends, wedding photographer Shell de Mar! I’ve been hearing all the exciting details of the wedding plans for so long and now I’m thrilled to not only see the results but to share them with you guys too.

The wedding took place in Melbourne. The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the Arcadia Hotel and the quirky and cute reception was at Garage Cafe, Carlton.

“We started with a simple ceremony, focusing on just us and our love toward each other. In fact, we love ‘us’ so much that we had our faces everywhere in the crowd, as part of the ceremony program,” Julie laughed. “We decided on a fun fair theme for our reception from quite early on. Before we planned on anything else, we knew we wanted something über fun. And nothing screams fun like a fun fair! So we turned Garage Cafe into a carnival and we were the hosts!”

The couple put a lot of work into their wedding details with personal touches and fun treats for their guests at every opportunity! “We had a candy bar buffet with take-home lolly jars, cupcakes with a big top as the top cake, big tops as table centrepieces and a seating plan and festoon lights and bunting. An ice cream van arrived during dessert time with music on.”

“We also had a photobooth with silly props. Supposedly we are both quite vain (!) so the very first thing that we booked and paid for was the photo booth! We chose In The Booth as our supplier and it was the perfect choice! Our guests had heaps of fun taking silly pictures with fun props. It was definitely one of the highlights for many of our lovely guests.”

DIY and crafts a-plenty was also the name of this wedding planning game, with the bride, groom and their friends and family getting stuck in to create as much as possible themselves. “We did pretty much everything ourselves, with the help of a multitude of friends,” Julie continued. “I designed most things from name tags to bunting patterns to invitations but Jaques came out with awesome ideas once in a while, such as the photo program fan. Many of my girl friends helped fold origami hearts out of colourful wedding magazines donated from previous brides. Jaques and the boys set up festoon lights and other decorations few days before the big day.”

“We wanted to throw an awesome party to celebrate our big day with the awesomest people in our lives,” the bride concluded when I asked about their wedding theme and inspiration. “It was really as simple as that. We love the fact that every wedding is unique, and so we tried our best to show who we are through our own wedding. This meant a fun filled day with heaps of things to keep everyone entertained.”

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A Breathtaking Australian Wedding & A Bride Who Wore Black: Amber & Gary

You know when an image just stops you dead in your tracks? An image that you can’t help but pause for a few seconds and go ‘wow’. Well that pretty much happened to me with every single photograph of Amber & Gary’s wedding. Wedding photographer Samm Blake is quite simply phenomenal.

See? I bet you whispered ‘wow’ too didn’t you?

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“Our other inspirations came from our love of France, and we linked many french elements in to the day to reflect on the trip where we got engaged,” she continued. “The stationery, which we designed and made ourselves, used french design elements, the tables were named after locations we visited in Paris and the bonbonniere were Calissons (a french sweet made predominantly of almond meal) that we enjoyed on our trip – acquiring these was a little tricky as the French suppliers weren’t so good at communicating in English, and our French isn’t fantastic but it was worth it!”

“The wedding was elegant and romantic,” concluded the bride, “with lots of soft pinks and whites, flowers, and candles (lots of tealights on the tables and hung from the ceiling of the restaurant). It was very intimate, with only 50 of our closest friends and family. As we’re both into good food and wine, our venue was of huge importance! Vasse Felix was a beautiful setting that didn’t need a lot of decoration, and the slightly rustic look only enhanced the theme”

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A Heritage & Handmade Australian Wedding: Janelle & Liam

For their December wedding, Janelle & Liam wanted an aspect of heritage and an element of the handmade. They chose Eryldene Historic House and Garden in Gordon (Sydney, Australia) as the place to host their celebration. “Most of our wedding was handmade – assembled and painted by bridal party,” the couple explained.

“We made our own vintage fabric bunting and table cloths as well as hand made fabric napkins. We sourced over 100 vintage plates from op shops and collected jam jars from family and friends. For favours we had home made seed pouches and home made orange flavoured lolly pops. The seating chart was a window from an old home in Epping and some fence posts. We wrote on the window panes so people knew where to sit.”

Janelle wore a silk crêpe de Chine dress, hand dyed in tea leaves, which was designed and made by her sister, Louise Welling. Her baby’s breath flower head garland was put together by her Mother.

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An Indie Engagement: Karn & Poey

Originally from Bangkok, Thailand Karn & Poey both moved to Brisbane, Australia to study. They followed each other over and during one of their travels to Melbourne, Karn popped the question. This hip and quirky engagement shoot is such a perfect depiction of them as a couple. I love it!

“We met them at a local indie market where we had an instant photo booth stall and they decided they’d love to celebrate their engagement with photos” photographers Seth & Tenielle of Feather and Stone Photography told me. “All the styling was completely their own, their own personal style shone through completely. They are two of the sweetest people we’ve worked with!! We LOVE when couples individual styles really come through the photos.”

The session was shot 100% on film as opposed to a digital. “We moved back to shooting film 6 months ago and this was one of our 1st all film sessions”, Tenielle continued. “We’re loving it, there’s such an organic, raw softness feel to film. We’ve stuck to it since.”

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A Vintage Rockabilly Wedding: Molly & Sam

Molly & Sam’s beautiful vintage rockabilly wedding was held at The Promethean in Adelaide.

Before the ceremony, the couple met at Cafe Salsa – a 50’s themed beach cafe – for photographs. They also has some shots taken at the skateboard park as Sam and his friends can often by found hanging out there.

“Sam and his mates did some brief skate manoeuvres and everybody prayed nobody took a spill and injured themselves,” photographer Helen told me. “Then it was on to The Promethean for the ceremony and a cool party with groovy music. They walked down the aisle to ‘Rose of my Heart’ by Jonny Cash. The party went on until 5am!”

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A ‘Make Do & Mend’ Wedding Inspired by the 30’s & 40’s: Megan & Henry

Megan & Henry wanted their wedding to embrace the beauty of Australia and to be a mixture of glamour and the ‘make, mend and do’ styling of the 30’s & 40’s. The wedding was held in the Officer’s Mess at The Gap Bluff Centre, Sydney.

“The simple yet elegant characteristic of the art deco building in Watsons Bay National Park felt like the perfect place for us to celebrate our wedding with an intimate group of family and friends,” Megan wrote. “Surrounded by a bush setting and overlooking Sydney Harbour, our guests joined us on a glorious Winter’s day for a relaxed pre-ceremony gluhwein (mulled wine), and continued the celebrations into the night, dancing to the lively jazz tunes of the Red Hot Papas.”

“Not a lot of decorating was needed inside the art deco Officer’s Mess, so a few home-made or vintage items, and the large floral arrangements and cake, were enough to add colour to the white furniture – set up for an informal cocktail celebration. The flowers chosen for the bouquets and cake topper were all native, and the groom and groomsmen wore a succulent on their lapel.”

“We weren’t tied to the conventions of many marriages,” she continued. “We took the reigns early and really enjoyed coming up with our color, texture and typography pallets. We were also celebrating our wedding on our ten year anniversary, so were pretty well established in knowing what was going to best represent the both of our styles, as a couple.”

“Our first inspirations were of mashing Dead Wood with The Great Gatsby…dusty sepia flapper dancing with lawn boules and croquet … things became more realistic as we fine-tuned the details and ended up with mulled wine on the lawn and a banjo and double-bass player in the band to help us satisfy the fundamentals of our original vision.”

The bride wore a gown by Oanh Ma Couture with Camper shoes. The groom made their beautiful stationery.

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