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Book Lovers’ Gothic Mountain Estate Wedding

Kat

Michelle Elyse

August 2, 2021

Shannon and Jerry both serve in the US Navy and met through their work. They wanted to keep their September wedding as quintessentially them as possible, even if aspects of the themes didn't seem like they'd work together on paper. They included nods their love of reading with the books as centrepieces and in lieu of bridesmaid bouquets, and the gothic/ autumnal element came through in Shannon's choice of a black dress.
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So You Want to Write a Book..?

Kat

Devlin Photos

February 8, 2019

I got my book deal in April 2018. It was a big moment of celebration for me as it’s something I’d been thinking about wanting to do for over five years. I caution my use of words here - THINKING ABOUT – because that’s really all I’d been doing. I hadn’t actively been working towards getting a deal or writing a book at all. Because of this my experience of this whole process is probably quite different to that of someone ardently pursuing it. However, I hope sharing the things I’ve learnt throughout the process will still be interesting and useful to some of you.
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Rock n Roll Bride: THE BOOK!

Kat

Devlin Photos

September 10, 2018

I have been obsessed with writing and publishing wedding content for over a decade. I love sharing inspiration and planning advice every day on this website and in each issue of our print magazine. When people ask me what I do for a living I usually reply by saying I'm an magazine editor and blogger but from today I'm now able to add something else to that list - published author! YES, THAT'S RIGHT, I ONLY WENT AND WROTE A BLOODY BOOK!
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Book-Inspired Greenhouse Wedding in the 42°C Melbourne Heat

Ellie Kime

Free the Bird

September 6, 2018

Ella and Michael's wedding is the wedding of plant lovers' dreams. Their venue was the Glasshaus, a plant nursery based in Melbourne, and their styling was simple, green and nerdy - in the most breathtaking way! It's so beautiful I'd even brave the 42°C heat (yep, celsius, you read that right; Ella and Michael got married on the hottest day of the year) to be there, and that's coming from a girl who complains at 22 degrees. But enough about me - let's talk about this STUNNER of a big day, shall we?
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Bookworm Wedding: Stacy & Jo

Kat

Lara Hotz

April 2, 2013

Bookworms Stacy & Jo selected Maynard’s Café, upstairs at Berkelouw Books in Newtown, Sydney as their venue. Although they hadn't hosted a wedding there before, the café were wonderful to work with and really helped the girls put their own stamp on their day. Obviously having a book shop as a backdrop made picking a theme pretty easy. With old books on the long table and books as favours for each of their guests, it all worked really well together.
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A Queensland Library Wedding: Shaun & Kate

Kat

June 8, 2012

The State Library of Queensland proved to be the perfect wedding venue for bookworms Shaun & Kate. "We chose the State Library as we both really loved the space and as Shaun and I met over text books it seemed appropriate", Kate told me. "We incorporated book, paper and typographical elements where we could but tried to not go overboard with the theme. I like a bit a kitsch but there was a strict anti baby's breath policy!"
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An Alice Wedding in Australia: Stew & Ali

Kat

April 2, 2012

The Australian wedding of Stew & Ali was held at Leaning Church Vineyard in Tasmania. "We knew even before we were engaged that we wanted to be married in a vineyard," Ali told me. "We love to visit the amazing vineyards in our area of Tasmania, which is famous for its Pinot Noir. We’re known for our somewhat overzealous love of said Pinot Noir….So a vineyard screamed Stew and Ali. We chose Leaning Church because of its rustic charm, hills full of vines, a quaint little lake, long yellow grass and absolutely fabulous wedding coordinator!"
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A Music & Literature Themed Wedding: Claire & Scott

Kat

January 26, 2012

Claire & Scott chose an old movie theatre in as the setting for their ceremony, The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield. Although they hadn't even thought about marrying in a theatre, after seeing one in Whitby they loved the idea. "We’d originally planned to marry in Whitby, as it’s a special to place to us both," Claire told me. "Whilst looking at venues there, we were shown a theatre hidden away at the back of the sea front community centre. We hadn’t thought about marrying in a theatre, but we both fell in love with the idea. In the end, we decided that we’d rather marry closer to home in Sheffield, but the idea of marrying in a theatre stayed with us. After an afternoon on Google, Scott emailed every theatre within a fifty-mile radius of us to ask if they did weddings. The Lantern Theatre was one of the few that replied and it turned out to be barely a mile from our house. When we arrived we fell in love with the place. It’s an old 84-seat Victorian theatre with anaglyph wallpaper and red velvet seats. The staff there were so flexible and open to all our ideas. They even bought a mirrorball so that I could walk down the aisle in spiralling light. They served cocktails in teapots, put together a lighting and music programme so that the ceremony ran without a hitch and Keith – the volunteer who ran the bar – even dressed up in a dapper waistcoat and tie."
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A Quirky Afternoon Tea & Library Themed Wedding: Ney & Phil

Kat

October 20, 2011

Ney & Phil's DIY wedding was loosely based around the theme of a books and libraries. "We wanted a literary theme and thought using vintage books as invites would be a lovely idea," Ney told me. "We met at University studying English Literature and just love books, in particular old Penguin classics. We found some companies that can make them for you, but they’re expensive so we decided to do them ourselves."
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Chris & Courtenay’s Pirate Ship Wedding

Kat

April 4, 2011

Chris & Courtenay had a "Book Nerd/Steampunk /Pirate/Sci-Fi" themed wedding which was held on The Hawaiian Chieftain, a historical replica of a 1880’s trading ship. "We really wanted the wedding to reflect who we were, and a celebration of what we loved about each other," the couple told me. "We wanted to be able to have a killer party with our closest friends and family and not compromise our tastes and values. Our venue came complete with cannons (which they fired off for us in celebration!) The double edge of this was a headcount of under 40, which was great to us, but some people just assumed they would be invited who were acquaintances and we had to explain this wasn't an everyone in the world kind-of affair." Courtenay wore a custom dress from Dark Garden Corsetry and shoes from Fluevog. "The Dress is a combination of Victorian and Indian influences, made out of silk dupioni in lavender/gold and a wedding sari from an Indian bridal store in Berkeley," the bride continued. "I knew that a dress from a traditional bridal store was never going to feel right. Mostly because of all the beautiful dresses available at those places they were never going to fit my curvy 5’2” short waist-ed frame. Autumn at Dark Garden was able to perfectly capture and create my personality and vision into an awe inspiring corset and bustle skirted wedding dress."
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