Chris & Vanessa | A boho, vintage, rustic blend for this city girl and her country boy

Chris & Vanessa | A Boho, Vintage, Rustic Blend For This City Girl And Her Country Boy

The wedding planner becomes the bride for this boho rustic wedding 

This is a country boy meets city girl love story. Herself an event planner, Vanessa was feeling the pressure of planning the perfect wedding day. This relaxed and romantic wedding was exactly what the couple wanted.

Chris is a country boy and the most genuine man. The type of guy every girl would wish to become her husband. Vanessa is a city girl. An event manager from Melbourne.

“Every day I wake up, walk into the bathroom and there it is. He’s put toothpaste on my toothbrush. A fresh towel hangs over the shower. In the kitchen, a cup of tea waits for me. These are little things, but it’s the little things that make me fall in love with him over and over again.

I had my shoes made in London to include something old, new, borrowed and blue. My dad passed away some years before so the final touch to my shoes was a brooch with a photo of my dad on his wedding day so he could still walk me down the aisle even though he was no longer with us. I walked down the aisle to a live acoustic cover of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley. It was my dad’s favourite song. I started my walk down the aisle. I felt so happy to finally see Chris. I stood at the altar and looked around. I was in awe. Everything we had planned for over a year had come together perfectly. The vintage suitcases, the organic greenery, his boys, my girls, the lace was just wow, everything was perfect! We’d ordered over 1000 metres of fairy lights for our reception. The room was so pretty and elegant with vintage lace tablecloths and fairy light curtains draping the room, wood slices as centrepieces with jars of boho flowers and tea light candles.

We made time that night during the reception to have photos taken. We had a moment of being together, just the two of us, with our reception in the background, overlooking everything we had worked so hard to achieve over the past year. These are some of my favourite photos.

The entire weekend was perfect and concluded with breakfast the morning after the wedding, thanking our guests before they headed home. Although my dad was not there to share the most special day of my life with us, that day, I inherited a new family, and a new dad. 

Vanessa, the city girl moved to the country with her country boy….”

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Always go on dates with each other, even when you’re married.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I knew I wanted lace. I fell in love with my dress, it was about the twelfth dress I tried on. I knew it was right unlike all the other dresses I’d tried.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Boho, vintage and rustic all in one.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
Chris and I took time that night to get photos of us sitting by ourselves having a moment overlooking the venue and what we had worked so hard to achieve.

Any DIY décor elements?
Pallets, signs, favours, suitcases.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Get a videographer because I’m so glad we did. You literally relive that day every time you watch your video. It’s not the same with photos.

The Team

Photographer: T One Image
Makeup: Louise Ballantine
Hair: The Hair Boutique Renfrew
Dress: Fairy Tale Bridal
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Black Bird Cakes

Flowers: LeVian
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cammeray Waters
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations

Sophie & Kris’ Wedding | Norwood Park

Sophie & Kris’ Wedding | Norwood Park

The couple married at Norwood park and knew the venue was perfect for their summer wedding. There was a special sign of approval on their first visit – one that will make your heart melt!

How did you meet?
We met at work in 2012. Kris was a footwear buyer and I was a clothing designer. I didn’t really know who he was until he added me on Twitter!  We got chatting and then he added me on Blackberry messenger…old school! At first I thought Kris was really quiet and shy but when I got to know him I realised he was equally as silly as me!
We bought our first house together in 2016 and got a little puppy.  We also have a cat. It can be quite a crazy household at times!

Tell us about the proposal?
For my 30th birthday present Kris took me on a surprise weekend to London. We had a lovely day out shopping and Kris booked a surprise for the evening which turned out to be a trip to the top of The Shard! It had been raining all day but as we got up there the rain cleared and the views were amazing as the sun was setting. Kris had arranged champagne and it was lovely and romantic. Kris was acting a little strangely – I thought was because he isn’t a fan of heights so i didn’t think too much of it! After a while he went off to look for their official camera man to take a photo for us. I turned around as he came back and suddenly he was on one knee asking me to be his wife! I was so surprised and happy, of course I said YES!!

How did you find the wedding planning process? 
Our early planning went really well, We found my dress, our florist, hair/MUA , band, photo booth and photographer quite early on. Five months before the wedding I went skiing and had a bad accident tearing the three main ligaments in my knee. I had reconstructive surgery and then another procedure two months later. I was in a leg brace for weeks and using crutches as well as taking 3 months off work. This put a halt on the planning and it was quite a stressful time. The hospital knew about our wedding and really worked me hard so I could walk down that aisle without crutches. The only thing I managed to do while I was injured was design the wedding invites and get these sent out! The last couple of months before the wedding were busy but I tried not to get stressed.  My nickname was ‘bride-chilla’! After a hard few months I wanted to enjoy it!

How did you choose your vendors?
We spent a lot of time researching online and visiting different wedding fairs looking for the right vendors for us! We met our Photographer Ian Bursill at a wedding fair at Norwood Park and our florist Mrs Umbels was recommended by our venue. We found our band and also hair and make up artist using Google and Facebook, and our photo booth I found when visiting a wedding fair with one of my bridesmaids. Luckily one of my brother’s best friends Luke Baker is an acoustic guitarist/ singer so he was the easiest to find!

What made you decide on your venue?
We knew as soon as we visited Norwood Park that it was the one for us. I know it sounds so cheesy but we just had THAT feeling! The beautiful Georgian house was so light and bright and really had the WOW factor without feeling pretentious. Another factor that made us think it was the right venue for us was on our first visit there was a little robin which had flown in from outside. Kris’ ‘granma’ had always said that she would come back as a robin so to us this was a massive sign that she was giving it her approval!

The separate red brick building for the evening reception had a large dance floor and opened out onto a cobbled courtyard with fairy lights. It was great for keeping everybody together rather than the inside/outside separation. One of our requirements was accommodation on site and at Norwood they have rooms in the main house for guests. The rooms were beautiful and it just felt like our own home for the day and night.

Tell us about the dress!
My dress was the ‘Avery’ dress by Maggie Sottero and I LOVED it! I visited three or four shops and I really struggled to find anything that I liked! I thought I wanted sleeves and something quite simple, definitely no bling…..and ended up with the opposite! It had an embellished bodice with an illusion plunging neckline and open back, beading and embroidery, and delicate lace appliqués that flowed into a tulle skirt. It had quite a romantic boho vintage feel which really suited our theme and I could really imagine wearing it on the day!

Because of my injury I couldn’t wear heels so I wore Vivienne Westwood blush and rose gold flat. They suited the colours of the flowers and décor and I was so comfortable! I wore a real flower hair comb to match my flowers and I kept my jewellery quite simple; a tiffany bracelet (my something ‘borrowed’) from a good friend and some Tiffany heart earrings which Kris had left me that morning for my wedding present.

What did your groom wear?
Kris wore a bright blue suit from Hugo Boss – he wears a suit every day for work so he wanted a special one for the wedding! His favourite colour is red so to incorporate this into the day he wore a burgundy floral bow tie which matched the groomsmen’s ties. He wore brown brogues from Dune, his white shirt and burgundy socks were from Next and he wore a burgundy wool watch strap with his watch, which I had bought him from Shore Project as part of his wedding present to finish off the outfit.  He looked very handsome!

Flowers, cakes, stationery – tell us about your style!
We chose blush pinks and corals for our flowers with lots of gorgeous green foliage in a wild style. Sarah (Mrs Umbels) was so helpful and creative She was great and understood exactly what we were looking for. We wanted everything to be bright and summery – nothing too neat; a romantic boho feel with a modern twist ! I used the colours of the flowers to design floral invites and added a modern feel with rose gold decoration around the venue.
The cake, made by my friend Louise, was a semi naked cake with rose gold dripping and lots of flowers for decoration. It looked and tasted amazing!
We wanted a relaxed feel so didn’t just go for one colour theme. We loosely based it around the flowers so my bridemaids wore grey beaded cold shoulder dresses, but wore coral heels to match the bouquets, and the groomsmen wore burgundy floral ties, these matched with Kris’s bespoke buttonhole. I think it all worked really well together.
Tell us about your walk down the aisle!
My walk down the aisle was so exciting! I wasn’t nervous, just a little worried that my dad would trip over my dress to start with! I was looking down as we entered the room, then I looked up and saw all our friends and family waiting for me! It was so surreal but amazing! When I saw Kris I couldn’t stop smiling. I really couldn’t have been happier!
What food and drink did you serve your guests?
We went to a food tasting at our venue a few months before the wedding and we were spoilt for choice. The quality and presentation were amazing! We went for a canapé reception after the ceremony, then for the wedding breakfast we chose three courses; duck liver pate followed by pan fried chicken breast with champagne sauce. For dessert we chose passion fruit crème brûlée. In the evening we had an artisan pizza selection. We had so many compliments on the food and couldn’t have been happier!
Most memorable part of the day?
For me walking down the aisle and seeing Kris and the ceremony. Saying our vows in front of all our friends and family was the most memorable part of the day. I could have exploded with happiness! We also just took a minute together at the wedding breakfast to look around at everyone and cherish that moment. All our friends and family were together in one room and that will never happen again – we felt so lucky!
Where did you honeymoon? 
We honeymooned in Rhodes, Greece. We had booked a fancy all-inclusive hotel with a swim up room for a treat and on arrival we found that we had been upgraded and had the biggest pool at the hotel! We had a good mix of trips out and relaxing by the pool with cocktails. It was so lovely to spend time together in the sun after such a busy few months. It really was perfect.
Funniest moment?
There were two! Firstly during the ceremony the registrar called me Louise! She was mortified but we found it hilarious!
The second was during Kris’s speech. He started talking about me and wanted to thank me for everything that I’ve done for him during our relationship. Instead he accidentally declared ‘ Thank you for everything that you have done TO me!!’  The room erupted with laughter at the comment! Definitely unforgettable memories.
What tips or advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?
I think the biggest thing is to remember to enjoy the day! It’s so easy to stress about what’s happening next and are the guests having a good time – it’s your day so enjoy and let the day unfold itself. Our advice for the planning process is not to worry too much about the little things and remember what the wedding is all about – marrying the person you love! Everybody wants the perfect day but no one will remember what your table confetti or table plan looks like after a few weeks. It’s lovely to have these extras but not worth getting stressed about.

Venue – Norwood Park, Southwell 
Photography – Ian Bursill
Flowers – Mrs Umbels
Hair & Makeup – Nicola Hodgkinson
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero – Brides & Gowns
Bridal shoes – Vivienne Westwood
Bridesmaid dresses & shoes – ASOS
Groom Suit – Hugo Boss
Groomsmen suits – Next & Topman
Groom & Groomsmen ties – Neckwear Shop
Daytime acoustic singer – Luke Baker
Evening entertainment – Phil Rostance & the Marshall band
Photo Booth – Snapcandy
Cake – Louise Paul – Friend of Bride

Nicholas & Jolanta’s Real Wedding

Nicholas & Jolanta’s Real Wedding

A relaxed and rustic beach wedding for the Australian couple who married in New Zealand.

How did you and your partner meet?  We met the day Nick arrived in Perth from New Zealand through a mutual friend. We met up for lunch but let’s just say it wasn’t love at first sight.

How did he propose? It was 2 days before Christmas, we had spent the day on the lake fishing and had set up camp for the night. After dinner, we took the boat to a secluded hot pool where I received an early Christmas present. With my hands in his he asked me to be his wife, he then presented me with the most beautiful ring. We spent the evening lakeside with a bottle of champagne. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Be open and honest with one another, say what’s on your mind. Although sharing interests is important to us, we feel that having some separate hobbies and interests really help us to explore more and be open to new experiences together.


Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: My dress was a Stella York design. It was champagne lace over Ivory, strapless and fishtail style. I knew I had found my dress when I began to get teary, I then tried on my veil and burst into tears. I lost my mum 4 years earlier and for me this was a sign from her that this was the one. 

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding? We wanted a relaxed, rustic, beach wedding on the beach, we added a marquee for the reception which had clear windows behind us overlooking the sand dunes. We collected sand, pebbles and driftwood to create our own decorations and centre pieces.

What was your favourite moment from the day? It’s hard to choose a particular moment, they were all incredible. The speeches were full of emotion and love and the photos were loads of fun. But a very special moment would have been taking 20 minutes time out half way though the reception to have sunset photos with my new husband. It gave us time to reflect on the day so far and be alone.

Any DIY décor elements? We collected driftwood to make our wedding arch and centre pieces and added sand and pebbles to our candle holders and vases. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change? I wouldn’t change anything but I would add a second photographer and have a clear plan of what kind of photos we wanted (groups, sunset, bridal party etc) and where we were having them. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides? Your wedding day is about you and your husband not anyone else, don’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want. Take time to stop and soak up your day, it goes by so fast. If your day allows, spend 10 minutes alone with your new husband and reflect on what has happened. That for me was one of the most special moments of the day.

The Team


Photographer: Michael Schultz Photography

Wedding Invites: Adorn Invitations 

Accommodation: Ohope Top 10 Holiday park 

Flowers: Honey Bee Wild Flowers 

Venue: Surf and Sand Conference Centre, Ohope 

Catering: Kiwizine  

Hire Company: Absolute Party Hire 

Menus & Place Cards: Wedding Invitations 

Hair: Bespoke Hair by Chloe

Makeup: Staci Edwards 

Cake: DIY from Nick’s sister

Celebrant: Natalie Sandifer 

Brides Dress: Stella York Dress from Tuscany Bridal 

Brides Accessories & Shoes: Michael Hill Jewelers and Betts Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Gown House 

Grooms Suit & Accessories: Hallensteins and Number One Shoes 


Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

We are delighted to share with you the fabulous wedding of Jess & Oli who tied the knot at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree, Nottinghamshire. We love the shot of the beautiful bouquet on the Union Jack chair plus the cake and THAT DRESS!! We also love, love, love Jess’s favourite part of the day… read on and find out more!

How did Oli pop the question?
I woke up on Monday 11 April 2016 to find a sign taped to the front door telling me I wasn’t going to work – the best Monday morning ever! Oli had secretly arranged for me to be off work using the excuse of my birthday the following day and whisked me away to the Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District. Knowing I would hate any public proposal, he proposed in our lodge following a champagne afternoon tea. He followed this up with a dinner that evening and a lakeside couples’ massage the next day.

When did you get married?
We got married on 14 July 2017. We were fairly relaxed regarding the date other than we knew we wanted a summer wedding.

How did you choose your wedding venue?
We held our ceremony and reception at the Carriage Hall in Plumtree. Finding a location was more difficult than we thought it would be. We knew we wanted somewhere modern and not a converted barn! The most important thing to us was great food and we knew the Carriage Hall would deliver on this (which it did!). From start to finish we can’t fault the Carriage Hall for anything and the staff were so accommodating.

Who did you choose for your beauty team?
The dream team Ali Gunn (make-up artist) and James White (hair stylist) worked their magic and made myself, my sisters (who were my bridesmaids) and the mother of the bride, shine!

Tell us something about your dress.
I had no idea what I wanted and probably tried on 25+ dresses before I found “the one”. I wore Andraea, a Maggie Sottero dress from Nora Eve in Chesterfield. I think it was fate – I’d loved a picture of the dress in a magazine so when it was hanging at the top of the stairs in the last dress shop I went to I had to try it on!

What did Oli wear?
Oli wore a custom navy suit from Hugo Boss.

What did your bridesmaids and the groomsmen wear?
My bridesmaids wore a multiway blush pink silk/jersey dress from Coast. The ability to tie the dress to each bridesmaid came in handy. We had to buy the dresses a year in advance due to one of my bridesmaids living abroad so I didn’t have any fears it wouldn’t fit!. Our best man, usher and father of the bride all wore navy suits from M&S.

How did you get to your venue?
We hired two vintage cars from Regency Cars in Chesterfield. The drivers were great, on time and accommodating with putting the roof up and down so that we weren’t windswept.

What style did you choose for your wedding? Did you have a theme?
We didn’t have a particular theme – our main focus was to have a relaxed wedding where our guests would have fun and enjoy themselves! We decided on navy and blush pink as we wanted something understated which the entire bridal party would be happy wearing.

Who was your photographer?
Andrew Acford from A Big Neon Glitter Photography. We loved Andrew’s style of photos, attention to detail and how he managed to capture people’s emotions throughout the day. He also managed to put everyone at ease, including us during the pre-wedding shoot, and went the extra mile to make sure we had all the shots we wanted (including one which involved risking his life in the middle of a very busy and fast country road!)

Your flowers were beautiful. Who created them for you?
Flowers By Philippa provided the flowers. She managed to create exactly what we wanted without us having any ideas about flowers at all! 

Did your family get involved with any of the planning?
My mum and I created flower centrepieces using wooden boxes that my dad created. Oli’s grandma also kindly prepared some flowers in vases to use for the ceremony tables.  

Did you hand out wedding favours?
Yes – we gave out miniature bottles of port, to thank people for being “port” of our special day! 

Who made the cake?
We had a lemon cake created by the very talented Knot & Bird in West Bridgeford – delicious and it looked incredible.

You mentioned food was a really important part of your day. What did you serve your guests?
Guests had a choice of steak or lamb for the main courses, followed by a choice of lemon posset or chocolate peanut butter tart for dessert. We also had a hog roast, cheese stack with crackers and chutneys (kindly provided by Oli’s mum) and toasting marshmallows for the evening guests. We knew the Carriage Hall had a reputation for excellent wedding food and it excelled itself!

How did you entertain your guests?
Other than some garden games in the afternoon (including a giant kerplunk, croquet and cricket kit!), we simply opted for a DJ rather than a live band for the evening to get our friends on the dancefloor! Instead of a photo booth, we had a polaroid camera and my dad had made a large wooden photo frame with string running across it. We asked guests to take a photo home and to leave one on our frame using wooden pegs. Having the photo frame up on our wall is a constant reminder of what a great day we had and we look at the photos more often than we do our guest book.

Where did you spend your wedding night?
We stayed at Langar near the Hall – an absolutely beautiful 5* cottage with all the extra touches you could want on your wedding day!

What was your favourite part of the day?
The DJ played our first dance song again at the end of the night. Most of the guests had left by this point and the two of us had the dancefloor to ourselves.

Did you go on honeymoon?
Yes! We went to Rhodes for some much needed relaxation!

Finally advice do you have for other couples?
Make time for each other on your wedding day away from all your guests.

Rhys & Merinda’s Real Wedding

Rhys & Merinda’s Real Wedding

The couple grew up in the country, and dreamt of a relaxed and rustic wedding.

How did you and your partner meet?

During the Moto GP of 2005 we were both staying on Philip Island in a house share.  I was there with my friends and Rhys was with his family. I had been out one night and when we came back to the house, there was a cute guy sitting by himself on the couch that we hadn’t met yet. I went over to say hi and we spent the whole night chatting. Over 10 years later I couldn’t be happier that I had the courage to go over and talk to him!

How did he propose?
We were driving down to the Peninsula on Christmas Eve to a one year old’s birthday party before continuing on to my family’s place for Christmas. We were driving in complete silence and I remember thinking how strange that was and how boring we were. We clearly didn’t have anything to talk about! Suddenly Rhys asked if I wanted one of my presents. I’d given him his earlier that day so I said yes, thinking once we stopped or got to mum’s place he would give me my present. Instead he reached down into his side console (while driving) and handed me a box. At this stage I was still clueless and got excited asking if it was new earrings. He didn’t say anything and just kept quickly glancing at me while I opened it.  I looked inside and there was just a single diamond in the box. I wondered where the other one was, still thinking it was earrings! Then it suddenly hit me and Rhys had a big smile on his face and asked if I wanted to get married. I cried, asked if he was sure, and then replied yes – of course! It caught me completely by surprise which is just the way he wanted it!

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
My biggest advice is to go with the flow, don’t rush things and definitely don’t compare your relationship to other people’s! I’ve learnt that every relationship is different. I think it’s good to be content and happy with your partner and what you have together. Be ‘in the moment’ instead of worrying about the future and what might or might not happen between you.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I’ve never been much of a ‘girlie girl’. I knew I wanted something simple and soft without too much glitz and formality. I never wanted to spend a fortune on a dress either so I looked online for inspiration. I came across the website BHLDN which is based in the US, and I instantly fell in love with the gowns they showcased. After reading lots of reviews, and knowing it was a reputable site, I finally took a leap of faith and ordered a simple strapless gown with a fitted bodice and flowing tulle skirt. Once it arrived I was relieved as it looked like the picture and only needed minor alterations to fit me properly. I added straps to make me feel more comfortable and a diamante belt to give it a bit of sparkle without being over the top! The cost was less than $500 and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We are both pretty relaxed and laid back and having grown up in the country it was an easy decision to go with rustic décor. The venue we chose could be styled to be very formal and modern or rustic and relaxed – we went with the latter! Lots of mason jars, flowers, fairy lights and candles were scattered around the venue. On the deck we had wine barrels to use as tables where you could stand and watch the sunset over the beach. The staff at ‘True South’ did a great job setting up the main areas for the reception and I owe the rest of the styling to my girlfriends and family who carried out my vision beautifully!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
The photos we had on the beach as the sun was setting. Although by this stage I was in party mode and didn’t want to leave the reception, it was actually lovely to get away and spend a moment together, just the two of us, so we could take a breath, talk and just be with each other. Darin timed this perfectly creating my favourite moment and taking my favourite photos from the day.

Any DIY décor elements?
I really wanted to do as much as possible myself. I found inspiration and tips on Pinterest which inspired me to give the craft side of things a go. In the end most of the decorations and decor were hand made by myself with plenty of talented friends and family contributing. We managed to turn mason jars into beautiful vases, make a pop-up Polaroid photo corner with props, and the wedding cake (plus every cup-cake) was hand made and decorated by my mum. We were also very fortunate that a very good friend of ours made scented candles to give to our guests as wedding favours. Another friend’s father made small wooden tags to attach to each candle. Our guests absolutely loved them!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Both Rhys and I agree that if we could have a do-over we would take time to practice our vows! I was pretty relaxed and happy to just wing that part on the day as we’d just be repeating what was said to us. Looking back now though, we would definitely rehearse that part of the ceremony a lot more. We were both so nervous when that part came around we could have done with a bit more preparation!

I’d also make more time to eat the beautiful food we had. I got so caught up talking with everyone I barely ate a thing. The next day everyone was talking about how amazing the food was and I couldn’t help but kick myself for not having more!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Enjoy the day as it goes so quickly! Don’t sweat the small stuff and just enjoy yourself and have fun with the people you love. Also be prepared to feel a bit out of sorts after the wedding. So much planning and preparation goes into the day it can feel a bit strange getting back to your normal life where all your time isn’t dedicated to crossing things off a list!

The Team

Photographer: Darin Collision
Dress: BHLDN
Hair & Makeup: Simone – Pink Gloss
Shoes: Jeanette Maree 
Accessories: Love On Jewellery

Grooms Suit: Formal Red
Menus and Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Flowers  & Cake – By a Family Member
Ceremony Venue: Black Rock House and Gardens
Reception Venue: True South  Black Rock

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations



Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

A winter-styled winery wedding in Melbourne for Adriana & Andrew.

The two met during their Christmas holidays on the beach in Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends. During a romantic weekend away, Andrew proposed at one of their favourite places – Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne. The couple celebrated with their loved one at Stones of the Yarra Valley.

How did you and your partner meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, we met at the beach in the Mornington Peninsula. 

How did he propose?
During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun. 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not over powering, and that was important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back and a glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect. 

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Definitley the fireworks at our evening reception. 
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical. 

Any DIY décor elements?
All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor, but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, and a bird cage for our ‘wishing well’.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be organised – there is no fun in a last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

The Team

Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Makeup: Cassandra Lusi
Hair: Rokk Ebony
Shoes: Valentino
Accessories: Tiffany & Co
Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Suit: MJ Bale
Photographer: Darin Collison
Video: Life in Light Films
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan 
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne
Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley 


Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha and Hasan had their hearts set on a timeless vintage styled wedding in Australia

The couple met at their gym and discovered they had crossed paths at high school.  Their wedding day saw them celebrating into the night with their loved ones and 220 guests.

How did you both meet?
Hasan was a personal trainer at a gym I had recently joined. We first met at the initial consultation and realised we had both attended the same high school although we were a few years apart. I left my water bottle at the gym and he used the opportunity to message me. It was the chemistry and fun that brought our relationship together.

How did he propose?
It was at my house in front of our family. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Trust – without it it’s difficult to lay the foundation for your relationship. And always treat each other as if you’re on your first date. 


Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
It was the  first dress I tried on when I walked in to Belle et Blanc. I tried on a few more dresses however I kept coming back to the first one. It was exactly what I was looking for – a long train and delicate sleeves.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
A timeless, vintage look with gold throughout.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Walking into the venue and finding everyone all dressed and ready to meet us. It was a reminder of what great family and friends we have. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I’d definitely try to stress less.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Small things may go wrong so my advice is to just make the most of every moment. Before you know it, the night is over and you’re saying goodbye to your guests. 

The Team

Wedding Invitations:
Adorn Invitations
Dress: Jasmine 2016 from Belle et Blanc
Makeup: Karla Roccuzo
Hair: Vera
Shoes: Zu
Accessories: Bariano
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom by Belle et Blanc
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss

Photographer: Lahza Photography
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: The Sweeter Side

Flowers: Lily Pad
Ceremony Venue: Home

Reception Venue: San Remo Ballroom 


Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

The couple had a timelessly beautiful wedding at St Monica’s in Melbourne and celebrated into the night at The Sovereign.

How did you and your partner meet?
Through long term friends. Johnny’s friend and my friend whom are married introduced us at a birthday night out. Johnny and I caught up after and hit it off. 

How did he propose?
Our very first date he took me to Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank. 

Leading up to the night he proposed, every time we went out he’d complain about his meal and say next time we are going Meat and Wine Co. When one night he said we were going there I didn’t put much thought into it. It was a Friday night and I met Johnny there. It had rained all day. I had my hair in pigtails as I got drenched and literally looked like a drowned rat. I had no idea. After we ate he asked if I wanted dessert. I said no and he said ‘read the menu, we’ll share’. So, I said okay, thinking, he never shares! As I opened the menu he had written “Will you marry me?” on the inside! I went silent for a while. I know it sounds silly but I’m never lost for words. 

Then on top of the surprise he flew us to Queensland for a long weekend. It was very romantic! He had it all planned perfectly! I had no idea!

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’ve known Elide from Bonita for a life time and she always said when I get married she’s making my dress. 
I tried on the entire store and didn’t feel right in anything. Then she picked the Valentina Gown and it was perfect!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
I would have to say the first dance. Johnny organised it. He didn’t even tell me what song he chose. He wanted the dry ice and fireworks to complete it. 
I hadn’t cried the whole day but as we began dancing I realised the song was “Beautiful In My Eyes” by Joshua Kadison. I literally teared up. It was so beautiful. He nailed it!

Any DIY décor elements?
We  decided on a rose gold romantic style to decorate the tables. I purchased rose gold tea lights from Luxury Candle Supply. I also lined the bridal table with candles and tea lights. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone complimented it. I had roses and greenery as the centrepieces with rose gold tea lights on black tablecloths. It was just divine.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing. The day was perfect. The food was perfect. The DJ was the best! People called me the following week to tell us how beautiful everything was. 


Photographer: Icon Photography Melbourne
Wedding Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture 
Makeup: Hellena Make up and Lash and Beauty Co
Hair: Crew 33
Accessories: Wayne Cooper and Bonita Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: David Marcs – Moonee Ponds
Menu/ Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Eiffel Tower
Flowers: Floral Event
Ceremony Venue:  St Monica’s Moonee Ponds
Reception Venue:  The Sovereign
DJ: Rinaldo Entertainment and Production
Master of Ceremony: Phillip Pantano 

Christina & Paul’s Real Wedding | Scotland

Christina & Paul’s Real Wedding | Scotland

The couple crossed paths in 2010 and got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015. The traditional Scottish wedding was elegant and natural, exactly what they had envisioned.

How did you and your partner meet?
We met in November 2010 at the birthday party of two mutual friends.

How did he propose?

We got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015 in front of the Fountains of Montjuic. Paul got down on one knee with my great granny’s engagement ring which I had always loved. It was very romantic and a very special but surreal moment which we’ll never forget.

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I found it relatively easy to choose my dream dress as I knew I wanted a fitted dress with lace. I wanted a dress which was modern but elegant. I found my dress in a shop called Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow.

They had the most amazing selection of dresses and the staff there completely understood what style of dress I was looking for. I felt that the Pronovias dress which I chose was elegant and suited to the classic venue. The fabric was amazing quality and it was such an easy dress to wear all day.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We never started out with a particular theme/style in mind for our big day. We thought the interior of our venue was so beautiful that it wasn’t so necessary to have a bold style. We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding that was elegant and natural.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
Dancing with our nearest and dearest to Loch Lomond (a traditional Scottish song) at the end of the night!

Any DIY décor elements?

We took inspiration from various things we’d seen at other weddings, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. I had made a few chalk boards

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would love to do it all over again as it really was the best day ever but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Nobody really cares! I threw a bridezilla fit the day before the wedding when we were setting up the venue as I thought the speakers looked huge. In hindsight…it really didn’t matter! The whole venue looked great even with the speakers. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!

A Stapleford Park Wedding for Shade Bridal

A Stapleford Park Wedding For Shade Bridal

Grace’s Choice of Wedding Dress for her Stunning Stapleford Park Wedding. 

Our lovely bride Grace was recently married to her best friend Andrew at Stapleford Park in Leicestershijre. The choice of dress reflected the dreamy perfection of the venue. We love it here at Shade Bridal when a bride comes in and tirelessly strives for the vision of their dress. Grace knew exactly what she wanted. She found what she was looking for and her ideas of bespoke additions to the dress became our mission as well as hers.

The dress journey was shared by her three sisters and her mum, all of whom helped to create her final look. Each of them were on hand for ideas, comments and encouragement. It made the fittings we had with Grace a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Grace chose to wear bridal separates from Watters, which is a good way to achieve a design that’s just right. The skirt was in Rum Pink tulle and we made her a bespoke bow to go on the back with a veil to match. The bodice was a strapless bustier of cream and ivory, hand beaded and ribboned. And although you can’t see them she wore a pair of Christian Louboutin leopard print shoes.

Grace’s sisters were her bridesmaids of course, and they all wore dresses that Grace had found online. The flowers – a simple collection of pale yellows and creams were made especially for her by Sophie’s Flowers.


Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

There was one special friend that Grace wanted at her wedding too, but her mum kept his appearance as a surprise! The very excited Bertie couldn’t believe his luck in being invited to his mum’s wedding! And there are those shoes!

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Bertie appeared in a few of the official photos too.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

The weather was its usual unpredictable British self, as with most weddings, there was a moment or two when the bride and groom could take a stroll in the grounds on their own, hand in hand for some photos.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

The evening was a bustling party for all and Grace and her sisters took time out to have their group photo taken by Kimberley Hill Photography, and at the same time, have a bit of a rest. I wonder if Grace still has those shoes on?!

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

And finally there was a first dance both inside and out.

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Shade Bridal, Stapleford Park Wedding, Kimberley Hill Photography

Congratulations Grace and Andrew from us all here at Shade Bridal.