Winter Country Wedding at Emu Bottom Homestead

I absolutely adore a rustic barn wedding, so it’s no surprise that I am totally smitten with this darling duo and their winter country wedding at Emu Bottom Homestead in Victoria. With all the touches you’d expect from a stylish country affair – DIY details, open fireplaces, a gorgeous warm toned palette and even a few cute Scotsmen to boot – it certainly does not disappoint. Sorrento Wedding Photography captured all the magic and the beautiful Australian countryside which made for the perfect backdrop.  This is, my friends, what you call a special Sunday treat.

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From The Bride Anjeleen:

We wanted to keep our wedding simple, relaxed and intimate. Just 88 of our close Family and friends and just a maid of honour and best man. We tried to do as much DIY as we could to give it a personal touch..from homemade invites, to making my own shawls, to decorating and labelling our wedding favours. We would say our wedding theme was winter country wedding.

From Photographer Shannon:

We shared a wonderful day with Anjeleen and Scott at their Emu Bottom homestead winter wedding. It was a crisp Melbourne day when we met Scott at his family home but that didn’t stop Scott and Groomsmen Emilio keeping the laughs flowing! We then headed to Anjeleen’s as her makeup was finishing up. After a few pictures of Angeleen with her parents and bridesmaids we were off to to Emu Bottom. With the fireplaces going and some amazing flowers it was a perfect location for the couples winter wedding ceremony. With not too much sunlight before the reception we headed across to a lovely train bridge for a walk around and a chance to take the wedding cars for a spin too! The reception was fantastic with the couple using Emu Bottoms old barn for their reception with open fireplaces and an amazing roast prepared by the chefs over the flames. 

 

Photographer:  Sorrento Wedding Photography / Mens Attire: Anderson’s Kilt Hire / Reception Venue: Emu Bottom Homestead / Dress Designer: Raffaele Ciuca Bridal & Men’s Formal Wear /Floral Designer: Strathmore Flowers /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Belgenny Farm NSW Wedding by Pictures & Hearts

One little peek at this pretty rustic affair captured by Pictures & Hearts, and I can assure you’ll be obsessed with this Belgenny Farm wedding in Camden NSW. It has all the ingredients for one amazing day, including plenty of DIY details, mismatched bridesmaids and a big old barn boasting plenty of historic charm. Rustic romance simply just does not get better folks!

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From the bride: 

Our DIY projects included decorating all the vases and jars with lace, string and ribbon. We made the chalkboard signs out of old picture frames, the table numbers out of photo frames and used burlap from sacks to make the table cloths. A ll the table flowers, aisle flowers and bouquets we did ourselves (with a whole lot of help from a family friend who is a florist!). The map on the back of our invitations was designed by a great friend (www.elisemaree.com) and the rocky road favours were also hand made and packaged.

The little shoes on the top of our weddding cake is a special family heirloom, from my great grandparents wedding in 1923, then my grandparents wedding in 1954, and their golden wedding in 2004. my gramps sadly could not make it over from new zealand for the wedding, but he was very touched when he saw the photos of the shoes on our cake!

We walked down the aisle to ‘Godan Daginn’ by Sigur Ros, and our first dance was to ‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed. The first dance was probably the favourite memory of the day. I started the dance with James, then my Dad came forward to dance with me, whilst James danced with his Mum!  Our next favourite memory was the sudden storm we had right after the ceremony. The skies opened and it bucketed down. Everyone ran for shelter, but then it stopped as quickly as it started, so we could get on with the photos! It was an extra special day, as it was the first time my family have been together in a few years. My older brother had not even met James until a couple of days before the wedding – so luckily he gave his approval! 

  

Photography: Pictures & Hearts / Reception Venue:  Belgenny Farm, New South Wales / Invitation Designer:  Little Paper Lane / Dress Designer:  Louise Alvarez Bridal Couture / Cake Designer:  Hello Naomi / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Tamworth Scottish Themed Wedding by Wanted Imagery

If you are all about classic style and rustic charm then you’ll fall head-over-heels with this beautiful wedding. Set in the gorgeous grounds of The Pavillion in Tamworth and featuring a Scottish theme (a nod to the groom’s heritage) it’s a delightful garden wedding brimming with joy. We are talking white blooms with pretty succulents, rich purple bridesmaid dresses with statement pearl necklaces, plaid kilts and countryside greenery for days. Not to mention the gorgeous bride and her handsome groom, who are so darn cute! All the romance and fun is photographed by the wonderful Wanted Imagery who now has me dreaming of Edinburgh Castle, the Isle of Skye, and hagis…(ok, maybe not hagis – ew!). Enjoy.

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From the photographer: This wedding was a dream to photograph. A stunning bride, good looking groom, amazing bridal party, and a day full of emotions, excitement and just good fun. Not to mention all the behind the scenes details which brought this amazing day to life. Chris’s family who have Scottish heritage (hence the kilts!) live in New Zealand. Whilst Amber’s family live on property near Quirindi and Chris and Amber live in Newcastle – hence the reason for getting married in Tamworth.  Chris’ three brothers were his groomsmen, whilst Amber had her sister, sister in law, and close friend/new cousin! (I love close bridal parties). At the ceremony, Amber walked down the aisle to bagpipes playing and at the reception, the groomsmen, Chris’s Dad and friends, surprised everyone (especially Chris and Amber!) with an amazing rendition of the Haka. So loud….so awesome! Chris also surprised Amber and sang her a song…. and he was good! All the decor was DIY and made by Amber, her mum and sister. Their decorations made the already beautiful Pavillion in Tamworth, just that little extra special (all that Pinterest time does pay off!) 

 

Photography: Wanted Imagery / VeVeStationery: Amber (the bride) / Ceremony/Reception: The Pavillion Function Centre, Tamworth / Celebrant: Reverend Geoff Hearne / Bagpipes: Grayson Gulliver / Band: Foxy Morons (Newcastle band) / Hair: Simply Shine / Wedding Gown:  Anniston by Maggie Sottero /Dress Store: Belles and Beaux / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by Merrilyn Binny, Tamworth / Cake: Marker’s Bakery Tamworth / Flowers: Designer Bunches by Jan Fagan / Girls Shoes: Wittner / Grooms & Groomsmen Outfits: The Kilt Company, Glasgow

Coffs Harbour Wedding at Villa Vivante from David Moore Photography

David Moore Photography has captured our hearts with this incredibly beautiful Coffs Harbour wedding held at the Villa Vivante on the pretty NSW coast. With a dreamy colour palette of sky blue, whites and pastel pinks, mismatched bridesmaids in elegant flowing gowns, and a stylish bride who is not only beautiful to behold, but mesmerizing with her poignant emotion – it’s a swoon-worthy outdoor soiree with a panoramic views that will take your breath away.  

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From the photographer: Duncan & Sheree travelled from Brisbane, QLD to be wed surrounded by family & friends at the picturesque Villa Vivante just north of Coffs Harbour in NSW. One of the most striking images from the wedding is a close-up of a beautiful single tear running down Sheree’s cheek after she saw her father’s reaction to her dressed in her bridal attire. Of the details Sheree tells me that the “bridesmaid dresses & ties were by Anna Campbell a Melbourne designer. I picked up my dress off the rack in a little bridal store in Sydney called Rosa Wedding. Also all of our earrings were by Paula Hall, a Brisbane jewellery designer who made everything custom and from scratch”. The mix of colours in the flowers were decided upon in collaboration with floral designer Di Patterson of Freelance Flowers.

 

Photography: David Moore Photography / Ceremony & Reception: Villa Vivante / Hair Stylist: Lisa Bohringer /Caterer: Sparechef Catering / Event Planner: Judy Heffernan / Floral Designer: Freelance Flowers / Wedding Dress Designer:  Nelder Jones / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anna Campbell /Makeup Artist: Gaye Hardcastle / Jewellery: Paula Hall Designs / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Dreamy Bohemian Beach Wedding by NGG Studios

I just love when a romantic wedding is so dreamy and breathtaking, it makes you want to step into the photos and become part of the gorgeous love-filled atmosphere. So when Brett and Kristie from NGG Studios shared this amazing 70’s inspired beach wedding, complete with a stunning bohemian bride, breathtaking native bouquets, flowing neutral-toned dresses and cute Combi vans, I was over the moon. I totally adore the couple, I totally adore the Broadbeach location, and I have to confess, I’m absolutely besotted with NGG Studios photography – incredible! It’s relaxed boho chic at it’s best people….and on the beach no less!

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Gorgeous bride Brodie shares the details:

Wedding Theme

Natural with a sort of a 70’s bohemian style. We aren’t traditional and wanted the feel of the wedding to reflect us.

Wedding Budget

I wanted a budget of $10,000 (we don’t have a lot of  money and were going on a honeymoon to Europe); however, Trent didn’t like the idea of a budget as he figured it was hard to put a limit on something. I think we totalled close to $15,000. So I was happy with that.

Colour Palette

I like everything natural and in neutral colours.  The only colours we used were in the flowers. We did however choose a sandy yellow coloured table runner.

Ceremony &  Reception

Trent and I both love the beach, plus Trent surfs, so it was a definite to be on the beach. We also wanted the location close to home and the ceremony within easy walking distance to the reception for our older family guests. Our ceremony was on the beach in front of the Broadbeach Surf Club and the reception in the Broadbeach Surf Club. 

Wedding Dress

A Lisa Brown in champagne coloured silk – very plain and elegant. I work as a flight attendant – and when overnight in Sydney – stumbled upon the dress in a little shop on Oxford St, Paddington. After many phone calls I decided to get it. It was only $595 and I took it home in a small brown paper bag (my flight crew couldn’t believe it!).

To make the dress more special, Trent’s mum (Dorothy) added pearls and lace from my Great Aunt’s wedding dress. My grandparents are dead, so I really wanted to wear something from them that was special to me. Dorothy also made my veil from my great Aunt’s lace and my Grandma’s pearls. I also wore my other Grandma’s ring. I borrowed Trent’s Nan’s cameo for my dress and wore her cameo bracelet to match. I also turned her pearl necklace into a headband (this also matched my pearl engagement ring). We wore beaded foot jewellery on the beach for the ceremony, then put on heels for the reception.

Bouquets

The bridesmaids had native bouquets and my bouquet was a King Protea. 

Bridesmaids

I had so much trouble finding bridesmaids dresses due to the fact that I was wearing a standard dress, I wanted neutral colours, and my Maid of Honour was 8 months pregnant! So it was difficult to get them to match. Finally, I found one I liked in a shop, and then purchased them online for half price.

Groomsmen Attire

Trent bought his and the groomsmen outfits from Country Road before I purchased my dress. This was good but then I had to make sure we all matched. 

Decorations & Flowers

We decorated the venue ourselves. The venue supplied the tables, chairs, tablecloths, candles, a fairy light backdrop and the table runners. We loved the idea of bottles filled with flowers, and I also love doilies, so these were used for the table decorations. Trent collected bottles from his work leading up to the wedding.  

Wedding Cake

Trent’s mum (who is this amazingly creative) along with a little help from Trent made our wedding cake! It had a dark chocolate bottom layer, caramel chocolate centre and a white chocolate on top layer. It looked incredible and handmade flowers to match those used in the bridal party.

DIY & Personalized Details

Most of our wedding was DIY. Trent is a chef at a Spanish tapas bar so he really wanted to do the food. This meant a very busy 3 days before the wedding, but it turned out amazing! Everything was delicious! We had a cocktail style reception with beautiful spanish tapas and a wooded board full of jamon (spanish ham), cheeses, breads and pate’. For dessert, we had churros and a chocolate fountain, as well as the wedding cake. My friends from college work in catering, so they worked as our waitresses and chef on the night – which was perfect! 

Also, Trent’s mum also made the flowergirl dresses, helped me make the brooches for the bridesmaids dresses, and even made our foot jewellery!  The combie vans we arrived in, were a wedding gift from my brother and his wife.

Biggest Challenges

Finding time. I work full time and study part time, Trent also works full time, so we are both so busy. There just wasn’t enough hours in the day to plan a wedding!

Favourite Moments

I couldn’t say anything particular the whole day was like a dream come true, so many fun things and the excitement of the ceremony and arriving, I was just so excited and happy the whole day. We both were.

Any Advice To Other Couples

Hmmm….. Just enjoy it and do what you want. Keep to your own style and don’t listen to everyone else. Take what others say on board (you can get good tips and advice), but it’s your day in the end. Plus don’t let little things bother you or stress you out. You won’t care when the day comes and no-one else will notice little things..

 Thank you Brodie and Trent for sharing with us your dreamy beach wedding

 

 

 

Photography: NGG Studios / Ceremony: Broadbeach Queensland / Reception: Broadbeach Surf Club, Gold Coast Australia

Hunter Valley Wedding at Willow Tree Estate by Hilary Cam Photography

Hunter Valley Wedding Couple

There is nothing quite as lovely as a relaxed Hunter Valley on a late Friday afternoon. So when newlyweds Sam and Julie gathered with close-knit family and friends for a destination wedding at Willow Tree Estate in Pokolbin, it was bound to be a success. Hilary Cam Photography captured the sun setting over the simple outdoor ceremony, the beautiful surrounding vineyards and even the odd kangaroo or two. But even this gorgeous setting couldn’t upstage the all the love and warmth radiating from this heart-felt affair!

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Beautiful bride Julie shares: Sam and I moved from Brisbane to Sydney two years ago for Sam’s work. On Valentine’s day 2011 whilst on holiday in Bora Bora, Sam asked me to marry him. I’m embarrassed to say I grabbed the gorgeous diamond ring and put it on my finger before I said yes, yes, yes.

I was always interested in a destination wedding and with Sam’s family based in Canberra and my family based in Brisbane it made perfect sense. We wanted a relaxed, fun day with good food, good wine and great scenery to celebrate with family and friends. The Hunter Valley ticked all the boxes. We spent a couple of Saturdays driving around looking at different venues and immediately liked Willow Tree Estate.

We chose to book the entire estate which sleeps up to twenty guests. We were able to have the bridal party and our brothers and sisters all stay at the venue for the two nights. The estate has seven large rooms and a Summerhouse suite for the bridal couple. The other wedding guests all stayed at surrounding hotels and bed and breakfasts. The night before we all enjoyed wine tasting at Keith Tulloch Estate and a really lovely dinner at The Muse Kitchen restaurant.

Before we knew it our wedding day had arrived and luckily the weather was perfect. Our photographer Hilary Cam has an option to photograph the groomsmen getting ready as well as the bridesmaids so your album looks more balanced. We are so glad we took him up on this option because he got some great pictures of the guys getting ready, playing bocce and drinking local beer Blue Tongue. The bridesmaids took over the Summerhouse suite and sipped champagne while curling hair, applying make up and enjoying lots of giggles. Raylee at Willow tree took care of everything including organising a lunch platter delivered to our room.

The outdoor ceremony was held in the gardens at Willow Tree Estate. My Dad walked me down the aisle towards a beaming Sam. The celebrant Robyn Baker was great and calmed our nerves almost immediately. The ceremony was really beautiful and we exchanged the vows we had written ourselves. When Robyn announced we were husband and wife the guests cheered and we shared a magical kiss.

After lots of photos we joined the wedding guests celebrating on the large deck to enjoy the great food and wine the Hunter Valley has to offer. The reception was catered by staff from The Verandah Restaurant. The food was amazing. Anyone who has eaten at their restaurant located at The Calais Estate knows what we are talking about. We had a great view across vineyards towards the mountains and the gardens were all in full bloom and beautiful. The speeches were witty and heartfelt before cake cutting and then we danced into the night.

In the planning stages I was up in Brisbane one weekend and I went bridesmaid dress shopping with my two sisters. They convinced me to try on a wedding dress because I was just going to order one online. The first dress I tried on was beautiful and it brought tears to my sisters eyes. I bought it on the spot. We found dresses for Clare and Kara just as easily. I ordered the flowers and the cake online. A couple of emails with photos of colours, etc was all it took. I have other friends who were also planning weddings and couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried the cake or seen the flowers before the big day. Everything worked out perfectly and I couldn’t have been happier. Sam and I prepared the Place card menus – featuring a photo of the island where we got engaged – and Mum made the wedding invites. My sister did my Hair and make up. Everything was really professional and guests were surprised when we said who had done what.

I would definitely recommend a destination wedding as we were able to bring everyone together in a great setting where we could relax and celebrate together. We have amazing photos which we will cherish forever. And it feels absolutely wonderful to introduce the love of my life as my husband.

Congratulations Julie & Sam! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.

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Photography: Hilary Cam Photography Sydney / Venue: Willow Tree Estate, Pokolbin NSW Australia / Wedding Gown: The Bridal Centre, Brisbane  /Bridesmaids Gowns: Garfunkle, Broadway on the Mall, Brisbane / Groomsmen Outfits: Spurling Formal Hire / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s Sister / Catering: The Verandah Restaurant, Calais Estate Hunter Valley / Wedding Cake: Marakye Cake Designs / Flowers: Valley Fresh Flowers /Submitted via Two Bright Lights 

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Romantic Byron Bay Wedding with Orange Details

Did you ever see a dreamier, more romantic looking affair than this Byron Bay wedding by Feather & Stone?  There are so many pretty romantic details with just the right amount of bright orange touches infused here and there, it’s the perfect balance of charmingly beautiful and modern style. It’s official…. we LOVE this Australian wedding and we LOVE the super talented Feather & Stone!

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Photography: Feather and Stone

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Glamorous Margaret River Bride

These bridal are pure magic. If you’ve ever dreamed of Margaret River in Western Australia as your wedding backdrop, then this glamorous bride and her more-than-spectacular portrait pics will have you stopping in your tracks and locking away those winery venue dates quick smart. These picture-perfect images were shot by the incredibly talented Natasja Kremers, and they pretty much have us swooning over backwards here at LWB. I think the rest of the afternoon is right-off for me what about you? Sigh…

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Yongala Lodge Townsville Wedding

I wanted to take a moment and share with you this mesmerizing Townsville wedding captured by the talented Lisa Michele Burns. Held at the Yongala Lodge in Townsville, it’s a visual feast with a swoon-worthy palette of shimmering muted golds and cremes, pretty pastel pink blooms, and a stunning bride in a gorgeous lace gown. But the pièce de résistance ….the BREATHTAKING postcard shots set against the Queensland rugged coast (big kudos to Lisa!). Here’s a little taste to put you in the mood, but you’ll definitely want to head on over to Lisa’s blog to enjoy in the full feature…

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Photography: Lisa Michele Burns / Wedding Dress:  Allure Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Reception Venue: Yongala Lodge Townsville, QLD Australia

Mount Osmond Golf Club Wedding by Truly Madly Photographers

The first thing that struck me about this Adelaide wedding was the bride’s natural elegance – a timeless Grace Kelly kind-of-elegance which perfectly complemented her drop-dead-gorgeous couture gown . The second thing? The fact this couple chose to break tradition and incorporate Australian native flowers throughout the decor, creating a classically gorgeous theme which tied in perfectly with their venue. Yes, this lovely Southern Australian soiree, held at the Mount Osmond Golf Club (so pretty!), is not only relaxed and sophisticated, but also a beautiful collection of picturesque images captured perfectly by Truly Madly Photographers. Take a moment to enjoy…

Bride Lexi shares the details:

Wedding Theme & Decor

Sebastian’s grandparents were instrumental in setting up Mt Osmond Golf Club in Adelaide, and there’s a gum tree planted on the course in honour of his late grandfather, Mr Bruce Lawrence. The tree is famously named ‘Lawrence’s Folly’. In keeping with this, all our stationery had a gum tree theme. Also, all flowers were Australian natives including the centrepieces which resembled gum trees, and the bouquets which consisted of native berries, gumnuts and foliage. For place cards we used gum leaves with each guest’s name calligraphied in silver.

Wedding Style

My bridal gown was couture and made in Istanbul. The bridesmaids wore dark green. This was in keeping with the dark wood and old worlde feel of the venue, and the beautiful surrounds (green and wood). Bridesmaids dresses were made by DragonOrient (website) and altered in Australia because both bridesmaids were pregnant in the lead-up to the wedding (Laura had her baby Ayda just 2 weeks before the wedding). Both the bride and bridesmaids wore marcasite style bracelets which were acquired in the Silver Markets in Istanbul. These matched the broach worn in the bride’s hair which belonged to my grandmother.

Wedding Cake

Our wedding cake had three-tiers. The favours were lemon cream, Baileys and fruit cake. Made by Hilda from The Delicious Biscuit, Adelaide

Favours

The guest favours were bottles of South Australian red wine with personalised labels.

Unique Elements

Sidonie Henbest (Sebastian’s sister and artistic director of the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival), organised the music at the reception. The band for the night was the Capitol Group – a 6 man big band led by Mr Luke Thompson.

Favourite Moment

The second dance – when everyone joined us on the dance floor and the band played my favourite song. That moment was magical.

The Honeymoon

Our honeymoon was a two week Safari in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Photography: Truly Madly Photographers / Event Planner:  OnCue Events / Reception Venue:  Mount Osmond Golf Club Adelaide, South Australia / Submitted via Two Bright Lights