Your Favorite Weddings of 2012

What an awesome 2012 we have had! I want to thank all the lovely Love Wed Bliss readers who supported us this year and made our little blog all the more worthwhile! We HEART you to bits!! And now for our last feature post for 2012..

Let me start by saying that one of the best things about my job at Love Wed Bliss is browsing through the amazing line up of real weddings submitted to us every week. Whilst each and every wedding is special in it’s own right, every so often we receive one that really captures our hearts – either for it’s unique style or breathtaking loveliness – and it’s these darling affairs, we especially love to showcase on LWB. So, in tribute to our wonderful LWB readers, we decided to showcase of YOUR Favorite Weddings for 2012!  This is a round up of all the pretty posts which inspired your comments and prompted you to share, like and tweet about their loveliness to all your friends. 

But before we say goodbye to 2012, we can’t go without recognizing the fabulous talents of the wedding photographers from around the world who feature their amazing work here on LWB. A HUGE thank you to these incredible artists and the beautiful couples who shared their special memories with us – we are so very honored!  

Lastly, if you would like to see your wedding showcased on Love Wed Bliss next year – we are always on the lookout for stylish and unique affairs –  just send us an email at submit{at}lovewedbliss{dot}com, we would love to hear from you!

Kym x 

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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.

♥ ♥ ♥

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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{Week of Bliss} Sassy Style, Pretty Palettes & Terrific Typography

Can you believe we’ve already hit March! I feel like we’ve only just turned the corner from Christmas and now the Easter Bunny is almost on our doorsteps! I’m sure all you lovely bride’s getting close to your big day are also feeling like time is whizzing by. But don’t worry if you’re still needing some inspiration for those last minute details, because I’ve got a stack of pretty posts right here you can dive right into. Join me to take a look at the wedding week that was . . . 

Favourites from around the web:

Wedding Blog Inspiration

  • This sassy style blogger shows us how to get hitched with eclectic finesse {via Project Wedding}
  • Who says a DIY wedding can’t be glamorous {via Grey Likes Weddings}
  • My heart melted when I saw this pretty-in-pink Sonoma affair {via Style Me Pretty}
  • Blue & white striped bridesmaids make a bold style statement at this seaside soiree {via SMP}
  • Love a pretty font? Then you’ll get giddy over this inspiration shoot {via Green Wedding Shoes}
  • It’s life imitating art with this dreamy Northern California wedding {via Snippet & Ink}
From Australia:

Pretty Weddings Wedding Blog

  • The prettiest little barn wedding by Feather & Stone {via Be Imbued}
  • LOVE the pink Alannah Hill shoes and all the whimsical surprises in this fab Brisbane wedding 
  • This lemon squash board from Magnolia Rouge will definitely quench your thirst
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Why Australian’s Love To Do It Outdoors! {wink}

As an Aussie girl, I’m often asked what sets Australia apart when it comes to our weddings – and what always stands out in my mind are our beautiful outdoor weddings. Australia is blessed with warm weather, natural beauty and some of the most amazing beaches on the planet, so naturally many Australian’s gravitate to relaxing, socialising and celebrating life’s special moments in the great outdoors. 

Outdoor Weddings AustraliaImage: McKay Photography

We celebrate all styles of weddings in Australia, from elegant functions to chic contemporary events, romantic garden parties to vintage-inspired soirees and everything in between. But it’s our natural backdrops, as bountiful as they are beautiful, which really make Australian weddings special. Couples can say ‘I do’ overlooking a pristine beach or dramatic mountain range, between the lush vines of a winery or under the canopy of a tropical rain forest. But perhaps the best representation of our relaxed Aussie lifestyle is the Australian beach wedding.

Port Douglas Beach WeddingImage: Sass Studios

Beach Weddings

The lure of the ocean is extremely seductive for Australians, which is understandable when you consider Australia is basically a huge island with a coastline stretching more than 25,000 kilometres. Every chance we get, we flock to our beaches to soak up the glorious sunshine, fresh air and sparkling waters. So naturally the dream of a wedding surrounded by all that beauty is a popular one for brides-to-be. Whether a luxury celebration at a beachfront resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland, or an organic barefoot ceremony on the pure white sands of Cable Beach in Western Australia each beach wedding in Australia offers something special.

Bondi Beach Wedding AustraliaImage: Jane Allen Photography 

Beach weddings in Australia look and feel very much like any other modern beach wedding except for the odd ‘Aussie-ism.’ For instance, if you happen to be a guest at beach wedding in Malibu you’re likely to be offered complimentary ‘flip flops’ to stroll through the sand; whereas at a typical Aussie beach wedding you’re more likely to be offered a pair of ‘thongs’ (which are not to be confused with the underwear variety!). Similarly, when it comes to thanking guests in Florida, they’re usually given a wedding ‘favor,’ while Sydney guests are given ‘bomboniere’ (and no, it isn’t a tropical disease!).

Aussie Beach WeddingImage: Bushturkey Studio

Backyard Weddings

Another popular style of Australian wedding is the backyard wedding. These relaxed events vary from elegant soirees in the grounds of a prestigious estate to get-togethers as simple as the quintessential ‘Aussie BBQ.’  Casual Aussie backyard weddings typically involve an intimate gathering of family and friends in a suburban garden or under the shade of a twinkling marquee. Guests enjoy a feast of barbecued meats, fresh salads and homemade treats along with the traditional wedding cake. Heart-felt speeches are cheekily interrupted with the odd joke and the newly wed’s first dance (traditionally called the ‘bridal waltz) doesn’t resemble the three-step of it’s name, but typically a romantic slow dance of two people in love. Single girls scramble for the tossed bouquet, excited lads fall over themselves to claim the garter and melodic tunes from a live musician keep everyone in a festive mood. The wine and champagne flow freely and ice cold beer is practically mandatory for an Aussie bloke on a hot Summer’s day. Finally, when it’s time for the new Mr & Mrs to say their teary farewells, it’s not a luxury limo waiting to whisk them away, but a groovy VW kombi sporting a ‘Just Married‘ sign.

Australian Kombi WeddingImage: Bushturkey Studio 

Amazing Outdoor Backdrops

Because Australia is such a large country (twice the size of Europe), there are vast differences in our natural landscape. Each state boasts it’s own natural beauty and flavour, so as far as weddings go, you can experience a wonderfully unique backdrop from coast to coast. If I had to choose which location in Australia had the most spectacular outdoor setting for a wedding, I would be struggling to stop at just one. Instead, let me leave you with a few of my personal favourites – the stunning beaches of Port Douglas in Northern Queensland, the picturesque vineyards of the Margaret River region in Western Australia and finally, it’s hard to go past the iconic Sydney Harbour with it’s magnificent Harbour Bridge and Opera House for an unforgettable Australian wedding.

Harbour Wedding SydneyImage: Sugarlove Weddings

Happy Australia Day!

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Happy Australia Day everyone!  

Like myself, hope you had a great day with family and friends celebrating our great nation!  We are truly blessed to live in this wonderful country. And if you’re still in the mood for some Australian inspiration then check out this red, white and blue Australia wedding theme or browse through all our beautiful Australia weddings.

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