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

 

Country Love Shoot by Cedarwood Weddings & Krista Lee Photography

The inspiration behind this country love shoot by Cedarwood Weddings and Krista Lee Photography is all about wide open spaces. Set in a 50-acre nature preserve on a historic farm estate in Nashville, Tennessee, the setting is perfect for popping the big question during a romantic romp in the southern countryside – and the fact that it’s so darn pretty doesn’t go astray either!  

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From Cedarwood Weddings: We styled the set with a vintage iron bed, hay bale mattress, soft linens for snuggling, wildflowers and champagne.  With gorgeous golden light and blue skies overhead, this inspirational shoot pairs fresh natural environments with a big dose of country chic.

 

Photography:  Krista Lee Photography / Styling, floral & decor: Cedarwood Weddings Design Team / Wedding venue: Historic Cedarwood 

 

Red Lodge Montana Wedding by Kat Skye Photography

In Montana, you’ll find a small mountain town called Red Lodge … known for its winter months of snowboarding and skiing. But as you’ll from these gorgeous pics, it really is the perfect location for a pretty rustic wedding!  We’re delighted to share with you this gorgeous DIY country affair by Kat Skye Photography … 

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From the photographer: The bride, Nikki is a Montana girl, so it goes without saying cowgirl boots are her staple accessory. She also took her lovely bridesmaids shopping for boots to pair with their blue mismatched dresses. There were plenty of handmade details including the groomsmen’s boutonnieres made from flowers and fishing wire; the reception tables decorated by the bride’s mum; plus the very delicious smoked ribs cooked by friends. Despite the rain, it was a beautiful ceremony and once the rain passed the afternoon lighting for the reception was perfect. It was a great down to earth rustic Montana wedding with lots of comforting food and beer to satisfy. Ultimately, a day of love and celebration of their new life as a married couple!

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From the bride: Barrett and I knew each other for a year before dating. One weekend after a tournament he got my number and started to text me (real sly). He asked me to coffee and 3 weeks later we were officially dating. We dated for 2.5 years before we got married and in those two years we quickly became best friends. We love being active and spending time with each other, and we don’t go a day with out laughing… rarely even an hour. Being married has bring its challenges and hard times, but nothing that will overshadow the joy that we bring to each other’s lives.

 

Photographer: Kat Skye Photography / Caterer:  Top Notch Catering / Dress Store:  Marcella’s BridalDJ:  Travis Kemp / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire:  Joseph A BanksEvent Venue:  Wildflower Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Farm To Table Wedding Ideas

Want an eco-friendly wedding? Well this Farm to Table wedding inspiration shoot will no doubt inspire all nature lovers. Rather than your typical commercially styled wedding, this breathtaking shoot by J. Larose Studios highlights seasonal organic produce, natural elements, beautiful earthy tones and a vintage Gunne Sax gown to create a country wedding style which is utterly dreamy. Step back in time and embrace Mother Earth with a wedding theme that is as ‘green’ as it is ‘gorgeous.’

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Photography: J Larose Studios / Floral Designer: Creative Muse Floral Design / Jewelry: Precious Things Jewelers  / Location: Raven Ridge Farm / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Glam Barn Wedding Inspiration

Ever since my initiation into the world of barn weddings I have become totally smitten with a gorgeous barn bash. It’s something about the country location, warm rustic features and oh-so-pretty and glamorous details, that gets me hook line and sinker!  And the same goes for this fabulous inspiration shoot sent over by Rachel McNamara Photography. With vintage glam style that includes a tea length wedding dress, patent red shoes and gorgeous diamante accessories. Elegant decor such as vintage glassware and candelabras, mixed with rustic touches, and a gorgeous couple (who by the way, are married!), you have the all the ideas you need to turn a country barn party into a stylish vintage inspired soiree!

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From the photographer:  From the red shoes, to the red lips, 3/4 length dress with white gloves, to the rustic charm of the table and place settings, this styled shoot, held at the Oaks Vineyard in Clovis, California, was everything we hoped it would be. Amy Jaye of Posh and Posy Events designed the look of the shoot, with red and pink florals mixed with succulents, rose glass candle holders, and brass candleabras. The table settings featured mixed vintage glassware with burlap table runners and a rustic wood table made by the owners of 3 oaks vineyard themselves! Our models were a real life married couple, who’s chemistry was unmistakable.

 

Photography: Rachel McNamara Photography / Event Planner:  Posh & Posy Events / Dress Store:  Premier Bride Central Valley / Linens and Coverings:  Linens and Coverings / Bakery:  Chiffonos Bakery / 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

Hunter Valley Wedding at Willow Tree Estate by Hilary Cam Photography

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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 Country Wedding Ideas

Up next is an inspiration shoot captured by Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer which takes your typical rustic country wedding theme, infuses it with a whole-lot-of romantic style and classical old world elegance. With sherbet hued florals by the Victorian Gardens, a stylish invitation suite by Announce This, a gorgeous array of pastel ombre cakes by Classic Cakes and a beautiful gown by Ivy & Aster with a beaded cape we are sighing over, this shoot is not only bursting with fabulous ideas but writes a whole new chapter on vintage country chic and we’re LOVING it to bits! 

From photographer Alea: A little bit of country, a little bit of elegance. I am from the Midwest and wanted to show a new way to do a Midwestern affair. We got away from the rustic look and found a more romantic way to fit this wedding. With bright colors and eye catching details, my team and I put together a styled shoot that a bride from any region could get on board with.

I loved the cake table. The three cakes with ombre details and soft pastels was a new spin on the traditional one cake. Stunning florals accented the unfinished wooden top table and the “bride and groom” mannequins brought a very unique accent to the table. The dress by Ivy and Aster was a great complement to the shoot. I was going for something elegant that could also be very casual. With laser cut layers and a gorgeously detailed beaded cape, it was a super light and airy gown and also perfectly falls in line with the bridal fashion trending right now. I had her hair done with lighter extensions to accentuate the ombre in her hair. Our hair stylist created gorgeous curls that looked effortless in the wind, and we gave her a rusted golden hair piece to pin back her hair, a nice accessory that wasn’t too overbearing. She wore flat gold tin earrings that complemented her hair, and bronzy makeup.

The ceremony area was in an open field with the center stage being wooden poles, much like you see on a country home, and decorated with florals and hay like accents. I chose mismatched chairs as a fun way to play up an intimate ceremony. The reception table was a worn blue table and we used purple napkins to contrast the colors of the florals. Old silverware was placed next to the gold-lined plates for a subtle juxtaposition of classic and antique. There were great food details like the mini open fruit pies, pecan desserts, and a peach signature drink with actual sliced peaches in it. The invites were watercolor with a modern approach to the RSVP card.

 

 

 

Photographer:  Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer / Hair Stylist: Neon Hair Design /Floral Designer: Victorian Gardens / Invitation Designer: Announce This / Dress Store: Jennifer Behr /Dress Designer: Ivy & Aster / Cake Designer: Classic Cakes / Equipment Rentals: Hickory Dickory Store / Makeup Artist: Cara Porter Makeup /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Rustic Bridal Portrait by Sofia Katherine Photography

Morning All!  I thought I would start this week with a little taste of gorgeous rustic bridal inspiration. This bridal portrait session by Sofia Katherine Photography in Alberta Canada, is serenely beautiful with its warm tones, weathered backdrop and soft romantic vibe. This would be a wonderful style of photo session for the rustic or country chic bride, don’t you think?

Photography: Sofia Katherine Photography / Dress Designer: Laura George / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

{Bouquet Inspiration} Black Pink & White Wedding Bouquet

This gorgeous black, pink and white wedding bouquet with it’s soft pastel hues and a subtle hint of ebony, is as pretty as they come. Filled with ranunculus, garden roses, black and white anemones, plus a smattering of  hypericum berries and dusty miller in the mix, it’s country glam all the way!

Black Pink & White Wedding Bouquet

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Designer: unknown / Image via Pinterest