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

 

LWB Welcomes Sweetest Celebrations {& Parisian Chic Inspiration}!

Hi lovelies! It’s a wonderful Thursday morning and I’m excited to announce our brand new guest blogger to join the LWB family –  lovely Haydee from Sweetest Celebrations. You’ll be pleased to note Haydee is not only obsessed with all things weddings, but she also just happens to be a wedding co-ordinator (handy girl to have around I say!)  Just like us, there’s nothing she loves more than immersing herself in some serious pretty – and lucky for us she will be sharing plenty of pretty inspiration on LWB every month. So, give a warm welcome to Haydee,  and enjoy her first gorgeous feature, then be sure to pop over to her pretty website to see how she can make your special day come to life!

Lately, I’ve been inspired by Paris – the city of romance, soft ruffles and glamorous chandeliers. I picture a wedding adorned with sweet details in shades of ivory and pink, accented with touches of black here and there. This inspiration board features a Parisian Chic wedding theme, with traditional items such as vintage teacups and upholstered wing back chairs balanced with modern touches like black crystal accents and pink ruffles. A nice finishing touch would be to have chandeliers everywhere – to cast a soft mood for the ceremony and then to also liven up the table decor on a smaller scale. French macaroons create the perfect finale adding another element of French elegance to your wedding theme.  I think this style of inspiration would add a touch of romance and glamour to any wedding.

Parisian Chic Inspiration Board

Haydee Duarte is the owner of Sweetest Celebrations, a boutique event styling and coordination business in South Florida. Sweetest Celebrations styles your entire wedding experience – everything from the engagement session right through to wedding decor – and is passionate about infusing soft and romantic details into a couple’s special day, with a touch of modern glamour.  For more information about Haydee and her services take a peak at the Sweetest Celebrations portfolio

 

Image credits: Feathers via Smitten  / Paper Chandelier via Snippet & Ink  / Crystal Chandelier via Grey Likes Weddings / French Macaroons via Bridal Guide / Pink Ruffled Cake – Pastrychik / Bride and Groom via Intimate Weddings / Vintage Teacups via My Luscious Life  / Madame & Monsieur signs via My Primitive Boutique / Seating Area via The Whitelaw Hotel, Miami  / Pink Ruffled Clutch – Brides of North Texas
 

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Boho Chic Wedding Ideas

We fell in love with every bit of this boho chic inspiration shoot by Petula Pea Photography the instant we saw it.  The subtle and soft pretty pastel palette, the breezy outdoor setting and the eclectic mix of vintage mismatched decor are absolutely dreamy. The decadent petal style wedding cake, the country rustic touches and the beautiful boho headpieces really make a boho chic theme simply irresistible. But the stand-out detail for me, is the gorgeous bohemian style gown by D’Marie Couture – simply stunning! There are so many fab ideas in this shoot to take in, your wedding inspiration meter will be in hippie-pretty overdrive once you reach the end!

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From the Event Co-ordinator: A boho chic bride is inspired by nature, loves spending time outdoors, enjoys the simple things in life, and has a free spirit admired by others. The boho chic bride steers away from the traditional style of wedding dress. Instead, she opts for a flowing, lightweight gown with a great neckline (like the halter style featured with a single fabric rose replacing flashy embellishments).

A beautiful headpiece is a must for the bohemian bride. You can add touch of sparkle to a floral headband for a modern twist; or for a more classic boho look, wearing a long flowery headpiece is perfect. {Just like the floral headpiece featured in this shoot. An original by Whichgoose, worn by photographer Patty, on her own wedding day in 2009}.

Rustic, vintage furniture pairs beautifully with boho chic style. The hand-built doorway is an original ceremony backdrop and signifies an opening to a new adventure. The weathered nightstand is a great contrast against the delicate rose petal cake, and the drawers and shelves filled with trinkets represent family heirlooms.

Mismatched chairs are a fun way to mix-up the guest tables and using vintage picture frames to display table numbers gives the tables a creative touch. We added layers of textures and colors to the table for dimension, along with patterned plates and mismatched glasses to compliment the outdoor canvas. Lastly, low floral arrangements of various heights were added to create a soft, romantic look without overdoing it. 

 

Photography: Petula Pea Photography / Event Planner:  wed (weddings.events.design) / Floral Designer: Moments in Bloom / Dress Designer:  D’Marie Couture /Cake Designer:  Bouchee / Hair Stylist: J’ellis Faces Mobile Makeup and Hair / Equipment Rentals: Vintage Shop Rentals / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Romantic Vintage Wedding by Lyndsay London Photography

You know I could get lost in this wedding for days – the pretty romantic theming, the softest pastel palette of pinks and mauves, the breathtaking blooms and all the gorgeous vintage details. Then there’s the exquisite bride in (not one) but two stunning wedding gowns and headpiece to-die-for, her sweet maids in gorgeous vintage fur stoles, and a candy buffet that is nothing short of perfection {insert huge sigh!}. Yes, dear friends this swoon-worthy Vancouver wedding has got it’s romantic vintage style ‘just right’ and I’m sure we’ll be wedding drunk from consuming all it’s mesmerizing pictures by Lyndsay London all day long!

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From the photographer: Maggie & Haydex met during their undergrad at UBC. They did the same degree so shared many of the same classes. They had been good friends for 4 years before they started dating. Haydex’s original plan was to propose to Maggie on a romantic getaway to the Sunshine Coast. However Maggie found out about the ring before they went on their trip. At the end, he proposed in her bedroom and she said yes!

 

Photographer: Lyndsay London Photography/ Ceremony & Reception: Vancouver Women’s Club at Hycroft Manor /Bridal gown: Pronovias /Bridal Party Attire: JCrew / Groom’s Tux: Tailor made in Hong Kong / Flowers: Precious Pear Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Cakeaters /Caterer: Emelles / Favours: Handmade by the Bride / Wedding Planners: The Bride Music /Make-up: Charrisse Mae /Hair: Victoria Ho / Invitations: Designed by Bride & Groom / Submitted via href=”http://www.twobrightlights.com” target=”_blank”>Two Bright Lights

Inspiration Board: Field of Dreams

Today I have an inspiration board ‘Field of Dreams’ which I put together when inspired by Emma Watson’s photo shoot in Harpers Bazaar. Sitting in an open field, glowing in etheral light and looking sophisticated and beautifully serene, she represented to me the epitome of a sophisticated country bride. Her wedding style is country chic: a mix elegant decor against a beautiful natural setting, pastel pink, mauve and purple blooms and linens with hints of shimmer, and of course a warm and relaxed vibe throughout the whole day. 

Inspiration Board: Field of Dreams

 

 

Images credits clockwise: Emma Watson via Harpers Bazaar. Images via Pinterest: Tablescape / Bridesmaids / Parasol / Bride in field / Chair decor / Glitter / Floral hairpiece / Mauve flowers

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

 

Tea Party Wedding Theme Inspiration

I think I know why every woman loves a tea party…it’s because the little girl inside of us all loves the idea of dressing up in a pretty frock, surrounding herself with beautiful things, and relaxing and giggling with her best buddies. It also gives us a great excuse to indulge in yummy sweet delicacies too! Either way, a tea party for your wedding theme or bridal shower is an absolute winner in my books and this whimsical tea party shoot beautifully designed by Samantha Dapper and perfectly captured by Alyssa Marie Photography proves my point. With it’s vintage styling, sunlit garden setting and pretty pastel palette, it has just the inspiration you need to begin styling your tea party wedding from pretty tip to pretty toe!

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Pictures: Alyssa Marie Photography /Designer:  Samantha Dapper Event Design / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Mornington Peninsula Vineyard Wedding

Naturally being Australian, we are always delighted to feature beautiful weddings right from our own beloved Australia – just like this beautiful Mornington Peninsula wedding captured by Sorrento Wedding Photography. The natural beauty of a lakeside vineyard in the Victorian countryside created the perfect setting for a romantic outdoor ceremony and the lush greenery perfectly complemented the pastel coloured details delicately woven throughout the day. From the bride’s gorgeous birdcage veil, to the simple understated white centrepieces to the gorgeous pastel wedding cake, we are head over heels for this Summer soiree. Why don’t you join us right now for a stroll through the vines . . . 

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Photographer Christine shares: It was so lovely to work with this couple, they were both so relaxed in front of the camera! Nikketta looked absolutely stunning and we used the vineyard for some portraits of the girls before the ceremony. After their ceremony in front of family and friends, we strolled over to the vines and around the lake for a few photos before heading back to the restaurant for the reception.

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Photography: Sorrento Wedding Photography / Hair Stylist:  Running with Scissors / Reception Venue:  Stillwater At Crittenden / Dress Store:  Brides of Melbourne / Makeup Artist:  Ebony Kay / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Pretty Pastel Outdoor Wedding by Janine Kaye Photography

I think I’m love-struck (yet again!), but this time it’s with the force of a lightening bolt because this amazingly pretty pastel wedding is something dreams are made of. I’m a big fan of Janine Kaye’s work, but when I clicked through her wonderful site and landed on this dreamy event with it’s romantic outdoor garden location, soft pastel colour palette and a naturally stunning bride I thought I had just died and gone to wedding heaven! Here is just a taste of the loveliness to stir up your pastel loving senses . . . But I’m telling you, you really need to head on over to Janine’s blog to take in every bit of this breathtaking beauty!Pretty Bohemian Style BridePastel Wedding StyleOutdoor Wedding IdeasPretty Pastel Outdoor WeddingPastel Wedding BouquetPastel Mismatched BridesmaidsPastel Outdoor WeddingOutdoor NSW Wedding

I told you so!  Ab-so-lute-ly stunning!

Images: Janine Kaye Photography

Pretty in Pink Byron Bay Wedding by Bushturkey Studio

When I first saw this amazing Byron Bay wedding I knew it was absolutely mandatory to share it with all of you. Brought to life by the super talented Bushturkey Studio it is one of the prettiest of pretty Australian weddings you’ll ever see and is bound to take your breath away. There’s the pretty bride with her fabulous dress, her pretty bridesmaids with gorgeous long pastel pink frocks, her handsome groom (won’t dare call him ‘pretty’) and a pastel pink and white reception with sweet pretty details. Then of course there’s the romantic location of Bryon Bay in New South Wales, which even on a cloudy day is something to behold. What can I say?  . . . purely and simply divine. Enjoy this slice of Australian wedding heaven then head over to Bushturkey’s blog to see the full pretty feature.Pretty Pink BridesmaidsByron Bay BridesmaidsByron Bay Wedding PartyPretty Pink Bridal BouquetPretty Pink Wedding DetailsPretty Pink and White WeddingByron Bay WeddingByron Bay Bride & Groom