A Dream Team Collaboration

There’s so many words that could be used to describe this beautiful styled shoot. With deep hues, modern and rustic touches along with a pinch of glamour , this collaboration sets a sky high standard.

The venue for this stunning shoot is Stevens Estate Garden in Williamstown, an immaculate ceremony venue which boasts a myriad of photo opportunities including an old rustic cottage.

There’s another surprise linked to this shoot too…… a video captured by Vu Phan Productions.

I guarantee you’ll love this shoot which is bought to you by this amazing dream team of vendors. Special thanks to The Carpenters Daughter for initiating!

Photography: Blush and Mint Photography

Gowns: The Vintage Bride Boutique ( Karen Willis Holmes Gowns)

Cake: The Sweet Tooth Factory

Stationery: Magnolia Press

Styling, Furniture + Props: Minty Mary Pea

Wood Art: The Carpenters Daughter

Floral Art: Bella in Bloom

Hair + MU: Barossa Style Bar

Venue: Stevens Estate Garden

Video: Vu Phan Productions

ENJOY!

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Inviting Children to Your Wedding

Children or no children that’s the question! Your decision not to invite them should you choose not to can create untold issues with family and guests divided in their opinions.  We’ve all been at weddings where a child has cried throughout a ceremony and or reception which can put a bit of a spoiler on your day. Whilst some guests may welcome an opportunity for a child free day, others would prefer to celebrate your wedding day with their children particularly if they are family. It’s never going to be a win, win scenario.

Whatever you decide, it’s how you handle it that makes a difference.

Etiquette professional Alana Lenart from Etiquette for Success give her views on how to handle this frequently discussed wedding dilemma.

Yes or No?

Whether to invite children or not to your wedding is a tough decision. When I’m asked by couples if they have to invite children I tell them no, you don’t have to. What you do need to do is give the decision some thought and factor in who is going to be affected by it.

So I breakdown the children at weddings situation into three categories. Absolutely no children, children in the bridal party are invited and children welcome, it’s a family affair!

No Children…..

If you and your partner don’t want children at your wedding then that’s ok. Begin by addressing the invitations to the adults only and be prepared that guests may then subsequently ask you if they can bring their children.

When this happens, make sure that you and your partner are on the same page with your answer and stick to it. If members of your bridal party have children, communicate that it is a child free wedding prior to asking them to be in your bridal party. This gives them notice to arrange for someone to look after them and for them to accept this invitation. Understand though that they may be disappointed so this situation requires thoughtful discretion. I do know of bridesmaids that have pulled out of their duties because their children weren’t invited.

Just The Bridal Party

If you decide that children in the bridal party are invited then this is reasonable and by no means hypocritical. My husband and I had our nieces as flower girls and their baby brother attended with his parents but no other children were invited. Handle it like the absolutely no children situation. If you are asked on the day why some children are allowed, say that it is because they are a part of the bridal party.

Children Welcome

Children welcome, it’s a family affair!- if you’re happy to have children at your wedding then that’s great but try and ensure that their needs are catered for. Ask your caterer to have a children’s menu and have a range of drinks for them being mindful that only having sugary soft drink may lead to disaster!

Maybe also organise for the children’s meals to be served first. The majority of younger children eat quite early so expecting them to wait until the main course is served may create some cranky kids behaviour.

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Above: Paper Carousel

Another tip is to arrange for them to be seated at a kids table although you’ll need to give the table decorations some thought. Absolutely no candles for obvious reasons.

If a kids table isn’t possible ask a friend or family member to set up a kids zone prior to the reception starting. Some activities to consider are board games for older kids, colouring books and pencils (avoid permanent markers!), maybe even an iPad with age appropriate programs or films. You may even want to hire a babysitter for a few hours to keep them entertained while the dinner is being served and speeches are happening.

One other thing to remember is that if you are inviting children don’t expect that they will sit quietly for hours on end no matter how much entertainment is available. They are kids afterall and they will get excited about being apart of your special day.

What I wouldn’t recommend doing is inviting some children and not others. This will more than likely lead to problems on the day and you don’t want to deal with that. Some guests may ask you directly if they can bring their children and the best way to handle this is quickly and politely, in-person or by phone. For example, “Dave I understand that you would like to bring the kids however we are only inviting adults. We are lookingforward to celebrating with you and Sally on the day.”  If your numbers are genuinely limited then by all means say that. Children may only be little but they add to your overall number.

If you have a specific etiquette question or need help with a wedding planning dilemma please get in touch. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram.

Dreamy Boho Styled Shoot

Young Adelaide based wedding photographer Katherine recently partnered with Anastasia and Caroline from Elly & Elm Events to bring an idea to life. Both Katherine & Elly and Elm work in the wedding industry but they wanted to create something that encapsulated the style they both love. They wanted it to be bohemian, with an emphasis on dreamy light and carefully picked flowers and decorations. They knew straight away that they wanted a flower crown and a beautiful dress – everything else came together thanks to the brains & creativity of Anastasia and Caroline.

They spent a wonderful Thursday afternoon at gorgeous Marybank set in the Adelaide foothills, watching the bridal model Brooke transition from regular Uni student to stunning Bride thanks to Nina Skalonja hair & make up.

The result is one fine boho inspired shoot with delicate hues and a touch of quirkiness!

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Photography: Katherine Schultz Photography

Event Coordination, Styling and Set-Up: Elly & Elm Events

Props & Decor: Elly & Elm Events

Stationery: Elly & Elm Events

Venue: Marybank Weddings & Functions

Female Model: Brooke

Male Model: Ben

Videography: Alexander Possingham

Wedding Cake:  Quintessential Cakes

Floral arrangements: Designer Bouquets

Hair and Makeup Artist: Nina Skalonja Makeup

Wedding Dresses: The Vintage Bride

Mens suits: Peter Shearer Menswear

Barossa Styled Shoot

Recently, a group of talented and passionate bridal industry professionals gathered at exclusive ‘Kingsford Estate’ in the Barossa Valley (which you may or may not know was the former home of the popular television series – McLeod’s Daughters) for a collaborative bridal photoshoot, featuring everything from hair and makeup artistry to couture, event styling, florals and photography.

The photoshoot was arranged by Rachele Ainslie and Kate Trimboli who are the talented duo behind the newly launched Barossa Style Bar Hair & Makeup Artistry.  Both are experienced and successful in their own right but have recently joined forces to provide a cohesive service for brides. Both ladies have a passion for providing not only Barossa, but Adelaide brides with a highly professional, yet beautifully personal wedding experience where attention to detail, style and beyond friendly service are paramount.

The inspiration for model Eliza’s look was a classic bridal style highlighting all of the elegance and sophistication of the Barossa region. A flawless base paired with a bold red lip  and sleek chignon hairstyle were the perfect match. A freeform bridal bouquet of predominantly white and cream blooms with rambling greenery were the perfect touch to complete the creative vision.

The homestead itself coupled with props and styling from Barossa Styling & Events offered many photographic opportunities to enhance this bridal style including a polished wooden staircase with picture windows, luxe bathrooms and the rustic beauty and warmth of the century old stone walls in the shearing sheds.

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For more bridal style ideas and inspiration and to view more of their portfolio, please visit www.facebook.com/barossastylebar and for all enquiries email barossastylebar@gmail.com

Vendors:

Hair & Makeup Artistry:               Barossa Style Bar

Photography:                                   Zoe Campbell Photography & Design

Venue/Location:                             Kingsford Homestead

Styling:                                              Barossa Styling & Events

Florals:                                              VIVA the Flower Store

Gown + Model:                                Eliza Joy Tan

The No Rule Book Wedding

There are many words to describe this gorgeous wedding which has been submitted by Alex Kwong Photography.   I first met Alex at the Barossa Wedding Fair this May and I was blown away by both his personality and his photography. He sees and captures weddings in a light that can’t be taught and is hands down one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

The perfect photographer for this cute wedding too.  The Bride and Groom took their wedding planning personally and as you’ll read later, in their own words they ‘threw out the rule book’. I love that.  There shouldn’t be any rules to planning your wedding and making it your own makes it one million times more special and memorable than your stock standard wedding factory affair. Before you enjoy Alex’s coverage, here are some words from the proud Groom….

The Proposal

I proposed to Kelly in our Community Garden plot on April 12 2014. I had spent the two months prior secretly running away to Everett Brookes jeweller to work on her engagement ring, picking the specific diamonds and shaping the band myself. On the day I made her pancakes for breakfast, went shopping, and had organised a couples massage. Afterwards we stopped by the community garden, where I got on one knee and asked her if she would marry me. It took her to awhile for her to realise I wasn’t kidding, but she did eventually cry and say yes!

Inspiration

We had previously had talked about what we would want to do for our wedding prior to our engagement so when it came to planning there were no surprises. It was very personal; we threw out the rule book and focused on what was important to us. For example, we had dessert but no cake, and Kelly’s shoes were white latin dance heels for easy dancing! We did use Pinterest and a lot of ‘How-to’ websites, going to craft shops and handmaking the bouquet on the day, the hairpiece and a piñata for people to put messages in for us to break open in a year’s time!

The Wedding

We were married and held the reception at Old Oval Estate in McLaren Vale. The venue was perfect for us, mixing the scencic settings of a winery with the freedom to do our own thing in a casual and fun way. We hired in furniture and a dancefloor, chose to have buffet style roast meats and salad dinner, bought our own drinks and hired some staff to serve.

Our friends and family helped us set up and pack down, and with such a stunning garden and Old Oval Estate’s little touches like the white draping, we barely had to decorate. However, my aunty made up some beautiful floral table pieces from her garden.

Our Favourite Moment

Besides having our quiet time together doing photos in the vineyard, we loved seeing all our friends and family dancing the night away together on the dancefloor.

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Photography: Alex Kwong Photography

Celebrant: Vicky Flanegan

Venue: Old Oval Estate

Dress: The Vintage Bride Boutique with alterations by Sarta Boutique

Hair and makeup: Portabello Hair

Catering: Adelaide Hills Catering and Always At Your Service

Hire: Australian Hiring Company

Love In The Adelaide Hills

There was plenty of love in the Adelaide Hills at this gorgeous wedding. Pretty pink hues along with the spectacular backdrop of Adelaide Hills venues Stangate House and Mount Lofty Hotel make for one very pretty and stylish wedding.  The union of Kaden and Brielle features a great selection of vendors including the lovely Myrtle & Mae and was submitted by With Love and Lace, photography by Melanie.

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Flowers: The White Orchid

Hair: Yots Hair North Adelaide

Makeup: Sarah Craker Weddings

Dress: Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Mia Bridal

Balloons: Balloons Galore Adelaide

Balloon Tassells: Made by Bride

Photography: With love and lace, Photography by Melanie

Ceremony: Stangate House

Reception:  Mt Lofty House

Afternoon Tea: Myrtle & Mae

Furniture and Lighting: Sash Events

Transport: Classic Jags

 

Port Adelaide Engagement Shoot

I pretty much gasped when I saw these images in my inbox from Rene at Blush & Mint Photography.

Rene is photographing Kelly and Chris’wedding this coming December and set to work on this gorgeous shoot which is vintage inspired with a modern industrial twist.  It’s set in Port Adelaide and Largs Bay since it’s not only the couple’s local area but also brimmed full of antique and vintage boutiques which provided the perfect backdrop.

Gorgeous Bride to be Kelly is a lover of  all things authentic vintage so the faux bob and 1930’s inspired make up by Gemma Vendetta created the perfect sophisticated look.

Kelly also asked if they could bring their fur child aka Miss Daisy for a few photos. Daisy is just 9 months old and is such a pretty young lady. She’s quite obviously Chris and Kelly’s pride and joy and was incredibly well behaved during the shoot.

You can can just tell that Chris, Kelly,Gemma  and Rene all had a ball during this session which sets the scene for one stylish wedding ahead!

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Hair & Make Up :  Gemma Vendetta Styling

Photography: Blush & Mint Photography

Adelaide Hills Engagement Session

Hands down Autumn is my favourite season and the Adelaide Hills comes alive with colour at this time of year.

This gorgeous engagement session shared by Bridget Quain Photography, who is also based in the hills is full of love, excitement and beautiful Autumnal colour.

The shoot took place at Wairoa which is a lovely house and garden in Stirling/Aldgate and offered a striking contrast to the couple’s scheduled Summer wedding.

You can meet Bridget on 14th June at Hahndorf Memorial Hall as she’ll be showcasing once again at the up and coming Adelaide Hills Wedding Fair.

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Choosing Wine for your Wedding

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 Photo credit : Tomek Photography

 

When we were planning our wedding I could not get over how many decisions there were to be made! It seemed as though I had chosen everything and then I’d take a breath and there’d be another very important question with the success of our wedding apparently depending on my answer! Luckily choosing the wine for our wedding was simple because of my day job as Mrs Wine Please. And today via the lovely team at Love Cherish Adore I’m able to share some of my knowledge to help make this task much easier for you!

When the venue asks you “And which wine will you be serving?” You just need to tell them the following… A simple and suitable selection for your wedding should include one Champagne or sparkling wine, two white wines and two red wines.

Bubbles

Champagne from France is always best, but it is also expensive. If serving French Champagne is not a priority for you that’s perfectly fine – there are plenty of other bubbles for your guest to raise and toast to your happily-ever-after. In particular there are lots of fabulous Australian sparkling wines available and I highly recommend the sparkling wines from Tasmania. Alternatively you could choose a Prosecco from Italy as a delicious alternative.

Red + White

During the reception both white and red wines should be served continuously. White wines will be more popular if it is hot weather and red wines if it’s cooler. A fresh, crisp white wine such as a Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will always be popular. If you’re only serving one white wine, this is the wine that we’d recommend because they’re very versatile with food and an excellent aperitif. A second more intense white wine such as Viognier, Chardonnay or Riesling will complement lots of different dishes and impress the guests who prefer something a little fancier.

It’s most important to serve two red wines. A lighter style such as a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Tempranillo and a heavier style such as a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The lighter wines won’t overpower your carefully chosen dishes and are particularly important in cocktail receptions where smaller lighter dishes are served. The bigger reds such as the Shiraz or Cabernet will be a good match for red meat dishes, cheese platters and late night conversations about how fabulous your wedding has been!

We highly recommend you taste each wine before you decide to make sure that you’re happy with your choices. If you’re not a wine fan then involve one of the bridal party or a close friend who is a wine lover. This is one wedding task that won’t be hard to recruit for!

If you need any further advice on choosing wines for your wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hello@wineplease.com.au

Happy Planning!
Mrs WP x

A Carrick Hill Wedding

Some sweet real wedding inspiration for you featuring the union of Mike and Carly captured by the wonderful Emme Jade Photography….

The Engagement

It was 11th August 2013 and was really unexpected! Our little baby was only 8 weeks old and I’d just put him down for a sleep and came into the lounge room to find Mike sitting on the couch. He said ‘come here I want a cuddle’. I actually turned around and said no I’ve got so much to do hahaha! Little did I know he was about to propose…… He said I’ve made a little movie just of our time together. Everything from when we first met, to building our first home and having our little Harry. And then right at the end it came up with ‘Will you Marry Me’ and he pulled the ring out of his pocket. It was the most perfect moment.

Inspiration

Just after we got engaged I went and bought lots and lots of bridal magazines and started putting together a folder of everything I loved. I realised the style we loved was very natural and rustic. I also sourced alot inspiration from Facebook, Pinterest & Etsy. I’m super organised so found having a folder with everything I needed really made the whole planning process a lot easier.

We always said we wanted a small, intimate day andnight and that’s exactly what we had. I can totally see how people can get away with doing huge wedding but we wanted to stay true to ourselves and exactly how we imagine the day going. already being a family with Harry, made us realise we wanted our family and friends there who are apart of our everyday lives. We’re very laid back and just wanted everyone to have a great day. I had amazing help with our event planner Yasmin from A Moment in Time and Kate from The Food Business, who made my job a lot easier.

Our Favourite Moment

We loved every minute,  however it’s such a whirlwind and goes so fast. One of our friends told us to take 5 minutes to go for a walk and take a breather from the craziness and that 5 mins was probably my favourite moment. We just went for a walk through the gardens and caught up the day and I would suggest every Bride and Groom to do it.  Also having our Son Harry being a part of the day was truly amazing.

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Photography – Emme Jade Photography

Venue – Carrick Hill

Event Planner – A Moment In Time

Catering – The Food Business

 

 

Love on the Fleurieu

Now this wedding is something else.  I know as I was there but that’s a story for another time.

Photographed by Emme Jade Photography, the sweet union of Nick and Kelly took place this January with a ceremony at Wirra Resort Golf Club which provided a spectacular backdrop over towards the gulf followed by an evening reception at Leonards Mill. Bride Kelly shares some insight into her magical day…..

 The Engagement

Nick proposed to me on a beautiful beach at Dunsbrough, WA. We were on holidays at the time and Nick just couldn’t seem to relax! Little did I know the wet windy weather we were experiencing kept foiling his plans for an outdoors proposal. He eventually went and bought a pop up tent so that we could sit on the beach and have a picnic. After eating our lunch and cracking a bottle of champagne, Nick got down on one knee and proposed which made me the happiest girl in the world.

Nick had already chosen a beautiful ring however  it was a few sizes too big initially. I was sitting up on the rocks admiring it while Nick threw in a line to calm himself down. Next thing I knew as I tipped my hand forward to get a closer look at the side of the ring it came flying off and fell down between two boulders. I went into total panic however luckily as Nick had his fishing rod, we managed to hook it on the end of the rod and retrieve it after a few nervous minutes!!

 The Wedding

Since alot of our guests would be travelling to attend our wedding, we wanted to hold it somewhere where our guests could all stay together and make a weekend out of it if they wanted to. Futhermore as Nick and I both work in agriculture and love the ocean,  we wanted to have it somewhere rural and coastal so the Fleurieu seemed like the perfect place which is also where I grew up before moving to Victoria.

As far as styling I got most of the ideas from Pinterest and online and on the day we felt that the beautiful flowers from Blooming Bridal really brought the whole thing together.

Like the majority of couples we had a budget that we wanted to stick to so that made us prioritise what was important to us.  We wanted a photographer that we were comfortable with and could have fun with and who was also not going to be ‘in our face’ on the day, rather capturing the story of the day as they unfolded.

We also wanted our guests to be ‘fed and watered’ and really liked the fact that Leonard’s Mill showcased local produce.

Favourite Moment

The whole day was so much fun however I particularly loved sharing our personalised vows we wrote to each other and entering the reception venue, seeing the smiling faces of our beautiful family and friends and the claps and cheers as we were introduced as Mr and Mrs Slattery was overwhelming and completely uplifting.

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Photography: Emme Jade Photography

Ceremony Location and guest accomodation: Wirrina Resort

Flowers: Blooming Bridal

Entertainment: Paul Smith Entertainment

Cake: Frangipani Cakes

Reception: Leonards Mill

 

Seaside Decadence with The Queens Quarters

Earlier this month I had the pleasure in participating in a shoot with an exciting new vendor The Queens Quarters who will be exhibiting at the wedding fair in Norwood on 12th April.

Founder and owner Katie Arena has been sourcing high quality furniture, vintage china and props for over 2 years now which has resulted in an inventory like non other.

During a recent meeting we chatted about putting together a shoot with the inspiration behind it coming from their vast china collection.  The table runner of tea pots, jugs and tea cups in addition to bright fresh blooms made the table literally sing.

A number of walkers along the beach came to admire this most decadent set up which was most definitely fit for any queen and her quarters!

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Styling: The Queens Quarters

Photography: Susie Styler Photography