Rhiannon + Ryan

As a newbie at work, Adelaide Bride Rhiannon first met Ryan during a team building trip to Darwin 8 years ago and love began to florish from there on in.

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Maria & Dimitri

Adelaide Bride and Groom Maria and Dimitri were first introduced back in 2009 through friends and after their first date, Maria’s future had been told. “I knew he would be my Husband as soon as we had our first kiss.”

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Ben & Marisa

As an experienced event planner and stylist, Bride Marisa was able to create the winery wedding she’s always wanted. With a focus on lots of beautiful details and French provincial influences, this Adelaide hills wedding is an absolute head turner.

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Ocean Love

‘Love as deep as the ocean’ was the inspiration behind this beach shoot created by a clever collaboration of local wedding creatives.

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Clint & Madeleine

‘I cheese you to brie my Wife’ asked Clint and Madeleine of course said yes!  Six months later they were married in the grounds of an old cottage in the Barossa. This beautiful wedding features many LCA vendors along with an abundance of styling from By The Oaktree that you’re going to LOVE! More

Real Wedding ~ Amelia & Dan

Amelia and Dan’s Adelaide Hills wedding embraces everything we love about soulful weddings full of love and originality. With DIY touches, a vintage dress with family connections and an aisle entrance with a difference, love is all around this wedding shot by Willow and French Photography. More

Real Wedding ~ Tiffany and Hamish

Finding someone to spend the rest of your life with is a beautiful journey.  Tiffany and Hamish’s journey began back in 2012 at a Bondi music festival on new years day.  Sparks flew from the very moment they met and from there on in their love journey began. More

Wedstival

Jay & Chris’ relaxed wedding in Echunga was designed to be casual and relaxed incorporating not only a rustic farm venue but food trucks, lawn games and some awesome ’80’s dance tunes. Welcome Ladies and Gents to Wedstival!

The Engagement

We had been friends for quite some time after both playing sport at our local football/netball club. Chris attended Jay’s High School formal but it wasn’t till quite some time later that we started a relationship. With our own home and adorable dog together, a day spent celebrating our relationship seemed almost unnecessary, so Jay was obviously ecstatic but also surprised when Chris proposed.

Chris proposed by tying the tiffany box around our dog Ryder’s neck and then calling her into our bedroom where Jay was enjoying breakfast in bed for her birthday. Jay initially thought it might just be a pair of earrings until Chris got down on one knee and proposed!

Inspiration

We wanted something that reflected us, our families and our close friends. For that reason we chose a festival themed wedding or “Wedstival”.  This theme, with the backdrop of the farm helped provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere which every guest could enjoy.

We held the ceremony at the same location as the reception under two large gum trees. We wanted the reception to be very casual and relaxed, so we had beers and champagne for our guests upon arrival. The ceremony was kept short and our celebrant Sarah managed to keep everyone entertained with her vibrant personality.

The reception was held in a large farm shed, with a large grassed area out the front dotted with wine barrels, umbrellas, trestles and hay bales. We utilised festoon lighting outside and fairy lights throughout the shed. To keep our guests entertained we had several games on hand including quoits, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four out on the grass and Lucas Keeley played acoustic music, which created an amazing atmosphere.

Keeping in line with our “Wedstival” theme we had Papas Gourmet Hotdogs provide a wonderful late lunch from their food truck and Burger Theory catered for dinner with their delicious burgers and fries.

As night fell our guests all moved into the shed, where we danced into the early hours of the morning to some 80’s classics and some of our favourite songs.

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Photography:  Evan Bailey Photography

MUA: Jaimee Makeup

Prop Hire: Olympic Party Hire

Catering: Burger Theory + Papas Hotdogs

 

Lauren & Shaun Get Engaged

Lauren and Shaun are getting married this December after 10 year together and have chosen With Love & Lace Melanie to photograph their wedding.

In preparation they decided on an engagement shoot which is always recommended so that you can feel at ease with the camera and get to know your photographer a little better before your big day.

Lauren and Shaun were actually engaged back in 2013 during a Contiki trip to Europe. Here’s their love story as told by Bride to be Lauren…..

 

The Engagement

In 2013 we went on our first overseas holiday to Europe, before we left my friends and I would joke that we would be coming back engaged but when we got there my mind changed.

The first half of our trip was a contiki tour through 13 countries, Shaun wasn’t too keen on spending one on one time with me or doing romantic activities, he was happy partying and hanging out with the guys. He also would ask me to get things out of his suitcase and did not seem to be hiding anything.

After 25 days our Contiki tour ended and we caught a flight to Paris. We were separated on the plane and both weren’t feeling the best due to a big farewell party the night before.  When we arrived we had a hard time trying to catch a cab, we nearly checked into the wrong hotel and it was pouring down with rain.

Knowing we had a tour around Paris booked for the evening, Shaun went to sleep and I began to get ready to go out. I remember saying to myself ‘there is no point in putting much effort in to looking good for tonight, it’s not like he will propose, he is sleeping like he doesn’t have a care in the world’

When we left the rain had stopped and it had turned into a perfect afternoon. The tour began with a dinner cruise along the Seine, we drank wine, had our picture taken and took in the sights.

The second stop was the Eiffel Tower. We went straight up to the second level, I wanted to line up to go to the top but Shaun insisted we didn’t have enough time and lead me over to a quiet corner. We were looking out over the view, hugging, when Shaun looked down at me and said ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you’ I kind of looked at him funny. He had his hand in his pocket and got down on one knee, this was it! ‘Will you marry me?’ He pulled out the most beautiful ring, I was so shocked I forgot to say yes! Shaun said he has never seen me look so shocked in my life. An onlooker congratulated us and took our photo then we went down to the first floor and had a glass of champagne to celebrate.

We got back on the coach to go to the last stop on the tour, I could not stop looking at my sparkling new engagement ring! Full of adrenaline, we went to the Moulin Rouge and watched a show with some more champagne. We were so excited when we got back to the hotel, we called our parents to break the news.

We decided we would wait and save for a big honeymoon and booked our wedding for December 10 2016, on our 10 year anniversary.

With Love & Lace Melanie was the first thing we booked for our wedding, I found Mel’s beautiful full page add in a bridal magazine and knew I had to have her. Our wedding year finally came around so we booked an engagement session with Mel. Mel was so enthusiastic and helpful from the very beginning, she even made me a flower crown and let me borrow her pretty dresses. We spent 2 hours with Mel and had so much fun, she made us feel so comfortable. The very next day Mel sent through some of the photos, they were absolutely stunning, my friends and family were all blown away at how beautiful they were. I cannot recommend Mel highly enough. Thank you so much Mel, I cannot wait for the wedding!”

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Photography: With Love & Lace Melanie

Venue: Stevens Estate Garden

Love on Kangaroo Island

Thanks to Megan Lesley Photography for submitting this beautiful Kangaroo Island real wedding. The wedding of Linda and Curtis took place at Linda’s parents property on the island followed by a reception at the local yacht club.

The Engagement

Honestly, it was completely unexpected (on my behalf!). We had joked about it for a few months, but it had never been anything serious and secretly I thought I’d need to throw pretty obvious hints at him before anything happened.

We had just spent a fun and food filled Christmas day with my extended family on Kangaroo Island and once everyone had gone to bed he pulled out a final present, a ring! Later I learned that the proposal was supposed to occur on our morning walk the next morning, but he just couldn’t wait!

Inspiration

Being a country girl, I really wanted to have a farm wedding, and we couldn’t think of a better location than my parents farm on Kangaroo Island. The backdrop of the lagoon and the gumtrees was perfect, and our guests were able to experience the beautiful countryside that I grew up in.

Curtis and I are quite relaxed and wanted our wedding to reflect this aspect of our personalities. For the reception, we decided against the formal sit down three course dinner and opted for a big family style roast buffet with all the trimmings which showed off some of Kangaroo Islands best produce, including some of my proud dad’s home grown roast lamb!

Favourite Moment

So many moments to love. Seeing all my favourite people, in my favourite place, celebrating our wedding was amazing. I’m still in awe when I think of the love that day for us both, we are very very privileged to have these people in our lives.

Oh, and I can’t forget the dance off between myself and my friend Kieren to Hollaback Girl. It was epic (and I won).

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Celebrant: Vicki MacLean

Florist: Frogs and Roses Garden Centre

Makeup: Mel’s Balance Beauty and Massage http://melsbbandm.com.au/beautyandmassage/

Hair: Richards Salon, Kingscote

Wedding Dress: Jenny & Gerrys Bridal House

Suits: Peter Shearer

 

A Seaview Wedding

Easy going couple Sarah and Sam were engaged whilst on holiday in Hawaii and got married near to their home on the South coast earlier this year. Thanks to Pinterest they found their wedding planning a breeze chooing a seaview ceremony followed by a winery reception incorporating a rustic vintage theme. Here’s their story….

The Engagement

We were holidaying in Hawaii during July 2014. It was towards the end of our trip. I was secretly hoping for a proposal but had feeling it wasn’t going to happen. Sam always said he would ask my parents first and I couldn’t put a finger on when he could’ve done it.
Anyway, we were on a Sunset Cruise at the top of the boat taking in the magnificent view Hawaii had to offer that evening. It was a little windy so after 20 minutes or so I wanted to go back inside but Sam wouldn’t let me and was adamant to stay. I just thought he wanted to take in much of the beautiful Hawaiian sunset as possible so I didn’t argue.

Eventually I got to a point where I couldn’t handle the hair in my eyes, my dress constantly blowing up and my beer glass being empty anymore, so I started to get angry – until Sam says, and I quote “you can’t go back inside yet – I have a question to ask you”. As soon as these words fell out of his mouth I begun to tear up and totally forgot about that dreadful wind… I knew! He got to one knee, said some beautiful words and then asked “will you marry me?” Happiest moment filled with tears, love and so much joy! Will never forget it!!

*And for the record… Sam did ask my parents – sneaky man!

Inspiration

We are both very easy going people so we wanted our wedding to demonstrate this. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with a fun vibe. With us living at the South Coast, a perfect location to plan a wedding, we thought we would be silly not to have our ceremony near the beach. Ultimately we wanted our ceremony on the sand but with the amount of guests invited, it just wasn’t practical. So I remembered a few years back I went to a beautiful wedding at a garden in Horseshoe bay, Port Elliot looking out to the water, so we decided to check it out. Sam loved it. I loved it. It was the winner!!
For the reception, we knew we wanted the rustic/vintage theme straight away and for it to be simple. We both grew up in the country so we thought this was the perfect theme to go with. My parents recommended going have a look at the Currency Creek Winery (now known as One Paddock Winery) as they had just recently been to a function there. It was the first place we looked at, walked inside and straight away knew it was the place for us. Tick, tick… venues sorted!
When we had the venues booked, we started searching for ideas. Thank goodness for Pinterest!! I had a board in my account filled with beach/vintage/rustic ideas. A lot of simple flowers, chalkboard signs, lighting, rustic furniture, outdoor games, hessian, candles, wedding dresses, men’s suits and the list continues. This is was the ‘go to’ folder when we went to organise everything – invites, table settings, decorations, candy buffets etc.
I knew what type of dress I wanted and was certain I would’ve had to go interstate to find it. Before doing this though, my maid of honour, mum and dad went looking locally for a bit of fun! First place was Rapsimo on King William Road. There was a dress in the window which caught my eye – beautiful lace detail, fitted look with a gorgeous back. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one but thought I would do the wise thing and continue looking. After visiting 2 other bridal stores, trying on 3 other dresses and sitting down for a latte, I still couldn’t stop thinking about this one particular dress from Rapsimo so of course; we went back and started a lay by. It truly was the perfect wedding dress for me. I loved it and felt like a princess wearing it. No need to go interstate… YES!!

Favourite Moment

This is a hard one. The whole day was filled with ‘favourite moments’: The ceremony, walking down the aisle, the vows, the photos, the celebrations, the speeches, the dancing… but the morning of the wedding and getting ready would have to be one of the big highlights. People say this is where mixed emotions begin to occur. Not for us. It was such a relaxing, happy time filled with so much laughter. To be able to have a few cheeky drinks, get ready and prepare for the most special day of our lives with our best friends and family in a super relaxed and calm atmosphere, was truly a memorable moment.

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Venues – Soldiers memorial Gardens, Port Elliot + One Paddock Currency Creek Winery, Currency Creek
Photography –  Kerry Rose Photography + Alex Kwong Photography
Videographer –  GibbFlicks Video Productions
Wedding Singer/DJ – Lincoln Sharpe
Cake –  Carmel Wiese
Florist –  Flowerworx Goolwa
Styling–  Vintage Scene Hire + By the Oaktree
Wedding dress – Rapsimo, King William Road
Bridesmaids Dresses – Cinderella, King William Road
Suits – Roger David

Love In The Adelaide Hills

Jayden and Becky were married this year at The Secret Garden in Stirling. Together they chose to keep their union fun, intimate and casual with a strong focus on friends and family.

Shot by Lucinda May Photography, this wedding is pure eye candy along with a whole lot of love.

Inspiration

We wanted something that ‘felt like us’ and hoped to create a fun and casual atmosphere. We knew we wanted our ceremony and reception all in the same place to keep it easy and to waste no time getting on with the celebration. When we discovered “The Secret Garden, Stirling” we fell in love with the magical amphitheatre we had walked into.

We decided on September for our wedding started to collect crochet blankets – loving the bright colours and retro feel, we thought they would be functional as well as decorative- who wouldn’t want a lap rug on a chilly evening!

I tried on quite a few wedding dresses from the more traditional boutiques but most of the styles were just too formal for the feel we wanted. I then went to “The Vintage Bride” and tried on lots of their vintage dresses. The store had a great vibe and helpful service – and I found one dress that fit really well! It wasn’t quite perfect but something about it just seemed right. After a few alterations done at “Sarta Boutique”, it all came together and I loved it!

We did some pinteresting and cut out pictures of things we liked from magazines. Coming up with an eclectic, bright, vintage, whimsical mishmash of ideas. Some of these ideas just came together at the last minute. We found the logs for our aisle and made our arch and signs just the week before! We hired some electrical spools for tables as Jayden is an electrician and liked this idea rather than using wine barrels.

We also had a pom pom theme. I stumbled across some strings of pom poms and then the children in my class got involved and made pom poms which we hung in the trees.

The band we hired set such a nice vibe for the evening and got everyone dancing.

Our favourite moments

We had our bridal party over for breakfast in the morning and it was so much fun and helped the day start in a relaxed way. Having a few laughs, some croissants and ice coffee and just chilling together was the best start to the day.

The boys left before we finished getting ready so Jayden didn’t see me in my dress until I was coming down the aisle. It was hard to believe the moment had actually come!

We loved the ceremony, although we didn’t think we would enjoy standing up in front of an audience to profess our love, it didn’t feel like that at all. It really felt as if it was us there together and everyone there loved us and was happy for us it was really fun! We also loved the speeches.

Having our grandparents there was so important to us. My Pop spoke in the ceremony, bringing a tear to everyone’s eyes, with his wise words filled with love, My Granny who we didn’t think would be able to make it due to her health, rallied and was there for the ceremony and Jayden’s grandparents, one from the country and the other all the way from England. Having them all there was a true highlight.

Advice

Have fun! Remember it’s a celebration and it is about the love you have for one another. Although planning a big event can get stressful, keep in mind why you are doing it and stay true to yourselves and make sure that it reflects what you want. We were lucky that we had great support and help from our friends and family. No one pushed their ideas on us, but everyone was happy to help us make our day what we wanted it to be.

The best advice, and something my mum has always told me about life, is that it’s not just about the destination it’s about the journey. This definitely applied to our wedding. The day, although we absolutely loved it, went so quickly. We had fun organising things along the way with our families and bridal party and we are looking forward to what life brings us in the future.

Our wedding was a wonderful celebration with all the people we love but it was just one day. So try not to sweat the small stuff! The night before our wedding my dad and step mum were bringing my wedding cake up to the venue. There was a little disaster along the way and the bottom half of my beautiful cake was smashed to pieces. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Jayden and I got to do the ‘cake in the face’ thing I had always wanted to do and eat half a cake with our friends the night before – then our wonderful friend and cake maker managed to whip up a new bottom half just in time and had it looking better than ever. Remember if something does go wrong it can make for a good story in the years to come!

We were big on the DIY but sometimes you need to rely on others. Choosing people to work with you that ‘feel right’ and you can trust can make things so much easier! All of the people we worked with were all so lovely and helpful and made our day just what we wanted it to be, from the celebrant, to the caterer to our photographer and everyone in-between. Once they knew our general vibe and what we wanted we trusted them and just let them do what they do best!

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Photographer – Lucinda May Photography

Venue – Secret Garden Stirling

Flowers – The Turquoise Rose

Make-up Artist – Hannah Playford

Celebrant – Sarah Warwick

Band – E Type Jazz

Wedding Dress – The Vintage Bride Boutique

Suit – Peter Jackson

Cake – Jenny Hanlin