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!


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

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.


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



Simply Rustic

Kindly submitted by Jade Norwood Photography, the wedding of Elise and Aaron was held late last year on the far West coast of SA. The couple chose a neutral colour theme brimming with beautiful rustic details. Oh and the dress……. from Grace Loves Lace. Here’s their story.

How They Met

It was thanks to my sister who was seeing Aaron’s best friend at the time. I was in the middle of my first teaching practical at university and had completely lost my voice! I used my phone to communicate with him the whole night. We shared a little kiss before I got in the cab to go home and the rest is history!

 The Engagement

Aaron proposed to me on a little holiday to Queensland. We knew we wanted a summer wedding and wanted to make the most of our summer school holidays so it left us with less than 12 months to plan the wedding. I think this was a good thing though as we didn’t have time to procrastinate and change our minds, as soon as we found things we liked we just went for it!

 The Wedding

The far West coast of South Australia is such a beautiful arid coastline, we just love living here. We wanted to capture this with our theme as many of our guests were visiting from other parts of South Australia and Australia. We went for quite a rustic and neutral theme and used succulents as centrepieces and for the bouquets. We kept the ceremony and photography locations simple as to let the stunning surroundings speak for themselves.

I loved our ceremony, it was really relaxed and personal and we wrote our own vows, it was so nice to surprise each other with these and there were lots of laughs! We also had our two dogs as our ring bearers. We adopted our girls off the streets about five years ago and they’ve become such an important part of our lives. It was so nice to have them as a part of the day.

As we held the reception in the Town Hall, we had no restrictions as to what time it all finished up. Our band played until 2am so everyone could sing and dance with maracas and tambourines for about 5 hours! We were the last standing and walked home barefoot together at 4am, reminiscing about an amazing day.

I love being a wife and I’m so proud that Aaron is my husband. I think we make a great team and marriage was our way of officially acknowledging this bond in front of our closest family and friends. We completely respect couples who don’t believe they need marriage to prove their love for one another, but we also believe that every couple should have the right and opportunity to be married if they wish. The wedding itself was also an opportunity to have all of our closest family and friends together in one place at one time. It was really nice to be able to acknowledge and thank so many of our loved ones through our speeches… not something you get the opportunity to do very often.

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Photography: Jade Norwood Photography

Bridal gown: Grace Loves Lace ‘Ariel’

Veil / hair piece: Grace Loves Lace

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Flowers: Bay Funktion

Jewellery/Accessories: My Nannas Pearl Necklace which she wore on her wedding day, Pearl Earrings as a gift from my mum

Bridesmaids dresses: Wish

Grooms suit: Ed Harry

Ceremony: Ceduna Foreshore Lawns

Reception: Ceduna Town Hall

Cake: Smelly Cheese Shop

Reception stylist / any decorations / details: Bay Funktion

Stationery designer: Alija Shakes Graphic Design

Hair and Make up: Hair- Katie Matthews (sister)  Make-Up- Amy Faklis

Music: Jarrad Kilsby Music

Celebrant: Kayla Petty 

A Creative DIY Wedding at Al Ru

When you look though wedding photographs and get a true sense for who a couple are and their personalities then you know it’s a really good one.

The wedding of Zoe and Mika, shot by awesome duo Willow & French is just that.  Incorporating lots of DIY elements, this is a delightfully cheerful wedding with full of fun bygone era touches.

I absolutely love the yellow which sings through this whole wedding just perfectly from the ’50’s inspired polka dot Bridesmaids dresses and the flowers which were arranged by the Brides family. The Bride’s birdcage veil, handmade brooch bouquet and cute shoes also complimented this whole sweet theme.

This wedding is full of heart and soul with the backdrop of beautiful AL Ru Farm sealing the deal!

Thank you for sharing Sandy and Simone from Willow & French Photography.

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Photography: Willow & French

Dress: Etsy (seller Lace Marry)

Venue: Al Ru Farm

Hair: Renee Jacobs

Make up : Luminous by Danielle

Rings: Everettbrookes Jewellers

Dj: Chris Thompson from Griffin Alliance

Celebrant : Emily Davis from One Perfect Day Ceremonies

Pretty in Pink at Al Ru

Following their engagement in Fiji, Nathan and Cosmina tied the knot last year at beautiful Al Ru Farm.

They first met when they were sweet 16 and had been together for 8.5 years before getting married.  Bride Cosmina orignates from Romania and so their wedding was a family affair with many of her relatives travelling all the way from Romania and the US to be with the couple on their big day.

The Bride wore a stunning gown by Liza Emanuel and the Bridesmaids wore long dusky pink dresses with different necklines.

The pink hues and pretty details flowed through the day with a gorgeous 3 tier cake complete with hand detailed sugar flowers designed by Qween of Cakes and bouquet by Angelik Blossoms who is one of our Norwood Exhibitors this coming April.

Their photographer was Bridget Quain Photography who has (as always!) captured the day just perfectly. Her timeless style really compliments this classic wedding.



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Photographer Bridget Quain Photography

Venue Al Ru Farm

Prop Hire + Styling Pretty Little Things- Event Style and Hire

Cake Qween of Cakes

Flowers Angelik Blossoms

Lights & Sound  Caso Light n Sound

Dress  Liza Emanuele

Bridesmaid Dresses Coralie Beatrix inc.

Groom and Groomsmen Suits Peter Shearer

A Belair National Park Wedding

I can’t stop looking at this wedding submitted by Evan Bailey Photography.  It’s a showstopper but in the most creative and casual way possible.  It’s full of fun, love and laughter.

Erin first fell for Andy’s athleticism, warm nature and alluring grey blue eyes. She loves how Andy introduced her to skiing and now her days are spent day dreaming of which mountain adventure he will take her on next. His work ethic always astounds her, he brings her a cooked breakfast in bed every Saturday morning after doing the week’s washing. He never rests. Andy swoons after Erin on a regular basis. She makes him laugh.

The Proposal

On the eve of an overseas trip to Europe, Andy took Erin back to where it all began- the grass verge out the front of Erin’s parents house.

They met back in 2004, friends first waiting tables together. When they were friends Andy often joked with Erin about marrying her for a green card so he could live in the USA and pursue his love of skiing. That dream saw them live in the USA in a ski town in Idaho in 2007.

Andy proposed on 17th December 2013 with a ring he had designed from a local Jewellery Designer. Erin was born in Colorado, USA, and had professed that as a child she loved all woodland creatures- including squirrels.  This found its way into the design of the ring- 2 squirrel tails meeting in the middle holding a diamond and saphire acorn. Andy’s ring was engraved with 2 redwood trees.

After Erin said yes – Andy & Erin then surprised Erin’s parents with the news, picked up Andy’s parents in Belair & had a surprise picnic in Belair National Park- a place where Erin had always said to Andy would be a nice place to have a wedding – for a hypothetical couple. Andy got the hint.

The Wedding

After tasting the sights of Europe they wanted to re-create a mythical town combining their surnames into one -Willkommen in Shrinedorf- (Welcome to Shrinedorf)

A Tug of War between the bride and groom sides took place after the speeches, (Shriners vs Hakendorfs) the groom’s side graciously allowed the bride’s side to win. This was everyone’s favourite event. With only one injury.

There was a nearby redwood forest at the back of Long Gully where the bridal party photos were taken, for this ‘hike’ Erin had specially made Converse shoes with ‘Shrinedorf’  embroidered at the heel for the bride and bridemaids. The Bride and Groom took a picnic lunch with them whilst having their photographs taken.

At the end of the ceremony the guests were given a picnic box with their delicious lunch inside…. bahn mi and cold rolls from Roll-In-Saigon, and a box with wine glasses and bottles of wine to take to the tables.Long tables were positioned with shared platters and continual food service from The Caterers all day. This allowed people to set up camp at long tables or rugs with small tables. The swing band also moved around the guests adding to the relaxed atmosphere. The bar area was stocked to the brim with beer from Lobethal Bier House and iced tea, mojitos and pimms.

The children even had their own small tables and woodland toys and masks to play with.

The dessert table prepared by Erin’s Mum and Aunt, including meringues, with pistachios, honeycomb, cream, raspberries, passionfruit, brownies and baskets of seasonal fruit- strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches.

In keeping with Erin and Andy’s love of nature, the flowers were all natives. Gifts were native plants from nearby Corromandel Valley Nursery including kangaroo paws, dianella and knobby club rush.

Couple’s Advice

Always end a fight with a laugh. There is no ego in marriage.


Photographer:  Evan Bailey Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Long Gully, Belair National Park, Adelaide SA

Gown and Shoes: Lover / Diana Ferrari / Converse

Suits: Marcs / Jack London

Jewellery & Rings: Paragon Jewellery Design

Florist and Styling: The Bloombox Shop

Make-up: Natalie Najm

Hair: Mabe 

Catering: The Caterers / Roll-in-Saigon

Tables and Chairs: Renniks Hire

Gifts: Native Plants from Coromandel Valley Nursery

Entertainment: In Good Company / Monsieur Swing 



A Goolwa Wedding

I was very proud to be at this beautiful wedding last December for one special reason. I photographed it!

It was a gorgeous wedding set in Goolwa with the ceremony taking place right on the wharf which gave it a spectaular backdrop although sadly the weather wasn’t all that kind with a definite wind chill factor!

The couple chose to include the most gorgeous sand ceremony which I thought was a beautiful touch to their vows.They even included their cute and cuddly dog who came along for the fun!

Lots of the wedding details were organised by the Bride’s lovely Sister who I have to say did such a great job. There’s lots of lovely details including the striking classic red roses, the Bride’s stunning fishtail dress and Hollywood inspired hair and makeup plus our very own Little Vintage Bar and Van who made an appearance at the reception held in a marquee.

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Photography: Susie Styler Photography

Vintage Bar: Little Vintage Bar & Van


Adelaide Hills Wedding

Today on the blog is the wedding of Stephanie and Etienne who were married last November at Woodhouse in Picadilly. It was beautifully photographed by Lucinda May Photography who is exhibiting at the Angaston Fair later this year on May 3rd. This wedding is full of beautiful little details. You’ll love it!

How they met

 Etienne and I are both live music lovers and kept bumping into each other at gigs around Adelaide, its a small city so he was quickly welcomed into our friendship circle.

Et would often come to see me sing in my band, and eventually was given the title of ‘Groupie’ followed by affectionately being known as ‘Yoko Ono’ by my band mates once we were officially together, haha.

The Engagement

 Et planned a romantic getaway to New Caledonia after the sale of his house.  He got down on one knee during a daytrip out to the pristine white sand beaches of Amedee Island. The ring was presented inside a beautiful white shell found on the beach that day.

Our Favourite Moments

 Et’s two children (aged 12 and 14) were a part of our bridal party, so seeing them both handle themselves with such maturity was really touching. Rachel was a surprising support in my moments of nerves and stress, she knew just the right way to loosen me up. I was so proud of those two. Also hearing one of my closest friends singing me down the aisle was a treasured memory – it really brought tears to my eyes!  The speeches were brilliant too! I loved seeing all of our family and friends together looking relaxed and happy. Et and I couldn’t stop smiling from the moment our eyes met at the end of the aisle.

The wedding

After spending 12 months searching for the perfect venue, Et and I rediscovered The Old House at Woodhouse Activity Centre. It wasn’t really on our list, but as we were driving through the Adelaide Hills looking at other options, I just had to show Et the wonderful place where I had once stayed during a group retreat many years ago.  It was even more picturesque than I remembered, and Et fell in love with it immediately.  Up to that point we had struggled with finding a venue that allowed us to have a lot of creative control, had a beautiful country setting but was casual and allowed for accommodation and self-catering.  The Old House turned out to be an amazing choice.

Etienne and I worked hard on creating the overall look for the wedding, which was almost completely DIY.  We collected vintage lawn games, silverware, jars and bottles, lace and much more, searched through hard rubbish, painted, potted, glittered and dabbled in floral arranging.  Et made an amazing Edison globe light fixture for above the bridal table, and found a rustic antique tub that made for the perfect ‘beer bath’ both of which he was very proud of.  I spent months designing table arrangements, drawing blackboards and more.  We were really happy with how it all came together into a kind of relaxed rustic, eclectic/bohemian, woodland theme.


 I became completely obsessed with Pinterest! I was really inspired by some of the spectacular ‘backyard weddings’ blogged about from the US; think: corn on the cob, help yourself meal stations, and lake-houses. I acquired a massive stack of bridal magazines early on but I found my tastes and ideas were rarely reflected in what I saw.  The magazines I drew inspiration from specifically were Hitched, Hello May. I also perused blogs such as Offbeat Bride, Polka Dot Bride, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Green Weddings Shoes, Rock n Roll Bride and The Lane.

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Photographer: Lucinda May Photography

Flowers: Fleurs de Nadia

Ceremony & Reception: The Old House, Woodhouse Activity Centre, Piccadilly, SA

Catering: Let Them Eat

Hair & Makeup: Pearle Jewellery & Makeup 

Event Hire: The Wedding & Flower Room by Aussie Party Hire and  Bella in Bloom

Celebrant: Wish Ceremonies by Cassandra Holt

Beaumont House Wedding

Today on the blog is a wedding submitted by a previous exhibitor Carly Hack Photography. This is the wedding of Sarah and Natt  last October at Beaumont House which if you didn’t know is a beautiful heritage listed venue near Burnside.

My most favourite element of this classic wedding is the Bride’s dress. I’m totally in love with the lace and stunning train.  The dusky pink Bridesmaid dresses really compliment this classic gown and stunning Bride Sarah’s decision to wear her beautiful hair down was a good one in my opinion.

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Photography: Carly Hack

A Rustic Barossa Wedding

Are you a rustic loving, DIY kind of Bride?  Then you’re going to love this real wedding submitted by Renee Lee Photography.

Bride and Grom, Hamish and Amy were married on the 6th of December at Stevens Estate Garden in Williamstown and their cocktail style reception was held afterwards at Lyndoch Hill, Lyndoch.

Their wedding featured many rustic vintage elements including plenty of burlap, timber and native flowers with the bouquets created by Amy’s Bridesmaids.

The bride wore a simple yet understatingly stunning chiffon gown which was complimented by the bridesmaids dresses which were a beautiful array of pastel colours.

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Cake: Skysies Cakes

Suit Hire: Peter Shearer

Photography: Renee Lee Photography

Ceremony Venue: Stevens Estate Garden

Reception Venue: Lyndoch Hill