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



A Vintage Carnival Wedding

I’m really not kidding when I say this is probably the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever set eyes on. Incorporating a vintage carnival theme with a stellar line up of vendors and a touch of DIY, this wedding has it all and then some.

It’s photographed by Joshua Kane Photography, a destination photographer orginally from Adelaide and currently living in the U.S HOWEVER he is moving back to Adelaide this March!!

This wedding has personal links to Joshua since it’s actually his Sister Samara’s wedding. I’m so grateful to Josh for submitting this wedding and taking to time to put together some background on the story of Russell and Samara  .  It’s an absolute corker. I love it! Here’s the story……

The Proposal

Samara and I had casually talked about marriage and weddings, and casually shopped for what kind of rings looked nice. So after spotting one we liked, I bought it, and kept it hidden until christmas day. I made sure the night before I had the approval of Samaras father, and let him in on how i planned to drop my knee and pop the Question. So on Christmas day, with Samaras brother Josh and his family overseas, we hold off on presents until we can skype and share our joy. But we couldn’t get hold of Josh, he had pretended to be ‘stuck at work’  SO we had to go ahead with the present opening with out Josh, and as the last presents were being open, I shouted, ‘one more everyone’ I grabbed the ring and got down on one knee, and Samara started to cry instantly. It was such a great day, we have a huge Family christmas every year, and it was great to share it with them. Then to top it all off Josh showed up sneakily flying all day from Florida, having not been home for 2 years, he arrived at the christmas function unannounced, so it was even greater to share the joy with him.

When it came to wedding prep and dealing with vendors, I’m happy to take the credit. It was a lot of hard work, but I managed to get a lot of terrific vendors on board who shared our vision and helped us fulfill our dreams for the day. We are especially greatful to our photographer, Josh, not only is he my very talented photographer brother, he helped us sooo much when it came to the finer details of organising the big day, his wealth of experience was a godsend!


Above all else, we wanted our wedding to be fun for everyone involved, young and old, family and friends.  And since we love all things vintage, what could be more fun than a vintage summer carnival? We had 13 different vintage lawn and carnival games, with custom prize ribbons and tickets for winners who could then redeem tickets for novelty prizes and lollies. We also had traditional carnival fare such as fairy floss, popcorn, dagwood dogs, mini beef sliders and hot cinnamon donuts during carnival time.

 Our Favourite Moment

We loved dancing the night away outside under a fabulous fairy light canopy. Our guests loved the open photobooth which uploaded photos straight to facebook.

The one thing I always dreamt of from the very start of our planning, was fireworks. We gave up on the idea because of the hassle of getting council permission. But as everyone partied on into the night under a fairy light canopy, fireworks randomly began to light up the sky. I was so shocked and surprised I started crying, I couldn’t believe it! But it wasn’t any of us or our families who organised it. We put it down to a happy coincidence that another event nearby had organised them, but we still have no idea where exactly.

We also loved our lighting and our guests loved the open photobooth which uploaded photos straight to facebook.


To give the the ceremony and reception areas a real carnival feel, we handmade over 100m of oversized bunting and collected a lot of vintage wares such as jars, bottles, trunks and wooden crates.


My grandmother, Nanny Lynne, wrote a beautiful poem which she read out during the ceremony, and we asked Russell’s sister, Jayne, to read a second poem we had chosen ourselves, so both families were represented in the ceremony.

 The Dress

I saw and tried on my dress at the first shop I went to, Jenny and Gerry’s Bridal Centre. I always thought I’d end up with a vintage lace dress, but I fell in love with the layers of soft, pleated silk tulle of the Demitrios gown, and nothing else I tried on felt as fun.

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Photos: Joshua Wood

Bridal gown: Demetrios from Jenny and Gerry’s Bridal Centre

Flowers: Fleurs de Nadia‎

Rings: Everett Brookes‎

Bridesmaids dresses: Modcloth, FleetCollection and Unique Vintage

Groom and Groomsmen suits: Tarocash

Grooms Shoes: Hype DC

Ceremony, Reception and Catering: St Mark’s College, North Adelaide

Cake: Lyndulge – Cakes by Lyndal McDonnell

Reception stylist and Signage: Style and Discourse

Hair and Make up: Christine Versac and Jo Clayton

Music: Triplescore

Celebrant: Cecilia White

Transport: Royal Daimler from Classic Jags

Lighting: Lush Lighting

Custom Lawn Games: Wayne Churchett

Custom Prize Ribbons: Just Ribbons

Photobooth: Open Photobooth

Marquees and ceremony chairs: Budget Party Hire

Vintage Lounges: Lily and Bramwell


Pennys Hill E Shoot | Wes Beelders Photography

Aren’t e shoots just so romantic! They document the beginning of a beautiful wedding journey and it’s great to see a couple just as them selves. Two people, so in love ♥.

This particular e shoot was captured by Wes Beelders Photography at Pennys Hill Winery in McLaren Vale, a notable venue in this stunning wine region.

The cute couple chose their outfit oh so carefully and the dainty floral crown the Bride to be wore was the perfect finishing touch.

I wish you all the best with your wedding planning and thank Wes for submitting this gorgeous shoot. Enjoy.


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Rustic Barossa Wedding

It’s such a thrill to receive real wedding submissions from talented local photographers.  Lucinda May Photography sent though this stunning Barossa wedding full of gorgeous rustic details which suits the Barossa region so perfectly.

Nicole and Tyson were married on 11th October 2014 choosing to have their ceremony at Stevens Garden Estate in Williamstown. The private garden and lake at this venue offer everything you need for your ceremony with plenty of shade and beautiful photo locations.  Afterwards, their reception took place at The Vine Inn Nuriootpa

Nicole looked just beautiful wearing a stunning fishtail gown by Adelaide Brides and Bloom with her Bridesmaids wearing soft pink dresses featuring an elegant neckline also by Adelaide Brides and Bloom.

The girls flowers were designed by Wedding Flowers by Sam with the Bridesmaids carrying simple but full bouquets of baby’s breath while the Bride’s bouquet featured  soft white and cream peonies, freesias and roses.  The hessian ribbon was a lovely nod to the chosen rustic theme too.

Thank you for sharing your wedding with LCA Nicole and Tyson, I wish you a beautiful future together as Husband and Wife.

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Photography: Lucinda May Photography

Dress: Adelaide Brides and Bloom

Bridesmaid dresses: Adelaide Brides and Bloom

Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Sam

Suits: Ferrari Formal wear

Ceremony:  Steven Estate Gardens

Reception:  Vine Inn 

Makeup/hair: Blush, Fresh hair & body


A Barossa Valley Vintage Wedding

If you’re looking for some vintage inspired wedding ideas then this is it! Personally, I will never tire of vintage weddings and to me it makes perfect sense to draw on bygone eras if you’re looking to create timeless wedding magic that will stand the test of time.

Fiona Thurlings Photography submitted this beautiful wedding of Bonnie and Luke who were married on 12th April 2014 at St Mary’s Church North Adelaide with their reception at Peter Lehmann Winery.

Bride Bonnie wore a stunning fishtale gown by Jenny and Gerry’s with flawless make up by Luminous by Danielle.

This wedding simply oozes timeless vintage elegance, you’re going to love it!

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Photography:  Fiona Thurlings Photography

Venue:  Peter Lehmann Winery

Dress:  Jenny & Gerry’s

MUA:  Luminous by Danielle


Rustic McLaren Vale Wedding

Bride Kira and Groom Tom met their photographer Bridget Quain at a Love Cherish Adore fair earlier this year.

Their vision was to create a rustic inspired wedding and that they did extremely well indeed!

They chose to have their Ceremony and Reception  at ‘Oliver’s at White Hill’ in McLaren Vale which was the perfect setting for this beautiful wedding.

There’s a number of cute little details that catch my eye such as the gorgeous green shoes the Bridemaids wore, the lucky horseshoes and the vintage bicycle. How adorable is the heart of petals at the ceremony too…….!

The Bride wore a gown from SA based boutique The Ultimate Bride which was balanced by the muted hues of the bouquet created by her Aunt.

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Photographed by Bridget Quain Photography

Celebrant:  Ann Grant

Dress:   The Ultimate Bride

Venue:  Olivers

Wedding Prep with Ruby

I never dreamed of my wedding, in fact I didn’t really think I’d get married. The problem with that, is then you find that other person that you do want to marry, you may like me, just not know where to start.

Venue First

Everyone told me book your venue first, and this I’d have to agree on. Don’t get a date set in your head though because your dream venue may not be available.

Think of the big picture; do you want to decorate, price per head, is there someone there to support you with all your questions. The list goes on, so write a list and when viewing places make sure you cover all you want to. You can always phone or email back but it is easier to ask specific questions while at the venue. Oh and take photos, if you have ideas for decorations, it will be easier to refer to a photo to know your space.

Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest!

As stated previously on the LCA blog, if you’re not already on Pinterest, get onto it. I joined Pinterest a long time before I was engaged however I didn’t really get it at the time. Then when I got engaged I was collecting all these images and they were just sitting in folders on my computer. I thought there had to be a better way to do this and remembered Pinterest. I had pictures on my phone, my laptop & my computer at work, to say it was a little inconvenient was an understatement. So one weekend I’d collected up all my images & painstakingly uploaded them to Pinterest. (Unfortunately they don’t have an upload multiple images option) Now I can conveniently access them from anywhere, which really helps when going to the hairdresser & showing her some styles. I’ve even shown my mother inlaw to be my account to show her all the pretty ideas I have for the wedding.

Get Organised

The second great piece of advice I have came from Susie at LCA. She suggested creating a new email address for anything wedding related. Unfortunately I was already 2/3 of the way through the process when I heard this and really wish I had of done it. It really makes sorting out and finding your wedding emails/details much easier when they’re not jumbled up with your everyday stuff. I have now got a separate account anyway which I’ve forwarded all the important emails too and sorted them out into folders, e.g. Cake / Celebrant / Photographer etc, and with any correspondence from my wedding guest I am using this email address too, which I put on the wedding invite. Just makes life easier.

Another thing which has also helped but may not work for everyone is Google Drive. My husband to be and I both have gmail accounts so this was possible, we have set up a wedding Folder within our google drive, so easy to use and I never knew it was there. We have all our deposit receipts, our ever changing budget & payments, our guest list, music for the DJ, basically any paperwork which is wedding related in there. It’s a bit like Pinterest, I can access it from anywhere on my phone or my computer, we’ve shared the files with each other so we can both edit it. If someone contacts me to tell me something I can go straight into the files and update them in a second. The google siftware is basically like Excel Spreadsheet & Word Documents, super easy and convenient, and makes the stressful things a little less stressful.


This next one is only something I have recently done and that is to start a separate Facebook account. Just me (& perhaps a sudo name) no friends or family added, no private details mentioned, not even a profile picture uploaded (Facebook will hate you for your lack of interest, but they’ll get over it.) This account is purely for my own indulgence. I have liked all the wedding pages to my hearts content and I don’t have to worry about friends or family thinking, oh gawd… she’s liked another wedding page again. As is on Facebook these days, the minute you like of comment on anything, everyone knows it. I first made the mistake of this when I didn’t realise by commenting on a page I’d liked what our wedding songs would be that everyone would see that. Not until a friend said to me, we had that song too…damit. So I stopped commenting & liking wedding stuff on Facebook even though I really wanted too. This way I can now do it without anyone finding out any of my wedding details and I can like as much as I like! Also if you did want you could always let your bridesmaids in on the deal and add them as friends if they are interested.

 Stay True & Don’t Stress

Now I know there is a heaps of wedding advice out there in the net. I in fact was quite overwhelmed with it all. But whether you follow my lead above or not, you will find your own way. The key is to not stress about doing what everyone else says you should do. Even the “must do” wedding blogs get it wrong sometimes, they don’t know your situation, so don’t feel like you have to apply everything they say to your wedding. Just pick & choose what is right for you. Think of it like choosing your wedding dress, you wouldn’t buy it if you didn’t want to.

And with that said, happy wedding planning and remember to enjoy the process as a whole.