Archive for September, 2013

Wonderful Wedding on the Palm Terrace at the Marco Island Marriott …


Tracy and Donald had a wonderful wedding on the Palm Terrace at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa on Marco Island, Florida. Their intimate ceremony was held under a tropical Beach Chickee Hut along the white sand and blue gulf waters of Marco Island.  

Tracy and Donald first met two and a half years ago through a mutual friend. Their first date was a night out in New York City where they saw the Jersey Boys Broadway Musical. Coming from New Jersey for their Marco Island destination wedding, the two looked forward to spending time with their friends and family and could not wait to be married.

We wish Tracy and Donald all the best as they start their new lives together! Enjoy their sneak peek!


Wrap It Up Pretty Little Black Book! | Style Me Pretty

I know most of us are really excited to break out the boots and scarves and Pumpkin Spice lattes, but this afternoon I have a little nod to summer for you ladies and gents who are having a hard time letting go. It comes from K. Holly Photography and it’s the perfect remedy for those of you who need a few more moments with your sundresses and lemonade. Have a wonderful weekend, whatever side of the Summer/Autumn debate you land on! xoxo

Photography: K. Holly Photography

A look back at the week of pretty:

a San Francisco soiree in the most beautiful locale
a beautiful barn wedding in Middletown
a super romantic and ultragorgeous Nashville fête
an herb-infused inspiration shoot we’re obsessed with
an herbed salt favor DIY I’m kind of dying over
DIY marinated goat cheese favors (um, yum)
an unbelievably classy New Jersey shore wedding

A few links we love:

a perfectly pretty gold polka dot wall via Lauren Conrad
a bright and beautiful Houston townhouse via The Everygirl
a chocolate cake with bittersweet sour cream frosting via Not Without Salt

Bride De Force: A Beautiful Rustic Real Wedding

Our thoughts, ideas and inspiration on how to create the perfect wedding day…

BEAUMONT: Dream wedding brings smiles

Elizabeth and Phillip Cape after their wedding in Beaumont. (CONTRIBUTED IMAGE)

Elizabeth and Phillip Cape after their wedding in Beaumont. (CONTRIBUTED IMAGE)

When Liz Bartlett and Phil Cape exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 7, there wasn’t a dry eye in the church. But they were being shed out of happiness this time. The Beaumont couple were officially tying the knot of their 17-year long relationship and fulfilling a final wish for Bartlett, who has Stage IV breast cancer.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the couple whose dream was made possible through the Southern California Hospice Foundation’s Angel Assistance program.–a-wedding.ece

“The wedding was beautiful,” said Michelle Wulfestieg, executive director of the 2

She said the ceremony was a culmination of support from the community that resulted in donations of everything from Liz’s wedding dress and Phil’s tuxedo to flowers, food and a professional photographer.

Bartlett’s radiant smile belied the pain she was in as she walked up the aisle of the Beaumont Presbyterian Church toward her husband-to-be.

The couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Ericka, was in the wedding party and stood at the altar as her mom approached. The family lives each day to the fullest, sharing love and faith in the time they have left together.

“Things couldn’t have come together in a more perfect way,” said Cape. “The wedding, my bride, friends, family – I cannot describe the feeling of having the sun brought back to one’s heart. For Liz, the life has sprung back in her beautiful smile.”

He said the family is still reeling from the incredible event and are so thankful to all the wonderful people who donated their services.

“It’s four years to date battling cancer but today, our love will burn the sky,” said 3


Wheely Wonderful Wedding Couples First Dance

The Wheely Wonderful Wedding was MORE FM Manawatu’s Wedding of the year, and the wedding planner was the Prize Wheel. For the category: Couples First Dance t…

Stay Connected Sunday Ramble & Sneak Peek | Whimsical …

Hi guys. I hope you are really well. It sure has been chilly this week hasn’t it?

We’ve been getting back to normality and a sense of routine, A is back at nursery again part time. Things are moving forward with our new house, fingers crossed it will happen this time hehe! And G and i celebrated (kind of!) our 8 year anniversary. I love this time of year, with the upcoming celebrations of Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to.

Anyway this week I thought I would have a little reminder of all the ways you can stay connected with WWW.

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings is on…



I post all of my features on facebook, plus every single bride goes into my beautiful brides album. Feel free to like, share, tag and comment on features :-)


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Again i post all features on Twitter but i also chit chat about daily life. I enjoy chatting to couples and wedding peeps alike. You can follow me, RT my tweets and tweet me anytime :-)


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I have recently started to share features on Google+. You can follow my profile here and the WWW page here. I’d love to see you over there.


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Pinterest is getting super popular, and my page is getting really rather busy. It is the perfect way to save those wedding ideas.




And finally one of my favourite ways to interact online is on Instagram. A happy inspiring place to spend time. I love posting photographs on here.


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Now i am so excited to connect with you all the more :-)

Lets take a look at a wonderful wedding that will be on WWW tomorrow…



Image by S6 Photography


Such fun decor! Ekk.

See you in the morning, happy Sunday XOXO Lou

Mackenzie Hope Photography: A Wedding Photographer; Is That …

Wedding #5.
Travis and Elizabeth!

Dawn is another of those wonderful ladies that I have known for quite a long time.

Andy and Dawn’s wedding dawned cloudy and dark.
By this time we were used to rainy wedding.
Almost every wedding this summer has either had a downpour, drizzly or a threat of rain.
It is something you get used to.
At the time the wedding started it was pouring, but by the time the ceremony was over the sun had come out in its full glory.
I think my favorite part about this wedding was #1 The wonderful, supportive wedding party. #2 I must  say, the food at the reception was pretty amazing. Really, the best I have ever had.

Wedding #7.
Nick and Haley! 
These two.
Oh how cute.
And fun.
And in love.
Their wedding was a western/Dr. Who styled wedding.
And they pulled it off like nobody else could.
This wedding was not only fun to photograph, but fun to be at. Nick and Haley go to our church, and our whole church body stood behind them, which made for a warm family-like atmosphere.
My favorite part of this wedding was, like I said, the family-like atmosphere, and also the dancing. Country line dancing….oh yes, loads of fun.

And there is one more thing to be said.
Sarah is my partner in photography.
We are a team.
And she is pretty wonderful.
I couldn’t do any of this wedding-stuffs without her, and the weddings I did do without her… me, she was dearly missed.
I am so thankful for her help at all the weddings, and I am also thankful for her sweet friendship.

And now…..more pictures.
( and I would like to note that during weddings….well those are not my finest moments outfit-and-hair-wise, just thought I would warn you)
(also, all pictures below are credited to Essie Jane Photography)

BellaNaija Weddings presents Biola & Hussein's Elegant Wedding …


Today’s beautiful couple - Biola and Hussein‘s wedding is absolutely tasteful and elegant in every single way.

The most amazing part? BellaNaija bride Biola planned it all in 6 weeks – her traditional engagement, Nikkah, and reception! WOW.

So today we’re doing something different – as you scroll through the fabulous photos, you’ll hear how the blushing bride made those choices – the cake, the dresses, the colours, why she had no bridal party? and more.

Enjoy & be inspired!

How Biola & Hussein Met
In 2008, a family friend asked me if she could give my number to Hussein, I said yes; he called a couple of weeks after that and we hit it off. Hussein and I dated for 5 years before the wedding. We did the intro just before he shipped out for his stint at Harvard in Aug 2011, and I got the ring when he came home for spring break in March 2012. I still didn’t start planning then.

The Proposal
As unromantic as it sounds, there was no proposal. We just always knew where the relationship was going. Although, he bought me a beautiful ring without my input. But he ruined it by handing the box to me and saying “Ehen, see your ring”. I then made him get down on his knees to do it right. We laughed the whole time! (Don’t judge us) Lol

Wedding Fever
My dream wedding would have been a small elegant affair, with about 200 of our close family and friends. (I don’t need to tell you how impossible that is in Lagos). We initially began planning in Dec 2012, but I couldn’t handle the stress, so I abandoned the plans in February.

Fast forward 6 months to July, Hussein and I eventually began to firm up ideas for a small ceremony, and decided to stick to the initial dates to restrict the stress to a few weeks. The previous month, I had been in my friend, Feyi’s bridal party and I had absolutely loved her wedding, so I caught the “Bridal Fever” again. I got the details of her planner, Arin, and we set up an initial consultation. When we told our parents we had decided to go ahead with the August date, it was exactly 6 weeks to the day. My plan was simple: describe my vision to a planner, sit back and let her execute it. The plan would have worked more perfectly, if not for family interference. The lessons I learned from the experience were tolerance and willingness to compromise.

How Biola planned her Gorgeous Wedding in 6 Weeks & All the Lovely Photos!

Bridal Choices: I should state here that I am not a fussy girly girl bride, hence the reason for most of my choices.



Makeup Artist: Omon of BeautyCook had done my friend Feyi’s bridal makeup. Until then, I had not had one good experience with pro MUAs, I never like how I look afterwards. But Feyi and I have a similar skin tone, so I figured Omon would work. I was still sceptical on the day of the trial. I was amazed at how good I looked when she was done. I think she did a good job for the wedding too.


Dresses: I did not want dresses that were fussy or even overly bridal. You see, I have a peculiar style, and depending on you ask, you would get many different one-word descriptions. But I would describe it as “Understated Elegance” (Yemi, you can yimu till your nose falls off). I really wanted that to resonate at my wedding, and more importantly, in my dresses. I had a consultation with Ejiro Amos-Tafiri and she sketched my dresses! Unfortunately she had to go out of town, and couldn’t start until three weeks before the wedding. Everybody told me I was crazy to go ahead with it. But I sort of felt an inexplicable kinship to Ejiro, and I really wanted her to make the dresses. Of course, it meant I had to do all my own fabric shopping (enter Designer’s Muse), and I had one or two panic attacks. But in the end, I don’t regret sticking with Ejiro.


Bridal Party: I decided against a bridal party because nearly all of my close friends and close female family members are older, and it just didn’t fit right for me (I’m a Yoruba woman :) Plus I just felt it would all have been a bit ceremonial, which I didn’t want, I wanted them to have fun! Also, I knew I didn’t have to give them a title to have them right by my side. Hussein also made it an easy decision because he really wasn’t fussy about the whole thing.


Wedding Color: Yellow is such a subtle, elegant colour. I can’t really remember when I decided on it, probably sometime between adolescence and adulthood.


Bouquet: I decided against a bouquet because, again, I’m not a girly girl, I didn’t want to have to carry one. Also, I really did not want to do the bouquet toss, I’ve always felt it was a good way to embarrass your single girl friends.


Venue: The venue (Civic Centre) was my parents’ choice. Left to me, we would have done it in my father’s compound, or the guest house in the estate.Biola_Hussein_Nigerian_Wedding_Muslim_Nikkah_BellaNaija_4Biola_Hussein_Nigerian_Wedding_Muslim_Nikkah_BellaNaija_2Biola_Hussein_Nigerian_Wedding_Muslim_Nikkah_BellaNaija_9Biola_Hussein_Nigerian_Wedding_Muslim_Nikkah_BellaNaija_5

Aso Ebi: This was my gorgeous sister’s idea. Left to me, my friends could have come in white if they wanted. Also, Designer’s Muse made it fun.


Photographer: I had selected a photographer who started acting flaky the moment I made a deposit. I agonized over it, until I decided to get another photographer a week before the wedding. Enter, Lumi Morgan. Although I had to spend a lot more money than I had budgeted on photography, trust me when I say it was worth every penny.



Cake: I have always loved the Ombre concept! It was a eureka! moment when I stumbled on a pink ombre cake on – Every bride-to-be should bookmark this website  (Editor’s Note: Every bride should bookmark BN Weddings – too - :)
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Father-Daughter Dance: I’m a huge country music fan. And I found my father-daughter song, “I Loved Her First” by Heartland back in 2008, when I first found country music. I cried the first few times I listened to it. I nearly started crying when my dad and I danced to the song. It was very emotional.


First Dance: For our first dance, we chose Jason Mraz‘s “I Won’t Give Up“. Everytime I listen to the song, I feel like it was written for us. The song is so spiritual and it conveys our determination to stick it out, a determination every couple should feel. During the dance, it felt like we were making vows to each other.

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Traditional Engagement

Engagement Outfit: I decided to do a blouse instead of a buba because bubas never look good on me. So I chose the blouse with loose sleeves. I got the fabric from Designer’s Muse (DM).

The Beads: I just wanted something different. Bolaji of Nouva Couture does different. She crocheted this baby!


Update - Let’s talk budget! Beautiful Biola wanted to share the financial part of the planning process
Back in December 2012 when I first caught the “Bride Fever“, my family and I had a very open discussion about the wedding budget. My dad, who would rather spend his Saturdays parked in front of his TV watching Arsenal get trounced for the umpteenth time than attend a wedding, was upfront. He did not see the point of spending a lot of money on a wedding.

He said he would give us N2m and disbursed half the following day. My sister and my mum were not happy to say the least. Me, I was okay. I am more my father’s daughter than I am my mum’s (not in the soccer fanaticism). As I said, I had always wanted a small wedding, and I knew Hussein and I had set aside N1 Million (combined, not each) for the wedding. My mum offered to add N500,000. So essentially, I had a budget of N3.5 Million. I’m a numbers girl. I drew up my spreadsheet (there are so many wedding budget spreadsheets online, just Google!) and I fit in the most important aspects of a wedding in it. i.e. the venue, food, drinks (cheap cos I had a dry party), my outfits :) etc…

You would notice here that I did not include money from my in-laws to this initial budget. In fact I did not include money from anybody outside of my parents’ commitments and what we had set aside. It was because, unless I received an outright commitment, then I could not bank on it.

Fast forward 6 months to July when we made the decision. I took my budget to my initial consultation with Arin (planner extraordinaire), and I had a very honest open discussion about my budget with her. In fact, I asked if she could work with the budget, and she assured me that she could. I had invested the money my dad had disbursed, so I immediately liquidated this (plus interest), and what we had set aside too. This was enough to get the ball rolling. I was a total Nazi about that budget, let me tell you. If my sister, Yemi suggested anything to me that was outside my budget (and she suggested plenty!), I immediately told her to drop the money, and she does or she goes to my dad to guilt-trip him into dropping it. Also, a big decision Hussein and I made was that cash gifts we received before and during the wedding would be used to replenish our savings, and not for the wedding (this is tougher than it sounds, but we did it).

Now the venue, I don’t need to tell any Lagos resident that unless you’re a big man’s daughter, venues often take the largest chunk of a Lagos wedding budget. So I had decided a way-around: We use our compound or the guest house in the estate. This way, we only spend on the rental of domed tents (no need for N1m marquee, no rain in August), Air Conditioners, Fans, Rugs and tables (the chairs were in the budget because I wanted Chiavari :) ). I think I estimated that all this would cost between N300,000 to N400,000. My dad wasn’t having any of it. Left to him, it didn’t befit a wedding ceremony. My response was: “ïf you want befitting, you gotta pay for befitting”. The budget just could not handle a Civic Centre. It would have been a stretch to even do any of the nice cheaper ones. So I told him if he did not want any of my cheaper options, he had to pay for the venue separately. He paid for Civic Centre. My father-in-law wanted more guests, so he paid for the smaller hall, the extra food, drinks etc… I did not want an MC, my father-in-law did, so he paid for Larrie Peniel (who did a good job, by the way).

What is the secret to keeping a wedding within budget? A good planner (and a firm bride). The planner needs more than just organizing skills. The most valuable skill to you is the planner’s negotiation skills. A planner must have experience and connections, relationships with good vendors. That’s what Arin had. She got prices that were sometimes a 100k cheaper than what I had gotten when I was shopping around in December. This is not an exaggeration. Arin is worth her weight in gold. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to pay her that. I was such a satisfied customer that I paid her a bonus. Albeit a very small one, but still!


Hope you enjoyed our lovely wedding today. If you were inspired, we’ll love it if you share!

~ Photography by Lumi Morgan | 08075355479 | lumimorgan “at”

Wedding Details
Wedding Date: 18th August 2013

Venue: Civic Center, Lagos

Wedding Attire
Hair & Makeup: Omon of Beautycook Studio
Fabrics including Aso Ebi & Reception dress fabric (except aso-oke):  Designer’s Muse | 08035962268 | BB Pin: 2AEFEF60
Engagement Jewellery: Nouva Couture
Bridal Belt for Nikkah: Omote’s Jewellery
Groom for Reception: Charcoal suit by Zara
Aso Oke for Engagement: Molbaks Alaso Oke

Event Coordination: Arinola Idowu for Savvy Events | Contact: 08090962030
MC: Larrie Peniel
Decor: Arin Idowu of Savvy Events in conjunction with Aquarian Touch
Ombre Wedding Cake: Dream Treat – Awolowo Road, Ikoyi
Food: Kemabom
Drinks & Cocktails: Sunset Cafe
Dessert: Liscious
Small Chops: 12 baskets

Invitations: The Wedding Store
DJ: Baggio

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Four Seasons of Poco Diablo Weddings in Sedona | Weddings at …

Four Seasons of Poco Diablo Weddings in Sedona

Rachel and Jim's October Wedding - CW Life Photography

Rachel and Jim’s October Wedding – CW Life Photography

Many people think that living in Arizona is always hot and dry but here in Sedona, we are lucky to actually enjoy four seasons. Due to our higher altitude, we have cooler temperatures and more precipitation including snow! Anytime of the year is the perfect time for a wedding in Sedona at Poco Diablo Resort.

Summer Wedding - Courtney Lively Photography

Summer Wedding – Courtney Lively Photography

Your theme can follow through to your wedding favors, decor and wedding cake. Sedona Sweet Arts can capture your ideas to create the perfect wedding cake.

Wedding Cake by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Wedding Cake by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Winter Wonderland in Sedona

Winter Wonderland in Sedona

Poco Diablo Resort has been honored to host weddings in all four seasons, each one representing the time of year in which they are held. There are so many fun decor ideas you can have when incorporating your season in your wedding. Many times your guests are coming from a much colder climate and they will think that Spring or Fall in Sedona is a real treat!

Nicole and Preston's March Wedding

Nicole and Preston’s March Wedding

The Lovely Butter Cream Wedding Cake Made by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

The Lovely Butter Cream Wedding Cake Made by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Think of Poco Diablo Resort for your Sedona Wedding. Take a look at some of the wonderful weddings we have hosted at Poco Diablo Resort that really represent their season of choice. Use your own creativity to personalize your own wedding. Everyone will love it.

Beautiful Autumn Wedding Ceremony

Beautiful Autumn Wedding Ceremony

Fall Themed Wedding Favors

Fall Themed Wedding Favors

Fall Newlyweds Jim and Michelle

Fall Newlyweds Jim and Michelle

Summer Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course - Floral arrangements by Bliss Extraordinary Floral

Summer Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course – Floral arrangements by Bliss Extraordinary Floral

Lovely Floral at their Springtime Wedding Ceremony

Lovely Floral at their Springtime Wedding Ceremony

Yellow Summer Sunflower Theme for the Bridal Party

Yellow Summer Sunflower Theme for the Bridal Party

Winter Beauty

Winter Beauty

Snow Falling on the Poco Diablo Golf Course

Snow Falling on the Poco Diablo Golf Course

The Unique White Pumpkins with Autumn Floral

The Unique White Pumpkins with Autumn Floral

Fall colors added to the Gazebo by Marcy and Jake

Fall colors added to the Gazebo by Marcy and Jake

Beautiful Summer Bridal Bouquet by Mountain High Flowers - Photo by Tangled Lilac Photography

Beautiful Summer Bridal Bouquet by Mountain High Flowers – Photo by Tangled Lilac Photography

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Melbourne Vintage Wedding – Polka Dot Bride

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Susie & Edward

The gorgeous Melbourne vintage wedding of Susie and Edward, captured by  Julia Jane Photography, is simply delightful. It’s infused with beautiful vintage touches- the bride’s beautiful blush pink gown, to the bridesmaids soft pastels fifties style frocks and the grand ceremony venue,

Susie kicks off their wedding with the story of how they came to be. “It started with a very nervous phone call back when we were both in high school. One day out of the blue Eddy called up to ask me to his grad ball. I remember I was studying for an exam and it was the best distraction ever. I think that first call took a lot of guts but it paid off. We’ve been together ever since.”

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Dana and Poppy from Lady Day styled the bride and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup, Susie telling, “Dana and Poppy at Lady Day Hair and Makeup were a lot of fun. Like us, they were inspired by my dress and created vintage inspired looks for each of us. I love that all of the girls had different styles but it worked together beautifully.”

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The bride wore a pink gown by Anaessia, with her bridesmaids wearing gowns in shades of pastel. Susie explains, “We felt so lucky that the few people we did work with who weren’t friends or family were just magnificent and we can’t thank them enough. Nick and Sue at Anaessia. What a team! Sue designs the dresses and Nick is the tailor and together they create the most beautiful, dreamy gowns. I loved my dress from the moment I saw it. Their boutique is nothing short of enchanting. When I decided to wear very simple ballet flats, they took my shoes and zhooshed them up for me. They talk about each dress having a story and there’s a lot of love in their work.”

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Carla at Divine Signs created a sign to direct guests to the right spot!

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South Melbourne Town Hall hosted the wedding ceremony and afternoon tea. Susie explaining, “We were married in the South Melbourne Town Hall, which is home to the Australian National Academy of Music. Most people wouldn’t dream of getting married in their workplace but that’s exactly what I did! It is a beautiful building. We had the ceremony in the Ballantyne Room which is an intimate space with a wonderful chandelier and two grand pianos. In the afternoon it is flooded with golden light that comes through the high windows. My wonderful friend Lindsay (of Lindsay Clare Styling Co.) designed the woodland-style altar and created a trail of hydrangeas and ivy throughout the building.”

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For the processional, Susie chose, “An arrangement for piano and strings of a very old and beautiful French chanson called ‘Tant que vivray’ which translates to ‘As long as I live’. It and all the music at the ceremony was played by ANAM students which meant a lot to us.”

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“Our ceremony was conducted by a family friend, Trudy Thurley. Once again, it was wonderful having someone close to us play such an important role. It was a joyful and intimate ceremony and we took a lot of care with the reading we chose (an excerpt from Tolstoy’s Family Happiness) and wrote our own vows. Trudy was wonderful and we would highly recommend her.”

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“Having cried at almost every wedding I’ve been too, I was worried about being a weepy bride. There was a moment, right at the start of walking down the aisle where it could have gone that way, but when I saw Eddy everything was fine. We laughed a lot in the ceremony and there was a moment in the vows when Eddy was trying to remember his line that I got the giggles. Whilst we were aware of the weight of what we were doing, it wouldn’t have been us if it was too serious.”

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“Eddy and I are both Sigur Ros fans. A colleague of mine did an arrangement of their song Festival for the end of the service which was played by the ANAM musicians and it perfectly captured that ecstatic moment. We were walking back down the aisle, hearts ready to burst and there was this fantastic music that swept everybody up. It was a wonderful moment.”

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Guests enjoyed afternoon tea after the nuptials, Susie remembering, “After the ceremony we went to the Atrium (usually the backstage area for Academy concerts) which Lindsay had transformed into a setting for high tea. My bridesmaids and I had made around fifty metres of bunting which was strung up and we had some beautiful tea sets from Little Curio Hire. Our bridesmaids and best man served cakes and tea and it was a lovely moment to greet our guests, most of whom had travelled interstate to be there.

The DIY was such an enjoyable thing to do in the months leading up to the wedding. Our presents to guests were flower bulbs that had been brought down from the farm where Eddy grew up. We sewed little calico bags for them and attached ‘grow me’ labels. We made bunting, bunting and more bunting- using fabric and doilies and cut-out hearts made from old sheet music. I sewed the Susan (heart) Edward sign over a couple of nights. I think it used around ten metres of ribbon and was the most fiddly but rewarding thing I made.”

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Susie describes the day as, “A beautiful blur of hydrangeas and vintage lace, friends and family dancing as darkness fell around us and love, love, love.”

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melbourne vintage wedding26 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding27 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

The look of the day, including the flowers and decor was styled by Lindsay Pringle from Lindsay Clare Styling Co. Susie remarking, “The look and feel of our wedding is truly indebted to another friend, Lindsay of Lindsay Clare Styling Co. The incredibly multi-talented Lindsay did our styling as well as all of the floristry and beautiful headpieces. Early on I showed her my dress and it set the tone for the whole wedding. In the days before the wedding she drove down from Sydney with a carload of hydrangeas, vintage furniture and crystalware and we had so much fun getting everything ready. One of my favourite memories is going to the Emerald Hill Florist in the South Melbourne Markets to buy all the flowers. It was extraordinary seeing how Lindsay then transformed them- she made my beautiful bouquet and fresh floral headpiece, corsages for the bridesmaids, pocket-holes for our parents as well as gorgeous arrangements for both venues. She was a busy lady! We were so glad that she got to enjoy the party at the end of it all.”

melbourne vintage wedding28 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding29 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

“We had a lot of fun with our bridal party (Ali, Sam, Beth and Brendan). It was a bit non-traditional in numbers ie. girls v. boys but they were exactly the people we wanted to share this experience with.”

melbourne vintage wedding30 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding31 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding32 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

Of their photographer, Susie says, “We tried as much as possible to work with people we knew rather than outside vendors. We are very fortunate to have a lot of talented and generous friends all of whom helped create a day that was unique to us as a couple. Julia was one of these wonderful friends. Eddy and I have known her for many years and I think this familiarity comes across in the intimacy of the photos. From the beginning we knew she was the only person we wanted to capture the wedding. Both of us felt a hundred times more comfortable in the hands of someone who knew us so well. The shots are beautiful and soft and she expertly captured the dreaminess of the day.”

melbourne vintage wedding34 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding35 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding36 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

Susie and Edward held a cocktail reception at Gardens House catered by Peter Rowland. Susie remarking, “We loved that this venue was equally outdoors and indoors and encouraged guests to mingle and explore. It felt like an old world garden party. The cocktail-style catering by Peter Rowland was excellent and guests could choose to sit indoors on the lounges, outdoors on bar tables or on picnic blankets on the lawn. It was very relaxed. We kept the reception very informal and didn’t have an MC. Mostly this worked out fine but after having our photos taken, we weren’t sure how to ‘arrive’ at the reception. Someone had the idea of asking all the guests to assemble in the back garden. We arrived at Gardens House and went straight up onto the balcony for a royal wave. It was completely impromptu and the photos are priceless.”

melbourne vintage wedding37 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

melbourne vintage wedding38 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

“Lisa and Glenda at Burnt Butter created our wedding cakes and also cupcakes for the afternoon tea. Our brief was a cake that just makes you want to eat it and I think they did very well! They created three sponge cakes in various sizes topped with berries and drizzled in rosewater. They were delicious and so beautiful in amongst all the flowers.”

melbourne vintage wedding39 Susie and Edwards Melbourne Vintage Wedding

“We booked a three-piece Dixie band with trumpet, banjo and bass. For our first dance my bridesmaids Beth and Sam sang Margaret Whiting’s’ Time After Time’. After two verses the band broke out into a Dixie jam that had everyone on the dance-floor quick smart. We wanted music that would get everyone dancing and Dixie definitely does that. We were outside in front of the house and as it got darker the dancing got wilder.”

Dear Susie and Edward, thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Thank you Julia Jane Photography for sharing the photographs today!