Scott & Kate: Fun, Relaxed, and Flower-filled Wedding

The Fun, Relaxed, and Flower-filled Wedding

Scott and Kate’s chemistry was not instant. They became best friends and later bloomed into something wonderful and lead to this fun, relaxed, and flower-filled wedding. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Scott and Kate about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic proposal in the most romantic city in the world, Paris, France in Eiffel Tower and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for.

flower-filled wedding

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Scott and I met whilst he was Team Physiotherapist for a local Rugby Union club, in Toowoomba. I would watch the game each weekend with friends and we’d all go to the local pub afterwards. The chemistry wasn’t instant, but certainly came out of nowhere and we’ve been best friends ever since! When you know, you know!

flower-filled wedding

flower-filled wedding

Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the wedding?

We went on a 6-week trip around Europe in September 2015, and he carried the ring with him at all times for 5 of those weeks – very sneaky! I now know why he was sweating and nervous when he was searched at the Brisbane Airport. He didn’t want them to go through his bag in front of me in case they took the ring out of a pocket in his backpack. At one point I was even packing and carrying the backpack it was in for TWO DAYS! I couldn’t believe it when he told me!

We were having dinner on the Eiffel Tower on one of our last nights in Paris. After dinner, we went outside and whilst admiring the view from the top, I turned around and he was on one knee! I was shaking, emotional and guarding my hand with my life from the gypsies that were everywhere at the bottom of the monument. He hates that I laugh at this but because he was so nervous he went to put the ring on my right hand and I had to correct him! We finished off the night with a beautiful cruise along the Seine River. It was the most perfect proposal and one I’m very proud to tell. My ring was even custom designed by Scott and our jeweller, which makes it even more perfect.

flower-filled wedding

flower-filled wedding

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe? 

The inspiration behind the day was to just be as fun, relaxed and as filled with flowers as possible! And I think we definitely achieved this – with a lot of Pinterest research of course! 😉

Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! or Wife and Wife, or Husband and Husband!)

Walking out of the chapel, and seeing our friends and family throwing all of the beautiful, colourful petals! I knew it’d be the best photo and it really was! As we sat down for our reception, our photographers handed us this gorgeous little book of some polaroids they took throughout the day – the petal photo was in there and it made me cry with happiness! Receiving some photos from the day already was not what I was expecting and took me by surprise. It was a beautiful gesture, and really made me treasure every moment of the night.

flower-filled wedding

Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?

Yes! I designed and printed our menus, my family and I arranged the flowers for the centrepieces and my wonderful father and I created our seating chart! My SIL and I designed the stationery together. My family, in laws and I did all of the setting up the day prior as well, which I loved because I could really create the atmosphere and vibe I was after.

flower-filled wedding

flower-filled wedding

Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?

Scott and I both wore a piece of jewellery that means a lot to us on our day. Scott wore a ring his late grandfather used to wear on special occasions, and I wore a bracelet that was given to me by my great, great maternal grandmother. She had worn it on her wedding day in June 1909! It is a tradition that all Williams’ descendant brides wear the bracelet on their wedding day. I wore my late grandmothers engagement ring also on my Right hand, so she was still a part of our day and Scott wore the suit he bought in Venice that he wore on the night he proposed. We are quite sentimental people so, these little touches were perfect for us.

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What does marriage mean to you?

Kate: “Marriage means unity and building a foundation with your best friend where you can conquer the world together and support each other through triumphs and battles.”

Scott: “Marriage is to make a lifelong commitment to your soul mate and to show her how much you love her each day!”

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Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? How long did it take to find etc etc

My stunning wedding dress was designed by Wendy Makin. I booked my appointment with her, tried on a few dresses but knew it was the one straightaway! I think I tried about 6 dresses on in total, over two stores (one in Toowoomba, and one in Brisbane).  I thought my chosen dress (Natisse) was a little too poof-y for the vibe I was after for our wedding, so the lovely ladies at Wendy’s showroom trialled making the underlay a mermaid fit. It was an instant love, and so perfect!

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Any funny stories in the lead up to or on the day?

Nothing comes to mind for leading up to the wedding. However, on the day it started raining and our lead singer in our band couldn’t sing due to laryngitis! Luckily, the rain had passed by the time our Ceremony had concluded.  As for the band, funnily enough one of the singers is Fijian and had just brought his family over to Australia for a holiday. This meant we had 5 beautiful Fijian men singing on our day with more soul than I had ever anticipated!

My 2-yo nephew, Archer was in our wedding party and decided whilst we were signing the registry it would be a great time to kill flies that were buzzing in the window behind us – that definitely had our guests giggling!

flower-filled wedding

Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Stay strong and stand your ground with the decisions that mean the most to your and your fiancé for your big day.  It gets stressful at times, regardless of how much of a relaxed person you are, and that’s okay. Make sure you have someone you can talk to about your stresses and don’t be afraid to ask for help with what needs to be done. Finally though, remember it is the one day you can truly make your own. The one day you are able to represent all the things yourself and your fiancé love and to just enjoy it all because it really does blow over so quickly!

flower-filled wedding

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Photos – Trent & Jessie Photographers –

Bridal gown – Wendy Makin Bridal Designs –

Veil / hair piece – Wendy Makin Bridal Designs (veil) ,  Lovisa – halo for Reception

Shoes – Kate Spade New York –

Flowers – Toowoomba Flower Market –

Rings –  Hogans Family Jewellers –

Jewellery/Accessories – Bracelet – Family tradition, Earrings – Jolie & Deen (

Bridesmaids dresses –  Dresshop –

Grooms suit – Hugo Boss –

Grooms Shoes – Ceremony – Julius Marlow (; Reception – Air Jordan 11 Retro “72-10”

Groomsmen suits – Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal –

Bow ties / ties – Hugo Boss —

Ceremony & Reception– Preston Chapel –

Cake – Kay at Sugar and Lace Cakes –

Reception stylist / any decorations / details:

– Stylist – Myself and family,

– Decorations such as lights and vases were from Kmart, Typo, Koch and Co (

– Coolers – Coolaz Coolers – (,

– Favours –  Brownies-  (

– Wishing Well –

Stationery designer – My SIL, Kacey and I designed my stationery however, had the outside card made by CWI, and inserts were printed locally with Cracker Printing (

Hair and Make up – Hair – My sister, Carissa; Makeup – Sarah Schrodter (

Music – The Hamilton Band – (

Celebrant – Belle from Ring the Belles – (

Transport – Bridal Party – Mercedes Benz C63 – ;  Bride/Groom Mercedes – Family car

Any vendors we have forgotten?   Photobooth – In the Booth (

Elias & Samantha: The Vineyard Wedding of a Rocket Scientist and an Educator

The Vineyard Wedding with Navy Blue, Blush and Gold Accents

Sam and Elias first met when Elias bought some drinks to Sam and her girlfriends table. Elias introduced himself a rocket scientist. Sam thought… Yea, Ok! But that was the truth and he won everyone over. They hit it off the next night and went out for a proper date featuring live music and great food. They got engaged and decided to have a Vineyard Wedding. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Sam and Elias about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic proposal at Chesapeak City and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for.

The Vineyard Wedding

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Samantha is a Early Childhood Special Educator and Elias is a Aerospace Engineer. Samantha and Elias met at Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse on a cool summer night in June 2012. Sam had recently moved to Maryland to pursue her Masters Degree at Gallaudet and was out for a night on the town with a few girlfriends/Phi Sig’s whom were visiting. Elias saw this table of girls, whom he thought looked parched and decided to bring them a few drinks (he was very BRAVE!). He introduced himself as a rocket scientist. The group enjoyed a friendly conversation, and the next night they met in DC for another night out on the town. The rest is history…. we have two adorable dogs Piper and Ollie together and recently moved to San Diego, California in November 2016 just weeks after our wedding.

The vineyard wedding

Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the wedding?

Elias proposed on the water on December 26, 2015. He had planned it with Samantha’s family as they were there watching on and snapping photos and videos. He proposed in Chesapeak City, Maryland

The vineyard wedding

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe? 

Elias’s family is from Lebanon and I loved the way the tree silhouette captured such a delicate nature / rememberance of the cedar tree. We selected Navy, Blush and Gold as our colors as Navy and Blush are Samantha’s favorite colors and who does not love a little sparkle/ gold for a wedding !


Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! or Wife and Wife, or Husband and Husband!)

Our first look. Elias’s expressions were priceless and he could not stop smiling !

The vineyard wedding

The Vineyard Wedding

Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?

Samantha designed the table cards and we selected airplane names for our tables instead of numbers as a pilot themed wedding for Elias my pilot

The vineyard wedding

Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?

Lebanese Music

What does marriage mean to you?

Having someone to go through the adventure of life with as a partner.

Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Follow your heart and have fun! All the stress for one day is not worth it


Venue: Running Hare Vineyard

Photography: Amanda McMahon Photography

Hair and makeup: Miranda Paige Beauty


DJ: Josh Rhett, My Deejay

Catering: Maryland Country Caterers 

Florals: Floral Expressions

Throw Boquet: Stella Design Shop –

Ringbox:Trees2Art –

Menswear: Mens Warehouse

Dress designer: Alfred Angelo, purchased at Today’s Bride

Invitations: Classic Wedding Invitations

Save the Date: Mooseberry Deisgn Co.



Katlyn and Gavin: The Wild African Safari Wedding

Elephants, Desert, Wild Safari Wedding and Everything in Between

Katlyn and Gavin met on a Safari and wanted to share their Safari experience with family and friends. So they decided to have Safari Wedding! We were lucky enough to get to talk to Katlyn about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic private beach proposal and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for.

Safari Wedding

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am from Chicago, IL and was living and working in the city in Fashion. In July 2011, I went on a safari to Tanzania where I met my safari guide and now husband Gavin!  I moved to South Africa in 2013 and we now live in Johannesburg with our Golden Retriever puppy Zulu! Gavin owns a safari travel company called Mammoth Safaris ,which we both work for and it also allows us to have some amazing travel adventures together!

Safari Wedding

Safari Wedding

Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the Wedding?

My family came to visit me after I had moved to South Africa and we were all going on safari then to a place called Azura on Benguerra Island in Mozambique. Gavin had planned a beach picnic in a remote part of the Island and while we were there he asked me to go for a swim and when we got down to the water’s edge he proposed!  We knew we wanted to have a safari wedding since that is how we met, so we set a date for almost two years after the engagement to make sure all of our family and friends from across the globe would be able to come!  Along with the Wedding Planning we were also planning everyone’s trips to South Africa, but it was worth it for all of our guests to have an amazing experience with us!

Safari Wedding

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe?

Once we decided on having the wedding at Phinda Private Game Reserve, we knew that we wanted to keep it fairly simple and let the setting speak for itself.  I wanted the flowers to be all King Proteas which was the only color in very light pink and everything else was cream with touches of gold!

Safari Wedding

The gold really compliments with the safari wedding theme.


Safari Wedding

Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! or Wife and Wife, or Husband and Husband!).

My favorite part of the day was having all the people you both love in one place there to celebrate you!  I think that is the only time in our lives that will happen!

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Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?

Not really, we were lucky that Phinda took care of everything that we wanted!  Also planning the wedding and everyone’s trips was enough work already!

Safari Wedding

What does marriage mean to you?

To me marriage means partnership, you have chosen this person to be your partner in every aspect of your life forever and while sometimes marriage can be hard work, if you are with the right person I think the laughter and fun times in between the testing times is what you remember.

Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? How long did it take to find?

I got my Reem Acra Juliet dress from Belle Vie Bridal Couture in Chicago. The reason I went to that particular store was because they had Reem Acra and I showed up with a picture of that specific dress.  It was the first one I tried on and was so in love with it, but I of course needed to try on other dresses to make sure!  So I tried on a lot of others at that store and another store and at the end of the day I was positive that was it, so I went back and bought it!

Safari Wedding

Any funny stories in the lead up to or on the day?

On the morning of the Wedding, Gavin told me he was going to be nervous waiting at the end of the aisle for me, so try and not be too late. All the girls were getting ready at a beautiful house at Phinda Private Game Reserve called the Homestead, and just as I was about to go put my dress on with plenty of time to spare, a huge herd of elephants came and started drinking out of the swimming pool directly in front of us.  So needless to say, we were very late because of the amazing experience and photo opportunity!

Safari Wedding

Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Make sure you decide on and book the big things first! The small details will come into place as you go.  Also, during the wedding day take a moment out just for the two of you to be alone even if it is only for a few minutes.  The day goes by so quickly you need to make sure you step away for a minute to enjoy the moment with your new spouse!

Safari Wedding


Photos Abri Kruger Photography

Bridal gown Reem Acra  from Belle Vie Bridal Couture 

Veil / hair piece Samantha Wills Bridal 

Shoes: Adrianna Pappel 

Flowers Sue Baxter 

Rings Martin Nagel Jewellers 

Jewellery/Accessories Samantha Wills Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses Twobirds Bridesmaid

Grooms suit Hart Schaffner Marx from Nordstrom 

Groomsmen suits Woolworths 

Bow ties / ties Brackish Bowties 

Ceremony Phinda Private Game Reserve

Reception Phinda Private Game Reserve Mountain Lodge

Catering Phinda Private Game Reserve

Cake Nicole’s Signature Cakes 

Cake topper BHLDN 

Stationery designer  Classic Wedding Invitations 

Hair and Make up Angela at Makeup Your Mind 

Music Roger Lautenbach 

Celebrant Ashley Bell 

Their safari wedding is one of the most unique weddings that we have featured. Congratulations to you both! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Stephen Robert Coke and Krystle Jade Durbin’s Wedding: Road to Forever

Wedding is a ceremony and a celebration of two people united by marriage. It’s a celebration of love and a start of new beginning. We feature our clients to honour their love and allowing us to be part of their wedding.

Here is Stephen Robert Coke and Krystle Jade Durbin and their promise for Forever.

Stephen and Krystle Wedding

The ceremony was held outdoors with a magnificent view of a placid lake at Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale.

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Stephen and Krytle's Wedding

Stephen and Krystle's wedding

Now, they are one family.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” ~George Eliot (1819–1880), Adam Bede, 1859

Stephen and Krystle's Wedding

Here is what Krystle had to say, “Our wedding day was positively fantastic! Classic Wedding Invitations printed not only our Wedding Invites but also our menus. They were very easy to work with and the quality was amazing. We held both the ceremony and the reception at Millbrook winery in Jarrahdale. The function manager was brilliant and she made the whole process so easy and enjoyable. The weather on the day was perfect, the food was exquisite and the scenery was simply to die for. Not only did I get to marry my best friend we were also able to have our fur baby with us thanks to My pet attendant. Our celebrant did a fabulous Job conducting the ceremony giving it both a light hearted and romantic feel whilst still managing to abide by the formalities which was great. After the ceremony we spent a couple of hours with our photographer Anita whilst canopies were served to the guests on the deck by the lake. We then proceeded to eat, drink and dance the night away with all of our wonderful family and friends by our side. Having organised a coach to and from the venue for our guests, we ended the night by joining them for the ride home. Over all our day was just simply so much fun and truly was everything we wanted it to be. ”

Photographer – Tonita photography
Dress- Maggie sottero via
Venue – Millbrook winery Jarrahdale WA
Car – Belle classic limousines
Dog – My pet attendant
Celebrant – Sally Newman
Coach – Classic travel bookings
Thank you for working with us on your special day. We wish all the best and a lifetime of happiness!
Cheers to forever!

Gift Registry Wordings : Suggest to your Guest What You Want for Gifts!

Here are some examples of Gift Registry Wordings that makes you and your guest life easier!

Your guests cannot read your minds. Most of them really wanted to give you a gift that you need.  Help your guests with their choice of wedding gifts with a gift registry.

“For the convenience of all our guests, we have registered our Gift List with Freedom Furniture. Should you wish to Honour us with a gift, we hope that this registry will make it more convenient for you to select something that you know we will love. The list can be viewed online by entering our reference number.
Love, «BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst»”

“Your presence at our Wedding is the greatest gift of all. However, if you wish to honour us with a gift, we have registered a list with David Jones. You can view it online by entering our registry ID number, or at any store.

“Many of our friends and family have asked for gift suggestions. As we already have many items to start of new lives together, we have placed a suggestion list with Myer Australia. The list can be viewed online with our reference No

“Now we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes.
A holiday is what we need,
so your help with this would be a great gift indeed.
So should you wish to honour us with a gift,
we have registered a honeymoon registry
at Flight Centre where you can make a contribution
to help us make a honeymoon
a memory that will last a lifetime.”

“Please be aware that gifts are not necessary.
Your presence is all that is required.
However, for your convenience
«BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst»
have prepared a gift registry.”

“Many of our guests have enquired for a gift idea to be inspired. Like many young couples today, we have a lot of things anyway. Please be aware that gifts are not necessary. Your presence is all that is required. However, for your convenience «BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst» have prepared a gift registry at Myer.”

“Now we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes.
A holiday is what we need,
so your help with this would be a great gift indeed.
So should you wish to honour us with a gift,
we have registered a honeymoon registry
at Flight Centre where you can make a contribution
to help us make a honeymoon
a memory that will last a lifetime.”

“To save you looking, shopping or buying,
here is an idea, we hope you like trying.
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well,
and bring a small sack, to throw in our wishing well.
Fill it with paper all colours will do,
gold is our favourite but silver will do.
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss,
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.”

“The tradition of the wishing well
used on our wedding day,
is here both for your money gifts,
and for what you would like to say.
For your thoughts and good wishes
we thank you all,
So our wish to you is,
Please enjoy our wedding day.”

“«BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst» are already blessed with much love,
laughter and half a household of furniture! Accordingly they have assembled a registry for the items they’d find most useful.”

“Many of our guests have enquired for a gift idea to be inspired. Like many young couples today, we have a lot of things anyway. Please be aware that gifts are not necessary. Your presence is all that is required. However, for your convenience «BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst» have prepared a gift registry at Myer. “

“Should you wish to Honour us with a gift, we hope that this registry will
make it more convenient for you to select something that you know we will love. The list can be viewed online by entering the following reference No
«BrideFirst» and «GroomFirst»”

“If choosing a gift is not your cup of tea, you might like to try our gift registry. Please feel no obligation to use this list, as we do not mind if you give it a miss. You can view it online at registry and enter our registry ID number.”

Lost with words? Check out some sample wedding invitation wordings

Ways to Find a Great Wedding Photographer

Tips on Finding The Best Wedding Photographer for You

Finding the best wedding photographer is one of the most important part of preparing your wedding. Wedding photos are considered to be your memories of your wedding day. To have great photos, you need to have a wedding photographer that complements you and your partner. Photographs aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. That means careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra-important when choosing your wedding photographer.

Step 1: Settle on a Style

Before you begin researching a wedding photographer, you’ll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer, as that will help determine which kind of photographer you’ll want shooting your wedding. Do any of the following appeal to you?

Documentary: Instead of a series of posed photos, these are candid or spontaneous pictures (read: not styled) of people, decor and the action. Typical shots might include the lavish raw bar before guests start digging in, your motley crew of cousins dancing, or you and your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. With a purely photojournalistic photographer, you’ll very rarely see people staring at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.

Portraiture: If you prefer classic portraits (think: your parents’ wedding album), go with a traditional photographer who specializes in portraiture. These are posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. While some photographers will pose subjects in more traditional spots (like at the ceremony altar or out on the lawn of the country club) and in more formal poses (standing as a group together), other photographers take portraiture further into the creative realm with a more dramatic composition (the couple sitting on a lounge chair at their hip hotel reception venue, or the couple holding hands in the middle of a nearby dirt road with the mountains in the background).

Fine Art: Though it’s similar to documentary photography, this style gives the shooter greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. So while the shots reflect reality, it’s the photographer’s reality. The photos are dramatic and gorgeous, but are—or look as though they were—shot on film with a grainier, dreamier, more muted appearance. Usually the object (or couple) is in focus and the background appears to blur. Motion also looks very natural in this style of photography. The few wedding photographers in the world who shoot only on film tend to fall into this category, and typically they shoot in black and white, though some will do a mix of both. That said, a photographer using a digital camera can still capture this style with the right gear and camera lens. And some photographers will alternate between digital and film. Not all photographers who take a fine-art approach shoot portraits, so if it’s really important to your mom to have posed family shots, look for someone who does both, or consider hiring a second shooter for the portrait sessions.

Edgy-Bold: This style of photography, an offshoot of fine art, is marked by outside-the-box, tilted angles (called “Dutch angles”) and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple exchanging vows at the altar, the photo might look tilted, with an object like an altar arrangement or a candle in the foreground. Or the photo of the bride having her makeup done might be shot from above, with an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face. Even a single portrait of a bridesmaid might be shot so that her face takes over only the bottom right of the photo and the rest of the space is filled with the wall or whatever’s behind her.

A wedding photographer can do a blend of portraiture and documentary-style shots, and will do a mix of black-and-white and color images, but if there’s a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who specialize in it.

Step 2: Do Your Homework

Start your search by reading reviews from recent brides and browsing hundreds of local listings. Carefully review on each potential wedding photographer’s websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style. The design of the website may also give you clues about the photographer’s personality and sensibility. Check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too, if possible. Is the feedback from clients positive? How does the photographer respond?

Step 3: Set Up Interviews

This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone—you must meet your potential wedding photographer in person. If you like what you see on their sites—and their fees are in your ballpark range—call to see if they’re available for your wedding date. If the wedding photographer is already booked on your date, you may want to see if they have an associate or can recommend another shooter with a similar style. Set up in-person meetings with three to five potential wedding photographers who are available on your wedding date to look at more of their work and assess whether your personalities mesh. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos.

Step 4: See a Few Full Wedding Albums

Don’t base your decision solely on what you see in a wedding photographer’s highlights gallery or album. For good reason, wedding photographers show prospective clients a portfolio of their best pictures, all from different weddings, so you’re seeing the best of the best. The problem with that is you won’t get a well-rounded idea of their work. Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot (not someone else at their company) so you can get a better idea of what your complete collection of photos might look like after the wedding. If you see that the full gallery photos are just about as good as the ones chosen in the highlight gallery (that is, they’re all so good it’s impossible to choose!), you’re on the right track. And ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours. For example, if you’re planning an indoor affair with dark lighting, don’t just look at weddings shot outdoors in natural sunlight. And if you’re planning to say “I do” on a beach at sunset, you’ll want to see examples of that.

Step 5: Review Albums With a Critical Eye

When reviewing a wedding photographer’s album, look for the key moments you want captured: Did they get photos of both the bride and the groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also look for crispness of images, thoughtful compositions (does a shot look good the way it was framed, or is there too much clutter in the frame?) and good lighting (beware of washed-out pictures where small details are blurred—unless that’s the style you’re after). It’s also very important that you detect sensitivity in capturing people’s emotions; make sure the photographer’s subjects look relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights. While you two are, of course, important, you want to see smiling shots of your friends too.

Step 6: Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your vision when you describe it? When they make suggestions, do they present them in a clear and respectful way, or are they timid? Are their mannerisms off-putting? In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go out hunting for great images and who, above all, puts you at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way. Remember: They’ll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Likewise, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy any guests, but to shoot them in their best light in an unobtrusive way. To get the best photos, your photographer needs to be assertive enough to seek out great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force. They should ask lots of questions and be a good listener.

Step 7: Confirm Your Shooter(s)

Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day. Since every professional has a different style, technique and personality, you need to make sure that the one you interview and “click” with will be the same one who works your wedding. Also, include specific stipulations in the contract about who will cover for the photographer should something happen on the actual day. Check whether the photographer will bring any assistants to your wedding, and if so, how many? If you have room in your budget, consider hiring a second shooter. Many top-notch photographers include a second shooter in the contract, but if this isn’t a part of the deal, you may want to ask about the possibility. The main benefit to having two shooters is that you, of course, get twice as much coverage. For example, during your formal photo session, one photographer can capture the formal photos, while the second one can get behind-the-scenes, photojournalistic photos, like your guests mingling. If you’re having a larger wedding (250 guests or more), you might even want to ask about having three shooters so your photography team can be sure to capture the event from all angles.

Step 8: Compare Packages

You won’t be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you’re sure of what you want, how many albums you need and where your photographer is based, and packages range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus on the higher end of the spectrum. When interviewing candidates, ask for a general range based on the photographer’s standard “shooting fee” and package, plus their standard rates for the type of album you think you’ll want and the amount of coverage you’re hoping to book them for (day of, full weekend). It’s important to find out what’s included in the standard package, plus the basic range for any extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, special effects or additional coverage, so you can compare rates. In particular, find out exactly how many hours of coverage are included. Ideally, you want your photographer to be there for your full wedding day—from when you start getting ready until after you make your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony events (getting ready with your bridesmaids or first-look photos) to the end of the reception. It’s usually better to pay for more coverage if there’s a chance you’ll run over and you definitely want your photographer there until the end (overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate). Also consider whether you’ll want to do an engagement shoot or have your photographer shoot other events during your wedding weekend (the guys’ golf outing, the bridesmaid lunch).

Step 9: Ask About Your Rights

Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the photographer can use them promotionally (on their website or blog, submit them for publication and even use them in ads). That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the rights to the images.

Step 10: Get the Postproduction Details

It usually takes at least a month to get all those photo proofs back from your photographer. Why? Your photographer is shooting enormous raw files far bigger than your typical JPG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct the photo, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit all those files (in order to correct color levels and so on). It varies, but many photographers say that they spend an additional 40 hours editing images from a single wedding, so it can take up to six to eight weeks (or longer, depending on the photographer and how busy they are) to get proofs back. Here’s what to ask: How many images should I expect? Will they be high resolution or low resolution? Will I be able to get prints made myself, or does the photographer retain the rights to the images? Will the proofs I see be the retouched versions, or does that happen after I select the photos I want? Speaking of retouching, ask about retouching options and special effects (which can range from simple white balancing to beauty retouching and stylized art effects like super-saturated colors) and the additional cost for both.

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An Elegant and Traditional Day

We got to speak to Vicki, a photographer from Snowflake Creations who had the honour of photographing Claudia and Tudi’s Wedding in Canberra on the 21st of March 2015. We got to ask Vicki about what she enjoyed, Claudia’s favourite part of the day and what made it so special.

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1. First name of the couples?

Claudia and Tudi

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2. Your role in the submission? What did the lead up involve?

Photographer. I (Vicki) went to high school with Claudia, so we had known one another for a long time, however not all that well. When she contacted me to ask if we could photograph their wedding we were very touched and of course excited. It’s so lovely to see someone you know get married and to be privileged enough to capture it for them.

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4. What was the inspiration behind the day? Or the brief.

Claudia told me:

“There wasn’t any theme really. We just wanted to keep it real simple and elegant. We wanted the night be fun and relaxed. And everyone really had a fun time.”

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A little big about the day from the photographers:

“Claudia and Tudi’s wedding was such a relaxed, fun filled day. Tudi and Claudia are such bright, fun personalities, Claudia’s hearty laugh is so infectious. We honestly didn’t stop laughing until we got home at 1am! Following the ceremony and some relaxed photos by the lakeside, we were treated to an absolute stunner of a sunset across the lake from the Boat House, the golden light streaming in to where everyone had just sat down for entrees.”

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“Claudia and Tudi met while both living in London, when late one evening Claudia asked Tudi for the time while waiting at a bus stop. When it was time for Claudia to return to Australia after two years in the UK, Tudi, who grew up in Italy, followed her across the seas. Every single wedding speech was a beautiful tip of the hat to how wonderful Tudi is for taking the leap. Starting a new life in a new country half way around the world, and speaking a language he didn’t previously.”

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“The party really got started when Claudia threw the bouquet and it hit the light shade – petals flying in all directions! The dance moves, classic Italian love songs and unwavering energy of this wedding party made for some hilarious dance floor photos!”

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5. Location of shoot or event?

Canberra, ACT. Ceremony was at Saint Matthews Catholic Church in Page, and the reception was at The Boathouse restaurant.

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6. Event date

21 March 2015

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7. Who was the photographer?

Jacques and Vicki of Snowflake Creations

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8. Are there any special details or stories we should know about your submission that make it extra special?

From Claudia:

“The lolly bar that our family friend Karen had done for us. It blew us away!! It was amazing!! We loved it because it was nothing like we had ever seen before. It was so detailed and just gorgeous. Everything was all matched and perfectly put together.”

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Her favourite moment:

“My favourite moment was definitely walking down the aisle with my dad to be with my future husband. Such a magical moment, one that all girls think about their whole lives, it is so significant. The symbol of growing up committing yourself to this person who you love. But being walked down with the man who has taught you so much and the first man you ever loved. It was so emotional.”

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11. Let us know a few of your favorite wedding vendors involved in your submission. 

Florist: Ivy Flowers & Gifts Curtin, ACT

Reception venue: The Boathouse, Canberra ACT

Cake: Pasticceria Francesco

Lighting / sound hire: String Space, a string trio

Rings: Bijoux Manuka

Transport: First Class Chauffeured Cars

Bridal gown: Effie Kasimatis (no website)

Accessories: Peter Lang Earrings

Hair: The Bride! Hairdresser at Cataldo’s Canberra

Makeup: Lauren Cataldo

Bridesmaid dresses: Dionne dress from White Runway

Groom’s suit: John Hanna

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Snowflake Creations are available for you big day as well, for more information, email or check out their website here, Snowflake Creations.

Vintage Fashion Inspired Weddings: Rockabilly Theme

This Rockabilly Themed wedding will take you back in time, and give you a glimpse of some vintage fashion ideas

Vintage fashion inspired wedding decorations

Melanie McNiven Portraits specialise in taking beautiful photos for special occasions. From newborn babies and children to weddings, these photos are unique and timeless. They recently received the opportunity to take photos for a vintage fashion inspired wedding. The theme behind the shoot was “Rockabilly”. We got to share some of the wonderful photos they took, as well as find out about all the different people involved in the shoot. From the makeup artist to the beautifully designed dresses, the detail and time taken made for a truly memorable shoot.

Vintage fashion inspired Bridesmaid ideas

Vintage fashion inspired bridal car

Vintage fashion inspired creative ideas

We got to chat to them about the different people involved in the shoot. The photos show the outcome of the fun and unique photos.

Vintage fashion inspired "I do!"

Rockabilly wedding Vintage fashion inspired

Parasols and design: Parasols with Love

Bride and groom shots Vintage fashion inspired

Vintage fashion inspired Bride and bridesmaids

Just marriedVintage fashion inspired

Flowers: Blooms of Noosa

Beautiful Bride Vintage fashion inspired

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bridal flowers Vintage fashion inspired

Makeup: Photo Finish Makeup

Vintage fashion inspired Bridal Party

Bridal Photos Vintage fashion inspired

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Wedding Dress: Silver Sixpence

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Bridesmaids dresses: That Shop

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Miss Frankie Mae Felon

Colourful Bridesmaids Vintage fashion inspired
Scarlet Tinkerbelle

Flower girl and Page Boy Vintage fashion inspired

Kiki Vanity

Groom Photo Vintage fashion inspired

Jordan Copper – Male Model

Bridesmaids Vintage fashion inspired

Head pieces: Marla Carmeta Designs

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The stationery used on the day was intricate and unique, adding another element to the shoot.

Vintage fashion inspired Detailed Envelopes
Vintage fashion inspired wedding invite

Vintage fashion inspired Invitation Ideas

Vintage fashion inspired Laser Cut Wedding Invites
They also prepared a beautiful, bright red setting which contrasted beautifully with the dresses and suits.

Vintage fashion inspired reception ideas

Vintage fashion inspired Creative Wedding Invites

Vintage fashion inspired Cute Wedding Name Tags

If you’re interested in having photos taken you can check out the Melanie McNiven Portraits website, or email them here.

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Country Wedding: Kylie and Matt’s Big Day

Ideas to Get You Thinking About a Beautiful Country Wedding

Victorian couple Kylie and Matt wanted a big celebration that wasn’t going to be too formal. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Kylie about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic European proposal and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for. From finding the dress to the final details, Kylie and Matt were kind enough to share some of their beautiful photos and stories from the day.

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1. Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the wedding.

The proposal happened on the first night of our 2011 Europe trip. We arrived in Paris that afternoon and explored the beautiful city. That evening we headed out for dinner and to the Eiffel tower to see it with all the lights. We climbed the stairs to see the views and then came down to admire the light show from the park beneath. It was then that Matt decided to get down on one knee and propose. Cue tears and lots of OMG’s and a big fat YES!!! It was a very romantic magical night and one we will never forget. We also kept the big engagement reveal a surprise to all our family and friends until we got home a month later. It was so nice to be in our own little bubble and be happily engaged for a while.

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2. What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme and vibe?

From the start we knew we wanted our wedding to be one big celebration and nothing too formal. We went searching for venues and looking up styles and came across Zonzo’s in the Yarra Valley. It fit our brief perfectly and it was from there that our theme grew and grew. We wanted a fun filled, laid-back style that was rustic and could incorporate all of our DIY ideas. Everyone at Zonzo’s could see our vision and were more than happy to help us incorporate our ideas. We were able to really make it our day.

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3. Favourite detail or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! or Wife and Wife, or Husband and Husband!)

For us there was a lot about the day that was amazing it’s hard to pick just one moment. If I had to, it would be when we were standing under the arbor and the cold wind was blowing through the barn doors, my hair kept sweeping across my face and Matt gently tucked my fringe behind my ear for me while I was standing there shaking and shivering away. Cue lots of “oohhs” and “aahs” from everyone. It really felt like it was just the two of us alone up there. Remembering that exact moment makes me all warm and fuzzy.

First Kiss at Country Wedding

4. Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?

Yes! We did lots of DIY for the wedding. It meant hiring a truck and Matt driving it to the venue the day before the wedding to unload all of our masterpieces. We made the arbor we were married under and the double doorway entry that I walked under to reach Matt. We also made a lemonade stand for our guests to enjoy lemonade and iced tea. We hand painted lots of wooden signs that were incorporated into the styling. The lemonade stand and the arbor were purchased from us by the venue and can both now be seen and hired out for weddings at Zonzo’s.

Rustic Country Wedding Sign

We also had a cookie bar instead of a lolly bar or dessert bar. This meant lots and lots of baking of yummy treats in the lead up to the wedding. We had lots of help from family and friends. I don’t think we’ll ever stop hearing about how delicious the white chocolate and raspberry cookies were!

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We also designed the invitations ourselves. The invites were printed on wood by Melbourne Laser Cutter and completely exceeded our expectations. The team was more than happy to work with our custom template and helped develop our design to get the best results. We then designed and printed the envelopes and RSVP cards ourselves incorporating recycled papers and twine to match the texture and colours of the invitation.

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Finally, we sourced lots of styling items for the day that we knew the venue didn’t have. I ordered mason jars for the lemonade stand, amber bottles and wooden crates so we could move our flowers from the ceremony to the reception. This is why we had to hire a truck to transport it all ourselves! By doing lots of things ourselves it meant that both of us had huge input into the day.

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5. What does marriage mean to you?

To us marriage is a one time thing. We had enough time to think about it all and decide where it was we both wanted to be in the future and it was with each other. Marriage to us was the next big leap in our relationship. We had been together for nine years before our wedding and everyone said marriage won’t change a thing it’s just a piece of paper, but you know what? It does change. The changes weren’t huge but things change and it’s nice. It didn’t change the way we feel about each other but I think knowing you are together forever and you always have that one person by your side leaves you feeling content with this overwhelming feeling of happiness. Everytime I think about the wedding day it makes me well up and just feel incredibly happy that I got to do it all with my best friend. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. It truly was a day we will never forget.

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6. Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? how long did it take to find?

My dress is a beautiful Jane Hill Bridal dress called ‘Lottie’ and it truly is a piece of art! It’s so amazing. The dress was a really important part of the day for me and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice anything for it. Leading up to the wedding I had looked at lots of dresses and even went on a girls weekend away to Sydney to see the bridal stores there. But I didn’t find ‘the one’ (not even in Vera Wang which I was convinced I would!!). So I came back to Melbourne and started doing research in dresses and styles. I knew what I didn’t want and it was then I started looking at the custom made dresses rather than existing ones. Once I visited Jane Hill I knew I had to have one of her dresses. She was amazing and made me feel at ease and could see my vision for my wedding. She understood the style and theme for the day and how I needed a dress to fit that feel theme. She knew how to make me feel like the most amazing bride ever! So I left that day knowing my dress would be made at Jane Hill but not what dress it would be. A few months later I visited the store but Jane wasn’t there. I met with Sophie who made me try on ‘Lottie’. I wasn’t convinced but once it was on I had that ‘this is the one’ moment and it was meant to be. I love my dress and want to find a million other times to wear it again but sadly I haven’t just yet. It’s hanging up where I can look at it whenever I feel like it. It truly is an amazing dress.

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7. Any funny stories in the lead up to or on the day?

A friend split his pants on the dancefloor while in a break dancing competition with my little brother. Just picture this; a 40 year old busting some moves and trying to do a backflip versus a 18 year old who could do back flips.

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It surprised everyone that the two of us jumped on the bus home with them at the end of the night. And me tossing my bouquet to the girls as we arrived at our hotel.

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Finally, Matt ran into my girlfriends on the morning of the wedding in the main town. He was in a bit of a panic trying to find a wedding card for me. My girlfriends thought Matt had totally forgotten some special wedding tradition.

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8. Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Stick to your guns and do what it is that you want to do. The day is about you two as a couple and making sure it highlights the important things to you. Incorporate family and friends and make it fun for everyone but I think at the end of the day you need to be able to look back and be happy about everything you did for your special day. There isn’t a thing we did that we would change and I like that we were happy with the outcome. From the venue to the flowers to the dress to the style; it all just came together. There were some things we wanted to do and didn’t get a chance to but at the end of the day that didn’t matter. We made sure we got what we wanted out of the day and like I said we’d do it again in a heartbeat!

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Photos: Robert Hock

Bridal gown: Jane Hill Bridal

Veil or hair piece: Jane Hill

Shoes: Wittner

Flowers: Blooming Brides

Rings: Hardy Brothers Jewellers and Lord Coconut

Jewellery/Accessories: Earrings – Samantha Wills Bracelet – Isabel Marant

Bridesmaids dresses: Myer and Cue

Grooms and Groomsmen suits: Dom Bagnato from Myer

Grooms Shoes: Urge Footwear

Bow ties / ties: Dom Bagnato from Myer

Flower girl and Page Boys:  Bardot Junior

Ceremony and Reception: Zonzo’s Yarra Valley

Cake: The Cake Company

Cake topper: Flowers from Blooming Brides

Stationery designer: DIY design by bride and groom and printed by Melbourne Laser Cutter (MLC)

Hair and Make up: Hair by Hannah 0402 008 802 and Make-Up by Belinda  0419 518 459

Music: Baker Boys Band

Celebrant: Guy Gurney

Photo Booth: Photobooth.




Country Wedding Ideas: How a Wedding Planner Can Help

Incorporating Country Wedding Ideas with a Wedding Planner

JN Consulting is a UK based, Event Management Company. It was founded in 2011 by Jo Neville. They are focused on providing high quality service and customer satisfaction. They work to go above and beyond their clients expectations. Wedding planning is one of their services, and one they do very well. We got to talk to Jo about a beautiful wedding that the company worked on recently. Tom and Carly were married in August 2015 and had a beautiful and personalised wedding. As well as chatting with Jo, we are also lucky enough to have some of their wonderful photos from the day. The photos are stunning and give some great country wedding ideas.

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1. What was your role in the day? And the lead up?

I was the couples Event Manager and their point of contact at the venue. I met the couple three times prior to their wedding. We had two planning meetings and one final meeting. I ran their big day to ensure that everything went smoothly and acted as Master of Ceremonies. I looked after all supplier, staffing and catering on the day and made sure that Tom & Carla’s day was as they had planned it to be.

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Country Wedding Ideas and Timber

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Country Wedding Ideas for stationary

2. What was the inspiration behind the day?

A classic wedding that incorporated Tom’s timber business in to the decoration’s for the marquee. They wanted to ensure that small details like the drinks coasters were all personalised.

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 Flowers for Country Wedding Ideas

Country Wedding Ideas for walking down the isle

Tom and Carla’s Wedding was held at the Ashton Lodge Country House in Warwickshire, UK.

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Country Wedding Ideas for reception

Country Wedding Ideas for bridal party

The beautiful photos for Tom and Carla were taken by Sarah Salotti.

Country Wedding Ideas

Wedding Reception Ideas

The photos created on the day were beautiful, unique and classic. This tops off the wedding planning process.

Classic Wedding Photos

Beautiful Wedding Photos

Other vendors involved in the day:

Photo Booth: The Vintage Photo Booth Company 

Ceremony and Reception: Ashton Lodge Country House

Event: The Midlands Events Company

Music: Jalapeño Hot Club Band

Photos: Sarah Salotti

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