Destination Wedding in Australia

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Lauren and Chris wed in Australia, the country in which they live but they traveled to the town of Daylesford to tie the knot at the Sault Restaurant. Lauren shared with us the story behind their big day:

Our main priority was to not let our wedding day stress us out. We knew that it was going to be one of the most important and memorable days of our lives, but we didn’t want that to get in the way of us making the most of it and having an amazing time! We also wanted to ensure that our friends and family were happy, feeling comfortable and having fun of course. After all, this was a celebration of love so we wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate just that!

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For Chris and my one year anniversary, he took me away for a weekend in Daylesford. I had never been to the town before and instantly fell in love with how relaxing and quaint it was! We stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel and ate some of the most delicious meals we’ve ever tried in our life that weekend. The time we spent in Daylesford is some of the fondest memories that I have with Chris, which made choosing our wedding location a breeze! We visited a few different potential venues when we started planning our wedding, but as soon as we arrived at Sault I knew that it was perfect! We both wanted an outdoor rustic themed wedding, and Sault provided us with a flawless backdrop from Lavender and greenery.

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Chris and I are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! If given the choice we would always choose vintage and wood over modern and glitz. When we look at lifestyle, from our clothing to the interior in our apartment, we knew that a vintage/rustic theme would best reflect our personality as a couple. We wanted to have a wedding that we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.

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To me, our wedding was absolutely flawless! The look and feel on the day was relaxed and rustic. All of our family and friends seemed to be having an amazing time, and I couldn’t have imagined it going any more perfectly. To be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing!

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For our honeymoon Chris and I ventured off to Spain. I had never been before and always wanted to visit Ibiza before we started thinking about settling down and having kids. Chris had visited Spain twice before so he knew all of the best restaurants and beaches to go to, I was in absolute heaven! Returning home was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Blumenthal Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Suzanna Harwood, Bridesmaids dresses: White Runway, Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw, Groom(smen)’s suits: Vera Wang, Accessories: Family heirlooms, Cake: Cake Face, Cars/Wedding Favors: Automobiles of Yesteryear, Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations, Make Up & Hair: Once Upon A Bride, Ceremony/Reception Music: Bruce Harrison DJ/MC, Venue: Sault Restaurant

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Vintage Beach Wedding on Cabarita Beach, Australia

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Ryan and Claire held their intimate beach wedding on Cabarita Beach in Australia with 80 of their friends and family by their sides to bear witness. Claire shared their big day story with us and how this special venue become home to their wedding day.

“Ryan had been surfing at Fingal and had mentioned to some mates that we were looking for the perfect wedding location on the Tweed coast. They told Ryan that Kingscliff, Casuarina & Cabarita were all beautiful places on the North Coast. So we took a drive down south & checked out all those spots as well as Hastings Point & Pottsville and hands down Cabarita took the cake with such an awesome headland (Norries Headland), rolling waves, large rocks & a beach that stretched as far as the eye could see. We knew that this was the spot we wanted to get married and share with all our family & friends.

We also decided on Cabarita Beach as the Tweed Council had no limit on guest numbers for a park/beach ceremony and allowed us 3hrs for setup, ceremony and pack up. Gold Coast Council, which was closer to where we lived, only allowed up to 50 guests and one hour total, which did not suit us.”

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“Our photographer Mitchell Carlin was referred to us by a friend of Claire’s, who was also planning her wedding. We first met Mitch at a local beach café, all three of us were relaxed & enjoying a chat over a coffee, immediately we knew this guy loved his work, hearing the words he chose to describe what he did for a living, you could tell that it was a serious passion of his & a medium for his artistic side to spill it’s colour onto paper. We had to have him capture our day!

On the day of our wedding Mitch chose his vantage points without getting in the way of the any of the proceedings whilst still getting the angles that made for really amazing photos. He took time before the wedding to scout out the perfect spot for the Couple & Bridal Party photos & we were all in awe of the places he found. Mitch’s cool, calm approach, along with his passion for photography really translated into the beautiful shots we now have to look back on from our perfect day.”

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We wanted a very relaxed atmosphere for the ceremony and reception. We started looking for furniture style ideas and fell in love with the rustic/vintage look. Claire had a vast collection of both our grandmothers’ doilies that we wanted to incorporate into our table settings and our style grew from there. Claire started researching hand made decorations and found a lot of satisfaction and joy crafting our own unique pieces including place cards/thank you cards, seating plan board, table numbers, cake topper, glitter garlands, and the list goes on… We had help from good friends and family on the day, which made the day even more special.”

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We asked the bride for advice for future engaged couples. Relax, have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff! Add as much ‘personal touch’ as you can. Let family and friends help where they can, it will make your day extra special. Stay true to your vows, work hard through all of life’s hardships together & always remember the day you said “I do”.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Mitchell J Carlin Wedding Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Osteria, Furniture Hire: Little Gray Station, Celebrant: Kylie Lewis Civil Marriage Celebrant, Lewis Celebrations, Cake: Cute Sweet Things, Pottsville, Invitations and Wedding Website: Wedding Paper Divas, Hair: Kasey Smallwood, Makeup, Flowers, Music and Sweets/baked goods table done by family and friends, Styling, set up, stationary and decorations done by Claire and Ryan, Wedding Location: Cabarita Beach, Far North Coast NSW

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New Zealand Wedding Inspiration

Immerse yourself in the beauty of a destination wedding in New Zealand. What can be more gorgeous than saying I do amongst New Zealands beaches, mountains or forrests? Have your hubby-to-be dress from head to toe in a stunning blue tux that you will not be able to take your eyes off of. Or, if you’re going for more of a countrified look, consider having him wear a rustic linen vest with a colorful boutonniere to incorporate the beautiful flowers that New Zealand has to offer. Wow him with a classic lace dress with a long train. Also, think about adding a lace head cover to give your look a unique touch. Having accessories to match the New Zealand vibe is a must! Wear some light toned shoes to compliment your dress and have a bouquet full of lush plants and flowers to go along with the natural theme. Bring in some unique qualities with customized cards to express your love towards your sweetheart. Use the space around you to create an original aisle with a garden walkway to have your flower girls shower it in flower petals. Add some energy to your reception with a coffee bar that has customized coffee cups for your guests to take home! Make your wedding cake center stage with a beautifully handcrafted stand that will make your reception decor unforgettable. Welcome summer with these beautiful ideas for a New Zealand destination wedding that will start your journey of love off right!

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{Photos: Blue Suit Groom: Nadia Meli Photography via GWS, Grooms Vest: Wildwood via MagnoliaRouge, Beach Bride: MagnoliaRouge via Erich Mcvey, Bouquet and Shoes: Danelle Boahne via The Lane, Flower: Nadia Meli Photography via GWS, Flower Girl: Carolyn Haslett via The Lane, Custom Coffee Cups: Forged in the North via GWS, Rustic Cake Table: Wildwood via MagnoliaRouge}

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Melbourne, Australia Bridal Portraits Shoot

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Today’s shoot is a little different – it’s not actually from the couple’s wedding but their traveling portrait shoot that they embarked on with photographer, Andrew Yep.  Billy and Pooi Sann decided to capture this special time in their lives with a few fabulous wardrobe changes and some stops to several very special places in Melbourne, Australia.

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The bride and groom shared with us the idea behind the images and how the location was selected.  “We always knew that we wanted to have our wedding photo taken in a place that meant something to us and that was unique in its own way. Hence, we chose Melbourne which was the first place where we travelled abroad together. This place brings back plentiful of beautiful memories where we met 4 years ago, which pass-by just like a blink of an eye. We asked our friend, Andrew Yep as our wedding photographer and we spent about a few days to do the shoot. It was raining most of the time when we reached Melbourne but luckily the rain cleared and the blue sky appeared with rays of beautiful and warm sunlight which really did a lot of good with our shoot.” 

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 “On the first day, we started shooting at Yarra Valley. The relatively cool climate really helps in making us more relax and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole session. After that, we headed to St Kilda in the evening to catch the beautiful sunset at the beach. Andrew really knows how to take advantage of each and every multi-colored sunset at the beach. We fell in love with St Kilda beach on our first trip to Melbourne. To us, it’s a little piece of heaven on earth.”

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“On the second day, we went in and around Melbourne’s CBD area to look for beautiful spots. We wrapped up our photo shoot at night by the Yarra River. We will never forget how incredibly romantic that night was for us.”

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“Years from now, we will look back at our wedding photos and they will remind us not only what had happened but also the unforgettable feeling. Melbourne… we will surely be back again!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Andrew Yep Photographie

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang

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New South Wales, Australia Destination Wedding on the Beach

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Melanie and Stuart wed in New South Wales, Australia in an intimate and vintage inspired destination wedding to Oz.  Their wedding photographer, Hilary Cam shared with us their story that spans the globe!  “This is a love story that covers many countries, Stuart is from England, Melanie is from Australia, they met in Canada and were engaged in New York and they had a destination wedding in a country town in rural Australia.”

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“We had a unique groom’s prep in the morning, rather than the classic shots of suits and ties Stuart wanted a more apt prep for a beach setting and so we headed to the beach with his groomsmen who had all travelled from the UK. Stuart got more of Boomerang Beach than he bargained for when he was thrown in the water by his groomsmen.”

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“Melanie was one of the most fun brides I have every photographed, the entire morning she didn’t stop smiling and laughing, genuinely excited and thrilled about the day. The couple’s wedding stationery (designed by the groom) – features a kookaburra and a robin holding a love heart – symbolic of an Australian and an Englishman falling in love. As we set up detail shots we were all surprised when a kookaburra flew down to take a closer look at the wedding shoes.”

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“The ceremony was held in the Green Cathedral, a forest cathedral that overlooks the lakes and our celebrant the wonderful Sarah Julian had the crowd in stitches.”

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“The reception was held at Pacific Palms Surf Life Saving Club and was coloured with many personal touches; from the gorgeous stationary, bunting and paper lanterns to the orange and poppyseed cake made by aunty Denise from a recipe passed down from Melanie’s parents wedding.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography Sydney

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony: Green Cathedral, Reception: Pacific Palms Surf Life Saving Club, Wedding Dress: Melanie Ford, Floral: Blooms, Tuncurry & Taree, Celebrant: Sarah Julian, Stationery: The Groom, Rings: Designed by the groom, produced by Bill Hicks Jewelry

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