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Astrid & Benn’s Fun Urban Cafe Wedding With Bright Details

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Pregnant Weddings,


Astrid & Benn

If one could describe the perfect city Summer day, then I think this celebration is it. An urban cafe with bright details it was all about the relaxed vibes, the feeling of catching up casually friends,  enjoying the gorgeous shade of the city gardens, and incredible surprises (I love what they announced right after their first kiss!). Jessica Mason Photography was there to capture it all in vivid colour.

Astrid tells us the story of how these two came to be. “We met on a dance floor during a night out after too many drinks! Not a really romantic, fairytale story but it worked out well for us.”

Astrid and Benn said their vows in Victoria Gardens, Prahran, Astrid telling “We wanted an outdoor garden ceremony and this was the perfect spot. The gardens were walking distance from the reception venue also.”

The bride walked down the aisle to “Higher Love” played on guitar by Benn’s guitar teacher.

Wendy McRae officiated the ceremony, Astrid remembering “Our ceremony was relaxed and intimate. We had the most fantastic celebrant (Wendy McRae) who helped us to customise every part of the ceremony to really feel like ‘us’. We had one reading – Blessing of the Hands.”

But as the couple kissed and turned back to their guests, there was one very special announcement they wanted to make. Astrid remembers “The most special part of the ceremony was that we announced to everyone at the end of the service that we were expecting a baby.”

Of their photographer, Astrid notes “We love Jess’s style and her way of capturing natural, genuine moments rather than staged shots. She captured so many special, candid moments on the day and we were not aware of the camera being there for most of the day.”

Bright and beautiful were the bouquets styled by Georgie Boy Flowers. “We were spoiled with the most gorgeous colourful flowers from Georgie Boy (florist). I simply requested lots of bright, vibrant colours and the florist did the rest. They did an amazing job!” says the bride.

The bride chose a lace gown by Lover noting “I love their whole range, but this dress really suited the relaxed, boho feel we were aiming for with our wedding.” The groom donned shorts from Saba, after a funny story, a favourite of the couple, tells of the groom showing up to a friend’s wedding in shorts on a 40-degree day. 

“We were happy that we did everything our way on the day, and the wedding really felt like a reflection of us.” says Astrid.

The guests celebrated with a cocktail reception at Hobba Cafe. Astrid says “We chose Hobba because it suited the relaxed feel we were after for the reception. It is a lovely industrial looking space with exposed brick walls and steel beams. The building is a converted car workshop/garage. The staff were fantastic and so accommodating.”

Congratulations on your marriage (and impending arrival!) Astrid and Benn! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Jessica Mason Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous day!

Photographer: Jessica Mason Photography / Bride's Dress: Lover / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Saba / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Hair & Makeup Artist: Nicole Groch / Flowers: Georgie Boy Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Victoria Gardens Prahran / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy McRae / Reception Venue: Hobba Cafe / Wedding Cake: Cupcake Occasion / Wedding Ring: Abbie Seymour
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Amy & Travis’ Romantic Mount Helena Backyard Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Amy & Travis

Honestly, if Spring brings one thing to life we love – it’s garden weddings! The romance of pretty pastels, beautiful blooms and the dappled shade of the trees is not lost on me and the romantic Mount Helena backyard wedding captured beautifully by Amy Skinner Photography.

The story of how these two came to be unfolded at work. Travis remembering “The very moment I laid eyes on Amy, I knew I was going to marry her”, with Amy telling “I remember seeing him walk through the room, his smile lit up my world – at that one moment, I remember feeling everything was going in slow motion”.
Travis finally asking for Amy’s number – the couple’s first date was meeting all of Amy’s immediate family, with her Mum’s famous lasagna!

The couple had chosen another venue before cancelling it for a backyard wedding, Amy explaining “In our minds, the venue was simple – all we wanted was beautiful green grass, with trees and an area for a big white marquee. We had originally booked a vineyard, but as time got closer, we had been to Amy’s Uncle’s property in Mt. Helena and decided to change venue. We fell in love with this place. It was exactly what we had been looking for. Open space, lots of greenery, beautiful wisteria vines, a lake and baby ducklings and chicks to top it off!”

Amy walked down the aisle with her father to Train’s “Marry Me”. Upon her arm were two horseshoes – also carried by her mum and aunties on their own wedding days.

Wendy Clark performed the ceremony, Amy remembering “The ceremony was beautiful – hearing each other’s vows was simply breathtaking. It was a very emotional experience.”


Of their photography, Amy tells “Amy Skinner is simply amazing! We had so much fun on our bridal shoot. Amy made everyone feel so relaxed. It was fun, easy going and thoroughly enjoyable! The photo shoot at the Wild Goose Cafe was one of the highlights of our day. Lots of laughs and sneaky kisses were had by the Bride and Groom!”

 Lace Petals & Hearts styled the bouquets and styled the celebration, Amy explaining “The flowers were simply amazing! I always had an image in my head of what I wanted, but could never find the perfect match on Pinterest! My sister, Hannah, found Lace, Petals and Hearts online. The very first time we met with Jess, we just knew she was the lady to style our wedding & create the most beautiful bouquets! They were picture perfect – everything I had dreamed of!”

Most of the wedding decor was handmade by the couple, Amy remarking  “I can recall many nights where my lovely Bridesmaids, Mum & Aunties came around for a girl’s night to decorate jars with lace, hessian and ribbon. Mum made beautifully handcrafted dream-catchers. Rustic wooden signs were made from scratch and painted. Old, rustic wheelbarrows were collected, as a feature to keep all drinks on the day icy cold. All furniture was sourced ourselves.”

The newlyweds chose Dirty Dancing’s “Time Of My Life” for their first dance, choreographed through many nights spent on Youtube!

Swift Hound Films captured this beautiful day that I think so wonderfully tells the story in motion.

Congratulations on your marriage Amy and Travis! Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Amy Skinner Photography for sharing today’s beautiful celebration!

Photographer: Amy Skinner Photography / Cinematographer: Swift Hound Films / Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli / Bridal Salon: The Gown Gallery / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides Selection / Makeup Artist: A Brush With Colour / Hairstylist: The One Hair & Body / Flowers: Lace Petals & Hearts / Ceremony Officiant: Wendy Clark / Venue: Private Property / Transport: Stylish Kombi Tours

Relaxed Summer Picnic Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration,


Summer days are all about fabulous feasts out in the sunshine and today’s relaxed Summer picnic wedding inspiration is sure to inspire your Summer celebrations. The beautiful low table surrounded by lush rugs and pillows setting the scene for a decadent feast – towering tiers filled with decadent fruits (those blood oranges!), vases filled with fresh flowers and perfectly iced cakes on every surface.

It was the work of a talented team of Sunshine Coast wedding professionals – all of whom came together to show off their talents ahead of A Darling Affair showcasing a beautiful selection of vendors on the Sunshine Coast at the beautiful Woombye Chapel Sunday, 28th of October.

With Daisy Chain Weddings behind the lens, the  Boho Sisters styled up a storm, creating a Summer picnic with a boho vibe. Heavenly Blooms added their floral talent – soft pink flowers, including glorious King proteas, a beautiful contrast to the inky colours and brass decor pieces.

The models were dressed in a two-piece wedding gown from Ivie White and relaxed navy suit by Wil Valor. The look completed for our “bride” with a  LilyM Hats designed hairpiece and hair and makeup by The Beauty Case.

Photographer: Daisy Chain Weddings / Planning: A Darling Affair / Styling: Boho Sisters / Bride's Dress: Ivie White / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: LilyM Hats / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Beauty Case / Groom's Attire: Wil Valor / Flowers: Heavenly Blooms

Wendy Makin 2018 Couture Collection

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Aren’t Australian designers talented? Brisbane designer Wendy Makin has been producing stunning gowns for more than thirty years and from made to measure, to couture, her designs are always about timeless sensibility and her beautiful 2018 couture collection embodies that in every single design.

Instead of designing seasonally, Wendy designs constantly, inspired by her brides and using details from her work – extraordinary fabrics, or design details, to create new pieces and continually evolve her brand and its direction.

As for our favourites – it is certainly hard to choose! The beautiful ‘Anisa’ with its feminine sheer bodice floats to its gorgeous A-line skirt, while ‘Madison’ hugs the body with its clean and simple lines. ‘Nikita’ pays homage to the love of back detail with its beaded back and the beautiful, soft floral pattern of ‘Flora’ is so beautiful for a Spring celebration.

Completely designed and made in Australia, for 2018, Wendy experimented with the beautiful fabric of stretch crepe, incorporating crepe skirts, Mikado, embroidered organza and beautiful French laces in a collection that is as understated as it is beautifully designed.

The Wendy Makin  2018 couture collection is in store now.

Photographer: Jess Jackson / Gowns: Wendy Makin / Hair & Makeup Artist: Bella Brides / Venue: High Church Brisbane