Bride and groom sitting on balcony of Centre for the Book

An Opulent Wedding at Centre for the Book, South Africa

Oh la la, I have something really special to share with you today. I love everything about Marina and Milan’s opulent Centre for the Book wedding in South Africa.

The couple chose to hold their wedding reception at the Cape Town venue due to their love of literature. This incredible Edwardian library building provided an amazing backdrop for their fabulous wedding, and the gorgeous domed atrium of the central reading room created the perfect setting.

The venue lent itself perfectly to their styling, with long banqueting tables covered with beautiful burgundy crushed velvet tablecloths adorned with candelabras, glassware and pretty flowers. I love that Marina and Milan gave each guest an old book, tied with a velvet ribbon; perfect for their concept.

Bride and groom sitting on balcony of Centre for the Book

The couple’s style influenced everything about this wedding. Marina wore beautiful embroidered floral shoes, which looked amazing with her stunning white column dress with plunging back detail from Carina Le Roux. She completed her bridal look with a marvellous over-sized bridal bouquet of burgundy blooms and loose foliage.

It’s not often you see bridesmaids in black (although I love this look) or wearing shirts, but this is exactly what Marina’s bridesmaids wore and it looks fabulous.

Our thanks go to Michelle Du Toit Photography for sharing these amazing pictures from Marina and Milan’s fabulous Centre for the Book wedding. Enjoy!

I Realised I Was In Trouble

“I had an eye on her when we acted together in our third year, but she made it clear that she wasn’t interested. The next year we were in a small class for our honours in acting. I was the only guy in the group so could pick who I wanted to act with. She was the best actress and I wanted an excuse to get her alone, so I chose her to act with.

“The play we were in had a few kissing scenes which I would usually act in just a little longer than necessary. After a lot of coffees and running lines together, she always made sure there was another person present for some irritating reason. I realised I was in trouble. I was really in love.

Bridal bouquet in a vase

Bridal shoes with colourful petal design

Wedding dress hanging in window

Bridal preparations

Bride holding bouquet in front of mirror

It Would Never Work

“One day she was coming to rehearsal in the pouring rain. I still remember she on a green jersey on with a long white dress underneath her costume. She looked up with her huge blue eyes and greeted me with a smile. I kind of cracked and told a friend who said he wouldn’t tell a soul – he told her in a matter of two days. Nothing is confidential in the Drama Department.

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Bride and groom kissing at Liverpool Dock

A Rustic Themed Wedding at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

I have such a lovely wedding for you today. Emma and Chris had a beautiful, traditional church wedding ceremony with their family and friends and then chose the fabulous Titanic Hotel in Liverpool for their wedding reception and party – and wow, what a celebration it was!

The Titanic Hotel is such an impressive venue with a wealth of history and charm. Emma and Chris arrived at the venue in a fabulous vintage car, whilst their guests travelled in a vintage bus; the perfect start to the celebrations.

Bride and groom kissing at Liverpool Dock

I love the wedding styling details that adorned the hotel – rustic yet still in keeping with the beautiful hotel decor. Each table had a tall floral display of either a beautiful floral mix or a pretty blossom tree with hanging glass baubles with candles, and the ceiling shone with suspended paper lanterns and festoon lighting. To add to the rustic styling, the chairs had pretty hessian sashes tied into bows.

I adore the traditional four tier wedding cake with the hessian detail, set upon an oak slice, giving the cake a rustic twist, and what better place to display the wedding cake than on an old rum barrel?

Emma looked a million dollars in her stunning beaded Madeline Gardner wedding dress with a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos, and Chris looked pretty dapper too in his cool blue suit and check waistcoat.

With the backdrop of the hotel and Stanley Dock, photographer David Walters Photography took some truly amazing pictures…

Bride having make-up done

Bridesmaid dresses hanging on back of door

Detail on wedding dress

Wedding dress hanging Jimmy Choo bridal shoes

Flower girl dresses

Father of bride getting his jacket

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Bride with big smile looking at groom

A Relaxed Urban Warehouse Wedding in Melbourne

Oh I do love a wedding with a relaxed, party vibe; throw in a warehouse venue and I am very happy! The urban warehouse space, Gather and Tailor in Melbourne, provided the perfect backdrop for Brent and Georgia’s wedding, and gave them a fabulous blank canvas to style as they wished… and style it they did!

The couple had an incredible neon pink ‘Til Death’ sign made, which they framed with an amazing floral installation, to create a great backdrop for the ceremony. During the after-wedding party, guests enjoyed espresso Martinis, doughnuts, delicious sharing platters of food, and lots of booze!

I really love Georgia’s style. She didn’t want a traditional wedding dress so chose a beautiful dress by Ellery, finishing her bridal look with “killer heels and some big, kick-ass earrings”!

Photographer Sayher Heffernan was behind the lens to capture this very cool urban warehouse wedding, and I am delighted to share Brent and Georgia’s big day…

Bride with big smile looking at groom

Hilarious, Surreal and Perfect

“We met very late in the night, or should I say, early hours of the morning, at Pony, a bar in the city. It sounds clich√© I know, but we just kind of ‘worked’ straight away and wanted to see each other all the time. Nine years later we decided to get married, so I guess we were both pretty sure we had found the right one by then!

“Even after nine years together and lots of chats about maybe getting married, I was completely surprised and had no idea it was happening! Brent had the proposal all planned to happen by the ocean (my favourite place to be), on the Mornington Peninsula where my parents live.

“However, in true ‘Georgia style’ I kept getting side-tracked while Brent seemed desperate to get me down to the beach! Little did I know, I was completely ruining his plan. In the end, he gave up and the nerves took over. While I set the table in the backyard for a big family lunch, he secretly placed my ring on an old tree stump in Mum and Dad’s backyard and proposed right there. It was hilarious, surreal and perfect all at the same time.”

Bridal preparations

Bride smiling before wedding

Heart tattoo on woman's arm

Taking picture of bridal prep on phone

Woman having make-up done before wedding

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Bride and groom holding arms out

A Cool ‘Wedstock’ Festival Wedding in an Orchard

Today we have something a little different to share with you. Following a summer of festivals, I’m very excited to share this cool Woodstock inspired wedding.

Alice and Ben’s ‘Wedstock’ festival wedding is so vibrant, unique and fun. There are so many amazing details, but one of my favourites is Alice and Ben’s attire. Alice wore an incredible lace wedding dress with large floating sleeves, and Ben wore a very cool, relaxed suit, bright shirt (the funkiest shirt I have seen for a wedding!) and cravat – such a cool couple! And wait until you see what the celebrant wore!

Bride and groom standing next to Wedstock sign

The wedding took place in an orchard that belongs to Alice’s uncle, and was the perfect spot for this laid-back wedding. The whole wedding was bright, bold and fun. I love every one of the styling details; the origami birds, pom poms, chair ribbons, fun signs around the venue… it all added to the ambience of the day.

As well as the fabulous pictures by Jacob Boodrie, we also have a very special video of Alice and Ben’s amazing day. This is a really cool time-lapse film created by Time-Lapse Tales. It’s an innovative style of capturing weddings and experiences by blending videography with photography. Isn’t it cool!

Fun-Loving People

“We met at university where we lived in halls together, and started off as best friends. I proposed to Ben with an impromptu proposal in bed one Sunday afternoon, but Ben got jealous that I’d beaten him to it. So, he decided to propose back to me on a boat in the Hudson River in New York.

House

Bridesmaid with Wellington boot

Bridesmaids looking at phone

Locket with old photographs in

Label on wedding dress

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Two brides in front of a vintage Ford wedding car

A Rustic, Handmade Wedding in a Dairy Barn

This wedding is just incredible! Robyn and Whitney chose the amazing Yandina Station in Queensland, Australia, as the setting for their wedding. The historic venue was the perfect choice for their rustic theme, with the unique combination of vintage beauty and incredible views of the rugged country backdrop.

The pretty colour palette set the tone for Robyn and Whitney’s laid-back, rustic affair. The colours really come to life in the couple’s bridal bouquets, and these are some of the most incredible blooms I have seen. Stunning.

Two brides in front of a vintage Ford wedding car

I am so in love with their style and beautiful wedding dresses. Whitney chose¬†‘Saskia from Karen Willis Holmes, a beautiful wedding dress with bodice top and customised corset skirt. Robyn wore ‘Pippin’ by Wtoo by Watters, a stunning slim-fit dress with a geometric lace pattern. Having two dresses to swoon over makes me so happy!

Robyn and Whitney, along with family members, made much of their wedding decor, including the table runners, favours, signs and table numbers. Bonnie Jenkins Photography captured the details of the wedding beautifully. Come and see…

A Storm and a Teacup

“Robyn and I met at the local RSL we both worked at on the Sunshine Coast. Robyn had just come back from three months in Europe, and few months prior I had moved back to the coast from Brisbane. We spent four years on the coast working and having fun before deciding to make a move to Mount Isa.

“We went to Byron Bay for a long weekend and the music festival ‘Splendour In The Grass’. After we checked in to our beach house we decided to have afternoon tea at the lighthouse, but it was a cold and rainy day. We watched the storm roll over the hills and on to the beach, taking in the beautiful view.

“Robyn poured a cup of tea for me, then looked at me intently until I realised the black mug had turned into a picture of her on one knee holding a sign saying ‘Will you marry me?’. She then pulled a box out of her pocket, opened it, and after a few tears I said yes! It was a surreal day and one of the happiest.”

Bridal bouquet with ring attached

Buttonholes

Bride having eye make-up applied

Bride reading letter before wedding

Bride and bridesmaids during morning preparations

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