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Jane & Simon’s Joyful Mount Tamborine Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements,


Jane & Simon

I love to laugh, loud uproarious laughter that makes noise echo from the tree tops and this beautifully captured joyful Mount Tamborine engagement photos of Jane & Simon captured by Sophie Baker, are just that. Filled with laughter that you can practically hear through each photo and a story of a couple who clearly adore each other.

Jane and Simon share their story. “We first met in High School – Simon was at the grade 8 induction and Jane was a grade 9 liaison. We were both part of the basketball program and each had a crush on the other but were too dorky or shy to do anything about it.”

Simon had some convincing to do to get Jane alone for the proposal, she remembers. “Simon planned an incredibly romantic proposal at Paronella Park. The plan was to go on the midday tour and when we arrived at Teresa Falls, the tour (Guide and all) would carry on without us, unbeknownst to me. I really did not want to miss out on the tour so it took some quick thinking on Simons’ behalf to convince me to stay behind. He proposed with the falls behind us and in complete isolation, surrounded only by the birds and trees. It was magic. Every year we plan on going back to sit by the falls and enjoy the romance all over again.”

The shoot reflected a glorious day for the couple, Jane noting “Simon took me on our first date to Tambourine Mountain. We looked at the art galleries, ate too much fudge, drank too much wine, then ate too much pork knuckle. We often return, especially in the cooler months to enjoy a wine in front of a fireplace or an amazing view. It made sense to include it in our wedding, especially seeing we were getting married in Townsville, where we both grew up.”

On what she loves about her future husband, Jane remarks “There are so many things but two things stand out right away. He has a terrible sense of humour…which I can’t get enough of. The jokes are often wholesome and have a distinct 90’s throwback – the direct opposite of my own.
Simon has a gentle heart. It is not often he makes a decision without giving it full consideration to how it may impact the people around him. He is by far the most considerate person I have ever met.”

On what he loves about his wife to be, Simon says “Janey is the most thoughtful girl I’ve ever met. She always puts others before herself and I find that very special. Jane loves talking (even during movies) and I’m more of the quiet type, so we complement each other perfectly. She’s always making friends whether at the supermarket, shops or a servo due to her infectious personality.” Adding “I’ve never met someone who cares so much for family, friends and animals, and this proves that she has a heart of gold. I’m just thankful that she also has heart space to care for me, I’m one lucky bloke!”

Photographer: Sophie Baker
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Chic Beach Wedding Colour Palettes

by | Bride, Wedding Inspiration


With the warmer weather, comes the celebration of weddings by the sea. Today we’ve created six chic beach wedding colour palettes to inspire your own walk in the sand.

Whether your beachside celebration is all about the citrus brights, or you prefer a more classic colour palette of greens and taupes, the sea makes the most beautiful backdrop – for colour, for metallic for neutral.

We’re inspired by these combinations of citrus oranges with bright pinks, to chic slate blue and apricot and even the drama of black and gold.


Spring Green & Taupe

Photo by Soda Photography  via Modern Tropical Wedding Ideas


Citrus Orange, Pink & Yellow

Photo by Folklore Weddings via Ashleigh & Luke’s Relaxed Bunker Bay Wedding


Slate Blue & Apricot

Styling by Sandra Chau Design, Photo by Amelia Soegijono Photography via Nghi & Henry’s Romantic Sydney Engagement 


Charcoal, Gold & Cream

Cake by BVKED  Photo by Peppermint Photography  via Decadent & Alluring Seaside Wedding Inspiration


Hydrangea Blue, Hot Pink & Purple

Photo by Love + Water Photography via Romantic Underwater Shoot in Maui


Teal, Marsala & Peach

Styling by Pretty Little Lane photo by Emma Nayler  via Jewel Toned Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Lavan Photography via Beth & Daniel’s Traditional Melbourne Wedding

Dotties, it has been such a good week around these parts. There was sunshine. There were sneaky chocolate hits galore as we prepped for New York Bridal Fashion Week. There was one of the much-loved patterned people’s imminent return from the land of babyhood and plenty of wedding content. It has been so lovely enjoying the sunshine and brand new beginnings that the week has brought to life.

And what else did the week bring to life? Plenty of gorgeous weddings! We popped all our content into this week’s roundup for fun (and easy reference!) and would love to hear which post you loved the most!

Joseph surprised his bride with a serenade and he sure looked dapper as he did it. Check out his groom style.

Old world glamour and stunning photography in this Bendooley Estate wedding.

We chatted to Rockpool Events about their stunning inner city Melbourne venue!

First look memories from groom Matt

We do adore gin around these parts – whip up this Fizz cocktail!

Toni shared some sage advice with us after her country wedding

Escape to the topics with these tips on Whitsundays Weddings & Honeymoons by the sea from those that live there!

Loving the honeymoon travel tips from this digital nomad

Zoe McMahon shared what inspired her as a photographer (along with beautiful images of course!)

The most gorgeous Winter wedding with vintage high tea details

Magnolia leaves make the most beautiful contrast – try this wreath tutorial over on Polka Dot Made.

One last hurrah to Winter in this ode to cold weather weddings

Grooms! Mr Houndstooth is all the ball this week with his top tips on that little thing nobody talks about – pocket squares!

Beautiful details in this bohemian bridal shoot in a forest. 

Stunning gowns in this Australian designer’s debut bridal collection.

What do you need to know before booking your wedding photographer? We find out.

5 stylish ideas for displaying your wedding photos

Oh we do love a surprise wedding!

Stunning stories as this Melbourne wedding unfolded at Abbotsford Convent



Ever dreamed of marrying in the beautiful Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens? Well this weekend on Sunday 24th of September, you’ll be able to get all the details as they host their open day! From beautiful displays, to taste testing – it’s all on show! Bookings are essential so head to the event page to find out more.

Raffaele Cuica is popping up in Brunswick with a 70% off sale! Opening this weekend, the popup store will have sample gowns starting from $799 for sale, next door to their main salon. Head to the website for more.

Have you heard the news? Oleg Cassini has a brand new salon in Australia and they’ve just launched their accessories collection! Designed to be affordable and beautiful the accessories collection beautifully complement the gowns with veils, jackets, sashes and slips! Visit their website for more.

Our film of the week comes from the team at Marry Me Movies. Kristen & Trent chose the country for their big day, toasting champagne with guests amongst the hay bales, dancing under the stars and saying the most beautiful vows.


Catherine & Dylan’s Ethereal Old World Elegance Wedding At Bendooley Estate

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Catherine and Dylan

A wedding that pays homage to your own sense of style – whether that is classic romantic or bohemian – goes down as magic in my book. Catherine and Dylan planned an ethereal old-world elegance wedding at Bendooley Estate, that was every bit as beautiful as the title leads us to believe. Luckily they chose James at All Grown Up Weddings to capture every last moment.

The newlyweds met at university, Catherine recounting “I was 19 and studying commerce, Dylan was 20 and studying chiropractics. I worked at the uni bar and met Dylan one afternoon in September. I saw him again at a house party where he lent me some tracksuit pants out of the back of his car because I was cold. We still laugh that he gave me pants as his first gift! But seriously, Dylan was selfless and kind from the start – thinking always about my comfort and happiness.”

The bride chose a beautiful Karen Willis Holmes gown to which she added accessories to change her look throughout the day. She tells “I wore custom Karen Willis Holmes, a structured ivory fit and flare dress with a v-neck and spaghetti straps. Over that, I wore a Chantilly lace top with full-length sleeves and button up back. I took off the top at the reception and replaced it with a glittery belt (because who doesn’t love a tiny bit of shiny!)” She added, “The experience with the lovely consultants in Paddington was easy, quick and fun with my Mum and sisters providing guidance and support. I didn’t get overly emotional, I just said ‘Ýes, this is good – here is the credit card!’”

Emma Blake Floral created the stunning floral arrangements for the day, including an arch under which the couple married. The arch also happened to be Catherine’s favourite detail of the day. She noted “I loved the arch under which we were married. The floral arrangement was stunning and everyone commented how spectacular it looked against the lake backdrop.” She adds “Emma Blake Floral designed stunningly beautiful bouquets, the ceremony archway, table and ceiling installations and other incredible touches. The brief was dark but creamy and moody tones, wild but classic.”

Catherine tells “My father walked me down the aisle to the song ‘1000x’ by Jarryd James feat. Broods. Dylan cried happy tears the entire time.”

The couple chose Bendooley Estate for their ceremony and reception. Catherine explaining, “We were set up by the lakeside for the ceremony and had pre-dinner drinks at the cellar door. The Book Barn had three long tables for a relaxed but glamorous reception. We chose wines not on the menu and ensured there was Moet & Chandon flowing all night long. We had delicious share platters of roast lamb, chicken, salad and sides.”

Of her vision for the day the bride explains, “Our wedding had autumnal, ethereal styling. I wanted to capture a sense of old-world elegance and Great Gatsby theming inside a beautiful country book shop (Bendooley Estate). I am a horse rider and country girl at heart (despite always living in Sydney). Dylan just wanted me to be happy so didn’t mind where we got married. “

Of their photographers, Catherine tells, “All Grown Up Weddings were a fantastic photography collective to work with – I had the option of many talented photographers. James was funny, easy-going and professional. He felt like a friend by the end of the day. He made us all feel very comfortable and was present without being intrusive. He moved quickly and confidently, ensuring we utilized the best spaces (despite the drizzly Southern Highlands weather).”

The couple’s wedding cake was created by The Cake Arcade and featured a topper of fondant-crafted replicas of the bride and groom with their bouncing dog, Bertie.

The newlyweds chose “Dog Years” by Maggie Rogers for their first dance. Catherine remembering, “Dylan was nervous to dance so we had a very short but special moment together before inviting everyone onto the dance floor.”

To cap off the beautiful day, With Heart captured this film; the video showing the emotion, the beauty and the moments of the day.

Congratulations on your big day Catherine and Dylan! Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to All Grown Up Weddings for sharing today’s stunning celebration!

Photographer: All Grown Up Weddings / Cinematographer: With Heart / Styling: Hannah Stayton / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Nelder Jones / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy / Bridesmaid Accessories: Pandora / Groom's Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Hairstylist: Samantha Hancock Hair / Makeup Artist: Emma McGill / Flowers: Emma Blake Floral / Invitations & Stationery: D & D Letterpress / Bridal Party Gifts: The Bridal Box Co. / Venue: Bendooley Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Nina De Borde / Accommodation: The Coach House at the Rift / Accommodation: Peppers Craigieburn / Band: The White Tree / Favors: Etsy / Wedding Cake: The Cake Arcade / Wedding Ring: Linda & Co Jewellers / Transport: Wedding Cars Of Distinction