When Samantha from ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHIE sent over this beautiful shoot in the mountains of Montana, it had me wanting to go and watch the Sound of Music again, and dream of frolicking through long grasses!! No really… it did!! Darci from BEARGRASS GARDENS FLORALS & EVENTS both styled and did the incredible florals for the shoot and was inspired by the natural beauty of the hills of Eureka, Montana – close to the Canadian border. Wanting to show off the natural splendour found there, she designed the bridal shoot in an old abandoned apple orchard high in the hills, with tall grasses, aged trees, and sweeping views of the wide-open valley below – a place she used to spend summers picnicking with her family. Pulling inspiration from her childhood haunt, Darci styled a table under an apple tree that was sweet, nostalgic and utterly charming… I mean doesn’t this have you wanting to grab your girlfriends for an afternoon in the sun? Upon the table was a handmade quilt Darci had stitched together herself, and colourful Depression glass, a bowl of perfectly ripe strawberries, and lively, vibrant blooms bedecked the table. Inspired by summertime this shoot shows off all the best things about the season – long days, bright colours, warm light, and summer love.
With its commanding view of the Pacific Ocean, The Valley Club of Montecito provided the perfect venue for Leslie and AJ to get married, since they wanted to be outdoors and hold it in their hometown of Santa Barbara. They wanted their wedding to blend California cool – fresh, clean and classic – with a modern and glamorous look and that’s exactly what ELIZABETH MESSINA has captured in the way only she can.
The ceremony was set up on a beautiful expanse of green lawn facing out towards the ocean, with large stone pedestal urns overflowing with white blooms at both the start and finish of the aisle. A jazz trio playing in the background provided the perfect ambience on the warm summer’s day.
Following the ceremony, the cocktail reception was held on the expansive terrace of the clubhouse, once again making the most of the ocean vista on display. The traditional country club style of the venue was transformed using a ‘spa green and white’ colour palette. Custom, elegant window dressings accented with pearls and crystals were designed to cover the existing ones. An assortment of different table shapes and sizes were set with gold rimmed china and water glasses. Gold mercury candle holders and vessels filled with abundant displays of flowers were showcased on each table. Later in the evening the outdoor terrace was transformed to a night club with a white dance floor, translucent glass cocktail tables lit from within, white leather lounge seating, and a nine-piece band that had every one of the 180 guests on their feet and dancing under the stars and strings of piazza lights.
“I chose flowers I love, which were in season and stayed within my color scheme. The flowers used were white garden roses, succulents, gardenias, and a few white peonies.“
Leslie and her mom shopped for her dress together in Houston. Leslie thought she knew exactly what she wanted – long sleeves and lace – but quickly changed her mind when she found her glamorous and sexy, yet fresh and clean, beaded, sleeveless gown. Leslie looked absolutely stunning in the dress and it served to inspire the design of the entire wedding event.
Happy Monday folks! It’s less than three weeks until I jump on a plane with hubby for our two week roadtrip in the US! I have SO much to get done before I go, so I’m hanging out to just get on that plane and relax. South Australian photographer NICOLE CORDEIRO has shared Celeste & Richard’s beautiful wedding with us today. Celeste always dreamt of having a ‘secret garden’ wedding; a place of love and laughter, where magic happens, and this became the inspiration behind their big day. One of our favourite Australian florists POPPIES FLOWERS, created some ‘to die for’ bouquet full of luscious dahlias in rich berry tones.
Tell us about your proposal: We had just moved back to Adelaide after living in Brisbane for several years and I was swamped with uni assignments so he suggested we go away for the weekend and evade family visits. I truly believed it was a study break as he had taken me away many times before. We stayed in a little cottage in the middle of a Lavender field in the Clare Valley – reminiscent of out time in Tasmania. His plan was to be kneeling down behind me before beginning his proposal. Unfortunately I turned around as he was preparing himself, his reaction was to thrust his arm towards me and blurt out “Marry Me” – I started laughing. I was completely humbled to be offered Richard’s mum engagement ring (she had passed away a few years earlier) as his parents love for one another was something out of a fairy tale.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had planned to do the traditional thing and take my mum and bridesmaids out with me, but it wasn’t meant to be. I was out having breakfast with my Maid of Honour and we thought we would take a peek at The Vintage Bride Boutique. Sarah my MOH actually picked out my dress and though I couldn’t pull it down past my bust, I was totally in love with it. I called my mum and asked if she could come down and look, but she couldn’t, I felt completely at odds as to whether I should by the first dress I had tried on , which didn’t fit– I took the risk. The final dress is a replica of the original as my mum remade it to fit me, taking off all the original lace and attaching it to a new slip.
Describe your wedding flowers: I didn’t really know what kind of flowers I wanted except that I had to have Sally and her team at Poppies create my bouquets. We decided on autumnal foliage and seasonal flowers such as dahlias, david austins and love lies bleeding in peaches, creams and pops of raspberry to compliment the bridesmaids dresses. The only request I had was to include a few twigs of lavender, to represent the lavender field where Richard had proposed
Favourite detail of the day: I have two, the morning of the wedding I received a pearl pendant from Richard, fashioned with gold in the shape of Cradle Mountain. Myrtle the vintage coffee van that arrived just as the evening chill filled the air – it was perfect timing.
Most memorable moment? My mum was meant to read the only poem during our ceremony; several words in she started crying and couldn’t continue. My 10-year-old nephew promptly jumped up, with a grin from ear to ear he read the entire poem beautifully. After everyone’s applause he ended with “you will have a wonderful marriage, even with a crying mother”.