I can think of no better reason to escape a rainy wet Belgian autumn than to head to the sunny south of France to attend the Feather & Stone Photography Workshop and that’s exactly what Gert Huygaerts did a few months back. The workshop took place at the stunning looking Le Hameau des Baux in Provence – to die for right? The simple yet beautiful styling was all done by the amazing Kerry from Lavender & Rose Weddings and the beautiful gowns are from Israeli designer Zhavit Tshuba.
Meghan Sadler shared this beautifully whimsical bridal shoot she captured and I instantly fell in love with it! Wanting to capture a bridal session with a sense of adventure and the beauty of a painting I think she’s managed just that. The beautiful silk veil and gold crown are from Erica Elizabeth and Theresa Huang did a stunning job creating the perfect natural look for the model (who is actually a wedding stylist herself!)
This top left image by Amanda K Photography was one of my favourites from Magnolia Rouge Magazine Issue 4. I just adore the colours and texture in it. The combination of the elegant and rich petrol shade with chartreuse is sophisticated and modern paired like this… chartreuse is so underrated in my opinion!
Photos from top left; Dress | Amanda K Photography, Fern | Jessica May Photography, Ring | Erica Weiner
Cake | Christa Garvis Cakes (photo Elisa Bricker), Groom | Robert Sukrachand
Chartreuse Jacket | Twigs & Honey (photo Elizabeth Messina), Bottles | Matt Edge Photography, Bride | Elizabeth Messina
Alyssa Joy Photography sent us this lovely fall bridal shoot of Kimberly that they captured on her family farm just north of Nashville, Tennessee. Aren’t the colours in this delicious? Love the pairing of the cardigan and the plaid shirt with the skirt too! Perfect cover ups for a casual fall wedding!
Photography | Alyssa Joy Photography, Makeup | Stephanie Harrison, Hair | Kelsey at Lush Hair and Nails
Sweater | H&M, Dress | The Bride Room, Lula Kate McCants Design, Veil | The Bride Room, Watters
Headpiece | handmade by a friend of the bride, Flowers | Cheryl’s Flowers
Happy Monday everyone!! It’s a scorcher here today… in fact the whole weekend was. It’s giving me a glimpse into how challenging it’s going to be sitting at the computer over the next few months on days like this. I know right – first world – or rather blogger world issues!! It’s hardly anything to complain about, but I’m struggling for motivation when I just want to get outside into nature and enjoy the elements! I must admit to usually spending a good part of the weekend at my desk getting work done, but over the past month I’ve had practically work free weekends, and it’s been soooo lovely! We’ve done lots of work in the garden and around the house, visited farmers markets, cooked some delicious food and had plenty of walks with Charlie… it’s been utterly lovely and has me wanting more!! Anyway speaking of lovely, we’re starting off the week with a gorgeous Byron Bay wedding from the wonderful Anthony Hoang, and since I need to get back to my book in the sun (he he!) I’ll leave it to the gorgeous bride to tell you all about their day…
Tell us about your proposal: Last September (2012) Dom and I flew to the states for a three week holiday and while staying in a little town called Stowe in Vermont Dom proposed. We had got up to go for a walk to see the autumn leaves (beautiful time of year!) and he surprised me while pretending he was trying to take a picture.
What was the inspiration for your wedding? Originally from Tasmania I love the countryside and for me the Byron Bay hinterland is one of the prettiest places in Australia- I love the food, the people and the scenery. We really wanted to wedding to be intimate and to take advantage of the beautiful countryside in Byron and when we found Byron View Farm we were blown away by the views. The day really was built around making the most of that space and creating a fun and relaxed setting to share with our closest friends and family- the music and the picnic setting with everyone sharing drinks as the sun set over the paddocks was really special. We chose Harvest Café in Newrybar as the reception venue because it is a favourite of ours- the food is sensational and all locally grown and sourced, we are both bug food lovers so that really was what we wanted to be showcased at the reception. We had long platters of slow roasted meats and fresh salads and sides.. there was so much food we couldn’t fit it all in!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was looking for something stylish but quite classic and simple. I spend a few weeks looking at different designers in Brisbane but when I tried on my dress at Wendy Makin I knew straight away it was the right one – I loved the simplicity and delicate French lace, it was so comfortable!
Any DIY/Budget elements? We collected jars for months in the lead-up to the wedding and then had them spray painted gold and used as vases on the day. I also had a good friend collect San Pellegrino bottles for me and we had those decorated and used as water bottles for guests. I worked closely with our event stylists, little birdy events, who gave me so much inspiration and to come up with small cost effective touches for the day. We purchased picnic blankets and cushions on sale for the picnic, made a donation to OXFAM instead of a traditional bonbonniere and used paper bags with tea lights to decorate the dance floor.
Describe your wedding flowers: to match in with our colour theme of pink, peach, lavender and mint pastels the bridesmaids all had bouquets a mix of pastel flowers with touches of lamb’s ear. We also had jars filled with lose flowers hanging from trees, on the reception tables, on the picnic blankets and tied to the chairs for the ceremony.
Favourite detail of the day: My favourite part of the day was the picnic- we really wanted the afternoon to be special and I really did feel like everyone enjoyed that part of the day especially. We had blankets set up across the grass with cushions and little timber boxes with cutlery and vases of flowers for everyone to sit around, acoustic music playing in the background, antipasto platters and fresh fruit for people to share, tubs of Tasmanian champagne and South African beer (a little nod to our hometowns), water served in decorated San Pellegrino bottles and picture frames hanging from the trees for guests to take photos. I spend the most time planning this part of the day and was so please that it all came together.
What advise would you give out to a couple planning their wedding? Decide as a couple what elements of the day are most important to you both and plan your day based on that- your wedding day is yours to create so if you don’t like cake- don’t have one, if you want a unique venue- go for it! Save money on the things that aren’t so important to you both and do your research, you don’t have to use all traditional wedding suppliers; ask a multimedia student to film the wedding, create your invites digitally and just pay for the printing costs etc.
Most memorable moment? A tie between the best man’s speech and watching my 11 year old brother take charge of the dance floor at the end of the evening
Photography | Anthony Hoang, Cake | Harvest Cafe, Florist | The French Petal, Stationery | Lauryn James
Ceremony Venue | Byron View Farm, Reception Venue | Harvest Café Newrybar, Dress Designer | Wendy Makin
Shoes | Joanne Mercer, Jewellery | Swarovski, Hair & Make-up | Misha, Bridesmaids Dresses | Babushka Ballerina
Grooms Attire | Custom made, Stylist | Little Birdy Events, Caterer | Harvest Cafe
For all that I love the dreamy, light and romantic film look, I also adore a more gritty, darker style of photography. This engagement shoot by Don Barrington is a perfect example. I love the drama and emotion of these images, and the story of them all together as a set. And I especially love Tom and Annabel’s little pup of course! Gosh rural Australia is truly divine!!
Don travelled to Dubbo – in rural New South Wales – for the shoot which took place on Tom’s parents farm; offering them over 100 acres to roam about and explore on. Be sure to also check out their super fun wedding here.