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Marlborough Sounds wedding by Deborah Foote


I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the wonderful Julia of Studio Home with this post today. Her sister Caroline got married a few short weeks ago to Simon, in the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound in the South Island with a team of amazing vendors. On top of showcasing the gorgeous photos of the day by Deborah Foote, there’s an amazing giveaway of some awesome products + a nights accommodation at the end of it – SO be sure to scroll to the bottom to find out the details and then head over to Studio Home to enter! But before that the gorgeous bride shares some details of their day with us…

“I was very keen to have the wedding in the Queen Charlotte Sound as it is a special place for our family and where Simon had our first New Zealand trip together. Simon happily obliged. Furneaux Lodge matched us with its relaxed friendly style which became the main vibe we were trying to create throughout the day. This meant low key but lovely elements which we both liked and trying to keep it simple for everyone involved.”

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How did you meet? Simon and I met in Launceston, Tasmania where I was living and working at the time and he was living two hours away in Coles Bay. Our mutual friend Nick (who performed the role of celebrant for us on the day) felt it was important for us to meet considering Simon was coming on a trip to New Zealand with us later in the year and would be spending time with my family and me. We were very pleasantly surprised by each other and by the time the NZ trip came around Simon was coming to be introduced to my family as my boyfriend.

Tell us about your proposal: After three years and then six months of travelling and camping around Australia in our Ute Simon decided that the stability of home and friends was the perfect setting for a proposal. He had secretly arranged with my mum to have a family ring arrive in Australia and with our good friends visiting us from Tasmania for the weekend he proposed to me in the living room of our Queensland cottage.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I searched fairly half heartedly for a dress to purchase and had just started thinking about exploring dressmaker options when my close school friend announced to us that she was giving up her day job to pursue her training and talent as a designer – starting with a bridal range! I spoke to Caroline and could not believe my luck to be able to work with my good friend to design the dress for my wedding. Working with Caroline (Caroline Campion Couture) was amazing, even though she was my friend she was professional and warm and found ways to make my ideas work! This is a big heartfelt plug for Caroline – she made the experience extremely special and relaxed as I trusted her completely. When it all came together it was just magic.

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Any DIY/Budget elements? Being in a remote spot (boat access only) and keeping money in mind we were DIY everything we could! We created our own invites using Instagram photos of us over the last few years. I made the envelopes for the invites out of an out of date atlas. We also used maps to make origami animals to mark the seating plan on the tables and food labels. Simon and I went on op shop hunts the week before the wedding to gather our earthenware vases. We had incredibly talented guests who supported us hugely by providing home baking for dessert, mum made the cake, a friend helped with our hair, and we had a gang for the decorating, making petal confetti, and flower arranging. Not to mention Nick as the celebrant of the marriage and good friends assisting with the photography. We were so lucky to have amazing people resources available to us which made the day even more memorable. The bridesmaids and I did our own make-up after a lesson at Mecca Cosmetica.

Describe your wedding flowers: Being an hour away by boat and the day after Valentine’s Day we knew from the beginning that we would be looking to the native bush and bach gardens for the flowers. Luckily the hydrangeas in the bay were having a bumper season with a really unique array of colour combinations and petal textures. Another talented guest and florist Briar Redfern-Pokaia lent her skills to our bouquets and buttonholes with the bridesmaids having greeny-blue tones and my bouquet more green and white with touches of raspberry-red to go with my lips. The vibe was relaxed and natural. The flowers in the marquee, again pulled together by guests, where miles and miles of a prolific native creeping fern which we gathered and wrapped around the poles. Varieties of other native greenery were foraged, along with gum-nuts for the Aussies, and were used in clusters of vases.

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Favourite detail of the day: We loved that it was more than a day! We had guests arriving on Friday for a BBQ then time to see people on Saturday before the wedding and then the event itself and breakfast on Sunday. For us the whole month felt like a beautiful big celebration with friends and family often meeting each other for the first time.

Talented friends were a theme and photographer Deborah Foote was a prime example! She quietly worked her magic and captured the light simplicity of our day without us even noticing. The bridal party had so much fun during the photos and Deb was skilled at facilitating and capturing genuine (and flattering!) moments for us. Another pleasure was wearing the organic fragrance Vintage’13 from Abel, a beautiful warm scent carefully created by another good friend and guest Frances Shoemack. Abel generously provided us with samples of the fragrance for wedding guests to enjoy too which added another meaningful touch.

I also think that working with Moira and Steve at Furneaux Lodge with their professional, relaxed staff was a major reason for the success of the day, it was seamless and the food was delicious! 

Most memorable moment of the day: Having a waterski on the morning of the wedding and then finding my plait had completely matted from the salt water! It took four people hacking at it with brushes and mum with scissors to untangle it! This was memorable as the only stressful time, the rest of the day was wonderful moments one after another.

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So now for the awesome giveaway details!! Check them out below and to enter for one or all four of them head over to Studio Home to lodge your entry. A night at the lovely Furneaux Lodge sounds like just the ticket to me!!

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Photographer | Deborah Foote, Florist | Briar Redfern-Pokaia, Venue | Furneaux Lodge
Dress Designer | Caroline Campion, Shoes | Witchery, Jewellery | Beady Cats, Bridesmaids Dresses | Juliette Hogan
Grooms Attire | Roger David, Fragrance | Abel, Caterer | Furneaux Lodge

Mornington Peninsula Vineyard Wedding by Aparat Photography


I had the pleasure of meeting Aparat Photography – a brother and sister team from Melbourne – earlier this year at the Nordica workshop, so it’s with absolute pleasure that I feature their work on the blog today with this stunning vineyard wedding that took place on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Having spent many weekends and holidays in the area throughout their relationship, getting married in this part of Victoria had extra significance to the couple and they wanted to showcase the area to their visiting guests.

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Tell us about your proposal: We were living and working in Amsterdam at the time and took a week’s holiday to Lake Lugano in Switzerland. We decided to walk to a beautiful lookout point and we came to an opening in the trees where you could see the snow-capped Alps meet the lake. It was there that Tristan nervously got down on one knee.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After many years of driving past Amalina Vitale’s gorgeous shop window in High Street, Armadale and marvelling at her elegant gowns, I made an appointment to finally try some on. I had my mother and sister with me and when I put on my dress, it was perfect. Pretty, elegant and it felt incredible and I knew at that moment that it was to be my wedding gown.

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Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was soft and rounded featuring mixed spring blooms including freesias, hyacinth, lisianthus and double tulips. We had hanging jars and bottles at the ceremony containing spring florals and a heavy sprinkling of white rose petals for the aisle. Guests were given rose petals to throw as we walked down the aisle. The reception tables were covered with an eclectic mix of jars and lots of candles filled with spring florals. The bridesmaids held bouquets with soft taupe roses, hyacinth and lisianthus.

Favourite detail of the day: Our intimate wedding ceremony including the story of our relationship which was a surprise to our families and they loved it. 

Most memorable moment? The first kiss and dance were special moments but the weather had a huge impact on the day. We had a blue sky, sunny day and when the sun set over the panoramic views of rolling hills and vineyards, we just felt that the day was perfect in every way.

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Photographer | Aparat, Cake | Bride’s Aunty, Florist and stylist | Hello Blossoms, Stationery | Danielle Sweeney Design, Ceremony Venue | Willow Creek Vineyard, Reception Venue | Salix Restaurant, Dress Designer | Amaline Vitale, Shoes | Tony Bianco, Jewellery | Egetal, Hair & Make-up | Voila make-up Artistry, Bridesmaids Dresses | Jigsaw, Grooms Attire | Patrick Johnson and Double Monk Shoes, Celebrant: Lise Rodgers, Stylist | Hello Blossoms, Caterer | Salix Restaurant

Country Chic Utah wedding by Shannon Elizabeth


There are many things that serve as inspiration for your wedding day and for Jessica & Justin’s country wedding it began with the flowers… or more specifically the Juliet Rose. With a degree in Horticulture Jessica knew she wanted flowers everywhere so that part of the planning was an easy decision. It was the colours in the Juliet Rose – her favourite bloom – that created the palette they used throughout from the bridesmaids dresses to the stationery. Another important factor was the brides grandmother’s. “I had amazing relationships with both and found myself adding little details of their own personal heirlooms to the tables, entrance, and décor. All of the table linen was my grandma’s fabric and lace that my mom sewed together to create the long reception table. To add a very personal and sentimental touch, I wired pairs of earrings from both of my grandma’s that they had given me and added them into my bouquet. Also, to add a touch of something that Justin loves, Justin and all of the groomsmen had hand-tied; fly-fishing flies, in all of their boutonnières.“ Thanks to Shannon Elizabeth who did a gorgeous job of capturing their day!

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Tell us about your proposal: Justin was always planning outdoor adventures for our weekends so when he picked me up to go fishing I didn’t think anything of it. We went to the river, cast our lines, and waited. I got a bite and started to reel it in when I noticed Justin was very nervous about the fish on my line and followed it the whole way in. When I finally had it on the shore I realized it wasn’t a normal fish but it was metal. I grabbed it and read the words “Marry Me?” when I turned around to see where Justin was he was right there kneeling on one knee asking me to be his wife. (Justin’s best friend was in the water down the river waiting for us so that he could attach the fish on my line… It was May in Rexburg, ID so that water was freezing!)

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I am one of the most indecisive people and had absolutely no idea what style of dress I wanted so I was nervous about the whole situation. My mom was in town visiting and we thought it would be a good time to just go try some on to find the style I was looking for. I took three dresses into the fitting room and thought I was going to be in trouble because I liked the first two but when I slipped the third dress on I had my ah-ha moment and knew that was the dress. It was crazy how it felt like it was made for just me! I of course had to take pictures to send to my sisters because I couldn’t make the final decision without their approval and then found myself back at the store that weekend making the big purchase. My mom is amazing and honestly can do anything so she took my dress and did all of the alterations. She built the dress up and added on the sleeves and the beautiful lace detail. I loved the ¾ sleeve and really think that made the entire dress. 

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Any DIY/Budget elements? I have an amazingly talented family so when it came to the planning I really wanted to utilize everyone’s talents. My dad cooks awesome BBQ, my sisters helped me with my make-up, hair, flowers, and really had the eye with the décor and setting up, my sister- in-law created our invitations, my moms best friend created our amazing cake and food, and my mom is just simply amazing. My mom hand painted our invitations, altered my wedding dress, put together all of the decorations, planned everything, and made it an amazing day. (She is an interior designer that has a million talents so I had to take advantage of them all).

Favourite detail of the day: I really don’t have any one favourite detail… I honestly loved EVERYTHING!

Most memorable moment? The most memorable moment was the minutes that Justin and I had right before we walked out of the temple to greet all of our guests. It was like the world stopped and it was just he and I. Finally married and just whispering to each other “we did it”, “we’re married”, “I love you”, and Justin saying for the first time “Mrs. Barrick”.

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Photographer | Shannon Elizabeth, Videographer | Maggie Glendenning, Cake | Cynthia Hanson, Stationery | Jennie Hyde
Ceremony Venue | Salt Lake City; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple, Reception Venue | Brides family home; Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville, UT, Dress Designer | David’s Bridal, Florist | Jessica Lee Hyde-Barrick,
Grooms Attire | JC Penney, Planner | Jennie Hyde, Caterer | Cynthia Hanson



Mexico Wine Country Wedding by Megan Sorel


The colours in this Mexican Wine Country wedding by Megan Sorel are so divine! Even before they began planning their destination wedding, gorgeous bride Azure knew she wanted a “bohemian chic wedding with a touch of vintage“.  There was a hint of the 1920s with natural elements and soft colors ensuring it had the romance the couple desired. Choosing La Villa De Valle – a boutique hotel and winery – as their wedding venue, offered them the perfect location as well as great wine and food. The ceremony was made all the more personal and emotional by the fact that one of their best friends officiated and guided it.

They had some drop-dead gorgeous florals designed by Merijam Roelofs at Rose and Camomile that incorporated the texture & wildness of the outdoors but still retained an element of soft romance. For the bride’s bouquet, pastel-hued peonies and garden roses were used with touches of succulents for texture. As for the sweetheart table, Merijam created a real statement piece with a lush table runner reminiscent of a wild garden featuring pastel colored roses, stock flowers, lisianthus, tuberoses and native wild flowers from the valley of Guadalupe.

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How did you meet? Noah (my husband) had just moved to San Diego, and moved into a high rise across the street from where I worked. I had taken a position as a bartender, helping to open my good friends bar. During the summer afternoons, Noah and his good friend Matt would spend their time at my bar working to get out of the house. The first time that my husband and I saw each other, there was true moment of recognition. He insists that he knew the moment he saw me that he knew that there was something strange and magical there. In the weeks to come we ran into each other while out, and the spark was still there. He then asked me over for dinner and made me the best puttenseca pasta I have ever had. We fell asleep under the stars in his hammock and I have been by his side ever since. 

Tell us about your proposal: Noah and I were coming up on our four year anniversary and he surprised me with a trip to europe. We started our trip in Madrid, Spain and drove up the Costa Brava – the east coast of Spain. We spent our days exploring Spanish beaches, Moorish castles, and the streets of Barcelona, falling deeper in love as we went. We then took the train through France, stopping in Toulouse, and ending up in Paris. On the very last day of our trip, it was our four year anniversary. We went to the Louvre, walked the streets of Paris, and ended up in the very finest Mexican restaurant in Paris. Being from San Diego, the thought of margaritas and guacamole sounded perfect. After anxiously waiting for two weeks on this romantic trip through Europe, he pulled the ring out of his pocket in his jeans and asked me to be his wife. It was perfectly ‘not planned’… so us. I guess the tequila gave him the courage he needed… we were married exactly one year later to the day in Mexico. 

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Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I found a boutique in Del Mar, San Diego so I went to try on dresses with my sister and mother. While we were there, I picked up a couple of Jenny Packhman dresses off the rack, and I fell in love. With it being the first time trying anything on, and the dress I wanted being over my budget, I did a little research and found a wedding boutique called Glamour Closet in Los Angeles. When I walked in there was a Jenny Packhman dress on a mannequin right at the entrance. It wasn’t the same dress, but it was from the same collection with many similarities. It was on sale off the rack. My girlfriends and I all agreed that this was the right dress and I said yes to that dress!

Favourite detail of the day: As a part of the ceremony, Noah and I asked our Mother’s to ‘give advice’ on how to best deal with a love for their own son or daughter. Both Mother’s spoke with sincerity, humor, and love. There was not a dry eye in the house.

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Photographer | Megan Sorel, Hair & Make-up | Channing Williams, Flowers | Merijam Roelofs at Rose and Camomile
Brides gown | Jenny Packham, Venue | La Villa De Valle, Guadalupe Valley

Big Sur Wedding by Danielle Poff Photography


A proposal in Big Sur and their love of the stunning California coastline was inspiration enough for Beth & Chris, when it came to planning their wedding. Once they secured their venue the rest fell into place. With the surrounding nature being so stunning it didn’t require a whole lot extra so they kept it simple and elegant. They enlisted local vendors to handle the details like flowers and catering and Danielle Poff was there to document all the simple, rustic beauty.

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Tell us about your proposal: Chris proposed to me in February at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur while we were camping for the weekend . We had arrived on Friday evening and set up camp. Saturday morning we drove down Highway 1 to do some hiking and see some of the beautiful waterfalls in the area. On our way back to the camp site to cook dinner we took a detour down a narrow, 2-mile-long dirt road to hang out at Pfeiffer Beach before the sun went down. Pfeiffer Beach is secluded by cliffs on all sides and has beautiful tan and purple sand that comes from garnet rock. Chris had carried the ring around in his day pack all day! We were enjoying the ocean view when Chris popped the question. My first response was “you tricked me!” because I was so surprised! I of course said yes many many times after that!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I found my dress at a local boutique named Nouvelle Vogue near my apartment in San Mateo, California.  I was looking for something slim and lace with some movement and lightness.  I had only tried on a few other dresses at another store so I thought I was at the beginning of my search. However, the minute I tried on my Cymbeline gown at the salon I knew it was perfect! It was beautiful, elegant, and comfortable.  The asymmetric layers of lace reminded me of the ocean and my wedding venue. My very talented mom made a beautiful belt to go along with my dress. 

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Any DIY/Budget elements? I created the invitations myself using materials from my favorite craft store Paper Source. I had a blast designing and making each piece! It allowed me to add a very personal touch and really set the tone for the wedding. I also made the name tags for the dinner table, the guest “book” and the program.  My husband put together a DIY photobooth that was a huge hit!

Describe your wedding flowers: Kate Healey from Big Sur did our flowers.  She uses all in-season flowers that she grows herself. I sent her a few pictures of my vision and she created some beautiful arrangements! We decided on a color scheme of coral, succulent green, deep purple, light pink, and crème.  My vibrant bouquet was stunning; I was able to put my great-grandmothers brooch on the ribbon around the flower stems as my “something old”.

Most memorable moment? The most memorable moment was sitting next to my new husband at the end of the evening around a giant fire pit on the property next to the Pacific Ocean. We were surrounded by our favorite people listening to the waves and the crackling fire.  Everyone was laughing and smiling.  It was the perfect start to our married life.

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Photographer | Danielle Poff, Florist | Kate Healey Flowers, Venue | Wind & Sea Estate; Big Sur, Dress Designer | Cymbeline
Hair & Make-up | Rhonda Johnson, Bridesmaids Dresses | J. Crew, Caterer | A Big Sur Affair

English Country Wedding by Emma Case


This is one of those weddings that you really don’t want to miss out on an invitation… it just looks like far too much fun was had!! I instantly want to be friends with them all and join in the festivities. It reminds me of an village fete! I mean herding ducks in your wedding dress, a piñata instead of a wedding cake? … so fun! I’m thrilled to share the work of the amazing Emma Case for the first time on the blog today with this country wedding on the brides family farm in Worcestershire, England.

Be sure to check out this talented bride’s gorgeous illustrations… chances are you’ve seen some of them at H&M or Gap.. they’re super cute! Dawn shares more about their day with us…

What was the inspiration for your wedding? ”I always knew I wanted to get married where I grew up, even though I now live in London I am still very close to my family home and always imagined having it there, we did look at a few barns and village halls around the local area where you had the option to make it a bit more DIY but everywhere we looked just started to seem a little too far from home, and as we wanted to get married in my local Church we didn’t want our guests to have to travel too far to the reception afterwards. So we thought a Marquee in our field on our farm would be perfect! Then we could do whatever we wanted!

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Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had tried on it must have been over 50 dresses when I cam across Luella’s Boudoir at a vintage wedding fair in London.  I booked in for an appointment to visit her boutique in Wimbledon; it was by far the best shop I’d visited!! I loved the fact that I hadn’t seen anything before! The dress was called Maria by Otaduy. I was drawn to the soft pink/peach tulle skirt of the dress! It had a thick cream lace top bodice to it with tiny buttons down the back. It also had some shoulder straps on which I had taken off.

Any DIY/Budget elements? Yeh, loads! Homemade bunting, stencil banners and wooden signs from reclaimed wood from my dad’s chicken sheds! , Vintage flags, crates/suitcases, deckchairs, coffee sacks, tins/jars, old milk bottles with advertising on bought from car boots.  Borrowed hay bales from a family friend. Festoon lighting and coconut shy, from ebay. DIY dress up area made and put together ourselves. Candelabras, plastic animals, joke bags, storm lanterns, retro pineapple and apple ice cube holders, plastic parrots for bar, croquets pillows and blankets in woven baskets, scrabble letters and stands, stepladders, again all from car boot sales. Giant industrial cable reels which we used as tables in the seating area found in on my dads farm! 6 oak whiskey barrels for tables outside and tin baths for beers also from car boot sales.

I made all the stationery myself, as I am a stationery designer. Our table names were all animals! So we had the dinosaur table, cow table etc!! The table plan was some reclaimed wood hammered together to make a huge sign.  Each table was labelled with the animals head, mounted like a hunting trophy.  The names were Dynamo labels stuck underneath. There’s some great photos of guests faces when they realised they were on the dinosaur or pig table!

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Describe your wedding flowers: Soft and natural, I them to look like they had been just thrown together! – We don’t like anything too thought out or styled. Mark’s mum, did all our flowers with her good friend! And we had loads!! These are the few I can remember… Peach Hypericum Berries, Craspedia, Astible, Roses, David Austin Roses, Gypsophila, Peonies, hydrangea, lavender, stocks, thistle, spray daisies.

Most memorable moment? We gave everyone sparklers to wave us off at the end of the night.  My husband had organised Karma Kars (surprise to me!:-D)  to take us off for the evening.  The car pulled up outside the marquee covered in fairy lights.  As we drove off, je ne regrette rien blared from the music system, the crowd parted and we drove through a sea of sparklers, we both sat back in the car looked at each and said ‘I didn’t think that would work!’ The whole day was perfect.

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Photographer | Emma Case, Videographer | Magic Hour –Wedding Films, Florist | Grooms Mother, Stationery | Bride
Ceremony Venue | Good Shepherd Church, Hook Common, Worcestershire, Reception Venue | Marquee on family property
Dress Designer | Maria by Otaduy, Shoes | Topshop and Hunter Wellies, Jewellery | Urban Outfitters, Hair |  Carla McGunigle Make up | Jennifer Jane Makeup, Bridesmaids Dresses | Warehouse, Asos, French Connection, Flower girls | Monsoon
Grooms Attire | Suit; Aquascutum, Waistcoat; Paul Smith, Shirt; Reiss, Tie; Hentsch man, Lace Pocket Square; Marwoos
Grooms Shoes | Churches, Caterer | Bishop’s Catering, Duck herding demonstration | The amazing Quack pack