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28th May 2018 | Issue 3

"As a wedding photographer based on the Sunshine Coast, there’s nothing I enjoy more than capturing couples who are deeply in love and openly show it with authenticity and honesty."

Welcome from the Editor With an abundance of talent in our Wedding industry, I am so pleased to bring you Issue #3 of our FLORAL SPECIAL edition packed full of creative beauty from professionals pushing the boundaries of stunningly uniqueness at every opportunity. In these electronic pages, you will find never before published styled shoots that features on this month's cover, one which instantly stole the show the moment I saw it! Also discover real love stories told through the lens of talented photographers, interviews with Australian designers, the official introduction of a very exciting rising of a Bridal Couture designer, DIY honeymoon ideas and, of course, enjoy the favourite bouquets from 10 madly talented floral designers from across Australia too! Thanks for joining the Tribe, Bryn x


Enchanting Garden Wedding Kate + Tyson - PERTH -


Bespoke Groom Wear Wil Valor Interview


Tablescape Inspiration Shoot Love in the Garden Rising Bridal Designer Ben Maudsley Couture


Sydney Wedding Stylist Poco Uno Interview


Bohemian Bliss: ARDEENA Front Cover Styled Shoot



Romantic Hinterland Wedding Tash + Jacques - GOLD COAST -

Wellness Advice 143 Wedding White Honey


FLORAL SPECIAL 10 Australian Floral Designers share their favourite styles


Elegant Beachside Wedding Kimberley + Anthony - ST KILDA -


Lush Industrial Wedding Carlee + Dennis - Central Coast-


DIY HONEYMOONS Travel ideas for newly Weds



Kate and Tyson decided that wanted their first looks to be in the private setting of the Como Treasury Hotel. Getting ready in her KWH sequin gown to stand back to back with her husband to be Tyson and then turn to see each other for the first time on their Wedding day is about as romantic as it can get! Captured so beautifully by Shannon from Shannon Stent Images, they then rounded up the Bridal party for a portrait shoot around the city and King's Park to finally arrive at the ceremony location, Lamonts Bishop's House. Everyone had already had such a fun and satisfying day and they were yet to even have the ceremony. As the sun set over the couple's gorgeous garden ceremony, Kate and Tyson became husband and wife, happily signing away on the dotted line. After family photos took place in the lush gardens, it was time to join their friends and family for champagne and canapes followed by a marquee reception under the stars.

Credits: Wedding Gown: Karen Willis Holmes // Ceremony & Reception venue: Lamont's Bishops House // Celebrant: Kirk Samuel // HMUA: Kim Deane Makeup Artist // Florals: The Wildflower Perth // Photographer: Shannon Stent Images


Poco Uno Creative is a Sydney based Wedding & Events styling business fuelled by the amazing talents of Ash Macedo. Meet the wildly talented entrepreneur whom not only designs and creates unforgettable events but who is also a singer/songwriter and owns her own Australian Homewares brand.

Weddings, events, entertainment, styling and design.

If I were to give any tips on finding the perfect Wedding stylist to couples starting out on their search, it would be preparation is key! And do your research. Research imagery through Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook. Sometimes it's easier if you have a key element that âžł "Poco Uno was born in 2012 and you're set on and you build from that ie, initially started out as an entertainment colour scheme, chosen floral. Word of business as I was a full time singer mouth is always one of the best forms of and had just finished a degree at the vendor referrals. Conservatorium of Music. Over the years, it has organically merged into a The best part about what I do at Poco ‘one stop shop’ for all things Uno is that everyday I get to work on

something creative, and as long as I am doing that I’m pretty happy! I love the fact that each day is different and I really get to push myself creatively. A day in the life of an event stylist, for us, covers everything from interior and event styling, interior design, graphic design, event management, grazing tables, planning and coordination, floral and greenery styling and entertainment - to name a few. One day is never the same as the next at Poco Uno. One day I could be at the the flower markets, the next I could be working and collaborating on photo shoots, or planning a music set list etc." Ash - Poco Uno Creative

Some fun facts you may not know about Ash: ➳ Ash is a a full time singer/songwriter and you can find her music here: ➳ Ash worked at Ministry of Sound Australia (Record Label now TMRW Music) for 6 years providing various song pitches and vocal demos. ➳ Ash is also an Interior Designer and owns Electric Eyes Homewares which is her very own Australian Homewares Brand. You can find that here: ➳ And, of course, also owns Poco Uno Ent. & Events Credits: Venues: @poolsidecafe // @beachsidedojomanly Florals + Styling: @pocounocreative Model: @tamarinlynch Dress: Hair + Makeup: @roseee_makeup Mesh Screen: @timbermillrentals Photographers: @harustudio_sydney //@amykatesnaps // @jimmyraper Jewellery: @sofia.roe Neon Sign: @customneon designed by Crystal & Brent

Ardeena Bohemian Bliss: Styled Shoot

"We were all so overjoyed with the outcome and I could not have been more grateful to the team!" Emily Ochs Ardeena originates from the word ‘Arden’, Celtic for ‘highlands’ and is also inspired by Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden – a place of magic and beauty – all of which you will discover when you arrive at this spectacular, secluded location.This stunning new Wedding venue offers and exclusive blank canvas Wedding setting just 16kms from the beaches of Coolangatta. Emily Ochs and her amazing team of talented collaborators share an exclusive look into this incredible bohemian styled Wedding inspiration shoot. "The lead up to the shoot was around a month in the making, conversing with the wonderful suppliers involved to bounce ideas around. The boho style to the shoot is very current and modern, also giving a little edge with our leather jackets and biker boots. We wanted to steer clear of the traditional and mainstream themes.

The venue is so open, lush and green it tied in perfectly with the style and with Ardeena being a DIY venue, this gave us all the more room for creativity! We wanted to create something alternative and to really give prospective couples inspiration on how they can use the space. We wanted the shoot to be fun and care free! The love is love theme is a great way to show our support to same sex couples and shows the diversity of the venue. My favourite details from the day was having the opportunity to work with all the incredible vendors involved, its so inspiring to be around such creative talent. Plus the non stop laughing and jokes!! Instagram is a fantastic visual tool when searching for vendors and get an idea of their creative style. I am also very fortunate, from working in the industry, I have gotten to know many vendors personally and know how hard working and dedicated they are to their passions and business. At the end of the shoot, we all enjoyed a glass of prosecco together and indulged in Leanne’s delicious food!!! The dedication and hard work put into the shoot shines through in these photos." Emily Ochs - Event Coordinator // Ardeena

Vendor credits: Venue - Ardeena // Stylist & Furniture hire - The Perfection Project // Florist - The Posy Collective // Photographer - Wilde Visual // Videographer - Anchored Cinema // Bridal wear - Madi Lane Bridal // Leather jackets - Hide and Rose // Catering - 2 Cooks in the Kitchen // Cake - The Sweet Society Co // Stationery - Little Duck Calligraphy // Make up - Bexi Makeup Artist // Hair - Isabella Jane Hairstyling // Photo booth - Insta Kombi // Caravan bar My Vintage Lane // Glassware - Hamptons Event Hire // Neon: Neon Republic // Festoon Lighting - Mullum Hire // Succulents - JJ succulents // Silk Ribbon Song Bird Silk


Real Wedding

High school sweethearts, Natasha & Jacques marry at the beautiful Summergrove Estate offering the perfect venue for this outdoor loving couple. Both falling in love with it's beautiful scenery, these lovebirds marry after 6 years together and a 16 month engagement. Bulb Creative share the images from this stunning Wedding day celebration. "Jacques and I were away on a little holiday in Fitzroy Island. We got up really early one morning and walked up to the mountain summit. As the sun rose, Jacques bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him!" Natasha tells of the proposal. We a love for the outdoors, 4 words describe the inspiration behind their Wedding day theme - Modern – greenery – authentic - romantic. Natasha's favourite detail from the day were the Wedding florals. "I didn’t give our florist much to go off, I just told her I wanted greenery, whites and a range of pink colours. Laura at Lola's Wildflowers said she had so much fun because she got to be creative and WOW we loved the result!"

"Marriage is choosing to be with the same person forever – no matter how annoying/sick/ugly/old they get. It’s waking up next to your best friend, every day, for the rest of your lives. My favourite moment was definitely our ceremony. It was the moment we’ve been waiting for, for what feels like forever. Walking down that aisle was the most special moment of my entire life. The pastor that married us has known us for 5 years and we wrote our own wedding vows so it was a very personal ceremony. I LOVED my dress. It really was my dream dress. I was quite picky and had a very clear picture in my mind of what I wanted. When we were bridal shopping, I was starting to get disappointed because in every store we went there was NOTHING like what I wanted. I was beginning to think it just didn’t exist. White Lily Couture was the 8th store I visited and when I put that dress on I knew it was perfect." Natasha wore the 'Juri' Enzoani. When asked what advice she would offer to other couple's planning their Wedding, Natasha says - "Just remember the most important part of the day is saying I do. The day before the wedding, my husband and I are decided we would let NOTHING upset/stress/annoy us on our perfect day. The day was less than ideal - it rained -

HARD, people were late, I got a giant muddy footprint on my train, the cake wasn’t straight, family drama etc. etc. But do you know what, we did not care, we had a blast and it was the best day of our lives by far!" What Wedding songs did you choose? Aisle – Marry me by Train Recessional – Treasure by Bruno Mars First Dance – I get to love you by Ruelle "Our photographers and videographers really went above and beyond for our day! Bulb Creative and Free Sky were truly amazing. They were so organised, friendly, easy going and made us feel comfortable. They captured our day perfectly." Tash + Jacques

Vendor credits: Photographer: Bulb Creative // Videographer: Free Sky Films // Venue: Summergrove Estate // Florist: Lola's Wildflowers // Make-up Artist: Blake Designs Makeup Artistry // Hair Stylist: Blake Designs Makeup Artistry // Cake: Sweet Art Creations Cakes Gold Coast // Brides Gown: 'Juri' Enzoani from White Lily Couture // Brides Accessories: Earrings - Samantha Wills // Bridesmaid dresses: Piper Lane // Grooms Suit: Peter Jackson // Grooms Accessories: All Peter Jackson except cuff links - Alexa Lane // Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson // Event Planner / Stylist:: n/a - all Natasha // Invitations/Stationery: Vistaprint // Band / DJ: Michael Eotvos

Bulb Creative


Choosing your Wedding florals is such a fun and important part of every couples' Wedding planning. From size, colour, flower type and sticking to your budget, these 10 Floral designers across Australia have got your big day blooms sorted. To help you choose the perfect blooms, here are fave 5 bouquets and floral designs from each floral designer. ENJOY!


Claire was amazing every step of organising and planning our wedding blooms. She took the time to understand what I liked and in the end I left it to her to make the decisions. On my wedding day I saw the blooms for the first time when Claire dropped them off and I was 100% overwhelmed with how perfect they were and how Claire exceeded the brief! You are a true artist and fantastic at what you do. Thank you again Claire I didn't put them out of my sight all day / night - Sarah Langtree From there I'll put a quote together Hi, I'm Claire and The Secret for you, you hash it out with your Garden came about because I love lover and decide if we're a match, flowers. The end. we shake on it, and then all your wedding dreams come true. Jokes aside, there is so much variety out there when it comes to I also offer the same selection of flowers; I want to push the boundaries of your "typical" florist by seasonal flowers in three different sized bunches each weekday. I offering unstructured and simplistic post a picture of a posy-sized floral designs which showcase bunch to Facebook/Instagram the seasonal flowers. night before so you can see the goods before you order which size I'm available to meet on Saturday you'd like. Bunches are available mornings from 9am-1pm to discuss for pre-order and same day orders all things floral for your Wedding; so (or until sold out, obvs) and will be long as I'm not setting up and delivered between 9am-5pm unless dropping off flowers for some other specified. amazing Wedding. Photography credits: SB Creative Co Savanah & Courtney Sweet Mary Photography


The words of praise I have for Sandi and her team are endless. This women not only created the wedding florals of my dreams but she was simply a joy to work with and made my planning so easy and stress free what more could an interstate bride want! Somehow she got us blue hydrangeas (my fav!), transformed our marquee with hanging installations and framed our stunning ceremony view with a magical arbor. Her work is truly remarkable xx - Chelsea Mason At Willow Bud, we create beauty with care, we cherish our brides and we design our flowers to be as individual as you are. Our Brides are our inspiration and flowers our passion. We create incomparable, stunning one-off pieces that are timeless, full of living grace and ethereal beauty. Ours is an ever-evolving style that breathes new life into the classics, that builds on the contemporary through the understanding of the traditional and delivers only the perfect on your Sunshine Coast wedding day. We are a small team of dedicated florists with a wealth of experience, each bringing a thought, an idea, an inspiration to life for you to hold, breath in and delight in on your day. Willow Bud proudly services the entire Sunshine Coast region. From our magical Hinterland to the stunning beaches of Noosa, Mooloolaba, and Caloundra. Photographer credits: Jennifer Oliphant


"Firstly, I have to say Ness is the most beautiful, kind and lovely human. She is an amazing, gifted and easy-to-work-with florist. I have admired her work for quite a while now through following her on Instagram and knew that the one thing I wanted was to have Ness do my flowers. I had complete faith and trust in her and boy did she deliver!! I was blown away by my bouquet and only saw it for the first time on the morning of my wedding day! But it was absolutely perfect, she incorporated all my favourite flowers and it was a true masterpiece that I would keep forever and ever! I would 100% recommend Nesst. to any bride!!! I cannot fault her work it was absolutely perfect and I feel so blessed to have Ness be apart of my wedding. Thanks so much Ness!" - Sarah Espiritu Nesst specialises in Weddings, engagements, hen’s parties, private events and occasions, corporate events, baby showers, sympathy and workshops on the beautiful Gold Coast. For weddings and events Nesst’s services are also requested both north and south, covering Brisbane to Byron upon request. Other services available are bespoke artificial and fresh flower crowns (popular for festivals, race days, family portraits and hens parties) and fresh floral displays for Gold Coast businesses. Ness's first wedding bouquet was created and adored in 2015, since then Ness has been involved in so many special days she has literally lost count! Ness’s vision is to continue to make the world a better place one flower at a time, holding gratitude in her heart for all that has come to fruition and enthusiasm for all that is yet to be born.

Words by Carley McGee @carleymcgee_creative


A magical enchantment of hand-picked botanicals and lush wild foliage, celebrate your big day with sassy floral designs by Poppy & Fern. Poppy & Fern offers unique floral stylings for weddings and events, as well as intimate flower crown workshops right across the Byron Bay hinterland region and surrounding areas. Poppy & Fern’s creative owner, Jess, has had over sixteen years experience as a boutique florist and loves giving your big day a touch of dazzling charm with truly memorable arrangements. Embracing the wild beauty of nature, Jess mixes commercial florals with freshly cut garden blooms - searching far and wide to source the perfect flowers for your wedding or event. When Brides invite Poppy & Fern into their world, they can expect a thoughtful blend of their style coupled with Jess’s expertise to create some pretty epic magic. Poppy & Fern effortlessly tells your love story and brings your vision to life by choosing flowers especially for you. Working closely with all of her couples in a one on one setting, Jess delicately interweaves beautiful floral designs throughout your special day - creating lasting memories with unforgettable arrangements that are unlike any other. Poppy & Fern’s unique wild and free approach is truly one of a kind. With their ever-growing collection of exquisite vases and vessels, unique frames for larger installation pieces and embellished ceiling scaffolds, Poppy & Fern goes above and beyond to fulfill every last detail with complete perfection. Being a part of your big day is an honour and something that is not at all taken lightly. For this very reason, Poppy & Fern limits the number of weddings and events they work with each year to ensure that every single one is filled with complete dedication, love and the full attention it deserves. Plus it means you get to hang out more. No matter what you are looking for on your special day, Jess and her team will ensure that your dreams become a reality.


“SOPHHHHHHH! I’m dying. I really don’t have the words. I actually think you made my wedding dreams come true. It was better than I’ve ever seen. I can’t thank you enough. If I thought the flowers were good, I nearly cried at the arch. And it looked just as good in the venue. Such a great idea!!! Looooooved the fireplace! Loved it all!!! You really have made my Wedding. Honestly I don’t even know how to keep thanking you beautiful. I had comments from so many people saying they have never seen flowers like it. Even the photographer says they were the best flowers he’s ever seen in his career and he is a Sydney photographer xxxx” - Tennille the bride Sophia Wilde was unearthed in 2016 by Sophie Warner. Sophia has always been a lover of nature and the ocean but a creative fire lit up in her when she discovered the more unconventional approach to floristry. It was like a wild seed planted in her creative self. Her natural, romantic, wild yet simple work was discovered organically through the wonders of social media. Before she knew it she was leaving her day to create the space in her life to live out her passion. Each bouquet, installation and all creations are made with love. Sophie consciously try’s to live a slow and simple life and this way of living radiates through her business.

Photography credits: @ivyroadphotography @musephotography_lifeofamuse


"Shannon was so friendly and helpful when we were organising our flowers for our wedding, all of the arrangements and bouquets were so beautiful - Would highly recommend" Hope Orchard

Our aim is to imbue our ethos of inspired, fun-filled creativity into all the work we do. Whether it is arranging customised floral displays and installations for your wedding or other festive celebration, or having some fun Stepping gently away from traditional floristry conventions, Shannon’s love of at a flower crown party or one of our nature has seen her style develop more other creative botanical workshops. towards reflections of natural forms and Whatever the occasion, we will work free flowing design, bringing together together with you to create beautiful, different combinations of texture and colour to create inspiring floral displays. unique events that will leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. If Shannon isn’t pottering about her We love and respect mother nature and garden (barefoot of course!) she can take every care to ensure that what we usually be found whiling away her do has as little impact on the world afternoons foraging for the foliage, around us as possible. Sustainability and branches, blooms and other organic environmental responsibility are high on elements necessary for the natural our list of priorities! simplicity her style is formed upon. We are inspired by the unique beauty of nature and humbled by its vast ability to nourish the soul and fill the mind with wonder and passion!


"It was an easy decision for us - a casual look at Lauren's work to date and you see amazing creativity and passion for what she does. Not only that but a truly lovely person to talk to :) Thank you so much for the exquisite bouquets, boutonnieres and for creating absolute magic in the marquee with the light and floral installations. Could not have been happier and it brings us such joy to look at the photos and see it all again. Thank you for making our day beautiful xo" - Cara Zoe Richards Laurel and Lace is a floral design studio specialising in unique Wedding flowers. Lauren will meet with you to discuss your Wedding floral dreams from bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements and flower crowns, Laurel and Lace have been reviewed with these top 3 reasons to recommend them: 1. Lauren was helpful and very patient in helping me to create my vision. 2. Easily contactable 3. Lauren is passionate about flowers and doing her job well. Servicing Canberra, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Sydney Photography credits: @estellaphoto


CLIENTS Sephora | The Beauty Chef | Sydney Collective| Alexander & co| The LANE | Tutu Du Monde | Aldi Australia | Inside Out Magazine | The Parlour Room | Stoneleigh | The Upside | Camilla| The Academy Brand | Mokum Studio AT THE MAKE HAUS WE MAKE MEMORABLE MOMENTS‌ We are rule breakers, we are design disrupters. We style with our imagination and without restraint. We execute what the dreamers think and best of all we are very good at it. Founded by Dani Butchart a creative stylist and designer. A lover of the visual who lives to create beauty from blankness and is inherently aware of her surroundings. A multidisciplinary creative studio focusing on interior styling, set design, creative projects botanical installations and weddings. The Make Haus delivers on amazing wedding styling. Floral Installations and bespoke styled concepts are our game - we want to collaborate with couples who want to create stunning set ups. A Creative Studio - Creating beauty from blankness. Photography credits: Jason Corroto Photo Lara Hotz Photography Amy Kate Snaps Scott Surplice Photography


"I worked with Tanya and her assistant Michelle on Saturday at Laura & Daniels big bush wedding and I can not recommend them enough! The blooms were incredible & they went above and beyond to assist with styling at the ceremony & cut down florals used at the ceremony to reuse at the reception. These ladies are super talented & all around lovely people to work with. So great to meet you & look forward to working along side you again soon!" - Kristy Smith Welcome to Sea Of Love Studio. We are down to earth Fremantle florists headed up by creator Tanya Locke, specialising in Wedding floral design, floristry workshops + also offering flower delivery services. Our style is untamed, feminine + natural. We are coastal folk who draw our energy from family time, creative tasks + ocean dips. We love to be inspired by the organic look of how flowers grow in nature in order to create our floral designs using luxurious high quality flowers + textural locally foraged plants for a visually beautiful experience. We adore working with people who are relaxed, light hearted + those who trust in our skills, eye for detail + floral experience to make the magic happen.

Photography credits: @youmeandtheseaphoto @alannahliddell


"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you again for your incredible flowers at our Wedding. I have had so many compliments and would not hesitate to recommend you." Greta - Happy Bride We love weddings at Wild at Heart. That’s why we design our blooms with love, care and thoughtful attention to detail. From the initial brief, Wild at Heart will help to create a bespoke wedding package for your special day that celebrates your individual personality and style. Working with nature’s seasonal wonders, we’ll craft floral creations you want to hold, smell, gush over and photograph. Whether you imagine simple flowers bunched in jam jars or a “wow” factor floral sculpture hanging from the rafters, we’ll work with you to make your wildest dreams come true. Wild at Heart stocks a wide range of beautiful jars, vintage glassware and other gorgeous props available for hire to complete your full setting. We also offer a full styling service to complete the dream on your day and make it as effortlessly perfect as it could possibly be. Wild at Heart also offer the ever popular loosely styled flower jar reception package and bridal blooms for those who have a specific budget in mind. Contact us today to find out more. Photography credits: Amanda Peppermint Photography

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"Anthony proposed in September 2016, and we had our heart set on a March Wedding so we waited until 2018. The proposal was a total surprise, I had no idea what he had been planning. It was a Friday evening and I had just gotten home from work and Anthony answered the door with a concerned look on his face and told me our dog Ben had seriously messed up the backyard. He then grabbed my hand and led me out to the outdoor deck and I was searching around for damage. I was looking around and when I turned to Anthony, he had a smile on his face and a ring in his hands. It was such a beautiful moment, I actually burst out laughing and then quickly said yes! So I guess his approach was to make me really mad and then really happy, one extreme to the other!" Kimberley tells of the day they decided on forever. "We’ve been together since the start of 2012, so just over 7 wonderful years and we started looking at venues pretty early on so we could secure a warm month. Many places were booked out for Spring and Summer and we chose Encore St Kilda, Melbourne for our Wedding venue." says happy Bride, Kim.

"Anthony’s brother Rocky is a wedding singer, so has been to many Wedding venues all over Melbourne. It was after his recommendation that we decided to take a look at Encore. Encore was the first place we visited, and we fell in love with it. It was just very us, and it had a good vibe. The inspiration behind the look of our Wedding theme was clean, chic and romantic. We worked closely with all our vendors to bring our vision to life. The colour scheme was white and green with touches of gold incorporated into just about everything from our guests place cards right to the sugar

flowers on our Wedding cake. My Wedding dress was the first one I saw and went to try on. It was love! I went to Bluebell Bridal in the Melbourne CBD. There were so many amazing dresses, but I gravitated to the ‘Stevie’ dress made by Made with Love Bridal. Stevie is made of Ivory French Lace with an embroided floral pattern with a slightly sheer upper bodice with a deep V neckline. I also had a matching Karen Willis Holmes cathedral veil, which my lovely bridesmaids gifted me."

When we asked Kimberley what her favourite detail was about her Wedding day and which resources helped her to plan their Wedding, she said "I absolutely loved my bridal crown, it made me feel like a Queen. After reading To the Aisle's interview article with Stephanie Browne Australia, my choice was made from there. Hands down my girlfriends were my main source of information. They had gone through the whole process of researching and booking, so I ended up using many of the same suppliers. Researching is not my strongest forte, it can be so overwhelming with how many different parts there are to book. So other couples spreadsheets and vendor lists came in very handy!" "Marriage for me, is committing to my husband that I’ll forever be his little weirdo. Yep, FOREVER. And by him saying ‘I do’ he accepts me as I am. Anthony and I are pretty much laughing all the time, as you can be seen in many of our wedding pictures and our wedding highlight video. I guess marriage for us means balance, he is the Ying to my Yang." Kiimberley tells.

ON THE DAY: "I’ll be honest, the day was a bit of a blur. We had a tight run sheet to ensure everything ran smoothly, so it was all systems go. But one favourite moment that did stand out, was me throwing the bridal bouquet and my maid of honour catching it (knocking a couple of other girls out the way) and then proceeding to do a victory lap around the dance floor. You go girl! Celebrate your victory! When Anthony and I first started dating, he made me a mix CD of his favourite songs. I decided if we made it to the alter that one of those songs would be our first dance, and sure enough ‘Lost without you’ by Robin Thicke was it. There was no other song but that one. If I offered any advice, it would be that if you have your heart set on a particular venue or vendor in mind, book them early! Organisation is the key and with the wedding industry, you can book months, even sometimes years in advance. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Iconic Pictures and Perspectives by MC. They were incredibly easy to work with and the images they captured were just magical." Kimberley + Anthony Loprevite


Vendor credits: Stationery and Wedding board: Mazii Collection // Photography: Perspectives By MC // Videography: Iconic Pictures Melbourne // Wedding Dress: Made with Love Bridal // Bridal Crown and Earrings: Stephanie Browne // Cake & Cookie favours: Bella & Peony // Ceremony Venue: Our Lady at Mt Carmel // Reception Venue: Encore St Kilda


Wil Valor provides a truly bespoke garment. Your pattern is drawn by hand, your skeleton baste fitted by hand & your finished garments are reviewed by expertly trained and experienced clothiers.

We were able to do a collaboration with artist Robert Henderson and replicate his painting onto a jacket. We have also recently designed a custom-made skull How and when was Wil Valor born? print jacket with skull print lining. Some of the skulls being coated with Wil Valor was born at 2am on flight Swarovski crystals. from Hong Kong to Brisbane with Chocolate and Red Wine in hand. Wil represents the Will of the man, the We have custom made fabric to Will to Achieve and Will to be the best represent a personal and company brand. The fabric was hand loomed in man you can be. the UK with words of meaning as the Valor represents Chivalry, Knighthood stripes. We combined the image and the culture of the brand within the suit. I and being a Gentleman. And once you put on a Wil Valor Suit absolutely loved this project and we were able to finish it off with custom this is who you are to become. Established by Mark Ferguson in 2005.made ties, hanger and bag. We have delivered over 25,000 garments and fitted over 3000 grooms. Have you ever had any wild and interesting design requests?

Do you have any tips for Grooms that are just starting out on their search for the perfect suit? Our biggest tip would be starting to

think about it now. Book a consultation with one of our style advisors to gain clarity and direction on what would work best for you and your Wedding.

menswear and delivering a quality product and design that not only our clients are excited about with but their friends and family as well.

We regularly hold Wedding Suit Master Classes to inform grooms of the options out there for them. This is an informative evening where we help guide the Bride and Grooms in the right direction based on hair and eye colour, complexion and their own personal style. All whilst complimenting the Bride and standing out themselves.

The design process is exciting along with creating an outfit that works for our client's personal style but also slightly pushes the boundaries.

What is the best part about what you do at Wil Valor? We are passionate about bespoke

It is rewarding to see our clients look and feel a million dollars for their Wedding - Mark, Director.

Sourcing and new fabrics is one of the best parts of the business and being able to present our clients with the highest quality and latest colours, styles and textures. |

Bespoke Groom Wear

Love in the Garden Wedding Tablescape Styled Inspiration Shoot

From seeing an inspirational IG post by Judy at Table for Louis to this exquisite display of tablescape inspiration, Bronwyn from Love Notes Australia coordinated this stunning, never before seen Wedding inspiration styled shoot at The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. This exclusive look into this incredible styled shoot is to see the very definition of what tablescape means: An artistic arrangement of articles on a table. The design of your Wedding tablescape warmly welcomes your guests to their impressive place at their table, provides them with the information they might need for the evening and is home to whatever theme you choose for your Wedding day. Bronwyn and 10 other amazingly talented Wedding vendors from the Gold Coast are proud to present this styled tablescape inspiration to you and also give you the chance to meet the faces behind the talent as we introduce everyone involved with a special portrait shoot.

"This Styled Shoot was a plan in the works for quite a few months and came together within 2 weeks. It started with an inspirational IG post by Judy at Table for Louis which led me to reach out and connect for an opportunity of working together. I chose the Intercontinental because of its sophisticated country charm that was a perfectly fit for the design brief. From the moment you arrive, you can't help but feel at home with it’s sophisticated country charm. Upon arrival you are greeted by the warm timber and stone features of open fire places with a grand

staircase leading to a large outdoor terrace overlooking the immaculate gardens, water fountains including a secluded lagoon. Seriously, all the feels of Summer in the Hamptons! Another drawcard for this venue was David Carlo the Wedding Planner, he is amazing and also Karin Bradley from Chelsea Flower Co. Karin was the in house florist at Versace for many years and her work is amazing! Working with exclusive brands that are passionate about who they are and what they do is always an honour." Bronwyn tells of the lead up to shoot day.

From award winning makeup artist Lara Quinn to Rhydian Lewis who is an amazing Jazz performer and Nicoletta Sagripanti from Wood & Beau whose designs are seen around the world, seeing the faces behind the brands come together for the first time and mingle in a relaxed setting with champagne in hand. "Most styled shoots consist of long days and many hours of preparation so by the time the day arrives, you are exhausted. This shoot was intentionally designed to be simply stunning with the focus on one main table which showcased the beautiful work of each vendor. Careful consideration was given when selecting which vendors to invite for the shoot. My motto in life is “less is more� so I keep the number of invited creatives to no more than 8. Also keeping in mind the level of each vendors experience within the industry to bring a high end yet relaxed style to the shoot.


Each vendor was provided with a design brief for inspiration only and left to their own imagination in creating pieces for the shoot. Whether its a stylist, entertainer or florist, I feel an artists passion truly comes to life when they have freewill to express their heart through their work. My favourite detail was seeing the table set come to life with gorgeous linens, crystalware and fresh florals featuring wandering vines of of jasmine to compliment the wedding stationery from Love Notes beautifully captured by Alyce at Cloud Catcher Studio, a featured photographer at Brand Notes." Bronwyn - Love Notes Australia

Behind the Scenes...


Nicoletta Sagripanti WOOD & BEAU


Lara Quinn HAIR & MAKEUP


Vendor credits: Photographer: @cloudcatcherstudio // Table styling: @tableforlouis // Flowers: @chelseaflowerco // Stationery & submission: @lovenotesaustralia // Venue: @interconsanc // Accessories: @woodandbeau // Entertainment: @rhydianl // Hair & Makeup: @lara_quinn // Furniture Hire: @hamptonseventhire // Linen: @coveredlinen // Shoot direction: @brandnotes WEDDINGS GOLD COAST | TO THE AISLE AUSTRALIA


"Because this was the first ever photo shoot for the BMC label, I decided to add an embroidered tulle panel with lace on the back saying “beginnings” - Reflecting the beginning journey of a couple in marriage and also to reflect the beginning of BMC." Ben Maudsley The moment Ben's Grandmother showed him how to sew on her Janome sewing machine all those years ago, Ben knew his dream of becoming a Bridal Couturier would one day become a reality. Combining his love for all things Bridal and a desire to enrol in as many courses as he could to refine his skills, we are beyond thrilled to publish his incredible work in Ben Maudsley Couture's launch shoot for you. ➳ How long have you been designing Bridal Couture? I recently started Ben Maudsley Couture 4 months ago, the moment completed my Diploma of Graphic Design. In the years leading up to the launch of BMC, I had studied fashion design full time, moved on to working in the fashion industry while studying at an array of couturier schools. From here I interned at a few couture bridal labels, which helped me immensely get to where I am today. ➳ What are some of the highlights you had during the design process:

The highlight for me is seeing the gowns come to life and evolve to become the end result. Having a vision is one thing, but combining all the factors such as pattern making, construction of the gowns and fittings is something that needs to be perfected to see an initial sketch come to life. With each design for our Brides, I love to add a personal touch to make the gown truly reflect who they are. Because this was the first ever photo shoot for the BMC label, I decided to add an embroidered tulle panel with lace on the back saying “beginnings”, to reflect the beginning journey of a couple in marriage and also to reflect the beginning of BMC.

➳ What was the inspiration behind these two designs? I wanted to design gowns that reflected the very heart and soul of Ben Maudsley Couture. Sentimentality is definitely the driving force with each gown we design, both the Bride and I. And these two gowns being “the beginning” of BMC are no different. I wanted the gowns to be strong yet femininely ethereal with an edge. Traits BMC Brides will always possess. ➳ What led you to decide on this shoot venue? Funnily enough, when I was studying fashion, our runway shows were held at the Bendigo Town Hall. I was brainstorming one day to think of the perfect location for our backdrop for the start of the label and it just came to me. In a way, it’s like a homage to my school days to represent what happened then when I finished studying and what is happening now for the label. The backdrop also reflects how I envision every one of my gowns to be, incredibly detailed and works of art.

âžł What was your favourite detail about the shoot day? Without a doubt, seeing the gowns (and my vision) come to life once the moment our models had the gowns on. Having worked so hard for months before the big day, seeing them at the final stage and being modelled made me realise how proud of myself I am and that dreams can definitely come true if you work hard enough for it. Also a big shout out is definitely needed to be said for my Mother, as she has been an incredible support to me throughout this journey.

Vendor credits: Photographer: _rachael.michelle // MUA: lestrangemua // Hair: hairbyamandaaudrey // Models: brontejones (Grey gown with sheer lace sleeves) | brittneywoodford (White column gown with silver threaded cloque fabric) // Jewellery: Bronte's earrings - mariaelenaheadpieces // Brittney's earrings jeanettemaree

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Wedding Wellness Where to Start?

Help? If you’re one of the wonderful ladies that feels stuck and overwhelmed with the thought of starting the process of working towards your wedding goals, then I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. This is the most common scenario I come across and the great news is that it can be the easiest to overcome! Some ladies start by asking for my help in order to see physically changes and

others ask for help to start a journey that has more work/life balance for an improved lifestyle! However, whatever the desired outcome is, the major hurdle and underlying concept is that they need help to take the first step. I feel that in select areas of our lives we can so easily correlate the need for ‘help’ with a sign of weakness. However, I’m going to dismiss this nonsense and remind you that it’s not only absolutely ok to ask for help, but I feel it should be encouraged. It

better or more confident for our Wedding day. This is a core reason why I founded White Honey in the first place. To help women overcome the initial barrier holding them back from starting and finding a way to move both positively and towards the goals that matter to them. If you’re a bride who feels like this is an area that is of importance to you, can relieve so much of the stress and then I encourage you just to anxiety associated with the issue and the process of simply seeking help can overcome that initial concern of starting and seeking help, by simply also be an enlightening experience. pursuing anything that seems of The reason for this is when we verbalise interest to you. It may or may not be our concerns we can also create clarity the complete experience you we’re after, but it could also lead to on what’s actually the root cause or something amazing! most important aspect to you. For example, ‘I need help finding time to exercise’ can lead to the realisation that If finding time is difficult or the thought of being able to train the most important element to tackle first is organisation. Clearing the clutter anywhere is a huge benefit, then I’d love you to take a and the commitments that are soaking up hours in your week and delivering no look at our newest series - 5 Days for Change. gratification. As Brides, we ask for help from our hairdresser on how to make our hair look the way we want it to on our Wedding day, or ask our Bridal party their thoughts on the Dress? However, we can be embarrassed at the thought of seeking help to assist us in feeling

We created it specifically to help you overcome the initial barrier, achieve clarity and also implement realistic measures you can utilise on a daily basis. It’s a nominal fee of $3.00 that simply symbolises you’re ready to take a positive step forward for something that’s important to you. Again, whatever you decide to do, just don’t get lost in the thought of what you don’t know or what you need, and just start by making one small step towards it. It’s far easier than you realise.

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"Dennis and I have been to together for three and a half years and were engaged for one 1/2 years. It was a Thursday night when Dennis completely took me off guard and proposed. I was anxiously driving home from having x-rays to determine that I had broken my finger. Dennis was expecting me to call him upon my arrival, however, I forgot to do this and proceeded to rush through the front door without an inkling of a warning to him. As I walked up the stairs to the living area I noticed that

some vases were missing from the cabinet – odd, however thought nothing of it. I continued up into the living room and down the hallway. As I stepped into the living room, there, in the middle of a thousand red and white rose petals was Dennis – handsomely dressed in a suit. Behind him were the words – Will you marry me? I was shocked, unbelievably shocked. I literally dropped to the floor. Dennis then had to tell me to walk over to him. He spoke lovely words and then asked for me to be his wife. Of course I said yes!

He then placed the most gorgeous diamond and sapphire ring upon my finger. We then laughed, cried and enjoyed the rest of the night in our first home, drinking champagne and celebrating. The next day we went to the Kangaroo Valley for the weekend. It was the most perfect end to a wonderful surprise. So as I mentioned above, I had broken my finger the night before the proposal at a game of Oz tag. Dennis at the time was extremely concerned at which particular finger I had managed to injure - my middle finger on the right. Lucky for him! In choosing our Wedding venue, we were after an industrial vibe, with a garden to have the ceremony in. We wished to not have to travel too far as we have family and friends in Sydney, Hunter and on the Central Coast. The moment I stepped into The Springs I pictured marring Dennis. It was the perfect location. A little different to other wedding venues that I had seen before and perfectly located in the centre from Sydney to the Hunter.

The Wedding theme was industrial with copper accents. I wanted to create a Wedding that wasn’t anything that I had been to before. The location fit the brief perfectly. We are minimalistic people and the reception was already how I pictured it to be without needed to bring in decorations. I love copper. So we added little copper details to the candles, the flowers and the cake. In keeping with the industrial theme, I asked my step dad to make the circular arch for the ceremony. We wanted something circular and that was large enough to be able to fit into

all photos. He was a superstar and created the arch out of an old trampoline frame – if you can believe it! My favourite details: I loved the flowers! Again was wanting to incorporate copper into the flowers to tie the theme together. Lauren from Octopus’ Garden did a wonderful job of this! Got my vibe straight away and only after one quick coffee meeting 3 weeks out from the Wedding. I loved my dress! It was divine. Wanted to be a little dramatic. And my shoes! Valentino – the only designer thing I own.

Shopping for my dress was one of the best days of my life. It was 9 months before the wedding and took just one day. It was a day with my 3 bridesmaids, my maid of honour and my Mum. We started at Double Bay visited a small boutique and fell in love with a dress that I would never of thought that I would wear. We were shocked. Was this it? We left and then headed to our booking at David Jones in the City. The boutique was stunning! Overlooked Hyde Park, carpeted and fragranced with perfume. It was the ultimate experience. We were greeted by our sales girl and then whisked away into a suite with curtains and a platform. After trying on about 4 dresses, I then stood into the one. A strapless mermaid gown, with a tulle and lace fishtail that came out from the knee. It had a long train that was layers upon layers of the most delicate lace and tulle I have ever seen. I stood on the platform then was revealed to my bridal entourage. Many tears were shed and I thought that this is it. This was the one. We cried and laughed and then left smiling and headed to celebrate with champagne as I made the decision. Pronovias was the winner, I said Yes to the Dress!" Carlee tells.

What does marriage mean to you? ➳ Marriage, to me, means laughter. Laughing with each other and at each other. Its about being able to be you – all the ugly and true bits. To be honest and to be open. Its about growing old with someone, to love them for their flaws and to support them in all lives ups and downs. ➳ Marriage is a journey, a new page in the next adventure. "My advice for other couples is to enjoy the time! It goes so fast and once its gone, you can’t get it back. Take a moment on the night for just you and your partner. Sneak off and share an intimate drink and be in the moment together."


I walked down the aisle to Sleeping at Last – Turning Pages. Our recessional song was The Beatles – All you need is love (I have a tattoo of this song on my foot). Both of these were sung by my good friend Mel Lewin. Our first dance was to Oasis – Wonderwall. The vendors that really stood out on our day were our photographer and videographer Tim and Ro from Hello Sweetheart - they were the best. They were so friendly and casual and made everyone in the Bridal party feel really comfortable. Dennis and I laughed so much. They nailed the photos and video and everyone still comments on how beautiful the photos are and how lovely they both were on the day. What resources helped you the most during your Wedding planning? I read a lot of blogs and Pinterest. Your favourite moment of the day: Leaving the aisle with my husband’s hand in mine.


Vendor credits: Makeup: Estelle Artistry // Hair: Sapphire Hair Design // Cake: Yummy Delicious // Arch: Paul Madigan (My step dad) // Flowers: Octopus’ Garden // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s shoes: Valentino // Bride’s earrings: Mimco // Music: The White Tree Band // Celebrant: Martin Bramble // Rings: Nader Jewellers // Invitations/Wedding Sign: Peppermint Press // Venue: The Springs, Peats Ridge // Photographer/Videographer: Hello Sweetheart

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DIY Honeymoon Travel

Are you more of a DIY traveller than a leave it up to the travel agent kind of passport holder? We met the writer of Talbaht's Travels on a recent Island day trip and when they sent their write-up about the day to us - it was so informative and helpful!

supports family run businesses before large chains and also, the images didn't spoil every last second of the trip, making the reader feel like there is no need to go there because they have seen it all.

"Wedding planning can be both This got us thinking that our intensely exciting and incredibly adventurous (or wanna be adventurous) exhausting. The big day itself promises Brides and Grooms would benefit from to be an extraordinary celebration of this growing travel blog resource also. you and your partner’s love and commitment to one another, and it can What really impressed me was the fact be hard to imagine anything beyond the that the blog was so easy to read and date you have been so focused on for

months, if not years. But imagine you must, because what comes after a Wedding? Your magical honeymoon! Eventually or straight away for some. I am delighted to be teaming up with To The Aisle Australia to help provide inspiration and ideas for those first precious days or weeks you will spend together as a married couple. Will you jet across the world or enjoy the wonders of your own backyard? Do you dream of lying on white sands next to aquamarine waters with absolutely nothing on your to do list? Or perhaps an active adventure calls out to you? A safari through the Serengeti? Using a kayak to explore places that can’t be found on foot? Or is it something else entirely?

I have been excited about seeing new places for as a long as I can remember, and have been lucky enough to visit five of the seven continents more than once. I travelled across the world for six months when I was 18, lived in four different cities, and have now moved to Queensland from my native England. Like To The Aisle, I prefer to support independent businesses rather than big chains, and am always seeking out unusual and bespoke experiences. I blame my parents for infecting me with the travel bug which has used up the majority of my adult income, but I can’t complain too much. After all, life’s too short not to have adventures." Kate - Talbahts' Travels

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ISSUE 3 JUNE 2018 | to the aisle mag  

COVER IMAGE TEAM: Stylist & Furniture hire - The Perfection Project | Venue - Ardeena | Florist - The Posy Collective | Photographer - Wilde...

ISSUE 3 JUNE 2018 | to the aisle mag  

COVER IMAGE TEAM: Stylist & Furniture hire - The Perfection Project | Venue - Ardeena | Florist - The Posy Collective | Photographer - Wilde...