The Wedding Playbook Volume 11

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in this issue Kayla & Dale 04 Nicole & Michael 13 Woodland Rose 22 Alyssa & Andrew 27 Rustic Restaurant 34 Buttercream Dream 36 Lisa & Ben 40 Supplier Guide 48 Sorbet Flora 57 Megan & Ross 64 Your Questions Answered 74 Screen Siren 78 Candlelit Coastal 82 Veronika & Steven 85

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Kayla + Dale

captured by curly tree photography

After a romantic proposal in Santorini, Kayla and Dale planned their beautiful bohemian luxe wedding, featuring romantic berry tones and whimsical florals. Their rustic farm setting serves as a stunning backdrop for clever styling ideas that will have you pouring over the details!

Finding the Dress “I didn’t have to do a lot of looking when it came to my dress. When I put it on I could have walked out the door then and there and got married - that’s how I knew it was 'The One'. I made a few adjustments, sewing in straps and lowering the back, and once complete it was an amazing dress!”

"The planning was an adventure all its own! We had lots of highs and lows, tears and laughs, made decisions and then changed our minds. At times it was stressful but other times things just fell into place."

The Styling “We picked a ‘Lucky Dip’ package from a local styling company as it took a lot of the stress of designing away from us. All we had to do was create a Pinterest board of our favourite ideas and they did the rest - we didn't know exactly what we were getting until we turned up. When we saw it for the first time, we just fell in love. It was very relaxed with a romantic, boho feel.”

Best Advice 1. Make sure it’s the wedding you want. It’s one of the most special days in your life, so it should reflect both of you. 2. Take a moment to yourselves and just let it sink in – you’re married! Sit back and appreciate the beauty of your special day. 3. Invest in an amazing photographer!

Location New South Wales Photography Curly Tree Photography Venue Greenfield Farm Estate Celebrant Sassy Celebrants Styling & Flowers The Wedding Designer Gown Q’nique Bridesmaids Lana Berry Lace Dress by Langhem, Swish Clothing Hair & Makeup Maple Lane Hair & Makeup Suits RDX Cake Wild Rose Sweets Transport Krusin Kombis Music Jake Folbigg, EAO Entertainment Catering H & H Catering

We have the perfect venue for you From Fort Scratchley’s stunning backdrop of Nobbys Beach to the soaring arches of the Museum’s Link Gallery and the grandeur of the Concert Hall at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Venues provide endless opportunity for the perfect wedding. Small intimate weddings and large family occasions can easily be catered for with our fabulous range of room options, including the evocative Barracks, awe-inspiring Earthball Gallery and beautiful arched windowed Hunter Room. Newcastle Venues have highly experienced on-site catering and decorator services with an intimate knowledge of our venues. Our Venue Services team will work with you every step of the way to help create a wedding of your dreams.

Our Venue Services team Our experienced and professional staff will work closely with you to ensure your day is memorable. Do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 4974 2166 for a tour of our rooms, to request a personalised quote or further information.

Booking your event Please contact our Venue Services team to discuss times, dates and any special requirements. Phone (02) 4974 2166 Email

Nicole & Michael captured by bianca kate photography

Nicole and Michael’s elegant winery wedding is a relaxed outdoor celebration from start to finish! With a reception under the stars on their wish list, the festivities included long-table dining amongst the vines, a mouthwatering dessert bar and plans to dance the night away.

Bridal Party “We wanted the bridesmaids in a very light colour so our flowers really stood out. With the boys, we kept it simple with a vest and pants. Mainly we just didn’t want them to have to spend too much money.”

Entertaining Guests “We made sure the dance floor was always pumping with great music. One thing we wanted was to keep the time spent sitting at the tables to a minimum. We had some short but meaningful speeches before and after the main meal, and the rest of the night was spent up and on our feet, dancing and socialising.�

"Our first dance was a highlight. We spent a few weeks having waltz and salsa classes - it was so fun to have that experience together."

Best Advice “Make the day how you want it and don’t stress about the little things. Also, take a step aside on the day to take everything in.”

Location Western Australia Photography Bianca Kate Photography Film The Wedding Tape Venue Cullen Wines Celebrant Maureen Nicholson Styling The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator Flowers De La Terre Gown Bridal By Aubrey Rose Bridesmaids Coco and Lola Hair Ham Creative Makeup Jenna Italiano Groomsmen yd. Cake Bake the Cake Transport Dunsborough Wedding Co



Margaret River’s Secret Garden is a prestigious wedding venue in the South West of Western Australia, offering an exclusive, private garden for your Wedding Ceremony or Intimate Twilight Reception. We welcome your enquiry and invite you to discuss your special requirements, to create the perfect Wedding here at Margaret River’s Secret Garden.


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Woodland Rose captured by twig + fawn photography

Set in a fragrant pine forest, this woodland wedding inspiration is a feast for the senses! Texture and rich colour reign supreme, with wild blooms and fresh picked fruits tempting us to table. Balancing rustic and bohemian style, this bride pairs an exquisite lace gown with a natural bronzed glow and floral hair comb.

Location Queensland Photography Twig + Fawn Styling & Flowers Wildflowers & Moss Furniture Hodgepodge Hire Gown Lé-lujah Bridal Hair & Makeup Absolutely Lucy Model Bianca Sylk

Alyssa & Andrew captured by the evoke company

Long-time loves Alyssa and Andrew’s restaurant wedding has a chic, contemporary garden vibe! Their fresh white and green palette is perfect for summer and we love the attention to detail – from the divine outdoor lounge and post-ceremony drinks station to the couple's flower-filled reception.

The Dress “I had a style in mind and ended up picking something completely different! It must have been the 20th dress I tried on, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one.�

reception style “The tables were a mix of round draped with grey linen and long timber trestles to break up the space, topped with white florals and an abundance of candles. My nan, mum and I made our wedding favours, painting small terracotta pots white and planting them with succulents.�

the Bridal Party “I didn’t want something that I would look back on in 20 years and say, ‘What was I thinking?’, so I opted for a simple ivory dress paired with nude heels for the bridesmaids. The groomsmen wore navy suits, ivory shirts, polka dot bow ties and dark brown shoes.”

"Relax and enjoy the experience - don’t overthink the planning process. If you like an idea, run with it!"

Location New South Wales Photography The Evoke Company Film Geo Matts Ceremony Rhododendron Gardens Celebrant Maree Langlands Reception Seacliff Restaurant Styling & Flowers Be Designed Stationery BD Creative Studio Gown Alex Perry Bridesmaids Zimmermann Hair Tess Evert Makeup Maria T - Makeup Artist Suits Ron Bennett Cake Sweet Little Treats Entertainment Nathan Flint Music Transport Kombi Limousines

Rustic Restaurant captured by peggy saas

Add a striking feature to your rustic reception with a hanging installation made from a repurposed ladder! Complete the look with dark Bentwood chairs and raw timber tables topped with gold tealight holders and flowers displayed in burnished brass vessels.

Location Western Australia Photography Peggy Saas Photography Venue Indiana Cottesloe Beach Flowers Botanica Naturalis

Buttercream Dream captured by lilli kad photography

Artfully gathered florals in creamy yellow and blush mix with modern gold and concrete, creating a tranquil space for intimate nuptials. Ethereal in layers of organza, this classical beauty wears a dewy makeup look and refined hairstyles perfectly suited to the dreamy setting.

Location New South Wales Photography Lilli Kad Photography Flowers Oh Flora Stationery The Little Press Gowns Karen Willis Holmes Hair & Makeup Martha B. Model Celine Gourley, Brazen Model Agency

Lisa + Ben

captured by cavanagh photography

Engaged in a beautiful garden in Kyoto, Lisa and Ben’s DIY country wedding features a serene waterside ceremony and illuminated marquee reception peppered with gold accents. Their celebration is the perfect blend of stylish handmade details and professional touches in all the right places!

the planning “I work in events so I was very practical about planning our wedding, but it was important to me that Ben was an equal decision maker. Weddings are the one opportunity in your life to thank your closest network for all that they’ve done, and will do, to support you in your relationship. We made sure every aspect made our guests feel appreciated and special - we hope they did!”

"We asked our guests to specify a song to be played on their RSVP - one replied with a whole list, including sentimental value!"

handmade projects “Most of our wedding was a DIY job - I worked my way through endless weekends of decorating and roadside scavenging! We designed the space, sourced the furniture, spray painted all the gold items, put together complimentary toiletry baskets in the bathrooms and created welcome notes for our guests in their hotels. Given it was at home, it was a labour of love, but a very personalised one.�

top tips 1. Don’t forget that it’s about the marriage, not the wedding. There’s no point getting married if your groom thinks you’re crazy by the time you reach the end of the aisle! 2. Remember what it’s like to be a guest. You’ve asked people to spend time and money to be with you, so make sure they’re taken care of. 3. Remember to leave time for the important stuff - the people. You want to have enough time throughout the day to actually be present with everyone, especially your partner!

Location New South Wales Photography Cavanagh Photography Venue Private Property Celebrant Marilyn Collins Planning & Styling The Bride Day Coordination Girl Friday Weddings Marquee & Furniture Beavis 'Your Event Team' Cocktail Furniture The Wedding Designer Flowers Carolyn Collison Gown Karen Willis Holmes Hair Maple Lane Hair & Makeup Makeup Kylie Papa Suits Roger David Cake Bec’s Cake Creations Entertainment Event Entertainers Transport Hunter Valley VeeDubs

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new south wales chanele rose flowers

popcorn photography

Chanele Rose Flowers is Sydney based and dedicated to providing fresh, pretty and new floral ideas. Our style is carefree and garden whimsical – and all about creating a unique mix of lush blooms, with gorgeous style and lots of class!

We’re in the business of creating beautiful imagery, providing eternal memories for elegantly quirky couples in love. Capturing your real connection, raw emotion and candid moments is an incredible part of our job - we want to share your story.

new south wales newcastle venues

sammy & lola

From Fort Scratchley's stunning backdrop of Nobbys Beach to the soaring arches of Newcastle Museum's Link Gallery and the grandeur of the Concert Hall at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Venues provide endless opportunity for the perfect wedding.

Sammy & Lola can quite literally put your name (or most anything else) up in lights. When you visualise your perfect day, do you see your guests exclaiming “Wow!” as they walk into the room? You just might be a Sammy & Lola bride.

queensland gaynor cobby celebrant services

celebrant at your service

Gaynor Cobby is a professional, warm and lovely celebrant based in Sydney. “I’m passionate about love. My aim is to craft a perfect ceremony that reflects both you and your fiancé - one that you will remember for the rest of your life.”

Debbie Hardwick is a fun, friendly and professional celebrant based in Brisbane, who’ll keep things meaningful and relaxed as you say “I Do”. It’s your day - simple and personal, fun, crazy or conservative - let’s make it everything you wish for!

queensland jess mauger floral design

new england flower co.

Jess Mauger Floral Design is a freestyle florist with an unrestrained, organic flair specialising in custom, en vogue wedding and event florals on the Queensland Capricorn Coast. Jess consults on all facets of design, whether a lavish gala or intimate soiree.

A boutique wedding florist bringing creativity to vintage floral designs in South East Queensland and Northern NSW. If you’re looking for a fun, relaxed experience and someone to bounce ideas with who brings passion, expertise and artistic flair, Jessica is your girl!

ivy & bleu events

with style weddings & events

Ivy & Bleu are specialists in creating beautiful events, offering wedding planning and event styling, floral design and DIY hire options across South East Queensland. With our bespoke services you’re in control, we just help turn your ideas into reality!

Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide catering, styling and planning for weddings along the East Coast of Australia. Whatever your style, we ensure your special event is uniquely designed, managed and focused on capturing your personality and vision!

queensland bulb creative

kaitlin maree photography

Specialising in wedding and couples photography, we’re Gold Coast based but available to travel anywhere. Our photoshoot approach is all about creating moments for you to showcase your personalities, allowing us to capture the true essence of your relationship.

I’m a natural light wedding and lifestyle photographer based in South East Queensland. My photography is lightfilled and romantic, creating simple and authentic photos that elegantly capture your life and love, while keeping your experience personal and fun.

lyndal carmichael photography

shannon hope makeup artist

My top priority is to give you amazing wedding photos but it’s also really important to me that we have fun doing it! My couples often comment how they feel like they are just hanging out with a friend.

Shannon is a professional makeup artist specialising in flawless complexions from the Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay. Creating a makeup look to suit your style, her immaculate finish withstands all the elements - tears, laughter, rain and champagne!

queensland avideas

begitta - bridal & couture

Specialising in lighting and styling, we provide expert consulting in design dĂŠcor, ceiling rigging and installation, audio visual and sound equipment, marquee lighting, a large range of unique styling pieces and endless ideas!

Unapologetically feminine, Begitta creates divine wedding gowns that are classic with a rich, modern twist. She adores glamorous styling and dramatic silhouettes with an effortless luxury that can only come from a beautiful bespoke gown.

gillian bell cake

the landing at dockside

An artisan baker who uses organic, local and seasonal produce, Gillian develops all of her recipes so couples can have a wedding cake created especially for them. With flavours like strawberry and elderflower, fig and violet, her cakes are often finished with edible flowers.

Brisbane's premier wedding and event venue with an atmosphere unmatched by any other waterfront location. With our experienced coordinators, award winning food and a spectacular setting, you are sure to have the perfect day.

victoria arthouse studio

catherine forge photography

An event design, coordination and styling company who specialise in bringing your Pinterest inspo to life! At Arthouse Studio we love pushing the boundaries of our creativity to deliver a one of a kind experience unique to you.

Melbourne based photographer Catherine’s style is relaxed, natural and intimate. “I don’t ask my couples to do much posing, and instead focus on the experiences and emotions of the day - the joy, laughter and spontaneous moments.”

western australia sorella flower merchant

willow lane creative

A boutique wedding florist in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, we are passionate about exceeding your expectations and look forward to meeting with you to discuss an upcoming event. - Courtney and Tamarin xx

We’re a floral design and styling studio delivering gorgeous blooms for the style conscious bride. Recently named one of the Top 25 wedding stylists in Australia, we specialise in small intimate weddings in Perth and the Margaret River region.

western australia chalk art magic

margaret river’s secret garden

We specialise in beautifully hand illustrated wedding chalkboards and signage. Directional signs, menus, photography props, backdrops, seating charts and table numbers - all bring a personal, creative touch to your day.

A destination wedding venue offering an exclusive private garden for wedding ceremonies and intimate twilight receptions. After getting ready in a luxury guesthouse and exchanging your vows, enjoy countless photo opportunities and a celebration under the stars.

peggy saas photography

taylor mitchell photography

Peggy Saas is a hopeless romantic who loves to capture the intimate and candid moments that often go unnoticed. She has a keen eye for the small and beautiful details, capturing the beauty of each wedding in her unique whimsical style and creating everlasting memories.

Perth based photographer Taylor records the natural beauty that unfolds on your wedding day. Capturing all the love, laughter, passion and candid moments that show your story and personality, in a photojournalistic style you can look back on forever.

australia wide event entertainers

baker boys band

A boutique collective of musicians and creatives, we enhance your event to produce a celebration to remember. With our personalised service, planning your event entertainment is friendly, professional, and easy. Contact info@

Baker Boys Band truly are the exceptional choice for your wedding entertainment. Showcasing some of Australia's best professional young musicians, they guarantee to fill the dance floor and get your party jumping!

nu creative

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Nu Creative designs handcrafted stationery and signage for couples Australia wide. Whether it’s a simple invitation, custom chalkboard design or full wedding stationery suite, we’ll help make sure the most important day of your life is also the most beautiful.

This is just a taste of the suppliers we recommend as part of The Playbook Creative - a community of the best in the business who are ready to make your wedding day amazing! Click here to visit our online guide and prepare to be inspired...

Sorbet Flora

captured by lyndal carmichael photography

The Ceremony

Mimosa Bar

The Reception

Location Queensland Photography Lyndal Carmichael Photography Venue Summergrove Estate Creative Direction & Model Styling The Wedding Playbook Styling, Furniture & Lighting Ivy & Bleu Events Flowers New England Flower Co. Stationery Nu Creative Cake Sweet Ruby Cakes Gowns Made With Love Hair & Makeup Harpier Accessories Molten Store Suit Black Jacket Suiting Models Kirsty Macleod & Kieran Pugh

Megan + Ross

captured by angela rose photography

This wedding has beautiful surprises around every corner! Megan and Ross created a day they would both adore, where eclectic woodland meets classic beauty. We love Megan’s designer gown and the couple's atmospheric reception - truly the indoor enchanted forest and memorable experience they wanted.

The Planning “We had a relatively short engagement as we just wanted to be married! The best part was spending time together on a project we both cared about. We have very similar taste and style, so it was fairly easy to make decisions. We emailed each other frequently with ‘Wedding Progress’ and would tick tasks off as they were completed.”

The Dress “I had a few hiccups throughout the search as I found it rather overwhelming - there’s quite a lot to choose from. I learnt not to go wedding shopping when you’re hungry or tired! I wanted something elegant with a high neck and was immediately taken by Alex Perry’s collection. I relied on my mum and sisters for their honest opinions!”

" We were married under a beautiful Jacaranda tree - it was in full bloom and the perfect backdrop for our nuptials. We wanted a setting that was classic and romantic, but also relaxed."

The Reception “We wanted an ‘indoor enchanted forest’ and were overwhelmed by what our stylist created for us. It was a magical experience reflecting on the space. We had hanging greenery, dozens of scattered vases with flowers, loads of fairy lights and romantic brass and gold tableware.”

Top Tips 1. Get a videographer. The day goes so quickly and it’s great to have it captured forever. We watch ours all the time and still get teary! 2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. The wedding is just one day - you have a lifetime to make memories! 3. Take time out to look around you and feel the love. 4. Have fun and be flexible. Weddings aren’t meant to be stressful, despite being a very important day. If things don’t go to plan, at least it’s a memory!

Location New South Wales Photography Angela Rose Photography Film Encore Media Ceremony Sydney University Quadrangle Celebrant Jessie Cacchillo Styling & Bouquets Your Wedding Flowers Love Sign Florafull Reception Merivale Styling & Flowers She Designs Events Cake Andy Bowdy Pastry Gown Alex Perry Bridesmaids Zimmermann, Warehouse, Bec & Bridge Hair Lisa Minnett Makeup Veronika Moreira Suits Jack London

Your Questions Answered...

Photography Kait Photography Venue Preston Peak Wines Flowers Deane's Wedding Flowers Gown Mia Solano Bridesmaids Brides of Toowoomba Wraps Review Hair Elizabeth & Co Makeup Hope O'Connor Makeup Artist

What are some sweet ways we can include children in our ceremony? - Debbie Hardwick celebrant at your service

Some of my most beautiful experiences as a celebrant have been when children were involved! Older children can be a bridesmaid or groomsman, do a reading, give the bride away, or if 18 or over, be a witness. For blended families, a candle or sand ritual is symbolic of joining your families together. You could also have your celebrant ask your children for their blessing of their parents' marriage. Involve younger children as flower girls and ring bearers, or write them into your vows. You could also give them bottles of bubbles to play with during the ceremony - it keeps them occupied and looks nice if they happen to float into a photo or two!

I've found so many different wedding ideas I love – any tips on how to narrow it down?

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celebrations by alysia

with style weddings + events

It’s wonderful to have access to Pinterest and Instagram, however it does get hard knowing where to begin or end! To help you stay on track, start with a colour palette you love. From there you’ll find a trend in your searching, and creating your own style will fall into place.

Whether you just don’t know where to start or you're feeling overwhelmed, I recommend looking to nature for your inspiration. Check with your florist or stylist for what's available in your chosen season and build from there - you'll find you end up with a unique and achievable style!

What can we do to guarantee great couple photos? - Sophie Baker sophie baker photography

Trust your photographer! Remember they see the world the way a camera does, not how our eyes do, and listen to their recommended timings for the day if couple portraits are a priority. - Adam Kriedemann raconteur photography

Slow down, be in the moment and don't dwell on ‘what went wrong’ because you’ll miss the moments that are happening right before you. It’s not the background that makes a great image, but great light and a great connection. - Kate Bailey twig + fawn photography

Your photographer needs time to do their job well, so try to leave any to-do’s to other people or organise them beforehand. Also share information about yourselves with your photographer - this helps us tell your story.

Screen Siren captured by lyndal carmichael photography

With red lips and raven hair, this leading lady commands the spotlight from serene bridal portraits to glittering evening soirĂŠe. Decadent accessories in garnet and pearl pair with embellished gowns reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, while chandeliers sparkle against dramatic black and gold decor.

"Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze." Elinor Glyn Location Queensland Photography Lyndal Carmichael Photography Film Fable House Films Venue The Joinery Creative Direction & Model Styling The Wedding Playbook Styling & Design Celebrations by Alysia Lighting & Production AVIdeas Candelabras Crystalabra Furniture Omkara Interiors Flowers The Bloom Collective Stationery Cara Marie Designs Cakes Sweet Ruby Cakes Gowns (1) Erin Clare Couture (2) The Babushka Ballerina Jewellery Daniel Bentley Hair & Makeup Sapphire Makeup & Hair Creations Model Maddison Coney

Candlelit Coastal captured by alexandra strong

For a chic nod to a waterfront location, pair soft grey linen with white plateware, a table runner of fresh greenery and clusters of pillar candles at different heights. Add oyster shell salt and pepper vessels, knotted rope features and gold cutlery for a touch of coastal luxe!

Location Victoria Photography Alexandra Strong Venue The Pavilion, Warrnambool Styling The Details Co Flowers Georgie Boy Flowers Hire Dann Event Hire Linen Di Simmons Events Cake Cake Ink

Veronika + Steven captured by raconteur photography

First meeting at an Australian pub in London, this lovely couple have spent an adventurous seven years living in the UK, Czech Republic and Australia. After Steve surprised Veronika with an evening picnic proposal on her birthday, they began planning a beautiful fusion of rustic barn styling and pastel vintage details for their wedding day.

The Dress “I fell in love with a beautiful 50’s style tea length wedding dress on Etsy but not everyone thought it was such a great idea to have not tried any dresses on, which I can understand now. I took their advice so I wouldn’t miss out on a proper bridal experience and ended up buying a dress I would never have even thought of!”

"I always give the advice now to go try on dresses, as you might be surprised how they feel on compared to looking at them in magazines."

Perfect Playlist “I think the songs we played at the wedding became meaningful for us afterwards as they are now linked to the beautiful memories. We picked 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole for walking down the aisle. Hearing this song now always makes me tear up. We played 'Georgia' by Vance Joy for our first dance, followed by John Lennon’s 'Love' for the father-daughter and mother-son dance. Don’t forget to dance with your dad - it will be so special for you both!”

Reception Style “We organised a garden party for our guests that started straight after the ceremony with drinks, snacks and lawn games. Entertainment at the reception was a photo booth, which proved to be very popular! For the decor, we used simple white linen table runners, flowers in mason jars, candles and rustic wooden table numbers. Menus, place cards and wedding favours matched the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.”

Best Advice 1. Please don't stress about losing weight to fit into your wedding dress. You will look beautiful no matter what size or shape you are! 2. Make sure you are present in the moment and enjoy all the happy times with your loved ones. 3. If you ever feel like the planning is too much, call your girlfriends and have a glass (or five) of wine with them - I promise you’ll feel way better.

Location Queensland Photography Raconteur Photography Venue, Planning & Styling Hitched At The Boomerang Farm Celebrant Vogue Vows Celebrancy Flowers Wild Lotus xxx Cake Debbie Ambridge Gown LUV Bridal Bridesmaids eBay Hair Miss Bliss Hair Boutique Makeup Aurum Bride Suits Politix DJ Explosive Entertainment Catering Bilambil Farm Favours Little Bow Thief