The Wedding Playbook Volume 13

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in this issue Kayla & Tom 04 Bohemian Berry 14 Coral & Quartz 22 Lauren & Adam 28 Coastal Oasis 36 Wild Peach 44 Mel & Matt 52 Aisle of White 60 Golden Hour 66 Lauren & Kelly 70

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Kathy & Danielle xx

Kayla + Tom

captured by louisa jones photography

With a mutual love for exploring exotic locations, a tropical destination wedding was a natural choice for Kayla and Tom. Creating their own piece of paradise with chic bohemian styling, pretty pastel blooms and plenty of surprises lined up for their guests, they made sure the fun kept coming, right until their sparkler send-off to Coldplay's 'A Sky Full Of Stars'.

Make sure you do what you want to do and

work really hard to save for what you desire.

The Vibe

“We wanted the reception to feel relaxed but classy, with a luxe boho touch. I love flowers and they are expensive, but I do feel as though they made it. A macramé arbour with dreamcatchers was behind our wedding table, and we had king and queen peacock chairs. For entertainment, we had a Polaroid guest book, tarot card reader, slow motion video booth and a DJ that had everyone up dancing. Our midnight treat lolly bags were also a massive hit at the end of the night!”

Best Advice 1. Make sure it's about the two of you and your love for each other. It’s nice to have your soon-tobe husband involved as much as possible. 2. Meditate the night before to help with some of the unwanted stress. 3. Enjoy the day as it goes way too fast – I didn’t even have the chance to touch up my makeup!

Location Queensland Photography Louisa Jones Photography Ceremony Venue Alamanda Chapel Officiant Wayne Rees Reception Venue The Reef House Styling & Flowers The Vintage Hire Company Stationery & Signage DIY Cake Passion For Cakes Entertainment DJ Bart Wedding Dress Jack Sullivan Bridal Bridesmaids Pilgrim Clothing Hair ToKunai Hair Makeup Penny V Artist Suits Myer

suppliers we love

Australia Wide

viva destination weddings & travel

deezigner images

As a destination wedding specialist and accredited travel agent, we help couples plan celebrations and honeymoons around the world. Negotiating directly with local suppliers, we have access to special group rates and inclusions to save you time, money and stress!

Brisbane-based photographer Dee is an experienced visual storyteller. Her images are filled with detail and real emotion, captured in a way that could fill pages in a magazine. Available to couples far and wide, for weddings large or small!

event entertainers

jewel paper co.

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 us at

Offering custom, semi-custom and hand lettered invitation and stationery design Australia wide, our mission is to be a part of people's journeys - creating beautiful, high quality paper goods that carry them through each love-fuelled moment of life.


suppliers we love the riverstone estate

oscar hunt

Our unique Yarra Valley wedding venue offers spectacular sunsets and dancing under the stars in a relaxed setting. Situated amongst acres of vines with amazing 360 degree views, all-inclusive packages ensure the details of your day are well taken care of.

A made-to-measure tailoring house in Melbourne and Sydney, we work with you to craft the perfect wedding suit, including looks from formal to casual. Arrange a personal consultation, and we’ll help you and your groomsmen celebrate in style.

jodie porter makeup artist

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Jodie is a professional Melbourne based hairstylist and makeup artist, specialising in elegant and effortless hairstyles and naturally radiant makeup. Her passion is to make every bride feel incredible on their wedding day by accentuating their unique and undeniable beauty.

We’ve created an online community of standout Australian wedding suppliers who do great work with great style. Click here for our recommendations on the best in the business - they're ready and waiting to help make your wedding day amazing!

Bohemian Berry captured by camilla kirk photography

Location Queensland Photography Camilla Kirk Photography Film Anchored Cinema Venue Coolrain Estate Tipi Gold Coast Tipis Celebrant Inner Circle Ceremonies Styling Event Stylist and Co. Flowers Xavier Nicolle Flowers Stationery Ginny & I Furniture & Props Bliss & Willow Ceramics Grit Ceramics Cutlery Gold Wedding Hire Cake Amanda’s Cakes Dresses Begitta Hair & Makeup The Beauty Lineup Suit Urbbana Bowtie Wood & Beau Models Amber Booler, Stevie, Tanja Meyer & Ally J Wilkinson

Coral & Quartz captured by ivy road wedding photography

Location New South Wales Photography Ivy Road Wedding Photography Venue Fig Tree Restaurant Creative Direction Byron Bay Weddings Styling, Decor & Furniture Hire Byron Bay Weddings, The Wedding Shed & The Grove Styling Flowers Bower Botanicals Stationery Cass Dellar Design Wedding Dress Grace Loves Lace Hair & Makeup Billi Hunter Beauty Model Yasmin Blake

suppliers we love

New South Wales

oscar hunt

sammy & lola

A made-to-measure tailoring house in Sydney and Melbourne, we work with you to craft the perfect wedding suit, including looks from formal to casual. Arrange a personal consultation, and we’ll help you and your groomsmen celebrate in style.

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.

decorations by jelena

gaynor cobby celebrant services

Decorations by Jelena is a family of event stylists and designers with an unmatched flair for creating stylish, fun and creative celebrations. Their expert vision and exquisite customer service has garnered them a reputation for quality, creativity and originality.

This professional, warm and lovely celebrant is 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.”

suppliers we love


chantelle stagg photography

i am poppy designs

Chantelle is a natural light junkie based in Rockhampton, specialising in hanging out with couples in love and taking their photos. With a love for movement and real unposed moments, your wedding images will have an elegant rawness to last a lifetime.

No two couples are the same, so we help you create beautiful, personal and totally memorable stationery, from gorgeous watercolour prints to letterpress, gold foil and even wood printing. If you have a vision, we will make it happen! Servicing couples from QLD to NSW.

riverwood weddings

celebrant at your service

An exclusive boutique venue in the picturesque Gold Coast hinterland, Riverwood is nestled along the banks of the Coomera River. We’re a blank canvas with no restrictions on your dream vision, perfect for couples wanting a romantic, laidback country wedding.

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!

Lauren + Adam

captured by vanessa norris photography

Old world charm meets modern romance in a dreamy pink palette at Lauren and Adam's wedding. Celebrating within the grounds of an historic convent, they introduced a subtle travel theme as a nod to how they met, performed their first dance beneath a magical floral canopy and finished the night's feast with a truly show-stopping cake.

Bridal Party Style “I saw a dress on Pinterest and funnily enough, it was the only one that gave me butterflies when I put it on! Adam not only organised the suits but also the bridesmaid dresses - he found the exact dusty pink colour and style we were after.�

Best Advice “It’s not just about the bride - planning as a couple is key! Organise things early as you don’t want to miss out on preferred suppliers, and remember to laugh if things get stressful. At times it felt overwhelming with so many options, but as soon as we found and were comfortable with our suppliers, the planning was fun.”

My family forms a circle around the dance floor to say goodbye and Adam's makes a farewell tunnel, so we did both!

Location Victoria Photography Vanessa Norris Photography Film The Wedding Fair Venue & Catering Bursaria at Abbotsford Convent Officiant Father Max Vodola Flowers Botanics of Melbourne Stationery Mickey Loves Jacqui Cake Miss Ladybird Cakes Favours Monsieur Truffe Entertainment Stringspace (Ceremony) & Lark Music (Reception) Photo Booth In the Booth Transport Triple R Luxury Car Hire Wedding Dress Fairytales Bridal Boutique Hair Polished Style Makeup Jodie Porter Suits Formal Red

0402 255 811

Creating beautiful wedding hairstyles across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Sit back and relax as I bring my salon to you!

Coastal Oasis captured by kaitlin maree photography

Location Queensland Photography Kaitlin Maree Photography Film Anchored Cinema Venue Space10 Coordination The Wedding Playbook Styling & Stationery Emerald Aisle Events Flowers Unveiling Poppy Furniture Hire Lovestruck Weddings Mandalas The Rustic at Heart Cake & Desserts Hello Little Crumb Cocktails The Irish Shakes Wedding Dresses Made with Love Bridal Hair Hair I Come Makeup Josleen Makeup Professional Suits Black Jacket Suiting Models Natasha Lay & Aaron Deacon-Shaw

Wild Peach captured by my little love

Location New South Wales Photography My Little Love Venue My Love Paddock Styling & Flowers Be Designed Furniture & Props South Coast Party Hire & Be Designed Catering & Linen Sassy Catering Wedding Dress White Meadow Bridal Hair Salon 31 Makeup Michaela Caines Makeup Artist

suppliers we love


new england flower co.

lainie hogan makeup

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

A professional makeup artist and hairstylist specialising in natural, romantic hair and makeup for brides in Brisbane and surrounds. Lainie is known for her attention to detail and her warmth and passion when focusing on you on your wonderful day.

erin clare bridal

gillian bell cake

Erin Clare is an Australian wedding dress designer stocking boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Noosa and Los Angeles. Locally crafted to the highest standards, she creates fresh original designs for brides searching for unique and graceful gowns.

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

suppliers we love


hair i come

with style weddings & events

Award-winning, mobile wedding hairstylist Melissa creates beautiful hairstyles for all occasions across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Specialising in both up and down styles, her passion is creating amazing looks which capture each person’s unique style and beauty.

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

emerald aisle events

josleen makeup professional

We’re a team of creatives that help you plan your wedding day in style, whether it’s full wedding planning you need help with, our expertise in styling and design or pulling everything together on the day! Servicing South East QLD and Northern NSW.

As a professional makeup artist, I’ll work with you to create the exact look you envision for your day. I offer a mobile service based in Brisbane, and will come to you so you can truly relax and enjoy the process of getting ready with your girls.

Mel & Matt captured by stories with mel

Mel and Matt’s rustic wedding nailed the brief of a weekend in the country with their nearest and dearest! Their vibrant tangerine palette flowed from ceremony to reception, with striking bridesmaid styling and a bridal table backdrop featuring citrus fruits and cascading ferns. With a focus on bringing everyone together to celebrate their relationship, their gorgeous smiles say it all!

The moment I walked down the aisle to Matt, I felt the nerves disappear. I was so at ease and happy it's something we'll both never forget.

Wedding Style “We didn't have an exact image of what our day would look like or where we would get married. We liked the idea of a big house that we could have friends and family stay in so the wedding celebrations could include the weekend. Although the venue was the first and biggest decision we had to make, it made organising the rest a lot simpler - except when my credit card got cancelled twice because of an ‘unusual amount of activity’!”

Best Advice “Enjoy the process of planning the biggest party! Make lots of lists and tick lots of boxes as you go. No matter what happens or what goes wrong, it will be the best day ever.�

Location New South Wales Photography Stories With Mel Film Matthew Nelson Videography Venue Wallalong House Officiant Sam Hilton Catering Mason Catering Flowers Little Willow Floral Design Cake Heather McCarthy Entertainment Advantage DJs Wedding Dress Newcastle Bridal House Bridesmaids Goddess By Nature Hair & Makeup Bellus Hair and Makeup Rings Matthews Jewellers Suits Rundle Tailoring

Aisle of White captured by fortunate fellow

Location New South Wales Photography Fortunate Fellow Chapel The Travelling Chapel Celebrant Mine Forever Celebrant Services Venue Burnham Grove Estate Styling, Coordination & Stationery You’re Invited by Kaity Flowers Twisted Stems Marquee Lights Sammy & Lola Signage Signed by Cass Cake Cupcakes in Camden Catering The Chef and I Catering Wedding Dress Love Marie Bridal Boutique Hair Morgan Hair Co Makeup Michaela Caines Makeup Artist Models Nathan and Julia

GOLDEN HOUR captured by alicia abbott photography

Location Queensland Photography Alicia Abbott Photography Venue Riverwood Weddings Styling The Perfection Project Flowers Lola's Wildflowers Stationery Sweet Love Designs Macrame Akuli and Co Macrame Cake Evie May Cakes and Design

Lauren & Kelly captured by white tulip photography

Lauren and Kelly wanted to make sure their guests had an amazing time at their modern farm wedding! They included sweet personal details to acknowledge their shared background, styled their bridal party in timeless ivory and navy and had stunning floral arrangements do double duty for the ceremony and reception, creating a day they would cherish forever.

The Dress “I went to three different shops and my dress was the second one I tried on. I knew it was the one as soon as I put it on. It’s hard to describe how you know, but everything I tried afterwards didn’t even compare. I just love my dress!”

Personal Touches “We’re both from farming families, so we used paddocks from our parents' farms as our table names at the reception. We also had a rustic milk churn for our wishing well, and my aunty made tomato relish bonbonnieres.”

Best Advice “Don’t stress about the small stuff. It all works out in the end, and no one knows if it doesn’t. Being super organised and booking things as soon as you’ve set a date allows you to plan the wedding of your dreams and enjoy every second! Also make sure you hire a videographer for the day to capture all of the amazing moments. We’ve watched our film about 50 times already and can’t wait to show our kids one day.”

Location Western Australia Photography White Tulip Photography Film Emma Smart Videography Venue Old Broadwater Farm Flowers The Dreamer & Collector Stationery Paper Fusion Cake Stacey Beard Entertainment James Wilson Wedding Dress Brides By Design Hair I Do Hair Makeup Belle Couture For Hair and Makeup Suits M.J. Bale

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