The Wedding Playbook Volume 15

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Location Queensland Photography Riddel Photographers Flowers Petrea Taylor Creations Wedding Dress Bo and Luca Hair Bessie Anne Hair Makeup Boudoir Blush Suit Hugo Boss

features Cascade of Colour 01 Danielle & Maurice 06 Samantha & Ben 19 Sarah & Julian 27 Christine & Andrew 36 Timeless Romance 47 Adrienne & Shaun 52 Madeline & Patrick 62 Ultraviolet Love 70 Beachside Bliss 75 Pastel Dreaming 80 Marble & Metal 84 Autumn Blush 88

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RIDDEL PHOTOGRAPHERS wedding photography, australia wide

What are couples often surprised to learn? How I manage to go quite unnoticed on the day. I never want to get in the way of the festivities, so I make sure I get all the important shots in the least disruptive way. I really don't see any part of the wedding as a photo shoot, rather me just capturing the love that is celebrated on the day. What do your clients love most? How comfortable they feel in front of my lens. My approach is more of a documentary style, so I like to give my couples something to talk or think about and then just step back and see what they do with that.

How do you create a great experience? I have the privilege of spending the most time with my couples, so my mood and attitude throughout the day is key! I work quite well under pressure and am very comfortable behind the camera and I think that comes across to them. I often hear how relaxed they feel and how painless it was to get their photos taken. What’s your best wedding advice? Make it your own. Don't fall into the trap of just following tradition or trends, let the day resemble who the two of you really are.

Danielle & Maurice captured by nattnee photography

I'm so excited to share my wedding with you! We planned an intimate winter celebration with a modern romantic feel, combining our ceremony and reception spaces with a grand fireplace as the centrepiece. Staying at the guest house for the weekend with our bridal party meant we could enjoy setting up the day before and reminiscing with everyone the day after! Feasting style food, acoustic music, artfully arranged flowers and atmospheric lighting were our priorities to create a special dinner party with our family and friends.

Best Advice “Hope for the best conditions but prepare for the worst so you’re ready for anything! We saw the wild wind and rain we experienced on the day as a sign that our relationship could weather any storm. Give your suppliers creative freedom as that's how they do their best work and don't stress about what a wedding should or shouldn't be like! Spend your time on the details and traditions that mean something to you.”

The Ceremony “Maurice and I spent the morning of the wedding getting ready together but it was still an emotional moment when he saw me in my dress for the first time down the aisle! We had a short and sweet ceremony, personalising our vows with shared promises we wrote together and love notes we wrote separately.�

The Styling “We paired white timber furniture with gold candles and cutlery, introducing jewel tones through our flowers, napkins, place cards and dessert table. We converted our ceremony space into a seating area for the reception and draped festoon lighting for instant party atmosphere. As a personal touch, we lined the walls with family wedding photos which our guests loved!�

Location New South Wales Photography Nattnee Photography Film Heart And The Sea Venue Seacliff House Celebrant Jacqueline Majer Styling & Coordination The Wedding Playbook Flowers Francis Floristry Furniture & Decor Hire South Coast Party Hire, The Wedding & Event Creators, Arabella Event Hire & Styling, Ashdown & Bee, Covered Stationery Lindqvist Ink Entertainment Sydney Acoustic Duo Bar Meet Mabel Catering Rabbit & Co Caterers Cake Taz's Vegan Treats Bride Karen Willis Holmes & Unreal Fur Bridesmaid Pilgrim Clothing & Review Hair Isabella Jane Hairstyling Makeup Tayla Jane Makeup Suits M.J. Bale

Michael Boyle Photography wedding photography, new south wales

What should couples keep in mind? Make sure you’re able to connect and feel comfortable with your photographer. It isn't just about likes on social media, it’s about reliving the moments for years to come. What are couples often surprised to learn? My clients often say how calm and easy going I am on the day, but deep down I'm running 100mph and planning the next best shot. How do you create a great experience? I keep in contact as much as possible during the lead up and like to keep my couples nice and relaxed on the day. I tend to chuck in random jokes to lighten the mood! What’s one popular question you get? “Should we do night shots?” Yes! 100% of the time I get thanked for giving my couples time away from the reception to just chill out with each other. What’s your best wedding advice? Talk to your photographer about timing and locations so you can get the best shots. Try not to overcomplicate the day and no matter what happens, have fun!



Your wedding day should be filled with good memories, so we do everything we can to take the stress out of it for you! We offer wedding planning, styling, decor hire, on-theday setup and coordination tailored to your style and budget from the South Coast to the Southern Highlands.

Gaynor is a lovely and professional celebrant based in Sydney. Her aim is to find out what's important to you and craft a personal and meaningful wedding ceremony you'll remember for the rest of your life. On the day, she'll help keep the nerves at bay and deliver with warmth and charm.



Jessica and her team bring avantgarde creativity to vintage floral designs in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. They lovingly prepare abundant arrangements with unique textures and seasonal touches that blend exquisitely with your wedding ideas.

If you're looking for a handmade way to announce your special day, The Hello Bureau is more than happy to assist with their personalised design service. Cass creates everything from engagement invitations to complete wedding stationery suites for couples Australia wide.

SAMANTHA & BEN captured by figtree wedding photography

After an overseas holiday proposal, Samantha and Ben planned their chic modern wedding. The bridal party stepped out in style with a custom lace gown for the bride, her maids in white cocktail dresses and the boys looking sharp in black tie. An elegant marquee reception followed their garden ceremony, with a bridal table arbour draped in fresh greenery and filament bulbs creating a lovely focal point. White and champagne flowers decorated the tables, adding to the atmosphere of the evening alongside the glow of chandeliers and candlelight.

WEDDING PRIORITIES “I loved planning our wedding! We had an almost two year engagement which left me plenty of time to research the style I wanted and find the right vendors. Once I knew I wanted a botanical wedding, I had so much fun seeing everything come together. As time went on I realised having good food, a good beverage selection and great entertainment was most important. We spent a little more than budgeted on these areas but are so glad we did!”


BEST ADVICE “You have no time to waste on the day so being organised is key. And just have fun! Make sure you enjoy every second with your partner and loved ones.�

Location Queensland Photography Figtree Wedding Photography Venue Braeside Events Officiant Leslie Drury Styling Event Stylist and Co Flowers Gypsy & Bloom Stationery Nicola Laura Design Confetti Bags Laura Elizabeth Design Catering Gareth K Catering Entertainment Jake & Andy Transport Limoso Bride Svetlana Martynova Bridesmaids White Runway Hair Aleesha Darke Makeup Lara Quinn Suits Peter Jackson

ZONZO ESTATE wedding venue, victoria

What should couples keep in mind? The menu is key to any great celebration as it helps create your ambience. As big foodies and wine lovers, this is something we are passionate about! What are they often surprised to learn? That we offer full coordination! From your initial booking to the big day, our wedding coordinators guide you through the entire journey to ensure everything runs smoothly. This includes liaising with suppliers, prepping the run sheet, setting up the venue and of course food and drink. What's one popular question you get? “Will there be enough food?" There will be an abundance! We’ve implemented a classic Italian feast menu, serving casalinga style dishes placed down the centre of long tables and matched with estate wine. What do your clients love most? Our attention to detail, tastefully relaxed approach and ability to tailor what we do to each couple. Our couples also love the gorgeous views! The Yarra Valley's captivating landscape provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding. What's your best wedding advice? Explore multiple supplier options and don't be afraid to ask questions. On the day, trust that you have picked the right team and everyone is going to do their part to bring you an unforgettable celebration.



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

Create your own kind of beautiful with MBK Makeup! Providing a professional mobile makeup service in Sydney and surrounds, MBK specialises in developing custom makeup looks that will photograph beautifully, last the distance and reflect your unique style.



We’re experts in wedding, corporate and private functions offering a tailormade experience and performing everything from iconic songs to the latest hits. With well-known, creamof-the-crop musicians and incredible new talent on offer across Australia, this is where the party’s at!

Hello lovers! I’m Carissa, a travelling wedding, elopement and portrait photographer based in Rockhampton. I like my couples to enjoy their day of celebration and not fixate on taking photos, creating heartfelt images that reflect who you are in my candid and natural style.

SARAH & JULIAN captured by the evoke company

Whisking her away on a surprise trip to Bali, Julian proposed to Sarah at a private beachside dining table surrounded by flowers. They kept their wedding budget in check with some head-before-heart compromises, skipping a pricey car and gown to focus their spending on the guest experience at a country estate. This offered the perfect excuse for menu and wine tasting! With her bridesmaids interstate, Sarah didn’t see them in their mismatched outfits until just before the ceremony, but it couldn’t have worked out better, don’t you think?

BRIDAL PARTY STYLE “The dress search was so much fun! Talk about feeling like a princess… When I found my dress after trying on about eighty, it wasn’t an ‘Oh my God’ moment. I just felt beautiful, comfortable and like myself. I didn't like the idea of forcing my best friends to wear identical outfits so I narrowed down the colours to blush, navy, charcoal and light grey and they chose their style. The boys looked absolutely gorgeous in crisp navy suits and bow ties with brown shoes.”

THE RECEPTION “I knew I wanted simple, luxe styling that felt glamorous but understated and not out of place in the rustic setting - complete with lots of fairy lights! I’m actually not a big flower girl, so long tables were decorated with gum leaves and candles. Julian is a pilot so we created paper aeroplanes with guest names on them in lieu of place cards, and our seating chart took inspiration from an arrivals board.”


Location New South Wales Photography The Evoke Company Venue Bendooley Estate Planner For Thy Sweet Love Officiant Scott Duncombe Styling & Flowers Decorations by Jelena Stationery Minted Entertainment XYDJ Bride Hope X Page Bridesmaids Shona Joy Hair Simona Janek Makeup Makeup by Megan Suits Peter Jackson

Emerald Bridal bridal boutique, new south wales

What should brides keep in mind? Give yourself a good amount of time to try on wedding dresses to avoid the stress and pressure of last minute decision making. Dresses often need a lead time of a few months to make and alter for the perfect fit. What’s one question you often get? “What’s the most popular style?” This is not necessarily the best for every bride and we encourage our clients to try a variety of styles to find what looks best on them.

What do your brides love most? The quality of our gowns and elegance of our designs. They are often surprised at how competitively priced we are! How do you create a great experience? We are genuinely passionate about personalised service and make an effort to get to know our brides and their style. What’s your best wedding advice? Set a budget and stick to it!

Christine & Andrew captured by byron loves fawn

A proposal during an intimate Christmas Day lunch in Florence overlooking the Duomo sounds hard to beat for romance, but Christine and Andrew’s tipi wedding was an incredible bookend to their engagement! This lovely couple planned a natural and informal celebration so they could customise every aspect. Their riverside ceremony was framed by a macramÊ backdrop and followed by a bohemian reception with feasting tables and a luxe woodland vibe. With an indoor fire pit to keep things toasty, their winter wedding was truly magical!

Bridal Style “We had a winter wedding so I always knew I wanted lace sleeves! I actually hadn’t tried my dress on before I bought it, I just saw it online and knew I loved it. So I ordered it, tried it on at home and thought, ‘Wow, that’s it!’ The moment I saw Andrew on the day, the tears started and I had to accept that within an hour my makeup was 100% natural! I never expected to be so impacted by the love we received from friends and family.”

Best Advice “Things will go wrong, it’s just the nature of a big event with lots of people invited, so focus on the celebration and love. We took a chill approach and if we couldn’t get a particular supplier or things didn’t work out how we thought, we went with the flow. The only thing we wished we did was get our wedding on video as I would love to look back and see the movement, dancing and talking in action!”

The day was emotional and magical and represented so much of who we are at every turn.

Location Queensland Photography Byron Loves Fawn Photography Venue Riverwood Weddings Officiant Modern Love Ceremonies Tipi Kata Lane Styling Little Gray Station Hire Hampton Event Hire & The One Day House Macrame Eden Eve Macrame Flowers Elyssium Blooms Plant Hire The Borrowed Nursery Stationery Sunshine & Confetti Lighting Elyssium Lighting Catering Eat Drink Catering Cake Two Little Bakers Entertainment Radio Club Band Lawn Games Affordable Bridal Accessories & Events Bride Grace Loves Lace Bridesmaids Zimmermann Hair & Makeup Vanilla Kisses Suits M.J. Bale

MEG COWELL bespoke wedding dress photography, australia wide

What do you offer couples? I photograph wedding dresses and transform them into large-scale pieces of contemporary art. I love seeing people talking and laughing about their wedding day as they sit in their living rooms in front of my artworks. Rather than being folded away, the dress keeps the memory of the wedding alive in their home.

What's one popular question you get? “Will the water damage my dress?� Modern gowns are not damageable by fresh water and every detail is considered to ensure they are not affected. Once I've finished photographing a garment, it is lovingly steamed and packaged safely for return.

What are they surprised to learn? My process altogether! It's not immediately obvious that the gowns are submerged in water, making them appear enchanted and in motion.

What do your clients love most about what you do? People really respond to the magic of my images. They enjoy the way I'm able to tailor them to the emotion of the day and the character of the bride.



Our creative floral design studio is based on the Gold Coast. With our love of natural, luscious and romantic arrangements, we look to the seasons and our surroundings to create an abundance of blooms and foliage that will bring your wedding vision to life.

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 and small!



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!

Get the inside story and invaluable tips from top wedding pros! Check out our interviews with suppliers from around Australia who will help make your wedding day everything you want it to be. We get a kick out of connecting you with the right team!

TIMELESS ROMANCE captured by kenneth lim

Location Western Australia Photography Kenneth Lim Photographer Venue Lamont's Bishops House Concept, Styling & Flowers Chandelabra Furniture The Little Lending Collective Cutlery & Silverware The Vintage Table Stationery Lala Design Cake Red Apron Cakes Wedding Dress Karen Willis Holmes Makeup Courtney Sharp Makeup Artistry Model Courtney McVeigh

Cherish The Memories wedding celebrant, queensland

What should couples keep in mind? You should feel confident that your celebrant will listen to you both and deliver the ceremony you've been dreaming of. I let my couples know how important their wedding is to me by arriving early, supplying a state of the art PA system, liaising with their venue, photographer and videographer and creating an amazing atmosphere on the day.

What are couples often surprised to learn? That there is so much more involved than turning up and reading a script! It takes many hours to put a special ceremony together.

What would you love everyone to know? I value the importance of delivering your ceremony in a way that will be enjoyed and remembered by your guests. I also ensure all the legal paperwork is filled out perfectly.

What do your clients love most? That I'm there for them from the beginning when they don't know where to start and after the wedding day is over. They can contact me any time and there are no silly questions.

What's one popular question you get? “How many weddings do you do a day?� I only officiate one wedding a day to ensure my couples have my undivided attention.

Adrienne & Shaun captured by lover of mine

Enjoying Pimm’s, canapés and lawn games while listening to the strains of a string quartet set the tone for Adrienne and Shaun’s whimsical garden wedding! It was all about the flowers when it came to styling and the outcome is simply stunning, with a circular arbour doing triple duty as a backdrop to their vows, speeches and photos. With a dreamy palette of blues and pinks adding a lovely wash of colour to their glass conservatory reception, a cascade of fireworks later in the evening was the icing on the cake!

The Planning Experience “I really enjoyed the planning. We did struggle with the idea that we needed to keep everyone happy, trying to invite absolutely everyone and cater to their needs. We realised in the end that we needed to be happy and comfortable, and if we were respectful to our guests and sensible about our choices everyone would have a great day.�

Best Advice “Surround yourself with people you love and vendors you can have fun with. If you're paying professionals to help create your dream wedding, trust them! They are so creative and have so many wonderful ideas, especially if you aren’t sure what you would like or how to achieve it. Remember that ultimately the day is about committing to each other, so don’t get too caught up in the little aspects. You’ll always forget something or think of other ways it could have been done.”

The floral wreath that encircled us during the ceremony moved inside as a backdrop for our cake and speeches and became an unofficial photo booth!

Location Queensland Photography Lover of Mine Film Rabbit and the Bear Venue Gabbinbar Homestead Officiant Jarrad Bayliss Styling Prop it Pretty Flowers Green and Bloom Stationery Fox and Fallow Signage & Coasters Willow and Ink Cake Tome Entertainment 16 Strings Bride George Wu Couture Bridesmaids When Freddie Met Lilly Hair & Makeup Best Tressed Suits David Jones

Louisa Jones Photography wedding photography, victoria

What would you love everyone to know? It's not about the camera! Couples are often surprised to learn how much photography of humans relies on the ability to interact with them. What should couples keep in mind? You've planned the most gorgeous wedding, how will you remember all the details? Choose a photographer that is willing to capture the photos you want. What do your clients love most? Apparently I'm super easy to work with and rather funny...possibly even a bit wacky. I make them laugh. I also bribe them with alcohol! What’s one question you often get? "What happens if it rains?" I have a personal relationship with the God of Rain, but he doesn't always oblige when I request specific dates. However I do have a bunch of umbrellas with me as rain shots can be super cool. Wet weather photo locations are something we discuss in the lead up. What’s your favourite part of the job? I love capturing the little details when you don't know I'm there. It might be a look you give each other during the ceremony, a kiss on the hand, the way your parents hug you or your bridal party helping you. Ninja stealth all the way!

Madeline & Patrick captured by one, but many

These two were inseparable from their first meeting, and when Patrick proposed to Madeline, he organised a beach picnic with a backup bottle of champagne to make sure nothing was left to chance! The coastal theme continued for their beautiful black tie wedding, where they treated guests to great wine and live music in a spectacular seaside location. With the sand just steps away, it was an easy transition from their relaxed portrait session to the party!

The Game Plan “Prior bridal party stints and attending at least 15 weddings together equipped us with fairly concrete ideas about what would work for us and how to make it all happen. On the day of our engagement, Pat and I talked about how we envisioned our wedding and quickly realised that our dream was in sync. We wrote our guest list the next morning!”

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have all the people who love you celebrating in one space. Don’t waste time stressing about the minor details!

Reception Style “My parents offered their property to us which provided an amazing coastal backdrop. I didn’t want to obstruct the view so I chose a clear marquee with crystal chandeliers over the tables and a focus on beautiful florals in natural tones. We kept the table settings romantic with antique crystal glasses, gold cutlery and blush napkins. To provide a bit of wow factor and separate the dance floor space, we had a floral chandelier on view as guests entered the marquee.”

Location Queensland Photography One, But Many Film Phoebe Galloway Films Ceremony St Augustine’s Church, Coolangatta Officiant Father John Scarott Reception Private Residence Day Coordination CL Weddings & Events Flowers Kate Dawes Flower Design Stationery Kathryn Green Cake Bumbles Catering Entertainment Lisa Hunt Transport A Special Occasion Rolls Royce Hire Bride MXM Couture Bridesmaids Shona Joy Hair Melissa Jayne Makeup Lara Quinn Suits Tom Ford

DEEZIGNER IMAGES wedding photography, australia wide

What would you love everyone to know? Most people don’t realise that I get to spend the most amount of time with you on your wedding day. I practically have a front row seat to an amazing show, and for me this isn’t work, it’s an absolute honour! What should couples keep in mind? Photography is a vital part of your wedding day. Cakes get eaten and dresses get worn, but the way your wedding is documented will speak to future generations. You want your day to be captured accurately, beautifully, and completely. How do you create a great experience? I love getting to know my couples in the lead up to the wedding. I also try to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere on the day. If all else fails, I have a long string of terrible dad jokes to make them laugh! What do your clients love most? I love this quote by David Alan Harvey, “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.” My clients have always said I’ve managed to capture the emotion of the day. They also rave about how much fun they had shooting with me. What’s your best wedding advice? There’s no right or wrong way to have a wedding. It’s the start of your marriage to the love of your life, so be present and enjoy spending time with your friends and family.

ULTRAVIOLET LOVE captured by wolf & wildflower photography

Location New South Wales Photography Wolf & Wildflower Photography Venue The White Room Styling Henry and Audrey Flowers As Sweet As Jasmine Furniture Frankie Rose Event Hire Laser Cutting HTM Creative Cake & Desserts Mae Petite Cake Designs Wedding Dress Lily Grace Bridal Jewellery Patrice Designs Hair Hair By Chlo Makeup Georgia Belle Artistry Models Lauren Stone & Roman Fepulea'i

Mr Bold Catering Co. wedding catering, new south wales

What's your favourite wedding idea? We love a good grazing table. It’s a great way to start a celebration and showcase the local produce available on the South Coast of NSW, from freshly shucked oysters to award winning cheeses. What should couples keep in mind? Menu selection helps set the tone for your wedding day, so consider how you would like to interact with your guests. What would you like everyone to know? That our team love what we do! A lot of heart and soul goes into the planning, preparation and delivery of your wedding menu. What's one popular question you get? “Can you include some of our favourite dishes in the menu?” Of course we can! We work closely with our clients to customise their menu to suit their wedding style and incorporate any special requests they may have. What do your clients love most? The delivery of amazing food with professionalism, style and impeccable service from the entire team. What's your best wedding advice? Keep things simple, stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to tap into the wealth of wedding knowledge of your vendors!

Beachside Bliss captured by alex jackson photography

Location New South Wales Photography Alex Jackson Photography Film The Barefoot Bride Venue Ethel & Ode's Beach House Concept & Coordination Alison Hughes Weddings Officiant Angela Finn Celebrant Styling & Hire May Rose Style, Upside Down Events & Inspire Love Wedding & Event Hire Tableware Pretty Pedestals Sydney Flowers Flowers by Melly B Plant Hire Pop-Up Gardens Signage Signed By Bird Cake Chaos & Couture Cakes By Nadia Wedding Dress & Accessories The Barefaced Bride Hair Louise Richmond Hairdesign Makeup Ash Quinn Makeup Artistry Suit Peter Jackson Models Eliza & Matt

PASTEL DREAMING captured by claire elise photography

Location Queensland Photography Claire Elise Photography Venue Glenoch Gatehouse Styling St Aisle Flowers Veronica Jo Flowers Stationery Little Duck Calligraphy Furniture Lombari & Co Silk Ribbon Songbird Silk Cake Whipped Creations Car Forgotten Era Automobiles Wedding Dress Begitta Bridal Couture Accessories Little White Couture Ring Box Heirloom Bride Hair & Makeup Blushed and Beautiful Suit Wil Valor Models Tanja Meyer & Toby Young

MARBLE & METAL captured by jasmine skye photography

Location Western Australia Photography Jasmine Skye Photography Venue Brookleigh Estate Concept Pop Up Vintage Weddings Celebrant Chelsea Crowe Rings Hope Diamonds Flowers The Flower Girl Stationery Butterfly Days Cake The Messy Apron Car The British Wedding Car Co. Suits & Accessories Supplied Models Josh & Ben

Autumn Blush captured by ivy road photography

Location Queensland Photography Ivy Road Photography Film Mad Rose Films Venue Summergrove Estate Concept & Styling Foreva Events Stationery Little Duck Calligraphy Furniture & Decor The Wedding Shed Flowers Akirah Collective, Harbinger of Spring & Loco for Koko Silk Ribbon Songbird Silk Cake & Macarons Macarons by Monika Donuts Nodo Wedding Dress Jennifer Gifford Designs Accessories Simona Bridal Hair & Makeup The Beauty Case Suit Wil Valor Models Kobie Allison, Samuel Minkin & Emily Beardmore


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