Well, we never have seen such a fun filled, laid back pre-wedding shoot before, one that harks back to a simpler time. Xariet and Dan, together since 2005, clearly feel at home by the ocean, soaking up the sand beneath their toes and we can’t wait to see if they carry this earthy theme through to their wedding.
Photographed by the totally-amazing-you’d-be-damn-lucky-to-have-her-as-your-wedding-photographer, Lara Hotz, this couple were all kinds of impressed with just how handy this woman is with a camera. “Lara and her team are amazing, firstly she makes you feel so at home with the entire process and then somehow she just makes everything flow so perfectly and naturally. She brings out exactly who you are through her photographs, we could not be happier with the beautiful Lara Hotz. We are so excited for Lara to document our wedding later this month.”
High praise indeed! You can see more from the lovely Lara in issue three of Hello May magazine, on sale now! Click here to find your nearest stockists folks!
Ahhhh…where to even start with this wedding? Not only is it reminiscent of a carnival (Complete with goats, mind you!!) and held in a local community hall, it perfectly reflects the outrageously fun couple, Donna and Christian, and proves that you don’t need to break the budget ( or rob a bank) to throw one hell of an awesome party!
This wedding is so full of colour, it just makes us feel happy! From the pops of red in the bride and grooms outfits, to the balloons that decorated the aisle and the love booth at the reception, this pair nailed the perfect, DIY celebration.
Blushing bride Donna tells us, “The theme just evolved naturally.. We had a tiny budget, so we decided what we wanted to spend bigger on (which was photography) and then for the rest, we browsed heaps of online sellers and op shops to find awesome things, while not breaking the bank. We started off thinking we wanted to make our day a big party, where everyone could have fun, then it followed a bit of a carnival theme… and then we added goats (as it has been a long standing dream of mine to have goats at my wedding!!!) and in the end, I would say that our wedding was very much like a day at the Royal Melbourne Show. Which is awesome, because we love Melbourne, we love the show, and we love having fun.”
Donna undertook a list of DIY projects Martha Stewart would be proud of! It would take us the better part of a week to walk you through them all, but just to give you an idea the couple made the confetti, table runners, stationary, photo booth, the wooden goats, bunting, table centrepieces, guest book AND cake topper – and that isn’t even the half of it! So kudos to you guys, what an amazing effort and celebration you pulled off.
Donna and Christian’s quirky day was expertly captured by one of our fave Melbourne photographers, the ever so talented Eric Ronald! Eric just so happens to be a member of the Hello May directory and is the talented chap behind the cover of new coffee table book JUST MARRIED. Hello May has three copies of this aforementioned book to give away in issue three of Hello May magazine, available for purchase online here.
Australian bridal designer Suzanne Harward has a hand in the entire design process of creating a gown from beginning to end – and it’s this attention to detail that has seen her produce one of our fave bridal collections to date!
In 2014 Suzanne will be hitting the road with a round of not-to-be-missed Trunk Shows, where you can privately view and try on her complete collection. The first Melbourne show will be held Dec 3-5 at The Blackman Penthouse with follow up shows in January, February, March and April of 2014. Sydney brides can catch her at the Fraser Suites Penthouse January 17-19. Bookings are essential, simply click here for more details.
Trust us people, you don’t want to pass up this opportunity, as in addition to more traditional shapes and silhouettes, Suzanne has introduced a range of blush, powder blue and silver gowns to her latest collection that we are sure you are going to want to try on!
Susie and Adam tell us they have been together for one million years and one more, and from the images below, we cannot try and argue with them! Not only does this story start with a cute proposal which involved their child (and when we say child, we mean dog, Slinky) delivering a note to the bride-to be, it involves wedding dress that is NOT white, a gorgeous location and some jaw-dropping antique lounges that we want to steal and put in our home!
The bride, Susie, tells us, “We wanted a relaxed and fun wedding where everyone would laugh and have a great night a good drink and a great chat, a party to celebrate a long awaited affair. We both love animals and so the woodland/animal theme was a given. We wanted a rustic, antique, quirky feel that was interesting and fun to be at. We wanted people to feel how we feel being in each others company. We wanted to be creative and show our family and friends our dream day.”
And a dream day it would seem they created, beautifully captured by Naomi V Photography! Set amongst Kenilworth Homestead complete with a barn-style reception, this couple pulled off some pretty impressive DIY projects too! The couple tell us what they created, “Hand stamped tags, envelopes, invitations along with handmade wedding booklets” and that “our favors were T2 English Breakfast tea bags in a little muslim bag printed with foxes and rabbits another cute representaive of things we love.”
Now, just go on and enjoy these images as much as we have….
There is something so special and intimate a bouts weddings isn’t there? Sometimes its because you have all your loved ones around you as you make the biggest commitment of all, but for this couple it was quite the opposite. After beginning to plan a big white wedding, Melissa and Gavin decided it just wasn’t for them. So, with only four weeks planning, they eloped and said their ‘I do’s’ at the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne.
Melissa, who found her perfect dress by Grace Loves Lace in just the nick of time, tells us, “The entire day was absolutely magical from start to finish, we had no one there (was too hard to choose anyone & didn’t want to offend anyone) only my Sister (also my best friend) knew & was such a big help with the planning process especially given the short time period. Everything just felt so right. I didn’t even have a dress when we decided to elope with 4 weeks to go! But I felt so truly happy, that I would happily have got married in any dress at all, it just so happened I was able to, by some miracle, get the perfect dress in time!”
All was captured on the day by Beck Rocchi, who has previously featured on Hello May here, here and here! Melissa tells us of Beck and her videographer, Rachael of Rachael Mary Films, “Our Witnesses were our amazing photographer & videographer & honestly it was the most beautiful, romantic, intimate, perfect day of my life!”
The couple celebrated into the evening by heading off to a local tattoo parlour to further ink their commitment.
We are head over heels for this mysterious shoot featuring the beautiful dresses of Rue De Seine. This visual feast was photographed by Jessica Sim who tells us, “Inspired by Rue de Seine’s new collection I wanted to create an editorial with a subtle sense of mood and romance. I looked for soft light, and tones which felt earthy and warm,” – two thumbs up Jessica for creating just that!
Designer Michele Corty, the brains behind the Rue De Seine operation, wanted to capture a poetic and romantic setting which showed off the incredible laces in the collection of dresses, while Natalie Dent used some gorgeous earthy tones and bohemian inspiration to create the incredible hair and makeup. And of course the very talented Naomi from Leaf and Honey did a fab job and creating just the right mix of florals saying, “For this shoot I wanted the flowers to be very relaxed, quite natural, super effortless and a little wild without being too dominating.”
Describing themselves as a brand born for the daring romantic, Bo and Luca create their pieces without rules but with an “endless enthusiasm for chic quintessential style.” Think bohemian and unique and you are thinking of the brand’s collection ‘West Azur‘.
Using fabrics of silk crepes and georgettes alongside soft tulle as well as hand cut petals and delicately hand embroidered embellishments of pearls and crystals – this bridal wear is more beautiful than words can describe.
We can’t agree more that these designs bring romance straight to life. So head over to their website to see the full collection or contact them here to find the perfect dress for your own special day.