Friday Faves: Our Magical Wedding Rose Petal Toss

I wanted to share more from our wedding with you and one of the most magical moments was the rose petal toss. It truly was one of the happiest and fun parts of the day! We had just been named “Husband and Wife”, then turned to see our most cherished family and friends, and for everyone to celebrate together in that moment by tossing beautiful fresh rose petals as we walked down the aisle, it was sheer delight!

There’s also just something about a wedding flower toss which unites everyone and kicks off the celebrations in such a fabulous, fun way…

Our Magical Wedding Rose Petal Toss

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The photo above is one of my favorites from the day, I remember feeling so happy in this moment. You can also see in our wedding video here, when Chris and I walk down the aisle amidst the shower of gorgeous rose petals, there’s a moment we look at each other – we’re beaming and laughing together as we enjoy the very special feeling this brought. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am so thrilled we did a rose petal toss.

I got them from Simply Rose Petals and couldn’t have been more impressed! If you’re thinking of doing a wedding flower toss, definitely check them out… I love that it’s a family business and all flowers are grown on their family farm.

When choosing suppliers for our wedding, it was so important for me to work with amazing people who would bring good positive vibes to the day and I knew I could count on. With one of the largest rose petal farms in the world, combined with over 20 years experience and having received 11 bridal industry awards, I knew Sarah and the team at Simply Rose Petals were just who I needed to help us create this special wedding day moment. Oh and with features in Cosmopolitan Bride and as trusted suppliers for The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Dancing With The Stars, I felt 100% confident knowing they would supply the highest quality.

Plus, after hours and hours of research online, they also had the best prices and the largest variety of colors, along with options including Freeze Dried Rose Petals (which are what we chose), Flower Petals and to glam up your drinks and food, even Edible Rose Petals which are a world-first!

The edible rose petals are organically grown and completely natural, so they are perfect for decorating cupcakes, wedding cakes, chocolates and even salads. Simply Rose Petals have also partnered with Foodbank and for every pack of edible rose petals or flowers purchased, they will donate one meal to a person in need. Let’s be real here, weddings can be somewhat self-indulgent, so I absolutely love this initiative!

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In addition to the wedding flower toss, I also used these gorgeous rose petals to set the scene when guests arrived at the church and they helped to create a soft, romantic and elegant feel. I’d always dreamed of being married outdoors in a garden, but wasn’t brave enough to be at the mercy of mother-nature on our wedding day.

I also love mixing unexpected elements, so we chose a stunning church venue with crisp white walls, stunning chandeliers and shiny dark timber floors… then added a grass aisle topped with these gently scattered rose petals from Simply Rose Petals, gold mason jars filled with fresh cut flowers lined the aisle and the warm glow of candles flickered from the fireplace at the centre of the room.

We received so many compliments on what a beautiful feel the church had and what a special ambiance it gave to the day. As I walked through the church doors with my Dad by my side, I was so excited to walk down such a stunning aisle… after all, doesn’t every little girl dream of walking through rose petals to meet her prince?

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I really believe in supporting other women in business and love to recognize and share brilliant products, so I wanted to express my gratitude and acknowledge what an amazing service Simply Rose Petals delivered. For future brides to be, I also wanted to help out with this review and share that I would recommend using them 110%. Sarah and the team also helped me choose the perfect color mix for our venue to ensure the petals complemented the grass aisle and for the flower toss, that they would show beautifully with all the crisp white tones of the room.

I chose Freeze Dried Rose Petals in Cerise Seduction (a bright magenta, purple / pink hue that is beyond stunning) and mixed these with the Pastel Impression, which are pretty shades of cream, pale pink, lemon, lilac and peach.

The day before our wedding, my bridesmaids, mother and I all had a fun little working bee to put together pretty gold polka dot miniature cups filled with these stunning scented rose petals.

If you’re trying to decide whether to do a wedding petal toss or not, oh gosh girl… definitely do it! This is such a magical moment you’ll treasure and also one that guests truly have such fun doing, it starts the festivities and celebration in such a fabulous way!

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I chose the Cerise Seduction (a bright magenta, purple / pink hue that is beyond stunning) and mixed these with the Pastel Impression, which are pretty shades of cream, pale pink, lemon, lilac and peach.

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Friday Faves – Our Beautiful Wedding Styling

I am excited to share another element of our wedding with you today, our beautiful wedding styling! I love this part, as it really is what sets the mood and vibe of the day. It’s all about the details and little touches that bring your vision to life!

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Before I started planning my wedding, I always imagined having something outdoors. However, when it came to planning my own the reality set it… and that is you can’t control the weather! So my search for a beautiful church that would allow me to bring the outside in began. I also wanted to mix a fresh garden vibe with a romantic, warm and elegant feel. I’ve always been a big fan of juxtaposing elements and weaving in the unexpected. I was thrilled with how our beautiful wedding styling turned out… the opulence of chandeliers mixed with the grass aisle and fresh picked flowers, the topiary trees and candle-lit fireplace.

I adored all the little details and was so thankful to the amazing team at WOW Weddings for making my vision a reality. They were supremely organised and executed the set-up of our ceremony and reception flawlessly. Plus, they were just so nice to deal with – they made everything so easy and such a fun experience.

Our Beautiful Wedding Styling

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We love the warm glow the candle-lit fireplace gave to the room, it exuded such a romantic feel and it was beautiful to stand beside this and say our vows. It also provided a gorgeous backdrop for photos…

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The details were perfection and I really appreciated the attention to detail Zoran and the team at WOW Weddings put into creating an amazing space for our ceremony. As a busy bride in the lead up to the wedding, it was brilliant to know I could count on them to do what they said and nothing was a problem. On the day, they arrived on time to set-up the ceremony and reception, ensuring everything was just as we had discussed and I’m a very particular person… it was such a great feeling to know the WOW Weddings team understood my vision and executed it flawlessly.

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One of my favourite photos from the reception. Capturing our first dance as husband and wife was made even more perfect with the beautiful wedding reception styling, how fun are the giant illuminated LOVE letters – a fabulous back drop to the dance floor!

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The flower centerpieces on the tables gave the whole room such an elegant feel when you walked in. A lot of our guests commented how beautiful they were and it really set the scene and gave a wow factor when people arrived.

Again, I wanted to mix elements of high and low, the exposed reclaimed wood tables and tall gold flower centerpieces worked beautifully together. For me, I like things to appear effortless and not be overly styled. This balance combined with tea light candles, scattered gold heart chocolates, crisp white linen napkins and a fun menu card set was just perfect for the elegant, relaxed vibe we wanted for the reception.

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I really do believe in sharing the great work of others and love to endorse amazing companies. I rely on reviews and referrals for everything, and when it came to planning our wedding, finding incredible suppliers was the key to having our day run so smoothly.

If you’re organising a wedding, engagement party or special event, I would absolutely recommend WOW Weddings without hesitation. I am so particular with details and had a very particular vision, they were phenomenal in bringing it all to life! You can choose from so many incredible pieces in their hire catalogue, plus they have some gorgeous styling packages on their website too, which makes it extra easy to put together a look that will impress and give your event a really special feel.

If you have any questions about our wedding day styling, please leave a comment below or email me – I love talking about this.

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Friday Faves: Wedding Series – Our Beautiful Wedding Cake by Petite Crumb

I am excited to share another very special part of our wedding with you today… our beautiful wedding cake! The ‘cake cut’ is definitely one of the highlights of any wedding day and we were absolutely blown away by how incredible our cake was – the second we walked in, I couldn’t believe how stunning it turned out! I had done hours (and hours) of research and cake stalking online and knew Jen from Petite Crumb was the only person I wanted to have design and create our wedding cake. I am a big believer in referrals, reviews and giving major credit where it’s due… I also love advocating for other women in business and was so immensely impressed with Jen that I wanted to share more about her business, Petite Crumb, with you.

Of course, a wedding cake has to look gorgeous… but as they say, it’s what’s inside that counts! We has so much fun deciding on the flavours and Jen helped us create the cake of our dreams. One of my favourite things in life is chocolate covered strawberries and berries, so we created one tier of the cake chocolate flavour with fresh berries and vanilla bean frosting. Word can’t even describe how incredible it was! For another tier we chose a classic vanilla with vanilla bean frosting and finally for my gluten free friends, we did another tier red velvet with vanilla bean frosting.

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They were all absolutely incredible! On the day I remember asking our waiter to please serve me a slice of each – I wasn’t missing out, I wanted to experience them all! Our cake ended up being quite the talking point, with everyone having so much fun sampling the different flavours. Both sets of parents and myself ended up fielding so many requests for who made our cake in the weeks after our wedding!

So many of our guests said rather emphatically that they hadn’t ever had a cake that tasted so delicious. As a cake connoisseur myself, I certainly agreed. The cake sponge was so delicate, fresh and light, plus the real vanilla beans in the icing gave it such a rich, decadent flavour.

 

Our Beautiful Wedding Cake

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Our three tier wedding cake was created by Jen from Petite Crumb. It had a chocolate and raspberry tier, a vanilla tier and a gluten free red velvet tier. All covered in the most delicious vanilla bean frosting and topped with fresh flowers, fruits, macaroons, meringue’s, white chocolate drips and gold foil.

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I was delighted that our cake generously served all our guests AND left us with more to take home to enjoy! We froze pieces and in the week after the wedding (when cares about fitting into a dress were long gone!), Chris and I both indulged in quite a few pieces. It was really fun and we’re looking forward to enjoying the rest on our first wedding anniversary. I actually made my parents store it in their fridge – Chris and I wouldn’t be able to resist if we had it at our house!

How stunning were the wedding cake decorations! In our early discussions, I shared some ideas with Jen and a few elements I’d like to incorporate, then left it up to her creative genius. She well and truly surpassed anything I could have dreamed of! I loved the touches of gold foil, the petite macaroons and meringue’s, fresh figs and fruits, vibrant flowers and perfectly dripped white chocolate. Jen has such meticulous attention to detail and genuinely cares about every creation, she even delivered the cake and decorated it on-site to ensure it was absolutely perfect.

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I am so grateful to Petite Crumb for putting such creativity, care and heart into our stunning wedding cake, it’s what Pinterest dreams are made of! Straight after the wedding, we were all thinking of excuses to have another cake made … perhaps a birthday cake, or who knows down the track, maybe a baby shower!

If you love stalking cakes online as much as I do, be sure to check out Petite Crumb’s Instagram – so pretty and delicious! When I first contacted Jen to make our special wedding cake, I could instantly tell how passionate she is about her creations and genuinely cares about her clients. I learned through chatting with Jen that she’s been baking since she was only five years old and in 2015, made the big leap to start her own cake business. I am so glad she followed her heart and is now gracing the world with her very tasty talents! If you want to discover more, here is the Petite Crumb website.

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Friday Faves: His Platinum Wedding Band + Why Rings Are Worn On the Left Finger

It was wonderful to share our wedding day and special wedding video with you in my post this week. In case you missed it, be sure to check it out here and I’m also sharing our girls morning getting glam. We had such a magnificent day!

I want to take you further into our wedding and share some of the special elements. Of course, one of the most significant parts of the day is exchanging our wedding rings. I loved this part – after watching wedding movies my whole life, it was so surreal to be standing there saying our vows to each other and placing the wedding bands on our hands.

Chris truly did the most spectacular job with my engagement ring (ooooh, I couldn’t believe it – it’s absolutely stunning), so I really wanted to organize an amazing wedding band to surprise him with. I had always heard really positive reviews about Blue Nile, with many of my friends purchasing their engagement rings, wedding bands and other special occasion jewelry from the website.

I browsed the range of men’s wedding rings at Blue Nile and their collection is huge. I love how many options they had for design, metal and price… and of course, I must admit I also got distracted looking at beautiful jewelry for myself!

I’d love to hear from you… tell me, what kind of wedding bands did you and your husband choose? Or if you’re a fabulously single gal, what kind of wedding band would you love in the future?

 
 

Wedding Series – His Platinum Wedding Band + Why Rings Are Worn On the Left Finger

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I quickly found the perfect wedding band for Chris. It is classic, simple and effortlessly stylish. One of the things I said to Chris when we were discussing wedding rings, is how special it will be that when we’re 80 we will have the same rings that were blessed at our ceremony. They are such a powerful symbol of our love and commitment to each other, so investing in good quality that lasts a lifetime was one of our prerequisites.

I love wedding facts and often wondered how the ‘ring finger’ on our left hand came to be. This tradition all started in Roman times, they believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger on the left hand) ran straight to a person’s heart. Based on this strong belief, the Romans called that vein the “vena amoris” or vein of love.

I did a lot of research into platinum vs. white gold and decided a platinum wedding band was the best choice for him. One of the main reasons I chose platinum is because I read in my research that if you (inevitably) scratch the ring, the platinum metal doesn’t actually erode and you don’t lose any. If you scratch a platinum ring, it just moves the metal to the side, so when you get the ring buffed and polished, it moves back into place.

When browsing their huge range of wedding rings, I knew I wanted to keep the design for his wedding band simple. When choosing both our rings, I wanted something that no matter the stage of your life, you would always love. I chose the Mid-Weight Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 7mm Platinum and he was absolutely delighted!

Platinum wedding bands can be expensive, but if you’re a savvy shopper, you know where to go to get the best value for money. Due to their business model, Blue Nile offer premium quality and highly competitive prices, as the savings are passed on to consumers. I looked on a number of other website’s and honestly, nothing compared to the pricing, quality and guarantee offered by Blue Nile. Their customer service is incredible too! They really look after customers and one of the most helpful services is the free ring sizer tool they send out so you can ensure the perfect fit. We loved using this tool! It’s a full set of plastic rings you can try on to compare sizes and it makes finding your optimal ring size so easy. We had fun playing around with this and enjoyed that it helped us feel really confident about ordering the correct size.

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The customer service team was so quick to respond to emails and kept me completely informed every step of the way. When his platinum wedding band arrived (via really fast shipping), I couldn’t have been more thrilled! It was incredibly beautiful in real life and Chris was blown away – he was so excited to start wearing his ring (he even asked if he could wear it for a day before the wedding!). There’s just something about a stylish wedding band that changes a man… he instantly looked so grown up and I couldn’t believe he was my husband!

On our wedding day, a lot of my friends and family commented how stylish Chris’s wedding band was and asked where it was from. If ever there was a wedding band to suit every man, this Mid-Weight Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 7mm Platinum is it.

My experience with Blue Nile was flawless, from their extensive range and premium quality, to highly competitive prices and exceptional customer service, I truly recommend Blue Nile so highly for wedding bands, engagement rings and any special occasion jewelry. They gave me the best shopping experience I’ve had in years and exceeded all my expectations for finding Chris the perfect, high quality wedding band to last a lifetime.

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Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for promoting Blue Nile, however I only collaborate with brands and products I genuinely love. All opinions expressed are 100% authentic and my own.
 

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Style Sessions: Wedding Series – Papinelle Floral Bridesmaid Robes

It was wonderful to share our wedding day and special wedding video with you in my post yesterday. In case you missed it, be sure to check it out here. We had such a magnificent day!

I want to take you further into the day and share some of the special elements. The best place to start is, of course, the morning of our wedding. The night before my wedding day, I stayed at my family home and invited my bridal party to join me for a fun slumber party. My parents home is on the water, so we enjoyed walking down to the beach for a seafood feast at a restaurant, then came back home to watch Father of the Bride. It’s one of my favorite movies and absolutely perfect for the night before your wedding!

Before we started watching the movie, I surprised my bridesmaids and mother with a gift – these gorgeous floral robes from Papinelle! I absolutely adored them and knew they all would too… you know when you have an amazing gift for someone and get so excited to give it because you know they’ll love it? That was me for weeks before the wedding! I just couldn’t wait to give them their floral bridesmaid robes in the pretty Papinelle gift boxes. Everyone was thrilled, we all put them on straight away and watched the movie together before heading off to bed. The night before my sisters wedding she hardly slept a wink, so I took a light sleeping tablet and it worked perfectly, I slept eight hours and woke up all refreshed with nervous excitement for the big day!

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Wedding Series – Papinelle Floral Bridesmaid Robes

We all loved wearing our matching robes while getting ready the morning of the wedding. When choosing robes for the girls, I really wanted something feminine but not too girly – the mix of blush pink floral with a navy background achieved this perfectly. I also want to make special mention of the tailored cut, Papinelle robes and sleepwear all have a super flattering shape that suits women beautifully. The material is a luxurious mix of silk and cotton, so they feel just beautiful against your skin.

Oh and the length, they aren’t too short! The delicate lace trimmed hem sat at knee length, which gave a stylish and sophisticated feel to these floral bridesmaid robes. When it came time to get changed for the church, no one wanted to take them off – we all said they were so pretty, the girls should just wear them to the wedding!

Since the wedding, we all enjoy wearing them at home daily. It’s such a special reminder of a wonderful day and our friendship with each other. If you’re a bride-to-be, I have to say robes are a brilliant gift for your bridal party and mother – I also definitely recommend checking out Papinelle and their beautiful collection.

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My beautiful bridesmaid, Ariella, in her Papinelle Cate Floral Robe

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My sister Georgia and I just before I put my wedding gown on and we left for the church.

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My gorgeous bridesmaid Florence, touching up lipstick in her Papinelle Cate Floral Robe

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My bridesmaids and momma all looked stunning in their Papinelle Cate Floral Robes. We all said they were so pretty, the girls should just wear them to the wedding!

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My beautiful Momma and me, chatting together in our pretty robes.

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The floral bridesmaid robes all arrived in the prettiest Papinelle gift boxes! When giving a gift, presentation is so important and makes it an extra special experience. Don’t forget to include a hand written note to thank your bridesmaids and momma!

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Wedding Series – Our Wedding Day Video

I have been so excited to create this very special post for you, I would love to invite you to share our wedding day video. It was truly the most magical day and we’re sure many of our family and friends would agree, it was a long time coming…

It was six years ago, on April 8 2011, when Chris and I first met on a Friday night after work through friends at a restaurant and bar on the water in our hometown of Brisbane, Australia. A week later, we went for a Sunday lunch date at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the river and as they say, the rest is history.

One of our greatest shared loves (apart from our dog, Ollie), is travel and living in different cities around the world. Throughout our time together, as many couples do, we’ve explored the world and enjoyed skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand, adventuring across Vietnam, snorkeling in New Caledonia, sipping cava in Fiji, soaking in the sights of New York from Top of the Rock, driving the coast of California from San Diego to San Francisco and wandering through winter while staying at the stunning Montage resort in Deer Valley, Utah.

We’ve shared the highest of highs and some lows too. That’s real life and the sum of those experiences brought us to this day. We are eternally grateful for the love and support of our friends, family and the amazing community of friends I’ve met through Style Elixir, it means the world to us and we’re thrilled to celebrate and embark on this next chapter with you all.

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Our stunning ceremony styling was done by WOW Weddings

 

It’s true what they say, your wedding day goes by so quickly. I was determined to stay in the moment and soak everything in as much as possible, however all the excitement and nerves, combined with the realization that this is the day you’ve dreamed of for so long… this is it… it can be overwhelming (in the most wonderful way).

One of the best decisions I made (aside from choosing the groom, of course!) was having a wedding day video. It was always something I wanted, there is nothing like video to capture feelings, emotions and most importantly, people. I know that 40 years from now, I’ll be able to look back on our wedding day and see, hear and feel my father walking me down the aisle, my mother hugging and giving me a rose, my new husband the instant we crossed over the threshold into this new chapter of life together. It’s so special watching my parents’ wedding day video, hearing their speeches, seeing my grandparents and getting a glimpse into a time before me. So to say a wedding video was everything to me, is an understatement. I did TONS of research and watched countless videos of weddings online, but I knew when I saw the work of True North Films (and cried during wedding videos of couple’s I’d never even met!), they were the videographer’s for us.

We were all so excited for the arrival of the wedding day video, which was delivered in a box with pretty wooden USB’s inside. Oh the anticipation as I plugged the USB in! Within ten seconds, there were tears – tears of the best kind! Happy tears, tears brought on by the emotion emanating from the screen and sheer joy that we have this incredible video that captures everything life is about and most significantly, those people who mean the world to us.

So without further ado, I hope you enjoy sharing one of the most special days of our life…

Our wedding day video by the very talented team at True North Films

 

I also wanted to give a special mention to True North Films, I really believe in sharing talent and advocating those who truly go above and beyond. Ben O’Sullivan (who owns True North Films) and his team were impeccable throughout the whole process. From very thorough briefings before the wedding day, which gave me such confidence that they were one element I didn’t need to worry about (I just knew it was all ok, they’ve got this), to their warm, relaxed and professional disposition as they arrived on the morning of our wedding. The team fit in beautifully with our family and friends, and by the end of the day when I hugged Ben goodbye, I knew we’d made a new friend.

Something I really want to share, which is what  truly impressed me, is how effortlessly they moved throughout the day. When I watched the video footage, I was absolutely amazed at all the little moments they captured, from glances and smiles between people, a touch on the arm or wiping a tear. The team was obviously everywhere, but on the day, we never felt like there were camera’s on us. There is magic in what they do – it seems effortless, but it is most certainly not without effort. I have such respect for the heart, soul, care and enthusiasm they put into creating something that will be treasured for a lifetime. A wedding video is about much more than just filming a room, how the videographer sees people and captures the human side of the day is what sets them apart.

Of course, a wedding day video is definitely an investment. But I can’t even imagine not having this special memory of the day – it blows photography out of the water! The overview video of our wedding day is seven minutes – a perfect length to view anytime you want to travel back to the day. We also got a full edited video of the ceremony and another full edited video of the reception with speeches and dancing. We received three USB’s with all the footage, which made a lovely ‘thank you’ gift for both our parents.

I will be sharing all the gorgeous details of our wedding this week, plus tips, help and recommendations for other brides-to-be… including the stunning ceremony and reception styling by WOW Weddings, gorgeous invitations and on the day stationery by Wedding Paper Diva’s, our incredible cake by Petite Crumb, beautiful wedding rings from Blue Nile, pretty rose petals from Simply Rose Petals for our fabulous petal toss (it was so much fun!), my ethereal cathedral veil by Madame Tulle, the prettiest bridal party robes from Papinelle, hair styling by the ahhhmazing Holly Stewart and makeup from the oh so talented Kate Dove. I can’t wait to take you behind the scenes and talk all things wedding!

If you have any questions or would like tips for how to choose the best wedding videographer, just email me or leave a comment below!

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Friday Faves – Our Amazing Mini Honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort Australia

What an incredible few weeks this has been! Getting married is SO. MUCH. FUN! Our wedding day was incredible and I’ll be sharing it all with you very soon… but today, I wanted to share our amazing mini honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Australia. We truly had the most incredible vacation together, it was the perfect start to married life.

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If you’re looking for honeymoon ideas, or a romantic vacation, I wanted to share our experience with you. When we arrived in the grand hotel lobby, we were greeted at reception with a glass of bubbles and some delicious chocolates, then moments later we were whisked up to our gorgeous Corner Junior Suite with ocean views high on the 25th floor.

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When we arrived in our suite, we went straight to the balcony, which had the most stunning panoramic views! The beach was on one side, with blue water as far as the eye can see. On the other side, was a gorgeous mountain range (as the sun set a little later, it was breathtakingly beautiful).

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We also had a perfect view of the incredible sparkling lagoon pool, white sandy beach and cascading waterfalls below us, it truly is the most amazing resort. The lagoon even has tropical fish, which we enjoyed snorkeling with during our stay!


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Our Corner Junior Suite was absolute luxury! Being positioned on the corner of the hotel, we enjoyed sweeping views of the Gold Coast. One of my favorite things about hotels is of course sleeping in a luxurious bed! Surfers Paradise Marriott offered the most divine experience, with the softest sheets and a cloud-like mattress topper, it was heavenly.

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On our first day, I loved spending time browsing through all the experiences and guest services offered at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The room service menu was also one of the best I’ve seen with fresh, healthy gourmet options and of course a few scrumptious indulgences!

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Like many newlyweds, I spent the first few days just staring at my hand every chance I got! It was quite surreal seeing the rings together on my finger and thinking, oh my gosh… we are married! I absolutely adore my oval halo engagement ring and diamond eternity wedding band. So much sparkle!

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Around five minutes after we arrived in our room, there was a knock at the door and we were surprised with a chilled bottle of Moët champagne and delicious chocolate covered strawberries. We were so thrilled, what a way to start your honeymoon!

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I love a good amenity kit selection and had to make special mention this one offered by the Marriott… it included a hair band! Genius! I have never seen this in a hotel before and honestly, I softly squealed with delight. How many times do you forget (or lose!) your hair ties on vacation, it’s thoughtful little touches and attention to detail like this that make the Surfers Paradise Marriott a true five-star luxury hotel.

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On the morning of our second day, we enjoyed a relaxing breakfast together high in the sky at the Elandra Retreat Club lounge on the top floor of the hotel. We received a very warm welcome and relished the opportunity to start our day in this exclusive space, complete with a chef who kindly cooked eggs and omelettes to our liking.

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In fact, Chris actually commented, “that was the best omelette I’ve ever had!”. I agree, all the food we enjoyed during our stay was so fresh and delicious. The Elandra Retreat Club provided the most relaxing vibe, we loved sitting in our lounge overlooking the ocean to enjoy breakfast and tea…

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When we were planning our honeymoon, our dream was to spend time together, enjoy sunshine and white sandy beaches, relax by the pool while sipping cocktails and champagne, indulge in gourmet food and soak up a little luxury… the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa delivered all this, and then some.

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We loved relaxing in our very own poolside cabana, sipping the most delicious Pina Coladas in real coconuts! This is what honeymoons are all about.

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The resort features it’s very own sparkling saltwater lagoon, complete with an array of the prettiest brightly coloured tropical fish. During our afternoon in the cabana, we enjoyed a few hours of snorkeling – it was amazing to walk just a few steps from our cabana into this underwater kingdom.

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Relaxing together in our private cabana was the perfect way to soak up the sunshine and enjoy all the resort features.

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As part of our Junior Suite accommodation, we enjoyed access to the Elandra Retreat Club. In addition to a fabulous breakfast, this also included evening drinks and canapes. Located on the top floor of the hotel, this exclusive lounge boasts panoramic views of the Gold Coast, including sweeping ocean views, which are absolutely spectacular at sunset. Photos just don’t do it justice!

We adored spending each evening here together, sipping champagne and reminiscing about our wedding day. It was so much fun asking questions like, “How did you feel right before I walked into the church?”, ” Were you nervous?” and “What was your best memory of the day?”. Taking time to just be in the moment, truly enjoy each others company and connect… it’s magical moments like this, that made our honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa so incredibly special.

Truth be told, we didn’t want our stay here to end. However on our final day, as we floated out from this blissful dream, we vowed to return each year to celebrate our wedding anniversary and reassured ourselves the honeymoon isn’t over… in fact, this is just the beginning.

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Style Sessions: What A Weekend! We Are Married!

What a weekend! Chris and I are now married! It’s amazing to say that… it almost seems surreal. We are spending a few days this week on a mini honeymoon, which I can’t wait to share with you, along with all the photos from our very special day. It’s true what they say, it all flies by so quickly – but we soaked up every moment and enjoyed each second with our family and friends.

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

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We Are Married!

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Friday Faves – I’m Getting Married This Weekend!

I’m getting married this weekend! I can’t believe the day is almost here… I am so excited, but the butterflies are really fluttering around in my tummy! I can only imagine how I’ll feel on Sunday morning as we are getting ready. It’s hard to believe that by Sunday night, six years after we met, Chris and I will be married!

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend, I can’t wait to share our special day with you!

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Style Sessions: Our Engagement Photoshoot on the Beach

I’m so excited to share our engagement photoshoot on the beach! I had been looking forward to it for weeks! It was such a fun, easy and relaxed shoot and I was delighted with how the photos turned out. I wore one of my favorite dresses of all time, it’s from Free People (I love everything they have) and you may recognize it from this summer afternoon in Santa Monica last year. It has that perfect effortless, boho vibe and is just one of those dresses that make you feel great! Plus, the flattering cut suits all body shapes too.

I hope you enjoy seeing these special photos, I can’t wait to get them printed and framed for our wall at home. I’m also sharing the 25 best engagement photoshoot dresses, click through to see them below. Of course, they’re not just for brides-to-be, these dresses are perfect if you’re after an easy, breezy boho vibe dress for everyday life…

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SHOP – THE 25 BEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT DRESSES:

 

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Our Engagement Photoshoot on the Beach

 

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