Real wedding: Kelly and Ryan’s wedding in paradise

Kelly (29) and Ryan (33) absolutely adore the water, so it was a given that the couple celebrate their love in Kelly’s tropical hometown of Palm Cove. “From a proposal on a tropical island under the white cabana, surrounded by candles for a private beach dinner, to the planning of my dream wedding, I knew I was going to be marrying the most amazing guy in the world,” gushes Kelly. Though Kelly planned the entire day down to the smallest detail – this still couldn’t stop dark storm clouds from rolling in, the night before the celebration. A blessing in disguise, this temperamental weather made for some glorious photos and shots.

Kelly and her 67 guests were treated to a gorgeous celebration at The Reef House and a little surprise from Ryan. “My husband – who had broken his leg three months prior in a jet ski accident – surprised me by singing me a song because he couldn’t dance with me,” explains Kelly. “It was so romantic.” Kelly’s favourite moment of the day? “Having my little brother sing as I walked down the aisle was a highlight for me,” says Kelly of Connor Reid, an aspiring musician.

Vendor list

Wedding Location: Palm Cove, Queensland
Bomboniere: Orangerie Patisserie
Bride’s Gown: Martina Liana
Bride’s Shoes: Zu
Bride’s Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery
Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco
Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy
Invitations: Giant Invitations
Cake: Orangerie Patisserie
Celebrant: Aphrodite Anderson
Ceremony Music: Connor Reid
Ceremony Venue: Alamanda Chapel barrier-reef- chapel/
Entertainment: Tony George Entertainment
Flowers: Michael Tesselaar Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Politix
Groomsmen Attire: Roger David
Hair and makeup: Rachael Gregory Hair and Makeup
Photographer: Matthew Evans Photography
Reception Venue: The Reef House
Venue Decor: Pristine Weddings
Videographer: Threadless Films


Coral and grey wedding

Coral and grey go so well together and are perfect for a summer wedding in particular. You could opt for the more orange-coral colour or the more pink-coral colour, or you could have a mixture of both. I’ve mostly gone for the pink-coral colour in my inspiration board here.

Real wedding: Jess and Jeremy’s mountain wedding

When Jeremy came home from four months of deployment, he proposed to Jess on a stunning clifftop that overlooked a babbling stream and breathtaking views. It was thus only fitting that the couple wed in an Australian location that was just as scenic.

Inviting their closest friends and family for an intimate weekend away at Spicer’s Peak Lodge – the rolling storm clouds and spectacular backdrop made for some gorgeous photos, as captured by Studio Impressions.

Q&A with Jess

The proposal. Details please!
Jeremy surprised me with a holiday at Binna Burra when he came back from a 4 months’ overseas deployment. He took me for a hike to a lookout and clearing over a mountain stream, and proposed on the rock ledge in front of the stunning view. We celebrated with champagne and a delicious dinner at the mountaintop restaurant.

How did you and Jeremy meet?
Jeremy and I actually met at the gym!

The wedding gown! Where from and why?
I chose my wedding gown at Belladonna Bridal in Brisbane. I was looking for really beautiful and intricate classic detailing but still wanted something I could dance and party in and feel comfortable in all day.

The style of the wedding day?
Classic, timeless and elegant. We let the venue speak for itself. We splurged on our venue, photographer and dresses. We also paid for guest accommodation so they could stay the night in a gorgeous lodge and celebrate with us the next morning for breakfast. After all, they are some of the most important parts and it was our venue that created the elegant atmosphere we were after. We saved on transport, with the ceremony and reception at the same place.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Remembering to take my engagement ring off before the ceremony! I completely forgot and had to quickly take it off and put it on the other hand.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Keep your perspective centered. A wedding is just one day, and things do go wrong; embrace it. The weather on our day was absolutely crazy but as a result, some of our best photos are swirled in fog and rain!

How about your favourite moment?
We played the shoe game and cried with laughter. The crazy weather was also memorable. We had sun, rain, storms and fog. It made the view even more incredible and cosy inside.

Photography: Studio Impressions
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Spicer’s Peak Lodge lodge/
Bride’s Dress: Watters gown from Belladonna Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom Made
Hair and Makeup: Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Artistry
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Custom Made
Coordinator: Chloe Douglas of Spicers Peak Lodge
Flowers: Blooms Bridal
Cake: Special Moments Cakes Made with Love
Stationery: Giant Invitations
Music: Matt Fasso and String Ensemble
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery
Engagement Ring: Xennox Diamonds
Bride’s Wedding Ring: Saleras
Groom’s Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jeweller

Have a look at some stunning photos from Jess and Jeremy’s wedding day.


Cornflower blue wedding

Gorgeous cornflower blue is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. You could pair it with white, peach, light yellow, beige or light pink for a lovely effect.

Please note I don’t sell any items on my blog. Please see the link on the photo captions if you like an item, to find out where to buy it.

Navy and red wedding

Hi everyone! I took a few months off as a bit of a break, but now I’m back! Thought I’d kick things off with my favourite preppy colour combination – navy and red. As always, please note that I don’t sell any items on my blog. Please click the link on the photo you like to find out where to buy it 🙂

Wedding dresses for less than US$500

Take a look at these gorgeous wedding dresses available from sellers from the US, UK, Europe and Australia – all for less than US$500!! Proof that you don’t need to spend thousands to find a lovely wedding dress.

Bachelorette/Hens Party ideas

Etsy has pretty much everything you need for a great bachelorette/hens party! There were a lot of erm…less ‘tasteful’ items on there that I decided not to include, but they’re on the Etsy website if you do desire them! The below items are the the more tasteful ones 😉

Bridesmaid dresses from

It certainly seems like the main trends for bridesmaid dresses at the moment are muted tones, embellishments, chiffon and tulle! Take a look at these ones from



Burgundy and pink wedding

Burgundy and pink is a really pretty colour scheme, and it works well for any season. Have a look at some ideas. (Please note, I don’t sell anything on my blog – click the link on the picture caption for sellers’ details).

Christmas wedding

It’s that time of year again! My favourite time of year 🙂 If you’re planning on having a wedding in December, a Christmas theme is a lovely idea. Here are some ideas. As always, please note that I don’t sell anything on my blog. Contact the seller in the relevant photo caption.