I feel a little spoilt! Today I  showcase the result of a competition for a styled shoot held last year, but the best part? The winner was the gorgeous Nicky of Chasing Rainbows, Kissing Frogs. Nicky joined a glamorous team of Queensland wedding vendors to create a vintage beach inspiration shoot. Together, the team used rich, jewel toned colours and created a different kind of “beach wedding”.

Nicky (with her fingers on the pulse of weddings) loved the new take on beach vintage styling. She explains  “Vintage styling is a huge trend in weddings right now. When you think of a rustic vintage theme, more often then not you think of a country or garden setting, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. With all the beautiful beaches here in Queensland (and Australia) it is a popular setting for couples to marry at. But beach weddings no longer have to be themed around seashells, frangipani flowers and sail boats. The beach and vintage styling are a match made in wedding heaven. The combination of natural hues, rustic textures and raw elements are key to planning a picture-perfect vintage beach theme. Add in a glamorous boho styled gown, natural make-up and a bare-footed groom… et voila … a glamorous chic vintage beach wedding.”

Little Gray Station styled and supplied the props for the shoot.”Aged gold goblets and cut crystal vessels were given a whole new purpose adorned with whimsy flowers including hydrangeas, seaside daisies and wisteria. “We set the sweet table high on a sand dune to be framed by the spectacular white sand and clear blue water at Salt Beach, Kingscliff. The antique gold cake by Deliciously Decadent Cakes was decorated with raw twigs and took centre place alongside other delicious treats,” said Judi of Little Gray Station. It’s important that your theme fits your chosen venue and that everything looks natural and not over-done. The beach evokes a relaxed and understated ambiance, so the natural, earthy colour story of ivory and green with highlights of gold and plum, allowed for the natural scenery of the beach to shine.””

“Inspiration for this shoot was taken from Little Gray Station’s newest collection of vintage furniture and accessories. Judi from Little Gray Station explains, “Many natural elements were included in the styling, like rustic brown tables, pieces of drift wood and vintage-inspired accents including wooden box crates, antique crystal and pewter platters.” Imbue Weddings created the white floral arrangements.

“After a sip of the fresh raspberry mojito, it was time for the couple to take a romantic beach walk.  I chose a glamorous gown from Brisbane’s leading bridal designer, Darb Bridal Couture. We are so used to seeing Brad Webb create amazing full ball gowns for brides but he creates some stunning slim-line gowns too. I knew straight away that his “Rosanna” design would be perfect to add a bit of glamour to the shoot. The gown is an ivory silk chiffon kaftan with fluted sleeves and embellished with Swarovski crystals. The gown felt like butter on my skin, it was beautiful and sublime. The softness of the silk and the design of the gown allowed for movement that picked up the ocean breeze perfectly.””

“Cara Marie from Invitation Station created charming invitations, menu’s, place cards and bonbonniere for the table setting. “The Key To Our Love Story” invitation set the mood of the wedding, being presented in a natural floral fabric envelope. The menu booklets were beautiful textured deep forest green with ivory and taupe accents. Place cards had delicate calligraphy names written on ivory card with a green stitching feature. These were hung with natural pegs on a rustic ladder set amongst the beach reeds to flutter in the sea breeze. Bonbonnieres of home-made raspberry jam incorporated the print and colours of the day.”

“Make-up artist Ann Lodberg created a very natural look using earthy tones and a neural palette. “It was a really hot day which can often play havoc with hair and makeup. I created really tight curls for Nicky’s hair as I knew that the heat would cause them to drop a lot quicker. By the time it came to the first shot they were exactly how I envisaged it. The shell head-piece was a last minute addition. It was actually a necklace of the photographers. We pinned it into the hair and it was a wonderful finishing touch to our boho bride look.”

 Normy of Divine Studios shot this gorgeous film of the shoot