The Ceremony Issue is all about celebrating, and diving into different kinds of wedding ceremonies. Today’s inspiration shoot? Celebrates just that!

Set at the secluded AirBnB venue of One 8 Nine on NSW’s Mid North Coast, the team honoured the country setting.  Says photographer Bonnie of Lilly at Dawn “We wanted a luxe feel, we want couples to feel empowered by downsizing their weddings – it doesn’t mean that your wedding can’t be as beautiful and styled as you always imagined. It means you can invest more in the details you love, and the elements of your day that you want to emphasise. Whether that’s time with your loved ones, investing in your dream chef, or blowing your budget on the most beautiful floral arrangement of your dreams.”

Floral designer Gingermegs (who also moonlights as a micro-wedding and elopement planner at Moon & Tide Collective a concept inspired by this very collaboration) pulled in tones of dreamy skyscapes, shades of blush and blue, and celestial details like moons and stars dotted throughout the session. “The inspiration was “when the sun goes down and the stars shine bright”.  With the strangeness of the last couple of years, and couples starting to really lose momentum in their planning and holding out. We wanted to celebrate and showcase how beautiful intimate weddings can be.”

Our models – Chloe Mullan, Jack Bligh-Jones and Lana Shaw kept their looks relaxed with hair and makeup styling by Brooke Hudson Skin & Beauty and Sass & Co Hair. The “brides” in sparkling crystal Crystal Eclipse Crowns crowns and Lilli Rose Designs dresses. While Jack donned a Will and Bear hat. The trio starts the day under a modern geometric style arbour topped with blush flowers (and a little mystic from a smoke bomb) before signage by Daisy & Ray welcoming the newlyweds to their private celebration.

In the hidden courtyard dinner awaiting, champagne coupes and a long table set with soft, cloud-like textures. Soft blue orchids, candles and black flatware bringing in a dream-like, moon and stars vibe.  And once the sun set? The magic came to life, the private dinner illuminated by candlelight, and of course, stars from the night sky.