The dream of a winery wedding is often filled with vineyards, deep rich wine tones like burgundy and marsala, and rustic flavour. So today? We’re switching it up, thanks to a South Australian dream team that took a winery wedding setting and flipped it on its head in a stunningly, modern way.

Set at McClaren Vale winery Ortus Wines, and captured by James of House of Love Weddings and EVKA, the team used deep jewel tones, like royal purple, black and burgundy, against the modern styling of the venue.  Says stylist Louise of  Spoggies Nest, “The world has rapidly changed but through the obstacles, connection, love and commitment has always shone through. While traditions still have beauty, as creatives we wanted to unveil a new way to look at a modern, intimate matrimony and with it, a new unveiling of trends that escape the ordinary and push the boundaries of style.”

Planned and styled by Spoggies Nest,  the story begins with the ceremony. A black archway from Found Collective adorned with jewel-toned floral arrangements by Floral Eden. “Here you will meet our gorgeous, real-life couple, who have had to postpone their wedding, which is a decision experienced by many” explains Louise. “But this hurdle did not end their love story, instead, it made them stronger and ignited a force of togetherness.”

Our couple saying ‘I do’ with the help of the officiant Loved Up Weddings with Courtney on a long black carpet (from Olympic Party Hire).  Guests watching seated on modern black metal chairs from White Marquee.

Celebrations were next; cocktails, mixed up by Love Mittie, in complementing hues, as the newlyweds toasted their new status with their new rings, glittering pieces from Classa Jewellers. A long table, black and moody, awaiting a sit-down dinner. Set with smokey glassware from Asser + Co, tall black taper candles from Hall of Flame, black linens and cutlery from Honoured Hire, the table was finished with modern black and white stationery designed by The Ivory Scribe (also on signage for this editorial).  Floral Eden brings the ceremony blooms through to the reception, using different vases – tall and thin, to low and dramatic, to add pops of jewel-worthy colour to the black-on-black look.  Sugar and Spice Cakes created a three-tier white wedding cake, topped with burgundy and black florals, that created its own masterful statement.

The pop of colour, of glam, also came in the form of model Amanda Nash‘s mermaid-esque teal sequin gown from the queen of colourful dresses,  Couture Love Madness. The dreamy gown was complemented by hair and makeup artists M&Co. Style Bar, Layla Mckay and Michelle MacDonald who created a loose, half up half down hairstyle and rosy-tinted makeup. Amanda accompanied by “groom” model Imran Khalil in a classic black tuxedo (with a black bow tie of course).

The mood becomes darker in this editorial bringing to life even richer meaning through Louise’s words, “Like their love story, we wanted to bring together creatives to create a styled shoot that was limitless, and that ignited a depth of euphoric emotions, dipped in moody iridescent colours. For we are committed to finding beauty in the darkness, and as members of the events industry we will always love, love.”