“And as the sun went down, the warm light hit her face, and she knew this was the beginning of a love that would last forever.”

Melbourne, as it turns out has a lot of celebrations this Spring. Not only the fresh buds and blooms, which are always welcome respite after months on end of grey days, but for being the first spring in a long time, where we’re not locked down, or coming out of lockdowns. And this sense of celebration? It is exactly the event that inspired today’s dream team to create this beautiful flower-filled editorial, that they’ve aptly titled “spring joy”.

The vision and concept of stationery designer Natalie of A Tactile Perception, Natalie inspired by the celebration of spring after a long winter, and of the quote (written above) that spoke of the beginning of a new chapter in a love story. Natalie created the floral stationery suite pictured throughout the suite (apt for The Flowers Issue yes?). Natalie shared “The shoot has themes of spring warmth and sunshine, with creamy tones and touchable textures. It’s colourful whilst still retaining a soft elegance.”

Natalie put together an incredible dream team for this one, starting with the planner and stylist Paradise Hunter who brought the look to life. With Ada + Ivy Photography behind the camera (and another soul, scroll on for that one) the team took over Yarra Valley wedding venue Potters Receptions to create a multi-stage editorial that welcomed our real-life couple (Shannon Malone & Brittany Smart) from getting ready to saying I do, to a champagne toast and a celebratory reception.

The blooms, in fresh tones of yellow and blush, blue and peach, are styled by Yarra Valley Blooms. Shannon and Brittany (engaged in real life!) marry in two beautiful pieces – a two-piece top and pants and a floral print gown from Melbourne designer Romeo Bastone. Their looks were completed by hairstylist Jess Bourke Hair Artistry and makeup artist Jayde Maree Makeup who complimented their attire and jewels from Violet Jessop with romantic, natural styling.

As the happy couple said their vows (under the watch of wedding celebrant Megan Thompson who stepped in to “make it official”) and popped the champagne, they made the most of the venue’s gardens for romantic garden portraits.

Inside, the scene was set for celebration, a beautiful cake by Breearn Murray Cakes complete with delicate sugar flowers in blue, yellow and pink as the crowning glory. A long table (furniture all from Always Eventive) set with linens, cutlery and candle holders from Cloth & Confetti Events and plates and glassware from Lusso Event Hire complementing the fresh flowers for a colourful layered look that was rich with different hues, textures and tones for an utterly modern look.

And look, I may be a winter lover, but nothing going to stop beating down my resolve like fresh, colourful wedding flowers, so scroll on to dive right onto into this one with us.

Lunar Red Films also played a part in today’s dream team, capturing this beautiful film.