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Lea & Paul

Today’s newlyweds met on Tinder! Paul’s profile photo with his cute little puppy sealed the deal and Lea’s green eyes and warming smile convinced Paul to swipe right. Lea was also the first to contact him, which she says is all in style of German efficiency. Fast forward to their wedding day, and the couple opted for a cocktail party vibe with an outdoorsy feel. Glasshaus Inside was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception. To sprinkle even more magic on the day, Lea’s parents, cousin, aunty and best friend flew in from Germany to take part in the celebrations. There to capture the wedding and all its beautiful moments was Pierre Curry Photography and Turbo 360. Below, Lea walks us through how their wedding came to life and shares special moments and wedding planning advice.

For our wedding, we wanted something uncomplicated, laid back, easy and just a big party for everyone involved. We love the outdoors but being quite unlucky with weather on several occasions we decided to have out wedding at Glasshaus Inside and bring the outdoors inside. We married on 22 February 2020 and were lucky enough to get married before COVID really hit.

As the colour theme of the wedding was green and white, Paul decided to wear a beautiful moss green two piece from ASOS.

I tried on a fair few dresses as I was unsure of what I was looking for. In the end, I decided to get my dress made. The idea was to combine the style of two different dresses I tried on and liked. Tania from Tania Stokes Design by d’Italia was a dream to work with. She understood what I was after and created my dream wedding dress.

We had a first look  with our families before the ceremony and it was a special moment.

Our favourite detail of the day was that our dog Laddie was part of our photos before the ceremony. He is a big part of our lives and in the end made me swipe right!

For our bridal party, I had a close friend and my sister-in-law as bridesmaids. Paul has his brother an best friend from school as groomsmen.

Glasshaus Inside was one of the two venues we visited, and we instantly fell in love with it. It was perfect for a cocktail wedding and we were able to bring in our own vendors including catering, drinks and hire furniture. On top of that, we really liked the industrial style combined with the green plants, which also meant that we wouldn’t have to spend money on flowers.

As Glasshaus is full of greenery, we decided to only have a few flower arrangements on the table scattered through out the room. The flowers were all white and green and I prepared the arrangements myself with flowers from Flawless Flowers at Prahran Market. The guys from Flawless Flowers also prepared the bouquets for the bridal party.

For our ceremony, we wanted to celebrate our love to each other but leave it short and simple to have a great party afterwards. Lara Williams was amazing in putting in all together and even learned some German to greet my family.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift. This was a surprise for the groom as he likes Taylor Swift and the story that Taylor tells through the song really resonated with us and what we’ve experienced.

The first photo of us walking down the aisle after getting married is our favourite. You can see how happy we are to be married.

We wanted to celebrate love with our family and friends and do so through a great party rather than a long formal ceremony and speeches. We definitely ensured to have great Mexican food and enough for everyone.

One vendor that stood out was Regnier Cakes – her little dessert bar looked amazing and tasted even better! One of the best salted caramel slices we have ever had!

Our photographer was Pierre from Pierre Curry Photography. Pierre was easy to deal with and even though we only met him on the day of our wedding he was great fit. He takes stunning photos of moments throughout the day rather than staged shots.

We were lucky enough to not have any hiccups and both enjoyed the whole day. We were both very relaxed and calm and didn’t let anything get to us.

Our first dance was to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Haley Reinhart. As Paul isn’t really into dancing, we were looking for a song where we could just sway a little. We tried getting everyone else on the dance floor very quickly to take away from all the attention.

Lea and Paul’s wedding video by Turbo 360

My advice to future newlyweds? Enjoy the process – it may get overwhelming but it will be worth it. Don’t stress out if something goes wrong. Most of the time you will be the only one noticing it. And take it all in on the day. It will go by in a blur so ensure you have great photos to look back on.

Ms Floral Says: What a beautiful day and celebration of your love, Lea and Paul. And surrounded by lush greenery and good food, friends and family… What more could you ask for? Congratulations!

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Amy & Brandon

Amy and Brandon are one of many, many couples whose wedding plans are up in the air due to COVID. To commemorate the rollercoaster of a year they’ve had as an engaged couple, they put together this DIY COVID themed shoot! We love the humour of it and hope it gives you a laugh as we usher out this super strange year. Below, Amy shares her and Brandon’s love story, then tells us how this quirky styled shoot came together and why.

Brandon and I met way back in high school in 2012. We went to different schools but ended up in the same Debutante Ball group as Brandon’s girlfriend at the time asked him to come and participate in our school’s ball as her partner. We actually ended up separated from our partners in the official Deb photograph and ended up right next to each other. We reconnected again in 2016 even though I was living an hour and a half away. After many weekends driving back and forward to each others towns, I eventually decided to move back to my hometown where Brandon lived and we moved in together after only three months of dating. I knew that moving in together so soon could make or break us, and luckily it was the smoothest transition ever.

I really feel like we have more differences than similarities, which works perfectly for us. I am a total introvert and Brandon is the complete opposite. He helps me come out of my shell while I help him stay grounded and focused. I always joke that we NEVER would have been friends in school given how different we both are, but as a couple it works so well for us.

When it came time to get engaged, I foiled my own proposal. Brandon had planned a weekend away and was being very secretive about it all. We had already discussed getting engaged and he clearly said this weekend was NOT IT. I had previously joked that he wasn’t really the planning type and this just seemed like his way of proving me wrong about that. We drove to Woodlands Rainforest Retreat in Narbethong, and for some reason, even as we walked into this stunning secluded cabin with rose petals everywhere, I still didn’t click onto what was about to happen. It had been a long drive and I had a lot of coffee, so right as Brandon was about to go down on one knee, I shrieked “I need to pee” and ran to the bathroom. Poor thing had to kneel down outside the bathroom door and wait for me to come out.

In November of 2019, I purchased a Mia Solano dress off the rack which I intended to wear for our wedding. A few months later I actually won a big wedding competition which included a brand new Madi Lane dress. I ordered the Madi Lane dress and so I had the original dress as a spare.

Since the competition win left me with two wedding dresses and our wedding plans are a little up in the air, my groom and I decided to have a fun COVID style shoot with my first dress to try to make light of the rollercoaster year we have had as an engaged couple! We decided to have a local photographer Alicia Flegeltaub do the honours. I knew she had a good sense of humor so when I hit her up with my idea she was so excited to shoot it for us.

We did the shoot in my grandmother’s backyard as she has such a lovely garden. We’re in the process of building our first home and our current house has absolutely no backyard.

I wanted to use the photos on a potential ‘change the date’ or virtual wedding invitation – and because I loved my original wedding dress so much that I wanted to get some photos in it, even if they are silly ones! We exaggerated all the elements of the year, such as the panic buying of toilet paper and wearing face masks. I really wanted the photos to look really ridiculous and over the top, for humour’s sake and also to ensure nobody who saw the photos thought they were real wedding photos! Although I did get a few very confused “congrats” texts when they went up on social media.

I have had many a nightmare that these photos are exactly what our real wedding will look like, so it seemed fitting. I love to document times in my life and wanted to have a record of how we felt during 2020 – even though we are insanely fortunate that COVID has not cancelled our wedding in January 2021.

Our photos have been published in our local newspaper and have really helped me deal with some of the stress that comes with waiting to see what is going to happen with our real wedding in January 2021!

 

Ms Floral: Good on you both for having such a fantastic sense of humour about this! We have all our fingers and toes crossed for you and your 2021 wedding!

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Jessica & James

This is how you do modern romantic! Jessica and James tied the knot on February 22, 2020 and their wedding featured so many dreamy elements – long stem roses, a sentimental church, a blush, fairy lit draped ceiling at their reception venue (The Ivory Elsternwick) and soft mood lighting. There to capture all the magical details on camera and video? Love & Other Photography. Below, bride Jessica shares her and James’ proposal story, plus how their elegant wedding day came together with help from their incredible dream team of vendors.

The proposal happened while we were on holidays in Hawaii. After a few days of relaxation on Waikiki beach, many cocktails and way too much food, James had a sneaky surprise planned! James had booked the beach villa used on set from my favourite movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall at Turtle Bay. I remember walking in and seeing rose petals EVERYWHERE and the song ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran was playing. James got down on one knee and I was a total mess, it was such a perfect moment. He also planned a sunset beach horse ride followed by a romantic dinner on the beach. It was such an incredible day and a moment in time I’ll never forget! I still to this day cannot believe what he pulled off!

When it came to planning our wedding and theme, we wanted romantic, dreamy and elegant with a modern twist. We chose blush, white and gold as our colour palette to set a romantic dreamy vibe.

James chose to wear a classic three-piece fitted black tuxedo with a bow tie and patent leather shoes. The three groomsman wore a fitted black tux with a tie. We love how dapper and striking a classic black tuxedo looks in photographs.


I visited Jannifer Wu in Brunswick and that is where my dream dress came to life. I wanted my dress to be timeless and elegant. I knew I wanted a strapless dress with a long train and cathedral veil, and have always loved traditional lace. We modernised my dress with full beading, a strapless bodice and a fitted mermaid silhouette. Jannifer was flawless to work with, she made sure the dress fit like a glove and spent many hours with me over numerous fittings to make sure the dress was perfect.

We had a traditional Greek ceremony at St Eustathios Church in South Melbourne. This church is super special to our family as it is where James was baptised and where James parents got married. We love the family history, I always wanted to get married in a white church and lucky enough it is the cutest white church I have ever seen!

If I had to choose one of my favourite moments it would have to be the moment I walked down the aisle. Outside the church I was a nervous wreck and had so many feels and emotions. My dad passed away when I was young so not having him there to walk me down the aisle was a very emotional moment for me. As soon as I saw James, I instantly felt calm and an overwhelming feeling that’s indescribable.

James says, “My favourite memory from the day would have to be the moment I turned around and saw Jess walk down the aisle. She looked absolutely incredible in her dress. In that moment as I took her hand and she smiled at me, I remember thinking to myself just how lucky I am to be marrying this woman.”

We chose Love & Other for our wedding photography and film. Kyla was fabulous on the day and most importantly takes incredible shots! We felt so comfortable with the Love & Other team and just had fun with it. Kyla captured our day perfectly, I am so happy we have such beautiful photos to look back on!

I LOVE long stem roses they look super elegant and photograph so beautifully. I chose white long stem roses for myself and blush for the bridesmaids. My lovely florist, Allie from Classic Bouquets was amazing to work with and completely nailed the brief. Our reception florals were so dreamy and the bouquets were stunning – I wanted to hold mine all night!

We had six in our bridal party, a mix of siblings and our closest friends. We had so much fun with them on the day and they made taking photographs super fun! We feel so blessed to have shared these special memories with the people we love!

We fell in love with our reception venue, The Ivory Elsternwick, the moment we saw it. The venue is unlike anything else we looked at and has so many special touches. We loved the foyer for canapés and cocktails, the stunning blush velvet furniture and the baby grand piano that Melbourne Pianist Calvin played for us during canapés. I will never forgot the first time we saw The Ivory Ballroom. The blush draped ceiling was so stunning we knew it was our special place.

We had personalised mini cocktails from Three Foxes as our wedding bomboniere. Our guests all loved them, some drank them on the night! They looked super cute on the tables and matched our decor perfectly!

We opted for mood lighting using only soft white and blush lights throughout the night to set the tone.

We wanted to include something fun for our guests, so we styled our venue’s outdoor greenery wall with a neon sign from The Luxx Co and a stunning balloon garland by Life’s Rosey Event Hire. Our guests loved taking photos in front of the greenery wall and I am so glad we did it, as it was a super fun touch!

My favourite special detail would be the stunning memorial candles made by The Luxx Co to honour my dad and grandparents. We placed the candles on top of the fireplace in the foyer. I remember seeing them just as we were about to walk in as hubby and wife and it made me smile knowing they were there.

We had a neon sign from The Luxx Co behind our bridal table and hung it from a gold arbour dressed with florals. The venue had a stunning blush fairy lit draped ceiling that made everything look SO DREAMY!

Our wedding planner, Bec from EBB Events was INCREDIBLE! Bec took the stress out of wedding planning and made sure our special day ran seamlessly. Bec is a perfectionist and went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect on the day. We had zero stress on our wedding day because we knew Bec was at the venue overseeing EVERYTHING! I was an OCD bride so I felt at ease knowing I had met my match!

We chose ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar for our first dance. I cannot listen to this song without happy tears EVER! We had so much dry ice during our first dance it felt like we were dancing on a fluffy cloud. The first dance is such a surreal moment, we were so nervous for many months prior and then when it happened we did not want it to end!

Our DJ Chas so much fun to work with, we couldn’t have chosen better. We wanted our reception to be one massive party and Chas made sure the vibe was set from the moment our guests walked in. We had the best time and our guests still rave about how great the music was!

The rose garden terrace was the perfect backdrop for our sparkler send off and we got some incredible photos.

Jessica and James’ wedding video by Love & Other

Ms Floral Says: So, so dreamy!  From your attire to the reception styling, all your choices worked so brilliantly together, and it looked like an amazing day! Thank you for sharing your story and all the details with us. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding and your marriage, Jessica and James.

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