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Wed With Flowers

29 Nov

I love fresh flowers. Yes their beauty is short lived, but they are beautiful none the less. Fill your wedding celebration with sweetly scented blooms in vibrant hues or pure whites. Bouquets, tables, cakes and hair – the flower is a jack of all trades. Embrace the flower and all it has to offer on your wedding day.

Chanele Rose Flowers - Floral Wedding Cake

Chanele Rose Flowers - Wedding Table Decorations

Images: Chanele Rose Flowers & Event Styling

For more wedding flowers inspiration and ideas plus florists who can  make it happen grab yourself a copy of Modern Wedding Flowers magazine.

Isabel 🙂


Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine Sneak Peak

16 Oct

We are so excited to launch the latest edition of Modern Wedding Flowers magazine which hit the stands last Friday. This annual title is more than just a flowers magazine, it is a complete styling handbook and a favourite in the Modern Wedding library. The work of so many talented florists (really they are the best of the best!) have gone into making this stunning edition and we couldn’t have done it without their creative talents.

This year you’ll find styling ideas for a range of themes including vintage pastels, vivid hues, white on white and rustic romance. Beautiful real weddings featuring gorgeous fresh blooms are scattered throughout the magazine to inspire your own special day. There a hundreds of bouquet ideas to suit every colour palette and season, plus all the essential information that brides need to know when it comes to choosing their wedding flowers.

If you haven’t managed to grab yourself a copy yet then here’s a little sneak peak at some of the divine pages in this edition!

Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine cover

Vintage Pastels - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

Vintage Pastels - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

Vivid Hues - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

Vivid Hues - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

 Hide White On White - Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine

 Hide White On White - Modern Wedding Flowers Magazine

Rustic Romance - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

Rustic Romance - Modern Wedding Flowers magazine

I wish I could show you more because there are so many beautiful pages of amazing flowers! But I won’t spoil it because I think that this magazine really is something you’ll want ‘to have and to hold’. Modern Wedding Flowers is available in store at your local newsagent or online at Modern Wedding Magazine shop.


Isabel 🙂

Pretty Pink Real Wedding: Danijela + Richard’s Charming Celebration

28 Aug

Danijela met Richard on his front door step. “He had just finished renovating his first house and was looking for a house mate, I had just finished a jaunt in Europe and was looking to move out of my Mum and Dad’s house,” Danijela of wedding decor specialists Decorations by Jelena laughs. “I found him on!” Their elegant wedding was infused with old world charm, a sense of occasion and a healthy dose of pink.

“It was all about romance and fun, with a dash of 1920s elegance,” says Danijela. “Only without the stuffiness!” she quickly adds. “It wasn’t until looking at our wedding photos later that I realised my wedding dress was a huge source of inspiration. I wanted something modest, unique, with just the right amount of lace and femininity.”

“I knew I wanted to keep him pretty much straight away,” says Danijela. “My family cannot keep a secret so he had to wait until the night before to ‘ask’ for my hand in marriage. Friday was like any other day – Richard dropped me off at work (which just happens to be my Mum’s place) and my dear friend Adrianna was there having coffee with Mum and one of my sisters Kat. It was a stunning Winters day and as the morning went on my other sister Ivana turned up, my little sister Maria called sick and asked to be picked up from school and my dad called home to see if lunch was ready. None of this was too weird as my family loves nothing more than to take it easy on a stunning day… then my older sister Dijana turned up with her little girl for a visit – it was a full house! But I had arranged to have lunch with Richard in our favourite beer garden so as I was grabbing my bag and getting ready to head out of the door, the door bell rang and as I opened it I just freaked out – it was Richard, dressed in a gorgeous dinner jacket, holding a dozen red roses and getting on bended knee with a gorgeous little wooden box! The family was screaming, I was screaming, I just kept asking if it was a joke – we like to play the odd practical joke on each other – but he wasn’t joking! He then gave me a few minutes to gather my self, he had packed our bags and was sweeping me away to my favourite Bannisters for the weekend where we later met up with some friends.”

Thinking back to her wedding gown, Danijela says “I didn’t have any inspiration other than I wanted a modest gown. My sisters and mum had hijacked me one day shortly after we got engaged and we went dress shopping – I had tried on over a dozen dresses across a few shops and when we walked into the last store there really wasn’t anything that caught my eye – but the rules were I had to try on at least one dress in every shop – so I haphazardly just shrugged into a dress that was in the corner. Once I put her on though – I almost cried.  I couldn’t believe how well she fit off the rack and just how amazing she was. I loved the unique deco shapes made with the beading and it had just the right amount of lace and it wasn’t white! We added a cathedral veil and I knew I had my gown sorted!”

When choosing her reception decor and theming the space, Danijela and Richard looked for a way to bring romance and elegance to the room. “We wanted it to be bright – but not stark white. We had ivory satin linen, an amazing blush damask overlay, hand made twirl sashes in chiffon and crystal organza and an custom main table with mocha tones and soft pink high lights. We used pink up-lights to create warmth by washing the walls and centerpieces that incorporated plenty of candles to add to the atmosphere – the main feature of our centrepieces were the candelabra which we decked out with flowers.”

Guests were treated to a cocktail hour, followed by a sumptuous three course meal. The couple spent their wedding night at The Shangri-La in Sydney, honeymooned in Vanuatu and are now living in a beautiful cottage in Parramatta.

When asked if she has any advice for future brides, Danijela says “Make sure you confirm everything you chat to your suppliers about in writing on the day – even if it is just a short email of your understanding of what is expected. Even being in the industry didn’t save us from headaches!”

Congratulations Danijela and Richard, thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!

Ceremony: St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Ryde
Reception: Lauriston House, Dundas
Cake: CakeArt
Flowers: Blooms and Scents (Adrianna)
Decorations: Decorations by Jelena (the bride’s mother’s wedding styling company)
Photography: Emotiva Photography

Will you be incorporating a little pink or a little elegance into your big day? Let us know! Leave a comment, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz

For loads more real wedding inspiration visit Modern Wedding online.

Rosemary xox

{Real Wedding} Shades of Pink

20 Aug

Oh Monday…it comes too quickly and lasts too long – the exact opposite of our wedding day which for some is a long time coming and for everybody goes in the blink of an eye. Lucky for us we’re in the business of weddings and these celebrations of love have the power to cure even the most severe case of Monday blues.

This real wedding caught my eye with the beautiful shades of pink that feature throughout the wedding from the flowers, to the bridesmaid’s dress and reception decorations. Pink is one of those colours that will never lose favour among brides, partly because of its ability to reinvent itself in a million different shades.

R E G I N A  &  C A L V I N

F R O M  T H E  B R I D E

The Proposal…

The proposal happened to be in Singapore. I got a very bad flu that day and spent half of the day in bed.  I then went out with a good friend of mine for a catch up dinner. Calvin said he wanted to take a look at the new Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino, which was across from our hotel. When I came back from the dinner, he was on one knee and surprised me with the engagement ring on a small teddy bear with red roses.


We didn’t really have a theme, but we knew that we wanted a non-traditional private, close, intimate wedding and we didn’t want to bore our guests. We tried to match up with our reception place which is a private, heritage venue, not far from Sydney CBD.


Peach, pink and pastel colours.


The reception venue had its own special feature; a private garden where guests can mingle outdoors and indoors. We decorated the indoor waiting area with our engagement photos displayed on small tables with a few table props that we purchased when we were overseas. We borrowed cake designer vintage metal bird cage props, with hanging cookie birds inside. A DIY photo booth corner was set up and Fuji Instax Camera so that our friends could take funny pictures and enjoy themselves.

We made our own table seating plan and menu card using our wedding invitations as our template. Each guest table had 2 small vases filled with unstructured flowers with similar colours as my bouquet. We let the guests take the flowers home with them as souvenirs.


We organised a magician to perform and entertain our guests with his magic techniques, he even brought his dove and a rabbit. Guests received alternate favours, bird shaped salt and paper shaker which came in a small package with peach ribbon on the top.


We didn’t go on our honeymoon straight away; we’ll be going to go to Europe 6 months after our wedding reception and we’ll be having another small celebration with close family and friends in Malaysia before departing for our honeymoon.


Photography: Deyan Photography Gown: Pronovias from Fashions By Farina Groom’s Suit: David Jones Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Seduce Flowers: Flower Avenue Ceremony Venue: St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Flemington Reception Venue: Mandalay Cake: Spoon and Fork

Will you shade your day with pink? One shade or many shades? Let us know, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Isabel 🙂


Gorgeous DIY High Tea Real Wedding

14 Aug

Fiona and Travis first met on RSVP, and had their first date in Berrima, halfway between their two homes in the Blue Mountains and Canberra. Travis proposed on Christmas morning, in front of his whole family, including three beautiful children. “So I knew his proposal was perfect for everyone,” says Fiona. “And I knew he was proud to have me in his life. I said yes close to 100 times through tears of joy!”

As a child, Fiona had dreamt of long, beautiful dresses of silk and lace, handsome men in suits and top hats and all the fineries of a bygone era, like polished silver and fine china.

“My favourite movies were with Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Shirley Temple,” says Fiona. “So the decision to have a Vintage Picnic theme for our big day was a perfect match. There was very little time to organise everything, I had only 4 months and needed to work on a very tight budget as we had recently purchased our first home and were to move in 6-8 weeks after we wed.  I had a few little things of my own, so with a budget of $5,000 in mind and needed to include my dress!   I started collecting all sorts of eclectic china, silver and bits and pieces from all around the world.  Etsy is the most incredible place to source anything and everything ‘Vintage’ and ‘Wedding’.  I went and visited my best friends in Katoomba and we rummaged through every Antique shop from one end of the Blue Mountains to the other!”

Originally, the couple had hoped to hold their ceremony at the Carillion in Canberra, however the weather turned against them, with blizzards striking the day before. “So we had to go to our backup plan of Bonython Community Hall in Bonython,” says Fiona. “It ended up being perfect for both our ceremony and reception.”

Fiona’s stunning rosewater pink gown was a dream come true for the bride. “I had always wanted to wear something full and silk with flowers on it.  This had always been a dream from when I was a child from watching old world movies. I bought my gown in Adelaide. It is a Nicolina Gown, it was perfect!

Fiona was the epitome of the DIY bride. “I hand made everything myself!” she enthuses. “I dried rose petals for months that were picked from our garden, buntings, my wedding shrug, serviettes, all the flowers, butterfly nets, vintage photo jars and a ‘pass the parcel’ with each layer wrapped in beautiful cotton and lace and tied together with pretty ribbons and so much more!” She invested in some professional assistance for some of the more complex projects. “Shelby Mills from Addie & Me designed the Children’s table, which represented my dreams as a child. I believe children are too often forgotten at weddings and with Shelby’s magic the children felt like little Princes and Princesses and that the day was about them too. David Ferguson from ‘Objective Fine Vintage Design’ supplied the Antique furniture which made the finishing touches to our perfect day!”

Fiona also made both wedding cakes and all the decorations. “All the flowers were bought from Fyshwick markets, and the set up was done by my wonderful sisters, best friends, sister, mother and father in law and husband to be, even the kids helped with putting flowers in jars!” she smiles. “It was very stressful in the end but we pulled it all together, most importantly together as a family and that is what made our wedding day more memorable. Everyone was buzzing around, decorating and cooking scones and cupcakes the night before the wedding.”

The couple gifted each guest with handmade fruitcake cupcakes, decorated in royal and soft icing and topped off with vintage brooches for the ladies and cufflinks for the gentlemen. “I sourced them from all around the world,” says Fiona. “Each cupcake took a minimum of two hours to make. Together they formed our wedding cake and were given as gifts at the end of the night in gorgeous handmade boxes.”

The couple spent their wedding night at Ginninderry Homestead, and plan to honeymoon in Holland, as they both have Dutch heritage. “Since telling everyone I think we now have Trav’s parents, sister, and my sisters with my niece too coming with us!” laughs Fiona. “Lucky we both are family oriented people.”

Fiona had such an enjoyable time hosting her wedding high tea that she will be hosting another, but this time with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. “Our High Tea for Habitat is going to be a High Tea that will set the standards of High Tea in Canberra and Australia.  We have 12 different styled tables to choose from some including Vintage Photography, Mary Antoinette, The Nut Cracker, Cigar Bar for the men and Flower Faeries for the children.  There will be delightful scones to accompany the many flavours of teas, mouth-watering desserts, sandwiches, an abundance of colourful and tasty cupcakes to take your fancy.  We will also have displays and lots of information for people interested in gaining ideas for their next High Tea Event.  We are encouraging everyone to come dressed in their best dresses, giving the ladies an opportunity to wear their wedding dresses again, men in suits and top hats, and children dressed to suit their theme, come dance to the tunes of the old bygone era and enjoy many of the entertainments throughout the afternoon to early evening.  Shelby and I are big dreams people and we make dreams come true, especially important to us is raising as much funds as we can to make the dreams come true for the families of Habitat for Humanity, so come join us and make this dream come true for us all!”

High Tea for Humanity will be held on September 22nd, 2012 at Tuggeranong Community Centre. If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket, or you’d like some more information, phone Fiona Kirk on 0412 490 073 or visit

Photography: Steven Lloyd Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bonython Community Hall in Bonython
Cake, Decor, Flowers, Bomboniere: DIY by the Bride and her family
Bride’s Gown: Nicolina
Children’s Table: Shelby Mills of Addie and Me
Antique Furniture Hire: David Ferguson of Objective Fine Vintage Design
Food: DIY by the Bride and her family

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Are you including a little DIY in your wedding? Or a lot? Let us know! Leave a comment, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Rosemary x

Cute ‘n’ Country Wedding at Summerlees Estate

13 Aug

S H E L L E Y  &  T H O M A S

F R O M  T H E  B R I D E

The Proposal…

Tom proposed to me while we were staying at Bannisters in Mollymook for our 4 year anniversary. It completely took me by surprise and the whole experience was so surreal, the room was amazing, we could hear the musician by the pool below playing a song that we absolutely loved and it was like we were the only two people in the whole world.


The Southern Highlands is such a beautiful area, so relaxing. For the type of wedding we wanted, we knew it had to be outside Sydney. Summerlees Estate was the first venue we looked at and nothing else compared after. It was absolutely perfect for us.


I love all things green, I’m a horticulturalist so my main thing for the day was to be surrounded by gorgeous flowers and foliage. The feeling that we wanted for the day was for it to be fun and light-hearted, but also take in the surroundings of the country and the rustic/vintage theme.


Lilac, Peach and cream.


Michelle from Affair with George was a dream come true. When we first met to go through my ideas she understood what I wanted straight away and she understood my vision, which made everything really easy.  When I first walked into the ballroom before the guests arrived I was amazed, it was like Michelle knew what I wanted better than I did myself – everything was perfect.

Our tables were dressed with a mix of vintage tea cups, small silver and crystal vases and old glass bottles filled with peach stock, Julia’s rose, peach ‘Juliet’ rose, purple lisianthus, chincheree and green hypericum berry…to name a few. We had glass baubles hanging from rods along the ceiling filled with flowers & tea light candles which looked perfect with the gorgeous old chandeliers.


I think the most unique detail was the Persian rug that we had for the ceremony. I borrowed lots of ideas, but the rug was my own.  We gave each guest a small jar of jam from a local berry farm in Sutton Forest. We had a two-layer cake, the bottom layer was a chocolate sponge and the top layer vanilla and raspberry swirl.  It was covered with a light whipped cream as I definitely didn’t want traditional hard icing.


We spent two weeks in the Whitsundays. First week at Qualia which was absolute paradise and the second at Hayman Island.


Photography: James Barnes of BPhotographed Gown: Clarissa Grace Groom’s Suit: Peppers Formal Wear Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Butter by Nadia from Bridesmaids Only Flowers & Event Styling: Affair with George Ceremony & Reception Venue: Summerlees Estate Cake: PB Catering Music & Entertainment: Above and Beyond DJs Bomboniere: Montrose Berry Farm

A wedding oasis – Jess and Chris’ Bali wedding

6 Aug

I must say I was thrilled when the talented James from James Billing Photography shared this wedding with us. I am in love with Bali weddings! The beauty, the exciting yet relaxed atmosphere they exude just make me want to jump in there and be apart of it… and this wedding is no exception.

I love how this couple, Jess and Chris have incorporated the DIY/rustic feel into their Balinese garden party wedding, all the while using Balinese suppliers for the majority of the wedding supplies. You can tell from the photos that planning a Bali wedding was no big stress for them! Jess told us, “Planning the wedding was a lot of fun! Getting married in Bali meant we co-ordinated most things through our Bali wedding planner and enjoyed dreaming up ideas that they would then make possible.”

Jess and Chris spent most of their planning time on exciting events for the guests outside of their wedding day, “everyone was on holidays for at least a week, we made the most of meeting up as much as possible.”

Their wedding was on July 10th 2012 in Canggu, Bali.

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Jess describes one of the special moments of the day, “It was very special walking down the aisle with my dad, he distracted me with funny conversation and as a result we have naturally happy photos.” Bali wedding ceremonyBali wedding photographyBali wedding photography - in CangguBali wedding - bridal partyBali wedding - bride and groom in rice paddy fieldsBali wedding - bridesmaidsBali wedding - in the rice paddiesThe couple were lucky enough to have their friend as the photographer for their wedding, their photos as a result are full of natural and comfortable shots. “We didn’t want to spend much time away from the party, which made James’ life difficult, but his passion was infectious and the bridal party photo’s were a real highlight of the day.”

Bali wedding table settings

Jess used local flowers and lots of random mixed jars for the table centrepieces, to add that personal DIY touch to the reception. “We also designed bamboo fans to give to the girls that had our names and the details of the wedding carved onto them. And we had framed photographs of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days displayed near the entrance.”

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Jess and Chris chose to hold their wedding ceremony and reception at a villa called Simona Oasis and Spa because of the intimacy it provided. They found that it was a great outdoor space surrounded by beautiful rice paddies.

Bali wedding - bride and groom dancingThanks so much for sharing this wedding with us and a big congratulations to the happy Jess and Chris!

For more amazing shots from this wedding check out James Billing’s Bali Wedding.


Photographer – James Billing Photography 

Wedding planner – Bali Exclusive Weddings
Bride’s Dress – Maria Chiodo gown from Marry Me Bridal
Bride’s shoes- Midas
Bride’s Jewellery – Earrings from Samantha Wills and headpiece from Johanna Johnson. I also wore some very old pearls that belonged to my great Aunt as a bracelet.
Groom’s attire Pants from Marcs, shirt from Scotch & Soda and Havaiana thongs! Chris had his belt made in Bali.
Bridesmaid’s attire Alannah Hill
Hair stylist – Bali Exclusive Weddings
Makeup artist – my very talented friend Zoe
Flowers Bought from the GreenSpot florist in Seminyak
Stationery & paper goods- Amazing Paper, a few decorations sourced from Etsy
Ceremony Venue- Simona Oasis & Spa
Reception Venue- Simona Oasis & Spa
Wedding Bomboniere Balinese sarongs were on the backs of the girls chairs which came in handy for swimming later. We also gave the girls fans and the boys were given a Bintang beer cooler!
Caterers- BCCO Catering
Cake – My sisters!
Wedding rings – Larsen Jewellers

Happy Monday!

Are you planning a destination wedding? If so, are you hiring a local wedding planner? How is the experience?
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Kate x