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Unique Wedding at the Theatre

21 Nov

Renee and Jason were married on 30th September in a traditional church ceremony followed by a not so traditional wedding reception at The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. A mix of old world Hollywood glamour and stage show lights came together to celebrate this love story.


















F R O M  T H E  B R I D E


We met at a beach BBQ through friends. We spent the day playing beach cricket and enjoying the sun with our friends. At the end of the day Jason asked me to coffee. Shortly after our coffee date he delivered cupcakes to me at work so that I could share them with my girlfriends for morning tea. As you can imagine after that we kept dating.

The Proposal…

Jason flew his family to QLD and told me that he wanted them to meet my grandmother who is special to him. He asked her to cook for his family at her home. We were having lunch with our immediate families and he proposed in front of everyone. Although I should have seen it coming, I was really surprised and really happy. It was lovely to be able to share our engagement with all those close to us.

The Wedding…

We didn’t really have a ‘theme’ as such but we wanted to make sure the wedding had a great atmosphere. Our tastes are simple, elegant and classic. White, ivory and black were the basic colours used. The wedding had a hint of that old style Hollywood glamour. We also wanted something really different and interesting for the reception so we had our reception at The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. The theatre has a colourful history – from its beginnings as a flourishing silent movie house to the largest regional theatre in Australia. The ceremony was held in Toowoomba (my home town) at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral is old, beautiful and really impressive. It was a long walk down the aisle!

Jason and I have backgrounds where food is extremely important. Encores Restaurant did a great job of feeding our 250 guests quickly. We had platters of beef and chicken. Platters made it possible for our guests to sample everything and encouraged sharing and interaction on the tables. We had three difference desserts on each plate and course of Lebanese sweets.


Decorations were kept very simple as the venue surroundings were so impressive. We had white tables settings, fresh Colombian white roses in medium sized vases on the tables and tea light candles.  We had long tables of twelve with lux red chairs all looking out to a 1100 seat art deco theatre. The 25m star curtain from floor to ceiling and amazing ‘gold’ lighting gave the stage a magical feel.

The Dresses and The Suit…

My wedding gown was fitted, classic and very comfortable. It was made of lightweight silk. It was fish tail, Ivory and had just the right amount of beading. I added the straps and topped it off with my mothers vintage cathedral veil. The fact that I could wear the veil that my mother wore was really special and one of my favourite things about the day. I bought it at Halo Bridal in Sydney. They were amazing, friendly and made the overwhelming experience of trying to find the perfect dress really easy. My inspiration was to find something that suited my shape, that was classic, comfortable and formal enough to compete with the venue. I chose Ivory as the colour for my dress because of its soft hue. I wanted my dress to be reminiscent of Old Hollywood. My sparkling multi-colour Christian Louboutin stilettos completed this look.

My sister wore a Matthew Eager dress. It was so beautiful. Black velvet top and Ivory bottom with a large ‘fan’ of material off the side. It fitted her petit frame perfectly and she looked like a stunning movie star from the 50’s. Jason pulled off his Harolds dinner suit in style. His suit will last a lifetime and was complemented by his gorgeous Italian patent shoes. The groomsmen wore black suits, white shirts and charcoal ties.


I chose medium sized Colombian roses with long stems for the bouquets. They were soft pink and almost antique looking.


We had a popcorn machine and buckets instead.


Bora Bora – Tahiti/French Polynesia. Yes in one of those over water bunglows!!!

Here is everyone who made this theatre wedding unique:

Photography: Evoke Images Ceremony Location: St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba Reception Venue: The Empire Theatre Bride’s Dress: Halo Bridal Bridesmaid’s Dress: Matthew Eager Groom’s Suit: Harolds Flowers: Swish Flowers Decorations: Weddings by Florence Catering: Encores Restaurant

Isabel 🙂


Amelia & Beau’s Real Wedding

7 Nov


Amelia and Beau married in a simple, relaxed affair that was ‘fun and all about the family’. The day was largely handcrafted, ‘we did anything and everything we could do ourselves. Not only did that make the wedding more affordable, but it made everything so much more special,’ says the couple. Even Amelia’s gorgeous ivory wedding dress was handmade by her grandmother and they organised all the decorations – ‘anything we wanted and couldn’t find, we made!’

The couple who have been together since they were 15 chose to marry in a traditional church ceremony at Drummoyne Baptist Church. ‘Our ceremony was held in a church that has been tied to Amelia’s family for decades. Her parents and grandparents were both married in that same chapel, so it was really special for us to get married there also,’ says Beau. They used Bella Vista Farm as a photo location, ‘it’s a place that feels so true to who we are as a couple,’ says Amelia. ‘Our Photographers were Michael and Amanda from MM Photos and we were stoked with their efficiency, positive attitude and how much they obviously loved their work. They are just lovely people and we enjoyed sharing our day with them.’

The couple has this advice for others planning a wedding, ‘Remember you are planning a marriage not just a wedding…so don’t let the details of one day impact on your relationship negatively. Be resourceful, involve your family, and enjoy the planning during the lead up to your special day. Make sure you relax and make happy memories of that time too!’


Drummoyne Baptist Church

The Bride

Bridal accessories

Bridal Accessories

Bride and Groom Photography

Bride getting ready

Drummoyne Baptist Church

Flower Girls holding baby's breath

Groom preparations


Hanging Flower bombs and Wedding stationery

Romantic Wedding Photo

Romantic Wedding Photo

Romantic Wedding Photograph

Romantic Wedding Photography

The Bridal Party

The Bride & Flowers Girls with Baby's Breath

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Dress

Waiting Groom

Wedding Baby's Breath

Wedding Ceremony Decorations

Wedding Ceremony Piano music

White rose wedding bouquet

Wedding Dance

Wedding Decorations & Wedding Cake

Wedding Dress

Wedding Rings

White Rose Bouquet & Wedding Dress with Bow

Here is everyone who made this wedding wonderful:

Photography: MM Photos

Ceremony Location: Drummoyne Baptist Church

Reception Venue: Paradiso Receptions

Bride’s Dress: Handmade by the bride’s grandmother

Bridesmaid Dresses: Also handmade by the bride’s grandmother

Groom and Groomsmen Suits:

Wedding Cake: Paradiso

Wedding Music: DJ Robbie G

Isabel 🙂

A Wedding to Remember

30 Oct

Today at Modern Wedding HQ we’re busy discussing what we will bring to our PINK morning tea tomorrow. We’ve invited all our office neighbours to join us for some tea and pink inspired treats to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. On the menu so far…strawberry macarons, pink iced biscuits, pikelets with strawberry jam and pink smoked salmon! Our eyes are also keeping a close eye on bids for the thinkPINK auction also in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Make sure you check out the dresses and bid to win a pink designer gown.

While we enjoy nothing more than designer gowns and delicious pink treats, it is stories like this one that remind us why we’re doing it all. This is the story of Gabrielle who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2010. Her wedding wishes came true earlier this year with the help of her bridesmaid Jocelyn, who organised this stunning celebration in just four weeks. Gabrielle and Tony’s entire wedding story featured in our annual Modern Wedding Pink Edition.

“Gabrielle’s brief was clear and concise,” says Jocelyn. “She wanted to be married near the beach at an inspiring venue surrounded by family and close friends,” she says. A private beach house was transformed into an abode worthy of the Hamptons for Gabrielle and Tony’s beautiful wedding celebration. Gabrielle intended to spoil her guests with amazing food and wine and she wanted the opportunity to mingle with everyone, hence a cocktail reception was planned. The modern beach house inspired the theme – contemporary neutrals with hints of blue created a chic and inviting atmosphere. 


Gabrielle's-Rachel-Gilbert-wedding dress









Wedding Ceremony Decorations

Wedding Ceremony Decorations






Gabrielle looked stunning in a chic Rachel Gilbert gown and carried a traditional bouquet of David Austin roses.  Her two gorgeous boys, Declan and Ronan, walked her into the garden and down the aisle, created by rows of Hampton chairs. The ceremony was emotional and heartfelt, an honour for every guest to witness.













Afterward, decadent cocktail food was served and guests revelled in the fine dining experience. White lanterns and candles created a romantic ambiance as night fell. Gabrielle was absolutely delighted with the decoration, food, wine and atmosphere and admitted that she wouldn’t have changed a thing.






Gabrielle-&-her-boys-Declan and Ronan














Here is everyone who made this wedding memorable:

Photographer: Cam Mills Photography

Bride’s Gown: Rachel Gilbert

Bridesmaid’s Dress: from Paris

Florist:  Brides in Bloom and Flourish Flower Merchants

Catering: Cook Book Catering

Cake: Sparkle Cupcakes

Accommodation – LJ Hooker Palm Beach

Wedding Venue – Supplied by David and Di Edwards

Dreams 2 live 4 – Prince of Wales Private Hospital.

Bridal Shoes – Sergio Rossi

Ever the optimist Gabrielle was always open minded about new treatments and procedures. Her friends recall that even on her bad days she would always greet them with a smile and genuine happiness. Gabrielle and Tony married on the 10th of March. Gabrielle passed away on Monday 14th May surrounded by her family and close friends.

Zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030? Help us raise funds to make this dream a reality – head to the thinkPINK auction page and bid on one of the beautiful pink items. All proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help fund vital research into finding a cure.

MW x

Wedding shoes: To Choo or not to Choo?

25 Oct

Our bride blogger, Alicia, is back for installment 7 on the Modern Wedding blog! She’s been focusing on her all-important wedding shoes over the last few weeks…

To Choo or not to Choo? That is the question.

When choosing bridal shoes there are two arguments: “If you can’t wear a designer shoe on your wedding day then when can you?” and “Don’t bother spending money on shoes because nobody sees them anyway”. Where do you fit in this debate?

White bridal shoes

Photography on Hermitage

Jimmy Choo bridal shoes

Photo by Stuart Leal

Wedding shoes

Photo by Natalie Howe

Flat wedding shoes

Society Photography

Bridal shoes

Photo by Natalie Howe

Wedding shoes

Photo by April Werz

Jimmy Choo wedding shoes

The Greta by Jimmy Choo

I hadn’t thought about bridal shoes until I saw a tiny image of THE MOST amazing shoe in a magazine. It was a gorgeous stiletto sandal in bright gold and glitter that would look amazing under a wedding dress or teamed with skinny jeans (post-wedding day bonus).

The shoe’s name is Greta and the designer is Jimmy Choo (pictured above). I had never owned a designer shoe, nor had I thought about it, but now it was an infatuation. I couldn’t stop thinking about Greta and her price tag: AUD$1,100(ish)…almost as much as my dress!

It tormented me for months. Around and around the argument went: “If you can’t have a designer shoe…” vs “Nobody’s going to see your shoes!”. I couldn’t justify the price, but at the same time I didn’t stop looking at the website. A few months later it came up on sale – Greta at 50% OFF!

That was now a price tag of $500(ish) dollars…almost justifiable. I picked up the phone and called the nearest store. Was my size in stock? Yes. Could I make some bogus work excuse? Yes. (I was sick – shoe sick). So off I went to try on the Choo.

The verdict? TERRIBLE. The beautiful shoe made my feet look awful! Admittedly, going for a big run first was probably a bad idea (think knobby feet with popping veins), plus with decades of that kind of running I don’t quite have model feet. So in the end it was…No Deal.

Now I have justified it in a different way. I have saved myself at least $1,000 to spend on something else…! It’s funny how logic works.

My thoughts have now turned to fun shoes that add a surprise pop of colour or girly fun to a wedding dress. Turquoise, pink, gold, polka dots…

What do you think? What did you Choo(se) for your wedding shoe?

Alicia x

About Alicia: Alicia is a water scientist by day and a blogger/jogger/home cooker by night. She is madly in love with her fiancé Shane, Pinterest and her fitness program. Check out her Pinterest board and lifestyle blog.

Alicia is guest blogging for the Modern Wedding blog leading up to her wedding day. She resides in Manly, Sydney, and is a Victorian country girl at heart. Swing by Modern Wedding Facebook or Modern Wedding Twitter and ask Alicia a question.

It’s All In The Wedding Details

24 Oct

A L A N N A  &  T I M

This is one from the Modern Wedding vault for all our new modettes who may have missed this amaaaazing real wedding that featured in the winter edition of Modern Wedding earlier this year. I wanted to share it again because there are just so many perfect details – we could have filled a whole magazine with them! Alanna and Tim’s love of life, poetry and romance inspired an eclectic wedding celebration, imbued with a dreamy aesthetic and an overall whimsical sense of fun.















Flower-Girl-&-Page-Boy-Holding Balloons






















Alanna and Tim met through a mutual friend. “You could call it fate, or destiny, but some things are just meant to be,” smiles Alanna. “He was the Yin to my Yang. Our hearts just seemed to match.” The couple spent eight wonderful years together. In that time they were blessed with the arrival of a beautiful little girl, Scarlett Lily, and made many plans for their future together. “There was no moment, no bang on the head when we realised it was love,” says Alanna. “It just happened gradually. Our life together, our love grew into something magical.” So when Tim made the decision to propose, it seemed natural to include their precious daughter in the occasion. “Tim and Scarlett proposed to me together with a custom-made ring on Scarlett Lily’s second birthday.”

It was at this point that the couple brought in Stylist Emily Vawser of White Room Events. During one of their first discussions, Alanna expressed all her ideas for the big day: every exquisite detail. “We are picturing gorgeous white chairs set up for the ceremony, trees tied with long ribbons that sway in the breeze, pretty crystal chandeliers, vintage sheet music, romantic quotes, beautiful old poetry books… as well as some fun, whimsical elements like balloons and pinwheels. We want our wedding to be unique, gorgeous and filled with fun details to make our guests smile.”

Emily, ever the optimist and determined to deliver exactly what the couple wanted, took the inspiration and ran with it. “When Alanna asked me to help narrow things down, I asked her ‘Why?’” laughs Emily. “Let’s do it all!” she said ambitiously. “It all went together so well, it seemed a shame to leave anything out. I knew we could do it.”

Here is everyone who made this wedding wonderful:

Photographers: Pobke Photography & Jason Wong Photography
Event Stylist: White Room Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Carrick Hill
Bride’s gown: Annette of Melbourne Couture
Bride’ shoes: Shoes of Prey
Groom’s Suit: Tailors of Distinction
Bridesmaids gowns: Forever New
Event Coordinator: ‘Day of Coordination’ by OnCue Events
Hair: Tania Lonardo and Kabuki Hair
Makeup: Dale Dorning
Florist: Lotus Flowers
Cakes: Sugar and Spice Cakes
White desserts: Sweet Treats Cakes and Cupcakes
Stationery: Twin Ravens Press
Transport: Jag-It In Style
Videographer: Cinecraft Australia

I love how much thought has gone into literally every part of this wedding. What a wonderful way to celebrate love.  MW x

Choosing a bridal party

11 Oct

Our bride blogger, Alicia, is back for installment 6 on the Modern Wedding blog. The countdown to her wedding is on with just 3 months to go and in this post she writes about choosing a bridal party.

Choosing a bridal party can be a difficult decision. There are siblings, siblings-to-be, cousins and best friends to consider! Fiancé and I want one or two friends to help celebrate our day, however it suddenly became very easy to understand how bridal party numbers could end up at 8, 10 or even 20 people (big shout out to Kate Moss!)

Big bridal parties look fun and fabulous, but we want an intimate wedding feel. And besides, our bridal car only seats six passengers, so we’re bound to be having no more than two attendants each anyway.

So how do you choose just two people from all of your vast and wonderful friends? The only way I could make this decision was to think about what would best fulfill our wedding day and my bride needs (I know, that sounds very selfish, doesn’t it!)

Large bridal party


Large bridal party

XSIGHT Photography

Small bridal party

Inlighten Photography

Alicia in a bridal party

Alicia in a bridal party – Contessa Photography


Alicia’s bridesmaids

I chose my two close girlfriends, Anthea and Kylie (pictured above). I did not choose my sister, my long term girl friends, or friends I have been bridesmaid for in the past. That was tough, because it does not mean that I love or value any friends more than others.

I chose Anthea and Kylie because they know me so well, they listen to my sad times and celebrate my happy times without competition or judgment. We met through individual and momentous circumstances, and the bond was instant. These girls have shared the journey of my relationship with my fiancé and have been here with me through the whole ‘marriage thing’.

It was magical to watch my fiancé “pop the question” to his groomsmen. His best friend Andrew stared at fiancé for what seemed like minutes. He was astonished, then there was shaking of hands and a few man hugs, then a group hug. It was wonderful! His second groomsman, Brad, is a lifelong friend from fiancé’s wonder years growing up in Canberra. Brad is a gentle, laid back guy, and he got up to quite a bit of mischief on his own buck’s day (even making the news. Uh oh!)

This week my bridesmaids and I found a place to have dresses made to their specifications and for a reasonable price. I must say, I was at first shocked at the cost of BM dresses ($500+). Back in my day, when I was a BM in 2002, our dresses cost $260! But it was impossible to find the right colour and style that we wanted off the shelf, and we live in Sydney, and we don’t know any seamstresses – so, the price was going to be high. Rhenola at Skarr Sydney is our new fairy godmother.

With that now sorted, we can move onto more fun stuff. The first question the girls asked on the way home from shopping was “So, what’s OFF the list for a hens day?” To which I replied: “A pink hummer and George Street.” I have a feeling I’m getting a fire truck! 😉

How did you go with your bridal party decisions? Are you going with a big or small bridal party? A loud or quiet hens day?

Alicia x

About Alicia: Alicia is a water scientist by day and a blogger/jogger/home cooker by night. She is madly in love with her fiancé Shane, Pinterest and her fitness program. Check out her Pinterest board and lifestyle blog.

Alicia is guest blogging for the Modern Wedding blog leading up to her wedding day. She resides in Manly, Sydney, and is a Victorian country girl at heart. Swing by Modern Wedding Facebook or Modern Wedding Twitter and ask Alicia a question.

A Winery Wedding

10 Oct

M e l a n i e  &  C h r i s

Melanie and Chris celebrated their marriage with a traditional winery wedding set in the beautiful Yarra Valley. ‘After a few false starts (Chris cancelled our first date three times, half an hour before he was due to pick me up!) I realised that it was ‘love’ a couple of weeks after our first date,’ says Melanie. Chris proposed on bended knee in Tahiti, overlooking the beach at sunset. ‘I remember being so excited and overwhelmed that when he pulled out the ring, all I did was reach for it, leaving him hanging with my answer!’ recalls Melanie.

The couple opted for a neutral colour palate in order to complement the green vineyard setting of their winery wedding at Vue on Halcyon. Following a ceremony on the lawns Melanie and Chris enjoyed a sit-down meal with their family and friends in the brand new reception hall. They decorated using a combination of white orchards and branches with hanging tea light candles. The height of the centrepieces suited the venue’s arched ceiling. A filigree butterfly sat on top of the red wine glass and served as place card, while guests took home a white box filled with lindt balls and a thank you tag with a stamp of Chris and Melanie’s faces.

Bouquet in the vineyards of a winery wedding

The bride and bridesmaids for a winery wedding

The Groom - A Winery Wedding

The ceremony

Bride and Groom - A Winery Wedding

Bouquet - A Winery Wedding

Bride and Groom in a Winery Wedding

The Bridal Party - A Winery Wedding

Place Card - A Winery Wedding

Cupcakes for A Winery Wedding

Walking into the reception

Table Centrepiece - A Winery Wedding

Table Centrepiece - A Winery Wedding

Bomboniere - A Winery Wedding

Melanie’s dress was simply ‘meant to be’. Browsing through dress styles online Melanie fell completely in love with a Lazaro gown, which to her great disappointment was only available in the United States. However, soon after their engagement she was flown to the United States on a business trip. ‘ I had some unexpected free time to spare between connecting flights, so decided to head into the small boutique in Beverly Hills where they had my dream dress ready and waiting to be tried on. I immediately fell in love with it and it was exactly how pictured it would be.’

‘I knew that I wanted a very simple and elegant bouquet of roses. As soon as I walked into Debbie’s studio she showed me picture after picture of exactly what I was after, and gave me great advice when it came to choosing colours that complemented the bridesmaid dresses, instead of blending in or standing out too much. I absolutely loved how uniformly perfect they were, and it was important that I had a flower that could handle the heat as my wedding was in unpredictable February.’

Here is everyone who made this wedding amazing:

Photography: Serendipity Image

Reception/Ceremony Venue: Vue on Halcyon

Bride’s Gown: Lazaro

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Cocktail Boutique

Flowers/Table Centrepieces: Debbie O’neill

Cake: Cupcakes by Paolo

Thanks Melanie and Chris for allowing us to share your beautiful winery wedding! For more winery wedding inspiration check out Vows in the Vines and A Wistful Wedding Away with Hope Estate

Isabel 🙂