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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.


















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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 🙂


Real Wedding Video – Michael and Melanie

8 Nov

As part of our new wedding video series on YouTube, today we’re bringing you the beautiful film of Michael and Melanie’s wedding in Sydney.

Created by Untitled Film Works the wedding video tells the story of Michael and Melanie’s relationship, who first met when they were on the same Contiki tour!

“It was love at first sight when we both saw each other on our tour bus. The first five weeks of our relationship were a real life fairytale, visiting the most romantic cities in the world. The fairytale has continued for the last 3 years and our wedding day was our happily ever after.”

Michael and Melanie’s wedding was held at St John’s Chapel at Sydney University and their reception was held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont.

If you’d like to share a wedding video with us please email info@modernwedding.com.au – we’d love to see it.

Rhonda x

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

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Bride and Groom Photography

Bride getting ready

Drummoyne Baptist Church

Flower Girls holding baby's breath

Groom preparations


Hanging Flower bombs and Wedding stationery

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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: http://www.studiosuits.com

Wedding Cake: Paradiso

Wedding Music: DJ Robbie G

Isabel 🙂

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 🙂

Fairytale Wedding Real Wedding

3 Oct

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Classic Fairytale Wedding /Old World Romantic/Simple – less is more. We wanted… Simple…..Stunning….. Classic. We also used ‘Love Birds’ in our stationery which was carried throughout the theme of the wedding.


Very Neutral and soft – ivory/soft pinks/pearls/lace. I am in love with pearls, lace and roses and felt it all fit together perfectly.

The Dress…

A corseted strapless gown in ivory styled with an elegant French corded lace bodice finishing low on the hip with a fitted duchess satin waist band to accentuate  the waist. The gown was complemented with a romantic full tulle skirt with a removable train.

I had the dress designed by Mira Mandic – it was the most amazing experience and the girls were wonderful, tailoring the dress to suit my body shape.  The highlight of the dress for me was definitely the elongated bodice and removable train, it allowed me to dance the night away and not need to worry about bunching/or hooking up my skirt which would have ruined the look of the dress.

The Flowers…

I has a gorgeous posy style bouquet filled with various ivory and white roses, bouvardia and camellia.


The Baillieu Ballroom was fitted out with long rectanugular tables and white Tiffany Chairs.  Three beautiful Silver chandeliers hung from the ceilings which created the classic vibe we were after.  The tables were covered with a mixture of clear and crystal vases filled with roses, lisianthus and freesias as well as ample votives providing romantic candleight.  The table numbers were one of our favourite features of the wedding, we had photos taked prior to the wedding holding the table number and these photographs served as both our seating chart and table numbers which provided that personal touch which our guests loved.

 The Cake…

Our cake consisted of 5 Tiers of both white Choc Raspberry and Marble flavoured cup cakes with a top cake decorated with Dahlias, Roses, Lisianthus, Bouvardia Flowers and rose petals cascading down the cupcakes.  Around the base of the top cake featured silver and pearl edible cake decorations which represented the straps on the bridesmaid dresses.

On The Day…

We just could not stop smiling!!  Overwhelming feelings of joy, anticipation and raw emotion for the loved ones that had passed and could not be there, but so close in our hearts had set the scene for our incredible day that was to be!   Having my daughter a part of our big day was magic and the feeling you get when all of your closest friends and family are in one place at the same time to share the beginning of your journey together is something that is just so special, we felt so blessed and grateful.

We were blessed with the most spectacular weather for a garden wedding, it was a perfect 23 degree day with no wind.  The Tulip Tree Lawn was luscious and green, the autumn colours spread around the gardens were breathtaking, it was a magical romantic setting!  White garden chairs, scattered rose petals, hanging milk bottles and baubles filled with roses, dahlia’s, lisianthus and freesias plus two pedastools topped with the most enchanted cascading flower arrangements with roses, lisianthus, dahlias and phalaenopsis orchids set the perfect scene to say “I do”.

The female guests were very excited when they discovered in the ladies bathroom… a basket lined with the same fabric used in our invitations, this was filled with all the essentials – perfume, deodorant, bobby pins, band-aids, lip glosses, mints, nail file etc so the ladies could freshen up during the night.

The highlight of our day was after we sadly fare welled our guests (we could have partied all night), and drove Scott’s late father’s 1966’ Mercedes SL230 into the distance with a line of fireworks lighting up the garden and creating silhouettes of Scott and I in the car as we waved good bye out the window, it was such a special moment to share and reflect on what a perfect wedding we had just had and how lucky we were to have each other.


Photography: Blumenthal Photography Bride’s Gown: Mira Mandić Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New Groom and Groomsmen suits: Spurling Ceremony Venue: Tulip Tree Lawn – Milton Park Country House Reception Venue: Baillieu Ballroom – Milton Park Country House Flowers: Affair With George Party Hire: Yes Events Hair & Makeup: Plush Hair Dressing and Ethix Cake: I Do Cakes Stationery: Invitation Boutique

Need more inspiration for your own Fairytale Wedding? Check out these fairytale wedding inspired posts on the Modern Wedding Blog – 5 Themes with Flowers {Real Wedding} French Lavender{Headpiece Fashion} She Dreams in Light

MW x

{Real Wedding} A love story in Bali

27 Sep

Danielle and Allan married in Bali earlier this year and their love story is one to remember. Danielle talks us through it:

“We met through Allan’s cousin who arranged a night out with a group of us in Fremantle and after about 4 weeks we were inseparable!

A year later we had arranged a group trip to Bali for New Years Eve, however, when we got to the airport Allan was not permitted to fly as he had less than 6 months validity on his passport. We were devastated at the time but at 9am the next morning we were lined up at the immigration office for a new passport. Within 2 hours we were lucky enough to get it and we went straight to the airport where we pleaded our case to the check-in staff.

They had us on a flight arriving in Bali at 10.30pm that night (in time for NYE). We arrived at our hotel with 45 minutes to spare and surprised our friends! Allan proposed on bended knee that night and it was such a fairy tale moment.”

Danielle and Allan kissing outside the Infinity Chapel - Bali wedding

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Danielle and Allan after their Bali wedding

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“I had always dreamed of a princess wedding. I wanted the big princess dress, a chapel veil, a beautiful church and a lavish reception but Allan had always wanted to get married in Bali.

Just before we confirmed our wedding venues in Perth we went to Bali again. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the Infinity Chapel at The Conrad Resort. Its awe-inspiring beauty blew me away and so it became a very easy decision…Bali it was!

As a way to get our guests mingling together before the wedding we arranged a sunset dinner cruise a few nights before the wedding. It was a perfect way for them to get to know each other and for us to talk with everyone.

For our wedding we had a 3pm ceremony at the chapel, followed by cocktails and canapés until a 6.30pm reception at the resort.

It all went perfectly and we loved every precious moment. A big surprise for me was that Allan sang for me at the end of his speech! It blew me and our wedding guests away and so many people cried. There was so much love and raw passion that night and it was beautiful that we could share that feeling with our guests.”

Congratulations Danielle and Allan!

Danielle’s tips for brides:

  • Don’t be afraid to have an overseas wedding. I was at first but when you pick the right venue, luxury and perfection is all you will get.
  • Get your invitations sorted early and have someone do them for you if you can. They can be really stressful and time consuming when you do them yourself.
  • Use a wedding planner! They are a means to an end and your personal assistant – and who doesn’t want a personal assistant on their wedding day?!

Here is everyone who was involved in Danielle and Allan’s perfect wedding:

Photographer: Ricky & Co Photography
Bride’s Dress: Arushie Bridal Couture, Sydney
Makeup: Bali Hair & Makeup
Hair: Bali Hair & Makeup
Reception Location: Ocean Garden, The Conrad Resort, Tanjung Benoa
Ceremony  Location: Infinity Chapel, The Conrad Resort, Tanjung Benoa
Flowers: Bali Nature Florist
Cake: Ixora Cake
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Hermawan, The Conrad Resort
Bridesmaids Dresses: Light In The Box
Grooms Suit: Terrace Men, Perth and Roger David
Accessories: Arushie Bridal Couture and Passchendales, Perth
Shoes: Zu (and adorned with Swarovskis by Danielle!)
Invitations/Stationery: Huetopia Design, Sydney

{Real Wedding} Angie + Jamie’s Classically Chic Melbourne Celebration

26 Sep

Angie and Jamie were high school sweethearts. And the proposal happened in a park, opposite their future home. “He surprised me completely,” smiles Angie. “I think I was speechless for a minute, and then of course I said ‘yes!'” Their stunning wedding celebration was beautifully photographed by Warrick Cramer of Chateau Photography, who Angie describes as “a professional, creative, fun wedding photographer who is great to worth with.” Warrick has a penchant for drama and striking locations, and so was able to capture their classically chic, essentially Melbourne celebration perfectly.

“While we were taking photos on the South Melbourne Pier, the wind caught my veil and it started over the edge,” exlaims Angie. “But Warrick saved the day. He has the fastest hands I’ve ever seen!” Angie’s favourite moments included the first time that she and Jamie saw one another, the official parts of the day like the vows and being announced as “husband and wife” for the first time. “Our wedding day was an amazing day that we will cherish for the rest of our lives,” she says. “We’re so grateful to have these beautiful photographs and our stunning wedding film to help us remember every precious moment.”

Big congratulations to the happy couple!

And thank you for sharing your big day with us.

Here is everyone who contributed towards making this wedding incredible:
Photography: Chateau Photography
Cinematography: Pro Eye
Wedding Planner: Connie Simennetti
Bride’s Dress: Alan Pinks
Bride’s Jewellery: Simon West Jewellery
Groom’s Attire: Calibre
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Forever New
Hair + Makeup: Yvonne Borland Hair + Makeup Artist
Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne
Stationery + Paper Goods: Cavalier Paper
Reception Venue: Sketch
Wedding Bomboniere: Chocolate Works
Ceremony Venue: St John’s Carlton
Transport: Warrick from Chateau Photography’s Bentley

Have you booked your wedding photographer yet? Do you have a certain style of wedding photography in mind? Do you like the sense of occasion and drama in these images? Let us know! Stop by Facebook, leave a comment, or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Have an incredible afternoon Modettes!
Rosemary xox