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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: http://www.studiosuits.com

Wedding Cake: Paradiso

Wedding Music: DJ Robbie G

Isabel 🙂

{Inspiration Shoot} Fall For Me

17 Jul

We don’t often see inspirational shoots dedicated to months other than summer and spring, they tend to focus on the warmer months, which are far more popular for weddings. So the minute I saw this incredible Autumn themed shoot “Fall For Me” styled by Cathrin D’Entrement of Cathrin D’Entrement Weddings, I fell. Hard.

“I always wanted to do a styled shoot representing all the rich autumn colours,” said Cathrin. “I see so many spring and summer wedding styled shoots, with their soft pastel colours and not nearly enough autumn colours, like the rich reds, greens and yellows.”

From the Stylist: “Every season has its elements. Autumn – harvest time, a beautiful season with their crisp mornings and sunshine still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Red apples, crystal decanters filled with aged port, old charm rooms with dark wooden floors, cosy furniture – sipping Gluhwein by the fireplace listening to soft music from a string quartet.  To me that says ‘Autumn has arrived’. Don’t you find the light has that special glow?

Creating beautiful table settings is important to me. I am forever searching for beautiful linen and I think in my next life I will own a table linen shop. Chefs take hours to create that perfect dish so why not sit at a table to match! You have so many elements to play with, table cloth, flowers, candles, cutlery, crystal glasses. Keep them within the same warm colours and your table will be dressed in no time. Don’t forget to add a touch of gold to add a feel of elegance.

Apples are a big part of autumn, so naturally I had to create an apple tower using many toothpicks to hold them together. It took a few hours but was worth the effort as in my opinion it sets-off any table display. Deep red lips for my bride and a warm fur cape and binoculars for the groom – is autumn not a popular hunting season or rather shall we say a bird watching time?

The florist incorporated all the fall foliage for the bouquets. Red amaryllis, red roses, cymbidiums and lots of fall foliage such as ‘firepower nandina’. The beautiful little flower girl holding my old porcelain strawberry cup which was handed down through many generation from my great-grandma. Travelling with me from Germany, Malaysia, and Canada to Perth was a perfect fit for her small hands.

Well-thought-through stationery is so important to any event. We only create it for a special occasion and often keep it in our memory box. The stationary artist added a red wax stamp to keep within the theme and give it an old charm. A menu card doesn’t have to be square nor does the place card have to be in place behind the dessert spoon.

After careful planning, triple checking and fabulous communications between all participating vendors, the style shoot came together in harmony. Everything had its place and was places with care.

I always tell brides and grooms to collect their perfect team of vendors as it is them who will create their beautiful wedding and you can see with this Style Shoot that I had mine. Their passion and professionalism will always translate your vision into a piece of art filled with harmony.”

Congratulations to the talented team that made this shoot possible:
Event Design and styling │ Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings
Floral Design │ Flower Talk
Photo │NK Photography
Video │Urban Light
Wedding Gown │ Samantha Wynne
Stationery │ Mitchell and Dent
Hair & Make-up │ Nicole Forde
Music │Les Trois Amies
Models │ Melissa and Nilan
Flower girl │Jasmyne
Chairs │Bride and Groom Store
Grooms suit │Formal Wear Express (Rebecca and Mark)
Location │ Bluewater Grill (Function Coordinator Natalie Compton)

How’s your wedding planning going? Are you planning an Autumn wedding? Let us know! Leave a comment, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Rosemary xox

Party dilemmas solved

27 Sep

I am in the process of planning my engagement party and in an effort to keep costs down we’ve decided to host the party at my fiancée’s parents’ house (I’d rather spend more on the wedding!) We’re keeping the catering simple with wood fire pizzas and a yummy dessert table full of baked goods. The trouble is – how do you create a cute party atmosphere in a suburban backyard at minimal cost…?

Bunting flags

Why bunting flags of course! Bunting flags are a great way to decorate any space and create that fun party vibe. You won’t need to worry about the electrical dramas that come with fairy lights and depending on what materials you choose bunting flags can be weather resistant and re-used too!

Click here and follow our easy steps to create your own bunting flags.

Once you’ve made the bunting flags, simply string them up around the backyard and your house is party ready!


Just because your party isn’t a sit down affair it doesn’t mean the tables have to go bare. Table decorations can still sit amongst the nibbles and add to the party atmosphere. Collect old crystal or cut glass vases from family, friends and op shops. Spread along tables and fill with fresh flowers on the day. Head to a flower market or buy some cheap bunches from your local supermarket –with an eclectic mix of vases any blooms will look great!


People often overlook the humble ribbon when it comes to decorating. Tie ribbon to cut skewers and create drink stirrers for iced lemon tea or punch. We’ve used red here but you can match the ribbon to your colour theme. Ribbon can also be used to tie straws to drink bottles. This simple touch adds a splash of colour and is sure to make your guests smile.

For more party dilemma solutions check out the DIY section of our website. It’s full of ideas to turn a suburban space into a party place!

What are you planning OR what did you do for your engagement party? Let us know! Leave your comments, stop by Facebook or tweet us @ModernWeddingOz.

Isabel 🙂

Red Riding Hood Inspired Wedding Theme

7 Jul

Inspired to tell a story of vulnerability, boldness and enchantment, a NSW-based Wedding Stylist has re-imagined the fairytale classic ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ as a chic and unique basis for a wedding theme.

“I have ever been captivated by the story, it has always intrigued me and drawn me in,” said Trish Thomas of Essential Wedding Design. “Likewise, when I was designing this shoot, I wanted the viewer to be drawn into the images, which is what the Red Riding Hood story is all about… Red Riding Hood is drawn in by the wolf, the Hunter is drawn into her story to save her from the wolf. It’s all about the delicate balance between childhood and maturity, vulnerability and strength, the real and the imagined. What a wonderful place for a wedding!” Trish enthuses, eyes twinkling.

“The bush setting was the basis for our decor and theming. We wanted to align the styling as closely as possible with the original story,” Trish says. “I wanted to show the familiar aspects, like the basket, the cape and the hood, but also to introduce new elements like the bouquet, mirror and the sitting area.” The team focused on contrasting the ideas of boldness and vulnerability in their shoot. “I wanted the model to look striking, but still have that captivating innocence.”

The team’s real inspiration came from a desire to show couples that they don’t need much to establish an atmosphere that creates an experience. “For instance, a bold lipstick, earrings or a bouquet of apples can be just as effective on a wedding day to create this look,” suggests Trish.

Believed by many to be a coming-of-age tale, the original story follows a young girl who makes her way from the safety of her home to her Grandmother’s House, travelling through a darkened forest. She comes across a wolf who disguises himself, tricking her into believing he is her Grandmother. Almost devoured, Red Riding Hood is saved at the last moment by a valiant Huntsman nearby.

Congratulations to the incredibly talented team that brought us this inspired shoot:
Styling, Design & Shoot Decor: Essential Wedding Design www.wix.com/essentialweddings/essential
Photography: Natalie Howe Photography www.nataliehowephoto.com.au
Flowers: Blooms & Scents www.bloomsandscents.com
Makeup & Hair: Casey Gore Makeup www.facebook.com/casey.gore
Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies: Cakes by Carin http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cakes-by-Carin/135424328911
Garter: Vintage Avenue http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-Avenue/129354003805308
Model: Carley

What do you think of this fairytale inspired wedding theme? What’s your favourite fairytale? Would you let it inspire your wedding theme? Let us know! Leave your comments in the section below, stop by Facebook or Tweet Us @ModernWeddingOz.

Looking for some more Fairytale Wedding Inspiration? Check out Tangled – A Love Story and Tangled – The Wedding.

Enjoy the inspiration!
Rosemary xox