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‘Rustic’ gets a bold new makeover by Sugar & Spice Events

Ready for some rustic wedding inspiration? This styled shoot by Sugar and Spice Events showcases a fresh take on the ever-popular theme.

Plum and burgundy shades set the tone for this glamorous shoot, set in a grassy field at Capaja Meadows near the Gold Coast.

“We came up with the theme ‘the new rustic’ because from a styling perspective, there’s only so many mason jars filled with baby’s breath we can take!” laughs Decinda MacDonald, Creative Director at Sugar & Spice Events.

“But seriously, rustic weddings have been huge over the last few years and it’s our job as stylists to educate clients on how a relaxed, non-fussy look can be achieved without looking like so many others.”

She adds, “Weddings should be individual and this look has all the elements of a rustic wedding but with fun and vibrant colours to really bring it to life.”

The Gold Coast stylists joined forces with White Ivy Design to create a whimsical scene with touches of Australiana and a festive feel.

Plums, pomegranates, grapes and hydrangeas, thistles and roses in red wine and rich blue shades combined to create a true feeling of opulence. “There is something so romantic about deep reds and purples,” says Decinda.

An antique buffet takes pride of place, hosting a decadent display of desserts, while fresh fruit and flowers burst from the drawers.

“Botanical styling is the new rustic,” comments Decinda. “Rather than a DIY look, brides are opting for more elegance with dark furnishings that don’t require linen, lots of greenery and tall candlesticks.”

The bride herself is a picture of bohemian elegance, draped in a vintage lace gown whose backless design adds a modern edge and long train gives an extra romantic touch.

Photos courtesy of Sugar & Spice Events and Tim Sherriff Photography.

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Brides Gown: Made with Love Bridal / Cake: Blendlove / Invitations: Sunshine & Confetti / Photographer: Tim Sherriff Photography / Venue: Capaja Meadows / Venue Decor: Sugar and Spice Events, White Ivy Design, Lemon Canary, Myer


Island wedding the complete package for Kassie & Reece

An island wedding was the “to die for” setting Kassie Kinman and Reece Knight were chasing for their special day.

The pair, 27 and 28 respectively, chose North Stradbroke Island and invited 40 of their nearest and dearest for the September 6, 2014 wedding. “My beautiful bridesmaids and I spent the day getting ready in a stunning home located at point lookout with amazing views,” says Kassie. “My husband spent the morning fishing with the boys.”

Kassie wore a stunning Sensual Couture gown – a backless lace number. Her bridesmaids’ Mr K dresses were found at Brisbane’s Stones Corner. And if you’re wondering how the bride managed on the sand, she chose wedges for her bridal shoes. “Perfect for the beach,” she smiles. Reece’s choice? White Havaiana thongs!

After exchanging vows on the beach, the newlyweds and their posse celebrated at the Stradbroke Hotel. “We ate, drank and laughed the night away,” smiles Kassie. “We couldn’t have changed a thing.”

Kassie has some wisdom for future brides, “Don’t be afraid to accept help.”

The pair remained on the island for their honeymoon, renting a house.

Photos courtesy of Danielle D’Arcy Photography.

 

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Kassie’s bouquet was a mix of all the flowers in season at the time.

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The pair say photographer Danielle D’Arcy made everything appear really “natural.”

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Guests took away spice jars with hard jubes, made by the bride.

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Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Gown: Sensual Couture / Brides Shoes: Mathers / Bridesmaid Shoes: Mathers / Bridesmaids Dresses: Mr K, Midnight Fashions / Cake: Ellie Watson / Celebrant: Sheryl Gotje / Ceremony Venue: Home Beach, Adder Rock / Flowergirl Dress: Sensual Couture / Flowers: Cleveland Florist / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Ed Harry / Grooms Shoes: Havaianas / Groomsmen Attire: Ed Harry / Groomsmen Shoes: Havaianas / Hair: Step 'n Out Hair & Body / Honeymoon: Stradbroke Island / Invitations: Vistaprint / Makeup: Milque Spa / Photographer: Danielle D'Arcy Photography / Reception Venue: Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel | Spa Resort / Rings: Zamel's / Venue Decor: Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel | Spa Resort


Three-day party at Sanjana & Anirban’s Bollywood wedding

Sanjana Mukhopadhyay and Anir Baksi brought the best of Bollywood to their Indian-themed wedding.

After a whirlwind romance Anir, 28, proposed to Sanjana, 26, on a beautiful spring evening in Adelaide. Soon after Sanjana says they began planning their “big, fat Indian wedding”.

“We started with trying to keep it low-key and ended up with a five-day wedding spread across Perth, Adelaide and India with 500 guests in total,” she says.

The ceremony of their Bollywood wedding was held in Perth at the South Perth Civic Centre on December 6, 2014. It was conducted in the traditional Bengali way with vows in Sanskirt witnessed by more than 200 guests.

Then the party, or make that three parties, began, in Perth, Adelaide and Sonar Bangla, India.

“As I’m from Perth and Anir is from Adelaide and both of us have extended family in India, each event held a special significance to us and our families,” Sanjana says.

First up was Perth, where Crystal Swan Cruises provided a river-themed reception like no other. Another reception followed at Adelaide’s convention centre.

“And of course, no Indian wedding is complete without Bollywood dancing and our DJ ensured there was plenty of that,” Sanjana says.

“After a sumptuous Indian buffet, the dance floor was set alight on both nights by our DJ to more Bollywood music, which set the crowd roaring.”

The couple have plenty of fond memories of their wedding that spanned three cities.

“Those three weeks with family, friends, and Bollywood dancing will be happily etched in our hearts forever,” the bride says.

Photos courtesy of Fotografia Coppola.

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Bomboniere: Roc Candy / Brides Accessories: Custom made / Brides Gown: Custom made / Brides Shoes: Guess / Bridesmaids Dresses: India / Cake: Dessert buffet / Caterer: Agni Indian Cuisine / Celebrant: Mr. Bhatt / Ceremony Music: DJ Vibes / Ceremony Venue: South Perth Civic Centre / Entertainment: DJ Vibes / Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss / Grooms Shoes: Peter Shearer / Hair: La Belle Hair & Beauty / Honeymoon: New Zealand / Invitations: Custom made / Lolly Buffet: Agni Indian Cuisine / Makeup: Aditi Gala / Photobooth: Photobomb / Photographer: Fotografia Coppola / Reception Venue: Crystal Swan Cruises / Rings: Gerard McCabe Jewellers / Transport: Belle Classic Limousines / Venue Decor: Whirligig, Vivah Mandaps, Special Occasions / Videographer: Red Empire Media


Margaret River wedding a family getaway for Perth couple

Every groom should “man up” and not just “show up” is Nigel Rimmer’s philosophy when it comes to weddings.

“We believe that how you approach your wedding day is how you approach your relationship,” Nigel, 35, says of his wedding to Jade Smith, 29. “Jade and I are a team. As the groom I believe the day is ours, not a ‘day for the girls’ or something the bride should look after by herself.”

The couple held their Margaret River wedding on October 18, 2014. Titled a “simple family getaway,” they invited 100 guests to celebrate for the weekend. “We were fortunate enough to find an amazing property overlooking Margaret River, which could accommodate both of our immediate families, could fit a marquee and we could hire for the entire weekend at a very reasonable price,” explains Nigel.

He says the wedding planning was a breeze because the two made sure to listen to one another’s desires. “Jade and I are an amazing team and we look after and help each other with everything,” praises Nigel. “We work well together planning and our wedding was no different.”

The Perth couple honeymooned in Tasmania.

Photos courtesy of Fotografia Coppola.

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Jade wore heels for the ceremony and flats at the reception. “It’s all about comfort,” she smiles.

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Jade’s lace-detailed dress was by Melbourne designer Anna Campbell.

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The mother of the bride was in charge of all the reception decorating.

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Marriage with a view: Skye & Steve’s New Zealand wedding

Globetrotting couple Skye de Ruyter and Stephen Hunt weren’t going to stay at home when the time came to walk down the aisle.

The Sydney duo, both 29, met in 2010 and, after many years of travelling and working overseas, it made sense for them to jump on a plane to reach their wedding venue.

The couple and their 60 guests crossed the ditch for their New Zealand wedding on January 15, 2015.

Skye explains that she and Steve, originally from Ireland, were keen for a waterside wedding.

“I took to the internet and found some amazing photography shots of brides in Wanaka, New Zealand. It all stemmed from there,” she says.

“Wanaka is in the world’s top 10 most romantic/popular wedding destination, and we can see why. The stunning rugged landscapes, brought together by the magical lake, is a sight for sore eyes.”

Skye and Steve held their ceremony and reception at Edgewater Resort.

“Our wedding was simple, natural, quirky and fun with a second-to-none backdrop,” Skye says.

Photos courtesy of Alpine Image Co.

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“From the moment we chose the venue, I had it in my head that I would be a barefoot bride,” Skye says, only opting for sandals during the location photography.

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Skye’s advice to future brides is to keep things simple. “At the end of the day, it is a celebration of love and to have those who support you witness the commitment you are choosing to make,” she says.

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The happy couple says they share a great love of music, the outdoors, beach and sunshine.

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