Real-life Wedding: Tabitha and Luke

Have a look at these gorgeous photos from the recent wedding of Tabitha and Luke. The lovely bride had a fabulous eye for detail and supplied so many little extras to theme the wedding.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck with white theme and giant balloons

The giant white balloons and silver tin vases with babies breath framed the aisle beautifully, tying in with the white, silver and black theme.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck, vases with flowers

Tabitha had an abundance of vases with white flowers, even above the bridal party at the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony on the pool deck, refreshment table

The refreshment table held the ceremony programs, iced water and cute cookies with silver glitter icing for her guests. The enormous “T&L” letters looked brilliant.

String quartet playing at the wedding ceremony on the pool deck.

A string quartet provided entertainment for the guests and also played the bridal entrance music. Live music at the ceremony is so romantic.

Blackboard table seating plan

The seating plan was drawn up on a blackboard at the entrance to the reception room and decorated with more flowers and the balloons.

Sorrento Room Reception Venue with White Theme

Sorrento Room Wedding Reception Venue Table Setting

Sorrento Room Wedding Reception Venue with White Theme

The reception room looked lovely with the white and silver theme and the bridal party on the stage. Martini vases with white flowers were the beautiful centre pieces provided by Flower en Counter.

Sorrento Room Wedding Reception Venue Table Number

Wedding reception menu with bags for lolly buffet

Table numbers were made to match the theme, as well as menus that doubled as bags for the lolly buffet.

Wedding Cake by Adam Hackett

The 2 tier wedding cake was also adorned by flowers and edible silver spots.

Such a beautiful wedding with so many original ideas by the couple. Best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs …

Wedding Bridal Party Black, White and Silver Theme

Credits: Images by Corne & Lara, Flowers by the bride and Flower en Counter, Cake by Adam Hackett from the Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach.

Theming Idea: Great Gatsby 1920’s Decorations

There were some amazing decorations and props sourced for the French 1920s themed event. So much detail ….

Gatsby style Chaise lounge and books
Image by Warrington Photography

Baguettes and Suitcase Boxes

Baguette bread and suitcase boxes make perfect decorations for a 1920’s / Gatsby theme.

Dresser decoration
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Velvet lounge Gatsby style
Image by Warrington Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Croquet
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Champagne Saucers, French Champagne and Chandelier
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
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Image by Warrington Photography
Pool Deck Fountain, Lantern and Candle
Image by Warrington Photography

Credits: Images by Peter Crichton Photography and Warrington Photography, Furniture and Decorations by Offsite Connections, Event by Simple Swan

Wedding Ceremony Photography Workshop

The wonderful Peter Crichton recently conducted a wedding photography workshop with us and has kindly shared these beautiful images.

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Credits:
Venue – Sofitel Gold Coast; Gown – Strictly Bridal; Hair – Tonia Gusterson; Make up – Bianca Manser; Models – Samara Gulleford & Michael Crichton.
 
See the photographers article by Peter Crichton
 
 

Theming idea: Elegant Black and White Dinner with Unique Table Format

We’re setting up tonight for a dinner with a Black and White theme, and I wanted to share some pictures of it with you.

In particular, we’ve set the tables up with a rather unique format, and I think it works really nicely to encourage guests to talk with one another. We wanted to set up two really long tables, but in a sort of nested “V” configuration to help guests talk to those around them, and not just the person seated beside them.

Here’s the floor plan of what we wanted to achieve:

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Floor plan created by AV Partners

Here’s what it looked like once we set it up inside the room:

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I think this would work really well for a small, intimate reception, or for a sit-down engagement party dinner.

The theme is Black and White, so we used simple white tablecloths with plain black chair covers – no sashes or any “fussy” detailing to detract from the elegant simplicity.

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To keep the tables feeling long and streamlined,we ran long black satin runners through the centre of each “V”, then topped it with square mirror bases set diagonally. On top of these are crystal and wire “branches” and a string of fairly lights threaded through.

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To add a bit of warmth to the space, we covered a a side table with black Lycra, and placed on top a really big floral display featuring all white flowers with black accents and a sleek black vase.

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And there you have it! Our Elegant Black and White dinner is all set for tonight.

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What do you think of the way we’ve set up the tables? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Credits:

Event by Simple_Swan , Theming by AV Partners

Real-life Wedding: Bev + Dave

Bev and Dave had a beautiful morning for their pool deck wedding ceremony followed by a cocktail style reception with their close family and friends. Enjoy their beautiful photos by Life in Bloom

Wedding Ceremony Blue Carpet

Bev cleverly incorporated touches of her favourite royal blue into the wedding with the carpet and her shoes and nails. Wedding Bride Flowers Bouquet

Bride and Bridesmaids Flowers Bouquet

The bride and bridesmaid’s carried beautiful tulip bouquets supplied by Flower en Counter.

Wedding Ceremony Bride and Groom

Bev was ecstatic with her  gorgeous and unique wedding dress that was imported especially by Strictly Bridal.

Bride and Groom Foyer Dancing

Bride and Groom in Foyer

We send the charismatic newlyweds our very best wishes for their future together.

Credits: Images by Life in Bloom, Flowers by Flower en Counter, Wedding Dress by Strictly Bridal

Theming Idea: 1920’s Great Gatsby Inspired Costumes

Check out the costumes on the staff for this 1920’s/Gatsby inspired event. These little things make such a difference to an event.

Gatsby theme model staff costume
Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Gatsby theme event staff costume
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

The cigarette girl costume looked awesome.

Staff costume canapes
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

Canapes were served on mirrors and the labels were tea light candles with black paper and chalk descriptions. Very cool.

Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

Hats with signs and suspenders looked great on the guys.

Image by Peter Crichton Photography
Image by Peter Crichton Photography

Credits: Images by Peter Crichton Photography, Event by Simple Swan

Real-life Wedding: Brodie + Kylie Video

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This is the most beautiful video of the gorgeous Brodie and Kylie on their wedding day. Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing this very special video.

Credits: Video by Poetry in Motion

24 Grooms Blown Away By Their Beautiful Brides

Found this on BuzzFeed and couldn’t resist sharing, it’s so sweet. Thank you Matt Bellassai for the gorgeous, heart-warming post.

Real, spontaneous emotion from the first time a groom sees his bride on their wedding day.

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Credits: Reposted from BuzzFeed

Real-life Wedding: Sandy + David

Sandy and David chose an elegant and romantic pink, crystal and silver theme with an Irish influence for their beautiful wedding recently.

Gold Coast Beach Wedding Bride and Groom

I love these beach photos with the bridal party …

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 The room looked stunning with ceiling draping, fairy light backdrop, crystal centre pieces and candles galore. Sandy provided table “names” of Irish Towns.

Broadbeach Room, Ceiling Draping, Fairylight Backdrop, Crytal Centrepieces

Broadbeach Room, Ceiling Draping, Fairylight Backdrop, Crytal Centrepieces 

Broadbeach Room, Ceiling Draping, Fairylight Backdrop, Crytal Centrepieces

Just gorgeous! Best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs …

Broadbeach Room, Ceiling Draping, Fairylight drop, Crytal Centrepieces, Ivory roses bouquet

Credits:

Photography: Peter Crichton Photography

Cake: Deliciously Decadent Cakes

Theming: Elegant Events

First Dance at Wedding Reception Music

Wedding First Dance Bride Groom
Image by Ben C.K. (Benck)

The bridal waltz signifies the first dance of the bride and groom as a married couple. My suggestions for a romantic first dance …

1. The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Buble
2. Moondance – Michael Buble
3. At Last – Etta James
4. Fly Me to the Moon – Sinatra
5. Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
6. Sway – Dean Martin
7. Have I Told You That Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison/Michael Buble
8. Love is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
9. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jnr
10. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
11. If I Could – 1927
12. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
13. When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
14. Always and Forever – Heatwave
15. Always – Atlantic Star
16. Here and Now – Luther Vandross
17. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
18. I’ll Still Be Loving You – Restless Heart
19. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
20. More Than Words – Extreme

Do you have any suggestions? Add them to Comments!

Credits: Image by – Ben C.K. (Benck)