Real Wedding – Vintage Glamour

Today on the blog, we are sharing the charming wedding of Amy and Gareth, which was styled with an abundance of flowers.
“I was far more relaxed on our wedding day than I thought I would be. We had 210 guests and as I don’t like being the centre of attention I thought I might find the day quite nerve racking but I was mostly just excited.” Amy said.
Amy and Gareth recall standing on the balcony overlooking the city at 
their reception venue Luminare. Sipping drinks and mingling with their 
guests offered the couple a moment to relax before the formalities of the evening began.
For more details from this beautiful wedding and to see Amy’s Style Guide, visit

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Photography by Tania Savage Photography

Real Wedding – Our Future Together Begins Today

Today on the blog we are sharing the modern wedding of Victoria and Lucas, who celebrated their wedding with a reception at The National Gallery of Victoria beneath the impressive stained glass windows of The Great Hall. “As I am a professional makeup artist and my husband is also creatively minded, we wanted a different kind of reception venue that was spacious and distinctive,” said Victoria, “The Great Hall’s triangular shaped stained glass windows also inspired the design of our stationery. We created place cards, menus and table numbers with a triangle motif and bright colours. Each of the 24 tables had its own unique colour that gave the room a fun and vibrant feel.”
For more details from this modern wedding and to see Victoria’s Style Guide, visit


Beautiful silver cuff designed by Anna Campbell.

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Dark purple Calla Lilly flower pins adorned the Mens tuxedo’s.

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Victoria carried a full bouquet of white David Austin and African roses.


A fresh mix of white and red roses formed the bridesmaids bouquets.

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“Our photographer is a freelance cinematographer and photographer. Her work tells a story and she created artistic images that captured the essence of our wedding day.” – Victoria

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Inspired by the NGV’s stained glass and shaped roof, the stationary was designed by the bride and groom.

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Tall vases of white cherry blossoms decorated the reception tables.


Three tier wedding cake with bow detail.


Photography by Filmenor

66th Annual Emmy Awards – our picks for best bridal look

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on August 25, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and here in the Real Weddings office we kept an eye on the top bridal looks walking down the red carpet.

There were plenty of ivory and neutral looks to choose from, but just as much colour with red, coral, emerald and pink making an impact.

Below are our bridal picks, as well as two honourable mentions for coral inspired looks – which we’re tipping will be a big colour this spring/summer season.


Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad


Kristin Wiig in Vera Wang


Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad and Matthew McConaughey


Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli


Cat Deely in Burberry


Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano


Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

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Real Wedding – Country in the City

Today on the blog we are sharing the fun wedding of Lainie and David.
While David wanted an outdoor wedding in the country, Lainie had her heart set on an indoor affair in Melbourne. Together they came up with a quirky compromise; a clearspan marquee at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Their whirlwind six month engagement commanded countless hours of planning in order to convert it to a temporary wedding venue.

“We had to bring in everything from the kitchen to the toilets, the bar, marquee, flooring, furniture, napkins, crockery – the list goes on,” Lainie said. The couple took on most of the styling themselves –  “an absolutely monumental task but well worth it in the end” – and the natural setting amongst the trees on the banks of the Yarra River certainly helped in achieving a carefree and relaxed environment for guests.

For more details from this fun filled wedding and to see Lainie’s Style Guide, visit

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Photography by Jesse Hisco

Love, Desire & Riches – The Fashion of Weddings

If you’re looking for an afternoon out with your bridesmaids or close family members, why not visit the Love, Desire & Riches – The Fashion of Weddings exhibition at Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

A collection of over fifty famous and rarely seen wedding gowns from the world over, the collection spans over 200 years of fashion, including pieces from world-leading designers, plus a mini-retrospective of leading Australian designers showcasing their fashion career.

Celebrity gowns include dresses for Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski) and Kyly Clarke (Alex Perry) as well as film and television pieces worn by Kylie Minogue (as Charlene in Neighbours) and Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep.

The exhibition is also a wonderful way to see the gorgeous Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

Open daily from 10am – 4pm and closing on 30 September 2014, visit for more information or here for bookings.

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Real Wedding – I most certainly do

Today we are sharing the beautiful wedding of Jayne and Adam, who were married at Stones of the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

“Timing is everything,” Jayne Butler said about meeting her now husband, Adam Cook. After a number of missed encounters the couple were eventually introduced through mutual friends and, 8 years later during a surprise weekend away, Adam proposed to Jayne atop a mountain in Dunkeld. “He even managed to sneak a bottle of Champagne and two flutes into his backpack!” Jayne laughed.

As an event manager, Jayne thought planning her own wedding would be a breeze. “I was wrong. I second guessed everything we did,” Jayne explained, “But after changing my mind about absolutely everything I was extremely happy with the look and feel of our wedding day.”

Jayne’s wedding styling included a colour scheme of silver, white, bronze and duck egg blue. For more details from this lovely wedding and to see Jayne’s Style Guide, visit

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Jayne looked gorgeous in her strapless gown with its sweetheart neckline and fishtail silhouette. The bodice incorporated sequin and beaded detail with a deep-V button down back.

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Adam decided to adlib his “I do” with “I most certainly do” and this soon
became the catchphrase of the day.

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Jayne and Adam’s bridal table was located in the centre of the room. A lush floral and foliage arrangement complete with hanging garlands was suspended above.

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Photography by Kristen Cook

Chateau Yering Wedding Expo

Once the place for many a Victorian weekend party, Chateau Yering is now a gracious 5 star hotel.
Located on a 250-acre estate, only 50-minutes drive from Melbourne, Chateau Yering is situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Victoria’s celebrated wine region.

On Sunday 21st September 2014, the annual Chateau Yering Wedding Expo is on from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and canapés as you wander through the heritage property, and meet with Chateau Yering’s recommended Wedding Suppliers and Wedding Coordinators.

Entry is free, and for further information contact the Events Department on 03 9237 3333 or at


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Top Wedding Catering Tips

Adam Pope, CEO and founder of Australian leader Fabulous Catering, has catered his fair share of weddings. He has put his knowledge and expertise to good use and supplied his top tips for brides and grooms when planning the sweet and savoury delights for their big day.

Choose your venue first

With so many factors going into planning your wedding, it’s wise to sit down and plan out a timeline of what needs to be done and when. When doing so, make sure you plan to organise your venue before your food.

This is something that a lot of betrothed couples overlook, but is incredibly important. That’s because the type of venue you choose greatly affects your catering requirements. For instance, many commercial venues have their own exclusive catering and you won’t be able to go outside of that.

As such, it’s equally important to make sure you don’t lock yourself down a venue that will mean you have to suffer in the food department – even the most beautiful views aren’t worth a poor menu selection!

Think about your style of food

Sit Down Wedding

There are many different options you can go with for your wedding catering, meaning there’s a style to suit every couple. Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing your style of menu:

  • Sit Down Menus – this is a historically popular catering option for weddings, largely because it is a more traditional style to go with. It suits a more formal occasion, however it can have its disadvantages. In particular, it means guests are stuck with one option (or two if they can manage to bribe the person sitting next to them to swap dishes with them). Something that our team at Fabulous Catering have moved more towards is creating several main dishes that are placed in the centre of the tables in European style, allowing guests to have a bit more flexibility in their options while still adhering to that formal, sit down style.
  • Cocktail Stand Up Style - This is a great option for those wanting to promote an atmosphere when guests can stand up and mingle, without having to feel tied to their seats. It also means people can enjoy a great variety of food, while eating as much or little as they prefer. It really is one of the most ideal options when it comes to versatility, as long as you don’t mind your wedding stemming more towards the casual side.
  • Buffet - The buffet could be seen as a great combination of a sit down menu and a cocktail style event. People have more options to choose from, and can determine portions for themselves, while also having the option to sit down in a formal setting.

Whatever style you choose, make sure your caterer allows you to sample the food before the big day. If they say they can’t provide samples, then they are not worth hiring; it’s as simple as that!

Think about the timing of your food

You want everything in your wedding to work like clockwork, and the same goes for when your food arrives. It’s essential that everything from the main food being served to the cake being cut is timed perfectly, in line with speeches, your first dance, and everything else you’re planning to do at your reception.

Getting all of this right is as simple as communicating with your caterer! By making sure they know what’s going on, you should be able to enjoy seamless (and delicious) serving of food.

There are a lot of tastes to cater for…

Obviously the wedding is all about the happy couple, but there are also a lot of guests who you want to make sure enjoy your special day. From a catering perspective, that translates to a lot of hungry mouths, all with different palates.

When selecting a caterer, make sure you go with someone that is able to offer a diverse range of menu items. A great menu will include a mix of seafood, meat-based items, vegetarian options, different cuisines, and more. Your caterer should also be well-versed in creating options for people with dietary requirements, so no tummy is left grumbling.

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Want more tips? Check out Fabulous Catering’s other wedding catering tips here!

Real Wedding – Pure Radiance

Today on the blog we are sharing Melissa and Simon’s elegant wedding, featured in Issue 25. After meeting in the picturesque city of Prague whilst backpacking through Europe in 2009, the pair shared a romantic dinner in a cobblestoned street lined with lanterns, and decided to keep travelling the world, together.

With gorgeous sunshine, roses on show and the vines beautifully green, Melissa and Simon’s winery wedding was a day that they didn’t want to end. Held at The stunning Stillwater at Crittenden Estate, Mongington Peninsula, overlooking the lake and vineyards, the couple decided to keep their décor simple with classic flowers and decorations.

For more details from this elegant wedding and to see Melissa’s Style Guide, visit

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Photography by Milk Photography

The Langham, Melbourne – Bridal Showcase

If you are currently looking for a wedding venue, our friends at Langham Melbourne are soon hosting their Bridal Showcase.
On Monday 1 September, 6.30pm until 8.30pm
At The Langham, Melbourne in Southbank, Victoria

Each room will display an array of all-inclusive centerpieces, chair covers, sashes and table linens complemented by intricate stationery. Together with their preferred suppliers, The Langham, Melbourne Bridal Showcase will provide a hub of knowledge for engaged couples looking for helpful advice.

Interested couples must register prior to 25th of August to or by calling 03 8696 8709.