Take one step inside Mural Hall and you will be transported to another world. Perhaps it is the Parisian inspiration, the parquet flooring or the 18th century style mirrored commodes that dance light around the room creating the illusion that you are celebrating in a lavish European ballroom. Perhaps it’s because you are.
Invite 500 guests to an exquisite seated meal, or up to a 1000 for Champagne and canapés. Either way, our staff will ensure the service is head to toe chic; female staff wear black cocktail dresses, and the men – white Italian waiter jackets with long white aprons finished with a black tie. Whatever the cause for your celebration, Mural Hall will leave you and your guests captivated.
Impeccably dressed in a bespoke, mermaid silhouette gown with eyelash lace and pearl and crystal beading, Casey was a relaxed bride, thrilled to be marrying her best friend Brett.
Casey and Brett had 18 months to plan their wedding. “Luckily I had been a bridesmaid twice during this time so I was able to draw on other weddings for inspiration. I also had a trusty planning book to help me through. It was very busy planning trips up the coast to meet with dressmakers and other suppliers,” Casey said.
The couple married at Dayman Park in Queensland. “It is a beautiful green park beside the beach that overlooks the marina and surrounding resorts. Brett and I love anything to do with the beach or water so we knew we had found a great place.” Casey and Brett hired a silk-lined marquee for the ceremony and for the reception Hervey Bay Boat Club offered their guests a large space with views of the marina.
In keeping with the modern look of Brett and his groomsmen’s navy suits, the wedding decorations incorporated clean lines and fresh colours including blush pink, cream and ivory. Lace was also incorporated into the romantic design.
Casey and Brett had packaged wedding cupcakes for their guests to take home. The cupcakes were individually decorated and sat inside neutral coloured, laser cut patty pans. The flavours were caramel mud cake, cherry ripe or chocolate mud cake. A candy buffet table was also on display for guests to help themselves to a large range of sweet delights.
“Lara at Bay Flowers brought my floral vision to life. I sent her examples of bouquets and centrepieces that we loved and she put a list together of all the flowers that were in season and that worked with our delicate pink, white and cream colour palette. There was the most beautiful fragrance permeating the room,” Casey said.
To see Casey’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Calli B Photography
On Wednesday night the Real Weddings team was thrilled to spend an evening with an intimate group of wedding industry experts to celebrate the spectacular new design at Alto event space. The team enjoyed a decadent, 5-course menu served by Georgina Damm and her team at Damm Fine Food.
The menu included French green pea and Champagne soup, confit of ocean trout with watercress foam, edible flowers and mustard fruits, fresh horseradish, truffle pecorino and mascarpone risotto with gold leaf, salt bush lamb with honeyed carrot purée, beet crisps and apple balsamic jus. Innovative mini, 3-tier wedding cakes with chocolate, lemon and raspberry fillings completed the delicious meal.
One of Melbourne’s premiere event spaces Alto unveiled its new interior following its refurbishment by Kate Hannaford of Moth Design. Kate, who works across a range of design disciplines, was briefed to create a space that was multifaceted yet pared back, allowing brides and event planners to project their own aesthetic and theme.
Positioned in the heart of Melbourne, on the top floor of the iconic GPO building, the new event space draws its inspiration from the panoramic views of the city skyline.
Embracing a variety of textures and hues – something that has become Moth Design’s trademark – the design has a modern, industrial feel yet is still warm and inviting.
The versatile floor plan and huge outdoor terrace was open to the team to explore. Lofty ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls provided a spectacular backdrop of the city lights and, as the sun set, guests were invited to sit down for the meal. Each course was paired with a complementing wine and there was even a lesson on Champagne appreciation.
Peonies, roses and lush foliage graced the long table in vases of varying heights. A subtle fragrance permeated the room and a sense of occasion was evoked with the gold cutlery and shimmer grey linen. Gold foil embossed stationery completed the elegant place settings.
It was a night to remember and Real Weddings feel privileged to have shared an evening where the room was buzzing with excited conversation about the future of the wedding industry.
Our lesson on Champagne appreciation with Alan Nelson
Alan Nelson with Georgina Damm of Damm Fine Food
Ciara Bambrick and Steven Johnston’s wedding was a fusion of many cultures. From Irish dancing to bagpipe performers the festivities were in full swing. Ciara and Steven had their portraits taken in a typically Australian urban setting while they sipped Coca-Cola from the iconic glass bottles.
After a long day spent looking at potential wedding venues in Fremantle, Ciara and Steven decided to drive up the coast to visit Steven’s parents. On a whim they stopped for coffee at Indiana Cottesloe Beach. It is a venue with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and is an iconic landmark in Western Australia located on the pristine white sands of Cottesloe Beach. “The heritage listed building had wooden floors, high ceilings, white bannisters and a symmetrical layout. We couldn’t fault the service, the food was impeccable and our glasses were always full so we decided it would be a great reception venue.” Ciara and Steven plan to go back every year for their anniversary.
Ciara looked radiant in her strapless, Fara Almasi gown. “My nieces Olivia and Holly were so excited to be our flower girls especially because all eyes were on them! Both of the girls are obsessed with dancing and ballet so tutus and ballerina buns were an easy choice. My mother-in-law created custom floor-length tutus,” Ciara said.
Ciara’s sister Niamh was her only bridesmaid. “She has a great eye for fashion and so we let her choice of dress, guide the wedding colour palette.” Mint, cream, blush and ivory became the colour selection and against the backdrop of the ocean and the white wood combination of the venue the colours really popped.
“We left complete creative control of our flowers and centrepieces to our florist and stylist Katie Cooper,” Ciara said. As soon as the couple was engaged Katie Cooper was the first supplier Ciara wanted to lock in. “Katie has styled weddings for several of my friends and her work is always inspiringly unique and beautiful.” Ciara had a special request that the groomsmen’s buttonholes contained a thistle and a white rose. As thistles aren’t found in Australia Katie matched the next best thing. Sea holly became a feature of the buttonholes and Ciara’s bouquet and tied in nicely with the waterside setting.
A nod to Steven’s family’s heritage, Niamh decorated Ciara’s bouquet by wrapping Scottish tartan around the stems pinning a claddagh locket on. “Inside the locket were photographs of my and Steven’s parents on their wedding days,” Ciara said. Claddagh is the traditional Irish symbol of marriage and is often seen represented in a ring with a heart held by 2 hands and a crown symbolising love, friendship and loyalty.
“A white, vintage London taxi was our wedding car. My sister organised it as a surprise. It was significant because Steven’s father had driven a London taxi for many years while living in Edinburgh.”
Ciara and Steven carefully contemplated every aspect of their ceremony. “We made sure that the ceremony was the most significant and memorable part of the day,” Ciara said. Wedding bands were passed around in what is known as a ‘ring warming ceremony’. Ciara and Steven had written their vows and as Ciara fondly remembers ended up streaked with tears. “As a symbol of his commitment, Steven surprised me with a piece of tartan from the Johnston clan and inside was a thistle, transported all the way across the world by one of our international guests.”
“A week before the wedding my sister and I came across 2 boys busking in Fremantle. They were playing Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes. It’s a song traditionally played when ringing in the New Year or ending a wedding. The boys agreed to come to Indiana at midnight to surprise Steven and play Auld Lang Syne as we left the venue. They got all dressed up and had their parents bring them to the venue. We slipped them $50 each. They were stoked!”
“We asked all of our married guests to provide us with a photo of their wedding day. We had them framed and displayed them so guests could compare the hairstyles and puffy sleeves and admire the longstanding and strong unions Steven and I hope to model our marriage on.” Other decorating ideas included using wooden Scrabble tiles and holders for place settings and instead of a guestbook, friends and family were asked to leave their thumbprint on an image of the couple holding a bunch of balloons. “Steven had created the poster by taking our picture, turning it into a black silhouette and adding the balloons,” Ciara explained.
“The styling for Ciara and Steven’s wedding epitomised coastal romance. The blush and white blooms enhanced the mint colour palette, while the white wooden lanterns and pretty blush posies in pedestal vases complemented the existing décor at Indiana. Ciara’s stunning bouquet featured peonies, David Austin and open roses and a petite cluster of sea holly to acknowledge Steven’s Scottish heritage. It was finished with trailing lace and ribbon. The men’s buttonholes had a sprig of sea holly and a crisp white rose.”
– Katie Cooper of Katie Cooper Floral Design
“Ciara and Steven were a delight to work with. I wanted to capture their enthusiasm, love and style through the lens. It was such a beautiful, relaxed day where we basked in the late afternoon sunshine and embraced all that symbolises the love Ciara and Steven share.”
– Nicole Duncan of Nicole Duncan Photography
To see Ciara’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Nicole Duncan Photography
Liga Melne and Anton Zemlyanoy chose a luxury hotel in a fortified French castle for their intimate destination wedding. “We loved the surroundings, the interior and the cosmopolitan feel of the chateau. we had only 30 guests, mostly European, and the place was the perfect size to accommodate everyone – closest friends and family all together in a relaxed atmosphere,” Liga said. “We booked out the chateau completely for two nights; this was our gift to our guests so they could enjoy the romantic atmosphere of a wedding in provence,” said Anton.
For more details from this divine wedding and to see Liga’s style guide, visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Blumenthal Photography
Laurette Chetty and James McLoughlin created a wedding that was intimate, sophisticated and fun. The sleek black place settings complemented the contemporary design of the reception venue.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
We created a sexy event with a black tie dress code for our nearest and dearest. The day was a fusion of glamour and fun. We used an elegant colour palette of black, white and gold. I wear these colours in my everyday fashion so they were a fitting choice. We wanted a scheme that was elegant and fit with the minimalist and modern look of our ceremony and reception spaces.
How can other brides create a similar styled look?
We used bunches of fresh white flowers, candles and modern ghost chairs with black cushions to create this look. It was so nice to have the view of the water as a backdrop and our stylist helped us create a glamorous dinner party. This was achieved with gold charger plates, black tuxedo napkins and black Champagne flutes on long tables. The personalised wedding menus and other stationery featured gold foil on black card.
Did you have wedding favours?
We treated our guests to cute piccolos of sparkling wine that were decorated with our ‘J&L’ label. These really kept the after party going!
What advice do you have for brides-to-be organising their weddings?
We had a children’s activity room set up at our wedding where 2 babysitters looked after our precious little guests so their parents could kick up their heels. This worked really well.
I also recommend that brides personalise their wedding decorations for example by using family photographs. Ask a close friend to act as your wedding MC and if possible, DJ.
Describe the bridal party outfits.
James’ groomsmen looked dapper in their matching, eco-friendly tuxedos from Hallenstein Brothers. The company collaborated with Coca-Cola and Will.i.am to produce the range of environmentally friendly suits that are manufactured from recycled PET plastic bottles.
My bridesmaids wore fashionable black gowns paired with gold accessories and wore their hair out in loose waves. A local Perth designer helped me create a timeless wedding gown inspired by Grace Kelly’s. It had a detachable jacket that I took off for dancing!
What kind of wedding cake did you have?
Our 3-tier cake featured cream roses, a gold metallic layer and a black ribbon. It was a delicious dark chocolate fudge flavour and had our guests on sugar highs for days!
To see Laurette’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Kerri Mackintosh Photography
Today on the blog we are sharing the homely wedding of Kaitlin and Brennan, who were so excited to get married that they considered eloping, “But then we thought, ‘We’re only getting married once’ so we decided on a small intimate and very personal wedding,” Kaitlin said.
Kaitlin and Brennan may have kept the number of guests small (with only 17 in attendance) but the styling and decorations were anything but simple. Kaitlin lovingly thought through every detail of the wedding from the stamps on the lolly buffet bags to the teacup candles she made as wedding favours and the doily confetti cones filled with petals and paper love hearts.
“Magazines and blogs are a great source of wedding inspiration but they can also be overwhelming with their quantity of ideas. Brennan and I decided to create a wedding that was a fusion of vintage and rustic styling with a dash of boho.” This was a great recipe for a sweet wedding with a relaxed vibe.
For more details from this sweet wedding and to see Kaitlin’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Elleni Toumpas Wedding Photography
Be inspired by the distinctive styling and elegant floral arrangements of Justine and Quinton’s Queensland wedding, on our blog today.
A soft colour palette of pink, peach and purple reflected the warmth of the day.
A chance encounter in a Wagga Wagga pub sent Justine and Quinton on a romantic path to marriage, with the couple tying the knot on Queensland’s spectacular Magnetic Island. Leading boutique caterer Roux Blond took inspiration from the relaxed tropical backdrop and neutral beach tones to create the ultimate event overlooking Horseshoe Bay.
“After seeing previous pictures of events and functions that Roux Blonde had catered for and decorated, we knew their work was spectacular, and in the weeks leading up to the wedding, we both felt reassured that the day would be perfect,” Justine said.
For more details from this pretty wedding and to see Justine’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Insight Creative
Amanda Erickson and David Gennusa celebrated their wedding at the stately Curzon Hall in New South Wales.
Built in the early 1900s, Curzon Hall boasts a range of opulently appointed ballrooms. The Banquet Room brought a sense of occasion and old world glamour to Amanda and David’s autumn wedding.
Amanda wore a princess style, full-skirted tulle gown. “I always dreamed of wearing a wedding gown with lots of tulle and I was able to work closely with Strictly Bridal to achieve the design I had envisioned,” Amanda said. The bridesmaids wore black, off-the-shoulder tulle gowns and carried white composite bouquets or glamelia bouquets. Made from the petals of many flowers to form one larger flower, the handmade design was elegant and sophisticated. Amanda carried a cascading white floral arrangement.
“The colour scheme for our wedding was all white,” Amanda said. She described the reception as like “a fairyland of flowers and candles”. Beneath the glow of the ornate chandeliers, the couple had their first dance to Michael Bublé’s Everything. “This song is particularly significant to us because we have seen Michael Bublé in concert many times,” Amanda said. The wedding reception featured live entertainment of a saxophonist, singer and DJ. “We danced the evening away in the majestic ballroom,” Amanda reminisced.
Reminiscent of David’s proposal on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, the bridal party took photographs in the sunshine beneath the iconic building.
“Our white wedding cake was made and decorated by my mother Larraine,” Amanda said. It had 4-tiers and was decorated with handmade flowers.
Photography by Saxon Cole
Today on the blog we are sharing the distinctive wedding of Romi and Jason, held at Atlantic in Melbourne.
Romi spent months before her wedding looking at photos from opulent weddings around the world for inspiration. “I wanted our wedding to be romantic and modern, therefore our décor combined rich colours including pink, red and magenta.” During their traditional Jewish ceremony, high tea was served to guests with a combination of sweet and savoury delights.
Their bridal party consisted of 7 groomsmen, 6 bridesmaids and 5 flowergirls, with the bridesmaids wearing rose coloured gowns with rose-gold tinted beading and a peplum design to match the style of Romi’s dress.
“Everybody who worked towards our wedding created a wonderland. It was as though Jason and I were in another world. Never in my wildest dreams, and I have wild dreams, did I imagine the day as it was. Everything exceeded my expectations.”
For more details from this opulent wedding and to see Romi’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Blumenthal Photography