The Pure Bride Blog

Christy & Nick

Photographer: Nina Hamilton Photography

Videographer: The Love Lab

Location: The Central Highlands, Tasmania- Thousand Lakes Lodge

 

Beautiful words by Christy & Nick…

We got engaged during an amazing Tasmanian adventure and being from Sydney instantly fell in love everything Tasmania had to offer. The scenery, the food and of course the wine. There was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to have our ceremony somewhere in this incredible part of the world.

We knew we didn’t want a big wedding we wanted to create something intimate. Something that made the most of the beautiful wilderness and something we could share with our family and closest friends. After much searching we stumbled across the beautiful Thousand Lakes Lodge and after a trip there ~10 months before the big day we fell in love.

Being able to spend 3 days in this remote location felt like we were a million miles away from everything and could focus on the important things, and we created some magical memories.

Being an outdoor ceremony to make the most of the surrounds the weather was always going to be in the back of our mind. What we didn’t expect with just how gorgeous it turned out to be! After stocking up on hand warmers, blankets and a hip flask full of Tassie whisky it turned out to be a beautiful sun soaked afternoon.
Not only was this amazing for us and our guests but the light made for the most stunning photography and videography captured things we could only dream
off forever.

We wanted to create an experience that would bring our two families together over a few days so we could all take sometime to relax and share in some incredible memories.

We wanted our day to have as much of us in it as we could. From designing our own invites to making little weekend welcome gifts we wanted to create an experience that showed how important our family and friends are to us and how much they have been a part of our journey.

Our best advice though is choose amazing vendors to work with.

It is so easy to be overwhelmed when starting out. Have a clear picture of what you want and don’t let yourself get carried away. The team of wonderful people we had around on the day was something we will always be grateful for. They helped shape our planning and made everything so comfortable and stress free. By the end of our day it felt like they had become part of our little family as they all bought so much.

 

Favourite Moment…

We had snuck out with Lewa and the Love Lab team to capture some golden hour shots. We were both standing holding each other on a rocky outcrop looking over the water and the lodge with the sun setting around us. We could see our closest family and friends enjoying wonderful food and wine by the fire and hear the laughter and lovebeing shared from a few days of perfect family bonding.

It was our first quite moment together surrounded by silence and the most gorgeous of scenery. It was a time for us to reflect on how lucky we were to have shared in the most perfect day surrounded by so much love and support. It was the realisation not only of the life we had ahead of us but a sense of overflowing joy for creating a special few days that we will never forget.

 

Other Vendors & Contributors:

Celebrant / Cinta Celebrate Love (Merren Wilkinson)
Dress & Veil / Nelder Jones
Groom’s Suit / Instichu
Groom’s Shoes / Undandy
Wedding Rings / Larsen Jewellery

Florist & Stylist / Swallows Nest Farm
Catering & Cake / Hubert & Dan

 

Cat & Luke

Piermont, Swansea – East Coast of Tasmania

Photographer: Fiona Vail 

Videographer: Light Noise Films

Written by Cat

“In planning our wedding, the most important thing was trusting all of our suppliers and working with great people.”

On the day, we had 100% confidence that everything would be amazing – and it was. We knew that Bek and her team would just work together to make it all happen. Finding people that we connected with and trusted really paid off – the day was faultless.  So everything went to plan! I had been mentally preparing for something to come unstuck, but it just happened that our day went so smoothly. We were relaxed the whole time, even my girlfriends were surprised at this!

“Plan out what you want the day to look like, then go about organising it before sharing all the details with your close friends and family.”

The best thing we ever did was choose our venue, guest list (having a small wedding helped), suppliers, vibe and dates before chatting with our family. It gave us to really think through how we wanted our most special day to go. We booked it all in and then shared the news with our family and bridal party. They were so excited to be shown the details and we were glad we got to make decisions without the pressure of (well-meaning) outside opinions.

I couldn’t possibly a favourite moment – everything from waking up to the most amazing sunrise, Luke’s dads speech at breakfast (the tears started early), our nephews high-fiving Luke when they walked down the aisle, the time just the two of us during our photos, all the food and drinks and the after party (at a cottage that kicked on til 3am with the boys from the Foley Artists on the DJ decks.)

Styling / Bek Burrows
Music / Foley Artists
Dress / Savannah Miller Bridal from Bluebell Bridal in Melbourne
Celebrant / Rachael Calvert
Earrings / Christie Nicolaides
Grooms Suit Jacket / Barkers
Rings / Natalie Marie Jewellery – Sydney
Bride’s shoes / Gucci
Hair / Jess Manning
Makeup Artist / Tanisha Koops
Videography / Light Noise Films
Food / Homestead Restaurant @ Piermont

Gabby & Josh

Location – Ceremony: Shene Estate & Distillery 

Location – Reception: Coal River Farm

Photographer: Jon Gazzignato 

Videographer: Folktale Films

Celebrant: Jessie Poke

Florist: Mrs Florist 

Dress Designer & Boutique: Made with Love from Little White Boutique 

DJ: Hum DJs – Hobart’s Ultimate Mobile DJs

Photo Booth: Confetti Weddings & Events Tasmania 

Stylist (Isle Runner & Welcome Sign): Style My Day 

Cake: Kristy’s Kreations 

Make up Artist: Makeup by Yaz 

Hair Stylist: Ben O’Brien 

Wedding & Engagement rings: Claudia Jewellers 

Spray Tans: Liv Rodgers – Spray Aus 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Mixbridal 

Suits: Routleys 

Dance Floor: Weedings Hire 

Lighting Reception: Artaud & Co 

Earrings & Bracelet: Francesca  

Buses: Barry’s Buses 

“Our day was beyond perfect, we were surrounded by our family and friends who were all so excited to celebrate the love we share. Each vendor we chose created more than we could have ever imagined, paying careful attention to every detail, and captured in our beautiful photographs.  Our ceremony was completely us; relaxed, intimate and filled with love and laughter. It told the story of our love and reminded us how blessed we are to have such special people in our lives. Our dear friend wrote a poem, especially for our ceremony, and delivered it with such love, respect and eloquence. Our friends and family still speak of the beauty, intimacy and stunning details of our ceremony. From the second our ceremony ended the party started, with drinks and award winning gin served in the breathtaking barn at Shene Distillery. It was perfect to have such a relaxed vibe as we greeted our guests for the first time as husband and wife. Our guests then departed on the bus to get to our amazing reception venue, Coal River Farm. Our reception continued to provide the perfect mix of relaxation and partying; outstanding food and drinks, lots of good (and bad) dancing and heart-warming speeches from some of the incredible people in our lives. We had speeches from each of our fathers, the best man and the maid of honour: It took our breath away from both feeling so overjoyed by the relationships we have and from all the laughs, as you can see in our photos! We also had my brother MC our reception. It was a great choice as he made the night run so smoothly, all while entertaining our guests with some light banter! It was just what we wanted.

If I had to choose, my favourite moment of the day was when Josh and I had photos with our bridal party and just the two of us. These moments were so special and thanks to our photographer, videographer and the amazing staff at Shene Estate, these first few moments as husband and wife were so natural and were captured candidly. Our bridal party was small but meaningful – we each had our two best friends and they each made the most profound impact on our day, we are incredibly grateful for all that they did! Of course, I can’t leave out dancing the night away with our family and friends at our reception; this part of this night is so special and forms the happiest memories when you get to celebrate the hours of planning that goes into your big day! I often wish I could go back and relive this part of the night – thank goodness for our video!! 

Planning our wedding was both stressful and exciting and one of the most important things to us was that my dad would be there to celebrate too. My Dad had been undergoing treatment for cancer for 3 years prior to our wedding and unfortunately we knew he didn’t have a lot of time left. In November 2018, after we received the news of his health declining again, we decided to move our date forward twelve months to the 10th March 2019. It felt so much crazier when we had less than six months to rebook our vendors, venues and to finish the planning process, we are so thankful Dad could attend and are forever grateful to have such beautiful photos to remember these precious moments together. Dad passed 5 weeks after our wedding which was and still is incredibly difficult after being on such a high with our wedding day – but the photos, video and memories of our day are an amazing thing to be able to have while we work through our grief. Keeping the day about us and why we were there in the first place was our major focus while planning the whole event. Also, to celebrate love; not only the love Josh and I share, but the love from and for our family and friends was a major influence on how we made the choices for our day. 

Our advice to couples who would like to plan a similar wedding to ours would be to always remember what’s important to you and why this celebration is so special – whatever that may mean to you as a couple. For us, it was the people that have helped us get to this point in our lives: our friends and family, It was also a nice touch for us to have our fur baby, Murphy, to come along and be a part of our day! I think making choices that reflect your style as a couple is so important to feel emotionally and physically connected to the day. The vendors you choose have a major influence on your day – so choose the ones you think will help your day to have the feel you want it to. My final piece of advice is to appreciate how photos and videos can perfectly capture your experience. It all happens so quickly and having the photos and video footage to look back on is so special! So don’t hold back here; go for the photographer and videographer that you love! It is so worth it!! Most of all, remember to relax and enjoy – it’s your day!!!!

 

Kate & Mitch

Photographer / Bonnie Jenkins
Venue / Family Home Roches Beach, Lauderdale
Custom Designed Dress / Oglia-Loro Couture
Venue Styling & Flowers/ Annie Young & Bride
Catering / The Wild Kitchen, Sarah Glover
Music / Jeremy Matcham
Makeup Artist / Claire Hunt
Videographer / Yamina Gold
Bouques/Boutonnieres /Botanical florist Hobart
Celebrant / Mary Hemming
Cake / Sweet Envy
Lighting / Blackout contractors

 

Words By Kate…
I wanted our wedding to be very personal and reflect our natural lifestyle, to share the occasion with great Tasmanian food and wine, and to enjoy the celebration with our family and friends. 

 

We had around 120 guests that we hold very close to our hearts. The day was picture perfect and full of nothing but love & sunshine.

We had all of our food on display for guests to watch being cooked over open fire by the most amazing Sarah Glover (The Wild Kitchen). All the seafood was caught fresh & supplied by my husband and his closest mates that included crayfish, abalone, Blue Eye, Octopus and Calamari. Sarah and her team had pineapples & chicken hanging from chains, whole pumpkins being cooked in hot coals and the most delicious salads and potatoes. The Dinner Grazing table was outstanding. Not to mention the cheese grazing earlier on in the day and the deserts were to die for…

If I had to choose, my favourite moment of the day was sitting back at the bridal table taking in our surroundings and thinking how lucky we are to have such beautiful people in our lives, incredible families that support and love us so much.We are so grateful for each & everyone of them… Also having our Fur babies Macey the Bullmastiff & Deo the Pug a part of our Ceremony was a special moment.

Make sure that you have a huge support team around you & plan well in advance so that everything runs smoothly on your special day. As we always think that we have everything sorted but the final touches can’t be done by yourself when you’re the Bride, trust your team.

The Flower Crown

Hooray, its finally Spring! Before too long, we’ll be starting to see the resurgence of the Flower Crown, set to still be on our trend radar this summer. So why are we still so darn obsessed with them?

 

Flower crowns have been a symbol of love, fertility and celebration throughout history, across different cultures, from all over the world. Perhaps it’s the halo effect. Or the ultra-romantic vibe. Regardless, there is something about wearing them that just makes you feel special. 

The flower crown has been traced back to Ancient Greece, where it was  symbol of celebration. Fastforward through medieval Europe where it made particular waves in Eastern Europe, to China, where the orangs blossom wreath was customarily worn for a wedding, symbolising fertility.

Like the white wedding gown, Queen Victoria also brought the flower crown back into European fashion when she wore an orange blossom wreath  for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

The flower crown has seen surges of popularity from the likes of Marie Antoinette, Frida Kahlo and Dolce and Gabbana. Whilst they may have more recently risen recently from the crowds of Coachella, history has proven that flower crowns will continue to weave in and out of fashion.

 

 

Due to the rising popularity of these gorgeous wreaths, we’re seeing more and more ways to incorporate flower crowns into special moments. You might think you can make your own, and luckily, Hobart how has it’s own flower crown party provider.

Queen of Crowns Hobart offers DIY flower crown kits for your hens party, bridal shower, wedding, or just a general girls day out! We love this idea so much that we’ll be hosting DIY flower crown workshops with Queen of Crowns Hobart at our Showcase Event on the 20th of October. Grab your ticket online to secure your spot, as they are super limited!

From oversize flowers to a few simple green sprigs, you can personalise flower crowns to your hearts content. Perhaps you could have your flower girls wear mini-crowns, or create unique ones for each bridesmaid, or ask your hairstylist about incorporating one for yourself.

 

 

Keep an eye out for DIY flower clips and more inspirational ideas in our next Issue of Pure Bride Magazine Issue #7, also out in October.

 

Images: By the Wilde

Styling: Honefig events

Flower Crowns: Queen of Crowns Hobart

2020 Wedding Trend Alert

With our next issue of Pure Bride Magazine just around the corner, we thought we’d update you on some of the trends we’ve seen recently that you can expect to see ramp up this summer. 
1. Theme it All White

Clean, crisp white always looks chic and is so versatile and works for every type of wedding, from a breezy beach bash to a glam, city celebration. You’ll be happy to know that the bridesmaids-wearing-white tradition is in fact longstanding, as it was said to confuse evil spirits! Only in recent years have bridesmaids started wearing colours. But hey, anything goes these days! You can still get creative and contrast gorgeous textures and showcase your besties’ personalities and preferences, so why not in white?

See our Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com.au/PureBride/all-white/ for some more inspiration!

2. Crepe is Back

Crepe is back in a big way ladies. As soon as Meghan Markle stepped out hand-in-hand with Prince Harry wearing a Stella McCartney simple white silk crepe halter neck dress for their reception, crepe’s fate was sealed as a major trend for 2019. Flattering, comfortable and minimally chic, it’s no wonder these dresses are flying off the shelves, at reasonable price too! Still plenty more to see this summer, check out Made with Love stocked in both Hobart and Launceston!

Made with Love is bringing out plenty more of these gorgeous silhouettes. Stocked at Little White Boutique in Launceston and Confetti Weddings and Events in Hobart. 

What else can you expect to see? Fabulous corsetry and layering, fluffy frocks, bohemian gone romantic rebel, and modern volume and layering. We think 2020 is shaping up to be a trendy year…

 

3. Glamping Weddings

Glamping weddings are still booming as more people are opting for venues and locations off the beaten track.Weddings can also go so quickly, so the beauty of glamping is that you often get two nights and that makes it more of a holiday weekend for your friends and family. There are plenty of mobile glamping companies popping up around Tasmania, worth considering if you had a property in mind!

 

 

4. Individuality

Creating a celebration that reflects you as a couple has become the focus of planning a wedding in recent years… and hey, what a fun way to look at it! The day is all about YOU and your loved ones. Does that mean you elope just with the two of you and your fur babies? Or perhaps it means you have a festival wedding with an open invite! The choices are endless, and it means that no two weddings will be ever the same. 

But easier said than done, right? How do you make the day you? Don’t be overwhelmed, this is where choosing suppliers come in. With their expertise in bringing a vision to life, help is never far away. They’ve dealt with all different types of couples, so have seen it all and will pretty quickly pick up your vibe. Cookie-cutter weddings are a thing of the past, and Tasmanian local stylists have a whole lot of great things going on. 

Cat, a Real Tasmanian Bride from Issue 7 who had an intimate wedding of 20 guests on Tasmania’s East Coast advises others to just “do you” and choose suppliers that get you. 

In planning our wedding, the most important thing was trusting all of our suppliers and working with great people. On the day, we had 100% confidence that everything would be amazing – and it was.”

“The best thing we ever did was choose our venue, guest list (having a small wedding helped), suppliers, vibe and dates before chatting with our family. It gave us to really think through how we wanted our most special day to go.”

 

Come and meet more of Pure Bride’s partner suppliers at our Annual Showcase Event on the 20th of October, and they can tell you first hand how they work their magic!

5. Sustainability

Many couples are well aware today of the impact of hosting a large event, not just on their bank balance but also on the environment around them. More couples are now opting for environmentally friendly choices that contribute positively to the community around them.

Sites such as Less Stuff More Meaning provide handy tips for the earth-conscious bride and groom, from going zero-waste, finding healthier menu alternatives, to general advice on how you can make your event more planet-friendly. The Mindfully Wed e-Guide is a great place to start! https://lessstuffmoremeaning.org/mindfullywed-eguide/

 

Winter Viking Wedding Shoot- Stellar Weddings

The island of Tasmania is full of incredible yet undiscovered creatives. This styled winter shoot coordinated by Stellar Weddings shows just that. No amount of snow turned these guys off, and we are thrilled to share this styled shoot with you.

By Stellar Weddings

When the idea of “Winter Viking Wedding” came to the girls at Kingbilly Flora, they knew it would be the opportunity of a lifetime to create a scene that showed just how incredible some of these undiscovered creatives were and thus these images were born. Kingbilly Flora created floral arrangements solely with dried flowers. The creative points for the pieces in this shoot were “Fierce and Bold Ruler”. They wanted to created pieces that made the couple Feel what they needed to project. 

 Tasmania has some of Australia’s best photographers. The scenery on this bountiful island is muse to our incredible artists behind the camera. But when it came to choosing a photographer for this shoot, only one came to mind. Otherwise known as “snow child” Shirley Bliss started as a Commercial Photographer specialising in food photography in the local restaurant scene. Her ability to evoke emotions through inanimate objects led her to pursue Wedding photography. Where there’s passion, she will make you feel it. And that’s exactly what she did in this shoot. Shirley now photographs a combination of multiple genres that she has accumulated through her photography journey. Food, fashion and passion, she can capture it all and give you all the feels.

With so many wedding boutiques across Tasmania it was difficult to choose a dress we knew would “fit the bill” but after a lot of research we came across a boutique that we couldn’t go past. A local fashion boutique- Strutt Design Studio. They  specialise in bridal and formal wear. When we told Strutt about this collaboration they were on board straight away and without so much as a conversation they knew they had the perfect dress to fit the scene and that they did. Every element of this dress was perfect for this shoot. 

The make up was created by Tanisha Koops. Tanisha needed no guidance. In the door at 7am on the day of the shoot, having never met, she made us feel so confident in her ability to create the look that was needed. “Fierce” was the word she gave us and we agreed. Within an hour she had our bride looking like the most Boss bride you’d ever seen. 

You can’t have a Viking wedding without Viking armour, right? The props were handcrafted by a local Dad & Daughter team- Victor and Elisabeth Soo. They create props with foam: otherwise known as the “Foamsmith”  these incredible pieces looked the part with unbelievable attention to detail. They were everything we dreamed of and more. 

Finally, the couple. Toby and Esther Long. Both medical professionals, they share not only their work space but the most intense passion for each other both on and off camera. These guys had us feeling all kinds of emotions! Although this wasn’t their actual wedding, you would never have guessed it. Their love for each other just as strong as the day they said “I do” over three years ago. If you love a good Nicholas Sparks movie, you’d love this couple! 

 

Social Media Handles:

Photography: @Stellar.weddings 

Dress: @Struttdesign

Make-up: @Tanishakoops 

Concept & Flowers: @Kingbillyflora Props: @Makeroos 

Models: @Esthermlong & @toobyl

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Sandridge Estate, North West Tasmania

Photographer: Michelle Dupont

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Location: Mt Rumney

Photographer: Agape Media House

Jenna & Matt

Issue 5, Pure Bride Magazine. 

Quamby Estate, Northern Tasmania

Photographer: Clint a& Bethanie