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Melbourne Town Hall Wedding

Photos By: Louisa Bailey

Whenever Louisa Bailey and Cecilia Fox combine forces for a wedding, we know we’re in for a treat. Erin and Chris’ wedding was personal, intimate, filled with gorgeous flowers, and bucked tradition in the best ways possible. Can you believe how gorgeous these poppy bouquets are?

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

From the bride, Erin: It was really important to Chris and I to make the day really inclusive for everybody that was there. It was for this reason we didn’t want to have a big guest list or formal bridal party and do a lot of the more “traditional” things that can sometimes make a wedding feel more like a performance than a celebration. We wanted our ceremony to just flow into the rest of our day and immediately be celebrating with all of our friends straight after rather than leaving to do photos. We wanted the whole day to feel intimate and let our guests know how important they all were to us.

wedding first looks - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding first looks - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

orange bridesmaid dress - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer floral arrangements - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

unique wedding portrait - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Chris and I got married on our anniversary, which made it a winter wedding. As it was towards the end of winter we tried to incorporate a concept of “winter coming into spring,” with colourful spring blooms and fresh fruit popping against the cozy wintery feel of Hare & Grace. Melanie from Cecilia Fox was amazing and I really let her do her thing, she is so talented and I was astonished at how beautiful everything was on the day. Chris and I wanted a really cozy, intimate venue and the quality of food and drinks were paramount! As soon as we found Hare & Grace we knew it was perfect. Jess and her team were so helpful in making sure everything was just right and were happy to accommodate any requests we had. We had rave reviews on the food – and rightly so!

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

The best moment for me was when Chris and I got our first look together in the Botanic Gardens. After a bit of a stressful morning apart, the relief we both felt once we saw each other was enormous. It felt like “Oh, now you’re here I can handle everything, we can handle everything together.” Having the time together before the I Do’s was amazing, everybody should do it. In lieu of Bonbonierres (which can often be something the guests will throw out not long after), Chris and I made a donation to the Cancer Council who kindly provided us with daffodil pins for all our guests. We pinned them to the name cards on the tables. It was nice to know that we had helped a charity very close to our hearts and also special to us personally as our relationship started at a Cancer Council fundraiser event!

summer wedding receptions - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer tablescapes - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer wedding centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I really wanted to savour the experience of the day and have the focus be on our guests. I committed to not doing any DIY (except the name cards!) as I had learnt from our engagement party that it is quite stressful. We made sure to select vendors who we totally trusted, with a body of work we loved and just let them do what they do best. I think some of the best advice we were given is to take some time with each other, really appreciate what you are doing. Even if it’s for 30 seconds and it’s just the two of you sitting in silence – take those moments whenever you can. The day goes by so fast and at the end of it, the whole thing is simply about the two of you saying “we are going to be together forever.” Nothing else matters more than that.

fruit centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

ombre fruit centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding guestbook ideas - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

guestbook signing - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding


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Wedding Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia / Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Event Planning, Styling, and Floral Design: Cecilia Fox / Ceremony Venue: Melbourne Town Hall / Reception Venue and Caterer: Hare & Grace / Wedding Dress: Lisa Ho / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair: Wendy Bunnett /hair / Makeup: Ashleigh Gaitz / Bridesmaid Dress: Carla Zampatti / Suits: Rhodes & Beckett / Groom’s Shoes: Loake Shoemakers / Cheese Cake: Calendar Cheese Co / Band: The White Tree Band / Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne / Stationery: Puddleduck Paper Co

Tuscany Inspired Wedding Ideas

Photos By: Starfish Studios

While a trip to Tuscany may not be in the budget right now, who says we can’t enjoy its effortless aesthetic by way of a charming styled shoot? Starfish Studios, Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design, and Unearthed Vintage of Florida recently collaborated on this sunny shoot heavy on Italian inspiration and gorgeous ideas for you to ooh and ahh over.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Starfish Studios: Whenever I picture a dream destination wedding, the first picture that pops into my mind is Tuscany. Since a trip to Tuscany was not in the cards, we brought Tuscany to us in the Redlands in South Florida. The gorgeous venue, Estancia Culinaria has all of the elements of what you would find in Tuscany. The golden light, gorgeous trees and the fragrant air. Katie from Unearthed Vintage wanted to enhance that by adding a stylish homage like a gelato bar and other amazing vintage finds.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

botanical wedding invitations - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

hand lettered invitations - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

kraft escort tags - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding paper goods - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

bride and groom - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

The flowers and color choice of rose and blush pinks from Oscar Herrera Floral Design worked perfectly alongside the woods, gold and rust that were featured throughout the shoot. Janderyn from Earth and Sugar encompassed the feeling of the inspirational shoot into a four tier cake with gold foil and beautiful sugar flowers. Our beautiful bride was dressed in a soft romantic gown from Sasha’s Bridal Boutique. The gorgeous light and the feeling of Tuscany was brought to life through the camera lens of Dan from Starfish Studios.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

tuscany wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

gelato bar - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

rustic place setting - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

rustic wedding inspiration - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

modern wedding cakes - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

peach wedding cakes - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

cake tables - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

peach gold cakes - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas


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Shoot Location: Redland, FL / Photographer: Starfish Studios / Floral Design: Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design / Vintage Rentals and Styling: Unearthed Vintage / Venue: Estancia Culinaria / Wedding Dress: Sasha’s Bridal Boutique / Hair: Kristen Russel (hairbykristen @ live.com) / Makeup: Ninfa Domenique Makeup Artist / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Earth and Sugar / Stationery, Menus, Art and Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten






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Palace Ballroom Wedding

If your life is missing a heavy dose of glam, then a few looks at this wedding from Ryan Flynn Photography and McKenzie Powell is just what the doctor ordered. Gold sequin tablescapes, vintage stoles, a luxe satin wedding gown all conspire to make this Seattle wedding one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet!

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

From the bride, Liz: When planning our wedding I really wanted to create a day where all of our family and friends could come together to celebrate Jake and I in a beautiful setting with great food and good drinks. I’d say we definitely achieved this. The day came together even better than I could’ve imagined. It was so filled with love, laughter, and cheer. It’s really hard to choose just one favorite part, but sitting down for the delicious dinner surrounded by all of our loved ones was probably my favorite moment. We chose to get married at Palace Ballroom because we love Tom Douglas’ food, and the menu designed for our wedding did not disappoint. Everything from the beet salad we started out with, the black cod and steak we ate as the main course, to the dessert bar we finished off the night with was so delicious. It was so special to share our favorite food with our family and friends surrounded by so much love on our wedding day.

blue boutonnieres - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

jeweled bridesmaid dresses - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

wedding bouquet - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

anemone bouquet - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

All of the small details that went into our wedding made it special. I wanted our wedding to feel collected and personalized with an art deco style, through the details we achieved that aesthetic. From the lace robes my mom made for my bridesmaids and me, the runner my sister hand painted, the different bridesmaids dresses that matched each of their personalities perfectly, the vintage gold brooch I wore in my hair that belonged to my great-grandmother, to the black cod entrée we served at dinner (my husband is a commercial fisherman for black cod) our wedding felt so personalized. McKenzie Powell really worked with us to achieve this feel too, her centerpieces of collected vases, candles, and winter flowers set against the sequin tablecloths looked so magical. Our guests are still raving about how beautiful of a job she did.

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

wedding processional - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Ballroom ceremonies - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

ceremony kiss - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

gold wedding decor - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

personalized wedding ideas - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Also, getting married with the city of Seattle as our backdrop was really meaningful to us. Jake and I are high school sweethearts and both Seattle natives, we both really love our city and it has been the setting for most of our relationship. Our wedding ended up being on the day of the NFC championship game between the Seahawks and 49ers. It felt like thousands of people descended on the city not only for the game, but also for our wedding. There was a lot of tension among guests as the game went on throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour my Grandpa was listening to the game on the radio through headphones and yelled “Interception!” letting all of our guests know that Richard Sherman made the interception in the last minute to win the game. After the win everyone relaxed and it was time to let loose and celebrate. While it’s not really ideal to have your wedding during a major sporting event, it ended up being a good story and the win just ended up adding to the excitement of the day.

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

gold paper goods - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

gold wedding inspiration - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

gold wedding receptions - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

gold cake decorations - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

engagement rings - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding
Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

wedding guests - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

wedding cakes - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding

Palace Ballroom wedding - photo by Ryan Flynn Photography http://ruffledblog.com/palace-ballroom-wedding


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Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Ryan Flynn Photography / Floral and Event Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue: Palace Ballroom / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka via The White Dress / Bridal Fur: Autumn and Yo’s Vintage / Bridal Earrings: Kara Ross / Hair and Makeup: Glynne Davies / Rings: Ben Bridge / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Aidan Mattox via Bloomingdales, ASOS, Pisarro Nights via Nordstrom, Parker / Junior Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew / Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Robes: Bride’s mother / Caterer: Tom Douglas with Palace Ballroom / Wedding Cake: New Renaissance Cakes / Matches: Beau-coup / Menu and Program Design: McKenzie Powell / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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