Handmade North Melbourne Wedding

Whenever we hear a bride is a graphic designer, we know her wedding’s going to be something pretty special. Dany and David spent nearly a year crafting, collecting antique pieces, and designing unique paper goods for their North Melbourne wedding at Two Ton Max, photographed by Love Katie + Sarah. Every detail in these garden party nuptials is utter perfection!


indie bride and groom


From the bride, Dany: Being an illustrator/graphic designer slightly obsessed with vintage styling, I envisioned a vintage wedding with a hint of ‘garden party.’ The colour scheme was based around soft romantic pinks and creams with a splash of yellow.



floral wedding invitations


colorful grooms boutonnieres


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bride in vintage car


Pretty much everything about our wedding was DIY! I spent 11 months, from the time we got engaged to the week before the wedding, collecting vintage crockery and cutlery, making flowers for the tables out of crepe paper (petal by petal) and designing all the little elements that appeared throughout the venue.



bride with umbrella


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multicolored confetti recessionals


diy australian weddings


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David also got the DIY bug, constructing an enormous pergola for us to get married on. It was fantastic, and now sits in our back garden for us to enjoy for years to come. Our venue was an industrial warehouse space, so, to ‘green it up’ we also created a ‘garden’ in the ceremony area which included rolling out faux turf and filling the space with potted flowers and trees. It was fabulous!



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bird theme paper goods


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t try to take on too much on your own (speaking from experience!!). Accept lots of help from others. I wish I had done this more often throughout the planning… it would have made it a lot less stressful! Also, enjoy the ride! The day goes so quickly (as everyone will tell you), so make sure you have lots of fun during the planning phase.



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vintage wedding china


diy australian weddings


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diy australian weddings


newlyweds first dance



Wedding Music:
Processional: “Something in the Way She Moves,” James Taylor
Signing of the Registry: “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys; “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “These Arms of Mine,” Otis Redding

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Soft Winter Wedding Inspiration

Something about this shoot from Laura Murray Photography and Pink Champagne Events just completely takes my breath away. Perhaps it’s the wintry feel, or maybe the classic blue, green, noir and ivory color palette. Its effortless, yet romantic feel of this inspiration shoot is pure perfection.


green leaves boutonniere
sophisticated wedding details


From the stylists of Pink Champagne Events: This shoot took place at Castle Cliffs in Colorado, a gorgeous manor filled with antiques that sits on acres of fields. An IDEAL spot for a wedding! The theme was wintery —- we wanted to invoke the feeling of romanticism and sophistication, but still keeping it simple. We use lots of greenery for the florals – a beautiful bouquet doesn’t have to be filled with flowers. Also, we incorporated a toile pattern into the table and invites.



toile wedding invitations


Bear grass winter wedding


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green wedding bouquets


green wedding bouquets
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Location: Sedalia, Colorado / Photographer: Laura Murray Photography / Styling + Coordination: Pink Champagne Events / Florals: Bella Lu Floral / Dress: Jenny Packham from Little White Dress / Venue: Castle Cliff Estates / Makeup: Natosha Cooke / Hair: Brandice Larsen / Calligraphy: Laura Condouris / Chairs: Chairished Vintage Chair Rentals / Invites: Erin Butner erinkateb@gmail.com / Hair Accessory: Lacielle Roselle / Models: Julia Torok and Erik Williams

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Glamourous Whimsy Wedding Ideas

Indie darlings meet glitzy cocktail glam in this styled shoot from Davia Lee Events and Danielle Capito. We love the striped altar canopy the crafted tent for the bride and groom to share their first meal in newlywedded bliss. And of course, we can’t forget the presence of one of our favorite flowers of all time, the dahlia, in the arrangements by Twigss Floral Studio!


indie bride and groom


From the event stylist, Davia of Davia Lee Events: Inspired by fashion & a unique take on retro fashion, this isn’t your average wedding. It is a fun, carefree cocktail style wedding with a classic backdrop and unexpected details. This bride loves fashion, jewels, glitter & sparkle! Her love for funky fashion with a classic take was the inspiration behind her dream cocktail wedding.



polka dot wedding invitations


striped wedding decor


fuchsia black shoes


short bridesmaid dresses


black bridesmaids shoes


black and white striped ceremony drapes


stripes canopy altars


black and white striped ceremony drapes


indie wedding ceremonies


She knew she wanted to walk down the aisle in a short 1950’s dress, her pink pumps, spring jewelry & a bright bouquet of fresh blooms. Her bridesmaids would be in black cocktail dresses with a bit of sparkle in their shoes. For a fresh take on the ceremony set up, she was drawn towards color blocking, oversized paper flowers, classic stripes and a breathtaking view. Cocktail hour would then take place on the incredibly landscaped lawn with perfectly placed cocktail trays and white lounge furniture. We wanted to create an intimate sweetheart table where the newlyweds could hide in to steal a few kisses.



indie wedding ceremonies


pink dahlia wedding bouquet


newlyweds with drinks


pink dahlia wedding bouquet


bridal parties in pools


floral bridesmaid headband


dahlia wedding flowers


canopy sweetheart table


newlyweds at sweetheart tables


The black & white striped backdrop gave a fun graphic pop to the background without taking away from the glamorous linen topped with playful floral arrangements. The Mr. & Mrs. plates serve as a fun place card that the couple can always keep as a reminder of their special day. The bulb chandelier & paper flowers add an element that you might not expect & brings in the personality of the couple. The cake created for this couple is beyond unique! It is the perfect combination of her classic style with a fun pop of color! Butler served cocktails and individually plated desserts to each guest were the icing on the cake & the end to a perfect day!



fuchsia black table settings


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fuchsia black tablescapes


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modern groom tuxedo


newlyweds at sunset

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Romantic Steampunk Wedding Ideas

Here at Ruffled, we’re always going to love a bit of steampunk inspiration (some of you may remember this steampunk inspired wedding from last year, one of our all-time favorites). Photographer Christina Carroll put together this shoot with real-life married couple Candace and Michael, who pulled off both indoor and outdoor styling for some fantastic new ideas!


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steampunk bridal ideas


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steampunk bridal ideas


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industrial inspired wedding ideas


steampunk bridal ideas


steampunk bridal ideas


steampunk dessert tables


steampunk dessert ideas



Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Christina Carroll / Shoot Location: Eastside Showroom / Wedding Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals / Wedding Gown: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Theresa of Jose Luis Salon / Desserts: Iffy’s Sweets and Treats / Rentals: Vintique Rentals / Stationery: The Stationery Bakery

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Charlottesville Vintage-Inspired Wedding

A couple who’s as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, an intimate wedding ceremony, and stunning images from Cramer Photo make today’s wedding the perfectly sweet day it was. Frances and Thaddeus are both yoga instructors who imbued their ceremony with love, spirituality, and touching personal values — with a perfectly peaceful wedding reception to follow!


Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Charlottesville romantic wedding


From the bride, Frances: The aesthetic and energy of our wedding combined my love of all things vintage, delicate and feminine in the setting and style with the quirky, non-traditional, spiritual orientation that guides our life as a couple. Our ceremony was officiated by our teacher from Crestone Healing Arts Center in Colorado, which is where Thaddeus and I met. We had three other friends and teachers share blessings and poems in our ceremony. We wrote our vows and shared them with each other for the first time at the ceremony. Although they were different in form, the feelings and the expression of life values complemented each other perfectly.


Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo


As dedicated yoga practitioners and instructors, we made some non-conventional decisions for our wedding. For example, we did not serve any meat or eggs and we made sure all the cheese was rennet-free. Our caterers used beautiful organic and local produce. We decided to refrain from serving alcohol because it is not a part of either of our lives. This decision accorded nicely with our desire to have a morning ceremony followed by a luncheon. In terms of budget, this was a huge bonus because we did not need to hire a band, dance floor or set up a bar.


Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo


Both Thaddeus and I wanted a small and intimate wedding. We had only 40 guests. This was truly special because over the course of the weekend, we had the opportunity to spend time with each and every one of them starting with our colorful Indian feast the night before, all the way up to a final evening of chill time at a local tea house.


Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo


I love vintage fashion and I knew that whatever I would wear for my wedding needed to have soul and history. When I saw a picture of my maternal grandmother on her wedding day in 1942, I knew I had found my dress. One of my aunts had worn the dress for her wedding in the ‘80s and so she sent me the lace and chiffon gown to try on. It fit almost perfectly. I had it professionally restored and altered, changing the openness of the neckline, but keeping the original style intact.


Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo
Charlottesville romantic wedding
Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo


Any advice for future brides planning their weddings now? Pick a photographer that you adore! Our photos bring me so much joy whenever I look at them and we loved hanging out with Sarah on our big day. Most importantly, be flexible with the changes that will inevitably occur, but stick true to your most heartfelt vision. Our wedding was planned to be in a garden with a luncheon on the side lawn, but when the weather forecast turned to an ominous 100% chance of rain we had to bring it all inside and change the layout of the entire event just two days before the ceremony. Our wedding day didn’t end up looking exactly the way I imagined, but sharing our vows in that perfectly warm, sweet, pink parlor, intoxicatingly fragrant with flowers and nuzzled up close with all of our dearest friends was beyond heaven. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. At the end of the day, beyond all the beauty and excitement, the most important thing was that I had married my soul mate and best friend.


Vintage wedding by Cramer Photo


Charlottesville romantic wedding
Charlottesville romantic wedding

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Agoura Hills Love Shoot

It isn’t often that we share love shoots on Ruffled, but when we saw these images always-incredible Caroline Tran, we knew you’d love them just as much as we do! Susan and Jade set out for this amazing shoot right at sunset, which allowed for some jaw-dropping natural light shots. Susan embraced her inner girly-girl style with Prada flats, a J. Crew frock, and an Alice + Olivia sundress we’re now lusting after!


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From the couple, Jade and Susan: We are so excited to share our engagement session photos with you and the world! We were so lucky to find an amazing serene photospot in Agoura Hills, CA and were able to smile for the camera just as the sun set over the horizon. These pictures were able to capture every detail of our personalities – Jade, a self-proclaimed nerdy engineer and Susan, a true dreamer and girly girl. We were even able to get some camera time for Little Bear, the first teddy bear we ever shared over 9 years ago.



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natural light engagement sessions


outdoor love shoots


natural light engagement sessions


outdoor love shoots


natural light engagement sessions


outdoor love shoots


natural light engagement sessions


Our luggage and our hands were always filled with elements that make up the foundation of our love such as our childhood love letters, photobooth pictures, and paper elements that described lyrics from our favorite love songs, inside jokes, and nicknames. Being high school sweethearts, we share a profound history together building our friendship, our love, and our home together. The luggage represents the many travels, journeys, and adventures we’ve been through together, so it seemed only natural to capture these images under the theme, “Home is where you are.”



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natural light engagement sessions


natural light photography


natural light engagement sessions

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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Wedding

Two striking brides, a reception in a botanical garden, storybook-perfect images from AGAiMAGES: all of these make this Brooklyn wedding one of our all-time faves! Anja and Kellye’s wedding day was full of lush red flowers from Peartree Flowers, impeccable style, and last-minute lucky weather. Let’s hear it for the newlyweds!


brooklyn botanical wedding


From the photographer, AGAiMAGES: Anja and Kellye really wanted their ceremony to be outside, but because the North East is pretty unpredictable in the fall, it was all up in the air. However, on their wedding day, beautiful soft clouds gave the best possible light and they could have their dream ceremony outside in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The emotional and beautiful ceremony that made most if not all guests’ eyes tear up followed by afternoon reception in the Palm house.



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From the bride Kellye: Brooklyn, New York is our city of love. We had our first dates in Park Slope and Coney Island. We spent weekends flopped on blankets in Prospect Park and bar-hopping in Williamsburg. We moved in together in Prospect Heights and built our life. We wanted our wedding to pull from that sense of place. The natural beauty of Brooklyn’s parks, the comfort of its classic Brownstone-lined streets, the hip edginess of its diverse thoughts, creativity and people.


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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding


outdoor wedding ceremonies


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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding


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red and berry wedding flowers


We wanted to bring all the beauty of Brooklyn and autumn to our guests. So we looked for inspiration regarding colors in the fall foliage. For flowers we drew on the natural setting of the park with arrangements that were luscious and dramatic, but not too ornate or manicured. Food consisted of delicious favorites using local ingredients. We wanted the photography to be candid and capture the natural surroundings and raw emotions of the day, which it did perfectly!


We wanted everyone enjoy some elegance and celebrate, but also keep things simple enough that all was pleasurable and at ease. For us, it was a perfect day.


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Rachel & Nigel

some favourites from Rachel & Nigel married in Clonabreany House, Co. Meath.

more images of Rachel & Nigel’s wedding are featured on Best of Wedding Photography?blog -?Best of Wedding Photography is the premier invitation-only association for the world’s top wedding photographers.

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Mint and Gold Winter Wedding

With temperature in the teens, this wintry wedding inspiration is perfect for today! There’s something about glitter and winter that seem to go hand in hand — throw some teal accent color in the mix, and you’ve got a shoot straight out of our design dreams. Utah Events by Design collaborated with Pepper Nix Photography to bring us a cozy winter styled wedding featuring a current favorite gown of ours, Monique Lhuillier’s “Candy”!


Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


gold teal place settings


From the designer, Michelle of Utah Events by Design: I was dying to combine shades of mint with golds to create a winter wonderland for brides seeking a wintry yet warm setting. I simply love working with metallics and gold seemed like the perfect way to warm up a winter scene without being over the top. For the table, I combined metallic mint chargers with gold rimmed china and mint paper accessories paired with gold flatware and glittered fruit decor to spice up individual plate settings. The escort card table showcases mini snowflakes that rest in a soft blanket of shimmery white flakes.



Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


gold teal wedding invitations


Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


gold teal place settings


This over the top cake was designed to be as glam as the table setting and displays four unique tears complete with edible gold and glitter trimmings. The wedding favors were a favorite DIY project: Mini white buckets spray-painted with mint glitter spray paint. For the snow rim, I then covered the perimeter of each bucket with hot glue and then rolled it in faux snow. Buckets were filled with yogurt covered peanuts to represent mini snow balls. Each wedding favor was then placed on a vintage gold jewelry tray that sets upon a vintage gold-painted wash basin. Fresh florals combined with mint silk florals were used to create the stunning pieces on the table as well as the bridal bouquet and brides maid bouquet.



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Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


gold teal place cards


Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


And how about this “Candy” Monique Lhuillier gown?! SWOON! Perfect for a soft wintry wedding! In addition, the bridal gown is paired perfectly with a lovely mint maids gown and I couldn’t love this color combination more! Last but not least, check out the UH-MAZING venue! The Chateau at La Callie is located in Sandy, Utah and is the ideal wedding destination for brides seeking a luxurious and gorgeous experience. Overall, everything came together and I couldn’t be more in love with how this winter design turned out.



Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


teal dessert signs


Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


gold teal place cards


Aqua and glitter wedding ideas


white candy favors



Shoot Location: Sandy, UT / Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Table Decor: Michelle Cousins of Utah Events by Design / Shoot Venue: La Caille / Wedding Flowers: Urban Chateau Floral / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier “Candy” via Alta Moda Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Alfred Sung via Lily and Iris / Hair: Kali Wengreen / Makeup: Kristen Packard / Wedding Cake: Cake-a-licious / Table and Flatware: Diamond Rental / Wedding Invitations: Freshly Minted Invitations / Calligraphy: Distinctive Inscriptions Calligraphy

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Let’s Go Disco

After a very successful launch night in The Cliff Town House on St Stephen’s Green yesterday, Let’s Go Disco, the new book from Martijn Kajuiter is now available to purchase from the Cliff House Hotel website. Here is a quick peek inside ..
Let’s Go Disco by Martijn Kajuiter & Alex Meehan
Foreword by Derek Bulmer, former editor of the Michelin Guide to the UK and Ireland
Photography by Shane O’Neill
Assisted by Simon Curran
Design by Red and Grey, Dublin.
261 pages. 45 Euros
ISBN: 978-0-9574078-0-0
Publisher: The Cliff House Hotel
Publication date: October 24th, 2012

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