Emily Simms + Pierre Ghougassian // A featured wedding

17th August 2018 // If you’re looking for the perfect fairytale wedding inspo - this is it! We’re super excited to bring you the gorgeous wedding of bachelorette Emily Simms (@emilyghougassian) and her Prince Charming, Pierre Ghougassian. The couple celebrated in August with 100 of their closest family and friends and boy, was it magical! Check out their beautiful story below, as told by Emily.

Emily’s dress and veil // Tanya Didenko
Photography // Ateia
Videography // C2 Films
Welcome sign/Event Printing // Inktank Printing 
Styling // Giant Invitations
Singer/Entertainment // Main Entertainment
Florist // Foxy Evergreen
Cake // Nikos Cakes
Graphic Design // Catsy Creative
Wedding Invitations // Bwedding Invitations
On the day Stationery // Adorn Invitations
Emily’s robe // Home Bodii
Hair // Rachel Vitullo
Makeup on Bec and Anna // Amelia Webb
Makeup on Emily // Emily did her own make up
Lashes on Emily // Melb Lashes
Skin prep for Emily // Clinicalase
Tan on Emily // Le Tan
Bridesmaid dresses // Love Honor
Shoes // Jeanette Maree
Headpiece // Jeanette Maree
Earrings on all // Shannakian Fine Jewellery
Cars // Triple R
Cutlery // Gold Cutlery Hire
Napkins // Di Simmons
Suits // Remy

The love story:

Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St Kilda beach (the old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids), and as soon as we walked in, she said, “oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!”.  

Fast forward to the present, and the proposal was perfect. Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins.  He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in. So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us.  He then turned to me and proposed.  The lady taking our photo, switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.

The wedding:

I was always very clear about what I wanted, and Pierre likes my taste, so he trusted me in choosing everything.  As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly.  The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel. The George Ballroom where our reception was, is simply stunning, so not much needed to be done to the room.  We had simple garlands down the centre of the long tables, and arrangements around the welcome sign, seating chart, bar and wedding cake.  I did find all of the planning incredibly stressful at times, as I was doing everything by myself.  It is like a full-time job!  So much coordinating, and of course every bride wants it to all go perfectly, so the stress of that all adds up.

The ceremony:

Our ceremony was on the balcony of the Melbourne Town Hall.  I loved the columns, and I found it in keeping with the style of The George Ballroom. I really wanted everything to flow nicely.  

My beautiful older brother had taken his own life only 3 weeks prior to our wedding, so it was incredibly difficult, and when it first happened, I couldn’t even comprehend the thought of a wedding.  But I like to think he was there, shining down on us.  It was also the only day that week of really beautiful weather (for the middle of August!), and I like to think that was Michael’s doing.

Our reception was at The George Ballroom in St Kilda, with 100 guests. The George is simply amazing.  It is by far the most beautiful venue I think I have seen in Melbourne.  The way they have restored it is so divine, it was the perfect setting for our wedding day.

I tried to stick with a glamorous, old world sort of theme.  I was adamant about there being no black, and there wasn’t any at all.  Everything was white, cream, soft pinks and rich, deep pinks.  The florist really outdid herself!  The cutlery, the napkins, everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would.

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My gown was designed and made by Tanya Didenko Bridal Couture. I have dealt with Tanya for 3 years now.  She has made me some stunning dresses to wear to various events over the past few years, so it was a no brainer that I would go to her for my wedding dress.  I never tried on any wedding dress at all.  I went to her with photos of different designs that I liked, and took inspiration from each of them.  She knows me quite well now, knows my body shape and knows my style, so it all worked really well. The groomsmen’s suits were made by Remy, who is actually Pierre’s youngest brother.  He owns a bespoke tailoring business, situated in Sydney.  The bridesmaids’ dresses were all designed by Love Honor.  I sent them through a number of inspo shots, and they made them exactly as we had discussed, and they fit the girls perfectly.

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I told the lovely Nat from Foxy Evergreen, that I didn’t want standard flowers. The one flower I told her I absolutely wanted, was phalaenopsis orchids - and all whites, soft pinks, deep pinks and lots of greenery in a cascading arrangement. We couldn’t have been happier with her work.

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We chose a cake from Nikos Cakes.  We went for 2 different layers, one vanilla citrus and one vanilla berry.  We opted against chocolate cakes, as we had some chocolate and coffee dessert canapés. We chose the 3-tier cake, mostly because Nikos suggested that because both Pierre and I are quite tall.  I wasn’t sure what difference it made, but it did look great!  We had a white rendered cake, with gold foil on the bottom and top tier.

The reflection:

We spent 10 days in Bali for our honeymoon - 4 nights in Ubud, the rest in Seminyak. Last month we went to LA, NYC and Toronto as a pre-honeymoon holiday, so we could only take a short trip after the wedding, due to work commitments.

 The highlight of the day, was definitely when we first saw each other down the aisle, and walking down the aisle with my dear old dad.  It was a beautiful moment, and one I will never forget.

 My best advice is to make sure you know what you want, before you go talking to suppliers. Scour the net, Pinterest etc, for inspo. If you don’t know exactly what you are after, then I feel this is where confusion can start to creep in, and you become unsure if you’ve chosen the right thing or not.  You need to be clear and concise, so that you don’t feel disappointed on your big day.  Think about yours and your partner’s taste, and try your best to emulate that on your wedding day.

Tmeeka + Nicholas // A Millthorpe Wedding

November 2017 // Local lovers Tmeeka and Nicholas had the most amazing wedding day - full of love, laughter and their closest friends and family. The beauty of Errowanbang Woolshed set the tone for what was going to be one hell of a day! The reception at Tonic was buzzing - with non-stop dance floor action, a donut wall (AND cake!!) and a hanging floral installation, this beautiful bride and her dashing groom certainly know how to throw a celebration!

Photographer // Mia Pallier
Dress // French collection “Solange” from Hope and Page
Hair // Bec Hurford Gallery 137
Makeup // Holly Sharp
Bridesmaid Dresses // Shona Joy from The Iconic
Groomsmen's Attire // Connor
Florals // Botanica Flora
Celebrant // Stacey Carthew
Ceremony Venue // The Old Errowanbang Woolsheds
Reception Venue // Tonic Restaurant, Millthorpe
Cake Artist // Eat Me Edible Goodies
Entertainment // Robbie Mortimer
Hire // Bespoke Country Weddings
Favours // Donuts (Eat Me Edible Goodies)

Lucy + Tim // A Dubbo Wedding

April 2018 //  Local lovers Lucy and Tim created a wedding that reflected their personalities and style perfectly - and we’re so excited to share it with you!
Lucy told us, “with a collaboration of vintage and bohemian influence, an amazing celebration was had with our dearest friends and family in the picturesque location of the Rawsonville Memorial Hall, the beautiful building was the centrepiece of the day. The wedding theme emerged through my creative interests as an art teacher, we combined bold blooms, colourful textiles, vintage brass candelabras, gold decadent mirrors, recycled french doors, palm leaf plates and carved antique styled bamboo cutlery to match.
Tim and I felt it was important to incorporate and support local produce, products and utilise local businesses within the area.
Tim and I felt it was important to incorporate and support local produce, products and utilise local businesses within the area. One example was our amazing thickened double cream produced just down the road from the hall by Little Big Dairy Co. Dolloped on top our scrumptious wedding cake handmade by the groom’s aunty. We did all the work ourselves
which helped keep costs down. Creating all of the foliage hangings and table flowers with the help of family and friends.
Our wedding favours were hand poured jars of honey, from local bee keeper Daniel Warman.
The rural scenery surrounding created a relaxed atmosphere, while guest enjoyed beverages served by Tenelle and her team from AuRevior Vintage Van in crystal cut glasses hired from Bespoke Country Weddings and canapés from Smoking Brothers Catering. Guests mingled amongst the hall, with the sun setting and light dappling through the kurrajong trees, resting drinks on wine barrels hired by Taylormade Weddings and Events and played a few games of bocce, croquet and jenga.
The unique, old and very private hall was brought to life for a night of celebration under the stars. We listened to countless classic songs by local talent and friends Isaac and Shane. Copious amounts of laughing through speeches and plenty of dancing about on the old timber floorboards. The hall and surrounding trees twinkled with an abundance of fairly lights, (handy marrying an electrician) under the clear night sky. Guests enjoyed the atmosphere as they kicked back on wicker lounges, listening to the band’s music fill the night air, while many partied on inside.
Finally our photographer Ben Adams, who believe it or not was a few years above me in school and who is now a very successful and sought after photographer from the Hunter Valley. Ben captured every second that made Tim and I truly happy on our wedding day. Our photos captured the day perfectly, every precious moment shared with our loved ones and ourselves. We cannot recommend him or any other business that we used on the day enough.
Talk about perfection!

Photographer // Ben Adams Wedding Photography
Dress // Lost in Paris Bridal, Enmore Sydney
Hair // Rozi at Rock Paper Dubbo
Makeup // Lyndsey Laurie Beauty Therapy Narromine
Bridesmaid Dresses // P.S Frocks
Groomsmen’s Attire // Harry’s for Menswear Dubbo
Stationery // Paperlust
Florals // Country Fair Flowers & Beauty Narromine
Transport // Spence’s Coaches Dubbo & our friend Matt Rattray Classic Car Hire Oberon
Celebrant // Jan Farrar
Venue // Rawsonville Memorial Hall
Food and Drink // Smoking Brothers Catering, Walker Wines
Mobile Bar // AuRevoir Vintage Van
Cake Artist // Sandra Stowe (Groom’s Aunty)
Cake Topper // Country Fair Flowers & Beauty Narromine
Entertainment // Isaac Compton and Shane Riley
Hire // Bespoke Country Weddings, Adors Party Hire, Taylormade Weddings and Events, Little Big Dairy, custom made Macrame wall hanging from Loop to Loop Cowra.
Jewellery // Rings from Kings Hall Jewellers; wedding band handmade by Stuart Gould.
Favours // Hand poured honey wedding favours from local bee keeper Daniel Warman
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Naomi + Mason // A Dubbo Wedding

February 2018 // Local couple Naomi and Mason were married in February at the picturesque Lazy River Estate. Adamant about doing their wedding “our way,” they succeeded by having a beautifully rustic and laid-back affair that reflected both their personalities perfectly. If you need more convincing, check out their amazing cake - a formal, elegant white design coupled with a gaming theme at the back!
This was both the bride and groom’s second wedding, having previous spouses pass away from terminal illnesses. Both Mason and Naomi believe that their wedding “shows that even after great and tragic loss, new love can be found. Life is too short and we are living our life to the fullest.”
Surrounded by family and their five children, we think it was the perfect celebration of life, love and quirkiness.

Photographer // Lisa Weber
Dress // The Wedding Shoppe
Makeup // Danielle Pearce-Artistry
Bridesmaid Dresses // The Wedding Shoppe
Groomsmen’s Attire // The Wedding Shoppe
Florals // The Meadow Floral Design
Venue // Lazy River Estate
Cake Artist // Thorby’s Cakes by Kay
Cake Topper // Custom peg dolls by Kobe’s Boutique
Entertainment // DJ&LMD Entertainment (Johnny Wood)
Hire // The Wedding Shoppe
Wedding and Engagement rings // Designed and made locally by Kings Hall Jewellers
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Kat + Tim // A Dubbo Wedding

April 2017 // With the world still riding a wedding high after Harry and Meghan’s big day, we couldn’t help but show off another amazing local wedding with it’s own dose of #couplegoals.
Kat and Tim were married at the rustic Toongi Hall, on the outskirts of Dubbo. The couple told us, “we didn’t want to spend a mint to have a fun wedding, so over the year we collected decorations, made signs, and personal touches to make our wedding like us.
Toongi [Hall] had the perfect atmosphere for our country [wedding]. We are both campers so there was plenty of camp spots for us and our guests.”
From Kat’s stunning dress to the native florals and picturesque country setting, their special day really did have it all. To top it all off, they were surrounded by their favourite people, filling the day with plenty of love and laughter. Sounds like perfection!

Photographer // Anna Tenne Photography
Dress // J’adore from George, QVB Sydney
Hair // Jenna Hasse
Makeup // Danielle Pearce Artistry
Groomsmen’s Attire // Lowes
Cake Artist // Cakes by Amy Rutherford
Entertainment //  DJ and Live Music Dubbo (Johnny Wood)
Florals // Warrumbungle Flower Farm
Transport // Valient Chargers
Celebrant // Andrew Appleby
Venue //  Toongi Hall
Food and Drink // Smoking Brothers Catering
Hire // Strike a Pose and Adors Hire
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Karen + Jedd // A Dubbo Wedding

October 2017 // Karen and Jedd’s Lazy River wedding seriously had it all! Including a jumping castle AND popcorn machine... this was one fun celebration!
Karen shared, “to have our families and loved ones all there for us to help celebrate and witness our marriage at a such a beautiful location, feeling like a princess and marrying the man of my dreams - it couldn’t get any more perfect than that.”
We agree!

Photographer // Georgie Newton Photography
Dress // The Wedding Shoppe
Hair // Kate Walters JAVO
Makeup // Babydoll Makeup Artistry
Bridesmaid Dresses // For Him & For Her
Groomsmen’s Attire // Blowes Menswear
Stationery // Snazzie Scrappin
Florals // Artificial flowers from Early Settler and fresh flowers The Flower Man arranged by the bride’s mother
Celebrant // Helen Mclean
Venue // Lazy River Estate
Cake Artist // Kay @ Thorbys Cakes
Entertainment // Paul (Irish) McMillan
Hire // Dubbo Jumping Castle Hire & Popcorn Machine
Favours // Soaps
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Britt + Baz // A Dubbo Wedding

October 2017 // If you’re after some local wedding inspiration, this is it! Britt and Baz were married in October last year on the stunning grounds of Lazy River Estate, and boy was it breathtaking!
When we asked bridal babe Britt about what made her day special, she replied, “our day was magical, filled with the people we love. Baz and I had the time of our lives. Everything was perfect and we are so lucky to have had such a day filled with love, excitement and gratitude.”

Photographer // Erin Latimore Photography
Videographer // Ben Fry from DC Media
Venue // Lazy River Estate
Dress // Grace Loves Lace
Hair // Molly Job
Makeup // Nikki Taylor
Bridesmaid Dresses // Various brands
Groomsmen’s Attire // Blowes Menswear and ASOS
Florals // The Meadow Floral Design
Celebrant // Fr Greg at St. Brigids Church
Cake Artist // Leanne Cavanagh, the bride and the Meadow
Hire // Audio Plus
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Sally + Josh // An Orange Wedding

December // We asked gorgeous newlywed Sally to describe her big day. Here's her run down on the best day of their lives!

"Better then Lego"
Our wedding day was the most magical day of our lives.
The longest aisle you ever did see flagged either side by hay bale seating, rolling hills, a Harley motorbike entranc e, aninsane sunset, a smokehouse food truck, wheelbarrows full of beer, a huge barn reception and dancing under the stars.
Josh and I got engaged in March 2017 and Married in December 2017 - Lets just say I knew exactly what I wanted!Jos h and I decided to get married on his parents property "Whiskey Park" in Orange NSW - The photos speak for themselves, this place is AMAZING and has a very special place in our hearts.
Josh and I had quite a large wedding party with 6 amazing bridesmaids and groomsmen each.
Smoking Brothers catered our wedding a nd the food was INCREDIBLE !!! To this day we still have so many people speakabout the food and how amazing it was.
Chris Benno - our amazing photographer.. This guy is seriously the bomb! super affordable and talented.
Lemon Tree Film House - These guys  drove 12 hours (each way) to be apart of our special day and is hands down the bestmoney we spent on our special day.
I could go on and on and on about our wedding day but I will let you be the judge, I hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Photographer // Chris Benno Photography
Videographer // Lemon Tree Film House
Dress // Idora Bridal, Leichhardt NSW
Hair // Luxe Hair Bathurst NSW
Makeup // Chonnie Webb & Emma Barnes Orange NSW
Bridesmaid Dresses // Bridesmaids Only, Rosebery NSW
Groomsmen's Attire // Blowes Menswear Orange NSW
Florals // Prue Swain
Celebrant //Tim White
Ceremony & Reception Venue // "Whiskey Park" (family property)
Food and Drink // Smoking Brothers Orange NSW
Cake Artist // Lily Hahn-Stevens
Entertainment // Mortimer Brothers Orange