Sep 2013

Ness + Andy

Australian Winter Wedding in the Countryside

Are you ready for a winter wedding? Let me reassure you, we’re talking about an Aussie Winter here, more or less what we must be experiencing in France right now I guess (where it’s still Summer…). Anyway, I love how natural the bride and groom are, and the simple yet unique retro setting and venue. Photography by Jessica of Brown Paper Parcel Photography.



The wedding took place on August 24th, 2013, at the Dean Mechanics Institute Hall, Dean, Victoria, Australia. From the bride:

We met six years ago working behind the bar of a Melbourne music venue and have spent the time since doing all sorts of fun things together, like travelling the world, renovating a house and making a baby. We thought it was about time to get hitched and what better place to do it than in a 120 year-old country hall in a no-pub town in rural Victoria, where nobody would tell us to be quiet but the sheep and cattle. After a week of persistent rain, the showers fled about noon and we were served up a glorious, overcast winter day, with a few sneaky peeks of sunshine to boot. The wedding was a hoot with the usual eating, drinking and dancing to the soundtrack of 50’s rhythm and blues, doo-wop and girl group sounds, before our favourite rock and roll horn-sectioned band, Dynamo, blasted out some tunes to get the dancefloor jiving, and really send us off into the night. Sweet times…


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Name one thing you regret…

That Andy was too busy dancing and gossiping to make it to the dessert table.


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… And one thing you’re really proud of / happy about.

That our daughter Henrietta was part of the ceremony and able to partywith us (until she ran out of steam – poor luv).


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The word of the photographer.

It was a true delight sharing this special day with Ness and Andy. They are a wonderful, intelligent, down to earth, effortlessly stylish and easygoing couple who deserve every happiness that comes their way. Their wedding was held in one of my favourite parts of Victoria, surrounded by farmland, pine forests and gumtrees. It was through and through all things I love in a good wedding; a get-out-of-town vibe, simple, rustic food and decor, booze that doesn’t run out, bands and music that gets people up dancing and a crowd of welcoming, warm people.
And I do love a winter wedding dress.

Jul 2013

Danielle + Tyler

Winter Hockey Themed Wedding

Summer’s finally here, so what, won’t you let me blog a winter hockey themed wedding? I love weddings that include some activity, I think it definitely adds something… so, hockey? Hell yeah! Also, I love the idea of a pre-wedding welcome party, has anyone of you had one? Photography by Julian Kanz, out of Italy.



Danielle and Tyler got married in February in Mont Tremblant, Québec. They love to travel and take any opportunity to enter a plane; no surprise they got engaged during one of their trips! Here’s their story.

In the beginning of 2012, Tyler’s parents planned a family trip for a month to Italy, and like we always do, we jumped on board. Prior to meeting them in Florence, we decided to spend a week on our own on a small romantic Island called ‘Ischia’ just off Naples and north of ‘Capri’. As soon as we arrived we went for dinner and watched the sun set over he ocean at a bar called ‘Antonio’s’. It was the best bruschetta we have ever had and we don’t say things like that very easily! After that we walked to the end of a pier and soon Tyler disappeared out of sight around the end of the pier where there was no more restaurants or people. He told me to come out there for the view of the island. When we were ready to turn back to the restaurants, he pulled on my arm and turned me around while he said ‘there is a reason that I brought you all the way out here.’ I was shocked to see him down on one knee and became so excited that I barely gave him time to ask me before I started saying ‘yes yes yes!


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Name one thing you regret…

We should have purchased a cake from the local bakery.  Our cake collapsed during the 7 hour car ride from Toronto and had to be pieced back together in Mont Tremblant.  It was a huge headache and hassle to bring it from that far but it was absolutely delicious!!!


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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

Looking around the campfire at our welcome party holding a specialty hot coffee and watching all of our friends and family enjoy the skating and sleigh rides while the snow began falling in huge flakes. Best night of our lives.


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May 2013

Joanna + Jaan

A Pregnant Bride for an Ice Cold Winter Wedding in Estonia

I know it’s May and I should stop blogging winter snowy weddings, because we all kinda wanna see some sun right now, right? But, you should also know Winter was quite long here in Europe (is it over?) and I could not resist this one. Also, if you’re looking for me next Winter, try Estonia. Seriously, what’s with this country? Style, Nice people, beautiful landscapes, killer photographers… as the author of this reportage, Gerry Sulp.



Here’s the story, from the bride, of how they planned their wedding during Winter.

Our wedding took place in beginning of February and was planned so because of the hectic weather in Estonia. As our Summers tend to be rainy and cold, we set the date to February as it is the coldest month of the year. No mistake there – cold and snow are guaranteed. :)

I have to say that I had never dreamed of my wedding and it would be difficult to answer if we were asked about how it should look like or how we planned the evening. I actually just wanted to enjoy the evening as much as my guest with good music, wine and food. No shame to shed a tear or two if you are surrounded by your closest friends and family. And this is what we achieved.


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Name one thing you regret…

(Not only regrets here, but still…) We had trouble finding the place for the registration. Our wedding planner came up with the idea to build a glass tent and fill it with candles. And the outcome was amazing! Even more, we had an accident with electricity – just 5 minutes before the actual ceremony, electricity was gone. So the candles had even better effect than expected. Unfortunately we planned to show photos from our childhood until today, so this plan failed.


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… And one one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

This was a bit of an unusual thing in Estonia: our wish was to have gifts which would not fit into an envelope. The purpose was to later enjoy the nice attentions our friends and family had for us. And the best gift was a love seat made by my friend; it was a wooden swing seat that we can hang to a tree at a place that’s special to us! Overall we were very blessed to have such a good helpers to plan that special day. Many thanks to all!


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