Fun + Colorful Australian Wedding: Linda + Dean

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Happy Monday, friends! We can’t think of a better way to start the week than with Linda + Dean’s fun and colorful Australian wedding! These guys knew from the start that they wanted their day to be laid-back, full of life, and reflective of their (self-declared) quirky personalities. With a big focus on unique, handmade elements – our fave being Linda’s dress which was produced based off a design she dreamt up – they were able to craft a celebration that they’ll always be able to look back on with a big, huge smile.

Big thanks to Lara Hotz for sharing these creative + beautiful snapshots of L + D’s day with us! And heads up US couples! Lara will be in America all of June + July of 2015, documenting a limited number of weddings. If you are looking for a photographer around that time, she can be contacted through her website! She would love to capture some American weddings while traveling around. :)

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Bravo on that dress, Linda + Jason Grech!

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australian bride


Pretty, pretty ‘maids in summer-y hues!

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Australian wedding


Such fun portraits!

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Australian wedding

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Seriously, could these two be any cuter together? Since Dean shared their super sweet proposal story with us, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you guys!

We met at a hair stylist awards night in Melbourne Docklands.

I was the quirky charming Englishmen, obviously there for the free booze. Linda, was the sweet I’m not interested type clearly there to support her work friend on what she was unaware was going to be the first night of the rest of her life. Especially since my first sentence to Linda was ‘I’m going to marry you’. The ironic thing is, I wasn’t kidding.

Our relationship progressed with real meaning when Linda moved to London, England with me where I finished my Architectural Diploma and Linda managed a quirky little salon in East London. This was an amazingly fun time in our relationship full of travel, random adventure, life experiences and lots and lots of laughter.

The date had finally come 2nd June 2012, we were handed the keys to our first ever house. That night Linda was working late, so I rushed back to our newly purchased run down and completely empty home where I created a candlelight pathway and scattered rose petals everywhere. Later that night Linda came home and there I was on one knee surrounded by 1000’s of rose petals at the end of the candlelight path holding her 1950s cocktail diamond ring.

She said YES..!

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bride and groom

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vintage car

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black and white brocade plants

orange and black tablescape

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Linda: Speeches are almost the most memorable moments in our crazy family, although the whole wedding day was just incredible.

Dean: The cheesy answer is ‘when we said I do’. The real answer is the first bite of that succulent antipasto platter along with the sweet sweet taste of beer over a game of ping pong. This was the period after the church and before the reception and was the first time that we actually relaxed and truly began to enjoy being husband and wife.

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confetti exit

Linda: Enjoy every minute of the day. The fact is you are already so lucky to have found your "the one". This day will only happen once, so relax and have fun and celebrate your love for each other surrounded by all your family and friends.

Dean: Leave it to the ladies guys, they know best. Try not to control everything down to the last minute of your day because you’ll miss it and remember fun isn’t something you can plan so don’t try. And make sure you include confetti and lots of it.

photographer: Lara Hotz // event planning + stationery: The Bride // ceremony: Good Shepards Chapel Abbotsford Convent // reception: Pope Joan Melbourne, Australia // cake: Laura’s Cakes // florals: Pomp and Splendour // hair: Kylie O’toole and Simone Mozzarella // makeup: Kylie o’toole and Karon burton // gown: Jason Grech // bridesmaid dresses: Zimmermann and handmade by Linda Jane Doble // shoes: Zomp // groom’s suit: Raf Simmons // groomsmen: Jack London // engagement ring: vintage/antique // wedding bands: Black Finch, Klepners Melbourne

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Maleficent Wedding Inspiration

Maleficent inspiration

Did anyone catch Maleficent yet? We’re still dying to see it, and today’s stunning styled shoot only makes us want to see it more! The creatives behind this beauty (photographer Meg Sexton + the girls at The Petal Company) wanted the overall feel to be darker + more dramatic, to capture the vibe of the film. Their hope was to combine the two contrasting styles portrayed in the movie: dark versus light; Maleficent against Princess Aurora. With two brides and only one groom, who will prevail? Good? Or Evil?

The moody palette, decadent details, pretty dresses + ethereal florals, make this shoot a fun + unique form of wedding inspiration, especially perfect for fall + winter weddings!

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Maleficent plum bouquet

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


That crown! So fun.

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Maleficent inspiration

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Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent cakes

Maleficent inspired cake


We’re not sure which we love more: those dramatic cakes or the vintage hutch their set up on – a piece from Milk Glass Vintage Rentals‘ inventory. 

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Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


The Princess Aurora bouquet formula: coral peonies, pink queen protea, purple veronica, silver dollar eucalyptus, pink jasmine vine + orange parrot tulips.

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Maleficent inspiration

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And isn’t this Jinza lace gown the prettiest?

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Maleficent inspiration


SPOILER ALERT! In the end, Princess Aurora finds her happily ever after. :) Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for producing such a fun shoot based on Maleficent!

photography: Meg Sexton // venue: Castillo Hillside Shire Winery Morgan Hill, California // florals: The Petal Company // rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals // cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections // hair + makeup: Lisa Teller // paper goods: Paper Bloom Studio // jewelry: Haute Bride // wedding dress: Aurora dress by Jinza, Maleficent dress by Matthew Christopher

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The Honest Company now at Target

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I’m so excited to share the news that one of my favorite brands, The Honest Company, is now available at Target!

I’ve always been done my best to ensure that we choose safe and environmentally friendly products when possible. However, since becoming a mom last year, I’ve grown much more concerned about every detail of the cleaning + beauty products we use on and around our daughter….having a little one to care for sure makes you do your homework on daily products! As such, I was relieved when I discovered The Honest Company (co-founded by Jessica Alba) and learned of their commitment for the same issues I care about as a mom….I was hooked!

The Honest Company offers non-toxic, eco-friendly and beautiful products that are kind to the environment, our family and our wallet. A win-win-win! When I first discovered The Honest Company, the only downside was that their products weren’t carried in many stores, so finding and buying them wasn’t always easy. However, their new partnership with Target makes their great products much more accessible to discerning moms.

If you’re a mom and aren’t familiar with The Honest Company yet, getting to know them will be a pleasure. They seriously have the cutest diapers around! The great graphics caught my eye immediately….such a nice change of pace to see great design on diapers for a change! Plus they’re perfect for the summer months when your little ones aren’t bundled up, but you still want them to look super cute. :) The prints are updated each season, which makes diaper shopping more fun…almost like waiting for your fave designers new line to be unveiled each season. On my current love list are their cherry + chevron prints as seen below on Sienna…

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As a brand new mom, one of the things I discovered after Sienna was born was how little free time you have. I know everyone tells you (and it’s hard to believe), but it’s so true! With Sienna arriving 5 1/2 weeks early, I felt like we were always behind, since when you run your own business there is no such thing as maternity leave! :) The first few months Jason and I were both running on just a few hours sleep a night. Between jugging work and being a new mom (so much to learn!) there’s barely any time left for you to research the best products for your little one. It’s tough, because you want to make sure everything that comes into contact with your little one is the best for her, but it can take forever browsing through so many new product categories that you’ve never even considered buying before. Baby product research is a full time job….and so is being a new mom!

I soon discovered that once you can find a brand you can trust, it’s like meeting a new friend that you can trust. You no longer need to research each product to make sure it’s safe and/or healthy for them. That’s kind of how I felt about The Honest Company. Anything to help you save time is so appreciative and I knew once I did a little research on them, I could trust their products – plus some of them even make mundane things (like changing diapers!) that much more fun. Sienna loves them too….sometimes the rad designs trick her into playing with diapers like they’re toys too.

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As you already know, I’m a huge fan of great design + packaging. So, I had to include a few photos to show off the pretty packaging! (Thanks so much to Paige Jones for the photos below from an event at the Westwood Target planned by Cara of Cara Events this past week).

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I also wanted to share a few of The Honest Company products that I use on a daily basis – whether you are a mom or just looking for safe cleaning products or love great packaging – I’m a big fan of these six all found at Target …

Fave Products from Honest Company

1. Honest Diapers // 2. Honest Sunscreen // 3. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner // 4. Honest Hand Soap // 5. Honest Conditioning Detangler // 6. Honest Bar Soap

 

This post is sponsored by Target. The Honest Company has arrived at Target – introducing safe, effective & oh-so stylish products for you & your little one. Now at Target.

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