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We’ve been joking here in the HM office for years we should do a dogs of weddings blog post. Why? No particular reason really except for the fact we think dogs at weddings is really bloody awesome!

Take the wedding on Renni and Scott for example (pictured above and directly below and first featured in issue 17) who’s rescue dog Ralph was by there side the entire day. As Renni puts it he is “the glue in their relationship” and they couldn’t imagine their day with out him.

Animals are such important members of any given family it’s easy to see why they are included in so many wedding days (provided of course the animal is never put in an unsafe environment). Below you’ll see pups of all shapes and sizes enjoying the day with their humans they love the most!

Want to see a beach side elopement that was positively gate crashed by some seriously cute puppy? Click here to read all about Brooke and James’s day with photos by one of our fave Queensland lens ladies, the lovely Stories By Ash.

On the hunt for more inspiration? Shop issue 18, on sale now and stocked in newsagents nationally over on our online store – and postage is on us!

CREDITS Photos (from top to bottom) Trent and Jessie Photographers, Dean Snushall, Aaron Shum, Lover Of MineKelly Judd Photography, Kama Catch Me, I Got You Babe Weddings, Daniel Milligan, Stories By AshChristian Marc Photography, Justin Aaron Weddings and Sarah Hearts Photography.

Read more here:DOGS OF WEDDINGS

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After 12 years together already, Jay and Raks were well-aware that marriage wasn’t going to change much and, instead, was going to be their final declaration of commitment to one another and (of course) throw one heck of a party. Both originally from Auckland, New Zealand, this duo set out to create a “Melbourne experience” for all their guests. (Jay and Raks wedding was first featured in our issue 17).

“The majority of our guests were travelling from all over the world, so Raks and I really wanted to find a venue that showcased how we liked to live in Melbourne. We wanted them to experience what Melbourne meant to us and why we love it so much here so we narrowed down our venues to rooftops, gardens and warehouses,” says the couple, who stumbled Laurens Hall and instantly fell in love.

“We thought it was perfect. The large open space, high ceilings , timber stacks and various racks full of objects all created a unique space that we knew everyone would love. So many of Melbourne’s gems are found in storage locations inside a converted warehouse. Our wedding venue had an industrial feel which we based our styling around. We used natural materials such as metal, concrete and timber for decorations and just let the sheer beauty of Lauren’s hall be the main feature. That venue has so much going on without needing to ‘dress’ it up too much,” they tell us, adding that their favourite detail from the day was a surprise they’d planned for their loved ones.

“We decided not to do wedding favours for our guests. Raks and I have been to numerous weddings where the favours have been left at the end of the night. Instead of this we opted to have a whiskey bar and espresso martinis for everyone to enjoy on the night. We revealed them for everyone after we cut the cake. No one expected it and the look on everyone’s face as we opened the sliding doors was priceless.”

Admitting they were very selective when choosing their vendors, these newlyweds put together a real A-Team of suppliers like Jai of Free the Bird Weddings and Blakes Feast. “Each of our vendors had to reflect us as a couple. In this process we did axe a few as we just didn’t get along. The more relaxed the vendor is the less stressed the marrying couple are. Each of them made our lives easy and the day was a breeze. There was nothing too big or small and there was never we cannot do that.”

Another standout, Jay confirms was Rocky of Glasshaus– a Melbourne based florist who undoubtedly had the bride’s back. “Rocky was great from the start. She understood our budget and worked with us to create what we wanted within our range. My bridesmaids forgot their bouquets in the excitement of leaving our house. Luckily we were heading to Glasshaus for some sneaky snaps and to pick up my bridal bouquet so Rocky and her amazing team quickly whipped up two more.”

CREDITS Photographer Jai Long Free the Bird // Florist Rocky at Glasshaus // Printer Paper Point and Print on Wood // Ceremony and Reception Venue Laurens Hall // Catering Blakes Feast // Cake Bills Farm // Prop and Furniture Hire Danns Event Hire Co. // Entertainment Melbourne Ultimate Mobile DJ’s / Celebrant Sally Hayes // Bride and Groom’s Wedding Bands Uniform Black // Bridal Gown Designer Rachel Gilbert // Hair Piece Amber Sceats // Lingerie ASOS // Shoes Sportsgirl // Hair UVA Salon // Makeup Meggie Mapper Makeup // Bridesmaid Dress Shona Joy // Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits Paul Smith // Tie OTAA // Shoes Bared Shoes // Socks Happy Socks // Barber Beefs Barbers.

Read more here:JAY + RAKS

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We love a good DIY family affair here at Hello May and that’s exactly what Natalie and Martin’s day was all about. Held on the family farm the morning of the wedding a huge tree fell down and nearly took out their entire reception set up but Natalie says “luckily my dad was on hand with the tractor and was able to move it without anyone knowing any different. He also thankfully didn’t tell me this until the next day which was very wise”

But it wasn’t just Nat’s Dad who lent a helping hand as she goes on to explain “the entire week before my parents, bridesmaids and I were running around like mad chooks trying to get everything set up and looking perfect. While we were doing this Martin was still putting the finishing touches on the cars” which he restored himself in time for their special day which was photographed by Queensland faves Trent and Jessie Photographers.

Speaking of Nat and Martin can not speak highly enough of their choice of photographer, recalling the weather that day Natalie explains “They managed to make the chaos work for us and our photos and weren’t afraid to get a little wet. It’s really the small things that you notice that allow things to run smoother on the day.” We couldn’t agree more hiring awesome vendors like Trent and Jessie and Caterers Bluebird Kitchen makes all of the difference.

To see more from Trent and Jessie click here and here. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with their beautiful work just like Nat and Martin! You’ll also find their handy work in our third annual Real Wedding Special, available for purchase via our online store. Happy shopping!

THE VENDORS Photographer Trent & Jessie // Stationery Home made // Printer Vistaprint // Ceremony River-Run Gardens // Reception Private property Catering Bluebird Kitchen Warwick // Cake Whipped up // Hire items Tooowoomba Party Hire // Entertainment Dave Elwood // Priest Father Jamie Collins // Engagement ring Antique // Wedding bands Warwick Jewellers THE BRIDE // Bridal gown Judy Copley Couture  // Veil Madame Tulle // Robes Homebodii // Shoes Tony Bianco // Accessories Lovisa // Makeup Serena Wyllie Make Up Bridesmaid dresses ASOS  THE GROOM Suit ASOS.


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