Friday February 17 2012.


Today’s ravishing wedding comes all the way from the other side of the world, Maleny in Australia to be precise (*waves* to my Australian readers) captured on camera by globetrotting photojournalist Hajley Petein.  Sunny couple Mick and Jules filled their Australian garden Wedding day with nothing but Love – from family and friends as well as giant letters and small hidden notes.  This was a beautiful garden affair with theme fitting boxes of herbs and antique touches of lace.

australian garden wedding

Jules found her dream wedding dress at Valentine Bride in Toowoomba, it was a Theodore Lee dress designed by Jacqueline Zhang.  To suit the Australian garden Wedding setting, Jules wanted a tea length dress and worked with the designer to adjust the length and add some handmade flowers, turning the dress into something quite unique.

wedding dress flower sash

Brides finding the perfect wedding dress can be exhausting but if you are prepared you can make the search a lot easier.  Your first bridal boutique visit should be about trying on as many different styles as possible – halterneck, strapless, bias cut, princess, I could go on – ignore the fabrics, detailing etc and just look at the fit on your body.  Working out a style that suits your body shape first will make life a lot easier.  “I decided from the start that I could have looked at a million different places for a dress but in the end I most likely would have been completely confused by all the choices. Instead I made it easy on myself by sticking with the one place from the start. And Jacqueline was great in helping me create my vision.

australian garden wedding

Bride Jules has dubbed her choice of hair accessory a ‘hatinator’ (which I’ll be adopting in future) and it was a labour of love.  Finding the hat in Australian department store Myer, Jules along with her talented assistant … her mother, added flowers and feathers for extra wow factor.

bride hat

I am lusting after Jules’ blush tone, sparkle bow platforms – no wonder the bride chose a tea length dress with these dazzlers on her feet!

flesh colour sparkle heels


Bride Jules was adamant that her sister find a bridesmaid that she really adored and gave her pretty much free reign in style and colour choice.  Bijou brides it is a great idea to let your bridesmaids find their dresses (within reason), not only will they feel comfortable on the day and therefore relaxed in the photos but it also saves you time for all the other wedding planning!  My style sisters you’ll appreciate Jules’ wise words “From my previous experience of being a bridesmaid, a few times now, is that I couldn’t really wear the frock again and being a lover of fashion and frocks it makes me sad to see these garments gather dust in my wardrobe.

Mick and Jules Australian garden Wedding was also heavily populated with flower girls and page boys, the angelic Ally, Milla, Riley, Sage, Finn, Lileana, Violette and finally Alexsander.  The girls were dressed in simple white dresses with shoestring straps and the boys in grey suits.  And don’t they all just look darling, photographer Hajley has really captured childhood magic with these stunning shots.

flower girl page boy

I particularly love the flower girls straw hats which remind me so much of the ‘The Secret Garden’.  A beautiful alternative to flowers or headbands.

flower girl hat


Just like any dog owner the Cosgroves LOVE their dog Royal (cool name huh), she is a member of their family and they wanted her to be part of the big day.  I did not have my dogs at the time of my wedding but if I was to marry now I would definitely include them in some way or another.  I was curious as to the logistics of having your pet pooch at the Wedding, so asked bride Jules to share her experience with the Bijou readers.  There is some great advice and guidance below but if you have any other top tips please do leave a comment.

dog bridesmaid

1. Have someone to look after your dog to ensure that they are looked after once the ceremony has finished.  You don’t want to worry about the safety of your cherished animal after such an event.  As we were in an open garden there was plenty of opportunity to escape.

2. Have a suitable location to house your dog  – It had been raining prior to the event keeping her clean was somewhat of a challenge.  Ensure you have a place at your venue where she can be contained – away from the elements.

3. A dog is a dog! – Be calm and cool with the prospect of your dog not completely behaving throughout the ceremony.  Royal barked a couple of times and wanted to sniff around and check everything out.  Part of their nature!  If you want to have your dog at your ceremony it is most likely going to be a more relaxed easy going environment.

4. Styling the dog – She was definitely going to have a lead so my mum created a themed collar and lead that attached to her everyday collar.

bride and her dog

Over to the beautiful Mrs Cosgrove “The day is all about you and your husband.  Ensure you make it everything you want it to be!  Don’t be concerned with what people will think if you want to do something that is not the norm – Just do it!!  If it means something to you both that’s all that counts and it’ll probably be the thing that everyone raves about!  And remember to have a bucket load of fun – it’ll be the biggest party you’ve ever organised so make sure you have a completely brilliant time!

Congratulations Cosgroves, I wish you a married life full of nothing but smiles and weightless love. x

bride and groom love sign

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