Romantic 'Rustic Luxe' Wedding Inspiration at Historic Rivermill in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia

It was a real privilege to be part of a wonderful team, led by lovely Marisha from Magnolia Studios, that created a simply stunning wedding styled shoot at the Historic Rivermill, Gold Coast Hinterland. More about the concept and team below but first: a huge thank you to Marisha for warmly welcoming us onto the team. Your perfect styling (highly recommended by us!) made our role incredibly easy. Secondly, it was such a delight to work with all the team members; everyone proved indispensable. Finally, we must say: it really is the little things that count. Thank you, Marisha, for providing turtle food for our little one to keep her occupied while I (Em) was busy shooting. Our little Chloe still talks about that lovely experience! :)

Marisha was responsible for the concept, planning & styling for this shoot. In her own words, she details the concept:

"The stunning and rustic setting of the Historic Rivermill at Mt Nathan provided the inspiration for our shoot. Such a stunning location with endless photo opportunities, natural beauty and history. I really wanted to complement and feature those natural rustic elements while creating a very relaxed and real vibe for the shoot.

The romantic 'rustic luxe' style was specifically chosen for the barn location, taking inspiration from the historical elements of the building and translating that into modern wedding styling. The authentic features of the 100 year old barn, a part of the original Rivermill operation, and the depth of lighting created a dramatic setting for the reception styling, featuring a mixture of ivory, lush greens and rich dark hues of plum and huckleberry.

The gorgeous flowing river and jetty provided a breathtaking backdrop for 'couple' and ceremony shots, as did the extensive grounds with the Mt. Tamborine hinterland beyond. No styling necessary there!

The upper lawn provided a great location for some fun relaxing shots of our gorgeous real-life couple, complete with drinks cart for champagne and whiskey and, of course, the stunning ruffled cake."

In terms of the team itself, Marisha stated:

“Working together with our team of fabulous wedding professionals was fantastic. Emily, from Poppy and Sage Photography, was amazing, providing unwavering support from the start and followed up with these stunning images. Leesha, from Little Green Leaf, absolutely nailed the concept and colour palette with her gorgeous stationary design, as did Imogen from Wild Lotus XXX with her simply stunning bouquet and feature florals.

The perfectly fitted figure-hugging dress for our bride by Holly Rose Couture was complemented by a fabulous suit from Urbbana for our groom. The gorgeous anemone flowers featured in the bouquet looked perfect sitting on the eclectic furniture provided by Brisbane Furniture. And what can I say about that amazing cake by Diana at The Sweet Society Co.

The team present on the day of the shoot created such a fun, relaxed and collaborative atmosphere for the entire shoot. Sarah, from Perfectly Beautiful Makeup, created Jess's flawless makeup and hair styling in amongst the hustle and bustle of the setup and styling of the barn, while Peter from Visual Reality was everywhere capturing every moment for our video. His fantastic rapport with our lovely model couple, Jess and Ben, helped them to relax on camera and enjoy the day with lots of laughs for the whole team throughout the afternoon.”

P.S. Finally, we want to make special mention of Peter from Visual Reality. Peter was a gentleman to work alongside and exhibited a very respectful videographer/photographer collaborative attitude to the shoot. As photographers who work alongside a spectrum of videographers (pretty sure a lot of them would have stories about photographers, too!), we can highly recommend both Peter and his professional work.

Concept, planning & (beautiful) styling: @magnolia.studios
Venue: @historicrivermill
Photographer: @poppyandsagephotography
Videographer: @visualrealityproductions
Florist: @flowersby_wildlotusflorist
Cake Designer: @thesweetsocietyco
Hair & Makeup: @perfectlybeautifulmakeup
Bridal Designer: @hollyrosecouture
Suits: @urbbana
Stationary & Signage: @littlegreenleaf_aus
Furniture: @brisbanefurniture
Models: @jessicalala & Ben 💕