Creating this dreamy Palm Springs-inspired concept involved vibrant colour, modern boho vibes, a darling retro space at The Longueville Hotel, and, of course, a rockstar team of Sydney vendors. As for the aesthetic, it was as sharp and edgy as a cactus! Photography and creative direction was led by Gillian Keough, who had this to say, “In this alternative world Harry and Taylor had a beautiful and intimate elopement in a cactus garden before heading across to their favourite spot for a margarita where their nearest and dearest arrived to celebrate with a boozy, long lunch. It was incredible to pull together such a fun photoshoot with so many talented female business owners.” Strap in to hear how it all came together from the team who made the magic…

“I had been obsessing over the Palm Springs vibe for some time. I originally loved the idea of using a retro motel with a funky pool,  neon lights, colourful veil and bridal boots – however, the shoot shifted a little once we found a great location in Longueville Hotel (honestly perfect for lovers looking to have a micro wedding!), shares Gillian. “The location provided us with a lot of inspiration around the colours for the shoot, including florals, makeup and accessories. The shoot was split into two parts, half the time at Longueville Hotel in Lane Cove and then across to the succulent garden in the Botanic Gardens of Sydney.”

“Quirky, bright, playful and structured” was the vibe for the incredible florals on the day, says Sydney-based floral designer Natalie, who was in charge of blooms. “The bouquet was inspired by the shapes and colours of the cactus.”

Freelance fashion stylist Dianne of Petite Revolution was in charge of picking the wedding ‘fits for the shoot – we adore the bride’s structured jacket dress! “The vision for the shoot was influenced by the nostalgia of young love in the summer. We wanted the fashion to be chic and playful, reflecting the carefree optimism of youth, the spontaneity of romance and the wonder of summertime.”

This vivacious bunch of makeup artists and hair stylists pulled off an “effortless, fun up-do to compliment the dress” for this shoot. And we think it suited the aesthetic to an absolute tee.

“The make-up for this shoot featured glowy skin, blushing cheeks, neutral-toned eyes and a statement lip,” shares Kate. “I wanted to create a timeless look that also incorporated a pop of colour to compliment the bride’s fun and bright flower bouquet.”

The styled shoot sure didn’t skimp on the details and we adore the on-trend stationery they incorporated on the day, especially that impressive illustrated bar menu. “The vibe was very retro-inspired, so we decided to bring the FUN to our menus and signage by using vibrant colours and the very on-trend wave cutline to compliment the floral styling and decor seamlessly.”

Now with all that in mind, start pinning people! Time to whip that wedding planner out to make notes and be sure to scroll all the way down to be treated to a handy list of the talented humans involved. You can also hit up our directory for only the best vendors around.

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer & Creative Director Gillian Keough Photography Florist Pansy Fleur Stylist Petite Revolution Hair The Pretty Parlour Makeup Katie Michaelis Stationery Ad Events Design Venue Longueville Hotel, Botanic Gardens of Sydney BRIDE Dresses Cue, ASOS Shoes Billini Sunglasses Cotton On  GROOM Zara