Real Wedding: Thomas and Joanne


We love a good surprise wedding at Just as Planned and the surprise wedding of Thomas and Joanne is no exception.

Thomas and Joanne have been together for 10 years and wanted to do something a little different for their wedding, so their chose to surprise their guests!

Guests arrived to their house expecting an engagement party and were floored when they found it was to be their surprise wedding.

The theme was garden party, with lots of florals, food and drinks flowing. Take a look at these stunning photos

Thomas and Joanne

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Dress: Raffinato Bridal Flowers: Moss and Fern Photographer: Alana Blowfield Shoes: Etsy Jewellery: Etsy Bridesmaid Dress: Review Men’s Suits: Connor

Uncovered… 5 Alternative Men’s Wedding Ring Styles


Searching for something new for your man?  We have uncovered 5 Alternate Men’s Wedding Ring Styles by guest blogger “Lord Coconut”.  These rings are modern and unique.  Which one would you choose? 

Choosing a modern wedding ring can be a difficult task. Where can you go to see a large range of styles? How much do you have to spend? Do you want something made locally or an imported ring? What metal should the ring be made from? Are you a traditionalist or do you want something a little more modern? What will your bride allow you to wear? There are no easy answers but we hope that this small selection of rings, all handmade in Australia by local jewellers, designers and artisans, will give you a bit of confidence when purchasing your wedding ring.

The owner of men’s jewellery store Lord Coconut says “Modern grooms increasingly want a wedding ring which is made locally. They want a ring which reflects their individuality. Something bespoke. Gone are the days when a groom is happy with the standard yellow gold wedding band from the high street”.  Boldiston goes on to say “Although gold is still the norm, many rings are purchased in white or rose gold. There is also a growing trend towards sterling silver wedding rings. This is often the case when someone is on a budget but wants a ring which is handmade in Australia”.

  1. The Pirate wedding ring by Dat Van is hand carved in wax before being cast in sterling silver -$390

VAD002, dat van, pirate wedding ring in sterling silver

  1. The String ring by a.l.i.Alexander is formed from one piece of string dipped in wax and curled around the jewellers finger before being cast in 9ct white gold – $1045

ALA046a, ali alexander, string wedding ring in white gold

  1. The Plain Twist ring by Petr Hanzak combines two twisted 9ct yellow gold bands symbolising the joining of two individuals as one and surrounds them in silver symbolising the support of family and friends – $640

HAP017c, petr hanzak, plain twist wedding ring in sterling slver and 9ct yellow gold

  1. The Flange ring by David Parker begins with a traditional band of 9ct white gold and then surrounds it with titanium symbolising the modernity of everyday life – $970

DAP030a, david parker, insert wedding band in titanium and 9ct white gold

  1. The Square ring by a.l.i.Alexander is a new take on the traditional wedding band. Sculpted in wax before casting in 9ct gold, there’s nothing square about this groom – $880

ALA048, ali alexander, square wedding ring in rose gold

All rings available online or in-store at Lord Coconut.

Until next time,

Happy Planning Everyone