This steampunk themed bridal shoot was set up by Australian photographer Angelica Peady and Lea from Willow Tree Creative Services) in order to to showcase these fabulous gowns from Gallery Serpentine. The shoot was styled to complement the amazing venue they chose, the Lithgow State Mine Park – an old mining site in New South Wales.
“It is the story of a strong bride who is trying to navigate her own way to her wedding,” Angelica told me. “Her compass brakes and she is left to explore and find her way on her own. She has her british prototype WWII night vision goggles and her mason’s on acid amulet for protection, finally she finds her way to a steam train and made it to her wedding fashionably late.”
“Colin and I have been together for almost 7 years and thought it was about time that we tied the knot,” read the email I received from newlywed Amanda last week. “Unlike most women, I don’t think I ever really dreamed of what my wedding would be like so I didn’t really know where to start when it came to the planning. I’m a complete control freak and knew that I wanted to make and take part in creating as much for the wedding that I could so I started looking for inspiration on various websites and in books.”
“We knew that we wanted a few things for certain: a great photographer (or 2) to capture every grin, tear and laugh; a sweetie buffet; lots of handmade touches; fairy lights (and lots of them!); cupcakes; photo booth; a black and white wedding with splashes of colour; a hand fastening ceremony; confetti and sparklers.”
From these simple ideas they created the stunning wedding you see on these pages! “Colin was really eager to have a hand fastening ceremony and we both wanted to involve our family in the ceremony as much as possible,” continued the bride. “It was so important to us that we showed our love and appreciation for our family and this was the perfect way to not only add a splash of colour but it was also to show them exactly how much they mean to us.”
“I am lucky enough to have a small business called Hungry Designs and through this I have made a lot of wonderful creative friends. This made the task of making my wedding handmade and fun on a budget possible. My wedding dress (and the bridesmaid’s dresses) was created by the oh-so-talented Rebecca Cobbing from Rebecca Cobbing Couture. Rebecca is a truly spectacular designer who is also a dear friend. Rebecca and I discussed what dress I wanted in great detail and Rebecca came up with the design. It was out of this world and even included some of Rebecca’s trademark black matte satin material at the base of the dress. I really wanted the bridesmaid’s dresses to be black. I really see little point in having the two dresses designed for them to only be worn once – the intention was that Steph and Cat could wear the dresses again and again and not just at the wedding.”
“The origami flowers were all made by my very talented friend Gill from Catamation. Gill was so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted. She folded over 200 flowers for the wedding and these flowers were used for the bouquets, hair accessories and the table centres. The table settings and centers were a mix of colour, vintage and brightly painted candle sticks were dotted around in the middle of the tables and tea lights littered the tables with mood lighting. The napkins were folded into big white bows and the guests were given either a bag of hand sewn jelly beans or homemade strawberry lip balm – that was made by myself and Colin’s Aunty Jeannie.”
“Colin has a massive sweet tooth and I love to bake so we really wanted to have a sweetie buffet at the reception. We thought this would be the perfect setting for the colourful cupcakes and cutting cake. The cutting cake was rainbow sponge in the middle – perfecting tying the hand fastening ceremony into the reception. The cake topper was hand drawn by me and laser cut from wood and the cake bunting was found on Etsy. The paper bags were stamped with a rubber stamp that was especially carved for us by Kozue and the vintage cake server and forks were stamped with our wedding date and Just Married as well as Mr and Mrs – these were ordered from Wooden Hive.”
“Our wedding was relatively small – with only 48 guests attending both the ceremony and reception. This meant they all spent lots of time in the photo booth. This was a great last minute addition to the wedding and meant that not only were the guests able to busy themselves between meals but also meant that out guestbook was filled with hilarious photos from the booth. There is absolutely nothing that I would change about the wedding. Everything was perfect and the guests had a ball, when they weren’t on the dance floor they were in the photo booth or enjoying some sweets and wine. When looking back at the photos it really does bring back all of the feelings from the day. It was the best night of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
Stacey & John’s 1950’s inspired Melbourne wedding was held at The Gables Mansion. Their photographer Kim of Red Telegram told us all about it, “In discussion with Stacey & John they revealed that they wanted their wedding to feel as much like a wedding as a 1940′s/ 50′s style cocktail party, with guests arriving to the beautiful Gables in East Malvern on dusk for a night filled with love, laughter, tears (of joy), gypsy jazz and romance.”
“We felt as though we had been transported back in time, with Stacey evoking Doris Day, Julie Andrews, and Marlene Dietrich all rolled into one in her gorgeous Vintage Rose dress and John looking truly dashing in his Dom Bagnato suit, complete with cravat. The night and atmosphere seemed to us to have so many elements of vintage film, and so we tried hard to embrace not only the depth and the colour of this amazing property, but also the raw emotion and beauty of a simple but incredibly heartfelt ceremony. Not to mention capturing a crazy amount of fun (ok, so we did throw a bit of flash into the crazy booth photos).”
It was important to Lauren & Tim to make their wedding as vegan as possible. This is how they live their lives so they wanted this reflected in the biggest day of their lives.
The wedding was held at Mt Keira Scout Camp, “We chose this site as we are both scouts”, Lauren told me. “It is a beautiful scout camp and I would go camping there as a young scout and see people getting married there. Ever since I have wanted to get married there. Mt Keira scout camp is beautiful. It is located about half way up Mt Keira which looks out over Wollongong to the ocean. It has a lovely, mystical, bushy setting with lovely old buildings and a peaceful feel. Followed the ceremony they had a reception in Lauren’s parent’s back garden.
Lauren’s dress was custom made by Vanesa Evans and was made of vegetarian silk. “Vanesa was fantastic and helped me transform my ideas into reality,” the bride continued. “She was very accommodating and willing to make something different. She went above and beyond. Highly recommended. We had difficulty sourcing vegetarian (peace) silk and unfortunately ended up having to get it from USA which didn’t really fit our enviro friendly plan. At times it would have been easy to give up on peace silk but Vanesa encouraged me to continue.”
“The bodice of the dress is a corset with two lace up sections at the back and a row of gorgeous, small, green buttons up the center back. The skirt of the dress was made up of multiple layers of fabric (using two different types of vegetarian silk fabric). The top of the dress was hand beaded with green, purple and ivory beads, in a pattern which retro circle matched our invite design and also a pleat on the bridesmaid dresses. This segment is detachable so I could transform later in the night to wear my beautiful felt bolero and necklace.”
Tim wore a vegan suit designed and made by A.J. Machete and Sons on Etsy and Lauren designed the bridesmaid’s dresses herself. “They were fairly simple baby doll style dresses with different tops to suit each of the girls. The colours were a ‘royal’ purple and kelly green. Each dress had a pleat at the front set to the left with a paler version of the main dress colour with the design from our invites screen printed on it.”
“I would describe our wedding as a bit country barn ho-down, a bit backyard BBQ and a sprinkling of vintage,” newlywed Loretta. “We’ve always been a bit Rock n Roll. We met over a shared love of music and spent the first three years of our relationship going to gigs together. Our first date after our son was born was going to see Midlake at the Prince of Wales. Andy’s other true love is his Martin guitar. Our inspiration came from drives through the country, we always stop when we find a great old ramshackle barn and take photos. Some of our favourite gigs have been in places like Meeniyan at the old Town Hall. It’s in places like these that bucket loads of inspiration can be found. You mix pretty fabrics and detailing with rusty old sheds and and fields of grass and hay and it’s a match made in heaven.”
The whole wedding was a DIY effort from the couple, “Gosh, what didn’t we DIY?” Loretta continued. The best DIY bit for me was the beautiful hand dyed doily pom poms we made to hang from the tree. Our decorations we ordered from Etsy got lost in the mail. So at the last minute we spent days hand dying hundreds of paper doilies with coffee ad purple food colouring. We dried them all in front of the heater and then delicately scrunched them into a cone shape and attached them to each other at the base until they formed a big gorgeous ball. They looked incredible and were soooooo much nicer then the ones that went missing!”
Loretta wore a dress which she found in a little boutique that she just ‘popped into’ on the way to buy bread one morning! She explained, “One day I left Andy at home and went to get some bread and popped into a little boutique called Mars and Venus in Eltham where we live, just to have a squiz. And there was my perfect dress, on the sale rack, the only one. Simple and one shouldered, just like I wanted. Fit like a glove! And was marked down by about a squillion dollars. Forgot to buy bread but went home with a dress!”
“Your blog inspired me to reach for the stars,” wrote newlywed Katherine. “We began our seven month wedding planning journey with no theme and no colours…I did not want to be restricted. We choose wedding elements that we loved…not because they matched or fit a certain criteria and let it come together organically. I love everything whimsical…so it was a natural progression for our wedding to have whimsical elements.”
The ceremony was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and the couple rocked up in a blue Cadillac belonging to their friends. “Afterwards, 40 of our family and friends boarded a boat for a twilight cruise on the Brisbane river…it was magical! We chartered a 2 level boat; with an open top deck and enclosed area downstairs where we had a buffet dinner & desert. We walked around with no shoes on, mingled, ate, drank and had a good time! It was so nice & relaxing with just our family and closest friends.”
The bride even wore Rock n Roll Bride favourites Vivien of Holloway (dress) and Irregular Choice (shoes). “I didn’t want a big, puffy, long wedding dress. I had no specific look in mind. however, knew I did not want a traditional wedding dress. I first choose my shoes which were bright blue with polka dots & bunny rabbits…all things I heart so much!! Marc then chose my beautiful dress which I then took to my dressmaker to have a bright blue sash and big bow added! I also added a whimsical giant butterfly ring. I never felt the need to wear two rings…the engagement ring and the wedding ring. I told Marc I did not want the traditional diamond…I wanted something pretty and something different. I have always had a love of dark blue (almost black) sapphires, so when Marc got down on one knee and presented the most beautiful sapphire ring to me, it literally took my breath away.”
“I didn’t want a function room. I didn’t want to do a seating plan! I didn’t want speeches. I didn’t want favors! I didn’t want all the formalities…because it’s just not us! I didn’t want what anyone else had. I wanted our day to reflect us and not some idea of what a wedding ‘should’ or ‘has to’ look like. Our big day came to be known as ‘the non-wedding wedding’!”
“I think back to our day and it makes me smile!”
…and isn’t that what it’s all about people?