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A DIY & Foodie Wedding: Kathryn & James

Kathryn & James’ wedding is one of those beautiful events that just prove to me that the details, the fluff and the stresses of making your wedding ‘cool’ just don’t matter. Simple personal touches, friends, family, laughter and love are what make the world go round – why should it be any different for wedding?

I fell in love with this couple as soon as I saw the first photo in their wedding set. The love that oozes from these two is palpable and I’m seriously honoured and thrilled to share that love with you all today.

The wedding day started with the couple and their family’s having a homemade breakfast together. They were then married at Biota Dining Bowral. “We knew walking into Biota Dining Bowral that we had found the place for us,” Kathryn told me. “Finding the venue for us was actually the hardest job. James didn’t want average food and wine as he is a massive foodie and we wanted the place to look good. After a few weekends of visiting venues, he pulled out a gourmet traveller magazine and said why don’t we contact this place. By that afternoon they had emailed through the most amazing package and we went down the next weekend and were totally in love. It meant we could have the ceremony and reception in the one venue. We could do canapés and drinks straight after and because we did the first-look photos we could eat and drink and socialise with everyone. We had the MOST fantastic 2 course meal and then when the band was up and playing there were roving desserts! Mollie and the Chef James Viles and the staff were seriously incredible.”

Kathryn wore a bridesmaid’s dress by Bari Jay which she found at Jean Fox in Parramatta. “My sister found it in the bridesmaid room on the sale rack! When I tried it on we started crying (could have been from exhaustion because I hadn’t pencilled in a lunch break on the dress shopping day). So, one day shopping and I had the dress! And under budget. I had a couple of reservations as the wedding drew closer that I didn’t have the big gown, but with reassurance from James, my sister and Mum that it suited me and the venue perfectly I put it out of my mind. And I was so happy.”

The venue didn’t need much decorating, but they did do all the flowers themselves. They bought the blooms from Sydney Flower Markets the day before the wedding! “We did a trial run 6 weeks before with a lovely lady that my sister works with,” Kathryn explained. “James and I picked up the flowers and made our way over. It was fun morning with bubbles and stories. It was exciting that for $50 we had 12 ‘trial’ bouquets. From that we decided on a rough idea of what we would like. The day before the wedding, we got up at 4.15am and made our way to the flower markets. It.was.stressful. It was raining and dark. James jumped out of the car to start shopping and I drove around with the crazy fork lift guys zooming around.”

“On Friday when we got to where we were staying one of the groomsmen made us a couple of cocktails and we got to work. It will be one of my best memories of the girls who said they weren’t confident enough to help, proudly making their own bouquets! A girlfriend of one of the groomsmen discovered a new talent and made all the beautiful buttonholes. The rest of the flowers we ‘creatively’ jammed into the different jars I collected. In the end I think we had bought twice as much as we needed. Included was kale (was also used in the menu) lavender, roses, dusty miller, berries, mountain moss and trix.”

Kathryn collected all the jam jars and bottles for the flowers herself. She continues, “We also had tealight candles on the tables. On our present/cake table was a little house we had bought the day before with some candles inside as we had asked people as a gift for money towards our house deposit. James made a thank you sign and also on the table was an Indian saying that James had found while looking for inspiration for our vows. Around the room were other frames with illustrations that James had done to incorporate with our stationery. James’ Dad also knocked up the Rock n Roll sign from old fence palings. I had bought the hearts off eBay and the boys tied them around the tree. Actually that’s where the ceremony was supposed to be held, but due to the rain during the week and that morning we moved it outside. It stopped raining at about 11.30 that morning so it was glorious sunshine by the time the wedding rolled around.”

“We wanted the day to be a representation of us, but taking on board some advice that was given to us, we asked our parents if there was anything in particular they wanted to see”, Kathryn concluded. “We thought of our top 3 ‘wants’ – good food, wine and photos and started planning from there. Whenever we were tempted or worried we hadn’t ‘included’ something we reminded ourselves of those 3 things. The other thing we did was try and keep things simple. I also tried to make my emails and conversations with the suppliers very conversational and not from a crazy stressed out bride which I think helped things go smoothly. A sense of humour can go a long way. Especially, I think, in this wedding business.”

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A Quirky & Colourful Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wedding: Lucy & Kevin

A colourful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed wedding was the main inspiration for Lucy & Kevin’s Australian wedding. They wanted their wedding to be fun, quirky and playful.

The bride loves colour so instead of a traditional white wedding dress she went for a vibrant black & yellow number which she had custom made. She added even more fun to her ensemble with her brooch and button bouquet made by Lillybuds. Even the groom and his groomsmen joined in on the action with their ‘wonderland’ inspired buttonholes – each had one made with a different character from the book on it.

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A Fun Fair & Carnival Themed Wedding: Julie & Jaques

I’ve known about Julie & Jaques’ wedding for a long time because the bride’s sister and maid of honour is one of my best friends, wedding photographer Shell de Mar! I’ve been hearing all the exciting details of the wedding plans for so long and now I’m thrilled to not only see the results but to share them with you guys too.

The wedding took place in Melbourne. The ceremony was held on the rooftop of the Arcadia Hotel and the quirky and cute reception was at Garage Cafe, Carlton.

“We started with a simple ceremony, focusing on just us and our love toward each other. In fact, we love ‘us’ so much that we had our faces everywhere in the crowd, as part of the ceremony program,” Julie laughed. “We decided on a fun fair theme for our reception from quite early on. Before we planned on anything else, we knew we wanted something über fun. And nothing screams fun like a fun fair! So we turned Garage Cafe into a carnival and we were the hosts!”

The couple put a lot of work into their wedding details with personal touches and fun treats for their guests at every opportunity! “We had a candy bar buffet with take-home lolly jars, cupcakes with a big top as the top cake, big tops as table centrepieces and a seating plan and festoon lights and bunting. An ice cream van arrived during dessert time with music on.”

“We also had a photobooth with silly props. Supposedly we are both quite vain (!) so the very first thing that we booked and paid for was the photo booth! We chose In The Booth as our supplier and it was the perfect choice! Our guests had heaps of fun taking silly pictures with fun props. It was definitely one of the highlights for many of our lovely guests.”

DIY and crafts a-plenty was also the name of this wedding planning game, with the bride, groom and their friends and family getting stuck in to create as much as possible themselves. “We did pretty much everything ourselves, with the help of a multitude of friends,” Julie continued. “I designed most things from name tags to bunting patterns to invitations but Jaques came out with awesome ideas once in a while, such as the photo program fan. Many of my girl friends helped fold origami hearts out of colourful wedding magazines donated from previous brides. Jaques and the boys set up festoon lights and other decorations few days before the big day.”

“We wanted to throw an awesome party to celebrate our big day with the awesomest people in our lives,” the bride concluded when I asked about their wedding theme and inspiration. “It was really as simple as that. We love the fact that every wedding is unique, and so we tried our best to show who we are through our own wedding. This meant a fun filled day with heaps of things to keep everyone entertained.”

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A Breathtaking Australian Wedding & A Bride Who Wore Black: Amber & Gary

You know when an image just stops you dead in your tracks? An image that you can’t help but pause for a few seconds and go ‘wow’. Well that pretty much happened to me with every single photograph of Amber & Gary’s wedding. Wedding photographer Samm Blake is quite simply phenomenal.

See? I bet you whispered ‘wow’ too didn’t you?

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“Our other inspirations came from our love of France, and we linked many french elements in to the day to reflect on the trip where we got engaged,” she continued. “The stationery, which we designed and made ourselves, used french design elements, the tables were named after locations we visited in Paris and the bonbonniere were Calissons (a french sweet made predominantly of almond meal) that we enjoyed on our trip – acquiring these was a little tricky as the French suppliers weren’t so good at communicating in English, and our French isn’t fantastic but it was worth it!”

“The wedding was elegant and romantic,” concluded the bride, “with lots of soft pinks and whites, flowers, and candles (lots of tealights on the tables and hung from the ceiling of the restaurant). It was very intimate, with only 50 of our closest friends and family. As we’re both into good food and wine, our venue was of huge importance! Vasse Felix was a beautiful setting that didn’t need a lot of decoration, and the slightly rustic look only enhanced the theme”

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A Heritage & Handmade Australian Wedding: Janelle & Liam

For their December wedding, Janelle & Liam wanted an aspect of heritage and an element of the handmade. They chose Eryldene Historic House and Garden in Gordon (Sydney, Australia) as the place to host their celebration. “Most of our wedding was handmade – assembled and painted by bridal party,” the couple explained.

“We made our own vintage fabric bunting and table cloths as well as hand made fabric napkins. We sourced over 100 vintage plates from op shops and collected jam jars from family and friends. For favours we had home made seed pouches and home made orange flavoured lolly pops. The seating chart was a window from an old home in Epping and some fence posts. We wrote on the window panes so people knew where to sit.”

Janelle wore a silk crêpe de Chine dress, hand dyed in tea leaves, which was designed and made by her sister, Louise Welling. Her baby’s breath flower head garland was put together by her Mother.

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An Indie Engagement: Karn & Poey

Originally from Bangkok, Thailand Karn & Poey both moved to Brisbane, Australia to study. They followed each other over and during one of their travels to Melbourne, Karn popped the question. This hip and quirky engagement shoot is such a perfect depiction of them as a couple. I love it!

“We met them at a local indie market where we had an instant photo booth stall and they decided they’d love to celebrate their engagement with photos” photographers Seth & Tenielle of Feather and Stone Photography told me. “All the styling was completely their own, their own personal style shone through completely. They are two of the sweetest people we’ve worked with!! We LOVE when couples individual styles really come through the photos.”

The session was shot 100% on film as opposed to a digital. “We moved back to shooting film 6 months ago and this was one of our 1st all film sessions”, Tenielle continued. “We’re loving it, there’s such an organic, raw softness feel to film. We’ve stuck to it since.”

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