Megan & Henry wanted their wedding to embrace the beauty of Australia and to be a mixture of glamour and the ‘make, mend and do’ styling of the 30’s & 40’s. The wedding was held in the Officer’s Mess at The Gap Bluff Centre, Sydney.
“The simple yet elegant characteristic of the art deco building in Watsons Bay National Park felt like the perfect place for us to celebrate our wedding with an intimate group of family and friends,” Megan wrote. “Surrounded by a bush setting and overlooking Sydney Harbour, our guests joined us on a glorious Winter’s day for a relaxed pre-ceremony gluhwein (mulled wine), and continued the celebrations into the night, dancing to the lively jazz tunes of the Red Hot Papas.”
“Not a lot of decorating was needed inside the art deco Officer’s Mess, so a few home-made or vintage items, and the large floral arrangements and cake, were enough to add colour to the white furniture – set up for an informal cocktail celebration. The flowers chosen for the bouquets and cake topper were all native, and the groom and groomsmen wore a succulent on their lapel.”
“We weren’t tied to the conventions of many marriages,” she continued. “We took the reigns early and really enjoyed coming up with our color, texture and typography pallets. We were also celebrating our wedding on our ten year anniversary, so were pretty well established in knowing what was going to best represent the both of our styles, as a couple.”
“Our first inspirations were of mashing Dead Wood with The Great Gatsby…dusty sepia flapper dancing with lawn boules and croquet … things became more realistic as we fine-tuned the details and ended up with mulled wine on the lawn and a banjo and double-bass player in the band to help us satisfy the fundamentals of our original vision.”
The bride wore a gown by Oanh Ma Couture with Camper shoes. The groom made their beautiful stationery.
The garden wedding of Emma & Nigel was held at the groom’s parents house in Brisbane.
Emma explained, “The wedding was a mammoth team effort for about a week before the big day with people flying in from all over the place, gardening, weeding, cooking, shaving, marking and reporting (I’m a teacher getting married the day after the school term finished!) Somehow I still managed to sneak in a quiet moment with my bridesmaids to watch Dirty Dancing the night before and eat copious amounts of fish and chips and marshmallows.”
“We began doing things the conventional way, keeping things under wraps until we had things booked in and then we went and told the parents and families,” the bride continued. “In my quest to do things conventionally I endured a Wedding Expo. I took one of my bridesmaids along and was ignored by so many of the exhibitors there that I began to feel like I obviously didn’t scream ‘bride’ to them. After this experience, I felt like utter crap, until I realised that I didn’t like what they were selling anyway, and that my opinion of them was probably written all over my face.”
“Basically so I didn’t have to go alone to more dress shops and be ignored because I wasn’t with an entourage of giggling women or a mum, I turned to the blogosphere and up popped Rock n Roll Bride. At first I was blown away by the colour featured in these weddings because in the past they always seemed to restrictive in their colour choices – leaving the guests to look like stuck out buck teeth on the palate of the ‘wedding’, but because finally I realised it was okay for our personalities to shine through and dictate what we wanted.”
“We wanted a more egalitarian approach, and because our friends and families are so spread out between different towns and countries, we wanted them to meet and blend. This meant no organised seating chart (you don’t like that person, just move!), no cutting of a cake and we played yard games straight after the ceremony. It was our aim for everyone to have a drink in hand and be out and about in the garden. We wanted to avoid the really awkward wait between ceremony and reception, so made food and drinks available ASAP and a place for people to sit if they wanted.”
Oh I do love to feature the odd fuss-free elopement on Rock n Roll Bride. Planning a wedding can be so damn stressful that it’s just so nice to see people who say ‘screw that!’ and go and do their own thing.
Heather & Yeo met on Facebook while they were both living 100 miles apart in the UK. After finally meeting in ‘real life’, and then after just a couple of months, Yeo told Heather he’d been offered a job in Sydney and asked would she go with him. She didn’t think twice and bought a one-way ticket right away!
After just 5 months of planning the couple were wed at the New South Wales Registry Office, Sydney. “The aim was to have a simple and easy wedding,” Heather told me. “It was a great day and I don’t think I would of changed anything about it. Our ceremony was to start at 11:30am and it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day – just what I wanted! We had invited witnesses only as both sides of our immediate family couldn’t attend. So in the end we had 3 other adults, three kids and the photographers in the room. The actual ceremony went very fast and I had the giggles when it came to saying my vows – I think it must of been the only nervous bit throughout the whole day.”
After the ceremony, the couple and their photographer Rachael Muller went off for a portrait session at some of their favourite locations around the city. “At one point someone drove past playing Glee’s version of Bruno Mars – ‘Marry You’,” Heather continued. “Now, every time I hear that now makes me think of the day. Another memorable moment would be going catching the train from Central and walking up Market Street all dressed up. We kept getting glances from everyone and getting well wishes from total strangers on their lunch break.”