When I laid eyes on Lowina & Philsy’s wedding the only thing I could said was “OMG so cute!” Seriously, you get that right? How adorable are they? Adorable in a kick ass Rock n Roll way though you understand…
The couple, who met in 2006 at a fashion trade show in Hong Kong, got married in Philsy’s parent’s back garden in Victoria, Australia. It was important to the pair to not only plan a gorgeous wedding but to make sure it truly reflected them as individuals as well as their Chinese heritage. They also were certain it had to be unique and fun!
In order to do this, DIY was very important to them. The couple made all their stationary, the guest book, decor and favours. The bride even made pearl earrings as gifts for every female guest and the t-shirts for her and her bridesmaids to wear in the morning! They asked friends and family to help where they could and they made the cupcakes and arranged all the flowers.
The wedding took place over two occasions and so the bride wore two dresses. The first, the white western dress was designed by the bride herself. She flew back to Hong Kong to have it made. She told me that doing it this was (including the flights!) was still cheaper than most custom dresses in Australia as it only ended up costing her $450! She also made pearl necklaces (she has her own etsy shop) for herself and her bridesmaids. Her fun accessories including the long gloves, the scarf and the long necklaces were from Diva. Her headpiece was also from etsy and her amazing shoes were from a Halloween costume shop!
After the wedding in Australia the couple flew to Hong Kong for the (slightly) more traditional Chinese part of the wedding. They had a massive party for all their family in Hong Kong who were unable to fly to Australia for the actual wedding. Chinese tradition says that the bride should wear a red and gold dress in a Chinese style for the main dress plus another 5 or 6 (!) colourful dresses for the evening party. Lowina didn’t want to do this so she hired a more modern style red and gold dress to wear which only ended up costing her $120! Plus she wore it with 4″ platform black shoe boots with metal stubs and sparkly black tights!
Rock n Roll!
Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!
The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”
The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”
The couple made each other’s rings with Larsen Jewellery who specialise in ‘wedding ring experinces’. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnieres, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”
“The theme of our wedding was inspired by us being big kids and my love for make believe, colour & Alice In Wonderland,” Rachael & Tony told me. “The garden (which was right next to the reception – which was held at Brett’s Wharf on Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton, Brisbane) was filled with toadstools, moss and over-sized cartoon style colourful flowers. We had ‘floating’ windows and a door hanging in the entrance with a ‘Welcome’ sign on wood tied in a tree.”
“There was a lolly bar. Huge jars filled with caramel fudge and coconut ice. Mismatched furniture with colourful cushions. Once it became night all the lighting throughout the gardens came alive. Pink and blue shrubs, a psychedelic oil pattern lighting up a huge tree. Black chandeliers hung from a fairy light tree. A star hung outside throwing different light patterns over the garden.”
“Inside, the ivory drapes that hung on the wall were lit up by pink floor lights. Our Best Man has a lighting companyand made something really beautiful for us. It just looked incredible. I felt although we were in a fairytale, but a really cool one.”
Chen Lie & Thom got married in Oz in a crazy, wild and fun party way. She is Australian and he is British (they now live and work in Prague!) so they decided to head over to Chen Lie’s hometown of Perth for their 1960s/70s/John & Yoko inspired wedding.
“I had been living in Korea on and off for the past 9 years so it was exciting to return home” Chen Lie told me. “We planned a simple elopement with a romantic 60s theme in the park but it turned into a wedding due to the kindness of family and friends. Everything was a gift from he photographer to the catering. It was a magical day. The day before the wedding my Made of Awesome took us vintage shopping and surprised us by paying for Thom’s vintage 70s Yves Saint Laurent suit and my vintage 60s hat.”
David & Julie-Anne’s wedding shoot was a total reflection on who they are as a couple. Everything they chose to wear had special meaning to them and was sentimental and personal. “We didn’t want the usual stresses of a modern day wedding to take away from the love and happiness of our day, so we chose to keep it simple, fun and comfortable” they explained.
Julie-Anne wore an original German 1950’s ivory capture lace and satin dress which was the heirloom of a family friend. With this she wore a vintage burgundy & black English worsted & wool tapestry coat with fur collar, ‘Papucchi’ flats and a small burgundy hat with rose detail and black netting.
The full list of everything used and worn can be seen after the ‘jump’
Photographer Amanda and her model Cathy wanted to style a shoot that didn’t in anyway reflect the usual bridal look. They wanted to explore how using what the bride loves can and should shape her bridal look and not the preconceived ideas portrayed by the wedding industry. “The inspiration for this shoot was Cathy and all the things she loves” explained Amanda. “She has very eclectic tastes and is a collector of beautiful things. Both of the dresses were vintage pieces that she has picked up over the years along with the jewellery and jackets. Cathy also loves Vivienne Westwood hence her hair colour and the shoes.”
The shoot was held at Kerrowgair B&B in Yass, Australia – not only a wonderfully romantic setting for a wedding, but the perfect contrast to their non-traditional bridal look.