We’re just getting into the depths of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but our Southern brothers and sisters have their winter weddings in July. Danielle and Zak, from Melbourne, were married at The Willows, the perfect place for a cosy and intimate winter wedding.
“When I was little I was always obsessed with my parents wedding photos”, began Danielle. “They got married in a beautiful lush garden in the 70s, mum wore a beautiful lace dress and dad had an amazing navy suit. They looked so happy and adorable with their long wavy hair and natural blooming flowers. I wanted something with a similar feel for our wedding.”
“We didn’t really have a theme, we just went with what we liked. After we got engaged we knew pretty quickly we wanted an evening winter wedding with lots of candles. We had mismatched vintage jars filled with lots of natural flowers for centrepieces on the tables with the occasional skull. Luckily we both have pretty similar taste so we agreed on most things. It took us a long time to find the right venue though; we had a lot of fun looking at different venues, as we would turn it into little day trips or excuses for delicious lunches!”
Charlotte and Rowan’s Sydney wedding was intimate and romantic. They wanted their wedding to be glamorous and black tie but held in an unusual location. The day took place in a laneway bar called Since I Left You.
“I decided that wanted to have a glamorous black tie wedding in a place that would normally be associated with being kinda dirty and gross”, said Charlotte. “I started looking around Sydney CBD for alleyways to hold it in, and then one day I was out the front of my office and noticed the laneway across the road where people usually hide to have their cigarettes.”
“Amazingly, the laneway had a tiny bar attached which was perfect for getting around any liquor licencing laws. The owners had never had a wedding there before and were keen to get involved, so from there I set about planning how I would transform this laneway in the city into a stunning wedding venue. The ceremony was held in the alleyway and the reception was at the en in a courtyard normally reserved for bins!”
They wanted a ceremony to signify their commitment to each other, but Ariane and Adam decided not to be legally married. Based in Queensland, Australia, they decided they didn’t want to be man and wife until same sex marriage was recognised by their country.
“We really wanted to respect the ceremony of showing our love and commitment in front of our friends and family”, they said, “so we took seriously the ritual of the ceremony but then after that… It was party time. The ceremony was officiated by our dear friend Alan at The Gardens Club. We wrote our own vows and Alan wrote the script for the ceremony.”