Carnival themed weddings might be nothing new, but when I see one as top notch as Matthew & Jessica’s I can’t help but want to share it with you. That dress! Those bridesmaids! That location! It’s just all so perfectly beautiful and utterly Rock n Roll.
“Neither of us really wanted a wedding to begin with, so when we made the choice to get married and have a celebration, we sat down and thought long and hard about why we were doing it, and what it meant to us.”, began the bride. “We threw all the rules out the window, started from scratch, and created the day we wanted to have. We always said that, if we were to have a wedding, that we’d throw a party and then, at some point in the evening, we’d get married. So we did just that.”
“One of the decisions we were most happy with was to get ready together. We had a big sleepover the night before with our ‘carnies’ (bridesmaids and groomsmen) and their partners. It meant we got to go to sleep together, wake up the morning of our wedding together, go and set up the venue together, help each other get dressed and then hold hands until the moment we were wed. I don’t know how I would’ve felt doing all those things without Matt sharing them with me.”
The colourful wedding of Melodie & Kurt was held at Hopewood Country House in Bowral, New South Wales. The bride designed her own wedding dress and glittered up her own shoes but the DIY didn’t stop there – friends and family of the couple got stuck in wherever possible!
“One of the most special things for us on our wedding day was how much our friends and family were involved”, Melodie explained. “Kurt’s brother, Brendan, married us. He is a pastor and has married almost everyone he knows. My hairdresser Patrick is a family friend, my make up artist is one of my best friends. My sister in law was our florist, Kurt’s Mum made our gorgeous bunting – which so many people have wanted to borrow for their weddings since – and so many other family and friends were involved in making things before the wedding. It made it a really special day for everyone involved.”
Jessica & Anand’s November wedding took place in Sydney, Australia. The outdoor ceremony was held at The Herb Garden & Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and their reception was at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Before the couple even started to plan their wedding, they knew they had to include their two main passions in the day – food and music.
“We both work in the music industry (me in A&R at EMI and Anand is an Agent and Touring Manager representing a bunch of electronic artists like Miami Horror and The Aston Shuffle) and our two passions are food and music,” explained the bride. “We write a blog called Food & Tunes so for us everything had to start and finish with those key things. We picked an award winning restaurant for our reception venue. We opted for a standing up/canapé type function and we worked with the chef to create a delicious and filling menu that had everything from an oyster bar to pork belly sliders and their famous snapper and black truffle pie. Then for the music component, we wanted something really different so we had an incredible soul singer from Brooklyn come all the way out to perform, then we had our friend (and Australia’s most talented female DJ) Alison Wonderland.”
Jessica wore a Carolina Herrera wedding dress with Vera Wang shoes, and Anand wore a suit by Vanishing Elephant, their friend’s label. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the laid back feel, the love in the room, the epic dance offs!” concluded the bride. “We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding – the whole day was perfect!”
Tenille & Christian were married at Maritime Museum in Fremantle, West Australia. The venue totally set the tone for their vintage nautical themed wedding. “I found working with our theme to be quite easy”, explained Tenille. “The colour scheme worked and it was easy to pinpoint and find things to match our theme. If you have Photoshop and some time to be creative then you can save loads of money doing things like menus and table names yourself. I also highly recommend a cocktail party wedding as guests get to mingle and no one is stuck at a table. It really livens up the atmosphere to have guests being able to stand, dance and have fun in general.”
“I have a love affair for the 50s and 60s style and just love how the ladies and gents back then made that super extra effort. I love the large hoop skirts, fringe bangs, rockabilly curls and the fact that men were real gentlemen”, she continued. “I run my own online vintage fashion business which also gave me some inspiration. These eras were so elegant, had amazing bold hair styles and defined make up styles which is what I wanted for our wedding. As soon as we visited the museum we loved it. It was just amazing. It is on the water surrounded by the harbour and there boats inside the museum. We thought it would be perfect to mash these two styles together and lucky for us it worked!”
The retro wedding of Nat & Sam is perfect… literally perfect. I just know you’re going to go nuts for Nat’s nostalgic bridal style, their ocean view ceremony and the reception that looks like it stepped right out of the past.
“Our ceremony was at Burrows Park Headland, Sydney”, explained Nat. “The ceremony spot was a beautiful cliff edge looking over the Pacific Ocean and located right next to the Bowling Club where we had the reception. We loved that the only way to get to it was via a very long, natural aisle sheltered on one side by trees, which we decorated with Chinese lanterns. For our reception we chose Clovelly Bowling Club. It was cheap as chips to hire, the drinks prices stuck in the 1980s, and the tacky bright blue carpet and a strange old picture of the Queen flanked by two Aussie flags above a stage which houses an ancient piano (which we tuned up and used!) were AWESOME! As soon as we walked in we looked at each other and said ‘Yes!’. Oh, and it had 180 degree ocean views!”
Being massive foodies, Kat & Ton knew that serving a fantastic meal was high on their list of wedding day priorities. So for their reception venue they selected their favourite French restaurant in Brisbane, Montrachet. ”In my opinion Montrachet is the best French restaurant in the city, and has been a family favourite for years”, Kat told me. “Feeding our families and friends good food and wine was very important to us. The staff, both kitchen and front of house, made sure the night was perfect with superb food and exceptional service.”
They kept their reception decor simple, arranging their own flowers bought from the flower market with little clusters of jars and tea lights. “I didn’t want to clutter the tables up too much”, she continued, “so the Thursday before the wedding my parents and I went to the Brisbane Flower Markets and pretty much winged what we bought. Along with the baby succulents, I ordered some larger rosettes from The Succulent Garden a month before. We were up until midnight putting together two bouquets – one to carry and one as decoration in the restaurant. To finish off my bouquet I used leftover fabric from my dress and petticoat, and tied a Lapis Lazuli silver pendant onto it. The pendant was an engagement gift from my grandmother’s husband who does silversmithing as a hobby and made the pendant himself.”