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”

Thank you so much to Amber & Gary and the wonderful Samm Blake for sharing these with us today.

Supporting Cast:

Photographer Credit: Samm Blake
Venue: Vasse Felix
Bride’s Dress & Headpiece: Galleria Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Outfit: Studio Italia
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Allure Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid’s Acessories: Diva
Cake: Edible Art
Flowers: Blooming Beautiful
Hair: Libby-Jean Muhling
Make Up: Lynette Nickell
DJ: DJ Swami
Stationery: DIY
Reception Decor/Props: Bride & Groom Store 
Transport: Lifestyle Margaret River – 1955 Bentley Saloon

23 comments

  1. Leez

    Love the photos and the wedding – feeling a little less stressed about also choosing a black dress. Ordered it 3 months ago and waiting for its arrival for a proper fitting.

    I went through a similar thing of trying on a whole bunch of white dresses and just feeling more and more down about not feel comfortable in any of them, then a friend handed me the black one and it just made sense.

    The rest of our wedding is pretty traditional, just a non-traditional dress 🙂

  2. Amber looks stunning! I looooooooooooooove the black dress & the headpice. And its nice to see more brides wearing black/colours, refreshing!!!

  3. Ginger

    @Leez my girlfriend just sent me this email: http://www.refinery29.com/wedding-styling-tips
    One of the best and most influential pieces of advice thus far! Be true to yourself, don’t feel like to have to be the traditional bride if that’s not you. I guess this whole blog is an homage to that as well! lol Best to all!
    xx
    Ginger

  4. Beautiful looking wedding! The fantastic photography really brings the day alive – beautiful work from everybody to create this great looking day 🙂 (I love a bride in a black dress)

  5. Lorna

    Stunning!!!! I too love the photographer’s style. Can anyone recommend me someone who has a similar style in London?

    Thanks!!

  6. Post author

    Lorna – look at the ‘British Brides’ sections under ‘topics’ for all the UK photographers I’ve featured. You might particularly like Ed Peers, Marianne Taylor, Lisa Devlin or Emma Case

  7. Melanie

    OOOOOOOOH so excited, an Aussie wedding from PERTH!!! Margaret River is so beautiful people, if you ever come here you HAVE TO GO! Love love love the black dress and hello pearls… very classic, very movie star 50s style, loving it….. sigh.

  8. Annette

    Ah! I finally find a gorgeous black wedding dress made in Australia and shop is on the other side of the country and has no website. She does look amazing. IT’S NOT FAIR! [/whinge] This is why I love black.

  9. Eva

    My great grandmother wore black at her wedding. it used to be normal in Bavaria (south of germany) – still got my great-grandmother’s dress and love it!

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