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Peter & Alisha’s Whimsical Woodland Wedding

Peter & Alisha’s Sydney wedding had a whimsical woodland vibe (complete with animal masks no less!)…with both modern and vintage twists. The bride explained, “I wanted to do something bright and whimsical with some traditional and vintage twists. I love colour so the blue of the bridesmaid’s dresses knocked me over when I saw it … its also one of my maids favourite colours. I wanted to surprise my friends and family with some little surprises , I hope we did. I love autumn colours and bright blue skies in May. Green goes well with these two palletes too and thats my favouite colour.”

The wedding was held at The Garrison Church, Sydney, with the reception taking place at The Ivy Sunroom, Sydney. Alisha’s unusual dress was handmade by her Mum and their friend Toni Quin. “My mum lovingly embroidered the detail on the bodice and the train with moths. My yellow canary rose was in there as well with some feathers and leaves…”

As you can tell from the stunning images by Jonas Peterson, the floral décor was also a big part of this wedding and really enhanced the theme of the day. The bride used to work with florist George Low at The David Jones Flower Show, and so flowers really were important to her. From the bride’s bouquet to the table centre pieces and the dessert table display, nothing about their choices of flowers was usual or traditional. They used mini birdcages, eggs, vine and branches to decorate. “We made up the 100 birds nest with fresh dolta vine, even the boys helped with this one!” Alisha told me. “I think the eggs were used to hit people instead of eating, ha! Pete twisted the wire onto all the skeleton leaves in the trees for me while I was at a friends house. There were 1000’s!”

As a final personal touch, one of Alisha’s bridesmaid’s created a montage of her favourite Disney films to show the love story of the happy couple. “Cassie made a movie all all my favourite Disney films and edited out all the traumatic scenes, looped it together into a story about me and Pete,” she explained. “It was beautiful and included Fantasia, Bambi, Robin Hood and Snow White.”

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Anthony & Stephanie’s Sydney Harbour Wedding

Anthony & Stephanie were married in November in Sydney and had the wonderful and exceptionally talented Jonas Peterson to shoot their wedding. When Jonas emailed me to let me know he had a new wedding to share with me he didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to blog it or not! Regular readers will know I am a big (massive, enormousness) fan of Jonas and his work so it’s an absolute pleasure to feature this gorgeous wedding on these here pages.

The ceremony took place at St Peter Chanel (“oh yes I had a designer’s name in the title of MY church HA” laughed the bride) in Woolwich, Australia. After the ceremony the guests were treated to a boat ride across the Sydney harbour to Aqua Dining – a restaurant with the quintessential Sydney view – for the reception.

Stephanie excitedly told me all about their perfect day, “Just that it really was THE most magical day. Especially the weather. Sydney’s weather had been really crapola the week leading up to the Sunday. After stressing about it for weeks prior, I resolved that the weather would be what it would be. And it was what it was….TRULY AMAZING.”

“On the day the girls and I arrived early to the church….(um who does that? The one time you CAN be late and I was 15 mins early) the sky was blue and there was not a cloud in the sky. The ceremony was just the right length, not too long and stuffy as church weddings can, be but also not so short you left the guests wondering when exactly during the mass you said ‘I Do’. As we are both musical theatre performers, we had our pick of singers. Friends we had worked with, admired close up and from afar. All the music was arranged by superstar musical director extraordinaire Max. Our good friend Amy sang “Love Is a Big Deal” as I walked down the aisle and a beautiful rendition of “My Romance”. The whitest black man I know, Cameron sang a John Legend song “Stay With You” as we signed the registry and then the icing on the nuptial cake were his lead vocals during the recessional. A Stevie Wonder classic close to our hearts, “As”. The biggest surprise set up by my husband was the support choir singing back up for Cameron. All of our dear friends who were singers stood up and sang joyously as we exited our designer church in full voice. It was the most glorious, reverent, romantic sound I have been privileged to hear.”

“It was then treat time for our guests. You know that lengthy, awkward time between a wedding ceremony and the beginning of a reception? Sometimes people go to the pub in their finery, others head back to the hotel room to kick off their shoes for a sneaky nanna nap before the drinking starts. Not at our wedding you don’t. I liked the idea of everyone travelling to the reception together. I think it keeps the whole day bubbling along and you can get to know some of the other small, select and privileged few that were invited (HA). So what did we do? Not cab charges I hear you gasp? Not a red, open-air bus for our friends and family did you say? Oh heavens no. We hired a lah-di-dah boat to transport our wedding guests to the reception, combined that with shut-up amazeballs weather AND free-flowing alcohol all on the most famous harbour in (I think) the world. Now tell me you don’t want to be a guest to THAT wedding!”

“My bridesmaids were the absolute bomb. Nicola (MOH) was a craft queen machine, she & Jay spent countless hours glueing and cutting out paper for the place settings whilst pluggin me with wine, theyhelped me shop for all the bridesmaids accessories, all 3 gals Nicola, Jay & Nikki audibly ‘oohed’ and ‘aahhhed’ at my dress fittings. Nic made a speech at my wedding that made me laugh and cry and her greatest feat was organising the most fabulous girly Hen’s weekend away in wine country Hunter Valley NSW. For myself and 10 other girls that we SWEAR we are going to uphold as tradition every year. Legend.”

“Ant and I are actors, so immediately people think that we are going to be “out there” and have crazy wild nudie runs during the reception. As appealing as that sounds, we are simple folk that like to put our own stamp on things. Many people get caught up in the details of their wedding day. Everything has to be ‘perfect’. Don’t get me wrong I’m as much a perfectionist as the next asian bride but I believe that your wedding day is about you and your soulmate, sharing a pretty important lifelong commitment to each other in front of the people you care about the most.”

“Our photos weren’t particularly “traditional” as weddings go, we just had fun and the brilliant Jonas cleverly documented it all. He really captured the essence of the day and the personalities of each and every person he snapped. It was pretty Rock n Roll for us. I feel like we manifested the things we wanted on the day, great weather, precious company, mouth-watering food and drink and copious amounts of love. We put it out there and got it all, right down to the last detail.”

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Monique & Lee’s 1920’s Powerhouse Wedding

Jonas Peterson weddings are like gold dust and I’m so honoured that he lets me feature so many of them (for those of you that don’t know the inner workings of blog-land, a wedding will generally go to one blog or magazine only, so being allowed to be the lucky one is really something when a wedding is as stunning as this one.)

Monique & Lee were married at Brisbane Powerhouse – a wonderfully urban and industrial converted powerhouse. It is now home to a theatre and a couple of restaurants and is right on the river. Stunning! Monique wore a gorgeous reproduction vintage dress from Le Luxe Clothing. “I never even set foot into a bridal store, let alone tried on a ”proper” bridal dress – I always wanted a vintage, flapper inspired dress but found it incredibly difficult to find one in my size – I’m an AU 14, and I’m pretty sure chicks in the 1920s had waists the size of my thigh! I spent months searching for one and really hit the jackpot when I found Le Luxe Clothing. Because it’s not enough for me to just have beads and sequins, I added a feather capelet by Ksubi, that I bought on ebay.” She chose not to carry real flowers, and instead created her own vintage brooch bouquet.

“The bouquet took a lot of work but it was worth it! It’s just a Styrofoam ball, which Lee covered in chicken wire for support. We gathered lots of vintage brooches, and he wired them onto the chicken wire. He looped the wire through the back of the brooch, and attached it by sticking the ends of the wire stick into the Styrofoam ball. He also glued some of them down with hot glue. We used some fabric to mask the messy bottom of the sphere, and the handle is just a thick bit of wood wrapped in the fabric. It was time consuming but easy (says me, who watched him work while I sat back with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other) thanks to hot glue guns and a bit of patience (why he made it and not me!)”

To keep their wedding personal, the couple decorated the venue themselves and asked friends and relatives to help out where they could. “We didn’t have any fresh flowers. Again, for some reason I never really considered it. We had a cocktail-style reception, so we didn’t need centrepieces or anything, which let me have a bit more fun with the ”flowers”. I decorated using a combination of button flowers, newspaper roses, fabric flowers and paper flowers, stuck in old jars and glass milk bottles. I sourced all the flower decorations from some super talented people on Etsy.”

“There’s nothing more Rock n Roll, in my opinion, than being exactly who you are and standing by that. Which is why I think there is still something super Rock n Roll in uber traditional weddings,” Monique told me. “I’d never been to a wedding until my own, so I didn’t approach it with any preconceived notions about what a wedding should be. So I just made it about the things that we like. And while I know it was different, and unique, I very rarely felt we were planning a wedding that was really out there. We did (mostly) all the traditional stuff, but just tweaked it to suit our style. For example, I wear 20’s inspired clothing anyway, so I glammed it up several notches for the wedding.”

“Lee loves zombies and Transformers and explosions, so I vowed to ”fight and die by your side in the event of a zombie invasion or robot attack”. We approached the wedding as a big fat celebration of our love, not just for each other but for the people around us. And being a celebration, our main goal was to have a lot of fun. There was tequila, and dancing, and big rock god slides across the floor. I got so drunk I could barely cut the cake and sang until my throat hurt. And we had so so so much fun.”

“I’m 24, and there were quite a few people who felt I shouldnt be getting married at all, let alone in the ”alternative” way I did it. (Funny how some words take on such negative connotations at times!) I don’t know what it is about weddings, but I found that people aren’t shy in telling you that what you’re doing isn’t the norm, or that you’ll look back and regret not being more traditional. But I’m exceptionally lucky to have family and friends that stood by me and my ideas even when they thought I was crazy.”

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Daisy Chain – Eliesha & Joel’s Geek Chic, DIY Wedding

Like pretty much the whole of blog-land, I am uber smitten with anything Jonas Peterson produces, so when he sent me a super secret sneak peek of Eliesha & Joel’s wedding a few weeks ago I was literally jumping up and down with anticipation of featuring it. A gorgeous couple (hello geek chic fabulous – how much does Eliesha rock her glasses?!) a stunning location and awesome photography – how can you go wrong?! Oh and don’t even get me started on Eliesha’s floral head band…I literally die!

The ceremony took place at Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. “My Dad built me a double doorway to walk through when I arrived at the gardens,” explained the bride. “I think the logistics of getting it there and set up almost killed him, there was bizarre deals being made with the council and nearby hotels, a couple of our bigger, stronger (more manly) guests had to have dust coats handy to assemble and un-assemble, but it looked so gorgeous, and actually getting to step through the doors, and seeing Joel waiting for me at the end of the aisle **big girly sigh** it was totally worth the hassle.”

“Joel’s mum sewed the flags posing as our “altar” – we like flags.  The best bit about the flags was Joel choosing the fabric – I’m pretty sure he secretly likes doing “girly” things – and it’s not as big a secret as he might like to think!”

Following the intimate ceremony (in which they included some really special readings; Litany – by Billy Collins, Us Two – by A.A. Milne and Oh! The Places You’ll Go – by Dr. Seuss) the wedding party headed to The Italian in Melbourne (an Italian restaurant surprisingly!) for the reception. The restaurant served an amazing selection of scrumptious Italian food as well as providing a unique but gorgeous venue for the party. “The actual venue itself is stunning– three levels and an outdoor courtyard, the decor is beautiful, simple and classic,” Eliesha continued. “We also kept the venue set up as a restaurant (ie. no super long tables, or all round 10s) – we wanted to try and keep the feeling that we’d all kind of just spontaneously decided to go out to dinner together – so the tables were a mix of 4s, 6s, 8s & 10s, just as they would usually be for a dinner service.” 

“I had fun doing the seating plan too – we both have big families (actually, not true, Joel has a big family, I have a huuuuuuge family), so most of our extended family members had never meet, as well as friends from work – and the last thing we wanted was segregation – so I mixed it all up in a massive way. This was a huge success.  I had people claiming they’d made new best friends, there’s some fairly risque photo booth photos of people who had never even spoken before and watching facebook over the next couple of days was awesome – all of our friends and family were suddenly adding each other as friends and sharing photos (and some fairly suss “in-jokes”) – I’m totally taking credit for the lot of it!”

Eliesha, who is a fashion designer, wore silk and linen dress with french embroidery by Akira. “Due to my job, I found out the other day that there was a pool going over what my dress was going to look like!” laughed the bride. On her feet she she wore clogs (oh yes, how amazing?!) by Gorman, which are something she actually wears and loves every day! ” I interned at Gorman when I was at fashion school and my first job “in the industry” was as at Gorman, as a temp, sketching, all day, every day and I’ve been wearing Gorman clogs ever since (my current every day pair have been on the go for about four years) – so now clogs are all of a sudden all fashionable and I’m like “hey, I’m totally on trend now” and think I’m cool – plus my clogs have been a bit of a running joke at work for awhile now – so it just would’ve been wrong to not wear clogs at my wedding  – and I was probably the only person who didn’t have deadly blisters by the end of the day – all in all – pretty damn happy about the choice of shoes.”

Her incredible flower head band was created especially for her by Flowers Vasette. Eliesha showed her florist some inspiration pictures and away she went. They chose the same flowers in the centrepieces, boutineers and bouquets to tie the whole look together. “My favourite flowers are white daisies.  I wanted our bouquets to look simple and fresh, like they’d just come of of the garden.  For the reception venue we had a vase of flowers on each rectangle table – lots of green, white highlights, same feel as the bouquets.  I don’t like things to look “arranged”. I went to Gaylene with the above – pretty vague, non?  She is magic.  The flowers were insanely beautiful.”

The couple went mad over their dessert table (in a good way!) “We didn’t really have a traditional cake. We did have an extremely cool cake topper on our dessert table though. It’s a giraffe and a squirrel and it now lives in our lounge room. We bought it from Etsy seller Melabo. We also had a giant tiered stand of  teeny weeny cakes from my most favouritest patisserie Brunetti. Lemon Meringue Pies are probably my favourite thing in the world (they were also my Grandma’s favourite thing in the world) and you can’t really beat miniature Lemon Meringue Pies, right?”  

“We also went a bit DIY on the ol’ dessert table. I hired/foraged for some jars and assorted other dessert holding devices and filled them with some of our favourite things – chocolate covered raspberries, milk bottle lollies, pretzels and my awesomely famous, top secret recipe chocolate chip cookies. Oh – and – just to make things even more interesting (or slightly odd, depending on your point of view I suppose) we both have a bit of a thing about m&ms being sorted into their respective colours.  Those little cardboard boxes = 12 kilo of m&ms – p.s. it takes approx 1 hour for 1 bride-to-be to sort 2kg of m&ms – you do the math!”

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Cassie & Loc’s Multicultural, DIY Wedding

I actually featured a link to Cassie & Loc’s gorgeous wedding in Thursday Treats two weeks ago as I’ll be honest, with most of photographer Jonas Peterson’s weddings, I figured one of the big daddy American blogs would have snapped it up to feature instantly (this dude’s work is in high demand!) So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I received an email from the bride to not only tell me I’d made her day by linking to her wedding, but that she was a huge Rock n Roll Bride fan and that she’d love for me to feature them. Score!

I’m sure Cassie won’t mind me sharing her initial email with you all. It made my heart melt!

“I got married to my wonderful, lovely, insanely sweet husband Loc about a month ago.  While the sunshine that cames from that is still hanging around my brain, I was SUPER excited to see a link to our little wedding on your blog post for Nov 11.  When we got engaged in 2008, I started stalking a couple of blogs.  Seriously stalking.  One was Jonas Peterson, who when we first contacted him, hadn’t shot a wedding ‘formally’.  And the second was yours!”
 
“What resonated so strongly with me about your blog is the idea that being yourself, not your family, not your friends, and certainly not the bridal industry, is worth more than can ever be expressed when it comes to your own wedding day.  Because Loc’s family is Vietnamese, and my Dad Italian, needless to say our 40 people, out in the country wedding was not at all what either of our families wanted for us.  And I say ‘for us’ because through all of the bickering and heated discussions, I learnt that all of these ‘wants’ that came from our family, came from their love.  And we are lucky that in the end they accepted what we wanted for the day and had an amazing time.  And more than that, that day, that beautiful, sun-smiling, psychotically windy day, was filled with our love for each other.  And you’re totally right.  Jonas is a freak. An amazing artistic, life-capturing freak, whose photos are a gift to us every time we look at them.  Noone else can make us physically feel as though we are there again, looking into each other’s eyes, feeling insanely in love, and all that other mushy mushy stuff, that hallmark card stuff that was our day.

Anyway enough gushing, onto the awesome wedding details! The couple got married at Loc’s family’s house in Sunnybank, Brisbane, and their western ceremony and reception took place at Branell Homestead in Laidley, Queensland. For the Vietnamese tea ceremony, Cassie wore a red Vietnamese dress called an áo dài. “It wasn’t a full-on traditional bridal one, but was equally as beautiful with little embroidered flowers and beading,” she told me. “It was purchased for me by Loc’s best friend’s Mother as a wedding present. Mum made a little hair-slide of red paper flowers, and I wore a pair of my late Nonna’s favorite gold earrings.”

Cassie’s second wedding dress was made by her Mother from an original 1960’s paper pattern, bought from tiddleywink VINTAGE on etsy. “Mum and I made heaps of changes as we went, adding a lace bodice, waistband and pockets,” explained Cassie. “Making the dress with my Mum was a wonderful, though slightly stressful experience, scalloping the lace using water glasses, googling how to sew pockets beside inseam zips, messing around with neckline and armhole bias’ and a plethora of other tricky things for us ‘un-couture’ sewers!  It was really trial and error… one picked to pieces toile, and about four not quite right bodices, lots of swearing and unpicking!  But it is a beautiful, beautiful dress that means more to me (and my Mum) than any store-bought, dressmaker-made dress could ever be.  Mum stitched a little ribbon into the pocket of my dress where I tied Loc’s wedding band, along side my vows (hand scribbled because our printer broke the night before the wedding), a hankie from Mum, and a quick-unpick (I realise as I was unpicking the stitches on the back of my Dad’s jacket just before the ceremony that I forgot to unpick the same stitches on Loc’s jacket, so I brought it with me to unpick after the ceremony!)  Mum also made her own beautiful red vintage-inspired two piece suit for the wedding, and while she is quick to downplay her cleverness, EVERYONE loved everything she did.”

The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen, favouring it just being the two of them up there. “All of our family and friends are so important to us, and our wedding so intimate that we felt we didn’t need to single people out in that way.  It was a really beautiful and special thing for the two of us to be standing up there, just with each other, in front of the people that mean everything to us.  The whole bridal party thing is a tradition that just wasn’t something we wanted!  My best friends pictured in some of Jonas’ photos were my unofficial bridesmaids, they picked their outfits the night before the wedding from their own favourite things.  Loc’s two brother’s and his best friends wore their own suits.  They all looked so handsome and beautiful, so themselves, that if we had tried to plan it or ‘style’ it, it absolutely would have felt forced, and not just all of us together, celebrating this awesome time.  My girls wore gumboots most of the day, it had been raining solid for almost two weeks before the wedding and we all had kick ass gumboots.  I’m so glad that even though the sun came out the girls were themselves and comfortable in their wellies!!!”

“From the moment we began planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be about us and our love,”concluded Cassie. “Neither of us wanted a cookie cutter wedding, where you could replace the head of the bride and groom and it would look like anyone’s wedding from any one of a million wedding magazines.  And while a lot of the ‘weddingy’ elements have remained, every little part of this journey has been for, by and about Loc and I, and the family and friends that we love.  And really, the ‘traditional’ parts that remained happened because they suited us and our love, and our family.”

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One Night Only – Beautiful Bali Wedding

I challenge you to find anyone who’s heard of Jonas Peterson and doesn’t love him. His meteoric rise to ‘rockstar photographer’ status has been quite frankly ridiculous but with the credentials and talent he has behind him,I can’t help but know that this success is nothing short of deserved.

So popular is Jonas now that I usually don’t even ask if I can blog his weddings anymore because more often than not they are snapped up by other bloggers quick smart but when I saw Sian & Barry’s beautiful Bali wedding I knew I had to give it a go…and what do you know, he said yes!

I was lucky enough to even get chatting with the couple all about their awesome wedding too. Hella bonus! The wedding was held in the beautiful Villa Pemutih, Padang Padang, Bukit Peninsula, Bali. The couple actually live in Dubai so they decided to employ a local wedding planner to organise most of the legalities and details for them. They really wanted classic local dishes for the food to had a local Indonesian Buffet by a local company, Bali Catering Company including some of their favourites – Gado Gado, Beef Rendang & Fish Curries. The same company also supplied all the cocktails which helped to keep the wedding intimate and relaxed. “We didn’t want to over complicate things, it’s Bali after all” the couple told me!

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