Australia has a way of producing the most ah-inducing weddings ever. Whether it’s the soft, pretty light, the gorgeous couple, or the perfectly tailored and ever so chic details that have won our hearts with this Perth beauty, we know one thing for certain… Samm Blake is a photo genius. She has a way with the camera and her photographs are as gorgeous as the weddings they capture. Rest your pretty eyes on the full wedding here!
From the Bride… Andy & I met three years ago in Sydney at the Establishment Bar on George Street. A little nudge from a friend (one of the bridesmaid’s) meant that a connection was made and from this day on, we have been inseparable. After two years of dating, I was ready to move back to Perth and brought back my Andy with me to start a life together. We both knew that we wanted a traditional wedding with lots of sentimental details throughout both the ceremony and reception. We went searching for a stylist who would help us create the day we had envisioned and from the moment we met Jane Fordham we knew she would be the one. Her eye for detail and creative ideas were brilliant. Jane also introduced us to Prithi Hermans who coordinated our entire day. I wanted every last detail to be perfect and Prithi was incredible in making sure that everything and everyone was on schedule and all the finer details were in place. With this amazing team behind us both Andy and I and our families were able to relax and enjoy our special day.
There were several family heirlooms I wanted to be included in our day. Andy’s Grandfather had given me his Mother’s pearls when we were last in the UK and I knew these had to be a used. Our wonderful florist came up with the idea of pinning them around the base of my bouquet. Andy’s Mum sent her tiara over from England for me also. Unfortunately I already had my dress and accessories so I used this as the centerpiece on the top tier of our cake with fresh roses in the center. Several years ago my Grandmother gave me her bag and her mother’s hanky also to be used on my wedding day.
Our favourite moment of the day was meeting each other at the alter of St George’s Cathedral. As a primary school teacher it was so lovely to have many of students at the church. It bought a tear to my eye as I saw all my girls squeezed into a pew leaning over to get a glance of me in my big white dress as I walked down the aisle with my Dad. We went against tradition and opted for our Mums to be our witnesses which was a nice way to include both families. A friend from university who lived with me in London sang Ava Maria as this was done. We also organised for the bells to be rung afterwards as our friends and family congratulated us.
We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible so we decided to meet our guests for drinks and canapes on the lawns of King’s Park overlooking our beautiful city. We had Wonderful with Wine playing classical music and a scallop station as we watched the sun set. From there Andy and I were able to get a first look at the marquee. It was so lovely to walk around and see all the little details come to life. I love pearls and used them throughout the day. My bridesmaids wore beautiful pearl necklaces, I wore pearl earrings and our shoes had pearls scattered on them. In the entrance to the marquee we had a table of glass bottles with silver earrings and necklaces hanging from the top for each lady. Behind this was a mirror with the words “The World is Her Oyster and She is the Pearl” From the lolly station to the chill out area, every detail was perfect. After Andy and I were introduced as the new Mr and Mrs we walked straight the the dance floor and started our bridal waltz. We chose Frank Sinatra’s, The Way You Look Tonight and from there we went into the cutting of the cake. As a hobby cake decorator it is always so disappointing to see such beautiful wedding cakes cut at the end of the evening when people barely know it’s happening. Our wedding day was everything I had dreamed of and more. If I could offer Brides to be any advice, it would be to enjoy and soak in all the special moments, not only on the day but in the lead up as it all goes so very quickly.
Ceremony Venue: St. George’s Cathedral / Reception Venue: Mt. Eliza House in King’s Park / Catering: Frasers / Wedding Photography: Samm Blake / Wedding Videography: Urban Light Films / Stylist: Jane Fordham of Queen of Theme / Wedding Coordinator: Prithi Hermans of PSM Event Management Perth / Wedding Stationery: Wren Press / Wedding Dress: Hobnob Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Georgie’s Bridal Shoes / Bride’s Bag: Great Grandmothers / Engagement, Wedding + Eternity Rings: Percy Marks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Brides Selection / Ceremony Music: Clare Crapella / Cocktail Music: Wonderful with Wine / Dinner Music: Susannah Morcombe & Chris / DJ: da doo ron ron / Florist: Linda Green