I don’t know how you Australian bride and grooms manage to do it, but, boy, do you throw some seriously amazing weddings. I’m talking weddings that mix stunning traditional details with chic + sophisticated stylings and, well… everything in between. The kind of weddings that stop you in your tracks from their pure awesomeness, and leave you spending hours upon hours soaking in their beautiful galleries. Case in point? This gorgeous day captured by Alana Blowfield which just so happens to feature a crazy cool Brown Fox reception and beautiful paper goods from Hello Tenfold. Click here for so much more.
From the Bride… My inspiration for the day was to create a warm ambience with lots of bright colours synonymous with Autumn. I chose the venue as the layout was so perfect to accommodate a sit-down dinner, but still allowing the casual atmosphere of a bar, and space to mingle and dance. I loved the style of the venue as it was a nice contrast between old-world charm (which I love!) and a contemporary urban bar.
A friend of the family Rosaleen did an amazing job with the bouquets and church flowers, incorporating some very subtle art deco details such as netting and feathers, as well as the beautiful deco style vases on the alter, which she managed to source from second hand stores for around $35 for all! We chose the burnt orange pink, reds and cherries to lift the black dresses for the bridesmaids, as well as tie into the overall colours of the day – being bright autumn tones. The main rose was called ‘High and Intenzz’ and originates from Africa – it varies from a deep orange pink outside to a deep but bright orange inside.
Rebecca Grace at Natural art flowers did a beautiful job on the venue flowers and styling. Again we used autumn tones, with some soft pink/mushroom coloured roses that have a vintage feel to them. She also placed some large statement arrangements on the bar with autumn berries which were magnificent. Lots of tall candles added to the warm ambience of the room.
I spent a lot of time online looking for wedding invitations and then via the Etsy website, I came across some gorgeous deco prints from a designer in the US called Hello Tenfold. They were so easy to deal with and it was really easy online. I chose some gorgeous mini perfumes for the table gifts for the girls from an online business called minibarco – they specialise in travel sized boutique travel and beauty brands. The little Lollia perfumes came in 4 fragrances, and perfect to carry in a purse. We walked down the aisle to Regina Spektre’s Real Love – it’s an old Beatles song so it resonated with the oldies and the young. At the venue we have an acoustic duo from local Perth band ‘Tourist’, this was perfect for pre-dinner drinks as well as sitting down for dinner as they play a range of old and new tunes from Bob Dylan to Bon Iver, as well as originals.
My advice for any brides planning now would be to enjoy the planning – I found it really easy to make decisions one I had chosen the colours and style. All the decisions such as choosing decorations, flowers colours and stationery become easy after that as you have a style and colour palate to stick to! I would also say leave some details to the experts as they know what works. Make sure there is enough food and lots of places for people to sit if you go cocktail style as it’s such a long day. On the day, try and walk around and enjoy the final creation as you put a lot of time and effort into it.
Photography: Alana Blowfield | Flowers: Natural Art Flowers | Wedding Preparation: The Terrace Hotel | Ceremony Venue: St Anne’s Church | Reception Venue: The Brown Fox | Favours: Mini Barco | Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Wedding Dress: Galleria Couture