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Effortless Australian Multicultural Wedding

If you’re looking to get married in the middle of winter (here in the States), then look no further than this charming southeast Australian town. The gorgeous scenery proved the ultimate backdrop for this picture-perfect wedding. With unique bouquets from Sugar Bee Flowers and the gorgeous Tatra Receptions as the location, this wedding oozes cool and effortlessness. You can see all the little details & more here!

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From the Bride… The first time Boris and I crossed paths was when we were around 5, it’s not often that you see an African-Asian family in a Latino church. I can’t recall it but he remembers it quite clearly, not knowing that we’d cross paths 13 years later down the track. We were friends for a while then dated for 5 years. Then in October 2014, Boris went on his surprise mission to Japan for “The Proposal”. It seemed as if everything just fell in place for him, he was telling me how while he was on the plane, he literally had a thought come to mind, where he was thinking to himself that it would be funny if he had a camera crew to film the proposal. This is where I believe God had a sense of humour, just when he got out of the terminal he was approached by a Japanese reality TV show “You Wa Nani Shini Nippon e?” that follows the various journey of foreigners visiting Japan. He didn’t propose there and then when I saw him (thank goodness cos I was in my PJs) but 10 days after the surprised visit he proposed at the Kinkakuji (Golden temple) on our trip to Kyoto. By this time the crew was in on it.

We started planning for the wedding a year in advance and decided to get married in the first week of January 2015, in the Dandenong Mountains at Tatra Receptions. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of getting married there, the green surrounding and the beautiful gardens gives one a sense of being in the C.S Lewis’ Land of Narnia.

We wanted a vintage feel to the wedding with a summery look, hence the mint green theme. Searching for my dress had become an arduous task, for months and months I was looking for ‘The One’, and finally I fell in love with this simple yet elegant, silk gown by Johanna Johnson, it was completely different to what I was looking for, but it caught my eye and when I tried it on I was 100% sold. Eventually everything that I had in my minds eye was becoming a reality. The flowers by Sugar Bee Flowers were absolutely gorgeous giving a soft look, I wanted the protea as something a bit different.

Since I come from two different backgrounds, I asked my dad to wear the traditional Ghanian kente cloth and my mother an Irotomesode kimono. My dad’s friend in Ghana had my kente made for me, I just loved the vibrant colours and the significance of the meaning of the various colours where blue denotes- peace, harmony, love; yellow- preciousness, wealth, fertility; maroon- healing and green- spiritual growth and renewal.

The day before the wedding, us girls decided to stay at the absolutely gorgeous Beechmont Gardens Retreat, where the gardens are absolutely enchanting, we also took some wedding photos there in the 1929 Hudson.

The ceremony took place at the Tatra chapel, it looked more like a cathedral in the rain forest, the scenery absolutely enthralling with the green foliage. Gave us a sense of being in the Garden of Eden.

Both of us wanted something a little different for our first dance so we decided to break some moves on the dance floor, 1920′s Charleston style, to Blu Lu Barker’s “A little Bird”, all that two and a half months of practice at the 1929 studio in Brunswick payed off, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Since Boris is Chilean we decided to have the Chilean Mil-hoja cake (thousand layers cake) made of pastry layered with caramel, custard, sponge and strawberry cream to give a little Latino flavour. The cake is so yummy, we decided to give it as a bonbonniere for our guests.

Looking back on the journey from meeting each other to now, we really saw God’s hand in leading us. The day of the wedding was perfect, the weather was an amazing a sunny 25 degrees, and since Melbourne can have 4 seasons in one day it was such a blessing.

As most married couples say, the day went so fast that we would want to re-live it many times. I guess the only way we can do that would be by going through Oy’s breathtaking shots and re-living the moment in the follow up wedding episode of “You wa Nani Shini Nippon e?

Photography: Oy Photography | Floral Design: Sugar Bee Flowers | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson The Magnolia | Wedding Cake: Marcianos Cakes | Reception Venue: Tatra Receptions | Groom's Suit: JCrew | Boutonniere: Pomp and Plumage | Bow Tie: Mrs Bow Tie | Bridal Accessories: Bridal Accessories - Sunset Cocktail Comb Kelly Spence (LONDON) | Bridal Shoes: Tony Bianco | Bride's Belt: My Little Bride | Bridesmaid belts: Forever New | Flower girl dress: Posh Peanut Kids | Garter: Woomee Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen's Shirt: Oscar Hunt | Groom and Groomsmen's Shoes: Batsanis | Hair Styling: Bride's Mother | Photobooth: Boothalicious | Photography - Assistance: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo | Ring bearer bow tie and suspenders: The Littlest Gentlemen | Ring bearer hat: Jets and Lilys | Wedding Cake Topper: Fairy Folk Wedding | Wedding Car: Sherbrooke Hire Vintage Cars

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Romantic Adelaide Summer Wedding

Tucked away in southern Australia, this intimate wedding is simplicity at its finest. With bouquets from floral designer Sylvie , the bride stunned in a simple white gown from Cpop accented with a colorful bouquet. The couple took photos behind the gorgeous green backdrop of a vineyard and their love, captured by Lucy Jane Photography is undeniable. You can see all the romantic details here!

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From The Bride… Our story is the age old tale of high school sweethearts. Sam and I met in a high school musical and he swept me off my feet with his jokes and laughter. Six years later we were engaged (all our friends saw it coming) and by the seventh it was wedding time. Growing up in the Adelaide Hills, naturally it was where we wanted to be married – close to home in a place that was important to us. Choosing a ceremony location was simple as the church we attend has a beautiful old traditional chapel, and it is attached to the primary school I went to! Our idea for the wedding was always traditional – but we didn’t want it to feel too black & white. We went with a simple and classic style, with the addition of things like colorful flowers to contrast with the simplicity of the ivory dresses and I let the girls choose their own shoes. For the men, they wore handmade brown shoes from Ethiopia and self-tied bow ties. Although we had an idea of what we wanted it to look like, we were never fussy and just let things happen.

Because we were still students, we needed to be a little thrifty in some areas and we knew if we were going to pay money we wanted to let people we knew share their skills with us. We made sure to use resources like free printables from the internet (table numbers were easy this way) and Grandma who was willing to make some jam for the bonbonnieres. Our florist was my best friend who was learning floristry, and it was the perfect opportunity to show off her skills. We went to the flower market together to choose the flowers (so much fun!) and then she arranged all of the bouquets and buttonholes. Our cake was made by another friend’s mum who has a high tea business. For the ceremony we had a string quartet that was organized by a friend of ours, and another school friend’s husband played in the jazz band for the reception. We had a photo booth at the reception for guests to take picture in front of, and it was painted by two of my bridesmaids who are fantastic artists. 

Photography: Lucy Jane Photography | Floral Design: Sylvie | Cake: Julie Young | Ceremony Venue: St. Michaels Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Mt. Lofty House | Bride's Shoes: Pumps by Robert Robert | Rings: McIntosh Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: For Her And For Him | Makeup: Katie Dawson From Perle Jewellery & Makeup | Groomsmen's Attire: Peter Shearer | Bride's Dress: Cpop | Bride's Earrings: Lovisa | Groomsmen's Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitations & Programs: John Juco

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Intimate Perth Wheatfield Wedding

Set in a wild wheat field, this delicate and small affair features some seriously beautiful Ivy Flowers,  an intimate guest list, and one gorgeous Anna Campbell gown. Between the close-knit ceremony and the romantic picnic reception, Katie Grant captured one perfectly personal affair right here!

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From Katie Grant… A wedding is such an intimate and  personal occasion and this private wedding perfectly reflects that! Set in a wild wheat field in the outskirts of Perth, Western Australia, this delicate and small wedding features only the essential personnel; the bride & groom, the officiant, and their two witnesses. Beautiful and lush florals overflow from the bouquet and from the small blanket set for the intimate reception. With an emphasis on pretty florals, unique details and scrumptious nibbles, this wedding takes the cake on a personal affair!

Photography: Katie Grant | Floral Design: Ivy Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: The Cake And I | Make Up: Jacqui Bradfield | Hair: Kayla Marshall Hair | Calligraphy And Paper: Type And Title | Ribbon And Cloth: Silk And Willow

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Romantic Spring Sydney Wedding

I usually don’t play favorites, but this springtime Aussie affair is seriously special. Beginning with the Sweet Bloom Cakes macaroon tower and ending with the pretty pink blooms donning a vintage Volkswagan, every detail is darling. Glass Jar Photography was behind the lens capturing a gallery with sharing and you can see it all, right here!

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From Glass Jar PhotographyOn one side of the world it’s winter, but on the other is a picturesque Spring in Sydney with a gorgeous wedding of two love birds.

Loved everything about this wedding day, and this couple! From the gorgeous landscapes of Sydney, the lush floral arrangements at the ceremony site, to the pink and cream toned cakes and macaroons at the Ceremony reception.

After the ceremony, we headed to a beautiful location for wedding party photos called “Vaucluse” with an old VW van then back Downtown Sydney for dinner and games.

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Wedding Dress - Fashion By Farina | Reception Venue: Kam Fook Restaurant | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Harpist: Jayne Hockley | Cake & Sweets: Sweet Bloom Cakes | Events Coordinator: Odette Brown | Photography Location: Vaucluse | VW Van Rental: Red Kombi | Wedding Cermony: Breakfast Point Country Club | Wedding Stylist: Divine Events

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Romantic Fall Watsons Bay Wedding

I’ve never met a wedding I didn’t love, but this cultural beauty takes that love to a whole new level. Think soft regal updos with the prettiest of blush bouquets alongside the dreamy design elements (you might even recognize this backdrop). Grab a front row seat to the day captured by Victor From I Love Wednesdays right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding was held in the warm spring of 27 September 2014 at Watsons Bay, Sydney. We had a Vietnamese tea ceremony held in the bridal suite where families from all over the country flew in to Sydney to attend. I wore a traditional Vietnamese wedding dress, studded with red sequins. Prior to the tea ceremony, Jason and I exchanged letters about our feelings for the day and our hopes for the future. After the formalities were completed, we changed for the official ceremony in Robertson Park, Watsons Bay and Jason and I gave gifts to the bridal party.

I created the wax paper backdrop from baking paper and cotton thread, which hung across the old fig tree in Robertson Park. The wax paper backdrop was discovered from a previous SMP feature.

The aisles were lined with baby’s breath and because my husband and I enjoy playing games, and we met through playing games, we had a white cart with drink dispensers of mana (blueberry cordial) and health (raspberry cordial). Wedding programs revolved around our love for all things fun and quirky; it detailed the time we spent together, information about the day and the bridal party. The bouquets and buttonholes were created by my cousin.

My nephew twins carried down the “Here comes the Bride Sign”, which our stylist made by screen printing on a piece of cotton canvas and painted black writing on top. It added a little quirk to the day, as on the back it said “Last chance to run!”. After exchanging vows and the rings, the best man read a poem by Dr Seuss, and we were off to the location shoot, where we took our shoes off, chilled out, an climbs rocks and walked through forestry to take some intimate shots. It was so peaceful to get away from the crowd for an hour!

The reception followed at Watsons Bay Hotel on the Top Deck. There were pre-dinner cocktails and canapes as guests mingled to music played by one of Jasons’s old breakdancing instructor, who is a DJ. The cake was a four layer chocolate and hazelnut torte, alternating with a strawberry watermelon cake with rose scented cream which we cut to the music of “Cut the Cake” by Average White Band whilst the sun was setting. The cake toppers were pegs purchased from Etsy and hand painted by myself. The seating plan consisted of hand stamped kraft tags pegged to twine against a white easel for guests to take a polaroid picture and swap the polaroid picture for their escort card. It was super fun to make the seating plan and at the end of the night we had a picture of every guest.

I found these fun “advice cards” from http://www.lovevsdesign.com/blog/words-of-wisdom-cards-printable-template for guests to give us advice for a happy marriage, it was an alternative to a guest book, and by the end of the night we had some really hilarious responses and a lovely Polaroid of everybody.

My husband is an avid fisherman, so I created the table numbers to represent our love for fishing. I hand painted white wooden fish found from Etsy and tied them with twine to a wooden fishing pole (which were varnished branches from our bougainvillea tree in our backyard), they sat in open jars with white pebbles and seashells.

Place cards were hand stamped by myself and tied with a piece of lavender.

Our first wedding dance was a swing dance to the music of Tape Five – Cool Cats in Town. Jason use to be a break dancer and I love dancing, so we decided to steer from the classical waltz and do something fun for our first dance. I found my dress from ASOS and it fitted perfect for the dance, especially the twirls we were doing. The flip was a last minute addition!

The candy buffet was an alternative to traditional bombonieres. We hired jars and purchased milk and white chocolate lollies to create a candy buffet. There were bride and groom strawberries dripped in chocolate and raspberry macrons baked by my cousin. The lolly bags were stamped using our monogram we found from http://www.shopantiquaria.com/anchor-monogram-stamp/. It was the same stationery we used for our wedding invitations.

At the end of the night, we took flipbooks and danced until we were dizzy.

Photography: Victor From I Love Wednesdays | Videographer: Onsight Films | Cake: Black Star Pastry | Ceremony: Robertson Park | Reception Venue: Watsons Bay Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jessica McClintock | Makeup: Megan Vaughan | Hair: Candice Lee | DJ: Pauler Lam | Groom's Attire: Joe Button | Celebrant: Coral Kortlepel | Bouquets And Buttonholes: Myphuong Thomsett | Bridal Dress: Jessica McClintock | Bride And Groom Strawberries: Lush Berries | Cake Toppers: The Bride | Candy Buffet: The Bride | Candy Buffet Jars: NY Party Hire | Candy Buffet Lollies: Candy Bar Sydney | Floristry: Oak And Linden | Mobile Flipbook Studio: Pix2Flix | Stylist: Kollaj Events | Vietnamese Dress: True Love Bridal | Wedding Programs: B Is For Brown