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Whimsical Garden Wedding

This, loves, is how you do a wedding.  You hold an amazingly gorgeous ceremony in a garden (complete with stunning floral arch from Bunched Together), rock the prettiest of gowns from Anaessia and cap it all off with a colorful reception that is the one seriously fun party with friends and family.  Oh, and you most definitely hire Jonathan Ong to capture all of the pretty.  Click here for the full gallery.

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From the Jonathan Ong… Kim is a wedding photographer herself (www.hellokimbo.com) so it was an honour (and also slightly stressful for me!) for her to ask me to photograph her wedding. Apparently, the number one question she was asked was “who’s going to photograph your wedding?”

Their wedding was in spring in Melbourne and held at Abbotsford Convent. They had a lovely garden ceremony and the rain held off ’till after the ceremony which was such a blessing! Their reception was laced with greenery and a giant LOVE sign. Every part of their wedding was considered from a photographer’s point of view (especially in regards to light) which made it real easy for me, plus the fact that they are just the loveliest people so it was great to photograph them.  One of my favourite weddings of all time.

From the Bride… Our ceremony was held in the Gardens at Abbotsford Convent. Nick and I love the outdoors and aren’t huge fans of dark churches and also wanted our ceremony to be close to our reception. So that was our reason for choosing the gardens. Plus the fact that with the backdrop of the convent and flora, it is beautiful!

We decided to write our own vows independently and our minister, Roger, made sure the word count was close and that they were similar. I’m so pleased we decided to write our own vows. They were so personal to us and really struck a chord on the day. There were a lot of tears!

The only decorations that we decided to lash out on was the floral arch for our ceremony. I’m a huge fan of colour, so that was pretty much my only request to the florist, was to make something nice, colourful and pretty!

We decided on Bursaria and the Abbotsford Convent, as I had heard that the food was excellent there! Nick and I like to think we are foodies, so the tasting was a lot of fun for us! The service was excellent, too and our experience with our wedding coordinator, Shelley, was a breeze! She was fantastic, made us feel comfortable and at ease knowing she was there to boss everybody around!

All of the decorations on the roof of the convent were designed and executed by our very talented florists Bunched Together! My only request to them was lots of colour and flowers to fill the tables! They also provided the favours (succulents), and did a wrapping station at the end of the night which meant all of the guests could take a bouquet home and the flowers didn’t go in the bin!

We didn’t do a lot of traditional wedding things during the reception. We only did a few short speeches and then a daggy first dance! Our cake was a macaroon cake so we didn’t bother cutting it!

The typography on the signage was created by my friends at Big Picture Stuff! They are amazingly talented twins who crafted all of our signage.

Nick is a record collector and we decided to bring a few along to get people to sign them so we could store them away in our collection!

Photography: Jonathan Ong | Videography: Humdrum Films | Florist: Bunched Together | Wedding Dress: Anaessia | Cake: Churchill Creations | Stationery: Sam Koh | Stationery: Bianca Cash | Reception Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Brides Shoes: Gorman | Rings: Brent Dakis | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Catering: Bursaria | Hair & Makeup: Lady Day Make Up & Hair | Groom's Shoes: Vanishing Elephant | Suits: Briggins | Bowties: Knot Now Bowties | Bride's Flats: Hobes | Typography: Big Picture Stuff

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Vintage Chic Outdoor Wedding

From incorporating their dog as the ring bearer, to donning rain boots, to ending the evening with a literal cheese cake, this outback affair has all the great makings for a personal and unique affair. With Matt Rowe Photography behind the lens, every image snapped up in the gallery is sure to leaving you wanting more, and it’s all right here!

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From the dashing Groom… When I was waiting there with 90 odd people staring at me. It was no surprise the bride was late. But when I first saw her it hit me and I fought hard to hold back the tears.

What the most special parts of the day were… It was all perfect! If I had to pick one moment I would have to say when I saw Emilie walking down the aisle with her dad. The last song at the reception was also pretty cool. ‘throw your arms around me’ where the entire crowd circled up and literally threw their arms around each other!

From the beautiful Bride… I was surprisingly calm the day of the wedding until I decided to read through my vows while the girls were getting ready…….it hit me hard at this point and I was an emotional mess from then until I made my way down the aisle. Luckily I was able to pull myself together when I saw Ben.

It was important to me that absolutely every detail of our wedding represented Ben and I. I love vintage stuff so we went for the vintage/rustic theme which also suited our venue; however, we added little details to make it our own. Our wedding cake looked like a wedding cake but was actually wheels of cheese, we had our enormous dog in the ceremony (he carried the rings) along with our enormous bridal party, we had flip flops available at the dance floor for the ladies to kick off their heels, we wore gum boots for our photos (thanks to our amazing photographers), our ceremony was short, sweet and very funny with lots of laughter…….I could go on forever. It was also very important to us that our wedding was relaxed and informal. We had many guests traveling from Victoria so having our wedding at a venue where all of our guests could stay together and make a weekend out of it was perfect. The wedding day went so fast that I am now so grateful that I had the whole weekend with everyone otherwise I would have barely got to spend any time with them! I wouldn’t change a thing!

Another part of the day that really stands out to me was an awesome idea from our photographers (Matt and Amanda Rowe). Just before we were about to leave for the ceremony, Matt organized for my dad to come into the room without seeing me. Once he was ready I stood behind my dad so we were back to back. On the count of three dad and I turned around to see each other for the first time. Not only did Matt and Amanda get some amazing photos of that very moment that I will cherish forever but it was also such an emotional and incredibly special moment for my dad and I…….. this is why I was 20 minutes late for the ceremony (thanks for mentioning that Ben) but it was most definitely worth it!

I had been dreading the ceremony leading up to the wedding but to my surprise this was my most favorite part of the day! The look on Ben’s face as I walked down the aisle was incredibly special.

From Matt Rowe PhotographyBen and Emilie’s beautiful Noosa North Shore wedding was a dream. A classic Vintage theme combined with a whole lot of humor, a massive bridal party added some hilarity to the day and their giant fur-baby/ ring bearer just kept us smiling. We loved the dreamy fields and the spectacular sunset and felt blessed to have spent the day with a couple so full of love and light-heartedness.

Photography: Matt Rowe Photography | Event Stylist: Style Le Isle | Floral Design: Buderim Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lucy And Loo | Officiant: Sally Williams Wyn | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Roger David | Makeup & Hair: Emily Glassons | Photography - Assistance: Sage And Thyme | Wedding Venue: Noosa North Shore Retreat

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Classic Sydney Wedding

Classic beauties like this are the reason I love weddings, from the elegant color palette to the sprinkling of baby’s breath to the stunning bride in lace.  Add in a breathtaking harbor backdrop, gorgeous images from Tim Pascoe and a seriously cute love story and it’s worthy of your entire Thursday.  Click here for more, then stay tuned for a sweet film from Papercranes Productions below.  

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From the Bride… Bryan and I met about seven years ago; we instantly clicked and became good friends. Regular coffees, lunches and casual drinks soon turned into romantic dinner dates. On a particularly balmy night in March 2013, after dinner at the Australian Hotel where we had our first date, we took a stroll on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bryan got down on one knee and proposed. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and was on a high for the next few days! We decided not long after that we should have our wedding at Pier One Sydney Harbour as it was a central location for many of our overseas and interstate guests. It also overlooked the Harbour Bridge where Bryan proposed and was a special place for the both of us.

Admittedly, I am somewhat of a control freak while Bryan is generally more of a laid-back and easy-going person. We gave ourselves 15 months to plan the wedding, lots of time to book suppliers and plenty of notice for our out of town guests. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as a few months after Bryan asked for a transfer to the London office of his firm, and we would be moving a mere two months after the wedding! As you can imagine, the months that followed were hectic, stressful and sometimes testing for the both of us. I was lucky, however, to have a groom who took an active interest in the planning process. Every single detail in this wedding was planned by the both of us without the help of a wedding planner as we wanted this to truly be a product of our teamwork.

The wedding was an intimate black-tie event with a palette of ivory, gold and green. We wanted it to be traditional and classic and to have a luxe feel at the same time. We chose to have our wedding in winter as Sydney tends to be quite hot and humid in the summer and spring and we didn’t want any of our guests feeling uncomfortable in the heat. Our ceremony was held on a wharf right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the reception right next to it. We were in luck as Vivid (annual city light festival) coincided with our big day, so as an added bonus the guests could not only enjoy the view of Sydney Harbour during the ceremony, but at night they were treated to seeing ships and ferries all lit up with multi-coloured lights as the boats floated by the reception room (with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour) all night!

I went dress-shopping almost immediately after getting engaged and while many dresses were lovely, none of them really felt bridal enough for me. I decided to get a couture dress from Steven Khalil and as many brides will tell you-Steven Khalil can do no wrong. Steven created a beaded French lace mermaid number for me with a scalloped back an applique veil and a long train. Not only was he an amazing designer, he was an absolute darling to work with. I looked forward to each and every bridal fitting I had and although the finished product was everything I ever dreamed of, I was sad our fittings had come to an end.

For my dress change, I wore a Lanvin-inspired dress in emerald green which was custom made by Oanh Ma Couture to allow me to dance through the night. My wedding jewellery was kept simple to complement an elaborate dress. I wore tear-shaped diamond earrings to match my pear-shaped engagement ring and a diamond tennis bracelet on loan from my mother as something borrowed. I carried a simple bouquet of cream roses while my bridesmaids and flower girl had baby’s breath bouquets.

To keep within our wedding theme, I wore gold sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes. Our wedding cake was a three tier gold leaf cake which had a cascading rose design made by Faye Cahill. We also had our wedding date carved in roman numerals at the back of the cake to make it extra special.

Our wedding cars were vintage, from the 1920s. Bryan fell in love with them instantly and insisted on having them as soon as he saw them. One of them was actually used in the Great Gatsby movie. My only regret was not having enough time or pictures taken with the cars as it started raining after our ceremony and we had to head back to the hotel for the rest of our photos.

Despite the inclement weather, our photographer Tim Pascoe managed to create some stunning shots of us and our bridal party. I had seen Tim’s work on many other weddings and knew straight away that I wanted him to be our wedding photographer. Many of our most beautiful pictures from the day were captured indoors. I am usually awkward in front of the camera but Tim made me feel so comfortable and natural that I forgot about being self-conscious. He was also a great help in coordinating our big bridal party. The same goes for our videographers, Papercranes Productions, who worked seamlessly behind the scenes, capturing those intimate and candid moments on film without anyone noticing they were there. Their camera angels, editing and choice of music for our wedding film was first class.

The décor at the reception was kept fairly simple as we did not want to compete with the stunning backdrop of harbour lights. I chose baby’s breath for the centre pieces and crystal glassware which went very well with the whole theme. Instead of using table numbers we printed photos of ourselves starting from 1983-the year in which both of us were born. This was our little DIY project and we thoroughly enjoyed compiling and comparing baby photos, we thought this would add a bit of frivolity and fun to an otherwise formal event. We chose to have a pianist instead of a band as we only had 100 guests and wanted to keep it quite intimate. As a treat to our guests we hired an Instagram printer for the night and encouraged everyone to use the hastag #bandcwed. The result was beautiful candid photos of our guests and bridal party-something that cannot always be captured by professional photography.

Our first dance song was L-O-V-E by Michael Buble. Bryan and I attending dance lessons to perfect our first dance as neither of us were naturals on the dance floor. I remember feeling incredibly nervous before the first dance but as soon as the music started we forgot about being self conscious and just had fun. We incorporated hora dancing into the night as Bryan is Jewish and we wanted add some cultural elements to the wedding. We needed to find a pianist who could be very versatile with our choice of music. Scot Finnie was simply amazing! He single-handedly managed to churn out all our tunes as well as keep all our guests entertained without stopping for a single break. We owe much of the success of the night to Scot.

After all the hard work, preparation and stresses leading up to the wedding day, it was all worth it to share the celebration with our friends and family! My advice to all brides out there is to trust your vendors and enjoy the day as it passes too quickly. I would give anything to experience this special day again.

Photography: Tim Pascoe | Videography: Papercranes Productions | Event Design: Decorative Events And Exhibitions | Wedding Dress: Steven Khalil | Wedding Cake: Faye Cahill | Ceremony Venue: Pier One Sydney Harbour | Reception Venue: Pier One Sydney Harbour | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Potion | Makeup: Susie Ayoub Makeup | Hair: Peta Winter Bridal Hair | Groom's Attire: Roy's Master Tailoring | Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David | Celebrant: Rochelle Haley | Evening Dress: Oanh Ma Evening Couture | Flower Girl's Dress: Anna Campbell | Getting Ready: Intercontinental Sydney | Instagram Printer: Social Playground | Master Of Ceremonies: Robert Galati | Music: Scot Finnie | Wedding Cars: Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles | Wedding Jewelery: Affinity Diamonds

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