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Nature Inspired Vineyard Wedding

This, my friends, is what we like to call pure perfection.  A breathtaking nature inspired wedding that seamlessly mixes rustic romance and classic elegance, from the stunning Reem Acra gown to the gorgeous chapel to the wooden crates housing the lush florals from Petal And Pod.  It’s basically everything.  See it all captured by Jac And Heath Photography in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… We met nine years ago in my parent’s kitchen. Andrew and two of his mates were (welcome) freeloaders at a lunch I prepared for some old school friends. I remember him being very shy and we barely spoke, but his sincere “thank you” and “you’re a great cook” on the way out was very sweet and memorable. We kept bumping into each other through mutual friends and a few weeks later I accidentally asked him out on our first date.

We moved to Sydney a few years into our relationship and started frequenting a little eco-retreat in Wollombi (Hunter Valley) surrounded by bushland and perched overlooking a peaceful valley. Over a number of years it became our place to revive, reconnect and escape the hustle of city life. After finishing my degree in late 2012, I booked Wollombi for us to go and relax for a long weekend. We had just been for a long bike ride and were reclining on the deck being silly and laughing when Andrew went inside for water and came out with a small black box. He sat on the side of my lounge chair and opened the box. I was speechless for quite a while, I mumbled something about wearing daggy shorts and a t-shirt, and of course I said yes. It was a beautiful spontaneous moment, in a place very special to us, it was perfect. There were tears of gratitude.

Andrew had asked my parents’ permission to propose five months prior and with a clear vision he set about to design the perfect ring. The jeweller’s showroom was less than a block from my work right in the middle of Sydney. He spent months sneaking around the city in his carpenter’s clothes attending diamond selection and design meetings; I had no clue.

About six months before we were engaged, I noticed a dress worn to the Golden Globes and for the first (and only) time in my life I could actually imagine wearing a wedding dress. I didn’t think for a second that I would be able to find that dress in Australia, so I searched around Sydney for months trying on everything, and still couldn’t find ‘the one.’  In my desperation, I turned to Google and discovered that my dream gown was available in Australia after all (and in Sydney). It gave me goose bumps to see the stunning Reem Acra gown in person, the beaded cap sleeves were even more breathtaking in person, it was love at first sight.

We broke with tradition and spent the wedding morning together before getting ready separately. We enjoyed a beautiful breakfast in our hotel room and (I’m not going to lie) Andrew watched some of the Bathurst 1000 race over brekkie. We took time to appreciate what was about to happen, it was special to be able to be still and focus on each other. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The ceremony took place in a sweet sandstone chapel overlooking vineyards. The open sides of the chapel made the most of the beautiful vineyard estate and the warm weather. The short service was followed by a passage of encouragement read by Andrew’s mother and our vows. We promised to love each other in good times and in bad, when our love is simple and when it’s not. The emotion at end of the ceremony was quite unexpected – feeling and seeing the joy and excitement of the people we love, it was quite overwhelming and we weren’t prepared for that!

The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour with canapés and lawn games, then a formal three-course dinner at Twine Restaurant. At the last minute, I decided to hire a two piece band to play for the first few hours of the reception; it really enhanced the relaxed vibe we were trying to achieve.  The Aubrey Band were perfection.

My bouquet was made with delicate white ranunculus, pale peach David Austen, garden roses, rosemary, olive foliage, wax flower, berry and gum leaves tied together with linen ribbon. My younger cousin and flower girl had a wax flower crown and her bouquet was a simple bunch of pale peach David Austen roses.

For the reception I wanted to bring the fragrance of the Australian bush indoors, so the focal point on each of the five; communal tables was a rustic flower box filled with free form eucalyptus leaves, roses, ranunculus and rosemary. The tables were also dotted with bottled arrangements that held green button chrysanthemums, daises, baby’s breath and gum leaves. The bridal table was adorned with a lush eucalyptus leaf table garland with pockets of rosemary, ranunculus, garden roses, berries and wax flower. The room smelled incredible!

We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of us both, so first and foremost set out to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We both love being outdoors, so we chose a nature inspired wedding theme set in the beautiful wineries and bushland surrounds of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. I guess you could describe the style as romantic, classic and country.

It was also important for us to incorporate elements of our families and heritage into the details – from the gum leaves in my bouquet which were a nod to Andrew’s upbringing in rural Victoria, to the flower boxes handmade by the carpenters (Andrew, his brother, and me – the foreman!), to the banana cake with passionfruit icing because this Queenslander loves her tropical fruit, and the twine art ‘guest book’ which symbolized our families being linked together.

With the help of our families we did all the planning, styling and decorating ourselves. Andrew, his brother and I made a lot of the decorations together – the noughts and crosses lawn game, the wooden flower boxes, two gift tables, table numbers, the love heart string art ‘guest book’ and the gum tree candle holders on the reception tables. My mum arranged the flowers outside the chapel and on the pews as well as the bottled arrangements on the reception tables. We also co-designed, printed and assembled the wedding invitations, menus, place cards and seating plans ourselves. Because we had a quite a few children at the wedding, we made little party packs to make them feel special. In a chevron-patterned white and brown paper bag they each had: a handmade felt finger puppet, a personalized activity book, crayons, popcorn, lollies, a towelette, bubble blowers and cute animal stickers.

There was a lot of sentiment in our wedding day details, we surrounded ourselves with the special people and pieces that tell our story. The pastor we chose to take the ceremony was Andrew’s cousin, he and his wife are such an inspiration for our marriage. The pen we signed our marriage certificate with was handmade by dear a friend and neighbor of Andrew’s family in rural Victoria. Our antique cake knife originally belonged to Andrew’s great great grandmother and has been cherished by each generation. My ‘something blue’ was a hair pin given to me when I was a girl by my beloved aunt who passed away just a few months before the wedding – she was such a special lady and I wore it to remember her. One of my favourite details was a large frame holding eight photos of our grandparents, parents and siblings’ wedding days – it was our tribute to the important marriages in our lives that have shaped who we are.

We honeymooned in California, Nevada, New York and Mexico for three weeks, it was packed with hiking, people-watching, sight-seeing, yoga, cross fit, cooking classes, markets, bike riding, fabulous restaurants, luxurious hotels, Halloween and Día de Muertos festivals in Mexico, beach, coconuts, releasing newborn turtles into the ocean and meeting new people along the way. It was a blast!

Photography: Jac And Heath Photography | Floral Design: Petal And Pod | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra New York | Cake: Simmone Logue Fine Food Company | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Truese | Groom's Attire: Cambridge Co. | Bespoke Rings: Max Diamonds | Bonbonniere: LilMissi | Flower Girls' Dress: Monsoon UK | Groom's Bowtie: Herringbone Sydney | Makeup: Eloise Proust Makeup Artist | Musicians: Aubrey | Pearl Earrings: Linneys | Photography - Assistance: DEC Creatives | Photography Venue: Tinklers Vineyard & Orchard Estate | Wedding Ceremony: Peppers Creek Chapel | Wedding Reception: Twine Restaurant

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Perth Wedding at Little Creatures Brewery

Scrolling through Angga Permana Photo’s captures you’d never EVER guess every detail for this day came together in just three months. But beauty is a given when you have a beautiful BHLDN wedding dress, peonies-filled bouquets from Twigged Flowers By Tali, and of course, one huge smile across your face. Set it all up in an awesome venue like Little Creatures Brewery, and you have one pretty party. See it all here!

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From the bride… I’m writing this from a remote island in East Indonesia in the middle of nowhere, miles away from my husband after being married for only five weeks. I’m due to come home today and thought this is the perfect opportunity to write this long overdue post. We only had three months to prep our wedding. We expected nothing and had prepared ourselves for the worst. The only thing we were sure of was that we wanted to be married and that was all that matterd. The most unforgettable moment on the day was when our Kombi wedding car broke down in the middle of the highway and all the bridesmaids and I arrived at the ceremony venue 45 minutes late. Surprisingly the whole scene did not break me at all. I was calm throughout and I knew deep in my heart that I will marry Patrick on this fine day and this was just a small bump on the road. I walked down the aisle to Jack Johnson’s Angel and I could still remember very dearly all the feelings I had when I walked my way to Patrick. Everyone and everything else was blurry. Patrick’s eyes and smiles were the only things I held on to. It was all very personal and emotional for me. We couldn’t have picked a better reception venue than Little Creatures Brewery as both of us are big fans of their beers. We also love the rustic romantic feeling that the place offers and for Patrick it was a definite long yes as soon as we were shown the way to the open tap bar. Thanks to Tali from Twigged flowers by Tali and Sarah from Heart Strings and Pretty Things who worked beyond their ways to create every single details that I had in mind into a such dreamy day. From my flower crown to each and every table centrepieces to the hanging jars, combined with our DIY items, all these details were put together with love. Every corner I looked somehow spoke of our true personalities. A little tip for all the bride-to-be: during prep period just try and do your best, keep the positive vibe running all the time, be grateful on every small achievement, and remain patient on every trials, in the end, you are marrying the love of your life and that’s what it should only be about.

Photography: Angga Permana Photo | Flowers: Twigged Flowers By Tali | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Red Bird Cake | Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary | Reception Venue:: Little Creatures Brewery Deck Bar | Wedding Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dress: ASOS & Sosie | Bridesmaids Gift: Sandra Smith Handmade & DIY | Cake Topper: Communicakeit | Décor: Heart Strings And Pretty Things | Festoon Lights: Micktric Events | Men’s Tie: ASOS & Speicher Tie Company | Suit: Jack London

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Preppy Summertime Inspiration Shoot At Fernhill Estate

You know the saying: When life deals you lemons, use them for an adorable decorative accents. (That’s my version, at least.)  And the styling power-team of Angie Silvy Photography, and Myee Events, agree. Add in blooms from Lucia Kos against the backdrop of the Fernhill Estate, and you have yourself a whole lot of pretty. Make sure to check out the whole gallery of swoon-worthy summertime inspiration.


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From Angie Silvy PhotographyWhile on a trip to my home town of Sydney, I reached out to my friend, celebrity wedding planner margo from Myee events. We decided that Fernhill Estate in Australia would be the perfect place for my concept of chic and rustic. We together carefully curated the shoot from linens, props, chairs, desert table, antiques and more. with only 3 weeks of planning from the States to Australia with my wonderful team, we came up with beautiful shoot.

Photography: Angie Silvy Photography | Event Design: Angie Silvy | Event Planning: Margo Keegan | Event Planning: Myee Events | Floral Design: Lucia Kos | Reception Venue: Fernhill | Cupcakes : Cupcake House | Flatware And Linens : Peponi Home | Glassware: The Bank Bazaar | Hair : Angelic Hair Studio Wallacia | Main Table Settting: Peponi | Makeup : Admire Skin & Laser Clinic | Props : DeCoco Home | Styling Assistnat : Demi Pritchard