They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a family to throw a great wedding. And this Australian affair is definitely a great wedding. From the Bride’s stunning Karen Willis Holmeslace-bodice gown to the ceremony arbor constructed by the Groom and flowers arranged by the Bride’s mother and sisters, this wedding is full of love and lovely details, all captured by At Dusk Photography. See it all here.
From The Bride…Our color palate was neutral, incorporating blue and grey tones. We tried to encapsulate a relaxed but elegant vintage feel while taking advantage of the beautiful coast line and surrounding ourselves with a mix of white florals and Australian native flowers.
Ben made our bamboo arbor that we we married beneath. He also made the chalk boards that greeted our guests. Ben also made the photography peg board that our friends and family took happy snaps and pegged them on to twine for us. We also did our own florals. My mother and two sisters went to the Sydney flower markets the day before the wedding at 3am to choose the florals and we spent much of the day before the wedding putting together all of the flowers for the day.
We also put together our own sweets table for the day, which formed part of our favors for our guests. We put together seed bags so that our guests could watch our love grow and hand made place settings from chocolate and lavender.
When I get married, I can only hope my wedding looks half as beautiful as this breathtaking photo shoot. From the soft lighting and romantic florals, to the picture-perfect setting and adorable cake, I’m completely obsessed with every detail that Whitney Heard Photography caught on camera. Excuse me while I spend the rest of the day admiring all the pretty.
From Dominique Flowers…The hazy shades of dusk, in shimmering gold, pink and blush, from the sun setting over the white cliffs of Mackenzies Bay were the inspiration found for this airy and romantic bridal editorial. The azure ocean blues of Tamarama and gentle movements of the sea, the bride resplendent in her frothy, like ocean foam, tulle gown and grounded by the strength of her groom’s love, just like the solid rocks they stand upon. The bride’s hair softly tousled, silk ribbons tied to the foraged garden bouquet and calligraphy inscribed chiffon billowing with the ocean’s breeze.
Airy greens, adorned with old-world roses, and gauzy fabrics layer the dining table, their edges casually unfinished. Open weave plant-dyed napkins, slightly marbled in colour, and antique silverware, tied in pairs with delicate silk ribbon, are set upon gilded menus and hand-made dinnerware, with a marine-inspired lace design, to signify the bond shared during the couples first meal together, as husband and wife.
The bride and groom lovingly embrace to watch the sun drop below the cliffs. The two-tiered cake, decorated with a floral design in soft watercolour strokes, as sweet as their love, to be enjoyed with vintage champagne coupes of bubbly Billecart-Salmon Rose. A perfect ending to an even more perfect day.
From the Bride’s stunning lace gown, to the seriously stare-worthy reception, this wedding is truly something special. A family-centered celebration, this gorgeous affair is overflowing with the beautiful Sydney as a backdrop and one lucky-in-love duo. Jonathan Wherrett captured it all and it’s waiting for you in the gallery.
From Jonathan Wherrett… About a year ago, I was contacted by Shirley (the bride) who had been drawing inspiration from weddings on Style Me Pretty. She had stumbled upon a wedding I shot and contacted me to shoot her special day. I was excited about the prospect of shooting an inner-city wedding, and as Shirley and Daniel’s wedding day unfolded I was blown away by every detail.
From her stunning fitted lace gown and veil designed by Steven Khalil, to the reception at Quay Restaurant with some of the best views of Sydney I’ve ever seen, this wedding was something special. The venue was beautifully styled by She Designs with no detail unconsidered.
With many of Daniel’s family flying in from China especially for the wedding, there were many emotional moments. It was incredibly family-centered and Shirley and Daniel were very intentional about making the day amazing for their guests.
Married in the stunning St Marks Darling Point in the heart of Sydney, this wedding reflects the greatest attractions of Sydney in a creative, elegant and beautiful way.
This vintage chic affair? Well, it’s a new favorite. Beginning with the Bride’s adorable VW escort to their beachside nuptials, every detail essentially what seaside dreams are made of. With a love that is palpable and a beauty that defines relaxed elegance, you can see it all unfold through the lens of SugarLove Weddings in the full gallery!
From the beautiful Bride…Jack organized an amazing proposal at Bathers Pavilion in Balmoral. He had organized the top balcony just for us. I was so shocked that when I got out there, I said “wow, they’ve set this up so nicely for someone”. The next thing I knew he was down on one knee and I had mascara running down my cheeks with such joy. I immediately said yes and we enjoyed some champagne while watching the sun set. He then lead me downstairs to the private dining room where both of our parents and sisters with their husbands were waiting for a surprise. Jack had told them that it was a surprise dinner for my birthday. No one believed him but his sister, who brought me a present. The lead up to the wedding was really relaxed and we enjoyed celebrating with friends and family. We were so beyond flattered with how excited everyone was.
We wanted a very relaxed, casual beachy vibe and thought the venue and styling suited it perfectly.
Our favorite moment was becoming husband and wife of course! or Wife and Wife, or Husband and Husband!)
We will never forget the ceremony. When you’re standing up there you completely forget that there are 120 people staring at you. But when you look out, you’re completely flawed that all of your family and friends are there to support and celebrate with you.
Marriage means spending every day with your best friend and knowing that you get to wake up and lay beside them every night.
The wedding dress was from Sarah Janks in Mosman. I knew as soon as I tried it on that it was the one for me. The shop assistant made me try on more just to be sure but I kept going back to the first one and never looked back. I absolutely loved how elegant yet simple it was (and very easy to dance in!)
At the rehearsal I was so nervous of thinking that on the day I wouldn’t say the right thing and I think I stuffed up the words about 5 times. Then on the day of the wedding we were in the middle of saying the vows, and jack said “with this wing, I wed” the whole crowd including myself was in stitches and now provides all of jacks friends with countless years of wing jokes.
The best advice that we could give was that we made a rule that we wouldn’t talk about the wedding in bed so we weren’t fussing over flower details and colours of invitations before going to sleep.
Other than that, enjoy the lead up and take the time on the day to soak it all in.
For a girl that stares at pretty pictures day in and day out, one might think that I would be desensitized to the good stuff. The stuff that knocks you clear off your feet and forces your heart to skip a tiny beat. But with a backdrop this beautiful, a marbled cake and a backless gown that sort of makes me weep… that is exactly what my heart did. Click here for more in the gallery from the team at White Images and Little Gray Station (along with a slew of others below)!
From White Images… Pomegranates and grapes spill out of tarnished silver platters featuring delicious French cheese, as handmade artisan bread is kneaded and baked on site in this romantic setting.
Set amongst the enchanting grounds of Deux Belettes in Byron Bay, with a dining table, lined with bentwood chairs, cascading with flowing grey linens and delicate florals, this French inspired shoot creates an enchanting, ethereal atmosphere. Dramatic pewter calligraphy on black cards sit alongside lavender posies tied with maroon silk ribbons atop delicate white stoneware.
Nestled in a picturesque alcove overlooking the stunning Deux Belettes grounds sits the beautiful marbled wedding cake, a modern reference to the opulence of French feasting.
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!
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.