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They Said “I Do” at Australia’s Oldest Church and it was Breathtaking!

It’s hard to top an Eiffel Tower proposal, but these two sweeties managed to do just that with a wedding that was even MORE romantic than their ice skating engagement in the City of Light. Think a stunning ceremony in Australia’s oldest church followed by a sweet celebration at the beautiful bride’s grandparents’ farm, all designed by Decorative Events and Exhibitions and captured by Gabriela Ana Weddings.  See the breathtaking results in THE VAULT.

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From Gabriela Ana Weddings… Lucy and Paul had the most beautiful early spring wedding getting married at Australia’s Oldest Church, Ebenezer Church, which Paul’s ancestors actually help built (amazing!).

The reception was held at Lucy’s grandparents acreage on their breathtaking property in Mt Wilson nestled within the Blue Mountains, Australia in a Marquee. Lucy had always wanted to have her wedding at her grandparents place ever since she was a little girl.

Lucy and Paul are both nurses and met while Lucy was on work placement on Paul’s ward. Lucy even yelled out “By the way, my name is Lucy!” after she met Paul while he walked away so he wouldn’t forget who she was! From there, their romance blossomed and then Paul proposed on their overseas holiday to Europe on Christmas Eve while ice skating in front of the Eiffel tower. Because the ice was so cold Paul didn’t want to bend down on one knee until Lucy made him do it again on one knee to make it official. (I think I would have done the same haha!)

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Photography: Gabriela Ana Weddings | Event Design: Decorative Events | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Ceremony Venue: Ebenezer Church | Reception Venue: At Home | Catering: Princess Pantry

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A Traditional Garden Wedding Gets a Glam + Whimsical Update

This gorgeous bride had a vision: a traditional garden wedding with a whimsical twist. With chiavari chairs, David Austin roses and silver candelabras, the traditional elements began to take shape. Lush amaranthus and ivy, a naked cake and tulle bridesmaids’ dresses completed the vision. Head to The Vault to see it all from Evoke Photography!

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From The BrideOur traditional wedding was located at Peppers Craigieburn Resort, a historical estate property surrounded by lavish manicured gardens, golf coarse and vintage horse stables. The ceremony was held in the garden surrounded by wild flowers, roses and a lush tree under which we took our vows. I (the bride) made a breathtaking entrance at the ceremony, down the steps of the old house and into the garden. The reception was held in the Carrington function room, with grand French windows behind the bridal table, adorned with twinkle lights to create a fairytale atmosphere.

The entire day was perfection from start to finish, there was on-location accommodation for all of our bridal party and guests, which gave us the opportunity to spend a number of days relaxing with our family and friends and admiring and exploring the peaceful countryside surroundings.

My vision for our wedding was a balance between traditional elements such as the tiffany chairs, David Austin roses, silver candelabra centerpieces and mirrored accents, and more whimsical features such as draped Ivy and Amaranthus, a naked style cake with a hand crafted wired topper, tulle bridesmaid dresses and a detailed lace wedding gown.

Overall we were happy with every aspect of our wedding and all our guests commented on how smoothly the day ran. Reflecting back, navy bridesmaid dresses and soft, pastel colours of the bouquets were the perfect choice as they matched the venue flawlessly making for some beautiful photography.

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Photography: Evoke Photography | Floral Design: Leah Mitchell Floral | Wedding Dress: Sposabella Bridal In Fairy Meadow | Cake: Delaneys Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: The White Collection | Rings: Meakins Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Just | Makeup: VDJ Makeup Artistry | Hair: D'Luxe Hairy Beauty | DJ: Luke Savill | Groom's Attire: Ferrari | Celebrant: Altar Your Thinking (Kristie Poole) | Venue: Peppers Convent | Acoustic Music: Dj Beneaf | Beauty: Backstage Beauty & Brows | Earrings: Fletcher & Grace | MC: Merinda Richardson | Robes: Bras N Things

Behind the Scenes with One of Australia’s Hottest Designers

Brides, you’re in for a very special treat today — not only are we getting to know bridal designer Moira Hughes better thanks to Sonia Allen Makeup‘s fabulous profile, but we’re getting a peek into the designer’s salon and her gorgeous dresses! Take a virtual tour of Moira’s beautiful loft courtesy of Natasha Foster and Angela Rose Photography and see why we have a major crush below!

From Sonia Allen Makeup When asked about her inspiration, it all comes down to brides and fabrics! “Meeting someone who is newly engaged, hearing about their wedding and learning about their personality. A picture starts to form and excitement between us builds on the perfect wedding gown. Seeing all the new laces come through from Paris is incredible and sparks so many new ideas. Sometimes a unique lace will stay in my mind just waiting for the right dress and when it all comes together this is really inspiring.”

A Moira Hughes bride is…“a bride who wants everything! They want the timeless gown to love in 50 years time but also a dress that is young, modern and unique. She wants to look incredible but also be really comfortable to drink, eat and dance her night away! She is not afraid to stand out but also wants that romantic elegant and demure silhouette.”

I ask Moira how long her gowns take to make and what the design process involves and am thrilled to learn that all dresses are made in Sydney (pretty rare in 2016!). “A couture gown is usually started about a year in advance. The first step is securing the fabrics and laces from Paris, ensuring the time for the gown to be created has been booked out and everything is ready for the bride. Closer to the wedding the fittings start, the last taking place just two weeks before the big day to make sure the fit is really perfect.

The fact that everything is made in Sydney means we have complete control over each design and can create dresses really close to a bride’s wedding date, allowing her as much time as possible to get her ideal wedding day body!”

With the bridal industry being no stranger to trends, Moira gives me her predictions of what we can expect to see in bridal couture. “Its all about the back! Low, low backs, higher necklines and more detailing. Other tones are starting to creep in too – bridal blush and dove greys are emerging for the more fashion-conscious bride.”

And finally, Moira’s advice for a woman deciding on her dress…“Stay true to your personality, perhaps pick out a couple of words to describe yourself on the day. If it is classic, modern, pretty or glamorous- use that as a guide. You will regret wearing a dress you were talked into, hair you never usually like, shoes that are too high or make up much heavier than usual. Stay true to yourself and you can’t go wrong!”

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From Sonia Allen Makeup… One would say that having incredible talent, passion and drive alongside being warm, energetic and fun is a winning combination…Profiling Moira Hughes, I discovered she is just that combination! The British-born designer has always known she wanted to design wedding gowns and spent years working with some of London, Dublin and Sydney’s best designers before creating her own label and opening her Paddington Boutique.

Starting every day with a cup of tea (she has never had a cup of coffee!), Moira says that designing is something that has always come naturally. “I have little sketches of wedding gowns everywhere- even without realizing it I suddenly have little brides spinning around a notepad.”

Moira’s boutique, nestled in the heart of Paddington, is a merging of New York loft meets Parisian chic. A converted barn with exposed brick, high ceilings and raw finishes, her space cleverly combines the finest components of classicism with an elegant and refined twist. The boutique is light, airy and modern, yet very intimate.

“The beautiful space has the convenience of being near the city combined with the romance to reflect the craftmanship of our gowns. Each bride has the whole boutique to herself, it adds to the experience.”

With such an enthusiasm and genuine love for her craft, Moira says the best part of her job is meeting with brides. “The excitement in designing a gown she will remember forever and feel the best she has ever felt is infectious! I find myself thinking of brides and their dresses on the weekend, particularly on their wedding day. It is a whole journey I am so grateful to be part of.”

From Moira Hughes

What is your party trick?

I can make the best Whisky Sours! Always popular at parties.

Describe the colour white to somebody who is blind?

White is the colour of peace, innocence and a blank canvas. It is the colour you see if you stare at the sun and also of a bride walking down the aisle!

What is your favourite 90s jam?

November Rain- who doesn’t love Guns n Roses?!

If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your grandchildren?

Do it! Make things happen and if you make a mistake it is better to learn from it than to always wonder would have happened.

 

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Photography: Natasha Foster | Photography: Angela Rose Photography | Design: Moira Hughes | Hair + Makeup: Sonia Allen Makeup | Venue: Moira Hughes | Model: Abby Roll | Producer: Sonia Allen Makeup