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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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Seaside Chic Wedding Inspiration at Watsons Bay

Seaside chic styling is basically my heaven. I drool over it without a bit of embarrassment, so this shoot from Love Note Photography is basically my dream come true. With beautiful styling and floral design from  Oak & Linden, every image in this gallery is my kind of perfection. See it all here.


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From Love Note PhotographyToday I am submitting something very exciting and close to my heart. Myself and some other wedding professionals who are massive fans of your blog decided to put together a wedding day that (hopefully) you would love. Sydney has so many beautiful, talented wedding vendors that don’t always get to be shown off around the world. It’s a great place to come for a destination wedding and honeymoon combined. We also see a lot of brides doing the same thing over and over so we wanted to show them what new ideas we could bring together to create the kind of weddings they see on SMP in their own town.

Our concept was to work with vendors who we really love and that work hard and are friendly people in the industry. We wanted the day to be a meeting of great people. We decided to run the day as if it was a real wedding with all stages. So much effort and time went into making it perfect; I spent many days shooting over again with the stylist to ensure the little details she created were covered and shown in their best light. The day of the wedding was beautiful, even though it was a winters day in Sydney the sun shone and the sky was beautiful and blue. We ended with a beautiful sunset on the beach and the models cut loose and started dancing around enjoying themselves, finishing the day with a sparkler exit! (Check out the video to see how cute this part was!)

Watsons Bay is an amazing venue in Sydney, an iconic place that has been renovated beautifully and the sun literally sets over the city skyline. An incredibly amazing place to hold a wedding!

Photography: Lisa Pires - Love Note Photography | Floral Design: Oak & Linden | Wedding Dress: Roz La Kelin | Cake: The Sweet Spot Patisserie | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia For David Jones | Bridesmaid's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman For David Jones | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jadore | Hair Stylist: Fabulous Hair Up | Groomsmen's Attire: ZZena, Joe Black, Thomas Pink & Hardy Amies For David Jones | Art Director: Deahne Copeland | Artists Illustration (Gift To Bride & Groom): Aaron Favaloro | Bridesmaids Jewelery: Samantha Wills | Cocktail Board: The Print Fairy | Engagement Ring, Bride's Necklace And Grooms Cufflinks: Paspaley Pearls | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Green Cocktail Drinks Table: Contents Party And Home | Groom Suit + Shirt, Vest: Montagio | Headpieces: Viktoria Novak | Invitations & Stationery: The Print Fairy | Make Up Artist: Make Up Mode | Models: Wink Models | Second Shooter: Made Of Light Photography | Shoes Groom: Aquila | Stylist: Oak & Linden | Video: I Make Films | Wedding Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Rustic Fall Wedding at Silos Estate

This wedding was really fun, you can just tell. From the giant Jenga blocks and Polaroid backdrop, to the letters on the lawn spelling out this adorable couple’s feelings for each other, this celebration was bursting with picture perfect moments. Gemma Clarke captured them all and despite stormy skies, this gallery, and these guests, had one fun-filled moment after another.

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Fall
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From The Bride… To us, our wedding day was perfect. We enjoyed every single aspect. I would describe the day as romantic, fun, intimate and beautiful. As I’m an Executive Assistant, I had planned and organised most details myself (and loved every minute of it!), so on the day I knew I had done all I could, so I was very relaxed and extremely happy. Knowing the day had finally come, I could not wait to get married and celebrate with our loved ones.

My vision for the day was for an elegant, romantic wedding with rustic touches. A vineyard estate at picturesque Berry towards the NSW south coast fulfilled all of these elements. By adding some wooden details, lace, hessian and soft pastel colours, our theme was complete. Ultimately, we wanted our family and friends to experience a laidback, relaxed, fun and happy wedding where they felt comfortable and special. Having the ceremony and reception at the one site (amazingly beautiful Silos Estate) allowed for guests to let their hair down and enjoy a mini weekend away.

I wore a wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. I found a picture of the dress online and just had to see it in person. As soon as I tried it on I was sold – it was the first and only wedding boutique my mum & I went to. I loved the beautiful lace overlay, slim fit and open heart backing with buttons down the lower back. I added a jeweled belt for some sparkle, along with a stunning beaded hair piece and wore simple pearl drop earrings and a diamond bracelet that Steve gave me on my 21st birthday.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful manicured garden of the property overlooking the vineyards. Giant LOVE letters decorated the space, along with the handmade picket fence directional signs and giant wooden Polaroid frame which gave guests unique photo opportunities.

As the ceremony started we could see lightning in the background, it was quite amazing. The rain held off for the ceremony but decided to make an appearance for half an hour and then let the sun stream through the clouds in the late afternoon; it had a real magical feel to it!

Lawn games including the handmade ‘human sized’ Jenga entertained guests during the cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception.

The reception was held under a purpose built marquee that had a stunning view of the surrounding vineyards which only got better as the sunset with a rainbow in the distance. The wooden floors, and handmade elements including the chalkboard easel, treasure chest, seating plan and wooden table numbers added a rustic vibe.

Romance exuded by the many tea light candles in jars covered with lace, flowers in mismatched vases and bottles, fairy lights strung from beams and two gorgeous chandeliers; all of which created a warm, inviting ambiance, while the simple framed messages dedicated to our parents added a heart-warming personal touch. At the end of the night, after all the dancing (including some awesome break-dancing ‘battles’) our guests had fun with sparklers and made an arch to farewell us.

My favourite part of the day was exchanging the rings during the ceremony. Because of the mild humidity I couldn’t fit Steve’s ring on his finger. We both burst out laughing as I struggled and over emphasized finally getting the ring over his knuckle. It was definitely a light hearted moment that broke some of the nervous energy we both had at the beginning of the ceremony.

Another truly memorable moment that I will never forget was just before I walked down the aisle with my dad. Seeing my future husband waiting for me in front of all of the people who mean the world to us and whom we love so dearly, especially Steve’s 90 year old grandma who flew from Melbourne, made me feel so special. We felt so blessed that these people came to share our day and celebrate our love.

Overall, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our day (even the brief storm!). More than anything we wanted our guests to have a good time, and as clichéd as it sounds, it was the best day of my life. I’m so lucky and grateful to now be Mrs Owen.

Photography: Gemma Clarke | Floral Design: Carol Fairweather | Ceremony Venue: Silos Estate | Reception Venue: Silos Estate | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids Only – Double Bay | Suits: Just For Him – Beecroft | Celebrant: Robyn Lenahan | Bride's Dress: Dressense Bridal At Miranda | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s | Hair Artist: Annie Johnson | Invites: The Print Fairy | Make-up Artist: Julie Bell | Music And MC: Shoalhaven DJ – Dave Broadhurst

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