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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 | Wedding Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | 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

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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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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Elegant Byron View Farm Wedding

This wedding is full of so many things… From love, to brightly colored Elyssium Blooms, to perfect moments captured by White Images. All of it speaks true to the Bride and Groom who wanted to have a day that reflected their fun-loving personalities and with the help of Byron Bay Weddings, we think they pulled it off beautifully. See more of the fun in the gallery.

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From White ImagesLaura and Sam had a relaxed, fun and stylish wedding at Byron View Farm in Australia. Set in a marquee overlooking the Byron Bay lighthouse with 360 degree views of the coastline and hinterland, this was the perfect wedding location for a beautiful Spring wedding. The crisp white, textured florals with green foliage were made by Elyssium Blooms and complimented the overall style of the day perfectly. Byron Bay Weddings and Byron Bay Wedding Shed were the amazing vendors behind the styling and organization of the day. With hanging lights and fairy lights under the stars, as the sun set the venue was transformed into a truly special celebration with family and friends dancing under the stars.

Photography: White Images | Floral Design: Elyssium Blooms | Bride's Shoes: Mimco | Catering: Figtree Catering | Wedding Venue: Byron View Farm | Bride's Dress: Bertossi Brides | Bride's Earrings: Samantha Wills | Event Coordinators: Byron Bay Weddings | Furniture + Styling: Byron Bay Wedding Shed | Hair + Makeup: Fuz Byron Bay

Vintage Chic Athol Hall Wedding

When it comes to uber-romantic, this duo just about takes the cake. Not only are their wedding rings from outerspace (awesome), they managed to put together a day that is chock-full of pretty. From the gorgeous florals by The Floral Craftsman, to the adorable Lego cake topper, to the gallery of breathtaking images from Gemma Clarke, see so much more in the full gallery.

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From Gemma Clarke PhotographyThe perfect mix of isolation from the city without missing out on the million dollar views, Valentina and Garth wanted a bush wedding where their traveling guests to be wowed by the gorgeous Sydney Harbour – no compromise was needed at Athol Hall!

Garth and Valentina met online and Garth moved to Sydney from Brisbane for his gorgeous lady. They have been together for 15 years. When it came time, Garth proposed on top of a mountain in Japan. Their wedding rings originated from Outer Space — A meteorite landed in South Africa and now some of that rock is proudly on the wedding fingers of Mr and Mrs Ivers — What a beautiful way to show your unique connection.

From the Bride… I made circular paper garlands and I bonbonniere out of paper, sewing them together one weekend with mum and Garth. We got these particular almonds from Italy and they were pretty tasty! I spent a few weekends with help from mum and my sister, not forgetting Garth sewing the different elements together watching movies.

My initial dress search was a stressful event if I am honest. I thought I wanted vintage, or even floral, then I thought maybe more traditional is better. There really wasn’t anything I could imagine myself in and I was starting to panic. But with some advice from a friend I found a dress shape that could work for me, and after almost losing myself in a fabric shop mum found the last of a roll of fabric that was perfect.

I worked with Sandie Bizy in Annandale in creating the final dress, it took a few months from the first fitting to getting my dress. I was a bit stressed out if I had made the right choice, I couldn’t imagine what I would look like on the day, how it would feel to wear it, what others would think of my choice. Sandie didn’t let me worry about the small details and anytime there was a hiccup she helped to find a solution. On the day, after my hair and make-up was done and I was in my dress I saw my reflection I was so overwhelmed I started to cry. I guess that’s why I giggled down the aisle all the build-up of emotion was gone!”

I had planned the look and feel of the whole day for almost a year. And when I finally walked in to the venue it was so light and beautiful, better than I could have imagined. A really nice moment for me was walking down the aisle with mum and dad, for some reason I had the giggles so by the time I met Garth at the end of the aisle I was totally relaxed and excited for the ceremony.

Photography: Gemma Clarke Photography | Floral Design: The Floral Craftsman, Matt Bisaro | Cake: Damir Mujanic | Shoes: Bhldn | Shoes: Karen Millen | Rings: Jewelry By Johan | Catering: Athol Hall | Makeup: Lisa Terizis | Hair: Kristy Ferrari | Groom's Shoes: Calvin Klein | Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein | Celebrant: Linda Marsden | Wedding Venue: Athol Hall | Balloons: Balloon Inflation | Bridal Gown: Sandie Bizys Hats And Vintage Dresses | Cake Topper: Lego | Coat: Carla Zampatti | Dessert: Est | Groom's Cufflinks: Vendetta Designs | Groom's Shirt: Saba | Groom's Tie: Rembrandt | Groom's Tie Pin: Saba | Hair Flower: Wishpiece | Jewelry/Accessories: Swarovski | Paper Tassels For Balloons: Studio Mucci | Stationery Designer: Garth Ivers (groom) | Transport: Car Service From The Four Seasons Hotel | Veil: Cassandra Silvestro

Elegant Spring Wedding in New South Wales

I’m continually amazed by the creativity demonstrated by engaged couples when creating their dream weddings. But this one, with the floral arbour and distressed doors at the entrance of the church, left me awestruck. Dominique Cherry captured every stunning detail in this gallery and if you think that’s gorgeous, don’t miss out on the video by Mad Rose Films for even more pretty treats.

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From The Bride… Ben and I had been dating for almost 4 years when one of the most magical days of my life occurred. I was a cheerleader for an NRL team on the Gold Coast and Ben decided (being an avid Rugby League player himself) that the footy field was the perfect place and opportunity to propose. After liaising with our coach, he organised to run onto the field prior to kickoff (whilst we were mid-routine), got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him in front of a crowd of 15,786! Of course, I said “Yes!”

We decided to marry in a church in the lazy town of Murwillumbah where I grew up. The morning of the wedding dawned bright and clesar. It was one of those magical ‘not a cloud in the sky’ days and we could see for miles from the sub-penthouse apartment in Coolangatta where we chose to prepare for the day. The boys shared the same view from a different apartment just five blocks away. The girls received hand-made bracelets and earrings as gifts, as well as luxurious blush pink silk gowns from Homebodii. The boys were given Calvin Klein undergarments, cuff-links and belts to complete their attire.

We wanted a modern, elegant wedding which incorporated both the coastal aspects of Coolangatta, where Ben grew up and where we chose to get ready, and the country charm of Murwillumbah, only a 20 minute drive away. Deciding on a colour palette was easy, blends of ivory, pastel pinks and silvery greys. We had photographs at the old rail road tracks in Murwillumbah and made it to Coolangatta in time for the breathtaking sunset. Our Beagles Bonnie and Clyde even snuck in for a quick family portrait.

We spent a lot of time in the lead up, creating an enormous 10 foot backdrop with soft chiffon drapes to decorate the front of the church. This, combined with rows of hanging candle-filled glass baubles and tulle entwined with fairy lights to line the aisle, created a magical and amazing enchanting atmosphere. Ben, being a carpenter, built a gorgeous flower covered arbour under which we stood to say our vows. The doors we found locally, stripped back and re-painted to give a fresh look while also tying them in to the decor at the church. The arbour and doors were adorned with stunning floral arrangements and greenery created by Flowers by Julia Rose.

My ivory, Maggie Sottero gown took five months of searching to find (after falling in and out of love with a Kleinfield dress in New York!) After trying on an endless number of gowns, I eventually flew to Sydney for the weekend with my Mum and Maid of Honour and we found THE ONE! I wanted to make it even more personal and add something special, so I decided to hand-bead the bodice, adding some lace from my Mum’s wedding dress as my ‘something old’. I designed and ordered my shoes to match perfectly from Shoes of Prey. The Bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan floor length dresses. I gave our florist Julia a fabric swatch of the dresses and asked for ‘a clean, classic and elegant style with highlights of dusty miller framing’ for the bouquets.

The centre pieces for our reception (styled by Rebecca from I do Perfection Weddings) comprised of tall, glass vases filled with living green moss, dodda vine, fairy lights and tortured willow. Glass baubles filled with candles hung from the willow. They set the mood for an evening filled with romance. Our guests received jars of rock candy with a thank you note. Each piece of candy had our names inscribed in the middle.

Our wedding waltz started off to Andy Grammar’s ‘I Choose You’…. This was interrupted by Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove is in the Heart.’ That’s when Ben and I broke out into a rehearsed dance which ended in an impressive flip and lift! That got everyone onto the dance floor, where they stayed as we continued to celebrate our magical day.

I think my favourite images are those of us dancing. I’m so glad we chose Dominique from DEC Creatives Photography. Thanks to her talent, we will always have amazing photographs to share with our family, friends and children – amazing photos of the most magical day of our lives.

Photography: Dominique Cherry | Videographer: Mad Rose Films | Wedding Coordinator: Rebecca Vickery | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sweet Melissa's Cakes | Shoes: Shoes Of Prey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Makeup: The Makeup Bar By Mia Connor | Hair: Amy Louise Hair | Groom's Attire: Formal Wear Express | Musician: Graham Hobson | Photographer Assistant: Kelly Piez | Robes: Homebodii | Transport: Limousines In Paradise | Wedding Reception: Twin Towns

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