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Vintage Chic Spring Wedding in Sydney

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!

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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.

Photography: SugarLove Weddings | Flowers: Justine Rose | Ceremony Venue: St Swithun's Anglican Church | Reception Venue: Moby Dicks, Whale Beach | Brides Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Rings: Larsen Jewellery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Catering: Moby Dicks | Hair & Makeup: Eternal Elegance | Grooms Suit: Country Road | Bridal Gown: Sarah Janks | Brides Veil & Hairpiece: Sarah Janks | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Rhodes & Beckett | Groomsmen Suits: Country Road | Guest Transport: Beach Wheels | Jewellery/Accessories: Samantha Wills | Music: The White Tree | Stationery Designs: Senna Jean Designs | Transport: Kombi Style

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Carats & Couture with Linneys + A Special Offer

When leading fine jeweler Linneys and haute couture designer Steven Khalil team up for an exclusive exhibition, it’s the greatest celebration of diamond month ever.  Picture a carefully curated collection of bridal looks featuring the new Steven Khalil Runway Collection and some stunning pieces of bling hand picked by Linneys’ Creative Director, Justin Linney.  It’s “Carats & Couture,” lovelies… and it’s awesome.

Running from April 17 – May 2, 2015 at the Linneys Subiaco Showroom, the exclusive “Carats & Couture” exhibition will feature eight jaw-droppingly gorgeous Steven Khalil couture gowns (including a hero dress never before seen in Australia!) paired up with exquisite jewels that will, put simply, leave you speechless.  Now it’s your turn to see the dresses that have celebrities like Erin McNaught and Rachel Finch lining up to have a custom gown designed by Steven Khalil himself.  And in honor of this fabulous collaboration, Linneys will be launching a capsule collection of beautiful bridal jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands. Which means your chance to own your very own piece of art from Linneys’ award winning team of designers and jewelers.

Mark your calendars NOW, loves for “Carats & Couture” happening from April 17 – May 2nd.  And don’t forget – all customers who purchase a diamond engagement ring between April 17th and May 17th, 2015 will receive $1,000 towards wedding bands! 

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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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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

Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower

When you use words like “pastel chic” to describe your bridal shower, you better bet it has SMP written all over it. With beautiful blooms by the Pattersons and vintage crockery from The High Tea & Party Specialists, every detail is darling, I mean just look at that Candy Star Cake! Adding to the guest list was Nerida McMurray, who captured every excited moment celebrating the bride-to-be.

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From The Bride…My Kitchen Tea was a fun Sunday afternoon ‘high tea’ shared with the wonderful ladies of my family and friends. Pretty pastel chic was the look of the day – There was hanging paper garlands, fresh flowers and beautiful vintage crockery with polkadot teapots filled with all kinds of tea. We snacked on scones, finger sandwiches and a mountain of desserts lovingly made by my Mother and Mother in-law to be. Sophisticated yet spectacular, I had such a lovely afternoon celebrating my upcoming nuptials with champagne flowing, playing games and sharing family recipes and marriage advice!

A very good friend of mine organised and styled the beautiful day, with the help of my gorgeous bridesmaids who made it such a memorable day.

Photography: Nerida McMurray | Flowers: Pattersons | Cakes: Candy Star Cakes | Venue: Private Residence | Furniture: Walkers Party Hire | Peacock Chair: Decorative Events | Vintage Crockery: The High Tea & Party Specialists