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Norma Ishak Crochet Bridal Coverups

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I have to admit, I’m not sure I ever thought crochet bridal wraps and coverups could ever look so chic as these pieces from New York designer Norma Ishak!

From floor grazing cotton crochet vests to merino wool capes complete with feathers, each piece is designed by Valerie, together with her mother Norma using the finest yarns they can find from around the world.  The pieces are made from beautifully woven cotton, mohair, cashmere, silk and wool yarns and trimmed with special touches like French lace, feathers and even sparkling sequins.

I love that these pieces are stylish enough to pop on top of a wedding gown for warmth, but they also make a style statement themselves. A simple strapless gown could take on a completely new look with a floor length crochet vest and wild, windswept hair style!

Norma Ishak are available from their website and ship to Australia.

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Shari and Nate’s Beachside Flower Filled Wedding

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Shari and Nate

I adore flowers and when this gorgeous wedding by the sea popped up filled with nothing but fresh blooms you can bet I was a happy blogger. Shari and Nate wanted a wedding that reflected their personalities, described as “Rustic, 60′s hippy, floral, vintage, beach – A few of our favourite things rolled into one!” They chose photographer Lovedale Photography to capture their day.

Shari tells their story. “We met as teenagers through friends at Freshwater Beach, we both have a love of Surfing. We then lost contact until our early 20′s and reconnected again after both travelling through Canada.”

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Shari’s look kicked off with a bright floral crown created by White House Flowers. She notes, “I love bright and classic blooms. Flowers were one of my main ‘wants’ for the day. There are so many different types of flowers I wanted – and I couldn’t narrow it down to just a few. Jessie from White House Flowers in Manly, was awesome. I went to her with images, themes and my favourite blooms. Right up until the day I wasn’t sure exactly what the bouquets, headpiece, arrangements were going to look like – it was a great surprise, a great mix of everything.”

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Shari chose a gown by Grace Loves Lace. The bridesmaids work pale pink lace dresses from Review.

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Shari and Nathan held their ceremony and reception at Long Reef Golf Club. Noting “Long Reef Golf Club is a beautiful venue for an event, it has the beach as well as the beautiful landscape around it. This was a great place, close to home where we were able to hold the ceremony and reception as well an awesome back drop for photos.”

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Shari walked down the aisle to Never Let Me Go – Florence and the Machine.

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Of their photographer, Shari tells, “We were lucky enough to have Dave Swift from Lovedale Wedding and Portrait Photography shoot our wedding. The shots could not have told a better story of the day, everything from our ceremony through to our crazy reception. Dave is a true professional, he really understood the look we were going for. Dave also made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, it was like having a good mate take photos at your wedding.”

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The couple created a few little elements themselves for their day, Shari remarking, “We made our favors the day before the wedding. They were our favourite mixed lollies in brown paper bags, with the guests’ name hand stamped on a tag attached. I also collected old doilies for the centre of the tables, jars for flowers, and antique frames for the welcome table.” Waves & Weddings  helped style and setup the wedding decor on the day.

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There was a special treat for the bride and groom who remember, “My very talented brother Blake did a great job in putting a slideshow together. The slideshow displayed photos of Nate and I from the day we were born right up until our wedding day. He went to such a great effort and has made such a great memory.”

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Of their first dance, Shari remembers, “It was to My Girl – The Temptations. As mentioned I am a massive fan of the 60′s and 70′s. We wanted a song that was from that era, and a song that we could sing along to in years to come and remember our wedding day. Our first dance on the other hand, we had not practiced anything, we just went with it – which was pretty funny – but really us.”

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Impression DJs kept the guests dancing long into the night!

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Congratulations Shari and Nate! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lovedale Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Lovedale Photography / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Forever Soles / Bride’s Jewelry: Pandora / Groom’s Attire: Shoreditch London / Groomsmen Attire: Shoreditch London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Jess Bonnick (Brides Hair) / Hairstylist: Laura Morales Morris (Bridesmaids Hair) / Makeup Artist: Jess Bonnick / Flowers & Decor: White House Flowers / Venue: Long Reef Golf Club / Ceremony Officiant: Maureen Boyle / DJ: Impression DJs / Favors: Handmade / Styling/Hire: Waves & Weddings / Cake Baker: Sweet Connoisseur / Cake Topper: Peachy Flamingo / Wedding Rings: Diamond Studio Jewellers / Transport: Kombi Celebrations

Sionen and Dan’s Two Part Intimate Wedding

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Sionen and Dan

Sionen and Dan decided on a different kind of wedding format. With two parts! They said their vows with just their immediate family, celebrating with a wider circle of their friends and family just a week later. They chose Derek Bogart  to capture both of their wedding days!

Of how they came to be, Sionen tells, “We were high school sweet-hearts. We started dating at 15, and were married on our 12 year anniversary!”

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Sionen chose a knee length cream dress from Modcloth. The couple chose to get ready together, telling, “The days leading up to the ceremony meant a trip to the flower markets to purchase the flowers for both the wedding day and our reception. Sionen assembled her own bouquet for the ceremony as well as button holes for the men and flower bombs for the flower girls.”

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Glenn Oreilly styled the bride’s hair and makeup. She remembers “He is utterly amazing!”

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The couple were married in the Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens noting, “The ceremony day was our 12 year anniversary. After 12 years we couldn’t bear to remember a new date, so it was fitting!”

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Sionen walked down the aisle to a piano version of “Always with me” from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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Of their photographers Sionen says, ” Derek Bogart and his assistant Ritchie were amazing start to finish. Dedicated and high energy, they both worked tirelessly to get great shots, without ever feeling in the way or pushy. In fact many guests asked us if they were personal friends as they made such an effort to fit in with the flow. Most important to us was that they understood our vision, they listened and worked with us to execute it to perfection.”

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A week later, the reception celebrations began! The couple chose a separate reception with 90 guests at a special place, remembering, “We held it at our family farm known as “The Property, situated around 345km from Sydney in Taralga. We wanted to use this location as it holds a special meaning for us both. Over the 12 years of our relationship we have spent countless weekends and holidays there with the people we love. So it felt a fitting place to hold the celebrations. Dan’s father even went to the effort of building a new shed for us to use as the reception venue. Overcoming multiple challenges such as no electricity or mobile reception didn’t stop some 90 people making the trek out to party with us. Being so remote, we recruited an army of friends and family to help cook, decorate and set up using little to no vendors.”

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“Our wedding possibly took “DIY” to a whole a new level. Being passionate “doers”, we worked on everything from hand stitched bunting, flowers, invitations to food. Our philosophy was to focus on the details that mattered most to us and not get caught up in the “done thing”. This in turn meant that we had a hand in every element of the celebrations. We’ve probably missed something in the details that follow, but as we used no professional vendors (except for chair hire and our photographer of course!) every detail in these images was created by us.

The key to our courageous decision was to stick to our strong creative vision and prepare as much as possible so the day could be stress free for everyone to enjoy the celebrations. The bride being a professional graphic designer also proved to help immensely.”

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“The reception decorations followed suit, with Sionen and a team of friends and family creating the table decorations. In keeping with our desire to pre-prepare, we stuck with a selection of native flowers that were not only fitting with reception venue, but also hard wearing meaning they could be purchased a week in advance.

For the reception food we pre-prepared 20kgs of pulled pork that could simply be heated on the day and served. Although the intention was to be ‘minimal effort’ on the day, lunch would never have happened without the tireless work of our friends and family who set up and prepare lunch for everyone. Sionen is blessed with a Mum with infinite cooking talent who handmade jams and spreads for each and every person’s bonbonniere.”

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The newlyweds remember, “The decision to split the ceremony day from the reception day mean that all four of Sionen’s grand parents and Dan’s grandmother were able to attend, who otherwise would not have been able to make the trip. The decision also meant that the reception day didn’t include the added stresses of the ceremony and we were able to enjoy it more. Some might call is crazy, but by taking care of so many elements ourselves we created an event that was a true reflection of us.”

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Sionen and Dan created a three tier “cheese cake” with a topper made by the bride.

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Guests enjoyed lawn games as the couple had photographs taken.

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As the sun set, a big bonfire was lit, with the groom creating log stools – enough to make sure each guest had a seat!

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Congratulations Sionen and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Derek Bogart for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Derek Bogart / Bride’s Dress: Modcloth / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Glenn Oreilly / Makeup Artist: Glenn Oreilly / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by the bride / Ceremony Venue: Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Regan Rodgers / Ceremony Musicians: Hayao Miyazaki / Reception Venue: "The Property", Family Farm in Taralga / Rental Furniture: Goulburn Hire / Catering: Bride/Brides Mum / Cake Baker: Bride and Groom / Wedding Rings: Chris Lewis

Eleven Australian Rooftop Wedding Venues

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Lately, I’ve have been dreaming of rooftop wedding venues. A place where you can see the tallest buildings glittering with their lights as the sun sets, a place where it feels like you’re on top of the world. Which is of course, where you are once you’ve said your ‘I do’s’! So here’s a round up of some of my favourite rooftop wedding venues across Australia. Leave your favourites below!

Luminare

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What a view Melbourne venue Luminare has! It’s positively a Christmas tree! The decor inside has a neutral, modern feel, a terrace and the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city skyline. The venue can hold 400 guests for a cocktail function or 250 guests for a sit down meal.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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A view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House is nothing to sneeze at and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia has got to have one of the best views of Sydney Harbour for a wedding reception! Enjoy cocktails under the stars as you soak in the views and celebrate your marriage. The “Sculpture Terrace” on level five can hold 160 guests for a sit down function or 200 for a cocktail event.

Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA)

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Art with a view? That’s what Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA) gives you with their roof terrace! It has a capacity for 200 (standing) or 160 (seated) and overlooks the Brisbane river and Brisbane city skyline.

Mon Bijou

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If you’re after something super modern then Melbourne’s Mon Bijou. From it’s mirror ceiling to it’s sophisticated French flair the venue has a penthouse event space but also includes an outdoor space with retractable roof. It’s right in the heart of the CBD so city views are spectacular from every vantage point. The venue can hold 70 guests for a cocktail function.

Qt Hotel Calypso Terrace

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Qt hotels are renowned for being hotels with a difference and the fifties vintage flair of Qt Hotel Gold Coast and their Calypso Terrace is certainly on point. Think wood decking, astro turf and plenty of bright designer furniture! The terrace can hold 200 guests for a cocktail function.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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The rooftop garden at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel might work for rooftop loving Adelaide couples. Two function rooms, which combined can hold 100 guests for a cocktail function open out onto the roof garden which overlooks Adelaide’s East End.

Tonic House Rooftop

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If marrying literally next to the skyscrapers tickles your fancy than popup venue Tonic House Rooftop might be for you. Managed by Larger Than Life Event Agency and located on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, this inner city venue can accommodate 300 guests and has endless scope for celebrations under the city lights and night time stars.

Burbury Hotel Terrace

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Canberra’s Burbury Hotel Terrace offers a 180 degree views over the Canberra skyline – including Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin. The terrace can accommodate 60 guests for a sit down dinner or 80 for a cocktail celebration.

Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace

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Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace overlooks the gorgeous views of New Farm. The indoor area adjoins an outdoor terrace which lets guests take in the view. The terrace can hold 80 guests for a sit down dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.

The Aviary – The Nest

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Overlooking Perth CBD, The Aviary – The Nest  is unique. Yes, it’s a bar first and foremost but with a bit of imagination could become a carefully considered space for your wedding. It has a capacity for 350 or can be broken into smaller spaces.

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If you’re not so much after the city view as you are for a seaside, star gazing night of revelry than Manly’s Wine Suites might be the venue you’re looking for. The Terrace Suites, which suit an outdoor ceremony, can hold between 40-150 guests and the Wine Suites, which overlook the water can hold up to 150 guests.

I’ll be honest, there’s plenty more where that came from! What are your favourites? What did I miss?

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