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Alice & Pete’s Romantic Summerlees Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Rose Photos

Alice & Pete

There is a distinct sense of love at Alice and Pete’s romantic Summerlees wedding. The gorgeous garden ceremony, the way the couple wanted to feel with their vendors, the fun reception and all the little touches in between that made it so very them. Rose Photos was there to capture it all.

Alice and Pete tell the story of how they met. “Pete and Alice were next door neighbours as children. Pete is 3 years older than Alice and was good friends with her older brother. He moved away when he was about 10 (she was 7) and they didn’t see each other for over a decade. Then through MySpace and mutual friends they ended up re-meeting as teenagers (well technically Pete was 22, but Alice was still a teen). They started dated and 8 years later he proposed.”


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One of the funnier stories of the day occurred with the groom and groomsmen’s suits, Alice retelling, “When the groomsmen started getting dressed, they realised that the suit shop had given them children sized pants for two of them. The groom had a complete suit (which luckily he had tried on before) and the groomsmen had tried on the pants prior to ordering them from the store and hadn’t checked when we picked up the pants if they were the correct size.

An hour before the ceremony we had two groomsmen without pants, and then the photographer arrived to take the ‘getting ready’ photos. The groom and Alice’s brother had to pose for photos and buy some time while the other groomsmen drove to the nearest store to buy some replacement pants. The nearest suit shop was 30 minutes away in Bowral – they bought the first pair of navy pants they could find and upon returning to the venue realised they were the exact same make/colour as the original pants – what are the chances? So with minutes to spare, everything worked out and the bride was none the wiser!”

Groom in navy three piece suit

Nude wedding pumpsLilac and peach wedding bouquet

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Alice chose a gown by Maggie Sottero, noting, “I chose the dress as I wanted something pretty and feminine and also something quite youthful. Originally I was planning to buy a strapless puffy dress but when I went back to the store with mum and bridesmaids to try the chosen dress on again before committing to buy it, I saw another woman trying on an amazing dress and changed my mind to buy that one instead.”

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Alice and Pete married at Summerlees, Sutton Forest. “We only had the one venue – we wanted the ceremony and reception in the same place to maximise the time we could spend with guests, and minimise their effort of travelling between different venues. Pete and I wanted a country wedding so we could get away from the hustle and bustle of the city (we live in Sydney’s inner west) and have our family and friends come down for the weekend so everyone could relax and enjoy the whole weekend as a holiday.”

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For her walk down the aisle, Alice chose “Whitley – I remember. This is our song and makes us think of the night we re-met as adults and started dating.”

Bridesmaids warching ceremony

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Sumant Badami aka “‘Monty” officiated the ceremony, the bride noting, “Our celebrant was amazing. His name is Monty and he used to work at a youth centre near my high school so I knew him already. Our photographer was a good friend of mine from school and he told us that Monty was now a celebrant and we met up with him and booked him straight away. We wanted everyone in the wedding (celebrant, photographer and musician etc) to feel like family and friends who were sharing our day with us.

The vows were not traditional but nothing too crazy. We didn’t want anything religious, it was about two best friends in love. Our former room mate did a reading of ‘All I needed to know I learned in kindergarten” and Pete’s younger sister read out a Doctor Seuss inspired poem that Pete had written for Alice for their first Valentines Day together 7 years earlier.”

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Of their photographer, Alice remembers, “Our photographer James Rose is amazing. James is a good school friend of Alice and there was no question of whether he would be the photographer from the second we got engaged. He had a great sidekick, Simon, so that James was also able to enjoy the reception while Simon carried on taking photos. James is great at capturing the natural emotions of the day and has an amazing eye. One of the guests of our wedding is getting married next year and she is getting James to photograph it (she is also getting our celebrant as well because they were all so good!).”

Southern Highlands wedding portrait

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GGift suitcase at weddingMirror seating chart

The decor was handmade by the couple, Alice remembering, “Pete is an illustrator and extremely creative and talented. We did the save the dates and invitations ourselves, we designed and made the entire table settings. Our bombonieres were individual succulent terracotta pots which we planted (and even aged the pots to made them look older). The mothers sourced our flowers from the flower market in Flemington and we arranged them ourselves (the bouquet was put together by a florist with the flowers our mums got from the market).”

Handpainted wedding timeline

Wedding reception a Summerlees

HEssian wedding tablePurple and white wedding centrepiece

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Summerlees wedding reception

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Country wedding cakeVintage gold mirror

The couple chose a ricotta cake for their wedding from Papa’s Patisserie.

Wedding entrance

Laughing bridesmaids

Wedding guest with spectables

Wedding speeches

Guests enjoyed a sit down meal catered by Sassy Catering. The bride noting, “Our caterers had an amazing attitude and seemed really chilled the whole way through which helped keep the mood of event quite relaxed.”

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Groom giving his wedding speech

Toasting at wedding

Cutting wedding cake

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Of the first dance, Alice remembers, “Our first dance song didn’t play when we tried to select it so we had to chose another one at the last minute. It was meant to be ‘Stolen Dance’ by Milky Chance, but ended up being ‘This old love’ by Lior. I got embarrassed and invited everyone else up to dance after 30 seconds so our first dance was cut very short. I even got told off by our photographer for cutting it too short.”

Southern highlands wedding reception

Wedding exit in tunnel

Bride with converse

Newlyweds leaving reception

Congratulations Alice and Pete! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Rose Photos for sharing today’s photos!

Photographer: Rose Photos / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Jigsaw (Ceremony) / Bride’s Shoes: Converse (Reception) / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed from a friend / Groom’s Attire: H+CO / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: H+CO / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Tanya Ireland Hair / Makeup Artist: One Sweet Day Make Up / Flowers: Flemington Flower Market / Invitations & Stationery: Officeworks (printing by Dash Printing) / Venue: Summerlees, Sutton Forest / Ceremony Officiant: Sumant Badami aka "'Monty'' / Ceremony Musicians: Tom Hume / Reception Hire Items: Go Hire / Favors: Hand made by groom & friends / Seating Chart & Wedding Timeline: Hand made by groom / Catering: Sassy Catering / Cake Baker: Ricotta Cake by Papa's Patisserie / Wedding Rings: Dustin's Jewellers / Transport: Berrima Bus Hire / Wedding Registry: Peters of Kensington
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Refined Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


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We have another gorgeous collaboration between Byron Loves Fawn and The One Day House today and it’s all about refined garden party wedding inspiration. I love how one space has become so many wedding setups (see Modern Summer Wedding Ideas and Southern Romance Wedding Inspiration). Showing that all you need is a little imagination, a fun play with colours and texture and sweet decor elements to create a style that is very much suited to you.

Today’s garden party wedding is beautifully executed. Sweet peach, softly toned pinks and creams used in the floral arrangements, with the addition of soft taupe on the reception table centrepieces. The finishing touch of the sweet and elegant stationery in tones of apricot and greys speak of the sophisticated affair to come.

Stylist Kristy notes, “This garden party is a celebration of feminine textures and colours inspired by Edwardian tea parties held on grand estates.”

Guests sit on lime washed chairs decorated with fresh blooms for the ceremony, the couple saying their I do’s in front of a flower adorned arch with soft curtains blowing in the breeze. A white bar is decorated with white flowers for cocktail hour, pink lemonade in beautifully shaped glass vessels. Reception celebrations begin under the marquee – with plenty of room for relaxing before dinner at rectangular tables decorated with beautiful cut crystal and of course, plenty of fresh flowers.

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Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn / Rental furniture, stationery, calligraphy & flowers: The One Day House / Venue: Cedar Creek Hall

Claire Pettibone with Trumpet & Horn Jewellery – The Diamond Collection

by | Bride


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When a bridal designer who often brings the “oohs” and “aahs” the minute her collection steps out on the runway collaborates with a jeweler to bring to life a collection of engagement rings, there is no doubt it’s going to be pretty special.  Claire Pettibone, together with Trumpet & Horn has brought to life an exquisite collection of wedding and engagement rings.

As Claire’s love and passion is all things vintage, it makes sense that her jewellery collection would follow in these footsteps. Those intricate embroideries, softly coloured hues, silk roses and delicate laces have all been reinterpreted into jeweled rings, the vintage inspired pieces crafted as a symbol of devotion.

With feminine and delicate touches, the rings carry all the beauty of Claire’s bridal gowns with the unexpected touches. Beautiful opals, coloured sapphires and classic diamonds are arranged in settings of white, yellow and rose gold, each of which carry the feminine, delicate Claire Pettibone aesthetic.

Even the packaging of the ring has been thought out, each packaged in a velvet ring box with a note from Claire herself, noting “The story of a marriage begins with this ring. May it become her most treasured heirloom, for the history that you share, the love that it inspires, and for the many chapters that you will write together.

The Claire Pettibone Trumpet & Horn Collection launches October 8th and ships worldwide via the website.


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Tropical Island Honeymoon – Pangkor Laut Resort

by | Blog News, Bride


Back in February, Mr Polka and I were lucky enough to take a whirlwind trip around Malaysia and our trip review of the most amazing island resort- Pangkor Laut has just gone up on Expedia for you to read.

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I said in my review over on Expedia that what charmed me most about Pangkor Laut were the romantic surprises. On our first night, we were a little overcome by humidity and had a last minute change to our dinner reservation. What awaited us, was this.

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If you thought that was pretty good for a romantic dinner, then our dinner on night number two almost put it to shame. That glorious Emerald Bay? All to ourselves, with one waiter and a chef staying on that side of the island just to serve up a Malaysian inspired feast as the fiery sun left the sky.

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It was only the tip of the iceberg of what the resort has to offer, and only a small taste of the magic of the island of Pangkor Laut.

Pop on over to Expedia’s blog to read more about our Pangkor Laut stay (including my room picks and adventure recommendations!).

Mr Polka and I traveled to Malaysia as guests of Expedia and YTL Hotels. We had the most amazing week exploring the country and I can’t wait to share more with you over the coming months!.


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