A little Spring inspiration you with some of the absolutely gorgeous floral print dresses that are showing up as beautiful options for brides and bridesmaids alike. Floral print gowns make such a statement, it’s completely unexpected for a bride but looks so beautiful and having bridesmaids wear patterns is something fresh – especially for warmer weather when flowers and blooms fill your wedding day.
I particularly love the variance in floral print – bold and bright to soft and watercolour inspired. You can really go whichever way you like!
I love the bright Summer feeling behind today’s wedding. Limes and oranges, bright tones and a bright feeling all came together for Candice and Todd’s marriage celebration in Sydney. They chose At Dusk Photography to capture their wedding day.
Candice and Todd’s story starts in kindergarten, Candice remembering, “We first met in Kindergarten at primary school; we have known each other for many years. After high school both of our friends starting dating and set us up, from that first date we never looked back. Our first date was a dinner in a big group of friends and I actually split all red wine over him – whoops.”
Candice chose a gown from Helen Rodrigues. Her aunt made the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Of their photographer, Candice notes, “Chris Prestidge at At Dusk Photography was our wedding photographer and from the first moment we met him we knew he would be our guy! The day wouldn’t have been as special if it wasn’t for him. We developed a bond that day with our photographer that will last for many years. He was so relaxed and captured all of the special memories ”
Candice and Todd chose Botanic Gardens Restaurant for their reception, noting, “It’s an amazing venue with ample picturesque scenery both inside and out. We had a cocktail reception for 150 guests with a dance floor and band and the venue was still extremely comfortable for all our guests. We hired the botanic gardens train to meet and greet our guests as they arrived at the venue to give them a tour around the gardens prior to pre-drinks in the gardens.”
There was plenty of family involvement in the day, Candice noting, “My family and I did a lot of DIY for the day, which had a big impact on the cost. I made all of the smaller pieces and decorations, which include ceremony programs, mason jars, napkins, wishing well, and family pictures. Whilst my aunty made all of the bridesmaid dresses and my friend’s mum made our wedding cake.”
Of their first dance, Candice remembers, “We didn’t take our first dance as seriously as some, it was extremely relaxed and funny as we danced to Billy Joel – Just the way you are.”
The Baker Boys performed all night, Candice remarking “Having a live band really got everyone in the mood for a great time.”
Congratulations on your marriage Candice and Todd! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to At Dusk Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!
Jen and Rowan chose a handmade rural wedding for their marriage celebrations. Choosing Jen’s parent’s property they created the decor themselves, setting up a “tent city” for willing guests to stay near the celebrations. Being eco friendly they worked hard to make sure their wedding had as little impact on their surrounding environment as possible and instead created a celebration that not only respected their beliefs but was meaningful and beautiful at the same time. Tigs Macallan was there to capture the day for Jen and Rowan.
Jen had her dress handmade, remembering, “Jenni Webb custom made my wedding dress. Because we live remotely, we are a long way from any bridal shops. In the short amount of time that I had to look in bridal boutiques I didn’t see anything that I really thought was “me” and certainly not at a price I was happy to pay. So I met up with Jenni, a family friend, and we had really similar ideas about what style and fabric would suit. She took my measurements and I went back to the desert. From then we corresponded by email. She was amazing! She sent me drawings, photos of fabric samples and lots of photo updates as she started sewing. From my end at least, it came together pretty easily, and really beautifully!”
Guests were able to stay in tents on the property in the couple’s own “tent city”.
Jen and Rowan tel,l “We’re both environmentalists and so we borrowed some “camera traps” which are used to take automatic photos, triggered by movement, of wildlife. We set them up around our wedding to take happy-snaps of our guests.”
Guests were welcomed with tea, Jen telling, “Our wedding was all on my parent’s property in central Victoria. We have had a lot of fun times and great parties up there over the years and we wanted this to be one more to add to the list. We invited guests to arrive an hour before the ceremony and our groomsmen served tea, coffee and home made biscuits as everyone arrived.”
The processional was led by a bagpiper. Jen and Rowan remembering, “We spent a lot of time talking about what music to have for our ceremony and asked a lot of friends for input. In the end we couldn’t find anything that would complement the sound of wind through the gum trees and the magpies warbling about so we left nature to it and decided against recorded music. However, the week before the wedding, the best-man from Rowan’s parent’s wedding offered to play the bagpipes for us. He had done this at Rowan’s parent’s wedding, and as we already had our Scottish heritage proudly incorporated into the day, so we decided to “walk up the hill” with pipes washing across the countryside – and it was really, really special!”
“Guests walked to the ceremony, the newlyweds remembering, “Our wedding ceremony was up the hill and once all our guests were there, we walked up together, led by our bridal party and joined by our parents. We were married under a big Peppermint Gumtree full of family-made bunting, overlooking the mountains.”
Rosemary Salvaris married the couple, Jen telling, “Our celebrant was also really wonderful, she was great at listening to what we wanted for our ceremony and helping us to pull it all together.”
Of their photographer, Jen tells, “Tigs, our photographer was great. We live in Central Australia, and our wedding was in Central Victoria, so it was hard for us to meet a lot of photographers in person. We did a lot of internet searching and we liked Tigs’ photos and got a great ‘vibe’ from her work. We met up on Skype and we knew she’d be the right fit. We didn’t want a pushy photographer who acted like the whole day had to be arranged for them, but we did want a really beautiful and natural record of the day – which is exactly what we got! ”
Each bridal party member was able to choose their own outfit, Jen remarking, “Once we had a colour theme, the two bridesmaids went vintage-dress shopping and found dresses that complimented each other but that were not the same. This was just perfect! We never wanted to force our bridal party into the same outfits, especially as the boys each had plenty of suits from different weddings, and it’s nice for everyone to be comfortable in what they’re wearing. The dresses looked great and we hope that all the bridal party were happy wearing something they’d each chosen for themselves!”
After a champagne toast and photographs, it was time to celebrate! Jen and Rowan recall, “Afterwards, everyone walked back to the house and the reception was in Jen’s parents’ garden. We were lucky to have a mild night and everyone enjoyed an informal meal, drinks and dancing.”
The wedding truly lived up to it’s handmade style, Jen and Rowan telling “Everything we could do ourselves, we did. Both of our Mothers, one of our bridesmaids and Jen sewed over a hundred metres of bunting. We did all the flower arranging, including the bouquets. We used buttons as glass-markers and hung candles in glass jars in the trees. Jen’s dad made a fire pit for the occasion and an arch for the guests to drive under when they arrived. Instead of having a wedding cake we asked 12 friends who love baking to make us something to share for dessert. We bought op-shop tea-cups and mugs for the tea and coffee and one of our bridesmaid’s sister’s did us a huge favour and did our hair and make-up.”
Marian Rennie catered a feast for guests, the newlyweds note, “Marian Rennie was fabulous. We wanted lots of fresh, local produce and she did a fabulous job! Everyone commented on how great the food was and no one went hungry!”
There was no first dance, just amazing music, the story goes, “A friend of ours played Rowan’s old records all night. We didn’t have an official first dance, but we danced along with our friends and family well into the next morning.”
The wedding turned into a weekend affair, Jen and Rowan telling, “Guests camped over, or stayed in accommodation near by, and the next day we had a big brunch and then tree planting to finish it all off.”
Congratulations Jen and Rowan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Tigs Macallan for sharing today’s wedding with us!
I do love a modern wedding invitation so I was delighted to “E-meet” the lovely Jessica of Studio Silva, a graphic designer who creates custom stationery suites for birthdays, engagements and my favourite – weddings!
After studying visual art and communication design, Jessica’s attention turn to creation – she works with brands to create logos, look books and all kinds of stationery. With that strong graphic design sense comes a clean sense of style for wedding stationery. Jessica utilises old techniques – such as letterpress, with new printing methods.
For instance – the suite of James & Stephanie (featured above and below) is all about monochrome. Jessica designed an embossed hexagon pattern for the letterpress invitations which were paired with black envelopes with a calligraphy style white print. Each piece of the invitation suite carried the hexagon and calligraphy elements to create a suite that worked with the wedding – monochrome, elegant and modern.
Other suites feature bright yellow feature pieces, metallic foiling, hand drawn botanical elements and plenty of modern whimsy! Jessica works one on one with couples to create bespoke pieces that pull an event style together and really represent what it’s all about.