Amanda and Andy’s Romantic Elegance Wedding

Amanda and Andy

A classic beauty of a wedding today- Amanda and Andy’s gorgeous Sydney wedding. If you’re in love with lacy, beautiful gowns, bouquets that look so good you can almost smell them and smiles as wide as the Sydney Harbour Bridge you’ll love today’s garden celebration. it’s classic Sydney really – a church wedding with a beautiful reception at one of Sydney’s most popular venues.

Our bride Amanda recalls the story of the relationship with her husband. “Andy and I originally met at high school but it took another 10 years till we met again.  
He proposed while we were on a family holiday in Thailand.  Andy had organised a picnic lunch and boat for the day, but unfortunately it was pouring with rain, so at the last minute, he had to change his plans and ended up proposing at a scenic lookout in the rain!   It was a very funny memorable day.

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography. I love Milk and Honey’s classic yet beautiful captures.  They’re so beautifully Sydney and capture the romance of the wedding day.

Amanda wore an asymmetrical lace gown from Sarah Devine Couture. She recalls “My dress was from Sarah Devine.  It was made from blush satin, with French lace and my veil was full length with a lace trim.  The dress was such a delight to wear and with its vintage feel, was everything I wished for in a wedding dress.”

Having her parents and friends around her on the morning of the wedding was important for the bride, who explains “I got ready with my three bridesmaids at my parents’ house.  The morning went so quickly, but we were able to take some great photo’s including some with our family dog, Charlie. I have 2 nieces and nephews, who we had great pleasure in dressing up. The girls looked gorgeous in their pink tutu’s. 
My bridesmaids wore dresses by Charlie Brown.  The pink of their dresses tied back with the soft romantic design of the invites and were enhanced by the beautiful flowers.”

Amanda recalls “Andy and I got married in October, at the beautiful St Peters Presbyterian Church in North Sydney.  
The interior of the church is just lovely and a wonderful church to get married in. We had a string trio, play Canon in D by Pachelbel as I walked down the aisle.”

Family and friends led to Amanda’s favourite memory of the day. “Andy and I were just so happy to have our family from overseas and friends there to celebrate our marriage with us.  It was such a beautiful day I wish we could do it all over again!”

The girls carried bouquets in shades of pinks, taupes, lavenders and greens. Amanda says ” I was really happy with the beautiful flowers Lisa from Sweet Violets put together for our bridal party and reception.  I was able to give Lisa some reference pictures of the type of flowers and colours we wanted and she really did an amazing job.  Every one commented on how gorgeous the table decorations were!”

Amanda and Andy celebrated with their guests at the Sydney Botanic Gardens restaurant. Amanda explains “As we had family visiting from oversees, we decided to have a real Sydney wedding. 
We were married at St Peter’s in North Sydney and held our pre-dinner drinks on the lawn, in the Botanic Gardens, with views of the harbour, before moving into the Botanic Gardens restaurant for our reception.”

The stationery took on the spring and garden feel of the wedding “My friend Daniella Spinetti, also did an amazing job in designing our invites, menu’s and table cards.  
Her design really captured the romantic theme and colours I had envisioned for our wedding”

The cake was a classic beauty. Amanda explains “Bill from Sweet Connoisseur made our 3 tier chocolate wedding cake.  
We kept it simple and decorated it with ivory icing, with a pink ribbon at each base, to match back with the bridesmaids’ dresses.”

The reception continued with Amanda and Andy’s first dance. Says Amanda “Andy is not much of a dancer, but we did our best swaying to ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Rod Stewart”

Congratulations Amanda and Andy! Many congratulations and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us today! Thank you also to  Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photos by Milk & Honey Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Wedding Hair Inspiration – Short Hair Styles

In our ongoing wedding hair style inspiration posts (see our elegant down hairstyles here) today I thought I’d share a bit of inspiration for our short haired readers! From cropped short pixie styles, to modern bobs – here’s a snapshot of inspiration from Polka Dot Brides who have styled their short hair for their wedding days. Short can can be really versatile – curly or straight, finger waves or soft elegant curls, birdcage veils or big blooming flowers. What are your tips for short haired brides?

Photo by Pamela Marie Photography from Ashley and Mike’s Wedding

Photo by Marzena Wasilewska from Ebony and Andrew’s Wedding

Photo by by Angela Higgins from Von and Conrad’s Wedding

Photos by StudioThisIs from Hayley and Jeremy’s Wedding

Photo by Deep Grey Wedding Photography from Kim and Eric’s Wedding

Photo by Harvard Wang from Leslie-Ann and Gary’s Wedding

Photo by Candice Ottaway for O Photography from Melissa and Anthony’s Wedding

Photo by SugarLove Weddings from Rosalind and Blake’s Wedding

Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography from Sarah and Grant’s Wedding

Photo by Xiss Photography from Rachel and Mike’s Wedding

Good Manners Will Get You Everywhere

Invitations are the first contact you have with your guests regarding your wedding. It will indicate to them the type and style of event, and although you need not spend a lot of money to make them look good, it is important to convey to your guests the courtesies of a host.  There is good reason that there are so many rules of etiquette relating to invitations, but there are also many that are anachronistic, illogical and irrelevant. If you consider each rule in light of whether it shows consideration for your guests and common sense, you can’t go far wrong. - Save the Date. You're on our B-List.

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Miss T’s Top Three Tips on Invitation Etiquette

1. Who’s invited?

Invitees only are listed on invitations. I’m with Emily Post on this one, who says: “May I bring? Don’t even ask! An invitation is extended to the people the hosts want to invite—and no one else”. This applies to adults and children. If you choose to have an adults-only event (gosh that sounds naughty), make sure that you are consistent with the line you draw about any children you do wish to attend. But remember that as a matter of common sense, infants and breastfeeding babies are an exception to the ‘no kids’ rule. There is a school of thought that decries the inclusion of words to the effect of ‘no children’ on written invitations, on the grounds that invitations should say who is, not isn’t, invited. Although I theoretically agree with this, you may need to clarify who your guests think they are replying for when you receive their RSVP (“Thank you for your RSVP – I’m so glad that you and Mrs Tiddliwink can attend”). Also spread by word of mouth.

Not my hen's night ... but inventive!

This isn’t my hen’s night … but I’m pretty impressed. Etiquette-wise it’s not too far off the mark, which isn’t bad considering it’s a pair of candy pink heels. Image sourced from Manolo for The Brides.

2. Any information beyond who, what, when and where should go on an information card, for visual purposes if nothing else. On to the matter of letting your guests know where you are registered.

There is a vocal group who maintain that it is the height of squeamish bad manners to put any information about registries or gifts with your invitations as it assumes that you will receive gifts. Instead you are meant to quietly spread the word about where you are registered and assume that people will Google you to find out where to go, or include the information on your wedding website, where it is acceptable.

This is tripe and hogwash of the worst kind, and misguided snobbery to boot.

Let me remind you that up until about 15 years ago registries themselves were considered to be the utter end of all manners and extremely tacky, so it’s a bit rich to say now that there’s a whole lore of ironclad etiquette around them.  Sneaking about to include a roundabout way to access the mysterious gift registry – that you can’t acknowledge exists that contains the things you want but can’t say you want but that you registered for anyway so that your guests can buy you a gift even though you can’t acknowledge that they will – is ridiculous at best and disingenuous at worst. This is a clear case in which to apply both common sense and consideration for your guests.

If you already own every KitchenAid and Le Crueset you’ll ever want and instead would prefer cash or a contribution to your honeymoon fund, it may be unpalatable to put account details on the information card but be sensible here – you can’t expect your poor mum to memorise your BSB and account number and give it out to anyone who enquires. The inclusion of this information may be blunt but it is helpful for your guests.

*Disclaimer: Be sensible with it all. Don’t have a registry with gifts only $200 above. Be a gracious host and expect that not everyone has the funds to both attend your wedding and buy you a gift. Just don’t pretend that it’s polite to pretend to hide your registry in a place you want people to find it, is all. - We're getting married! We are registered at: Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes and Cartier. Strictly. Or Else.

This isn’t acceptable either. Image by

3. Dress code.

Although Emily Post considers that the time and style of the invitation should indicate the dress code, to save yourself a lot of bother and for your guest’s ease of reference, a dress code is an appropriate inclusion on an invitation. Noting that ‘code’ means something like ‘cocktail’ or ‘black tie’, not a specific set of rules or acceptable colour schemes.

You can most certainly command the wearing of any sort of silly hat you want if you are the future Duchess of Cambridge. Image sourced from Royal World.

And finally, the rules of etiquette also apply to you as a recipient of an invitation – RSVP to the right place, on time, and promptly.  Turn up on time wearing appropriate clothing, behave with decorum and say please and thank you.

Good manners will get you everywhere.

Ms Gingham says: Some very interesting insights to commonly pondered over issues. Thanks to Miss T for some fabulous recommendations.

Miss T says: Organised to the max; fan of all things sparkly and organic; vegan (but no hemp or dreadlocks); proud mama to a Chihuahua princeling and two snooty cats; drinker of beer; and thrilled to her little cotton socks to be marrying the sweet, silly, smart and snuggly Buzz.

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