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Samantha and Blake’s Modern Wedding By The River

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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Blake and Samantha

It was a surreal day, as neither  of us had yearned to have a lavish, traditional wedding – but love turned that sentiment around. Up until our early twenties we lived five minutes from one another in Perth – before we met as cadet journalists in the Goldfields ‘red dirt’ mining town of Kalgoorlie. Leaving the red dirt behind seven years ago we moved to London and then returned to Perth, because what we really yearned for was a tranquil, riverside setting. We held our wedding ceremony and reception at a yacht club perched on the banks of the Swan River in Western Australia’s picturesque enclave of Peppermint Grove.

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I worked closely for many months with Adelaide-based wedding gown designer and couturier to the stars, Paul Vasilef – who heads up label, Paolo Sebastian. The custom gown surpassed all of my expectations – with off-white Italian embroided lace applique over a French tulle base, which was semi sheer, with further layers of nude, pink and sand tulle underneath – adding contrast. The gown featured an illusion neckline and mermaid silhouette, with a detailed lace back and gorgeous train that glided down the aisle. Working with Paul Vasilef was absolutely incredible. He’s so down to earth and talented, and really understood the aesthetic I was chasing. That’s why it’s important you always choose a designer that already creates gowns you would sell your house to wear. The fact I chose Paul out of several other designers speaks volumes – as it’s quite a long trip from Perth to Adelaide. Amazingly though, he was able to do my consults via Skype – including measurements and fabric selection. Just incredible.

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A tough choice for me was whether to wear my hair up or down on the big day. I feel more glamorous with my hair down but with the gown’s lace detailing, I opted for a sleek, low knot bun. My hair was styled by Marie Cain at Head Studio, while Aimee Smart from Allure Beauty Couture used her amazing skills to create a glamorous look with smokey eyes.

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While we wanted a modern wedding that would offer some structure to make our 150 guests comfortable, we didn’t want it to feel too stuffy or have the formalities drag on for too long. The ceremony ran for around 20 minutes under the experienced guidance of celebrant Dennis Buckle, with me walking down the aisle with my mother to Johnny Cash’s rendition of ‘Rose of My Heart’. With the river sparkling beyond a foreground of Peppermint trees and lush green grass, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club ceremony was captured gloriously by Jemma Keech Photography.

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It was completely surreal standing at the top of the stairs with my mum as Johnny Cash’s lyrics rung out over the yacht club. It was then that I realised this big moment was about to happen after all of the months we had been waiting. Blake says: “When I saw Samantha, I just thought she looked so beautiful. And as much as I wanted to not smile too much, I couldn’t help it.”

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Following the ceremony, the bridal party walked down to the banks of the Swan River for some quick shots.

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Inside the reception, a gorgeous vine and bougainvillea hanging feature with naked drop bulbs hung proudly above the bridal party table, which featured candles and a gold mirror centrepiece. For the table arrangements, I chose simple white tablecloths with a mix of baby’s breath, orchids and roses, and a scattering of tea and cylinder candles with gold accents. The tables featured off-white menus printed with taupe tones and name place cards enlivened with a geometric gold foil pattern. The simple style followed a similar vein as the wedding invitations – which were lovingly created by Little Peach Co – an invitation design and printing house in Brisbane. The invitations included simple Helvetica font, with our names in gold foil letterpress and the remainder of the wording in light grey letterpress. We wanted to keep the invitations fresh and modern – and different.

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Invitation photo from Samantha’s personal collection.

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Guests enjoyed a two course meal, having the option to choose from a creamy garlic prawn and rice entrée or the Szechuan duck with seared scallops, while the mains on offer were grilled barramundi with parmesan polenta or a rack of lamb, green beans and red wine jus.

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The entire day was filmed by the amazing Josh Lee at White Box Studio.

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Event styling and management was made possible by the amazing team at OMG Events, who also helped florist Poppys Flowers install the hanging feature.

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Images by Jemma Keech Photography

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Ms Gingham says: Need I state the obvious? What a spectacular dress!!!! A beautiful wedding from start to finish.

Samantha says: “I am a 32 year old Public Relations Manager at a major resources company. My husband and I have been together for 8 years and we were married on 21 February 2014″

Photographer: Jemma Keech / Bride’s Dress: Paolo Sebastian / Hairstylist: Head Studio / Makeup Artist: Aimee Smart from Allure Beauty Couture / Ceremony Venue: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club / Ceremony Officiant: Dennis Buckle / Invitations & Stationery: Little Peach Co. / Event Styling: OMG Events / Florist: Poppys Flowers

Inspired Words – Victoria

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Sometimes, things don’t go to plan. And sometimes, these things are what make a wedding day memorable for all the good reasons. Bride Victoria gives some fantastic advice about how to deal with the little surprises that may come your way after her gorgeous Australian Beach Wedding to Alex.

“Have fun!! That was our main aim. We laughed all the way through the weekend… when the page boys ran away during the ceremony, when Alex messed up his vows and when my dad inadvertently insulated every Australian in the room trying to be funny! We just laughed. Its an incredibly important time but we started off married life laughing, hopefully it will stay that way.”

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Images by Anna Turner

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Red and Pink Wedding By The Water

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Matt and Kirsty

As the owner and creator of Willow Events & Styling, my boutique planning and styling business, I was very certain of the overall feel I wanted to create for myself and Matt at our wedding. I am all about walking to the beat of your own drum, using your heart to guide your choices and being brave enough to be unique. I have always wanted to wear red and I found the perfect dress from Wheels & Dollbaby. Those closest to me know that if I can buy it in pink – I will. I also love clashing colours – thus the decision to style a red and pink wedding.

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My bridesmaids were given a colour palette of paint samples and told to go and be themselves. Ironically, 3 out of 4 of them choose Review dresses. My girls with shorter dresses opted for red shoes and lips which blended perfectly with my dress. My maids all choose their own hair and makeup styles – we are all individual, with different skin tones, face and body shapes so why all be uniform? They all looked beautiful and most importantly – like themselves. One of my treasured bridesmaids gave birth to her first child via c-section 7 days before the wedding so I was so blessed to have her well enough to join us for the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers I hunted vintage Oroton mesh clutches for my girls to carry, which was also my gift to them. The uber talented Liv from Olive Farm Designs created a one off handmade silk flower head piece for me. I gave her an inspiration page of colours and styles and she created exactly what I wanted. I wanted to carry something different to the standard bouquet so I asked all the ladies attending our wedding to bequeath me a brooch and I made my own bouquet. I was incredibly touched by the thought and love behind each brooch.

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We choose the 8th February, 2014 as it was a year to the day that Matt proposed. Trigg Beach was the location of the engagement so we chose the grass overlooking Trigg for the ceremony and the reception was held in the Trigg SLSC. It was possibly the windiest day Perth has ever seen but we persevered!

My children, Noah & Holly walked me down to aisle and gave me away – insert tissues! And my niece was my ring bearer. I lieu of a ring pillow I found the perfect red Christmas decoration flower and sewed a ribbon onto it to hold the rings.

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Matt and I wrote the entire ceremony ourselves {apart from the legal jargon!} and our vows were a surprise to each other on the day. We are huge animal lovers and Matt surprised me by hiring a dog walker to bring our 3 x 4 legged children to witness the ceremony – very special. I hired props from Pretty Willow Prop Hire and asked Kristy to set it all up for me – she was fantastic! We were married under vintage French white doors, standing on a 70 year old Turkish Kilim rug. Our guests were seated on vintage white mismatched chairs and I made heart stakes to flank the aisle. My styling was soft, romantic and vintage, with blooms from Sweet Pea Florist decorating the reception.

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Our photographer, Dave Biesse from Dave & Charlotte Photography followed my instructions perfectly. We wanted journalistic photography, barely any set shots, just capturing the moment.

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I made chatterboxes for our guests to entertain themselves and in lieu of a guest book we had a vintage pink typewriter. As music lovers we had live music for the ceremony and Mint Jazz Band for the first 1.5 hours of the reception. Our DJ – Michael from Western Sounds Music was sensational and kept people on the dance floor.

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Quality food was important to us and our close friends from Herb Faust Food created some delicious mere morsels for canapés and our guests all had their own serve of fish and chips. We followed this up by a sensational soft set chocolate dessert – and, no cake!

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Such an amazing day – can I do it again?!

Images by Dave & Charlotte Photography

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Ms Gingham says: I absolutely adore the use of red in this wedding, what a stunning gown! Congratulations Kirsty!

Kirsty says: “I’m first and foremost a Mummy to two incredible children, Noah {10} & Holly {7}. Recently married to my absolute soul mate – insert butterflies icon smile Red and Pink Wedding By The Water A huge animal lover & have 3 four legged children, Honey, Winter & Sam”

Photographer: Dave & Charlotte Photography / Bride’s Dress: Wheels and Dollbaby / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Olive Farm Designs / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trigg SLSC / Prop Hire: Pretty Willow Prop Hir / Florist: Sweet Pea Florist / Catering: Herb Faust Food
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