With the gorgeous soft apricot colour tones of today’s nautical luxe Watsons Bay wedding captured byKat Stanley beautifully complimenting the golden sunset, it’s no wonder today’s couple chose the stunning setting of a little bay by the water for their elegant celebration.
Bek chose a gown with peach tones from Hope x Page, telling “My dress was an ivory full skirt strapless lace gown with a peach tulle overlay. It was the third dress I tried on and I knew it was it straight away.”
Bek and Wayne chose Gibson Beach Reserve by the water for their ceremony, Bek noting “it’s a small grass reserve right on the beach at Watsons Bay with an amazing view.”
Bek walked down the aisle to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
Lisa Evans officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “We both wanted an outdoor ceremony, and for it to be by the water. It was important to me to be married by someone close to our age. Lisa our celebrant did an amazing job, she told our story from when we met right up until our engagement. She captured our personalities and our relationship perfectly.”
The reception was styled with white blooms and a luxe nautical theme, the bride noting “Piccolo and Poppi did both ceremony and reception styling and the flowers for the day. They did an amazing job.”
Guests kicked off the evening celebrations with sunset drinks before dinner at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Bek telling “We had cocktail hour on the top deck at Watsons Bay Hotel followed by the reception in the Sunset room at Watsons Bay Hotel.”
Of their first dance, Bek remembers “We chose You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. It made me smile whenever I heard it.”
Bek remarks “It was really important to us that our guests had a great time, we hired a bus so the didn’t have to worry about getting to and from the wedding. We made sure the was plenty of food and drinks for them to enjoy all night. And very importantly a great band, Marty from Reckless did an amazing job, he helped give the wedding the fun feeling we wanted. The dance floor was full all night long.”
Congratulations on your marriage Bek and Wayne! Thank you for sharing tour day with us! Thank you also toKat Stanley and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for sharing today’s celebration with us.
Organising our whole wedding with Magnus was so fun and easy. Quite a few friends told us “You’ll have so many fights and wish that you eloped” but that was never the case. We had lots of fun and laughs planning it all.
As a wedding vendor myself I knew what I did and didn’t want – and I was very lucky because Magnus and I were on the same page every step of the way. People thought I was crazy for styling my own wedding, since I of all people knows how much effort and time goes into it! Both Magnus and I are pretty chilled out people though, so when one of us suggested something the other always thought it was great!
We really wanted it to be a day that was fun and relaxed. I know that a lot of people say that, but we really wanted to set that tone with the invites straight away. We have a friend who is a graffiti artist draw up some of our favourite things and we used that as the basis of the invites. The piece featured images from Nintendo to the Fremantle Dockers to travel and music and we tried to make sure that people could see from the invite that it was going to be a day where people could just come and be themselves.
I added colour to the invite illustration myself and Magnus and I couldn’t choose what colours we liked best, so we printed four different invitation colour schemes and sent them out to people at random. It was awesome being at friends’ houses leading up to the wedding and having other friends notice the invitation on their fridge and say “Hey, I got a different colour – that is so cool!” The colours, shapes and fonts from the invites carried through to the colours used on the place cards and stubby holders and the fonts/shapes used throughout the ceremony and reception.
In my job as a wedding stylist I take a really hands on role and create everything from invites to signage and floral arrangements for couples I work with. It was no different for our own wedding! I made almost everything, even the place cards that had ten cuts to make on each one (that was 1200 cuts for the place cards alone… don’t get me started on the menus!)
Magnus got a taste of what my job is like as he helped me make the hanging greenery installations. The Friday before the wedding it was all hands on deck as we set up everything at Perth City Farm. We had some amazing friends and family members help us out with that!
Both Magnus and I knew that as soon as the ceremony was over the rest of the day would be a blur of talking to people and we probably wouldn’t get to spend lots of time just us two together. This is why we decided to do a first look and all of our photos beforehand.
It was really special hanging out with Magnus before the ceremony. We even went to our favourite bar for a private drink together (we kicked the bridal party and our families to another bar). It also meant that our ceremony could go straight into our reception without any waiting time in between and this was really important to us. We didn’t want to leave the party we had spent so much time and effort planning to go and take photos!
We didn’t really have any formal traditions incorporated into our wedding – but Magnus’ Mum is Korean and his mother, sister and auntie wore the most stunning traditional Korean dresses I have ever seen! I spoke some very basic Korean in my speech, thanking Magnus’ family and we had Korean Cherry Blossoms painted onto our cake.
Our ceremony was amazing. Magnus’ sister, Saritah is a professional musician who lives in Los Angeles. Just having her there for the day was really special, but it was made even more special by her playing an instrumental version of one of her songs for me as I walked down the aisle. Our celebrant, Adie, is a close friend and was incredible! Friends still come up to us saying that they have never laughed or cried so much during a wedding ceremony.
When we made our entrance into the reception there was such an incredible energy in the room. Everyone was buzzing, laughing and just all round having a great time. We both said to each other “this place has the best vibes of anywhere we have ever been.” Those good vibes continued throughout the night and I think they can be summed up by the fact that our celebrant started off the dance floor after our first dance by doing the worm! Everyone was screaming with joy by that point!
We had so much fun at our wedding – so much in fact that when we were due to make our ‘exit’ at midnight we didn’t actually want to leave! The DJ played our exit song and we ran through everyone’s outstretched arms. When we got to the end Magnus and I looked at each other and both said “I’m not ready for this to be over!” So we went straight back to the dance floor for another hour and a half! The DJ Will Slade was awesome for staying so much later just to keep the party going!
Our wedding really was the perfect day and I think it all came down to the fact that we had exactly what we wanted. We of course had people giving us suggestions and advice on what to do – but we didn’t really take them into account as we knew that we could plan a pretty awesome party that people would love.
My biggest piece of advice to all couples I work with (and anyone else planning a wedding) is just do you – and don’t worry about tradition or what you think other people will think. Want to do photos beforehand? Go for it! Want to have two desserts (three if you include cake)? Go for it (we did!) Want your first dance to be a Blink 182 song? DO IT! Think your mum will be upset that you want black roses in your bouquet? Don’t be – she won’t care (in fact she loved them!)
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Mary and Magnus – I’m so pleased you made your wedding all about ‘you’ – it was just perfect!
About Mary: At Marielle Studio, I will work to create every visual aspect of your wedding and make it beautiful. From your invitations right through to flowers, styling and setup – I will curate everything to be cohesive, stunning and fun so you can have the event you deserve!
With the gorgeous Tasmanian countryside as their backdrop, Sophie and Nathan chose the beautiful country venue of Sandridge Estate for their beautiful Tasmania barn wedding. The couple choosing Look See. Photography by Naomi Fenton to capture the magic of their day.
Sophie tells the story of how she and Nathan met. “Not long after moving back to Tasmania from living in Sydney, I met Nathan’s cousin Jayde who was a work colleague. Nathan and I were both part of a group Jayde had gotten together to attend a concert, and everyone ended up back at my place afterwards for drinks. Not long after, Nathan befriended me on Facebook and the next catch up was arranged. After that, the rest is history! Everything was so easy, so effortless, we fell in love quite quickly and started making lots of plans and goals together for our future.”
The bride chose a gorgeous long sleeve gown by Rue de Seine from Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier. Her bridesmaids wore gowns in black from Sheike,Esther,White Suede andMossman. She tells “After a few visits to bridal shops locally in Tasmania, finding dresses I liked but wasn’t totally convinced by, I organised a trip to Melbourne with three of my bridesmaids.
There was a boutique I had been following on Instagram called The Bridal Atelier so made my first appointment with them of the day. Helped by their wonderful stylist Candy, I was instantly drawn to the beautiful gowns by New Zealand Designer Rue De Seine. When I tried on the beautiful Zeppelin gown, the decision was made with my bridesmaids that this was the one and basically our day of dress shopping would be over before it began – nothing else would possibly compare! I wanted something that was elegant but still sexy, easy to wear and something that made a real statement!”
“We chose for the aisle song, Cavalier by James Vincent McMorrow. It is a beautiful song by an artist that Nathan & I discovered and have loved since they have been together. Some of the lyrics we loved were about someone being your ‘first love’ – since meeting one another both of our beliefs about what this means have changed.”
Allie House officiated the wedding ceremony, the bride remembering “The ceremony was just about the most important part of the day for us. We wanted it to have a lot of meaning and be a true reflection of our relationship as well as the commitment we were making to each other. Our wonderful celebrant Allie House gave us the structure but we were very involved in getting it perfect.
We also included a special reflection and reading by my mother, Lucy which was planned and written over many months. This was such a special moment for us. It was also important to us that we had our own vows, not in a traditional vow sense but more a collection of special words and feelings of and to each other.
We wanted it to be a celebration of everything we love about each other! We had so many comments from people that it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had been witness to and definitely captured us as a couple. There were tears, there was laughter and it was just the most special time of the whole day, really setting the tone of the rest of evening and night.”
“Following the family photos, we snuck away with our bridal party for more photos and drinks. We stood in a circle laughing together for ages about ridiculous stories told by one of the groomsmen, the light was incredible, there was no one else around and it was just so fun.”
Life as a Bird by Emma Williams styled the florals, Sophie remarking “I left the flowers entirely up to my friend, bridesmaid, florist and stylist Emma Williams. Emma is a well-known florist from Launceston. The brief was unstructured, bright reds and pinks, lots of greenery and lots of floral features in the barn to offset the rustic setting. There was also a feature table of vases overflowing with beautiful blooms.”
“My bridesmaids were four of my closest friends, Julia, Emma, Alexandra and Sarah, all of whom I have known since high school, so coming up to 20 years of friendship. My flower girl was Nathan’s beautiful daughter Sienna, 7. Nathan’s groomsmen were some of his best mates, Duran, James and Shannon and his older brother, Brett. Nathan’s son Jesse, 13, was the ring bearer for the ceremony.”
The rustic beauty of Sandridge Estate tied perfectly into the weekend’s festivities, Sophie telling “Rather than just a day, the wedding was more of a celebration weekend. Since many people had to travel to the small beachside town of Boat Harbour, many groups rented beach houses together and made a weekend of it.
We rented two properties for the bridal parties, The Summer House and Coast, which were perfect locations for everyone to get ready for the day as well as spend the days after the wedding recovering and reflecting.
The ceremony and reception venue, Sandridge Estate fitted our brief in terms of not wanting guests to change venues, somewhere everything could happen on the day. The next day, a recovery lunch was organised at Harvest and Cater at Boat Harbour Beach which really felt like a continuation of the celebration.”
Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Naomi was such a pleasure to deal with in the lead up to the wedding and also on the day. She was non-intrusive but also made sure all the important moments were captured candidly which was part of our whole brief. We feel so lucky that she was recommended to us. We really feel as though we have a storybook of our day that captures the whole night, the feelings, the atmosphere and you can literally relive the love and happiness by looking at the photos. Naomi is insanely talented and the images reflect that, especially in terms of how the light is used and the details that are captured. Everyone commented about how comfortable they were for her to be such an integral part of the day. Her service in editing and providing the photos to us was also exceptional. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
“A special moment was when we left the barn at dusk to have photos and were joined by Nathan’s children Jesse and Sienna who ran out to join in on some special pics. We also loved having some time after the ceremony having photos away from the reception with our wonderful bridal party. The whole weekend was so special and it’s so difficult to pick any one thing as they all keep flooding back!!
“Nathan’s son and daughter Jesse and Sienna made the most beautiful speeches that they wrote with help from Sophie’s mother Lucy. They specifically asked in the lead up if they could do this on the day! There was not a dry eye in the house. Our ‘team’ of MC’s, Claire, Jake and Gregg, were hilarious, organised and wonderful.”
Of their first dance, the bride tells “We chose a song we both loved that we thought would really complement the feeling and mood of the barn. It is called Hold by Vera Blue. It was such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by our friends and family as we had our first dance.”
Music was important to the newlyweds, who chose Well Strung for their day. Sophie explaining “One of the favourite details of the day ended up being the music – it seemed to capture every nuance perfectly. This was also complemented by our fantastic band who really got the party started – Well Strung from Launceston. A great bunch of guys who were so easy and wonderful to deal with.”
Congratulations on your marriage Sophie and Nathan! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Look See. Photography by Naomi Fenton for sharing today’s beautiful celebration.