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Cyn & Dave’s Bright Farm Wedding

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Cyn & Dave

Pouring rain didn’t stop this gorgeously coloured farm wedding go ahead! The couple made the most of the richly toned surroundings of Melross & Willow’s Estate and chose Mr Wigley to capture their wedding day. Surrounding themselves with handmade details, Cyn and Dave’s wedding is a beautiful twist on a farm wedding.

Cyn tells their story. “When we were on holiday in Paris in July 2012, we were on the beautiful Pont des Artes at sunset, on our way to dinner when David got down on one knee and popped the question. After yes was said, we got a huge round of applause from a lot of amused tourists! ”

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The couple created much of the wedding decor themselves, explaining, “A lot of the elements of our wedding were DIY projects involving ourselves, friends and family. This added to the experience and we felt it truly gave us the opportunity to shape and style the wedding Cynthia designed the wedding invitations, menus and thank you tags for the wedding. A friend sketched an illustration of us both holding hands which we then printed onto tea-towels to give to all guests as keep-sakes.”

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Cyn and Dave chose Melross & Willow’s Estate for their wedding, noting, “We wanted the wedding to stretch over the weekend and have a festival feel to it – starting with a Friday night BBQ , to the main wedding festivities on the Saturday and then having people back at the house on the Sunday to piece together the stories of a great weekend. Melross Farm was perfect for that, a large farm in the splendid Kangaroo Valley that had different accommodation for all our guests.”

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Cyn walked down the aisle to “First day of my life” by Bright Eyes – pouring rain didn’t stop this wedding! Which was moved inside to the marquee to keep everybody dry.

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The couple made sure to include personal touches in their ceremony, Cyn remembers, “We chose to include Hand-fastening (or to “tie the knot”) into our ceremony. Whilst our ceremony was non-religious we wanted to incorporate elements of our culture. Whilst reading into hand-fastening we found out that it was a Celtic tradition (David’s background) that was also adopted by American-Indian tribes (Cynthia’s grandmother’s heritage). The piece of material that was used for the hand-fastening was knitted by David’s mother with wool from his grandmother.”

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Cyn tells, “We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and for all our guests to have a memorable weekend and to experience something unique that would live in the memories forever. ”

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Cyn chose a gown from Unspoken and carried an orange bouquet by Seasonal Concepts who created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Of their photographer, Cyn tells, “Both of us prefer natural style photographs capturing a special moment, our photographer, Mr Wigley, was great at doing just that making us feel at ease and comfortable whilst having fun at the same time. At different moments we were on bales of hay, in a scrapyard, wearing animal masks and riding an antique bike, all of it combined added up to an unforgettable experience.”

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The infusion of personality continued throughout the reception, the newlyweds telling, “Both of us collected vases and old medicine bottles from antique fairs (as David’s father was a pharmacist). We suspended a ladder from the marquee, hanging various flowers, bottles and vases from this to highlight the bridal party table. Cynthia’s mother, Lidia, and aunt, Rosa, made napkins and Argentinian desserts whilst David’s sister helped us make the tablecloths. Cynthia’s father made a cake stand from a pine tree from the family garden. The weekend before the wedding, numerous friends and cousins helped to add an Argentinian twist to the wedding by making a pinata and Cotillion (party hats) for people to wear at midnight, as it’s an Argentinian tradition.”

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The cake cutting kicked off the dance floor, Cyn remembering, “When we were cutting the cake that Lidia (Cynthia’s mum) made, DJ Vinyl Richie put on “I love you baby” by Frank Sinatra and the whole crowd spontaneously broke into song and that really kicked off the night’s party atmosphere. The party was unforgettable also – we had 100 people at our wedding and all 100 people danced from beginning to end – there was some very bad dancing but it added to the nights fun. ”

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Photographer: Mr Wigley / Cinematographer: Trent Beattie / Bride’s Dress: Unspoken / Venue: Melross & Willow's Estate / Flowers & Decor: Seasonal Concepts / DJ: DJ Vinyl Richie

David and Emily’s Gorgeous Barn Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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David and Emily

David and I first met through a mutual friend in 2005, but it would be almost five more years before we would start dating! We ended up working together a little after we met, but I left soon after to travel overseas. We stayed in touch over the next few years, but somehow never saw each other in person. He would arrive at a party not long after I had left, or I’d drop into a bar and he would already be in a cab to the other side of the city. This went on until 2009 when that same mutual friend organised a dinner with the three of us, and we hit it off almost immediately. We were together not long after that. A year after we got together we moved to New York City, and were married at the end of 2013.

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Wearing a slightly unexpected colour was really special for me. I didn’t intend to be a “different” bride, but the surprise on everyone’s faces when I emerged in a grey dress was really exciting and a great talking point.

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We live in New York but wanted to get married back home in Australia. The wedding was held in Berrima, NSW, in the Southern Highlands. We have always loved the highlands and were so excited to spend a weekend away with all our family and friends. We travelled from New York to get married, and friends from all around the world came to be with us. This never ceases to amaze us when we think about how lucky we are to have such great friends and family.

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Bendooley Estate was the last venue I visited on a whirlwind trip back to Australia, and even though the barn was in full renovation mode and they hadn’t hosted any weddings yet, we booked it on the spot. It’s hard to find words to describe just how gorgeous this venue is; with its rolling vineyards, rose garden, and original homestead. The estate is also home to the Berkelouw Book Barn, a stunning and unique bookstore offering thousands of new, rare, and antique books (with a fantastic restaurant, to boot). It was perfect.

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I walked down the aisle to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales. One of our favourite songs of all time.

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I highly recommend Written By Hand for signage. She was outstanding.

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We chose a book theme for our wedding and had a talented illustrator friend create a book logo for us. This logo appeared throughout the wedding—on the invitation, the website, the place cards and the ceremony signage. It was a lovely, subtle touch of continuity and tied in perfectly with the book barn reception venue.

It’s no secret amongst my friends that I am a huge polka dot lover! As a special surprise, David emailed every male guest ahead of the wedding and asked them to wear polka dot socks on the day. It was such a lovely touch to see literally every guy proudly displaying his socks just for me.

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David’s sister  styles weddings in her spare time and we couldn’t have pulled it all off without her. Although Sally lives in London, she made the seating and place cards herself, sourced all the signage, found our florist, and worked tirelessly on all the fine details. My Mum is also a very talented quilter, and she made all of the bunting by hand. She sourced fabrics in our wedding colors of dusty pink, grey, cream and green, and hand-made every last piece.

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Our photographer, Michelle Johnson, is an old friend and colleague – we worked together at Marie Claire many years ago. Michelle’s romantic, vintage photography style is absolutely beautiful. She has shot a number of friends’ weddings over the years and I always knew in my heart we would have her shoot ours too. Michelle is always cool, calm and collected, and you barely notice she’s there on the day.

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The venue was breathtaking. Paul and Katja are the most amazing hosts and I wish I could get married at Bendooley every year. It’s so beautiful!

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My advice to brides – Enjoy the day, (eat breakfast!) and take a moment to step away and take in the celebration as a newly married couple. This was very special advice that was given to us, and I’m so very thankful. The moment was something very special and helps stamp the memory in our minds.

Our wedding was an absolutely unforgettable day filled with love, laughter, and more feels than we ever thought possible

Images by Michelle Fiona Photography

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Ms Gingham says: The perfect combination of rustic surrounds, gorgeous glamour gowns and an abundance of love. Beautiful.

Emily says: I’m an Australian digital marketer based in New York City, and I love polka dots more than life itself.

Photographer: Michelle Fiona Photography / Wedding Stylist: Sally Morrison / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Johanna Johnson / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Bridesmaid Accessories: Johanna Johnson / Hair & Makeup Artist: Oralie Maylin / Flowers: Poho Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: Wicked Bride / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bendooley Estate / DJ: DJ La Fitz

Dramatic VIntage Jewels From Lannah Dunn

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The dramatic vintage jewellery pieces of designer Lannah Dunn have really come to life in this styled shoot from photographer Lyndal Carmichael and hair and makeup artist Peekaboo Makeup at Vacy Hall. The model, dressed in dramatic black and emerald green gowns and capes from Sentani complement the sparkling vintage jewels creating a look of timeless beauty.

Photographer Lyndal Carmichael  tells, “With this styled shoot I wanted to really call on an old-school charm that could easily be incorporated into a real wedding. The jewellery pieces by Lannah Dunn are a mix of Victorian pieces, art deco pieces and her own designs. We wanted to layer on the different eras showing how your look can evolve as your collection expands. The historic guesthouse with immaculate gardens, Vacy Hall was the perfect setting and provided so many beautiful backdrops for our images. Adding the fine details of Sentani designs into the mix and the look is pulled together.”

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Photographer: Lyndal Carmichael / Jewels: Lannah Dunn / Hair & Makeup Artist: Peekaboo Makeup / Gowns & Cape: Sentani / Venue: Vacy Hall
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