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Jenna & Jacob’s Elegant Arts College Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Jenna & Jacob

There is a lot to love about Jenna and Jacob’s elegant arts college wedding. Beautiful handmade details (including the bride’s wedding dress!) and a wedding reception in the very place where the newlyweds met. What could be more romantic? Jenna and Jacob chose Samantha Heather  to capture their day.

Jenna fills us in on the story of how she met Jacob. She remembers,  “We met at Campion College, where we studied for an undergraduate Liberal Arts degree. The environment there is one which really promotes critical thinking and we had a lot of interesting conversations. When I first met Jacob I thought he was an intriguing person but I wasn’t into him as more than a friend. But he won me over with crosswords, talk of personality types and a mutual love of milkshakes!”

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Jenna worked with her mother to make her wedding gown, explaining, “The dress was nothing like I originally envisioned it, but it was great! Being a designer I always knew I wanted to make my own wedding dress, but we were only engaged for 3 months and I way underestimated the number of other jobs I’d have to do. So my mum and I ended up making the dress together (she did about 98% of the work!). The dress I pictured in my head didn’t end up working (it just wasn’t achievable in the time that we had and with the fabric we picked), but it ended up being lovely and simple which was great – and my mum did a stellar job like she always does with these things!”

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The stunning stain glass of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Kellyville set the scene for the ceremony, the bride telling, “The Church is where I worshipped every week for 7 years and my mum is the secretary at the parish, so it was a good fit! ”

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Jenna walked down the aisle to “An instrumental of Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ played by a number of our talented musician friends.”

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Of the ceremony, Jenna remembers, “Being Catholics, we really wanted the Mass to be focused on God and witnessing to the Gospel through our own joy and love for each other. We wanted to lead the community in contemplation of the author of Love. The readings we chose for the Mass were thus from Scripture (Tobit 8: 4-8, 1 John 4: 8-11, Romans 12:1-2,9-18).”

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“My favourite thing about planning the wedding, personally? Styling the bridesmaids. I love making people feel like they look good because that’s a confidence booster for them and I wanted them to feel amazing! So I got a good kick out of that.”

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“A family friend, Zita Gacsay, made our bouquets and arranged florals for the Church – the bouquets were actually such a highlight for us girls (they were made up of native Australian flowers and others – my favourites were the proteas to honour the country of my birth, South Africa).”

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Of their photographer, the bride tells, “Our photographer, Sam, is a wizard! I had followed her online for a while and was really excited to book her after Jacob proposed. She is seriously talented with light, composition and story-telling – and she is a joy to be around, too! We actually had a number of mutual friends who were also at the wedding which added to the fun of it all!”

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Jenna and Jacob chose Campion College for their reception – the very place they met and got their bachelor degrees together.

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“Our friend Evie, who made our cake and is just a wonderful chef generally, outdid herself! The cake was delicious and beautiful. There were just so many great things about what our friends contributed to the day that I will never forget.”

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Jenna and Jacob hired many vendors they adored. “Simone, of Catered 4 You, our caterer, was outstanding – so many people commented on how delicious her food was, and we were thrilled. She was also very easy to work with! Our musicians, Harp and Lyre Wedding Music (made up of a bunch of our talented friends) brought tears to my eyes during our ceremony and breathed new meaning into the hymns we had chosen – extraordinary stuff.”

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While the dance floor was certainly active, there was no first dance, the bride explaining, “We actually didn’t have a first dance, as Jacob and I are both terrible dancers. Our thinking was along the lines of ‘we never really dance together normally, why put it on for the wedding?’ It didn’t really make sense, and I think our guests were happy to be spared the spectacle!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jenna and Jacob! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Samantha Heather for sharing today’s celebration with us!

Photographer: Samantha Heather / Bride’s Dress: Angela Barlow (the bride's mum) / Bride’s Dress: Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Billini / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Bride / Groom’s Shoes: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Dresses: Seduce / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Doll House / Bridesmaid Hairpieces: Bride / Bridesmaid Accessories: Colette / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Bridesmaid Accessories: Equip / Hairstylist: Olivia Lee / Makeup Artist: Bride / Flowers: Zita Gacsay / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Kellyville / Ceremony Officiant: Fr David Callaghan / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Luke Holohan / Ceremony Musicians: Harp and Lyre Wedding Music / Reception Venue: Campion College Australia / Reception Hire Items: Aussie Marquees / Catering: Catered 4 You / Cake: Evelyn Cisneros / Wedding Rings: St Germain
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Alexandra & Adrian’s Chic Winery Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Alexandra & Adrian

Alexandra and Adrian went glamorous for their chic winery wedding. Suave black bow ties, an elegant backless wedding gown and a sparkling reception only served to compliment the beautiful story that was told when Alexandra and Adrian tied the knot. Catherine Forge Photography was there to capture the day.

Alexandra tells the story of how the happy couple came to be. “I first locked eyes with Adrian at our local gym but we never made contact. I was in the market searching for a new car and to my surprise, he was the man that greeted me at the dealership and introduced himself to me. I purchased the car that instant and the rest is history!”

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The bride worked with Annette of Melbourne Couture to make her gown, remembering, “I knew what I wanted and sketched the dress myself and went to Annette of Melbourne to have it made. I really wanted to find a dressmaker that understood my vision for the dress. I went for a high neck backless dress that shaped my body. The only detail it had was using the silk to bandage around my neck and hips. Annette surprised me and added more detailing to the lower back which was my favourite part of my dress.”

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Alexandra and Adrian married at Zonzo Estate, remarking, “Zonzo surpassed my expectations. With its’ breathtaking views and wood fired oven pizza, we both felt at home the second we stepped onto the venue. We had Briana from Zonzo coordinating our day. Nothing was too difficult for her and she made sure our day ran just exactly as we had imagined. Saying our vows with the amazing scenery in the background added that touch of beauty to what we were promising in front of our family and friends. Once in the venue for the reception the sun began to set and looking through the glass windows we had a view of the vineyards and mountains – it was truly the perfect venue to dance the night away.”

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Choosing Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”, the bride remembers walking down the aisle as one of the highlights of the day. “I remember I was so nervous getting out of that car until my father held my hand and I calmed very quickly. This was one of my favourite moments that I will cherish – that minute you look at your father and realise what he has done for you all your life. As we walked down together and our guests saw my father and I, I remember hearing loud clapping and cheers. Once I locked eyes with Adrian I started to smile and funnily enough, I begin to laugh!”

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“Adrian and I didn’t let go of each others’ hands throughout the ceremony. I remember thinking to myself “wow you are so handsome”! I had one reading by my beautiful cousin Vanessa that she prepared on her behalf that represented Adrian and our relationship. It’s such a spiritual moment having your family and friends witness you and your best friend taking your next step in life together.”

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Garry Lurati  officiated the ceremony, the bride remarking, “Adrian and I both come from a European Background (Serbian and Italian) and even though our heritage is beautiful we both decided on having a very relaxed and non-traditional ceremony that we both could understand and connect together with. We had Garry Lurati officiate our ceremony and he really did start the atmosphere of our day and involve everyone from the very beginning.”

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Chic Winery Wedding“When Adrian picked up his wedding band I told him it was far too small, but he insisted it fitted perfectly. When we exchanged the rings I couldn’t for the life of me put it on him, so he snatched it and put it on himself. It captured one of the funniest moments – everyone was in hysterics!”

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Of their photographer, the bride remarks, “It was very important to us to work with a photographer whom we trusted and felt comfortable to be around. Catherine’s passion and energy to photograph definitely enabled us to trust her vision. She had so many amazing ideas and even offered to do a pre-engagement shoot. I was lucky enough to have Catherine’s mother Fiona present on the day also as the second shooter. Fiona was capturing the scenery and guests whilst Catherine focused on Adrian and I. Adrian was so nervous at the beginning of the day and the thing that actually calmed him was Catherine’s presence. I love my photos – they are raw, candid and captured what my wedding felt like. My photos are what remind Adrian and I of the best day of our lives and Catherine and Fiona didn’t skip a beat.”

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Eltham Florist  styled the green and white floral arrangements for the day, the bride noting, “I had glass ornaments that Briana hung from the ceiling that had flowers and candles in them. Sara my florist decorated the venue with white peonies and greens, and also the arch that we got married under. My favourite feature was the fairy lights that hung outside to create that extra magic touch. Sara went to pick up the flowers from the market and the flowers we had planned on using had been burnt in the Adelaide fires that week. She was amazing and managed to pull together a wonderful alternative!”

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“My family is of Serbian heritage and Adrian of Italian, so we included some traditional formalities such as the first dance (Kolo). The Kolo is a Serbian dance and when performed at weddings it signifies that the bride has joined the groom’s family. Our best man wore a Serbian sash to identify himself as the best man and carried a traditional Serbian drink with him in a wooden flask, the Slivovitz plum brandy, which was passed around to all the wedding guests! When the dance floor was in full swing Adrian played his mother and father’s favourite Italian songs, and we had a packed dance floor! It was great to mix the two cultures together.”

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Of the first dance, which was to John Legend’s “All of Me” the bride tells, “This song was released the day Adrian and I became engaged, so it was meant to be! Just like the lyrics “you’re crazy “ is very fitting to describe me!”

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Congratulations Alexandra and Adrian! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Catherine Forge Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Catherine Forge Photography / Second Photographer: Fiona McLennan / Cinematographer: Artistic Films / Bride’s Dress: Annette of Melbourne Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bride’s Jewellery: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Attire: Zachary the Label / Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Zachary the Label / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wittner Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: Canturi / Hairstylist: Michelle Mallia from Salon Duval / Makeup Artist: Bel Burt for Mac / Flowers: Eltham Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Inspired Design / Venue: Zonzo Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Garry Lurati / DJ: DJ Donnie / Cake: Melissa Cakes / Wedding Rings: Arman Jewellery / Trransport: Wild Wombat

Gold & Purple Rainforest Wedding Inspiration

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With Spring here it is definitely the time for outdoor celebrations and this fun gold & purple rainforest inspiration shoot is filled with lush details and plenty of colour and certainly gorgeous enough to set you on the inspiration path for your own tropical celebration.

The Queensland based team of photographer Kyle Richardson Photography, Adorn Event Hire, Gowns of Elegance, Gathering Events, Gold Wedding Hire,  Elly Hartley Designs, Carol Saintpierre and Sami Cuff‘ took to beautiful Queensland venue Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens 

Stylist Amanda of Adorn Event Hire who conceived the shoot, along with styling the decor and florals for the day notes, “I wanted to do an outdoor shoot that was fun, colour filled, relaxed but still elegant and pretty. The inspiration came from cushions of all things, and our handsome peacock (aptly named Reginald after my late Grandfather – he liked to dress up all suave for the ladies haha). The vibrant colours of the watercolour floral cushions carried over to the colourful florals in the asymmetrical bouquet with royal blue ribbon ties to match Reg.”

Amanda’s resident peacock (Reginald) was the star of the show with copper furniture, gold cutlery (from Gold Wedding Hire) and purple glassware  complementing the tropical inspired ferns and dreamy watercolour styled stationery from Elly Hartley Designs. The caravan bar from Gathering Events whipping up bright and colourful cocktails that set the scene for a beautiful outdoor garden celebration.

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Photographer: Kyle Richardson Photography / Styling: Adorn Event Hire / Flowers: Adorn Event Hire / Rentals: Adorn Event Hire / Decor: Adorn Event Hire / Venue: Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens / Bride’s Dress: Gowns of Elegance / Bar: Gathering Events / Gold Cutlery: Gold Wedding Hire / Invitations & Stationery: Elly Hartley Designs / Hairstylist: Carol Saintpierre / Makeup Artist: Carol Saintpierre / Model: Sami Cuff
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