Photo by Welsch Photography
Photo by Welsch Photography
Amelia and Ian
Flower crowns from The Sisters, Boston terriers, golden rays of sunlight – what could make this romantic park engagement session more of a delightful treat today? Not much! Glen of Mr Edwards Photography captured their story with the buttery, dreamy colours he is so talented at conveying.
Amelia kicks us off with the story of how she and Ian came to be. “Ian and I met at university. Ian was living in a college with two of my best friends. Although we’d met at mutual friends’ parties, we had only admired each other from afar – until our friends decided to set us up. They organised a few chance encounters where they subtly disappeared, leaving us alone to get to know each other at the art gallery, on the tennis court and a few other places.”
Ruby is huge part of Amelia and Ian’s life and so they made sure she was at their engagement session. Amelia remarking, “We love Glen’s style of photography – it’s film so it is soft and beautiful. Glen also knows how to tell a personal story. We wanted to incorporate Ruby (our dog) as she won’t be attending our wedding. We thought we could have a little “family” session. We live quite close to Centennial Park and love walking through it together and have often marveled at how romantic the pine grove is. We couldn’t think of anywhere better to capture our little family at this special time. Glen was fabulous – we got along so well and had so much fun. Ruby, of course, loved Glen too!”
The first date is etched in Amelia’s memory , as is his punctuality! But all for good reasons, they make up just some of the stories that Amelia loves about their time together. “Ian took me to Oporto for lunch as one of our first dates. Fortunately he’s never done that since! We faced a big relationship test after only about 6 months of dating. We decided to put together a flat-pack barbecue. We proved we could be a great team when we completed it in record time (well, we don’t know if it was a “record” but we thought it was pretty fast!) Before Ian went to New York (on the proposal trip) he was having a birthday dinner. We’d booked a spot at our local pub and had two tables of friends waiting for his arrival. He was over an hour late! Turns out he had a good reason – he’d been speaking to my parents to get their blessing to ask me to marry him.”
On what he loves about Amelia, Ian remarks “Amelia is the most talented woman. She excels in the office and can also casually whip up a feast at home. She can also make me laugh harder than anyone else. Amelia is vivacious and driven, but she is also a feminine beauty.”
On what she loves about Ian, Amelia tells, “I love everything about Ian. He’s a really open, genuine guy. He’s funny, witty and very smart. He’s confident, but not arrogant. He doesn’t always let me get my way! He is also really supportive.”
Ian concocted an utterly romantic New York proposal, Amelia tells. “Ian had to go to New York for 6 weeks for work. He was meant to be away for our anniversary. Instead, he flew me over and took me to Jean-George for a 7 course degustation. Despite being in a food coma, another course came out and when the cloche was removed my plate had a ring box surrounded by rose petals. Ian popped the question and I said “of course I will”. Then we popped some champagne and celebrated well into the morning.”
To me, there is nothing more of a beautiful full stop to a beautiful bouquet than a stunning piece of ribbon and I have been particularly loving hand dyed silk ribbons and the gorgeous softness they create. So the stunning plant dyed silk ribbons from Silk & Willow are fast becoming a favourite of mine.
Using sustainably sourced plant dyes, owner Shellie of Silk & Willow dyes each ribbon in the traditional way. The result? Lemon yellows (dyed with turmeric and pomegranate) rich blues, greys, bay leaf greens, indigo, reds, blush pinks (made with madder root, pomegranate, turmeric, and acacia catechu) and of course traditional antique white. Because of the traditional dying process, there is something even more special about each ribbon – the dye reacts to the unique characteristics of the silk, giving each ribbon variations in hue and each it’s own unique character. Ribbon is delivered on handmade acacia wood spools which are a work of art in their own right.
One of the ribbons I love is the recycled silk sari ribbon. The company takes silk waste from the sari making industrial mills in India which is sewn into continuous ribbon by a Fair Trade women’s organisation and then passed onto Silk & Willow to dye and take what was once considered waste and make it into something beautiful.
Silk & Willow ribbons are available via their website (which also stocks other goodies like hand dyed scarves, twine, note cards, table linens and even antiques). They do of course ship internationally!