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Norma Ishak Crochet Bridal Coverups

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I have to admit, I’m not sure I ever thought crochet bridal wraps and coverups could ever look so chic as these pieces from New York designer Norma Ishak!

From floor grazing cotton crochet vests to merino wool capes complete with feathers, each piece is designed by Valerie, together with her mother Norma using the finest yarns they can find from around the world.  The pieces are made from beautifully woven cotton, mohair, cashmere, silk and wool yarns and trimmed with special touches like French lace, feathers and even sparkling sequins.

I love that these pieces are stylish enough to pop on top of a wedding gown for warmth, but they also make a style statement themselves. A simple strapless gown could take on a completely new look with a floor length crochet vest and wild, windswept hair style!

Norma Ishak are available from their website and ship to Australia.

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Almora & Leigh’s Rustic Winter Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,

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Leigh and Almora

Leigh and I met at work and had the luxury of getting to know each other while having regular lunches as colleagues for six months. It was only after our other lunch companion went on holiday and it was just us having lunch together that we realised we had feelings for each other.

I was completely surprised when Leigh proposed on our fourth anniversary as he had done so much to throw me off the scent. He woke me up at 4am, blindfolded me and drove for over an hour to get to our surprise destination – a hot air balloon ride for just the two of us. I will admit at this point to subtly patting him down to see if there was a ring box and was somewhat disappointed when I couldn’t find one. I had the second surprise for the morning when, as the sun was rising, Leigh got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.

Leigh proposed with a beautiful pink diamond so that we could design the ring together (for those of you wondering, he knows me so well he hid the diamond box in a long sock he specially wore!). We used Anthony Colin Jewellers ((08) 9218 8537) for my engagement ring and our wedding bands, and highly recommend him. We decided to get married on our fifth anniversary in 2013.

I stayed at the cute and cosy Hovea Ridge Cottage the night before the wedding. Waking up and hanging out with my two sisters (two of my three bridesmaids) on the wedding morning was one of my highlights and a memory I will always treasure.

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My bridesmaids were amazingly supportive and I loved having them with me along the way, even if it was just for a supportive phone call of text when things got stressful. They helped me chose my dress and were there for the moment I was persuaded to try on a veil even though I hadn’t planned on wearing one…and cried as I felt like a ‘bride’ in it. I got my dress from Anastasia Collection and absolutely loved it and wish I could wear it all the time.

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Our chosen venue, the charmingly rustic Darlington Estate Winery (with amazingly accommodating owners in Andy and Michelle), set the theme for a rustic winter wedding yet classic and custom tailored to be our wedding. I gathered lots of inspiration from Pinterest and shared my ideas with Leigh so we could talk about which option to go with for decorations, stationery and guest entertainment.

Leigh and I made the save the dates, invites, place settings, seating chart and thank you cards. Leigh is extremely handy and also made the table numbers, hanging photo frame, apple candles and, along with his dad, the wedding signs. We had lots of help from Leigh’s mum and nanna with making the decorations and I spent lots of fun weekends with them making the table runners, treat bags and decorating the glass jars we collected. I loved being able to enjoy the planning process with them and that our wedding wasn’t just one day of enjoyment.

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My older sister walked me down the aisle to Canon in D played by Zaffiro Quartet. It was quite an emotional and poignant moment as Shanti has been like a mother to me, but she is also my best friend so it was great to have her by my side so we could have a joke and support each other while everyone looked at us.

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The view from the Gazebo was breathtaking and we were very fortunate for the sun to be out (seeing as there had been very heavy rain the night before!) shinning on all of the greenery. Leigh and I wrote our own vows but didn’t share them with each other until we said them at our wedding, which made the ceremony extra special for both of us. Our celebrant Lesley Gasmier put into words what we have always felt, that out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary happened.

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Russell Winter was our photographer for the day. Not only does he take amazing photos that capture the moment with so much atmosphere, he is also a friend of ours and added to the relaxed feel for the day.

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Appeasing the control freak in me, we were lucky to be able to decorate the venue the day before the wedding, ensuring everything was exactly how we had envisaged. Even though it was a bit stressful and I’m so thankful for everyone that helped, it was really nice seeing everything come together and made me really excited to celebrate with everyone the next day. As it had started to rain by dinnertime, it was such a warm and cosy atmosphere inside the restaurant with the quartet playing and fairy lights on the roof and through the tree (yes, they have a tree inside the restaurant – amazing!)

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With the most spectacular side-jump and catch ever seen, my younger sister caught my bouquet, sending petals flying everywhere and being one of the biggest talking points of the whole wedding.

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We ended the night by walking through an archway of sparklers held up by our guests. It was so fun walking through them and ending the night on such a high.

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Images by Russell Winter

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful day to reminisce about on Almora and Leigh’s first wedding anniversary! Congratulations to you both and to many more years together!

Almora says: “I’m a 27 year old recent bride from Perth, WA. I got married on 24 July 2013, one year exactly since we got engaged and five years since our first date. I wasn’t a little girl that dreamt of her wedding, but I loved the process of planning our wedding and can honestly say it was the best day of my life (cliché I know!).”

Photographer: Russell Winter / Bridal Salon: Hovea Ridge Cottage / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Darlington Estate Winery / Bride’s Dress: Anastasia Collection / Ceremony Musicians: Zaffiro Quartet / Ceremony Officiant: Lesley Gasmier

Shari and Nate’s Beachside Flower Filled Wedding

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Shari and Nate

I adore flowers and when this gorgeous wedding by the sea popped up filled with nothing but fresh blooms you can bet I was a happy blogger. Shari and Nate wanted a wedding that reflected their personalities, described as “Rustic, 60′s hippy, floral, vintage, beach – A few of our favourite things rolled into one!” They chose photographer Lovedale Photography to capture their day.

Shari tells their story. “We met as teenagers through friends at Freshwater Beach, we both have a love of Surfing. We then lost contact until our early 20′s and reconnected again after both travelling through Canada.”

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Shari’s look kicked off with a bright floral crown created by White House Flowers. She notes, “I love bright and classic blooms. Flowers were one of my main ‘wants’ for the day. There are so many different types of flowers I wanted – and I couldn’t narrow it down to just a few. Jessie from White House Flowers in Manly, was awesome. I went to her with images, themes and my favourite blooms. Right up until the day I wasn’t sure exactly what the bouquets, headpiece, arrangements were going to look like – it was a great surprise, a great mix of everything.”

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Shari chose a gown by Grace Loves Lace. The bridesmaids work pale pink lace dresses from Review.

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Shari and Nathan held their ceremony and reception at Long Reef Golf Club. Noting “Long Reef Golf Club is a beautiful venue for an event, it has the beach as well as the beautiful landscape around it. This was a great place, close to home where we were able to hold the ceremony and reception as well an awesome back drop for photos.”

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Shari walked down the aisle to Never Let Me Go – Florence and the Machine.

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Of their photographer, Shari tells, “We were lucky enough to have Dave Swift from Lovedale Wedding and Portrait Photography shoot our wedding. The shots could not have told a better story of the day, everything from our ceremony through to our crazy reception. Dave is a true professional, he really understood the look we were going for. Dave also made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, it was like having a good mate take photos at your wedding.”

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The couple created a few little elements themselves for their day, Shari remarking, “We made our favors the day before the wedding. They were our favourite mixed lollies in brown paper bags, with the guests’ name hand stamped on a tag attached. I also collected old doilies for the centre of the tables, jars for flowers, and antique frames for the welcome table.” Waves & Weddings  helped style and setup the wedding decor on the day.

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There was a special treat for the bride and groom who remember, “My very talented brother Blake did a great job in putting a slideshow together. The slideshow displayed photos of Nate and I from the day we were born right up until our wedding day. He went to such a great effort and has made such a great memory.”

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Of their first dance, Shari remembers, “It was to My Girl – The Temptations. As mentioned I am a massive fan of the 60′s and 70′s. We wanted a song that was from that era, and a song that we could sing along to in years to come and remember our wedding day. Our first dance on the other hand, we had not practiced anything, we just went with it – which was pretty funny – but really us.”

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Impression DJs kept the guests dancing long into the night!

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Congratulations Shari and Nate! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lovedale Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Lovedale Photography / Bride’s Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Forever Soles / Bride’s Jewelry: Pandora / Groom’s Attire: Shoreditch London / Groomsmen Attire: Shoreditch London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Hairstylist: Jess Bonnick (Brides Hair) / Hairstylist: Laura Morales Morris (Bridesmaids Hair) / Makeup Artist: Jess Bonnick / Flowers & Decor: White House Flowers / Venue: Long Reef Golf Club / Ceremony Officiant: Maureen Boyle / DJ: Impression DJs / Favors: Handmade / Styling/Hire: Waves & Weddings / Cake Baker: Sweet Connoisseur / Cake Topper: Peachy Flamingo / Wedding Rings: Diamond Studio Jewellers / Transport: Kombi Celebrations
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