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Katrina & Jacob

There is no doubt in my mind that Katrina and Jake set out from day dot with a very clear idea of what they wanted for their waterside white wedding in Yamba, The couple asked their guests to dress in white, a lovely idea in itself, the bride in her stunning long sleeve blue gown creating the most beautiful “something blue”. It was a beach wedding that made the most of its sleepy seaside setting as it paid homage to the little ocean town and it’s quirky ways. The day was brought to life with photographer Denis Banks Photography capturing it all.

The couple met at school, Katrina remembering “Jake and I grew up together in the rural town of Grafton. Although we crossed paths many times growing up as most people in small country towns do, we didn’t officially meet until I moved to Grafton High and became friends with a girl named Kate, who just happened to have an older brother with a cute friend named Jake.”

Katrina had a very clear idea in mind for her gown, choosing to have it custom made by a local dressmaker. She tells “I never actually went and tried any wedding dresses on, I knew all along I wanted the dress I got and of course being as certain as I want knew it wouldn’t be found in any old bridal store. I had my dress custom made and although it took so much time and patience for my dressmaker (adjusting those hundreds of tiny beads and sequins must have been challenging), I loved it. I look back now and I can’t imagine myself in anything else.” Her bridesmaids wore simple white dresses from Zimmermann.

There were plenty of handmade elements for the day, including the decor and bouquets, Katrina explaining” I was adamant I wanted white peonies and almost every florist said I just WOULDN’T get them in winter, sure enough about 3 weeks before the wedding I found them online for sale so we just ordered them and made the bouquets ourselves the morning of the wedding.”

The couple chose to say their vows beside Yamba’s main beach, celebrating at the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club. Katrina says  “Yamba is special to us as we plan to move there and raise a family, but it is more important to Jake because he grew up in the surf club. Many weekends of his were spent down on the main beach so it was really special to be able to have that connection to the location. One day we will take our children down to the main beach for nippers and we will be able to say… we got married right here.”

The bride walked down the aisle to the classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. “I have always known this would be the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to so again this was an easy choice. No real reason – I just loved the song. I was lucky enough to have my dad walk me down the aisle.”

Angus McKimm performed the ceremony, of which the bride notes “We didn’t have readings, just really short and sweet. Our celebrant was another person from Grafton, who Jake and I had both known for years which made it easier and not so scary.”

Dressed in all white, the guests were a sight as they celebrated cocktail hour on the deck overlooking the sea.

What is a day at the beach without a sandcastle? The newlyweds were in for a special surprise. Katrina explaining “My mother in law Nicole surprised us with this insane sandcastle she had organised to be set up on the beach, she had organised a man to come from Byron to set it up the morning of the wedding. It was incredible.”

Of their photographer, the newlyweds remark “Denis was great, he really went above and beyond for us, not only on the day but the weeks leading up as well. He even gave Jake a call the day before just to see how he was feeling. And bonus points to him for dropping my Aunty home at the end of the night.”

The couple chose Winter for their big day. “We went for a winter seaside soiree  The atmosphere was very much like us, relaxed, fun, not too formal – haha, we didn’t take anything TOO seriously.”

Guests took home tiny potted cacti planted by the newlyweds, who also created the floral hoop decor and tambourines for guests to play.

Dancing began with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers kicking off the night, Katrina remarking “Jake is super shy so the idea of a first dance was terrifying. I picked this song because it was short but also for the beat. We brought in heap of white tambourines with coloured ribbons for our guests and had our bridal party hand them out as the music started so everyone could play along to our first dance.”

There was an extra special gift for the bride, she tells “The sapphire and diamond ring I wore on the day belonged to Jake’s grandmother. During speeches, Jake’s father gave me this beautiful gift. It was a sapphire necklace, it had belonged to Jake’s Grandfather who I never had the pleasure of meeting. He had given it to Jake’s dad and said it was for his wife when they got married. It is beautiful and both are things I will cherish and be able to pass on to my own children.”

The finishing touch on today’s story? This beautiful film of the celebrations by Wintersun Productions.

Congratulations Katrina and Jake! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Denis Banks Photography for sharing the beautiful celebration with us!

Cinematographer: Wintersun Productions / Wedding Planner: Ivy Lane & Co / Bride's Dress: Custom made / Groom's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Groom's Attire: Politix / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Makeup Artist: Rebecca Brien / Hairstylist: Elly Palmer / Calligraphy: Elly Beamer / Ceremony Venue: Yamba Main Beach / Ceremony Officiant: Angus McKimm / Reception Venue: Yamba Surf Life Saving Club / Catering: Little Gatherings Yamba / Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co
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Happy Friday Dotties! I am so thankful to have an internet connection this week, and we have been filling our teacups and poring over plenty of stunning white gowns as we wrap up New York bridal fashion week. The team has been working hard this week to catch up on all the amazing wedding content that has been flying into our inboxes.

Which was your favourite post of the week? Join us as we round it up!

Exploring the role of the littlest details with The Small Things Co

Flashback and day of swoon as we pour over the details in Justina’s J’aton wedding gown

Bucks ideas for the adventurous groom – how adventurous are you?

Tips from the pros – how to truly enjoy yourself on your wedding day

Love Blake’s Summer groom style

Honeymoon adventures with The Travelling Spud

Love this fun polaroid cake topper tutorial for your wedding cake

Chris’ memories are worth your cup of tea today!

We fell in love again with Sarah’s magenta wedding dress this week and even more so when we read her post-wedding wisdom!

The best photography spots for your Whistundays wedding.

Talking all things wedding makeup with makeup artist  Carla Dyson

Loving the look of this eggwhite cocktail with the Emporium Hotel’s 10 of Diamonds,

This Sydney elopement is so romantic with stunning scenery!

We love our friends at Lure in the Whitsundays (want a Whitsundays wedding? This is the team that will take care of you!) and they took home a big gold medal in the Whitsunday Tourism Awards for specialised tourism service and major tourist attraction! Big congratulations to the gorgeous venue, located right on the water, who can cater small or big weddings for your tropical loving guests! Book your Whitsundays wedding with them here!

Need a fancy frock? Nicolangela is hosting a two day pop up sale at their Melbourne studios. A selection of one-off designs, samples and seasonal collections at up to 70% off on Friday13th of October to Saturday 14th October 2017. Visit their event page for location details.

Want a wedding in the country? Thomas Jewellers are hosting a competition to give one lucky couple the chance to win their “Finest Wedding in the Country”.  Choose a country wedding in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury or Wagga Wagga to host your wedding location and they’ll do the rest!. It includes over $50,000 worth of wedding treats – including  $20,000 worth of rings and jewellery from Thomas Jewellers, a $12,000 styling package from Lenzo and a custom-made wedding gown from Anna Campbell. Head to the website to enter!

Native Weddings captured this beautiful film of Melissa & Vinh who chose the city as a backdrop for their wedding day. Kicking things off with a tea ceremony, before a beautiful garden ceremony and a celebration by the river. There’s even a superhero and dragon appearance!

We adore beautiful blooms at Polka Dot Bride and when a team of talented creatives join forces to create something special together, we’re always smitten. Today’s vintage flower-filled wedding inspiration takes three completely different looks – from gorgeous sweet pastels to chic greenery and tailors them to a beautiful style of days gone by.

With  Strawberry Fields Photography behind the lens and Flowers at Haberfield with flowers in hand, our model wore gorgeous pieces from Soma Design with hair by  Style with a Twist and makeup from Brittany Rose Makeup. Each look beautifully transformed with the floral details set against the chic white backdrop that was a blank canvas for what was to come.

Look one is filled with pastel pretties. Inspired by the beauty of a garden, beautiful roses in shades of pink, apricot and cream were set in brass vases. The timeless elegance of an all-white setting with just the pink, apricot and green tones gives a special sense of classical styling with an elegant look.

Catherine of Flowers at Haberfield remarking “As a team, we live and work in an environment that is laden with history; of foraged and found things. Having a bucket and snips in the car, I am continually stalking the local streets for foliage, grasses and berries from old plants which are no longer grown. This led to the initial idea for the shoot- an old flower garden inspired bouquet.”

Look number two is a beautiful take on green and gold. A nod to the Pantone “Greenery” colour of the year, the backdrop of Monstera leaves with gold echoes the delicately beaded wedding gown. This look is all about chic greenery – the bouquet of foliage creating its own magic drama.

Utterly romantic with burgundy, deep green and vintage rose, the final look is all about rich, deep luxury.

A beautifully textured gown is simple in its silhouette yet stunning in its beauty, paired with a beautifully crafted raspberry red and cream floral neckpiece and the bride stands surrounded by deep burgundy flowers with dark green foliage.

Flowers: Flowers at Haberfield / Makeup Artist: Brittany Rose Makeup / Hairstylist: Style with a Twist / Bride's Dress: Soma Design