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Alexandra & Adrian’s Chic Winery Wedding

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Chic Winery Wedding

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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Chic Winery Wedding

“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.”

Chic Winery Wedding

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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Chic Winery Wedding

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
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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

Annie and Tony’s Enchanting Woody End Wedding

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CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

Annie & Tony

Tony and I had been high school sweethearts, back in the distant past of the early nineties – or noughties! It certainly hadn’t been for forever, but it meant that when time and circumstance put us back on the same path more than a decade later, it felt straight away like it was one for us to stay on together.

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‘Love’ isn’t the first word that comes to most people’s minds when they think of the 2010 federal election campaign, but that’s what it means for us!  If it hadn’t been for the campaign bus stopping in Melbourne at just the right moment in both our lives, we may well not have been getting married five years later.

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I had always wanted to get married on my parents’ farm, ‘Woody End’. They were married in the dry creek bed in 1981 and had danced their wedding waltz in the driveway that later became the garden. I grew up there and we’d lived together there for almost a year when we came back from a few years in London. It also happens to be a really beautiful place.

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CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

Katalane Tents set up two of their stunning tipis the week before the wedding. Their size brought a majesty to the garden, and Dad decided he liked them so much he wasn’t going to let them take them away. Katalane also provided the fairy lights, festoon lights, tables and benches and the bar, so by the time they left it really felt like we were about to have a big party!

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I took on making the flowergirl and bridesmaid dresses because I love to sew, and I’d always imagined that when I got married, making things would be half the fun. With a few family sewing bees we made seven tutus and matching jackets for the flowergirls and ushers and dozens of pillows for scattering around the garden furniture. I was still finishing the bridesmaid dresses the week before the wedding, and Mum was sewing the last buttons the morning of the wedding, but we got there!

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I am very lucky to count Ellen Stanistreet of Lissom Yarn as one of my dear friends. I was even luckier because she agreed to make my wedding dress despite moving interstate to start a masters degree. I flew to Melbourne for a toile just before Christmas, and then we opened the new year with four days madly sewing together over metres of tulle, silk and lace. It was a great privilege to work beside Ellen on my dress, discussing design decisions and finalising details as we went. It was everything I had hoped for and really reflected the organic, gentle feel that I wanted for our whole wedding.

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Lady Larissa worked with us on flowers to decorate the tipis and tables, as well as crafting the bouquets and button holes. I clipped foliage from from the paddocks and Larissa worked them in to create a wild, grassy, country look. Her flowers transformed two old louver doors into a romantic rustic archway for us to get married under, and filled rusty pots and watering cans with bunches of blooms for scattering around the garden.

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The big day finally arrived after almost a week of set up and finishing touches. I started the day in bed with my dog and a coffee, before Kirsty and Ellie turned up to do our makeup and hair.  My sisters Kate and Elizabeth were my bridesmaids and we had all spent the night before at the farm with their young families. The house was buzzing as everyone put the final details in place.

Tony had asked his two brothers, Julian and Daniel, to be his groomsmen. They are the same ages as my sisters and we had all known each other for such a long time that it just felt like a family party. The boys were ready first on the day and when our photographer Hilary Wardhaugh arrived, they headed up to the top of the hill behind the house for photos with a view.

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We had decided to have some photos taken before the ceremony so that we didn’t have to leave our guests alone.  Tony waited for me to arrive at the top of the hill and had his back to me as I walked up the last bit of the slope. He said later he got more excited and nervous as the speed of Hilary’s camera shutter told him I was getting closer…

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Back down the hill our guests were assembling in the garden ready for the ceremony, being handed programs by our beautiful fairy ushers.

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I walked down the long garden ‘aisle’ to ‘I Will’ by the Beatles. My nephew and Tony’s little cousin led the procession and bravely picked their way through the throng of family and friends waiting for us. My mum held my 18-month-old niece’s hand as she walked the whole way, casually ‘dropping’ (throwing!) her flower crown on the grass every few feet with a mischievous ‘Uh-oh’.

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CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

Roger Thompson, our celebrant, had married Tony’s Mum and Dad over 35 years ago and had also married three other sets of aunts and uncles, and helped the family commemorate their grandfather Tom. With four Hodges’ family weddings and a funeral to his name we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to marry us.

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Our rings had been lovingly cast in silver from plants and flowers by Marian Hosking, my mother’s best friend. We chose tea tree flowers and leaves as ‘his and hers’ parts of the same plant. She gave us a beautiful handcrafted box to put them in and lined it with fabric from my dress. She also made dozens of candle holders for our tables, each one imprinted from hessian and gum leaves from our invitations, and the lace from my dress.

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CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

After the ‘I dos’ the party kicked off with a Beatles soundtrack while everyone grabbed a glass of something and headed out into the garden to enjoy the sunshine and lawn games.

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Canapes flowed and Tessa Saltet’s amazing team set up stunning food stations and kept the guests full all night.

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Our guests used antique typewriters to leave us words of advice – some made more sense than others!

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Tony and I had learned to dance latin ballroom when we were 16, and have danced on and off ever since. Tony even taught for a while so the guests had high expectations. We asked Becky Fleming from Kokoloco to teach us to waltz. We had listened to a lot of waltzes to find the right one for the day, but we couldn’t really find one… juicy enough.

In the end we went for Powerful by Major Lazer (which is a blend of reggae and house music in 3/4 time), and asked The New Savages (who have a hill country blues sound) to cover it for us. Having danced a bit we’d been confident we wouldn’t need a routine, and though it was quite a fast song, even after quite a bit of practice, it all came together in the moment. The guests gasped when the waltz hit full speed and cheered and whooped as we whirled around under the tipis and chandeliers. We followed it up with dances with our parents and getting everyone on the dance floor.

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Just on dusk the family’s horses came up to see what all the noise was about. Hilary stole us away from the party for a few photos and some quiet moments together.

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We cut the gorgeous orange and almond cake that my sister Kate had made for us and everyone helped themselves to the four different desserts Tony’s mum had created. The uncles lit the bonfire, the band hit full swing, and both our families danced harder than we’d ever seen them dance before.

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CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

CANBERRA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER HILARY WARDHAUGH

The whole night was a whirlwind of laughter, fun and love. The whole experience carried us along without a hiccup, and we enjoyed every moment. As our fantastic MC, Michael Cooney, pointed out, we had decided to get married on the day before daylight savings ended, giving us a precious extra few minutes to enjoy our perfect day.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of our families, our fabulous wedding planner, Natalie Hill from Poppies Weddings and Events, and our other amazing vendors who really helped us bring our dream to life.

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Annie and Tony – so much about family and friends, your wedding was just gorgeous; styled to perfection!

About Annie:  Earlier this year, I married my childhood sweetheart in a ceremony on my parents’ farm. It was our dream wedding and we are still smiling at the thought of our guests having such a fun time. Being creative and working with my hands makes me feel alive. I love to sew, knit, make jewellery, embroider, garden, cook and so many other things. It gives me an outlet for my day job as a lawyer. By night you’ll find me in the kitchen making jam from fruit in our garden, or knitting up a project for my niece or nephews.

Bride’s Dress: Lissom Yarn / Bride’s Shoes: Mimco / Groom’s Attire: Braddon Tailors / Photographer: Hilary Wardhaugh / Tipis: Katalane Event Tents / Catering: Tess Kitchen and Catering / Flowers: Lady Larissa Freelance Flowers / Rings: Marian Hosking / Makeup: Kirsty Ledger - The Beauty Hub / Hair: Ellie Darman - Love Affair with Hair / Music: The New Savages / Ceremony Officiant: Roger Thomson / Wedding Planner: Poppies Weddings and Events / Dance Classes: Kokoloko
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