I love the vibe of today’s wedding inspiration shoot – modern ethereal. The backdrop with it’s slightly industrial feel, the stunning dream like wedding gown, the trailing florals and the touches of gold (even the whimsical polka dots).
Grace of Floretta teamed up with stylist Amelia of Make Your Day Wedding Stylingand photographer Gus Reyes Photography to create a shoot that as Amelia says, “had a bit of a Brunswick vibe as most of our businesses are located in Brunswick, we are so lucky to have such a talented group of wedding vendors in the area.”
The industrial feeling of The Honey Bar, with it’s polished concrete floors, graffiti style wall art and contrasting black and white stripe features set the scene overlooking South Melbourne through grand picture windows.
Florist Grace of Floretta who also moonlights as a stationer under Grace Designs created textured floral arrangements using creams, whites and textural greens. The shimmery champagne toned gown, on loan from Bonita Bridal Couture gives the look a whimsical romance – the hand beading adding an extra dimension.
The finishing touch? A delicious old school Bombe Alaska from Gelato Messina. Scorched Italian meringue covered a layer of chocolate fondant gelato, raspberry sorbet and a centre of flourless chocolate cake.
Grace notes, “Gus from Gus Reyes Photography likes to play story teller with his images and brought to life the delight and wonder of a wedding into this shoot. With a focus on photo journalism Gus is particularly skilled in helping his couples feel not only relaxed but confident and it is reflected in his the resulting photos.”
“The black and white striped wall at Honey Bar created the perfect backdrop to the bridal table which was styled with bold black and white striped place mats. Make Your Day Wedding Styling used vintage gold rimmed plates and moody blank candles to add glamour while a sprinkling of giant gold confetti kept things fresh and fun. Make Your Day used vintage gold rimmed plates and moody blank candles to add glamour while a sprinkling of giant gold confetti kept things fresh and fun.”
“The car provided by Triple R Luxury Car Hire was a 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith and was the perfect combination of vintage glamour and classic style.”
Floretta created two stunning wedding bouquets in palettes of creams and whites and textured greens. An ethereal circular chandelier of green foliage hung from the ceiling and the space was adorned with tall and lush botanical arrangements. The table flowers featured anemones, frilly peony tulips, blushing bride and glossy black privet berries.
Half a decade ago we took off on our first overseas trip to a place that captured our hearts forever: a place of pristine beaches, island hopping, mojitos, thai massages and a beautiful culture of happy faces and grateful hearts. A place of crystal clear oceans, incredible cuisine, hidden paradises and untouched natural beauty. A place where people smile just because they can! A place we can’t help but return to every year… And, the very place where we wished to be married.
After ten years of true love, on the 26th of February 2014, that’s exactly what we did!
Getting ready with the girls was so much fun. We listened to Jack Johnson while Koh Samui’s popular hair and makeup artist Dany Lopez transformed us all from holidaying beach babes into bridal beauties. Reality didn’t quite hit me until my bridemaids helped me into my dress. As they laced and buttoned up the back of my beaded Bluebell Bridal Melbourne gown I felt I could burst with excitement, but somehow there were no nerves! I couldn’t have felt more at peace with what was happening, marrying my best friend and love of ten years was the most, real and right thing for me to do. I just felt so ready.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Forever New and everyone went barefoot with the exception of hand-made ‘barefoot sandals’ for me. The bridal garter was made by my mother from 100-year-old family heirloom lace and was personalised with the wedding date. Matt and his groomsmen suited up in beige vests and trousers with silk ties and orchid boutonnieres.
We were a little untraditional and spent the early hours of our wedding morning together with a relaxing swim in the ocean and a walk on the beach before going our separate ways to prepare. A cheeky ‘first look’ session took place shortly before the ceremony. This beautiful reveal to each other with no one other than our photographer to capture the reactions was truly special for us and allowed us to share in some truly intimate time alone. It allowed us to see each other first, share some tears and an excited ‘Let’s do this’ as well as calming any nerves.
Although we’d seen each other before the ceremony nothing could take away from the emotions we still felt as I walked down the aisle towards Matt with my father by my side. With my nerves all erased all I could do was smile and take in the fact that in this moment all of my dreams had come true. We’d poured so much love, time and energy into planning our Koh Samui wedding and we’re continuously told that it absolutely showed.
Despite an obvious beachy vibe we maintained an atmosphere of elegance to match the luxurious private villa ‘Ban Suriya‘, Thai for ‘the sunshine house’. The naturally beautiful surrounds of the beachfront ceremony were complemented with a simplistic bamboo altar with white thai silk draping and beautiful white orchids. White ‘Tiffany’ style wooden chairs were adorned with dusky pink ribbons and the aisle was scattered with white and dusky pink rose petals to match the bridesmaid’s beautiful flowing dresses. At either side of the altar stood five white Bali flags, ten in total; one for each year of our love.
My bouquet was a stunning combination of white phalaenopsis orchids and roses with a beautiful charm of my grandma’s photo and the words ‘always in my heart’ so she too could be with me as I walked down the aisle clutching a tiny locket of her ashes in my free hand. The bridesmaids carried cymbidium orchids and the two flower girls scattered rose petals along the white sand aisle. Cute wooden signs were used around the place including ‘Shoes here, Vows there, Love everywhere’ to add personal touches and the guest book table included photographs of our grandparents on their respective weddings days.
Our ceremony truly reflected our long-standing love for each other and brought tears, smiles and laughter to everyone who was there. We wrote our own vows and compiled every word of the readings to our liking, including a blessing from our parents and the remembrance of our grandparents, complimented by lighting a candle in their honour. A Hawaiian tradition of blending of the sands was a nice touch to include also.
Our celebrant Alexandra Conroy, originally from Australia, was absolutely incredible in bringing together the most intimate and personal ceremony we could have wished for.
Thailand is such a special place to us that holds so many beautiful memories and promises so many more. A barefoot beach wedding that truly reflected who we are, our love for each other and our love of life. The islands of Thailand have witnessed so much of the evolution of our relationship and to share our special day with those we most love in the place we most cherish was an absolute dream come true. We chose a private villa on the island of Koh Samui in Southern Thailand. We knew we wanted somewhere exclusive and intimate and a place that both we and our guests would never forget. Our closest family and friends loved the idea of a holiday to Thailand and it was truly special to have so much more time with them all before and after the wedding. By the time the big day arrived everyone was just SO relaxed!
Following the ceremony we surprised everyone with the appearance of a baby elephant. This beautiful creature kindly posed in bridal photos on the beach and entertained the kids. It was something special to spend time with this gentle giant on the beach, who accompanied us for a walk into the sunset and stood by as the bridal party had piggyback races along the sand.
We had an alfresco wedding reception right beside the beach beneath coconut palms and a clear starry sky. The table centerpieces were beautiful white phalaenopsis orchids with accents of candles and starfish/message in a bottle bonbonniere that I made myself.
A particularly sentimental part of our day was the inclusion of a traditional Thai Buddhist water blessing after we entered the reception. Our guests blessed us with sacred water from the ceremonial conch shell. As they poured the water over our hands they quietly said a wish, a blessing or advice for our marriage. It was beautiful to have a few moments of one on one intimacy with every one there and it simply felt right to honour the traditions of the land we were married in.
We had several more surprises in store including Thai fire dancers and a fireworks display following our first dance. Everyone loved the opportunity to head back down to the beach to release thai lanterns into the sky together. As we each made a wish and let go of the lanterns it truly felt like we were putting our own stars in the sky.
The reception went late into the night with dancing and cocktail making at a DIY mojito bar. Guests enjoyed photo booth fun and conga lines as the wonderful catering staff served tropical drinks and wine imported from Australia.
At the end of the night the we and many of the guests went for a dip in the pool to cool off before retreating to the villa’s rooms which served for not only the wedding venue but also the bridal party’s accommodation.
Everything about our day felt perfect. I am so grateful for immense amount of thought and energy we put into our wedding and the belief we shared in making our dreams come true. We’re only getting married once, we had to make the most of it! It truly was the most beautiful day of our lives and one that we will absolutely never forget. We are so grateful to every one who shared in our day. We truly feel we share an extra special bond with you all now, for we all witnessed something magical.
Videographer Daniel Baci captured it all on film and produced this wonderful trailer.
Ms Gingham says: What an amazing day Saskia! Thanks so much for sharing so many details with us today!
Saskia says: “I’m a young passionate Paediatric Nurse who spends her working days caring for sick kids and striving towards bringing big smiles to little faces. I spend my days making the most of this beautiful life by spending time with those I love doing the things we love most!”
The sweet, relaxed nature of Lauren and Brad’s country winery wedding is utterly beautiful. From the country scenery, to the beautiful garden and winery that set the mood for the day. Lauren and Brad set out to have an elegant outdoor wedding amongst the vines followed by a classic reception that felt like nothing but a party and I think they nailed it! Jason Vandermeer was there to capture the day.
Lauren tells the story of how she and Brad came to be. “Brad and I met at work at the photocopier! We were friends for a while before we started dating. After living together for a year we decided to move to London, and spent two and a half years working and traveling, having the time of our lives. Just before we returned to Australia, Brad proposed in the Cotswolds in England while we were enjoying a bottle of wine by the river. It was perfect!”
The wedding date was a special one, Lauren remembering, “We chose 5 April as it is the same date Brad’s parents and grandparents, and my great grandparents married.”
Glen Erin in Lancefield was chosen for Lauren and Brad’s wedding. Lauren remarking “Both our ceremony and reception were at Glen Erin in Lancefield. We had a classic outdoor ceremony in front of the vines on a beautiful sunny autumn day. Our guests had drinks and canapés outside and the reception was indoors, overlooking the vines. We had so many beautiful photos at Glen Erin amongst the vines and around Lancefield. Kim and the team at Glen Erin made the planning so much fun, and went above and beyond to give us a perfect day.”
Both sets of grandparents walked down the aisle before Lauren.
Lauren remembers, “I walked down the aisle with my Dad to Ellie Goulding’s ‘How long will I love you’. It was such a nervous and exciting experience!”
Of their photographer, Lauren tells, “Jason’s photography is absolutely amazing. We were so excited to see the final photos, and they were even more amazing than we could imagine. As Jason’s style is relaxed and natural, he made the whole day so easy. His photos captured all the moments, and tell a beautiful story of our special day.”
There was a major surprise for the groom! Lauren tells, “Brad loves kombi vans so I decided to surprise him with a kombi van to drive him and his groomsmen from Bendigo where his parents live, to the wedding. He was completely surprised and loved the trip. We also used the kombi van to drive us and our bridal party around Lancefield for photos which was a lot of fun.”
Lauren tells, “Brad is the creative one in our relationship so he had many DIY tasks. He designed and printed our wedding invitations and kept the same theme for our place cards and bomboniere. He used corks as the place card holders, and printed our own wine labels for miniature bottles of wine and jelly beans as bomboniere. He also made the banner for our wishing well.” Eat Freely created a three tier wedding cake.
Lauren and Brad entered the reception dancing to Party Rock Anthem.
The first dance was a special, choreographed number! Lauren remembers, “As Dirty Dancing is my favourite movie of all time, we had our first dance to Time of My Life. We had several dance lessons with Julie from The Wedding Dance Company. Although we couldn’t quite do the mambo like Johnny and Baby, we had a lot of fun and surprised our guests with our routine!”
The White Tree performed all night, leading to some very happy, dancing guests!
Congratulations Lauren and Brad! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Jason Vandermeer for sharing today’s wedding!