Perth couples, the Perth Wedding Upmarket is next weekend! Pop along to University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft to meet some of Perth’s best wedding vendors who are all about handcrafting pieces to create a wedding day personal to you. Entry is completely free!
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Navarra Venues are hosting a showcase across their venues during September!Starting at Curzon Hall on the 1st, Oatlands House on the 8th and Le Montage on the 22nd, the showcase will will be partnering with Vera Wang Sydney to showcase their beautiful gowns along with seeing the best of the Navarra Venues preferred vendors on the night in themed rooms that will show off the bets in invitations, fashion, transport, photographers and more ! Book your tickets for Curzon Hall here, Oatlands House here and Le Montage here.
This week’s wedding film of the week is a terribly fun one! What happens when a professional dancer gets married? Oh you know what happens, but it’s still an amazing video to watch!
I’m not sure what I find the most heartfelt about Erin and Manning’s romantic winery wedding. The winery backdrop, the incredible floral arrangements, the intensity of emotions shared of perhaps, the stories told. The couple chose Darin Collison Photography to photograph their day, and perhaps the photos will explain it all.
Erin tells the story of how they met. “Manning and I met in 2011 when he’d responded to an ad to fill a vacancy in a room in my share house in Melbourne. We hit it off instantly and very soon were dating and living on our own. In March of 2014 we went on a trip to Paris together and one day as we were sipping red wine and overlooking the rooftops of the city from our balcony, Manning got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was such a beautiful, intimate moment, and somehow during the tears and spluttering I managed to say yes.”
Susan Ogg, Brisbane created Erin’s beautiful gown, the bride noting, “As I was so far away from family and friends I did the majority of my dress searching solo, but I was so pleased with the end result. I’d struggled to find something in the bridal boutiques that was inherently “me” so I took my ideas to Brisbane designer and dressmaker Susan Ogg, who understood completely what I was looking for and designed my perfect gown. I really wanted something that was comfortable, but also classically elegant with a touch of simple glamour, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.”
On her wrist, Erin wore a pearl necklace, she remembers “I wore pearls around my wrist that were handed down from my mum, they were originally a gift to her from my dad on her 21st birthday. The headpiece I wore was the same one both of my new sisters-in-law wore on their own wedding days, which was an honour to be included in such a way. I don’t think I could have felt more beautiful, or more cherished by all of my family members, both old and new.”
“Putting on my wedding gown with the help of my mum was such an emotive part of my day, I’m pretty sure we both nearly ruined our makeup! It was also a bit of fun to have a big “reveal” to my dad, brothers, and bridesmaids. I’ll never forget how my maid of honour came up to me, grabbed me in the tightest hug of my life, then instantly ran away to stop her tears. The best part however, was the look on Manning’s face when he first saw me, and in the midst of ceremony, how he kept telling me how beautiful I was.”””
Erin and Manning chose Yering Farm for their wedding, noting, “We’d visited Yering Farm previously on our own self-guided tour of the Yarra Valley before moving to Brisbane and fell in love with its simplistic rustic charm. When it came to organising our wedding Vicki and Megan were incredibly helpful and had great feedback for atmosphere we wanted to create. It was fantastic for such a casual reception to still have different areas for guests to mingle and have a great time, and the homemade arbour that acted as backdrop for our ceremony was a perfect frame for our stunning surroundings.”
Erin chose to walk down the aisle to “Light All My Lights” by Seeker Lover Keeper. “Every time I hear this song, both before and after our wedding, it stirs something within me. To me, this song is about finding that one person that means the world to you, and telling them that every moment for the rest of your lives you will be their champion, and that together you are better than anything you could ever possibly be alone. I know that’s a lot to take from a single song, but that’s exactly how I feel about Manning, and I wanted everyone to know that as I walked towards him, ready to start our new future together.”
Melissa Cornwall officiated Erin and Manning’s wedding, the bride recalling, “We had some strong ideas on how we wanted our ceremony to feel, and Melissa was able to interpret those and create a truly individual and personal ceremony. She was such a calming presence for us both prior to the ceremony when our nerves were getting the best of us because we felt as though we were being officiated by a friend. Melissa has a beautiful way of truly personalising a ceremony without it feeling contrived, and was able to balance the light-hearted moments with the more serious close-to-tears ones.”
“The biggest highlight of our ceremony would be when Melissa read out the things we’d each written about what we loved about each other. We’d not seen what each other had written, so hearing such beautiful things in front of our friends and family created such a special moment for us. It was also incredibly emotional for us as we read our self-written vows, which I almost didn’t manage to finish.”
Erin remarks “Our bridal party consisted of Manning’s older brother, one of his best friends, and my two best friends from university. They were incredibly important to us, as we were living in a different state to all of them throughout the whole process of planning our wedding. At times I felt a loss at being so far away at such a momentous time, but my girlfriends still made me feel incredibly loved and supported, and I know that Manning feels the same way about his groomsmen. On the day itself, they were exceptional at making us comfortable and relaxed, and delivered some moving speeches. We are truly blessed to have had such beautiful friends and family there for us on such a special day.”
Of their photographer, Erin says, “Darin was an absolute superstar! The moment I first saw his blog I cried at how beautiful his images were and amazed at the intimate moments he managed to capture. From the time he arrived on the day whilst we were getting ready, to the big bear hug I gave him when he left our wedding, he has been incredible. When we were having more styled photos, Darin was able to calm our nerves and engage with us in a way that made us relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, and when he was taking more candid shots, he was a ghost. We really wanted someone to capture the raw magic of our day, and Darin did just that.”
Of their first dance, which was choreographed by a close friend, Erin remembers, “We chose Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’. Dancing in front of our family and friends was a bit more nerve-wracking, but as soon as the music started Manning’s eyes locked with mine, and it felt like we were the only ones in the room. It was so much fun and we couldn’t help but grin when we heard the cheers as we executed a cheeky lift!”
A live band, The Baker Boys, kicked off the dance floor. Of their wedding style, Erin notes, “The biggest thing we were both clear on was that we wanted a heartfelt ceremony that reflected the love that we share, and then just a huge party where all our guests could have a great time and celebrate with us. Having The Baker Boys Band, as well as games on the lawn, went a long way to help create that feeling.”
Erin and Manning’s wedding video was beautifully shot by the fabulous team at Video Boutique.
There is such a fun vibe to Simone and Dan’s Modern Town hall wedding. The duo mixed old and new elements into their day and made sure they included sentimental items – Simone wore an altered version of her mother’s own wedding veil, the newlyweds signed the marriage certificate with Simone’s late grandfather’s pen. Each element was considered to make sure the couple had a day that they loved and was reflective of them. Elleni Toumpas was there to photograph each memory.
On how they met, Simone tells, “One of Dan’s good mates was dating one of my good girlfriends. One night I was invited to Dan’s friend’s place for some pre drinks before they went to a fancy dress party. This was the first time we met. Dan always remembered me as the girl with the yellow shoes and I always remembered him as the cute guy with short hair dressed in fancy dress clothes. It wasn’t until a few years later that we finally got together. Our shared friendship group got smaller and smaller because their visa’s ran out and we were the two local Aussies left in the group and look what happened, we got married.”
Dan created the wedding stationery himself (see more of his work here) Simone explaining, “Dan designed our invitations which was a nice touch and we had our own little logo for the wedding day which was on the invites, serviettes, as well as the photo booth print out.”
Simone chose a strapless gown by Maggie Sottero. “I had no idea what I wanted when I started looking for a dress and what I ended up getting was totally different. I’m a very practical person so wanted something that was practical, elegant and simple. I’m not a tizzy person so wanted something simple. I never thought I would go for a strapless dress although when I put it on I felt so safe and secure I’d changed my mind. I chose the dress because I’ve got curves and why hide them when you can show them off. It was a fun easy dress to move in and I think the dress is very me. I didn’t get the balloons and sparklers come out or get that “wow this is the one moment.” It was a dress that looked good and made sense.
In picking the dress I had asked my mum if I could use a piece of her veil and turn it into a head piece. She agreed so the style of the dress centered around the hair piece. I think in the end the two went really well together.”
Events by Kate planned and executed the day for the couple, Simone remarking “We enjoyed working with Kate Adkins at Events By Kate. She and I clicked when we first met and whatever we wanted she delivered, nothing was to difficult. She was so easy going and lovely to work with.”
The Reading Room Fitzroy Town Hall was chosen as the scene for the wedding ceremony, Simone noting, “We chose the Fitzroy Town Hall and the Reading Room at the Town Hall because we met in Fitzroy. Dan was living in the area when we first got together in 2010 and from there we spent most of the early years of our relationship frequenting lots of places. It was a venue we knew may not continue to have weddings in the future and thought how good it would be to visit when we are older with children and say to them that we got married there. It is a building that will stand the test of time, just like our marriage.”
For her walk down the aisle, Simone chose an instrumental version of Here Comes The Sun by George Harrison.
Chris Steele, the groom’s father, officiated the ceremony, Simone remembers, “We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet yet also relaxed. Dan had super sweaty hands on the day which was quite funny, I think he was a little nervous plus it was a really hot day. It was a relaxed affair and lots of fun. There were a few laughs during the ceremony which made it a good time.”
“Dan and I were engaged in Perth just before we were having Christmas with his Granddad and his wife Margaret. We shared the early and exciting days of our engagement with Dan’s family. After we left their place his Granddad wrote a poem about our visit and our engagement. It was really beautiful so three of Dan’s four sisters read it at our wedding to surprise their Granddad.”
“Elleni was a truly fantastic photographer. We enjoyed her relaxed and flexible approach, her friendliness and most importantly the quality of the results. We were hoping to get some good shots, and we knew that Elleni would deliver to a high standard based on her portfolio, but we were definitely blown away with the results. Basically she was like a photo ninja. She managed to get photos from a unique perspective that captured the mood of the day/night by exploring the venue and different groups of guests. We also ended up with some of the classic and timeless images we were hoping for.”
Celebrations continued back at Fitzroy Town Hall. The couple created the signage and sweet details themselves, Simone noting, “It was actually lots of fun searching for gold frames and searching the internet for a sequined table cloth but I think at the end of the day everything came together really well. We designed and made all of the gold framed signs which were placed around the venue and I sourced the gold sequined table cloth from somewhere overseas. We had a friend do the artwork on the frames and they looked fantastic. ”
Of their first dance, Simone tells, “Our first dance was pretty funny. I was dead set on having Phil Collins “Two Hearts” as our first dance song. I remember trying to convince Dan and my parents one day a couple of weeks before that it would be a good idea and even though it was really fast we were fit, coordinated and could definitely keep up. I look back on it now and know that I did not convince any of them whatsoever that it was a good idea. Dan and I finally narrowed down a few options and the last night we were together we finally decided on ‘You’re my best friend’.
We knew we had to have a practice although didn’t realise the next day we would be parting ways and the next time we would see each other was at the aisle. I finally clicked the night before the wedding that we hadn’t even danced to that song before let alone to any song so it was literally our ‘first dance.’
In true Steele style we bluffed our way through it and had everyone believing we had been practicing for ages, however, low and behold, we had no idea what we were doing.”
Catering team Hudson’s Famous created a bespoke feast for Simone and Dan’s guests, Simone remembers, “Hudson’s Famous were fantastic to work with. They offer an amazing product and the customer service is incredible. They were flexible and made us feel as though the day was ours, we weren’t fitting into one of their packages it was our very own package.”