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Hannah & James

Winter weddings are one of my favourite things ever and when you put a winter wedding in the magic surrounds of a mountain range? Well that’s going to be pretty special! This sweet winter mountain wedding is full of whimsical, fun and romantic touches that represent Hannah & James. The newlyweds chose Sayher Heffernan to capture it all.

Hannah tells the story of how they came to be. “We met in our first year living in a university residential college called International House. Our first meeting wasn’t very eventful – I (Hannah) just remember James as a regular guy wearing a bright yellow GAP hoodie. It took us 9 – 10 months later to realize we liked each other but did nothing about it. Instead we decided to wait it out to see if we were both going through puppy love or whether we were in it for the real deal. Two years later, James mustered up his courage to first secretly ask my mum’s permission if he could go out with me (which wasn’t a norm for my mum but she truly appreciated it and felt honoured and included nonetheless). A few months from then, he asked me out. After 5 years of journeying together through our lowest and highest, he popped the “forever” question. How could I (Hannah) say no?”

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The bride chose the ‘Christine’ dress by Jack Sullivan and her bridesmaids dressed in bright yellow frocks that were custom made.

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The Details Co styled the event, Hannah remembering, “We loved The Details Co  walking with us since day one on proposal day up to the very big day and big shout out to all who made every single detail – both big and small- super special.” The bridal party traveled in a flower adorned Kombi van from Kombi Australia.

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PeepDesigns created the stationery for the day, including a banner that welcomed guests to the ceremony site with the words “Forever And Always”.

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Hannah and James chose Poets Lane for their mountain wedding, Hannah noting “Poets Lane has two different ceremony areas on site – a chapel and a garden gazebo. The whole venue (ceremony & reception) is solely the bride and groom’s for the day so in case weather conditions do not go according to plan – the wedding can be moved indoors. We wanted an outdoor garden wedding and so decided on the garden gazebo. The garden is filled with beautiful lush greens – featuring Dandenong Ranges natural landscape. It also has a massive oak tree standing beside a wooden bridge which leads into the reception hall. The oak tree is a standout piece amongst the greenery. Along side the oak tree, the bridge and the greenery was a fairy-lit leafy archway which the bride walks through and down the aisle during the procession.”

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Hannah walked down the aisle to Lady Antebellum – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

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Of their photographer, Hannah tells, “We wanted someone we knew we could really feel comfortable and get along with from the moment we first met him. He has a fun and easy-going personality and is very approachable. The day we visited the wedding venue together, Sayher had already scouted out for locations to do our bridal shoot. He was highly recommended by a friend of ours for his journalistic photography, style and quality.”

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The celebrations continued inside the main dining hall warmed with roaring fires. Hannah tells, “The large and cosy dining hall accommodates up to 170 guests, overlooking the enchanted garden and the bridge where the ceremony was held. The interior was warm in colours – creamy/white soft tones all around the room. To add to the warmth, there were fireplaces that were lit during cold days/nights. For canapes and pre-dinner drinks – we had an overflowing amount of delicious finger food and drinks. Following that was a three course meal – all of which were amazing especially the dessert buffet that WOW-ed the guests. Seriously, amazing place – fantastic first-class staff and service!”

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Guests received one of two infused salts ( lemon salt & porcini salt) in a wooden stand made by The Make Lab (who also created wooden table numbers). On the stands was etched “Thank you for being the flavour of our lives”.

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Of the first dance, Hannah remembers, “There was a father-daughter dance – nothing choreographed, just impromptu dance filled with laughter. It was very meaningful for our dad. Halfway through the song “I’ll take care of you” by Steven Curtis Chapman, my dad was about to pass me on to James (groom), but James took my dad’s hand instead of mine and started swaying away with him – eventually James came back for me.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Hannah and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Sayher Heffernan for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Sayher Heffernan / Cinematographer: Two Front Teeth / Styling/Hire: The Details Co / Bride's Dress: ‘Christine' dress by Jack Sullivan / Bride's Shoes: “Isabella Anselmi” - sold in Merchant / Bride's Jewellery: Mikimoto ‘Pearls in Motion Akoya' / Groom's Attire: Peter Jacksons / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom made / Hairstylist: Jane Foo Hair and Make up / Makeup Artist: Jane Foo Hair and Make up / Flowers: Fowler's Flowers / Program Sheet, Banner, Seating Chart & Menu: PeepDesigns / Table Numbers: The Make Lab / Venue: Poet's Lane / Ceremony Officiant: Richard Bryant 0409 412 539 / Favors: The Make Lab / Wedding Rings: Vick Nackashian Fine Jewellery / Transport: Kombi Australia
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Kathleen & James

Could there be a more spectacular place for a destination wedding than New York? The Big Apple played host to the destination wedding of Australian couple Kathleen and James who chose Everly Studios  to capture their wedding.

“We met 11 years ago at university through a mutual friend. And we started dating soon after. We shared similar interests from the beginning and picked up hobbies together along the way, from studying design (which is how we met), cycling, muay thai, basketball, running, hiking, cooking and travelling the world. We’ve had a lot of experiences over the years but our favourite has been renovating our home before we finally moved in together in 2012. We did everything from painting the walls, removing the carpets, landscaping the backyard to building the kitchen from IKEA flat packs. James proposed during a hike to Mt Pinatubo (a volcano in the Philippines) with a few of our close family members present.”

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Kathleen chose a gown by Johanna Johnson , explaining, “The gown is by Johanna Johnson called “The Satine”. I had always loved her dresses because of their old world glamour. I picked The Satine dress because I thought it would look timeless. It was the most amazing dress I’ve ever worn and I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the day!”

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Kathleen and James were married at Brooklyn Bridge Park , Kathleen remarking, “We picked Brooklyn Bridge Park because of the amazing backdrop and we are outdoors people.”

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The bouquets were made by the bride’s mum and aunty, Kathleen remembering, “My mother and aunty went to the Chelsea Flower Market at 5am to buy the flowers. My only instructions were the colours to be in the shades of red and to include some greens. I left the rest up to them!”

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Kim Worley performed the marriage ceremony.

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Kathleen remembers, “All of our guests were from out of town, from Sydney, LA, San Diego, Maryland, Chicago and New Jersey. We were so touched that so many people made the trip to celebrate our marriage!”

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The newlyweds made sure to get many iconic New York buildings and food into their wedding photographs!

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Kathleen and James held their reception at ReBar (now closed). Kathleen remembering, “We booked ReBar because of the relaxed informal setting, and we loved the mural in the Low Rider room that we booked.”

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Kathleen notes, “We were going for a “classic” New York / Brooklyn vibe for the wedding. One song that got our guests up and moving was Empire State of Mind –Jay Z was the track of the night! ”

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The bride made the Brooklyn themed cupcake toppers for the “cupcake” wedding cakes which were a decadent red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

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Congratulations Kathleen and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Everly Studios for sharing today’s wedding.

Photographer: Everly Studios / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Verali Shoes / Groom's Attire: Pierre Cardin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Dresses: Esther Boutique / Hairstylist: Jackie Schneider / Makeup Artist: Jackie Schneider / Invitations & Stationery: Design & printed by bride / Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park / Ceremony Officiant: Kim Worley / Reception Venue: ReBar / Wedding Cake: ReBar / Cake Toppers: Painted by bride / Wedding Rings: Blue Nile

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With Summer just around the corner, beach side weddings are starting to fill calenders and today’s inspiration shoot from photographer Hannah of Lost In Wishful Thinking and Hong of The Affordable Style Files is just the right amount of nautical and beachy details for a country coastal wedding.

Hannah and Hong teamed up with model Kimberley O’Brien, assistant Emma Flint and headed to a farm overlooking paddocks and and a view of Mount Cooroy in QLD’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A garden party with fishing nets, glass buoys hung from trees, fresh seafood served from giant clamshells and rustically styled furniture from Coastal Vintage  set the scene. Add a bucket load of globe string lights and candles for an evening celebration.

The flowers – a mix of Australian natives add a bohemian, relaxed feel to the shoot with greenery decorating plain white wooden chairs and the lush canopy of trees overhead doing the rest.

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Of the inspiration behind the shoot, Hannah tells, “We like to call it “Country Coastal” style. Think trestle tables, overflowing with giant clam shells, eucalyptus, glass floats, and old fishing net runner, intertwined with starfish, and pearl shell salad plates with European style lunch platters served on boards and prawns in the clam shells. The branches above dripping with larger glass floats and lanterns.”

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The “bride” wore a floor length lace gown from When Freddie Met Lilly with a crown made from wattle.

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Photographer: Lost In Wishful Thinking / Styling: Hong Henwood From The Affordable Style Files / Props: Coastal Vintage / Bride's Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly / Model: Kimberley O'Brien / Assistant: Emma Flint