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Emma and David’s Bohemian Chic Country Wedding

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Emma Spicer
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David and I met six years ago at a mutual friend’s birthday in Newtown. Good old Facebook played a part in fate as David had followed me online and thought that I was ‘pretty good-looking’ (his words!) He heard that I was going to be at this birthday and decided to go along.

I remember David wearing jeans, t-shirt and a dress vest; I thought he looked very dapper – that vest became an iconic item in our proposal! He asked me to go on a date that night. The next day we shared a smoothie on the steps at Coogee Beach, chatted for hours about life and other such things and well, the rest is history.

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David proposed on the 11th January 2014 – the morning that we got back from our two-week Thailand trip. After a long red-eye flight from Bangkok to Sydney we were met at the airport by our friend who drove us home. As we approached, David asked our friend to quickly stop the car as he had to ‘run to the bathroom’. David ran from the car while we parked. I eventually got out of the car and walked up the stairs to my front door.

The stairs were lined with beautiful white floral arrangements. As I walked around the corner to the patio, I heard our favourite song playing ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’ and David was standing there wearing the very same vest that he wore the night we met in Newtown. He got down on one knee and proposed. I was so surprised. Of course I said YES! The ring was designed by Cerrone and was exactly what I had envisioned.

After saying ‘yes’ and gazing at the ring for a few minutes, David took me out to our backyard where I was surprised yet again with our family and friends who were all there to celebrate our engagement. We shared hugs and laughs as we sipped on champagne and partied the day away! The surprises weren’t over yet as David had one more up his sleeve. A trip to Hayman Island in Queensland for a week to complete this already whirlwind of a ride. It was one of the happiest moments of my life.

On the 5th September 2015 we were married in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales at Mali Brae Farm. We knew that we wanted to get married on a farm. The Southern Highlands was a perfect choice for us. It holds many memories for the two of us as it is where David grew up and my family spent many weekends there.

As we arrived at Mali Brae Farm, we knew instantly that this would be the venue we say ‘I-do’. It is a beautiful French Provincial farm with such beautiful and romantic characteristics. The owners Shelley and Greg were absolutely amazing, from the very first moment we met them. So helpful and accommodating, we had the best experience we could have asked for. Mali Brae Farm was the quintessential fairy tale wedding venue and is truly what dreams are made of.

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The day of the wedding was a beautiful spring day. It had rained the day before and poured the day after. The gods were on our side that day! My four bridesmaids and I got ready at a house in Moss-Vale, only ten minutes from the venue. Our makeup was done by the absolutely talented and beautiful Nikita Lauren. From the moment we met Nikita was so helpful and went above and beyond for me. She even came to the rescue many times that day.

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My bridesmaids wore beautiful lace dresses by Langhem. They looked elegant and absolutely gorgeous. I wanted them to blend in with my dress so I chose white but they had a point of difference with the lace. Beautiful and timeless.

I wore a dress by Nicole Miller that I had shipped over from New York. It was exactly what I had envisioned for myself, very simple yet elegant. I had some sleeves added to it to tie in the bohemian feel. My headpiece was from Bo and Luca which I chose to add to the theme.

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Getting ready with my bridesmaids was so much fun. The champagne flowed and the music played; there was dancing and even some jumping on the bed!

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I kept my wedding dress a secret from my bridesmaids. I wanted them to first see the dress when I was all ready. So I had the girls all line up outside my room and I made the grand entrance. There reactions were priceless and so sweet!

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My twin sister was the one who walked me down the aisle and it was one of the greatest moments of the day. It was so special to have the woman who I have spent my entire life with hand me over to the man I will spend the rest of my life with. We walked down the aisle to ‘1000 Years’ by The Piano Guys.

It was such a beautiful ceremony and there weren’t too many dry eyes to be seen, even David couldn’t control the tears. Our photographer even said it was one of the most touching ceremonies she had seen. We were married by Cari Worstencroft. Cari provided a unique and special ceremony for us. David and I wrote our own vows and heard them for the first time that day. We asked our good friend Holly to read a poem for us which was personal and had meaning to us.

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We played the ‘Jurassic Park’ theme song as our signing registry song. We wanted to have light-hearted music with a bit of humour, and who doesn’t love that amazing piece of music?

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Our Recessional song was ‘Sky Full Of Stars’ by Coldplay. We both love that song and it has a beautiful meaning behind why we chose it. The film clip was filmed in Newtown which is where David and I first met. It was also a perfect song to kick of the celebrations.

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We booked Holly Prins as our photographer and wow! David and I were so impressed with the pictures that she took. She truly captured some precious moments of our special day. Holly’s directions were clear and she knew exactly what to do to capture the best possible photo. We keep having our friends and family and even people we don’t know comment on how beautiful the pictures are. Now when we look back at our photos we can truly relive the entire day over again – we owe all of our reminiscences to Holly!

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Our wedding reception came together beautifully. It was something that David and I both envisioned. I designed our entire wedding and sourced all of the products. There were many DIY day and nights!

I found some old and rusted round vases from a florist that was closing down for only $2 each. I sprayed them a bright gold to bring them back to life. I also bought some white lanterns and sprayed them the same gold to tie it all in. As the reception was held in a barn and quite rustic we didn’t want to add in anymore rustic elements so added in some glamorous decorations instead to contrast against the tin walls, roof and the wooden pillars.

The decorations were quite simple; the flowers were the main focus. The flowers were put together by the artistic and oh so talented Merci Bouquet and were a thousand times more stunning than I had could have imagined. I asked for a mixture of red, pink and white. I thought my bouquet was just absolutely beautiful and tied into the venue beautifully. They added the glam and the colour pop that we wanted.

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The speeches were filled with many laughs and even twice as many tears. My twin sister Felicity and David both made tributes to our late mother and it was very special. David’s speech was a humorous rendition of his Quarterly Business Review, which I am accustomed to listening to while he practices late at night. He put in timelines for our life ahead. Q3 2016 – a new puppy, Q4 2017 –  a European trip and so on. He had all of the guests in tears of laughter.

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After the speeches concluded, we cut our cake which was made by one of my bridesmaids Cordelia the morning of the wedding. Thank you Betty Crocker!

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David and I then had our first dance. Our first dance wasn’t rehearsed; we wanted to have that moment just us two to reflect on the day and not to stress about our routine. Our song was sung by our beautiful friend Michal who pre-recorded it as our wedding gift. She sung our all time favourite song, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ by Frank Sinatra. It was personal and something we now listen to as we dance at home.

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After our first dance the real festivities begun! There were hours of dancing and twirling and even some melodic singing to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen which was the highlight of the night. Our DJ was XYDJ and they provided a night that was filled with Aussie anthems and oldie classics. It was truly a magical day which we are both blessed to share with our family and friends.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Emma and David; your DIY touches really added a touch of glamour to your bohemian chic theme!

Engagement Ring: Cerrone / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mali Brae / Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller / Make-Up: Nikita Lauren / Bride's Headpiece: Bo and Luca / Bridesmaid Dresses: Langhem / Photographer: Holly Prins / Ceremony Officiant: Cari Worstencroft / Flowers & Decor: Merci Bouquet / DJ: XYDJ / Transport: Kombi Occasions

Inspired Words – Jess

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Ms Chinoiserie
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Rather than stressing over decisions, often the best choices are made when you follow your heart and what you know deep down to be right as Jess remembers  about her Sydney restaurant wedding to Dan.

“Go with your instinct; I made most of the big decisions – dress, venue etc – based on that ‘goosebump feeling’!”

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Anna and Murray’s Rustic Mill Wedding

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Anna Campbell
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When Murray and I started to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted to marry at a venue without limitations – so we could eat and drink what we wanted on the night, plus it needed to be somewhere that would allow a DIY approach! So finding a space we could bring everything into was the first challenge.

I grew up just down the road from Anderson’s Mill, plus my older sister had been married there two years before, and it was truly the most beautiful wedding I had ever seen. So not only was the venue beautiful, it was special to us, and provided the most rustic, incredible blank canvas for us to bring in everything and design the wedding we wanted!

How did I decide upon my dress?! As a gown designer, from the beginning I knew that I needed more than one dress, mainly because I love so many different looks and finishes, and I knew I would never be able to choose! Additional to that, I knew that the dress I wanted to create for the ceremony was going to be so heavily embellished, that I would need to change into something lighter for the reception!

However, we had been designing new patterns at work, and I really wanted to use them, however they took much longer than expected to perfect. So six weeks out from the wedding, I didn’t even have one dress let alone four!

In the end, I designed and created four dresses. While they were all different, they each incorporated luxury silk and lace fabrics, as well as an element of hand-beaded embellishment.

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My first dress was worn to our first look at Lavendula, a beautiful lavender farm with open grasslands and sprawling lavender fields. I wanted a free-moving dress that flowed beautifully over the lavender fields, but that was still sparkly and special enough to be the first dress Murray saw me in.

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I walked down the aisle to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’; it was the moment I had always dreamed of, and I wanted to be wearing something truly incredible and sparkly, so I created my ceremony dress with thousands of shimmering beads. Knowing how the dress would sparkle under the vintage lights of the barn, I couldn’t resist being embellished head to toe!

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My third dress, worn upon arrival at the reception and for our sunset photos, was very fitted and intricately beaded, with gorgeous off the shoulder tulle sleeves. Although I was nervous to wear the fitted, mermaid shape, it created the most incredible silhouette, and it ended up being my and Murray’s favourite!

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The final dress was always designed to be my party dress! It was very simple, made of a soft Japanese lace, with an embellished belt detail. It was so much lighter than all of the other dresses, and so fun to dance in!

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Murray only had two outfits! Kate and Laura at Briggins were absolutely incredible, and they helped Murray and his five groomsmen to select the perfect suits and shirts. I think they looked pretty fabulous – Murray particularly! They even made a suit for my Dad at the very last minute!

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The ceremony, and walking down the aisle, is the moment that plays over and over in your head from when you get engaged to when it happens, and it was more special and overwhelming than I could have ever imagined.

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Even though we had a first look, having all of my girls and Mum around me while I put on my incredible beaded dress was amazing! Having Dad by my side was so special too – the whole thing was an absolute whirlwind! I was so excited, I remember it just being a little fuzzy for a few moments, before I could even focus on Murray at the end of the aisle!

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We had so many DIY details! From the start, not only did I want to have our wedding in an impossible space, I also wanted to do all of the flowers and cakes myself. My very wise sister Jane, who is also a wedding planner (Oh Perfect Day) suggested I was being slightly over ambitious! I guess Jane actually was the most important ‘supplier’ – she did all of the logistical planning months out and didn’t rest, even on the night, and kept me focused and sane!

In the end, this was the best decision because I got to work with incredible local suppliers like Catherine from Sweet Empire for the cakes and Arnie from Flowers in a Vase, who are amazing in that they are keen to work with you – and share in the creative process. I felt completely part of both the flowers and the cake creatively.

Of course, each of my four gowns and the bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories were DIY!

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In addition, we created all of the hanging floral arbours, which was used as our ceremony arbour, above our bar, and entrance. I used the flowers from our boutiques, wrapping them around old white gum branches that I found in the corner of my horse’s paddock.

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Mum is an amazing cook, and made all of the quince jams for the favours, from her quince tree which was really lovely. Mum, my little sister and I also made the lace tambourines that our guests shook wildly as we walked down the aisle which was so much fun!

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We had an antipasto table full of all of our favourite cheeses and cured meats. Our best friends helped us put this together the day before. I was so jealous that on the day we were getting our photos taken while everyone was eating it!

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Aside from that, because our venue was just a beautiful empty building, there was a huge amount of DIY involved in styling. I purposefully planned our wedding to be in the Christmas break when our stores close, so that I could borrow all of the stunning lounges and armchairs that I have had upholstered over the last five years!

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We wanted to really wow our guests with a space that was incredibly rustic, but stunning. We wanted our guests to have a huge amount of fun, on the dance floor, with the photo booth, and also to be creative with our DIY bar.

Instead of having beer, wine and a cocktail or two, we had dispensers full of ‘base’ drinks like ginger and lime, grapefruit, and pineapple juice with bowls of cherries, mint, basil, lemongrass and passion fruit syrup on the side. Then we had the bottles of spirits, so guests could get creative and experiment and invent their own cocktails.

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We also wanted to share the kind of food that we cook and eat as a couple – fun food, full of flavour (and chilli!)

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Our incredible cake was one of my favourite details from the day! Catherine from Sweet Empire and I were plotting and planning for months on what would be the perfect cake, and it was so amazing working with her and seeing it all come together!

In the end, we had a dark chocolate triple stack naked cake, oozing with blackberry butter cream, covered with flowers and berries, and finished with lashings of salted caramel which dripped from the top. Catherine was also a guest at my wedding, so she slipped away after the ceremony to finish the cake exactly as she had planned it, which was so special.

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We had a rather unfortunate series of events in the lead up to our wedding though, including the son of my incredible bridesmaid and makeup artist, Melonie Santos, becoming ill; she had to come to the wedding without having slept! Melonie and I have been working together for almost a decade, and it was amazing to have her with me on the day.

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I was so anxious before the wedding that my skin flared up, and she somehow managed to keep me looking flawless for twelve hours! Mel teamed with Alana from Momu Hair who is the best little pocket rocket, and achieved my hair goals with so much ease and fun!

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Then on the day, there were big bush fires in between where we were getting reading and the reception! At the end of the day, none of that really mattered. At some point you have to take a deep breath and just laugh it off!

We also had a funny story, in that Anderson’s Mill was so genuinely rustic that when I got to the end of the aisle, Murray flicked a spider off my veil that must have sailed down onto me from the rafters on my walk down! Luckily, he only told me later!

After years of being in the industry, I had our suppliers picked well before being engaged, so I am very lucky in that sense!

Brown Paper Parcel Photography took our photographs and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only were they fabulous to work with on the day, but I am just in love with the images they have created. Jess was also gorgeous to work with, and I adore our photos!

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Marcus from C2 Films went above and beyond. I have known him and have been a huge fan of his work for years, so there was no doubt he was always going to be a part of our day. You spend more time with your photographers and videographers on the day than you do anyone, so you MUST love them. Marcus is one of the kindest, most talented people I know, and you instantly relax around him.

Smugshots Photobooth and Bianco Latte were also a whole lot of fun and provided lots of entertainment on the night!

I am so lucky that Murray was really keen to be involved in planning the wedding, as this definitely took some of the pressure off me! We are always on the same page, and he is such a calming influence. Ultimately, the day was all about celebrating our love and relationship, and walking down the aisle towards him will be a moment I treasure forever.

Being surrounded by my beautiful friends and family, who are always such a source of support and inspiration for me, is a special memory. I will always remember how wonderful it was to be able to create such an intimate, personalised wedding that truly reflected Murray’s and my style – from food, drinks, styling, and of course, the dresses! If any day is going to be all about you, this is it! I think remembering this makes it easier to make decisions along the way.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Anna and Murray; your exquisite attention to detail created a stunning wedding celebrated with family and friends.

Photographer: Brown Paper Parcel Photography / Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anna Campbell / Men's Suiting: Briggins / Videographer: C2 Films / Styling: Oh Perfect Day / Makeup: Melonie Santos / Hair: Momu / Flowers: Flowers In A Vase / Desserts and Cake: Sweet Empire / Cake Topper: Glistening Occasions / Photobooth: Smugshots Photobooth / Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte
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