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Margie & Alex

It was raining all morning on the 8th of December 2016; it drowned out the sound of the morning birds and covered the leaves of the surrounding trees of Poet’s Lane, Sherbooke.

The rained trickled down the pavement and glazed the grass, it was hours before the wedding. The roads were troublesome and our vendors were delayed in their travels. Getting closer to midday, our photographers arrived and the bridesmaids scurried in excitement. My five gorgeous bridesmaids, dressed all in jewel embellished ‘A-line’ lilac gowns, helped me get ready into my own embellished mocha sweetheart neckline wedding dress. It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on my beautiful Fairytales Bridal wedding dress with its unique colour and a touch of vintage design.

My rose gold Nine West heels inspired the hints of different golds that went into decorating our forest themed wedding. To add to the theme of forest and nature, my bouquet was vibrant, natural and wild. It was supplied by Humble Bundle Melbourne, as were the flowergirls’ baby’s breath crowns. My delicate headpiece by Roman & French was a highlight to put on.

As I was nervously getting ready, I wondered what my handsome groom was thinking and what he was doing. I heard that he had been ready for hours and was having a photoshoot of his own with his handsome groomsmen in the rain. My husband’s theme for his groomsmen was sleek and timeless; this style also resonated and carried through to the designs of our wedding bands.

On this beautiful rainy day, we had our very first look in the open court of Poet’s Lane. I walked nervously towards my soon to be husband, his back facing me and tapped him on the shoulder.

Our photographers, with the support of the beautiful mother of the bride, moved on to the forest next door and truly immersed ourselves in the timeless natural beauty of the surroundings. Huda Salman Photography, had already been on a forest themed journey with us, taking our romantic Redwood Forest engagement photoshoot and here we were again, on our wedding day with them.

The Dandenong Ranges are sentimental to my husband and me; it is where Alex first proposed and where I first looked into his eyes; today, I was looking at them again but he was two hours away from being my husband.

As the ceremony was drawing nearer, the rain stopped and we returned to Poet’s Lane and there my husband and I parted for a brief moment until we were to meet again at the altar. Our vows were a labour of love – we both spent so much time, love and emotion writing them.

There was excitement in the air, as I waited with my bridesmaids in our room and our wedding coordinator, Lauren, gave us the signal that it was time to go. I nervously stood last in the line of my beautiful bridesmaids, ready to enter the chapel. The day before my husband and I were on our knees, adorning the aisle with vibrant and colourful petals. I held on to my father and the music played, the instrumental version from ‘La Vita e’ Bella’.

Our seamless wedding was perfected and choreographed by one of the best wedding celebrants Victoria has to offer and we were honoured to see Yvonne Wood‘s creativity and coordination at work. Our wedding included cultural traditions – we had a lasso ceremony to forever bind our love and “the warming of the rings”, warmed by both our mothers.

Our wedding was loving, emotional and inclusive. We could not have asked for a greater celebrant to bring our ideas and dreams to life and also loved that respected us as individuals and as a couple. Her flair for timing and the poetic resonance in her voice touched all of our guests and there was not a dry eye in the chapel.

My brother and husband’s best friend were our witnesses and just like that, after pouring our heart before the whole world, we were married and beaming with joy!

The cocktail hour had a phenomenal taste for every palate with colourful cocktails, champagne and wine. We danced to our favourite song, “Gravity” by Coldplay and danced the night away. We had an epic send off and thus concluded the happiest day of our lives.

Our wedding cake was true to our quirky personalities, we both loved dinosaurs as children and wanted to add some our sense of humour to our wedding cake, so we had dinosaurs on top of our wedding cake and asked the band to play the instrumental version of the ‘Jurrasic Park’ theme song. My Latin American culture means the world to my family and me and we were honoured to have one of Melbourne’s best Mariachi bands to bring on the tunes!

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Margie and Alex; your forest wedding was enchantingly beautiful!

Bride's Dress: Fairytales Bridal / Hairpiece: Roman & French / Bride's Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: Jess Mobile Hair / Makeup Artist: Carla Rocuzzo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Rings: Massucchelli's / Ceremony Officiant: Yvonne Wood / Venue: Poet's Lane / Flowers and Decorations: Humble Bundle Melbourne / Photographer: Huda Salman Photography / Groom's Hair: Manhor Melbourne / Band: Voces Torogoz

Bride wearing Rachel Gilbert

When we caught up with Daina to chat about her seaside Sorrento wedding, keeping things in perspective and not getting worried about the small details as well as a love of DIY were the key things that made her day even more memorable.

“Keep it simple and don’t get caught up in the small details, it’s about getting married and having fun! My Mum kept saying to me along the way, it’s about the journey to the wedding as much as it is about the wedding day itself, so enjoy it and don’t get stressy!

If you’re a creative person or have a friend that is, you can save so much money on the things most people spend lots of money on including decorations (ebay!), flowers, hair, make-up! I am all about DIY!”

Rachel Gilbert Wedding dres

Black and white SOrrento wedding photo

Black and white wedding photo on a pier

Bride with high bun

Bride with shooulder length veil

Newlyweds after wedding

Newlyweds by the water in Sorrento

Newlyweds on beach pier

Pier wedding photo

Sorrento Wedding

Images by The Official Photographers

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 for our enchanting Woody End wedding despite moving interstate to start a masters degree. I flew to Melbourne for a toile fitting just before Christmas, and then we started 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.

Images by Hilary Wardhaugh

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such an elegant gown – the fabrics and design are just exquisite!