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Jay and Jo’s Vintage Wedding Picnic

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Jay and Jo

A year on.

This post has been long in the making. This is a thankful post of that beautiful day of the 2nd of November 2013. This is our way of saying thank you again to the wonderful people who helped us create our dream quirky wedding. Enjoy!

“What is the one thing we’ve got to have at the wedding?” I asked my fiancé.
“A food truck”
*high fives*

That’s how it all started. The ideas flowed. “We’ll have it at a park! There will be picnic rugs and a lemonade stand! Let’s hire a live band too! Can we get Michael Buble to sing??”

Before things got out of hand, we needed a wedding planner who was crazy enough to go along with the plan. Candice from Mackenzi Creations was the girl for the job. Her enthusiasm and passion was what we needed to bring our ideas into fruition and work within our tight budget. This woman was not fazed at all at my long list of wants. All she said was “No worries!” I don’t think she would blink an eye even if I told her I wanted a unicorn.

The one thing that neither of us could say “No worries!” to was… the unpredictable Melbourne weather. It rained the whole week leading up to the wedding day. But our prayers were heard and it was a sunny day with a cool breeze on the 2nd of November of 2013. And so, we got ready for a day of fun.

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The guys always seem to have the goofiest and best photos. These guys were dressed in grey slacks, white shirts and a purple polka bowtie. Jay wore a Hugo Boss suit that he bought in Malaysia.

I found my dress in Adelaide at the Bridal on Pulteney. After trying on about 30 dresses in several different stores, I finally had “The Moment” when I slipped on the A-line lacy, Nicolina “Grace” dress and my maid of honor said, “It’s the one!”. That really is a thing.

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I was surrounded by girlfriends who have flown in from different places. They wore deep purple dresses, paired with black heels and wore dainty headbands. Their hair and makeup were done by good friends (Sue-Lee from RIAH) and my sister in-law, Yen. Girls, thank you for being there for me and for just being my sisters.

Karina from Style by Nature filled the wedding venue with the prettiest garden posies and gave me the lavender bouquet I’ve always wanted. The baby’s breath bouquets matched my bridesmaids dresses perfectly and the lavender boutonnieres for the men were so sweet. Her work was amazing.

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I was determined to be a DIY bride and Candice encouraged my creativity. I had help from my maid of honor, my mother and amazing friends. We made silk fabric flowers to hang on the wedding backdrop, assembled our wedding invitations, vintage shopped for wedding decor, online shopped for wedding props and accessories, made the vintage book wedding ring holder out of an old Webster dictionary, sewed metres and metres of fabric bunting and painted chalkboard signs. Candice waved her magic wand and put the look together. When I walked up the aisle, my heart was bursting with pride and love, seeing all the hard work in personalising the wedding.

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It was a beautiful ceremony. It was everything that we had envisioned. All we wanted was a fun, wedding picnic that everyone could enjoy.

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The moment when I couldn’t get Jay’s ring on.

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You must be wondering if we did find our food truck? Of course! Cornutopia was what we were looking for. Ellie and her team served yummy and fresh Mexican food. Tacos and salsa always make people happy. Jay Sonn was definitely a happy foodie that day.

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Candice whipped up a vintage lemonade stand and had made the coolest drink station.

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What’s a wedding without some cake? Barbara from Sophisticakes had that in the bag. When she asked what sort of desserts we wanted. Jay Sonn loves lemon tarts. So I said, “Anything with lemon, please.” And she made the most scrumptiously delicious lemon wedding cake and made it just like how I sketched it.

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We even had a photobooth set up by EventsFocus who were so accommodating and amazing to work with. They compiled a book with all the pictures taken on that day. It was really special.

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The fun doesn’t even end there. Jay had this brilliant idea of having a live painter from Sydney, Sarah Rowan Dahl to paint a beautiful picture of us during the wedding ceremony. To tie the whole picnic feel together, Jay found a live band, Grupo Bombeiro to play some funky lively tunes while guests frolicked and mingled around with sangrias and lemonade in their hands.

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Our families have been so supportive of our ideas for the wedding and we could not have asked for more. We were so blessed to have family, relatives and dear friends fly in just to surround us with love. Jay and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we love you guys to bits.

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Happy First Anniversary Jay! Love your quirky loving heart. Here’s to many more years of fun days.

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“ When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, “What?!?!” – Phil Dunphy, Modern Family .

All the beautiful pictures taken by the talented Sutejo Tan and Fred Zhang (Thank you for capturing the moments and giving us beautiful pictures to cherish forever).

Wedding Videographer credits go to Preface Films who were a joy to work with.

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful wedding full of fun and laughter! Wishing Jay and Jo a very happy first anniversary with many more to come!

Photographer: Sutejo Tan / Bride’s Dress: Bridal On Pulteney / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Flowers & Decor: Style By Nature / Food Truck: Cornutopia / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Mackenzi Creations / Cake Baker: Sophisticakes / Photobooth: Events Focus / Band: Grupo Bombeiro

Dave & Sandra’s Rustic Wedding In The Perth Hills

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Sandra of Elvi Design
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Dave and Sandra

Dave and I were friends long before we started dating. In fact, he interviewed me for a night-fill job at our local supermarket. We were both students at the time, I was studying fashion and Dave was studying teaching. A few years later we started dating and then we got married on our 6 year anniversary.

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Dave was very much involved in planning our wedding. We were both raised in the Perth Hills so it was important to us that it was the setting of our big day. We love nothing more than the big trees we surround ourselves with everyday.

Being a bridal designer, my wedding dress was always going to be important. My Mum, Birgitta, made my outfit. We chose a really soft French lace with a delicate scollop and heavy silk satin to create a bodice and long skirt with a train for the ceremony. At the reception, I changed into a tea-length tulle skirt to dance the night away! The lace was enhanced by a belt that my Mum hand embroidered with a Finnish folk floral pattern and in the centre, we placed an heirloom brooch (that belonged to my grandmother, Elvi). The belt masked ‘the bodice and skirt join’. Birgitta also made the blue, soft georgette dresses for my bridesmaids.

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On the day, I got ready with my bridesmaids at my Dad’s home. It was really relaxed. We had a breakfast with bubbles after having our hair and make-up done.

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My Dad collects old Fords, so he was thrilled when I asked him if we could use them as our wedding cars.

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After a very early visit to the make-up artist (Dave had a black eye after his bucks party, but that’s another story…), Dave spent the morning preparing at his parent’s home in the hills with his groomsmen before visiting the florist on the way to the church to have their buttonholes put on.

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Our intimate ceremony was held in the beautiful chapel at Mazenod College in Lesmurdie which also happens to be where Dave went to high school. We had a number of special moments during our ceremony. Each of our Mums lit a candle and they also read prayers. We then asked our grandmothers to be our witnesses. You couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces! It was so special.

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Our ceremony was followed by photos and a picnic with our bridal party at St. Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie. It was so lush and green! It was really nice to spend some quality time with our bridal party before the madness of the reception.

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Jess from The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist and Creator styled our wedding. We worked with Jess to create a style that reflected us, it’s difficult to describe but I’d say ‘Scandinavian Folk with an Australiana Rustic Twist’. So our home in the hills was the inspiration behind our invitations, aussie native flower arrangements and rustic elements. We then used my Scandinavian background as inspiration for the folk prints that were seen on the cushions, table runners and that was embroidered on my belt. I think it’s really important to work with the venue’s decor to create the right look so we used gold and dark wood features to compliment the surroundings at Sandalford. The banquet style tables featured Australian native flowers in dark wooden boxes, Belgian linen, gold cutlery and brown paper accents. It worked perfectly with the existing gold and wood accents in the room to create a beautiful Australian rustic wedding style. Jess created individual stations for our guests.

My bridesmaids helped me with loads of DIY in the lead up to the big day. We made wooden boxes for the flowers, screen-printed table runners and cushions, baked traditional Finish gingerbread, made folk printed bunting for the aisle and as signage at the reception. We also made our own ceremony booklets, favour tags and menus.

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There was a chill-out area with couches, a photo booth and the most incredible cake table. We wanted our family and friends to have a great time and enjoy themselves.

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Our reception was a hoot, there was so much love in the room! We walked in to the theme song from Game of Thrones and it had everyone laughing from the very beginning. We enlisted the skills of our friends to do the MC duties and music. It was a great way to personalize the event because they knew us and our guests so well.

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One of the highlights for us has to be surprising our guests with a bridal ‘Rumba’ to Lana Del Ray’s Young and Beautiful. We had been sneaking away to dance lessons for a few weeks before the wedding. It was a great way to get people on the dance floor and party the night away. It also set off a heap of tears!

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We have the best memories from our special day and everything went to plan. Thankfully I wasn’t too stressed but people are right, this is going to be one of the busiest times in your life. Make sure you take time out for you and your future husband in the lead up to the wedding. Find time to do things that aren’t wedding related.

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My piece of advice for other brides is to hire vendors you love and then let them do what they are good at (let them be creative!) and remember what’s important at the end of the day, you’re marrying the man you love and no matter what happens it’s going to be the best day!

Images by Christine Lim Photography

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 Ms Gingham says: I love all the native Australian florals together with the glam yet rustic styling. It works beautifully! Congratulations Sandra and Dave.

About Sandra: Coming from a family of designers, Sandra’s journey into fashion was a natural path to follow. The label itself is the namesake of her Finnish grandmother, Elvi, who passed her skills, knowledge and passion on to her daughter, Sandra’s mother Birgitta, who passed them on to her.  Sandra was just eight when she started hand sewing her own clothes for her dolls, and spent much her youth creating dancing costumes.

Photographer: Christine Lim Photography / Bride’s Shoes: Prada / Bride’s Dress: Elvi Design / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Elvi Design / Flowers: Manic Botanic / Ceremony Venue: Mazenod College Lesmurdie / Groom’s Attire: SABA / Groomsmen Bows: Asos / Reception Venue: Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley / Cake Baker: Red Bird Cake Company / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Jess from The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist and Creator / Rental Furniture: Curio Warehouse / Cutlery and Glassware Hire: Hire Society / Invitations: Mitchell & Dent / Hairstylist: Jody Fiannaca / Makeup Artist: Grace Buckley / Ceremony Officiant: Fr Michael McMahon

Thao and Vanessa’s Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

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The very next day after our 1950s styled vintage wedding. Yes, in the morning. At 9am.

The traditional Vietnamese wedding  ceremony was held at my husband’s family home, and was simple, beautiful and very emotional. My amazing father-in-law may be a former South Vietnamese soldier who survived 5 years in a Viet Cong prison camp (which he escaped!), but he wept as he welcomed me to the family. Needless to say, Thao and I started crying like babies!

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The ceremony consisted of traditional Vietnamese rituals. The bride and groom offer members of the family wine in exchange for gifts and well wishes. The most sentimental gift came from my mother-in-law, who presented me with diamond earrings we picked out together in Vietnam four years earlier.

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This is Vietnamese tradition, and it was amazing to be part of it. The whole day was organised by Thao’s family, and they did an amazing job. The dress I wore was chosen by my mother-in-law, and custom made in Vietnam. The design was inspired by her own wedding dress, which means so much me.

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After the ceremony we feasted on suckling pig and rice noodles (as is tradition).

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The Sunday reception was held at City West Receptions.

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The decor was simple and understated in style, pretty much the opposite of my incredible wedding cake which was definitely the biggest surprise of the night!

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I’m not sure how many brides have an actual functioning water fountain on their cake, but I did and I loved how absolutely crazy it was! Apparently this cake was quite tame by Vietnamese standards, according to my husband (who’s been to his fair share of Vietnamese weddings).

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At the end of it all we were absolutely exhausted, but blissfully happy, and amazed how we managed to pull it all off. With love and help from our family and friends, of course.

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Photography by  Dominique Felicity Chapman | Sam Hughes

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Ms Gingham says: Oh what an amazingly emotional ceremony. Vanessa what a lucky bride you are! Two weddings in 2 days!

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