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Adriana and Arden’s Dreamy Sunset Palm Beach Boathouse Wedding

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Arden & Adriana

From the moment we had our first date at Max Brenner I knew Arden was the one. So did my mum. My parents were quite shocked when Arden asked for their approval, but in their words “we knew it would happen one day, just not this soon.” I am so glad we got married young.

The ten months leading up to the big day were a roller coaster. We both had crazy schedules mixed with work, finishing studies, planning our honeymoon and trying to find a place to live. But we did it. And it all was worth it on the 11th October 2014 when we got married on a perfect spring day at St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble.

Choosing my dress may have been one of the most stressful parts of our wedding day. I knew exactly what I wanted but I could not find it anywhere. I had looked at various stores and it was only Marry Me Bridal Mosman that had the lace dress I was looking for. My beautiful Pronovias dress was almost perfect! The girls in the store helped me alter it exactly the way I wanted and thus came my dream dress – low back, lace detailing on shoulder and chest, sweetheart sillouhette and medium trail.


Our wedding day was peaceful. Not many brides can say that. Aside from waking up at 5:50am with a couple of butterflies, I can honestly say out of the 10 months spent planning our wedding, the wedding day itself was one of the most peaceful. I spoke to my husband (fiancé then) in the morning of our wedding day. The excitement in his voice made me feel so excited. He said our word of the day would be fun. And fun it was. A dream day I could never imagine being so perfect.



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The church we chose was St Swithuns Anglican Church at Pymble. We fell in love with the sandstone and the classic feel it had which perfectly suited our wedding. Decorative Events helped put together the finishing touches at the church including lace bunting, draping, a white carpeted rose petal aisle and signage. The weight of the world fell off our shoulders as we were pronounced husband and wife and danced down the aisle to Charlie Brown by Coldplay.



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Our photographer Chris Prestidge from At Dusk was actually a close friend of Arden’s – they used to work together. Being close with your photographer definitely helps ease any nerves or awkwardness, and after our engagement shoot, we felt so comfortable with Chris! He had a team of two other girls, Hannah and Anya, that were absolutely incredible. They clicked away and caught every precious moment of our day. I love looking back on all the memories. We also had a videographer and are awaiting to see the footage from that day!








Our reception at the Boathouse Palm Beach can only be described as dreamy. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The beautiful wharf at the venue allowed the guests to enjoy the sunset and sip champagne on the outdoor deck whilst listening to acoustic music. The Boathouse served all sorts of delightful foods and guests were free to move about the venue, with various lounges set up. Guests took hand made favours home in the form of lace wrapped succulents alongside Lindt chocolates.

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We had a polaroid photo booth, dance floor, ice cream cart and the best of company. We exited with a sparkler tunnel and surprised our guests with driveway fireworks. It was a day that we couldn’t have planned better.


Images by At Dusk Photography

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful word you used to describe your wedding Adriana… dreamy!! It looked absolutely dreamy and divine. Congratulations!

Adriana says: “We got married on the 11 October 2014 at the Boathouse Palm Beach. It was a memorable day spent with loved ones and we loved every moment of it! Our wedding was beach chic themed.”

Photographer: At Dusk Photography / Reception Venue: Boathouse Palm Beach / Flowers & Decor: Wild Lotus Floral Design / Ceremony Venue: St Swithuns Anglican Church, Pymble / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bariano / Cake Baker: All Things Sweet by Carissa / Invitations & Stationery: Little Paper Lane

Flower Filled Black Tie Wedding

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Andrew and Amy

He proposed with a surprise weekend away for the October long weekend (My Birthday weekend) to Port Douglas – organised a private table at Nautilus Restaurant and gave me my birthday present when we sat for dinner and it was a large box. Unwrapped the box, and it was full of tissue paper which when I got to the bottom of it there was the ring box. I thought it was a pair of earrings for my birthday. I placed the box on the table and he bent down on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was amazing! Breathtaking! He had flown to Brisbane the week prior to ask my father in person for my hand in marriage.

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I walked down the aisle to Trumpet Tune and Ayre Henry Purcell (placed by the strings and organist).

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The wedding was everything I could have imagined and more. Exceeded all expectations! I want to do it all again!

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Simon Gorges was the main photographer from gm photographics – in total there were 4 photographers including the videographer. They were great – they didn’t get in the way and captured the moments in a natural way without looking staged.

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I loved the the floral arrangement above the bridal table.

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The whole thing was pretty much a surprise for Andrew – we walked into the reception and said WOW… I know what you have been doing over the past 6 months! So much effort! He couldn’t believe it.

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The wedding was very much my personal style.

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I loved the band at the reception – the entire wedding was up dancing on the dance floor before entrees were even served.

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Our first dance was to Elton John ‘Your Song’ – Traditional Wedding Waltz.

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Ms Gingham says: Stunning from start to finish!

Photographer: GM Photographics / Styling & Design: Sticks & Wicks Floral Design / Bride’s Dress: J’Aton Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Sergio Rossi / Bride’s Jewelry: Dan Mor Diamonds / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formalwear / Groomsmen Attire: Peppers Formalwear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carla Zampatti / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Samantha Wills / Hairstylist: Alan White / Makeup Artist: Kelly Stratton / Makeup Artist: Desiree Wise / Flowers & Decor: Sticks & Wicks Floral Design / Invitations & Stationery: De La Mod / Ceremony Venue: Kincoppal - Rose Bay School Chapel / Ceremony Officiant: Father Peter Clifford / Ceremony Musicians: Anne Fahy / Reception Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art (Harbourside Room) Top floor / Band: John Field Band / Catering: Fresh Catering / Candy Buffett: The Candy Buffett Company / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill Cake Design / Wedding Rings: Canturi / Transport: HF Wedding & Hire Cars

Joel and Gayle’s Melbourne Boathouse Wedding

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Gayle and Bowl (Joel)

My husband and I are Adelaide ex-pats, and since moving to Melbourne 5 years ago a bunch of friends have also moved over! So with our social circle and family members divided over the two cities we were all so excited to have everyone in one place for a long weekend of celebrations over the Australia Day weekend!

We had around 60 guests, about half of whom joined us the night before for a lovely private banquet dinner at Mankoushe (our favourite local eatery). Then the day after the wedding we hosted an Australia Day BBQ with our own “hottest 100 of all time” which our friends voted for and one friend of ours collated and created a count down of songs for the day. It was great to maximise the catch up time with close friends and family members who live interstate or overseas from each other!

We had been together for over 9 years when Bowl (Joel) finally popped the question in Central Park, NYC! So we just wanted our wedding to be a big celebration about us without being too traditional. We wanted it to be personalised to us but it was also really important to us that our nearest and dearest were all going to have a good time.

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Image by Kristoffer Paulsen

Over the whole day and lead up there were a lot of personal touches: We had two of our besties who MC’d the night, one of my best friends shared the role of being our celebrant for the day, which was so special! A friend of ours fancied up his kombi van and drove myself and the ladies to the venue. I had a bunch of friends putting flowers in vases and sand and candles in jars the day before while I was making the bouquets and my soon to be sister-in-law was making the boutonnieres. A photographer friend of ours took photos of us getting ready on the day. Bowl and the best man set up the ceremony decor on the day, and I had a couple of nights with bridesmaids making the jam jar favours and all the black board signage… a lot of team work and help from loved ones really made it all special for us.

Our wedding style was a little on the vintage and rustic side, so when we discovered that The Fairfield Boathouse was available we couldn’t have been happier! We wanted it to be all in one location so that after the ceremony the guests could get straight into mingling and enjoying a drink and a nibble while listening to the french band, La Mauvaise Reputation, we had hired for cocktail hour.
With the beautiful landscape that The Fairfield Boathouse is set in we were able to take a variety of photos during cocktail hour. It was so fun going off in the boats with the bridal party for photos too. With Bowl and I in our boat, champagne in hand and hearing the french tunes floating across the river from the boathouse – it was really nice to have that undisturbed moment and to be able to look out at all our family and friends on the green!

It wouldn’t have been our wedding without dancing and a band to get everyone on their feet. We wanted something fun and different so we booked Babaganoush, a gypsy balkan style band, who were perfect! From the time they started people were on their feet.

One of the highlights of the day for me was when Bowl’s speech surprisingly turned into “You’re just to good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you…” while he put the accordion on and a few friends joined him on guitar, bass and percussion and then the whole room joined in on the chorus “I love you baby, and if it’s quite alright I need you baby…” and so on. Surprises are awesome. He did good!

We were super organised in the lead up to the day, so in the moment we didn’t have to stress and we could actually enjoy ourselves! It’s been over a year already but I going over the photos and writing this all has taken me straight back – so many memories I will treasure for the rest of my life!

Images by Stewart Leishman

Ms Gingham says: Congratulations Gayle and Joel! Your wedding looks pretty as a picture!

Gayle says: “As a bride I was super organised and planned as much as I could in the lead up, so that over the whole weekend I could just relax, enjoy myself and be in the moment!”

Photography : Stewart Leishman / Before wedding images : Kristoffer Paulsen / Bridal party, ceremony and reception flowers and decor : In Bloom / Bridesmaid’s Hair and Bride’s Make Up: Jessica Woods Hair and Make Up / Bridesmaid dresses: Hot Couture / Celebrant: Julie Byrne

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