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A Rainy Wedding Day

by | Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Chloe van der Werf

Image by Van Middleton

Rain, rain go away come again another day – just not on my wedding day!

Rain can be a real dampener (pun intended) on your wedding day, but if you are prepared you needn’t worry so much.

Some of my favourite images captured at weddings are those that are in the rain. Where the sky is dark and moody and the rain leaves puddles that bounce your reflection back at you. And if you’re lucky, thick fog will settle in on your venue and make it that little bit more romantic. Not to mention the quirky and coloured umbrellas that come out to play.

Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for the possibility of a rainy wedding day:

  • Umbrellas! Go a little wild and buy colourful and patterned umbrellas to match your colour scheme or theme.
  • A change of shoes. If you are planning on getting photos in longer grass and don’t want to ruin your shoes, a good option is Gumboots! Go colourful or patterned (I love polka dots) to add a little colour to your day and they always look so damn cute poking out from under your dress. Don’t forget gumboots for your bridesmaids too!

Image by Deep Grey

  • Waterproof makeup! There is nothing worse than your make-up running down your face. Ask your make-up artist to use waterproof products.

Image by Love Katie + Sarah

  • Check that your photographer is willing and able to shoot in rain. Some will not due to the risk of equipment getting wet. If they won’t shoot out in the rain, make sure you have an idea of other sheltered locations you would like.
  • Make sure your venue is prepared for rainy weather, especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony and reception.

Image by Love Katie + Sarah

As John Ruskin once said – Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

Wedding Ceremony Trends 2015 Prediction

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


Joshua Withers, Joshua Withers, Australia's most rad marriage celebrant

Image by Todd Hunter McGaw via Edward and Emma’s Vintage Chic Inspired Hinterland Queensland Wedding

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the year that has been and start painting the year ahead, all whilst trying to find more room to stash visiting relatives. In light of all of this reflection and imagination, I present my own (quite possibly ridiculous) wedding ceremony trends 2015 predictions.

Gatsby is now dated, Back to the Future is hot.

In 2013 and 2014 we saw vintage and Gatsby themed styling take over the Pinterest boards of many but in 2015 they’re fading. Instead, weddings in 2015 will be taking their stylish cues from 2015-set movie, Back to the Future II.

The bridal party will enter on hoverboard as the bride gets out of her flying limousine and is escorted down the aisle by the Doc and all of the fashion for the day will be automated.

It’s going to be great, trust us.

Grace may love lace but hessian is in in.

Although the lace loving community will always be strong, the bag-of-potatoes look will start gaining traction. When Miley Cyrus marries Patrick Schwarzenegger dressed in a sweetheart hessian piece by Vera Wang you’ll look back at this and cry that you didn’t do it first.

Hi, my name is Caveman, I’ll be your waiter tonight.

Paleo and plant-based diets are all the rage at the moment so expect to see caveman-inspired menus more and more in 2015. Just so we’re all on the right track, let it be on the record that the Paleolithic groom was allergic to quinoa, amaranth, and antioxidants, whilst you would regularly see our Stone Age brother at his local eatery chowing down on a pulled-pork burger drowning in slaw, topped off by a cronut and a beer.

Drinks to sleep with the fishes.

Mason jars will be ancient history in 2015 as bartenders around the wedding universe take the “what crazy thing can we put a drink in now?” craze into the aquarium. Fishbowls will be the number one liquid carrying device. Bearded men will be mixing cocktails like the Goldfish (gin, vermouth, tonic water and orange peel) and serving them in Nemo housing and you’ll enjoy it.

May the force be tied neatly around your neck.

The entire men’s fashion industry will be distracted this year by the impending release of the new Star Wars movie. Upon realising that they should release something new you’ll start seeing glow-stick inspired lightsaber neck ties.

Invites finally go electric.

In an effort to get guest lists down to an acceptable size the paper wedding invitation will not be sent in 2015. Facebook invites instead will take their place as the “save the date of choice”. This smart move will ensure that only your parents and that odd girl from school will be the only guests in attendance.

Social media savvy ceremonies.

Social media is no stranger at the 2014 wedding, but in the new year the selfies and hashtagging will go to a totally new level when your celebrant doesn’t even look up from his iPhone during the ceremony, instead conducting the entire proceeding over Snapchat. Your friends will take photos and only post them on Ello to ensure that your wedding day privacy is respected.

The union will be officially recognised by a #celebrantselfie and then we’ll all follow that Facebook invite to the reception while your photographer fiddles with their VSCO filters to try and get the best shot with that setting sun.

Capturing the memories

Photographers and videographers in 2015 will be forced to offer a modern set of memories for the digital-savvy couple. Your wedding photos will go viral on Reddit hours after the ceremony and be made downloadable from the next morning. Expect to pay a little more for photos without a TMZ watermark.

Wedding filmmakers will be ditching the steadycam and tripod that heralded the recent trends of stable video, for the realistic and retro handycam-shot-by-my-uncle look.

Wedding venues go green

Finally, in the International Year of Light, we’ll see Golf Courses moving their maintenance shed into the function room and their function space into the maintenance shed. Heralding in a new post-warehouse wedding venue era, the golf course maintenance building will be the popular place to say I do in 2015.

With whipper snippers artistically hung on the walls and grease sparingly smeared on the floor and lawn clippings scattered in place of rose petals, the green-wedding-venue is going to bloom in the new calendar year. You’ll know you’ve picked a great venue if a fierce-looking, sweaty man, walks into the wedding venue while you’re inspecting it, looks at you, shakes his head, and just walks out again muttering swear words under his breath.

Ms Gingham says: Tee hee. Nice work Josh.

Joshua Withers is a pretty cool marriage celebrant, according to his local barista and wife. If you click this link the wonders of the Internet will magically transfer you to his own website which even has a photo of him on it!

What Would They Know? Matthew Ely of Matthew Ely by York Jewellers

by | Jewellery Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

What girl doesn’t love a bit of bling and when the bling comes in the form of these spectacular pieces – then a girl’s dreams really could come true! Matthew of Matthew Ely by York Jewellers is the man behind these designs – crafting bespoke beauties to match your lifestyle, letting the gems speak to the final design. How brilliant must it be to travel the world choosing gems that inspire you to create a spectacular piece for a client, and look of awe and delight on their faces when you present it to them. Working in a world of precious metals and gems would surely add a sparkle to your day!

Please tell us your story because it is rather unique and interesting!

Spending time in and around the family business what initially sparked my interest. I wrote my parents a letter at the age of 12 and asked them to let me work in the shop and it all began from there. My father made me try out other trades like engineering and carpentry before allowing me to settle within the family boutique.

Matthew Ely jewellery design

Do you have a mentor/mentors who were particularly important to you, and influenced your design and your jewellery making techniques?

The Master Craftsmen that I worked alongside during my scholarship in London’s fine jewellery precinct Hatton Garden were influential. That was an experience that money or study can’t buy, the skills that I picked up can only happen when you rub shoulders with jewellers of that level.

You have opened a new jewellery store in Woollahra. Does your father/family still play a significant role in your business?

Yes, my Father is someone that I look up to in both business and the trade. My Mother and Father are celebrating 40 years of business in the jewellery industry this year!

Matthew Ely Boutique

What was the genesis/catalyst of your new business?

I wanted to be able to spend more time at the bench doing what I love and to treat my clients to the full experience.

What are you hoping clients will feel when they walk into your boutique?

I hope that they feel relaxed and enjoy the experience. I wanted to be as transparent as possible and want them to feel that they can ask anything and see everything. That’s the way I designed the boutique, to feel very open. They can watch me work on their piece at my bench.

You say ‘I want to educate my clients on the complex world of gems and diamonds…’. Why is this important to you, and briefly what should we, the client know?

It’s important to me to educate them because I feel sometimes that the way people used to ‘marvel’ at the process gets a little lost. These gems and diamonds start off in such a rough, raw state and end up sparkling brightly on your finger after travelling so far, and being crafted into a beautiful piece of jewellery. I feel that it’s a very special process.

Coloured diamonds and other gems feature in your work. Would you explain about the colours we can get in diamonds, and is a coloured gemstone important to enhance a piece of jewellery?

The great thing about working with coloured diamonds and gemstones is that it makes each individual piece truly unique. Diamonds can be source in a range of colours, from classic white, to yellow, brown, orange, green and of course the rare and beautiful pinks and blues. Not only that but they are available in many different intensities and hues. Coloured gemstones are not necessarily important to enhance a piece of jewellery or complete a design but I love the contrast in colour and variety of what is available.

Matthew Ely jewellery design

Can you design individual pieces for brides if requested? Are engagement rings/wedding bands a significant part of your business?

Yes definitely. Custom, bespoke engagement and wedding rings are up there with what I enjoy doing most! Along with the special bridal piece for the day, diamonds in your hair or stunning earrings.

How do you go about designing a bespoke piece of jewellery?

I have a great design space in my new boutique. It’s very private and relaxing. I talk through different styles, designs, diamonds or gemstones with my clients and begin sketching. As we are discussing different elements of the piece it starts to take shape on paper and is ultimately hand crafted into a bespoke piece. I always consider things like their hobbies, where they will be wearing it, what it’s sitting next to and of course personal style.

What are your designs influenced by – certain periods in time, or the aesthetic influences of certain countries, the gems themselves, or other?

Generally the gemstones themselves. I get inspired when I see a spectacular gemstone and think about what I could create with it to maximize it’s beauty. Architecture also gives me inspiration.

Matthew Ely jewellery design

You make some really unusual, stunning, and award winning designs. Who most often buys these pieces – collectors of fine jewellery, bridal couples, other?

Most interest in my award winning designs comes from true collectors. To want to wear or own something like my recent pink and blue diamond creation ‘Illoura’ the individual would have most other classic pieces and is now looking for something a little more unique to add to their collection.

Where do you source your diamonds and gemstones?

From all over the world, which is another amazing part of what I do. My profession has allowed me to travel the world in search of particular gems and I feel very fortunate for that. I work with some fantastic suppliers here in Australia too.

Matthew Ely jewellery design

What metals and stones are your favourites to work with?

Platinum is one of my favourite metals; my wedding ring is actually made from platinum with a little touch of rose gold. Tourmaline would have to be one of my favourite gemstones because of the vast array of colours available.

Are your pieces handmade in Australia?

Where possible I hand craft all of my collections. I’m fortunate that I also have the support of my family’s business and we have 5 very talented jewellers who I work along side with when needed.

Matthew Ely

Do you have a favourite design that you still are making today?

A dear friend and client of mine has just commissioned me to make a piece for her inspired by the collection of Elizabeth Taylor. You can imagine the scale of this piece! I am really excited about getting started on it.

Describe a day in your life?

I start early and take our dog Molly for a run, then usually have a bite to eat at home or grab something around the corner from my boutique. I spend the morning answering some emails and picking up where I left off on working on some jewellery at my bench in-store. Quick lunch and then appointments with clients, which can vary between designing/sketching or the big reveal when they collect something that has just been completed. The look on their face is a great part of the job! More time at the bench in the afternoon and then home to have dinner with my wife and early to bed.

Thank you Matthew for sharing your story. To find out more about Matthew Ely for York Jewellers visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Matthew Ely

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