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Hayley & Mark’s Fun Vintage Wedding By The Water

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Hayley & Mark

I love the fun vibe of today’s vintage wedding by the water. Hayley and Mark love vintage pieces but decided to opt for an air conditioned wedding venue to keep their guests cool. Their vintage touches and careful thought ensured that although the day was in a different setting to what they imagined, it was still very much them. Photography By Emma Pointon was there to capture all the moments of the day.

To kick us off, Hayley tells the story of how she and Mark came to be married. “Mark and I started dating in our final year of university, so we’ve kind of grown up together. We’d been mates for years, but all it took was a toga party, some liquid courage and some persistence on Mark’s behalf and seven years later we sealed the deal.”

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Mark had a suit made by By Robert James, NYC. Hayley remembers. “We met this crazy tailor in New York called Robert James who custom-made Mark’s suit. I know the groom’s suit is often an afterthought but it was really fun to work with this eccentric designer, picking fabric and cuts and having a good time. I hope we keep that suit forever. If only wedding dress shopping was like that.”

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Hayley wore a gown from Pronovias with her five bridesmaids in pale pink dresses from BHLDN.

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Hayley walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

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Hayley and Mark were married at St Luke’s Mosman Park. Hayley tells, “My nanna was married in St Luke’s during World War 2, wearing a wedding dress she borrowed from a cousin and planned the whole thing in a week before my pop went off to war. My great grandfather was also married there. Mark and I are not religious but it was an honor to walk down the aisle knowing that at least in spirit my nanna was there with us.”

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Of their photographer, Hayley notes, “I couldn’t recommend Emma Pointon more highly. We were attracted to her candid photography style and the soft, dreamy, vintage aesthetic she captures. What I did not realize was how valuable it is to have a photographer that is very much in the background; who is skillful enough to capture moments without staging them. Emma allowed us to have a wedding, not a photo shoot, and her shots turned out absolutely beautifully.”

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“After the wedding ceremony, we drove Mark’s dad’s vintage Mercedes from the church to our photographs, our first moment together as husband and wife. At this point you don’t care about your hair, your makeup, your veil – you just enjoy the moment.”

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The bride created a fun birdcage veil for the reception, remembering, “I DIY’d my wedding veil! The whole thing cost $60! Veils in New York were coming in around $750, so a friend and I knocked it out in my apartment in 2 hours. If you can get your hands on some chantilly lace – the rest can be found on Youtube. I also went into a crazy DIY tailspin in the 2 weeks prior to the wedding, making lanterns, signs, bunting etc. I knew I was being insane, and my bridesmaids were highly amused, but it was worth it, I loved the end result. I joked with my bridesmaids that literally no-one notices bridal decorations except for the bride. They really don’t.”

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The bridal party celebrated with a riverside picnic, Hayley explaining, “We decided to use the time between the reception and ceremony to have a river-side picnic. We bought some furniture off Gumtree and laid down my grandmother’s crochet table cloth. We had vintage champagne glasses from an op shop and a picnic basket of cheeses.”

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Hayley & Mark chose Mosmans Restaurant for their reception venue, noting, “Mark and I have a strong affinity for old things – vintage, antiques and old buildings. However, our wedding was the middle of the Perth summer, so for practicality reasons we decided to opt for an air conditioned boat house on the Swan River, with louvred windows. The temperature on the day was 38 degrees and I can’t tell you how great it was, not to have to worry about what the weather.”

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Hayley added her love of vintage pieces to the reception, remembering, “We live in the United States so for months leading up to the wedding I magpied around antique and thrift stores for clocks and whiskey bottles and milk containers and watering cans. I wanted the soften the modern aesthetic of the venue with some rustic pieces. My dad was like “Are we operating a flea market here, Hayley?”. ”

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A table was filled with photos of family weddings.

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The bride’s beloved bike made an appearance! Haley noting, “We also included my beloved bike, “Giulia” as a welcome sign, which Mark ended up riding.”

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Hayley remembers, “Mark’s speech was so sincere, heartfelt and wonderful. Mark is an accomplished sailor and so I surprised Mark by engraving his wedding ring with the phrase “through stormy seas and starry nights”.”

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“Paul Simon’s “Graceland” played as we kissed and cut the cake.”

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Of their first dance, Haley remembers, “We danced to “Hey-Ho” by the Lumineers. It was very a romantic and meaningful moment.”

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Hayley laughingly remembers, “At about 10.30 pm the dance floor started to thin and I thought perhaps people were getting tired. Then I looked outside and every male friend, cousin, uncle and even perhaps my dad were on the Jetty facing the reception, 50 white butt cheeks glowing in the moonlight. It was so unexpected and hilarious and exactly what I love about Australians – we are so mischievous and fun-loving. At 11pm we busted out a party bag of dance floor props.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Hayley and Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Photography By Emma Pointon for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Photography By Emma Pointon / Cinematographer: Bernard Shaw Of Red Empire Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage, borrowed from Diamonds and Pearls, Perth / Groom’s Attire: By Robert James, NYC / Groomsmen Attire: Their Own / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Hairstylist: Tina Brandwood / Makeup Artist: Yvette Gray / Flowers: Karen Kirk, a family friend / Ceremony Venue: St Luke's Mosman Park / Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Angela Webb / Ceremony Musicians: Les Trois Amies String Quartet / Reception Venue: Mosmans Restaurant / Band: Bespoke Touring / Cake Baker: Edwina Wilkinson / Wedding Rings: Diamonds and Pearls Perth / Wedding Rings: Catbird
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Peach & Forest Green Party

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With warmer weather here my mind is drifting towards warmer toned colours and I just love this combination of peach toned hues with a deeper, darker green.

I was initially inspired by the lush bouquet that features the soft, sage green with peach blooms and anemones. This palette is so easy to replicate especially at a garden wedding when green is everywhere. Add touches of peach through your gown, the feature flowers and stationery.

Peach and Apricot Party Peach & Forest Green Party

Cake photo by Lora Grady Photography via Ruffled, Dress by Sareh Nouri, Invitation suite by Sideshow Press, Escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridesmaid photo by Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet photo by Irina Klimova Photography via Burnetts Boards, Table setting photo by Vicki Grafton Photography via Brides, Shoe photo by Jillian Mitchell via Style Me Pretty, Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt

Danica and Ben’s Surprise Mexican Party Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Danica & Ben

I’m no psychic, but I think you might love this surprise Mexican party from Glen and Fiona Photographers just as much as I do! The newlyweds invited their favourite people to a “surprise” 21st birthday party for Danica. The guests waited, dressed in their Mexican attire (plenty of sombreros and coloured ponchos!) to surprise the birthday girl who entered in a wedding gown!

The couple hit it off straight away when they met two and half years ago, Danica remembering, “Ben was my mum’s personal trainer. We spoke on Facebook every now and then, but my mum and another of his clients/mum’s friend didn’t want us to meet because they knew we would hit it off… We met at Mum’s birthday dinner, I strategically had him sit next to me while eating dinner then spent the whole night attached at the hip, talking like we’d known each other for years. At the end of the night as I was leaving, he ‘smoothly’ said “You should text me!”, I fell for it and said “But I don’t have your number…” Then he put his number in my phone and waited not so patiently for an hour or so for me to send the first message. That was 2 and a half years ago and we’ve be speaking every day since. ”

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Danica remembers the surprise moment. “Everyone that attended thought they were surprising me for my 21st birthday. They waited in a room of the house to yell SURPRISE, but I surprised them by walking in wearing a white dress.”

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Danica’s little sister was the flower girl. Her brother walked her down the aisle to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.

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Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant  performed the ceremony.   On a chair in the front row sat a photo of Danica’s father who passed away three weeks before the wedding.

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Danica added a photo of her late father to her bouquet which was created by C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers.

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The marquee was decorated with Mexican style birthday decorations! Guests enjoyed a feast catered by SafeHands Caterers.

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Buttercups Cupcakes created a two tier cake with colourful decorations and plenty of cupcakes for guests to enjoy.

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Danica remembers, “I loved the speeches from my mum, Ben’s parents and younger sister, and Ben were ridiculously entertaining and touching. Lovely moments shared.”

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Of their photographers, Danica remembers, “Our photographers, Glen & Fiona, were amazing. We knew they were the perfect fit when we spent a couple hours in our first meeting, talking about Star Wars, Mexican food and falling in love with our Surprise-Birthday-Wedding ideas. On the day, they made us feel comfortable standing in front of the camera, capturing Ben and I exactly how we are, no fake cheesy grins or structured poses. Just capturing the moment with a very laid back approach that we both appreciate.

With my birthday being the day of the wedding, Glen somehow managed to sneak off during the night to get one of the photos we had just taken printed and put in a frame to give to me. They stopped at nothing to make sure that we got all that we wanted from the day. Towards the end of the night, Fiona followed Ben around for half an hour or so getting “Selfies” with everyone. They both went above and beyond to make our day absolutely amazing! ”

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Of their first dance, Danica remembers, “We danced to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & The Pacemakers. This song is the club song for Liverpool Football Club, Ben’s favourite team. We went to Melbourne last year to watch them play when they came over and we heard nearly 96,000 fans sing the song with the team and we knew that it had to be a part of our wedding. We just stepped around the dance floor because we’re not very good!”

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Congratulations on your marriage Danica and Ben! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Glen and Fiona Photographers for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Glen & Fiona from 'Glen and Fiona Photographers' / Bride’s Dress: Swish Clothing / Bride’s Jewelry: Secrets Jewellers Noosaville / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Hairstylist: Beauty on the Move / Makeup Artist: Beauty on the Move / Flowers: C-Ann Silk Wedding Flowers / Venue: Private Property / Ceremony Officiant: Penelope Watson Queen of Hearts Civil Marriage Celebrant / Catering: SafeHands Caterers / Cake Baker: Buttercups Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers / Rental Furniture & Marquee: Noosa Party Hire

Sarah and Grant’s Brittania Park Wedding Festival

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Sarah & Grant

Sarah and Grant hired out Britannia Park for their self titled “wedding festival.” They married under trees, danced on the grass and dined out of picnic baskets with their favourite people. They even ended the night with a silent disco to accommodate noise curfews. Could there be a party amongst the trees that looks more beautiful? Blue Robin Wedding Photography  was there to capture it all.

Sarah tells the story of how they came to be. “Grant and I had been good friends for a couple of years prior to us getting together. There was definitely some chemistry between us (even though we had travelled around the USA together pretending otherwise), however we had both been in relationships with other people for much of that time. One day we were both simultaneously single. Grant was sick, sent out a group SMS asking if anyone wanted to watch videos with him and I was the only one that replied. I basically went over to his house for a movie marathon and never left.”

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Sarah and grant chose Britannia Park, Yarra Junction (03) 5967 1331 for their wedding venue, noting, “As we were looking to have a weekend wedding festival rather than just celebrating on a single day we needed somewhere that could sleep a large proportion of our guests. Britannia Park was the only venue we ended up visiting but it turned out to be perfect. During the week it holds camps for Guide Victoria members so there were enough cabin beds to sleep 80 guests. It was also surrounded by Australian forests which both Grant and I loved as we had spent many weekends hiking in the bush. The parks grounds were picturesque with rolling green lawns and it had the sweetest little stage set in front of the most magnificent old tree on which to get married. We really felt that we got very lucky with Britannia Park.”

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Flowers by Dolly created the floral arrangements for the day, Sarah remarking, “Kirsty the florist from ‘Flowers by Dolly’ created the most beautiful bouquets and floral wreath for the wedding. I asked for textured pretties and that is exactly what she delivered. She was such a dream to work with and truly listened to what I was hoping for. At my request Kirsty even brought her sausage dog, Dolly, with her so I could get my ‘dog fix’ on my wedding day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

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Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘Baby’ by Devendra Banhart.

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Sarah’s bridesmaids wore their own navy knee length gowns. Sarah wore a gown from Lisa Ho she found at Still White.

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Of their photographer, Sarah remarks, “Michael (Blue Robin Wedding Photography) has been a friend of both of ours for a couple of years now. Grant met him through a mutual climbing friend and we have seen his work on many occasions. It was really lovely to have him as our photographer as there was no uncomfortableness with him. We could just be ourselves as we completely trusted him to represent us and our loved ones on the day. He was never intrusive with his work which was such a credit to him. In fact apart from the bridal party photos I can hardy remember Michael taking photos. The hundreds of photos he presented to us afterwards, however, suggested otherwise. I look back at our wedding photos and I truly believe they capture the happiness and festivity of the whole day – they really make me want to experience it all other again.”

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The bouquet toss was rather intense, Sarah telling, “Before Grant would propose he stipulated that I had to catch three bouquets at three consecutive weddings (only half jokingly). As Grant’s dad (a maths teacher) informed me, I had a one in eight thousand chance of achieving this. Being ever so slightly competitive I achieved this within the year. As an acknowledgement to all the faces I had elbowed and all girls I had to trample we really wanted the bouquet throwing to really be an event at the wedding. We came across a trebuchet on the internet and thought it would be perfect for our wedding. As it’s not something you can just order online we put my dad to the task of building it. After a false start his bouquet trebuchet perfectly flung the bouquet into the waiting group of ladies at the other end of the field. It was definitely a highlight of the day.”

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Of the DIY elements of the day, Sarah notes, “Oh my goodness, we went a little DIY crazy for the wedding. We purchased all the picnic baskets, glasses, table numbers, cheese board and knives from op-shops and decorated them ourselves. All the bunting was either made by the Britannia Park Manager or myself. There were many, many hours spent slaving behind the sewing machine. A friend of ours (who has amazingly green thumbs) spent months growing all of the succulent plants that decorated the stage, tables and picnic rugs on the day.

We also had the help of all our friends on the morning of the wedding in setting up and to decorate the whole park including the hall where we had the silent disco. For our deserts we didn’t order a traditional wedding cake. Instead we asked some of our guests if they wouldn’t mind bring a treat to share. We ended up with a desert table that would have rivaled the deliciousness of any French patisserie – it was truly mind blowing the effort everyone made.” Yarra Valley Catering served up the food for the wedding day.

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Of their first dance, which was a surprise. Sarah tells, “We really hadn’t planned on having a first dance as it just hadn’t been high on our to-do-list for the wedding and I also thought the idea was a little too traditional for my liking. However, unbeknownst to us a dear friend of ours had written us the most personal love song which she performed with a group of our most musically talented friends on the day. It was such an incredibly special moment that we ended up getting up and having our first dance to the song as husband and wife. To top it off our friends later went on to record the song at our friend’s music studio and had it pressed onto vinyl for us as a wedding gift.”

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The night didn’t stop there, Sarah noting, “As there was a noise curfew imposed by the local council we hired a silent disco for all of the guests that didn’t wish to finish partying after the band had ended. With 80 headsets and two channels of 80’s and 90’s classics everyone danced the night away in a silent room.”

Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Grant! Thank you for sharing you day with us! Thank you also to Blue Robin Wedding Photography  for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Blue Robin Wedding Photography / Bride’s Dress: Lisa Ho / Bridal Salon: Still White / Groom’s Attire: Travellers Apparel / Groomsmen Attire: Various - their own / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various - their own / Makeup Artist: Liz Haggith / Flowers: Flowers by Dolly / Invitations & Stationery: Rojo Robin / Venue: Britannia Park, Yarra Junction (03) 5967 1331 / Ceremony Officiant: Peter Ferguson (the Groom's uncle) / Band: The Pearly Shells / Catering: Yarra Valley Catering / Wedding Rings: Vick Nackashian Fine Jewellery
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