I am a lover of greenery so when this modern greenery wedding inspiration shoot came my way I knew it would be beautiful to share. Lush ferns, trailing greenery and an industrial style backdrop give this shoot a look that modern edge with an almost eclectic, jungle botanical vibe. A custom poster adds a touch of fun to the reception space while the bride’s fern laden hairpiece and bouquet simply look stunning next to her simple wedding gown and the groom’s bone coloured suit.
Planned and conceived by Eva of Foreva Events, the shoot drew from Brisbane Paddington suburb, Eva explaining, “The inspiration behind the shoot was to showcase Paddington at it’s finest by involving vendors in the area or located close by.”
The Railroom at Iceworks set the scene for the “reception”. Eva of Foreva Events who planned and executed the shoot tells “The main attraction of the shoot was set as The Railroom at Iceworks. As The Railroom’s most distinguishing feature is its gorgeous hanging greenery we had Lillipollen combine a beautiful arrangement of green and white florals along the tables to really bring it out. We also had them put together a stunning hanging ivy, fern and white floral bouquet as well as a unique floral crown.”
“With the efforts of Styled Events lighting up the room with extra fairy lights and lighting up their big green walls we really made the greenery stand out and were able to give the room a new glow that brought out the poster even more.”
Urban Weddings created a custom poster for the space, Eva explaining, “As we wanted to do something a little different we had Urban Weddings put together a beautiful poster along the back wall stating “The best things in life just happen”, grabbing your eye as you first walk into the room.”
Eva notes, “From here we went on to showcase all of Paddington’s unique house’s, Latrobe Chapel and the Paddington Antique Centre. With the extreme efforts and help of all of the vendors this truly turned out to be an amazing shoot to showcase the area.”
There is a sense of utter romance to this handmade orchard wedding – the couple, deciding to marry at home worked hard to get their home into wedding worthy condition. From an orchard working bee, to making the napkins and sourcing the wine. They even made the dance floor. They chose Joseph Koprek to capture their memories.
The newlyweds remember their proposal story. “Fergus proposed to Gülşen while they were living in Turkey. The engagement took place on an Island called Bozcada, while Fergus’ parents and Gulsen’s mother were visiting on holidays. He popped the question on a private balcony to their room before going to celebrate with their parents late into the evening.”
Gülşen wore the ‘Serafina’ gown by designer Maggie Sottero “I found the dress I liked by trying on a bunch of dresses at a number of Melbourne stores; from South Yarra to Sydney Road and all around the CBD too. I first had a little bit of a look on my own then pretty soon enlisted a couple of friends to come with me at different times. I looked at a pretty big range of dresses. I wanted something that I could wear all day and night and that I wouldn’t need to change out of for ‘the dance’ for example. Once I found the dress I liked. I looked for the best price for the dress online and had it sent to me.
Once it arrived I worked with the charming Gabrilelle Dosser – Gab added a string of pearls to the back of my dress along the shoulder to make sure the dress (which has a low front and back) didn’t slip from my shoulders (esp for the dance) and she also added two bustle options one outside for a graceful drape and one under which was more sturdy for dancing and running around. She also added two soft ‘floating’ bra cups to give a little shape and extra cover and altered the dress length. Gab offered me some veil options which were beautiful, but in the ended I decided not to wear a veil.”
The bride, with the help of friends styled the floral arrangements for the day, the bride’s father creating cones filled with rose petals the night before.
The day was truly a handmade affair, starting with ensuring the orchard was in perfect shape for the wedding day. Gülşen noting, “We spent two weekends in the wintertime with a large group of friends and family pruning the orchard to get it looking good for the wedding (and so that it produces more fruit and is generally cared for).” In the lead up to the day the couple planted flowers along the driveway and washed old terracotta pots to plant blooms in to decorate the ceremony area and made two arches to mark the entrances to the ceremony and to the orchard reception.
The couple met before the ceremony and entered together.
Kimba Griffiths performed the ceremony and Gülşen and Fergus wrote their own vows, Gülşen explaining, “It’s not for everyone, but writing your own vows can be amazing, so I am going to recommend it. The ceremony was a jewel and beating heart of everything about the wedding. When I would get overwhelmed at the production schedule in the lead up to the wedding – and even now, if I get caught up in the details of this and that when looking back, I just have to recall the ceremony and the meaning we put into it and any anxiety drops away.”
Edward Willoughby at Leos Fine Foods created a “cheese”wedding cake topped with edible flowers. Gülşen telling, “We chose the cheese for the cake which meant we had a lot of fun tasting cheeses at home before we had made up our minds. Good food, good wine and good music were most important. ”
Even the seating had its handmade touch, the bride telling, “An old tree was cut down on the property before the wedding and so Fergus and his brother and friends cut the wood into sections and created the stump seats for the ceremony, covered with op shop brought cushions and curtain material and nailed in so that they look like mushrooms. And also made some wooded coffee tables from the wood pieces and discs and we put three of them in the ‘smoking area’ at the reception.”
Gülşen tells, “For us marriage is about the social announcement to our nearest and dearest that we have decided to hang out together for the rest of our days. It is really a celebration of that and the vows that we have made to each other. It’s about celebrating love!”
Gülşen and Fergus handmade and organised so many of the details themselves – from buying and stringing fairy lights, borrowing table cloths and napkins, sourcing cushions, votives and fabric from op shops to style their day – the groom even made the dance floor.
Their family pitched in too – a friend’s mother made homemade cordial, Fergus’ brother built a sink frame for the washing up area, Gülşen’s mother and sister made napkins, friends lent glassware and pots and helped organise the favors.
Guests received handmade pottery cups by local artist Juliet Widows as favors adorned with tags that said “For You” written by friends and family the night before the wedding. Tables were adorned with potted succulents arranged by the bride and her friends in second hand tea cups sourced from op shops. Guests enjoyed dinner catered by Digging for Fire BBQ Kitchen.
“Fergus built the wooded dance floor with a couple of friends using palates and a bunch of material he purchased from Bunnings. He’s very clever.”
Gülşen remembers one of the funnier stories of the lead up to the wedding. “Two days before our wedding day my dad flew into Melbourne from Istanbul where he currently lives. He told me a few days before we has due to arrive that his flight got in to Melbourne at 2am. If I was to pick him up it would be a 1.30min drive to get there, then there’s the parking, the waiting, the driving back home, the catching up… We would be up from 12am till 5am for sure. I was also suffering a bit of a cold and needed rest so pulling an ‘all nighter’ wasn’t really an option for multiple reasons. So dad obligingly said he would check into a airport hotel and I said I would pick him up at 10am or similar. I went to bed and turned my phone off.
In the morning I turned to Fergus and he said I wonder how your dad is going and I turned on my phone. Then I saw this message from dad. “Hi honey its 5.30am and could not get a room at the airport hotels nor in downtown. I am in Dandenong right now with taxi looking for a motel and no luck as they are all closed till 7am so making friends with cab driver and waiting for something to open ha ha I don’t believe this honey”. I felt terrible! Dad didn’t even have our address. He just thought that we lived near Dandenong (we actually live in the Dandenongs but it sounds similar right?). Dad thought it was a great adventure though. He is so amazing. I called him and gave him our address and in 20mins or so he’s at our place was here with a big smile on his dial.”
The bride’s favourite parts of the day? “Fergus’ vows and the ceremony for me was the most amazing part of the day but additionally, our dance, and everyone else’s dancing was very fun which is really also a great credit to the band! Also, some of our friends (the ones who stayed really late) created a circle around us and sang to us before we all went to bed – that was also very special… so much special, the list goes on…”
Sugar Fed Leopards performed all night leading to the couple’s favourite memories of the night- the dancing!
Congratulations on your marriage Gülşen and Fergus! Thank you for sharing your story with us and and a big thank you to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s wedding with us!
Lucy and Pat chose the incredible sandstone building of the NSW Writers Centre as the backdrop for their French Picnic style wedding. After the ceremony in the gardens, guests feasted on a spectacular grazing table under the setting sun before dancing the night away! Weeligoh Photography captured all the joy and romance of the day.
“We actually met on our first day of high school, and were really good friends the whole way through school. But it wasn’t until our last day of year 12, when he realised we wouldn’t be seeing each other every day that Pat took the plunge and asked me out. And we ended up getting married exactly 7 years from that day!”
Lucy chose a gown by Felicitas Bridal and paired it with pale blue ballet flats from Witchery. She remembers, “I had a full tulle dress with a layer of sparkly tulle peeking through, so I shimmered in the sunlight. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and certainly got a lot of compliments on the day!”
On choosing the NSW Writers Centre as their wedding venue, Pat tells, “It was really important to us that our guests had no lag time between the ceremony and reception, so we decided to use the same venue for both. As soon as we walked through the stone doorway into the grounds of the NSW Writers’ Centre in Rozelle it felt like a secret garden, and we knew immediately that this was where we wanted to get married.” Lucy adding, “It was also great to have access to both the grounds and the Centre itself, so we had an inbuilt wet-weather plan!”
For her walk down the aisle, Lucy chose, “Welcome Home by Radical Face. It’s just a beautiful song that gives us shivers every time we listen to it.”
Jessykah Miles at Milestone & Coperformed the marriage ceremony. Lucy notes, “We loved our amazing vendors! They really worked so hard to listen to us, and what we wanted, and to turn that into a reality. We could never have done it without them!”
Pat tells one of the funnier memories of the day. “As we were rejoining the crowd after signing the marriage certificate, Lucy suddenly looked at me, terrified, and started whacking me with her flowers. It turned out that I had a spider crawling up my shirt, so she wasn’t just hitting me for no apparent reason!” Lucy explaining, “For some reason my dress was some kind of haven for insects, so there are a lot of photos of me and an army of helpers rifling through the 13 layers of tulle picking out sneaky flies!”
Lucy remembers, “One of my bridesmaids even flew out from NZ a week before the wedding to be our full-time extra pair of hands, calmer-downer, and cook!”
Of their photographer, Lucy remembers, “I’d been secretly reading Polka Dot Bride for a few months before we got engaged, and so as soon as we were engaged I knew where to look for our vendors! A few months later you featured an engagement shoot Weeli had done, and it was love at first sight! His photos were full of colour and light and smiles, and that was exactly what we wanted. Pat: He was so brilliant to work with, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. He came up with great ideas, but made sure that we were always in charge and comfortable with every photo. On the day, it felt like having another friend there (who happened to have a camera, and take amazing photos!), and true to his word, he stayed right until the last person left the dance floor. We can’t recommend him highly enough!”
The bouquets and bridal party flowers were arranged by Gemma Mehta (0452447462), the bride noting “The flowers were a pretty amazing feature. They were the only decoration we had, so after two 4:30am trips to the flower market our house was bursting with beautiful poppies and ranunculus that we arranged in jars that we’d had everyone we knew collecting for the past year! They really brought colour and life to the day.”
“We had giant pick up sticks and giant jenga for the (big) kids, and a photobooth with photos of our grandparents on their wedding days as the backdrop.”
Lucy remembers, “It was really important to both of us for the whole wedding to be true to us, so there were personal touches everywhere. My mum is a stylist, so she had a hand in just about every aspect of the day, and was really able to bring all of my muddled ideas into beautiful reality. We were going for a vintage French picnic kind of vibe, so had picnic blankets, and a spectacular grazing table put together by the amazing Violets and Vinegar team.”
Lucy tells “We made our own photobooth, did a lot of the flower buying/arranging ourselves, made the favours, and really the biggest job was coordinating the whole thing. Because we booked a venue that doesn’t offer package deals, we had to source and coordinate all of our own vendors – a tricky task, but one that I think was the key to the day being as perfect as it was.”
Pat remembers, “It really did take a village to pull the day off, and none of it would have been possible if we didn’t have all those people helping us make it all happen.”
Lucy loved, “Having so many of our friends and family involved in so many different aspects of the planning and setup. That really meant the world to us. Being able to look around and see everyone we love with us (and for once not needing to check my phone every 5 minutes, because everyone important was already there!”
Of their first dance, Lucy remembers, “We were pretty adamant not to have a traditional ‘first dance’, because we’re not very traditional, and neither was our wedding. So I think our first dance ended up being to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ with some very enthusiastic family members!” Pat adding “I think my uncle actually had the first dance!”
Congratulations on your marriage Lucy and Pat! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Weeligoh Photography for sharing today’s glorious wedding!
I have a rule at Polka Dot Bride, I only choose weddings to feature that really make my heart sing, that really connect with me and something about Amy and Daniel’s chic garden cafe wedding did just that. The bride’s aunty, a florist, set the scene with a stunning floral necklace, the couple walked down the aisle together and the bride’s aunty and uncle made homemade jam favors using fruit from the apricot tree in their backyard. Gold Hat Photography was there to capture the moments of the day,
Of their love story, Amy remembers, “We’re a teenage tryst that worked out well – really well. We went to the same school but didn’t really know one and other. In late 1998, when I was 16 and Daniel 18, Daniel joined the fresh produce team at Coles, West Gosford and that’s when things got going. When Daniel left to do his apprenticeship, I plotted to host a party as a reason to invite him out and see him again – a 300-strong crowd of high school revellers got wind of things and, while it worked to woo Daniel, I was never allowed another party (although the night provided enough debauchery to be shared around several wedding speeches!). That was 22 May 1999 and we’ve been together ever since and now live in London together.”
Amy’s florist mother (of The Wildflower Place) created the floral arrangements for the day. She notes, “All the flowers my Mum and her crew from The Wildflower Place created, were incredible – from the bridal party flowers to the styling and decoration of the arbour, chairs and reception venue. The bridesmaids had tight posies of Christmas bush and I had a mix of flannel flowers (my favourite) and sweet sixteen. As a family of floral professionals, my Aunt also made me a completely stunning necklace, also made from flannel flowers and sweet sixteen. Flannel flowers have always been my absolute favourite flower – I have a tattoo of one that my Mum actually drew, so needless to say there was an abundance of them on the day!”
Amy and Daniel were married at Centennial Parklands “We chose Centennial Park for the ceremony because of the gorgeous Melaleuca trees – at the ceremony site there’s this magic corridor of them and they have this amazing textured paper bark and the trunks form in these incredible clusters that I just love. There’s also a huge bat colony in the trees – Daniel has a strange love of bats, so they were a weirdly welcome addition to ceremony!”
Amy was met by Daniel part way down the aisle. “We walked down the aisle together to Eva Cassidy, Songbird. Absolute cheese, but we just love it and when performed by our acoustic guitarist and singer, it was a great stripped back rendition that we just loved. There was never a doubt that we’d buck tradition (quite a few times) and that I’d have Daniel walk me down the aisle. I didn’t fancy myself to be ‘given away’ and I also thought that having been together for so long that if anyone actually ‘owned’ me, then it most certainly was Daniel.”
Amy’s bridesmaids wore dresses from ASOS , Alexander McQueen andForever New The bride noting, “Keeping things individual and personal was something we tried hard to do – even with the bridesmaid’s dresses and shoes, we didn’t want them to look like twins because they’re all so different. We charged them with finding their own knee length white dresses and gold shoes and they did a wicked job and looked fabulous.”
“We wrote our ceremony and vows ourselves, with help from our celebrant. It meant the whole thing felt like us. The celebrant (Jo McErvale) is also our bridesmaid’s mum and we’ve known for her years – it made it all the more special to have someone close to us officiate our marriage.”
“By far the best bit was having almost all of our favourite people on the same side of the world in the one place at the one time. Having lived in London for almost 7 years now we couldn’t imagine having a wedding without at least some of the people that we’ve spent all our time with in recent years. We’re so grateful to all our friends who traveled from London to share in our big day – it just wouldn’t have been the same without them. As luck would have it, many of our British friends have moved to Australia in the past 6 months, so we already had a posse of poms waiting for us.”
Amy notes, “The wedding was very relaxed and made the most of being in Sydney for summer – it was a kind of botanical wonderland meets urban-esque country fete (stay with me…). There’s really no other way to explain it – just had loads of things we love.”
Of their photographer, Amy notes, “Our photographer, Mark at Gold Hat Photography, was an absolute legend. We grabbed a coffee with him in Bondi when we were back in Sydney in February for another friend’s wedding and gave him the job on the spot. He was really laid back, personable, professional and not only ‘got’ what we wanted (which I think was a challenge in itself) but seemed to be genuinely excited in helping us capture it. For the most part we barely knew he was there – I look back on the photos and think ‘how did you get that one, I didn’t even see you there?!’ – totally unobtrusive but always there to capture the best moments. Plus he’s REALLY tall, which helps eliminate any double chins ”
“My something old, borrowed and blue was an incredible rose gold bracelet with an aquamarine that belonged to my great grandmother. It was her wedding present from her husband in 1916 that he gave her before going to war and being KIA, having never met his son / my grandfather. It’s not only an amazing piece that I absolutely love, but it was incredible to have wear something so personal and with such history.”
“The Grounds of Alexandria set a perfect reception scene for us – by day it’s a classic outdoorsy café with amazing lush gardens everywhere – just the kind of place we love and miss about Australia. Given we were organising from afar, we booked and paid for both venues before we actually saw them – there was a lot of online image searching, sending friends/family on ‘reccees’ and finger crossing going on but we couldn’t have been happier with both venues. Since we saw The Grounds in February they’d constructed this amazing long arch of fairy lights – it was totally dreamy and we decided to forgo the normal space they use for the dance floor and just use the space under the arch. It was incredible.”
All of table names were also the botanical names of some of the main flowers used on the day – Ceratolpetalum, Actinotus, Anigozanthos, Eucalyptus and Bracteantha. The style of the ceremony and reception was by Little Lane Events along with blooms by the bride’s mother.
Amy tells, “Daniel I wrote out everyone’s table place cards on amazing gum leaves Mum sourced too. My sister also made some incredible kids activity packs for all my little nieces (flower girls) and nephew – she made crosswords and find-a-words with questions and words about Daniel and me and made sure they had enough sugary snacks to be bouncing off the walls well into the depths of the evening.” The guests’ favors was homemade jam made by the bride’s aunty and uncle from their backyard apricot tree.
Amy tells, “Two of our best friends (also Aussies living in London) were married in Sydney 3 weeks before us and we were unable to make it to each other’s weddings, which was really hard for us all. The bride had secretly sent her parents along to represent them, which brought us both to tears as soon as we saw them.”
Amy remembers, “I loved the variety of speeches we had and that because we’ve been one big family for years now, all of our speechmakers shared stories about the both of us. It wasn’t really ‘bride side’ and ‘groom side’ speeches, everyone already knew us both so well.”
Amy remembers, “The night before the wedding I got laryngitis, leaving me with barely any voice. Adrenaline, Prosecco and cup after cup of lemon and ginger tea from The Grounds thankfully got me through. Pretty much nothing can get you down on your wedding day!”
Of their first dance, Amy tells, “Given we’ve been together for 15.5 years already and a wedding is just one day (before many more) we wanted to savour as many moments in the lead up as possible. Without a rhythm between us, we decided to get some dance lessons – nothing to create a YouTube sensation, but just something we could spend time doing together in the weeks leading up that would be a bit of a surprise to our family and friends. We arranged for private lessons with Emer Walsh at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden to help us piece together a dance to Coldplay’s Magic. We were utterly terrified but Emer was fabulous and within four lessons, some bruised toes and a lot of practice sessions we had a 3 minute dance down pat (sort of).”
Congratulations on your marriage Amy & Daniel! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Gold Hat Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.