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Adrian and Govind’s Colourful Mixed Culture Wedding

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 Govind & Adrian

Oh what a wedding I have for you today, this colourful mixed culture wedding brought together traditions and flavours of Australia, The Netherlands and India as two souls tied the knot. A surprise flash mob, personalised baking and even a visit from an ice cream cart turned this wedding day into something truly reflective of the fun personalities of Adrian and Govind. The day was photographed by Alan Moyle.

Of how they met, Adrian tells, “We met online (before iPhones were invented) and then enjoyed six wonderful years together. In 2013 Govind proposed with two antique rings in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower whilst we were having a picnic.”

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Adrian and Govind chose Fairfield Amphitheatre for their wedding, telling, “Fairfield Amphitheatre is a beautiful natural backdrop for a wedding. The river and the trees remind us we’re in Australia; and in an amphitheatre, everyone gets a great view!”

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“Our wedding theme was “threads”, based on a quote from Simone Signoret: “Laws do not hold a marriage together. It is the threads, hundreds of tiny threads sewn by two people, their families and their friends together through the years”. We used coloured woollen threads (yarn) on our invitations and on snack bags at the ceremony. The snack bags celebrated our mixed cultural heritage through food, and included an Australian, Dutch and Indian biscuit.”

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Adrian and Govind walked down the aisle to, ” ‘Opening’ by Philip Glass, played on piano by Rhys, one of our Best Men.”

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When giving advice to couples yet to tie the knot Adrian and Govind advise, “What does a wedding and marriage mean to you? Question normative assumptions and do it your way. We couldn’t sign a marriage certificate at our wedding. And that is an embarrassment to Australia. But we actually felt blessed, because it meant that we had to dissect and decide ‘what is marriage and a wedding, to us’. We found that process so beautiful and our relationship grew in the process.”

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The grooms were dressed by Manyavar for their ceremony noting, “Our clothing was reflective of our mixed cultures and their aesthetics. At the ceremony we wore Indian clothes but in black and white (Western) colours.”

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Adrian and Govind wrote their ceremony to make sure it was very symbolic of not only their culture but their life and beliefs together. They tell, “At the ceremony we performed a special Indian ritual which involved lighting a fire, holding hands and walking around the fire taking seven slow steps in synchrony with each other as we contemplate seven prayers for our married life. We also performed a ritual, which involved us tying a sacred thread around each other’s necks. It signified the union of our minds, spirits and bodies. We tied the first knot for each other. Our sisters tied the second and third knots, signifying our becoming part of each other’s families.”

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Adrian tells, “Our close friend Anita played a Carnatic (Southern Indian classical) violin piece whilst we took our first steps as married men around the spiritual fire. Fiona, our Best Woman, sang “What a Wonderful World” while we signed our documents. For us, the words in that song capture the almost deliriously happy feeling that came over us in our ceremony. Having live music from our close friends added an incredibly special element.”

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The bridesmaids wore purple and gold saris from Lulu Sarees.

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Of their photographer, Adrian tells, “Alan is a lovely guy, who takes amazing photos. People came up to us after the wedding saying “that photographer was so nice”. We picked him for his ability to capture just that right second, which later tells a story; and for the way he composes pictures – balancing objects and people to create impact.”colourful mixed culture wedding0056colourful mixed culture wedding0077

Switching it up for the reception, the grooms changed to Jack London outfits noting,  “At the reception we wore Western clothes, but in typically Indian (bright red and blue) colours.”

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A surprise flash mob greeted the newlyweds at their reception, Adrian remembering, “We had so much fun! Early in the reception, before we arrived, our brideless party and close friends started a flash-mob! At first two of our friends jumped up (one onto her chair) and did a short Indian piece. Then, 13 people joined them and did a Bollywood dance, much to everyone’s surprise! Then, they jumped out-of-the-way and we came running in – and did our first dance together.”

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Adrian and Govind chose Two Ton Max for their reception, telling, “TwoTonMax is a transformed warehouse on a back-street in North Melbourne. The polished concrete, steel beams and open space made it the perfect blank canvas for us to personalise for a big party.”

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“We did everything our own way. The ceremony was meaningful and solemn. We kept the laughs and partying to the reception. We surprised our guests! We kept most of the details to ourselves while we planned, knowing that the impact would be more special that way.”

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“After our parents’ speeches, we surprised them by playing video footage and photos from their weddings. We converted old 8mm film and edited a little highlights video. We wanted to honour what we see as inspiring marriages. At the very start of the reception we screened a video showing footage of us as babies, children and then adults together. It was our way of telling “our story” but in a different form.”

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Adrian and Govind particularly loved the speeches. “We loved the thoughtful and touching words from our family and friends in speeches. We made sure we gave enough time for this special part of the night. It was very personal.”

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Tables were dotted with flowers arranged by family – the grooms telling, “We bought mixed flowers from our local fruit and veg shop. Our sister-in-law and her husband arranged them beautifully in small glass jars on the tables. It gave a beautiful and relaxed look to the venue.” Place cards were personally created by the couple. “Instead of place-name cards, we drew on a small ceramic tiles. For each guest we put the person’s name and a drawing, which typified them or reminded them of something we’d shared together. Everyone seemed excited to see the personalised tile and it was a great conversation starter between guests.”

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Adrian tells, “At our reception we made a photo installation. We collected a photo of every guest, bringing back a memory that we shared with them, and suspended them from coloured threads. Our guests wrote messages on the back for us, and had fun finding their photo and talking about the stories behind them.”

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A surprise visit from ice cream cart Bianco Latte had everyone excited. “Everyone loves gelato; especially on a hot February night! So we got Bianco Latte to roll their gelato cart into TwoTonMax later in the night. It was a huge hit!”

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Adrian adds “We wanted to add as many personal touches as we could. We made chocolate coconut balls as a little snack for everyone. We love cooking and it didn’t seem right to have such a big party without cooking something for our guests.”

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La Divina Providencia kept the dance floor grooving, Adrian noting, “La Divina Providencia played beautiful Columbian and Latin American music. They really got everyone up dancing! We first heard them in a local bar in Brunswick and booked them immediately!”

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The farewell was the perfect ending to the big day. “At the end of the night, we assembled everyone on the street outside and our guests lit giant sparklers. Then, much to everyone’s surprise, we jumped on our bike and we dinked each other home!”

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The icing on today’s wedding cake is of course a video. The surprise flash mob entrance was caught on film and it will have you smiling from ear to ear!

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Congratulations Adrian and Govind! Thank you for sharing your celebration with us. Thank you also to Alan Moyle for sending this fun day our way.

Photographer: Alan Moyle / Groom’s Attire: (Ceremony) Manyavar / Groom’s Attire: (Reception) Jack London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu Sarees (India) / Bridesmaid Accessories: Vadaamalar / Flowers: The Couple / Ceremony Venue: Fairfield Amphitheatre / Ceremony Officiant: Terese (Friend) / Ceremony Musicians: Rhys, Fiona and Anita (Friends) / Reception Venue: Two Ton Max / Hire: Technical Events / Hire: Complete Function Hire / Band: La Divina Providencia / Catering: Fabulous Catering / Icecream Cart: Bianco Latte / Wedding Rings: Rebecca Pocock / Transport: Dyson’s Coaches
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Handmade Hairpieces by My Beaded Heart by Liron Cohen

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Liron Cohen, the woman behind My Beaded Heart by Liron Cohen, a designer based in Tel Aviv recently introduced her beautiful Spring Summer 2015 collection of handmade hair accessories. Each a beautiful option for a bride who wants something delicate and beautiful to go with her wedding day style.

Inspired by the delicacy of nature and Spring blossoms, Liron hand makes each piece using pearls, glass drops beads, crystals & Japanese beads.  Each piece has its own variations just as nature does to create a soft and romantic style. Beaded flowers, textured leaves, and softly woven vines are all echoed in beading and hand-woven crystal work. How beautiful these pieces would be in a garden wedding, echoing the natural surroundings.

My Beaded Heart by Liron Cohen is available via her Etsy store.

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Photographer: Rotem Barak / Hair / Make-Up: Suzi Ariel / Dresses: Shani Zimmerman

Cyle & Dan’s Romantic Mali Brae Farm Wedding

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Cyle & Dan

Today’s gorgeous couple chose a romantic Mali Brae Farm Wedding for their marriage celebrations. The bride, one of six children worked with her mum to style the entire occasion. An event which was not only warm and inviting but romantic, warm and full of rustic elegance.  They chose Michelle Fiona Photography to capture their wedding day.

Cyle tells the story of how they met. “We met via my brothers who introduced us at their home. It took over a year for us to get together, with some encouragement from the family – invitations to family events, sneaky candles on the table at dinner, etc. etc. Once we started dating, we knew we would marry and our love story continues from there.”

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The bride chose a gown and jewels from The Sposa Group.

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Cyle remembers, “I was ready early and eagerly waiting for guests to arrive so we could get married. When we thought the majority of the guests had arrived, we started the long walk from the cottage to the Pavilion. Along the way, we had to stop for guests to arrive and so the groom wouldn’t see us coming. Our page boy, my not quite two year old nephew, Jet, decided to play ‘she loves me, she loves me not’ with his button rose petals, letting them fall beautifully into the nearby pond, one by one. We tried to save the rose and were quite happy with our efforts (three petals left) when he decided to swing around a pole, do the splits on the gravel drive and when the family got him up, he ran straight at me and gave me a huge hug. We thought it was hilarious, despite the fact that we were a little dusty and his rose was destroyed before the wedding.”

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Cyle walked down the aisle to, “How he loves – Will Reagan and Laura Hackett from ‘Hold On,’ music inspired by Nefarious, the documentary.”

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The couple chose Mali Brae Farm  for their wedding, noting, “Mali Brae Farm is a rustic, elegant and cozy setting which provided venues for our ceremony – in the Pavilion, our Reception – in the dairy, accommodation in the original homestead and cottage, and spectacular gardens with a mix of Japanese lily ponds, French pear trees, gorgeous weeping willows, stone bridges, wild grass, gazebo, boat shed and jetty and the list goes on! Greg and Shelley Dark were the most amazing hosts. They worked tirelessly, they were generous and went above and beyond for us and our guests. Their property is just immaculate and they worked hard to complete their gorgeous Pavilion a few weeks before our wedding. We are so grateful to them.”

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“My groom and groomsmen decided to do a fun photo on the stone bridge. The best man, Trent, decided to punish the groom by grabbing his braces and flicking him – the photo shows it all. So funny.”

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Of their photographer, Cyle notes, “Michelle Fiona Photography shot incredibly beautiful photos effortlessly. She chased the warm winter light to get the very best shots and made us feel really relaxed. We enjoyed ourselves and even had time to watch the world go by as we sat at the edge of the lake.”

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Each guest received a handmade wedding favor, Cyle telling, “The bonboniere were hessian bags made by the bride and family. The thank you message was hand made from a personalised stamp onto recycled paper, and hand sewn with a vintage button selected from a collection from buttons we had inherited from both of our grandmothers. Inside was a bag of loose leaf ‘French Earl Grey’ tea, specially made by me, including a personalised thank you and ingredient sticker.”

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There were plenty of handmade details, Cyle telling, “We made our invitations, place cards, decorated the tables and set the flower arrangements. We also made all of the bonboniere and set the table for their display. My dad, Graham, made the wooden planter boxes to display the bonbons. My mum, Keren, made our amazing bouquets and button holes, and the table/decorations from fresh flowers, sourced from Thornton Brothers Roses in Thirlmere. We also hand made the decorative willow hearts hanging around the venue, from the creek near my parent’s home. We wove them and sprayed/decorated them to suit the style of the wedding. My mum and friend, Renata made our guest book for signing.”

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Sassy Catering catered dinner for the hungry guests.

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Of their first dance, Cyle remembers, “Our first dance was a lot of fun yet nerve wracking. As neither of us are dancers, we had a little help to waltz – or move to the music in a seeming waltz. We were determined to give it a serious go – the guests were very forgiving and laughed along with us, cheering and wolf whistling. We danced to Sting’s ‘When we Dance’ from his Symphonicities album.”

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The couple hired Adam Rogan from The Vintage Stylus to ensure dance floor shenanigans noting, “Our DJ was Adam Rogan from The Vintage Stylus. He did a fantastic job with the vinyl!”

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Congratulations Cyle and Dan! Thank you so much for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Michelle Fiona Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.

Photographer: Michelle Fiona Photography / Bride’s Dress: The Sposa Group / Bride’s Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Bride’s Jewelry: The Sposa Group / Groom’s Attire: Politix / Groom's Shoes: Zu Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Bridesmaid Dresses: JAM Woman / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Bridesmaid Accessories: JAM Woman / Hairstylist: Luxe Hair by Vanessa / Makeup Artist: Miranda Blackmore / Flowers: Thornton Brothers Roses / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade / Venue: Mali Brae Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor David Olsen / DJ: Adam Rogan from The Vintage Stylus / Catering: Sassy Catering / Cake Baker: Delaneys Cakes / Wedding Rings: Simons Jewellers

Tulle Bridesmaid Gowns From Twobirds Bridesmaid

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It’s no secret our readers love Twobirds Bridesmaid gowns. With so many different shaped bridesmaids it makes sense to choose a gown that can be worn in so many different ways to suit so many different body shapes.

The premise behind Twobirds Bridesmaid is simple. One gown, able to be tied fifteen different ways and now they’re adding to the options with the release of the “Tulle” collection.  While the original jersey fabric was always a popular choice, the addition of a tulle layer adds something different. Something romantic, something fluid, something dreamier.

As with the original Twobirds collection Tulle comes in a multitude of colours- from classic black and cream to soft pastel shades of lilac, petal, seafoam and darker tones like midnight, plum and dove.  As with the classic collection. Tulle gowns can be ordered in knee length or full length gowns and two size ranges of 6 – 14 and sizes 16 – 24. To add to the collection flowergirl dresses, matching groomsmen and page boy accessories are all available (and all made in Australia!).

Twobirds Bridesmaid can be ordered via the website or by making an appointment at the Surry Hills studio.

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If you need some inspiration, here are some of my favourite classic Twobirds looks we’ve featured over the years.

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Photo by Stephen Henry via Domonique and Nick

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Photo by Luke Going Photography via Fi and Pat’s Relaxed Beach Country Wedding

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Photo by Woodnote Photography via Liz and Tim’s Classic Australian Wedding

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

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Photo by David Henry via Jessica and James’ Waterside Relaxed Sydney Wedding

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Photo by Bradley Patrick for SugarLove Pictures via  Daniella & Vlado’s Raspberry Red Dual City Wedding

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