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Sionen and Dan’s Two Part Intimate Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Sionen and Dan

Sionen and Dan decided on a different kind of wedding format. With two parts! They said their vows with just their immediate family, celebrating with a wider circle of their friends and family just a week later. They chose Derek Bogart  to capture both of their wedding days!

Of how they came to be, Sionen tells, “We were high school sweet-hearts. We started dating at 15, and were married on our 12 year anniversary!”

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Sionen chose a knee length cream dress from Modcloth. The couple chose to get ready together, telling, “The days leading up to the ceremony meant a trip to the flower markets to purchase the flowers for both the wedding day and our reception. Sionen assembled her own bouquet for the ceremony as well as button holes for the men and flower bombs for the flower girls.”

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Glenn Oreilly styled the bride’s hair and makeup. She remembers “He is utterly amazing!”

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The couple were married in the Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens noting, “The ceremony day was our 12 year anniversary. After 12 years we couldn’t bear to remember a new date, so it was fitting!”

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Sionen walked down the aisle to a piano version of “Always with me” from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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Of their photographers Sionen says, ” Derek Bogart and his assistant Ritchie were amazing start to finish. Dedicated and high energy, they both worked tirelessly to get great shots, without ever feeling in the way or pushy. In fact many guests asked us if they were personal friends as they made such an effort to fit in with the flow. Most important to us was that they understood our vision, they listened and worked with us to execute it to perfection.”

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A week later, the reception celebrations began! The couple chose a separate reception with 90 guests at a special place, remembering, “We held it at our family farm known as “The Property, situated around 345km from Sydney in Taralga. We wanted to use this location as it holds a special meaning for us both. Over the 12 years of our relationship we have spent countless weekends and holidays there with the people we love. So it felt a fitting place to hold the celebrations. Dan’s father even went to the effort of building a new shed for us to use as the reception venue. Overcoming multiple challenges such as no electricity or mobile reception didn’t stop some 90 people making the trek out to party with us. Being so remote, we recruited an army of friends and family to help cook, decorate and set up using little to no vendors.”

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“Our wedding possibly took “DIY” to a whole a new level. Being passionate “doers”, we worked on everything from hand stitched bunting, flowers, invitations to food. Our philosophy was to focus on the details that mattered most to us and not get caught up in the “done thing”. This in turn meant that we had a hand in every element of the celebrations. We’ve probably missed something in the details that follow, but as we used no professional vendors (except for chair hire and our photographer of course!) every detail in these images was created by us.

The key to our courageous decision was to stick to our strong creative vision and prepare as much as possible so the day could be stress free for everyone to enjoy the celebrations. The bride being a professional graphic designer also proved to help immensely.”

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“The reception decorations followed suit, with Sionen and a team of friends and family creating the table decorations. In keeping with our desire to pre-prepare, we stuck with a selection of native flowers that were not only fitting with reception venue, but also hard wearing meaning they could be purchased a week in advance.

For the reception food we pre-prepared 20kgs of pulled pork that could simply be heated on the day and served. Although the intention was to be ‘minimal effort’ on the day, lunch would never have happened without the tireless work of our friends and family who set up and prepare lunch for everyone. Sionen is blessed with a Mum with infinite cooking talent who handmade jams and spreads for each and every person’s bonbonniere.”

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The newlyweds remember, “The decision to split the ceremony day from the reception day mean that all four of Sionen’s grand parents and Dan’s grandmother were able to attend, who otherwise would not have been able to make the trip. The decision also meant that the reception day didn’t include the added stresses of the ceremony and we were able to enjoy it more. Some might call is crazy, but by taking care of so many elements ourselves we created an event that was a true reflection of us.”

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Sionen and Dan created a three tier “cheese cake” with a topper made by the bride.

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Guests enjoyed lawn games as the couple had photographs taken.

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As the sun set, a big bonfire was lit, with the groom creating log stools – enough to make sure each guest had a seat!

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Congratulations Sionen and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Derek Bogart for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Derek Bogart / Bride’s Dress: Modcloth / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Hairstylist: Glenn Oreilly / Makeup Artist: Glenn Oreilly / Invitations & Stationery: Handmade by the bride / Ceremony Venue: Herb Garden, Sydney Botanic Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Regan Rodgers / Ceremony Musicians: Hayao Miyazaki / Reception Venue: "The Property", Family Farm in Taralga / Rental Furniture: Goulburn Hire / Catering: Bride/Brides Mum / Cake Baker: Bride and Groom / Wedding Rings: Chris Lewis
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Eleven Australian Rooftop Wedding Venues

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Lately, I’ve have been dreaming of rooftop wedding venues. A place where you can see the tallest buildings glittering with their lights as the sun sets, a place where it feels like you’re on top of the world. Which is of course, where you are once you’ve said your ‘I do’s’! So here’s a round up of some of my favourite rooftop wedding venues across Australia. Leave your favourites below!

Luminare

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What a view Melbourne venue Luminare has! It’s positively a Christmas tree! The decor inside has a neutral, modern feel, a terrace and the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the city skyline. The venue can hold 400 guests for a cocktail function or 250 guests for a sit down meal.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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A view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House is nothing to sneeze at and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia has got to have one of the best views of Sydney Harbour for a wedding reception! Enjoy cocktails under the stars as you soak in the views and celebrate your marriage. The “Sculpture Terrace” on level five can hold 160 guests for a sit down function or 200 for a cocktail event.

Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA)

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Art with a view? That’s what Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA) gives you with their roof terrace! It has a capacity for 200 (standing) or 160 (seated) and overlooks the Brisbane river and Brisbane city skyline.

Mon Bijou

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If you’re after something super modern then Melbourne’s Mon Bijou. From it’s mirror ceiling to it’s sophisticated French flair the venue has a penthouse event space but also includes an outdoor space with retractable roof. It’s right in the heart of the CBD so city views are spectacular from every vantage point. The venue can hold 70 guests for a cocktail function.

Qt Hotel Calypso Terrace

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Qt hotels are renowned for being hotels with a difference and the fifties vintage flair of Qt Hotel Gold Coast and their Calypso Terrace is certainly on point. Think wood decking, astro turf and plenty of bright designer furniture! The terrace can hold 200 guests for a cocktail function.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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The rooftop garden at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel might work for rooftop loving Adelaide couples. Two function rooms, which combined can hold 100 guests for a cocktail function open out onto the roof garden which overlooks Adelaide’s East End.

Tonic House Rooftop

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If marrying literally next to the skyscrapers tickles your fancy than popup venue Tonic House Rooftop might be for you. Managed by Larger Than Life Event Agency and located on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, this inner city venue can accommodate 300 guests and has endless scope for celebrations under the city lights and night time stars.

Burbury Hotel Terrace

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Canberra’s Burbury Hotel Terrace offers a 180 degree views over the Canberra skyline – including Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin. The terrace can accommodate 60 guests for a sit down dinner or 80 for a cocktail celebration.

Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace

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Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftoop Terrace overlooks the gorgeous views of New Farm. The indoor area adjoins an outdoor terrace which lets guests take in the view. The terrace can hold 80 guests for a sit down dinner and 150 for a cocktail function.

The Aviary – The Nest

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Overlooking Perth CBD, The Aviary – The Nest  is unique. Yes, it’s a bar first and foremost but with a bit of imagination could become a carefully considered space for your wedding. It has a capacity for 350 or can be broken into smaller spaces.

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If you’re not so much after the city view as you are for a seaside, star gazing night of revelry than Manly’s Wine Suites might be the venue you’re looking for. The Terrace Suites, which suit an outdoor ceremony, can hold between 40-150 guests and the Wine Suites, which overlook the water can hold up to 150 guests.

I’ll be honest, there’s plenty more where that came from! What are your favourites? What did I miss?

Tasha and Adam’s Modern Jewish Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings, Multicultural Weddings,

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Tasha and Adam

This modern Jewish wedding is such a feast for the eyes. From Tash’s incredible black and grey wedding gown, the stylish chuppah they married under, the incredible dancing, the sense of family and community that comes through every ritual of the day. Choosing St Kilda for their wedding festivities, photographer Joseph Koprek captured the day.

Kicking us off with how they met, Tash recalls, “We have always had the same circle of friends, but only got together after we finished school and have been together ever since. We were very close friends before anything happened and we haven’t looked back.”

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Tribal Rose created the floral arrangements for the day.

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Tahli of Chuppahs Of Melbourne provided the chuppah and coordinated the ceremony, which was held at St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

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For the processional, Tasha and Adam chose “Al Green – Let’s Stay Together “.

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Tash notes, “The best advice we were given was to stand back from everyone together, and just take it all in. The day/night flew by so quickly, had we not done this I would have been upset.”

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Of their photographer, Tasha remarks, “Joseph was fantastic and has an incredibly creative eye!”

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Michael Strownix from Where The Grass Is Green styled the wedding, which the couple held at Encore St Kilda. Tash remarking, “Encore was the perfect venue for us as we were able to create our own vibe and we loved that it wasn’t ‘reception’ looking in style to begin with.”

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Tasha remarks ,”We didn’t do a first dance, despite having a big wedding, we don’t like ‘all eyes on us’! The whole night revolved around dancing though, so there was plenty of it! ” The White Tree performed music for the ceremony and reception with DJ Mitchell Kurz leading the dancing until the wee hours.
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One of Tash’s favourite parts of the day were the cocktails – mojitos aplenty!

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It’s always fantastic to see a wedding in motion and C2 Video were chosen by Tash and Adam to capture their wedding film! It made me laugh and cry which is always the best when it comes to wedding films!

Congratulations Tasha and Adam! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Thank you to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s photos with us!

Photographer: Joseph Koprek / Cinematographer: C2 Video / Styling: Michael Strownix from Where The Grass Is Green / Groom’s Attire: Travellers Apparel / Bridesmaid Accessories: Mimco / Hairstylist: Charny from Living Dolls / Makeup Artist: Rhialyn & Maree from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry / Flowers: Tribal Rose / Ceremony Venue: St Kilda Botanical Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Rabbi Motty Liberow / Ceremony Musicians: The White Tree / Reception Venue: Encore St Kilda / Band: The White Tree / DJ: DJ Mitchell Kurz / Catering: Kosher Classique / Transport: JCG / Chuppah & Ceremony Coordinator: Tahli of Chuppahs Of Melbourne

Relaxed Summer Wedding Ideas

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Summer weddings in Australia are so much fun as this creative shoot at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel shows! Styled by Lisa Kelly Creative is packed with ideas for Summer weddings. From the beautiful addition of pineapples and pears, the semi naked wedding cake, the candles that glimmer and glow and the lush textures that embody the relaxed, light feeling of a Summer wedding!

Lisa Kelly Creative teamed up with  photographer Milque Photography & Films, cake designer All Things Sweet By Carissa , florist Art Of The Flower, calligrapher Written By Hand and added flameless candles from Love & Protect to style Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel up for a Summer wedding celebration.

Lisa tells, “Working with fresh white blooms and greenery the whole installation had to have an essence of Summer that Watson’s Bay, being harbour side is renowned for.”

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Guests are greeted by a welcome sign by Written By Hand, surrounded by the glow of Love & Protect  gold and white flameless candles and plenty of nods to Summer – driftwood, old glass buoys in nets and a simple piece of greenery with white blooms.

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Guests are greeted with fresh green pears tied with a calligraphy name tag by Written By Hand. A small handwritten thank you note adorns the napkin, tied with a deep green leaf.

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Vessels were filled with lemons and limes and surrounded by gold candles from Love & Protect to surround the semi naked cake from All Things Sweet By Carissa.

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The chairs of the most important guests were replaced with cane ones. Each adorned with plenty of greenery and white flowers and a wooden sign denoting the new married title.

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Fresh lemonade sits beside empty mason jars ready to be topped up.

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Venue: Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel / Photographer: Milque Photography & Films / Styling: Lisa Kelly Creative / Cake Baker: All Things Sweet By Carissa / Flameless Candles: Love & Protect / Handwritten Signage: Written By Hand / Flowers: Art Of The Flower
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