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Jess & Craig’s Intimate Sydney Wedding

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Jess & Craig

It was a sunny Autumn day by the sea when Jess and Craig tied the knot. Captured by Lola Loves Charlie, the couple opted for a day that was, in their words, “Simple – just a big celebration with great food and great company!”. There was no fuss, but there were plenty of hurrahs, and we’re sharing them all with you today.

The newlyweds chose Little Bay Chapel for their wedding, noting “For the ceremony we wanted something intimate and beautiful. ”

The bride chose a long sleeve gown by Unbridaled by Dan Jones, remarking “My dress was elegant, simple, comfortable, me. It was made by a local Sydney designer – long sleeved, floor length silk georgette without any bells or whistles. Just gorgeous fabric and a timeless design.”

Of their photographer, Jess remembers “She felt like one of the guests, a lovely girl and exactly what we wanted for our day. We got lots of gorgeous candid shots.”

Celebrations continued at Three Blue Ducks, Jess remarking “We wanted a place where we would normally want to spend a Saturday night dinner with friends. We also wanted a place that had a good food ethic that offered hearty share plates.”

While the reception flowers were styled by family, the bride’s bouquet was created by Flowers For Freedom. Jess explains they are “a talented friend who runs a non-for-profit where flowers are charged at cost and all labour costs are donated to charity.”

Music was special for the couple, choosing “Hallelujah I Just Love Her So” by Ray Charles for the first dance and ‘Scenic World’ by Beirut for the processional.

Congratulations on your marriage Jess & Craig! Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Thank you also to Lola Loves Charlie for sharing today’s beautiful photos with us!

Photographer: Lola Loves Charlie / Bride's Dress: Unbridaled by Dan Jones / Groom's Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Groomsmen Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Accessories: Rhys Turner Jewellery / Hairstylist: Sloans North Sydney / Flowers: Flowers For Freedom / Ceremony Venue: Little Bay Chapel / Reception Venue: Three Blue Ducks / Wedding Ring: Rhys Turner Jewellery
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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Siempre via Stephanie & Daniil’s Dreamy Winery Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! We have a new patterned person joining us this week and I cannot wait to introduce you. The patterned family is growing and we’re so happy to have brand new sparkles! We have also been sharing plenty of gorgeous wedding content this week. The bride above? She’s a ballerina and had the most beautiful ballet shoe photos as part of her wedding day.

What else did we share this week? Let’s round it up!

We adored meeting Carissa as we explored her beautiful work in What Would They Know?

Loving Bec’s inspired words.

To the tropics! We explore Honeymoons in Paradise: Where To Go In August.

Over on Polka Dot Groom – the key to the perfect proposal.

5 Registry tips for brides & grooms from the pros.

Lush greenery and beautiful blooms – let’s explore gorgeous garden weddings.

See all the magic when ballet dancers tie the knot!

Let’s escape for a long weekend in Paris.

Love the urban chic groom style of Michael.

Loving this fun twine flower jar tutorial.

Sweet memories from groom James after his wedding day.

I think this spiked Jaffa hot chocolate recipe we came up with might be one of my favourite cold weather cocktails!

When the people with the knowledge share it, we love it. Check out these tips for finding your perfect venue.

Vera Wang is hosting a sample sale tomorrow at their Sydney showroom! Quick sticks to RSVP to verawang@ytd.com.au to peruse their amazing selection of gowns!

Don’t forget to register for The Epping Club bridal showcase! Held on August 17th from 12pm -9pm, the wedding venue will be filled with their favourite suppliers, decor ideas and wedding trends along with a gift if you pre-register! Register here.

Brides By Francesca are holding a Berta trunk show on the Gold Coast from the 11-13th August. Book your place to try on the beautiful Berta gowns and receive special in store promotions. Find more information here.

 

Our film of the week comes from the talented crew at Mermaid Creative Co. The wedding of Britt & Mitch was one we fell in love with when we featured it earlier this year, and it is so special to now see the film! The retro seaside vibes are what Summer days are made of.

10 Fun Seating Chart Displays

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For those of us celebrating our first meals as newlyweds with a sit-down dinner, there is one element that, if you’re setting our place cards for your guest,s is a necessity; your seating chart!

From wooden boards with sweet pegs to printed charts with beautifully painted watercolour details. click on through to see our roundup of 10 fun seating chart displays.

Bianca & Andrew’s Romantic Estate Wedding

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Bianca & Andrew

It was across a crowded bar that Andrew first spotted his future wife, a familiarity setting in when he realised he had met her many years before. Bianca. apparently also recognising Andrew, finding him on Facebook that very night. Their wedding, at the beautiful Coombe Melba Estate, was filled with so much joy and laughter than even their photographer, Motta Weddings had to ask the newlyweds to stop for a moment to get some different shots. I am so excited to share this one with you today.

The story continues a little like this. “Andrew thought Bianca adding him as a Facebook friend was her making the first move, so he sent her a reply saying “thanks for the add”, to get the conversation flowing. After a month with no response from Bianca on Facebook, Andrew made a second attempt by adding Bianca to a Facebook group named ‘lost my phone, give me your numbers’. Bianca was outraged that she was added to the group when they had never exchanged numbers or spoken properly, so she talked to him. It worked.

They hit it off right away and organised their first date, but after a few weeks of dating, Bianca went overseas for 10 weeks.

Bianca arrived back from her trip and the pair couldn’t wait to catch up and pick up where they left off. They went on one or two dates, after which Bianca decided they should slow down because she thought it was moving too quickly and that Andrew was “too nice”.

After weeks of no contact, Andrew and Bianca ran into each other in the crowd at the Penny Black. Later that year, Andrew and Bianca officially became a couple. Once official, their relationship moved rapidly and they quickly became a huge part of each other’s lives and families.”

The bride chose a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline from Mariana Hardwick, remarking “Dress shopping was fun but at times overwhelming. I found most wedding dresses to be unflattering (for me anyway). I tried on at least 10 dresses before finding this beautiful gown. When I put my dress on, I knew it was the one right away. It made me feel beautiful.”

Andrew and Bianca chose the beautiful Coombe Melba Estate for their wedding, noting “Coombe Melba Estate is a magical place. The food and wine are amazing, the gardens are beautiful and the restaurant is romantic. But these reasons aren’t why we selected Coombe. Being at Coombe makes you feel something special. When you’re there, you don’t want to leave.”

Of her walk down the aisle, Bianca remembers “The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to the Higher Love cover by James Morrison. We absolutely love this song, it gives you all the feels. My dad walked me down the aisle, which I was very grateful for. My dad was talking absolutely random words in the car on the way to the ceremony, to try and distract me as I was so nervous. I was about to vomit I was so nervous (not about getting married, about walking down the aisle in front of everyone).

“Even though it was the scariest part of the day, getting to the end of the aisle and hugging Andrew was just bliss. I was so nervous walking down the aisle, and having him there put me at ease. I also realised right there and then how big of a moment this was, and how excited I was to spend the rest of my life with Andrew.”

Mark Pobjoy officiated the vows, the bride noting “We wanted our ceremony to be romantic and personal, with minimal proceedings. We wanted to involve our families as much as possible. We asked for our parent’s blessing during the ceremony, as we wanted to include them in the proceedings. They are very special to us.”

 

“We will always be grateful for our family and friends being there. A lot of them came from afar to be there for us (from interstate and overseas).”

“We remember the photographer and videographer telling us to stop laughing so much because they already had so many shots of us laughing. We couldn’t take the smiles off our faces.

Alex was fantastic. We felt so awkward going into our photography time, but he was incredibly laid back and made us feel at ease.”

Sugar Bee Flowers styled the lush white and green arrangements of the day, Bianca remembering “I chose white roses, peonies, and hydrangeas, with lots of greenery. I wanted a huge full beautiful bunch of flowers, with a romantic wilderness vibe.”

“We put an Ipad on our presents table and asked our guests to film a wedding message. This was the best part of our wedding-hangover, listening to our friends and family pour out their hearts in the early hours of the morning. Very funny footage!”

The couple chose The White Tree to provide the entertainment for the night “There was so much dancing at our wedding. We loved dancing with our family and friends and having fun with everyone.

Bianca remarks “We wanted to make sure our guests had an incredible day. Everything we did in the lead up was to make sure that our family and friends had the best time. We cut down the number of people on tables to make sure people could talk to each other. We chose the package where all guests could choose their food on the day.

The wedding menu testing at Coombe Melba Estate was definitely our favourite part of the wedding planning. We shared nine courses and tried all of the wines. It was hard to make the final decision about our wedding menu, all of the food at Coombe is delicious.”

 

Of the first dance, the bride remembers “We chose “Say you won’t let go” by James Arthur. The lyrics fit our relationship to a tee, and they explain exactly what we want for our marriage moving forward.”

Congratulations on your marriage Andrew and Bianca! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Motta Weddings for sharing today’s stunning celebration with us!

Photographer: Motta Weddings / Cinematographer: Moon & Back Weddings / Bride's Dress: Mariana Hardwick / Bride's Shoes: Senso / Groom's Attire: David Jones / Groom's Shoes: David Jones / Groomsmen Attire: David Jones / Hairstylist: Stephanie Gardiner / Makeup Artist: Emma Jane Makeup / Flowers: Sugar Bee Flowers / Venue: Coombe Melba Estate / Ceremony Hire Items: The Small Things Co. / Ceremony Hire Items: The Hire Co / Ceremony Officiant: Mark Pobjoy / Ceremony Musicians: The White Tree / Band: The White Tree / Wedding Registry: Myer