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Harriet & James’s Elegant Brisbane Hotel Wedding

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Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Harriet & James

If classic glamour is for you, then I know, hand on heart that today’s beautifully elegant Brisbane hotel wedding will take your breath away. Every detail was beautifully curated to the style of the day – from the bride’s beaded gown, the champagne tower to the intimate moments captured by  Stewart Ross. This is a celebration worthy of nothing less than a glass of your favourite bubbles.

The groom fills us in on how the happy couple came to meet. “We met at the Port Office Hotel eight years ago whilst celebrating with friends. We struggled to convince Harriet that both my friend and I were named ‘James.’”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

The bride wore a delicately beaded long sleeve chiffon gown created by Darb Bridal Couture.

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Harriet and James chose St Stephens Cathedral for their ceremony.

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

The bride walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon In D.

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Of their ceremony, Harriet and James note “The ceremony was kept relatively traditional, with readings selected by us to reflect our values of commitment, love, and humour.”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Of their photographer, Harriet and James rave “Stewart Ross was fantastic. From our first meeting, we knew he was our guy as he understood what we were looking for with regards to capturing the special day.”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

A formal reception followed the ceremony at the majestic Stamford Plaza, the couple working with white+white weddings and events  who planned and styled the stunning decor and details of the day.

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Each guest received a handmade favor, Harriet and James explaining “We made strawberry and vanilla jam for all of their guests to take home. We become masters in managing a ‘production line’ and learnt how to tie bows so that they sat ‘just right.’ We have to thank Laura Towers, Maid of Honour, for her expert advice in this area.”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Guests were welcomed by the site of a grand tree, from it, guests names hung on cards, directing them to their seat.

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

“We both love champagne, so a special effort was made to create a champagne tower to celebrate our arrival at the wedding reception.”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Of their first dance, the newlyweds remember “We decided to choreograph our first dance to Regina Spektor’s cover of John Lennon’s “Real Love”. In the weeks leading up to the big day, we took lessons from the fantastic and very patient Rebecca from Orchard’s Dance Studio in Fortitude Valley.”

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Brisbane Hotel Wedding | Photo by Steven Ross http://stewartross.com.au/

Matt Barwick Films worked with Harriet and James to capture this stunning film of their day, the couple noting “Matt was able to capture our day in a way we never imagined. The video cuts we viewed after the wedding day instantly brought the feelings experienced on the day itself.”

Congratulations Harriet and James! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Stewart Ross and white+white weddings and events  for sharing this Brisbane wedding with us!

Photographer: Stewart Ross / Cinematographer: Matt Barwick Films / Wedding Planner: white+white weddings and events / Styling: white+white weddings and events / Bride’s Dress: Darb Bridal Couture / Groom’s Attire: Wil Valor / Hairstylist: Twidale / Makeup Artist: Twidale / Invitations & Stationery: Invitation Station / Flowers: Bouquet Boutique / Ceremony Venue: St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane / Reception Venue: The Stamford Plaza / Rental Furniture: Amini Concepts / Rental Furniture: Epic Empire / Rental Furniture: Excel Hire / Rental Furniture: Hampton Event Hire / Lighting: AVI Weddings / Champagne Tower: The Main Event Weddings / Cake: Cakes Actually / Band: Rush Entertainment / Transportation: Limoso
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Polka Dot Christmas Gift Guide – For The Groom & Groomsmen

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Our second gift guide (see For The Bride & Bridesmaids) is all about gift ideas for the groom and groomsmen. I am always a fan of giving gifts you wouldn’t necessarily buy yourself so this year’s guide is full of the fun, the unusual, the whimsical and the necessities. From chic monochromatic cocktail kits, to decadent dark rum candles, a fun beer of the month club and even a keepsake box for those special trinkets. Some of these we own and love, others have come highly recommended!

Again we have made sure you can find the gifts easily by linking them below. Tell us – which is your pick?

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Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Classic BackpackFor The Love Of Meat Book by Matthew Evans, The Hudson Standard Shrub Set, Macchinetta Stovetop Espresso Maker, Williams Sonoma Moscow Mule Mug, MJ Bale Pavia Navy White Hankie, Peter Alexander I Do Men’s Boxer Shorts,  Hunting For George Shoe Shine Kit, Luckies Smartphone Projector, Aromatherapy Associates The Refinery Shave Oil, Urban Outfitters Monochromatic Bar Cocktail Shaker Set
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Northface Men’s Montana Etip Glove, James Said Bronson Box, Hunting For George Handsome Hands Manicure Kit, Country Road Open Weave Tribly, Marshall Kilburn Speaker,  Knomo Padstow Laptop Case, Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Candle, Neue Blvd La Cervesa Keyring, Gin The Manual Book by Dave Broom,  Shulbach Dutch shuffleboard, Byredo Mr Marvelous Colonge, Craft Cartel The Daredevil Beer Pack,  BBQ Buddy Smoker Box, Cocuan Leather Bike Toolkit Roll

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Hilary & Justin’s Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Hilary and Justin

If there was a beautiful way to spend a weekend afternoon, then I think Hilary and Justin’s romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens wedding is it. Captured by Fiona & Bobby Photography  everything about this intimate wedding is so very special. From the gorgeous garden setting, the casual reception (with cake and champagne!) and dancing as the sun faded away. What more could you ask for?

Hilary tells the story of how and Justin came to meet and eventually tie the knot. “I sent him an e-kiss on RSVP and he responded with a message. We met for our first date on the corner of George Street & Argyle Street in torrential rain and spent the night at Vivid Light Festival (needless to say we were pretty much the only people braving the rain).”

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Hilary and Justin were married at Royal Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden noting “We chose the gardens because we wanted an outdoor wedding with a gorgeous garden and an undercover option. I wanted flowers everywhere! The theme was garden party. The rose garden was bursting with flowers! And because of the time of year we were blessed with the late winter, early spring flowers; poppies and roses everywhere.”

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.comRomantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

The bride walked down the aisle to Ben Harper – Not Fire Not Ice (performed by Brock Lette).

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

The bride’s sister officiated the ceremony, Hilary explaining “It was really important to us that we had someone who knew us. When she spoke about us it was familiar and personal, making it extra special. We had a very small wedding; only 30 people (close family and friends). We wanted to focus on sharing the day with the closest people in our lives. The ceremony was held in the old sandstone pavilion in the Rose Garden. It added an old charm rustic element, and the garden was literally glowing around us. We wrote our own vows and made our own personal promises to each other.”

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Hilary chose a lace gown from Lover , noting “My dress was by Lover from their White Magick collection, purchased from their gorgeous Strand Arcade boutique store. I knew I didn’t want a typical traditional wedding dress. I wanted simple, elegant and plenty of beautiful lace. When I tried the dress on, I knew it was perfect.”

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

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Of their photographers, the newlyweds tell “They are INCREDIBLE. We stumbled across them in a wedding magazine. As soon as we first sat down with them over coffee we knew they were going to be our wedding photographers; it was like meeting old friends. They are two of the warmest people you will meet. We chose them because of their love and passion but their talent speaks for itself.”

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

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Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Guests celebrated with a cake from Viva Cupcakes and vegan canapes from Forte Catering & Events , the bride remarking “I created warmth in the old sandstone pavilion by adding soft furnishings; pastel velvet & cotton cushions, throws and big floor rugs. I set up little picnic areas around the garden for guests to enjoy. There were picnic rugs, baskets of flowers, cushions and picnic ‘breakfast’ trays.”

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The bride made each guest a candle as a wedding favor.

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Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.comRomantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

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Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Romantic Sydney Botanic Gardens Wedding | Photos by Fiona & Bobby http://fionaandbobby.com

Congratulations on your marriage Hilary and Justin! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Fiona & Bobby Photography for today’s stunning imagery.

Photographer: Fiona & Bobby Photography / Bride’s Dress: Lover / Bride’s Shoes: Roni Kantor / Groom’s Attire: MJ Bale / Venue: The Royal Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden / Hairstylist: Amy Chan / Catering: Forte Catering & Events / Musician: Brock Lette / Cake: Viva Cupcakes / Rental Furniture: Harbourside Decorators / Wedding Rings: Diamonds By Lauren

Genevieve & Chris’s Black Tie Country Wedding

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Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Genevieve & Chris

The magic of a wedding in the country never fails to get my heart excited and the stunning black tie country wedding of Genevieve and Chris, which the couple held on a family farm, allowed them that mix of elegant, chic sense of style with the beautiful country backdrop of hay bales and machinery sheds.  Nikki McCrone Photography capturing every photos we’re sharing today.

The bride, who wore a crystal crown and stunning long sleeve wedding gown, tells us the story of how the pair came to be. “We met at Falls Festival in Lorne for New Years 09/10 – our closest friends still tease us today about holding hands on the first day we met.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

The bride found her Houghton wedding gown at The Bridal Atelier. She remembers “I loved the experience and actually found my dress on the first visit. They were so helpful and a wonderful team to work with. After trying on about 8 different dresses I hadn’t found one that I loved so my consultant Candy asked if she could make a selection, she chose a Houghton NYC design and I fell in love with it! It is elegant and classy and had long sleeves with a boat neck, a silk column gown with open cut-out back and back slit. I paired it with a tulle skirt overlay, with a train which I wore for the ceremony and took off for the reception.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Genevieve walked down the aisle to the classic “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Robyn Ferrier officiated the wedding, the bride remembering “Our ceremony was all about love, it’s all you need. We wanted our friends and family to laugh with us and even shed some happy tears, which they did. It was a clear celebration of our lives together so far and the future to come. It was very relaxed, we even had the farm chickens roaming around the garden. We had 2 readings, one an extract from novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. We felt it was a wonderful piece that touched on what we wanted our wedding to be “one of those sweet, significant moments that leaves a footprint in your mind. A photograph couldn’t ever tell it’s story. It’s like something you have to live to understand”. We also had ‘People Are Like Cities’ by Hilary T Smith – it’s a beautiful quote about finding love and the best bits of each other, even the bits you might not are beautiful yourself.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

“We used my sister and brother-in-law’s farm, just out of Watchem in country Victoria. We had the ceremony on the back lawn, where we set up a random mix of seats and church pews and then had wheat coloured market umbrellas for shade. We made sure that our celebrant touched on our very first meeting in ‘our story’ within the ceremony. We love that story so much that we wanted to share it again.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

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Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Genevieve tells “I loved the wedding planning! I work in events so to me it was like the best job I’d ever been given! I think my favourite part of the planning was probably the week right before, the energy and excitement that started to rise was just amazing, it was finally time for the wedding! We also decided to paint my sister and brother in law’s house, that was a great weekend, my sister was so happy that her house was getting painted and it was a huge day of bonding with both our families.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

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Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Guests gathered in the machinery shed for the reception, Genevieve, who created a lot of the wedding decor herself, tells “So much of our wedding was DIY! We even cooked the meat for dinner! As we had a campground at the farm for a lot of our guests, we put together little survival packs for each camper, a little bag with water, Berocca, Panadol, ear plugs and an eye mask. As it was hot we also made little fans things for the ceremony, a little card with the bridal party names on sticks so people could fan themselves. All of our flowers/decorations on the tables we did ourselves, we had a lot of signs pointing people in the right direction which I painted on some scrap wood. We made a stage for the band and light covers to hang from the ceiling. We made the arch that we stood under in the ceremony. So yep, we did a lot of DIY.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Of their photographer, Genevieve remarks “We used the wonderful Nikki, of Nikki McCrone Photography and we couldn’t have been happier with her in every way! Nikki and I share a very special mutual friend and have know each other for a few years now. Chris and I were looking for someone who knew us as a couple so we had someone with a great understanding of our personalities and what we like. Nikki was exactly that, she was so professional leading up to and on the day. We love our photos; she’s done an amazing job capturing so many little things as well as the big ones!”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

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Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

Genevieve remembers ” Our first dance was to Vance Joy ‘Fire and the Flood’ – we chose this song really because of the line in it “Anywhere I go there you are” this really resonated with us as throughout our relationship Chris has worked away a lot. Even in the lead up to the wedding he was FIFO and this song was just a beautiful reminder that we’re everywhere together. We had lessons for our dance and on the night that all just went out the door and we basically forgot the whole thing! There was lots of laughing through the dance and in the end we were like let’s just end it! That’s actually one of my favourite memories, it was so funny.”

Black Tie Country Wedding | Photo by Nikki McCrone http://www.nikkimccrone.com.au/

“One story would have to be when at the end of the night the band played Horses by Daryl Braithwaite – a great song to get the crowd dancing – all of our guests formed a huge circle around us and sang along while we slow danced in the middle – I bawled my eyes out the whole time – it was the most incredible moment between the two of Chris and I, with our family and friends in a gigantic circle around us there was an amazing energy in the air.”

Congratulations on your marriage Genevieve and Chris! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nikki McCrone Photography  for sharing today’s celebration.

Photographer: Nikki McCrone Photography / Bride’s Dress: Houghton / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Atelier / Bride’s Shoes: Dorothy Perkins / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Crystal Eclipse Crown / Groom’s Attire: Institchu / Groom's Shoes: Myer / Groomsmen Attire: Institchu / Bridesmaid Dresses: Witchery / Bridesmaid Accessories: Nest Homewares / Hairstylist: Dcoco Hair Salon / Makeup Artist: Salon Mode / Flowers: Flowers By Alisha / Venue: Fairfield Farm, Watchem / Ceremony Hire Items: Breuer's Hire / Ceremony Officiant: Robyn Ferrier / Reception Hire Items: Breuer's Hire / Band: Whispers / Catering: Cafe Jaz / Food Truck: Gourmets Not a Flavour / Cake: Allison van Lint Wedding Cakes / Wedding Rings: Seahorse Boutique / Wedding Registry: David Jones
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