Navy has become the new black and what better way to celebrate than with a navy wedding invitation roundup?
Navy is such a versatile tone to use at your wedding. From the deepest of navy blues with sparkling silvers or coppers for a formal affair. Paired with lilacs and peaches for a sweet Spring celebration, lime green and orange for a tropical, sunshine fete feel, red for a seaside celebration or at its best – paired with simple crisp white for a simple and chic look.
I asked some of my favourite invitation designers to share their own favourite navy wedding invitations and they packed this roundup full with everything from letterpress beauties, to nautical inspired creations, tropical suites, simple and chic styles and plenty of proof that your invitations, and your wedding are only limited by your imagination.
There is such a sense of joy around Zoe and Mark’s quirky café wedding. The duo chose a café that had a beautiful courtyard garden sheltered by a Manchurian pear tree. By day the space was the perfect place for a garden ceremony. By night, as it was lit up, it made the perfect space for a outdoor wedding reception. The bride and groom’s fun personalities so very clear throughout each moment of the day. Photography by Sarah J was there to photograph it all.
Zoe and Mark tell the story of how they came to be. “We met at a trashy pub in Adelaide. Totally not somewhere you’d expect to meet your future husband. I was there to see a band and Mark was having a drink with a friend. A rather intoxicated Mark asked for my number. I didn’t think much of it at the time but less than a week later he called and asked me out. I’d never been on an actual date before so I thought, ‘why not?’
From that first date it just felt right and we’ve been together ever since. Mark took me to a restaurant that we had been to on one of our first dates. It was a special place for us because I had told him that it was there, sitting across from him at that restaurant, that I’d realised I’d found my life partner. At the end of what seemed liked a normal dinner he got down on one knee and proposed in front of everyone. It was totally unexpected. I love Mark’s sensitivity and his ability to love completely. He is always positive and kind. He is genuinely the best type of human.” Mark adds, “I love that Zoe is caring, supportive, honest and funny. Every moment is better with her in it.”
Zoe wore a gown from The Ultimate Bride, telling, “Finding the right dress was difficult. I originally wanted something vintage but I was open to anything. After exhausting the usual places in Adelaide, I went to Melbourne. I tried on what felt like a million dresses, none were right. Then a couple of months before the wedding I went into a small bridal shop near my work, totally not expecting to find anything. And there it was. It looked nice on the hanger, but when I put it on I fell in love. It was perfect.”
Zoe and Mark chose The Tin Cat Café for their reception, noting, “We had both the ceremony and reception at The Tin Cat Café, a restaurant and gallery set in a historic Victorian terrace. I immediately fell in love with its vintage décor and quirky vibe. The selling point though was the outdoor area with its beautiful Manchurian pear tree that created a magical canopy of leaves over most of the space. We said our vows under the tree and at night the same area became the dance floor. It was perfect. The manager Claire was an absolute legend. She went above and beyond to ensure everything ran smoothly and that I was happy.”
Zoe remembers, “The amazing Frank Loves Joan provided the tunes for the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to her version of ‘I wanna grow old with you’, (originally from The Wedding Singer), which was accompanied by her acoustic guitar.”
Of their photographer, Zoe remarks “Having great photos to remember the day was really important to me, so I did my research. I found Photography by Sarah J through the Polka Dot Bride blog and fell in love with her photography style. I positively had to have her. She’s based in Bendigo so we met her for the first time the night before the wedding. I instantly felt at ease with her. She made the whole experience fun and the photos she produced were absolutely stunning. What more could you want?”
Illume Flowers created the floral arrangements for the day, the bride telling, “One of my favorite details was the decoration of the Manchurian pear tree, which was the centre point of everything. We hung red flowers in small jars and bottles from the branches as well as festoon lights and randomly dropping Edison bulbs. It created a beautiful setting for the day and night.”
“Claire and Nic from Bulb Lighting did an amazing job lighting the outdoor area. They draped festoon lights with Edison bulbs throughout the trees and under the pergola. We danced under the beautiful warm glow it created. It definitely took the space to next level of awesomeness.”
“The only DIY element was the wedding favors, which were jars of home made tangy apricot jam with personalized ‘spread the love’ labels.”
Zoe remembers, “A highlight of the day was my Poppy’s, (granddad’s), speech. In front of everyone, he told us the secret to a good marriage… ‘Men make the money, women look after the man’s belly and everything that hangs below it’. Highly awkward and totally hilarious! ”
Zoe tells, “Our very informal first dance was to ‘Dancing cheek to cheek’ by Fred Astaire.”
The Smile Factory Film created a film of the day, the bride noting, “Our videographer Thomas from The Smile Factory Film was awesome. He managed to capture all the important moments as well as the overall vibe of the day. The first time I watched the video I cried, it’s just that beautiful. It’s something we’ll treasure forever.”
Congratulations Zoe and Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Photography by Sarah J for sharing today’s wedding celebration!
Everyone loves a wedding under the stars. Lit with fairy lights and festoons, balmy air and a drink in hand it makes for the most magical of wedding receptions. Today I’m diving into the city of Sydney and rounding up ten Sydney outdoor reception venues you’ll love.
From big beautiful decks. urban city rooftops, gorgeous gardens and just about everything in between, these spaces welcome outdoor receptions. Let me know which spaces I’ve missed so I can add them to the list!
Why not hire your own private island for your wedding? Rodd Island has beautiful flat lawns for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located in Iron Cove off Birkenhead Point, the island has a dance hall and two Summer houses and can hold a maximum of 100 guests.
The NSW Writers Centre is a beautiful restored Georgian mansion with incredible gardens. With that combination it makes for a beautiful wedding venue. Various rooms can be hired, but my favourite, the gardens and verandah are available for hire too- a beautiful outdoor wedding space.
Brand new on the wedding scene, Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay can hold cocktail receptions in its French Provincial styled courtyard (also available for ceremonies and pre-dinner drinks). The space can hold 60 guests for a cocktail style reception. I love the thought of this space for an elegant evening under the stars.
Located right on the water Beachside Dojo’s Sunrise Dojo is a Japanese inspired space with views right over Manly Beach . Sunrise Dojo seats 150 with an open split level balcony that is private to the space. Get the best of the beach-side vibe with starlit receptions complete with sea breezes.
Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant has such a charm to it and makes a beautiful outdoor garden wedding venue. Garden ceremonies and cocktail receptions can be held in the beautiful lawns of this historic cottage against beautiful water views.
Lion Gate Lodge is usually used for ceremonies, but it can make a great reception space too with its secret garden vibe. The venue can seat 60 guests banquet style outside or 150 guests in the garden, building and covered courtyard.
Long tables by the water your style of wedding? Avalon Sailing Club might just be the venue for you. The deck is 220 square metres large, made of beautiful weathered timber and as versatile as you want it to be. The adjoining clubhouse can accommodate 90 guests and makes a great wet weather back up.
Located right in the city, The Residences, Centennial Park are a set of beautiful heritage listed homes with beautiful gardens fit a ceremony and reception. The venue prides itself on being flexible- not bound to one supplier or one style of wedding. So not only do you get the houses for hire with plenty of room for getting ready, but also the flexibility to explore an incredible outdoor wedding reception.
The Boathouse Palm Beach gives weddings the freedom of the wharf and deck situated right on Pittwater. The perfect place to be as the sun sets, the space can hold 150 guests for a canape cocktail style event allowing guests to enjoy the waterside breeze and views.
For something completely modern with undoubtedly some of the best views in Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sculpture Terrace ticks all the boxes. The space can seat 160 or hold 200 guests for a cocktail occasion and has views over both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Another island for weddings is the beautiful Shark Island. Holding up to 500 people (though any event over 100 guests requires the island be hired exclusively) the island is located 1km from Rose Bay and has beautiful harbour views (including of the Sydney Harbour bridge!)
Lindesay House, a stunning 1830s mansion is protected by the National Trust. it stands to reason than that the historic feel is not only beautiful, but momentous. The venue as a whole has a capacity of 100 with beautiful manicured gardens and Sydney harbour views.
Could there be a more beautiful spot to dine than between the sandstone walls of The Mint? This historic building houses many spaces for a wedding, but the raised lawn might be my favourite for ceremonies and receptions.
There is a modern feel to Bec and Anthony’s wedding day. The couple chose the National Gallery of Australia and with its bold architecture and floor to ceiling glass windows, it was a modern setting for a very love filled day. The couple chose Anthea and Lyndon Film and Photography to capture their day!
Bec tells the story of how they came to be. “We met in high school and have been together since we were 16 years old. We are best friends and have grown up together.”
Bec found her wedding dress at Brides of Manuka. She tells, “The wedding was planned for mid-Summer so I wanted the dress to be light and airy, and I wanted to wear it comfortably all night. I had arranged to go to three different dress shops to find “the one” but it ended up being one of the first I tried – I couldn’t stop looking at myself in it and it was so easy to wear – I knew I would be comparing every other dress to it so I just gave up looking after it.”
Bec and Anthony chose National Gallery of Australia for their wedding, noting, “We wanted a venue that could host both the ceremony and reception so that our guests did not have to travel in between the two. The National Gallery of Australia was the perfect fit because it really captured both the garden style we wanted for the ceremony but also the classic sleek lines we liked for the reception. We love the architecture of the NGA so we didn’t need to go overboard with the decorating.” Bec walked down the aisle to The Wedding Song by Angus and Julia Stone.
“It bucketed rain for about 20 minutes before the ceremony started – I had to do two laps of the venue in the bridal car waiting for the rain to pass. We had to go with our wet-weather option but it was still amazing.”
Gina Callan officiated the ceremony, Bec remembering, “We wanted the ceremony to be short but sweet – we aren’t all that “showy” and generally don’t like the attention, so we didn’t want to put too much pressure on each other at the ceremony.
Because we didn’t have too many more inclusions such as readings, the celebrant suggested we have a longer introduction, and as we had friends and family there that we had met along the 10 years that we had been together, we thought it would be a great way to highlight some of the best times we have shared together and with friends so far, and to share our aspirations for our relationship ahead. It really set the tone for the rest of the day – a celebration of how far we’ve come and how strong our relationship is and how excited we are to share our lives together.”
“Sitting with Gina and talking about what marriage meant to us was a bit of an eye-opener because before that meeting it really felt like we were just planning a big party – I know it made it all the more real for me – I didn’t know how much planning went into the ceremony! It was a nice part of the process – to reflect on what it was all about.”
Of their photographers, Bec tells, “Anthea and Lyndon are a photography and filmmaking team. They take a documentary style approach to photography, and their wedding films are emotive and cinematic. Anthea and Lyndon are adventurers, dreamers, creative souls and partners – in business and in life. The thing they love most is when they meet couples as strangers, and end the wedding as friends. ”
Moxom and Whitney created the magnificent floral arrangements for the day, Bec explaining, “I wasn’t too pedantic about the decorating details – as the venue spoke for itself – but from the get-go I knew which florist I wanted (Moxom & Whitney) as I had been stalking their instagram feed for so long! Their flowers were amazing (everyone was talking about them) and provided some colour and flair against the concrete, wood and gold elements of the reception space.”
Bec remembers, “We had a bit of a balloon issue on the morning of the wedding – we ran out of helium for the letters V and E of the LOVE balloons – so my dad and I had to do an emergency trip to the helium supplier in the morning. I was so rushed after that to get everything ready to meet my maids at the hotel suite to get ready that I forgot to bring my wedding dress to the hotel! So a quick call to mum for a pretty important delivery was necessary. After that it was smooth sailing – but it was fun to tell the groom about all the morning drama while we were getting our photos taken – it made for some easy smiling and laughing for the photos anyway.”
Bec tells, “Anthony did a great job of his speech and made sure he acknowledged those that couldn’t make it (due to unavailability and those that had passed) but made a special mention to my grandmother – who was the only grandparent that made it on the day. It made her feel so special – she had an amazing time.”
Of the first dance, Bec tells, “We danced to 3 rounds and a sound – Blind Pilot. We had a few songs in mind but this song was sweet and it was nice to share a private moment. I listened to the song so much in the lead up to the wedding that I started miming the lyrics which was unintentional at the time but cute when I look back on it.”