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Lauretta and James’ Handmade Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Lauretta & James

Lauretta and James wanted their wedding day to be reflective of them – relaxed, down to earth and a little quirky. So they headed to the country (Ararat and Wickliffe to be exact) and celebrated their marriage with a traditional country church ceremony and a farm reception. Each moment of the day carefully considered, each detail lovingly crafted and up-cycled to form their handmade country wedding day captured by Shannon McDonald Photography.

On how they met, the story goes a little like this. “James and Lauretta are high school sweethearts. One day I (Lauretta) remember saying to my friends “You know who I think is really good looking?………. James Brain.” We’d both had a bit of a ‘thing’ for each other for a while until James finally plucked up the courage to ask me out on the way back to the classrooms after lunch!”

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Lauretta got ready with her bridesmaids at home, remembering, “I loved spending the morning with my family and my best friend at home. It was so lovely and relaxing and my mum organised letters from my family for me to read and they are so special – that was just the beginning of the water works!”

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Lauretta chose an elegant white wedding gown by Clare Schreenan – Clasch Design, Ballarat with shoes from Gorman.

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Lauretta and James married at Ararat Catholic Church, somewhat of a family tradition! Lauretta remarking, “It was really lovely to be married in the church right next to our old high school. It was also the same church my mum and dad, grandparents and aunties and uncles were all married in.”

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Lauretta walked down the aisle to”Endless Summer” by Josh Pyke from Triple J’s ‘Like a Version’ session. She remembers,”I loved the trip to the church in the Kombi with my dad and my sister and walking in to the Church to see all our beautiful friends and family and waving to my girlfriends in the back row and seeing their happy faces. Dad was in a hurry to get down the aisle and didn’t want to wait for our cue in the music. Dad and I both welled up and I remember seeing James as a blurry vision and almost not being able to look at him as I tried to hold it together!”

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Lauretta notes, “We just had the BEST day!! It is a rare chance to have all of those you love together and thank and remind them how much they mean to you and to celebrate such a special day with. It truly was amazing – so full of so much love, laughter and happiness with all of those we love. We feel so lucky and thankful for all the help from our family, friends and all our wonderful vendors. It is so lovely to be married!”

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Of their photographer, Lauretta tells, “I had seen photos of a friend of a friend’s wedding that Shannon had photographed and I knew when we got married that I really wanted Shannon! Her photography has the perfect mix of quirkiness, fun and it looks really natural! We loved spending some quiet time with her having our portraits done. She was just a lovely calming presence on the day and we were just amazed at how wonderful our photos are. She captured all the special little moments so beautifully.”

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Celebrations continued on a family farm – Narrapumelap Homestead, Wickliffe. Lauretta remarking, “We were also very lucky to have our reception on James’s Grandparent’s farm in Wickliffe. The beautiful Narrapumelap homestead has been lovingly restored by James’ uncle Kevin.”

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“Guests were served Pimm’s cocktails in jars on arrival at the reception with games of croquet, bocce and badminton on the lawn (some very heated battles of croquet were played!”

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The handmade elements really came into their own during the reception. Lauretta noting, “We had so much fun planning and making things for our wedding. James was amazing – he made all of our signs, pizza boards and crates and my Mum, Nan and I made the bunting and picnic rugs and collected lots of jars!” Guests enjoyed a dinner of pizza and ice cream.

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The speeches ended the night beautifully, with the bride and groom holding them as their most precious of memories. Lauretta remarking, “At the reception we just loved the beautiful speeches which made us laugh and cry, especially my Dad’s speech as he acknowledged those in our family who are no longer with us in the most beautiful way. We loved crazy dancing with our friends and family and then reliving it all together as we drove to Dunkeld for our wedding night and feeling so happy and amazed at how perfect it all was!”

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“We wanted our first dance to be a bit of fun so we chose “Ho-Hey” by the Lumineers. We loved dancing on the grass in our little marquee but we definitely should have practiced our moves a little more!”

Congratulations on your marriage Lauretta and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Shannon McDonald Photography for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Shannon McDonald Photography / Styling: Genevieve Manley, Milk+Mock Styling / Bride’s Dress: Clare Schreenan - Clasch Design, Ballarat / Bride’s Shoes: Gorman / Groom’s Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Bridesmaid Dresses: Cue / Hairstylist: Amanda Stevens of Didjun Skin and Body, Halls Gap / Makeup Artist: Amanda Stevens of Didjun Skin and Body, Halls Gap / Flowers & Decor: Genevieve Manley, Milk+Mock Styling / Invitations & Stationery: Ribbon & Lace, Ballarat / Ceremony Venue: Ararat Catholic Church / Ceremony Officiant: Father Brendan Davey / Reception Venue: Narrapumelap Homestead, Wickliffe / Band: Blank Canvas, Ballarat / Catering: Georgina Senior-Hamilton / Cake Baker: Cake Bakeshop, Ballarat / Wedding Rings: NDV Design, Ballarat / Transport: Private Kombi
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Metallic Wedding Invitations

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Invitation “She Said Yes” by The Print Fairy

With the presence of gold and silver in weddings becoming more and more popular of late, I thought why not start at the beginning – the wedding invitation! Metallic wedding invitations can really set the scene. From modern and clean text on stark white, to whimsical and wavy fonts on coloured paper.  I love the luxe feel that gold foil gives, but I’m also loving the introducing of different metallic like coppers, silvers and rose golds.

Metallics, and their pairings can suit so many styles of weddings. From the touches of modern luxurious glamour, paired with stark white and plenty of sparkly, to a Gatbsy-esq vintage style. Or for something completely different, for a whimsical wedding with a touch of flair, pairing metallic with a beautiful mint green or coral orange.

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Invitation #1 “Tango” by Akimbo Stationery (photo by Kate Pardey), Invitation #2 “Tickled Pink” by Papier D’Amour, Invitation #3 “Day Of Dreams” by Bella Stationery Studio, Invitation #4  “Chevron Crush” by Alannah Rose Stationery, Invitation #5 “Deco Glam” by B Studio Wedding Invitations, Invitation #6 “Grand Occasion” by Stationery Couture, Invitation #7 “ Silver KK Luxe” by De La Mod Stationery, Invitation #8 “All That Glitters” by Alannah Rose Stationery

 

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Invitation #1 “Royal Gold Wedding Filigree” by Little Flamingo, Invitation #2 “Society Darling” by Stationery Couture, Invitation #3 “She Said Yes” by The Print Fairy, Invitation #4 “Sheer Indulgence” by Little Flamingo, Invitation #5″Golden Dream” by De La Mod Stationery, Invitation #6 “Perfectly Polka Dot” by Alannah Rose Stationery, Invitation #7 “Ski Club” by Fi Fy Fo Fum, Invitation #8 “Society Darling” by Stationery Couture

Emma and Mathew’s Sophisticated Country Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings

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Emma and Mathew

Emma and Mathew were certain of one thing when it came to their wedding plans – they wanted to weave their personalities, their special touch through every element of the wedding. Starting with the Yallingup location, a place where they had taken many trips together as a couple through to the custom gin bar, a nod towards their experience of a fantastic pop up gin bar in London, each element was carefully considered to be symbolic to their journey and resulted in a beautifully sophisticated country wedding captured by Natasja Kremers Photography.

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The couple chose Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings to plan and execute the wedding, Cathrin also put together the couple’s wedding stationery. Emma remarking, Cathrin, from CD Weddings brought our wedding to life. Her passion, creativity and energy was infectious and along with her years of experience and impeccable work ethic she made creating our perfect day look effortless. She became a dear friend and we could not speak more highly of the magic she creates for her clients.”

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Emma chose a tulle ballgown from :e’lkemi with Scanlan Theodore shoes and jewels from Artistic Alloys and Rosendorff Diamond Jewellers.

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Zinnia Floral Designs created the incredible floral arrangements for the day.

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St Thomas More, Margaret River was chosen for the ceremony, Emma telling “We were married at the stunning St Thomas Moore Church in Margaret River. There is a sacredness about it; a tranquility and lightness that made the church feel warm and familiar. We loved the stone bricked walls and how the light fell in the chapel through stained glass windows.”

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Emma remembers, “Our guests were seated to Beyonce’s Smash into you. My bridesmaid’s procession was to James Vincent McMorrow’s Higher Love and I walked down the aisle to The XX’s song Angels.”

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“Our family and friends and the love they shared for us that day was just incredible and it was for this reason our wedding was an experience that will be treasured and held dear to our hearts for the rest of our days.”

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Of their decision to marry in Yallingup, Emma remarks “Our wedding was in Yallingup, in Western Australia’s South West. We had taken many short trips there throughout our relationship and always felt there was something incredibly special about the region. It provided us the wedding backdrop of our dreams where all the country elements of luscious forests, amazing food and delicious wine with a beautifully relaxing and secluded atmosphere come together.”

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Emma’s bridesmaids wore floor length gowns by Steph Audino.

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Of their photographer, Emma notes, “Natasja Kremers’ photos have always taken our breath away. She captures lighting and life so perfectly with her candid and relaxed style of photography. We felt a connection with her as soon as we met her. When we received our photos it was like being able to relive the day all over again as she captured the most intimate and memorable moments.”

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The couple served a custom designed gin cocktail menu to their guests for pre dinner drinks, Emma explains “When Mat and I were traveling in Europe we stumbled along a pop up gin bar in the middle of Hyde Park in London. We fell in love with the concept and wanted to share the experience with our guests. We set up our gin bar in the garden outside our marquee and personalised it with our own Gin inspired cocktail menu.”

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“We had some quirky signs up around the reception venue, which portrayed our style. We really wanted our guests to come in relaxed and ready for a party. Our favourite was our Gin Bar drinks menu sign and “if you’re crashing this party, you better be funny”. We also used two rustic ladders to create a line for Polaroid photos to be taken by our guests with props and hung up for everyone to see.”

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Chandeliers on Abbey was the ultimate location for Emma and Mathew’s sophisticated country wedding, Emma explaining, “Our reception was set over an acre at Chandelier’s On Abbey in Yallingyup. We fell in love with Chandelier’s sprawling the cottage garden as soon as we first set our eyes on it with lillypilly trees, camellias and luscious lawns it was the perfect setting. Amongst the garden was the farm’s original barn restored to its former beauty and provided the perfect backdrop for our pianist to play the first songs of the night while our guests enjoyed refreshments post the ceremony. As the sun set the garden came alive with chandeliers and fairy lights lining the trees. Our marquee complete with a stunning array of chandeliers overlooking the majestic garden and Gin Bar we had on display.”

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Zinnia Floral Designs created breath taking floral arrangements along rectangular tables. “Our guests were treated to an enchanted evening dining amongst large unruly green floral that lined the long tables and danced the night away under a cascading garden of beautiful floral installed in the marquee. We adored the flower arrangements that lined the tables and bridal bouquets designed by Zinnia Floral. They were a talking point of the night!”

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Emma notes, “It was so important to us to personalise our wedding. Every detail had a back story that was symbolic to our journey. From our Gin Bar, to midnight focaccias, table names, bomboniere’s and music choices they were all special to Mat and me and shared with our guests with love and purpose.”

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A black and gold wedding cake was crafted by Edible Art.

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Romano Rotelli (Fine Food of Margaret River) 08 9757 7555 catered the wedding, Emma telling, “We were able to source all our food and drinks from the South West which is renowned for its fresh produce and delicious wines. As self-proclaimed foodies it was a fantastic opportunity to show off the region we love so much and treat our guests to the finest of food by our Chef Romano Rotelli and vino from a number of the local wineries.”

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There was one unexpected toast to the newlyweds, Emma explains “We were fortunate to have so many special stories from the day. But my sister as maid of honour takes the icing from the cake! Mat had proposed to me on an overseas holiday and one night we were celebrating with my sister at a beach bar in Portugal’s Algarve, we tricked her (after a few too many drinks) to try a traditional Portuguese liquor. Mat being Portuguese knew all too well how bad this one particular drink was going to go down – the thought of it alone makes me shiver. It is extremely unpleasant to drink. To our surprise she returned the favour during her speech and Mat was forced to drink a small glass of the same liquor in front of our family and friends. She had been planning her pay back since that very night in Portugal!”

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The first dance was epic and included… lifts! Emma remembers “Anyone who knows us well would understand why we recruited a dear friend, a dancer, to help choreograph our wedding dance. Mat and I both have two dreadfully obvious left feet. We had practiced for months, laughing our way through the steps and technical lifts my over ambitious friend had set for us. We always saw the first dance as a way to get the dance floor open and party started. With that in mind we recruited the help of our bridal party.

Our waltz started without fault, it was the most amazing feeling to be with Mat at that time and to have our closest family and friends surround the dance floor and watch as we moved to Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. To our amazement we were able to successfully dismount our second lift half way through the song at which we surprised our guests with a cut in the music.

Simultaneously, our groomsmen slide onto the dancefloor to an enactment of Tom Cruises Risky Business living room dance scene sporting tucked in pants in batman socks whilst waving their jackets in the air. Shortly after my bridesmaids interrupted twerking to Beyonce and JayZ’s Crazy In Love. It was one of the most memorable moments of the night and set off the dancing with a big bang!” The music that kept the dance floor alight was provided by DJ Goldbass Entertainment.

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Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Mathew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Natasja Kremers Photography and Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Natasja Kremers Photography / Cinematographer: Urban Light Films / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings / Styling/Hire: Orielle / Styling/Hire: Hearts, Strings & Pretty Things / Bride’s Dress: Ae'lkemi / Bride’s Shoes: Scanlan Theodore / Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings - Artistic Alloys / Bride’s Jewelry: Bracelet - Rosendorff Diamond Jewellers / Groom’s Attire: Canal / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Bridesmaid Dresses: Steph Audino / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Kartique / Hairstylist: Kelly Baker / Makeup Artist: Megan and Em / Flowers: Zinnia Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings / Ceremony Venue: St Thomas More, Margaret River / Reception Venue: Chandeliers on Abbey / Musician (Pre-Dinner Drinks): Noah Shilkin / DJ: Goldbass Entertainment / Favors: Bettenay's Nougat / Catering: Romano Rotelli (Fine Food of Margaret River) 08 9757 7555 / Cake Baker: Edible Art / Transport: Chevrolet Limousines South West / Transport: Margaret River Wedding Cars

Sarina Suriano White Collection Bridal Jewels

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When it comes to sparkle and glamour, Sydney jewellery designer Sarina Suriano has it covered and with the launch of her new wedding collection, titled “White” she mixes old and new to create a beautiful collection for brides wanting something modern with a nostalgic twist.

Sarina Suriano studied industrial design in Sydney before living and working in both Milan and London where she honed her designer skills and worked with jewellery designer Erickson Beamon. Her own label began upon her return to Sydney in 2001, and quickly made a name for herself, the first jewellery designer to be offered her own show at Australian Fashion Week. Her pieces continue to literally shine with glamour and femininity. Each handcrafted to reflect  her love of modern design.

“White” draws inspiration from vintage garments, accessories and even architecture. Each piece uses clear Swarovski crystals that sparkle romantically, each design timeless and feminine. Drop earrings,  cluster necklaces, collars, bracelets and even a feather brooch make up the collection. The sparkle being as appropriate for the bridesmaids as it is for the bride.

Sarina Suriano pieces are available her website or stockists around Australia.

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