I always get a kick out of seeing the latest designs from Elva Fields. The big, bold necklaces are so full of colour and life and I think they would make such a great addition to a simple wedding gown or are even a way to make a statement with a bridesmaid look.
Designer Emily Wheat Maynard has formed the Fall 2012 collection around “simplicity”. The idea goes back to the thought that a statement necklace can be a simple way to add style to your outfit, while the designs themselves, all crafted to incorporate vintage pieces, are also boldly simple. I love these necklaces and love the idea of them paired with a simple, strapless sleek mermaid gown. Or a full length strapless black ball gown. They really are something you can wear again but add such a bold, unique touch to a wedding day outfit where it’s usual to keep accessories dainty and neutrally toned.
The designs are separated into three groups, Elva (necklaces that incorporate both new and vintage elements), Deb (eco-friendly necklaces made of entirely vintage components) and June (earrings) and all are able to be shipped to Australia.
I couldn’t think of a more romantic setting for a wedding ceremony than a library – imagine saying your vows surrounded by beautiful words – words of history, words of days gone by, words of love stories. Emma and Justin’s ceremony location couldn’t be more beautiful or more apt for their beautiful wedding day.
Emma tells their story. “We met at work in 2007. Justin would always offer to go across the road to get me coffee and I would always say no because I don’t drink it and I thought he was just being polite. Meanwhile I would follow him whenever he went to the kitchen so that I had an excuse to talk to him. Eventually we figured things out at the work Christmas party.”
The photographs today are by Daniel K Cheung who has captured such beautiful moments and imagery.
The floral arrangements were styled by Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design and featured the couple’s favourite – succulents. Emma explains “We both love succulents and wanted to incorporate them into the wedding in the bouquets and table settings. Elaine at Butterfly Philosophy did a fantastic job working them into the wedding and fitting our brief, which was ‘vintage but a little different’.”
Emma and Justin were married at theState Library of NSW Emma explains, “We wanted to choose venues that had a special significance to us. We picked the State Library of NSW because we would often walk past it together on our lunch breaks, and we wanted a venue with classic architecture without having a church wedding.”
Emma and Justin chose celebrant Robyn Pattison to marry them. Emma recalls, “Our celebrant Robyn delivered a warm, engaging and personal ceremony that shared many familiar and unfamiliar stories with our guests. I got so caught up in the ceremony I may have even done a little zombie impression when Robyn mentioned that we like to play zombie-shooting games on the Playstation. Not every bride can say they did a zombie impression before exchanging vows!”
Emma remembers “We didn’t have a first dance, but we did have a string quartet playing Cee-Lo Green’s “Bright Lights Bigger City” as we walked back up the aisle as husband and wife!”
Of their photographer, Emma says “Our photographer went to great lengths to find out who we are as individuals as well as a couple so that he could convey our love story through his work. His ability to relate to his subjects (us) really came through, and the photographs surpassed our expectations. ”
Emma and Justin celebrated with guests at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Emma explains “We chose The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay as a reception venue because we love the food, service and décor, and we have enjoyed many meals there together.”
Emma says “To continue the literary theme in our reception, each guest had a wedding favour (which doubled as a place card) of a wooden scrabble tile holder featuring assorted vintage scrabble tiles spelling out their name.”
Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Justin! Thank you for sharing your story! Thank you also to Daniel K Cheung and Robyn Pattison for sharing today’s wedding with us!
A mini inspiration shoot from White Fete Weddings today inspired by this beautiful vintage plate. I love taking one piece that you love and using it as a base to inspire your own celebration. Whether that be a favourite piece of jewellery, a book or in this case the crockery.
Jenna tells of her inspiration behind the shoot. “Quite often I will stumble upon one gorgeous piece that inspires a complete story and photo shoot, and this is often the case for some of the brides I work with, they may have a treasured object they want to incorporate in their big day and everything just flows from there. For this shoot it was the beautiful Royal Albert china plate that lead us to our colour palette and incorporated vintage elements. We paired this gorgeous plate with a white linen napkin and silver charger plate to round it off.
This shoot was really inspired by found objects, using vintage goblets that were sourced from my own mother’s cupboard, french perfume bottles with stacked vintage books from local op shops. We even used one of these vintage books as a ring pillow, with twine – a great idea for any DIY bride!”
“To keep things romantic we chose a garden setting at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast in Queensland to set up our table scape. We used fresh white linen and wooden dining chairs which were sanded back and painted white. Each chair with it’s own custom ‘you’ and ‘me’ sign placed in a rustic wooden frame.”
“The sweet lemons and fresh blooms added colour to the table scape whilst maintaining our vintage theme. The use of rustic twine, apothecary jars, old postage tags and luggage bags tied the complete look together.”
“We used burlap and twine with a silver and pearl brooch to complete the bouquet, I am loving the use of brooches on bouquets. Whether you have one that was passed down through your family, or can source one of your own, that one day (where) you can perhaps even hand (it) down to your own daughter, I think it adds an element of glamour to any bouquet.”
A country wedding, marrying right beneath the shadow of a beautiful Victorian mountain is the ticket for today. Ingrid and Anthony chose Mt Sturgeon Homestead, Dunkeld for their wedding. With the incredible mountainous backdrop it provided the most beautiful setting for Ingrid and Anthony’s country wedding.
Ingrid tells of how they came to be. “After an innocent comment to a mutual friend about wanting to one day live in the country, the city girl bride and country farmer groom were introduced by a very enthusiastic matchmaker (who even predicted a January 2012 marriage!). It was love at first sight and after an initial long distance relationship Ingrid moved to the country to be with Anthony.”
Matt Reed captured the light, bright and candid moments of Ingrid and Anthony’s wedding.
Ingrid chose a gown by Collette Dinnigan. Ingrid recalls “The bridesmaids made and designed the bride’s engagement ring and both our wedding rings, and their friendship and talent created stunning reminders of the vows we made that day. “
Ingrid loved “Spending time with our close friends preparing for the occasion. The bride, bridesmaid’s and flowergirl all got ready together in the Homestead and the flowergirl loved getting ready with the “big girls”. Our hair & makeup artist did such a flawless job in helping us prepare for the day, and made the whole process so relaxed. “
Ingrid and Anthony chose Mount Sturgeon Homestead for their wedding ceremony. Ingrid remarks, “We were married against a truly romantic backdrop -‐ the mountains, and the historic bluestone homestead, surrounded by loving friends and family with live music, together creating the perfect atmosphere.
The location itself was so beautiful that we wanted to let it speak for itself but also to take advantage of it by picking up on the depth, colour and history of the rural location in a way that evoked all the senses.”
The beautiful wedding day flowers were created by Victoria Whitelaw, of which Ingrid says “Our florist, Victoria Whitelaw, used garden inspired tones in creating the bridesmaid’s bouquets of lavender, butter David Austin roses and small spinning gum. The bride’s bouquet was massed gyp, with the length of the stems wrapped in antique lace with pearl tipped pins. Victoria had put lemon geranium leaves around the edge of the bouquet, and I can remember how amazing it smelt as I walked down the aisle.”
Ingrid chose a heartfelt song for the processional. She remembers, “We chose “Say You’ll Watch Over Me” (Bernard Fanning), was played by two musicians. Listening to the guitar start to play the song as we waited behind the door of the Homestead, getting ready to walk out onto the verandah and down the sandstone steps to the lawn, was a truly memorable moment”
Ingrid describes the wedding as “An energetic, heartfelt and relaxed country celebration with our family and friends that was so intimate, so special and true to our own sense of style and an enduring love.”
Ingrid remembers, “After the ceremony we walked down a track and, following a creek, stumbled upon a wheat field where a number of our photos were taken. It was a lovely way to celebrate and capture the country and farming lifestyle that is part of both our lives.”
Of their photographer, Ingrid says, “Our photographer, Matt Reed has an impeccable sense of detail. His photos have captured not only the spontaneous, quiet, hidden moments of the day but also the vibrancy, colour and exuberance of the celebration. Neither of us like being in front of the camera but Matt made us feel so comfortable, that most of the time we actually didn’t realise he was there taking photos, so when we saw the first pictures we were literally floored.”
The reception was held at the Royal Mail Hotel. Ingrid explains “The reception was a short distance away, at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. We really wanted to show off the natural beauty of both locations, so we kept things simple but also picked up on the colour and themes of the locations. It had an elegant, vintage, country feel with great food, great wine and great friends and family.”
Anthony’s mother made the wedding cake.
Favors were a sweet touch of humor and a nod to the farming heritage. Ingrid explains “We found lovely old, traditional open pollinated seeds of Forget Me Not and Sweet Pea and put them in personalised printed calico bags to keep green. To keep thumbs busy and as an adorable keepsake for our family and friends. The bride and groom also folded and put together all the “cootie catchers” which were used as placecards for each guest and contained questions about the bride and groom.”
Ingrid says “There were small themes which were picked up on throughout the day – for example the delicate femininity of lace – from the bride’s dress, bouquet (wrapped in antique lace) and bangle (lace cast in solid silver, by Madame D’Or) to the lace tied around the flowers in eclectic glass jars at the reception to the lavender in the bouquets and the lavender coloured sashes which the bridesmaids made themselves.”
The first dance had some unrehearsed, but very fun for guests, Ingrid recalls. “Our first dance, to “Then” (Brad Paisley), was unrehearsed and spontaneous. The song was played by the Baker Boys Band, who were also fans of the song. The kids at the wedding couldn’t resist and eventually joined in our dance! For us a CD was no substitute for a live band – the combination of drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and saxophone created the party atmosphere we wanted and got all our guests up and dancing with us.”
Guests were entertained by The Baker Boys. Ingrid remarks “Music is important in both our lives and having a live band really tied the whole night together and was, simply, just so much fun. Dancing surrounded by the glow of fairy lights and lanterns and looking back across the room to see no one still seated and everyone on the dance floor, was amazing.”
Congratulations Ingrid and Anthony! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt Reed for sharing today’s images!