Sara and Fintan’s Vintage Glam Wedding

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Sara and Fintan

The celebration of Sarah and Fintan’s wedding held echos of yesteryear- the groom and groomsmen wore top hats and tails, the red roses and black gowns provided a vintage glamour feel to the Sydney morning wedding. A sense of formality as the sun beat down.

Sara tells their story. “Fintan’s sister is a friend of mine. We met at her going-away party when she moved to work in Dubbo. Fintan and I talked for hours about our mutual love of all things bookish … and haven’t ever really stopped. ”

Photographs of the vintage celebration are by Inlighten Photography who capture the vintage elegance so beautifully.

The groom was outfitted by P Johnson Tailors.  Fintan recalls, “Patrick was fantastic in arranging my outfit. The quality of work and service is exceptional”. The men all wore top hats, the groom from Lock & Co and groomsmen from Strand Hatters.

Sara wore a v neck gown with lace accents by Louise Alvarez Couture with shoes from Tony Bianco. She wore earrings from Etsy and a “Something Borrowed, her mother’s bracelet. Sara explains “Louise Alvarez did an exceptional job with my dress and veil. With the veil, I told them my idea (lace around my head but not a full mantilla) and they created something I thought perfect. ”

Each of Sara’s bridesmaids wore a black gown of their own.

Sara and Fintan held their ceremony and reception at Sergeants Mess. Sara walked down the aisle to ‘Prelude to Te Deum’ by Charpentier.

Sara and Fintan were married by Phillip Holland . Sara recalls “The ceremony was short and very sweet. During it, the celebrant stated that Fintan and I look forward to a time when all Australians can marry the person they love. It was very important for us to acknowledge discrimination against same-sex couples in relation to marriage, and the celebrant was very open on this issue and addressed it in a way we were happy with.”

Sara and Fintan were married in the morning and guests celebrated over lunch. Sara remarks “Consider a morning ceremony – lunch reception. Fintan had a strong preference for this arrangement so I went with it—though I am not a morning person. In hindsight it was the best decision for us. First, we made the most of an outdoor ceremony and a beautiful harbourside venue. Second, we did not have to wait as long to get into said venue. Third, we had plenty of time to follow the reception with a relaxed and slightly debauched afterparty!”

The bouquets were styled by Jodie Mcgregor Flowers.

Sara’s aunt made the wedding cake. Instead of a wedding registry, guests donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Fintan’s mother baked heart shape biscuits for guests to take home as wedding favors.

Sara remembers the first dance. “The first dance was to Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’. We worked hard on the dance (with the fabulous Jennifer of Your Bridal Dance) and were told after that it was a wedding highlight. As a bonus, we very much enjoyed Jennifer’s lessons.”

Sara says “A suggestion by the photographers, was to have the location photos taken after the reception. This worked well – the ceremony flowed immediately into drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and then into lunch, and there was no waiting or gaps for the guests.”

Of their photographers, Sara says “They were fantastic—we had two photographers for the event, and were able to capture all the moments we wanted.  They were exceptionally professional and great to deal with on the day. ”

Guests continued to Bedlam Bar in Glebe for the after party.

Congratulations to Sara and Fintan on your marriage. Thank you to Inlighten Photography for sharing today’s photographs.

Photographer: Inlighten Photography / Bride's Dress: Louise Alvarez Couture / Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom's Attire: Favourbrook (sourced by P Johnson Tailors) for morning coat and waist coat; P Johnson Tailors for shirt and trousers. / Groomsmen Attire: Man About Town / Other: Strand Hatters / Bridesmaid Dresses: Own / Other: Living Beauty / Flowers & Decor: Jodie Mcgregor Flowers / Invitations & Stationery: A Printable Press, Printed by Bride's Father / Other: Sergeants Mess / Ceremony Officiant: Phillip Holland / Ceremony Musicians: Sydney Brass / Band: Sydney Brass / DJ: Sydney Wedding DJs / Wedding Cake: Bride's Aunty
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Giovana and Elliot’s Waterside Sydney Wedding

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Giovana and Elliot

Giovana and Elliot had a wedding packed to the brim with beauty – beauty in their own cultural ceremony, beauty in the details, and beauty in the raucous joy (the wild dancing literally never gets old to me!)

“We were both 23 years old. I was at Vienna train station trying to sell an unwanted train ticket. Elliot, then a backpacker traveling around the world, was one of the people in the queue I offered the ticket to. He didn’t buy it, but offered to help me selling it. We shared a lot of fun together and exchanged contacts. A few days later we met again in Milan and then in my native Brazil, ten days later. And have been together since.”

Photography today is by Matt Reed who captures fantastic natural, clean, classic photographs.

Giovana wore a polka dot gown designed by Anaessia. Her bridesmaids wore peach gowns from Jasmine Boutique.

Giovana and Elliot held their wedding celebrations at The Zest in the Spit. Giovana recalls “Just amazing for a more intimate party. It is in an incredible location, with harbour views, huge balcony and right size for everyone to be able to see each other as the party goes.”

One of Giovana’s favourite decorations was the masses of flowers hanging from the ceiling.

Of their photographer, Giovana notes, “Matt Reed was a great find. In fact, a photographer guest suggested his name. His style was just what we wanted: Photographing as the things happened without posing, just natural shots all the time.”

One of Giovana’s favourite memories was,” The few seconds Elliot and I watch the whole party happening from the balcony, just the two of us watching our wedding party going on. ”

Instead of wedding cake, Giovana and Elliot asked Passionate8 Catering to create a dessert buffet for guests to enjoy.

For their first dance Giovana explains “We wanted to have something Brazilian. So we choose a bossa nova sang by amazing bossa nova solo singer, Sydney sider Anna Salleh, as our beautiful first dance. We also had some previous dance classes with lovely and patient Benny at Crows Nest Dance Centre.

Giovana’s final happy moment? The grand exit! “The boat taxi picking us up to say good bye to the guests from the water.”

Congratulations Giovana and Elliot! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt Reed  for today’s images!

Photographer: Matt Reed / Cinematographer: Nathan, Joy Collective / Bride's Dress: Anaessia / Bride's Shoes: Wittner / Flowers & Decor: Sam (0410 530 255) / Venue: Zest, The Spit / Band: Wonderbrass Band / Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Boutique / Dessert Buffett: Passion8 Catering / Reception Singer: Anna Salleh / Dance Lessons: Crows Nest Dance Centre

Erin and Matt’s Elegant Daylesford Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Erin & Matt

A relaxed country wedding in the beautiful town of Daylesford calls for a celebration. Luckily the celebration is right here with Erin & Matt’s wedding! Country elegance to a tee!

The couple tell their story. “We met at school in 1998. Matt being a pre-teen terror was being sent to boarding school in the country where he found a sweet little out-of towner named Erin.

Erin was on the Student Representative Council, a model student and unbeknown at the time, the future school captain. Matt was the rebel city boy constantly on wash-up duty at the boarding house.

We both ended up in the same homeroom together and 14 years later we got married!”

Photographs today are by Xiss Photography. I love the easiness and beauty of these photographs!

Erin chose a Pronovias wedding gown. The accessories for the day were from Tilkah.

The couple chose Leonards Hill Community Hall in Leonards Hill for their wedding ceremony and added moss letters to the outside. Erin explains “Having seen them used elsewhere, we cut our own moss letters out of wood and covered them with synthetic moss we found on the internet. We ran this theme on to the tables by doing the same with the table numbers.”

Of their venue choice, Erin explains “Neither of us being religious, we looked around for a less traditional non denominational venue. We wanted a more down to earth and relaxed venue that would feel intimate and make our guests really feel a part of the ceremony. We noticed the hall driving home from Daylesford and called the number on the sign outside. We were looked after by the lovely Elsie who looks after the key and lives just around the corner. She told us that she had her wedding breakfast there many years ago and was thrilled that we had chosen the hall for our special day. Once we opened the doors to the hall, we were thrilled with what we found. It had the character we were after and with a little bit of elbow grease would be the perfect venue. An added bonus was finding the hall was full of old church pews which accommodated our guests perfectly on the day. We spent the day before the wedding cleaning and prettying up the little hall, being careful not to lose it’s natural charm.”

Erin notes “The groom is a graphic designer, so there was plenty of work for him with save the dates, invitations, menus, programs, place cards and lolly bags.”

Erin remembers “With the my love of Australian folk music, it was natural decision to have ‘The Wedding Song’ by Angus and Julia Stone. We found the sentiment and lyrics reflected our feeling perfectly.”

Erin’s bridesmaids wore champagne gowns from Review and Boleros from BHLDN.

Paul O’Donohue (0411 636 636) performed the ceremony. Erin recalls “We were lucky enough to have been recommended Paul O’Donohue, our celebrant, he brought a wonderful relaxed and joyous feeling to our ceremony and carried it out just how we had imagined. He involved our guests, had them cheering, clapping laughing and at times crying, groom included, who could barely hold himself together.”

Erin and Matt did a lot of DIY for the wedding, down to the confetti! Erin explains “Unable to find white confetti, which we were lucky enough to be able to throw, I spent many hours hole punching white and pearl paper with pastel pink and silver glitter paper to get the mix just right. This was placed in to glassine paper envelopes, sewn with a tag and placed on the pews at the hall.”

Cliffy’s Emporium Daylesford  catered afternoon tea for the guests. Erin explains, “We chose to stay at the hall and enjoy a toast and afternoon tea with our guests. Having been to and been involved in many weddings, we felt this was the best way to get around to all our guests rather than rushing off for photos straight after the ceremony. This also worked well with our choice of photographer, who mingled amongst the crowd and captured some great candid shots.”

The friendships were only deepened by the day. Erin explains, ” The bridesmaids were my sisters, while the groom’s sister read a very tearful poem that had the whole hall a little emotional. The groomsmen were high school friends and are still best mates today. Luckily, the best man’s beautiful partner is also a truly excellent make-up artist and offered her services for the day.”

Erin says “The wedding was everything we had hoped and planned for and perfectly reflected who we are and where we’ve come from together.”

Of their photographer, Erin says “We chose James as our photographer having seen his work online. His quirky style and non-traditional approach appealed to us as we are not much for posing. He took the time to get to know us and was there from first thing in the morning until we drove away from the reception.”

The flowers were purchased from Joe Leuzzi Flowers, Queen Victoria Market Melbourne,  Flowers Vasette and arranged by the bridal party and groom’s Aunty. Erin says “Although we had help from the Grooms Aunty with the arranging, we selected and sourced the flowers and added a sparkly brooch on the bride’s bouquet which matched the decoration on the croquembouche. We had no particular flowers in mind and simply picked what was in season and fit with our theme two days before the wedding. This works well to keep costs down.”

Erin and Matt held their wedding reception at Sault Daylesford. Erin notes “We got engaged in Daylesford, which made the choice for the wedding location quite easy.”

The reception, was above all, about family. Erin explains “Our MC was an old childhood friend of mine and a great friend of us both. Having originally booked the wedding for a day when our MC was a best man in another wedding, we did some shuffling and wound up with our wedding on St. Patrick’s day. This meant that the my grandma celebrated her 85th birthday on the day, being presented with a cake and a rendition of happy birthday.”

For their first dance, Erin says “We opted not to have dance lessons, which meant we engaged in something more resembling a sway. The music was a song we both chose by Colin Hay (waiting for my real life to begin), which we spent our entire dance singing to each other. We urged our bridal party not to wait too long before joining us and were glad once we were no longer the centre of attention.”

Erin and Matt hired Warren Smith – The Big Fish  to entertain guests at the reception. Ready for dancing, Erin changed into a tea length gown from Ouma. “At Sault, the staff were brilliant as was the food and luckily our band. We chose our band sight unseen from a few sound clips on the internet and were not disappointed. They took requests all night and had everyone on the dance floor.”

Congratulations Erin and Matt! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to James from Xiss Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Xiss Photography / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Other: Ouma / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Other: Ted Baker / Bride's Jewellery: Tilkah / Groom's Attire: SABA / Groomsmen Attire: SABA / Bridesmaid Dresses: Review / Other: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Accessories: Tilkah / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Hairstylist: Sass @ Naturally Sassy Daylesford (03) 5348 4574 / Makeup Artist: Ellen Mugavin / Other: Purchased from Joe Leuzzi Flowers, Queen Victoria Market Melbourne and Flowers Vasette / Invitations & Stationery: Paper from Paper Point, South Melbourne. Designed by the groom. / Ceremony Venue: Leonards Hill Community Hall – Leonards Hill, Victoria / Ceremony Officiant: Paul O'Donohue 0411 636636 / Other: Cliffy's Emporium Daylesford / Reception Venue: Sault Daylesford / Other: Sault Daylesford / Other: Benjamin's Jewellers (03) 9670 9416 / Band: Warren Smith – The Big Fish

Hand Drawn Wedding Invitations From Letitia Buchan

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


Oh Melbourne, too often you show off your beauty with incredible artistic, creative people like the lovely Letitia Buchan. Hand drawn everything and anything is Letitia’s forte (she’s a dab hand with a pen!) Letitia designed her own invitations in January 2012 and has since been working on not only custom wedding invitations and has since had a taste for the world of weddings (above is the lettering she created for The Style Co‘s new website and down below you can catch a sneak peek at a cinematographer’s new branding!).

Working from her South Melbourne studio, Letitia has a background in graphic design. She’s traveled the world- from Perth to South Africa, to Mallorca and everywhere in between and now works in graphic design for fashion labels, magazines and music. But the best part? She creates custom work (as well as art prints) for clients, including full stationery suites!

Of course, Letitia’s work translates just as well off screen- including onto chalkboards!

Images & artwork by Letitia Buchan