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Designer Henry Roth is starting his month long Australian trip for designer days around the country! This weekend he’s in Perth! Check our calender for full details of when he’s near you!
Brisbane brides! The Vintage & Handmade Bride Fair is coming up next weekend! Held on August 12th, the fair will show the talents of over 20 different vendors specialising in vintage and handmade vendors From dress designers to cake decorators! Visit the website to book your tickets.
Oscar De La Renta and Lanvin have just been added to the gorgeous array of gowns available at the Sydney David Jones Bridal Salon. Available from October and November respectively, the salon will be showcasing a select range of gowns from both designers along with the additions of Australian designers Mariana Hardwick and Carl Kapp available for purchase.
For our film of the week I wanted to share this beauty from Living Lens! The wedding of Bec & Adam!
Today’s country wedding (held on a private property near Sutton Grange in Victoria) is a splendid event of colour, fun and whimsy!
Georgie tells of how they met. “We were high school sweethearts and met back in 1996 at a friendâs birthday party.Â I had seen him around at sporting events as he was quite the athlete â tall, handsome (or âhotâ as a 15-year-old would say) and had a cheeky smile. He must have thought I was all right, too. On our first date we had a picnic at the beach. He had gone to a lot of effort and was such a gentleman. He told me later that he was keen to impress me but also very nervous as heâd had a crush on me for quite some time.”
Georgie wore the “Sweet Pea” gown by Ivy & Aster from Studio White. She explains ” I was originally going to get my dress when we visited New York in September but quickly realized it would not arrive on time. The dress I wanted had one stockest in Australia, which funnily enough was in Tasmania. So the bridesmaids and I flew down to Tassie for the weekend and visited a lovely bridal called Studio White.Â We had the whole place to ourselves and the ladies were absolutely wonderful. It made the experience so enjoyable and of course I found my dress.”
The bridesmaids wore watermelon pink gowns from Lela Rose. The girls styled their own makeup (after having trouble finding a makeup artist available) and used Florence and Maud Hairdressing, Kyneton (03) 5422 2180 for their hair. Georgie remembers,Â “Julie was lovely and very excited to be doing our hair for the wedding. She arrived to the house early in the morning to start on my motherâs hair and the bridesmaids. Julie did an amazing job and we were all very happy with the end result. ”
The wedding has a bit of a bicycle theme with the bride arriving in aÂ Christiania bicycle (fromÂ Cycle Concepts) driven by her father. Georgie remembers, “My dad was meant to pick up the bridesmaids and I from the cottage that we were staying at (15mins) away but with everything that was going on he lost track of time. So there we were waiting outside the gates for him to come, (after calling to see if anyone was picking us up) and dad comes zooming down the dirt road so the dust starts flying everywhere. We are all signalling him to stop so I had to run back round the gate with the girls putting a barrier up in front of me. It was pretty funny!”
Georgie says “We got married at Mica Grange as we had fallen in love with the beauty and magic of this amazing place and wanted everyone else to experience its delightful charm. Mica Grange is a place like no other. A haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Sutton Grange. Its unique location offers stunning panoramas from every aspect/outlook, providing you with breathtaking views of Mount Alexander, the valley with its granite rock formations and the beautiful surrounding gardens. Both of us loveÂ Mica Grange and have many special memories from there. It is an establishment where one can expect a magic charm to be cast over them time and time again.”
Georgie remarks, “The colour scheme was bright yellows, oranges, reds and pinks, and the theme was bikes, so we had vintage bikes placed all around the property with flowers in each basket. We had giant yellow balloons too, big enough to carry you away.”
There were even flowers for the ceremony spot. Georgie recalls “My parents had been working on the garden for the past year to make it as beautiful as it was. My mother had been collecting rose petals for us to stand in for the ceremony.”
Georgie walked down the aisle to the Glee version of “Songbird.”
Georgie loved “Seeing people happy, having lots of fun and smiling throughout the big day. The weather was perfect, it was such a magical day and things ran very smoothly.”
All of the decorations were handmade – including the giant picture frame which James made himself!
For their first dance Georgie remembers, “Our first dance was to L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole and after only 3 lessons it was time to debut our dance. We thought we would be extremely nervous but once the music started, the swing beat helped us relax. We pulled our turns, dips and even the lift, it was great fun!”
The wedding cake was “Made by my mother & brother. I wanted a croquembouche or croquembouche-style cake, but with macarons which was a bit more difficult to find. So, my brother being a chef and my mother being the most amazing cook ever, they decided that they would make it themselves. It had three tiers and was surrounded by raspberry and vanilla macarons. It looked sensational and tasted spectacular.”
Congratulations Georgie and Justin! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us. Thank you also to Photography by Sarah JÂ for sharing today’s wedding photos!
I loved this submission, titled “Hens On AÂ Hill” by the photographer, Tricia of The Itchy Eyes Photography. The bride wanted nothing more than a vintage inspired tea party for her hen’s celebration and that’s what she got. It’s relaxed, it’s fun and it’s such a fun idea for a girly get together!
Photographer Tricia explains all the details of the celebration. “The lovely bride Amber was due to be wedded the following week in Roma Street Parklands (followed by a reception atÂ Bleeding Heart Gallery) to her lovely groom Shaun. Â A gathering of girls is the traditional thing to do in the days prior, however a standard Hens night was not for Amber. Â “IÂ wanted something a bit more memorable and classic – that could still lead into a night out”. Â Her two maids of honour – Jody and Tahnee – stepped in. Â Jody tells the story: Â “It was Amber’s idea for the theme “Vintage 50s” I think she loves the style and era (who doesn’t). Her words were “nothing tacky all class please hehe”. Amber is all class that’s why this party suited her so much.” Â A select group of girl pals were invited over to Jody’s place in Brisbane with instructions to wear their best apron.”
“That was all the input she got, Tahnee and Jody did the rest so it would be a lovely surprise for her. “Tahn had the kitchen tea idea with a gift for the bride something small for her kitchen. This was big in the 50’s as the woman would be chained to the kitchen etc.. I thought a lovely high tea would go nicely with the theme and really wanted to get a tea cup for everyone. I borrowed a lot from my Mum, my grandmother and my mother in law and a lovely man called Keith Gordan who has a stall in theÂ Padddington Antique Center. His stall stands out because it has all these amazing vintage lights and lamps hanging from the roof. He loaned me the extra tea cups we needed and I bought one of them off him as a keepsake for Ambs”. The tea cups were allÂ labelledÂ with everyone’s name so you wouldn’t lose your cup and you had to drink out of it all dayÂ whetherÂ it be beer wine or tea. “This worked so well that one of our dear friends thought it wasn’t “That kind of party” and ran to the kitchen to hide her six pack of beers”!!”
“Jody and I worked together to sneakily pull all the girl friends into a side room and photograph them with a chalk board on which they’d written words of advice for the bride to be. Â The girls had a hilarious time and got in the mood of the 50’s with phrases like “happy wife is a happy life” and “if you are going to argue, argue naked.”
I’m excited to showcase Hang and Will’s wedding- they celebrated their reception at one of my favourite restaurants (slow cooked pork belly, yummy!) and had such an incredibly beautiful garden ceremony before hand.
Photography is by Maho & Pea – it’s slightly edgy and raw with such a Melbourne feel to it!
Of their photographer, Hang says “We wanted candid and less traditional shots with a vintage feel and got just that. Peta and Matt (Maho and Pea) gave us just that, their photos were stunning and captured the day perfectly. They were both professional and relaxed and we loved having them with us on the day. ”
Hang and Will continued the celebration by holding their reception at Red Spice Road. Hang says “Red Spice Road was chosen for the look and feel of the restaurant and the delicious food.”
Hang says ” The ceremony was very relaxed and fun, and the reception was a blast with great food and music.”
Guests received favors of chocolates in noodle boxes tied with ribbon and decorated with a custom designed sticker.
Hang’s bridesmaid made the three tier wedding cake covered in sheets of white chocolate.
For their first dance, Hang remembers “It was with all of our friends to Pulpâs ‘Disco 2000’! ”
Congratulations Hang and Will! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Maho & Pea for sharing today’s photographs!