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Snapshot Sunday – Her First Love

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Photo by Welsch Photography

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Beccie and Steve’s Retro Engagement Photos

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Beccie and Steve

What about a dose of retro inspiration for your day? Beccie and Steve payed homage to their love of all things vintage with their engagement photographs shot by Jodi McDonald.

Beccie says “Steve and I met at a ball in our home town of Pokolbin, NSW.  We sat on the same table and the rest is history!  It did create some issues when our first official date came around.  What do you wear that’s better than a ballgown?   It must have been lovely though, as we’ve been inseparable ever since.  Steve and I spent their first anniversary at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville, and when we were deciding on where to get married, we knew it would be the perfect location for a small getaway wedding. I’m a vintage model,  so I love the aesthetic of the township of Montville.  Our wedding will be held in late March 2012.”

Photographer: Jodi McDonald

Kye & Zok’s Botanic Gardens Engagement Shoot

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Kye & Zok

Stefani Driscoll sent over this morning’s engagement shoot of Kye & Zok. The couple made use of the gorgeous St Kilda Botanic Gardens backdrop and the casual style of the shoot makes it feel just like a lovely Saturday in St Kilda. What a gorgeous shoot!

Zoran is a Risk Manager and Kylie is an Interior Designer. You could not pick too more opposite occupations yet the differences appear to balance each other out. Kye says “he’s great at maths, Im not. Im very creative, He’s not. He definitely helps bring a practical side to my madness”.

Five years ago after meeting through mutual friends, Zok mentioned casually to Kylie one time that they should get together for a casual drink. Kylie agreed so Zok choose a venue and arranged to pick Kye up after work one evening.

Zok had done his homework and had a tip off from a colleague who recommended a very fancy restaurant in the city. Kye says that” Zok must have failed to mention to his colleague that it was a ‘casual’ catch up as we were both very surprised when we entered a rather high end restaurant which saw our ‘casual’ drink turn into a far more formal date. In hinds sight it was a great start to our relationship”.

Not too long after their first ‘not so casual’ date Zok travelled OS and was in Spain when Kye knew he was the one for her.  “In our very early stages when Zok was overseas in Barcelona and we were not yet even a couple, Zok stopped in the hotel lobby at 5am one morning after a night out and wrote me a very long email just to say hello. I knew then that this was going to be something. Our first few months together flew and here we are now five years down the track”.

Zok proposed to Kye at their home which is the space they have spent the last few years working towards and renovating. “Even though it was our 5 year anniversary that weekend, I was totally surprised! We were at home, it was mid-week, he cooked me a gorgeous breakfast and caught me by total surprise. It was very special and private. Perfect”.

Kye and Zok decided to capture the magic and joy of their engagement with a rather relaxed and ‘casual’ photo-shoot at the St.Kilda Botanical Gardens with the vision to use one of the shots for the engagement party invitations.

Photographer: Stefani Driscoll

Erin & Andrew’s Happy Garden Wedding

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Erin & Andrew

I am so happy to finally share this wedding with you, the details and sense of fun of the occasion uplifts my heart and soul- it’s a little quirky, a little whimsical and looks like one of my favourite movies Up! transformed into a beautiful wedding day (there are balloons and little houses, it’s superb!)

Erin and Andrew met in a very sporty way. Erin explains “We met via mutual friends who started an indoor soccer team. There wasn’t much concentrating on the soccer game & I would wear a full face of make-up every week – hehe…not very sporting ;)”

Photographs today are by Leo Farrell. Leo has such a way of taking moody, atmospheric photos without losing the lightness and joy of a wedding day.

Erin & Andrew married at Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens and had the event planned and styled by Simply Georgeous Occasions. Erin recalls “Garden’s house itself is an old cottage in the heart of the gardens where the caretaker/s used to live. For the most part the wedding was outside in the gardens.. It was all managed by Simply Georgeous Occasions who had to dress the gardens from scratch.”

The groom wore a Jack London suit while his groomsmen wore vintage attire.

Erin wore a gown from Collette Dinnigan. After a bad experience with another dress, she soon found something just right. Erin recalls “I had a shocking time with my dress. I went to a dressmaker who didn’t pull it off (my fault probably for being overly ambitious and not researching her past work properly) SO one week before the wedding I had no dress!! I went to Collette Dinnigan (in tears) and got the only dress available in my size off the rack. Then I added a few little things myself (black ribbon and vintage broach – so I felt like I had contributed SOMETHING).” Erin wore shoes from Alannah Hill and her bridesmaid’s wore gowns from Zimmermann. The girl’s hair & makeup was styled by Darren Cartledge.

Erin walked down the aisle to “An acoustic version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ (with just a ukulele). I actually also stood on the bottom of my dress (which nearly fell off) THEN my heels got stuck in the grass – it was a very clumsy entrance so lucky we had a bit of a playful song!” The Julie O’Hara Quartet provided the music.

Erin and Andrew were married by Warren Edwards.

The couple contriburted sweet touches to the day. Erin explains “We did our invitations (Andrew designed) and Andrew’s Mum did the guest gifts. My mum organised the cake (kept her busy and distracted as she was pretty sceptical about our ‘DIY’ ‘Look’…she loved it in the end though and was very proud My mum agreed to put cat chocolates on the cake even though she HATED all my childhood cats – now that’s love!!” Peter Rowland Catering provided a canape and cocktail reception.

Of their photographer Erin says “Leo Farrell is the most talented guy! Andrew and I run a photography agency and met Leo on some commercial advertising jobs. He is in HOT demand in Melbourne and has the most beautiful way of capturing those natural moments. We felt really comfortable with him as we didn’t have to pull out an cheesy poses (which we HATE) ;)”

Erin loved “The speeches which may have went too long but were so well crafted and spoken from the hearts of our families and friends.”

One of Erin’s favourite memories was a complete surprise. She remembers “Best moment was when Andrew SANG to me after his speech (Frankie Valli ‘You’re Just Too Good to Be True). I have never heard him sig before and he is pretty shy so I was so touched he’s get up and do that in front of 100 guests! I actually cried which is unusual (my mum calls me Hard Hearted Hannah – hehe):) I think you can see my shock in one of the photo’s with the guests all behind me?”

Erin and Andrew hired Julie O’Hara Quartet to perform at the reception. Erin says “The band which was brilliant & got everyone dancing under the stars.”

Erin recalls “Our bridal dance was to “Lets Stay Together” by Al Green. I can’t dance AT ALL  – Andrew had plenty of rhythm  though and we hid my two left feet quite well I think.”

Congratulations Erin & Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you to Leo Farrell. for the photographs!

Photographer: Leo Farrell / Wedding Planner: Simple Georgeous Occasions / Bride’s Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes: Alannah Hill / Groom’s Attire: Jack London / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Darren Cartledge / Makeup Artist: Darren Cartledge / Flowers & Decor: Simple Gerogeous Occasions / Venue: Garden’s House @ Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Warren Edwards / Band: Julie O'Hara Quartet / Catering: Peter Rowland / Wedding Cake: Pelligra Cakes (Formerly Greensborough Cake Kitchen) / Wedding Rings: Keshett / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster