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Kobi and Brad’s Relaxed Boyd Baker House Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Kobi & Brad

Boyd Baker House is fast becoming one of my favourite Australian wedding destinations. Surrounded by native Australian bush, this mid century home provides such an incredible backdrop for celebrations.

Kobi tells their story.  “We were introduced by friends after many hints & suggestions that we would hit it off.”

Xiss Photography has captured such beautiful, relaxed photographs of Kobi and Brad’s celebration. I love the relaxed laughter and fun of the photographs.

Kobi and Brad held their ceremony and reception at Boyd Baker House. Kobi explains “We chose Boyd Baker House as it was different to any other venue we had seen. Its uniquely Australian & allowed us to have the relaxed, fun wedding we hoped for.

The home is filled with beautiful Eames furniture & artwork. The day before the wedding our bridal party had a working bee & arranged all the furniture ourselves. As it was summer we were able to set up an outdoor lounge room under lanterns. The contrast of the gorgeous furniture set in the middle of the gum trees made guests feel so comfortable & the photos look amazing.”

Kobi wore a gown designed by Annette Of Melbourne, she borrowed her jewels from her mother.

Kobi recalls, “The night before the wedding my mum, sister & bridesmaids helped make personalised straws that were given to guests in bottles of mineral water at the ceremony. Lucky we did as it was a very hot afternoon.”

Kobi walked down the aisle to ‘Inevitable’ by An Berlin. Kobi loved “Having my dad walk me down the aisle, he was more nervous than me & I had to talk him through it. As the oldest daughter in my family it was very emotional & lovely to see my dad so proud.”

Kobi’s favourite memory was, “Seeing Brad as I walked up the aisle. He is usually so composed & to see him so emotional & happy was beautiful. We also got to spend some time alone after the ceremony which was really nice. We got a chance to chat & reflect on the ceremony & have our first conversation as husband & wife. Some of my favourite photos are of us having these chats.” The couple chose Maree Livy as their celebrant.

Kobi and Brad were determined that the wedding reflect their way of life. Kobi explains “I loved the fact that our wedding was relaxed. We decided to forgo a few wedding traditions to make the night more relaxing for us & in turn our guests. The bush setting & beautiful balmy night & outdoor setting helped achieve this feel also.”

Kobi remembers “After the ceremony & a few photos, we organised to have some time to catch up with our bridal party. Brad had organised bottles of Bollinger & the caterer organised a selection of food from the beautiful grazing table. It was so relaxing to sit down & chat with our closest friends before we rejoined the rest of the guests back at the reception.” Kobi’s bridesmaids wore gowns from ME too by Matthew Eager.

Of their photographer, Kobi says “James was amazing! Both Brad & I were quite camera shy but James made us feel so comfortable & we forgot he was even taking photos. It was important for us to have lots of candid shots of our guests, family & friends & James captured the night beautifully. By the end of the night he was a part of the family!”

For favors, Kobi handmade an old family recipe. She recalls “I made raspberry jam favours for our guests, using Brad’s grandmother’s recipe.”

 

Food & wine also topped the “important!” list. Kobi explains “Ed Dixon Food Design provided an exceptional service. Our guests were able to feast on a grazing table including rare roast beef, cheeses, salmon etc. Before a selection of hot & cold canapés including momofuku buns, foie gras macaroons, pork hot pots & later in the night fish & chips.”

Along with the savoury food, was a selection of cupcakes by Cupcake Queens . Kobi explains “The food, wine & cocktails were something that Brad & I put a lot of thought into. We absolutely love food & cooking for our friends & family so we wanted our wedding to reflect who we are & what we love.”

One of the best parts of the newlywed’s evening? The speeches of course! Kobi remarks “The speeches were the highlight for Brad & I. Both of our fathers gave lovely heart warming speeches followed by our Best Man & Brads brother Dene whose speech has our guests crying with laughter. I was especially moved by my sister & Maid Of Honour Deonne, at the last minute she decided she would like to make a speech. There was not a dry eye left as her words were so full of love & support for Brad & I.”

Thistle Flower Merchant ( 0422 041 437 ) designed the floral arrangements for the wedding. Kobi recalls “Prue from Thistle Flower Merchant spent hours arranging hundreds of candles, jars, flowers & hand making tissue paper pom poms. As well as our bouquets which were beautiful, I gave her a brief of the kind of look I was going for then gave her complete control to decide on the types of flowers & how she would arrange them. She was a superstar! The arrangement in the huge fireplace is one of my favourite images from the whole night.”

In keeping with the relaxed style of the wedding, guests danced as they pleased! Says Kobi “We decided not to do a first dance so we could keep formalities to a minimum. The focus of our wedding was food, wine & fun!”

Congratulations on your marriage Kobi and Brad! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Xiss Photography  for sharing today’s images.

Photographer: Xiss Photography / Bride's Dress: Annette Of Melbourne / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom's Attire: Soho Workshop Melbourne / Bridesmaid Dresses: ME too by Matthew Eager / Hairstylist: Josiah Munday & Grace Dunne (0413 727 741) / Makeup Artist: Belinda Markham – The Make Up Artists & Co / Other: Thistle Flower Merchant (0422 041 437) / Invitations & Stationery: Daisy & Jack / Other: Boyd Baker House / Ceremony Officiant: Maree Livvy / Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design / Wedding Cake: Cupcake Queens
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Amy and Scott’s Sydney Country Club Wedding Film

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Amy and Scott’s Sydney Country Club Wedding

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Amy & Scott

This modern wedding had me at salt & pepper, peanut butter and jelly and most of all gin & tonic. The beautiful stationery that wove it’s way through Amy and Scott’s wedding day was the icing on the cake for this country club wedding with an urban edge.

Amy remembers their story. “We met in the UTS Drama Society, where Amy was the President, and Scott was a new recruit. Being possibly the only straight male ever to join the club, it must have been fate. ”

Photographs today are by Matt Reed who delivers candid, clean moments with no fuss- just how it happened! The emotion, the quirks and oh so definitely the party.

Scott wore a suit from J.Crew, each of his groomsmen wore their own black suit.

Imogen Moss designed the black and white invitations and stationery for the day. Amy recalls “Imogen was particularly incredible. So full of love, ideas and time – she is an amazing friend and designer. All the printed materials were designed by her, and she was always completely willing to go over and above to make our wedding as special and unique as possible.”

Amy’s bridesmaids had their hair and makeup styled by Mae You Be while Amy, her mother and mother in law used Doreen Yon from Barely Blushing for makeup and Orieta Pires for hair. One of Amy’s fondest memories was initiated by her father. “Knowing they are my favourite things, my Dad snuck out while all the girls were getting ready on the morning of the wedding to buy us a big box of hot chips with chicken salt. Probably not the best thing to eat pre-wedding-dress, but they went down a treat with a glass of Veuve!
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Amy’s Christian Louboutin wedding shoes were a complete surprise. She explains “Completely unbeknown to me, my beautiful Mum and sister, Ally, had spent months searching for my perfect wedding shoes, which I had seen a picture of online, but gave up trying to find. A few months before the wedding, after a particularly bad week, I went over to my parent’s house, where they surprised me with a spread of all my favourite food, champagne, and presented to me my dream wedding shoes – the glittery Louboutins! They ended up coming all the way from a department store in the USA – the very last pair available worldwide! It was such a special moment and meant SO much to me. I’ll never forget it and even now when I look at the shoes, I get a little teary!
” Amy’s sister also gifted her a pair on antique earrings to wear.

Amy wore a gown byJoanne Panzarino while her bridesmaids wore different black gowns from Lela Rose.

Amy and Scott held their ceremony at The Breakfast Point Country Club. Amy explains “For our ceremony, we wanted to make sure our venue was relaxed, romantic and elegant.  Amy’s grandmother introduced us to the Breakfast Point Country Club, which we loved because of the harbour views and Hamptons-like style. We felt a bit like we were in an episode of Gossip Girl! Mainly, we really liked the fact that our guests could have a glass of champagne (and a popsicle) at the end of the ceremony to really kick start the celebrations, while enjoying the view!

” White Hot Events coordinated the ceremony.

Amy and Scott hired vocalist Jess Pollard for their ceremony music. Amy recalls “We took a lot of time to pick songs that were really beautiful and meaningful to us. Jess Pollard was amazing, and sung the Across the Universe version of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ by the Beatles as I walked down the aisle. Apparently there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, largely thanks to her magical voice! When we were signing the registry, Jess sang ‘Stay With You’ by John Legend, and for our recessional, she sang ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ by Hall and Oates. She created such a beautiful atmosphere, and we were so lucky to have her!”

Guests enjoyed personalised popsicles on the balcony from Liana Raine. Amy remembers “Bianca and Aja from Liana Raine created three popsicle flavours for our guests to enjoy after our ceremony, based on some of our favourite foods. They were AMAZING. One was based on Amy’s favourite dessert – sticky coconut rice with mango and salted caramel, another was raspberry which was poached with one of Scott’s favourite beers. The sticks were also personalised, saying “So hot right now,” which was recognition of the sunny day, and a homage to one of our favourite movies – Zoolander. 
- Accompanying the popsicles were personalised napkins which said, “Thanks for being quiet during the ceremony. You look great, by the way.” We thought they were fun ice breakers that our guests would enjoy.”

After the ceremony, the bridal party headed to Sydney’s CBD for photographs.

Melinda Tualima styled the floral arrangements for the day.

Of their photographer, Amy says “Our photographer was Matt Reed, whose work we fell in love with when we first looked at his website! His natural, candid style was exactly what we were looking for, and he also seemed to be able to completely capture the mood of a wedding. We wanted our wedding to be totally fun and full of love, and wanted to find a photographer who could capture that in pictures. Matt was awesome on the day, and we couldn’t be happier!”

One of Amy’s favourite memories was, “Walking down the grand staircase at the GPO building as we were announced as husband and wife was great! We bee-lined for the champagne and oyster bar, which was quite a spectacular way to start the reception!
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Amy and Scott held their reception at Prime Restaurant at the GPO Building . Amy explains “For our reception, we really wanted to choose a venue that would be different, memorable and somewhere that would make our guests feel like the special, important people they are. Also top on our list was good food and alcohol. We are both unashamedly food obsessed, so it was super important that we chose a venue that would provide us with something different to the usual ‘beef or chicken’ options. Prime has been voted Sydney’s best steak restaurant for 12 years, and the food and service is out of this world. Coupling that with the gorgeous sandstone interiors, beautiful lighting (there are no down lights – only lamps and candles), and the fact that we could have a whole separate bar as a dedicated dance floor and dessert shrine – we were sold! And we could not have been happier with our choice.”

The tables had a fun “We Go Together Like…” theme. Amy says “Our tables were named after our favourite food combinations. The bridal table was Peanut Butter & Jelly – My (guiltily) favourite sandwich.”

Dinner was definitely a highlight says Amy. “As we sat down to eat our main course (everyone tells you that you don’t eat on your wedding day … That wasn’t the case for us!), we looked around and saw nearly every guest tucking into a steak. It was so memorable and so much fun to see our closest friends and family enjoying the amazing food! We had our guests RSVP on a website (which my talented sister Ally made), where they were also asked to choose what they’d like to eat for their entree and main, and what song would get them on the dance floor. So every guest ate what they would have ordered at the restaurant anyway (90% chose the steak!), and every single person was on the dance floor at some point in the evening, including our grandparents!”

Right after the speeches and before the first dance, a decadent dessert buffet, complete with wedding cake was unveiled. Amy remembers, “With Create Cake by Sharon Brideson, we had designed a cake table full of amazing desserts, which would be unveiled, right before the first dance. When we saw it for the first time, it completely exceeded all our expectations. Though we had designed it, the finished product was so much more amazing (and tasty!) than we could have ever imagined!
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The first dance was definitely a show stopper. Amy recalls “We wanted our first dance to be really fun and happy, so we chose “Why Don’t You and I” by Santana, which has such an upbeat, celebratory tone. We decided at the last minute to do some lessons with a very good family friend who owns a dance studio, Jenny Burland (of Your Bridal Dance), and she choreographed a really fun and impressive dance which included a few lifts and dips, which we were particularly happy to show off!”

Guests received home brewed beer from Scott’s father called “True Love Brew” from Malt Shovel  in calico, custom printed bags as wedding favors.

Amy says “At the end of the night, once all the formalities were over, dancing with our family and friends was amazing. Everyone was having such a great time, and it was so wonderful seeing everyone’s smiling faces!”

Congratulations Amy and Scott! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you to Matt Reed for sharing today’s images with us!

Photographer: Matt Reed / Other: White Designs / Bride's Dress: Joanne Panzarino / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Jewellery: Antique / Groom's Attire: J Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose / Hairstylist: Orieta Pires / Hairstylist: Agents of Beauty / Makeup Artist: Doreen Yon from Barely Blushing / Makeup Artist: Agents of Beauty / Flowers & Decor: Melinda Tualima / Invitations & Stationery: Imogen Moss / Other: Feather Letter / Ceremony Venue: The Breakfast Point Country Club / Other: White Hot Events / Ceremony Officiant: Louise Robinson / Ceremony Musicians: Jess Pollard / Reception Venue: Prime Restaurant at the GPO Building, Sydney / Band: Jazzis / DJ: DJ Solutions / Other: Malt Shovel (Groom's Father) / Other: Imogen Moss / Other: Run Ellie Run / Other: Liana Raine / Other: Create Cake by Sharon Brideson / Other: De Beers / Other: Your Bridal Dance / Other: Wedding List Co