I have a thing for abundant weddings lately. Not extravagant, but layered. Where a guest walks in and is met by tables laden with food – fresh bread and fresh butter, bowls of fresh, summer fruit, cocktails in vibrant colours and icy treats made from fresh fruit. Today’s celebration is all about Summer.
Starting with the beautiful floral invitation, to a table under the balmy Summer night to plenty of whimsical, fun touches oh and a live band, because there will be dancing at this wedding, and preferably a brilliant sunset!
Adelaide does beautiful weddings so well. Today’s winery wedding kicked off with a traditional Ukranian marriage ceremony which just added another flavour and another beautiful layer to the wedding day. Watching different ceremonies and traditions makes telling the stories so much richer.
Joanna tells the story of their relationship. “We met seven years ago at a local pub in Adelaide. One of my friends gave Darren my contact details and we have been together since.”
Photographs today are by Sydney photographer Todd Perry who has just turned to photography full time. I like his eye- the traditional yet whimsical and fun moments captured.
Joanna and her bridesmaids wore gowns from Rapsimo.
Joanna and Darren were married at the Ukranian Catholic church in Adelaide.
Joanna walked down the aisle to ‘Ava Marie’ by Beyonce.
There were little nods to Joanna’s creativity, she explains, “I designed the Mass books and menus (in keeping with the design of our invitations) and tied white bows on them. We also made traditional Ukrainian label pins for all guests. ” Adelaide Flowerhouse styled the bridal party flowers, church arrangements and reception arrangements.
Joanna remembers, “It is traditional in the Ukrainian culture that the bride and groom’s parents given the bride and groom a blessing. It was lovely to have Darren’s parents involved in that special tradition.”
Of their photographer, Joanna explains, “We wanted relaxed photos which captured the special moments of our day as they happened. Todd did exactly that. He was a pleasure to work with and stayed for the entire wedding. We absolutely love our photos –they’re so natural.”
Joanna remarks, “The bridal party stopped off at a small local pub in the Adelaide Hills on the way to the reception to have a drink and enjoy some time together. This was a great idea that was suggested to us by a friend.”
Joanna and Darren held their reception at Bird In Hand Winery. Joanna notes, “Bird in Hand is the most beautiful winery. We had the reception in the barrel room, which is an old sandstone building where the wine barrels are kept. Guests had canapés on the lawns overlooking the vineyards and then moved into the barrel room for the reception. The staff at Bird in Hand were a pleasure to work with and made sure everything went very smoothly on the day.”
For their first dance, Joanna recalls, “Darren and I wanted to have a fun first dance. We both love older music and so when we listened to Stevie Wonder’s – ‘For Once in my Life’, we knew it was perfect.”
Congratulations Joanna and Darren! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Todd Perry for sharing today’s images!
Well I’ll be honest, this wedding had me at Jacqui’s polka dot gloves. But then I read that the couple described their wedding as a “British Carnival” and I had to read on. Every little part of the wedding came together to form this incredible, personal day with such a fun, retro, British twist!
Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography who have a way of capturing whimsical, fun that makes you giggle but still get the story and emotion of the day.
The couple sent invitations on vintage handkerchiefs sourced from eBay.
David wore a bespoke suit from The Cloakroom His groomsmen wore hired suits with vintage 70’s ex-hire ruffled tux shirts from Connecticut USA.
Jacqui’s bridesmaids wore gowns made from a vintage pattern. Vanessa recalls, ” They were made to measure from a 1954 pattern in pastels to make them look like macaroons! An idea inspired by and decided on while in Paris with one of the Bridesmaids.”
Jacqui and David were married at St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Annerley. Jacqui recalls “The church was connected to where I went to school (as a child I always imagined my wedding there). ” Jacqui walked down the aisle to ‘Ava Maria’.
Jacqui and David even took the party atmosphere on their wedding transport. Jacqui says, “We decided later that the secret to a successful wedding is to be with your soulmate, a red London bus, a mariachi band and victory rolls. I think if we continue this philosophy throughout our married life, we will be just fine.”
Jacqui remembers “A highlight was walking from where the bus had parked at the Story Bridge Hotel to Riverlife. Everyone looked wonderful and the Mariachi’s were playing – we had our own impromptu street parade.”
I adore this moment. Jacqui tells, “David learnt to play ‘We’re going to be friends’ by The White Stripes, as a secret surprise. He played it on the bus and it was the only time I cried all day.”
Jacqui and David held their reception at Riverlife. Jacqui explains “Riverlife, was always going to be our first and only choice for a reception venue. We walked past it all the time on our long walks and love the heritage feel and the way the city lights reflect on the river.”
Amini Concepts not only planned and styled the event they also created the floral arrangements for the reception. As favors, guests received handmade candles. Jacqui recalls “We gave 1930’s – 1970’s tea cups that we filled with wax to make candles with, sourced one by one from flea markets, antique stores and ebay.”
Vintage touches were really important to Jacqui and Andrew, as was DIY! Jacqui explains “We made everything or sourced everything. We made all the bunting, 250 metres of it, which took months. We graphic designed everything ourselves, from the invitations which we printed on old handkerchiefs, to the ‘welcome’ and ‘bathroom’ signs also on handkerchiefs, the table menus, the seating chart which incorporated a London Underground map. David made the light up heart on the dance floor, we filled our teacup candles and made tags, we made our table numbers which were London Underground stations. Most time consuming, but rewarding of all, was sourcing 1930’s – 1940’s coloured glass vases (called depression glass). We went hunting at flea markets, antique stores and ebay for almost a whole year.”
For their first dance, Jacqui says, “We’re losers who can’t dance, despite taking some lessons, we just wanted good music to play! 1940’s Big Band and Italian WW11 Pop Songs, followed by chillout electronic and finishing with favourites. First Dance, we couldn’t choose just one song. Mid way through first song we were joined by everyone: ‘Playground Love by Air’, followed by ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and The Machine, followed by ‘Satellite of Love’ by Lou Reed, followed by ‘We used to be friends’ by The Dandy Warhols.
Congratulations Jacqui and David! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for sharing today’s images!
I am so thrilled to see the 2013 ready to wear collection from designer Jennifer Gifford. Her designs are young and fresh with a sense of femininity.
Jennifer’s made to wear collection features the traditional white and ivory but the range also includes blush and (my favourite) a beauty in platinum. if you can’t find a design you like, Jennifer does do custom gowns as well.
I love the classic shapes Jennifer uses with the individual touches – the metal belts, the low beaded backs, simple understated bows and of course something that gets me every time- polka dot fabrics!