On her blog, Vanessa describes herself as “a vintage girl working in a modern world” and I think her wedding to Chris completely reflected the perfect mix of old and new.
Vanessa and Chris hired Kit Haselden to take their wedding photos for his journalistic inspired wedding photos. Vanessa had worked with Kit previously and has collaborated with him on many projects, so the couple knew they would hire Kit straight away!
The chocolate wedding cake with dulche de leche and ganache (made by Sweet Libertine Cakes) was designed to match Vanessa’s gown.
One of Vanessa’s favourite moments was the speeches. “We’re still trying to work out why our Best Man, Jason was so nervous – he was the star of the show!”
Vanessa wore white peeptoes from Panache Shoes while her bridesmaids wore crystal decorated black peeptoes from Novo.
Of their first dance Vanessa says “We had been rehearsing for months in our kitchen at home. After a lesson from our old high school English teacher (who is a former ballroom dancer), we set about choreographing our show stopper. We changed our minds about the music about 50 times, but finally settled on ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – there were lifts, dips, cha cha chases and more…It brought the house down!!!!!”
To keep with their simple, romantic wedding style, EmmyRose Stationery designed grey and white invitation with a space for guests to RSVP with their favourite song which would be played on the night. This kept guests of all ages on the dancefloor! (With the help of DJ Alex from Allegro). The Willows space allowed guests to dance inside while other guests took advantage of the Autumn evening outside.
Congratulations Vanessa and Chris on your marriage together! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! Thank you also to Kit Haselden for sharing today’s photographs!
Vanessa and Chris met in high school and true to form, Vanessa dishes the full story as to how the newlyweds met. “Chris and I met, aged 12 on our first day of high school! However, given that he was a jock and I was perpetually uncool, our paths didn’t cross until a few years later. Our first encounter together was in the Year 7 production of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (Me as Red and Chris as the Big Bad Wolf – I even managed to find a card of Little Red Riding Hood, which I gave to Chris with his wedding present) and then again in Year 10 in “Guys and Dolls”, where I asked Chris to pose for a photo backstage and said “Chris, will you be my guy?”. After that we became the very best of friends and would fall asleep on the phone to each other most nights (BUT WE WERE ‘JUST FRIENDS’ haha) – after high school we kept bumping into one another before Chris left for the USA for a month long holiday. Whilst away on holiday I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day from guess who… Four days later, as he was leaving the airport, Chris rang and said that he had to see me…
He arrived at my door and proclaimed that he had something to ask me…”Will you be my girlfriend?” and 7 years later, we were married.
We’ve often joked that our lives are like an episode of The OC (This makes more sense later…), unlikely high school sweet hearts that were just meant to end up together….”
As a makeup artist, Vanessa did her own makeup as well as that of her bridesmaids “I obviously DIY’d the makeup for myself and the girls. It was so lovely to have something to do during our morning preparations, otherwise I’m sure I would have been a lot more nervous! I was thrilled with the makeup – it was definitely my BEST bridal party to date.”
One of Vanessa’s wedding day highlights came from her brother “Hearing my little brother tell me that I looked beautiful (He is a young man of few words, but those were the right ones and completely the right time)”.
Vanessa wore a strapless gown with accessories from Mariana Hardwick, while her bridesmaids were dressed is charcoal blue gowns from OJAY.Style By Nature created bouquets (“with very little input” says Vanessa , of dusty miller with cream and mauve roses for the bridesmaids and cream roses with dusty miller for Vanessa. Vanessa added a blue butterfly to her bouquet for her “something blue” (which doubled as a nod to her name as Vanessa means butterfly).
The boys were dressed in suits from Formalwear Express and shoes from Zu Shoes. The groomsmen each wore cuff links which reflected their personalities – Chris’ were a a gift from Vanessa. He wore silver Tiffany & Co cufflinks which Vanessa purchased when they were in New York City and she’d decided Chris was 100% “the one”.
Vanessa and Chris chose The Willows as the location for their ceremony and reception. Vanessa says “After having spent the day looking at several venues, The Willows was our last stop. We were early so decided do just do a drive by to suss things out…IT WAS PERFECT!!! We both agreed it looked like something out of The Great Gatsby (one of our favourite books from school), and after meeting Fiona our coordinator, and walking through the various spaces within the venue (outdoor, glass atrium, dance floor and lounge) we were sold. (Thank goodness our original date was booked as that turned out to be the date of Melbourne’s worst storm!!!! Whereas the 12th was a picture perfect day!)”.
Vanessa says “Being the nerd that I am, I LOVE Taylor Swift….and all day I had ‘Today was a fairytale’ playing in my head. Seriously, everything was absolutely PERFECT! All our service providers were incredible – I would recommend them to EVERYONE, because it was the small details that made a big difference. Myself and the bridesmaids were early, so we parked for about 20 minutes and our driver whipped out some lollies for us all to enjoy. The boys got the same treatment, but with beers!”
One of Vanessa’s favourite moments was traveling to the ceremony with her father “Driving in with Dad I was expecting some final words of advice, but we were both a bit too emotional to talk, so we just sat together holding hands, all the way till he gave me away to Chris.”
Vanessa walked down the aisle to Syd Matter’s cover of “Hello Sunshine”. Vanessa says “This is where the OC reference comes in. I had been planning this entrance well before we were engaged. Myself and the bridesmaids entered to Syd Matter’s version of ‘Hello Sunshine’ (From the OC – it’s Summer and Seth’s song….Summer was the cool one and Seth was the nerd one and they still made it work……true OC fans will understand) I had everything timed to the second so that I got to enter to the big crescendo.”
One of the special ceremony touches came at the suggestion of the couple’s celebrant Peter Raymond. Vanessa recounts “On Peter’s suggestion, we decided to have each member of our bridal party introduced throughout the ceremony, how they met Chris and myself and why it was important to have them standing with us on our wedding day. I cannot tell you how many comments we have had on that small gesture, and it was all thanks to Peter! He was excellent!”
Check back this afternoon for more of the gorgeous celebration of Vanessa and Chris!
Our first lovely vendor of the week is Follan Photography- made up of husband and wife team Andrew & Sarah. Follan Photography take beautiful images in a a relaxed and fun approach to your wedding day. (Plus they travel!)
To get to know Follan Photography a little better. We quizzed Andrew five questions in five minutes!
What is your favourite after five drink?
Why do we have to wait until 5? Usually just a beer, but I have been known to enjoy some girly looking cocktails as well.
Your favourite weekend getaway?
The NSW South Coast, where the country meets the coast. It is so peaceful, relaxed and the beaches are not crowded!
It used to be “Out of Africa” at Manly but then we discovered “Saki” in the Rocks, Sydney.
What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Coco Pops. The kids and I are only allowed them on weekends.
Your favourite wedding story?
Mine. I met my beautiful wife whilst working in Canada and we married soon after moving back to Australia. She’s now my “assistant/second shooter” at weddings but still acts like the boss!