Photography, cake, flowers, make up – it all adds up to an expensive wedding day. Would you like to win these services for your big day? The Big Day Wedding Event is being held at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre & Surf Club from 10am on Sunday 23rd September 2012 and as part of this event the organisers are holding The Big Day Wedding Giveaway.
The competition is open to all residents of New South Wales 18 years and older. Entrants must be able to show upon request photographic proof of residency and age e.g driverʼs license, passport
The Big Day Wedding Giveaway concludes at 12pm on Sunday, 23 September 2012 (the competition period).
The Big Day Wedding Giveaway is entered by purchasing 1 double pass entry in to The Big Day Wedding Event via the website taking place on Sunday, 23 September 2012 Avoca Beach Picture Theatre & Surf Club.
The Winner will be chosen by random.org at 12pm on Sunday, 23 September 2012 and announced after the fashion parade at The Big Day Wedding Event at 12:30pm.
The prize must take place before 31 December 2013. If the prize is not used before 31 December 2013, it will be forfeited.
Today’s wedding can be described in one word- chic. From the bride’s Chanel pearl necklace, to the old cinema venue, to the guests mingling in the laneway.
Emily tells their story. “We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Initial sparks flew as we had a lot in common – both working in the creative fields (fashion and design) we share interests of all things art, design, music, fashion and food related. A few months went by as Trent was travelling but after some match making by a close friend, something started.
We got engaged whilst picnicking in Central Park, New York in September 2010.”
Photographs today are by Leo Farrell who has an unobtrusive, ‘as it happens’ way of capturing beauty in weddings.
Emily and her bridesmaids had their makeup done by Justine Bruers. Emily recalls, “It was really special having a friend who Emily went to junior school with in Hong Kong do the makeup of the bride and bridesmaids. We really wanted a natural look which Justine did perfectly.”
Emily and Trent hired Bright Young Things who not only coordinated and styled the wedding but also catered the event. Emily says “We loved our vendors. Especially the lovely staff from Bright Young Things – everything went so smoothly and the staff went out of their way to make our guests comfortable – we got so many compliments from our guests in the following weeks.”
The couple held the entire wedding at 1000 Pound Bend. Emily explains, “We wanted a venue that was different to the usual wedding venue, and one that was very Melbourne. We are originally from Sydney so the majority of our guests were flying in from interstate.
After seeing many venues and almost losing hope we stumbled across 1000 Pound Bend one Saturday afternoon. We both knew straight away it was the perfect venue for us. It’s raw warehouse/gallery feel reflected our tastes and it came complete with a laneway – you can’t get more Melbourne than that.
We had the ceremony in the Cinema upstairs which was really unique and intimate. Our guests then mingled whilst we went for photos at Flagstaff Gardens. Everyone then moved into the large gallery space downstairs for the evening’s festivities.”
Emily walked down the aisle to ‘Heartbeats’ by José González (cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats).
Sylvia Johnson performed the ceremony. Emily remembers “Sylvia our celebrant – really understood us as a couple. She understood we did not want a traditional formal ceremony. There were many laughs through out and really heartfelt vows. We had compliments on the ceremony from many of our guests.”
Emily loved, “Having the majority of our guests travel to Melbourne for the weekend – we are both originally from Sydney so it was special having everyone make the trip down for our wedding. It was wonderful looking around at all the faces of our guests during the ceremony and realising the effort everyone had made to be there.”
Of their photographer, Emily says “Capturing the day through beautiful photography was high on our list. We were drawn to Leo’s non-posed, relaxed candid style. Leo was wonderful on the day, he was very un-intrusive – we barely knew he was there. We couldn’t be happier with our final shots – they really capture the day perfectly.”
There was one little surprise for the couple. Emily recalls “On the way back from photos Trent’s brother organised a graffiti artist, who just happened to be hanging out in the street, to spray paint a heart with our initials in the venue lane way. The artist was making finishing touches as Trent and I walked around the corner. It was a perfect surprise for us as we both love street art. It really added a special touch to the day.:
Instead of a formal reception, Emily and Trent did away with formalities choosing not to have a first dance and having relaxed seating at the reception. Emily recalls, “We chose to have a more relaxed non-formal style of wedding with good food and wine being the most important thing. We had a half stand up half sit down style reception so everyone would mingle and we could spend time with all our guests rather than be seated in set seats. The food was served buffet style.”
Emily loved, “The speeches – both our fathers made beautiful memorable speeches, as did the best man and Trent. Emily’s brother also made a heartfelt speech that bought a tear to many of our guest’s eyes. He was stressing about it all week but it ended up being just perfect.”
As is Melbourne’s way, it’s the hidden nooks that are the favourite spaces. Emily says “The lane way – not only was this a perfect reflection of Melbourne, it was a beautiful warm summer’s day, so having the lane way was a great way to allow our guests to get some fresh air and spend time mingling outside. Bright Young Things did a great job dressing it up with benches, cushions and jugs of flowers.”
And for one final sweet treat? “The ice cream cart – this came to life towards the end of the night. A selection of ice cream flavours and toppings were available. It was a refreshing and fun surprise for our guests after a couple of hours of dancing.”
Congratulations Emily and Trent! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Leo Farrell for sharing today’s images!
Michelle and Kurt held their wedding at Weddings at Tiffany’s, Maleny . Michelle explains “Weddings at Tiffany’s in Maleny is a stunning Queenslander with a breathtaking view of the Glasshouse Mountain and beyond. The property has just been renovated under the keen eye of proprietor Kelly Tilse and a beautiful chapel has been added. This was a huge draw card for us, to have a weather proof chapel with an amazing view on-site. It meant we could have the whole in event in one location.”
Michelle walked down the aisle to “She” by Elvis Costello.
Michelle remarks “It was the most perfect day from start to finish shared with 120 of our wonderful friends and family and made possible by the best group of suppliers.”
Of their photographer, Michelle says “Nick was fantastic to deal with right from the outset. He made the whole process fun and knew exactly what we wanted. We are absolutely blown away by the shots he took. They are exactly what we’d wanted, natural shots of us that captured the beauty of the venue and lots of editorial style photos of the event itself, the speeches, the dancing and all the fun.”
Guests were invited to snap photos as they entered the reception. Michelle explains “We wanted our family and friends to contribute to something we could keep so we made a frame and strung it with a name tag for each guest. We asked them to take a polaroid photo of themselves during the night and replace their name tag with the photo. The photos are fantastic and we managed to get a picture of every single guest! Plus a load of fun extra shots.”
Guests received paper bags filled with lollies.
For their first dance, Michelle says “Kurt picked ‘Beyond the Sea’ by Robbie Williams. He has always been a fan of Bobby Darin. We only practiced the waltz a few times, but it went off without a hitch on the night.”
This beautiful, sweet Swedish wedding comes to us today from photographer Annevi Peterson who has captured such romance and intimacy in her photographs.
Johanna tells the story of her and Urban’s love. “We met 15 years ago at a summer job. Urban was delivering newspapers Sunday mornings and he was to teach Johanna the route to take over.
We still love each other as much as we did then. To get married now, when we have two kids and are in the middle of life, feels just perfect!”
Johanna and Urban held their wedding at Möja Värdshus. Johanna explains “Möja is a beautiful island in the archipelago of Stockholm only 1.5 hour trip from where we live. We stayed at Möja Värdshus for the weekend and were married on the bare rocks by the ocean. Möja is an island in the archipelago of Stockholm Värmdö and can only be reached by boat. The sailing culture is essential in the local community. “
Johanna describes the day as, “A beautiful day in the archipelago filled with sunshine, laughter and lots and lots of love!” Urban wore a suit from Tiger of Sweden and shoes from Vagabond.
Johanna remarks, “We love spending time at the ocean and the archipelago, so Möja was just the perfect place for us to get married. We stayed there for the whole weekend, which also made our wedding very peaceful and memorable.”
Of their photographer, Johanna says, “We had a small family wedding with only the closest family and Annevi immediately felt like one of the bunch. She is a warm and wonderful person and a fantastic photographer. The pictures were just wonderful and will become such a memory for life.”
The bouquets were by Charlotta’s blommor, but for Johanna’s hairpiece, she remembers, “We picked wild flowers and my sister made a hair garland of the flowers.”
Johanna says “We wanted our wedding to be very personal, calm and peaceful. We wanted to focus on the wedding and to spend this special day together with our closest family and especially our kids that were very excited about the event. That’s why we decided to keep it simple and instead have the party some time later on.”
Johanna recalls, “Our official Helena Valentin was wonderful. She held the most personal, fun and intelligent speech at the ceremony.”
Johanna notes, “Our daughters sang to us during the ceremony – so sweet and breathtaking!”
The ceremony had some extra special touches, Johanna remembers. “We had a sand ceremony where we mixed sand in a bottle. The sand represented us as individuals, which together shaped a unique pattern in the bottle and impossible to separate from each other again.
We had also written (love) letters to each other that we switched during the ceremony. We read them when we were alone later that night.”
Guests ended the day with a close intimate meal together.
Congratulations on your marriage Johanna and Urban! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Annevi Peterson for sharing today’s images!