I’m excited to showcase Hang and Will’s wedding- they celebrated their reception at one of my favourite restaurants (slow cooked pork belly, yummy!) and had such an incredibly beautiful garden ceremony before hand.
Photography is by Maho & Pea – it’s slightly edgy and raw with such a Melbourne feel to it!
Of their photographer, Hang says “We wanted candid and less traditional shots with a vintage feel and got just that. Peta and Matt (Maho and Pea) gave us just that, their photos were stunning and captured the day perfectly. They were both professional and relaxed and we loved having them with us on the day. ”
Hang and Will continued the celebration by holding their reception at Red Spice Road. Hang says “Red Spice Road was chosen for the look and feel of the restaurant and the delicious food.”
Hang says ” The ceremony was very relaxed and fun, and the reception was a blast with great food and music.”
Guests received favors of chocolates in noodle boxes tied with ribbon and decorated with a custom designed sticker.
Hang’s bridesmaid made the three tier wedding cake covered in sheets of white chocolate.
For their first dance, Hang remembers “It was with all of our friends to Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’! ”
Congratulations Hang and Will! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Maho & Pea for sharing today’s photographs!
Today’s wedding is nothing short of cheerful. Filled with bright rainbow colours, the soft sounds and sights of the beach and a whimsical, fun reception it has all the trimmings for a beautiful wedding day.
Jane tells their story. “I had been friends with Pete’s sisters for a while and had heard a lot about their brother Pete who lived in Sydney, and one day, I finally got to meet him when he turned up at church one day. Pete knew straight away that he wanted to be with me, but it took a thunderstorm, kayaking adventure, a surfing lesson……and a breakfast cereal dinner date, to convince me!”
The wedding kicked off with treasure map invitations handmade by the couple. Says Jane, “We had an adventure theme where the invites were like treasure maps. Then to help people find their way from the beach to the reception venue we had the directions rolled up, with a number of questions to keep them entertained on the journey!”
Jane describes the wedding as “Fun, colourful, relaxed, with a subtle twist of vintage.” The couple hired a kombi from a local member of a kombi club to transport them on the day.
Jane and Pete were married on Fingal Beach.
Jane says “Their was no formal plan as to what everyone was going to wear on the day, I didn’t even know what Pete would be wearing! Despite this, it all seemed to go well together….we even got comments as to how well we had planned this!! ” Jane’s bridesmaids wore brightly coloured gowns.
Jane walked down the beach with her parents to, “the sound of waves with the distant strum of a guitar”. Jane says, “I arrived at the beach expecting a simple table on which to sign the register, but when I arrived they had laid out a beautiful aisle of flowers and rocks from the beach….what an amazing surprise!”
There was an unexpected drink for guests to enjoy after the ceremony. Jane explains, “For refreshments straight after the ceremony we served bottled iced coffee (black coffee, soy coffee or full cream) from Blackstar Coffee, in West End (Brisbane). We both love a good coffee, this is a favourite coffee shop and they do the best ice coffee!”
Of their photographer, Jane says “As we knew Anna and her excellent and inspiring photography style, we just knew we had to have her do our wedding photos. She is enthusiastic, professional, and amazing at keeping us all in check and on time on the day. We just can’t stop looking at the photos, we love them, and what a wonderful memoir of a perfect day.”
Jane and Pete held their reception at Mavis’s Kitchen. Jane explains “We really wanted an outdoor wedding – so we looked for venues that accommodated this. We chose Mavis’s Kitchen as they were so helpful and flexible to our needs. We were able to put up a marquee outside for the dancing, and were able to have the meal up in their restaurant with beautiful outdoor balconies and views of Mt Warning. ”
The handmade table decor consisted of customised glass jars and spotty table runners.
In lieu of a traditional gift registry, Jane says “As we love travel and shared experiences we asked people who wanted to give us gifts to give us a bottle of their favourite wine, or a voucher to their favourite cafe or restaurant (anywhere in the world!)……so our wedding adventure will continue!” For wedding favours, Jane and Pete made up little bags of their favourite breakfast cereal in brown paper bags tied with red ribbon.
The first dance was spontaneous, Jane says “This wasn’t planned! we just heard the bands pumping tunes and couldn’t resist the dance floor! We ended up dancing to Superstition, by Stevie Wonder! ”
Cngratulations Jane and Pete! Thanks for sharing your wedding with us! Thanks to Anna Pretorius Photography for sharing today’s wedding photographs!
Today’s wedding of Priscilla and Steven is absolutely gorgeous. The couple worked around an early 10.30am ceremony by having two receptions so guests could celebrate all day long. I love the city backdrops in amongst their celebration.
Priscilla tells their story. “We met eight years ago when my family moved into the area. We’d like to say something more exciting than that- but that’s exactly how it happened.”
Pictures & Hearts took beautiful, elegant photographs of Priscilla and Steven’s wedding day which completely fit the style of the wedding.
Priscilla had her makeup styled by Elizabeth Mizyed (0416 274 141) and hair by Penny Martin (0411 122 519). Priscilla recalls “I am so thankful to Elizabeth for how she made me look and feel on my wedding day. I had used her for my engagement so I was confident she would do a great job- so much so I didn’t give her a picture to work off. She tailored a look for me based on my dress, my colouring and what I wanted to look like as a bride. My mum and I were so happy with that first look in the mirror! Penny Martin did an amazing job with our hair! She has so much knowledge and experience we felt so comfortable in her care. She styled myself, my mum, my grandma and 2 aunties -arriving before 5 am the morning of to get an early start! We were so happy with her that since the wedding she has become our regular hairdresser.”
Priscilla’s gown was made by a friend using fabric from Saigon Fabrics. Priscilla remarks “I thought I knew what I wanted to wear on my wedding day until I became a bride! I really felt a lot of pressure with the dress, more so than with any other part of the day. I must have tried on at least 40 dresses! I’d like to think of it as a productive task though because it helped a friend and I create something that was perfect for me. The off the shoulder design was inspired by a dress that was on the cover of a travel magazine I picked up with the newspaper one morning at work. I looked at it and I just knew that was the ‘one’ I had been looking for even though the picture was incomplete. The rest as they say is history!”
Priscilla says “My wedding bouquet was made with love by my mum. She also made all the flower arrangements at the ceremony. We went to the flower markets the Thursday before the wedding and picked the flowers then and there. My mum also made brooch clusters from little diamante crystals she found and weaved them in between the roses in my bouquet.”
Priscilla and Steven married at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Rockdale.
Priscilla remarks, “My brother was my “bride’s man” and also walked me down the aisle. He is a great friend of both Steven and I and it seemed only natural to have him by my side on that day. I’ll never forget the moment just before the music started he looked at me and said ‘This is it’.”
Priscilla recalls, “I have this great memory of jumping into the car with Steven after our ceremony and driving away together. We had been nervous and excited all morning and all of a sudden here we were man and wife driving away in our cool open air hire car. There were lots of smiles on that drive.”
The couple had two flower girls. Priscilla says, “The flower girls dresses were designed and created by mum (she’s a clever cookie!) It was like we hit gold when we found some scrap fabric in the garage one day. There was just enough to make two small girls dresses. It was a labour of love working without a proper pattern but they came out great.”
The wedding cake was a focal point for the first reception Priscilla notes. “We had two delicious wedding cakes made by my Aunty Helen from Cakes On The Rise. She is a cake genius! There was so much time and love put into making us the perfect wedding cake. My wedding dress was the inspiration behind the dinner cake at the QVB. The ‘lace’ tier was an exact replica of the lace on my dress. When she first showed me the cake I was speechless. Those cakes were a perfect complement to our day!”
The first reception was held at The Tea Room Gunners Barracks. Priscilla explains “We are huge fans of the Tea Room group after using two of their venues for our wedding. We had a cocktail lunch at The Tea Room Gunners Barracks after our ceremony – we were sold the minute we saw the view- I think I actually did a happy dance when I first stepped out onto the veranda, it is just stunning.”
Priscilla loved “All the little things- the paper pom poms, the frames with words in them, the photobooth props, the table decorations, the place cards, the map enclosures on the invitation, all these little things made our wedding special to us because they were all details we had spent months arranging. To finally see all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together to make a beautiful picture made us feel proud.
The Candy Bar banner at Gunners Barracks said “Love is Sweet” and the take away candy bags said “Thanks for being so sweet”. There were 3 small frames on the candy bar table with a little rhyme we made up- it said: (frame one) “Fill your bags with some” (frame two) “SWEETS” (frame 3) “then take home your tasty treats!”
The couple headed into the city for photographs after lunch.
Of their photographer, Priscilla says “For us the right photographer meant two things- someone we would feel comfortable to be around all day; and who rain, hail or shine would deliver quality photographs. Amelia, from Pictures and Hearts did that for us. Right from the initial meet and greet she was focused on what we wanted from our wedding pictures. She was warm, friendly and open to our ideas, but she also gave us some great tips for the day- one tip was to hold some tissues in my bouquet hand so that if I got emotional during the ceremony I could dry my eyes, that was a huge help because as it turned out I couldn’t stop crying.”
Guests and the newlyweds then celebrated with a dinner celebration at The Tea Rooms QVB. Priscilla explains “We had our dinner reception at the Tea Room QVB –it’s such an impressive looking room and it had the character and old world charm we both love, not to mention impeccable food and service! Of course having 2 venues meant a lot of extra work for us, but we really felt like we made the most of our special day, surrounded by and celebrating with the people we love.”
The dinner reception was styled and decorated by Nightingales. Priscilla recalls “The QVB Tea Room table decorations had three different centrepieces. Three tables had blue hydrangeas in 2 vintage silver vases, 3 tables had low rise chandeliers sitting on a mirror and 4 tables had a square frame lying flat with vintage books, candelabras and some other little trinkets in the frame. We wanted the room to have an eclectic and romantic feel with a touch of vintage charm. Nightingales were an amazing vendor! They had a great range of items for us to pick and were really excited to help us create the look we wanted. They were also so accommodating. I remember I wanted some vintage luggage on the bric-a-brac cake table so they went on the hunt and found something that was perfect.”
“Our cake table at the QVB had some personal items on it. We wanted the table to have a bric-a-brac feel without being overly crowded. I have an old pink typewriter from the 1950’s that I wanted to use. It has no real sentimental value other than I think it looks cute! There was also a print that we bought off etsy that says “You are my cup of tea.” Steve and I are both tea drinkers and we thought it was a cute reference to us. It also tied in well with our ‘tea room’ venue.”
The first dance was dreamy, with music provided by Funkified Entertainment . Priscilla remembers “We didn’t have a song so we sat down one day and googled- how romantic! We chose Alicia Keys “If I ain’t got you” .The song was performed live by Robin Auld Duo from Funkified Entertainment. I remember feeling a tug at my heart strings as we walked to the dance floor to the sound of that amazing piano intro. I heard someone whisper “I love this song” and it made me smile. To be honest after that is all just a blur! But Steve remembers that I kept telling him to be careful not to step on my dress!”
Congratulations Priscilla and Steven on your wedding day! Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Thank you to Pictures & Hearts for today’s photographs!
Rachel and Jarred had such a fun picnic wedding in Sydney and I loved the relaxed, whimsical feel they made sure their wedding had. I especially love the feeling of everyone sitting on blankets, celebrating the marriage and eating delicious food! What a way to spend a day.
Rachel explains how they met “Jarred and I met in 2000 while both at University in Wagga Wagga. He was studying Acting and I was studying Design for Theatre. We ended up working on a play together in March that year and the rest as they say is history. After making me wait 11 long years for a proposal he finally popped the question on a gorgeous sunny day in Venice on a step overlooking the sparkling water and beautiful old buildings. I don’t remember everything he said but I do remember he asked ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’ It was well worth the wait.”
Photos today are by Imajica Photography who have captured the day in such a fresh, relaxed style!
Rachel wore a gown made by a friend. She remarks”My dress is not your conventional wedding dress in that it’s half black. Growing up I was the girl that dreamed about her wedding day and in particular the dress. I always thought I’d have your typical long white dress and a veil and the whole 9 yards but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’. When Grace Kelly first appears in this movie she is revealed with a spin in an amazing black and white 50’s cocktail dress designed by Edith Head. The second I saw it I feel in love and I had to have that dress. My friend B made a variation of this dress for me and when I asked my new husband what he thought when he saw me coming down the aisle he said ‘ I thought you looked like Grace Kelly’. What more could a girl ask for on her wedding day?
I had a pair of bright pink buttons as earrings that I picked up at a market in Newtown, My gold baby bracelet which I’ve had my whole life; it has a small heart shaped lock on it with a blue bird and my name engraved. And I wore a simple fine gold chain around my neck which after the ceremony I put my wedding ring on. Why? Because my wedding ring belonged to my Great Grandmother and is now a family heirloom. It was given to me by my mother and it is slightly too big for my finger; I feel odd about making it smaller as though it is taking away some of its sentimental value so I wear it on the chain around my neck close to my heart.”
The bridesmaids wore completely different outfits, Rachel explains “My bridesmaids wore different outfits I got from a variety of places .My sister’s green dress was from Faster Pussycat and her bow head band is from Alannah Hill, My other sister wore a Ben Sherman vest I found on ebay, pants from Cue and a shirt from Myer. She also had a hand made fabric flower brooch I found at Beehive Gallery. That leaves my third bridesmaid whose dress I ordered from Trashy Diva in New Orleans. I simply could not find a dress we both loved in Australia so I went online. I wanted my bridesmaids to all have an individual look that suited their personalities and I really wanted them to have an outfit they loved and could definitely wear again.”
Rachel walked down the aisle to ”Everloving’ by Moby. “When I first heard this song it made me think of walking down the aisle even though it was many, many years before and it always stuck with me. So how could I have had anything else.”
“We didn’t like the idea of your run of the mill wedding ceremony and as we aren’t religious we wanted to have a different kind of tradition on our day, so we had a hand fasting ceremony. The nerdy sides of our personalities liked the joke of literally ‘tying the knot’ and the fact that it was one of the earliest forms of marriage ceremony predating the ring ceremony felt more honest and meaningful to us. We also exchanged rings but they were not the focus of the ceremony.”
Rachel and James married at The Lily Pond, Centennial Parklands Sydney. Rachel remembers “We had the whole event at the Lily Pond, it has a little white bridge that crosses the water and of course lots of lily pads. The Pond is surrounded by huge trees which provided lots of shade and beautiful dappled light. We reserved the area but of course could not stop the general public from being in the same area as us. This was no big problem as it added to the laid back atmosphere we wanted for the day and no one caused us any trouble. Centennial Parklands were very open to our ideas and although there were a couple of restrictions we were pretty much able to do what we wanted.”
Rachel tells the story behind choosing the picnic style reception. “We had a slightly vintage theme with some quirky aspects the main one being that we had a picnic. Years ago Jarred and I never had enough money to go out to restaurants so we went for picnics and just relaxed in each others company. So we wanted our wedding day to be just like that only surrounded by all our family and friends.”
To pull everything together on the day, Rachel and Jarred hired planners Girl Friday Weddings Rachel says “Although I did the majority of the planning, making and organising myself these guys were life savers on the day. It’s all very well to organise a picnic wedding reception in the park but you need someone to set it all up. And they did it beautifully. I hired the girls for only 4 hours on the day to help set up and then they helped with drinks and handing out the lunch boxes we had put together by our caterers Simmone Logue. It was a great move because I didn’t want to hire wait staff and I didn’t have the time to supervise the set up myself. They have all kinds of packages and really is quite affordable if you just need an extra pair of hands.”
The dessert was almost the best part of the day. Rachel explains, “For dessert we had a sweets table filled with lovely homemade bakery treats made by my fantastic sister, Our awesome wedding cake made by my mum and we purchased some freshly made Turkish delight and some of Adriano Zumbo‘s’ famous Macaroons. I loved the extra colour they added to the display and although we splurged a little by getting them they are so delicious they are well worth the cost.
I loved my Mum’s amazing cake. I knew exactly what I wanted my cake to look like and although I found a few places that make cakes in that style when we taste tested them I really couldn’t justify spending so much money on them. My mum always made our birthday cakes growing up and has instilled a love of baking in all of us so in the end I asked her and I don’t know why it wasn’t my first instinct. She made the most delicious carrot cake with buttercream icing and not only did it taste a whole lot better then the professional ones but it was all the more special coming from her.”
Simmone Logue catered the reception. Rachel explains “Because we had a picnic the food had to be done in a certain way. I wanted it to be simple and delicious and something that didn’t require plates or cutlery. The fabulous guys at Simmone Logue put together individual lunch boxes for each guest with a gourmet baguette, a salad and a savoury tart. We decorated each box with a bright pink homemade paper pom tied with twine to add a little something and they turned out just lovely. They’ also supplied some yummy antipasto platters to accompany the meal.”
Rachel says “I didn’t want a particular colour scheme for our day but I wanted lots of colour and texture. Fabric and sewing is a big part of my life as I work in costume in the film and television industry so I incorporated that element as much as I could. The invites I made where card backed with an assortment of vintage fabrics, ribbon and buttons. I also used an assortment of fabric to make the bunting that decorated our reception tables and as our reception was a picnic so we had blankets and baskets and games to play. I hired a giant chess set and we borrowed a quoits set which was very popular. We didn’t want a structured wedding we wanted people to relax and enjoy the sun.”
Guests received toffee apples as wedding favors.
Rachel made the bouquets herself. She recalls “The day before the wedding I dragged my husband to be out to the Sydney Flower Markets at 4:30am in order to snaffle some little gems. I had no real idea about what kind of flowers I wanted I just knew the colour combination I wanted and that I wanted unusual textures and shapes. Even now I couldn’t tell you exactly what I ended up with but I was very happy with the outcome. I made roughly round bunches and tied black satin ribbon around the steams. The money I saved was well worth the early hour and the satisfaction I got from doing it myself was a great little boost on the day.”
The couple had their photographs taken after the reception wound up. Rachel explains “Because we had the ceremony and the reception in the same spot we couldn’t disappear for an hour or two between so we left our main lot of happy couple photos till the end of the day. This let us take advantage of magic hour and the light as the sun began to set and of course by then it was all over so we could just have fun we took advantage of the many different aspects of the park and even bought ice cream from a street vendor.”
Sabrina Domenis styled the girl’s hair and makeup. “Sabrina and I met years ago working together on a t.v. series called ‘The Surgeon’ the show didn’t last but our friendship did and I couldn’t have chosen anyone else to make me feel beautiful on my wedding day. Sabrina is a truly talented lady. ”
Of their photographer, Rachel says “Our photographer Sarah was the perfect fit for our day. Her manner was easy and casual and she got along with all our guests, many commented to me about how fantastic she was. Sarah captured the feel of our day exactly with lots of candid photos and intimate moments. Her style was unobtrusive and discreet, her relaxed and easy going manner made everyone very comfortable as though she had been a friend for years. Sarah really contributed a lot to our day and her photos are amazing. We had so much fun doing our photos and it shows.”
The first dance was a very private moment, Rachel explains “We decided not to have a first dance but we did choose a song to dance to if we felt inspired. It was ‘Guilty’ by Yann Tiersen from the ‘Amelie’ sound track. Although we never formally danced to it when we left our guests to do some couple photos we heard the song play from across the other side of the pond and we had our own private little dance which Sarah caught on camera.”
Rachel wore “Bright blue ‘Robert Robert’ heels which I have owned for years but have hardly ever worn because I love them so much and didn’t want to ruin them. When we got engaged one of the first things I thought was ‘I have the perfect shoes’ and as I’ve told many of my friends in reference to our wedding ‘It’s all about the shoes’. I also had a second pair of red satin kitten heel shoes that I wore for most of the reception as stiletto’s and grass don’t mix amazingly well.”
Congratulations on your marriage Rachel and Jarred! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Imajica Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!