This inspiration shoot – inspired by a romantic beach elopement is a little different. Taking place on Sydney’s beloved Palm Beach, the shoot combines buzz words like Bohemian, Rustic, Vintage, Beachy and Beautiful to create a romantic setting that is fit for a couple who wants nothing more than a marriage with just the two of them.
Conceived by one stop wedding vendorThe Hutch (who have a talented team for every element from styling, flowers, transport, mobile bars, photography, videography and of course a celebrant!) take an approach of blending nature with bespoke, beautiful props to create a unique, personalised concept and look for each couple.
They find beautiful, hidden spaces that are tranquil and undisturbed and take their rustic vintage style with a splash of modern sparkle and turn your wedding into your own private magical world. They’ll even live stream it to family and friends who are unable to attend!
The Hutch team is a widely talented team, from refurbished kombi vans (enter Wendy and Steve who started their fascination with Kombis way back in 1974), retro caravans which have been fitted out as mobile bars (run by Diane, who figures out the drinks, brings the ice, the straws and even the glasses), a celebrant (the lovely Claire with a musical theatre and MC background), stationer (created by the lovely Leah closely working with stylist Corey), caterer – if one stop shop was really what you wanted then The Hutch has checked off all the boxes! You’ll even be able to work with photographer James Billing (who we’ve loved enough to feature the work of here)
The team have worked to make their concept as easy to use as possible – they’ll travel, they’ll book you some of your vendors or every single one, each vendor is high quality, completely down to earth and wonderfully friendly. Wedding planning made easy? Why – I think they’ve got it!
Meet “the Magic Bus”, The Hutch’s lovingly restored kombi van.
I’ve taken lately to filling my house with flowers, peace lily’s and anything else that I think might survive in the house. The shot of greenery into the interior of the walls seems to bring a fresh new life to the place, and depending on the flower type, a gorgeous scent. I do believe I have a new addiction! Do you have a veritable garden inside your home? Do a lovely bunch of flowers cheer you up?
Well, here’s something else to cheer you up – our Friday Roundup! Full of the weekly best from across the blog!
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Suzanne Harward is holding her first every Sydney Sample Sale this Sunday, 7th of September. Shop the 2014 couture collection as well as some stunning archive pieces all at drastically reduced prices, starting at $500.
No appointments necessary. First in best dressed, literally!
Details: Pullman Quay Grand Sydney
Lachlan Macquarie Room
61 Macquarie Street
Are you interested in learning more about your Wedding flowers, or perhaps want to take a crack at making your own? The Melbourne Art Class (MAC) is holding a Wedding Flower Workshop, focusing on roses and features:
– Bouquet – round, natural stemmed rose bouquet with greenery
– Button Hole – wiring and taping techniques
– Corsage – wiring and taping techniques
When: Saturday September 13th, 12.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Where: Enderby studio, a historic church hall at 314 Church Street, Richmond.
Cost: $120, all materials included
Dreaming of a destination wedding? Then this amazing film of Matthew and Andres’ intimate wedding in the Maldives might just convince you to book it! What an amazing backdrop for such a beautiful day. Thanks to Untitled Films for their always fabulous work.
I never ever get tired of a classic wedding. This classic elegance wedding of Genevieve and Daniel is simple and chic. White blooms surround the couple as they say their vows, they danced under farylights and kept their elegant touches throughout the day. They chose Lucy Leonardito capture it all.
Genevieve tells the story of how they came to be. “Dan and I met at work years ago. At first, I wasn’t sure about Dan as we had to compete with tasks at work and we are both highly competitive. I mentioned in my speech that ‘I am certainly glad I got over not liking him’ as Dan has become not only my husband but my best friend.”
Louise Alvarez Couture created Genevieve’s gown. She remembers, “Louise Alvarez created the most stunning dress for my wedding. I felt so elegant and comfortable in the gown. I remember trying on the dress for the first time and my Aunty Lea mentioned that she isn’t coming to any more dress shopping as she knows that was the one! At the time, I thought this was so mean, but it turns out she was absolutely right. It was love at first sight once I put the dress on, the beautiful featured back and the delicate details of the fabrics certainly made the dress feel more than ‘just a white dress’”
The couple chose a first look before the ceremony.
Petal and Pod created the floral arrangements for the day, Genevieve remarking, “Rebecca from Petal and Pod is everything you could ever want in a florist. Nothing was too much to ask of her. Rebecca designed and put together everything I envisaged in the most beautiful garland as the frame and centrepiece for our ceremony in the sandstone courtyard of Gunner’s Barracks. To fit the classic, elegant venue the floral centrepieces of the tables were put in cut crystal footed vases, these were sourced especially for our wedding.”
Variety Wedding Cars transported the bridal party on the day, Genevieve remembering, “Lee Singleton went above and beyond, he helped arrange the timing of our first look, he pinned the buttonhole on my Dad for him, he carried things for us and even knew when we needed to have a little break to collect our thoughts before the ceremony.”
Genevieve was a dab hand at stationery for the day, remarking, “I created our order of service which included the readings which Dan’s Mum and my Mum performed as well as photos of Dan and me across our relationship. If you have any Microsoft Word formatting queries I’m sure I could help out!”
Of their walk down the aisle, Genevieve remembers, “We walked down the aisle to the classic Pachelbel’s Canon, this still makes me cry! I will never forget how the clouds cleared and Dad and I began walking down the aisle; I remember looking around and smiling at all our closest family and friends and thinking how all the planning and hard work had all paid off and how this was everything that I had dreamed of.”
“Lots of people have mentioned to us that one of their favourite moments of our wedding was when Dan wiped a tear from my cheek at the altar. Dan and I still laugh about how Dan forgot his own name in our wedding vows (in all fairness it is a nervous time) but all the guests giggled and it now remains a fun memory.”
Suzanne Stirling performed the ceremony. Genevieve tells, “Our wedding celebrant made our planning and the ceremony itself so smooth and stress free, Dan and I felt so comfortable with Suzanne and we have since recommended her to some of our friends, for whom Suzanne will now be the celebrant at their wedding in this coming April.”
Both the ceremony and reception were held at Gunners Barracks , the bride telling, “Dan and I were sold as soon as we entered the doors of the venue a year earlier. The views are stunning and the food is amazing.”
“My something old was a brooch which I wore on my bouquet. This took some hunting at the antique store in Blackheath on the Blue Mountains with my two best friends Libby and Addie. We had loads of fun searching and trying on fun old clothes but were relieved when we found it. My something borrowed was a gorgeous gold broach which I wore on the inside of my dress. I borrowed this broach from Dan’s Nan who had received it for her 21st birthday.”
Of their photographer, Genevieve says, “Our photographer was Lucy Leonardi. Lucy was fantastic at organising our families and at making us feel comfortable. Lucy’s photos are candid and really capture the moments of happiness.”
Guests received chocolate favors and handmade menus, the bride telling, “For our bonbonnieres, we had two different handmade chocolates with our initials by Bill Penrose from the Sweet Connoisseur. My maid-of-honour (my sister Elizabeth) and I had a great time packing these into little boxes which I ordered off Etsy. Bill had kindly packed more than we had ordered so the “task” (if you could call it that) was very yummy!
“My sister-in-law Amy kindly took on the task of creating the place cards and menus. She thought of a great idea to put the name on top of the menu and cover the remaining menu with the napkin. The menu would be revealed when the waiter placed the napkin on the guest’s lap. This was so simple and tasteful but a clever take on the standard place card and shared menus.”
Genevieve notes “Our MC and family friend Paul Wheeler made the planning of our music and all the small details of organising the timing such a breeze. Paul and his band were such a hit and I know the guests had such a fun night dancing away to live music. Paul is multi-talented in that he is a professional trumpet player and so many guests said they were blown away by the fantastic performance of him and his band.”
The first dance holds a special place in Genevieve’s heart, she remembers, “Our first dance was to ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac. This is one of Dan’s all-time favourite songs and has been a song which we as a couple always come back to. Our first dance was in the gorgeous courtyard of Gunner’s Barracks where the fairy lights twinkled against the night’s sky. Our first dance wasn’t your traditional ‘slow love-song’ first dance but instead was lots of fun and got everyone into the dancing mood. Dan agreed to attend ONE dancing lesson so that we didn’t just sway back and forth, but we did a bit of practice too. I have a nice memory of stopping off at a park in Waverton late at night after we finished work one night to do a quick practice – this was so much fun, we laughed and danced, it was definitely something you don’t ordinarily do on a week night!”
Genevieve tells, “A memorable experience was the sparkler exit. Our guests were lined up from the door up the drive way to the gorgeous Rolls Royce. One of the many things my Mum helped with was organising the long burning sparklers. The exit with all guests holding sparklers and farewelling us was so surreal and such a perfect way to end a perfect day.”
Kelli and Alex’s colourful modern wedding is sure to make you smile. From Kelli’s sparkly wedding gown to the plethora of colourful blooms dotted throughout the day. They wanted a beautiful, colourful wedding day with their family and friends and chose Nerida McMurray Photography to capture it all.
The newlyweds tell their story. “Despite growing up around the corner from each other and having mutual friends at school, Alex and Kelli first met working part time jobs in the menswear department at David Jones in between school and Uni. By chance, they were enrolled in the same uni degree at the same uni but half way through first year Kelli deferred to travel so they lost touch, until bumping into each other at graduation. They didn’t see each other again for 10 years until a chance meeting crossing the road in Neutral Bay. Alex was on his way to lunch with another girl, and Kelli pretended to be on the phone as she’d just come from the gym, but they got talking on the side of the road. They had their first date the following Wednesday, were living together within 5 months, engaged within 11 and married within 16.”
Kelli chose a sparkling wedding gown designed by Karen Willis Holmes. She wore a special piece in her hair, noting, “I loved my hair pin, it was a pair of blue enamel butterflies, originally a brooch my mum gave my grandma 40 years ago.”
Kelli and Alex were married at Vaucluse House – choosing the lawns for their ceremony and the tearooms for their reception. Kelli tells, “As soon as we saw the Tea Rooms we knew it was exactly what we were after: small, intimate and classic with a nod to an older world. Kelli’s Dad had suggested the venue and we later found out Alex’s Mum used to go there as a child – so it was special for the whole family.”
For the processional, Kelli remembers “Alex chose the song as a surprise – it was perfect – Over the Rainbow.”
Kelli describes the day as, “A day filled with our favourite people and bursting with colour, laughter and love.”
Of their photographer, Kelli remarks “Nerida was FABULOUS. We knew as soon as we met her we wanted her to be apart of our day. The first thing Nerida said to us was “tell me about you, what are you after”, and she really listened. So many photographers we met seemed caught up in over producing the photos and the event, whilst Nerida was focused on producing work that represented Alex and I and the type of people we are. On the day she was calm, patient and lovely to work with. She worked so hard, and brought such an energy. As for the end result, we love the photos, Nerida captured exactly what we were after! thank you!”
The reception celebrations continued inside the Vaucluse House Tea Rooms . Lavande Designs created bright and bold colourful arrangements dotted throughout the wedding, Kelli noting “I loved the flowers – having hyacinths and so much colour everywhere.”
Unique Cakes created a colourful wedding cake. Says Kelli, “We loved it – a simple chocolate and caramel tiered cake covered in 100s and 1000s.”
Kelli remembers one of her favourite stories of the night. “In a last minute change of plans, Alex and I decided not to go out after the wedding, the only problem was we hadn’t arranged any transport back to the hotel, and the bus we’d organised for all the guests had left without us. Vaucluse House is tucked away in the suburban streets, but by some chance a taxi appeared out of nowhere.. it was hysterical coming from a glamorous wedding sitting in a standard taxi. The funniest thing was the taxi driver, he didn’t say a word the whole drive, as though it was the most normal thing in the world for 2 people obviously the bride and groom to get into the car. Alex and I were in hysterics in the back the whole trip.”
Congratulations Kelli and Alex! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you Nerida McMurray Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!