There is something truly beautiful about Jess and Jan’s romantic beach side wedding. The couple hired a house on the weekend and spent most of their wedding barefoot in the sand. They said their vows under an arbour made out of driftwood just before the ceremony, they danced in the sand with their favourite people under fairy lights as the stars shone and they chose White Images to capture it all.
Jess tells the tale of how they came to be. “We met at the hospital where I work. I’m an ED Nurse and Jan’s a Paramedic. Jan proposed on my 30th birthday, which also happened to be the day we moved into the house that we had built together. He proposed using my nan’s ring as it would be a while until we could get the engagement and wedding rings from South Africa. They arrived the day before the wedding!”
Flowers by Serena created beautiful floral arrangements for the day in tones of white, blush pink and sweet apricot.
Jess wore a wedding gown from Wedding Dress Wonderland, telling, “I got my dress from ‘Wedding Dress Wonderland’ located on the Gold Coast. When looking for a dress I knew I wanted something different… I was lucky enough to find exactly what I wanted on the first day of looking! They had just designed and made the dress and no one had yet purchased one. My measurements were taken and my dress arrived shortly after – it was perfect! Although it wasn’t a “beachy” design to match the wedding, I loved how comfortable and simple it was and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
“The day was amazing. I was a little nervous as I had no back up plan. If it rained – we were all going to get drenched! We have a similar outlook on life… Life is too short! We want to spend the rest of our lives being happy, healthy and exploring new and wonderful things.”
Of their photographer, Jess remembers, “She was amazing! We are so happy with our photos and she was fantastic to work with. We wanted the photos to be quite natural and they are just that.”
Jess tells, “All I wanted was fairy lights, candles and flowers. We had all that and it was absolutely perfect.”
A friend catered the wedding, which was held on the sand, Jess noting, “The food, wine and cocktails… We were so lucky to be able to choose every single thing we wanted for the wedding. Everyone was so full from all the amazing food! We also had a variety of delicious cocktails to drink made by the bar staff. Having the flexibility to do what we wanted with the food and drinks made everything wonderfully economical.”
Guests danced the night away on the sand to Shag Rock.
Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Jan! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to White Images for sharing this wedding with us!
I love the simplicity of white at a wedding. Something about that crisp simplicity lends itself to elegance and charm.
Today’s styled shoot is packed full of southern romance wedding inspiration. Simple white is paired with taupe striped linens, shades of brown are added in wood tones and stationery and together it all makes for a sophisticated, beautiful wedding colour palette.
Today’s shoot, a collaboration between Byron Loves Fawn and The One Day House takes place at the beautiful Cedar Creek Hall. The garden ceremony scene is set underneath a majestic tree, the reception under the sky. Flowers are plentiful, style even more so.
Naomi and Ben chose a hot Summer’s day for their botanical inspired wedding. They wed at a lookout overlooking the ocean before celebrating with their favourite people at a restaurant in Akuna Bay. They wanted their wedding day to be inspired by nature and in places that they both loved together. Lucy Leonardi was there to capture the memories.
Naomi tells of their journey. “We had actually known each other since high school, but weren’t really friends. about 10 years after school, we re-met at the local pub through a mutual friend.”
The bride wore a short dress by Anaessia. She remarks “Chosen for it’s uniqueness, it was a shorter style dress with a floral embroidered slip – perfect for hot summer wedding!”
Chiho Kobayashi Flowers created the floral arrangements, or rather greenery arrangements! Naomi telling, “The bouquet and button holes were all different shades of green, and there was actually no flowers any where in the wedding dressings. She is super talented, all I told her is that I want a green bouquet with various foliage and she did her magic!”
Naomi and Ben chose West Head Lookout for their ceremony, a place where they were surrounded by the bush and where Ben had done a lot of rock climbing over the years.
Naomi walked down the aisle with her parents to “Audrey” by Dave Brubeck.
Nitza Lowenstein officiated the ceremony, the bride telling, “We had a Jewish ceremony, under a Chuppah made by my mother. It was a fairly casual and natural ceremony, that reflected the environment it was held in. There were lots of laughs.”
Of their photographer, Naomi remarks, “Lucy is not only a close friend but an outstanding photographer. She made sure everyone felt comfortable, relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. We love every shot she has captured for us and will treasure them forever.”
Naomi and Ben held their wedding at Cielo Akuna Bay, a place they had often been fishing together, and continued the botanical style to their decor, remembering, “The table dressings were edible plants – which doubled as favors. We also used Astro Turf as the aisle for the ceremony to stay inline with the botanical theme.”
Instead of a traditional sweet cake, Naomi and Ben chose a cheese wheel cake, which they cut with a Samurai sword.
As wedding favors, the groom’s mother made home made dark chocolate almond brittle.
The wedding was a beautiful acknowledgement of the bride and groom’s cultures, Naomi noting, “Being a “half” Jewish wedding, we opened with a traditional Hora.”
Of their first dance Naomi remembers, “We chose “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry Inspired by John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.”
One of the favourite memories of the night was the gift from the groom’s brother – a champagne sabre!
Naomi remembers, “At the end of the night, the band invited the groom and some musical friends to come and play a song on stage – which ended up being “little wing” by Jimmi Hendrix.”
Congratulations Naomi and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucy Leonardi for sharing today’s wedding!
As a flower lover, I am kind of head over heels for Fiona’s incredible trailing bouquet. But then there was more – a cheese table, hand dyed napkins in brilliantly beautiful colours, a flower girl who might have stolen my heart and the most important thing- a love story that is strong, beautiful and so beautifully told through photographs by Objektiv Photography.
Fiona tells their story of how they came to be. “My housemate had offered Martin a place to stay when he first moved to Perth. When he arrived, my housemate was away on business so I picked Martin up from the airport first thing in the morning without knowing him at all. We were friends for a while before we took the plunge to something more.”
Fiona’s bridesmaids wore custom made nude pink gowns with sequinned panels by Chakaleyla.
Fiona chose her wedding gown by Hob Nob Bridal, telling, “My dress was simple and classical. The moment I put it on I just felt happy and like I thought how a bride would feel. I love the clean cut lines and the embellishment around the waist – and most of all I felt comfortable, I was able to move around with ease.”
Botanica Naturalis created beautiful floral arrangements for the day, Fiona telling, “Our flowers were amazing. Anna from Botanica Naturalis was involved early in the piece and took all my crazy ideas and made them a reality. The aisle was a carpet of crunchy leaves with a hanging arbour at the end, the flowers in my hair were something out of a fairy tale and the bouquets were full of beautiful colours and sparkle, framed by native greenery.”
Fiona and Martin married at Brookside Vineyard, Fiona remarks, “We chose to have the ceremony and reception all at the vineyard as we didn’t want parts of the day cut out with traveling from one spot to the other, plus the venue was perfect for both. Brookside Vineyard is a small boutique winery with a gorgeous outlook, amazing wine and a fantastic restaurant – The Vineyard Kitchen. The converted wine making shed was perfect for an intimate reception. After eating there one Sunday afternoon we knew this was the spot we’d get married – if only for the food and wine alone!”
Of her walk down the aisle, Fiona remembers, “We had a jazz duo (Rick Webster and Allira Wilson) sing and play “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis. The words said it simply and Allira’s vocals added to the beauty of the moment. They played later into the day as well – beautiful music!”
Suzy Thom officiated the ceremony, Fiona remembering, “Our ceremony was beautiful, such joy! We both surprised each other with the honesty and love in our vows and we laughed and cried and smiled till our cheeks hurt the whole way through. Our celebrant, Suzy Thom, made sure we crafted the whole thing to feel just like us. We didn’t want it to feel orchestrated or formal and it wasn’t. It was just warm and insanely happy!”
Fiona recalls, “One of my bridesmaids collected old wooden chairs off the side of verge collections for the ceremony – amazing dedication to her role!”
Post ceremony, guests celebrated with drinks and cheese – Fiona telling, “My love of cheese came to the day as well. Elizabeth fromThe Little Deli, Guildford catered five specially selected cheeses with all the extras to go with them for the drinks between the ceremony and the reception, which the guests are still raving about! Mladen our photographer had a hard time keeping me for photos afterwards as I knew I was missing out on them!”
Of their photographer, Fiona tells, “Objektiv Wedding Photography is a Perth based boutique studio, comprising a husband (photographer) and wife (editor + designer) team. Mladen from Objektiv Photography – what a professional. We are both not the most comfortable in front of the camera but he made sure he got what he needed from us and we were so grateful when we saw the photos. He caught the day perfectly.”
There were so many parts of the day Fiona treasures. “Hand picked flowers arriving from Martin on the morning of the wedding, Dad walking me down the aisle, seeing each other for the first time, laughing in the vines with our groomsmen and bridesmaids, our cheeky little flower girl, the amazing speeches from our loved ones. It was such a happy happy day and we fully experienced these moments with each other.”
The magic floral arrangements by Botanica Naturalis continued to the reception inside The Vineyard Kitchen, Fiona remembering, “Anna hung a 4m swing of flowers over the wedding table that made all my dreams come true. Place cards were eucalyptus leaves with names written in gold. She added amazing touches everywhere you looked – even on the cake! The great thing was they didn’t go to waste, we stripped the place bare at the end of the night and sent our guests home with them.”
A three-tier naked wedding cake was a special gift to the couple. “My maid of honour was a complete angel and made our wedding cake, which was so tasty and looked awesome.”
Fiona wanted the reception to be light and bright, so she dyed each napkin herself, telling, “I felt like a crazy person, ombre dipping napkins all the colours of the rainbow the week before the wedding, but they looked amazing! All the different colours lining the tables, quite a few of the guests nabbed a bunch to take home”
Fiona notes, “The wedding was small, just 60 guests, and we wanted it to feel warm and intimate, when we said our vows we wanted it to be with the people who knew us and loved us the most. There wasn’t a theme as such, but it was colourful and full of delicious things to eat and drink, with touches of the beautiful WA bush that we love. We wanted it to feel like a relaxed happy gathering of all the people we loved, a celebration of the things in life we enjoy, and we think we achieved that.”
Of their first dance, Fiona remembers, “This was funny. We danced to Ben Fold’s “The Luckiest”, however the music malfunctioned and it just kept getting louder and louder…everyone was laughing, especially at our MC who emerged from the music controls looking incredibly flustered after she got it under control!”
Congratulations Fiona and Martin! Thank you for sharing the beautiful moments of your day with us! Thank you also to Objektiv Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!