It’s always a treat to see the brand new collection from Australian bridal accessories designer Three Sunbeams. Hannah always comes up with beautifully feminine designs that are sophisticated and elegant while still being utterly beautiful and the “True Love” collection certainly fits that bill!
Comprised of soft, draping veils made of the softest of tulle, bridal hair combs with intricate beading details, hairpieces with hand beaded lace and even romantic garters with hand made wedding lace – the collection is all about sophistication and elegance. If you’re looking for something a little different, Hannah works one on one with brides to create bespoke pieces to match their own personal style.
I feel this coming Wedding season will be all about different textures, prints, colours and themes, with a move towards couples really putting their own individual stamp on their big day. I can’t wait to see what rolls into our inbox, and I’m already starting to get a taste from some of the styled shoots, wedding fairs and events happening in the next month. Exciting!
Something else to get excited about in the meantime – the Friday Roundup!
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One of Melboure’s most iconic wedding venues, The Windsor Hotel, is back on the WEddingscene, and to celebrate is offering a discount of up to 20 per cent on its popular Queen Victoria Wedding Package between October 1 and February 28, 2015. The package includes:
a three-course banquet lunch or dinner plus canapes on arrival,
a special cake table and silver cutting knife,
a selection of premium Australian wines, red carpet entry to the hotel,
a complimentary wedding night stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites for the bridal couple and special wedding night rates for guests and,
beautiful table settings and special touches.
Normally priced at $160 per person, the Queen Victoria Package will be offered at $130, a saving of almost 20 per cent! Bookings are required to be made by September 30, 2014, so for more information and to take advantage of this amazing offer, head to their website, give the Windsor’s catering and sales team a call on 03 9633 6162 or shoot them an email.
Located on the banks of the Swan River, the exclusive venue is only available for hire over the four-week period and is available free of charge – with no venue hire fee.
With packages starting from as low as $99 per person, nowhere else along the Swan River offers such an outdoor venue, just perfect for a romantic riverside wedding. An overnight stay as well as a bottle of sparkling on arrival is included for the couple, so this really is a unique setting to celebrate your special day.
Stacey and Matt, inspired by Picnic At Hanging Rock, set about to have a quintessential Australian vintage inspired garden wedding. They wed in a beautiful garden and celebrated at a private home under festoon lighting and the most beautiful sunset. Vivid Photography were there to capture it all.
Stacey tells the tale of how she and Matt met. “Matt and I met in 2007 at a small bar in New Farm, Brisbane. We hit it off straight away and the following year moved in together. We got engaged in 2011 during a ski trip to Falls Creek in Victoria. Matt got down on one knee during dinner in a romantic summit restaurant, presenting me with a beautiful vintage-style ring that he designed and made himself (Matt’s a jeweler). I was totally surprised!”
Fio Contemporary Jewellery and Design designed the wedding jewels – Matt’s own company! Stacey explains, “Our wedding jewellery was all designed and handmade by Matt who owns and runs Fio, a contemporary jewellery studio in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. My engagement ring is vintage-inspired and very feminine. It features a natural yellow diamond in the centre, surrounded by small white pave-set diamonds, with ornate hand-sawn detailing underneath the setting. Matt has a very simple white gold band with a textured scratch finish.”
Bouquet Boutique created the bride’s bouquet and buttonhole floral arrangements.
Stacey and Matt met before the ceremony for photos, Stacey telling, “It was also fantastic for Matt and I to have a ‘first look’ before the ceremony (we had our photos done beforehand) — it was a special moment between the two of us before things began and was captured beautifully by our photographers.”
Of their photographers, Stacey tells, “Cath and Rich from Vivid Photography were amazing – from the lead up to the day through to afterwards. They are both fantastic photographers and we were very lucky to have both of them shooting on the day. They made us feel very comfortable and relaxed and went with the flow. We love their style and knew the results would be outstanding.”
The bridal party was made up of Stacey’s favourite females – including eight tiny flower girls! She remembers, “Our bridal party included my sisters who I don’t see often, as well as 8 flower girls — all our gorgeous nieces! It was just beautiful having them part of the day and brought a real lightness and fun to the ceremony. Each held a single rose, and stepped in pairs behind the bridesmaids, with the head flower girl carrying our son Samuel (then 15 months).”
Stacey walked down the aisle to ‘Opus 23′ by Dustin O’Halloran.
Stacey and Matt chose Horace Window Reserve for their ceremony. Stacey explains, “The ceremony was held in Matt’s childhood stomping ground – a tiny, hidden park by the Brisbane river which boasts ancient trees, an old-but-working boat club and jetty, and a quaint rocky shore area used for picnics and fishing. It was a stunning natural backdrop and the colours, sounds and smells of the river and bushland were so vivid.”
Stacey tells, “Having our son Samuel there on the day made everything even more meaningful.”
“There were lots of special, funny, intimate and unique moments throughout the day. As guests walked up a small hill from the park to the house for the reception, they were gifted with the most amazing fiery sunset over the river. This made for some spectacular photos for Matt and I after the ceremony.”
Matt and Stacey held their reception in the gardens of Matt’s parent’s home. Stacey remembers, “Matt’s parent’s place and childhood home was our reception venue, located on the same street as the park. It is a 1920’s Queenslander timber house with wrap-around verandahs and gorgeous iron lace railings overlooking a formal, French-style landscaped garden. Guests had canapes and drinks in the garden and adjacent terrace, under the stars, until the wee hours.”
The wedding was a team effort with plenty of DIY. Stacey tells, “We DIY’d as much as possible — from our wedding cake and desserts, to transport, flowers, invitations, music, rings, styling, rose petal cones and more. Family cars for example were used for transport, Mum and I did the reception flowers after a trip to the markets, and our dads strung lights in the garden. We designed our own invitations and developed our own music playlists. Matt and I also styled the reception using a mix of vintage objects and furniture that we owned, borrowed or hired.”
The styling was vintage and sweet says Stacey. “In terms of styling, an eclectic mix of vintage white and timber chairs, small café tables draped with lace and doilies, and tiny jars of pink and white flowers were casually scattered throughout the garden which made for a pretty and whimsical look. Other touches included an antique French dresser for guest book signing with black and white photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding day displayed in old frames. A salvaged wooden table and vintage hat box was used for presents and cards.” Hodgepodge Hire and Adorn Events provided rental furniture and pieces for the day.
Stacey and Matt lit up their garden party, telling, “Lighting at the reception was important to us. Jacaranda trees flanking the garden entrance were spot lit from below to create mood, drama and ambiance, as was a fragrant jasmine wall on the terrace. Festoon lights were draped from the trees to the house, and tealights were everywhere.”
Stacey remembers, “Our first dance was to Etta James’ ‘At Last’. Matt secretly arranged for small fireworks to go off (by professionals!) around the garden circle half-way through the song which was an absolutely unbelievable surprise! Dancing in the garden under the stars with the fireworks and friends and family watching on was amazing.”
Congratulations Stacey and Matt! Tank you for sharing your story with us! Thank you also to Vivid Photography for sharing today’s wedding!
Jess and Ben surprised their guests after a traditional church ceremony with a romantic picnic wedding inspired by an Indian Summer. Guests picked up a picnic basket on their way through a streamer covered arch and lazed the wedding day away on picnic blankets. Now if that doesn’t sound like an amazing way to spend a wedding day then I’m not sure what does! They chose Nicholas Joel Photography to capture their wedding day.
Jess tells the story of how she and Ben met and how he ultimately proposed! “We met when we were kids competing in the local swimming club. Our relationship started a few years after school when we met up on a night out with mutual friends and we hit it off from there! A true, romantic, Ben asked my dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage, before whisking me away to the Barossa Valley where he popped the question.”
Jess walked down to the organ playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
Jess and Ben were married at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Singleton.Jess telling “The church was a special place for both of us: My mum taught Sunday school there, Ben was christened and I took my first communion there and the service was performed by a dear family friend, Father John Gilbert.”
One of Jess’ favourite moments was the exit from the church, she explains, “We were surprised by rose petals that dropped from the bell tower at the church as bell ringing announced our marriage.”
Of their photographer, Jess tells, “Nicholas Joel (and colleague Simon) captured the moments that made up our special day beautifully! We were really after natural photos with our friends and family enjoying the wedding ceremony and picnic reception and were so happy with the photos!”
The reception was held at a private homestead outside of Singleton. Jess remarking, ” Our venue for the reception was like a fairytale for us! We were very fortunate to be able to share the day at this special location.”
As their wedding favors, guests received lovingly collected picnic baskets (which also contained their meal catered by Worn Out Wares) as well as homemade tomato jam made by the bride and her friends.
The reception was filled with colour, Jess explaining, “We loved the bright colours of an Indian Summer colour theme and so used this as inspiration for decorations, floral arrangements and bouquets, the lovely dresses worn by the ladies and the dashing outfits worn by the men.” Worn Out Wares created the floral arrangements for the day as well as catering the wedding.
Jess loved “Watching all of our guests walk around and see the surprise reception set up all at once was a memorable moment. We were upstairs in the homestead looking out through the window and seeing everyone’s reactions and where they decided to sit was a lot of fun. ”
Guests enjoyed garden games such as croquet and quoits.
“We DIY’d a lot of the day and the personal touches were very important to the whole feel of the event for us – from giant paper flowers to photo decorations lining the aisle and personalised picnic baskets and tomato jam as bonbonniere. We loved creating the day ourselves and seeking inspiration from all over to assist us in planning. We were very lucky to be surrounded by friends and family who helped us to pull off the vision leading up to and on the wedding day. Thank you to you all!”
Jess notes, “We loved the wonderful speeches by Ben’s mum and brother, my dad, & our beautiful bridal party (Cass, Nat, Ari, Foxy & Scotty).”
The couple made sue to pay homage to the history of the homestead – telling their guests the homestead’s story, Jess remembering, “Ben and the groomsmen loved firing antique guns as part of the retelling of the history of the homestead.”
The couple danced to “Love Serenade” by The Waifs for their first dance.DLove Band keeping guests dancing on the homestead’s verandah until the wee hours.
Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Ben! May you have many more magical days together! Thank you to Nicholas Joel Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!