One of the trends I have been loving over the past few years is the delicious drip and drizzle wedding cake. Nothing seems to entice the tastebuds more than a buttery caramel or chocolate drizzle cascading over the layers of a beautiful cake. So what better cake to round up for The Cake Issue than delicious drip and drizzle wedding cakes? Click on through for all of the delicious cakes!
The flowers, the lush lawns, the orchard trees – there is not much that doesn’t draw one into today’s beautiful flower-filled orchard wedding inspiration. Led by photographer THE DAY Weddings and planner Iconic Pop Up Weddings and stylist Timber & Lace Co, they chose the stunning setting of Core Cider House, to bring their vision of an outdoor, timeless wedding editorial with a sense of elegant style to life.
The designer, Natalie of Iconic Pop Up Weddings explains of the concept, “I have always loved the outdoors and Perth has so many beautiful outdoor spaces – from the beaches to the hills, to the wineries and beyond. We wanted to capture that short space of time where the buds begin to appear and the pear and apple blossoms begin to erupt, as too often I feel that we are living our lives at such a fast pace that we forget to stop and absorb the beauty that is around us.”
A stunning floral backdrop by Green Vase Flowers, between the orchard rows, takes the cake as our bride, Amaani, in her dreamy Cleo Borrello gowns weaves her way through the scene. Sipping drinks and lounging on pieces by Timber & Lace Co and The Event Mill her loose waves by Lee Preston Hair and bold makeup look (those berry lips!) by Melody Falcinella a striking contrast to the lush colours of Mother Nature.
Jodie & Cameron
I am yet to figure out what exactly it is that makes Byron Bay so magical because it is clear that today’s relaxed and colourful Byron Bay wedding has whatever it is in spades. Stunningly captured by Van Middleton Photography, the couple married in a little hidden spot by the beach, where whales swam, before joining their guest’s for a pastel sky reception overlooking the beautiful rolling Hinterland landscape. It was the blissful beginning of the next stage of life for the pair who met at a self-help seminar and aptly, where engaged by the sea.
Jodie recalls the story. “Cameron proposed to me on a walk along the beach at sunset in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. He surprised me by writing “Will you marry me?” in the sand and had brought the ring all the way from Brisbane. He told me later that the airport security guards paused on his bag with the ring in it, and he was worried that they might ruin the surprise and he’d have to propose at the airport!”
The bride found her strapless wedding gown at Strictly Bridal, telling “My dress was from Strictly Bridal on the Gold Coast. I had a bit of an unusual experience as I tore several tendons and ligaments in my ankle 6 weeks before the wedding and so had to have my dress fitted while wearing a moon boot and crutches, which was memorable, to say the least. I was determined to heal in time and keep my lifelong dream of walking down a sandy aisle! Luckily, after weeks of intensive rehab, I was cleared to take the moon boot off the day before the wedding.”
The couple met before the ceremony for a first look.
Guests were transported to the beachside ceremony by the Magic Bus Byron Bay. Jodie telling “It was really important to us to make sure our guests to be able to relax and enjoy the entire day in style, so we made sure to book the ever popular double-decker “Magic Bus” to bring the guests from their accommodation in Byron to the beach, and then up to the hinterland reception. We had a giant antipasto spread waiting for them when they arrived, along with champagne and cocktails to enjoy while they took in the beautiful venue and view.”
Jodie and Cameron found their ceremony musician at a local cafe, explaining “We were lucky enough to come across this incredible musician, Gian, playing at one of our favourite cafes up the Sunshine Coast. After 6 months of chasing him down and begging him to play at our wedding, he finally agreed! We were so happy as we couldn’t think of anyone that would even come close to helping create the atmosphere on our special day. Gian played his own acoustic song “Sun Keeps Shining On” while my Dad and I walked down the sandy aisle. It was perfect!”
Jodie and Cameron chose a spot by Byron Bay’s Tallow beach for their ceremony, with Anthony Lewis officiating, they explain “We wanted our ceremony to be very intimate and relaxed and submerged in nature – a barefoot beach ceremony. We chose a small hideaway in the dunes on Tallows Beach that we had stumbled upon on a previous holiday to Byron, which had a natural amphitheatre-type space between the trees. We chose to write our own personalised vows to each other and included a ritual where several guests placed a rock in a vase filled with sand from the ceremony site. The rocks were of special significance as we had collected them during our travels around the world, as well as a rock from each of our childhood homes.”
Beautiflora styled the beautiful floral arrangements for the day, including the stunning circular ceremony backdrop. Jodie tells “Our wedding flowers were one of the things I looked forward to the most. I wanted them to be whimsical, bright, colourful and lush because I find the florals make a huge impact on the atmosphere of a wedding. Our incredible florists, Beautiflora, created my vision exactly and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Something I have wanted to be the backdrop of my wedding ceremony for many years, and the centrepiece of both the ceremony and the reception, was a giant, 2m wide circular arbour that we had set up by Beautiflora in a secluded location in the dunes. We then had it transported to The Grove for the reception to use as a beautiful backdrop for our speeches as well.”
“We had our guests throw rose petals as we walked onto the beach after the ceremony. To symbolise our mutual love of travelling, we made the cones out of atlas paper.”
Jodie can’t rave enough about the couple’s photographer, telling “While researching photographers, Van Middleton immediately caught our eye with his beautiful, natural style and how he captured raw and real emotion. We barely saw him the whole day as he was nowhere but everywhere at the same time, catching every moment on camera, which is the secret to perfect photographer. His second photographer Asher King was also incredibly talented and really helped us chill out and enjoy the day.”
Rural venue The Grove Byron Bay was the most beautiful setting for the stunning reception and wove it’s way beautifully into the vibe the couple wanted for their day. “We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful weather. We were a little worried about the risk of rain and even more of the gale winds that northern NSW often experiences in October, particularly on the beach. The forecast was threatening rain and we had a big rain storm the day before, but somehow mother nature turned it on for us the entire day, with beautiful sunshine, perfect comfortable temperatures, little white fluffy clouds floating around, and a gentle breeze… Our reception was up in the Hinterland in Coopers Shoot on a working macadamia farm called The Grove. It had the most stunning view out over the rolling hills and sunset from a luxurious, beautifully appointed and styled house perched on the top of the hill, where we stayed with our families for the week. It was magical!”
Fig Tree Catering served up a feast for the couple, who remember “How can we pick one favourite detail when the food and drink, the flowers, the music and the venue were all so perfect!?! Can you pick the atmosphere as your favourite detail haha? One thing that definitely stood out to us and our guests was having the food served as 16 individual stands up canapé style meals, ranging from bite-sized entrees to full mains such as paella, slow roasted lamb shoulder, shiraz braised beef cheeks and cider braised pork. We made a conscious decision not to have a sit-down dinner at tables with a seating plan, as we loved the relaxed atmosphere it creates by having everyone chilling out on the stunning open deck, under the giant tipi, or lazing around on couches on the lawn.”
“There were so many, as our photographer, Van Middleton, is incredibly talented and captured all the details of the day” tells Jodie when asked for her favourite photo. “However, it would have to be a close tie between the photo of our first kiss as husband and wife at our ceremony on the beach, or another one of us in “golden hour” under the trees in the grove. We also love the photo of us kissing just after Cameron’s speech at the reception as there’s so much love in this candid picture.”
“Our favourite part of the wedding planning was finding out that both of us have very similar taste in all of the details of the day… luckily! We loved seeing it all come together at the end and all the hard work and effort that we and all our vendors went to paid off!” says Jodie.
Congratulations on your marriage Jodie & Cameron. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you to Van Middleton Photography for working with us to share today’s beautiful wedding!
Jessie & Johnnie
If there ever was a wedding that the phrase “having a moment” should apply to, it might just be to the wedding of Jessie & Johnnie. The pair, who flew all the way from Los Angeles to marry, somehow, despite Mother Nature pouring down with rain, managed the most sparkly Sydney wedding.
Beautifully captured by Tealily Photography, it was all about celebrating the beautiful city – the Sydney Harbour Bridge making a striking backdrop, even with grey skies.
The happy couple met one New Years Eve, the bride remembering “Johnnie and I met at the 2012/2013 New Year’s Eve party of two mutual friends of ours. We got to chatting about Brazil and Brazilian music, specifically Sergio Mendes. We instantly hit it off chatting about samba and drinking glass after glass (after glass) of champagne and ended up being each other’s midnight kiss. One year later, we went on our first date to a Sergio Mendes concert. And then, we went backstage to hang with the band after the show because Johnnie is a total boss.”
Jessie chose a sparkling BHLDN gown in a stunning champagne hue, complete with sequins.
The couple met before the ceremony for a first look.
Married By Lisa officiated proceedings, Jessie remarking “The ceremony was so special because we both felt like we were in an empty room just saying these wonderful things to each other. It was like in movies when the people and surroundings just melt away and it’s just you and your partner and nothing else. And then we kissed. It was magical.”
“My mother made this gorgeous iridescent blue table runner. It fit the room perfectly and added a beautiful contrast to those deep blooms on the table.” tells the bride.
Blooms by Bethan created the lush floral styling, Jessie noting “In the US it is considered lucky to get married in June. Since most June brides enjoy the abundance of summer blooms, I wanted to create that effect but with the Australian winter season in mind. Instead of bright summer colours, we embraced deep jewel tones—burgundy and teal, with pops of gold. Featuring the Sydney Skyline against that beautiful grey winter sky was also key, so floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Opera House were a must-have.”
Jessie remarks “Everyone we hired was so professional, nice, and did excellent work!”
Jessie notes “For us, marriage is about a partnership. We are equal investors in our future, emotionally and financially. We celebrate each other’s successes together and lament our failures together because what’s his is mine and what’s mine is his. We save together, spend together, and make those decisions together so that win or lose, we go through it together. We are equally committed to working through the arguments, big or small. We are also (mostly) equally committed to doing the dishes and taking out the trash because 10, 20, and 30 years from now we’ll still be doing that stuff too.
We are planning for the next 50+ years. What we’re doing, the conversations we’re having, the decisions we’re making, the places we’re going—all of those things are going to play a role in our future, so we’re doing them all together. Otherwise, what’s the point, right? Our goal is to be partners in every way because we are truly stronger together.”
A big congratulations on your beautiful day Jessie and Johnnie! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. Thank you also to Tealily Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images.