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Paris & Alexander’s Fleurieu Peninsula Winery Wedding

by | Australia - South Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Paris & Alexander

When Paris and Alexander tied the knot, they wanted no fuss. A big party with good food and wine? Now that they could do. With Cast in Colour behind the camera, the newlyweds made sure every aspect of their day embodied the relaxed vibe they dreamt of.

Alexander proposed in a way that was so very appropriate for the couple. Paris remembering, “Alexander and I had chosen the engagement ring together, so I was anticipating the proposal but didn’t know when or where it would happen. This led to more anticipation! We had been packing in the leading days as Alexander had accepted a job in Port Lincoln, he sneakily suggested we take a short walk to clear our heads. We would often walk in Victor Harbor and one of our favourite spots to walk was on the cliffs behind The Bluff, where there is little ‘island’ that you can jump across, as we jumped across to the island he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”

After not being able to find what she wanted, the bride worked with Cinderella Bridal to create her dream gown, explaining “Dress shopping was a little inconvenient as we had to arrange weekends in Adelaide. I’m not really a ‘girly girl’ and Alexander doesn’t like floral lace so my options were slim, I’m also quite tall so most dresses would need to be ordered in longer lengths. I dreamed of a slim fit, simple dress in a silky material. I had my high school formal dress made by Yvonne at Cinderella Bridal, so it made sense to have my wedding dress made here also. Yvonne was able to make a simple dress, without lace in the material and fit that I wanted which made the process a whole lot easier.”

The couple chose One Paddock Currency Creek Winery for their wedding venue, noting, “We wanted the wedding to be close to home and to have a simplistic, rustic feel. As wine drinkers, it made sense to have the wedding at a winery. One Paddock were very supportive of our ideas for the day and were happy to make the day run how we had imagined. One Paddock uses local produce and caters well for vegetarians, which was very important as myself and one of the bridesmaids are vegetarian.”

“We wanted a short ceremony. Pastor Vanderwal led the ceremony, we had one Bible reading – Colossians 3:12-17 read by Alexander’s sister Mikaela. Alexander and I memorised our vows: I take you Alex/Paris to be my wife/husband, and these things I promise: I will be faithful to you and forgive you as God has forgiven us; I will trust, help, and care for you. I will share my life with you through the best and worst of what may come until death parts us.”

Post ceremony, the couple mixed it up with toasts and speeches, after cheese and champagne, remarking, “We wanted to have a wedding where our guests could celebrate with us and have as much of an enjoyable day as us. We did not follow traditional proceedings on the day. We had the ceremony followed by an afternoon of drinks and grazing which was held on the lawns. This allowed our guests (family and friends) to celebrate immediately after the ceremony with us. This afternoon celebration included speeches and the cake cutting. A couple of hours later the bridal party left for photos to signal the end of the afternoon celebrations, guests went home and the family were invited to the dining room for dinner.”

Paris remembers, “Alexander’s father, with expressive speech dysphasia (from a previous skiing accident), gave a speech in front of all friends and family. He had been rehearsing long before the day, it was tear-jerking!”

Of their photographer, the bride remarks, “Claire was lovely, she was very organised and there were lots of emails back and forth before the wedding! She was very professional and we were very lucky to have her boyfriend assisting as the second photographer on the day!”

The couple purchased their flowers from Centennial Florist and then customised them, the bride explaining “We wanted to keep a theme of nature with luscious green foliage and white flowers. My dad is an experienced gardener, he advised us as to what flowers were in season. We ordered most of the flowers from an Adelaide florist, with the addition of white roses from my Grandpa’s garden adding in sentimental value (as this was Grandma’s pride and joy and unfortunately she wasn’t here to celebrate our wedding day). The foliage was cut out from my parents garden. Then, Alexander, the bridesmaids and I spent an evening arranging the flowers and foliage. I even created the bouquet.”

The newlyweds dined with just their family for dinner, Paris noting “We wanted to keep the decor simple and have minimal left over after the day, we gave all the table runners to the venue and guests were able to take home a vase of flowers! We stocked the bathrooms with Thankyou soap and moisturizer.”

Congratulations on your marriage Paris and Alexander! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Cast in Colour for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Cast in Colour / Bride's Dress: Cinderella Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Hair & Makeup Artist: Kink / Flowers: Centennial Florist / Invitations & Stationery: The Curious Cactus / Signage: The Curious Cactus / Venue: One Paddock Currency Creek Winery / Ceremony Officiant: Pastor Vanderwal / Wedding Cake: Angel Wedding Cakes / Engagement Ring: Bell & Brunt / Wedding Ring: Bell and Brunt
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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Adriana Watson Photography via Sarah & Richard’s Beautiful Oahu Destination Wedding

Happy Friday Dotties! We are so jam-packed at the moment as we get ready to spread our little wings. We’re closing for a break from the 8th of December and we are planning so much content before we go that we are a bit of a flurry! We have had so much gorgeousness on the blogs this week – Christmas biscuit recipes, gorgeous real weddings, destination celebrations and plenty of inspiration. Let’s round it up!

Loving the beautiful work of wedding photographer Amy Skinner

Bridie’s sage wedding planning advice over on Polka Dot Weddings

Not a fan of the sun? Check out these romantic honeymoon destinations for chasing the cold

Dapper monochromatic styling for the groom

Spice up your Friday with this spiced gimlet recipe from Rockpool Events

Five fun ways to find your seat

A wedding venue with a difference – behind the scenes with Craft & Co

A cake that’s healthy? Sign us up! Sharing Lola Berry’s Parsnip Cake

Josh shares his favourite wedding memories

We are so whipping up these gingerbread love hearts – love this idea for December wedding favours!

The most romantic fairytale wedding of Chris & Libbi

Loving Justin’s groom style

Designer Lisa Gowing shares 20 years of wedding gowns with 20 questions.

We’re dancing out this week thanks to the crew at Press Club Band and their rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel”. This song is one of my favourites and just the ticket for a wedding to get everyone dancing!

Boho Country Wedding Style

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We’re kicking off our shoes today for something a little bohemian with this boho country wedding style shoot of inspiration! There is no fuss, just stunning blooms, a love story unfolding; the simplicity of it all makes for something beautiful.

The dream team was led by photographer Lucie Zeka who added gown designer Wear Your Love, makeup artist MBK Makeup and floral designer Carly Rose Weddings & Events to the dream team. An easy lace gown (complete with barefoot jewels by Sapphire&Grace), a grand peacock chair (from Fairy Godmother Events) and a lush bouquet of white, deep pink and cherry red all set the scene in Sydney’s Centennial Park for a shoot that was about winter light. Says Luci, “I wanted to show how beautiful light can be during a winter and also to showcase all the amazing suppliers I worked with.”

Kacey’s Cakehouse created a semi-nude cake, topped with bright cherry red and hot pink flowers, the sweetest little addition, which was matched by modern stationery in black and white by Little Hoot Hoot finishing off the look, while model Nana Gabbana wandered barefoot with her boyfriend as our bride and groom.

 

Photographer: Lucie Zeka / Bride's Dress: Wear Your Love / Makeup Artist: MBK Makeup / Flowers: Carly Rose Weddings & Events / Wedding Cake: Kacey's Cakehouse / Bride's Jewellery: Sapphire&Grace / Invitations & Stationery: Little Hoot Hoot / Decor: Copper Beech / Rental Furniture: Fairy Godmother Events / Model: Nana Gabbana

Kate & Nigel’s Palm Cove Elopement

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Kate & Nigel

When a wedding combines palm trees and puppy dogs can it really be anything less than amazing? Kate and Nigel took their wedding to the beach, wanting something that had minimal fuss yet still allowed their closest loved ones to attend – including four-legged friend Lucy! They chose Peppermint Photography to be there to capture the day as it unfolded.

The newlyweds tell us the tale of how they came to be. “We met online. We started chatting and quickly realised that our values and dreams and goals were very closely aligned. Kate lived in Melbourne, Nigel lived in Adelaide so, after travelling back and forth from Melbourne to Adelaide and Adelaide to Melbourne pretty much every weekend, we decided that it would be best for Kate to give up her life and job in Melbourne and make the move to Adelaide to be with Nigel.”       

The couple worked with  South Pacific Bridal to plan their day, explaining, “We searched for a wedding planner for Cairns and South Pacific Bridal came up, they were extremely fun and professional from the very first time of contact and well worth the money we paid for them to do all the organising. They were super communicative, fun, friendly and very professional and I felt it was very good value for money considering they were organising everything and we didn’t need to worry about a thing! Was a breeze really. “

Kate and Nigel chose Alamanda Palm Cove for their ceremony, explaining “My sister recommended the venue for the ceremony and the reception. We wanted to elope as we wanted minimal fuss for our wedding, but didn’t want to go overseas so decided to make it in far north QLD. Kate’s sister lives in Cairns and she suggested Palm Cove. It was the best decision. Still not too far for immediate family to travel to from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.”

The bride remembers “We loved having Lucy (our dog) at our ceremony and seeing how deliciously cute she was in her snazzy little harness and gorgeous floral dog collar. She won the hearts of all the guests as our junior bridesmaid walked her down the aisle.”

Of her wedding gown, designed by Jack Sullivan, the bride remembers, “It took me a very long time to find my dress as we were pushed for time with such a short engagement and I was “just” pregnant so needed to find a dress that catered for a growing bust and tummy. It was fairly stressful but once I found the dress, I went back to it three times before I decided.”

  Of their photographer, the bride tells, “We found our photographer by serendipity actually! Our jeweller recommended ‘Peppermint Photography’ as he got married in Palm Cove also. So I googled it but couldn’t find in Cairns…only one in Brisbane. I actually fell in love with her photography style immediately, so it was a very fortunate finding! Amanda was just so lovely also and we connected really well with her over the phone. We are delighted with the photographs that she took.”

The bride has one special addition – a brand new baby bump!

The newlyweds celebrated with their intimate group of guests at Nu Nu Restaurant, dancing on the sand to George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun”.

Congratulations on your marriage Kate and Nigel! Thank you for sharing it with us today and thank you to Peppermint Photography for sharing today’s photographs!

Photographer: Peppermint Photography / Wedding Planner: South Pacific Bridal / Bride's Dress: Jack Sullivan / Bridal Salon: Bridal on Pulteney / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Crossley / Groom's Attire: Tailors of Distinction / Flowers: Flowers N Lace / Ceremony Venue: Alamanda Palm Cove / Ceremony Officiant: Lifetime of Love / Reception Venue: Nu Nu Restaurant / Dessert Table: Passion for Cakes