Lucy and James’ Sydney Garden Wedding

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Lucy and James

 I’m gaining even more of an appreciation of backyard weddings lately and is it just me or are we seeing more and more couples choosing to have everything at one venue? I love how Lucy and James celebrated their wedding day- a beautiful home on Sydney’s waterside played host to a splendid celebration of love, happiness and plenty of dancing (and cake, again never forget the cake!)

Photography today is by The Follans who have a fun, but classic way of capturing weddings, Such beautiful shots!

Lucy chosen a gown from Norwegian designer Leila Hafzi. She says, “Lara uses eco and ethical production methods”. Kate Lee styled Lucy and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Lucy and James met before the ceremony for a first look. Of their photographers, Lucy says, “Andrew and Sarah were fantastic. They suggested doing the ‘first look’ photographs before the wedding, which worked really well. Seeing James before the wedding was really nice and eased some of the nerves. It was fun to do the bridal party pics before the wedding too. I think it made everyone even more excited. All the photographs they took really capture the experiences of the day. ”

Lucy’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Ginger & Smart while James wore a Ted Baker suit.

The flowers were purchased from sourced from Hills Flower Market and arranged by friends and family.

The wedding  celebration was held at a private Sydney residence on the water.

For decor, Lucy remembers ” We wanted to have a ‘handmade’ feel with the wedding theme and decorations. So, we made all the decorations, including tissue paper tassels that were installed in the garden marquee. Making these by hand was really time consuming and I dare not estimate the amount of hours spent. Thankfully we organised a few ‘workshops’ where friends and family came to help. I chose tones that worked in with the bridal party colours, dark blue, teal, peach, silver and light blue. I think we made around four hundred or so. ”

Lucy’s teal suede shoes were by Prada.

The floral arrangements were handmade by the couple and their family and friends. Lucy remembers, ” We wanted the flowers to look like they’d been freshly picked from the garden so we chose a variety of flowers in a broad colour palette for a bit of diversity and arranged them ourselves. I asked people to collect different sized glass jars for the flowers. We assembled a couple of hundred small bottles, wrapped brown kitchen twine around them and strung them up in the trees around the garden. The bride and bridesmaids all made their own bouquets and boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen. ”

Lucy walked down the aisle to “Elephant Gun by Beirut (played on guitar by brother-in-law). ”

Lucy says “Our celebrant, Jessie Cacchillo was fantastic. ”

Lucy says ” Our wedding was relaxed and casual with a few traditions thrown in.”

Chris Thé of Black Star Pastry made the simple and delicious wedding cake. The wedding was catered by John & Peter.

Lucy says “”We didn’t have an official first dance, but we did dance up a storm.”

Congratulations Lucy and James! Thank you for sharing your wedding day story with us! Thank you to The Follans for sharing today’s wedding with us!


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  • Purple Rain Tab Acoustic Blog says:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

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  • Victoria & Albert Antiques says:
    March 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

    What wonderful pictures, weddings are so joyful and it’s great to even play a small part in so many.

  • EMP says:
    August 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I love how casual this wedding is, goes to show you don’t need all the glitz and glamour to have a beautiful wedding

  • Cate says:
    August 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    That cake looks delicious.



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