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Samantha & Cameron

A winter wedding has something special about it – and Samantha and Cameron’s elegant, black tie day is no exception! With stunning lace details, dapper suits and classic styling, Zonzo Estate provided the perfect backdrop for the pair to tie the knot. With Jerome Cole there to capture the love filled moments, there’s no denying it was a perfect winters day! The exquisite bride, Samantha details their incredible day last August.

Just prior to our wedding, I found out that my parents had my stars read when I was a child. My stars said I was going to marry someone from overseas. This is so special to us because Cameron is South African, he has only been in Australia for 6 years. So, not only are we in love as husband and wife, we feel we were destined to be together and are blessed to have found each other.

It was our 3 year anniversary and little did I know, Cameron had grand plans to propose that night, which he had been planning for months. I had absolutely no idea, but was secretly hoping he was going to propose that day.

We had a romantic dinner in the city, followed by a beautiful stroll along the Yarra River. By the time we started to head home, my hopes of a proposal that night had faded – but how wrong I was (and I’ve never been so happy to be wrong). Once we arrived home, walking inside was like stepping in to the most romantic, lavish movie scene.

There were hundreds of candles, flowers and flower petals everywhere, with flower petals spelling out “will you marry me?”. It was the most beautiful romantic thing I had ever seen. I turned around (with tears of joy gushing down my face) to see Cameron on one knee, asking me to marry him. It was a perfect proposal, which we will both cherish forever.

I wore a custom made, white, long sleeved dress, that had beautiful chantilly lace sleeves and bodice.
After trying on countless dresses that didn’t feel right, and speaking with designers that quoted me in excess of $20,000, I began to feel like I would not be able to have my dream dress within my budget.

A friend recommended I try D’Italia, so I did. I was pleasantly surprised with my experience. The staff in store were incredibly helpful and took me through all the amazing fabric options and instantly understood my vision. I was so impressed with my experience, I knew I had found my dress designer.

My Couture designer Dragana was so incredibly talented and divine to deal with. She understood exactly what I was after, and worked with me to achieve my dream. Dragana included me in the process the entire way, which made it even more exciting because I was able to see my dream come to life.
Dragana created a dress that was better than I ever could have dreamed. I was beyond happy with the end result and was able to be married in my dream dress!

Wanting to bring the feel of modern black tie elegance, Cameron wore a custom made tux that had a beautiful white textured jacket with black trimmings. Maureen from Zac Mens was a dream to work with, she designed Cameron’s tux to suit his shape and ensured the fit was perfect.

I had my sister Nikki as my Maid of Honour, my childhood friend Amy and Cameron’s sister Ashleigh as my bridesmaids.
Cameron had his three great friends, Sam as Best Man and Jason and Alex as groomsmen. We felt very blessed to have such great people standing by our sides on our special day.

We chose Zonzo Estate in the Yarra Valley for our special day. We fell in love with the venue from the minute we drove in their long and serene driveway.

Youki from Sugar Bee Flowers was who we chose to do our flowers and styling. She was absolutely incredible, one of the most talented florists we came across.
We had a mix of seasonal white and blush blooms, with our key and favourite flower being the white orchids, mixed with lush greenery. We also incorporated white king proteas as a sentimental touch to Cameron’s home country of South Africa.

My beautiful Mum walked me down the aisle to ‘Perfect Duet’ by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.

Our photographer Jerome Cole is definitely the best in the business in our opinion. From the minute we saw Jerome’s work, we fell in love with his style and ability. He was an absolute dream on the day and made us feel so comfortable. I am still having guests ask me for his details because he was so fantastic.

I loved planning our wedding. Seeing everything come together on the day gave me such a sense of accomplishment and happiness, because it’s like the past 12 months of planning has come to life.
I also loved working with our vendors to create our dream!

We chose to do our first dance to Tennessee Whisky by Chris Stapleton, not your typical first dance song, but one that has a beautiful underlying meaning that you can relate to many aspects of life.

My advice for future couples would be, just be true to yourselves. At the end of the day, you are there to marry the person of your dreams, so don’t let anyones negativity or conflicting opinions dampen your day. Enjoy every moment and make sure you and your spouse take 5 minutes together to take in your day, it really does go so fast!!

Ms Zebra Says: Wishing Samantha and Cameron the biggest congratulations on their divine winter wedding! What an incredible day and we wish you both all the best for your future together.

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Sarah & Murray

If colour had a soul mate, this wedding would be it! Filled with colourful accents and plenty of personality, Sarah and Murray, who met through mutual friends, said ‘I do’ in their backyard – and then danced the night away in a family air hangar! Seriously awesome and cool couple right here! With their son and daughter by their sides and best mates, these two love birds enjoyed one hell of a colourful day and we’re so excited for Bride Sarah to share all of the incredible details!

I chose a beautiful wrap dress by Tiff Manuell, white at the top to reflect the day and full of colour in the skirt to reflect my personal style. It was chosen as I was adamant about wearing something colourful. I have been a massive fan of Tiff Manuell for a long time, so it was pretty much my dream dress!

Our wedding was colourful boho and eclectic. I wanted to incorporate my home style into our ceremony, which was on 28 September 2019 on our family cane farm and airfield in NSW.

We used our garden for the ceremony, as I wanted a relaxed and tropical vibe.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. For the signing, we used ‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star and finished with ‘Just Like Heaven’ by The Cure.

Murray wanted to keep it simple as it was a country farm wedding, so he chose to wear a white linen shirt from Industrie and tan chinos.

We didn’t have any readings as we just wanted a ceremony that was short and sweet (being mindful of our small children and our guests on a hot spring day)!

A favourite part of the day was having all our loved ones there to share in our day, and also how my love of colour all came together!

The only DIY elements we had were  in the sense that I arranged some of my own indoor rugs for the aisle. My macrame hanging and painted pots were commissioned from my favourite artists. I wanted to bring my colourful style outside, so I commissioned both a big macrame hanging from MeCo Macrame and painted pots from Gabby Loves Art and B Jewelled Creative. I was also adamant about the music I wanted for both ceremony and reception (mainly 80s/90s alternative music)!

I am lucky to have a lovely florist friend Cathy of Yamba Time Florist. The brief for Cathy was to use colours close to those in my dress and those in my ceremony decorations (painted pots and macrame hanging). She absolutely nailed it, as you can see from our photos!

One of my favourite photos is a photo of Murray and I by the river in front of our house.

Our photographer was Buffy Williams-Robinson from The Sea Society. Buffy is a local creative who has over 20 years experience working in photography, fashion and publishing including curating, casting and styling. I chose her as she is incredibly generous, creative, warm hearted and her photography is stunning. She also understood my love of colour and creativity and captured it so beautifully.

Our bridal party was made up of my friends Sammy Jo and Maddy as my bridesmaids, my daughter was my flower girl and my son was my little page boy. Murray had his brother Duncan and my brother Ryan as his groomsmen.

Favourite or stand out vendors from our day would have to be my dress by Tiff Manuell, the colourful flower arrangements by Yamba Time Florist and the photography by The Sea Society were absolute stand outs. The pieces by my creative friends Mel from MeCo Macrame who made the most magical macrame piece for our arbour, Gabby Love who painted two incredible multicoloured plant pots to compliment my dress and Julie from B Jewelled Creative Designs who painted two funky heart plant pots.

Our advice to future couples would be to keep things as simple as possible, make sure you invest in a great photographer, and if you are purchasing decorative items, try to pick ones that you can reuse in your home later on. We also let our guests sit where they wanted and that made for a more social, happy environment in my opinion!

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to Sarah and Murray. What an amazing day, filled with so much colour and fun! We wish you both all the best in your life together as husband and wife.

 

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Kirsty & Andrew

Love takes many forms, but the best we get to see often, is when it’s found in another person. The overwhelming feeling of that love is exactly what Kirsty and Andrew’s day(s) was all about! From deciding to do a private ceremony with only their families on the stunning clifftops of Flinders, to the quaint and rustic backdrop of Tanglewood Estate, Daniel Brannan was there to capture each loving look and moment. The Bride, Kirsty shares their story and all of the details of their spectacular two day wedding!

We met in 2009 at a house party that Andrew technically wasn’t invited to. Andrew was a friend of someone (who also happened to be one of Andrew’s groomsmen) who lived down the street from the party. We had all attended an all-girls high school so Andrew’s groomsman was invited and was told to ‘bring lots of men’.

We were officially married on Wednesday the 13th of March, which was our 10 year anniversary. We chose to have our ceremony on the cliffs at Finders with just our family, photographer Dan and celebrant Lara.

We then had our wedding on Saturday the 16th of March at Tanglewood Estate. We had a small ceremony in the chapel and our reception in the winery.

Our favourite photograph was from our cliff top ceremony. We were standing on the edge of the cliffs in a patch of light and our photographer took the photo from another ridge across the water.

The cliffs at Flinders (our official ceremony location) were recommended to us by our photographer. We went for a walk on the cliffs and loved it.

I chose Cathleen Jia as her dresses were non-traditional and the fabric was really soft. Cathleen was very easy to work with and patient working with someone as indecisive as me. I looked at her collections and tried on styles that would suit me. Then I looked at her Instagram photos and found a dress that she custom made for me.

The groom and the groomsmen decided to get their suits custom made through Bell and Barnett. However, we didn’t have a good experience with them so I wouldn’t recommend it.

I walked down the aisle to ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and the Machine. It was a popular song from the year we started dating.

Our celebrant was an easy choice. Lara was super relaxed and friendly. She made the process so easy for both of our ceremonies. We had so many lovely comments about her and the ceremony from our guests.


We only had a simple ceremony as I didn’t like the idea of being the centre of attention.

One of the favourite parts of the day was enjoying running through a petal confetti shower out of the chapel.

Poppy culture posted a photo on their Instagram of their first wedding at Tanglewood Estate. We weren’t engaged at that point and Tanglewood, being a new venue, didn’t have a website yet. I kept following them on social media and we eventually went to look at it when we started looking for venues. I liked the rustic look of the venue and the forest-like location.

My bridesmaids were three of my university friends; Jade, Steph and Megan. Andrew’s groomsmen were three of his school friends; Hamish, Andrew and Kris. We then had my friend’s daughter Gabby as our flower girl and my nephew Harry (who was 6 months old and slept through the ceremony) as our “ring bear” (yes, he had bear overalls on).

We chose Poppy Culture for our flowers. I had been following them on Instagram for a while and had seen all the recent weddings that they had done at Tanglewood Estate. We decided to go with a range of white flowers with green foliage to create lots of different textures.

We added sea holly so that there were little patches of blue in the bouquets. The sea holly also dried nicely after the wedding and is now decorating a vase in our house.

We chose Dan Brannan as our photographer. He was recommended by a few venues that we had visited. He had also done weddings at Tanglewood before which we thought was important because he would know all the good photo locations. He also recommended the cliffs at Flinders, which we loved. He was an easy choice.

In terms of DIY elements, we did a bit!

  • Invitations – We ordered simple invitations from Mickey Loves Jacqui Letter Press. We wanted to tie navy linen ribbons around the invitations however they were extremely expensive. So we bought white linen from Spotlight and dyed it navy. We then ripped the fabric into ribbons ourselves.
  • Bonbonniere – We collected 70 salsa jars during the time we were engaged. I used them to make handmade candles. We tied navy ribbons around the jars with a place tag with each guest’s name of them. We used them as bonbonnieres and place cards.
  • Welcome sign – Andrew made our glass welcome sign using the glass from a large picture fame. We displayed it on an iron easel that we had custom made.
  • Candle dishes – I bought small glass candle dishes from op shops throughout our area. We had mismatched dishes with tea light candles on the tables to complement vases of flowers.
  • Napkins – We bought navy napkins from Kmart as it was cheaper than hiring them from linen hire companies.

Our wedding was rustic, relaxed and blue!

We had a few vendors that stood out to us. We saw Gina from Miss Ladybird Cakes at a bridal expo and a venue open day. We tried lots of flavours and ordered a cake for both our engagement party and our wedding. We didn’t even look around for anyone else.

We had a few recommendations for catering. We went with Moreish purely because they got back to us with a quote so quickly and Elle knew everything that was going on and gave us great advice. She even organised hot chips for the tables to go with dinner.

 

Special heirlooms that I included was wearing my Mum’s pearl earrings that my sister also wore at her wedding. I also wore a simple necklace that my grandma gave me for my 21st birthday.

A favourite detail of the day was that we had our wedding cake knife engraved with Mr and Mrs Lewis and our wedding date.

Advice for future couples? Follow your vendors on Instagram. It will give you ideas and help you make decisions about which ones to choose. I really wanted a floral chandelier but was talked out of it by my friends and husband. I am glad we didn’t spend money on the things we really didn’t need.

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to Kirsty and Andrew! What an amazing line up of events – and with some of Australia’s most beautiful backdrops! Wishing you both the world of happiness as husband and wife. 

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