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Monique & Kjell

Summer in Sydney is always sparkling. The light twinkles on the water, the colours get a little brighter, a little more beautiful and the weather turns to the most beautiful of temperatures. It’s the season for laid back style, laid back celebration and it was this that led Monique and Kjell to choose a bright & colourful summer wedding to celebrate their relationship.

“We wanted our day to be young, fun, summer vibe with a little luxury romance,” explains Monique, who, along with  Kjell enlisted the help of  Emma Wand Photography to make sure every memory was captured. We’re pretty sure you’re going to love this stunning celebration of colour, of love, and of Monique and Kjell just as much as we did when we spied it!

It seems, it was always going to happen for these two, who met through their very best friends, who aptly, are also head over heels in love! The bride tells “My best friend and Kjell’s best friend started dating a year before we did, so that’s how we met. The four of us then lived together for about three years and they married the year before we did!”

It was on a weekend hike that Kjell popped the big question Monique telling the story for us. “We were doing the Royal National Park hike, it is a whole day hike so we packed a lunch. Kjell wanted to bring prawns as they are my favourite, I didn’t think they were appropriate hiking snacks but Kjell insisted on it being a nice lunch.
About 2 hours into the hike we found a nice spot on a cliff overlooking the ocean to have lunch, there was no one around it was really beautiful and peaceful. After we ate the prawns Kjell pulled out the ring and proposed – I didn’t answer and just squealed instead.”

The bride found her elegant gown at Made With Love, telling, “It was the first dress I saw online that I really loved so booked an appointment with them. It has a nice slender, simple cut but with beautiful lace detailing. My Mum and sister came to the appointment, it was the first one I tried on and loved it immediately.”

A beautiful bright wedding calls for beautiful bright blooms, Monique and Kjell choosing Sweet Pea and Honey Bee to style the blooms for their wedding, the bride telling  “I had no idea about flowers or arrangements, I reached out to Sweet Pea and Honey Bee, told her our theme and asked for her creative advice. When she dropped off the bouquets on the day of the wedding, I could not have been happier, they were absolutely perfect!”

The groom wanted to continue the bright summer vibes with his look, choosing pale blue jackets and stone pants from Politix for himself and his groomsmen.

“It is just ‘us’! We live near the beach and try to get down to the beach most days,” tells Monique of the couple’s decision to choose two waterside venues for their day, beginning with the beautiful Robertson Park, Watsons Bay for their wedding ceremony.

Monique walked down the aisle with her mother to Xavier Rudd’s “Follow The Sun”. “The song is just us” she shares “Summer and a chilled out vibe!”

Monique and Kjell enlisted Jessie Cacchillo to help bring their waterside ceremony to life, sharing “It was an intimate ceremony with all our favourite people. In the park, overlooking the water, under a beautiful fig tree. We had no readings but we did have champagne handed out so everyone could be involved in the toast to our love.”

 

Monique ad Kjell wanted their wedding photographs to be as laid back as their wedding and loved working with their photographer for this very reason, they tell “Emma is amazing! We wanted a photographer who was like us, chilled and fun (not typical wedding, formal). We met Emma first at a little cafe in Cronulla and knew we would get along instantly.
She was great with a little direction but not too much so that we could still enjoy the day.”

 

How does one make the most of beautiful Sydney at their wedding? They travel by boat!  “One of our splurges was to have guests be transported by boat from Watsons Bay to Pyrmont,” explains Monique. “The bridal party went in a separate smaller boat that pulled in to the Jones Bay Wharf where our guests cheered us in! That was one of my favourite parts of the day, holding Kjell’s hand as husband and wife and walking towards all our loved ones as they cheered and clapped.”

The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at a beautiful cocktail waterside reception at Cafe Morso.

The newlyweds took to the dance floor under the night sky, performed live by Romi Sounds. The bride sharing  “We had an amazing musician – Romi (check him out, he does gigs all over NSW, he is amazing).
Our first dance was Ho Hey by the Lumineers as it has a nice slow romantic start and then moves into a great song for getting everyone up dancing. We love the lyrics ‘I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart’.”

As a splurge the newlyweds chose to have Jaden Marc capture a film of their day. “Our ‘splurge’ things were to have a videographer so we could watch the video for years to come!” explains  Monique.

A big congratulations on your beautiful day Monique and Kjell! it was wonderful to be able to share your stories! Thank you to Emma Wand Photography for today’s beautiful images.

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From soft pink peach dahlias, classic silver tableware and romantic gowns, there is a lot to love about today’s beautiful editorial of classic garden wedding inspiration.

Under the vision of stylist  Sandra Chau Design, who enlisted the help of Sheri McMahon Photography to make sure every detail was captured, today’s dream team set up camp at the beautiful & historic garden homestead of The Rift, Bowral.

Floral designer Idyll Flower Studio created the focal point of the shoot – the stunning floral details, with peachy pink blooms (like those aforementioned dahlias) alongside classic roses and plenty of lush foliage.

Our tabletop, set in white linens, and white crockery, was adorned with classic details- beautiful taper candles, and stunning silverware. A stationery suite, utterly romantic designed by Little Duck Calligraphy bringing to life tones of blush and peach against elegant calligraphy.

Wearing a whimsical two-piece gown from The Babushka Ballerina, our bride, who’s soft up-do and romantic makeup was styled by Emma McGill, wandered hand in hand with her groom, around the beautiful garden locale.

This modern take on classic gives so much beautiful inspiration, for marrying together something old and new. Of time-honoured traditions with of the moment touches, of beautiful garden settings with plenty of history, and we’re completely on board.

 

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Kiarnee & Robert

The day may have brought a few showers, however the atmosphere and feeling at this beautiful wedding was only one of love and pure joy for the happy couple! The pair chose vendors whom they loved and appreciated – and of course, were only too happy that the day revolved around their close knit family and friends. The Bride, shares the stunning details of their day which was captured by Jessica Rose Photography.

We met at Ritchie’s supermarket, where we had both worked together for a number of years. We started to become friends before later on beginning our relationship.

Robert and I had been together for 6 years when we travelled to Thailand for a getaway. Little did I know, he was planning on popping the question. He organised a private beach front dinner on the sand with delicious traditional Thai cuisine. After dinner he organised a bottle of Prosecco to be brought out as he was about to propose. He got on one knee and asked me to be his wife!!! I started crying and of course, said YES.

And then the planning began! We started researching venues and couldn’t go past Farm Vigano, set out on 16 acres in South Morang, offering beautiful gardens, friendly staff and most importantly, incredible Italian food!!! We loved the idea of share plates on the table, where our guests could pick and choose what they wanted! Suzie and the team were amazing to deal with throughout the whole process.

When it came to dress shopping, I only went to 2 different stores. I couldn’t go past Fairytales Bridal, they truly know what they are talking about and helped me to pick out the perfect gown for our special day.

Now we had locked in the venue and date, it was time to jump onto the next 3 most important vendors to make sure we got who we wanted! We picked the incredibly talented Jessica from Jessica Rose Photography as our Photographer and we could not have made a better choice – she is full of energy!! She captured our day better then we could have ever imagined.

We knew we wanted a videography and knew we wanted to go with Rachel from Rachel Mary Films based on the Mornington Peninsula. We love her style and point of difference when she was filming our special day.

When it came to celebrants, this was a super important choice for us as it is the whole reason you are there – to get married! We picked Danielle from Danielle Emily Weddings, and WOW!!! Danielle sent us a questionnaire to find out more about our relationship, which from there she wrote our ceremony.

She honestly could not have done a better job! She was extremely friendly, bubbly and professional throughout the whole process. On the day she did an amazing job, telling our story and making sure it wasn’t to serious and definitely filled with love!

Then I knew I wanted Monique (a family friend) who runs The Bloom Movement for our flowers. She did a fabulous job and the colours were perfect, soft and vibrant.

I walked down the aisle to “I Get To Love You” by Ruele. It’s a beautiful song that gave us that exciting feeling, so we knew it was the one.

The details were all about family. I was lucky to have my two sisters as bridesmaids and my mum also walked down the aisle with my Dad. My dad owns a 1956 FJ Holden and had a good family friend drive Dad and myself to the wedding on the day and another good family friend has a vintage ford and drove my sisters and mum to the wedding.

Robert had one of his brothers and brother in law as his groomsmen. We also had both of our Mums be our witness.

A great detail was having the rest of Roberts siblings, my two aunties and my best friend (who also did a reading) release butterflies for my best friend, Poppy who had passed away. This was a special moment in the ceremony that i will never forget.

Our first dance was to a cover version of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. This was always one of Robert’s favourite songs and the only one he ever learnt on guitar. It was especially meaningful as for my first birthday as a couple, he recorded himself playing it on the guitar!

I love the photos of everyone enjoying themselves, eating the delicious food or dancing up a storm on the dance floor!

A favourite part of the wedding planning was simply seeing everything come together. There are so many options and ideas that you can do for your wedding day, yet it all comes down to what is the most important to you and your fiancé. At the end of the day, having fun with it and not stressing about the small stuff is the key.

They say your wedding day goes really quick and it really does, so make sure you find the perfect vendors to make your day extra memorable and special!

Ms Zebra Says: Sending the happy couple the biggest congratulations – and all the very best for a long and happy future together! 

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