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Britt & Pickle

Before you dive into today’s wedding, you need to grab a glass of bubbles, kick off your shoes, and head outside under your favourite tree. Because that sense of Mother Nature’s bliss, of gorgeous celebration on the greenest of grass, of a little celebration in a garden – that’s exactly the vibe of Britt and Pickle’s romantic & modern Mount Warning wedding.

As these stunning pictures from Ivy Road Photography prove, it was a day filled with celebration, with fun, with dappled sunshine in the garden, and in the bride’s words, was a day that was “Silky, sleek and a bit quirky”.

It was after another life milestone that Pickle asked Britt to marry him, she tells the story. “I had just been accepted into my dream job as a firefighter so Pickle and I were driving my car down to Sydney to start the training. He knew how nervous I was and said to calm my nerves he would book us somewhere cute to stay along the way. He booked a stunning little apartment at Emerald Beach. He suggested a walk once we arrived. I was wearing ugly sneakers and jeans as it was cold.

We start walking up the most stunning headland and had a wallaby and a joey come up and greet us, we kept walking and then dolphins started playing in the waves. We were both pretty impressed. Then when we reached the top of the hill a whale started breaching. I was over the moon. The whale then stopped. Strangely Pickle got angry at the whale, I was laughing at him for being cranky with the whale when I turned around to see him on two knees. I was shocked and excited. The next little bit is a bit of a blur but I definitely said yes. We laughed about it later realising that he had gotten down on two knees and it would have looked like he was begging to passers-by.”

Britt found her dream gown by Chosen By One Day at Love, Marie sharing “I found it really hard to find a dress that had no lace and no beads. I wanted sexy and sleek and really struggled, Then I found Chosen. It was actually the first dress I tried on, I got the neckline changed to make it a one of a kind.” The bride didn’t try on her gown until the wedding day- so luck was on her side with a perfect fit! She added her aunt’s gold bangle and blue velvet shoes from Loeffler Randall.

The groom and groomsmen dressed in pieces from Politix and Asos – a last minute decision after the groom’s custom ordered blue velvet suit arrived in a worse for wear state.

Britt and Pickle chose a garden style, cocktail wedding at the beautiful Mavis’s Kitchen, sharing “We wanted something original and cute, we didn’t want somewhere people we knew had gone or where we sat in a big stale room.”

Britt and Pickle were accompanied by some very special important guests, explaining “Our puppymaid was Porscha the 15-year-old Pomeranian. She was the star and made all the bridesmaids jealous. She was a big reason why we didn’t have our wedding out of Australia. She actually passed away 6 weeks after the wedding. From the ages of 16 Porscha and I had chatted about her being a bridesmaid. My three nans who are all so wonderful were my witnesses and we were so privileged and lucky to have them at our wedding. The other reason we had our wedding in Australia was so all our grandparents could be there. It just wouldn’t have been the same without them.”

Britt walked down the aisle on the arm of her step-father to Wiyathul by Gurrumul.

Britt and Pickle wanted a certain vibe their ceremony, enlisting Lyndsay Smith to make it official. “We wanted it to be relaxed and quick but serious, not silly vows where there are jokes every second. We had the Chaplain for Fire and Rescue NSW as our celebrant and he was just the most calming and present voice that just oozes respect when he talked. We didn’t have readings as we felt that wasn’t us we just shared our commitment and love. It was funny looking out in the crowd everyone was crying and so was Pickle.”

The beautiful blooms on the day were styled by Florals and Co, under instruction from Pickle! Britt telling “Pickle was Flower man for the big day, that is much more his element and he chose native flowers, we really wanted some choc sunflowers as they were cool. Our Wonderful friend Sarah Mae at Florals and Co did the flowers for us. She is fantastic as she just knows what to do and goes for it. She was also a guest so she had a very busy day in the heat.”

Planning the day, and doing it together, was the best part of the whole shebang for these two. “Just every time Pickle and I sat down together we would get butterflies thinking is it really happening, we’re getting to do this together, we didn’t really care about the planning so much just excited about committing to each other.”

Secret sunset photoshoots with just the newlyweds and champagne were a definite highlight of the day for Britt and Pickle, who tell of their photographer “Shelley was a goddess!! We actually had one before her but I got a gut feeling that it wasn’t right so hunted down Shelley for her light and positive photography. All I can say I when getting a photographer- they are one of the most important people there on the day so choose wisely and make sure they have good time management skills and aren’t afraid to tell you what to do. There is nothing worse than looking back at a photo and realising your arm looks awkward or your tummy is sticking out. We had two photographers and a videographer a wonderful friend who is an epic surf/nature videographer who we choose after seeing his short film documenting local surfing man’s life beautifully.”

For the dance floor, Britt changed into a gold sequin gown from Alamour the Label .

And then it was time to hit the dance floor, although it didn’t quite go as planned! In Britt’s words “Our first dance has got us a tad embarrassed. We danced to Sail Away by David Gray as he is our favourite ever! It was so lovely to us but according to some of our guests, we may have got a tad touchy on the dancefloor… whoops. Pickle is a very good dancer and he was trying to get all technical but I can’t dance so he had to stay slow with me.”

And if you can’t get enough of Britt & Pickle, tune into their wedding film captured by Eyes in the Sky Visuals.

 

A big congratulations to you both Britt and Pickle! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us. Thank you also to the crew at  Ivy Road Photography for today’s beautiful images.

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  • Lyndsay Smith Fire and Rescue NSW
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  • Justin Small
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We’re switching gears today, a farewell to the lush blooms of Spring if you will, as we head into the colder, greyer months with a stunning editorial from a Sydney team, entitled “Jardin De Rosas”.

With photographer Full Hearts Wedding Co. capturing every gorgeous detail, the raw setting of studio Beauty & Balance with its wooden floors and exposed walls was the canvas. Dressed with lush, rambling floral arrangements by floral designer Aimie of  Willow & Bear, who  shares “The great thing about this set up is that it is perfect for all seasons throughout the year, if you are getting married in the cooler months look to create this look inside a warehouse for a more dramatic and moody love affair. Marrying during the summer, this look can be softened and would complement a garden style wedding held on a country estate, farm or winery.”

Our bride, model Lauren Dritmanis under the watchful eye of stylist Hope x Page switched between romantic and dramatic hair and makeup looks styled by Kayla Trisley and The Makeup Society, her romantic gowns (also by Hope x Page). An off the shoulder ballgown, a long sleeve gown of intricate lace number and a sparkling gown beautiful for after dark. Her look topped off with sparkling pieces from Nicholas Haywood Jewellery.

In a world where minimalism is the latest buzz word, it’s a contrast to fill a vision with whimsical floral details, one that is feminine, romantic and most of all, effortlessly elegant.


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Teri-Anne & Ben

Among the lush rainforest greenery, Teri-Anne and Ben were married in a luxe, bohemian styled ceremony. With their gorgeous children a part of the day and Maori traditions throughout the celebrations, this wedding will sweep you off your feet! Ethereal Photography captured the day.

High school sweethearts, the bride and groom met and fell in love at the age of 16. Teri-Anne tells of the proposal, ”It was our 10 year anniversary of being together. Ben had surprised me with a weekend away at Byron Bay. We came back to our room after a romantic dinner, and on our balcony which overlooked a beautifully lit up tropical garden was a cheese platter, two glasses of wine and a wrapped present for me. As I was unwrapping my present I noticed it was a photo frame. I flipped it over and inside were photos of each of our three kids all wearing shirts that made up the sentence ‘will you marry daddy?’ I turned around to Ben who was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I cried, he cried and of course I said yes.”

Her heart set on a full lace, bohemian gown, the bride struggled to find anything she could fall in love with. She remembers, ”I decided to take the risk and started looking online and came across a designer in Los Angeles called Saldana Vintage who specialised in bohemian wedding dresses. So I took the plunge and decided I was going to get them to do my wedding dress knowing that I wouldn’t be able to do any fittings or see the dress until it was completed. During the whole process we continuously communicated with each other which had me at ease. The moment the dress arrived and I tried it on for the first time I felt so overwhelmed with so many happy emotions. It was everything I imagined it to be. Timeless and classy. I absolutely loved it!” The bride accessorised with her nana’s necklace. She shares, ”Although not worth much in dollar value it had so much sentimental value to me and my family. I know that if she was with us she would have loved to have been there to watch me get married. So wearing her necklace on my wedding day was like having her right there with me.”

The groom was keen to wear a casual formal look, deciding on beige and tan. Teri-Anne tells, ”He went formal with the beige blazer and vest but kept it casual with a white linen shirt and beige straight leg chino pants. Ben wore a high top Colorado dress shoe and a Beau Hudson leather bowtie for the tan component of his attire. He whipped up the look all together himself as what he wanted he couldn’t find all in one store and we were so happy with it.”

The location set the perfect scene for the bohemian styled ceremony, with lush trees and greenery all around. Teri-Anne shares, ”Our ceremony was very simple. We didn’t want it to be overly formal at all. With the rainforest garden as our backdrop and all our friends and family it felt very calm. You could hear the trickling of the waterfall behind us which added to that intimate feel. It was very tranquil. We wanted a meaningful but short and sweet ceremony. We had written vows that were exchanged and a little bit of humour from our celebrant to get everyone smiling. It was beautiful.” The bride walked down the aisle with her father to ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ by Anita Antoinette.

The Little Flower Market created the flowers for the day, with the bride telling, ”We wanted to keep them on the conservative side, deciding on the bouquets being mostly green and white with a pop of colour in a deep red. We chose a deep red because we thought it complimented the neutral tones we had chosen for our bridal party to wear. We spoke with our florist about what we were wanting and she brought our vision to life. They turned out exactly what we had in mind. We also had her make floral hairpieces for our bridesmaids that matched their bouquets. For myself I opted for a crown made up of just foliage for a more natural, toned down boho look.”

Ethereal Photography worked their magic on the day, and Teri-Anne and Ben were thrilled with the results! They recall, ”When we were looking for a photographer we were wanting more of a natural feel to our photos. Nothing overly filtered or enhanced. They used a lot of natural light and our photos turned out better than we could have ever imagined. Working alongside Freya was so effortless. She made us feel comfortable and was really accommodating. She did a fantastic job of capturing our day. Freya was so lovely and so upbeat throughout the whole day absolutely loved her energy. When trying to get the perfect shot in the paddock, we almost got taken out by a rogue bull. So we had our groomsmen take one for the team and distract the bull into following them in the opposite direction while our photographer quickly clicked away.”

Such a beautifully put together wedding came with the help of Berry Vintage Hire. The bride says, ”They really brought our boho theme to life. Absolutely loved the styling especially the macrame curtain we stood in front of during our ceremony. The macrame cake stand display was also styled by Berry Vintage Hire and was just beautiful. They did an amazing job. We also really loved our ‘Just Married’ denim jackets. We wore them during the bouquet toss and as we were departing at the end of the night through our sparkler arch.”

It was love at first sight for their venue, Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens! The couple remember, ”As soon as we walked in we knew straight away! This is it! From the stunning rainforest garden backdrop for our ceremony to the reception room that was nestled among the tree tops, everything about the venue was just absolutely stunning! The reception room ceiling was lit up with fairy lights and the gardens and trees were lit up at night adding to the relaxed, laid back, boho vibe we were after. The room had wall to wall windows giving you stunning views of the lit up rainforest backdrop from every angle.”

Teri-Anne’s family is Maori, and as such, the couple incorporated several New Zealand traditions. The bride tells, ”The Haka was performed by the males as our welcome into our reception as Mr & Mrs Tooker. The women later on in the night performed and sang a love song in Maori to us. Having a cultural element was really special specifically when we entered the reception as a married couple and were greeted with the Haka this was hair raising and all guests and even venue staff were cheering and enjoying the moment.” The couple made their seating chart and table centre pieces, and Ben’s mum got crafty too. They tell, ”She incorporated our wedding favours into the name cards. You could open them up and inside each guest had a packet of seeds with ‘let love grow’ printed on them and a personally written thank you letter from Ben and I. So at the end of the night each guest had a personalised little gift to take home with them.”

The newlyweds had two songs for their first dance, the first being ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley. Teri-Anne remembers, ”It was such an incredible moment as soon as the song started playing our guests started singing along to the music. People were standing up out of their chairs singing out loud. We danced, we twirled, we kissed, we sang along with everyone else we truly just lived in that moment and took it all in. It was amazing. Our second song was ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran. Our MC asked for anyone who wanted to, to come up to the dance floor and dance with someone they loved. It was so special. The floor was filled and everyone embraced their loved ones and danced to the song. We got to dance with our parents. Our mums both cried as mums do…it truly was a special moment.” Of some of their favourite moments of the day, the couple share, ”Having our kids being part of the day made it that much more special. Having our closest family and friends there to celebrate our day as many made a huge effort traveling interstate and others traveling from New Zealand. Finally saying the words ‘I Do’ and calling each other after a long time together ‘my husband’ and ‘my wife’.”

Congratulations to our gorgeous bride and groom on your beautiful wedding and marriage, thank you for sharing with us! Thank you also to Ethereal Photography for sharing your stunning photos.

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