We know the classic white solitaire look isn’t for everyone, so today, we wanted to inspire you, to dare you to dream a little differently, by introducing you to Melbourne jeweller Aurelia Yeomans.
Housed at the labyrinth of beauty that is e.g.etal, Aurelie, who has trained around the world, works to showcase the connection between ourselves, our energy frequencies and mother nature.
Her “Crystallised” collection is reminiscent of the wild and barren landscapes of Iceland. The designer exploring the country prior to designing the collection and drawing off the facets, the beauty of the landscape, as she created the pieces.
She shares “My work is informed by metamorphosis and phenomena in nature. I’m fascinated that we as humans are all directly connected to it on an atomic level, in a sort of biological and energetic symbiosis,”
Each piece, using a hexagon as the foundation, and Aurelie’s own self-developed process with enamel creates its own unique voice. There are sparkling white hexagon earrings, beautiful earrings of salt and pepper and black diamonds, icy blue topaz stones, grey spinels and beautiful sapphires. The stunning pieces, especially the engagement rings, completely standing as pieces of art in their own right.
“I often contemplate how different energy frequencies impact on water, plants and animals” she tells. “Simultaneously, I’m fascinated by how we are impacting on each other and the environment around us through the energy that we emit. These molecules are all just interacting with each other.”
Set amongst the sweeping plains of their sixth generation farming property in Tasmania, Alicia and Sam tied the knot in front of close family and friends. The rustic setting provided a relaxed and comfortable vibe for guests to enjoy as Event Avenue thought out every detail. Some camped on the property and others came only for the party, however everyone was excited as the budding love birds devoted their love to each other! Alex Giles Photography was chosen to come along for the ride and capture the highlight reel of their beautiful Tasmanian wedding! Alicia tells us about how Sam proposed…
Sam and I were only together for seven months before he secretly planned a surprise trip to New Zealand and proposed to me. We were in Queenstown, New Zealand for ten days. On the third day he had us driven from the hotel room to the airport where a helicopter was waiting for us. I was clueless, I kept pinching myself in disbelief wondering where Sam had been my whole life. We took off over the snow covered mountains and landed at a glacier.
Still clueless as to what was happening we got out and explored the amazing location. There was a small creek running through the mountains and Sam was kneeling down looking at something in the water, he called me over, pulled a ring out and asked me to marry him and of course I said YES! ….. and six months later we were married.
Sam put a lot of thought into his big surprise, he even went to the trouble of getting my engagement ring handmade by James Ashley – a jeweller in Launceston Tasmania. They spent hours together designing something I’d love and boy did I love it!
I have always been in love with long sleeve wedding dresses so it was a MUST for my big day. Little White Boutique in Launceston made it a lovely experience choosing my gown. Simple and elegant with little details sums up my dress. Made With Love Bridal was the designer and it was made in a crepe material which made it warm, which was a must for those cool Tassie nights.
It had custom made and beautiful long flowy sleeves, with cuff and button detail. It had a low back also with button detail and a sweetheart neckline and long flowy train. I felt so amazing in it! Sam and his Best Man and best friend were suited up by Routleys Launceston, Adding their own RM Williams boots and belts.
Sam spent the night before the wedding at the farm at our house and I spent it with my best friend and brides-man Dann. Dann and I stayed at Cressy house Estate. I chose to stay there as it’s a newly renovated homestead, with the most breathtaking gardens which made it perfect for photos! Sam and I also stayed the night of the wedding and we received the most lovely service.
Sam and I live together at Woodside Park, 4000 acres of farmland in beautiful Tasmania so it was an easy decision for us to have our dream wedding on the farm. Sam is the sixth generation to run the family farm so it has a special place in our hearts. Not to mention its surrounded by rugged mountains and lush green rolling hills.
We chose to set the wedding up on a hill that overlooks the entire farm. The ceremony was under a big old gumtree. Wooden welcome sign handmade by Silver Belle Designs, wine barrels covered in flowers at the aisle entrance, hay bales for the guests to be seated on, green foliage and proteas lining the aisle. Our theme was obviously rustic/farm but with a little added elegance.
As Sam and I had not been together for long before we decided to tie the knot, our friends and family had not had the opportunity to meet each other. So our wedding was also a day where everyone was going to come together and meet one another for the first time! Because of this, we wanted our special day to be relaxing, easy going and carefree.
Our celebrant Annie Saunders made it just what we asked for, a short but meaningful ceremony where we exchanged our very own personal vows while our family, friends, two sausage dogs “Lulu & Freddie” and chocolate Labrador “Poppy” watched and waited for the kiss so they could cover us in dried flower confetti by Everland Favours.
Since getting engaged I started to visit every market I could to find little treasures and ideas that would help make my wedding special. I found antique crystal cake stands to display each cake on the dessert table, I found old vintage suitcases to display my wedding favours and to hold blankets for my guests if they got cold through the night.
Even our wishing well was made out of an old suitcase! Sam and I also got a little crafty and built little wooden signs to guide the guests up through the farm to the wedding and a large wooden frame to go in hand with our polaroid photo guest book.
My bouquet was an arrangement of native flowers and deep red and pink roses all tied together with a dusty pink silk ribbon, which added that little something special. All the flowers have dried so beautifully from the wedding. I have them scattered all around our house, they are such a pretty reminder of our special day.
My best friend Dann lives in Melbourne and owns a hair salon, Baxter Melbourne. We have been friends for 15 years and I had always said that if I ever get married, he is going to be my brides-man! It’s just a bonus that he can also do my wedding hair.
He spent the whole day making me feel like a queen. We started our morning with breakfast at the local bakery, then continued onto getting my makeup done at Mesa Hair by Lucy. It was so relaxing and stress free! Lucy exceeded my expectations! Pure body Launceston helped get my skin perfect for my big day by pampering me with facials the week before and Kendall, the owner of Model Lash Studio gave me lush lashes.
We then continued onto convict cutters – a hair salon where Dann styled my hair. This is where Dann and I worked together for 7 years and where we originally met. We were greeted with champagne decorated with fairy floss, just for that extra something special. After a few laughs we drove back to the accommodation to dress and where my parents met us for photos with the photographer.
Alex Giles was our photographer he made our day so easy and went out of his way to get the perfect photo. As the sun was setting we experienced the most beautiful coloured sunset, Oranges and pinks surrounded the marquee on the hill.
We took so long to find the perfect marquee. We looked everywhere for something that would blend into its surroundings. We didn’t want a big white marquee as we thought it would stick out too much and look un-natural. Then we found Events Avenue.
Gabbi the wedding stylist and planner and her team knew straight away what I wanted our big day to be like and made our dream wedding become a reality. It was so amazing turning up on my big day to everything set up so beautifully. Event Avenue also did all the floral decorations, my bouquet and the boys button holes.
Sam and I both had family from all around Australia and even friends from overseas attend the wedding, so we gave our guests the choice if they wanted to camp the night. Some family turned up a few days prior the wedding and helped set up for the big day.
The amount of help from friends and family was so overwhelming! It’s amazing what you can achieve when you all come together to create something beautiful. The day after the wedding we had a BBQ brunch for guests who camped or wanted to come back the following day to catch up and exchange stories and laughs from the night before.
Our marquee was laced with hanging foliage and festoon lighting that continued outside over the giant wooden dance floor. Rustic wooden tables, leather couches and antique velvet arm chairs and fire pits. Native flowers and deep red roses in jars decorated the tables.
We decided to have a cocktail wedding so all the guests could mingle throughout the evening and get to know one another. We had the Kombi Keg for the Beer and a self-serve wine table. Little picnic co. created a beautiful grazing table for the guests for after the ceremony and Ignite gourmet Pizza made the guests pizzas throughout the night.
The wedding cake was made by Delicious Little Things. A beautiful three tier chocolate mud cake, decorated with roses and native flowers and on top of all that my lovely mum, aunts and cousin created a spectacular dessert table covered with delicious little treats for our guests and scattered in-between the desserts were homemade personalised love heart cookies by Bespoke Patisserie. I can definitely say that it was the most favoured table of all!
I think music is a big thing when you’re throwing an event so I did a lot of research before choosing who/what we were going to do for music on our wedding day. My mum and I were shopping one day and there was a young girl singing and playing guitar in the mall. Mum turned to me and said you should have her sing at your wedding! So, I approached her and that was that.
I had Medhanit Barratt sing at my ceremony and half way through my reception. She had the most amazing voice and having her sing at my ceremony made it so much more special. She even learnt the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to which was “Ocean eyes” by Billie Eilish. Later on in the night we had a band play, they were called Well Strung – a local Launceston band. I wanted someone who sung all the oldies because EVERYONE loves old school. Seeing that dance floor filled with people and knowing everyone was having a ball was a great feeling.
Sam and I started our relationship on a big adventure in New Zealand so we are looking forward to returning for 9 days at the start of our honeymoon. We can’t wait to explore the beautiful place again following 5 days in Tahiti on Moorea Island. We are very excited and cannot wait for our honeymoon and to see what other adventures await in our future together.
Ms Zebra Says: We are so happy for both of you – and love your gorgeous wedding on that incredible property. Congratulations and we wish you all the happiness and love in the future!
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In the urban streets of Melbourne, Kim and Derek were cheered on by well wishing strangers and a kind busker! With their wedding a stunning combination of modern styling and DIY touches, their families came from near and (very) far to celebrate the big day! Sarah Godenzi Photography captured every moment.
Kim was holidaying in Canada when she managed to organise a ticket exchange with a local for a football game. Little did she know how her life would change, she shares, ”I went to Derek’s work for the tickets and off to the game I went. Later the following week I decided that I was going to ask this tall, dark and handsome out for a drink. We met up on the Friday night and chatted the night away. The remaining 2 weeks before flying back to Australia were spent together going to ice hockey games, touring the local area and just hanging out. I flew back to Australia and on route decided I would apply for a working holiday visa and head back to Canada for an adventure. Upon arriving back in Canada we continued to hang out and 4.5 years later here we are!” Derek proposed while the couple were back in Australia for a visit, in spectacularly romantic fashion! Kim remembers, ”After dinner whilst we were all sitting around catching up Derek pulled me to the middle of the living room, dropped the knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I really don’t remember what he said between the exhaustion from travelling and the emotions but there were tears… a lot of tears. Derek wanted to propose in front of my family because he said that I miss out on a lot of special moments with my family now that we live overseas, so he wanted to share the special moment with my mother and family.”
After their engagement, Kim began looking for a dress quickly, so that the bride’s family could join in the fun while she was in Australia. She shares, ”I didn’t really know what I was looking for in a wedding dress! As soon as I put on the Lovers Society Wyatt gown I fell in love. The shape of the St Prin earrings reminded me of eucalyptus leaves with the added elegance of the pearl. My other jewellery I kept very simple wearing a cuff my mum and dad gave me for my 18th birthday. After my father passed my mum had his wedding band melted down and made into a ring for myself and my sister, that also being something that I hold dear and wear everyday so I have a part of him with me always.” The bride wore the same veil her sister had worn, which was made by their mum. She also wore her late grandmother’s ring and her other late grandmother’s handkerchief, embroidered with the couples initials. The groom wore a custom three piece dark blue suit with dark brown shoes, matching belt, socks with Canadian maple leaves and a paisley pocket square, along with his great grandmother’s cross pendant that was engraved with wedding dates dating back four generations.
The couple wanted an indoor/outdoor feel to their ceremony, and discovered Melbourne Town Halls Portico. Private from the hustle and bustle of the city, but with gorgeous architecture, they were instantly sold! Sharing of the moments before the ceremony, Kim remembers, ”We hit early peak hour and started running behind schedule. Once we finally arrived we had to park round the corner on Collins Street instead of out the front of Town Hall. Because we were behind all our guests were standing along the edge of the balcony watching below. Not wanting to be seen I hid around the corner waiting for the all clear to walk to the door. I remember feeling like a little kid playing hide and seek and am sure I looked pretty weird creeping around the corner of the building in my wedding dress.”
Sharing of the ceremony, Kim says, ”We both wanted to keep it really simple and let the joy and happiness of the day speak for itself. We didn’t feel that we needed to get all sappy and reiterate the fact we love each other, we just wanted each of our guests to feel that for themselves.” The bride walked down the aisle to ‘Forever Starts Today’ by Tim Halperin. She tells, ”After losing my father several years ago, my mum and uncle had been by my side every step of the way so I knew I wanted to ask them to walk with me down the aisle.”
The flowers were a big feature of the day! Kim tells, ”I really wanted to incorporate a lot of greenery into our flowers but also loved deep and rich red and pink tones. When talking with Petra from Pomp and Splendour she was super excited about my vision and I put all my trust that they would create something spectacular, which they did beyond all expectations. When we were discussing flowers Petra had mentioned using Mr Lincoln roses which was one of my father’s favourite roses so I knew they had to be included. They came up with a wild and unstructured garden style feel with summer flowers and botanicals. An abundance of texture and a wide variety of flowers, including dahlias, summer garden roses and David Austin varieties, Mr Lincoln rose, seeded Eucalyptus, olive leaf, succulents and unusual flowers.”
Capturing all the beauty was photographer Sarah Godenzi Photography. The bride shares, ”I honestly cannot put into words how beautifully amazing and talented Sarah is! Planning our wedding internationally definitely threw us some challenges however Sarah was so open to my vision and added an element of extra excitement for the day. At times I totally forgot we were even having our pictures taken. She made us feel so content and comfortable the entire day! When we were all walking through Hardware Lane all the diners started clapping and congratulating us, all of them complete strangers. There was a busker playing a guitar, once he saw us he stopped mid song and started playing ‘Here Comes The Bride’. It was awesome and really special and caught perfectly in photo.
Some of the more meaningful moments of the day were very close the the bride’s heart. She shares, ”My biggest one was going with the fernery theme. I was adamant to include one of my dad’s beloved staghorn ferns that he grew and have been a huge part of our family for years.” The bride and groom did a lot of the decoration and detail themselves, with help from family. They tell, ”I designed and created our save the date cards and formal invitations along with one of our favours. We created our fern wall backdrop and welcome sign along with additional furniture and a few other little decoration details. We kept the decorating pretty simple.”
Looking for a venue by the water in Melbourne CBD threw up some challenges, but Kim and Derek found the perfect spot. They tell, ”We didn’t want a beach wedding so we started looking for alternate venues along the river that also had an open air aspect, which in turn was a little difficult. I just happened to stumble upon The Woolshed, Docklands, and then remembered spending time after work there before moving to Canada. We really loved the fact it was on the water without the beach, easy for us and guests to get to. After looking at pictures we decided to book a time to go and see the room. Upon walking in I just immediately felt it was perfect. The mixture of wood and metal along with the L shaped balcony overlooking the city and the water was just awesome.”
The groom chose their first dance song, hearing it while the couple were listening to the radio while travelling. They share, ”The words of the song are beautiful and after listening to it a few times we fell in love with the song and it just spoke to exactly what we were feeling so decision made. We picked ‘Diamonds or Twine’ by Ryan Hurd which is a country song about falling in love.”
Thank you to our gorgeous bride and groom for sharing your beautiful wedding day, and congratulations! Thank you also to Sarah Godenzi Photography for your stunning images!
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