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Photo by Tamara Little Photography via Diza & Gerard’s Traditional But Modern, Picturesque Garden Wedding

Happy Friday dotties! In amongst a pandemic world with shut downs, we’re sticking to wedding inspo, because at least it gives us a light at the end of this tunnel! The Vintage Issue is well under  way and if you ask us, utterly delightful. Let’s get into wrapping up the week that was!

Let’s chat wedding cinematography with Monique of Dreamtree Films

An emotional vow renewal at home

Starting your vintage wine collection – on your honeymoon!

All the winter hues in the new campaign from MJ Bale

Your guide to hiring vintage wedding cars

A stunning modern, traditional wedding over on Polka Dot Weddings

We scoured Etsy for the most gorgeous vintage wedding accessories

The vintage-inspired Sidecar cocktail is calling your name

We’ll tell you to the cows come home, that a postponement of your wedding makes the best opportunity to research and book all those vendors you thought you’d run out of time for.
Today, meet Harley, he’s a musician from Radio Club Band, and he’ll come and sing his tunes at your wedding! Available on the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. And turn his rendition of “Mess Is Mine” up because it’s the best canape & drink soundtrack (and work at home tune!).

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Photo by Lana Ivanova via Charlene & Ginette’s Intimate Sydney Wedding At Wendy’s Secret Garden

If 2020 is the year of nothing else, it’s the year of wedding live streams. With borders closed here there and everywhere, and guest lists growing and restricting week to week, you may just have to invite some of your guests to join you from their living rooms. Today, we’re talking how to live stream your wedding, and we’ve got everything you need to think about to get you’re wedding on the big (or in this case, small) screen!

We’re going to take you through the two options today – hiring a professional (to be honest, always our pick when it comes to mental bandwidth saving!) and the DIY route because we’re also realists. We asked two of our cinematographer crews Monique of Dreamtree Films and Jesse of Marry Me Movies, who offer wedding live streaming services for their couples, to tune in with their expert advice!

Professional

There are so many options when it comes to choosing a professional to live stream your wedding. There are companies dedicated to bringing it to life, and there are plenty of cinematographers who offer live streaming as an add on option for your big day.

When it comes to choosing the professional option for live streaming – the benefits are aplenty, not only do you not have to worry about any element yourself (the best part, if you ask us – of hiring a pro!) but a pro will also bring their professional cameras, mics and setup. So you don’t have to spend that precious time researching and finding the right equipment yourself. With a team that has had plenty of experience, you get all the benefits – multiple camera angles, good lighting, amazing sound, all of which are so important if you want your guests to get the full experience and enjoy every moment. If your guests can’t attend your wedding don’t you want them to experience it in the best way possible – with no jittery bad camera work or dark corners where they frustratingly can’t view the important, once in a lifetime moments?

It really is a book and forget process too (which is perfect if the last thing you want to sort on your wedding day is tech) it’s a breeze! “We simply need to know the ceremony and reception location and times. Once we have a deposit, we lock the date in and you’re all set to go!” notes Jesse of Marry Me Movies. “It’s quite easy” agrees Monique of Dreamtree Films. “We film a wide shot on a tripod that’s connected to a laptop for live stream. You share a web link with anyone you’d like to. We also film with another camera to capture all the details for a keepsake film.”

Photo by Lana Ivanova via Charlene & Ginette’s Intimate Sydney Wedding At Wendy’s Secret Garden

Relevant, especially in the time of COVID-19, many live streaming companies, offer ceremony only streaming. Monique sharing  “It’s usually best suited to capturing the ceremony only. So if you want to share the video of the other moments of your day, you can share your edited keepsake film later on”. While others will follow you around the reception and get snippets of speeches and reception festivities. You’ll generally then receive a production quality DVD or media file of the event afterwards, so you can watch it as many times as you like.

And there’s a reason choosing a pro can help your mental bandwidth, advises Monique. “As with all technology, things can go wrong, so a professional is there to ensure it all runs smoothly. You’ll get a much better result with a good quality camera and an expert in charge.”

Jesse shares “Although it’s cheaper to have uncle Bob hold his phone and live stream to Facebook, no one’s going to appreciate the sound quality, the shakiness and uncle Bob’s commentary throughout. Professional live streaming is enjoyable to watch and gives everyone at home the same emotional connection that they would have been there, or at least as close as we can get it!”

Worried your guest list is too small to warrant a live stream? There are no guest limits on live streaming – if you’re eloping, and your live streamers fall within your restricted “people” count, go for it says Jesse. “Live streams are great for all weddings, even if it’s just the couple, celebrant, photographer and us! ”

Photo by Lana Ivanova via Charlene & Ginette’s Intimate Sydney Wedding At Wendy’s Secret Garden

Do It Yourself

We always advocate for pros, for beautiful results, but also because it takes the mental bandwidth off of you. However, we’re also realists and know that you may not be able to get help live streaming your big day. So here’s what you need to consider if you are live streaming your own wedding.

You’ll need

  • A laptop with a web camera, a camera connected to a computer, or phone connected to the internet. Basically you need something to capture it and something connected to the internet to broadcast it!
  • If you want to stream from a camera other than your phone or webcam, you’re going to need the appropriate cords to connect it to your computer. You’ll also need software appropriate to connect the camera to the platform you are using.
  • A microphone – not required but a brilliant idea to help your guests hear every word. Lapel microphones are the best for this.
  • Lighting – if your space is dark, consider the lighting you will need to make sure everything can be seen.
  • A good internet connection – hard we know!  Preferably you’ll be able to use a solid wifi connection or at least a 4G connection. Make sure you can test this out beforehand.
  • A tripod – Wedding ceremonies can be long and you don’t want to rely on one person to hold still for the entire duration.
  • Backup batteries & power cords – make sure you have a backup plan!

Pick an app!

There are endless options to live stream your wedding. Some of them include;

Zoom – Everyone’s favourite 2020 platform! Zoom starts at $14.99 per month. This will give you the ability to run calls over 40 minutes, a private, password-protected call and the ability to record it to save later.

Facebook – Free! Facebook offers the ability to go live from your phone or computer. For privacy, you might want to start a private Facebook group and invite your guests.

Youtube – Everyone knows Youtube, so this option is an easy one! Your guests will just need your link and they can tune right in.

Vimeo – Video sharing platform Vimeo offers a pro-style platform for live streaming allowing you to broadcast in HD. There’s a bunch of features – like live chat available and the best part about it is that you can embed the live stream on your own private website! This option starts at USD$95.

Ecamm Live– Ecamm makes live streaming easy because it supports all the cool stuff like imagery on the screen, multiple camera angles, pre-roll recorded videos and even live chat. Pricing starts at USD$12/month.

Wedfuly – Wedfuly is a kind of wedding streaming handholding service, They shoot the live stream, which will be via Zoom and help your guests get their tech issues sorted. They’ll moderate the live stream (and mute noisy guests!), change the camera angles and make sure everything pops up on the screen that is meant to (right down to DJ’ing your Spotify playlist!). They’ll even compile a fun video of secret messages from your guests to you to enjoy later. Consider these guests your virtual hand-holders! Pricing starts at USD$800

Eventlive – This is an app specifically designed for weddings. It’s $50USD for an event with unlimited timing and comes with a custom, personal page for your live stream. The best part about this one is you only need to give your guests a link – no app required!

E-There – Another platform designed just for streaming events, E-There comes at £99 and allows four hours live streaming, video messages fork your loved ones and more. Plus it’s all recorded so you can have your own copy to share.

Whatever platform you choose, make sure you figure out the security. you don’t want random strangers dropping in at any moment.

Photo by Lana Ivanova via Charlene & Ginette’s Intimate Sydney Wedding At Wendy’s Secret Garden

Test Everything Together

If you can, it’s a good idea to figure out before the broadcast how things will be set up. Will the camera be at the end of the aisle? Will it be off to the side? What is the better view?

Make sure, you test the setup, you’ll need to test the internet connection (and beware, as we all know, internet at 6 am on a Wednesday is not the same as 4 pm on a Saturday) We recommend a Speedtest app like Speedtest for this. You’ll want an upload speed of at least 10Mbps.

You’ll need to test the audio setup too to make sure everyone can be heard, and you’ll need to test the joining process so you’re not hurriedly trying to pass out passwords and accept people into rooms while you should be waiting at the end of the aisle.

Decide on the schedule

If you’re going the DIY route, it makes sense to figure out your wedding day streaming schedule. Firstly, it’s a good idea to advise guests a start time ten minutes before you begin to give them time to connect and sort out technical issues. You might want you or your beloved to welcome them to the broadcast.  Are you going to include your guests in the reception? Do special virtual toasts together? Join them on the live stream afterwards for an after-party?

Designate a control person

If you have enough room on your guest list, designate a control person. They’ll be making sure the camera and sound are picking up what it’s mean to, making sure that Aunt Mavis doesn’t accidentally stand in front of the camera the entire time, make sure that the internet speed doesn’t drop out. You’ll need this person so the mental bandwidth is not resting on your soon to be married shoulders when you should be saying your vows.

Invite your guests!

Make sure you include the time zone of your live stream alongside any passwords. If you like, you could also note the person in charge of the live stream in case someone needs help.

Record it

If you are sentimental soul, make sure whatever platform you use, allows you to record and save the live stream, You’ll want to keep this to rewatch again!

Tips & tricks

  • Shoot horizontally rather than vertically
  • Make sure whatever you are shooting onto, if not into the cloud, has enough space
  • Use natural light wherever possible
  • Don’t forget to include the exact time zone in your invitation for international guests

Wilhelmina and Geordie

If you are as immersed into The Vintage Issue as us, then today’s beautiful vintage-inspired wedding by the water will utterly enchant you.

This was a day that was filled with special, little touches of beauty, with vintage heartfelt details, with an honouring of times gone by, of special people, of memories and moments. It’s details like the bride’s stunning vintage gown, the little pieces she carried with her grandmother’s handkerchief and the groom’s cufflinks made from an antique silver pocket watch, that just adds so much magic to this story.

Captured by Fiona and Bobby Photography, the newlyweds planned their day to be a “family and community affair. So many people in our circle of family and friends helped contribute their art to make our day so special.”

These two met at band camp (wait, don’t say it!). “We are both choir nerds and we met at choir camp (no, really and please don’t make jokes about this one time at band camp…)” laughs Wilhelmina.

“In Sydney, I was a member of the Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS) and in Melbourne, Geordie was a member of the RMIT Occasional Choral Society (ROCS). Both of these choirs are part of a wider movement called the Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies Association (AICSA). Every Year members of university choirs gather in a different city for 10-14 days of music, friendship and silliness culminating in a big performance. In 2013 the festival was held in Adelaide and we sang the beautiful Rachmaninov Vespers. We had our first kiss right before we went on stage to perform!”

And the proposal? A mutual decision! “We both had decided we wanted to get married and even co-designed our engagement rings (yep that is rings as in two, Geordie wanted one as well as he wanted the world to know he was engaged as well). The only rule was that we couldn’t wear them until we found the right moment in time. Our rings were designed and made by the wonderful Luke Eliasz from Earth Fire Opals.

Geordie created the perfect moment on our fifth anniversary. Whilst getting ready for a night out I left the room to come back and find him on one knee holding out my ring. Geordie says he didn’t know how long I’d be so as soon as I left the room he got down on one knee and waited.

Of course, he refused to wear his ring until I also got down on one knee for him (it’s all about equality after all). The next morning whilst we were enjoying a lie-in I got down on one knee and asked him.”

Geordie had his suit tailor-made by The Bespoke Corner. The bride explaining “I had come home on cloud nine after choosing my dress and told Geordie all about the experience. He immediately wanted his princess moment. As his best man and family were interstate we called on a trio of friends to help take Geordie on his own experience. He went with the Bespoke Corner and had an absolute ball getting his princess treatment.” Geordie adding, “That’s quite an accurate retelling! Three of our beautiful friends came and helped me design the suit (the lining is AMAZING!) and toasted me with champagne and whiskey! It was exactly the experience I wanted!”

Wilhelmina found her vintage gown at Forever Vintage. She shares “Finding a dress was tough at first. I had my mum and sister by my side and I found the process at times overwhelming and at others, it dented my self-esteem.

Luckily we found Forever Vintage and their amazing team. I was given the chance to try on beautiful dresses in a variety of styles that made me feel like a princess. If the dress didn’t work it was never because of me (it was always the dress’s fault) and even when I couldn’t articulate exactly what I needed they somehow figured it out.

I narrowed it down to my top two and was able to see pictures and videos of me in the dress so I got an idea of how others saw me, after that it all fell into place and I chose my favourite which we all toasted with champagne.”

The bride travelled to the ceremony by boat. “I arrived by a yacht which was a total surprise to everyone. Our friend had everything ready and put up the flags in such a hurry they were all upside down, the maritime signal for distress!”

The sparkling seaside venue of RAN Sailing Association in Rushcutters Bay set the scene for Wilhelmina and Geordie’s nuptials. Wilhelmina sharing “Rushcutters Bay is special to us. It is walking distance from my family home where I grew up and our new apartment. We spend most weekends there as my grandpa is in a nursing home not too far away and we take him out for some sunshine in his wheelchair. We were incredibly lucky as a family friend is a member of the RAN Sailing Association and helped us organise the venue.”

A dear friend sang Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird, as she walked down the aisle with her family. “Family is everything to me so I walked down the aisle with my mum, dad, sister, cousin and niece and nephew to be.”

Spy that purse? The bride carried some very special treasures with her on the day. “I carried a purse for my wedding and in it were several special items. I had a blue handkerchief from my grandma who had passed away, the fan that my mum carried on her wedding day instead of flowers and a little blue bottle of perfume, my mum had an identical one in her purse as well.”

The couple chose Celebrations by Ruby to officiate their ceremony, telling “We had a civil ceremony led by the superlative Ruby Fraser. She’s an absolute gem of a human being who helped bring all our ideas together and made sure all the little bits and bobs were completed.

The most important things to us were including music and poetry that was special to us. This was scattered throughout the ceremony.

We also included a Celtic handfasting ceremony, this was Ruby’s suggestion and was such a unique and visually stunning moment for our guests.”

Wilhelmina’s favourite part of planning? “Working as a team.  Geordie was great with high-level concepts and I love details. Together we used our strengths to plan a day that was all about the things most important to us.”

“We didn’t have a dress code for our big day, we wanted everyone to be happy and comfortable in their skin” explains the bride. “We love them for who *they* are, not what they wear. My sister and Mum also ended up with dresses and accessories from Forever Vintage whilst my dad opted for a new suit.

Our page boys had matching shirts and flower girl a beautiful dress. As a thank you to them we gave our flower girl a Swarovski crystal tulip broach that she can keep forever and the boys matching patchwork pillows that were made by my late grandma and her best friend.”

“Fi and Bobby were our photographers and an amazing team! The captured some magical moments all whilst being charming, helpful and glamorous. Geordie says he knew within thirty seconds that they were the right people for us. Their passion and love for their art and each other was so powerful”.

Geordie’s favourite detail of the day? “Honestly? Knowing that from then on I could call Wilhelmina my wife. The word has weight, significance. I get to spend the rest of my life waking up next to my wife. Going to bed with my wife. It makes me so happy to spend my life with Wilhelmina.”

Georgie notes of his favourite photo of the day “There’s a particular photo Fi & Bobby took of Wilhelmina and I holding each other with the setting sun over the harbour bridge in the background. Something about it reminds me of two swans in love. It’s a perfectly captured moment where it felt like the rest of the world faded away and it was just us. Bliss.”

 

 

“Where to begin? Almost everything involved something or someone special to us. The venue was decorated by my two favourite people from Geordie’s work (Allison also took over the running schedule of the day so my mum could just focus on being the mother of the bride). The entrance music for our guests was a Cello and Viola duet by my cousin and my now brother-in-law-to-be. I walked down the aisle to our beautiful soprano friend Pamela singing Eva Cassidy’s Songbird. Our choir friends sang Samuel Barber’s Sure on This Shining Night at the signing as a way to bring into the ceremony those of our loved ones who had passed. Finally, as we recessed down the aisle, all of our choir friends (a good 75% of people there!) burst into the anthem of our choirs, Laudate, a song of raucous joy and abandon!”

Guests celebrated with a cocktail style reception filled with deliciousness by Joe’s Table and The Nutty Baker. “The catering was a combination of our favourite restaurant (Joe’s Table) and a smorgasbord of incredible cakes by Nina & Joel from The Nutty Baker.”

Wilhelmina notes “The whole day was full our the people who love us and are loved by us sharing their art. Whether it was music, food, painting, the things that mattered most to them were shared with us. I can’t think of anything greater than that!”

“We loved the energy and happiness from all of our guests celebrating with us.”

Music was a highlight of this wedding  “We didn’t have a first dance (Geordie’s not much of a dancer!)” shares the bride. “But we did enjoy the dance floor with Juliane Di Sisto and The Family Jewelz jamming away with all our friends.”

Floreat styled the beautiful floral details for the day, Wilhelmina says “Geordie wanted native flowers as having grown up in country Victoria they were part of his childhood. I had a bouquet of native flowers and eucalyptus made by Floreat.”

As darkness fell and the celebration truly began, the bride changed into another vintage gown, also from Forever Vintage ready to party!

Congratulations Wilhelmina and Georgie! How wonderful it was to share your day. Thank you both and thank you to Fiona and Bobby Photography for today’s stunning photography.

 

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