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Maxine & Jordan

When the worlds of modern and barn styling collide, you get something pretty spectacular. Just take a scroll through today’s wedding at The Woodhouse Wollombi, so beautifully captured by Euphoria Films.

Bride and groom, Maxine and Jordan, met back in 2011 during Schoolies. “I spotted him in the pool where I was also told about a rumour that he was a Balinese prince,” recalls Maxine. “I swear that wasn’t the only reason why I was interested!” The next night, Maxine made the first move and says the rest is history! “Our love has blossomed from there. We feel we are meant for each other. The way he looks at me truly makes me feel so special.”

On the big day, Jordan wore a dark navy suit from Connor. For a simple and smart look, the suit was paired with a white shirt and black bow tie, as Maxine has always loved him in bow ties.

Maxine chose a gown from designer Leah Da Gloria. “My dress was very simple but I also wanted to feel sexy,” she says. “I wanted something I felt was timeless with a modern twist (being the slit in the dress). The experience was great. I went with my mum to designer Leah Da Gloria in Sydney, who was so easy to talk to and figure out the perfect dress. The dress was part of her ready to wear collection and fit me perfectly the first time I tried it on and I fell in love.”

Maxine and Jordan’s gorgeous ceremony and reception took place at The Woodhouse Wollombi. “We had a one stop shop at The Woodhouse in Wollombi. That’s why we loved it. It was perfect for every occasion. Incredible spots to choose for the ceremony, amazing photos opportunities and incredible reception area for an indoor/outdoor wedding. This made the planning a lot easier not having to find different areas for different things.”

The hero piece in the ceremony setting was the incredible arbour, which was made by Maxine’s dad.

The bride walked down the aisle to a cover of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Kina Grannis. Speaking of the ceremony, Maxine says it was perfect. “Our celebrant, Monty of Holy Matriomonty, made it so easy and he even started by cracking a whip, which really created a dramatic entrance. We wanted it to be just about us with minimal formal parts with our own vows and we didn’t want it to be too long. We didn’t have any readings, but our celebrant included a few stories about how we met and also introduced our bridal party, which was a really nice touch.”

About 15 minutes after their ceremony, the heavens opened! “It absolutely bucketed down and everyone got soaked. We were in the wedding car looking back as everyone was running for their lives towards the reception area. It was a crazy rollercoaster of emotions but everyone was such good sports and ended up bonding about it.”

Behind the camera on the day was the team from Euphoria Films, who made the couple feel extremely comfortable. “The photographers were truly amazing. Having two I felt was crucial as there is no way they would have been able to capture everything with only one. They knew exactly where they needed to be at every moment and were so helpful in guiding us to get the best pictures. The whole experience from first meeting Will was so easy. We had a few edited photos the night of the wedding ready to post on social media the next day which made the wait for the rest of the photos more bearable. Would highly recommend.”

Styling is one of Maxine’s biggest passion as she is an interior stylist. It was very important to her that she put her special touches on the day. “Myself and the company I work for (Interior Makeovers) brought in some furniture and styled it the day before. It was only simple but I was really happy with how it turned out.”

The flowers were also a huge part of the styling plan and they turned out perfectly, thanks to The Botanical Workshop. “My flowers I adored!” Maxine says. “I wanted them understated but beautiful. My florist nailed that brief, and with my bridesmaids in black, the natural whites, soft pinks and pampas grass complimented them so nicely. My arbour was also very similar.”

Reflecting on the day, Maxine advises that couples should take some time to just be with each other. “Also let your guests come to you and don’t feel bad if you don’t get to speak to everyone.”

For their first dance, the couple chose a cover of ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ by Christian Lopez. “We had very little practice but it still turned out perfect with everyone having sparklers at the beginning and everyone dancing towards the end of the song. We wanted a song that everyone knew so it made it easier for them to be a part of it.”

Maxine remarks that she will never forget her favourite moment of the night – the first dance. The couple stared into each other’s eyes and it was a moment where everything just felt so right.


Another vendor on the dream team for this wedding was Jxsn Films, who put together this amazing video of Maxine and Jordan’s special day.

Congratulations to Maxine and Jordan on their marriage and a truly stunning wedding. Thank you for sharing your day and your stories with us! A big thanks to Euphoria Films, as well, for providing their beautiful photography, and Jxsn Films for their video.

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We believe inspiration can be found almost everywhere and during The Feast Issue, we wanted to make sure we could to inspire you. So today? We’ve got something a little different, it’s packed with ideas, it’s packed with mouth-watering food – but it isn’t a wedding! In fact, it’s a corporate celebration!

Never ones to let that get in the way of something inspiring, we wanted to share today’s party, captured beautifully by Kate Robinson, a Hawaiian inspired celebration that we’re pretty sure we could easily imagine as an engagement party, a pre-wedding celebration or to be honest, even a poolside wedding!

Danielle of White + White, who was the brains behind it all, sharing “It was such a treat pulling together this Hawaiian themed corporate Christmas party. Guests enjoyed a sunny summer afternoon by the pool with tiki bars, food stations, gelato carts accompanied by the sweet sounds of ukelele tunes.”
The historic Milton House welcomed guests to a poolside tropical party to the sounds of the ukelele, performed live by Hamilton Band. Wine & Dine’m Catering serving up icy cold Aperol Spritz cocktails from a tiki bar, before guests enjoyed poke bowls, tacos and an abundance of fresh tropical fruit flavours.

And every poolside celebration requires dessert, delicious dragonfruit mango and salted caramel Nutella gelato served fresh from mobile icecream cart Wheel & Spoon.

Let’s talk decor, Hampton Event Hire worked magic with their bamboo furniture, evoking plenty of tropical vibes while balloons of pastel brights from Twisted Mr floated in the pool. The finishing touch to turn this courtyard into a tropical paradise were beautiful plants from  Bouquet Boutique letting the bright tropical colours of the food and drink do all the talking. Signage from The Perfect Party Co, the fun finishing touch.

As summer arrives, and outdoor celebrations are aplenty, why not add a little tropical luxe into your own?

 

 

 

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Bec & Nick

Autumnal weddings are always a favourite around these parts, give us a wedding where there are grey skies, brilliant colours and utter moodiness and we’re hooked.

It was that beautiful, rich moodiness that drew us to today’s wedding. A day so very full of culture for Bec and Nick, honouring their Greek Cypriot backgrounds, the pair wove tradition through every detail of their day, all while keeping it truly personal to their won loves and life together.

They invited Aleksandar Jason Weddings along for the ride, for a day that started with a classic church ceremony and ended with one heck of a party at warehouse venue Showtime Events Centre.

It seems the universe had plans in store for these two before they even realised it! Bec tells the story of how they came to meet. Or meet again as the case was. “We were set up by a very close friend. Turns out we were Facebook/MySpace pals since the beginning but never knew of each other! Nick showed up to a group coffee date, and the rest was history! The matchmaker friend was one of our bridesmaids on our wedding day!”

In keeping with the rich tones of the day, groom Nick chose a burgundy suit from Politix.

Loving the bride’s ruffly gown? The bride worked with Elly Sofocli to create this amazing creation, sharing  “I’ve always admired Elly’s style and how every single dress was unique. She is a true artist.

The process was easy! I only went to one dress shop early on and realised that trying on different dresses would just be confusing and upsetting. So I went with the one designer I knew would make something unique just for me.”

Bec walked down the aisle on the arm of her father. “He was super nervous, but did an amazing job on the day!”

 

Bec and Nick honoured old traditions during their day, including, of course, their ceremony, held at the beautiful St John the Forerunner Carlton. Bec telling Nick’s parents are of Greek Cypriot background. The morning preparation at his house was full of sentimental and traditional moments. Nick and I both have a strong upbringing with our faith and were excited to be a part of the service we had seen so many times with our friends and family.
For example, they use a red sash around the groom crossed over the chest three times and then around the waist three times. Everything is done three times, as it is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The colour red is also a symbol of fertility. Every family member participates to farewell him from the family home.”

“The highlight of the ceremony was when our maid of honour held the olive and pearl wreath Stefana (crowns) above our heads to unite us in marriage. This strengthened our bond also on a spiritual level.”

And where there are newlyweds, there is champagne! Bec remembering “Once we had taken family shots and it was only the bridal party at Fitzroy Gardens, our drivers brought over a bottle of champagne and glasses which was really fun! The champagne popped and we got some great shots!”

Stasia Fox styled the brilliant, autumnally rich-toned floral details of the day, Bec reminiscing “Florals have always been my thing, so my main request for Anastasia my florist, was that I did not want one single white flower.

I wanted vibrant and colourful florals with burgundies, reds and pinks. My florist was so accommodating during the whole process and made my dream come to life. The hanging floral piece was the focus of the venue. I wanted lighting incorporated into it, and how perfect it was! The orchids she used on the day were a highlight.”

Bec and Nick loved the work of their photographer Aleksander long before they booked him, and were pretty darn thrilled with the outcome of their own day with him. Bec telling “Aleks was such a pleasure to have around on our wedding day!

He was so entertaining and cheerful throughout the entire day. He knew Nick and I was a little awkward so he would joke around to make us laugh and feel comfortable while he snapped his shots.

We always loved his style of photography and how he captures such natural moments. He was the perfect photographer to have to shoot our autumn wedding.”

After dark, guests gathered for a sit-down reception at industrial-style venue Showtime Events Centre  the bride remarking “The venue, Showtime Events Centre, was a quirky, moody, shed-like venue with a romantic ambience that gave us the perfect feel for our style of wedding. The stand out vendor was our wedding venue. Every guest we have seen since the wedding has commented on the service on the night of the wedding. The staff at Showtime were truly amazing and we have never experienced such a great group of people.”

The groom put his own touch on the decor. “Nick is a graphic designer by day” tells the bride. “So he created all of our stationery from table numbers to welcome sign. It was a great way of starting our own colour theme and style for the wedding because Nick had designed it himself.”

Bec has a lot of praise for how the event team helped the evening run wonderfully. “They went above and beyond for us, to the smallest details. I asked them to knot the napkins, which is not something they normally do and they had no problem at all!

Our wedding coordinator Gavin was a pleasure to deal with from go. He was so organised and on top of everything! I did not have to organise pick up, drop off or set up for any of the vendors within the lead up to the wedding which took off a lot of the stress.

On the night, we even had our very own bridal table waitress who would keep on giving us these sweet pineapple shots all night! A memory we will never forget”

Entering the reception remains one of Bec’s favourite memories of the day. “When we walked into the venue, I was totally shocked! I couldn’t believe the flowers and lighting and how it had exceeded my expectations beyond my imagination. It worked so well together and Showtime perfected every little detail!”

A traditional “money dance” was another special tradition Bec and Nick included. “At the reception, we have a traditional dance for ‘Money Pinning’. This is where all immediate family and close family/friends pinned money on us as a gift to help us financially start our lives together. We were truly overwhelmed with how many of our loved ones participated in this tradition.”

The first dance, was to Lady Gaga’s “Is That Alright?”  an “absolute favourite” song of the newlyweds. Bec shares “This song is from A Star is Born the movie. She is my favourite artist of all time! I have always been a fan of hers because she is different and has such a strong voice that only GaGa fans would know. It was the perfect opportunity to have her song as our first dance!

Our first dance was like any other. Nick and I can be a little awkward and don’t love being the centre of attention, so we were mostly enjoying the song and the dry ice and confetti.”


A big congratulations to you both Bec and Nick! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Aleksandar Jason Weddings for sharing such a stunning wedding!

 

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