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Emily & Lachy

If there is one thing we wanted to make sure we included in The Engagement Issue, it’s engagement parties! They’re one of the most fun parts of planning your wedding and have such a relaxed, fun vibe without the tradition or expectation of a wedding. So today? Let us introduce Emily & Lachy!

The pair chose to hold their engagement celebration’s on the bride’s family farm. Falling in love with the rustic, county charm of the property, they enlisted photographer Not Negative Photography to capture their fun. “The idea was to have a big engagement party with all of our family and friends to celebrate and then possibly have a more intimate wedding in future. We have plans to renovate and would like to travel more together as well as a wedding so we will just continue to work towards that and see how the future pans out,” tells Emily.

The two, who met at a mutual friend’s party, became engaged on a trip to Port Douglas. Emily fills us in.

“It was our first proper holiday together as our focus has always been on the house. Our first full day there Lachy suggested we have a picnic on the beach in the afternoon. As we were getting ready I noticed Lachy was putting a bit of effort into his appearance as there I am in bathers and a messy bun/ We went to the shops on our way and got drinks and everything for a platter. Lachy took me around to a secluded part of the beach that was picture perfect. He set up the camera for timer shots of us (even though he had it filming) and put music on while I set up the platter. I thought he was putting a lot of effort into this picnic and I asked him what was taking so long as I wanted to start eating. He then produced a photo book he had made for us of photos of us both at similar ages growing up and had made it into a love story. It was so beautiful and I cried saying it’s not even my birthday. He then got on one knee, told me he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and open a ring box with a blue diamond ring! It was such an amazing time for us and we were on a high the entire holiday, so excited and full of love.”

 

The focal point for the party was a vintage lounge from One Big Day Event Hire with a fun neon sign from Little Pineapple Neon. Emily explaining “I had really wanted to hire an old fashioned couch for photos as I thought it went perfectly with the style I was going for. Our amazing friends hired it for us as our present  and I hired the neon sign to complete the look. I am so glad we had that couch as a photo area as it was a beautiful spot and really personalised the photos at our event. I also loved the family photos we took there!!”

Vintage, rustic pieces filled with lawn. “Lachy and I love an old school/country style. I think my parent’s place has an effortlessly country style and adding the country rock band I didn’t want to go any further than that. Everything else I wanted to have the old school character to it as well as creating an atmosphere with all of the lighting being warm white in colour and the two large fire pits. We added the old school touches with the old fashion champagne glasses and white doily tablecloths on the tables in the marquee. We also tried to get as many vintage chairs as possible for the tables in the marquee.”

 

“I think it’s really important to have different areas or sections to a party to accommodate everyone. We had a large space on the grass for those who wanted to dance in front of the band, a bar area with wine barrels for standing around, the marquee had a sit down area for food as well as a hay bale semi-circle for those wanting to sit and chat” shares Emily.

The decor was a true team effort, with help from Gypsyriver and Teagan & Hayley Preston tells the bride to be. “Many things at the party I had sourced myself as well as asked for help from friends. All of the candles were from Kmart and we had a welcome sign on the welcome drinks table in the same style as the invites. I had handwritten the sign with the help of my sister in law. My friend Ash put together the grazing platter and all of the amazing native and foliage arrangements were by my friends Teagan & Hayley Preston. Teagan runs her own gardening service and I was so impressed with the arrangements she made as she doesn’t usually do that sort of thing, although I think she should!”

Live music was a must for Emily and Lacy, who hired Long Gone Daddys to play the night away.”When planning the party we thought about what was important to us. Food, wine, and live music make a party, something that my Dad has always shown us from previous parties. We always want people to be fed and have a great time. The band, Long Gone Daddys we always get for parties at my parent’s home. They play all the nice acoustic stuff at the beginning of the night, continuing into the country rock that we all know and love once you’ve had a few drinks. They are also really into going with the crowd and are happy for people to get up and join in with them, this was a really nice aspect to have and everyone danced and sang all night!

 

Guests enjoyed speeches after dark, all captured by their photographer, who Emily couldn’t rate more highly. “Pete from Not Negative was amazing. As soon as he turned up to the party he was so excited about our set up and my parent’s property that he ensured us the photos would be great which was really exciting. We expressed to Pete that we had no experience in front of the camera and he was so great with us and put us at ease. It was really natural and we didn’t have to pose or do anything we didn’t want to as we were keen for more easy, candid photos.”

Photographer: Not Negative Photography / Styling: Gypsyriver / Bride's Jumpsuit: Finders Keepers / Bride's Jewellery: YOJ ĀLLEHCIM / Bride's Clutch: From St Xavier / Bride's Shoes: The Iconic / Groom's Tie & Bowties: OTAA / Makeup Artist: Claire Bradley / Hairstylist: Shauna Elizabeth / Flowers: Teagan & Hayley Preston / Beverages: Nillumbik Cellars / Venue: Private property / Rental Furniture: One Big Day Event Hire / Signage: Little Pineapple Neon / Band: Long Gone Daddys
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Tahvia & Mat

Valentines Day has to be one of our favourite days around these parts because being fans of love? Telling love stories and celebrating romantic days always makes us more than a little excited.

For today’s gorgeous wedding feature, we couldn’t think of a better couple to share than the gorgeous Tahvia and Mat captured by the talented Jessica Josie. Not only did the happy couple fill their day with Valentines worthy tones of bright beautiful pink and delicious red, but they also have their own unique tale of romance to share, a tale that is not just about their love, but about their love for their family and friends. It kicks off with a classic church ceremony and moves to an amazing ceremony with their favourite people. We’re so glad we get to tell their story!

And on the day of love, we need an equally romantic story of how Mat popped the question to Tahvia after the two met through Tahvia’s dear friend, and Mat’s sister Natalie. “We had a weekend planned in Margaret River to relax after I completed my exams and Mat had decided he would propose there because I wouldn’t be expecting it. He used the times I was studying to visit the jewellers with his sister to design a ring for me and since I had been studying at the office on weekends I never knew!
On the first morning in Margaret River, we went to the farmers market to pick up some fresh bread, fruit, yoghurt and coffee and brought it back to our cute little Airbnb to enjoy. After breakfast, he gave me a little jewellery pouch that he’d pulled from his pocket and told me to open it. I had no idea what it was for and thought he’d got me a little gift for finishing exams and when I opened it he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised and obviously said yes!”

Setting the scene for the black-tie celebration, the groom and his groomsmen donned dapper black MJ Bale tuxedos.

Tahvia dressed in an elegant Karen Willis Holmes gown with deep v neckline and back she tells “It took me a while to find a wedding dress that I liked on me. I found it quite overwhelming at first and I tried on so many dresses! When I visited Karen Willis Holmes in Perth, Ash was so helpful. She really understood what I was after and genuinely wanted to help me find something that I would fall in love with. She actually picked out the Shelly/Samantha gown that I wore! I hadn’t even chosen it to try on. The gown was just so me – I was after a dress that wasn’t too lacey and a bit more modern. It was just perfect.”

Tahvia and Mat chose St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco for their traditional church ceremony, noting  “We used to walk past St Josephs Church on our way to Subiaco Oval to watch the Eagles games and had always liked it. We both wanted a church wedding and St Josephs is gorgeous so it was a no-brainer for us.”

The bride walked down the aisle with her father to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.

Tahvia and Mat made sure to include as many of their family and friends as possible throughout their day, starting with the ceremony “We chose a couple of readings that our parents had at their own weddings and a few others that resonated with us. We asked a few members of our families to say these so everyone could be involved and we also asked other members of the family to hand out booklets and show people to their seats. It was not only about our love and marriage but it was also about our families coming together.”

 

The bride adored “The whole thing! I loved planning our wedding and I really enjoyed speaking with all the vendors, getting different ideas for everyone and seeing it all come together. I have so much respect for all of the wedding vendors who give so much of their time to ensuring every couple’s wedding day is as perfect as they imagined.”

Of their photographer, the bride raves “Jess was amazing! We could completely relax around her, she was heaps of fun and she even busted out some moves on the dancefloor while taking photos. Everyone commented on the high quality of her photos and how she blended in so well throughout the day.”

Deep and beautiful floral details in tones of pink and were carefully styled by Sir Botanical. The bride explaining “We wanted a dark and moody vibe with the flowers; deep reds and greens softened with some lighter florals. I loved the look of pampas and hanging amaranthus so asked the girls at SIR Botanical if they could include either one of those and they more than delivered including them in every aspect of the flowers.”

Guests gathered at The Flour Factory for a sit-down celebration, the blank space exactly what the newlyweds dreamt of for their day. “We chose the Flour Factory because of the food and the blank canvas that the room offered. It was important to us that our reception was centrally located, had great food and a good atmosphere.

Kahla was such a breeze to deal with and everything ran so smoothly on the night. The venue looked incredible, she made sure that all our external vendors set up where we wanted them to and she organised the finishing touches on our tables. I had so many questions throughout the booking process and she was always more than happy to help. The service from all the venue staff on the night was top class too, and the food was amazing!”

Guests sat at long tables, Tahvia and Mat doing away with a head table. The bride remarking “We had three long tables and we sat amongst our friends on one of those instead of having a bridal table. We also fit both of our families all on one table in the centre which was quite special for both the families to come together as one.”

Speeches that had everyone in fits of laughter and warmed with heartfelt moments were the icing on the cake for Tahvia, who was especially touched by the presence of family and friends. “The number one thing that made our wedding special to us was the people. Everyone close to us was there and we couldn’t have imagined it without them all.
We had family and friends who flew in from across the world to be there. My grandparents flew from America, as did a friend of mine. We had family come from Canberra and more friends fly in from Brisbane. It meant a lot to us that they came to celebrate with us.”

In lieu of the cutting of the cake, the newlyweds kicked off the party with a champagne tower set by Euphoric Events. “I didn’t want to do a cake but still wanted something that Mat and I could do together that had a similar symbolic meaning” explains Tahvia. “It had some wow-factor and fun to it as well that I loved and it gave us the opportunity to cheers a drink with our guests as we passed out the glasses.”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor to Striking Matches “When The Right One Comes Along” tells the bride “I had been watching the Nashville TV series and heard it on there. When we were searching for wedding songs I suggested it to Mat and he loved it. We really connected with the lyrics so it was perfect.”

A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Jessica Josie for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Jessica Josie / Bride's Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride's Jewellery: Samantha Wills / Bridesmaid Dresses: One Fell Swoop / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coco and Lola / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale / Hair & Makeup Artist: Elicia Rudd / Flowers: Sir Botanical / Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fusion / Ceremony Venue: St Joseph's Church, Subiaco / Ceremony Officiant: Father Joseph Laundy / Reception Venue: The Flour Factory / Champagne Tower: Euphoric Events / Rental Furniture: Owl and Bear / DJ: Complete DJ / Wedding Ring: Stelios Jewellers

Paige & Chris

When we get a story landing on our desks where the bride kicks off the tale with “It was important that our day was exactly about who we were,” we know it’s going to be completely up our alley. And for Paige and Chris, the country setting of their day, their boho inspired touches, the rolling green hills and their four-legged friend Maddi acting as ring bearer, was the culmination of not just months of planning, but a love story that began back in 2012. Paige heading out for drinks with her sister, where she met her future husband.

The two from that moment on were inseparable and today, coupled with beautiful images by Lucy Sheedy Photography we get to share their beautiful, personal wedding day.

But first? Let’s ask Paige to share exactly how Chris popped the big question. “Chris had told me his grandparents were travelling up from Geraldton to spend the day with us. Chris had organised for us to have lunch together and then after decided it would be nice to spend the afternoon on the Rockingham foreshore having some drinks. It was such a beautiful day, therefore, the beach and restaurants were full of people. After we had arrived we walked along the foreshore and stopped to decide where to go to first. As we were discussing where to go I had noticed Chris’s pop was filming us and at that moment I thought it was strange but didn’t think too much into it. Soon after Chris’s nan came up to me and told me to look up into the sky. It was then I saw a little plane and behind it was a banner which said: “ Will you be my Mrs Agnew”? At that moment I thought to myself this couldn’t be me as I looked around to see if anyone else was getting engaged! It wasn’t until I saw Chris down on one knee with a ring and say “Let’s do this babe” I knew that it was us. There were people screaming and cheering us all over the beach, it was a pretty amazing moment and one I will never forget.”

Paige wore a lace gown designed by Grace Loves Lace. She remembers “I was visiting QLD for a short time from WA and while I was there it felt like the perfect opportunity to go wedding dress looking! I still remember the first time I saw the Alexandra dress online, I knew it was a dress I had to try on, it was beautiful and it was the style of dress that I had been searching for. They say you just know it’s the right dress when you first put it on, I knew straight away that the Alexandra dress was the one I wanted to wear on my wedding day, paired with the beautiful chiffon Gabriela veil.”

After much searching, Paige and Chris decided to get married on the bride’s family farm. The most beautiful country setting, tells Paige. “Chris and I had looked at a beautiful venue in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast but decided to keep looking at other options and not decide on the first place we saw. We knew we wanted our wedding to be on a property so that’s exactly what we were looking for. My parents lived on a property at Blenheim in the Lockyer Valley, QLD. It was somewhere we could see ourselves getting married, it was exactly what we wanted. We decided that this was where we wanted to be married. Our decision to get married on my parent’s property was simply because it was a sentimental, special place that Chris and I both loved.”

The bride walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of Sam Smith’s “Latch”.

The ring bearer was one very special guest – the newlywed’s furry friend, Maddi. Paige explains “Chris and I decided that wherever we were going to get married it was so important to the both of us that we had our little dog Maddi with us on our day. So the week before the wedding we flew her over to QLD from WA. Our little Maddi was a part of our ceremony, she brought to us on her flower collar our wedding bands. It was the most heartwarming moment, a memory that we will forever cherish. She totally stole the show and everyone else’s hearts as well.”

“The ceremony would have to be my favourite part of the day” shares Paige. “It just all came together so beautifully. The arbour, the stools that my dad had made, our lovely little signing table and chairs, the festoon lights strung above us and the most picturesque view over the mountains was perfect. It was simple and turned out even better than what we had imagined it to be.”

The Little Flower Stall created lush, boho-inspired bouquets, in Paige’s words “I chose to only use flowers in our bouquets. They were made up with native flowers including the beautiful king protea and different foliage. Our incredible arbour was made up with many different types of foliage, this was also used as our centre runners for our tables. I wanted everything to be wild, big and unstructured.”

Of their photographer, Paige can’t speak highly enough of Lucy Sheedy, telling “We met Lucy in person 3 months before our wedding for our engagement session and we knew then we couldn’t have chosen a better person best suited to us! Everything about the way Lucy worked was so natural and she made us all feel so comfortable and at ease on our day! We both feel so lucky to have met Lucy and to have had her capture our special day.”

Having the wedding at home led to much preparation for the bride’s family, who worked hard to make sure everything was as wonderful as it could be. The bride remembering “The property has been a massive DIY project as 18 years ago mum and dad bought an old school building which was my old classroom from Laidley North School and moved it to Blenheim. Dad has worked on it since then building the verandah, pergola area, shed and cubby house where the boys got dressed. The arbour where we got married has been in place 17 years waiting for a permanent fence to connect to it however it hadn’t been finished so it was perfect as the temporary fence was pulled out to an uninterrupted beautiful view of the rolling hills and mountains. Recently dad had painted the house and added a new roof and not to mention the sloping ground at the front of the house in which we brought truckloads of soil in to be levelled to create the perfect flat site for the tipis. Dad also built our ceremony stools out of an old water bed frame and rustic bar from old fence palings. Family and friends were still working the morning of the wedding to ensure that our day was magical.”

The wedding style was boho and rustic, but most importantly, it was about family. Paige explains “From the beginning, we had always known exactly what we wanted our wedding day to be. We wanted a relaxed bohemian style celebration with our closest friends and family members. It was important to us that our wedding was exactly about who we were. We chose our wedding to be a celebration of our love and future together with those who were closest to us. It was a fun-filled, romantic, intimate day.”

Guests took home traditional sugared almonds wedding favours, Paige explaining “Chris has an Italian background so we really wanted to incorporate that a little into our day. We chose to give our guests the traditional sugar-coated almond bonbonniere as the sugar-coated almonds were originated in Italy. Five sugar coated almonds are traditionally given to guests representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.”

Paige and Chris danced their first dance together as a married couple to the acoustic version of Lauv’s “I Like Me Better”.

A big congratulations to you both Paige and Chris! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Lucy Sheedy Photography for sharing today’s beautiful images.

Photographer: Lucy Sheedy Photography / Cinematographer: Kate Lund / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bride's Jewellery: Reliquia Jewellery / Bridesmaid Dresses: Blak Bridesmaids / Groom's Attire: YD / Groom's Attire: Connor / Groom's Shoes: Betts / Makeup Artist: Kimberley Morris / Hairstylist: Kate Taylor / Flowers: The Little Flower Stall / Venue: Private property / Ceremony Officiant: Benjamin Breitenstein / Wedding Cake: Sweet Valley Bakery