Anna & Will

This vintage country riverside wedding is all kinds of perfect! Anna & Will planned a gorgeous day, collecting beautiful decor from op shops and incorporating stunning personal touches to make their day simply breathtaking! Photographer John Benavente was on hand to capture every beautiful moment.

The bride and groom knew each other for quite a while before romance blossomed, with Anna sharing, ”We were both studying together at university and, having friends in common, we eventually started to see each other more. What started as an awkward friendship led to a relationship that lasted all through uni and across a few cities.” We do love a good slow-burning romance!

Anna found her dream gown at Theia Couture whilst on a holiday in New York, telling, ”I had tried on a few dresses and knew that I wanted something a little art deco and with lace. When I tried on the dress I knew straight away it was the one for me!” The bride wore French Connection shoes and vintage art deco earrings. Will accessorised his Georgio Armani tuxedo with luxurious details, with Anna sharing, ”Will wore vintage mother of pearl clip on buttons, along with midnight blue boots that I had bought him for his 30th birthday.”

Enlisting Miss Adams Florist to create their dream day, Anna recalls, ”We wanted the flowers to be bright and reflect our love of Australiana. We chose wattle and foliage as the main features along with lovely white flowers including roses, cyclamen, ranunculus and orchids. We also framed our ceremony with a floral semi-circle which was constructed of more foliage.”

Not having a bridal party allowed Anna and Will to include their friends in alternative ways, with the bride sharing, ”Our ceremony was short and sweet and we tried to make it humorous. We wrote our own vows and our celebrant, Amy Watson, helped us to capture the relaxed vibe we were after. We chose not to have readings and instead asked a few of our close friends to say a few words about our lives and friendships.” The bride walked down the aisle with both parents to ‘Open’ by Rhye.

Having gorgeous photos was a given with talented photographer John Benavente on hand, and Anna tells, ”He was lovely and super excited about capturing all the things that we liked! We were novices at having professional photos taken and he made it feel fun and never awkward. We were very happy with how he captured the spirit of the day as well as all the little details.”

Combining the rustic countryside with an industrial reception venue worked beautifully, with Anna remembering, ”We had our ceremony and reception on site at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Bundanon Trust. Our ceremony was down by the river framed by farmland, and our reception was in the Education Centre which has stunning views.” Filling the room with wattle and other gorgeous blooms, the couple also gave Russian Dolls for favours which they had bought in Moscow.

Having thoroughly enjoyed food tasting in the lead up to their wedding, the bride and groom were thrilled with Duck Duck Goose Catering on the day. Anna and Will also included many personal touches on the day, with the bride telling, ”We had a Russian Napolean cake made by my Aunt, along with dessert from Noga’s Cakes. William’s Aunty also handmade a beautifully embroidered good luck charm. It was a very special tradition to be a part of.”

Anna and Will were delighted with the many beautiful details of their day, especially the styling of the reception. The bride tells, ”We were really happy with all the glassware and pottery we collected, it gave our wedding a very personal feel.” Will also shares, ”As Anna is Russian we tried to capture this with a ceremonial vodka shot during the speeches. The shots proved a little too much for some people and there were a few early departures!” The bride and groom didn’t have a first dance, but opened the dance floor with ‘You’ve Got the Love’ by Florence and the Machine.

A huge congratulations to our stunning bride and groom on your wedding, and thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us! And a special thank you to John Benavente for sharing your exquisite photographs!

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Jake & Emily

If something is going to get you excited, then a wedding involving balloons, streamers and donut cakes might just be it. Jake and Emily chose a mass of colour to celebrate their bright & whimsical South Australian wedding with photographer Neiyo, the wedding is nothing short of incredibly joyful.

Before we kick off the story, Emily tells of how she and Jake met. “We met through our church in Adelaide. We were friends for quite some time before Jacob moved to Melbourne & coincidentally I moved shortly after. Despite going to the same church in Melbourne through a series of events we were no longer as close as we used to be for 2 years, before Jacob randomly called me one night to ask me out & the rest, as they say, is history.”

The bride chose her gown from Karen Willis Holmes, telling “I have always been a little wedding obsessed (everyone subscribes to bridal magazines when they’re single & 20 right??). Because of this, I have always wanted a Karen Willis Holmes dress, however, I had completely forgotten there was a store in Melbourne! Thankfully I happened to drive past it while dress shopping one day & knew I would find the one there! The day I found my dress my maid of honour Amber had driven over from Adelaide & my Nan was able to come as well as my other bridesmaid Leah which made the experience so special, not only that but Karen herself happened to be in the store – major fan girl moment! She loved the dress I picked & gave me some great tips about the fit & the design. All the staff there were absolutely incredible & offered so many options & alternatives to find the perfect dress.”

The couple chose a close friend to make their invitations, Emily remarking “I loved our save the date invitations, I had seen them on Pinterest & thought they would be semi-impossible to actually have. However my magic friend & old housemate Olivia rose to the occasion & completely ran with it to make them even better than I could’ve anticipated.”

Emily walked down the aisle to “My Dear” by Bethel Music. “I walked down with the proudest dad you’ve ever seen. I love the photos of my dad from the day, from when he first saw me to when he danced with me. He was a mess & they’re really special photos.”

Pastor Andrew Shepherd from Edge Church officiated the ceremony, Emily telling “We wanted our ceremony to be full of love, celebration & fun! We really just wanted the whole day to be about our love for each other & the people we love (our family & friends). We made sure throughout the whole day it was emphasised that we wanted our friends to make friends with each other & they really did which was one of the best things for us. Our beautiful friend Rach who we love, read a quote by Fredrick Buechner about moments in life you say yes to, this is the quote Jake had used to tell me he loves me for the first time.”

The couple chose the bride’s parent’s property as their venue, an obvious choice says the bride. “When my parents bought their property – 17 acres just outside of McLaren Vale, I instantly fell in love & declared it was the place I would get married at, one day, despite being very single at the time! Fast forward six years & there was no way I was getting married anywhere else.”

Of their photographer, Emily tells “Our beautiful friend & photographer Neiyo who was not only flawlessly professional but so excited for us. She was absolutely magic!”

Mclaren Vale Florist created the bright bouquet, Emily remarking “I loved my bouquet, natives are my favourite flowers & Jake has been giving them to me with incredible frequency throughout our relationship. I’m too sentimental for my own good & given how beautifully they dry out had kept many of them. I was ecstatic when Natalie our florist said she could work the old flowers into my bouquet & (I was) absolutely speechless with how wonderful it turned out!”

Home Grain Bakery supplied donuts for three gorgeous donut wedding cakes. Emily remarking “I loved working together with Jake to create our special day. Listening to the day he wanted it to be & making it happen with him was really special.”

Emily remembers “For our first dance we chose ‘Bloom’ by Paper Kites. Throughout the reception we had different talented friends singing throughout the night & chose our beautiful friends James & Belle to sing us through our first dance.”

The dancing was an incredible highlight of the night, says Emily “My best friend Amber made our dance playlist (she’ll kill me for confessing that to the masses) & she nailed it. There was a moment after Jake & I had done our dance & the fast songs had been playing when ‘You’re the voice’ came on & EVERYONE lost their minds. 90% of our guests (including my Nan) were on the dance floor, not even dancing but belting out the words at the top of their lungs. It was absolute magic & a moment I’ll always cherish.”

“Our niece Grace who was 6 at the time had been asking us from the day we got engaged if we would have the best dancer award. Of course in the spirit of fun, we needed to have one & she practised her dancing for the 8 months we were engaged. As soon as the music started until the very end, she did not stop moving! Of course, she was crowned best dancer & lost her absolute mind. It was terrific, she was always going to win but had no idea.”

Congratulations on your marriage Emily and Jake! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Neiyo for allowing us to share today’s gorgeous celebration!


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Tess & Ash

The golden sunset on Tess and Ash’s day, seemed to top off magically what was a stunning modern vineyard wedding. The two love to laugh together, filled their day with plenty of love and light-hearted moments- the most beautiful contrast to the emotion of the day, Tess and Ash chose Sarah Godenzi to capture their day.

Tess fills us in on the story of how they came to be. “We worked together, and remained friends after I left to continue studying. Until one night with shaking hands at a bar in the city Ash told me the truth about how he felt…Ash’s proclamation was sealed with a kiss.”

Tess chose her two oldest friends of fifteen years and her sister as her bridesmaids, noting “This might sound a bit cheesy, but my favourite part was getting together the bridesmaids boxes for my three girls. I had such fun making them boxes when I asked them to be my bridesmaids, and then again when I gave them individual presents the night before the wedding, as well as their own box of goodies including their robes, necklaces, and champagne glasses with their names on them.”

Tess chose a strapless gown by Jane Hill , noting “I had always admired the beautiful work that goes into the gowns produced by Jane Hill so when I began my search, I just had to make an appointment with them. From the onset the atmosphere and professional approach was outstanding. I fell in love with the form fitting lace dress and was able to make slight alterations to suit my taste and style.

The entire dress process was so amazing and I loved every minute of it. The staff are incredible, so accommodating and willing to help at every turn. I was so pleased they were also able to incorporate material from my Mum’s wedding dress into my own. Special mentions go out to the wonderful Jen and Sophie who made my Jane Hill experience simply wonderful.”

Tess and Ash held their wedding at Stones of the Yarra Valley . Tess remarking “Stones of the Yarra Valley was always number 1 on my list. The atmosphere, ease of progression and breathtaking surroundings are second to none. This was made all the more special by the amazing attention to detail and care displayed by the extremely attentive and wonderful staff. It was my dream destination and I feel so incredibly lucky to have had our special day at such an amazing venue.”

“Ash and I appreciate good music and wanted to steer away from anything too obvious for our aisle song. We chose an acoustic version of a more fast paced song; Sam Smith’s Latch for the processional. I am fortunate enough to have a ridiculously talented extended family, so we were blessed to have my cousins Ethan and Charlotte sing this together, while Ethan played the baby grand piano in the Chapel. It was magical.”

Erin Rollason officiated the ceremony, the bride remembering “After a tidal wave of emotions nearly overwhelmed me entirely, as soon as I laid eyes on my husband to be I was told that I near ran down the aisle. We were lucky enough to have Ash’s brother and his wife deliver a short but sweet reading for us.

Both my Mum and my Dad walked me down the aisle. I have been raised by two of the most wonderful people on the planet who I am proud to say are not only my parents but my friends. Who I am today is because of them and if Ash and I are as happy and in love after 30 years of marriage as they are, I will feel truly blessed.”

Of their photographer, Tess remarks “The beautiful Sarah. Where to start with this amazing lady. I feel so lucky to have locked her down as I’m sure she will continue to be inundated with requests as she grows her business.

Her relaxed and easy going approach on the day paired with her responsive and professional coordination of all prior administrative necessities made dealing her not only a breeze but an absolute joy.I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough and have even had a guest book her for a family photo shoot in the not too distant future. The quality of her work is extraordinary and she has captured our day brilliantly.”

The bride handmade the wedding favors to a treasured family recipe, telling “Our bonbonniere was particularly special – my late Grandmother was famous for her delicious plum sauce which she made annually. With the help once again from my amazing family, we made a big batch and popped it into single serving jars for each guest to take home (it was really delicious if I do say do myself).”

Blooming Brides created the fresh floral arrangements for the day, Tess reminiscing “One word. Breathtaking. I was so overwhelmed with the stunning arrangements made by Rita from Blooming Brides who, from a few simple Pinterest pictures was able to completely bring to life my vision of natural greenery with pops of peach and pastel. The flowers were definitely a high point and we have had countless guests attest to how amazing they were. Thank you Rita – you are amazing!”

“Our cake made by our incredible friend Brianna was also accompanied by a family heirloom, originally a cake topper, which we used to showcase a small flower arrangement next to our cake.”

Of the first dance. Tess tells “We chose “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Mathews Band – a beautiful song with a soft uplifting vibe that again wasn’t anything too obvious (and easy to sway along to!).”

“There is a photo of where Ash and I are supposed to be looking at each other lovingly, instead we are screwing up our faced playfully, and to me, this perfectly sums up our relationship. We laugh every single day and I think that is one of the best things about us.”

Tess and Ash chose The White Tree to lead the dance floor “The White Tree who provided our music and had toes tapping all night long. Their music was exceptional. Mark is just fantastic to deal with and accommodated my Mum and Co who sang a couple of tunes themselves.”

Congratulations on your marriage Tess and Ash! Thank you for sharing their day with us! Thank you also to Sarah Godenzi for sharing today’s celebration with us!

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