As we start diving into all things sustainable, all things eco-friendly for The Green Issue, it becomes apparent how making better choices is something we need to do for each and every aspect of a wedding and today? We’re exploring the concept of making the attire of even your littlest bridal party member a little more “green” thanks to Small Smarts who created a business renting out attire for your favourite kids.
“I worked as a fashion buyer in women’s clothing for several years. I took a career break to have children and am now a mother of 3 boys” says Helen, owner of Small Smarts. “Seeing how many clothes they go through as they grow sparked an interest in sustainable fashion, particularly for children.”
With design-driven brands like Tutu Du Monde, Witchery, David Charles, Milk & Soda and J.Crew, Small Smarts to allow you to create looks that suit your own personal style, without spending a fortune and adding to fashion waste. There are shoes, gorgeous gowns, hats, shorts and everything in between at a fraction of the price, and worn again and again on their journey.
And it was with this in mind, that the team headed to The Abbotsford Convent along with photographer Shot from the Heart to capture a host of kidlets playing, having fun and bringing the idea to life. “It celebrates the spirit of children. With outfits that speak the quirky personalities of the children involved. Anything but traditional was the order of the day!” tells Helen, adding “It was also a must for us that the clothing is high quality and comfortable to wear. Kids are unlikely to cooperate if they are uncomfortable in their clothing. By hiring the clothing we were able to access luxury clothing for a fraction of its retail price.”
From gorgeous tiered gowns to rad little suits, fluffy skirts and sparkly headbands- each look speaks of the personality of its little wearer. The fun, whimsical style beautifully suited to of the moment wedding as that are relaxed, a little bit romantic and so very special.
And with so many tutus, so many ballet slippers and sparkle to wear in life, and so little time what better way to make it a little greener?
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You can truly feel the love when you see best friends and lovers, Melinda and Matt’s Ecostudio Fellini wedding! From the importance of family and friends to getting loose on the dance floor, the jungle-like surrounds perfectly complemented the mood. Better yet, great friend and wedding photographer Jon Gazzignato was there from Hobart to celebrate and capture all of the memorable moments. Mel tells the story of how they met…
Matt and I met on NYE at a party in Sydney of a mutual friend. Matt was living in London at the time, and I was living on the Sunshine Coast. We dated long distance between London and Australia for 2.5 years before I finally moved to London for a further 2 years (we now live back in Australia)!
I had two brooches pinned to my bouquet on the day – one from my grandma on my dad’s side and one from my nana on my mum’s side. I also wore my mum’s veil!
My dress was incredible. It was a halter, white sequin Karen Willis Holmes dress (Cindy) with an open back. It was the first one I tried on (originally at Angelica Bridal in London) and I fell in love with it. I then had a second try on back in Australia at KWH in Brisbane with my family. I felt it suited my body shape perfectly and the sparkle of the sequins made it unique and interesting. It was beautiful mix of elegance, uniqueness, sparkle and style and it made me feel so incredible. The experience was amazing with KWH, I loved the trying on and fitting processes and feel so lucky to have found it.
Matt wore a grey 3 piece suit from Hawes & Curtis in London. The grey suited well with our surroundings and the waistcoat added a touch of London formality to his attire.
Our wedding was on November 3rd at Ecostudio Fellini in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.
We were after a relaxed affair, which fitted in well with the rustic surroundings of our venue. There was lots of greenery and wood features. Our wedding was a perfect blend of laughter, happiness, love, family and friends and couldn’t have been a better day to represent us as a couple.
I am always 20 minutes early to everything and ended up being 15 minutes late to the ceremony – I had joked to Matt if I wasn’t there at 3.01pm that I wasn’t coming so he was stressing that I wasn’t there on time!
My sister Amanda and 3 friends – Carli, Susie and Rebecca. Matt had 4 friends – Chris, Brad, Andrew, Anthony, plus his best female friend Claire!
We had a string quartet for the ceremony and time before the reception, and they played Canon in D for me walking down the aisle. The string quartet filled the breezy air of the outdoor venue so well and were a nice touch to add to the atmosphere.
Matt and I aren’t the most openly affectionate couple so we wanted our ceremony to be about our story of us getting to our wedding day. Our celebrant kept the ceremony fun and relaxed and included a special part for each of our parents as well. Matt’s cousin Laura did a reading of a poem called ‘These Hands’. Matt and I had joked that we would ‘seal the deal’ with a handshake instead of a kiss and on a whim we did this just before the kiss which was hilarious and really lightened the mood!
We had our ceremony and reception at Ecostudio Fellini. This venue was perfect for us because it had so much natural beauty and promoted a relaxed atmosphere for our guests. The staff and venue could not have been more perfect for our day.
I had seen an inspiration photo of a white flower bouquet with two open pink peonies and based the flowers around this. Our florist matched these flowers to an arbour arrangement, and we had greenery with scattered white flowers to compliment the tables inside the venue. We didn’t want to go overboard with flowers as the venue has a lot of natural greenery and beauty, and I feel the pink peonies accentuated this with a beautiful pop of colour.
We DIY’d the welcome and seating chart signs (with a lot of help from my dad!). He also made our table numbers.
However, it’s so hard to single out the special details! We had tried to merge together the perfect blend of a relaxed and fun day, a good party, some traditional elements but most of all for our family and friends to enjoy themselves. Each individual detail was special in its own way and all added to the relaxed feel of the wedding.
Our photographer is a family friend (who also happens to be an incredible wedding photographer!) from Hobart who we flew up to capture our day. It was so nice to work with Jon as we felt comfortable in his presence and he caught the perfect shots to document our day.
There are so many great images – I especially love the photo of my dad and I just before we started walking down the aisle. We love the photos of us with our bridal party laughing as we walked to the formal photos, and we love the photos of us together in the green field, again, laughing and enjoying the moment.
There was a moment I think we both loved, we took a 10 minute breather after the main course was served where we walked outside and had a chat and watched our guests enjoying themselves inside the reception area. It was quite a surreal moment.
All of our vendor’s were fantastic. Tarn our celebrant, Jon our photographer, Anna from Ecostudio Fellini, Julieanne and Alicia my hair and makeup artists, Keren our florist, Michael from WeRDJs. I loved the wedding planning process – my favourite part was planning the finer details such as the table decorations, guestbook, favours etc.
If I have any advice for future bride’s – don’t stress the small details!! I found I didn’t really look at many of the details I put so much time into planning for the day. Keep your focus on the fact you are marrying the person you love, as that is the most important thing and why you are having your wedding.
Ms Zebra Says: We wish the two of you a life of happiness and love! Thank you for sharing your incredible day with us!
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Before you dive into today’s wedding, you need to grab a glass of bubbles, kick off your shoes, and head outside under your favourite tree. Because that sense of Mother Nature’s bliss, of gorgeous celebration on the greenest of grass, of a little celebration in a garden – that’s exactly the vibe of Britt and Pickle’s romantic & modern Mount Warning wedding.
As these stunning pictures from Ivy Road Photography prove, it was a day filled with celebration, with fun, with dappled sunshine in the garden, and in the bride’s words, was a day that was “Silky, sleek and a bit quirky”.
It was after another life milestone that Pickle asked Britt to marry him, she tells the story. “I had just been accepted into my dream job as a firefighter so Pickle and I were driving my car down to Sydney to start the training. He knew how nervous I was and said to calm my nerves he would book us somewhere cute to stay along the way. He booked a stunning little apartment at Emerald Beach. He suggested a walk once we arrived. I was wearing ugly sneakers and jeans as it was cold.
We start walking up the most stunning headland and had a wallaby and a joey come up and greet us, we kept walking and then dolphins started playing in the waves. We were both pretty impressed. Then when we reached the top of the hill a whale started breaching. I was over the moon. The whale then stopped. Strangely Pickle got angry at the whale, I was laughing at him for being cranky with the whale when I turned around to see him on two knees. I was shocked and excited. The next little bit is a bit of a blur but I definitely said yes. We laughed about it later realising that he had gotten down on two knees and it would have looked like he was begging to passers-by.”
Britt found her dream gown by Chosen By One Day at Love, Marie sharing “I found it really hard to find a dress that had no lace and no beads. I wanted sexy and sleek and really struggled, Then I found Chosen. It was actually the first dress I tried on, I got the neckline changed to make it a one of a kind.” The bride didn’t try on her gown until the wedding day- so luck was on her side with a perfect fit! She added her aunt’s gold bangle and blue velvet shoes from Loeffler Randall.
The groom and groomsmen dressed in pieces fromPolitix andAsos – a last minute decision after the groom’s custom ordered blue velvet suit arrived in a worse for wear state.
Britt and Pickle chose a garden style, cocktail wedding at the beautiful Mavis’s Kitchen, sharing “We wanted something original and cute, we didn’t want somewhere people we knew had gone or where we sat in a big stale room.”
Britt and Pickle were accompanied by some very special important guests, explaining “Our puppymaid was Porscha the 15-year-old Pomeranian. She was the star and made all the bridesmaids jealous. She was a big reason why we didn’t have our wedding out of Australia. She actually passed away 6 weeks after the wedding. From the ages of 16 Porscha and I had chatted about her being a bridesmaid. My three nans who are all so wonderful were my witnesses and we were so privileged and lucky to have them at our wedding. The other reason we had our wedding in Australia was so all our grandparents could be there. It just wouldn’t have been the same without them.”
Britt walked down the aisle on the arm of her step-father to Wiyathul by Gurrumul.
Britt and Pickle wanted a certain vibe their ceremony, enlisting Lyndsay Smith to make it official. “We wanted it to be relaxed and quick but serious, not silly vows where there are jokes every second. We had the Chaplain for Fire and Rescue NSW as our celebrant and he was just the most calming and present voice that just oozes respect when he talked. We didn’t have readings as we felt that wasn’t us we just shared our commitment and love. It was funny looking out in the crowd everyone was crying and so was Pickle.”
The beautiful blooms on the day were styled by Florals and Co, under instruction from Pickle! Britt telling “Pickle was Flower man for the big day, that is much more his element and he chose native flowers, we really wanted some choc sunflowers as they were cool. Our Wonderful friend Sarah Mae at Florals and Co did the flowers for us. She is fantastic as she just knows what to do and goes for it. She was also a guest so she had a very busy day in the heat.”
Planning the day, and doing it together, was the best part of the whole shebang for these two. “Just every time Pickle and I sat down together we would get butterflies thinking is it really happening, we’re getting to do this together, we didn’t really care about the planning so much just excited about committing to each other.”
Secret sunset photoshoots with just the newlyweds and champagne were a definite highlight of the day for Britt and Pickle, who tell of their photographer “Shelley was a goddess!! We actually had one before her but I got a gut feeling that it wasn’t right so hunted down Shelley for her light and positive photography. All I can say I when getting a photographer- they are one of the most important people there on the day so choose wisely and make sure they have good time management skills and aren’t afraid to tell you what to do. There is nothing worse than looking back at a photo and realising your arm looks awkward or your tummy is sticking out. We had two photographers and a videographer a wonderful friend who is an epic surf/nature videographer who we choose after seeing his short film documenting local surfing man’s life beautifully.”
And then it was time to hit the dance floor, although it didn’t quite go as planned! In Britt’s words “Our first dance has got us a tad embarrassed. We danced to Sail Away by David Gray as he is our favourite ever! It was so lovely to us but according to some of our guests, we may have got a tad touchy on the dancefloor… whoops. Pickle is a very good dancer and he was trying to get all technical but I can’t dance so he had to stay slow with me.”