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Jane & Aaron

Melbourne city was the backdrop for Jane and Aaron’s vintage and relaxed wedding. With a beautifully detailed gown, restaurant reception and plenty of DIY details, this celebration has us swooning! Heart and Soul Weddings captured the day.

Having met in Sydney where both the bride and groom were working at the time, the two made it official in good time. They share, ”We’re a modern couple so we talked about it beforehand! We both say we knew each other was ‘The One’ the first time we met, so we both knew that we’d get married someday. We even chose the rings together because my husband knows how picky I can be!”

The bride wore a breathtaking gown from Asos, featuring embroidered flowers. She remembers, ”My dress was a little different from the traditional wedding dress. It had gold floral detailing and sleeves – sleeves are so hard to find on a dress! Women everywhere will know what I mean. I loved the dress being backless too, it fit the relaxed vibe perfectly. I had initially purchased a structured, traditional gown which was a disaster to try and have tailored. I’m so glad I went with my heart and chose another option with was more ‘me’!”

Sonya from Heart and Soul Weddings captured Jane and Aaron’s first look, and every other sweet detail of the day. The newlyweds tell, ”She is every couples dream vendor. She’s patient, kind, funny, and most importantly, has an amazing eye for photography. Sonya supported my husband and I before the wedding and on the day in ways that are above and beyond her role. I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!”

Keen to have a relaxed day, the bride and groom wanted a meaningful ceremony that kept things simple. They share, ”Aside from our photographer, our celebrant was just amazing! We chose Dean Eddy before we decided on anything else, even the venue or the date of the wedding! Dean made us feel so comfortable on the day. He was extremely organised and professional in the planning process to ensure that the ceremony fit us perfectly as a couple.”

Both the ceremony and reception were held at Melbourne’s Little Henri. Jane shares, ”We loved the set up in the courtyard with fairy lights twinkling in the trees and greenery all around us! We had a civil ceremony in the courtyard, surrounded by our friends and family. Neither of us are religious so the ceremony was short but very meaningful to us. Our reading was by A.A Milne, named ‘If There Ever Is A Tomorrow’ from Winnie the Pooh, which is very near and dear to my heart. The bear with very little brain can teach us all something!” The bride walked down the aisle with her father to ‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran.

Known for its superb eats, Little Henri was the perfect pick for Jane and Aaron. They tell, ”By day it’s a brunch spot and by night it turns into a gorgeous event space! The venue is expansive with vintage decor and a gorgeous split-level courtyard with trees and fairy lights. It fit our laid-back style perfectly, and most importantly, the food is amazing – seriously, you have to try the pork belly!”

The bride put together bouquets with flowers from Kmart, and was creative in many other ways! She remembers, ”We DIY-ed the cake boxes, flowers and favours because we didn’t find anything store bought that we loved. It’s a great way to save money and ensure that everything is exactly the way you want it to look. We purchased a lot of the decor and general items from Etsy, which is an amazing way to support small local businesses. Plus, you know the items will be unique and one of a kind!”

Thank you to our stunning bride and groom for sharing your perfect wedding day with us, and congratulations! Thank you also to Heart and Soul Weddings for your magnificent photos.

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Photo by Gemma Clarke Photography via Pascal & Richard’s Black Tie Sydney Garden Wedding

Happy July Dotties! We’ve been bunkering down this week and making sure we start the week with a bang! We are SO excited to kick off The Suit Issue! We have so much planned, talking to our favourite tailors, tips and tricks and of course plenty of amazing suit filled weddings for you. Don’t forget you can find everything in one place here, and we’re going to dive right into rounding up the very first week!

The Suit Issue Is here!

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So what does black tie and cocktail attire really mean?

Celebrity worthy bridal jumpsuits

Grooms, its time to suit up!

The most gorgeous urban wedding complete with a custom jumpsuit!

Honeymoons a groom will love

Pascal and Richard’s black-tie Sydney wedding

Seven delicious cocktails just the ticket for a winter wedding

Dying over these amazing chocolate and whiskey fudge brownies- we share the recipe!

Handing over now to The Bombastics and their talented artist Jess with some old classic favourites. Fancy booking Jess for your wedding day? Check them out here!

Pascal & Richard

When it comes to The Suit Issue, we’re not sure we could think of a wedding that ticked every box more than this one, where every single member of the wedding party dinner wore their own black-tie suit! It’s one of these weddings where not only do you want to pull up a chair, but you also secretly wish you knew the newlyweds well enough to walk beside them. Pascal and Richard wanted a formal vibe to their day, so they worked to custom tailor their own version of a tuxedo, outfitted their favourite people in matching attire and chose a very hot (and humid!) Sydney day to do it all in spectacular style! They invited Gemma Clarke Photography along for the ride and today we’re sharing their beautiful story with you.

The pair met in SA. “We met at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel in Adelaide, 12th Jan 2007. “The only gay pub in the village” remark Pascal and Richard. Their story culminating in a day that as they dreamt of “The atmosphere was vibrant with lots of pink & white flowers filling the space, ” tell the grooms. “We included an array of candles to further enhance the room. We chose live music to get our guests up and dancing.”

The grooms and their groomsmen, alongside groomswomen, wore custom made tuxedos from Brent Wilson paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and accessories from Thomas Sabo and Tiffany & Co.

They share “We wore a velvet black tuxedo jacket with black pants and a tuxedo shirt. We asked to have the sleeves cut short as it was summer and wanted to be cool once jackets were off – and finished with pink velvet bowties.”

Pascal and Richard were married on a beautiful summer’s day at The Rose Garden & Pavillion, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. They explain “We chose the Rose Garden as we wanted the Royal Botanic Garden to really shine. We chose clear Tiffany Chairs so that we didn’t take away from the Garden. ”

The grooms walked down the aisle to “Photography” by Ed Sheeran played live by The 128’s.

Tami Sussman officiated proceedings, the grooms noting “One of our closest friends Chris Turner gave a reading, the only rule we gave her was that it must not be longer than 3 minutes as she’s a world-renowned speaker and academic in the Astrology community.”

“We made sure that Richard’s parents were mentioned as they’d just celebrated their 42nd anniversary. We also wrote our own vows to each other” tell the grooms.

Pascal and Richard were thrilled with their chosen photographer. “Gemma was fantastic, we originally didn’t rate photos high on our priority list but then after visiting Gemma, we decided to put these memories higher up the list. She made us feel relaxed, gave us the confidence to do things we typically wouldn’t do (PDA) and we would highly recommend her as a photographer to others.”

Wandering around Sydney for photos was one of the newlyweds favourite parts of the day if only for the story it resulted in! They share “As it was a hot and muggy day when we were walking back to the Park Hyatt having photo’s taken along the way we spotted some guests at a bar having some drinks so we wandered over and skulled their pints! They then were nearly kicked out of the venue for supplying drinks to people not in the venue!”

The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at a sit-down reception at Park Hyatt Sydney. “We wanted the best locations possible as the majority of our guests were travelling from interstate this gave them the best experience possible to really remember their weekend away.”

Pascal and Richard worked with floral designer Best Buds who created floral details of pink and white roses, alongside beautiful lush hydrangea blooms.

The first dance romantic! The grooms chose “500 Miles a version by Sleeping at last which was performed live by our band The 128’s. This song was a slowed down version of the original by the Proclaimers.”

Congratulations to you both Pascal and Richard! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us. Thanks also to Gemma Clarke Photography for sharing today’s beauty of a wedding!

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