A few years ago my sister, whom is an avid sewer and craftswoman, got me onto etsy. I had some photographs on sale there for a while and it was great fun. But the best part about the etsy community is so many handmade items. I always like to fight The Man, big business and big retail. When my fiance and I talked about rings, we knew where to go looking. This is what we found!
Ms Gingham says: Hooray for Etsy! What’s not to love? Artists can sell one off, unique pieces at great prices without having to bow down to the retail giants. Creativity wins!
Rebekah’s words: “I am from Durham, North Carolina and my husband is from the Melbourne area, we met online 2 years ago, and we decided that it would be the easiest for me to move here. Which is a fun and exciting adventure. Australia is now my home and I love living here.”
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Stirling and I got married on a nine degree, rainy and misty day in the Blue Mountains last Spring. Certainly not the weather we had expected at that time of the year and it prevented the outdoor ceremony at Yester Grange in Wentworth Falls we had hoped for. This could have been a source of disappointment, but the rainy, misty, atmospheric weather – while not what we anticipated – ended up being such a feature that many of our guests said it really enhanced the day for them. The lovely people at Yester Grange quickly set up an indoor ceremony in font of the roaring fires and the tea and scones they had arranged for afternoon tea hit the spot to ward off the chilly afternoon air.
The ceremony was very relaxed, as we wanted it to be (complete with a bit of traditional Scottish whiskey drinking) and was conducted by the truly amazing Graham Long from the Wayside Chapel who travelled up from Kings Cross to join us.
I bought my wedding dress on sale from Myer for about a hundred dollars and my vintage 1930s wedding shoes (never worn!) were bought on Ebay and shipped over from New York. My elderly neighbor gave me the fur stole.
We were also very lucky to have the lovely Janine Kaye taking our photographs as she really made the most of the conditions and managed to produce some beautiful images. She was also lots of fun to have around. In the end we felt like she was a guest, which was especially good as I hate having my photo taken.
We hadn’t deliberately chosen a vintage theme for our wedding. The vintage feel just developed naturally given the venues and our personal interests. My grandparents had married in Scotland during WWII and they had a dinner dance at the their wedding (Glenn Miller had originally agreed to play!) and when we found the wonderful Bakelite Dance Band we decided we wanted to do something similar. The intimate ballroom at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba was the perfect venue and just the right size for our small party of fifty.
We love travelling together and the vintage postcard style invitation a good friend had designed for us led to vintage Penguin book cover postcards being put out for each guests to write us messages on. They provided lots of entertainment! The tables were named after some of the places we have travelled together.
The helpful people at Lindt made a very small and very delicious cake for us to cut, which was served for dessert with some Lindt Delices and some handmade marshmallows from Sweetness donated by a friend. All the other details were taken care of by the wonderful Caroline at The Carrington who made the room look so beautiful for us and who was such a pleasure to have there on the night.
We managed to do all of this on a small budget by focusing on what was important to us and not bowing to pressure to have all the traditional bells and whistles.
Ms Gingham says: Sometimes the weather gods know best! And sometimes they are just having a laugh. On this occasion though they were so right! I love these beautiful photos which could never have been the same if the weather was bright and sunny. Thank you Caitlin and Stirling for sharing them with us.
Caitlin says: “I am a Sydney-based archaeologist who, after nine years adventuring around with my best friend (also an archaeologist), finally decided to get married to him in October 2010. The adventure is still continuing.”
Matt and I wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of our style as a couple, while also creating a fun, beautiful afternoon and evening for our guests, with less emphasis on ‘wedding tradition’ and more of our own ‘loves’ incorporated into the day. Our wedding style was rustic, pretty, whimsical, country, with a touch of vintage, with many elements of the day DIY’d by us and our families. Due to my business Green and Bloom, I have a very big love of flowers. I wanted my floral arrangements to be a major part of the overall styling of the day as I feel fresh fragrant blooms add an extra dimension to the mood created at an event. Plus, I was lucky enough to have some of my favourite spring blooms to work with; Poppies, Ranunculus, Helliborius, Green Goddess, and Andromedia to name a few. In the end I used 27 different types of flowers at our wedding.
I had my dress made by Penny Lane Bridal and can’t thank Rebecca enough for all her help through my dress planning stage. I also had my hair and makeup created by the girls at Locks and Lashes, who created perfectly the soft relaxed style I was after for my hair and makeup. We were also very lucky to find our photographer Karen Buckle, who we trusted completely in her extensive talents and ability to take amazing photos capturing the moments in the day, and details of our wedding in a truly beautiful way.
We had difficulties sourcing a vintage style car through a car hire company as our wedding was in the peak wedding season of spring and everyone was booked out over six months in advance. We were fortunate to have a friend of the family allow us to use their car for the afternoon. It was a mushroom pink Holden wagon with all original everything – we fell in love with the car as soon as we saw it!
Roma Street Parkland was our choice for ceremony and we were married at Palm Tree Court on the hill, which is surrounded by bright coloured gardens and Crepe Myrtle trees which create a beautiful backdrop. We hired white folding Americana chairs and a rattan isle runner from the lovely Perin of Outdoor Occasions. The other styling elements for the ceremony consisted of hand strung fresh bloom garlands for the aisle as well as the backs of the signing chairs and stand alone vintage style birdcages filled with jugs and tea pots full of fresh spring blooms. We had a drinks stand lined with drinks dispensers full of iced homemade lemonade, a cocktail of Orange and Galliano, and rustic breads and dips.
My favourite moment, was setting eyes on Matt when we arrived in the car. I could see he was so nervous and excited, with a huge beautiful smile on his face.
My other favourite moment is when our daughter decided to run circles around us during the ceremony, she was having so much fun and stole the show for a couple of minutes, and it was so lovely to be able to share such a special event with her.
Our reception was held at Melange Café at Roma Street Parklands, which we fell in love with as it’s a very classically styled venue with two beautiful chandeliers within. The venue was perfect to convert into our fun, spring rustic wedding style. Flowers adorned the tables and were created and styled by Green and Bloom, using a mix of old vintage vases, jugs and bottles along with more modern glass and ceramic vessels. Lace and twine detailing was also wrapped around many of the vases, with Hessian table cloths and a scattering of vanilla scented candles finishing the table setting.
My talented sister Cynthia made the wedding cake which consisted of alternating levels of rich dark chocolate mud cake, white chocolate mud cake and orange and almond cake, and was served for dessert along with homemade cookies and brownies which Matt’s mum had made. I made a whimsical spring fresh flower cake topper to dress the cake, using a mix of blooms used throughout the day.
Our guest presents were homemade jams, made by Matt’s mother who is a jam making queen. She made our favourite flavours; pear and ginger, and marmalade. We had a stamp of our faces hand carved by an artist found on Etsy based in France, using an image from our engagement shoot with Karen Buckle, and used this on the gift tags for the jams.
Guests were encouraged to type us a message on our vintage type writer, which proved very popular with the teenagers.
Some Advice: If you are planning on doing any DIY details, aim to finish them the month before your wedding. As there are so many other loose ends to tie up prior to your wedding date, you don’t want any extra stress. Be realistic about whether you need to hire someone to setup your wedding details for both the ceremony and reception. This way you will know it will be undertaken as you had intended, without having to ask your friends and family for anymore help on the day.
You know better than anyone else what you and your partner’s wedding style should be, so trust yourself and have some fun. There is so much wedding inspiration available these days at a click of a button, be inspired and put your own spin on your wedding details.
Ms Gingham says: “Oh the spectacular flowers! I just love the fresh, vivid feel of this wedding. Thanks to Roberta and Matt for sharing their day with us.”
Roberta says: Owner, florist and stylist behind Green & Bloom a Brisbane based wedding and events wedding business. I love anything pretty, creative, and vintage, and enjoy pushing the boundaries of what wedding styling and floristry ’is’ or ’should be’.
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