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We love reflecting on trends for the season! When it comes to our top three we can’t go past the following.

Sustainability

In our eyes, being sustainable never goes out of style. In the world of events we see beautiful and time consuming displays created for couples and guests to enjoy, only to be thrown away shortly after. So we’re seeing a big trend in couples making it their wedding mission to be conscious of their event carbon footprint and to consider ways in which they can be more conscious and sustainable. Especially when it comes to styling! Creating beautiful events that are also eco-conscious is extremely satisfying not only visually but for your peace of mind as well. It’s so amazing to see how the events world has shifted to be more mindful, and we definitely see that reflected in our couples views as well. A sustainable brand we LOVE here at Nudo is Bangin Hangins! Their epic installations are thoughtfully crafted and re-used event after event, meaning their is no wastage! Also any offcuts they have are donated to local childcare centres for arts and crafts. Talk about amazing efforts! We recently had an interview with Sarah, the talented creative behind the brand, and discussed how important sustainability is for Bangin Hangins over on the Nudo blog here.

Image: Nikita Pere Photography

Boozy Brunch Weddings

We are currently obsessed with boozy brunch weddings! They are such a fantastic way to take advantage of the sunshine and celebrate marrying your love with a non-stop flow of mimosas! They are becoming such a popular choice with plenty of time for those dreamy bridal portraits because day light is not a problem, a day time wedding ticks all the boxes for us! Plus imagine diving into a spread of all of your favourite brunch treats surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Another amazing perk of a brunch wedding is you aren’t restricted to a certain day. So if Saturdays at your dream venue are booked out from now until 2023, consider this the perfect plan! A boozy brunch wedding doesn’t revolve around the 11:00pm finish, so they are ideal for a Sunday or weekday! Our couples love the option of being able to choose from those more popular months, and not needing to compromise the time of year they envisioned getting married. Not to mention your dream suppliers are more likely to be available on a Sunday/weekday too. It’s a win win! Our couples also love that once the wedding wraps up, the day is far from over! Which allows them to continue celebrating on into the night at a new location or take the party back to their place.

Images: Nick Skinner Photography & Shannyn Higgins Photography

Long Stemmed Bouquets and Floral Only Arrangements

A floral trend we have loved through 2020 are long stemmed bouquets and floral only arrangements. There is something so powerful about the simplicity of these and how gorgeous the flowers look on their own. But we also need to acknowledge the time and care florists spend individually reflexing each rose to make sure it is puffed and pretty! A favourite from this year for us was Katie and Dean’s Valentine’s Day wedding at The Wool Mill. Nudo had so much fun styling this one as Katie and Dean really wanted to play off the Valentine’s day theme. We swooned over the ombre floral arrangements created by Anatomy of Flowers. The contrast of their floral only arrangements against the soft blush linens from Simmons Linen made such a statement. This trend is definitely a stand out for us!

Images: Hannah Gilbert Photography

Ms Floral Says: These trends are definitely a terrific trio and all work extremely well together!

About Nudo: Nudo are a dynamic team of planners and designers (and shoulders to lean on), effortlessly guiding you through your wedding journey step by step. Taking the time to understand your vision and what matters most, whilst also taking care of the million small (and sometimes tedious) details that you don’t have the time for. And when the day comes, they bring it all together to create the kind of experience your guests will rave about for years.

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When the extraordinary team from Grecian bridal specialty Atelier Zolotas sent us these stunning images from a recent styled shoot, I was immediately transported to the soft sand and rugged landscape of the Greek Isles. I could feel the sun on my face, smell the fresh Mediterranean food, and the sound of a band somewhere warming up for a fabulous wedding party by the sea.

I sat down with the masterminds behind the shoot, the lovely Alica from Mneme Photography who captures this stunning bohemian scene and Sophie from powerhouse bridal design house, Zolotas.

With travel and wedding restrictions being enforced here in Australia, this stunning shoot is taking me on an emotional rollercoaster! Haha. What was your inspiration behind the shoot and location?

Alica from Mneme Photography: Through these difficult times that the whole of humanity is facing, and being separated from our loved ones around the world in some cases, we wanted to celebrate the one thing that transcends all situations and unites us – love!

With this styled shoot we wanted to transport you straight to the Greek Islands and give you a feeling of warmth, freedom and summer! Somewhere where the sun and the sea can make all the troubles go away, at least for a while anyway. We chose a seaside location next to Athens with rough landscape and warm light.

Summer time in Greece is not like in any other country, here you will see that the sun is brighter and the sea and sunset combines all the colours of a painter’s pallet. That is why it was the perfect choice for a wedding like that!

I can feel the connection between this couple! It’s palpable! How did you achieve that chemistry on location?

Alica from Mneme Photography: Well, that’s because Monica and Constantino are a real couple. They completely embody a freedom-loving lifestyle and that is the reason that they so in harmony with each other and the scenery.

How did working with the wonderful Atelier Zolotas Design house work into your vision?

Alica from Mneme Photography: The bridal look with its unconventional vintage flair and the boho hat as well as the suit with earthly colours and the elegant lines were perfect matches for our concept.

You mentioned Constantino’s suit. Visually, what do you think works best for a summer wedding, whether a member of the couple being married or a guest?

Alica from Mneme Photography: If you are attending a wedding that is under this playful yet chic theme, prepare yourself for an experience that wills warmth your heart for the rest of your life. For the gentlemen, the best choice would be a simple pastel colour suit that will bring out your summery mood and yet will be comfy enough for you to enjoy the day.

Why did you choose the trending and gorgeous two piece bridal look for this shoot?

Sophie from Atelier Zolotas: When it comes to handmade haute couture with vintage aesthetics, we always love the chance to make it more… fresh!

The crop top and skirt combination was especially chosen to highlight the feminine lines like only a mermaid wedding skirt is able to!

The top is embellished with hand-knitted crochet embroidery, a trademark for the design house but also a quintessentially vintage and bohemian textural material.

On that topic, what can you tell me about the other fabrics?

Sophie from Atelier Zolotas: We also chose a pure-cotton. It’s fresh, natural, lightweight, and breathable but it also gives a bride the freedom of movement and self-expression. In this shoot, we feel it really helps emphasise that free, head- over- heels- in- love spirit of a newlywed!

The outfit is so modern and “non-traditional” which is ironically now more common! And yet you have included that incredible train and it just works! Can you talk me through that inspired choice?

Sophie from Atelier Zolotas: The long train gave this editorial the dramatic touch that every wedding scene needs! And when the sun sets, it will provide this gorgeous bride with a delightful wrap to keep her warm.

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As a celebrant, I am always banging on about the importance of the ceremony. Not only is it the moment where you actually become married, it kick starts the whole celebration and sets the vibe for the rest of the day.

I love the way the wedding industry has evolved, even in the past five years I have been a celebrant. Couples are really understanding now the importance of the ceremony, the value of a s**t hot celebrant in creating the magic and the flexibility that comes with a modern civil ceremony.

There is absolutely no reason you should have to settle for a stuffy, soulless celebration… unless of course beige and boring is your vibe. So do your research, choose the right person to steer your love boat and make sure they are writing your ceremony from scratch!

As obvious as it sounds, that really is the key piece to the personalised puzzle. The content of the ceremony itself is where the real magic lies and if done well, it will celebrate your love story, your individuality and set the mood for the biggest party of your lives.

But aside from booking an amazing celebrant and a team of vendors who are ready to run with your vision, here are a few other ways you can take your ceremony from beige to bangin’ and leave all your guests raving about it being totally ‘you’.

1. Signature Drink on Arrival

If you don’t mind a tipple yourselves, chances are your mates will love a welcome drink. You can tailor it to suit your vibe and tastes. Whether it be mimosas, aperol spritz, personalised craft beer or a concoction of your own, your guests will immediately relax into celebration mode with drink in hand.

2. Signage or Order of Service

A perfect way to speak your language as a couple. Welcome signs are super popular at ceremonies nowadays as they tie in the styling, but you can also use them to assert your voice by leaving a quirky message for your guests.

The order of service (little ceremony program) isn’t something you see too commonly outside of the church, but when it is done creatively, it can also be such a great way to put a stamp of individuality on the day. I have seen hilarious wedding party bios in ceremony programs, instructions for treasure hunts or reception games or even lyrics for group sing-a-longs.

You can also use it to express your values as a couple. Perhaps you have donated money to a charity close to your heart instead of doing bomboniere. Let them know in your program and encourage them to do the same if they wish.

3. Tunes

If you aren’t blissing out to ‘Cannon in D’ on the daily, then don’t feel the need to walk down the aisle to it. Music is one of the most powerful ways to incorporate your personalities and passions throughout the whole day and this includes the ceremony. Go. To. Town.

4. Processional

So what is a processional anyway?! It’s the entrance, a potentially grand and dramatic moment where you see your love in their wedding day get-up for the first time. However, it doesn’t need to look anything like in the movies if that’s not your vibe. It’s a moment full of feels, but for some full of anxiety just at the thought, so feel free to ditch tradition and make it suit your personalities.

That may mean you rock it out down that aisle hand in hand to your fave party tune, or perhaps you are both already there mingling with your guests as they arrive. Whatever it looks like, make sure it feels comfortable and right for you.

5. Vows

I always encourage my couples to have a crack at writing their own vows. It’s an incredibly special opportunity to spill your guts in front of all your faves, but most importantly in front of your lifer.

Personal vows are a game changer when you’re aiming for a ceremony that really reflects you and your lover lover.

6. Include Others

I am a big fan of having special people involved in your ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they have to get up there and deliver a stale old reading with no relevance to your modern marriage. They can tell part of your story, add some juicy tidbits I may not have been told, or give you some good old marriage advice of their own.

They could also sing, play music, sign as your witnesses, hold up your piñata as you smash it or come dressed as Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice and challenge the groom to a duel. And yes, they are all real examples. Point being, there ain’t no rules.

7. Salute!

I love ending a ceremony with a toast or a special drink. It’s a great vibe and can be a really symbolic way to start your shared celebration and a really personal and unique ceremony memory.

Word to the wise, avoid fireball. Everyone would prefer Nanna to keep her bra on at the reception.

8. Ditch the Weird Traditions

Sometimes it’s not only what you include in your ceremony that makes it unique, it’s what you leave out and there are many weird traditions that can move straight to trash. Unless you see yourself as a dowry, don’t be given away. Don’t exchange rings if you don’t want to and don’t carry flowers if it’s not your thing. Allow your guests to sit on whichever side they choose, in fact don’t even give them chairs at all.

You do you babes and everyone will love it to pieces!

Ms Floral Says: Hooray! We are all for injecting as much as your personality as possible into your wedding, and it just makes sense to do this in the ceremony! Thanks for your words of wisdom, Amy.

About Amy Watson: Amy is a Sydney based marriage celebrant and MC who has been shaking up ceremonies since 2015.  She has a unique and modern approach to marriage making, with the aim of always reflecting the individuality of each couple and giving their love the celebration it deserves. Like a perfectly mixed margarita, she balances those upbeat and celebratory vibes with sincerity, sensitivity, a pinch of sass and a whole lot of love.

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