Ivar & Neil
One of the things we adore about engagement shoots is – not only that it is about the love story (because there is nothing more beautiful!) – that they also reflect the couples they’re documenting so beautifully. Today, Ivar and Neil took to Adelaide’s CBD with photographer Israel Baldago to tell their story; the city where the bride grew up holding a special place in her heart. As for how they met? “We were each other’s first and last date on Tinder! ‘Great strike rate,’ Neil says!” tells the bride.
On what she loves about her future husband, Ivar remarks, “Neil is the calm to my craziness. He is very grounded, kind-hearted and has a strong sense of who he is. We laugh every day.”
Of their Adelaide engagement shoot, the bride to be told, “We were really directed by our talented photographer Israel Baldago. We both live in Sydney and I grew up in Adelaide so it has a special place in my heart. It’s really changed over the years with lots of bars popping up down alleyways and cool artwork as seen on Israel’s site. We wanted to capture and showcase how beautiful Adelaide is.”
With their love of cityscapes, it made sense that the groom proposed overlooking one! Ivar explains, “Neil proposed in Hong Kong in a park overlooking the city skyline. We were flying out that day and he had told my parents he was going to propose on this trip so he left it to the very last minute!”
Michelle & Clint
I am always a fan when couples mix styles and this chic wedding at the George Ballroom blends a stunning, historic setting with black tie, modern elements to create a day that I think some might say was perfectly “Michelle and Clint”. Captured beautifully by Jackson Grant, Michelle explains of their style, “Our wedding was minimal, but it felt grand and inviting due to the location. It suited our old, classic style yet complimented the modern look with our outfits and settings.”
After meeting on Tinder, it was in New York that Clint popped the question. Michelle notes, “I was always talking about New York and the memories I had created during my times visiting. Clint, being the person that he is, decided that for my 30th he would take me back as he had never been.
Little did I know (but had secretly expected so I had my nails painted just-in-case) the he would get down on one knee in Central Park – he had been trying to find the Love Bridge, but his directions were off and I was starting to fret that we were going to miss our ‘important dinner booking’ so he took me behind a boulder where it was just us and got down on one knee.”
The bride’s dear friend, the designer behind House of Ezis, worked to make the stunning wedding gown. Michelle explains, “My dress was designed and made by a friend Andrzej Pytel who owns House of Ezis in Brisbane. Andrzej made the experience so welcoming, he was patient with me and kept me up to date on the entire process due to living in a different state. I wanted something that was non-traditional yet showed my personality as a bride. As soon as I tried on the dress, I knew I had found the one.”
The bride walked down the aisle with her parents to a very special song. She explains, “The song I chose for walking down the aisle was ‘Alive and Kicking’ by Simple Minds. It holds a special place in both mine and my mum’s hearts due to the meaning behind it.” She continues, “She would always tell me the story about the time she first felt me kick. After being taken aback by that she turned on the car radio and ‘Alive and Kicking’ was playing. Being 26 and pregnant with her first baby the whole experience was overwhelming. I asked both my mum and dad if they would walk me down the aisle. Even though my parents had separated when I was young, I wanted them to both share the experience with me being their first daughter of two to get married.”
Fox Celebrations officiated the ceremony. Michelle remembers, “Our ceremony was intimate. Our celebrant was fantastic leading up to the big day and ensured he tailored his words to suit our style but still kept it light and relevant.
Our dear friend Mara gave a reading called ‘Let there be Love’ which she had made into a jigsaw puzzle for us as our wedding gift.”
Steven Gabriel Maccora created arrangements of red orchids and white roses. Michelle tells, “I gave our florist Steven Maccora free range for the day – after seeing Steven’s work for years, I knew we were in capable hands. For the table setting we had red orchids and for the bouquet, we had a small bunch of traditional white roses.”
The speeches were a favourite of the bride, who remarks, “I loved the beautiful words Clint’s father and best mate said about Clint acknowledging him and his incredible work ethic. We wanted our parents to feel a part of the day. During all of the planning Clint made sure they were included in as many aspects of the day as possible.”
The newlyweds kicked off the evening of dancing with “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie.
Michelle tells, “One particular story is from the very end of the night. It was the last dance and everyone had created a circle around Clint and I to wish us off. Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘Horses’ was playing and out of nowhere, right on cue to the lyrics ‘and if you fall, I’ll pick you up, I’ll pick you up’ I slipped, fell on my face and tore my dress!”
Congratulations on your marriage Michelle and Clint! Thank you for taking the time to share your stories with us. Thank you also to Jackson Grant for sharing this beautiful day with us.
Natika & Boyd
If there is one thing we love around these parts, it’s a beautiful love story. But combine a beautiful love story with a gown that has us dreaming and gushing – well you know it is going to be one to remember.
With a blush wedding gown and stunning photographs by Capture The Moment Photography in this real wedding, all that is really left to do is to grab a cup of your favourite something and settle in to enjoy!
Natika and Boyd met one night out many years ago, the bride reminiscing, “We met at a nightclub about eight years ago, kept in touch and then eventually starting dating.
On the day he proposed, Boyd took me for a walk on the beach, then cooked me breakfast, then told me to have a lie-down and he will clean everything up (oh my). I was reading a book when he came in with our fur baby Luna and had the ring in his hand and he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and said, ‘Will you marry me?’ He wanted to propose with the two things he loved most… Luna and I.
The thing I loved most is that we were in our little home we built together. I cried, like really ugly cried for at least an hour…or two.”
The bride chose a beautiful pale pink gown from Jadore that she found at Event Time. She tells, “I wore a blush tulle gown and matching veil by Jadore Evening. I found it incredibly hard to decide on the perfect gown. I owned a wedding gown store so I constantly saw new designs. My plan was to have one white gown for the ceremony and then the blush for the reception. But every time I tried the blush gown on I knew it was for me. I loved how it wasn’t too out there but still unique and suited my personality. My husband loved it and was very proud of me for being a little different.
My gorgeous maid of honour also wore a blush lace gown by Jadore Evening. The shade was the same as my flower detailing on my gown. There were some adjustments made to the front as I loved the look of showing off the rose gold heels.”
Shannon Hawkes styled the beautiful floral details on the day says the bride. “I wanted something eye-catching but also subtle enough to suit a blush gown with purple/white detailing”.
The couple chose waterside Rosslyn Bay Resort for their wedding, with their ceremony on the rooftop overlooking the sea. Natika remarks, “I really wanted to have our wedding local. Being in the wedding industry, I felt it was important to use all of our amazing local suppliers. We wanted to be near the beach, not so much on the sand but to have that as our backdrop.”
Of their ceremony, Natika remarks, “I liked that our ceremony was relaxed, lots of laughter and personal jokes.”
“We loved seeing how happy both of our families were and being surrounded by all of the people we loved most.”
Sweet treats were a focal point for the bride who wanted both a wedding cake (beautifully created by Flour Yeppoon) and doughnuts. “Our cake was red velvet, the naked white icing look, with caramel drizzled over it; it was made by a gorgeous local cafe called Flour. We also had glazed doughnuts for another alternative. Everyone loved these.” The newlyweds used a family heirloom cake knife to cut their cake together, and this nod to family also included Natika’s parents’ wedding cake topper on the cake itself.
Guests took home handmade pink candles as wedding favours.
The bride and groom worked with planners Lilly and Lotus to plan and style their day. Natika notes, “I was huge on the decor of the wedding. I had an amazing stylist who understood my vision from the start and that made me extremely happy to see it all come together. I also wanted my guests to enjoy a grazing station and a glass of champagne after the ceremony to celebrate.”
There were special speeches and special gifts says the bride. “My mother knitted the most amazing blanket that had our families’ traditional colours, backgrounds and heritage for the two last names ‘Garden’ and ‘Watts’. Lots of tears!”
Guests celebrated the newlyweds with a gorgeous cocktail reception. Natika explains, “I wanted a big open plan wedding, lots of fresh air, candles and fairy lights. I always loved the thought of a cocktail wedding; very relaxed but still classy. I wanted everyone to mingle and dance. I did have a little trouble deciding on colours, but my amazing florist and our planner helped bring my visions together. I am a sucker for pink!”
Natika remembers, “Boyd and I just sat on the ground at the end of the night (still in my big puffy dress) and just ate our doughnuts and talked about the day.”
A big congratulations on your marriage Natika and Boyd! Thank you so much for allowing us to share your day. Thank you to Capture The Moment Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us.