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Date: January 2016

Lauren & Dylan's Romantic Garden Wedding

Posted on 27 Jan, 2016
Lauren & Dylan's Romantic Garden Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a music festival on the Gold Coast called Summer Field Days. I approached him in the crowd and said “hey, you have a nice smile”, it was love at first sight.

How long have you been together? When we got married We had been together for around 3.5 years.

Do you have a proposal story? Dylan planned to propose on our one year anniversary and had it all planned, ring and everything. but the morning of I got really sick with a stomach bug. He had to cancel his plans and little did I know at the time, it meant my ring went in to hiding for a whole year. On our second anniversary his plan finally came together. he hired a beautiful apartment overlooking the same beach where he first asked me to be his girlfriend, then he recreated our first date. afterwards in the apartment he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The most romantic part for me was opening a sealed card which he had written a year earlier asking me to be his wife. 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Third October 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?  Gold Coast Hinterland

2.     What made you choose there? The venue is just stunning. After viewing it I could not imagine having our wedding anywhere else.

3.     How did you find it? Lots and lots of googling and viewing different venues.

How was the weather on the day? We were blessed with the most amazing weather, not a cloud in the sky. Although we had wet weather plans in place we really had our hearts set on an outdoor ceremony and roofless marquee reception so we were incredibly lucky.

The Wedding Details

 Theme?  Our theme was classic, romantic, Intimate, garden wedding. The venue was so beautiful on it’s own, I really wanted that to be the feature and stuck with a less is more approach to the styling. Our Colour theme incorporated white flowers in all different textures, lush green foliage to accentuate all the beautiful hedges and vines at the venue, raw wooden tables and a touch of grey. The open marquee reception with wine barrel chandeliers and fairy light draping were definitely a standout. Whilst all the styling was done by myself we hired stylists Little Gray Station to set it all up on the day. Seeing it all come together just blew my mind. I would highly recommend having a stylist on the day. It allowed us to just relax and enjoy the day. Also they reused our beautiful florals from the ceremony at the reception which really made it that little bit more spectacular.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? When we first started planning our wedding I spent a lot of time on pinterest and reading wedding magazines. But as it drew closer I stopped looking for inspiration as I was starting to feel overwhelmed and started to question our theme and styling. I ended up going with my original ideas, most of which I had dreamt up all my life and I am soo happy we did. I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic white wedding.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Most of our furniture and decorations were hired through Hampton Event Hire however our menu’s, signs and placecards were handmade. My Mum made the table runners to fit the length of the tables which were set in a U shape to keep our reception intimate.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a spring wedding, When we booked the date we had no idea it was a long weekend! This actually worked against us as it turned out to be one of the most popular dates we could have chosen. But it does mean we should get a long weekend each year for our anniversary.

 

Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Ange – Maid of Honour / Best Friend. My Bridesmaid Shannon introduced me to Ange around 7 years ago. Ange was My wing woman and stayed out on my 25th Birthday to catch up with Dylan for the first time since we met, so it is in part thanks to her that we ended up together. Ange was so helpful throughout the whole process of planning our wedding, my way of saying thankyou was to have her as my maid of Honour. She also organized the most amazing hens party and made a fantastic wedding speech, so she was a great choice!

Shannon – Bridesmaid /Childhood Friend Shannon is my longest friend, we met when we were just 5 years old. There really was no-one else I could imagine standing next to me on the day. We compliment each other and although we now live in separate states, each time we catch up it’s as though no time has passed.

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Zane - Best Man / Brother in law. Dylan first met Zane when he started dating his sister Laura. Over time Zane not only became part of the family but also one of Dylans best friends and he considers him as an older brother. 

Austin – Groomsman / Brother. Austin is Dylans younger brother, born On his 7th birthday. Despite the age gap they have always been really close and he considers him as one of his closest friends.

Luke – Groomsman / Childhood Friend. Dylan and Luke have been best mates since they were 6 years old. Throughout the years they have shared many great times together and have always managed to stay in touch given the great distance and extended times apart.

Clint - Groomsman. Out of Dylans four groomsmen he has known Clint over the shortest period of time but has developed a friendship just as close. Dylan has realized that time is not a factor when determining what makes a best mate.

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Dylan’s younger brothers, Jordan & Josh were our ring bearers. 

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I really wanted a long sleeve gown and after seeing the long sleeve crops online I had a good feeling about this designer.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I came across them in Bridal magazines and through Google.

How many gowns did you try? Karen Willis Holmes was the first wedding dress shop I went to and My dress was only the third dress I tried on. As soon as I slipped it on, before it was even properly done up I knew it was the one. My now husband could not believe I found a dress so quickly as I am usually very indecisive. I got that amazing overwhelming feeling that everyone tells you about where you just know it is the one.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Paddington store in Brisbane. The service was fantastic.

What did you especially like about your gown? I love absolutely everything about my gown, I am honestly obsessed with it! I love the fit, the detail, the pleating, the fabric, the quality, the way it moves when you walk but mostly I love the way I feel in it.  I particularly love that I could get two completely different looks from my dress by layering the crop and peplum belt over the top. For our ceremony my dress was very demure and elegant with the long sleeves and train. For the reception I wore it strapless making it more cocktail. A lot of guests thought I had a complete outfit change which was great as I felt I had two wow moments. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaid dresses were from Shieke. I always wanted them to wear different dresses but in the same fabric so these were perfect.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The groom’s suit was custom made and the Groomsmen’s were from Rodger David.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept my accessories to a minimum as I did not want to take away from my dress. Myself and my bridesmaids wore Samantha Wills earrings, which were part of their gifts on the day. I wore a bracelet borrowed from my Mum. It was a gift from my late Aunty which my Mum wore on her wedding day so it had a lot of emotional significance for me.

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes for the ceremony were Nine West and I wore navy blue heels from Forever New for the reception.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil from Karen Willis Holmes.

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Go with your instincts. Try not to get to invested in everything being perfect. Things can go wrong but you have to roll with it and don’t let it ruin your day. The most important part really is the vows and the commitment your making to one and another.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Wait for your moment, you will know when it is the one.

 

Suppliers

Florist Elyssium Blooms. I cannot recommend them enough. I came across their work through instagram and fell in love. They understood my vision and went above and beyond my expectations on the day. We got exceptional value for money. All of our guests commented on the flowers and at the end of the evening most people got to take some flowers home from the table settings which was great.

Photographer Heart and Colour. Originally I enquired with another photographer who was booked out however recommended Heart And Colour – I am so glad they did because they are amazing. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with from day one and their work is incredible. We felt so comfortable with them on the day and I think that translates in our photos.

Music – Explosive Entertainment. They were very professional and easy to deal with. Their equipment is state of the art and everyone was on the dance floor all night.

Celebrant Nicole Evans. A friend of ours used Nicole at their wedding and recommended we use her. As soon as we met with her we connected and knew she was the right celebrant for us. She is so warm and genuine. all of our guests commented on how fantastic she was at our ceremony.

Stationery – Invitations were by Senna Jean Designs. Senna created exactly what I imagined for our invitations.

Menu - Handmade

Cake Rebellyous Cake Co. Not only did our cake look great, it tasted amazing. We had white chocolate coconut mud and dark chocolate mud tiers served with icecream as desert, it was delicious.

Bombonieres – Instead of Bombonieres we had a photobooth from Flashers Photobooth Hire. guests got two prints, one went in our guest book and one they took home as a momento. This was great fun for everyone. We got a copy of all the photos taken on a USb at the end of the night and had a lot of laughs going through them.  

Hair – Hair by Amy Louise. Amy is so lovely and did such an amazing job. We each had different styles and our hair stayed perfect all night. Amy also colours my hair and colour matched clip in extensions which I wore on the day. They blended so perfectly it just looked like my natural hair, only better.

Make up Angela Walsh H&M. Angela did such a fantastic job of our makeup. She is a perfectionist, her work is flawless and photographs very well.

Wedding BandsCTJ Jewellery. Their jewellery is quality and their prices cannot be beaten.

Stylist – Little Gray Station. They are very professional and their work speaks for itself.

Furniture HireHampton Event Hire. Very easy to deal with and professional.

 

Meghan & Rob's Beautiful Byron Bay Wedding

Posted on 22 Jan, 2016
Meghan & Rob's Beautiful Byron Bay Wedding

AS FEATURED ON HELLO MAY 

Often the weeks leading up to a wedding can be quite chaotic, which is why Rob decided to prank his bride-to-be Meghan in hopes of lightening things up a little. “My father and father in-law arrived to my shower and said Rob had been in a fight. Rob came in just after covered in bandages on his head and his arm in a sling. I burst into tears and pronounced that my wedding photos were ruined,” explains Meghan, who was thankful it was all just a rouse.

On a more serious note, this pair had their minds set on the idea of a marquee wedding that gave them the flexibility to make it whatever they wanted. Byron View Farm was the winner. “It was the perfect blank canvas with so much potential for styling to transform it,” says Meghan who wore a beautiful gown by Karen Willis Holmes.

Captured by Nick Evans and Meghan and Rob wanted styling elements that would stand out to their guests. From The Little Events Co. copper mugs with signature cocktails, to large copper cage pendants hanging from the ceiling among floral swings by The French Petal and even a champagne tower instead of a cake thanks to Wedding Shed.

After all that was said and done, these newlyweds have one piece of advice: “Have lots of wine on hand and be prepared to threaten divorce before you’re even married. But among those weeks when you think you’re becoming an alcoholic, there will also be moments that the puzzle pieces come together and you can begin to see something of your imagination come to life.”

CREDITS Photos Nick Evans Photo // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Hair piece Mecca Cosmetica // Robes MLM Intimates // Shoes Windsor Smith // Accessories and bridesmaid gifts Mimco // Rings Argyle Jewellers // Hair and makeup Alex Ouston Beauty // Bridesmaid dresses C/MEO Collective // Bridesmaid shoes Tony Bianco // Groom and groomsmen suits (jacket, shirt, and pants), cufflinks, bow ties, shoes and groomsmen gifts Calibre // Socks Happy Socks // On-the-day Coordinator Byron Bay Weddings // Florist The French Petal // Stationery, wedding favours and signage Gabrielle Stjernqvist Designs // Printer Stitch Press// Ceremony, reception and marquee Byron View Farm, NSW // Catering Figtree Restaurant // Champagne Tower and prop / furniture hire Wedding Shed // Decorative elementsByron Bay BuntingCotton On and Myer // Wedding favours Prilep Candles // Furniture hire The Little Events Co. // Lighting and sound hire Byron Audio // Entertainment Amy Kate Music,Sterling Silver Music and DJ Tooshoes // Transport Magic Bus // Cinematographer Florido 

Emma & Clint's Romantic Industrial Wedding

Posted on 20 Jan, 2016
Emma & Clint's Romantic Industrial Wedding

 

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through mutual friends over 8 years ago

How long have you been together? Six years

Do you have a proposal story? Clint had decided to propose to me on St Albert’s bridge, London, when we were over there for Christmas 2014 (to visit my sister and witness the birth of our second niece). I was completely shocked as Clint had always said that he would never propose overseas and that our Pug, Franklin, would be involved if we were ever to become engaged.  My parents were in London at the time, and Clint had arranged that they would be waiting as a surprise on the other side of the bridge. On the night of the proposal, we were actually supposed to be having dinner with friends that evening, and when Clint casually suggested that he wanted to take some photos of the bridge on the way, I baulked, concerned that we would not have time; my sister (who was also in on this) convinced me that we would have time. Once we got to the bridge, Clint said he would run ahead to get the photos he wanted – I didn’t suspect anything as Clint always took forever to take photos – so the first inkling I had was when I reached Clint on the bridge and saw that he had a toy pug beside him – with a ring on its tail! It took me some time to get over the shock and to realise this was for real (he had previously jokingly proposed twice before).  Clint then walked me to the other end of the bridge where my parents were waiting for us.  We all then went to a pub to share a celebratory drink.

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28/08/2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?     Powerhouse Brisbane – We had the ceremony at the Ruins/Stones Forecourt area and the reception on the Rooftop Terrace. 

2.     What made you choose there? We absolutely loved the building and have spent a lot of time there throughout our time together.  We liked the idea of having the wedding and reception all in one place.  Clint, being an architect, wanted to have the wedding in a character building with an industrial vibe.  Further, Clint and I had our first date at the dog park (we both love dogs) right beside the Powerhouse.

How was the weather on the day? It was raining first thing but by lunch time it was really sunny and quite warm.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to have a winter wedding as we did not want the weather to be too hot.  We got engaged at the start of the year and decided that we didn’t want to have to wait a year and a half for the wedding (as we didn’t want all the drama and planning to last that long) so we contacted the Powerhouse to see if they had any dates left in late August early September.  We liked the idea of a Friday afternoon wedding.  We wanted late August/early September so that my sister and her family would have time to organize to come out from London. 

The Wedding Details

Theme ? We both really liked the industrial vibe of the Powerhouse with the exposed brick walls and graffiti.  To really fit in with that, I wanted to have a lot of greenery in the space.  I’d loved, when we lived in London, how there were lots of beautiful exposed brick buildings with lots of greenery everywhere – this was the theme that we were going for.  With the ceremony space, Amey (Pack a Perfect Party) did not have to do too much with the space as we chose a place at the Powerhouse that had exposed brick walls and was covered in a green vine.  The Powerhouse had not actually used this space before for a wedding ceremony so Amey was able to arrange with them for us to use it.  Amey brought in some lovely timber chairs, and lined the aisle with greenery.  With the reception space, we wanted to have a nice, relaxed, feel.  We chose to have a cocktail wedding to suit this.  I asked Amey for lots of greenery and fairy lights – Amey ran with this and the result was amazing.  She did such a wonderful job and she was such a delight to work with.  Clint and I both love wooden furniture and Amey brought in beautiful wooden tables and a lounge set.  With the flowers, I initially wanted a lot of greenery with white flowers.  Last minute I decided to include a touch of lavender into the flowers – thank goodness Amey from Pack A Perfect Party was there to help with everything.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? From living in London.  Pinterest was also very helpful!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No – Initially, I was thinking of doing this.  I am very glad I changed my mind though as I felt a lot less stressed once Amey came on board.  She was such a sweetheart and made our wedding look so beautiful.

 

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids ? Jasmine Copeland (Matron of Honour) – My sister.  Sian Robinson (Friends since the age of 4 – went to primary school, and high school together and grew up in the same street).  Sophie Hart (Friend since high school).

Groomsmen ? Phil Inthisan (Best Man – Clint and Phil met at Uni).  Greg Foll (Clint’s friend from Uni).  Nick Kathage (friend through Greg).

Flower girls/Page boys ? Mia and Isla Copeland (our nieces)

 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My parents live near the Paddington (Brisbane) store and I have been driving past the store for years.  I’ve always been excited to see the new gowns in the window every few weeks.

 How many gowns did you try? I tried on about 15 dresses at other places.  I tried on five other dresses at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES before trying this dress on.  I wasn’t going to try it on as it felt so heavy.  As soon as I put it on, I knew that it was the dress that I wanted.  I had really wanted an open back dress.  The wonderful ladies at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES suggested that I could take the lace out of the back of the dress.

Where did you purchase your gown from ? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store at Paddington, Brisbane.

What did you especially like about your gown? I really loved the lace and the detailed sequin/bead work in the gown.  I also loved that it was fitted and had cap sleeves as I did not want a strapless dress.  I had wanted a dress with an open back.  The wonderful ladies in the store suggested that I could take the lace out of the back of the dress.  My nana did this and we then used the lace on my veil.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? As the bridesmaids each had their own unique style, I wanted them to pick whatever dress that they wanted and felt comfortable in.  We decided on black as it would tie the dresses together.  My sister got her dress from a store in London.  Sian got her dress from Review.  Sophie got her dress from Zimmerman.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? All of the suits came from Michael Innis at West End, Brisbane.  They were so wonderful to work with and made the experience of choosing suits really fun.  Their suits were also really well priced.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I was very lucky that I am good friends with Tammy who owns Artisans Gems and Jewels at Paddington Brisbane.  She said that I could wear anything from the store.  I chose a pair of rose gold diamond earrings.  I got my headpiece from the Molten Store (Brisbane based designer).  I got the girls earrings from the Molten store as well (champagne coloured earrings).

Where did you get your shoes from? Stuart Weitzman shoes from David Jones. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My nana made my veil – we purchased $20 worth of ivory tulle from a fabric store.  She used the lace from the back of my dress and put this on the veil. I used Pinterest to help me choose what style of veil that I wanted. Everyone really loved the veil which is wonderful given that it cost $20. 

My headpiece was from the Molten Store.  As my dress was so detailed and I was wearing a veil, I wanted something simple in my hair that could sit at the back of my head.  I went into the Molten Store as I love the jewelry and accessories in the store. Jessy (the owner/designer) was so wonderful.  She helped me find a head band that sat at the back of my head (so that it wasn’t seen from the front).  She also helped me choose the bridesmaids earrings (and the mother-of-the-bride’s earrings).

 

 

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?  Use suppliers that you feel comfortable with.  For me, having good working relationships with the suppliers was key as it meant that I could clearly discuss what I wanted and trusted them.  I was very lucky to have Amey from Pack a Perfect Party styling the wedding and doing the flowers – she was so calm and lovely.  Britt Spring was phenomenal.  She made me feel so relaxed despite my hatred of having my photo taken. 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?  Choose a dress that suits your personal style and that you feel comfortable in.  I always knew that I did not want a strapless dress with a large skirt.  I tried a few on (to appease my mother) but they did not feel like me.  As soon as I put on the Alexandra dress at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES I knew it was the dress as I felt like me in it.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?  My parents surprised me with a London, black taxi to transport us to the wedding (as I used to live in London and it is my favourite place in the world).  Sian surprised me with a donkey to come along for the photos.  She did this as I love donkeys and had commented on wedding photos where there had been donkeys present.  I was very lucky that Amey had previously styled a wedding with a donkey so she made some flowers for the donkey.  Further, Britt had previously photographed a wedding with a donkey in the UK.

Suppliers

Florist and decorating– Amey from Pack a Perfect Party.  She was a dream to work with.  The flowers were stunning.  I told her that I wanted lots of greenery, white flowers, lavender, and very wild bouquets.  The flowers looked amazing. For the flowers, Amey used lisianthis, lavender, gum, rosemary, and ranunculus.  As soon as Amey saw a picture of my dress and Clint’s suit, she recommended flowers to help tie the wedding together.  I found Amey through my friend Sophie (bridesmaid).  Sophie had helped Amey with a few weddings.  I chose Amey because I had loved everything that I had seen of her work (on FB and Instagram).  As soon as I met her I knew I wanted to work with her as she was so happy, kind, and enthusiastic.  Amey also ran a flower crown making workshop for my Hens.  Amey did such an amazing job and everyone at the hens loved her.

Photographer – Britt Spring Photography.  Britt is the sister of one of my friends.  I had a look at Britt’s website and straight away knew that I wanted to have her as the photographer.  I loved the style of photos that Britt took.  Britt (and Suz her assistant) were so lovely.  They both knew that I hated being in photos, but they made me feel so comfortable.  Britt created such beautiful photos.  Again, we both feel really lucky to have had Britt at our wedding.

Music – We used an iPod.  We played Sia’s Breathe Me whilst I walked down the aisle.  For the signing, we played The Middle East, Blood.  For the recessional we played Jose Gonzalez Heartbeats.  During the reception, we played a mix of our favourite music including Alt-J, Bloc Party, Chvrches, East 17, Flight Facilities, The Jezebels, Louis Armstrong, and Two Door Cinema Club.

First Dance – Jimmy Durante – Make Someone Happy

MC – Christopher Asnins (Clint’s friend he met through skateboarding)

Celebrant – Dina Browne.  Dina used to work at Channel 7 with my parents.  Dina was wonderful to work with.  She worked with us to create a ceremony that was very reflective of both Clint and me.

Stationery – Jenna Hooper Creative – Jenna did a really beautiful job with our Save the Dates and invites.  Jenna is a good friend of mine and is such a phenomenal graphic designer.  Clint drew the Powerhouse and Jenna put this drawing on the invites.

Menu – Zen Catering – the food was great.  As we had cocktail style, we had lots of canapes and bigger bites going around all night.  The food included house-made Alexandrian falafels, beef and burgundy mini pies, soft-flour tortillas, mini Black Angus cheeseburgers, and mini cinnamon doughnuts with espresso dipping custard.  The caterers were wonderful to work with and were happy to change anything to meet dietary requirements. 

Cake – Flour and Chocolate at Morningside.  The cake was delicious.  We had a three tiered cake.  The bottom layer was chocolate, the middle was buttercream with raspberries, and the top layer was chocolate with raspberries.  The layers were separated by white chocolate ganache.

Bombonieres – We had a large range of spices in test tubes from Pepper & Bean.  Pepper & Bean were great to work with.  They were very helpful in suggesting different spices to include. 

Hair – The Powder Room – The women from the Powder Room were wonderful.  We all loved our hair and make up.  They created a really relaxed and fun environment on the day.

Make up The Powder Room

Wedding Bands – Artisans Gems and Jewels – they also made my engagement ring.  I felt very lucky to have such beautiful, handmade rings.  My brother-in-law works there and so Clint was able to help make his own wedding band.

Natalie & Mitchell's Classic Beach-side Wedding

Posted on 13 Jan, 2016
Natalie & Mitchell's Classic Beach-side Wedding

Background 

How did you meet your (now) husband?  I used to teach after school dance and the dance studio was located inside of a gym where Mitchell worked out. One day, after finishing my dance lesson he confidently approached me and introduced himself. Our conversation flowed really effortlessly and hasn’t stopped since!

How long have you been together? 9 perfectly crazy and fun-filled years.

Do you have a proposal story?  Our proposal was magical. I had absolutely no idea it was coming either as Mitchell had never shown any interest or even talked about getting married. It was a magnificent summer’s day in Paris, so Mitchell suggested we do a picnic on the Le Seine, directly opposite the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. We went to a delicatessen and bought delicious fresh local produce, 2 bottles of Laurent-Perrier Champagne then set up, ate and admired the river that sparkled brighter than diamonds and watched the swans float gracefully by. Dangling our legs over the edge of the wall we were sitting on, talking about how lucky we were to be living that perfect moment, he reached into his pocket and presented me with a beautiful ring and asked me the question “will you marry me Natalie”? Seconds later we had an acoustic guitarist sing and play the song “Wake me up” by Avicii as we slow danced and celebrated our engagement until the sun set. It honestly was a fairytale proposal. 

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The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  20 March, 2015

1.     Where? Our Ceremony was held under the Rotunder on Balmoral Beach. The Reception was at The Public Dining Room, Balmoral and then water taxis collected us from Balmoral wharf and took us to Hugo’s Bar & restaurant in Manly for the after party.

2.     What made you choose there? Balmoral is just beautiful, we love being by the water and we wanted to incorporate the sea into our day to help provide a relaxed vibe. The Rotunder was built in the 1930’s and is absolutely picturesque; it is also only a 5 minute walk to the Public Dining room where we had our Reception which maximized the time we got to spend with our special guests on the most important day of our life!

3.     How did you find it? One random rainy weekend, we decided to get in our car to site inspect Balmoral. We drove past the Rotunder, parked and then walked straight into the Public Dining Room. It was perfect, even on a miserable day. We asked for the events coordinator who was conveniently on site, then asked her for the first available date for a wedding and booked it on the spot. There was not a single thing more we needed to do with the venue to decorate as your view is a beautiful Morton Bay fig tree and 180 degrees of the harbor. It’s an understated and exceptionally elegant venue!

How was the weather on the day? The morning was blue skies, a slight breeze and sunny, so basically it was absolutely incredible and perfect for a wedding. I danced around the house ecstatic about the weather until just my luck, a dark cloud starting rolling in 30 minutes before I got in the car to drive to the ceremony. It rained on and off and it was windy (however my beautiful KWH veil blew perfectly). Thankfully it held off for the ceremony but we made a quick dash for the reception an hour earlier than we were scheduled to! The staff at the Public Dining room are incredibly professional and promptly set up the room and had the champagne flowing in minutes!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was love at first site with the venue so we wanted the first available date they had on offer!

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The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?   Our life is based around the sea therefore it was important that our wedding day reflected that. The Public Dining Room offers the ultimate beachside dining experience with views that stretch from Balmoral and beyond, and equally delightful cuisine. We wanted casual fine dining in a relaxed beach style setting. There were delicate white flowers, scented candles and crisp white linen.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The beautiful harbor view was our inspiration and we trusted the event planner from the Public dining room to take it from there.

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Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister Samantha and sister in law Genevieve.

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Mitchell’s two brothers, Ryan and Alexander.

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Our niece and nephew. Matilda May was our flower girl and Kalani William was our Page boy.

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Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?  I had booked an appointment with David Jones Bridal. The KWH Jacqueline gown was the first dress I spotted in the store and the first gown I tried on. I really liked the style and fit of Karen Willis homes gowns, so I made an appointment in the Paddington KWH store to try on others. Every gown was amazing, but I had subconsciously already made up my mind and went with the Jacqueline. I also wanted to support our incredible Australian designers and honestly think my dress was better quality and more unique than any of the international designs I had tried on at David Jones Bridal.

 Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A friend told me about Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram and I immediately logged on and followed the account.

How many gowns did you try? To keep my wonderful mum(zilla) happy, too many to count. My mum, mother–in-law and sister loved the whole experience of finding “the dress” and then all of the dress fittings after choosing it as the 4 of us would always make a day out of it.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown from the Karen Willis Holmes store in Paddington.

What did you especially like about your gown? The Jacqueline gown is timeless. I put in on and knew straight away that this is what a bride should look like, elegant and to feel like a princess. The diamante clustered belt was breathtakingly beautiful and the way the gowns material glistened in the light was incredible. It had the perfect amount of body to it and the train had just enough length to it! 

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Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? They also wore “Bec & Bridge” jumpsuits and “Mia Chicco” handmade jewelry. (miachicco.com)

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Hugo Boss.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a 5 karat princess cut diamond necklace in platinum gold that sat high and delicately up on my neck.  My earrings were 4 carrot emerald cut studs and I had 2 amazing bangles around each of my wrists that were completely covered in princess cut and emerald cut white and black diamond.

Where did you get your shoes from?  Jimmy Choo.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was by Karen Willis Holmes. It was stunning. When the light hit it, it sparkled. I plan on using it over our baby’s basinet one day.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the whole wedding planning process as it comes and goes so fast. Take on board family and friends opinions but it’s important to go with your gut instinct as you can never keep everyone happy. Don’t compare your wedding to anyone else’s, as everyone’s is unique and perfect to them. It’s all about compromise - you won’t always be on the same page as your fiancé, so work through the planning together as a team and be sure to listen to all of their suggestions.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open to any style as when you try on that “dream style dress” it may not be the most flattering on your figure! Don’t try cram every single dress shop in on one day as it gets very overwhelming and exhausting.  Once you have found a shape that flatters you fabulously, stick to it. And of course – have fun!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We wanted our day to be an intimate celebration with our closest friends and family. It was to be casual and fun, making sure we had time to chat, have a drink and dance with everyone that attended.   

Something Old? My amazing mother’s garter from her wedding 38 years ago.

Something New? My fabulous Jimmy Choo’s!

Something Borrowed? My mother-in-laws gorgeous diamond jewelry.

Something Blue? A hand embroidered handkerchief by my sister saying “no tears” which was a gentle reminder to not get too emotional on my wedding day.   

Suppliers

Wedding Bands - Mia Chicco Jewelry.

miachicco.com

Mia Chicco is an Australian jewelry designer who hand makes and sells beautiful bespoke jewels globally. Mia worked closely with Mitchell to create my engagement ring. It is 18 kt yellow gold band, has 6 Australian sapphire’s either side of a almost flawless cushion cut diamond. It had huge symbolic elements to it that Mitchell designed and Mia brought to life. The diamond represents our favorite Torre (Castel) in Positano that we holiday at every year and the sapphire’s where the Mediterranean sea surrounding the castle. Mitchells band is rose gold with a soft organic feel and slightly beaten finish and underneath it was the initials W.Y.L.C, which stand for “Without You Life’s Colorless and With You Life’s Colorful”. There is also a ruby next to it which is to represents me (Mitchell also came up with this concept).

Florist  - That Flower Lady  

mrslaurich@hotmail.com

I am so pleased I went with Aly (she did such a wonderful job at my sister’s wedding it was an easy decision). Her vivacious personality made it a fantastic and easy experience. I had so much faith in her that I let her completely take charge and come up with the designs, as flowers are her forte after all.

Make up - Jemma Browne Makeup  

www.jemmabrowne.com.au

I wanted very natural-looking makeup as Mitchell doesn’t like me wearing makeup at all. It was important to find a makeup artist who would be able to follow this brief and a friend recommended Jemma. The end result was perfect; I looked and felt beautiful. Jemma was very professional, sweet and followed my brief to a tee as well as the bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-grooms brief too.

Photographer - The Loved Ones

www.the-loved-ones.com

Matt and his team are easy going and very professional. Mitchell and I don’t like our pictures taken so when we were recommended Matt and were told he would meet our brief, we set up a time to find out for ourselves straight away. He got to know us personally and absolutely nailed the brief. The pictures speak for themselves. Our photos are in the moment and absolutely gorgeous. We had no idea he and his team where even taking photos on the day.

Music  - XYDJ wedding DJ’s.

www.xydj.com.au

Simon and his team were seriously fantastic, they got our dance floor started litterally 1 hour after our reception had kicked off and there was not a single person in the room that was not tearing up the dance floor at some point in the night!

First Dance – “I’ll be your man” by the Black Keys.

Stationery - Kathryn Green

www.kathryngreen.com.au

It was bespoke hand illustrated invitations by the talented “Kathryn Green”. Our stationary was incredible. We loved her designs and her ability to draw is extraordinary. Her energy and positive can-do attitude is infectious and her work speaks for itself. We chose the “Bountiful Bazaar” suite from her current collection. We though the colour’s matched in with the Morton Bay fig tree and the ocean beautifully.

Menu – Created by The Public Dining room.

We opted for standup cocktail as well as a few food stations scattered around the floor (the oyster shucking station and cheese station was a favorite) and of course the champagne was flowing! The food was Summery with Mediterranean influences and the Public Dining Room’s food philosophy is simple. They source the best seasonal ingredients to craft unique, fresh & flavorsome dishes using local produce.