Andrea Fletcher and Nicholas Jacob had the challenging task of organising their Australian, beachside wedding from the other side of the world. With the help of their families and dedicated suppliers the couple were able to create a wedding filled with brilliant colour.
Nicholas proposed to Andrea in Sicily where the couple were staying in a hotel that overlooked the Mediterranean Sea. One night as Andrea stepped out onto the balcony, she was surprised to find a bucket of Champagne and a white envelope. Assuming it was the bill, Andrea opened the envelope but instead, found a picture of an engagement ring! Later in Antwerp, the newly engaged couple purchased a diamond and designed Andrea’s dream ring.
Organising a wedding remotely meant that Andrea and Nicholas had to make decisions based on websites, photographs and phone conversations. As many of their guests were coming from overseas they decided to hold 2 other events in addition to the wedding. Welcome drinks and a recovery lunch meant 3 times the planning. “Your wedding is the biggest and most extravagant party you will ever throw. I cried for days after my wedding because I was so happy,” Andrea said.
“You don’t realise how much time you spend with your photographer on your wedding day. They are with you from the time you get ready in the morning to your last drink of the evening. We were so lucky to have a professional and experienced photographer who produced some remarkable shots that we felt captured the essence of our wedding day,” Andrea said.
Andrea’s flowers and floral decorations were a bold mix of vibrant colours. Unstructured bouquets in vases of all different sizes and shapes decorated the reception tables and the dazzling arrangements of pink, peach, purple and blue flowers evoked an exotic, tropical feel. White paper lanterns were hung above the dance floor and candles and rose petals were scattered on the terrace to create a romantic, cozy atmosphere.
To see Andrea’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Society Photography
Now days, many couples are already well established in their own homes when they are getting married. But that doesn’t mean your wedding registry has to be less about your home, in-fact, it is the perfect opportunity to choose ‘forever pieces’ that will last you a lifetime and be a special reminder of your wedding day.
Our friends at JIMMY POSSUM have a beautiful collection of both timber and upholstered furniture, made in Bendigo, Victoria. JIMMY POSSUM are renowned for their creative use of colour and stunning fabrics, allowing you to choose from a variety of stylish pieces to furnish your home, together as newlyweds.
To register with JIMMY POSSUM, visit jimmypossum.com.au
Hayley Whelan and Daniel Ford’s waterfront wedding fulfilled their expectations of a romantic, Romeo and Juliet themed wedding with an abundance of flowers and a timeless feel.
“It was a hectic year for us,” Hayley explained. “I was finishing my masters in nursing and we’d just bought a house. On the first night after we’d moved in we shared fish and chips on the floor, as you do. Daniel told me he loved me and then asked, ‘What are we waiting for?’ I wasn’t expecting a proposal. I was so shocked and excited!”
Hayley and Daniel chose the lakeside venue of Carousel in Albert Park for their wedding ceremony and reception. “It was peaceful and we loved the city backdrop,” Hayley said.
The couple had enlisted the help of The Style Co. for styling and design and had requested decorations that would evoke a romantic, Romeo and Juliet feel. There was a profusion of flowers including the innovative, floral ceiling installation and two small pools out the front of Carousel that were home to floating carnations and candles. Hayley carried a bright bouquet of lily of the valley, silver suede, David Austin roses and sweet pea.
It was particularly meaningful for the couple to have Daniel’s father at their wedding. After battling cancer for 7 years, he was given leave from the hospital to attend the wedding. “It was so special that he was able to be there to share in this milestone of our lives,” Hayley said.
The wedding was a celebration of family, friends and love. Hayley and Daniel described their wedding day as “just perfect”.
To see Hayley’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Blumenthal Photography
In celebration of Valentine’s Day this weekend we thought we would share a ‘pretty in pink’ wedding, complete with a love heart flagged letterbox for guests to ‘deliver’ their wedding cards and ‘Endless Love’ cakes creating the wedding cake.
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Sarah and Andrew celebrated their union at Quat Quatta, a stately mansion with Victorian fittings and soaring ceilings but also a contemporary edge. A summery colour palette of magenta, peach and pink reflected the warmth of the day.
How did Andrew propose?
Andrew made me wait 10 years before he proposed! We were on a holiday in Las Vegas and we had just enjoyed a delicious dinner at Bellagio overlooking the fountains. The waiter came over with my ‘dessert’ and placed it down in front of me. Written in chocolate, the plate read, ‘Will you marry me?’ The whole restaurant applauded as soon as I said yes.
How did you find the planning experience?
I searched and searched for the ideal venue and wedding gown. I found these two decisions to be the most stressful because I was overwhelmed with choice. Luckily, once we found Quat Quatta, a boutique venue in Ripponlea, everything fell into place. I planned the wedding and Andrew organised everything for our honeymoon to Vietnam and France.
Can you describe the flowers and floral arrangements?
I found a wonderful supplier in Victoria Whitelaw who chose flowers that were in season and didn’t detract from the ornate décor at Quat Quatta with its stained glass windows and intricate parquetry. Feminine blush pinks, peach, magenta and rich plum were used in the bridal bouquets and sprays of David Austin roses, dahlias, celosia and tea roses were used for the table arrangements.
Was there an emotional moment that stands out to you from the day?
A week before the wedding Andrew’s grandmother passed away. In the lead up to the wedding she would often talk about what she was planning to wear even though we knew she wouldn’t be able to attend. She had also made a lace horseshoe that she was planning to put on my wrist at the wedding. Andrew’s parents presented the horseshoe to me in her place. It was very touching.
What kind of wedding cake did you have?
Our wedding cake made a bold statement and tied in perfectly with our colour scheme. The bottom section was comprised of Endless Love cakes from LuxBite. Each mini cake had rose cream, lychee ganache, fresh raspberries and a lychee in its centre. The top layer was a larger version that we were able to cut and it was decorated with fresh flowers.
To see Sarah’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Sayher Heffernan
Andrea and Kade’s autumn wedding had a rustic theme with sweet homemade touches that suited the historic winery venue in Mandurang, Victoria.
Surrounded by sweeping hills and native trees, Château Doré Winery and Receptions had a quaint charm that suited Andrea and Kade’s wedding vision. “When we visited Château Doré, Kade’s first remark was, ‘Yes, this is the place for us to get married. It’s perfect,’ so we booked on the spot. We were married in the English-style garden and then enjoyed cocktails and canapés on the lawn overlooking the winery,” Andrea said.
Andrea described her first encounter with Kade “like a Disney movie”. Convinced they would make the perfect pair, a mutual friend introduced the couple. Although she was unimpressed by his Facebook profile picture and a little reluctant to go on a first date, as soon as Andrea opened the door to meet Kade, “It was love at first sight”. Two days later, the couple flew to Sydney for a weekend away. A year later to the day, Kade arranged for them to fly back to Sydney and proposed in a harbourside restaurant.
A waitress captured the moment with the restaurant patrons looking on. “I relished the opportunity to design my gown. Having a dress made for my body was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I found the process fascinating. I couldn’t believe each piece of lace was hand sewn and I adored the structured corset. I now have a greater appreciation of dressmaking,” Andrea said.
As a magazine editor Andrea has organised and styled many photo shoots so she treated the wedding planning like an upcoming shoot. “I thought about the backdrop, the lighting and the colour scheme to ensure we had a day that was visually appealing,” she said. The styling was based on a neutral colour palette and the flowers provided a strong pop of colour. To begin the planning process, Andrea designed a mood board to ensure that each style element worked together.
“Our invitations were actually printed on tea towels. I was nervous about doing something so unusual but they were a hit! Hopefully in years to come, when our guests are busy in the kitchen, they will use their tea towels and reminisce about our day.”
Andrea and Kade wanted to highlight the importance of family as a secondary theme for their wedding. Hoping to model their marriage on those of their parents and grandparents, they paid tribute with framed wedding portraits on display at the reception entrance. Flowers decorating the entranceway also helped create a sense of arrival.
Andrea’s mother baked gingerbread hearts for the wedding favours as well as a lemon sponge cake and mud cupcakes. They were presented on a distinctive stand that matched the décor at Château Doré with its dark wood pillars and exposed sandstone walls. Kade had carefully crafted the cake stand using red gum from the family’s farm. He also created a small gift box from old floorboards and engraved their names to hold keepsakes from the day.
“The day was everything we had envisaged. We were blessed with a glorious day and the most beautiful sunset,” Andrea said.
To see Andrea’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Terri Basten Photography
Impeccably dressed in a bespoke, fishtail gown with a sweetheart neckline and French lace overlay, Alice was a relaxed bride, thrilled to be marrying her best friend Stephen in a secluded garden at Carrick Hill.
HER HAND IN MARRIAGE
Stephen was slightly anxious when he arrived at Alice’s family home to ask her father for his blessing. However his nerves were short-lived as they started celebrating with a glass of whiskey! Terrible at keeping secrets, Alice’s father advised Stephen to propose as soon as possible, so that same night Stephen asked a very surprised Alice to marry him. The couple’s cocker spaniel Maggie jumped in with a kiss for Stephen before Alice even had the chance to say yes!
COASTAL INFUSED STYLING
White umbrellas, deck chairs and jazz music created a laid-back atmosphere at Alice and Stephen’s reception. The guestbook signing area had two linen armchairs so that friends and family could sit down and unwind while they wrote meaningful or humorous marital advice.
12 weeks before the wedding was scheduled, Alice broke her leg while bushwalking on what was supposed to be a de-stressing weekend away. Nevertheless 9 weeks of restricted movement in a cast and moon boot gave Alice plenty of extra time to plan her ideal wedding. “I think it was a blessing in disguise. It made me realise that at any time unexpected things can happen and we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff,” she said.
“Steve has always loved vans and vintage cars so the Kombi was a no-brainer,” Alice explained. The couple hired two restored, split screen Kombis in white and cream to transport the bridal party to and from the wedding venue. One of the highlights for Alice was the Kombi ride to the ceremony alongside her father. Alice was excited when she turned around and saw her bridesmaids bouncing around in the Kombi behind hers, waving enthusiastically and laughing. “It was so much fun and as we approached the church I could hear the wedding bells!”
A RECURRING MOTIF
Alice and Stephen’s letterpress stationery in grey and beige had the recurring image of an oak tree. Meaning courage and power, the image was an important symbol for the couple to stay strong and united.
LET THEM EAT CAKE
An impressive feature inside the reception marquee was the cake table. A decoration in itself, the table was loaded with a myriad of flowers, and of course, the cake! 3 different textured cakes included, a ‘nude’ vanilla and raspberry mud cake, a rough iced mud cake with chocolate ganache and a traditional fruitcake made by Alice’s mother. “We have a piece of cake carefully stored in our freezer for our first anniversary,” Alice said.
IN FULL BLOOM
Alice chose traditional white and pale pink flowers to decorate the ceremony space but the soft tones were replaced by more vibrant colours at the reception to inject fun and create a warm, sunny look. A stunning 3-metre wide flower swing hung in the centre of the open-sided marquee. The cheerful arrangement of peonies, roses, freesias, lisianthuses, asters, pepperberries and amaranthus tendrils was surrounded by a collection of pendant lights, thus ensuring the swing was lit all night. It also framed the bridal party table below.
“Our DJ, what can I say? I had specifically requested that no cheesy music be played but before we knew it Steve and I were dragged onto the dance floor. The DJ said ‘just dance’ so we did. Love Shack, Macarena and Time Warp were played back-to-back. It was so funny and awkward but luckily our bridal party came to the rescue. At one stage Steve was hiding from the DJ behind the marquee!”
To see Alice’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Reyna Robyn Photography
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards were held over the weekend at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California – and here in the Real Weddings office we couldn’t wait to see what fashions would hit the red carpet.
Below are our top ten picks of wedding day inspired styles, with Sienna Miller taking out Best Bridal Look of the night.
Who did you think had the best bridal style?
Sienna Miller in Miu Miu.
Amy Adams in Versace.
Anna Faris in Reem Acra.
Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen.
Louise Roe in Jenny Packham.
Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead.
Greer Grammer in Lorena Sarbu.
Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein.
Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab.
And let’s not forget the groom’s …Eddie Redmayne in Gucci.
Teall and David first met at a public library so it was fitting that they should celebrate their marriage at Bendooley Estate’s The Book Barn complete with shelves upon shelves of beautiful leatherbound books.
Describe how you met and the marriage proposal.
Dave and I met at a public library while we were studying at university. We were supposed to be paying attention to our textbooks instead of each other. Dave asked me out on the steps of that library and proposed in the same spot 7 years later.
What made you choose your reception venue Bendooley Estate?
We wanted to have an outdoor wedding and fell in love with Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands. Although the gardens are expansive and immaculate, it was the idea of holding our reception in The Book Barn that really captured our attention, especially as it was in keeping with our library romance! The venue was decorated with blooms that were simple and elegantly arranged.
What was the wedding space like?
The Book Barn is a unique wedding space with cathedral ceilings, exposed timber beams, rustic iron chandeliers and walls of books. The converted barn was just right for our country style wedding.
What were some of the highlights from the day?
My favourite moment was when Dave got a little tongue tied during his vows and said, ‘I love you for my beauty’ instead of, ‘I love you for your beauty’. It was a great way to break the ice.
For a personal touch we gave each of our guests a cowbell to ring when we were pronounced husband and wife. Dave often competes in triathlons and they ring a similar bell in his endurance races.
Describe your wedding gown.
I wore a strapless, fitted lace dress. I went shopping with a couple of my closest friends with no intention of finding my wedding gown. It was the second dress I tried on and my friends wouldn’t let me leave the store until I bought it but I’m so glad I did because I loved it.
To see Teall’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Mint Photography
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Merry Christmas from the Real Weddings team! We hope your break is filled with laughter, delicious summer fruits and most importantly, love.
The Real Weddings team are taking a break from the 18th of December to the 5th of January to re-energise and allow the creative ideas to start flowing for 2015. Keep your submissions coming in and we can’t wait to hear about your new engagements and gorgeous summer weddings! Xx
Photography by Maree Homer Photography