Real Wedding – Old World Glamour

Amanda Erickson and David Gennusa celebrated their wedding at the stately Curzon Hall in New South Wales.

Built in the early 1900s, Curzon Hall boasts a range of opulently appointed ballrooms. The Banquet Room brought a sense of occasion and old world glamour to Amanda and David’s autumn wedding.

Amanda wore a princess style, full-skirted tulle gown. “I always dreamed of wearing a wedding gown with lots of tulle and I was able to work closely with Strictly Bridal to achieve the design I had envisioned,” Amanda said. The bridesmaids wore black, off-the-shoulder tulle gowns and carried white composite bouquets or glamelia bouquets. Made from the petals of many flowers to form one larger flower, the handmade design was elegant and sophisticated. Amanda carried a cascading white floral arrangement.

“The colour scheme for our wedding was all white,” Amanda said. She described the reception as like “a fairyland of flowers and candles”. Beneath the glow of the ornate chandeliers, the couple had their first dance to Michael Bublé’s Everything. “This song is particularly significant to us because we have seen Michael Bublé in concert many times,” Amanda said. The wedding reception featured live entertainment of a saxophonist, singer and DJ. “We danced the evening away in the majestic ballroom,” Amanda reminisced.

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Reminiscent of David’s proposal on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, the bridal party took photographs in the sunshine beneath the iconic building.

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“Our white wedding cake was made and decorated by my mother Larraine,” Amanda said. It had 4-tiers and was decorated with handmade flowers.

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Photography by Saxon Cole

Real Wedding – Rouge Opulence

Today on the blog we are sharing the distinctive wedding of Romi and Jason, held at Atlantic in Melbourne.

Romi spent months before her wedding looking at photos from opulent weddings around the world for inspiration. “I wanted our wedding to be romantic and modern, therefore our décor combined rich colours including pink, red and magenta.” During their traditional Jewish ceremony, high tea was served to guests with a combination of sweet and savoury delights.

Their bridal party consisted of 7 groomsmen, 6 bridesmaids and 5 flowergirls, with the bridesmaids wearing rose coloured gowns with rose-gold tinted beading and a peplum design to match the style of Romi’s dress.
“Everybody who worked towards our wedding created a wonderland. It was as though Jason and I were in another world. Never in my wildest dreams, and I have wild dreams, did I imagine the day as it was. Everything exceeded my expectations.”

For more details from this opulent wedding and to see Romi’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by Blumenthal Photography

Real Wedding – Balinese Paradise

Today on the blog we are sharing the luxe Bali wedding of high school sweethearts, Emma and Brady. “We chose our wedding venue because of the breathtaking view of the ocean from the cliff edge. Jennifer Hawkins hadn’t got married there yet!” Emma laughed.

Their wedding day had a green and blush pink colour scheme that was complemented with a timber aesthetic. “We were married beneath a canopy of roses and silver suede and, around us, rose pomanders and lanterns hung from the trees.”

For more details from this beautiful wedding and to see Emma’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by PhotoFactory Bali

‘The One That I Want’ by CHANEL

The new CHANEL film – celebrating the iconic fragrance CHANEL No°5 -€ written and directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Gisele Bundchen, has been unveiled! Entitled ‘The One That I Want’ the film depicts the No°5 woman as one who listens to her heart. She is a woman who knows exactly who she is, and is free to make her own choices and listen to her desires.
CHANEL No°5 is the world€™s most famous fragrance, and was created in 1921 when Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her vision of modern femininity. No°5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel, thus a legend was born with the name; CHANEL No°5.

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Real Wedding – Resort-Style Chic

Today on the blog we are very excited to share the super stylish wedding of Nadia Coppolino and Jimmy Bartel. A relaxed resort-style getaway experience was created for the couples wedding day, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula.
“In year 10 at high school, I had my debutante ball and I firmly told mum and dad that it would be the only time they saw me in a white wedding style dress so they had better remember it. This all changed when I met Jim,” said Nadia.

For more details from this exquisite wedding and to see Nadia’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by Kristen Cook

Real Wedding – Country Chic

Today on the blog we are sharing the ‘Country Chic’ wedding of Hamish Esplin and Peta Hird. Their Hunter Valley wedding had a navy, yellow and white colour scheme, and their romantic vision was brought to life with the creative genius of Peta’s friend from school Brooke Allott, owner of event planning and styling company Something White.

Brooke worked with Peta and Hamish to develop a mood board with a realistic timeline, and once the key styling elements were finalised, the couple entrusted her with the creative side.
“We really wanted to have some surprises on the day, and one of the highlights was discovering all the styling elements throughout the wedding,” Peta said.

For more details from this stylish wedding and to see Peta’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by SugarLove Weddings

Melbourne venues – Lights of Luminare

Swoon at the view as dusk falls and city lights glitter against velvet black night. Breathtaking!

Flooded with natural light during the day and the glittering city lights of Melbourne by night, Luminare is a gorgeous and exciting urban rooftop venue available for evening weddings.

Managed exclusively by The Big Group, this contemporary loft style setting, enhanced by wrap around balconies and stunning views of Melbourne’s city skyline, is perfect for chic weddings, swish soirées, parties, dinners and cocktail events.

Add fantastic food, fabulous staff and brilliant views and Luminare presents a venue made in heaven.

The minimalistic black, grey and white décor offers the ultimate blank canvas to add styling to satisfy your heart’s desire.

With a new spring/summer menu, Luminare can accommodate up to 450 for a standing cocktail style event and between 220 and 250 for a seated event with or without a dance floor.

Visit luminare.net.au

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Real Wedding – Manhattan Glamour

Today on the blog we are sharing the 1950s Manhattan style wedding of Olivia and Gerard. On the theme and styling of their wedding day Olivia said, “I love organising events and social functions so I was so excited to personally influence the styling and design of the wedding. With the help of Ed Dixon Food Design I was able to turn my inspiration into a reality. Our reception felt like an enchanted garden. Gold, green and white were the focus of our colour palatte, and our dining space was made to feel warm and cosy with lush green table settings and moss running through the arrangements.

For more details from this sophisticated wedding and to see Olivia’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by Raspberry Robot

Real Weddings STYLE issue 14/15 – on sale soon!

Watch below how Capote & Peachy Event Styling created this incredible autumn wedding at Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The wedding came to life with a warm colour palette of earthy tones, and elegant table arrangements helped create a sense of occasion.

For styling tips and advice from Capote & Peachy’s Styling Director Siobhan Glass be sure to get your copy of Real Weddings Style – on sale next week!

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Behind the scenes with Capote and Peachy

Stylist & Flowers: Capote & Peachy Event Styling, capoteandpeachy.com
Wedding venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, melbourne.grand.hyatt.com
Videography: Purple Ribbon Weddings, purpleribbonweddings.com.au

2014 AFL Brownlow Medal – red carpet favourites

We love a red carpet here in the Real Weddings office, and last night’s AFL Brownlow Medal held at Melbourne’s Crown Towers didn’t disappoint.
There were plenty of bridal inspired looks, with white, neutral and pastel shades in abundance with soft lace and sheer fabric overlays making a big impact.
Two of our favourite ‘real weddings’ brides – Rebecca Judd and Nadia Bartel – were both visions in white, pictured below with their handsome husbands.

And be sure to keep an eye out on the Real Weddings Facebook and Instagram as the team shares their favourite gowns of the night!

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Bec dressed by J’Aton Couture, pictured with husband Chris.

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Nadia dressed by One Day Bridal, pictured with husband Jimmy.