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
The Real Weddings team are back from summer break, and are so excited for the year ahead!
2015 is set to be full of gorgeous weddings, industry style tips and the hottest bridal trends Australia wide and from around the world.
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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
Our friends at The Design Depot styled this elegant celebration set against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Mt Macedon. A marquee was erected in the long grass beside the home residence. Like an extension of the house, the marquee sat beneath the shade of the trees.
Guests were treated to a delicious luncheon. The staff were dressed in vibrant colours and gumboots as it had rained heavily the night before!
Eclectic furniture pieces, flowers, books and lamps helped evoke a romantic setting and suited the rural surrounds. The blooms were full pink peonies and fragrant garden roses that were placed en masse on the dining tables. Coloured glassware and mismatched floral napkins over natural linen completed the elegant look.
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Photography by David Paul Grant Photography
The iconic couture label, Suzanne Harward has been lovingly hand making bridal gowns in Melbourne for 40 years. To mark the anniversary, the label released their Capsule Collection at the opening of their new showroom space, Studio 73.
The new space is located in the heart of Melbourne’s garment district in Collingwood. Creative Director Brooke Harward explained, “We have long had a vision of inviting our clients to share this space with us and live their haute couture experience in the same building where the gowns are designed and created. Sydney Trunk Shows will continue for our interstate clients while Melbourne brides will get to experience the fun and relaxed atmosphere of Studio 73.”
The new collection offers a refreshing and a much-needed injection of fun and whimsical romance into the world of Australian bridal fashion featuring a range of gowns with a chic modern edge or effortless bohemian style. Lacey, long-sleeved gowns, 2 piece dresses and jumpsuits are some of the styles showcased.
The Capsule Collection campaign features Australian model Brooke Hogan and oozes urban cool with gold leaf makeup accents and gorgeous jewels by Melbourne-based Misuzi.
Photography by Lilli Waters
Sally and Jolen celebrated their marriage at Luminare in South Melbourne, a venue with incredible views of Melbourne’s city skyline. Sally looked radiant in her blush wedding dress and the couple danced the evening away surrounded by friends and family including their adorable 3 children.
Why did you decide to hold your wedding at Luminare?
As we had a large number of guests travelling from Ireland, America and from around Australia, we wanted to hold our wedding at a venue that was located close to Melbourne’s CBD. The city views from Luminare are breathtaking and it is a very private and exclusive venue. The style and décor suited the type of ceremony and party we wanted to host.
Describe the styling and theme of your wedding.
Luminare has a very dramatic colour scheme and interior design. I love anything art deco, so hints of glint were showcased on our stationery and my dress but we did not have a specific themed event.
Once I found my blush coloured wedding dress with its jewel design, I was able to choose an appropriate colour palette for the bridal bouquets. Kate Hill Flowers created gorgeous bouquets and table arrangements with feminine pinks that popped against grey table linen. The team at Luminare helped set everything up just as we’d envisaged.
What was your vision for the floral arrangements?
The flowers were always to be the main focus of the wedding. Kate Hill used bright colours to surprise guests from the moment they stepped out of the elevator. A large ceiling installation of dogwood blooms hung above the central table interspersed with glass baubles and candles.
How did you decide on your gown?
I wanted something glamorous and unique. After trying on numerous styles from various designers I found the ‘Serenity’ Rachel Gilbert gown. My bridesmaids wore a similar dusty pink colour and I made my daughter Maeve’s tulle and lace dress.
What kind of wedding cake did you have?
Our 2-tier wedding cake was a lemon butter cake that was finished with fresh blooms by Kate Hill Flowers. My sister’s dear friend, a pastry chef by trade, made our cake.
What were the highlights of the day?
To have all the members of our families make such an effort to travel across the globe for the wedding was very special.
We felt strongly about making a donation to the Cancer Council instead of distributing wedding favours. We provided each of our guests with a silver daffodil pin as an acknowledgement of the donation. Our guests wore their pins in memory of those family members who could not be with us.
To see Sally’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Milk Photography
Lively colours and a confident mix of vintage and contemporary styling resulted in a harmonious blend of old meets new at Rochelle Taylor and Christopher McGarry’s wedding in Geelong’s historic wine region.
Rochelle and Christopher’s wedding boasted an enviable collection of gorgeous handmade decorations. “I adore all things craft,” Rochelle said. A creative and thrifty bride, she lovingly thought through every detail of the wedding from the miniature bottles with ‘drink me’ straw flags to the cones filled with petals for guests to throw after the ceremony.
The natural element of wood played a significant role in this wedding. Timber signs decorated the venue and kiln-dried hardwood chopping boards formed the couple’s wedding favours. They were stamped with a branding iron and read ‘Mr + Mrs McGarry 15-02-2014’. Even the invitations were printed on timber veneer, a new, stylish stationery trend. These harder components of the styling were offset by the pale shades of the flowers and fine lace embellishments. Peach and pink arrangements in wooden boxes featured David Austin roses, succulents, gum leaves and hydrangeas.
“The wedding revolved around my love of lace,” Rochelle said. This is evident in her gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and the bunting that was hung from the reception roof.
Rochelle looked gorgeous in her ivory, full lace gown with high neckline and low back. She gushed about her shoes, “They had gorgeous crocheted flowers on them and the perfect sized heel so I could easily walk through the grass in the paddock.”
Rochelle and Christopher ‘thought outside the square’ by using quilt patches in place of a guest book. Guests wrote messages on the patterned fabric and since the wedding they have been combined to create a throw rug. Other innovative style ideas included paper fortune tellers at the reception filled with fun facts about the couple and, at the ceremony, Rochelle’s vintage bike was set up next to a stack of timber crates displaying programs, petal cones and fans. The bike basket was filled with dusty miller, white hydrangeas, open apricot roses and white star jasmine matching the flowers that decorated the ceremony chairs.
It was a gorgeous day filled with sunshine, love and all things lace.
To see Rochelle’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Kim Cartmell
Melanie and Jesse had an intimate wedding that truly reflected them as a couple. Meaningful music and bubble machines made their ceremony beneath the shade of a Moreton Bay fig tree a spirited and personal affair.
“We had already built a wonderful life together when Jesse proposed,” Melanie said. Melanie came home to find a walkway of candles, her favourite song playing and Post-it notes directing her to the backyard where Jesse was down on one knee. “I immediately said, ‘Yes!’”
Melanie and Jesse had a 2-year engagement. “We weren’t in any rush to get married and chose to really enjoy the engagement period. It allowed us plenty of time to find the right location and plan for the wedding,” Melanie said. “Planning a wedding is no mean feat but I loved every minute of it because I found myself reflecting on our relationship throughout the process and remembering all our special moments.”
“My advice for brides-to-be is to take notice of local suppliers’ work that inspires you and make a list of priorities for your wedding. For me these were our photographer, venue, florist and my gown.”
“One of the highlights from the day was when Jesse sent me white roses. I had told him when we first started dating that white roses are a promise for forever.”
“Style and location were very important to us when we were choosing our ceremony and reception venues.” The couple’s ceremony took place beneath the shade of a Moreton Bay fig tree in St Kilda Botanical Gardens. “The large branches of the tree protected us from the elements and created a natural arch for the ‘aisle’. Fig leaves lay on the ground which added a natural and romantic feel.” The couple’s reception was held at The Terrace. “The dance floor was incredibly spacious and opened out to a large patio where our guests could enjoy the sunset. The Terrace’s impressive centre column covered in faux wooden twigs, fairy lights and flowers created a nice tie between our ceremony and reception spaces.”
Melanie and Jesse organised a pre-reception party on the banks of the lake. “We wanted our guests to relax while we had our photographs taken so we had drinks, snacks, games and punt boat rides available.”
A pastel colour scheme with pops of silver suited the summer wedding. “The baby blues, pinks and peaches we used were fresh and delicate,” Melanie said. White carnations were hung on fishing wire from the branches of the Moreton Bay fig tree as were glass baubles filled with flowers giving the illusion of floating blooms. White rose petals were loosely scattered down the aisle and San Pellegrino bottles were filled with pink and white flowers and hung from the aisle chairs.
Melanie wore a Silvano Tedesco couture gown in silver and ivory lace with fitted bodice and tulle skirt. The bodice was finished with buttons and a large tulle bow at the waist. She carried a bouquet of white freesias and buds, silver suede, hyacinths and roses and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of roses, silver suede, dahlias, lisianthuses and berries.
“Our 3-tier cake was a frilly beauty! It had large, decorative pink flowers and was a combination of white chocolate mud cake and chocolate and caramel mud cake.”
“We chose letterpress for our wedding invitations,” Melanie said. She drew inspiration from Pinterest and chose thick, white cards with a soft pink letterpress for a minimalistic and crisp look.
To see Melanie’s Style Guide, be sure to visit realweddings.com.au
Photography by Milk Photography