Real Wedding – Black Tie Elegance

Today on the blog we are sharing the elegant black tie wedding of Meaghan and Tyson, at Stones of the Yarra Valley, in Coldstream, Victoria.

Originally the couple started exploring industrial spaces for their wedding, but deep down they were set on Stones of the Yarra Valley as a venue. “We had a dilemma. We’d been to a family friend’s wedding there years before and had really fallen in love, but wanted to be different,” Meaghan said. It wasn’t until she met her gown designer that Meaghan was convinced about the venue. Well regarded for her uncanny ability to understand exactly what brides wanted, Jane Hill assured Meaghan that Stones was where they needed to be. “I was rambling on about where we should have our wedding while Jane was sketching away. She looked up and said, ‘You’re a Stones girl’. After that the decision was made and the date locked in!” Meaghan said.

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

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Set against the rustic look and feel of the Stones property and interior, Meaghan and Tyson wanted to create a classic look for their wedding with a white and green theme and an elegant black tie dress code.

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The flowers and table settings were soft and romantic, with tall glowing candles scattered amongst collections of white David Austin roses, peonies, and hydrangeas.

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One of the main features was a suspended flower ‘halo’ situated above the bridal table.

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Photography by Love Katie + Sarah

Destination wedding fashion with Melinda&Narina

Recently Real Weddings spoke to Melinda Janian, half of the Melinda&Narina design and fashion duo from Sydney, Australia. Real Weddings is always on the lookout for new bridesmaid fashion and we were inspired by their latest summer collection. Melinda describes the collection and where she finds inspiration.

What made you gravitate towards the design industry?
I’ve always loved everything about fashion. I had strong, influential and beautiful women around me when I was growing up and I used to wish that I could be ‘grown up’ so I could be like them. They would wear beautifully made garments and bold accessories. Fashion was magical to me then and it still is now.

Your fashion label is named after you and your sister, do you evenly contribute to the design process?
We certainly contribute evenly to the business. I concentrate on the creative side and Narina focuses more on the business side but both aspects are equally important. We have a fantastic working relationship so while we often have ideas for each other we have areas that are our own to make decisions about.

Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes from a multitude of things, like travels or experiences and feelings that translate into the colours and prints I design. Our recent summer collection was inspired by my memory of a French garden. The strong geometric patterns evoke the manicured lawns and the soft colours of the flowers in bloom were used in the silks.

The designs for this collection are quite different to your previous collections. Did you have a different look or feel in mind?
I wanted to design a dress collection for summer. There are pieces that are feminine, elegant yet flirtatious for the Melinda&Narina woman. I wanted to concentrate on the more romantic elements of summer.

The collection is comprised solely of silk. Why have you chosen to work purely with this fabric?
Silk embodies luxury. It also floats and creates movement against the female form so it works well with the romantic collection. We’ve used different kinds of silks and silk cotton blends and teamed them with French lace in some pieces and beaded embellishments in other pieces like the Audrey embellished dress. Confidence comes from wearing something special like the luxury of silk.

What makes Melinda&Narina unique?
Melinda&Narina has a contemporary look with an air of classic elegance. Colour, texture, quality and luxury are confidently represented in each piece.

People don’t know that designing is…
Constant. I love what I do and therefore it is a constant part of my life.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Love what you do.

And finally what is on your summer shopping list?
Dresses!

Visit to see more of their beautiful work, melindanarina.com.au

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Real Wedding – Seaside Glamour

Today on the blog we are sharing the glamorous wedding of Christine and Travis.

“We wanted to create an elegant and intimate wedding. Our colour scheme was a combination of ivory and pale blue. At the reception we kept the table decorations minimalistic with tiffany-blue, rosebud vases, tea light candles and taller, clear vases with pink, orange and ivory flowers.  We didn’t want to detract from the incredible backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the bright lights of Luna Park and the Sydney Opera House,” Christine said.

For more details about this wedding and to see Christine’s style guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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“My wedding dress was ‘The Vintage’ by Johanna Johnson. It had a glamorous 1930s feel with an intricate crystal design on the bodice. My veil had a similar pattern,” Christine said.

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After the ceremony, Christine swapped her veil for a Johanna Johnson headpiece and an ostrich feather shrug.

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“Our 2-tier cake was a combination of chocolate, vanilla and red velvet. It was pale blue with gold detailing and a monogram of our names.”

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Photography by LB Photography

Real Wedding – Country Flair

Today on the blog we are sharing the stylish, country style wedding of Louisa and Samuel. As an engaged couple, Samuel and Louisa spent 4 months on a road trip around America. Their experience influenced the look and feel of their wedding, “Nashville in particular was a special place for us because we loved the people, the music and the culture,” Louisa said.

A western influence is evident in the styling and design of Louisa and Samuel’s wedding, with The Sydney Polo Club providing acres of open space, a barn for the ceremony and a garden pavilion for the couple’s country style wedding reception.

For more details from this western style wedding and to see Louisa’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Although the polo club does not usually allow people to ride their horses, for Louisa and Samuel’s special day they made an exception. The mare had white roses braided into her tail.

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Filled with field roses and silver suede the decorations seemed to be suspended in mid-air.

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As well as a dumpling bar, Louisa and Samuel had a dessert buffet with gelato, mini pavlovas, dark chocolate and salted caramel slice, cheese platters and fruit and nut nibbles.

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Louisa and Samuel’s reception was decorated with glass jars hanging from the ceiling and fastened with ribbons.

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Photography by Blumenthal Photography

Real Wedding – Touch of Simplicity

Today on the blog we are sharing the wedding of Erin and Rhys. The couple were married in a quiet location away from the bustle of the city. The rural setting created a still moment in time that the couple will always treasure.

 

It was important for Erin to work with enthusiastic suppliers that she could trust. “Burrawang Village Hotel in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales had welcoming and friendly staff and the food was exquisite. It was such an idyllic location. It was the perfect fit for Rhys and I,” Erin said.

 

Rhys proposed with a Cheezel! After 8 years together Rhys figured the only day Erin wouldn’t be thinking ‘Is he going to propose today?’ would be on her birthday, and he was right. “With regards to the Cheezel, it was a joke Rhys and I have had for years. I didn’t believe he was really asking me to marry him until I saw the Cheezel!”
For more details from this lovely wedding and to see Erin’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

 

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Erin’s hair was vintage-inspired and adorned with 2 strings of her grandmother’s pearls. Artfully weaved through the loose, low chignon, the pearl necklace was then fastened at the top of Erin’s hair so that the art-deco clasp could be featured.

 

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Lavender made the perfect confetti. It was packaged into small, clear boxes and fastened with a jute bow.

 

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A mad golfer, Rhys was excited for the groomsmen to arrive and depart from the wedding in a custom golf cart. The chocolate golf ball wedding favours also appealed to Rhys’ golfing passion and his sweet tooth!

 

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A bygone era was evoked through the ornate cutlery, antique cake knife and the reception place settings written in calligraphy. Flowers and jute string embellishments were also used to add depth and colour to the tables without overcrowding them. Vintage bottles were filled with freesias, roses, snaps, peonies, and calla in white, ivory, magenta and pink. The styling was modest with beige linen and clean lines.

 

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Photography by Mint Photography

Real Wedding – Summer Love

Today on the blog we are sharing the summery wedding of Brooke and AFL superstar Trent.

Hosted at a private residence in Flinders Victoria, their wedding was elegantly styled with a fresh colour palette of green and white. “I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our wedding. It was everything and more than we dreamed,” Brooke said.

For more details about the lead-up to their December wedding and to see Brooke’s style guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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The lavish floral decorations created by Fleur made an impressive statement both at the ceremony and the reception.

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Large hedges surrounded the reception marquee and hay bales were a nice addition for the provincial style wedding. Instead of a guest book Brooke and Trent had guests swap their name tags that the couple had pegged on the hedges, for polaroid snapshots of themselves.

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“Our friends and family said we were crazy to have our dogs Kuda and Milli at the wedding, but we couldn’t imagine our special day without them.”

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Brooke and Trent had tables laden with fresh seafood and other canapés. Refreshments included cider and punch served in glass jars.

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The wedding cake comprised of 3-tiers and was complete with an elegant floral arrangement. It had a white, swiss meringue buttercream finish and was presented on a pedestal cake stand. “We wanted our cake to be quite simple because we also had a dessert and a cheese table. The bottom layer was dark chocolate mud, the middle layer was vanilla and the top layer was carrot,” Brooke said.

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Photography by Blumenthal Photography

Real Wedding – A Flutter of Confetti

Today on the blog we are sharing the cheerful wedding of Nikki and Mathew.

91 guests travelled to their wedding destination from across Australia and overseas. “We chose Wandin Valley Estate with the help of our parents. We had visited 10 vineyards over 3 days but when we drove through the gates we knew it had everything we were looking for,” Nikki said.

Nikki and Mathew were keen to capture the elegance and simplicity of the 60s in the styling of their wedding. They used a colour palette of ivory, navy and duck egg blue and Nikki’s bridesmaids wore classic 60s silhouette dresses from Alannah Hill.

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

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“I had floral robes made for my bridesmaids. It gave them something comfortable and pretty to wear while we got ready.” said Nikki

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One of the highlights of the day for Nikki was leaving the ceremony amidst a flurry of coloured, paper confetti.

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Photography by Living Light Photography

A visit to ‘Love, Desire & Riches’ expo

Over the weekend, two of our Real Weddings team were fortunate enough to visit the ‘Love, Desire and Riches: The Fashion of Weddings’ expo at Rippon Lea House and Garden. A lovely exhibition of wedding dresses from the 18th to 21st centuries were on show, including those worn by Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski) and Kyly Clarke (Alex Perry).
It was also a wonderful opportunity to explore and learn about the beautiful House and Gardens at Rippon Lea.

If you too would like to visit the exhibition, see nationaltrust.org.au/vic/LoveDesireandRiches, but be quick, as the exhibition finishes on 30 September, 2014

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Real Wedding – Vintage Glamour

Today on the blog, we are sharing the charming wedding of Amy and Gareth, which was styled with an abundance of flowers.
“I was far more relaxed on our wedding day than I thought I would be. We had 210 guests and as I don’t like being the centre of attention I thought I might find the day quite nerve racking but I was mostly just excited.” Amy said.
Amy and Gareth recall standing on the balcony overlooking the city at 
their reception venue Luminare. Sipping drinks and mingling with their 
guests offered the couple a moment to relax before the formalities of the evening began.
For more details from this beautiful wedding and to see Amy’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Photography by Tania Savage Photography

Real Wedding – Our Future Together Begins Today

Today on the blog we are sharing the modern wedding of Victoria and Lucas, who celebrated their wedding with a reception at The National Gallery of Victoria beneath the impressive stained glass windows of The Great Hall. “As I am a professional makeup artist and my husband is also creatively minded, we wanted a different kind of reception venue that was spacious and distinctive,” said Victoria, “The Great Hall’s triangular shaped stained glass windows also inspired the design of our stationery. We created place cards, menus and table numbers with a triangle motif and bright colours. Each of the 24 tables had its own unique colour that gave the room a fun and vibrant feel.”
For more details from this modern wedding and to see Victoria’s Style Guide, visit realweddings.com.au

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Beautiful silver cuff designed by Anna Campbell.

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Dark purple Calla Lilly flower pins adorned the Mens tuxedo’s.

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Victoria carried a full bouquet of white David Austin and African roses.

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A fresh mix of white and red roses formed the bridesmaids bouquets.

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“Our photographer is a freelance cinematographer and photographer. Her work tells a story and she created artistic images that captured the essence of our wedding day.” – Victoria

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Inspired by the NGV’s stained glass and shaped roof, the stationary was designed by the bride and groom.

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Tall vases of white cherry blossoms decorated the reception tables.

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Three tier wedding cake with bow detail.

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Photography by Filmenor