30 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Kelly + Patrick
PALETTE: Blush and navy. Patrick really wanted a navy suit and I loved the colour of the bridesmaid dresses!
THE DRESS: My gown featured ivory embroidered tulle, including roses spun with metallic thread. The bodice encompassed a sweetheart neckline, satin underlay with sheer lace outer layer, embroidered roses around the boat neckline, sheer lace cap sleeves and pearl buttons lining the back. The dress cinched in at the waist, wrapped with a satin ribbon belt that tied into a classic bow and flowed onto a soft draped A-line skirt.
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION: We chose Longview Vineyard because of its truly stunning surroundings, including beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, old gum trees and superb gardens. We met the cellar door staff on our first visit and they made planning and holding the wedding such a breeze. They are willing to go the extra mile for you, have a wealth of experience in hosting weddings and most importantly they’re friendly, easy going and fun to work with.
THE DÉCOR: For ceremony decor we utilised our own white double doors and picket fence and decorated them with two beautiful, natural and overgrown foliage garlands consisting of berries and blooms. For aisle pews, flowers were arranged in antique jars and decorated with burlap and lace. Fresh rose petals in mixed pale tones were also lightly scattered down the aisle. We designed and made a lot of the aspects of the day ourselves, including the drinks and food menus and chalk boards. My mother’s wedding dress was on display (I wanted to wear it, however it was way too small for me!). We also placed framed pictures of family members from their own wedding days across a nearby table, which we felt was a reminder of where we have both come from and honoured the special place that family has in our hearts.
THE FLOWERS: My bouquet was so beautiful and feminine, possessing a fresh ‘garden picked’ feel. It incorporated David Austin roses, O’Hara roses, coral charm peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, scabiosa, lisianthus and berries, in tones of blush pink, ivory, white, peach, blonde, dusty green and pops of coral. Olive, ivy berry, silver dollar and lambs ear were used as foliage fillers. Long flowing antique lace and hand dyed French silk bound the stems. Tied to my bouquet were my grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding rings, which was a way for me to have lost loved ones a part of the special day.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelsey photographed our friend’s wedding and we had an absolute ball with her on their special day. We also loved Kelsey’s finished products and that was all we needed to confirm that the bright, bubbly and supremely happy Kelsey would be the one to catch all the memories from our day. She was able to make us feel at ease, had fantastic ideas and was a smiling, friendly face on the other side of the camera. She is truly fabulous!
29 April 2016
We can’t help but appreciate all the endless possibilities of creativity that is available to talented florists, especially when the final result is as pretty and feminine as this. If you’re a bride looking for an alternative, then we think we have found it – allow us to introduce you to the new way to carry flowers on your wedding day... wearing them! These wearable blooms are mini works of art. Take a look at all the beautiful possibilities of a flower necklace…
28 April 2016
Here at BOA HQ we are absolute suckers for detail; raw gems and geodes radiate edgy sophistication with their textured rough edges and we can’t help but fall in LOVE! Geodes give us enchanting soft and muted tones, even when rich and deep in colour and can be used for just about any type of affair, from an elegant ballroom to a rustic barn wedding. Gaze at all the easy & gracefully way’s that you can directly incorporate these earthly delights…
Geodes have long been used to create stunning pieces of jewellery; statement wrap druzy rings or drop geode earrings make for the perfect bridesmaid’s gifts just as much as they make for the most amazing of finishing touches on any bride.
geode rock wedding centrepiece / geode inspired wedding table styling / protea wedding bouquet and geode jewellery / geode bridal jewellery / wedding escort card with geode rock / wedding dress inspired by geode crystals / boho wedding table decor / tiered boho geode wedding cake / sugar crystal wedding dessert
27 April 2016
The two-piece set has taken the fashion world by storm – we call it the Olivia Palermo effect! The boho-esque vibe of a flowing pair or the sleek sexiness of a fitted skirt and crop… Why not bring this design straight from the runways and onto your wedding aisle. If you personally don’t want to stray too far from tradition, your leading ladies will look beautiful in one of these incredible two-piece designs! Whether it’s a pastel duo, glittery show-stopper, all white wonder or irresistible ivory you will stand out in a classic wedding style while your girls can influence a fashion-forward aspect.
26 April 2016
If you’re the kind of bride who wears braids, bat-wings, henna, and flowers in her hair or just love a relaxed vibe, then a bohemian wedding might be your style. This simple and clean palette is the perfect amount of winter boho and we can’t get enough of it! Crochet, lace, wildflowers and glass jars come together beautifully with organics and rustic elements. Take some inspiration from these gorgeous weddings and channel your inner boho…
Highlight your table setting with a centrepiece that encapsulates what boho is all about. For a minimalist look, foliage in a gilded bowl or large Mason jar looks beautiful decorated with some feathers or antlers. Taper candles are a gorgeous element to a winter boho wedding and help set a romantic, free-spirited mood. For a more rustic feel include burlap and wood slices.
26 April 2016
ALICIA + LUKE: married 2 years
Although not the most romantic of first meetings ‘per say’, we get the feeling Alicia and Luke were destined from the beginning.
“Luke and I met in a nightclub six or so years ago. He was there with a mutual friend who asked me to ‘look after’ Luke while he went to grab a drink,” recalls Alicia. “Reluctantly I sat next to him whilst he swayed back and forth, trying his hardest to make conversation with me as I rudely ignored him.” After a few awkward moments, many spilt drinks and a ruined dress, the friend returned and Alicia was out of there as quick as humanly possible. Proving that first impressions are not always correct, Luke showed up to Alicia’s work the following day offering an apology, and it’s safe to say all was forgiven, “My heart did a thousand backflips. Something about him just stuck with me that day.”
As laid-back and self-professed ‘goof balls’, the duo hit it off straight away with a first date dinner down at Glenelg.
After three years of laughter, travel and the safe arrival of a French bulldog named Brax, Alicia was eager to take the next step. Proposals don’t necessarily have to be super extravagant to ignite all those ‘giddy’ feels. Just ask Luke who left the ring in the glove box for Alicia to find. “Luke and I arrived at his parents’ home when he asked me to grab his wallet out of the car, to which I actually thought ‘get it yourself’ before opening up the compartment and finding a perfect white box sitting there,” smiles Alicia.
With a retro vintage and all-round chilled out vibe in mind, Alicia and Luke wanted a relaxed wedding day that was all about great food, an awesome countryside location and a fabulous gathering of family and friends. “Our wedding was definitely a bit out of the norm, Luke and I were already together at the location waiting for the guests to arrive.
When the time came, we wandered over to a beautiful part of the forest and commenced the ceremony.”
I was instantly drawn to Alicia’s crazy smile and sarcastic attitude. She has such a bright personality and confident, fearless attitude, not to mention darn good looks.
Marriage to me is about an eternal friendship. It’s important to always be yourself, keep it spontaneous and have fun. One thing that has not changed over the years is our ability to compromise whenever we argue.
We enjoy everything we have together, don’t worry about the little things and try not to take life too seriously. It’s all about sharing your most significant moments with your soul mate. I love coming home to my wife, however not so much to her attempts at cooking dinner. We are a very family orientated couple, any free time we have we like to spend with them. If we are not with our family, you can find us chilling out at home, reading books, playing video games or going for a cruise to find new cafes and restaurants. In the years to come, I see us with a few kids living in a small farmhouse around the Willunga area.
Luke and I are both extremely silly; we know how to have fun and lighten each other’s mood. He is the king of pulling stupid faces and singing terribly, and these things constantly send me into a fit of laughter.
Out of nowhere Luke will remind me that he loves me. If I ever have a hard day at work, he knows how to fix it. It may seem small yet these little reminders are truly everything to me! It is amazing being married to my best friend. He is the person I want to do everything with and nothing is as fun when he’s not around.
Marriage to me is a friendship you can always rely on. It’s having that person who you adore more than any other there with you at all times and that person knows you better than anyone else. One of my favourite things about Luke is how passionate he is when he talks about something he loves, whether it’s music, animals, travelling or even plants (as he’s a horticulturist). It’s very attractive in a person but many easily miss it.
Build your marriage on a friendship, be open and honest with one another and have a good relationship with each others families. These factors have helped in creating a wonderful marriage for Luke and I. If there is a problem, talk about it - nothing is solved if nothing is said.
In ten years time, I would love to see us living back on a farm, with three children and a million dogs. Also I can’t see our love of travelling dwindling any time soon, so more stamps in our passports would be perfect.
25 April 2016
Nothing exudes romance quite like a mix of rich and royal berry tones. This pretty palette blooms with organic textures and rustic accents, the perfect combination for an autumn enchantment. Experiment, mix and match with warm hues of purples, reds and dusky, deep reds – taking homage to the dainty berries in season.
A pair of red or mauve heels for the bride and bridesmaids is romantic and a little bit sexy. Berries are versatile as a food or as a decoration and add a bright pop of colour to decorations, centrepieces and bouquets.
berry inspired wedding bouquets / berry inspired floral centrepiece / berry tone bridesmaid dresses / tiered wedding cake / wedding table runner with deep hued florals / wedding sign / autumn berry tone inspired wedding styling / wedding shoes inspired by berries / wedding stationery inspired by berry tones
23 April 2016
Michael Crescitelli and his wife Marisa have always been classic car enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise that when Marisa’s father was selling his Chevrolet Impala the pair just couldn’t hold back! The 1965 hardtop Impala was the inspiration the couple needed to take their shared love for Impala’s and turn it into a professional family-owned and operated wedding car hire business.
With unrivalled passion and a whole lot of dedication, Marisa and Michael proudly boast the largest award-winning fleet of immaculately fully-restored Chevrolet Impala’s in Adelaide, consisting of three white hardtops, seating five passengers each, and one red big block SS Convertible, seating four passengers. The fully uniformed, accredited and professional chauffeurs also provide services second to none, creating a memorable and stylish experience for all couples
Chevrolet Impalas of Adelaide don’t just promise some seriously stunning transportation for your very special day, they also promise a whole lot of fun! We had the opportunity to spend some time with Marisa to find out exactly how she manages to run this incredibly successful business, be a full-time mum and still have time to cheer on the AFL...
favourite industry leader...
Designers of the cars from fifties and sixties. These cars have so much character and are simply classic! These cars have so much character and are simply classic! A modern day designer would be Chp Foose (star of the TV series ‘Overhaulin’). He has such a great vision when restoring custom cars and never fails to impress us. We were lucky enough to meet him on his first trip to Australia in July 2013 - we want to be Overhauled!
The bride and groom! Seeing each couple’s smile from ear to ear during and after their wedding day gives us the inspiration to be the best that we can be in our industry. As far as car restoration goes, we draw inspiration from past and current magazines, TV shows and websites. Michael also has some pretty good (expensive!) ideas of his own!
a fresh approach to the car industry...
A down-to-earth approach. We believe that your wedding day should be a day filled with your favourite things enjoyed the way you want to enjoy them. If our cars are the type of vehicles you would like to be seen in on your big day, we will ensure you receive all the trimmings to create memories to last forever.
Being told that our vehicles are absolutely awesome by our bridal couples. We are always thrilled to hear back from our couples after they have enjoyed their big day. The thank you notes, cards, photographs, online reviews and Facebook comments make all of our hard work worthwhile. There is nothing better than knowing you have helped to create some special memories that people will treasure forever.
most proud of...
Our gorgeous twin boys. Guiding them and watching them grow is the most fulfilling experience in the world. We are also proud of the business we have today.
if i wasn’t in the industry i would be...
Well, Michael would be playing golf every weekend!
a typical day at work...
Busy! Work for us is spread all over the day and night. Office work is done during the day, appointments and vehicles inspections at night and of course weddings over the weekend! We love it!
first thing i do when i get to work...
Untuck the cars and head to the coffee machine!
in my wardrobe i can’t live without...
I love my high-heel shoes and sunglasses.
something you don’t know about me...
I’m a huge sports fan! AFL and soccer are my favourites.
the top of my shopping list...
Michael has an online shopping cart full of car parts that we apparently ‘need’ for the new Coupe! I’d go for the winning lotto ticket!
what the future holds?
We are looking forward to showcasing our newest additions to the fleet just as soon as they are complete.
favourite place to hang out in Adelaide...
Norwood. Great food, movies and great shops. The kids love to hang out at the soccer pitch though, so we compromise!
when i’m not at work you will find me...
Watching our boys play soccer of basketball. Spending time with our boys (while they still want to spend time with us!) is awesome.
i can’t live without...
Our family (and Impalas!)
what makes you laugh?
We are always laughing. Our children are absolutely hilarious.
which five words best describe you?
Mum, easy-going, conscientious, fun, perfectionist.
red wine or champagne?
Neither! I’m a Bailey’s girl through and through.
22 April 2016
From your centrepiece to ceremony arbor design, this light and fragrant greenery is not only pretty, but is the perfect addition of texture, depth and fullness to any arrangement. Seeded eucalyptus can be used in different amounts with unique results. Be inspired below by all the gorgeous ways you can incorporate this floral into your wedding designs…
Eucalyptus gives off a rustic charm making them perfect for a boho or rustic theme. In areas of your décor where there is already quite a lot of colour, use eucalyptus arrangements sparingly to accent the table. The slight blue-green hue of silver dollar eucalyptus can play so well with other colours such as deep reds and maroon.
21 April 2016
Be inspired by the outdoors and all that nature has to offer – moss is a wonderfully versatile décor element to utilise throughout your wedding for a lush, woodland feel. Faux or the real deal, your guests will feel as though they are walking amidst a beautiful rainforest. Moss looks beautiful suspended on a lampshade or even birdcages for a visual display that that fuses natural and industrial elements together. Peruse over all the beautiful ways you can incorporate this natural element into your arrangements…
An artful set of initials or even a sentimental message of love make for a personal focal point in your décor – simply cover wooden letters with moss and add clusters of anemones, helleboruses, and jasmine leaves for a sweet flourish. If you want something a little more subtle, moss covered table numbers are the way to go. They look beautiful sanding on their own or covered in a bell jar or terrarium for added oomph.
21 April 2016
Nicole Trunfio married her long time partner, musician Gary Clark Jr. in custom Steven Khalil on April 19th in Palm Springs. They were surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, including fellow Australian models Gemma Ward and Jessica Gomes, who served as Trunfio's bridesmaids.
The stunner donned a stylish and sexy Bianca Jagger-esque ensemble by Houghton to her rehearsal dinner the night before while it was all party at the reception. A semi-sheer sheath by designer Yolan Cris was her attire of the evening to end the night in.
20 April 2016
Your big day is over and you’re officially Mr & Mrs – congrats! Your marriage is officially starting but there is still a little more work to be done, and no we aren’t talking about updating your Facebook relationship status and profile picture. We’re talking about these 8 post-wedding to dos – in no particular order of course:
ENJOY THE HONEYMOON
Relax and enjoy time with your new hubby, make the most of your time as newlyweds before you get back to reality. Speaking of honeymoon, make sure your passports and ID are up to date and packed safely in your carry on luggage before your big day.
SEND THANK YOU CARDS
Thanking the people who attended your wedding and supported you through the day is a big must! Send a short, personalised message to each guest or couple, thanking them for their attendance and gift no later than three months after the wedding. Space out your note writing over a few weeks to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the whole process.
DRY CLEAN YOUR DRESS
The chances are your wedding dress is going to be the most expensive item of clothing that you will EVER own! It is also a high possibility that you will never wear it again and might chose to hand it down to your children or even sell it but the longer you wait, the more stubborn your cake stains and alcohol spills become. Aim to have your dress cleaned within a week after your wedding.
Who doesn’t love receiving gifts, but lets be honest, there are only so many Egyptian cotton sheets and kitchen sets a couple can have. It’s time to pick your favourites and send the rest back to the store.
CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOS
Your wedding photos are momentum's that you will keep forever and cherish in years to come, so you should definitely take your time to select the ones that you love. Keep in mind however depending on what was discussed in the contract with your photographer there is probably a deadline for photo selections.
INSURE YOUR RING
What is worse than having your wedding ring stolen? Not having the funds to replace it! If you haven’t done so already, review your home and contents insurance policy to make sure it covers your wedding rings, if not, a quick call to your insurer may be needed.
REVIEW YOUR SUPPLIERS
A wedding takes a whole talented team of vendors to make it go off without a hitch! Appreciation goes a long way, especially word of mouth, so you should definitely take some time out and write some reviews for your vendors after all, how many reviews did you read while in the selection process.
SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES
It’s time for the money talk, if you haven’t already had it. How will your money be spent, will you have joint accounts or separate? Visit a lawyer and discuss your future security, make changes to life insurance, superannuation beneficiaries and wills. This is the least exciting thing to do on the list, but one of the most important!
19 April 2016
There is something striking and special about a loft – whether it’s the exposed brick walling or the wrought iron and wooden beam roofing, it is the ideal venue for brides looking for something different. The key to executing aloft-wedding is to aim for modern style and balance the industrial or rustic architecture in the room. Contrary to what many think, not all loft spaces give off that industrial type feel – although we LOVE it- a white loft space is the perfect blank canvas to create the wedding of your dreams. All the inspiration you need is right here…
The brick walling of a loft looks magical behind strung lights and candles while the high ceilings make for some glamorous drapery and out-of-this world chandeliers for that added sophistication. If a loft venue is what you are after and you manage to score one with ceiling windows, you’ve hit the jackpot. Take full advantage of the generous lighting pouring into the room and begin your festivities earlier in the day – your photographer will love you for it!
19 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Timothy + Kristen
PALETTE: Black, white, silver and gold. We wanted a mix of masculinity and elegance.
THE SUITS: Our suits were tailor made. I wore a black dinner suit with a full satin lapel, white shirt, bowtie and Prada shoes. Timothy wore a black herringbone suit with satin trim, white shirt, black satin tie and Christian Louboutin shoes.
THE CEREMONY: Our garden ceremony was detached, private and lush yet perfectly central in location. The set up of the beautiful park was everything we wanted. We chose Americana chairs and a black aisle runner. Timothy's father built the gazebo frame we were married under.
THE RECEPTION: We were the first same sex couple to have a wedding at our reception venue and the team went above and beyond to surpass any expectations. They allowed us to bring the lush greenery into their centre and transform the premises into an indoor garden.
THE DÉCOR: Tiziana and Adriana from the Bizzarro team were amazing. Open-air structures were built over sixteen tables and covered with fresh peppercorn branches to give the guest seating an intimate, outdoor gazebo feel. The remaining tables were decorated with custom-built trees to continue the 'indoor garden' theme. Each table was covered with floating candles placed in silver, gold and clear votives. We scattered candles across our table, which was also backed by box brush screening, man made trees and our signature 'TK' logo in the centre.
THE FLOWERS: Timothy, the groomsmen and myself wore black and white poppy boutonnieres. The girls held a single white peony bouquet and our parents wore phalaenopsis orchid boutonnieres and custom corsages.
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were flicking through an issue of Brides of Adelaide Magazine and came across B Captured by Ky Luu's advertisement. After seeing his incredible work, Timothy and I both agreed that he was it. We left Ky in complete artistic control and just followed his direction. We trusted his opinion and it truly worked in our favour. Our photos are a true testament as to how talented Ky is. He captured the most intimate and precious moments of the day whilst making us feel comfortable and relaxed, no matter what the setting. His dedication to his job is second to none.
18 April 2016
Autumn wedding inspiration at its best! It’s time for traditional burnt oranges and reds to move over for a new player in town, the rich colours of ripe fruit. Figs with their dark skins and pretty coloured flesh make the perfect seasonal and affordable centrepieces as well as a yummy cake topper. Brighten with blush and a splash of gold, and you surely have the perfect autumn day palette.
garnet inspired getaway car florals / winter inspired wedding table with gold taper candles / tiered wedding cake with fig decor / navy blue bridesmaid with flower girl / wedding invitation inspired by gold and figs / blush coloured wedding shoes / fig and gold inspired wedding tablescape / gold wedding dress / garnet inspired grooms suit and navy groomsmen
16 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Vanessa + Nick
PALETTE: White and silver for a fresh, sophisticated and elegant setting.
THE DRESS: I was lucky enough to wear two gorgeous gowns for my wedding, which were equally elegant and timeless. The ceremony gown was a very classic, off the shoulder style made from an ivory Mikado silk with a long train and button detail. The reception dress was a strapless, sequined design with a layered 'mermaid' silhouette at the bottom.
THE CEREMONY: We both instantly fell in love with our venue, booking it within a week of our engagement! The location's outside area was perfect for the ceremony given we wanted to be outdoors, and the reception space was the ideal blank canvas for decorative touches that would make it our own. We married beneath a gorgeous lined marquee with an extra large gold crystal chandelier suspended above us. The aisle had two heavy set runs of white freeze dried rose petals to line the length of the chair rows and create an illusion of a lawn carpet.Studio Botanic also arranged two large vases of white chrysanthemums, white tulips, and white roses on white plinths, carpeted with blooms.
THE DÉCOR: For the bridal table we chose an exquisite row of rectangular vases with white pillar candles and rock salts sitting back-to-back down the entire length of the table, with space left in between to hold the bouquets. An amazing and full carpet of chrysanthemums in two large varieties, double tulips and white roses held in mirrored, rectangular vases sat down the entire length of the guest tables. Between each vase was a smaller glass vase with a bed of white rock salts and white pillar candles. We also had overhead floral arrangements, including clusters of rounded 'chandelier shaped structures' made entirely of flowers and greenery and held up by an ivy trail. The chains holding up the surrounding chandeliers were also wrapped in ivy.
THE FLOWERS: I carried a simple and elegant bouquet of white roses bound with fabric from my gown and finished with a row of pearl pins to match the back of my dress.
PHOTOGRAPHER: After meeting with James and seeing what a fun, relaxed and happy person he is, we didn't look any further. We really wanted a photographer that took natural looking photos, and also had an eye for stunning backgrounds and settings.
15 April 2016
Designer: Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen
Inspiration: gorgeous full-length lace sleeves, flattering fitted bodice with V-neckline to elongate the neck and full-length skirt to feel like the perfect princess!”
15 April 2016
One thing we absolutely can’t get enough of in the colder months are the beautiful textural branches and berries that are on offer to brides. Privet berries are a long standing fave with the smooth and round berry available in a rang of colours from olive green to navy blue and even black, depending on the progression of the season. When mixed with pretty blossoms, privet berries add a gorgeous texture but can look equally striking and pretty on their own- take a look…
privet berry wedding decor / tiered chocolate wedding cake with privet berry decor / berry inspired wedding reception tablescape / bridal floral headpiece with privet berries / privet berry wedding centrepiece / winter wedding centrepiece / bridal bouquet with lambs ear and privet berries / wedding presents with privet berry decor / grooms button hole
14 April 2016
Let’s be honest – there is nothing us ladies enjoy more about a man than appreciating him in a perfectly tailored suit – especially as you say “I do.” A great suit has been the uniform of gentleman for centuries and the fashion world is responding with limitless options for men wanting to reflect their individual style and flair. Men’s formal wear trends are not seasonal but continue to play out for several years meaning investing in a few quality pieces – such as your wedding suit – will last you for years to come. Single or double breasted, three piece or a sack suit, we have complied a range of suits to inspire you and your dapper hubby-to-be…
Men are spoilt for choice with a range of colours, fabrics and textures available to them. Your suit however, regardless of the style and cut, should always be well fitted; something that fits your silhouette naturally. A tailored suit is your best bet, but if you are buying off the rack, don’t forget to take it to a tailor for additional tweaks and final touches.
three piece rustic grooms suit / double breasted relaxed grooms suit / navy blue and black grooms suit / informal navy blue suit / three piece grey grooms suit / two tone beachy grooms suit / classic black grooms suit with bow tie / tailored navy blue grooms suit / grey cotton grooms suit / white relaxed modern grooms suit
14 April 2016
Lace is back and in a big way! So feminine and pretty and ideal for weddings all year round! It’s a trend that can transcend through all themes for every type of bride – from the modern bride to rustic bride, it’s so easy to incorporate lace for an effortlessly perfect finish.
Establish a gentle ambiance with centerpieces that glow like moonlight. Enchanting for an evening reception, utilise votive candles made with clear glass cylinders – use them in different sizes for effect- wrapped in white lace, and white candles. For your stationery, doilies fashioned into envelope liners look chic when paired with stationery in sophisticated, muted colours.
lace wedding table runner / couture lace wedding dress / doily inspired wedding invitation / lace and burlap rustic wedding centrepiece / lace luminaria centrepieces / lace wrapped bride and groom chair / lace inspired tiered wedding cake / lace lantern wedding decor / lace wrapped centrepiece candles
14 April 2016
13 April 2016
Weddings are filled with tradition – white dress, diamond ring, bouquet toss and a gigantic tiered cake, most of which have all been created by the wedding industry wanting to capitalise – except for one. The uniformity of bridesmaid dresses is one that stems from the creepiest of beginnings – get ready ladies and gents.
Lets take it way back to Ancient Rome where the idea of a “bridal party” started trending. It is here that we introduce you to the decoy brides – yes, not only would the bridesmaids dress alike but they would dress the same as the bride! We get it – how will you know who’s who? That’s precisely the point though.
The Ancient Romans, you see, were a little superstitious and believed that any joyous occasion taking place had the ability to attract evil and unwanted spirits and not to mention those creeping exes. No wonder everyone was on high alert! So in order to keep those spirits and crazy ex-boyfriends away, the entire bridal party and bride all dressed the same around the altar and no one would be able to tell Susan from Sally protecting the bride and groom.
We figured that if people really knew the truth- they would be a little creeped out.. but you can never be too careful right?!
12 April 2016
It’s the barn wedding redefined – if there were ever a theme that captured the essence of rusticity and romance, a country glam soiree would be it! There has never been a better time to live in Australia – with farms and private estates the perfect location for a barn-style wedding. We’re talking candles and chandeliers, white drapery and crystal, twinkle lights and sequins…all sitting pretty amongst the backdrop of a rustic barn or tin shed! Peruse over all the pettiness...
12 April 2016
Since 1986, Joseph has made it his passion to present Adelaide with the highest quality men’s fashion from all around the world.
Istanbul-born, Joseph attained extensive product knowledge and extraordinary experience through his early years spent immersed in the magnificent textile trade, “I started working in menswear from a young age in the cut-throat bazaars of my home town and then later here in the competitive Adelaide retail market.” From humble beginnings, Joseph’s remarkable determination and savvy business mindset led him to the successful and talented apparel entrepreneur he is today, “I started selling clothes at the Austral Hotel, until I finally opened my first store on Rundle Street,” explains Joseph. From cutting made to measure suits in the backroom of his Rundle Street store early in his career, Joseph Uzumcu now delivers world class men’s garments, premium shoes and trendy accessories in his two-level Gawler Place emporium.
From an extensive list of outstanding achievements in the fabulous field of tailored ensembles, Joseph pleasingly reflects on his most proud professional accomplishment, the creation of his own shoe line called BVLOCK60. “Shoes have forever been a passion of mine and I have always imagined creating my own label,” says Joseph who keenly explains, “Shoes are the most important part of any outfit, especially for a man. The shoes you choose can ‘make’ the suit.. You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear.”
Stylishly mindful of the constant changes in men’s fashion, Joseph is always tastefully ‘on trend’ from top to toe, “Over the past ten years I’ve seen a shift in the younger generation, they are much more fashion conscience now. We have many grooms enter the store seeking something distinctive, whether it is the colour of the suit, the length of the trousers or the lining of the jacket.”
Step foot into the astonishing one-stop shop and you’ll be offered more than a closet full impeccable slimline suits and exceptional fabrics. Throughout his many wonderful years in the industry, Joseph’s commendable vision and wholehearted approach to customer service has remained the same, consistently greeting customers with a strong black espresso and a kiss on the cheek. “I treat all my clientele like family. We create an experience and a service that brings people back... I know all the details and lives of my clients. There is no point being in the business if you cannot have a laugh and a smile. It is about making the customer happy.”
favourite industry leader...
I love to follow the designer Paul Smith. His aesthetic and designs are simple and very ‘European’ inspired. I have learnt through him that style is more about what looks good on you rather than following a trend!
Creativity and uniqueness inspires me; you must generate interest through your own ingenuity and the uniqueness of your product. Clients have to desire your product in order for you to be successful. You want people to walk in and be truly amazed. I travel four to eight times a year and all my ideas come from my experiences. I take in what is new, interesting and exciting around the world. Traveling keeps me connected with what is ‘happening’ and fashionable in Europe.
most proud of...
Everything that I have achieved. You see many small retail shops closing these days due to the change in the market and consumer demands. I am proud Joseph Uzumcu has made it through. It takes a lot of hard work and you do make mistakes, however it eventually pays off. I achieved this with the help, love and support of my amazing wife and incredible employees.
a fresh approach to weddings...
We have had the same approach to weddings for the past twenty five years and it is still applicable to new clients today. We pride ourselves on supplying unique and stylish garments to men and presenting the best customer service in town.
The rise of the dinner suit, the love of blue and the overall importance of the groom. The groom has now become (almost) as important as the bride, or at least wants to stand out as much as his leading lady, opting for stylish and eye-catching pieces such as burgundy dinner jackets.
a typical day at work...
It can certainly change from day to day. People come in, purchase suits and we have a bit of a laugh.
if I wasn’t in the industry I would be...
A restaurant owner.
I love when people compliment or praise the store!
what the future holds...
This year has been quite a significant change for us. We have recently moved from our location in Gawler Place, where we have been for twenty five years, to a space next door. The near future involves a lot of transformations within the store, moving merchandise and product around and expanding downstairs.
one thing about yourself people don’t know...
I am Turkish!
first thing I do when I get to work...
I peruse my schedule for the day, flick through my emails and check in with my staff. Then of course I grab a coffee and light up my cigar.
favourite place to eat and drink...
Amalfi’s and Ruby Red Flamingo. I also love the Lotus Lounge. It is very relaxed with good music and I can also enjoy a cigar.
a song always in my head...
Anything by Sezen Aksu, a beautiful singer from Turkey. Her songs are instantly stuck in my head every time I travel to Turkey or something reminds me of there.
my wardrobe can’t live without...
The most important thing to have in your wardrobe is a good pair of jeans. Throughout every season jeans are the most versatile piece of clothing a man or woman can own. It is also important that the jeans are good quality!
top of the shopping list...
can’t live without...
SoundCloud, cigars and coffee.
my idea of a good time...
Sitting with a cigar in my hand and listening to DJ Tarkan.
what makes you laugh?
John Cleese – he always makes me laugh.
11 April 2016
Usually for guests, dress codes are a confusing combination of words on a wedding invitation that leads to a wardrobe meltdown ending in you wearing what you had planned in the first place – even if it doesn’t fit the code. For the hosts, guests are quite literally a human decoration, fitting into the décor and matching the feel of the day. We are about to give you a lesson in modern day etiquette, after all, a little tradition never hurt…
This is the more formal of the dress codes, requiring you to think about what fancy is, and then go beyond that. For the women, it’s long evening dresses and white gloves if you’re game and tailcoat, patent leather footwear, starched shirt and waistcoat, wing collar and white bow tie for gentlemen.
Still super fancy, but with a lot more flexibility. For the girls, it’s a formal floor length dress or midi length dress or anything in between that looks formal enough. Men should wear a tux, a white pique or pleated front shirt, cuff links, a black bow tie, a cummerbund or vest, black patent shoes and black dress socks. the black tie is all about the Oscars – so just imagine you’re dressing for the red carpet!
Black Tie Optional
This is the dress code where hosts are too shy to tell you what they really want you to wear so they suggest you wear a full suit, but not completely insist on it. Floor or ankle length dresses; a very dressy LBD or a dressy set of separates is acceptable for the women. A dark suit and white shirt is required for the men with either a bow tie or tie.
This is all about keeping it dressy, without being too dressy! Knee-length dresses or dressy separates in classic colours are the perfect attire for girls. A shorter cocktail dress is fine as long as it is still dressy – it’s a wedding, not a Saturday night out on the town. Boys can swap the tux for a suit in navy, black or dark grey and can keep it relaxed with just a bow tie or tie.
The girls should wear a cocktail dress ranging from just above the knee to ankle length. The gents should wear a classic suit, a formal collared shirt and a neck tie which is optional[avoid bowties here]. Dark colours are best for evening events, but are also acceptable for winter daytime weddings. You can go for lighter colours in the summer months.
This is where things start to get more relaxed. The girls can wear a cocktail dress of any length, a gorgeous long-leg pantsuit or even a skirt and tom combination. The key to this look is your accessories giving your outfit that extra oomph. For the guys, dressy pants and a long sleeve shirt with or without a tie – is perfect attire, with a dinner jacket optional. If a dinner jacket is on the cards, leaving it unbuttoned makes for a chic and casual feel.
This usually indicates an outdoor wedding somewhere so the whole vibe will be really laid back. A sundress in a linen or cotton fabric is ideal for girls and can opt for either heels or a pair of pretty flats or sandals. Khaki pants or chinos are acceptable for the guys paired with a button down shirt, long sleeve or short sleeve, and a knitted sweater instead of jacket.
No Dress Code
If there is no dress code indicated then you can usually take fashion cues from the invite itself. Hand pressed writing on thick card with foiling and fancy cursive usually hints towards a more formal affair – you should definitely dress up a little more. If the invitation is a little more casual or a theme is indicated on the décor, you can forget about the whole ball gown and tuxedo look.
If all else fails, turn to your best LBD! Its better to be overdressed at a wedding than under dressed, but if you honestly cant figure it out, its time to get in touch with the maid of honour.
11 April 2016
This is one lustrous palette; emerald green, the colours of precious stones pairs beautifully with the soft minty hue and is polished off with astonishing gold. This dazzling palette its organic and glam at the same time.
A table setting showcasing all these colours is extremely elegant, while I'm sure your bridesmaids would be delighted to wear dresses in each of these hues complimented with glistening gold accessories. Continue the theme with hubby—to-be donning a tie or boutonniere in one of the chosen colours – simply magical.
mint cake frosting / mint and gold wedding cake / mint green wedding ceremony backdrop / emerald and mint mismatched bridesmaid dresses / mint and green love heart garland decor / emerald mint and gold wedding table setting / mint engagement ring / emerald and gold wedding table styling / emerald green sequin wedding dress
9 April 2016
Gain insight into one of Adelaide’s most exquisite and divine bridal spaces, bursting with the ultimate collection of dazzling adornments and sparkling stones. “A fashion jewellery and accessory retail store, Miss Martini specialise in bridal and special occasion designs, as well as jewellery for everyday wear,” explains the vibrant and bubbly store owner, Maria.
At the young age of eighteen, Maria was enamoured with girly-girl materials and delightful designer crafts, “Through a love of fashion I began making my own jewellery and clothing while studying an Arts Degree at university,” explains Maria. “Whilst out on the town I would wear original designs I had pieced together and receive regular compliments and interest on where they could be purchased.”
Creative direction and an exceptional flair for design opened multiple doors for the wonderful Adelaide entrepreneur, who soon began approaching fashion stores to build interest in her fabulous pieces. “A local clothing store was my first stop. With a Tupperware box full of jewellery I went inside to show my designs. I came out with my first Adelaide stockist and then went on to supply stores Australia wide and in New Zealand under my label Calypso Designs.”
Maria was extremely determined to establish an artistic space she could express her personality and present her masterful creations. “As my little jewellery making business started to grow, and the kitchen table was no longer big enough, I decided that I needed a workshop and retail space that I could set up and sell my designs. This is how Miss Martini was born.”
With a keen eye for fashion-forward styles and a constant desire to fulfil customer requests, Maria now showcases an extensive range of stunning necklaces, rings, bracelets, fascinators, clutches and more across Miss Martini’s shelves. Whilst offering precious stones and popular labels, such as Australia’s own ‘Samantha Wills’ and ‘Peter Lang’, the trendy city-side store conveniently caters to the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, flower girl and wedding guests.
Maria tributes her loved ones for her continual success, “My family, especially my mother, have contributed immensely to the growth of Miss Martini and are always there to lend a helping hand.”
There are many mornings I wake up with a new and exciting idea. I often take this thought to a family dinner and we will continue to throw different ideas around. I am also inspired everyday by the new brides I have the pleasure of meeting, assisting and styling as they piece together the perfect jewellery and accessories for their special day.
Most proud of...
Opening the store at only twenty years of age and successfully managing, maintaining and growing my own business for over ten years.
One thing about yourself people don’t know...
I have an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern Making.
The next big challenge...
To expand Miss Martini and our jewellery and accessory ranges and develop our brand new online boutique.
If I wasn’t in the industry I would be...
A professional traveller. I absolutely love to getaway and explore the world; Europe is one of my favourite destinations!
All the beautiful brides who visit Miss Martini are so thankful and appreciative for the assistance they receive in order to find the perfect accessories. I can see the happiness on their faces and this makes my work incredibly rewarding!
A typical day at work...
I could be assisting a bride-to-be as she looks for a beautiful crystal hairpiece, organising photo shoots for our new online boutique, merchandising recent product arrivals, or attending buying appointments to find new exquisite designs.
First thing I do when I get to work...
I check my diary to make sure I am up to date with what is happening for the day. Next I follow up on any customer orders and enquiries.
Favourite place to hang out...
I love strolling along Grange Beach in the summertime. All the restaurants and bars in and around Peel Street are also great for a quiet drink with friends.
When I am not at work you will find me...
At the beach in summer and during winter, I am baking in my kitchen. Apple Pie is my specialty!
A song always in my head...
‘Golden Years’ by David Bowie is one of my favourites.
My wardrobe can’t live without...
EVERYTHING! Especially my accessories; I cannot live without all my accessories!
Top of the shopping list...
A swimming pool; it is on my ‘dream list’ at the moment.
Favourite place to shop and eat in Adelaide...
I love to dine at Star of Siam and shop along King William Road.
My idea of a good time...
Hanging out with friends, having dinner, drinks and most importantly, plenty of laughs.
What makes you laugh?
Anything and everything - I giggle very easily.
Which five words best describe you?
Happy, creative, fashionable, easy-going and always smiling.
Red wine or champagne?
I am a cocktail girl through and through. Serve me up a Mojito any day!
Live this moment and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.
8 April 2016
Modern, eclectic and on trend, a flower crown is the perfect floral accessory on your big day. They are a fantastic way to add a splash of colour to your wedding day get up without going too over board. Whether you opt for real flowers or silk ones, you are sure to depict the true meaning of a romantic boho bride…
Why not switch up the traditional veil for a beautiful, bohemian and summery hair adornment?! Flowers in light and airy hues are perfect for those warmer days while for the chillier seasons, opt for florals in deep burgundy and pink hues which look striking with a lip colour that matches.
7 April 2016
7 April 2016
It’s the simple things in life, and who knew that something as simple as a frame could create such a stunning impact on your wedding décor. Whether you opt for a plain rustic wooden frame, or something a little more ornate, frames re fun and fabulous details – especially since there are so many ways to incorporate them.
When there is a need of a focal point frames don’t disappoint. Hang some frames to create an interesting background for your ceremony or suspend them above your bridal table for a multidimensional effect. You can also place the frames flat around your centrepiece – or for something a little more creative, use them around the bases of your dessert cakes!
Communicate with your guests and utilise frames for everything from welcome signs to menus, labels and seating charts. Use a framed mirror, chalkboard or even a glass frame and simply write with a chalk texture or window marker.
A wedding dress is something a bride will wear once and keep in the back of her closet. Here’s a thought – why not display your wedding dress in a framed shadow box, that way you and all your guests can admire it for years to come.
6 April 2016
Weddings are about bringing friends and family together for a celebration filled with fun, laughter and good times. While hubby-to-be and yourself are off on a romantic photo-shoot, keep the good times going for your guests and provide them with a variety of super-fun lawn games to keep them occupied. There is no better way to get guests chatting and laughing with one another as they toss, jump and putt their way to fast friends!
Lawn games also make for the perfect post-nuptial breakfast/brunch entertainment for the day after the wedding. Oh, and did we mention it's a good way to keep the kids entertained for hours!
6 April 2016
You've been envisioning your wedding dress since you were a little girl. The wedding dress you wear walking down the aisle will be the centrepiece of your special day. It will also probably be the most talked about fashion item you will ever wear. Here is some wedding dress shopping advice to get you in the know before you go…
9 to 12 months before your wedding is the ideal time to start shopping
for your wedding dress. Unless you purchase a ready-to-wear dress that
fits you perfectly as soon as you try it on, wedding dresses are
generally required to be altered - usually a number of times over a six
month period, until they fit ‘just right’. If you have less than 6
months before your wedding, you will need to be more flexible about your
choice of wedding dress.
Visit Boutiques. Bridal boutiques are great places to shop for ideas. They carry a wide selection of gowns from a variety of designers. Try to limit your shopping to 5 or 6 boutiques and take along a notebook to jot down the details of the gowns that you like. If possible, avoid the busiest times such as weekends and evenings, so that you can receive more personalised attention.
Seek Recommendations. Word-of-mouth recommendations are the best form of advertising in any industry and a beautifully designed wedding dress is admired for a long time. Ask past brides which stores/designers/couturiers create beautiful designs, provide excellent service, attention to detail and great styling advice.
Match Your Budget. Investigate which stores best suit your budget. Whilst stores stock wedding gowns under $1000, designer stores start at $3000. Save yourself time by making an enquiry prior to making an appointment.
Take In A Trunk Show. Wedding dress stores also conduct special events such as trunk shows. At trunk shows, a particular designer (or representative store) exhibits the latest collections for brides to view and try on. Trunk shows are the best way of viewing all the wedding dresses in the collection, rather than a selected few stocked by the store. Some trunk shows also provide the opportunity to meet the designer in person and get their invaluable advise on the best look for you.
Speak The Speak. Wedding dress shopping is a whole new world, with its own special language. Before you even start visiting bridal stores, familiarise yourself with the gown and all of its parts; neckline, waistline, sleeve, skirt style, fabric, embellishments, train etc. Research the basic wedding dress silhouettes and try to determine which ones best suit your body.
Set your style. Consider the style, formality and location of your ceremony. Your wedding dress should compliment the location, time and season of your ceremony. A full length gown with a 2 metre train will simply look out of place at a cocktail garden party or a beach wedding. Envision yourself walking down the aisle in front of all your friends and loved ones and think about what suits your style and character. Write down 5 words that best describe you (for example classical, princess, bohemian or sophisticated). These adjectives will assist you in making wedding fashion selections for your dress, accessories and hair style.
Source A Good Salesperson. A good salesperson will ask you what type of wedding you're having, how you envision yourself looking on your special day and what styles of wedding dresses you like. A better salesperson will also identify what wedding dress style will look best on you based on your body type. Listen carefully to a salesperson's expertise - they work closely with brides on a daily basis. Value their advice and keep an open mind. If they bring you something on a hanger that doesn’t inspire you, try it on anyway. Even though certain wedding dress silhouettes look best on certain body types, try on different styles of wedding dresses and then decide what shapes and styles look best on you and which ones you feel most comfortable wearing. Trust your instincts.
Don’t buy the first wedding dress you try on - even if you think it is
perfect. Give yourself time to look around at other stores and think
about it more away from the store - just to be absolutely sure that you
have found the right one. You can always go back again.
Dare To Be Different. If you are having a truly unique wedding gown designed for you by an exclusive bridal couturier, the sky is the limit! Your one-off designer wedding dress will be the talk of the town and will not be seen on any other bride. Your wedding dress will be as individual as you are. If you are shopping for a ready-to wear wedding dress, don’t feel that you are restricted to what is on the hanger. In most cases, you can still add your own personal touches to a ready-to-wear dress. If you like the skirt on one wedding dress and the bodice of another, alterations can usually be accommodated (if both dresses are produced by the same designer). Embellishments such as lace and beads can also be added or removed, however remember that the more you change, the more costly your wedding dress will become.
The Search Is Over. You have found your dream dress, you look amazing in it, take a deep breath and savour the moment!
5 April 2016
A glamorous City Hall inspired wedding is the perfect style for city-dwelling metropolitan brides. Old-soul romantics and those Carrie Bradshaw ladies will fall in love with the elegant interiors and rich furnishings as they say “I Do’ donning short ‘n chic wedding dresses. Luxe glamour, a hint of vintage elements and clean lines are all you need to recreate such a stunning and effortless style…
Its all about effortless class, combining casual elements with the right amount of attitude and touches of sophistication. Clear vases or apothecary jars/bottles filled with fresh blooms make for the perfect mix of edge and femininity.
5 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Rachael + Donato
PALETTE: We went for neutral tones, with the bridesmaids and decor in hues of creams and whites while the boys wore deep navy suits with a black lapel, white shirt, black silk ties and black shoes.
We had the first really warm day in September, so for an outdoor ceremony, it was absolutely perfect. The day went off without a hitch, bar the standard downside of the day passing by way too quick. Hair and makeup in the morning was great, everyone was so relaxed, chilled and just excited for the day. But all of a sudden, the cars pulled up out the front and it was ‘go’ time!
It was really special to have both parents walk me down the aisle, with my dad proudly finishing the final handover to Donato waiting. The ceremony was beautiful, serious at moments but also incorporated a lot of fun, laughs and of course love. I truly felt our two families coming together, with my brothers and Donato’s niece and nephew all reading passages.
The reception space exceeded my expectations. Everything from the centrepieces and table décor, to the fairy light canopy and the cake, was simply perfect. Our centrepieces were a mixture of high and low table arrangements with gypsophila and white bud roses while the cake was 4 tiers white chocolate mud cake and latte sponge. We offered our guests pre dinner canapés on the terrace of the Hickenbotham Hall, followed by antipasto, choice of entrée which was char-grilled prawns or ravioli. Mains were choice of beef fillet with polenta or chicken with a speck fritter, sides of steamed vegetables and a garden salad. Dessert was individual citrus tarts served with wedding cake, followed by chocolates, coffee and tea. So there was certainly an abundance of food!
Entertainment was provided by a 3 piece band who kept our guests entertained all night. They set the scene beautifully for Donato and my first dance, which we shared in spotlight to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. I also shared a special moment with my Mum, when I surprised organised our song to play. My mum is one of the most important people in the world to me, more my best friend and the one I can turn to whenever for anything. So I wanted to make sure we had a moment together to let her know all that. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house though, when it came to the Father-Daughter dance. Unbeknown to Dad, I had organised the song for us to share to be one with emotional meaning- Anthony Callea’s version of The Prayer was one of his late father, my late Grandfathers favourite songs. And dad not knowing this, only added to the sentimental value the song already had. But then the most special moment of the entire day happened. For the last part of the song, Dad called Donato out onto the dance floor and gave me to him. It was so special as I had no idea. I am not typically an emotional person, but this really got me. We really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, filled with all our family friends and more love than we could ever ask for.
My husband and I dedicated the success of our special day to our loved ones missing, but smiling down from heaven
4 April 2016
When it comes to autumn brides, we can’t help but fantasize about all the gorgeous ways that they can cover up their shoulders to fight off that first chill. We are obsessed with this up and coming trend, which has made its way off the catwalk and onto the shoulders of so many beautiful real brides. Take a peek at all the ways you can add that finishing touch to your gown…
Bridal covers ups have so many fabric choices! Fur cover ups [faux of course] are the perfect addition for a boho or vintage bride, adding a romantic air to a bride and enhance the overall wedding day look. If fur isn’t your thing, why not opt of a more modern look with a sheer bolero or something a little flashier crowded with embellishments.
4 April 2016
Allow us to introduce you to the stylish child of the purple family; mauve – with its grey and blue undertones- is the perfect hue to any wedding palette. Excelling as a hero colour or contributing to the deeper wintery tones of wine or marsala, mauve creates a lovely wedding ambiance while is modern, soft and oh-so pretty.
Mauve beautifully transcends from all aspects whether its beauty or décor. A pink mauve nail is great for the summer to fall transition while fashion elements such as shoes or bridesmaids dresses look great on any skin tone.
2 April 2016
THE COUPLE: Rachel + Ryan
PALETTE: Pink, orange and purple to represent the beautiful colours of the sunset and symbolise that no matter what obstacles meet us along our journey through life together, the sun will always rise every morning, shining its beautiful light of new beginnings and opportunities upon us.
THE DRESS: I loved the sweetheart neckline, illusion lace across the low back and the softness through the bottom. I had always pictured wearing a flowy chiffon style dress with my hair down and flat shoes. I ended up choosing the complete opposite! Once I stepped in to Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal House and tried on this dress I instantly fell in love with it.
THE CEREMONY: When we visited Glen Ewin we just knew straight away that was the place. The ceremony aisle was decorated with little lace tins filled with baby’s breath and scattered wooden crates. Rose petals from my mother-in-law’s garden were placed in doily cones. A table was set up for us to pour colourful paint over a canvas. This sat alongside a lantern with a photo of my father who passed away. We chose the colours of the sunset and sunrise to fit in with our theme. It was the perfect keepsake to hang in our home and symbolise our wedding day.
THE RECEPTION: The Gatehouse at Glen Ewin Estate was exactly what we had always pictured for our reception. We loved the way the room was so open and overlooked the picturesque pond. The entire venue has this really peaceful, loving and mysterious feeling about it. I also fell in love with the zebra in the entrance!
THE DECOR: I purchased the centerpiece vases from an op shop (before we were even engaged!), and spray-painted them with a ‘glass looking paint’. The finish was a lovely reflective silver. I also created burlap table runners, which were placed with spray painted lanterns, butterfly name tags, love heart wands for table numbers and mixed jars of flowers. I made the welcome board, singing tree and table seating plan, which was actually a wall ladder with mismatched photo frames. The Kombi Photobooth from Snapple Photo Booths was amazing and a big hit! There was a line up the whole night and the photos in the album we received were priceless and definitely a good laugh. The owner Deb was so wonderful to work with and we would recommend her to anyone!
PHOTOGRAPHER: We were looking for soft, romantic and rustic images. Tamika Lee Photography captured exactly that! Tamika is so beautiful, humble, down to earth and really passionate about her work. She was fantastic at communicating and keeping in touch and by the time the wedding arrived we felt like dear friends, which made us even more relaxed on the day. I would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat!
1 April 2016
Take your ceremony to new heights and frame the moment you become newlyweds with a structure that reflects the mood of your special day and adds that extra WOW factor. Wedding ceremonies are the most photographed part of a wedding – the bride and groom hold hands, exchange vows and share their first kiss and husband and wife, cameras are sure to be snapping away.
Work with a pre-existing doorway or a similar freestanding structure. To create the illusion of a trailing vine, secure each rose and lisianthus to leafy camellia branches. When hung on the moulding using adhesive hooks, they form a stunning design.
From natural foliage décor to bright, robust floral filled arches, it all comes down to personal style – he options are endless. Wedding arches also make for the perfect DIY project for you and hubby – why not even get the girls round to place the flowers once hubby-to-be has built the frame.
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1 April 2016
Blended families or couples who already have children together are somewhat the ‘norm’ these days rather than the exception, so it’s a no-brainer that you want to include the kids in the wedding. It is important to find a special way to incorporate them involve them wedding so they feel like they are an actual part of the marriage. Of course it is lovely to have the as part of the wedding party, but it isn’t your only option - here are some of our favourite ways to include your children into the wedding…
If you’re having a traditional wedding then there is no reason to find an alternative way to include your kids – the kid friendly role of flower girl and/or ring bearer is simple, fun and always a crowd-pleaser. If that’s not your style, why not have them open the ceremony by walking down the aisle holding a sign, banner or whatever you want to include.
Why not include your children in the ceremony itself. If you’re having a sand ceremony, why not extend it to include some sand for your kids and let them pour some into a bigger jar – it will look perfect on your mantel place in your house. If your kids are old enough, let them have a say in the ceremony with a super adorable “we do” vow moment – what a super cute way to seal the deal.
Halfway through your first dance, why not have the kids cut in and join?! Not only does this include them in the reception, but it is such a special moment and makes for the perfect photo opportunity. Add a few of their favourite jams to the DJ’s playlist and watch them boogie with excitement.
A quirky and super adorable way to include the kids is to have a family cake topper rather than a bride and groom. If it’s a larger family, why not work with your cake supplier to create a wedding cake that involves everyone and shows off the family.
its time to get crafty! This is the perfect fun way that kids can contribute to the wedding – DIY craft projects. Have them help you create wedding favours, place cards, kids activities or even centrepieces – it doesn’t matter if its not perfect, it makes them feel like they were part of creating the big day. If DIY projects aren’t on your wedding to-do list, than have kids take part in the decision-making process, why not have them choose the cake flavour or even take part in the design process.
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