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Sophie & Leigh’s Kate Spade Inspired Wedding – Newcastle

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Aw, these kids. Initially clients way back in 2012, I styled their engagement in Melbourne along the river’s edge. I was struck by their lovely nature and generosity towards each other and their friends and family. So when they asked me to style their wedding in the beautiful Newcastle at Merewether Surfhouse, I was delighted!

Sophie LOVES anything and everything Kate Spade, so this theme set the scene for the day, with pops of hot pink between the striking black and white stripes and polka dots. With some gold bling thrown in for good measure of course! (her SHOES!!)

We sourced napkins from the only vendor in Australia that had them, and these were driven up from Melbourne to Newcastle, and were a hit with the venue and the guests! Fashioned in beautiful bows, they were finished with pink ribbon, and set on gold charger plates sitting on striped place mats made specially for the day.

Gold candles, fabulous flowers by Lovely Rita Designs clustered in vintage crystal vases hired from the lovely Leanne at This Old Love, stunning signage and a cake that wowed from Sweet Perfection Cakes added to the whole look and feel of the day. We also brought in lovely white Tiffany Chairs to really pull the decor together. Did I mention sequined tablecloths and mini envelopes for messages to the newlyweds. Bliss!

What I will remember the most from this wedding however, is the joy that I felt being invited as a guest – not just as a vendor. I was able to feel the immense love present in the room that their family and friends brought, and see their first dance. A stylist’s dream! Thanks Sophie and Leigh – you guys are the best!

Photos by the fabulous and lovely Ben Howland. More photos and details over at Polka Dot Bride!

Aw, these kids. Initially clients way back in 2012, I styled their engagement in Melbourne along the river’s edge. I was struck by their lovely nature and generosity towards each other and their friends and family. So when they asked me to style their wedding in the beautiful Newcastle at Merewether Surfhouse, I was delighted!

Sophie LOVES anything and everything Kate Spade, so this theme set the scene for the day, with pops of hot pink between the striking black and white stripes and polka dots. With some gold bling thrown in for good measure of course! (her SHOES!!)

We sourced napkins from the only vendor in Australia that had them, and these were driven up from Melbourne to Newcastle, and were a hit with the venue and the guests! Fashioned in beautiful bows, they were finished with pink ribbon, and set on gold charger plates sitting on striped place mats made specially for the day.

Gold candles, fabulous flowers by Lovely Rita Designs clustered in vintage crystal vases hired from the lovely Leanne at This Old Love, stunning signage and a cake that wowed from Sweet Perfection Cakes added to the whole look and feel of the day. We also brought in lovely white Tiffany Chairs to really pull the decor together. Did I mention sequined tablecloths and mini envelopes for messages to the newlyweds. Bliss!

What I will remember the most from this wedding however, is the joy that I felt being invited as a guest – not just as a vendor. I was able to feel the immense love present in the room that their family and friends brought, and see their first dance. A stylist’s dream! Thanks Sophie and Leigh – you guys are the best!

Photos by the fabulous and lovely Ben Howland. More photos and details over at Polka Dot Bride!

 

Ruth & Raja’s AMAZING Hindu/Hipster Wedding – Part 2!

After what would, in many instances, be classified as enough wedding for some folks, we danced straight into Day 2 of this epic wedding festival. From the early morning setup commenced, both in the main hall of the Fitzroy Town Hall, and the stunning North Terrace of the Melbourne Museum. A handmade Mandap, created especially for this couple by CeceBain, was erected by several strong men, and then covered with florals to create a truly stunning altar for the Hindu Priest to work his stuff. Booklets describing and transcribing the traditional elements of the ceremony were handed out to all guests, along with colourful scarves for the men and jasmine pins for the ladies.
Raj arrived surrounded by his male compadres and musicians, whilst Ruth was escorted in by her “ladies” under a canopy.

It was a breathtaking ceremony, and afterwards the crowd rejoiced and made their way noisily and on foot to the Fitzroy Town Hall (crashing a few garden weddings along the way!). What a procession!

Awaiting them was a night of dancing, amazing food, an open bar with endless cocktails, Bollywood dancers, a stunning cake, upside down umbrellas, delicious ice-cream (the salted caramel!) and a DJ to dance the night away. EVERYONE was dancing. EVERYONE. All. The. Time

It was a testament to this couple as to how much joy was in the room. Smiling faces, bright eyed, full of love. I got swept up in it all as well – who could resist! Ruth & Raja – you kids are alright! xx

Ruth & Raja’s AMAZING Hindu Hipster Wedding Festival – Part 1

This was the big cahuna. Not just in number of people, but in number of events, colour and general awesomeness.

Ruth & Raja are the type of couple that attract people of joy. So it was no surprise that their reception was one of the most fun I’ve ever attended – either as a guest or as a vendor. SO. MUCH. DANCING

With a Friday Christian ceremony followed by cocktails and cheese galore, then a mammoth Saturday that consisted of a stunning Hindu ceremony followed by a reception of epic proportions – this was a fabulous celebration of the coming together of a couple from different backgrounds, but sharing a united passion for each other.

This is just a selection of the images across both days, and I think we can all agree that Ruth & Raja and their wedding party are a bunch of hotties. No doubt. They also had a set of family members that truly made me feel like one of their own from the moment I met them. In this vein, they also chose a bunch of vendors that matched their standards of innovation and fun, which made the day that much more memorable.

Muchos love to them all. Images by Fifteen Photography (Part 1 – Friday. Part 2 to follow!)

Babylon Flowers

JM Videography

Peppercorn Jazz Band

Fitzroy Town Hall

Cornelius Cheese

Barmazster

The Melbourne Museum

Event Equipment

Oh Perfect day

Kerala catering

Helados JauJa

Everafter cake company

Jhoom Bollywood Dancing

Rhythm and Spice

Envylope

 

 

 

Gillian & Simon’s Fabulous Wedding Day – Colour/Donuts/Dancing at The Heide Museum

What a couple! What a day! I will never forget my first meeting with Gillian- it was at her work, the Melbourne Zoo, and I got to chat to the meerkats afterwards – what’s not to love?

When you put cool, kind and creative together – you get a one-of-a-kind wedding. Simon is a graphic designer, and designed all of the stationary for their day, which really set the tone (and the bar!). Gillian’s earrings are still my favourite to this day.

It’s also true that when a couple like this chooses vendors – they’re all pretty rad too.

Florals by the lovely Amy from Wunderplant, photography by Luke Lornie, THE DRESS by Wendy Makin, Hairstylist/Makeup by Alison Larwood, married by Maree Livy, with the ceremony and reception at Heide Museum of Modern and Cafe Vue at Heide respectively.

You can check out all the photos on a blog post by Polka Dot Bride.

Jayne & Zeke’s Fabulous Country Wedding

When a wedding has gestated longer than your baby, you know it’s gotta be a good one! I met Jayne and Zeke well before our baby boy August came into the world, but his birth happened to coincide with their wedding date, and although I’d been with them longer than I carried him – I wasn’t able to actually be there on the day! A happy/sad clash of dates – but an example of what you can achieve when fabulous vendors are able to step in on the day and work their magic!

I met up with this lovely couple in sunny Perth, where they were living for most of the planning process. With a few trips over to Melbourne, and a lot of emails, I worked with them to create the style that Jayne had a clear vision of – with gorgeous gingham, soft blush colours, a rustic vibe and, of course, an homage to their beloved foster dogs.

With details such as individual tiny dogs and cows painted white for the place names, to the gingham napkins and stationery details – this wedding was in the detail. Katie from Pollen and Patina was a creative force to be reckoned with, not only producing the amazing floral design but also penning all the chalkboard signs and lettering. That woman is a star.

We trawled through vintage stores when Jayne and Zeke were in town, along with Jayne’s lovely parents – her dad actually made ALL of the trestle tables for the wedding. AMAZING. These were just what Jayne had envisaged for her day, under the lights strung across the clear-span marquee. When I realised I wasnt’ going to be able to be there on the day to set up everything we’d worked so hard to collate – Katie put me in touch with Lauren from Etc Events Styling and she was an absolute godsend. She took all of my notes on how things should be placed, styled, laid out and arranged and produced the vision we’d worked towards. Such a professional!

It was a pure joy working with these two – and I know the next chapter in their lives will be one filled with love, laughter and lots of licks from beautiful puppies!

Photos are by the ever fabulous Luke Lornie Photography, who weathered the weather to bring some gorgeous shots.