The Tea Room Wedding {Julie + Richard}

Julie and Richard were married in a gorgeous winter wedding. They held their ceremony at the Sacred Heart Church in Mosman and their reception at The Tea Room Gunners Barracks. Their uber-fabulous photographer was Vincent Lai.

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From the bride, “The theme was a slight riff on the typical vintage one – I called it organic vintage because it had the old world styling of a vintage theme, but I combined that with a lot of handmade and eco friendly elements such as brown paper, organic tablecloths, seasonal flowers that looked like they were picked from the garden and understated jewellery and hair, basically anything that was stiff and didn’t feel natural was out!

It was also really important to me that the day felt honest- so many weddings become a big show, about what you spent and who you used, about making other people happy or trying to impress them and really, none of it matters. I just wanted to marry Richie because I adore him and that’s what’s real, not all that other stuff so that’s what I focused on. Sometimes with all the stress of a wedding it’s easy to forget what it is really about.”

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This gorgeous wedding was full of wonderful DIY details. Julie explained, “I did quite a few things myself- I made the seating plan chart board from scratch based on a Martha Stewart design. It was covered in an organic linen to match the tables at the reception and pinned with handmade individual guest cards with their table number on it- each one utilised a piece of fabric or image from other elements of the wedding, such as ribbon from the invitations, the lilac flower motif etc.

I also handmade all of the place settings for the guests at the reception- a bunch of dried lavender tied with twine and the guests name tag attached to it. Richie designed all of the stationary- invites, menus, name cards, church booklets etc and we handmade it all because we wanted the wedding to feel personal and intimate. My Dad also made a mini blackboard sign to give people instructions on when they could use the photobooth and I sourced a vintage basket which I filled with props for the photobooth from that era-  a pipe, some moustaches on a stick, a flapper’s headband, a mans fedora.”

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Julie’s advice, “Don’t agonise over every decision or every supplier. I made a decision early on to do all my research via internet and through emails, narrowed nearly everything down to two suppliers only and then made a decision between them. It saved me so much time and stress in having to visit different places/people every weekend and I was armed with the right information around pricing to negotiate.

[Understand} you’re never going to make everyone happy and not everyone will like your choices. Make peace with that at the outset – it makes the whole process far less stressful.

[Also] put a style file together at the beginning before you see suppliers. I put together a powerpoint presentation with lots of imagery of flowers, dress, styling, the kind of “look” I was going for – their vision of what you want will never match what you have in your head, so this way it helps them visualize what you were after and get closer to achieving how you see your day. It also helps you find a more consistent theme and sort through all of the exciting ideas and things you could do for the day.”

Congratulations Julie and Richard and thank you for sharing your wedding photos.

Julie and Richard’s Style Guide

Wedding Dress: Corston Couture

Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale at Angela Wilson

Photography: Vincent Lai

Videography: White Designs

Flowers: Ruby Slipper

Cake: Doys Cakes

Reception: Tearoom Gunners Barracks

Etsy: Tablecloths & napkins, cake bags, bridesmaid and bride’s bags

Hair and makeup: Claire Hudson

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  2. WONDERFUL……Love it…. 🙂

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”