australian wedding

Ravensthorpe Wedding {Alexandra + Simon} 05.01.2012

This wedding is insanely gorgeous. So, all together now: take a deep breath – then read on and absorb the gorgeousness.

Gorgeous Alexandra and Simon wed at St Matthews Church Jamberoo, followed by their reception at Ravensthorpe, NSW.

The chic colour combinations were “French Blue, black and white with pops of country colours in pink, peach, green and lavender.”

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Alexandra wore a custom made “Steven Khalil gown with silk organza overlay, over 100 buttons at the back, and a 3 tier ruffle mermaid.”

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Alexandra recalls “Coming down the aisle after the ceremony to ‘thats amore’ by Dean Martin really set the tone for the celebrations and made the day feel joyous and romantic.”

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“Having my 3 best friends and 2 sisters as my bridal party, each of them added such a sparkle, bringing to light their 5 very distinct personalities. I hardly have one photo in which the 5 of them are not close to me looking stunning in their blue shantung silk strapless dresses. They definitely poured their hearts and souls into celebrating our marriage and I love that they surrounded us with love the entire day.”

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From the bride:

What made your wedding unique?

“Our wedding was a weekend away so we had a number of celebrations before and after so [we] got to spend lots of time with our guests and everyone was on holidays so [they] were extra relaxed.

We [also] had a desert buffet with an assortment of all our favourite desserts in mini sizes, that way our guests could dance and mingle and graze on these when they felt like a break. [We had] rosewater jelly, pannacotta with mixed berries, mini pavlova on spoons, espresso mouse, crème brulee.

[Also] we served a delicious daiquiri style champagne cocktail for the reception. It was the biggest hit of the wedding, surprisingly many of the men we had pinned as beer drinkers were nursing these most of the evening.”

Did you DIY any details:

“We ended up tying a lot of bows, we tied black and white ribbons around each menu and used blue ribbon on our church booklets, both jobs took a lot longer than expected, but it was a fun way to get the family together the day before our celebrations.

We had a printer create our invitations from a customized design featuring a French blue country style check, bold black lines, and a monogram featuring both our initials A&S. This design was carried through on the church booklets, menus, and place cards.

I had the pew ribbons made by a tailor from a gorgeous silk fabric I found in Hong Kong that matched the blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses.”

What was your biggest challenge?

“As the marketing manager of Swarovski the hardest decision of the day was jewellery and I couldn’t decide until the last minute. I ended up placing all my stunning crystal jewellery collected over the years onto a tray and my mother and bridesmaids selected what they liked. I also selected the Crystal evening bag to carry my lip-gloss and the crystal toasting flutes for our first toast after the cutting of the cake.”

What was your favourite moment?

“So many moments!

Everybody gave us the advice that you needed to allocate time to spend together and my husband thankfully remembered this on the night and he whisked me away after we were seated at the reception, we sat just the two of us and enjoyed a glass of champagne and a moment in peace together.

The wedding day just flys by so be sure to enjoy and celebrate the engagement and lead up to the wedding just as much. Our bridal party definitely earnt their titles and we had lots of lunches and dinners before hand we counted up 12 wedding functions in total across the 18 months ! I even had 3 hens celebrations: hawaii with my family, bangkok with my work colleagues and one in Sydney with my friends and family!”

What’s your advice?

“Choose colours, so many weddings are so traditional with only white flowers and neutral colours however use bright colours and flowers to add happiness and life to your day, choose colours you love and plan your details around these colours.

Have a hair trial – I ran out of time to do this and my hair was finished only at 2:30 the same time our ceremony started needless to say it was a mad dash to the church and I was a bit frantic. I chose to have my hair down for the ceremony and lifted it up after for the reception.

Save money on cars we used the cars of friends and family 3 x black mazda 7′s and a black range rover for the bridal car. It was so comfortable having our bridal party as drivers rather than strangers and cruising around with an esky in the back listening to our favourite tunes was so enjoyable!

Use husband and wife vendors I think this really added to our day as both our photographers and reception owners were married couples and seeing couples so in tune with each other and able to work together in sync under the most demanding and stressful of circumstances is amazing and beautiful and the reality of seeing that on our wedding day definitely holds a lesson for us and the way that we will operate and navigate our marriage.”

Congratulations Alexandra and Simon and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Alexandra and Simon’s Style Guide

Photographer: atdusk photography / Wedding Dress: Steven Khalil / Accessories & Jewellery: Swarovski jewellery / Other: Casey Daniels

The Pavilion Wedding {Kate + Patrick} 07.12.2011

We love the simplicity of this gorgeous and modern wedding captured by David Ferguson Photography.

Kate and Patrick wed in Brisbane at St Patrick’s Church, followed by their reception at The Pavilion.

Kate explained the wedding concept. “We tried to make it a fun night for everyone with dinner, dancing and a photo booth.” The colour combination was “navy and silver. Bridesmaids wore navy dresses with silver accessories. Groomsmen wore grey suits with navy ties.”

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Kate wore a stunning Hilde Heim wedding dress purchased from “Hilde Heim store in Alderley.”

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“The placecard settings, seating chart and ceremony programs were all designed and made by us,” says Kate.

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What was your biggest challenge?

“Trying to fit everyone we wanted to be there into the specified room numbers.”

What was your favourite moment?

“Everything! I wouldn’t change a thing.

I loved the photos that came out of the photo booth – it kept us laughing for many days after – and proved what a good time everyone had at the wedding.”

What’s your advice?

“Take in all the advice and ideas from everywhere and everyone but make it exactly the way you want your wedding to be. Don’t worry about what others think or try to compete with others weddings.”

Congratulations Kate and Patrick and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures and story with One Stylish Bride.

Kate and Patrick’s Style Guide

Photographer: David Ferguson Photography / Wedding Dress: Hilde Heim / Photo booth: In the Booth / Ceremony Venue: St Patrick’s Church / Reception Venue: The Pavilion / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

Port Douglas Wedding {Alana + Kieran} 02.11.2011

This wedding channels the laid back and the sweet and was captured by Matthew Evans Photography.

Adorable Alana and Kieran wed at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Cairns Australia, with a colour theme of ivory and purple combined with colourful flowers.

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Alana wore a chic wedding dress by Studibaker, which she purchased in Newcastle, NSW.

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Alana recall, “My favourite moment was the ceremony, it was perfect. The beach setting looked amazing, we had perfect weather and I got to marry the man I love. Kierans favourite moment was seeing me for the first time as I walked down the aisle. Cute!”

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Alana explains what made the wedding unique, “our wedding was unique because of the location. Most of our guests were from down near Sydney and they got to come up to Port Douglas for a holiday and enjoy the tropical weather while it was still cold down south. Our reception was also on a island in the middle of the resorts swimming pool. [Also] we did DIY place card settings. They were wooden hearts that we painted white with people’s names on them.”

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More From the Bride:

What’s your advice?

“My advice would be to not stress about all of the small details because the day is meant to be enjoyed. Dont worry if you dont get to have a conversation with everyone, they understand that you are trying your best and they just want you to have a good time.”

Congratulations Alana and Kieran and thank you for sharing your divine wedding pictures and story with One Stylish Bride.

Alana and Kieran’s Style Guide

Photographer: Matthew Evans Photography // Venue:  Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas // Wedding Dress: Studibaker // Videographer: Michael Patini // Wedding celebrant: Leisel Pisani

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