Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely long weekend… it’s been a bit rainy around these parts but to be honest I haven’t minded at all. Can hardly complain after the amazing summer we had! Speaking of summer and all things light how gorgeous is the light in this engagement shoot from Justin de Mutiis? Super pretty!
I was so disappointed to miss out on meeting up with D’Arcy Benincosa when she graced our shores last month… I mean she captured one of my favourite shoots ever and her work is nothing short of amazing! So featuring this simple beach shoot she put together whilst she was in Australia more than makes up for it. The model wears a gorgeous Jennifer Gifford dress, with make-up by Caitlyn Worland and that stunning hair do by Sandra Crosby.
I love how different these bridesmaids outfits are… such a cute and fun pop of colour! Just confirms you absolutely don’t need to source from traditional ‘bridal’ places. The bride ordered these Oasis dresses from Asos. Thanks to the lovely Anne Paar for sending this beautiful Abbeville Estate wedding our way!!
Jamie and I have been together for 12 years – we started dating when I was 15 and he was 17! Jamie proposed in January 2013 on a secluded beach in Koh Samui (we were in Thailand celebrating Jamie’s parents’ 30th wedding anniversary and after the proposal my parents surprised me by flying to Thailand for a combined family holiday!). We decided early on that we wanted a truly personalised wedding held in one location full of fun, love, colour and acknowledgment of the strength of our relationship and the family and friends who have supported us throughout. Our venue – Abbeville Estate – was perfect for this with its beautifully restored church, homestead and barn all on one site.
Our intimate ceremony was held in the little church (our lovely celebrant was a childhood acquaintance of mine) followed by drinks and canapes on the lawn, reception in the homestead and party in the barn. I wore a gorgeous two piece v-neck and v-back ivory gown – a charmeuse slip beneath a heavy lace overlay with a subtle silver thread running through it – which I instantly fell in love with upon trying it on! My bridesmaids wore floaty cream dresses with a floral print in similar colours to our flowers. Jamie wanted a ‘statement’ bow tie to wear with his three piece light grey suit so my amazing mum made a red and white chevron self-tie bow tie for him and stripy bow ties in light peach for the groomsmen. Our flowers were our big POP of colour – the bouquets had large dahlias, roses, silk peonies and other in-season blooms in shades of red, coral, pink, peach and yellow with dusty miller and other greenery all tied with twine and the boys’ buttonholes complemented their bow ties.
Our reception was a real highlight. The tables were beautifully decorated with chevron table runners that we made and bright flowers in bottles and jars (that we spent hours de-labelling) in our summer colour palette. There were lots of kind and love-filled words during the speeches including an original poem by my dad and original song by Jamie’s dad, which he sang accompanied by his guitar. Following the reception we partied the night away in the barn carnival-style! The boys had decorated the barn the day before with strings of festoon lights and 130 meters of bunting (all handmade by my mum, grandma, a family friend, the bridesmaids and I) and, together with a candy bar, candy floss machine and photobooth, our barn party made for an epic end to our day.
We could not be happier with how the whole day come together, and with our fabulous vendors, and are looking forward to the next 12 years (and beyond)!
Photography | Anne Paar Photography, Dress | Allure Bridals from Felicitys Bridal, Shoes | Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, Bridesmaids’ dresses | Oasis through asos.com, Groomsmen’s suits | Crown Tailors, Bangkok, Hair | Mia Carrie at Essex Hairdressing (styledbymia), Make up | Elise Wilson Hair & Makeup with assistance from Chrisè Page Johnson, Flowers | Flowers by Anna Carrie, Venue | Abbeville Estate, Catering | The Great Catering Company, Cake | Cockle Bay Bake Shop, Celebrant | Laura Giddey, Stationery | Groom, Photobooth | Little Black Photobooth, Hireage of table numbers | When Squirrel Met Bear
It’s amazing how inspiration for your day can come from one single item. In Sonja’s case it was the Claire Pettibone gown she fell in love with. As she explains further below, she instantly knew it was ‘the one’ and it was from this their ‘day in the French countryside’ (albeit in Canada) wedding was borne. The couple married at the groom’s parents farm on Vancouver Island. With a beautiful old barn – complete with mint green roof – it offered them the perfect venue for the relaxed, intimate gathering they had hoped for. After searching far and wide, they were thrilled with Jarrett’s father suggested the use of their barn and fields, especially as the bride had dreamt of a pretty barn wedding since she was a child. After a great deal of effort from lots of friends and family the barn had an overhaul and was ready for their big day.
Thanks to Sherri Koop for sending this beautiful wedding our way!!
How and/or where did you meet? We have both been big into photography for years and around the same time as each other we decided to go to photography school in Vancouver. We met in March 2010 on the first day of class…my alarm had not gone off that morning and I was an hour late for the first day. So Jarrett got a good glimpse into who I am right away with that! (when we started dating a few months later he took to calling me in the morning to make sure I was up and going to make it to class on time). At school we found that we worked really well together during shoots and we’d hang out a little bit on our own socially, but dating wasn’t on either of our minds at that point. It was a bit of a surprise to both of use when a romance developed, but it ended up being just the sweetest thing and such a gift for both of us. One of our classmates called it, though, within the first week of school. I don’t know how she knew, but she knew it was gonna happen with us.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I think I found a pin on Pinterest to the designer Claire Pettibone really soon after Jarrett’s proposal and while poking around on her site I saw a picture from one of her runway shows of a model in her Provence gown. That was it for me. I was done. I knew that was the dress. It was so different than anything I had ever seen before… I loved that it was cotton with a print! And had velvet patches and gold-threaded lace detailing. And the bustle. Oh my goodness, the bustle. I found a wonderful dress shop in Seattle that represented Claire and was so glad that I liked how how the gown looked when I got to try on the sample…it clearly put out of mind any other dress I’d tried on. That gown inspired the whole look and feel of our day…elegant yet easy-going, and, like the name of the gown suggests, a day in the French countryside!
Describe your wedding flowers: Going with our French countryside theme, lavender played a big role in our flowers. We had our bridesmaids carry simple bundles of it, while my bouquet and the men’s boutennieres were slightly embellished with pieces of eucalyptus. We wanted our flowers to seem like we had just gone out that morning and picked them fresh from the field, so the rest of the flowers we used on the tables and in the décor were mixes of hydrangea, baby’s breath, and other simple flowers. Each centrepiece was different, held in a variety of old tarnished silver teapots, serving vessels and antique wooden boxes that we collected and borrowed.
Favourite detail of the day: Hard to choose, but if have to pick I would go with a very practical detail and say the luxury portable washrooms with flush toilets that we rented. The farm property had no facilities whatsoever and the last thing I wanted was for our female guests to have to squeeze into one of those cramped, dark and often smelly porta-potty units while decked out in their finery. The first thing I booked for the wedding was a trailer washroom unit, complete with water, flush toilets, mirrors and not necessary but fun – a TV and DVD player. Our guests were so thrilled they didn’t have to rough it in their fancy dress clothes! It was one of the things I was actually most excited about for our wedding too… and I was so busy that day I actually didn’t even get to use them once!
Most memorable moment? Hands down we both agree it was dancing with the live band, SideOne, at the reception, especially during our first dance where they performed Patti Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” and later when everyone joined in on the dance floor for a rousing version of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”. Patti’s song just described our whole day and our emotions so perfectly and it was incredibly special to have that moment together on the dance floor. During the Lumineers’ song there was just this huge sense of celebration and community! Foot stomping and hooting and hollering…. it’s a good thing we reinforced the barn floors! One of our favourite moments, absolutely.
Anything other details that help tell the story of your day: One tradition that is a part of both of our families is pitching in and helping one another, and it was really neat to see this tradition practiced big time leading up to the wedding. Without it, the day as it was would not have happened. Jarrett’s parents would be up at the barn helping us on the weekends to power wash and sweep out the barn, mow and reseed the fields, and clear the barn out of all it had been storing for years. My sister-in-law helped with the DIYs before the rest of my bridemaids arrived in town and could pitch in. And when my family arrived the week before the wedding they were tireless, along with the bridal party, in helping us set up the decorations, plant trees on the property and run any errand that was needed. We both come from families that care about their members so much and who will do anything in a pinch to help. The wedding really was a way for both families to practice this tradition together, and having our families come together was one of the best things about that whole day.
It’s pretty exciting when you discover new talent… well new to me that is (I’m not claiming to have discovered her persay!) Especially when they live in the same city, are completely on the same wave length and you can meet them for cocktails on a Friday afternoon! Such was the case with the very lovely Anna Kidman, so much so that we had to repeat our initial cocktails just a few short weeks later! And I’m quite sure that won’t be the last. So that being said I’m thrilled to feature this beautiful Brick Bay wedding of Rebecca & Tommy’s with you. The gorgeous bride shares some details of their story with us below…
Tom and I met 17 years ago at Omaha Beach just before I left New Zealand to live in Singapore with my family for 5 years, on my return to New Zealand I was invited to a party to celebrate Tom’s 19th birthday after which we started dating.
In December 2012 Tom proposed. The ring he gave me used his grandma’s sapphire and he proposed in the beautiful Sydney Domain.
My background is fashion and I researched my wedding dress extensively, finally deciding on the “Isis” dress by Sydney designer Amanda Garret. I loved the use of lace and the romantic, vintage feel the dress conveys. For my attendants I chose 3 different designs by Juliette Hogan in cameo cream.
Both Tom and my family have beach houses at Omaha Beach and given we met there we wanted our wedding to be close by. We decide on the beautiful Brick Bay vineyard for both the ceremony and reception for our wedding. We both loved the beautiful glass pavilion overlooking a picturesque lake.
Botanical stylist Annie O created the bouquets, button holes and the wedding flowers. Hand picked designed bouquets using dahlias, babies breath, white roses, tea roses and other seasonal blooms bound with natural jute twine encapsulated the whimsical,vintage feel I wanted. My attendants carried similar bouquets with a touch of pale pink. Similarly the buttonholes were babies breath wrapped in twine. We managed to find two beautiful French nickels bins with twine handles in which Annie arranged masses of babies breath for the ceremony and for the reception soft blue mason jars were used filled with white dahlias and babies breath.
Rather than a formal wedding cake we decided on 5 cakes from Jordan Rondel’s The Caker. The delicious cakes were beautifully decorated with fresh roses adding to the relaxed vintage feel of our wedding.
Our day was magical, a loving, happy atmosphere prevailed. It was truly everything we dreamed of.