Vancouver Island Farm Wedding by Sherri Koop

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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.

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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!

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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!  

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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.

Photographer | Sherri Koop Photography, Cake | Last CrumbFlorist | Long Lake Nurseries & Cowican Valley Lavender, Stationery | Shine Wedding InvitationsVenue | Dawson Farm, private venue, Dress Designer | Claire Pettibone
Shoes | Coach, Jewellery |  personal family heirlooms, Hair | Cutting Room Creative, Make up | Jessica Churcher
Bridesmaids Dresses | their own, Grooms Attire | Le Chateau, Coordinator | Filosophi, Caterer | Galloping Gourmet
Decor Rentals | Everything Old & Triplet Party

Brick Bay wedding by Anna Kidman

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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Photographer: Anna Kidman, Cake | The Caker, Florist | Annie O, Stationery | Cotton Wood Studio, Venue | Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail, Wedding Dress Designer | Amanda Garret, Bridesmaid Dresses | Juliette Hogan, Shoes | Nicholas Kirkwood, Hair | Noir Blonde, Make Up | Serenity Make-up, Grooms Attire | Crane Brothers, Caterer | The Great Catering Company

Board#287: Petrol & Copper

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Photos from top left; Ceremony | Tec Petaja, Chairs | Steve Steinhardt, Bride on teal couch | Elizabeth Messina
Bridal Party | Lara Hotz, Bride | Jessica Sim (Rue de Seine veil), Shoes on leaves | Bradeon Flynn

 

Bold Colour Inspiration by Hillary Muelleck

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The drama of these stunning florals against the black lace dress is so eye catching! Hillary Muelleck wanted to style and capture a shoot showcasing the contrast between these bright bold colours against the rich black. Using a neutral landscape it’s really allowed the colours to pop beautifully! Be sure to check out the film by Nicole Traveller Films at the end of the post too.

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Photography and Styling | Hillary Muelleck Photography, Florist | Sego Event Planning and Floral Design
Paper goods | Huckleberry Paper, Hair & Makeup | McKenzie Larson, Videography | Nicole Traveller Films
Dress | H&M, Models | Taylor and Kate Mulford

 

English Cottage Garden inspired wedding by Maree Wilkinson

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I’m completely enchanted by the beautiful florals in this country garden wedding! As always Naomi from Leaf & Honey has done such a stunning job of them, and Maree Wilkinson has captured them to perfection. The gorgeous bride Claire grew up surrounded by amazing English cottage gardens and wanted to infuse the beautiful colours and romance of them into her wedding day with Nathan, and the fact that they both greatly enjoy being outdoors confirmed the beautiful venue of Bridgewater Estate.

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How and/or where did you meet? Nathan and I met on the New Zealand dating website Find Someone. It was meant to be; we both kept being “recommended” as matches on our individual accounts. After chatting online first, we met up and yes it’s corny but it was love at first sight. We hit it off instantly, he made me laugh, he loved dogs just as much as I did and the rest is history – after the first meeting we both knew we were meant to be together!  

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I didn’t know what sort of wedding dress I would suit until I tried some on. My mum, my best friend Vicky and I went dress shopping together one Saturday, looking at off-the-rack dresses. There were so many lovely ones. We found two dresses that I liked and just couldn’t decide between them! In the end Mum and I went to see a local dressmaker Sue Hunter who was known for making beautiful wedding dresses. She had made my ball dress ten years prior.  I really loved that ball dress so I knew she would work her magic on my wedding dress. Sue quickly sketched up a dress from my descriptions and pictures and it was just as I had in mind! Over the months that I went to see her for fittings, the dress evolved and we made little changes to the design here and there which really worked. If possible, I highly recommend brides getting their dress tailor made for a few reasons; it fits you like a glove so you are so comfortable on the day and you can get it just right as you play around with ideas to create a dress that is uniquely yours. 

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Describe your wedding flowers: Our bouquets were romantic garden flowers, which were lush, gathered but relaxed.  I really didn’t want a ‘tight’ bouquet. I wanted the blooms to be natural and wild, like I had scooped them up from the garden on my way to the wedding! They were in keeping with our colour scheme using a palette of deep lavender, with softer hues of cornflower blue, soft lavender & sage green. Naomi at Leaf and Honey was lovely and a breeze to deal with; her style was what drew me to her initially and she did not disappoint, it was everything that I imagined – just gorgeous and natural.  The flowers in my bouquet were purple dolcetto roses, lisianthus, nigella and lavender with foliage of caspia, soft green sage and olive and were bound with lace and twine. The corsages for our mum’s and my grandmother were mini-blooms of the same flowers in my bouquet. The groomsmen and our dad’s had lavender buttonholes with garden foliage, bound with twine. Nathan’s only request was that he didn’t want to wear a girlie flower, so the lavender and the twine worked as an awesome compromise! Manly, but still colourful! 

Favourite detail of the day: We were so pleased we chose Aaron Bloomfield to be our celebrant, MC and entertainer. He was with us through the day and into the night. Aaron gave the whole day so much energy and it flowed well.  We wanted people to be able to relax outside; so having Aaron not only marry us but serenade us all in the garden with his stunning voice while people mingled and played garden games was absolute magic. He was spot on, giving us the right amount of humour to reflect our personalities and the perfect amount of “loved-up tenderness” that you’d like to have at a wedding. 

Most memorable moment? Walking down the garden steps towards the chapel at Bridgewater arm in arm with my Dad to our chosen music and seeing Nathan standing there waiting for me. I had thought I might cry but on the day it was such a happy moment that I was beaming from ear to ear! 

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Photographer | Maree Wilkinson, Videographer | Dion Edwards & Ashley Yates, Florist | Leaf & Honey
Celebrant/MC/Entertainer | Aaron Bloomfield, Cake | Brides Mother; decorated by Amanda Watson – The Cake Kitchen
Stationery | Whimsical PrintsFreckled Stationery, and Speedy Signs Penrose, Venue | Bridgewater Country Estate
Dress Designer | Sue Hunter Designs, Shoes | Trousseau Bridal Shoes, Jewellery | Brides Mothers, Make-up | Elise Wilson
Hair | Rebecca Wells and Samantha Thomas, Bridesmaids Dresses |  Renz Rags, Grooms Attire | Dorset Suits
Garden games hireage | When Squirrel Met Bear, Caterer | Bridgewater Country Estate

Poronui Lodge Wedding by Bayly & Moore

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How amazing does the New Zealand scenery look in this beautiful wedding by Bayly & Moore? It makes me want to jump in my car and hit the road for a road trip! What amazing surroundings to get married in. Janneke & Chris wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where family and friends could gather and Poronui Lodge - in the middle of the North Island, just out of Taupo – offered the ideal setting combining their love for old world and natural beauty.

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Tell us about finding your wedding dress: From the outset, I planned to design my own dress. The timeless and vintage-inspired glamour -and the drop-waist of the 1920s – were key elements in the design. With the guidance from my fantastic dressmaker, Marilyn Jones, we achieved my dream dress.

Describe your wedding flowers: The bridal bouquet was a reinterpretation of a 1920′s vintage style combining fragrant white spray stock, Sweet William, spray roses, rosemary, and freesia with a soft train of leather fern and jasmine to compliment the delicate beading and soft fabric of the bride’s dress.

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Favourite detail of the day: Of the many memorable, unusual, antique, beautifully formed, and surprising details of the day, our favourite detail was keeping the venue a surprise from our guests, which caused a bit of a stir. Personally, putting on my wedding dress and feeling amazing was also a highlight.

Chris designed and built beautiful banquet tables, which provided a big family dinner setting. It was intimate, relaxed, and simply perfect. Later in the night we toasted marshmallows over a fire, drank hot chocolate, and ate hot chips with fritesassus (mayonnaise) Dutch style!

What advice would you give you out to a couple planning their wedding? Allow yourself plenty of time to plan and to ensure that you have everything sorted. Don’t skimp on your photographer. The day will go by so quickly and the photos are the only thing you will have left. If the budget allows for a videographer, I would highly recommend it. Our photographers were able to film and photograph, which provided the added benefit of there not being many cameras about. 

Good planning requires effective communication. A run-sheet detailing all the small jobs allowed us to have a relaxed and fun day.

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Photographer & Videographer | Bayly & Moore, Venue | Poronui Lodge, Stylist | Haley Tukere, Florist | Kristen Somerville
Dress | Brides design with her mother’s veil and shoes, made by Marilyn Jones, Make up | Josie Wignall using MAC
Hair | Sondra Grimmer, Bridesmaid dresses | Wallace Rose, Groom attire | Working Style, Celebrant | Belinda de Lautour
Band | Gramophone Band, Caterer | Yum Food Company