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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

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

Oregon Farm wedding by Olivia Ashton

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Magical, joyous, perfect is how Lily & AJ described their wedding day and I think these images from Olivia Ashton Photography convey that perfectly! The couple wanted to get married somewhere unique so they held both the ceremony and reception at AJ’s parents farm which meant they could keep it all pretty simple and let the great outdoors provide all the decor!

How and/or where did you meet? AJ and I met in the San Diego airport returning from Spring Break. I knew one of the guys he was with from a class at Oregon State University, where we were all attending at the time. We were all on the same flight and since it was Southwest airline we got to choose where we sat, so we all sat together. After chatting for the flight, we discovered our houses (fraternity and sorority) were neighbors! We continued talking when we got home and were Facebook official by May!

Tell us about your proposal: I had planned a party up at Detroit lake for my birthday and AJ requested we have some “us” time before the party goers arrived. We went on a hike overlooking the lake and AJ packed a picnic. He handed me my birthday card once we got to the top and before I was done reading he was down on one knee proposing.

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Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I found my wedding dress online (pinterest)! Turned out it was from one of my favorite stores, J. Crew and there was a J. Crew wedding suite in Seattle just 4 hours north. I packed the car with my sister and two bridesmaids and we went to try it on! I ended up liking another a little more once we got there so purchased that one instead. It was perfect and simple for my farm wedding.

Any DIY/Budget elements? Our wedding was almost entirely DIY and budget friendly (with exception to drinks and catering)! My sisters boyfriend Tyler, created all printed materials such as invitations, seating chart and table numbers. I purchased large gold frames at a garage sale to hold the seating chart and had them printed locally at the print shop. My dance floor was entirely hand crafted by my dad, AJ, my sister and her boyfriend. My sisters friend handmade lace embroidery hoops which we placed on the side, and inside the garden shed where drinks were being served.

Describe your wedding flowers: My wedding flowers were dried wheat, dried lavender and fresh Queen Anne’s lace. I hand picked lavender with my sister at a local farm on Sauvie’s island, and picked wheat with my groom on his neighbors farm the month prior to the wedding. I dried them in my apartment for about a month before assembling. The morning of the wedding AJ’s Aunts picked the Queen Anne’s from around the property. The wheat and lavender were a great DIY project because I was able to assemble them the week prior to the wedding, cutting down on “day-of” activities.

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Favourite detail of the day: We installed a Mirror Ball and Christmas lights in the oak tree above the dance floor which was a beautiful focal point.  I also really loved the robes I purchased for all the bridesmaids to get ready in (from Etsy). They made the morning so fun, and I love all the pictures of us matching.

Most memorable moment? Seeing AJ for the first time. I’m so glad we were able to spend time together before all the festivities began because it was a special time to spend just the two of us.

Any other details that help tell the story of your day: For our “unity ceremony” we purchased a potted apple tree and each poured in a bag of compost! AJ is the General Manager for a soil company located on the farm where we got married, so we used that soil. I might be the only Bride who was “gardening” on her wedding day but it’s a gift that keeps on giving. As we approach our first spring in our new house, we are watching our little apple tree we planted start to bloom!

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Photographer | Olivia Ashton Photography, Videographer | Jon Oribello, Cake | Tessa Peterson, Florist | Kathy Farmer
Ceremony Venue | Harmony J.A.C.K. Farms, Scio, Oregon, Dress Designer | J. Crew, Shoes | Sam Edelman
Jewellery | Anthropologie, CVR Jewelers, Piper Jewelry, Hair | Kelsi Buchheit, Make-up | Kim King
Bridesmaids Dresses | Fleet Collection, Grooms Attire | Suits; Mens Warehouse, Ties; J. Crew

Australian Farm Wedding by Leah Kua

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Rustic farm weddings remain one of my all time favourites and this beautiful wedding of Caroline and Abraham’s is no exception, especially given they had Leah Kua there to take such deliciously pretty images! With it’s beautiful gardens, a vineyard and lots of old farm buildings Belgenny Farm offered the couple the perfect outdoor rustic venue they were looking for.

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How and/or where did you meet? We went to the same school and met in year 8 and became great friends; it wasn’t until year 10 that we started dating after Abe finally plucked up the courage to ask me on a date.

Tell us about your proposal: Abe had just finished Uni so we wanted to go away to celebrate. Abe organised a weekend away to the Hunter Valley where we went on a hot air balloon ride to watch the sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast and a walk through the Hunter Valley gardens. We then went to a secluded part of the gardens where Abe got down on one knee and proposed to me. I had no idea that it was going to happen, but everyone else did!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went with 2 of my bridesmaids to a local bridal store and had a horrible experience, I was starting to feel a bit disheartened but then decided to try another store. The sales assistant suggested some dresses to try on, one of which was a different style then what I was looking for. When I tried it on, my bridesmaids and I fell in love with it, after a few tears, I left a deposit.

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Any DIY/Budget elements? I made my own brooch bouquet with brooches that I asked my guests to bring along for at my kitchen tea. We also decorated all the jars for the table flowers as well as some other elements, such as a repurposed farm window which contained a welcome message for our guests.

Describe your wedding flowers: The bridesmaids carried bouquets of hydrangeas with some small white roses and a large succulent at the front, the boys all had a succulent and white roses for their buttonholes and I wore a flower crown with lots of greenery and white roses throughout it.

Favourite detail of the day: The smiles and laughs of all our guests.

Anything other details that help tell the story of your day: As my dad had passed away a year earlier we honoured him by having a small picture of him on my bouquet, Abe wore one of his old bow ties and we both had a shiny sixpence in our shoes that he had given us at our engagement party. For our reception we had a Lebanese drummer to pay tribute to Abe’s Lebanese heritage.

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Photographer | Leah Kua Photographer, Florist | Bella Vista Flower Merchants, Stationery | Poppiseed Designs
Venue | Belgenny Farm, Camden, Dress Designer | Brides of Beecroft, Make up | Tamee Rene Makeup Artist
Bridesmaids Dresses | Laura Ashley, Grooms Attire | Roger David and Cotton On, Jewellery | Diva
Cars | Fifth Avenue Vintage Automobiles, Accommodation | Garden cottage B&B, Camden

Marlborough Sounds wedding by Deborah Foote

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I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the wonderful Julia of Studio Home with this post today. Her sister Caroline got married a few short weeks ago to Simon, in the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound in the South Island with a team of amazing vendors. On top of showcasing the gorgeous photos of the day by Deborah Foote, there’s an amazing giveaway of some awesome products + a nights accommodation at the end of it – SO be sure to scroll to the bottom to find out the details and then head over to Studio Home to enter! But before that the gorgeous bride shares some details of their day with us…

“I was very keen to have the wedding in the Queen Charlotte Sound as it is a special place for our family and where Simon had our first New Zealand trip together. Simon happily obliged. Furneaux Lodge matched us with its relaxed friendly style which became the main vibe we were trying to create throughout the day. This meant low key but lovely elements which we both liked and trying to keep it simple for everyone involved.”

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How did you meet? Simon and I met in Launceston, Tasmania where I was living and working at the time and he was living two hours away in Coles Bay. Our mutual friend Nick (who performed the role of celebrant for us on the day) felt it was important for us to meet considering Simon was coming on a trip to New Zealand with us later in the year and would be spending time with my family and me. We were very pleasantly surprised by each other and by the time the NZ trip came around Simon was coming to be introduced to my family as my boyfriend.

Tell us about your proposal: After three years and then six months of travelling and camping around Australia in our Ute Simon decided that the stability of home and friends was the perfect setting for a proposal. He had secretly arranged with my mum to have a family ring arrive in Australia and with our good friends visiting us from Tasmania for the weekend he proposed to me in the living room of our Queensland cottage.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I searched fairly half heartedly for a dress to purchase and had just started thinking about exploring dressmaker options when my close school friend announced to us that she was giving up her day job to pursue her training and talent as a designer – starting with a bridal range! I spoke to Caroline and could not believe my luck to be able to work with my good friend to design the dress for my wedding. Working with Caroline (Caroline Campion Couture) was amazing, even though she was my friend she was professional and warm and found ways to make my ideas work! This is a big heartfelt plug for Caroline – she made the experience extremely special and relaxed as I trusted her completely. When it all came together it was just magic.

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Any DIY/Budget elements? Being in a remote spot (boat access only) and keeping money in mind we were DIY everything we could! We created our own invites using Instagram photos of us over the last few years. I made the envelopes for the invites out of an out of date atlas. We also used maps to make origami animals to mark the seating plan on the tables and food labels. Simon and I went on op shop hunts the week before the wedding to gather our earthenware vases. We had incredibly talented guests who supported us hugely by providing home baking for dessert, mum made the cake, a friend helped with our hair, and we had a gang for the decorating, making petal confetti, and flower arranging. Not to mention Nick as the celebrant of the marriage and good friends assisting with the photography. We were so lucky to have amazing people resources available to us which made the day even more memorable. The bridesmaids and I did our own make-up after a lesson at Mecca Cosmetica.

Describe your wedding flowers: Being an hour away by boat and the day after Valentine’s Day we knew from the beginning that we would be looking to the native bush and bach gardens for the flowers. Luckily the hydrangeas in the bay were having a bumper season with a really unique array of colour combinations and petal textures. Another talented guest and florist Briar Redfern-Pokaia lent her skills to our bouquets and buttonholes with the bridesmaids having greeny-blue tones and my bouquet more green and white with touches of raspberry-red to go with my lips. The vibe was relaxed and natural. The flowers in the marquee, again pulled together by guests, where miles and miles of a prolific native creeping fern which we gathered and wrapped around the poles. Varieties of other native greenery were foraged, along with gum-nuts for the Aussies, and were used in clusters of vases.

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Favourite detail of the day: We loved that it was more than a day! We had guests arriving on Friday for a BBQ then time to see people on Saturday before the wedding and then the event itself and breakfast on Sunday. For us the whole month felt like a beautiful big celebration with friends and family often meeting each other for the first time.

Talented friends were a theme and photographer Deborah Foote was a prime example! She quietly worked her magic and captured the light simplicity of our day without us even noticing. The bridal party had so much fun during the photos and Deb was skilled at facilitating and capturing genuine (and flattering!) moments for us. Another pleasure was wearing the organic fragrance Vintage’13 from Abel, a beautiful warm scent carefully created by another good friend and guest Frances Shoemack. Abel generously provided us with samples of the fragrance for wedding guests to enjoy too which added another meaningful touch.

I also think that working with Moira and Steve at Furneaux Lodge with their professional, relaxed staff was a major reason for the success of the day, it was seamless and the food was delicious! 

Most memorable moment of the day: Having a waterski on the morning of the wedding and then finding my plait had completely matted from the salt water! It took four people hacking at it with brushes and mum with scissors to untangle it! This was memorable as the only stressful time, the rest of the day was wonderful moments one after another.

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So now for the awesome giveaway details!! Check them out below and to enter for one or all four of them head over to Studio Home to lodge your entry. A night at the lovely Furneaux Lodge sounds like just the ticket to me!!

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Photographer | Deborah Foote, Florist | Briar Redfern-Pokaia, Venue | Furneaux Lodge
Dress Designer | Caroline Campion, Shoes | Witchery, Jewellery | Beady Cats, Bridesmaids Dresses | Juliette Hogan
Grooms Attire | Roger David, Fragrance | Abel, Caterer | Furneaux Lodge