Happy Friday folks!! I had a wonderful time last night at the Magnolia Rouge Christmas drinks… it was so great to catch up with lots of industry friends, and meet some new faces who I’ve only been in touch with via email, and to have a celebratory drink before the busy season really kicks in here. My amazing friends from Indie Home Collective were so generous in letting me host everyone in their beautiful new homeware store (check it out folks!!), and my Mum and 7 yr old niece contributed some delicious food for the masses! Big thank you to everyone for coming along!
Today I have a pretty as pretty shoot from one of our fabulous directory members Anne Paar who gives us a run down about the shoot below…
“I spend most of my time in New Zealand, so when I knew I was heading to The Netherlands I jumped at the opportunity of organizing a shoot together with the talented wedding stylist Brigitte of Save Your Date.
For this Dutch Delft Blue inspiration shoot we wanted to go somewhere romantic, somewhere beautiful and somewhere Dutch. We choose Chateau Neercanne, a little beauty set among the hills on the border of Belgium and The Netherlands. In this shoot we wanted to work with the typical and famous Delft Blue Pottery and soft pastel colors. Many people have Delft Blue in their homes or you can buy it at flea markets, so we thought it would be a great inspiration for couples getting married. The dress (Blue Bruidsmode) and suit (Misurati) both come from beautiful boutiques from the centre of Maastricht. They were hand made especially for this shoot.
The florist, Giada of Don Florito did a beautiful job by blending the blue and the soft pastel colors together for the brides bouquet and tables. Renske Anna created beautiful stationery to go with the colors of the shoot, Eten van een Lekkere Tafel made the most delicious food and Happy Vintage provided us with some stunning accessories. And last but not least, the hair and make-up of our lovely couple were beautifully styled by Lonneke van Dijk of Fashion Hairstylist and Veronique van der Voort of Visagie & Zo.“
How beautiful is this lovely engagement session of Belinda and Perlon’s at Bendooley Estate, just out of Sydney? Origami Creatives spent a lovely, balmy spring day with the couple who enlisted stylist Carina Breneazu to create a shoot with a touch of romance and intimacy in a fun, country styled setting. This gorgeous estate has such a majestic view and enchanting rural ambience and was perfect for the soft and light filled engagement session they all envisioned.
Erich McVey is one of my absolute favourite photographers so to feature his work in the current issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine was something of a dream come true! Especially with a wedding as gorgeous as this French Chateau one!
Three days in the Dordogne region of France at a beautiful Chateau became the celebration of a lifetime for this English couple. Katie was a little nervous about being the centre of attention as a bride, and for this reason always thought she would elope to a deserted beach one day. However, having realised that it’s all too infrequently in life that we take the time to celebrate, the couple started to see their wedding as a chance to toast not only their relationship, but everything they had achieved together, and their families and friends. From here, their vision grew, resulting in a three-day celebration at a beautiful French château. With thirty guests staying at the property for a weekend ‘mini break’, the holiday feeling was palpable, and the couple enjoyed the build-up almost as much as the big day. From Katie’s jubilant walk down the aisle (where she stopped to cuddle her granny and high five a friend) to the impromptu speeches and karaoke, it was a happy fête full of love and laughter.
Something old, something new: “I was adamant that I would not spend a vast sum of money on a dress that I would only wear once. I wanted a dress I could be relaxed, and have fun in. After much searching, I found a French Henrietta de Praag sample sale dress. Simple and fitted at the waist, with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line skirt, I felt like me in it and found a good taylor to shrink it to fit my petite frame. To add interest, I bought a second-hand Sassi Holford lace bolero on eBay. At the end of the night, there were wine stains all over my dress, but I didn’t care – I had had the time of my life! Looking around at the guests who were still dancing in the early hours, I felt so much warmth, energy and a real joie de vivre.”
Stationery | Antonia Calnan and the bride, Ceremony Venue | St Thomas D’Excidieul
Reception Venue | Château La Durantie, Bride’s Gown | Henrietta de Praag (Dress); Sassi Holford (Bolero)
Shoes | Marks & Spencer, Jewellery | Pascal at Harrods, Hair | Kerry Langfield