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WELCOME EVER NOTICED HOW THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT a WEDDING in the end is the people involved? so did we. It got us thinking. Sure, a wedding day is certainly about beautiful surroundings, wonderful food and creating a fantastic occasion. How can we not love that part of the day! But the thing that’ll get you there, and ensure it’s the happy day you envisage? It comes down to the people you surround yourself with; your partner, your family and friends, and the vendors you work with. So we decided to pass on the usual overstyled air-brushed images, and set out to connect nice people with nice people. And Hello May was created. A blog, directory and magazine for those of you who love your weddings to be a little more personal and unique. You may have already visited us on the blog at www.hellomay.com.au, or we may be meeting for the first time. Either

way, it’s a real pleasure to welcome you to the very first issue of Hello May magazine. We’re excited. It’s jampacked with inspiration, vendors and weddings we think are truly wonderful. We love a wedding that is most simply, a celebration of love. The ones where the quirks and intricacies of the couple shine on the day. The weddings where a bit of DIY is thrown in, whether its because of budget, or whether you love being hands on. Or truth be told, whether you’re just after an excuse for an extra wine and cheese night with pals. Doesn’t matter really. It’s the personal touches that are at the heart of the day. No one-upmanship and no over-the-top stress. It’s about the couple, the family, the friends, and a beautiful celebration. Pure and simple.

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CONTENTS A LOT OF SNEAKY AFTERNOON PORTS IN THE OFFICE and EDITORIAL MEETINGS AT THE BEACH WENT INTO CREATING THIS ISSUE. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY READING IT AS MUCH AS WE ENJOYED PUTTING IT TOGETHER FOR YOU. UP FRONt

IN THE MIDDLE

UP BACK

12. BITS ‘N’ BOBS A few things we found that we thought might tickle your fancy

26. EMMA + TIM An intimate handmade affair

106. DIY Pom-poms A cute and crafty old-school project

36. CLAIRE + PAUL A day of gangsta rap and heartwarming news

108. DIY HEART CAKE TOPPER A striking handmade cake decoration

18. MILTON GAN We talk shop with this laidback inner city photographer 20. FROM THE OWL A little chat with the duo behind the coolest gift registry 22. The forgotten flowers The lowdown from a pro on blooms that deserve more kudos 24. The ultimate playlist One of our fave DJs, Simon Black, takes us through his top ten

46. KRIS + SEAN A rose-hued 60s wedding

110. THE art of being bridesmaid A first-timer on why it’s such an awesome privilege

52. JO + PHOEBE A celebration of young, crazy, all-consuming love

112. DRUNK One man recounts the heartthundering journey of proposing

58. ALI + CARL A hand-decorated celebration full of creative floral touches

114. and the bride wore... A little look-see at why we’re all wearing white

66. ANITA + JAMES A bright and happy Hindu wedding at home

116. find our vendors The complete stockists list

72. ROBYN + MARK A day of dramatic weather and a cosy family affair 78. MY NECK OF THE WOODS Scene-stealing frocks in the forest 92. suburgatory summer Kick back as a bride of the ‘burbs 100. LEt thEM EAT CAKE The quiet ritual of sweet serving

118. come say hello Pay us a visit at Hello May for a whole lot more goodness 122. HEY DAY Les + Jenny take us back to their day in 1959

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DOT TO DOT There’s a little love affair in the Hello May office with the humble polka dot, so we’re glad that Marc Jacobs went and bottled it up for us as the scent of berries. www.dotmarcjacobs.com

A LIL BIT OF LOVELY LACE Grace Loves Lace make the kind of dresses we dream about swanning around in for a day (or a lifetime) with huge doses of lace, and elegant, flattering cuts. They’re also kind on the wallet, starting at just $700. www.graceloveslace.com.au

STICK A FORK IN IT

PICTURETTE GIFT CARDS Whether you’re handing over one of these beauties to a new bride and groom, or are keen on a different take on the wedding invite, with handwritten details inside the card, these simple yet striking paper works are a winner. They’re screen printed by hand in Sydney on 100 per cent recycled paper and will set you back just $5 a pop. www.etsy.com/shop/picturette

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Biodegradable wooden servingware and cutlery for the outdoor wedding or for serving late night snacks has been kicked up a notch with these fancy-pants sets from The Party Studio. Made from plantation birch they’re eco friendly and also perfect for stamping or painting your own bespoke details onto for the night. www.thepartystudio.com.au

HELLO MAY ON PINTEREST We’ve got to admit, we’ve developed quite the crush on Pinterest. We can’t stop pinning, searching for pins, liking others’ pins, and repinning. We’ve become rather pin-happy types around here. If you’d like to join us in our little bubble of pinned wedding inspiration, we’d love to see you there. You can find us pinning our little hearts away at www.pinterest.com/hellomaymag.

IN THE RED Why do we always wear white? (FYI the answer to this is on page 114.) Feast your eyes on this red lace Collette Dinnigan number. Red is where it’s at people! www.collettedinnigan.com

BLOWING IN THE WIND When you’re over the painstaking paper cuts of DIY, pick up these pinwheels from Wedding Favours Australia and save hours of hassle. They’re pros at paper chains and tissue pom-poms too. www.weddingfavoursaustralia.com.au

A FLORAL CROWN DIY A ring of blooms is steadily competiting with the veil for the title of most-loved headwear, and it’s no surprise why really... we still can’t figure out how one tiny little crown of flowers could be so powerful at transferring us straight back to the days of daydream-filled afternoons in the sun. While most florists these days will happily whip one of these up for you, you could also have a go at making your own. Any selection of soft-stemmed flowers will work for these beauties, so your options are very varied! The very clever Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day has a great step-by-step tutorial just waiting over on her site for you to try. www.ohhappyday.com/2012/08/floral-crown-diy

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POP IT LIKE IT’S HOT While summer can lead to a picture perfect day and balmy warm weather, it can also give a downright hankering for something icy. Pure Pops not only deliver on that front, giving your guests something a little extra to smile about, they’re also made from all things natural. www.purepops.com.au

FROM THE OWL These folk know that by the time you hit the aisle you’re likely already shacked up, have a toaster and towels and just want awesome stuff, like this Acapulco chair. Visit their wedding registry at www.fromtheowl.com

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ASHDOWN & BEE Herald in your guests to the occasion that is your wedding day with a hand illustrated chalkboard, thanks to the fine handiwork of Ashdown & Bee. The clever duo can also take care of your styling needs. www.ashdownandbee.com

HAPPY FEET

TYING THE KNOT Handmade, a little rough around the edges, and so delicate you need to come in closer for a peek. There’s a lot to love about the range of rings to be found on Catbird, from teeny love hearts, tiny initials, and this knotted ring by Yayoi Forest. Pick one up for the wedding or just for the hell of it. www.catbirdnyc.com

Rock them all day with a short frock or slipped under a long one. Or simply wear them later for the hours of dancing – either way, nothing beats some comfy treads that look particularly awesome. We’re loving the handmade goodness from The Horse crew – a great spot for the fella to pick up some fine shoes too. www.thehorse.com.au

FANCY FINGERNAILS Nothing sets off a nice sparkling ring like a set of ten pretty looking fingernails. We’re loving these pastel colours that Dior have introduced – a good dash of pale green, blue or purple are just the colours to get us excited about straying away from a nude manicure on a wedding day. Did someone say both together? Oh now you’re talking. Perhaps give some nail art a whirl for your day – or opt for a different colour to the rest on that all-important left ring finger. www.dior.com

PRINT YOUR OWN WELL SUITED Fellas. There’s a world where suits are well-made, fit oh-so-perfectly, and won’t cost you your first-born child. Yessiree. Though it sounds like a mythical impossibility, you’ll find it at P. Johnson Tailors. Duck over and see the talented team at www.pjohnson.com.au

Hermias Wishes have been busy bees churning out a sweet range of stationery designs that you can buy, customise and then print at your local print or office shop. Pretty nifty huh? We love this clean and simple ‘save the date’ little number. www.etsy.com/shop/ hermiaswishes

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HELLO MAY ON INSTAGRAM CAKE PEOPLE Make little replicas of yourself that are lucky enough to dig their fake feet into the delicious icing of your wedding cake, with this all-inclusive little DIY cake topper kit from Goose Grease Undone. Add your furry friends or kidlets too for a good old cake stomping party. For just $17 they come with two people and two minis, all the non-toxic paints and brushes you could need, and a handy little tips and tricks booklet. www.etsy.com/shop/goosegreaseundone

Have you found us on Instagram yet? Hello May is dedicated to the cause of keeping you updated with some fine and dandy inspiration each and every day via our Instagram page. If you’d like some Hello May love dropped onto your news feed find us at www. instagram.com/hellomaymagazine

DAISY CHAIN

INVITATION TEA TOWELS

Our messy chains of backyard blooms were never quite this fancy when we were younger. We can’t help but be sentimental with this gorgeously grown up daisy chain from Elizabeth Bower. www.elizabethbower.com

Once upon a time people remembered all the places they’d been by the wellused vibrant tea towels that were stacked up neatly in the third drawer down of their kitchen cabinet. Though we may not all have a drawer full of Australiana anymore, some clever stationery folk are bringing back the tea towel, with fine cloths printed with save the date and invitation details. We love these save the date ones by Daisy & Jack. www.daisyandjack.com.au

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SHINY APPY PEOPLE Though we all love a little lo-fi there’s no escaping the fact that many wedding guests are busy snapping away on smartphones. The wonderful new Wedding Party App allows you to create an app just for you wedding and collect all those guests pics in one place – my, oh, my it’s the future! www.weddingpartyapp.com

JUST MY TYPE

NAVAJO BRIDE She’s always been a romantic lass that Fleur Wood. And this season she’s woven quite the romantic tale again, with her new summer collection, inspired by Native American and New Mexican cultures. www.fleurwood.com

Wearing your heart on your sleeve? Boys, add your, and her, initials on instead! These charming wood cufflinks are made to look like recycled typewriter keys and can be customised with any initials. www. etsy.com/shop/FashionStellaBridal

SEED PAPER CONFETTI So you want to be showered with confetti? How about confetti that will then sprout flowers on the ground where it’s left to lie? Mind blown? The reality is all yours with the delightful little handmade seed paper hearts that are packed full of organically-grown seeds for perennial and annual blooms including forget-me-nots, calendula and cornflowers among a stack of others. They’re also a great little product to package up as favours for guests. Encourage them with a note attached to sprinkle them on their way home, for a little bit of floral joy throughout the neighbourhood. Spreading the love is just that simple! www.etsy. com/shop/recycledideas

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MILTON GAN

Tell us a bit about your background? After graduating from a business degree I embarked on a career in media and advertising – which consisted of 17 years of fine dining. I then decided it was time to get a proper job. So I became a photographer! What drew you to the wedding photography game? A lot of reasons: my fascination with relationships and love, the variety of beautiful locations that Australia (and the world) has to offer, and the excitement and humility I experience every time a couple entrusts me with the responsibility of capturing images that will be treasured for the rest of their lives. Can you shed a little light on a day in the life of Milton Gan Photography? I aim to offer every couple the best

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experience possible and that’s achieved by developing a true connection with them. So from my response to their initial enquiry I’m focused on building a relationship with them and this continues to grow. By the time the wedding day arrives we know each other very well and they feel relaxed and confident in my abilities. Every day I can be at any one of these stages with several couples. Meanwhile my friends think I spend all week at the beach and just take photos on the weekend! A word of advice for couples on their big day? Just one word is pretty tough! I like ‘breathe’ as it’s more constructive than ‘relax’, but if I could offer a few more words I would suggest arranging a ‘love session’ a few months before the wedding so the couple can

get used to being in front of the camera and get to know their photographer, which will help them relax on the day. Favourite Sydney venue? I love The Gunners’ Barracks for an intimate, outdoor ceremony while the QVB Tea Room offers a reception with drama, elegance and a whole heap of photo locations. Further south, Milton Park is beautiful and has an awesome name! Who’s work are you loving in the industry at the moment? There are loads of photographers, makeup artists, stylists, florists and stationery designers I admire but it would take too long to name them all so it’s probably easier to check out my ‘circle of trust’ section on my website. www.miltongan.com

PHOTO MILTON GAN

ONE VERY TAlented wedding photographer, milton gan still is a man humbled by the opportunity to take photos of the important events of strangers.

breathing new life into wedding favours

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FROM THE OWL

Tell us a bit about your backgrounds? A: Marissa has spent most of her career as a graphic designer and photographer, while I had spent most of my time working as a sound engineer for radio stations and recording studios.  The idea of From the Owl literally happened overnight. While having a really tough time choosing a wedding gift from another online store we had a light bulb moment, and said “why don’t start our own wedding registry full of things that we love?!” From that night we have moved full steam ahead into the wedding registry business! What does a typical day involve?  Let’s start with coffee please! Then we move onto the computer where we will both spend most of the day sifting through emails, sending and organising

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our orders. We spend every other spare minute instagramming (find us at @fromtheowl) and facebooking. I’m pretty sure this is a standard combo for most in the online business. Top three favourite products on your site? We love anything NEW! Our favourites list would be… 1. The Tom Dixon Hex collection 2. The Love wall flag by Blacklist 3. Pigeon Toe Scribble hanging vase What sets you apart from the local department store registry? From the start we have made it our mission to stock items that can’t be found at your local department store. We only stock items that we would truly love ourselves, we don’t buy every item that our suppliers offer – we hand pick each and very piece. 

What services do you offer a couple looking for something a little different? A very cool drawcard to From the Owl is our free wedding mini site. Everyone who signs up can easily share all of their wedding details online in one neat little package. The wedding mini site includes gift registry products, your wishing well, wedding and travel details as well as pages to upload photos and leave personal notes. Any horror gift giving stories? It may sound a little corny, but no one is ever forced to give a gift, so receiving any gift should be taken as a compliment. And that’s what registries are for, so those gifts don’t go to waste!  www.fromtheowl.com

PHOTO Alex Vaughan

KICKING Monogrammed bath robes OUT OF THE WEDDING GIFT GAME, ALEX + MARISSA STARTED FROM THE OWL, A BOUTIQUE GIFT REGISTRY FULL OF AWESOME THINGS WE ALL WANT.

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The forgotten flowers

1. Carnations They may have a dated rep, but they’re available in an amazing array of colours that are sometimes challenging to find. Carnations look most effective and current when used en-masse using a single variety or in a monochromatic colour palette. In arrangements, their stems are slender and look fabulous designed in a clean, twisted way to create an almost perfect dome. Carnations are also great for flower girl pomanders (flower balls); providing a lush, ruffled look that looks so sweet finished off with a bold ribbon. 2. Baby’s Breath Its resurgence has begun recently, but it must be used correctly to have an impact. No red roses and baby’s breath combos straight out of the 80s here. The only way to use baby’s breath in a new way

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is on its own for bouquets, hanging in clusters, or collected together as table bunches. It creates a dreamy look that is romantic, airy and ethereal. Mixed with anything else, and the entire look changes, so keep it simple! 3. Chrysanthemums Our favourites are small lime green button mums and spider mums in white and lime green. We love to use button mums for flower girl pomanders and textural spider mums for a group of floral balls (simply cover an oasis ball in a single variety) atop vases as an all-too-easy, streamlined centrepiece. 4. Gladioli Mixed up with a whole range of other blooms, we absolutely agree the old gladioli is dated. However, it is another flower that when used en-masse in a single colour they can

create a dramatic statement and when conditioned correctly before going into the vase, they are long lasting and cost effective for the size and impact they have the ability to create. 5. Daisies Used in the correct way, white daisies with little yellow button centres can look fresh and modern. A small delicate posy can be a sweet option for a bouquet, whether for the grown ups or flower girls, or daisies can add a subtle pop of colour to an allwhite bouquet of flowers. Yellow is on trend at the moment, but sometimes too much can be overwhelming. Daisies are a flower that can add an accent of colour without being the dominant feature; they are happy to stay predominantly in the background, but still be noticed overall.

PHOTO Ryder Evans Photography

These underrated blooms don’t get the kudos they deserve. The talented Rachel Uys from Lavande Designs gives us the rundown on why they’re so fabulous and just how to put them to use.

The ultimate playlist

Putting together an ultimate wedding track list is tough! The thing is, I don’t really believe that such a list exists. As a DJ we never know what’s going to work until we’re there on the night. A word of advice on a good tunes spinner: your DJ or band should be capable of ‘reading the guests’ on the night so be wary of those who recommend  their clients select every song. The best time you can have is by having a pro there to select a list based on the mood and guaranteed to get guests on the floor! So, back to this list of mine... here’s ten of my faves. The list is arranged from chilled out to pumping. Amend as you see fit. They’re fun. There’s some newbies, and some classics – and I think you’re going to love them.

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1. Hysteric (Acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O’s vocals could melt the hardest of hearts on this one. 2. Stella – Bertie Blackman. This is one of her new songs that is just so lovely, and I think will become a popular number over summer. 3. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac. What more can you say about this. A quintessential classic. 4. Father (Soul) – The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Will Holland (aka Quantic) produces some amazing and unique tunes. I picked this track purely for the thumb piano! 5. Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel. Another classic that always gets a great response. 6. Love This – Cosmo Jarvis. Feel good vibes a go-go.

7. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis. An old classic which was given a rejigging by Katalyst recently, though I prefer the original. 8. 1517 – The Whitest Boy Alive. You’re guaranteed a lot of heads nodding and feet tapping from this one. 9. Somebody To Love Me –  Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. The man can do no wrong. 10. There’s A Party (Funkglorious Remix feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na) – N.A.S.A. Bringing it home with a banging party tune – like all good celebrations need! Want to give them a listen? You’ll find this tracklist on the links below. www.rdio.com - hellomaytop10 www.spotify.com - hellomaytop10

PHOTO john benavente

We set one of our favourite wedding DJs, Simon Black from XYDJ, an impossible test – to create a top TEN ultimate wedding track list. Ever the gentleman that he is, he obliged.

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EMMA + TIM Good friends, great food and a list of DIY projects Martha Stewart would be proud oF. It was love at first sight when record label manager Emma and all-round creative genius Tim first laid eyes on each other. After a whirlwind romance of just five months they were engaged, and here we are two years later, sharing their rather excellent handmade wedding with you. Emma, being the crafty lass she is, got amongst it with her nearest and dearest, making every detail of this wedding with their own two hands. Everything from the bonbonniere (homemade peach jam) to the picnic blankets (patchwork quilts) were made by Emma, Tim and their band of merry helpers. “We really wanted to share things we like doing together with our friends and family. Things like picnics, baking, fine dining with nice wines, ass-shaking blues gospel and soul music, and playing games in the sunshine. It wasn’t about trying to follow any trends or appeal to anyone else but us.” Photographer and all-round nice guy Justin Aaron, capturer of light and love, is well known on the east coast for being rather excellent himself and

was a natural choice to immortalise Em and Tim’s big day on film, or pixels as technology would have it. His laidback, unobtrusive approach and ability to weave a beautiful narrative through his detailed shots suited this mellow couple to a tee. Centennial Park in Sydney offered some great locations for portraits. Emma says, “we wanted a magical place and when we stumbled upon an amazing old Port Jackson fig tree with a natural canopy, we knew it was perfect”. Throwing tradition out the window and caution to the wind, Emma and Tim got together with their friends before the ceremony to decorate. Handmade bunting and paper cranes were strung from tree to tree, trestle tables were set up with homemade baked goods. An amazing wedding cake (which of course they made themselves) was very bravely carried by Emma on her lap to the ceremony in the car! When it was all over, everyone pitched in to pack up and move on down to The Book Kitchen in Surry Hills to decorate all over again. With friends like these, who needs a stylist!

PHOTO JUSTIN AARON PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BRIDE In grandmother’s pearls (literally) and a custommade dress teamed with classic hair and makeup, Emma looked every bit the blushing bride on their day! THE DRESS Kitsch Bitsch THE Ring Sydney Antique Centre Hair + Makeup Kimberley Forbes

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Emma’s favourite moment of the day was cutting the cake they’d made together (right after the ceremony!) and handing it out for friends and family to enjoy.

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A brave bride, Emma carried the cake on the lap of her white dress. The flowers, decorations and guest book were some of the other lovely handmade details of the day.

THE GROOM Wearing a collection of vintage items gathered from travels the world over, we loved Tim’s eclectic look. A little bit Sinatra with a touch of Dick Van Dyke. THE SUIT Tweedmans Vintage THE TIE enVie72 on Etsy THE Ring Sydney Antique Centre

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A couple of packs of Polaroid film from eBay had guests capturing the personal side of the action for Emma and Tim’s guest book.

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Stunning fig trees in Centennial Park, Sydney

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PHOTOGRAPHY Justin Aaron Photography FLOWERS Flemington Flower Markets CEREMONY Centennial Park, Sydney RECEPTION The Book Kitchen CATERING The Book Kitchen POLAROID CAMERA + FILM eBay Australia

A sneaky evening costume change saw the bride rock a red dress into the early hours!

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CLAIRE + PAUL SOME SPECIAL NEWS, A MIXED TAPE AND A WHOLE lOTTA LOVE. NOT EVEN A LITTLE RAIN COULD, ER, rain on their parade. From the second photographer Tim Coulson walked through Claire’s door on her wedding day he knew this was going to be an event like no other! “Claire handed me a CD and told me this is what she wanted played in my car, while we drove from location to location during the portraits.” For all you folks at home, here’s the playlist. 1. This is how we do it - Montell Jordan 2. No diggity – Blackstreet 3. Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa 4. Beautiful – Snoop Dog feat. Pharrell 5. Trick me – Kelis 6. Return of the Mack – Mark Morrisson 7. Hey Mr. D.J. – Zhané 8. Get busy – Sean Paul 9. One thing – Amerie 10. You can do it – Ms. Toi and Ice Cube 11. Holiday – Naughty By Nature 12. Too close – Next 13. Touch it – Monifah 14. No scrubs – TLC Claire’s awesome playlist, aptly titled ‘Gangsta Cruisin’ set the tone for the good times and great memories that followed, not to mention loosened them all up a bit in front of the camera. Massage therapist and yoga teacher, Claire, met Australian Defence Force

member, Paul, almost four years ago and bonded over, among other things, a love of food. So of course, when it came to planning their wedding day, tasty treats were at the top of the menu must-haves. “We wanted something that reflected us as a couple, something simple, relaxed  and  intimate, like a Sunday family dinner – all of our nearest and dearest together having a laugh and sharing stories.” Podfood at Pialligo Plant Farm proved to be the perfect location for this feat to go down! Look closely at the photos and you’ll find some fabulous handmade details have been worked into Claire and Paul’s wedding day. Claire’s mum made her gorgeous wedding dress, while Paul’s mum knitted some lovely wool shawls for the guests in case the evening got chilly. Homemade jams were made as wedding favours with tags by An April Idea (who also did the invitations) and the floral centrepieces were artfully arranged in recycled egg cartons! But the icing on the cake? When Claire announced during her speech that they were going to have a baby! Talk about ending the evening on a high note...

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Claire and Paul clowning around after the ceremony.

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THE BRIDE Wearing a homemade dress and a megawatt smile, Claire didn’t need much else! THE DRESS Made by the bride’s mum THE SHOES Tony Bianco THE EARRINGS Lovisa THE RINGS Diamond Design & Blue Nile

A bike decorated with flowers bought from the Sydney Flower Market offers direction to the ceremony.

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Wedding favours included homemade chilli jam capped off with vintage fabric squares.

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A look even Don Draper would be proud of.

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THE GROOM Throwing tradition out the window, Paul pulls off suspenders with ease! THE SUIT Roger David THE BOW TIE Marcello Neckwear THE RING Diamond Design THE SUSPENDERS Roger David

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Claire says, “any expectations I had of the day went out the window when I was walking down the aisle and saw friends and family I haven’t seen for years, and of course, my husband to be. I just wish we could do it all over again!”

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Eggshell cartons as vases and scrabble tiles for place cards – genius! Meanwhile the homemade cheese cake is topped off, literally, with a vintage bride and groom, and Claire and Paul share their ‘two becomes three’ news with family and friends.

PHOTOGRAPHY Tim Coulson FLOWERS Sydney Flower Market CEREMONY & RECEPTION Podfood, Pialligo Plant Farm GELATO CART Pure Gelato Bridesmaids dress Modcloth STATIONERY An April Idea

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Wedding dJs

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Kris’ bright multicoloured dress underlay peeks out and grabs attention.

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KRIS + SEAN WITH A liberal DOSE OF PINK, A mr whippy van AND SOME SWEET 60S STYLING, THIS WAS ONE FUN AFFAIR FROM THE GET-GO. With newborn twins and a busy home business, Kris and Sean decided to get a little busier, and plan a bumper DIY wedding, putting their new relationship to the test. (Kris says, “we’ve been together just over a year and a half and have nine month old twins - you do the math!”) But plan away they did, and boy did they do a fine job! Throwing in a 40th celebration and the christening of their twins into the mix on the day, their family affair that included Sean’s two young daughters as ‘groomsmen’ made for a rather wonderful day that they wish they could do over again. As owner of The Best Little Vintage Van in Vegas, the theme was a nobrainer, with Kris already having the vintage van and classic car sorted. She says, “it just morphed into a big

candy-coloured extravaganza from there.” Taking place inside the most magnificent open space – an old church hall with high ceilings, their carnival was rounded out with plenty of bright hues and food and coffee trucks – which of course included everyone’s favourite, Mr Whippy. While one of Kris’ favourite moments of the day was heading onto their afterparty to be greeted by their guests, Sean’s favourite part of the day came earlier in a brief quiet moment. “A couple of friends had recommended taking 15 minutes to sit back by ourselves and just relax. Later in the night we managed to nab the gorgeous red sofa, one arm around each other, the other holding a wine, and watched some crazy dance moves by our guests and laughed... a lot.”

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THE BRIDE Kris wore two vintage dresses on the night, first this 60s sleeved number, before changing into a 50s strapless frock with a bright underlay! THE DRESSES Retro Metro + Atomic Martini THE SHOES Melissa by Viviene Westwood THE RING Stones Diamonds Hair Angela Simonds makeup Kayrene Le Marchant

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Wedding favours Pink pervaded the home day included through all the made chilli details, fromjam the capped offtowith sweets table the Mrvintage Whippyfabric van! squares

THE GROOM Sean kept with the overall theme of the day, by kitting out in pink and patterns. THE SUIT Hugo Boss THE SHOES His own THE TIE His own THE RING Stones Diamonds

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PHOTOGRAPHY Luke Going Photography FLOWERS Rocklea Flower Markets CEREMONY VENUE St Anne’s Catholic Church, Wooloowin RECEPTION VENUE Holy Cross Church Hall, Wooloowin CATERING Zen Catering Kate’s Vegetarian Food Kombi Koffein Classic Ice Creams CHAIR HIRE Moments in Vintage CANDY BUFFET Brisbane Lolly Buffets MUSIC Kurt Kleimeyer PHOTO BOOTH Rick Hartman GIFT REGISTRY Not Another Toaster

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PHOEBE + JOE A relaxed atmosphere allowed the all-consuming, crazy, young love of this pair to shine on as the star of the day. We’re not sure if we’ve ever met a more smitten pair than these two! A true testament to how exciting, invigorating and fantastically all-consuming young love can be, Phoebe, 21, and Joe, 26, carried their relaxed attitudes with them throughout the entire approach to their wedding. And the day, they say, was truly wonderful, and all “theirs” – a day that in a heartbeat they would do all over again. When we asked Phoebe about her favourite part of the day, we thought she was never going to stop – so long was her list of things that she truly loved. Phoebe says, “from waking up before my bridesmaids and shedding a little tear because the weather was absolutely flawless, to finding out from my eight-year-old cousin that we’d just gotten married on a blue moon, and to finding out the vibe we created was one that had our friends dancing through to the early morning with a bonfire on the beach to celebrate.” A moment that truly resonated though was when king of the car karaoke, Joe, did a singing performance for Phoebe. Having practiced in the

lead up to their wedding, Joe took to his feet to serenade with his version of ‘To build a home’ by Patrick Watson, featuring Systematic Orchestra. “I couldn’t take my eyes off him, I was so proud of him,” said Phoebe. “The words of the song hit me deep, and I had no hesitation but to go up afterwards and kiss his face off.” Their scenic location, Dunes on Shelly in Ballina, northern NSW, was a place well known to Joe that he had a soft spot for, having spent many of his teen years there for church camps. Still involved in their Christian church, Phoebe and Joe had a great rally of help around them, from a church friend who drove all the way from Sydney to offer the services of his car, to their friends who offered to help with a touch of waiting duties. Phoebe says, “we felt so loved from everyone on the day and leading up to the day. Every single vendor we had, including our friends, were so genuine and helped us to stay the most chilled we could be.” And friends, these very lovely pics from Shane Shepherd tell no word of a lie – it was a loved up day indeed.

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In the natural surroundings of the Ballina coastline, Phoebe and Joe enjoyed a few moments for themselves.

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THE BRIDE Phoebe says she loved “the feeling of trying my dress on for the first time, I was emotionally attached to its French cotton lace and its perfect fit.

THE DRESS Watters, BellaDonna

THE RING House of Diamonds

MAKEUP Jacqui Deacon

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Bright bunting and bench seats were simple additions to the brilliant blue sky setting, with fresh touches including snacks of strawberries which also doubled as place cards.

THE GROOM In dark pants, set off by a powder blue blazer, Joe was every bit the dapper beachside groom. His jacket soon became a generosity to keep his new wife toasty. THE SUIT RDX THE Ring House of Diamonds THE SHOES RDX

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“The decorations were all made by me,” said Ali. “Oh the pain, but it was so worth it!”

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ALI + CARL pre-wedding pics allowed these two to make the most of the day they’d spent so many days and hours preparing for. While many couples spend the few hours after their nuptials ducking about on a photo shoot, Ali and Carl switched the order of their day around, allowing them to make the most of their day and spend more time with guests. Having gotten ready separately still, they started their day together when they met up for photos. Ali said, “I walked up behind Carl and gently turned him around. He had the biggest smile and so much joy in his face – a moment I’ll never forget!” And although they’d already spent time together on their shoot, that moment when Ali walked down the aisle still got the better of Carl. “The anticipation of waiting for Ali to come around the corner while I was standing at the alter with my groomsmen [was a favourite moment of mine]. I was excited, nervous and so happy all in one moment!” Moving the order of things around allowed the happy duo to relax for the rest of the day. Carl says, “straight after the ceremony we instantly relaxed and started to enjoy ourselves and reap the benefits of all that planning. The atmosphere afterwards was so joyous.”

Ali was keen on a few fashion surprises on the day, so after the photo session, she popped a fitted sequin top on over her gown to surprise her hubby-to-be as she headed down the aisle. Then, “I took it off later when the sit-down dinner began, to surprise our guests with the ‘proper’ look at my wedding dress!” Ali racked up a lot of hours in the lead up to the wedding creating all the decorations herself, including that amazing backdrop! She says, “I sewed the bottles and garlands onto the silver coloured linen, then our florist Lisa – a godsend – decorated it with the most beautiful dodder vine and carnation heads, and filled the bottles with mini delicate posies.” Rounding out her DIY cleverness were the 50 invites that Ali designed herself and had printed at Vistprint for a paltry $8. That’s not a typo, and even included envelopes! Extra personal touches included the aisle decorated with a native flower, the Geraldton Wax, from Ali’s home town in Western Australia, and table numbers with pics of Ali and Carl at those respective ages. So sweet.

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THE BRIDE Keeping things interesting with a costume change, we’re big fans of the sweet sequined top Ali threw on over her gown, perfectly offsetting her classic ponytail hairdo. THE DRESS Adam Dixon THE Ring August + Pemberton Hair + Makeup Kimberley Forbes The shoes Mollini Jewellery Swarovski Hair Amanda, Oscar Oscar Makeup Amy Erbacher Flowers Dragonfly Floral Design Bridesmaids Bridesmaids Only 60 // REAL LIFE WEDDING

The sweet sequin and bow detail on Ali’s dress. Opposite; the bridal party get their groove on, and Carl holds a note that his mum, who passed away in 2007, left for him to read on his wedding day.

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“We chose the Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks because they had everything. We could get married in the courtyard, have canapes and champagne on the deck, have an amazing three-course meal inside, then dance the night away in the courtyard under the lanterns and fairy lights.”

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THE GROOM Carl styled it up in a classic monochromatic get-up with his black tux and bow tie. THE SUIT Peppers THE BOW TIE Peppers THE RING August + Pemberton Groomsmen Peppers

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Photography James Day Photography Photo Booth Amusing Foto Booths Music Personalised Wedding DJs Venue Gunners Barracks CATERING Tea Room, Gunners Barracks Cake The Cheesecake Shop

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ANITA + JAMES HAPPY and intimate, the hindu celebrations of this duo are packed with a breathtaking amount of life and colour. There is a lot of joy in these pictures. This small Hindu ceremony (and civil registration) took place at Anita’s parents house and all (and we mean all!) of the catering, decorations, dressings for the bride  and even the celebrant were prepared and provided  by family and friends. “Everything was done on a tight budget,” said Anita. “As we have just finished building a new home together to celebrate the start of our married life.” Known for being gloriously colorful, lavish, and deeply traditional, Hindu weddings place an emphasis on the merging of two souls and two families. Photographers David and Joe, from Origami Creatives, outdid themselves capturing special moments during the ceremony, including the exchange of the floral garlands (known as varmala) to symbolise love for one another.

Once the formalities were done, Joe said, “boy, did these guys know how to party! Everyone was up on the dance floor and the place was pumping! David and I had an awesome time photographing Anita and James celebrating with family and friends, many of whom had travelled from interstate and overseas”. After the ceremony Anita and James travelled with their photographers to Sydney’s Murugan Temple, one of the most treasured Hindu temples in Australia, for a bit of alone time as husband and wife. As these gloriously bright photos are a testament to, Anita and James achieved their wish of a “personal and intimate” wedding day. Their Hindu celebration was followed up with an even more intimate Catholic ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.

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Amidst the beautiful sandy walls and lush green grass of the Murugan Temple.

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THE BRIDE Wearing a blue and red sari from New Zealand, Anita was a bright and beautiful bride. THE GROOM James wore a traditional salwar from Sydney’s west in cream.

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Only the essentials were required for this family affair pHOTOGRAPHy Origami Creatives CATERING Vanaja’s Kitchen HAIR + MAKEUP Mihiri Kotagama photography location Murugan Temple CAKE Imaginarium Cakes

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ROBYN + MARK UNDER heavy clouds and pelting rain, this happy pair made the most of a grey situation and bunkered down for a cosy party. They say it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day. Robyn and Mark then, must be some of the luckiest folk going around. Having held their wedding in Perth – where Robyn was living and working as a speech pathologist, while Mark lived in Darwin as a pilot – they planned for a sunset wedding. Mother Nature, however, had other plans in mind – filling the skies with heavy grey clouds that pelted down a barrage of rain and hail. So a rather large dose of good luck we should think! Having spent so much time living in different states before the wedding, Mark and Robyn were grateful just to be spending so much time together in the lead up. “The week prior was actually lots of fun having him home,” said Robyn. “In our case, absence definitely made the heart grow fonder, and we broke tradition and stayed

together in our home the night before the wedding, had a family dinner and practiced our wedding dance. It was so nice to have our family in the one spot.” Wanting a relaxed party, Robyn and Mark decided on a small wedding, though they worried about the number of guests at first. Robyn says, “we worried that 46 people for the wedding would make for a very small affair. In the end it was a magic number for us. So intimate. We got to speak with everyone and share a drink with them. We felt totally relaxed and happy.” The silver lining of the dramatic weather was a moody and romantic atmosphere, as they all took shelter in the cosy room of Indianas on Cottesloe Beach. And for a brief moment, their luck rolled around, the sun shone through the clouds, and Robyn and Mark got the sunset they’d wished for.

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THE GROOM Having spent an entire day shopping together in Sydney for a suit, Mark finally found one in the airport shops just 15 minutes before their flight departed! THE SUIT Oxford THE SHOES His own THE RING Linneys

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THE BRIDE Robyn cut a svelte figure in a cream silk satin dress. THE DRESS Johanna Johnson THE VEIL Studio Fabrics THE SHOES Zu THE RING Linneys JEWELLERY Johanna Johnson + Angelique at David Jones MAKEUP Robyn’s mum

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pHOTOGRAPHy CJ Williams VENUE + CATERING Indiana FLOWERS Poppy’s Flowers STATIONERY Paper Fusion CAKE Robyn’s mum HAIR Anja Jacobz (friend)

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MY NECK OF THE WOODS STAKE CLAIM ON your wedding DAY WITH SCENE-stealing dramatic dresses and a jaw-dropping woodlands setting.

PHOTOS FEATHER & STONE FLOWERS Green & Bloom HAIR + MAKEUP TRACIE WEAVER STYLIST Brittney Moroko ASSISTANT bree anketell MODELS TALISA + BLAKE AT DIVISION

THIS PAGE Talisa wears: Doris gown by Maria Lucia Hohan, $1510, The Babushka Ballerina. Silver ring, $199.95, Tree of Life. Floral headpiece, POA, Green & Bloom

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THIS PAGE + OPPOSITE Talisa wears: Evangaline Lace gown, $1200, The Babushka Ballerina. Floral headpiece, POA, Green & Bloom

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THIS PAGE Talisa wears: Doris gown by Maria Lucia Hohan, $1510, The Babushka Ballerina. Floral headpiece, POA, Green & Bloom. Blake wears: Jeff Banks shirt, $79.95, MYER. Blaq pants, $79.95, MYER. The Erickson bowtie, $40, Sincerely, Cornelius

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THIS PAGE + OPPOSITE Talisa wears: Lace beaded gown, $2400, Amanda Garrett. Small floral crown, POA, Green & Bloom

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THIS PAGE Blake wears: Shirt, $195, P. Johnson. Blazer pants, $79.95, MYER. Darcy fedora, $49, Oxford

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THIS PAGE Talisa wears: Adele gown, from $3300, Jennifer Gifford Designs For stockists see page 118.

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Suburgatory WHILE AWAY A WARM SUMMER WEDDING DAY IN THE SUBURBS WITH RELAXED DRESSES WORTHY OF ANOTHER DECADE.

PHOTOS MATT JOHNSON STYLIST MADELINE JOHNSON MAKEUP TOBI HENNEY HAIR Vanessa Henwood FLOWERS IN BUD FLORIST MODEL BIANCA JADE AT VIVIENS CAR Kombi CELEBRATIONS

THIS PAGE Bianca wears: Harper bridal gown, $2500, Jennifer Gifford Designs. Hairpiece, POA, In Bud Floral Design. Kombi, from $400, Kombi Celebrations.

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THIS PAGE Bianca wears: Genevieve Ponti one-shoulder dress by Camilla & Marc, $490, ROAR.   Mattina champagne heel, $170, Diana Ferrari. Neckpiece, POA, In Bud Floral Design. OPPOSITE Bianca wears: Dhalia dress by Camilla & Marc, $550, ROAR.   Earrings, stylist’s own. Neckpiece, POA, In Bud Floral Design.

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THIS PAGE Bianca wears: Vanilla Orchid gown, $POA Beska Bridal & Evening Couture. Hairpiece, POA, In Bud Floral Design. Kombi, from $400, Kombi Celebrations

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THIS PAGE Bianca wears: Flannel lace top, $POA and skirt, $POA, ROAR Jude tan leather sandal, $150, The Horse. For stockists see page 116.

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THIS PAGE Silverware and props from The Prop Department. Cakes by Four Seeds were finished off with florals from The Bluebell Society.

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Handmade pompoms look great dangling from trees, or strung together to make one long pom-pom garland.

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DIY: POM-POMS IS THERE ANY BETTER WAY TO DECORATE THAN THREADING COLOURFUL PUFFS OF WOOL THROUGH THE OVERHANGING TREES? WE THINK NOT. Hark back to the days of school yard crafts when you’d sit amongst the clover patches whipping these up with friends – you’ll be a pro again in no time at all. WHAT YOU WILL NEED Wool Scissors Cardboard Baker’s twine Time, and a good bottle of wine 1. Using a cup or saucer (depending on how big you want your pompom), trace two large circles on your cardboard and cut out. 2. Make a smaller circle in the centre and cut out, giving you two donutshaped pieces of cardboard. Keep in mind the size of the smaller circle will determine the size of your pom-pom too, so keep it fairly small. 3. Place your two donuts together and thread your wool through the hole and

up around both pieces of cardboard binding them together as you go, moving around the circle. 4. Repeat over and over again until the entire donut has been thickly covered. The more wool you use, the fuller your pom-pom will be. We like a full pom-pom here at Hello May, and recommend you keep threading until your inner circle is full and you can thread no more. 5. Next, carefully cut the wool around the edge (your scissors should go between the two pieces of cardboard). 6. Then wiggle a length of bakers string between the two pieces of cardboard. Pull it through and tie as tightly as you can. Leave the lengths as this is what you’ll use to hang it. 7. Remove the cardboard. If you are after a perfectly round pom pom, trim any stray long bits off. SPECIAL NOTE: For a rainbow pompom simply change the colour of the wool a couple of times when threading.

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DIY: FELT CAKE TOPPER Sitting Atop a classic white iced cake, a lone handmade red felt heart. So simple, effective and super easy to do yourself. When it comes to getting a little touch of decoration on your wedding cake, options are certainly not in a short supply. But really, nothing says it better than a sweet hand-stitched heart in a deep shade of red. What you will need Felt Scissors Needle Cotton embroidery thread Stuffing (cotton balls or tissue) Bamboo skewer Glue 1. Fold your felt so it is a double layer. Using sharp scissors, cut a heart the size you want, from both layers of felt, ensuring the edges match up. 2. Thread the embroidery thread onto

the needle and tie a knot in the end. With the two pieces of felt held together, start at the base of the heart and, with a simple running stitch (see pic, this is purely a stitch where you go in and out from each side at equal lengths without tracking back at all), move around the heart, keeping a couple of millimetres from the edge of the felt. 3. When you get halfway down the last side of the heart, stop stitching (though leave the needle and thread attached as it is) and insert lightweight stuffing to pad out the heart. 4. Continue stitching down the last section until you reach the base again. Insert bamboo skewer. SPECIAL NOTE: If the stuffing doesn’t hold the skewer secure, dab a small amount of glue inside the end before inserting skewer and allow to dry.

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Whether your cake is homemade or from the pros, this strikingly simple topper will give it a loving touch.

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the art of being a bridesmaid

I’m not a woo girl. You know those high pitched screamers that become overexcited at the offer of a Kahlua and milk on ice? Yep, not me. But oh, have I come close of late. I’ll freely admit that while walking amongst peak hour in Sydney’s Surry Hills and returning a missed call, I unashamedly let my inner woo girl escape – just a little. I was just that excited that my friend had gotten engaged. Knowing this much, you can probably imagine my reaction at the letterbox a fortnight later when I tore open an unexpected brown paper parcel. Inside was a glorybox-worthy, hand-embroidered doily, with the word “bridesmaid” cursively sprawled in lilac. I was this close to hugging it out with the neighbouring Nonna who

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was tending to her sage plot. Since then I have been asked twice more, each time matched with the same genuine enthusiasm. It seems that I just truly love being a bridesmaid. As a first timer (though three times at once), and feeling very grown up that my friends are on their way to Hitchtown, I started to wonder what my role involved. What was I supposed to do? Somehow along the way I’d managed to misconstrue things a little and invent what I thought was a ‘bridesmaid walk’. It was probably good fortune that I decided to discuss and demonstrate the walk that I had artfully crafted, for a fellow bridesmaid. Imaginary bouquet in hand, I proceeded to walk exceptionally slow with a slight dip and nod of the head

at each step. Perhaps once or twice, I might also graciously wave and mouth hello or give a half-smile to guests I recognised. Apparently this was merely a musing of my excitable imagination. All I needed to do was be there for the bride. Sure makes this whole bridesmaid thing seem rather easy. I soon discovered among the very lovely perks (turns out every bridesmaid duty or occasion calls for Champagne – don’t mind if I do), was being let in on the secrecy surrounding the bride’s dress. Fun! And providing no taffeta monstrosities be thrown my way, I’m all geared up to be designated my head to toe ‘costume’. It is just so damn convenient to bring only my nude spanx. The bridesmaid walk though I’ll reluctantly leave at home.

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There’s a whole lotta love to be found in being a bridesmaid, and perhaps the odd misconception OR TWO, as ALEISHA MCNIECE, FROM THE LUCY CHASE PROJECT, DISCOVERS on her first time.

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DRUNK Being head over heels sure takes you on a hell of a ride, as Tom Gray discovers, while he fumbles about in love on bended knees. I have been on a spiritual journey. Not spiritual in the traditional sense of the word. A journey more akin to say, running naked through a forest, blind drunk, with nothing but your smell to guide you and your beating heart to remind you of your inability to stop. I speak, of course, of love, or more specifically, an important act of love. There is nothing practical about the art of engagement. I know this now. High up on the hill behind an old growth tree, peering back toward the house on a borrowed farm, when the sun was still high but she slept like it was night, my hand was shaking, attempting to scribble a note; childlike, but heartfelt. In this moment, praying she did not wake, pulling wax thread through leather, rolling the note into its clumsy handmade strap, I wasn’t thinking. Love directs your course and it decides when you wake. You’re drunk. I stashed that shaky note into my army jacket pocket, praying the amateur stitching in its leather housing would hold. I think I remember smiling. I hoped the outline of the ring box in the side pocket of my rucksack didn’t promote investigation or question. I hoped a lot of things in fact. Perhaps hope is all you really have as you run blindly toward the end. After all, she

either says yes or she says no. The chips are down. There are no receipts, you burnt them. You’ve deleted Safari’s history. You’ve changed the password of your netbank. You’ve built the old wooden door. It sits in a different forest, waiting. Your sleepy labrador waits too, calico loose around her neck, the leather note hanging just like you hoped it would. You’re completely drunk, and without recollection of the thirty-odd magnificently elaborate, impractical, non-logical plans that you flirted with along the way. Napkin sketches of giant teacup boats and tree houses, full of talented musical friends humming love songs into the warm spring air. They all sit in a dark corner of a cupboard. A proposal graveyard. That we can become this impractical is unquestionably concerning, but perhaps the fact that all logic is capable of disappearing when love requires it to is something worth celebrating. As whatever misery and heartache life may be capable of threading through the fiber of our short existence, this act of love, whatever the outcome, is spectacularly triumphant. And I welcome the opportunity to be that drunk again. Perhaps on our wedding day. Or love day. Or whatever you want to call it. Who cares. She said yes.

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And the bride wore…

We humans are funny folk. Ever noticed how on such a happy day of our lives, when we all seek to express our individuality and how unique we are – and our love is – we all develop single-hued vision? Why is it, that at the first sign of a sparkler on the third left, we all flock to a white frock? Where did it all start? You may have heard a little story once or twice about it being the sign of virginity and purity. Clever misconceiving folk that we are though, that one spun its way onto the rumour mill over the last century or two. And come on friends, were we still kidding anyone on that one? Pretty sure even Gran’s not fooled. Most of us are shacked up and settled in long before heading down the aisle.

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Turns out, in the days of 1840, it was Queen Victoria who set us up for centuries of skipping the red wine on our wedding night, when she said ‘I do’ to Prince Albert. Way back when weddings were more about a transfer of wealth, and family or political alliance, a wedding dress was another opportunity to flash your cash around. Brides opted for gowns of only the finest silver and gold thread. Miss Victoria though, not unlike the rest of us, was keen to make a little bit of a statement on her wedding day. Especially given she was a queen and all. With the industrial revolution banging on the door, leaving the handmade lace industry and its skilled artisans broke, she chose a rather large piece of handmade lace for the skirt of

her dress, and decided white was the best colour to showcase it. The white lace gown of her wedding day became a symbol of patriotism. Lo and behold, it was widely copied (resulting in a hell of a lot of handmade lace sold!). But back then, without the fabric lighteners we have these days, white was still an expensive and rare cloth. And so it became the wedding dress that only the wealthy could afford. Until the rise of the middle-class with expendable income rolled into town. Just 170 short years later, and here we are folks – our love for the white dress has prevailed. And so it should. It’s stunning, suits everyone, and makes for an ethereal frock you’d never normally wear. But if you want to wear colour? Well that’d certainly be ok too.

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Ever stopped and wondered why white is frequently the go-to colour for brides? So did we. So EMMA BOWEN turned to the interweb to find out.

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the book kitchen www.thebookkitchen.com.au

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SHANE SHEPHERD www.shaneshepherd.com

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marcello neckwear www.marcelloneckwear.com

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COME SAY HELLO A friendly little nook for a daily dose of inspiration, there’s not a cookie-cutter wedding to be found on Hello May, with our blog host to all that’s a little creative, unique and a whole lot of fun. Click on the pics at right to peruse some of our latest posts.

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LESlie + JENNifer, 1959 still together: she in a handmade lace dress that we’d certainly wear today, and he rocking a perfectly combed hairdo worthy of hipster cred. Just a few years ago, Jennifer and Leslie celebrated a golden anniversary – 50 years of a successful marriage. Still happy as Larry together they’re a testament to love and solidarity. With such a considerable amount of time having passed since their nuptials on February 21, 1959, Jennifer said she thinks that things are still quite the same when it comes to planning a wedding. “Nothing much has changed with the way weddings were planned back then as they are now,” she said. “I did a lot of the planning. My sisters and Les helped out with it too.” One of Jennifer’s favourite parts of the lead up to their wedding was having her dress made. “It was made of silk faille, and the top was made of really nice guipure lace. Somewhere

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along the line I’d found the pattern in a book and took it along to a dressmaker to have made up. It was so lovely. She did the bridesmaids’ dresses too. I’m pretty sure the boys just sorted themselves out for suits.” With the church close to home, a lot of the planning was fairly fussfree. “The church was just around the corner, and we knew the priest, so they helped a lot,” said Jennifer, who married at the tender age of 20, with Leslie 21 years old. “Les converted to Catholicism before the wedding, so being a newly inducted church member probably helped us get a few extra favours! They did a lot with getting the church ready and provided a choir for free, so we didn’t have to worry about music.”

After a morning nuptial mass for their ceremony, they moved onto a reception hall in Hamilton in Newcastle, NSW, for a celebration with 100 guests. “It was a big family thing. I was one of 10 kids, so by the time we had family and some friends there, it filled up pretty quick!” With Leslie a rather keen and able dancer, they had a few good spins on the dance floor. Following the reception, they took off for their honeymoon to Brisbane. “We went by train – that’s what you did back then,” said Jennifer. “Les worked on the railway at the time so we managed to get a sleeper, which was good. My sister came with us part of the way, she was headed home to Grafton. We’d never been out of the state before so we were pretty excited!”

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