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in this issue... Jessica & Michael 04 Industrial Chic 16 Rise & Shine 24 Bohemian Picnic 27 Emma & David 35 Your Questions Answered 46 Supplier Guide 51 Rustic Romance 56 Erin & John 66 The Perfect Pair 78 Emma & Michael 85

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Jessica & Michael captured by aparat photography

Everything Jessica and Michael planned for their gorgeous vineyard wedding was about creating an amazing experience for guests that reflected their story as a couple. Think edible favours made by the bride and groom, a signature drink and live entertainment, plus a fantastic idea for getting the party started the night before!


The Proposal “Michael proposed in Bali on a holiday with our two best friends, who also got engaged on the same trip. I had told him never to propose in Bali, not to propose when our friend did, and not to be cheesy and make a movie so naturally he did all of those things!”

The Planning “It was actually quite stress free. I was in charge of the styling side of things and Michael organised the transport, accommodation and alcohol. It was fun when everything was coming together towards the end. The only stressful thing would have to be the guest list. It just grows and grows!”

The Night Before “We stayed with our bridal party and other good friends the night before, and had a big BBQ where everyone got to know each other. This made the wedding night even more fun!”


Finding the Dress “Dresses look so different on the hanger than when they're on, you have to keep an open mind! My last stop was One Day Bridal and Khya, the owner, was so lovely. I loved the dress she picked out for me to try straight away! People aren't lying when you put on 'The One' - the cherubs totally come down and kiss you on the cheek and you can see yourself walking down the aisle.�


fter a el p a ch e th in e n lo a ent "Getting a private mom y realise ll a u ct a to t h g li h ig the ceremony was a h law!" by s d n ie fr st be d ie r r we were ma


Entertaining Guests “While we had our photos, guests had drinks, cheese and canapés at the dairy. We had a flower station there, where they could make their own hair pieces or button holes. Guests could also use Polaroid cameras to fill our guest book and snap some pictures to take home. Baker Boys Band performed throughout the evening and were so much fun - they had everyone up and dancing before the entrées even came out! We also organised a keg of our favourite alcoholic ginger beer from a microbrewery in Canberra - it was a hit with everyone, and brought a bit of us into the wedding.”


Venue Styling “I loved the whole French-eclectic-meets-bohemian-chic look, so I tried to aim for that. Our florist was amazing with creating the ‘flowers and foliage up to my eyeballs’ look I wanted! Her table garlands, crazy amount of ceremony flowers, bouquets and hanging installation I loved. The venue also let me choose a mix of vintage candle holders which tied in the look I was hoping for.”


Handmade Projects “I designed and made all of the stationery, including menus, place cards and favour tags, and kept to the same fonts so that everything matched. We both made the spice mix for the favours, which is an element of a pulled pork feast Michael makes that all of our friends love.�


Best Advice 1. Social media stalking is your best friend! Look at every possible wedding hashtag on Instagram and find your DIY ideas via Pinterest. Looking at blogs and their vendor lists was also very helpful. 2. Don't let other people's opinions and ideas make you second guess yourself. It’s your wedding, not theirs! 3. Remain calm on the big day. It's too late to change anything now anyway! Make sure you enjoy yourselves as it is a whirlwind of a day, so don't waste your time worrying. 4. Don't miss out on your food. I've seen that happen when the couple are pulled aside all night. You've worked hard on creating an amazing wedding, it's time to feast! Tell your venue or caterer it’s important to you and they’ll make sure you don’t miss it.


Location Victoria Photography Aparat Photography Venue Stones of the Yarra Valley Celebrant Sophie Cleary Gown One Day Bridal Bridesmaids Seduce Hair & Makeup Zoe Karlis Suits Peter Jackson Flowers Sugarbee Flowers Entertainment Baker Boys Band


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Industrial Chic captured by we are origami photography


Textured hardwood floors, light streaming through large windows, aged walls abundant with character...this industrial space both hosts and inspires creativity. Introduce a curated collection of artful details like trailing tulle, metallic calligraphy and lush florals, and the result is the epitome of modern, minimalist elegance.


Creating Ambience The combined glow of dozens of candles are used to great effect against the dark features of the warehouse, creating warmth, drama and intimacy. A two tiered fondant cake sits well with the theme - with its clean lines and marbled tier, sugar flower and calligraphy detail, displayed to perfection upon a metal legged stand with sheer fabrics capturing the light.


, rt a e h y m w o ll o f I n e h "W it leads me to you."


Grand Entrance Timeless gowns are paired with intricate hairpieces and gauzy veils in perfect contrast to the space. Each bride carries a stunning bouquet to suit her style - one a textured arrangement with soft white flowers, mixed greenery and berries; the other a rich mix of anemones, crimson roses and deep pink tulips. The beauty of industrial chic lies in its simply furnished, uncluttered spaces, keeping the focus on you and each elegant detail of your day.


Location New South Wales Photography We Are Origami Photography Styling Styled by Linda Flowers Sweetbride Cake Cakes 2 Cupcakes Calligraphy Written by Hand Gowns Simply Brides Hair & Makeup Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry Models Jessica Taylor & Rosemarie Marino


Rise and Shine tips for a beautiful wedding morning


Those first few hours of your wedding day can turn from fabulous to frazzled in a hot second! Here are ten ways to get off to a great start so you and your girls stay relaxed and ready to party.

Backing track Create a playlist for your morning that reminds you of the fun times you’ve shared and gets you pumped for the day ahead.

Staycation

Just breathe

Book accommodation to enjoy together the night before. It’s the perfect excuse for a slumber party, makes morning prep so much easier and serves as a great backdrop for your getting ready photos!

It’s not uncommon to feel all kinds of butterflies in the lead up to your walk down the aisle! Centre yourself and enjoy some time out with an early morning yoga or meditation session.

Morning buzz Having some normal on this special day is a great way to settle the nerves, and a quick coffee run might just be the answer!

Pure indulgence For a truly personalised pamper session, book hair and makeup artists that can come to you. This also saves you the stress of dashing between appointments!


Cheers to that There’s no better way to kick off the celebrations than with a pop, fizz and clink! Consider planning a mimosa bar filled with chilled juices and champagne.

Eat well Even though you may not feel like eating, the last thing you’ll want to think about during your ceremony is a rumbling stomach! A platter featuring light and easyto-eat snacks like yoghurt, fruit and finger sandwiches is a great option.

Helping hands Finally, leave the last minute logistics to an on the day coordinator so you and your loved ones can stay focused on all the good stuff!

Wrapped up If you’ve organised any gifts, think about when to give them, whether it’s something to wake up to or presented when everyone is dressed and ready.

Picture perfect Your hair, makeup and flowers will all be at their best first thing in the morning, so plan time for some professional photos with your bridal party before the ceremony.

Location Western Australia Photography Jordan Hendy Photography Gowns & Veil Wild Love Bride Flowers Botanica Naturalis Hair & Makeup Amore Makeup Styling & Hire Little Love Story


Bohemian Picnic captured by just for love photography You’ve just asked your besties to be your bridesmaids - why not celebrate and chat plans over a beautifully styled picnic? We caught up with Emma Sinclair from Coco & Confetti for all the details on this bright bohemian setting and tips for creating your own special event.


styled space Plan to make your setting as comfortable as it is beautiful - the day is all about lounging in luxury! “We started from the ground up, placing down boho-themed rugs and building in comfort and opulence with scatter cushions, Moroccan poufs and throws. A timber trestle was kept low and set with tableware in layers of texture. The decor was rounded out with a hand-dyed table runner, golden lotus pods, agate place cards, brass candlesticks and vessels for vibrant floral arrangements.�


sweet surprise Take the opportunity to tell your friends how much they mean to you, “A personalised gift for your bridesmaids, like a gemstone necklace, can be a great memento of the day.�


gourmet fare Delight your guests with a share platter as bright and eclectic as your table, “One of our favourite elements was the immaculately arranged food platter nothing says picnic like an awesome spread of cheese, chocolate, dips, fruit and nuts!”

perfect plans Ensure your picnic goes off without a hitch by preparing for any and all weather conditions. “For this setting, we had a cottage verandah in the event of rain or could use the shade of bamboo for full sun. And don’t forget the bug spray and sunscreen!”


"Think about the things you cherish most in the friends you ask to be your bridesmaids - play off their personalities and the memories

you’ve made together to create a day that is unforgettable!"


Location Queensland Photography Just For Love Photography Venue Byron View Farm Styling & Flowers Coco & Confetti Props & Decor Kolo The Wanderlust Effect & The Wedding Shed Calligraphy Floralovely Calligraphy Models Jess, Madalyn, Maddie, Meg & Regan


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Emma & David

captured by holly prins photography

A stunning fusion of rustic charm and boho glamour, Emma and David’s wedding features plenty of details to pour over and meaningful moments at its heart. A lantern lit reception, wildly beautiful florals and handmade touches seal the deal - and who would've thought a packet mix wedding cake could look this good!


The Planning Experience

“Planning events is my forte. I really enjoy being creative and producing something that is truly special and unique. I wanted to create a day that was timeless and had both our styles intertwined, so we can look back years from now and hopefully not regret anything!”

Finding the Dress

“I knew that I wanted something very simple and came across a Nicole Miller dress online at BHLDN. It wasn't fancy, but that’s what I loved about it. When I tried it on I felt like it needed something, so I decided to add sleeves that draped off my shoulders. It really made the dress feel more special and added a boho element to it.”


Favourite Moment

“My favourite moment was when my twin sister walked me down the aisle. As I never knew my father and our mother passed away when we were 15, it was a no-brainer to ask Felicity. My other half was giving me away to my new other half! I remember her saying to me softly as we approached the aisle, 'Mum is here with you'. It was a very special moment and something I will always cherish.�


"Remember to have fun. Soak it all up and try not to be overwhelmed - it's an exciting process from start to finish. If you have fun with it, you'll only have the best of memories."


Styling Concept

“The vision in mind for our wedding was to keep it elegant and have one striking feature. For us, bold coloured flowers really helped create quite a whimsical and breathtaking wedding. As the venue was already rustic, there was no need to add any more rustic elements, so we tried to keep the decorations classic and glamorous.”

Reception Decor

“We decided to have our guests sit along three communal tables - not only did it look beautiful, it felt more personal and intimate. Adding in gold accents, silk table runners and fairy lights helped create a magical setting. As I had a few DIY pieces, there were some late nights and lots of crafternoons with the girls! It was really a great juxtaposition between rustic and glamour.”


Meaningful Music

Processional: “‘A Thousand Years’ by The Piano Guys - there was not one dry eye in the room.” Signing: “The Jurassic Park theme song - an intense and beautiful piece of music and for us, a little bit nerdy and fun.” Recessional: “‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay - this set the tone for the rest of the day with its upbeat tune, and the band filmed their video where David and I first met!”

Top Tips

1. Hire an event coordinator! The last thing you want to be doing is stressing and setting up on the day. Pay someone to do it for you so you can relax and spend time on things that are more important. 2. Always remember the reason why you are having the wedding. Throughout my planning, I sat back and remembered the day I saw David on his knee asking me to marry him and I couldn't wait to see him at the end of the aisle. You truly forget anyone else is in the room and that’s what it’s all about.


Location New South Wales Photography Holly Prins Photography Venue Mali Brae Farm Celebrant Celebrations by Cari Gown Nicole Miller, BHLDN Headpiece Bo & Luca Bridesmaids Langhem Hair Sensoria Makeup Nikita Lauren Makeup Flowers Merci Bouquet Suits Uberstone Catering Violets and Vinegar Transport Kombi Occasions DJ XYDJ


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Choosing your reception music, a picture perfect confetti toss, personalising your ceremony and wow factor florals are the hot topics this issue. Got a question for our experts? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram!


What are your best tips for choosing music for our wedding reception? - Catriona Gosnold baker boys band

If you’re planning music for the dance floor, remember that you want to get everyone involved. Pick songs that instantly bring a spring to your step and make you feel like dancing straight away. There are plenty of classics that deserve their place on the dance floor! If there’s a favourite song that you have to have that’s a little slower, include it for a chilled out time of the night, like during pre-dinner drinks or dinner. - Josephine Ison event entertainers

If you've booked entertainers, ask them for their recommendations of what they play well, or what they know works best for special moments. A good quality band or DJ will ask you what your tastes are, and want to know what demographic will be attending the wedding. They’ll be able to help curate a playlist or selection of songs with those in mind.


We're looking to have a confetti toss – what do we need to think about to get some great photos of it?

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- Peggy Saas -

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Have more confetti than you think you'll need! And have guests come as close to the aisle as possible when tossing it. Have it tossed up and over, not directly at you, and enjoy the experience of being showered!

Make sure all your guests are involved in the toss - not standing in front of you with phones in hand. Ask the celebrant to mention this prior. Also don't squint and cower, keep your head up, and enjoy!

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- Leah Ladson -

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Rose petals give an awesome look too, particularly for your group photo. It makes the traditional cheer actually fun!

Use coloured confetti rather than lavender or bird seed. And have your celebrant ask guests not to throw from too close so it floats down!


What’s the best way to make an impact with florals at my wedding? - Amy Verduyn bella in bloom

Use colour! Bright colours can make such a fantastic visual impact and are not used enough. Also consider mismatched centrepieces for your tables - some tall and elaborate, some short and simple. It gives such a lovely rhythm to a room with lots of places to look. - Julia Rose flowers by julia rose

For the budget conscious bride - put as much money as you can into your bouquet as it will be in those ‘hero’ images that you’ll share with your children and grandchildren for years to come. If budget is not an issue - wonderful and wild floral installations! Think big, over-the-top vases billowing with flowers and greenery and suspended fresh florals behind the bridal couple. You are who everyone came to see, so most of the photos will be taken in that direction!


What are some different ways we can personalise our ceremony? - Georgia Mills marriage celebrant

I always love getting your family and friends involved - they are the ones who know your story and have seen you grow and change together. Perhaps they could write a few words about how excited you were after your first date or proposal, which the celebrant reads out or they share themselves. I have also had couples share with me some of the things they love about each other - a nice mix of sweet, sentimental, silly and fun. We have these printed onto cards, popped in envelopes and given to family and friends to read during the ceremony. It's a lovely surprise for everyone and not as daunting as a longer reading. Asking the most recently married couple and the longest married couple for their tips for a happy and successful marriage is also a gorgeous option - get the tissues ready though as people share the most incredible things, and they LOVE being asked to participate!

Photography When Elephant Met Zebra Dress Wendy Makin Flowers Little Duck Botanicals Suit MJ Bale Bow Tie Fergus & The Cat


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sant elia

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Intricate detail, clever draping and a touch of cheekiness are hallmarks of Sant Elia’s approach to creating distinctive and fashion-forward gowns. Our bespoke couture concept encapsulates vintage European inspired designs, interlaced with today’s modern-glam.

An artisan baker who uses organic, local and seasonal produce, Gillian develops all her recipes so couples can have a wedding cake created especially for them. With flavours like strawberry and elderflower, fig and violet, her cakes are often finished with edible flowers.


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little love story

Specialising in lighting and styling, we provide expert consulting in design dĂŠcor, ceiling rigging and installation, audio visual and sound equipment, marquee lighting, a large range of unique styling pieces and endless ideas!

We are a boutique wedding hire and styling business based in Fremantle. Our collection is where vintage and modern aesthetics collide! For the laid back, ontrend bride who isn’t afraid to show her uniqueness and love for beautiful things.

entertainment baker boys band

event entertainers

Baker Boys Band truly are the exceptional choice for your wedding entertainment. Showcasing some of Australia's best professional young musicians, they guarantee to fill the dance floor and get your party jumping!

A boutique collective of musicians and creatives, we enhance your event to produce a celebration to remember. With our personalised service, planning your event entertainment is friendly, professional, and easy. Contact info@ evententertainers.com.au.


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peggy saas photography

We love to tell stories through soulful images. We don't just shoot what we see; but what we feel. We love focusing on beautiful connections and heartfelt moments inbetween. Our imagery is timeless, romantic, raw, honest and emotional.

Peggy Saas is a hopeless romantic who loves to capture the intimate and candid moments that often go unnoticed. She has a keen eye for the small and beautiful details, capturing the beauty of each wedding in her unique whimsical style and creating everlasting memories.

bless photography

photography by emma pointon

As a husband and wife duo, working together and sharing such special days with our couples is really out of this world. With our natural approach, we document real, fleeting moments as they happen in a creative way.

I am a Fremantle based photographer who adores working with unique, quirky and delightfully happy couples. I specialise in photographing naturally, with minimal posing, to ensure your wedding is full of fun and laughter and not about having photos taken.


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sophie baker photography

My top priority is to give you amazing wedding photos but it’s also really important to me that we have fun doing it! My couples often comment how they feel like they are just hanging out with a friend.

People are extraordinary, and I crave making images that are real, honest, raw and beautiful; each of you hold a story and a unique expression of love, so let's adventure together and make photo magic...and then be friends *high five*

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images by lou o'brien

Hi, I’m Krissie, a natural light, documentary photographer. Gold Coast based, I photograph from South East Queensland to Northern NSW. I love to capture precious moments with warmth and laughter, so let's go explore the little universe surrounding your wedding.

My name is Lou O'Brien and I’m addicted to weddings! Based on the Sunshine Coast, I feel so honoured to be part of a couple’s special day and put my whole heart into capturing each couples’ unique story.


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the landing at dockside

Hidden in the heart of Brisbane city and with an abundance of spaces to choose from, Tattersall’s Function Centre invites you to experience the majestic facilities this unique venue has to offer for both your ceremony and reception.

Brisbane's premier wedding and event venue with an atmosphere unmatched by any other waterfront location. With our experienced coordinators, award winning food and a spectacular setting, you are sure to have the perfect day.

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From Fort Scratchley's stunning backdrop of Nobbys Beach to the soaring arches of Newcastle Museum's Link Gallery and the grandeur of the Concert Hall at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Venues provide endless opportunity for the perfect wedding.

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Rustic Romance captured by kaitlin maree photography


serene ceremonv

Mountain views are framed beautifully by the entwined branches of a rustic ceremony arbour. Dreamy pastel florals, including spectacular David Austen roses, play off textured greenery, with geometric wire shapes adding a subtle touch of whimsy.


a modern

classic

The stunning simplicity of this two piece gown offers a modern twist on classic with its hint of midriff, scooped back and button detail. Pair it with a French twist, lush lashes and rosy lip for elegance personified! Finish with statement earrings and a pretty mixed bouquet for a pop of colour.


bohemian

dream

A white and green palette is a perennial favourite, and an invitation suite featuring an illustrated wreath motif is the perfect choice for this rustic affair. Atop a swing adorned in fresh flowers, this boho bride wears a delicate lace top, flowing chiffon skirt and relaxed braid with flowers tucked and pinned in place. A defined eye, bold lip and luminous skin finish this pretty look.


a sumptuous

ceast

There’s no better place for an afternoon celebration than long tables nestled under an ancient fig tree. Suspended geometric frames spill their floral finery from above, complementing a garland table runner and gold edged lanterns. Stoneware plates, soft grey napkins and wreath patterned menus, partnered with luxe gold cutlery and crystal glassware, complete this natural setting.


Location New South Wales Concept & Creative Direction The Wedding Playbook Photography Kaitlin Maree Photography Venue Fig Tree Restaurant Flowers Flowers by Julia Rose Decor The Wedding Shed Gowns Karen Willis Holmes Hair & Makeup AW Hair & Makeup Cake Sweet Obsessions Stationery Love Notes Australia Models Zoe Carstairs & Elisha Graeff


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Erin +John

captured by kat stanley photography

You know you've found ‘The One’ when it's a dress you can't help but dance in! This was certainly the case for Erin, who planned a sunflower-inspired wedding with John filled with vivid colour and even brighter personality. With a vintage boho feel, this pretty garden celebration perfectly combines fun handmade projects with gorgeous details from their team of talented suppliers.


The Proposal “We went on a three month European adventure and on our last day in Paris, John asked me to marry him under the Eiffel Tower.”

The Dress “I knew I didn’t want the traditional strapless princess dress and that I really liked the boho vintage look. My dress is a sort of kaftan shape, which is a style that I love. It also has a 1920’s vibe, which is my favourite era. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I knew I had found ‘The One’.” To complete her look, Erin chose a 20’s inspired, beaded lace hairpiece embellished with Swarovski crystals.

The Planning “I loved researching for hours on Pinterest, finding things we loved and using our creativity to see how we could put our own spin on things.”


The Ceremony Rustic signage marked the entrance to the ceremony space, which was framed by an arch laden with white florals and lush greenery. Parasols provided some welcome shade and a touch of old world charm.

Made with Love Erin and John included many handcrafted details in their day which added to the bohemian vintage feel, “As well all the signage, we made the reception seating chart, menus and bonbonnieres. We also bought handmade items from Etsy, including our fairytale guest book, ring box and cake topper.”

Entertaining Guests No gorgeous garden party is complete without plenty of relaxed entertainment! “We had picnic blankets, oversized garden games, a glow stick bar, photo booth, ceilidh dancing and a DJ.”


" We didn’t want to do things just because people said it was tradition, and made sure that if we did something, it was because it suited us. We just wanted to have fun!"


The Reception Set in a chandelier-filled marquee, guests are greeted by an incredible flower and lantern display, distressed wood table filled with charming tea sets, and ‘Sweet as Honey’ favour station.

Best Advice “Don’t do anything just because someone says you have to; make sure your wedding is a true reflection of the two of you; and take the time to add personal touches, because sometimes the little things make a huge difference!”


Location New South Wales Photography Kat Stanley Photography Venue & Flowers Terrara House Estate Celebrant Robyn Lenehan, Rite Words Gown Cleo, Rue De Seine Headpiece Viktoria Novak Bridesmaids Forever New Hair Bridal Hair by Ashley Makeup Mother of the Bride Suits David Jones Rings Benjamin Ryan Jewellery Cake Glen's Bakery Cafe Transport Kennedys Tours Scottish Dancing Celebration Ceilidhs DJ Personalised Wedding DJs


We have the perfect venue for you From Fort Scratchley’s stunning backdrop of Nobbys Beach to the soaring arches of the Museum’s Link Gallery and the grandeur of the Concert Hall at Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Venues provide endless opportunity for the perfect wedding. Small intimate weddings and large family occasions can easily be catered for with our fabulous range of room options, including the evocative Barracks, awe-inspiring Earthball Gallery and beautiful arched windowed Hunter Room. Newcastle Venues have highly experienced on-site catering and decorator services with an intimate knowledge of our venues. Our Venue Services team will work with you every step of the way to help create a wedding of your dreams.

Our Venue Services team Our experienced and professional staff will work closely with you to ensure your day is memorable. Do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 4974 2166 for a tour of our rooms, to request a personalised quote or further information.

Booking your event Please contact our Venue Services team to discuss times, dates and any special requirements. Phone (02) 4974 2166 Email newcastlevenues@ncc.nsw.gov.au www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/newcastle-venues


The Perfect Pair

Choosing the right shoes for your wedding can be the difference between wearing a mega-watt smile or smiling through pain on your big day! We asked wedding shoe designer Veronyca Kwan from Bella Belle Shoes to give us the lowdown on what you need to know to not only look gorgeous, but ensure your feet will still love you at the end of the day.


Location, location

That grassy field, country lane or cobbled courtyard may have won your heart in your venue search, but keep them in mind when choosing your footwear, “You’ll be on your feet all day and evening - for the outdoors, flats or wedges are best so you don't sink into the grass during your walk down the aisle.” And if you love your heels? There's no harm in switching between your dream shoes and something a little more comfortable to suit your plans!

Made to match

Your wedding theme or dress style also comes into play, “If your theme is black tie, a pair of glamorous high heels will look fabulous! Lace shoes are lovely paired with an elegant look and a tea length dress highlights your shoes more than other styles.” And if you’re looking for an alternative for additional height? “Wedges provide this without sacrificing comfort.”


Stylish comfort

As well as your theme and the look of your gown, personal preferences around what you are comfortable with is most important. Now’s not the time to test your six inch heel skills if it’s not your usual style! “Comfort is important, so ask about the construction. Is there enough padding? Is the leather breathable and stretchable? Look for a manageable heel height and generously padded footbed.” And whatever style you choose, “Make sure to walk around the house in your shoes prior to your special day.”


Decision time

It turns out, buying your wedding shoes is not much different to buying your wedding dress! “Ask yourself, does it fit your style, gown, venue and budget? Ask how to care for them and most importantly, find out about their return and exchange policies. You want to make sure you’re not stuck with shoes that are uncomfortable or do not work for your vision.”

If you make your choice based not only on look but how they make you feel, you’ll go into your day confident, comfortable and looking amazing!


Photography Rachel May Venue The Retreat at Cool Spring Styling Amore Events by Cody Flowers Whimsical Floral Design Shoes Bella Belle Shoes Gowns Watters Robe & Veil Girl with a Serious Dream Rings Trumpet & Horn Hair Brianna Adams Makeup Susan Lim Make Up Artist


Emma and Michael captured by life photography

Wanting a backyard feel, Emma and Michael worked together to plan a simple-but-stylish burgundy and navy wedding - one where ‘The Suit’ was just as important as ‘The Dress’! From the sensational marquee styling, to the oyster and whiskey bars and banquet style feasting, their day is filled with great ideas for a relaxed celebration enjoyed with those you love.


The Planning “I plan people’s lives for a living, so I knew I would thrive on planning a wedding. To be honest it was quite full on - enjoyable but harder than I expected. Michael was heavily involved with the big ticket items like the venue, accommodation, suits, invites and cake, and stayed out of the finer details, which suited me fine! It’s the little details that I love.”


The Ceremony “We kept our ceremony styling simple as the beautiful tree we were married under really said it all. I found some hanging lanterns in Bali to use as a feature, which our florist draped in some of our stunning blooms.�


The Dress “Looking at a range of boutiques and stalking a few dresses on Instagram helped me work out the style that suited me best. Brides By Design had a dress in store that was a similar shape, so we nutted out a few changes, deliberated over some gorgeous laces and they started on creating my dream dress. It was so comfortable and really was a showstopper on the day!”

The Suit “Michael and I went shopping for suits before getting the groomsmen involved. Politix styled him from head to toe and he loved it! He chose a polka dot waistcoat as he wanted to remain stylish when he took his jacket off later in the night. He paired it with a crisp white shirt, blazer and trousers in French navy, and chestnut coloured shoes and belt.”


Bridesmaid Style “I hunted for months with my maids to find the perfect dresses. Once I had settled on the colour and after many phone calls, I found them in different styles and sizes. They all loved them and looked absolutely radiant on the day.�


Special Details “There were two things we really wanted at our wedding - an oyster shucker and a whiskey trolley - and what a hit both were! Our cake was also handmade by Michael’s nanna and surrounded by a chocolate buffet - the simple dessert that we pictured.”

The Playlist Processional: “Brayden Sibbald played ‘You Make It Real For Me’ by James Morrison on acoustic guitar. It really took us back to when we first met.” First dance: “We are big lovers of Van Morrison so ‘Crazy Love’ just seemed fitting as one of our ultimate favourites.” Crowd pleaser: “We couldn’t leave out the classic ‘Horses’ by Darryl Braithwaite. Our guests formed a large circle around us while we danced in the middle. A great memory of our night!”


The Reception “It was important that our guests were able to interact, so we chose to have four long tables with our bridal table at one end and dance floor at the other. We decided to use the venue's marquee as it's a beauty in itself! We couldn’t hang flowers, so our florist recommended raised arrangements. The effect was amazing and they created the perfect space for food to be placed down the middle of the tables. Adding beautiful handmade brown sugar and fig candles also created the most amazing smell within the marquee.”


Top Tips 1. Have faith that all of your efforts will be worth it. Don’t let the long list of ‘to dos’ and stress of planning get the better of you trusting my suppliers was the key! 2. When the day finally arrives, savour every moment. I tried my best to do that on the day - from waking up next to my besties in the morning, to walking out of the wedding venue as a married woman. 3. Prioritize. We wanted the whole day to be a huge celebration! We wanted people to walk out saying, ‘Wow, that was so much fun!’ and I hope our guests agree that we accomplished it. Choose the things that are really important to you, ours was the food and the music, then go from there. 4. Accept that you can’t please everyone. You cannot make everyone happy, and trying to accommodate others will just make the whole process more daunting. This is your day, make it about you!


Location Western Australia Photography LiFe Photography Venue Old Broadwater Farm Celebrant Noelene Bland Gown Brides By Design Bridesmaids Shona Joy Hair Dani Lutey (Bride) & Jade Cleary (Bridesmaids) Makeup Gemma Skane Makeup Artist Suits Politix Menswear Flowers Sorella Flower Merchant Candles Cinque Candle Co. Oyster Shucker Jerry Fraser Catering Supper Road Acoustic Entertainment Brayden Sibbald DJ DJ Saramony


Thanks for reading Volume 10 - click on the covers above to check out our other issues! It's such a pleasure to share all of these beautiful stories and inspiring ideas with you and there's so many more on our blog and social pages - we'd love for you to join us there.

Kathy & Danielle xx

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The Wedding Playbook Volume 10  

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