Think of what a wedding planned in just four months on a tight budget might look like… alrighty, do you have that mental image ready? We’ll bet you eleventy-squillion bucks you’re wrong! Juanita and Simon are both stylish beyond belief and their savvy choices of vendors, plus the coming together of talented friends and family resulted in the most beautiful of big days.
Juanita said, “We are very fortunate to have very talented and generous friends.” Her wedding dress, veil and headpiece were designed and sewn by her cousin. “So much love and time went into my dream dress!” And their beautiful bouquets, buttonholes and reception blooms were created by Juanita’s friend and cousin from Botanical Blooms.
“Our cake was specially designed and made for us by a close friend who just happens to be a classically trained French chef – it was the most amazing cake we have ever tasted… and instead of cutting it we ‘sauced the cake’.” In this sweet little ceremony, Simon chose chocolate sauce whilst Juanita poured raspberry sauce over the cake at the same time.
If it was possible to create something themselves, the couple did so: styling, sourcing vintage furniture from Gumtree, sewing bunting galore and Simon even handcrafted a ‘happily ever after starts now’ sign that speeches were made under. Juanita said, “It all came together and was the most perfect day. Our only complaint it went too quickly!”
We thank Juanita and Simon for sharing their day with us and their photographer Liz Jorquera for capturing all of the divine DIY, in addition to this delightful twosome.
| Venue: Riverside Woodbridge in Woodbridge, Western Australia | Photography: Liz Jorquera Photography | Celebrant: a family friend | Wearables: Juanita wore custom gown, veil and headpiece handcrafted by her cousin. Hair by Hair by Vanessa Fava. Makeup by Chloe from Living Dolls Makeup Artistry. The bridesmaids wore gowns by Thurley. Simon and the groomsmen wore suits by Jack London. | Blooms: the bride’s friend and cousin at Botanical Blooms | Furniture hire: her handpicked harvest | Wedding cake: a family friend | DJ Entertainment: a family friend | Ice pop caravan: Delish Ice | Vehicles: Classic Chrome and Curves
We love an elegant swellegant affair hosted in historic buildings, with handsome boys in bowties, and a bride in one of the most beautifully adorned gowns you ever did see. Biddy and Dan’s big day was a wonderful mix of thirties-style silver-screen panache, paired with an up-to-the-minute contemporary cocktail reception – and every second swoon-worthy!
A planned proposal on the ski slopes of the Swiss alps was waylaid by an unfortunate accident which saw Dan airlifted to hospital. Thankfully, a nasty shoulder injury didn’t stop the question from being popped in Zurich. The couple then chose to marry in the Perth College Chapel, followed by relaxed soirée at the iconic seaside teahouse Indiana on Cottesloe Beach. Biddy explained, “Our main aim was to have a fun party at the reception. We wanted a laid back vibe at the wedding and to enjoy our day with family and friends.”
Family relations featured in a special way in Biddy’s ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ items. She borrowed diamond earrings from her mother and a snippet of old blue lace from her wedding day bag. It had been made by her mother – Biddy’s late Nonna — and the lace was stitched inside Biddy’s stunning Galleria Couture gown “so they could be a part of the day”. Biddy said, “A locket with photos of my late Nonna and Nonno was also sewn onto my bouquet. My sister and bridesmaids surprised me with this on the day, as I was very close to them. It was very special and meaningful.”
We thank Biddy and Dan, and their consummate storytelling-photographer Natasja Kremers, for sharing with us.
| Venue: Ceremony at Perth College Chapel in Mt Lawley. Followed by a reception at Indiana on Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. | Celebrant: Father Peter Boyland from Christ Church Claremont | Photography: Kremers Photography | Wearables: Biddy wore gown and veil by Galleria Couture and accessories by Jimmy Choo. The bridesmaids wore gowns by Galleria Couture and accessories by Kate Spade. Hair by Sarah O’Kane and Jo Simpson Hair. Makeup by Yvette Gray Makeup & Hair Artist. Dan wore suit by Jack London, shirt and bowtie by Marchesi and accessories by Hugo Boss. The groomsmen wore suits by Brittons and accessories by Oroton. | Styling and blooms: Debra Hayes Floral | Wedding cake: Sugar & Nice | Bomboniere: Koko Black | Furniture and hire items: Bride + Groom Store and Reece’s Lighting | Stationery: Whiteman Park Print Shop | Vehicles: Town Cars | Entertainment: Gareth Richardson DJ
After several years of dating, Kale surprised Sam by pulling a pearl and diamond ring from his back pocket and proposing marriage. She was so astonished that she heard herself saying, “Oh no, oh no, oh no,” before realising and very quickly changing her answer to “Yes!”.
Even before their engagement, Sam started to collect decorative vintage pieces. “I always loved the idea of a rustic wedding,” said Sam, “There is something heartwarming about vintage things, something that modern decorations can’t bring.” Her 18 month collection turned out to be a real conversation starter for their wedding guests. “They all hold stories, they all have memories and they all have character.”
Perhaps the most rustic element of all was Sam and Kale’s ceremony venue – an old wooden building near Bridgetown. Having struggled to find the perfect place to say their “I do-s” (a local hall turned out to be not quite right and a winery booking fell through just months before the big day), Kale’s mother joked about another possibility. “Over the four years with my partner and visiting his family farm, I had never entered the old packing shed on their property… but after a quick walk down the gully; Kale, my mother in law and I entered the building and we all instantly knew it would be a unique place to get married,” said Sam.
“It took many special people to make the magic happen and our dreams come to life!” recall Sam and Kale. However, half a second’s glance at their amazing wedding photographs taken by the inimitable Ben Yew, and we think you’ll all agree that coming home to a barn and backyard wedding couldn’t be any more perfect.
| Venue: ceremony in the old Kalara Park packing shed, followed by a backyard reception in Bridgetown, Western Australia | Photography: Ben Yew Photography | Styling: Avril Chantelle and Sam’s own vintage decoration collection | Caterer: Bridgetown Pottery | Wearables: Sam wore gown by Hobnob and shoes by Betts. Bridesmaids wore gowns by Review. Kale and the groomsmen wore Roger David. Rings by Linneys. | Blooms: Flowerhouse | Desserts: wedding cake by Di Briggs, lolly buffet by Ooh La Lollipop and mini desserts by Cakes by Tasty Edibles and Petite & Oh So Sweet
Sometimes there appears to be an extra guest at a wedding that noone realises was invited. They’re looking mighty fine, they’re in all of the photographs and everyone is so glad they’re there, but they weren’t on the invitation list. We think you’ll agree that the port city is that guest in this wedding. Fremantle is looking lovely. But nowhere near as delightful and dapper as newlyweds Fiona and Michael.
Their heartfelt family affair took place in Merv Cowan Park against the backdrop of the port. Michael’s stepmother, celebrant Tamara Lampard, conducted the ceremony which included a handfasting ritual. The bride’s and groom’s hands were bound together in a tartan ribbon as they tied the knot – a Scottish tradition that references both Fiona and Michael’s family’s ancestry. They described the handfasting as “representing the coming together of our families and the strength of our bond.”
Fiona said, “All of our wedding guests were ‘VIPs’. We were particularly blessed and grateful that so many of our close friends could make it across Australia from Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It was very humbling and made our day so special that so many family and friends could attend.”
Their ceremony was followed by photographs taken in the streets of Fremantle and on the docks of the historic city, to be followed by a restaurant reception on the river. Even the song chosen for their first dance together as husband and wife spoke of a sense of place – Busby Marou’s version of Crowded House’s ‘Better Be Home Soon’.
We thank Fiona and Michael and their photographer of aceness, Peggy Saas, for sharing their beautiful day with us.
| Venue: Ceremony at Merv Cowan Park, followed by a reception at The Red Herring in East Fremantle, Western Australia | Photography: Peggy Saas Photography with second photographer Flossy | Celebrant: the groom’s stepmother Tamara Lampard | Wearables: Fiona wore gown by Samantha Wynne, headpiece by Holly Young Headwear, earrings by Kate Spade and shoes by Pink by Paradox. Michael wore suit by Australian Formal Wear. The bridesmaid wore gown by George. The groomsmen wore suits by Australian Formal Wear. Hair by Refinery Hair Design. Makeup by Frida Vaughan of Studio Noir Makeup Artistry. | Blooms, styling and hire items: Poppy’s Flowers | Wedding cake: Velvety Treats by Lyn Falantin | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Vehicles: Deluxe Chauffeured Cars | Entertainment: acoustic guitar by Lee Schneider and DJ Tom Drummond of Western Sounds