When the photographer says, “It was hard to photograph the ceremony with the tears welling in my eyes,” and the stylist says, “If you wanted to fill a saltwater swimming pool then this was the place you could have collected enough juicy tears to make it happen,” then it is not surprising that the gorgeous bride Amy says the most heartfelt moment of her day was, “the first look … emotions took over and I was a sobbing mess … seeing Cam’s face and watching everyone sob made it that much harder for me not to sob ALL THE WAY down the aisle!”. You just can’t beat those happy tears, the ones that accompany beat-skipping hearts and butterflied-bellies and tell you that what you’re about to do is HUGE.
And huge it was. These kids both work in the mining industry and from the moment Cam proposed in Margaret River’s Mammoth Cave (did we say huge?) to their big day at Alverstoke Barn, their efforts in planning were immense (so much so, that Amy has since co-founded her own styling and hire business Sparkle & Bloom). Enlisting the help of stylist Jess Butcher of The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist and Creator, they indulged a shared love for everything vintage and floral and gold and glittering (and bearded boys and bulldogs).
We also can’t help but note the gorgeous glittery gold of the bride’s reception gown. Having lost close to 50kg prior to the wedding, Amy never pictured herself in a fitted gown and we love that her search for the perfect frock resulted in not one, but two: a Rosa Clará gown for the ceremony and a customised Rachel Gilbert for the reception, made tea length for tripping the light fantastic in. Smart gal!
Enjoy this big big post about Amy and Cam’s big big love (it could easily have been twice as long because of the amazing small details!). We thank photographer Angela Higgins for sharing. Mind the tears.
| Venue: Alverstoke Barn, Brunswick | Photography: Angela Higgins | Wearables: Amy wore gowns by Rosa Clará (ceremony) and Rachel Gilbert (reception), jewellery by Mimco, shoes by Cole Hahn, hair by Head Quarters Hair Studio by Nicholas Abrusci, makeup by Bridget Gribble and antique bangle that belonged to Cam’s great grandmother. Cameron wore Jack London and Roger David, shoes by Florsheim and bowtie by Gentleman & Scholar. Rings by Michael Hill. | Blooms: Twigged Flowers by Tali | Celebrant: Pastel Blues Ceremonies | Styling: The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator and Sparkle & Bloom | For hire: furniture and decor by Sparkle & Bloom | Stationery: Smitten on Paper | Eats and drinks: Drummond Catering | Cake: The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator | Entertainment: DJ Da Do Ron Ron
Fall for fall? We apologise for adopting the American-ism, but it does sound a darn-sight cuter than “feeling bloody stoked about autumn”? Either way, we’re both!
Two of our favourite people shared this super little styleshoot with us – Kristy from Flights of Fancy by Kristy and Carly from CJ Williams Photography. They embraced the balmy weather we are blessed with here in Western Australia and showed us how nice it can be to step outside to celebrate on a crisp, clear afternoon. We love this intimate afternoon tea with favourite friends in floral frocks and foliage crowns, enjoying spiced punch and pastries. Dappled light overhead, the crunch of felled leaves underfoot, laced tablecloths and shoulder shawls, vintage crockery and cutlery, little gold teacups (!) – a fall fancy, perfect for a bridal tea or baby shower or special birthday.
| Styling and hire: Flights of Fancy by Kristy | Photography: CJ Williams Photography | Wearables: the girls wear frocks by Dizzy Daisy, hair and makeup and floral headpiece by Birdsnest Bridal. | Blooms and flower crowns: Katie Cooper Floral Design | Stationery: Mitchell & Dent
Claudia walked through the door of Fremantle’s favourite live music dive Mojos. Simon was sitting at the end of the bar. Years later, he confessed that was the night he wanted to make her his wife.
A musician himself, Simon stays up late and gets up late. He is spontaneous and adventurous and the perfect complementary companion to smiley but very sensible English-teacher-type Claudia. They chose a spot sentimental to them both – Memorial Park in Mosman Park – to do the deed. A deed that was just 8 weeks in the planning!
Having dined at The Wine Store earlier in the week they decided to go ahead and get hitched, they thought they’d try their luck and book a date. Friends telephoned to check that the invitation did indeed say 2014, not 2015, but Claudia and Simon knew exactly what they wanted to make their day memorable. Their wedding was warm, intimate and relaxed – full to the brim of heartfelt moments like Simon’s surprise performances of Elbow’s One Day Like This and Bob Marley’s Mellow Mood that couldn’t help but bring a tear to Claudia’s eye.
We thank them both and their ever-delightful photographer Melissa Mills for sharing.
| Ceremony: Memorial Park in Mosman Park | Reception: The Wine Store in Fremantle | Photography: Melissa Mills Photography | Celebrant: Diane Kelsey | Wearables: Claudia’s gown by Zimmerman, shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, hair by Michelle at Marchesi Coiffeur, makeup by Barbara Mordini. Simon’s suit by Jack London. | Blooms: Claudia’s flower crown and bouquet by Beans & Bunches. Reception blooms and ceiling installations by Julia Foulsham of Lua Leuca Floral. | Ceremony hire and styling: Maisey Collections | Stationery: Claudia & Simon | Vehicle: 1959 Ford Prefect 107e from Pia’s Vintage Cars | Entertainment: Simon Kelly Music (yes, that would be the dashing groom and friends!)
We’d like to advise one and all that the registration has now closed for the old-school First Comes Love fair at the Oxford Hotel. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm. We’ve squeezed an awful lot of goodness into the fair and can’t wait for you all to see it.
However, if you’re a creative company working in the pledge and party industry, perhaps you’d like to join the fun of the fair at First Comes Love beside the seaside in Mandurah? There are a handful of spots still available in this much bigger, shinier, seasidier venue. It will be a blast. There may even be dolphins.
Sunday 11 January 2015
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Why Mandurah? Mandurah is Western Australia’s fastest growing town and the Performing Arts Centre there is stunning. It is situated on the boardwalk overlooking Mandjar Bay and is contemporary, bright, breezy and filled with natural light. In January, Mandurah is also filled with holiday-makers and sun-seekers… relaxed happy souls from near and far (not too far to drive from Perth! not too far to drive from Bunbury!) who have time on their hands. And icecreams in them, most likely. Makes for good mooching, we reckon.
Take a gander at the Exhibitor Information below (takes a moment to load).
And if you like what you see, hop on over to firstcomeslove.com.au/registration.
By the way, cover image of cute-as-a-button Claudia and Simon by the always awesome Melissa Mills.