Emily Dickinson wrote, “Where thou art, that is home…” and the loveliness of that line is writ large throughout Hanny and Michael’s big day. Having moved back to Perth exactly a year before their wedding and with an inclination to live as ‘local’ as possible, they walked from their beautiful church ceremony home to an intimate backyard reception in order to “really invite friends and family into our lives.” You can’t get more local than that!
Michael said, “I am from Perth but my gorgeous wife Hanny isn’t, so this was important for me, to make sure my lovely bride fell in love with our new home and felt as secure here as I do – so as we create our lives for ourselves here, we have a fantastic wedding and long-lasting memories to build on.” Not even thunderstorms could dampen spirits as guests danced on undeterred into the wee hours, fueled by a late-night icecream van visit. Memory-makers extraordinaire, these two.
We thank them for sharing. And photographer Fiona Vail for snapping the happy too.
| Venue: St Mary Star of the Sea in Cottesloe followed by a backyard reception. | Celebrant: Father Wilson | Photography: Fiona Vail Photography | Wearables: Hanny wears gown and veil by Elvi Design, shoes by Tony Bianco, hair by Shae at Studio Black and makeup by Danielle Terribile Make Up Artistry. Michael wears suit by P. Johnson Tailors, custom shoes by Rocco’s and 1970s vintage tie by By Rodney. Bridesmaids gowns by Zimmerman. | Blooms: Fox and Rabbit | Styling: Flights of Fancy by Kristy and the bride. | For hire: Furniture, props and partywares by PrettyWillow, Hire Society, Flights of Fancy by Kristy and the couple. Lighting by Micktric Events and the groom. | Eats and drinks: Eats by Wrap n Rice Thai Cafe, drinks by Grants of Cottesloe – The Wine Specialists, wedding cake by Red Bird Cake Company and late night gelato by Miss Tartufo. | Entertainment: The Morning Night, DJ Moogy and DJ Jezz. | Vehicles: Shuttle bus by Hidden deTours and the groom’s Vespa.
We would love to say a hearty thank you to everyone who came out to play at First Comes Love Fair on the weekend. Our venue The Oxford was glorious as always and their functions coordinator Henriette a dream to work with. Not to mention their super team of staff.
We think that the fair itself looked just incredible and we’re always blown away by how wonderful First Comes Love people are to work with. Amazing exhibitors, each and every one. So friendly AND frickin’ talented. We think of them like those gals and guys at school who were smart AND sporty AND good-looking AND played in the band AND were head prefect. We’d hate them all if they weren’t so darn awesome.
SO. The weather didn’t play fair on fair day as you know, so we salute you dedicated punters who came out in the pelting rain to come meet the amazing creative companies working in Perth’s pledge and party industries. You all deserve gold stars and wedded bliss and parties that people talk about for decades!
And as always, we thank our little team of FCL worker bees. We owe you foot rubs and pints of gin.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yay, you guys!
Angela & Leah xx
Colour and comics and cutting a rug to some classic ska tunes. Even though they may look like the romantic leads from a classic black and white Hollywood film, rest assured that Erin and Gareth’s big day was a celebration of a colourful life together!
Lovers of old movies and vintage Hollywood glamour, the couple made merry and married in indisputable style – with a myriad of special touches unique to them. A groom and his love of comic books cannot be separated; so they were woven into the entire wedding, popping up in the pinwheels in their spectacular ceremony backdrop, ceremony booklets and reception table signs. And the bride may have easily been mistaken for an elegant siren of the screen – with her impeccable do, flirty frock, 40s-style cape and show-stopping ‘something blue’ heels. Even their wedding cake was rainbow-coloured and served personally to the guests by the couple.
Any words of advice from the bride? “Start with the things you really want, and go from there,” Erin laughs, “it’s not a wedding by democracy!” We love colourful one-of-a-kind people (or should that be two-of-a-kind people?!) like these kids, and we thank them and their photographer Ilkka K for sharing and brightening our day.
| Venue: Victoria Hall, followed by a reception at Little Creatures, Fremantle | Photography: Ilkka K Photography | Celebrant: Laura McGann | Wearables: Erin wears gown by BHLDN, hair and makeup by Doo-Wop Hair. Gareth wears suit by M.J. Bale. | Blooms: A Festival of Flowers | Stationery, ceremony backdrop and reception styling: Erin & Gareth | Entertainment: Special Brew | Wedding cake bar: made by the MC’s Mum and served to guests personally by the bride and groom themselves!
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