Welcome to Swedestralia. Population: Jess & Nik. A whirlwind romance with the world’s oceans separating them saw this couple come together in the sweetest of seaside weddings.
Having met in Sweden through mutual friends, Niklas and Jessica kept in touch via Skype. When he asked one night how she might feel if he came to Australia to visit, Jessica thought it would be a wonderful idea. He arrived on Friday. They went to a Sunday session with friends and when Nik asked “What am I? Your boyfriend?!”, Jess found herself saying “YES!”. He proposed on Wednesday and again, she found herself saying “YES!’.
Jessica said, “We went to my parents’ for dinner very nervously after this, to hopefully get their blessing and sure enough we did! Not long after, Nik had to fly home and it was a long 2 months later that I joined him in Sweden… We decided to marry in July as it is Swedish tradition to be married within a year of the engagement. Whirlwind to say the least!”
Some things are just meant to be and we are more than certain that you’ll peek at Jessica and Niklas’ wedding and agree. When we asked if Jess had something old (her antique wedding ring), something new (her gown), something borrowed (her maid of honour’s late mother’s pearl and diamond earrings) and something blue – she replied, “My husband’s eyes! Best decision ever!”.
We thank Jess and Nik for sharing their story and their photographer Peggy Sass for sharing the images.
Venue: Indiana in Cottesloe, Western Australia | Celebrant: Shannon Fleming – Civil Celebrant | Photographer: Peggy Saas Photography | Second photographer: Lifa Wall Photography | Hire items: LOVE lights by Love Letters, bar tables by Heart Strings & Pretty Things | Fashion: Jessica wore Charlie Brear gown from Through the White Door, shoes by BHLDN. Hair by Amy at Chesters on Hay. Makeup by Jacqui Bradfield Makeup Artist. Niklas wore suite by Tiger of Sweden, bowtie by Huxby Haberdashery and shoes by Windsor Smith. | Rings: Jessica’s ring by Victoria & Albert Antiques Sydney. Niklas’s ring by Rohan Jewellery. | Flowers: Hannah Etherington Flowers | Wedding cake: The Cake & I with topper by Laser Design 1. | Stationery: Mitchell & Dent | Vehicle: 1939 Buick driven by a friend | Entertainment: DJ Scott-e and duo Groove Night Avenue |
Flattering will get you everywhere (see what we did there?!). Flattering the natural shapely shape of your body, that is. By finding the party frock that best fits your figure, you’ll feel in fine form and confident being the centre of attention.
Dress your body in ways to highlight the features you’re damn chuffed with, without getting hung up on what’s disappointing you – we don’t believe you anyway! Every last bit of our bags of bones are beautiful. So complex and extraordinary and in all ways amazing. Ready to be filled up with wine and song and dinner and dancing and smiling and loving. Fretting about baggy or bony bits is a waste of perfectly good frolicking time.
Grab yourself a tape measure, take a good look in the mirror, and give some thought to what shape you are. Then the fun part – finding the frock to rock it! Let’s look at what works for you hourglass gals. Oh lawdy! Haven’t you been blessed with all of the assets? Booty and boobs and killer curves. Have we got some great frocks for you.
This is the third in our series of blog posts featuring custom-designed and ready-to-wear gowns from our fave First Comes Love peeps. They’re all available here in WA – how great is that?
And if you missed the first two posts in the series, why not go peek at The Pear and The Pencil body-rocking frocks too?
1. & 2. Gowns by Cleo Borrello
3. Custom gown by Potter Gold
4. & 5. Rue de Seine gowns, available at Through the White Door
6. & 7. Truvelle gowns, available at Through the White Door
8. Sally Eagle frock, available at Through the White Door
9. Cathleen Jia gown, available at Through the White Door
10. & 11. Custom gowns by Chein Noir Dezines
12. to 14. Custom gowns by Loui Col Designs
15. Lace Hearth gown by On A Whim
16. Evie gown by Elvi Design
17. & 18. Custom gowns by Elvi Design
19. to 21. Custom gowns by Paula and Jo
Illustrations by Angela Mitchell of Mitchell & Dent
We’re so excited! First Comes Love Fair. Sunday the 22nd of May 2016. MosArts in Mosman Park. We’re calling out for clever creative people and companies to be a part of our sixth annual fair. Would you like to come join?
What is First Comes Love (and then comes marriage)? It is a sweet and sassy fair that likes to shine a light on the event and wedding wonderfulness that is right here in Western Australia. Right under our noses. We are far from a big brash bridal expo, being a more boutique offering. We’re not really into stretch satin chair covers, stretch Hummers or boobie cakes for bucks nights (OK, maybe that last one does sound like fun, but only with butterscotch frosting).
We applaud folks offering a little something different, something creative and something authentic in the world of pledges and parties. Sound like you? Exhibitor information can be found below (takes a moment to load) and you can register online by clicking here.
Why Hypatia met John he was wearing a cat T-shirt. He said he had 3 cats. She didn’t believe him. She said, “That just seemed crazy to me… 3 cats!” Little did Hypatia know that one day they would be wed, and in her own words, become “… that crazy cat family with 5 cats. Three doesn’t seem quite so odd after all nowadays!”
Their joyful, intimate nuptials took place in South Perth. “We had only 28 guests so we were able to spend time with everyone and still enjoy the day with each other,” said Hypatia, “Since we started dating, we’ve been inseparable … Spending our days mostly laughing and enjoying each other’s company, we quickly knew we wanted to spend our lives together.”
Describing the proposal, Hypatia said, “John got down on one knee like a gentleman and I swear the world stopped. After that, we got busy planning our big day and like we hoped, it truly was the best day ever – which we realised could only be possible when you marry the love of your life.”
Oh lawdy, doesn’t that just give you the feels?! Smack. Right in the heart. We thank this adorable twosome for sharing with us and their photographer Carly of CJ Williams Photography too. She’s a goodun’.
| Venue: Ceremony under the trees on the South Perth foreshore, followed by a reception at Coco’s in South Perth, Western Australia. | Celebrant: Vanessa Wharton | Photographer: CJ Williams Photography | Videographer: Kairos Films | Wearables: Hypatia wore a gown by Johanna Johnson, veil by Bridal by Aubrey Rose, shoes by Zu and vintage jewellery. Hair by Blow on the Go. Makeup by the bride. John wore a suit by Gibson. | Rings: Hypatia’s custom rings by Rohan Jewellery and John’s by Rosendorff. | Blooms: Manic Botanic | Styling: Hypatia and her father made their decorations, including wooden branch placecard holders and individual succulents for guest gifts. | Stationery: Designed by the bride and printed at The Little Print Shop. |
Just like a scene from ‘A Midsummer Night‘s Dream’, take one peek at this glorious styled shoot and you‘ll be dreaming of woodland nyphs and faeries fair.
It features a bevvy of beauties, styled and dressed by local creatives who work in the pledge and party industries – art directed by Holly Mason of Some Kind of Wonderful and photographed by Loren Ioppolo of Nectarine.
“If fairies truly exist – and we like to think they do – this is where they would live. Hidden amongst trees adorned in masses of ivy, accessed only by a broken handmade footbridge and maze of reeds, is Perth’s best kept secret. You know, one of those places that to know about it you must have heard it from someone who has been there,” said Holly.
Describing the day, she said “The weather turned out to be dark, wet and very moody which made us all doubt whether we would go ahead… however, we persevered (with gumboots ‘in hand’ or rather on feet) as this only added to the tone of the images Loren so very skilfully composed. Where is the sense of adventure in a simple, clean shoot anyway? As wedding vendors, each and every one of us would rather push ourselves and the boundaries to achieve something that blows the minds of our clients than sit on the sidelines.”
Congrats crew. Be sure to peek at the fine folks involved, following the images below. And lovers, to bed; ‘tis almost fairy time!
| Styling and art direction: Some Kind of Wonderful | Photography: Nectarine | Models: Sophie Morrow, Rose Wojcieski, Eden Altham and Caitlin Bryer | Gowns: Katya Bride | Makeup: Hayley Wilson Creative | Blooms: Some Kind of Wonderful | Backdrops: Beautiful Backdrops | Hire items: Pretty Willow |