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Kate and Sam, Moruya

September 24, 2018

Kate and Sam held their wedding on Kate’s parents farm in Moruya on the NSW South Coast. Beautiful beaches and a gorgeous country landscape, it truly is a spectacular location.

Kate’s wedding was one of our ‘family’ weddings as we did her best friend’s wedding the year before.
All of their guests travelled to join them so it was a mini destination wedding.
They gifted everyone a jar of local honey, something we always love when our couples do. Local produce makes for the greatest wedding favours.

Guests danced and sang to the smooth musical beats of our dearest friend, Jae Haydon (may he rest in peace) and feasted on a scrumptious banquet from local caterers, Mr Bold (one of our faves).

This wedding was a party and a love-fest all in one, and reminded me why the South Coast is my favourite place to work!

Credits: Photographer – Keegan Cronin, Catering – Mr Bold, Marquee – Shoalhaven Party Hire, Florist – Folklore & Co

Mollie and Aaron, Gerroa

September 24, 2018

Mollie and Aaron decided on an intimate, lunch wedding in Gerroa, on the gorgeous NSW South Coast. They were joined by just 35 of their nearest and dearest for their beachside ceremony. Mollie’s bro inlaw conducted the ceremony and every inch of their day was filled with love.

 

After toasts and hoorays everyone enjoyed lunch at Blue Swimmer Restaurant. Delightful, garden style tablescapes spanned all tables, created by the talented ladies at Moss Nest in Berry.


Happy ever afters continued at the family’s nearby farm where they after-partied the night away.
Mollie is one third of The McClymonts and her wedding was featured in Women’s Day Magazine.
Colourful, romantic, intimate and merry…..all the components to a perfect small wedding!

Credits: Photographer – Matt from Evoke, Florist – Moss Nest, Restaurant – Blue Swimmer, Hair stylists – Zoe Blackburn

Audrey and David, The Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

September 24, 2018

Audrey and David had guests join them from all over the globe as they were married beneath the dramatic rock walls of The Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat.

One of the memorable moments from our end was the awesome big brass band that entertained guests during canapes on the sunset deck and during dinner.


They had a fabulous cheese wheel cake in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.
Guests feasted on a banquet, dessert canapes and danced the night away. We always love a bush retreat wedding as 11pm doesn’t mean the celebrations have to stop. You can join your guests for a night cap around their huge bonfire space.
All the heart eye emoji’s for this lovely, warm and wonderful couple.

Credits: Photo: Alex Marks
Venue: KVBR

Jenae and Paul, Bendooley Estate

September 24, 2018


Jenae and Paul married at one of the Southern Highland’s most sought-after wedding venue, Bendooley Estate. There’s was a family affair, as Paul’s Sister spent a Summer season interning with us.
Unfortunately, the rain forced them away from their outdoor ceremony but like all great venue’s Bendooley has a lovely wet weather option for ceremonies.
The Book Barn was transformed into a simple, rustic reception space for their guests to feast and dance into the night.

Hoturoa & Renee Wed in NZ

July 11, 2018

It’s not everyday your double blood cousin gets married (Our Mum’s are sisters and our Dad’s are brothers, so we’re extra related, in a non-incestuous way). And it isn’t every day that she marries in another country, so this blog post is extra special. It’s a family edition from all the way over in the land of the long white cloud. I styled and also played the role of (drunk) Bridesmaid.

Renee and Hotu were married at Woodlands Estate in Hamilton, New Zealand. The grounds were insanely pretty, as was the house itself where we got ready.

In lieu of dressing gowns, we wore button ups, with a special, bedazzled ‘Mrs Hawira’ design for the Bride.

 

Renee wore a custom gown from Couture by Francesca and Bridesmaids wore dresses from White Runway.

Hotu grew up on a farm just outside of Auckland. The couple met at a Wheechair Basketball tournament in Australia when they were only 13. They started off as penpals (like paper and pen letters that got posted….so romantic!) before they lost contact shortly after. Thanks to Facebook they reunited years later and never looked back, with Hotu moving to Australia to be closer to Renee.

Their Ceremony was so beautiful. Their Arbour was weaved by Hotu’s Mother and Grandmother. Hotu’s younger brother played guitar as guests arrived and Renee’s Brother sang as they signed the registry. It was so full of love and there wasn’t a dry eye in sight.

Decorating was also a family affair, with Hotu’s older brother carving special pieces just for the wedding day.  The tablescapes told a story, with each table being named after important memorable places to them as well as Hotu’s brothers carvings and traditional ferns and native plants. This wedding was completely made with love and you could see it everywhere you looked.

 

We feasted on a banquet, laughed and cried at the speeches, watched on in awe at the Haka and literally danced the night away. It was by far, the most fun wedding I have attended.

There is something about a destination wedding that gets everyone in the mood. Combined with their beautiful love story and you have yourself the ultimate wedding!

I just wish we could do it all over again, including the post wedding Hangi at the family’s Marae (delish!).

Wedding Day Tips from a Wedding Planner

July 9, 2018

You’ve been planning this day all year. You have a super organised folder full of info, invoices and contacts. You have an exact vision in your head for how you want the day to look and play out. You plan on delegating little jobs to people you trust. You pretty much have it all sorted but you keep thinking you may be overlooking something and it stresses you out a little. Well, I am here to give you a few insider tips to add to your ‘super organised’ folder.

1. Firstly, and this one is a biggie, make sure you have a Plan B for your outdoor ceremony. Australian weather is really unpredictable (well, unless you are getting married in a remote location that only sees rain a few times a year, in which case forget a Plan B, you’re all good). If your reception location doesn’t have a suitable ceremony option then research the area and find something that will work with your wedding style. Try and do this a few months out, not the week of. If you’re organised then you can ensure that your Plan B is just as nice as your outdoor option.

2. Ceremony music – arrange your songs in a playlist, clearly labelled, and delegate the task of pressing play to someone you trust won’t miss the cue. Make sure you have enough music to play for the half hour or so before you arrive, as guests are mingling. It’s also nice to have music playing after your ceremony as most people will hang about for a while to congratulate you and take photos. If your budget allows it, opt for live – a solo musician or a classic String Trio really sets the tone.

3. Put together a run sheet for the day. It’s nice to have a little document that outlines everything that will happen from first thing in the morning until you and your new Husband bounce out of your reception (or stumble, depending how your night went). It doesn’t need to be as detailed as a Wedding Planner’s Run Sheet (my run sheets are next level detailed, so detailed that they even have toilet breaks scheduled. Jokes, they don’t, but feel free to add them to yours) just a list of what is happening at what time and who is responsible. Send it over to your vendors, your Groom and to family members (so you can avoid a bunch of questions on the wedding day). If you are getting married at a venue they will have their own Run Sheet for your reception, so feel free to add their schedule to yours. Check out our Day of Coordination packages here.

4. One for the Groom, Buttonholes gets pinned to the left side of the jacket. It might be an idea to arrange for someone to assist the guys with pinning their buttonholes (we love them dearly but I have seen many a groomsmen trying to pin each other’s buttonholes with little to no success).

5. Make sure your Celebrant doesn’t invite people to come up and congratulate you directly following your Ceremony. A recessional walk is so much fun and I have seen so many wonderful photos of this moment. Grab the hand of your new Husband or Wife and take that proud walk together.

6. If you are having a friend MC your reception be sure to give him a really good brief (this is where the benefit of a run sheet comes in) and make sure you choose someone who doesn’t fancy doing shots at the bar with the groomsmen. A sober MC is defs the way to go (*winks)

7. Give your DJ or band  a ‘Do Not Play’ list. Put anything that comes with a choreographed group dance on it (*more winks)

8. Have a small bag with you for the day. Fill it with the essentials, lipstick and gloss, compact mirror and powder, Panadol, water, gum and deodorant. And here is a good one – take a couple of Hydro-lite’s the morning of your wedding. They work a treat and will save you from a headache if you forget to stay hydrated (or drink to much Prosecco).

9. If your venue has the space, have your MC invite your guests to stand and gather closely around your dancefloor as you guys do your first dance. It’s lovely and intimate as well as the perfect way to ensure that everyone joins you for a dance directly following your bridal waltz.

So there you have it, a few little tips to help you on your day. If nothing else, a lot of love and hard work goes into each and every wedding day. Be prepared and organised and everything will go perfectly to plan!

Rhi x

Nadeen & Dan Hunt’s Hunter Valley Nuptials

July 9, 2018

Dan and Nadeen tied the knot in the gorgeous Hunter Valley region.

They made big bridal parties look fab and treated their guests to a delicious dinner in The Barrel Room at Tempus Two Winery.

TV personality, Beau Ryan was the Groom’s best man and MC, entertaining the couple and their nearest and dearest.