Jun 17, 2012
It's always exciting when we showcase a brand new Wedding Style Profile, but this time I've also relished the process.
You might or might not notice straight away, but I learned something new to help me blog more efficiently from now on. I decided to teach myself some neat tricks using Photoshop to drag n' drop images into photo collage templates. Settling with seven collage templates in the configurations I use the most, I can now spend more time fussing over my favourite pictures to share rather than extra unnecessary time laying out each collage from scratch. I wish I had done or known this sooner!
That aside, recollecting the day that was Sze and Andy's wedding day and the months that lead us there is the part that I enjoy most.
When I meet a couple for the very first time, I'm always hoping more than just to get along, but to make a connection. This is exactly how it fell into place with Sze and Andy. It was a relationship that was energetic and inspiring - the kind that spawns beautiful ideas, and a notion beyond simply a promise but a personal wish to see two wonderful, down-to-Earth people fulfill their dreams of a perfect wedding day.
The ceremony was held by the Lakeside of Werribee Mansion & Spa at Werribee Park. What I love about this area is the privacy it affords to both the ceremony itself, and the bride's first grand appearance without being seen by guests (and her husband to be!), thanks to the surrounding dense bushes and trees. Sze, her dad and bridesmaids get the VIP treatment, arriving at the site by bridal buggy ~ perfect for a few minutes of quiet reflection before Sze walks down the aisle!
For this absolutely stunning backdrop, we commissioned the construction and design of a natural birch bridal arch, complete with hanging blooms in teardrop glass balls, soft flowing drapes and gorgeous arrangements of flowers that match both the aisles and the provincial-style signing table. We cannot thank Nat, Cobi and the team at Flowers of Canterbury, our talented partner in floral design, for their amazing work. As you can tell, we were blessed with great weather - testament, as Sze and Andy tell me, of their daily prayers!
Sze arrived in a breathtaking strapless wedding gown, embellished with an sequined belt, delicate lace and romantic layers of frill, lace and ruffles to the train. What a sight!
Guests were greeted with a Welcome Sign on the way to the Lakeside. It was handwritten with the same fonttype used on Sze and Andy's letterpress wedding stationery collection, and took more than 1.5 hours to complete! That little smudge was someone checking to see if it really was written in chalk or just a print. I guess they got their answer! :)
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the Library where we had set up exclusively to indulge them while the bridal party headed off to location photography. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Kristen Cook for the first time as well and love her work too! I cannot wait to see the photos!
While weddings are for a day, the memories of the day can last a little longer. In this case, we designed a Fingerprint Tree on canvas for our couple where guests can ink their fingerprints and 'leaf' their mark on the canvas. After a process of lamination, Sze and Andy can display this Fingerprint Tree in their new home as a momento of their special day. As a little surprise gift, we presented the couple with this exceptionally sweet jumbo cupcake for them to enjoy at home, if not on their wedding night!
Sze and Andy are exceptional hosts and we were inspired to create a Secret Garden-themed dessert table with plenty of delectable bite-sized treats! You'll notice gorgeous elements at play including moss bunnies, mushroom cake pops in garden pails and baby carrot cupcakes marked by pink fondant rabbits!
Before the wedding, Sze told us that her ultimate chocolate obsession is Ganache's Caramelised chocolate coated almonds. She even bought me some to try and now I'm completely hooked! So prior to the wedding, i made a beeline to South Yarra to get some, and made sure there was a platter of these yummy choc almonds for their guests, which we displayed in mini cupcake wrappers (not pictured, but we promise it didn't last very long!)
For the thirsty, we had fresh homestyle lemonade in milk bottles, each on an ornate cake stand, with personalised 'Drink To...' tags!
We also designed a Writing Desk where guests can write little notes for the couple. A vintage typewriter sets the mood, we even had each notecard bearing a letterpress vintage typewriter! Sealed with a kiss, guests drop their notecards into a gorgeous wrought iron birdcage on a stand.
Gavin took the above image entirely in natural light streaming from the stained glass windows, creating this amazing effect!
As guests were enjoying the Library, One Wedding Wish headed back to the Pavilion to lay down the final touches.
Sze and Andy gave each guest a succulent as bomboniere and no effort was spared in the design and preparation this gorgeous gift. Succulents are enduring, and bear the symbolism of hope, family and new beginnings. Each succulent individually chosen. Each pot brush-finished with antique white to create a rustic yet clean finish, then wrapped in either grey for the gentlemen, or pink polkadots for the ladies. Each name and 'care' pick, individually cut and hand-assembled, were designed to suit this uber-fresh and fun theme we were creating in the Pavilion.
We had so much fun creating these table numbers which weren't table numbers at all! I particularly loved watching guests in amusement of their table allocations, asking each other, 'Hey, where are you? I'm on the Tomato Soup/Teapot table...!'
Our succulent pots in perfect lines along the table, arrangements of tulips, hyacinths, roses and lisianthus bring the sentiment of a flower garden onto the tables.
Overlooking the Polo Lawn, we set up a Welcome Table in preparation for pre-dinner canapes and drinks and embellished the garden tables with pretty cushions and pots of flowers.
Before I go on, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the second-to-none, professional team at Mansion Hotel & Spa, particularly Chloe, Saurabh and staff working that evening for their incredible support and commitment to the highest standards of service. I say again and again, we cannot do what we do without them. Thank you!
A good photobooth meant bellyaches of laughter at the wedding! In The Booth joined us that evening, and One Wedding Wish made sure there were plenty of props for crazy getups behind the velvet curtain. We also spent a bit of time purchasing materials at the craft store and handmaking those hats!
The Pavilion embraced the night as flickering candles created a warm and elegant ambience.
Being at a wedding from start to finish presents a special opportunity to get to know Sze and Andy a little better, and what they mean to the people who care most about them. Sze and Andy's fathers gave heartfelt speeches reflecting sheer pride in this day for their children. The family table was by far the rowdiest when it comes to cheering for the bride and groom! It was a real treat for an observer like myself!
When Paper Cranes and One Wedding Wish come together, it's magic! It was a pleasure to have Paper Cranes on board once again - the boys ~ Santo, Ferry and Dave are such a great team to work with! I have lost count of how many times i've watched this Same Day Edit but the day was captured beautifully, with a certain tear in my eye the first time.
The words read by Sze in Andy's letter to her say it perfectly - "Anniversaries shouldn't mean that much. The fact that you get to spend each day with the one you love is more important than how long you have been together already." With this, I'd like to say...
Sze and Andy, though our work is now done and your journey with us have concluded, yours is only just beginning ~ the building of a life-long partnership and growing in love. Thank you for your friendship, trust and inspiration. I wish you both blessed days ahead and many amazing adventures! Joanie xox
A really big thank you to an amazing One Wedding Wish team - Sarah, Olivia, Gavin and Avita for keeping cool, calm and creative on a challenging day.
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Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
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May 14, 2012
We feel so privileged to have been asked to style Olivia and Justin's wedding at Bella Vedere, Coldstream. A wonderfully intimate affair embraced by family and friends from near and as far as the UK, a fine feast prepared by the renowned Executive Chef Gary Cooper, it was as perfect a celebration as Olivia and Justin envisioned it to be. Let this Wedding Style Profile take you on a romantic journey of this genuinely beautiful and warm-hearted couple.
Coming to Bella Vedere feels like coming home. Its backyard vegetable garden is one you wish your veggie patch at home could be, if only you put in as much love and attention as the chefs do. From the ground straight onto your plate, it's no wonder food at Bella Vedere is amplified of sweetness and flavour. Love its rustic surrounds and message of sustainability and harmony with nature.
Olivia and Justin's pretty vanilla cupcake tower came from The Cupcake Queens. We finished it beautifully with delicate pale pink roses and a topper of fresh flowers. I particularly love the hand-written menus signed off by the chef himself - a nice touch.
In the name of unique wedding experiences, I can't think of a sweeter bridal entrance than one that takes a bride and her father through a path of herbs and vegetables, under a makeshift archway of creeping foliage before appearing in the centre of the garden, amongst zucchinis and pumpkins, where her groom and cherished friends and family patiently await. Olivia looked picture perfect, her best accessory being the amazing smile she carried with her through the day.
My stowaway little red coffee pot makes another cameo appearance - it somehow always finds its way into our decor list, for a pop of colour if nothing else.
Olivia and Justin shared their story with me of a special connection when they first met in London many years ago, perhaps even before they knew it themselves. However much time may have passed, it was obvious Justin wasn't going to let this gorgeous lady out of his sight! Love grew and brought them to Australia, and a commitment forever forged when they welcomed Oscar into their world - a darling little boy who lights up any room and anyone he sets his sparkling blue eyes upon!
Our brief from the outset was to work with the venue - to enchance rather than to change - something we always aim for. Olivia loves birdcages, so on a backdrop of creepers, we extended the rusticity of the deck with hanging wrought iron birdcages filled with fresh garden roses and moss.
For guest tables, One Wedding Wish displayed lace-wrapped jars of fresh flowers featuring roses, snowberries, lisianthus and dahlia and lace-wrapped tealights finished with string. The bridal table featured leatherbound books, birch candle holders and a white coffee pot with pretty pastel blooms.
A very special thank you to Sarah and Olivia for all your efforts, and to Nat and Cobi at Flowers of Canterbury for the bride's bouquet.
It was truly a pleasure for myself and the One Wedding Wish team to help bring Olivia and Justin's wedding dreams to life. To be there with our couples to celebrate the beginning of the next exciting phase in their lives is something special for us. Thank you Olivia and Justin. Wish you both and Oscar beautiful days ahead. xox, Joanie
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Bella Vedere, Olivia and Justin, Yarra Valley wedding, Gary Cooper, birdcages, vineyards, vintage, garden ceremony, garden weddings, Birch Log Candle Holders, Bird's Nest, Birdcage, Birdnests, Bomboniere, Centrepieces, Chalkboard Frames, Coffee Pots, Cupcakes, English Garden, Field Picked Flowers, Floral Styling, Glass Balls, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Robin Eggs, Warren Photography, Snowberries, Wedding Style Profiles, Wishing Well
Feb 22, 2011
“An explosion of romance and beauty...” - Elizabeth and William
Congratulations Liz and Will on your absolutely perfect wedding day! Liz, your love for coral and all exquisite colours is every artists’ dream. Thank you for entrusting One Wedding Wish with the design of your wedding flowers and for letting us loose to dream alongside you. Wishing the both of you the happiest of days ahead, starting with your honeymoon in Japan! Lots of love, Joanie xox
Over cups of herbal tea and macarons one October afternoon, Liz and I sat and chatted about flowers for her wedding day. At this time, I had just designed a process for these discussions so Liz and I could maintain a beautiful and cohesive theme, one to be carried from the smallest detailing on the buttonholes to her glorious bridal table floral centerpiece. We explored as much of the do-not’s as the must-have’s, and deliberated over images, colour and shapes. What I observed quickly and over time was Liz’s love of vibrant colour, a welcome and refreshing change from the very classic and neutral tones. With keywords like ‘soft, fresh, magical’, we combined elements of French Provincial and English Garden into her floral style, befitting a summer wedding at the gorgeous Ripponlea Estate.
The Bridal Flowers
Liz looked simply wonderful, carrying a more striking posy to complement her all white perfectly-silhouetted wedding gown. Her bouquet featured four types of roses including cream David Austins, coral, blush pink and cream roses, and juicy ripened snowberries. I’m particularly proud of the buttonhole we made for Will - a single coral rose, David Austin buds, snowberry, and finished with black-stitched cream grosgrain ribbon and a hand-sewn brown button - bold and whimsical all at the same time!
For the little 4-year old, we made a gorgeous Midsummer Night-style headwreath of ivy, cream spray roses and white David Austin roses. She also carried a matching mini posy down the aisle!
Mothers of the Bride and Groom each wore a pearl corsage atop with a dome of cream spray roses and finished with a thin coral bow. I often see corsages where thick swirls of ribbon dominate, if not completely overpower the design, and flowers too few. Though more laborious, I was adamant that our corsages would not have ribbon to hide flaws. It would showcase gorgeous flowers, sit flush on a lady’s wrist, and be meticulously made so it looks beautiful and balanced from all angles.
Liz loved the fullness and whimsical appearance of pomanders, so for guest tables, we alternated between a tall design - utilising black French Provincial candlesticks, and a short design that guests could take home at the end of the night. We produced 15 centrepieces in total, and as I heard it, the flowers were a real treat for guests and not a single one was left behind!
Finally, the bridal table centrepiece, standing tall and graceful on a slender glass vase - the culmination of all the colours and flowers used through the entire wedding, from David Austins, snowberries, freesia, apple sims to the inclusion of dark pink roses for added impact and drama to an evening reception. Better than any words I could use, it is probably best described by Liz and Will as “an explosion of romance and beauty...”. And I do love the sound of that! Thank you Liz and Will for your testimonial too - it is a pleasure and honour to have worked with you both, and that you are happy is the best reward we could ask for.:)
Liz and Will's wedding was styled with nearly 1200 stems of flowes (not including foliage and berries)
More than 600 roses
Flowers sourced from 5 different growers/suppliers
Preparation and arrangement time: 55 hours
A very special thanks to Sarah for her assistance, perseverance and positive attitude. It was a creative challenge that made us both stronger - thank you again!
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles, David Austin Roses, Snowberries, Coral, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Ripponlea, Posies, Garden Weddings, Pomander, French Provincial, English Garden, Corsages, Buttonholes, Posies, Toorak Uniting Church
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