Real Australian wedding: Letitia + Michael

This Australian wedding has one of the coolest invitation & signage suites I’ve seen in a while, designed by the bride herself!  I’m just loving all the bright colors!

 

 From the bride:

As I am a big fan of modern design, and bright colours, I tried to keep our wedding day modern, but the vintage twist snuck in (deco dress, our vintage e-type, mansion surrounds) & also using the Australian flowers and natives in the bouquet Hard as it is, I became so addicted to making mood boards for modern weddings in the city/ art gallery spaces/ cool bars etc, it was strange how we ended up with a mixed theme on the day! But the venue was only a 30 minute drive from the city- so it was a perfect weekender location, with a recovery lunch the following day at Shadowfax Winery for pizzas and live jazz music.
Our garden ceremony was held at a historic homestead on the property of one of Australias’ oldest Mansions, Werribee Mansion, nestled amongst stunning Jurassic trees and never-ending gardens, with a true Australiana feel. Next door to the Mansion, is the Open Range Safari Zoo, as guests entered the property they could view over the river giraffes and other African animals running in this bush home. Michael & Letitia chose this venue to celebrate their pasts, Letitia having lived in South Africa along the Crocodile River for 5 years, and Michael having been brought up as a teen in the same area as the Mansion, and to celebrate a new future together filled with our selected friends & family! 
The Australian/ African/ slightly vintage yet still modern inspired day was set from the beginning in all of the design for the invitation suite that Letitia delighted in creating and illustrating! From the invitation suite, the badges, the ceremony cards and the little sign cards for guests to write on.
Dress was by Gwendolynne (a local Melbourne designer)
Head Piece was Richard Nylon

[images from Sayher Heffernan]

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Real wedding: Karinda + Pete

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Glen Allsop sent me this fabulous Australian wedding and the minute I saw her dress, I was sold!  You have to read to the bottom to hear the story…its totally fate.

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Our aim was to keep our wedding relaxed and casual to make sure that it was a true reflection of who we are and what we enjoy in life.

There are about a gazillion things to love about your wedding day…so many special moments all wrapped up into one very totally unforgettable event. BUT, there is no doubt that one very big and very pretty part of that day will be your wedding dress.
I was lucky to find my wedding dress soon after getting engaged while on a visit home in Melbourne. I didn’t know what I was looking for but I did know I wanted my dress to be something that I was able to wear again.  Walking down Chapel Street in Melbourne my girlfriend suggested we have a look in Collette Dinnigan.  After trying on your typical long, sleeveless wedding gown I decided that what I was looking for was going to be a far cry from your typical wedding dress. I was thinking short, lacey and fun! We came across this beautiful dress which was very 1920’s and I fell in love. Size Medium was the only one left so let’s just bite the bullet and lay by what would be my wedding dress. A BIG tick in the box so early on.

After 6 months of fortnightly payments towards my lay by I’m starting to get extremely excited about seeing my wedding dress.

One week before our wedding I call Collette Dinigian in Melbourne to make my final payment on my dress and was getting my bridesmaid to bring it up with her that week.  My final payment was processed and I’m not sure what made me ask but I did “Could you please check that the slip which goes with my dress is size small??” and the shop assistant went away for ten minutes to check only to come back and tell me that she couldn’t find my dress??

My heart sunk. This MUST be a mistake! I’ve been paying you money for 6 months how could this have possibly happened?

After 2 sleepless nights, different sample dresses sent in the mail for me to choose from I was finally sent via express post my Collette Dinnigian wedding dress. Sure enough they had sold my original dress very early on and they had no other option than to give me her FINAL sample dress of the same design – an archived dress. (This designer must archive one of every design which she makes). The dress fit like a hand in a glove and I felt beautiful!! Although it was extremely stressful and a test of who I am everything came together nicely.

Our wedding day was very much a true reflection of who we are and a very memorable night.

Photographer: Glen Allsop Photography

Ceremony/Reception site: Bilgola Surf Club N.S.W

Planning: Peter and Karinda Morgan

Bridal Party flowers: Ordered fresh from Terry Hills Flower Markets

Music: Rob “Millsy” Mills (LIVE) (Australian Idol finalist 2007)

Bridal Gown and shoes: Collette Dinnigan and Winton Shoes

Bridesmaids: Zimmerman

Groomsmen: Saba

[images from Glen Allsop Photography]

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Wedding Style Guide going digital

Good news for all of us not from down under…Wedding Style Guide is now available digitally!  Back issues are around $3.50US so it ends up being even more cost effective…sign up at their site for access.

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