January 2014 — Sydney Weddings

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A Springtime Wedding in Sydney


A u d r e y  &  C h r i s


F r o m  t h e  B r i d e …

The meeting…

One of my best friends decided to set us up – so, on the pretext of taking me for a ‘girls night out’, she instead took me to a house party that Chris was at so we could meet.  She was definitely right on the money – we hit it off straight away and the rest is history.

Wedding Planning…

I didn’t go into the wedding with a set theme or colour scheme.  Scouring through wedding blogs, I found myself gravitating towards elegant, soft colours and clean décor with gold accents.  There was also a bit of a floral theme, which tied in with my wedding gown and the fact that it was a springtime wedding.

Ultimately though, I think that what I really wanted was for the wedding to have a great atmosphere – fun, cosy (despite the large number of guests) and jamboree-ish.  I think our venue, the speeches, our MC (Chris’ cousin), our DJ and of course, our guests, meant that that was what we got.

Ceremony Venue…

St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Woolwich.

Reception Venue…

North and Mid Pier Rooms, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf.

The Dress…

My wedding gown was a beautiful A-line gown with a draped bodice, illusion neckline, pearl buttons and LOTS of silk organza and lace flowers! The skirt had a number of layers, including layers of sequinned lace and organza.  The flowers cascaded down the skirt and across my shoulders as sleeves.  I loved the organic nature of the floral lace, which was particularly lovely on my back and lining the bottom of the bodice.

The inspiration for my dress largely came from Sherry of Sherry Bridal Couture, who made it.  I went to her with my initial inspirations, and she worked with me to come up with something that was both very different from my original ideas and yet at the same time was very me.  Sherry was a dream to work with – she was very accommodating but gave great advice too.  I think she succeeded in creating something classic and elegant, but with a unique wow factor too!

Bridesmaid Dresses…

My bridesmaids wore custom made full length gowns in a soft peachy/shell colour.  It had a v-neck, full skirt and elbow length, flowy sleeves.  As all of my bridesmaids happened to be quite tall, I wanted dresses that made their movements look very fluid and elegant.

Groom & Groomsmen…

Chris wore a navy blue tuxedo with contrasting black satin lapels from P Johnson and a black pointed end bowtie from Le Noeud Papillon. Groomsmen wore wore classic black tuxedos and bow ties.

The Flowers…

My bouquet was mostly white roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas, with a few of my favourite flowers, peonies.  The bridesmaids had the same white flowers, with a few peachy orange hydrangeas for a splash of colour.


Due to the gorgeous high ceilings and wooden beams of the Doltone House’s heritage-listed warehouse, I wanted to keep decorations very minimal and clean.  For centrepieces, we had Singapore orchids with high bouquets of cherry blossoms and baby’s breath. The chairs were covered with white cotton embellished with a champagne sash.

For a personal touch and to add a bit of colour to the table setting, our name tags were a picture of the two of us holding a blank card, within which we wrote our guests’ names.

The Cake…

The four tier strawberry watermelon cake was made by Black Star Pastry in Newtown.  It was delicious – with layers of rosewater infused cream and topped with Persian flowers and nuts.  The floral aspect of it tied in generally with the springtime theme of the wedding.

Wedding Favours…

We had a photobooth, which served a double purpose – it meant that everyone could take home a memory of the night and it also turned into our own memento as a guest book.

Memorable Moments…

One of the most memorable moments of the day was when we surprised our guests by singing a song with our friends on guitar and bass – “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.  Everyone got into it and we had a blast!

Wedding Photography…

We chose Dan Cheung of Sutoritera because we liked his candid, natural style, and the way he can capture personality, emotion and atmosphere in his photographs.  He is a real storyteller with his camera.  Plus he’s really easygoing and we felt really comfortable with him.

Wedding Soundtrack…

Des’ree – “Kissing You” (walking down the aisle)

Lior – “This Old Love” (our first dance and sung by a good friend of ours)

Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together” (cake cutting)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – “Home” (which we sang for our guests!)

Photography Dan Cheung of Sutoritera Ceremony Venue St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Woolwich Reception Venue North and Mid Pier Rooms, Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf Bride’s Dress Sherry Bridal Couture Wedding Styling Stylish Events Flowers Maria Bisazza Cake Black Star Pastry

Brides by Francesca Present Galia Lahav La Dolce Vita Collection


Brides by Francesca presents Galia Lahav

You’ve seen Galia Lahav gowns all over social media, now you can see Galia Lahav Haute Couture in store at Brides by Francesca in Sydney. The ladies at Brides by Francesca recently invited us to view Galia Lahav’s brand new La Dolce Vita Collection and like giggly school girls we swooned over the gowns we have seen so much of! Here is a little peek at what we saw…but we highly recommend you book an appointment to see them for yourself. We adored seeing the dresses on some unique figures and contrary to popular belief you do not have to have a model figure to wear one of these beautifully detailed gowns.

A word of warning…seeing these gowns in person will only make you love them more!

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Pictured above – the lovely ladies at Brides by Francesca! Thanks to GM Photographics for the above images.

See more gorgeous gowns in the fashion section of Modern Wedding – modernwedding.com.au/ideas/wedding-fashion/

The Perfect Jewels – How to Pick Wedding Jewellery to Match Your Wedding Gown


Many brides find it difficult to find the perfect accessories to go with their wedding gown so we’ve got a few helpful tips to ensure your jewellery suits and won’t over do your wedding dress.

 1/ What jewellery goes with lace? If you’re wearing a dress covered with lace then pearls are great! Pearls give that soft touch that goes with the delicateness of the lace. A small pearl necklace or even just a pair of pearl earrings will give you a soft and romantic look.


 Left: Necklace and earrings by Elsa Corsi. Right: Earrings by Tiffany & Co.

 2/ Combs and headpieces are great for any bride, they bring focus to your face and they look beautiful! Tiaras are amazing on any bride that wants to be a princess, while floral headpieces looks great with matching bouquet flowers!


 Left: Jannie Baltzer 2013 Collection – Rose. Right: Honeysuckle Headband from BHLDN

 3/ Bracelets, cuffs or bangles are a perfect accompaniment to any sleeveless wedding dress.


 Left: Bracelet by Tiffany & Co. Right: Bliss Design Jewellery, Gown by Claire by Design.

 4/ For strapless dresses, short necklaces or chokers are fantastic. Short strands of crystals or pearls look elegant or for brides who prefer not to wear a necklace a pair of chandelier earrings will beautifully complement a bare neckline.


 Left: Dress by Mon Cheri, Middle: Jewellery by Tiffany & Co. Right: Gown by Stella York

 5/ Pendants or chokers give that elegant touch to v-neck gowns. A necklace with a large diamond or a coloured stone pendant is a nice addition. You can also mix it up with a doubled strand of pearls.


 Left: Dress by Alfred Angelo. Right: Necklace by Tiffany & Co.

 6/ It’s best not to mix a necklace with an off the shoulder dress – a pair of chandelier or drop earrings will be enough to lift your look without overdoing it.


Left: Earrings by Cartier. Right: Dress by Pronovias 2014

7/ For halter neck wedding gowns, drop earrings suit best and for a bigger statement bust out a headband or headpiece. Add some bling with bangles or a jewel encrusted bracelet.


Left: Earrings by Fairfax and Roberts. Right: Dress by Demetrios.

8/ High neck dresses don’t require a necklace; bangles, stud earrings and hair accessories will create a sophisticated look.


Left :Dress by Aire Barcelona. Right: Earrings by Tiffany and Co.

9/For vintage or period style dresses, art deco/art nouveau jewellery is fitting match to the era.

Tiffany&Co Cuff

Tiffany and Co. cuff.

 10/ Big, bold statement jewellery is for those brides who wish to add a splash of colour or create a dramatic effect for their wedding look. The colour of the necklace should match the colour of your wedding theme or bouquet.


Gown: Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Accessories: Necklace Back2Innocence Jewellery Right: Johanna Johnson Necklace

11/ A pair of stud earrings, either pearls or diamonds are for those brides who prefer simplicity.


Left: pearl studs by Tiffany & Co Right: Earrings by Calleija Couture.

Victoria x

Special thanks to Victoria who wrote this blog while interning with us!

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