Mt Duneed Estate – Alana & Daniel

Not even the cool and overcast weather could dampen a beautiful beachside ceremony for Alana and Daniel. Braving the wind, the surf coast locals exchanged vows at Barwon Heads Beach in front of 160 guests with formalities lead by senior ministers Bram and Dianna Manusama.
Following the ceremony, Alana and Daniel were lead by talented photographers Mikala Robinson Koss and Jesse Hunter of All the Love in the World to some nearby locations for some amazing photographs.
The Bride’s stunning dress featuring elegant lace and beading was from well known Melbourne Designer Mariana Hardwick.
A feature of the day was the fun, retro inspired wedding Kombi from Klassy Kombies which provided several laughs for the Bridal Party and was a talking point amongst guests.
When guests arrived at The Hill Winery for the dinner celebrations they were greeted by these cute flags, handmade by the Mother of the Bride and adding a personal touch to the venue.
The Cellar Door at The Hill was transformed into an amazing banquet reception, beautifully decorated by Amanda Flynn of Smellies Florist and complimented by spectacular festoon lighting from Solution Red.
 The Bride & Groom take to the microphone for a few formalities.
Guests dined on one of two mouth watering main course dishes of grain fed beef eye fillet, creamed parsnip, sautéed baby spinach, sticky balsamic shallots and finished shiraz jus.
Live music earlier on in the night was then replaced by DJ Francis Ware who opened the dance floor with the Bride and Groom’s first dance.
Guests enjoyed this four tiered wedding cake for dessert later in the light, along with a selection of cheeses before hitting the dance floor until late into the night.

Q&A: A Creative Mind by Michael Davey

What is trending this season for colours and theming?

Today it seems to be all over the place in terms of trends, as brides have realised it’s about their personality and style, and not what’s expected from a wedding in terms of a traditional ‘look’.
But we have noticed from our brides that it’s between Winter whites and creams contrasted against navy and silver, through to dramatic deep rich Autumn inspired colours of claret, deep orange and burnt yellow often highlighted with branches and wood elements. Gatsby inspired creations are still flourishing with golds and orchids as it does with a blockbuster movies. I don’t think a trend will emerge from ‘Noah’, but as I always say ‘why be a trend follower, set your own trend and follow through with it’. Just because vintage and fairground interpretations of a loose ‘Hampton’s’ theme are popular, does not mean you have to follow!

What factors should be considered when selecting a colour scheme or decoration?

Seasons change and so do the flowers and trees. It’s really wise to think about this when you are having your wedding and is this right for your ‘look’, your dream ‘flowerscape’, but most of all choose your venue wisely. So many brides fall in love with a venue or feel it’s the one they should go to, but in reality what they want to achieve is not going to go with the space, in fact in so many cases it fights the venue. Remember a wedding should flow seamlessly and why shouldn’t the reception. Each element you add should enhance and not fight the space – the more you enhance keeping the venue in mind, brings out its beauty then its about adding your personal style to finalise it, in a word seamless.

What are some tips you can give brides who are starting to consider table decorations and styling ideas?

Think about your overall vision, this is your day, if you want giant arrangements standing tall in the centre of each table, then you shall have it! If you want floating candles in a crystal vase and not a flower in sight, you shall have it. It’s your day but remember it’s all about balance and that includes what the venue ‘feel’ is. Think of the venue as part of the bridal party, a very important part, that like a bridesmaid, should be wrapped in such a way and accessorised to bring out her beauty, not simply popped in something that you saw in a bridal magazine and thought would fit the budget. Overall like bridesmaids, if they don’t look good, neither will any photo. The venue decoration is exactly the same!

How soon prior to the wedding do you recommend couples to start organising their table decorations and floristry?

Depending on your time frame from making that all important venue decision till the actual wedding day, we find it’s wise to start discussions with florists and stylists as soon as possible. You have to build a rapport with them, but if its 12 months out, keep it general, discuss options, show them your ‘Pinterest’ folder or scrap book of ideas and get their opinion. Refine your ideas from the start, choose a direction and only change course if it is going to cause you grief down the line. It’s also about budget, you have the venue and the dress and everything that goes with it, but your reception décor is an unknown quantity, start with a figure you can afford to just hand over and not cry over, then you can add as the time frame shortens and the final numbers of guests come in. Remember whatever you do must be done well, its not worth trying to spread it all too thin, or it won’t be noticed or even worse appear half done. If that means using simple ‘in-house’ linen so that you can afford fuller table centrepieces, then go for it! If that means sacrificing an arrival cocktail to afford the full on candy buffet or those peonies you have always wanted, then go for it!

What flowers would you recommend for the Spring/Summer versus Autumn/Winter?

As long as you don’t look at the carbon foot print of importing flowers, you basically can have anything year round, but to keep it in a better budget position, look to the season and what mother nature and a slew of local flower growers can provide! Winter is a wonderland of contrasts, stunning Camellias, beautiful Tulips in all manner of colours (Parrot Tulips are my favourite), sweet smelling Jonquils and Freesias, and the classics like Dahlia in all their russet tones and tall Delphinium that range from the softest pink to rich shards of blue. Whereas your summer choices are varied in style from cottage inspired Helleborus and Hydrangea through to stunning David Austin Roses in all manner of shades to my personal go to bloom, the Phalaenopsis Orchid, but if the tropics is your dream then Frangipani all the way. But you can never beat roses on roses on roses!

What have you seen in the current season that was quite unique and left a real “wow” factor with guests?

I tend to feel the right word is more ‘ahhhh’ than ‘wow’ for a wedding. When a bride has all elements working together it shows, from the linen to the flowers to the lighting of the room, but there is always one that takes your breath away. Recently assisting internationally renowned Wedding planner and designer, David Tutera, a creation that could be called a true ‘one off’ marquee event on a beachfront in far north Queensland. 6000 Carnation heads, 500 stems of Phalaenopsis Orchids and more tropical leaves than the average rain forest has in several seasons of growth. You couple this with an entire ceiling turned into a sculpture of white lit lanterns and you are half way there. As a designer and stylist this is a dream location that we managed to outshine.

Port Melbourne Yacht Club – Rasha & Jason

Rasha and Jason began their afternoon with a beautifully styled ceremony on the deck at
Port Melbourne Yacht Club thanks to a stunning collaboration by Weddings of Desire and
Pepper Sprout Hire.
Rasha’s demi-couture strapless gown by Sydney based designer Lisa Gowing wowed guests as she walked down the aisle.
The sun shone brightly as the couple exchanged vows before guests mingled with drinks and the newly wed couple headed down to the beach for photographs with photographer Eric Ronald
   
Gorgeous deck furniture, including the walnut Bentwood ceremony chairs and reception dining chairs were provided by Place Settings.
The bride’s bouquet was created by the talented florists at Hello Blossoms, who also provided the floral arrangements throughout the ceremony and reception, in conjunction with Weddings of Desire who styled and themed the overall day.
Before officially opening the dance floor to sound of Heatwave’s upbeat tunes a little later on, the bride and groom cut their croquembouche which was later served to guests for dessert.
After enjoying pre-dinner canapés guests sat down to the three course meal at vintage styled tables, Rasha and Jason surprising their guests with a traditional belly dancer and drummer to start the festivities with many guests getting up to join in.
The bride and groom enjoy their first dance as husband and wife.
Farewell to the Newlyweds

Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2014

1. SWEET TOOTH

The ever popular candy bar is still a huge hit at weddings across the globe and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. They’re a fantastic talking point and can be easily styled to match the theme of your reception, be it classic black tie, a colourful garden party or a modern twist of block colour. Candy bars are a fantastic alternative to the traditional bonbonniere and will be loved by your guests!

These delicious looking candy buffets are courtesy of The Candy Buffet Company
2. MEZZE GRAZING

Grazing plates and shared bowls are a fantastic alternative to the traditional plated menu. Guests are immediately are emerged into a much more sociable experience, being able trying a variety of dishes. It is a fantastic way to start a meal and can break the ice with guests who may be attending the wedding on their own. This sort of service can work brilliantly with long banquet style tables.

For a shared menu with a real wow factor for your guests why not consider our Rowland by Shane Delia menu options.
3. SAY CHEESE
Keep guests entertained and create lasting memories with great photos from portable photo booths. Polaroids provide instantaneous fun and capture precious moments throughout your special day. A collection of polaroids stuck into an album creates a fun alternative to a traditional guest book with guests able to leave messages of love for you under their happy snap. This is also a fantastic way to recall all of the fun moments from your day.
You can also transform wedding pictures taken from guests mobiles and share them with friends using Instagram’s filters or organise a professional photobooth with each guest able to take a copy of their photo with them as well as leave a copy for you in a customised book.
For an all inclusive photo booth package for your wedding contact In The Booth

4. ALL THAT JAZZ

With the recent resurgence of all things Art Deco, 1930’s inspired weddings are popping up everywhere. Not only are stationery and styling adding the “Gatsby” look to people’s wedding days but entertainment is also adding to the feel with swing bangs keeping guests on the dance floor long into the night. Brides opting for the 1930’s look are opting for vintage style head pieces rather than traditional veils.
5. FIT FOR A PRINCESS

Thanks to the likes of Kate Middleton’s stunning gown, brides are still opting for a more traditional look again this year. Lace, lace and more lace is making a huge comeback as well as the addition of three quarter sleeves to a once preferred strapless dress.
Photos courtesy of Gwendolynne.

Macaron Tiers and Treats – Modern Yet Classic

Impressive and divine in taste, macaron tiers are a great alternative to the monstrous fruitcakes and conventional bomboniere. Ask for macarons that compliment the colour palate and flowers from your bouquet.
Want to bring a little bit of Paris to your wedding? It is worth checking out ‘Macarons by Josephine’ (macaronsbyjosephine.com.au).

She has a fantastic range of mouth-watering macaron flavours available. Made completely by hand and using only the finest quality ingredients, Josephine can create something unforgettable for your special day and can easily match any theme or colour scheme.
For all of you Melbournians or those visiting, head down to Josephine’s store to try some of these delicious treats at 365 Sydney Road, Brunswick.