"Enjoy the process, it is all about that one day but the lead up to a wedding is such a special time in your life so it’s important to recognise that. There are lots of things that will stress you out along the way and everyone has an opinion."
Jacinta and Steve’s ever after began when fate saw them seated together at a mutual friend’s wedding. Fast-forward the clock, and the happy couple threw a special celebration of their own to mark the start of their own married magic.
Don’t let the planning consume your relationship and quality time together. Have one night a week for a working dinner date. The more the night goes on and the more glasses of wine, the easier the decisions become.
"One of my bridesmaids played in the inaugural AFLW game for Geelong on the same night. She got ready with us then left for the game when we went to the venue, played in a full face of make-up and came to the wedding post game back in her bridesmaid dress with a little less make-up than when she left. Talk about dedicated to both commitments!"
"Get to know the vendors as you are putting a lot of trust and money into them. You want to be happy and confident with their contributions to the day and a large part of our day running well was the professionalism and organisation of our vendors."
"The morning of the wedding, in our house it was all smooth sailing. In the groom’s house, absolute chaos! A groomsmen’s belt was left in Perth, a bow tie was broken and my Mother In Law had to sew it back together."
"Things don’t go right and that’s ok, just go with it; it’s perfectly imperfect! Don’t listen to what everyone tells you that you should do for your wedding. Make it about the two of you. You can’t make everyone happy so just make yourselves happy! Most of the little things you stress about don’t even matter, you just need the two of you and maybe a great d-floor!"
"Don’t be afraid to really make it your day and not just what people expect of it. Also try to work with suppliers that you genuinely like: it makes such a difference because you have to put a lot of trust into them and it can be quite stressful in the lead-up. Plus if you get along with them it makes it a whole lot more fun. Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff, you can’t control everything so just focus on the important things if you can."
"For both of us it was probably walking down the aisle. That is the peak of your wedding day and it is such a special moment. The speeches were really special too. It was the first time I have ever seen my Dad cry!"
"One of the wedding cars actually crashed into three cars on our way to the wedding. We had two cars; a Maybach and an old Buick, which was carrying the bridesmaids. The brakes on the Buick failed on the way to the wedding ceremony and to stop the car, the driver crashed into three other cars. This sounds like a horror story but you have to see the positives and we were so lucky that the crash happened in the same street as Como House so it didn’t prevent us from getting to the wedding."
"A black tie wedding in a country setting; bold, dramatic and elegant. This clear vision was the brilliant work of Patrick’s bride Luci, who absolutely nailed pulling together their dreamy Tanglewood Estate wedding day."
"It took a while for Daniel to secure a first date with Chloe – but boy was she glad she said yes in the end! After 8 incredible years together, they finally tied the knot, hosting their wedding at the stunning Stones of The Yarra Valley."
"Classic and simple with a little bit of fun. As previously mentioned our ceremony was set under a magical green and very lush oak tree, which really helped inspire the tone and mood of our day. We wanted our wedding to be quite modern and timeless, so we went with a mostly black and white colour palate with a touch of green, blush pink and gold."
"They share with us their love story, and some helpful planning hints when it comes to selecting a dream day of suppliers. We adore this duo and their celebration, as captured perfectly by Blossom Daisy Creative."
"Chapel1885, opened up in Sackville St Collingwood in January this year and is formerly a church designed in Gothic Revival style. In the space, exposed brick walls with a stunning timber ceiling handcrafted by 19th century shipbuilders combine with large arched windows that filled the interior with light, while intricately painted murals and statement chandeliers add the perfect finishing touch."
"On a stunning summer’s day on their family property in Riddles Creek, Tim and Madeline wowed their guests with the most gorgeous of festivities. With help from The Small Things Co, these two high school sweethearts realised their vision of relaxed sophistication. From the beautiful bridesmaids in glamourous gowns of burgundy to Madeline’s stunningly chic silhouette and an elegant ebony cake, this was a marquee wedding high on style and low on stress."
"The style was influenced by the vibe we wanted to create; intimate, personal and relaxed. We focused on little special details and weaved these into an overall experience. One element that guests raved about was the personalised table settings (which also became a keepsake) – our place cards had the guests name and an individualised message for them printed on a beautiful paper. On the back, we included the most amazing black and white photos of us with that guest during a significant time in our lives. This seems simple enough, but the work behind the scenes to make that happen was enormous. Huge props to our on-the-day stationery designer, Richard from Inhaus, for making this detail possible!"