25th May, 2020 | by Alera
Erin and Travis were one of the lucky few who managed to still host their wedding as planned prior to the new covid restrictions coming into play. These two were destined to be together, having first met in their hometown of Orange, NSW.
19th May, 2020 | by Alera
Simone and Jeremy’s timeless and elegant wedding could have leapt straight out of the pages of Vogue. However, it wasn’t the details of the day, but the couple’s love and commitment that truly shone.
Their romance and courtship was what one might call a slow burn. It took almost a year after friending each other online to start their relationship. Simone recalls how they first came to meet”
“Way back in December 2016, I convinced my girlfriend Lucy to join me for a Friday afternoon wine at a local bar in Teneriffe, Sixes & Sevens, so I could vent about the string of dating disasters I’d had lately and that there didn’t seem to be any nice guys out there.
Before long Lucy and I had found ourselves talking to a group of guys, Jeremy arrived a bit later in the night to meet them as he was working late. He says he wanted to talk more to me, but apparently I was giving off a very strong ‘go away, not into you’ vibe. I also thought he was not interested. We went our separate ways that night with barely more than a few sentences exchanged.”
Clearly this wasn’t the case as things unfolded online!
“His friend sent me a FB friend request, and after accepting I flicked through his friends and Jeremy popped up. We became FB friends, and although it took a couple of messages from Jeremy (I forgot to reply – bad I know) we started talking. He was a very patient man, because it took 6 months to go on our first date, and it was 11 months after we first met that we started a relationship!”
Fast forward to 2019 and the couple began planning their wedding. They wanted to focus on creating a special day that reflected both of them as a couple and also wanted to ensure they had covered all their bases covering everything down to the very last detail.
“Our stunning venue Fins at Plantation House was a big part of bringing our vision for the day to life given its location, beautiful spaces and fine food.” Said Simone
We couldn’t help but sit back in awe as we clicked through Simone and Jeremy’s gallery. It was clear the beautiful styling and planning had taken place. A focus on crisp ivory and subtle neutrals lay at the heart of their modern elegant styling.
Simone fell in love in the boutique when she came across the Tatum gown by Australian designer, Zavana Couture. “I loved the mix of old & new Hollywood design.” She said of the full geometric beadwork of the gown. “It was comfortable to wear all day and night and I wish I could have worn it forever.”
She styled her fashion-forward wedding dress with hair in classic waves and bold statement pearl earrings. The bridal party matched perfectly with bridesmaids in light gold slip dresses and groomsmen in light beige suiting.
However for Simone, it wasn’t all of these gorgeous details that shone brightest – her most memorable part was the look on Jeremy’s face (get ready for immeasurable warm fuzzy feelings!).
“I will also never forget the elated smile that Jeremy had on his face all day when he looked at me as we had our photos together.
Another really special moment was just before sunset when we entered our reception, Jeremy was looking up at the sky and as he looked back down I noticed he was welling up (he will call it dust in his eye) and he said:
‘I can’t believe this day is here and I’ve married you, everything is perfect.’”
Could these two be any sweeter?
Although the onset of Covid19 has dashed their European honeymoon dreams for now, this hasn’t stopped their getaway plans. “We are now looking a couple of mini honeymoons around Australia, possibly North QLD or WA. Or we may wait until they open up travel to NZ or the Pacific Island region and head to Fiji or Cook Islands.”
Simone left us with her golden nuggets of wisdom for those in the midst of their wedding planning journey – and we suggest you take note!
- Don’t panic too much, it all comes together in the end anyway. Small things don’t really matter on the day.
- You can plan as much as you like, but sometimes the plan doesn’t come together so just go with it.
- Sounds cliché, but immerse yourself in experiencing every single second of your wedding day, it will go by in a blur.
- Remember it’s your day, so have the people, the food and the fun that you both love.
See inside their stunning wedding below!
Photographer | Ivy Road Photography
Video | JB Videography
Venue | Fins at Plantation House
Florals | The Electric Rose
Hair | Petula Jade Hairstylist
MUA | Fernando Hervas
Celebrant | Marry me by Somer
Table Decorations | Arctic Fox Weddings
Favours | Coastal Creations Co.
Wedding Cake | Maggie O’Keeffe
Musician | John Veloso
Bridesmaid Dresses | Shona Joy
Earrings | Christie Nicolaides & Ferdinand & Co.
Shoes | Tony Bianco
Suiting | MJ Bale
Wedding Rings | Bakker Diamonds
Photo Booth | Undisposable
DJ | Soren Osterman
15th May, 2020 | by Celine
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the idea of wedding planning right now, why not tackle some manageable tasks while we wait it out in isolation? Have a bit of fun with some of our top suggestions below!
13th May, 2020 | by Alera
In the midst of a global pandemic, Jessika and Blair’s wedding came together JUST in the nick of time! Their big day could have fallen prey to the mass postponement that swept like a wave across weddings and events across the globe, but instead, their team of fast-acting wedding vendors quickly whipped their wedding back to within regulations!
The pair first met in high school in Kingaroy, where, believe it or not, they weren’t even friends! It wasn’t until later down the track that they crossed paths again at a friend’s 21st in 2012 that they were reintroduced and their romance blossomed. “Blair had the most infectious smile. I asked him what he was drinking for an excuse to talk to him – the rest is history!” Explains Jessika.
The couple were engaged almost two years ago and began avidly planning their big day – locking down the favourite vendors very early on. “We booked Gabbinbar almost 18 months in advance and my hair and makeup artists about 12 months out. This allowed me to get my first pick for every single vendor.” She said.
“We knew we wanted a venue that had it all so our guests could arrive at one location and spend the whole day there. We certainly found that in Gabbinbar Homestead! As soon as we drove into the venue and walked around we knew it was the one. They really do think of absolutely everything!”
Not only were the two booking well in advance, they were also organised with spreadsheets and budgets galore! Jessika highly suggests this for any couple in order to stay on top of wedding planning.
It was perhaps this excellent organisation that assisted with the quick turnaround changes that had to be made at the last minute. What could have been a disaster was turned around with swift adaptation from an expert team.
“On the Friday afternoon Gabbinbar called me to say due to new restrictions just imposed we had to bring the whole reception outside because there wasn’t enough room in the indoor conservatory to adhere to the new social distancing laws. This meant a lot of last minute changes! Chairs also had to be spaced 1.5 metres apart, which meant I didn’t have enough florals for my long tables! The venue and my florist worked together and went above and beyond (Gabbinbar gave my florist full access to their gardens) and it turned out beautifully. Our three-piece band also had to move outside and change their whole set list very last minute to adhere to noise restrictions!”
“Thankfully we were gifted with incredible weather and the outdoor reception was beyond perfect! I honestly can’t sing the praises of the venue and all of my vendors enough, they all went above and beyond!”
Despite the drama unfolding behind the scenes, the day was all timeless class and grace. Jessika recalls her most memorable moment as none other than walking down the aisle.
“There’s just so much emotion in that moment. I was so nervous but as soon as I looked up to see Blair’s face I couldn’t wipe the smile off mine! I used to tell Blair that he would cry when he saw me and I always got a very manly ‘No way,’ in response. But – he cried!”
The romance and beauty of their big day was undeniable – made even more special with those family and friends who were still able to be there. Their guests watched on with hearts full as Jessika and Blair said ‘I do’ amongst Gabbinbar Homestead’s manicured gardens. Their wedding was styled with florals featuring ivory and blush blooms with minimal foliage and bridesmaids in classic navy dresses.
Jessika found her dream dress when she visited the boutique and came across the Emily gown by Spanish label, Pronovias. The gown features a minimalist design of a fitted crepe skirt contrasted with a structural statement lace bodice, which skims down the sides. “I just loved how the dress is so simple, but so beautiful! [I also loved] the train! It certainly was a statement.” Said Jessika.
While the couple’s honeymoon plans were abruptly cancelled with the onset of COVID-19, they certainly aren’t off the books! The loved up couple have begun excitedly saving for the purchase of their dream home and will likely revisit their Canadian getaway next year. “Blair is a carpenter so he’s itching to renovate,” she says.
Our beautiful couple have shared some photos from their wedding with us below!Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead
Photographer: Hayley Williamson Photography
Florist: Ruby Lane Flower Co
Cake: Jill-i-cious Cake
Hair: Chantelle Maree Hair
Suits: Male Manor
Rings: Diamonds InternationalBridesmaids: Shona JoyStationery: Heart Of Juno DesignsVideographer: Forever and a Day StudiosCelebrant: Married by AngeAccessories: Necklace (belonged to Bride’s Dad (who passed away in August 2019) – has Jessika on front and Daddio on back), Blue garter made my Bride’s Nana, Gold ring (Brides Nana’s wedding ring who has been married for almost 55 years)
6th May, 2020 | by Alera
A little moody with heavy hand of monochrome, there is no end to the fashionista-appeal of the modern style wedding. Alongside a talented team of local creatives, this shoot came together with elevated style and elegance. Find all the inspo below!