WEDDING UPMARKET

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There are hundreds of wonderful designers in Western Australia, you’ll find a bunch here on the Hello May directory, but nothing beats meeting them in the flesh.  The upcoming Wedding Upmarket is about connecting brides-to-be with local designers so together they can go forth and create a truly personalised wedding that’s every bit as awesome as they want it to be.

The lovely Wedding Upmarket ladies have done all of the leg work for you by handpicking Perth’s leading designers, the best of the best, who you can meet all under one roof. Products and services will include handcrafted jewellery, veils, wedding couture, stationery, stylists, flowers, photographers and loads more talented local vendors.

Kicking off Saturday 3rd May 2014 from 10am till 3pm, entry is free so all you need to do is head on down to the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Undercroft and check out the show. There is another fair in August too… but more on that later, for now, simply check out these gorgeous photos from last years fair whilst you get all kinds of excited for this one!

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CREDITS Bridal fair Wedding Upmarket // Photos Jason Tey Photography

ANGIE + JAMES

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Angie & James recently tied the knot in picturesque Lilyvale in New South Wales. It was an intimate backyard affair with just their closest friends and family.

They wanted a super chilled out, relaxed garden party, and that they certainly had, with photos by the talented Jo Bartholomew and flowers from one of our fave Sydney florists Poppies and Amber. Rochelle from The Asking presided over the ceremony too and let us tell you, we have heard nothing but rave reviews about Rochelle, who also happened to preside over this wedding, that was featured on the blog earlier in the week.

Rochelle wasn’t the only shining star of their day as bride Angie, who wore a super sweet vintage gown from Dolly Up Vintage Emporium tells us “We wanted photos that were relaxed and showed us just having fun and not stiff poised photos. The backdrop of the national park was so beautiful we wanted to capture this as well. I saw Jo’s card in Dolly Up and when I jumped on her website I thought they were beautiful photos that had that vintage feel but told a story of the day – which is something we wanted to take with us for many years. When we met we just knew it was the right fit.”

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CREDITS Photos Jo Bartholomew // Bridal gown Dolly Up Vintage Emporium // Hair piece Amber Sceats // Shoes Jimmy Choo // Flowers Poppies and Amber // Grooms suit Calibre // Ceremony and reception Lilyvale // Catering Short White Jacket // Styling Ra Ra Kitty // Hair Sable Hair // Make up Rachel Pitt // Celebrant The Asking // Wedding coordination The Wedding Weaver.

MARTINE + ASHER

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This couple, this wedding, these photos! We have no words, well we don’t need words anyway! The beauty of Martine and Asher’s day of day shines through these images all on it’s own.

Wedding photographer and the genius behind the lens of these particular photos, Nina Claire, tells us “Martine and Asher got married under a beautiful crocheted lace Chuppah that Martines Father had made especially for them. When the sun shone through it it created some intricate shadows so I posed Martine and Asher underneath it and shot some really gorgeous portraits. I think it’s beautiful to create portraits incorporating elements of the wedding that are special to the couple.”

The wedding itself was planned in under three months with Marine explaining “We were living together in New York last year for 3 months, and i had gone to a Photography seminar in Palm Springs for the week alone. When i arrived home one night he had filled the apartment with candles and flowers. We decided for a very short engagement of about 3 months. We didn’t want to create to much fuss or planning around the whole thing and were keen to keep it low key and as casual as possible.”

Assembling a team of seasoned professionals including Hair stylist Liv Lundelius and stationery designer The Print Fairy, just to name a few, Martine and Asher’s day went off with out a hitch.

Martine goes on to tell us about her favourite part of the day… “probably both of us being so unexpectedly moved while I was walking down the aisle towards him. It was such an overwhelming intense moment i couldnt even look at him as i approached, and have been told Asher’s face and reaction matched this intensity. The Jewish Dancing was also a wonderful and crazy moment, and you could really feel the energy, love and support of everyone there to celebrate together, that was really lovely.”

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CREDITS Photos Nina Claire Photography // Bridal gown Salita Matthew // Flowers and floral crown Dusty Miller Designs // Shoes Zomp // Grooms suit Country Road // Grooms shirt and shoes ZARA // Ceremony, reception and catering The Grounds of Alexandria // Stationery The Print Fairy // Hair Liv Lundelius // Make up Emma Bartik // Entertainment The Cocktail Hour.

THE CREATIVE LAB WORKSHOPS

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The Creative Labs are a series of fun, inspiring and creative workshops hosted by The Creative Journal. The first Creative Lab, Pretty Poms, pictured above and below, looks like a damn fine way to spend a day and was taught by the lovely Sam from Dunne with Style and held at the light filled L1 Studios in Melbourne, Victoria.

Students learnt the art of the lola pom and created pom crowns, wreaths, name tags and place cards whilst enjoying good company and delicious snacks, all captured by Lovely Day Pictures, who just so happen to be rather talented wedding photographers and cinematographers.

Their next workshop ‘ Hey There Cupcake’ will be held on Sunday May 4 and is taught by the talented Danielle from Sweetcheeks Cookies & Cakes and Carly from The Creative Journal. The perfect day for those not keen on a traditional Hen’s party or a great day out for you and your bridesmaids, or perhaps even a fun activity to take your mum to for mothers day! Students will learn how to decorate cupcakes and cookies in fondant among other things and all attendees will get a take home kit so they can continue the fun at home.

Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase here, but be sure to get in quick, these fun filled workshops sell out fast!

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CREDITS Workshop The Creative Journal // Photos Lovely Day Pictures.

ELISE + MITCH

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The bright and beautiful Sydney wedding of Elise and Mitch features some of our all time favourite vendors, all of whom are so insanely talented at what they do, we are not quite sure where to start.

We could talk forever about the floral genius of Esther and Naomi from The Sisters. These girls do it all from simple wreaths and bouquets to elaborate floral designs and decorations and you can see more of their handy work in issue four of Hello May. We could crush on the visual impact of The LOVE Sign or rave about the talented and oh so friendly and easy to work with celebrant Rochelle from The Asking.

But we’d be doing you all an injustice if we did not bring your attention to these gorgeous photos by Sydney wedding photographers (but always willing to travel) And a Day. Boy oh boy did they out do themselves with these beautifully candid and light filled images.

Bride Elise, who wore a stunning custom made xxx gown, tells us “the lead up to the wedding was amazing.. We had so much fun planning it all, and it just made us even closer as a couple! We had a minor (or some say major) set back, just eight weeks out from the wedding. Our venue called to let us know they had double booked and we couldn’t have the wedding there anymore!! We were really sad at first. After eight months of planning and dreaming of our wedding at that venue, I suppose that is to be expected, but we got back to planning and quickly sorted a new venue (at Hyde Park Barracks)  and got back to enjoying it all!”

When asked about a favourite detail or moment of the day Elise and Mitch found it hard to chose, but there was one thing they could agree on. “So many great moments!” Says Elise. “Seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle was a favourite for both of us…  And at one point during the night Mitch grabbed me and took me outside and we just had a little moment to ourselves, looking in at everyone having so much fun at OUR WEDDING! I’ll never forget that moment.”

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CREDITS Photos And a Day Photography // Bridal gown Leonardo Salinas Couture // Flowers and floral crown The Sisters // Shoes Christy NG Shoes // Rings The Diamond Emporium // Accessories Samantha Wills // Bridesmaids Cooper St // Grooms suit Calibre // Ceremony, reception and catering Hyde Park Barracks // Cake Cakes By Nadia // Chalkboard hire Belle Adorn // Stationery Charli Design // Hair The Place Hair Studio // Make up Amy Maree Make Up Artistry // Entertainment Marty Simpson // Celebrant The Asking // Love sign hire The LOVE Sign.

KIRSTY + JAMES

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We love this Australian country wedding with just a touch of the American Mid West. Bride Kirsty tells us “James proposed in the USA and while the wedding wasn’t themed per se, we had some strong American influences. These included my Cowboy Boots, purchased in Austin, Texas; the sweet country music and especially the all-out Southern American BBQ catering”. That dessert table alone looks worthy of any country fair!

A lot of the wedding was DIY with Kirsty telling us “I really enjoy making and collecting things, which meant I did go a little crazy on both those fronts in the lead up to the wedding. We had a lot of homemade desserts, but the wedding cake was my fave. It was homemade by my mum, my Nan and I, and was basically a stack of crepes, with cream and chestnut puree between the layers. It was delicious and looked great, fitting in perfectly with the general theme.”

The whole day was beautifully captured by Falcon Griffith and all the table settings and flower arrangements were also DIY  too which impresses our socks off here in the Hello May office.

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CREDITS Photos Falcon Griffith // Bridal gown Anaessia // Hair piece Sophie Allport // Shoes Mimco // Cowboy boots Bought in Texas // Flowers Poetry in Flowers // Rings Burlington Antiques // Bridesmaids Modcloth // Grooms suit Saba // Grooms shoes Aquilla // Ties Grove Lane // Ceremony + reception Gold Creek Station, Canberra // Catering Smoque // Cake Home made // Stationery Kirsty McCabe // Hair and make up Sarah Aldrige // Celebrant Chelsea Cook.

KAT + MILES

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Queensland wedding photographer Jess Marks recently hit the mean streets of Brisbane  with newly engageed Kat and Miles to have a bit of atrial portrait session in the lead up to their day of days.

Jess tells us “whilst we don’t like to go crazy and over style shoots, bringing a few things along actually works as a pretty good icebreaker for most people. But sometimes, at the right time, with the right people… bringing skateboards, magnifying glasses and balloons is totally acceptable. And this was just the right time, right place, right people…. and the right weather”

We couldn’t agree with Jess more. There has been a trend in the past few years for over styled and staged set ups for engagement and portrait sessions which can lead to couples feeling a little stiff in front of the camera in such a foreign environment. Pre-wedding portrait sessions are great as it affords you the time to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the lens but we always encourage our readers to keep it simple… go about your usual weekend business and just have your photographer along for the ride and if a few props will lighten the mood, then why the hell not!

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CREDITS Photos Jess Marks Photography.