HOW WE MET: After returning home from interstate for work, I came home to a new neighbour in our apartment complex…Taylor. I would often hear him singing in the shower whilst I got ready for work, and he would often smell the candles I would burn which would waft downstairs. Apparently Taylor came up the stairs three times before he had the courage to knock on my door…after a coffee date on the Strand (Townsville) the rest is history.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan for several months and was afforded a mid way respite holiday, which I met him in Rome. After a very emotional reunion in Rome, we caught the train down to the Amalfi Coast and stayed for 10 days in Praiano. Taylor organised for a private cruiser, with our very own skipper (a Gerard Depardieu lookalike!) called who took us along the Amafi coast, whilst stopping for wine, lunch and spontaneous dips in the warm, aqua water. After a relaxing swim, we climbed back on board the boat and sat on the bow as the sunset and we sailed home. Taylor ducked down into the cabin and came back with a box and proposed right there and then on the bow of the boat. It was the most magical proposal I could have ever imagined. For the rest of our time we drank lemon mojitos, swam, soaked up the sun and ambled down narrow cobbled streets through Positano and Praiano…truly a holiday and memories that we will never let fade.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Remaining honest, staying open to learning and growing together and making the most out of life by never holding back.
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WEDDING LOCATION: Ceremony – The Secret Garden, Cottesloe & Reception – Indiana, Cottesloe. We wanted an outdoor summer wedding with a relaxed bohemian vibe. The limestone garden staircase proved a perfect backdrop for us to exchange our vows. Indiana encapsulated our love of being near the ocean, exuded a relaxed bohemian vibe and fitted our style perfectly.
THEME/STYLE: Sun, laughter, daisies and a bohemian vibe with a dash of style.
BUDGET: Our total wedding costs were approx $30,000.
PHOTOGRAPHY: As soon as I met Jemma Keech I knew she was the one. If I had ever had one, she would be like a third sister! Her photographs capture light and exude glow…capturing moments of laughter and kisses…and her eye for detail ensures all the little moments such as vases, buttonholes and table settings are captured and timeless.
BRIDE’S DRESS: Cotton lace with a cinched waist and small train…by Lisa Ho
BRIDE’S SHOES: Johanna Johnson cream ballet flats
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Creamy blush…raw silk and ruffles – by Flannel
BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: Kristy and Gemma wore Johanna Johnson cream ballet flats
FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOY OUTFITS: Harriette and Beatrice wore cream bohemian Tea Princess dresses.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My husband designed some gorgeous pearl earrings and presented me with them as a gift on the wedding day. I also wore the wedding rings of both my grandmother and that of Taylor’s grandmother as a symbol for ‘something old’. As a bridesmaid gift, Kristy and Gemma wore pearl stud earrings bought from Scagnetti Jewellers, Napoleon Street, Cottesloe.
WEDDING RING STYLES: Platinum classic pave wedding band (Bride) and platinum classic wedding band (Groom).
HAIR: Low rolled up style…dotted with fresh white daisies
MAKEUP: Natural dewy skin with coral statement lips - MAC
TYPE OF STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Blush shades with rustic twine containing a vintage style map - Jen Simpson Designs (available via Etsy)
BOUQUET TYPES: Bride – white chrysanthemums, gypsophilia, Queen Annes lace held together with rustic twine and pearls…. a work of art by Rebecca Grace. Bridesmaids and flowergirls – simple posies of white gypsophilia.
CEREMONY DÉCOR: Vintage buckets filled with white gypsophilia lined the aisle….vintage metal tub was filled with ice and miniature San Pellegrino refreshements to drink in the heat of the summer sun.
RECEPTION DÉCOR: Shades of blush, ivory and gold formed a paper garland that welcomed everyone through the entrance of french doors…little glass bottles filled with an array of white flowers lined each table…no tablecloth allowed for the beauty of the rustic wooden tables to feature…upon sunset, candles lit up the tables and provided an ambient glow.
WEDDING PLANNER/ STYLIST: I chose and organised all the aspects of the wedding and reception myself…after hours of browsing Pinterest, scouring bridal magazines and exploring various websites..I formulated my own style and on the day, it all came together, exactly how I had imagined. I loved expressing creativity and creating an atmosphere that everyone would enjoy and talk about for hopefully many years to come.
CAKE TYPE: Summery citrus mudcake covered in fresh white daisies. The cake table also had platters of french macarons in all colours of the rainbow.
WEDDING SONGS: Bridesmaids entered to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles; Ceremony song - "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison; After ceremony song- “Two of Us” by the Beatles; Entrance into reception – “All You Need is Love” played live by the band The Baker Boys…complete with saxaphone! First dance – "The Wedding Song" by Angus and Julia Stone.
ENTERTAINMENT: Baker Boys
FOOD & BEVERAGES: Canapes and oysters upon arrival with a choice of two of our favourite cocktails….Classic mojito and lemon sgroppino (lemon sorbet and Prosecco)…rustic antipasto and caprese salad for entrée; fish or lamb fillet for main and vanilla and saffron crème brulee for dessert.
TRANSPORT TYPE: Private charter luxury car
HONEYMOON: Mini-moon down to Smiths Beach Resort, Smiths Beach
GIFT REGISTRY: Wedding List Co.
CELEBRANT: Doug Booth
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: Love The Lane (!)
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Standing on the stone steps..about to pledge my love and commitment to Taylor and stopping to take a look at everyone before us….those who have come far and wide, those we have known since we were children and to new friends and loving family… everyone who is most special and close to our hearts all standing here for us on our special day xxx
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS: In the days leading up to the wedding, I fleetlingly considered with all the preparations still incomplete…maybe we should have eloped!
BEST ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING/TO BRIDES: Stick with your style and no matter what anyone else says (likes or dislikes)….be confident that your own decisions will bring you joy and satisfaction on your day.
Congratulations to Kelly & Taylor from The LANE! And a huge thank you to Jemma from Jemma Keech Photography for these beautiful images! You can view more of Jemma's amazing work on her website & blog.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Jemma Keech Photography
BRIDE'S DRESS: Lisa Ho
BRIDE’S SHOES: Johanna Johnson
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Flannel
BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Johanna Johnson
FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOYS: Tea Princess
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Patrick Johnson
WEDDING RINGS: Varoujan Jewellers
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Scagnetti Jewellers
HAIR: Cision Hair
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Jen Simpson Designs
FLORIST: Rebecca Grace - Natural Art Flowers
CATERING: Indiana, Cottesloe (our reception venue)
WEDDING VENUE: The Secret Garden, Cottesloe
HONEMOON DESTINATION: Smiths Beach Resort, Smiths Beach
ENTERTAINMENT: Baker Boys
GIFT REGISTRY: Wedding List Co