Seemingly worlds away the charmingly rustic Summerlees garden is in full bloom of sumptuous Jonquils & Jasmine and is the exquisite countryside setting of Jenna (of LANE hand-picked brand Maple Soaps) & Anderson's wedding. The homestead adorned with an etheral floral hanging installation handmade the morning of the wedding by the bride, Surrounded by the heady scents of Spring florals the mood is romantically raw and authentic..
In a soft LOVER lace gown the bride's silohuette wanders through the gardens in the afternoon glow with her groom in a classically sharp ecru suit, every stolen glance captured by Brendan from Bear Deer Fox...
NAMES: Jenna & Anderson
WEDDING DATE: 20.09.14
GUEST NUMBERS: 65
HOW WE MET: We first met each other at both our separate workplaces not knowing we had a lot of friends in common. Eventually we started hanging out and became closer until one day Anderson somehow tricked me into being his girlfriend! I had no recollection of saying yes to dating him, but just went along with it... and now we’re married so his lie paid off!
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Anderson had asked me to go on a picnic, which in hindsight was so out of character for him but at the time I didn’t really think anything of it! We made our way through the Botanic Gardens in Sydney and down to Mrs Macquaries Chair on the harbour. He hardly ate a thing, while I demolished a full sandwich and two plastic cups of wine! After a few stumbling words, Anderson got on one knee (on our picnic rug) and proposed! I cried so much and so many other people sitting in the park were clapping and (very strangely) taking photos of us!
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Happiness and honest friendship. We support, love & trust each other and always think of one another.
WEDDING LOCATION: Summerlees, Sutton Forest.
Two years prior to our wedding, I was working for my friend Myra, helping her set up a wedding held at Summerlees and when I saw how amazing the venue and the grounds were, I knew that if I was to get married I’d love to have our wedding there! Tree’s full of blossom, bright flowering rhododendron and huge camellias, not to mention helleborus, jasmine and jonquils...a florists dream!
THEME/STYLE: Both of us loved the idea of a country garden wedding.
Somewhere peaceful, pretty, lots of green, and a romantic weekend away from the city.
His work is so beautiful and he was such a pleasure to work with.
BRIDE’S DRESS: I walked in to LOVER with my friends and as soon as I saw it I stopped looking.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Soft nude strappy heels by Burberry Prorsum.
BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: Nude heels
WEDDING RINGS: My engagement ring was created by Demarge Jewellers who Anderson worked with to design something he knew I would love. It is a yellow diamond with a white diamond halo. Demarge then designed my wedding ring which is a band of diamonds to compliment the engagement ring. Anderson’s wedding band is a simple platinum band handmade by jeweller Tim Blake.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore a collection of vintage rings from both my family and Anderson’s family, along with my mum’s bluebird bracelet, for the ‘something blue’ tradition. I had small gold earrings from Sarah and Sebastion.
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Anderson works in mens suiting and tailoring so he had himself and his groomsmen dressed in his own designs. Anderson wore a beige double breasted suit jacket with navy pants. His shoes were single monks from Church’s and his watch was from Rolex. His groomsmen wore matching blue suits and brown shoes. All the boys shirts, ties and accessories were from Brooks Brothers.
HAIR: Long hair and loose waves. I wore a flower crown for a more relaxed vibe. My girls had similar hair styling to compliment.
MAKEUP: Nude, natural and glowing cheeks
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Our invitations were designed by myself and were printed by Peppermint Press on a textured cream stock. I loved the idea of the invitations looking hand written to keep it quite personal. This design followed on to our menu and place cards which were also hand written.
FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: Being the owner of Maple Soaps allowed me to design my own custom soap for our guests. We chose the Rose Geranium soap for the beautiful scent and wrapped it in a gorgeous yellow floral print paper to tie in with our wedding flowers. Each of our guests said when they walked into the reception room, the whole room smelt of fresh flowers!
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: One of my amazing friends Myra, owner of My Violet created the flowers for our wedding and put together the most incredible bouquets for us, as well as styling the ceremony, reception, cake and more. Myra and I used to work together as florists, and have been friends ever since so having her do our flowers was one of the most special parts of the day. I had a rough idea of what I wanted but kept the brief really open for her because I wanted to just go with whatever was beautiful and fresh on that day. When the flowers arrived, the van was overflowing with helleborus, ranunculus, roses, bearded iris, poppies, forget-me-nots, blossom, fern, pansies, flannel flowers and the list goes on.
PREPARATION: My bridesmaids and I stayed at Summerlees cottage the night before the wedding day. I woke up super early the morning of our wedding so Myra and I could make a ‘flower chandelier’ which had in my mind leading up to the wedding. We stood in the freezing cold misty morning with a whole bunch of branches, blossom and foliage and made this beautiful hanging installation which is now one of my favourite elements of our wedding! From then, all us girls got ready in the cottage at Summerlees. It was quite cold outside so we had the open fire going and lots of family visiting during the morning, all sharing in some champagne and a few fresh sandwiches and scones.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: For most of the year leading up to the wedding I collected vintage copper and brass vases, jugs and candlestick holders which we used for the reception tables.
My close family relative owns a huge cotton farm in my hometown of Narromine, and he generously filled bags and bags of large cotton branches for me which we used throughout the entire wedding.
We had an enormous blossom branch which had been cut down and small note cards were attached to the branches asking our guests to write a few words for us both, offering advice, wisdom or whatever they wanted to say. This provided plenty of laughs the next day when we got to read all of them!
For the ceremony we used old milk pails which ran down the aisle and were filled with the cotton branches, rosemary and queen annes lace flowers.
Every corner of Summerlees garden is so pretty and we were happy to keep the styling to just the flowers so our guests could enjoy the beautiful grounds as they were.
CAKE: Our cake was red velvet with a pale yellow buttercream icing which we topped with clusters of fresh pansies.
WEDDING SONGS: Our first dance was to a 1960s song by Otis Leavill called “I Love You”.
ENTERTAINMENT: We had an acoustic duo singing for our ceremony, which followed on for a few hours while our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés in the garden. During the reception we had lots of great 50’s, 60’s and 70’s songs with some motown in there, and towards the end of the night had a few more recent hits to get people up and dancing.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: Our guests were served a selection of our favorite wines along with canapés in the garden. Everyone was then seated along two long tables with alternating entrees and main course, with shared sourdough loaves, roasted vegetables and salads which ran along the tables. Dessert was our red velvet wedding cake.
TRANSPORT: Because Summerlees offer accommodation in their cottage, the whole day was at the same venue and we didn’t need any transport making our day super relaxed.
HONEYMOON: We stayed in a beautiful private villa in Seminyak, Indonesia. Lots of sunshine and relaxation which was perfect for us.
GIFT REGISTRY: We loved that all our friends and family travelled to Sutton Forest to spend the weekend with us. That was the best gift and we didn’t feel the need for a gift registry.
CELEBRANT: We were so pleased Nina De Borde was our celebrant for the day. She understood exactly what we were after and helped us plan the kind of ceremony that was best fitting for us.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: Botanical styling, country gardens, music from the 50’s & 60’s & antiques finds.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Walking through the garden towards the aisle and seeing all our friends and family that had come to share our day with us. It was such a surreal feeling having everyone there together.
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS… How fast the day goes! Take a moment with your partner and enjoy all that stuff you spend months planning.
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE… Be true to yourself. Make all of your decisions together without listening to other people!
JENNA & ANDERSON'S CONTACTS
PHOTOGRAPHY: Bear Deer Fox
BRIDE'S DRESS: LOVER
BRIDE’S SHOES: Burberry Prorsum
BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Myer
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Sarah and Sebastion
HAIR & MAKEUP: Liv Lundelius
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Designed by Bride / printed by Peppermint Press
CAKE: Alison Lawson Cakes
CATERING: PB Catering
WEDDING STYLIST: Bride /My Violet
CELEBRANT: Nina De Borde
WEDDING VENUE: Summerlees
HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Seminyak, Indoensia
ENTERTAINEMENT: Lara Grange Music
FAVOURS: Maple Soaps