Cecily & Matthew, who married at Cottage Point NSW with a rustic inspired yacht club ceremony and reception, didn’t intend to have a purely vintage theme. There were however certain elements such as the Guipure lace of the dress, pressed glass and crystal vases, fruitcake with marzipan fondant for the wedding cake, which were more traditional. Their wedding day, beautifully photographed by Petal Photography, also included retro-inspired decorations including bunting, striped straws with soda water, globite suitcase for cards, and paper pom-poms made from vintage dressmaking patterns.
“In planning our wedding we collaborated on a list of shared values we wanted to espouse for our celebration. We discussed various styles, and importantly budget, and used our values to judge what elements were most important for us to have the wedding celebration that truly reflected us as a couple. For example, we are concerned about environmental impact and sustainability so we asked our caterer to use locally grown produce, which was typically more expensive, although we saved on our decorations which were all loving up-cycled jars and vases.”
“I had tried on a few gowns although was always left disappointed that I was unable to find anything that exactly matched my idea, despite the vast ranges of retail bridal couturiers – although I feared this maybe stemmed from my overindulgence in american reality bridal television shows. In the end my Mum very aptly described it as the dress ‘wearing me’ and we decided to have something made. Classic has always been my style and I particularly love the vintage fit and flare – lace, a satin bow and pleats were also always going to be design staples! With my typical relaxed attitude, I remembered that I had a pair of new cream ballet flats hiding in the cupboard which became my bridal shoes and the hair embellishment was made from a piece of lace motif from my bodice fabric!”
“I have always been a cottage-crafter in one way or another, always trying some new sewing or knitting project, always carefully overseen by family matriarchs. I began papermaking as a child and knew immediately that it was exactly the material that I would use for our wedding stationery. I wanted to use natural dye to colour the pulp my favourite yellow and in the end used Turmeric for a deep hue. I even used discarded paper from work – with the joke to any guest to destroy any piece of patient information that may have withstood the pulping process. The floristry was also something that I thought to try my hand at, having browsed a few magazines and websites for bouquet ideas. Relying on a 4am trip to Sydney Flower Markets in the days before your wedding is not for the faint-hearted, but we intrepidly ventured out and were able to source plenty of beautiful and colourful blooms for our table and venue decoration. The guests were also shocked to discover that the bouquets and buttonholes were homemade, of which I am particularly proud.”
“Of course everything we made for our wedding could easily have been purchased, for an equivalent cost, although the satisfaction of truly having a successful, fashionable DIY wedding was so worthwhile. In the end, also as part of keeping sustainable, I have founded a small styling company, Handmade by Violet Brown, to give advice about decoration and flowers, and also to hire out my collection which I still enjoy growing.”
“We really just had the most amazing day, so full of happiness and joy from the universe! We were blessed by wonderful Sydney summer weather, having our most dearly cherished family and friends celebrate and witness our promises to each other and our first steps as Husband and Wife, a delicious feast and lovingly homemade wedding cake, and our fantastic photographer and caterer covering the important logistical aspects of the day.”
Photography: Petal Photography Bride’s Dress: Private Dressmaker Bridesmaid Dresses: Jigsaw Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Attire: Private Tailor Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nine West Hair: Jeff at Anjeos Hair and Beauty Makeup: Anna at Anjeos Hair and Beauty Syling/Hire: The Bride through “Handmade by Violet Brown” Cake: Elizabeth Houlihan Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Craig Potter Catering: Art Kitchen Band: Nic Jeffries Band Venue: Kuring-Gai Motor Yacht Club