Brooks + Charis

September 29th, 2014

What’s that famous phrase? It takes a village to raise a child.  Well I’m here to tell you that is takes more than a village to host a wedding!!!  So many people come together to make your wedding day what it is – friends, family, wedding professionals – all working together to make your day personal and unique.  I asked Charis to send through some of the details that made her and Brooks’ day so special and it read like an Oscar’s acceptance speech.  So many people to thank, so much love.  I felt like I owed it to Brooks and Charis to reveal how thankful they were for everyone’s involvement on their special day.  In Charis’s own words here they are:

Our celebrant Paul Voge Marriage Celebrant – he did a brilliant job and we were so happy to find him. He was everything we never knew to look for in a celebrant   – it ran so smoothly – almost like we knew what we were doing!
 Our ‘chauffeur’ Locky who was going to drive us in a Wilfred outfit …but the material didn’t arrive in time.
 My grandmother, Dell Sutton, who lent me her mothers’ veil to wear – I think she was married in the 1910s – 1920s.
 Every secondhand shop between here and Maryborough – for their books and teacups. Especially the MS shop in Dutton Park!
 All the friends and family members who helped set up the collection of stuff that turned into our wedding – and helped arrange flowers with me on Saturday and string 1000 hand folded paper cranes so that Brooks and I could make a wish. Brooks also folded 1000 paper stars that went on the tables.
Other suppliers… let’s hope I remember them all!
 Hair and Makeup – Powder Room (wow, just… wow)
Dress – (vintage but beading by Venita Drennen) (Venita whipped up the beading on my dress three weeks before the wedding! There was a slight dry cleaning fail – I won’t name names – but she made it look like everything I wanted it to be!)
Venue – Lightspace (Jess was brilliant. And Lightspace… we loved it and there are no words.)
Caterer – Wine & Dine’m Catering (everything I threw at Lacee, she took in her stride. Food was fantastic – and, given the amount of times I changed the menu and the storage requests, she got it perfectly!)
Lighting – AVIdeas (Greg and Chris always make Lightspace look its best and our wedding was no exception)
Cake – Cakes by Judy C (I found an idea on Pinterest – Brooks found Judy, and Judy turned the idea into something classy and amazing!)
Tables/Chairs/Plates – Little Gray Station (their furniture was just perfect and they were so easy to work with!)
Bouquets – Artificial Floral Boutique (Danielle turned my random origami ideas into a reality.)
Barber for Brooks – The Emporium Barber
Suit for Brooks – M.J.Bale
Brooks’ Ring – Dimani Jewellery (Matt (jeweller) is an absolute lifesaver – he found us a substitute ring, resized and polished it two days before the wedding!)
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Matt + Dimity

September 16th, 2014

Well hello there.  So nice to see you again.  I’m sorry for my absence, but you know, some things get real and some things take time.  Enough said?  I’m back now and raring to go with a wedding that will knock your socks off.  One of the most asked questions I get is “what happens if it rains?”  Most couples are terrified of  rain on their wedding day because they think it will ruin the day, the photos, your dress, your hair…the list, man, is endless.  But I’m here to tell you (and to show you) that a little adjustment in your attitude to the rain can make for the BEST. WEDDING. EVER.  Remember your dress, hair and makeup are all really just for this one day so stop worrying about it.  Those professionals you employed know all the tricks to make mascara not run, your hair not fall out and your dress not crease.  Trust in them and relax.  Smile guys, you’re getting married!!!  You may want to rethink your footwear for a portion of the day (high heels in muddy grass, not so cool) but other than that nothing you have planned has to change.  The thing about rain is that it brings the clouds a little lower and diffuses the light to a lovely soft glow.  No one looks bad in rainy light, just ask the Parisians who bask in that rain looking all chic and stylish and so bloody Frenchy!  It is like a massive diffuser for the sun and that is like the world’s best beauty lamp.  Not to mention those dramatic clouds!!!  Man oh man, don’t get me started!  So with this in mind I give you Matt and Dimity – a wedding in the rain that didn’t let it ruin on their parade!

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The stunning flowers for the day were by the always amazing Green and Bloom.  Roberta does the most spectacular floral arrangements I’ve ever seen.


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See what I mean about Green and Bloom?  These are stunning – so lush and fresh.  Wait till you see the hanging canopy over the bridal table – stunning!!!

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Dimity used Lydia from Peacocks and Lilies Image Styling for her makeup and Erin from Sugar Hair for her hair.  As you can see these professionals know exactly how to deal with rainy weather – Dimity looked stunning all day!  Her beautiful wedding dress was by local designers Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings.

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Situated in the heart of Mount Pleasant is this lovely little stone church, Henzell’s Chapel.  It’s like something out of a fairytale isn’t it?

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Each of the bridesmaids’ dresses were made with a different floral fabric and complimented the stunning springtime feel of the day.  They were designed and created by Ann Coy in fabric from the Fabric Collection.

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I love the quirkiness of Nina’s work from Blackboard Artworx.  She is such a pleasure to work with and really does such an amazing job.  All of the blackboards are hand drawn by her and bespoke for every occasion.


An amazing cloud of spring flowers over the bridal table.

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The catering was done by Dalton Hospitality who also supplied the trestle tables.  The on the day styling was by Jodie and Alon from Maximilian and Jake Events.

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Dimity and Matt’s reception was held at Samsonvale Hall.  The beauty of a venue like this is you can create anything you want in the space and you can hire your own caterers and bring your own wine!

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The music that got this party started (and cranking) well into the night was Cut-a-rug!

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Studio Sixty Photography is Brisbane wedding photographer Jason Starr, and studio manager Sally Ogilvie.

Well known for creative, natural, candid photographs of both local and international weddings, Studio Sixty Photography is capturing now and forever.

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