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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Alex + Nadia

January 30th, 2014

One of the great things about weddings these days is that anything is possible. And by anything, I mean ANYTHING. Fireworks, floral arches, kombi cars, cigar bars, marquees, lion tamers (ok – so the last one isn’t readily available but I’ll bet if you want it, you can get it.) Anything you can think of, you can have. But with that kind of choice comes the important need to edit. We are all culprits of bad editing (Hello!!! Wardrobe!!!! Sixteen pairs of shoes when I only wear 5!) How many times have you wanted something, got it and then never used it? It’s hard to know what to say yes to and what to say “I love you, I want you, but not this time”.  Given you only have one wedding, it can be pretty hard to say no to things you have dreamed of that really, if you are honest with yourself, should remain there, in your dreams. That is where a really good planner can come into play! They help you hone your vision, keep all the bits you want that scream who you are as a couple, while editing out the crazy but amazing ideas that should stay on your pinterest page. white + white weddings and events do just that. The wedding of Alex and Nadia just oozed personal, sentimental and quirky style – it reflected the couple to a ‘t’. Each addition to the wedding only reinforced the couple’s loves and in turn, created a wedding that was so meaningful and fun loving. To start take the invitation designed by the amazing Cara Marie Designs. Based around the traditional Mexican papel picado (paper cut out) design but with a deeply personal nod. The scene depicted is of a couple at a church with two dogs in a garden. The background paper was a digital print of Nadia’s grandmother’s floral wedding dress from the 30s.   This Mexican theme was also echoed in the bunting at the reception as well as the authentic Mexican wrestling masks the groomsmen doned while getting ready (boys will always be boys).  Although the boys donned more traditional suits (by Wil Valor) they did add some floral, Mad men-esque madness by way of their bowties by Pomp and Ceremony.  Nadia was simply stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown and matching veil (the embroidery was breathtaking) and her bridesmaids dressed in mismatched 50’s party frocks referencing Nadia’s grandmother’s wedding dress and keeping with theme of vintage garden party. Mixing these seemingly random but meaningful elements to produce one amazing event really highlights the skill that  white + white weddings and events have at making your wedding dreams come true.  Attended by their family and friends (and their beloved dogs Brutus and Castro) Alex and Nadia wed at the Holy Trinity church in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.  On her way to the reception, Nadia added a colourful floral necklace and fur wrap to help ‘get the party started’. While photographs were being taken with the bride and groom, guests mingled at Brisbane’s Lightspace which had been transformed into vintage themed high tea party complete with white picket fences, flamingoes and astroturf (props supplied by Events and Heidi and Kate). Love was all around and actually up in lights! As guests moved into the formal dining area they were met with, quite simply, a floral wonderland. Astroturf table runners, mismatched retro chairs, cutlery and crockery and the MOST AMAZING suspended floral ladders designed by the floral masters, Green and Bloom. All the great retro blackboards were done by Blackboard Artworx.  Flowers, colour, love and laughter – each and every detail added to the magic of Alex and Nadia’s wedding. As a parting gift, Nadia chose sweet, retro salt and pepper shakers.  Nadia’s grandfather used to buy her grandmother salt and pepper shakers whenever he was away from home for work – a little romantic gesture over a lifetime of love.  “We got together like salt and pepper”.  Yes you do, Alex and Nadia!

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