We decided to nix the readings at our ceremony, truth be told I know they are important but I get so incredibly bored if someone struggles reading through ee cummings or the entirety of "The Places You Go" by Dr Seuss.
Instead, Zac and I (well, mainly me) gathered some quotes about marriage, some prose, some poetry, lyrics from our ceremony songs and chucked it all in a booklet with our thank-you notes, vows, order of service etc.
Designed by the exceedingly talented Chantelle Malone, we thought they fit so well with our vision for our wedding day and we haven't stopped receiving compliments about them.
We got them letterpressed by a local printer who charged us a pittance and put so much of his integrity into his work. He is a fine example of a human being.
The envelopes were from Annie P Paperie and were slightly cheaper than other stores who carried the same line. They were all calligraphed by me, using white ink and a calligraphy pen that I bought from Riot Art and Crafts.
Steph (my now brother-in-law's girlfriend) sat with me one afternoon and we printed, cut and pasted the envelope liners into the main envelopes and rsvp envelopes (before Zac came home in time to object! Haha!)
The completed package:
Information Card & Map:
This is what got mailed out:
My handwriting on an rsvp envelope:
Thank You Card:
Seating Cards (big) were at people's reception seats and the Table Cards (little) were at the entrance to the reception and told people where their table was:
Guest book cards - complete the sentence!
PS. if you would like Chantelle to design your stationery (wedding or otherwise...) leave me a comment and I will forward her details to you!
What can I say? Jude is a dear friend of about 10 years, and Gabbi is a crazy woman who made my morning!
But let's be honest. This is allll about the 'DO
Let's get even more honest. I had no idea what Jude was going to do with my hair. We had decided:
1. Up, not down
2. Nana's Brooch
3. Not too vintage
4. But a little bit vintage
5. Nice textures
I don't think I even paid attention when she showed it to me. I have complete faith in Jude. She is an amazing colourist and cutter, Gabbi is the best apprentice in WA (officially) and together they are such a good team. It was also a cinch decision to book Identified for my wedding because everyone you see on my side of the bridal party (including my Mother) gets their hair done at Identified.
It's like some sort of cult. It's too good to resist. You should really just go there to get a haircut, a colour, watch movies, drink boutique tea/wine (depending on the time of day) and eat a little chocolate or five. Jude and Gabbi are both good to have a conversation with and I don't know how many times I've gone in hating the world/myself and walked out ready to take everything on again.
And the wedding hair that I didn't think about beforehand?
I only really saw it later on when I was looking at photos on facebook.
In my dream, I wasn't married and I don't think I knew Zac!
All these boys were asking to go out with me because they wanted to marry me - first is was THIS boy and then is was THAT boy. They took me all over the world and tried to make all sorts of things fun but I didn't want to marry any of them! It was getting very distressing!
I said, "I DON'T WANT TO MARRY ANY OF YOU!!!!!" It felt so real and so heartbreaking and horrible!
And then in my dream I said, "I think the only person I would ever really want to marry would be Zac, why aren't I with him? He's the one I would be happy with..." It felt like it was some huge resolution in my heart and all the distress of the dream went away, but at the same time in my dream is was like this impossible fantasy.
So in my dream I started to plan a wedding to Zac...
Then the alarm went off and for those few seconds where you wake up but you are still dreaming I kept planning the dream-wedding.
Then I woke up to my favourite dream, lying next to me and laughing at all the 'distressed noises' I had been making in my sleep.
I had already married Zac.
We had a beautiful wedding. It was a perfect day in all its simplicity
There are always ways to do what you dream of, even if there isn't a lot in Perth to work with, if you need any help researching let me know because I am way too excited for you and would love to help! :) I don't know why there are so many chairs in these photos - but I think they are beautiful and that maybe you would appreciate all of them :)
Post Emporium is the store in Perth where Aurelio Costarella's gowns and designs are sold.
It's an amazing little store in North Perth, full of curios, buzzing atmosphere and amazing fashion.
What really sold me on this place was Costarella's designs (obviously) and Ali and Vanessa.
Ali and Vanessa are the two ladies working in the store, I think I knew I would be buying a gown from there before I knew which one it was. Ali and Vanessa are That Good. The first time I visited I had tried on the Chrysalis gown in ivory and Ali had served me. The second time I visited, Ali wasn't there, but Vanessa soon 1. Called me by name and 2. Recited what I had tried on previously within a couple of minutes conversation.
They also were patient with me while I tried on gown after gown, looked at a custom option and then finally found the dress I would end up wearing (Vanessa's suggestion).
If anyone in Perth could have snobby and awful assistants that you so often find in the Perth Bridal Scene (PBS), then surely Post would have that right. Instead you find the opposite, ladies who know their fashion, celebrate different shapes and styles and work with you to find something that will make you happy.
If you're sick of the PBS then pay a visit to Post, if only to regain your sanity so you can once again face the PBS with renewed confidence that eventually, yes, you will find something to wear to your wedding.
We chopped and changed our venue so many times it was ridiculous.
We were going to have an outdoor wedding in April, then a marquee wedding in July, then a church wedding with a cocktail reception, then a cocktail reception with a marquee, then we finally decided to look at function centres with restaurants. Then we looked at the Boatshed on South Perth Foreshore, Matilda Bay Restaurant and Aqua Viva in Nedlands. Then we looked at The Old Brewery and booked it.
Emily (the Wedding Coordinator at TOB) is a friend from primary school, so that was a nice surprise - sometimes it's weird seeing people from long ago, but Emily was so professional, very good at her job and always ready to listen to our ideas. No matter how much we got confused or mixed up, Emily was there to clarify, keep us calm and on schedule.
We loved all the staff at TOB, on our wedding day the waiter for our table was one of the best we've ever had in terms of attentive service (and for a wedding completely out of sight!). The Chef passed on his congratulations, which was really nice. All the other waiters and kitchen staff were amazing, the food was hot, on time and really well presented. It was so delicious that we would eat those meals again just for fun. Omg, that Snapper (with Saffron Mash & preserved lemon salsa) to die for.
Anyway, I'll stop drooling.
I loved the service at the Old Brewery. Again, I think we were a little hesitant at first because it was more expensive than other options we looked at, but I think in the end you get what you pay for. The Old Brewery is booked years in advance with a wedding every weekend (in Spring and Summer) and it shows. Emily knows how to work with brides and grooms. She knows all the little details and she is so ready to sit down and talk about your vision for the day and how they can make that happen.
Emily and The Old Brewery were so great, I'm so glad we got married there!
Tasj has a great portfolio. I remember leaving our initial meeting and after searching through dozens of photographers, having a couple of meetings and seeing other photographer's work Zac very eloquently said, "her photos crap all over the others!"
She is charming and lovely and kind and extremely professional. Her work is amazing and there is obvious talent and training behind it but you can't help but feel like Tasj is still in love with love and I think that is what makes her so good to be around on your wedding day. She is celebrating with you.
She was never pushy, she never got frustrated, as patient as a saint when my family were having photos with us and EVERY. SINGLE. MALE. wanted to keep their sunglasses on.
We also loved having Teneil around (Tasj's assistant) I think they have a weird ESP thing going on because they work so well together and make a seamless team.
So if you're on the fence about booking a photographer, don't think about it anymore. It's worth paying a talented professional to have wonderfully beautiful amazing photos and Tasj, my darlings, delivers just that.
I had very good looking bridesmaids friends! Chantelle and Sarah looked absolutely stunning and even though the hairdo was painful (blow-dried, round brushed and back combed - eep!), I think it might have been worth it!