I stumbled upon today’s dreamy colour pop Wedding because one of my gal pals, Emma was a Bridesmaid and I have been dying to share it with you Bijou readers. The Bride and Groom, Georgie and Lee relocated to Sydney, Australia from the U.K. and then after falling in love with Cottesloe Beach (roughly 2500 miles from Sydney) decided to marry there. So this is one Wedding that took some major planning.
There are some boring assumptions that the Wedding industry like to pedal such as Groom’s aren’t interested in the Wedding design – in my time planning and styling Weddings I have only found the opposite, men are just as interested in ensuring their guests and Bride have a perfect day. In Lee, Bride Georgie found the perfect Wedding co-conspirator “Right from the beginning we had a very clear picture of how we wanted the day to look, thankfully we have very similar styles – we used a Kikki-K ‘My Wedding’ folder to collect all of our ideas, and both developed a wedding magazine obsession – buying 100’s and folding over pages and tearing out our favourite touches.” Finding a photographer was more tricky, “You really put a lot of trust in to your photographer as you can’t get those moments back” but in Something Blue Photography Georgie and Lee found the perfect team to capture the atmosphere of their big day.
Although the main colour scheme was grayscale this is no monochrome couple so splashes of vibrant hues set a more playful tone at this colour pop Wedding.
The idea for the vibrant colour pops surprisingly came from Georgie’s bouquet “I’d seen a bouquet in Cosmo Bride just after we’d got engaged and totally fell in love with the bright tropical flowers“
Georgie discovered her perfect dress at Rhonda Hemmingway – a made to measure Bridal designer who prides herself on providing a personal service and who Bride Georgie found “unbelievably flexible and super laid back.“
And I’m sure you can guess where the shoes were from? Yep they are the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Dragon Hearts which Georgie bought from eBay as “I’d been unable to find them in the colour way I wanted and they came up from a private seller, never worn in my size! Fate!” Georgie wanted a vintage feel beehive hairstyle but worried that her thin hair wouldn’t cut it “however a bumpee and 6 Lady Jayne hair extensions later, I had my dream do” courtesy of Circles of Subiaco.
This is where the global Wedding industry really comes into its own as Georgie’s bridesmaids resided in both Australia and the UK which you would think would make bridesmaid dress shopping impossible. “I picked the colour and the fabric and they picked the dress from the Alfred Sung collection which is readily available in both countries.” And that is my gorgeous friend Emma on the far left rocking a polished Audrey Hepburn look.
And for those amazing colour pop accessories… organised Bride Georgie sent them all “fabric colour swatches in the colours of the flowers so that they could get shoes and accessories in bright colours.” And instead of posies Georgie picked out wrist corsages by Urban Flowers for her bridesmaids because “they felt a bit retro and also meant that the girls had hands free for champagne and canapés!“
“Short of hiring a bright pink hummer (not really to my tastes) or catching the bus, we needed transport that would have room for me, my Bridesmaids, mum and sister – the only choice for me was a split screen VW from Kuste Kombi’s (www.kustekombis.com.au), the perfect size! We travelled to the ceremony in style.”
The unique reception venue, Indiana backed right onto the beach and there was no other location in the frame given that Georgie describes it as “the most gorgeous building in Cottesloe.“
Given the beach provided such a beautiful backdrop, Georgie and Lee did not need to go overboard with their decor. “We used balloons as table centre pieces – though I think the flower girls had cleared them within 10 minutes of walking in. We used bright yellow parcel tags tied to the chairs as the place settings and had cards noting donations to the McGrath Foundation (www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au)
The Wedding Cake was a real group effort with two of the bridesmaids making the three tier Victoria Sponge and Bride Georgie using a DIY kit from Etsy to make the toppers. I am a big fan of these ‘naked’ Wedding cakes, not only do they look mouth watering good and it is a shame to spend a lot of money on an elaborate fruit cake that no one eats.
WORDS OF WISDOM
“Everybody says it, but we really did wake up the next day and want to do it all again! It’s true, the day really does go quickly!“
Congratulations to the gorgeous Georgie and Lee, with love you have brought colour into each others lives.
CREDIT WHERE CREDITS DUE
Photographers – Something Blue Photography
Wedding Dress – Rhonda Hemmingway
Bridesmaid Dresses – Alfred Sung
Groom Suit – Zimma Tailors
Hair & Make Up – Circles of Subiaco
Reception Venue – Indiana
Wedding Car – Kuste Kombis
Florist – Urban Flowers