Flowers and fairylights

I worked with Papier D’Amour to design the stationary – invites, RSVP cards, menu/place cards, Order of Service booklets and additional signage (including “Don’t miss a beat because of sore feet”!).   The girls at Papier D’Amour are seriously brilliant and I loved working with them and would do so again (and have!) in a heartbeat. We organised the Order of Service inserts, the seating plan and all the lolly bar, photo table signage, as well as the favour tags, in-house.
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One of the things I love is incorporating a personal touch wherever possible.  Towards the back of the Order of Service booklet my husband and I drafted a personal thanks to our family, friends and the presiding priest.  Underneath I set out my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.  We decided to use the menu cards as name cards, and we spent the last few nights leading up to the wedding writing a personal message to each and every guest on the back of their menu card.
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A simple palette of green and white was used for the flowers.  catherine and grace’s favourite florist, Floreat Floral based in North Bondi, did an exceptional job (ask for Jane – you won’t be disappointed) with the flowers.  The large arrangement at the front of the church was brought back to the reception to sit on the guest book table and the pew flowers were placed in small vases after the ceremony and scattered around the reception venue on the cocktail tables and chill out zones.
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We arranged for buttonholes for the groomsmen, fathers of the bride and groom, our ushers, readers and those assisting with the Offertory possession.  Immediate family (and their partners, of course!) had buttonholes for the boys and a corsage (either on their wrist or lapel) for the girls.
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Having never been a big fan of the bouquet toss, I gave my bouquet to my mum, as a thank you, as part of my speech.
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We were so lucky to secure a date in May at The Deckhouse at Woolwich pier.  I can not speak highly enough of the staff there and would certainly recommend it for all manner of functions.  Overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour, this bright function space is surrounded on three sides by windows giving the space a great sense of openness, however with fairly lights, tea light candles and a sparkling handbag holder for each female guest, bouncing the light around, the intimacy was certainly not lost.
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We love a party and we wanted people to feel comfortable, but be able to mingle for as long as possible.  We decided on a roving entre and then a sit down main course, with dessert (our gorgeous wedding cake by Faye Cahill – her proportions make her cake’s so unique and special) to be served after the first dance for people to nibble on as they danced the night away.
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Once the dancing started, our band, Moodswing, made sure it never stopped and knowing our family and friends love of a boogie, we had catered for sore stiletto clad feet.  Buckets of white, grey and purple thongs in all sizes stood to the side of the dance floor with a sign encouraging guests to change their shoes, rather than stop dancing.
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In addition, for those needing a mid dance pick me up, catherine and grace designed a white themed lolly bar close to the dance floor which proved a hit.  Guests could also take some home for a midnight snack in the little customized pails created by catherine and grace.
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We placed photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings in silver frames near the guest book table.  A Polaroid camera was provided for guests to leave their own photos in the guest book, along with messages of support and love.
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As the night wore on, I slipped into a Jayson Brunsdon mini dress (and donned those previously discarded pearl and diamond earrings – see related post) to dance the night away.  When every one else had left (yes, my husband and I were the last to leave), I lead my new husband down to the water where I’d organised a water taxi to take us across the harbour to the InterContinental where we had celebrated our engagement 9 months earlier!
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What a night!  Now that my head is no longer filled with my wedding fantasies and realities…it is time to enjoy the process all over again and help others style and enjoy their life’s celebrations!
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Order of Service covers, menu cards, dance floor sign (as well as invites, envelopes & RSVP cards) – Papier D’Amour
* Order of Service inserts, seating plan,  lolly bar  &photo table signage, and the favour tags – catherine and grace
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain – Papier D’Amour
* Favours (for girls only) – small stones handbag holders, Wedding Bling
* Acrylic frames (for table numbers and various signage) – Wedding Bling
* Dance floor sign easel – provided by The Deckhouse
* Lolly jars – various.  Similar styles available from Domayne
* Favour box – white food pail with handle, from QCC Catering Equipment
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Round mirrors & tealights on tables – provided by The Deckhouse
* Cake – Faye Cahill
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Plastic thong buckets – Howards Storage World
* Silver frames – Whitehill, purchased from Peters of Kensington
* Guest book – Kikki K
For any further information on our suppliers and venues, ideas and inspiration or to have catherine and grace help you style an event, large or small, budget or extravagant, please contact Catherine on catherineandgrace@gmail.com to arrange an obligation free discussion.

A handsome groom at the end of the aisle

Not wanting to be outdone, my handsome groom arranged tails for himself and his 3 groomsmen from Chorleys in the city.  His attendants were surprised with Paul Smith cufflinks and socks and Le Noeud Papillon bow ties the evening before the wedding.  While each bow tie was slightly different in shape and texture, to reflect each groomsmen’s individual personality, they were all black, to maintain consistency.  David’s bow tie was black with some white to distinguish it from his best men.  The Noeud Papillon is a Sydney company doping fabulous things with bow ties…making them modern and cool and, best of all, fun!
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The boys had a pre-wedding drink at The Lord Dudley in Paddington (where my husband and I first met), they were then ready for the day to begin…
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xx catherine and grace

The bride wore Blahnik

As a child, I had never dreamt of my wedding dress, or how it would feel to be part of a big white wedding.  I had, however, thought long and hard about the shoes!  So, it could be none other than Manolo Blahnik’s white satin D’Orsays from Quincy in Woollahra.

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I wanted a simple, elegant silhouette for my gown and chose a beautiful Lisa Ho cap sleeve dress, with a custom Neil Grigg headpiece and veil.  As a final flourish and nod to my love of fashion, I wore a purple Lisa Ho feather bolero when I felt the May chill.  I carried a Lanvin clutch from Net-a-Porter which carried a piece of lace from my paternal grandmother’s wedding dress (something borrowed) and a Liberty handkerchief from my sister-in-law with Manolo Blahnik illustrations (something blue).

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I had a Jayson Brunsdon necklace and some diamond and pearl earings, however after getting all dressed up, taking advice from Mademoiselle Channel, I removed the earings to save for the party dress…“before you leave the house take one thing off”.

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I always wanted my girls to feel comfortable and individual, a glamorous version of their everyday selves!  After spying the gorgeous mountain print skirt from Lisa Ho on a shopping trip for myself, I knew I had found the base for the bridesmaids.  I styled two of the girls in this skirt with a Lisa Ho lilac sleeveless blouse, each tailored to their individual style.  My third bridesmaid was 7 months pregnant at the time of the wedding.  The mountain print fabric also came in a stunning floor sweeping gown.  While we initially planned to shorten the dress to match the length of the skirts, once she had it on she truly glowed and looked, and felt, so beautiful in full length that we could not bear to cut it.  True to my wishes, I think each of the girls looked unique, beautiful and relaxed.

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Too much fun!

Details:

* The fantastic photographer that took these amazing photos is Carmen from Encapture Photography.  She is absolutely fabulous – such a delight to work with, super professional and…well the photos speak for themselves!

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride make up by the gorgeous and oh so talented Amanda Reardon who kindly stepped in at the last-minute for Charlotte Blakeney. Both are incredible at what they do.  You can see Amanda’s work in the photos above and I was recently a bridesmaid (just 5 weeks after giving birth) where Charlotte did the make up and despite having to work with a puff-ball of a face she made me feel quite beautiful!  If you are after make up for a wedding its best to contact Charlotte as Amanda does not usually do weddings.

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride hair by Paloma and her very talented team at Oscar Oscar Paddington.

* Flowers – Floreat Floral

* All ribbon – silk grosgrain, from Papier D’Amour.  Further details on this gorgeous ribbon available in this related post.

Other details set out within post.

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xx catherine and grace

 

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