CAPTURING THE UNCONVENTIONAL

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MY LOW-WASTE WEDDING

Photography: Nova Photography Melbourne

My idea of a wedding, at least a low-waste one, involved a trip to the city registry office and a quiet lunch. While I love celebrating other people’s weddings, planning my own never appealed to me. Out of the two of us, I’m definitely less traditional than The Builder. He wanted to have a church wedding, to watch me walk down the aisle wearing a white dress, to pose for the cheesy photos, and to end at a party-style reception. Seeing The Builder’s enthusiasm for a big celebration was sweet, and we went with his dream wedding. I’m so glad we did, as the day was so much fun! As clichéd as it sounds, my wedding was one of the happiest days of my life.

We didn’t advertise our wedding as an eco-event, not because we didn’t want to be held up all night explaining to everyone why we chose to organise a low-waste wedding but because the goal for us was to simply lead by example and prove that many of the decisions we made can be integrated into any style of wedding, even a big Lebanese–Australian wedding in the suburbs of Melbourne. Eco-weddings are often portrayed as being small, in rural locations with hand-made everything. We wanted to debunk this idea.

As with the planning for any event, we broke everything into categories – and included some new ones such as attire and entertainment – to evaluate where waste would be created. Doing this really helped us stay focused in the five months we had to prepare for the big day. We set out questions to be applied as we worked out the logistics to reduce waste in each category.

  • Can we hire it?
  • Can we make it?
  • Can we borrow it?
  • Will anyone miss it?
  • Will we be sorry we didn’t have it at our wedding in 5, 10 or 15 years’ time?
  • How was it made?
  • What will happen at the end of its life?
  • Can it be reused?
  • Can it be composted?
  • Can it be recycled?

Most of our wedding invitations were sent using an online registry website; paper invitations for those without email were printed on recycled paper, as were the wedding day programs, menus and wedding favour cards. In lieu of a physical wedding favour (a gift for guests), we chose to donate money to a charity on our guests’ behalf and requested no gifts. If guests wished to give us something, we suggested a contribution to our honeymoon. This is a common practice and, while we did receive some gifts, they were all useful items given with much thought and care.

My wedding dress and shoes were bought second-hand and the jewellery was borrowed from my mother. I sold the wedding dress to another bride using one of the many online wedding dress websites and donated my shoes back to the charity store I bought them from. My wedding band was second-hand while The Builder’s ring was made from old gold jewellery belonging to his grandmother from Lebanon, a lovely reminder of his heritage. There are many online stores, antique and vintage stores, pawn shops and jewellers that sell second-hand rings or those made from recycled precious metals.

At our first meeting with our catering company, we told them of our plans
to reduce our rubbish; we knew that the food would probably be the biggest waste producer on the day. They loved our ethos and worked with us to make it happen. At the end of the night, they collected all leftover food in plastic buckets for us to take and compost at home along with the natural decorations we provided. We did have the option to organise a compost collection service but we didn’t need it:
our compost handled it well.

We hired furniture, linen and cloth napkins along with plates, bowls, cutlery
and glasses and said no to plastic straws. Drinks consisted of water, home-made lemonade, kegs of beer and wine on tap;
we even had bubbles on tap. This meant there were no beer or wine bottles to recycle; in fact, the only item we recycled for the whole night were the plastic bags from ice, and soft plastic that some of our hired linen came wrapped in. If we did it again, I’d remember to ask the hire company for the linen to come without the plastic.

The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and table decorations were
a mix of foraged and seasonal flowers, set in glass jars from home and donated by friends. We used candles donated from another wedding; for table numbers, we painted directly onto some of the candle jars. The candles have since been passed onto another bride, the jars are back in my pantry full of food and preserves, the flowers composted and table settings composted or recycled.

The day was big success. We achieved a low-waste wedding without anyone being the wiser to our eco nuptials. While our aim to create an event that reflected our values was important, the main intention was for
it to be as fun and memorable for us as it was for everyone else there on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

This is an edited extract from Waste Not by Erin Rhoads published by Hardie Grant Books
RRP $29.99 and is available in stores nationally.

HOLD ONTO ME

Store your big day essentials in a stunning
clutch you will treasure

1. Elizabeth clutch, $44.99 from Forever New;
2. Margot hardcase, $49.99 from Colette by Colette Hayman;
3. Exclamation clutch, $249 from Mimco;
4. Lockett glittered acrylic clutch, $1677 from Jimmy Choo;
5. The Rockstud pouch, $920 from Valentino;
6. Duffel leather clutch, $333 from Kara;
7. Anne-Marie flap clutch, $199 from Skagen;
8. Olivia embellished clutch, $69.99 from Forever New

ONE DAY BRIDAL INTRODUCES NEW COLLECTION, 1985

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Named after the year founder and creative director, Kyha was born, One Day Bridal has released its newest collection, 1985.
The collection celebrates the influential women in Kyha’s life.
Since 1985, this group of women, and two men, have sculptured, shaped and inspired Kyha and her life in some way and supported her to become the person she is today.
For Kyha, family is everything and the people she holds close to hear heart mean the most to her.
This is Kyha’s way of saying thank you and showing her appreciation to those who have given her strength.
Each gown in the 1985 collection has been named by one of these Influential people.
One Day was established in 2011.

Elle

Edith

Charlie

York

Scout

Mavis

Valentyna

 Since then, Melbourne based Kyha has been pushing the boundaries of traditional bridal, cementing the brand as a leader in the fashion industry.
Her eye for detail, stunning silhouettes and contagious personality has helped brides find their way down the aisle.

Koda Cami

MacKenzie Bodysuit

Saint

Olive

 Visit onedaybridal.com.au to view the 1985 range.

PLAN YOUR DAY SOIRÉE

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Planning your wedding day and in
need of a little expert advice?

We can help!

We are excited to invite you to join us at our “Plan Your Day Soirée” on
Tuesday, May 8 at Le Parisien Restaurant on the Geelong waterfront.

Enjoy some French bubbles and delicious canapes while you listen to our two expert panels discuss all the insider knowledge you need to plan your one perfect day. From wedding styling to photography, flowers and beauty advice, we have you covered.

GT BRIDE editor Kylie Oliver will emcee the night and panel members will include special guest Renée Enright, along with Laura Harvey from Weddings of Desire, Rebeccah Vivian from Blondie, Emma McFarlane from Blush Bar, Karen Bourdamis from Pearls and Roses, Erin Cusack from Florette, Emily Ditcham from Cakesmith, Amy Bacon from Le Parisien and Stephanie Lee Bevan from Stephlee Photography.

We have 150 places available and tickets cost $30 each.

Everyone receives a goody bag which is valued at more than $250  including a copy of
GT BRIDE magazine, GT JOURNAL magazine, a $50 Le Parisien voucher and other goodies. You will receive a glass of French sparkling on arrival, as well as canapés through the evening. Drinks will be at bar prices.

Join us for this fun and informative evening from 7-9pm.

Get your tickets here 

LOOK TO THE STARS

Never before has there been so much celebrity inspiration as bridal trends translate to the red carpet. Fashion stylist Renée Enright talks us through some of her standouts from red carpet events

 

SARAH MURDOCH
Former model and host of Australia’s Next Top Model, Sarah cuts a striking
figure in this white textured Alex Perry creation, a modern take on the classic ball
gown with pockets and high neck line. The perfect full skirt for any bride wanting
to be the belle of her own ball.

KARLIE KLOSS
Sleek, sophisticated and daring to be different, KK shows us exactly
how to wear a cape. Understated and edgy is Stella McCartney’s vibe, and I’m diggin’
it. Perfect for the fashion-loving bride who wants a little more impact and drama
to her wedding day look.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON–WHITELEY
Sexy, sultry and super sophisticated. RHW just slaying in
Glavan silk. The perfect proof a simple silhouette, a beautiful fabric and great craftsmanship
can be the answer – can be everything! Be prepared to turn heads as you slip on down
the aisle, less is more for this bridal attire and confidence is everything.

EMMA STONE
When gold is more your thing and you want a little bling bling, look no
further than Emma Stone. The epitome of old Hollywood glamour and looking every part
the leading lady in this intricate Givenchy Haute Couture masterpiece. WOW. Now that’s
a dress.

HAILEE STEINFELD
This 20-year-old actress was an absolute vision turning heads in
a metallic floral Ralph & Russo gown, proving that ruffles and floral appliqués are
very much a sheer delight for any bride-to-be.

MARGOT ROBBIE
Aussie actress and The Legend Of Tarzan star Margot is a long way from
the jungle showing us how to do white right in a deep V sleek Calvin Klein masterpiece.
Minimalism at its best, showing that the sleeve is totally sexy and perfect for the
modern day bride who’s oh-so on-trend.

KRISTEN WIIG
There’s nothing funny about comedian/actress Kristen in this stunning
Reem Acra lace dress, perfect for the barefoot boho or beach bride wanting something
a little more casual and a little less structured.

DREW BARRYMORE
Bohemian babe Drew is no stranger to a red carpet, and staying true
to her unique style she turned heads in this metallic cold shouldered Monique Lhullier
frock that is one part boho, one part disco and it’s all parts amazing. Perfect for
the Art Deco loving bride who likes a little bit of vintage glam with a twist.

SWEET CELEBRATION

Photography: Jenna Fahey White

A GIRLY GET-TOGETHER AMONG THE VINES
A beautiful set up of glasses of rosé garnished with flowers, sweet treats and fresh
table florals make this hen’s day one of pure celebration. Set at Moorabool Valley
winery Austins & Co., ladies wine and dine as the sun shines down on them in a natural
setting with greenery and white roses adorning the lunch table. This daytime kitchen
tea style set up is a fresh approach to a bride-to-be’s pre-wedding celebration, styled
by Geelong wedding stylist Laura Harvey of Weddings of Desire. “It’s more of a girly
type of celebrating,” says Laura.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Location: Austins & Co. winery
Wine: 6ft6
Flowers: Botanical Muse
Stationery: Sketch & Etch Creative
Cake: Alice BroadwayCake Design
Cheese platters: Bear & Bean
Desserts: Cakesmith
Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Outfits: Purple Cow Clothing
Glassware, cutlery, crockery, place settings and linen: Table Art

 

WEDDING AUCTION SHARING THE LOVE

ARE you engaged and about to plan the special day of your dreams?
The GT BRIDE team has teamed up with Barwon Health Foundation to support a special local cause, the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
And what better way to support #projectlove than auctioning off a wedding?
Sixteen of Geelong’s best businesses have jumped on board to offer their goods and services, time and talents to create a once-in-a-lifetime offer for a couple who are the highest bidders in an online auction.
From your invitations and your rings, to your entertainment, clothing and venue, every aspect has been thought of to make this the complete package.
The wedding, or commitment ceremony, on offer is worth more than $30,000, with all proceeds of the auction going to the cancer centre.
The ceremony will be amongst the olive trees at Mt Duneed Estate and the reception catered for by Peter Rowland Catering for the couple and 50 of their friends and family.
The package even includes a two-night minimoon experience at the award-winning Surf Coast accommodation, RACV Torquay Resort.
Not only supporting a cause close to so many people’s hearts, this is the perfect wedding package for those who want all of the enjoyment and none of the stress.
The Wedding Auction offers the choice of two dates, either Friday, November 10, 2017 or Friday, April 13, 2018.
The auction is open online now, and will close on Monday July 24 at 6pm.
Head to theweddingauction.com.au for more information and to bid.

Georgia Wild and Josh Milnes’ wedding ceremony and reception was held at Mt Duneed Estate. Photography: Katie Wheeler Photography

THE BARWON HEALTH FOUNDATION WEDDING AUCTION MADE POSSIBLE BY:
Peter Rowland Catering
Mt Duneed Estate
Nicole Penning Civil Celebrant
Sara Taylor Photography
Robertson’s Farmgate
Pearls & Roses Bridal
Cocoa Pantry
Songbirds
The Beautiful People
Natalie Heffernan – personal trainer
StantonRoss
Blondie Hair + Cosmetica
Eddy Elias Menswear
Leafy Design Co
Duffs Jewellers
RACV Torquay Resort

IT’S HERE – GT BRIDE MAGAZINE 2017-18

Cover girl: Nicole Mitrov

Our annual wedding magazine is on newsstands and is all about festivities that let love shine through.
As well as a new issue, we have a new look, one that we are so excited to share that we have a little sneak peek here for you.

The magazine still showcases the best our region has to offer in terms of celebrating love – it is simply brimming with ideas to plan your nuptials.
And even if you are not planning your own big day, it is full of familiar faces and event inspiration.
This year we feature 25 weddings from across our region, from the Bellarine and the stunning Moorabool Valley, to the Surf Coast and Otways.
Each one is a unique celebration, telling the couple’s love story and how they made it happen.
We are thrilled to feature our home grown star, actress Esther Anderson, and her wedding at Terindah Estate.
She married her love Howard Moggs on the Bellarine earlier this year and GT BRIDE gets an exclusive look inside their professional wedding album.
Esther tells us about her laid-back rustic style celebration, from the dress to the planning, and gives an insight into her day.
The nuptials of former champion Cats player Steve Johnson and his wife Erin also grace the pages.

Nicole wears Kemp by Daughters of Simone available from Embrace Bridal Boutique.
Styling and Creative Direction: Renee Enright
Photography: Enchanted Wedding
Hair and makeup: Blondie Hair + Cosmetica

And let’s not forget local beauty, model Nicole Mitrov, who is gracing our new-look cover.
Our Mediterranean-style cover shoot looks like a European oasis, but was shot right here in Geelong, with the help of some of our very best local creatives.
From the ring and the dress, to the honeymoon and advice on keeping the love alive after the celebration is over, let us inspire you to create your own love story.
Buy GT BRIDE at newsagents across the region.
Last year’s edition is also available in full online, HERE

BOOK NOW FOR 2017 GT BRIDE MAGAZINE

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Hello from the team here at gt Bride.
Wedding season is in full swing and so are we –
working on the next issue of the magazine!

Our aim, as always, is to curate yet another beautiful publication that celebrates our amazing local wedding industry and features the real weddings that inspire and delight our wonderful readers.
If you haven’t already got on board to advertise, there is still time and your presence in the magazine also ensures you will take your place in our comprehensive online directory right here on gtbride.com.au
We’d love to get to know you and help to showcase your business.
If you would like to explore advertising options you can request a copy of our media kit by contacting Daniel O’Keefe on 5227 4309 or via email on daniel.o’keefe@news.com.au
If you have a real wedding submission or story idea – or a submission for the blog – then it is the editorial team you are looking for so please email bride@geelongadvertiser.com.au
We hope to hear from you soon!