REAL WEDDING

ERIN + JOSHUA

Erin Kennedy and Joshua Laing, a dietitian and a doctor, were great friends before realising there was a spark. The pair relish in the fact they are such different people who are still so perfectly matched. “Josh is more adventurous, whereas I tend to be more grounded,” explains Erin. “At the core of our relationship is a strong friendship, a love for animals and we both a strong value for our family and friends.” The pair, with the help of Josh’s cousin Thea, styled much of their marquee wedding on the Bellarine. Erin remembers the delight of being able to the make the celebration a true representation of them, choosing or designing every element. The couple, who love travelling and exploring the world together, headed to Sri Lanka for their blissful honeymoon.



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REAL WEDDING

LAURA + CAMERON

DATE TO REMEMBER
When Cameron Alford and Laura Schram first kissed as husband and wife they could not help but beam with joy. The couple has been through a life-changing couple of years, with Laura diagnosed with cancer during her third pregnancy in 2016. Children Jasper, Ivy and Alfie held the wedding rings in their hands for a few moments and handed them to their parents to exchange. “We wanted everyone special in our lives there to celebrate and who more special than our three babies,” says Laura. “The second I saw Laura all I could think was how lucky we both were to be here,” Cam says. “It was the happiest I’ve been and the best day to top off such a stressful few years. She looked so beautiful and just beamed light.”For more imagery, including a full list of suppliers, CLICK HERE.

ELEGANCE FOR ALL

Dress: Fontaine

THE talented team at One Day Bridal has done it again with a collection celebrating all women.
La Bella Donna features the newest range of curve gowns.
Each curve gown has been specifically designed with bust support and enhanced structure.
This diverse range of wedding gowns and fashion accessories make from new, exclusive fabrics developed by the Chosen team.
The mirrored fabric of sequins and pearls in three colour variations, white, rose gold and silver is a standout.
Stunning pieces in soft lace, pleated tulle and bonded georgette complete the collection.
Shot with enchanting Capri, Italy as the backdrop, each gown shines.
This is modern bridal at its best.
Email enquires@loveoneday.com.au or call 03 9686 7744 to view the La Bella Donna collection by Chosen.

Dress: Remy

Dress: Hayes Bandeau

Dress: Emmer

Jacket: Huntley

Dress: Jones

Skirt: Millie

Dress: Loren

Dress: Kennedy

Dress: Byron

Gowns: Chosen by One Day
Campaign photography: Emily Abay
Look book photography: Jessica Apap
Hair and Makeup: Monica Gingold Beauty
Styling and creative direction: Kyha Simpson and Stephanie Neilsen, assisted by Stephanie Bartels

REAL WEDDING

BONNIE + BRENDAN

LOVE STORY
Melbourne couple Bonnie Griffiths and Brendan George met in Ocean Grove when they were teenagers. It seemed fitting the pair were also wed on the Bellarine, saying “I do” at Oneday Estate in front of their 140 guests. The couple remember their favourite moment of the day as when they stepped out during the festivities to take a few extra photos and collect their thoughts. “What was so special was this was a chance for us to catch up one on one, take a breather from the big day and connect, laugh and have a moment just the two of us,” Bonnie remembers. “These are some of my favourite photos as we were just laughing and talking about how perfectly everything had come together and how happy we were.”



BEHIND THE SCENES:
Ceremony:
Oneday Estate
Reception:
Oneday Estate
Catering:
The Paella Pan
Photography:
Nic Stephens Photography
Transport:
Coastal Kombi Weddings
Entertainment:
The White Tree
Stationery:
Cherry Soda Events
Prop hire:
Love Light Letters
Celebrant:
Chloe Jetson Celebrant
Honeymoon destination:
Port Douglas

LOOK BOOK:
Gown: Pronovias
Shoes:
Wittner Shoes
Bride’s hair:
Bernice Makeup Artist
Bridesmaids’ hair:
Zoe Karlis
Makeup:
Bernice Makeup Artist
Cake:
Zoë Makes Cakes
Flowers:
Jessica Bastie, Cherry Soda Events
Bridesmaids’ dresses:
Shona Joy
Suits:
Bossini Menswear and ASOS
Rings:
Matt Wynne Designer Jeweller

GT BRIDE: BEHIND THE SCENES

Light filtered through the windows of an unused warehouse for this year’s GT BRIDE cover shoot.
Renée Enright made her dreamy vision come to life at the Federal Mills and at a quaint Freshwater Creek chapel.
Matt O’Donnell from Hails & Shine captured the magic of model Lucy Brownless in Geelong’s best gowns.
Gabbie Ward, of Blondie Salon, puts her finishing touches on the local beauty.
Lucy looks radiant, using light and movement, holding florals carefully curated by florist Erin Cusack, of Florette.

 

For the full shoot, buy your copy of GT BRIDE, available at newsagencies across the region and at the Geelong Advertiser office, open 10am to 4pm weekdays.

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
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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

DARK ROMANCE

A dark and dusty colour palette sets the scene for a modern romance, a couple celebrating their big day with a romantic, yet mysterious feel.
This was the inspiration for Takisha Smith, Aster & Rose director and planner, for her styled shoot.
From the bride excitedly getting ready, having her hair and makeup done, putting on her carefully chosen dress, she walks with confidence, almost dancing, to meet her love.
The pair happily share some moments together, the first as man and wife, with some stunning backdrops behind them.
Their perfectly styled reception is a complete celebration of love and romance.
Dark shades with pops of colour bring this vision to life, romantic elements including candles, crystals and soft linen runners add to the look and feel.
It is moody, intimate and a modern interpretation of a perfect day.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Planner and stylist:
Aster & Rose
Photographer: Caroline Sada Weddings
Gown: Anna Campbell Bridal
Hair and makeup: Momu Hair & Makeup
Rings: Windfall Jewellery
Groom’s accessories: Peggy and Finn
Venue one: The Warehouse Geelong
Venue two: Rusty Gate Weddings
Décor and linen hire: Event Art
Furniture hire: Peppa And Peach Hire
Signage: Danger & Moon
Stationery: Fabled Papery
Place cards: Oliver Maple
Cake: Kiss My Cakes
Macaron favours: Little Miss Meringue
Flowers: Asdaisydoes
Crystals: Our Satellite Hearts

ESTHER + HOWARD

ESTHER + HOWARD

DATE TO REMEMBER
Esther found her dream gown while shopping in Los Angeles. “My best friend Kim got me to try on a handful of the big ball gown style dresses for fun but I was sure I wanted something slim fitting and really chic,” Esther says. The pair was married at Terindah Estate with 87 guests, including Howard’s family from England. “The whole week leading up to it, the wedding day, and the days following it, with everyone in town together, was an amazing time that we will never forget,” she say


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REAL WEDDING

ALEXANDRA + LEIGH

DATE TO REMEMBER
Leigh Hodge proposed to Alex Kearney as the pair enjoyed a picnic during sunset near Gibson Steps. They married on the Bellarine on November 19, 2016. “Leigh is always inspiring me to be a better person,” says Alex. “Alex’s selfless and nurturing personality, along with her great sense of humour make me fall in love with her more every day,” says Leigh. A small cutting from Alex’s late grandparents garden was used to grow succulents used as wedding favours. “It was a special way to include my grandparents in our special day,” says Alex.




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