Saturday, March 9, 2013

a very country wedding

Last September my dear friend Brooke married her forever-love Ezra on the banks of a river in the northern New South Wales town of Bangalow. It was perfectly sunny in the day and ever-so-slightly chilled as the evening descended. And boy, was it pretty!

Last week her wedding was featured on the Etsy wedding blog. The wedding itself truly was a labour of love for Brooke and Ezra - they made almost everything themselves; from the napkins to the chandeliers, and I can tell you that on the day this effort made the event all the more sweet. Everything worked together seamlessly; the colours, the decorations, the was the perfect representation of who they are. 

Gorgeous table settings and the magical mulberry tree at night. Photos: Chris Cooney

Brooke is best known for being the co-founder of  The Finders Keepers - the East Coast independent design market that she runs with Sarah Thornton. They also have a store in Surry Hills called Follow that is stocked to the brim with brilliant pieces from Australian designers including, of course, yours truly.

She is also an incredibly talented jeweller, note-worthy curator, biscuit fiend, brilliant friend and it must be said - a total babe!

See what I mean? Babe. Photo: Chris Cooney
After finding the perfect dress - a stunning embroidered Collette Dinnigan sample - it was onto the search for the perfect accessories. I was chuffed when Brooke asked me to make her a headpiece, and I was quickly selecting pieces that would fit with the vintage theme of the wedding. In the end I chose some amazingly fine 1930s silk veiling that I teamed with some elegant and tiny organdy millinery buds from the 1940s. This was all sewn onto a piece of the embroidery that was salvaged from her dress when it was altered.

Isn't her hair amazing!! Photo: Chris Cooney
Here comes the bride... Photo: Chris Cooney
The veil was detachable so that she could remove it when she hopped into her second dress for some shimmy-ing to tunes as spun by the inimitable Jack Shit later in the night.

Before...and after! Her second dress was a fantastically frothy embroidered tulle 1950s prom dress. Photo: Chris Cooney

I'm pretty notoriously photo shy, but their talented photographer Chris Cooney managed to snap this lovely photo whilst I was unawares. I'm wearing a 1930s lace gown from Bohemian Bisoux Vintage that I had meticulously mended in the weeks leading up. I'm really glad I persevered because it was the perfect dress for the occasion.

The mulberry tree was truly I am perched beneath it looking up into the canopy. Photo: Chris Cooney

I think they both looked perfect, happy and proud and I was so glad to have been a part of such a glorious day.

Seriously photogenic couple! Photo: Chris Cooney
Photo: Chris Cooney


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