July 21, 2011

Real Wedding :: Amy + Mike

Hope you are having a wonderful week lovelies! Today I'm really excited to share the wedding of Amy + Mike with you. I am constantly inspired by all things weddings - those special details and personal touches that shape the most important of days. It is our aim to bring you some of the most stunning weddings we have had the pleasure of being a part of.

So without further ado, meet Amy + Michael...

Amy + Michael :: Friday 8 April 2011
Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland

Amy + Mike met at a company they both worked for, yet it wasn't until three years later when Amy left that Mike actually asked her on a date, after wanting to do so for months! Fast forward ten months in Central Park, New York, (where Mike had taken Amy for her birthday), Mike proposed. He had planned the proposal perfectly and even purchased a fake ring in the 'New York, New York' casino in Vegas earlier on so he didn't lose the real engagement ring {cute!}

We were absolutely thrilled to work with Amy + Mike and loved every step of designing their stationery suite. Amy and Mike chose our 'Hello Sailor' design, which we customised to achieve a beautiful wedding stationery suite that was absolutely unique to the couple. Amy and Mike chose a gorgeous custom shade of blue to pair with our 'navy' colour swatch from our colour chart, which was then printed on our ice silver metallic stock. Their stationery choice could not have suited their day any better - the couple chose to have their reception at Brett's Wharf, Hamilton, overlooking the beautiful Brisbane river.

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Theme :: Amy and Mike's theme was "classic elegance with a twist of fun." Amy adores stripes, so it was only natural for her to incorporate them in the wedding.

Ceremony Location :: Saints Peter & Paul's Church, Bulimba, Brisbane. Amy and Mike were married by Father John Sullivan who knew Mike's grandparents and had married other members of the family.

Reception Venue :: Brett's Wharf, Hamilton, Brisbane.

Wedding & Bridesmaids Gowns :: Amy wore Leonard Derecourt who worked closely with Amy to design her gown, incorporating elements of three designs that she liked. The bridesmaids also wore Leonard Derecourt - Amy was "very keen on having the four girls in the same colour" however each gown was made to suit each girls style, shape and personality, tied in with matching shoes. We also loved that Amy carried this through with her bridemaids hair - each girl wore a slightly different style, bringing the look together with a custom hair piece, made from the same fabric as Amy's gown.

Groom & Groomsmen Attire :: Mike and his groomsmen wore dark charcoal suits, hired from Tony Barlow Formal Hire. The striped ties were purchased from Trent Nathan and the crisp white shirts were from Shirt Studio. The boys finished their look with brown dress shoes.

:: Amy and Mike chose Brisbane photographer Nat McComas for her "relaxed style" and added that Nat was "fabulous to work with on the day." Amy and Mike also had an engagement shoot with Nat earlier in the year and were really impressed with the outcome.

Florist :: Amy and her bridesmaids flowers were an arrangement of freesias, lissianthus, white and cream roses, by Pink + Purple Petals. We especially love the thick striped ribbon Amy sourced from Vandoros Fine Packaging to tie on each of her bridemaid's bouquets (also used on their ceremony programs).

Other recommended suppliers :: Amy and Mike's half mud/half white chocolate cake was made by the fabulous Gina from Cakes Actually. I especially love this element of Amy + Mike's day - the cake is simple, much like the rest of their styling. I just adore the subtle rope detailing around each layer {a nod to the design element on their stationery} and the use of stripes once again to finish. Amy's makeup artist, Donna Sullivan, is also highly recommended. The proof is in the picture - Amy and the girls look absolutely divine!

Tips and advice for other brides :: Amy has the following advice for brides to be:
1. Don't panic about the weather - the rain will always clear.
2. Relax and try and take in as much of the day as you can.
3. Try and put your own personal touch on as many aspects as possible. It makes it feel just that little bit more special.
4. Buy two pairs of shoes - one pair of heels for the start of the day and one of pair of flats for the dance floor.
5. You can never have too many candles.

Most treasured moment of the day :: "Definitely seeing each other in the church for the first time." The couple mentions spending time with the bridal party on a friends boat in between the ceremony and reception was a highlight and an opportunity they simply couldn't pass up! It provided a fun environment to get some more photos and for the couple to have a chance to relax, even with the all the attention from passing citycats and people waving from office buildings!

Creative/Personal Touches
:: Amy and Mike asked a friend to sing at the ceremony - 'To Have You' by The Sundance Kids - a song the couple loved from the moment they heard it. Although Amy never had the chance to meet her, Mike gave Amy his late grandmother's ring to wear on the day, whom he was very close to. Amy and Mike decided to recreate 'Alto Crush' cocktails for their guests to enjoy with their canapes at the reception - a cocktail the couple shared on their very first date. Deciding against a photobooth, the couple decided to have a 'photowall,' shot by Nat McComas, where guests could choose from a variety of props to use in their photo (Nat stayed to cover Amy + Mike's reception). This is another one of my favourite elements - I just love that bold black and white backdrop that the couple sourced from Covered Linen (who also supplied those gorgeous striped table runners). Lastly, Amy had custom cufflinks made for Mike, with their initials {M+A} and the date of their wedding {8.4.11}. Amy also had them made for her father and father-in-law, complete with their initials.

[Photos copyright Nat McComas]

The Details
Stationery chosen :: 'Hello Sailor' in custom colour and 'navy' from our colour chart - save the date cards, invitation, recovery & rsvp cards, placecards, individual guest menus, cocktail, ceremony and photo wall signage, favour tags and table seating chart.

Invitation Suite

"Thank you so much for your prompt, reliable and personal service. With Love played such an integral part in the success of our wedding - you really were fantastic! Our customised save the dates, invites and the other stationery pieces were fabulous and exactly what we wanted.
Amy + Mike x

Amy and Mike, thank you so much for sharing the details of your wedding day with us - we hope your life together as husband and wife is a blissfully happy one. For more nautical-inspired details, view our 'Nautical Nuptials' inspiration board here.

With love to you and yours
Jackie xo

Psst... stayed tuned for an all new section on our website showcasing the work we've been doing over the last few months - coming soon!