{Love Birds} Beer for life

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” 

-Roy Croft

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This wedding is by far one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen. I love weddings that are just a little bit different and the tones of the winter wonder are simply stunning. The bride is gorgeous and her smile lights up every single image. Sometimes you can’t just see love, you can actually feel it. This is one of those weddings.

Monique and Cameron – Thank you for sharing your beautiful winter wedding with us.Monique & Cameron_wedding photos_print quality_-4

The love birds: Monique Kellond, 24, Support Worker & Cameron Beer, 25, Correctional Services Officer

Ceremony & Reception: BoxGrove Bathurst

Theme: Warm Winter tones

The Dress: Peter Trends

Groom & wedding party attire: Jack Holman MenswearMonique & Cameron_wedding photos_print quality_-40

Beauty: Luxe Hair & Body

Styling: BoxGrove

Floral: Ivory Rose Botanicals

Eats: Our Place or Yours Catering

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Cake: Cakes by Katrina

Photographer: Feather & Birch

Rings: Monique: Wj Coote & Sons, Cameron: Michael Hill

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Stationary: Chalk Bathurst

Music: The mud monkeys

Special moments:

Monique says “The fact that I got to marry my high school sweet heart.”

While it was one of the coldest winter days, right as the couple said ‘I do’ the sun came out from behind the clouds.

Guests: 120

Cost: $35,000

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Stockists: Ceremony & Reception: BoxGrove Bathurst | The Dress: Peter Trends| Beauty: Luxe Hair & Body| Styling: BoxGrove | Floral: Ivory Rose Botanicals|Eats: Our Place or Yours Catering| Cake: Cakes by Katrina| Photographer: Feather & Birch| Rings: Monique: Wj Coote & Sons, Cameron: Michael Hill | Stationary: Chalk Bathurst| Music: The mud monkeys|

{Love Birds} Edana and Daniel, a love louder than words

‘You see, giant proclamations
Are all very well
But our love is louder than words’

– Bloc Party – Sunday

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I love weddings HARD and luckily running this blog I get to see quite a few of them, but this one is simply spectacular. A well planned, creative day filled with love and smiles and all things nice. Edana and Daniel, you really are lovely and thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.

The lovebirds: Edana, 26 & Daniel Crombie, 27

Ceremony: Millthorpe Public School

Reception: Tonic (in the old Theatre next door)441

Theme: Vintage Fair

The Dress: “Odette” by Lisa Gowing

Groom & wedding party attire: ASOS and Tarocash

Hair: Gavin Cochrane Hair Design097

Beauty: Illume Make up and Beauty Bar

Decorations:  Romantic feminine floral colours are the base or jade and gold old world accents. Some of the deco included gold vases, black and white photos of the couple with their guests, peacock feathers, blue glass antique style vases, pink paper flowers and gold sparkly table runners. Everything was light romantic with a tinge of the 1920’s039

Food: The feast began with 10 different Hors d’oeuvres while photos were being taken. This led to mains of local meat and best baked potatoes! The desserts were canapés and delivered to the guests while mingling.

Cake: The cake was make by the maid of honour’s mother. The detail in peonies as the cake topper  were amazing and also made of gold!

Drinks: Local champagne and ciders were offered to the guests. 042

Photographer: Seth Buchanan

Cars: Orange limousines

Rings: Antique Engagement Ring.

Stationary: Handmade, designed by an Etsy Seller353

Music: A playlist of triple J alternatives, classics, and 80’s tunes. Foster the People, Billy idol and songs the couple had listened to for the last 10 years played all day.

Special moments:  Speeches were made by the the maid of honour, the bride’s brothers, the groom’s father and the best man. They were both tear worthy and hilarious. Malcolm’s speeches had everyone in stitches- he so cleverly weaved in and disguised rude stories.

Edana says spending the day with her best friends was so much fun, it was all smiles and laughter. It was so relaxing and it’s a time that she will cherish for ever.

The bride says there was a special moment when her cousin came to see her before the wedding with her gorgeous boy (the page boy) and at the moment she realised it was happening and started to cry!

The couple were lucky to have near perfect weather at Millthorpe for the day, not too hot or cold and the wind carried the smell of the nearby flowers.

In a nice tribute to the couple their friend Matt spoke some words during the ceremony, it was a mash up between two bloc party songs.

Guests: 110 377

Stockists: Reception: Millthorpe Public School | Ceremony: Tonic | Dress: Lisa Gowing | Suits: ASOS | Hair: Gavin Cochrane Hair Design | Makeup: Illume Makeup and Beauty Bar| Photographer: Seth Buchanan | Cars: Orange Limousines | Flowers:  Megan Claire Floral Design

 

{The Nest Wedding} Head to fully engaged

Recently engaged? Planning your big day?

Then this, my friend is for you.

Fully Engaged is an event at Mayfield Vineyard on 31 May 2015 that you would be absolutely daft to miss. weddingUnlike your normal bridal expos this event is different. You can actually see real vendors, in their element showing all there is to know about bouquet designs, wedding cake options, ceremony options and many more.

Tickets are not yet on sale but you can register your interest here or through Facebook here -> Fully Engaged Event

Happy wedding planning Nesters x

{Love Birds} Mr & Mrs Barnes. A family forever.

“Love is a force more formidable than any other.

It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured,

yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment,

and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

– Barbara de Angelis

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Be still my beating heart.

This wedding is one of the most magnificent weddings that has ever come across my desk.

I love the warmth, the love, the happiness of this stunning couple. A beautiful country wedding with touches of glamour, elegance and fun.

Thanks to the gorgeous Mr & Mrs Barnes for sharing their special day with The Central Nest. We wish you (and your growing baby bump) all the best for your futures together xo

The Love birds: Tess & Martin Barnes, married 18 January 2014.

Ceremony & reception: Waldara, Oberon.  The bridal party enjoyed staying at Waldara for the whole weekend.

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The property has two houses- a homestead, where the ladies got ready and a barn house, where the men got dressed. The ceremony was on an island, in the shade of some big old trees (as it was forecast to be in 38 degrees that afternoon!) The bridal party and the guests then had drinks and canapés in the garden of the homestead which overlooked the property.  The reception was in a specifically designed barn (which was completed just in time-the day before!!)

The dress: The bride says the dress was the first one she tried on! It was a Maggie Sottero gown which had a couple of alterations including changing the back from lace up to lace covered buttons. She also chose to wear capped sleeves for the ceremony and then look them off for the reception.

Groom & wedding party attire: Suits from Jack Holman’s Menswear.Barnes Wedding_057 (2)

The bridesmaid dresses were originally found on Pinterest! After extensive searching online the bride was able to locate them locally in Orange!

The Flower girls wore dresses from Myer.

Hair/makeup: Kayla and Melissa from Luxe Hair and Body did an amazing job on hair and makeup.

The bride wanted an elegant and soft look and was extremely happy with the result. The luxe girls travelled to Waldara and the bride says their relaxed personalities added to a beautiful morning preparing!

In the weeks leading up to the wedding the girls were pampered by the lovely ladies at Beauty 4U.Barnes Wedding_327

Food: Felicity Thompson and her team created a delicious menu using fresh local produce.

Canapés
Chicken, dill and rocket mini sandwiches.
Corn blinis with avocado and cherry tomato salsa.
Crispy pork belly with caramelised dressing.
Coconut prawns with mango mayonnaise.
Homemade sausage rolls with char grilled tomato chutney.
Chicken balls with roasted red capsicum relish.

Main course –shared platters in the middle of each table
Whole fillet of beef, with mini potato galette and roasted truss tomatoes.
Salad of mixed leaves with avocado, caramelised walnuts, nashi pear and shaved Parmesan.

Dessert–  An extensive dessert table prepared by Legall Patisserie
Date and crème brulee tart
Crème brulee
Lemon tart
Coffee choux
Raspberry almond tart chocolate choux
Macaroons
Japonais
Fruit flan
Toffee Choux
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Midnight Snack – Narromine smoked ham, with crusty bread rolls and chutney.board

Cake: Cakes by Katrina.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography and Katie McKay Photography.

The bride says she was over the moon with the photos captured. She says the photographers were so much fun. Tess didn’t want to miss out on any of the party so the photographers managed to take photos during canapés! It was perfect!

The bride and groom say that the photos were a perfect reflection of the day. There was so much fun- no standing in a line posing! They really show the happiness of the day, everyone is smiling and laughing the whole time.

Cars: They had golf carts to take the girls to the Island. Family members were the drivers.Barnes Wedding_271

Stationary: The groom’s mother designed all the stationary. This was particularly lovely as she designed a logo with the bride and groom’s names on it with an olive tree in the background (Martin’s grandmother’s name was Olive). This logo was used on the invitations, menus, the order of service fan, kids colouring in book and the thank you cards. They bride and groom also has stubby holders and etched wine glasses made for the guests using the logo.

Music: Kyle Manning, a family friend sung and played the key board as the bride walked down the aisle and signed the registry. His band arrived later that night and had everyone up dancing for the entire night!

Special moments: The bride and groom say “the best thing about our wedding was of course the outcome, being married! However, our favourite thing on the day was having all of our favourite people in the same place, at the same time! That is a once in a lifetime occurrence and we are so grateful that all our friends and family could be there to share in the best day of our lives!”

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Stockists: Reception/ceremony: Waldara, Oberon | Dress: Abbey Bridal – Maggie Sottero gown | Suits: Jack Holman | Flower girl: Myer | Hair/makeup: Luxe Hair & Body | Beauty: Beauty4U | Dessert: Legall Patisserie | Cake: Cakes by Katrina | Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography & Katie McKay Photographer |Music: Kyle Manning

{Love Birds} Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Elane and Craig forever more.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sometimes you can just see the love that a couple has for each other.

It is simple math.

Boy loves girl. Girls loves boy.

This is the case for Elane and Craig. They are love. Their wedding is beautiful and filled with special touches to make the day even more remarkable. Incorporating the bride’s Lebanese heritage and the husband’s love of all things V8 this is one wedding that will be remembered for a long time.

Congratulations lovebirds.

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The Lovebirds: Craig McGuire, 40, Store Manager and Elane Doueihi, 29, Administrative Assistant

Ceremony: The Cathedral Church, Bathurst. This was a special location to the bride because it was where she was baptised as a child.

Reception:  Rydges Mount Panorama

Theme: Bling

The Dress: A stunning, sweetheart neckline, lace embraced dress from Princess Bride Bathurst

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Groom & wedding party attire: The men wore grey suits from Bent Threads, Bathurst and the bridesmaids wore striking pink gowns from Eve Bathurst.

Hair: A personal friend of the family, Zenae Grundy

Makeup:  Ivy Skin and makeup

Decorations: Posh Designs completed a white, pink and bling decor group

Florist: Signature florist

Catering: Food was provided by Rydges, Bathurst. Plus as a special salute to the bride’s family there was also Lebanese nibbles available.

Cake: Wedding cakes by Maree – Bathurst

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Drinks: A selection of beer, wine and champagne was available.

Photographer: Allan Hoang Photography

Cars: Mustangs hired through a friend race

Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers

Stationary: The bride made all the stationary and had it printed at CSU Print

Music: DJ Apollo – A Lebanese DJ who ensured the night was filled with a mix of music. Traditional drummers were also hired for the bridal entry and traditional dancing throughout the evening.

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Special moments: Craig is a massive V8 fan, so being able to have photos and the reception at Mount Panarama was very special.

The bride says that the moment her new husband sang ‘grow old with you’ from the film The Wedding Singer will be a moment she will remember for eternity. A friend played the guitar and Craig serenaded his new wife in front of all their family and friends.

The couple also had photos taken in Coles Supermarket which was the location that they first met.

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Guests: 170 guests

Cost: $45,000

Stockists: Reception: Rydges Bathurst | Dress: Princess Bride Bathurst | Menswear: Bent Threads | Bridesmaids: Eve Bathurst | Makeup: Ivy Skin and Makeup Studio | Decorations: Posh Designs | Florist: Signature Floral Designs | Photography: Allan Hoang Photography | Music: DJ Appolo | Cake: Wedding Cakes By Maree

 

{Love Birds} Nikki and Chris forever together

‘You’re the one, the only one, the only one that’s just right just for me
but all the same, you know I, you know I’m, I’m just a fool
I’m a fool for you, I’m a fool, I’m a fool for you’

– Fool for you – John Butler Trio

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I am so incredibly lucky to see many weddings come across my desk and while they are all very beautiful, every now and then one just takes your breath away… Nikki and Chris’ wedding did just that. It was a day of romance,  love and of fun.

The love birds: Nikki Waldron, 29 Early Childhood Educator and Chris McCulloch, 33 Team Leader at Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Ceremony & Reception: The “vinegrove” in Mudgee

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Theme: Vintage Chic

The Dress: Rachel Gilbert “Tessina Gown” in dusty pink  from Danielle Louise in Orange

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Groom & wedding party attire: Rembrandt Navy suits with Ivory shirts from Bent Threads in Bathurst

Hair/makeup: “Vintage Glamourish” Hair by a family friend and makeup from Bella Medi Spa Mudgee

Decorations: Lamps, birdcages, light breezy chiffon, hessian, lounges everywhere, Chandeliers

Food: Gourmet canapes from Local Mudgee company Whisk Gourmet

Cake: Naked Cake with fresh flowers from Family Friend Lucy Baranowski

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Drinks: The standard beer wine ciders

Photographer: Philippa Enid Photography

Rings: Beautiful white gold round cut ring with a diamond wedding band for Nikki and just a plain comfort wedder in white gold for Chris

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Music: Acoustic Guitar by good friend Andrew Nelson who played John Butler song “fool for You” as Nikki walked down the aisle and acoustic music throughout reception from another good friend Lou Goryl. Then the tunes slipped into some old favourites via the ipod!

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Special moments: Nikki says the moment that Chris sang Black magic woman by Santana to her in front of all of their guests was a moment that she will remember for the rest of her life.

The wedding was a beautiful family affair, Nikki spent the night before the wedding with her Nanna and says it was lovely to have our siblings as our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Plus enjoying the day with heir cheeky two year old son!

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Guests: 100

Cost: More than a small family car 🙂

Stockists: Ceremony/Reception: The Vinegrove Mudgee | Dress: Danielle Louise | Menwear: Bent Thread Menswear | Makeup: Bella Medi Spa | Food: Whisk Gourmet | Photography: Philippa Enid Photography |

{Love Birds} Our own little fairytale..

‘I love thee, I love but thee
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old’

–  William Shakespeare

It has been five years since I stood in a little white chapel overlooking the beach in front of my family and friends and promised to love my best friend for always.

We always knew we wanted a destination wedding and while neither of us had been to Port Douglas, Queensland we just knew it would be perfect. My father had visited Port Douglas before I was even born when he was in the Navy and told us about this wonderful little chapel right on the water’s edge.

Our wedding turned into a week’s worth of festivities for all our guests who not only shared in our very special day, but also got to have a brilliant holiday in one of the most beautiful locations in Australia.

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Love Birds: Kayana Lucas, Paralegal and Shayne Theobald, Mechanical Engineer

Theme: A casually romantic destination wedding.

Ceremony: St Mary’s By the Sea, Port Douglas, Queensland-510

Reception: Zinc Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas Queensland.

The staff at Zinc were phenomenal, the food was incredible and they made organising a wedding from 2,500 kilometres away ridiculously easy. On the night, the customer service was spectacular and we couldn’t have asked for anymore.

The Dress: A crisp white strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and bustle train.

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Groom & wedding party attire: The groom and groomsmen wore deep grey suits with white shirts. The groom wore a white tie while the groomsmen wore black.

The bridesmaids wore purple to blue ombre halter dresses.

The mother of the bride custom made the flower girl’s dress.

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Decorations: The reception was wonderfully decorated with candles and scattered rose petals on all the tables.

We didn’t have designated single-seat seating, instead on the middle of each table was a photo frame with the names of our guests and a quote about love.

Food:

Starters

Thai beef salad or salt and pepper squid or spicy charmoula marinated chicken

Mains

Beef fillet wrapped with thyme and prosciutto or pan fried barramundi and garlic scented prawn or sage and parmesan crusted pork fillet

Desserts

Chocolate pudding or trio of sorbet and wedding cakebeach

Cake: A delicious two tier cake with chocolate mud and caramel mud.

 Drinks: Our guests enjoyed a selection of beers, wines and cosmopolitans cocktails.reception

Photographer: Shaun Guest of Port Douglas Photography

Car: A white stretch limousine

Rings: Both purchased locally from WJ Coote & Sons. The bride chose a white gold diamond band and the groom a yellow gold band. 

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Special moments: For me, the moment the music started and I was standing at the door of the chapel holding my dad’s hand was incredible. I could see Shayne through the window and I just knew I was making the most incredible and correct decision of my life.

Shayne says ‘the moment I saw Kayana walk up the aisle was incredible. She looked beautiful and I felt unbelievably lucky to be standing in front of her’.

Another beautiful moment was when my father arranged for a bunch a yellow roses to be given to me during the father/daughter dance. We danced to ’18 yellow roses’ by Marty Robins. It was an incredibly moving moment and had many of the guests in tears.

Guests: 65-1001

Stockists: Ceremony: St Mary’s By the Sea (Port Douglas Weddings) | Reception: Zinc Restaurant and Lounge Bar | Photographer: Port Douglas Photography  | Car: Coral Sea Limousines Port Douglas | Rings: WJ Coote & Sons  | Bridesmaid dresses: MrK  | Bride’s shoes I love billy