{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!”

Guests: 125Barnes Wedding_374 (3)

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} Michaela & Daniel’s fairy-tale forever after..

‘Come let me love you, let me give my life to you,
let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms,
let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you.
Come let me love you, come love me again’ – Annie’s Song

This wedding is straight from a fairy-tale, a romantic, garden wedding filled with love, beauty and fun.

When the bride is studying event management and hopes one day to own a wedding venue you know her own wedding is going to be nothing short of exquisite. I tell you now, Michaela and Daniel’s wedding is one of the most spectacular, well planned, loving weddings I have ever seen.

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Love Birds: Michaela Bates, 27 and Daniel Ford, 32

Ceremony & Reception: Ravensthorpe Restaurant & Guest House

Theme:  A romantic, garden wedding. It was outdoor elegance with a touch of quirk!

The Dress: An A-line gown by Watter’s Patagonia from Princess Bride Bathurst.

The dress was originally purchased strapless, however to make it unique, Deb from Princess Bride added a lace keyhole back with gorgeous cap sleeves that was detachable. Michaela says it ‘let me be traditional for our ceremony and a bit more modern when I removed the lace sleeves for the reception’. They rearranged some of the silk and lace flowers that adorned the gown to form a “belt” on the waist of the dress rather than have them scattered over the bodice. Michaela says ‘Deb is so amazingly skilled at sewing and created my absolute dream dress’!

Groom & wedding party attire: The groom wore a Van Heusen dark grey suit with a slight pinstripe and the Groomsmen hired their pale grey suits from Jack Holman Menswear Bathurst.

The Bridesmaid dresses wore custom made creations of peach and rose lace and soft tulle by Leanne Hamilton Couture from Bathurst. Their dresses were soft, feminine and reflective of their own personalities. Each girl chose their own jewellery, shoes and hair styles.  Balloons

Hair/makeup: Hair and makeup was simple, soft and natural. Hair was created by Lauren Morris Hair. Makeup by Courtney from Powder Puff Makeup Artistry

Decorations: The couple wanted the decorations to really reflect the vintage tones of the wedding. The colours used in all the decorations were pastel and reflected the ivory, peach and rose tones of the bridesmaid dresses and the bouquets.

The bouquets were natural stem posy bouquet of mauve and pink roses, lemon tulips, white lizzy, white trachillium, snaps, berries and dusty miller foliage and these were used throughout the decorations as well.

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The table decorations were a beautiful combination of candles, crystal and mirrors accented with teacups and flowers that matched our bouquets. The tables and outdoor decorations were done by Simone from Woonona Florist and the rest of the styling was put together by the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids.

Scrabble tiles were used on the bridal table to spell out “The Men”, “The Maids” and “Mr” and “Mrs”. The bride’s father passed away 10 years ago so in memory of him they placed a Sarsaparilla bottle on the Bridal Table that he had given the bride as a teenager.table setting

One of the most creative aspects of the wedding was a display of twine wrapped pens which were topped with an origami pinwheel with each guest’s name on it. This complimented the guest notebooks that were placed on each table so that each guest had their own pen to take away. The note books also doubled as table numbers and the front read ‘ please leave a message for Daniel and Michaela to read on their “1” year anniversary’ ‘or “2” year anniversary’ and so on. Michaela says ‘It’s great that each year for the next 10 years we can open a book and relive our wedding day through our guest messages!’

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The bride is an avid reader so utilised her love of books throughout the wedding; there were hearts cut from book pages tied around the chairs both in the reception and ceremony, paper planes folded from book pages instead of confetti for guests to toss, the pin wheels were folded from Encyclopaedia pages and a beautiful book carved with the couples initials and a heart on the gift table.

Gorgeous milk bottles and bright coloured straws were used for toasting bottles, they also had jute topped mini honey jars as bonbonnieres and signs handmade by the bride’s mother throughout the wedding.

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Outside was decorated with teacups and doilies. Adding to the luxurious feel was a mixture of vintage chairs hired for the ceremony.

One of the standout features of this wedding was giant ‘LOVE’ sign.

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In a sentimental moment for the couple, early on the wedding day they locked together two locks, attached the keys to the ends of giant colourful balloons and let them go.

Food: Canapés and Pre Dinner Drinks followed by Chicken Breast on Mushroom Risotto with Basil Pesto or Lamb Rump with Spinach and Feta on Tunisian Spiced Pumpkin with Labna, Twice cooked Chat Potatoes with Rosemary and Rock Salt, Summer Salad of Pear, Rocket and Parmesan

Dessert Buffet featuring: rosewater pannacotta, macarons, pavlova and orange cupcakes with citrus syrup.

Cake: Flourless chocolate Belgian made cake

The bride and groom utilised cake toppers that really reflected their own personalities. The cake toppers were a sign that said ‘still shopping’ and a batman figurine.

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Drinks: Ravensthorpe’s signature strawberry champagne cocktail as well as a selection of red and white wines, soft drinks and premium beers.

Photographer: Mel Hill Photography of Canberra. The brides says ‘Mel and her husband Michael did not miss a single minute of our day, they were fun, professional and their package was incredibly good value. Their photos are works of art and they are so incredibly talented’.

Cars: A vintage green Kombi named Rhonda that also featured in Packed to the Rafters!

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Rings: Bride: a band of diamonds that compliments a bezet pear shaped engagement ring.

Groom: A platinum thick band rimmed with yellow gold.

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Stationary: Etsy.

Each piece of stationary complimented each other by staying with a vintage feel i.e. blackboard looks, colourful 1950’s paper, most of the stationary was generally in the peach and rose colours that accented our entire wedding. The formal invitations were ivory with ribbon and lace wrapped around the invitation and pearl paper inserts adorned with pearls.

Music  The bride in tribute to her parents walked down the aisle to their song, “Annie’s Song” by John Denver. At the reception DJ Grahame Brown from Wollongong DJ’s kept the guests dancing all night.

Special moments: The groom and best man arrived by helicopter when no else (including the other groomsmen) knew they were going to! The bride says ‘It was a fantastic surprise and the reactions from the guests were just priceless!’

The bride says it was special to her to have both her 10 year old stepdaughter and a grown up, 23 year old friend as flower girls. She says this was just for something different.

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The bride and groom chose to have their “first look” photos before the ceremony so all our formal photos were out of the way so after the ceremony they could just celebrate with their guests. The bride says the first moment of seeing each other was so intimate and special.

Another moment that the bride says is close to her heart was when the entire bridal party lined up to enter the marquee and serenaded the guests with a song at the top of their lungs before entering.

The bride says the night wound down with the bridal party staying at the venue and sharing a midnight supper of gourmet pizza with the owner of the venue spontaneously playing the guitar.

Guests: 90.

Cost: Michaela says she lost track of exact figures, it was well over budget but worth every penny for what was the most amazing day!

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Stockists:  Reception & ceremony: Ravensthorpe Restaurant & Guest House | Dress: Watter’s Patagonia from Princess Bride | Groomswear: Van Heusen & Jack holeman Menswear | Bridesmaids: Leanne Hamilton Couture | Hair: Lauren Morris Hair | Makeup:  Powder Puff Makeup Artistry | Florist: Woonona Florist | Photographer: Mel Hill Photography | Stationary: Etsy.

 

{Love birds} Michelle and Justin say together forever

This day I will marry my friend;
the one I laugh with,
live for, dream with, love.
    ~ author unknown

Not so long ago, a long story happened. Shell met Justin and they fell madly into each other. They are best friends, lovers, kindred spirits. Together forever.

This is a beautiful wedding and I love scrolling through their photos seeing their love for each other. We know these two will be the happily ever after.

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Love birds: Michelle Morton, 29 Childcare worker & Justin Slattery, 26 Electrician.

Married: September 12, 2012

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception:  Salsa Bar & Grill Port Douglas

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Theme: Simple but Elegant. Reception was all white with a touch of Salmon to match bridesmaid dresses

The Dress: From Sweethearts Bridal. It was the first dress I tried on, tried on a few others but just couldn’t go past this one. Thought it was just perfect for me and where our wedding was held!!

My nan’s brooch was attached to my bouquet as something old, and as a special touch as she couldn’t make it.

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Groom & wedding party attire: Boys wore 5 piece black suit with white shirts. Groom had off white tie and groomsmen wore black ties. Hired from Jack Holman’s Menswear in Bathurst.

Bridesmaids wore long ‘Watermelon’ dresses which were from Brides of Sydney.

Hair/makeup: Hair done by my sister, Belinda. I had soft curls, all out with a ribbon headband.

Makeup done by my sister-in-law Robyn, Napoleon makeup was used.

Decorations: Reception was mostly white. Table cloths, chair covers and bows were white. Table centre pieces were a small square vase with salmon Gerberas. A small white candle in a clear vase on either side. Tables sprinkled with clear diamantes.

Flame torches were out the front of Salsa. Inside poles were covered in white organza and fairy lights.

We also had a lolly buffet! Lollies from Westco which we took up to Port Douglas.

 Food: The food was absolutely amazing!!

Canapés on arrival.

Guests had a choice of 3 entrees which were:

  • Salsa’s ½ Dozen Oysters Three ways – natural, nam pla prik, wasabi emulsion
  • Slow Braised Lamb Pithiviers, w/ eggplant whip, chermoula vinaigrette
  • Char Siu BBQ Pork tenderloin, w/ soba salad, mandarin hollandaise, scallop salsa

Mains was also a choice of 3:

  • Piri Piri Chicken Breast, w/ kipfler potato salad burned lime crème fraîche
  • Char Griled Sirlion, w/ corn & coriander galette, jalapeno hollandaise
  • Chimichurri Barramundi, w/ parsnip flan, piquillo pepper & chorizo salsa fresco

Cake and fresh strawberries for dessert

Cake: 2 Tier Square chocolate mud on bottom and caramel mud top. Finished on an iced board and arranged on an angle with rose flower arrangements. Cake was served on platters with fresh strawberries.

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Drinks: Red, White and Sparkling Wines. There were a variety of beers and cocktails.

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Weddings.

Cars: Limousine

Rings: Rings were from WJ Coote & Sons. Grooms is Sterling Silver Gents Wedder and Brides is Platinum Princess Baguette Channel Set Wedder

Stationary: Invitations were made by Stacey at Polka Dot Poppy Invitations. We couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out.

We designed table numbers and name cards, they were printed from Brian Burke’s Printing.

Music: I walked down the isle to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.

‘You & Me’ by Lifehouse was our first dance song.

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Special moments: The first glance of each other at the ceremony was a special feeling, a few tears of joy.

The moment we were presented as Mr & Mrs Slattery was such a great feeling.

A number of messages had been compiled from loved ones back at home which were read out at the reception. In particular the messages from the kids in my preschool class were very cute and funny.

We feel the whole day was so special,  a day that we will never forget!!

Guests: We had 60 people share in our day

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Stockists:

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception?:  Salsa Bar and Grill, Port Douglas, Queensland

The Dress: Sweethearts Bridal

Groom & wedding party attire: Jack Holman Menswear

Bridesmaids:  Brides of Sydney

Hair/makeup: Napoleon Perdis

Lolly bar: Westco Distributors

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Wedding Photography

Rings: WJ Coote & Sons

Stationary:  Polka Dot Poppy Invitations & Brian Burke Printing