{Girl Crush Tuesday} The marvellous Maddie

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4

Today we are saluting the brilliantly talented, creative genius that is Maddie Veitch from Ivory Rose Botanicals. 

Maddie is a local mama who is working hard for herself and her family. Not long ago she opened Ivory Rose Botanicals in George Street Bathurst and since that time has shown herself to be the front-runner in floral design.

Maddie will help with everything from a simple bouquet for your bestie, all the way up to your wedding arch super pieces. She doesn’t just sell flowers, she literally creates art.

Ivory Rose Botanicals also holds really fun classes in floral arrangements, everything from headpieces to flower centrepieces.

Plus, the totes best thing is rolling into her little studio and getting to hang out with Maddie and her beautiful little boys.

The Central Nest loves supporting local women working hard to make a difference and Maddie is certainly doing that. So, thank you Maddie for giving my little girls someone to look up to so they realise you really can strive to have it all.

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{Love birds} This black, white, gold wedding will stop you in your tracks…

I really prefer showcasing local weddings but sometimes I stumble across one that just takes my breath away.

This Hopelessly Elegant Black, White and Gold Outdoor Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty is absolutely spectacular. It is a mix of romance, glamour and overall beauty. gold

We are lusting hard after the bride’s gown and check out the bridemaids’ dresses! O. My. Madonna.

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Enjoy Nesters x

P.S If you have know someone that would like to share their wedding with us send us an email to centralwestnest@outlook.com

{Love Birds} Updating your something blue..

Everyone knows that weddings should be individual and customised to the specific couple, but there are a few traditions that are usually followed at most weddings.

How then, do you make these traditions just a little bit more special and unique?

The gorgeous team from Wedding Party have created the ultimate cheat’s guide to updating the something blue. You can check it out here -> Wedding Party

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Happy wedding planning Nesters!

{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

{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.

 

Mr & Mrs Campbell – A day of love, laughter and family

“I love you more than there are stars in the sky and fish in the sea.”   – Nicholas Sparks

A girl I have been lucky enough to have known for a long time recently married her sweetheart. They are beautiful people inside and out and the Central Nest wishes them all the best for their future together.

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The love birds: Adam Campbell & Clarissa Booth

The wedding party: Best Man – John Rudge – Maid of Honour – Alysha Booth – Page Boy – Oliver Bestwick

Ceremony: Algona at Mount Panorama Estate under a beautiful rotunda in front of the vineyard.

Reception: Also at Algona. The function room has spectacular views over Bathurst & is stunning by night looking out over all the lights.

It was important to us to have the ceremony & reception in the one place so our guests could arrive & enjoy themselves without having to find something to do while we had our photos.

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 Theme: Classic and timeless with a colour palette of white and latte.

We chose to have a formal dress code which our friends loved! The boys love to ‘suit up’ and the girls had the chance to be glamorous.

The Dress: My dress wasn’t what I thought I wanted. The exact opposite actually. But when I saw it, I instantly fell in the love. I found it from a bridal shop in Parramatta.

It was a white, gorgeous sweet heart strapless corset, covered in crystals. With a full skirt from the waist down, full of beautiful ruffles with a train. As soon as I put it on I felt instantly like a princess.

Groom & wedding party attire: Adam, his best man & page boy, were dressed by Ben at Bent Threads Bathurst. They wore dark grey suits with matching vests, white shirts and latte coloured ties.

My gorgeous Maid of Honour wore a full length one shouldered latte coloured dress.

Decorations: White table clothes with white chair covers and latte sashes. The centrepieces were tall martini glasses filled with arrangements of white roses & greenery perched on top of round mirrors.

We also bought into the reception the two tall pillars of white roses and greenery that were used at the ceremony.

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Food: The food was prepared by Algona and was absolutely delicious! Food was another really important factor for us as it is one of the things guests will remember. We had a range of canapés served while we had our photos taken, mains were beef & chicken then we had our cake as dessert.

We also had a lolly bar. The theme for this was white, red & pink with a range of different lollies from Westco.

Cake: Our cake was made by a friend – Nikki Burden.

She created a 2 tier cake with chocolate mud and cherry ripe mud layers. The cake was consistent with our classic theme and was covered with a pearly white ganash. We also placed an arrangement of flowers that matched our bouquets on top of the cake.

 Drinks: We had an open bar serving beer, wine & soft drink.

Photographer: Both Adam & I, along with my parents, agreed that we wanted a photographer that was going to capture our day and take those amazing shots that we can look back on in years to come & show our children. I cannot recommend Peter Gumpert. photographer enough.

 Cars: We had two red mustangs. My father and I arrived in a soft top convertible mustang.

Rings: Adam found my ring in a jewellery shop in Pitt Street Sydney. It is a solitaire diamond in a claw setting with small diamonds down each side set in 18ct white gold. We then had the jeweller make my wedding band to match. Adams wedding band is from Michael Hill jeweller – a two toned titanium ring.

Hair/Make up: My hair was done by Emma from Hair by Hair. I had a classic chignon which was nice & simple as my dress was quite detailed. My makeup and nails were done from one of my best friends Robyn Tomlinson.

Music: We had a live band play at the reception called LKQ. They are a two piece band and absolutely fantastic. We had them play at our engagement party so we new they were going to be great!

Stationary: We had our wedding invitations designed and made from a lady locally. Again, we stuck to our white and latte theme with beautiful script writing.

Special moments: There were so many special moments from getting ready with my mum, Maria and my sister, Alysha at the beautiful cottage at Lochinvar at Mount Panorama, to my dad walking me down the aisle to Rod Stewart’s classic ‘Have I told you lately’. I remember seeing Adam at the end of the aisle and my heart skipping a beat.

My most favourite moment was when Adam & I read our own vows we wrote for each other. He had every single guest in tears. It was absolutely the most touching moment.

My dad bought me to tears with his speech… and so did my new husband. Adam said his most favourite moment was when we were introduced as Mr & Mrs Campbell to everyone at our reception and he was pretty chuffed about his vows and the fact that everyone was sobbing. He even had a few tears himself reading them!

Adam & I honestly had the best day of our lives followed by a wonderful honeymoon to Hawaii. We thank my parents Grant & Maria Booth for supporting us then & supporting us now and for giving us the wedding we always dreamt of. We can’t express just how much we love you! We also thank our bridal party, my sister and our best mate John Rudge, for helping to make our day so amazing.

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Guests: It was small & intimate with 76 guests which included the bridal party.

Stockists:

Reception & ceremony: Algona at Mount Panorama

Hair: Hair by Hair 227 George Street, Bathurst – (02) 6331 6391

Suits: Bent Threads – 51 William Street, Bathurst – (02) 6334 4471

Photography: Peter Gumpert Photography

Lollies: Westco