THE WORLD OF wedding planning is vast. Florists? Cake designers? Dressmakers? Locations? The to-do is endless. We've rounded up some of the best of the best in the wedding business and we can assure you, you'll want each and every one of them on speed dial!
THE DRESS //
GRACE LOVES LACE
For those wanting to shake off the shackles of the more traditional bridal dress, Grace Loves Lace is an elegant mix of sophisticated bohemia. Using undeniably luxurious French and European laces, every bride wearing a Grace Loves Lace dress on their big day will feel like pure magic!
For the chicest of chic wedding dresses, Elie Saab tops the list. This stunning bridal collection is for the fashion-conscious bride and will have every guest gasping as the bride saunters down the aisle. Think intricate detailing, breathtaking lace and the perfect fit. Tick, tick, tick!
For the uber luxe wedding dress situation, look no further than Vera Wang. While never deterring from those design aesthetics that made Vera Wang the household name that it is, the collection is the perfect synthesis of the slick, structured and modern bride.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER //
ERIN & TARA
Erin & Tara are all about capturing that perfect moment that you don't think twice about until you see it in a photograph a few days post-wedding. There is a certain fly-on-the-wall approach to their photography, where no detail is too little or insignificant to capture. Intimate, emotional and bewilderingly beautiful.
ALEX MARKS PHOTOGRAPHY
Alex Marks is the man behind the imagery of over 600 weddings since 1999. Undoubtedly, it is his relaxed approach and energy to wedding photography that draws couples to him. This and the fact that Alex is a huge believer in love, "I believe it's the people that make the wedding. Sure, an epic sunset or cliff top doesn’t hurt. But if you’re getting married with a tiny budget, in a tent in a paddock with no decorations and you're in love and smiling, your wedding and photos are going to rock!".
Justin Aaron could be described as a wedding storyteller. Each image is captured with a contemporary artfulness, while never surrendering those special moments of pure emotion and joy. They are those images you will have framed, positioned with pride in your home and met with compliments for years to come!
THE LOCATION //
SPRING/SUMMER: THE FIG TREE, BYRON BAY NSW
If summer is your favourite time of the year and you couldn't possibly imagine doing your wedding anywhere but in the great outdoors, then we would strongly suggest The Fig Tree in Byron Bay. Think: Ceremony, dinner and dancing all in the one place... and all under the stars!
AUTUMN/WINTER: KIMO ESTATE, COUNTRY NSW
Is there anything more magical than an Autumnal wedding? The evening starts to cool down, the sunlight fades majestically over the hillside of a beautiful winery, a bonfire is lit and cocktails are served with joie de vevre. Enjoy the moment and dance until the early hours!
THE CAKE //
Based in Sydney, Gracious Honey epitomises the 21st century wedding cake - as in, you will want to take a million and one Instagram snaps before cutting into this incredible creation.
ANDY BOWDY PASTRY
Andrew Bowden is the artist (cake is art, right?) behind Andy Bowdy Pastry. These incredible cakes made in Enmore, Sydney, could be described as a beautiful mess and they taste as good as they look!
Looking for something a little more unconventional for your wedding day? Look no further than Occello for a cheese wedding cake. Yes, you heard correctly - several stacks of local and imported cheeses for you and your guests to to gorge yourself on.
THE FLOWERS //
Jardine Botanic will make your wildest floral dreams come true. Jardine herself has, since childhood, been obsessed with botanicals. Working with flowers and greenery runs through her very veins. Her layered, textured bouquets and installments are testament to this!
When the owner of a business is as excited about your big day as you are, then you're onto a good thing. The team at My Violet is passionate and talented in equal measures when it comes to breathtaking wedding flowers. The tight-knit team will ensure each and every floral touchpoint perfectly reflects the next!
D.I.Y. - FLOWER MARKETS
For those who consider themselves as having a bit of a green thumb, why not make the 5AM trip to the flower markets the day before the wedding (or better still, assign it as a "bridesmaid duty"). Select those colours and styles you have always dreamt of and take a more rustic approach to your bouquet. If planned correctly, this doesn't need to add stress, rather a touch of uniqueness to your big day!
THE BOMBONIERE (AKA THE PARTY FAVOUR) //
Gone are the days of giving your wedding guests sugar coated nuts. Why not select a gift that your guests will definitely use post party, with a touch of personalisation? We're thinking mini jams, coffee beans or a tiny succulent.
While we may be partial to beautiful scent, we can't help but think our petite and beautiful Lumira Travel Candles are the perfect way to say thank to each person that has celebrated your special day!