I was living in Hong Kong and during a short visit back to Australia I met Luke, two worlds collided and we fell in love.
We are a pretty happy-go-lucky couple and wanted our day to reflect this: we wanted guests to feel relaxed, almost like they were chilling out at home. With minimal formalities and feast-like tables, paired with relaxing little corners for guests to sip wine and enjoy cheese later in the evening, Spicers Clovelly Estate was the perfect venue.
My dress was custom made by Venita Drennen Designs, 4 layers of Silk with french lace along the inside hem & pearls down the back. My headpiece was made from french lace and gold chain. The belt buckle is an antique found at a gorgeous little market when I was in France. The clutch was gift from my beautiful nana: something I had been admiring in her wardrobe for many years. She is the cutest little lady and forever lights up my world.
My girlfriend Dee (pictured above) made our wedding altar as a surprise and presented it to us the day before the wedding – it was so perfect. She spent the day before the wedding, arranging flowers EVERYWHERE! She made the most amazing bouquet. And after Luke gave me a special Cameo on our wedding morning, she rushed back to tie it to my flowers. She also surprised us with the gorgeous festoon lights, did my hair, painted my nails and made buttonholes for the family. She was the glue on our wedding day.
The hankerchiefs were given to front-row guests and also acted as “reserved” seating.
Little pockets of flowers & candles in every corner made the venue come alive.
Three years ago when we began dating, I thought it would be fun to start collecting vintage “Edwards” tins. I was always antique shopping so it became quite a fun thing to look for. Most of the treasures I found were Tea & Coffee tins, perfectly fitting for such a caffeine-addicted couple. Friends and family would often comment on the tins and they became quite a talking point. Three years on, these unique tins provided us with the perfect inspiration for our Wedding: we created a NEW “Edwards” brand to represent the next generation of “Edwards” families and to tie it all together, our favours became Edwards Tea & Coffee.
A great story behind the Edwards Tea & Coffee tins: the tins were actually a gift from an Aussie company called Massel Stock. I loved the shape and colour of their tins, so I emailed the company requesting to purchase some empty ones. Their reply was “we would love to help an Aussie bride and will give you the tins”! They produced special blank versions of their stock tins and also included a personalized stamp on the bottom!!! such a beautiful gesture of kindness.
Our Invitations were created to reflect the story of two worlds colliding, my move to Australia, Luke’s love of running & adventure, our combined passion for travel and of course the new Edwards brand. The illustration & save the date both had a French feel to tie in with our adventures through France and the venue we selected for our day.
Luke & I prefer savory treats over rich cakes so we thought it was only fitting to create a cake made with some of our favorite cheese. I knew exactly what I wanted and had the sign made to tie in with our Edwards brand. Mum & I purchased the cheese and styled the table together, this was such a fun way for mum to be involved, we had a blast!
Photography by David & Leah Moore Photography
Ms Gingham says: Gorgeous wedding and such amazing attention to detail. I love this last shot where Bonnies lace petticoat is peeking out from under her gown. Lovely!
Bonnie says: “Art directing, coffee sipping, vintage shopping kinda gal. Having lived in London & Hong Kong for many years I took a quick visit back home to Australia for Xmas one year where I met an adventure seeking, outdoor loving kinda guy. The rest is history.”