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Emma & Andy {married at Petersham Bowling Club}

Ah this wedding, where to begin?
Sydney Petersham Bowling Club Wedding by Jilske PhotographySeriously, it’s brilliant. Emma and Andy organised a fun and simple wedding that truly reflected ‘them’. They did everything they could to make it their own and everyone loved it!
They held the ceremony and reception at their local bowling club in Petersham. This is not some dangly old dusty institution, rather a lively social place that hosts parties, gigs etc. and really brings the neighbourhood together!  How to describe it other than that it’s something with lots of history, but still feels very much alive?
Their whole family banded together and collected vintage crochet tablecloths for over more (!) than a year. Emma searched and searched for a wedding dress, until she found what she was looking for on Etsy. They both love boxed people, so had lookalikes made for the cake toppers. The flowers, streamers and everything was DIY mixed with great finds from around the world. Yet it all fit together perfectly.

Amazing.

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Credit goes out to all the lovely people who helped:

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Mary & Daniel {engaged in Bruges}

Do you have a place you vaguely remember visiting as a small child?

When you are little, every daytrip is an exciting journey to faraway unknown places. As you grow older, those memories fade, and I find myself longing to return to those places, yearning to relive those happy feelings and that sense of discovery.
It’s crazy to think I lived in Belgium for 26 years and somehow only made it to Bruges once, when I was 8 years old. But thanks to Mary and Daniel, I finally returned. And I get to take you, dear reader, on a brief tour through charming cobbled streets and across romantic bridges arched over scenic little canals. It is no wonder Bruges is often called ‘Venice of the North’, it truly is one of the most picturesque towns in Belgium and I was so happy to see my memories hadn’t tricked me!

To Mary and Daniel: thank you so much for inviting me, I am still amazed how we have this crazy Australian-Belgian-French-Mexican-Spanish connection and I can’t wait to visit Mexico again to document your wedding. Only 3 months to go!

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Anica & Andrew {married at Vaucluse House}

Speeches are without a doubt one of my favourite parts of a wedding. Sometimes couples opt out, because speakers can go on and on and on and on and… you get the point. But if you’re lucky – and it seems I am at most of the weddings I go to – you get to feel and be part of the celebration. Stories are told and memories shared, that would rarely get a glimpse elsewhere. You get to know the bride and groom better through the caring eyes of friends and family. And most importantly, you genuinely witness the love between them, the very thing that has brought everyone in the room together to celebrate.
So when Andrew, a true classic gentleman like in the old movies, ended his speech with “And now I am the luckiest man, because I can call my best friend also my wife”, I cried a little. Because that’s what it’s all about. Marrying the one person you’re the closest to in this whole wide world – your best friend. He brought his new wife to tears as well. And it wasn’t the first time that day, as he had thoughtfully arranged little notes and gifts for her while she was getting ready (told you he was a gentleman). But they were tears of true happiness – and in between Anica wore the biggest beaming smile you’ve ever seen on a bride. Now there’s a wedding detail that should be on every girl’s Pinterest board!!!

P.S. Talking about details, do check out the lavender, which Anica and Andrew brought from a farm near Andrew’s parents’ place – and dried and tied ALL themselves. That and the sandstone backdrop of Vaucluse House reminded me so much of the Provence, one of my favourite spots in the world to unwind! What’s yours?

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The following vendors were part of Anica & Andrew’s perfect day: