Bec & Phil’s yellow & green Australian garden party
Morning brides-to-be! I have a lovely informal garden party wedding to share with you today, all the way from the sunny shores of Sydney. Sigh. With a fresh and contemporary yellow & green colour palette, Bec & Phil incorporated elegant yet relaxed details throughout their day. Their emotional outdoor ceremony introduced hints of the décor to come, with the bridesmaids sweet green dresses & bouquets, and the guys bright yellow billy ball boutonnières. But it really comes into it’s own at the reception, held on the venue’s terrace and overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens! I’m absolutely in love with the table settings, linen runners providing a informal backdrop to modern fishbowl arrangements of lilies, succulents and billy balls. Their fun take on the wedding cake makes it easily my favourite ever!! I’m also totally coveting Bec’s style! Her tea-length dress is perfect for her garden celebration, with a tulle birdcage veil adding trendy contemporary flair!
Thank you to Lucy from My Heart Skipped for the gorgeous photos, who travelled to Sydney from the UK to capture Bec & Phil’s big day.
Here’s Bec with their story ~
Its a bit of a cliché, but we met at work. I had left the UK after accepting a 12-month contract in Brisbane and was working on a project which saw me regularly travelling to LA for work. On this occassion Phil managed to wangle a trip there too, and so our first date was actually in Santa Monica – we joke that he claimed our first date on expenses! The proposal happened some 16 months later – on Phil’s birthday – in Sydney at Bradley’s Head on the North Shore. Against a backdrop of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Phil got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring which he had designed and nervously carried around for days.
After trying on a endless array, my heart was set on a tea-length dress which seemed a better fit with the informal garden setting and more fun, just more ‘me’. In the end I found the perfect dress at Morgan Davies in London, which sounds straight forward enough until you have to figure out fittings and shipping from the other side of the world! It was a classic strapless 50s style gown with a beautiful full skirt and a bejewelled belt, and it made me feel a million dollars! The bridesmaid dresses proved a bit of a challenge as two of the girls were in the UK and another on the Gold Coast, so I ended up ordering three made-to-measure dresses online which were sent to them direct. The boys all wore black lounge suits, crisp white shirts and pale gold ties – had we known how hot it would be on the day they might have ditched the jackets altogether!!
The ceremony and reception took place at Lindesay House, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Built in 1834, we fell in love with this elegant house and it’s beautiful landscaped gardens the moment we saw it, and we knew that it was the perfect venue for us. Being a National Trust property, Lindesay was a blank canvas which allowed us to choose every last detail, from caterers through to furniture, creating a relaxed but stylish setting. With such a classical backdrop I wanted to choose a colour palette which complimented the surroundings – the 50s-style bridesmaid dresses were in a pistachio shot-silk and my bouquet and the buttonholes featured yellow billy buttons, succulents and ornamental cabbages.
The cake was possibly the biggest secret of all on the day! We continued the garden theme with delicious white chocolate and raspberry flowerpot cupcakes, crawling with an assortment of garden bugs – accompanied by an icing version of our Boston Terrier, Obi!
Our favourite part was the fact that we were able to gather so many of our closest friends and family from all over the world in such a fantastic city – and the food, which was absolutely delicious! We really did have the most amazing day, the sun shone and we couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular backdrop to our ceremony with Sydney Harbour shimmering behind us. I never imagined it could be so perfect!
We never planned to have a first dance – at least, I didn’t! We had a three-piece band and there wasn’t a dance floor as such, but as the evening progressed guests began kicking off their shoes and dancing on the grass. Unbeknowst to me, Phil requested they play At Last by Etta James, and we joined everyone on the lawn under the stars.
I enjoyed every minute spent planning our wedding, I even toyed with a career change for a while as I loved it so much! Some of the best advice we received was from friends who’d recently got married, so I’d say ask around!