Make it yours

Will you indulge me in one more post on the delightful Sam and Phil?

One of the many things that I loved about their wedding was that it was a rule-breaker. They didn’t get wrapped up in convention, rather they made both their ceremony and reception true reflections of who they are.

Broken rule #1: You must have even numbers in the bridal party

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Sam had four bridesmaids, Phil had seven groomsmen. Who said everyone in your bridal party has to be partnered up? I love that the make-up of their bridal party was determined by who they wanted with them rather than the aesthetics of matching numbers.

Broken rule #2: The bride must be given away by her father

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It sounds a bit twee to say that Sam and her twin sister, Rachel, are inseparable but they are. Sister and best friends, they have shared almost all their major life experiences. Marriage is one experience that Sam could only have with Phil, however, and so it was particularly moving when Sam was given away by her twin sister.

Broken rule #3: The bridal party must sit together

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Given the romantic nature of the evening, Sam and Phil didn’t want their bridal party to spend it separated from their partners. They let each of them sit with their partners and the bride and groom had a sweetheart table all to themselves.

Broken rule #4: The formalities must come before dancing

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Not for these two. Sam and Phil wanted their reception to feel like a party, so they threw away the rule book and cut the cake as soon as they entered the reception. Speeches were spread throughout the evening and the newlyweds took to the dancefloor as soon as the entrees had been cleared, allowing several hours of dancing.

Broken rule #5: Guests must leave with wedding favours

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Rather than having bomboniere on the table for wedding guests, Sam and Phil chose to make a donation in their guests’ names to the charity that they were volunteering for when they became engaged.
There are no rules when you get married. Well, aside from the obvious legal ones, of course. Your wedding is exactly that – your wedding – so follow Sam and Phil’s lead and make it your own!
Samantha and Phillip, 21 May 2011
Venue: 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Photos: the uber-talented Tatiana of Red Butterfly Photography. More photos here.
Bridal gown: Collette Dinnigan

Photo love

If you’re a regular reader (hi, Mum!) you may have noticed some new pictures popping up around the blog.

I’m in the process of setting up my official website – watch this space – and a key component of any website is photos. Unfortunately, in my case that means they need to be pictures of me. Eek!

Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve not posed for pictures since my schooldays. The idea of doing so as an adult filled me with dread. You mean… I’d have to pose? By myself? Without a wine glass/statue/landscape to camouflage myself against? GAH!

What if they were horrendous? What if I looked naff? What if someone saw them? (By now my hysteria had taken over and I’d forgotten why I was having them done).

And then I met Leanne of h&b foto.grafic.

Calm, personable and seriously talented, Leanne is a family and lifestyle photographer based in the south east suburbs of Melbourne. I was referred to Leanne by someone I trust and the images on her website took my breath away. Everything looked completely unposed and yet absolutely perfect. If she could make me look half as wonderful as all the people on her website I’d be doing well!

Once my photographic nerves had been calmed, I set off to find myself a make-up artist. After all, if I was going to be smack-bang in front of the camera, I wanted to give myself every possible advantage! This is where Gill of Beauty in Motion came in.

Gill had been recommended to me by a friend and I knew her easy manner and make-up artistry skills were exactly what I needed. She made me look just like myself – only better – and our girly chat in my kitchen got me in exactly the right mood for the shoot ahead.

On the day, Leanne had me comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera in about 3 minutes flat. The entire experience felt like I was walking around the backstreets of South Yarra chatting with a girlfriend who just happened to have some very impressive camera kit with her. In fact, I found myself wanting to do it again just so we could hang out more!

Have a look for yourself at the finished product. Like most women, it takes a LOT for me to like a photograph of myself (why are we always our own harshest critics? Hmm, that’s an entirely different blogpost…) but Leanne and Gill have achieved the impossible… I LOVE THEM!

What do you think?

You can see more of Leanne’s work on her blog here. She’s also on Facebook, as is Gill.