How To Add That Personal Touch

I’m lucky to have a ring-side view and I get to see some beautiful weddings and, recently, I was blown away by the attention-to-detail of Gemma and Nathan’s. So many family members contributed and added so many little personal touches that I wanted to show you some of their ideas and G & N were happy to share.

Nathan and Gemma

Nathan and Gemma

Gemma and Nathan chose some awesome suppliers, who you'll find listed at the bottom of this article, but they knew how they, and their families, could work together to create those little personal touches that can mean so much and add that special something to their day.

Pre-ceremony setup and everything is ready to rock n roll ….

Pre-ceremony setup and everything is ready to rock n roll ….

They chose the stunning Jack Rabbit Vineyard as their venue on The Bellarine with it’s sensational views across Corio Bay and up to the Melbourne skyline, which is pretty much a drop-dead backdrop! Jack Rabbit is renowned for fabulous wines and great food and it’s just around the corner from Gemma and Nathan’s home, so this was a no-brainer.

They selected floral specialist Evelyn from Pollen and Petal and the flowers were next-level, as you can see in Gemma’s bouquet and decorating the arbour. Which, by the way, is mine now and available to my couples for hire if you’d like to achieve a similar look.

The bridal party looking stunning with that beautiful backdrop.

The bridal party looking stunning with that beautiful backdrop.

Photographer extraordinaire Mardy from All My Wednesdays did a superb job and captured the joy and love zipping around that day. Gemma and Nathan elected to have a ‘first look’ and, if you’re interested to read their thoughts on how that went, or to even find out what one is, click here to read my blog on first looks. And, somewhere in amongst all this, I was lucky enough to be chosen as their celebrant!

To complement the stunning florals, the family gathered eucalypt cuttings from home to decorate the bottom of the arbour and the aisle. Simple and yet such a beautiful, soft finishing touch on what was quite a hot afternoon.

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Continuing with the foliage theme, Gemma’s family all contributed. Lisa, Gemma’s Mum, cut and folded each and every cone for the confetti and sister Sharni, Lisa, Gemma and Nathan, spent many fun-filled hours hole-punching eucalypt leaves into heart shapes, which they then mixed with lavender flowers to create the sweetest smelling ecofetti. And, to add one of those personal touches I’ve talked about, the lyrics to the song Gemma walked in to, were printed on those paper cones! What incredible attention to detail.

Those music notes you see on the cones? Yup, that is the music Gemma walked in to.

Those music notes you see on the cones? Yup, that is the music Gemma walked in to.

Gemma’s Dad, Frank, is obviously pretty handy because he made the candle holders for the tables and spray-painted the Jenga blocks, which they used as a Guest Book! Again, simple but great personal touches.

Frank made the elegant candle holders colour-coordinating with the blush, rose-gold theme.

Frank made the elegant candle holders colour-coordinating with the blush, rose-gold theme.

The Jenga Guest Book.

The Jenga Guest Book.

Nana ‘signing’ the Guest Book

Nana ‘signing’ the Guest Book

Sister Sharni baked the cookies for the bonbonniere, Gemma folded the boxes and created the tags.

Sister Sharni baked the cookies for the bonbonniere, Gemma folded the boxes and created the tags.

Reserved Tags created for family members by Gemma.

Reserved Tags created for family members by Gemma.

Lisa, Gemma’s Mum, get’s a thumbs-up from me. She created the Welcome Sign and the Table Seating Sign, again colour-coordinated in the rose-gold, blush theme on large floor/wall tiles.

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Being a January wedding, it was hot and Gemma’s home-made fruit-juice mixes went down a treat post-ceremony: Blackberry Blast, Peach Punch, Citrus Twist and, my fave, Strawberry and Watermelon.

Blackberry Blast anyone?

Blackberry Blast anyone?

Flowergirls, Gemma’s gorgeous cousins, Sophie, Charlize and Jazmine in blush pink.

Flowergirls, Gemma’s gorgeous cousins, Sophie, Charlize and Jazmine in blush pink.

Mardy taking the post-ceremony group shot - how about that view? And can you spy  Tom and Tayla  in the back left corner still providing their fabulous music.

Mardy taking the post-ceremony group shot - how about that view? And can you spy Tom and Tayla in the back left corner still providing their fabulous music.

Getting the legals done…. Congrats guys, you did an amazing job!

Getting the legals done…. Congrats guys, you did an amazing job!

Suppliers:

Photography All My Wednesdays : Venue Jack Rabbit Vineyard : Florals Pollen and Petal :
Dress Kylie J Bridal : Bridesmaids Montique : Suit Eddy Elias : Groomsmen Squires :
Makeup Crewfaced : HMUA Carla Hair MUA :
Music Tom and Tayla : Celebrant Sue Warner : Signage pics moi!