PHILIPPA • A ONE DAY BRIDE
Pip’s stunning wedding captured the raw untouched beauty of the Yarra Valley. Creating the ultimate sophistication through her simplistic styling and appreciation for the natural surroundings. Pip wore our elegant Rose wedding gown with subtle embellishment details.
BRIDES NAME… Philippa Emily Reynolds
GROOMS NAME… Nicholas John Fisher Paton
WEDDING DATE …7th February 2014
WHEN AND HOW WE MET…
We met years ago. My mum and Nick’s mum have been friends for a long time, and I have known the Paton boys for as long as I can remember.
It all began when both our families were in Noosa about 10 years ago over Easter. My family went over to the Paton’s for lunch and Nick and his brothers took my sister and I out on their boat. I thought it was the best day; we couldn’t stop looking at one another! The next night I asked Nick to come to dinner with my family, that night I knew he was a keeper!
OUR WEDDING LOCATION
We got married at Stones of the Yarra Valley. We looked at a few places before Stones as my sister and her husband got married there five years prior so we thought it would be a no go. We were looking at alternative places in the Yarra Valley one weekend and we were just going to pop in there to have a drink but as soon as we drove down that long drive way I knew it was unbeatable, I got teary! I love Stones, there’s something special about it. It has beautiful rustic charm and the views of the vines are stunning.
As Stones is such a gorgeous venue I didn’t want to detract from its natural beauty. I wanted to keep decorations, flowers, colour themes and invitations simple and elegant.
One of my bridesmaids is a talented graphic designer so there was no better person for the job to design the save the date, wedding invitations and place settings.
My bridesmaids wore white to the knee Camilla and Marc dresses, my Matron of honor; my sister wore an aqua dress by Willow. I liked that she was in a different dress as it broke it up a bit and she was pregnant at the time, so we choose a dress that worked well with her growing bump.
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THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN…
Be present on the day. Live in the moment. Make sure your mind is here and now.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?
We had a bagpiper; he piped me down the entrance driveway of Stones to the Chapel. It took me a little while to talk Nick into it. I loved it. I think Nick thought it was all right too.
It was my 30th birthday on my Hens day so it was a double whammy. My bridesmaids went to a lot of trouble to organise an unforgettable day. There was about 25 of my nearest and dearest friends and family and we had a long lunch at Donovan’s in St. Kilda, then cocktails at Captain Baxter, followed by more drinks in Fitzroy street and last but not least the Vineyard.
CEREMONY VENUE: Stones of the Yarra Valley
As quoted by Leonardo da Vinci “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. That’s my favourite quote, as I couldn’t agree more. I think Stones, the venue and its surroundings are naturally beautiful so I didn’t want to over style the venue itself. I relied on my flowers, prominently Hydrangeas and David Austin roses to decorate the Barn. Caroline, one of my bridesmaids designed the menu and place cards, which was in line with the save the date and wedding invitations.
CELEBRANT: Jill Hosken
PHOTOGRAPHY: The White Tree
We used The White Tree. It was a no brainer; we had seen them perform live on a number of occasions and they sound awesome. One of their musicians played the piano for our ceremony. We had a live five-piece band play during our reception.
It was a bonus that they also specialise in photography and film, it worked out to be a great package.
I wanted to look effortlessly gorgeous, nothing too over the top, however, still striking. I wanted to remain true to my own sense of style. I did the whole High Street Armadale experience and looked at some boutiques in Fitzroy and there were some stunning gowns but nothing that blew me away. I knew in the back of my mind that getting a custom made gown at One Day Bridal would be the ultimate decision but I wanted to get a feel for styles before I had my first consultation with Kyha. Kyha has been a friend of mine since primary school making the whole experiences a little extra special. Kyha and her team were fabulous, nothing was too hard and the whole experience was smooth sailing. Right from the get go I wanted a backless dress with a high neckline. I love silk and fortunately it worked well with my figure. To add a bling element to my dress Kyha sourced some beautiful beading, which framed my back and shoulders. On the day, I felt so comfortable and confident in the dress, which I believe is so important when all eyes are on you on your big day.
Shoes, particularly heels are always a bit difficult as I have a super narrow foot. I spent a small fortune on a pair in David Jones. Despite the fact that I loved them I wasn’t certain they were the right colour. I had a swatch of fabric with me at the time but it wasn’t until I tried them on at a dress fitting that we soon realised they weren’t right. Luckily I got a full refund! Lenka highlighted a few pairs from Tony Bianco. I got the perfect pair in the end, they fit like a glove.
Three Bridesmaids and a Matron of Honor. We did a lot of online browsing, the girls were really proactive and we’d often send each other links. We looked a few times together and tried a few dresses on but I happened to come across the dresses with mum and my sister when we weren’t really looking. I wanted the girls to be in a dress that flattered their figures and they felt comfortable in. The three Bridesmaids wore knee length white dresses by Camilla and Marc.
FLOWERS: Debbie O’Neil
The main flowers in my boutique and on the tables were Hydrangeas and David Austin roses. I wanted a classic style and Hydrangeas have always been my favorite flower, they are very delicate and the hot weather can really knock them around however my florist source some lovely ones for the day.
Mum made a traditional fruitcake and it was iced with marzipan icing from a lady who we sourced at the Royal Melbourne Show.
We used the Melbourne Wedding Registry. They have a great selection of products. You can manage your wish list online and continue to add items during the time leading up to the wedding.
One Day x