How to Create Your Dream Wedding16 Experts Advice for Couples

 

When planning your dream wedding, it’s nice to get a little help from the people who know the industry best, especially in your local area! That’s why I’ve put together this list of some of the Northern Beaches’ leading experts in the Wedding Industry and their advice for soon to be brides and grooms. These local experts have seen it all, and they know exactly what to do to when it comes to creating your Dream Wedding!

So grab a coffee, make yourself comfortable, and dig in to this list of invaluable advice from Sydney’s Northern Beaches expert wedding planners, venues, dress makers, stylists, florists, makeup artists, photographers, and more!

How to Create Your Dream Wedding

16 Experts Advice for Couples

1. Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel | Wedding Venue

perfect Northern Beaches wedding My name is Emily Lowndes and I am the Sales & Events Manager (A.K.A. the wedding planner/venue co-ordinator) at Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel in Whale Beach. I have been in hospitality for 9 years now and the event/wedding industry for the past 5 years through various jobs in Australia and overseas.  I am and always have been a local Northern Beaches girl so I feel very lucky to have the pleasure of working at such an iconic venue such as Jonah’s doing something I really love, weddings and events! 

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

Jonah’s has been around for 87 years now, so we have had a lot of weddings through the doors.  I personally started up at Jonah’s over 2 years ago and  have loved every minute. I really enjoy working with so many different brides/grooms and suppliers which results in every wedding being so very different as not one bride does the same as the last.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I like to follow bridal magazines, stylists, florists, wedding suppliers on Instagram. These pages give me a lot of inspiration and many ideas of the possibilities up at Jonah’s. I always recommended to my brides to use Instagram and Pinterest to gather ideas and inspiration.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Enjoy your wedding, the lead up and even the planning. Try not to stress too much over the little things and make decisions based on what you and your fiancé love (not your friends and family!).
Remember that your venue co-ordinator can be very helpful and I would recommend that you get in touch with them to help you with the supplier search as they are generally well connected and know a lot of great suppliers.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

There are a few trends that I love and one being a white wedding, where all of your guests wear white, the second being food stations such as seafood bar, dessert tables, cheese stations and the third would have to be hosting outdoor ceremonies as they are just beautiful and really set the mood for a great evening (weather permitting of course!).

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

I am always impressed by what my brides come up with at Jonah’s, and it is very rare that something at each wedding doesn’t appeal to me. So I think as long as the couple likes what they’ve done, then that’s all that matters!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Trust your wedding suppliers and venue, they have done many weddings before and know a thing or two about how the event should run. The more you trust us, the less you will have to worry on the day!

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

We are on Facebook and Instagram @jonahswhalebeach along with our website www.jonahs.com.au and I can be contacted directly via email sales@jonahs.com.au if you have any questions!

 

2. Little Paper Lane | Custom Wedding Stationary and Invites

Little Paper Lane Little Paper Lane is a Happy Paper boutique on the northern beaches of Sydney, stocking beautiful products from around the world and from our very own backyard! We stock, notebooks, wrapping paper, ribbon, gift cards, invitations, and lots of little gifts!

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

Little Paper Lane opened May 2010 and wedding invites started about 3 months after opening

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

We get inspiration from everywhere really. Sometimes we find inspiration in a single piece of art or on Pinterest or even people we follow on social media. We even draw inspiration from the environment around us. It really depends on what we are creating and for who we are creating it for.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Be organised and do things with plenty of time. So often we have people come in who have been engaged for 1-2 years but come in for custom invites 7 weeks before their weddings. We are usually pretty quick but sometimes people want a custom invite on the spot and printed that night. The process can take 2-6 weeks depending on what is being designed and printed. Don’t get yourself all flustered with things by leaving them until the last minute. Wedding designers especially invitation designers can be seeing 10+ couples a week and sometimes people forget they are not the only couple in the world getting married. We try to make sure they feel that way of course, but their whole wedding experience will go smoothly and with less stress to themselves if they do things ahead of time. As soon as you lock in the venue and date them get those invites started and order the cake and dress. It’s so much less stress when you can take your time especially with invites. We don’t want any couple to feel rushed or stressed.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Anything that has gold or rose gold foil on it wins for us. We also LOVE when we don’t have to follow a particular trend and we can create something really different

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Oh good question! We are pretty lucky as most people we work with are really flexible with us and let us guide them on trends and design so we don’t ever work with trends we don’t like or don’t suit our own aesthetic. We haven’t really ever come across a wedding trend we couldn’t bend. I think it’s harder to work with those who don’t have a firm idea of the style or trend they follow. One brief we had from a couple was Art Deco, rustic, bohemian. It was all a big juxtaposition of trends and we made it work but when people come in with a list of 5 trends they like that don’t compliment each other it’s a little bit more tricky but keeps us on our toes and we like the challenge.  We do like it when people don’t follow the ‘rules’ too much. I like when a trend is not taken too literally. Rustic American is very different to rustic Australian. Rustic American I would be ok with moving forward a bit and maybe giving it some new spins which they do, but a lot of people are doing weddings that were popular 5 years ago on Pinterest.  Aussies have a great way of doing rustic. Sometimes with gold and sparkles sometimes with Aussie bush theme happening. It’s really interesting to see Aussies spin on things. American rustic is still all mason jars and lace bunting which can look stunning but it needs to evolve a little. I think Aussies have done that really well.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

The wedding should be fun. If you’re stressed out of your mind then you need to stop and take some breaths and think about what’s important. The marriage is what the focus should be on but so many people go into a meltdown about a wedding. It’s a really fancy fun party. It shouldn’t be the reason why you are having panic attacks. Give yourself plenty of time to do everything and let go of the reigns a little. If you’re hiring someone to do the flowers tell them what you love and then let them do their job. Don’t hound people constantly who are creating things for your day. If you have giving them a date for it to be ready it will be. Calling every day will just put pressure on them and they may not be able to do their job well if they are constantly being pushed. Email everything  so you have written details about everything. Talking on the phone about small things is ok but make sure you email after with your exact wishes again so you both have written details about it all. And have fun. It’s meant to be a super fun experience.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

You can find us everywhere! Both Instagram accounts are fun to follow @littlepaperlane and @littlepaperlaneshop and our Facebook is Facebook.com/littlepaperlane Also Pinterest.com/littlepaperlane  and Twitter.com/littlepaperlane

 

3. Crowns & Wreaths | Handmade Floral Crowns

Sydney Northern Beaches Wedding Florist
Hello! I’m Natasha from Crowns & Wreaths, a small business whereby I hand make crowns and headpieces using real/silk flowers, crystals and other unique materials. I also work as a florist creating bespoke florals for weddings and events.
 
Formally a Newport girl, I’m currently living in the big bad city and catering to customers from Australia and around the world. I will forever be grateful for all of my friends and family in the Northern Beaches who have supported my little business over the past couple of years, helping it to become what it is today
 

1. How and when did you start our local wedding business?

I actually studied to become a high school art teacher but found myself creating headpieces and flower crowns as a way of supporting myself through uni. From there everything grew quite organically,I started Crowns&Wreaths via Instagram in January of last year (2015) before then it was always hobby of mine, I grew up obsessed with flowers and being crafty.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from a lifelong love of flowers and everything botanical, I love being able to name different plants and flowers everywhere I go. The inspiration for my crystal pieces came from my secret love of all things mystical, quartz has these amazing healing powers and to be able to use it in my crowns is very calming and surprisingly methodical for someone who can be a bit all over the place like me! haha

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Look for ways to express yourselves as a couple to make your day feel unique. Also, know what you’re good at and share the tasks accordingly!

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Foliage, fruit and unique lighting. I love moodier tones of berry reds, fuchsia and vintage pinks mixed with cumquats, pomegranates and lemons.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Babies breath! Haha, I kid. All trends seem to go round in circles but I think babies breath has had its moment back in the sun.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Try your best to let all the pressure from family slide straight off, this is your day to express yourselves as a couple. Regardless of how much financial help you receive and how many people put in their “two cents”, if you want the pink dress…do the pink dress. If you want to wear glittery cowboy boots – well, go nuts!

7. Where can we find more of you?

I have a website in the works but for now you can reach me via
Instagram: @crownsandwreaths or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crownsandwreaths/

 

4. Indulge Me Cupcakes | Wedding Bakery

Indulge Me Cupcakes Northern Beaches Sydney Weddings

Charlotte’s passion for baking was sparked as a young girl when she baked fairy cakes with her mum. From the fun of watching delicious cakes grow in the oven, and fighting with her sister over who got to lick the bowl, she knew baking would always be a part of her life. Later in life Charlotte loved when it was her turn to bake for friends and family, with the real turning point coming when her sister took her to London for a cupcake decorating masterclass!

Ever since Charlotte continued baking and developing her skills at decorating her fine cupcake creations. Once Charlotte found herself in Sydney she decided to turn her hobby into your chance to buy local, home-made cupcakes and other baked treats. Nowadays Charlotte’s passion for taste and eye for pretty details has led to her baking for a many weddings, special birthdays, corporate events and lovely occasions around Sydney.  As she is a busy bee please allow plenty of time and check availability by emailing your enquiry to charlotte@indulgemecupcakes.com.au

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

My passion for baking was sparked as a young girl when I baked fairy cakes with mum. From the fun of watching delicious cakes grow in the oven, and fighting with my sister over who got to lick the bowl, I knew baking and buttercream would always be important to me! Later in life I loved to bake for friends and family at home in England, and the real turning point came when my sister took me down to London for a cupcake decorating masterclass! Once I found myself in Sydney in 2012 I decided to share my skills to bring delicious tasting, and beautiful looking sweet treats to the Northern Beaches. Nowadays my passion for taste and eye for pretty details led to me specialising in the rustic naked cake and now I have created many beautiful designs for lots of weddings and lovely occasions around Sydney.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I adore nature – I’m English and grew up on the edge of the countryside surrounded by fields and farms, took walks through the forests of Nottinghamshire, and spent lovely summer days picking wild flowers whilst playing out with friends. I love a good patch of wild flowers, and since moving to Australia have developed a real love for native florals, such as succulents, billy buttons, protea and eucalyptus which was included as a nod to my Aussie husband in my own wedding bouquet. I just love living on the beaches, and spend lots of time walking by the seaside with my little girl. It’s a very beautiful part of the world and I am very inspired by nature around me. My rustic, whimsical natural-inspired cakes are the ultimate partner to these gorgeous florals, and I’ve worked with some amazing local florists who never fail to create a stunning floral cake topper for my designs.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Know what look and feel you are aiming for – use Pinterest to visually create a mood board. Pass this on to your cake maker / florist / stylist / photographer etc as visual references are so so useful to help them help you achieve the day and memories of your dreams. I always ask for photos from clients to help me work on the exact complementary style of cake for their day. Pictures speak a 1000 words remember.
Pick your priorities from the dress/ venue/ photographer / food and cake / entertainment / flowers / invitations etc. This is where to spend your money and dedicate your energies to get just right. It’s the most important element to you and so other things can be achieved to budget, and potentially even be delegated out to your beloved!  Your day will be just a special and beautiful but importantly it will help you to manage any stress much better in the run up, leaving you looking and feeling more refreshed come your wedding day.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

For cakes: Semi naked wedding cakes adorned with native florals. So beautiful, rustic, romantic and whimsical.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Since my style is influenced by nature and is soft and whimsical, I am personally not a fan of lots of glass and crystal in table decorations, it’s too clean and perfect for me, I prefer things a little less orderly and the “undone” look.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Take time out on your wedding day to reflect on the moment together – it’s too easy to get caught up with the festivities that you might not spend a quiet moment together from the photographs til it’s all over. Oh and remember to eat, otherwise you’ll be drunk quickly and starving later!
On cakes: decide if you’re having other dessert to the wedding cake, and if so let your cake maker know as you won’t need to provide a full portion size of cake per guest. When creating designs for my clients I take this into consideration, and instead recommend the couple provides a “coffee portion” instead, which is smaller so that they are less likely to have endless cake to take home after.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

www.indulgemecupcakes.com.au | https://www.facebook.com/indulgemecupcakes/ | www.instagram.com/indulgemecupcakes | www.pinterest.com/indulgecupcakes

5. The Boathouse Group | Wedding Venue

The Boathouse Palm Beach The Boathouse Group is a collective of five businesses all located in Sydney, Australia. The businesses include:

The Boathouse Palm Beach – casual dining cafe, takeaway coffee, event venue.
The Boathouse Balmoral Beach – casual dining cafe, takeaway coffee, juice bar.
The Boathouse Shelly Beach – casual dining cafe and takeaway kiosk.
Moby Dicks – dedicated events venue.
The Boathouse Group online store – homewares, accessaries, wedding products.
The cafes and event venues are beach-side locations, with a focus on fresh modern Australian cuisine and rustic furnishings + interiors.
Offering a bit of everything – fresh market flowers, bread + milk, deli style food + cheeses, delicious breakfast + lunch meals, great coffee and a daily newspaper – The Boathouse has something for everyone.
There are many ways to enjoy eating and drinking at our venues. Take a seat on one of the tables, book an evening table at our Shelly Beach venue or take-away your order and simply grab a spot on the front lawn or beach. The water views are breathtaking from every direction at every venue.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

The Boathouse Palm Beach cafe opened its doors in November of 2008, and not long after began Weddings + Events in the Palm Beach venue. We have now been operating for 8 years, and the business has grown to include two other wedding venues on the Northern Beaches.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

We draw inspiration from a number of different places. We work as a team to create new ideas constantly, and bounce off one another which is great! Of course our surroundings the biggest inspiration and focus. As we are waterside venues, this helps create the look and feel of The Boathouse Group inside and out. We think the NorthernBeaches is a pretty special place. We love all the normal forms of social media – like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Blogs. We are visual people, so love looking at photos.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

The best advice we like to give, is to keep it simple. The perfect wedding should truly just be a reflection of the couple themselves, whilst creating a party that their guests can have a great time at. Great food + wine, florals, music and your friends + family is all you need, all the rest is just a lovely bonus.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

We like to position our events as classic in style, so do not focus too much on trends. However we do love seeing new things come into our venues, and lots of variation on styles + taste. Guests LOVE Photobooth backdrops and electronic GIF GIF’s, it is fun to capture + create memories through these interactive stations setup. Flowers on mass is still a Boathouse favourite!

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

There is often the assumption that weddings are stressful, busy, expensive, overwhelming. However we believe none of this needs to be a part of the best day. Perhaps the trend that weddings are stressful, would be great to leave behind! If you are organised, and truly enjoy the moment, then it should not be stressful. Its a fun party with 20, 50, 150 of your family + friends around you, celebrating. So the trend of stress can go!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

The best thing to try and remember is to just have fun! The week leading up to your wedding should be relaxed and fun. It should not involve rushing around, feeling stressed or overwhelmed. This all comes back to keeping in simple and being organised early on is a good one to remember!

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

We love to share weddings in our venues through our Website, Instagram, Facebook + Pinterest.
Here are the links!

General
W www.theboathousegroup.com.au

I @theboathousegroup_ (https://www.instagram.com/theboathousegroup_)

The Boathouse Palm Beach

Moby Dicks Whale Beach

The Boathouse Shelly Beach

F https://www.facebook.com/theboathouseshellybeach/

 

6. Styled With Love | Event Styling

Styled With Love

Nina Francis has styled and directed innumerable fashion, interiors, lifestyle and celebrity shoots in her 12 year career. From working as a stylist at the BBC on TV show Home Front to Art Directing top editorial magazines such as The Sunday Times, Company, SHE, Zest, Bride to Be, OK! and Country Living her knowledge and experience is vast. Nina thrives on directing both fashion and interiors, working with many of the Australian fashion industry’s top photographers. Her experience in design allows her to direct the process from initial ideas through to finished layout and production. 

With her wide experience Nina can confidently manage your creative brief from the initial concept right through to the final design and production.Nina is based in Sydney, Australia.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

I started Styled with Love when I was planning and styling my own wedding in the Hawkesbury. I was the Art Director at Australias biggest wedding magazine Bride to Be, so you would think I would find it a breeze. Boy was I wrong…. It was full on! Especially as I had a newborn baby at the time! It was then that I decided I wasn’t going to let all my styling knowledge go to waste and set up Styled with Love where I can help brides with every aspect of their big day. We aim to be the best and most helpful bridesmaid you could ask for (and we won’t complain about our dress!).

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I take my main inspiration from nature. I just see so much beauty all around us (especially here on the Northern Beaches). I mean you could literally walk around your local neighbourhood and come home with armfuls of golden wattle and eucalyptus – tie it together with some twine and voila! Instant colour scheme and table setting. Working with couples I love to see inside their home – the furniture they have, pictures or paintings on the wall, you quickly gain a great insight into what they like and I run my inspiration from there!

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Don’t compare to other weddings. This is yours. Make it your own and forget the “perfect” part – aim for a “happy” wedding.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Maybe because we are in Winter now but I love Neutral Palettes. Black, gray and more neutral colors. Interior-design-driven simplicity with a touch of scandi chic – think furs, antlers and cosy corners to cuddle up .

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

If you like it then who are we to judge? I don’t like to diss any trend as someone obviously likes it! My thing is I really dislike posed group and guest shots. Ask your photographer to capture your guests in a more candid fashion. They will enjoy themselves so much more and the energy and fun will be captured in your wedding album forever!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Outsource! Honestly. It takes all the stress away!

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

https://www.instagram.com/styled_with_love_weddings/
https://www.facebook.com/styledwithloveweddings

 

7. Swish Bridal Design | Wedding Gowns

Lauren Metzler

Angela from Swish Bridal Design, designs with a passion from the heart, and an imagination and spirit that reflects the modern and discerning bride of today. Since a very young age Angela had an appreciation of fine fabrics and implacable fit- from this need and desire awakened a passion for creating well-fitting garments in an early teenage years, this has translated into a growing customer base.

Now into the third decade of creating special gowns this passion is as alive as ever. She draws inspiration from vintage elegance, fine jewels and luxurious fabrics.  Her love for exquisite French laces, fine silks, sophisticated yet subtle embellishments is evident in each and every gown she creates. Each gown creation involves a personalised consultation, individual design, and fine hand finishing. And every step of the way, your gown is in the experience hands of Angela herself, from cutting, pinning, sculpting… right to the very last stitch.

Angela has also created her own range of Swish Couture Accessories ~ lace & jeweled head pieces, stunning veils, hand made silk flowers and beautifully embellished sashes. All can be custom designed or you can choose from her showroom collection.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

I’ve always loved beautiful fabrics, and beautiful, well fitting clothes. I’ve been sewing since I was 15, starting my career back home in Europe. I have now been servicing the Northern Beaches for a decade.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I have a strong connection with fabric. For me, I see it as a raw form with unlimited potential and possibilities. I am inspired by softness and freedom of movement , and the element of air.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their dream wedding?

Above all else be yourself, look at rules as a guideline. Take what resonate with you , add what you like and disregard the rest. Make your own story!

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

I love intimate weddings surrounded by nature, however dressy or casual. Weddings interwoven with genuine love , care, laughter and a relaxed atmosphere; there is so much beauty to be found all around. And of course beautiful, soft , flowing wedding dresses!

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Big, big hoops

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Don’t get lost in the small details, look at the big picture, what the day means for the two of you , and remember to have lots of fun planning and making memories on your special day.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

https://www.instagram.com/swishbridaldesign/

https://www.facebook.com/Swishbridaldesign

 

8. Poppies and Lace | Wedding Florist

Poppies and Lace

Hi I’m Becky, I’m the founder and owner of Poppies and Lace Floral design. I live on the beach side of Narrabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Ive always been a flower lover since an early age, collecting flowers on walks with my mother and making flower gardens by the seaside. My love for flowers has blossomed throughout the years leading me to study floristry and become a qualified florist in a flower shop before establishing my own business in floral design.

I’ve always been very creative and a lover for arts, in my spare time i love to paint and draw and do crafty little projects. When I’m not flowering up a wedding or an event I’m often found at the local flower power sourcing some new goodies for my garden or going for nature walks around the beaches.

 

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

Poppies and Lace was created by my love of experimenting with colour and flower forms. Ever since starting my flower journey i have always been noticed by others as having unique and different creations full of detail and a variety of natural soft colours often with a pop of colour. Poppies and lace was officially established in July 2015 when i realised i couldn’t just do “everyday bunches” in a flower shop but wanted to completely let my creative side out and share my love of flowers by creating beautiful unique arrangements for events and weddings.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration definitely comes from the natural world, i love to create wild and whimsical arrangements that are romantic and mimic nature to a certain extent. My arrangements often have berries, nuts and dried flowers as well as foraged elements which is inspired by creating a natural organic approach to floral design. I think my arrangements are also influenced by my creative personality and i feel very attached to each arrangement making sure i have all the elements to make it complete as if it was one of my art pieces. My inspiration also comes from the fact that there are so many beautiful flowers in different colours and forms that are just waiting to be made into a completely new design, theres always a new arrangement waiting to be found every day which i think is so exciting!

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

I definitely would recommend sharing a of variety images and visual inspiration with your florist to reflect what style your going for, this will definitely be appreciated by your florist. Also to express what it is you do like and don’t like in each photo or style of your images, this way your florist can create something unique and special for your wedding day that reflects the style your going for without replicating an already made bouquet.
Let your florist know about your wedding environment from location to styling as this has a lot of influence on flower style and how your arrangements will be arranged to compliment the surroundings on the day. Be open about your flowers don’t base your arrangements on one type of flower, you may find yourself disappointed when you find out that one particular flower isn’t in season. There are so many stunning flowers around, base your flowers on a colour palette and style. One type of flower won’t be the make or break of your bouquet its the combination of colours and style that influence the overall look.
Another tip i would suggest is to let your florist know your budget, it will save a lot of time in planning your wedding as your florist can let you know what beautiful arrangements they can do for you within this budget.  The most important tip is to trust your florist, we want your flowers to look absolutely perfect! 🙂

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

My favourite wedding trend is definitely a flower crown! Even before i was a florist i absolutely loved wearing flowers in my hair haha! Don’t think i will ever get over them.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Traditional round rose ball bouquets!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Give yourself plenty of time to organise your wedding it takes longer then you think to plan a wedding! Most importantly just breathe and enjoy the process try not to let it consume you!  xx

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

You can follow my flower adventures on:
Instagram –  @poppiesandlaceflowers
Facebook – Poppies and Lace

9. Distinctive Cakes | Wedding Bakery

perfect Northern Beaches wedding

Distinctive Cakes designs, bakes and crafts unique wedding and event themed cakes. Not only do they look beautiful, they are also delicious. With careful attention given to every component of the cake, each flower, decoration or embellishment is handcrafted and finely detailed. A limited number of orders is taken each week to ensure and maintain the consistently high quality of each Distinctive Cake

Julie looks forward to creating the perfect centrepiece for your special occasion!

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

I started my Distinctive Cakes business over 25 years ago when my three girls were very young and I wanted to work from home. With a love of design and cooking, cake decorating was an natural progression and an area I could pursue.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

As I have a background in fashion design and fine arts I find inspiration from many areas including nature, fabrics, cultural details and couples theming for their big day.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Keep things simple, local and stay focused. Be organised and don’t procrastinate. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed. Make decisions and put them to rest. Have confidence in the suppliers you’ve chosen then let them weave their magic. Remember they are the ones with the experience.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Trends I love are Boho which can include natural colours, textures and fabrics. Native flowers and big beautiful blooms with a variety of gorgeous greenery.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

I would love to see the end of cupcakes, naked cakes and drip cakes.Bring back the beauty of sugar art.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Remember what the day is really about. It is lovely to include and remember older friends and family members whether they are still with us or not. Small details are noticed and greatly appreciated. Try and have a relaxed week leading up the wedding day. As the mother of three daughters who have been married in the last 6 years have a run sheet for the boys and girls to keep things on track on the day. Helps to make things run smoothly. Last but not least enjoy the day, don’t sweat the little things as there are always a few things that don’t always go to plan. Don’t forget you are marrying the love of your life.xx

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

https://www.facebook.com/DistinctiveCakes/

http://distinctivecakes.com.au

https://au.pinterest.com/distinctivecakes

https://www.instagram.com/distinctive_cakes/

10. Something for Fay | Creative Design Studio

Something for Fay

Hey! I’m Danielle, creative director and owner of Something for Fay. I have a background in Freelance Journalism, Art history and I’m a trained Primary School teacher. I floated around different careers and countries and picked up skills that are surprisingly invaluable to my work today…so it was just a squiggly path to get here! I have two little girls under three and we live in Newport in a Mid Century home that we are painstakingly rejuvenating. Art, music and creativity have always been part of my life and I feel very blessed to now have an opportunity to create for a living.

If you want a wedding that is uniquely you, but don’t have time to plan it, well…that’s what we do! We begin with colour design and work with you to create the event of your dreams. From creating your invitations we organise all the hire of your wedding and delivery and package it all for you in a neat dreamfile. We style your event with flowers and flourish! And voila! There you go!
 
Services Include:
 Custom Hand Painted stationery, Floral decor, Watercolour portraits, Colour/theme consultancy, Liaising with vendors, Signage (custom blackboards etc), Custom Cake toppers, Ceremony and reception decor, Custom Linen: table runners, napkins, Wedding arches, Hire of furniture and tableware, Set up on the day, Hair pieces, Bridal party gifts… Seriously you name it we’ll do it.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

It all started with my own wedding in beautiful Bowral, I absolutely loved being thrown into a creative challenge after working in different sectors for a few years. I had a hand in everything from the flowers to the stationary. Initially it was a cost saving exercise and then I became obsessed. It was such a beautiful and personal day. Friends started asking for advise and it snowballed from there. Within the year I had styled two weddings, even doing a weddings entire flowers. I was reborn. I officially launched Something for Fay in October 2013, a month before my daughter Hazel arrived. I felt a responsibility to do something meaningful and authentic to myself now that I was a mother.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

Absolutely everywhere. I love unusual colour palettes and so random objects lying together will often spark an idea for a pattern or painting. Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration as well as architecture and blogs like Style me Pretty, Ruffled and Green Wedding Shoes are all great resources.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Spend money on things that are really special to you, then use your imagination and get creative (or hire someone creative) for the rest. It’s not only celebrities that get professional help. If you have an idea of what you want but you don’t know where to start or are time poor, hire someone to guide you. people in the industry take a quarter of the amount of time to organise events because of contacts and strategies in place. It really is your best way to get your bang for buck and to be cohesive!

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

I styled a wedding last year in New Zealand where the bride and grooms grandmothers were the flower girls. It made every single person cry and I can tell you, those nanna’s felt absolutely loved and included. My favourite aspects of weddings are always the most personalised, family and couple orientated. Another wedding had their brother as one of their ‘bridesmaids’ why not!

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Excess. Too much bling and not enough soul. A wedding last year that was through the roof expensive but lacked taste and class springs to mind…Simple is beautiful, unique is beautiful. It’s not a competition.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Really examine your relationship for unique traits that you can bring into your wedding, don’t just wait for the best mans speech. Where did you meet, do you have a nickname for each other, where have you been together that is significant for you etc. Make it about you, you want people to sit down and chuckle because they recognise YOU as a couple. If you make the effort in those little details, your wedding can really be anywhere and be special.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

We’ve recently launched our website, www.somethingforfay.com and our Facebook and instagram @somethingforfay are full of pretty things and creative tidbits!

11. Days Like These Events | Wedding Events Company

Days Like These Events

I’m Karina, a hopeless romantic and lover of makeup, flowers and magazines. When I’m not dreaming up wedding day ideas I’m working as a freelance hair and makeup artist. Emily is my partner in crime (and beautiful sister-in-law). She’s worked for years as a wedding planner at one of Sydney’s premier wedding venues and is without a doubt the most organised, proactive human I know. We both live on the Northern Beaches where you can usually find us out and about enjoying the sunshine (read: talking weddings and drinking wine).

1.How and when did you start your local wedding business?

We launched Days Like These at the beginning of this year. We’d both been working in the wedding industry for some time and felt there was a gap in the market for a personalised, full-service wedding and events company. It’s still a work in progress (watch this space) but through social media and word of mouth we’ve managed to secure a surprising number of events already including weddings, engagements and baby showers.

2.Where does your inspiration come from?

Everywhere! I love something really simple (and essential) being re-imagined (eg. Autumn leaves being sprayed gold and used as place cards). I like to look to fashion trends, nature and architecture and think how those things can be crafted into something decorative. Having worked at Hello May prior to launching Days Like These, I’m also in the habit of visiting their blog regularly.

3.You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Firstly, I think for all brides (especially those working to stay within a budget) it’s helpful to decide what is most important. Is it the location, the styling, having live music or the option to BYO alcohol? Unfortunately most brides are going to have to compromise somewhere so knowing what you are and aren’t willing to let go of is really helpful. Secondly, hire a wedding stylist and planner! Obviously I’m bias but I have seen (and heard of) so many brides biting off more than they can chew and resenting the entire process. Hiring someone who knows the industry (different suppliers and pricing and who can take your vision and run with it) will save you so much time, energy and money and ensure your wedding is everything you imagined (and then some).

4.What is your favourite wedding trend?

Right now I really love a more refined, glamorous type of styling. Think crystal glassware, rich berry-coloured bouquets, gold accents and dreamy dusty pink bridesmaid dresses. I’m hoping this vibe will bring about more winter weddings (with S’more stations and open fire pits!). I love grazing tables and outdoor dance floors too.

5.What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

If I never see another vintage teacup it won’t be too soon. Any other advice for the bride and groom? I know it sounds cliché (and easier said than done. Trust me, I just got engaged so I get it) but try to remember to come back down to earth every once and a while. Accept that, unless you choose to runaway, you’re going to have to spend some money. At the same time know that if you can’t afford all the bells and whistles, it’s still going to be a fabulous day where you get to marry the man or woman of your dreams. And quit worrying about the weather!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

I know it sounds cliché (and easier said than done. Trust me, I just got engaged so I get it) but try to remember to come back down to earth every once and a while. Accept that, unless you choose to runaway, you’re going to have to spend some money. At the same time know that if you can’t afford all the bells and whistles, it’s still going to be a fabulous day where you get to marry the man or woman of your dreams. And quit worrying about the weather!

7.Where can we find more of you? (eg Facebook, instagram, pinterest) 

https://www.instagram.com/daysliketheseevents/

www.daysliketheseevents.com (Coming Soon!)

12. Ashdown & Bee | Wedding Stylist

Ashdown & Bee Wedding styling

Ashdown & Bee is a creative team based in Sydney, specialising in creating beautifully styled weddings and bespoke handdrawn signs. Their artistic + cutting-edge style sees them designing events and signs filled with atmosphere, fun and love.

// what we do

Our wedding styling offers couples a unique and personal styling experience. Our packages range from on-the-day styling, to full concept + design. We love working on beautiful beachside + garden ceremonies, dining experiences underneath the stars, empty warehouses or across unique venues within Sydney and beyond.  We have a team of hard-working, design-conscious styling crew, who love to style weddings and have a passion for parties. we all love to ensure every detail is styled to perfection for your special day!

We offer a range of curated props + furniture for hire which have been chosen to work together and added to, for a modern, unique + on-trend look. Our collection is constantly expanding and we especially love to source + create new looks.

Our bespoke handdrawn signage are perfect for any event – we create these by hand in house. Our traditional handpainted signs and handlettering are all custom made and includes welcome signs, menu boards, placecards, seating charts, table numbers.. and heaps more…

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

I started Ashdown & Bee in 2012 with my boyfriend (now fiancee) Simon who is a artist and signwriter. We were freelancing and collaborating on a lot of projects and so we formed Ashdown & Bee, initially working from home then expanding to a shared space with an event florist.  We quickly built up a following and moved into our own warehouse/studio in 2014 where we still work from, and absolutely love it.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I get inspired everyday through so many different ways, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ideas and props to add to our collection.  Pinterest is a great source, as well as other online sources like Instagram and blogs. I have a passion for magazines which is a great source for the top weddings in Australia, and we’re always thrilled to have our work featured in print media.
We travel all over Sydney and beyond to style weddings so are always getting inspired by the places we travel to, new venue spaces and also from our couples themselves as we always try to incorporate their passions and personality into the look of their day.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Try and incorporate your own personal style into the day and things you absolutely love.  You want the day to reflect you both and also provide a unforgettable experience for your loved ones.  Try to pick your top must-haves and priorities for the wedding, and focus your budget on making those brilliant – e.g. abundance of food, lots of floral around the reception space and a live band

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Lots of lush floral hanging from the ceiling, intimate dinners in warehouse spaces and custom neon signage.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

We’re seeing the end of the DIY vintage trend which is great – think hessian, mason jars, wood slices but in saying that, those props can be used in modern and fresh ways.  Wood slices for grazing tables are very cool and warehouses lined with an abundance of tealight candles in mason jars give a gorgeous ambience to the space….

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

If you’re stuck on what vendors to pick, ask for recommendations from your suppliers.  They would have worked with lots of different businesses and would know who would suit your style and has a good reputation in the industry.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

instagram.com/ashdownandbeefacebook.com/ashdownandbee
pinterest.com/ashdownandbee
#ashdownandbee

 

13. White House Flowers

White House Flowers

White House Flowers are the local’s choice on the Northern Beaches and the proud winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Most Outstanding Florist. We specialise in creating beautiful and exotic arrangements with only the freshest and superb quality flowers. We offer worldwide delivery service, same day local delivery, beautiful wedding flowers and corporate flower displays with a touch of class. White House Flowers invites you to experience for yourself a new level of floristry.

Kye founded the boutique florist White House Flowers in October 2009 and since then we have expanded the team to 10.   We specialise in large corporate, event & wedding design floristry and, as a team, we offer striking, creative arrangements for any occasion or budget.

White House Flowers is now considered the market leader on the Northern Beaches and, as such, we have attracted the best local florists. In its years of operation, our talent has been recognised with White House Flowers receiving 5 Northern Beaches local business awards for Most outstanding florist on the northern beaches, with the most recent awards being in 2015 & 2016.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

The talented wedding team have a genuine passion for flowers & their craft.  The freshest seasonal flowers are creatively combined to create magical and memorable flowers.  We love hearing the vision of each bride & working with them & developing their ideas further.

The team of designers, led by senior wedding stylist Mel Anderson, have over 35 years combined of industry experience & take the time to create floral designs that reflect the bride’s vision for the day.  No job is too small or extravagant & our attention to detail has been recognised by many of Sydney’s top wedding venues as their preferred supplier.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

Nature – everything & everywhere.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Work out what you value most early on in the planning process, whether it be a great photographer or an amazing venue that does all the talking… or beautiful blooms filling every corner of the room – we know which one we would prioritise first! Refine your vision & don’t become overwhelmed with too much – articulate a clear direction.

When it comes to the florals, we find a bride who trusts the florist to create beautiful blooms for her day needs to give the artist the opportunity to do their craft.  Letting go of the control is hard but worth it in the end.   We believe you get the best from a florist when you have communicated well your vision, theme & colour palette & allow them the creative freedom to do their thing.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

Trends are so fleeting so I don’t take them too seriously to be honest. We are loving tonal bouquets with wonderfully clashing colours & textures in our work that compliment the bridal party & vision for the day.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

The lolly jar table… it’s sugar overload!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Just a few quick pointers to consider… Think about the bigger picture (don’t get too hung up on one particular type of bloom that may not be in season)… be flexible with your expectations & enjoy the wonderful experience of planning your wedding.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

We have recently launched our NEW & exciting dedicated wedding website.  Our Instagram page is something we are passionate about & regularly update with our latest work.  We also have pinterest & facebook too.

www.whitehouseflowersweddings.com

https://www.instagram.com/whitehouseflowers/

14. Lauren Metzler | Wedding Photographer

perfect Northern Beaches wedding

Hello! My name is Lauren, and I love telling epic love stories! My wedding photography style is modern, candid and creative, with a hint of nostalgic romance. My aim is to capture your story,
translating your love for one another through the medium of Photography.

I love documenting those in-between moments of genuine emotion and small details that become the defining moments of your Wedding Day. That look you give your bride-to-be right before she says “I do”. That moment your new husband’s eyes light up when he sees you walking down the aisle.

When you look back on your wedding day, my wish is for you to remember your story with beautiful photographs that will last generations. Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, available for Lovers everywhere.

1. How and when did you start your wedding business?

Originally from Oregon, I got my Bachelors in Fine Arts Photography from the University of Oregon before moving to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I started photographing weddings as an assistant  photographer about two years ago, and fell in love with right away! I decided to start my own business about one year ago, and feel extremely lucky to be able spend everyday doing what I love!

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I absolutely love love love nature. I spent my childhood in Oregon hiking waterfalls, swimming in local rivers, and exploring forest trails with a camera in hand. This is where my passion for photography began. Before long, I fell in love with capturing those special moments in people’s lives, telling their stories in a unique and creative way. I also get a lot of inspiration from my travels and the people I meet.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Make your wedding your own – it’s the little things that really make you and your partner’s personality’s shine through! Things like diy centrepieces or custom painted stationary help make your wedding unique and special, and tell your story!

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

I love small, intimate backyard weddings. Your perfect Northern Beaches wedding could be just a couple of close friends and family on the beach at sunset!

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

Over the top weddings that put newly wed couples into debt. :/

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

This is your wedding day and it’s gonna be such a fun party! You’ll see 😉

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

Follow my adventures here;

@laurenmetzlerphotography

facebook.com/laurenmetzlerphotographer

And feel free to contact me for my wedding packages and price lists!

15. Simply Divine Makeup | Professional Makeup Artist

Northern Beaches Wedding Makeup Artist

Simply Divine Make-Up Design’s owner, Anna Ritson, is a professional makeup artist with over 15 years of experience in the makeup and fashion industries. Anna’s experience came from a fashion and retail background – she either owned or managed stores early in her career. Through her involvement in fashion shows, she was led into the makeup side of things, discovering her natural talent for makeup artistry. Anna studied at Sydney’s leading makeup school, “The Make-Up Technicians” and then became one of the most sought-after makeup artists on the Northern Beaches.

Over the past 11 years, Anna has been awarded the International Makeup Artist Professional card for her work in the beauty and makeup industries. That’s along with her work on TV, shopping channel TVSN, photography shoots, video productions, weddings, school formals and all the respectable women that she dedicates herself to. That’s another reason she loves teaching women how to apply makeup in her “Makeup Workshops” when she can fit them in to her busy schedule.

1.How and when did you start your local wedding business?

After being in the Fashion industry for many years and doing most of the makeup in fashion parades, I started Simply Divine Make-Up Design in 2003 as I wanted to show people just how simply divine they can be through the art of makeup, and that’s how the name was born.

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

I wanted women to see how powerful makeup can be, how it can give you confidence and make you look, feel and be simply divine even with just the bare minimum when applied by a professional.

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Primers are basically moisturisers that contain silicone, allowing foundation to be applied a lot more evenly and making it last for hours on the skin. A primer should not be too greasy; it should just feel like a film of silk over your skin. Don’t apply primer or moisturiser to the eyelids, as they are oily enough and also every foundation contains moisturiser and this is enough on the eyelids. Applying Shine Control Primer everyday under your foundation will stop your foundation settling into your lines so giving the appearance of fewer wrinkles.

There may be no more obvious makeup mistake than the wrong colour foundation.
When our face is one colour and your neck is another, you know the shade of your foundation is completely wrong.
When shopping, choose a few colours that seem closest to your natural skin tone of your chest (décolletage), yes you heard that right. The foundation that disappears into your skin is the right colour. This will now blend completely into your neck and match your face perfectly.
Use a foundation without too much SPF in it — an SPF15 is perfect, as this will reflect too much light and you wouldn’t want to have that white face, dark décolletage look going on in those expensive photo’s.
And remember, you’ll need different colour foundations for Summer and Winter.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

I just love embellishment – more the beautiful in my eyes. I have even placed a Swarovski diamante at the outer corner of the eye for a bit of bling in the makeup.
5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?
Don’t let your friends do your makeup unless they’re a professional makeup artist as your photo’s are for a life time.

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Enjoy every moment being a fiance. It might be the biggest and possibly most stressful party you’ll ever organise but for most of you, it will be the only one you’ll do. Love the idea of solidifying your life together.
If you have very soft nails, file them while the polish is still on to prevent them from cracking.
Soak nails in a bowl of olive oil once a week to strengthen them. Get yourself a spray tan with a timing solution which I can do for you and nails should definitely be manicured before a spray tan. Make sure that after your visit to the nail salon, you don’t do much at all. Even placing your hands in your purse can smudge or scratch the lacquer if it’s not fully dry, so drive home and put your feet up.

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

For more tips & tricks grab your free ebook on my website: “8 Wedding makeup tips you must know before you walk down the Aisle”. And my latest news 3-4 times a week. www.simplydivine.net.au Learn even more just by LIKING: Simply Divine Make-Up Design’s FaceBook page. Or Connect with me on: Linked In Follow me on: Twitter

Follow me on Instagram: @simplydivinemakeup

16. Melinda Frowde | Celebrante

perfect Northern Beaches wedding

Hello to you all!! My name is Melinda Frowde and I am a Civil Marriage Celebrant. With a passion for writing & experience in wedding planning, I love fun, flexible & personal ceremonies to reflect your lives, love & relationship.

1. How and when did you start your local wedding business?

I started my business three years ago under pressure from my beautiful friends!! I use to work in event planning, often for weddings and so many clients were asking for celebrants which sparked my idea, only I didn’t follow through until I was asked by so many friends over so many years to be their celebrant. When two of my favourite friends asked more than seriously, it finally clicked that I should finally do it.  It was the best decision ever! I love writing so creating a couples story to share is an absolute joy, I love planning and organising so coordinating the ceremony is so much fun and I just love sharing this moment with couples, especially when we explore what love and marriage means to them to plan their perfect day!

2. Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration is the couples I work with. Every single one of them tells a different tale, from their love story to their family bonds to their reasons for believing in marriage. And when they flourish in telling me about themselves and their love, little sparks fly off in my mind in ways of creating them a beautiful ceremony, telling their story and adding special bits that will make their day unique!

3. You work with a lot of brides, what are some tips you’d give to couples to create their perfect wedding?

Tell your celebrant everything!! Everything you do and do not like, everything that makes you tick as a couple, everything you love about your family, everything that you love to do as a couple, because all those little bits of everything that you share help to create an amazing ceremony that your guests will walk away from, feeling like they know you a little bit more and especially, were entwined in your story, if only for the day.

4. What is your favourite wedding trend?

I love the relaxed approach we now have to weddings…couples who spontaneously kiss when they first come together in the ceremony, kids who run freely about and especially small intimate morning weddings.

5. What wedding trend do you want to see go away forever?

I don’t want any trend to disappear, and this is because I think it is so important that a couple feel comfortable and confident to express themselves through whatever they desire in their day. My important job is to help bring their dreams to life!

6. Any other advice for the bride and groom?

Consider pre marriage counselling – it’s no longer the Church led seminar of yesteryear but an amazing experience to explore your relationship, your values and one another before you make this wondrous and enormous commitment!

7. Where can we find more of you? (eg facebook, instagram, pinterest)

https://melindafrowde.com/
https://www.facebook.com/melindafrowdemarriagecelebrant/

Ready to create your perfect Northern Beaches wedding? Contact me today for my photography wedding price list and packages!
 
xx
 
Lauren