Sarah & Rob
There is some thing so lovely about a wedding exactly where a bride wears colour, even if it’s a pale shade of pink like right now’s bride Sarah. The whimsical beauty of the gown seems to translate out into the wedding itself. When guests are celebrating with champagne drunk out of antique champagne coupes, when the food is so excellent we get a dot point description? That’s a good day!
Sarah tells their story “We met speed dating at the Port Office Hotel in Brisbane in 2006. At that stage, Rob was living in Sydney although I was living in Brisbane, so for the 1st 5 months we had a long distance relationship. Then I was supplied a job in Madrid, Spain, and when I asked Rob if he would move there with me he stated yes! We spent the subsequent 3 years living in Spain and traveling all over Europe. On our way back to Australia in 2010 we spent 6 months backpacking by way of South America, and when we reached Machu Picchu right after hiking the Inca Trail for four days, Rob asked me to marry him, and gave me a lovely emerald engagement ring he bought in Colombia.”
Photographs nowadays are by Simon Peter Taylor who has captured dreamy, gorgeous photographs for Sarah and Rob.
For her wedding gown, Sarah wore the Rose Quartz Fairytale Taffeta Dress by Carla Zampatti.
The bouquets and buttonholes had been styled by Daniella of Pink and Purple Petals.
Of their photographer, Sarah says “We loved Simon´s unobtrusive, photo journalistic style and the wonderful suggestions he had for some unusual shots on the day. We had most of our images taken before our wedding ceremony which was a lot of fun, and meant we didn’t have to leave our guests immediately after the ceremony. Simon had a great idea to do a ‘reveal’ on our balcony when we each saw every single other for the initial time – it was a really special moment. It was also Simon´s suggestion to go to a disused train yard in Hamilton where we got some interesting shots with graffiti-ed trains in the background, which involved me hitching up my dress and dodging muddy puddles!”
Sarah and Rob held their ceremony and reception at Newstead House. Sarah explains “Our original venue fell via ten weeks ahead of our wedding, which was pretty stressful at the time. But in the finish, we felt like our wedding was supposed to be at Newstead Residence – it suited us perfectly. It is Brisbane´s oldest surviving historic homestead and is situated in a stunning park on one of the loveliest stretches of the Brisbane River, and has beautiful gardens and grounds. We wanted a venue which would permit us to have both the ceremony and a cocktail-style reception all in a single spot, and we wanted to be able to bring our personal wine and catering. Immediately after the ceremony we had champagne and canapés in the sun filled courtyard, and by late afternoon we had been up on the wide verandahs watching the strategy of a dramatic tropical storm.”
Sarah walked down the aisle to ‘Candombito’ by Kevin Johansen, an Argentinean singer songwriter played by Dos Guitarras . Sarah explains “Music is very crucial to us, and offered the 3 years we lived in Spain, it meant a lot having a Spanish guitar duo playing for the duration of our ceremony and reception.”
The weather turned on a stunning show. Sarah notes “I had been staying away from the weather forecast in the days major up to the wedding, but the day prior to I couldn’t assist myself, and it didn’t appear excellent at all. We had a wet weather plan, but didn’t really want to use it. The day of our wedding we woke up at 4am to the sound of a terrific storm – and by 8am the sun was out and shining, it genuinely was the most gorgeous day.”
Sarah remarks “With the help of some close friends we chose some stunning wines, such as a lovely sparkling pinot noir from Ashton Hills vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, which we drank in pretty antique champagne coups.” The champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles had been all hired from Kara Rosenlund.
For decor. Sarah explains “A buddy bought lovely flowers at the markets and arranged them, and huge candles, in fairly glass jars tied with vintage lace. ”
Sarah and Rob’s wedding was catered by PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant . Sarah raves “We each really like food and wine with a passion, so it was quite critical to have actually very good food and wine at our wedding. We could not have been happier with our caterer, PJ McMillan – all our pals are nevertheless raving about his food.
This is what we ate: Pitt Water Oysters served with chilled cucumber soup, battered in Guinness, and all-natural with soy and ginger, Zucchini and haloumi fritter wrapped in Serrano jamon, Crispy duck pancakes served with standard shallot pancakes, cucumber, and hoisin, Pressed tomato terrine, goats curd and olive tapenade, Brandade croquettes with romesco sauce, Chicken and peanut Thai cakes with lime dressing, Asian fried barramundi, green papaya salad, tamarind and chilli dressing., Vodka cured salmon served with pea, spinach and mint risotto, Victorian slow cooked lamb, creamed potatoes, chard with raisins and pounded mint, Mini Wagyu beef Guinness pies.”
Sarah recalls “Our first dance was to ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave. It was extremely emotional for each of us.”
Congratulations on your marriage Sarah and Rob! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Simon Peter Taylor for sharing these days’s pictures!
Photographer: Simon Peter Taylor / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Mollini / Bride’s Jewelry: Kelly´s Antiques / Groom’s Attire: Robert's Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: FrockShop Boutique / Hairstylist: Hayley Wilson at The Fox & The Hair / Makeup Artist: Annie-Claire Makeup / Hire of champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles : Kara Rosenlund / Bouquets and buttonholes : Pink and Purple Petals / Invitations & Stationery: Poppies for Grace / Venue: Newstead Home / Ceremony Officiant: Megan Wilson / Music: Dos Guitarras / Catering: PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant / Cake Baker: Queen Of Cakes
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Photographer: Simon Peter Taylor / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Mollini / Bride’s Jewelry: Kelly´s Antiques / Groom’s Attire: Robert's Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: FrockShop Boutique / Hairstylist: Hayley Wilson at The Fox & The Hair / Makeup Artist: Annie-Claire Makeup / Employ of champagne coups, antique cups and saucers, and glass jars for flowers and candles : Kara Rosenlund / Bouquets and buttonholes : Pink and Purple Petals / Invitations & Stationery: Poppies for Grace / Venue: Newstead Home / Ceremony Officiant: Megan Wilson / Music: Dos Guitarras / Catering: PJ McMillan from Harveys Restaurant / Cake Baker: Queen Of Cakes