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SW BRIDE: ANDREA & PATRICK

A ROMANTIC LOVE AFFAIR

Perched atop the sun-drenched cliffs of Palos Verdes, California; Patrick Burke, along with the 175 guests, stood waiting to marry his stunning bride Andrea Marron.

The couple met at school in Dartmouth, and after a surprise trip to Bermuda the couple chose the Catalona View Gardens as their venue to be close to Andrea’s parents.

Both the bride and bridesmaids wore blush. Andrea; a vision in lace Monique Lhuillier, and her bridesmaids in floor-length beaded gowns. This simple chic theme was carried through to the decorations, with floral arrangements of romantic blooms paired with architectual succulents and wildflower accents. The table flowers were beautifully displayed in vintage blue glass; a beautiful tribute to Andrea’s late Grandmother. There was even a lace teepee assembled, much to the delight of the adorable flower girls.

The bridal party was an intimate affair, with the couple’s siblings as their bridesmaids and groomsmen. After the gorgeous dusk ceremony, and the local Californian food and wine, the guests joined in the fun at sun-down. Draped in brightly coloured Kenyan shawls, they joined Patrick and Andrea for dancing beneath a canopy of fairly lights.

The wedding was simple and romantic, and could not have been more fitting of the beautiful couple.

 

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SW BRIDE: HANNAH & RYAN

FESTIVAL OF PAYNE

Hannah & Ryan’s wedding followed the theme of his proposal, and indeed their meeting moment; beautiful and off-beat, and filled with fun & laughter. 

The couple wanted to move away from the traditional, and opted instead for a weekend celebration, with the emphasis on good times and shared memories with their beloved family and friends. 

Hannah wore a breathtaking backless, fitted lace gown from Katie May and with the roses in her hair, was a vision of beauty with a bohemian twist. In keeping with the relaxed chic vibe, Hannah’s 3 bridesmaids wore cream Zara maxi dresses, with their hair in soft waves and braids. They each wore their bridesmaid gift from Hannah; the gold 'Partners In Crime' necklaces from the SAMANTHA WILLS FINE collection. Both parties put their individual marks on their outfits, with the bridesmaids wearing different coloured SAMANTHA WILLS 'Bohemian Bardot' rings, and the Groomsmen donning various style Happy Socks.

Set on the beautiful NSW south coast at Terara’s Driftwood Shed, the rustic backdrop was the perfect setting for their special day. The couple exhanged their vows in front of 98 of their friends and relatives who had made the journey, and when the heartfelt ceremony was done, the party moved to the marquee. Long wooden banquet tables, decorated simply, yet beautifully with hessian table runners and white dahlias, that would later be covered in food for the guests to share. 

Down to the peanut butter and chocolate cake, their rustic wedding was beautiful, with a quirky flair and was truly reflective of the individual taste of the gorgeous couple.

 

SHOP BRIDAL DRESS: KATIE MAY

PHOTOGRAPHER: FIONA + BOBBY PHOTOGRAPHY

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 FLORIST: SHADY FIG

WEDDING VENUE: DRIFTWOOD SHED

CATERERS: GARNISH CREATIVE CATERING

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OF THE NIGHT

SAMANTHA WILLS BRIDAL 

Sunkissed skin, she is the enigma of ethereal radiance

Mysteriously alluring, with lips of velvet

If you listen to her eyes, you might hear, the sound of white

She is unspeakable beauty, she is Of the Night.


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SW BRIDE: KELLI AND ASHLEY

A SEASIDE CELEBRATION

Kelli and Ashley wed in front of 80 of their closest family and friends, by the sea, at the beautiful Sandbar Beach Cafe in Middle Park. After meeting during university, Ashley proposed on Christmas Eve in 2012 to an unexpectant Kelli, and they set the date for the wedding during the same holiday period, two years later.

Kelli looked absolutely radiant on the special day in her Mac Duggal dress; a perfectly light yet glamorous dress for a summer, beachside ceremony. Her SAMANTHA WILLS 'All I See Is You' headpiece completed her look in the most sparkling way possible, with Kelli also proposing to her bridesmaid (her sister in law), with the 'Bohemian Bardot' Ring in Electric Mint.

Step into sparkling, bohemian chic with Kelli & Ashley. 

 

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SW BRIDE: BETH & LUKE

BOHEMIAN FIESTA

This should come with the preface of a #TBT – and my apology for not posting sooner! However, what’s that saying, better two years late then never? (or something like that!)  I just came across these photos of one of my best friend’s wedding, from February 2013. (In my defense, the Wedding Journal wasn’t even around then!)

Beth & I have been friends since our early days working in retail together, in Surf Dive n Ski in Sydney! My heart was full standing beside her as one of her bridesmaids on her special day, marrying her long time love, Luke, in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Byron Bay, Australia.

This wedding was so true to Beth & Luke’s style – Laid back, warm, inclusive & fun.  Held at a private residence  at Broken Head, the bridal party called the residence home for the days leading upto the nuptials, a Balinese pavilion style home with walk ways joining all areas of the house – and then come wedding day, served as the ceremony & reception location.

With a bohemian fiesta theme, we transformed the house that morning as vintage couches (From Little Gray Station Hire), Aztec rugs & crimson & sunshine coloured blooms all got delivered. The aisle was an overlay of different rugs, surrounded by mismatched chairs, leading to a arbor with a spectacular Mexican / Day of the dead inspired bloom arrangement (by the incredible Elysium Blooms). Of course, Byron Bay being Byron Bay – there is usually one tropical downpour a day, if not more. The heavens opened the morning of, but cleared to have sun streaming thru the clouds by the time vows where exchanged.

The reception was a party in every sense of the word & carried on well into the midnight hour, with an incredible Mexican feast served from tents & sangria all round.

Some pictures that I took through out the day are below, rather then congratulations, I am going to wish Mr & Mrs Bennett a very happy 2nd anniversary!

Love you both dearly, but you knew that. – SWx 

BRIDES DRESS: BADGLEY MISCHKA | BRIDES JEWELLERY: SAMANTHA WILLS BRIDAL 

BRIDEMAIDS DRESSES: TIGERLILY | BRIDEMAIDS JEWELLERY: SAMANTHA WILLS

PROP HIRE: LITTLE GRAY STATION HIRE  | FLORALS:  ELYSIUM BLOOMS

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAMANTHA WILLS + SAMUEL LINDSAY

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FLOWERGIRLS

STYLE INSPIRATION FOR LITTLE FOLK

Are you having little people in your bridal party? Here is an edit of some of our favorite looks for flower girls. 

Thank heavens, for little girls. – SWx

(All images have been sourced from Pinterest.) 

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EMBELLISHED NOIR

DRAMATIC BLACKS & GOLDS

This Steven Khalil gown is incredible. I was lucky enough to wear it to our Mount Franklin Colab launch – and while the model wears it much better than I, the point is an embellished-black-just-below-the-knee frock is versatile enough to wear for many occasions – it's just about the accessories.

In the case of this shoot, it was all about couture earrings. I made these show stoppers for a shoot we did in India last year, but loved that stylist Conor Graham selected these for this shoot with Ali Mitton, in Central Park NYC.

We wanted to shoot something a little goth-luxe, as an inspiration board for midnight soirees, maybe an engagement or anniversary party. Add a plum shade lip & a simple strappy black heel, and you’ll own the night.

The tone of midnight. – SWx

 

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Samantha Wills

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ali Mitton

STYLIST: Conor Graham

HAIR + MAKEUP: Jacqueline Cookson

MODEL: Gabriela Bloomgarden

EARRINGS: SAMANTHA WILLS Couture - Available for Editorial only

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GOWN BY: Steven Khalil

VEIL: Sourced By Stylist

 

Shot on Location at Central Park, NYC

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HONEYMOON STYLE

ACCESSORIES FOR A STYLISH VACATION 

We love everything about Helen Janneson Bense aka @GypsyLovinLight – and her stunning Bohemian Chic style. If you don’t already follow her on Instagram – you should. She will bring you a piece of summer on a daily basis.

We have edited some of our favorite posts here, so if your honeymoon is beach bound, here is an inspiration board of honeymoon style!

Chase the summer! – SWx

 

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