Why Ivory and Orange is the Perfect Colour Combo

A modern and elegant wedding by the sea Couple: Caroline & Ben Location: The Stokehouse Caroline and Ben first met through a mutual friend at university. After a few false starts, the pair has now been together for nine years. “I came home from work one Friday evening to find Ben on bended knee, a stand-in ring in hand (we went shopping for the engagement ring together later) and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge. He had booked a romantic dinner and we celebrated into the night,” says Caroline. With the help of their wedding vendors, whom were friends of the couple through work connections, they decided to keep their wedding modern and elegant. No strict theme was set, only a cheerful colour scheme of orange and ivory. Caroline wore an ivory high-neck dress by J Crew with contrasting orange peep-toe heels by Salvatore Ferragamo. The couple strayed away from traditional superstitions and got ready together on the day of their wedding. Photographs by Mark Rossetto of Enhance Studios were taken prior to the ceremony to alleviate any added stress. “Mark was fantastic and very easy to work with. He listened to our ideas and provided some great advice on how the day would roll out. We are really happy with the photos and our package, and can’t wait to get the album,” says Caroline. The ceremony and reception were held at the Stokehouse and the couple was lucky to enjoy a bright clear-blue sky. The guests enjoyed an à la carte menu and danced the night away on the Stokehouse balcony. After all of the celebrations, the newlyweds, together with their immediate families, spent the evening at the Grand Hyatt and enjoyed breakfast together the next morning. “It was fabulous to relive the day with the people we love, ” says Caroline. Bride's Advice: “Keep it simple! Take what you want from tradition, but feel free to think outside the box. Don’t sweat the small stuff and roll with the day.

Wedding Rings with a Personal Touch

A local jeweller with international fi ne jewellery experience, Alexander Jewellers & Watchmaker offers world-class service with a personal touch Alexander Jewellers & Watchmaker has been serving Sydney for seven generations and prides itself on a consistently good reputation based on trust, honesty, mutual respect, and confidence. Operating from its North Rocks boutique for 15 years, owner and jeweller Wally Sobi has established the store’s longstanding reputation for competitive pricing, as well as quality jewellery and designs. Customer satisfaction comes first at Alexander Jewellers, which offers customers ongoing care for their jewellery, as well as unlimited cleaning. This family business, with Wally’s 25 years’ experience as a jeweller, ensures personal service and quality jewellery, including diamonds of all colours, shapes, and sizes, as well as coloured gems. All pieces are GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certified and come with a guarantee, plus an independent valuation. Among the brands available in store are luxury men’s wedding ring label Dora, and Uberkate — unique pieces handcrafted with precious metals and customised engravings that reflect the bond of love between couples.

Celebrating Love With A Vintage Themed Wedding

This couple celebrated their union with their closest friends and family Couple: Julie and James Location: Cleveland Winery, Lancefield. Julie and James first met while walking along the Yarra River, both on their way to the Australian Open, a walk they will always remember. James proposed to Julie at a beach picnic in Esperance, Western Australia. On the beautiful white sand he had written the words, “I love you”. Of course, Julie said yes. With a united love of cooking and the outdoors, Julie and James decided on a vintage rustic theme with a black, white, grey and green colour scheme. They incorporated the theme into their styling with fresh herbs in wooden boxes as centrepieces — specially made by Julie’s dad, green apples in vintage glass bowls and a candy bar. Polaroid cameras were also included for guests to snap their happy moments of the special day. The venue was the first big decision to make and while originally being from Melbourne, the couple currently live in Western Australia. They relied heavily on correspondence and research to source their perfect space in Melbourne. Cleveland Winery was their chosen venue, which went above and beyond to ensure this special day was everything Julie and James had dreamed of. The venue provided magnificent rooms with spectacular views for the reception and even arranged accommodation for interstate guests. According to Julie, “It was an amazing experience. You have to pinch yourself to realise what is happening — so many great moments to share and to top it off you’re marrying your loved one.” Bride's Advice: “Take a moment on the day — the time flies by so quickly. Appreciate every minute and don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s not important and no one notices. Just laugh and enjoy the time with your family and friends.”

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Modern weddings are breathtaking and elegant. They can be anything from a hugely dramatic affair with all of the glitz and glamour that you'd expect, or they can be a formal and styled architecturally, making that modern wedding alluring. Modern weddings will always offer that wow factor and splendid affair that you were dreaming of.

How Do I Make It Into A Modern Wedding?
The first thing that you'll need to be considering when planning your modern wedding has to be finding that modern wedding venue. There's a host of different ideas that are now evolving concerning modern wedding venues and the world is your beautiful oyster. There are plenty of modern wedding venues with a difference, from museums and libraries right through to aquariums and schools. Make this your starting point to ensuring that your modern wedding dreams come true.

I've Found My Fabulous Modern Wedding Venue, How Do I Match It With A Modern Wedding Venue Reception?
You're tying the knot in your local opera house, it's the ultimate, fantastic and modern wedding venue, yet it doesn't host reception parties. You are now faced with the problem of finding an equally breathtaking, modern wedding venue for the reception – which is quite a challenge! A modern wedding reception venue doesn't necessarily have to have such a wow factor. You can give that reception venue it's own touch of class and contemporary with decoration and design. From striking colour combinations through to single stemmed candle decoration or flower detail. Transforming your reception venue into a modern wedding venue that will be just as beautiful and astonishing as your modern wedding ceremony!

How Can I Ensure A Modern Wedding Ambiance At The Reception?
Have you considered that maybe a champagne cocktail might more “modern wedding” then your standard flute of the stuff? Why not try one out for size :

Modern Wedding Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 2 chilled 750 ml. bottles of champagne
  • 1 cup of chilled cranberry juice
  • 3 tablespoons of orange flavoured liqueur

And of course, you could always try a modern wedding...

Fresh Peach Bilini Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 2 diced ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bottle chilled champagne

Shake, stir and team up your modern wedding cocktail with some modern wedding canapés and your reception is underway.

Modern Wedding Catering
Next on the list; some fabulous modern wedding food. Your caterers should be well versed in all styles of wedding themes. Guide them in the direction of a modern wedding theme, making sure you are clear that you're looking for something contemporary and the rest should be simple and straightforward. Consider contemporary fine dining that caters for all tastes and dietry requirements and make sure to sample some of their mouthwatering and delicious offerings. Catering for modern weddings shouldn't be overly complicated, the choice is endless and delicious!

Lastly, organizing and choosing that stunning and contemporary modern wedding dress and shoes, then you're nearly ready to go!