Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Joel and Ally's Wedding. Part 2

Alison and Joel's wedding day came around super fast! I can't believe that it has been almost a month since their wedding too!
A more perfect day could not have been asked for- brilliant blue skies- with picture perfect scatterings of white cloud- a lovely warm day of 26degC- Magnificent!

Alison and Joel planned such a beautiful wedding. It was elegant- romantic and simply stylish.
They chose some truly wonderful suppliers- who made their day that extra bit special.
Joel's Brother Aaron is the AGM at the Medina Apartments- smack bang on the Brisbane river- with gorgeous views across the city from the Story Bridge. A perfect place to get ready before the nuptials.

Before I go on- all of the images in this Blog were taken by my Sister in Law Sam- nice work Sam! The official Photographers images are still in production- and fingers crossed Ally and Joel will get to see them soon.
Alison made easy work for the photographer- with her stunning blue eyes and great looks. Oh to have her height LOL!

Alison chose The Powder Room as her Hair and Makeup Artists. Alison's Strawberry golden locks and her flawless skin looked every bit bridal once the girls had worked their magic. I have met Karen from the Powder room a few times- as well as many of her girls- and each and every one is just as lovely as the next. They know their stuff and had Alison and her Bridesmaids looking every bit Magazine worthy for the wedding.  

Alison and Joel drew on allot of recommendations when choosing vendors.
I knew that Alison was in for stunning flowers when she Chose Karen from Bliss Floral.
I have known Karen for a few years now- in fact she even did my wedding Bouquet- her work is always stunning- super attention to detail too.

Beautiful Bouquets of Antique roses- freesias and tulips, Magnolia Leaves and dodder vine. Classic elegance all the way.  

Karen's work didn't end with the Bouquets and button holes- intricately wired Hyacinth hair flowers, rose petals- and of course the reception (to come). My MIL told me that flowers were Alison's "Thing". She wanted the wedding to have beautiful blooms- and that she did. 
Karen had advised Alison to get Scarlett (Gorgeous Flower girl Extraordinaire) to hold a poesy instead of a basket- and Scarlett LOVED it to pieces! She was so adorable- the perfect flower girl- no tears or tantrums- she just "floated" through the ceremony and lapped up every minute of her special role.
Part of Scarlett's Flower girl duties was to hand out the rose petal cones- lovingly made my my in laws' -the custom adjusted basket ( a truly ingenious idea of adding wire into the base to hold the cones upright!!) was filled with cute cones- bearing a personalised sticker- such a pretty touch.
Alison's 3 Bridesmaids- Caroline- Cheremie and Elene- looked AMAZING too!

Some last minute advice before heading to St Mary's Church for the Wedding ceremony.

Scarlett was ready and waiting for her stroll down the aisle ahead of her Aunty Alison- too cute for words.

Alison and her Bridesmaids arrived in Gorgeous Wedding cars- every bit the dream wedding.

After a Short wait for the organist to arrive (heheheh) Alison walked down the aisle- looking simply breathtaking. Every bit the gorgeous bride inside and out. Never a bridezilla- courteous and gracious as always.

Hyacinth Pew Bows to tie in with the wedding theme.

There is so much emotion and anticipation with weddings- it seems like a blink of the eye and it is time to seal the nuptials with a kiss!

The next picture is probably one of my favorites- I adored how Alison and Joel Hugged after their Kiss- it was so beautiful awwwww still makes me teary thinking about it.

A quick change of pace and it was up to the Altar to sign the register. Once again Scarlett had everyone in her command- she is just too gorgeous to mess with!  

With the ceremony over and done with it was out onto the lawn for congratulations and a few drinks!
I not only need but really want to make mention of how fantastic the staff at St Mary's Church are. I had never met any of them before- yet they all treated you like and old friend and nothing was a hassle. They made the bar and cupcake set up (oh yes there was cakes at the ceremony- isn't this why you're reading this blog ;-P LOL!!) such a breeze. So thank you thank you thank you for all of your help and for taking care of it all and letting me enjoy being a guest!
Fr Stephen held a great service and made everyone feel welcome at his stunning church.
Scarlett had spotted the tower of mini cupcakes outside the church before the ceremony and had selected her "Scarlett sized cupcake" for later.

If I could have I would have bent over backwards for Alison and Joel- they new this and they are just too kind to ever ask for anything. But in reality it was more than my pleasure to do as much as possible for them.
So when I found out that they were having after ceremony drinks on the lawn I asked if it was OK to supply some mini cupcakes to go with the drinks..... I really didn't want to force them into having cake if they didn't want cake- but when the opportunity knocks- go for it I say. 
So very graciously they accepted my offer of cuppies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEY!!! 
This bite sized cupcakes are not something that I normally offer- so it was off on a borrowing trip to my fellow cake decorating friend Karen from KVW Cakes to loan a few extra trays- Thanks KVW
 A couple of Hundred Dark chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla cupcakes- as well as some Egg, Dairy, Gluten and nut free ones too- but more on that later.
Ally and Joel's guests seemed to love the cakes- The Church staff kindly passed them around- and luckily- with my over zealous catering- were even able to keep a spare few for themselves later.

 My Mother and Father in Law- and My Grandmother in law with the blissful couple!

Steve and I with the gorgeous miss Scarlett!
After the ceremony the guests and the bridal party parted ways- before meeting up later that afternoon for the reception...... and that is where the final chapter comes in.

Congratulations Alison and Joel- you both deserve all the happiness in the world!

Thanks for reading

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