Amy & James’ Intimate English Garden Style Wedding

Bride and groom with white vintage car

James moved across the world to marry Amy – when he proposed, she planned for a wedding day which was both intimate and personal. Full of lovely, sweet smelling blooms, a white and blush palette and just a hint of sparkle, this intimate, English garden style wedding is a celebration of love and family.

Bride wearing floral hair comb

The Planning Experience

“I adored planning our wedding. James would say his favourite part was choosing the cake and eating samples! For me, it was seeing it all come together as our day grew closer.”

Bridal bouquet with pink roses

Finding The Dress

“The wedding dress search was made simple when I went into Aubrey Rose. The whole shop just seemed to be everything that I was looking for. My dress wasn’t the one I’d had in mind – I was in store for a second try on when I spotted another dress on the opposite side of the shop. When I tried it, I instantly felt amazing! There was a look my Mum gave me which made me know it was the one.”

Romantic ceremony arbour with roses and greeneryBridesmaid wearing pink dress and carrying bouquetCeremony aisle floral chair decor

Wedding Day Vibe

“We consider every one of our guests as our family and we wanted them all to feel like that. So there were no sides in the ceremony and no reception seating plan. We also wrote our own vows and our celebrant Chris was my lecturer at uni – we wanted the whole day to feel personal.”

Bride and father arriving by vintage carGroom seeing bride for first time at ceremony

Ceremony Styling

“The ceremony was quite simple, with Tiffany chairs and scattered petals down the aisle. The gorgeous arch was draped in flowers, and the signing table had a vintage feel, which tied in perfectly with our day as a whole.”

Bride and groom holding hands at ceremonyBride and groom exchanging wedding vowsBride and groom at signing table

Soundtrack

“Our wedding had fifteen guests, a few of whom had not met each other before and many who had flown from the UK to be there. I didn’t want entertainment, just a soundtrack to our day. This was a task that now I look back on with such joy. I compiled songs from my favourite movies, our first date, songs our parents had as their first dance at their weddings. It was a labour of love, as I wrote the list as I heard the songs and remembered them. Now our playlist has been distributed through our extended family and friends so they can enjoy it too.”

Bride and groom portrait under ceremony arbour

Most Important

“The most important thing to us was how the wedding would feel to our guests. It was always going to be a small wedding, but I wanted it to feel more like a family meet up than have too many formal aspects. Also it had to be pretty – James gave me free reign on basically everything, but anything involving food he had input!”

Groom helping bride out of vintage carBridal party portrait

Reception Styling

“The reception had only one table, filled with multiple vases of small floral arrangements placed on mirrors, with tea lights in between. I wanted the whole thing to look soft and classy.”

Reception centrepiece of bud vases and candlesReception table setting atmosphere

Best Advice

1. Just do it how you want to, when you want to, with whom you want to. That’s my greatest advice – if you are happy with it, then it shows through.

2. I planned a whole outdoor wedding in April with absolutely no provisions for rain. I was having dreams almost nightly that it would rain, until someone asked me what exactly I thought I could do to change that! That became my attitude to anything out of my control – it all went a lot smoother from then on!

3. Enjoy it – the planning, the drives to meet vendors, trying on dresses – because it goes so fast. Take a minute just to look at how beautiful you made the day.

Bride and groom portrait waterside

Location: WA | Photography: Liz Jorquera | Ceremony: Bay View Park, Mosman | Reception: Mosmans Restaurant | Celebrant: Chris McCafferty | Styling: Wedding Day Flair | Flowers: Katie Cooper Floral Design | Dress: Aubrey Rose Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress: Review | Hair: Panache Hair Design | Makeup: Willow Advanced Beauty Therapy | Suits: David Jones | Transport: So Cal Limos