Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An Art Deco Affair



 Carlene & James Calvert • 31st December, 2010 

Carlene and James met when they were sent by their respective companies to attend a management course in Strathalbyn. The pair struck up a conversation, something very special clicked and they’ve been together ever since. 

It was quite some time later when James surprised Carlene with a weekend away in Robe. He had arranged absolutely everything, even down to packing Carlene’s clothes and make-up. For one evening of their stay, he planned a picnic by the ocean that included French champagne, a delicious dinner and chocolates. 

Even though the sun was shining, it was still very cold, so Carlene and James drove their hatchback down onto the beach and set up the picnic in the back of the car. Comfortably settled and warm in the car, they were enjoying the food and champagne as the sun began to set. It was then that a very nervous James proposed, and a very excited Carlene said ‘Yes’. 

Carlene and James decided on a New Year’s Eve wedding. The couple wanted their guests to not only enjoy their wedding, but also a great NYE celebration, so they concentrated on ensuring that the day would be a memorable one. 

Both Carlene and James admire the Art Deco era, and generally prefer vintage over modern. This made their wedding day theme an easy choice as they focussed on all things vintage for inspiration. Their reception area was decorated with almost 100 vintage crystal and glass vases filled with gorgeous white roses and lisianthus. Antique silver vases with large white ostrich feathers dotted the room, and a brown leather chesterfield lounge, kindly lent to the couple by Mt Lofty House, was set up in the reception venue’s gardens. A beautiful vintage-look chandelier hung above the chesterfield in an unusual, but chic touch. 

After a moving ceremony the bridal party left for their photo shoot. The couple’s guests were served hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the garden while a second photographer took photos in a photobooth. 

A design motif incorporated throughout the wedding was a pair of hummingbirds – the birds featured on Carlene and James’ beautiful laser cut invitations, their menu, table numbers, bomboniere, and also on the small name place holders that were perched on their guests’ champagne glasses. 

After a long but joyous wedding celebration, the happy couple honeymooned in the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. 

Photography - www.minkstudio.com.au
Ceremony & Reception Venue - www.mtloftyhouse.com.au
Engagement Ring - Paragon Jewellery Design, 08 8227 0757
Wedding Rings - www.everettbrookes.com.au
Bridal Gown - www.bridalonpulteney.com.au
Bridal Shoes - www.ivorysoul.com.au
Bridal Accessories - Bauhaus, 08 8215 0003
Men's Suits - www.xile.com.au and www.petershearer.com.a
Hair Stylist - C salon, 08 8223 3380
Make-Up - www.karafantasia.com
Florist - Justine Ellbourne
Cake - Handmade by mother-in-law
Decorations & Bomoniere - Handmade by the bride
Honeymoon - Phillipines, Singapore & Thailand

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