OK, this is going to be a long one, so grab a cuppa!
I’m so happy to finally be able to share images from the 2012 Make Believe Wedding. I have been working on this for many months now – it is a long process but so worth it to see the incredible response we’ve had to this project.
When Honey from Insight Creative first told me of her vision for a ‘Make Believe Wedding’ back in 2010 I jumped at the chance to be involved. I mean, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to create a wedding where instead of the bride telling you her vision, you get to come up with all of your own ideas, themeing, colour schemes, and completely control the creative process – it’s a stylists dream!
The idea of the Make Believe Wedding was always to be able to showcase our ideas, talent and skills in a controlled setting, and to show local brides that you can achieve a unique, personal and stunning wedding using all local suppliers (yay Townsville!). Everything you see in the wedding was sourced locally.
This is the second year we have run this event (you can see the 2011 Make Believe Wedding here), and whilst I am always completely exhausted at the end of it all, I’m still so happy to be involved and see the amazing results.
I based the styling for this year’s event on an ‘Urban Industrial’ theme. A colour scheme of greys, duck egg blue and peach with metallic silver beautifully complimented our raw concrete backdrop. I used modern and rustic touches to create a real contrast of elements – stacked timber pallets framed by strands of soft, shiny ribbons; metal chairs and rusty steel carts alongside delicate flowers in creams and pastels.
And so, introducing you to our ‘bride’ and ‘groom’….
Our bride and groom this year were the super hot Franzi and Reiner. Just a little background on these two – both are from Germany and have been living in Townsville for a couple of years. Reiner is a Marine Biologist and Franzi is the gelatti maker at Juliette’s (those of you from Townsville will be going ‘ah ha!!’). And they were already married (shock, horror!!). But their story is a cute one. You see, in Germany you actually have to get married at a registry-type office before you can have your big white wedding, and because Franzi and Reiner had been planning a trip to Australia they hadn’t been able to afford the big wedding – so had only had the registry office wedding. So this was a very special event for them, and the ‘ceremony’ was actually done as a vow renewal. So sweet!!
So without further ado, on to my fav photos from the shoot….first up a couple of pics of set-up day…
March in Townsville is so so hot, and some genius (ahem) just had to pick a location without airconditioning (cough). So from this day forth, set-up day will hence be called ‘sweat day’. We spent the whole day transporting props in a trailer, loading and unloading. We also brought in 9 portable aircons to try and cool the space!
Our first major task was to construct the ‘altar’. I got the inspiration for an altar made from old timber pallets from an Anthropologie inspired wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. Anthropologie is one of my all-time favourite stores and I regularly admire their incredible in-store and window displays from afar (that is, online!). They are nothing short of incredible and provide endless inspiration. The altar was made from 16 timber pallets and topped with MDF boards.
Above the pallets I wanted to create a canopy that would sit just above the bride and groom’s heads while they said their vows. I did this with hundreds of metallic silver diamonds strung together with shiny white, cream, grey and peach ribbons to soften the look. I’m really happy with how this all turned out!
A look at the wedding invitations and stationery (also by Carbine Avenue)…
A little behind-the-scenes photo of the girls having their hair and make-up done above. And now onto the stunning photographs (all by the talented girls at Insight Creative)…
See all the cute photos below? This is an old German wedding tradition that Franzi told me about. A bed sheet is strung up and a large heart shape is painted to the front of it. The bride and groom each get a pair of scissors and have to cut around each side of the heart and meet in the middle. The groom then has to carry his bride through the heart. Could this tradition be any cuter?!?! So naturally I had to include this in the day. And I’m so glad I did!!
Congratulations Franzi and Reiner – you were both an absolute delight to work with!!
Make sure you check out the amazing video of the event, shot by Townsville Wedding Videos – www.vimeo.com/38543652
Here is the list of incredible suppliers from this year’s event:
Photography: Insight Creative
Styling and Stationery: Carbine Avenue
Flowers: Townsville Flower Market
Videography: Townsville Wedding Videos
Hair Styling: Tiki on Ackers
Make-up: Boheme Beauty and Body
Celebrant: Jennifer Celotto
Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Happy Cakes
Sweets and Wedding Favours: Cafe Bambini
Jewellery: Kim Bartlett Master Jewellers
Bridal Gown: Hills in Hollywood
Bridesmaid Dresses: Playtime/Salt 66
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Ralph
Catering: A Touch of Salt
Wine: Robert Oatley Vineyards
Furniture and Props: A Few Beautiful Things
Balloons: Party Shop
You can view all of the images and video, and supplier contact information, as well as last year’s event at www.townsvilleweddingteam.com.au