Romantic Australian Wedding in a Library

Photos By: Lara Hotz

I may be a bit biased as a lover of classic literature, but today’s wedding from Lara Hotz and Jardine Botanic Floral Styling is right up my alley. As soon as newlyweds Jen and Andrew saw Bendooley Estate, home to a unique book store, they knew it was their perfect venue. Building around such a stunning setting was a breeze, and their entire wedding day was a smash hit!

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted an old romantic style for our wedding. I am a lover of books and as soon as I saw the venue which was a Book Barn we fell in love with it. There was no doubt in our minds that this place was where we wanted to celebrate our first day as husband and wife. What better backdrop for the Bridal Party table than to have a showcase of books behind you and all around you. The location was sentimental to us because the Southern Highlands was the location of our first getaway as a couple and nothing was more fitting than to have our wedding at a location so dear to our journey together.

blush pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

unique wedding dress - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

unique engagement rings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

groom and groomsmen - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

Bouquet recipe: Notes from our florist: lush slightly unstructured bouquet in creams, pale peach, apricot and a touch of blush with greenery and texture such as sea holly. Florals to be included are David Austin garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sweet pea with touches of jasmine vine. Natural stems to be showing and to use long trailing ribbons to complement the bouquet – I just left it up to my amazing florist to choose whatever she wanted as she is such a creative talented person and the flowers were the talk of the party form the table arrangements to the church flowers to the flowers in each bridesmaids hair to even the scented floral arrangement she created in the ladies bathroom.

ceremony programs - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

ceremony recessionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

For the favors for the guests we got a local jam shop “Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop” in Berrima (location we got married) to make us some jams and we designed the labels and dressed them up in doilies with navy ribbons around them. We wanted to incorporate some local produce in our wedding. My sister also baked lemon biscotti as an addition to the favors for each guest and had a cute message saying “Sweets to end the sweetest day”. We also created the seating chart and named the guest tables old romantic movies that we both love which were Casablanca, Gone with the wind, Breakfast and Tiffany’s, Officer & a Gentleman.

double exposed wedding portrait - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

bridesmaid portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

framed seating chart - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

library wedding reception - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

yellow rose centerpiece - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

organic centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

I love the color Navy Blue and had to have that color in our wedding. We had the boys in Navy Blue suits and the ribbon for our Jam favors was also blue. The bridesmaids gifts were blue Swarovski earrings which they wore on the day. I’ve always been in love with Red Roses and the red rose was incorporated in all our stationery from our invites to our wedding programs, place cards and menu cards. We wanted a different wedding that no one has experienced before. Something that they went back home to and talked about how different it was. We wanted to create a modern vintage, unique, romantic, whimsical wedding. Because it was most guests first destination wedding and we wanted to create a relaxed feel out of the city where guest can let their hair down and enjoy the magic that our wedding would bring and just enjoy themselves and leaving all the stresses of work and anything else back at home.

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding reception tables - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

library weddings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It could be such a stressful thing to plan but every time you think it’s too much just take a moment to stop and think that this is the most amazing thing you will ever plan and enjoy the ride – it’s not worth the stress. Also, don’t cut corners – if you really want something then do it. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive thing but if you want it then get or do it, because it will only be a regret after. Also, research suppliers and ideas. We spent pretty much every night getting ideas of what I wanted and researching the best suppliers that would fit into my wedding and I can say with all honestly that I got the best for me and there is not one thing I would change.

receptions in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding cake with flowers - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

sophisticated wedding reception - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen (performed by Michael Duchesne)
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles (instrumental, performed by Michael Duchesne)
First Dance: “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King (performed by Michael Duchesne)
We had a guitarist/singer and a violinist perform at our ceremony and at our reception up to the cake cutting. The guitarist Mike I found by chance after a lot of YouTube videos and fell in love with his voice instantly. It was after I booked him that I realised he was a finalist in The Voice Australia the previous year.

Wedding Location: Berrima, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Florist: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling / Ceremony Venue: St Francis Xavier Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Bendooley Estate / Wedding Dress and Veil: Pallas Couture / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridal Headpiece: Viktoria Novak / Earrings: Swarovski / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Review Australia / Junior Bridesmaid Dress: Moonsoon UK / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Roger David / Junior Groomsman Suit: Indie Kids by Industrie from David Jones / Wedding Cake: Alison Lawson Cakes, flowers on cake by Jardine Botanic Floral Styling / Music: Musical Functions – The Violinist was Jeremy Curran and the Guitarist was Michael Duchesne / Wedding Invitations: Shabbyscrap from Etsy / Videographer: Lightnoise Films / Transportation: The Vintage Factory. We had a 1927 & 1963 Rolls Royce. The 1927 Rolls Royce was actually used during the filming of the Great Gatsby in Australia.

Romantic Styled Wedding at Terrain

Terrain at Styers has, for ages now, been one of our favorite venues. So when we heard Colleen Stepanian Photography and Belovely recently wrapped up a styled shoot there, we knew we had to share it with you all! With the help of Maggpie Rentals, this team is showing us how to use furniture rentals to their full potential during the wedding ceremony.

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

From the event designers, Belovely: Maggpie Rentals approached us wanting to showcase their upholstered furniture as a ceremony seating option for weddings. No, mismatched furniture isn’t exactly a “new” thing, however most of the time they’re a mix of finishes, colors and textures, while here we kept everything vintage but cohesive by using all white upholstery and dark wood work. Not only are you able to use the seating for an intimate ceremony, but move it around and you’ve got lounges for your guests to hang on during the reception as well! (talk about getting the most bang for your buck!) Or, in our case, we showcased how you can then also use the furnishings for portraits; be it for just the bride and groom, or even your entire bridal party.

garden wedding ideas - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

fuchsia wedding bouquet - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

wedding hair with flowers - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

wedding ceremony seating - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

Everything about an all-white upholstered furniture ceremony screams romance to us, so we filled this shoot with candles, gold and bright fuchsia florals. The gown provided by Lovely Bride was a perfect classic and elegant look for the bride paired with a high bun for an Audrey Hepburn look softened with a floral accent. Timeless with a twist!

romantic bridal looks - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

ceremony seating - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

ceremony decor with lanterns - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain


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Shoot Location: Glen Mills, PA / Photographer: Colleen Stepanian Photography / Event and Floral Design, Styling: Belovely / Venue: Terrain at Styers / Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride / Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Furniture Rentals: Maggpie Rentals






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Elegant Country Wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm

Photos By: Lev Kuperman

We know wedding planning can be associated with high-stakes decisions and stressful moments putting details together, so it’s always refreshing to hear a bride say she wants her wedding day to feel like “hosting a dinner in our own garden followed by an incredibly energetic dance party.” The perfect team to bring this to reality was Lev Kuperman behind the camera and Sebesta Design in control of floral design, who both knocked it far out of the park for Joann and Chris’ wedding day.

elegant country wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

From the bride, Joann: Chris and I met on September 13, 2009 while waiting in line to get into a bar in NYC. We were complete strangers with no common friends and no common ties, who happened to be at the right place at the right time. Thinking back to how we met always brings a smile to our faces, so we were ecstatic when our first choice venue called to say they had September 13th open. What better way to celebrate 5 years of meeting than to get married? We appreciated that our wedding was one of the rare moments in our lives where we could have the majority of people we love under one roof. Since my family lives all the way in the Philippines, we asked our immediate families and closest friends to stay at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm. It was a lot of fun to call the Inn our home for the weekend along with the special people in our lives. Our vision was to celebrate our weekend entirely outdoors starting with a BBQ rehearsal dinner on the Inn’s patio and culminating with a morning after brunch. We wanted our wedding day to feel relaxed, as if we were hosting a dinner in our own garden followed by an incredibly energetic dance party.

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

bride getting ready - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

navy bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

pastel wedding bouquet - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm
Bouquet recipe: Blush cafe au lait dahlias, antique romantica cabbage spray roses, ivory lisianthus blossoms, white ranunculus, white scabiosa and small blue green echeveria rosettes for accents.

ceremony seating - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

ceremony processionals - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

wedding ceremony - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

wedding ceremony - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

We wanted our celebration to be simple, yet intimate and romantic. We used a lot of light colors and earthy tones to create a clean look that was both pretty and rustic. We also loved the idea of maximizing the 80+ acre property as much as we could by having separate locations for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and after-party. Unfortunately, it rained for a few hours in the afternoon, relocating our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour to the barn. The barn, with its wooden beams and hanging chandelier thankfully lent an even more intimate feel to our exchange of vows. We were inspired by sunset and dusk colors, string lights, greenery and wood. We used blush, peach, ivory and butter with small pops of color and gold accents for our decor and chose french blue for our bridesmaids/groomsmen attire because it’s a flattering color and one of our favorites. We did not have any DIY projects, but we sourced many items on our own. These included custom burlap runners, chalk boards, candles, jelly jars, lace ribbons for our cocktail tables and various other design items from independent sources on Etsy.

watercolor escort cards - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

tented wedding reception - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

garden wedding receptions - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

dahlia centerpiece - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant place setting - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

We mixed round and rectangular tables for our reception with every table having a unique composition of flowers. Our florist achieved this look by using autumn clematis vine, cafe au lait dahlias, chamomile, cabbage spray roses, raspberry scabiosa, and white ranunculus as a base for both table shapes, but using different vases and adding pops of color. Round tables included rose astrantia and fresh lavender in the mix, which were arranged in gold mercury glass vases. Rectangular tables added butter stock, butter yellow freesia, queen anne’s lace and pink and purple cosmos to the base and were styled in mason jars and bottle bud vases.

sweetheart table - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

illustrated table number - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant wedding centerpieces - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

unique table numbers - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

romantic wedding cake - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1) Have fun while tackling the various aspects of wedding planning! We were fortunate in that we were able to provide our own alcohol to the venue, so Chris and I planned personal wine tastings for two weeks in our apartment. We opened a bottle each night to taste which wines we wanted to serve at our wedding. This allowed us to add another personal touch and gave us a chance to unwind together. 2) Have a solid rain plan. Assuming it rains all day at your wedding, how will it affect every aspect of your day? Discuss it in detail with all of your vendors and use their knowledge to help create a plan you will be comfortable with. It was very important to us that we have a beautiful indoor ceremony location if things didn’t pan out and we didn’t get the sunny fall day every couple hopes for. We passed on numerous venues for this reason, and we are so glad we did. It rained for a few hours the afternoon of our wedding and plan B kicked into effect seamlessly. 3) The best part of our wedding was the unbelievable high we felt from being surrounded by family and friends under one roof with one goal in mind: to celebrate us as a couple. What better way to thank them for the impact they made in our lives than to make our wedding fun, comfortable, and easy for them? By that I mean, splurge on reliable transportation to take guests to and from your venue, ensure you have plenty of good food (people will get hungry after all that dancing and everyone appreciates a few sliders at the end of the night, trust me), have a wide selection of drinks and abundance of coffee, and try to say hi to every table during dinner. 4) Last and most importantly, know that the day will go by quickly. This is something every bride hears… but really, it’s hard to take it seriously until the day comes. Take a few minutes during your ceremony and your reception to block out everything but how you are feeling that exact moment and just take it all in. Allow yourself to be aware of and truly feel surrounded by all the love of family and friends. When I look back on our wedding, I try to relive that moment and it still gives me butterflies.

elegant country wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant country wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

wedding smores - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm

elegant country wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm - photo by Lev Kuperman http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-country-wedding-at-barley-sheaf-farm


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Wedding Music:
Prelude: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley and “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Newlywed Entrance: “Where the Party At,” Nelly and Jagged Edge
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
During the cocktail hour, we wanted the string quartet to play a combination of classic wedding songs, oldies, and more recent hits. Chris and I wanted everyone to be on their feet most of the evening and DJ Taiga delivered by mixing upbeat classics (Elvis, The Beatles) with our version of old school hip hop (Notorious BIG, Nelly, Yung Joc). Given that so many of our guests are close friends from high school and college, we requested songs from 1998-2007, throwbacks we knew they would love. As people were eating, romantic, folksy tunes by artists such as Jose Gonzalez and Iron and Wine played in the background.

Wedding Location: Bucks County, PA / Photographer: Lev Kuperman / Florist: Sebesta Design / Venue and Caterer: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm / Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo / Wedding Veil: Bridal Reflections / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings and Bracelet: designed by the bride’s mother / Hair and Makeup: Aleksandra and Jackie from Makeup by Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bridal Party Attire: Amsale and DKNY / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Ned / Bow Tie and Pocket Square: The Tie Bar / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Wedding Cake: The Caketeria / Favors: Bouchon Bakery chocolate chip cookies / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Elegance String Quartet / DJ: DJ Taiga of Remixologists / Wedding Invitations: Momental Designs / Officiant: James O’Brien of Journeys of the Heart / Videographer: Tree of Life Films / Transportation: Sterling Limousine

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