What a way to finish this wedding season!! I couldn’t think of a more fabulous wedding to finish the year on, other than the wedding of Hanna and Chris at Bird In Hand Winery. Nearly two weeks on and I think my cheeks still hurt from smiling so very much.
Hanna sent me an enquiry 18 months out from her wedding day and I think to date, it’s quite possibly the most touching enquiry I have ever received. When I sat down the night before her and Chris’s wedding day to go through all of my notes and correspondence, I read her initial email and I actually cried. She is just that sweet! From this very first point of contact, I knew I was liaising with someone very special. Hanna greets everyone with a huge beaming smile and a sparkle in her blue eyes and you just naturally feel as though you’ve been re-united with your long lost best friend. I think that she’s even possibly in the running for best human ever… she wanted me to eat cake with her at her wedding!! ZOMG! LOL Seriously though, she’s all kinds of special and Chris is equally as fabulous. He is her perfect life partner and together, they are just precious. I’m just so glad that their paths crossed all those years ago despite the fact that they are from completely separate sides of the world 😀
This heart-warming couple decided that they were going to hold an intimate wedding with around 50 people at Bird In Hand Winery at Woodside. Their guest list was intimate and only their closest, nearest and dearest family and friends shared in their special day. I think this is what I found so endearing about their wedding day, it really was just their inner most circle. Their love for each other and their guests however was so big that they really indulged their loved ones with a lavish celebration. The celebration was truly was a reflection of the special times and moments that they had shared with each other and with their families. It was a beautiful tapestry of culture and heritage from both sides woven into a magical day of celebrations and I always think it’s so special when couples include special elements of their culture into celebrations.
Hanna, originally from Germany really wanted to include some special wedding elements and traditions from her home country. In Germany, weddings are celebrated with Coffee and Cake in the afternoon. It sounds like utter heaven to me but Chris, was not so sure that coffee could be served at an Australian wedding early afternoon and came up with the perfect blend of German and Australian culture. Suggesting that perhaps Espresso Martini’s and Cake would be a lovely modern twist on a gorgeous German tradition. So promptly following their ceremony, the staff at Bird In Hand launched straight into an Australian take on Coffee and Cake. The stunning lawned area became the perfect location to not only enjoy the breathtaking vistas but kick start the wedding festivities with an Espresso Bar and fabulous cake created by Sugar Sugar Cakes. This really was just the beginning of an amazing celebration that was about to unfold.
Hanna and Chris are that welcoming, thoughtful and all encompassing, they even arranged for a beautiful dinner for myself to enjoy! I still haven’t stopped raving about it! As I sat outside enjoying my incredible tea I listened to the last of the speeches taking place in side. Brad touched on the fact that whilst part of this circle of friends had been brought together originally through careers and friendships, this group of people had very quickly transitioned into something more of a family. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment and I so hope I’ve been able to truly capture the love that was flowing in abundance at this wedding. It’s not very often that you get to chose a family as special as this one.
Hanna and Chris may you be deliriously happy as you enjoy your honeymoon. Your wedding really was a true representation of everything that is important to you both but also in successful relationships. Family, love, friendship… wonderful company and simply beautiful food. Thank you so much for sharing your day with me, it meant so much to me that you did 😀
Love was certainly in the air on December 22nd. As I arrived to start working at Bird in Hand, there was a newly engaged couple boarding this helicopter! He hired it to use as part of the proposal! Naw 😀
In Germany, it’s the witnesses who hold the most special place in the bridal party. Lena, Hanna’s closest friend travelled out from Germany to be Hanna’s witness and she surprised the couple with two doves to release after their vows.
Ceremony and Reception Venue : Bird In Hand Winery
Entertainment : Ash Gale.. simply amazing!
Stylist : The Beautiful Life
Floral Designer : Ivy and Lace
Wedding Gown : Alexis George
Suits : Joseph Uzumcu
Makeup : Samantha Ruby
Hair : Yots Hair
Stationery : Magnolia Press
Cake : Sugar Sugar Cakes