A new year, clean shed and a team ready and waiting. There was only one thing to do and that was to show you, our clients, first hand exactly what Ivory Lane and the companies we admire can do. We were lucky enough to feature some amazing vendors from our local wedding industry including: Glamour Empire, Day One Films, HappyBooth, Finishing Image, Sweet Things By Sarah, and Tall Poppy.
Set up began on Thursday and rolled into Friday. We worked into the night to make sure we had finished every last detail.
10Am came and the gates opened. After meeting the Ivory Lane team our guests strolled around the corner where they laid their eyes on our impressive 13m x 19m Oyster Twin Pole Event Tent, completely styled for luxurious wedding seating 120 guests.
The look and feel of the day channelled 'Luxe Hamptons'. We kept the the colour palette simple with whites, greys and a touch of gold. Our white tiffany chairs set the scene for the tables which featured our gold cutlery, clear beaded charger plates with a mixture of gold tealight votives, and clear cylinder vases with pillar candles. There was not a table, wall or Halo that hadn't been touched by our florist Tall Poppy.
We would like to thank everyone we met at our Open day. We are blown away and so humbled that you gave us the opportunity to do what we love.
Again we could not have done it all without the help and support of Glamour Empire, Day One Films, HappyBooth, Tall Poppy Florist, Finishing Image and Sweet Things By Sarah. The day would not have been as successful as it was without them.
If you were unable to make it to the Ivory Lane Open Day but wish to discuss your own creative ideas for your wedding day, please contact us using the details below
for an over the phone or in-house consultation.
We can't wait to hear from you.
Courtney: 0427 199 144
The Ivory Lane Team x
We met with Lacie and Josh a few months before their wedding date and our first impression of this couple is that they were meant to be! These two really wanted to be a part of every component of their day, so took on (and mastered) the task of their own setup and styling. The results are magnificent and we love the finished product! Quirang Country Gardens was their venue of choice and we believe it was definitely brought to life by such a talented couple with a keen eye. Lacie and Josh hired a selection of items from our inventory and pieced them together beautifully! Who says DIY weddings have to be hard?!
Thanks again Lacie and Josh for choosing Ivory Lane!
Please have a read of Lacie's advice, her wedding planning processes and browse the gorgeous shots by Milah Studio below.
Couples names: Josh and Lacie Launders
Wedding date: 12 November 2016
Wedding Location (both Ceremony & Reception):
Quirang Country Gardens, 230 Pullaming Road, Gunnedah.
Guest numbers: 112
How did you two meet?:
A night out in Gunnedah in August of 2011 led our paths to cross.
Christmas day 2015, our son surprised me by wearing a tee shirt saying 'mummy' on the front, and 'will you marry my Joshy' on the back. Josh had told me that Ollie was going to his room to get his preschool present he made us, and came back wearing the shirt. The ring was hidden in our kitchen for a few months, Ollie knew about this the whole time and didn't spill the beans.
What did you envision for your wedding day?:
We always wanted to ensure everyone at our wedding would have a great memorable time. During the early stages of planning we thought of having an open aired reception, and rolled with that until the week of the wedding when we finally knew what the weather would have installed for us, which was 70% chance of rain so at the last minute we had to book a marquee.
I have a love for succulents so I always knew that the plants I had been growing for years would make an appearance. They ended up being used as our table decorations, and looked absolutely perfect, just how I imagined! We have attended a couple of weddings at Quirang and loved the atmosphere, so knew very early into the planning process that we would try to get a booking at Quirang.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?:
I guess we wanted to support local businesses where we could. A lot of our ideas came from Pinterest and we just actioned our ideas the best way possible. Sometimes this meant doing things ourselves to save a bit of cash.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you stated planning your wedding?:
Wedding dress fitting - try on all different styles of dresses, as you might just surprise yourself on how good a dress you think you don't like actually looks really good on! Then take a break to think about all the different styles you just tried on. Dont go in thinking you have the exact style in your head, be open to trying on different dresses!
Advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Just to enjoy the little things. I was sure I was going to loose weight before the big day, but then thought pfft, my soon to be hubby loves me for who I am, so I'm pretty lucky for that, and make no attempt to do anything to change the way I looked for our special day.
Try not to stress over little things. Your big day will always be perfect, and your bridesmaids are there to ensure that! When people ask to help, let them, they are trying to make things easier to you.
Don't go trolling Pinterest over and over again, you will never be able to pick a style you are going for, have a look early on, pick something you like then roll with that, but most of all enjoy yourself. The day goes so quick!
Lacie and Josh's Dream Wedding Team:
Catering: Relish Catering, 15 Doyle Street, Narrabri. www.relishcatering.com.au, phone: 67924178
Hire: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire, and Peel Valley Party Hire 667 Moore Creek Road, Tamworth. www.peelvalleypartyhire.com.au. phone: 67608188 - also on facebook.
Stylist - Lacie & Josh
Photography: Milah Studio Gunnedah. www.milahstudio.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram
Florist: Stockholm Florist, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. www.stockholmflorist.com.au. phone: 67423333. also on facebook and Instagram.
Stationery and invites - Lacie & Josh
Wedding planner - Lacie & Josh
Celebrant: Carrie Frith 0427 621 972. email: firstname.lastname@example.org - also on facebook.
Entertainment: Michael Bryers.
Makeup: Rochelle Peeters, 0410 469 870 - Tamworth
Hair: Soni Walker and Soph Smyth, Gunnedah 0438 420 456 (Soni).
Cake: Tracey Neilson - Owner of 'The Verdict' Gunnedah phone: 0431 542 036.
Brides dress: The Ivory Lounge Exquisite Bridal Gowns, Newcastle. 444-448 Hunter Street, Newcastle. www.theivoryloungenewcastle.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Flower girl dresses: Dollcake Vintage in Melbourne. www.dollcake.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Paige boy attire: 'Next' Ezibuy - online.
We first met Paolo and Joanna last year. These two drove the five hours from Sydney just to meet with us and we are so glad they did. Paolo and Joanna are one of the sweetest couples we have ever had sit down with us in our four years at Ivory Lane. The love between them was real, the type that radiates from their faces and their interactions between each other. The excitement and creative vibes we felt when sitting with them was contagious and it was then we decided that their wedding was going to be one of our favourites from 2016.
Paolo and Joanna wed in the stunning Hunter Valley (yes we do travel down there!) and their reception was held in the courtyard at Lindemans Wines. A perfect venue for the young couple, and we absolutely loved styling this unique space and working alongside some brilliant vendors.
Joanna had a distinct vision for their wedding reception, a romantic and textured palette featuring deep green foliage, paired with gold, timber and hints of blush throughout. This combination got us very excited here at IL HQ and we started piecing together signature items to bring Joanna and Paolo's vision to life.
The end result was breathtaking, which you can view in the images below by the talented James Bennett. You will also find some very sound advice from the couple below on planning their wedding which is definitely worth a read.
Scroll down below to see a list of Paolo and Joanna's dream team.
Thank you to Joanna and Paolo for choosing us to be a part of your absolutely breathtaking wedding day. We wish we could do it all again!!
Jane & the IL Team xx
Paolo & Joanna
How did you two meet?
Young, silly and 15 years old! We had milkshakes and donuts in the morning, before getting the latest possible bus to our different high schools. We grew up together.
A weekend stay at Pier One Hotel at the Rocks in Sydney. On our way to dinner. Paolo made me wait for him outside our hotel room, while he went to get 'his wallet' that he forgot. I got impatient waiting for him and went to find out what was taking so long, only to find him holding an engagement ring.
What did you envision for your wedding day?
Something that represented us entirely, timeless and a day nobody would forget.
Read on below..
Why did you choose your wedding location?
We wanted to have a bush band and bush dancing. We also loved the idea of a night sky and twinkling lights. Lindeman's Courtyard was the perfect match.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?
We picked our vendors based on if their aesthetic matched us and vendors who were able to put in their creative input to really complete our vision.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started planning your wedding?
To start planning as early as possible.
Best advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Don't worry about what other bride's are doing. Put together a day that completely represents you and your partner's story. And don't leave it to the last minute!
Paolo and Joanna's Dream Team:
Brides Dress: Babushka Ballerina @babushkaballerina
Groom attire: Brent Wilson @brentwilson25
Grooms Shoes: R M Williams
Jewellery & Accessories: Twigs and Honey @twigsandhoneyofficial
The Ivory Lane Memoir
This is the blog of weddings and events Ivory Lane has been a part of and beautiful, unique ideas for your big day.