Lou Gown – Camilla & Scott
Camilla & Scott Kirby
26 October 2019
Worrowing Estate, Jervis Bay, Australia – we spend a lot of time on the South Coast with friends and family and love how wild it is and Jervis Bay is one of our favourite places and one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
Justin Aaron – we love how Justin’s photos are raw and natural and how he captured the day so naturally. We sent him some inspiration and he was amazing at initiating those moments on the day and creating the look and feel that we hoped for.
Bo & Luca LOU Gown – the most perfect dress for me!
I had seen it online but when I saw it in person at Hope and Page in Sydney, I fell in love with it even more. It has the most beautiful beaded detailing on the cuffs and under the bust, a low V-neck, and sheer sleeves. I loved the sleeves the most and had always imagined myself with long sleeves. What I loved most about it is it had a real 70’s look to it, but was also so classically beautiful, and a little bohemian! I paired it with the white STELLA Crown which matched the beading detail so perfectly.
I wanted them to wear different tones of pink and to choose their dresses so they could feel amazing and comfortable in what they wore, and could hopefully wear again. I think it proved a little challenging finding floor-length pink dresses that weren’t traditional. They all looked stunning and I loved how the photos turned out with them all mismatched!
My engagement ring is set in gold with three diamonds, one round diamond, and two pear-shaped diamonds on either side. We had our wedding bands made by the same designer, who got them absolutely perfect. Scott’s is slightly matted, beaten yellow gold with a tiny black opal off-center on the outside of the band, and mine is a slightly thicker yellow gold band with a white opal in the middle and two diamonds on either side and stars around the diamonds. We love them so much and love how they are slightly matching.
We had some lovely bottles of prosecco that we made labels for with the wedding details on them and a little note to our families, wedding party and close friends on the back. It also had a flannel flower drawn by a very talented friend of ours who is an artist, which was also on all our wedding stationary, so made it extra special. We still have so many bottles left over for special occasions!
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS
The flowers were done by our florist friend and were absolutely perfect. It featured my favourite, Flannel Flower, with some other stunning Australian wildflowers, plus Lunaria, wheat, and babies breath. The bouquets were amazing, the girls had just whites to contrast against their dresses, and I had pops of pink to contrast against mine. They were also running along the tables and we had the most amazing centerpiece hanging over where Scott and I were sitting for the reception, it looked stunning. For the ceremony, we had pink jasmine hanging over the arbour, it looked so whimsical.
One of my best friends and bridesmaids made the beautiful cake, it was a carrot cake which is our favourite and had white icing, it was decorated with some of the wildflowers and was so simple and pretty, plus absolutely delicious.
Our first dance was ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John and performed by the band who were amazing. I walked down the aisle to a song written by both my brother-in-law and Scott, which I heard for the first time on the day. Our recession song was ‘Happy’ by The Rolling Stones. We love music, and spent a lot of time making wedding playlists and speaking to the band about the music style we wanted, mostly classics and songs to get everyone on the dance floor, which they completely nailed!
FOOD & DRINKS
We had a friend of ours who owns our favourite restaurant to cater the wedding and do all the food and beverage. It was an absolute highlight for us, they went above and beyond and we couldn’t have asked for more! They turned our favourite meals into canapes and made the best cocktails for the reception. For the dinner, we had a sit-down meal with share plates running down the tables, as we wanted everyone to chat and be involved when they sat down. It was the most delicious, beautiful food and so many of our guests have commented on it being some of the best wedding food they had tasted. They also put together the most incredible grazing table, which our florist also decorated with flowers and it looked unreal.
We did our registry through Hitch’d, where we chose experiences for our honeymoon and a few physical items that we needed for the home, it was really easy to use and so nice to be able to choose our experiences so freely! Our favourite gift was probably the stay at Simple Patagonia and the day trip to Torres Del Paine gifted by my Godparents, it was a day to remember.
The moment our celebrant told me that Scott had written the song I was walking down the aisle to. I knew my brother-in-law had written something, he is a composer and we asked if he would write something for us, but little did I know that he suggested Scott write something for him to turn into music for the band to play. I was so overwhelmed and cried, it was so sweet. When I walked down the aisle, it was the most beautiful piece of music, it was so whimsical and personal and so us.
ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE
It is a big job, especially if you are doing DIY mostly, but it’s worth it if you are doing it knowing it’s exactly how you want your day to be, and what you put in, you get back. A few months before, we went to the property with my dad who said to me that we had to leave no stone unturned and make all the information on our wedding website idiot-proof, so we did. That, and also throwing every tiny detail into the run sheet and aligning it with all the suppliers, with help from the team at Rocker who did our catering, made the whole evening seamless. Things will always go wrong, but if you have as much detail as you can in your run sheet (and also help from someone to make the evening run smoothly) it won’t matter and no one will notice! The details are 100% worth it to make it personal to you, and it really does pay off.