Seven months' planning paid off for winter bride Faye and her groom Andrew who tied the knot at the stunning Bather's Pavillion at Sydney's Balmoral Beach on an overcast day in July.

Kissing Bride And Groom

Faye describes the theme for the wedding as fresh and pretty with a "handmade" feel. The crisp green and white colour scheme was reflected throughout and Faye agonized over the most minute details herself, carefully selecting vintage elements and unique decorations to tie in with the elegant but informal style.

Faye and Andrew continued their informal approach by not having a traditional bridal party, opting instead for Faye's four-year-old nephew, suited and booted, to precede her at the ceremony with a bubble blower. As it turns out, the bubble blower was the only hiccough in an otherwise stress-free day with the bride having to make a quick pitstop en route to the ceremony to replenish its batteries!

Although Faye didn't purposely follow the "something old, something new, something borrowed...." adage she says she managed to cover most of them unwittingly except for the blue. Giving a nod to the old were the decorative milk glass vases from etsy and retro glasses borrowed from the couple's photographer Lucy Leonardi, while her dress covered off the something new, and her vintage beaded purse was borrowed from a friend.

The Bride With Her Bouquet

Speaking of the dress, Faye only started dress shopping a month before the big day and while her final choice was different from what she'd originally envisioned, she said once she tried on the silvery-grey Amanda Garrett design she knew right away it was the one. Topping off her dressy, but not overly formal style, was a faux fur stole Faye snapped up from Witchery, which lent her ensemble a luxe vintage vibe. For her bouquet, Faye selected a big ball of baby's breath from Kerstin Boike Floral Design.

Andrew had free reign choosing his outfit, and opted for a suit in a soft grey hue which, as it turns out, perfectly complemented both Faye's frock and the overcast sky - resulting in an almost ethereal look in the couple's photographs.

The couple's ceremony kicked off just before midday and was followed by a relaxed lunchtime reception making the most of the blissful beach views.

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Bathers looked spectacular decked out in shades of green and white which were repeated through fresh flower arrangements and paper decorations featuring flowerball shapes - she even hand stamped mini pom poms to tie in with the look.

Food is a passion for Faye and Andrew and both were committed to serving outstanding quality to their guests. It seems it paid off with many of their friends and family commenting on the fabulous food and Andrew's sister still raving about the crème brulee!

As a professional foodie, dessert was always going to be a standout, but Faye chose not to bake any of her own sweets for the wedding, choosing instead to be a customer for once and not the boss. Finding it too hard to choose just one, she opted for several individual cakes - if you can call them that, they were really so much more - which were painstakingly put together by friends and family.

unique wedding cakes

Faye's good friend Jean Michel Raynaud from Baroque Bistro crafted a spectacular green and white macaroon tower, and a croquembouche; while Mavournee Georgeson of Faye Cahill Cake Design created a tier of chocolate cake. In a nod to Faye's heritage, her sister Maree, who also works in the family cake business, baked a Norwegian Kransekake in memory of the girls' beloved grandmother.

In place of bomboniere, Faye and Andrew's guests took home miniature cake boxes with slices of each of the original cake creations inside.

After the ceremony, the couple made a grand entrance at the reception lunch to Roxy Music's "Let's Stick Together", and with music a passion for both of them, Andrew and Faye's guests were entertained all afternoon with an iPod mix of the couple's favourite tunes from an eclectic range of artists including the Rolling Stones, the Flaming Lips, The Stems, Bon Iver, Beach House, Nirvana and the Pixies.

While the view, the location, and of course the desserts were all highlights, Faye said the sense of goodwill from friends and family was the highlight of the day.

Being on the shy side, Faye was anxious she might not be able to unwind and enjoy the day, however, when the time came; she couldn't help but be swept up in the magic of the occasion along with everyone else.

When it was time to drag themselves away, Faye and Andrew headed to the glamorous Ivy Hotel for a relaxing evening, before waking up bright and breezy the next morning to head to the luxurious Eratapp Resort in Vanuatu - the ideal location for a winter's escape.

Wedding Photography By Lucy Leonardi
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