If only I could bring myself to put our Balmoral Pram in storage before both of the boys are in pre-school!! It looks so gorgeous at home and although we dont have any catalogue photo shoots in our album like this one, a little bit of luxury for baby is definately worth it for the family heirlooms. Watch this space in 2011 for SugarLove Babbitto!!
June 30, 2010
First comes love, then comes marriage then comes ......It seems like the year of the girl with so many of our amazing past brides giving birth to girls in 2010. Huge congrats today to Elka & Thomas Whalan who welcomed little Nevada last night. We love the name and can't wait to meet her!! Couples often ask "can you do a photo shoot with us and baby?". The answer is of course we can. What could be more special than working with you over two of the most exciting times of your life.
June 25, 2010
We promised an exclusive behind the scenes interview with our couple, Sarah & Rodger who were featured in the May 2010 issue of Bride to Be Magazine.....here it is... SL: How did you first meet? S&R: Through friends SL: When & Where did you get engaged? S&R: We got engaged in June/July 2008. We went to Italy, France & London and Rodge proposed in Positano after spending a day at the beach.
Sarah wore a gown by Carla Zampatti and her bridesmaids wore different elegant black cocktail dresses by Alex Perry. The Flower Store created stunning arrangements in vibrant colours for the bridesmaids whilst complimented the multi coloured shoes perfectly. Sarah chose a simple arrangement of white orchids.
SL: The Big Day? Location, Location, Location - Why, Where & When? S&R: Our civil ceremony took place at Observatory Hill followed by Quay Restaurant. We chose it because of the food and the view, amazing! Our wedding was on the 28th November 2009.
S&R: We had the Urban Gypsies play at our ceremony. They are a latino-inspired acoustic band and were perfect for pre ceremony champagne for guests and post ceremony celebrations.
S&R: We wanted to be outside in a beautiful location but not too far away from the reception at Quay Restaurant.
The couples photo shoot took place in the Royal Botanical Gardens.
SL: The most special moments of the day? S&R: Getting ready with my girls & family and celebrating with all of the people who are special to us.
Sarah surprised guests by changing into a silver beaded mini dress by Collette Dinnigan. S&R: I wanted my reception dress to be fun and different. We are a young couple who love to party & it just seemed fitting.
Ultra modern interesting details & loads of candles at the party.
June 23, 2010
What a weekend, our team ventured down to the Snowy Mountains of Thredbo for 4 days of R&R over the weekend and we have a few behind the scenes moments to share. The crisp air & scenic drive was a welcome escape for all on Friday. Checking into the private five star Pure Chalet with sweeping views of the mountain was too cosy for some. Bradley & Glen opted for the photographic & head chef roles. Great venue for a pre wedding getaway with the girls or guys before the big day!!
Baby Billingham sits proudly nearby while Glen catches the magic light.
Our snowboarding king Dean shows us how a pro strikes a pose.
Saff leads the pack for the girls on the slopes with Lauren close behind.
June 18, 2010
What a lovely week, we received the new copy of Wedding Style Guide magazine which features two of our lovely Sydney based weddings. Both Geney & Michael and Carrie & Paul enjoyed a harbourside backdrop on perfect Spring days in 2009. We will feature more of there images on the blog soon. Thank you to the team at WSG for some stunning layouts!! Our 3 page story on Geney & Michael's wedding below. We love her dress & movie star hair by Loresgiglio Carrie & Paul's images are featured over 2 pages. An elegant harbourside ceremony followed by classic style at Catalina, Rose Bay Our team at SugarLove & White are enjoying some much needed R&R away in the snow this weekend in Thredbo. Minus 4 degrees tonight - brrrrr. Keep you posted for some behind the scenes pics next week. Here is one of my favourite snow shots taken by Photographer, Bradley Patrick whilst shooting in Vermont, USA to inspire any fellow snow bunnies x
June 14, 2010
"The Long and Winding Road" was the last single released by the Beatles and appeared on their "Let it Be" album. There is something lovely about watching an old fashioned wedding car driving through the vineyards down a long & winding road. This shot was taken at Rebecca & Alex' wedding in the Hunter Valley this April. Whether snuggled up in bed on a warm winter day or venturing out for a country drive we hope you are enjoying your long weekend together x
June 8, 2010
So excited to see the next Real Weddings Magazine which is published this week with another SugarLove wedding on the cover!! Thank you to Kirsten, Nicole, Sophie and all the team at RW for their support & gorgeous layouts in the new issue. Our new cover girl (Renee) with her bridesmaids will be featured in a SugarLove Blog update next week. Our other exciting wedding featured today is with Mandy & Jonathan. We introduced you to the incredibly talented team in April on the blog. You might recognise Jonathan from this years Masterchef series and Mandy owns wedding dress company Savvy Brides. They got married at one of my favourite places Bells at Killcare. I could not resist a recent special birthday dinner at Bells but I can completely see why Mandy & Jonathan chose it for their wedding day...absolute bliss... Real Weddings have a stunning 4 page story on Mandy & Jonathan's wedding in their current issue. Here is a further sneak peek behind the pics from their day shot by our wonderful photographer Saffrine and an exclusive interview with Mandy about her day.
SL: How did you first meet? M&J: We met through a friend from my work. He went to school with Jonathan and when I went to say hello to him in a bar he introduced me. Jonathan contacted me after that night and asked me out to dinner. We had the most perfect first date filled with lots of laughs and good wine & food.
SL: Where & When did you get engaged? M&J: We got engaged 6months after our first date. Jonathan arranged a weekend away at a hotel in the Grampian Mountains in Victoria called the Royal Mail Hotel. We went there because it had an amazing restaurant we wanted to try. The scenery in the area was so beautiful that as soon as we arrived at the hotel I went for a long bushwalk. When I returned Jonathan was anxiously sitting on the bed. He called me over and said he has a surprise for me. He told me to sit on the bed and close my eyes.
M&J: I was convinced that he had brought me a dress to wear to our special dinner and I was worried that I wouldn't like it but would still have to wear it. Instead when I opened my eyes, he was kneeling on the floor in front of me with the most beautiful ring and asking me to marry him.
Mandy gave each of her bridesmaids a sample of their dress fabric in stunning royal blue and were open to design their own dresses to their individual styles. The colour matched perfectly with the accents & details throughout the wedding venue.
Mandy's dress was by Maggie Sottero, Shoes by Peeptoe, Hair by Zapps Studio & Makeup by Natalie Urban.
SL: The Big Day - Location, Location, Location (Why, Where & When)? M&J: We were married on the 8th November 2009 at Bells, Killcare. We both love food & wine so we needed somewhere that has this as their focus. We had also both dreamed of a garden wedding.
When we went to Bells for a Valentines Day lunch we fell in love with it and had booked it for our wedding within a week. It was perfect - we stayed in the beautiful hotel and could have the ceremony & reception in the same place. The garden was gorgeous and the food and wine perfect.
SL: The most special memories of the day? M&J: Seeing Jonathan for the first time. As you know Jonathan is a contestant in Masterchef and he had been away for a few weeks before the wedding doing filming and was leaving at 7.30am the day after the wedding, So it was very special to see him for the first time and spend a perfect night together!
Flowers & Floral Decorations were by Beach Blossom Flowers and included unstructured arrangements of pink ranunculus, David Austin roses, Hydrangeas and freesias all designed to look like they had been freshly picked from the garden.
M&J: Our first kiss as man & wife was amazing. Especially because we had not seen each other in a while. As soon as the ceremony was finished we went off on our own for about 10minutes to catch our breath and spend a few moments together taking it all in.
M&J; Jonathan's speech was brilliant. He spoke so well and his words were so beautiful. It took every bit of concentration I had not to burst out crying when he spoke.
Mandy & Jonathan enjoyed their cocktail style event with a funky jazz band whilst guests were served bellinis & beers in the afternoon sunshine.
M&J: Sharing the day getting ready with my bridesmaids and family. We all had such a lovely relaxing day together drinking champagne, getting ready and wishing away the rain!
The gardens at dusk and under the moonlight make stunning photos.
Another reason to fall in love with a weekend trip on the Central Coast - a European country house & restaurant overseen by one of the masters in the kitchen, Stefano Manfredi.
SL: Anything you would change if you could do it all again? M&J: I would not change a thing except to have my husband for more time after the wedding. Having to leave at 7.30am the day after our wedding to film Masterchef means I think we have to renew our vows in a few years time - perhaps in Italy!! SL: We are definately available for that one Mandy!!
The delicious croquembouque was the perfect choice for a wedding cake.
Thank you to Mandy & Jonathan for inviting us to cover their very special day and for sharing in a behind the scenes interview with SugarLove x