A Handmade Wedding – Feature Post by Rebecca Low

This blog post is from my handmade wedding archive:

This is a piece I wrote one year ago – Happy Anniversary to the lovely Louise and Jarrod!

A Note from the Lovely Couple. Photo by Scott Surplice

I know I’ve said before that a referral is the height of compliments, however, in this instance it was even more special.  The referral came from the sister to a special friend of mine.  I just love the whole six degrees of separation philosophy.  This sister is an OT specialist and colleague to the beautiful bride, Louise.  Those nurses sure know how to natter and spread the word!

The consultation…

Louise came for a consultation to discuss cakes, hair pieces and pretty things in general and we bonded over cake tasters and more chatter.  She love the handmade wedding concept and was keen to add it to the look and feel she had planned for her wedding. Louise told me she and Jarrod were friends throughout high school, however, they only formally started dating a year or so after school.  Their mutual like of mini adventures found them having fun on weekends exploring many of Sydney’s suburbs and enjoying the cultural kaleidoscope it presents, helping to cement their special bond.

The proposal…

This love of discovering new places sent the pair on a European holiday where their story went to the next chapter in Salzburg.  Louise may have felt she knew Jarrod extremely well after seven years, however, he still had some surprises he kept to himself.  The poor fellow had to cart an engagement ring around for the entire trip.  Louise almost scuppered Jarrod’s plans when he kept suggesting they walk up to the castle, but Louise was clearly letting lazy holiday legs set in and wasn’t interested in the trek, preferring to stay low and stroll around.  Eventually Jarrod won (yay!) and up the hill they went.

At the top they were greeted with a most beautiful view over Salzburg, the clouds parting on their arrival to reveal the snow-capped mountains in the distance.  Louise was too busy playing tourist to notice Jarrod had slid a sparkler out of his bag and was down on one knee, tapping her on the arm to gain her attention.  It worked!  Louise says she was left speechless but gathered herself in order to say “Yes!”.  The beautiful part of this story is that Louise’s parents first met in Salzburg.  There must be something in the air up there.

Stealing a Moment. Photo by Scott Surplice
Stealing a Moment. Photo by Scott Surplice

Louise proved herself a natural, ticking off her wedding checklist with perfect precision.  So calm and lovely, it was a pleasure to work with Louise in styling her cake and bridal accessories.  The handmade wedding concept worked well with her plans.

Cinderella Slippers

This Cinderella was nearly left without her wedding shoes. However, when the pair Louise ordered came back with nothing on them that she had wanted and everything she didn’t.  I was pleased to be able to help and using the fabric from her gown alterations. I created her hairpiece and then embellishments for the shoes, creating a custom bridal outfit for Louise, perfect from head to toe.  Louise’s bridal hairpiece featured two flowers using the lace, satin and tulle from the gown, placed on a bridal comb.  The shoes featured a smaller version of one of the blooms, finished off with a cute button centre.

Image of white satin shoes with blue lining embellished with soft handmade flowers with a decorative button centre
Embellished Shoes by Rebecca Low Designs. Photo by Scott Surplice
Embellished Shoes by Rebecca Low Designs. Photo by Scott Surplice

The venue…

The venue was perfect for a Sydney wedding, The Pavilion at The Domain.  The lovely Lauren of Clementine & Rose (www.clementineandrose.com.au) completed the floral arrangements for the venue and provided me with some blooms to create the cake topper, creating a cohesive look for the venue.  The couple’s initials were placed on the cake, which was a three tier trio of flavours – white chocolate and raspberry with a raspberry coulis frosting, lemon delight with lemon curd frosting and red velvet romance with cinnamon frosting.  A Swiss meringue buttercream was used to decorate the outside of the cake.

Three Tier Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cake with Flowers by Rebecca Low Designs. Photo by Scott Surplice
Three Tier Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cake with Flowers by Rebecca Low Designs. Photo by Scott Surplice

The talented Scott Surplice of Scott Surplice Photography (www.scottsurplice.com.au) Louise and Jarrod’s day beautifully.

All the Merry People. Photo by Scott Surplice
All the Merry People. Photo by Scott Surplice

Louise offers some wonderful advice for brides to be. Recommending taking the week off prior to the wedding to enable time to finish off the (many!) little things without feeling rushed or stressed. Particularly if you are going straight onto your honeymoon and need time to pack.

A Note from the Lovely Couple. Photo by Scott Surplice

So, keep an eye out at your local café or park on the weekends. You may one day bump into this fun and gorgeous couple!

Rebecca