Lara + Cardin’s Wedding // Daylesford

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I married my beloved man, Cardin Leorke on Friday the 13th December, 2013.

We were engaged in Tulum, Mexico back in September 2011. The two year lead up to the wedding was a beautiful, fun but at times slightly stressful journey. There was no wedding planner, as we took the research upon ourselves and decided to be surrounded by spectacularly talented people to help us organise our special day. Some I had known professionally, some I had newly discovered and some that were dear friends. In the end, it all came together in a perfect harmony, truly reflecting both our personalities more than we ever could have hoped for. It was a magical, uplifting and treasured day.

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I have had so many queries from friends, acquaintances and strangers around the world about who styled my wedding, who made my headpiece and even where I got my cake-topper from! This has inspired me to create a new wedding blog called, BLUSH. Through my years of researching weddings – venues, florists, make-up artists, designers, photographers, celebrants – it has become a passion of mine and starting my own wedding blog directory seemed like the perfect forum to bestow my knowledge on others and share the love around. BLUSH features real life weddings, styling ideas, honeymoon destinations, hotel reviews and directory assistance for soon-to-be brides and grooms. There are just so many options out there and I believe there needs to be a destination where high end meets affordable, culminating in the heart of your wedding, giving your special day scope and depth – not a cookie cutter silhouette of what a wedding should be.

Check it out here: http://blushromance.wordpress.com

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Here is the low-down of our wedding and the people that helped create the magic….

Our photographer, Beck Rocchi was the first part of the wedding day puzzle that we locked into place, more than a year out from the big day. Beck can only be summed up succinctly as a sunshine person – she radiates light and laughter and instantly sets you at ease. Beck was a very special part of our day, and we chose her for her adept ability to reflect love, happiness and joy through her lens. Every moment captured is true, honest and never staged. Beck is a true talent. Professional, friendly, down to earth yet with an other worldly ability to  beautifully capture life. A great big bear hug thanks to her and her assistant on the day, Kate Dyer for capturing our wonderful moments so spectacularly.

Documentary film-maker, director and friend, Simon Lamb captured our day on video, in a very unique and heart-warming way – we are excited to unveil the footage very soon. Thanks to Simon for his patience, expertise and passion.

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My dress was tailor-made by Australian designing great, Gwendolynne Burkin. I have been writing about Gwendolynne’s fashion week runway shows for years and was always in awe of her work. I was covering Melbourne Spring Fashion Week in 2012 and attended Gwendolynne’s bridal collection, and found myself breathless. There was a gown called ‘Hope’ that appeared on the catwalk and I knew immediately that this was the gown for me. I mentioned it to my girlfriend, Dasha Gold (from Trendspotter) at the time – I was completely in love with it! When I tried it on at Gwendolynne’s Fitzroy atelier with my late Mum and bridesmaid Sarah, it was instantly chosen.

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The tailored creation of my gown took about 6 months and milliner extraordinaire and Gwendolynne’s partner in crime, Richard Nylon was commissioned to create my headpiece and veil. A hand-beaded ‘Never-Ending Story’ inspired piece, made from the same beads that adorned my gown. I was thoroughly in love with this piece too, and the fact that the veil captured the light so beautifully, like a halo of sunshine constantly surrounding me.

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Melinda Wain was our hair and makeup artist, based out of Kyneton and Melbourne. Melinda worked at Channel Ten for over a decade and has created looks for many celebrities and journalists. Instantly she understood the makeup creation I wanted her to achieve, which was romantic and dewy, natural and glowing. And my hair was braided to accommodate my headpiece, tying in with the extravagance of the beaded gown. The up-do was simple enough not to take away from the headpiece and gown, yet was unique and intricate enough to standout on its own merit. Melinda was so lovely and helpful on the day, making my bridesmaids and I feel glamorous and beautiful.

My hair was coloured by Rhubard Hair and my manicure and pedicure by Miss FOX Melbourne.

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The bridesmaids dresses were from Zimmermann and were made of thistle coloured silk, with shoes from Tony Bianco.

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With the help of our dear friend and stylist, Charmaine De Pasquale we sourced some  stunning cobalt wool and mohair material from Dormeuil of London for Cardin’s 3 piece suit, which was then tailor-made in Carlton by renowned italian tailor, Prinzi. Cardin’s shirt was also tailor-made by Melbourne’s oldest shirt company, Phillips. Shoes by Loake via David Jones.

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In terms of jewellery, I gifted Cardin with a sterling silver Tissot fob watch and cufflinks from Lord Coconut made from vintage gold miniature watch parts.

Our wedding rings were very unique. My fingerprint was laser cut into a platinum ring created Leo Fernandez. My wedding band was a vintage Tiffany & Co. half eternity platinum diamond ring, whilst my engagement ring was a custom-made one carat white gold creation by Ellissi.

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The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Convent Gallery in beautiful Daylesford, and it was exquisite! From the chapel and St Lawrence atrium, to the gorgeous gardens and phenomenal menu, the Convent Gallery was the perfect place. Liam, who was our contact, organised the days events and he was flawless – I would highly recommend contacting him if you are thinking of having your wedding there. Professional, friendly and highly attentive, Liam helped the day flow smooth and carefree.

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Wombat Hill Nursery is the Convent’s florist of choice and they really are a wonderful, with affordable and gorgeous flowers available. We had about 3 other quotes from florists who were astronomically priced, which was very disappointing. So when we met with Sari we were instantly happy that she understood exactly what we were after and we even learned that our stunning David Austin roses were from former TV personality, Tonia Toddman, who now owns a rose farm called Highbank.

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The wedding was completely styled by me – from choosing the flowers (blush, peach, pink and cream David Austin roses, blue and white hydrangeas and silver suede) and table decorations of blue mason jars and reindeer antlers, to the wooden handmade cake stand from Venice, Italy and the wooden laser-cut cake topper sourced from Vancouver, Canada.

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In terms of music, we had the fabulous Baker Boys Band (they do a mean Bruno Mars cover of Locked Out of Heaven, which won me over) play live. The ceremony music was Gotye ‘In Your Light’, and our favourite band Mariachi El Bronx ‘Fallen’. Our bridal waltz was also by Mariachi El Bronx, a song called ‘Sleepwalking’.

Our wedding has been featured on the Convent Gallery’s wedding blog: http://conventgallery.com.au/lara-cardin-13-december-2013/

And Australia’s premier exclusive and sought after wedding site, The Lane: http://thelane.com/the-guide/real-weddings/cardin-and-lara-rustic-romance-in-daylesford

Thank you to our family and friends for making our day a truly spectacular one. xx   

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