Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Vintage Elegance inspired Sydney Wedding with pretty pink and red details at Q Station in Manly.
Hidden amongst native Australian bush land with stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the skyline of modern Sydney on the horizon, the venue offers a unique look into a slice of Sydney’s history perfect to reflect the couples beautiful wedding theme.
Images were captured by Across the Forest Photography.
Across the Forest are Anton and Reya, a creative husband and wife duo who do wedding photography and water colour stationery.
They are a small family team, just the two of them.
They live in the beautiful Lavender Bay in Sydney, but travel all over Australia and beyond to capture memories and tell stories in pictures.
When they met, Raya encourage Anton to follow his passion. That’s how Anton’s hobby became his profession, and a decade later Anton still is a wedding photographer and he adores every thing about it!
Raya is a stunning watercolour artist, also she is Anton’s assistant and second shooter at weddings.
A few years ago they decided to escape from cold and dark Russian winters and ended up here on the stunning Australian shores.
They are storytellers that are passionate about capturing beautiful and natural photographs, without posing or interrupting moments.
They photograph every part of the day as it unfolds to show the full story of the celebration in pictures that will be cherished forever.
Beautiful Bride Karen says of the couple and their Sydney Wedding day…
How did you meet?
We were introduced by mutual friends who realised we were both passionate photographers and might make a good match.
It took us a while to physically meet as we were both busy but after about 6 weeks of emailing each other and having to postpone our first meeting a few times we met to go out to dinner.
It was only at our second date – we spent the whole day walking around the historic area of Sydney, photographing and chatting – that we realised that we had a special connection.
We walked 15kms on that date!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We got engaged three months after meeting.
Clive had received the ring he had ordered and was trying to think of a romantic way to propose.
He was carrying the ring around with him, and one morning he just couldn’t wait any longer and turned up at my apartment really early..
I was in the shower washing my hair, and had a good lather up at the time when Clive came rushing through the door.
I pleaded for him to let me rinse off and get dry first, but he said he just couldn’t wait any longer!
We were laughing and crying and getting all wet from the shower.
I tease him and say that my tears were due to the shampoo getting in my eyes!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
We had a good 15 months to plan our Sydney Wedding but made sure we secured key vendors at the very beginning.
We found our venue first and locked in the date.
I then organised the wedding photography, florist and hair and makeup.
The rest followed at a more leisurely pace as I got inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and wedding blogs.
As the months went on, my ideas started to firm up. We had both been married before, but Clive had requested we go down the path of a full white wedding with all the bells and whistles.
I could have easily settled for a more low-key wedding or even an elopement but as we started to put plans in place, I became excited about the prospect of how this wedding was starting to take shape.
Any special touches/DIY?
We wanted to incorporate our love of photography into the theme as well as aviation (I’m an ex-airline pilot) and a nod to South Africa – (which is where Clive is originally from).
Our Save the Date cards looked like Boarding passes and I found these gorgeous antique gold aeroplanes that were used to hold the guest place cards.
We also found favour boxes in the shape of antique suitcases and placed a ‘camera’ shaped chocolate inside.
We brought with us a small selection of our favourite vintage cameras which were displayed alongside favourite photos and our Guest book. We bought white paper lanterns in different sizes including some that were in the shape of hot air balloons to hang from the rafters of the vaulted ceiling.
This added a really nice decorative touch to the old-fashioned ballroom.
White metal lanterns were hung from the numerous coat hooks around the room and filled with scented tea light candles.
We also had a candy bar for our guests using our favourite sweets and chocolates. This was a big hit!
I had a bespoke cape made to wear for the ceremony and a vintage styled topper made from sheer silk organza for the reception.
The cape was a beautiful alternative to a veil and made me feel more confident in my strapless gown.
It was nice to have two different looks for the day.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme was “Vintage Elegance” and our colour palette incorporated rich reds, pinks, blush and touches of coral red.
My bouquet had a Waratah – my hometown native flower, and a Protea – a nod to Clive’s South African heritage.
My bridesmaids were all in different colour dresses.
I asked them to choose either a different dress style – but all have the same colour, or the same dress style and choose their own colour.
They chose the latter and found colours that complemented their skin tone and colouring.
We incorporated the colours of the bouquet into the Groom and groomsmen’s buttonholes and ties.
What was the best bit of your day?
Having our children in the wedding party.
As our children are all young adults, it was great fun to celebrate with them in this way.
They loved being such a big part of the day.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Yes, I would have all the DIY elements completed at least a week before the wedding.
We had every good intention of being organised but were madly assembling favour boxes and other DIY items late into the night before the wedding.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Enjoy the day together. The day will go by in a blur and it will be hard to remember the small details.
Think about having a ‘First Look’. We did this and it was brilliant.
It was an intimate and special time just before the ceremony that calmed our nerves before all the excitement of seeing everybody and having to interact with lots of people.
Thanks so much to Anton and Raya for sharing this amazing Vintage inspired Sydney Wedding.
Elegance and sophistication abounds throughout the styling and an air of the florals are just breathtaking, and what an unusual relaxed venue at which to commit the rest of your lives together.
Photographer – Anton and Raya Kross – Across the Forest
Venue – The ‘Q’ Station, Manly NSW (The old Sydney Quarantine Station set in Sydney Harbour National Park. Our ceremony was on North Head looking straight down the harbour and the reception was held at the Governor Burke Ballroom.)
Cape: LilacMoon Bridal Wear
Bridesmaid Gowns – Adrianna Papell
Suit supplier – Peter Jackson Menswear
Cake Maker – Gigi Falanga – Cakes by Gigi
Florist – Megan Isaksson – Japonica
Rings – Blue Nile
Stationery – Zazzle Australia
Make up – Julie Elton
Hair stylist – Jill Hutchings
To Contact Across the Forest
Website – https://acrosstheforest.com.au
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org