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Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding

Dominique and Oliver’s romantic Ancora wedding was filled with heartfelt moments, thoughtful styling details and a dreamy pastel palette. Embracing the natural surroundings of the venue, Dominique and Oliver took a “simple yet beautiful” approach to their day, using handmade details to add a personal touch.

From their intimate coastal ceremony (complete with a string trio as Dominique walked down the aisle) to their love-filled reception against an epic sunset, these two showed us just how magical a DIY wedding can be!

All of the dreamy details were captured by Figtree Pictures, with an amazing team of local suppliers on board. Read on as Dominique and Oliver take us behind-the-scenes of their stunning Ancora wedding, including some of the unexpected surprises that made their day even more memorable.

ABOUT THE DAY //
Our wedding day was a breathtakingly beautiful affair, filled with love, joy, and a sense of pure magic. It was a day that exceeded our wildest dreams and left an indelible mark on our hearts. The heartfelt words spoken by our officiant resonated deeply, capturing the essence of our love story and the promises we made to each other. The gentle breeze carrying the sound of the string trio added an ethereal touch, and the moment we exchanged vows, time seemed to stand still. It was a sacred and emotional experience that will forever be etched in our souls.

The reception was a celebration like no other. Every detail, planned and executed, contributed to an atmosphere of pure joy and celebration. The tables adorned with beautiful bud floral arrangements, delicious cookies, the soft glow of candlelight, and the laughter that filled the room created an ambience of warmth and happiness. The delectable cuisine delighted our taste buds, and the carefully curated playlist kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the night. The energy was infectious, and the love and laughter shared by all made it a truly remarkable celebration.

Our wedding day wouldn’t have been as amazing without the presence and love of our cherished guests. Their warm smiles, tears of joy, and heartfelt embraces filled our hearts with overwhelming gratitude. Seeing our family and friends come together to celebrate our love created an atmosphere of love and support that we will forever cherish. Among the many beautiful moments, some unexpected surprises made our day even more extraordinary. Dolphins were swimming along the Tweed River giving our guests a time to remember. A breathtaking sunset painted the sky with vibrant hues, casting a romantic glow over the festivities, which turned into a bright orange full moon.

ABOUT THE STYLE //
We wanted to create a simple yet beautiful masterpiece. We really wanted to be involved in the wedding so we mostly DIY’ed our styling. I always knew I would have pink in my wedding and the way it was portrayed was so beautiful and elegant which was shown in our beautiful florals and styling of the reception. Ancora was a space that was breathtaking on its own and didn’t need much to show how amazing and fun the space was.

CEREMONY SONG //
Our ceremony song was ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Elvis Presley, but add a bit of sparkle and a string trio plays this harmoniously as I walk down the aisle. The only sound to be heard was the strings while walking toward my husband. It was the most magical and surreal moment.

FIRST DANCE SONG //
Our first dance was “I’m With You’ By Vance Joy. The lyrics describe that everything we do will be to support each other and to always know that I’m with you.

DIY CREATIONS //
We are DIY’ers at heart! Our first DIY was our wedding invitations. It was so fun to create together! We also designed our welcome sign and menus! Oliver built a beautiful wishing well that perfectly fit in with everything. We also made a big “Sip and Solve” for the guests to do in the cocktail hour. It was hilarious seeing some of the answers! My proudest DIY was baking delicious cookies as wedding favours and also as place cards.

FAVOURITE MOMENT //
One of our favourite moments of the day was being able to have a private dance while listening to the sweet melody of violins.

NUMBER ONE TIP //
Planning a wedding can be exciting but also overwhelming at times. It’s crucial to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience. Book in a lovely massage or three!

Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding
Dominique + Oliver :: Romantic DIY Ancora Wedding

Venue and styling // Ancora

Photographer // Figtree Pictures

Hair and Makeup // Blush’d Brides

Hire // The One Day House

Florals // Hanako Studio

String trio // Martini Strings

Celebrant // The Surfing Celebrant

DJ // Dj Corey

Wedding dress // White Lily Couture

Bridesmaid dress // Shona Joy

Earrings // The Callie Corp

Shoes // The Iconic 

Suit // Peter Jackson

Cake // Simply Sweets by Dominique and Krispy Kreme

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