Well that’s something you don’t read often is it?! And what a travesty because Luke & Wout’s wedding is one of the coolest I’ve seen in a long time. Talk about doing things their own way, stuffing tradition and bucking all the wedding expectations. These seriously awesome dudes were adamant that their wedding would reflect them… and it does – in spades!
The wedding took place at their own home in Melbourne, Australia. “We first met through the internet when Luke was still living in Australia and Wout in Holland”, they began. “We then met in person by chance at the Christmas Market in Brussels in 2003.”
“Given our attractions to bears, bikes (and bikers), gothic and dark electronic music and celtic/viking mythology, we brought a lot of those elements to the day. We didn’t really have a theme, it was just an evolution of ideas based on things we like. To us it was all very normal, but it’s a matter of perspective. Most of our friends, particularly the straight ones, found it unlike any wedding they had been to before. But all of them loved it so it cannot have been too out-there!”
Ashlea & Joel’s wedding was a mash up of everything they love and they actually found it quite difficult to narrow their wedding down to one particular ’theme’. “We found it really difficult to come up with a theme or concept to tie everything together, because we really weren’t fussy and just loved everything we saw!” explained Ashlea. “Eventually we decided to give it a garden and green theme, and felt our reception flowers made the room feel beautiful and lush just like we wanted. Siglo, the terrace bar at The European, where we had our ceremony, was a great place as we were overlooking some gardens and we had garden boxes lining a grass aisle.”
The wedding had lots of personal touches, the most special of them being the fact that Ashlea wore her grandmother’s wedding dress, which she had made for her own wedding in 1950. “My Nan (Muriel) made it in 1950 and wore it when she married my grandfather, Jack. They had a very happy marriage, but Grandpa died when my mum was only 15. Their relationship has always been up on a pedestal to us, so when I found Nan’s dress, it was the easiest decision in the world to wear it. Nan died just a few days after we found it, so it was nice to have a part of her with me on the day. I had a dressmaker line the dress and alter the neckline, but we didn’t change much (she did amazing work as it was made entirely from lace and was falling to bits in her hands). Joel and I had Nan & Grandpa’s wedding photo up on the wall at the reception too. I hope we have as happy as marriage as they did.”
Bernadette & Peter decided they wanted to host their wedding in their own back garden. Having built their own home from the ground up, having the celebration there was really important to them both. “We’re no spring chickens!” the bride laughed. “We had a slightly unusual wedding because we first built our home, then had three children and only then got married. Given this we did a few things different. We wanted a very relaxed and fun wedding and we had a music theme – everyone loves music!”
“We invited guests to wear fancy dress costumes for the party and we we had Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Scary Spice, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more than a few Amy Winehouse’s! This was so much fun. We had a photo booth which was an old cinema prop and we left out a Polaroid camera so guests could photograph themselves in various rock star poses.”
“After our portraits with our amazing photographers, Shutter + Lace, we came back and changed into our fancy dress costumes so we could join in on the fun. We had a music quiz, a best dressed award and a music themed pass the parcel… the night went by so fast!”
Eric & Michelle wanted to plan their wedding from the ground up – literally. First they picked a venue that would allow them to create the wedding of their dreams, one with no restrictions and where they could let their imaginations run wild! Turpentine Tree in Kurrajong Heights proved to be the perfect place.
“As the wedding was a destination wedding, we came with some family and friends (and five carloads of props, drinks and food!) and set up the wedding site two days before the wedding”, Michelle began. “We booked the venue for the whole weekend and encouraged our guests to stay and make a weekend of it. It was awesome to have that extra time to spend with our family and friends, especially those who came out of town and flown halfway across the world to be with us. On the night before we had a delicious informal dinner at the local restaurant and the day after, we cooked everyone brunch. It was a great way to rope in some extra help to pack everything up (!) and nurse the hangovers!”
Obviously with a wedding so meticulously planned by the couple themselves, DIY was going to play a huge part. In fact the bride pretty much made anything she possibly could herself – with the help of friends and family of course. “The wedding was a total DIY affair,” she explained. “We hosted craft parties and to go with the harvest theme. We collected vintage kitchenalia that belonged to family and friends for the table decorations and instead of floral centrepieces. We had potted herbs and fruit bowls filled with local fruits. Each table was named after a different herb and we had pots of that herb on the table. As favours we gave everyone native seedlings which everybody planted in the venue to help offset the carbon footprint of the wedding.”
Brad & Christie planned their wedding themselves with the help of close friends and family. The day took place in March at The Gap Bluff Centre in Watsons Bay, Sydney. They couple had decided to try for a baby before they got engaged and so as a result, the bride was seven month’s pregnant on the wedding day!
“With a bub on the way we wanted to keep our purse strings as tight as possible, so I basically DIYed the whole wedding”, explained Christie. “I had mum making tissue paper pom poms for weeks and I used scrap fabric to make my own tablecloths & decorative bunting, as well as the groomsmen’s ribbon corsages. What I couldn’t make by hand was sourced online including the honeycomb garlands and the oversized balloons.”
Bookworms Stacy & Jo selected Maynard’s Café, upstairs at Berkelouw Books in Newtown, Sydney as their venue. Although they hadn’t hosted a wedding there before, the café were wonderful to work with and really helped the girls put their own stamp on their day. Obviously having a book shop as a backdrop made picking a theme pretty easy. With old books on the long table and books as favours for each of their guests, it all worked really well together.
“The old books as favours were wrapped in brown paper and string,” Stacy began. “They were quite ridiculous, on topics like cooking with gelatine or maintaining different types of lawn grass. There was one of poetry about cats, a German picture book of ET and one on unique napkin folds. In the wedding program we encouraged swapping with table neighbours and they ended up being a great hit and ice breaker.”