We still haven’t quite worked out our wedding theme!” bride Amy told me when I asked about the inspiration for their Australian wedding. “It was like a brass, pineapple, tropical deer hunter theme – haha!”
They were married in October at the Albert & Victoria Guesthouse in New South Wales. “We were inspired by the venue which is in the Blue Mountains. They are so lush, green and romantic that we wanted that that ethereal type feel to wedding but with touches of brass and skulls to make it feel like us. Plus antlers, palms and the pineapples!
“One of the most important things to this pair was the ceremony. “We agreed early on that what we wanted was a beautiful ceremony, followed up with a big, filthy party. The ceremony was so easygoing and our celebrant told us we had total freedom to write the ceremony we really wanted. We personalised our vows and one of Paul’s groomsmen did an amazing reading of a Bob Marley quote.”
If you like things a bit more dark ‘n moody than the usual bridal fare, then you’re going to love this wedding shoot!
Put together by Him and Her Events from Queensland, it features a black wedding cake, a deer skull above the ceremony arch and the coolest models ever! This is definitely not one for traditional brides.
“The theme of this shoot was ‘tll death do us party and sophisticated grunge”, they explained. “We wanted to embrace the rawness of the venue and create a style that inspired couples to make their own rules when it comes to their wedding day. We wanted to create a moody feel whilst still embracing bursts of colour and featuring cow skulls consistently throughout our styling.”
Emily and Steve wanted to incorporate lots of things they both love into their wedding. The day ended up being vintage-inspired, nautical, nerdy, cat themed!
“I saw a picture of Steve on a popular website about a year before we met. It was a funny photo of him pretending to cook a ginger cat in a frying pan and, as a fan of cute men and ginger cats, I saved the image to my hard drive”, Emily explained. “About a year later I was browsing a dating website and saw the same image as a profile picture of a young man that lived in the same city a couple of suburbs over. We started chatting and eventually met up at a small local craft beer bar and I guess we really hit it off because here we are.”
The bride made her own blue wedding dress which she wore with family heirloom earnings. “We’re pretty frugal, low-key people and wanted this reflected in the kind of wedding we chose”, she continued. “I kind of wanted an Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face vibe with my bridal look. I looked at so many pictures of vintage wedding gowns before I came up with a design I liked. We had been to lots of weddings during our engagement and we were always picking up ideas and tips. And I got a lot of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride too!”
Simone and Thomas were married at Mofo Lounge in Melbourne. The venue is decorated in a Moroccan theme so this set the tone for the wedding. The couple had a small budget so didn’t want to fuss around too much with extra décor or details.
“The actual inspiration for our wedding was everyone else and all the ‘When are you finally getting married?’ questions!” the bride laughed. “Because we like to have fun, we thought let’s just do it! Our theme was based around our venue, but it also had a bit of a vintage Hollywood influence with my dress.”
The bride’s dress was vintage and cost her just $380 including alterations. She bought her bouquet the day before when she saw it, already made up, for $20 in a florist’s shop window!
“Instead of a cake we had a lolly bar and chocolate fountain with fruit and Turkish delight. Our extra décor was simple. We had lolly tins for the party favours. We didn’t have to do anything with the venue because it was already decorated so well. It’s the only venue we physically looked at and we knew it was the one.”
Shannon and Mark’s Byron Bay wedding had a 60s influence with just a touch of kitsch. The bride wore a custom made dress with a full blue skirt and a polka dot veil.
“The night Mark and I met we danced, drank a lot, ran amok and had thumb war battles”, she said. “We wanted the wedding to feel the same! We had giant lawn games and hired a double decker hippy bus to take the guests on a Byron Bay adventure on the way to the wedding. We chose a band that were so fantastic it felt like we were at a live venue, and everything from the ceremony to the pool at the end of the night were all about having fun.”
“The styling was all done by me with a kitschy, sixties and pin up twist. There was astroturf table runners on the one long table and bright red perspex scroll signs. I made the favours which were pink vending machine capsules that I filled with salted caramels, a magnet, a toy animal figurine and an illustration of Mark and I drawn by my very talented sister. By the end of the night people were trading and stealing them like kids in a playground.”
Fee and John’s July wedding had an Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter’s theme. It suited Fee’s love of the story and the fact that John is mad as a hatter!
“Our wedding was a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme”, said the bride. “We wanted our guests to feel as if they fallen down the rabbit hole. The tables were named after Alice in Wonderland characters and the seating plan was printed in a tiny font so the guests had to use a magnifying glass to find their place. We used Etsy a lot where we and bought edible chocolate keys, Alice in Wonderland shoes and the button bouquets. I also added a few handmade touches. My sister wrote the place names, I designed the wedding program and menus, and I created the hankies for the happy tears!”
“Despite being more mature, we knew having a themed wedding was just ‘us’,” she continued. “We wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed and for our friends to enjoy good food and wine surrounded by décor that was something really special.”