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Imi & Joe’s Hillside Picnic Wedding

Imi & Joe had a beautiful wedding on the side of Lavender Hill. The couple were married in an outdoor ceremony in front of Lake Tinaroo, Queensland, surrounded by all their friends & family. Following the touching service they had a casual picnic style reception in the same location. There were chickens, totem tennis, lawn games and a photo booth. The band that played were fronted by the groom.

All the signs and decor were made by the bride. She wore a dress made for her by the head Fashion design teacher at Sydney Institute college, and went barefoot for the entire day. They also didn’t have any flowers but did choose a giant cupcake for their wedding cake!

Be sure to check out the adorable and touching video made by a friend at the wedding too. I also have to point out, that this wedding may include one of the most stylish and effortlessly cool group of guests ever!

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Michelle & Sterling’s DIY Aussie Bush Wedding

Michelle & Sterling were married at St Barnabas church, in the middle of the Aussie bush. Their reception that followed took place at Upper Landowne Community Hall. Michelle’s parents had been married at the same church and hall 35 years ago so it was really special to them to also be married here. The importance of involving their families was continued throughout the planning process. “My mum and Grandmother did so much work ,” said Michelle. “Mum organised all the catering which was done by the local church that my Grandmother belongs to and all of the table cloths, linen napkins were hand crocheted by my Grandma. My sister made the guest book sign and we all decorated the hall and set the tables and did the flower arranging in 30 silver tea pots that I bought over time from eBay ! They looked awesome and totally fitted with the romantic, quirky theme. We even found a home for the 80 massive paper tissue pom poms we made.”

Michelle wore a dress by Pallas Bride, Sydney, “I choose this dress as I wanted something kinda “bridey” but with a twist – I loved the lace and the plunging neckline as well as the sequence details.” To give her bridal look a Rock n Roll twist, Michelle added purple shoes by Paul Dane and a handmade bespoke headpiece by Suzy O’Rourke. She asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dress. Their looks were tied together with their headpieces which she made herself with fabric and her trusty hot glue gun!

“I guess we did things differently to other weddings by making the whole preparation also part of the wedding,” concluded the bride. “Everyone was involved in it. We always say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s also true of a wedding I think . We just had fun with it. Our Bridal waltz was just us dancing together crazy like the way we met …  just fun, energy and love.”

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Daisy Chain – Eliesha & Joel’s Geek Chic, DIY Wedding

Like pretty much the whole of blog-land, I am uber smitten with anything Jonas Peterson produces, so when he sent me a super secret sneak peek of Eliesha & Joel’s wedding a few weeks ago I was literally jumping up and down with anticipation of featuring it. A gorgeous couple (hello geek chic fabulous – how much does Eliesha rock her glasses?!) a stunning location and awesome photography – how can you go wrong?! Oh and don’t even get me started on Eliesha’s floral head band…I literally die!

The ceremony took place at Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. “My Dad built me a double doorway to walk through when I arrived at the gardens,” explained the bride. “I think the logistics of getting it there and set up almost killed him, there was bizarre deals being made with the council and nearby hotels, a couple of our bigger, stronger (more manly) guests had to have dust coats handy to assemble and un-assemble, but it looked so gorgeous, and actually getting to step through the doors, and seeing Joel waiting for me at the end of the aisle **big girly sigh** it was totally worth the hassle.”

“Joel’s mum sewed the flags posing as our “altar” – we like flags.  The best bit about the flags was Joel choosing the fabric – I’m pretty sure he secretly likes doing “girly” things – and it’s not as big a secret as he might like to think!”

Following the intimate ceremony (in which they included some really special readings; Litany – by Billy Collins, Us Two – by A.A. Milne and Oh! The Places You’ll Go – by Dr. Seuss) the wedding party headed to The Italian in Melbourne (an Italian restaurant surprisingly!) for the reception. The restaurant served an amazing selection of scrumptious Italian food as well as providing a unique but gorgeous venue for the party. “The actual venue itself is stunning- three levels and an outdoor courtyard, the decor is beautiful, simple and classic,” Eliesha continued. “We also kept the venue set up as a restaurant (ie. no super long tables, or all round 10s) – we wanted to try and keep the feeling that we’d all kind of just spontaneously decided to go out to dinner together – so the tables were a mix of 4s, 6s, 8s & 10s, just as they would usually be for a dinner service.” 

“I had fun doing the seating plan too – we both have big families (actually, not true, Joel has a big family, I have a huuuuuuge family), so most of our extended family members had never meet, as well as friends from work – and the last thing we wanted was segregation – so I mixed it all up in a massive way. This was a huge success.  I had people claiming they’d made new best friends, there’s some fairly risque photo booth photos of people who had never even spoken before and watching facebook over the next couple of days was awesome – all of our friends and family were suddenly adding each other as friends and sharing photos (and some fairly suss “in-jokes”) – I’m totally taking credit for the lot of it!”

Eliesha, who is a fashion designer, wore silk and linen dress with french embroidery by Akira. “Due to my job, I found out the other day that there was a pool going over what my dress was going to look like!” laughed the bride. On her feet she she wore clogs (oh yes, how amazing?!) by Gorman, which are something she actually wears and loves every day! ” I interned at Gorman when I was at fashion school and my first job “in the industry” was as at Gorman, as a temp, sketching, all day, every day and I’ve been wearing Gorman clogs ever since (my current every day pair have been on the go for about four years) – so now clogs are all of a sudden all fashionable and I’m like “hey, I’m totally on trend now” and think I’m cool - plus my clogs have been a bit of a running joke at work for awhile now – so it just would’ve been wrong to not wear clogs at my wedding  – and I was probably the only person who didn’t have deadly blisters by the end of the day – all in all – pretty damn happy about the choice of shoes.”

Her incredible flower head band was created especially for her by Flowers Vasette. Eliesha showed her florist some inspiration pictures and away she went. They chose the same flowers in the centrepieces, boutineers and bouquets to tie the whole look together. “My favourite flowers are white daisies.  I wanted our bouquets to look simple and fresh, like they’d just come of of the garden.  For the reception venue we had a vase of flowers on each rectangle table – lots of green, white highlights, same feel as the bouquets.  I don’t like things to look “arranged”. I went to Gaylene with the above – pretty vague, non?  She is magic.  The flowers were insanely beautiful.”

The couple went mad over their dessert table (in a good way!) “We didn’t really have a traditional cake. We did have an extremely cool cake topper on our dessert table though. It’s a giraffe and a squirrel and it now lives in our lounge room. We bought it from Etsy seller Melabo. We also had a giant tiered stand of  teeny weeny cakes from my most favouritest patisserie Brunetti. Lemon Meringue Pies are probably my favourite thing in the world (they were also my Grandma’s favourite thing in the world) and you can’t really beat miniature Lemon Meringue Pies, right?”  

“We also went a bit DIY on the ol’ dessert table. I hired/foraged for some jars and assorted other dessert holding devices and filled them with some of our favourite things – chocolate covered raspberries, milk bottle lollies, pretzels and my awesomely famous, top secret recipe chocolate chip cookies. Oh – and – just to make things even more interesting (or slightly odd, depending on your point of view I suppose) we both have a bit of a thing about m&ms being sorted into their respective colours.  Those little cardboard boxes = 12 kilo of m&ms – p.s. it takes approx 1 hour for 1 bride-to-be to sort 2kg of m&ms – you do the math!”

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Sean & Carrie’s Cute ‘n Colourful Blog-Inspired Wedding

Sean & Carrie’s Brisbane wedding has really brightened up this cold November afternoon for me (and it’s my second aussie wedding of the day – I really must be feeling the cold!) I am grinning from ear to ear over the sunny and mis-matched colour palate. 

Inspired by the wedding blogs they read throughout their planning, the couple scoured etsy for a lot of the gorgeous details you see here. Carrie explained, “Prior to getting engaged I had no idea about the HUGE world of weddings out there on wedding blogs. Etsy.com was also an endless inspiration and a principal contributor to our wedding.”  

“Our table decorations were made up of:
Pinwheels from Crossroads Cottage on Etsy.com, the pinwheels sat in ceramic jugs I bought from Ikea for next to nothing.

Jars of all shapes and sizes collected by family and friends, where I wrapped the most incredible lace, from my now mother-in-law Sue’s vintage lace collection, around the top of the bottle and we used these as the vases for the flowers.

Our favours were little paper lolly bags from Pulp Creative Paper and we filled them with Pastel coloured Sugarcoated Almonds and Candy handmade with Sean loves Carrie from Candy Addictions in Montville, QLD.

We also had a bunting handmade with “JUST MARRIED” from littlekittenhomemade from etsy, it was delightful.”

“We used hay bales from the local farm produce store and laid quilts over them for guests to sit on. I used some quilts of my mother-in-laws and had some made bysewfunbymonique from etsy. The fabrics Monique uses are just gorgeous and they looked so nice and homey on the day. Fantastic idea as it is cheap and effective and I will now have the quilts forever.

I also bought 2 prints from Dazeychic on etsy. Both delightful – “All you need is Love” and “Today I am happier than a bird with a French Fry”. I bought frames from Ikea and we used them as decoration on the day and props for our photos. Again, something I will now have forever.

We didn’t have a cake, however I was inspired by what I’d seen on blogs and we had an Ice Cream Parlour! We had too many people for ice cream, so my dear friend and bridesmaid and family all got on board to help design the desert parlour and bake the goodies for the day. It was so much fun, we had old fashioned jam sponges with real strawberries and cream, meringues, wonderful Australian lollies which reminded us or our childhood – Strawberries and Cream/Chicos/Teeth/Freckles, we had plates of macaroons, coconut ice, apricot balls, honey joys and chocolate crackle (both traditional Aussie goodies) were wrapped in cupcake holders from The Cupcake Wrapper Co. which I found on Etsy.com. Every one absolutely loved it, it was a major hit and let me tell you EVERYTHING was devoured.” 

“Dear friends of ours also created our wedding sign, which we hung up at the entrance to the property and the hanging monograms which we hung in the garden. So blessed to have so many gifted friends and all so willing to help.

We also had a homemade photo booth. We wanted as many photos of guests as possible, completely inspired by numerous wedding blogs we decided to hang fabric in the garden and supplied disposable camera’s for our guests. We also had the cutest props ever – moustaches on a stick, pink lips on a stick, some silly sunglasses,also inspired by the numerous wedding blogs I trawled before the wedding, we bought these from pertyfultings, also found on the wonderful etsy. Fab DIY idea.” 

“Last but certainly not least, I could not recommend more Anna from Missprintdesign in New Zealand, also found on etsy. Anna did all of our Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations, our seating cards and our thank you cards to each guest on the table. Another truly talented lady, so very helpful and accommodating to all of my ideas. The remarkable comments about all of the above were endless from our guests. Anna was an amazing find for me.”

Awsome huh!? I am just so in love with the creativity of this wedding it’s unreal! Be sure to check out the full vendor list below

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Steve & Sharon’s Red, Black & Yellow Wedding with a Laid Back Vibe

“Steve & I have always been that little bit different and really wanted to buck the system for our wedding,” bride Sharon wrote to me. “I have always loved the idea of getting married in red, not just to stand out but also to make the photos much more exciting. Steve started wearing hats over the last couple of years and decided that he wanted to wear one on the day.”

Inspired by some of their favourite hang outs (The Opera Bar in Sydney and the Otis Bar in Wollongong) the couple wanted to create a laid back wedding that their friends and family would enjoy, “We had a real drive for our friends to have a fabulous time and wanted them to walk away feeling like they had just been to an awesome party” they explained.

Sharon wore a red dress which was designed by Nat Felvus at Designer Fit in Wollongong. She originally saw the dress in the shop window in black & white, but being set on wearing red, asked the owner if she could have it made in her chosen colour. The best bit? It was a bargain at just $480. She teamed her perfect dress with red and black accessories from Diva.

In order to keep the atmosphere relaxed and to make sure everyone was comfortable, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to choose their own black outfits. The girls were given yellow fascinators (which the bride found at a $2 shop!) and belts made from strips of fabric to tie them all together. The groomsmen were given yellow braces to tie their outfits together and the groom wore a red set to match his bride!

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Cassie & Loc’s Multicultural, DIY Wedding

I actually featured a link to Cassie & Loc’s gorgeous wedding in Thursday Treats two weeks ago as I’ll be honest, with most of photographer Jonas Peterson’s weddings, I figured one of the big daddy American blogs would have snapped it up to feature instantly (this dude’s work is in high demand!) So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I received an email from the bride to not only tell me I’d made her day by linking to her wedding, but that she was a huge Rock n Roll Bride fan and that she’d love for me to feature them. Score!

I’m sure Cassie won’t mind me sharing her initial email with you all. It made my heart melt!

“I got married to my wonderful, lovely, insanely sweet husband Loc about a month ago.  While the sunshine that cames from that is still hanging around my brain, I was SUPER excited to see a link to our little wedding on your blog post for Nov 11.  When we got engaged in 2008, I started stalking a couple of blogs.  Seriously stalking.  One was Jonas Peterson, who when we first contacted him, hadn’t shot a wedding ‘formally’.  And the second was yours!”
 
“What resonated so strongly with me about your blog is the idea that being yourself, not your family, not your friends, and certainly not the bridal industry, is worth more than can ever be expressed when it comes to your own wedding day.  Because Loc’s family is Vietnamese, and my Dad Italian, needless to say our 40 people, out in the country wedding was not at all what either of our families wanted for us.  And I say ‘for us’ because through all of the bickering and heated discussions, I learnt that all of these ‘wants’ that came from our family, came from their love.  And we are lucky that in the end they accepted what we wanted for the day and had an amazing time.  And more than that, that day, that beautiful, sun-smiling, psychotically windy day, was filled with our love for each other.  And you’re totally right.  Jonas is a freak. An amazing artistic, life-capturing freak, whose photos are a gift to us every time we look at them.  Noone else can make us physically feel as though we are there again, looking into each other’s eyes, feeling insanely in love, and all that other mushy mushy stuff, that hallmark card stuff that was our day.

Anyway enough gushing, onto the awesome wedding details! The couple got married at Loc’s family’s house in Sunnybank, Brisbane, and their western ceremony and reception took place at Branell Homestead in Laidley, Queensland. For the Vietnamese tea ceremony, Cassie wore a red Vietnamese dress called an áo dài. “It wasn’t a full-on traditional bridal one, but was equally as beautiful with little embroidered flowers and beading,” she told me. “It was purchased for me by Loc’s best friend’s Mother as a wedding present. Mum made a little hair-slide of red paper flowers, and I wore a pair of my late Nonna’s favorite gold earrings.”

Cassie’s second wedding dress was made by her Mother from an original 1960′s paper pattern, bought from tiddleywink VINTAGE on etsy. “Mum and I made heaps of changes as we went, adding a lace bodice, waistband and pockets,” explained Cassie. “Making the dress with my Mum was a wonderful, though slightly stressful experience, scalloping the lace using water glasses, googling how to sew pockets beside inseam zips, messing around with neckline and armhole bias’ and a plethora of other tricky things for us ‘un-couture’ sewers!  It was really trial and error… one picked to pieces toile, and about four not quite right bodices, lots of swearing and unpicking!  But it is a beautiful, beautiful dress that means more to me (and my Mum) than any store-bought, dressmaker-made dress could ever be.  Mum stitched a little ribbon into the pocket of my dress where I tied Loc’s wedding band, along side my vows (hand scribbled because our printer broke the night before the wedding), a hankie from Mum, and a quick-unpick (I realise as I was unpicking the stitches on the back of my Dad’s jacket just before the ceremony that I forgot to unpick the same stitches on Loc’s jacket, so I brought it with me to unpick after the ceremony!)  Mum also made her own beautiful red vintage-inspired two piece suit for the wedding, and while she is quick to downplay her cleverness, EVERYONE loved everything she did.”

The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen, favouring it just being the two of them up there. “All of our family and friends are so important to us, and our wedding so intimate that we felt we didn’t need to single people out in that way.  It was a really beautiful and special thing for the two of us to be standing up there, just with each other, in front of the people that mean everything to us.  The whole bridal party thing is a tradition that just wasn’t something we wanted!  My best friends pictured in some of Jonas’ photos were my unofficial bridesmaids, they picked their outfits the night before the wedding from their own favourite things.  Loc’s two brother’s and his best friends wore their own suits.  They all looked so handsome and beautiful, so themselves, that if we had tried to plan it or ‘style’ it, it absolutely would have felt forced, and not just all of us together, celebrating this awesome time.  My girls wore gumboots most of the day, it had been raining solid for almost two weeks before the wedding and we all had kick ass gumboots.  I’m so glad that even though the sun came out the girls were themselves and comfortable in their wellies!!!”

“From the moment we began planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be about us and our love,”concluded Cassie. “Neither of us wanted a cookie cutter wedding, where you could replace the head of the bride and groom and it would look like anyone’s wedding from any one of a million wedding magazines.  And while a lot of the ‘weddingy’ elements have remained, every little part of this journey has been for, by and about Loc and I, and the family and friends that we love.  And really, the ‘traditional’ parts that remained happened because they suited us and our love, and our family.”

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