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Renae & Albert’s Rained-Off but Perfect DIY Wedding

Renae & Albert were married on 10.10.10 in Australia. Their 5 minute ceremony took place on Renae’s parent’s porch and their reception was held in a renovented old pub in Caboolture Historical Village, Australia. They were supposed to be married at a secluded park and creek at Rocksberg but due to torrential rains, it got flooded so had to be moved. “We could not even get to the suburb let alone the park,” Renae told me. “Many tears were had the day before the wedding but my parents stepped up and offered their place. They actually had a friend’s wedding there the day before ours.”

“We wrote our own vows which included Albert accepting he may come second to our dogs (on occasions) and me promising to look interested when he starts talking about tranestification of lipid analysis of fatty acids. Everyone had a laugh and it really did summarised us and our relationship.”

The bride wore a custom-made dress, made for her my a friend of her Mother. She explains “The first day I got engaged I googled ‘1950 wedding dresses’ and the first picture was the dress I wanted. It was in the UK and there was no way I could get it to Australia. A friend’s Mum offered to make it for me (along with the changes I needed) I think by the end she was not a fan of all the petticoats! I was a bit sick the week before the wedding (it was not the hen night I swear) and lost quite a bit of weight. I tried hard to put it back on (thanks hun for the pop tarts) but the dress still did not fit me as perfect as it once had. I still loved the dress and would not have changed it.” With her perfect gown she added a handmade headpiece, made for her by her sister Lucy and made from an antique brooch she brought in the Barossa Valley SA Australia.

It was important to Ranae that her bridesmaid’s were happy and comfortable. They even got to carry the cutest accessory going – Renae’s doggies! “The girls had a variety of shapes and sizes and I was stressing to get one that suited all. I found a dress I loved and that was it.   They came from a random outlet shops and I brought one for myself. One of my bridesmaids was not keen on the dress or the sizing. I called the supplier and all the stores that stocked the dresses but they were all sold out, so we were going to get them tailored. Luckily the same store had the dresses 6 months later and it was all sorted out. While on honeymoon we were in Laos and we saw another traveller wearing the same dress! The necklaces were from an amazing artist Kurt Halsey and I used some of his art around my wedding (table decorations, order of service, invites etc). I also have a tattoo of his work on my arm.”

“My three dogs (Two Chihuahuas, Pikelet and Biscuit, and Cricket the Daschund) were the girls’ accessories. They had custom black leather collars, decorated with their names in diamantes!”

The couple put a lot of effort into their reception details, DIYing most of it. Renae explained, “I made personalised nametags for everyone that included conversation starters eg. Hi my name is Renae and I am the bride.  If I was a camel would I rather eat ice cream of yoghurt? Albert is a forensic chemist so we had old chemistry glassware on the tables filled with coloured water and assorted beans. We also had a giant 20L beaker that held the order of service memos. We tried to keep it an eco green wedding wherever possible. I did not buy anything that could not be used again. My invitations were made out of recycled beer labels and we gave rosemary seedlings as wedding favours. I hand made hundreds of origami paper cranes to scatter down the isle and hang from the trees. Because of the weather we ended up handing them out and filling assorted glassware with them. We had a Photobooth! It was so awesome and it made the best guestbook.”

“We made a gag prop box and we have the funniest photos. Albert loves tequila and we had a tequila toast. Even our fathers got in on it. Lolly table! Everyone loved it. I had little bags and everyone got to take some home (except us). The wishing well. I have a small collection of vintage containers and wanted to incorporate them. I decided to use my four pack (flour, sugar, tea and salt) and label them. As Albert and myself have been living together for some time we have everything you could need. We thought it would be better for everyone to see where the cash goes so we had: Mortgage, House and Garden, Honeymoon and Shits and Giggles.”

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Monique & Lee’s 1920’s Powerhouse Wedding

Jonas Peterson weddings are like gold dust and I’m so honoured that he lets me feature so many of them (for those of you that don’t know the inner workings of blog-land, a wedding will generally go to one blog or magazine only, so being allowed to be the lucky one is really something when a wedding is as stunning as this one.)

Monique & Lee were married at Brisbane Powerhouse - a wonderfully urban and industrial converted powerhouse. It is now home to a theatre and a couple of restaurants and is right on the river. Stunning! Monique wore a gorgeous reproduction vintage dress from Le Luxe Clothing. “I never even set foot into a bridal store, let alone tried on a ”proper” bridal dress – I always wanted a vintage, flapper inspired dress but found it incredibly difficult to find one in my size – I’m an AU 14, and I’m pretty sure chicks in the 1920s had waists the size of my thigh! I spent months searching for one and really hit the jackpot when I found Le Luxe Clothing. Because it’s not enough for me to just have beads and sequins, I added a feather capelet by Ksubi, that I bought on ebay.” She chose not to carry real flowers, and instead created her own vintage brooch bouquet.

“The bouquet took a lot of work but it was worth it! It’s just a Styrofoam ball, which Lee covered in chicken wire for support. We gathered lots of vintage brooches, and he wired them onto the chicken wire. He looped the wire through the back of the brooch, and attached it by sticking the ends of the wire stick into the Styrofoam ball. He also glued some of them down with hot glue. We used some fabric to mask the messy bottom of the sphere, and the handle is just a thick bit of wood wrapped in the fabric. It was time consuming but easy (says me, who watched him work while I sat back with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other) thanks to hot glue guns and a bit of patience (why he made it and not me!)”

To keep their wedding personal, the couple decorated the venue themselves and asked friends and relatives to help out where they could. “We didn’t have any fresh flowers. Again, for some reason I never really considered it. We had a cocktail-style reception, so we didn’t need centrepieces or anything, which let me have a bit more fun with the ”flowers”. I decorated using a combination of button flowers, newspaper roses, fabric flowers and paper flowers, stuck in old jars and glass milk bottles. I sourced all the flower decorations from some super talented people on Etsy.”

“There’s nothing more Rock n Roll, in my opinion, than being exactly who you are and standing by that. Which is why I think there is still something super Rock n Roll in uber traditional weddings,” Monique told me. “I’d never been to a wedding until my own, so I didn’t approach it with any preconceived notions about what a wedding should be. So I just made it about the things that we like. And while I know it was different, and unique, I very rarely felt we were planning a wedding that was really out there. We did (mostly) all the traditional stuff, but just tweaked it to suit our style. For example, I wear 20’s inspired clothing anyway, so I glammed it up several notches for the wedding.”

“Lee loves zombies and Transformers and explosions, so I vowed to ”fight and die by your side in the event of a zombie invasion or robot attack”. We approached the wedding as a big fat celebration of our love, not just for each other but for the people around us. And being a celebration, our main goal was to have a lot of fun. There was tequila, and dancing, and big rock god slides across the floor. I got so drunk I could barely cut the cake and sang until my throat hurt. And we had so so so much fun.”

“I’m 24, and there were quite a few people who felt I shouldnt be getting married at all, let alone in the ”alternative” way I did it. (Funny how some words take on such negative connotations at times!) I don’t know what it is about weddings, but I found that people aren’t shy in telling you that what you’re doing isn’t the norm, or that you’ll look back and regret not being more traditional. But I’m exceptionally lucky to have family and friends that stood by me and my ideas even when they thought I was crazy.”

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Jo & Johan’s Eclectic Cocktail Party Wedding

Jo & Johan and we were married on the 25th of September in Brisbane, Australia. Their wedding was an eclectic mix of their own personal styling ideas.

“The wedding planning for me was a process of questioning absolutely everything that was the ‘norm’ when it comes to weddings,” Jo told me. “We kept the traditions that had value to us, but completely reinvented or simply discarded those that we felt were unnecessary. One of the very first decisions I made was that I knew I didn’t want to have a traditional bridal party. Instead, we asked all our guests to wear black and white, then our bridal party and immediate family members wore colour – that way they stood out as important, without having to be matchy-matchy. I’m so glad we did it, it was one of my favourite things about our wedding.”

The couple wanted an intimate and special chapel ceremony and so chose Broadway Chapel. Their criteria for their reception was to have a rockin’ cocktail party – not in anyway a traditional wedding reception – but finding their perfect venue was quite difficult, “We knew we wanted to have a cocktail style reception, because we wanted it to be casual and social. We finally found a converted warehouse called Lightspace which we fell in love with – and we were their first ever wedding!”

Jo’s dress came from Bridal on James and it was the very first dress she tried on. “The dress originally came in standard white and ivory, but the ladies there were brilliant and helped me source the perfect colour fabric,” the bride continued. “I’ve known pretty much all my life that I wouldn’t get married in a white dress, and I couldn’t be happier with what I ended up with! In fact, I tried on two other dresses that day, but that was it – I didn’t even bother looking elsewhere. It was quite liberating!”

Jo asked her bridesmaids to wear different dresses (I love this look!) and she tied their styling together with shoes from Novo (same style, different colours) and those awesome Chanel temporary tattoos. This idea RULES!

The couple wanted to make sure their reception décor and styling was perfect and so did a lot of the work themselves. “Decorating and event coordinating, I knew I had to put people I trusted in charge or I would just lose my mind with stress. Fortunately I have wonderfully creative, and generous friends who were there with me every step of the way. We had decided that I was going to walk down the aisle to “The Crane Wife 1 & 2″ by The Decemberists, so we decided that we wanted to use origami cranes as a bit of a motif for the whole wedding. Some friends and I all got together and made the origami cranes that hung from the ceiling at the reception, and from the pews at the ceremony, and one girlfriend made the beautiful origami flowers which adorned the reception venue. Our beautiful cake was also made by these girls at the last minute when my cake maker bailed on me. I also bought a lot of my diy decorating bits from Etsy. We didn’t have any flowers at the wedding (yet another tradition which felt pretty pointless to me), but I did carry a white rose (my mum’s favourite flower.)”

“One of the major money saving ventures that we made was to create a wedding website instead of posting out invitations. I did all the graphic design (in fact, I did the graphics for everything – the save the date cards, the order of service etc) and Johan did all the coding to make the website work. It was a really great way for us to combine our skills, and it meant we could have more contact with our guests, and were able to make the website really personal. A lot of both sides of our families live overseas, so we had sections on “getting to know” us, our family, and our bridal party – as well as all the important wedding details, and an RSVP section (which we loved, because nearly everyone RSVP’d within the first week!). The website was definitely another of our favourite things from the wedding.”

“Johan and I both have musical backgrounds, so when it came to the idea of a first dance, we decided instead to do a ‘first song’. We did our own version of Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘The Wedding Song’, and kept it a complete surprise (except to my matron of honour and her husband who we practiced in front of). It was such a special moment. Looking back on our wedding now, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing – I’m so glad we didn’t bow to traditions that didn’t mean anything to us. We have absolutely no regrets!”

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Michael & Chloe’s Seriously Bad Ass Festival/Circus Wedding

Michael & Chloe got married in the Circadia Circus Tent at Woodford Folk Festival, Australia. I think that’s all I have to say to let you know that this wedding is seriously bad ass and awesome right?

The bride wore a handmade dress and Wellington boots (festivals are muddy!) and the entire wedding was organized by the ‘Circadia’ team. The couple didn’t have bridesmaids, groomsmen or flowers, but they had a cake organized by Michael’s sisters (and a sweetie table, again organized for them by their family!) Bogan Bingo – a 90’s hair band doing a “bogan” version of Bingo – entertained the guests before the wedding began.

“Like so many Love Stories, ours starts with a boy doing something stupid and painful while trying to impress a girl,” began Michael, the groom. “It was late 2007 and I had only met Chloe a few short weeks earlier, having rejoined my friends at ‘Bound’ – the Acrobalance Troupe I had helped start while at Uni. In those few short weeks on the Southbank lawns however; between shoulder-stands, flying, and cartwheel practice; I found myself inexplicably drawn to Chloe’s company and I hoped – prayed! – she felt the same. On the particular evening upon which our story starts we were practicing tumbling. In true misguided machismo, I set out to impress her by leaping off a concrete bollard to the grass below before dropping forward into a commando-roll. Unfortunately ambition exceeded ability – my leap was too long; my roll mistimed – and my collarbone and shoulder connected with the ground with a resounding ‘crack’!”

“I lay there cursing through gritted teeth under the weight of a dislocated shoulder, broken clavicle, and badly bruised ego. And as my eyes refocused from the pain, I saw her blue eyes above me, filled with concern, pity, and something that looked just a little like laughter… Later that night after Chloe had reset my shoulder and helped me to re-mobilize the joint in the water of the Southbank lagoon, we shared our first kiss. It was way more sexy than that sounds. Because both of us were only recently single when we met, we had promised each other we wouldn’t get ‘too involved'; although we were practically inseparable until I headed away to the Woodford Folk Festival that New Year’s to take part in the Fire Ceremony. There Woodford, bathed away the hurts of old wounds, as Woodford always does, with rain and with fire. I realized what a silly promise we had made and on the 1st of January, 2008 as the Fire Event’s lighthouse burned and tumbled, I called her to say the words my heart had known since that first moment at training, “I love you Chloe”.”

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Shaun & Lulu’s Retro Styled Wedding Shoot

Shaun & Lulu Cash (hello, best names ever!?) had a wedding shoot in Adelaide with photographers Aila & Scott of White Wall Photography. Lulu wore custom couture gown by Eliza French.

As they started to shoot, it began to rain so they all ducked under a landing dock in the industrial location they were at – and it turned out to be the perfect backdrop for these shots!

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Jodie & Virginien’s Fashion & French Inspired Wedding

A bride in lace gloves and two bulldogs dressed up for the occasion? Oh yes, Jodie & Virginien’s wedding makes my heart sing! Photographer Britt said she wasn’t 100% sure I’d think their wedding was Rock n Roll enough for a feature when she sent it over, however I had to disagree straight away. I am loving the cute, quirky touches through out in this day – it’s not all about tattoos and pink hair on this blog!

The wedding was held at Overnewton Castle in Keilor, Australia. “Our inspiration was what we love and who we love!” explained the bride. “We wanted everything to be exactly as we imagined which meant having to make most things our self. We wanted things to be different, unique, but still whimsical and fairytale like. We love Alannah Hill, Disney (yes I know its Corny..but we’re obsessed), diy tutorials, The House of Frankie Stuart fabric shop, Ralph Lauren, and all things French.”

“Virginien and I met at a party in Australia after Virginien arrived for a working holiday only 5 days prior”,  Jodie continued. “We instantly feel in love…Virginien didnt  speak English..but that didnt matter, he still managed to woo me with his French accent…that was two years ago. We were separated for a total of 4 months when Virginien had to go back to France to get a visa to marry me…that was really hard…but we made it through in the end. 20 of Virignien’s family and friends were able to travel to Australia to share in our marriage. Thank you we love them all!! Virginien proposed to me one year ago. I came home opened my room and there were like three big Alannah Hill bags and boxes and flowers. I was so overwhelmed. He had brought me an entire outfit, right down to matching stockings and a hat from my absolute favorite store! I opened the card and it said be ready in your new clothes in one hour. A limo arrived and took us a beautiful restaurant where he later proposed to me with my ring on our soufflé! It was a big surprise!”

“Our gorgeous little animal friends are our beloved pets who we wanted to have a share in our special day. My burmese kitty cat is called ‘Neelix’ and the American bulldogs are ‘Bicardi’ (girl) and ‘Texas’ (boy). My sister and I made their little outfits.”

To match their stylish pets, the couple went all out with their wedding day attire. The bride wore a Swarovski crystal encrusted gown from Bernadette Pimenta Bridal Couture which she altered herself to make it perfect for her. “I made the corset and underskirt – I pulled it apart changed the dress, added tulle, lace, Swarovski crystals, redesigned the skirt and upper bust and all the rosettes the week before the wedding. I changed the dress because  the dress didnt turn out as I had imagined it and it was the wrong colour (fabric stores mistake.) I changed it to make it bigger and lace-ier and make me happier! All the lace and flash tulle was from Tylers Fabrics and The House of Frankie Stuart – these fabric shops are simply amazing!”

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