Jo & Sian had an intimate wedding at Upper Reach Winery in Baskerville, Australia. As gay marriage is not legal in Australia (yet!) they decided to buck most traditions and just do things their own way! “Our officiant was my brother Kieren,” Sian began. “This was one of the most important decisions for us. As gay marriage/commitment is not legal in Australia we didn’t have the requirement to have a so called official celebrant to perform our ceremony. I lieu of this we wanted somebody who was really important to us and who we knew was 100% supportive of us and our relationship to perform celebrants duties and go on to be the MC for the evening. By brother Kieren is one of the most amazing people we have in our lives and he has always been there for both me and Jo. We wouldn’t have chosen anybody else. I wrote the vows myself.”
Sian designed her own wedding dress which she then had made by Kubank Designs. She also handmade the jewellery that she wore. Her bridesmaids wore shocking pink dressed from Aqua which they accessorised themselves as Sian wanted each girl to put their own individual stamp on their look. Jo also put together the outfits she and her ‘bromaids’ wore from various sources including Roger David, Tarocash and YD.
Blessed with a balmy night, great music and guests willing to get into the spirit of the theme, Ben & Serina had a wedding that that they described as a ‘gypsy village gathering’ in Panton Hill Winery, Australia. “Our guests thought they were transported to another place and time”, wrote the bride. “There was no stress and our wedding photographer Lucky captured the feel of the day perfectly.”
“It was very important to us to design an ceremony and celebration that incorporated only aspects of wedding tradition that were meaningful to us”, she continued. “The ceremony was incredibly emotional and the words we each wrote for each other had everyone in tears. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and the absolute fun every one had which ended up in impromptu circle dancing.”
Carnival themed weddings might be nothing new, but when I see one as top notch as Matthew & Jessica’s I can’t help but want to share it with you. That dress! Those bridesmaids! That location! It’s just all so perfectly beautiful and utterly Rock n Roll.
“Neither of us really wanted a wedding to begin with, so when we made the choice to get married and have a celebration, we sat down and thought long and hard about why we were doing it, and what it meant to us.”, began the bride. “We threw all the rules out the window, started from scratch, and created the day we wanted to have. We always said that, if we were to have a wedding, that we’d throw a party and then, at some point in the evening, we’d get married. So we did just that.”
“One of the decisions we were most happy with was to get ready together. We had a big sleepover the night before with our ‘carnies’ (bridesmaids and groomsmen) and their partners. It meant we got to go to sleep together, wake up the morning of our wedding together, go and set up the venue together, help each other get dressed and then hold hands until the moment we were wed. I don’t know how I would’ve felt doing all those things without Matt sharing them with me.”
The colourful wedding of Melodie & Kurt was held at Hopewood Country House in Bowral, New South Wales. The bride designed her own wedding dress and glittered up her own shoes but the DIY didn’t stop there – friends and family of the couple got stuck in wherever possible!
“One of the most special things for us on our wedding day was how much our friends and family were involved”, Melodie explained. “Kurt’s brother, Brendan, married us. He is a pastor and has married almost everyone he knows. My hairdresser Patrick is a family friend, my make up artist is one of my best friends. My sister in law was our florist, Kurt’s Mum made our gorgeous bunting – which so many people have wanted to borrow for their weddings since – and so many other family and friends were involved in making things before the wedding. It made it a really special day for everyone involved.”
Jessica & Anand’s November wedding took place in Sydney, Australia. The outdoor ceremony was held at The Herb Garden & Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and their reception was at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Before the couple even started to plan their wedding, they knew they had to include their two main passions in the day – food and music.
“We both work in the music industry (me in A&R at EMI and Anand is an Agent and Touring Manager representing a bunch of electronic artists like Miami Horror and The Aston Shuffle) and our two passions are food and music,” explained the bride. “We write a blog called Food & Tunes so for us everything had to start and finish with those key things. We picked an award winning restaurant for our reception venue. We opted for a standing up/canapé type function and we worked with the chef to create a delicious and filling menu that had everything from an oyster bar to pork belly sliders and their famous snapper and black truffle pie. Then for the music component, we wanted something really different so we had an incredible soul singer from Brooklyn come all the way out to perform, then we had our friend (and Australia’s most talented female DJ) Alison Wonderland.”
Jessica wore a Carolina Herrera wedding dress with Vera Wang shoes, and Anand wore a suit by Vanishing Elephant, their friend’s label. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the laid back feel, the love in the room, the epic dance offs!” concluded the bride. “We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding – the whole day was perfect!”
Tenille & Christian were married at Maritime Museum in Fremantle, West Australia. The venue totally set the tone for their vintage nautical themed wedding. “I found working with our theme to be quite easy”, explained Tenille. “The colour scheme worked and it was easy to pinpoint and find things to match our theme. If you have Photoshop and some time to be creative then you can save loads of money doing things like menus and table names yourself. I also highly recommend a cocktail party wedding as guests get to mingle and no one is stuck at a table. It really livens up the atmosphere to have guests being able to stand, dance and have fun in general.”
“I have a love affair for the 50s and 60s style and just love how the ladies and gents back then made that super extra effort. I love the large hoop skirts, fringe bangs, rockabilly curls and the fact that men were real gentlemen”, she continued. “I run my own online vintage fashion business which also gave me some inspiration. These eras were so elegant, had amazing bold hair styles and defined make up styles which is what I wanted for our wedding. As soon as we visited the museum we loved it. It was just amazing. It is on the water surrounded by the harbour and there boats inside the museum. We thought it would be perfect to mash these two styles together and lucky for us it worked!”