If the idea of a huge guest list fills you with dread, why not keep things simple and intimate, just like Fran and Ray did? The couple wanted to get married in a way that felt right for them. That meant keeping things small. They had just 15 guests for their ceremony, and their reception was held in their favourite restaurant.
“Ray and I met through our mutual love of weightlifting (hence the cake!)”, began the bride. “We actually spent the first year of our relationship apart – Ray on Guam and me in Australia. We spent a lot of time in airports and on planes. It was hard but we knew our future was worth it. He proposed on a beautiful tropical beach on Guam, New Year’s Eve 2013.”
“We didn’t want a big wedding”, she continued. “All that mattered was having our very closest people around us in a beautiful setting. One of the highlights for me was that my mum surprised me by coming over from the UK for the wedding, and Ray’s parents came all the way from the USA! I was extremely nervous about meeting them for the first time the day before the wedding, but they were incredibly sweet and loving to me.”
Lindsey and Ned were married in Tasmania, at the bride’s parent’s farm. overlooking the ocean. Their reception was at Stanley Town Hall. “Getting married on top of a hill overlooking the ocean (where the next landmass is South America!) and utilising whatever venue we could find locally was a pretty unique experience”, began the bride. “A weather proof reception venue was key to us as we can’t stand a flapping marquee on a windy, crappy night which is so often the case in Tassie. We were so lucky that the only place suitable was a recently restored, beautifully painted Art Deco hall! And it was only $800 to hire for four days!”
“We made/collected so many elements of the wedding ourselves without going overboard and getting stressed about it. I think the Pinterest generation are pressured to have hand made wedding elements and for people who may be not that way inclined already, they may feel forced to craft everything. It can really take the fun out of wedding planning. Luckily, I love making things and thrifting anyway but also feel like I got the balance right by not stressing about the little things.”
When wedding photographer Matt Miller emailed me to tell me he’d shot the wedding of Winston McCall, lead singer of Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive, and asking if I’d like to feature it, I nearly fell off my chair. “Er… stupid question!” I replied, “OF COURSE!” He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, in beautiful Byron Bay on May 11th this year.
“The inspiration for our wedding was the ocean and it’s mystique,” Jessica told me. “We are both surfers who are obsessed with it. However as hardcore kids and lovers of all things black, we are not the stereotypical ‘beachy’ types. So in order to appropriately reflect our identities, we decided to incorporate these dual aspects of our personalities into our wedding décor. We wanted to achieve a casual vibe that was infused with decadent elements.”
Even in beautiful Byron Bay there’s a possibility of rain on your wedding day. But it didn’t stop Jacob and Nicola’s celebrations. In fact I completely love those rainy portraits on the beach. Magical! Their wedding was held at Clarkes Beach Holiday Park and ran over a whole weekend.
“Both of our families live hundreds of miles away from us, in opposite directions”, wrote the bride. “So when planning our wedding we decided that we didn’t want just 8 hours worth of celebration with our special people, we wanted a whole weekend! We invited the family and a few friends not just to our wedding, but to our family holiday.”
“When we first moved in together we would take our lunch and skate (me on roller skates and Jacob on his skateboard) up to a little lookout over the beach in a caravan park. We knew straight away it was the perfect spot for us and all our family to be together and celebrate our love.”
“Everyone booked cabins or brought their caravans or campers and both our families literally became one, over an old-fashioned caravan park family holiday weekend. It was just like when we were kids. Grandma and Grandpa were next door to my high school best friends, my Uncle and Aunty were having a beer with Jacob’s cousins, and our Mums were sneaking off down to the beach together for ‘Mother of the Bride and Groom chats’… We had games of frisbee on the beach, swims in the ocean at all hours, friends crashing on couches and a whole lot of love shared.”
Matt and Moz were married at home, in their own backyard in Collingwood, Victoria. Their wedding budget was $5000 and they didn’t go a penny over. The bride wore a dress that her mother made for her, and the flowers were sourced from a market.
“Our plan was to have a wedding that was more like a party”, she said. “We wanted to keep the vibe relaxed and we didn’t really stick to any particular style or rules. Our guests told us that they loved our wedding because it was super casual and was a real reflection of us.”
Aussies Sammy and Rhys wanted an outdoor, beach wedding, but they also wanted to avoid all the traditional Australian wedding clichés. The day took place in Noosa Heads, in beautiful Queensland, with the ceremony in the Casuarina Gardens near the beach, and the reception at Bistro C restaurant.
“We both wanted to make sure we were true to our personalities on the day and I think through our event did that”, said Sammy. “We both have a certain style but try to be relaxed about it. Plus we love being outdoors but didn’t want a traditional beach wedding so I think we hit the mark in terms of it being fun and beautiful at the same time.”