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An Australian Wedding with Pops of Colour: Asha & Greg

I love when weddings with bright pops of colour like Asha & Greg’s brighten up my inbox. They really do make me smile! However I love them even more when the people behind the wedding seem like just the kind of guys I’d like to be friends with…if only they didn’t live in Australia! “We didn’t have a theme as such because we didn’t want to confine our choices,” Asha told me. “We found things we liked, which suited our style, and I suppose a loose theme just organically grew from there. My parents collect a lot of old antique trinkets so we used those as the starting point for our reception decorations and added lots of bright fresh flowers. We also wanted to incorporate some music references because music is what really brought us together.”

The wedding reception was held at Eves on the River in Teneriffe, Brisbane. “Looking through wedding magazines I mostly discovered what I didn’t want to do,” Asha continued. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel too contrived or over-planned – we just wanted to get our friends together and eat and have fun. Since we were on a budget, we picked apsects of the wedding that we really important to us and were willing to spend more money on (like our incredible album cover invites).”

“The things we weren’t fussed about, like fancy wedding cars, were omitted. For transport we decided since both our ceremony and reception venues were on the river and right next to a ferry stop, we should take the citycat (public transport boats). It cost us a couple of dollars each and made for great pictures! Fortunately, we didn’t have to skimp on photos because our fabulous photographer and her husband are good friends of ours and offered to do the photography as a wedding present.”

“We made the pinwheel cake toppers ourselves after realising the amazing topper I ordered from etsy was too big for the cake. We made the pinwheels using double-sided origami paper in contrasting colours. I had planned to do much more DIY for the favours but the week of the wedding I got sick (embarrassingly, on a girly spa day I threw up in the nail salon!) Luckily, my Mum, sisters and bridesmaid rose to the occasion. We made the favours by dipping fortune cookies in white chocolate, then edible glitter and stars. And we all spent days folding chatterboxes!”

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A DIY Beach Wedding: Jaq & Patto

Beautiful weddings like Jaq & Patto’s constantly remind me why I got into this wedding blogging game in the first place – to inspire others to create a wedding perfect for them. Sure it’s just a day and it’s just a party, but honestly, there’s just something about seeing events like these that makes my heart sing! Call me soppy, call me overly romantic but awww ain’t love grand?!

The beach wedding was held at a friend’s private residence on Roches Beach, Tasmania. They had only 45 guests and kept the whole affair really personal and intimate. The lucky couple were able to set up a marquee in a paddock on the property and really put their own stamp on the day. Everything was handmade by Jaq & Patto. Every line of bunting and every paper heart. Each table had origami paper and instructions to keep people entertained and the wine was donated from the Winery where Jaq works.

“We found inspiration in so many places,” Jaq wrote, “in Frankie magazine, on Pinterest, and searches for eco weddings on the net. We always wanted it to be a relaxed affair, with just really close friends and family. We both love vintage, retro and eco/ natural ideas so we chose this theme because it is just ‘us’. I also love to be creative and really enjoyed making the decorations and searching for ideas.”

“We wanted to do as much as possible ourselves to personalise it. We chose the marquee and had it at friends property because we wanted to feel relaxed and we wanted everyone else to relax too. We wanted people to have the option of camping, to be able to take our time to set up, and pack down, to hold a ‘hangover cure’ cook-up the next day, to be able to party into the early hours without time restraints. Also having a marquee meant that we could create our own little world inside…it was like a blank canvas so we could make it just how we wanted it to be. We were trying to create a romantic, natural, playful and relaxed vibe when making up the decorations.”

Jaq wore a dress purchased from Claire Louise Bridal in Brisbane with a vintage lace necklace that she found at a local gallery. “I chose the dress because it was simple and elegant but I didn’t want a meringue” Jaq continued. “I couldn’t afford the lace/vintage style that I would have loved and this one was within budget. I hate shopping do didn’t want to shop around too much so when I saw it and tried it on it looked good so I bought it then and there! I think the designer was a bit shocked at my quick decision and it was only about the fourth dress I had tried on.”

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A Private Residence Wedding: Ruby & Emmanuel

Ruby & Emmanuel’s sweet wedding took place on a private residence in Adelaide. The bride wore a 1930s vintage wedding gown with a vintage headpiece. Even her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses.

The couple locally sourced things where they could including the food their served and the flowers the used to decorate the marquee. The bride’s sister made all their stationery and paper goods. The wedding was a really personal and intimate affair. “Our focus was really just on our family,” the bride explained. “We  handcrafted our wedding with, of course, some true vintage touches.”

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A Rustic Australian Vineyard Wedding: Richard & Eleanor

When Richard & Eleanor’s wedding landed in my inbox I was sure there was some sort of mistake. Photographer Lakshal Perera must have meant to send this to one of the more glamorous wedding blogs surely? But before he could realise his mistake I’d replied with a ‘oh hell yes I wanna feature this’ and he was trapped with Rock n Roll Bride.

I am of course kidding, but there is just something so incredibly beautiful about this wedding that stopped my in my tracks. The wedding was held at Henning’s Vineyard in Colbinabbin, Australia. “Making the wedding feel like our own was really important to us,” the couple explained.  “Given our time-poor life (we both work in forensics) we happily shopped for the wedding online on an evening, in our PJs with a glass of wine. Etsy provided us with lots of fine details that made the day extra special.”

“The inspiration for our wedding day was to include everything and everyone that made us happy. The entire day was spent in the small community where Richard’s family live and most of the High Tea reception was decorated with second hand items from local op shops plus handmade vases from recycled jars. We only offered food that we would ordinarily feel guilty eating. We made sure the local wine and cigars didn’t run out and we had a lolly bar large enough to feed the whole community (which is where the left-overs went!)”

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A DIY & Foodie Wedding: Kathryn & James

Kathryn & James’ wedding is one of those beautiful events that just prove to me that the details, the fluff and the stresses of making your wedding ‘cool’ just don’t matter. Simple personal touches, friends, family, laughter and love are what make the world go round – why should it be any different for wedding?

I fell in love with this couple as soon as I saw the first photo in their wedding set. The love that oozes from these two is palpable and I’m seriously honoured and thrilled to share that love with you all today.

The wedding day started with the couple and their family’s having a homemade breakfast together. They were then married at Biota Dining Bowral. “We knew walking into Biota Dining Bowral that we had found the place for us,” Kathryn told me. “Finding the venue for us was actually the hardest job. James didn’t want average food and wine as he is a massive foodie and we wanted the place to look good. After a few weekends of visiting venues, he pulled out a gourmet traveller magazine and said why don’t we contact this place. By that afternoon they had emailed through the most amazing package and we went down the next weekend and were totally in love. It meant we could have the ceremony and reception in the one venue. We could do canapés and drinks straight after and because we did the first-look photos we could eat and drink and socialise with everyone. We had the MOST fantastic 2 course meal and then when the band was up and playing there were roving desserts! Mollie and the Chef James Viles and the staff were seriously incredible.”

Kathryn wore a bridesmaid’s dress by Bari Jay which she found at Jean Fox in Parramatta. “My sister found it in the bridesmaid room on the sale rack! When I tried it on we started crying (could have been from exhaustion because I hadn’t pencilled in a lunch break on the dress shopping day). So, one day shopping and I had the dress! And under budget. I had a couple of reservations as the wedding drew closer that I didn’t have the big gown, but with reassurance from James, my sister and Mum that it suited me and the venue perfectly I put it out of my mind. And I was so happy.”

The venue didn’t need much decorating, but they did do all the flowers themselves. They bought the blooms from Sydney Flower Markets the day before the wedding! “We did a trial run 6 weeks before with a lovely lady that my sister works with,” Kathryn explained. “James and I picked up the flowers and made our way over. It was fun morning with bubbles and stories. It was exciting that for $50 we had 12 ‘trial’ bouquets. From that we decided on a rough idea of what we would like. The day before the wedding, we got up at 4.15am and made our way to the flower markets. It.was.stressful. It was raining and dark. James jumped out of the car to start shopping and I drove around with the crazy fork lift guys zooming around.”

“On Friday when we got to where we were staying one of the groomsmen made us a couple of cocktails and we got to work. It will be one of my best memories of the girls who said they weren’t confident enough to help, proudly making their own bouquets! A girlfriend of one of the groomsmen discovered a new talent and made all the beautiful buttonholes. The rest of the flowers we ‘creatively’ jammed into the different jars I collected. In the end I think we had bought twice as much as we needed. Included was kale (was also used in the menu) lavender, roses, dusty miller, berries, mountain moss and trix.”

Kathryn collected all the jam jars and bottles for the flowers herself. She continues, “We also had tealight candles on the tables. On our present/cake table was a little house we had bought the day before with some candles inside as we had asked people as a gift for money towards our house deposit. James made a thank you sign and also on the table was an Indian saying that James had found while looking for inspiration for our vows. Around the room were other frames with illustrations that James had done to incorporate with our stationery. James’ Dad also knocked up the Rock n Roll sign from old fence palings. I had bought the hearts off eBay and the boys tied them around the tree. Actually that’s where the ceremony was supposed to be held, but due to the rain during the week and that morning we moved it outside. It stopped raining at about 11.30 that morning so it was glorious sunshine by the time the wedding rolled around.”

“We wanted the day to be a representation of us, but taking on board some advice that was given to us, we asked our parents if there was anything in particular they wanted to see”, Kathryn concluded. “We thought of our top 3 ‘wants’ – good food, wine and photos and started planning from there. Whenever we were tempted or worried we hadn’t ‘included’ something we reminded ourselves of those 3 things. The other thing we did was try and keep things simple. I also tried to make my emails and conversations with the suppliers very conversational and not from a crazy stressed out bride which I think helped things go smoothly. A sense of humour can go a long way. Especially, I think, in this wedding business.”

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A Quirky & Colourful Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wedding: Lucy & Kevin

A colourful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed wedding was the main inspiration for Lucy & Kevin’s Australian wedding. They wanted their wedding to be fun, quirky and playful.

The bride loves colour so instead of a traditional white wedding dress she went for a vibrant black & yellow number which she had custom made. She added even more fun to her ensemble with her brooch and button bouquet made by Lillybuds. Even the groom and his groomsmen joined in on the action with their ‘wonderland’ inspired buttonholes – each had one made with a different character from the book on it.

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