They wanted a ceremony to signify their commitment to each other, but Ariane and Adam decided not to be legally married. Based in Queensland, Australia, they decided they didn’t want to be man and wife until same sex marriage was recognised by their country.
“We really wanted to respect the ceremony of showing our love and commitment in front of our friends and family”, they said, “so we took seriously the ritual of the ceremony but then after that… It was party time. The ceremony was officiated by our dear friend Alan at The Gardens Club. We wrote our own vows and Alan wrote the script for the ceremony.”
Milly and Willo wanted a big party for their wedding, full of colour, fun and surrounded by everyone they love. They both love classic cars so the hot rod theme kind of happened accidentally!
“We chose a location that is only a couple of minutes down the road from where we live”, began the bride. “That helped by making it all feel close, relaxed and easy to manage. We just planned what we thought would make for a great day. A celebration of our love, but also a day to acknowledge those around us who have been wonderful. We also made sure children were included. We have a two year old son, Archie, and most around us have children, so we planned to make sure they all had a fun time too, hello jumping castle and bubbles!”
The ceremony was held in South Muckleford Public Hall, a small disused public primary school, in Castlemaine, Victoria. “We are not religious or deeply spiritual, we believe in love and family”, Milly continued. “We had a wonderful celebrant who guided us to create a ceremony that was really funny and full of love. It made it feel relaxed and that was important to us, that everyone felt relaxed and could let their hair down. We had a reading by my sister and best friend, the palm ceremony and Willo’s mum did a reading that was important to her. Other than that it was just telling our story and having a laugh. I also wanted lots of confetti so I bought a kilo of it!”
Shot around Fitzroy in Melbourne, this photo shoot was set up by photographer Fiona Harding to show that weddings don’t have to be expensive, traditional affairs to be utterly beautiful!
“I wanted to theme this shoot around a city hall elopement”, Fiona writes. “That meant a tight budget, non-traditional, urban affair that was 100% about being fun, quirky and different. The vintage halter dress was the pioneering piece of inspiration and the shoot grew around that.”
Hayleigh and Marc met at an alternative nightclub in 2010 so they always knew their wedding would be quite non-traditional. “We went for a bohemian-esque evening wedding however tried not to go over the top with our decorations”, said the bride. “We really wanted it to be about us and our families, not the ‘stuff’. Whilst I had hundreds of photos saved on Pinterest not a lot of those ideas made it to the big day!”
“The bouquets and headpiece were made by me, my mother and my godmother the day before the wedding”. she continued. “We went to the local flower market and picked out anything that we wanted. It ended up costing approx $200 including the wire, tape and ribbons and a few hours of laughter! We also made our own rug and cushions. I picked out all of the fabrics and my mother and her sister made the amazing creations. I decorated some small bottles and vases for the bar tables to put flowers in.”
Brooke and Andrew were married in Melbourne. They wanted their wedding to have a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme, but one that suited their modern Melbourne venue.
“We wanted our wedding have a slight Alice in Wonderland theme”, the bride said. “The paper bouquets included pages from the book and the boys wore playing card cufflinks. Our table numbers were oversized playing cards and the menus and name place cards featured Alice in Wonderland images. Our confetti, which we sprinkled on the tables, was heart shaped and also made from pages of Alice in Wonderland books.”
“We stuck with the colours red, black and white because these were the dominant colours of the venue”, she continued. “We didn’t want to add in too many other colours and make everything look overdone. Our venue was the most expensive thing next to our photographer but they were both well worth it. We loved everything about our venue – the look, the location, and the amazing food. We had to be realistic about our budget because we really wanted a wedding venue where we could do everything in one place. We knew this would increase the cost but with so many guests travelling in, we wanted to make the day as easy as possible for them.”
Emily and Josh met in Melbourne, where Emily lived and where Josh was visited from Auckland, New Zealand. Within six months of first meeting, he moved over with his band and they picked up from where they left of!
“We were heavily inspired by the 1940s for our wedding, especially the working class side of this era”, Emily explained. “The whole day was on a farm with animals, fruit trees and we held the reception in a barn. The girls all had mismatched floral dresses and 1940s styled hair and make up. The boys wore black work wear boots, heavy linen shirts, and fade to zero military haircuts – definitely referencing the prohibition era of American working class for the boys.”