Natalie and Aaron wanted a small wedding, that was just for them. They were married at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne with just nine guests. “The inspiration for our wedding was to have a low key, romantic elopement with beautiful spring flowers all around us”, the bride said. “We had originally planned a wedding for around 80 guests which was meant to happen next July, but after I became very anxious and stressed we decided to drop that in favour of our little ceremony. By doing a small ceremony we saved thousands of dollars too.”
“We had only nine guests which made the day feel really special and intimate compared to the other weddings we’ve been to. Even though our day was small, at times organising things was still stressful. I think I assumed that because we went so small that it would be super breezy but it can still be a really overwhelming process, I wish I’d just taken the time to relax more leading up to it.”
We’re just getting into the depths of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but our Southern brothers and sisters have their winter weddings in July. Danielle and Zak, from Melbourne, were married at The Willows, the perfect place for a cosy and intimate winter wedding.
“When I was little I was always obsessed with my parents wedding photos”, began Danielle. “They got married in a beautiful lush garden in the 70s, mum wore a beautiful lace dress and dad had an amazing navy suit. They looked so happy and adorable with their long wavy hair and natural blooming flowers. I wanted something with a similar feel for our wedding.”
“We didn’t really have a theme, we just went with what we liked. After we got engaged we knew pretty quickly we wanted an evening winter wedding with lots of candles. We had mismatched vintage jars filled with lots of natural flowers for centrepieces on the tables with the occasional skull. Luckily we both have pretty similar taste so we agreed on most things. It took us a long time to find the right venue though; we had a lot of fun looking at different venues, as we would turn it into little day trips or excuses for delicious lunches!”
Charlotte and Rowan’s Sydney wedding was intimate and romantic. They wanted their wedding to be glamorous and black tie but held in an unusual location. The day took place in a laneway bar called Since I Left You.
“I decided that wanted to have a glamorous black tie wedding in a place that would normally be associated with being kinda dirty and gross”, said Charlotte. “I started looking around Sydney CBD for alleyways to hold it in, and then one day I was out the front of my office and noticed the laneway across the road where people usually hide to have their cigarettes.”
“Amazingly, the laneway had a tiny bar attached which was perfect for getting around any liquor licencing laws. The owners had never had a wedding there before and were keen to get involved, so from there I set about planning how I would transform this laneway in the city into a stunning wedding venue. The ceremony was held in the alleyway and the reception was at the en in a courtyard normally reserved for bins!”
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.”