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.”
There was no way Aaron and Belinda could pick just one theme for their Queensland wedding. So they did a bit of a pick n mix, grabbing inspiration wherever they could! From the groomsmen on motorbikes, the Delorean wedding car and the Mexican and geometric influences in their reception décor, the was one truly unique celebration!
“We really wanted our wedding to be casual with a party vibe so we threw formalities and traditions out the window to give us more time to enjoy ourselves”, Belinda said.”We got ready together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen and had our photos done before the ceremony. This made the day so enjoyable and so much less stressful. We got our photos in some of our favourite locations including a laundrette that I used to work next to and a bunch of art deco buildings that I love in the area.”
“We didn’t stick to one theme; we just tried to incorporate everything we love. The ceremony was simple with a touch of pop culture and more than a few nods to Star Wars. The reception was Mexican and geometric themed because I couldn’t decide which theme to choose and I felt they would work well together.”
Did you ever see a wedding as pretty as this one?! From the paper poms, the delicate blooms, the pastel crockery and the flamingos, prepare to lose your shit just a little bit…
Monika and Mike were married in the Hazelbrook Gardens in the Blue Mountains, Australia. The bride wore a vintage dress, which she found in her friend’s attic!
“I am an artist and so wanted our wedding to reflect the style and palette of my work, said the bride. “I paint in a delicate and restricted pastel palette of translucent watercolours, and one of my main painting series’ was titled of lace and moss. It depicted delicate girls dressed in pastel silks with flowers in their hair, reclining in mansions lost in the woods, with vines and ivy creeping through abandoned windows.”
Daniel and Keely had lots of different influences for their October wedding. From the bride’s love of jewel tones – reflected in her dress and make up and the bridesmaid outfits, to their mutual love of travel. They even had art deco references in their stationery. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it totally does because it was a real reflection of them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was definitely ‘fun’”, said the bride. “We put a lot of effort into making sure that everyone had as much fun as possible. In fact, most of our decisions were made with our guests in mind. We had the ceremony and reception at the same location so that guests didn’t have to drive to another venue and could have a drink or two at the ceremony. We also did our photos beforehand so that our guests didn’t have a big boring break between ceremony and reception. This also meant we got to spend a lot more time with our guests.”
“We organised lawn games for guests”, she continued. “We had archery (which was a huge hit!), badminton, croquet, boccie and giant Jenga (we made it ourselves and painted it in the colours of the wedding). It was great fun for everyone, and we were so happy to have a venue that was really creative and accommodating. They put in so much work to make sure our ideas could be made real and we really wouldn’t have been able to have the wedding we wanted without a unique venue like The Hideaway Retreat.”