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Michelle & Sterling’s DIY Aussie Bush Wedding

Michelle & Sterling were married at St Barnabas church, in the middle of the Aussie bush. Their reception that followed took place at Upper Landowne Community Hall. Michelle’s parents had been married at the same church and hall 35 years ago so it was really special to them to also be married here. The importance of involving their families was continued throughout the planning process. “My mum and Grandmother did so much work ,” said Michelle. “Mum organised all the catering which was done by the local church that my Grandmother belongs to and all of the table cloths, linen napkins were hand crocheted by my Grandma. My sister made the guest book sign and we all decorated the hall and set the tables and did the flower arranging in 30 silver tea pots that I bought over time from eBay ! They looked awesome and totally fitted with the romantic, quirky theme. We even found a home for the 80 massive paper tissue pom poms we made.”

Michelle wore a dress by Pallas Bride, Sydney, “I choose this dress as I wanted something kinda “bridey” but with a twist – I loved the lace and the plunging neckline as well as the sequence details.” To give her bridal look a Rock n Roll twist, Michelle added purple shoes by Paul Dane and a handmade bespoke headpiece by Suzy O’Rourke. She asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dress. Their looks were tied together with their headpieces which she made herself with fabric and her trusty hot glue gun!

“I guess we did things differently to other weddings by making the whole preparation also part of the wedding,” concluded the bride. “Everyone was involved in it. We always say it takes a village to raise a child and it’s also true of a wedding I think . We just had fun with it. Our Bridal waltz was just us dancing together crazy like the way we met …  just fun, energy and love.”

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Jess & Rob’s Hip-Nouveau-Country-Handle-Bar-Moustache-Rayban-Sunglasses-with-a-Dash-of-Vintage-Perfection Wedding!

Jess & Rob got married “under a lone tree in a field” in a cermony that was perfectly related to the things that they adore. “They really do live a dreamy life,” their photographer’s Emmy & Aaron told me. “Jess is a lover of horses and what better life than to run Foxstone Stables at Glenora Farm and also to live right above the stable with 300 acres of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley paradise. They even have their own natural spring swimming pond, meadows with lone trees, and gorgeousness everywhere you look!” Needless to say, their home provided the perfect location for the wedding.

Emmy continued, “The whole day we felt like kids in a candy store with not quite enough time to fill our pockets. This dreamy day was a hip-nouveau-country-handle-bar-moustache-rayban-sunglasses-with-a-dash-of-vintage perfection! There were so many personal touches and such wonderful details that the result is that I have a lot of images to share!”

Jess wore a stunning Priscilla of Boston dress which was perfect for their vintage country style wedding.  Her rings, carried in little leather pouches, were originally Rob’s Grandmother’s and her vintage bracelet had previously been worn by the other women in Rob’s family on their wedding day, so it held a lot of sentimental significance.  Throughout their home were old family photos and antique treasures that really set the scene for the wedding day. 

The ceremony seats were bales of hay with Jess’ baby quilts made by her Mother laid over them. The bridal party entered through the field with Jess’ old pup Jackson, looking so so proud in his bow-tie. The flowers were daisies and sunflowers and were set alonside gorgeous red gingham table clothes – perfect for the hot and sunny weather.  Many of the guests set up camp in a nearby field with vans and tents to make a weekend of the event.

In honour of Rob’s moustache many of his friends grew their own and the groomsmen bought stick ons that you could shape in different styles. Instead of a wedding cake these two ordered a table full of pies, which went down very well with the guests, “It was really hard to photograph them and not sneak a taste,” laughed the photographers. After the ceremony the party headed up the hill to the old red barn for some shelter from the heat and to take some portraits. “You have heard the famous saying don’t work with kids or animals – well we usually love working with both and the kids were fantastic it was the darn goats that couldn’t take the hint that it wasn’t their day!” continued Emmy & Aaron. “One really wanted his picture taken, after he tasted a bridesmaid’s bouquet of course.  At first it was funny until I had to push him out of the way by his bottom, goats are stubborn.”

“We left the barn via tractor and at dusk the music started, the lanterns came on and man could these folks dance! I have never seen grannies with such moves, so so much fun.  Jess and Rob are so in love and their wedding day was perfect from beginning to end.  We know we will see them and Jackson, and probably the goat many more times in the future. At the end of the day we were still hot, a little sweaty, and so so grateful to our new friends Jess and Rob for sharing their sweet day with us!”

No, thanks for sharing it with us! How gorgeous is this?! 

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Jeanie & Mike’s Dorky & Eclectic South African Wedding

Jeanie & Mike got hitched at the end of October at Old Oak Manor & Cafe Felix in Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa. The wedding had a thrown together, eclectic vibe inspired by the couple themselves. “I don’t know if I can classify myself as Rock n Roll, but definitely different and also somewhat dorky”, explained the bride. “I think we usually do most things different than the norm and we also have a lot of fun doing it. God is always my inspiration, in fact, he gave me the idea to create a coat of arms for my new family and I used it on the invitation and all the other stationary.” Jeanie has even since decided to go into business creating wedding stationary!

Jeanie wore a custom Ilse Roux dress, inspired by Vera Wang and on her feet she had the now infamous Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! “The story of the shoes is actually quite amazing. The particular style that I was looking for was no longer available anywhere in the world. My mom in law phoned every Vivienne Westwood stockist in the The States, we tried on the web, but no luck. Until my step-mom from Australia phoned and asked me if I had found my shoes. I told her that it was impossible to find them. I was nearly defeated, but her determined voice on the other side of the phone gave me hope. A day later she found them from a stylist in Melbourne who was happy to lend them to me for the day. When we met up with them in Singapore a month before the wedding, My step-mom handed me the precious Vivienne Westwood Lady dragon hearts. Happiness. A couple of days later, I found the blue ones on the web from a greek fashionista that lives in Pretoria. She bought an extra pair “just in case” and were happy to sell them to me. Thanks Dad!”

Jeanie’s super stylish and super lucky bridesmaids all wore different dresses, “This was a miracle co-ordinated by God himself,” Jeanie explained. “One of them were made by a dressmaker in PTA, two from YDE and one from MEMEME in Long Street Cape Town by Doreen Southwood. Special mention to this designer – she is gold.” Their looks were all tied together with those gorgeous rosettes by Mikado, Jeanie and the maid of honour. I adore this unusual idea, it’s so much cooler than boring bridesmaid bouquets!

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Cassie & John’s Family-Central, DIY Wedding

“I guess we’re Rock n Roll in our attitude about life,” began the bride. “We are both vegan and our whole wedding was as well.  We never let anyone get in the way of that despite some people trying to persuade us otherwise.  We both grew up going to punk shows (he more than me..) and there’s a whole entire community of kids who just want to live a positive lifestyle.  We both thrive off of that. One of the greatest things I love about my husband is his love of his family and his friends.  He would do anything for someone, and does, when they ask.  There is no hesitation.  It’s an amazing virtue about him.”

“John and I both have tattoos for all of our immediate family members.  All of his are on his arm, while mine are spread out.   I have this weird blank spot on my left arm that when completed will finish out my half sleeve so to speak.  I always told John I’d be “bona fide” when I got married and thus, my future tattoo will be Bona Fide in pretty script with the date of our wedding done by the lovely wife of our photographer, Only You Tattoo.”

Cassie & John’s entirely DIY wedding makes my heart sing. Not only because of their totally authentic Rock n Roll attitude, but because it really was all about the lurrrrrve! “Our entire wedding  was DIY.  None of it would be possible without John’s mom.  She made all of my ideas into reality.  She sewed the burlap table runners (with ruffles!), made the bowtie and bandana for the dogs, and taught myself and my bridesmaids how to make and can apple butter which served as our wedding favors.”

“Our invitations were one of my favorite things about this whole wedding.  While my idea wasn’t original in the wedding world, but to most of my friends and family it was.  We used vintage handkerchiefs  and had a friend with a screen printing business help us. My oldest brother designed the invitation and helped us with the paper aspect of it all. I sourced all the handkerchiefs from eBay and antique markets.”  They also decided to have five cakes instead of the traditional giant wedding cake so that their guests could have a choice – all vegan, of course. 

 Cassie wore a Priscilla of Boston dress (which is is actually selling, so be sure to get in touch if you are interested in it and I will pass your details on) which she rocked up with Steve Madden flats and Betsey Johnson and vintage jewels. 

The wedding took place at private 10 bedroom house on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA which they hired for the day. It worked as a complete blank canvas so they were able to incorporate all the elements that really meant a lot to them. The bride works in a vegetarian restaurant so naturally they were their caterers, a friend organised the flowers and they chose their DJ especially because they loved what they stood for (and of course because they were awesome, but that goes without saying!) “When researching how best to entertain our guests on the dance floor, we looked at DJ’s around Atlanta and came across To The Rescue Entertainment.  They are a husband and wife team who not only DJ events, but their main objective is to rescue dogs, specifically bully breeds.  Every event they do sponsors one of their rescued dogs to help them with medical bills and to get them adopted.  John and I ourselves have two rescued bullies and after meeting with Whitney and Eric, we knew we wanted to work with them.  Whitney assists Eric with every wedding and helped myself and John all throughout the day.  I would recommend anyone in the Atlanta area to hire them.”  

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Daisy Chain – Eliesha & Joel’s Geek Chic, DIY Wedding

Like pretty much the whole of blog-land, I am uber smitten with anything Jonas Peterson produces, so when he sent me a super secret sneak peek of Eliesha & Joel’s wedding a few weeks ago I was literally jumping up and down with anticipation of featuring it. A gorgeous couple (hello geek chic fabulous – how much does Eliesha rock her glasses?!) a stunning location and awesome photography – how can you go wrong?! Oh and don’t even get me started on Eliesha’s floral head band…I literally die!

The ceremony took place at Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. “My Dad built me a double doorway to walk through when I arrived at the gardens,” explained the bride. “I think the logistics of getting it there and set up almost killed him, there was bizarre deals being made with the council and nearby hotels, a couple of our bigger, stronger (more manly) guests had to have dust coats handy to assemble and un-assemble, but it looked so gorgeous, and actually getting to step through the doors, and seeing Joel waiting for me at the end of the aisle **big girly sigh** it was totally worth the hassle.”

“Joel’s mum sewed the flags posing as our “altar” – we like flags.  The best bit about the flags was Joel choosing the fabric – I’m pretty sure he secretly likes doing “girly” things – and it’s not as big a secret as he might like to think!”

Following the intimate ceremony (in which they included some really special readings; Litany – by Billy Collins, Us Two – by A.A. Milne and Oh! The Places You’ll Go – by Dr. Seuss) the wedding party headed to The Italian in Melbourne (an Italian restaurant surprisingly!) for the reception. The restaurant served an amazing selection of scrumptious Italian food as well as providing a unique but gorgeous venue for the party. “The actual venue itself is stunning- three levels and an outdoor courtyard, the decor is beautiful, simple and classic,” Eliesha continued. “We also kept the venue set up as a restaurant (ie. no super long tables, or all round 10s) – we wanted to try and keep the feeling that we’d all kind of just spontaneously decided to go out to dinner together – so the tables were a mix of 4s, 6s, 8s & 10s, just as they would usually be for a dinner service.” 

“I had fun doing the seating plan too – we both have big families (actually, not true, Joel has a big family, I have a huuuuuuge family), so most of our extended family members had never meet, as well as friends from work – and the last thing we wanted was segregation – so I mixed it all up in a massive way. This was a huge success.  I had people claiming they’d made new best friends, there’s some fairly risque photo booth photos of people who had never even spoken before and watching facebook over the next couple of days was awesome – all of our friends and family were suddenly adding each other as friends and sharing photos (and some fairly suss “in-jokes”) – I’m totally taking credit for the lot of it!”

Eliesha, who is a fashion designer, wore silk and linen dress with french embroidery by Akira. “Due to my job, I found out the other day that there was a pool going over what my dress was going to look like!” laughed the bride. On her feet she she wore clogs (oh yes, how amazing?!) by Gorman, which are something she actually wears and loves every day! ” I interned at Gorman when I was at fashion school and my first job “in the industry” was as at Gorman, as a temp, sketching, all day, every day and I’ve been wearing Gorman clogs ever since (my current every day pair have been on the go for about four years) – so now clogs are all of a sudden all fashionable and I’m like “hey, I’m totally on trend now” and think I’m cool – plus my clogs have been a bit of a running joke at work for awhile now – so it just would’ve been wrong to not wear clogs at my wedding  – and I was probably the only person who didn’t have deadly blisters by the end of the day – all in all – pretty damn happy about the choice of shoes.”

Her incredible flower head band was created especially for her by Flowers Vasette. Eliesha showed her florist some inspiration pictures and away she went. They chose the same flowers in the centrepieces, boutineers and bouquets to tie the whole look together. “My favourite flowers are white daisies.  I wanted our bouquets to look simple and fresh, like they’d just come of of the garden.  For the reception venue we had a vase of flowers on each rectangle table – lots of green, white highlights, same feel as the bouquets.  I don’t like things to look “arranged”. I went to Gaylene with the above – pretty vague, non?  She is magic.  The flowers were insanely beautiful.”

The couple went mad over their dessert table (in a good way!) “We didn’t really have a traditional cake. We did have an extremely cool cake topper on our dessert table though. It’s a giraffe and a squirrel and it now lives in our lounge room. We bought it from Etsy seller Melabo. We also had a giant tiered stand of  teeny weeny cakes from my most favouritest patisserie Brunetti. Lemon Meringue Pies are probably my favourite thing in the world (they were also my Grandma’s favourite thing in the world) and you can’t really beat miniature Lemon Meringue Pies, right?”  

“We also went a bit DIY on the ol’ dessert table. I hired/foraged for some jars and assorted other dessert holding devices and filled them with some of our favourite things – chocolate covered raspberries, milk bottle lollies, pretzels and my awesomely famous, top secret recipe chocolate chip cookies. Oh – and – just to make things even more interesting (or slightly odd, depending on your point of view I suppose) we both have a bit of a thing about m&ms being sorted into their respective colours.  Those little cardboard boxes = 12 kilo of m&ms – p.s. it takes approx 1 hour for 1 bride-to-be to sort 2kg of m&ms – you do the math!”

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Hannah & Jack’s Rockabilly Party Wedding

“When I was little, I dreamed of having my very own big, white wedding,” began Hannah. “However, when Jack and I decided to get married and started to make plans, it became apparent that even if we’d been able to afford it, we’d both feel out of place at a huge, formal gathering. What we really wanted was to have a great party with our families and mates, a party that just happened to include a wedding ceremony. So we threw ourselves into the planning and tried to make it ours.” And that’s exactly what this Rock n Roll couple did! The entire day reflected them and the things they love.

“I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, not like something that had been churned out of the ‘bridal industrial complex’. My dress was white but printed with black polka dots and strawberries which I bought from Vivien of Holloway when I visited my sister in London. I found my vintage white gloves on eBay. I fell in love with my shoes when I saw them on line and bought them to wear to work as an alternative to basic black but I ended up wearing them to the ceremony as well. My beloved hairdresser of two years, Kat, created spectacular, vintage inspired hairstyles for me and my two attendants. One of my best friends did our make up.”

Hannah & Jack walked down the aisle together to the Star Trek theme which ended up being one of her favourite moments of the day. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to an abandoned warehouse for anything but traditional wedding formals and the day concluded with a reception at The Famous Blue Raincoat, a lounge style café/bar/restaurant in South Kingsville, Australia. “The Raincoat’s style is wonderfully eclectic and funky and my Mother and sister had decorated it with flowers that Jack and I had bought from a market the day before. The ceremony was out the back, in the beer garden. The owner, Kaz, did virtually everything for us for us. She and her fabulous staff were relaxed, friendly, funny and welcoming. Their presence created a really wonderful vibe.”

“Despite our tight budget, the one expense we weren’t prepared to compromise on was the photographer. James was magnificent and Jack and I are so, so happy that we picked him to share our day. Our photos are beautiful. Best of all, when I look at them, I feel as though I’ve been transported back to the wedding. I can remember exactly how I felt when I arrived at the venue and saw all our friends and family, when my dress blew up in the middle of the street and when Jack and I said our vows.”

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