Michelle & Sterling’s DIY Aussie Bush Wedding

December 3, 2010

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.”

Massive thanks to Michelle & Sterling and their photographer Simone for sharing this gorgeous DIY wedding with us today

Photography Credit: Simone Darcy Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Barnabas church, Upper Landowne
Reception Venue: Upper Landowne Community Hall
Bride’s Dress: Pallas Bride, Sydney
Bride’s Shoes: Paul Dane 
Bride’s Headpiece: Suzy O’Rourke
Bride’s Jeweller: Gifts & Vintage
Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Groom’s Cuff Links: Crimsonking on etsy
Bridesmaid Headpieces: DIY
Flowergirl Dresses: My Girl Dress
Cake: All Things Yum!
Cake Toppers: Paola Zakimi
Catering: Harrington Church Ladies & Masticate
Flowers: Blooms Florist Taree
Decor: All DIY