Music Themed Backyard Wedding: Bernadette & Peter

Shutter + Lace Photography

April 29, 2013

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Bernadette & Peter decided they wanted to host their wedding in their own back garden. Having built their own home from the ground up, having the celebration there was really important to them both. “We’re no spring chickens!” the bride laughed. “We had a slightly unusual wedding because we first built our home, then had three children and only then got married. Given this we did a few things different. We wanted a very relaxed and fun wedding and we had a music theme – everyone loves music!”

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“We invited guests to wear fancy dress costumes for the party and we we had Lady Gaga, Madonna, the Blues Brothers, Scary Spice, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and more than a few Amy Winehouse’s! This was so much fun. We had a photo booth which was an old cinema prop and we left out a Polaroid camera so guests could photograph themselves in various rock star poses.”

“After our portraits with our amazing photographers, Shutter + Lace, we came back and changed into our fancy dress costumes so we could join in on the fun. We had a music quiz, a best dressed award and a music themed pass the parcel… the night went by so fast!”


The table names were records with various band names and logos on, they served platters of assorted cheese & dips on vinyl records and the invitations were designed to look like a music poster complete with a VIP backstage pass and an RSVP which was designed as a ticket. Even the bouquets were created using a vinyl record as the base!

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“I scoured op shops and eBay for months collecting records, cassettes, guitars, vintage china and crystal”, Bernadette continued  “I collected a few kids guitars and painted them with rust paint and put them throughout the garden with strings of lights. I DIYed almost everything including the vinyl record chandeliers, 30 meters of bunting (crazy) and the record cake platters. I even sanded and painted about 30 vintage chairs! I now have a vintage chair addiction!”

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  • Photography: Shutter + Lace Photography
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Bride's Dress: Off the rack (customised)
  • Bride's Headpiece & Bouquet: Petals and Thread
  • Make Up: Kasey’s Makeup
  • Flowers: DIY
  • Cake: DIY
  • Bonbonnieres & Seating Chart: Leaky Boat Design